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DIARY DATES  Saturday 2 April Antiques, Furniture and Collectors’ Event 9.30am - 5pm at Stockbridge Town Hall. An opportunity to browse, experience and buy a wide range of antiques, furniture and collectables from local traders. A wide variety in age and style of interior, exterior and decorative items. Free entry. All ages welcome. Enquiries to 07970 797306.  Thursday 7 April Zumba for everyone! 10 – 11am at Longstock Village Hall & Stockbridge Town Hall from 6 – 7pm. Come to one or both! First week: special 2 for 1 offer i.e. try out both venues for price of one! Check out or contact or tel 07947410394  Friday 15 April Nepalese Curry Lunch and Lecture A Gurkha Museum event in Winchester. A lecture titled “The World in Conflict” Understanding the Worlds Troublespots given by John Andrews. In a journalist career that began in the Middle East he became “The Economist’s” most experienced foreign correspondent after living seven years in the Arab world. Tickets £30 (Friends £25) to include coffee & biscuits on arrival at 10.30am, lecture and traditional Nepalese Curry. Bookings by phone to Mary Brown on 01962 843201 or e-mail mar ybrown@thegurkhamuseum.  Friday 15 April Wherwell History Talk 8pm at Wherwell Village Hall, Church Street, Wherwell, SP11 7JJ. Illustrated talk “The Sieges if Basing House” by Alan Turton for Wherwell History Group. £3 admission.  Friday 15 April Stockbridge Community Cinema: Carol (15) Starring Cate Blanchett and Roony Mara. Set against the glamourous backdrop of 1950s New York, Carol is an achingly beautiful depiction of love against the odds. A powerful drama about a married woman who risks everything when she embarks on a romance with a younger department store worker.Venue: Stockbridge Town Hall. Tickets £6 from John Robinson and Garden Inn in Stockbridge or online via www.stockbridgecinema. Showing at 7.30pm (doors open 30 minutes before start)

 Saturday 16 - Sunday 17 April Wherwell Home Guard 70th Birthday 10am - 10pm at Wherwell Home Guard Club, The Old Hill, Wherwell. Admission: Free. 70th Birthday Open Weekend with talks, films, photo exhibition and special display of WW2 Headquarters Company Field Office. More details on  Monday 18 April Houghton WI Meeting 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. 'Sugar and Spice' by Ron Taylor. Visitors always welcome. For further details please call: Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314  Wednesday 20 April Stockbridge Community Cinema: The Lady In The Van (12A) Starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. In 1973 London, playwright Alan Bennett develops an unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd, a homeless woman who lives in a van in his driveway. The reluctant landlord tolerated her presence, thinking she’d tire of her surroundings and move on but she remained there, noxious and implacable, for the next 15 years.Venue: Stockbridge Town Hall. Tickets £6 from John Robinson and Garden Inn in Stockbridge or online via Two shows at 5:00pm AND 7.30pm (doors open 30 minutes before start)  Thursday 21 April Chiho Sunamoto in concert presented by presented by Weyhill Electronic Organ Society An evening of melodic, easy listening music performed on electronic keyboard. Venue: Fairground Hall, Weyhill, SP11 0QN. Tickets £5 in advance, from Just Teasin, 40 Bridge Street, Andover - or £6 at the door. For further information phone 01264 323213 or visit www.weyhill-eos.  Saturday 23 April Broughton Pre School Annual Fundraising Jumble Sale 2pm - 4pm at Broughton Pre School. Enterance £1. For details please contact Ali Boulton 01794 301789.  Sunday 24 April The Italians are coming to Stockbridge The friendly Italian Food Market, Italia in Piazza, returns to Stockbridge

on Sunday 24th April 2016. The market will be located along the High Street and will run from 10am through to 4pm. Italia in Piazza is an innovative and authentic Italian Food Market comprising 16 mouthwatering stalls selling all the wonderful tastes you would expect to get in Italy, such as parmigiano, prosciutto, salame, olives, extra virgin olive oils and much more.  Friday 29 April Ladies Night 6pm - 9pm at Stockbridge Town Hall. £3 per ticket includes glass of wine. All proceeds will be donated to the Tara Scougall lifeboat fund. Two floors of lovely stalls, raffle prizes, tea, coffee and cake. Come and treat yourself. Tickets available from John Robinson butchers, Clare Stephens 07814 094029 or Janet Robinson 07825 559045  Saturday 30 April West Tytherley School Jumble Sale Held at West Tytherley Village Hall. 2pm till 4pm. Entrance £1. Books, Clothes, Toys, Bric a Brac and more! All donations of Jumble will be gratefully received, please bring to hall between 9-1pm on the day.  Tuesday 10 May N o v e l i s t , B r o a d c a s t e r, Journalist... Taxidermist? Kate Mosse - Hampshire Writers' Society Kate Mosse will be sharing her writing trade secrets with the Hampshire Writers' Society in room 303 of the St Edburga building of Winchester University. Old legends, ancient Sussex folklore, taxidermy and bird mythology, she must have such a wealth of research and cataloguing advice to depart. Her settings may be a mystical mix of historical and contemporary Europe but she has West Sussex in her blood and is extremely active with the Chichester Festival Theatre. She will be quite familiar with Hampshire also. Kate is a playwright and has had many short stories and essays published raising money and awareness for a variety of charities.Would you call her a feminist? Join us in the St Edburga building on Tuesday 10th May and ask her yourself.  Sunday 15 May Broughton Village Fete At Sports Field, Buckholt Road, 12.00 - 3.00. Royal-themed fancy dress, dog show, pony rides and lots of fun stalls. All proceeds go to the Friends of Broughton School.


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Stefan Buczacki at the first Test Valley Garden & Literary Festival 2016 Test Valley Business Awards - launched and open for entries Garden waste collection service 2016/17 set for launch Courcoux Contemporary's spring exhibition - The Medieval Hall, Salisbury Cathedral Close - 22 - 24 April National Garden Scheme: gardens open for charity Test Villages Lecture Series - Wednesday April 20th, 8pm at Broughton Village Hall Let there be light Spring time events at Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve Mottisfont launches new welcome centre and coach house cafe

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Diary Dates Church Services Community Clubs & Societies Clubs & Societies

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Art design home and interiors fair, Stockbridge and the Romsey antique, collectables and decorative arts fair

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Chris Nutt's gardening column The Cuckoo and the Rhododendron

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Mottisfont launches new welcome centre and coach house cafe It's Spring - it must be tulip time!


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Get involved at the Hampshire Food Festival Hampshire chocolate maker to judge academy of chocolate awards

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Summer Open Exhibition - call for artists The Sheep Shed Gallery at Weyhill has reason to celebrate Somborne Sessions: fifth season ends with folk - pop star Thea Gilmore The Alauda String Quartet (Royal Academy of Music) - Stockbridge Music Flute trio set to dazzle in Upper Clatford






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he first Test Valley Garden and Literary Festival is announced. The Festival will open on Saturday June 11 with a ‘Britagne’ and Cocktail Gala from 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The family fun is on June 12 from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in the idyllic grounds of historic Bere Mill, Whitchurch, beside the River Test. The Festival promises an exciting array of inspirational and informative speakers on horticulture, gardening, literature, art and poetry. The ticketed Gala Evening and Auction offers the chance to see journalist and photographer Lalage Snow’s ‘War Gardens’ exhibition. The impressive line-up on Sunday includes poets Susan Wicks, Ruth Padel and Blissfields regular, Hampshire based folk band Head North. The Sunday highlight will be a ‘Gardeners Question Time’ with The Daily Telegraph’s Helen Yemm, RHS Chelsea Gold Medal winner Rosy Hardy and George Plumptre, Chief Executive National Gardens Scheme, chaired by Stefan Buczacki. Gilly Drummond will talk about Capability Brown in the tercentenary year of his birth and Ros Wallinger will bring Gertrude Jekyll‘s garden art to life. George Plumptre will speak about his latest book The English Country House Garden, and Olivia Chapple will inspire us about her charity ‘Horatio’s Garden’ and their wonderful work in NHS Spinal Units. The Festival will be a must for enthusiastic gardeners, experienced plants people, poetry fans and art & music lovers. Sunday festival-goers can enjoy an array of crafts like willow weaving, cup cake decorating, apple pressing, bee-keeping and more at the workshops and demonstrations. There will


be home and garden stalls, farmers’ market food stalls and a huge range of children’s activities in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. And join our celebrations of H M The Queen’s 90th in our ‘Royal’ tea tent. Committee chair Sarah-Jane Shirreff is thrilled to be involved: “We hope the Test Valley Garden and Literary Festival will become a permanent fixture. It’s a packed weekend with a delightful start on Saturday with the Gala Evening and Auction. To add to the list of what to enjoy and do on Sunday there is a celebration of Keats’s Poetry thanks to the Winchester Poetry Festival. The week-end has only been possible thanks to great generosity: from headline sponsor Knight Frank; Trethowans; The English Garden magazine; Adam Architecture; Bombay Sapphire and Coates & Seely. Rupert and Elizabeth Nabarro for kindly allowing us to use Bere Mill, whose gardens will also be open for the National Garden Scheme. And everyone’s unstinting support.” The event committee hopes to attract over 2500 festivalgoers to maximise the fundraising potential for the North Hampshire Medical Fund. It was founded in 1981 to promote medical research, education and care. The Fund is currently working to raise £184,000 to buy seven pieces of equipment which include a Foetal Monitoring System. The Family Festival opens with a ticketed Gala Evening and Auction on Saturday June 11, from 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The family day on Sunday June 12 is open from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. to all ages. Tickets: adults £10.00; 5-16 year £5 each; children under 5 go free; and family tickets £20 with up to 3 Children. For more information and tickets please visit www.

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CHURCH SERVICES ST. PETER'S Over Wallop  Sunday 3 April 09.30 Family Service  Sunday 10 April 08.00 Holy Communion 16.00 Tea Time Praise  Sunday 17 April 09.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 08.00 Holy Communion

ST. ANDREW'S Nether Wallop  Sunday 3 April 08.00 Family Service  Sunday 10 April 09.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 09.30 Family Communion


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Mottisfont  Sunday 10 April 11.00 Messy Church Club  Sunday 17 April 09.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 11.00 Family Communion

ST. MARY THE LESS Chilbolton  Sunday 3 April 18.00 Benefice Evensong  Sunday 10 April 10.00 Morning Prayer  Sunday 17 April 10.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 10.00 Family Service

ST. MARY'S Crawley

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ST. JAMES Bossington  Sunday 10 April 09.30 Holy Communion & Sunday Club  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Holy Communion 09.30 Family Service  Sunday 24 April 09.30 Family Communion & Sunday Club followed by Annual Parochial Church


 Sunday 3 April 10.00 Family Communion  Sunday 10 April 10.00 Matins  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 24 April 10.00 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School

ST. CATHERINE'S Littleton  Sunday 3 April 10.00 Family Communion  Sunday 10 April 10.00 Family Communion  Sunday 17 April 10.00 Celebration of Baptism 18.00 Peace & Wholeness

Wherwell  Sunday 3 April 10.00 Common Worship with Holy Communion  Sunday 10 April 18.00 Benefice Evensong  Sunday 17 April 10.00 Matins  Sunday 24 April 08.00 Holy Communion

METHODIST CHURCH King's Somborne  Sunday 3 April 10.30 Morning Worship  Sunday 10 April 10.30 Morning Worship  Sunday 17 April 10.30 Morning Worship 15.30 Messy Church

ST. PETER & ST. PAUL King's Somborne  Sunday 3 April 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 10 April 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Family Service  Sunday 17 April 10.00 Parish Communion  Sunday 24 April


Stockbridge  Sunday 17 April 08.00 Holy Communion

ST. MARY'S Longstock  Sunday 10 April 09.30 All Age Worship  Sunday 17 April 09.30 Morning Worship  Sunday 24 April 09.15 Parish Communion

ST. NICHOLAS Leckford  Sunday 3 April 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 17 April 18.00 Evensong

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Now in its 12th year, the Test Valley Business Awards – run by a small steering group of volunteers and supported by the Council – has become a well-established platform to promote businesses excellence and especially to shine a light on the many new and small innovative businesses operating out of sight. It is a great way to enable smaller enterprises to gain the recognition and exposure to grow. Businesses are free to enter themselves or members of the public, and other businesses may nominate partners, suppliers, or local businesses they feel are deserving of an award; the Awards are free to enter and all nominations and entries must be done online. For more information about the Awards, and to nominate/ enter, please visit:



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he starting gun has now been fired and the 2016 Test Valley Business Awards are open for entries! Following a very successful launch at The White Horse Hotel & Brasserie, Romsey, on 4th March, nominations/entries are now open until 6th May. With nearly 100 sponsors, supporters, and interested local businesses attending this widely anticipated event, 2016 promises to be one of the Awards’ biggest yet; marking the opening of nominations/entries for the year. Guest Speaker at the launch, Revd. Canon Tim Sledge, remarked at the event: “A strong economy benefits the local community but it also contributes to something beyond. That’s why these awards and the aspiration which comes with them are so important on a wider canvas.” The Awards categories and Gold Sponsors for 2016 are: • Doing Business Locally Taylored IT • Food & Drink producer of the year McCrimmon & Reid • Innovation & Technology Award University of Southampton Science Park • New Business of the Year Test Valley Borough Council • Small Business of the Year Wilkins Kennedy There is also a special award for 2016, in memory of longstanding Steering Committee member Brenda Locke, who sadly passed away suddenly last year. The Brenda Locke Award, sponsored by Andover Mutual Business Group and friends of Brenda, will celebrate Women in Business.


All current Garden Waste Collection Service subscriptions are due to come to an end on Sunday, 8 May 2016, and customers can now opt to renew their subscription automatically and pay by annual direct debit. For just £29.50, the council will collect one garden waste wheeled bin or sack every fortnight for a whole year. Anyone who requires the council to collect more than one garden waste bin or sack at a time will pay £17 for each additional subscription. Residents who aren’t already signed up to the Garden Waste Collection Service can register at gardenwaste, or call the council’s customer services team on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700. Environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “If you are a current subscriber, all you need to do is sit tight and you will receive a letter or email in the next few days with further information. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for customers to renew their subscription, to save them going through the process of having to reregister online or over the telephone each year. We have also streamlined the registration process for new subscribers, so it is even easier for residents to sign up.” Whether renewing their subscription or signing up for the first time, customers will have the opportunity to purchase a new wheeled bin or reusable sack. A 240 litre garden waste wheeled bin costs £25 and a 130 litre garden waste sack costs £1.50. Both are one-off charges in addition to the subscription charge. Those who have a spare wheeled bin at home that they wish to use can request a garden waste label for it. Customers who already have a garden waste bin or sack which is in good condition can continue to use this.


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COMMUNITY COMMUNITY HALLS  Broughton Village Hall Seating capacity of 120 and for catered functions 100, together with two meeting rooms, one for 20 people the other for 40 people, each fitted with a Sound Induction Loop System. Entertainment licence and a licence to sell alcohol with fully equipped kitchen, bar and a winged stage. To book contact Graham on 0844 800864 or  Chilbolton Village Hall Eastman's Field, Chilbolton, SO20 6AT. Can accommodate 125 seated guests. A sound system is installed, with an induction loop system, and well equipped kitchen. Full disabled access. Smaller meeting room and stage in the main Hall. Bookings and information telephone Kate Bollard 01264 860 524 or 07790 or email  Crawley Village Hall Can seat 100 people. Licensed for public entertainment. Details can be found on Bookings Tel: 01962 776518  Goodworth Clatford Village Club The club 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. Contact: 07769 911305  Grateley War Memorial Hall Station Road, Grateley SP11 8LG. The hall has a capacity for up to 80 people seated and has a stage, fully-equipped kitchen, a toilet for the disabled and a car park. Contact details: 07507 204619,, www.grateley.

 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 Recently refurbished Main Hall seating 120: dimmable lights. Proscenium stage. Lighting bar. Speech sound system/ hearing loop. Live music and alcohol licences. Main kitchen equipped for 100 place settings; hatch to main hall. Jubilee room with attached kitchenette: 5 small round tables with chairs. Committee room capacity for 16. Pavilion with changing facilities; showers. Ample parking. uk/villagehall Tel: 01794388009  Littleton Village Hall Main Hall with a maximum capacity of 200, a meeting room, a fully equipped kitchen and a light airy foyer. The Hall has modern toilets, including disabled facilities. Outside patio area, level access and ample car parking. Premises Licence for entertainment and for the sale of alcohol, a Performing Rights Society Licence, and a sound system, sound induction loop, and Wi-fi connection. Visit: www.littletonvillagehall.hampshire. Bookings contact - Hall Manager: 01962 888419 or email: littletonhall@  Lockerley & East Dean War Memorial Hall Main hall with maximum capacity of 144 for theatre seating or 120 seated at tables, plus Annex and separate Meeting Room. Stage, modern kitchen with 120 place settings, Wi-fi, Performing Rights Society Licence, parking. Details and bookings via or hallbooking@

 Longparish Village Hall Longparish village hall offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere and has Wi-Fi, state of the art audio visual systems and full disabled facilities. Equipped with a servery, extendable stage and comfortable seating, the hall is ideal for business conferences/ presentations and away days. A smaller meeting room also has audio visual facilities. Contact Jacqui Healey: 01264 720560 or e-mail villagehall@longparish.  Over Wallop Church Hall In centre of village. Hall can seat 50. Kitchen and car parking available. Tel: 01264 782676  Sparsholt Memorial Hall Recently refurbished- fully equipped kitchen - Meeting room seats 20, Main hall seats 140 - Sound system, portable large stage, grand piano - car park disabled access and toilet, shower. Bookings tel no: 01962 776129  Sparsholt Memorial Hall Recently refurbished- fully equipped kitchen - Meeting room seats 20, Main hall seats 140 - Sound system, portable large stage, grand piano - car park disabled access and toilet, shower. Bookings tel no: 01962 776129  Sparsholt Memorial Hall Recently refurbished- fully equipped kitchen - Meeting room seats 20, Main hall seats 140 - Sound system, portable large stage, grand piano - car park disabled access and toilet, shower. Bookings tel no: 01962 776129  Sparsholt Memorial Hall Recently refurbished- fully equipped kitchen - Meeting room seats 20, Main hall seats 140 - Sound system, portable large stage, grand piano - car park disabled access and toilet, shower. Bookings tel no: 01962 776129

 Stockbridge Town Hall High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire. Hall has a kitchen and an entertainment licence. Now with lift to the Upper Hall. Book at: Tel: 07770 297175  Upper Clatford Village Hall Our fully licensed hall has a capacity for up to 120 seated theatre-style and 100 seated at tables, a fixed stage, good toilet facilities, a separate Committee Room for up to 15 people, kitchen and a large car park. Bookings 01264 333248 or e-mail  Wallops Parish Hall At Middle Wallop crossroads. Recently refurbished, modern kitchen, disabled access and car parking. Large hall seats 150. Small hall/meeting room seats 45. Entertainment licence. Details at www. Tel: 01264-783474  Wherwell Village Hall Situated in Church Street, SP11 7JJ. Available to hire at reasonable rate. Comfortable seating for 120, kitchen, car park, bar area off the main hall, access for loading and unloading, winged stage, with backstage dressing rooms and WC. Bookings contact: 07519 357593  The new Kent Hill Scout and Community Hall in Stockbridge Situated behind the Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge High Street. Facilities include: sound system, hearing-induction loop, kitchen. Seating and catering facilities available for up to 50 people. The building is DDA compliant with wheelchair access. Parking for 2 cars immediately in front of the hall. Free parking for guests is available on the High Street. Visit: Email: or call: 01264 811074

CLUBS & SOCIETIES OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES  Kings Somborne Twinning Association Twinned with St Paul du Vernay, near Bayeux. Contact: Wendy Hartley - Tel: 01794 388742  Longstock Garden Club Peter Bramley: 01264 810432 or Ada Rogers: 01264 810794  RiVa - Dog Training Kings Somborne.Val Kelsey Tel: 01794 388570  The Upper Test Valley Vintage Club A club for people with interests in vintage machines. Social meetings at the Leckford Combine Club, second Tuesday of the month from October through to April, 8pm. Contact Chairman, David Watts on: 01264 810421 www.  Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts Leigh Dance - Tel: 01264 811074  Chilbolton Care Group Su Field: 01264 861338  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.  The Somborne & District Society A local history society. Lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8pm in King’s Somborne village hall as well as visits to historic houses and other places of interest. Gordon Pearson: 01794 388662  Royal National Lifeboat Institution Stockbridge & Upper Test Branch. Chair: Tolley Taylor: 01256 893561  Stockbridge & District Young Farmers Club Meets every other Thursday at the Combine Club in Leckford. For young people aged 10 to 26.You don't have to be a farmer. Secretary:Victoria Brown Tel: 07828 019624 victoria.s.brown@

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 Longstock & Leckford W.I. Longstock and Leckford WI. Meets every fourth Tuesday (except August and December) at Stockbridge Town Hall SO20 6HE. For more information please ring: 01264 810603 or 01264 810150

 Chilbolton W.I. Meets at Chilbolton Village Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Contact: Sylvia Baker: 01264 860572 or Jenny Seddon 01264 861164.  Goodworth Clatford W.I. Meets on the third Tuesday in Goodworth Clatford Village Club, starting at 7.30. Contact Mary Evans on 01264 357990 for more details.  Houghton W.I. Meets on the third Monday of every month (except August) at 7.30 pm in Houghton Village Hall. Contact: Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314

 Stockbridge Lunch Club Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 81089

 King's Somborne W.I. King's Somborne W.I meets on the second Wednesday of each month in the Village Hall, Romsey Road, King's Somborne, SO20 6PN at 7.30pm. Further details from Secretary Linda Aucock 01794 388542.

 Grateley Village Friends For seniors in the village and surrounding areas. Meet the first Thursday of the month (except January and February)

 Lockerley & E.Dean W.I. We are a small friendly group meeting on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except August) at 2pm in the Memorial

 Stockbridge Evergreen Chair: Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898

 Somborne Sisterhood W.I. Meet first Friday of the month, 8pm King’s Somborne Village Hall (SO20 6PP). Do come and join us. Contact:,,  Sparsholt W.I. Meets 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm in Sparsholt Memorial Hall S0212NR. We enjoy a varied programme of speakers and partake in a diverse range of activities and outings. Jane Purdue on 01962 881871  Upper Clatford W.I. Meets at King Edward VII Village Hall, Upper Clatford on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm. Contact: Cynthia Williams - Tel: 01264 366398.  The Wallops W.I. Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm. Wallops Parish Hall, Middle Wallop. Contact Chris Thompson on Tel: 01264 782771 or Sue King on Tel: 01264 781441


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Crawley Gardens, nr Winchester Exceptionally pretty small village with thatched houses, C14 church and village pond. The spring gardens are Paige Cottage, Gable Cottage and the 3-acre traditional English country garden at Little Court with carpets of spring bulbs. 2pm – 5.30pm. Combined adm £6. Plants for sale at Little Court, teas in village hall.


eather Jansch back after Ten Years. Courcoux Contemporary have put together a very exciting line-up for their Spring Show at the Medieval Hall in Salisbury’s Cathedral Close from 22nd to 24th April. Art Director, Ian Courcoux, will be exhibiting some of the gallery’s most popular artists but enthuses in particular about the return of two who have not shown for some time. “We welcome back, after a long absence, Heather Jansch and her fabulous driftwood bronze horses”, says Ian. “Heather showed with us regularly when the gallery was in Salisbury and then in Stockbridge, right up to the early noughties. Our paths then diverged and it is marvellous to get back on track with her. She has a worldwide reputation for her driftwood and bronze horses, the best known probably being the Eden Horse which stands near the entrance to the Eden Project in Cornwall”.


'Selborne', Caker Lane, East Worldham, Alton Half-acre mature garden with 50 yr old orchard of named varieties. Mixed, densely planted borders contain hardy geraniums, other herbaceous plants, shrubs and climbers. 2pm - 5pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale. Teas. SUNDAY APRIL 24

Rotherfield Park, East Tisted, Alton Take some ancient ingredients: ice house, ha-ha, lime avenue; add a walled garden, fruit and vegetables, trees and hedges; set this 12-acre plot in an early C19 park (picnic here from noon). 2pm – 5pm. Adm £5. Plants for sale, teas.

Nancy Rose Taplin returns after a four year absence. In 2011 she had a sell-out show in Stockbridge with her exquisitely painted birds on the cover of old books and ledgers. This was followed by another sell-out in London but Nancy has taken a break from painting over the last three years or so. These are her first works to be seen since 2013. “We are absolutely thrilled to have this brilliant young artist back with us. Nancy is very special”, enthuses Ian. The other artists showing this time round will be well-known to regular followers of the gallery. Margaret Egan and Victor Richardson are two of Ireland’s leading painters, Richardson’s beautiful pointillist work particularly catching the eye. Scotland’s Gail Pope is best known for her still lifes but there are a few landscapes as well this time. And there is fresh new work by Paul Treasure, Colin Carruthers and Carl Melegari. The exhibition opens on Friday evening, by invitation, and continues on the Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Further information is available on the gallery website www. or a brochure and invitation can be obtained, for those not already on the gallery’s mailing list, by contacting ian@ or calling 01264 781528.



Terstan, Longstock, Stockbridge 1 acre, intensively planted, with an artist's flair for colour and design. An exuberance of rare and unusual plants. 2pm – 6pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale, teas. FRIDAY & SATURDAY APRIL 29 & 30

Bluebell Wood, Bavins, New Odiham Road, Alton Unique 100 acre ancient bluebell woodland. If you are a keen walker you will have much to explore on the long meandering paths and rides dotted with secluded seats. Adm £5. 11am – 4pm. Plants for sale, light refreshments.



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CLUBS & SOCIETIES PRE-SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS  Acorn Pre-School - Lockerley A small rural pre-school with strong links to local primary schools. Please call: 01794 342441 to make an appointment.  Army Air Corps Pre-School Middle Wallop: Tel: 01264 784381  The Barn Nursery Over Wallop Small cosy nursery (max 6 children). 3 hr sessions. Many activities. Willa Franks: 01264 782007 or 07831 368244. willa@  Broughton Pre-School Providing flexible hours, Mon to Fri, for children aged 2-5 in our purpose built lodge and all weather outdoor play area and garden. Tel: 01794 301286 (school hours)  Broughton Toddlers Open to all carers of young babies and children under 5 yrs. We have plenty of equipment and aim to be outside whenever possible. We meet at Broughton Village Hall every Monday 2.15pm to 3.15pm during term time. Contact Clare 01794 301319 or simply turn up. We look forward to meeting you.  Chilbolton Pre-School Chilbolton: Tel: 01962 760488 Sam Inglis: 07919 130 777  Littleton Pre-school A community run pre-school set in the Millennium Memorial Hall and surrounding grounds for 2-4 year olds. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday 8.30-12.15 and Wednesday 8.30-3.00pm with flexible drop off and pick up times. Contact Carol Mortimer on: 077659 16006. www.  My Little Explorers Forest School An Ofsted registered setting based in private woodland at Farley Mount for pre-school age children who love exploring and being outdoors! For more details go to www. or contact Sam Victoria on 07766 812541  The Sombornes Pre-School Independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age.Visit www. for session times and more info call: 07530 893773  Sprat and Winkle Professional childcare and education Test Valley based with 16 places, day care, pre school, after school and holiday care. Providing flexible hours, qualified and experienced staff.Visit www. or call Jennie on 01264 860671  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. For further information or to arrange a visit Tel: 01264 811772  The Wallops Pre-School We are a friendly and professional preschool, fully Ofsted registered, providing quality care and education for 2-4 year olds, from 9.15am to 3pm in Wallop Primary School grounds. Contact: Sarah Hayward: 01264 782051 or staff@


 Tytherley Twinkletoes playgroup Parents, carers and toddlers 'stay-and-play' group, run by West Tytherley School. Songs, creative play, nature walks, games, refreshments. Wednesdays in term time, 9.30 - 11.00 am in West Tytherley village hall. Contact: Kim or Jessie 01794 340 338 or for more information.

SPORTS & FITNESS  Broughton Bounders Running Club SEAA/EA affliated running club covering the Mid-Test Valley villages, new members welcomed. Melvin Vayle: 01794 301437  Broughton Short Mat Bowls Club Broughton Village Hall. Tuesdays, 2.30 to 4.30pm, September through to April. All are welcome to come, including those who have not played bowls before. Bowls are available if you do not posess a set, members will be willing to help you start. Please wear soft shoes. For more information: Jim McDonald: 01794 301490. Nigel Ottley: 01794 301511. John Perry: 01794 301466.  Broughton Youth Football We run a friendly village youth football club that competes in the Testway Youth League. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Nick Mabey: 01794 301209,  Chilbolton Badminton Club Every Thursday at the Chilbolton Village hall from 8pm. Jill Lord, Tel: 01264 860667  Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club Meets every Monday 8-10pm at Chilbolton Village Hall. Deb & Richard Richardson - Tel: 01264 861082  CTC South Hampshire Easy rides, day rides, social events and more. Tel: 01962 864479  CTC Southampton Free, weekly guided rides. Gentle to moderate-paced options on Saturdays/ Sundays, day or half-day, am & pm. For ride details contact Chris Devrell, tel: 023 8074 0990,, website, Facebook  Littleton Tennis Club Tennis for all the family, competitive and social. 6 hard courts, 2 of which are floodlit and a clubhouse. For more information visit:www.littletontennis Contact the coach on:  St. Mary Bourne Short Mat Bowls Club St. Mary Bourne Village Hall. Thursdays from 2.30 to 4.30pm and also 7 to 9pm from Sept to Apr. Experienced players or beginners welcome - just wear flat shoes bowls available. Contact: Jan Underwood - 01264 738458  Stockbridge Football Club  Stockbridge Recreation Ground Chair: Dave Webb - Tel: 01264 810819 Sec: Dave Barnes - Tel: 01264 810516

 Wallops Under 5s Playgroup Mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at Wallops Parish Hall. Tel: 01264 781635

 Upper Clatford Short Mat Bowls Club We meet every Friday between 8pm & 10pm at Upper Clatord Village Hall. For more information contact Mr Church: 01264 710584

 Water Meadow Children's Centre Stockbridge Primary School, Old London Road, Stockbridge, SO20 6EJ. Tel: 01264 811089 Fax: 01264 810134

 Upper Clatford Youth Football Club 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 for more information.

 Wherwell Playing Fields Sean Hutton (Chair) Tel: 01264 860443

ARTS & CRAFTS  Broughton Floral Club Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Tel: 01794 516289  Embroiderers Guild Andover Branch: We meet 7.30pm on the third Monday of every month, except August, in the Priory Hall, Love Lane, (St John Ambulance), Andover SP10 2AB next to the Wolversdene Club. We also hold workshops in Goodworth Clatford Village Club every other month. www. or Tel: 01264 364688  Hampshire Woodcarvers We meet at Timsbury Memorial Hall on the first Sunday of each month from 10:00 to 4:00. Experienced Woodcarvers and those interested in learning are welcome. Tools, wood and tuition available for Newcomers. Contact John Tybjerg: Tel: 01425 470906 or www.  The Fly Dressers’ Guild John Leatherly - Tel: 01264 364850 Ron Dodson - Tel: 01264 810169  St Mary's Church, Broughton, Flowers: Gabrielle Tait – Tel: 01794 301283  Stockbridge Church Flowers Angela McMeekin - Tel: 01264 810236  Test Valley Turners 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  Andover Flower Club. The club has normally 7 demonstrations of floral art each year and 3 workshops with members taking part in creating floral displays. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 2pm. St Anne’s Hall, Suffolk Road, Andover. Are you interested in joining our friendly club? Call Jo: 01264 355335.

DRAMA  Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG A non-profit-making organisation that exists for the enjoyment and education of all those with an interest in live performances of all types. Chair: Kate Fawcett - Tel: 01794 301754  Chilbolton Players Contact Richard Richardson on Tel: 01264 861082  Clatford Amateur Dramatic Society (CADS) Chairman: Cliff Tucker Tel: 01264 324513. Secretary: Ann Buckley Tel: 01264 365506  Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) Chair: Mark Frank Tel: 01264 810562. Vice-chair: Debbie: Tel: 01264 810147

MUSIC & DANCE  African Drumming - Part of Broughton Tradtional Arts Group (BTAG) Meet fortnightly on Thursday evenings at St Mary's church, Broughton. No experience necessary. Come and discover the benefits of drumming! Lynda Middleton: 01794 388002  Andover Town Band A newly formed brass band. Open to all; beginners and beyond. If you are interested in joining us; beginner or experienced, contact: 01264 324056  Andover Music Club At the Lights Theatre, Andover. We present 6 concerts every season. Tickets

for individual concerts, or an annual membership for all concerts are available, discounting the single ticket price. Membership available at each concert at pro rata cost for the season. For concerts, ticket prices and membership; www. Secretary Karen Coffin: Tel: 0845 269 1812  Bell Ringing at Sparsholt Meet Mondays at the church from 7.30-9pm. Call Tower Secretary Jenny Watson on: Tel: 01962 808167 email:  Bell Ringing, Kings Somborne. Practise night Monday's. 7.30 - 9pm. Just turn up or contact Tower Captain, Sue Spurling. Tel: 01794 388266  Romsey Choral Society Aspirational auditioned choir which presents three concerts a year. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings in term time from 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Romsey Baptist Church. For more details see: www. or call 07780 682316.  Test Valley Brass Andover's long established brass band. Weekly rehearsals and a varied programme of concerts and engagements. Contact  Weyhill Electronic Organ Society Regular concerts, usually on the third Thursday of each month For further information please visit our website www. or phone 01264 323213.  Wherwell Singers Dale Webb: Tel: 01264 860074  Zumba for Everyone Thursdays -10 – 11am Longstock Village Hall & Stockbridge Town Hall 6 – 7pm. Come to one or both! Check out or contact or tel: 07947 410394

VETERANS  Royal Air Force Association Ben Warren Tel: 01264 810522  Royal British Legion (Houghton Branch) Chair: Clive Mantell Tel: 01264 810804. Secretary: John Gale Tel: 01962 760225 Poppies: A McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236  Royal British Legion Womens Section (Stockbridge Branch) Secretary: Joyce Compton Tel: 01264 810898

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES  Broughton Twinning Association Twinned with Sauve in the South of France, contact president: Dave Evans: Tel: 01794 301194 Secretary:Victoria Barrett Tel: 01794 301062  Test Valley Citizens Advice Free independent confidential advice to all on a range of subjects. We have two offices in Romsey and Andover, three Outreaches and a homevisiting service. www.testvalley or telephone 01264 363545 or 01794 522137  Test Valley Motor Enthusiasts Club We meet September-April at the Royal British Legion, Romsey, on first Monday of the month at 7.30pm. From May-August we hold various outdoor events. Contact Chairman, Ruth Hughes, on 01794 515499  Worthy Down Stamp Club We meet pm on the third Tuesday of every month from October to April at Sutton Scotney. The club specializes in Auctions and also has an extensive Exchange Packet. Contact: or ring 01264358421.


he lecture in April is entitled "Yes, no, or very possibly, Minister: case studies in how British Government works." The speaker is Neil Kinghan CB.

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he Art Design Home & Interiors Fair returns to Stockbridge Town Hall on the 8th May between 10am-4pm offering work by artists and craftmakers that will enhance your home and lifestyle… whether refurbishing or starting from new or just a little something for yourself. This event proved to be a huge success in November and is making a return to the Town Hall in the High Street and will be offering bespoke fused glass, contemporary & traditional furniture, quilting and textiles, fine art painting, photography, watercolours, mixed media, prints and illustration, paintings of local scenes, upholstery, ceramics including Raku, leather work, lamps & sconces and much much more. 35 artists/makers will be in attendance. In addition the artists/makers are keen to discuss their craft and share their knowledge including milliner Adrienne Henry. Many of the artists/makers offer workshops so you could learn a new skill. Lots of beautiful unusual items all at affordable prices go down and take a


look its FREE ENTRY. Contact: Tel: 07514 680872 Like on Facebook: Art & Interiors The Romsey Antique & Decorative Collectables Fair Announcing Romsey’s very own Antique Collectibles & Decorative Arts Fair on Sunday 15th May at four locations in Romsey Town Centre between 10am -4.00pm This event brings together passionate enthusiasts/traders of Antiques & Collectibles, vintage, homeware & clothing alongside artists and designers from across Hampshire and beyond displaying their wares in the centre of Romsey. The locations are: The Tack Room at the White Horse Hotel, The Town Hall, The Cornmarket and Abbey Approach. By offering both inside and outside spaces we can offer a wider range of items for sale, including paintings, sculptor, object de art, furniture contemporary and collectible, glassware, jewellery, vintage clothing & housewares, silver, ceramics, coins and much more. Most of the local shops will be open together with restaurants & cafes to highlight what is on offer in Romsey to the public who haven’t visited for a while.The event is Free and perfect for all the family. Pick up a flyer from Romsey’s Tourist Information Centre, the venues and the local shops. Contact: Tel: 07514680872. Follow on T: @ArtDesignFairs Like on Facebook: Antique & Art Fairs



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he sun has finally returned and the garden is slowly springing back to life, and it is an ideal time to access if there are any gaps which can be filled to boost the summers floral display. Perennials are available at this time of year in small sizes and these plants will quickly fill a space and flower this summer. My top perennials for easy, low maintenance colour are as follows:

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Anemone x hybrida‘Honorine Jobert’– Produces lovely white semi-double flowers on long stems in late summer Erigeron karvinskianus – Low growing mounds covered in daisy like flowers in white and pink all summer long, can selfseed in dry soil. Gaura lindheimer – Can be short lived in heavy soil but produces months of airy sprays of white or pink flowers. Geranium‘Rozanne’-TheRHSplantofthecenturyithaslovely, purple flowers all summer long and forms low mounds of weed suppressing ground cover. Penstemon‘Raven’– Smothered in tubular purple black flowers all summer. Rudbeckia laciniata‘Herbstsonne’Flowers in late summer with many branched flower heads with bright yellow petals. Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’ - Lovely dark stems smothered in violet flowers, from early to mid-summer.Will often flower again if cut back by half after the first flowering. Thalictrum ‘Elin’Tiny clouds of pink and white flowers held above tall wiry stems.

Jobs for the month ahead • Prune any early flowering shrubs once they have finished flowering, including Forsythia, Chaenomeles and Ribes. • Lathyrus (sweet peas) can be sown direct into the garden now, to ensure good propagation chip or graze the seed slightly to allow water to enter the seed. • Summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers such as Dahlia, Lilium and Gladiolus can be planted out now either direct into their final flowering position or into containers. • Combined lawn weed and feeds can be applied now, and then sow grass seed in any bare patches once the weeds have been eradicated. • Evergreen trees, shrubs and hedges can be moved and planted now. It is also a good time to remove any frost damaged growth on evergreen plants. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for commissions or advice call 07765 692396 or email



pring days are just perfect for woodland walks where you can witness the breathtaking displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, and where if you are lucky, you might just catch the haunting call of the cuckoo. Interestingly enough, both the cuckoo and the rhododendron have similar reputations. They are capable of fascinating us, yet at times can be an irritant as they both share the characteristic of being intruders. Some horticulturists bemoan the presence of woodland rhododendrons because they soak up the goodness in the soil and often rapidly encroach on surrounding areas. However, here in Hampshire, there is no better place to witness rhododendrons and azaleas in all their glory, than in the woodland gardens of Exbury Gardens in the New Forest.This is where the Rothschild family has created a world famous collection, which really is, a breathtaking sight and not to be missed. Is it little wonder then, that it was once said the Rothschilds were ‘bankers by hobby and gardeners by profession’? It is of course easy to become captivated by the vivid displays of colour that rhododendrons are so famous for, or be charmed by the heavenly scent of azaleas, while at the same time forgetting these shrubs can be high maintenance. You will need to treat them with care if you want them to flourish in your garden. Firstly, they need exacting soil conditions, which includes an acid environment as they will not tolerate a chalky or lime bed. Secondly, keep them out of direct sun and in particular the early morning sun, while also shielding them from cold drying winds. They like moisture without having their feet too wet and if you want, bright, beautiful blooms the following spring, you need to give them a good feed after flowering. If you cannot cope with their demanding natures perhaps it is best to stick to springtime woodland walks so you can feast your eyes on displays such as Exbury, and you never know, as an extra treat, you might just hear that haunting call of the cuckoo… Norman Hambrook - Managing Director



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The £3.5 million project has been made possible by investment from the Trust’s general fund, in the form of a loan which Mottisfont will pay back with interest over a number of years. As well as providing a more fitting welcome for visitors, building these new facilities and moving the shop has also allowed Mottisfont to create a much-needed additional café in the stable yard. The new Coach House Café opened to the public in early February and proved popular over the half term period. The Coach House Café is very accessible for families, with seating both indoors and outside. Offering a range of lunches, snacks and treats, this café provides a lighter catering offer to the Old Kitchen inside the house. Everything is served on high quality disposable tableware, all of which is composted or recycled, while the Old Kitchen in the house will continue to serve a full range of hot meals, cakes and drinks on china.


ottisfont held a special event to officially launch its new Welcome Centre and Coach House Café on 24 February. Dame Helen Ghosh cut the ribbon, ushering in a new era for the property. Built in response to Mottisfont’s rapid increase in visitors over the last few years, the Welcome Centre contains a new Visitor Reception, shop, plant sales area and toilets, as well as places for visitors to meet people and plan their visit. The new building provides a more spacious and welcoming visitor reception area with tables and chairs, and a woodburning stove that will be supplied with logs from the estate. Members will be able to take advantage of a fast-track entry during busy periods. The light and airy shop is a great space to browse the National Trust’s fantastic variety of products. A new plant sales area has also been developed as part of the build. A particularly special feature of the interior is a stunning 8 metre-long art work by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, a photographic 'capriccio' or architectural fantasy that introduces some of Mottisfont's hidden corners through a series of illusionistic spaces. The design of the Welcome Centre is inspired by barns and other farm buildings in the local area. The architects, Burd Haward, wanted to base their building on local rural Hampshire architecture and on Mottisfont’s landscape. The walls are made from wood and glass, to reflect the wood and water found in the estate. The land itself is reflected in the choice of Cor-Ten steel for the roof and some outer walls. This is a distinctive, ‘rusty’ looking material that has been used to great effect in a number of buildings and sculptures, including Kew Gardens and the Angel of the North. The building’s steel screw pile foundations were designed to have a minimal impact on the landscape, and there are a number of other features which help minimise the Welcome Centre’s effect on the environment. Solar thermal panels have been installed on the roof, and the building is heated by a biomass boiler, fed with logs sourced from the estate.


The Coach House Café space is the focal point of Mottisfont’s stable block, a classical building designed both to impress and to protect valuable horses and carriages. It was commissioned by Sir John Barker Mill, a prominent huntsman who inherited Mottisfont in 1835. Historically, this Coach House is where the household’s carriages were kept. Pictures on the wall of the café now show a carriage outside in the yard in 1884, and some of the weekend hunting parties who came to Mottisfont in motor cars when it was rented out at the start of the 20th century. When Gilbert and Maud Russell, the last owners of the house, moved into Mottisfont in 1934, they repaired and modernised the stable block. The space which now houses the new café became a garage: we know from local people’s memories and family photographs that the Russells had several Rolls Royces and a Ford Model C which would have been kept here. The look and decoration of the café represents some of its history. It’s painted in the exact colours the Russells used to decorate their garage, researched by taking paint scraping samples from the walls. Look out for grooves worn into the floor near the counter, made by carriage wheels repeatedly coming into the same place. There’s also a wooden hatch that covered an inspection pit, added to aid the chauffeur in his mechanical work. Now, as a café, it now offers refreshment to visitors to Mottisfont, and the funds raised support the property’s conservation work.




ead to Houghton Lodge Gardens in Stockbridge to see the mini tulip festival.The beautiful bulbs have been part of the garden's heritage for centuries and never cease to fascinate with their dramatic blousey unfurling of petals or the simplicity of elegance. Planted in regimental rows and romantic drifts visitors will find a palette of colour and textures -the palest of pinks, bright crisps whites and effervescent greens coat wispy petals of fringed varieties contrasting against the traditional smooth, classic tulip curves. Houghton Lodge’s walled Garden is rich in colour with embers of oranges, scarlet reds and regal purples and the Mercury Border is a kaleidoscope of Viridiform Tulips, first planted in 2014. Planted in the garden this year include the low growing hearts delight, tall and elegant dreamboat, green spot, white bouquet and who can resist the raspberry ripple in flaming spring green and the solid heads of soft oranges and azalea pinks in the tulip annie schilder. Across the gardens, other bulbs which will be filling the garden with colour include: alliums, fritillaries, narcissi, muscari, triteleia, chionodoxa, crocus, ornithogalum, hyacinth, anemone and puschkinia. Houghton Lodge has 15 acres of gardens and water meadows to walk and wander and exceptionally good tea rooms for home baked goodies, light lunches and refreshments.

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Keep an eye on the Facebook page @Houghtonlodge with updates on when the tulips are in bloom. The Gardens and tea rooms open 21st March, 10am – 5pm daily. Adults £6.50, children over 3 years £3.00, children under 3 free. For more information, or 01264 810063

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ports activities are a regular way of life for many of us now, and involve people from across all age groups, from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit; from the elite professional to the casual participant. Many of the injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise. Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries – ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (e.g. Achilles injuries). Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did. Young people are especially vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves. The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries. How Osteopathy can Help When it comes to injuries, Osteopathy has a unique approach. Osteopaths look beyond the injured area, to find out why the injury has occurred, not just treating the symptoms. An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treat the injuries being suffered.

Joe is available weekdays and evenings and would be delighted to offer you help with injury treatment, prevention and rehab. He uses a range of Osteopathic techniques, from lovely deep soft tissue massage and stretching, to manipulation, K-taping and articulation, often popping in a needle or two to help with pain relief and reducing inflammation. Do contact us to make an appointment or to speak to Joe for more information. 01264 810028



ave you ever taken time out to review your work life balance? On 31st July last year I closed my office in Stockbridge High Street and did just that – with the most wonderful consequences. After a lovely holiday and catching up with the backlog of jobs that “I’d do when I had the time” the bulk of my sabbatical was taken up by the opportunity to train with one of the UK’s leading therapists Marisa Peer. This was Marisa’s first ever course - sharing the secrets of her 30 years experience of treating rock stars, royalty and Olympic athletes. What perfect synchronicity! Originally trained as a child psychologist Marisa moved to LA and worked with Jane Fonda and saw firsthand the need for professional help for the those struggling with fame & fortune and the need to look stunning 24/7. She trained in hypnotherapy and started developing a fast but effective model of therapy.

By using their knowledge of diagnosis and highly developed palpatory skills they can help restore structural balance, improve joint mobility, and reduce adhesions and soft tissue restrictions so that ease of movement is restored and performance enhanced.

She turned out to be an excellent teacher and I witnessed firsthand how her methods can literally transform people in the room. I am now able to offer the same fast approach without the rock start fees! I have a hotline to Marisa as she continues to coach and advise me to ensure her excellent reputation is upheld.

For those of you wishing to keep fit, the osteopath can help you keep supple and improve muscle tone so reducing the risk of injury to soft tissues unaccustomed to the extra work they are being asked to do. Advice on diet and exercise, which will help you with your specific sport, can also be offered.

The key ingredient is using hypnosis – despite the myths those that experience it realise they are totally in control and for the first time can understand why they have developed their issue. It’s very liberating and of course once an issue is understood it can be resolved – there and then. The session takes about 90 minutes.

Sports Osteo now at the Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice We are delighted to now be able to offer a comprehensive Sports Osteo service at the SOP, and we welcome Joe Batey to the team. Joe has experience of working with a wide range of patients, from bodybuilders, ice hockey players, endurance athletes, runners and cyclists, to the elderly and post surgery rehabilitation. He has an interest in the biomechanics of the pelvis and also offers Western Medical Acupuncture. He works closely with Personal Trainers, coaches and clubs to offer a greater understanding and knowledge of the needs of sports men and women. Joe’s top tips for injury prevention and recovery • Begin slowly and build up, especially after an injury • Warm up first, and then warm down with stretches afterwards • Drink plenty of water when exercising • Exercise regularly, and try to alternate the types of exercise that you are doing every day • Following a joint injury apply ice to the area for 10 minutes, every hour, if practical. Apply a bandage to


compress the tissues. Elevate and rest if possible.

All work is followed up as some change is immediate, some cumulative and some clients only realise looking back that their issue isn’t there anymore. Often only one session is required which is great for people who haven’t the time to dedicate to weekly sessions of an unknown quantity but I offer additional help for no extra cost if required within 6 weeks of the appointment. My focus now is primarily on helping you to overcome Fears and Phobias and Performance Anxiety. So if you have a fear of flying or speaking in public or have yet to pass a certain exam or driving test because your anxiety gets the better of you then I can turn that panic into confidence -so you can relax and give your very best. The sessions can be face to face or via Skype – great if you have friends or family you feel may benefit that aren’t in the Test Valley. More details can be found on my website www.head4change. So Head4change is back! All rested, invigorated and ready to help once again. Gina Fee SQHP, ADPR, MNCP (Snr.Accred.) Head4change Hypnotherapy Caring help to overcome your fears 01794 301771 - 07791 000 476


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pring is in full swing at your local Nature Reserve Testwood Lakes in Totton. Join us at an event to get up close and personal with wildlife.


Pond Bioblitz Tues 5th Apr, 10am-3pm Help us identify and record creatures in our new 'super sized' pond. Be the first group to record the life inhabiting this new habitat. Drop in any time (no need to book) between 10am and 3pm. Suitable for adults and children aged 4+.

he team which runs the Longparish village hall are no longer in the dark about how best to use the recently installed stage lighting rig. The high tech system, bought with the aid of a grant, is the last word in sophistication.

Storytelling in the Roundhouse Thurs 7th Apr, 6pm-8pm Join us for a night time walk to our roundhouse and sit by the fire and listen to seasonal tales. Suitable for adults and children aged 5+.

But a tool is no better than its workman. Problems came to light during the “Christmas Cracker” event at the hall when the Longparish Choir took to the stage. Half were blinded by the spotlights while the other half were in deep shadow.

Water World Wed 1st Jun, 10am-12noon and 2pm-4pm Enjoy messy 'get wet' water games, whilst learning how to save water at home to help wildlife. AM session suitable for 2-6 years, PM session suitable for 7-11 years.

Cue the technical team from Winchester’s Theatre Royal, Spatz Crawford, Beki Gregory and Stuart Newton. They visited the hall to teach the team how to position, focus and control the lights for the best affect.

Booking essential for all events unless stated Phone: 02380 667929 email: We ask for a £4 suggested donation per child for all events. For more details on these and other events visit: www.hiwwt. GUIDED WALKS Testwood in Spring Wed 27th April, 10.30am – 12.30pm A guided walk to look for spring wildlife, including breeding birds from the bird hides.

Said Hall committee member Jeremy Barber:”When the Professionals from The Theatre Royal kindly came along you could say we saw the light. Until then we had no idea of some of the things our kit is capable of.


The Orchids and Spring Flowers of Lower Test Marshes Tues 10th May and Sat 14th May, 10am-1pm A chance to see orchids and other spring flowers up close on the meadows that are not normally accessible to the public. Testwood Lakes and Beyond Wed 18th May, 10.30am-3pm Discover Testwood's wild flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and breeding birds at one of the best times of year.

“With the benefit of what we learned we now have the confidence to experiment with the system. I have high confidence that the next time our village choir take to the stage we will be able to light them without blinding them!”

A Ramble Around the Lower Test Valley Wed 15th Jun, 10am-2pm A circular 5 mile ramble from Testwood Lakes to Lower Test Marshes nature reserve and back, looking at wild flowers, butterflies and birds.

The lighting system will come into its own for stage plays and other performances. The Theatre Royal team also gave advice on how best to use the recently installed audio visual system, another valuable asset for people who wish to hire the hall.

Booking essential for the guided walks Please call Kevin/Clare on 02380 424206 These guided walks are suitable for adults. Sorry no dogs. Suggested donation £4pp.


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Last year’s festival events attracted an estimated 185,000 people with visitor spending reaching close to £5 million.The festival is big boost to the local economy and a draw for visitors to the county and invaluable in terms of the attention it brings to local producers. The month-long celebration of local food and drink is coordinated by Hampshire Fare, the county’s local food group. Tracy Nash, Commercial Manager, explains more: “The Hampshire Food Festival is about celebrating the array of local food and drink reared, grown and made here in Hampshire. It is the only festival of its kind in the country with over 75 events stretching across 31 days! We’re really keen to hear from venues, producers and organisations who haven’t taken part in the festival before. We love adding new events and ideas each year and would really love to hear from any enthusiastic people out there who are committed to growing, serving or selling local produce.”

very July more than 75 food and farming related events take place across the county as part of the Hampshire Food Festival. The focus is always on locally produced food and drink and involves the producers themselves as well as the shops, hotels and restaurants that sell Hampshire produce.

Sue Rockhill from Hampshire Jam and Chutney Company runs Jamming Sessions as part of the Hampshire Food Festival: “We really enjoy being part of the Hampshire Food Festival, we met lots of keen jam makers and had plenty of fun creating delicious flavours. The festival has such a far reach in terms of promotion and appeal it’s an invaluable way to raise awareness of our brand. We will definitely be involved again this year.”

From touring vineyards and farms to cookery theatres, pop-up dinners, family fun days and artisan markets there is something for all budgets and ages. The festival is a chance to explore the food made here in Hampshire and for local businesses to promote their products and services.

More information about the Hampshire Food Festival can be found at Anyone interested in taking part in the festival should make contact with the Hampshire Fare team before Monday 21st March. Email or call 02380 733830.


Kerry feels honoured to be invited: “I really can’t believe that I have been asked to judge the awards. They are so wellrespected and it means a great deal to me to be asked to judge some of the world’s best chocolate. It’s a real compliment to my palette!”


Kerry’s own chocolates are made using a unique ganache incorporating specialist chocolate and Hildon Water rather than any milk or cream. This results in clear and light chocolate with an exceptional texture and flavour. Kerry also incorporates fruity flavours into her chocolates using locally sourced and made Naked Jam.


erry Witt, owner of Chocolate by Miss Witt, based in the New Forest has been asked to judge the prestigious Academy of Chocolate awards being held at Westminster Kingsway College. The judging panel includes chocolate experts and buyers, pastry chefs, food professionals and food journalists. Kerry was invited to judge after being recognised for her exceptional chocolate making skills at last year’s award where she scooped a bronze award for Best Filled Chocolate – Caramel.


The beautifully packaged chocolates are available to buy from The Forage Deli in Lyndhurst and Maison Cuisine in Lymington. You can also buy Kerry’s chocolates from the maker herself every Saturday at Lymington Market.


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or the third year Rum's Eg will be staging their version of the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at the Art and Craft gallery in Romsey from 29 June to 3 September and the deadline for entries is 19 June so you need to get painting! The dates include the busy Hampshire Open Studio dates in August and it provides an opportunity for all Artists whether emerging or established, working within a 70 mile radius of Romsey, to showcase and sell their work in our large, professional, high street gallery. As in previous years an invited Curators Selection Panel of five will select the work to be hung and competition for space will be tough. Artists can enter up to three paintings and as Siriol Sherlock, Founding Director and Acting Curator of Rum's Eg, said: 'this year the panel will be looking out for some exciting abstracts and unusual or ground-breaking work in a wide variety of media and genres; Artists need to enter their very best work to meet the high standards that our customers expect. Rum's Eg are most grateful to Test Valley Arts Foundation for sponsoring this exhibition with a donation of £500.' Artists whose work is accepted will be invited to the Private View on Tuesday 28 June, when prizes will be awarded: £150 1st prize, £75 2nd prize and Rum's Eg vouchers for 3rd and highly commended work. Please call in at the gallery or visit the website for more details and to download the entry form. Exhibitions currently on show at Rum's Eg until 2 April are: 'Spring Fever' - featuring jewellery by the Association for Contemporary Jewellery (Wessex Region). 'Earth Tones' – exuberant, mixed media landscapes and New Forest scenes by Maureen Davies, and 'Rhythm & Blues' – unusual, textural, sculptured wall pieces by Julien Masson.

Rum's Eg Community Arts Projects Rum’s Eg is a contemporary gallery and art space run by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC (Community Interest Company). It is a renowned centre of excellence for Art & Craft in the South of England; a creative hub set up in 2012 to support Artists & Craftsmen working within 70 miles of Romsey by showing and selling their work. In addition to the special exhibitions, there is always a comprehensive selection of paintings, sculpture, cards, jewellery, ceramics, woodwork, textile accessories and gifts to suit everyone’s pocket. Any surplus and money raised at Fundraising Events is used to support Community Arts Projects. In 2016 Rum's Eg is supporting 'Young Arts in the Park' on 24 April - an arts and environment project involving 16 schools. Rum's Eg artists are also collaborating with 5 other Community groups with a River Art Action Day on 1st May to help the Romsey Riverwalk Restoration Project to restore the beauty spot at the Causeway on the River Test which was badly damaged in the storms of 2014.

Siriol Sherlock said:'I am especially excited about a Community Arts Project associated with one of our exhibitions this year: a Rum's Eg Glass Artist will be working with schoolchildren to produce elements of a glass installation which will be on show at Romsey Abbey as part of our 'Dissolution & Revolution' glass and ceramics exhibition in August. Rum's Eg is looking for business partners to sponsor £250 each to help with the extra costs of staging and promoting this exhibition and the associated schools community project. Please check the website Community Arts page for more details and contact information for Siriol Sherlock and the Community Arts Project Manager if you can help with sponsorship or your school would like to get involved. On the first floor there is a welcoming Art Café, with paintings hung on the brick walls, offering home-made light lunches, delicious cakes and some of the best tea and coffee in Romsey. Perfect for meeting friends, catching up on emails or taking a break from shopping. A wide range of workshops are held in the Leckford Art Studio on the second floor including life drawing, pottery, sculpture, jewellery making, printmaking, painting in all media and children’s workshops.The rooms are also available to hire.

Then from 6 April to 14 May - 'Reality' – ultra-realistic still life, portrait and landscape oil paintings by Caroline Richardson, and 'Illusion' – layered, mixed media, impressionist paintings by Paul Jenkins including precious metal foils.


From Palmerston’s statue in the Market Place walk down Bell Street, we are just past La Parisienne restaurant on the right. Rum's Eg is now open 7 days a week: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Our second priority has been to secure an exciting exhibition programme for the gallery featuring local artists. Defining art in an inclusive sense, our exhibitions include contemporary textiles and photography as well as those in the usual art mediums. Changing our exhibitions regularly means there is always something new to see on a visit. Finally we have secured the best tutors from our arts programme to bring a series of regular creative workshops to the gallery.”




he Sheep Shed Gallery at the Fairground Craft & Design Centre, Weyhill, is celebrating its First Birthday in April.

Sue and Wendy, the owners, share how they have concentrated on three main areas to grow the business: “Building a business is hard work but very enjoyable when working in the creative arts. We get to meet so many lovely people. Developing relationships with local craftspeople has been our key to offering an eclectic range of the best handmade crafts the local area can offer. As well as pottery, jewellery, glassware and wood, we have stunning lamps made from upcycled glass and unique quirky art dolls, with bags of personality.

6 April - 14 May Ultra-realistic still life, portrait and landscape oil paintings by Caroline Richardson


& Illusion

Layered, mixed media, impressionist paintings by Paul Jenkins

This month the Sheep Shed Gallery hosts Andover Art Society’s Spring Exhibition and Bound by Stitch, a contemporary textile exhibition, as well as workshops in textiles and watercolour. See our website for more information:

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Monday 4th: 10am - 1pm. £35

Ways into Watercolour Landscapes Tuesday 19th: 10am - 1pm. £35

Hearts & Flowers, Foundation Piecing Saturday 23rd: 1pm - 4pm. £35

APRIL EXHIBITIONS Andover Art Society: Spring Exhibition Tuesday 5th - Saturday 16th

Bound by Stitch: Contemporary Textile Art Tuesday 19th - Saturday 30th

Also featuring: Jane Savill & Katie Smith Monday- Saturday: 9.30am - 5pm. Sundays: 11am - 5pm

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t’s been quite a fifth season for the Somborne Sessionstop quality live music at value for money prices in King’s Somborne Village Hall- with sell- out audiences for music ranging from jazz (Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood) to folk (Peter Knight’s Gigspanner). And we are really pleased to be ending the season by welcoming folk- pop star Thea Gilmore to the Sessions. Thea has a career in the music business spanning 17 years and in that time has released 15 albums. The latest, ‘Ghosts and Graffiti’ is a mix of new and retrospective material, and features collaborations with, among others, Billy Bragg. Thea’s heavyweight admirers include Bruce Springsteen and Joan Baez (whose 2004 U.S. tour Gilmore opened). Regularly play listed on BBC Radio 2, Thea’s collaboration with the late Sandy Denny, ‘London’, was chosen in 2012 as the BBC’s London Olympics song of choice, and reached Number 5 in the iTunes chart. Her songs mix folk and pop, casting a critical and edgy eye on the strange political and social world in which we live, as well as containing some deeply personal material. As The Guardian says, ‘If Sandy Denny had been able to pass on the baton, Gilmore might well have been her choice.’ Thea will be supported on the night by singer- songwriter Nigel Stonier, who just happens also to be her husband! Thea Gilmore plays at King’s Somborne Village Hall on Saturday 14 May 2016, with doors opening at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start. Tickets are priced at £20 each (£22 on the door, if still available) and as always are available from the Sessions web site- -or by calling Carolyn Ryan on 01794 388743. King’s Somborne Village Hall is just off the main A3057 road, which runs through the village. The postcode is SO20 6PP.



he risk we take in inviting ensembles from the Royal Academy of Music to come to Stockbridge is that their skills are so much in demand, they have to pursue other formats, such as orchestral demands, in order to maintain their profiles and also to make ends meet.Whilst chamber ensembles might be their long term ambition, their careers must come first. The Tagus String Quartet, due to perform in Stockbridge Town Hall on Saturday 23rd April, has had to withdraw from this engagement because two of their members are Portuguese and are principals in the Portuguese National Orchestra (PNO) whose schedule has had to be rearranged at the last



n Monday 25th April 2016 at 8pm, in the King Edward VI Memorial Hall, Upper Clatford; a new dynamic flute trio, the Woodwind Belles, will be taking to the stage and premiering their new show: Fluting Through the Ages. If you are a fan of quality live music then this show, full of uplifting tunes and haunting melodies, will be the perfect start to your musical summer. The Woodwind Belles have scoured the musical world to find the best music from as far back as the middle ages all the way through to well-known modern classics specially arranged for the event. Come and discover what impact the flute has had on the wider world and how small, seemingly innocuous events have shaped the instrument we know and love today. This informal concert is the perfect way for the music enthusiast in you to hear some professional grade flute music in a picturesque rural setting. Admission is free and if you call in advance we can reserve you a table if you have a party of 6 or more. Woodwind Belle Sandy Ledwidge says: “we want our music to be accessible to everyone and an informal concert is the perfect way to do that. It gives people the chance to learn a little more about the instrument that means so much to us without it being a heavy recital.” For more information, please go to www.woodwindbelles. or join the Facebook event at www.facebook/ com/woodwindbelles.

moment and it is vital that they adhere to their contracts with this orchestra. I am pleased to announce that the Alauda String Quartet, also from the Royal Academy, will be taking their place. Their pedigree is at the same level and their schedule is free for this date and we look forward to greeting them in Stockbridge on the 23rd April. Saturday 23rd April, Town Hall, Stockbridge, 7.30 pm (doors open 6.45pm for drinks - £2) Future Concerts for 2016 April 23: Alauda String Quartet (Royal Academy of Music) September 17: Index Cantorum Choir October 15: David Owen Norris Piano Recital (1828 Broadwood Grand) For all information re our future concerts go to:

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Centre’s effect on the environment. Solar thermal panels have been installed on the roof, and the building is heated by a biomass boiler, fed with logs sourced from the estate. The £3.5 million project has been made possible by investment from the Trust’s general fund, in the form of a loan which Mottisfont will pay back with interest over a number of years. As well as providing a more fitting welcome for visitors, building these new facilities and moving the shop has also allowed Mottisfont to create a much-needed additional café in the stable yard. The new Coach House Café opened to the public in early February and proved popular over the half term period. The Coach House Café is very accessible for families, with seating both indoors and outside. Offering a range of lunches, snacks and treats, this café provides a lighter catering offer to the Old Kitchen inside the house. Everything is served on high quality disposable tableware, all of which is composted or recycled, while the Old Kitchen in the house will continue to serve a full range of hot meals, cakes and drinks on china.


ottisfont held a special event to officially launch its new Welcome Centre and Coach House Café on 24 February. Dame Helen Ghosh cut the ribbon, ushering in a new era for the property. Built in response to Mottisfont’s rapid increase in visitors over the last few years, the Welcome Centre contains a new Visitor Reception, shop, plant sales area and toilets, as well as places for visitors to meet people and plan their visit. The new building provides a more spacious and welcoming visitor reception area with tables and chairs, and a woodburning stove that will be supplied with logs from the estate. Members will be able to take advantage of a fast-track entry during busy periods. The light and airy shop is a great space to browse the National Trust’s fantastic variety of products. A new plant sales area has also been developed as part of the build. A particularly special feature of the interior is a stunning 8 metre-long art work by Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, a photographic 'capriccio' or architectural fantasy that introduces some of Mottisfont's hidden corners through a series of illusionistic spaces. The design of the Welcome Centre is inspired by barns and other farm buildings in the local area. The architects, Burd Haward, wanted to base their building on local rural Hampshire architecture and on Mottisfont’s landscape.


The Coach House Café space is the focal point of Mottisfont’s stable block, a classical building designed both to impress and to protect valuable horses and carriages. It was commissioned by Sir John Barker Mill, a prominent huntsman who inherited Mottisfont in 1835. Historically, this Coach House is where the household’s carriages were kept. Pictures on the wall of the café now show a carriage outside in the yard in 1884, and some of the weekend hunting parties who came to Mottisfont in motor cars when it was rented out at the start of the 20th century. When Gilbert and Maud Russell, the last owners of the house, moved into Mottisfont in 1934, they repaired and modernised the stable block. The space which now houses the new café became a garage: we know from local people’s memories and family photographs that the Russells had several Rolls Royces and a Ford Model C which would have been kept here.

The walls are made from wood and glass, to reflect the wood and water found in the estate. The land itself is reflected in the choice of Cor-Ten steel for the roof and some outer walls. This is a distinctive, ‘rusty’ looking material that has been used to great effect in a number of buildings and sculptures, including Kew Gardens and the Angel of the North.

The look and decoration of the café represents some of its history. It’s painted in the exact colours the Russells used to decorate their garage, researched by taking paint scraping samples from the walls. Look out for grooves worn into the floor near the counter, made by carriage wheels repeatedly coming into the same place. There’s also a wooden hatch that covered an inspection pit, added to aid the chauffeur in his mechanical work.

The building’s steel screw pile foundations were designed to have a minimal impact on the landscape, and there are a number of other features which help minimise the Welcome

Now, as a café, it now offers refreshment to visitors to Mottisfont, and the funds raised support the property’s conservation work.

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