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ISSUE 159 NOVEMBER 2021

TEST VALLEY

Life in your Community

RECIPE OF THE MONTH

HORSES FOR COURSES

NOVEMBER NEWS & EVENTS

CHRISTMAS AT STOCKBRIDGE

Simple Yellow Lentil Dahl

By Lucia Foster-Found

All the local news and events for the local area

Stockbridge Business Assocation

STYLE ˙ INTERIORS ˙ HEALTH & BEAUTY ˙ INTERVIEWS ˙ FOOD & DRINK ˙ ENTERTAINMENT ˙ EVENTS


Beccy’s Greengrocer, Stockbridge Business For Sale with the benefit of a new Lease

A valuable and thriving business known as Beccy’s Greengrocer in Stockbridge High Street.

Excellent and very well fitted retail area. 513 sqft. (With store, Kitchen,WC)

Price on Application

Stockbridge A Detached property with great potential for residential, office, retail or other commercial uses (Subject to Planning) For Sale by Public Auction (Unless previously sold)

The Old Police House, SO20 6HE at Stockbridge Town Hall at 5:30pm on Wednesday 10th November, 2021

Guide Price: £725,000 - £750,000

www.myddeltonmajor.co.uk

Tel: 01264 316000


TEST VALLEY FORUM NOVEMBER 2021

CONTENTS 04 Property Management

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

25 Home

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

28 Feature

06 Education

Find local schools and educational experts

31 Professional Services

07 Leisure & Entertainment

Discover local events and days out or in

10 Test Valley

Borough of Culture

Creative Projects

18 Feature

Horses for Courses - by Lucia Foster-Found

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Design Manager James Curtis james@forumpublications.co.uk

Forum Publications Offices Unit 8A, Shelf House, New Farm Road, Alresford, SO24 9QH Tel: 01962 735137 www.forumpublications.co.uk

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

Simple Yellow Lentil Dhal

Advertising Manager Mandy Head mandyhead@forumpublications.co.uk

Get in Touch

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20 Retail

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

Lucia Foster-Found www. luciafosterfound.com

Local services to keep your vehicle running

24 Recipe of the Month

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

Contributors

19 Motoring

From photographers to solicitors - every professional service you need

Editor Mark Tubb editor@forumpublications.co.uk

Accounts accounts@forumpublications.co.uk

14 Wellbeing

Looking after your health and yourself!

The 2022 All Saints Winter Lectures

Contacts

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PROPERTY

Be a property optimist The past eighteen months have been a busy time in the property market with demand higher than it’s ever been in working memory for many in the property business. Whilst there has been a supply issue in both the sales and rental markets, we are hopeful that this should resolve itself when everyone starts going about their business as before. In property there is rarely ‘normal’. It is either flying high or flying low – or heading in either direction. But whatever the market our job, as your agent, is to get the best result for you when it is right for you and your family.

Kate Porter Sales

Claudia Hunt Lettings

With this in mind, it is wise to plan ahead and make sure you are ready. We can give professional advice on the potential market value of your home, the current levels of activity in the area and the preparations that need to be completed before the house can be marketed. Don’t be a panic seller or buyer, or let the market dictate your move – be a property optimist and take control, and if you plan ahead you will increase the chances of moving quickly when the time comes. Kate Porter (Partner)

Marishelle Butler Management

EQDC Tel: 02392 632275

Experts in property Sales I Lettings I Management Across the South

Selling, Letting & Managing properties in the Test Valley 02392 632 275

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Bespoke Kitchen Fitting & Kitchen Makeovers

Beautiful Made-To-Measure Kitchens I found Happy Kitchens on Houzz, and I decided to go with them as the reviews were encouraging and I liked that they were a small, local company. From the outset, Ben was extremely professional and understands exactly what the client wants. The Happy Kitchen team were all fantastic; punctual, hardworking, incredibly tidy and most importantly they really cared about the quality of their work. We are really thrilled with our new kitchen and it has totally exceeded our expectations. Joanne McCarthy Happy Kitchens are quite unique as we are able to offer top quality products, available in any size, fitted by the best professionals in the business. Change your kitchen and bedroom with a makeover or design and install a new kitchen and bedroom, whichever suits your needs or price range.

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EDUCATION Reception ready – starting school with a smile Starting school is a very exciting time! New adventures, new friends and connecting with fabulous teaching staff who will be important role models in your child’s life. Everyone involved in the transition from pre-school to Reception will undoubtedly want to ensure that the start of school is a fun time and school staff will be on hand to help with any nerves which may arise from both parents and children alike. Sheina Wright, Head of Prep at Embley, provides some top tips to help you and your child start school with a smile: Help to develop independence As parents we want to help our children as much as possible, but we sometimes forget that there are things that they can be doing for themselves: they are often more capable than we realise. Support your child before school starts by helping them do some things independently: getting dressed, packing their book bag, putting on their shoes, blowing their nose, going to the loo. It all takes time at first but with practise it is amazing what they can achieve! Get to know staff Nothing quite beats meeting the people you are going to be taught by, seeing your child’s classroom and exploring their new surroundings ahead of the start of school. Try and do this in the summer term before your child starts school so they get to know their teacher, teaching assistant and classmates, and so parents get to know the staff. It’s ok to have a little cry Much as it is an exciting time, it is a real milestone and can be (and often is) more challenging for grown-ups than it is for children. Try

to be brave at drop off time, but after that it is perfectly normal to feel emotional about this next step for you as a parent. It is a big deal and school staff will understand that. Do also try and be positive about school when chatting to your child – they take their cues from you and it is important to model that positivity. No question is a silly question It can feel like information overload when your child first starts school. Uniform, books, planners, snacks, PE...There are so many new things to think about and that’s before you throw work and organisation of siblings into the mix! If you are unsure just ask your new school who I am sure will be pleased to answer any questions or queries. For further information, please visit www.embley.org.uk or email admissions@embley.org.uk

Health and Wellness are important at all stages of life As a School, Godolphin recognises that good mental health and wellness is significant at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. We realise it is our responsibility to provide up to date, thought-provoking and informative sessions for parents and pupils alike. Talking Mental Health and Wellness seeks to do exactly this. Every member of our community exists on the continuum of mental health which affects our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing and therefore how we think, act, and feel, how we relate to others, react to stress, and make choices. Our aim is to promote positive mental health which allows our community to realise their full potential and make meaningful contributions, as well as equip our students with the resilience, positive emotions and practices they can use beyond their school years. On Friday 5 November 2021, Godolphin will host the Third annual Mental Health and Wellness Conference. This year, we focus on mental health and wellness as we return to school and how as parents, we can best support our young people after 18 months of uncertainty. Keynote speakers include Dr Nick Baylis and Natasha Devon MBE. Both are inspirational speakers, and I am sure will offer some no-nonsense much needed guidance for us all. As with last year’s

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conference, the knowledge and expertise of our speakers is both diverse and relevant. Other speakers include Alicia Drummond from Teen Tips who will give us practical strategies to help our children fulfil their potential, Dr Nihara Krause, a specialist in eating disorders and Fiona Spargo-Mabbs whose personal experience has shaped the charity which she set up. We will also be hearing from Tasha Lawton, who has developed her own comprehensive series of curriculumaligned resources, covering alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, genderbased violence, periods, sex, sexuality and suicide and self-harm. John Perry has spoken to pupils and staff and returns to share his wisdom on imposter syndrome and Jo Reeves from Barefoot Coaching, will be addressing the emotional needs of children. We also look forward to hearing what Dr Emma Ross has to say on how to use sport and exercise as a vehicle to reframe attitudes towards the female body. Tickets available via www.godolphin.org


EDUCATION / ENTERTAINMENT

Embracing Ambition

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Three creative projects, co-ordinated by Test Valley Arts Foundation with funding from the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants, will reach their conclusion over the next few weeks. Initially devised as part of the Borough of Culture festival ,which had planned to run throughout 2020, the aim of these projects was reach people who might otherwise face barriers to participating in creative experiences, and to create legacy projects which have a lasting impact in our communities.

Test Valley Tales An illustrated book and associated podcast includes 10 short stories set in real locations around the Test Valley, inspired by local folklore and legends. The project was devised and led by Andover based storyteller Amanda Kane Smith, in collaboration with local artists Maija Liepins and Susan Merrick and musician Paul Sartin. The book is a limited edition of 200 hardback copies. The podcast is a free online resource. The project has included live storytelling events at Romsey Festival, Andover’s Four Fun Fridays, Andover Rocks and Eastleigh Mela as well as at Romsey and Andover Libraries. Test Valley Tales has created a valuable resource for schools, incorporating themes of local geography, history and English. Two pilot schools workshops were delivered through the project so far.

physical and learning difficulties and staff from Enham Trust in Andover. Devised and led by Romsey based artist and educator Elizabeth Hammond, the aim of the project was to explore and learn how we can communicate through being creative together. The workshops were about enjoying the process of being creative, being less rigid in expectations of ourselves and our output. This is hugely beneficial as it builds confidence which is far reaching beyond the project. The culmination of the project was a month long exhibition at The Lights in Andover, together with an all age community workshop which replicated some of the activities enjoyed during the workshops.

Finding Friends A research project set up to gain an understanding the key needs, challenges, and opportunities with relation to the integration and representation of local ethnic minority groups in Test Valley’s cultural offering. Following a series of interviews and consultations with local people, the findings presented by project leads, 21 Artists, will be shared with Test Valley communities and organisations to encourage a move towards more inclusive thinking and activity in future.

INFORMATION The Make It Expressive Project

For more information about any of these projects visit https://testvalleyarts.org/current-projects

The project was made up of a series of creative workshops with students who have severe learning difficulties and staff from Icknield School in Andover, and with residents with

www.testvalleyarts.org


INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE

Christmas at Stockbridge 4TH DECEMBER FROM 10AM - 7PM

A great day out for all the family culminating in the switching on of the Christmas Tree lights at 6pm

Lots of activities to choose from to enjoy the wonderful unique shops of Stockbridge! • BROWNS OF STOCKBRIDGE

• ORCHID FURNITURE

• NEWMAN'S LIVING

• BECCY'S GREENGROCERS

• JOHN ROBINSON BUTCHERS

• PREGO DELI AND DINING

• ACCESS CARE

• ROBJENTS

• THE GREYHOUND ON THE TEST

• STOCKBRIDGE BARBERS

• ROXTONS

• THE GROSVENOR

• BOBBINS SEWING SCHOOL

• STOCKBRIDGE OSTEOPATHY

• WINE UTOPIA

• THE BOOKMARK

• STUDIO YOGA

• THE 3 CUPS

• BROUGHTON CRAFTS

• THYME & TIDES

• THE OWL AND PUSSYCAT

• CLEVERLY WRAPPED

• VECTIS ACCOUNTANTS

• MIDDLETON SOLICITORS

• THE GARDEN INN

• LITTLE WHISKY SHOP

• MOKAYA COCOA

• GEORGE CLARK

• THE WHITE HART

• SAINT MONICA

• EASTWOOD FINE ART

• WYKEHAM GALLERY

• STOCKBRIDGE POTTERY

• MISHO HAIR STUDIO

• MARK CAVILL

• CLOS DU MARQUIS

• KUDOS COFFEE

• CLAIRE GUADIAN DESIGNS

Visit Stockbridge High Street and buy local this Christmas, supporting your local businesses


Restoring Tradition

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lmost exactly two years ago, in September 2019, our feature for this publication was titled ‘Restoring Former Glory’. Little did anyone know what lay ahead of us, and our eventful journey since we announced our ambitious plans back then, to upgrade and refurbish the interior and exterior of The Grosvenor, is something no one will forget in a hurry! Despite all that has been thrown at us, we are well on the way to achieving our original objectives and more, and are looking forward to restoring some wonderful traditions which have been sorely missed in the last tumultuous months. Some areas of the hotel are unrecognisable since the programme of alterations was begun. The accommodation to the rear of the hotel, which in 2019 was ‘to become luxury rooms complete with private outdoor space and a view over the gardens’, is now a set of exquisitely comfortable Garden Rooms. The gardens, which were ‘soon to be undergoing their own metamorphosis under the expert eye of local interior and garden designer Lottie Keith’ have indeed been transformed by Lottie into an oasis of colourful calm, with a new al fresco dining area, The Terrace. La Hutte, our alpine refuge, an ever-present reminder of the outdoor rule of 6, is open for the winter season on 9th December, serving raclette and fondue. Party goers, hold onto your ski hats, La Hutte is set to become the ‘après’ venue of the winter, open for lunch and supper and private parties till 31st March 2022. The ‘crucial phase of restoration to include the reconfiguration of the bar area, Hatch and Market rooms,

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including the installation of a baby grand piano’ is almost complete and live music is now top of the menu! Katherine Rockhill, our professional pianist, arrived with the grand piano; when she is not performing in the West End or touring with Katherine Jenkins, she plays for our evening diners. Lucy Wroe, a talented singer/songwriter, can be heard on Saturday nights, her mellow voice and mix of own songs and well-known favourites are sure to delight. When Christmas 2020 was still on the cards, we remodelled The Danebury Room to allow residents to sink into deep sofas whilst enjoying their tea and cake over the festive period. With hopes of a normal Christmas dashed, we saved the thought, and are now delighted that the age-old tradition of Afternoon Tea is restored in the cosy wood-panelled Danebury Room. What better way to spend


a wintry afternoon than in front of an Afternoon Tea to rival that at the Ritz, accompanied by a glass or two of locally made Coates and Seely champagne?

‘Afternoon Tea to rival that at the Ritz’ The Library is our newest secret, and we have been keeping it very quiet. A private dining room, seating up to 12, it is the perfect space for hosting a meeting, a chef’s table supper, a birthday celebration, or a shoot party lunch. Regulars would consider it to be the most luxurious and exclusive private dining in Hampshire….. Restaurant goers will have had the opportunity to enjoy the ambience in the elegant Market Room, and sample the

delicious modern British and European inspired menus

created by executive chef Neil Cooper. Menus change with the seasons, keep an eye on the website for the latest culinary creations, and to make a reservation. With bikes for rent, a new treatment shed for relaxing and therapeutic massages, forthcoming December guest chef nights, monthly supper clubs, as well as the delights of Stockbridge and the surrounding area on the doorstep, there is something for everyone at The Grosvenor this winter. Please visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information, we look forward to welcoming you very soon!

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COMMUNITY / WELLBEING New Community Cinema launches in Kings Somborne

We are delighted to announce the launch of Somborne Community Cinema, which screens its first film on Thursday 14th October. Run on a voluntary basis by a team of local cinema enthusiasts, the venture has been set up to take advantage of the impressive new audio-visual system in Kings Somborne village hall, and to bring the cinema experience into the heart of the village. A diverse range of films will be screened on the second Thursday of each month at the Village Hall, Recreation Ground, Romsey Road, Kings Somborne SO20 6PP. Doors will open at 7:15pm and films start at 8:00pm. Before the film there will be a bar serving beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Tickets cost £6.00 (this includes a booking fee) and are available from the cinema’s website at www.sombornecommunitycinema. co.uk. You can also sign-up on the website to receive the cinema’s email newsletter. Tickets are now on sale for the following films: Thursday 11th November (doors 7:15pm, film 8:00pm) Nobody (2021) Directed by Ilya Naishuller Stars Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen, Christopher Lloyd Bob Odenkirk shines in this violent (and funny) action movie about an unassuming family man - who turns out to be nothing of the sort. Thursday 9th December (doors 7:15pm, film 8:00pm) Belle (2013) Directed by Amma Asante Stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson. This British period drama boasts sumptuous visuals along with some stirring performances. The story has a strong social consciousness which is still very relevant today.

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Pelvic floor under pressure? Women’s health and the Pelvic Floor Leaking urine when lifting, jumping, sneezing, walking and running is a sign of leaking pressure. The body has 4 containers with different pressure systems, and maintaining the correct pressures in these areas is fundamental to the function of the organs within them. • • • •

The container of the head is maintained at a negative pressure to lift the brain in the skull allowing for its motility, circulation and drainage. The container of the chest is also maintained at a negative pressure in order to aid the suspension of the heart and lungs, and provide space for their movement. The container of the abdomen is slightly positive, as it needs a little pressure to aid digestion and excretion. The container of the pelvis is negative, to aid the suspension of the pelvic organs and reduce the downward pressure on the pelvic floor.

However, when the demands of our lifestyle outstrip our ability to adapt to it, these pressure systems are affected. Altered movement patterns, uneven loading through the body, poor posture and sedentary lifestyles contribute to increasing the pressure from above. If the head is sitting forward of the body and the shoulders are rolling forward, the upper chest becomes depressed, the upper back rounds, and the pressure rises in the thorax. The lower ribs then flare, and the belly pooches out. If the balance of the head on the neck is lost, the control of the pressure system throughout the whole body is lost. The only place for the displaced pressure to go is downwards, and it will find the weak points to ‘leak’, such as the abdominal wall or pelvic floor. Some symptoms of altered pressure gradients in the body range from stress incontinence, varicosities, congestion and hemorrhoids, to diastasis recti (abdominal wall separation) pelvic pain, painful sex, infection and infertility. So when we consider the influence of one pressure container on another, we can see that in order to treat pelvic health dysfunction, it is vital to work from the top to lighten the load going down. To do this, treatment, exercise and education must focus on the balance of the head on the thorax, the thorax on the pelvis and the even distribution of load to the hips. The diaphragm is the crossroads between the containers and its function is also critical to the organ health above and below. Therefore to stop ‘leaking pressure’ and feel strong and in control, it is vital to reestablish the pressure gradients by relearning efficient whole body movement patterns, improving breathing mechanics, improving bowel health, addressing loading imbalances and improve tone and function of the muscles of the pelvis. Only when we move away from just performing Kegel’s (pelvic floor exercises) and consider the bigger picture, is it possible to really help women long term with their pelvic health. Visit the Downloads page on the website and our Video Guides page for free resources on posture, breathing, exercises and pelvic health. We’re so excited to finally be planning a return to the Womo courses; courses specially designed for women’s health needs. Lots more details on the website! Please do register your interest with us if you’re interested in joining a course early next year. Emma Wightman - www.the-sop.com


WELLBEING

STOCKBRIDGE OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE

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

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COMMUNITY / WELLBEING New exhibition at Andover Chapel explores the potent mix of memory, trauma and the imagination

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On Wednesday 20th October 2021 Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) is opening its doors to its most ambitious exhibition yet. ‘Opening The Aviary’ takes the visitor on a multi-sensory journey of discovery, exploring the inner workings of the artist's mind as expressed externally in form and narrative. The exhibition and associated talk confront important issues of mental health and neurodivergence, exploring the art process as a way of expressing what lies deep within, both memory and imagination.

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Jon Adams, Kate MccGwire, Prudence Maltby and Rosa Beiroa are the four artists exhibiting at Chapel Arts Studios. The show will be a multimedia exhibition, inspired initially by a set of drawings created by Jon Adams over the COVID lockdown. Adams’ work as a neurodivergent artist, draws on an internal dialogue, expressed in his breathtaking drawings of mythical bird-like creatures, his Covid Corvids. The work on display also features Kate MccGwire’s powerful visceral sculpture, equally subversive and seductive but thankfully, safely encased. Also Prudence Maltby, who’s drawings, inspired by deep memory, compliment the other artists' contributions thoughtfully. A short animation by Rosa Beiroa introduces us to all of the works on show, articulating the words of William Kentridge which make tangible the creative process for all. Susan Francis, curator at Chapel Arts Studios, said: ‘CAS is excited to bring together a group of artists whose output probes the workings of the artist's mind, giving form and expression to otherwise hidden or deeply subversive thoughts and imaginings.’ As part of the show, Jon Adams will be holding an interactive talk with Q & A on ‘Neurodivergence in Art’, broadcasted online and streamed live at St Mary’s Church, Andover on Tuesday 2nd November between 5.30 and 7.00 pm. Tickets can be bought directly via Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ talk-with-jon-adams-artist-and-neurodivergent-activisttickets-171828352227 or please see the CAS website for more details: https://www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/news/ Opening The Aviary is supported by public funding from Arts Council England.


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n lockdown, the spare room had quietly morphed into the store room. With the annual retreat indoors for the darker, colder months under way, she decided it was time for a de-clutter. It was good for the psyche - any number of books and programmes said so. She’d sell some bits on social media; it was simple and fun. Allegedly. And it was simple. A few photos, a couple of sentences and ‘bingo’. Or rather ‘ping-go’; her phone immediately made an entirely new sound and a message from someone appeared. “Is this still available?” She typed feverishly in reply “Yes it is” and excitedly awaited a response. Nothing.. A short while later.. Ping. “Is this still available?” Same question, different item, different someone. Again she replied in the affirmative and “Would you take £20?” came the swift rejoinder. It was a bit less than she’d listed it for. And whoever it was hadn’t yet clapped eyes on it, but, well, she did want it gone.. “Yes, OK” she messaged and waited. And waited. Internet tumbleweed.. Over the next week, various enquiries ensued. Some got as far as “Please give your full address and postcode”. One even arranged a time to collect something and asked for her mobile number. She waited about. They never turned up. “It is simple, but I’m not feeling the fun” she complained to Himself. He shrugged his shoulders. “P’raps it’s a case of horses for courses. Personally, I’m in favour of a good old car boot sale for a good old clear out. People come, they look, they buy stuff. Or they don’t.. Very black and white.” Good point, well made. So Sunday morning found them in a chilly, dewy field before the sun had even risen. The last car boot of the season. With a flask of hot coffee and some sustaining bacon sandwiches, they parked and Himself opened the tailgate. A horde emerged from the gloom, brandishing torches and pushing forward, hands in the boxes, peering into the bags. “Got any records mate?” “Old tools?” “Anything military?” “Designer labels?” Himself was trying to fend off the arms reaching past him, whilst answering their questions: “Wait a minute… I’ll have a look… Yes, I

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think so…. No… Now put that back…. STOP!!!!” Himself finally lost it. Sheepishly, the chastised horde rediscovered their manners, retreated to a safe distance and waited whilst he put up a table and she unpacked some boxes. The morning dragged on and not without incident. Two dealers fought over an old teddy bear; a black eye was given. A couple of things were pinched. Money changed hands – usually less than they’d asked for and no-one had the correct change or their own bags. There was also some slight confusion over Himself’s favourite camping chair: “How much is the chair mate?” “The chair I’m sitting on?” “Yes.” “It’s not for sale.” “Why not?” “Because I’m sitting on it…?” There were mutterings as the chap wandered off. But Himself, a veteran of many a boot sale had come prepared for most eventualities and was largely un-phased. And undeniably, the car was going to be pretty empty going home. She’d just waved goodbye to a large mirror, when her phone pinged. The now-familiar message “Is this still available?” appeared. Coincidentally, it was for the self-same mirror, but before she could respond with a ‘No’, the virtual clamouring came thick and fast. “Will you take £15?” “What’s your postcode.” “Give me your mobile.” “Can I collect tomorrow?” Panicking, she opened the app and swiftly marked it as ‘SOLD’. By midday they’d sold a lot and had enough. The coffee and sandwiches were a distant memory and the footfall had tailed off. It didn’t take long to pack up and leave with their jar of loot. “Go back via the recycling centre shall we?” Himself raised his eyebrows and glanced sideways at her. She nodded wearily. But one thing made it home with them; a small reproduction chest of drawers, much too nice to dump. Although she’d reduced the price from a score, to a tenner, to a fiver, there’d been no takers at the car boot. Her sales banter of “would look great if you chalk paint it” cut no mustard. She gave it one last chance on the internet. That afternoon a lady messaged her who did not beat her down on price. Who offered her own mobile number and arranged a time to collect. Who arrived promptly, declared herself delighted and paid £25 with the correct notes. In response to Himself’s questioning look as she returned indoors, she said. “You’re right. Different selling arenas suit different things.” She waved the cash triumphantly. “It really is a question of horses for courses. I sold it for a pony!”


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A Charity Auction in aid of the new Sports Pavilion in Broughton was huge success raising almost £15,000 thanks to lots gifted by local residents and businesses. Auctioneer, Nick Jarret ensured that the Auction proceeded swiftly and the generosity of the successful bidders saw the auction far exceed all expectations.

A Friday night in early October saw Broughton Village Hall undergo a make over as it hosted Broughton’s Late Summer Ball. Originally planned for July, the event The evening concluded with dancing to Innovations Jazz Orchestra was put back due to Covid restrictions but featuring on joint lead vocals, Broughton resident, Mark Davenport. this did nothing to dampen enthusiasm for The evening was a huge success and will be repeated again in 2022. the event. It was a sell BROUGHT out with residents ON VI LLAGE HAL L – FOR HI RE of Broughton and surrounding villages donning their glad rags and T: 0844 800 8864 A UNIQUE FACILI TY NESTLI NG WI THI N THE looking forward to a night of great food and company with dancing to www.broughtonvillagehall.com BEAUTI FUL TES T VALLE Y, I N THE VERY a 20-piece Big Band.

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Since moving into our purposebuilt space at Broughton Village Memorial Hall in December 2019, the Shop and Post Office continue to go from strength to strength. Our team of staff and volunteers would like to thank the people of Broughton and the surrounding villages in the Test Valley for

Christmas is coming and the shelves are laden with ranges of locally sourced produce from our amazing suppliers: Red Fox, Broughton Growers, Broughton Honey, Hansards, Mimi’s Cakes, Wine Utopia, Lyburn Cheese, Brazen Butchers, Greenfield Pork, Austwick, Chalkstream, Lusso Leaf, Test Valley Gin, Test River Gin, Lockerly Estate to name but a few. • Place your Christmas order for turkey, meat, fish, fruit and veg by 3rd December to collect on 23rd December. Order forms are available on our website or can be picked up from the Shop. • Christmas New Forest Chocolates are a feast for the senses; a delight to look at and delicious to eat! • ‘Santa Paws’ or ‘Bark the Herald’ treats for your dog. • Special Broughton 2022 calendar, designed by local artist Jeremy Drake, is available to purchase exclusively from the Shop. • Our Post Office staff are ready to help with all your Christmas cards and parcels, banking and more. It is a good idea to post early this year due to global issues and to beat the festive rush. Last posting dates for Christmas: 2nd Class – 18th December and 1st Class – 21st December. • We also have a special Santa’s Post Box for sending your letters to Santa in the North Pole and to get a reply! Last posting date: 10th December • Going abroad this Christmas? Don’t forget to purchase your currency or come and talk to us about a Travel Card. • Stuck for gift ideas? We stock a selection of One4All gift cards to suit everyone.

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Need a rest from all your shopping? Why not take a break with coffee and homemade cake in our café! All of this, and more, without having to do battle for parking. Parking is easy in the Village Hall car park. Shop opening hours Weekdays 9.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 12.30pm & Sunday 9.30pm - 12.30pm Post Office opening hours Weekdays 9.00am - 1.00pm & 2.00pm - 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am - 12pm Tel: 01794 502495 Facebook: @BroughtonVillageShop Broughton Community Shop, Village Hall, Broughton, SO20 8AX www.broughton.shop

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Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved writers for readers of all ages. He has written over 130 books including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, Private Peaceful, Shadow, and War Horse, many of which have been adapted for stage, film and TV. The author will talk about his life and work and sign copies of his books, many of which will be available at the event. THE TOWN HALL High Street, Stockbridge Sunday 28th November at 6:30pm

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Simple Yellow Lentil Dhal A nice winter warmer lentil dhal. In India, dal is the term used for all dried legumes, but it has also come to refer to a simple, filling stew-like preparation served with rice or flat bread. This yellow lentil dal recipe can be made with any type of lentil, just increase the cooking time 10 to 15 minutes if using black or green lentils. (serves 6)

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tablespoons of rapeseed oil medium onion finely chopped teaspoons of ground cumin teaspoons of red chilli flakes (alternatively 1 red fresh red chilli) de-seed for less heat

2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon of salt 200g of rinsed yellow lentils 375ml of vegetable stock 1 teaspoon of ground tumeric

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Heat oil in saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in cumin and chilli, and sauté for 1 minute. Add onion, garlic, and salt, and sauté 2 minutes more. Add lentils, vegetable broth, 2 cups water, and turmeric. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

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31 January 2022

Blick Mead: Exploring the First Place in the Stonehenge Landscape by Dr David Jacques

Stonehenge can justly claim to be one of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, but much about its origins remain a mystery. Although recent archaeological investigations have revealed stunning details of the monuments that sprang up during the 4th and 3rd millennia BC less is known of the area’s ‘back story’. Since 2005, David Jacques, Senior Research Fellow in Archaeology at University of Buckingham, Fellow of the Society of the Antiquaries, has led a dig exploring a site about a mile from Stonehenge beside an ancient spring known as Blick Mead. The discovery of a Mesolithic occupation area and surface at Blick Mead about 2.5 km from Stonehenge that has well preserved and substantial Mesolithic deposits, potentially transforms our understanding of the pre-Stonehenge landscape, and its later ritual landscape. Radiocarbon dating of the remains reveals that animals were being eaten at the site between 6650-4722 BC. David’s talk will outline the latest discoveries at Blick Mead from the 2021 dig, concluding with a review of the site and its wider significance.

7 February 2022 A life of Service to Queen, comrades and country by Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers KCB CMG MBE DL Lieutenant General Sir Freddie Viggers had a professional career in Germany, Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina and was deployed to Baghdad in 2003 as the most senior British Officer on the ground following the fall of Iraq. His evidence at the Chilcott enquiry in 2009 was highly critical of the Government's strategic handling of the situation after the Regime collapsed. Sir Freddie was Adjutant General (2005-8) and often locked horns with the Ministry of Defence over resources to improve the lot of the

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Soldier and their families, appealing for improved accommodation, pay and conditions and better compensation for the wounded. He also oversaw the Court Martial of 7 soldiers charged with the murder of Baha Mousa in southern Iraq. After retiring in 2009, Freddie assumed the role of Black Rod. The very public role Black Rod plays in the Palace of Westminster is well known, but the ceremonial and security responsibilities may not. Freddie was forced to retire one year later after a life-changing stroke. Freddie's talk will draw out how his life’s lessons, across a fascinating career, prepared him for both the anticipated and unanticipated events in his life.

14 February 2022

Re-shaping the future of UK Farming by Dr Alison Field

Emerging post Brexit UK agricultural support aims to link objectives across the environment, the climate crisis, biodiversity, water quality and community wellbeing. Does this provide the UK agricultural sector with a sustainable and financially viable future? How does the farming community adapt to the loss of European markets, changes in home food consumption and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, whilst at the same time playing his part in restoring the health of our soils, the wildlife and our countryside and local landscapes that we cherish? Alison, Facilitator to one of the largest cluster farm groups in the country (a group of 40 farms on 15,000 hectares on the Hampshire downs between Winchester Andover and Stockbridge) will draw out how such contradictory objectives are shaping word future farming could be like. Buying your tickets Tickets are £12.00 each. You can book and purchase tickets by typing this link into your browser - https://forms.office.com/r/QYYcksFvj3. Details of all the talks are provided along with payment instructions for bank transfer. Tickets can also be purchased at the Clatford Village Store, Greenfields Farm Shop or Abbotts Anne Village Shop. You will be asked to provide your name and telephone number because we may need to contact you in the event of a further C-19 Lockdown, as we will have to switch to online lectures.

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November Events Saturday 6th November

Stockbridge Antiques Fair The Fair is held in Stockbridge Town Hall in the centre of the High Street, usually on the first Saturday of the month. We offer a wide range of Decorative, Interesting and Unusual items including good quality Furniture, Silver, Jewellery, Militaria, Motor memorabilia, Textiles and Books. We will also buy. Free Admission & Free Parking. Open: 9.30am - 5.00pm. Contacts: Carol - 01264 335769 / 07870 432805 Steve - 01722 712267 / 07915 663251

Thursday 18 November

WEOS presents Matthew Bason in Concert From 7.30 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.) - Fairground Hall, Weyhill, Andover, SP11 0QN. An evening of melodic, easy listening music, performed on electronic keyboard.. Tickets £6 at the door. Information: 01264 323213. Website: www.weyhill-eos.co.uk

Thursday 4th November

Learn Laugh and Live Please come and join us at our Test Valley group meeting at Chilbolton Village Hall at 2pm. New Members are very welcome, and we would love to see you. Our speaker is Graham Short talking about his life as a micro artist. Graham is now considered to be one of the most talented micro artists in the world. His achievements include engraving The Lord’s Prayer on the head of a gold pin measuring just 2mm across! It promises to be a most fascinating talk.We look forward to seeing you then. Diane Newell - Chair Test Valley U3A diane.newell@btinternet.com

Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December

Goodworth Clatford Affordable Art and Craft Weekend We are delighted to be offering a new venture at the Village Club in Goodworth Clatford. This is a rare opportunity to see and purchase a wide range of paintings and crafts by professional and talented local individuals. The weekend will open with a preview evening on Friday 3rd from 6 to 9 pm with wine and nibbles (entry of £5 by pre-booked ticket only, please purchase from Clatfords Village Store or phone Belinda Jones on 07760 370540). Over the weekend, the exhibition will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 4th and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday 5th (entry of £5 to include refreshments, no booking required). You are warmly invited to come along, browse and purchase items for Christmas! We still have space for a few more crafts, so, if you would like to be part of the exhibition, please contact Belinda Jones on 07760 370540

Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th December

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