Page 1


ISSUE 152 APRIL 2021


Life in your Community





Savoury Hot Cross Buns

Valuable tips for creating beautiful garden landscapes

Trinity's Big Sleep Out at Home

Your A to Z of useful local info


A selection of properties sold in the last 3 months







From the beginning of 2021 the residential property market in the Test Valley has experienced unprecedented demand for village property. For example, one property we recently offered for sale had sixteen viewings in the first two weeks and fifteen of the potential buyers were ‘ready to go’, either in rented or with nothing to sell. It is a strong market and during the last three months we have sold properties ranging from £400,000 to £2.65 million. Residential properties in the Test Valley are required to satisfy this demand and if you are thinking of selling, or would like any property advice please contact either David Smith or Alexis Northam. If you would like our advice on a valuation or are thinking of selling please contact us.






Tel: 01264 316000 andoverresidential@myddeltonmajor.co.uk www.myddeltonmajor.co.uk


CONTENTS 02 Property Management

Buying, selling, letting? Find local estate agents and property management services

17 Education


Cattle Lane Beef

Valuable Tips for Creating Beautiful Garden Landscapes

Make your garden dream come true

11 Retail

Our regular retail feature, Unique, Bespoke, Eclectic and Local shopping

10 Lesiure & Entertainment

Discover local events and days out in

Director of Marketing Rob Harrison rob@forummedianddesign.co.uk

Trinity's Big Sleep Out at Home

Advertising Manager Mandy Head mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk

23 Home

07 Garden

Director of Advertising Steve Walker stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk

Local services to keep your vehicle running smoothly

22 Feature

06 Feature

Editor Mark Tubb editor@forumpublications.co.uk

21 Motoring

04 Feature


Find local schools and educational experts

Trades, services, designers, All you need for your home

Design Manager James Curtis james@forumpublications.co.uk Accounts accounts@forumpublications.co.uk


Contributors Lucia Foster-Found www. luciafosterfound.com


Get in Touch Forum Publications Offices Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QH

12 Feature

Tel: 01962 735137

Recipe of the Month Savoury Hot Cross Buns


14 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

b i g sleep

ouatthom20 e

Test Valley Forum contains facts, views, opinions, statements, recommendations, advertisements and other content and links to external websites not owned or controlled by the magazine. Test Valley Forum takes reasonable efforts to include accurate, current information on its pages, but make no warranties or representations as to the accuracy, safety or value of the published items that are displayed. No liability or responsibility can be taken for errors or omissions in magazine content. Test Valley Forum magazine content does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or recommendations of its creators and any reliance upon its content is taken at the user’s sole risk. Adverts designed by Forum to raise money andPublications the magazine's legal awaren remain to helfigures p redcalculated ownership.ess Readership uce homonelessne £12 TO SLEEP OU an average national statistic of 2.5 readers T per household £55 FOR TEAMS OF + Publications Ltd, 2021 © Forum

Friday 14th May 2021

Swap your cosy bed an d

Target sponsorship $10 0

sleep out at hom

per person

Register today: www.t rinitywinchester.org.uk /bigsleepout @Trinity _Winch


Are you rea dy to swa p you r cos y bed to tak e on this hav e to resi st the cha llen ge? You ’ll tem pta tion to jum p bac k und ern eat cov ers for one nig h you r war m bed ht, to rais e mo ney and awa ren ess hom eles sne ss. to hel p red uce You can get cre ativ e and bui ld you rsel f a car dbo in you r gar den , ard she lter to slee whi lst liste nin g p out to nat ure and the You cou ld eve n wild life aro und bed dow n for the you . nig ht in you r bat slee p, ma ke su htu b!


All GO pa O e rti co xtra cipa DY be nta spe nts an ini ci wi BA a i n e l tas , a g a g ll re G ty t p oo c d sn orc ro dy eiv res isco ack h, s gram bag e e s u t


Cattle Lane Beef T here is a quietly run family enterprise in Abbotts Ann which has grown over the past 10 years into a familiar local Beef Herd roaming the pastures of the Test Valley. Cattle Lane Beef is headed up by Stephen Wilson assisted by sons William and Robert. The Wilsons, in the last 5 years, have been offering their locally reared, slow grown, Hampshire Downland Grass Fed Beef on a monthly basis to the local community. The feedback to the Beef Boxes is overwhelmingly positive; "Delicious meat and a friendly experience would highly recommend if looking for local, quality produce”. ‘Modern’ farming and food production has led us to a point where most consumers eat meat that is produced in an un-natural way. Cattle Lane Beef are proudly ‘old fashioned’ in their approach to both animal husbandry and farming. Their happy cattle are seen grazing around Andover and neighbouring villages. Cows with young calves suckling at foot can be seen from May onwards grazing amongst fields full of wildflowers or standing in a chalk stream. Cattle between 1 to 3 years old are found chomping their way around Anton Lakes and up on Harewood. But Abbotts Ann is their true home, and they are grazed here at most times of the year. They forage and munch on the multitude of naturally growing meadow grasses that imbue the meat with its unique depth of flavour. Cattle Lane Beef’s story is not uncommon in the UK. The quality of beef these farmers produce needs to be sought out; it is grown more slowly than the product on the supermarket shelf, with little or no input other “I am passionate about the meat I eat. It has to come from a reliable source that cares for the animals and than grass. There are it has to taste great. The beef from Cattle Lane is no un-natural carbs amongst the best I’ve eaten”. Juanita Hennessey or sugars used in the Chef, food writer and MasterChef favourite fattening of their cattle, as it is a natural process over time. As a result, there is a higher content of vitamins and minerals in their grass reared beef. As a member of the


nationally renowned Red Tractor Scheme, which monitors animal welfare, good livestock husbandry and ensures good practices, their animals are reared to the highest of standard. Meticulous record keeping and health management planning is all monitored on regular farm inspections, before the Red Tractor standards mark can be put above the Farmers door. Two quality Pedigree Bulls graze in the smaller fields and these two bulls serve the growing herd every spring. ‘Charcoal Burner’ the larger Aberdeen Angus was bought in from the top Pedigree AA Breeder of the renowned Gaston Wood Herd in the Bourne Valley, a gentle giant weighing in at well over 1000kg. ‘Horatio’, the traditional Hereford Bull was brought into the Herd as he has a slightly smaller frame and generally spends his time with the younger heifers and cows, before they run with the Dark and ominous looking big softy Charcoal Burner. The Herd grow to maturity slowly. Very little modern farming technology is involved in the way the Wilsons Farm. If you find yourself leaning on a gate talking to nosey cattle, note the last six ear tag digits, as you may be sniffed and licked by a bigger version of the same animal in the following years. Beef is available to order only a few days every month and is sold by the box of approximately 10kg. A typical beef box contains; two or three roasting joints, a variety of steaks in packs of two, some minute steaks, good quality bags of stewing steak and beef mince. There is the option of adding Beef Burgers, these are generally ground from pure brisket joints and are not your average burger! If you care about sourcing your natural, mineral-rich meat from a sustainable and local family business then please pre-order here: bit.ly/Pre-Order-Beef-Box and we can notify you of the next collection date. Or simply phone and ask Stephen whatever it is you wish to know about his beloved herd. Cattle Lane Beef, Abbotts Ann, SP11 7DS Phone: 01264 711070 Email: moo@cattlelanebeef.co.uk www.cattlelanebeef.co.uk Locally Reared, Slow Grown, Grass-Fed Beef


Seamless Worktops making makeovers easy

Can Inst be in u alled n a da der y!


At Overlay we believe less really can be more when it comes to updating your kitchen Overlay seamless worktops can cover Ceramic, Corian, Wood, Laminate worktops. Overlay is eco-friendly, quick and easy to fit - revitalising rooms in under a day without significant cost and disruption. If you are looking for a beautiful and contemporary look for your kitchen surfaces, then Overlay seamless worktops are the answer, we have a wide range of colours and styles to suit your requirements.

The precision-cut seamless makeover worktop fits exactly over of your existing surface.

Once successfully fitted no trace of your existing worktop is visible.

Visit our NEW website for more information T: 0800 0903779 www.over-lay.co.uk

• Free no obligation quotation • Over 30 different colours and styles available • Minimal disruption to your home

Valuable Tips for Creating Beautiful Garden Landscapes


hen you bring a new plant from a nursery to plant in your garden you become a designer who designs the garden landscape that you have. If you want to be a great designer, you need to be aware of certain aspects so that you can have the best landscape. You may have noticed that some gardens have an organized look while others, having the finest plant collection, look haphazard. The basic reason for this is because the owner or the landscape designer has not planned the future of the garden properly. The following tips will help you to have among the best garden landscapes that can be had. The following good tips will help you to have a garden which will stand out from other gardens and will also keep you from the headache of knowing what to do. Plan the garden properly The landscape of the garden must be planned in such a manner that it looks beautiful now while also having the future in mind. You will find it is best to plant your precious collection of plants in such a manner that there is enough space when in the future you require a mower, or the stump grinder, to enter for building projects for your porch or the patio. If this planning is not done now, then in the future you may have to throw away your precious plants in order to have space for allowing movement of such equipment. Have a focal point The focal point of your garden must be such that it attracts people and engages their attention when roaming in your garden. It should be different than others but not out-of-place. You can have an antique garden bench as the focal point but don't use an object which is not related to the garden. A water body or an oak tree can be a great focal point that will give the garden landscape a new dimension. Curves must be checked It is good to have curved pathways or flower beds in a garden, but you must not overdo them. It must be kept simple so that the geometric design that you have incorporated in the landscaping stands out. If you use those shapes too often it will become common and no one will notice them. Have movement in the garden A garden landscape that does not have movement is like a painting. Paintings are good on the walls but in a garden, you must have movement so that you can bring life and create interest in your garden. You may be wondering how to have movement. It is quite easy to have such


movement in your garden by adding swaying ornamental grass or flowers which attract birds and butterflies and this will help to have the desired movement in your garden. Think completely differently When you are designing the landscaping of your garden you must think completely differently from the one that you now have. For example, if you have overgrown shrubbery don't think that you have to keep it like that. By removing it you may be astonished to find a sunny sport that can be ideal for a rose bed. So, don't plan your landscaping according to the present situation but think differently and you will find new possibilities to have an even better landscape. Choose plants according to locations When you select a plant base for a particular spot in your garden, consider the growth rate and the final size it will be. If you do not base your plant selection on these considerations, then the money you spend will not lead to overall beautification but, in the end, you will have to spend more money for adjustments. If you think that by having a cheap plant that grows fast you are gaining much you are thinking wrongly. The money you will spend later for pruning and other maintenance will eat up your initial savings. So, have a purposeful selection of garden trees and place them properly. Let the garden show the way The design of the garden should lead visitors to your house. You don't want visitors losing their way so the garden must show the way to the house. The curved pathway or the big pots that you place need to say, "Hi, this is the way that you need to go." A limited number of species If you have a garden don't feel pressured to have every plant species that are available. Select those species which will help you to have a garden that is easier to maintain and gives it a uniform look. Select the species according to seasons so that you can have flowers in your garden throughout the year and also add to the biodiversity that you have in your garden. Space plants properly This is of utmost importance because it determines how your beloved garden will survive. Having proper spacing of plants ensures having the right airflow required for the survival of the plants and avoids having fungal insect infections. You may feel that there are vacant places in the garden. Yes, there will be and you can easily fill those spaces by the proper use, and positioning, of annuals.



Our services include garden maintenance, hard & soft landscaping, fencing & walls, ponds, lakes and natural swimming pool, planting schemes, hedging and tree planting and lawn and wildflower turfing for gardens of all sizes.

Family owned since 1973

Our services include garden maintenance, hard & soft landscaping, fencing & walls, ponds, lakes and natural swimming schemes, hedging and tree Builtpool, on planting great service and value forplanting money and lawn and wildflower turfing for gardens of all sizes.

'Under current Government guidelines we hope to reopen our showroom on 12 April and we warmly welcome you to visit to view our stock of lawn tractors, rotary mowers, hedgecutters, brushcutters and chainsaws. Also on display is the latest 500e 48v Stiga Li-ion range of powered garden products. No carbon emissions, lower noise levels, greatly reduced vibrations'

Please visit our website for all the latest news, information, second-hand machines for sale and special offers in the showroom.

Laceys Farm, Bramdean, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0JT T: 01962 771800 | steve.cann@btconnect.com | www.georgecanngardenmachinery.co.uk



WA I T R O S E & PA R T N E R S FA R M L E C K F O R D E S TAT E E S T. 1 9 2 9


A specialist plant nursery, set within a beautiful walled garden, that has been helping gardeners for over 60 years. Located alongside Longstock Park farm shop & cafe, this is truly a wonderful shopping experience as well as a great day out. The nursery is a go-to place to shop for all your gardening needs. The plant experts and keen gardeners themselves, are always happy to help and answer your gardening questions on planting and plant care. Stocked with a wide range of quality plants and trees throughout the season, from plants for patio pots to plants and trees for much larger plots, there’s something for every type of garden and gardener. The nursery garden shop has all the tools and equipment you need to look after your plants and garden and can help you get your outdoor space ready for the season ahead. The shop stocks fire pits, garden furniture and many more gardenware and homeware items. Visit the Nursery this season and create your perfect outdoor space. Longstock Park Nursery, The Waitrose & Partners Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, SO20 6EH

Telephone: 01264 810894 Email: longstock.park.nursery@waitrose.co.uk Website: www.leckfordestate.co.uk


WA I T R O S E & PA R T N E R S FA R M L E C K F O R D E S TAT E E S T. 1 9 2 9


Visit a peaceful and magical garden this year. Tucked away but bursting with character and style for you to explore. Longstock Park Water Garden will open again from the 13th April. For the team at the garden, it has been business as usual maintaining and looking after the garden in preparation for a new season. This garden is very much part of the history of Leckford Estate, created with relaxation and reflection in mind, you will want to just stop and take in all its beauty and thoughtful planting. Small islands sit amid the waterways, bridges allow you to explore the islands and the pathway will lead you on a magical journey around the garden. The garden is open from 13th April and you can book now online at eventbrite.co.uk. Full details about the garden and how to book are on the Leckford Estate website www.leckfordestate.co.uk The team at Longstock Park Water Garden is looking forward to welcoming you this season. Longstock Park Water Garden, the Waitrose & Partners Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, SO20 6EH

Telephone: 01264 810904 Email: watergardenenquiries@waitrose.co.uk Website: www.leckfordestate.co.uk

GARDEN Since the business was established in August 2019 we have secured franchises for lawn tractors, walk-behind mowers, battery-powered machinery and conventional petrol two-stroke machines. We represent brands including ECHO Power Tools, Countax, Ariens, Hustler, Husqvarna, Stiga. We are also Garden Machinery service agents for Stiga and Mountfield products.

very keen to further develop our local connections alongside developing our garden and estates machinery offering. During lockdown, we have worked as safely and remotely as we can to collect and deliver machines making the whole process easy and efficient for our customers”. As the business grows we aim to employ locally and anticipate taking on an apprentice later this year.

With extensive facilities including a showroom, small machinery workshop (435 square feet) and a large machinery workshop (1500 square feet) it is a very exciting time in the business. Commenting on the business at the moment Tim Lane states “we have been really well supported by customers in the Stockbridge, Broughton, and Houghton areas and are

Viewing of machinery and the premises is by appointment at this stage and for more information about the goods and service we can offer call Tim Lane on 07818 104864, or email tim@athmachinery.co.uk.

A T H Machinery A T H Machinery was founded in August 2019 by Tim Lane, following a career working for a large regional and national machinery company. Experience gained included working in the dealership and distributor business focussing on agricultural, ground care, construction, and garden machinery. Based in central Hampshire, Brightside Farm, Broughton the business has one simple mission – to become the dealer of choice for your machinery needs. This includes garden machinery, estates machinery, tractors, mowers, digger hire, agricultural machinery, service sales and parts.


Website is growing and displays most of the business at www.athmachinery.co.uk



• Tractors • Cut and Collect Mowers • Pedestrian Mowers • Landscaping Machines • Aeration, Zero-Turn Mowers • Cylinder / Rotary Mowers • Implements • Utility Vehicles • Remote Control Mowers • Chippers and Shredders


Call Tim: 07818 104864 Email: tim@athmachinery.co.uk Parts Email: parts@athmachinery.co.uk www.athmachinery.co.uk



Brocks Farm

Livery and Riding Centre Janette and Lucinda Burtenshaw

High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6EX

www.thebookmarkstockbridge.co.uk T: 01264 811529

Email: thebookmark.stockbridge@gmail.com


Re-opening on April 12 at 10 AM And then regularly from Tuesday to Saturday 10AM - 4PM SPECIAL EVENT on April 17:

B.H.S approved, licensed by Test Valley Borough Council Lessons for all abilities • Dressage school masters • Small children and beginners taught with care on well schooled all-round ponies/horses • Careful attention paid to the needs of Liveries.

Wuthering Tel: 01264 810090 Wuthering brocksfarm@googlemail.com Heights Heights www.brocksfarm.co.uk adapted by adapted by Charly CharlyArmstrong Armstrong

Brocks Farm, Longstock, Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 6DP

Claire Fuller, acclaimed Winchester-based novelist, will be signing her brand new book UNSETTLED GROUND at The Bookmark from 2-4 pm. (Under Covid-safe conditions)

Just published, and LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE FOR FICTION! Don’t forget, you can still email us with your order requests and we will do our best to fulfill them.

WAS IT YOU 4-14MAR MAR2020 2020@@7.30PM 4-14 7.30PM &&88@@2.30PM. 2.30PM. NO NO PERF PERF 99 MAR MAR

Wuthering Heights Adapted by Charly Armstrong


21 MAR 2020 @ 2.30PM & 7.30PM






73 St. Margarets Lane, Titchfield, PO14 4BG 6-11 APRIL663366 2020 @ 2.30PM & 7.30PM www.titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com • 03336

23–28 MAR 2020 @ 7.30PM


11 laughter.


Savoury Hot Cross Buns A delicious savoury alternative to the traditional Hot Cross Bun, with the same spicy-sweet taste we enjoy. With mature cheddar, sage and bacon glazed with maple syrup, what more could you want as a replacement for the traditional Sunday morning breakfast. Ingredients

55g salted butter, cubed, at room temperature 460g bread flour 1 tsp salt 40ml soft brown sugar 1 tsp mixed spices 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp mixed peel (optional) 11g Instant dry yeast 1 large egg, beaten 200ml warm water ½ cup raisins or sultanas (optional) 230g mature cheddar, grated 250g streaky bacon halved lengthways 60ml maple syrup, for brushing 30g fresh thyme sprigs, to garnish icing sugar


Grease and line a deep roasting tray. Rub the butter into the flour and add in salt, sugar, spices and then mix. Add the yeast and mix again. Beat the egg and warm water together and add to the dough. Mix the ingredients to form a soft dough then knead for 10 minutes until you get a smooth and elastic result. Mix in the raisins or sultanas, if you are using them. Split the dough up into 12 equal amounts and roll into balls. Roll each ball in the grated cheddar cheese then wrap two slices of bacon over the top of the dough to form a cross. Place the dough balls in the tray and loosely cover with cling wrap and allow to prove until roughly doubled in size.


Preheat the oven to 180 °C (160 °C for fan-forced). Brush the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle some thyme leaves over the buns. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Test the buns are cooked correctly but tapping them, they should make a hollow sound when tapped. Serve warm with loads of butter for spreading.



One of ITV's Most Popular Antiques Experts

BEST CASH PRICES PAID FOR: Gold & Silver Jewellery & Antiques Including: Watches, medals, bronzes, oriental ceramics, quality antiques, house clearance/insurance valuations

Happy to arrange home calls by appointment karendalmeny@gmail.com For enquiries please call:

07712 545 700

Serving Broughton and the surrounding Test Valley

• Locally Sourced Food & Drink • Large Car Park With Plenty Of Spaces • Lots of Delicious Treats • Post Office • Deli • Coffee

Classic Antique Furniture We buy, sell and restore antique furniture

ECO-PRODUCTS Dry Goods Refills

Bring in a container and fill with nuts, rice, pasta, oats, cereals or seeds.

Liquid Household Refills Bring a bottle and fill with soap, washing up liquid, laundry liquid, cleaners, shampoo, conditioner or hand sanitiser We also have The Magnificent Seed extra virgin rapeseed oil on tap for refills

SHOP OPENING HOURS Weekdays: 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm Saturday: 9am - 12:30pm Sunday: 9:30am - 12:30pm

POST OFFICE OPENING HOURS Weekdays: 9am - 1pm & 2pm - 5pm Saturday: 9am - 12pm Sunday: Closed

Tel: 01794 502495 Facebook: @BroughtonVillageShop www.broughton.shop Broughton Community Shop, Village Hall, High Street, Broughton, SO20 8AX

We are interested in acquiring antique furntiture and treen such as tables, cabinets, chest of drawers, mirrors, stools, boxes and trays

Phone: 07717 705111 or 07973 416839 Email: info@cassondrinkwater.co.uk Our stock is sold at: Salisbury Antique Centre 94 Wilton Road, Salisbury, SP2 7JJ


WELLBEING How to keep your immune system dynamic - Long Covid and chronic stress or injury sufferers, this is for you!

Top tips and a lymphatic boosting exercise routine As I write, the sun is shining, it's early March and there is a feeling of hopefulness and newness blooming! There is a lovely positive energy in the air and I am feeling a little lift in my mood. I want to tap into this vibe for this article and look at ways of supporting that lift and positivity. Last month we did a deep dive into sleep and I hope you have all benefited from some of the top tips and already felt the rise in energy a good nights sleep can bring. As well as sleep, it is also crucial that we have excellent circulation and drainage throughout the body, in our arteries, veins, lymphatics and around and within our organs. Stress, illness, poor nutrition and no exercise causes tissues to become inflamed and congested. Inflammation is literally like glue to the body, it is sticky and reduces the natural slide and glide between the tissue layers. The body begins to feel heavy and sluggish and our physical and mental energy deteriorates, leaving us feeling foggy-headed, tired, bloated, constipated, slow to heal and prone to infection. To generate freedom of movement within the fluids of the body we must generate freedom of movement outside of the body, both by what we are putting in our

New Hampshire History Trust reveals exciting plans for the future The organisers of Winchester’s successful Heritage Open Days programme announce the formation of Hampshire History Trust, a brand new Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The primary role of the new Trust will be to run Winchester Heritage Open Days, to develop a Winchester History Festival and to run other community projects such as a Blue Plaque Scheme and Hampshire HistBites, Hampshire’s very own history podcast channel. Nicky Gottlieb and Becky Brown, two of the three founding Trustees, said they were delighted that the new charity had been approved by the Charity Commission, especially as they got the news on the close of last year’s Heritage Open Days. “This is the start of an exciting journey for us ,” Nicky said. “Five years ago when I first re-launched Heritage Open Days here in Winchester I always dreamed that it would develop onto a wider history festival to celebrate Winchester’s incredibly rich history and heritage. Becoming a CIO in our own right is a crucial and exciting first step in realising our ambitions to bring Hampshire's rich history and heritage to a wider audience. ”


mouths and by how we move, stretch, relax and unwind each day. Diets low in beige, processed food and high in whole grains, lean organic meat protein, pulses, green leafy veg, pre and probiotic rich foods and plenty of water actually improve the motility of the gut by making it work hard to digest your food. Relaxation and stress reduction is vital in reducing inflammation. Taking the time for regular breathing, mindfulness, yoga or mediation practices can make all the difference to your mental health and energy, and help promote vitality, healing and fluid flow throughout the body. Taking lots of movement breaks throughout the day is so important in keeping the circulation flowing, especially to the brain, to help keep you focussed and productive. Our immunity also suffers when our bodies are congested. The immune system relies on an efficient lymphatic system, but unlike the circulation of the blood, it doesn’t have a big heart pump, but relies on body movement to be the pump. The lymph system has areas of nodes, which are like little filters for the white blood cells, mainly found in the neck, armpits, chest and groin. Interestingly, the areas for most of the nodes are situated near a joint – an area of maximal movement. Or should be an area of maximal movement! But of course, what happens, in reality, is with lots of working, driving, sitting and sedentary time, these nodes don’t get enough stimulation and the lymphatic and immune system become compromised. So, lovely peeps, I bring you a node-squishing-releasing exercise routine designed exclusively to target mobilising the joints where the nodes are most abundant. If this doesn’t help your lymphatics find their flow, I don’t know what will! Oh, actually a good power walk will also do the trick. But for instant, at home/office sloth relief, go to our website to find this blog and click the link there to take you to the dynamic 6 minute lymphatic flow exercise routine. Here’s to moving onwards, upwards and finally outwards into Spring, energy and good health. Emma Wightman Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice - www.the-sop.com

Becky paid tribute to the City of Winchester Trust and to Bruce Winton at Community First and all the organisations, sponsors and volunteers who have been involved in Winchester Heritage Open Days since 2016. “We wouldn't be here without their support and encouragement ', she said.” And we hope our partnerships with the City of Winchester Trust, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Winchester College, Hampshire County Council, Winchester BID, and the University of Winchester will continue to grow as we build on the success of Winchester Heritage Open Days to develop a Winchester History Festival and hold more outreach activities and events for schools .” The proposal is for the Winchester History Festival to take place in late September, immediately following on from Heritage Open Days to ensure that the Trust continues to offer a diverse range of events that are accessible to the whole community. The general public can discover more about the Trust and its plans by visiting the website www.hampshirehistorytrust.com , or by listening to Episode One of Season Three of Hampshire HistBites released on Wednesday 3rd March and available via Spotify, Apple Tunes and Google Podcasts.



Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy 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

• McTimoney Chiropractic • Sports Therapy • Allergy Testing • Hypnotherapy • Homeopathy • Counselling • Nutrition Chiros Clinic has close links to Andover Osteopathy, for more information contact Mark on 01264 580280

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

36 East Street, Andover, SP10 1ES

Happy Easter Private Dentistry In The Heart Of Stockbridge

BOOK NOW 01264 810818

River Dental, 1 Clarendon Terrace, High St, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EY

Email: kingfisher@river.dental



Feeling more isolated and anxious during lockdown? are you having trouble hearing TV or talking on the telephone?



Embracing Ambition

I N D E P E N D E N T D AY & B O A R D I N G S C H O O L FO R B OYS & G I R L S AG E D 2 - 1 8


SIXTH FORM OPEN EVENING W E D N E S D AY 3 0 T H J U N E To speak to our Admissions team or to book to attend an event please call 01794 512206 or email admissions@embley.org.uk Embley Park, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 6ZE

www.embley.org.uk 17

EDUCATION Godolphin’s Spring Term 2021

Students have adapted well to wearing face masks in class and Godolphin’s dedicated parents have joined the medical team to provide regular Covid testing across the School. The boarding houses have been full of laughter while the girls have been reunited with their friends. Now more than ever Godolphin’s flexible boarding offering is really popular and is helping to meet the demands of family life during this time.

Godolphin Spring Term Godolphin has come alive again this month as students were welcomed back into School after lockdown. Head Emma Hattersley said “it’s so good to be back. During the first few weeks, the emphasis has been on reintegrating the students into School and allowing them to spend time with their friends. It’s been wonderful to see the whole

Encouraging young readers Embley Park

school community reunited and together again.“ Action-packed days in the Spring sunshine have really helped to lift our spirits and students have embraced all the activities on offer. From team building sessions, lacrosse and netball, fitness and tennis, football and Combined Cadet Force, there’s been so much going on.

E = Explain - Explain your evidence. L = Link - Link it back to the question.

Use pictures Pictures are a great aid too. You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase ‘every picture tells a story’, well that couldn’t be more true. Whether they be drawings or photos, images can help everyone’s reading comprehension from age two to 22! Choose an image and ask the following questions:

Celebrate books When you can, gather around those little tables in book shops and get excited about new book releases. Read those weekly email reviews about books and get excited about ordering a new book.

What happened before? What will happen next? What impression do you get of the character? (discuss character traits)

I love books with a passion. Reading was part of my upbringing. It was my hobby in the same way that rugby might be someone’s hobby. But children don’t always engage with reading. So how can you support and encourage reluctant readers or help your child progress with their reading? Here are a number of simple but tried and tested ways! Explore sequencing This is a great activity to do with younger


If you would like to find out more about Godolphin, please get in touch with our Head of Admissions, Corinna Florence admissions@godolphin.org

children. Muddle up a favourite story using pictures or pictures and simple words and trying to reorder them together.

What is happening?

Sheina Wright, Head of Prep School, Embley, shares some invaluable tips to help children to develop their reading skills.

Godolphin’s strong pastoral focus continues with the health and wellbeing of its students being a priority. Last month the School launched a telephone helpline talk@ godolphin.org and last week an invitation to join a new Wellbeing hub was extended to the whole school community.

What is their name? How are they feeling? (this is great for developing empathy) What is the setting? Try ‘PEEL’ Another useful technique is ‘PEEL’. Use this when answering tricky comprehension questions. P = Point - What is the question asking? Identify question words. Consider characters mentioned. E = Evidence - Find evidence from the text to back your thoughts and answers.

Choose wisely Follow your child’s interests and be aware of their fluency. Select books which are pitched to their abilities so there is a level of fluency rather than frustration. Like most things, if the narrative you give your child (of reading) is a positive one then their relationship with books and literature is more likely to be a positive one too. Be a reading role model We are all readers. Whenever you can, try and be a reading role model. Whatever you’re reading gives the message to your child that reading is something to be valued and enjoyed. Happy reading! To speak to our Admissions team or arrange a visit to Embley, please call: 01794 512206 or email admissions@embley.org.uk

A leading independent day, weekly and full boarding school for girls aged 11-18

It’s who we are. Join us at one of our open events: Saturday 8 May Saturday 12 June (Sixth form) Saturday 26 June

Please contact us to book your place: www.stswithuns.com | 01962 835700

Managing the step up to senior school Tips for Year 5 parents on how their daughters can succeed in years 6 and 7

Online conference, Saturday 24 April at 9.00am Top tips from the experts for Year 5 parents: Supporting your daughter through years 6 and 7, how to build a success mindset, the inside track on girls’ friendships, the key to high performance, a calm approach to entrance exams. Booking is essential.

Please contact registrar@stswithuns.com or visit www.stswithuns.com/year5conference

COMMUNITY Trinity Winchester's Big Sleep Out

Trinity Winchester’s Big Sleep Out is going virtual this year to raise money for its work with homeless and vulnerable people. Join in the fun from your own home on Friday 14th May 2021 and resist the temptation to jump back underneath your warm bed covers for one night. The evening consists of a full programme of virtual entertainment streamed live through Facebook. Activities include exploring nature at night with nature experts Chris

Packham and Megan McCubbin from BBC Spring Watch and a chance to take part in a cooking masterclass with Chef Jack Stein (from Rick Stein restaurants) who will be showcasing meals to cook with simple ingredients. Participants will also enjoy close up magic and illusions with magician Colin Phillips,

big sleep out at home

There will be shelter building activities to help sleepers build a masterpiece to sleep out in and each participant will receive an extra special goody bag including a beanie, torch, selfie frame and snacks to help them through the night.

Broughton Community Shop and Post Office Spring is springing and Broughton Community Shop’s Coffee Shop is bouncing back into action! Take-away hot drinks have been available again since the end of March – really popular with walkers and cyclists – and it is great to have the smell of freshly ground coffee permeating the Shop!


In line with the Government’s Road Map and the opening up of outdoor hospitality, Broughton Community Shop is delighted to announce that new outdoor tables and chairs have been ordered and extra cakes – those amazing brownies and delicious millionaire shortbread and other treats from Mimi - are already in the line-up. Broughton Community Shop’s Coffee Shop will be open again from 12th April so that you can enjoy a cup of tea or fresh coffee and cake whilst chatting with friends and family in the warm spring sunshine – following current Covid regulations, of course!

lines to complement the great range of local products, fresh foods, essentials and treats. Remember to bring your container so that you can fill up from the Eco-station – great range of dry and liquid goods, even bird food, and we are always looking to extend our green credentials. You can follow the Shop on FaceBook at BroughtonVillageShop or check out the website at www.broughton. shop to get updates.

And, of course, while you are there, you can take advantage of the Post Office services and have a browse in the Shop - always new

All of us at Broughton Community Shop are looking forward to seeing you again! https://broughton.shop/

The evening will provide an insight into the work of the Trinity Winchester and a chance to hear from the clients it supports, including an exclusive look inside the new accommodation project, UnderOneRoof @ trinity which is due to open in June 2021. Finally, as participants get ready to sleep out for the night, they will be able to enjoy a reading of A Cat Called Smokey from renowned actor Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, W1A). Registration is open now at trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout. For more information contact the team on 01962 828636.


Essential service : Open as usual CONTACT US

www.winchesterautobarn.com 01962 677776


Winchester Auto Barn Winchester, SO21 3NS


8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday

Competitive rates, quality workmanship and fast turnarounds

WE BUY & SELL Solid Classic Cars from the 60s, 70s, & 80s


big sleep out at home

Friday 14th May 2021

Swap your cosy bed and sleep out at home

to raise money and awareness to help reduce homelessness £12 TO SLEEP OUT £55 FOR TEAMS OF +

Target sponsorship $100 per person Register today: www.trinitywinchester.org.uk/bigsleepout @Trinity_Winch



Are you ready to swap your cosy bed to take on this challenge? You’ll have to resist the temptation to jump back underneath your warm bed covers for one night, to raise money and awareness to help reduce homelessness.

GO All pa r e tic OD Y co xtra s ipan be ntai pec ts w BA an nin ia ill G tas ie, a g a l goo rece ty tor pro dy ive ch g b a d sn res isco acks , sel ramm ag n u f tau nt an ie e ran fro d sp fram , a ts m l ec an oc ial e, d s al ho ps.

You can get creative and build yourself a cardboard shelter to sleep out in your garden, whilst listening to nature and the wildlife around you. You could even bed down for the night in your bathtub! Wherever you sleep, make sure it’s unusual and don’t forget your sleeping bag.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Music and entertainment from local artistes, close up magic with Colin Phillips, shelter - building activities and a chance to test your knowledge in our big sleep out quiz.

Jack Stein from Rick Stein restaurant will be showcasing meals to cook with simple ingredients and a delicious recipe for a banana split in his cooking masterclass.

Join wildlife experts Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin as they explore nature at night. Take part in their competition to win a special prize.

Finish off your evening and get ready to sleep out with a bedtime story of A Cat Called Smokey read by actor Hugh Bonneville.

Every penny that you raise in sponsorship will go back into Trinity’s services, to help us to keep offering long-term, positive change. This is not an experience of being homeless, as we will all be taking part in our own homes or gardens, but it is a fun way to raise funds and awareness.

Trinity Winchester is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1074604

Sponsored by




For more information

01962 735137

stevewalker@forumpublications.co.uk  Friendly, Professional; reliable and tidy  Completely safe, gentle cleaning system  No fumes, no mess, no bother  Removes grease, fat and burnt on carbon deposits from: • Ovens • Filters • Hobs • Grills • BBQs • Ranges • Extractors • Microwaves • AGAs

Call today to book your spring clean T: 0800 840 7127 • M: 07528 524769 www.ovenclean.com



Tel: 01264 362378 Tel: 07771 347135 www.mooresmaintenance.co.uk • info@mooresmaintenance.co.uk Members since 1905

Iain & Richard Steel

The Steel family – serving Winchester and the wider Hampshire community since 1860 Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

01962 862333

Alderman House, City Road, Winchester www.winchesterfunerals.co.uk

ulous Clean Carpets

reasonable prices, and courteous friendly SUPER-FAST 15 MINUTES DRYING e from people you can trust in your home

ockbridge Forum er, cious local residents deal. need your carpets d are looking for an ning company who on time, will be respectful and above thy ou’re invited to take of one of the three ry value, high rpet and upholstery eals we’re offering mers this month we want to give nce to get to know and to find out how y new, fresh and carpets will look ed and freshened by Care People.

I am fully committed to the safety ofWinner my Customers during the Covid19 crisis. I clean adhering to all social distancing guidelines

The Carpet Care People

Our approach is simple: We are proud to run a celebrated professional carpet and upholstery cleaning business, and we insist on providing you with good oldfashioned service and value. Call now and find out why our award-winning service is probably the most requested carpet cleaning the oflocal Have anyinthree Stockbridgeyour areacarpets cleaned The next thing for you to do for 01962 just £87690 total!005 is call us on we’ll welcome your call, answer your questions and take care of everything for you.


Deal 2

Tel 01962 690 005

Have your three piece All trees and shrubs suite freshened up for carefully selected just £97!Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a selection of frequently asked questions especially for you sceptics (you know who you are). Design, landscaping 1. When you say ‘carpet’ what do you mean? We mean average size areas, say 10x12ft ish. But we don’t quibble if the areas are a little larger - it’s all done on fairness really. 2. Do you move furniture? and ongoing Our pricing policy reflects the time it takes to clean working around furniture, rather than moving it. any three carpets maintenance That said, we are Have for example, happy to move your three piece suite backwards and forwards cleaning under it and replacing it back into piece position. What we don’t price into the job at these discount prices is and your three moving large pieces of furniture like bookcases, sideboards or wardrobes. Similarly we are not insured upflat-screen for Free site visit and to the to move electricalsuite items,freshened in particular tvs. Again we apply common sense and fairness situation and inevitable we do end up moving some furniture around, even at these discount prices. 3. just £167! consultation Are there any ‘hidden’ extra costs? The prices quoted above are fully-inclusive and are the actual prices you will pay.

Deal 3

Carpet Price




2 £67

Carpet Price

3 £87

Carpet Price

4 £107

Bosque is a trading Price Carpet Price £117name 5 of £137 Just Limegrass Ltd.

Carpet Price Carpet




Harko: 07710 502798 Tom: 07855 656984


Deal 3:

Supply we andspecialise planting in cleaning and refreshing 3 piece trees suites large specimen (at our current offer price of £97). and shrubs Fabric Master, our special upholstery and cleaning system is safe, gentle, and very effective. Fibres are restored Espalier, pleached to their original beauty and softnessand you’ll see! instant impact hedges

Tel: 01962 690 005 or 07790 883507 Carpet Price

Deal 2:

Have any 3 carpets and your 3 piece suite freshened up for just £177!

Deal 1

Price Full Offer Price List Carpet 1 £57

Carpet Price

Deal 1:

Have any three of your carpets cleaned for just £97 total! Have your 3 piece suite freshened up for just £97!

Fabulous Clean Carpets, Upholstery and Curtains 3 Great Deals!

why one of the dges’ most trusted aning companies ning local, nearurs carpets for a of the normal cost

3 Great Deals!


Carpet Price

5 £127

www.bosque international.co.uk



GARAGE DOOR SOLUTIONS We supply and install all leading manufacturers of garage doors and in a wide selection of styles

Call 02380 600027 to arrange a free no obligation survey and quote Unit 9 & 10, Vicarage Farm Business Park, Winchester Road, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, SO50 7HD sales@donsgaragedoors.co.uk • www.donsgaragedoors.co.uk

COMMUNITY 2021 New Forest and Hampshire County Show cancelled to due COVID-19 concerns

pandemic. The New Forest & Hampshire County Show will be returning to New Park in 2022 on 26th, 27th and 28th July. All stakeholders involved with the New Forest Show will be contacted personally within the next couple of days. The cancellation of two subsequent New Forest Shows has only happened once before in the Show’s 100-year history. No Shows were held between 1940 and 1945 during World War 2. The 2020 event which was also cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic would have marked one hundred years since the very first New Forest Show in 1920.

Following a review of the current pandemic and the Government roadmap the board members of the New Forest Agricultural Show Society (NFASS), organisers of the New Forest and Hampshire County Show have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event that was due to take place on the 27th, 28th & 29th July at New Park, Brockenhurst. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 22nd February 2021, board members held a digital meeting to discuss the 2021 New Forest Show and unanimously agreed they had no option but to cancel the 2021 event due to ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19


Martin Stewart Chairman commented, ‘We are all extremely saddened to have come to this decision, but the Society is a Charity and the Show costs well in excess of a million pounds to lay on annually. Whilst we believe we are slowly coming out of lockdown there are still too many things that could delay matters. The final date of the 21st June is the earliest the final restrictions could be lifted; it could be delayed. If the Society were to go ahead and for whatever reason the Show was cancelled (even with 3 months to go) it would bankrupt the Society. The Board unanimously agreed that it was better to protect the long-term survival of the Society than to risk everything in what is still very uncertain times. We know what the show means to the community, exhibitors, competitors, sponsors, stewards, members and indeed the whole team at the

Following recent Government guidance and the road map out of lockdown, Andover BID is working closely with businesses in the town to ensure that they are ready for re-opening.

Here is just one of the businesses that has benefited recently from the support that Andover BID has provided.

As a part of Andover BID’s business support package is to ensure a wide range of support is available, so that businesses are ready to adapt to the changing environment, challenges and opportunities for the rest of 2021 and 2022.

Steve Godwin, Andover BID manager say’s ‘We have been operating throughout the lockdown period and supporting businesses in a number of different ways depending on their particular sector. Inevitably, most businesses have found it tough and we have supported

Steph, owner of the SP Bar says “ It has been a tough time for us and for all businesses that rely on footfall and customers. We have used the lockdown time wisely and as a relatively new business to Andover with an exciting and new concept for the town. Steve & Andy have been extremely helpful and their marketing support invaluable. We also benefit from Pubwatch, the radio system and the recently introduced Shopwatch App and have been pleased with the Premises Improvement Grant Scheme enabling us to make improvements to our building”.

Showground. We are very disappointed but will be back with a vengeance in 2022’. In a response to requests from Society supporters, the NFASS has created a Centenary fund. Anyone who would like to help secure the future of the New Forest Show is encouraged to do so by donating to the Centenary fund. Donations can be made online via the New Forest Show website. Denis Dooley, Chief Executive commented “This was a very difficult decision to make and I am sorry we cannot hold the New Forest & Hampshire County Show this year. The fragile nature of the roadmap alongside the uncertainly over regulations for large events this Summer made planning for the 2021 Show impossible. When coming to the decision the Board were unanimous in their aim to prioritise the long term success of the Show and the safety of all those involved. These are both unprecedented and challenging times for the Society and I would encourage anyone who wants to demonstrate their support to contribute towards our Centenary Fund”. The Society are delighted to be launching their new education program this year with the aim to connect people with nature through the formation of an education hub at New Park. The project will consist of six areas and more information can be found at www.newparkfarm.org. For more information about the New Forest and Hampshire County Show visit www. newforestshow.co.uk

them in developing their businesses where possible to be able to adapt to the changes that are necessary for the high street to prosper. Andover is fortunate to be a relatively safe, easy & enjoyable place to visit and with easy access, low-cost car parking and over 100 town centre independent businesses, we have much to be proud of. We are looking forward to welcoming people back to the town in line with the government opening up again. To coincide with the spring weather, the new and very attractive town centre Riverside park reopening, Andover BID will launch a PR campaign to promote all that is good about the town. Our specific package of support for businesses can be accessed through the BID website (link), www.andoverbid.org.uk/ business” Andover Business Improvement District Tel: 01264 930063 info@andoverbid.ork.uk

Reasons to remortgage  Remortgaging is the process of getting a new mortgage on your existing home either  with your current or new lender.  

More often than not, the main reason to remortgage is to lower your monthly repayments and save yourself some money, but it’s not the only one. 1. To switch to a fixed rate product: if you currently have a variable rate product and feel that interest rates will rise in the next few years, then remortgaging to a fixed rate product is something to consider. 2. More payment flexibility: your current mortgage may not allow you to make overpayments or underpayments. If you feel this kind of flexibility would be useful then remortgaging to a more flexible product may be advantageous. 3. Better mortgage terms: when you first took out your current mortgage you may recently become self-employed or had a poor credit score leading to you being offered a more expensive product. If your financial circumstances have improved, remortgaging could get you a mortgage with lower monthly payments.

4. Accessing equity: if your property has increased in value, or your mortgage has decreased, you can release some of the equity by remortgaging. You may want to remortgage to release equity to carry out home improvements which could increase the value of your property, especially if it is an extension or loft conversion. If you’d like to talk to a qualified mortgage adviser about your options, contact us today. Telephone and mortgage appointments are available. Andover branch; 35 High Street, Andover, SP10 1LJ. Call: 01264 361455 Email: andover@newbury.co.uk

Cliff Osborne, Andover Senior Branch Manager


Newbury Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register number 206077). English Law applies and we will communicate with you in English. We are participants of the Financial Ombudsman Service. We have a complaints procedure which we will provide on request. Most complaints that we cannot resolve can be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. 8261


Building Society

Let your child discover who they want to be 3–11 Day and Boarding




admissions@godolphin.org www.godolphin.org

Profile for Mark Tubb

Test Valley Forum Issue 152 - April 2021