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ISSUE 48 JUNE 2012


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Dates for your diary

For Diamond Jubilee events see page 36

Country Market Every Thursday 10-11.45am at Stockbridge Town Hall, Stockbridge. Thursday 31st May Stokes of Stockbridge & Sticky Toffee Jazz At 7.30pm. Relax and enjoy our bar menu while listening to modern and traditonal jazz performed by Sandy Ince. Ring 01264 810248 to reserve a table. Thursday 31 May & Monday 4th June National Garden Scheme Stockbridge Open Gardens. Little Wyke, Old Church House, Shepherds House &Trout Cottage from 2 to 5.30pm. Combined admission £5, children free. Home-made teas. Mrs Mitchell’s Kitchen and Garden. Stockbridge herbs. Please come along and see how the gardens are developing and explore our new garden, at Old Church House. Together we offer the visitor an interesting mix of styles, and with the challenging weather conditions this year, not even the owners know what delights might be in store! In aid of NGS supported national charities including Macmillan Cancer Support and local charities. Local fundraising for The Town Hall and St Peter’s. For further information, Tel 01264 811776 Saturday 2nd June Diamond Jubilee Street Party Trafalgar Way, Stockbridge from noon to 4.30 pm. Everything is FREE but please bring a picnic lunch to share with others as well as picnic chairs and tables. Full afternoon of entertainment for adults and children. For further details see page 36. Monday 4th June Broughton Jubilee Fun Day From 12.30 onwards at Broughton Sportsfield, Buckholt Road. Bring your picnic, or enjoy local buffalo burgers, ice creams, teas/coffees, cakes and bar. Lots of games, sports for the children, classic cars, fancy dress, steam engines and lots more! Going into the evening, live bands, music for everyone, so come and enjoy a family event. Admission free. Thursday 5th to Saturday 9th June Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) Summer Production This year SADS is very excited to be staging the much loved

comedy: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare directed by Barry Webb. Barry is setting this production in the 1920s – a period which suits the wit and charm of the play. SADS will be reading a short excerpt as part of its contribution to the Jubilee celebrations on the 2nd of June. Performances will be in the Garden of The Burrow, Longstock. Start 7:30. Bring your own chair but no tables please. Wrap up warm. The production goes ahead even in the rain! Thursday will be a Gala Night – in aid of Stockbridge Town Hall renovation. Tickets £12.50 including glass of Buck’s Fizz and canapés. Garden open at 6:00. Friday and Saturday – tickets £8.00. Garden opens at 6:30. Tickets available from the 1st of June from John Robinson, Butchers and Garden Inn – also on-line from www. (10% online booking fee). Wednesday 6th June The 'Friends' of the Museum of Flying, Middle Walllop present a talk on Army Air Operations in Malaya 1953/55 as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Royal Flying Corps. The talk starts at 7.30 pm and entry is £5.00 pp Refreshments are available. Doors open 7pm.Tickets are available on the night or ring 01264 784421 Saturday 9th June Qi Gong for Health and Tranquility From 10am to 3pm at King’s Somborne Village Hall.l Qi Gong is a Chinese form of exercise related to Tai Chi. It improves health by increasing flexibility, loosening the limbs and deepening the breath. This improves concentration and promotes deep relaxation. Suitable for all ages and experience. £30 (£20 students / seniors). Information / booking call. Russ Chapman MBAcC 07875 601 355

Tuesday 12th June Jas Fashions are hosting a Fashion Show in Romsey Abbey This great show will be offering adult and children's clothes from leading High Street names at affordable prices. Doors open at 7pm and the Show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6.50 to include a glass of wine. All proceeds to go to Jane Scarth House, Wessex Cancer Trust. Please contact Jill or Anne at Jane Scarth House, 39 The Hundred, Romsey, SO51 8GE. Tel: 01794

830374; Registered Charity No 1110216. Saturday 16th June Wallop Primary School Summer Fete From 1-4pm at School Lane, Nether Wallop SO20 8EH. Join us in the beautiful grounds of Wallop School for a fun day out for all the family. This year we have the 'Falcon High' Falcon display team as well as Tractor Rides, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Bouncy Castle, Go-Karting, Raffle, Coconut Shy, Tombolas, BBQ, Homemade Cakes, Cream Teas and much more. Free entry. We are raising funds for Science and Technology resources throughout the school. Saturday 16th June Historical Falconry Day at Houghton Lodge. From 10am - 5pm. Come and see a variety of magnificent birds of prey on display, and meet the Falconers who will introduce you to our most ancient field sport. A Historical Falconry demonstration will take place at 12noon (weather permitting), with a modern falconry demonstration later in the afternoon so that you can compare and see how things have changed! Also, you can discover the range of private falconry activities on offer. No dogs or photography in the demonstration field without prior permission. Falconry £5pp Contact 07982492040 or visit

Saturday 16th June Midday Music at St. Peters Church, Stockbridge. Aspiring musicians of all ages bringing music to the people of Stockbridge and surrounding area. Singers and pianists perform in an informal lunchtime concert. Bring along family and friends to give them encouragement and support, and enjoy music across the ages. All performers trained and accompanied by Helen King. Light refreshments will be served afterwards. Entry is free with a retiring collection.

Monday 18th June Houghton WI Meeting Visit to the Old Rectory Garden 7.00 pm at the garden, followed by meeting in HoughtonVillage Hall. All visitors are very welcome. For further information please call. Sandra Harper 01794 388509 or Jane Anderton 01264 810928

Saturday 23rd June Chilbolton Church Fete & Village BBQ The Fete will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at The Manor in Village Street (just past the church) with a Beer and Pimm’s tent and a huge BBQ of local produce. Stalls will be arranged around this beautiful garden including, books, cakes, jams, plants, raffles, live music, a ‘fun dog show’, games and entertainment for all the family. Tea, refreshments and plenty of free parking available. Sunday 24th June Wherwell Open Gardens From 1.30pm until 5.30pm. Set alongside the River Test this event provides visitors with an opportunity to view 10 different gardens in a lovely village setting. Tickets with a free garden information leaflet are available at the Village Hall in Church Street at £5 pp with teas and plants also on sale. Free parking is available too. ‘Wherwell Open Gardens’ is kindly sponsored by local residents to raise money for the Village Hall and all proceeds go to the hall improvement fund. Contact: Tel: 01264 860870 Tuesday 26th June Longstock and Leckford WI meeting 7.30pm at Longstock Village Hall SO20 6DP. The talk will be about the garden charity "Thrive". Refreshments are available and visitors are always welcome. For more details please ring 01264 810150 or 01264 810603 Friday 29th June Summer Party Night From 7.30 to 10.30pm at Winchester Discovery Centre Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB. Come and join Silvia & Max to celebrate this wonderful Summer Season at a party night filled with Dancing Fun! There will be Salsa and we’ll get everyone to join into some Zumba® Dances as well as our Group Cha Cha and there will be plenty of West Coast Swing – the coolest of dances that can be danced to almost any kind of music - too! Bar open all night with Sangria on offer! £10/ £12 on the night.

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Test Valley Forum

Inside this month's issue





Features & Community News

16 Whether you think

03 Dates for your diary 06 King's Somborne Dog

16 Dads cycle to raise

you can or you can't your'e right.

Show 2012

06 King's Somborne CE Primary School receives 'good with outstanding features' OFSTED report.

08 Church Services and News

10 Clubs and Societies

money for STARS and Cystic Fibrosis Trust

16 Give us a push! 18 Chilbolton Village Stores - The 21st Century Village Shop

19 Fresh talent lines up for 2012 Winchester Festival

11 Clubs and Societies

20 Hampshire Mum -

12 Useful Information 14 Jubilee Celebration at

22 Too good to be true?

Chilbolton Pre-School

14 Useful Information 15 National Garden Scheme Open Gardens ISSUE 48


Homework Wars! It probably is!

22 Chilbolton Church Fete and Village BBQ

22 East Tytherley Country Fayre

24 Farm Chicken - Ă la Basquaise et au piment d'Espelette

27 Win a fabulous Hampshire foodie weekend with Ecover!

28 Winchester Cathedral to receive much needed lottery funding

30 What do you think? Access all areas?

32 Test Valley Arts Awards

32 Hillier Gardens - Art in the Garden 2012

34 New play opens book on Frankenstein Author's extraordinary life

36 Broughton Jubilee Fund Day

36 King's Somborne Jubilee Celebrations

36 Stockbridge Diamond Jubilee Street Party

36 Andover Jubilee Jamboree

36 Sparsholt Street Party 38 Sunshine brings SATs and sunflowers to Stockbridge

40 The Houghton Trail 40 Houghton Lodge and Garden celebrates the Diamond Jubilee

42 Nine owlets find shelter from storms

42 A celebration of Wherwell Abbey in words and music

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King's Somborne Dog Show 2012 Once again we have been lucky enough to attract a top judge, Julia Iles Herbert, to undertake the difficult task of judging the pedigree classes. Julia is certainly up to this challenge as she has judged Labradors at Crufts.


ing’s Somborne dog show (by kind permission of the Kennel Club), is to be held on Saturday 28th July. The King’s Somborne Companion Dog Show will take place on the Recreation Ground on the same day as the Horticultural Society Annual Flower Show and will start at 2 p.m. This proved a very popular event last year with nearly eighty dogs taking part.

There will be a chance for all dogs to take part as Junior Handling and Novelty Classes will also be held. There will be plenty of rosettes to be won and lots of fun to be had so do come along with your dog and enjoy the day. Entry: £2.50 per pedigree class, £1.50 per novelty class For further details please contact: Terry Mackintosh on 388248 or Eileen Reynolds on 388107

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King’s Somborne CE Primary School receives 'good with outstanding features' OFSTED report


ing’s Somborne CE Primary School has been graded as a good school with outstanding features as a result of its recent OFSTED inspection. This is the school’s first full OFSTED inspection in 6 years (due to the consistent strength of the School’s academic results) and during this time the inspection framework has been revised twice with the ‘bar being raised’ significantly. Indeed, under the criteria of the latest OFSTED framework which was introduced January 2012, there are now significantly greater challenges and expectations required to achieve the 'good with outstanding' recognition awarded.

have worked at the school during recent years) and the broader community which supports our school. The report accurately portrays the school and the findings of the inspection are reassuringly consistent with the school’s own self evaluation of its strengths and developmental areas. The narrative in the report shows how close we were to the outstanding classification under the new framework. As both a parent and governor, I am really proud of the school, its ethos and its achievements. It is an inclusive school which reflects its rich history, its founding principles and the community which the school serves.

This really is a great achievement which provides testimony to the dedication and hard work of the staff (our current staff and those who

The Inspector was particularly complementary about the children, commenting that they are ‘a real credit to the school’. They are described as



being ‘polite and courteous’ as well as ‘displaying excellent, enthusiastic attitudes to learning in lessons’, eager to share their work and to talk about the many things that make their school special. The children’s behaviour in and around the school is described as ‘impeccable’. These outstanding qualities are something which should make all of us, parents, staff and governors alike, feel immensely proud of each and every child. The children should feel equally proud of themselves too. A successful OFSTED has many contributing factors and we would like to thank the staff team for their hard work and commitment to on-going development and improvement, the governors for their effective challenge and support, and parents/carers

who have actively supported the School over the years. I would also like to thank Nick Winning, our Headteacher for his hard work and commitment to the school during the last 15 years. Nick is retiring at the end of the academic year and this OFSTED report is a timely and appropriate testimony to his work. The report confirms that we have a strong and very successful school with much to celebrate. It is an enviable position to be in as we transition leadership to our new Head teacher and continue our goal of making something good, outstanding. John Cartwright Chair of Governors

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Sunday 10th June

Sunday 17th June

Sunday 10th June

Sunday 10th June

10.00 Family Communion 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Welcome Worship

Sunday 17th June

08.00 Holy Communion 18.00 Evensong

Sunday 24th June

10.00 Family Communion 12.00 Baptism

St.Peters Over Wallop


Sunday 3rd June

10.00 Family Communion

Sunday 10th June

09.30 Family Service

Sunday 10th June

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 17th June

10.00 Morning Worship

Sunday 24th June

10.00 Family Communion 18.00 Service of Peace and Healing

09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Prayer


Sunday 24th June

St.Andrews Nether Wallop

09.30 All Age Worship

Sunday 17th June

09.15 Service of the Word

Sunday 3rd June

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 10th June

09.30 Family Worship

Sunday 17th June

08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 24th June

09.30 Holy Communion 18.00 Evening Prayer

St.Mary-the-less Chilbolton

Sunday 24th June

09.15 Parish Communion

St. Peter & Holy Cross Wherwell

Sunday 3rd June

10.00 Common Worship with Holy Communion

Sunday 10th June

18.00 Evensong

10.00 Morning Prayer

Sunday 17th June

10.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 17th June

10.00 Holy Communion

Old St.Peter Stockbridge

Sunday 17th June


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

St.Andrews Mottisfont

11.00 Family Service for the Jubilee

Sunday 17th June

09.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 24th June

11.00 Family Communion

10.00 Fourth Sunday Worship with Sunday School Please check services with Office: 01962 880845

St.Marys Broughton

Sunday 3rd June

10.00 Broughton Jubilee Service for the Benefice

Sunday 10th June

08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Pet Service Broughton House

Sunday 17th June

09.30 Sunday Club 11.00 Holy Communion and Coffee Club

Sunday 24th June

09.30 Family Communion 09.30 Sunday Club

Every Wednesday

St.Peter & St.Paul King's Somborne

Sunday 3rd June

10.00 Parish Communion

Sunday 10th June Sunday 17th June

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All Saints Church

08.00 Holy Communion

Mass & Services

Sunday 17th June

10.00 Parish Communion 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Mattins or Service of the Word 18.00 Holy Communion

09.30 Holy Communion

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09.30 Holy Communion

Sunday 17th June 18.00 Evensong

Sunday 24th June

18.00 Holy Communion

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St.Thomas More

08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Family Service

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

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Broughton Youth Football

Art Group - Abbotts Ann

Middle Wallop: Tel: 01264 784381

We run a friendly village youth football club that competes in the Testway Youth League. For season 2012/13 we will have teams at under 8, under 10 and under 13 and we are always happy to welcome new players. Please contact Nick Mabey on 01794 301209, if you are interested or would like to know more.

Broughton Pre-School

Littleton Tennis Club

Chilbolton Pre-School

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

Army Air Corps 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.

Wallops Under 5s Playgroup

Tennis for all the family, competitive and social. Full time coach with an extensive coaching programme for minis, juniors and adults - including cardio tennis. 6 hard courts, 2 of which are floodlit and a clubhouse. For more information visit: contact the coach on:

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

Independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age. Please visit www. for session times and more info call 07530 893773.



Chair: Mark Frank (01264 810562). Vicechair: Debbie Smart (01264 810147)

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. or Tel: 01264 860806

Broughton Floral Club

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

Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS)

Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS)

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

MUSIC & DANCE Sword Dancing

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.

Test Valley Turners

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

St Mary's Church, Broughton, Flowers:

Bell Ringing at Sparsholt

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

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The Sombornes Pre-School

Embroiderers Guild

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

Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club

Water Meadow Children's Centre

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.

Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG

The Fly Dressers’ Guild

Stockbridge Football Club

The Barn Nursery Over Wallop

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

Jill Lord Tel: 01264 860667

Mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at Wallops Parish Hall. Tel: 01264 781635

Stockbridge Primary School, Old London Road, Stockbridge, SO20 6EJ. Tel: 01264 811089 Fax: 01264 810134 Water.

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Upper Clatford Youth Football Club

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.

Broughton Short Mat Bowls

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.

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 & qualified teacher Kelly Jenkins BA Hons. MA rca. Learn a new skill, make a product to take away & enjoy a drink & some 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 visit our or to book your place email: kelly.jenkins@ or call Kelly: 01264 712149.

DRAMA Chilbolton Players

Contact Richard Richardson on

Samba and African Drumming

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. or Tel: 01264 323213 >>

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Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm. St Peters Church Hall, Over Wallop. New members and guests are always welcome. Contact Pam Quick on: Tel: 01264 781292 or Shirley Monger on Tel: 01264 782151

Longstock & Leckford W.I.

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

Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts

Leigh Dance - Tel: 01264 811074

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

Chilbolton Care Group

Houghton W.I.

Royal British Legion Womens Section

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

Stockbridge & District Young Farmers Club

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


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

Peter Ward - Tel: 01264 860528

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

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).

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)

Wherwell History Group

Builds up an archive of local history material and arranges monthly talks and visits. Andrew Flanagan. Tel: 01264 860560

Winchester Churches Nightshelter.

20b Jewry Street, Winchester www.wcns. Offering hope and support for the homeless. Volunteers required mornings and evenings. Please phone Liz Howe on 01962 862050. If you would like to feature your club or society on these pages FREE of charge then please send your contribution to editor@ Please try to keep your contribution to under 60 words so that other groups can take advanatge of our free service.

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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

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

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


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

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

The River Dental & Cosmetic Clinic

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.

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

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

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


Chilbolton Flood Advisory Committee

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

Little Somborne 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

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

Manley Henley Tel. 01264 810874

Wherwell Parish Council

Cruse Bereavement Care

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

Stockbridge Primary School

Longstock Parish Council




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 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.

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

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

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.

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:

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. or call 01962 846785.

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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

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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.

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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. 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

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

Broughton Village Hall 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 one accommodating 20 people and another accommodating 40 people which is fitted with a Sound Induction Loop System. The hall holds an entertainment licence and and a licence to sell alcohol 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

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 Tel: 01264-783474 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. 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 Village Hall was purpose


Wallops Parish Hall

Chilbolton 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 388009 or by email at uk or visit our web-site www.


built in 1924. The hall can cater for 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.

The Millennium Memorial Hall was built in 1999 and comprises a Main

Hall with a maximum capacity 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. uk. For bookings please contact the Hall Manager on 01962 888419 or email: littletonhall@

BUSES Stagecoach Buses Mondays to Saturday Only 87 Service

Abbotts Ann, The Wallops and Winterslows

79 Service Andover – Broughton via the Clatfords, Wherwell, Chilbolton, Stockbridge and Houghton

68 Service Winchester – Stockbridge via Crawley, Kings Somborne

77 Service Stockbridge – Andover via the Wallops and Abbotts Ann For detailed timetables visit region_11.html and search the timetables with the relevant route or call Traveline: 0871 200 22 33

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Jubilee Celebrations at Chilbolton Pre-School


ith the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee fast approaching we are bringing kings and queens to life for the children, reading fairy stories, making a castle, making crowns, dressing up and lots more regallythemed activities! The Sensory Garden has a huge amount happening at this time of year with sunflowers planted and growing and also potato, onions, carrots and lavender. The children enjoy caring for the plants, watering and watching them grow, giving them a real appreciation for the outdoors. We would also like to express our thanks to both Wherwell and Chilbolton Parish Councils for supporting us during our crisis over the drop in Government funding for Preschool children. As a charity all monies paid into Pre-school go straight back out in the form of our excellent staffing, hire of the hall, cost of new equipment and more. With just 2 weeks

notice Hampshire County Council dropped our hourly rate from last year for funded children which left us with a large shortfall. As a result of this we will be doing extra fundraising over the next few months. We are looking forward to our Jubilee Tea Party at the end of May which is an event for children at Pre-school and those who used to attend – it’s sure to be a memorable occasion for all! Back by popular demand we are also planning a BBQ / Disco on Friday 29th June at Wherwell Sports Pavilion – tickets are £10 each including food and a fantastic band! Please do come along with your friends for a truly fun night and most importantly to support our local Pre-school. Call Sam for more information or to arrange a visit on 07732 095814 or 07919 130777 or email enquiries@

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National Garden Scheme Open Gardens Sunday 3rd & Monday 4th June Romsey Gardens. Small attractive market town with notable Norman Abbey which forms a backdrop to 4 Mill Lane. All gardens within walking distance of Romsey Abbey. 11am – 5.30pm. Combined adm £5. Plants for sale. Teas. Gardens in this group: King John's Garden, The Lake House, and 4 Mill Lane. Monday 4th June Stockbridge Gardens, Stockbridge. The gardens vary in style and character, from a small walled garden to a long garden with views of the water meadows. 2pm – 5.30pm. Combined adm £5. Plants for sale. Teas. Gardens in this group: Little Wyke, NEW Old Church House, Shepherds House and Trout Cottage.

Sunday 10th and Tuesday 12th June Crawley Gardens, nr Winchester. Exceptionally pretty small village with thatched houses, C14 church and village pond. 2pm – 6pm. Combined adm £6. Plants for sale, teas in Village Hall. The following 4 gardens will be open: Barn Cottage, Bay Tree House, Little Court, Tanglefoot. Sunday 10th and Monday 11th June The Old Rectory, Church Lane, Houghton. 4-acres. Traditional flint and cob walled garden with prolific old-fashioned roses. Mixed herbaceous borders, rockery, herb potager with pond. 2pm – 5pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale. Teas. For more open gardens in your area visit:


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Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right - Henry Ford


lympics athletes know they can and are busy training to become No 1 in the World. So How Can We Adopt a Winning Mindset? IF you have decided that you are unable to do something, you are prone to give up. IF you have decided you can do it, you put in the necessary effort to achieve success There are two main types of belief systems a) Those formed through repetition or common sense and where the person doesn’t have any strong NEED to believe it other than to make sense of their world e.g. there are 24 hours in a day and that everybody will die some day b) Those formed out of a NEED to protect you emotionally or psychologically from perceived threat or fear. For example “I smoke because I’m addicted to nicotine”, “I can’t lose weight”, “I have a fear of flying... going out....speaking in public...”, “I’m not confident enough to...” Our belief systems drive the way we think, feel and behave. Take the example of someone wishing to stop smoking. Those ex smokers who believe smoking was just a habit tend to stop more easily without any side effects or cravings

compared to those who (need to) believe that smoking is an addiction and assume therefore that it will be very difficult to stop and that they will need tons of willpower and will go through dreadful withdrawal and cravings. So we become blinkered and are more likely to notice information which supports our beliefs which serves to reinforce and strengthen them. If you think it’s stupid to smoke, and therefore deduce you must be stupid, it’s easier to believe you’re addicted to keep your ego intact, so you end up sabotaging your own efforts in order to save face. If you’re struggling to achieve something – then examining your core beliefs can help identify your own blocks to success. The good news is, they aren’t set in stone, so why not update them to serve you better. Ask yourself: • What is my evidence for thinking this way? • Is there any evidence that doesn't support this belief? • Could there be other ways of interpreting this event? Gina Brown - Hypnopherapist Dip I Hyp GQHP, CNHC. Registered NLP Practitioner. EFT Practitioner. Caring Help to achieve your goals www. Tel: 01794 301771

Dads cycle to raise money for STARS and Cystic Fibrosis Trust


ecoming a new dad can be a stressful as well as joyous time but when you have to deal with health issues at birth it’s good to know where there’s help and support. Darren Klat and Mark Underwood are work colleagues and also best friends and 2011 they both became dads. Mark is the proud father of younger daughter Isabelle; shortly after birth she was diagnosed with having a rare form of cystic fibrosis which could possibly lead to her developing full CF at any point in the future, though fortunately she has remained healthy since birth. Darren is a first time dad but at 3 days old, his daughter had to visit Sarum Ward at Salisbury Hospital as she lost too much weight, and again at 3months when she was diagnosed with a haemangioma by her ear which caused eating and movement issues; fortunately this now seems to be under control with drugs. Salisbury Hospital is the only hospital in the area dealing with this problem. Both dads had to pay many visits to Salisbury Hospital during this traumatic time but say that the treatment they received was to be

commended. As a thank you they have decided to undertake a sponsored ride from Lands End to John O’Groats; this will involve cycling 120 miles a day starting on 24th August 2012 and aiming to complete the 1000 mile trip some eight days later. Whilst acknowledging this might not be the most original of fund raising ideas, it is a massive challenge to them as neither has attempted to cycle anywhere near this distance before so will also require months of training before they set off. They are looking for personal and business sponsorship; anything you can do will help enormously as every penny raised in sponsorship will be split between the two chosen charities – STARS and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as all expenses will be entirely self funded.

If you would like to make a donation, this can be made at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/team/the longgoodride2012 or for further details you can contact them at thelonggoodride2012

Give us a push!


his July a team of three intrepid fundraisers will set off for Mongolia in a bit to raise funds for Southampton Hospital Charity’s Red & White Appeal. Taking part in the infamous Mongol Rally organised by UKbased company The League of Adventurists International Ltd, Richard Coppock, Jamie Voller and Richard White, all aged 19 and from Romsey will embark on the 10,000-mile adventure



under the team name “Give us a push!” The team need to raise a minimum of £500 for the ‘The Adventurists’ chosen charity and an additional £500 for each of their own two chosen charities, one of which is Southampton Hospital Charity’s Red & White Appeal. The Red & White Appeal aims to raise £1.76million to create a specialist day treatment unit for patients with leukaemia

and other life threatening blood disorders from across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Dorset, West Sussex and the Channel Islands. With nearly £1.2million raised to date it is hoped that the fundraising total will be reached by the end of this year, to benefit patients as soon as possible.

To sponsor “Give us a push!” and support the Red & White Appeal please visit http:// Red & White Appeal Southampton Hospital Charity Tel: 023 8079 8881 or visit

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Chilbolton Village Stores

The 21st Century Village Shop Jo Buist tells the story of the Village Shop in the Facebook Age


ast November was the 5 year anniversary of David and I walking through the doors of Chilbolton Stores as the new owners. Enthusiastic and maybe just a little naive, at 33 I don’t think I was what most people expected of a shopkeeper but as I said at the time... I may not have retail experience but I am really good at shopping!

of Chilbolton & Wherwell following us, they have now become an extension of the shop and community. It’s the perfect place to tell people of new products, highlight local suppliers and regular wine tasting events; and want to know what wine to serve for a special lunch? Well one of our customers asked that on Facebook, Jo responded ‘tagging’ Heidi at Caviste and within minutes she had recommendations from our range.

In hindsight the first couple of years were fairly straight forward, although it didn’t seem like it at the time. We had to cope with road closures, broken fridges, replacement tills and a new thatch, but the economy was buoyant and people were keen to support us. Introducing new ranges was relatively easy and caught on quickly.

The website brought in orders from further a field and many extra customers for our local free-range turkeys at Christmas... not just from the village but from around Hampshire. Our customers want to buy local produce, locally and the village shop is ideally placed to be able to tell the story behind the products we sell, something that you’ll never get at one of the multiples. Is the recent downturn in Tesco fortunes a result of being out of touch with what communities really want?

Move forward to 2009 and things were a little different, the credit crunch took hold and even in Chilbolton people were starting to feel the pinch. We had to work that little bit harder, cutting costs where possible and really trying to differentiate ourselves. Customers would no longer buy things from us just because it was convenient, we had to give them things they couldn’t get elsewhere and most crucially “tell them about it”. At the beginning of 2010, with a grant from Hampshire County Council and SEEDA, we undertook the most extensive works to the shop for many decades. The website and Facebook page were born from a need to keep people informed, but they have proved popular and are growing all the time. Over half of the UK’s population is now on Facebook and with almost 20%



So the last six months have been some of the best, the business is growing and we are ‘leaner and fitter’ from a period of austerity. I for one look back over the last five years fondly, I have always believed that you get out of something what you put in and that nothing really worth having comes easily. We set ourselves a five year plan when we moved here, which we’ve achieved and more; so maybe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins and take Chilbolton Stores into the next phase of its development. Here’s to the next 5 years and counting...

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Fresh talent lines up for 2012 Winchester Festival


rom Dr Who to Shakespeare, The Bach Choir to gospel workshops, the 15th Winchester Festival is set to celebrate summer in the city with internationally renowned musicians, award-winning authors and a host of local talent contributing to a 10 day cultural feast from 6-15 July. Actress Juliet Stevenson, former England cricketer Ed Smith, veteran broadcaster Joan Bakewell and internationally renowned cellist Steven Isserlis head a diverse line-up which also embraces local talent and the work of Hampshire County Council’s Music Service. This year’s Festival features more than 30 events beginning with a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass in the cathedral under the baton of David Hill. The popular lunchtime recital series takes in everything from jazz saxophone to lieder, with other musical treats including Rachmaninov’s Vespers and The

William Byrd Tour by Cardinall’s Musick. The Festival programme also features an evening in the company of former BBC Radio 5 Busker of the Year, Kristyna Myles, whose debut album is released this summer. Novelists John Lanchester, Kate Summerscale and Jake Wallis Simons join biographers Hannah Rothschild, A N Wilson and Hugo Vickers together with historians Max Hastings and Dominic Sandbrook in a wide-ranging literary programme. Authors will talk freely about their work on topics ranging from Medieval Florence to the final years of Wallace Simpson, stock market crashes to the frustrations of a Victorian wife. For further information pick up a brochure or visit the Festival website at www. The Winchester Cathedral Box Office dedicated booking line number is 01962 857 276.

Chilbolton Do you love your dog? Do you hate leaving him when you go on holiday? Wagging Tails provides friendly home from home dog boarding giving your four legged friend his own special holiday while you are away. We have carers across Hampshire ready to welcome your faithful companion into their family and give him all the love and attention he requires in your absence. All of our carers have been vetted by Wagging Tails, licensed by their local Councils and are fully insured. Wagging Tails carers are at home all day and we will not mix different families pets ensuring that your dog receives the undivided attention we feel he deserves. We also insist that you meet your dog’s carer before his holiday so you know he will be happy while you are away in the sun!

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Homework Wars! T wo weeks off for Star II over Easter? Time to just be, switch off and recharge? No of course not! A large school project loomed. In light of the Olympics each child had been given a country to study; we got Cuba. My initial thoughts were pervaded by images of Guantanamo Bay, the Cuban missile crisis and cigars. Ummm maybe not the best imagery to present to the school. Still could have been worse, a chum's son was given Israel, she was wondering how he would manage to fit a brief history of the Middle East and a drawing of the Israeli flag onto a piece of A4. ‘Present your work in any format you like’ were the instructions. “Can we buy a large piece of card Mum? I’ll do a drawing”. Part of me was pleased with what I took to be a newfound enthusiasm for homework, but there was a shred of me that could already see little classmates lining up with their Power Point presentations neatly housed on memory sticks while Star II attempted to grapple with an unruly pictorial representation of Cuba measuring 60” x 60”. However with the words "Every child learns differently Mrs. Pagan" echoing in my head, we made a start. Now though I say it myself the Cuban flag went really rather well, lots of careful measuring and colouring with the title ‘CUBA’ in tropical hues above. “I’m happy with that, Finished”, Star II announced. “Well hold on a moment we are meant to be researching as many aspects of Cuba as we can, we need to do a bit more than this love” “But Mum come on! It’s Easter!” came the incredulous reply. The battle lines, it would seem, had also been drawn. I relaxed my clenched jaw. All would be well, it was, after all, only the first week of a two week break – plenty of



time… Week two, Friday. It was all getting a bit tense. At least I had a coherent plan having researched Cuba’s exact geographical position, climate, population, transport, cuisine, tourism, exports and of course sporting prowess, I was ready to gently coerce Star II into action. “Right, let's get some of this homework done shall we? If we do two or three topics now there’ll be less to do tomorrow.” Why was my voice several octaves higher than it normally is? “What three?! That will take AGES and anyway it’s movie night we never do homework on a Friday!!” Star II had turned into a spitting ball of rage. I weakened, pathetic I know. ”Ok one piece then”. Saturday found me hunched over the printer grappling with an ink cartridge in preparation for copious printing. Images of Cuba spewed forth in abundance, I had a Pritt Stick and I knew how to use it! Sunday 4.30pm. Never mess with a Mother who’s attempting to produce a ‘Jamie’ style roast chicken while regurgitating relevant and interesting facts about Cuba. Light blue touch paper and… “Right that’s it! You’ve put this off long enough, its school tomorrow and you haven’t finished your homework! “ It’s no so much that it’s not finished, more like it’s almost complete.” Star II smiled. A career in politics clearly awaits. A painful half hour ensued accompanied by the scent of burning garlic roast potatoes. Having squeezed blood from several stones the Cuba homework was finally done. Monday afternoon. “Did your teacher like your Cuba project then?” “Don’t know really, she looked at it and then told me to put it into the cupboard”. Do you know that feeling when the vein in your temple throbs? Sandra Pagan.

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Too good to be true? it probably is! Catalogue Delivery Fraud This is a form of identity fraud. Mrs A, an elderly lady living alone in Farnborough was surprised to receive a Sony PC from a reputable catalogue company. She had not ordered the goods. Shortly afterwards, a male phoned her and asked if she received the package “which had been delivered to her in error”. He informed her was outside and could pick it up so she handed it over to him. A few days later she received an invoice for the PC. The whole matter was a fraud which has now been reported to the Police. Report to: Hampshire Police on 101

Church Fund Scam

We have been asked to pass on a scam which is currently doing the rounds of Hampshire churches. A man has been visiting churches / clergy claiming his mother or father has died suddenly in Jersey and stating that the chaplain of the hospital has asked him to come over to identify the body. He asks for the ferry fare to get to Jersey. He has used a variety of names – John Robbins / John Smith / John Tudor / James Gunner. Physical description: height 5ft 10ins, slight build, black wavy hair, aged late 30s to early 40s and well dressed in leather jacket (old, but tidy) open necked shirt and jeans. Reasonably well spoken with a Hampshire accent. This is a scam. It appears that now this gentleman is visiting churches around Hampshire and been successful in obtaining sums ranging from £29.50 to £100 by deception. Report to: Hampshire Police on 101

Energy Saving Scam

Householders receive a telephone call from a person claiming to be working with their energy supplier and offering a device for £99 that they claim will save 40 per cent from energy bills. The callers claim that plugging the device in will automatically save this figure from a consumer’s bill. The callers appear very credible, they often have the consumer’s details including which energy supplier they use and some, or all, of their debit or credit card details. The devices do not work. Some of the devices being sold have been tested and found to be electrically unsafe and pose a fire risk, as well as not saving any energy at all. The companies use an accommodation address in London and appear to be based in the USA or India, although the devices have been posted from various UK post offices. A further twist is that some of the original victims of the scam have since been contacted again by a caller claiming to be from a ‘claims management company’ who say they will send a cheque to pay between £2,000 and £3,000 in compensation. The caller again has all of the consumer’s personal details and often the name of the business who originally sold them the fake device. Victims are instructed to purchase a UKASH voucher for somewhere between £100 and £300 then call back with the voucher number, promising that a cheque will be sent once this number is received. No such cheques are ever received. Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or online using the Online consumer complaint form.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 farm chicken, jointed • 250 g of diced onions • 100 g streaky bacon cut in juliennes or diced • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed • 2 sweet red peppers cut in juliennes • 1 sweet green pepper cut in juliennes • 1 chicken cube, crushed • 4 sliced red tomatoes • 5 tabs olive oil • ½ tsp of piment d’espelette, available from our shop • 15 cl dry white wine • Salt/pepper to taste • 1 bouquet garni WANT TO LEARN TO COOK? The Clos Du Marquis has an excellent cookery school run by its own skilled French chef Germain Marquis. Mr Marquis truly enjoys explaining and preparing French food with a whole variety of clients, and his courses have been highly acclaimed. Different topics are available to suit everyone’s choice. It is fun to cook. For more information on Clos Du Marquis cookery lessons visit: or call: 01264 810 738

The piment plant, originally from Mexico, was introduced into France by the Basques during the 16th century. At first it was used medicinally, but slowly became popular in cooking. It is now an essential ingredient of Gascon and Basque cuisine. Piment d’Espelette, a little village at the foot of the Pyrenees has received the AOC in 2002, a prestigious label for excellence. Piment d’Espelette is used to flavour the dish with its own unique taste. Not as pungent as normal chilli, this piment is delicious to use in careful quantities.

METHOD Using a heavy casserole, (Le Creuset type for example) heat 3 tabs of olive oil. Fry the chicken pieces until golden and remove. Add a further two tabs of olive oil and fry the bacon; when browned, add the onions and garlic, cook for a bit longer and then add the tomato and peppers and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the bouquet garni, crushed chicken cube and the white wine. Put back the chicken pieces into the casserole and add the piment d’espelette. Cook slowly on the top of the stove or in the oven (approx 140 C) until the chicken becomes tender, approx 1 – 1½ hours. Check for seasoning before serving with rice or fresh pasta. This dish is even better if cooked the day before and warmed up prior to serving. Remember: piment is spicy but do not replace the taste of black pepper.

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ame great food but in a beautifully refurbished real country pub. Award winning restaurateur Ryan Lamb has moved to a 'free house' just three doors away. ‘Moving to The Tally Ho means we can keep the price of drinks reasonable and the quality of our food to the standard that our customers have come to expect and deserve. We are really pleased about the positive feedback on the pub’s refurbishment and we are excited to be moving on to phase two, getting the beer garden ready for a Summer of BBQs, beer and light entertainment. We would like to say a big thank you to all the customers that helped us make a success of The Grey Hound and an even bigger thank you for following us to the Tally Ho, already turning it into the one of the most popular pub and restaurants in the area. As The Tally Ho is locally owned it means that we can buy local produce, use local trades for work and support the community that supports us. If you feel you have a good quality product or service we can use please drop in and see us. Visit us at Facebook/TallyHo for details of our Quiz Nights, Live Music Events and Tudor Pizza Thursdays

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New to the deli, Dorset fudge, coconut water, organic stuffed vine leaves, sheeps milk yoghurts, Devon crab bisque and crabmeat, smoked haddock fishcakes and gourmet oils from the Loire Valley: pistachio, walnut, toasted sesame and avocado - perfect for effortless drizzling over summer salads. Fresh fish counter with daily deliveries, local and Cornish fish. Now available Summer hampers for fishing or picnics with friends. Don't forget our Friday night fish and chips from 6pm. Open 7 days from 11th June for the Summer!

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Win a fabulous Hampshire foodie weekend with Ecover!


o celebrate the ongoing corporate partnership with county food group Hampshire Fare, leading green cleaning company Ecover is running a competition to win an indulgent Hampshire foodie weekend break. To tie in with its ‘Feel Good Cleaning’ campaign, Ecover will treat one lucky winner and a friend to a two night luxury break at Hampshire Fare member 4* Audleys Wood Hotel on the edge of Basingstoke. Ecover will also arrange to have the winner’s house cleaned from top to bottom using Ecover products, giving the winner even more of a break! The competition is being promoted in conjunction with July’s Hampshire Food Festival, organised by Hampshire Fare. Clare Allman, Ecover UK Marketing Manager said: “Ecover is proud to be associated with Hampshire Fare and this is the 5th year of our corporate partnership. We want everyone

to have the chance to feel good with Ecover, and this competition should do just that! Everyone has to face doing the cleaning or washing up and Ecover products are kinder to you, your family and to nature.”

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Hampshire Fare Chairman Mike Wright added: “Hampshire Fare and Ecover share core values which makes this partnership such a good fit. July’s Hampshire Food Festival is our showcase event to promote local food and farming across the county, and Ecover’s support is invaluable.” Enter the Ecover luxury weekend break competition at by July 31. The Hampshire Food Festival runs throughout July (1-31), and both Audleys Wood Hotel and The Hampshire Jam & Chutney Company are hosting events. See details of these and all Festival events at www.hampshirefare. or call 01962 846509 for a free Festival programme to be posted to you.

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Winchester Cathedral

to receive much needed lottery funding Winchester Cathedral receives initial support from the heritage lottery fund to carry out major repairs and conservation and tell the story of the birth of a nation Winchester Cathedral is pleased to announce that it has received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a £10.5m HLF bid for repairs to the Cathedral fabric and development of a major project entitled ‘Kings and Scribes – The Birth of a Nation’. A grant of £475,000 has been awarded to fund the development work required to make a full application. Conservation of the Cathedral fabric will encompass essential repairs to the Presbytery roof, wooden vault and the surviving medieval stained glass windows. The development project will involve modifications to the South Transept to make the Cathedral’s treasures more accessible. The 12th Century Winchester Bible will be relocated to the ground floor of the transept where it will be exhibited and interpreted to modern standards. An exhibition entitled Decoding the Stones will be mounted on the first floor to enable visitors to learn about the architectural evolution of the building. Further, a unique interactive exhibition will unlock the history and humanise the mortal remains of early English Saxon royals which are preserved in the ornate mortuary chests. This exhibition will be installed in the Triforium Gallery; entitled Kings and Scribes – The Birth of a Nation it will celebrate



the origins of the English nation and its association with Winchester. Three levels will house the three exhibitions. This will appeal to young and old alike and will transform the visitor experience through the opportunities it will offer for active participation and learning, the latter being met by improved education facilities. The Dean, The Very Reverend James Atwell commented: “It is well known that Winchester is the longest medieval Cathedral in England. That means there is a lot of historic fabric to maintain. It also means that Winchester has a significance beyond the ordinary and needs to tell its story effectively in the 21st Century and offer an exceptional experience to visitors and worshippers alike. The support of the Heritage Lottery Fund is very exciting as it will enable the Cathedral both to maintain its fabric and to fulfil its potential with a fresh burst of energy and dynamism in our own generation”. Yinnon Ezra, MBE, local Broughton resident and a National Trustee for the Heritage Lottery fund said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Winchester Cathedral and will ensure that the building is watertight, gives people regular access to the wonderful Bible and most importantly, the forensic work on the "bones" may give us a completely different slant on the early English Kings and Queens -a fantastic addition to the current visitor experience". The Kings and Scribes project will conserve and re-energise the use and enjoyment of a vital piece of the nation’s heritage and open up access to the Cathedral’s illustrious history and treasures. The Cathedral now has up to two years to submit a formal application for second stage funding from the HLF. Yinnon Ezra MBE

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THE WEEKEND'S EVENTS Friday 22nd June 2012 - From 6.00pm the beers & ciders are ready to go Saturday 23rd June 2012 - Afternoon Barbecue from 12.00 noon With unforgettable live music from 8.30pm with 'Mango' rock, pop and soul classics


Sunday 24th June 2012 - Traditional Sunday roast from 12.00 to 2.30pm A fun pub quiz £5.00 per team (4 brains maximum) from 3.30pm. The pot will go to the winning team’s favourite charity 1st Prize: Clay shooting for four from the Spitfire Shoot & more

Wednesday 18th April, 6.00-8.30 pm Thursday 21st June 6.00pm – 8.30pm

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MidBeautiful Summer Tasting The South: The Guildhall, Winchester, SO23 9GH Languedoc-Roussillon At an informal, walk-round tasting we will be showing about fifty wines, encompassing all you need for Stockbridge Town Hall drinking this summer, including Champagne and High Street, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE Sparkling wine; Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire to New Zealand; Chardonnay, unoaked and lightly oaked; A walk-round tasting of some 30 wines, from our usual selection of more oddball aromatic whites; delicious varietal wines to superb, ageworthy a selection of rosés; crisp and fruity reds - in particular wines from the top appellations - Coteaux Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir; bolder New du Languedoc, Faugères, St Chinian, and World reds; new arrivals from Tuscany and the Cape; Roussillon. On the tables will be herb-scented androsés off-dry andterroir-driven Sweet wines. reds, plus, whites, fruity and

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30 | What do you think?

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o you know someone who requires a mobility scooter to get around, or do you have to push someone in a wheelchair occasionally? Do you have small children in a buggy with you when you are out and about? If so, are you finding ‘Accessibility for All’ somewhat of a misnomer? I grant you that buggies are considerably more manoeuvrable when faced with steps and have access to most places in Stockbridge, but that’s not the case for wheelchair and scooter users. It’s tricky. Part of the pleasure of living in Stockbridge is the individuality of its architecture, the steps both up and down into shops, the tiny rooms and narrow passageways, the twisting staircases: all part of the appeal of our ‘Historic Market Town’. Nothing can be or perhaps, should be, done to alter them; besides which, planning regulation restricts the buildings in the town centre, and many fall under the auspices of ‘Listed Building’ criteria. Unrestricted buildings or new-builds can be altered, or are required to be accessible to all, but that doesn’t necessarily make them so. Once inside, those with buggies and wheelchair users can often have little room, and feel they are in the way of



others, while mobility scooters simply can’t move around the aisles, or in some cases, get close to the checkout. Accessibility then is rendered useless. Let's not forget, though, that we are lucky to live in a place with plenty of community spirit. A relative is confined to a wheelchair but has independence via the use of a mobility scooter, but still it is impossible for him to access the shops he likes. However, shopkeepers are, when able, happy to come out and get him what he needs, which is really kind. It’s not just accessibility to buildings and shops that presents frustrations. Those of us who are able to, walk around freely - off and up curbs and steps, and do so without a thought. But have you ever effortlessly slid from a lowered curb on one side of the road with a buggy or in a scooter, only to find there isn’t a corresponding feature on the other side? And have you ever noticed that some lowered areas for easy crossing are possibly not in the safest of positions? For some, the ability to access all areas will sadly remain an impossibility. But surely, irrespective of individual needs, we should all be able to navigate a safe and easy route around towns? What do you think? GG.

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Test Valley Arts Awards


ichael Widén, Development Officer of Test Valley Arts Foundation has presented two awards from the Foundation to: • George Messa from Broughton who is currently in his final year of study at The Arts University College at Bournemouth studying BA (Hons) Film Production. 25-year old George was awarded a Colvin Young Artists Award of £300 towards funding the submission of his graduation film to film festivals in England. George is specialising in Directing and said: “Thanks to the Test Valley Arts Foundation I can now look into submitting my latest short film, ‘Inanimate’ into film festivals all across the country in the hope that it will be accepted and screened. Unfortunately film festivals require a submission fee, even if the film is not successful in getting in. This is where a lot of short films, and young directors like myself struggle in getting their work

seen as the costs can mount up so quickly. Film festivals are the best opportunity to promote my work as a director and get funding to hopefully go on and direct more short films, or even my first feature film. • Maureen Fail accepted the award for Andover Carnival who were awarded an Open Access Award of £500 to help stage free participatory Batik Flags arts workshops in conjunction with the carnival parade on Sunday 22nd July 2012. The committee will provide inspiring and interactive workshops to produce Batik Flags for participants to display during the walking parade, providing a stunning and vibrant backdrop to the parade The presentations were made at the Chapel Arts Studios in Andover.



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New play opens book on Frankenstein Author’s Extraordinary Life


ary Shelley, the engrossing new play by the acclaimed theatre company Shared Experience, is coming soon to the Theatre Royal Winchester. The play was listed by the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian as ‘one of the top ten regional shows to see in 2012’ and tells the remarkable story of the events and circumstances that led to Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein when she was just eighteen years old. Written by award-winning playwright Helen Edmundson (Anna Karenina, Mill on The Floss), the play delves into Mary’s turbulent personal history and reveals insights into the life of the author of a novel so radical in its ideology that it changed the literary landscape forever. Having lost her mother, the feminist Mary Wollstonecraft at an early age, Mary finds comfort in reading the family



memoir written by her father, the radical philosopher William Godwin. However, his free-thinking account of her mother’s suicide attempt, extra-marital affair and birth of her illegitimate elder daughter are regarded by society as shocking. Sharing her father’s controversially liberal outlook, Mary is herself drawn into scandal when she falls in love with Percy Bysshe Shelley, a married poet, and elopes at 16. Since the 1970s, Shared Experience has been pioneering a performance style that celebrates the union of physical and text-based theatre. Early work includes landmark productions of Arabian Nights and Bleak House. Since 1987, under the joint Artistic Directorship of Nancy Meckler and Polly Teale, the company has produced acclaimed adaptations of literary classics and new writing such as After Mrs Rochester, Mill on the Floss, War and Peace and The Glass Menagerie. All are welcome to attend a pre-show discussion on Wednesday 6 June at 6.00pm, and a post-show discussion with the Director after the matinée on Thursday 7 June. ‘Theatre this engrossing is so rare, I can only urge you not to miss it’ Time Out on Shared Experience

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Stockbridge Diamond Jubilee Street Party


tockbridge is holding a Street Party in Trafalgar Way (adjacent to the White Hart Inn) to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June. Everything is FREE but please bring your own picnic lunch to share with others, as well as your picnic chairs and tables.

Broughton Jubilee Fun Day


he Fun Day will be held on Monday 4th June from 12.30pm onwards at Broughton Sportsfield, Buckholt Road. Bring your picnic, or enjoy local buffalo burgers, ice creams, teas/

coffees, cakes and bar. Lots of games, sports for the children, classic cars, fancy dress, steam engines and lots more! Going into the evening, live bands, music for everyone, so come and enjoy a family event. Admission free.

King's Somborne Jubilee Celebrations


he celebrations will be held on Saturday 2nd June. You will see King’s Somborne Village Hall and recreations centre bedecked in bunting ready to start the village celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The event starts at 2pm with the official opening of the new Jubilee Room in the Village Hall, followed at 2.30pm by a Twenty20 cricket match with the KSCC versus the KS All-Comers. The WI will be serving Afternoon Tea throughout proceedings and there will be teas and coffees on sale, plus a beer tent, with everyone encouraged to picnic and watch the



cricket, browse the stalls and sideshows, visit the special Jubilee Exhibition or just soak up the quintessentially English atmosphere. During the break for tea, a free-to-enter Jubilee Crown Competition will be judged with prizes for children and adults, so please join in the fun – the more crowns we have, the better! Saturday 2nd June, 2pm-5pm, King’s Somborne Village Hall and Recreation Centre. Queries: Samantha Boot (01794 389554) or Mary Pollock (01794 388422)

The party starts at noon with a Children’s Fancy Dress Competition and the presentation of special Diamond Jubilee Bone China Mugs to all Stockbridge children under 15 years. Mugs will also be available for sale at £10 each. The Buffet Lunch starts at 12.45pm and concludes with the Loyal Toast at 2pm. A full programme of

entertainment then follows and includes: • Community Singing led by St.Peter’s Church Choir • Face Painting • Magic Show and Punch and Judy • Dancing led by Amesbury Town Band • A performance by the Amateur Dramatic Society • Last Night of the Proms led by Amesbury Town Band • The National Anthem at 4.30 pm Please pray for fine weather and join the people of Stockbridge to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style, surrounded by friends and neighbours.

Andover Jubilee Jamboree


ome along to a red, white and blue bunting filled park and enjoy live music on the bandstand, a brilliant community craft and food market and the animals in the Millers Ark Farm. The event will be held on June 3, 2012 at Beech Hurst Park, Weyhill Road, Andover. Then maybe "Test your Strength " or

visit the "Reminiscence Tree" at the side stalls scattered throughout the park. There'll be Crowns and Tiaras, a Photo Booth and a chance to try some Circus Skills. Pop on a Vintage Bus in town but remember to jump off at the park! This is a free family day out to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee.

Sparsholt Street Party


parsholt Street Party: We are planning to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a street party and BBQ starting at midday on Saturday, 2nd June. There will be a bouncy castle and sporting activities on the school playing field for the children, with candy floss, soft drinks, ice cream and sweets available. A beer and wine tent will also be provided. The dress theme will be red, white and blue with a prize for the best outfit. All

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Sunshine brings SATs and sunflowers to Stockbridge


he sunshine is back, thank goodness, and we are about to enter into our SATs week for Year 6 children. The SATs are national tests taken by every 11 year old in the maintained sector. They are a one off indication of a child’s performance over the past 7 years at school and used to gauge a school’s performance. Our Year 6 children have worked so hard in the run up to these tests, putting their new learning about the school values to the test. We have taken a long look at the School values this year – the things our children will need to have a firm grasp of to be learners for life: Resilience – sticking with it when it gets tough.



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here, they should shoot up, just in time for our early crops to be harvested before summer holidays. Look out for our sunflowers which will be competing to be the tallest along our fence line on Old London Road, there’s fierce competition!! Emma Jefferies Headteacher Stockbridge Primary School

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The Houghton Trail 2012


oughton has that British bulldog spirit that put the Great in Great Britain - they weren't going to let a little bit of rain spoil the day ... and it didn't!” This is one of the many, many comments sent to us after the event by way of thank you and how much they thoroughly enjoyed it, despite the howling winds and driving rain. Competitors were still entering on the day, queuing up in their droves. Nothing was going to stop them from taking part in this very popular, well-loved and highly praised trail run and mountain bike cycle which, this year, raised a record £3,300.00 for the All Saints Church, Houghton. Dickie Davies once again came out to set them all off on their journeys! Although course records were not matched, the leading runner and course-record holder in the 11K, Matthew King from Kings Somborne completed the course with a smile on his face in 41:39. Kirsty Coltart of Broughton Bounders once again took the 1st Lady medal in 49:48, 1st Junior was 11year old Benjamin Saunders in 1:07:00. One of the team of Banjo Cyclists, Christopher Clark from Andover strove to match his own course record and completed the 31K Cycle, covered head-to-toe in glorious mud in an astonishing 1:17:40. 1st Lady: Sarah Wilcox-Jones in 2:00:50. Meanwhile, the winner of the 4K Fun Runners,

11-year old William Richards from Houghton bounded round in 18:04 and 14-year old Nathan Baggott from Andover stormed ahead of the 14K Cyclists to win in an astonishing time of 52:47. 1st Man for the 4K was Mark Burdge in 20:39, 1st Lady was Virginia Sherriff in 26:10. Many thanks to our sponsors and contributors: The Trophy Box, John Robinson Butchers, Stockbridge Osteopath and Beccy’s Greengrocer all of Stockbridge; The Boot Inn Pub; The John O’ Gaunt of Horsebridge (yes.. they’re open again!!); Hobbs the Printers, Totton; Up and Running, Southampton and Reg Goodwin, Website Management, London. Their contributions have been exceedingly generous. All the helpers and volunteers who stood out in horrendous weather conditions with a smile on their faces, sorted out cars stuck in the mud, handed out medals, recorded times, baked cakes, sold refreshments... the list is endless. Thank you ALL! Feedback from all those who took part plus links to the photo albums can be found on the website Congratulations to everyone who took part in this and completed the course against all the odds! The event will be back on 28th April 2013.



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Houghton Lodge & Gardens celebrates the Diamond Jubilee


ed, white and blue flowers will be in abundance at Houghton Lodge and Gardens in Stockbridge during June as they celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee and look forward to the Olympics. With a royal colour scheme planted for the Peacock Garden and borders within the Walled Garden, visitors to the gardens will be



able to enjoy stunning displays. There will be a series of floral wigwams surmounted with golden crowns for children to find. The quaint Tea House will be offering traditional British homemade cakes – perfect for a spot of afternoon tea after a walk around the garden. A signed photo of Queen Victoria and a photo of the Queen will also be on display to mark the

occasion. Houghton Lodge is a historic 18th century Cottage Orné, set in 15 acres of beautiful parkland above the River Test, and is a popular attraction with picturesque gardens, chalk cob walls, beautiful parkland and water meadows offering peace and tranquility. During summer, experience the peaceful Walled Garden with ancient fan trained fruit trees,

fragrant herb garden, the rose arbour, avenue of old apple trees and delicious scents of the peony walk. The stunning Orchid House hosts many rare varieties and showcases many beautiful orchids. The Gardens are open until the 31st October (Thursday Tuesday 10am - 5pm) For more information and admission visit

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Nine owlets find shelter from storms


spring of drought, gales and flooding has taken its toll on British wildlife. More admissions than ever before – including nine young tawny owls – are making life tough for a Hampshire wildlife rescue centre. “We’re nearly full-up and might have to close to new cases if this continues, ” said Caragh Hunter, 22, from HART Wildlife Rescue. “The weird spring weather is definitely to

blame. When it was hot a few weeks ago we had hedgehogs being brought to us that were dehydrated – we’ve got 16 of them in now. “The rain caused its own problems too – we had a badger cub come in after its sett was flooded and we’re swamped with ducklings rescued from fast flowing rivers. “We’ve never had so many owlets – more in the past few

A Celebration of Wherwell Abbey in Words and Music


he River is Flowing. A Celebration of Wherwell Abbey in Words and Music, 12th May 2012. What a relief it was to awake on Saturday morning to bright sunshine - the prolonged wet spell had been the greatest worry for the production team! It was wonderful that over 350 people gathered in the grounds of Wherwell Priory to celebrate the past glories of Wherwell Abbey in song and verse, uniquely performed by



the Andover Town Band, the Spotlight Singers, Craig Morgan Robson, the Wherwell Singers, 26 children from Wherwell School – with their music teacher and headmaster, and a small group of actors. The musical director was Professor June Boyce Tillman from Winchester University who also played the River Woman; the River Test was the motif flowing through the Pageant and literally through Wherwell Priory! She was partnered by the Green Man (George Marits) an historic figure from pre-Christian days. Together they narrated the story from the dinosaurs up to the present day. Not everyone knows that under the lawns and house of Wherwell Priory lie hidden the ruins of a great Benedictine Abbey, founded in the 10th century by Queen Elfthryth, (known popularly as Elfrida),

weeks than we had all last year. Two were found inside a fallen tree – they’d been nesting in its hollow trunk. The others were found after being blown from trees. They’re all between four and eight weeks old – one was saved after a crow was seen attacking it on the ground. “Sometimes people are too quick to step in and help. If you find an owl, pick it up and put it on a branch. Its parents will probably come back soon to feed it. Whatever you do, phone a rescue centre for advice before bringing it in. “It’s the same with blackbirds – if they get blown down or fledge early the adult birds often look after them on the ground. We’ve got lots of blackbird chicks in at the moment.

its size and is now fundraising for the £50,000 needed to build the much needed new accommodation in an adjacent field. “We’ve also taken in 19 fox cubs this spring – one of our volunteers has six of them in her barn. Even our treatment rooms are packed, floor-toceiling, with animals. “The tawny owls will be released in September, from release sites where they’ll spend three weeks in an aviary before we open the door." Other birds being treated by the team at HART today include – greenfinches, dunnocks, doves, woodpigeons, crows, sparrows, a magpie, a robin and even a red-legged partridge.

“A whole clutch of six blue tit chicks came in today – nest and all – after it fell out of a tree.” The centre, near Alton, in Hampshire has planning permission to more than double

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wife of King Edgar the Peaceful (959-975). History tells us that the Queen founded the Abbey and church to atone for the death of her step-son, Edward, (known in Corfe, Dorset as Edward the Martyr) – in whose murder she was implicated - to ensure the succession of her own son, Ethelred, to the throne.

songs, but a sense of recreating the past as part of Wherwell’s life today. It was certainly a day to remember. Not since 1936 had there been a Wherwell pageant and some of the original text, written by Paul Jewitt, had been interwoven. Long may the title song stay in our memories:

Wherwell Abbey - or nunnery was one of the six great AngloSaxon monasteries founded by the descendants of Alfred the Great; in its heyday, the Abbey was over 6o metres long and comparable in size to Romsey Abbey. Later it was destroyed by Henry VIII in the dissolution. With the Church Bells ringing, the performers and audience moved to the church and the Queen’s Jubilee was commemorated by Sir John Taveners’ Hymn to a Sovereign – which had only ever been sung once before. What transformed this performance from being a mere spectacle, was not just the audience participation in hymns and

A mighty stream Flowing, Rippling, Whirring Whirr well my brother and sister …. We hope the Pageant will have raised nearly £2000 towards the restoration of Wherwell Church. It was a truly splendid and memorable community event, ably supported by teams of performers and a large volunteer back stage crew. Special thanks go to Clare & James Hogg, our hosts at Wherwell Priory, Chris & Toni Molden, Winchester University, King Alfred Singers, Doug Bailey, all the advertisers in the Souvenir Programme and everyone who bought a ticket. Thank you. Mary Grey

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