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ISSUE 46 APRIL 2012

TEST Valley

With thanks to Stephen Webber for this months cover image - for more information on Stephens work see page 24

Useful information Community news & events Church services Local entertainment Clubs and societies Local businesses Recipe page

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he April edition of the Test Valley Forum Magazine is packed with useful local information and many interesting news articles. Please keep your letters and emails coming as we are always delighted to read your feedback. Speak to us and let us have your thoughts, be it on the magazine itself or the content of an article. The Forum is for the community and the community needs a voice, so our letters page will give you the freedom to speak. Since the magazine's launch in July 2008 the magazine has grown in its popularity and distribution area. At its inception we were very focused on Stockbridge as a centre for the magazine. Now we encompass a large area of the Test Valley and we have plans to expand the readership of the magazine yet further during 2012. Some of the towns and villages we plan on reaching are; Mottisfont, Braishfield, Longparish and West Tytherley, more may be added to this list as the year progresses. Don't forget if you would like to read the magazine online simply visit our website www. testvalleyforum.co.uk and click on 'Latest Issue' in the menu bar . If you saw something in a previous issue and need to find it then click on 'Old Issues' tab in the menu bar. We are always thinking of ways to improve your local magazine and we are keen to expand our readership yet further. We need your information urgently and we value your local input. Entries onto our Diary page, Clubs and Societies page and Useful Information page are completely free of charge.

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In this Contents Issue

Business Property Management

05 Dates for your Diary

2, 15

06 Test Valley Borough Council News

Professional Services

08 Church services and News

Property sales, letting and management

Professional trades & organisations

7, 9, 11

Health & Beauty

Health & beauty services, shops & salons

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Home Services

Trades & service for the home

16, 17

ANIMAL & PET SERVICES 19

10 Clubs and Societies 12 A king and a 400 year old tobacco legacy 12 You're having a laugh... aren't you? 14 Useful Information 16 Winchester Film Festival 2012 18 New Forest & Hampshire County Show - 24th - 26th July 18 Wagging Tails where happy dogs holiday! 18 National Garden Scheme - Open for charity

Building Services & SUPPLIES

18 An evening with Ann Widdecombe and Alastair Stewart

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20 Bee Palace

Building services & supplies

Education Services

Schools, colleges and further education

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The Home

Items for the home

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21 Spring is on its way - Stockbridge Primary School News 24 Guy Taplin returns to Courcoux & Courcoux 24 Stephen Webber Photography 24 Victorian advertising set to reap a profit 26 Recipe of the month - Legumes farcis

Food & Drink

29 Stockbridge marmalade make preserves tradition

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with award win

ARTS, CRAFTS & MUSIC

30 Useful Information

24, 32, 33, 35

30 The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2012

Trades and services for food & drink

Local arts and crafts and retailers

THE GARDEN

Trades & services for the garden

36, 37

Motors

Motor vehicle sales, repairs & servicing

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32 Ever wondered what singing can do for you? 32 Broughton Amateur Drama Group 34 Hampshire Mum - Let's Rock! 36 First of the Mohicans


April Diary

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Dates for your Diary Country Market Every Thursday 10-11.45am at Stockbridge Town Hall, Stockbridge.

Sunday 1st April Retro and Antique & Collectible Market A great opportunity to buy or sell all things Vintage and Retro including clothes, accessories, homeware, furniture, vinyl records plus much more. First Sunday of every month from 10am - 4pm. Middlebrook Street Winchester Wednesday 4th April Children’s Easter Chocolate Workshop Join us for a fun family workshop making your own mini Easter eggs, decorate a chocolate lolly and learn all about how chocolate is made from bean to bar. Run by the talented staff from Chocolate Craft in Alresford, you’ll be given all the help you need to make your own chocolate treats for Easter. All ingredients and packaging included Sessions at 10am-11.30am and 1pm-2.30pm. Tickets: £12 per child (over 8’s only please) and £4 per adult (free gift included), each child must be accompanied by an adult (max 3 children per adult). Tickets available online from the Cathedral Box Office or by phone on 01962 857275.

Thursday 5th Sunday 8th April Wickham Easter Folk Festival A 4-day family-friendly Folk Festival with music, song and dance in the picturesque and attractive village of Wickham. Concerts, sessions, workshops and a traditional Crafts Fayre will be held in the Wickham Community Centre with dance displays and informal sessions throughout the village. For more information contact: Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane Wickham, Hants, PO17 5AL Tel: 023 8071 1818

Friday 6th - Sunday 15th April All day events at the Watercress Line, Alresford.

etc. Local shops will also be open including The Garden Inn, Lane End Kitchen Ware and Mokaya Cocoa.

Refreshments. Visitors are always welcome. For more details please ring 01264 810150 or 01264 810603

A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends

Monday 16th April

Saturday 28th April

Houghton WI Meeting From 7.30pm in Houghton Village Hall. Sue Waldron will give a talk on "Crafts of Inland Waterways". All visitors are very welcome. For further information please call Sandra Harper: 01794 388509 or Jane Anderton: 01264 810928

Wherwell Singers Spring Concert St Peter's Stockbridge Programme includes Handel's Zadok the Priest, Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine, Bruckner motets and English part songs. Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) www.wherwellsingers.org

Saturday 21st April

Saturday 5th May

Wherwell Singers Spring Concert From 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Compton. Donation to Hello Martha Fund (Reg charity no. 1079049) Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) Available from Dale Webb (01264) 860074 and on the door

Longstock and Leckford WI Stall. The stall will be outside St Peter's Church Stockbridge from 9.30am to 1.30pm selling Bric-a-Brac, plants, cakes and goodies.

Sunday 8th April Guided tours of Twyford Waterworks Come and have a guided tour of this unique Edwardian pumping station. Hazeley Road, Twyford, SO21 1QA. Tel: 01962 714 716 www. twyfordwaterworks.co.uk

Monday 9th April 21st Spring Vehicle Meet & Autojumble To be held at Picket Piece, SP11 6LX, American, European and British classic cars & bikes, commercials, military, steam & stationary engines. Adults £4, seniors £3, children £2. Raffle in aid of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and other local charities. For more details ring 01264 363295 or 07889 630544.

Tuesday 10th April Children's Holiday Activities Activities and workshops inspired by the Cathedral. Suitable for children aged 7+ Cost: £2.00 per child, includes a drink and biscuit. Staffing is by a fully qualified teacher and adults are welcome to stay at no extra costs. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. For more details and to book please email Cheryl Bryan, our Director of Children's Education, or phone her on 01962 857224.

Saturday 14th April Sale of Antiques,Collectables and Affordable Furnishings and Specialist Plant Stall Stockbridge Town Hall 10am to 2pm. Browse through a varied range of items for your house and garden. Admission free.

Sunday 15th April French Market, Stockbridge From 10am - 4pm. Cheese Lorry, Bread baked on site, croissants and patisseries, charcuterie, olives, cider, smoked hams, crepes stall, freshly made pralines, garlic

Saturday 21st April Chilbolton Pre-school Open Afternoon From 2 - 4pm. For more information contact: 07732 095814 or 07919 130777 or email: enquiries@ chilboltonpreschool.com

Sunday 22nd April Stockbridge - Bean Car/ Daffodil Rally From 10.30 onwards a magnificent collection of vintage cars with names the over 50s will remember. They gather from behind the Grosvenor Hotel and drive off around mid-day.

Sunday 22nd April A Spring Choral concert at St. Mary’s Church From 5.00pm at St.Mary's Church, Broughton.The Broughton singers together with the youth and junior choirs offer a varied and delightful concert for your delight. Tickets available on the door: £6.00 adults, £5.00 concession, under 16s free. Tickets includes a glass of wine. For more information. Jane Lloyd: 01794 301546

Tuesday 24th April Longstock and Leckford WI meeting From 7.30pm at Longstock Village Hall SO20 6DP. Mary Pollock will be talking to us about "Lillie Langtry".

Sunday 20th May Wherwell Primary School Spring Fete From 11.30 - 2.00pm. Barbecue, Drinks, Tent Teas, Stalls and Games, Bouncy Castles and Prize Draw. Everyone is welcome. Come and enjoy the fun!

Sunday 27th May Jazz by the River In aid of two local charities The Rupert Trust and the Stockbridge Scouts. In the meadow, the White Bridge Stockbridge, SO20 6DJ. John Robinson will be providing the Hog Roast and the Jubilee Trad Jazz band the music. Tickets £15 adult, Child under 12 £8 and infants under 3 free. Tickets will be on sale in Stockbridge from The Pharmacy, John Robinsons, Becky's Greengrocers and the Garden Inn,from the end of April. tickets to be purchased by Friday 25th May. Would you like to include an item on the diary page? Simply email your contribution to editor@ forumpublications.co.uk and we will do our very best to include it for you. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee publication of events and reserve the right to edit contributions where necessary.

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Community News

Test Valley Borough Council News Awards for Quality eateries in the Test Valley

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ome of the best places to eat across Test Valley have now received their Hampshire Hospitality Awards. The awards showcase the best Hampshire has to offer in the hospitality sector in terms of quality of food, the use of local produce and standard of service. Funding for the awards was under threat recently so Test Valley Borough Council, Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and Tourism South East implemented a rescue plan to reinvigorate the awards. Councillor Peter Giddings, the Economic Portfolio Holder at Test Valley Borough Council said "We are lucky to have so many good quality pubs and restaurants here in Test Valley. They play an important role in attracting the growing number of visitors and in stimulating a competitive local economy which is one of our corporate aims. I am very pleased that the Council was able to help rescue these awards because in these challenging economic times, it is good

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to see local businesses being rewarded”. 16 Test Valley eateries won awards after being assessed over recent months, including: • Abbots Mitre in Chilbolton • Annie's Restaurant at Kimbridge Farm Shop • Clos du Marquis, London Road, Stockbridge • The Bear and Ragged Staff, Timsbury • The Greyhound Inn, Stockbridge • The Mayfly, Testcombe, near Stockbridge • The Royal Oak, Goodworth Clatford • The Star Inn, East Tytherley • Thyme and Tides, Stockbridge Peter Birnie, the Inspector who assessed the eateries added “I was particularly impressed with the standard of the dishes, the quality of local produce and the attention to detail that the applicants paid to the dining experience. All our winners demonstrated a commitment to the overall customer experience, from taste and presentation to friendliness and welcome.

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These awards are an excellent way to showcase and celebrate the best of what the county has to offer."

Look out for the new Hampshire Hospitality Award window stickers which will be displayed in the winning establishments.

Use your green fingers to join online the Council's website. Alternatively call the Council’s Customer Services team on 01264 368000 or use the application forms distributed with this year’s Council Tax bills.

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nline subscriptions will be accepted for the 2012/13 Test Valley Garden Waste Collection Service from Monday 5 March 2012. An ‘Early Bird’ offer is available until 2 April 2012 so any applications received by this date will be eligible for a £3 reduction on the first licence. Current licences expire on 29 April 2012 and to continue receiving the Garden Waste Collection Service a new licence will be needed. To apply, visit the Garden Waste section (www.testvalley. gov.uk/gardenwaste) of

This year, the first licence will cost £22 under the Early Bird offer, or £25 outside of it. New subscribers will pay an additional £1.00 to purchase a reusable sack. These have proved to be highly durable so it is hoped that existing subscribers will continue to use the sacks issued last year. If you do need a new sack at time of renewal, there will be a charge of £1.00. Concessionary rates are available for local people who receive certain benefits. If you do not want to use our kerbside collection service, Test Valley’s Household Waste Recycling Centres at Scott Close, Walworth Business Park in Andover and at Bunny Lane, Timsbury near Romsey will also accept garden waste.


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Church Services & News St.Stephens Sunday 1st April

10.00 Morship Worship with Donkey

Easter Day

10.00 Family Communion

Sunday 15th April 10.00 Mattins

Easter Day

Sunday 1st April

Sunday 1st April

Sunday 15th April

Good Friday

Good Friday

Sunday 29th April

Easter Day

08.00 Holy Communion 18.00 Evensong

10.45 Liturgy of Palms 14.00 Good Friday Vigil

10.45 Benefice Service

St.Catherines

10.00 Family Communion

Over Wallop

Littleton

Sunday 1st April

10.00 Family Communion with Donkey

11.00 Parish Communion

10.30 Family Service

Good Friday

14.00 Liturgy of the Cross 10.30 Mattins

Easter Day

Sunday 22nd April

Sunday 15th April

10.45 Parish Communion

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 29th April

Sunday 22nd April

08.00 Holy Communion

11.00 Easter Family Communion 18.00 Song of Praise

Sunday 15th April

Sunday 22nd April

10.00 Family Communion 10.00 Morning Worship

10.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Worship (youth group)

St.Marys

Longstock

Sunday 22nd April

08.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 29th April

10.30 All age Communion

Stockbridge

Easter Day

08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Morning Worship

Sunday 1st April

10.15 Palm Sunday Service Windover Farm

Nether Wallop

Sunday 1st April

08.30 Holy Communion

Good Friday

12.00 Reflections at the Cross

08.00 Holy Communion

St.Thomas More Stockbridge

Mass & Services

09.00 Sunday Mass For other services and events please contact the Church. Canon Paul Townsend 01962 852804

Bossington

Sunday 1st April

09.30 Holy Communion

Easter Day

09.30 Holy Communion

Good Friday

14.00 Meditation on the Cross

Easter Day

06.00 Holy Communion at Nutley Farm 11.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 15th April

Sunday 22nd April

Sunday 22nd April

Sunday 15th April

11.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd April Wherwell

Sunday 1st April

10.00 Holy Communion

Easter Day

10.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 15th April

Sunday 29th April

09.30 Holy Communion for the whole benefice

All Saints Church Houghton

Sunday 1st April 18.00 Evensong

Good Friday

10.00 Family Worship

10.00 Family Service

Easter Day

Sunday 22nd April

Sunday 15th April

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd April

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09.30 Family Communion 09.30 Sunday Club

Every Wednesday

09.30 Holy Communion

11.00 Family Communion

Good Friday

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17.30 Eucharist of the last supper and foot washing

Easter Sunday

09.15 Service of the Word

14.00 Meditation

St.James

Sunday 5th April

Sunday 15th April

Sunday 22nd April

St.Peter's Only

Mottisfont

08.00 Holy Communion

11.00 Mattins

Sunday 15th April

Sunday 29th April

St.Andrews

Sunday 1st April

09.30 Sunday Club 11.00 Holy Communion and Coffee Club

St. Peter & Holy Cross

10.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Prayer

Broughton

Sunday 15th April

Sunday 1st April

09.15 Parish Communion

08.30 Holy Communion

St.Marys

09.30 All Age Worship 10.00 Holy Communion

Easter Day

09.30 Easter Family Communion

Please check services with Office: 01962 880845

10.15 Palm Sunday Service

10.30 Good Friday Walk with readings

Easter Sunday

10.00 Fourth Sunday Worship

Sunday 1st April

Good Friday

St.Andrews

Easter Day

10.45 All Age Worship

Old St.Peter

Sunday 15th April

10.30 Easter Garden 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Easter Morning Worship

12.00 Meditation 10.00 Family Communion

18.00 Choral Devotion

Sunday 15th April

Good Friday

Sunday 1st April

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Leckford

Sunday 22nd April

St.Peters

St.Marys

St.Peter

St.Nicholas

Sparsholt

09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Evensong

Sunday 22nd April

18.00 Holy Communion

St.Mary-the-less Chilbolton

Easter Day

10.00 Family Communion

Sunday 15th April

10.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd April

10.00 Family Service

Said Holy Communion each Tuesday 9.30am at Rosalind Hill House, Stockbridge


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Clubs & Societies PRE-SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS Chilbolton Pre-School

Chilbolton: Tel: 01962 760488 Sam Inglis: 07919 130 777

Army Air Corps Pre-School Middle Wallop: Tel: 01264 784381

Broughton Pre-School

Provides flexible hours for children aged 2 to under 5 years and is run by qualified, experienced staff offering a range of quality resources that fulfil the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Tel: 01794 301286 (school hours) to arrange a visit.

Stockbridge Pre-School

A well established Pre-School with new facilities including an all weather outdoor play area. We provide flexible hours to children from 2 years to school age. The PreSchool ‘helps children make good progress in learning and development with a focus on structured learning through play’ (Ofsted). For further information or to arrange a visit call 01264 811772

School Lane Playgroup

School Lane, Nether Wallop Hampshire, SO20 8EH. We are a small but beautifully formed group, staffed by professionals, fully Ofsted registered, providing quality care and education for 2-4 year olds in the grounds of Wallop Primary School. Tel: 01264 782051 (9-3pm)

Littleton Pre-school

A community run pre-school set in the Millennium Memorial Hall and surrounding grounds, offering a safe, happy and caring learning environment for 2 to 4 year olds. Staffed by experienced professionals. Ofsted registered. Open 8:30am-12:15pm, with a flexible drop off. Contact Carol Mortimer on 01962 776 206 or 07765 916 006 to arrange a visit.

times and more information or call 07530 893773.

SPORTS & FITNESS Broughton Bounders Running Club

SEAA/EA affliated running club covering the Mid-Test Valley villages, new members welcomed  Melvin Vayle Tel: 01794 301437

Stockbridge Recreation Ground Chair: Dave Webb Tel: 01264 810819 Sec: Dave Barnes Tel: 01264 810516

Chilbolton Badminton Club Jill Lord Tel: 01264 860667

Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club

Meets every Monday 8-10pm Chilbolton Village Hall. Deb & Richard Richardson Tel: 01264 861082

Wherwell Playing Fields Sean Hutton (Chair) Tel: 01264 860443 Angela Blackmore (Sec) Tel: 01264 860445

Stockbridge Football Club davesfc.football@virgin.net

CTC South Hampshire

Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk

Upper Clatford Youth Football Club

Wallops Under 5s Playgroup

We are running teams at under 7-16yr age groups this season. New players welcome. Training weekly on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (depending on age group) at Upper Clatford sports fields 6-7.15pm. Tel: 01264 364106 or 07833 614429 Jennie Handford for more information.

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Stockbridge Primary School, Old London Road, Stockbridge, SO20 6EJ. Tel: 01264 811089 Fax: 01264 810134 Water. Meadows@childrenssociety.org.uk www.childrenssociety.org.uk

The Barn Nursery Over Wallop

Small cosy nursery (max 6 children). 3hr sessions. Many activities. Singing, dancing, messy art & craft, playing in the garden. Willa Franks: 01264 782007 or 07831 368244. willa@thefranksfamily.co.uk

The Sombornes Pre-School

Independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age. Please visit www. thesombornespreschool.org for session

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Our activity takes place on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30, (September to April), in Broughton Village Hall. New members welcome. All the equipment provided. Come along and join in. More information contact: Amanda Hayter on 01980 862883 or John Perry on 01794 301466.

ARTS & CRAFTS Art Group - Abbotts Ann

Groups meet at The Old Exchange, Duck Street, Abbotts Ann, SP11 9ND Join a small group of 5 or 6 like minded people, find your style, medium and artistic identity, but mostly, come and relax and enjoy! Materials are provided, as is tuition and encouragement. Work in any medium and on any subject you choose, or on the topic chosen for the day. Groups meet fortnightly; sessions last for 2.5 hours with

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tea and coffee on hand. Sessions are lead by: Liz Dell HND(Fine Art) TDip(IT). Contact Liz for more information on e-mail: liz@edell.flyer.co.uk Tel: 01264 711051 Mob: 07881 633089

Embroiderers Guild

Andover Branch - We are a group of likeminded people who share an interest in all aspects of stitching and textiles. We meet socially at 7.30pm on the third Monday of every month, except August, in the Priory Hall, Love Lane (St. John’s Ambulance), Andover, SP10 2AB - next to the Wolversdene Club, to enjoy a programme of speakers and demonstrations. We also hold workshops in Goodworth Clatford Village Club every two months. www.egandover.blogspot.com or Tel: 01264 860806

Broughton Floral Club

Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Tel: 01794 516289

The Fly Dressers’ Guild

productions, not just for the benefit of performers. We aim to provide entertainment for the village in the form of drama, comedy, dance, music, review and pantomime. If you are interested in joining us on stage or behind the scenes then please get in touch. Chair: Linda Cardigan - Tel: 01794 301196 Vice Chair: Janet Wallace - Tel: 01794 301254

Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS)

Chair: Mark Frank (01264 810562). Vicechair: Debbie Smart (01264 810147) www.stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk

Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS)

Chairman: Cliff Tucker Tel: 01264 324513. Secretary: Ann Buckley Tel. 01264 365506

MUSIC & DANCE Sword Dancing

Test Valley Turners

Part of Broughton Traditional Arts Group (BTAG). We meet weekly from 5th March 2012. No previous experience necessary, new members welcome anytime. Pippa Evans: 01794 301389.

St Mary's Church, Broughton, Flowers:

We meet fortnightly at Broughton Primary School. No experience necessary. Come and discover the benefits of drumming! For more information phone Lynda Middleton: 01794 388002

John Leatherly - Tel: 01264 364850 or Ron Dodson - Tel: 01264 810169

For wood turners of all levels, from novice to professional. Meets every third Monday evening at Longstock Village Hall. Contact Graham Barnard Tel: 01962 851979

Janelle Quitman - Tel: 01794 301 754

Stockbridge Church Flowers Angela McMeekin - Tel: 01264 810236

Fancy a CRAFTY Pint?

On the first Saturday of every month. Love Craft Live Crafty run informal arts and crafts workshops in Abbotts Ann. Where local craft lovers are invited to meet up and enjoy a range of crafty workshops led by local artist and qualified teacher Kelly Jenkins BA Hons. MA rca. You will learn a new skill, make a product to take away & enjoy a drink & some homemade cake! All in the wonderful surroundings of The Eagle Inn Village pub. Each month ranges from; Textiles, Jewellery, Ceramics, decoupage and much more! The workshops run from 2pm to 5pm and costs just £18 per crafter with all your materials and lovely homemade cakes included! For more information on future workshops visit our www.facebook.com/ lovecraftlivecrafty or to book your place email: kelly.jenkins@hotmail.co.uk or call Kelly on 01264 712149.

DRAMA Chilbolton Players

Contact Richard Richardson on Tel: 01264 861082 www.chilboltonplayers.org.uk

Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG

The group exists for the enjoyment of those who wish to be involved in any way with

Samba and African Drumming

Bell Ringing at Sparsholt

Meet Mondays at the church from 7.30-9pm. It is excellent mental and physical exercise and a good way to make friends and join a local community. You do not have to be a resident of Sparsholt to join our band. To find out more call Tower Secretary Jenny Watson on: Tel: 01962 863596

Andover Town Band

A newly formed brass band. Open to all; beginners and beyond. The band aims to take its music into the community, to share playing and participation with local charities and educational causes. If you are interested in joining us; beginner or experienced, contact: 01264 324056

Wherwell Singers

Dale Webb: Tel: 01264 860074

Weyhill Electronic Organ Society

Monthly concerts of melodic, easy listening music featuring top class professional perfomers. For details visit www.weyhill-eos. co.uk or Tel: 01264 323213

WOMENS INSTITUTES The Wallops W.I.

Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm. St Peters Church Hall, Over Wallop. New members and guests are >>


Professional Services

always welcome. Contact Pam Quick on: Tel: 01264 781292 or Shirley Monger on Tel: 01264 782151

Longstock & Leckford W.I.

Meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in Longstock Village Hall. We have a very interesting programme of speakers for 2012 as well as many social occasions planned. Tel: 01264 810150 or 01264 810603.

Houghton W.I.

Meets on the third Monday of every month (except August) at 7.30 pm in Houghton Village Hall. Houghton WI is a lively and friendly group and all visitors or potential new members are most welcome. Contact, Sandra Harper Tel: 01794 388509 or Jane Anderton Tel: 01264 810928.

Chilbolton W.I

Meets at Chilbolton Village Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. New members welcome. Contact: Sally Griffiths Tel: 01264 860313 or Sue Batchelor Tel: 01264 860307

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES Royal Air Force Association Ben Warren Tel: 01264 810522

Stockbridge Lunch Club

Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898

RiVa - Dog Training

Kings Somborne. Val Kelsey Tel: 01794 388570

Royal British Legion

Broughton Twinning Association Twinned with Sauve in the South of France, we would welcome anyone who would like to join and take part in annual exchanges. President: Dave Evans - Tel: 01794 301194 Secretary: Victoria Barrett - Tel: 01794 301062

(Houghton Branch) Chair: Clive Mantell Tel: 01264 810804. Secretary: John Gale Tel: 01962 760225 Poppies: A McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236

Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts

Royal British Legion Womens Section

Chilbolton Care Group

(Stockbridge Branch) Branch Chair: Nancy Warren - Tel: 01264 810522. Secretary: Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898

Longstock Garden Club

Peter Bramley: 01264 810432 or Ada Rogers: 01264 810794

Stockbridge Evergreen

Chair: Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898

Kings Somborne Twinning Association

Twinned with St Paul du Vernay, near Bayeux. Annual exchange visits take place. Anyone in this magazine’s circulation area who is interested in joining us should contact Wendy Hartley Tel: 01794 388742

Leigh Dance - Tel: 01264 811074

Peter Ward - Tel: 01264 860528

Stockbridge & District Young Farmers Club

Meets every other Thursday at the Combine Club in Leckford. It is a rural-based youth group for young people aged 10 to 26. You don't have to be a farmer.Club Secretary: Victoria Brown Tel: 07828 019624 victoria.s.brown@hotmail.co.uk

The Somborne & District Society A local history society although we do cover other subjects and interests. We hold regular lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8 p.m. in King’s Somborne village hall as well as visits to historic houses and other places of interest. (Further information from Mary Pollock on 01794 388422).

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Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Stockbridge & Upper Test Branch. Chairman: Tolley Taylor - Tel: 01256 893561

The Upper Test Valley Vintage Club

The club was formed in 1998, locally based, for people with interests in vintage machines. No need to own one. Social meetings at the Leckford Combine Club, second Tuesday of the month from October through to April, 8pm. Contact : Mr David Watts on: 01264 810421 (chairman) www.uppertestvalleyvintageclub.co.uk.

Wherwell History Group

Builds up an archive of local history material and arranges monthly talks and visits. Andrew Flanagan. Tel: 01264 860560 wherwellhistory@gmail.com If you would like to feature your club or society on these pages FREE of charge then please send your contribution to editor@ forumpublications.co.uk. Please try to keep your contribution to under 60 words so that other groups can take advanatge of our free servcie

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Community News

A king and a 400 year old tobacco legacy

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rguably King James I of England also proved that Legalising drugs may not solve the problems of misuse as history shows. Drug abuse is a constant challenge for governments. Liberal voices shout loudly about the logic of drug legalisation with more benefits than disadvantages, but I remain unconvinced. Our comfortable compromise with hypocrisy on non-medical drug use means we pretend to be doing everything possible when in reality we know the best we can do is to contain and pay the price for this containment. The human desire to alter mood will always be with us and no amount of effort will eradicate it. Tobacco is the most lethal non-medical drug in use. History gives some insight into how a compromise 400 years ago giving it a legal status still brings a heavy price today — a price that will be even greater if we are tempted into making more dopamine stimulants legal. In October 1611 a resident of the English colony of

Jamestown, John Rolf, found that tobacco farming offered commercial survival for his failing colony. The Virginia Company formed in 1606 was incorporated to establish a viable colony in America, something that had previously proved too difficult. The plan was that the company would produce wine, olives and other commercial crops, but all failed. In 1609 a relief ship found Jamestown was almost a ruin. Rolf (who later became the husband of Pocahontas) had smuggled some seeds of Nicotiana tabacum from the island of Trinidad, planted the seeds and, in doing so, more or less started the current tobacco industry. Rolf needed to smuggle his seeds from Trinidad since at that time the island was under Spanish rule and taking the seeds was a capital crime. Rolf was clearly a risk-taking entrepreneur more akin to asking forgiveness than seeking permission. Today, would he be a drug baron? At that time the moral compass of our society was organised religion. The religious view on tobacco was confusingly articulated by the old Catholic wittism: “Yes, it’s a sin to

You’re having a laugh ...aren’t you?

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ill you be having or did you have a hilarious April fool’s day? Or did the day come and go like any other?

sad does that sound?) being deliberately guided into the state. Yet the sound of roaring laughter is so contagious isn’t it?

When was the last time you let those chuckle muscles have a really good workout? When did you laugh so much that tears were streaming down your face? Or has life got a little too serious recently?

Laughter is the best medicine. If it were bottled the label might read: Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. The ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships,

As a therapist I often forget the powerful effects of laughter despite spending an evening at a laughter workshop (how

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smoke when praying but can it be wrong to say a prayer when smoking?” Up to the early 1600s tobacco was used in the medical systems of Europe, China and India and generally did not meet religious opposition possibly because the Talmud, the Bible and the Koran omitted to deal with tobacco. Muslims exposed to tobacco in African settlements adopted it and the Catholic Church, opposed to smoking in church, had little view on smoking in secular life. Enter King James I, a man who liked a challenge. King James loathed tobacco smoking; his famous Counterblaste much quoted to this day is perhaps the first official condemnation of tobacco but it wasn't for health reasons. The link with ill health wouldn't happen for another 350 years! No, James I believed that the tobacco was part of witchcraft and, therefore, an abomination. Belladonna and henbane are members of the Solanaceae family of plants; so is tobacco. James was aware that witches used such herbs in rituals. Albert Hoffman, of LSD fame who wrote, ‘Plants of the gods’, reports that witches used the leaves of belladonna and henbane to compound a paste that was then smeared

and supporting both physical and emotional health. Take as required. How does it help? Laughter relaxes the whole body A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infectionfighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins Endorphins are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.

onto the broomstick shafts that they then slipped between their legs and rode through their bedrooms in a hallucinating flight. Dopamine stimulation seems to have a long, weird history. A number of commentators support Hoffman’s view that witches were more sexually liberal than spiritually evil yet to the late medieval mind these were one and the same. There is a suggestion that witches were outcast lesbians and their acts of sexual freedom certainly unnerved males who sought to suppress them. Male domination is a feature of most societies down the ages and individuals who upset this order were outcast. James I, it is known, was disgusted by, and perhaps with, the sexual act, which seems to be central to his obsession with witches and his ultimate demonising of tobacco. James I was singularly unsuccessful in his efforts but since he was pragmatic as well as obsessive he did the next best thing to eradicating tobacco: he taxed it. And here it stays to this day. Unless we are careful, the liberals are likely to lead us down this road for other dopamine stimulants, which will really become the mother of all public health problems Sultan SID Dajani.

Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. Laughter protects the heart Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. Laughter dissolves distressing emotions You can’t feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re laughing. Laughter helps you relax and recharge It reduces stress and increases energy, enabling you to stay focused and accomplish more.


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Useful Information EMERGENCY SERVICES Emergency only (Ambulance, Fire, Police): Tel: 999

Electricity Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 08457 708090

Gas Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0800 111 999

Water Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845

Reporting a leak? Then call: Tel: 0800 820 999

STOCKBRIDGE POLICE (NON-EMERGENCY) Stockbridge Police Station 0845 045 45 45. The current proposal is for the Police Station to locate to the Fire Station in Stockbridge. More news to follow when confirmed.

Andover Police Opens from 8am-10pm, seven days a week. Station enquiry staff will be able to assist you outside the Stockbridge police station opening times.

SURGERIES & CHEMISTS Stockbridge Surgery New Street, Stockbridge Hampshire, SO20 6HG Tel: 01264 810524 The surgery is open to patients on weekdays between the hours of 8.15am to 6.30pm. Closed lunchtimes between 12.45 and 13.45pm. Emergency calls will be taken during lunchtime. In addition the surgery is open on a Saturday morning 9am to 12.00pm and alternate Monday and Wednesday between 6.30 and 7.30pm. Appointments should be booked for the clinics. If there are any medical emergencies during our normal Monday to Friday working hours then please contact the surgery on Tel: 01264 810524. Outside these hours use the Out of Hours service which can be contacted on Tel: 0300 300 2012. Weekdays - Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8am. Weekends - Friday 6.30pm to 8am Monday morning. Service also available on bank holidays.

Open 6 days a week 9am-6pm Mon-Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday, with 1hr lunch time closing each day between 1-2pm. www.stockbridgepharmacy.co.uk

Houghton Parish Council A Young, Chairman Tel: 01794 388612 Mrs L C Boulton, Clerk Tel: 01794 301212

RECYCLING

Broughton Surgery

Broughton Parish Council

Walworth Industrial Estate Andover, SP10 5NU Tel: 01264 351421

NHS Direct

T Jenner, Chairman Tel: 01794 301785 Ms S Holder, Clerk Tel: 01794 340130

24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 46 47

Leckford Parish Council

Tel: 01794 301210 mh.stockbridge@nhs.net

Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy. www.stockbridge osteopathicpractice.com Tel: 01264 810028

The River Dental & Cosmetic Clinic 1 Clarendon Terrace, High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6EY General and cosmetic dentistry of the highest standard, including state-of-the-art treatments unique to the area. Tel: 01264 810818 info@theriverdentalclinic.co.uk www.theriverdentalclinic.co.uk

HOSPITALS Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

Chilbolton Flood Advisory Committee

Kings Somborne Parish Council John Werrett, Chairman Tel: 01794 389311 Peter Storey, Clerk Tel: 01794 389688

Little Somborne Parish Council

PARISH AND BOROUGH COUNCILS Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0800 028 0888

Test Valley Borough Council Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ Tel: 01264 368000

Stockbridge Parish Council Cllr Janet Whiteley, Chairman Tel: 01264 811101 Mr K Fell, Parish Clerk Tel: 01489 877510

Stockbridge Pharmacy

Over Wallop Parish Council

David Burnfield, Chairman Tel: 01264 810529 John Musters, Clerk Tel: 01264 810459 Lindsay Murray-Twinn, Chairman Tel: 01264-781497 Richard Waterman, Clerk Tel: 01264-772460

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Moya Grove Tel: 01264 860411 Graham Kelly Tel: 01264 861020

Joyrides Shopping Bus John Muster Tel: 01264 810459

Community Responder

Mr F Hervey-Bathurst, Chairman Tel: 01794 388594

Roger Tym Tel: 01264 810363

Wherwell Parish Council

Cruse Bereavement Care

Mrs J Andrews, Chairman Tel: 01264 860635 Mrs E Blakemore, Clerk Tel: 01264 860385

Stockbridge Primary School

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OTHER LOCAL SERVICES

SCHOOLS

Open 7 days a week for Minor Injuries - From 08:30-21:30. Charlton Road, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3LB Tel: 01264 358811

Timsbury (near Romsey) Tel: 01794 368548

Alan Crisp, Chairman Tel: 01264 860641 Mandy Amor, Clerk Tel: 01264 860566

Winchester Hill, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 7ZA Tel: 01794 512343

Andover War Memorial Hospital (No A&E)

Bunny Lane HWRC

Chilbolton Parish Council

Romsey Hospital (No A&E)

District nurse: Tel: 01962 893560 Health visitor: Tel: 01962 763970 www.stockbridgesurgery.co.uk High Street. Stockbridge. Hampshire. SO20 6EX Tel: 01264 810624 Tel: 01264 810967

D B Gibbons, Chairman Tel: 08453 499341

Scott Close HWRC

Stockbridge Primary School Old London Road, Stockbridge Hants, SO20 6EJ. Headteacher: Mrs Emma Jefferies: Tel: 01264 810550 adminoffice@stockbridge. hants.sch.uk

Test Valley Secondary School Roman Road, Stockbridge Hampshire, SO20 6HA Tel: 01264 810555 test.valley@testvalley. hants.sch.uk

Broughton Primary School School Lane , Broughton Hampshire, SO20 8AN Tel: 01794 301286 adminoffice@broughton.hants. sch.uk

Kings’s Somborne C.E. Primary School Nr Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6PN Head teacher: Mr Nick Winning Tel: 01794 388381

Wallop Primary School School Lane, Nether Wallop Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 8EH Tel: 01264 781216 margaret.baxter@wallop.hants. sch.uk

Wherwell Primary School Wherwell, Andover, SP11 7JP Tel: 01264 860384

We are a charity who offer free help and support to those who have been bereaved. Our contact details are: Helpline: 01264 336006

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Crawley Neighbourhood Watch For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Alison Carey on: alisonmc96@yahoo.com

Chilbolton Neighbourhood Watch For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Maria Watson Tel: 01264 860415

Longstock Neighbourhood Watch Charles Grieve Tel: 01264 810794

TAXIS Car/taxi share Run to a timetable but passengers need to book. Fares are similar to bus fares and over 60s can use their free bus pass if they have one. More information about Carshare and taxi-share schemes in Hampshire can be found at www. hants.gov.uk/passengertransport or call 01962 846785.


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Home Services

Winchester Film Festival 2012 We are delighted that all the proceeds from the 2012 Winchester Film Festival will be donated to the Friends of the Family, so you can experience a unique cinematic event while also raising funds for a very worthy cause.

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he idea of the Festival is to screen great films in appropriate (and often unusual) locations in and around Winchester, providing you with an immersive and unique viewing experience through which you can rediscover these classic films or perhaps even catch them for the first time - if you have seen the film before, you will never have seen it like this! Each year, the Winchester Film Festival works in partnership with a local charity. This year,

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Friends of the Family is a charity for vulnerable families and their children who live in the Winchester district. It is managed by Trustees and run by professional staff and volunteers. It is a small, friendly organisation which was established in 1993, and is based at the Quaker Meeting House in the centre of Winchester. This year the Winchester Film Festival will be held from the 8th to the 20th May. For more information visit: http://www. winchesterfilmfest.com or call: 01962 827107

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The New Forest & Hampshire County Show 24th – 26th July

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est of British at The New Forest Show In keeping with the Jubilee celebrations this year, the New Forest & Hampshire County Show (NFHCS) theme this year is ‘The Best of British’. They already highlight local goods and produce but this will be extended to encompass every part of Britain, and will include a brand new ‘Best of British’ Pavilion dedicated to demonstrations and interactive events. We are also delighted to announce that Alan Titchmarsh is our president this year and will be touring around the Showground on all three days. If anyone has any agricultural memorabilia please get in touch with the Press Officer, Jackie Neylon now on Jackie@ neylon.co.uk or ring 07767 252531 Agricultural Shows are famous for their livestock and rural activities and of course this remains the central attraction, especially as the Show is particularly famous

for its horse competitions including international showjumping. Over 3000 animals will be at the Show, 75 traditional crafts shown and cooking demonstrations and wine tasting ‘live’ on the showground. This Show’s aims are so much more than just agriculture, offering the opportunity to learn about everything in the countryside but also to provide entertainment for all ages. Attractions this year will include the exciting Shetland Grand National, Solent Dog Agility displays, Sheepdog herding and much more. Remember there are also over 600 trade stands providing one of the most varied and unusual goods and produce – definitely the place to get that special purchase. 20% off advance tickets are available online until July 11th at www.newforestshow.co.uk. Or on 10590 622409

National Gardens Scheme - Open for charity Sunday 15th & Tuesday 17th April Crawley Gardens, nr Winchester. Exceptionally pretty small village with thatched houses, C14 church and village pond. Three spring gardens of varied size, style and character will be open: Gable Cottage, Little Court and Paige Cottage. 2pm – 5.30pm. Combined admission £6. Plants for sale, teas. NEW Wednesday 25th & Sunday 29th April Ashe Park, nr Ashe, Overton. Extensive new gardens within

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the grounds of a Georgian country house and estate, with further development in progress. Parkland and specimen trees, woodland and bluebell walks, large contemporary potager, lime avenue and several newlyplanted areas. 2pm – 6pm. Admission £5. Plants for sale, teas. Gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme. Children are admitted free except where stated. Details of all gardens are in the Hampshire booklet and fuller descriptions with photographs can be found at www.ngs.org.uk

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Wagging Tails where happy dogs holiday!

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• Head Office in constant contact with carers during your dog’s board to ensure your dog is happy and settled. • Get updates from your carer to know how your dog is settling. • Award winning company recommended by many Vets, Dog Trainers, Groomers, Owners and Dogs! • Exclusive service – just one family’s dog/s boarding with a carer at any one time. For more information on our services or to join our family of carers please contact Caroline Harrison on 02380 600511 or email: so@waggingtailsuk. co.uk Give your dog a holiday!!!

An evening with Ann Widdecombe and Alastair Stewart

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t the Theatre Royal Winchester on Monday 16 Apr 2012 at 7:30pm. An opportunity to enjoy the consummate, professional newscaster Alastair Stewart interviewing the celebrated sure-footed politician Ann Widdecombe. Both are freely giving of their time and talent to support Winchester Rotary in raising funds for

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, "Shelter Box", serving disaster areas around the world, and other local and international Rotary causes. The event will cost £25. Venue: Theatre Royal Winchester Telephone: 01962 840440 Promoter: Winchester Rotary rotaryinwinchester@ googlemail.com


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Chilbolton Pest Control (CPC) is a discreet local service specialising in the eradication of rats, mice, rabbits, moles and Wasps in a 10 mile radius of Chilbolton. CPC can normally provide a 24 hour response time with most requests being answered the same day. CPC can attend and assess your problem free of charge. CPC has full public liability insurance. David Crouch: Chilbolton pest control 6 Test Rise, Chilbolton, Nr Stockbridge, SO20 6AF

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Bee Palace

Help pollinating bees in your garden Give your garden a palace fit for bees!

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he bee palace from beepalace.com is a nesting home for solitary bees: red mason bees (osmia rufa) and leafcutter bees (megachile centucularis).Hang the bee palace on a fence or wall in a sunny sheltered spot and enjoy these docile bees as they go to work pollinating your fruit and flowers! Your garden is a vital to protecting and feeding these charming bees. Growing flowers for nectar and pollen in your garden and giving them a secure and stable shelter will help slow down the general decline of bees in our gardens and in the countryside. The bee palace was developed by Nick Edmonds and Duncan Green in Hampshire. The Beepalace is handmade using aircrete, a lightweight insulation block that combines strength and durability with excellent weatherproofing qualities. It means you can leave the bee palace in situ throughout the year!

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The bee palace is filled with nesting tubes which are perfectly designed to provide shelter for the eggs that the bees lay throughout the spring and summer. They seal the end of the tube and the young emerge in the following spring. Simply replace the nesting tubes in spring once the young have broken through the seal of mud or leaves. Replacement tubes are available from mush.eri@btinternet. com. For more information or to order your beepalace visit: beepalace.com. If you have any question regards the beepalace then please send an email to: mush.eri@btinternet. Bee Palace advert chosen_Layout 13:26 Page 1 com, we will be 1-8th happy to get back1to12/03/2012 you.

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Spring is on its way

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pring brings Surprises at Stockbridge. We returned to School in February and a surprise was already in store for us – an OFSTED visit! The press is awash each day it seems with changes in education, generated by Government as they begin to transform the education system. Whether you agree with their rationale or not is an entirely personal belief but it is important that the education we provide our children with has some form of regulation and standards to ensure fairness and equality for all. Nevertheless, the ‘phone call’ and preparation is still daunting! After 2 days, our inspector pronounced our school Satisfactory but recognised the steps that have been taken since September to ensure a brighter future for the children of Stockbridge and surrounding areas. There is, he said “strong and effective leadership”,

“strong and effective support” from the Governing body and a team who “work together closely” to achieve the best for children. As we work to develop a 21st century curriculum, the inspector noted “central to this is the shared commitment of all teachers to foster an ethos of challenge and high expectation founded on high self-esteem, and respect and understanding of others’ cultures and beliefs.” The full report can be viewed on our school website www. stockbridge.hants.sch.uk Whilst OfSTED does play a vital role in monitoring Schools, we get immediate feedback and success from our pupils on a day to day basis. Our Year 5/6 children are developing their work on biodiversity at the moment and creating a ‘bug hotel’ to add to our wildlife garden. It’s exciting to see our older children interested and engaged with their learning to this degree. They are writing

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reports, each child creating a page for a class book to be shared with others in the library and reception area. Our nature table is growing daily at the moment as children take more notice of the world around them and bring in exciting things collected from home, from dog walks and whilst walking to school. We are also moving to 4 classes once again from September – an exciting step

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forward for all our families. Class sizes will all be under 20 with one class having just 10 children, I’d love to be in their shoes! There are still more weeks left of Spring and we have so much to look forward to, who knows what we’ll have been up to by the next time I write?! Emma Jefferies Headteacher Stockbridge Primary School

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Guy Taplin returns to Courcoux & Courcoux

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he Stockbridge gallery Courcoux & Courcoux Contemporary Art opened its latest exhibition of the work of internationallyrenowned bird sculptor Guy Taplin on Saturday 31st March. The show, "Sweet Sixteen", is Taplin's 16th solo exhibition with the gallery over a period of 27 years and features new ideas as well as old favourites from the Essex-based artist. There are wonderfully graceful egrets alongside humorous owls and boat panels with flying sanderlings and spoonbills, including one blue panel with twenty birds attached which, at eight feet long, is the largest which Guy has ever made. Taplin, now 73, has exhibited internationally for the past 30 years and his work is in many public and private collections,

including that of the late Jacqueline Onassis and Lord Puttnam, the well-known film producer. "We have clients all over the world for Guy's driftwood sculptures", comments gallery director Ian Courcoux. "There are many Taplin lookalikes which, I guess, is a form of flattery. But the secret of Guy's work is his instinct to know when to stop. Others tend to over-finish and lose the essence of the bird. Like its maker, a Taplin has the characteristics of a diamond -- wonderful quality while maintaining a certain roughness round the edges!

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influences include Irving Penn – especially his early studio work in natural light. Stephen’s current ‘Biographies in Light’ project uses ultra-low contrast flash to wrap his subjects in soft light. This technique – with Stephen’s sense of what Cartier Bresson called ‘the decisive moment’ - can create photographic portraits with the depth and subtlety of paintings. They aim to tell a sitters story, not just to record their likeness. Whether they are commissioned or for exhibition. Stephen’s portraits never use models- always real people, real faces, real professions, real passions. To see more of Stephens work visit: www.stephenwebber. co.uk

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"Sweet Sixteen" runs until the 25th April. A 56-page catalogue is available at £10. For further information, contact the gallery 01264 810717/courcoux@ courcoux.co.uk

Stephen Webber Photography

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The model is believed to have been made by the son of the Fernley Family around the end of the 19th century, and has remained in the family ever since. For the past 30 years it has been exhibited in the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood (part of the Victoria & Albert Museum), and it now comes to auction at Woolley and Wallis from the descendants of the modelmaking butcher. The fine detail, from the animal carcasses to the lace curtains in the windows above the shop, make it highly collectable, and it goes to auction with an estimate of £4,000-5,000. Also in this 800-lot sale of Clocks, Furniture & Works of Art is a good selection of Tribal Art from around the world. There are 178 lots of clocks, pocket watches, barometers & scientific instruments and in the furniture section there is a good private collection of amboyna wood furniture. A fully illustrated sale catalogue is available at www. woolleyandwallis.co.uk and more information by calling 01722 339752.


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Recipe of the month

Legumes farcis

For: 6 persons

To prepare: 20 minutes

BAKE INGREDIENTS 6 Small sweet peppers, cut around the stem to make a lid, remove seeds. 6 Small red tomatoes cut around the stem to make a lid. 6 Small aubergines, cut length wise 6 Small courgettes, cut length wise With a soup spoon, remove the inside of the tomato, courgette and aubergine, without breaking them.Keep all the vegetable insides, set aside and dice. 1 Diced onion 2 Pinches of Piment d’Espelette (mild AOC chilli from Pyrenees) 2 Cloves garlic diced small 3 Soup spoons of chopped basil 3 Soup spoons of parsley finely chopped 1kg Pork mince 6 Soup spoons of bread crumbs 50ml Olive oil Chicken stock, 1 glass or 175mls White wine, 1 glass or 175mls

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PREPARATION & METHOD Mix pork mince and half the bread crumb and the retained vegetable insides together, add the fresh herbs, piment d’Espelette and season. Next pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Fill the vegetables with the pork mince mixture and then sprinkle with the rest of the bread crumbs. Place the ingredients in an oven proof dish and pour the chicken stock and wine over. Next, cover with the vegetable lids and cook for 45 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Serve with Camargue rice If you would like to learn more about cookery then visit: closdumarquis. co.uk and click on cookery school. We have comprehensive lessons catering for all levels of experience. Can't find Piment d’Espelette chilli's, Camargue rice or good quality chicken stock then visit our French pantry. A 10% discount will be given when the recipe from the Forum is quoted or presented. Enjoy

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We have all had the misfortune of tasting supposedly traditional and authentic French food from over traded beaten tracks offered on the web. At the French Pantry we offer a truly delicious alternative. We believe the discerning client will recognise the superior taste and authenticity of our products. The French Pantry has a wide range of imported French food sourced from time-honoured artisan producers and family-run farms. We also have inhouse French chefs preparing authentic French food every day. Our food is cooked with pride as a testimony of French heritage. For more information on our products call Germain or Glanis: 01962 810 738

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“Lovely list marked by enthusiasm and passion for the subject. Lots of interesting stuff from France, especially the Rhône, Burgundy, Languedoc-Roussillon and the Loire. South Africa and South America are other strong areas, plus there are wines from Germany, New Zealand, the USA and elsewhere”, Oz Clarke, 250 Best Wines, Wine Buying Guide 2012 “Stone, Vine & Sun was one of the first of Britain’s current welcome wave of small independent wine merchants selling mainly by word of mouth and the internet. The company’s speciality is hand-picked wines retailing for £7-12 that offer really solid value and character, so I have found not a few to recommend in my current Top 100 wines being featured in the Financial Times”, Jancis Robinson, MW, 2nd December 2011, www.jancisrobinson.com A lot of Hampshire wine drinkers don’t know there’s a multi awardwinning, critically acclaimed wine merchant, with lots of distinctive wines (many organic or bio-dynamically farmed), just on their doorstep. Perhaps it’s because our wine warehouse is tucked away on a farm estate: but as we don’t have to pay high street rents, and we have space to ship in container loads of wine from all over the world, we can sell to you at extremely fair prices, and deliver to you for free. We hope you will discover us. The best way to do so is to come and taste the wines we offer. Alternatively do look at, or indeed order from, our website; call us for advice; or come and see us in our shop.

The Beautiful South: Languedoc-Roussillon Stockbridge Town Hall High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE A walk-round tasting of some 30 wines, from delicious varietal wines to superb, ageworthy wines from the top appellations - Coteaux du Languedoc, Faugères, St Chinian, and Roussillon. On the tables will be herb-scented whites, fruity rosés and terroir-driven reds, plus, to close, delectable Vin Doux Naturel. Please let us know if you plan to attend 10% off all bottle prices of wines in the tasting

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Stockbridge company is enjoying the sweet taste of success after winning a bronze award in the seventh annual World’s Original Marmalade Awards, held at Dalemain Mansion near Penrith, Cumbria. Taste, from Chilbolton received one of the marmalade world’s most prestigious accolades for its Seville Orange Fine Cut Marmalade, which it entered into the Artisan category

and scored high marks for its appearance, colour, consistency and above all taste. Owner, Emma Way said they are delighted to win this prestigious award. We have got our preserving pans at the ready to make more lots more preserves so please give it a try at Beccy’s Greengrocer, Stockbridge or Chilbolton Stores, Chilbolton. The event’s 2012 beneficiaries are Hospice at Home and Action Medical Research. For further information contact Emma Way, at Taste info@ taste-food.co.uk or 01264 860649

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Useful Information COMMUNITY HALLS Stockbridge Town Hall High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Hall has a kitchen area and an entertainment licence. Now with lift to the Upper Hall. Bookings may be made on our website www.stockbridgetownhall. co.uk. For those without internet access. Tel: 07770 297175

Houghton Village Hall Hall has a kitchen area, public entertainment licence and disabled access. 12 parking spaces. Bookings: Tel: 01794 388008

King’s Somborne Village Hall Situated in the centre of the Village alongside the Recreation Ground. The main hall seats over 100 people, has a large fixed stage with a proscenium arch and a built in sound system. It also has a Performing Rights Society Licence. The Hall has an excellent newly appointed kitchen with a serving hatch to the main hall. The refurbished committee room, is suitable for meetings of about 12 to 14 people. An ideal location as the Hall is situated on a main road and is roughly equidistant from Andover, Romsey, Salisbury and Winchester. Parking for approx forty vehicles available. To arrange a booking for a function, a meetings or other activity please contact: 01794 388386 or by email at vhbookings@ thesombornes.org.uk or visit our web-site www.thesombornes.org. uk/villagehall

Over Wallop Church Hall In centre of village. Hall can seat 50. Kitchen and car parking available. Tel: 01264 782676

Broughton Village Hall Situated in the centre of the village, the purpose built hall has an extensive grassed area at the rear which is used for outdoor activities and overflow parking. The hall boasts excellent facilities. Suitable for weddings, dances and lectures as well as public and private meetings and has ample parking. The building comprises a main hall with seating capacity for lectures or theatrical performances of 120 and for catered functions of a100, together with two meeting rooms which can accommodate 20 and 40 people respectively. The hall holds an entertainment licence and boasts a fully equipped catering standard kitchen together with an excellent bar and a winged stage. Projector, screen and sound equipment are available. For bookings contact Trish Chadder on 01794 301365

Goodworth Clatford Village Hall The Village Hall was purpose built in 1924. The hall can cater for

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100 people or 80 seated at tables. There is a full sized snooker table, fully fitted kitchen, sound system and car parking. The club is located in large grounds with 3 gazebos and backing onto the river; a barbecue is available for hire. Bookings can be made via Mary Holloway on 01264 364005.

Wallops Parish Hall At Middle Wallop crossroads. Recently refurbished, modern kitchen, disabled access and car parking. Large hall seats 150. Small hall/meeting room seats 45. Entertainment licence. Details at www.thewallops.net Tel: 01264-783474

Chilbolton Village Hall Eastman's Field Chilbolton. Hants SO20 6AT. The Village Hall is a modern building with good facilities and a spacious well lit car park. It is used by many local organizations on a regular basis, but is also available for hire. Whether it be a club or sports activity, or a large family social gathering, the hall can provide for a maximum of 125 seated guests. A good sound system is installed and a generous sized well equipped kitchen is available for catering purposes. A large patio overlooks open fields to the rear. For bookings - please contact Mandy Amor on: 01264 860566

Sparsholt Memorial Hall Woodman Lane, Sparsholt SO21 2NR. Main hall with beech floor, seats 140. Meeting room seats 25. Grand piano, portable stage, parking. Bookings: Tel: 01962 776129

Crawley Village Hall Can seat 100 people. It is licensed for public entertainment and has excellent facilities. Details can be found on www.crawleyvillagehall. co.uk. Bookings Tel: 01962 776518 or via the website.

Wherwell Village Hall Situated in Church Street in an attractive village centre location, our cheerful hall is available to hire at reasonable rates for your function whether it be a wedding, business meeting or regular class. • Comfortable seating for 120 • A fully appointed kitchen for preparation of hot & cold meals • Car park for up to 20 cars in addition to off-street parking • Separate bar area off the main hall • Easy access for loading and unloading • An excellent winged stage, with back stage dressing rooms and WC If you are interested in making a booking or want a viewing contact Julie Dickenson: 01264 861494

Littleton Village Hall The Millennium Memorial Hall was built in 1999 and comprises a Main Hall with a maximum capacity

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of 200, a meeting room with a maximum capacity of 36, a fully equipped kitchen (refurbished in 2009) and a light airy foyer. The Hall has modern toilets, including disabled facilities. Outside is a patio area overlooking the Parish cricket ground. There is good level access and ample car parking. The Hall has just been awarded Level II Hallmark standard. It has a Premises Licence for entertainment and for the sale of alcohol, a Performing Rights Society Licence, and a sound system, sound induction loop, and Wifi connection. Further information can be found on www.littletonvillagehall. hampshire.org.uk. For bookings please contact Janet Dobson on 01962 888419.

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The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2012

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n the 13th April 2012 World-renowned choir 'The Sixteen' is delighted to open the 12th Choral Pilgrimage series, The Earth Resounds, in Winchester Cathedral. Featuring arguably the three most celebrated composers of the Franco-Flemish school of the Renaissance, the programme is centred around movements from the 12-part Missa Et ecce terraemotus by Brumel (the 'Earthquake Mass'). After Josquin, Brumel is considered one of the greatest composers of his generation. Lassus, writing some 30 years later, was influenced by both composers and is known to have performed in the Brumel mass. Conductor Harry Christophers says: 'For this Choral Pilgrimage, I have decided to explore the sacred music emanating from Flanders in the 15th and 16th centuries. This extraordinary music spans 100 years of innovation and brilliance.

Josquin, Brumel and Lassus were truly European composers, leaving their origins to work in the top establishments of Aix-enProvence, Ferrara, Rome and Munich. Their music has a unique sonority which I believe will astound you all - from the depth of expression and fascinating texts of Josquin to the overtly decorative mass movements of Brumel's Missa Et ecce terraemotus. Winchester Cathedral, Dome Alley, Winchester, SO23 9LS The concert starts at 7.30pm Pre-concert talk: 7.00pm Doors open: 6.30pm. Tickets £26/22/14 available from the National Box Office: 01904 651 485 and the Local Box Office: Cathedral 01962 857275 www.thesixteen.com Contact: 0207 936 3420 info@thesixteen.com


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Ever wondered what singing can do for you?

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t’s now widely known that singing is beneficial to your health and gives you the ‘feel good factor’. It has a positive effect on the mind, body and soul; when you sing the body releases endorphins which help reduce stress and lift the spirit. At Sing for Fun you can get all the benefits of singing in a friendly, fun environment. No experience is necessary only enthusiasm. You will receive tips on vocal technique, tuning and projection. No one has to sing by themselves and the emphasis is placed on the overall sound with everyone blending together in harmony. Sing for Fun’s friendly tutor, Jane Cole, will ensure that even the most inexperienced singer gets the best out of their voice over the 10 week sessions.

Various genres are covered including pop, musicals and a-capella (singing unaccompanied). Come and join us and see what singing can do for you. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve when you join Sing for Fun. Sing for Fun sessions are for anyone over the age of 21 who wishes they could sing. They run every Wednesday from 7.30pm - 9.30pm at St John The Baptist Church Hall, Alexandra Road, Andover. A new 10 week term starts on Wednesday 25th April.

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Broughton Amateur Drama Group

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nce again the Broughton Amateur Drama Group filled the village hall with laughter, enjoyment and enthusiastic audience participation as they presented their interpretation of the panto ‘Puss in Boots’. General consensus seemed to be that this was the best ever but perhaps we in Broughton say this every year. The production combined high class acting with the clever direction of a large cast on a very small stage and the very effective management of the enthusiastic participation of a large number of children and young people. Variously acting as cats, mice, rabbits, squirrels and deer, they showed talent and self discipline as full use was made of the entire hall to facilitate the coming and goings of the large cast. Geoff Elliot the likeable Narrator kept the audience

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amused as he struggled at times to get on stage to keep updating the plot. Very much a successful team effort, there were strong performances from all the major players from Sarah Royle as Jack to Islay Crispin as Princess Alice and a very convincing and multi-talented performance as Puss in Boots from Nicola Mawhinney. Much laughter came from the excellent performances by Tim Evans as Dame Hettie Quette and Garry Collins as Lord Roger de Broughton, revelling yet again as the baddie of the piece. Lord Roger was very well supported by his well acted hopeless crew of Nosmo King [Nigel Ottley] and Nopar King [Dom McKay]. Tony Lydeard and Carole Collins successfully played the ineffectual King Herbert and his wife Queen Mildred. The audience enjoyed the fitness session when the

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King’s personal trainer played by Kevin Taylor tried unsuccessfully to get him into good physical shape. With excellent cameo performances from Mike Moore and Nick Jones, the entertainment moved steadily forward to its eventual happy ending with lots of quick humour and well performed dancing and singing. The back stage team and costume designers deserve a special mention in this terrific production. The

scenery was first class and the costumes were superb, with great attention to detail throughout. The make up of so many varied characters was of the highest order. In the beautifully produced programme the Director, Linda Cardigan referred to working with a very special team both on stage and behind the scenes. Her words and her skills were reflected throughout as audiences were treated to a pantomime to remember. Hobson


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nother sojourn to the Capital City for the family Pagan. This time the happy collision of the niece’s 16th birthday and a trip to the O2 to see Snow Patrol, heralded an overnight stay at the Premier Inn, (we know how to live), at Borough Market. Now one of the many problems with being an indecisive soul was the inability, at the time, to make a decision regarding a second child. The years rolled by as I grappled with should we shouldn’t we conundrum resulting in a large gap between Stars II & I. Once in their 20s the gap will barely be apparent but at present, all too often, we have to leave Star II at home with a sitter due to issues of age. But no more! Enough of this, I thought, we are not complete when one is missing; from now on Star II will partake of all Pagan outings – ready or not! And so it was that we, along with the Immaculate In- laws, found ourselves ‘back stage’ at the O2. At this point I would love to be able to say, at the very least, that I have a friend whose cousin’s brother is the guitarist in Snow Patrol- hence the back stage pass. But no; if you have Sky then you simply apply online for your ‘feel like a star for the night’ experience and join the throng. It’s red carpet all the way to the dimly lit bar, all rather jolly and the kids thought it was heaven on a stick. Having donned crampons and climbed to our seats way up in the gods we acclimatized both to the altitude and decibels. Snow Patrol brilliantly belted out hit after hit; Star I, a veteran of such occasions, was in fine form as was The Husband. Much to my relief Star II was fine about the noise levels and was up dancing and singing to the known tunes, but then came a rather curious question, “Mum when will they sing ‘Paradise’ it’s my favourite.” I gently explained, “Not until June when we go to see Cold Play”. Some further explanation of bands and their back catalogues may be required. Then having jigged around for an hour or so came the dreaded, “How much longer Mum? How many more songs?”

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“Oh just two or three”. I said reassuringly, didn’t mention the encore. No sooner had we heard “Thank you London and goodnight!” than we found ourselves back stage once more. Far from whining about going home, Star II found a second wind and a lengthy game of pool ensued. Eventually we found our way back onto the Jubilee Line only to be faced with huge crowds due to the lack of trains. Mutterings about transport logistics and the Olympics reverberated around the platform, and then in scenes reminiscent of Tokyo in rush hour we were herded onto the train. The hour was late, a speedy journey back to Southwark was the priority, but no, the train remained resolutely static. Star II, being limited in stature compared to our fellow travellers, fared rather well in such cramped conditions. No invasion of personal space, bad breath or body odour to contend with but instead the tantalizingly tempting red of the passenger alarm positioned at the ideal height. This fact was not lost on some of the passengers whose glares were diverted downward as a guard invited us all to get off the train due to the passenger alarm being pressed in one of the carriages. Star II was the prime suspect; guilty it would seem, until proven innocent, not helped by the continuous and loud insistence, “Mum it wasn’t ME!” Like any good mother…well I had my doubts, but when the alarm was turned off two carriages down, I felt an inner blend of piousness and relief. It was the not until the small wee hours that we collapsed into the comfort of our beds; the Husband and I could happily have got Lenny Henry in between us, (had we had the mind….), such was the vastness of the double bed. Stars I and II slept soundly, despite the effects of mild concert induced tinnitus, and apart from a slight altercation with London Underground it had all gone rather well. But then there’s always next time... Sandra Pagan


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Friday 8 June

Great Expectations

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Thursday 14 June

Hamlet

Country Legends

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Saturday 22 June

The Martin Harley Band

Neil Innes, Short Stories and Tall Songs

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Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Wednesday 23 May

Ballet Central Saturday 26 May

Friday 7 September

Jon Walsh, A Bluesman Thursday 20 September

Celtic Dream Saturday 29 September West Street, Andover

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he shingled roof of the Pool House squats on the east wall like a Samurai helmet and a rising sun behind warms the wings of a pair of passage Short Eared Owls hunting earnestly in the field next door. There is something therapeutic and cathartic about tidying up for the spring, out with the old and in with the new. Raking out dead leaves, cutting back tightly the stubs of herbaceous stems, pricking over the soil, removing early weeds and dressing the borders with compost, if you have it. In the Grass Border, as the purple Callicarpa berries pale, I have started the annual spring haircut. Having played with the frost and low light of early spring to wonderful effect, wispy brown grass stems and seed heads from last year can be cut back now with a serrated kitchen knife or secateurs, to form neat bristly domes, with any ragged evergreen specimens... Deschampsia caespitosa, Stipa gigantea, or proud low flat topped mohawks with herbaceous varieties. Along the lawn edge drifts the soft scent of Prunus Cerasifera ‘Nigra’ filling the gap being left by the heavier and all pervasive scent of the Himalayan Sarcococca confusa, which has charmed us all since Christmas. Although the smell in my nostrils is sweet, the taste in my mouth is acrid, metallic, like blood. Even at a hundred yards away, on a still day, I can taste the particles of ferrous sulphate from the

moss killer as Kate strides the lawn, North to South, spreading medicinal sand in tight arced patterns like filings on paper, as if there were a great magnet just beneath the green. A little rain is forecast which will wash in the moss-toxic formula and prevent the turf from turning a dull black, and Iron (Fe), being a component of chlorophyll, will green the lawns. After a quick scarify to remove any dead moss, the first cut will be next week. This year in particular, some of these bright days in March have been the most peerless jewels in which to be out in a garden makes complete sense. A single line paraphrases hauntingly in my head that perhaps…. ‘ The nearer we grow toward death, the louder the sun blooms’ (DT) Julian Backwell - Head Gardener at Dean House Kilmeston www.deanhouse gardens.co.uk

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Admission: Adults £5.00 Children under 14 free.

North Stockbridge, SO20 6LQ 01264 810912 or info@houghtonlodge.co.uk

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• All aspects of tree work undertaken • Hedge work • Stump removal • Grounds maintenance • Firewood • Planting • All work carried out to BS3998 standards • Fully insured

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HIGH QUALITY LOGS

Longstock Park Nursery

MIXED SPECIES

Seasoned in large adapted sheds for maximum drying to ensure low moisture content Cut by ourselves from local sustainable woodlands All log lengths, sizes and various delivery options available

A true gardeners' nursery

For prices, ordering and advice please call Richard on:

Richard on 01794 389603 or 07900 061158 WOODLAND FIREWOOD CO LTD

Nick Parker

Public liability fully covered

Countryside Management Arboriculture services • Tree maintenance and removal • Crown thins and lifts • Dead wood removal Lakes and Waterways • River maintenance • Bank repairs • Bridge and platform construction • Weed cutting Agricultural & Horticultural services • Hedge cutting and maintenance • Strimming • Lawn mowing • All aspects of fencing • Garden clearance • Grounds maintenance

Visit us for inspiration or an enjoyable day out • Visit our 90m herbaceous border • Beautiful water gardens (restricted opening times) • National collection of Buddlejas & Clematis viticellas • Impressive collection of Penstemons • Specialists in climbing plants, perennials, shrubs. Mature shrubs and trees also available. • We stock tools, accessories and a large selection of pots. • Highly qualified staff to offer free advice

Opening Hours Mon-Sat: (throughout the year) 8.30am to 4.30pm Sundays: Mar to Oct 11am - 5.00pm Nov to Feb 11.00 - 4.00pm

Stockbridge: Tel: 01264 810894 Fax: 01264 810924 www.longstocknursery.co.uk email: longstocknursery@leckfordestate.co.uk

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Other services • Vermin control • Site clearance

For all enquiries, advice and a free quotation please call Nick Parker tel: 01794 388530 mob: 0778 9007059 www.npcountrysidemanagement.co.uk

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Hortus varius offers a range of garden design services Full Design - Planting Plans - Event Rejuvenation - Consultancy

Phone: 01962 776 974

Mobile: 07979 348 017

Email: gardens@hortusvarius.com www.hortusvarius.com

TEST VALLEY GROUNDWORKS

Digger and Dumper Hire with Operator All aspects of groundwork undertaken Patios Footings Driveways Drainage

Tel: 01264 782469 Mob: 07834 550169 To advertise call: 01962 735137 APRIL Issue 46


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panners is approaching its first year as a business... yet the popular mechanical couple Kim and Paul have been on the 'spanners' so to speak since their teens. Kim began her career doing work experience at Winchester Motor Company (VW/AUDI dealership) in 1985. After a year she was offered an apprenticeship with VW/Audi which she embraced, and then continued to work there for eight years. Since then she has worked hard in a 'male' dominated career with a list of achievements to her name. Kim worked for independent garages throughout Hampshire and also for Hendy Ford where she was awarded Technician of the Year in 19??. She progressed to become workshop foreman/woman and workshop controller. Seven years ago Kim was involved with establishing another popular local garage. It was just over year ago that Kim and Paul decided to venture out to set up their own independent garage, Spanners! Ironically named after there four year old cocker spaniel Spanner.

CALL KIM OR PAUL ON:

01962 223013 / 01962 885380 OR 0772 1380001 www.spannersmvm.co.uk enq@spannersmvm.co.uk SPANNERS MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANICS LTD Unit 13B Stonefield Park, Martins Lane, Chilbolton, Stockbridge, SO20 6BL

Every trade has a nickname: in the electrical field you are Sparkies, in the carpentry field you are Chippy's; Kim and Paul are affectionately known as Spanners... Kim and Paul met in 1995 at Evans Halshaw Ford, Winchester. Paul left school joining the Ford dealership at 16 years of age. Since then Paul has built an impressive career and technical record achieving Ford Master Technician and Accredited Status. These accolades are shown in the wealth of mechanical knowledge that Paul has.

'We pride ourselves on our knowledge coupled with a friendly, honest and professional service' 'We like to keep our customers well informed and our FREE collect and deliver service has proved very popular locally'. Spanners has grown quickly and its reputation for impeccable customer service has built up a loyal following.

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The difference is... we care! P&B Romsey - CAR & VAN SERVICING

Romsey Van Hire If you are moving house, clearing out the garage or need to collect some furniture you have purchased on eBay then give RVH a call. You can hire a van from CawteCo's main depot in Romsey (Romsey Van Hire) or from any of the Fareham or Gosport Centres.

Van Hire starts from as little as £35 per day* * Conditions apply please contact us for further details.

For a quick quote call Romsey Van Hire on:

Tel:01794 522103 www.cawteco.co.uk/romseyvanhire.html

Hill Farm Garage Ltd.

P&B Romsey is a large, established and respected car and van specialist based on the Budds Lane trading estate in Romsey.

Specialist Areas: • MOTs, Class IV (Petrol & Diesel) • Any make servicing (inc in-warranty vehicles) • Tyres - all makes (Kumho key dealer) • Wheel Alignment • Puncture Repairs

Tel:01794 522103 www.cawteco.co.uk/pbromsey.html

hillfarmgarage@googlemail.com

Servicing: 01962 760665 Sales: 01962 760041

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Hill Farm Garage is an independent garage specialising in the sale, servicing and repairs of Mercedes-Benz and Proton cars SUTTON SCOTNEY, WINCHESTER, HANTS, SO21 3NS Come and see the new Satria Neo Sport A lotus-developed supermini. And the new Ecologic Saloon (factory supplied dual fuel) 5 seater hatchback giving truly amazing fuel savings. To view or try any of the Proton car range please call us or visit our website.

• M.O.T. testing (while you wait by appointment) • Dedicated valet bay • Workshops using state of the art equipment • Free courtesy car • Equipped to work on most makes of cars

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A Local Garage Run by Local People

• Many new customer special offers

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Beautiful bespoke handcrafted tables, chairs and furniture made to order Open Monday to Saturday 9am - 5pm

'English oak turned into an artform' Folly Farm, Crawley, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2PH Tel: 01962 776687 www.bespokeoaktables.com


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