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Welcome Welcome to the March edition of the Test Valley Forum. Inside, find out about local events that are happening this Spring throughout the Test Valley. If your resolution this year was to be more active, read about the Houghton Trail on page 8. Don't forget that The Forum is also available online! Our website has all three Forum magazine areas for you to read. It also features a local information section that has all of the local clubs and societies in detail. You can also find us and follow us on:Facebook Forum Publications @Forumpub Instagram Forumpublications Twitter Forum Publications @Forum_Magazines We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Enjoy reading...

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What's On MARCH 1

MARCH

Broughton Floral Club

7.30p.m. at Kings Somborne Village Hall Floral demonstration entitled “Recycle and Re-use” by Katie Baxter. This is the second event in the “Golden Year” of the Club. Visitors are welcome. Admission £5 (pay at the door) includes tea/coffee after the demonstration.

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Film Showing: The Girl On The Train

Starring Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett And Rebecca Ferguson. A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing person investigation that promises to send shockwaves through her life. Doors Open at 6.45; Film show commences at 7.30 pm.Tickets £5.00 in advance from Beryl Lawrence on 01264 860618. E-mail: dlaw@ davidlawrenceassociates.co.uk. Or £6.00 on the door (if available).Tea/Coffee and biscuits included in price.Wine, Beer and Choc Ices on sale.

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Romsey Town Mayor's Charity Choir Concert

Featuring: Romsey Abbey Primary School Choir, Romsey Youth Choir, Romsey Male Voice Choir, Romsey Ladies Choir and the Mountbatten Community Choir. Venue: Romsey Abbey. Time: 7.00 pm. Tickets available from Romsey Town Hall, Romsey Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01794 512987) or www.ticketsource.co.uk/ romseytowncouncil. Price: £8.00 adult, £5 children under 16 or £22 00 family of 4.

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Stockbridge Community Cinema: Julieta (15)

After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. Director Pedro Almodóvar is back to his best. Spanish (subtitled). Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk

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The Private Lives of the Tudors A Talk by Tracy Borman

Chief Curator of Historic Palaces at Guildhall Conference Chamber Winchester on Wednesday 8th March at 7.30pm.Tickets 6

£12 – Seats Unreserved.To apply for tickets please contact: Elisabeth Wicks 1, Fairdown Close,Winchester SO23 0JU. Tel: 01962 862510 and enclose a S.A.E.

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Bangers & Bingo

Two course meal, cash prizes, pay bar and raffle. £12 per head to include bingo cards and dinner.Tickets available from Broughton pre-school or contact Jo: joc1981@hotmail. co.uk or Becky: beckyjv@hotmail.co.uk, tel: 01794 301636. At Broughton Village Hall, 7.30pm.

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All Saints Church Jumble Sale

Quality second hand clothes, bric-a-brac, books, produce and home made cakes for sale. Entrance 50p plenty of parking. For more information call Sally on 01264 336808.

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Test Valley Villages Lecture Series: How the two Gulf Wars have shaped the Middle East today

For our March lecture, we are pleased to welcome Major General Patrick Cordingley, who commanded the 7th Armoured brigade (the Desert Rats) during the first Gulf War. Since retiring from the army, he has advised, written, commentated, and lectured on his continuing observations of defence and Middle East affairs, as well as his other interests, notably in Antarctica. £4 entry, no need to book.This includes a glass of wine or juice. Full time students are free. All are welcome.

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Dave Smith in Concert presented by the Weyhill Electronic Society

Venue: Fairground Hall,Weyhill, SP11 0QN Tickets £5 in advance, from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover - or £6 at the door For further information phone 01264 323213 or visit www.weyhill-eos.co.uk

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History Group Talk: Susan Howe History Minus the Boring Bits

Held at Wherwell Village Hall, Church Street, SP11 7JJ. Start Time is 8pm. Admission £3, includes tea/coffee after talk.

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Wallop Village Barn Dance

7:30pm-11pm at Wallop Primary School Hall. £10 per ticket includes supper. Bar & Raffle.

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Houghton WI Meeting: Pop, Politics & Parties

Behind the scenes at Eurovision by Gordon Lewis. 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. Visitors very welcome. For further details please call Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314

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Thirsting for Water: Celebrating 30 years of 'Wells for India'

4pm at Sarum College, 19 the Close, Salisbury. An illustrated talk with Nicholas and Mary Grey. Free entry and refreshments, but please book beforehand by phoning 01722 326899 or emailing bookshop@ sarum.ac.uk

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Stockbridge Community Cinema: Sully (12A)

In 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the Hudson River. However, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open at 7pm.Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www. stockbridgecinema.org.uk

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Abbotts Ann WI Meeting

7.30 p.m at Abbotts Ann War Memorial Hall “Dream Interpretation” Graham Birchmore. Visitors always welcome. For further info please call Kate Bennett 01264 712028.

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Art Exhibition and Sale of Work Theme- “The Test Valley”

Fine paintings and sculptures by local artists in The Test Valley. Small charge for entry at: King’s Somborne Village Hall, Free Parking. 20th May 10am-5pm - 21st May 10am-4pm Entry forms and other details from Hugh Dumas (hpedumas@gmail.com) Tel: 01794 388275


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NEW HOMES AND AN INTERIOR DESIGN CAREER LAUNCHED IN BROUGHTON

Linden Homes prides itself on supporting new talent, and has partnered with Southampton Solent University for the past few years to support their interior design course. Last year (2016) the third year student’s final year projects were judged by Linden Homes and Abigail Burden, was awarded first prize for her exceptional and exotic print designs. Following this, Linden Homes invited Abigail, aged 22, to support the interior design team for Morgan’s Field. Her wallpaper design has been chosen as the primary focus of the first floor bedroom in The Roseborne house type. Abigail, who focuses on hand painted textiles, said: “It feels amazing to know one of my designs will be used in a Linden Homes show home! I was there when my wallpaper was printed and it was so exciting. It’s great to see one of my designs comes to life. “The concept behind the design came from my final major project when I was completing my BA at Solent University. The wallpaper focuses on tropical prints but the colour is a gorgeous stone grey. The aim was to have a visually interesting print that is also easy on the eye and creates a calm atmosphere.”

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he wait is over for Hampshire property-watchers as a charming collection of new build homes from awardwinning housebuilder, Linden Homes, launched in Broughton, a quaint, picturesque village and a sub district of Stockbridge, just 10 miles north of Romsey, in the Test Valley. House hunters seeking idyllic country living need look no further than Morgan’s Field, a collection of three, four and five bedroom homes with prices starting at £490,000 for a three-bedroom home to £760,000 for a five-bedroom detached property. Located in Broughton, a village known for its rural charm and exceptional community spirit, potential new home owners will be

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ntries are coming in thick and fast for the ever-popular Houghton Trail cross country fun run and cycle event that takes place on Sunday 23rd April in Houghton, Hampshire. You can enter in advance online or by post via the website below. Entry fees are £11 for adults (£2 extra to enter on the day) and £6 in advance and on the day for under-16s. There are no prizes (apart from the cake raffle!). Walkers, joggers, sprinters and cyclists at all levels, don’t miss out taking part in this fun charity event. The entire proceeds raised will be donated to the Houghton All Saints Church and the Village Hall. The amount raised last year was just under £4,000 after deductions. 8

Broughton is a sought-after village which offers a lively community scene, a large shop, two pubs, a church and a village hall as well as football and cricket grounds. Linden Homes pride themselves on building exceptional homes that blend seamlessly into their surroundings. Every Linden Home benefits from the 10-year National House Building Council (NHBC) protection and the new materials used in construction result in homes being more energy efficient, lower utility bills and reduced maintenance bills. For more information on Morgan’s Field please call 01794 725 356 or visit the Linden Homes’ website: www.lindenhomes. co.uk/Morgansfield. To see more of Abigail Burden’s work please visit: www.abigailburdentextiles.com

The Events • The 11K Trail Run - mainly off-road with pretty good terrain and a couple of areas where it gets a bit rutted. There are two styles along the route to add to the country fun! • The 14K/32K Mountain Bike Ride – these follow a separate route and also boast stunning scenery, with one or two steep hills. • The 5K Off Road Cycle - ideal for children as there are no roads at all. Please note that this route does contain some rough terrain. • The 4K Fun Run - all off-road and flat with one style to leap over. Perfect for children too. Stockbridge businesses generously support this event financially, namely Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice, Evans & Partridge, The Trophy Box and River Dental Practice. Other generous sponsors include Reg Goodwin (Website Manager), Hildon Water; Michael Woodhall & Associates; Hobbs the Printers; Mark Clinch; Elliott Brothers, Romsey and Up & Running, Southampton. This event would not succeed without the generous support of the sponsors and volunteers. We can’t thank them enough. Details of other contributors are on our website. Full details, including how to enter, course maps, previous results, photographs and links to Facebook and Twitter can be found at: www.houghton-trail-event.org.uk. Alternatively, contact Fiona Evans directly on: houghton.trail@gmail.com or 01794 389237


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Community UNIVERSITY SCIENCE PARK CEO TO LAUNCH 2017 TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS

of projects designed to unearth and nurture innovation and entrepreneurship in Hampshire. In 2012, he launched Catalyst, an in-house incubator that gives start-up businesses unhindered access to the resources and expertise required to accelerate to the next level. Former Catalyst companies, many of which are still located at the Science Park, include off-grid wireless innovators, BluPoint, sustainability champions, Utonomy, and cell culturing pioneers SAL Scientific, a Test Valley New Business of the Year award winner in 2015. Speaking of the Test Valley Business Awards, Peter Birkett said: “I’m hugely proud to have been asked to speak at the launch. The Test Valley Business Awards offers an important and prestigious recognition to emerging businesses and technologies in our area. With its network of business leaders and influencers, it’s a huge opportunity for any company. “Having spent ten years building an ecosystem for local companies to thrive, I know well the value of diverse networks and the benefit of prestigious awards.”

he Test Valley Business Awards is pleased to announce that University of Southampton Science Park Chief Executive Peter Birkett will deliver the keynote speech at its launch event on March 10.

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innovation. With categories such as the Innovation and Technology Award, Small Business of the Year and Employer of the Year, the ceremony recognises the small and medium sized enterprises who are making a difference, often under-the-radar.

Now in its twelfth year, the Test Valley Business Awards is a prestigious platform, showcasing the best in local businesses and

In his ten years as Chief Executive of the University of Southampton Science Park, Peter Birkett has overseen a number

HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW COUNCIL WARD BOUNDARIES FOR TEST VALLEY

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he independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Test Valley Borough Council. The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across Test Valley. The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 43 councillors in the future: five fewer than the current arrangements. The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Test Valley to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 43 councillors. In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality

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for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Test Valley. Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Test Valley. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters. “If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary

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. Please visit: tvba2017launch. eventbrite.co.uk to confirm your spaces. For more information about the Test Valley Business Awards and ways to get involved, please visit: www.tvbawards. org.uk between communities in your part of Test Valley, then this consultation is for you. Alternatively, if you’re simply interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say. “Your views will make a difference. We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Test Valley or just a small part of the borough. “Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in June.” Local people have until 3 April 2017 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at consultation.lgbce.org. uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.


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est Valley Borough Council has awarded Helen Combes and Nicola Coleman a £750 Business Incentive Grant to celebrate the launch of their new sandwich takeaway, Bake ‘n’ Baps. Helen and Nicola opened the takeaway business at Walworth Enterprise Centre in April 2016. The shop is in the perfect location to sell hot and cold drinks, sandwiches and homemade cakes to local office workers.

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Nicola said: “We were really lucky that the unit became available at the perfect time for us. We were looking for a new challenge having worked together for several years at a play school. We’ve got lots of plans and ideas for the future and we are very much enjoying our new venture.” Andover St Mary’s ward member, Councillor David Denny, presented the cheque to Helen and Nicola. He said: “Helen and Nicola have worked really hard to launch their new business. They have built up a great reputation and everyone loves their food!” The Council’s £750 Business Incentive Grants are available to anyone looking to set up their own business in Test Valley. Budding entrepreneurs should apply for the grant before they start their company and if it is still going strong six months later, they will receive the cheque www.testvalley.gov.uk

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PAST WINCHESTER SCHOOL OF ART GRADUATES COME TOGETHER IN LIFE’S RICH TAPESTRY AT RUM’S EG - 1 MARCH TO 8 APRIL the Creative Arts in Hampshire many years after graduation. The show, entitled ‘Life’s Rich Tapestry’, promises an exciting mix of rich colours and textures alongside large calming abstracts. Siriol, who curated this exhibition, graduated in Textile Design way back in the 1970’s; although she no longer has time to work as a practicing designer or artist she is on a mission to promote other artist and makers work and set up Rum’s Eg in 2012 to do just that.

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Catherine Van Giap - Mosaic art, using mostly stained glass in a vast array of colours and textures. Jackie Green - Still life paintings in a contemporary or abstract way. Keith Pattison - His inspiration comes from withing and is constantly discovering new things about the materials he uses. Chrissie Collins - Coming from a background in textiles, graphic design and retail, she works with collage and acrylics. Arlene Shawcross - A textile artist, who's work is always very colourful and often has layers of rich texture created by combining a variety of fabrics.

Jenny Muncaster - Acrylic & mixed media paintings that posses a naïve charm which is both quirky and colourful.

These artists and makers are joined by painters Joan Willingham, Christine Marlow and Tim Robinson and Rachel Evans (contemporary mosaics) and Susan Chapman (contemporary textiles).

Masako Tobita - Produces paintings that reflect an emotional response to landscape, place and form.

Rum's Eg - Tel: 01794 511220 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY

Julie Collins - Uses water colour & acrylic paints on paper, that push the boundaries of the media she uses.

Simon writes “I am delighted to accept the opportunity to become the new Director of the Jane Austen Singers, especially in this the bicentenary year of Jane Austen's death. l'll be taking over the role from Tim Lowden, the group's founding conductor who has masterminded some amazing musical events over the past forty one years - from intimate a capello programmes in the village and city churches of Hampshire to grand orchestral and choral moments in the major concert halls of the South East and St John's Smith Square, London.”

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JANE AUSTEN SINGERS HAVE A NEW DIRECTOR

am delighted to announce that the Jane Austen Singers, founded in 1975 to celebrate the bicentenary of Jane Austen's birth, will continue under the direction of Simon Lillystone, a former professional violinist, choral conductor and singer.

Tracy Evans - Specialises in woven textiles. Inspired by pattern, nature and her coastal surroundings.

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his exhibition has been drawn from Southampton’s outstanding collection of fine art. It encompasses paintings, prints and drawings from the late eighteenth century to the present day and illustrates successive Romantic movements that have emerged at times of anxiety and troubled world events.

“I am also very pleased to be able to continue the tradition of an Advent Carol Service in St Peter's, Stockbridge which was a tremendous success this year.”

These include the high Romantic era of the early nineteenth century, the PreRaphaelites, the Pastoral Etchers, NeoRomantics and environmentally engaged contemporaries. Artists represented include William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer and Clare Woods.

“My first concert will include a selection from transcriptions made by Jane Austen herself, who transcribed well over six hundred musical works for household entertainment. All in all, this is an exciting opportunity for me.”

Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 7:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am – 3:00pm Admission Free. At the Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. This exhibition is until Sunday 5 March.

Words by Tim Lowden

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WHERWELL SINGERS GALA CONCERT 17TH JUNE 2017

Will Todd's choral music is becoming more and more popular – his popularity was confirmed in 2016 as he entered the Classic FM ‘Hall of Fame Top 300’ for the first time! His piece 'Call of Wisdom' was performed at HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and broadcast to a worldwide television audience of over 45 million – Wherwell Singers performed this piece at our Easter Concert in 2014 to a slighter smaller, though no less appreciative, audience! We will also perform Mozart's Requiem at the Gala Concert - it is a piece Dale has long cherished a wish to conduct. For this wonderful work Wherwell Singers will be joined by voices from other choirs with whom we have collaborated during the last 10 years, namely The Elizabethan Madrigal Singers, and Vocalium. Our soloists will be drawn from up and coming local young performing stars. We continue our cherished partnership with the talented Andrew Hayman of Winchester Cathedral as our accompanist.

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ne summer’s evening ten years ago, answering an advert that Dale Webb had placed in the Wherwell Community magazine, a small group of people met in the beautiful church of St Peter and the Holy Cross to experience the joy of singing together, and Wherwell Singers was born. Since then we have grown to just over 20 singers, drawn from The Village and throughout the Test Valley. This summer we will celebrate our 10th Anniversary in the very same surroundings with a Gala Concert. Our repertoire embraces music from many centuries, countries and genres and our Gala Concert programme reflects the broad spectrum of choral music we delight in performing. Our polished performances draw an increasingly large following year on year. Such is our reputation, the acclaimed composer Will Todd accepted a commission for a work especially for the choir to mark our anniversary. Wherwell Singers’ dedicated composition is called 'Let Every Voice' and will be given its World Premier at our Gala Concert. This is an absolutely incredible achievement and honour for a Community Choir.

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A Major Work! A World Premier! And as this is a Gala Concert – there is much, much more ! Please see our website wherwellsingers.org for further information, or contact Kim on 01264 720529, or Jenny on 01264 860643. Tickets are £12.50. Additionally, enhanced concert packages are available. Wherwell Singers do so look forward to sharing this wonderful evening with our music loving friends!


STOCKBRIDGE MUSIC: LA SERENISSIMA, APRIL 22 AT ST PETER'S CHURCH, STOCKBRIDGE - 7.30PM

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wo years ago this ensemble thrilled us with their "Great Sonatas of Venice", so much so that we received many requests to bring them back. Their individual style of performing is based on Adrian Chandler's great knowledge of the original manuscripts of Vivaldi and his ltalian contemporaries. Their whole repertoire is edited by him, a testament to its commitment and passion for rare and exciting ltalian music which makes La Serenissima unique amongst other baroque ensembles. This year their programme is entitled " The Vivaldi Legacy" and contains a sonata for violin, 'cello and continuo composed but unfinished by Vivaldi, now completed by Adrian Chandler. Their last concert attracted our largest audience ever and this concert could also be a sell out! Tickets: £14 are on sale from: Robinsons,Butchers The Lights Theatre Box Office (01264 368368) www.jumblebee.co.uk/stockbridgemusic Roger Tym (01264 810363)

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ollowing the successful premiere of Wheeler’s “I sing, and ever shall” in November, Southampton Philharmonic Choir return to O2 Guildhall Southampton on Saturday 18 March, for a programme that will appeal to audience of all ages and backgrounds entitled ‘Shades of Blues’. English composer Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, originally called the Jazz Mass, is the perfect fusion of a traditional setting of the Mass with a variety of different styles of blues, jazz and gospel backed by a jazz quartet of piano, bass, drums and alto sax with a soprano soloist soaring over the top.

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SHADES OF BLUES

Also on the programme are Tippett’s Spirituals, sensitive and affectionate arrangements of the well-known and much loved songs of the deep south of America, including ‘Deep River’ and ‘Go down Moses’. Completing the programme are excerpts from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.The opera represents one of Gershwin’s attempts to be taken seriously as a composer of major significance.The result has given us some of the greatest melodies of all time including ‘Summertime’, ‘Bess, you is my woman now’ and ‘It ain’t necessarily so’. Tickets for this concert are available now from the O2 Guildhall, Southampton box office.Visit www. southamptonphil.org for more news about the choir.

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alisbury jewellers W Carter & Son will celebrate 200 years of trading on 10th March making it the oldest family business in Wiltshire to have traded from the same premises. To mark the milestone the company have published a fascinating brochure that documents the heritage of the business complete with some wonderful photography. A total of three William Carters have lived and worked at 3 and 5 Minister Street since 1817 and it is still a family affair. Brothers Brian and Tad Holmes are Directors along with Brian’s daughter Paulette who work together with fellow director Sebastian Salt and his wife Charlotte. Since the founding of the business Salisbury’s medieval ‘canals’ or open drainage channels have been cleared, the railway and

Throughout the two centuries W Carter & Son have been at the heart of the community. While serving generations of local residents who have purchased their jewellery and family heirlooms from the company W Carter have also been the custodian’s of the City of Salisbury’s silverware. A Bicentenary Celebration will be held at the Guildhall on Saturday 11 March to mark this unique occasion. A Bicentenary Celebration will be held at the Guildhall on Saturday 11 March to mark this unique occasion.

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usual weekly rant. “Right that’s it I’ve had it!! What’s the point of a mobile phone when you can’t get a signal in your own home!!” Stars I and II raised their eyes skyward, here we go again. The Husband threw his mobile across the table, ”I’m going out’. “I thought it was the end of our contracts and we were off to get new phones and change provider?’” I gently enquired. “ Yes but I have to call to get a code for the PAT numbers, and I have no SIGNAL!” In a flurry of scrapping ice from the Trusty Renault mark two The Husband disappeared to into the fog to locate a signal somewhere in our Market Town. Star I, being all grown up, had equipped himself with an all singing all dancing phone with a fruit logo and was not helping The Husbands karma by extolling virtues of numerous APPs and the fact that he had a constant signal. “Hey Dad even works in the shower!!” Eventually The Husband returned triumphant with the codes that were to herald the end of a years hassle with our mobiles. Mine was marginally better than the others, if I lay across the tumble dryer at a certain angle I could hear the person I called quite clearly– a miracle! The Husband was not so fortunate so had invested in a booster gadget that failed to solve the problem, he then bought another about a year ago. Only recently did he discover that it remained unresponsive because we needed to receive a to code to activate it…ah no signal of course! With a hefty slam of the dustbin lid they were resigned to the trash and we were off to our local Cathedral City in search of the new wonder provider of all things communicative. Now The Husband is not especially picky, but when it comes to customer service he has zero tolerance. Being kept waiting is a particular favourite, despite any apologies for the lengthy delay, and I quote, “Well I didn’t have a beard before I came in here!” That’s often the cue for Stars I and I to suddenly get the overwhelming urge for a Starbucks.

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Church Services ANDOVER

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O St. Michael & All Angels Sunday 5 March 10.30 Sunday Celebration Sunday 12 March 10.30 Sunday Eucharist Service Sunday 19 March 10.30 Sunday Eucharist Service 11.30 Traidcraft Shop Mothering Sunday 10.30 Sunday Eucharist Service

O St. Mary's Sunday 5 March 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 12 March 10.00 Morning Worship Sunday 19 March 08.00 Holy Communion Mothering Sunday 10.00 Mothering Sunday Service

BOSSINGTON O St. James Sunday 5 March 09.30 Holy Communion

BROUGHTON O St. Mary's Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 The Bible Uncovered Sunday 12 March 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Service Mothering Sunday 09.30 Family Communion with Bishop Jonathon of Southampton Wednesdays 09.30 Holy Communion

CHILBOLTON O St. Mary the Less Sunday 5 March 16.00 Fireside Praise at Pentons,Village Street, Chilbolton Sunday 12 March 10.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 19 March 10.00 Family Communion Mothering Sunday 10.00 Mothering Sunday Service

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HOUGHTON O All Saint's Church Sunday 12 March 09.30 Holy Communion Mothering Sunday 18.00 Evensong

KING'S SOMBORNE O Methodist Church Sunday 5 March 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 12 March 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 19 March 10.30 Holy Communion 15.30 Messy Church Mothering Sunday 10.30 Morning Worship O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 5 March 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 12 March 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 All Age Worship Sunday 19 March 10.00 Matins Mothering Sunday 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Mothering Sunday All Age Worship with Short Communion

LITTLETON O St. Catherines Wednesday 1 March 15.00 Westholme Service 19.30 Holy Communion and Distribution of Ashes

Sunday 5 March 16.00 Cafe Church in Church Room Sunday 12 March 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 19 March 10.00 Morning Worship 18.00 Peace & Wholeness Mothering Sunday 10.00 Mothering Sunday Service

LECKFORD O St. Nicholas Sunday 5 March 08.00 Said Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 18.00 Evensong

LONGSTOCK O St. Mary's Wednesday 1 March 19.30 Communion Service with Imposition of Ashes Sunday 12 March 09.30 All Age Worship Sunday 19 March 09.30 Morning Worship Mothering Sunday 09.30 Mothering Sunday Service

MOTTISFONT O St. Andrew's Sunday 5 March 18.00 Evensong Sunday 12 March 11.00 Messy Church Club Sunday 19 March 09.30 Holy Communion Mothering Sunday 11.00 Family Service

NETHER WALLOP O St. Andrew's Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 19 March 08.00 Holy Communion Mothering Sunday 09.30 Family Service

OVER WALLOP O St. Peter's Sunday 5 March 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March

08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 19 March 09.30 Family Service Mothering Sunday 11.00 Family Service

SPARSHOLT O St. Stephen's Sunday 5 March 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 12 March 10.00 Welcome Worship Sunday 19 March 10.00 Matins Mothering Sunday 10.00 Mothering Sunday Service

STOCKBRIDGE O St. Peter's Sunday 5 March 10.45 Matins Sunday 12 March 10.45 Parish Communion Sunday 19 March 10.45 All Age Worship Mothering Sunday 10.45 Mothering Sunday Service O OLD ST. PETER'S Sunday 19 March 08.00 Said Holy Communion

WHERWELL O St. Peter & Holy Cross Sunday 5 March 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 12 March 18.00 Benefice Evensong Sunday 19 March 10.00 Family Service Mothering Sunday 10.00 Mothering Sunday Service


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Education SPARSHOLT COLLEGE IS FIRST LAND-BASED COLLEGE TO OPEN A MICROSOFT ACADEMY

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parsholt College, in partnership with IT services company risual, is the first land-based college in the UK to open a Microsoft Academy to tackle the serious digital skills gap in the region. At a busy launch event with over 50 delegates the College has introduced future-proof and relevant Apprenticeships in IT and Telecommunications which will upgrade skills through Microsoft certification. The Academy provides exciting opportunities for local businesses in need of digital upskilling with a new suite of courses and

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Apprenticeships from the latest in cyber security to cloud infrastructure technicians. It affords welcome opportunities to businesses so they too can address skills gaps such as digital marketing within their own organisations. The new suite of exciting IT, software, web and telecoms professionals Apprenticeships will be accessed by wider business community to train their next generation of IT professionals. As well as being the first land-based college to open a Microsoft Academy, Sparsholt is the chosen partner for the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP has provided part of the funding for the Academy, through Local Growth Funds, in line with its digital strategy for engaging SMEs and employers with the digital agenda. The Enterprise M3 LEP covers mid to North Hampshire as well as South and West Surrey and only one academy is to be opened in each of England’s LEP regions. The College’s Academy opening co-incided with an announcement last Thursday from Microsoft who launched a programme to teach digital skills to people across the UK to ensure the country remains one of the global leaders in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and other next-generation technologies. The company is to train 30,000 public servants for free in a range of digital skills and has committed to making sure everyone in the UK has access to free, online digital literacy training. Additionally, Microsoft is also launching a Cloud Skills Initiative, which will train 500,000 people in the UK in advanced cloud technology skills by 2020. The risual Microsoft Academy launch places Sparsholt College firmly in the vanguard of this movement. Sparsholt College Tel: 01962 776441 www.sparsholt.ac.uk Westley Lane, Sparsholt, SO21 2NF

Working in a number of small groups the Andover Vision team established that the students were keen to see the variety of shops improved. They were particularly enthusiastic about more shops which target young people such as clothing outlets, computing stores and different places to eat. Encouraged to also consider the wider community with its broad age-profile, the students explored the varying needs and worked together to plan a town incorporating the key features important to the health and wellbeing of a town’s population. Andover Vision is a joint partnership project. Local community groups, voluntary organisations, businesses, statutory bodies and most importantly, the public have been giving their views on a vision for Andover. Together with the community an Andover Vision Action Plan will draw together feedback and ideas into a document that will set out what Andover wants to achieve over the next 20 years. The Vision has consulted with 1,500 people of all ages including four schools to find out what young people have to say about the town where they live.

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Feedback from residents will be used to develop an Andover Vision document and action plan, which are expected to be launched in April 2017.More information on Andover Vision and how to get involved can be found on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ andovervision. For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.


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Education GODOLPHIN SCHOOL WELCOMES

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n January, Godolphin welcomed five exchange students from Melbourne Girls Grammar School. Serena, Charlotte, Emily, Harriet and Allegra stayed at Godolphin until the end of February living the life of a Godolphin student, following the school academic syllabus and enjoying the busy extra-curricular programme. This was the initial part of an exchange programme which has seen five lucky Godolphin girls travel to Melbourne for the return leg of the exchange at the end of February. Whilst immersing themselves in our culture, the Australian girls embraced the day-to-day life and traditions of Godolphin School. In sport, they have played lacrosse, which is a new sport for them. They have also experienced the excitement of boarding at school during the week and going home to their ‘Godolphin host families’ at weekends. Miranda Eduard, Head of Third Year at Godolphin says: ‘Our exchange programme really is the chance of a lifetime to experience something quite unique. It will have an enduring impact on the lives of all the girls involved, both in the short-term and for the rest of their lives. We thank the Australian girls for their energy and enthusiasm and wish the Godolphin girls all the best for a fun and memorable few months.’ Godolphin School - www.godolphin.org

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Garden

THE SPRING GARDEN

GOLDEN YEAR FOR BROUGHTON FLORAL CLUB

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pring is in the air and everywhere gardens are coming to life. The garden and the birds are already calling me out to start pottering. This is the season of the woodland garden when early flowering plants take advantage of the sunshine filtering through the bare branches of trees. As I write there are late snowdrops still in bloom and the delicate Crocus tommasinianus spreads a purple haze – its apparent fragility is belied by its ability to spread into lawns, though its foliage is not dense and any inconvenience to the mower of lawns in your household will be short lived and well worth it.

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roughton Floral Club is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. On 8th December, 1967 an inaugural meeting was held in the Broughton Village Hall where 12 people attended and the Floral Club was formed. They became affiliated to N.A.F.A.S. (National Association of Flower Arrangers Society). The club have always celebrated the milestone years, Silver, Coral, Ruby, Sapphire and now Golden. Over the years the Club has taken part in numerous competitions, exhibitions, cathedral and church flower festivals (in 2015 the club participated in the Winchester Cathedral Flower Festival). Individual members have enjoyed success in competitions near and far. The Floral Club meets at 7.30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month (with the exception of January) and provide a varied programme throughout the year. Demonstrators are invited to share their various skills in the art of flower arranging and speakers give talks on a wide range of topics. Some meetings are day schools or evening workshops for members to further their skills in floral art. The June meeting is always set aside for visiting well known gardens. Like all clubs we welcome new members and promote new ideas and provide skills for generations to come. The “Golden Year” has started, why not come along to this friendly club. Not all members like “doing” but just like “watching”, it’s your choice, you will be made very welcome. To wet your appetite we have three top demonstrators. On 7th July a floral demonstration entitled “Summer Palette” by Coral Gardener (National demonstrator), on 2nd August a floral demonstration entitled “Funky Flowers for Fifty Years” by Hans Haverkamp, (International demonstrator and codesigner of Winchester Cathedral 2015) and finally 1st November a floral demonstration entitled “A Touch of Gold” by Emily Broomhead (National demonstrator). These three demonstrations include seasonal refreshments. Tickets are available from Debbie Harper, “Tidy Top”, Newtown Road, Newtown, Romsey, SO51 0GJ. Tel. 01794 340859

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Early daffs will be in flower in time for Mother’s Day and primroses will be sprinkling creamy yellow blooms on banks and under hedges. Even some tulips flower in early March, especially the robust but gorgeous Tulipa Purissima in pure white. I try to think ahead for next year by ordering snowdrops, winter aconites and wood anemones for planting now. These do not like to dry out and are best planted “in the green” just after flowering. Catherine Thomas

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rowing hardy annuals is an easy way to fill in gaps and provide impact and colour later in the year in a newly planted garden. They can be sown directly into finely raked soil in the spring once the soil is warm. Here are some of my favourites to try: • • •

Nigella damascene commonly known as love in a mist, pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, mauve and blue followed by spectacular seed pods. Helianthus debilis, this form has smaller blooms than the classic sunflower but is very prolific growing to 1.2 metres so great for filling gaps towards the back of the border. Cosmos bipinnatus – these plants are very low maintenance and keep flowering all summer. They come in shades from pure white to deep pink, growing up to about 1 metre.

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Bare rooted roses are available to purchase and plant out now. Finish pruning any roses now before buds start to swell and grow. First remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches and then cut back remaining growth by one third, to an outward facing bud. Cut down any remaining growth on deciduous ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials which have been left for winter interest, taking care not to damage new shoots. Cornus (dogwoods) and Salix (willow) plants grown for winter colour should be cut back hard now.

Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris call: 07765 692396 or email: chris.nutt2@btinternet.com


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orum Publications Ltd began in November 2006 with the launch of the Alresford & Itchen Valley Forum. The concept of the magazine was to bring WILTSHIRE a fresh, exciting, high quality publication to affluent rural towns and villages within Hampshire. Providing regional news, events and items of interest. From small beginnings the magazine grew and in August 2008 Forum Publications launched its second title, the Stockbridge Forum which was an instant success; after three years the Stockbridge Forum DORSET had expanded its readership vastly and subsequently became known as the Test Valley Forum reaching homes from Romsey all the way up to the borders of Wiltshire. In 2015 we launched our third publication the Meon Valley Forum. This new title proved to be an instant success.We were delighted by the response from readers and advertisers alike. The response was so positive that in March this year the Meon Valley Forum will expand its readership again and become the Meon Valley & Solent Forum, reaching thousands of new readers between Southampton and Portsmouth. Meanwhile the founding magazine, the Itchen Valley Forum will be expanding too, encompassing Abbotts Worthy, Headbourne Worthy, Kingsworthy, Littleton and of course central Winchester. Every month the Forum magazines are filled with an exciting mix of content. We now have several dedicated writers, Sandra Pagan, Gill Grant, Claire Thurlow and Iris Crowfoot. Our writers bring interest to the magazines with their factual and amusing local articles. We also have a wealth of community and local interest news and events. Our reputation as the ‘Hampshire magazine to be seen in’ has allowed us to expand the magazines to reach a combined readership of over 56,000*. We print in excess of 22,500* magazines monthly which are either hand delivered door to door by our own dedicated delivery team or left at high footfall public places. Throughout all of the changes throughout the years we still pride ourselves in retaining our initial idea which was; ‘to provide a high quality, interesting community based publication’. There will be one more change to the magazines in the layout of the clubs and societies pages and local information pages. These will now provide just the name of the club or organisation and their contact details in the magazine. This will allow us space to add more groups and also provide a dedicated page for the group

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NEW FOR OUR ADVERTISERS Our busy website is also an ideal opportunity for advertisers to reach a huge group of additional readers who currently live outside of the delivery areas. We now have well over 2,500 unique visitors to the website every month.You can place an ad on our busy website for as little as £20pcm+VAT. So that we can cater for all advertising budgets we are also introducing a new Trading Post feature page which will allow advertisers to place an advert for a heavily discounted £30 a month +VAT for a 56mm x 56mm placement size. This feature is aimed at small independant businesses with a smaller advertising budget and is sure to be popular as is the well established Market Square.

THE FUTURE We hope that our readers and advertisers continue to enjoy the Magazines and we will continue to add new and exciting ideas over the coming years. We will also be adding more towns and villages to our readership as the year progresses. If you have any copy suggestions for us, then please feel free to email me: editor@forumpublications.co.uk I hope you enjoy this month's magazine! The Editor


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Clubs & Societies ARTS & CRAFTS O Abbotts Ann Arts For more information: Tel: 01264 712149. www.abbottsannarts.webs.com

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O Abbotts Ann Players For more information visit our Facebook page or contact Trish Wallis 01264 710918.

O Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) For more information: Chair: Mark Frank - Tel: 01264 810562. Vice-chair: Debbie:Tel: 01264 810147 www.stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk

O The Fly Dressers’ Guild John Leatherly - Tel: 01264 364850. Ron Dodson - Tel: 01264 810169 O Test Valley Turners For more information: Tel: 01962 851979

O Andover Art Society For more information: www.andoverartsociety.co.uk Keith Pattison 01264 392411. O Andover Flower Club. For more information: Jo: 01264 355335. O Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG For more information: Kate Fawcett: 01794 301754 O Burdock Valley Players Upper Clatford For more information: Sarah Chambers - Tel: 07901 866495 www.burdockvalleyplayers.com O Chilbolton Players For more information: Richard RichardsonTel: 01264 861082 or visit: www.chilboltonplayers. org.uk O Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) For more information: Chairman: Cliff Tucker - Tel: 01264 324513. Secretary: Ann Buckley Tel: 01264 365506 O Embroiderers Guild For more information: www. andoverembroiderersguildco.uk or Tel: 01264 364688 O Hampshire Woodcarvers For more information: Tel: 01425 470906 or www. hampshirewoodcarvers.blogspot. com

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O Bell Ringing at Sparsholt For more information: Tel: 01962 808167 jennywatson0831@hotmail.com O Bell Ringing, Kings Somborne For more information:Tel: 01794 388266 O Romsey Choral Society For more information: www.romseychoral.org.uk or call 07780 682316.

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O Romsey Male Voice Choir For more information visit: www.romseymvc.co.uk or call 01794 513235. O Test Valley Brass For more information: secretary@testvalleybrass.co.uk

HORTICULTURE O Broughton Floral Club For more information: Tel: 01794 516289

O Weyhill Electronic Organ Society For more information: www.weyhill-eos.co.uk Tel:01264 323213.

O St Mary’s Church, Broughton, Flowers: Gabrielle Tait Tel: 01794 301283

O Wherwell Singers Dale Webb:Tel: 01264 860074 www.wherwellsingers.org

O Stockbridge Church Flowers Angela McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236

O Zumba for Everyone For more information: www. zumba-around-winchester.com or contact sue@plays-r-ussell.com or Tel: 07947 410394

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O Test Valley Motor Enthusiasts Club For more information: Chairman, Ruth Hughes: 01794 515499 www.tvme.org.uk O Worthy Down Stamp Club For more information: Contact: dennisthomson@btinternet.com T:01264 358421

65+ SENIOR CITIZENS O Royal Air Force Association Ben Warren Tel: 01264 810522 O Royal British Legion For more information: Chair - Clive Mantell Tel: 01264 810804. Secretary: John Gale Tel: 01962 760225 Poppies: A McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236 O Royal British Legion Womens Section

For more information: (Stockbridge Branch) Secretary: Joyce Compton Tel: 01264 810898

65+ MUSIC & DANCE O African Drumming - Part of Broughton Traditional Arts Group (BTAG) For more information: Lynda Middleton: 01794 388002 O Andover Town Band For more information T:01264 324056 O Andover Music Club For more information: www.andovermusicclub.co.uk Tel: 0845 269 1812

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES O Broughton Twinning Association For more information contact: President: Dave Evans. Secretary: Juliette Keane. email: broughtontwinning@gmail.com O Test Valley Citizens Advice For more information: www.testvalleycab.org.uk or 01264 363545 or 01794 522137

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Or you can take a photo of your front, back and side, assess it yourself or send it to me. Good posture is more than just remembering to sit or stand straight (although that helps). It is embracing a whole lifestyle that also includes a variety of different and efficient movements throughout the day in order to reinforce good alignment.

Some ideas to get you moving throughout your day:

ow can I check my own posture? So to begin with, what do we actually mean by ‘posture’? It is rather an overused word and can be confusing. You could interchange the word ‘shape’ for the word ‘posture’. When I assess posture or shape, what I am actually doing is looking at the position of the body when sitting or standing, and where the centre of gravity lies. It is how the body has adapted to misalignment (eg. from prolonged sitting) that creates poor posture and an altered centre of gravity. Looking at the body from the side, as in the left-hand picture above (yup, that’s me – eek!), the spinal shape should be that of an elongated S, with a plumb line (centre of gravity) running from ear lobe, though the shoulder, hip, knee and down to the ankle bone.

• Squat to empty the dishwasher, washing machine or reaching into the bottom of a cupboard • Grab the top and sides of a door frame every time you pass though and hang out there for a while • Hop over the threshold of every doorway (don’t bang your head and swap legs each time) • Stretch your calves on the bottom step of the stairs (toes on the step, drop your heels down) every time before you go up • Use air cushions to sit on and standing desks in the office, and walk around when on the phone • Sit on the floor wherever possible (have a picnic as often as you can) • Have some barefoot time daily • Get down, get up, get out, just don’t sit!

So how can I recognise if I have bad posture?

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But what if I don’t have any symptoms?

If you don’t have any symptoms, be proactive! Check your posture. First, stand in front of a mirror then: • Check the position of your ear lobes, are they even? • Check your shoulders, are they the same height? • Check the skin creases at your waist, is one bigger than the other? If you see any discrepancy, you may have a sideways curve in your spine and/or imbalance in your pelvis. • Can you lift your toes up? If you can’t, your weight is too far forward. • Are your feet turning out to the sides or are your knees slightly turning in? If so, there will be increased torsion through the hips, knees and feet.

Without bending forwards, lower your head to look down

• Can you see your knees and most of your foot? If you can’t, you are pushing your pelvis too far forward (like me in the right-hand picture).

Now stand with your back to the wall, heels 10cm away from the wall

Go to our website for free downloads on posture, exercise, workspace set up and the dangers of sitting. Emma Wightman - Osteopath www.the-sop.com

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oga may be thousands of years old, but it’s more popular than ever today, practised by hundreds of millions of people around the world, including two million in the UK. It’s enjoyed by people of any age and can adapted to suit different levels of fitness and ability. Classes are run in church halls, gyms and leisure centres but specialist yoga studios, such as Studio Yoga, near Stockbridge, provide a more suitable setting to discover this ancient skill. Owner, Tamsin Kelly, saysTest yoga Valley provides Forum wide-ranging benefits and the variety of different styles means there’s something for everybody.

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