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 Monday 2 May Grand Plant Fair at Longstock Probably the most prestigious Plant Fair in Hampshire, held in conjunction with Longstock Park Nursery. Over 30 specialist nurseries selling their plants.. Hog roast, Beer tent. Farm shop with home baked and locally supplied produce. Ample free parking. Plant Heritage stand and opportunity to join Plant Heritage and have your entry fee refunded. Directions: Longstock is signposted from Stockbridge: turn R at north end of the High Street. From all directions, follow AA signs. Longstock Nursery open all day. Entry: Free to Plant Heritage members, . £5 to the public, John Lewis employees £2, children free. Time:10.00am - 4.00pm. Longstock Park Nursery Hampshire SO20 6EH

 Wednesday 25th May Bridge of Spies (12A) 135 mins Directed by Steven Spielberg (Oscar nomination for Best Director) and starring Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance (Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor) and Alan Alda. During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers. Venue: Stockbridge Town Hall. Tickets £6.00 available in Stockbridge from Garden Inn and John Robinson or online via www.stockbridgecinema.org.uk Showing at 4.30pm AND 7.30pm (please note earlier start time than usual for the matinee show). Doors open 30 minutes before the start.

 Friday 6 May Film Show Film Show at Chilbolton Village Hall in aid of Hall funds. ‘The Big Short’ starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt. Doors open at 6.45 pm, show starts at 7.30 pm. Wine, beer and choc ices on sale. Tickets £5.00 in advance, £6.00 on the door (if available). Tea/coffee and biscuits served in interval, included in ticket price. Call: Beryl Lawrence: 01264 860618  Saturday 7 May Antiques, Furniture and Collectors’ Event From 9.30am - 5pm 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 lakewoodsmith@hotmail. co. 07970 797306.  Tuesday 10 May Novelist,Broadcaster, Journalist... Taxidermist? Kate Mosse 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. 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.  Friday 13 - Saturday 21 May The Quiddity Fine Art Spring Fair At The Old Dairy, Westover Farm, Goodworth Clatford, 11am - 5pm. For more information: www.

nadiawaterfieldfineart.com. Email: enquiries@nadiawaterfieldfineart.com  Saturday 14 May Countryside Day Join us for a day of activities and adventure celebrating the great outdoors. There’ll be a number of interactive stalls showcasing traditional skills such as wood carving, all with a backdrop of live music from the FB Pocket Orchestra. Get to know our rangers and find out more about the work our countryside team do on Stockbridge Down, the River Test and the New Forest. Free, normal property admission applies. 10am - 5pm. Mottisfont National Trust, Mottisfont, Nr Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0LP  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.  Monday 16 May Houghton WI Meeting From 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. Annual Meeting, Fun Quiz. Visitors always welcome. For further details please call: Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314  Wednesday 18 May Test Villages Lecture Series Trials, tribulations, and tributes. The work of a junior doctor in cancer research. Speaker: Dr. Siân Pugh. Broughton Village Hall, 8pm. All are welcome. £3 for admission, including a glass of wine or juice.  Wednesday 18 May Books at the Barn - Peter Snowdon Cameron at 10: The Inside Story 2010-2015 (co-written with Anthony Seldon). 7.30pm at Longstock Village Hall. £12 - tickets available from www. booksatthebarn.co.uk  Saturday 21 May Army Flying Museum Ghost Hunt Experience a night of ghost hunting at the Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Hampshire with Ghost Hunt Events on 21st May 2016. Participate in Séances, Vigils, EVP Experiments, Automatic writing and much more. This is a serious overnight ghost hunt (paranormal investigation), and is conducted with our team of professional Mediums and paranormal investigators. Tickets £40 per person. Over 18s only. Start time: 8.00pm until 2.00am. Event includes tea/coffee throughout the night. Book now at www.ghosthuntevents.

c o. u k / a r my - f l y i n g - mu s e u m . php. Tickets £40 per person 8pm until 2am. Middle Wallop Hampshire SO20 8DY.  Saturday 21 May Broughton and Bossington Horticultural Society Plant Sale in the Square on Saturday 21st May commencing at 9.30am.  Saturday 21 May Countryside Day Looking for the ideal family day out? If have-a-go activities, entertainment, animal displays, foodie treats and a spot of retail therapy sound like the perfect day out then Sparsholt College’s Countryside Day is just the ticket. The beautiful campus will be open for visitors to experience firsthand the great outdoors, whether that’s practicing your casting on the College lake, trying your hand at clay pigeon shooting or climbing a tree. Come and enjoy a range of tasty treats from local producers, and have a go at activities like clay pigeon shooting, climbing or archery. Come and join us for a fantastic family day out! www. sparsholt.ac.uk  Saturday 21 to Sunday 22nd May Artlook Art Exhibition Stockbridge Town Hall. Open 10am to 5pm - Free Entry  Friday 3 - Sunday 5 June 'Cash on Delivery' in Upper Clatford Burdock Valley Players present their latest production. Fast-paced and full of laugh-out-loud moments, the story races along. According to journalist Katy Lewis ‘This is farce, pure and simple, nothing more and nothing less. It's written by Michael Cooney, son of the legendary farce master Ray. He's obviously picked up loads of tips from dad and then added to them to extract every ounce of confusion from the tale, in a comedy that turns increasingly more ridiculous and bizarre!’ At King EdwardVII Memorial Hall, High Street, Upper Clatford, SP11 7QL. Friday & Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday at 6.00pm. Tickets £7 / £25 for 4, available on the website www.burdockvalleyplayers. com and at the Hexagon Stores.

 Friday 20 May The Danish Girl (15) 120mins Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander. A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's ground-breaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Venue: Stockbridge Town Hall. Tickets £6.00 available in Stockbridge from Garden Inn and John Robinson or

 Saturday 18 June Wherwell Singers Summer Concert 7:30pm at St. Peter & Holy Cross Church, Wherwell. Join the Wherwell Singers in a celebration of Summer. The choir will perform a mixed programme of sacred and secular music from around the world, including works by Tallis, Byrd, Sarti, Elgar, Mathias, Vaughan Williams, Gershwin and so much more. Tickets £8, available online: www. wherwellsingers.org via Kim Lampard on 01264 720529, or on the door.

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NEWS & FEATURES NEWS 14 14 18 19 30 32 38

Andover Hockey Club receive Councillor Community Grant for defribillators Destination Romsey: tourism conference to discuss plans to boost visitors to the town Making History: The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival Trials, tribulations & tributes: the work of a junior doctor in cancer research West Dean village fete 2016 New Andover map and visitor guide Learning from the best

FEATURES 06 24

It's in the bag - What do you think? Hampshire Mum - Into the...

INFORMATION 03 08 12 12 16 20

Diary Dates Church Services Community Clubs & Societies Clubs & Societies Clubs & Societies

HOME & GARDEN PROPERTY 02, 05, 07 HOME 09, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 GARDEN 22, 23, 44

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Gardening in May with Chris Nutt

LIFESTYLE LEISURE 25, 26

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gardens open for charity The Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery Hampshire Country Fair 2016

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Young athletes and the link with osteoporosis Daughter moving to big school? The calm before the storm!

BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL 29, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41 36 38

Stockbridge law firm, DBB Solicitors, moves across the High Street Cartridge & Personalised Print World

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Hampshire Fare - faces behind the food: the buffalo farmer

CULTURE THE ARTS 32, 34, 35, 36, 42 32 32 34 35 34 36 36 42 42

Sara Barnes - Local Romsey Artist Andover Musical Theatre Company Rum's Eg exhibition programme - April to June 2016 Two very different exhibitions at the Sheep Shed Gallery this month Summer Exhibition: Footprints on the sands of time with a special focus on new small scupltures by Charlotte Mayers FRBS Thomas Hardy and the Music of the Village Bands Test Villages Lecture Series Romsey Choral Society - Concert Review Stockbridge Music - The London Harp Trio


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It's in the bag

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irstly a confession. Many moons ago on the occasion of my fortieth birthday my husband kindly brought as a gift a Mulberry handbag, lucky me. It can now be best described as ‘vintage’, a navy tote with white stitching, plaid lining and brass zips. Made from tack leather it is as pristine now as the day I received it. A proper bag made to last, come the next nuclear holocaust, cockroaches and my Mulberry will be the only things still standing. I am however a little fickle, for there is another bag I covet which spends its’ time chained up in the designer bag department of John Lewis. I visit when I can and stroke it’s soft, if a little thin, unlined leather. At over a thousand pounds an expensive bag, hence the chain, and you can tell it’s brand by the application of a rather gaudy brassy tag which when the light catches it can probably be seen from space. Gone are the days when the name was elegantly stamped into the leather, when there was no need to shout ‘hey look at me!’ Like much of fashion, bags are akin to the Emperors new clothes, some will buy the ludicrous, both in cost and at times design, because not only is it this seasons must have but they believe the design upon their arm speaks sacks full about them. There are those that will say they can tell the difference between real and faux but they’ll need to get pretty up close and personal to discern the difference between a Selfridges and a market purchase these days. Perhaps they can, sit in

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any coffee shop long enough and you’ll see the faux designer label being kicked under the table when the real thing struts through the door. It may be an offence to sell fake designer bags but there are plenty willing to buy the look of a label that perhaps they will, in reality, never be able to afford and treat it as a bit of fun and frivolity. Conversely some will invest in the one truly fabulous bag and love it for life. But do we really care? Is the handbag we carry really what defines us? From the fabulously wealthy who either carry bags so enormous they could crawl inside to find their car keys,( yes I realize they don’t drive themselves), or the tiniest clutch in which they can carry absolutely nothing; to the polarized ‘bag lady’ with her worldly goods contained in carrier bags. With the majority of us positioned somewhere in the middle with our conglomeration of bags for all seasons, I suppose it does, either as an accessory or a sad necessity. The handbag industry is hard to get a handle on, iconic designer bags have out performed gold in economic terms for the first time ever with the ‘value’ of the Hermes Birkin bag rising 500% in thirty five years. For the devotee handbags, much like shoes, have reached fetish status, people simply can’t get enough of them. I must admit, although it pains me to say it, I’m not sure you can deny the wow factor of a genuine, great quality bag. What do you think? WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT


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INFORMATION - CHURCH SERVICES

CHURCH SERVICES ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS Andover  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.30 Family Service  Sunday 8 May 10.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 15 May 10.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 10.30 Holy Communion

ST. PETER'S Over Wallop  Sunday 1 May 09.30 Family Service  Sunday 8 May 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 15 May 09.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 29 May 10.00 Team HC (Quarley)

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ST. ANDREW'S Mottisfont  Sunday 8 May 11.00 Messy Church Club  Sunday 15 May 09.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 11.00 Family Communion  Sunday 29 May 09.30 Holy Communion for the Benefice

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 Sunday 1 May 18.00 Benefice Evensong  Sunday 8 May 10.00 Morning Prayer  Sunday 15 May 10.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 10.00 Family Service

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Houghton  Sunday 8 May 18.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 22 May 18.00 Evensong

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 Sunday 15 May 10.00 Celebration of Baptism 18.00 Peace & Wholeness  Sunday 22 May 10.00 Family Communion

ST. STEPHEN'S Sparsholt  Sunday 1 May 08.00 Holy Communion  Sunday 8 May 10.00 Welcome Worship  Sunday 15 May 10.00 Matins  Sunday 22 May 10.00 Family Service

ST. PETER & HOLY CROSS Wherwell  Sunday 1 May 10.00 Common Worship with Holy Communion  Sunday 8 May 18.00 Benefice Evensong  Sunday 15 May 10.00 Matins  Sunday 22 May 08.00 Holy Communion

METHODIST CHURCH King's Somborne  Sunday 1 May 10.30 Morning Worship  Sunday 8 May 10.30 Morning Worship  Sunday 15 May 10.30 Morning Worship 15.30 Messy Church  Sunday 22 May 10.30 Holy Communion  Sunday 29 May 10.30 Morning Worship

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Mrs Hervey Bathurst’s  Sunday 15 May 10.00 Parish Communion 15.00 May Flame  Sunday 22 May 08.00 Holy Communion 10.00 Matins 15.00 Spring Service in Ashley Church, followed by tea 18.00 'ALIVE'  Sunday 29 May 08.00 Holy Communion

ST. PETER Stockbridge  Sunday 1 May 10.45 Matins  Sunday 8 May 10.45 Parish Communion  Sunday 15 May 10.45 All Age Worship  Sunday 22 May 10.45 Parish Communion

OLD ST. PETER Stockbridge  Sunday 15 May 08.00 Holy Communion

ST. MARY'S Longstock  Sunday 1 May 09.30 Cafe Church and Breakfast 10.30 Service  Sunday 8 May 09.30 All Age Worship  Sunday 15 May 09.30 Morning Worship for Pentecost  Sunday 22 May 09.15 Parish Communion  Sunday 29 May 10.00 Benefice Communion Service

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INFORMATION - COMMUNITY CLUBS & SOCIETIES

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 villagehall@broughton-hants.net  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 chilboltonhallbookings@outlook.com  Crawley Village Hall Can seat 100 people. Licensed for public entertainment. Details can be found on www.crawleyvillagehall.co.uk. 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,

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 Longparish Village Hall Wi-Fi, state of the art audio visual systems and full disabled facilities. A smaller meeting room also has audio visual facilities. Contact Jacqui Healey: 01264 720560 or e-mail villagehall@longparish. org.uk. www.longparish.org.uk

 King’s Somborne Village Hall Recently refurbished Main Hall seating 120. 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. www. thesombornes.org.uk/villagehall Tel: 01794388009  Littleton Village Hall Main Hall with a maximum capacity of 200.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.org.uk. Bookings contact Hall Manager: 01962 888419 or email: littletonhall@hotmail.co.uk  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

 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

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: www.stockbridgetownhall.co.uk. 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 upperclatfordvillagehall@hotmail.co.uk  Wallops Parish Hall At Middle Wallop crossroads.Large hall seats 150. Small hall/meeting room seats 45. Entertainment licence. Details at www. thewallops.net.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. Visit: www.stockbridgescouts.org. Email: stockbridgescouts@yahoo.com or call: 01264 811074

 Sparsholt Memorial Hall Recently refurbished- fully equipped kitchen - Meeting room seats 20, Main hall seats 140 - Sound system, portable

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. uppertestvalleyvintageclub.co.uk  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 wherwellhistory@gmail.com www.wherwellandchilbolton.info

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 Winchester Churches Nightshelter 20B Jewry Street,Winchester www.wcns. org.uk. 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@ hotmail.co.uk  Stockbridge Evergreen Chair: Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898  Stockbridge Lunch Club Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 81089  Grateley Village Friends For seniors in the village and surrounding areas. Meet the first Thursday of the month (except January and February) from 2pm to 4pm in Grateley War

Memorial Hall, Station Road, Grateley SP11 8LG. For more info visit: www. grateley.org.uk

WOMEN'S INSITUTES  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  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. http://hampshirewi.org.uk/wipage/kings-somborne-wi/  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

Hall, Butts Green, Lockerley, SO51 0JG. We have a speaker most months and so much more. For details please ring 01794 340867 or 01794 340298. You are assured of a warm welcome.  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  Somborne Sisterhood W.I. Meet first Friday of the month, 8pm King’s Somborne Village Hall (SO20 6PP). Do come and join us. Contact: sombornesisterhood@gmail.com, facebook.com/sombornesisterhood, twitter.com/sombornesisters.  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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would hope that what happened last year is never repeated, but at least the club now has the equipment should they need to use it.” Councillor Hawke added: “Andover Hockey Club is a fantastic club and we are pleased to help fund the defibrillators. These will ensure that not only the Hockey Club players, but anyone using the facilities at John Hanson School or visiting the Royal British Legion will have access to the defibrillators in case of an emergency.” The Councillor Community Grant scheme helps to fund community-led initiatives. Local councillors allocate funds to projects that they identify as meeting a need in the community based on feedback from residents. For more information about the grants available, visit www.testvalley. gov.uk

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£1,000 Test Valley Borough Council Councillor Community Grant has helped to fund two defibrillators for use by Andover Hockey Club, after a player from a visiting team collapsed following a match in March last year. The player suffered a cardiac arrest but later recovered thanks to the quick response from South Central Ambulance Service. But the incident prompted Andover Hockey Club to apply for funding for the life-saving defibrillators to ensure they were prepared should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest in future. Millway ward members, Councillor James Neal, Councillor Sandra Hawke and Councillor Zilliah Brooks awarded the £1,000 grant to add to funding from the British Heart Foundation, Simply Health, John Hanson School, the British legion and Andover Hockey Club. One of the defibrillators is located at John Hanson School where Andover Hockey Club holds its matches and the second has been installed at the Royal British Legion, where the players enjoy their post-match teas. Chairman of Andover Hockey Club, John Priestley-Cooper said: “We all feel part of a family here at Andover Hockey Club and it’s important that we are able to look after everyone who plays here and all those who come to watch our games. Although I hope we never need to use the defibrillators, it is reassuring to know that we have access to them if necessary. We are so grateful to all who have contributed to the funding for the defibrillators, and to the councillors for their generous Community Grant.” Councillor Neal said: “We are delighted to have been able to contribute to this life-saving first aid equipment. Clearly you

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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 PreSchool 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@thefranksfamily.co.uk  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) www. broughtonpreschool.com  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. littletonpreschool.com  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. mylittleexplorers.

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co.uk or contact Sam Victoria on 07766 812541  The Sombornes PreSchool Independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age.Visit www. thesombornespreschool.org 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. spratandwinkle.co.uk or call Jennie on 01264 860671  Stockbridge PreSchool 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 PreSchool We are a friendly and professional pre-school, 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@thewallopspreschool.org

'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 admin@westtytherley.hants.sch.uk 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, nick@ create-waves.com

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

 Chilbolton Badminton Club Every Thursday at the Chilbolton Village hall from 8pm. Jill Lord, Tel: 01264 860667

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

 Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club Meets every Monday 8-10pm at Chilbolton Village Hall. Deb & Richard Richardson - Tel: 01264 861082

 Tytherley Twinkletoes playgroup Parents, carers and toddlers

 CTC South Hampshire Easy rides, day rides, social events and more.Tel: 01962 864479 www.southhampshirectc.org.uk

 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,info@southamptonctc. org.uk, website, www. southamptonctc.org.uk Facebook www.facebook.com/ sotonromctc  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 club.co.uk. Contact the coach on: info@momentumtennis.co.uk  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 davesfc.football@virgin.net  Stockbridge Recreation Ground Chair: Dave Webb - Tel: 01264 810819 Sec: Dave Barnes - Tel: 01264 810516  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  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


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MAKING HISTORY THE DAILY MAIL CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY FESTIVAL

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escribed by bestselling historian Dan Snow as ‘the best history festival in the country’, The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival is a true celebration of the past. For one week at the end of every June, a normally sleepy corner of England comes alive to sound of Merlin engines, cannonfire, muskets and music. With more than 140 speakers, over 110 literary talks and debates, and in excess of 300 living historians and re-enactors, it is the largest festival in the UK entirely dedicated to history. Taking place in Ebbesbourne Wake – 12 miles outside Salisbury – from 27th June to 3rd July, it combines a unique blend of talks, discussions and debates with a vast living history through-the-ages encampment, and a series of stunning air displays at the weekend.

The line-up of household names appearing at Chalke Valley for the first time this year includes the distinguished historian and commentator Niall Ferguson, author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, former Secretary of State and European Commissioner Peter Mandelson, renowned biographer Hermione Lee, and legendary musician (of Dire Straits fame) Mark Knopfler. Also making a debut appearance is former Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, political commentator and writer Jonathan Dimbleby, and former Beirut hostage Terry Waite. Plus Festival ‘favourites’ like Max Hastings, Michael Morpurgo, Dan Snow, Suzannah Lipscomb, Ian Hislop, Michael Wood, Dan Jones, and Simon Sebag Montefiore.

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Everything from dinosaurs to the Cold War will be explored during the festival’s packed programme of talks, demonstrations and interactive experiences. The centrepiece of the festival’s Living History activities will be Second World War displays, including seeing different tanks, guns and infantry in action and, during the weekend, the opportunity to watch and even participate in a Special Operations Executive and Commando training course. A new attraction is the Children’s Creative History Tent, which provides art and craft activities for youngsters aged 6-12. Commenting on the huge range of events in the programme for this year, co-Chair of the Festival James Holland said: “This year we have a wider range of subjects, more diverse speakers, incredible historic aircraft, and a truly spectacular living history show with World War II tank battles, Vikings, Romans, a totally authentic scale section of First World War trench and a fabulous 1940s Blitz Party on the Saturday night. There is something for everyone, whatever age you are.”

The Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival will take place in Ebbesbourne Wake, near Salisbury,Wiltshire, SP5 5JH, from 27th June to 3rd July, and tickets are now on sale. For more details, please visit the Festival website www.cvhf.org.uk Tickets can be purchased from here or by calling 01722 781133.


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 Broughton Floral Club Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.Tel: 01794 516289

 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

 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. andoverembroiderersguildco.uk 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. hampshirewoodcarvers.blogspot. com  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.

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 Burdock Valley Players - Upper Clatford Chair: Sarah Chambers Tel: 07901 866495 Publicity: Jon Slingsby Tel: 07970 088293 www.burdockvalleyplayers.com  Chilbolton Players Contact Richard Richardson on Tel: 01264 861082 www.chilboltonplayers.org.uk  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 www. stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk  Burdock Valley Players Upper Clatford - Chair: Sarah Chambers - Tel: 07901 866495 Jon Slingsby - Tel: 07970 088293 www.burdockvalleyplayers.com

MUSIC & DANCE  African Drumming - Partof 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. andovermusicclub.co.uk 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: jennywatson0831@hotmail.com  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. romseychoral.org.uk or call 07780 682316.  Test Valley Brass Andover's long established brass band.Weekly rehearsals and a varied programme of concerts and engagements. Contact secretary@testvalleybrass.co.uk  Weyhill Electronic Organ Society Regular concerts, usually on the third Thursday of each month For further information please visit our website www.weyhilleos.co.uk or phone 01264 323213.  Wherwell Singers Dale Webb:Tel: 01264 860074 www.wherwellsingers.org  Zumba for Everyone Thursdays -10 – 11am Longstock Village Hall & Stockbridge Town Hall 6 – 7pm. Come to one or both! Check out www.zumba-aroundwinchester.com or contact sue@plays-r-ussell.com 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 cab.org.uk 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 MayAugust we hold various outdoor events. Contact Chairman, Ruth Hughes, on 01794 515499 www.tvme.org.uk  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: dennisthomson@ btinternet.com or ring 01264358421.


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have decided this month to set an area aside in the vegetable patch for cut flowers, it’s not something I’ve tried before but have been inspired by Sarah Ravens glorious gardens at Perch Hill in Sussex so with seed catalogue and brochures to hand I have been mapping out a small area. My final selection includes the following easy to grow plants in a mix of bold colours:

Jobs for the month ahead: • Prune spring flowering clematis such as Clematis montana once they have finished flowering if you need to control their size. • Dead head any spring flowering bulbs to make sure all the energy is put into building large bulbs for next year and not seed, and leave the foliage to die down. If the flowering of any bulbs was poor lift them and only replant the large bulbs with some organic matter to improve the soil. • Put in plants supports for any perennials with tall flower stems that need extra support such as Delphiniums and those with heavy blooms like Paeonias (Peonies).This can be in the form of purpose made supports or you could create a framework of twiggy sticks bent over the plant which quickly disappear beneath lush growth.

Dahlia ‘Bishop’s Children’ all the bishop’s series Dahlia’s have dark crimson foliage, this variety has a mix of vibrant daisy style flowers in deep pink, burnt orange and plum-purple. Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Dazzler’ these plants just keep on giving with masses of deep carmine pink flowers all summer long. Scabiousa atropurpurea ‘Black Cat’ this scabious has crimson flowers on long stems which are a magnet for bees and insects. Anethum graveolens This is dill has been chosen for its acid green foliage and flowers which are a great filler in flower arrangements. It also has many uses in the kitchen, the leaves can be used in cooking, and the flowers and seeds can be used in salads. Other plants to consider would be bulbs such as gladioli, lilies and chrysanthemums all of which can be planted out now.

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• Once the risk of frost has finished plant out runner beans, planted with a simple wigwam of bamboo canes they will quickly get going. • Sweetcorn and squashes can also be planted outside towards the end of the month. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris call: 0776 5692396 or email chris.nutt2@btinternet.com


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FEATURE - HAMPSHIRE MUM

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t's... I was going to say future but it’s more a case of being dragged screaming into the ‘now’. It was a Friday evening and the emporium of earthly delights at our local Solent port was surprisingly quiet. While the café staff were eager to be shot of us the shop floor staff assured us, “Don’t worry madam, we’re here until eight”. As my Mum and I strolled nonchalantly around the IT department I tried really hard to look as if I knew exactly what I was doing – the consummate IT professional. Yeah right, in truth I was acting more as a spirit guide to my Mum, encouraging my lovely octogenarian to walk with me in to the 21st Century; “Of course you should get a tablet Mum. Nice and light and portable and you can shop on it, email, shop, Facebook, shop, research and…shop. It will be great!” A sleek–haired I.T youth approached, I nodded sage like as he expounded on the infinite possibilities of the device and the virtues of the Cloud, the Intel Pentium thingy, the RAM and the ROM without appearing to inhale. Mum looked nothing short of terrified but seemed to feel much more within her comfort zone when asked what colour she would prefer. We could have done with a coffee to calm the nerves but the café had long closed so it was a quick flick to Marks and Sparks to get ‘ something for tea’. “Just think Mum, you’ll soon be ordering groceries online”. “Eh?” A wave of terror swept over her face. We’ll work up to that I think. So now, every Sunday my Mum and I can be found in our Market Town's barn café huddled over the tablet, amazed by its ability, we occasionally are heard to say ‘oooooh’ as if we’d just discovered fire. I have learnt that my technical abilities are not that good so I’ve had to employ a useful list of phrases such as, “Oh mine doesn’t do that. It will be the Internet connection. We’ll come back to that” - all very useful. But while my wonderful Mum is embracing technology and is

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now emailing, Facebooking and using Messenger with aplomb, I have become a grumpy old woman when it comes to my current I.T Achilles heel - automated banking. The local branch of my bank has gone West to our nearby Cathedral city and has been followed by another. The bank has had a major overhaul, ‘We’re all streamlined and efficient madam”, said the helpful young boy who turned out to be the manager. The branch now has something of the doctors’ waiting room about it, the elderly, and I include myself, sit on the stylish but ultimately uncomfortable sofas looking slightly anxious as they wait for the queue of increasingly frustrated customers attempting to use the automated machines to subside. I’m blighted when it comes to these machines, every time without fail there is always an issue no matter how hard I focus and follow the instructions to the letter. We cannot process your cheques- we cannot process your cashtransaction, Cancelled, the machine bluntly informs me. I find myself talking to it, “But you’ve eaten my paying in slip and I’ve not paid all my cash in!’ At that point a man with a clipboard normally sidles over, “Having trouble madam?” I want to say “yes I bloody well am! Why can’t we have our lovely branch back where everybody knew you and nothing was too much trouble!” But I run the risk of sounding like someone out of Downton Abbey, so I weakly apologise for being so thick and watch ashamed as he dexterously taps a few buttons and the whole irksome process is complete. Such is the effect on my blood pressure that I am tempted to rely on the Post Office despite the fact that clearance time for cheques is positively glacial. There are some bits of the technological ‘now’ that render me a stressed gibbering wreck. My banking blank moments are akin to my mum finding she had eight items in her Amazon basket, and worryingly no idea how they got there, when she only wanted one. Still I’m proud of Mum for keeping up and I’ll be the one holding onto her coat tails trying to keep up! WRITTEN BY SANDRA PAGAN


A ROYAL CELEBRATION & GRAND PICNIC SATURDAY 4TH JUNE 2016 abbey Gardens, winchester 6pm – 10.30pm Dress up in all your finery, and bring your gazebo*, tables, chairs, candelabras, chandeliers, a grand picnic and a party of friends for a celebratory and fun evening of music from around the British Isles. *gazebo not obligatory

This will be followed by some rousing ‘Last Night of The Proms’ style songs and a jazz band to round off the evening Enjoy your grand picnic in the lovely setting of the Abbey Gardens while a Scottish pipe band, male voice choir, brass band, and opera singer, plus magicians and artists serenade you. Or wander around the gardens where lots of celebratory food and drink including wine tastings, delicious nibbles and a champagne and prosecco bar will be on offer. prizes for the ‘Most Majestically Dressed Gazebos’, the ‘Most Interestingly Dressed Person’ and the ‘Best Dressed Party’

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The Cottage, 16 Lakewood Road, Chandler’s Ford 3/4 acre. Azaleas, bog garden, camellias, dogwoods, erythroniums, free-range bantams, geraniums, hostas, irises, jasmines, kitchen garden. 2pm – 6pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale. Teas. THURSDAY & SUNDAY MAY 12 & 15

Little Court, Crawley, Nr Winchester The large beds of perennials in relaxing colours set off by a good lawn. It is fun for children; with treehouse and swings, but visitors of all ages love it. 2pm – 5.30pm. Adm £3. Plants for sale. Teas in village hall. THURSDAY & SUNDAY MAY 7 & 10

Tanglefoot, Crawley, Nr Winchester 1/2 acre incl. productive kitchen garden, and wide variety of flowering plants. 2 acre field with many native plants under development. 2pm – 5.30pm. Adm £3. Plants for sale. Teas in village hall. SUNDAY MAY 22

The Dower House, Springvale Road, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester 5-1/2 acres with easy paths, numerous seats, good views, colourful perennials, shrubs and mature trees. Bog garden, good pond with fish and water lilies. Small secret courtyard garden. 2.30pm – 5.30pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale, teas. SATURDAY & SUNDAY MAY 28 & 29

The Island, Greatbridge, Romsey 6 acres either side of the River Test. Main garden has herbaceous and annual borders, fruit trees, rose pergola, lavender walk and extensive lawns. 2pm – 5.30pm. Adm £5. Plants for sale, teas. SUNDAY & MONDAY MAY 29 & 30

Amport & Monxton Gardens Two pretty villages linked by Pill Hill Brook. Visitors have 5 gardens to enjoy: Amport Park Mews, Bridge Cottage, Fleur de Lys, Gaycorrel and White Gables: 1.30pm – 6pm. Combined adm £6. Plants for sale. Teas in Village Hall. SUNDAY MAY 29

Ordnance House, West Dean, Salisbury Many herbaceous beds, small orchard, compact soft fruit and vegetable gardens and formal parterre. Seating areas have views of garden and countryside beyond. 12noon – 5pm. Adm £3.50. Plants for sale, teas. SUNDAY & MONDAY MAY 29 & 30

Romsey Gardens Small unspoilt market town with notable C12 Abbey which forms a backdrop to 4 Mill Lane. King John’s garden, The Nelson Cottage and The Old Thatched Cottage are also within walking distance of Romsey Abbey. 11am – 5.30pm. Combined adm £6. Plants for sale. Teas in King John’s garden.

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THE CURTIS MUSEUM AND ALLEN GALLERY IN THE ALLEN GALLERY

Mrs. West’s Hats Thursday 26th May, 7:30pm Ahead of her exhibition with the same title - in the Allen Gallery throughout June - Helen Couchman, a talented professional photographer, examines what her grandmother’s collection of over 60 hats tells us about fashion and life in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. £5. Stedman The Regency Butler Thursday 23 June, 7:30pm Bob France returns as Stedman the Regency butler who shares his experiences both above and below stairs. Part of Alton’s Regency Week celebrations. £5 Adult Gardening Class Saturday 25 June Join Fran Clifton, Head Gardener at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, for a gardening class in the delightful surroundings of the Allen Gallery garden. Check our website or phone 01420 82802 for further details about the class, including times and cost. Pre-booking essential, limited places available. Plant Sale Saturday 21st May, 11:00am to 3:30pm A wide selection of plants for sale in the Gallery garden. FREE EXHIBITIONS

Jane Austen Walks Mobile App A collaborative project between Alton College and EDGE . 4th – 26th May in the café. FREE The Vanda Painters: Portraits & Landscapes 4 – 29 May. An exhibition by Dean Bird and Nick Bell. FREE A Jane Austen-themed Family Workshop Tuesday 31st May. In the delightful surroundings of the Allen Gallery. Check our website for further details about the workshop, including times and cost. Pre-booking essential, limited places available. Children must be accompanied by an adult. IN THE MUSEUM

The Museum is holding a History through Hats series of activities on1st June, 2nd August and 16th August, 11am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm Join us for this fun drop-in activity for all the family. Try on lots of hats from the past; see what people would have worn and how they changed. Then take a photograph to remember your day! Hat themed craft activity packs can also be purchased. Suitable for all the family but children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: £2 per craft activity pack. Look out for Dolls House Day 30 July. Celebrate all things miniature with several dolls houses displayed around the museum, along with a new range of furniture coming soon to the shop. FREE More details on the above events - ring the Museum on 01420 82802, or visit www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk


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ampshire Country Fair returns for another year at Netley Marsh Showground. Three large arenas featuring all day entertainment, attractions, dare devil stunts and country sports create a wonderful show piece. To complete the family theme, lots of children’s fun and activities have been included to keep them entertained for the whole day long. Water balls, puppet shows, bouncy castles, face painting, make and take and maybe learn to handle a gundog, fish and fly a hawk. All the shows are open from 10am until 6pm daily and dogs are most welcome, so long as suitably restrained.Your family dog and working dogs are all welcomed at Living Heritage fairs! Enjoy superb, action packed arena demonstrations and displays. Take a look at this - scurry racing, fun sheepdog and ducks, dare-devil stunts, falconry displays, games on horseback and working gundogs included. Enjoy 'Have a Go' country sport sessions, Food Glorious Food with chefs on stage cooking some tasty treats, country shopping, crafts, horses and lots of dog events. Marquees throughout the event will host an array of delicious local foods, drinks and superb arts and crafts. Hampshire Fair is renowned for having the best selection of top craftsman from throughout the UK. If this isn’t enough Hampshire features endless country shopping. Netley Marsh Showground, Netley Marsh Southampton, Hampshire, SO40 7GY Ticket Type Ticket Tariff Adults £12.00 per ticket Children £4.00 per ticket OAPs £11.00 per ticket Under 5s Free www.livingheritagecountryshows.com/show-dates/hampshirecountry-fair/

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WELLBEING YOUNG ATHLETES AND THE LINK WITH OSTEOPOROSIS

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o you have a high performing daughter in sports or dance? Is she in her teens? If so, she may be at risk of the ‘Female Athlete Triad’ set of symptoms, and she could be at risk of osteoporosis. It involves 3 related symptoms; disordered eating patterns, irregular or absent periods, and osteoporosis. The risk is not of the regular exercising, but of not having enough calorific intake to match the high demands on the body’s energy.With a high energy output and not enough energy in, a young girls body cannot ‘spare’ any energy to menstruate.

DAUGHTER MOVING TO BIG SCHOOL? THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM!

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t seems only yesterday you were leaving her for her first day at Primary School and here you are preparing for this huge milestone~ her move to big school. After much deliberation you’ve chosen the school, considered her travel arrangements, where to buy her uniform but have you thought about what lies ahead for your daughter and what this transition means for you? Your daughter may be truly flourishing right now or you may have already noticed some signs that give you cause for concern, wherever you are right now, things will change. As your daughter takes this next step there is a lot to consider~things that won’t be included in the induction booklet. So firstly you need to know that girls’ self-esteem and resilience is often good when they are young but can plummet as they reach the top end of primary and transition to secondary education. This is a crucial time to be considering your daughter’s emotional and social development. These are the key areas to think about • She will begin her quest for identity - trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in, in this complex world. • She will seek independence, be drawn to exciting experiences, confronted with many difficult situations and making a healthy and safe decision may not always be the easiest or most obvious thing for her. • So much more will be expected of her and she’ll need to be more organised and self-reliant. • Self-esteem can affect every aspect of your daughter’s life~ it is therefore important to understand this and recognise the signs if your daughter is struggling with her sense of self. • Self-esteem is closely linked with body image.Your daughter will be bombarded with thousands of media images a week, all suggesting how she should look and feel~ how will she handle that? • Does your daughter have the resilience, the skills and the strengths to cope with the challenges that lie ahead? • This can be such an awkward time socially. Even if your daughter has good friendship skills, she may still feel at sea during these turbulent years. The one constant is home, so it’s down to you mum to make sure she is well equipped. Over the next few months, I will share with you some tips and tools for developing these skills, signs to look out for and how to handle tricky situations as they arise. Written by Claire Cairns - www.personalessence.co.uk

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Bone mass accumulates in the teens and twenties Low oestrogen levels and other hormonal changes, which accompany irregular or absent menstrual periods, may predispose females to osteoporosis, especially in their teens and twenties when bone mass is accumulating.A 20-year-old woman without menses during her critical teenage growth period may have bone mass typical of a 70-year-old woman.To reduce the chance of osteoporosis girls must lay down their bone mass during the critical period of puberty. By the time women are 40, their bone density is in decline, so what was accumulated during the teens is vital to long-term bone health. Avoid food fads, dieting and unhealthy weight-control methods If you have a highly athletic daughter, encourage her to eat well. Not only does she need the energy for her sport, but she needs it to grow and develop. Discuss with her this basic rule: energy in (food) must equal her energy out (exercise). Emphasis or pressure to achieve unrealistically low body weight should be avoided by coaches, parents and health professionals. Athletes should be reminded that good nutrition will actually enhance performance. Osteoporosis awareness During the month of May, we are raising awareness of Osteoporosis, not just for older women, but also highlighting the importance of good eating and exercising habits in young girls. Building strong bones starts early. Free download for more information Please go to our website and visit the free downloads page to find a fact sheet on the ‘Female Athlete Triad’ with more specific advice on diet, supplements, exercise and signs to look out for with eating disorders. If you have any concerns, do get in touch. Dr Gill, our osteoporosis specialist and homeopath runs low cost private assessments during May, and is offering support and advice on prevention, scans and treatment options. Emma Wightman - Osteopath www.the-sop.com


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Main Arena - The Romsey Old Cadets marching band will lead the opening procession with Queen Victoria, through the village from the Social Club to the Recreation Ground Main Arena for the opening of the Fete at 1pm.

WEST DEAN VILLAGE FETE 2016: SATURDAY 4TH JUNE - 1PM TO 5PM: A TRADITIONAL VICTORIAN VILLAGE FETE There will also be demonstrations from the Hursley Pony Club, Fly Fishing demonstrations & advice from Orvis, Lamb Feeding, a Traditional Dog Show, Dog Agility course to take your dog around, Donkey Rides and the ever popular ‘Open Mic’ event where you can watch some of our very talented local performers whilst having a drink from the ‘Queen Vic’!

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ete opener ‘Queen Victoria’ will the lead the Romsey Old Cadets marching band through the village to open the Fete. “I am very much looking forward to opening this prestigious Fete, to seeing all my subjects enjoying themselves and the children taking part in the Victorian school lessons and story telling in St Mary’s Church. I also hope I have time to partake of light refreshments at the ‘Queen Vic’ bar”. West Dean village has always looked to have new and exciting ideas to launch its Fete and this year’s theme will be a Traditional ‘Victorian’ Village Fete to be opened by our very own by Queen Victoria! Two weeks before the Fete, we will be launching a newly created ‘History Trail’ through West Dean. There will be information boards outside various properties, a trail map and children’s treasure hunt / quiz. This launch event will take place on Saturday 21st May from 2.30. and as an added bonus, during the launch event, at a time to be notified later, The Flying Scotsman will pass through Dean on its way to Salisbury. Come and see this historic steam train. In addition to the history trail, there will be the addition of scarecrows to continue the theme of previous years with suitable scarecrows popping up around the village, illustrating its history. Fete Chairman Derek Howland says “Following last year’s scarecrow competition where over 40 scarecrows magically appeared around the village we wanted to build on this community spirit and sense of fun by continuing with the scarecrow idea. This year we have adopted a new theme, introducing the history of West Dean in a ‘History Trail’ ”. Last year saw over 1800 people enjoying the Fete and with this year’s bigger Country Arena in addition to the Main Arena, we are hoping that more families will come along and have a fantastic day out. We would like to thank East Brothers Timber Ltd for their sponsorship of our Main Arena attraction - The ‘Adams Axemen’ an axe racing team who are the country’s best know lumberjack display team.We would also like to thank Hamilton Parker Buckingham our local estate agents for sponsoring the History Trail and the following two Fete events in the Main Arena.

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Our traditional events such as a Pet’s Corner; Vintage Cars, Steam Engine & Tractors, Craft Fair, Children’s Craft Zone, Inter-Village Tug of War along with new events for this year – a Graffiti Workshop and Climb Vertigo Climbing Wall, all help to ensure a highly ‘competitive’ Fete for 2016. There will also be a plethora of fabulous stalls from local shops and sellers. An Open-Air Live Music Event featuring Double Barrel and other local performers will follow the West Dean Village Fete from 7:30 pm to 11:00pm in the Recreation Ground.


BLUEBIRD CARE CELEBRATE 1ST YEAR HELPING PEOPLE REMAIN INDEPENDENT IN THEIR OWN HOMES! Bluebird Care is proud to have won no less than eight awards including the ‘Service Excellence’ award at the 2015 Winchester Business Excellence Awards and the 2015 Great British Care Awards ‘Care Co-ordinator of the Year’. Furthermore, Bluebird Care’s Alton & Alresford operation was recently named Hampshire’s first and only “Overall Outstanding” rated home care provider by industry regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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luebird Care, Test Valley’s multi-award winning provider of care to people in their own homes, celebrated its 1st Birthday this week. Company owners Norman & Claire Murphy were joined by their professional care team, customers and Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen to enjoy a delightful party of tea and cake to celebrate this key milestone.

Norman Murphy, Owner and Managing Director, said: “We have vastly exceeded our growth expectations here in the Test Valley which I believe is down to the fantastic reputation we have created thanks to our amazing care team.

The whole team celebrated turning 1yrs old at a Birthday party in their office on London Street, just off Andover’s High Street. The Mayor then accompanied some of the Bluebird Care Assistants to visit their customers out in the community spreading Birthday cheer with deliveries of Birthday cake & balloons!

“It gives us great satisfaction not only to be able to provide the highest quality care, but also offer career opportunities to people who are equally passionate about helping others in their local community.” The Andover, Stockbridge & Romsey operation of Bluebird Care is run by husband & wife team Norman & Claire Murphy who also have offices in Winchester & Eastleigh and Alton & Alresford.

Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Iris Andersen, said: “It’s great to see Bluebird Care go from strength to strength.They provide a truly invaluable service to the people of the Test Valley and it is clear to see what a fantastically caring company they are.”

If you are interested to know more about the home care services we provide or want to be part of our ‘Outstanding’ team, then please do contact us:

Winchester & Eastleigh: Optimum House, Winnall Valley Road, Winchester, SO23 0LD T: 01962 856 900 E: winchester@bluebirdcare.co.uk

Alton & Alresford: 3 Cross and Pillory House, Cross and Pillory Lane, Alton, GU34 1HL T: 01420 550 777 E: alton@bluebirdcare.co.uk

Andover, Stockbridge & Romsey: Foresters House, 4 London Street, Andover, SP10 2PA T: 01264 310 888 E: andover@bluebirdcare.co.uk


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Andover plays host to an exciting line up of live events throughout the year including a carnival, motoring and music festival. The Lights theatre offers a wide range of entertainment incorporating drama, ballet, comedy, tribute shows, folk and much more.

he Andover Town Centre Partnership has today launched an updated map and visitor guide for the town centre. The large and detailed map of the Town Centre, along with car park and local area information, will help visitors new to the town Taste discover the surprisingly diverse range of services on offer.

Chris commented: “Andover has so much to offer both locals and visitors alike.We hope this new and improved Map and Guide will encourage more people to use the wonderful array of businesses and services that make Andover Town Centre so appealing.”

30,000 of the maps will be distributed throughout key locations and will also be available to download online. The map will be sent to Visitor Information Shop Centres across Hampshire and Wiltshire to encourage tourists visiting the region to include Andover in their itinerary. It will also be sent out to homes across the Test Valley to remind locals who may currently use other local towns to give Andover a try. www.andovertcp.co.uk

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Take time out from your shopping and follow the Riverside Walk which runs alongside the tranquil River Anton. You might even be lucky enough to spot the rare and elusive Otters that have been seen in recent years.

Sit down and relax at one of the many tempting cafe’s, pubs and restaurants which cater to a variety of tastes and budgets. Sample Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian and British cuisines - all of which will delight your tastebuds.

Chris Gregory, Andover Town Centre Manager believes the map will become a valuable local resource as well as bringing more shoppers and tourists into the town.

Specialist international food retailers bring a cosmopolitan flavour to town with unique products on offer from as far afield as Nepal and South Africa.

From High Street favourites like M&S and Waterstones to boutique clothing and homeware shops, you’ll be impressed by the quality and variety on offer, all conveniently located around the pedestrianised High Street. Getting around couldn’t be easier with plenty of car parks close by, many of which are free after 4pm and on Sundays. The ever popular market takes place at the High Street on Thursdays and Saturdays, bringing together fantastic local producers from across the region. Specialist food and craft markets are also held here periodically throughout the year on Sundays, culminating in the not to be missed Christmas Craft and Food Market.

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ndover musical theatre company are hitting the stage again in early May, with their production of Sister Act. Brought to you by the same group that entertained you with The Addams Family, The Witches of Eastwick, and Jekyll & Hyde, we are certain that you will be equally as dazzled and amazed by this stunning show.

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ocal Romsey artist Sara Barnes painted the Bluebells featured on the front cover. She loved art at school, and returned successfully to painting about 10 years ago. Much of her work is inspired by local Hampshire sites, and she still exhibits and sells her work in local galleries as well as further afield. This year she is already looking forward to the Rum’s Eg Summer Open Exhibition which opens in Romsey on June 29th and The Hampshire Open Studios week which runs across Hampshire from the 20th to the 29th of August. Sara’s work is energetic and colourful with an abstract twist. Look at her website www.sarabarnesart.com for more photos of her work, together with details of where she is exhibiting and how to contact her.

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Based on the hit 1992 film comedy of the same name, Sister Act tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found... a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood and music, with dazzling dance routines and songs inspired by Motown, soul and disco, Sister Act is one of the funniest and funkiest musical around. Performed nightly from 10th -14th May at The Lights theatre Andover, with tickets available from the box office on 01264 368368. Prices are £14 standard, £15 pullman, with concessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Family tickets are also available.


HAMPSHIRE FARE - FACES BEHIND THE FOOD: THE BUFFALO FARMER

The health benefits of buffalo meat are well-documented. It is naturally high in protein, iron and minerals, low in fat and cholesterol. And being grass-fed means it is a wonderful source of omega3 fatty acids. Visit the on-site farm shop Thursdays and Fridays, 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm where buffalo meat, lamb, pork and chicken are available to buy.

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Over the years Dagan has spent hours reading and researching different farming techniques. He is passionate about natural farming methods which will create the finest quality soil which will in turn provide nutrients to the buffalo. There are no artificial fertilisers, insecticides or weed killers to be found on the farm.

There is a chance to tour the farm this summer as part of the Hampshire Food Festival. Saturday 9th July, walks at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm with a BBQ.

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o celebrate our 25th anniversary we will be bringing you 25 Faces Behind the Food. Meet Dagan James, the owner of Broughton Buffalo near Stockbridge.

The idea for buffalo farming came from a magazine.At the time Dagan and his wife were living in France following their creative passions of painting and writing.The idea of rearing buffalo on the family’s farm appealed over traditional farming methods where the land can become over-worked. They returned the UK and took steps to make the dream become a reality. After many years of learning on the job they now have a well-established herd of 250 water buffalo on their 500 acre grassland farm.The herd have one of the best views in Hampshire across the rolling chalk lands.

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AndOver artisan markets Bringing together local speciality producers

Running alongside the traditional Saturday market, the Artisan market will delight your senses with high quality and hand made produce from across the region. Fine Ales, Water Buffalo and luxury ice cream are just some of the treats on offer at this popular event.

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THE ARTS RUM’S EG EXHIBITION PROGRAMME – APRIL TO JUNE 2016

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um’s Eg is a contemporary gallery and Art space run by a 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 the spacious ground floor gallery. 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. UPCOMING EXHIBITS 6 April to 14 May - 'Reality' Ultra-realistic still life, portrait and landscape oil paintings by Caroline Richardson, and 'Illusion' – layered, mixed media, abstract impressionist paintings by Paul Jenkins including precious metal foils. Also featuring ceramic landscape pots by Katie Smith and large seedpod ceramic sculptures by Jane Savill. 18 May to 25 June - 'Paper & Print' An exhibition of printmaking, paper sculpture, painting and collage by a mixed group of Artists and Craftsmen working in these media using both traditional and innovative styles and techniques. River Arts Action Day – 1st May This is an exciting Community Arts Project which is a unique collaboration between Rum’s Eg, the Romsey Riverwalk Restoration project (RRR) and other community groups. RRR was set up by local residents to raise funds to repair and restore the riverbank on the River Test between Middlebridge and the kissing gate by Sadler’s Mill, along The Causeway. It has deteriorated over recent years, particularly following the 2014 floods but it remains a much-loved beauty spot and frequently features in artists’ paintings. Rum’s Eg is inviting Artists working in any media and writers to come along on the day to consider and record how it looks now, how it might look if nothing is done and how it could look if properly restored to its former beauty. From 10am – 4pm, along The Causeway between Middlebridge and Sadlers Mill, we expect about 10-20 artists to be there working all day or at different times. Organiser Mavis Sawdy says ‘I am sure each artist will find their own preferred spot to sketch, paint or perhaps find inspiration for a poem. We suggest you bring a folding seat and your preferred type of easel. If it rains we will get some interesting effects! Mainstone Vets across the main road at the junction with the A27 road to Whiteparish and Sherfield English

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have agreed that artists can park there for the day - but don’t block the way for any emergency Vets!’ Jill Searl, Rum’s Eg volunteer Community Arts Manager, has arranged for the Test Valley Arts Foundation ‘Art Bus’ to be stationed in the Memorial Park offering space for art and craft activity, linked to river and heritage themes, for children/families. We hope a Wildlife Trail will be created between the Park and The Causeway along the footpath connecting them (about 5 mins walk). Transition Town Romsey will also have a stand in the Park focusing on climate change and flooding. Refreshment will be on sale at the Café in the Park where there are also public toilets. Some light refreshment will also be available on The Causeway – or bring a picnic. RRR organisers are hoping to launch the first phase of the restoration scheme on 1st May - the filling of the special bags required that will eventually form a graded wall up from the riverbed to the bank. You can therefore expect to see a small group of (hopefully strong!) men from the local ‘Mens Shed’ organization shovelling the gravel and soil mixture into the first 100 bags. RRR organisers are encouraging passers-by to sponsor a bag for a £5 donation – we hope they will take advantage of the artists’ presence to be inspired to personalise their bags with their own design! Sponsors’ names will be listed and on display in Rum’s Eg Gallery during an exhibition in the Leckford Art Studio at Rum’s Eg in the Summer once all the artwork is finished. Mavis said ‘we appreciate that artists may well require more than one day to complete their work; while we cannot organise another special River Art Action Day, the Causeway is a public space so it will be possible for you to make subsequent visits’. For any more information about the River Arts Action Day or if you can help the RRR project contact: Mavis Sawdy on mavis.sawdy@gmail.com or Jill Searle, Rum’s Eg Community Arts Manager - Jill.Searl@mountbatten.hants. sch.uk Rum's Eg is now open 7 days a week: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm. Rum’s Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8GY Tel 01794 511220 www.hampshireartandcraft.org info@hampshireartandcraft.org

SUMMER EXHIBITION: FOOTPRINTS ON THE SANDS OF TIME - WITH A SPECIAL FOCUS ON NEW SMALL SCULPTURES BY CHARLOTTE MAYER FRBS

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016 marks the tercentenary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, a man so influential that he is regarded as the ‘father’ of landscape architecture. In partnership with The Capability Brown Festival,VisitEngland is promoting ‘Year of the English Garden’ as a key theme for 2016, in celebration of England’s many beautiful gardens.

Lancelot Brown was a man who left deep “footprints on the sands of time” (A Psalm of Life by H. W. Longfellow). In the spirit of this year’s festival of Brown's achievements and legacy, and the art and design of gardens, The Garden Gallery will celebrate and promote the role of contemporary sculpture and ceramics as key elements in the creation of beautiful gardens, a tradition reaching back centuries and now an integral part of garden design. For more information visit: www.gardengallery.uk.com


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his May the Sheep Shed Gallery features two very different exhibitions. ‘Art Assortments’ by John Randall runs from 3rd to 14th May. John began painting after a health scare in 2002 and has since explored a number of mediums and subject matter, hence the title of his exhibition. His subjects are an eclectic mix from animals to classic cars. His preferred medium is watercolours although he has recently been experimenting with gouache on black card which can give a stunning visual simplicity to a subject. John belongs to a number of art societies including Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, Romsey Art Society and Andover Art Society.

Ceramics, Fused Glass, Quilting & Textiles, Illustration, OurFine secondArt, exhibition in May, ‘Palette Knife & Paper’, runs from 17th to 28th May. Two very different artists come together to demonstrate their Furniture, loveBespoke of their medium. For Liz Dell it is paper which has caught her heart and imagination. Liz uses paper texture, layering, collage and pyrography to Sculpture, Upholstery, create her unique images. Renate West has been painting from an early age. Her work aims to achieve freedom from confining principles and establish Jewellery, Leather Goodsemotion and working with the an equal partnership between expression, medium, allowing the moment to dictate the development of the painting. andspontaneous much more Renate’s images invite the viewer to make a personal response to the painting.

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We also have some excellent workshops coming soon, including Book Binding on 17th May and Expressive Freeform Lettering on 7th June. See our website for more information about exhibitions and workshops www. sheepshedgallery.co.uk We also stock local handmade crafts and have a family run Tearoom attached. Parking is free and plentiful and there are 10 other craft studios to visit on our historic site, The Fairground Craft & Stockbridge Town Hall, High St, Stockbridge SO20 6HE Design Centre, Weyhill.

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PROFESSIONAL STOCKBRIDGE LAW FIRM, DBB SOLICITORS, MOVES ACROSS THE HIGH STREET

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concert in St Peter's Church Stockbridge on 14 May. The Madding Crowd researches and performs church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1860. They perform in period costume and play musical instruments likewise, creating a unique experience for all who see and hear them perform. On Saturday 14 May at 7.00 pm they are putting on a concert in St Peter's Church Stockbridge. Tickets cost £10 each (including light refreshments) and are available from John Robinson Butchers or The Garden Inn both in Stockbridge High St. Or they can be reserved for collection and payment on the door by phoning Brenda on 01264 810578 or e-mailing her on brendabennett@tiscali.co.uk

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t Broughton Village Hall, Wednesday May 18th from 8pm. Trials, tribulations, and tributes. The work of a junior doctor in cancer research.

Speaker: Dr. Siân Pugh Siân Pugh is a junior doctor and Medical Research Council clinical research fellow working at the University of Southampton. Her interest in research was sparked during her undergraduate years and since then she has been committed to becoming a clinician scientist. During her training as a junior doctor Siân has been fortunate to obtain both academic and clinical fellowship positions which have allowed her to pursue her research interests alongside her clinical training. Currently she is undertaking a PhD, supported by a clinical research training fellowship from the MRC. During an evening of talk and conversation, Siân will tell her personal story as a junior doctor undertaking cancer research. This will include the highs and lows of undertaking clinical trials, why research should be part of every doctor’s job, and her personal views on the move towards precision cancer medicine. At a time of much media interest in junior doctors and turbulence in the NHS, Siân will give her edthoughts on returning to the NHS to complete her clinical training. All are welcome. £3 for admission, including a glass of wine or juice. The “University of Broughton” will be having a long summer holiday, and the next talk in the series will be in September. If you are not already on our mailing list, or if you have recently changed your email address, please send your details to pratleyberyl@gmail.com

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ecently, hospitality students from Highbury College, Eastleigh College and Basingstoke College of Technology had the opportunity to work with some of Hampshire’s top chefs. The students assisted on the demonstration kitchen installed at South Lawn Hotel as part of Milford on Sea Food Week. The event was co-ordinated by local food group Hampshire Fare and involved respected local chefs Andy MacKenzie from Lainston House Hotel, Dan Gover from The Pig Hotel and Adam Harty from Basingstoke College of Technology. Each chef cooked a dish using locally sourced ingredients and the students worked in pairs to help prepare the ingredients and plate the dishes up. Before the event several of the students admitted to feeling quite nervous about performing in front of an audience. However the chefs put the students at ease and everyone worked excellently as a team. Student Jack Bryant from Eastleigh College worked alongside Andy MacKenzie assisting him in the preparation of a locally sourced crab dish. Jack commented: “The whole experience opened my eyes to the use of local produce in my cooking and it helped me to develop confidence in how to cook and demonstrate to the public. I came away from the day understanding more about how using locally sourced ingredients is fundamental to helping local businesses grow. Thank you to Hampshire Fare for giving us this fantastic opportunity.” Tracy Nash from Hampshire Fare commented on the event: “We wanted to use today as a way to bring together experienced chefs and aspiring chefs in a professional environment. We are lucky to work with chefs who are passionate about the local ingredients available to them and we wanted the next generation to see this in action. Many of these students haven’t done anything like this before and they have really had to overcome some nerves to get up on that demo kitchen. I am really proud of the students and feel honoured to have met them on their journey to becoming professionals.” The event also incorporated an artisan market with Cold Pressed Oil, Flack Manor Brewery, Hattingley Valley, Jenkyn Place, A Basing Bakes, Cupcakes mmm Cookies and other Hampshire Fare members. Milford on Sea Food Week is running until Sunday 3rd March with events taking place every day and evening for all ages. Visit www.milfordonseafoodweek.org for further information.

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nce again, Romsey Choral Society gave a superb account of music that was both technically demanding and of sustained interest and pleasure to the listener. As we have come to expect from these singers, the attention to detail lifted this performance to a level rarely experienced in the world of choral societies. The intonation and the diction, in particular, were of the highest standard, and the overall sound was magnificent. Two members of the choir told me independently that the Music Director and Conductor, Jamie W. Hall, is a hard task-master; this being the case, it certainly paid off on this occasion. The programming was also adventurous, the first half featuring Parry’s Songs of Farewell. I had not heard these six songs before, although I was aware that only the bravest of choirs tackle all six: the final two songs are particularly challenging for any group of singers. For me, the performance was a revelation; and it was clear that my enthusiasm for both the music and the performance was shared by the audience as a whole. The flowing lines and varied textures of the first three songs were beautifully judged

The second half of the concert comprised Fauré’s Requiem. This is, of course, a standard repertoire piece for most choirs. Nevertheless, the performance was fresh and stimulating, with not a hint of the ennui that can creep into such familiar works. In particular, the Sanctus and In Paradisum, which are in some ways technically less demanding and therefore often rather casually treated, were beautifully sung. I would go so far as to say that I have never heard them sung so movingly and so effectively. The more dramatic and dynamically diverse sections of the Requiem, notably the Agnus Dei, were very powerfully delivered. The accompaniment of violin, cello, harp and organ was perfect, and at no stage did I feel the absence of the standard full orchestra. The three solo singers – a soprano and two basses drawn from the choir – were very good indeed. Although selecting a single one from a group of three is often considered an invidious practice, I feel that I must mention Karen Trewinnard, whose account of the Pie Jesu was outstanding. The whole performance was certainly far above the average: there was nothing ‘standard’ about this repertoire. The concert ended with Parry’s Crossing the Bar, a moving and eloquent setting of Tennyson’s poem of that name. This evening’s concert had been dedicated to the memory of Peter Coulson, a well-loved former member of the Choral Society. Members of the Society had sung Crossing the Bar at Peter’s funeral last year. This short but very poignant piece very cogently rounded off an extremely memorable evening. Review by Thomas More Hagger

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instrumental colours and evocative threads for which he is so renowned. A spectacular flourish of ripples ends the work, the sound we associate so much with the harp.

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Frances arranges works to suit her Trio, for instance her adaptation of movements from Ravel’s favourite orchestral work, the ‘Mother Goose Suite’. From it we heard three fairytales, ‘The Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Tom Thumb’ and ‘The Little ugly girl, Empress of the Pagodas’, the latter conjuring up a flavour of the Far East.

hat other instrument played these days possesses more than four thousand years of beguiling musical pedigree? I suspect hardly any. The ancient Egyptians would have marvelled at how their single stringed legacy would become multi-stringed, and enable a vast variety of key changes and sonority. To show us how, here was Frances Kelly with a spellbinding performance of the virtuoso piece for solo harp, ‘Impromptu-Caprice’ by Gabriel Pierné. Deceptively, the harp demands great strength, co-ordination and deft feet to adjust the seven pedals, and boy, was it in evidence here. For the rest of the programme Frances was joined by the viola player Gustav Clarkson and flautist Judith Treggor, both fine soloists in their own right. Just two of the other six concert pieces were classical, a charming Rondo by Mozart, and a four movement ‘sonate’ by Handel in which the accompanying harp substituted for the harpsichord – no coincidence there. In the audience was the prolific composer Paul Lewis who’s written a multitude of scores for television, film and radio. His ‘Divertimento’ was penned specifically for flute, viola and harp. Such an ensemble has inspired many composers and the Trio conveyed beautifully the skilful range of visual images,

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by the singers, and the increasing density of the final three songs was superbly handled. The final song, in particular, where the effect is of two choirs singing, was a joy to experience, despite the solemnity of the text, Lord, let me know mine end. It would be wonderful to hear these songs more frequently, but their difficulty means that performances are rare. So, well done, Romsey Choral Society for rising so ably to this challenge!

You couldn’t hear a pin drop during this concert, a testament to just how absorbing was the Trio’s playing a majority of comparatively contemporary sounding music. Take the ‘Elegiac Trio’ by Arnold Bax written one hundred years ago. He was classed as a Romantic, but this was dissonant music reflecting the world’s turmoil at the time, ending with the uncertainty of a single note beautifully played on the flute. The Trio finished with a tour de force, Debussy’s ‘Sonate pour Flûte, Alto et Harpe’. We were led through three contrasting movements written exactly at the same time as Bax’s work. Unsurprisingly this was confused, tortured, indeterminate sound, uncertain of where to go next, conveyed consummately by these outstanding artists. Debussy’s jagged music concludes abruptly with a stabbed major chord. The audience was ecstatic. Quite right too. James Montgomery


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