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he Hampshire Garden Festival, formerly known as the Test Valley Garden and Literary Festival encompasses all that is great about Hampshire. From Plants to Food, Practical Demonstrations to Books, this year’s Festival will provide great entertainment and a fantastic day out for all ages. Bigger and better than ever before, the Festival will be held on Sunday, 11th June 2017 at the most beautiful of locations – Bere Mill on the banks of the iconic River Test at Whitchurch. Plants and so much more The Hampshire Garden Festival 2017 will include a wide range of interesting and quite wonderful offerings so whatever your interests, you are guaranteed a truly great day out for the whole family. There really is something for everyone. For keen gardeners there are wonderful plants to buy from an array of plant stalls manned by passionate plants people. The vastly experienced Helen Yemm will host a Gardeners’ Question Time where all your horticultural questions will be answered and lively debate will abound. There are talks and lectures on all forms of horticulture and gardening as well as wonderful displays of garden accessories, equipment and art which you can buy and take home to your own garden. Gardeners’ Question Time One of the highlights of the Hampshire Garden Festival will be a ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Chaired by well known Daily Telegraph Gardening Correspondent Helen Yemm (Thorny Problems). Helen is a writer, lecturer and author of ‘Gardening in your Nightie’ – she is Sussex based and passionate about small gardens, having created a pint sized beautiful garden in East Sussex. Also on the panel are high profile and popular garden personalities that include Pippa Greenwood, the Hampshire based author, TV and radio personality, regular contributor to BBC2’s Gardeners’ World and BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time. Pippa is passionate about growing your own vegetables and herbs. In addition we have Rosy Hardy of Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants. Winner of 21 RHS Chelsea Gold Medals, Rosy designed the Brewin Dolphin show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2016. She focused the design on the River Test and called the garden ‘Forever Freefolk’. Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants will be exhibiting at the Festival. Demonstrations and workshops At the Hampshire Garden Festival our aim is to inform and inspire you. We have a range of free practical workshops and demonstrations that range from Willow Weaving to Hurdle Making, Butterfly Conservation to Tree Surgery. And for budding foragers, we even have a Fungus Identification class! Food and tasteful delights Enjoy our wide selection of food stalls taking in the widest selection of delights and tasteful wonders. Learn how to prepare great dishes for all the family. Meet expert chefs and learn about healthy eating as well as devilish delights. Books for all Literature and books have always been part of our Festival and this core theme continues in 2017. We have a wide selection of book sales for you to browse and select from as well as fascinating talks and

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lectures. Why not come and meet an author and explore how books can open up a whole new world of experiences? Learn about how poetry can expand the mind and reach hidden depths. Entertainment for the whole family The Festival has always been a great family day out and kids love the array of fun activities. Come and enjoy the music and spirit of Hampshire at its very best. It will be a wonderland of fun for the kids! From Alan Titchmarsh The Hampshire Garden Festival encompasses all that is good about Hampshire. It is a county rich in culture, history, art and literature. A landscape of beautiful countryside and, of course, gardens. Plants and flowers provide that vital connection with nature and our gardens are a refuge for wildlife and an escape from the hectic world we live in. But gardens are about those who create and tend them and I have always found that gardeners are people with real heart. They are people who care. Caring about nature and caring about each other is what really counts and that is why the Hampshire Garden Festival is such a wonderful event. A Festival organised to support a very worthy cause – The North Hampshire Medical Fund – that really does make a difference. From the North Hampshire Medical Fund The North Hampshire Medical Fund is very grateful to the Hampshire Garden Festival for their fantastic support. On behalf of the patients, staff and all of the board of Trustees say a very big thank you for amazing work supporting the charity. All the money raised goes towards the much needed hospital equipment which benefits the patients of Hampshire. About Bere Mill The Hampshire Garden Festival will be held at the beautiful Bere Mill on the banks of the iconic River Test at Whitchurch. This 18th century water mill is surrounded by contemporary gardens, water meadows and a farm which, worked on traditional lines, produces rare breed beef and lamb. A renowned stretch of the Upper Test, famous for its trout fly fishing, runs through the garden. The Saxon mill was the original paper mill for Portals, the company which first supplied paper bank notes to the Bank of England in 1718. Since 1993 it has been the family home of Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro. The garden is open for the National Garden Scheme and for visits by gardening parties and groups. beremillfarm.com Ticket prices

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oughton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge are excited to announce that Honesty Group – Artisans of fine baking and cooking will run their tearoom from 1st April 2017.

Honesty food is all about seasonal, simple, well cooked food, making use whenever possible of local, small producers. They hope to use some of the fresh, ripe produce from Houghton Lodge garden in their pies, tarts and soups that will be on offer through the season. This will be the fourth tearoom for Honesty, who have built up quite a foodie reputation. Their experience comes from the success of three other Hampshire/Berkshire tearooms, a hotel and restaurant and cookery school. Food is all made using no additives, chemical flavour enhancers or preservatives, and only rainforest alliance coffee beans and ethically produced teas. Customers to Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens can look forward to simple, classically English menus done really well.You’ll be able to splurge on stunningly good treats of breakfast pastries, bacon butties, home-baked cakes, biscuits, tarts, panini and sandwiches. There will be imaginative salads, filled pies, quiches, soup and cream teas. There will be a hot dish each day that will change as the season progresses. The tempting tearoom will also sell Honesty’s freshly baked artisan breads, jams and pickles to take home. When the weather is warm, you can eat outside, surrounded by scents from the flowers and surrounding kitchen garden. For more shelter, eat in the main tearoom or Orangery, with views over the walled garden. The House is open to Groups by appointment only and Honesty can provide a delicious pre-ordered lunch or afternoon tea. For those purchasing day fishing permits, the tearoom also offers hearty lunchboxes or hampers. Whether you are looking to indulge in a morning coffee, breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea - great food surrounded by gorgeous flowers makes for a winning combination.Visitors to just the tearoom and our art exhibition are welcome without the need to purchase a ticket for the garden. Houghton Lodge Gardens and tearoom are open from 10am – 5pm, 1st April – 1st October when the season ends with an Apple Day in the walled Garden. For more information go to www.houghtonlodge.co.uk

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Broughton Floral Club

7.30p.m. at Kings Somborne Village Hall. Floral Demonstration entitled “Spring Surprise” by Marion Catt. This is the third event in the “Golden Year” of the Club. Visitors are welcome.Admission for nonmembers £5 (pay at the door) includes tea/ coffee after the demonstration.

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Film Show at Chilbolton Village Hall

Doors open at 6.45pm, show starts at 7.30 pm. Wine, beer and choc ices on sale. Tickets £5.00 in advance, £6.00 on the door (if available).Tea/coffee and biscuits served in interval, included in ticket price. Call: Beryl Lawrence 01264 860618 or email: dlaw@davidlawrenceassociates.co.uk

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Romsey Singers Concert

7.30 pm at Romsey Abbey. John Rutter Requiem. Gerald Finzi Lo, the full, final sacrifice with works by Weelkes,Tallis, Gibbons, Blitheman, Goodall & Holst. Instrumental ensemble Robert Fielding (organ)Tickets: £14, £12 (reserved) £10 (unreserved) Half price for under-18s Online at Ticketsource, from Tourist Information Centre,13 Church Street, Romsey SO51 8BT Tel: 01794 512987 On the door (£2.00 extra) In association with Music in Romsey

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Abbotts Ann WI Easter Eggstravaganza

10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. This is an Easterthemed coffee morning with refreshments and activities for all ages, in the War Memorial Village Hall, Abbotts Ann, SP11 7AZ. No admission fee. (This is a fundraising event for our Centenary Celebrations this year).

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Stockbridge Community Cinema: Toni Erdmann (15)

Toni Erdmann takes an extended look at the fraught relationship of a young workaholic and her widowed father, an irrepressible practical joker with a penchant for disguises. A German comedy/drama (subtitled) which was the big hit of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Academy Award nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open at 7pm, films starts at 7.30pm.Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk

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Houghton WI Meeting

7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. 'Broughton Down, Flora and Fauna' by Susan Simmonds.Visitors very welcome. For further details please call: Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314

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Stockbridge Community Cinema: A United Kingdom (12A)

Biographical romantic drama about Prince Seretse Khama, later to become the first president of Botswana, who causes a diplomatic stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time. Film is shown twice, at 5pm and 7.30pm.Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk

Claudia Hirschfield in Concert presented by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society

Abbotts Ann WI Meeting

An evening of melodic, easy listening music, performed on electronic keyboard by the popular German Superstar.Venue: Fairground Hall,Weyhill, SP11 0QN Tickets £5 in advance, from Just Teasin,

7.30 p.m. Abbotts Ann War Memorial Hall. William Evans from Globe Galleries, Andover. Visitors always welcome. For further information please call Kate Bennett 01264 712028

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Fracking and the Countryside - Facts and Impacts

Caroline Dibden, an experienced petroleum geologist and a member of CPRE's national Fracking Advisory Group will shed light on the process and impacts of fracking in an illustrated talk which has been very well received elsewhere.The talk follows the AGM and social for CPRE members and would-be members at 6.30 which we warmly invite you to attend.

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An Evening of Welsh Song and Hampshire Brass

Featuring the Builth Male Voice Choir and Andover Town Band. At St Mary's Church, Andover. Doors open 6.30pm, concert starts at 7pm.Tickets £12 available from Andover Framing, 4 High Street, Andover, SP10 1NX. In aid of The Countess of Brecknock Hospice at Home Service and other local charities.

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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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Wherwell Singers' Gala Concert

Join the Wherwell Singers, guest choirs and soloists in a special concert as we celebrate our 10th anniversary.World premiere performance of Let Every Voice by Will Todd. Mozart's Requiem. Andrew Hayman - organ, Dale Webb - conductor. At St Peter and Holy Cross Church,Wherwell 7.30pm.Tickets: £12.50 - available on the door, at www.wherwellsingers.org or call Kim on 01264 720529


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y friend, Karen, had been ‘spring cleaning’ her garden. A winter coat of moss had accumulated on the small deck, making it as slippery as an ice-rink, so she set to with scrubbing brush and bucket of water. Unfortunately, her hard work revealed the rotten wood beneath, so she called in her builder friend to get rid of the thing before someone took a tumble. ‘I never liked it anyway,’ Karen said cheerfully. ‘I think the previous home-owner was a big fan of ‘Ground-Force!’ After a morning of ripping up decrepit timbers, the builder suddenly stopped. ‘I think you’ve got a lodger,’ he shouted. Lying low under the remains of the deck, snug against the house wall, was a large toad.With its greeny brown skin it was well camouflaged in a pile of logs and windblown leaves, only noticeable when it crawled a pace or two. Its eyes glowed like copper in the dim light, and the warty skin looked positively prehistoric. As a predator the toad is relatively small, at around 15cm long, but it can tackle a slow worm or a small mouse, as well as slugs and bugs. ‘I suppose it was hibernating.’The builder scratched his head. ‘Looks like it’s going to be evicted now.’ ‘No, wait!’ Karen looked around her modest garden. ‘There must be somewhere we can re-house him.’ ‘Him?’ ‘Toady. Give me a couple of days; I’ll find something.’ Karen’s toad isn’t unusual in choosing a home without a pond or stream in sight. It seems that ‘bufo bufo’, to use the scientific name, only seeks a large expanse of water during mating season. Depending on the weather, they can emerge from hibernation as early as January if conditions are mild. Mainly nocturnal, they do enjoy a daylight wander after a spot

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of rain, but Toady seemed reluctant to go anywhere. This is a good thing. Spring can be a dangerous time, particularly at dusk, as toads set off on the annual pilgrimage to the breeding ponds, risking life and limb evading cars and vans on country lanes. Luckily for the toads, many have guardian angels in the shape of toad patrols, whose volunteers, equipped with hi-viz vests and torches, scoop the amorous amphibians into buckets and carry them to the safety of the pond. Once they’ve reached the breeding ground, the fight to secure a mate begins. If successful, the female lays long strings of eggs, as many as 20,000, in the weeds at the water’s edge and in around two weeks these hatch into tadpoles. If they can avoid being eaten by predators such as fish, birds and frogs, the tadpoles will gradually lose their tails, and develop into adult toads.Their knobbly skin carries a foul-tasting toxin which deters predators, although some, like wily otters, have figured out how to detach the toxic parts. Karen limited her toad rescuing efforts to one particular specimen.Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, she tracked down a dark green, ceramic ‘toad house’ for next-day delivery, and installed it in a dark, damp corner of the garden under a large hydrangea.When push came to gentle prod, and the remnants of the rotten deck were gingerly removed,Toady scuttled off in disgust – making a beeline for his new home on short, sturdy legs. Meanwhile, Karen’s boyfriend, Mike, had been tidying up his own garden and was delighted to discover a toad of his own. It had taken up residence in a soakaway by the garage, and was surrounded by fat, juicy slugs. ‘I got rid of them all’, he said. ‘I can’t have my toad living in all that mess.’ ‘You realise that was probably its larder you tidied away?’ Karen said. ‘You’d better go and find it some more slugs!’


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NEW SITE AND DATES ANNOUNCED FOR

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival

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he Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is the largest festival in the world entirely devoted to history, and it takes place annually in south-west Wiltshire at the end of June. In 2017 it will be moving site to Church Bottom in Broad Chalke. A hidden gem lying amidst ancient chalk pasture and narrow coombes, the new site is now closer to the City of Salisbury than the previous location and it has better access routes. Festival Programme Director, James Holland, said: “We’re obviously sad to be leaving Ebbesbourne Wake, as we’ve had five happy years there. But Church Bottom is also an absolutely stunning spot and still in the heart of the Chalke Valley, two factors we believe are of vital importance.’ The dates for this year’s Festival have also been announced. It will take place from Monday 26th June to Sunday 2nd July, with the Schools Festival for Year 6, 7 and 8 pupils scheduled on Tuesday 27th June and Thursday 29th June, and Year 10 and 12 students on Wednesday 28th June. Distinguished historians and well-known commentators will again be headlining the speaker programme. Names already confirmed include David Cannadine, Ken Clarke, Suzannah Lipscomb, Monty Don, David Owen, Artemis Cooper, Chris Patten, Don McCullin in conversation with Max Hastings, Philippe Sands, A.N. Wilson, Dan Snow, Harriet Harman, John Julius Norwich, Bettany Hughes, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Matt Frei, Claire Tomalin, Michael Frayn, Peter Frankopan, Jenni Murray, Antony Beevor, Anita Anand and William Dalrymple. And flying over from Germany will be Niklas Frank, Hitler’s Godson. As in previous years, there will be another amazing line-up of historic war birds flying over the site during

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the weekend, as well as music and dancing at a specially-themed party on the Saturday night. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary not only of the Battle of Passchendaele but also of The Russian Revolution and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, with both events being highlighted during the Festival week by Professors Robert Service and Catherine Merridale. There will also be two special study mornings which will include a seminar on the Napoleonic Wars and a special event featuring three German wartime Knight’s Cross winners who will be talking about their experiences. Plus, there will be more displays and demonstrations by living historians than ever before, all eager to share their passion for and knowledge of the past. There will be something to entertain or educate, whatever age you are. The full programme outlining a wide range of activities, and giving more details about the talks and topical debates taking place, will be announced in due course, and tickets will go on sale on 26th April. Further information about the Festival will be posted on the website at www.cvhf.org.uk over the coming months. For further information, please contact Alex Hippisley-Cox on 020 8488 3764/mobile 07921 127077 or email her at ahipcoxpr@btconnect.com The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place at Church Bottom, Broad Chalke, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5DS. For more details about the Festival, please visit www.cvhf. org.uk Follow all the news on Twitter at @ CVHISTORYFEST and on Facebook, Pinterest and Google+.


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Culture

II IMPRESS: AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY PRINTMAKING: 1ST APRIL - 6TH MAY

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isherton Mill is offering visitors a chance to come back for more with II Impress, a second exhibition of contemporary printmaking which follows on from Impress, the gallery’s highly successful print show last year. Showcasing work by a new, and similarly diverse, group of artists, it features work ranging from striking architectural scenes in zinging colours to gentler, more naturalistic animal and flower prints.

Jennie Ing: St Paul's with Millennium Bridge (III)

Two of the exhibitors work with linoprints, but each use this popular technique to create very different results. Jennie Ing creates stylised images of famous buildings in which the geometric patterns she sees in the architecture are highlighted using strong contrasting colours such as shocking pinks, midnight blues and acid greens, while Gail Kelly’s prefers to work in quieter monochromes. She prints her

WHAT'S ON AT RUM'S EG THIS SPRING

Ebb & Flow - Sue Tinkler & Paul Sansome, 12 April to 20 May Ground Floor Inspired by travels to Iceland, Isle of Harris, Vietnam,Venice and (closer to home) Micheldever Woods, Winchester Artist, Sue Tinkler, has used a variety of glassmaking techniques to create new artwork including glass panels and vessels in response to Paul’s inspiring and atmospheric photographs.

Susie Prangnell – Abstract Landscapes in Pastel, 12 April to 20 May - First Floor Susie's paintings are inspired by the sights

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and sounds of the wilder landscape. An expanse of moorland, the corner of a hedge, or a woodland pool can all be experienced as special places. She is intrigued by ideas of fragility and resilience, order and chaos, the hidden and the apparent and she seeks to explore the balance between them and evoke a sense of mystery. Her paintings evolve from location sketches, colour studies done in the studio, and her memories and impressions of a place. An obsession with painting and drawing and a love of the natural world in childhood continued throughout various jobs and family life and, in 2008, Susie was able to paint full time and exhibit her work. She lives and works on the Isle of Wight.

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linocuts onto soft Irish linen to create images inspired by the countryside. They rely on her skill at creating strong graphic lines for their impact and recent work includes a series depicting gardens complete with flower beds, shrubs and even the odd snail. Other exhibitors prefer more unusual printing techniques. Amanda Ross is a botanical artist and instead of using a traditional printing plate, she prints her artwork using actual plant material, working with pressed flowers, fabric and ink to create her delicate images. Bird-lover Sue Brown specialises in collagraph printmaking, which involves making a collage combining tile cement, carborundum and found textures. The technique provides intaglio prints with deeply textural surfaces and allows her to create areas of interesting surface pattern which is particularly suited to her lively images of birds with their lovingly depicted feathered details and sense of texture. Admission free. Open: Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm, Sat: 9.30am-5.30pm. Tel: 01722 415121 www.fishertonmill.co.uk Fisherton Mill Salisbury, 108 Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QY

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tockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) is pleased to announce that its forthcoming production will be From Stockbridge to Silence which will be presented in Stockbridge Town Hall on 6, 7 and 8 April 2017 at 7.30p.m.The play has been written by SADS member Jean Cooper-Moran who has drawn on local sources of history and memories to create a highly touching piece. With an age range of characters that runs from a 12-year-old boy to a woman in her 80s the large cast comprises many familiar faces from SADS as well as several actors who are new to the Society. Tickets will cost £8 and will be available from local shops, details of which will appear on posters and on the SADS website www. stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk or they can be bought now on-line (10% booking fee) at Ticket Source (www. ticketsource.co.uk).


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Jane's Kitchen

EASTER BISCUITS

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very traditional recipe for Easter biscuits, or cakes as they are sometimes called, originating from the West Country where they would be given as gifts or served to friends with tea on Easter Sunday.

Ingredients 4 oz of butter 4 oz caster sugar 2 oz currants or mixture of chopped candied peel and currants 8 oz plain flour 1 tsp mixed spice 1 medium egg (separated)

Method • •

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. • Add the beaten egg yolk with the flour and the mixed spice and dried fruit.

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• Mix well to a stiff dough. Allow to rest in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes and then roll out to a thickness of approx ¼ inch. • Cut into rounds with a 3 inch fluted cutter and place on a baking sheet. • Bake for 10 – 15 minutes until slightly risen and a pale golden colour. • Remove from the oven and brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar. • Return to the oven for a further 5 – 7 minutes. • Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight tin.

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OUR ITALIAN INSPIRED MENU Woodfired pizza & paninos, sharing platters, soups, salads & stews...

NEW OPENING HOURS

As well as our deli & bistro we also have a traditional fresh fish counter with daily deliveries from the Cornish day boats of Looe, Cornwall.

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PROMOTION ISSUE 106 | APR IL

The White Hart, Stockbridge IS BACK, BETTER THAN EVER

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traditional 16th century coaching inn,The White Hart has served the locals and visitors of Stockbridge, Hampshire, for more than 400 years.The pub was well due a smart new look then - and it has just reopened following an exciting five-week refurbishment.The work has seen both structural and style changes made, but crucially, the new look and feel is entirely sympathetic to The White Hart’s rich history. Indeed, the design beautifully reflects local hunting and fishing heritage, emphasising the pub’s country appeal and creating a special environment in which to dine, drink and stay.

The Warren Room

The highlight of the refurbishment is unarguably the pub’s new restaurant,The Warren Room. A beautiful country dining room balancing contemporary style and rustic charm, it opens straight out onto the pub’s lovely terrace, affording diners superb views across the pub’s grounds. The Warren Room will also be available for private hire as a function venue, ideal for private parties, drinks receptions and business meetings alike. It seems set to be particularly popular in summer, when the double doors to the garden offer the opportunity for an evening soiree in the sun. 22

All-Day Dining

Whatever the weather, the new dining room promises to be a sublime setting in which to enjoy fine fresh food.The talented chefs at The White Hart remain as committed as ever to creating fresh, locally sourced ‘Best of British’ dishes, and continue to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. At the bar, all the old favourites remain - and beer fans can also enjoy extra ales and lagers added during the recent closure. Spirits lovers, meanwhile, will continue to wonder at The White Hart’s ‘Whiskey Wall’, boasting more than fifty different ways to enjoy a nightcap. Find out more about the new-look White Hart and book dinner at The Warren Room, by heading over to the White Hart Stockbridge's website. Tel: 01264 810663 www.whitehartstockbridge.co.uk whitehart.stockbridge@fullers.co.uk The White Hart, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30am - 11pm Sat & Sun: 08.30am - 11pm


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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: Libby Redman: 01794 301228 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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COMMU N IT Y I SSU E 1 0 6 | APR IL

Community

OVER £1 MILLION EU FUND AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT RURAL BUSINESS IN THE TEST VALLEY

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he EU Loddon and Test LEADER Programme offers £1.3 million in funding to small businesses and not-for-profit groups in north and west Hampshire, including rural Test Valley over the next few years. Administered by a Local Action Group, working in partnership with Test Valley Borough Council, three applications totalling nearly £70,000 have so far been awarded

Robert Benford, Local Action Group Chair comments, “It is wonderful to be able to fund so many innovative projects that help us to grow our local economy, find jobs and enhance community services. If you have a project idea, or a business you’d like to grow, please give us a ring for an informal chat, we’re happy to help in any way we can”.

LEADER offers support for projects which provide services to the rural communities. Previous local LEADER programmes have helped farmers, foresters and smaller enterprises including conversion of farm buildings to a B&B; modernising a farm shop; expansion of a micro-brewery; new forestry equipment and café; a cheese producer to pasteurise their own milk; wood processing equipment; capital building and equipment for visitor attractions and many other business projects. If you are a rural business and would like to discuss your project idea please contact Emily Preston, LEADER Programme Manager on 01962 845560 or visit www.ruralfunding.co.uk.

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ost music lovers will have heard vaguely of Kosmos, but never had the chance to see the trio in person and enjoy an astonishing and unique musical experience. The three met while at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College nearly ten years ago, and are now established international soloists. However in addition to their individual careers, the virtuoso violinist Harriet Mackenzie and viola player Meg Hamilton realised back then that if they fused their instrumental sounds with a sophisticated accordion they’d satisfy their joint interests in Balkan and other music from worldwide cultures. So they were joined by the like-minded Serbian born Miloš Milivojevic, now also internationally renowned. His huge accordion spans five octaves – no keyboard, just chromatic buttons – and boasts a myriad of stops that generate anything from a full orchestra to twittering birdsong, shimmering sea to jagged tango. Critics down the years have variously described the Kosmos performances as revelatory, mesmerising, refreshing, exciting,

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sparkling, vibrant and so on. This one was dazzling. The trio structure each piece, work it out in detail, and infuse it with much improvisation, as in jazz. They’re clearly musically telepathic. No music stands, no scores. Elsewhere in the programme, the multifaceted Mackenzie could have been chopping meat with her bow, while in another piece gliding and skimming through rippling water. Hamilton wrenched the most gloriously rich tonal colours from her viola, particularly in a long solo improvisation before being joined by the others to create a beautifully elaborated version of the John Williams theme from Schindler’s List. As for a Serbian folk tune, how could an accordion and fiddles be played at such speed? These are truly exceptionally gifted classically trained instrumentalists who have used their talent to revolutionary effect. Not surprising that Kosmos is booked all over the world well into next year and beyond. A wonderful evening. May they prosper. Words by James Montgomery

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he Andover Town Centre Partnership (ATCP) is delighted to announce the success of the third annual Town Tidy Day on Friday.

The Tidy Day encompassed a range of events involving local businesses and the local community including a Litter Pick, bollard re-painting and improvements to key areas of concern. The event was sponsored by local firm Simplyhealth, who also provided a team of staff to join the litter pick and is organising a River Cleanse later this month. Town Centre Manager, Chris Gregory, said: “Part of the work of the Town Centre Partnership is to improve the appearance and attractiveness of the town and what better way than to take direct action to improve some very visible issues. We were overjoyed with the turnout of businesses, residents and organisations which meant that despite the torrential rain we collected 35 refuse sacks from the town and a bike.” Equipment and support was provided by Test Valley Borough Council’s Environmental Services Team who assisted with the litter pick and carried out other cleansing tasks. Construction giant AMEY sent a team to assist with the litter pick and re-paint damaged bollards around the centre. For more information, please contact Chris Gregory on 07854 027080, email chris@heartflood.co.uk or visit www.andovertcp.co.uk

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ith my fingers enveloping a mug of Earl Grey, I shut my eyes for a moment while the first rays of a burgeoning spring sun warm my face delivering, if the news is to believed, a much needed dose of vitamin D. The garden bench was slightly damp but no matter, my mind ran through a plethora of images of my perfect garden: from the tall purple alliums caressed by golden fennel, to deep aubergine coloured acers, sun-worshiping olive trees and pots full with tumbling ivies, lavenders and scented herbs. The wind blew up while a ferocious looking cloud smothered the sun and I was abruptly dumped back into my horticultural horror. The garden- if one can call it that- has what I believe is known as a skeleton; curved low walls, a small raised terrace, various vintage, (made last month and allowed to rust), obelisks and a profusion of strategically placed pots. Then there’s the brown stuff - soil – though mine has more similarities to builder’s rubble than the luxurious loam of an herbaceous border. Yet this patch of poor old sod is nothing short of living history. When the Pagan Pup turns archeologist, as he is apt to do, he unearths all manner of Pagan relics, “So that’s where my trowel got to”. And many a family BBQ has been interrupted by a mud and worm encrusted Thomas the Tank Engine toy being tossed into someone’s lap. “Hey Mum, I’ve been looking for that!” “What since you were five? You’re fourteen now!” Who would have thought the barren winter branches of a forsythia hedge could look so attractive with various tennis, golf and footballs rammed into its thicket? The early spring chill drove me indoors where the vista from the window was somewhat disappointing.Yes, I have a wooden obelisk painted in sage green, but the ball was

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knocked from the top by the ace thwack of a tennis racket rendering it yet another broken plaything. My garden does have architectural plants – lateral spreading junipers, cypress, climbing vines and honeysuckle, but the only real sign of fresh spring was some tulips in an urn, struggling to make their presence felt in amongst something dead, last year’s attempt at under-planting… “Come on, Sandra, cheer up. It’s not that bad, you’ll soon knock it into shape”. And there you have it. I have three burly men in the house who all view the garden as a place for beer induced snoozing or, in the case of Star II, a place to practice tennis, “Ooops sorry could I have my ball back please.” None of them are about to knock anything into shape. No, tending to our wilderness over the years has fallen to me, but now I’ve got this back/ knee/ hip you see, so no more digging or sweeping for me. A decision had to be reachedgardener or chiropractor? Easy, gardener. Ben the talented and tolerant happy horticulturalist now comes and tends to my wilderness, all I have to do is text saying my spikey bush needs sorting and he’s there. We have a special understanding; he doesn’t use the correct Latin terminology with me, as he knows it’s pointless. Instead when I say I’d like something large and purple growing up the shed he simply asks if I want the yellow flowers, (weeds, I think), taken out first. Then all that’s left to do is to nod wisely while he tells me what he’s going to do this month and the next. Then it’s off to our local emporium of all things green and flowery to purchase a purple thing. The years of wilderness have been nipped in the bud! Sandra Pagan


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A series of special prizes will be given away to entrants at random during the entry/nomination period. Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote business excellence and especially to focus on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of the spotlight. It’s a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure. Businesses can nominate themselves, partners, suppliers, or other local businesses which they feel deserve an Award, and members of the public may also nominate businesses. The Awards are free to enter and all nominations/entries must be done online, via the website. Businesses are encouraged to enter as many of the categories as possible, following the relevant judging criteria, explaining the reasoning for nominating in 200-250 words. For more information about the Awards, judging criteria, and to nominate or enter, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk. 30

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Church Services ANDOVER O St. Michael & All Angels Sunday 2 April 10.30 Sunday Celebration Sunday 9 April 10.30 Eucharist Service Easter Sunday 10.30 Eucharist Service 11.30 Traidcraft Shop Sunday 23 April 10.30 Eucharist Service

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BROUGHTON O St. Mary's Sunday 2 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 The Bible Uncovered Sunday 9 April 09.30 Holy Communion Thursday 13 April 19.30 Eucharist of the Last Supper and Foot Washing Friday 14 April 14.00 Meditation Easter Sunday 06.30 Sunrise Communion at Nutley Farm 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 30 April 09.30 Holy Communion for the Benefice Wednesdays 09.30 Holy Communion

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Friday 14 April 14.00 Good Friday Mediation with Wherwell Sunday 16 April 10.00 Easter Day Family Communion Service Sunday 23 April 10.00 Family Service

CRAWLEY O St. Mary's Sunday 2 April 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 9 April 10.00 Palm Sunday Non-Eucharistic Service Friday 14 April 10.30 Easter Garden Sunday 16 April 10.00 Easter Day Non-Eucharistic Family Worship Sunday 23 April 10.00 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School

HOUGHTON O All Saint's Church Sunday 9 April 09.30 Holy Communion Friday 14 April 10.00 Holy Week Trail Easter Sunday 11.00 Holy Communion

KING'S SOMBORNE O Methodist Church Sunday 2 April 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 9 April 10.00 United Service at Parish Church Easter Sunday 10.30 Holy Communion Sunday 23 April 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 30 April 10.30 Morning Worship O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 2 April 10.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 9 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Palm Sunday 'Christians Together' United Service Thursday 13 April 19.30 Agape Service 'Christians Together' United Service Friday 14 April 10.00 Good Friday Hour by the Cross service Easter Sunday 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 23 April 10.00 Matins 18.00 ALiVE All Age Worship Sunday 30 April 10.00 Parish Communion

LITTLETON O St. Catherines Sunday 2 April 16.00 Cafe Church in Church Room Sunday 9 April 10.00 Palm Sunday Holy Communion Service with Donkey Procession Friday 14 April 12.00 Good Friday Meditation Easter Sunday 10.00 Easter Day Family Communion Service Sunday 23 April 10.00 Family Communion and APCM

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SPARSHOLT O St. Stephen's Sunday 2 April 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 9 April 10.00 Palm Sunday Non Eucharistic Service with Donkey Procession Thursday 13 April 20.00 Easter Vigil with Holy Communion and Washing of the Feet Easter Sunday 10.00 Easter Day Family Communion Service Sunday 23 April 10.00 Family Communion

WHERWELL O St. Peter & Holy Cross Sunday 2 April 10.00 Family Communion 18.00 Meditations Sunday 9 April 18.00 Palm Sunday Non Eucharistic Service Friday 14 April 14.00 Good Friday Mediation Easter Sunday 10.00 Easter Day Family Communion Service Sunday 23 April 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 30 April 10.00 5th Sunday Benefice Communion Service @ Wherwell


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Results are consistently excellent – last year, our A-level results were the best of all of the Salisbury schools, either state or independent, with 47% graded A* - A. However, more than this, it is the huge range of opportunities given to girls that really sets Godolphin’s Sixth Form apart. We offer a unique programme called the Elizabeth Godolphin Award designed to expand horizons, develop leadership and highly transferable ‘soft’ skills, and help girls become self-motivated, independent learners with a strong sense of personal responsibility. This has been praised by employers with consistent feedback that it gives girls the experience they need to stand out in the competitive world of employment. As well as this, Godolphin Old Girls have access to ‘Go Forward’, our network connecting girls with alumnae with particular industry knowledge or relevant experience. The benefits of all-girls education really become evident in the last years of school. With no distractions or pressures to conform, girls are free to follow their own path and learn from mistakes in a safe, supportive environment. They more readily pursue traditionally maledominated subjects – currently 50% of students in the Godolphin Sixth Form are studying at least one Science subject. And our smaller class sizes (with an average of 10 in a group) ensure individualised attention every step of the way. Our Snapshot Mornings provide the opportunity to meet staff and pupils and see the school in action on a typical school morning. If you would like to book a space on 28th April, please contact our Assistant Registrar, Corinna Florence, at admissions@godolphin.wilts.sch.uk. www.godolphin.org

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Tim Jackson, Andover College Principal explains further: “These latest data from the government demonstrate that not only do our students achieve outstanding results (100% pass rate for all A Levels in 2016), they also make phenomenal progress during their time here due to the excellent teaching team. The progress our students make is amongst the best in the country - we genuinely take our students further than if they went to other colleges in the area and this is what defines Andover College. We call this the ‘Andover College Guarantee’ – our promise to support each and every student to do the very best they can”.

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only fulfil, but achieve grades beyond their original potential. It is, in essence, a measure of the improvement students make and is a powerful indicator of the quality of a college’s teaching and learning.Value added recognises that students will have different starting points (some will naturally be more able than others) and the proportion of these students will vary between colleges. An outstanding college, like Andover with top value added scores, will enable students to succeed beyond their initial expectations.

Andover College is committed to class sizes which ensures students get exceptional levels of support, both academically and socially. Former students attend the best universities in the country including the famous Russell Group and leading Art and Design Institutions. Andover also offers the widest range of courses of all local colleges – 40 A level subjects; almost 50 vocational subjects from level 1-3; Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning options To find out more about the College’s huge range of A Level, professional and technical courses and Apprenticeships please go to www.andover.ac.uk

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here are an estimated 10 million people with some form of arthritis in the UK. It is the most common cause of disability in the UK and can affect people of all ages, not just older people. There are different types of arthritis and osteoarthritis is the most common. It is commonly described as wear and tear in the joints. Although there are many treatments available for arthritis sufferers, to date there is no cure, so management of the disorder is paramount. The National Clinical Guidelines for Care and Management in Adults with Osteoarthritis, developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions at the Royal College of Physicians, state “Exercise should be a core treatment for people with arthritis irrespective of age, comorbidity, pain severity or disability.” However, many people living with arthritis find exercising painful. Hydrotherapy, which is exercising in warm water provides support for the body allowing weight relieving movements and exercises which may not be possible to achieve on dry land. Scientific studies have shown that hydrotherapy can improve strength, joint mobility, weight loss and general fitness plus relieve pain in people with various forms of arthritis and related disorders. Studies have also shown that it is more effective than land based exercises. It is different to normal aqua aerobics in that the water temperature is warmer than in a normal swimming pool and the exercises are tailored to suit the individuals needs. Participants do not need to be able to swim and hoist chairs are provided to assist people into and out of the pool should it be required. Hydrotherapy is overseen by a Chartered Physiotherapist, which means they are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy to ensure safe and effective practice in compliance with their standards of practice. Hydrotherapy can be provided by the NHS but is often limited to six sessions. However, as arthritis is progressive, ongoing hydrotherapy would be extremely beneficial for these people. For this reason Romsey Arthritis Hydrotherapy Group (RAHG) was formed. RAHG is a locally self funded registered charity, which helps people cope with different types of arthritis and related disorders by providing relief through hydrotherapy exercise. The Group meet twice week at Red Lodge Community Pool, Bassett and has over 40 members at present. The Chairman, Linda Hill has been at the helm for 7 years. RAHG is hoping to join the prescription for exercise scheme whereby GPs can refer patients for hydrotherapy. To join the Group you don’t need a referral just call Linda Hill on 01794 323838.

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HOW CAN EXERCISE HELP WITH THE FEELINGS OF HOPELESSNESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION?

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ental health is finally making it into the media. Prince William recently discussed it for the Heads Together Campaign, ‘Trust Me I’m a Doctor’ are making it a regular feature and Theresa May is being urged to take action with the rising suicide rate, to name but a few. But with our struggling NHS, overstretched mental health services, and prescriptions of anti-depressants doubling in the last 10 years, what can we do for ourselves to feel better and avoid (or reduce) medication? Have you heard of ‘Ecotherapy’? Sounds good doesn’t it, so good it must be expensive, right? Nope! Ecotherapy is simply exercise outside. Exercise has been proven to boost mood and improve feelings of well-being, and exercise outside has now been shown to be more effective for depression and anxiety than antidepressants. WOW! The colours, sounds and smells of the great outdoors stimulate our senses in a way that the gym or urban environments don't. Equally getting physically fit and achieving personal goals boost our confidence and self-esteem and help combat feelings of hopelessness, which can often come over us when we're feeling low. Playing sport with others can have even greater impact as it provides an opportunity to strengthen social networks, talk through problems with others or simply laugh and enjoy a break from family and work. To get the most from Ecotherapy it's important to find a sport you love and can stick at - try different things, be it walking, swimming, running, football, cycling or taekwondo! Having a physical health illness can also be a cause of mental health problems so staying active, and therefore physically fit, can help maintain mental health too. Osteopaths regularly give exercises ‘on prescription’ as part of our treatment plans, and are increasingly doing so for mental health problems.

What activities do you recommend? People have different levels of fitness, ability and availability, but NHS guidelines for 19-65 year olds suggest 150 minutes of activity - be that walking, team sports or swimming - per week. Here are some ideas: • A daily 30 minute walk, especially good if you can meet a friend on the way. Use the trees, posts and fences to reach up to, balance on, bend under or climb over. • At the playground, don’t just sit there! Use the structures to stretch, swing from and pull up on • Plant some seeds, dig, bend, stretch and enjoy the smell of the earth • Climb a tree – go on, you can do it! • Set yourself an exercise goal, such as the Couch to 5K, where you can gently build your fitness • When driving, stop a little short of your destination and walk the rest of the way • Open water swimming. Even a paddle in a stream or river will be very stimulating! There is benefit in doing exercise in a structured way to help with mental health problems - making sure that your activity levels are consistent, and that you do a similar amount of exercise each week. It can also help to have something to look forward to, particularly if the type of exercise is something social. Above all, if you’re feeling down, keep in touch. Don’t withdraw from life, contact your friends and family. If you have been feeling low for longer than 2 weeks, come and visit our lovely new psychotherapist Claire Marsden, see your GP or call NHS 111. Emma Wightman - Stockbridge Osteopath www.the-sop.com


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pril. Finally, spring has sprung! There is life in our soil. Flowers and weeds alike are popping their heads out of the brown stuff and skyward. There is much to do in Spring for any gardener and with that comes the risk of injury and all those aches and pains associated with digging, weeding, racking and mowing. It will come as no surprise, then, to discover that March, April and May are the busiest months in a Chiropractors calendar too, with lower back pain being the main culprit for driving us to their doors. But it doesn’t, necessarily, have to be this way. Nick Richmond from The Chiros Clinic in Andover has some top tips to minimise injury. Nick Richmond

An easy way to do this is to lie on your side and lift both legs in the air and hold them there for 7 seconds, relax for 5 seconds and repeat 8 – 10 times and then roll over and repeat on the other side. This is a great back protection exercise. • Swap sides. If you are digging using your right foot to press down on the spade; change over half way through and use the left foot. This will help to alleviate any undue stress on the dominant side of your body. • Bend de knees! Watch your back. Just like all the Health and Safety videos say, don’t let your back do the lifting – let your legs do it. Equally, don’t bend down to weed, rather kneel on a kneeling pad or rest on your haunches so that your back doesn’t take the strain.

For those for which this advice is too late and already have weak backs there is still hope. The Chiros Clinic have introduced an EMS machine to the practise. EMS stands for Electrical Muscle Stimulator and is, essentially, a machine that will make your muscles do a work out for you. In simple terms it is a suit that you put on that has electrodes built into it which as you go through a series of very basic, easy to do exercises the machine will fire up your muscles and make them work under a load without you having to put any DC MMCA MCC stress on your joints. This has the benefit of letting you have a much And everyone at Life more intensive workout than you would in a gym, in a much shorter • Warm Up. Just as you wouldn’t start weight training or any other Health Osteopathy, Nutrition, period of timeVitality without you working up a sweat! strenuous exercise without a warm up, nor should you when The Chiros Clinic, Allergy Testing, digging or gardening. Sometimes, especially when working with Spine Andover The EMS machine has helped hundreds of people who haven’t been heavy soil, it’s easy to underestimate the amount you are asking Strength Sports Therapy, able to exercise due to a weak back or old injuries, who have been Chiropractic your body to lift or shift. By stretching first and starting with less Hypnotherapy, able to strengthen and recover using this machine. physical jobs, warms up your muscles for the heavier ones, making Wellness Would like to injury less likely. Homeopathy and wish you all a very To book an appointment for the EMS machine, • Make sure your core muscles are switched on. These are the Counselling Happy Christmas call The Chiros Clinic on 01264 324924. muscles around your middle that align your spine, ribs and pelvis.

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"I recently signed a two year phone contract with a new network provider but the reception in my home is terrible. Is there any way I can get out of the contract, or have I just got to stick with it? " While poor signal doesn’t give you a right to cancel your contract, you should be able to make a case to your phone company to end it. If you bought your mobile online or over the phone within the last 14 days, you can cancel the contract without needing a reason by contacting your provider. But if you bought it in store or have had the phone for longer, you’ll need to ask to leave the contract. Contact the company and explain the problem. They may give you a device which can boost your signal. If this doesn’t work, you can ask to terminate the contract. However they will usually ask you to pay an exit fee, which can be as much as the remaining cost of the contract. Paying the exit fee could allow you to terminate the contract immediately, but if you don’t want to pay then make a complaint using their complaints procedure This can take time, but if you haven’t got a resolution after 8 weeks, ask an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service to intervene. An adjudicator will make a decision on releasing you from the contract. Lesley Rose - Advice Services Manager For further help, call the consumer service helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or contact your nearest Citizens Advice.

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