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FORUM Celebrating Hampshire's Artisan Food Trout 'n About Food Festival Jane's Kitchen Hampshire Mum Jane Austen Celebrations JULY 2017 • ISSUE 109 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS * STOCKBRIDGE ROMSEY

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his month the Forum focuses on Artisan food and drink producers in Hampshire. We have a wealth businesses locally offering a wide range of delicious produce.

We also have our regular interesting articles and features. If you have something to say and would like to contribute to the magazine we would be delighted to hear from you. Simply send your contribution to editor@forumpublications.co.uk. We cannot guarantee publication but always try our very best to include items sent to us. Next month we will be focusing on the Arts. We will have interesting features and articles and will be talking to local artists/exhibitors. If you would like to be part of this feature 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

AUGUST COPY DEADLINE JULY 17TH Printed on recycled paper The Test Valley Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. The Test Valley Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. The Test Valley Forum magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum Publications remain the magazine's legal ownership. Š Forum Publications Ltd, 2017 * Readership figures calculated on an average national statistic of 2.5 readers per household

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Trout 'n About

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ania Cassey first joined the Trout ‘n About committee in 2012, but became Event Coordinator in January 2016. “I absolutely love working alongside Sarah Madden who is the Stallholder Coordinator; we have such a fun time planning how to make each year bigger and better than the one before. Trout ‘n About is a thriving local food festival which takes place in the market town of Stockbridge on the first Sunday of August every year. With over 100 stalls showcasing the very best of local food, produce and crafts, it is a family friendly event attracting thousands of visitors from all around. The festival commenced in 2008 as an initiation by Stockbridge Area Partnership (SAP) in response to demand for a local food event.

Trout ‘n About has four main objectives: • To promote regional quality food, produce, local crafts and provide a platform for local businesses • To raise money to support the local community • To raise the profile of Stockbridge and celebrate its market history • To provide an enjoyable event for the wider community and visitors” When Tania isn’t involved with the festival she and her partner Nick help to manage Broughton Water Buffalo Farm. “Broughton Water Buffalo has supported Trout ‘n About since the beginning and we will be cooking up our delicious Buffalo Burgers on the day!” And visitors can expect a fabulous day out. “The festival is a great fun, free day out with something to enjoy for all ages. Children can visit the new Kids Zone on the football field, complete with Juggling Jake, face painting, a petting farm and kids rides, whilst adults can sample delicious produce as they sip on a cider and tap their feet to some excellent live music. Stockbridge is a wonderful town to visit; great shops, pubs, restaurants and lovely walks through the local countryside and along the famous River Test. The wide high street and market town history lends itself perfectly to a big street trading event such as Trout ‘n About. The festival started as a response to the demand for a local foodies event, and it has organically grown from there due to the support of the local community, volunteers and stallholders keen to return! The festival has been growing from strength to strength and we are delighted that this year marks its 10th appearance on the high street. Trout ‘n About is a not-for-profit event and runs entirely on a volunteer committee, sponsorship from local businesses and a mass of volunteers on the day. As long as we have such fantastic support, we’ll continue to have our fantastic festival! 6

One of the key benefits is being able to show the public what fantastic produce and fare they can source from the local area, and what exceptionally clever people are creating in our midst. Seeing all the producers and artisans together really is something very special. These events are also therefore platforms for local businesses to meet and engage with new crowds and hopefully pick up some new customers! The more that the general public can support the independents, the better. We will have over 100 stall holders showcasing the best that Hampshire can offer, including delicious baked goodies, local meats, buffalo burgers, lamb and pork dishes, aromatic herbs, seafood, crumbly fudges, olives, cupcakes, chocolate, preserves and chutneys, cordial, smoked fish, biltong, local cheeses, scrumptious sweet and savoury tarts, chilli products, cider, ales, gin and wines from the Test Valley. A foodie’s delight! Local arts and craft stalls will include handmade jewellery, bunting, plants, animal portraits, stationery, natural soaps & creams, glassware, dog collars, photography, bespoke art prints, furniture and furnishings, silverware and there will be plenty of demonstrations too – including metal sculpture, hand forged ironwork and wood turning. Kids will have a great time visiting the new Kids Zone on the football pitch, complete with animal petting farm, helter-skelter and face painter, whilst adults can enjoy sampling the array of local beers and cider and enjoying the live bands or examining old tractors. Come and join us for a fun day out for all the family – including being able to hop on a 1964 King Alfred Bus from free car parks at either end of the high street”. For Tania there are many reasons to be proud of Trout’n’ About. “Raising money for local causes. In 2016, £5750 was raised and distributed to a number of organisations, including Stockbridge Football Club, Stockbridge Parish Council, Stockbridge Neighbour Care, Stockbridge Children’s Play Area, Stockbridge Christmas lights and the Alex Lewis Trust. It is wonderful to work with the volunteers, local businesses and stallholders on a community minded event. The whole of Stockbridge really comes together, from amazing raffle prizes donated by high street businesses to The Greyhound on the Test hosting a launch party on Friday 4 August to Orvis supplying lots of doggy watering holes on the day. It really is a wonderful event to be involved with” If you’d like to lend a hand please don’t hesitate to contact Tania at info@tnastockbridge.co.uk.


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Jane's Kitchen

SMOKED TROUT AND ASPARAGUS QUICHE

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uiche is rather like soup – after the basic recipe you can add whatever flavouring or ingredients you like or have to hand. With an abundance of local produce – the choice is yours. This recipe is a little firmer with the added cream cheese and so great for taking out on picnics or in lunch boxes.

Recipe • • • • • • • •

8” shortcrust pastry case 180g cream cheese ¼ pt full fat milk 2 large eggs beaten 150g smoked trout skin removed 5-6 asparagus tips cut into 1” pieces 2-3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese. Salt and pepper

Method

Blanch the asparagus tips for 5-6 minutes, in boiling water and drain. Cut the smoked trout into strips and place in the flan tin. Soften the cream cheese by beating with a wooden spoon then add the eggs and blend well until smooth. Add the milk to the

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mixture and whisk together. Season to taste with the salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the trout then arrange the cooled asparagus on top and cover with the grated cheese. Bake in a hot oven for 15-20 minutes and then lower the heat. Cook for a further 10 minutes until firm and golden on top. Serve hot with a green vegetable or cold with salad. From Jane’s Kitchen An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes Available from Caracoli Alresford Leckford Farm Shop - Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99


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Food & Drink

BOOMTOWN TO HOST ‘FARMERS’ MARKET’ FOR LOCAL PRODUCERS

HAMPSHIRE CIDER IS WINNER AT INTERNATIONAL CIDER CHALLENGE

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halkdown Cider, made in Andover Down, Hampshire from locally grown apples, has been confirmed as winner of the trophy for best bottle conditioned cider in the prestigious International Cider Challenge.

The award was made a by a sixteen-strong panel – comprised of buyers, award-winning independent retailers, cider experts, journalists and cider makers. There was praise from the judges for the consistent quality of entries across the board in the competition which is now in its eighth year. Entries this year came from the UK, Ireland, France, Australia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Japan, Latvia, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, and the US. Chalkdown Cider stands out from the crowd not only thanks to its award-winning credentials but also because of the way it is made. The method is similar to that used to make Champagne. It is fermented first in a tank and then a second time in the bottle. After each fermentation, the cider is left to age on its lees, which develops the flavour and complexity of the finished product with the whole process taking two and half years. Cider maker, Piotr Nahajski from Winchester, was delighted with the award. “This was our first release of Chalkdown and we are really pleased to be recognised with such a prestigious award in the first completion that we’ve entered. Everything that we do is designed to create the purest and most perfect expression of English apples in a cider, starting with hand-sorting over 250,000 apples to handpolishing each bottle before it leaves the cider barn. The trophy is a terrific affirmation of the love and care that we put into Chalkdown cider”. Chalkdown is stocked by Fortnum and Mason in London, and by Hampshire retailers including Wine Utopia, The Naked Grape, Good Life Farm Shop, Setley Ridge Farm Shop, and Bayleaves Larder. It can also be purchased online at www.chalkdowncider.com.

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oomtown is on the lookout for local farmers and producers to be a part of their brand new ‘Farmers’ Market’ at the festival this year taking place between 10th - 13th August at the Matterley Estate, near Alresford.

The Farmers’ Market plans to feature the very best in local produce and will serve as an opportunity for Hampshire producers to promote their products to Boomtown’s 60,000 attendees from all over the world and showcase the delicious foods that Hampshire has to offer. The applications are now open for local producers to exhibit their craft to the global audience of Boomtown, via the festival’s website: https://applications.eventree.co.uk/apply/form/id/434 There are a variety of options available starting from as low as £30 a pitch for information stands up to £300 for a large Hot Food / Freshly Prepared Food / Drink Pitch. “Over the past few years we have had a great uptake of involvement from local people in areas such as volunteering, set painting, production, stewarding and also main contract suppliers. However, trader applications from local suppliers are relatively low, so we wanted to make it even easier for local producers to get involved. A Farmers’ Market is a great way to provide a space to put the spotlight on huge range of incredible products and crafts that Hampshire and this part of the South Downs area has to offer, and we look forward to discovering even more ourselves!” - Boomtown organisers Another initiative recently launched from Boomtown, for local organisations only, is for further involvement from smaller local charities. Alongside the main charity partnership with Winchester based youth charity Street Reach for 2017, the festival are offering registered charities and community interest groups space at the festival to bring along a stall or activity that represents their charity but also will tie in with the immersive and interactive atmosphere of the festival. More details can be found applications via: https:// applications.eventree.co.uk/apply/form/id/402 For larger local traders that would like to be involved as a one of the festival’s plentiful food or market stall holders, applications are also open. Any Hampshire companies applying should make it clear in their application that they are local to the festival and to be prioritised for consideration. “We are really pleased to learn that the organisers of Boomtown are adding a local Farmers’ Market to this year’s festival. We are very proud of the food and drink on offer in Hampshire and are excited to be able to offer the opportunity to be involved to our members.” Tracy Nash, Hampshire Fare. For any further locally related information or any queries contact local_community@boomtownfair.co.uk.


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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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Antiques, Furniture and Collectors’ Event 9.30am - 5pm 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: 07970 797306 or lakewoodsmith@hotmail.co.

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

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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.

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Broughton Floral Club Meeting at Kings Somborne Village Hall at 7.30p.m. A floral demonstration entitled “Summer Palette” by a National Demonstrator, Coral Gardener. This is the sixth event of the “Golden Year” of the club. Admission for non-members £10. This includes seasonal refreshments and tea/coffee after the demonstration. Tickets available in advance from Debbie Harper, tel. 01794 340859 or pay at the door.

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Concert at Hatherden Church in Aid of Charity Concert at Hatherden Church, North of Andover on the 8th July at 3.00pm.The cellist, Orlando Jopling will be performing Bach and other composers. Proceeds equally between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Hampshire

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and the Church.Tickets are £12.50 to include wine and refreshments after the concert. please contact Rosie Swayne on 01264 735357 or email: rosie.swayne@btinternet.com

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Longparish Open Gardens Weekend Fourteen local gardens from small but beautiful to large and impressive will be open to visitors. Designated parking areas are being arranged and tea and cakes will be sold in the village hall. Tickets - £6 which allow visitors entry to all gardens on either day between 1pm - 5pm.

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Romsey Male Voice Choir presents the final concert in the Romsey Festival: 'Men & Magnificent Music' With special guests Hart MVC & Rushmoor MVC (from North Hants), Swindon MVC (from Wiltshire) and Cowbridge MVC (from South Wales). Celebrity Host: Dame Esther Rantzen (subjest to professional engagements) Venue: Romsey Abbey.Time: 7.30 pm Tickets: £16 reserved, £12 unreserved from Romsey Tourist Information Centre (tel: 01794 512987) or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ musicinromsey (booking fee) Supporting Parkinson's UK.

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The Thorngate Village Care Group Silver Jubilee Garden Party The Thorngate Village Care Group Covering the villages of East and West Tytherley, East Dean and Lockerley. Requests the pleasure of your company at our Silver Jubilee Garden Party With Cream Teas at Greenview, Lockerley Green SO51 0JN on Sunday 16th July 3 -5pm. By kind invitation of Ian Bradford Music from Lockerley Silver Band.

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Stockbridge Community CInema: Hidden Figures (Cert PG) The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. In heartwarming fashion, Hidden Figures celebrates overlooked - but crucial - contributions from a pivotal moment in American history. Nominated for 3 Oscars in 2017 including Best Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. 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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Mark Thompson in Concert presented by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society An evening of melodic, easy listening music, performed on electronic keyboard Venue: Fairground Hall,Weyhill, SP11 0QN. Tickets £5 in advance, from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover - or £6 at the door. For further information phone 01264 323213 or visit www.weyhill-eos.co.uk

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King's Somborne Companion Dog Show Once again the King’s Somborne Annual Dog Show will be held on the Recreation Ground. Entries will be taken from 1.15pm and judging will start at 2.00pm. Further information available from Eileen Reynolds on 01794 388107 or Terry Mackintosh on 01794 388248.

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The Best of Brass A Concert by Andover Town Band. Doors Open at 6.30pm; Concert commences at 7.00 pm.Tickets £10.00 available from Chilbolton Village StoresFor further information contact Bill Cooper on 01264 860417. Refreshments and Cash Bar available.

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Watermill Theatre at Goodworth Clatford Watermill Theatre perform ‘Nesting’ at Goodworth Clatford Village Club.Tickets: £15 available from Clatford Stores or 01264 353055.

29 & 30 JULY Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group presents Emma Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group presents a special outdoor dramatisation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma in the beautiful gardens of the Longstock Park Nursery, Leckford Estate. Tickets available from www.badgproductions.co.uk

29 & 30 JULY Stockbridge Gardens Open Weekend From 1.30pm - 5.30pm.Ten wonderful gardens to visit all in the western end of this thriving village, and all within walking distance of our free off-street parking area. Lovely afternoon teas on the church lawn where Amesbury Town Band will be playing, Plant stalls too. Tickets just £7 which permits entry to all gardens. Under 16s free. See www.stockbridgegardens. co.uk for past pictures and all details, Contact tel 01264810516


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riginally from Hayling Island in Hampshire, Ben did most of his growing up in Italy and has also spent a lot of time in Barcelona where he developed a keen eye for design.

He now runs Human Kitchens based in Swanmore, with offices in West Sussex and the Test Valley. He's had a successful career in kitchen design and has worked with some of the 'big names' in the UK kitchen industry. Human Kitchens specialise in bespoke, high quality, madeto-measure kitchens and Ben wanted to offer top quality kitchens at the fraction of the cost, together with excellent customer service. He says: "There are a lot of customers who would use a high-street retailer to source their kitchen and find it difficult (if not impossible) to purchase the size and style they wanted to fit their space. The materials could also be low quality; for instance, rather than being real oak, it would be veneer."

can make something wonderful out of that situation, as opposed to being stopped by it." Quality, affordability and service are paramount to Ben, as shown by the fact that his company recently won Best in Customer Service 2017 award from Houzz. His clients would describe Human Kitchens as a company they can really work with, a company they get great quality from and a company with whom they get a great end result, without having to spend the earth. A happy customer, David Farr, confirms this: "We can't thank Ben and his team enough for the fabulous job they did on our kitchen. We worked with Ben for a few weeks beforehand, explaining the vision we had. He was able to help us by introducing suppliers and making suggestions that enhanced the whole project. From start to finish we were treated courteously and with patience by every team member we met. Old fashioned service from a fully professional team - can't recommend them higher." Project Date: April 2017

Ben is proud of the high quality 'British Made', handcrafted kitchens they provide. He explains: "If someone wanted to buy a kitchen of our quality from the High Street it would be far too expensive. You will find in most cases that you are paying for the brand name, not the quality of the product." Human Kitchens set to overcome this by slashing the price of their hand-made kitchens. They keep overheads to a minimum by avoiding the use of flashy showrooms and not charging hefty premiums for their brand. Ben tells us that this allows him to supply and fit a ÂŁ60,000 kitchen for well under half the price and still provide a perfect service. Ben continues: "I think, our craftsmen are amongst the best in the world. They come from a luxury yacht fitting background. Fitting luxury yachts involves working to unusual layouts and specific customer requirements, whilst achieving a perfect finish. There is a world of difference between a craftsman and a kitchen fitter. A kitchen fitter can fit a kitchen, but as soon as there is a slight curve in the wall or something is not quite right with the room, problems begin. A craftsman

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When Ben was asked how people would describe him he replied: "Passionate, I think would be the best word." If you are considering a new kitchen, Human Kitchens would love to hear from you.


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alisbury jeweller Sebastian Salt, Director of W. Carter & Son, accompanied by his wife Lady Charlotte Salt, had the honour of presenting a specially commissioned brooch to Her Royal Highness The Countess Of Wessex at a reception held in The House Of Lords on 16th May. W. Carter and Son had been approached by Nicky Murdoch the CEO of The Defence Medical Welfare Service, who asked the jewellers to design and produce a brooch for Her Royal Highness who is patron of the organisation.

Viewing: Thursday 13th 12 noon – 4pm, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Monday 17th 10am – 4pm, and mornings of sale from 8.30am

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net.” Thwack! “Gotcha! Yes, but I don’t like to kill things….apart from wasps”. Call it Karma if you will, but I was about to be tested…. “Fancy some trout?” a friend had asked. So over I went to pick up four fresh trout from my kind chum. Now there’s fresh and there’s VERY fresh. Driving back in the trusty Renault Mark II I swore I heard…no, it couldn’t be could it? A rustling from the bag on the back seat? Probably just my imagination. But then came more rustling and out of the corner of my eye I saw the bag containing said trout leap across the seat. “Oh God they’re alive!” As the trout continued to do acrobatics in the bag I turned the CD up and drove a little faster than perhaps I should. Once back at Chez Pagan I tentatively reached for the bag which gave an almighty lurch as I picked it up. I did my best girlie scream. “ You alright Mum, what’s that?” “Supper, but one of them is still with us.” I dropped the bag on the draining board and stood well back. “Don’t be daft Mum, it’s just stunned. Leave it for a while and…. bloody hell, it’s alive!” Star I, in that manly way, retreated to the lounge and peering around the corner said helpfully, ”Do something then!” By now it was clear that while three trout were in fishy heaven the fourth was determined to prolong his mortal life. It is worth pointing out at this point that the fish are properly and humanely killed but for some reason dear Bob, (as he will forever be remembered), was made of stern stuff.

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There was only one thing for it; I would have to… call The Husband. “What are you going on about Sandra?”The Husband found it highly amusing. Luckily he was working in Our Market Town. “ You need to come home and sort it please!” “I’m at work, just leave it and it will stop soon”. “No listen!”With that the bag nearly leapt into the sink. I thrust the phone towards it as the contents continued to thrash about, “See! There’s fresh and there’s fresh- that is NOT a dead fish! I can’t have live fish cavorting on my draining board!” I was verging on the hysterical. It was clear that Star I was hopeless as he filmed the proceedings on his phone from the safety of the conservatory. “All right I’ll come back” My hero! A few minutes later The Husband was sharpening his best chef ’s knife, “See what you mean – Bob’s a bit lively for a dead fish”. Bob? It seemed to me that this was not the best time to invest in a pet type relationship with Bob, err I mean the fish. I couldn’t look but from Star I’s comments I could deduce that having been hatched some time ago the trout were most definitely dispatched, ”That’s disgusting Dad. Bob’s mouth is still opening and shutting even though he’s not joined anymore!” (GCSE Biology where are you now?) “ There you go love”.The trout were topped, tailed, gutted and in the dish with Bob indistinguishable from his fishy friends.” Later that day The Husband produced trout stuffed with fresh herbs and lemon – delicious. But just before we all sat down to supper ….another wasp. The last remaining Buddhist tendency left my soul-THWACK!! “ Take that waspy!” Sandra Pagan


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Images of their work will be exhibited at Rum’s Eg Gallery to complement the willow sculptural installation in the South Garth walled garden of Romsey Abbey, which will be in place for the duration of the Festival and until 30th July. On 2 and 9 July, families will also be able to attend land-art mandala and kitemaking events – see the Festival or Rum’s Eg websites for details.

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he Arts Society Romsey is delighted to sponsor a series of art and science-related workshops for local school children. The project is managed by Hampshire Art and Craft CIC from Rum’s Eg (their Art and Craft community enterprise in Romsey) and led by the artists Rebecca and Mark Ford of Two Circles Design. These workshops reached nearly 200 Year 7 pupils at Mountbatten and Wellow as part of the ‘Microbial Worlds’ Schools Art and Science Project for Romsey Festival 2017. The pupils tried out charcoal and chalk drawing techniques and made spheres out of willow which will form part of a large ‘Land Art’ installation. Some pupils also had the opportunity to examine pollen from various plants and trees using light and electron microscopes when they visited the Biomedical Imaging Unit, a joint University of Southampton/ University Southampton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust facility, for advanced microscopy.

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he annual Sports Awards at Godolphin is one of the highlights of the year, eagerly anticipated by girls and staff throughout the school. This year’s was particularly memorable as the Guest Speaker was Hollie Webb MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist and GB Hockey player. Hollie’s inspiring speech described her amazing journey to the Olympics final in Rio in 2016 culminating in a magnificent video which brought tears to the eyes and rousing applause from the audience. The moment when she scored the winning goal that won Great Britain the gold medal during the penalty shoot-out was particularly spine-tingling. She went on to hand out medals and awards to those who had really improved or excelled in their sports. Main awards for outstanding achievement in Athletics went to Anna Merritt for being ranked first in the UK in U15 Discus and 3rd in the Hammer. International Honours were awarded to Isobel White U19A Wales and Emily Caswell U19A England with Most Improved Performer to Milly Barker and Sports Personality to Honor Westall. For the third time, Emily Caswell received Sports Woman of the Year, for her outstanding contribution to a wide range of sports teams at Godolphin. Speaking afterwards, Sarah Pokai, Head of Sport, said, ‘It was a privilege to hear Hollie’s inspirational story and see how it affected the girls, who were visibly moved by her words. What a fitting celebration of an exceptional year in Godolphin Sport.’

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Community TEST VALLEY RESIDENTS: HAVE YOUR SAY ON NEW WARD BOUNDARIES

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he independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Test Valley to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries. A nine-week public consultation on the recommendations began on 13 June and will end on 14 August 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Test Valley.

recommendations. Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live. We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole borough or just part of it.” The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Test Valley. If you would like to make a submission, please write or email the Commission by 14 August 2017: The Review Officer (Test Valley) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower, London, SW1P 4QP Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal: consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9135 Link to the dedicated web page for the Test Valley electoral review: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/ south-east/hampshire/test-valley

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The Boundary Commission previously accepted Test Valley’s council size submission to reduce the number of councillors at the next election to 43 down from 48 – and are now consulting on their proposals for ward boundaries. The recommendations outline that the 43 councillors should represent eight three-councillor wards, seven two-councillor wards and five one-councillor wards across the borough. Leader of the Council (and former Chair of the Electoral Review Members Group), Councillor Phil North, said: “Right from the beginning we were clear that we wanted to see a reduction in the amount of Councillors and I’m delighted that the Boundary Commission have endorsed our proposals. Their report also praised the borough council’s submission, upon which they have largely based their recommendations.” Corporate Portfolio Holder Maureen Flood said: “The public now have the opportunity to have their say to ensure that the Boundary Commissions proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Test Valley. I therefore urge residents to take this opportunity and have their say about where the ward boundaries should be drawn and what improvements, if any, could be made.” The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org. uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings. Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Test Valley and we are keen to hear what local people think of the 28

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orton Park Hotel near Sutton Scotney will be holding their first Summer Fete, with all proceeds going to their nominated charity, the NSPCC.

The Fete will be held in the hotel grounds on Sunday 23rd July, from 1-5pm, with free admission and plenty of parking. There will be lots on offer for children and adults alike including face painting, go karting, bouncy castle and a spa tent offering mini treatments as well as a BBQ, beer tent and vintage ice cream van. Local businesses will be selling everything from sweets, toys and books to cakes, clothes and jewellery from their stalls. Local Irish band ‘Kilcannon’ will be providing musical entertainment and there will also be a fun Dog Show with classes priced at £1 per entry. We hope to see you all there and we look forward to raising lots of money for this wonderful charity! For all enquiries, please contact Isi Taylor by email itaylor@qhotels.co.uk or call 07900 981 814 and leave a message.


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Research undertaken by Legal and General*, in association with CEBR the economics consultancy, indicates that in 2017 the Bank of Mum and Dad will become the UK’s 9th biggest lender to first time buyers. The report highlights this is due to a number of factors; including rising house prices, slow wage growth and the size of deposits required in more expensive housing regions. And, geographically, parents in the South West of England on average contribute the most per transaction, even more than in London. So, in which ways can you help your child (or grandchild) buy their first home? 1.

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By gifted deposit – family members can gift a deposit sum which will help towards their child’s or grandchild’s property purchase. In the South West, without a sizeable deposit you are unable to buy a property with a mortgage. Help with providing a larger deposit, will both give your child the opportunity to buy and potentially lower the cost of the interest rate that will be payable. Additional borrowing on the family home – providing you own your own home, being retired or of older age does not mean you are not able to release equity from your property. If you do not have savings to gift, or your savings are tied into investments, you could possibly take out a mortgage on your home and gift the funds to your children to help them towards buying a home. Joint mortgage – sole ownership - If you, as parents, are employed or retired your income could be used towards obtaining a mortgage jointly with your child. This could potentially increase your child’s purchasing power and enable them to get onto the property ladder. You would be jointly named on the mortgage, however the ownership of the property would remain in the name of your child, this would mean you would not be liable for second home stamp duty costs.

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Help to Buy and Shared Ownership – there are also government schemes which offer the opportunity to purchase a share in a new build or resale property. The Shared Ownership scheme is a cross between buying and renting, and allows the purchaser to buy a share in a property, usually between 25% and 75% of the purchase price, and then pay rent on the remaining share. In these schemes, the deposit can be a lot lower than would be required when purchasing outright, therefore the help required with the deposit would be less.

Before you make any decisions, it’s always advisable to seek independent advice. Helping your child may seem like the right thing to do, but do ensure that it is affordable for you and that any agreements entered into are clear to all parties involved. If you would like to talk to us about mortgages please contact us and arrange an appointment in a branch local to you or by telephone. We are known for providing a tailored and individual service and our qualified mortgage advisers are also available for appointments on Saturdays.

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CELEBRATING JANE AUSTEN IN UPPER CLATFORD

INVESTMENT IN PLAY AREAS

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lay areas in Test Valley Borough will be getting upgrades and exciting new equipment thanks to a £420,000 investment from Test Valley Borough Council.

Violet Close in Valley Park will get a full refurbishment of the play area to include equipment, surfacing and fencing. The proposed equipment includes two multi play climbing units with slides, swings, roundabout, play panels, springers and seesaw. Aimed at infant and junior ages the new play area will offer a progression in risk and excitement. Lavington Gardens Teen Zone in North Baddesley will see design improvements in the existing facilities for teenagers, to make them more challenging and exciting as well as new equipment that will have a safety surfacing beneath. The public are currently being consulted on the final designs for both schemes which can be viewed at http://www.testvalley.gov. uk/communityandleisure/play-area-refurbishments-2016 Next month will see work begin at Memorial Park, Romsey on an exciting climbing frame. It is only the second place in the UK to have one - the other is in the National Memorial Arboretum. It will be complimented by the installation of a seating and traverse climbing wall and this is expected to be completed by mid-August. The design can be viewed at http://www.testvalley. gov.uk/communityandleisure/play-area-refurbishments-2016 The Anna Fields development in Andover will also see improvements to four smaller play areas in Stone Close, Celtic Drive, Barnfield Rise and Kingston Close taking the form of updates to equipment, surfacing and signage and public design consultations are scheduled to take place towards the end of June 2017. Upgrades are planned at a number of other playground sites as part of the Council’s commitment to their overall Management Plan. In addition, there are other play area installations, at Picket Twenty, scheduled this year which have been funded from developer contributions.

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n Saturday 8 July at 7.30pm the All Saints’ Fundraising Committee will be organising an event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, All Saints’ Church, Upper Clatford, near Andover.

There will be a talk by Jane Maxwell entitled 'Jane Austen: Hampshire's Most Famous Lady' which will cover many of her family connections, and focuses on the days leading up to her death in Winchester supported by her family. Following the interval, when refreshments will be served, the Hampshire Regency Dancers will re-create the atmosphere of the balls which Jane Austen attended in Hampshire and which featured so prominently in her novels. To complement the event, there will be an art display of children’s drawings of a Hampshire village in 1800 by local school children. Tickets for the event are £10 (inclusive of refreshments) and can be reserved by emailing clatfordsaints@gmail. comAll proceeds are in aid of All Saints’ Church, Upper Clatford and the Jane Austen Society.

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Community TEST VALLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL IS FINALIST IN LOCAL AUTHORITY OF THE YEAR AWARD

against much larger councils highlights success right across the organisation, demonstrating that Test Valley is performing to a high standard at a time of huge financial challenge for local government. It is a magnificent achievement and testament to the hard work of all of our staff and councillors.” The Council’s submission included examples of engaging with residents, investing in local communities and how we have delivered on our promises. To win the category, Test Valley demonstrated clear vision by senior management and members, strong forward planning and evidence of successful service provision. The Council Team highlighted the way we are helping communities develop through initiatives such as Romsey Future and Andover Vision. Enabling councillors to engage better with their communities and innovative use of technology to enable residents to interact better with TVBC was also central to the submission. Additionally the entrepreneurial nature of Test Valley which has ensured the Council has a sound financial footing and averted the need to reduce frontline services set the bid apart.

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e are delighted to announce that Test Valley Borough Council reached the final of the “Local Authority of the Year “ category in the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards, which were announced on Thursday night. Out of six finalists in this category, we were the only district council. There were 400 submissions in total for the 14 MJ Awards categories. The judging panel said: “Test Valley’s submission demonstrated it is pushing the boundaries by going above and beyond in providing innovative, excellent services for its residents and businesses.” Councillor Phil North said: “To be a finalist in this award

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THE ROMSEY SHOW HITS A LANDMARK 175 YEARS

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eritage and history will form part of the spectacle as The Romsey Show hits a landmark 175 years. One of the oldest agricultural shows in the country, The Show started out in 1842 when Queen Victoria was on the throne and steam trains were in their heyday. Based on the historic Broadlands estate, visitors will be treated to a true celebration of the English countryside and farming on Saturday 9 September. Crowd-pulling attractions will include over 1,000 livestock, heavy horse parades, the country’s best farriers, and more than 500 retail stands for those looking for a country-style shopping fix. 32

The Editorial Director of the MJ Awards, Michael Burton said: “MJ Awards not only allow local authorities to be recognised for the delivery of their services over the last 12 months, but it also allows them to share their expertise with their peers. Each category is judged by influential commentators from the private and public sectors giving their organisation the chance to illustrate its ability, ingenuity and performance.” Before being shortlisted as one of the finalists, the former Leader, Councillor Ian Carr, Chief Executive Roger Tetstall and Corporate Director Carol Moore had presented the submission in more detail to a panel of representatives from the MJ Awards. This success follows the news that the Council reached shortlisting stage in the LGC Awards for its Driving Efficiency Through Technology submission earlier in the year.

In line with the history theme, Salisbury resident Dr Phil Harding from TV’s Time Team is this year’s President and visitors can dive into the past thanks to hands-on activities with Wessex Archaeology. Dr Harding said: “Rural community spirit marked the Neolithic Revolution in Britain, 6,500 years ago. I sense this spirit remains as strong in this, my Presidential year, as The Romsey Show reaches its land mark 175 year anniversary.” The 175th celebrations will kick off with the big build when the parkland at Broadlands is transformed with marquees and rings ready for the big day on Saturday 9 September. New attractions for the anniversary year include the humorous Mole Show, a magnificent Falcon Village, the dog and duck show, and don’t miss the Sheep Show with some amazing dancing sheep! Show Secretary Alexa Hobday said: “The Romsey Show started off in the Market Square all those years ago and we know from our archive that hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed a real celebration of the countryside over all these years. We stay true to our traditions by always providing the best entertainment, food and countryside day out but we also like to keep up to date and The Romsey Show this year has exciting new attractions for all the family.” Tickets have been frozen at last year’s prices with under 11s free and they are available at www.romseyshow.co.uk from July.


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200 YEARS OF JANE AUSTEN MARKED BY OUTDOOR SUMMER PRODUCTIONS

JANE AUSTEN REGENCY PICNIC AT HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS ON SUNDAY 9TH JULY

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n honour of Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary this year, Houghton Lodge Gardens will celebrate with a Regency inspired picnic. The day will explore Regency culture and elegance with a wonderfully immersive menu of events.

The atmospheric day will be packed full of historical themes and delights in Houghton Lodge Gardens magically beautiful setting. A riverside marquee will host Hampshire Regency Dancers, who are celebrating their 15th Anniversary. They will perform dances such as 'The Waterloo Waltz Cotillion' and 'The Lord Wellington' named after England’s famous battles, and the aptly named summer dance called 'Strawberries and Cream'.Visitors are encouraged to follow in Jane Austen’s footsteps and join in the fun!

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ampshire’s most famous resident, Jane Austen, is being celebrated across the country this year in a variety of events to commemorate the year of her death in 1817. In the heart of her home-county, two special outdoor productions will be staged in July in the beautiful grounds of the Longstock Park Nursery, Leckford Estate. Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) and Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group (BADG) have come together in a unique collaboration with the Longstock Park Nursery to stage two separate events: SADS will perform Young Jane by Cecily O’Neill – an evening of short plays, sketches, songs and dances based on her teenage writings. BADG will perform an adaption of her masterpiece Emma dramatized by Michael Baulch. Both productions will take place outdoors in the grounds of the nursery and the two drama groups will help each other wherever possible, sharing staging and other resources. Young Jane is a set of three short pieces by local author, Cecily O’Neill, who has brilliantly adapted some of Jane’s juvenilia into hilarious sketches and plays. This sets the stage perfectly for the BADG dramatization of the novel Emma. A comic tale of youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance, Emma is one of Jane Austen’s most popular works. Despite her claim "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like”, Emma has found herself welcomed into the heart of literary classic lovers. This dramatisation of Jane Austen's work captures the essence of the period and with comic effect; and we see Emma's intriguing matchmaking unfold, and her own marital future fulfilled. In keeping with such a milestone year, this will be the first time SADS and BADG have performed in the gardens of Longstock Park Nursery – part of John Lewis’s Leckford Estate. Kerry Lamb, director of Emma, says: “It has long since been a dream of mine to bring a production of Emma to the stage. As one of my favourite books, it’s a joy to share its comedy, romance and satire with a hard-working cast and crew; and we hope this amazing experience will transfer to our outdoor audience. It is wonderful and fortuitous that SADS are giving us an insight into the mind and life experiences of this talented author before we see one of her epic works brought to life.” Young Jane performances will be July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are currently available online at www. stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk, and from Kings Somborne post office and from John Robinson Butchers and the Garden Inn in Stockbridge. Emma will be performed on Saturday 29th July at 1pm and 6pm, and Sunday 30th July at 1pm. Tickets are available online at www.badgproductions.co.uk.

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Janet Johnstone from Jane Austen’s House Museum will give fascinating talks about The Chawton Years, and cover the last eight years of Jane’s life, describing how the ladies lived at Chawton Cottage and the gardens she enjoyed spending time in. The Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre Company will perform ‘Lady Betty’s Picnic’, in which Mr Plaw, (who is originally thought to have designed Houghton Lodge in 1793) has persuaded Lady Betty, the Marquis of Lansdowne and servants to visit Houghton Lodge, in the hope that he can persuade them to invest in a Cottage Orné themselves. Lady Betty is accompanied by an aspiring writer she has taken under her wing called Jane Austen. Though not compulsory, visitors on the day are invited to truly immerse themselves in the fun and novelty of dressing in the beautiful outfits of the Regency period, that Jane, her friends and family may have worn. Bring your own delicious picnic to eat by the banks of the River Test, hailed ‘The most romantic river in England’. Or indulge in a pre-ordered Regency Picnic Hamper from the gardens tearoom, ‘Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens’. The hampers each serving two, are priced at £30 and feature delightful delicacies such as: pickled cucumber sandwiches, pigeon and rabbit quail egg gala pie, coronation chicken sandwiches and cream tea. Throughout the day there will also be Regency games such as Battledoor and Shuttlecock as well as a children’s heritage trail. Houghton Lodge Gardens will be in full bloom and bursting with colour in July. During your visit explore the flower borders, orchard, woodland walk and grotto, kitchen gardens, orchid house and topiary garden - not forgetting the gorgeously romantic water meadows and resident Alpacas Tom, Dick, Harry and Herbert. The architecturally stunning Houghton Lodge is one of the finest and earliest surviving examples of a Cottage Orné – a genre of ‘picturesque’ Gothic architecture that flourished for about 25 years from 1790. Today, the house is Grade II* listed and arguably one of the most beautiful privately owned historic houses and gardens in Hampshire. Tickets to the Houghton Lodge Regency Picnic are £12.00 per adult, £4.00 children (under 16) and family tickets (2 Adults 2 Children) Under 3 Free. Entrance is from 11.30am for the first talk and heritage trail. Regency Dancing in the riverside marquee will begin at 12.30pm. Visit www.houghtonlodge.co.uk/regency-picnic for more information and tickets. Pre-order Regency Picnics from Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens catering@honestygroup.co.uk or call 01488 668 325


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Community TEST VALLEY ARTS FOUNDATION: CHAIRMANS REPORT

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t has probably been the busiest year in the Foundation’s history. At the end of last year the Board realised that we had something to celebrate. We were 25 years old! The discussion then centred around how best to do this – as it was an opportunity to both promote the work of the Test Valley Arts Foundation and connect with all parts of the wonderful Test Valley. So, we turned to our good friend John Baxter to organise a festival to celebrate this achievement TVAF@25. The scene was then set and the programme launched on a sunny day at Chapel Arts involving many Trustees and an excellent number of artists. The simple purpose was to “connect artists with the community”, with the Arts Bus being the visible presence around the numerous events. So off we went on 10th September to the wet Romsey Show until the conclusion on 17th November at The Lights with a Gala Night which was very varied and included another performance of “And Now We Tell Our Tale” performed by professional artists in a slightly shortened form. In between we organised events – Kite Making at Danebury Ring, Ruth Facey’s ‘Make Your Mark’ project which involved creating with members of the public, copper plaques celebrating the Test Valley, the Mighty Hump playing in local pubs, a Scarecrow Festival in North Baddesley, an Artists’ Showcase in Broughton, Community Singing in Romsey Town Hall, events at Mottisfont Abbey and Hiller Gardens – the latter in a freezing wind, art exhibitions at the Lights in Andover and artist workshops and storytelling at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, being present with the bus and local artists at the Andover Festival of Motoring and the Romsey Dementia Festival. There is much more about these events and the joy it created posted on our website and I encourage everyone to take a look as it’s truly inspirational!

The other person I must mention is our wonderful volunteer driver Rodney Allsop-Seward for making sure the Arts Bus (now The Bus of Many Things) was where it needed to be, when it needed to be there. Clearly none of this programme would have been possible without the support of so many people; Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Be Wiser Insurance, Pentagon Ridgeway, Mail Boxes Etc Andover and the whole crew of The Lights in Andover. I have obviously concentrated on our 25 Year Celebration as it was the major undertaking of the year. But other important events took place: we continue to support Rum’s Eg in Romsey; Chapel Arts Studios, led by David Dixon, is flourishing and gradually building itself into an independent organisation. In December, Mark BowerDyke and Crescens George, our Vice–Chairman (and head of HR at Be Wiser), organised and hosted a fund raising event in Andover Guildhall for local businesses, encouraging them to support TVAF. We are enthusiastically following this up as I write this report.

Our financial situation remains constant, in that our endowment continues to assist one-off grant requests but in the main supports Chapel Arts. Trustees have enjoyed our move into more project work which has seen us extend our reach and lever in both new cash for the Arts and help in kind. Here we are very grateful to Be Wiser Insurance who are invaluable partners, supporting another writing project, the Spoken Word Festival, in the coming year. The opportunity to have long-term relationships with local businesses across the Test Valley remains an important objective for all of us. With the objective of Chapel Arts standing on its own feet we hope to be able to use less of our core funds to support this important project. But our funds do reduce year on year so a concerted drive to increase our income to fund new projects is well underway. We have been discussing with Test Valley Borough Council the possibility of leasing the Botley Road Cemetery Chapel; it is a Grade 2 listed building which was refurbished twenty years ago but has been used only intermittently. It would make an ideal work space for artists in the Romsey area, linking up with Rum’s Eg. We hope this will happen in the coming year.

TVAF@25 attracted much local publicity but importantly we estimate that over fifteen thousand people were touched by the programme. For me the important thing was that it started slowly, gathering momentum as it went on, concluding with ever more popular events. So many have asked us to run this “Festival” again – we will seriously consider this. Thank you all the artists who took part – you “made the connection” with the community! John Baxter – you’re a star!

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In conclusion, it has been a really hectic year – TVAF@25 was a huge success, requiring an enormous effort. This year will see us do less in project work as we plan for the future and try to broaden our funding base. As always, I am hugely grateful to all TVAF Trustees who contribute generously with their time and energy. It would be wrong to single out anyone but Roy Chatfield, our Treasurer, has been a tremendous support. Innovation and creativity continues to bring forward new ideas which challenge us all – the future will be even more innovation, creativity and joy! Words by Yinnon Ezra MBE MA FRSA


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