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about the exhibition, visit www.nationaltrust. org.uk/mottisfont/features/heath-robinsonexhibition-at-mottisfont.

10 JANUARY Broughton & Bossington Horitcultural Society Talk From 7.30pm in the Terrace Room of Broughton Village Hall. Stephen Oakes “Birds in your Garden”

28 JANUARY Winter Warmers with Andrew Birch at Lainston House Hotel Cookery School Learn to create winter warming dishes with Andrew Birch using seasonal produce from Lainston House Hotel's Season Cookery School Kitchen Garden.This workshop will be focusing on hearty British meals, including; soup, cawl and stew. Full day: £155 per person.To book please visit: www.exclusive.co.uk/cookeryschool/classes/all-courses/ or call: 01962 776088

19 JANUARY Stockbridge Community Cinema: The Red Turtle (PG) Through the enchanting animated story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds,The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE at 8.00pm following the presentation of the 2017 Annual Report at 7.30pm. Come at 7.00pm for a free drink or ice cream with your ticket purchase. Tickets £5.00 from Garden Inn and John Robinson in Stockbridge or online via our website www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk. Please see our website for more information and special Stockbridge meal deals.

Korea, Sea Furies and MiGs: Paul Beaver Lecture Series Paul Beaver recounts the Korean Air War of 1950-53 and introduces Brian 'Schmoo' Ellis, a naval pilot who settled a score with a North Korean MiG-15. A curry supper is available from the The Museum of Flying's Apache Cafe team from 6pm (vegetarian meal also offered).The price is £10 plus £7.50 if you want the curry supper. For more information please call: 01264 784421 or visit www.armyflying.com/events/

24 JANUARY Stockbridge Community Cinema: The Big Sick (PG) Romantic comedy in which Pakistan-born comedian Kumail and grad student Emily fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash.When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings. Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE at 4.30pm and 7.30pm. 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. Please see our website for more information and special Stockbridge meal deals.

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FEBRUARY 3 FEBRUARY Romsey Male Voice Choir in concert with Nancy Longland (soprano) At the Plaza Theatre, Romsey from 7.30 pm. Tickets: £10 (10% discount for groups pf 8+) online via www.plazatheatre.com or from the Romsey Visitor Information Centre (tel: 01794 512987)

24 JANUARY 20 JANUARY - 15 APRIL Art at Mottisfont - Heath Robinson: Dreams and Machines Mottisfont showcases the quirky machinery and exquisite paintings of Heath Robinson from 20 January 2018.The exhibition features over 60 original pieces covering the extraordinary breadth of his work, from witty cartoons to dream-like watercolour landscapes and illustrations, including scenes from Shakespeare. Alongside the gallery show, there are fun, HeathRobinson inspired activities around the grounds throughout the duration of the exhibition, including February half-term.You can have a go at inventing your own curious contraption – we’ll be running a competition for the best designs. Mottisfont’s gallery opens at 11am and closes at 4pm (5pm from 4 February). Normal property admission price only. For visitors unable to access the second floor gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels. For more information

Saucy Supper Wine Pairing Event A wine-pairing supper hosted by Romsey Wine & Dine. Food by TASTE Dining Company. Amuse bouche + 4 courses. Each course based on a classic sauce. Apéritif with the amuse bouche. Different wine with each dish. Digestif with coffee.Wednesday 24th January 2018 at 7:15pm for 7:30pm Price: £40 compris. At The Church Rooms, Romsey Abbey, SO51 8EP. For more information and booking:Tel: 01794 278634 or visit www.romseywineanddine. co.uk/Events.htm

25 JANUARY Andover Music Club Concert Andover Music Club presents The Busch Piano Trio at The Lights, Andover on Thursday 25th January 2018, 7.30pm.Tickets £14, under 25’s £7. For further information please see your website www.andovermusicclub.co.uk

10 & 11 FEBRUARY Potato Weekend at Courtens Garden Centre Beautiful quilt to be raffled for Parkinson’s UK at Courtens Garden Centre is just one of the attractions for Potato Weekend. Meet the Test Valley Wood Turners and The Woodland Trust, watch demos of willow weaving and wildlife painting. Stay and enjoy a lovely lunch in the Shed cafe by the roaring log fire. Choose from 40 varieties of potatoes and various veg seed all sold loose. Find Courtens on the A27 at Whiteparish. Open 9.30am to 4pm More details can be found on www.courtensgardencentre.co.uk Tel 01794 884489’

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Wellbeing TEAMSOP IN KENYA 2017

body, but in a young child suffering malnutrition and suppressed immunity, it had very quickly taken hold, probably via a small open cut. The consequences of no treatment for this child were life threatening, with a high risk of septicemia and endocarditis. While we were in the Amboseli region, we spent a memorable day at the Rescue Centre, set up to rescue and protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The number of rescued girls had grown since my last trip 2 years ago, and it was so encouraging to see the Centre thriving, with the girls growing in confidence, social skills, and academic and sporting ability. It was wonderful to spend a whole day with them, hearing of their progress, singing, dancing and performing with them and being convincingly smashed in volleyball. The Emma’s Angel’s project continues to find sponsors for the girls, and if you would like to find out more about the Rescue Centre and what’s involved in sponsorship, visit our website and click Osteopathy in Kenya. There is also a video of my presentation on FGM if you would like to know more about it, click on the Video Guides link.

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aving just returned from another hugely successful humanitarian trip I’m now trying to put my experiences into words. I’m going to start with a simple and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to you all for your support.Your contribution, be that words of encouragement, a packet of toothbrushes or financial have enabled us to provide care for over 1500 patients. We have been quite overwhelmed with the amount of support we have received, and deeply touched by the donations either given anonymously or from people that have never met us. Thank you for taking this cause to your heart too, you know who you are. Our trip was initially overshadowed by concerns of the tensions surrounding the general elections. However, the charity rearranged our itinerary to avoid any areas of potential conflict, and the expedition ran smoothly. We spent the first half of the trip in the southwest, working with the Massai. We travelled to some remote communities where malnutrition and infection rates were very high, especially amongst the children.On one memorable day, when we were down to half a team due to a diarrhea and vomiting bug, I had one of my toughest cases. This is the copy of a post from that day: ‘Finding it hard to describe today, but this is how it started. Warning, don’t swipe if you’re squeamish. Such a poor community with domestic abuse, FGM, teen pregnancies, gynae issues and some serious infections. We saw 301 patients with half a team, in just half a day, with sweat pouring off us. Tough day in 35 degree heat.’ I am describing the case of a 7 year old boy. He was sitting on one of the benches waiting for treatment and was covered head to toe in large watery filled blisters, some of which had burst and had exposed raw, bleeding lesions. He looked as if he was covered in 60 – 70% burns and was shivering, despite the heat and was unable to stand. I picked him up and took him through to our pharmacy area and laid him on the treatment table. The nurse and I carefully cut away his clothes and Massai beads. Some of his clothes were so intertwined with the wounds, that his skin came away as we undressed him. We washed him first, applied an iodine ointment to the whole of his body, and then carefully dressed his wounds, virtually covering his whole body in bandaging. He was in obvious pain, and yet was so incredibly brave. We arranged for a motorbike taxi to take him 40km cross-country on unmade roads to get him to hospital as fast as possible. None of us had seen an infection like it, so we were pleased when the hospital recognized the condition as Scalded Skin Syndrome due to a severe Staphylococcal infection. This bacteria can live harmlessly on a healthy

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Whilst working within the Massai communities, we treated many girls and women who had been cut. Their symptoms ranged from period pains, incontinence and pelvic congestion, to severe scarring, fistula, infertility and emotional trauma. I treated one woman with severe abdominal pains and infertility. She had FGM done aged 10 and was married at 11. I took her to a private room to examine her and found a large caesarean type scar above her pubis. It turned out she’d had a growth removed from her Fallopian tube. The scarring and adhesions from the FGM and the operation were extensive, holding the uterus in a sidebending/rotation pattern and causing congestion in the pelvis and a density of the tissues. I treated the muscles of the pelvis, released the diaphragm and thoraco-lumbar fascia, worked deep into the scar tissue in the abdomen and used an internal manipulation of the cervix and uterus together to improve position, circulation and drainage. I showed her some pelvic and low back mobilising stretches, self massage techniques and we chatted about the best positions and time of the month to maximise chances of conception. It was truly wonderful to spend time helping this woman and I felt so fortunate to have the skills to do so. I pray I have done enough to stimulate the natural healing mechanism of the body to bring about change. After the intense dry heat and dust storms of the Amboseli region, we travelled to the green, cool, lushness of Naivasha to treat Rose farm workers. Here we encountered many cases of breathing and chest related conditions, from infections and asthma to allergies and shortness of breath, as the farm workers are exposed daily to high levels of pesticides and herbicides. There was also a high proportion of children suffering with fungal infections, such as Ring Worm and also parasitic worms in their gut. This is a clear indicator of general ill health, malnutrition and suppressed immunity. As you can see we treated such a wide variety of people and conditions, and travelled to many different locations. Full of challenging cases, fulfilled opportunities, speed learning, friendship, love, tears and laughter. These experiences constantly make me re-evaluate what Osteopathy is, how it can help, and pushing me to keep on digging deeper into this incredible profession. I have been left with some extraordinary memories, patients pain and suffering imprinted in my mind forever. The transition home is always tough, as the contrast is so stark and the differences immeasurable. The adjustment back to our privileged lifestyle is hard. I leave a little piece of me in Kenya each time. Emma Wightman Humanitarian Osteopath For photos and a daily diary of the trip find us on Facebook or Instagram www.the-sop.com


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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – ZUMBA STYLE!

THE MOMENT HAS FINALLY ARRIVED: YOGA CLASSES FOR CHILDREN ARE COMING TO WINCHESTER! 1. Eat lots – you will burn it off in class! 2. Drink lots - maybe keep that glass of wine til after class, alcohol doesn’t always aid coordination! 3. Attend lots of *classes – the better you know the music, the more you’ll enjoy the routines! 4. Smile and laugh lots – laughter is the best medicine especially at this time of the year! 5. Forget your inhibitions – make 2018 the year you ‘just do it’ (..still talking zumba here!) 6. Forget the gym – music can lift you without any equipment! 7. Forget the ‘no pain no gain’ jargon. Exercise at your own level – injury is no fun. 8. Travel the world – zumba music is from all continents. 9. Make new friends – all classes friendly! 10. STOP making excuses – come to Zumba! What are you ~ waiting for?!

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ilvia from Sol Yoga has been teaching Yoga since September 2012 and she now feels the time has come to offer Yoga to our young ones too. “You are never too young to do Yoga” she enthuses, “Yoga is a Science of Inner Wellbeing and the younger we start, the easier it is for us to stay balanced within the storm of life.” “Yoga has made such a difference in my own life – it has given me so much strength and resilience! And the time has come now for me to share my passion for Yoga with children. I love children and so enjoy my weekly Dance Classes with them.Yet children are so overstimulated these days, they have a lot of impressions thrown at them on a daily basis and most of them are finding it very difficult to calm themselves down.Yoga provides a wonderful way of learning how to re-balance yourself even at a very young age.” “Parents have been asking me for the last couple of years, when I shall be offering Yoga for children, so here we are starting with one Yoga Class for children aged 4 to 13 from 5pm - 5.30pm on Monday 8 January 2018 at the Winchester Discovery Centre SO23 8SB. We expect great interest, so we are asking parents to book as soon as possible.” Looking forward to welcoming your youngsters on the Yoga Mat! Silvia - Sol Yoga www.sol-yoga.co.uk

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Still not convinced? Ring me Sue Russell on 07947 410394 or email me: sue@plays-r-ussell.com or check out my website: www.zumba-around-winchester.com *Kings Somborne class Tuesdays 7.30pm (K.S. village hall)

KEEPING FIT IN ROMSEY

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omsey residents can keep fit for free thanks to new outdoor fitness equipment installed in the War Memorial Park. The new equipment includes a shoulder press, chest press, leg press and exercise bike among other machines that work a range of muscle groups. Similar equipment is becoming increasingly popular in towns across the country, providing new ways for adults to keep fit for free. Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “The War Memorial Park’s Friends of the Park group initiated this project and I’m pleased to confirm that we’ve secured funding from developer contributions to pay for the project. We have listened to feedback from residents and Friends of the Park and are delighted to see that the equipment is already being used.” The project supports one of Romsey Future’s ambitions; Living Well in Romsey. Romsey Future is a partnership made up of local organisations that work together to build consensus and deliver on shared ambitions. The equipment can be found near the tennis courts in the War Memorial Park. www.testvalley.gov.uk


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Education HARROW WAY CELEBRATE THEIR 50TH YEAR GROUP – THE CLASS OF 2017

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arrow Way recognised and celebrated the achievements of a particularly special year group recently as part of their 50th anniversary. Watched by proud families, teachers and Governors, the class of 2017, the school’s 50th year group, were joined by the Mayor and Consort of Test Valley, Councillor Carl Borg-Neal and Mrs Borg-Neal and special guest, Shonagh Manson. Shonagh, a former Harrow Way student is Assistant Director, Culture and Creative Industries, working for Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. A very proud headteacher Michael Serridge welcomed back the former students praising them for their wonderful GCSE performance which he described as another set of outstanding results for the school. Commenting on the government changes to GCSE grading, which didn’t hold the 2017 cohort back, he applauded the students for the impressive 81% who achieved the new style grade 9 to 4 (equivalent to the current A* to C) in English, 71% in Maths and 66% in both English (Language or Literature) and Maths. Commenting on the 50th anniversary he said: “In 1967 we opened our shiny new doors for the very first time, welcoming just 140 students. Over the last fifty years thousands of students have walked through those doors.You were the 50th year group through, initially as 11 year olds of varying confidence and abilities but all leaving as self-assured 16 year olds, bearing the hallmarks of a Harrow Way education - confident, independent and well prepared for a successful future”. Mr Serridge went on to introduce Shonagh Mason who before presenting the GCSE certificates and Subject Awards gave a very positive speech telling the students: “Follow your passion and don’t be afraid to try anything and everything on the way. I worked from being a barmaid to an administrator at a pharmaceutical company then a Director for the Jerwood Charitable Foundation before landing my dream job, only 12 weeks ago as Assistant Director Culture and Creative Industries working for the Mayor of London”. For more information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harroway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.

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Community Professional THE 2018 ALL SAINTS WINTER

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Monday 22nd January

Prison: An Unfailing Test of Any Civilisation? An authoritative review on UK prisons and the options we face in dealing with this apparently intractable problem. Juliet Lyon CBE, is the former Director of the Prison Reform Trust and Currently Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Death in Custody. She is an acknowledged expert on the UK prison service and national and international prison reform.

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How Honest Was Churchill? Winston Churchill’s reputation has rested at Olympian heights.Yet recent research of his vast archive raises interesting questions. David Lough, former private banker and now historian, weighs the evidence and discusses the implications for understanding not just Churchill, but the qualities we may need to tolerate in other great leaders.

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odwins Solicitors LLP in Winchester has once again secured membership to the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme - the mark of excellence for the home buying process. This is the sixth year in a row that Godwins has achieved CQS accreditation. Godwins underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as continuing to meet high standards in the residential conveyancing process. Law Society President Andrew Caplen said that the CQS accreditation is the hallmark of high standards and establishes a level of credibility for regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers. "CQS is the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps home-buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service." Rupert Morton-Curtis, Head of Residential Conveyancing at Godwins says: Godwins are delighted to have secured CQS status. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful time. By looking for a CQS firm like Godwins the public can seek out a firm that has proved its commitment to quality. “The overall beneficiaries will be clients who use Godwins when buying a home. They will receive a reliable, efficient service as recognised by the CQS standard." The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers. For more information on the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme visit www.lawsociety.org.uk/cqs. Or contact the CQS Unit on 020 7316 5550 or CQS@lawsociety.org.uk

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Inspirational artist is part of Rum’s Eg showcase

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t is an amazing story of triumph over adversity - a Romsey teenager who is deaf, cannot speak and has cerebral palsy has produced beautiful works of art to be exhibited at Rum’s Eg art gallery. The inspirational and colourful work of 16-yearold artist Tjili Grant Wetherill will go on show at the the popular Bell Street venue when it introduces an exciting programme of featured makers during 2018.

a starting point to a painting, allowing her to create abstract structures, textures, colours and shapes. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists through a series of demonstrations, workshops and events during their time in the gallery. Each month, three or four artists working in different disciplines will be participating in the gallery alongside their exhibited work on show. General manager Rebecca Maddox said: “Rum’s Eg is looking forward to showcasing the work of a diverse and talented array of artists next year. Our new programme will give members of the public the opportunity to interact with the featured makers at a series of events.”

Born in Cambodia in 2001, weighing just 1kg, Tjili was the only survivor of triplets abandoned on a hospital doorstep in Phnom Penh. Fortunately, Tjili was adopted by a British couple, James and Vik Grant Wetherill, and lived in Singapore Tjili Grant Wetherill until October 2016 when the family moved to England. Tjili, who lives in Middlebridge Street, is Check the Rum’s Eg website www.hampshireartandcraft.org for self-taught and creates stunning art in her own unique style to details of the featured artists’ demonstrations and events. critical acclaim. Two vibrant bird paintings were recently selected from thousands of worldwide entries to be displayed by the Royal Watercolour Society in London for its 2017 Contemporary Watercolour Competition.

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Tjili, who uses sign language to communicate with others, boldly expresses her view of the world through her distinctive art. Proceeds raised from the sale of her work at Rum’s Eg will support her ongoing medical treatment. The January launch will also include ceramicist Dave Sutherland, textile creator Helen Murchie and painter Lynne Reeves. Ceramicist Dave, from Lyndhurst, has enjoyed pottery from an early age, but since retirement has produced large stoneware storage vessels, bowls and pitchers decorated with tenmoku, chun and copper red glazes. Dave Sutherland

Textile artist Helen is from Scotland, and now lives in Locks Heath. Her passion is Harris Tweed on to which she embroiders digitised designs. She uses the embroidered panels to make cushions, cushion kits, notebook covers and a variety of accessories. Romsey painter Lynne is inspired by life, people, places, the light and mood of the day, the warmth of the sun, and the music of the sea - in particular, the beauty, history and light of St Ives in Cornwall. Experimenting with different types of media and techniques, Lynne incorporates paper collage and acrylic inks as 14

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opiary goes as far back as the Ancient Romans with its first known appearance in a Tuscany garden. Here in the UK at Leven Halls in Cumbria, its Grade 1 Listed garden dating back to the 1694 boasts the oldest and most famous topiary in the world. Topiary came into being as part of the birth of formal landscaping during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which has historically led to the common misconception that you need a large garden to enjoy these shapely shrubs.

In fact topiary in large country gardens went out of fashion during the eighteenth century and it was the small cottage gardens that carried on the art of clipping hedges into clearly defined shapes. Today we use topiary in small gardens to give form as well as structure in clearly defined spaces and during the winter months topiary comes into its own with very little competing in the garden for attention. There are even clever examples of parterres created for the front gardens of small terraced houses, while small box hedging helps to soften edges where a garden has given over most of its land to hard landscaping and raised beds. Holly, bay trees, and conifers are some of the more popular trees to use, although the King and Queen of topiary is the box and yew tree. Traditionally, dramatic effects were created with geometric shapes in the form of balls, pyramids, spheres and spirals. Today, you can be as whimsical as you wish and go for more fanciful forms such as dolphins, peacocks and butterflies, all in the name of living sculptures. Should you want your very own Mad Hatters Tea Party there are even examples of topiary in the shape of a teacup and saucer! www.hambrooks.co.uk 01489 779998 18

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inter berries are the Christmas lights of the garden. Their brilliant colours take the place of flowers in your garden at this time of year. What could be more heartening during these short, dark days than the warm glow of Pyracantha berries against its dark green foliage? Birds in winter are not fussy eaters but, like children at Christmas, they are attracted to the bright and shiny. They are also opportunists and will eat any berries appropriate to their size, so blackbirds and thrushes especially like windfall apples which wildlife friendly gardeners are kind enough to leave lying on the ground, whilst robins, tits and some finches will enjoy smaller berries such as cotoneaster and berberis. Generally speaking, birds favour strong colours, especially red followed by orange then yellow, which present, as far as birds are concerned, the appetising glow of a quick snack. Pale fruits, such as pink Sorbus or the Snowberry with its sinister white fruits (one plant I positively dislike), are avoided by birds until driven by starvation. The black berries of Christmas Box, Sarcococca confusa, shine amongst the glossy evergreen foliage and ripen at the same time as the deliciously scented but insignificant flowers appear. Some Crab Apples, especially Malus Golden Hornet, hold their fruit long into the winter; the yellow fruit making a stunning composition against a blue December sky. The common herringbone Cotoneaster, C. horizontalis, bears its red berries on bare black branches. Grow it against a white wall for a monochrome study in line and form, punctuated by glowing red dots. Catherine Thomas Landscape & Garden Design Tel: 01722 339936 www.catherinethomas.co.uk


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Stocks

Carina Rose Bridal

The Vine

THE NEW, INDEPENDENT BUSINESS CENTRE IN STOCKBRIDGE

ince The Vine Inn closed in 2012 it has been the subject of much concern and discussion from the locals and regular visitors to Stockbridge High Street. After a period of uncertainty, DC Li Builders have renovated this listed building to an extremely good standard and it is now nearly completed and close to full occupation.This former coaching inn, dating back to 1850 is a building very much in the heart of Stockbridge and its renovation is much to admire. Dique Li and his son Joe, together with their excellent team of loyal and skilful tradesmen have been on site for eighteen months undertaking this high-quality refurbishment.

To the rear of the main building of The Vine is Jo Loveland running her Early Rider business which is “passionate about the manufacture of children’s bikes”. A hair dresser, run by former Stockbridge favourite, Misho Dimitrov, will also be based there.The Stables have been converted into retail/office units and include Deborah Barlow’s Vine Pianos and Alison Warner running Bobbin Sewing School. Beyond the converted stables is a new office building which has been pre-let to TMFP offering financial planning advice for businesses and individuals; adjacent are three holiday lets which will be ready for occupation in May 2018.

From my firm’s point of view, Myddelton and Major, we have been delighted to be involved in offering advice to Dique and Joe as well as letting the units. All the units were let (terms agreed) within four weeks of coming onto the open market in March 2017.This illustrates and confirms the high demand for quality commercial space in Stockbridge whether it be retail or office space.We have been able to attract a variety of users from a high-class wine merchant to a piano tuner.The wine merchant is Wine Utopia who have moved from a central position in Stockbridge to a larger unit with an abundance of character and enabling them to offer a greater variety of wines. Adjacent to Wine Utopia is Carina Rose Bridal, run by Carina Maylam, and offering a beautiful and relaxing place to browse for designer wedding dresses.The third shop fronting the high street is Stocks, which is a quality gift shop run by Sandie Russel who lives in Broughton and has another similar outlet in Henley. Sandie says: “I feel passionately about independent shops in the town centres. They are the life blood of a town and critical to its success and future”

On the top floor of The Vine we have two office users, Bright Side Toys who manage the world-wide distribution of many well known branded toys and Lottie Keith an interior designer.There will be one residential flat accessed from the courtyard of The Vine Yard. There is a great cross section of users and we are certain that The Vine Yard, as it is to be called, will be a thriving and an important part of the commercial hub of Stockbridge.The Southern Evening Echo reported on the success of the conversion and incorrectly stated that The Vine Yard was to include an estate agent’s office.This, I think, caused a little concern to another local estate agent! The Vine has certainly been a building that has undergone extensive renovation and in my opinion, this creative and innovative project has been an unrivalled success and will greatly benefit and enhance the vibrancy of Stockbridge High Street. Words and images supplied by David Smith Myddelton and Major

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• Haberdashery • Workshops • Dressmaking Courses • Patchwork • Home Furnishings • Childrens Classes

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Simple, modern sewing in small friendly classes

MISHO DIMITROV INVITES YOU TO HIS

Already know how to sew? Or just want to be inspired? Come and join us, we welcome all abilities and hold one off workshops and regular weekly classes including 'Pay as you Sew' sessions. Make new friends and enjoy like minded company.

THE VINE YARD, STOCKBRIDGE, SO20 6HF

info@mishohairstudio.co.uk

For further information and timetable please visit our website or give us a call on 07786 405213 www.bobbinsewingschool.co.uk

T: 01264 811009

Stable 2, The Vine Yard, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF

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Festive fizz and much, much more! Delicious sparkling wines and champagnes. An unrivalled range of award winning wines, interesting spirits & the best craft beers. Beautifully packaged and unusual gifts. Plus FREE LOCAL DELIVERY throughout Hampshire!

Our new home in Stockbridge Visit our new shop on the High Street at The Vine. A fine wine room and great tasting table - the perfect spot to try something new or rediscover an old favourite - plus parking too!

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Focus on Stockbridge

WHAT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER IN MORE

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TO STOCKBRIDGE

LIGHTS UP STOCKBRIDGE (OR NOT!)

Understanding that wedding dress shopping can sometimes be an intimidating experience, we will ensure your visit to us is relaxed and enjoyable as you browse through our selection of carefully chosen bridal wear with total exclusivity of our pretty boutique.

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tockbridge was delighted to welcome Piers Morgan to turn on the Christmas lights on the first Friday of December. Thousands of people turned out on a perfect wintery evening to join in the festive fun and to support our local hero – Alex Lewis. From the Christingle service for the Children’s Society to carol singing, fire eaters to jugglers, sausages to pizzas, Father Christmas to hand bell ringers, 2 choirs to the Test Valley Brass and so much more, there was entertainment up and down the High Street. ITV Meridian came to film the event live for its early evening programme. However – things didn’t go entirely to plan! At the appointed hour Piers started the countdown with the huge crowd outside the church and pushed the plunger and nothing happened. The crowd roared with laughter and a somewhat surprised Piers implored the crowd not to inform his onscreen wife, Susanna Reid of his “failure”! Within a few minutes the church’s faulty socket was bypassed, and the lights came on to huge cheers! Piers Morgan then walked the High Street meeting thousands of people before he went to a dinner at the Greyhound on the Test where 6 people had bid in an online auction to have dinner with him and Alex Lewis, a quadruple amputee, to raise funds for the Alex Lewis Trust. Substantial funds have been raised so far. Monday mornings Good Morning Britain was dominated by Piers’ experience in Stockbridge. The Meridian footage was played over and over again and Piers came up with a conspiracy theory involving Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins who used to work with the Meridian presenter, Richard Slee. Another mention for Stockbridge was on Have I Got News For You, throwing more shame on poor Piers! Alex Lewis was interviewed by Piers and Susanna at the end of the programme, further shedding light on this inspirational young father. For more information on the Alex Lewis Trust please visit www.alex-lewis.co.uk/

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elcome to Carina Rose Bridal, a beautiful and relaxing place to browse for your special gown at your leisure. Situated in rural Stockbridge, you will feel time slowing down as you slip into the pace of the Hampshire countryside.

We offer a selection of sophisticated, elegant full length bridal gowns with flowing trains, tea length dresses and pretty quirky knee length dresses, designer shoes and accessories.We want you to feel looked after from the moment you contact us until your dress is handed to you, ensuring you feel and look stunning on your special day.

About Carina

After my daughter's engagement in 2015 the very next exciting thought was "Her Wedding Dress". I couldn't wait for her to start looking. What a pleasure it was to go into the "world of weddings" with her. I loved the excitement of visiting different bridal shops. When she put on the dress we both just knew, it was the one. We had so much fun and laughs along the way that a seed was sown. Carina Rose Bridal was borne out of that wonderful experience, my daughter’s special day. I wanted the excitement to continue by helping other brides choose the dress of their dreams for their special day. So, I set about searching for the right location and then the premises to put down my roots and begin to realise my dream. It has been 2 years in the making, resulting in finding my pretty shop which is part of a Grade 2 listed converted pub in Stockbridge, a beautiful market town. Please contact Carina on 01264 810011 www.carinarosebridal.co.uk 2 The Vine, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HF


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Pop in to see our divine cashmeres, indulgent candles, cards and extensive carefully selected gifts

Tel: 01264 883034 S TO C K S AT T H E V I N E , H I G H S T R E E T, S TO C K B R I D G E , S O 2 0 6 H F

PIANO SERVICES, TUNING, RESTORATION AND LESSONS AVAILABLE AT VINE PIANOS NEW & UPCYCLED PIANOS Vine Pianos provides new pianos with Blüthner, Yamaha and Carod. We are open Monday to Saturday so pop in, or email, to book a personal appointment. Meet the Vine Piano experts, play, discuss and plan for your piano. Vine Pianos also supply upcycled pianos for clients. Vine Pianos is proud that all of our piano sales will suitably reflect individual musical progression and taste.

Tel: 07949 403888 www.vinepianos.co.uk

hello@vinepianos.co.uk

VINE PIANOS THE VINE YARD HIGH STREET STOCKBRIDGE SO20 6HF

PIANO TUNING & RESTORATION Vine Pianos offer a piano tuning service to clients throughout the UK. Deborah is an established piano tuner and technician and can provide piano tuning services to all piano types. Vine Pianos recommends that all pianos are tuned at least every 6 months, however depending on how often you use your piano, it may vary.

Opening Hours Monday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm The Vine Piano Services

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Church Services BOSSINGTON O St. James Sunday 7 January 09.30 Holy Communion

BROUGHTON O St. Mary's Sunday 7 January 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 The Bible Uncovered Sunday 14 January 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 21 January 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Christingle Service Sunday 28 January 09.30 Family Communion

CHILBOLTON O St. Mary the Less Sunday 7 January 10.00 Family Service Sunday 14 January 10.00 Morning Prayer Sunday 21 January 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 28 January 16.00 Fireside Praise @ ‘Pentons’, Village Street, Chilbolton, SO20 6BE

CRAWLEY O St. Mary's Sunday 7 January 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 14 January 10.00 Morning Worship Sunday 21 January 08.00 Holy Communion

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Sunday 28 January 10.00 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School

HOUGHTON O All Saint's Church Sunday 14 January 09.30 Family Christingle Service Sunday 28 January 18.00 Evensong

KING'S SOMBORNE O Methodist Church Sunday 7 January 10.30 Covenant Service/ Holy Communion Sunday 14 January 10.30 Morning Worship Sunday 21 January 10.30 Morning Worship 15.30 Messy Church Sunday 28 January 10.30 Morning Worship O St. Peter & St. Paul Sunday 7 January 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 14 January 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 All Age Family Service Sunday 21 January 10.00 Parish Communion Sunday 28 January 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Matins 18.00 Alive! Wednesdays (First & Third of the month) 10.15 Holy Communion

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O St. Nicholas Sunday 7 January 08.00 Said Holy Communion Sunday 21 January 18.00 Evensong

O Old St. Peter Sunday 21 January 08.00 Said Holy Communion

LITTLETON O St. Catherines Sunday 7 January 16.00 Café Church in Church Room Sunday 14 January 10.00 Family Communion Sunday 21 January 10.00 Morning Worship 18.00 Peace & Wholeness Sunday 28 January 10.00 Family Communion

LONGSTOCK O St. Mary Sunday 14 January 09.30 All Age Worship Sunday 21 January 09.30 Plough Service Sunday 28 January 09.15 Parish Communion

MOTTISFONT O St. Andrew's Sunday 7 January 18.00 Evensong Sunday 14 January 11.00 Messy Church Club Sunday 21 January 09.30 Holy Communion Sunday 28 January 11.00 Family Communion

SPARSHOLT O St. Stephen's Sunday 7 January 08.00 Holy Communion Sunday 14 January 10.00 Welcome Worship Sunday 21 January 10.00 Matins Sunday 28 January 10.00 Family Communion

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WHERWELL O St. Peter & Holy Cross Sunday 7 January 10.00 Holy Communion Sunday 14 January 18.00 Benefice Evensong Sunday 21 January 10.00 Family Service Sunday 28 January 08.00 Holy Communion

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Method

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hristmas is over for another year, and with it all signs of Dasher, Dancer and the rest of the team.There haven’t been any wild reindeer in Britain for around 800 years, but a herd was successfully introduced in the Cairngorms. You might see one roaming in the National Park, but it’s unlikely they will ever become numerous enough to be a nuisance. In the south-east we may not have reindeer, but we certainly have plenty of deer, and in some places, far too many of them. Not only do they cause thousands of road accidents every year, but they are voracious eaters who don’t confine themselves to the countryside. In 2014 the city of Salisbury faced the dilemma of deer taking up residence in the cemetery beside a busy road on the edge of town.The image of fawns curled up between the gravestones may be endearing, but not for grieving relatives when funeral flowers have been devoured.The authorities were forced to remove all the rose bushes from the Garden of Remembrance as these were decimated by the deer. Debate continued about how to get rid of these stubborn, if photogenic, pests. A deer fence? Impractical at nearly two metres high. A cull? Unpopular. As an official commented: “I don’t want to be on the council that shot Bambi!” Driving past this spot last year, I noticed two deer, unperturbed by the traffic, grazing in the cemetery as if they owned the place. Less likely to be seen in town is the muntjac, which prefers woodland, farmland and scrub. But it will happily forage in gardens, trample on crops and has even been seen grazing on a traffic island. It’s about the size of a large dog, and is known as ‘the barking deer’ due to the canine sounds it produces. I had forgotten how peculiar they look, until one stepped out in front of my car recently (fortunately it was on a quiet, straight

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