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FORUM Romsey Show 2016 (page 20) Hampshire Mum (page 24) Hampshire People talks to Hugh Bonneville (page 40) SEPTEMBER 2016 • ISSUE 99 • WWW.TESTVALLEYFORUM.CO.UK • REACHING 18,750 READERS STOCKBRIDGE ROMSEY

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Welcome As the summer draws to a close and the new academic year approaches, we might reflect on the (generally) good weather we've experienced; the various alfresco entertainments, festivals and eclectic leisure and culture events that we've enjoyed in Hampshire this season. At The Forum, we are continuously working to feature ALL your local events, no matter how small, so please do drop us an email or give us a call if you'd like to feature your table top sale/charity event/school disco etc. We pride ourselves on being a community focused magazine and strive to be as inclusive as possible.Your support is always valued and appreciated! Of course, summer isn't officially over in the Test Valley, until we've had the Romsey Show! The flagship of local annual events, folk come to Romsey from far and wide to experience this traditional countryside show, held on the 10th September (see page 20). In this month’s magazine, Hampshire People features Hugh Bonneville (p.40). Other features include another adventure for Sandra Pagan in Hampshire Mum (p.24); and Claire Thurlow's enigmatic nature inspired prose, A Summer's Evening (p.42). If you'd like to discover what is happening in other parts of Hampshire The Forum also produces Meon Valley and Itchen Valley editions. We hope you enjoy this issue!

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ur series of monthly lectures kicks off its seventh year with an evening of very current affairs. We are very pleased to announce that Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, and former Member of the European Parliament, has agreed to be our speaker. As well as the challenges to local authorities of the changes which will occur as we prepare to leave the EU, there are also proposals for local devolution which could significantly affect Hampshire. Colt. Perry will develop the theme of how “devolution” fits into the British Constitution with particular reference to potential opportunities and pitfalls for Hampshire. The evening is still great value at £4, to include a glass of wine. Proceeds are donated to our speakers' nominated charities. No charge for full time students. All are welcome. Test Villages Lectures, Broughton Village Hall, Wednesday September 21st 8pm.

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he Museum of Army Flying’s 2016 event calendar is overflowing with expert guest speakers, children’s activities, craft fairs and performances. The Museum is open daily 10:00 – 4:30pm and is home to a unique collection of aviation history including over 35 different historic aircraft. Situated right alongside the Army Air Corps working airfield the museum boasts ample free onsite parking. Colin Prescot: Aerial Capers - 09 September World record breaker, adventure balloonist and author of ‘The Edge of Space’ Colin Prescot is our guest speaker at Stockbridge Town Hall. Winning the Schneider Trophy - 22 September Paul Beaver marks 85 years since the UK won the coveted trophy for speed when the High Speed Flight secured its third outright win. Test Pilots: Then & Now - 20 October Paul Beaver interviews: Jennie Sherborne (daughter of George Pickering, the second man to fly the Spitfire prototype), Sarah Quill (daughter of Supermarine’s Chief Test Pilot), Phill O’Dell (RollsRoyce Chief Test Pilot and Supermarine display pilot) and Chris Huckstep (former Chief Test Pilot of the Royal Air Force and now a Shuttleworth display pilot). Tel: 01264 784421 www.armyflying.com Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, SO20 8DY

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est Valley Borough Council’s Recycling Star could be seen parading through Andover on Sunday 17 July for the town’s spectacular annual carnival celebrations. The carnival also marked the launch of a brand new Recycling Stars Facebook competition to win one of three family tickets to Paultons Park. To be in with a chance of winning, residents will need to like the Recycling Stars Facebook page and like and share one of the page’s carnival competition statuses before 31 July. Environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “Everyone had a fantastic time at the carnival and it was a brilliant opportunity to have fun and raise awareness of the importance of recycling. And we were delighted that the Recycling Star won second prize in the walking group category! “I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t already liked and shared one of the Recycling Stars competition statuses on Facebook to do so as there isn’t long left!” The council launched its Recycling Stars campaign in July 2013. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and show just how simple it can be.

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Lily Jones of Endeavour Primary School submitted the winning design for the north of the borough, while Poppy Evans of North Baddesley Junior School, was judged best in the south. The council received almost 500 entries for the competition which took place in May and June. Lily impressed the judges, who included local councillors, council staff and Mike Sims, head of editorial at the Andover Advertiser, with her creative and colourful design. She received a surprise visit from the Recycling Star earlier this month to unveil her design and see her artwork up close. She also received a framed copy of her artwork, a Recycling Stars goodie bag and family tickets to the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover. Environmental portfolio holder, Cllr Graham Stallard presented the prizes to the winners. He said: “I am so pleased that the children of the borough took on the challenge of designing a recycling poster for our waste collection vehicles. The variety and style of designs we received were vast and the judges really did have a difficult time choosing the winners! Seeing the designs on the sides of the waste collection vehicles is impressive and I hope that everyone will enjoy seeing them out and about and will be encouraged to recycle that little bit more. Once again, thank you to Lily and Poppy for taking part and producing two excellent designs!” Judges praised Lily for her use of bright colours, smiling faces and her clear recycling message. Her design, which aims to encourage residents to recycle more and waste less, can be seen on the lorry that services the local area around Lily’s school in Andover. To keep up to date with Recycling Stars activities and competitions, visit www.facebook.com/recyclingstars. The two winning designs, as well as ten highly commended entries, can be viewed on the council’s online gallery at www.testvalley.gov.uk/recyclingstars.


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O 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@broughtonhants.net

O 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, chrissiebye@gmail. com, www.grateley.org.uk

O Crawley Village Hall Can seat 100 people. Licensed for public entertainment. Details can be found on www.crawleyvillagehall. co.uk. Bookings Tel: 01962 776518 O Chilbolton Village Hall Eastman’s Field, Chilbolton SO20 6AT.A modern hall with access and facilities for the disabled.The Main Hall has a seating capacity of 125, with or without a stage; a sound system is installed, with an induction loop system and there is Wi-Fi connection. The kitchen is fully-equipped, with a large serving hatch to the Main Hall. A smaller meeting room is available, also with a hatch to the Main Hall. There is a large car park to the front and patio and gardens to the rear. For further information visit our website: www.chilboltonvillagehall.co.uk or contact chilboltonhallbookings@ outlook.com, O 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

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

O 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 www.lockerley.org.uk or hallbooking@lockerley.org.uk. O 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 O Over Wallop Church Hall In centre of village. Hall can seat 50. Kitchen and car parking available.Tel: 01264 782676 O Penton Village Hall Penton Mewsey, SP11 0RA. Large hall seats 100, small hall seats 20. see: www.pentonmewsey.org.uk/hall. For bookings: 01264 773221 O 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 T: 01962 776129 O 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

O The new Kent Hill Scout and Community Hall in Stockbridge Situated behind the Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge High Street. Facilities include: sound system, hearinginduction 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 O 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 O Wallops Parish Hall At Middle Wallop crossroads. Large hall seats 150. Small hall/meeting room seats 45. Modern kitchen. Entertainment licence.Details at www.wallopsparishhall.co.uk. Tel: 01264-782412 O Wherwell Home Guard Club The Old Hill, SP11 7JB. Meeting Room seats 70, pool table, darts board and licensed Bar optional. Club Room with snooker table,TV and licensed Bar open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. New members welcome. Details at http://www.chilboltonandwherwell. info or contact Sue Coleman (01264 860508) O 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

Clubs & Societies

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES

O Kings Somborne Twinning Association Twinned with St Paul duVernay, near Bayeux. Contact:Wendy Hartley - Tel: 01794 388742

O Longstock Garden Club Peter Bramley: 01264 810432 or Ada Rogers: 01264 810794 O RiVa - Dog Training Kings Somborne.Val Kelsey Tel: 01794 388570 O The Upper Test Valley Vintage Club A club for people with interests in vintage machines. Social meetings

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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

O Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts Leigh Dance - Tel: 01264 811074 O Chilbolton Care Group Su Field: 01264 861338 O 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

O 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. O 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 O Royal National Lifeboat Institution Stockbridge & Upper Test Branch. Chair:Tolley Taylor: 01256 893561

O 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 O 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


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ART & CRAFT WORKSHOPS AT RUM'S EG about all the materials and supports then working on alla prima. Over 6 weeks, you will be working from still life using direct observation and using coloured grounds for harmonious compositions. £120. Please ask Rum’s Eg for a materials list. Suitable for all levels of experience. Max. 8 students.

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um's Eg was set up as a creative centre by Hampshire Art & Craft CIC - a Community Interest Company - dedicated to supporting artists, promoting and conserving the rich and varied art and craft of this region and to encourage public education and participation in arts and crafts in the Test Valley region. Filling all three floors of a listed building at 27 Bell Street, Rum's Eg boasts a contemporary gallery with an extensive selection of work including: jewellery, ceramics, paintings, prints, soft furnishings, wooden and glass gifts and an unrivalled selection of greetings cards and design-led gifts. We also have a large creative workshop space and our own Art Cafe serving delicious drinks, homemade cakes and light lunches.

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Life Drawing with Jane Price Sunday 18 September: 10.30am 1pm Suitable for all levels of experience, there is no better way to improve your drawing skills than through drawing a real life model! Looking at line, gesture and tone, we will spend the morning responding to a series of short and long poses designed to bring confidence into your drawing in a relaxed and friendly environment. £40. Please bring charcoal, a putty rubber, drawing pencils etc. Some materials will be supplied and paper is available at extra cost. Max. 8 students. Hand-Built Pottery with Anton Page Sunday 25 September: 10.30am 4.30pm Anton will help you design, make and decorate tiles and coiled pots using a variety of pottery techniques.Your pot will be fired and returned for collection from Rum’s Eg. £55. All materials provided. Suitable for all levels of experience. Max. 8 students.

Freedom with Acrylics with Lynne Reeves (Short Course) Mondays from 12 September - 17 October: 10.30am - 1pm During this 6 week course Lynne will cover all aspects of acrylic painting from inspiration and composition through to colour, texture and even incorporating other media. Includes a field trip and developing your own work within the studio setting. £120. Please ask Rum’s Eg for a materials list. Suitable for all levels.

Introduction to Chalk Paint with Moulou Sunday 2 October: 10.30am - 1pm Join design duo Moulou for a fun and relaxed workshop learning the basic techniques of chalk paint.You will start with a practice board learning layering, distressing and finishes. Before applying these techniques and your own personal style to a beautiful shabby chic picture frame for you to take home. £50. All materials provided. Suitable for all levels of experience. Max. 10 students.

Introduction to Oil Painting with Su Joy (Short Course) Fridays from 16 September - 21 October: 10.30am - 1pm Get started with Oil Painting by learning

For more information: Telephone: 01794 511220 www.hampshireartandcraft.org Rum's Eg, 27 Bell Street, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8GY

Calendar UNTIL SEPTEMBER 6 Summer Exhibition Summer Exhibition featuring Gareth Parry, Marissa Weatherhead, Peter Graham, John Bathgate and Dominique Salm,The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire.Tel. 01264-810364. SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER Antiques, Furniture and Collectors’ Event 9.30am - 5pm. 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 or 07970 797306. SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER Jewellery Making using Sterling Silver 10.30am - 4.30pm at 27 Bell St, Romsey SO51 8GY.You will learn a range of techniques including sawing, soldering and texturing, which will allow you to bring your idea to life and make a special piece of jewellery to take home. £75. All materials provided including sterling silver, copper & brass and tools. Please bring an apron and a notebook & pen. Suitable for all levels of experience. Max. 8 students. Early booking is advised. Please book via tel: 01794 511220 TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER Hampshire Writers Society: Publisher Barry Cunningham and Guest Speakers Barry Cunningham OBE, will launch the HWS 6th season. 7pm for drinks and networking, 7.30pm for speaker. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road,Winchester, SO22 4NR. £5 non-members. Students free. For more information: www. hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk. MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER Houghton WI Meeting 7.30pm at Houghton Village Hall. 'A Tale of Two Cities' History Of Salisbury by Diana Goetz.Visitors very welcome. For further details please call Jane Anderton 01264 810928 or Julie Harwood 01264 810314 SATURDAY 24 & SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER Wallop Artist's Annual Exhibition From 10am - 5pm at Wallops Parish Hall, Middle Wallop, SO20 8EG. Also blind auction of painting by Trevor Waugh. Refreshments. Proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support on Saturday. THURSDAY 29 SEPTEMBER Books at the Barn Mary Lovell talking about her biography on The Mitford Sisters.The Old Dairy Farm, Hatherden, SP11 0HT.Tickets £12 from www.booksatthebarn.co.uk


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AUTUMN ART CLASSES WITH ARTDRAWPAINT

Autumn Art in the Riverside Yurt Café River Landscapes on the Shoulders of Giants 14th, 21st & 28th September: 9.30am - 4pm Three days by the River Test looking at different methods used by Masters of the techniques. Coffee and light lunch are included. £70 each, or £180 for all three. Van Gogh and Mark Making 14th September Van Gogh implies depth and distance using weight of marks. Movement, flowers, paths and more, are all depicted with an economy of descriptive line, dot, circle and shape.You will develop a way of drawing using a vocabulary of different marks. Materials used will be pencils, pens and inks. Cy Twombly, Picasso, Chris Ofili and Mixed Media - 21st September The joy of playing with art is often forgotten. Mixed media is not a cross between Blue Peter’s cut and paste, and Playschool. Rediscover the fun of mixing wax crayons and watercolours, of sticking a print into a drawing. This playful approach will help you relax creatively, and try new ideas. There are no rules and no boundaries. Lots of different materials will be used. The Fauves and Colour - 28th September Fauves were a group of French painters prominent from 1905, including Matisse, Vlaminck, and Derain, characterized by the use of bright colours and simplified forms.You will be interpreting the landscape by the river and yurt, embracing the Fauves use of colour.

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Suggested materials would be bright inks, watercolour dyes, acrylics –basically anything bright and quick drying. Life Class on Wednesday Evenings 5th, 12th and 19th October: 6pm – 9pm Three evenings of taught life drawing in October, kept warm by a wood burning stove. A Single Pose - 5th October, 2016 In this first class you will learn the basics of life drawing, looking at different drawing materials, thinking about foreshortening, and proportions. The model will keep the same pose all evening so you can focus on the mechanics of life drawing. Music and Movement – 12th October This evening will be about gestures, rhythm and flow. The thought of drawing a moving figure sends most beginners into a blind panic. DO NOT PANIC. You will find you are better at this than you thought.You will learn to observe the movement of a body, with its repetitions and rhythms. The Clothed Form – 19th October Most of the bodies we see are clothed most of the time. The way clothes hang, fit and move describe the body within. This evening you will look at how to capture the model still, and moving, and how their clothes enhance the actions or otherwise.

Autumn Art in the Studio, Wherwell Priory Oil Painting for Beginners on Mondays 19th, 26th,September, 3rd, 10th, 17th October, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th December: 9.30am – 1.00pm

The whole 10 week course £350, If paid as two half terms, £195 each half. Classes missed cannot be carried over. This ten week course takes you from absolute beginner to being competent, confident, and independently able to use oil paints. You will start each day developing drawing skills that underpin many methods of painting.You will learn about tone, mark making, colour, some aspects of composition, and the different materials used to paint with oils. 19th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course. Some materials are provided, but over the duration of the course you will be advised about what you need to get started. I don’t want to burden you with a huge expense before you have started. There’s more to Still Life than Onions 20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th October, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th December The whole 10 week course £350, If paid as two half terms, £195 each half. Classes missed cannot be carried over. Still Life classes can be a bit dull. The idea of this course is to have a look at a number of different creative approaches and apply these ideas to a Still Life. It does not matter what materials you wish to use, these classes are about exposing you to different ideas. I will help you with any practical problems should they arise, so don’t let inexperience put you off. These classes should help you to find what you want to paint, and how you wish to do it. 20th September can be treated as a taster day to see if the course is right for you. This will cost £40 refundable against the rest of the course. Some of the things you will be looking at are: narrative paintings, size and composition, Cezanne’s approach to still life, strange compositions, playing with colour, found supports, repetition and deviation, making the everyday ‘special’ and making it personal. You will be encouraged to try fresh methods of doing things, and to play with new ideas. This class is appropriate for anyone, what ever materials they wish to use. I will provide paper and charcoal for initial exercises. Other materials are up to you. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided - essentials! ArtDrawPaint kate@artdrawpaint.com www.artdrawpaint.com


artdrawpaint Join Kate Measham for autumn art classes at Wherwell Priory Studio and the Riverside Yurt Café We run a wide range of courses, in a friendly atmosphere, suitable for beginners, the rusty, and experienced artists.

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Culture

TVAF@ 25 NOW UNDERWAY

The published events are free of charge to all members of the public, except where the events occur at locations where admission charges apply (Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey Show, Hillier Gardens, and Hawk Conservancy). Specific private events have also been created for special interest groups, such as Enham Trust, Edwina Mountbatten Home, Barton Stacey Drama Group, Andover Young Mums and the Andover Nepalese Community. Ruth Facey is inviting people to Make Their Mark at the Romsey Show, Andover Festival of Motoring and Mottisfont Abbey. Each person is given a small copper plate for them to literally make their mark, and these items will then be mounted onto portable displays to travel around the Borough. These events have been generously funded by Arts Council England, Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council.

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in her Andover studio for young people to paint an individual jigsaw piece to be completed and included in The Enham Trust installation.

The Bus of Many Things will be at many of the events to encourage other artists to hire this superb facility. The programme concludes on 17 November with an exhibition of the art produced during this period and a Gala performance at The Lights in Andover.

September Events 4th September - 10am - 3pm Andover Trees Photographic Competition in Harmony Woods, Andover Saturday 10th September - 10am - 4pm Come and meet a variety of artists including Ruth Facey who will be running her Make Your Mark workshops. Sunday 11th September - 2pm Launch of Romsey Poetry Café’s 2016/17 programme of activities at Rum's Eg, Romsey. Saturday 17th September - 10am - 3pm Test Valley Arts Showcase at Broughton Village Hall. Join in craft and jewellery workshops as well as meeting local artists exhibiting their work and listen to the Broughton African Drummers. Saturday 17th September - 1pm - 3pm Music with the Mighty Hump and Mostly Harmless at the Tally Ho pub, Broughton. Saturday 24th September - 10am - 2pm Children’s art workshop at the Scarecrow Festival in All Saints Church, North Baddesley

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est Valley Arts Foundation (TVAF) is delighted to advise that their programme, TVAF@25, is now underway. A very broad range of events is planned, covering a wide range of arts and crafts including spoken word, painting, singing, photography, beaten copper work, jewellery, lantern and kite making. Throughout the borough at a variety of locations, people are being invited to ’paint a board’ which will then be attached to the hoardings surrounding the redevelopment area at The Enham Trust. Local artist Kaz Trinder has been running craft workshops at Amport and Mottisfont Fetes this summer and also been hosting Jigsaw workshops

Sunday 25th September - 10am - 3pm Dementia Festival at Hillier Gardens, Romsey. Normal admission charges apply. Patients and their carers working with Laurence Rushby to create pieces of art from the landscape. The Romsey Poets will work on reminiscence therapy to create a community poem. Andover Voices will run a short musical workshop for attendees. Create lanterns to be paraded at the Romsey Lantern Festival. Sunday 25th September - 10am - 3pm Make your Mark at Andover Festival of Motoring, Andover High Street. Ruth Facey to continue her work with members of the public to create copper plaques celebrating Test Valley. Test Valley Arts Foundation Tel: 01794 301243 www.testvalleyarts.org

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Forestry Foremost at the Romsey Show - 10 September

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n its 174th year, the Romsey Show has chosen one of its key industries, Forestry as its theme. A great day out for everyone is planned on Saturday 10th September, with special ring attractions including a ‘logging display’, The Adams Axemen, a Chainsaw Carving competition, various sawbenches, a charcoal burner and displays of vintage forestry and logging equipment.

pieces home with you. Come to the show and see how charcoal is made. ‘Black Fox’ will be bringing a charcoal burner to the show, lighting it to burn through Friday night, and then unpacking the finished product on showday. Charcoal does not start off in bags from the supermarket – come and see how it goes from wood to being your BBQ fuel.

In the main President’s Ring, local Fordingbridge-based farmer and heavy horse breeder, David Shearing, will be bringing along a team of horses to show how they work in the forests and woods moving logs. Also joining him will be friends and colleagues and their mobile saw pit – demonstrating the traditional method of sawing trees into planks by hand. We are very grateful to Hampshire Collegiate School for sponsoring this unique display. The Countryside Ring will play host to the Adams Axemen from Ringwood demonstrating their power and skill with razor sharp axe’s to chop logs. A great atmosphere is created with the crowd being invited to cheer for the fastest. In the Special Events area the show is welcoming 3 saw-benches powered by a mixture of steam- and vintage-driven engines. Watch these majestic beasts help the saws make light work of the largest of trees, cutting them into various workable lengths. In this area visitors will also see an Alaskan saw bench. Richard Austin, the show’s usual chainsaw carver, is this year joined by some friends for a carving competition, kindly sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers. Come and be astounded as these people make a seemingly large and ordinary tree trunk into a work of art suitable to grace any garden or sculpture park. Then, at the day’s end, join the live auction to take one of these

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Romsey Show is arguably the largest and oldest one-day agricultural, horse and countryside show in the south and west. The show is being held on Saturday 10th September at Broadlands Park in Romsey. Advance tickets available from the show’s website or a variety of local outlets. Forestry is the theme but there’s plenty else to do and see – in fact something for everyone. For more information: Tel: 01794 517521 www.romseyshow.co.uk enquiries@romseyshow.co.uk


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Leisure ROMSEY FILM FESTIVAL 2016

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e are pleased to announce the final line up for Romsey’s second annual Film Festival, developed from the popular community cinema run by Romsey Town Council in our Town Hall the event will offer a range of films through the week.The event will open at Romsey Plaza Theatre on Saturday 24th September with a sing along “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (15) showing at 8pm; with prizes for those who capture the scene with appropriate fancy dress. On Monday 26th we move to the upper room of the Town Hall for screenings of the 2016 version of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” at 3.30pm and 7pm. On Tuesday 27th at 7pm showing at the Town Hall “Lady in the Van”, returning by popular request. On the Wednesday 28th in the afternoon at King John’s House enjoy a delightful “Miss Moody’s” cream tea whilst watching the 1922 digitally remastered film “Robin Hood” King John returning to a building he is alleged to have visited! Wednesday evening we go all Italian with 'Pranzo di Ferragosto' (U) (translates as “Mid-August Lunch”), 7pm for 7.30.This evening showing is arranged in conjunction with Romsey Twinning Association who invite the audience for wine and nibbles before the film to hear about their various twinning activities.The film will be shown in Italian with English sub-titles.Thursday 29th in the evening is a co-venture with the World War One project being led by our local United Reform Church, after launching an exhibition of their work in the URC at 6pm the audience will move next door to the Town Hall to view at 7.30pm a silent movie made at the “Battle of the Somme” in which so many men of Romsey and Hampshire served and died.With a moving sound musical accompaniment this will be both a historical and poignant reminder of so many local lives lost.The film has recently been remastered by the Imperial War Museum and this is a rare opportunity to see it on a large screen in Romsey.This is a free event and does contain actual battle scenes which some people may find distressing. On Friday 30th September we return to modern films with our first screening of “The Revenant” (15) at 7pm. Released in 2015 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it is the story of survival set in 1823 within uncharted American wilderness. On the Saturday 1st October at 2.30pm we are set to repeat the success of last year’s historic railway films by showing the 1953 “Titfield Thunderbolt” starring Stanley Holloway, a railway comedy filmed in glorious Technicolor mostly on the branch lines of Somerset.We will also screen some famous railway shorts in the interval. Saturday evening we are showing “Top Gun” at 7pm in the Town Hall, starring Tom Cruise as a pilot at the US navy’s prestigious fighter weapons school, stunning cinematography and fantastic sound track. Throughout the week the National Trust at Mottisfont will be screening “Elemental Dialogues – Water” (2016) by Anna Cady in The Cellarium (40 minutes on continuous loop) 10.00am to 4pm daily through Festival. 'Water' is the third in the 'Elemental Dialogues'

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Calendar FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER Stockbridge Community Cinema: RAMS (12A) In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven't spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what's dearest to them - their sheep. [English subtitles] Venue: Stockbridge Town Hall.Tickets £6.00 available in Stockbridge from Garden Inn and John Robinson or online via www. stockbridgecinema.org. uk. Starts at 7.30pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER Florence Foster Jenkins (PG) The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.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 5.00pm and 7.30pm. Doors open 30 minutes before the start time. FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Victor and Albert An A-Z of Britain Professor Victor and Dr Albert Trelawney take you on a hilarious adventure exploring Britain and all

things British. Featuring highly original songs, magic, mayhem and audience participation, this is an evening of old fashioned British entertainment brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century.Tickets £12.50 (includes 2-course meal) or £10 (no meal) from Abbotts Ann village shop. 7.30pm at Abbotts Ann War Memorial Hall SATURDAY 1 OCTOBER Macmillan Cancer Support Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee this morning. Bring a friend, browse the Bring and Buy table with gifts, cakes, jams,produce etc. There will also be some children’s activities. Every pound we raise will help ensure no one faces cancer alone in Hampshire. Thank you for your support. 10am - 12 noon at St Mary's Church, Broughton THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER Annual Bridge Tea with Winchester GoLD From 2pm - 5pm at The White House, Main Road, Littleton,Winchester, SO22 6QS. Come and join us for a friendly competition and a gorgeous homemade tea. To book a table (£50 per table), or make a donation please contact Gimma at: gimmamacp@aol.com or telephone 01962 884098

series, exploring what happens when a short film is given to a network of writers and sound artists with the original soundtrack removed. Each contributor produces an interpretation, which is then re-embedded in the film, creating new works, each of which tells a different and sometimes unexpected story. 'Water' was filmed in, on, and around the chalk streams of Hampshire. Tickets are available for Romsey Town Hall events from our office open 9am to 3pm or on-line www.ticketsource.co.uk/ romseytowncouncil.Tickets for the Plaza Theatre showings are available for (TIC) 01794 512987 or on-line at www.ticketsource. co.uk/plazatheatre.Tickets for King John’s House event will be available from Romsey Heritage Centre: 01794 512987 & KJH. National Trust Mottisfont, normal admission arrangements & charges apply. For further information please contact: Mark Edgerley, Romsey Town Centre Manager Email: tcm@romseytc.org.uk Tel: 01794 517014, Mob: 07850 449484. Romsey Town Council, Town Hall, 1 Market Place, Romsey, SO51 8YZ. Or please contact main RTC office, 01794 512837.


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Mayor of Winchester’s Charities Presents

Saturday 15th October 2016

Organ and Piano Duo Concert 7.30pm St John’s Church, Alresford Featuring the fantastic talents of internationally renowned organist Thomas Trotter and pianist Roger Owens.

The concert will include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto and other virtuosic show pieces. Roger Owens

Thomas Trotter

Bar open from 6.30pm

(many thanks to Winchester Rotary for running the bar)

Tickets £15 (adults)

£10 (students) available from

Winchester Tourist Information Centre

Six West, Alresford

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Christmas Fayre Saturday 1st October 12pm - 4pm: £2.00 entrance fee To be held at:

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Cashmere, Leather, Cushions, Food Stalls, Jewellery, BBQ, Ice Cream, Raffle & much more!

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he last day of the summer holidays! Already? Can’t be! Well sadly it was. As usual a dear friend and I journeyed out of county to a glorious West Sussex beach, accompanied by Star II and chum and mermaid daughter of friend and her chum who came equipped with a ‘pop up’ tent. We have always been blessed with the weather and that day was no exception, with storm clouds parting to reveal blue and gold the shallow sea sparkled. For once I had remembered the mallet so we set about staking out our territory with the use of windbreaks and then it was the first ever erection of my new beach tent.The young had no problem with their tent, aptly named it simply popped up and they weighted it down with stones. My chum and I however had just about managed to get the new shelter from its bag but it looked like no tent we had ever seen. Much like an inside out umbrella it had a steel skeleton on the outside with various clips but it was very low to the ground, we’re talking limbo. Perhaps it was excitement or the heat but it took my chum, (who is a Doctor, I might tell you), and I a significant amount of time to work out that the frame extended….ah right. So after that it was plain sailing and the tent was up and secured- base camp established! The chum of Star II was unimpressed with camp and stretched out on a towel just alongside. As Star II retreated into the tent with some custard creams the girls were heard tittering and peeping unable to believe they had the most popular boy all to themselves. For his part he looked as cool as a cucumber all he required was a Gitaine, perhaps not since Brexit, a cocktail, (and a few more years) and the girls would swoon. Star II couldn’t be doing with it all, emerging from the tent brandishing a spade he simply said, “Do you want to dig a hole?” Coolness quickly evaporated, ‘Yeah ok then’, leaving the girls thinking they may go for someone in Yr. 10. So having brushed their hair again they strolled nonchalantly along the shore, hole digging being SO unsophisticated!

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...Oh yes, sand! The wind had picked up and changed direction with the in-coming tide and wind breaks were no longer inclined to do their duty. Once the barbie eventually caught alight, after a slight technical hitch when we forgot to remove the cardboard tray from the bottom, the sausages were soon sizzling.Yet no matter how we tried contorting our bodies this way and that to block the Sahara type sands the snags ended up just a tiny bit…gritty, and no amount of ketchup in a finger roll could disguise it. Cool chum was cajoled into trying one but declared he had his own picnic. Clearly he’d been on one of our beach excursions before, even Star II gave up on what I told him was valuable fibre and disappeared back into the tent with some Pringles. The increasing wind emptied the beach of all but the most hardy and then our time was up too.We cleared base camp, the usual soggy apparel and rubbish into plastic bags.The new beach tent was easily folded into its bag but not before it revealed a petrified hot dog with a single bite taken from it. Sea gulls gathered and then hurriedly retreated, too much for even them.The boys had wandered off towards ice creams, the girls were singing and dancing to the latest chart noise. All we had to do was to pop the pop up tent back into its small circular bagsimple. And so the sands of time slipped by - now physics has never been my specialist subject and I’ll happily confess to being a sarnie short of a picnic, (or even a hot dog short of a barbie in this instance), so I was somewhat reliant on my chum. But I quickly realized that biology was more her thing as she grappled with the uncontrollable pop up circular sea serpent. More time passed as we thoroughly calculated exactly how fit ten feet of tent into two foot of bag, the answer was simple… with no instructions we couldn’t. Exasperated we laid heavy things upon it in the back of the car for fear of it popping up at an inopportune moment, while assuring the owner that her mum would be ok about it…or we would buy another.

My dear chum and I relaxed in the sun sipping beach café latte reminiscing about the previous years on that beach, and others in France, and just how quickly the sands of time had run through our metaphorical timer. In a blink of an eye the currant offspring would not want to come on this annual trip, ‘What with YOU! No thanks!”.

We will miss our children and their various friends, but we’ll travel lighter to the beach in our dotage, M&S food, two deck chairs, elasticated waistbands and open toe sandals.

We made a pact that we would continue to come each year as long as our knees allowed us. But were we down hearted? No, not when there was barbecuing to be done.The offspring would need hearty fodder, with all that sea air and sand...

Sandra Pagan.

Stuff that!! How depressing - turn the sand timer up the other way - I’m off to by a purple pop up tent and a paddleboard.


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signing up as future volunteers. The event in Andover formed part of the Lloyds Bank Charity Awareness & Fun Day held at the Vigo Road Recreation Grounds in the Town Centre. The Volunteer Centre held a similar standalone Volunteer Recruitment event in Romsey. Newly elected Test Valley Mayor Karen Hamilton attended the Andover Fair and spent time talking to the groups and volunteers about their causes. Organisations at the events included Youth in Romsey, Samaritans, Healthwatch Hampshire, Royal Voluntary Service, Headway, Dementia Volunteers and Romsey Young Carers.

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trustees have been involved in the design and specification of the building from the start of the project, and once the building is complete, Test Valley Borough Council will lease the new centre to the trustees who will manage the venue and its bookings.

Attendees gathered at the site of the new centre to celebrate the first stage of the brand new facility, which is set to include a large hall and kitchen as well as smaller rooms for other activities. Abbotswood Community Association

Chair of Abbotswood Community Association trustees, Rachel Wills, said: “We are really pleased that the project is now taking shape. There are now around 640 occupied houses on the development and residents are very keen to make use

Tessa Makepeace,Volunteer Centre Manager, said of both events, “It was lovely to see people genuinely wanting to do something to support their local community by offering to help. The recruitment fairs enable potential volunteers to see the range of groups on offer in their local area and find the right one for them to volunteer with”. For more information about Test Valley Community Services, please visit: www.tvcs.org.uk of a community facility. We can’t wait to furnish the centre to make it a fun and welcoming place for people to meet, make new friends and be part of a vibrant community.” Portfolio holder for community and leisure, Councillor Tony Ward, added: “The new community centre will be a fantastic venue for local groups and clubs to host a range of activities. The building forms part of a wider plan to increase the number of amenities that are available to local residents. Over the coming years, Abbotswood residents will be able to make use of a convenience store, day nursery, public house, GP or dental practice and commercial units, so it is great to see the first steps being made.” Rob Acheson, director for the main contractor, Acheson Construction Ltd, added: “I am delighted to be involved in this community scheme which will benefit local residents for many years to come.” The new community centre is set to be completed in spring 2017. For more information about the community centre, visit www. abbotswoodromsey.co.uk.


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The World of Garden Design 1. Why have our garden professionally designed? While many of us are very capable of creating our own gardens, equally there are many more of us who would love a beautiful garden but just do not have either the time or the experience to maximise the potential of our outdoor spaces. No matter how large or small, to create a garden with visual impact requires specialist skills and knowledge. Modern living is all about gardens that create additional living areas so to transform your garden effectively and brilliantly you need the clever combination of both design and colour.

2. What makes a good garden design? As we all know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, we can probably recall when we have come across simple, even very small gardens that look stunning and yet we can’t quite put on our finger on why. We can spot elements of the garden that instantly appeal, yet there is something ‘unseen’ that brings it all together. This is the real essence of great design because it appears natural while combining atmosphere, shapes, textures and focus. Good designers also have extensive knowledge of spatial design, which combines interior and exterior design so both house and garden appear seamless.

3. Do we need a garden design plan? We would always recommend this because you will find it very useful in helping you to visualise your new garden. You might either have some ideas of your own and we work together to combine those ideas, or you might want us to provide concepts once you have told us the primary use of your garden. A garden plan also provides you with a tool to identify any potential changes you may like to make before work finally begins.

4. How important is it to know about flowers and planting? When we create a plan, it will show both hard landscaping details and recommended planting schemes. We take into account how much or how little maintenance you feel you can manage and we make our recommendations based on this information. For some people colour is a primary request while for others creating all year form and structure is more important. Our horticulture experts will guide you on the suitability of plants, shrubs and trees depending on the aspect and soil conditions of your garden and the overall design.

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6. We don’t want a complete renovation just some borders replanted - what do we do?

Because we have a team of horticultural specialists we can provide shrub, flower or border revamps and we will create an individual planting plan specific to your own requirements. In fact, this service proves very popular as often there is nothing wrong with the design of the garden, it’s just the plants have become too big, unruly or unmanageable and this is when we step in to help.

7. What about garden accessories, furniture and lighting?

We always feel this is one of the most exciting aspects of your new garden. All the messy and hard work has been done and now you can think about how you are going to ‘dress’ your garden. We have a Garden Destination Centre in Titchfield where we stock garden furniture, lighting, bespoke vintage accessories, water features and other more practical items such as gardening gloves and tools.

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Although it really does not matter what time of the year you decide to have a new garden, in our experience we find early autumn is a good time because you tend to use your garden slightly less than in the summer and it is less disruptive. Also, you may like the winter months for planning then you can organise an early installation in the spring so you are ready to enjoy your garden in the summer.

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O Chilbolton W.I. Meets at ChilboltonVillage 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 ClatfordVillage 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 HoughtonVillage 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 theVillage Hall, Romsey Road, King's Somborne, SO20 6PN at 7.30pm. Further details from Secretary Linda Aucock 01794 388542. http://hampshirewi.org.uk/ wi-page/kings-somborne-wi/

PRE-SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS  Acorn Pre-School - Lockerley A small rural pre-school with strong links to local primary schools. Please call: 01794 342441 to make an appointment.  Army Air Corps Pre-School Middle Wallop:Tel: 01264 784381  The Barn Nursery Over Wallop Small cosy nursery (max 6 children). 3 hr sessions. Many activities.Willa Franks: 01264 782007 or 07831 368244. willa@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

 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.

 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 BroughtonVillage Hall every Monday 2.15pm to 3.15pm during term time. Contact Clare 01794 301636 or simply turn up.We look forward to meeting you.

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

 Chilbolton Pre-School Chilbolton:Tel: 01962 760488 Sam Inglis: 07919 130 777

 Somborne Sisterhood W.I. Meet first Friday of the month, 8pm King’s SomborneVillage 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 EdwardVIIVillage Hall, Upper Clatford on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm. President: Liz Male - 01264 359319 or Secretary: Penny Greaves 01264 354693  The Wallops W.I. Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm.Wallops Parish

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Hall, Middle Wallop. Contact Chris Thompson on Tel: 01264 782771 or Sue King on Tel: 01264 781441

 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.co.uk or contact SamVictoria on 07766 812541  The Sombornes Pre-School Independent, OFSTED registered pre-school offering education through play in a friendly, informal setting for children aged 2 to school age.Visit www. thesombornespreschool.org for session times and more info call: 07530 893773  Sprat and Winkle Professional

childcare and education TestValley 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 Pre-School A well established Pre-school with new facilities including an all weather outdoor play area.We provide flexible hours to children from 2 years to school age. For further information or to arrange a visit - Tel: 01264 811772  The Wallops Pre-School We are a friendly and professional 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: Debbie Evans: 01264 782051 or staff@ thewallopspreschool.org  Wallops Under 5s Playgroup Mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at Wallops Parish Hall. Tel: 01264 781635  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  Tytherley Twinkletoes Playgroup Parents, carers and toddlers ‘stay-and-play’ group, run by West Tytherley School. Songs, creative play, nature walks, games, refreshments. Wednesdays in term time, 9.30 11.00 am in West Tytherley village hall. Contact: Kim or Jessie 01794 340 338 or admin@west-tytherley.hants. sch.uk for more information.

football club for boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 16 playing in the Testway Leagues on Saturday mornings. If you are interested or would like to know more contact Paul McDonald on 01794 301880 or email BroughtonYouthFC@outlook. com

 Chilbolton Badminton Club Every Thursday at the Chilbolton Village hall from 8pm. Jill Lord, Tel: 01264 860667  Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club Meets every Monday 8-10pm at ChilboltonVillage Hall. Deb & Richard Richardson - Tel: 01264 861082  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

SPORTS & FITNESS

 St. Mary Bourne Short Mat Bowls Club St. Mary BourneVillage 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

 Broughton Bounders Running Club SEAA/EA affliated running club covering the Mid-TestValley villages, new members welcomed. Melvin Vayle: 01794 301437

 Stockbridge Football Club davesfc.football@virgin.net Stockbridge Recreation Ground Chair: Glenn Curtis Tel: 07585 112523 Sec: Dave Barnes - Tel: 01264 810516

 Broughton Short Mat Bowls Club BroughtonVillage 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.

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

 Broughton Youth Football We run a friendly village youth

 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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APPLE DAY AT HOUGHTON LODGE GARDENS: 25TH SEPTEMBER

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here are many plants that come the fore at this time of year, some provide late colour but others such as grasses add movement and interest in a different form. They can create a bold statement, create a screen, ground cover or just be an ornamental feature in the border. All true grasses are from the Poaceae family which includes a huge variety (10,000 species) of plants in size, adaptation to different soil conditions and situations.

Some of my favourites to consider using include:

Hakonenechloa macra ‘Aureola’ – This is a small deciduous grass from the foothills of Mount Hakone in Japan. It has golden leaves which are subtly variegated with lime green, and fine feathery inflorescences (flowers) which create a haze of russet in the summer. It is great for the edge of the border but also works well in shade with a height/spread 40 cm. Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Dark Desire’ – This is another native of Japan, also known as fountain grass because of the masses of silky panicles which emerge in late summer, turning nearly black by September. It is a clump forming deciduous plant with a height of 80 cm or slightly more in some soils, position in full sun or light shade. Anemanthele lessoniana – This grass is a native of New Zealand, it is a clump forming semi- evergreen with arching green foliage and airy sprays of red/brown panicles in late summer. It prefers well drained soil in sun or part shade. It can be a short lived perennial but will self-seed so replacement happens naturally. Height 60-90cm.

Jobs for the month ahead:

• September is a good time to carry out lawn maintenance. Apply a moss killer if required and then scarify after a couple of weeks to remove dead moss and thatch from the lawn. Aerate the lawn either by spiking with a garden fork or in larger areas using a hollow-tine tool which extracts a plug of soil this will help improve compaction, a lawn sand can then be worked into the area using the back of a rake. Finally feed using an autumn lawn fertiliser which is low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous to encourage strong root growth. • Take cuttings of borderline hardy perennials such as Penstemon, Verbena and Salvia and overwinter under cover. • Lift and divide hardy perennials to create new plants and regenerate the old plant. • Start planting spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils in borders. Chris Nutt: Garden Designer To contact Chris for advice on your garden design call: 07765 692396 or email: chris.nutt2@btinternet.com

NGS: GARDENS OPEN FOR CHARITY Saturday & Sunday Sep 3 & 4: The Buildings, Broughton A renovated farmyard, high on the Hampshire Downs offers gravel gardens, borders, an exuberant pergola, all on thin chalk soil. 2pm – 5pm. Adm £4. Plants for sale. Teas. Sunday Sep 4: Terstan, Longstock 1 acre, intensively planted. Many seats with views across the Test to the Downs. Sunday Sep 18: Bere Mill, London Road, Whitchurch Beside the Upper Test, surrounded by water meadows and wooded valleys. Herbaceous borders, bog and Mediterranean plants, orchard and 2 small arboretums. 1.30pm – 5pm. Adm £5. Plants for sale. Teas. For more information please visit: www.ngs.org.uk 32

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pple identification, apple tasting and how to prune and grow English heritage apples at Houghton Lodge Gardens in association with Sparsholt College. Mr. Chris Bird, M.Hort (RHS) of Sparsholt College will be on hand, along with some of his former students for a day of historic apple wisdom! With the trend of organic fruit and veg, ‘grow your own’ and farmer’s markets, there’s been a marked increase in the public’s interest in apples and what’s growing in our own gardens. This Apple Day will have fruit tree experts with a specialist knowledge of Heritage Apples on site to answer questions and offer advice. The public will be able to view, taste, ask questions and see a huge variety of Heritage Apples. ‘Heritage Apples’ are varieties not found in shops and super markets. These are historic apples that were grown eighty or so years ago when the UK was full of orchards. Many orchards along with a large variety of apples have since disappeared. This was due to lack of manpower after both world wars, new farming techniques and more profitable uses of the land. Nowadays, Heritage Apples are gown in private homes and houses such as Houghton Lodge Gardens, national trust properties and by volunteers for prosperity. There will be plenty of parking for Apple Day.Visitors may also like to visit Houghton Lodge Gardens to see over 32 varieties of apple trees, as well as pear, nectarine and plum trees in the kitchen garden and great espalier pear tree with a span of over fifty feet – possibly the longest in the country! Fruit from Houghton Lodge Gardens regularly appears in delicious forms of cakes and treats in the tea house ‘Daisy’s of Houghton’, which will be open for light lunches – and yes, Heritage Apple Cake will be on the menu! 25th September 2016. 11am -4pm Adults £6.50, children over 3 £3.00, under 3's free. Houghton Lodge Gardens open 10am5pm, normal admission charges apply. Houghton Lodge Gardens, Houghton, SO20 6LQ www.houghtonlodge.co.uk


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est Valley Borough Council’s Cabinet members have voiced the deep concerns they share with all the other borough and district councils over Hampshire County Council’s decision to rush into a premature “consultation” on the future of local government in Hampshire, with a document which offers a narrow self-serving range of options. HCC are ignoring the options which would allow services to be delivered locally by a council which is not enormous and remote from its residents. The focus should be on ensuring that the best possible services for residents are delivered in the best possible way. HCC’s options appear to be based solely on how to cut costs. However, TVBC’s concern is that their residents might end up paying more for less because they already have one of the lowest council taxes in Hampshire. Local councils such as TVBC have already been stepping in to pick up the pieces following HCC’s service cuts, so there is a real concern that one enormous council across the whole area will lead to the loss of more of the services that residents value. TVBC believes that the current county / borough system generally works well, although there are areas where they would wish to see real improvements. It is certainly possible that the best value for Test Valley residents in the future would come from dismantling the bureaucracy of HCC, with TVBC and other district and borough councils using Trusts to deliver the services that the county council currently provide. That is why TVBC and the other “Heart of Hampshire” councils believe the HCC consultation would have benefited from a second opinion based on the work being conducted by leading consultants, Price Waterhouse Cooper. That work is looking at a broader range of options - including unitary and combined authorities and other forms of cooperation such as sharing services and setting up trusts. Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Carr, with the complete support of TVBC cabinet members, said: “At a time when the Government is advising councils to work together, I am particularly disappointed that HCC have refused to undertake a joint consultation with all the other district and borough councils in Hampshire. I do not believe that it will be in the interests of Test Valley residents to spend their time completing this one sided consultation – or, if they do, I would suggest that they tick the box for creating NO new unitary authorities on the grounds that they simply don’t have the evidence to make an informed decision at this point in time. It is vital that we do not rush into a quick ill-informed assessment of something that will last for years and have a significant impact on the quality of our residents’ lives.”

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Friday 14th October 2016 with the appointee expected to take on the role before the end of October.

If interested, please go to the festival’s website: www.watercressfestival.org and download “the invitation to apply” to be found on the contacts page.


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Clubs & Societies DRAMA  Abbotts Ann Players We meet on Tuesday evenings in the village hall and put on 2-3 productions each year. Budding thespians and backstage helpers always welcome. Visit our Facebook page or contact Trish Wallis 01264 710918 for more information.  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  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 - Part of Broughton Traditional 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 - T: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

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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

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

 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

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 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.  Romsey Male Voice Choir RMVC's team of 60+ members, under its inspirational musical director Marion Maxey, share a passion for singing a wide repertoire of songs and performing for various charities. We rehearse on Monday evenings, usually at Romsey Baptist Church, in Bell Street, from 7.30 pm - 9.30. Do come along to a rehearsal to hear what we do.Visitors are always welcome. For more details visit www.romseymvc.co.uk or call 01794 513235.  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.

 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

ARTS & CRAFTS O Andover Art Society For our programme see: www.andoverartsociety.co.uk We are a friendly group of art lovers and practitioners, usually meeting monthly at Tangley/ Wildhern Village Hall on a Thursday at 7.30 pm for demos and talks on art in all its variety. Contact: Keith Pattison 01264 392411. O Broughton Floral Club Meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. Tel: 01794 516289 O Embroiderers Guild Andover Branch - 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

 Wherwell Singers Dale Webb:Tel: 01264 860074 www.wherwellsingers.org

O Hampshire Woodcarvers Timsbury Memorial Hall on the first Sunday of each month from 10am to 4pm. 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

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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. We have 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.

OTHER CLUBS & SOCIETIES  Broughton Twinning Association Twinned with Sauve in the South of France. Contact president: Dave Evans. Secretary: Juliette Keane. email: broughtontwinning@gmail.com  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 home visiting 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 May-August We hold various outdoor events. Chairman, Ruth Hughes: 01794 515499 www.tvme.org.uk  Worthy Down Stamp Club Meet on the third Tuesday of the month from October to April at Sutton Scotney. The club specialises in Auctions.We have an extensive Exchange Packet. Contact: dennisthomson@ btinternet.com T:01264 358421


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Professional DBB SOLICITORS BEGINS NEW PARTNERSHIP

Court Yard, Jasmine House, High St, Stockbridge. The two firms have a similar ethos and the partners Charles Goodbody, Chris Jolly, David Browne and Alison Brockman believe that the new firm will provide an enhanced service and legal expertise in Residential and Commercial Property, Wills, Probate and Trusts, Family, Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury and Civil and Family Mediation for existing and new Clients with potential for growth. Charles Goodbody said: “I believe this is exactly the right time for Middleton & Upsall to be part of a larger firm and I am very pleased that we are merging with a practice which has the same core values as us. There should be greater opportunity for young lawyers to join the firm to take the business forward.”

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David Browne and Alison Brockman from DBB Law said: ‘We are excited to be joining forces with Middleton and Upsall who will bring their strength and experience to complement our existing legal team, and enhance the services we can provide to both businesses and the local community’ business will practise under the name of “middletons” from our two offices in Warminster at East Gate House, 94 East Street and The Old Police Station, Ash Walk, Wessex House, Westbury, 24-32 London Street, Andover and The

STOCKBRIDGE RESIDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM BUSINESS DIVERSIFICATION

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The legal teams currently serving our Clients will not change, and our contact details will remain the same. We look forward to working with you during this exciting time for the firm.

with Ben’s Quality Dry Cleaners from Andover. Customers will be able to drop off and pick up all their dry cleaning and laundry needs to Lane End Kitchenware’s shop at the east end of the High Street, adjacent to the roundabout. Local resident, Herry Lawford said, “I am very happy to find that Lane End Kitchenware has branched out again and now takes in laundry all week with a quick turn round. I can even drop off my dry cleaning on a Wednesday and in many cases it’s returned by Friday. Pressed trousers for the weekend! Perfect” Lane End Kitchenware High Street, Stockbridge Tel: 01264 811428 www.laneendkitchenware.co.uk


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BONNEVILLE ugh Bonneville has the voice and looks of the quintessential Englishman attributes, that meant the role the Earl of Grantham in Downton Abbey seemed tailor made for him. But the fact that he appeared so effortlessly and utterly believable in that role is the result of an acting pedigree that started in the National Youth Theatre and continued from the stage through to television and film, with numerous memorable roles and justified accolades in a career that already spans thirty years; as his web site biography testifies. ‘Hugh Bonneville studied Theology at Cambridge and made his professional debut at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, in 1986, bashing a cymbal in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and understudying Ralph Fiennes as Lysander. He then spent several seasons with the National Theatre where he appeared in School For Wives,Yerma, Entertaining Strangers, Juno and the Paycock and played Charles Surface in The School for Scandal and the title role in The Devil’s Disciple. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991, appearing in Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Alchemist, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Virtuso and Amphibians. He also played Laertes to Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. His work at the RSC brought him a nomination for The Ian Charleson Award. Other theatre includes Habeas Corpus at the Donmar, directed by Sam Mendes, and seasons at Colchester, Leicester Haymarket and Chichester. 'He also appeared in My Night With Reg (Criterion & Playhouse), Us and Them (Hampstead), Cloaca (Old Vic, directed by Kevin Spacey) and most recently in An Enemy of The People at Chichester Festival Theatre’. In television his leading roles include The Cazalets, Take a Girl Like You, Armadillo and

The Commander. He appeared in the Emmy award-winning The Gathering Storm and played the poet Philip Larkin in Love Again. Other credits range from comedies like The Robinsons, The Vicar of Dibley, Freezing, Rev, Getting On, Mr Stink (BAFTA nomination, Best Comedy) and Galavant to dramas such as Diary of a Nobody, Tsunami: The Aftermath, Miss Austen Regrets, Five Days, Hunter, The Silence, Doctor Who and The Hollow Crown. Twenty Twelve won a British Comedy Award (2011) and a BAFTA (2013) for Best Comedy, Hugh being nominated two years running as Best Comedy Actor. In 2014, Hugh’s character, Ian Fletcher, appeared in W1A, a follow-up series about life at the BBC, which won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Comedy and Hugh received a third TV BAFTA nomination for his performance. Four new episodes aired in April 2015. Downton Abbey has won dozens of awards worldwide and Hugh has received a Golden Globe and 2 Emmy nominations for his performance as Robert, Earl of Grantham. The show was awarded a special BAFTA for its contribution to TV drama. Hugh made his feature film debut in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1994, directed by Kenneth Branagh. His many film appearances since then include Notting Hill, Mansfield Park, Stage Beauty, Asylum, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Man to Man, From Time to Time, Glorious 39, Burke & Hare, Third Star, Shanghai, The Monuments Men and Paddington. Hugh received a BAFTA Best Supporting Actor nomination for Iris and won Best Actor at the Monte Carlo Film Festival for his performance in French Film. Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House, in which Hugh co-stars with Gillian Anderson, is currently in post-production. Behind the scenes, Hugh co-produced the first West End production of Jonathan Harvey’s acclaimed Beautiful Thing at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1994 and wrote Half Time with Christopher Luscombe, which he also directed. Hugh is a patron of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, The National Youth Arts Trust, Scene & Heard, Giant Olive Theatre Company, The Primary Shakespeare Company, The Centre Stage Academy and Mousetrap Theatre Projects. He is also an Ambassador for Water Aid.’ Do you have a special attachment to Hampshire? “I have lived on the Hampshire Sussex border on and off for 40 years. I grew up sailing in the Solent with my father and his cousin, who shared a boat, which they moored in Gosport and later on, on the Hamble.” Do you have a favourite place here? “I love the South Downs, with Harting Down, south east of Petersfield, holding a special place in my heart. The view from up there always brightens my day.” What is your mantra for life? “Don’t shoot the messenger.” Which three things couldn’t you live without. “Apart from my family? My Cross fountain pen; Count Arthur Strong and a good pair of wellies.”

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The charities that you are affiliated with have strong connections with young people, is that something you feel strongly about? “I feel I can contribute better to charities with which I have some sort of connection related to my own experience. I grew up with the great good fortune of being taken to the theatre regularly by my parents and so my interest in the performing arts was sparked at any early age. To be able to connect young people with self expression in this way means a lot to me.” Could you tell us about upcoming charitable events? “Having narrated a film appeal for Naomi House some time ago, I’m finally going to see this brilliant and vital facility. I’m heading to Southampton soon to visit Fareshare, a great initiative which takes unwanted supermarket food and redistributes it – simple idea, shameful that it has to exist. I’ll attend the National Youth Theatre’s 60th birthday gala, which I am helping fundraise for, and am looking forward to supporting Scene and Heard’s July event, Risk It For A Biscuit.” Whilst it must be an actor’s dream to play a role like the Earl of Grantham, do you have concerns about type casting? “I’m lucky enough to have been a character actor as well as in some cases playing the lead in shows so I feel comfortable in a variety of roles. However, if The Earl of Grantham and his trusty Labrador is a badge some may want to pin on me for evermore, then I’ll wear it with pride.” In the celebratory year is there a Shakespearian role you especially like? “One of my favourite productions that I’ve been in was Two Gentlemen of Verona at Stratford in 1991. This is a beautiful, simple play, one of Shakespeare’s earlier works.You can sense him trying out ideas, which he revisits with more complexity and depth in his later work (eg Twelfth Night and As You Like It). Our production struck a chord and was a tremendous success and I loved playing the role of Valentine.” What has been your worst moment on set? “Standing filming in a sun-kissed olive grove in Mallorca on 7th July 2005 as the news gradually rippled around the set of the atrocities in London. Everyone was concerned for their loved ones and felt so far away.”

Why did you become an actor? “Because telling stories through the imagination of being a character is something I’ve enjoyed since childhood and it became a passion and a need to carry on in to my adult life. Most people get proper jobs.” What would be your dream cast/director/producer if you could make any film? “Olivia Colman / Roger Michell / David Heyman” Who are your heroes and why? “My mum and dad, who encouraged and supported their three children and gave selflessly to their professions and to the local community for decades, with modesty and no fanfare.” Do accolades mean a huge amount to you? “Not in the least.” What preparation do you like to do for a role? “It varies from project to project. When preparing for Viceroy’s House, a film set against the backdrop of the partition of India that is due out in 2017, I wanted to understand the context more than my schoolboy history allowed. In reading around the subject and about Lord Mountbatten, whom I play in the movie, the main thing that struck home is that there is no such thing as objective history. The same single event, or sequence of events, can be interpreted any number of ways, depending on the historian’s viewpoint. I look nothing like Lord Mountbatten but it was useful to meet with his daughter and to read her memoir alongside other biographies in order to try and pick up traits of his character and behaviour. Lady Pamela told me, for instance, that he always wore his naval cap at a jaunty angle! What do you do to relax? “Walk on the South Downs with my two bonkers Tibetan Terriers.” What next for Hugh Bonneville? A visit to the Sunseeker boatyard in Poole followed by camping outside the Pig On the Beach hotel near Studland Bay until they have a cancellation - I'm dying to stay there but they're always fully booked! WRITTEN BY GILL GRANT

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FEATURE ISSUE 99 | SEPTEMBER

A Summer Evening BY CLAIRE THURLOW

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golden summer day fades to evening, the inconsistency of the British weather making such sun-filled days particularly sweet. In the garden I squeeze between rows of fruit canes, staining my shirt and shorts with drops of scarlet juice. A bee lands companionably on my arm, its tiny legs tickling my skin. It rests for a moment, buzzing gently, then hovers away to the next raspberry bush. The swifts are performing their daredevil acrobatics in the evening sky, whizzing and darting across the blue, shrieking in high-pitched excitement. I dread a high-speed collision, but these fearless birds are too agile for that. Another squadron shoots in from across the meadow, careering headlong towards the rest, screaming madly, wings beating furiously as they dive into a swarm of midges. At the last possible minute, they break formation, swerving and shrieking as they devour an in-flight feast. The swifts will be gone all too soon, on their migration to South Africa, and I’ll miss their antics until next year. The sun dips behind the trees, transforming their leafy shapes to silhouettes against the horizon. The sky is streaked with playful stripes of pink and orange, summer colours of seaside rock or canvas deck chairs. It fades slowly, leaving a clean slate of pale grey. Lumbering clouds move steadily across the sky, like pods of whales on the ocean, rooftops huddled black below them. Beyond the hedge looms the ruin of the church, gutted by fire two years ago. I shiver. The air is suddenly chilly without the warmth of the sun. There is a sett in the bank below the hawthorn hedge, but we have yet to see any badgers. This might be a good night for a sighting if we are still and quiet. We grab a couple of chairs and

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carry them silently into the meadow, installing ourselves under the plum tree with a good view of the bank. The air is so still barely a leaf is turning. I fold my arms over my chest to keep warm and hunker down in my chair. Earlier in the day, the air was full of summer noises; children squealing in delight as they splashed in paddling pools, the whirr of lawn mowers taming daisy-studded lawns, and the victorious shout of cricketers as runs were scored. Now the gardens are empty and the cricket pitch deserted. My eyes adjust to the gathering darkness and I see the outline of a pigeon squatting on her nest in a tree just metres away. She is unruffled, either by our presence or by the sharp blast of the whistle from a train as it ploughs along the Watercress Line. A dog barks once in the distance, then silence again. And then a slight sound, a rustling in the undergrowth. The scuffling gets closer; it’s not a badger – unless it’s a very small one. Little feet are tramping on last year’s dry leaves, and a small snout is snuffling closer. Then we see it, pushing through the gap in the fence between meadow and churchyard – a hedgehog. It ignores us, and carries on foraging. We watch as it waddles off into a neighbour’s garden. I’m cold now and wish I’d brought a sweater – and a torch. In a moment it will be pitch black. We gather up the chairs and stumble across the dewy grass towards the house. I turn and look back one last time. More nocturnal visitors have arrived; hungry bats, diving and spiralling along the line of the hedge. These tiny stunt fliers make a hell-for-leather circuit of the meadow, then rapidly gain altitude, clearing the woods and pressing on toward the village pond and a banquet of mosquitoes.


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est Valley Community Services Disabilities Forum organised an event on the 4th August on Andover High Street to raise awareness of hidden disabilities in the community. Hidden disabilities are disabilities that are not immediately apparent but can still make daily living more difficult for millions of people across the country. Although the disability creates a challenge for the person who has it, the reality of the disability can be difficult for others to recognize or acknowledge. Test Valley Mayor Karen Hamilton, who herself has a hidden disability, attended the event and shared a poem she had written about the subject. Alien Poet Daniel Hooks also shared his poem on Mental Health. The event was supported by Andover Mind, Wookiminds and The Macular Society. The Test Valley Disability Forum currently has 156 members and can be found at: www.facebook.com/ groups/780559145399883/

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FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning At Laniston House. Arrive for a coffee in the well house of our new cookery school and then enjoy a 1 hour cookery demo taking place at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. £30 per person with all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER Charity Golf Day in aid of Cancer Research UK At the beautiful Test Valley Golf Club, Micheldever Road, Overton, RG25 3DS.The day is open to teams of four and for only £56 per player (£224 per team).This includes a bacon roll on arrival, 18 holes (Stableford Rules), on the day competitions, a 2 course carvery dinner, and lots more. If you would like an Entry Form or more information about this wonderful event please contact event organiser Stephen King on 07748 305559, email us at readingcancerresearchuk@gmail.com We hope to see you on the day. Let's beat cancer sooner.

THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER Charity Lunch with Rosemary Conley Join leading author and broadcaster Rosemary Conley at Laniston House on exercise and health with a talk about her amazing life. £35 per person for a two course lunch, wine and coffee with £5 per person and raffle donations to charity ‘Cash for Kids’.

STOCKBRIDGE OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE

Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy Emma Wightman, registered osteopath and antenatal teacher. A gentle, hands on approach for newborns through to adulthood and in pregnancy.

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BLUEBIRD CARE LAUNCH INDUSTRY FIRST OPENPASS APP TO ALLOW FAMILY MEMBERS TO VIEW THEIR LOVED ONES’ CARE NOTES ON THEIR MOBILE PHONES an emergency in a customer’s home. This new system replaces the need for the old, paper method where hand written notes would need to be made at each care visit, and would only be reviewed each month as opposed to instantly every day.

“Our customers’ whole care visits are recorded electronically so you can see what your loved one has had for breakfast, if they've taken their medication and how their general wellbeing is by lunchtime.” Pictured: Claire and Norman Murphy, Owners of Bluebird Care, demonstrating their new openPASS application.

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luebird Care, The Test Valley's multi-award winning home care provider, has launched ‘Bluebird openPASS’, an innovative app which allows its customers, family members and friends to read a live feed update of a loved one’s care notes anywhere in the world on their mobile phone. Bluebird openPASS electronically lists all notes from a customer’s care visit, highlighting what tasks were completed, when they were carried out and the overall health and wellbeing of a customer. Bluebird openPASS is also available to health professionals such as GPs and hospital staff, meaning important and current care information can be accessed in the event of

Norman Murphy, Owner & Managing Director of Bluebird Care, said: “We at Bluebird Care are proud to be leading the way in the social care industry and utilising this fantastic technology that will make our customers’ and their relatives’ lives easier. Bluebird openPASS is a brilliant app which enhances care connectivity and communication by giving access to real time care records on your mobile phone. It also allows you to keep an eye on a friend or relative anywhere, anytime, for example if you live elsewhere in the UK or even abroad.

“Our customers’ whole care visits are recorded electronically so you can see what your loved one has had for breakfast, if they've taken their medication and how their general wellbeing is by lunchtime.


Mrs Collis, a Bluebird Care customer in Stockbridge said: “We’ve found Bluebird openPASS fantastic as we have instant access whenever we want it. We found it particularly useful when we recently went away on holiday as it gave us the added peace of mind that someone was seeing my Dad every day as he still lives on his own.

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“Bluebird openPASS even allows our customers’ relatives to message the office and removes the paper based system which makes for a more efficient way of recording the care we provide.”

“You can see whether he’s refused any tasks or what has been carried out in detail. It is also easy to use, very accessible and it makes sense as it’s not complicated and gives exactly the right level of information. The main benefit is its access - even when we’re away we can keep up-to-date with my Dad’s care. There were no problems but if any did arise we would be able to take action quickly.”

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occasionally gentle manipulation. This aids circulation and drainage, relaxes muscles, stimulates the blood supply to promote healing, and improves mobility and function. Gentle stretching, exercise and lifestyle changes may be advised upon. Osteopaths often also use acupuncture and taping techniques to further aid in supporting a joint and in the reduction of pain and inflammation. Guidance, exercise and treatment pre-op can really aid your recovery post-op.

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he knee is the largest joint in the body. It is a major weight-bearing joint and is one of the most frequently injured joints in the human body.

X-rays, scans and other tests are sometimes required to make a diagnosis and you may be referred to your GP or a specialist for any additional investigations or treatment.

The knee joint lies between the femur and tibia and at the front is the patella or kneecap. It is made up of a number of structures including ligaments, muscles, capsule, synovial membrane and two ‘c’ shaped pieces of cartilage which sit between the femur and tibia known as the menisci.

Pre-Operative Care The decision to have surgery can be a difficult one, weighing up how life limiting a complaint is, with the success rates and risks of an operation. Osteopathy can extend the time before you have to have an operation (Brantingham 2012), or if you are on a waiting list, it can help you manage the pain better.

Damage, strain or sprain to the structures of the knee can give rise to symptoms. It can be the result of a sudden injury as often seen in sports injuries or by repeatedly placing strain on an area of the knee. Poor alignment of the knee or kneecap and altered joint mechanics in relation to other joints such as the hips and ankles are often significant. Osteoarthritis or wear and tear is a common condition that affects the knee. Common symptoms in the knee include pain, stiffness, aching, pain, locking, giving way, clicking, swelling, limping and difficulty fully straightening or bending the knee.

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Pain, stiffness and limping can increase the rate of deterioration of the joint and surrounding tissues. This reduces the amount of exercise that’s possible, it affects other joints such as the hips and spine, and increases tension in some muscles and wasting in others. Osteopathy reduces the pain, stiffness and inflammation and supports and strengthens other tissues, which will assist the body in adapting more efficiently to the deterioration of the joint. Treatment involves gentle hands-on techniques, such as soft tissue massage, stretching, articulation, and

Post-Operative Care After an operation, it is likely the joint will be swollen, tender and limited in its range. Physiotherapy rehabilitation will be offered and it’s important to follow the recommended course of exercises and treatment. Osteopathy can be combined with Physiotherapy, offering the hands-on adjunct to recovery, and it can also be used after the rehab program is complete. In the first few weeks after an operation, it is important to find the correct balance between rest and movement. This ensures the surgery and your body’s healing ability is given the best chance to full recovery. Patients receiving Osteopathic treatment within the first week of surgery are able to negotiate stairs earlier and walk further (Jarski 2000). Initially osteopaths will work remotely to the knee to reduce inflammation by improving the circulation and drainage through the pelvis. They may also work on other remote areas that are affected by limping and altered function, such as the hips, feet and spine. If a patient is using crutches, the shoulders and neck may need attention too. In the early weeks taping techniques may be used around the joint (away from the wound) to reduce swelling and pain, and increase range of movement (Donec & Krisciunas 2014). You can find your local registered osteopath, using this online search tool: www.osteopathy.org/find-anosteopath Written by Emma Wightman Registered Osteopath Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice www.the-sop.com


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