Test Valley Forum June 2022

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ISSUE 165 JUNE 2022

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urprised to find herself flat on her back, she looked sideways. Inches from her face, her terrier was sporting a similarly stunned expression in her fur trimmed, smoky eyes.

The weeny Houdini once even disappeared from the rigorously ‘dog proofed’ garden for a whole day, returning triumphant and unrepentant with a cargo of a thousand ticks. Her mistress picked up her wriggling furry body and kissed her; so relieved she was back, and the dog so pleased to be back, that noone could be cross.

They’d been walking parallel to the river. Marshy, thickly populated with brambles and rotting fallen trees covered in moss. Scrambling over slippery logs and side-stepping thorny trip wires required stamina, agility and close quarter concentration. So when the deer rose out of the ground where it had lain hidden and camouflaged in the brown, decaying detritus, she’d been unprepared. In its flight it struck her full in the chest, leapt gracefully over her dog and fled the scene, leaving her prone. The terrier was in disbelief; the nerve of that funny looking dog with the pointy feet and sticks on its head! Years before, resting literally in the palm of her hand, she’d been the tiniest puppy when she was that best-of-all birthday present. Himself had bought a chicken coop and told her to look in the Land Rover for another gift. Expecting a chicken – well, you would, wouldn’t you – she was surprised to find a little scrap of excited, yapping fur. ‘Chicken’ didn’t quite cut it as a name, so they chose something fittingly cute and chirpy for the tiny creature. And she was extremely cute and terribly chirpy, but she was also a terrier… A Border-cross at that. With a bit of a volatile nature, she was often referred to as the ‘cross Border’. To be fair, her wayward traits presented themselves early on and they should have been prepared from the get go. Her very first walk was going so well. Proud owner, tiny puppy, lots of compliments and charm. Until tiny puppy scented something more interesting in the form of two large dogs on the other side of the park, that is. She homed in on them. My, she was fast – like a blunt and furry missile. Her proud owner, not so much. She scooped up the miscreant whilst panting and wheezing like an asthmatic accordion with the effort of running and yelling at the same time. The two large dogs and owner were, thankfully, amused at the tiny terrier who’d been telling them off and making a dreadful noise, something between a scream, a bark and a howl. And at a surprising volume for one so small.


Yes, she admitted it without a shred of shame - that dog had her wrapped around her little claw. She was putty in her paws. But the terrier would lie on her sick bed all day when her mistress was ill. A personal protection squad of one, snout towards the door she was ready to repel all hostiles. And when her mistress cradled her in her arms and kissed her soft ears, smelling faintly of elderflowers, the small dog would croon and half close her eyes with pleasure.

But the cross Border was also, it has to be said, ‘a bit of a worry’.

One sunny Saturday just before Christmas, the terrier was running through a narrow thicket as they walked alongside on the grassy riverbank. Himself, hearing the drone of an insect, commented that it was very late for wasps. When they reached the end of the wood they called their dog. And called. Eventually she tottered out of the trees, collapsing at their feet. Having presumably encountered the mother lode nest, the small, furry body was crawling with wasps. Himself scooped up her limp and comatose little body. A mercy dash to the nearest vet, adrenaline shots and an oxygen tent – and the terrier was saved! Relieved tears all round. Reluctantly they left the prone and semi-conscious dog with the vets, who said she needed to overnight with them. However, they hadn’t long been home when the ‘phone rang. “Hello?” In the background, she could hear the most awful noise. Hard to describe – something between a scream, a bark and a howl. And so loud. It sounded familiar… And cross. “Hello.” Said the slightly stressed sounding voice at the other end. “Please can you come and collect your dog. We think she’s well enough to go home…” But all things come to an end and eventually she lost her constant companion, her terrier. To use the word ‘lost’ is, of course, a flimsy euphemism - it makes it sound like she wandered off. Which actually was clearly a recurring theme throughout her 16 odd years. But all too soon, the wet-nosed, furry vandal broke her heart and was gone, sauntering off and wagging her tail behind her…

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National Garden Scheme - Hampshire Dame Mary Berry, President of the National Garden Scheme, launches the Great British Garden Party for the third year. Dame Mary said: “As President of the wonderful NGS, I am delighted to invite you to join me in hosting a Great British Garden Party this year. It doesn’t matter whether your garden is large or small, tidy or untidy why not join in and help raise funds for vital nursing, caring and health charities. To read more about the Great British Garden Party simple go onto the NGS website ngs.org. uk and click on the link for Mary Berry. If hosting a Party is not your thing, you could always support the NGS by visiting one of our stunning gardens. Here are a couple, which you might be interested in - around 20 miles of Itchen Abbas.


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Longstock Park Water Gardens

Leckford, Stockbridge, SO20 6EH. Part of John Lewis Partnership. Opening: Sunday 19th June - 1pm to 4pm prebooking available. Admission: £10.00 child £2.00 card payment available. Refreshments: At Longstock Park Farm Shop available till 3.30pm. Famous water garden with extensive collection of aquatic and bog plants set in 7 acres of woodland with rhododendrons and azaleas. A walk through the park leads to National Collections of Buddleja and Clematis viticella; arboretum and herbaceous border at Longstock Park Nursery. https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/garden/3239/longstock-parkwater-garden

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Maple Cottage opened after a 2 yr break, in 2021. After hugh success Photo Credit Marienne Majrerus then, we are pleased to be opening again. It is a ½ acre cottage style garden with herbaceous borders, veg plots and a tiny, but very active wildlife pond surrounded by hostas, astilbe, sarracenia and a quirky tree cave for kids. The neighbouring 1 acre contemporary garden at Cherry Tree Barn is just 3 yrs old and is the realisation of the owner’s ideas working with garden designer Fiona Harrison. The area around the thatched barn has been planted with grasses, iris, salvia, euphorbia, phlomis and knautia. Drifts of oxeye daisies and other wildflowers on bunds line the perimeter. Hard landscaping incl terracing, decking, pathways and Japanese influenced Yatsuhashi Bridge through the main border. Small collection of sculptures completes the piece. Opening: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 24th 25th & 26th June 2pm to 5pm Pre-booking available OR just turn up on the day Admission: £6.50 children free Card Payment available. Refreshments: Home-made teas at both gardens. https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42289 Pat Beagley (Publicity) - National Garden Scheme - Hampshire


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The Pride of Andover Awards welcome Jordan Wylie as their Host for 2022 The 2022 Pride of Andover Awards ceremony, sponsored by David Mellors Family Jewellers and held at TheLights in Andover on Tuesday 25th October 2022, is excited to reveal that the host for this year's event will beJordan Wylie. Local celebrity Jordan is a former soldier, extreme adventurer, bestselling author, and stars as a 'Hunter' inchannel 4's BAFTA nominated, and award-winning shows Hunted and Celebrity Hunted. Jordan is the currentU.K. national Ambassador for the Army Cadet Force and holds multiple Guinness World Records. Jordan has raised over one million pounds for charitable and good causes and will also donate his speaking feefrom this event to local charities too. Jordan’s motto is “be the difference that makes a difference”. The Pride of Andover prestigious Awards has previously been hosted by local celebrity Katie Piper, TVpresenter Dame Esther Rantzen and BBC's Sally Taylor MBE. The Pride of Andover Awards celebrated their first event in 2007, this year and each year passed, we have endorsed the selfless actions and truly inspiring local individuals, promoting pride in our unique northHampshire town, celebrating those who make a difference to other people's lives within our community. For more information about The Pride of Andover Awards, including this year’s sponsors and award categories,please visit: www.prideofandoverawards.org.uk.



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Tunworth Cheese twice baked souffle

It's so good to see a growing number of local food producers making names for themselves. Stacey Hedges at The Hampshire Cheese Company makes Winslade and Tunworth, two delicious artisanal cheeses which can now be bought at several branches of the Co-op around Hampshire as well as Waitrose and independent delis and grocery stores. And further afield as far away as Singapore! Her present creamery will soon be replaced with a new and bigger one to meet the growing demand. Try my amazing double baked souffle recipe using Tunworth. It is easier than you might think and can be made a day or two ahead, ready to finish off in a hot oven, brown and bubbling, and it will be a showstopper I promise! My recipe serves 6 starter size.

Ingredients for Souffle

Butter the ramekins and sprinkle the inside with grated parmesan Fill a baking dish with hot water in the oven at 180 degrees. This is known as a Bain Marie which will help even cooking. Melt the butter gently and stir in the cornflour to form a roux. Gradually add the the milk and cream mixture until the sauce thickens slightly. Add the Tunworth to the mixture and stir over a gentle heat. The sauce should be smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. Separate the eggs and beat the egg yolks. Stir the yolks into the mixture. If it looks as though it is separating at this stage, don’t worry keep going! Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the mixture. Season to taste. Gently fill the ramekins to the top and bake for twenty minutes until brown and risen. Allow to cool and turn onto a try. The souffles at this stage can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen.

120ml full-fat milk 120 ml double cream 60gm cornflour 45 gm butter 4 eggs whole 200gm Tunworth cheese (remove the rind before weighing) cut into small pieces Salt and pepper to taste Butter to grease ramekins

Method for the second bake

Finishing sauce per individual souffle

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Everyone’s welcome to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Andover Town Centre on Friday 3rd June, 11am-5pm. Andover has a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees and significant moments in royal history. The people of Andover will once again come out to celebrate in the Market Square for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Street Festival, which is being held on Friday June 3rd 2022. This is a free event for all ages, featuring a rich medley of food & drink, live music and dance, and an interactive arts trail. The event aims to celebrate the rich diversity and talent of Andover and it’s residents in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. There will be performances from local professional and amateur groups and students from Andover College throughout the day. A Street Food market will include flavours from around the world, and African Drumming workshops will run throughout the day at Riverside Park. To help you make a day of it there will also be royal themed storytelling sessions, a Magician, Punch and Judy show, and art workshops at various locations including The Chantry Centre, Andover Library, Chapel Arts Studios and Andover Museum. All activities and performances are free of charge. For more information and full event line up visit www.inandover.co.uk/ events/queens-platinum-jubilee-street-festival/

Have your say on your future Residents and businesses are being encouraged to have their say as Test Valley Borough Council has today launched a public consultation on one of its most important plans. The authority is seeking the views of residents to shape the priorities for its new Corporate Plan, which will run from 2023 until 2027. The authority’s Corporate Plan sets the clear vision for the council over a four-year period, from 2023-2027, influencing TVBC’s decisions and actions throughout that time. Each year, a Corporate Action Plan is then developed to show how officers and councillors are delivering on these priorities.


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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

Early one morning... Traditional folk and part-songs to welcome Summer. At 7.30pm Abbotts Ann School. Duck Street, Abotts Ann, SP11 7FE. Tickets £12 on the door, under 14s free. Tickets also available from Abbotts Ann Village Shop, the Beehive Stores (Goodworth Clatford) and the Greenfield Farm Shop. In aid of church WC fund. www.andoverchamberchoir.org.uk

Wednesday 8th June

Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June Stockbridge Flower Festival

This annual event will be held in St Peter’s church from Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26. The church will be full of stunning arrangements around this year’s theme “Happy and Glorious”. Visit from 10.00am - 6.00pm each day ( although there is a Sunday service at 11.00). Teas available on Sat and Sun from 2.00 - 5.00 Contact Angela on 01264 810236 for further details.

Spitfire House - Open Garden for NGS

A country garden situated high on chalk downland. On the site of a WW11 Spitfire assembly factory with Spitfire tethering rings still visible. This garden has wildlife at its heart and inc fruit and vegetables, a small orchard, wildlife pond, woodland planting and large areas of wildflower meadow. Wander across the downs to be rewarded with extensive views. Wed 8 June (11-3). Admission £5, Children free. Times:11:00 to 15:00. Open for charity. Please check website below for latest information. Spitfire House, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6JS. Contact telephone: 07711 547543

Friday 17 June

Stockbridge Cinema

Petite Maman (U) - From 7.30pm Following the death of her beloved grandmother, 8-year-old Nelly accompanies her parents to her mother’s childhood home to begin the difficult process of cleaning out its contents. As Nelly explores the house and nearby woods, she is immediately drawn to a neighbour her own age building a treehouse. What follows is a tender tale of childhood grief, memory and connection. (In French with English Subtitles)

Wednesday 22 June Stokbridge Cinema

King Richard (12A) - From 4.15pm and 7.30pm Armed with a clear vision and a brazen 78-page plan, Richard Williams (Best Actor Oscar winner Will Smith) is determined to write his daughters, Venus and Serena, into history. Training on California's neglected tennis courts -rain or shine- the girls are shaped by their father's unyielding commitment and their mother's balanced perspective and keen intuition, defying the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them. Based on the true story that will inspire the world, "King Richard" follows the uplifting journey of a family whose unwavering resolve and unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the world's greatest sports legends.

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Sunday 26 June Good Festival 2022

From 9.30am -4.30pm at Bere Mill Farm, Whitchurch, Hampshire Good Festival (formerly Hampshire Country & Garden Festival) is a fun-filled day for all of the family hosted by the Hampshire Medical Fund, raising money for Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester NHS hospitals. The children’s area will be jam-packed with exciting activities from face painting to bush craft. Live music from brass band, Tuba Libres, will have you dancing around the hay bales. The Good Living Tent will host yoga sessions alongside fly fishing tuition on the banks of the River Test. There will be a line-up of stalls from local artisans, food and drink producers, plant nurseries and a mouthwatering array of food providers including a barbeque feast from Bere Mill itself, a hog roast, locally roasted coffee and handmade cakes. Don’t forget to bring your dogs to enter the popular family fun dog show and be in with a chance to win ‘Waggiest Tail’; pick up some tricks from local dog trainers while you are there. There is something for everyone in this fun festival celebrating all that is good about being in the great outdoors. For further information about Good Festival and to book tickets: www.goodfestival.co.uk.

Saturday 2 July

Stockbridge Antiques Fair

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good Festival 2022 Good Festival (formerly Hampshire Country & Garden Festival) is a fun-filled day for all of the family hosted by the Hampshire Medical Fund. Set amongst the beautiful gardens of Bere Mill on the River Test in Whitchurch, the festival returns this year on Sunday 26th June.

tents and enjoy a day of wholesome good simple fun for all the family. The festival combines exciting interactive attractions and experiences with a feel-good atmosphere. The children’s area will be jam-packed with exciting activities. Children’s entertainers Sharky & George return with their imaginative and energetic games to ensure that the festival is full of bubbles, laughter and happy faces. There will be bushcraft, bubble football, laser fun, circus skills, storytelling, face painting, theatre fun and festival flower headdresses, to name a few! This year there will be a new area for the Under 5’s to keep the littlest festivalgoers entertained.

‘The Three Cockerels’ mobile bar will provide award-winning drinks from local breweries and distilleries across the South Downs.

Every penny from the festival goes towards the purchase of pioneering medical equipment for Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester NHS hospitals. This year, the Hampshire Medical Fund has a very special fund-raising target of £200,000 for the procurement of a state of the art AI (artificial intelligence) machine for interventional radiology. This machine allows minimally invasive, image guided procedures to target tumours in the lungs, kidneys & liver. There are only two of these machines in the entire United Kingdom, which makes it cutting edge technology in cancer treatment for The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The festival launches on Saturday 25th June with an evening of sparkling wine, cocktails and canapés set against the backdrop of Bere Mill gardens. This will be followed by supper, a silent auction and a fast auction finale, accompanied by musical duo, The Canapés, on the guitar and violin. On Sunday, the doors open at 9.30am. Visitors are invited to step among the colourful festival


Infectious funky grooves from the exciting musical brass band, Tuba Libres will have you dancing around the hay bales. Also new for this year, The Good Living Tent, celebrates all aspects of well-being with local experts and practitioners. Have you ever tried aerial silks or wanted to have a go at surfing but not quite made it to the waves? Visitors can experience some of life’s simple outdoor pleasures. For the fishing enthusiasts, ‘Famous Fishing’ will be on the banks of the River Test with fly fishing casting tuition, guidance on fly types, and the opportunity to learn how to tie a fly. For shoppers, there will be local artisans, delicious local food and drink producers and an array of plant stalls to help fill your garden with summer colour. The festival venue, Bere Mill, leads the line-up of food providers with a barbeque feast sourced from the green pastures all around. The mouth-watering selection will include vegan delights, a hog roast, crêpes, ice-cream, locally roasted coffee and handmade cakes. Make sure you come hungry and thirsty!

Last but not least, enter your canine friends in the popular family fun dog show. In the Good Paws tent, our four legged friends will be in with the chance to win: Dog Most like its Owner, Most Handsome Dog, Waggiest Tail and Dog with the Most Character. Water bowls and doggy waste bins are provided throughout the site.

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Dogstival 2022 - 4th to 5th June

Dogstival, The Coolest Dog Show in town is back with a special Jubilee edition on the 4th & 5th June 2022 at a stunning new venue of Broadlands Park, Romsey! The ultimate day out for you and your dog the festival is jam packed with have a go activities, main arena displays, shopping, live music, talks, dog diving pool and delicious food and drink for you and your four legged friend! The weekend is crammed full of fun canine activities, shows and demonstrations, expert talks and of course every delicious treat that dogs of all breeds, shapes and sizes could wish for. For more information visit: dogstival.co.uk

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Many congratulations to the Godolphin teams who successfully completed the Ten Tors Challenge 2022 on Dartmoor last month. This year, after two years away, Godolphin secured 5 teams on the start line


for the Challenge with 30 girls taking part . In the foggy gloom of Saturday morning, the teams set off on their adventures - 35 miles of self-sufficient travel across the wilds of Dartmoor. As the sun chased the fog away by 8.00am the temperatures rose and provided an additional challenge for the girls to consider. Back in the Okehampton campsite and across many Wiltshire and Hampshire homes the teams were tracked and followed as they made their way around their designated routes with nail baiting nervousness (some kitchens were even turned into Command Posts, with parents tracking every team). All teams progressed well through the day and remained on course in line with their route cards, making it to the night time camps in good order. Waking up at 4.30am on Sunday morning the teams were greeted with a thick fog

as they readied themselves for a 6.00am start. The fog remained in place for several hours and provided some tricky navigation conditions initially. Slowly, parents gathered at the finish line and welcomed the first tired team over the line at midday. The remaining teams marched in triumphantly over the next couple of hours with the final team arriving at 4.15pm to a huge cheer from all the parents and girls who had stayed on to see their teammates complete the Challenge. This year the most notable characteristic has been the togetherness and teamwork across the whole squad and there is no doubt that is the strength that got all of these girls to the end of the Challenge. Many of the girls are already asking about 45miles in two years time! www.godolphin.org - Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury, SP1 2RA



Getting ready for Reception is child’s play In the fifth of our blog series investigating what makes Salisbury Cathedral School special, our Head of Pre-Prep, Linda Cunningham-Brown, asks parents to relax about their children starting school. By all means enjoy the excitement of this major mil In the fifth of our blog series investigating what makes Salisbury Cathedral School special, our Head of Pre-Prep, Linda Cunningham-Brown, asks parents to relax about their children starting school. By all means enjoy the excitement of this major milestone in your child’s life, but don’t worry about reading and writing before they even begin.

Life skills are another area where you can help your child be ready for school. The simplest things can make the biggest difference to their days away from you. Being able to put on and take off their coats and welly boots. Here at Salisbury Cathedral School we go outside to play and explore daily and we always dress for the weather which can mean sunscreen or gloves, sun caps or woolly hats, and we always wear boots. Being able to use the bathroom independently, wash their own hands and use a tissue are all good skills too as is being able to feed yourself. The really great news here is that all these activities help develop fine motor skills as well as increasing your child’s independence.

Starting school is a big deal. Even children who have been in nursery full time can find the jump challenging. It takes time, plenty of time, for our youngest pupils to settle in fully. We know that a child needs to feel safe, secure, happy and nurtured to create a good foundation for learning. That’s why we attribute the whole of the Autumn to establishing really strong relationships with each individual pupil, and their parents. It means that when we do venture into more academic learning the children are ready and excited, they can give their full attention because they are comfortable and confident at school.

A good tip is to let your child wear their school uniform during the summer before Reception. Regular use will not only help them feel more comfortable but also loosen button holes and ease zips. We don’t expect children to be able to read and write their names, but if they can recognise it that does help finding their coat amongst many which are the same. Name tags with pictures work well, children remember their animal or object easily while they learn to recognise the shape of their name too. Teach them to tidy up. At school we use lots of different toys and games and we always put them away again so we have space for fresh fun.

Unfortunately, in our busy and competitive world, giving children this time and space to grow before launching into letters and maths can feel as if you’re travelling against the tide. We all know a parent whose child can already write their name, or is a natural with numbers, and it’s all too easy to think we are letting our own child down by not keeping up. However, the reverse is often true. A child who has developed strong gross and fine motor skills will learn reading, writing and arithmetic more easily than one tasked with academic activities too early. It’s why the school curriculum for the early years’ foundation stage, EYFS, prioritises learning through play for the Reception year.

Whilst there is no pressure for your child to be able to read and write, we do strongly recommend sharing books as much as you can. Picture books and story books, any book really to demonstrate reading as a normal part of life. Nursery rhymes are particularly good. They are very powerful early influencers of language because of their repetitive patterns and wider vocabulary. The rhyming element is effective at progressing auditory discrimination skills which are vital for understanding phonics, which in turn, are critical for reading and writing development. Nursery rhymes are also packed with mathematical patterns too. Think ‘5 currant buns’ or ‘ten green bottles’ – it’s all good fun and good learning as well.

If you are keen to prepare your child for school, then building strong gross and fine motor skills is a brilliant place to start. Gross motor skills enable children to move their whole bodies, to run and jump and swing, but they also help children to sit still. We all need core strength to sit at a desk for a period of time and we need strong rotator cuffs to support controlled use of a pencil for writing. The great news here is that the best way to develop strong gross motor skills is through energetic play. Go to the park, encourage your child to run and climb, go swimming, ride bikes and scooters, visit a trampoline park, just be active in everyday life. Fine motor skills involve a refined use of muscles which control the hands, fingers and thumbs. Once again play is your friend to build these skills, but this time think quiet play. Building Lego, playing with marbles or construction toys and tackling puzzles are


all great options. If they like playing with playdough, even better. Squishing and shaping playdough is brilliant at developing strong hand muscles for using pens and pencils. Outside, encourage kids to pick up sticks and pine cones or help planting bulbs and flowers. And, if you begin to worry that other children are ahead academically, remind yourself of the old adage: you can’t run before you can walk. Children need well developed gross and fine motor skills to be able to sit and write. Of course, draw and colour as much as you like, just don’t succumb to unnecessary pressure for your child to keep up or stand out. Childhood should be fun.

Of course, your child might be the one who is desperate to learn and is pushing to be able to write their name. Don’t stop them, that’s not what this article is about. The message is that there is no rush for those children, which will be most children, who are not ready for the pen and the page just yet. Send them in for a warm Reception and let us, the teachers, do our job. Whilst we do not rush into the rigour of formal learning, you can rest assured your child will not be left behind. In fact, they will flourish over time from a firm foundation of strength and independence. For more information please contact Jojo orange at orange.j@salisburycathedralschool.com







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It’s not your fault that you don’t move enough Ooo, did you just raise an eyebrow? I hope you did. This statement might just cause a little stir, because the popular belief is that we can make choices about our behaviour, good or not so good, every second of every day; or can we? If we are not moving, exercising or changing our lifestyle as we ‘should’, does that mean we are lazy, unmotivated or uncaring? The short answer is, nope, or at least, not necessarily. The longer answer is that we are actually genetically programmed to behave as if we still live in a time of feast or famine. Therefore our ancient, instinctive brain is constantly still seeking food, rest, ease and convenience just in case there is a famine coming around the corner. The choice to take the stairs or the lift, the lift wins. The choice to change the channel with the remote or get up to press a button, the remote wins. The choice to eat the ice cream or an apple, the ice cream wins etc etc. So with this new understanding, we can be proactive, we must create an environment that encourages, even forces us to move more and create different shapes with our body. Make it so that choosing to move is the only option!

David Mellor Family Jewellers celebrates Andover’s unsung heroes David Mellor Family Jewellers announced as the main sponsor for the 2022 Pride of Andover Awards, sponsoring the Spirit of Andover award. With the highly anticipated Pride of Andover awards set to return for 2022, this year's event is set to be greater than ever. The overall winner of the awards will win the sought-after Spirit of Andover award sponsored by the events’ main sponsor, David Mellor Family Jewellers. The award recognises an individual or group who have gone above and beyond, and whose achievements and work in the local community have been far reaching. Christine Mellor of David Mellor Family Jewellers said of sponsoring the 2022 event: “We’re delighted to be main sponsors of The Pride of Andover Awards once again. As a local business, our community is


I’m going to give you the easiest place to start. I’m not going to take the car away, or even the remote away, but I would like you to take your favourite armchair away, or at least pop your cactus on it. No more sofa surfing this evening, I’d like to encourage you to find your flow on the floor instead. The floor is possibly the best piece of exercise equipment you’re not using. Floor sitting is not only a great way to strengthen and mobilise the body, but just getting up and down from the floor is a key skill and core challenge. Just by the very nature of sitting on the floor you will get uncomfortable and your body will tell you it’s time to move, unlike disappearing into a chair or sofa for hours. Use the floor sitting ideas in my online video to create a variety of positions for your body to rest in during your relaxation time in the evenings. Here you can watch TV, read, scroll, play, relax and feel good you are creating new movement and strengthening opportunities for your body at the same time. Your environment is the single most biggest influencing factor on how you move, not your level of motivation, determination, number of fitness classes, Apps or trackers. So create yourself a comfy floor seating area with cushions, blankets, bolsters and mats, both to create an inviting spot to sit, as well as the constant reminder to sit there! “Shape your environment, or your environment will shape you” Watch the video on the website for some great floor sitting ideas, you can do it! Emma Wightman www.the-sop.com/video-guides incredibly important to us. We want to celebrate everything that makes Andover a wonderful place to live; namely, the selfless individuals who volunteer their time and energy, going out of their way to support others, and inspiring everyone who’s lives they touch to achieve great things for the good of our town. To be able to sponsor the Pride of Andover awards, particularly this category for another exceptional year is something we feel very passionate about. A thriving community is made up of proactive, selfless people and the Spirit of Andover Award recognises this.” The Pride of Andover Awards will officially launch on 27th June with an incredible 11 awards categories available. The categories and sponsors for The Pride of Andover Awards are: Spirit of Andover Award Overall Winner David Mellor Family Jewellers Young Person of the Year Award - Postal Coded Sue Sheppard Award – The Commercial Centre Sports Award – Phat's Taxi Services Award – Sultan Sid Dajani Mayor of Test Valley – Bulpitt Print Inspiring Others Award – R&B Industrial Ltd & The TLC Counselling Hub Heart of Gold Award – New Street Dental Care Fundraiser Award – Carpet Cleaning Lady Community Champion Award – Ocado Arts Award – The Rock House



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Residents of Andover and the surrounding areas are being asked to contribute to the Nature in Harmony: Citizen Science project following a successful year of wildlife surveying in 2021. Developed by local environmental charity, Andover Trees United, the Nature In Harmony: Citizen Science project, which launches its second year of wildlife surveying on 1st May, will work with ordinary people, of all ages, to investigate the distribution of animal and plant species across Harmony Woods in Andover. Citizen science is a branch of scientific research conducted by non-scientists; by enrolling the help of volunteers into scientific research the capacity of the scientific community is improved and the public’s understanding of the science is increased. Nature In Harmony: Citizen Science has two goals: Firstly, to enhance current scientific understanding of the 44 acres of new woodland, located between Augusta Park and close to Enham Alamein. Secondly, to give individuals who take part the opportunity to take action in their own community and improve their understanding of ecology and conservation. The charity is looking for 12 members of the community for a minimum of 2 half-days each to act as recording assistants in our regular wildlife surveys. No experience is required as training will be given in field survey techniques and species identification by the project ecologist. All equipment needed for the survey will also be provided onsite. Surveys will be carried out primarily on weekday mornings, however, weekend sessions can be arranged for those who have other commitments during the week. Over the next year Andover Trees will also be running an exciting programme of events to complement the scientific research activity. Open to all, the events will include a Bioblitz on May 28th, 10x woodworking workshops throughout summer, and a concert on July 16th. Wendy Davis, founder of Andover Trees United, said “ We are very excited for Megan to take on our annual citizen science programme and develop it further as it enters its second year. Assisting in these simple but important surveys is a lovely way to spend a few hours, you can enjoy the peace and tranquility of Harmony Woods, practice your flower and bug ID skills in a relaxed environment and help conserve your local wild spaces.” Referring to the charity’s reliance on a range of supporters for the work it carries out, she also added, “we are indebted to a generous benefactor who has made this ecology internship possible.” For more information on how to get involved please visit www. andovertrees.org.uk/nature-in-harmony or contact megan. broughton@andovertrees.org.uk


Nearly 20,000 trees have been planted over the 2021/22 planting season, almost doubling the target set for Test Valley Borough Council. Last year, the council announced its target to plant 10,000 trees over the autumn and winter months in a bid to help tackle climate change and improve the environment. Now, climate change and countryside portfolio holder, councillor Alison Johnston, has revealed that a total of 19,325 trees have been planted across the borough. A total of 600 have been planted at Anton Lakes, almost 2,000 at Harewood Common and a further 1,200 at Hunts Farm, Timsbury. Through the Hampshire Dormice Project, 500 were also planted at Finkley Down Farm. The whips are mixed native species, with other planting locations including Ox Drove, Picket Twenty and Valley Park woodlands. The commitment to plant them came after the borough council declared a climate emergency in September 2019. Councillor Johnston, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled that we have been able to smash the initial 10,000 figure that we set just over six months ago. The efforts that go into a project like this are huge, and we need the good will of volunteers and the dedication from landowners. “With the help of partners, we're absolutely committed to keeping this going and plan to plant a similar number of trees in each of the next three years.”

Stockbridge Open Gardens Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July Stockbridge once again opens its gardens to the public this July; on the 30th and 31st gardens at the western end of the village will be open to visitors and, with the River Test running through this part of Stockbridge, you will have the chance to walk along part of the river bank at The Greyhound on the Test and explore some of the other hidden waterways. After enjoying the gardens afternoon tea, Amesbury Town Band and a tempting plant stall will be awaiting you on the church lawn. Tickets are £10 (accompanied under 16s free) and can be bought from 1pm at St Peter’s Church or the car park at the western end of the village.

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