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Longstock Village Fete Join us at Longstock Recreation Ground from 12.30pm - 4pm. Fun for all: Sandleheath Brass Band, Dog Show, Sheep Dog Handling, a variet of stalls, fun for kids and refreshments in the form of tea, cakes a BBQ and a Pimms bar

3 SEPTEMBER Archery Day Tenzone Bowmen invite you to have a go at archery.The event includes a barbeque, cake stall and tombola.11.00 - 15.00 £3 for 6 arrows The Weyhill Fair Pub,Weyhill. Andover, SP11 0PP

9 SEPTEMBER Austen Abridged Celebrate the life of Jane Austen through her novels. See scenes from all six of Austen's novels brought to life in the heart of Winchester, close to where the great author died and was laid to rest 200 years ago. Open 10:00 – 13:00 Free Entry. Pilgrims Hall, Cathedral Close, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9LT

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28 SEPTEMBER, 5, 12 & 19

Terstan - Open Garden for NGS 1 acre, intensively planted, with an artist's flair for colour and design. Relax on one of the many seats with views across the R Test to the Hampshire Downs and listen to gentle summer music. An exuberance of rare and unusual plants. Suns 16 Apr, 25 June, 23 July, 10 Sept (2-6). Admission £4, Children free. Home-made teas. Times:14:00 to 18:00.Visits also by arrangement Apr to Sept with coach parking available.. Open for charity.Terstan, Stockbridge, SO20 6DW

21 SEPTEMBER Andrew Varley 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

23 - 24 SEPTEMBER Wallop Artists 42nd Annual Exhibition To be opened on our Preview night by the Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Carl Borg-Neal at the Wallops Parish Hall, Stockbridge, SO20 8EG on Saturday 23rd all proceeds from refreshment sales will be donated to MacMillan Cancer Support. The exhibition is open from 10am to 5pm with FREE Entry, FREE Parking and Disabled Access. For more information, contact: Barbara Waits 01264 782110 or visit www.wallopartists. org.uk

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Mottisfont - Little Adventurers Little Adventurers is our outdoor learning group for children aged two - five years old and their parents or carers. Have fun with exciting activities that promote physical activity and adventures in the great outdoors. Booking Essential. Phone: 01794 344020. Aimed at ages 2-5 (with parents or carers). Assistance Dogs only are welcome. A National Trust Event - Gates open 10:00. Start 10:30. End 11:30. Normal Admission Charges Apply. In the stables. Check website for latest information.Mottisfont, near Romsey, SO51 0LP

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OCTOBER 1 OCTOBER Romsey Farmers’ Market Monthly Farmers' Market in Hampshire, offering locally produced, delicious food and drink. 10AM-2PM in Alma Road Car Park (opposite Waitrose), Romsey, SO51 8ED

7 & 8 OCTOBER Harvest Festival Exhibition of Flowers and Art Come to a Harvest Festival Exhibition of Flowers and Art in Wherwell Church. Open from 10am until 5pm.

24 SEPTEMBER 9 SEPTEMBER The Romsey Show Held at Broadlands, Romsey. Horse logging, Pony Club, Dog & Duck Show and lots more. Kids go free. Save on tickets online at www. romseyshow.co.uk.Tel: 01794 517521

10 SEPTEMBER Hursley House Opening A rare opportunity to see inside this Grade II* listed mansion, now owned by IBM. Special tours will reveal the fascinating history of the Hursley estate and its occupants and include a visit to the Museum which traces the story of IBM and the technological innovations which have been conceived at Hursley.Tours are free but pre-booking required. See website for further details. IBM United Kingdom Ltd Hursley Park Road Hursley Hampshire SO21 2JN.

Andover Festival of Motoring 10am - 3pm on the High Street, Andover.The Town Centre Partnership has teamed up with Andover Town Council,Tesco and Hampshire Hot Rides to create the Andove r Festival of Motoring, a jam-packed free event for all the family. Supercars, Classic & Vintage cars Modified cars, Motorcycles, Music & entertainment. If you would like to enter your vehiclein this years festival please contact hampshirehotrides@outlook.com. www.andovertcp.co.uk

26 SEPTEMBER Books at the Barn Artemis Cooper on Elizabeth Jane Howard - A Dangerous Innocence. 2.30pm The Old Dairy, Hatherden, SP11 0HT Tickets £12 at www.booksatthebarn.co.uk

9 - 11 OCTOBER Godolphin Literary Festival Godolphin School in Salisbury is delighted to announce the line-up for its second Literary Festival. There are a number of author events for school children and three evening talks open to the public: 9 October at 7pm, Giles Hattersley on feature writing and interviewing the stars; 10 October at 7pm,Tracy Chevalier on her latest novel, ‘New Boy’; 11 October at 7pm Joel Morris and Jason Hazeley on their Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups. Tickets are £5 and free to under 18s but must be booked. To book, go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/ godolphinliteraryfestival. For more information: litfest@godolphn.wilts.sch.uk 01722 430630 5


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HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS APPLE DAY - SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER

ANDOVER SHILLING FAIR A SUNNY SUCCESS

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000 revellers enjoyed the first ever Andover Shilling Fair last month. Andover’s Georgian streets were buzzing with a historic programme bursting with colourful street performers, Regency costumed figures, a food, drink and craft market, traditional fairground attractions, interactive heritage trail tours, local musicians, donkey rides, face painting and fun hands-on family craft activities. The Andover Heritage Trail tours were fully booked and Mr Heath from Heath’s Bank could be seen sharing his tales and bringing history alive throughout the town. The popular market stalls offered everything from handcrafted macarons and marshmallows to unique handmade shilling pins and authentic Regency clothing. The Time Ring drew a large crowd throughout the day, with performances from Andy Pomfrey, Sounds Easy, Court Rogue, The Bundell Brothers and local favourites, the Andover Museum Loft Singers. Over 250 families enjoyed making crafty mementoes of the day with traditional shadow silhouettes from The Artroom and clay pots from Wildman Bushcraft. Visitors were treated to The Admirable Admirals walkabout characters, who battled flying fish, each other and any unsuspecting passers-by with their water pistols and salty sea-dog ways. Town Councillor Barbara Long said: ‘It was a real pleasure to launch the first ever Andover Shilling Fair, to see so many people enjoying the town’s heritage and entering into the historic spirit of the day. We were delighted to be able to increase dwell time for our retailers, showcase the town to visitors and promote Andover to stallholders who expressed a wish to return. The event was managed by FUSE Projects Event Management and Cllr Barbara Long, with financial support from Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Town Council, Andover Leisure Centre and the Andover Town Centre Partnership. Jenny Atherton from FUSE Projects said ‘It’s fantastic to have so many organisations working together on this exciting new event, showcasing everything Andover has to offer. We’d like to extend our thanks to all our supporters, sponsors and twenty amazing volunteers who ensured that the Fair was a memorable success.’ If you’d like to get involved with Andover Shilling Fair 2018, please email barbara.long@andover-tc.gov.uk.

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ollowing the success of the 2016 Apple Day, Houghton Lodge Gardens will be hosting another celebration of heritage apples on Sunday 1st October. Join Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College when he returns with some of his former students for a day of historic apple wisdom! There will be plenty of opportunity to 'ask the experts' on fruit tree growing, cultivating and pruning along with the chance to view and taste the many varieties. ‘Heritage Apples’ are varieties not available across today's supermarkets and shops.They were in abundance around 80 years ago when apple orchards were on every corner and in most gardens, but sadly with the lack of manpower after both world wars, new farming techniques and more profitable uses of the land, the orchards were lost. Visitors may also like to visit Houghton Lodge Gardens to see over 32 varieties of apple trees, as well as pear and plum trees in the kitchen garden and great espalier pear tree with a span of over fifty feet – possibly the longest in the country! Fruit from Houghton Lodge Gardens regularly appears in delicious forms of cakes and treats on the tearoom menu. Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens will be open for light lunches – and yes, Heritage Apple Cake will be on the menu along with other treats on the day and fresh bread for sale. Author Charlotte Popescu will be selling The Apple Cookbook, which celebrates the versatility of the apple. Included are more than 180 delicious recipes – starters, supper dishes, salads, chutneys, jams, scrumptious tea-time treats and plenty of puddings. Houghton Lodge Gardens and Sparsholt College Apple Day Sunday 1st October: 11am -4pm Adults £6.50, children over 3 £3.00, under 3's free

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TEST VALLEY LECTURE: VISIT TO WINCHESTER’S HISTORIC WATER MILL- WEDNESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER

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ur first lecture of the new 2017-2018 season of Test Valley Lectures will be on Wednesday 20th September. We are excited to announce that it will be at Winchester’s historic Water Mill. This is owned by the National Trust and is under threat of closure due to its fragile state. For our special event, there will be a presentation on the history of milling on this site given by a senior miller followed by a tour of the working mill, including areas not normally open to the public, assisted by our own Peter Jenkins who volunteers there as a miller.

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ast month the Broken Chords choir (part of the Wallops Amateur Singers and Performers) celebrated Shakespeare’s genius when they performed four songs as part of Bottom’s Up by Ubiquitous Theatre Company. Ubiquitous Theatre Company and WASPS performed to a delighted packed house at the Wallops Parish Hall to raise money for Jane Scarth House in Andover. The audience came from as far away as Andover, Romsey and Palestine as well as the Wallops, and enjoyed a great evening’s entertainment.

Please note the earlier start to this event of 6pm for refreshments with the talk starting at 6.30pm. There is local City parking (no charge after 6pm). The normal TVL entrance fee of £4 applies and we will be making a donation to the ’Save the Mill’ fund so please support this venture. Please confirm your intention to attend by email to peterwjenkins@me.com so that we can manage the tour to our best advantage. It would be appreciated if all confirmations of interest are received by Monday 11th September.

The Broken Chords and WASPS will be presenting their own variety show, A Serenade of Songs, at the Wallop Parish Hall on October 14th at 7.30. Contact Nicola on 01264 781153 for more information about future events, to join the choir, or if you have an act to offer.

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AN AUTUMN PROGRAMME OF MEDITATIONS AT WHERWELL CHURCH

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ollowing the success of the series of three meditations in the Spring, we are now offering three further meditations in the Autumn of this year. They will be based on the lives of three Christian mystics: Hildegarde of Bingen, St Francis of Assisi and Julian of Norwich. These reflections can provide a useful focus for thoughts on the meaning and purpose of our daily lives, and are interspersed with passages from the subject’s works and carefully chosen music. The meditations will be held at 6 pm in the church and last for around thirty minutes, and will be followed by refreshments.

The programme is as follows: 24 September 22 October 26 November

Hildegarde of Bingen, Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher: 1098 – 1179 St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order and Patron Saint of Italy: 1181/2 - 1226 Julian of Norwich, anchoress, theologian, writer: 1342 - 1416 AD


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Church Services ANDOVER

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O St. Michael & All Angels Sunday 3 September 10.30 Sunday Celebration Sunday 10 September 10.30 Eucharist Service Sunday 17 September 10.30 Eucharist Service 11.30 Traidcraft Shop Sunday 24 September 10.30 Eucharist Service

O St. Mary's Sunday 10 September 10.00 Morning Worship Sunday 17 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 24 September 10.00 Harvest Festival Service with Blessing of the Paschal Candle stand

BOSSINGTON O St. James Sunday 3 September 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 17 September 18.00 Meditation

BROUGHTON O St. Mary's Sunday 3 September 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 The Bible Uncovered Sunday 17 September 09.30 Harvest Festival Family Service Followed by a “Bring & Share” Lunch in the Church Sunday 24 September 09.30 Family Communion Wednesdays 09.30 Holy Communion

CHILBOLTON O St. Mary the Less Sunday 3 September 18.00 Benefice Evensong Sunday 10 September 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 17 September 10.00 Airborne Forces Remembrance Service Sunday 24 September 10.00 Harvest Festival Service

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HOUGHTON O All Saint's Church Sunday 24 September 18.00 Evensong

KING'S SOMBORNE O Methodist Church Sunday 3 September 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 10 September 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 17 September 10.30 Holy Communion 15.30 Messy Church Sunday 24 September 10.30 Harvest Festival O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 3 September 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 10 September 08.00 Said Communion 10.00 Worship for All Ages 15.00 Harvest Festival at Little Somborne Sunday 17 September 08.00 Said Communion 10.00 Matins Sunday 24 September 15.00 Harvest Festival at Ashley 18.00 ALiVE All Age Service

LECKFORD O St. Nicholas Sunday 3 September 08.00 Said Holy Communion

Sunday 17 September 18.00 Evensong

LITTLETON O St. Catherines Sunday 3 September 10.00 Littleton & Harestock Show Service (in the marquee on the Showground) Sunday 10 September 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 17 September 10.00 Morning Worship 18.00 Peace & Wholeness Sunday 24 September 10.00 Family Communion

LONGSTOCK O St. Mary Sunday 10 September 09.30 St Mary Patronal Celebration Service Sunday 17 September 09.30 Morning Worship Sunday 24 September 09.15 Parish Communion

MOTTISFONT O St. Andrew's Sunday 3 September 18.00 Evensong Sunday 10 September 11.00 Holy Communion for the Benefice Followed by Refreshments at Mottisfont House Sunday 17 September 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 24 September 11.00 Family Communion

NETHER WALLOP O St. Andrew's Sunday 3 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 10 September 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 17 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 24 September 09.30 Family Service

OVER WALLOP O St. Peter's Sunday 3 September 09.30 Family Service Sunday 10 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 17 September 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 24 September 08.00 Holy Communion

SPARSHOLT O St. Stephen's Sunday 3 September 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 10 September 10.00 Family Pet Service Sunday 17 September 10.00 Evensong to close Sparsholt Flower Festival Sunday 24 September 10.00 Family Communion

STOCKBRIDGE O Old St. Peter Sunday 17 September 08.00 Said Holy Communion O St. Peter Sunday 3 September 10.45 Mattins Sunday 10 September 10.45 Parish Communion Sunday 17 September 10.45 All Age Worship Sunday 24 September 10.45 Parish Communion

WHERWELL O St. Peter & Holy Cross Sunday 3 September 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 10 September 18.00 Evensong & Celebration of Holy Cross Sunday 17 September 10.00 Morning Worship Sunday 24 September 08.00 Holy Communion


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HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS DRAW CROWDS AT JANE AUSTEN INSPIRED REGENCY PICNIC

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ampshire Art & Craft CIC, the social enterprise who set up and run Rum’s Eg (the art and craft gallery, café, workshops and community Arts hub at 27 Bell Street, Romsey) are looking to expand their team to help make this exciting and ground-breaking Arts enterprise more resilient and sustainable for the long term. A recent appeal for funds to help keep it going showed just how popular and important this community and Arts asset is for so many people from all walks of life. Rebecca Maddox the manager said “We are currently recruiting volunteers across a range of areas to help us continue to develop our offering here at Rum’s Eg. There are roles to suit all types of skill and interest, with commitment levels ranging from weekly to monthly, to project based support.Volunteers are crucial to our future development and sustainability. By volunteering with us, you become part of an active arts community. It’s a great chance to socialise, keep busy or even learn some new skills.” “We regularly put on social events for our staff and volunteer team, including visits to some of our artist studios and taster workshops. Volunteers receive 10% off in the cafe and workshops at all times, and up to 50% off last minute workshop places where courses are not fully booked. Parking expenses can be covered on receipt of tickets. If you wish to apply, drop in to Rum’s Eg to chat to staff and other volunteers and pick up a Volunteer Application form. We are looking for people to fill the following roles and full training will be given: Café Assistants, Gallery Assistants, Digital Marketing Advisors, a Volunteer & Friends Engagement Officer, Live Music Events Planners, Arts Club Coordinators, Rum’s Eg Ambassadors, HR Administrator, PR Officer and Cleaners.” The Community Interest Company is also looking for new Directors or Consultants to expand the areas of expertise to help plan new strategies and systems to ensure the future sustainability of this valuable Arts and Community asset. They are looking for people with the following experience and expertise to give a little of their time to share this challenge: Arts/Crafts/Gallery, Retail/Business, Restaurant/ Catering, Marketing/Promotion, Community Outreach/Education and Fundraising. Siriol Sherlock who set up the enterprise in 2012 said ‘ I will be retiring at the end of October and we need the right people on board, to continue to build on the hard work of the last five years’ development, as a new driving force behind our team of staff and volunteers to ensure a happy, long-term future for all our stakeholders – the town, artists and craftsmen and our local community. Please write to Siriol Sherlock, c/o Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, SO51 8GY including your CV if you are interested.

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day of quintessential English culture, period costume, literary enlightenment, dancing and exquisite picnics were enjoyed by all at Houghton Lodge Gardens Regency Picnic in Stockbridge. A picnic was chosen to celebrate the 200th anniversary of literary heroine Jane Austen, because it was regarded as much-loved entertainment for society in Regency times. Unlike Jane Austen’s character Emma, who didn’t have a very successful picnic at Box Hill, visitors to the picnic at Houghton Lodge Gardens enjoyed a feast of treats. They had a very fine day indeed. Many of the visitors immersed themselves in the historic vibe by dressing in period costume.They joined The Hampshire Regency Dancers who taught 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'.The Sarah Siddons Fan Club Theatre Company took to the stage to perform ‘Lady Betty’s Picnic’, and Janet Johnstone from Jane Austen Museum provided captivating talks about the latter years of Jane Austen’s life. Houghton Lodge Garden’s great lawn which flanks the River Test, hailed as ‘The most romantic river in England’ was sprinkled with rugs and visitors feasted on scrumptious Regency delicacies.There was time to explore the picturesque gardens which were ablaze with colourful bloom and filled the sound of bird song – just as it was in Jane’s Day. Children (and adults!) completing a children’s Regency Trail were rewarded with delicious home-made shortbread by onsite tea room Honesty at Houghton Lodge Gardens, who also supplied pre-ordered picnic hampers. The day of celebrations was a huge success and a fascinating insight in to the era. Houghton Lodge Gardens are open daily until 1st October www.houghtonlodge.co.uk


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6 September to 7 October

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Bare patches and weak growth are often symptoms of compaction where the soil is so solid that it affords the grass plants no real opportunity to grow well. The compacted soil drains poorly due to the lack of air gaps within the structure of the soil itself and the grass roots find it difficult to spread, resulting in stunted growth and weak plants more susceptible to disease, drought and death. Relieve the compaction first by aerating the lawn, and then you can begin to introduce new grass plants by over-seeding. Before you think about over-seeding you may want to consider whether your lawn needs a good raking. Or for larger lawns,

mechanical scarification. Not all lawns need it however, but if they do it’s really important to carry this process out before the weather gets too cold and the grass stops growing. Lawns need time to recover from scarification as it is a harsh process. Not only do they need time, but warm, wet weather is essential too. Both scarification and aeration create ideal surface conditions for overseeding. Unlike re-seeding, where the existing vegetation is removed completely and a new seed-bed created for the sowing of a new lawn, over-seeding works with what you already have by adding new grass seeds to your existing lawn and helping to blend areas of weak growth into other areas of your lawn more naturally. It’s also far less labour intensive, uses fewer lawn seeds and is much more economical. It is however really important to deal with any weeds before re-seeding begins. New grass plants are susceptible to the treatments used to kill lawn weeds. Older, existing lawn grasses are robust enough to withstand these treatments. Therefore manage the weed issue first and then get new grass plants growing. Remember that once germination begins your new grass seeds need moisture to survive. They won’t be able to manage times without water until they have established roots. If it doesn’t rain then you need to remember to keep them watered for the first few weeks. Any nutritional issues should also be addressed before over-seeding and autumn lawn renovation works begin. After all, your existing lawn will need all the help it can get to recover and the new seed introduced will be looking for the right nutritional support to help it develop and thrive. Applying the correctly balanced autumn fertiliser is essential to preparing your lawn for the tough winter months ahead. It helps develop the roots and will keep your lawn looking green and healthy throughout the winter without increasing the need for mowing. Finally, autumn is the ideal time to apply treatments for ant’s nests in the lawn which have been a real problem this year. It’s important to deal with these before they become dormant over winter resulting in those unsightly mounds of soil they bring to the surface next spring as the colony increases the size of its underground nest. Treatments are available to deal with lawn ants. Speak to a lawn care professional now to plan ahead for the perfect lawn next year.You might be surprised how much improvement can be made this year and you can then enjoy your renovated lawn throughout the autumn and into next season. Ian Kenyon is Technical Director for Shrekfeet Lawn and Garden Services. He is always happy to offer friendly, professional advice and help 01962 460146, 07739 789483 www.shrekfeet.com


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treatments, everyday items and our food and drink. As the national lead for Heritage Open Days says “History is stories, all our stories, and this year, more than ever before, Heritage Open Days is a celebration of that.” Many of the events will be taking place in the centre of Winchester, but we are delighted that this year we have quite a few further afield including; • Thursday 7th: A chance to make your own brick at the Brickworks Museum in Bursledon or go on a guided tour of the Matterley Bowl. • Friday 8th: Guided tours at The Grange at Northington or river dipping in the meadows next to the Hospital of St Cross in Winchester. • Saturday 9th: Free entry at The Vyne historic house in Sherborne St John and a chance to try your hand at stone carving at The Granary Creative Arts centre near Bramdean. • Sunday 10th: As well as the wonderful craft fair in Bullington, there will be guided tours of Hursley House and a chance to peep inside the Heathcote Mausoleum in Hursley. Remember all Heritage Open Day events are free of charge although some you will need to pre-book as numbers are limited. There are also competitions including a chance to win one of the first Monopoly Winchester Edition games.

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very year, over four days in early September thousands of cultural sites and historic buildings in England open their doors for free and invite the general public in. Many of these buildings and heritage sites normally charge whilst others are rarely open to the public, so these four days are a unique opportunity for locals and visitors alike to peek inside and discover some of the stories behind the people who once lived and worked in them. The dates for your diary this year are 7th - 10th September, and here in Winchester and the Test Valley there will be 70+ events to celebrate our heritage and discover our hidden stories. This year is extra special as, not only is there something for every age, every interest and every background, there are lots of new venues including Hursley House (IBM) and Winchester College Science Collection which have never been open before to the general public. Our heritage though is not just about buildings. Our heritage includes the environment around us, transport, literature, medical

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The green, green grass of home Ornamental lawns have been a feature in Europe for centuries, yet nobody loves lawns like the English! Why is it we feel that no English garden is complete with the final touches of a lush and emerald green lawn? However, the lawns that are being laid are increasingly artificial with one in four homes no longer having a real lawn.

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Artificial grass came on the scene over 45 years ago and once an object of ridicule, is now an acceptable feature in our gardens. Furthermore, in 2010 the Chelsea Flower Show allowed its first show garden to use fake grass, which further endorsed the product. Artificial lawns have come a long way since they first appeared on the market and from a distance, many of us would not be able to tell the difference between a fake or fresh lawn.

New Generation The first artificial grass products were all the same rather gaudy vivid green colour and the surface was quite rough. Today some artificial grass has a higher stitch count making the fibre feel thicker and softer. Also, the new generation of artificial grass comes in an array of different shades of green with variegated strands to give it a more natural look. Now the mantra is you can have a great looking lawn all year round with very little maintenance. Dogs love it!

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Much of the reason for turning to artificial grass is because we are now a ‘time poor’ nation. We want a product or feature that is low maintenance and trouble free. For families this makes for a more enjoyable outdoor life at home as they can now have a ready made outdoor carpet! No muddy shoes, or paws, no bare patches and the material is permeable, which ensures rainfall and other fluids drain through the surface effortlessly. For those of us with pets, the grass can be hosed down when necessary and simply brushed up to keep the grass looking good as new. So with no mowing and hardly any maintenance, what is there not to like about it?

Magic of fresh grass Despite the obvious virtues of artificial lawns and certainly for the smaller or contemporary gardens, it is an extremely popular choice, who amongst us does not love the earthy smell of freshly mown grass during the summer or the soft magical feel of soft grass on bare feet? Further qualities of fresh grass are its contributions to a number of key ecosystems and the fact lawns help to filter out pollution, dust particles and help to reduce urban noise thanks to its ability to absorb sound waves. So, regardless of all the benefits of fake grass against the work that goes with real grass, nothing will ever quite beat the charm of a beautiful traditional lawn.

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Organisers had put together a programme of colourful street performers, Regency costumed figures, a food, drink and craft market, traditional fairground attractions, interactive heritage trail tours, local musicians, rural craft displays, donkey rides, face painting and fun hands-on family craft activities. Visitors to the event were able to learn about historical events and meet a number of interesting characters on the Andover Heritage Trail, guided on their journey by ‘Mr Heath of Heath’s bank. ‘

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to the organisers of the event by St. Mary’s ward member Councillor Iris Andersen, who said: “I am delighted we were able to give financial support to the organisation of this wonderful event, celebrating Andover’s Georgian heritage and banking connections. It has been a great success and helped attract visitors into the town centre to learn more about its history as well as enjoy a free and entertaining day out. “

For more information about the community grants available from Test Valley Borough Council, visit: www.testvalley.gov.uk

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he Test Valley Business Awards’ 2017 finalists are announced. With only a matter of weeks to go until the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying on 14th September, we’d like to introduce to you this year’s shortlisted business. More than 170 entries were received from across Test Valley, from businesses large and small. This year’s Awards are the biggest yet – surpassing previous record highs since TVBA began in 2004. This year’s judges, who are also the Awards’ generous Gold Sponsors, have spoken to and visited some of the most innovative and inspiring businesses operating within Test Valley since May. The judges have grappled with the very difficult task of selecting just 18 outstanding businesses as this year’s finalists. Commiserations and thanks for entering go to those not selected this year.

The Test Valley Business Awards 2017 finalists are: Doing Business Locally Award Sponsored by Taylored IT • Braishfield Pantry Community Shop & Café • The White Hart, Andover • La Di Da Interiors Apprentice Employer of the Year Sponsored by Andover College • Preformed Line Products (GB) Ltd • Test Valley Borough Council • UCPS Learning Ltd Innovation & Technology Award Sponsored by University of Southampton Science Park • CoolLED Ltd. • Circuitworx • 270 Vision Ltd. New Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Test Valley Borough Council • UCPS Learning Ltd. • Wathen Marine Catering Equipment Services Ltd • Rosebourne 24

Small Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy • Orchid Furniture Ltd. • UCPS Learning Ltd. • Active Staff Ltd. The Brenda Locke Award for Women in Business Sponsored by Phoenix Transconnect • Minerva Health & Care Communications Ltd • The Queen Charlotte Inn • Oaktree Business Management Lucy Dixon of Wilkins Kennedy comments of this year’s finalists: “The standard of entries this year was very high and it has made the judging process and shortlisting even more interesting. It is great to see local businesses achievements celebrated – particularly in the face of economic and political uncertainty. Therefore it is more important than ever to bring the business community together to recognise how they make a difference to the people around them. I have met a number of inspirational people during the judging process and I wish all the entrants the very best for the future and good luck to the shortlisted entries for the gala award ceremony.” Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers, who themselves run small businesses, 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. Tickets for this year’s Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony, held at the Museum of Army Flying on 14th September, are now available for £50 each to include welcome drink and sumptuous 3 course meal prepared by Michelin award-winning chefs, McCrimmon & Reid. For information about the Awards, please visit: www. tvbawards.org.uk To book your tickets online, please visit: tvba2017galadinner. eventbrite.co.uk

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The Council Tax Support Scheme has been amended to include the following:

The initial lump sum payment and any arrears of Bereavement Support Payment will be treated as capital and disregarded for 52 weeks from the date of payment. The monthly payments will be treated as unearned income and disregarded as income for one month from the date of payment. Any unspent money at the end of the month should be treated as capital but not disregarded. www.testvalley.gov.uk


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hen researching the life of Lawrie McMenemy, football player, coach and most famously manager, it was evident that the word ‘legend’ often accompanied his name. So I found myself seated nervously in the lounge of a Hampshire hotel waiting for Mr. McMenemy to arrive. Nerves were completely unnecessary, as it turned out, for over the following two and a half hours I was treated to a fascinating and insightful glimpse into the realities of football from the perspective of both a coach and a manager, peppered with both pathos and humour. And I was made aware for the first time, I’m ashamed to say, of the Special Olympics UK of which Lawrie is the President. Lawrie McMenemy came to Hampshire from his position as manager at Grimsby, where they had just won the league, to manage Southampton FC in 1973. “Coming to manage Southampton was a great experience because of people like Ted Bates. I got so much support from the boardroom, the directors were wonderful. Even when Southampton were relegated the board simply said ‘sort it manager!’They placed a lot of faith in me. Together Ted and I accumulated thirty years at Southampton. Back then Southampton didn’t have the money to spend on players, so we had to look for young talent to bring up alongside long established players – young legs and old heads I called it. I started the successful Saints Academy as a way of scouting and training youngsters through the schools.The board allowed me to open academies in Newcastle, London and Bristol and that produced players like Alan Shearer, Steve Williams and Gareth Bale.” I wonder how Lawrie thinks football has changed and whether the excesses of money are ruining the beautiful game. “TV coverage and the money that comes with it has made all the difference.You can’t blame the players; it’s a fantastic, glamorous career for the top players, who often earn millions.They all have agents and good people around them to ensure they get the best moves to other clubs. I remember when I was manager at Grimsby the coach and I took the players down to the docks.There were the guys in the fish market grafting away in the cold calling the players fairies and the like.We sat around having tea and chatting with them and afterwards I said ‘never forget how lucky you are, those blokes work

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hard to afford to come and watch you play each week.’ Players need to be reminded to keep their feet on the ground.That team went on to win the league and never gave less than one hundred percent. It was good to see the Southampton players visiting a children’s hospital just last week. Football could do with more of that. But there are many teams below the Premiership, small clubs with full time players who will earn a good living but by thirty-five realistically their careers could be nearly over. Contracts are usually for a year, not five, these days and often not renewed. It’s tough for the players and their families, and indeed for managers, the press and television pundits can have a lot of sway. Imagine playing for Hartlepool and getting a new contract for a year in Plymouth for example.There would be some difficult decisions to be made around moving and children’s education etc. It can be very tough for both managers and players alike. And yes, the TV. I travel around to watch football and meet people from all over the world who are well informed about English football because they can watch on television. Recently I was talking to a young couple from Thailand they knew who exactly who I was and all about Southampton winning the FA Cup.TV has made football global.This has affected the top teams too. Look at any Premiership club and the team will consist largely of foreign players, the game has changed.” Ironically one of the biggest coups of Lawrie’s career was bringing an English player, Kevin Keegan, back from a German club. Lawrie laughs as he remembers. ”It all started with a new light that my builder wanted to put in my house, the problem was it had to come from Germany. I didn’t know Kevin that well but I thought it was worth a try; he was more than happy to pick one up for me. I have to say it had occurred to me that it would be incredible to bring him to Southampton. I did some research, not least checking with Liverpool FC that Kevin wasn’t contractually tied, but I was assured that he wouldn’t be going back to them. Kevin flew into London to play for England so we negotiated and he totally surprised me by signing a blank contract - he was coming to Southampton! We managed to keep it a secret; absolutely no-one knew a thing about it. I gathered the press here”, Lawrie points to the adjacent room in the Potters Heron Hotel. ”Alan Ball was there; later he told me he thought it was his ‘This is your Life’! It was amazing. Kevin’s wife with their new baby came through the door followed by Kevin. No-one could believe that Southampton had signed Kevin Keegan! Later he said to me ‘sorry Lawrie I forgot your light!’ “


“I remember when we qualified for the FA Cup final, I said on radio that if it had been in the North people would have been dancing in the streets if their club had qualified. A lady responded by saying ’Mr. McMenemy, here we don’t dance in the streets – we dance in our kitchens’.That’s the difference between North and South!” But when we went on to win it was fantastic.The bus tour of the city the following day bringing the FA Cup home to Southampton was meant to take forty-five minutes but ended up taking over four hours! “

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The other unforgettable moment of Lawrie McMenemys’ career at Southampton was beating Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup.

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Lawrie may have retired from football management - although he does manage an inter-party Parliamentary team - but he is very active in his charity work and in particular as President and Special Ambassador for the Special Olympics UK. The event was pioneered in 1968 in the USA by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of JK Kennedy, in the belief that the Olympic ideals give confidence to all people with learning disabilities and their carers. In 1978 Chris Maloney MBE founded the Special Olympics UK.The movement has four million athletes in over 170 countries with the UK having 10,000 athletes and 4,000 volunteers in over 140 clubs offering 26 individual and team sports. “The Special Olympics attract huge crowds all over the world whether in Canada or China.The World Games are held every four years and the UK games in the intervening years. Sadly, little is known about it here, but things are changing and sponsorship and awareness are increasing helped by the fact that Sheffield are hosting the Special Olympics this year between 7 – 12 August.We are expecting 2,600 athletes from across the UK with 800 coaches, 750 volunteers and thousands of families and friends. Not only are the games so very important for people with learning disabilities, but by giving them an enormous sense of achievement it brings families together, forming life-long friendships and mutual support networks; it’s fantastic to see.” Lawrie McMenemy clearly doesn’t really do retirement, “I don’t want to just sit on the sofa.” He is still very much immersed in football and the Special Olympics UK, and yet has found time to write his autobiography ‘A Lifetimes Obsession.’ As we say goodbye, Lawrie, ever the gentleman, goes off to pay for the coffee. And I’m in no doubt that I’ve spent a happy and interesting time in the company of a true legend. GG. A Lifetimes Obsession: My Autobiography. Published by Sports Media Special Olympics: sheffield2017.org.uk

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Totton patient dances and sings again - thanks to Spinal Surgery From complex spinal surgery to growing pains Spire Southampton Hospital is helping get children back on their feet

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hanks to the spinal surgery and the care she received at Spire Southampton; Zoe Wilcox from Totton has been able to fulfil her dreams and ambitions. Zoe and her surgeon Mr Evan Davies explain their journey.

In 2014 Zoe, then just 16 years old started to experience uncomfortable hip pain.When it started to interfere with her greatest passion musical theatre, she told her mum who realised it wasn’t her hips that were the problem. In fact Zoe’s spine was not running in a straight line and her hips were probably compensating. Having been diagnosed with scoliosis by her GP, she was referred to Mr Evan Davies in February 2015. Mr Evan Davies is a consultant spinal surgeon specialising in scoliosis, tumour, trauma and degenerative spinal surgery in children, adults as well as the elderly. Mr Davies describes scoliosis “it affects 1 in 2000 of the population and the vast majority occurs in teenagers. Scoliosis can cause

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changes in the shape of the spine which can lead to prominence of parts of the back as well as changes in the shape of the shoulders and hips. For the majority of patients no treatment is required, but it is important that scoliosis is monitored throughout growth to ensure that the size of the curve doesn’t require treatment. Occasionally surgery is suggested if the curve has progressed to a degree that it is causing pain and the shape is unpleasant.” The treatment of scoliosis varies and although certain patients suitable for surgery. An assessment and discussion about treatments should be led by specialists in scoliosis such as we have here at Spire Southampton. Zoe chose to undergo surgery in August 2016, when it became just too painful, carrying bags and costumes to school, leaving her exhausted, on a daily basis. For Zoe it was simple. “Before the operation I was finding it hard to dance, let alone be on my feet all day. My course is full on its mentally as well as physically demanding.”


Zoe is an inspiring case; she came back from her surgery stronger and with even more determination than she had before to achieve her goal.When things go wrong you want to know that you can see an expert quickly, access the treatment you need and get back on your feet as soon as possible.

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“Although I’m not 100% cured, I can jump, sing and dance on stage and no one would notice any difference. Since January of this year, I’ve felt a lot better and my back only feels irritated after a long day shopping and carrying. I’m currently studying A-levels in musical theatre, drama and film studies and I’ve just been awarded a place at Winchester University to study for a degree in drama.To have a career on the stage is what I’m really dreaming of. During half term last February I was a sorority girl called Kate in Legally Blonde at The Point in Eastleigh, next I’m aiming for a role in my college production of Jekyll and Hyde, the Musical.”

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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. Spire Southampton has a dedicated Paediatric ward and, as Mr Davies explains “Spire Hospital Southampton is one of the few recognised private scoliosis centres in the UK.The specialist imaging, intensive care and paediatric nursing staff and medical teams mean that the hospital can provide dedicated and safe care for the management of patients of all ages with scoliosis and other complex spinal problems.” With modern spinal care and a dedicated paediatric spinal team of nurses and anaesthetists, most patients are in hospital under a week. Older children and young people like the privacy of a single room with easy access to free Wi Fi and a Play Station.They can get back to school, college or work within four weeks, returning to all normal activities by three months at the latest.

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 in-patients 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.

Zoe took the time to describe her journey. “I had the surgery in the summer holidays and despite the major 5-hour operation required to put two large rods and multiple screws in my spine, I was home in five days and back at college in a month.The team were fantastic and kept me as comfortable as they could I was told to avoid roller-coasters and skydiving.The rods and screws will remain in my back for life to correct the curvature and prevent further change.”

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Wellbeing THE MYTH OF CORE STABILITY: PART 2

Sucking in the tummy, bracing type exercises, static planks and situps are not a dynamic or relevant way to strengthen the abdominals. When in ‘real life’ do we need to function like this? These types of exercises have even been shown to be detrimental. They increase shearing forces on the spine, increase intra-abdominal pressure complicating issues such as pelvic floor dysfunction and diastasis recti, and actually reduces the load the spine can bear. To feel stronger, healthier and have less or no pain, we just need to move more. It’s a simple as that. I’m not saying abandon all traditional ‘core stability’ training, there is still value in these exercises, but to consider what your purpose is? Is it suitable for you? Always exercise with a clear rationale. The needs of a grandparent wishing to comfortably pick up a grandchild will be different to a postnatal woman picking up her baby, to a bodybuilder wishing for certain asthetics, and to an athlete training for an event.

So what are functional, relevant and dynamic ways to strengthen our core?

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n part 1, we looked at the origins of core stability, what it is, and why we need to reconsider this reductionist approach and the negative connotations of being ‘stable’ or ‘unstable’. In this blog, we are going to look at different treatment and exercise approaches as we step away from the core stability model. So the first thing to consider is why do you want to ‘stabilise’ your core?

Here are the reasons frequently given:

• To prevent injury (I’ll address this one now; you can never prevent injury, only reduce the risk) • To improve posture • To reduce back pain • To improve performance • To get a flat stomach For the last 20 years, this is what the health and fitness industry would have you believe you are doing. However, in the last 10 years, research, or the lack of it, has begun to show that core stability training is very limited in its functionality. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a place, but that it has been taken out of context and its benefits massively over-emphasised. Core ‘stability’ exercises can help people in pain, but it has nothing to do with stabilising the spine. Low back pain is not due to weak abdominals or a weak core or a lack of core stability. Altered motor control and coordination of the contractions of the abdominals contributes to low back pain, as well as a shed load of other factors (look up the biopsychosocial model if you’re interested, or wait for the next blog!).

What about the healthy people in search of a flatter tummy or improved performance?

Here, too, core stability training falls short. Core stability came from studies into low back pain, it was never meant to apply to the general population, and for most people, there are better ways of working these muscles. Focusing internally on contracting individual stomach muscles (eg. ‘draw navel to spine’) is ineffective in improving motor control. However, focusing on movements external to the body (eg. kick the ball) is more conducive to performance improvement. Most core stability training is not tailored to specific sports or indeed, even our day-to-day needs, ie. it doesn’t replicate the activities needed for these purposes. 32

Strength training is core training.You can train the core without actually targeting the core. We just need to take our cues from how a child moves to see what I mean. Move as you are designed to move: squatting, lifting, pressing, pulling, hanging, climbing, smashing, grabbing, carrying, walking, running, all on and in a variety of gradients, terrains and environments. The body loves variety, challenges and stimulation. Some of these movements won’t come naturally at first as we've become soggy amoeba in our chairs, but it can and will come back, and with it, more than just a 6 pack! Emma Wightman Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice www.the-sop.com

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FLY FISHING AGENT, CHALKSTREAM CONSERVATIONIST AND AUTHOR o meet with Simon Cooper, fly fishing agent, chalkstream conservationist and author, is to be in the company of a man who seems totally immersed in his element.That is the Wallop Brook which flows, literally, down the millrace and into the wheel house to the side of his home - the beautiful Nether

Wallop Mill. “I spent part of my childhood messing about on a stretch of the River Meon which I basically had to myself, it was heaven.Then time passed – school, university - and I was living in London. I fished at the weekends and realised there was a business potential and started Fishing Breaks in 1990. My parents were rather surprised at my new career choice, swapping a suit for waders. But it was tough at the outset. I was struggling to run the business and take the bookings, having discussed my idea at length with my friend, another Simon, he insisted I get a website and that changed everything for me and by 1996 the business had taken off.” Simon owns and manages Fishing Breaks for fly fishing enthusiasts acting as a letting agent for landowners building trusted relationships with them and helping to support the preservation of the South’s most beautiful beats (angler speak for a section of river) with over 120 miles of river in seven counties. In addition to that Fishing Breaks run courses for novices within the grounds of Nether Wallop Mill. As we wander around the teaching lake the trout, brown, rainbow and blue, are easily seen swimming in the crystal clear water. “We hold one-to-one fly fishing experiences here, children’s holiday courses which have proved immensely popular, as well fathers and sons fishing days or mothers and daughters of course!” In the mizzle of that day we were fortunate to see the mayfly that have their season for a few weeks in late May and early June. “Mayflies are a trout’s favourite delicacy. As the fly flutters above the water you will see the trout jumping for them.”

It maybe a rather tough life for the mayfly but they have unknowingly created the art of fly fishing, and it’s only fitting that Simon should find himself both living, running a business and writing from Nether Wallop Mill. “We completely renovated The Mill.When we bought it in 1999 it was in a rather sorry state with the enormous iron mill wheel, which was manufactured in Andover, detached from its spindle.The Mill has a famous fishing heritage as Dermot Wilson, author and accomplished fly fisher, once owned it. He created a business in 1968 whereby people could order hand-tied flies and tackle that would arrive the very next day. His business was extremely successful until ill health required him to sell to the American company Orvis who sell flies and fishing tackle to this day. The home of dry fly fishing is Hampshire but specifically Mottisfont Abbey.To begin with, the fly simply sank when cast until the ‘inventor’ of modern day fly fishing, Frederick Halford, made

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flies from feathers which when cast floated on the surface of the water, teasing the trout to believe they were the real mayfly or similar insects. Hence fly fishing spread from southern England to become a worldwide sport, as popular today as it ever was.” In 2016 Fishing Breaks was awarded Best Travel Provider and Best Fishery River by Fish and Fly Magazine. When Simon is not overseeing Fishing Breaks he finds time to write. His first book Life of a Chalkstream immerses the reader into the sight, sounds and natural history of a Hampshire river through its journey of survival. His second book The Otters’Tale takes you on a privileged peek into the life of Kuschta the otter and her cubs. As with his first book, Simon is a master of weaving his considerable knowledge of natural history with a wonderful and thought-provoking narrative which will have you wanting to live by a river yourself. The otter in Simon’s book, (which is shortlisted for the Wainwright Award), is real and their initial meetings are beautifully described in his book. “My office has a glass wall through which I can see and hear the mill wheel and the river flowing through. But when the wheel was still I would often think I heard a splash or caught a glimpse of something when I walked into the office.This often happened but as time passed the otter - as it turned out to be - became more confident so that now she will often appear and sit on the oak beams of the wheel house and check out what I’m up to before disappearing into the river once more.” When does Simon find time to write? “I’m quite an organised person as I write a bi-weekly blog for the Fishing Breaks site. I like to write roughly 500 words a day or 2500 a week when writing a book.” Simon is currently working on his third book Does he have concerns regarding the future of the delicate eco-system of chalk streams and rivers? “The insidious pesticides that took otters to the brink of extinction are thankfully a thing of the past. In the past two decades, post water privatization, things are improving and fish stocks continue rise but pollutants in rivers are still a concern as is the rising population, urbanisation and the demand for water” Has Simon Cooper found his perfect way of life at Nether Wallop Mill? He laughs, “ Yes I think I have”. So despite his stunning surroundings what three things could he not live without? “Rivers definitely, the ability to go fishing when I want to and rain!” Simon Cooper’s books are published by William Collins. www.fishingbreaks.co.uk


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