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for the Enham Art project by members of the public, overseen at different workshops by artists Kaz Trinder and Jane Elliman. There was also the opportunity to see some examples of Ruth Facey’s Make Your Mark project, stamped copper sheets that will be put together to form artworks for Andover and Romsey. In the theatre there was a showing of a film made by John Baxter, TVAF Programme Director. There were readings from the Teapot Collective who provided reminiscences from the Romsey Dementia projects, a performance by the Barton Stacey Village Independent Players Youth Group of “The Scandal of the Andover Workhouse” by Paul King; and another outing for “And Now We Tell Our Tale,” written by TVAF trustee Roy Chatfield, which documented the changes undergone by Andover during expansion in the 60s.The show finished with a performance of Our Town, by cast members, the Long Overdue Theatre School and clients of the Enham Trust. The evening ended with a party in the Arena with music performed by The Mighty Hump. Chairman Yinnon Ezra told the audience to say TVAF estimated over 8,000 people had been reached by the 25 year programme. Considering the core purpose of these events was to connect artists with the community and raise TVAF’s profile, this could be considered a great success. In the 25 year period TVAF has raised over £500,000 for arts in the community. Test Valley Arts Foundation Tel: 01794 301243 www.testvalleyarts.org Whistler’s final pieces document his time with the Welsh Guards, many created while he was stationed at Salisbury Plain. Compelling oil portraits of his fellow army men will be on display as part of Mottisfont’s exhibition. Rex Whistler: More than Murals sets into context the most celebrated element of Mottisfont’s collection,Whistler’s trompe l’oeil murals for Maud Russell’s drawing room.Through this exhibition, Mottisfont will re-visit and reveal more about the relationship between Rex Whistler and his final patron, with new evidence and understanding of the creative processes behind this spectacular piece. Mrs Russell collected and supported the work of many artists. Just before war broke out in 1939, she transformed the original entrance hall into a large saloon.Whistler was commissioned to paint this room in a way that would deceive the eye.

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major exhibition of work by one of Britain’s most exceptional, but overlooked 20th-century artists, Rex Whistler, goes on display at the home of his final great artwork, created before he was killed in action in World War Two. Opening on 14 January at the National Trust’s Mottisfont in Hampshire, Rex Whistler: More than Murals explores the talents of this extraordinary artist – creator of Mottisfont’s stunning trompe l’oeil wall paintings, but also a far wider range of work. Over seventy items will be on display in Mottisfont’s gallery. Some of Whistler’s best-known works will be on show, including his oil studies of Lady Caroline Paget, with whom he had a difficult and complicated love affair. Best known for the awe-inspiring murals at Plas Newydd and Tate Britain, as well as Mottisfont, he was also an imaginative set-designer, an illustrator for books and advertisements, and an acclaimed portrait artist. 8

The results were his spectacular trompe l’oeil murals, painted in a gothick style, light-heartedly reflecting the building’s origins as a medieval priory. All columns, ledges or moulded plasterwork in this room are cunningly painted illusions, which create an extraordinary three-dimensional appearance. On one of these deceptive ‘ledges’ stands a further, almost hidden trompe l’oeil detail: a paint pot, brush, and box of matches, together with a painted inscription: ‘I was painting this Ermine curtain when Britain declared war on the Nazi tyrants. Sunday September 3rd. R.W.’ This extraordinary room was his last major piece.Whistler left to fight in 1944, but never returned, killed on active service in France. For more information about the exhibition, visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont/features/rexwhistler-exhibition-at-mottisfont. For more information about Mottisfont visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont or call 01794 340757.


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diagnosis of autism at 3 years old, is scary for any parent. In a flash your dreams for your child's life are shattered and you grieve for the future you imagined they would have had.You are left wondering what to do next and you realise just to carry on is vital, especially with 2 other young children to consider. So any suggested different treatments had to be avoided. Matthew had no speech at all at this point but he would grab pieces of chalk from the garden and draw all over the patio, mainly train pictures , that weren't bad for his age.

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concerts with this orchestra St John’s Smith Square in 1994 and another concert at the Anvil in 1995. They performed a number of concerts with Southern Sinfonia, of whom Tim was a founder Trustee, including a well remembered one in New Hall, Winchester College, raising money for a Cathedral appeal, which featured David Hill playing a Brandenburg Concerto on a very special harpsichord. Recently the singers enjoyed tours to Spain and Italy. Having performed an Advent Carol service in Longstock for 9 years, they perfomed their service last year in King’s Somborne and were invited to perform in St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge, thus completing the loop of the Benefice Churches, so to speak. Words by Tim Lowden

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. SATURDAY 21 JANUARY Winchester City Festival Choir Winchester City Festival Choir will perform Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and opera choruses at their annual concert Saturday 21st January 2017 at 7.30pm at Thornden Hall, Chandler’s Ford. More details of the programme and performers can be found at www.wcfchoir.org.Tickets are £15 (students £7) from www. thorndenhall.co.uk, 02380 246555 and at the door. 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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urious factors have inspired composers' most memorable works. In 1927 the composer Peter Warlock and his friend, the poet Bruce Blunt, had hit hard times. How could they pay for a Christmas alcoholic binge? Their solution was to write something for that year's Daily Telegraph Carol Competition. The winner was their poignant Bethlehem Down, now firmly confirmed as an Advent choral favourite. As is A Spotless Rose by Herbert Howells, inspired by watching trucks being shunted in the railway yard at Gloucester Station.

The event, which opens with a preview from 11am on Saturday 14 January will see the Chairman of the New Forest, Cllr Goff Beck present the award for Best Painting.

These two pieces formed part of an Advent service whose theme was ' Looking for the Light', a seamless blend of hymns, readings and choral music, all anticipating the arrival of Jesus, with praise to the Virgin Mary. The interwoven music spanned five centuries, sung by the Jane Austen Singers, whose membership has changed much since Tim Lowden formed the choir more than forty years ago and named it to mark the bi-centenary of Jane Austen's birth. His philosophy has remained the same though, fine singers, fine music. For example, from the start in this service we were swamped in beautiful sounds as the choir was split between the east and west ends to sing Palestrina's Alma Redemptoris, More glorious 8-part singing was to follow, Alessandro Scarlatti's O Magnum Mysterium for instance, the music bouncing from one choir to the other. Bogoroditsye from Rachmaninov's Vespers (a praise to the Virgin Mother) is now often sung as a set piece. Here Tim Lowden emphasised its contrasts with maximum effect - from gentle elegance, to great power, to quiet conclusion.

The exhibition, which celebrates the New Forest, runs from 14 January (official opening at 11am) to 2 April, 2017 and will help raise funds for Simon Says, the Hampshire charity that offers child bereavement support.

To most, the name Rachmaninov means orchestral music, as do Grieg's and Bruckner's. However they too wrote beautiful unaccompanied choral music of the utmost quality, two of which featured in this service, Bruckner's Virga Jesse Floruit and Grieg's seven part Ave Maris Stella. ‘Splendour of eternal light. Sun of justice. Come shine on those who dwell in darkness’. The choir sang these words from Sir James Macmillan's carol O Radiant Dawn with the characteristic energy and urgency this work deserves. But every work in this service received the attentive musical detail it deserved, a hallmark of Tim Lowden's style. He says this has been the final appearance of his Jane Austen Singers. lf so, we should be profoundly grateful for all he has contributed to choral music in and around Winchester over the past forty years. The congregation departed warmed by this service of words, music and prayers - a fitting curtain raiser for the Christmas season. Written by James Montgomery 12

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um’s Eg have just released their new programme of exhibitions, workshops and courses for 2017. It is going to be another busy year for staff and volunteers on all three floors at the art and craft gallery in Romsey’s Bell Street. Pick up a copy of the programme from Rum’s Eg or any of the Test Valley Tourist Information Centres or alternatively visit the website. The new year starts with a ‘January Sale’ from 3 to 8 January with reductions on retail stock and some of the Artists’ work. The gallery will then be closed from 9 – 11 Jan for redecoration and improvements, reopening with…

NEW YEAR, NEW WORK, NEW RUM’S EG 12 January to 25 February Work by some the gallery’s most popular Artists & Makers of the last four years including Maureen Davies, Paul Jenkins, Pete Gilbert, Ali Lindley, Emma Barker, Barry Fry and Victoria Williams plus some exciting new Artists and Makers including two from the Isle of Wight: Jane Cox with her bold, decorative and functional earthenware designs and a taster of Susie Prangnell’s semi-abstract pastel paintings (Susie will be back in April with a one-woman show in Rum’s Art Café on the first floor); there will also be some new furniture pieces from Damian Head and David Stephenson and… JOHN BROWNING - KITES: THE ART OF NATURAL MATERIALS John is passionate about making and flying kites and has spent years perfecting his intricate designs made from leaves and other plant fibres – and they can all fly! Call in to meet John on Thursday 12 Jan from 2 to 5pm. He will also be leading a two day Kite Making workshop at Rum’s Eg, 13-14 May, to create a spectacular ‘swarm of bees’ kite to fly with your family. JANUARY WORKSHOPS & COURSES AT RUM’S EG The workshops take place in our spacious 2nd floor Leckford Art Studio and the new season opens with Kate Measham on 15 January and ‘Size Matters – Drawing Large’, Kate will be inspiring and encouraging participants to get creative about size in their artwork and open their eyes to exciting new possibilities. Fiona Forbes is returning with ‘Waterbased Oils with a Palette Knife’ on 18 January to help you create vibrant landscape and floral paintings with user-friendly water-mixable oils. She is also teaching ‘Creating Texture with Watercolour’ on 1 February. Some of Fiona’s own paintings are currently on sale in the gallery in our ‘Coastlines’ exhibition which finishes on 8th January. Tibor Eperjessy is back for another popular ‘Introduction to Leathercrafts’ three-day course starting on 22 January. Cathy McCarthy is returning for another ‘Make your Own Jewellery’ workshop on 25 January to help you create your own silver, copper or brass pieces. Rachel Evans is teaching an ‘Introduction to Modern Mosaics’ on 29 January which is a great introduction to the wonderful world of mosaics using her direct method to make a plaque to your own design. Other workshops later in the year include: Making a Ceramic Sheep, Introduction to Photography and Portrait Photography, Bookbinding,

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Creative Writing, Creating in Clay, Sculptural Needle-felting, Japanese Calligraphy, Basket-making and Stone Carving. Most of the workshops are suitable for all levels from beginner to more experienced; please check the programme or website for more details and prices. FAMILY & CHILDRENS’ HALF TERM WORKSHOPS ‘Wildlife Mosaics’ with Rachel Evans 21 February - Age 8 and up ‘Make a Felt Snake’ with Sarah Waters 22 February - Suitable for all ages COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS One of the highlights of the 2017 programme is an exciting art & science project with artists working with local schools to research, design and construct a ‘Microbial Worlds’ art installation which will be part of a sculpture exhibition in the grounds of Romsey Abbey for Romsey Festival in July. As part of the social enterprise’s community brief Rum’s Eg will also be working with local medical practices to run some pilot ‘Prescription Arts’ sessions of painting or singing for people suffering from stress, anxiety, loneliness or depression – please check the programme or website for more information about these ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ projects which we will be developing throughout 2017. RUM’S CAFE The cafe on the first floor continues to be one of Romsey’s hidden gems, the menu offers seasonal, locally sourced produce, warming homemade soups, hot and cold lunch dishes, brunch specials, and delicious homemade cakes including some new specials such as salted caramel brownies, pecan butter tarts and clementine and orange cake. From 12 to 31 January visit the cafe between 3-4pm and enjoy a tea or coffee and slice of cake for only £3.95. (vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options are usually available so please ask if you have specific dietary requirements.) ABOUT RUM’S EG Rum’s Eg (Old English name for Romsey) is a contemporary gallery and Arts space in Bell Street, Romsey, run as a social enterprise by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC. It was opened in 2012 to add to the attractions of this heritage market town as an accessible, affordable Art & Craft Gallery with a café and education spaces. The gallery represents Artists & Craftsmen working or living within 70 miles of Romsey and is a renowned centre of excellence in the South of England – helping to conserve the rich and varied art and craft of this region by encouraging public awareness, education and participation and providing creative opportunities for all ages, abilities & walks of life. ‘Arts for Wellbeing’ community projects are organised and supported by HA&C CIC. Rum's Eg - Tel 01794 511220 info@hampshireartandcraft.org www.hampshireartandcraft.org 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY


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collection vehicle. She also received a framed copy of her artwork, a Recycling Stars goodie bag and a pair of tickets to watch Snow White at The Lights. Her design is displayed on the lorry that services the local area around her school in Andover. It will also be included on the back of the 2017 bin collection calendars sent to residents.

RECYCLING STARS – COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED! he winners of Test Valley Borough Council’s Recycling Stars competition to design new banners for two waste collection vehicles have been announced.

Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “Once again the children in the borough have done incredibly well with their creative competition entries to design a new recycling banner for two of our waste collection vehicles. It was really difficult to pick the winners as we received so many excellent entries. I’d like to say a big “well done” to Olivia and Amy for their winning designs and I hope that the vehicles will encourage residents to continue to recycle their glass, especially over the Christmas period. Olivia’s mum and dad joined nearly 90 boys, girls and teaching staff, all from year two at the school, to congratulate her as she received her award.”

Olivia Sacree of Portway Infant School submitted the winning design for the north of the borough, while Amy Ellis of St Francis CE Primary School, won first place in the south. The council received almost 350 entries to the competition which took place in October and November. The new designs aim to help encourage more people to recycle their glass bottles and jars. Sixyear-old Olivia impressed the judging panel, which included environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, and several council officers, with her bright, eyecatching design. The judges praised her use of colours, witty catchphrase and clear recycling message. Olivia received a surprise visit from the Recycling Star earlier this week to unveil her colourful design on the side of the waste

To keep up to date with the Recycling Stars activities and competitions, visit www.facebook.com/recyclingstars. The two winning designs, as well as nine highly commended entries, can be viewed on the council’s online gallery at www.testvalley.gov.uk/recyclingstars

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The launch of the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 will take place on 10th March at The White Horse, Romsey, between 12 & 2pm. Places are free but must be booked in advance. For anyone interested in attending, please email: info@tvbawards.org.uk TEST FORUM ISSUE 60.indd 27 Now in its 13th 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 business 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. For more information about the Test Valley Business Awards and ways to get involved, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk

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Volunteer of the Year 2016 sponsored by Ansvar Insurance, was awarded to Tim Keenan from Andover Trees United, whose commitment to providing young people with opportunities to connect to nature is exceptional. Through activities and events, Tim helps the youngsters gain a better understanding of the interdependence between themselves and the environment and the need to care for the environment. The Volunteer in Health of the Year Award sponsored by Simply Health was won by Elise Taylor, Emma Noakes, Claire Van Stone, Kim Brown and ‘Olga Raspopina from the Knowing Us Group. The women run a weekly group at the Andover Children’s Centre, offering vital support for mothers in the area who have suffered from perinatal health difficulties. A new award for 2016 was the Volunteer Team of the Year Award, an award made possible by the skydive and fundraising efforts of TVCS staff member Dawn Elson and volunteer Ruth Williams. The Volunteer Team of the Year was awarded to all the volunteers at Jane Scarth House, Romsey who provide emotional and practical support to anyone whose life is affected by cancer. Following the awards there were talks from Ali Lambie at Hampshire Mindfulness and Liz Murray at Valley Leisure. After which Valley Leisure and the Eastleigh Tri-locality team provided health checks for the delegates including blood pressure monitoring, personal fitness MoT’s and for those who wanted something marginally lively, Choga (chair yoga). For more information please visit: www.tvcs.org.uk

TEST VALLEY VILLAGES LECTURE WEDNESDAY 18 JANUARY - 8PM Speaker: Dr Tom Woodcock Title: How to be an Ethicist Tom worked was a consultant in intensive care medicine for many years. He served on the Southampton University Research Ethics Committee for a decade, then founded the Southampton Clinical Ethics Committee in 2002. Currently an Expert Committee member for NHS Health Research Authority, he has published several papers and book chapters on Ethics and is just one of the international Faculty of 1000 (see F1000.com). Tom has been teaching medical students since the 1980s and still helps mark their exam papers. Tom’s talk will offer some real cases for us to consider, and probe the often uncomfortable decisions which have to made about matters of life, death, and medical care.You too can become an Ethicist. At Broughton Village Hall. All are welcome. Entry £4 to include a drink. Full time students free. 20

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Sing a Song of Sixpence CLAIRE THURLOW

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he blackbird is busy in the garden, searching for insects. Despite the winter sunshine, the thermometer reads -5 and the sparkling layer of frost is unlikely to melt all day. A circle of ice, removed from the birdbath yesterday, remains solid on the grass, and the kettle-full of water poured in only hours ago has already frozen over. Christmas has come and gone, but the words of the carol “earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone” certainly ring true today. In the bleak midwinter maybe, but the blackbird is getting on with business. He makes a surprising amount of noise for such a slight creature, picking his way through drifts of beech leaves which have blown to the lawn edges. But the leaves are stiff with frost and food is hard to find. Disgusted, he tosses a leaf aside and hops across the lawn. He stamps, making vibrations to lure worms to the surface. He stops, head cocked, listening, but worms are not to be had, they lie safe and snug below the lawn. So the blackbird must be resourceful, polishing off remaining windfall apples and berries, as well as food offered by humans. He is a surprisingly fussy diner. Sultanas are popular, but raisins are ignored; blueberries or grapes slightly best their best are pounced on, but raspberries are pecked then abandoned. This blackbird is not alone; he shares this patch with three other adult males, all with glossy black plumage, orange beaks and distinctive ring around the eye. Earlier I saw a female, brown with a mottled chest, watching them from a bare branch, but she’s flown, leaving the males to it. They forage in close proximity, unconcerned with the others’ presence. In spring this peaceful coexistence will be over, and territorial scrapping will begin, marked by a return of the glorious, flutelike song which makes the blackbird one of Britain’s most

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popular birds. In winter there may be little in the way of singing, but the loud and persistent ‘chink chink’ alarm call is often heard when a perceived predator is around. There are more blackbirds at the other end of the garden, foraging beneath the old apple tree. How many are native birds, and how many are visiting from Scandinavia or colder European climes, is impossible to say, but the RSPB estimates that between October and March there are up to 15 million blackbirds overwintering in Britain. Blackbirds come and go. In spring they are a common sight in gardens and parks, but after summer’s frantic breeding season, in autumn many adjourn to hedgerows and woodlands which offer a feast of berries. Now they’re back in abundance - some days we have a flock of them in the garden. ‘Flock’ seems too mundane a term for such a characterful bird. If there’s a charm of goldfinches, a murder of crows and an ascension of larks, why not something more evocative for the poor blackbird? Although I’m told in New Zealand they have a ‘keg’ of blackbirds (party birds indeed!). And what about the old nursery rhyme? “Sing a song of sixpence, a pocketful of rye. Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie”? Well, I did unearth an old Somerset recipe for Blackbird Pudding, which called for liver, bacon, onions, field mushrooms and plenty of brown sauce. I think it would take an awful lot of HP to make blackbird palatable, but who knows? And there are accounts of Tudor chefs encasing live blackbirds in pastry to tantalise the guests; so Heston Blumenthal’s madcap culinary experiments are nothing new (sorry, Heston). Some say the rhyme refers to Henry VIII’s romance with Anne Boleyn, others claim it was a coded message used by Blackbeard the pirate. But the suggestion I like best is that seeing a blackbird is a good omen. So as winter closes in, I wish you a New Year full of blackbirds!


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hroughout the month of November, Godolphin School introduced a ‘No Phone November’ campaign in order to reduce the amount that mobile phones are used by staff and students. The campaign aimed to raise awareness of the negative impacts that an unhealthy reliance on our devices can have on our wellbeing. The official Godolphin policy on mobile phones already limits their use during the school day unless permitted during an activity or lesson by a member of staff. Nevertheless, members of the school have been encouraged to leave their mobiles out of reach and embrace a month of fewer screens even outside of school hours.

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