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his month, the Forum takes a look at Hampshire’s fantastic summer festivals, fetes and shows. Whether your interest be music, art, culture or food, there is a festival for you. So, why not get out there and enjoy the entertainment that our rich and diverse county has to offer? We also have our regular interesting articles and features. A big 'thank you' to our readers for all the recent compliments about the magazine. Over the last year we have worked hard to increase the editorial content and we hope to continue adding new features as the year progresses. Next month we will be taking a closer look at our plethora of independent food shops and artisan food producers throughout Hampshire. There will be plenty of interesting foodie news and articles to tantalise your taste buds! If you would like to be part of our 'Foodie' feature in the July edition email: editor@ forumpublications.co.uk 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 includes all the local clubs and societies in detail. visit: www.forumpublications .co.uk

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he Winchester Festival started in 1998 and it quickly grew into a festival with over 25 events and total audiences of 5000 plus. Looking back on the last 20 years, we remember outstanding talks from the likes of Michael Portillo, David Starkey, Roy Strong and Brian Sewell, Sandi Toksvig and Robert Winston, and sublime moments from the Tallis Scholars, Steven Isserlis and John Williams. As other festivals have emerged, we have endeavoured to remain vibrant and relevant. The Winchester Festival’s strength lies in the broad range of its programming, showcasing musicians with an international reputation alongside renowned authors and speakers, and giving a platform to talented performers from Hampshire. This year is no exception. Our aim is to bring arts of the highest calibre to Winchester. The 2017 programme includes homages to Rachmaninoff, Queen Victoria, Shakespeare and, in the year that marks the 200th anniversary of her death, Jane Austen. Along the way we will delve into the mysteries of China, the daring of the SAS and the secrets of MI5 and hear exquisite music by Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart and Schumann, alongside beautiful 20th-century repertoire. We would like to acknowledge the crucial role that our patrons, sponsors and donors play in keeping the Festival afloat. We could not bring such a programme to Winchester without the help and support of a myriad of companies and individuals and we are hugely indebted to all the people who make the Festival possible each year. With growing competition, increasing artists’ fees and reduced arts funding, we are extremely thankful that our sponsors, donors and patrons continue to help us. Special gratitude goes to Godwins Solicitors, our Principal Sponsor, for their unstinting enthusiasm and support, and to our generous Festival and Event Sponsors (particularly to the Friends of Music in Winchester, Rathbone Investment Management and the Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Charitable Trust), and lastly to our patrons – they are the heart of what we do.

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We very much look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Winchester Festival in July and hope that you will find much to interest and entertain you in the performances in Winchester’s many wonderful venues. Carol Butler (Festival Director) and Ginny Sherriff (Literature Consultant) TALKS • John Simpson in conversation with Alastair Stewart, Guildhall, 8th July • Canon Andrew White, My Journey so Far, The Wessex Centre, 9th July • Michael Wood, The Story of China, Guildhall, 10th July • Stella Rimington in conversation with Peter Guttridge, Guildhall, 11th July • Ben Macintyre, SAS Rogue Heroes, Guildhall, 12th July • Joanna Trollope, On Jane Austen, Theatre Royal, 13th July • Tristram Hunt, Ten Cities that Made an Empire, Theatre Royal, 14th July • Kate Williams, Victoria: Becoming Queen, Theatre Royal, 15th July MUSIC • Tasmin Little and the European Union Chamber Orchestra, Vivaldi Four Seasons, Cathedral Nave, 7th July • Ashton Singers, St Cross Church, 8th July • Wessex Sinfonietta, St Paul’s Church, 9th July • Lunchtime young musicians’ series at St. Lawrence’s Church, 10th to 14th July • Voces8, Choral Dances, Cathedral Quire, 11th July • Hampshire Youth Orchestra, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Great Hall, 11th and 12th July • Primavera, Cathedral Quire, 13th July • Southern Voices, Sun, Moon and Stars, St Cross Church, 14th July • Lucy Parham/Alex Jennings, Elégie: Rachmaninoff – a Heart in Exile, Theatre Royal, 15th July DRAMA • Meeting Miss Austen, Discovery Centre, 8th and 9th July • My Dear Cassandra, Jane Austen walk, Tourist Information Centre, 10th to 13th July

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CHRIS WALKER AND THE PEDIGREE JAZZBAND - SALUTE TO TRAD JAZZ UPPER CLATFORD VILLAGE HALL SATURDAY 10 JUNE AT 7.30PM

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he “Salute To Trad Jazz 2017” show is the brainchild of two musician friends – Chris Walker and Roger Marks – who share a fondness for the style of jazz popularized by the likes of Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Kenny Ball and others in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. This is the period that became known, in Britain, as the “Trad Boom”. Many of the record releases that made it into the hit parade at that time are seldom to be heard in the jazz clubs of today, perhaps because the likes of Midnight in Moscow, Green Leaves of Summer, Livery Stable Blues, Chimes Blues and the William Tell Overture require a certain amount of careful rehearsal to do them justice. They are, however, included in the “Salute to Trad Jazz 2017” show. Needless to say the band is continually adding new memories and old “hits”. After three highly successful years of co-leading the band with Chris, Roger retired from the touring scene and the show is now presented entirely by Chris Walker, professionally as always, with some informative commentary, anecdotes and, of course, humour. Tickets for this fabulous evening cost £15 and are available from the Clatfords’Village Store, the Crook & Shears PH and online from www. upperclatfordvillagehall.co.uk For more information about the show or call 01264 336808 or www.pedigreehazzband.co.uk.

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ring sunshine into your life and enjoy a Party Night with all the dancing fun you could wish for: Club Dancing, Jive, Salsa, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, Tango, Merengue, Bachata, great Group Dances and much much more. Everyone welcome, whether you've been dancing for years or are a complete novice, whether you come with a partner, friends or on your own. Silvia & Max get everyone dancing! Salsa y Sol Dance & Yoga www.salsaysol.co.uk www.dancingwinchester.co.uk At the Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB

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wo years ago, Romsey Male Voice Choir enjoyed a successful concert tour in Jersey singing with the Island’s only male choir, The Jersey Harmony Men. At the end of April, the Harmony Men returned the compliment to sing a kaleidoscope of music with RMVC at the Methodist Church in Chandlers Ford, where a full and appreciative audience helped the choirs raise the grand total of £1910 for the Eastleigh Child Contact Centre – a charity actively supported by the Church. Both choirs sang a varied programme of arrangements from their repertoires, but the applause was loudest following joint numbers including Unchained Melody,You’ll Never Walk Alone and Bring Him Home from Les Miserables. In the audience,Vivienne Ames from the Eastleigh Child Contact Centre was enthusiastic about the evening, and grateful to RMVC for choosing to help the work of the charity. “On behalf of the trustees of our charity I can’t thank you enough. I thoroughly enjoyed being part of the audience and it is with great pleasure that your donation will in part go to replacing some of our toys for direct use by the children. Thanks to both of the choirs for the magnificent performance of An American Trilogy as the finale to the concert, I think it outshone Elvis’s version!” Eastleigh Child Contact Centre runs supported contact sessions for referred families. Its focus is the children of separated families, offering the opportunity for them to spend time with one or both parents, where there is no viable alternative for contact to occur. Romsey Male Voice Choir’s next local concert, Men & Magnificent Music’ will be held in Romsey Abbey on Saturday 15 July 2017. For more details visit www.romseymvc.co.uk.

ROMSEY CHORAL SOCIETY AND SOUTHAMPTON CITY ORCHESTRA CONCERT JULY 1ST 2017

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omsey Choral Society and Southampton City Orchestra open the 2017 Romsey Arts Festival in the wonderful setting of Romsey Abbey. The programme, titled A Night at the Opera is a Gala concert of popular opera choruses and orchestral interludes. You could be swept away by the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, or join the Spanish celebrations in three dances from de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat; or hear the exuberance of the gypsies and toreadors rejoicing in their respective ways of life interpreted by the composers Bizet and Verdi. In contrast, you’ll be moved by the poignant vigil of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly during the delicate Humming Chorus and by the sadness of a people in exile illustrated by the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves. And your heart will rejoice in the stunning and joyful overture from Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. These are just some of the compelling pieces that have delighted audiences consistently and are on offer in this programme. Romsey Choral Society and Southampton Orchestra enjoy a wellestablished musical partnership and are delighted to be performing together again under the baton of the talented John Traill, CSO’s Principal Conductor. For more details and for tickets go to www.romseychoral.org. uk or call 07780 682316. Tickets are also available on the door.


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Wallop Artists

We meet every 1st Thursday of the month for demonstrations by professional artists, from 7pm to 9.30pm at Wallops Parish Hall. If you have an interest in Art and would like to be part of our friendly group, just call Barbara Waits on 01264 782110

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Antiques, Furniture & Collectors’ Event

At Stockbridge Town Hall. An opportunity to browse, experience and buy a wide range of antiques, furniture and collectables from local traders. A wide variety in age and style of interior, exterior and decorative items. Free entry. All ages welcome. Enquiries to lakewoodsmith@hotmail.co. Or call: 07970 797306

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Stockbridge Community Fete

At Stockbridge Recreation Ground 12-5pm. Over 40 stalls with something for everyone. Refreshments and entertainment. Our raffle offers amazing prizes donated by local businesses. Come along and join us for a fun afternoon out! Price: £1 entry per adult, free car parking.

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Wherwell Church Fete

Held at 12 noon on Saturday 10 June in picturesque Church Street. The Fete will offer a Pimms Tent and a lunchtime hot dog barbeque. Stalls will include a bouncy castle, tombola, games, plants, cakes, produce, books, gifts and more. Refreshments in the Village Hall.

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Broughton Water Buffalo Open Farm

Please see our website for details: www. broughtonwaterbuffalo.co.uk or email: tania@water-buffalo.co.uk. Broughton Water Buffalo, Broughton, SO20 8AN

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'I Was Glad': Treasures of English Church Music

As part of the Romsey Festival, the Romsey Singers and the Romsey Abbey choirs will combine for a concert to celebrate 400 years of English choral and organ music.Tickets: Romsey Tourist Information Centre, 13 Church Street, Romsey.Tel 01794 512987 Or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ musicinromsey 10

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Summer Drinks & Canapes

Join us from 6.30pm in the beautiful walled garden of Houghton Lodge for a summer evening of drinks and canapes. Tickets: £12.50 (in advance only) available from: Julie Moldon: 01794 388204 / jmmoldon@googlemail. com or Sue Marshall: 01794 388538 / susanmarshall42@icloud.com. Proceeds in aid of Friends of All Saints' Church, Houghton.

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Brett Wales in Concert: Weyhill Electronic Organ 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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Stockbridge Community Cinema: Manchester By The Sea (Cert 15)

A moving story about an uncle obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. 2 Oscars for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Casey Affleck) and Best Original Screenplay plus 4 other nominations. 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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Stockbridge Community Cinema: La La Land (Cert 12A)

Showings at 4.30pm and 7.30pm.The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. 16 Oscar nominations and 6 wins including Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Director (Damien Chazelle) and Best Music. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time.Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www. stockbridgecinema.org.uk

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St Peter's Church Flower Festival

The church is open from 10.00am to 6.00pm on each day although on Sunday there is a Songs of Praise service at 10.45 (all welcome). Free admission with donations to St Peter's Church. Contact: Angela on 01264810236

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The Harmonium Singers: With a Voice of Singing

At St Michael & All Angels, Colebrook Way, Andover. 7.30pm. Tickets (incl refreshments) £10 at the door, £8 from Newbury Building Society, The Lights and from choir members. Under 14s free

Picnic and Dancing to Abba's Angels

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On the lawn at Goodworth Clatford Village Club. Tickets: £15 available from Clatford Stores or 01264 353055.

Sparsholt Village Fete will be held on Saturday 24th June from 1-4pm in the heart of our beautiful village. Stalls with gifts, plants, books, cakes and more. Raffle, coconut shy, splat-the-rat,etc. Admission £2 (children free). For more information contact Hilary: 07786 308934

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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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Festival of Flowers 'Happiness is...'

At St. Andrew's Church, Newton Toney SP4 0HF (just off the A338 between Salisbury and Tidworth). Also in the village hall; art exhibition in conjuction with Allington Artists, craft stalls, light lunches, tea/coffee, homemade cakes & cream teas available throughout the festival. For more informationcontact Lesley Greasley on 01980 629541

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BOSSINGTON O St. James Sunday 4 June 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 18 June 18.00 Meditation

BROUGHTON O St. Mary's Sunday 4 June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 The Bible Uncovered Sunday 11 June 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 18 June 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Pet Service Sunday 25 June 09.30 Family Communion Wednesdays 09.30 Holy Communion

CHILBOLTON O St. Mary the Less Sunday 11 June 10.00 Morning Prayer

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Sunday 25 June 10.00 Family Service & Thanksgiving for Fete in the marquee at Broxton House

CRAWLEY O St. Mary's Sunday 4 June 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 11 June 10.00 Morning Worship Sunday 25 June 10.00 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School

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KING'S SOMBORNE O Methodist Church Sunday 4 June 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 9 June 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 18 June 10.30 Morning Worship 15.30 Messy Church Sunday 25 June 10.30 Holy Communion O St. Peter & St. Paul Thursday 1 June 10.00 Parish Communion (Pentecost)

Sunday 11 June 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Family Service Sunday 18 June 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Matins Sunday 25 June 10.00 Parish Communion 18.00 ALiVE Ecumenical All Age Worship First & Second Wednesday 10.15 Holy Communion

LITTLETON O St. Catherines Sunday 11 June 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 18 June 18.00 Peace & Wholeness Sunday 25 June 10.00 Family Communion with Commissioning of Margaret Heaps as City Centre Chaplain to the Law Courts

MOTTISFONT O St. Andrew's Sunday 4 June 18.00 Evensong Sunday 11 June 11.00 Messy Church Club Sunday 18 June 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 25 June 11.00 Family Service

NETHER WALLOP O St. Andrew's Sunday 4 June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 11 June 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 18 June 08.00 Holy Communion

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OVER WALLOP O St. Peter's Sunday 4 June 09.30 Family Service Sunday 11 June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 18 June 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 25 June 08.00 Holy Communion

SPARSHOLT O St. Stephen's Sunday 4 June 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 11 June 10.00 Welcome Worship Sunday 18 June 11.00 Trinity Sunday Service @ Northwood Park to be followed by a BBQ Sunday 25 June 10.00 Family Communion

WHERWELL O St. Peter & Holy Cross Sunday 4 June 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 11 June 18.00 Benefice Evensong Sunday 25 June 08.00 Holy Communion


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t is no secret that Wherwell is one of the prettiest and most photographed villages of the Test Valley. What has been kept secret is that it boasts some wonderfully attractive gardens too!

On Sunday 25th June there will be the opportunity for you to view some of these secrets. There will be 9 gardens open to the public from 1.30pm – 5.30pm. They range from small traditional cottage gardens, through modern planting schemes to the formal country house garden. There are gardens bordering the River Test and others created in the chalk hillside. Whatever your interest in gardens and gardening there will be something to delight, inspire and interest you here. You can gain entrance by purchasing an explanatory leaflet and map for £5 from the Village Hall in Church Street. There is also the opportunity to buy tea, coffee, homemade cakes and Pimms, so noone need go hungry or thirsty!

One way to achieve the seclusion and intimacy many of us value in our gardens is to create overhead structures, whether these are pergolas, arbours, arcades, loggias or gazebos. In our gardens pergolas are wonderful for sitting or snoozing in the dappled shade after dining in the space beneath or as a relaxing route to another space. Best of all, they can be beautiful. A pergola dripping with misty blue wisteria seems peculiarly English, despite the plant’s oriental origins. The flowers hang down beneath the structure, unlike a rose or clematis which is best seen from the bedroom windows. It is wonderfully fragrant in May and June and the Chinese Wisteria sinensis repeat flowers, though less spectacularly, in late summer. Besides the sensuous flowers, wisteria has real architectural qualities: the twisted stems acquire an aged, gnarled character in fewer years than you might expect, giving your garden a venerable appearance, and the foliage is handsome and full, creating dappled rather than dense shade.

Plants will be on sale at the Village Hall and one of the gardeners will also be selling plants and woodcraft. Profits will go towards the maintenance of the Village Hall.

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special schools, to ensure inclusivity for all and to give children opportunities for self expression through writing. She is calling for Test Valley schools to take part. "I am excited," says Cat Randle. "This project is a new and fun way to look at English and will help students improve their literacy and boost confidence.”

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est Valley Arts Foundation, with sponsorship from BeWiser in Andover, are supporting local spoken word artist, Cat Randle, with her vision for a Spoken Word Festival in several Test Valley primary schools.The aims are to give primary school children in years 3 -6, a means to provide spiritual, moral, cultural and artistic development and self esteem by creating and seeing their words in electronic print and communicating to the community. Initially Cat would like the project to be piloted in 8 schools / education environments, including the home school network and

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arden design is the art of creating spaces for people in nature. These spaces can be enclosed, intimate and secluded, stimulating and energising or relaxed and calming. Sometimes these different ambiences can occur naturally but, as gardens are all about encouraging nature to do what we want it to do, usually we have to work at creating such spaces.

With the aid of a spoken word artist, the event will commence with a writing competition which includes poetry, prose, flash fiction and short skits and the schools themselves will judge the entries by popular vote. All the winners from the schools will be displayed and performed at The Lights in Andover and an i-book anthology will be created to provide an affordable teaching tool to schools that can be used as part of Key Stage 1 as the reading and spelling words will be included as part of the contest. It is anticipated that this project will commence in June and develop throughout the next academic year. Ultimately it is hoped that this will develop into an annual spoken word celebration. If you/your school is interested in taking part, please contact Cat Randle on 07841032093 or by emailing her at: yourbrilliantsolutions@gmail.com


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y Charlie is missing. Not my home-loving American tabby, who moved back to the UK with us 12 years ago, but another animal not native to these shores.The Charlie who’s gone AWOL is a skunk. Having seen plenty of these in the USA – and more to the point – smelled the traces of them in the ‘backyard’ or by the roadside – I can’t imagine why anyone would want to keep one as a pet.Yet it seems that around 2000 people in the UK do just that. Around the size of a domestic cat, the skunk is remarkable, not only for its markings which range from vivid black and white stripes to a grey/brown, but for its pong! If it feels threatened it can spray foul-smelling liquid from scent glands beneath its bushy tail. As it can spray as far ten feet, this is enough to deter all but the hungriest of predators.The Animal Welfare Act prohibits removal of the scent glands, so a pet skunk clearly needs very careful handling. Charlie still hasn’t been apprehended. It’s been a couple of weeks now and the East Hampshire community has been keeping a look-out for the elusive skunk in the hope of reuniting him with his worried owner.The trouble is skunks are mainly nocturnal, coming out at night to hunt for rodents, worms and frogs, or snacking on berries, leaves and fungi. Nor are they averse to scavenging on carrion or rubbish; so if your bin-bags have been ransacked, this time it might not be the fox who’s to blame.Thanks to Facebook, potential sightings have been posted, although some are a little vague: “Does it look like a very small fox and move like a ferret?” “It may have been a cat.” Skunks are intelligent, inquisitive animals, and Charlie has been spotted ambling beside a garden centre, checking out a golf course and (possibly) stealing eggs from a roadside stand. Unfortunately, they also have little road-sense or sense of direction, so let’s hope Charlie is a quick learner. Of course, it’s always possible that he’s hooked up with another skunk. In 2009 a colony was discovered

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living happily in the Forest of Dean, probably the result of a breeder throwing them out into the wild, so a Hampshire ‘gang’ is unlikely, but possible. Some non-native species do extremely well.Victorian landowners imported North-American grey squirrels as a novelty for their parkland estates. Now there are millions of them.The grey’s ability to put on fat helps it to survive winter better than its less robust red cousin, and worse still, it’s a carrier for the squirrel pox virus which is fatal for reds. Luckily in Hampshire there’s a population of red squirrels on the Isle of Wight, but otherwise you’d have to go to the Scottish Highlands or Anglesey for a chance of seeing one. On the bright side, scientists are working on fertility control for the greys, experimenting with contraceptive-laced bait – Nutella or peanut butter have been mentioned – but there’s still a long way to go. Meanwhile in the Rivers Itchen and Arle environmentalists face a similar problem with crayfish.The signal crayfish was introduced from Sweden in the 1970s to breed for the Scandinavian market, but its larger size and aggressive nature have caused great harm to the native species, as well as spreading the fatal crayfish plague. But not all these ‘incomers’ are unwelcome, and some definitely bring a smile to my face. On a drizzly spring day in Kent, the suburban calm of my parents’ garden was disturbed by a sudden riot of colourful plumage descending on the bare branches. A flock of parakeets has taken up residence in the neighbourhood and seems to be thriving, despite their preference for a warmer climate. Meanwhile, Charlie, the skunk is still on his walkabout, but I’m keeping my eyes open in case he shuffles over this way soon. To find out more about saving the red squirrel, please see the website www.rsst.org.uk


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We are a local vintage furniture and homeware business based in Hampshire and source our items in the UK and across Europe. We live in the beautiful Test Valley and every year hundreds of mayflies come to visit the River Test (hence our name!). We have an online shop but as the public appetite for vintage furniture and homeware continues we have recently opened a 3,000 sq ft showroom set in a beautiful old flint farm building. We are located on a picturesque farm on the A30 just outside the pretty town of Stockbridge and have our own car park so there is ample parking. Mayfly Vintage was established after years of my husband and I collecting vintage pieces of furniture and homeware in the UK and across Europe. Collecting pieces is our passion and we wanted to share what we find. We only stock items which we would have in our own home and our style is an eclectic mix: farmhouse vintage, industrial, French vintage, country house, retro and decorative pieces.

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tudents, teachers, staff and governors at Harrow Way are all celebrating the news that they have impressed Ofsted following a ‘short inspection’ of the school in March 2017. The inspectors provided Harrow Way with a glowing report declaring them once again a ‘good’ school with a number of areas receiving high praise. Headteacher Michael Serridge said: “We are very proud to receive this recognition from Ofsted who last inspected the school in 2013. The report is full of very positive comments about the leadership team, teaching, safeguarding and the general culture here at Harrow Way. The inspectors recognised the hard work and commitment of the entire team which ensures we continue to provide our students with a first class secondary education”. The inspectors noted that the school was calm and purposeful with teachers and pupils both proud to be part of the school community with parents reporting that their children were happy at the school and appreciated the ease of communication with staff. Parents also acknowledge how they work in partnership with the school and that problems are solved quickly and effectively. One parent echoed the views of others describing a ‘dedicated group of staff led by an exceptional headteacher’.

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Headteacher Mr Serridge is well known for his commitment to continuous improvement with the report commenting that the head ‘keeps a sharp focus on aspects of the school that need to further improve and has taken decisive actions to bring about improvements in several areas’. Safeguarding is a top priority at all schools and the inspectors praised Harrow Way for developing a culture of safeguarding which is recognised by staff, parents and most pupils. Parents said they were positive about the care and support pupils receive, especially when they needed additional help. Importantly pupils know that poor behaviour will not be tolerated with the majority confident that, should it occur, bullying will be dealt with effectively The report also praised the range of systems introduced to record and monitor student progress which provides teachers with detailed information to effectively plan lessons with the right level of support and challenge saying: “teachers know their pupils individually and use a wide range of specific strategies to extend their learning, Teachers have high expectations of pupils to work hard and achieve the best they can and pupils appreciate that teachers make lessons enjoyable and plan work to challenge all in the class”. The report concluded by acknowledging how Mr Serridge had reviewed and revised the curriculum to enable pupils to achieve their potential and to support more pupils to achieve the highest standards they can in their GCSEs. For further 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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odolphin is passionate about educating girls for the 21st century and equipping them with the skills, aptitude and adaptability they will need to cope in a very modern, fast paced, global society. Pastoral care is key – we believe to reach their full potential, girls need to be provided with a safe environment where they can take risks, be supported in setbacks and receive encouragement every step of the way. Such an approach really works. Our academic results in 2016 were outstanding with 68.2% of all GCSEs graded A*-A and the best A Level results for 3 years including big increases in the A*-A and A* B categories. However, more than this, our girls leave us as confident, well informed and independent young women with a sense of adventure and a real zest for life. With an extraordinary reputation for art, music, drama and sport and almost 100 clubs on offer, we really do offer something for every one of our pupils. We also have an extensive school transport network with two routes from Winchester, taking in a number of the villages en route to Salisbury. Come and join us at one of our Snapshot Mornings. For further information please contact our Assistant Registrar Mrs Corinna Florence: 01722 430545 www.godolphin.org

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Community Professional

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ometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes, when you have lots you want to share and cannot find the words, then you produce a picture. This is very much the case with Paul. When Paul came to Boaz a few years ago he did not speak.

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After patient work, Paul now speaks to people and enjoys life at Boaz. Upon arrival, Paul often draws a picture to illustrate one of his favourite topics – the circus. The rest of the day he works around the farm on chickens, horticulture, woodwork and of course craft. In addition to making items that Boaz can sell, people do their own projects. For Paul, this meant a clown outfit, including squirty flower, squeaky pocket, hat and clown shoes! Boaz offers therapeutic work to people who have mild to moderate learning disabilities. Each day we see people take on and meet new challenges and gain in confidence. In Sutton Scotney, just north of Winchester, we provide an inclusive working community that is easy to join and feel part of. We are named after Boaz, a kind farmer in the Old Testament, who left space on his farm for the needy to come and work, gleaning crops that were deliberately left behind by his workers. Work is an important part of our human identity. That is why the day at Boaz has a rhythm based around working and learning together. Volunteers are a key part of life at Boaz and much of the work with our members is done by people just like you, who have a warm heart. Do you feel stirred up to call, email or visit us? We work with people from their 20s to their 80s, so no excuses please! Stuart Palmer - Manager Tel: 01962 761749 admin@boazproject.co.uk www.boazproject.co.uk

TEST VALLEY VILLAGES LECTURE WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE, 8PM: LOOKING AT ART: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

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f you've ever stood in an art gallery and thought that you could be getting more out of your visit, this is the talk for you. Dr. Govier will share tips drawn from years spent exploring art with people who don't have specialist knowledge but are interested in looking and thinking about what they can see.You'll come away with a 'toolkit' of questions and approaches to try for yourself. Louise is General Manager of the Mottisfont and South West Hampshire group of National Trust properties, and curates exhibitions for the art gallery at Mottisfont. Before joining the National Trust, Louise worked for The Art Fund, was an art history lecturer and was Head of Adult Learning at the National Gallery. Her books include 'One Hundred Great Paintings' (Yale University Press / National Gallery, 2010). All are welcome. Entry £4, includes a glass of wine or juice. Full time students free. This event is at Broughton Village Hall.

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fter the frantic stage of crafting and submitting entries, the Test Valley Business Awards now moves to the calmer period where the individual Gold Sponsors carefully judge their many entries as part of the gradual build-up to the prestigious Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony later on in the year; at which this year’s winners will be announced. The biggest Awards to-date, the Test Valley Business Awards has received over 170 entries to this year’s 6 Categories; each now sitting with the judges to determine which of these local businesses will be announced the 18 finalists for 2017. Businesses entering had the opportunity to submit for any, or all, of the following 6 categories, judged by the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors • • • • • •

Doing Business Locally – Taylored IT Apprentice Employer of the Year – Andover College Innovation & Technology Award – University of Southampton Science Park New Business of the Year – Test Valley Borough Council Small Business of the Year – Wilkins Kennedy The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business – Phoenix Transconnect

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 shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow. For more information about the Awards, please visit: www.tvbawards.org.uk.


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STEPS TO YOUR FIRST FRONT DOOR!

Could this be the year you buy your first home? Given that buying a home is the single biggest purchase most people will ever make, it’s important to get it right. If you are a first time buyer, here are ten key steps you will need to take in order to buy your first home: 1. 2.

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Get in touch with a mortgage provider. Agree a mortgage in principle; this will tell you the price of the property you can afford to buy. Go house-shopping. Look at as many properties as you can to get a good idea of what is out there and don’t forget to explore local facilities. Will the area suit you? Make an offer. When you have found the property for you, you can make an offer, keeping in mind the amount you can borrow. Meet with your mortgage provider. Speak to your mortgage provider and finalise your application for your mortgage. Decide what you need to know about the property. The property will be valued, producing a basic report. If you want to know more about the property, you can organise for a home buyers or full building survey to be undertaken. Instruct a Solicitor. Now you will need to instruct a legal representative to undertake the conveyancing process for you. Receiving an offer. If your mortgage provider is satisfied with all the information in your application, they will make you a mortgage offer. Paying the deposit. You will need to pay the deposit to your solicitors, who will arrange the purchase.

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Contract exchange. The contracts will now be exchanged and a completion date agreed. 10. Completion day. Your purchase is now complete and you can collect the keys to your first home. Congratulations! Remember, within your initial purchase, various fees may be payable, including; stamp duty, solicitors fee, valuation fees, application and booking fees. Have you considered Shared Ownership? Purchasing a Shared Ownership property means part buying, part renting your property. You’ll buy a share of the property at first, paying rent to a housing association or landlord for the rest. You will only need to pay a deposit on the part you are initially buying. You will be paying your mortgage as well as rent to the housing association or landlord. Buying this way could mean a lower initial deposit with an option to buy more shares further down the line.

For more information on buying a home, you can visit our Andover branch, call us on 01264 361455 or email andover@newbury.co.uk

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As a result of all the changes, the council has saved more than £100,000 and that figure is expected to continue to rise. The projects are part of a broader digital transformation strategy being implemented by the council, which aims to ensure that the authority keeps pace with the changes in customer expectations as a result of the development of new technology. 1 to 1 Fly Fishing Experience

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Wellbeing WOMEN'S HEALTH: THE PELVIS

Don’t slouch Don’t sit in a C-shaped curve, sit up and off your tailbone. This allows the tailbone to move backwards, creating space and improved tone in the PF. Feel the Bulge in the Basement All muscles need to be long and strong to be healthy, including the PF. A short, tight PF is weak, so it is vital to learn how to relax it too. As you inhale, allow the PF to relax and gently bulge, like lowering the PF into the basement. As you exhale engage and lift the PF. Stay Active Finding activities that engage the core and the glute (buttock) muscles are key. Try brisk walking with gradients and a variety of terrains, and learn how to squat (avoid sit ups). Avoid Straining and Constipation Chronic coughing, constipation and being overweight all increases the pressure on the PF. Check your nutrition and general health.

Stress Incontinence

Stats suggest that over half of all women will experience incontinence at some point in their lives, and it’s not just a case of being over a certain age or after childbirth. Even young girls, especially the extremely athletic, or those with chronic coughing conditions, such as Cystic Fibrosis or asthma can suffer. It is incredibly common. But being common, does not make it normal, and avoiding certain activities or wearing pads is not OK. Leaking urine, hemorrhoids, separation of the abdominal muscles (diastasis recti), pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, pain on inserting a tampon or painful sex, low back or hip pain are all signs there is PF dysfunction.

Beat Aches and Pains Osteopathy can help you beat stress-incontinence, diastasis recti (abdominal muscle separation), pelvic pain and congestion. Osteopaths take into consideration all these factors and will guide you through exercise programmes, lifestyle changes and gentle treatment to improve the balance and alignment of the pelvis and through the body. For the extended article, with more detail and relevant posture and exercise videos, please visit the website www.the-sop.com

Emma Wightman - Osteopath www.the-sop.com

Kegel’s can make matters worse

Traditionally, the advice given for stress incontinence (leaking on jumping, sneezing, running etc) are pelvic floor (PF) exercises, also known as Kegel’s. If you can do a Kegel, great, you know where your PF is, but there is so much more to PF health. Actually, just doing Kegel’s can worsen the problem, as it can reinforce misalignment, or shorten and tighten the PF too much. It’s vital to remember that the PF is part of the core or abdominal canister. Imagine the core like a fluid filled balloon, with the diaphragm on top, the pelvic floor as the base, and the spinal and abdominal muscles wrapping round to create the sides. Each component of the core is connected and therefore has the power to impact upon neighbouring, and even far reaching structures. And vice-versa. So, now you can see that in order to rectify pelvic dysfunction, we must go beyond Kegel’s.

Top tips for pelvic floor health Pelvic Floor Exercises aren’t Enough The chances are, that if you have only ever done just Pelvic Floor (PF) exercises, you are still experiencing some stress-incontinence. Learn new ways to effectively strengthen your PF. Educate yourself The PF is part of your core, continuous with your abdominal muscles, diaphragm, spinal muscles and sacrum. Therefore exercise needs to target the core (and more) to influence the PF. Breathe Easy Learning how to breathe into the lower ribs, relax the shoulders and fully utilise the diaphragm improves the pressure within the abdomen and off-loads the PF. 30

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hen Hannah Aitken went to get a second opinion for her chronic knee pain, she had one thing on her mind, a fantastic holiday to Australia and being well enough to enjoy every moment. Mrs Aitken, 55 from Ashurst tells her story, from a painful birthday in France to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Typically patients stay 3 – 4 nights at Spire Hospital when recovering from this type of surgery but Mrs Aitken was keen to recover as soon as possible and was discharged home after 3 nights. “Though the surgery was on a Wednesday, I was well enough to go home on the Saturday and with help from the physiotherapists, I was up and about the following Thursday. It wasn’t easy and apparently a partial knee replacement is harder to recover from than an entire knee replacement but I worked at it.” Mrs Aitken had physiotherapy at Spire Southampton’s Rehabilitation Centre – Perform, in Millbrook.There she was supported by specialist Physiotherapists who worked with Mrs Aitken to help her achieve her ultimate goal.

“I was in France last summer, celebrating an important birthday with friends, when my knee just went, it gave way. I was in agony but managed to soldier on for the weekend. As soon as I got home I went straight to my GP. I had a steroid injection but that didn’t work and after an MRI scan I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I was still in agony and really felt I needed a second opinion so I used my private health insurance and was given Mr Tilley’s name.” Mr Tilley is a specialist lower limb orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Southampton Hospital, with a particular interest in hip and knee replacement surgery and lower limb trauma, especially those with osteoporosis. “He saw the earlier MRI scan and stated the injection would never have solved the problem because I had a tear in the cartilage and a cyst growing on the tear.That appointment was 13th September 2016 and on the 21st September, I was booked in for my partial knee replacement at Spire Southampton Hospital under the care of Mr Tilley. I wanted it sorted quickly as I’d booked a trip to Australia the following February and had every intention of still going regardless of the surgery and a long flight. ” With the holiday of a lifetime coming up, Mrs Aitken was admitted to Spire for a ‘unicompartmental resurfacing’, also known as a partial knee replacement. Although anxious she was determined to be finally free of her knee pain and to be confident to enjoy her forthcoming adventures. 32

“Just five and a half weeks later I was back at work, full time and I was almost back to normal. At my six week, post-operative appointment with Mr Tilley, I wanted to get more bend in my knee. I’ve now achieved this, I’m an active person, I love my job as well as walking and cycling and I felt I was just too young to slow down. I can honestly say the surgery was the best thing I’ve ever had done. I was in so much pain before and it was really stopping me from living life to the full. Now I’m not only wearing my heels again, I’m travelling and as you can see, climbing bridges in Australia.”

About Spire Healthcare Spire Healthcare is a leading independent hospital group in the United Kingdom. We deliver high standards of care, with integrity and compassion and from high-quality facilities to our insured, Self-pay and NHS patients. From our 38 hospitals, 10 clinics and two Specialist Cancer Care Centres across England,Wales and Scotland, we provide diagnostics, in-patient, daycase and out-patient care. We also own and operate sports medicine, physiotherapy and rehabilitation brand, Perform. Working in partnership with over 3,800 experienced consultants, our hospitals delivered tailored, personalised care to more than 274,000 inpatients and daycase patients in 2016. Spire Healthcare offers in-patient/daycase procedures in areas including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology, neurology, oncology and general surgery and also diagnostic services including imaging and pathology, and is the principal independent provider by volume of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom. We also offers out-patient services, such as consulting, minor procedures, treatments, health checks and physiotherapy.


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Wellbeing HOW NATURE’S “MIRACLE FOOD” HAS TURNED AROUND MY MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS AND CHANGED MY LIFE

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veryone with MS knows there’s no hope.Your decline is inevitable.You get worse. An autoimmune disease with no cure. For the latter stage of my life, I’ve only been able to walk just over half a mile before my legs gave way. I would stagger, then fall if I couldn’t sit! Living with the knowledge that I was enduring an unstoppable physical decline brought some very dark days. It wasn’t always easy for my family either.

And then, a chance encounter changed everything. We met a new friend. A former TV Presenter from Australia, Neil McLean. Neil told us about his wife Shauna – a professional ballerina who’d developed MS and used a wheelchair. Desperate for help, they found a scientist in New Zealand who’d patented a way to produce the potent and powerful Alpha Lipid Colostrum. Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced by mammals for their newborn. It boots the immune system into action, and boosts stem cell production. Colostrum has been revered for centuries by the Ancients for its miracle healing powers. I could scarcely believe it when Neil told me Shauna’s wheelchair now gathers dust in the garage. She leads a full, normal and active life. I spoke with her. She tells me she is soon to be a grandmother and will now be able to enjoy them to the full.

Why?

1. Zumba delivers – no false promises – music doesn’t lie! 2. It doesn’t matter when you cast your vote – before or after June 8th.You’re welcome to this party anytime! 3. No inner party squabbling – we’re all united in loving zumba! 4. Wherever you see yourself in life, you’ll ‘fit into’ zumba – since when did music make any distinctions? 5. No boxes to tick.You’ll always feel welcome and you’ll always leave with a smile on your face. 6. If everything else is falling around you, music and dance will always make you feel better. 7. Zumba is the best form of mental and physical exercise. 8. Still can’t decide which party to vote for? 9. Come on! There’s only one party in town … 10. Zumba! The above was written the morning after Zumba at local polling station the night before (May 4th)! I did try to put myself forward as a ‘late runner’ – and I did manage to coax one confused voter into class – and I did play X’s and O’s quite loudly! But in the unlikely event I’m turned down a second time on June 8th, check out my classes on www.zumba-around-winchester. com and come join the Zumba Party! You won’t be disappointed. Sue Russell (Instructor)

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I started taking the same colostrum. The effect has been extraordinary.

Location: Charlton Sports Ground, Andover (entry via Portway Industrial Estate just past Jewsons). Timings: Gates open: 11.00 am; Finishes: 6.00 pm.

After 2 days of taking it I felt different. My lethargy had gone, I felt happy, energized and optimistic. I could walk further and further with no ill effects.

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Recently I went with another couple on a weekend city break. Miles of walking and no staggering! Something that would have been unthinkable just nine months ago. So maybe there is hope for us MSers. I can’t vouch for anything except this particular, very pure and high-grade colostrum. There is no guarantee of a cure but from my own experience and the testimonials of others, I know this can be life-changing. Find out more at www.newimageuk.co.uk or call Liz 07507 489345. I’d like to offer 15% off first orders for readers of Forum magazine who have allowed me to tell my story. 34

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Over Wallop Church Fete

1pm - 4pm at St Peter’s Glebe Field, Over Wallop. Many exciting stalls and entertainments including dog show and ferret racing. Refreshments and fun for the whole family.

23 JULY Vineyards of Hampshire 5th Annual Wine Festival 12pm - 4.30pm at Cottonworth Vineyards, Cottonworth, between Andover and Stockbridge, SP11 7JX. Come and taste a selection of the region's sparkling and still wines. Meet the winemakers, book wine workshops or go on a vineyard tour.Try before you buy. Delicious Hampshire food stalls. Please note this is a mainly cash only event.Tickets: £10 - booking available from www.eventbrite.co.uk, call: 01264 781851 or email: info@danebury. co.uk


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Jane's Kitchen DRIZZLE CAKE

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une brings a flurry of fetes and festivals, picnics and barbeques and a tray bake is a good standby as a dessert or teatime treat. The following is a rather ‘grown-up’ version of a drizzle cake, but the alcohol content can be reduced by using more lemon juice than Pimms if preferred.

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225g butter 225g caster sugar 4 eggs (beaten) 225g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Zest of one orange Zest of one Lemon 2 teaspoon chopped fresh mint 3 tablespoons Pimms

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mixer until the mixture is just smooth and combined. Fold in the Pimms and mint and pour into a well-greased baking tray (8” x 12”). Bake for 35 - 40 minutes in a medium hot oven (180˚C). While the cake is cooking, mix another 3-4 tablespoons of Pimms with the juice of the orange and lemon and 3oz of caster sugar. Remove the cooked cake from the oven and while still hot, prick all over and drizzle the Pimms mixture over the top. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of caster sugar to finish. From ‘Jane’s Kitchen’, a collection of recipes arranged by season and illustrated with photography and watercolours. Available from Chilbolton Stores, Leckford Farm Shop or direct from Jane –randjbrown12@ btinternet.com Price £6.99 plus £1.50


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Food & Drink

NOT YOUR AVERAGE WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY….

VINEYARDS OF HAMPSHIRE WINE FESTIVAL 2017 - SUNDAY 23 JULY

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elebrate Hampshire's premier wines at the Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival, this year hosted in the vineyard maze at Cottonworth Vineyards.This is the fifth annual wine festival held by the pro-active Vineyards of Hampshire group dedicated to promoting Hampshire’s superb quality sparkling and still wines, and the county’s unique terroir. It includes some of the top vineyards in the county: Cottonworth Vineyards (Andover) , Danebury Vineyards (Stockbridge) , Exton Park Vineyard (Meon Valley), Hambledon Vineyard (Meon Valley), Hattingley Valley (Alresford) , Jenkyn Place (Alton) and newly joined Raimes (Tichborne). The Vineyards of Hampshire wine festival has established itself as a popular event in the wine and spirits calendar and is a highlight in the county's summer social scene, attracting locals, holidaymakers and industry experts to the region. Co-organiser ,Caroline Stevens from Danebury Vineyards says, ‘Every year the Vineyards of Hampshire wine festival attracts increasing numbers of wine and food lovers. It is a wonderful day out tasting, purchasing and learning about English wine in a quintessential English vineyard.’

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treet-food feasting, day-long drinking, dancing like no one is watching and sleeping under the stars; Food and Music festivals from Smoked & Uncut. Taking place in the grounds of THE PIG hotels and Lime Wood hotel (the festivals will be hitting Hampshire in July), a stellar line up of musical talent will keep you entertained throughout the summer, with bands hailing from all over the UK bringing you an eclectic mix of rock, indie, acoustic and even pop. Two stages will play host to each festivals line ups which this year include Noisettes, Toploader, The Blockheads, Ward Thomas, Rationale, Dr Feelgood, Flyte, Molotov Jukebox, a very special secret act yet to be announced to headline Sunday afternoon at Lime Wood, and many more. Forget standard festival fare. Tuck into home-made street food…think smoking hot BBQs, wood-fired flat breads, colourful salads, old school ice-creams and much more! Celebrate the summer with a pint of local ale or cider, one or two glasses of rose or even a cocktail from our festival sponsors Chase Distillery. Brand new to the festivals this year, Chef Mark Hix has designed a VIP lunch menu to get you all fired up - the ‘Heavy Metal Meat Feasts’. Either Mark or one of his friends, Angela Hartnett, Luke Holder, James Golding or Lee Bull, will be taking to the smokin’ hot BBQ! Get stuck into some serious flavour at these long table family-style lunches; three courses of BBQ cult classics served with a side of rock’n’roll!

Set in the glorious countryside of the Test Valley, guests will have the opportunity to meet the winemakers, take part in English wine workshops and join guided tours of the Cottonworth vineyards. There will also be a chance to take an unusual tour of ‘wine discovery’ in the amazing vineyard maze. Under a marquee there will be over twelve sparkling and still wines on offer to taste and buy, along with local food stalls promoting and selling the finest Hampshire produce. An English food and wine extravaganza with a twist. The Festival is part of the Hampshire Fare Food Festival running throughout July. Early booking is recommended. Tickets (Early Bird booking): £10.00 p/p includes an engraved tasting glass, tasting booklet and programme. £15.00 on the door. Workshops tickets: £5.00 p/p. Book on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.co.uk - search Vineyards of Hampshire Wine Festival. Or email info@danebury.com for more information. 38

And not forgetting the little’uns. There is a very special Kids tent where they can enjoy games and a spot of face painting. Under 5s go free! Intimate home-grown festivals, not too far from home, that are just as much a celebration of food as they are music. Join us to celebrate the season …no wellies needed!

For more information visit: www.smokedanduncut.com


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