ISSUE 155 JULY 2021
Life in your Community
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
SOUTH DOWNS NATIONAL PARK
Middle Eastern Tabbouleh salad with couscous
By Lucia Foster-Found
Let's Celebrate the beautiful butterflies
Your A to Z of useful local info
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A selection of properties ‘sold’ in The Test Valley up to the 30th June 2021
The residential and commercial markets have certainly been active during 2021 as they were in the latter parts of 2020. In the residential market much has been made of the 30th June Stamp Duty Holiday deadline, but in our opinion we are confident that there will remain a strong property market in the Test Valley from the 1st July onwards. There are a large number of buyers who are committed to purchasing in The Test Valley. If you wish to discuss your property requirements or you are thinking of selling please contact us.
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CONTENTS 04 Property Management
Buying, selling, letting? Find local estate agents and property management services
Trades, services, designers, All you need for your home
Go West! By Lucia Foster-Found
23 & Professional 27 Services
Local services to keep your vehicle running smoothly
Our regular retail feature, Unique, Bespoke, Eclectic and Local shopping
Let's celebrate the beautiful butterflies of the South Downs National Park
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PROPERTY that you ideally need to sell now, then it is fortunate to have caught a sellers’ market.
5 good reasons to sell now.... The demand for properties is high – There is an imbalance between supply and demand. Applicants are putting considerable pressure on agents to let them know about any properties coming to the market, so if you market a property now, it is likely to attract considerable interest. The future is unpredictable – Given the rapidly changing circumstances and likely economic changes, it is not easy to predict when a downturn may come. Act now while we know the market is favourable.
As an independent property agency, we are able to fully focus on our client and their property. We are able to be flexible in our approach and not ‘one size fits all’. We can quickly adapt to changing markets to always ensure the best outcome for our clients. So, now is the time to make the most of this opportunity and call The Country House Company on 02392 632 275.
Mortgage rates are low – Buyers are able to commit to a low fixed rate mortgage and create long term financial stability making this an attractive time to be buying. This is the season to sell – Spring and summer are an ideal time to sell a house. Properties and locations present better at this time of the year and as the summer holidays approach people have the time to focus on plans. As we are being encouraged to holiday in the UK it will mean more people will be discovering the benefits of living in The South. If the time is right for you – The best time to sell is when it is the right time for you personally, and if personal circumstances dictate
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he looked up from her tablet. The light of the zealot in her eyes. “Holiday! We need a holiday. It would be so nice.” Would it though? He was a big fan of the West country. She, on the other hand, was a big fan of other countries.
Mmnnnn. Aaand.. she was off the starting blocks. “Spain? I’ve been dreaming of paella.” His shoulders slumped. Paella – really? In his opinion if nature intended chickens to occupy the same plate as mussels and prawns, they’d have fins not wings. “Dependant on ‘traffic lights’, Darling – but, and I hesitate to mention it, do you remember you had the squit.. I mean, some gastro-intestinal issues in Lloret de Mar? Spent two days running to and from the bathroom. Poor you..” He adopted a sympathetic expression. Misty-eyed she recalled “It was our first foreign holiday together. I was so young. So carefree. SO ill.. Yes, perhaps not there.” That was a narrow squeak; he breathed a sigh of relief. But she’d already washed up on more distant shores. “Greece?” He nodded. “Cradle of civilization, but never any hot water for showers. That bar next door playing music until two in the morning and hey, didn’t you step on a sea urchin?” He pseudosighed. “Happy days.” “Memory of an elephant.” She muttered as a frown creased the skin between her brows. “Egypt then? Amazing antiquities; the sphinx, the pyramids?” Sounding slightly less optimistic than before, though. Promising. “You got the trot… I mean, some more gastro-intestinal issues on our Nile cruise. Positively galloped around the Temple of Karnak looking for the loos – impressive turn of speed in all that heat.” His chuckles faded as he spotted her narrow-eyed stare. “Sorry, Darling. Besides, the Foreign Office advice isn’t superchirpy just now.” Time to steer her away from the hot-as-Hades Mediterranean region altogether. “Perhaps somewhere cooler, somewhere closer to home..?” he hinted. Eyes wide, she exclaimed “Good idea! Iceland. Glaciers, waterfalls and Northern lights.” Re-invigorated, she’d changed tack. Wily. He’d have to think fast. “Not much in the way of relics and you know you like a bit of history.” Was it a strong enough gambit? He waited, watching, whilst she mulled over his latest impediment. He thought she might be wavering.
“Which is why I love Greece so much.” She’d u-turned back to the Hellenic land of the Gods. He was getting whiplash keeping up. She further enthused “ruins, museums, plus great food; souvlaki, stifado, moussaka! In Greece, I’ve never, EVER needed to trot, run or indeed gallop in urgent search of facilities. I haven’t even learned the word for ‘toilet’ in Greek.” She shot him a slightly indignant look. Very true - excellent counterargument. Just as well he had a quick riposte. “Absolutely.” He agreed. She looked momentarily satisfied until he elaborated. “Polar opposite problem. Three days in, it’s bran buds and syrup of figs for you, Darling. I think it might be all that meat..” Pressing his advantage he wheeled out the big guns for a final salvo. “But let’s not forget the dogs. We’ll miss the dogs terribly. AND they’ll cost us a fortune in kennelling. The girls can’t look after them, not with the babies and everything.” Oh, he was good, he’d impressed even himself. She had to concede defeat now, surely? She shrugged. “You’re right of course.” He shoots! He scores! Mental fist pumping. But why was she was beaming at him, looking so suspiciously pleased with herself ? “I was just teasing” she announced. “I thought we’d go West this year. So I’ve booked a dog friendly cottage in Devon for a fortnight. Complete with hot tub and a good pub down the road.” It sounded perfect. Deep joy flooded through him. “It’s got a wood burner” she continued “because, let’s face it, the weather might be cold. I’ll pack our waterproofs, because, let’s face it, it’s bound to rain. And I’ll take the wetsuits, because, let’s face it, the sea is a bit nippy. Hopefully the traffic won’t be too horrific – although it is a bit of a trek and there are extensive road-works en route.” Her face wreathed in smiles, she got up and kissed him. Watching her retreating back as she went to tell the dogs they were going on holiday with mummy and daddy, the words ‘cold’, ‘rain’ and ‘road-works’ lingered in the air. Unexpectedly agreeable, delightful, even wonderful images of holidaying overseas arose in his mind. Diving into warm Mediterranean waters. Lively bars full of music and fun. Exotic wonders of the ancient world. Hot, rejuvenating sun. Tearinducing Northern lights. And paella. Well maybe not the paella. Jumping up out of his seat he sprinted after her, calling as he went “But I’m not ruling out somewhere abroad next year… Darling.. Darling?”
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This summer, discover new displays on Jane Austen’s love of the seaside, visit the newly refreshed Gift Shop and enjoy a New Forest Ice Cream amongst the stunning roses in the cottage garden. Younger visitors can explore the house and garden via a beautifully illustrated family trail, get creative making lavender bags and let off steam at the village playground, opposite Jane Austen’s House. There are a host of exciting events running throughout the summer including Guided Village Walks, Mrs Elton’s Strawberry Picnic, Regency Dress Up Day, Guided Virtual Tours and Pride and Prejudice Drama Workshops.
Visit Jane Austen’s House in the Hampshire village of Chawton and discover the world’s best loved novelist. It was in this picturesque cottage that Jane Austen’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised, and had published all six of her treasured novels, including the timeless Pride and Prejudice. Today visitors can step back in time to 1816 and follow in Jane’s footsteps, exploring the home and garden that Jane knew and loved, uncovering the story of her life and times, and getting upclose to objects from the museum’s unparalleled Austen collection, including Jane’s letters, jewellery and the little table at which she wrote her much loved novels.
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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT / WELLBEING International trio of young artists from Russia, Australia and Great Britain to perform in Stockbridge
Iosif, Cecilia and Andrey are all international artists in their own rights and no strangers to the most celebrated concert platforms across the world. As a trio they recently completed a 22-date tour across Russia and Siberia, and Duo Bayanello has broadcast live from the Southbank Centre on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and featured on BBC2 Proms Extra. This concert is an exciting excursion into new territory for Stockbridge Music, and we are looking forward to showcasing the trio’s exciting and varied programme. They bring a broad spectrum of genres and styles, ranging from Tango, Gypsy, Folk and Classical, and featuring works by composers, such as Piazzolla and de Falla, from all corners of the globe.
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This promises to be an evening of music-making of the highest order, a fitting celebration of the return of live performance to Stockbridge. Tickets cost £18, refundable if the event has to be cancelled due to any changes in government restrictions. To book, please head to https://www.stockbridgemusic.uk/buy-tickets/. Duo Bayanello (Iosif Purits, Accordion & Cecilia Bignall, Cello) with Andrey Lebedev, Guitar Saturday 7th August 2021, 7:30pm St Peter’s Church, Stockbridge SO20 6HE
Gone are the worries of what has happened in the past or the concerns of what might be in the future, all you can think of is the grounding sensation of connection with water, wildlife and your breath. Bliss! Tempted? Now is the time to try it, as water and air temperatures begin to rise and we are allowed to travel to the perfect spot, give it a go! It's a simple, low-cost hobby with minimal gear needs. Getting involved can be as easy as downloading the map of the best wild swimming places in the UK, grabbing a cossie and heading off. Many new and veteran open swimmers joined open-water swimming groups, and there are even organised trips to favourite swimming spots along the UK's extensive coastline.
Lockdown has prompted us to look outside our usual routines and lifestyle to find alternative ways to exercise, entertain and take care of ourselves, and there has been a boom in wild swimming. It offers a pretty exhilarating experience and it’s not surprising therefore that after dipping a toe in just the once, many people quickly become hooked! It seems that swimming and being outdoors is not just beneficial to our physical health, but also for our mental health too. A study published in British Medical Journal Case Reports provided the first case report that cold water swimming may be an effective treatment for depression. The theory behind this is that one form of stress – ie the shock of cold water – adapts the body for another, in this case the stress response associated with depression and anxiety. As a complete convert to the screaming, gasping, breath-taking joys of wild swimming, I can highly recommend it! You can’t help but forget all your aches, pains and worries. It is a totally ‘in the moment’, focussed and whole-body present experience.
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Events in July Stockbridge Community Cinema Friday 16 July 7.30pm Cinema Paradiso (12A) Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood. Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier. In Italian with English subtitles [Digitally restored original theatrical version] Wednesday 21 July 5pm and 7.30pm Summerland (12A) During World War II, reclusive writer Alice (Gemma Arteton) has her sequestered life upended when Frank, an evacuee from the London Blitz, is left in her care. Despite initially resolving to be rid of him, Alice finds herself and her emotions reawakened by him. Information common to all films Showing at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. Tickets can be purchased online - price £5.50 plus £0.50p booking fee per ticket (£6.00 total) via www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk or by telephone from TicketSource 0333 666 3366 (£1.75 charge per booking in addition to online ticket price). Socially distanced seating and no bar. Wearing of face coverings is required. Visit our website for full details.
National Garden Scheme I am sure those of you who have managed to obtain a copy of the 2021 Hampshire Yellow Booklet can’t fail to have noticed that it is a much slimed down version. BUT, this certainly does not mean that there are less gardens to choose from. Far from it. This year (including the gardens opening as part of a Group) we have 116 gardens opening. This is up there with our recent years. Now at last we’ve got the sunshine. Perfect weather for Garden Visiting. Maybe you are planning a Staycation - what could be better than visiting a few NGS Gardens - often described as ‘Britain’s Best Value Day Out’. With the added bonus of the ever popular NGS Home-made Teas, you can’t go wrong. Here are just a few which might interest you. Hospital of St.Cross, St Cross Road, Winchester, SO23 9SD Open: Sunday 11th July 2pm to 5pm Admission: £4.00 children free Refreshments: Home-made teas in the Hundred Men’s Hall The Masters Garden is steeped in history - there was a garden created here in the late 17th century, which includes a wide range of plants. The Compton Garden was created in 1986 and includes rare and unusual plants. https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/32776
A Floral Celebration Of ‘The Mayflower’ & Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins of Upper Clatford All Saints’ Church, Upper Clatford will be a blaze of colour on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August for a flower festival. The festival will celebrate the 440th anniversary of the baptism of local resident, Stephen Hopkins in 1581. In 1620, Stephen joined the Pilgrims to sail on the Mayflower. The flower festival was postponed from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and is in aid of All Saints’ Church roof repairs. Stephen Hopkins had a very adventurous life and had already been to America once when he boarded the Mayflower. Stephen’s story in flowers will take visitors from Upper Clatford to a shipwreck in the Sea Venture off Bermuda, Jamestown, and finally to Plymouth in America, where he was the first Pilgrim to host one of the leading local Native Americans in his home. Displays will also depict the ‘Mayflower Compact’, a governance agreement that was signed by the Pilgrims before landing, farming, the very first ‘Thanksgiving’, Stephen’s business in Plymouth and Stephen’s children and grandchildren. Since Stephen Hopkins’ roots in Upper Clatford were traced by American researchers over ten years ago, All Saints’ Church has received a steady number of descendants who delight in walking in Stephen’s footsteps. Village organisations will be participating either by sponsoring arrangements to be done by the church flower arrangers or doing their own arrangements. Admission to the flower festival is £5 to include refreshments. The festival will be open on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 August, 11am – 5pm. The festival will be subject to any Covid-19 restrictions that are in force at the time. Historical note: It is believed that the account of the shipwreck of the Sea Venture off Bermuda on which Stephen Hopkins was travelling as the Minister’s Clerk, by William Strachey, reached Shakespeare and was used by him when formulating ideas for The Tempest. The description of the storm and the island in The Tempest bear a close description to William Strachey’s account.
Over Wallop Fete Saturday 31st July 2021 Over Wallop Fete (subject to Covid restrictions), 12 noon - 3.30pm at St Peter’s Church, Glebe Field, Over Wallop, SO20 8HT. We missed out last year so this year bring the family for an afternoon of fun. Enjoy a BBQ lunch, Pimms and beer tent, cakes and ice creams. There will be a dog show with many fun classes (enter on the day), an Army assault course, Punch & Judy, the Army Flying Museum will have an interactive tent. Plus all the usual games and stalls.
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Let’s celebrate the beautiful butterflies of the South Downs National Park Seeing the first butterfly of the season is nature’s little way of teasing us that summer is here so we can break out the sunscreen and plan for some lazy afternoons to quietly work on our tan. Like people, every butterfly is uniquely beautiful. They are a symbol of change, rebirth, growth, endurance and life. They are also an indicator species whose variety and volume inform us how our environment is faring. And, over the last few decades, their decline has been one of the starkest warning signs that our natural world is in crisis. Yet concerted efforts are under way, led by the National Park Authority and partners, to create more high-quality habitat, such as chalk grassland, woodland and heathland, to support these beautiful creatures. And there have been some real conservation success stories – such as the remarkable comeback of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly which is now thriving in small pockets. As June sees Butterfly Education and Awareness Week, we look at five well-known, and lesser-known, butterflies you might see out on your walks in the National Park this summer. Duke of Burgundy
This dainty butterfly is still extremely rare but has been seen in greater numbers over the past few years thanks to conservation efforts. It frequents scrubby grassland and sunny woodland clearings, typically in very low numbers. The adults rarely visit flowers and most sightings are
of the territorial males as they perch on a prominent leaf at the edge of scrub. The females are elusive and spend much of their time resting or flying low to the ground looking for suitable egg-laying sites. Eggs are laid in small batches underneath the leaves of primrose and cowslip plants. Green Hairstreak
The green hairstreak holds its wings closed, except in flight, showing only the green underside with its faint white streak. Males and females look similar and are most readily told apart by their behaviour: rival males may be seen in a spiralling flight close to shrubs, while the less conspicuous females are more often encountered while laying eggs. Grizzled Skipper
This small butterfly, typical of southern chalk downland, begins to emerge in late April to early May, having spent winter as pupae within cocoons of leaves and silk among low vegetation. Once on the wing it’s easy to miss, darting quickly between perches and nectar sources – typically common bird’s-foottrefoil and bugle. If you are lucky enough to get a glimpse of one perched on a twig, it can be easily identified by the checkerboard pattern on its wings. Holly Blue The holly blue is easily identified in early spring, as it emerges well before other blue butterflies. It tends to fly high around bushes and trees, whereas other grassland blues
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Last week AQR International, which specialises in helping organisations optimise people performance, updated its 2017 research into Mental Toughness with a new meta-analysis of data collected during the pandemic. The findings show that girls in single-sex schools which are part of the Girls’ Schools Association (as St Swithun’s proudly is) are generally more confident and emotionally in control than girls in co-educational schools. The research also indicates, not surprisingly, that girls who were more mentally tough before had an advantage in dealing with the pandemic. At St Swithun’s, we are not surprised by these findings. Girls in single-sex schools like ours grow up without encountering
Biodiversity Week at Embley Prep Discovering, observing and investigating our surroundings and the diverse natural world which surrounds us each day is very much part of teaching and learning at Embley. Last month, pupils from Embley Prep School participated in a week of biodiversity themed activities exploring the variety of life in the ecosystem whilst learning more about the importance of nature and habitats and the role that we all play in protecting them. Children from Reception class thoroughly enjoyed a ZooLab Rainforest workshop where they experienced face-to-face encounters with a variety of creatures including some very large snakes and spiders. All pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 had a wonderful day out at Marwell Zoo, home to hundreds of exotic and endangered animals. Key Stage 1 went on a Gruffalo Trail in Embley’s woods; and across two mornings, everyone participated in a range of Natural Science-based lessons in the school grounds, which included surveying trees and looking at insect habitats. A dedicated Bushcraft Evening involving zip wires,
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EDUCATION Godolphin Upper Sixth Art student raising awareness for Rhino Conservation Upper Sixth student Kate Prendergast has created a clay rhino statue (1m x 1/2m) which is currently on display in the Godolphin School grounds. The Rhino, which has been sculptured in unfired clay, has taken weeks to create, but will dissolve in a matter of hours. Kate’s aim is to raise awareness in and outside the school community to help Save the Rhinos. Kate Prendergast says “As part of my Extended Project Qualification, I have been looking at the plight of the Rhino and the efforts that the world is going to save this endangered species. I have created a clay rhino which I’ve sculptured unfired clay. My rhino is currently sitting outside the school, and as the rain and weather encounters the dry clay the piece will slowly degrade and fade away. In this way I hope to demonstrate visually how, unless the world comes together to help the Rhino, they too will gradually disappear from this planet.”
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Acclaimed international artist, Peter Newman visited Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS) on Friday 11 June to talk with four year 7 pupils who are preparing to apply for art scholarships to their chosen senior schools. Acclaimed international artist, Peter Newman visited Salisbury Cathedral School (SCS) on Friday 11 June to talk with four year 7 pupils who are preparing to apply for art scholarships to their chosen
Peter presented to the SCS Art Scholars, took questions and then accompanied them to visit his sculpture. The Skystation initially came to Salisbury as part of the Cathedral’s 800th anniversary exhibition, called ‘Spirit & Endeavour’, and offers the public a place to rest and contemplate their surroundings. The shape of the piece is designed to fit the reclining human form to encourage people to look up and observe the sky and the vast expanse of space above. ‘The Art Scholarship Preparation Group have been studying Peter Newman’s
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