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FORUM Jane's Kitchen - Sausage Plait Hampshire People - Susie & Peter, Masters of Wine Claire Thurlow - Nature Writer Test Valley Business Awards Stockbridge Christmas NOVEMBER 2017 • ISSUE 113 • WWW.FORUMPUBLICATIONS.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS * STOCKBRIDGE ROMSEY

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STOCKBRIDGE 1-3 High Street, Stockbridge – TO LET

A very attractive double fronted shop in the centre of Stockbridge High Street. Private car parking. Retail area, W.C., Kitchen and Store. 438 ft² (40.7m²) To Let (Wine Utopia is relocating to The Vine)

Lane End Shop, Stockbridge – TO LET

A listed building with very appealing High Street shop frontage. Private car parking. Main shop with retail/store. Separate office/store. WC. 405.8 ft² (37.7m²) To Let (La Bella Donna is relocating to Jasmine House)

During 2017 we have achieved 14 lettings and sales of commercial units in Stockbridge which continues to attract strong interest from retailers and office users. With our strong association with the town and it's commercial activity we are delighted to be THE MAIN SPONSORS of the Stockbridge Christmas event on 1st December 2017 when there will be late night shopping and switching on the Christmas lights. Jasmine House is now fully let to the tenants below creating an Italian Quarter in Stockbridge – “Ciao!”

Unit 3 Let to Prego Deli A new Italian delicatessen serving coffee and making fresh pasta on site

Unit 2 Let to La Bella Donna Increased stock of stylish Italian accessories and designer clothes

Unit 1 Let to the Stockbridge Barber New in the high street, a barber for the discerning gentleman

www.myddeltonmajor.co.uk

Tel: 01264 316000


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NOVEMBER 1 NOVEMBER

Broughton Floral Club Meeting Meeting at Kings Somborne Village Hall at 7.30p.m. A floral demonstration entitled “A Touch of Gold” by Emily Broomhead, a national demonstrator who represented Great Britain at the World competitions in Barbados this year. This is the tenth event of the “Golden Year” of the club. Admission for non-members £10 , entrance by ticket only. This includes a buffet supper and tea/ coffee after the demonstration. Tickets available from Debbie Harper, tel. 01794 340859.

3 NOVEMBER Film Showing: Churchill (PG) At Chilbolton Village Hall. Starring Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, Ella Purnell and John Slattery. With tensions mounting as D-Day approaches and fearful of repeating past mistakes, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the campaign the entire war effort hinges on. With strength and shrewdness, his devoted wife inspires him to achieve greatness. Doors Open at 6.45; Film show commences at 7.30 pm.Tickets £5.00 in advance from Beryl Lawrence on 01264 860618. E-mail: dlaw@ davidlawrenceassociates.co.uk. Or £6.00 on the door (if available).Tea/Coffee and biscuits included in price.Wine, Beer and Choc Ices on sale.

11 NOVEMBER Verdi's Requiem 7.30pm at Romsey Abbey, SO51 8EN. Romsey Choral Society is delighted to be collaborating with Guildford’s Waverley Singers to perform the operatic and stirringly dramatic Verdi’s Requiem in the stunning acoustic of Romsey Abbey. An evocative, musical commemoration for Romsey Choral Society’s annual Remembrance Day concert. £20 (and £14 unreserved) half price for children/students.Tickets from Romsey Heritage and Visitors Centre – Tel: 01794 512987 or buy on the door.

16 NOVEMBER Elizabeth Harrison 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

17 NOVEMBER Stockbridge Community CInema: A Man Called Ove (15) 1hr 43mins. In Swedish with English subtitles. Ove, an ill-tempered retiree who spends his day enforcing residents’ association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as

an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbours. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk. See our website for special Stockbridge meal deals

18 NOVEMBER Fun Casino Night in aid of Chilbolton Pre-school Sponsored by AMF Engineering & Networks Centre. 7.30pm at The White Lion Inn,Wherwell Cash exchanged for fun money to play at the Blackjack and Roulette tables. No experience needed as friendly croupiers on hand to guide you through play. Fantastic prizes for the highest winners. Dress code: Smart/glamorous.Tickets £15 (includes food).Tickets available at the pub or by emailing fundraising.chilboltonps@gmail.com or call 07726 890 785

22 NOVEMBER Stockbridge Community CInema: Miss Sloane (15) 2hrs 9 mins. Showing at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in Washington D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price. 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 See our website for special Stockbridge meal deals

25 NOVEMBER Christmas Market & Secret Grotto From 2pm - 4.30pm at Broughton Village Hall.

Come for festive fun and prizes, including gifts and crafts, Christmas cards, decorations, Christmas puddings, mince pies and preserves, mulled wine, a tombola, a champagne draw, carol singing, a visit from Father Christmas, and much more

26 NOVEMBER Chilbolton Christmas Fair 2pm - 4pm at Chilbolton Village Hall, SO20 6AT. Free Entrance. Free Entrance. Craft stalls, gifts, cakes, preserves, hand made cards, mince pies and mulled wine, Bottle Tombola and Raffle. Proceeds to St Mary the Less.

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From 7.30pm - 10pm at Hampshire Barn, Norton Park Hotel (nr. Sutton Scotney). Enjoy an evening of fashion and styling with fashion collections from At Last, Jessamy Elmhirst and Maette by Stella & Dot. Learn essential styling tips, indulge in mini beauty treatments, enjoy some Christmas shopping and take part in the evening's raffle with fantastic prizes on offer. All monies raised will go to NSPCC, the UK Children's charity.Tickets: £15. Contact Emma for tickets: stylistemma@icloud. com,Tel: 07817 989371

Christmas in Stockbridge Stockbridge Christmas is a fabulous event that takes place on the first Friday of December from 4.30pm.There will be a Christingle Service in St Peters and then the lights will be switched on. Carol singers,Test Valley Brass Band, fire eaters, jugglers, stalls, carriage rides on Santa sleigh, Santa's grotto and lots more. Piers Morgan to be switching the lights on with Alex Lewis. Nearly all the shops are open offering refreshments and there will be a Christmas hat competition, judging in the Town Hall after the main switch on. Come prepared and join in! This is a free event to attend and ample parking is provided. Go along to Stockbridge and kick start the festive season!

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24 NOVEMBER Ladies Night in Aid of NSPCC

Winchester Wine Festival with BBC1 Masters of Wine Susie & Peter Clink glasses with Masters of Wine Susie & Peter in the stunning surroundings of Winchester Guildhall. Our nifty Follow Your Taste scheme will help you navigate your way round the hundreds of delicious bottles on pour. Tickets cost £30.This includes unlimited tasting samples, a free wine glass and wine bag plus exclusive festival discounts to help you stock up on your favourite bottles.There’s more too: masterclasses, music, merchandise, food, a prize

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draw… Wine has never been this much fun! We are running three sessions across two days. Tickets are valid for one session only.The sessions are: Friday 24th November 2017: 5-9pm Saturday 25th November 2017: 11-3pm Saturday 25th November 2017: 4-8pm For more information and tickets please visit: www.thewinefestival.co.uk

Wherwell Singers Chrtismas Concert: The Nativity 7:30pm at St. Peter & Holy Cross Church, Wherwell.Tickets £10. Join the Wherwell Singers as we celebrate the Christmas Story through music with a programme including Byrd, Palestrina, Pärt, Chilcott, Rutter and much more.There will also be the traditional sing-along carols, mulled wine and mince pies. For more information, visit www.wherwellsingers.org, email info@ wherwellsingers.org, or call 01264 720529. 5


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Community Retail TEST VALLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL:

WINCHESTER IS ABOUT TO GO RARE!

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n a boost to town centre businesses, Leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Phil North, announced at last night’s Cabinet meeting that parking tariffs would be frozen across the borough for another year.

The Cabinet were considering the annual Fees and Charges report, which reserved the right to bring back a further report to increase parking charges for 2018/19. The Cabinet were clear that this report would not be required and that they had no plans to increase car parking charges at this time. Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “We are committed to keeping car parking charges as low as possible to encourage people into our towns and to stay there for longer. I’m pleased that we’ve been able to freeze the prices for 2018/19 and that we are cheaper than our neighbouring authorities.”

Councillor North said: “When I was elected to the leadership of Test Valley I made it clear that one of my top priorities was to sustain and rejuvenate our town centres. In Romsey we have been working in partnership with Hampshire County Council to deliver shared space improvements in Church Street and Bell Street. In Andover we are building a brand new leisure centre; working with the County Council through the Andover Vision to create a new urban park on the banks of the Anton; developing exciting plans for the Former Magistrates’ Court and I’ve longer term aspirations for a more fundamental overhaul of our shopping space. Our whole approach is about trying to attract more people into our town centres and decrease vacancy rates - now is not the right time to increase parking charges.” Parking currently costs just 50p for half an hour and less than £6 for a whole day. In addition, all Council car parks are free after 4pm, overnight and all day on Sundays and bank holidays. The Council will also be promoting its Christmas car parking voucher scheme again this year, which gives drivers an extra hour of parking when they purchase a minimum of one hour. www.testvalley.gov.uk 6

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he Rare Brand Market was founded in 2008, with a view to bridge the vast gap between a London style shopping event and a regional charity fair. Pop-up Markets to date have been mainly on The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, but are now expanding to Winchester, and next year London. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over one hundred brands will occupy The Guildhall, of which approximately one third are based within an hour of Winchester and the remainder from London or national. These are brands you won’t find on the high street and are created by businesses that have great back stories. Winchester shoppers will have the ability to source unique products at a time when an alarming number of independent shops seem to be disappearing from our increasingly homogenized high street. So, if you want to find unique products and meet the founders behind them then come to our markets...they are always in fabulous venues, never outside or in a marquee. Shopping has become soulless, The Rare Brand Market puts the theatre back into shopping, we make it pleasurable and wholesome again. Stylish shopping is guaranteed – leaving empty handed is not !! Founder Emma Schwarz, who’s lived on the South coast all her life, has been a retailer since her teens, working for Big giants like Marks and Spencer PLC, medium brands like Sofa Workshop and luxury product start ups. More recently she found herself consulting with the Limewood Hotel Group, in the New Forest. She helped to create their exclusive retail range. She is also a huge foodie and has judged withThe Guild of Fine Food / Great Taste Awards and has written a Cookbook and published a Food Magazine. The Guildhall in Winchester has been chosen for its central location and beautiful interior, with the market occupying the whole of the ground floor. Our different offering will compliment Winchester’s celebrated Christmas Market and high street markets. With The Rare Brand Market’s distinctive shopping experience and curation of brands, we really are a pop-up Lifestyle Shopping dream come true!

The Rare Brand Market will be at The Winchester Guildhall from Thursday 30th November - Friday 1st December, 9am - 4pm.


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A new gift shopping experience comes to Winchester

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t a time when our high streets look increasingly homogenous, and independent retailers struggle to survive, one impact on shoppers is the growing difficulty in finding unique gifts for friends and family. All this looks set to change with the arrival of The Rare Brand Market at The Winchester Guildhall on November 30th and December 1st. The Rare Brand Market was founded in 2008, with a view to bridge the vast gap between a London-style shopping event and a regional charity fair. To date, this company’s pop-up markets have been primarily on The Goodwood Estate in West Sussex but are welcomed this year in Winchester, and with plans underway to expand to London over the next twelve months. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, ones that are likely to have been created in the last one to three years. Over one hundred brands will occupy The Winchester Guildhall over the course of two days, of which approximately one-third are based within an hour of Winchester and the remainder from London or elsewhere in the UK. These are brands you won’t find on the high street and are created by businesses that have great back stories. Winchester shoppers will be able to select from fabulous food, drink, clothing, accessories, toiletries, jewelry, art and sought after services all under the one roof.

Founder Emma Schwarz, who’s lived on the South coast all her life, has been a retailer since her teens, working for big giants like Marks and Spencer PLC, medium brands like Sofa Workshop and luxury product startups. More recently she found herself consulting with the Limewood Hotel Group, in the New Forest. She helped to create their exclusive retail range. Emma is also a huge foodie and has judged with The Guild of Fine Food / Great Taste Awards, written a Cookbook and published a food magazine. The Guildhall in Winchester has been chosen for its central location and beautiful interior, with the market occupying the whole of the ground floor. The different offering will compliment Winchester’s celebrated Christmas Market and high street stalls, providing even greater choice for shoppers in the festive season.

So, if you want to find unique products and meet the founders behind them, visit The Rare Brand Market which is always held in magnificent venues, never outside or in a marquee. Shopping has become soulless, The Rare Brand Market puts the theatre back into shopping, making it pleasurable and wholesome again. Invite the friend who would make a good companion on a Christmas shopping trip and take advantage of the two for one offer on the entry price.You can also choose which charity benefits from a percentage of ticket sales. Our café will be serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, Barista coffee and afternoon tea. Stylish shopping is guaranteed – leaving empty handed is not!!

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With The Rare Brand Market’s distinctive shopping experience and diverse collection of brands, it really is a pop-up Lifestyle Shopping dream come true!


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We supply the best parkas at affordable prices. Please contact us for details of other colours and lengths. Tel: 07973 688251 | jojoinspired.com

Unique and completely original, a needle felted wool sculpture of your dog. The perfect Christmas gift, £40.00 Tel: 01962 733910 | www.101dogsandapanda.com

New vintage furniture and homeware showroom in Stockbridge The Old Stables, Chilbolton Down Farm, Stockbridge, SO20 6BU

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

La Bella Donna

Equestrian Fencing & Timber Ltd

Crate of clean, efficient burning logs from £150 + VAT High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

We are moving to Unit 2,Jasmine House,High Street,Stockbridge.We are open from 28th October,come and visit us for a glass of prosecco! Tel: 01264 810404 | www.labelladonna.co.uk

Double dustbin store - £165 + VAT. High Ridge Farm, Hospital Road, Shirrell Heath

The Hub

Andrew Smith & Son - Auctioneers

Rostand Productions - Digital Agency

Giving the gift of beautiful hair in the Test Valley. Male and female hairdressers in Stockbridge. Tel: 01264 810139 | thehubstockbridge.co.uk

Monthly Antiques & Interiors Auction Sat 18 Nov - Fine Art, Antiques, Interiors & Collectables - Tues 7 Oct & Wed 8 Nov. Tel: 01962 735988 | www.andrewsmithandson.com

Former broadcast BBC journalists bringing their expertise to video, animation and moving graphics

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9th Year

New for 2017

Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair www.desirefair.com

READER OFFER

FREE ENTRY FOR ONE ADULT!

For free entry to our Winchester events, please complete your details and hand in on entry to the show. Terms & conditions apply.

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The Guildhall

Purchase direct from the UK’s leading designer makers

17-19 November

Admission £5.00 Friday 12.30-6.30pm Weekend 10am-5pm

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Wellbeing 5 LIFE HACKS TO INCORPORATE MORE MOVEMENT INTO YOUR DAY

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he research is clear, excessive sitting increases your chance of cancer, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and spinal pain. But you don’t need to go to the gym, be seen in lycra, buy any equipment or spend any money to reduce these risks. Here are 5 easy ways you can create some really good habits that your body will love.

to move freely. Just donning a pair of trainers can give you a little bounce in your step, and soft, loose clothing will allow your body a greater range of mobility. Try these easy solutions to relieve the monotony that our daily routines create. The body loves variety. Surprise it! Please visit the website for a handy download that you can print out and stick on your fridge. Emma Wightman www.the-sop.com

COME TO YOUR SENSES

1. Set up 3 workstations to relieve the strain of constant sitting. Change location every 30 – 60 minutes depending on your comfort. Build up your time standing and use a block to rest your foot on, regularly alternating sides to relieve any backache. 2.Taking the stairs 2 at a time instantly transforms going up stairs into a hip mobility workout. Firing up the glutes, quads and hams and a lovely hip flexor stretch too. Swing your arms to get some trunk rotation and bingo, you also have a core workout. Sitting turns the glutes to mush and shortens the hip flexors. This is the perfect antidote. 3. A brisk 10 minute walk a day can make a difference to your health Simply walk faster than normal at a pace that gets your heart rate up. Start with 10 minutes a day and see if you can build it up. On your walk, balance on logs, duck under branches, climb over styles, hop over the puddles and use trees and posts to stretch your shoulders. Get the Active 10 App for reminders, encouragement and setting goals, or find yourself a walking buddy. 4. Floor sitting is such an easy way to change joint positions, muscle tone and improve balance and strength. Try to go down to the floor and get up again without using hands, and once you are there, cycle through these 3 positions to get some lovely stretches and new found joint mobility. To begin with use as many blocks and cushions as you need to support you. 5. Stand or walk to make phone calls. Take your phone outside and ask colleagues to join you for walking meetings, you’ll be more energetic and creative in motion. If you’re a screen junkie, keep mixing up your positions while working. Try lying down, floor sitting, or find some movement-friendly media such as podcasts and audiobooks. And this is my bonus tip; try dressing differently. If you’re wearing constrictive clothing and high heels you are going to be far less likely 12

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t only takes a minute to come to your senses. When you are having a cup of tea, take time to feel the weight, the warmth, the scent, the taste of it. When you are on the phone, don’t half listen while you also feed the dog, check your inbox, absently watch the television… Research shows that people who positively engage in what they are doing, whatever it is, enjoy life more than either rushers or dreamers. It is not about what you do. It is about being fully present while you do it. There is no need to try and ‘live in the now’, whatever that means. But it is very practical, restorative and blissful to pause now and again, and give yourself time, between distractions, to come to your senses. Breathe a little easier. Relax. Let the world spring into your awareness: all colour, sound, sensation. Come alive. Words by Anna Powell www.annapowell.com email: anna@annapowell.com


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Hairdressing in Stockbridge

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Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy

OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE

Emma Wightman, registered osteopath and antenatal teacher. A gentle, hands on approach for newborns through to adulthood and in pregnancy.

Also Massage Therapy Pilates, 1 to 1 and small group Homeopathy Naturopathy Online Bookings available for Osteopathy and Massage via the website

Tel: 01264 810028 www.the-SOP.com reception@the-SOP.com STOCKBRIDGE OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE - HIGH STREET, STOCKBRIDGE, SO20 6HF

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Wellbeing WHY ZUMBA?

2. The company. All classes are friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Young and ‘old’ alike can participate (I include myself in the latter category – I am probably the ‘oldest’ instructor in Hampshire though I still feel 21!) 3. It’s fun! Dance is not about ‘pumping iron’ – it is, in my opinion, the best form of exercise as you are moving every part of your body, all the time. We run through between 10 – 15 routines a class, pretty much non-stop (I keep chat to before and after class!) and I can vouch for the physical benefits of Zumba - having stayed at size 8/10 since I started 10 years ago! 4. It’s perfect for mental and physical health – both equally important in today’s world. When you ‘go into the zone’ there’s no better place to be. 5. You can genuinely ‘dance like there’s nobody watching’ – there isn’t! No competitive atmosphere. No divas … with possible exception of brightly coloured one at the front! I currently run classes Tuesdays 7.30pm at King’s Somborne Village Hall and Thursdays 6.30pm at Hursley’s John Keble Primary School Hall; and I would love to in future do ‘pop up classes’ in villages where there is currently no Zumba! If you would like a class (one off or otherwise) at your village, 2nd/3rd Wednesday of the month, let me know!

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f you are wondering what Zumba has to offer, read on! 1. Start with most important element - the music. The best! Zumba covers every type of music from around the world, with Latin American producing the most uplifting sounds around.

Community

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new footpath has been put in alongside the busy A3057 at Fullerton, between Stockbridge and Andover, thanks to grants from HCC & TVBC.

Sean Hutton, Chairman of Wherwell Parish Council, said “Getting a path in this location has been on the Parish Council’s wish list for a long time, and we are delighted that it has finally happened. The new path links with existing footpath 501, and then the Test Way, giving safe access to Chilbolton, and the wider community. We thank our County & District Councillors for helping to secure the funds, and the contractor, EPW Construction Ltd.” The path was officially opened last month by HCC Councillor Andrew Gibson, and TVBC Councillor David Drew. 14

So, if you dance in the kitchen, come to my classes! Any questions – contact me on sue@plays-r-ussell.com or go to my website www.zumba-around-winchester.com See you in class! Sue


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Jane's Kitchen SAUSAGE PLAIT

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his has been a favourite inclusion at our harvest festival lunch for some years now. It can be served hot or cold or if preferred, it can be made into 6 - 12 individual rolls rather than one large one.

Ingredients A packet of puff pastry, Ready to roll.

Filling • 12 - 16oz of good sausage meat • 1 medium onion finely chopped and fried until softened but not browned • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme • ½ teaspoon of dried sage • 1 small/medium cooking apple, coarsely grated Mix all the filling ingredients together well and roll into a sausage shape. Roll the pastry, into a 16

square measuring approx 10” x 10”. Place the filling in the middle of the pastry. Cut each side into sections so that you are able to plait the pastry along the length of the sausage mixture dampen and fold alternately over the filling. Dampen and seal the ends well. Brush with beaten egg to glaze. Lift onto a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes at 200 deg. Lower the heat and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes. From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection of seasonal recipes. Available from Leckford Farm Shop, Leckford and Chilbolton Village Stores Price £6.99


POP THE CORK!

Charles Heidseick Brut Reserve NV, Champagne, France £44.95 From one of the most admired Champagne houses thanks to the unrivalled and consistently high quality of its wines, Charles Heidseick’s heavenly Brut Reserve offers enticing toasty and brioche aromas and a fine, elegant palate. Pierre Mignon Grande Réserve Premier Cru Champagne Our unmissable Christmas Offer! ONLY £120 per box of six bottles (equal to £20 per bottle), or £24.95 per bottle when purchased individually. An absurdly good deal, while stocks last! This excellent premier cru champagne is elegant and rounded with a fine creamy mousse and hints of citrus and brioche on the palate. Absolutely delicious and perfect for all your festive celebrations. This is my choice for drinking over Christmas without a doubt!!

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ith Rachel Gibson from independent merchant,Wine Utopia shares her recommendations for festive fizz. What do we love so much about sparkling wine? That’s a very easy question to answer! This is the time of year to really treat yourself, your friends and family, with a glass or two of your favourite bubbles. As an independent business, with over 40 sparkling wines and champagnes in our range (plus a selection of magnums and larger), we have the freedom and autonomy to select the finest range on the market and at the best prices. Here are some of my favourites! Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve NV, Hampshire, England £29.95 Produced in Hampshire from an elegant blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, this local sparkler punches well above its weight. It features on many wine lists of top eateries across the city, and has real finesse and complex character

But don’t take my word for it, come in and try for yourself at one of our free tasting sessions running in each of our outlets, every Saturday throughout December, where you can try not only great fizz but all sorts of delicious wines to get you in the festive mood! All wines are available from Wine Utopia on the high street in Stockbridge, or from our Winchester shop on St Thomas Street, or our Warehouse in Kings Worthy - and don’t forget, local delivery is always free!

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La Dolci Colline Prosecco NV, Veneto, Italy £10.95 A lovely Italian party fizz which is fresh and dry, but with hints of apple and peach on the palate.Top up your flute with fresh peach juice to make the perfect Bellini cocktail.

We're on the Move in Stockbridge Towards the end of November you will find us at No. 1 The Vine, the Grade II listed former pub that is a landmark of our High Street, currently undergoing a much needed face-lift. We’re delighted to have secured a brilliant ground floor location where we can fill even more shelves with your favourite wines and some exciting new additions too! Find our more by visiting: www.wineutopia.co.uk

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HAMPSHIRE STUDENTS TAKE THE BISCOTTI

THYME & TIDES TO HOST FESTIVE TASTING EVENT IN STOCKBRIDGE, IDEAL FOR ‘FOODIES’

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he winners of The Great British Biscotti Competition have been announced. To celebrate British Food Fortnight, Hampshire Fare and Great British Biscotti organised The Great British Biscotti Competition. This challenged students (age 16 plus) to come up with the tastiest Hampshire canapé, using two local ingredients, that complemented their choice of biscotti from the Great British Biscotti Company. There was such an impressive response that two winners, Leeam Simpson and Harry Cotten, both of Highbury College, were chosen, with Rebecca Leah of Eastleigh College, receiving Highly Commended.

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ith the festive season fast approaching, Thyme & Tides, the deli, bistro and fishmonger in Stockbridge High Street, is hosting a ‘Festive Feastival’ on Saturday 18th November. Foodies and families are invited to come along to enjoy a day of food tastings, gift ideas, hamper fillers and Christmas inspiration.Visitors will get to meet around 20 specialist producers and suppliers, and sample a wide range of tempting treats including cheese, chocolate, smoked salmon, olives, chutneys, wine, vodka and gin, to name but a few. With a line up of over 100 new products being launched at Thyme & Tides ahead of Christmas, there is bound to be something to suit all tastes. The free event runs all day, from 10am until 4pm at The Grosvenor Hotel in Stockbridge, and there’s no need to book. Thyme & Tides’ owner, Iain Hemming, said: “This event was so popular last time we ran it, that we decided to host it again, with a bigger venue. In the busy run-up to Christmas, the idea of our Festive Feastival event is to give our wonderful customers and other local people a chance to catch their breath, tickle their taste buds and pick up some seasonal inspiration for gifts and food ideas. “The aim is that the products will be perfect for hampers or tasty foodie gift for neighbours, dog walkers, teachers and work colleagues, working to budgets of £10 - £15. We will have two manned tills for customers to buy products from the event. “Among the producers and suppliers coming along on the day are Seggiano, Brindisa, Longmans, Cotswold Fayre, Organic Andalus, Diverse Fine Foods, Utta Nutta, Olives Et Al, Fine Cheese Co, Great British Biscotti, Be-Tempted, Une Normande, Liberty Orchards, Hoxton Bakery, Purbeck Cider and Nom Nom. Bringing these specialist suppliers together under one roof promises a great day.” For further information, please call Thyme & Tides on 01264 810101 or visit www.thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk. 18

Leeam Simpson used onions and cauliflower from Pickwell Farm Shop, Netley, to create a topping of onion bhaji, cauliflower puree, curry oil and coriander on an Indian Spice Biscotti. Harry Cotten used smoked trout from Chalk Stream Foods, Awbridge, to make a smoked trout, pea puree, pickled cucumber and watercress topping for a Chorizo & Parmesan Biscotti. Runner-up Rebecca Leah used cherry tomatoes from Sunnyfields and rapeseed oil from The Cold Pressed Oil Company to create a balsamic tomato and olive topping to complement a Sun-dried Tomato & Olive Biscotti. Harry, 16, from Hilsea who is currently in his first year of the Level 2 in Professional Cookery at Highbury College said: “I’m really happy that I have won this competition. I want to work in a restaurant when I finish my course so it is fantastic that I am already getting some recognition. I heard about the competition through the college and came up with my recipe especially.” The two winners both received mixed boxes of Great British Biscotti and the runner-up received a gift box of sweet biscotti. Paul Rostand of The Great British Biscotti Company commented: “Our thanks to everyone involved – to Hampshire Fare for coming up with the idea for this competition and organising it, and to the colleges and the students who created some really innovative and exciting flavour combinations. We were very impressed with the high standard of entries.” Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager of Hampshire Fare, said: “We have been really pleased with the great response to this quirky new competition which has succeeded in inspiring the 16-plus age group. Traditionally, Hampshire Fare has had a great deal of success during British Food Fortnight engaging with primary schools, so we feel very encouraged to have had such a positive response from an older age group and we intend building on this in future.” www.hampshirefare.co.uk/news/bffbiscotti


Festive Feastival Saturday 18th November 10am - 4pm The Grosvenor Hotel, The High Street, Stockbridge Come along and taste delicious foodie gifts and hamper fillers including: Cheese, chocolate, smoked salmon, vodka, gin and lots more

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Community 6TH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY SPONSORED BY 121GOLFSHOP.COM ON FRI 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017 AT TEST VALLEY GOLF CLUB RAISES £9,000 (£30,000 TO DATE)FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

Management) as did the raffle drawn whilst the golf was taking place. A Carvery meal was enjoyed by all with the very talented Graham Samuel providing background Shadows music on his acoustic guitars whilst tables were waiting to be called up. Organiser Trevor Foreman thanked Ali Briggs and Maria McKenzie for a fantastic TVGC team effort and peak caps were awarded to say thank you to Claire Branford & Judy Slaney (registration), John Branford (auction items) ,David Branford (Gift Aid forms),Alec McCloskey (raffle), Ruta Foreman (beautifully prepared score cards) and Tom Foreman (photography). Trevor also thanked all the sponsors: main sponsor 121GOLFShop. com, Meridian Foods, KPMG, Ahmad Teas, Hattingley Valley English Sparkling Wines, B & Q, Bowman Ales, Laverstoke Park Farm, Wallers Ash Gun Club & 3 Choirs Vineyard and all participants & donors for their brilliant support. Trevor was delighted to report that the golf day had raised £9,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Ryan Howarth, Fund Raising Manager at Macmillan, having attended 4 Big Coffee Morning events, described how important these type of events are to Macmillan with the money raised helping the Macmillan Nurses to be there for someone with cancer when they need them most by funding vital services that support not only the people affected by cancer, but their family, friends and loved ones.

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04 golfers and cricketers, suitably fortified by some great peanut and almond protein bars ( kindly sponsored by Russell Smart at Meridian Foods), enjoyed a round of golf in what turned out to be mostly dry conditions at an immaculately prepared Test Valley Golf Club to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. A full handicap stableford competition with the best 2 scores from 4 counting on each hole produced some excellent scoring with the Easton & Martyr Worthy Team comprising: Stu Upcraft, Andrew Wickham, Spencer Lock and David Parker just pipping the Bashley Team on countback with 98 stableford points. Individual honours went to Carmel Price and Callum Burt respectively. Prizes for Nearest the Pins on the 5th 9th 13th & 16th par 3 holes, sponsored by Ahmad Teas, Hattingley Valley English Sparkling Wines, B & Q, and Bowman Ales respectively were won by Callum Burt, Judy Slaney, Paul Zoltowski, Steve Chandler & Ben Stanbrough and NTP in 2 on the 15th, sponsored by Laverstoke Park Farm, was won by Mark Farbairn. The longest drives, for both ladies and men, on the 4th, sponsored by Wallers Ash Gun Club & 3 Choirs Vineyard, were won by Dawn Nicholson & Ben Stanbrough respectively.The longest drives on the 12th sponsored by Ahmad Teas & 3 Choirs Vineyard, was won by Nicky Lott & Scott Sturt respectively. Julie Daunter and Mike Dorey produced the straightest drives on the 18th hole and all prize winners, both individual and team received a sleeve of KPMG branded golf balls. A compelling Heads & Tails competition inspired by a brilliantly effort by the local Romsey Community was won by Barry Goodman who won a DB&B for 2 including a 7 course taster menu sponsored by Paul Bingham from The White Horse Hotel, a 4 ball voucher from Romsey Golf Club, 2 coaching lessons with Mark Amey at 121Golf & a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne. A silent auction prior to and at the event raised fantastic money, particularly for the Sunningdale 4 ball voucher superbly donated back by Duncan King, supplemented on the day by items donated by Gary Smith (Choices Curtains & Blinds) and Jamie Mallon (Mallon Wealth

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OJO Inspired are excited to be popping up again at Fitique in Broad Street, New Alresford thanks to Victoria Gedye on the 1st December from 9.30am - 5.30pm. We will have our range of fabulously affordable winter parkas, fur jackets, gilet’s and much more. We will donating 10% of sales to the Alzheimer’s charity something that is very close to my heart. We are also at Twyford School Christmas Fair from 9.00am 4.00pm. The address is Twyford School, Twyford, Winchester, SO21 1NW. For more information Tel: 07973 688251 www.jojoinspired.com


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Christmas Showcase Evening Attend our Christmas Taster opening evening at Kimbridge Farm Shop 10th November 6pm – 8pm every 10th customer to place an order receives £20 off.

Owton’s award winning family butchers offer quality fresh meat, locally sourced food & outstanding value straight from your local farm Our Christmas hampers are terrific value at only £79.99* and tailored to meet all your family needs but note that we wont do the washing up!

What you get with an Owton’s Christmas Hamper: • 1.9kg NZ Leg Of Lamb (Feeds up to 8) • 1.8kg Beef Roasting Joint (Feeds up to 10) • 1.8Kg Gammon Joint (Feeds up to 10) • 1.8Kg Leg Of Pork (Feeds up to 10) • 454g Owtons Pork Sausagemeat • 454g Owtons Pork Chipolatas • 454g Green Streaky • FREE 2.25kg Boneless Turkey Breast Roll*

Where to find us Owton’s Chalcroft Farm Burnetts Lane, West End, Southampton, SO30 2HU Tel: 02380 601154 shop@owtons.com Now open Sundays 10am – 2pm

Owton’s at Kimbridge Kimbridge Farm Shop Near Romsey, SO51 0LE Tel: 01794 341681 kimbridge@owtons.com

Owton’s at Garsons Fontley Road, Titchfield, PO15 6QX Tel: 01329 854895 garsons@owtons.com

Owton’s at Country Market Kingsley, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0QP Tel: 01420 5450902 countrymarket@owtons.com

This excellent meat hamper comes frozen.

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Get a £5 voucher to spend in January or February if you collect your hamper in October or November.

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Hampshire People THE FORUM TALKS TO MASTERS OF WINE SUSIE & PETER

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usie Barrie and Peter Richards aren’t your average married couple. For starters, they’re both Masters of Wine – a rare and highly sought-after qualification which only 369 people in the world currently hold.‘Clearly, we need to get out more…’ jokes Peter. The Winchester-based couple are also familiar faces as broadcasters, print journalists and authors, having been wine presenters on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen for the past eleven years and with a long list of book titles and publishing credits to their name. They describe themselves, quite simply, as ‘enthusiasts’.‘Qualifications don’t really matter; we’re just really passionate about our subject – but then that’s not hard when it’s as brilliant and delicious as wine,’ laughs Susie.‘We hope that our enthusiasm can inspire people to get into wine - and hopefully at the same time we can help them find the right wines to explore and enjoy.Wine is the most amazing, inspiring thing – we want to help people understand and experience that.’ One way Susie and Peter engage people in the magic of wine is at Wine Festival Winchester, their acclaimed annual event which takes place on the last weekend of November (24-25 Nov 2017).Within the glorious surroundings of Winchester Guildhall there are hundreds of wines to taste, from top-quality English fizz to vintage port, with fine spirits, Hildon water plus lovely local food on offer.The festival is now a firm fixture on the calendar and regularly sells out well in advance, such is its popularity. ‘We love the way that the emphasis at the festival is very much on fun, enjoyment and socialising,’ comments Peter.‘That’s the way it should be! And we love clinking people’s glasses and being part of that. But equally, people come along to taste and explore new things. One way we help people do this is via our Follow Your Taste scheme, which is a simple colour-coded system to help our guests navigate the sea of wine and choose wines to suit their taste.Wine is a very personal thing so it always starts with you, what you personally like, and goes from there. Susie and I see our roles not as critics on high telling people what to like, but as guides to help people understand their own taste and find the best wines to match.’ Follow Your Taste neatly sums up the couple’s ground-breaking approach to making wine accessible. It’s simple but fun, with a cheeky tone to the straplines (from ‘Tickled Pink’ to ‘I’m a Big Smoothie’ and ‘Sticky Fingers’).

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They must be serious about it because they’ve even invested in making it into an app for the festival – a treasure hunt game that sends people off to find and rate wines at the event, based on their personal taste, with prizes to be won.There’s even talk of plans to do a Follow Your Taste Book.Watch this space… Susie and Peter are also keen supporters of charity. Every year,Wine Festival Winchester supports a local charity and to date has raised over £6,500 for good causes. One other initiative with a charitable angle that Susie and Peter have recently launched is their Big English Wine Adventure.This project sees Susie and Peter teaming up with award-winning local producer Hattingley Valley to make a top-notch small-production Hampshire sparkling wine.They are currently seeking help from the public to help them find not just a charity to support – but also a name for their wine. A lucky few will win some of the new wine as a prize. ‘The project is meant to be fun – but also collaborative in nature, working to benefit a good cause,’ comments Susie.‘We want to help people get more involved in the process, as well as make some noise about the fantastic job being done by the many brilliant winemakers in this country – and we’d like to thank Hattingley in this regard. Primarily, though, our aim is to make an utterly delicious wine!’ Susie and Peter have produced two short films documenting their attempts at harvesting (Susie focused on quality; Peter’s more of a quantity man) and blending (a critical decision, which is why Peter is largely ignored).The videos and voting forms can be found on Susie and Peter’s website. ‘We’d love to hear from people with ideas for charities we could support that are close to their heart,’ says Peter.‘As for the wine name, we’re looking for inspired suggestions and hopefully we’ll come up with something a bit more original than Winey McWineFace.We’ve already had some great shouts, which have proved both amusing and thought-provoking, and we look forward to many more!’ For more information on Wine Festival Winchester, please visit the website; www.thewinefestival.co.uk For more information on Susie & Peter’s Big English Wine Adventure, please visit their website; https://susieandpeter.com/watch/english-wineadventure/


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Community TEST VALLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS

New Council protocol for funding bids

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a national planning charge which helps local authorities deliver infrastructure to either mitigate the impacts of – or support - development within their area. In common with other local authorities, Test Valley Borough Council is responsible for allocating the funds that are generated through development. At a Cabinet meeting in October a Spending Protocol was agreed which will set out how bids for funds will be assessed and will enable the Council to be clear and transparent in reporting how decisions about the levy funds are made. The new protocol includes a criteria based assessment to ensure that all bids for CIL funds are considered equally and that projects are targeted to the needs of residents and businesses of Test Valley. Deputy Leader of the Council and Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor Nick Adams-King said: “This new approach reflects the Council’s corporate values of accountability, ambition, empowerment, integrity and inclusiveness. We are setting out a clear process whereby bids can come forward and ensure that the CIL funds are directed to projects that are based on evidence of need. It also clearly sets out how each project will be assessed making the process open, fair and transparent.” Either 15% or 25% will be passed to those Parish Councils who have had development within their Parish since 2016, the proportion being higher where a Parish has a Neighbourhood Development Plan. The remaining funds are held by the Borough Council as ‘custodians’ for the delivery of public infrastructure and it is to these funds the new protocol applies. £291,044.58 has been received since charging commenced in August 2016. It is expected that around £450,000 will have been received by 1 April 2018. The Council will invite bids from 1 April 2018 so that in November of 2018 Cabinet are able to endorse recommendations for CIL funding to be released in the 2018/19 financial year.

Test Valley Borough Council appoints new Member Champions

At an October Cabinet meeting, Leader of the Council, Phil North appointed the Council’s first Member Champions. The new scheme allows the council to benefit from the experience, knowledge and interests of non-Cabinet members – who are experts in their particular field. Councillor Phil North said: “I made a commitment to enable more members to be involved in assisting Cabinet in the development of policy and strategy. This cross party scheme will help deliver that aspiration and increase links between the Cabinet and wider Council 24

membership. The members I have appointed have a huge amount of experience in their respective fields and will be fantastic advocates for their areas. I am looking forward to working with them for the benefit of all our residents.” Appointments were made as follows: Armed Forces Champion – Councillor Ian Carr Community Resilience Champion – Councillor Phil Lashbrook Voluntary Sector Champion – Councillor Iris Andersen Community Safety Champion – Councillor Ian Richards Culture & Heritage Champion – Councillor Dorothy Baverstock Cabinet will commission Member Champions within their particular are of responsibility to: • Consider the impact of new proposals or proposed changes to Council policy and or, services might have on their specific area of responsibility. This might involve liaising with relevant groups within the Borough. • Research good practice in other Councils and organisations • Liaise with external bodies such as the Local Government Association (LGA) to identify relevant research and ideas that could help further the Council’s corporate aims. www.testvalley.gov.uk

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CATHERINE THOMAS - WINTER GARDENING

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he best gardens look amazing in winter, when plants are less likely to be stealing the show and the structure of the garden can come into its own. This structure will consist of paving, walls, steps, pergolas and other hard landscape elements. Some are natural, such as stone or timber, and others fabricated, such as concrete or metal. These elements provide the bones of the garden and their quality and the designer’s attention to detail will be crucial in the longevity of the design and its beauty throughout the year. Hard landscape alone may not make a garden but the best design will use it to complement and enhance the plants. The growing popularity of grasses in planting schemes may, in part, be because they balance beautifully the clear lines of modernism. In fact, all plants provide softness and contrasting lines to the hard surfaces of paving. A contrast and balance between what is manufactured and what is natural is the very essence of a garden. Architectural plants, by which I mean those that provide structure and enclosure, are important vertical elements: evergreen hedges and topiary hoary with frost, thoughtfully placed trees, and seedheads on strong stems can create a wonderful picture from your house while you’re snug in your armchair. Written by Catherine Thomas www.catherinethomas.co.uk


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The King of the River BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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didn’t expect to see a kingfisher in the Abbey Gardens. But here it is, close to King Alfred’s statue in bustling Winchester. Admittedly, this is a two-dimensional bird, depicted on an information board, but it surprises me that kingfishers are part of this landscape. Not only have they been spotted fishing from Winchester City Mill, but they are in residence at Winnall Moors Nature Reserve a short walk from the city centre. Here on the riverside path, the Itchen is crystal clear, but fast flowing. A gang of mallards struggle against the current, paddling furiously to reach bread scraps thrown by a small boy. Momentarily defeated, they drift sideways downstream, before resuming their energetic paddling. The kingfisher prefers calm, or even still, waters; rivers, canals and lakes where minnows and stickleback thrive. It’s happy to hunt for tadpoles and water insects too.Today we’re enjoying an unseasonably warm October day. But with the threat of a long, cold winter ahead, the kingfisher will have spent the past month or more fighting to establish a territory which can provide plenty of food.This can be as much as 5km of prime waterfront, with plenty of low-hanging branches for a first-class view of the river.The Dutch may call it the ‘ijsvogel’- the ‘ice-bird’ – but winter is tough for the kingfisher. Although it may produce multiple broods of chicks, only 25% will make it through to next summer. The middle of town, in the middle of the day, is not a likely location for kingfisher spotting. It is an elusive bird and easily disturbed, but I have seen one, and once seen, it’s not easily forgotten. Two autumns ago, I spent a week in a quiet corner of West Sussex, not far from Pulborough Brooks. My temporary lodgings were in the ‘granny annex’ of a charming, but somewhat faded country house at the end of a long winding

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drive, which provided the ideal environment in which to get some research and writing done. Every afternoon, before the sky turned to dusk, I took a walk down the lane towards the river. I’d been told there were kingfishers, but my week was nearly at an end, and I had yet to see one. It was drizzling, that sort of rain which seems negligible, but which gradually soaks you through. I plodded off down the drive wearing outerwear the colour of mud and moss. Despite the miserable weather, it was a pleasure to be in the fresh air after hours at the lap-top, and my mind began to clear. I walked briskly as darkness would fall early that day.Yet, being alone, with neither a snuffling dog, nor a chatty companion, I also moved quietly. Reaching the stone bridge which crossed this narrow stretch of river, I stopped and looked down into the slow-moving water. Rain-drops rippled the surface but the shadows of small fish were visible beneath. It was a day when the riverbank and woods alongside were a picture of greys, browns and greens, with no hint of colour to lift the sober palette. Until now. A flash of blue burst from the trees and flew low over the water. It seemed to hover for a moment, then folded its iridescent wings and dived.Then up it rose, a minnow still quivering in its beak, and landed on a post in the middle of the river. I held my breath.The kingfisher sat mere metres away, close enough to admire its orange chest and the sapphire blue feathers on its head, wings and back. Close enough to watch as it whacked the fish against the post and swallowed it.Then it was gone. I waited, hopeful for an encore, but the kingfisher was trying his luck elsewhere. I couldn’t be disappointed. Getting so close to such a stunning bird even once in a lifetime was a thrill.


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have been a runaway success and the laughter emanating from the auditorium was testimony to their comic timing. On discovering that every single piece of artwork from Ladybird Books had been kept, collated and filed online they started on their journey re-captioning the original illustrations with new text commenting on many areas of modern life. They have now written 32 books, and their latest titles include The Sister, The Baby, The Nerd and The Ex, and they enjoyed one suggestion from the audience that they write 'The Teenager' next. 300 pupils from 13 primary and secondary schools in and around Salisbury also visited for a full schools’ programme which included talks by children’s authors Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Waterstones 2017 Children’s Book Prize winner, and Moira Young, winner of the Costa Children’s Book Prize. Other authors attending include Marion Molteno, Sarah Govett and award winning-illustrator Jennie Maizels. Visiting schools also got the chance to try out their own skills in a writing workshop with Godolphin English teacher and published author, Tamar Hodes.

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ast month's week’s Literary Festival at Godolphin School in Salisbury has been a resounding success, attracting audiences totalling well over a thousand who varied in age from nursery children to senior citizens.

The School was full of aspiring feature writers following Giles Hattersley’s opening talk. He grabbed everyone’s attention with his tales of interviewing stars ranging from Mary Berry to Ariana Grande in his years as chief interviewer at The Sunday Times. When the newly appointed Features Director of Vogue let slip that one of his early interviews had been with Justin Bieber, the teenagers in the audience sat up, and his many anecdotes about different celebrities’ behaviour amused all ages. On Tuesday night, Tracy Chevalier’s arrival created a huge buzz. Topping the bill, the internationally renowned novelist is best known for her story Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, and her talk attracted a large audience into Godolphin. She discussed her latest book, New Boy, a retelling of Othello which she has set in a playground in 1970s America and reminisced about her own primary school years in Washington.

Organiser of the Festival, Davina Jones, said, ‘What a fantastic week we’ve had! Feedback has been so positive and it has been thrilling to see the audience engagement with all our brilliant speakers. Thank you to every one of them for making the Festival such a success.’

TEST VALLEY LECTURES: THE MOVING STORY OF REMEMBRANCE - SPEAKER: MAJOR GENERAL (RETD) PATRICK CORDINGLEY

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efore the 1st World War our soldiers killed in foreign fields tended to be buried in mass graves and hardly remembered at home. All this changed during the 1st World War. Patrick Cordingley will relate how and why this happened, why there is the Cenotaph, as well as the two minutes silence. He will bring the story up to date by explaining the establishment of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The Festival's last evening event was pure entertainment with comedy writing duo Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris explaining the stories behind their pastiches of Ladybird Books. Writing their gags mostly for television, including ‘That Mitchell and Webb Look’ and ‘Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe’, their ever-growing list of Ladybird Books

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Patrick’s military career took him to the highest levels of the army, and since retiring he has been a consultant, broadcaster, author, and a commentator who is not afraid of controversy. He is now Chairman of Defence and Security Forum and the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal. We are delighted to welcome Patrick back following his thought provoking talk about the Iraq conflict. All are welcome. Entrance £5 to include a drink. Full time students free. No booking required. A donation will be made to the Army Benevolent Fund. This will be held on Wednesday November 15th 8pm at Broughton Village Hall.


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Community STOCKBRIDGE COUNTRY MARKET CELEBRATE ITS 20TH BIRTHDAY

market producers, Stockbridge Primary and pre-school, the Scouts, Stockbridge Town Hall Refurbishment Fund, Motor Neurone, Salvation Army Homeless and Countess of Brecknock Hospice are amongst the many recipients of donations made over the years. Christmas is a special time for the market, with the talented Test Valley Singers returning to perform a capella carols on the 21st December, when mulled wine and mince pies help raise the Christmas spirits. Our producers love their specialities, whether cooking things you can truthfully claim as ‘home-made’, measuring customers for bespoke walking sticks, beautifully decorated with polished horn handles, producing honey from local bees – our honey producer has been a bee keeper for nearly 50 years - or creating handicrafts which would grace any national craft fair. A recent arrival (only2 years!) is a local artisan cider maker, whose delicious dry cider has proved a real hit with customers – some of whose windfall apples go into the vats!

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In this special year we hope you will visit us to order food for Christmas, look for unusual presents and delightful decorations, stop for a coffee and mince pie, or even ask our free IT Help Desk for advice on any IT problems.

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am sure that our readers and advertisers are well informed on the malicious attempts to extract money from innocent people by fraudulent groups/ individuals. Be that on the internet, email or the phone. As a magazine we are careful to ensure that our customers and readers are informed of local scams or offers that seek to mislead.

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est Valley Borough Council has secured funding of up to £14,000 for bespoke expert support to explore ways to unlock development on Romsey Brewery. Stanborough Developments Ltd received planning permission for 211 dwellings in 2006 but only 13 houses have been built.The Council has been in regular contact with the developer who has made slow progress with plans. Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “When I was appointed to the Planning Portfolio I undertook to explore any option to resolve the issue of the Romsey Brewery site.This is therefore great news as it means the Council can seek specialist advice about what we can do to help bring this forward.The small number of residents who do live on the site have been extremely patient but they shouldn’t have to live in a partially built development. I’m very much looking forward to opening up discussions with specialists who can help us to progress matters.” The funding has come from the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Housing Advisers programme, which was designed to support authorities to deliver projects that help meet the housing need of its local area.

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Meet the Test Valley Business Awards 2017 Winners THE AREA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES FOR 2017 ARE CELEBRATED AT THE TEST VALLEY BUSINESS AWARDS

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ulminating in a lavish Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony at the Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, in September, the Test Valley Business Awards saw some of the area’s most successful businesses come together for good food, informal networking, and plenty of celebrations. Guided by Master of Ceremonies Steve Randall, and entertained by Guest Speaker Rev. Richard Coles, 170 guests representing businesses from across the region, were poised to discover which of the Awards’ deserving finalists were announced the winners for 2017.

From over 170 entries this year, 18 businesses were successfully shortlisted across 6 categories; but there could only be 6 winners. Now in its 13th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a steering group of volunteers – has become a wellestablished platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow. Anne Edwards of Braishfeld Pantry Community Shop & Cafe, winner of the Doing Business Locally Award, said: “'Doing Business Locally' is at the heart of Braishfield Community Shop and Cafe's ethos. Winning this category in the prestigious 2017 Test Valley Business awards was a special accolade that gave us a great sense of pride as it celebrated and recognised the inspiration, involvement and commitment of so many individuals and also provided publicity and a springboard to develop exciting business and community links.” Further information about the night; including winners, and photos of the event, can be found on the Test Valley Business Awards website, at: www.tvbawards.org.uk

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Rosebourne Rosebourne Ltd. is a new concept in garden centre retailing, focussing on four key areas; the new centre at Weyhill, Andover, has a table service restaurant, a food hall selling fresh, local produce, locally grown plants and a full gardening range, together with interesting and unusual gifts. The centre opened in October 2016 and has been well received by customers, who have given it a 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor, and in the first 3 months of trading it was already significantly above expected sales.

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Winner Test Valley Borough Council During the last year, Test Valley Borough Council has developed their apprentice programme to ensure that; the qualification framework and provider is right for the apprentice, looking to support specialist qualifications where possible; every apprentice has an appropriate mentor; apprentices attend monthly ‘skills’ sessions; and all apprentices have the opportunity to work on an independent project to develop their skills within the workplace.

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Winner CoolLED Ltd CoolLED Ltd. designs and manufactures cutting edge illumination systems using its experience with LED technology; having specialised in systems for microscopy where researchers and clinicians use fluorescence as an enhanced investigation technique. Their illumination systems aid medical research and improve people’s lives in areas such as: Alzheimer’s, tuberculosis, and cancer research.

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD Sponsored by Wilkins Kennedy

Winner Active Staff Ltd. Active Staff Ltd. is owned by local business owner Lisa Armstrong, and has seen steady and continuous growth year upon year since Lisa took the company over in 2011; focussing heavily on using local people for local jobs, and using local knowledge & expertise to foster long-lasting business relationships.

THE BRENDA LOCKE AWARD FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS Sponsored by Phoenix Transconnect

Winner Victoria Thorp, Queen Charlotte Inn Vicki is a strong, female sole trader; running the pub/restaurant with a fantastic female Head Chef, Charlie Uwins.Vicki has also set up the QC Foundation Charity, officially launched in May this year, to support and aid local residents suffering from, and affected by, terminal and chronic illness.Vicki seeks to support other local women in business, recently liaising with Pawdrobe, and local artist Kellie Scrabble Page.

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Culture

STOCKBRIDGE MUSIC: CONCERT BY THE DELMEGE QUARTET REVIEW

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hey have thrilled us before in the ideal acoustic of Stockbridge Town Hall. Remarkably, three years on, the make-up of this superbly gifted youthful group has seen only one change, the viola player. Remarkable, because by now such very young players might have disbanded their group to forge individual careers. They have to an extent. One of them is in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and another in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with the others well established as freelance professionals. However they plan to assemble as The Delmege Quartet whenever possible. Bravo. All to our benefit. They called their programme String Quartet Masterworks, three works performed with the panache you’d hear normally from long established big name international chamber groups. The first, Haydn’s Opus 76, teases with changes of key and moods. The Delmege moved deftly from one to another. Mozart had come and gone when the composer wrote this in his late sixties, and the second movement has resonances of the Jupiter Symphony. How this quartet enjoyed playing the third movement’s playful folk dance, Ländler style, first violin accompanied by sensitive pizzicatos from the rest. Talking of pizzicato, in marked contrast, with such force did the players pluck their strings in the next work’s second movement, they had to retune before moving on. This was Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor Opus 10, his only quartet, written a hundred years later when he was about thirty one. Easy to see why Turner was his favourite artist. Vivid atmospheric imagery abounds, even filmic, especially in the third movement. This work’s unmelodic technical writing places great demands on the musicians, so skilfully interpreted for us here. How the first performance in 1871 was played by heart is hard to imagine. When the same age as Debussy, Tchaikovsky wrote his String Quartet No 1 Opus 11. In three of the four movements, rhythms and crossrhythms abound. However it’s the third that brought tears to Tolstoy’s eyes when played at a tribute concert for him, and these days the movement for which this quartet is best remembered. Tchaikovsky arranged it for cello and string orchestra later as a stand alone piece. Its main theme is melancholy, evocative, touched with sadness and nostalgia, inspired by a folk song the composer heard sung by a painter at his sister’s house. It was played beautifully by first violinist Thomas Aldren, with gentle accompaniment from his colleagues violinist Kirsty Lovie, cellist Joseph Fisher and cellist Hannah Innes. Separate professional lives they may have now, but the fresh musical sixth sense that binds these players as the Delmege remains. Long may this last. Written by James Montgomery

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ELGAR’S INSPIRATIONAL DREAM OF GERONTIUS TO BE PERFORMED IN SOUTHAMPTON THIS NOVEMBER

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egarded by many as one of the finest works of the entire choral repertoire, Elgar’s great masterpiece was written in 1900 for the Birmingham Triennial Festival. It is a setting of Cardinal John Henry Newman’s rather controversial poem of the same title – Gerontius representing an everyman/woman character facing the end of their life and contemplating the possibility of an afterlife. Although primarily a Catholic work, the poem is just as relevant to those of other faiths and none; the meaning of life, the legacy of what we leave behind and our ultimate destiny. Elgar uses three soloists, two choirs, a large orchestra and the organ to produce an extraordinary variety of emotional and dramatic moments, from the most exultant, triumphant climaxes to passages of genuine terror and dark despair. One is left with the clear thought that it is not the doctrine that matters, but Elgar’s heartfelt expression of loss and hope in the face of our mortality. This is what makes this glorious work so inspiring. The Southampton Philharmonic Choir and SU Phil will be joined by the outstanding tenor John Graham Hall, who has made the title role a specialism of his, the young mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals–Simmons will be making her debut as the Angel and bass-baritone Nicholas Warden will sing the parts of the Priest and Angel of the Agony with the New London Sinfonia conducted by David Gibson.

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Culture FOLK CONCERT IN AID OF ROMSEY RIVERWALK RESTORATION PROJECT

SANSARA CONSORT FOR THE FALLEN

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n Friday l0th November 2017, Sansara Consort will be making a welcome return to St Peter's Church, Stockbridge from 7.30pm, to perform a programme of music which explores the enduring depths of human suffering through the juxtaposition of choral music from the three masters of the renaissance with twentieth-century compositions by Arvo Part and Sir John Taverner. In this way, we call to mind, with equal gravity, conflicts past and present; victims of war and terror, the plight of today's refugees, and the fallen of bygone ages. This programme will present the audience with a very special experience for this time of remembrance, of hearing a variety of music of different periods containing a similar theme Tickets: £14 available from John Robinsons, Butchers, Stockbridge www.jumblebee.co.uk/stockbridgemusic and The Lights Theatre Box Office, Andover (01264) 368368 Roger Tym (01264 ) 810363

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omsey Riverwalk Restoration project are delighted to announce that Rum’s Eg Art and Craft Gallery and local singing group, Beggars Belief, have come together to organise a fund-raising concert in the café upstairs on Sunday 29th Oct., 2-4pm. Admission is free but donations are requested to help complete the riverbank revetment work along The Causeway, making the riverwalk more attractive, accessible and safer for all. Beggars Belief is a popular group of 4 singers and musicians who are well-known locally for their distinctive arrangements of folk songs old and new, which they love sharing with an appreciative audience. Come along and enjoy the unique atmosphere in the Art Café while at the same time contributing to a worthwhile community project. The concert will coincide with the much anticipated exhibition ‘A Tribute to The River Test’ which will feature paintings by Pete Gilbert and photos by Hugh Lohan of the area between Stockbridge and Middlebridge. A silent auction is being organised for a Gilbert picture and a Lohan photograph, together with pictures by other artists of Sadlers Mill, which also aims to raise money for the Romsey Riverwalk Restoration Project.

JANE AUSTEN SINGERS: ADVENT CAROL SERVICE

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imon Lillystone, the new director of the Jane Austen Singers, will be conducting his first performance with the singers in St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge on Sunday 3rd December at 6pm.

Founded 42 years ago by Tim Lowden, who directed them throughout this period, this Advent Carol Service has become a very popular fixture attracting large audiences because of the extent of their repertoire and the expertise of their singing. Tim Lowden is confident that, under the direction of Simon Lillystone, this year’s service will witness new heights for the singers and should not be missed.

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EXPLORE MAKING

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inging the changes for this November's event at Stockbridge Town Hall, the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild will be highlighting the skills and processes that culminate in a piece of finely crafted work.

The progress from an original idea to the finished piece will be illustrated in sketches, tools, and intermediate stages. Members of the group will be demonstrating over the weekend and will be on hand to talk about their work and answer questions. With ‘handmade’ the hot topic everywhere at the moment, the opportunity to see how it's done and talk directly to professionals is right up to the minute. Research has shown that continuing to learn, especially manual skills, helps to keep our brains healthy. As well as making work for exhibition at fairs and galleries, many Guild members run courses from beginners to masterclasses in their own studios, and places on them have never been so popular. If you want to give a designer piece with a story behind it that you know will be treasured, or want someone to experience the thrill of handling silk, clay or wood firsthand, this is the ideal opportunity to organise your Christmas list in style. The Guild will be hosting a special Open Evening on Friday, November 10th, from 6-9pm, when all the makers will be ready to share insights, let you know about their courses, discuss commissioning special pieces, and of course give you first choice of work on display. The show will continue on Saturday and Sunday 11th & 12th November from 10 until 5, with refreshments available. www.craftsguild.co.uk


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Church Services ANDOVER

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O St. Michael & All Angels Sunday 5 November 10.30 Sunday Celebration Sunday 12 November 10.30 Eucharist Service Sunday 19 November 10.30 Eucharist Service 11.30 Traidcraft Shop Sunday 26 November 10.30 Eucharist Service

O St. Mary's Sunday 5 November 10.00 All Souls Service Sunday 12 November 08.00 Remembrance Service at War Memorial Sunday 19 November 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 26 November 10.00 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School

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O St. James Sunday 5 November 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 19 November 18.00 Meditation

O All Saint's Church Sunday 12 November 10.45 Remembrance Service Sunday 26 November 18.00 Evensong

BROUGHTON O St. Mary's Sunday 5 November 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 The Bible Uncovered Sunday 12 November 10.30 Wreath Laying 10.45 Remembrance Service Sunday 19 November 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Service Sunday 26 November 09.30 Family Communion

CHILBOLTON O St. Mary the Less Sunday 5 November 15.00 All Saints Service Sunday 12 November 10.50 Remembrance Sunday Service in Church with Wherwell Sunday 19 November 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 26 November 10.00 Family Service

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KING'S SOMBORNE O Methodist Church Sunday 5 November 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 12 November 10.50 United Service at Parish Church Sunday 19 November 10.30 Holy Communion 15.30 Messy Church Sunday 26 November 10.30 Morning Worship O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 5 November 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 12 November 08.00 Said Communion 10.00 Harvest Festival Sunday 19 November 08.00 Said Communion 10.00 Matins Sunday 26 November 15.00 Parish Communion

LECKFORD O St. Nicholas Sunday 5 November 08.00 Said Holy Communion

Sunday 19 November 18.00 Evensong

LITTLETON O St. Catherines Sunday 5 November 16.00 Café Church in Church Room Sunday 12 November 10.30 Remembrance Service at Flowerdown Barracks Sunday 19 November 10.00 Morning Worship 18.00 Peace & Wholeness Sunday 26 November 10.00 Family Communion

LONGSTOCK O St. Mary Sunday 5 November 09.30 Café Church – Breakfast followed by informal service Sunday 12 November 10.00 All Age Remembrance Service 10.50 Act of Remembrance at Longstock War Memorial Sunday 19 November 09.30 Morning Worship Sunday 26 November 09.15 Parish Communion

MOTTISFONT O St. Andrew's Sunday 5 November 18.00 Evensong Sunday 12 November 10.45 Remembrance Service Sunday 19 November 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 26 November 11.00 Family Communion

NETHER WALLOP O St. Andrew's Sunday 5 November 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 12 November 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 19 November 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 26 November 09.30 Family Service

OVER WALLOP O St. Peter's Sunday 5 November 09.30 Family Service Sunday 12 November 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 19 November 09.30 Family Communion Sunday 26 November 08.00 Holy Communion

SPARSHOLT O St. Stephen's Sunday 5 November 18.00 All Souls Service Sunday 12 November 10.55 Remembrance Service at War Memorial Sunday 19 November 10.00 Matins Sunday 26 November 10.00 Family Communion

STOCKBRIDGE O Old St. Peter Sunday 19 November 08.00 Said Holy Communion O St. Peter Thursday 2 November 09.30 Said Holy Communion with Names of Those Remembered Sunday 5 November 10.45 Mattins Saturday 11 November 10.45 Act of Remembrance at StockbridgeWar Memorial Sunday 12 November 09.45 Remembrance Service Sunday 19 November 10.45 All Age Worship Sunday 26 November 10.45 Parish Communion

WHERWELL O St. Peter & Holy Cross Sunday 5 November 15.00 All Souls Service with Chilbolton Sunday 12 November 10.50 Remembrance Service at War Memorial Sunday 19 November 10.00 Family Service Sunday 26 November 08.00 Holy Communion 18.00 Autumn Meditations


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BENVENUTO OR WELCOME TO THE NEW ITALIAN QUARTER IN STOCKBRIDGE!

HURRICANE IRMA RELIEF EFFORT HELPED BY COUNCIL EMPLOYEES

Hannah and Stuart on Necker Island before Hurricane Irma

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former Test Valley Borough Council employee now living in the British Virgin Islands rallied her former colleagues to help with the Hurricane Irma Relief effort. Hannah Angel worked for the Council for 11 years but left in 2014 to work as a chef on tourist yachts in the BVI with her partner Stuart, who is a yacht captain. Fortunately for them, they were in UK when the hurricane hit but wanted to do something to help their friends and neighbours. Hannah asked friends at the Council to help and they responded with a huge collection of items. Over 30 large bin liners were filled with clothes, shoes and toiletries which Hannah then collected and delivered to the BVI House in London who will arrange for their onward shipment. Hannah said: “I cannot imagine what it must have been like. Seeing people that we care about on the news was very upsetting. We felt so useless being back in the UK and that is why we decided to help by doing a collection. She said “Employees at the Council showed amazing generosity and the items will make a huge difference to people lives, including friends of ours, that have lost everything after hurricane Irma. People in the islands are slowly starting to rebuild homes and the items that have been kindly donated will certainly help families get back on track. They really will make such a difference to the people that have lost everything.” Leader of the Council, Councillor Phil North said: “ This is typical of the kindness and generosity of the council staff. Whether it is a cake sale for Macmillan coffee morning, volunteering for local organisations or a spur of the moment collection like this, they always rise to the occasion.” Hannah hopes to be back in the BVI within the next 6 months and will help the community continue to rebuild. She asks that if people would like to donate, they can do so here: www.virgin.com/unite/bvi-community-supportappeal 42

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here are exciting things happening in Stockbridge! Stockbridge now has its own Italian quarter! Prego Deli opened its doors at the end of October. Fatto Con Amore (made with love) is best used to describe Pregos' food which uses only the finest ingredients.Various types of fresh pasta will be made on site every day by owner, David, and complimenting this, Prego has its own range of homemade sauces, flavoured oils, herbs, hams, breads, cheeses and olives. Wines have been especially sourced and selected by the owners’ direct form the vineyards of Italy, some of which are limited editions, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face when sampled with an exclusive range of desserts, which include silky smooth Gelato and traditional creamy desserts that taste just like mama used to make! Relax in Prego coffee area where you will be able to enjoy homemade cakes, delicious pasta or salad jars which are also available to take away. La Bella Donna has moved from its previous location on the High Street to the shop next door to the new deli. La Bella Donna has been selling Italian shoes and accessories for over 3 and a half years. Sometimes called The Hat Shop, sometimes The Shoe Shop and sometimes The Bag Shop La Bella Donna has become the go to shop for smart occasion accessories as well as for more casual accessories and Jane and Sophie are looking forward to life at the other end of the High Street. Both businesses source the majority of their products directly from Italy bringing you unusual and interesting products. We look forward to seeing you soon – come and experience some Italian sunshine on Stockbridge High Street - and don’t miss Prosecco Club at La Bella Donna every Saturday. Prego Deli and La Bella Donna, Jasmine House, Stockbridge SO20 6HB www.labelladonna.co.uk Like us on Facebook La Bella Donna, Stockbridge


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TASTY CHORAL FAYRE AT CAROL CONCERT

ANDOVER FESTIVAL OF MOTORING A ROARING SUCCESS!

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he sun shone down and thousands of visitors poured in to enjoy the third annual Andover Festival of Motoring that took place on the High Street last month. There were over 100 vehicles on display from classic MG's and Austin's to Triumph Motorbikes, modified Hot Rods and Muscle Cars. Record numbers of visitors attended the event this year with around 5,000 taking to the High Street throughout the day. Retailers reported a big increase in trade with Mia Ramirez, manager at Café Nero commenting that “more staff had to be called in to handle the extra demand due to the Festival which has created a fantastic buzz on the High Street.”

he annual carol concert by the Harmonium Singers at St Mary’s Church, Andover, has become a regular Christmas event in the town. And there’s nothing like a choir to create that special seasonal atmosphere in the true spirit of Christmas. This year’s event begins at 7.30pm on Saturday 16 December. As always there’ll be a popular mix carols old and new, with choral arrangements of well-known favourites and carols for all to sing. This year there’ll also be recent pieces by Alexander L’Estrange and Iain Quinn, all combined with seasonal readings and festive interval refreshments. It all adds up to a mouth-watering proposition, so get your tickets early from The Lights, Newbury Building Society or choir members at £8.00. Alternatively you can buy a ticket at the door on the night for £10.00. Under-14s are admitted free. Proceeds this year go to Andover Crisis and Support Centre. For further details see the choir’s website www.harmoniumsingers.org.uk

The Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Carl Borg-Neal was in attendance and had the difficult task of choosing the winners of the six categories and overall Best in Show. Congratulations to Barry Mulroy whose delightful Austin Clifton won Best In Show.

The event was organised by Gemma Thompson from the Andover Town Centre Partnership, Sheryl Scott-Clarke and Hampshire Hot Rides with financial support from Test Valley Borough Council, Andover Town Council and the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme. Town Centre Manager, Gemma Thompson said “we would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event and gave generously to our chosen charity the Anton Rotary Club - £500 was collected for this worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you all again at next year’s event on the 23rd September 2018”. 44

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LIGHTS SWITCH ON BY PIERS MORGAN AND ALEX LEWIS

tockbridge, a really vibrant community in the heart of the Test Valley, will again be hosting their annual pre-Christmas evening to mark the Advent season with many festivities and entertainment along a twinkling High Street including Suffolk punches pulling Santa on his sleigh, a magical Christingle service in aid of the Children Society at St. Peters for everyone and anyone who wishes to attend. Straight after the service, approx. 6pm, Piers Morgan from ITV’s Good Morning Britain and Alex Lewis will turn on the Stockbridge Christmas lights in front of St Peters Church. Piers Morgan is a highly successful news journalist, editor, broadcaster and TV presenter. He was appointed editor of the News of the World at just 28 years old. He then ran the Daily Mirror for nearly a decade. After his newspaper career came to an abrupt halt, Piers reinvented himself as a broadcaster and presenter on both sides of the Atlantic appearing regularly in both Britain and America’s Got Talent as well as his highly successful series of Life Stories. In 2010 he replaced Larry King on CNN with Piers Morgan Live, which he hosted for 4 years. He currently co-hosts Good Morning Britain on ITV. He writes newspaper columns for The Mail on Sunday and DailyMail.com and has published 8 books. Alex Lewis was 34 when he thought he had ‘man flu’, but collapsed and was rushed to hospital. He was given just hours to live and a 3% chance of survival. In fact, he had contracted Strep A followed by Septicaemia which

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led to him having all four limbs amputated and facial reconstruction. 99% of human beings would not have endured this rampant infection. As well as losing his limbs, Lewis also lost his lips and nose. Instead of spiraling into despair and retreating into a state of self pity, Alex took a truly inspirational approach to what happened to him. The story of his positivity and adjustment to a new life is truly remarkable and was the subject of a recent Channel 4 documentary “The Extraordinary case of Alex Lewis”. Amazingly, Alex still describes the past few years as the best he's ever had. Alex has subsequently completed a Kayak expedition in Greenland, set up his own interior design company ‘Space Councilor”, entered a hand cycle race from North to South Island in New Zealand and is planning an Ethiopian Expedition. To support this event many of the shops will be staying open late, the Town Hall will be filled with lots of varied stalls and of course Santa’s Grotto, the famous award-winning Robinson’s bangers will be on sale “under the arch’’, the new Italian Deli Prego will be open serving up a little bit of Italian festive food,Thyme and Tides,Woodfire and all the pubs will be open, joining in the festive spirit.There will be fire eaters and jugglers along the high street throughout the evening. There is also a quiz based on the 12 days of Christmas, entrance sheets available on our website, in the community news and at the Town Hall by Santa’s Grotto, prizes for all entrants.Test Valley Brass and Farleigh School Choir will be performing live music and carol singing - all to celebrate the inclusive meaning of Christmas.This is an event that pulls many facets of the local community together – The Church,The Primary School,Test Valley School, Stockbridge Cinema,Town Hall,Traders and Residents. There will be plenty of extra free parking available, just follow the signs. Come to Stockbridge and pick up that special Christmas gift and have fabulous fun, early evening out for all the family. For more information visit our website www.stockbridgechristmas.com and our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Stockbridge-Christmas-715644108471462/


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