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FORUM MAGAZINE YOUR FREE & INFORMATIVE LOCAL COMMUNITY MAGAZINE

ISSUE 55 JANUARY 2013

TEST VALLEY

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The Test Valley Forum would like to wish all of its readers a Happy New Year!

Now reaching over 13,900* readers across the Test Valley - View the magazine online at: www.testvalleyforum.co.uk Stockbridge Horsebridge King’s Somborne Houghton North Houghton Broughton Leckford Longstock Chilbolton Goodworth Clatford Upper Clatford Nether Wallop Middle Wallop Over Wallop Crawley Sparsholt Wherwell Abbotts Ann Little Ann


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Dates for your diary Until 27th January Star Gazing at Mottisfont Discover sculptures of stars around the grounds and rising stars of the contemporary craft world in the Art Gallery. For more events and activities at Mottisfont this year visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk/mottisfont Booking not needed. Normal admission charges apply. Opening times for the Art Gallery are 11am, last entry 4.30pm. Grounds are open from 10am - 5pm daily or dusk if earlier. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the Art Gallery. Tel: 01794 340757 The National Trust, Mottisfont, Nr Romsey Hampshire SO51 0LP Tuesday 1st January King Alfred Buses Running Day Celebrate the New Year as the transport scene of years gone by is brought to life again. The buses will be leaving from the Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9GH (near King Alfred's statue). The event will be held between 9am and 5pm for more information contact: info@fokab. org.uk or Tel: 01962 877 368. Sunday 6th January 2013 Travel Light in 2013 Workshop How to design greater goals for a lighter life. An informative workshop run by Vanessa Westwell, Hampshire based Life Coach and published author of Travelling Light - how to live lightly in your mind, body, heart and soul. This much requested one day workshop will help you to start the New Year with a bang! In a supportive and fun way, you will review the highs and lows of 2012. You will identify the successes and achievements you are most proud of - and the situations you do not wish to repeat. And, with a sprinkle of Grace, find the goals for 2013 which will make your heart sing. If you want 2013 to be your best year yet, you need this workshop. Book now to reserve your place at www.travellinglight.co.uk This is what people say about workshops run by Vanessa Westwell: "Interesting, thought provoking, eye opening and enjoyable. A good day - thank you!" "I have had so much fun and learned so much - amazing for just one day. Vanessa is a great teacher, I can’t recommend her highly enough." "If you are worried about making changes in your life - then fear no more. Vanessa is a kind, reassuring and wise woman who will inspire

you to look at your life with fresh eyes. You can do it." This workshop includes morning and afternoon refreshments, all materials and a copy of the 2013 Grace-full Goal Planner. All for just £75.00 per person. Telephone 01264 720571 or email info@ travellinglight.co.uk to book your place on this life-changing workshop today. Longparish Village Hall Hampshire SP11 6PB Tuesday 8th January Hampshire Writers' Society Talk Graham Hurley - From 7.30pm Taking Liberties: adventures in the writing game. Graham Hurley Scriptwriter, Novelist & Documentary maker. The Stripe Building, University of Winchester. Friday 11th January Andrew Lawrence is Coming to Get You - The Lights, Andover As seen on Live at the Apollo, now a regular on Stand Up For the Week, Andrew Lawrence is back on the road following a sell-out fifty date tour of the UK. Twice nominated Best UK Headline Act at the Chortle Awards 2010/11, and a former double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, audiences can expect Lawrence to deliver an evening of top class stand-up. ‘He discharges kamikaze philosophies a-hundred-to-the-dozen. And it is outstanding.’- The List 8pm Tickets: £16 to £12. Book at the Box Office: 01264 368368. The Lights,West Street,Andover Hampshire SP10 1AH Saturday 12th January Craft & Gift Fair Free admission to this popular craft and gift fair in the heart of Salisbury. Salisbury Guildhall is an iconic building and makes a great venue for a craft and gift fair. At our events we have stallholders selling such things as health supplements: hand made jewellery, hand made cards, textiles, glassware, paintings,arts and photography, cushions, bags and fantastic ladies accesories - all sorts of beautiful items you would not normally see on the High Street. Each time we visit a venue we have different stalls, so who knows what you may find here this time, but remember, with FREE ADMISSION it is always worth a look FREE ADMISSION 10:00 - 16:00 Salisbury Guildhall, Market Place, Salisbury Wiltshire SP1 1JH

Saturday 12th January The Somborne Sessions Come and see 'The Strawbs' at Kings' Somborne Village Hall. Show starts 7.30pm for 8pm. Tickets £10 available from www. sombornesessions.co.uk or Doug Stammers on: 01794 389192 Thursday 17th January Salisbury Toy Train and Model Collectors Fair (evening) The Salisbury Event is Back , This time on a Thursday evening. Dependent on traders attending offering all kinds of collectable toys and models, old and new, Likely to be available are model cars, trains, aircraft, lorries, buses and assorted juvenalia, and light catering Presented by Steven Clements Toyfairs. Adult Admission £1.20 Open for selling 7pm to 9pm Contact 01380 725 322 / 07958 101 891 to book stall/s City Hall, Malthouse Lane Fisherton Street, Salisbury Wiltshire SP2 7TU Firday 18th January The Johnny Cash Roadshow The UK's No1 tribute fronted by Clive John and the Spirit Band. Featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter, all aspects of Cash's life, from the 1950s right up to 2002. From 7.45pm at the Lights, Andover. Saturday 19th January The Wallops WI Jumble Sale From 2-4pm Wallops Parish Hall A343 crossroads opposite The George pub. Clothes, shoes, bric a brac, toys, books and much more. Refreshments and raffle. Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th January Lambing Day at Sparsholt College Flock to Sparsholt College this January to see the ewes at lambing time. Over the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January 2013, the College’s 350 ewes will be on view as an educational opportunity for families to witness the shepherding activities as they take place.

lambing flocks there is always a risk of a disease presence which can cause miscarriage in women. Sorry, no dogs please with the exception of assistance dogs. Opening Times: 9:30am - 3.30pm Tickets are £15/family £5/adult and £3.50/child. These can be purchased at the gate on the day. Free parking on-site. Refreshements available to purchase on the day. For further information please contact the events team on 01962 797396 or events@sparsholt.ac.uk Saturday 26th January Winchester City Festival Choir From 7.30pm at the Arts Centre, St Swithun’s School, Winchester. Performing Carmina Burana, The Making of the Drum and Fourth Dimension for Peter. Tickets £14 adults/£7 children and students Available from the Theatre Royal, Jewry Street Winchester (01962 840440). Licensed Bar. Friday 1st February Aircraft Anecdotes The Museum of Army Flying are holding their first National Storytelling Week activity. Professional Story Teller Fionnaghal Teller of Tales will be illuminating the Museum's amazing objects and personalities through her wonderful stories. There will be a face painter on hand to help get you into character ready for the stories. £5 per child ticket. One accompanying adult goes free Museum of Army Flying Hampshire SO20 8DY

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Features & Community News 03 Dates for your diary 06 A touch of yuletide yarn

06 The Johnny Cash Roadshow

06 Church Services and News

08 A chance to look around a stunning local wedding venue

08 King Alfred's Buses Running Day

10 When your past catches up with you

12 Bring some sunshine into your life with dancing and yoga!

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14 Kings's Somborne School C of E Primary School News

16 Stockbridge Primary

24 Cabinet agrees local council tax support scheme

24 Council teams up with Prince's Trust

26 Useful Information

School - What a difference a year makes!

28 Recipe of the Month

16 Christmas creativity

Heading for a fall

at Wherwell School

18 Clubs and Societies 20 What do you think? Home Sweet Home

21 New Year at Milestones

22 Clubs and Societies 22 Aircraft anecdotes at the Museum of Army Flying

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30 Hampshire Mum 32 Ale and food matching at the Tally-Ho!

33 Your letters 34 Useful Information 34 Sparsholt College Lambing Days

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A touch of yuletide yarn The mysterious group, known only as the Spitfire Knitters, formed in May as a result of their common love of all things yarn-like. Their lead knitter also recently received a Business Incentive Grant from Test Valley Borough Council, after setting up a local shop selling everything from beautiful buttons to handspun wool.

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ollowing a fantastic weekend filled with the Countdown to Christmas event, a skating rink, the famous Hampshire Farmers’ Market and Retailers Out and About, Andover has gained a new, fabulously festive resident… An anonymous group of nifty knitters has turned one of the High Street’s concrete bollards into a sensational snowman! Sporting a fetching blue hat and scarf, it is hoped that he will spread a little extra seasonal cheer about the town.

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The woolly enthusiasts have whispered plans to add one or two new characters over the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for any new additions!

Featuring Jill Schoonjans as June Carter, all aspects of Cash’s life, from the 1950s right up to 2002, are covered with impeccable taste.

Sunday 20th January 11.00 Holy Communion

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“We formed the group purely so we could get together once a week as friends and have a laugh. Knitting is incredibly good for you! It isn’t just about knitting clothes; you can knit whatever you like! I would encourage everyone to pick up their needles and wool and have some fun!”

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Sunday 13th January 08.00 Holy Communion

Sunday 27th January 09.30 Family Communion

A spokesperson for the Spitfire Knitters said: “We wanted to bring a little harmless anarchic fun to the town. Andover is a great place and we just want to give people a little extra something to smile about.

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he UK’s No1 Tribute, fronted by Clive John and The Spirit Band, re-create with astounding accuracy the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show!

All the greatest hits, Ring of Fire, Walk the Line as well as the Johnny and June duets Jackson and If I Were a Carpenter and so many more, accompanied by an amazing video back drop with evocative images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life. Friday 18 January 7:45pm at the Auditorium, The Lights, Andover.


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A chance to look around a stunning local Wedding Venue

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lock Barn at Tufton Warren, Whitchurch, Hampshire, is holding a Wedding Open day on Sunday 20th January 2013 from 10am to 4pm. Caterers will be in attendance on the day, along with wedding suppliers including florists, decorators, chair cover suppliers, photographers, wedding dressmakers, discos and musicians. Refreshments will be served. All welcome. Please call 01256 630199 for information and an invitation. Named after the unique heritage clock that stands at its entrance, Clock Barn is licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies and is suitable for both small and large weddings. Located 5 minutes from the A34 & the A303, Clock Barn is just 15 minutes from Newbury, Winchester and Andover with good rail links to all 3 towns.

The rustic timbered barn interior can be dressed in many different ways to suit any theme, whatever the season. Externally there are gardens for photos, drinks receptions and garden games in fine weather.

King Alfred Buses running day Clock Barn is an ideal wedding venue for couples seeking a secluded, rural location with flexible facilities and an individual, personal feel. The owner, Helen Butler explains; “Everyone has their own idea of how their big day should be. At Clock Barn, the couple’s own character shines through at each wedding, which means no two weddings here are the same.” General Enquiries Tel: 01256 630199 Clock Barn mobile Mob: 07584 097979 Clockbarn@btconnect.com clockbarn-weddings.co.uk www.facebook.com/ ClockBarn

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he King Alfred Buses running day is on Tuesday January 1st 2013 from 9.00am - 5.00pm. Celebrate the New Year as the transport scene of years gone by in Winchester is brought to life again. The buses will be leaving from The Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9GH (near King Alfred's Statue). Heritage buses and coaches from the 1950s, 1960s and

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When your past catches up with you!

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ublic Libraries are a “statutory service”; Local Authorities are required under the law to provide a “comprehensive and efficient” service. But, unlike Schools and some Social Services NO direct cash comes from Government to support Public Libraries. Local Councils have to fund them through the Council Tax along with everything else. Also as many Councillors will tell you, the basic grant from Government has been reducing over many years; hence many “statutory services” have to compete for whatever the Council can afford. Also, Public Libraries fall into this strange world; they are locally funded but have a Government Minister taking final responsibility as to how they perform. Over many years the exact definition of what makes a Public Library service “comprehensive and efficient” has been the subject of extensive debate with only a very few Local Authorities being “investigated” . The outcomes of these long, complex legal exercises often result in the Council having to review the most important issue for local government and that is, how local people were consulted on whatever plans they had for the service. Add to this the Government’s budget plans to “reduce the nation’s deficit” linked to the “voluntary cap” on Council Tax and there we have the current difficult mix that local Councillors are trying to cope with. So what of Public Libraries? The core book lending service has been in decline, the costs of running numerous branches continues to rise, some on wonderful town centre sites which are much coveted by property developers. The pressure on Councils, particularly around the rising costs of care for a growing elderly population, mean that everything

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is up for grabs. So it is not surprising that in some Local Authorities the local Public Library is under threat. Anyway - there I was minding my own business when I received an e mail; it was from the Government Department responsible for Public Libraries - the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It was from a senior civil servant who I had met on one occasion when he interviewed me for a role on a now abolished quango. The message asked me if I would be interested in applying for the job of being the Department’s Specialist Advisor on Public Libraries – thereby being the person who worked with Ministers and local Councils as they tried to grapple with the hot issue of cuts in Public Libraries. So I applied, went for an interview, something I have not done for some years, and was offered this part-time role! “It’s a job for a brightly costumed super hero” said a close friend. Not for a semi-retired ex-local authority bureaucrat who has done with the tortuous struggle of managing a variety of local authority services, including Public Libraries. But, it’s been more than personal vanity that has prompted me to go back to work! Public Libraries are really important local services. They provide a vital link into the world of reading, information and community. However, they must be affordable, relevant and innovative if they are to invite the many who just “walk by” to get involved. So, I may be taking on a hugely frustrating task, but how can anyone just stand by and watch? I will keep you posted on how I get on.. Yinnon Ezra MBE


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Bring some Sunshine into your Life with Dancing and Yoga! West Coast Swing The latest hit from the US – the smoothest of dances that can be danced to almost any kind of music! Thu 20.00 - 22.00 River Park Leisure Centre SO23 7DD

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The Strawbs come to the Somborne Sessions!

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ake the time to look at The Strawbs’ web site (www. strawbsweb.co.uk) and it’s like being presented with a history of progressive folk- rock: a history that involves names such as Sandy Denny, Alan Parker and Rick Wakeman. The Strawbs line- up today is the legendary David Cousins (who beget the original ‘Strawberry Hill Boys’, named after their West London place of rehearsal, back in the 1960s), along with long time band mates Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, plus Adam Wakeman and Adam Falkner. And this iconic band is coming to your local Somborne Sessions! With a career begun in the folk clubs of West London, through success in the USA, and breakups followed by re- formations where they seemed to come out better than ever, The Strawbs have always been magical. They still are. The Strawbs’ live acoustic show perfectly

complements their distinctive brand of humour, orchestral styling and vocal harmonies. The set list includes favourites from the Band’s entire wonderful 45year history. Make no mistake- this is not a tribute band, these are the real strawbs! The Strawbs play in King’s Somborne Village Hall on Saturday 12 January 2013. As usual, it’s 7.30 for an 8pm start. Tickets are £10 per person if bought in advance either via Pay Pal on the web site (www. sombornesessions.co.uk) or from Doug Stammers on 01794 389192 (£12 on the door if seats are still available). King’s Somborne Village Hall is just off the A3057 in the centre of the village. The postcode is SO20 6PP. With entertainment like this on your doorstep, why do you need to go anywhere else?


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14 | Property Management / Education Services

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love coming to school. Learning is just magic!’ This quote from a Year 6 child sums up the enthusiasm and zest for learning that is prevalent through our village school. Children make exceptional progress, above national expectations because they are valued as individuals, cared for and are challenged in all aspects of their learning. It has been a joy to have become Headteacher of Kings Somborne C of E Primary. I was attracted by the warmth, positive approach, child centred philosophy and ‘buzz’ about the school. And I have not been let down! The school is at the centre of the local community and is very much part of the global community with links across the world. Last term we had a myriad of events to engage the children and the community including: a very late Sports Day, a Residential stay at Minstead,

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celebrations of Harvest and beautiful, moving Christmas plays, carols, Christmas Bazaar and church service. We also marked Loy Krathong, had an action packed book week, cross country competitions and each week we celebrated individuals and teams who had shown exemplary learning. Now we are refreshed and ready for 2013! Please come to our open day on January 31st and see the children enjoying our ecogarden and wonderful outdoor environment, learning through enquiry and exploration, hear our brass and woodwind band and choir, see the vibrant art work and most importantly meet our children and staff. We are open for enrolment in most year groups . I look forward to meeting you on our open day or if you prefer please do make an individual appointment to have a look around. Tel: 01264 781216

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What does the New Year hold? As we start the year, it is time to both cast our eyes back and think about things to come. Much like the rest of the news last year, the property market has seen more than its fair share of negative news stories, with transaction levels remaining low, prices not doing much at all and many people complaining that they cannot find a buyer for their property. The new team in the residential department at Smiths Gore, however, have largely bucked this trend. At the end of our first full year our success can be summarised quite simply: • It took us on average only 6 weeks to find a buyer • 7 out of 8 sales continued to completion • None of our clients left us for another agent*

Operating slightly differently to most traditional agencies gives us the opportunity to implement best practice in estate agency. Keeping our stock levels low, being diligent about the preparation of our marketing and calling upon the vast professionalism available within our firm have helped us achieve these results. This year, we intend to keep it that way. So if you are thinking of selling your property this year please get in touch. It must surely be worth considering an agent who not only keeps in contact with you, but also finds you a buyer in the shortest possible time and makes sure the sale goes through. Philip Plambeck Head of Residential Agency Winchester * Figures are based on Hampshire property taken on between January and November 2012 by Smiths Gore Winchester office.

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16 | Education Services

Christmas Creativity at Stockbridge Primary Wherwell School School – What a difference a year makes!

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he hall looked very festive with wintery art displays, decorations and play scenery. Play rehearsals came and went and parents frantically created reindeer costumes and snowmen outfits. Not only were the children working on their own Christmas productions but they had several opportunities to work with, and watch the professionals, over the last month.

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s we wrapped up the end of the Autumn term, many of us here at Stockbridge Primary School were left reflecting on the difference a year has made to our school, ever since our OfSTED visit in February 2012. We recently held 2 very successful open days and I was very proud to show people around our school and show them what great learners we have at Stockbridge. Our children are more settled, they know that the adults around them have high expectations for their learning and, most importantly, for their behaviour. In their recent pupil questionnaires, they tell us that they have made good progress and know what to do next in their learning – of course, we already know this but it’s great that they recognise this in themselves too. Sprat & Winkle children, the youngest in the school have made progress since joining us in September with all of them now knowing a wide range of sounds and reading books which they could only have dreamt of a term ago. Children never fail to amaze us with their capacity to learn and take new things on board; if only we as adults could be the same sometimes (I’m struggling to master a Mac computer so am firmly in the place of a ‘beginner’!) You may have seen our article in the Andover Advertiser just before Christmas about our Divali celebrations led by Demi

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Ladwa. Demi works with schools to increase children’s understanding of different cultures and, as a practising Hindu, came to school to teach all of the children about how Hindus celebrate Divali, the festival of light. After an assembly with her, children were split into their ‘family’ groups (mixing older and younger children together) and performed traditional celebratory stick dances, painted henna on their hands and made celebration cards. At this time of year, we are all focused on Christmas and New Year but it’s vital that we encourage children to look at a culture outside their own and examine how they celebrate important events and times. Children have been learning about communities as part of their work on celebration and the late night shopping event on Stockbridge High Street was no better example of our local community working together to provide for many. Our thanks go to the traders of Stockbridge who helped Father Christmas to fund the gifts for all children who visited him in his Grotto. Without this support, I think he might have struggled to get our presents ready at such a busy time of year. On that note, we at Stockbridge Primary School wish every reader of the Test Valley Forum a very happy and prosperous new year. Emma Jefferies Headteacher

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We were very pleased to be visited by storytellers from HCC who worked with children in Classes 3, 4 and 5. Using replica artefacts such as sling shots, harps, animal horns, and bells they devised and performed traditional Danebury Tales. The resulting stories of ravens, giants, druids, kings and dragons are published on the school’s website - www. wherwell.hants.sch.uk. The whole school enjoyed a visit from the ‘Working Space Theatre Company’ with their production of ‘The Nutcracker’ a prince, trapped by a curse, befriends a young girl and together they go on a magical adventure to set him free. It was really exciting for the children to experience a live theatre performance, complete with audience participation! To take the theatre experience one step further three theatre visits also took place with the two infant classes seeing ‘How to Catch a Star’, in Andover, the KS2 children watching ‘Aladdin’, in Winchester and Y6 travelling to see ‘Treasure Island’ at the Nuffield in Southampton. And back in work mode… Many of the classes learnt about The Victorians over the last half term as the children in the Junior classes focussed on their Christmas production of Scrooge. In a lovely example of peer mentoring, Class 5 worked with Class 2 helping them recreate life in Victorian times. One activity involved

the older children constructing a series of chimneys in the hall using tables and gym mats and then guided their partners along them. All the children emerged from the other end, possibly smiling more broadly than most Victorian Chimney Sweeps, but with some appreciation of the cramped conditions they suffered! Class 5 children were involved in an exciting project to help the younger children with their reading. The children recorded CDs of favourite reading books. These will be kept with the books so that the younger children can listen to the stories read in the familiar voices of their schoolmates and buddies! This won’t replace reading at home but it will enhance the children’s enjoyment of their books. The Class 5 children arranged much of the recording themselves. In addition to practising the technical skills necessary for this project the older children enjoyed revisiting the books they read when they joined the school, and took great pleasure in helping the younger children. With the new term starting on the 8th January we are looking forward to seeing everyone refreshed and revitalised from the Christmas break ready for a new term of learning and enjoyment. Should you require any information about our school then please contact us on 01264 860384 and talk to Mr King (Head Teacher) or Mrs Pritchard (Administration Officer). Why not take a few minutes to have a look at the school website for further information, calendar dates, pictures and newsletters. www.wherwell. hants.sch.uk


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Longstock Park Nursery A true gardener's nursery Visit us for inspiration or an enjoyable day out • • • • • • • •

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

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

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

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18 | Clubs and Societies Water Meadow Children's Centre

PRE-SCHOOLS & PLAYGROUPS

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

Chilbolton Pre-School

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

Army Air Corps Pre-School

The Barn Nursery Over Wallop

Middle Wallop: Tel: 01264 784381

Broughton Pre-School

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

Stockbridge Pre-School

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

The Wallops Pre-School

we are a friendly and professional preschool, fully Ofsted registered, providing stimulating and quality care and education for 2-4 year olds, from 8.30am to 3pm in Wallop Primary School grounds. For more information please contact Sarah Hayward or Vee Notley: 01264 782051 or staff@ thewallopspreschool.org

Sprat and Winkle Professional childcare and education

Test Valley based with16 places, day care, pre school, after school and holiday care. Providing flexible hours, qualified and experienced staff, working to the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Visit www.spratandwinkle.co.uk or Tel Jennie on 01264 860671.

Littleton Pre-school

A community run pre-school set in the Millennium Memorial Hall and surrounding grounds offering a safe, happy, caring learning environment for 2-4 year olds. Staffed by experienced professionals. Ofsted registered. 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 07765916006 or visit our website http://www. littletonpreschool.com

Acorn Pre School - Lockerley

A small rural pre school with strong links to local primary schools. Providers of the Early Years Foundation Stage for children from 2.6 months to rising 5. Ofsted registered. Friendly team. Please call 01794 342441 to make an appointment to come and see us in action.

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

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

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

Broughton Youth Football

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

Littleton Tennis Club

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

Broughton Bounders Running Club

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

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

Chilbolton Badminton Club Jill Lord Tel: 01264 860667

Chilbolton Short Mat Bowls Club

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

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

Stockbridge Football Club davesfc.football@virgin.net

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CTC South Hampshire

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is something to inspire everyone! Our 3hr workshops start from £18 with all your tools and materials included. For further details please visit us at www.inspiredcommunity. co.uk/love-craft-live-crafty

Upper Clatford Youth Football Club

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

ARTS & CRAFTS Broughton Short Mat Bowls

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

Embroiderers Guild

Andover Branch: We have a passion for embroidery, textiles and manipulating fabrics! Our interests range from fine silk hand stitching to multi-media projects using sewing machines, embellishers, heat guns and much more! Come and join our friendly, enthusiastic group, have fun and expand your horizons. No experience necessary! We meet socially at 7.30 pm 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, to enjoy a programme of speakers and demonstrations. We also hold workshops in Goodworth Clatford Village Club every two months. www. andoverembroiderersguild.co.uk or Tel: 01264 364688.

Broughton Floral Club

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

The Fly Dressers’ Guild

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

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

St Mary's Church, Broughton, Flowers:

Janelle Quitman - Tel: 01794 301 754

Stockbridge Church Flowers Angela McMeekin - Tel: 01264 810236

Love Craft - Creative Workshops Love Craft Live Crafty runs social craft workshops, held once monthly at The Eagle Inn, Abbotts Ann. Taught by specialist tutors, the aim of each workshop we run is to create opportunities to inspire, learn a new skills and techniques within art and craft in a relaxed and friendly setting and to meet and share ideas with many like minded creative people. The workshop themes vary each month from; printing, jewellery, felting, ceramics and much more! So there

Chilbolton Players

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

Broughton Amateur Dramatic Group – BADG

A non-profit-making organisation that exists for the enjoyment and education of all those in the community with an interest in live performances of all types. From a range of children's workshops to full-blown musicals and from serious drama to the annual pantomime, the group caters for a wide spectrum of tastes. BADG's membership (and audience) is drawn from as far afield as Winchester, Salisbury, Grateley and Romsey. A warm welcome is guaranteed, whatever your age or ability and whether your preference is for performing, directing, helping with costumes and make-up or carrying out one of the many essential but largely unsung backstage and front-of-house duties. Aspiring writers are also encouraged. Chair: Linda Cardigan - Tel: 01794 301196 Jeremy Quitman - Tel: 01794 301754

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

Sword Dancing

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

Samba and African Drumming

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

MUSIC & DANCE Bell Ringing at Sparsholt

Meet Mondays at the church from 7.30-9pm. It is excellent mental and physical exercise and a good way to make friends and join a local community. You do not have to be a resident of Sparsholt to join our band. To find out more call Tower Secretary Jenny Watson on: Tel: 01962 808167 email jennywatson0831@hotmail.com

Andover Town Band

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


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Home Sweet Home T he very fortunate amongst us have enjoyed a Christmas with much loved family and friends, surrounded by presents and fabulous food in the warmth and comfort of our homes.

Do we ever stop to think how very privileged that is? We hurtled around like headless chickens, (the turkeys are destined for other things), in a state of panic, invariably spending more than we thought we would to ensure that all was just perfect. I don’t mean to bring you down, but it’s not like that for everyone. You knew that though didn’t you? We bury the uncomfortable reality of homelessness in the back of a convenient drawer and shut it tight. There is a slogan ‘A dog is for life not just for Christmas’ which basically means: nice present, but a dog is a huge responsibility for anywhere between six to thirteen years so think about it. How about: ‘It’s not just at Christmas that people are homeless, it’s all year long’, think about that. Next time we are asked to spare a thought for the homeless at Christmas shouldn’t we ask ourselves why? Is it merely to salve our collective conscience and make us feel like good Christians? Have our slate wiped clean for the rest of the year? The homeless are exactly that, homeless, for 365 days a year. Ah yes, we say, but there is professional and voluntary help available for them and that’s right, there are many charities struggling to stay solvent in order to care, feed, clothe, shelter and hopefully change lives around if possible. So I guess we leave it to them then?

change. The same spare change that finds its way into my ‘penny jar’ or down the back of my sofa. And how often do we hear that ‘they’ should ‘get off their arse and get a job’ or ‘don’t give them any money they’ll only spend it on drugs and booze’ and ‘they’re just lazy’. Shame. How dare we pontificate from our lofty position on those who, for whatever reason, find themselves living rough? We look and we judge; how very Christian of us.

Until we all recognize that alcoholism and drug addiction are real illnesses, (you would never expect a cancer patient to be on the street would you?), and those suffering from them may be hard to reach but should not be left to rot. And until we all really try to relate to those who would rather leave a home with nowhere to go than live under a roof where they are abused mentally, physically or sexually; then we surely cannot call ourselves a proper society let alone a Christian one. In many societies across the world homelessness is a fact of life and occurs on a large scale. Mercifully it’s not like that here. But in this ‘civilized’ country, homelessness should be rendered unacceptable for those that haven’t chosen it but had it forced upon them. It may have escaped your attention that here in Alresford we have someone living rough. Comments are made such as ‘he’s harmless’ and ‘he actually speaks with a refined accent’. He is known as the ‘Alresford Hobo’. How insulting. Wake up. He isn’t a cosy character from Trumpton or Mid Summer Murders he is a real person who has decided to settle here – well we have, why shouldn’t he? We have no idea what led him to live the way he does but if charity begins at home should we not start giving? What do you think?

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22 | Clubs and Societies

MUSIC & DANCE Wherwell Singers

Dale Webb: Tel: 01264 860074 www.wherwellsingers.org

Bell Ringing at Kings Somborne.

New ringers always welcome. Come and learn a new skill. Practise night Monday's. 7.30 - 9pm. just turn up or contact Towe Captain Sue Spurling. Tel: 01794 388266

Test Valley Brass

Andover's long established brass band welcomes new players of all ages and levels. Weekly rehearsals and a varied programme of concerts and engagements, but above all sharing the enjoyment of making and performing music to the best of our ability. Why not try us out? Contact secretary@ testvalleybrass.co.uk

WOMENS INSTITUTES The Wallops W.I.

Meets every second Wednesday of the month - 7.30pm. Wallops Parish Hall, Middle Wallop. New members and guests are always welcome. Contact Chris Thompson on Tel: 01264 782771 or Shirley Mongor on Tel: 01264 782151

Longstock & Leckford W.I.

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

Houghton W.I.

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

Chilbolton W.I

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

Goodworth Clatford WI

With over 50 members and a lively programme planned for 2013 we meet on the third Tuesday in Goodworth Clatford Village Club, starting at 7.30. Visitors and new members always made most welcome. Contact Dianne Moore on 01264 364148 for more details.

Tel: 01264 810804. Secretary: John Gale Tel: 01962 760225 Poppies: A McMeekin Tel: 01264 810236

Watts on: 01264 810421 (chairman) www.uppertestvalleyvintageclub.co.uk.

Winchester Churches Nightshelter

Royal British Legion Womens Section

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

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.

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

RiVa - Dog Training

Kings Somborne. Val Kelsey Tel: 01794 388570

Longstock Garden Club

Peter Bramley: 01264 810432 or Ada Rogers: 01264 810794

Chair: Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898

Kings Somborne Twinning Association

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

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

Chilbolton/Stockbridge Beavers/Cub Scouts

Leigh Dance - Tel: 01264 811074

Chilbolton Care Group

Christopher Bruce: 01264 860321

Stockbridge & District Young Farmers Club

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

The Somborne & District Society A local history society although we do cover other subjects and interests. We hold regular lectures on the fourth Wednesday each month at 8 p.m. in King’s Somborne village hall as well as visits to historic houses and other places of interest. (Further information from information from Mike Reynolds 01794 388107).

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Ben Warren Tel: 01264 810522

The Upper Test Valley Vintage Club

Stockbridge Lunch Club

Joyce Compton - Tel: 01264 810898

Royal British Legion

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and tickets cost £5 per child, with one adult per booking for free. Tickets can be bought online at www.armyflying. com or from the Museum Shop prior to the event. Booking is highly recommended as places are limited.

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Royal Air Force Association

Aircraft Anecdotes at the Museum of Army Flying

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

The club was formed in 1998, locally based, for people with interests in vintage machines. No need to own one. Social meetings at the Leckford Combine Club, second Tuesday of the month from October through to April, 8pm. Contact : Mr David

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Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March. All day event. £1.50 per egg hunt. An Easter Egg Hunt around the hangars. Use the clues to collect tokens from around the Museum and claim a chocolaty reward. Astronomy Evening 20 April, 7 - 8.30pm. £6. Booking essential. An educational and informative talk about the stars we can see in the night sky, followed by tips on how to use telescopes and photography to capture images. Visitors also have the opportunity to have a go with some serious telescopes to view the moon and the stars. Using the telescopes is weather permitting as it requires a clear night. Contact: Tel: 01264 784421 enquiries@flying-museum.org.uk Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8DY

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Test Valley Borough Council News Cabinet agrees local council tax support scheme

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est Valley residents currently receiving council tax benefit will not be affected financially when it is replaced by a local council tax support scheme next year. Local council tax support will come into effect when council tax benefit is discontinued as part of the government’s wider welfare reform programme in 2013. With overall funding for the local schemes around 12 per cent less than the government allocated for council tax benefit, Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) was forced to make some difficult decisions about how it would continue to support residents. In August 2012, TVBC launched a 12 week consultation to find out residents’ views on how the new scheme might work. The Council also asked for feedback on proposed changes to discounts and exemptions on second and empty homes to help make up the funding shortfall, which equates to approximately £70,000.

In line with the results of the consultation, Cabinet agreed not to make any changes to council tax benefit in order to protect those on the lowest incomes. Councillors resolved to implement the following changes, which were all supported by more than half of respondents to the consultation: • Abolish the current 10 per cent council tax discount for second homes. • Reduce the current 100 percent exemption period for vacant properties from six months to three months, after which the full rate of council tax is payable. • Abolish the current 50 per cent Council Tax discount for vacant properties that applies after the current six month 100 per cent exemption period - as well as after certain other exemptions - so that the full rate of council tax is payable. • Introduce a premium council tax payment of an additional 50 per cent on top of the full rate, for properties

that are vacant for two years or more. The Government also recently announced that local authorities whose chosen schemes help protect the poorest, will receive a share of a £100 million transitional grant. The allocation for TVBC is £12,224. Taking into consideration the income from the proposed changes and one-off transitional grant payment, the net cost of delivering the local council tax support scheme will be around £20,000. The Council will fund this from its New Homes Bonus reserve for 2013 / 14. This fund is created by the Government matching the council tax income for six years from new homes created in the borough. This money is then available for the Council to help meet the needs of its growing communities.

decisions to be made about how we could continue to support residents in receipt of council tax benefit, with reduced funding. “Feedback from the consultation supported the view that we should protect those on the lowest incomes and this has been reflected by our plans. We also hope that changes to the discounts for empty homes will result in a greater number of properties being placed on the market and help alleviate the current housing shortage in the area.” Councils across the country are expected to implement their local support schemes by 1 April 2013. The report will be presented to Full Council in January 2013 for final approval. www.testvalley.gov.co.uk

Councillor Peter Giddings, Economic Portfolio Holder said: “We always knew that there would be some difficult

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Economic Portfolio Holder Councillor Peter Giddings, said: “More people are self employed today than ever before and that trend seems likely to continue. The Council has been helping new businesses for many years with grants and expert advice. It therefore makes perfect sense to work with the Prince’s Trust to help young people in Romsey develop the skills they need to start their own business.” Candidates must be aged between 18 and 30 and be unemployed or working less

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Test Valley Borough Council over a number of years and we are delighted to be involved with this latest initiative in assisting the residents of Test Valley to explore their business ideas.” If you would like to request a place on the course, please contact Amanda Hewlett at the Prince’s Trust on 07904 379941 or email Amanda.Hewlett@ princes-trust.org.uk


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

SCAS Community First Responders Manley Henley Tel: 0800 587 0207

Stockbridge Pharmacy

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John Werrett, Chairman Tel: 01794 389311 Peter Storey, Clerk Tel: 01794 389688

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

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

Stockbridge Osteopathic Practice

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STOCKBRIDGE POLICE (NON EMERGENCY) Stockbridge Police Station is now closed For any enquiries please ring: 101 or 0845 045 45 45.

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Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

Stockbridge Surgery New Street, Stockbridge Hampshire, SO20 6HG Tel: 01264 810524 The surgery is open to patients on weekdays between the hours of 8.15am to 6.30pm. Closed lunchtimes between 12.45 and 13.45pm. In addition the surgery is open on Saturday mornings, 8.30am to 12.00pm. All appointments should be booked for the clinics. If there are any medical emergencies during our normal Monday to Friday working hours then please contact the surgery on Tel: 01264 810524. Outside these hours use the Out of Hours service which can be contacted on Tel: 01962 718697 Weekdays - Monday to Friday 6.30pm to 8am. Weekends - Friday 6.30pm to 8am Monday morning. Service also available on bank holidays. Community nurse: Tel: 01962 893560 Health visitor: Tel: 01962 763970 www.stockbridgesurgery.co.uk

Broughton Surgery Tel: 01794 301210 mh.stockbridge@nhs.net

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Romsey Hospital (No A&E) Winchester Hill, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 7ZA Tel: 01794 834700

PARISH & BOROUGH COUNCILS

Leckford Parish Council

RECYCLING

Little Somborne Parish Council Sir F Hervey-Bathurst, Chairman Tel: 01794 388594

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

Longstock Parish Council

Bunny Lane HWRC

David Burnfield, Chairman Tel: 01264 810529 John Musters, Clerk Tel: 01264 810459

Timsbury (near Romsey), SO51 0PG Tel: 01794 368548

Over Wallop Parish Council Lindsay Murray-Twinn, Chairman Tel: 01264-781497 Richard Waterman, Clerk Tel: 01264-772460

Stockbridge Parish Council Mr S Sleap, Chairman Tel: 01264 811534 Mr K Fell, Parish Clerk Tel: 01489 877510

Wherwell Parish Council Mrs J Andrews, Chairman Tel: 01264 860635 Mrs E Blakemore, Clerk

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

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

Kings’s Somborne C of E Primary School

The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0845 603 5638

Test Valley Borough Council

Stockbridge Primary School

Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road Andover, Hampshire, SP10 3AJ Tel: 01264 368000

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

Chilbolton Parish Council Alan Crisp, Chairman Tel: 01264 860641 Ms E Blakemore, Clerk Tel: 01264 860385

Houghton Parish Council P Page, Chairman Tel: 01794 388512 B Baker, Clerk Tel: 01794 389131

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

D B Gibbons, Chairman Tel: 08453 499341

Nr Stockbridge, SO20 6PN Head teacher: Mr Nick Winning Tel: 01794 388381

Hampshire County Council

Stockbridge Primary School

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

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

Wherwell Primary School Wherwell, Andover, SP11 7JP Headteacher: Andy King Tel: 01264 860384 patsy. pritchard@wherwell.hants.sch.uk

Scott Close HWRC

OTHER LOCAL SERVICES Cruse Bereavement Care We are a charity who offer free help and support to those who have been bereaved. Our contact details are: Helpline: 01264 336006

Flood Warning System Sign up for flood alerts and warnings with the Government Agency, Floodline. Tel: 0845 988 1188

Joyrides Shopping Bus John Muster Tel: 01264 810459

Chilbolton Flood Advisory Committee Moya Grove Tel: 01264 860411 Graham Kelly Tel: 01264 861020

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

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

Longstock Neighbourhood Watch Charles Grieve Tel: 01264 810794

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


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Carpenters Ltd

Traditional Oak Framed Buildings

Wychwood Furniture Ltd Traditional & Contemporary Furniture

Andover, SP11 8PX Long Barn, Alresford

We are highly skilled and experienced in the design and construction of traditional green oak framed buildings. Our expertise makes us the ideal partner for your project.

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Unit 5, Frith Farm, Frith Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AW info@hampshireoak.co.uk

For beautiful bespoke furniture Free initial consultation Design & installation

www.wychwood-furniture.co.uk

Tel: 01329 835551

WYCHWOOD FURNITURE LTD, BLUERIDGE FARM, LOWER WIELD, ALRESFORD

www.hampshireoak.co.uk

Tel or Fax: 01256 389788

HIGH QUALITY LOGS MIXED HARDWOOD

Naturally seasoned and stored in large adapted sheds for maximum drying to ensure low moisture content Sourced by ourselves from local sustainable woodlands through thinning and tree management All log lengths, sizes and various size delivery options Stacking service Seasoned logs available all the year round Deliveries throughout Hampshire

Your Local Handyman Full Public Liability Insurance

For prices, ordering and advice please call Richard

Tel: 01794 388 905 Mob: 07711 358223 email: GrahamHandy@aol.com

Tel: 01794 389603 or Mob: 079000 61158

Vine Cottage, Houghton, Stockbridge, SO20 6LT

WOODLAND FIREWOOD COMPANY LTD

PLACE A MINI-AD IN THE FORUM FOR AS LITTLE AS £20 A MONTH ADVERT SIZE 44mm x 62mm

Mole Catcher

Using traditional trapping techniques to relieve you of your unwanted pest. Call Nick on: 07789 007059 or 01794 389550

•Plumbing •Carpentry •Kitchens/bathrooms fitted •Pipes boxed in •Curtain rails/shelves/ doors fitted •Flat pack furniture assembled •Gutters cleared/repaired

Chilbolton Pest Control

Chilbolton Pest Control (CPC) is a discreet local service specialising in the eradication of rats, mice, rabbits, moles and wasps in a 15 mile radius of Chilbolton with a 24hr response time with most requests Free assessments CPC has full public liability insurance. DAVID CROUCH: CHILBOLTON PEST CONTROL 6 TEST RISE, CHILBOLTON, NR STOCKBRIDGE, SO20 6AF

TEL: 07584 081 802

www.chilboltonpestcontrol.co.uk To advertise call: 01962 735137

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Tagine

INGREDIENTS VEGETABLES • 3 carrots cut lengthwise about 3” in length • 3 parsnips or turnips, cut like the carrots • A small Savoy cabbage cut into 8 (stem removed) • 3 courgettes cut like the carrots • 2 medium size aubergines cut in large cubes • A small butternut squash peeled and cut in large pieces • 2 large onions cut in julienne • 5 cloves of garlic sliced • 2 cans of chick peas, drained • A small tin (or tube) of tomato paste MEAT • 500gr neck of lamb • 500gr chuck steak (beef) cut into pieces • A small chicken cut in 6 pieces • 6 Merguez - These are spicy North African sausages spicy (available at our shop)

Difficulty 2/10 Cost 2/10 Serves 8 people

METHOD SOUP Fry the meat in olive oil and put to one side. Next fry the onion, garlic, and spices, add the meat and pour in the stock to cover the meat. It will take 3 hours to cook, so put the chicken in last, 40 minutes before it is ready. Mix two spoons of tomato paste into the soup and after two hours add the vegetables. Cook until soft then add the chick peas at the end, finally check for seasoning. SAUCE Fry the diced onions, garlic, ground cumin and chilli together in a pan. Add a cup of stock, some tomato paste and lemon juice, mix well using a stick blender if you can. Next add seasoning with the chilli. DO NOT replace the pepper with chilli as both have a different flavour. The sauce must be slightly runny, dark red, strong in flavour and hot. COUSCOUS You will need a cup of olive oil, some salt and warm water Follow the instructions on the packet to warm up the couscous. Normally most couscous is sold pre-cooked. Mix the couscous with some olive oil and salt thoroughly, and then pour enough hot water on top to soften. Cover and put into a microwave on medium heat. In the old days the couscous was put into a cloth lined colander above the cooking soup and steamed. It would be rubbed with olive oil or butter up to 3 times, until each grain was thoroughly coated.

SPICES • 3 soup spoons ground cumin • Salt to taste • Pepper to taste • Ground chilli to taste • A small bouquet garni STOCK Good chicken stock (chicken cubes can be used). SAUCE (Harrisa) It has to be strong in flavour and hot and spicy. • 1 soup spoon of ground cumin • 1 soup spoon of diced onions • ½ soup spoon diced garlic • Chilli to taste • A cup of bouillon (stock) • Juice of half a lemon • Salt &pepper • 2 soup spoons of tomato paste ALSO A packet of Couscous – medium size couscous is available from most supermarkets or our shop.

HOW TO SERVE IT AND EAT IT You need one dish for the soup, meat and vegetables. If you have merguez serve them grilled on top. You need one dish for the couscous and a small dish for the Harrisa Using a soup plate, serve some couscous, vegetables and meat on top, enough bouillon, dilute some hot sauce in the bouillon and mix well. Eat slowly, as it is a filling meal and drink with a rose wine, Gris de Boulaouane (typical North African wine).

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LOVE FRENCH CUISINE? Then visit the French Pantry located between Sutton Scotney and Stockbridge on the A30. We have a wealth of traditional French cuisine and ingredients. The French pantry also has a deli with fresh products imported regularly from France. We also stock a range of ready to eat products carefully prepared by our French Chef - Germain. You can also take part in our of our cookery lessons, call us to book your place. FRENCH PANTRY & COOKERY SCHOOL, LONDON ROAD (ON THE A30, NEXT TO CLOS DU MARQUIS), SO20 6DE

TEL: 01264 810 298

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SALE Longstock Park Nursery NOW SELLING Leckford Estate Produce

Apples, pears, mushrooms, potatoes, Leckford rapeseed oil, Leckford fruit juices, Leckford free range eggs, Hampshire Honey

Opening Times

Mondays – Saturday 8.30am – 4.30pm Sundays – 11am – 4.00pm

STARTS 9AM 28TH DECEMBER

Washing Machines Gas & Electric Hobs From

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Single Ovens From

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Chimney Hoods

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Fridges From

£99 £49

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Limited stock - first come first served!

Tel: 01264 810894 www.longstocknursery.co.uk longstocknursery@leckfordestate.co.uk

Andover’s Leading Home Appliance Specialist

Smeaton Road, West Portway SP10 3LF - 01264 367930

LONGSTOCK PARK NURSERY, LONGSTOCK, STOCKBRIDGE, HAMPSHIRE, SO20 6EH

THE TALLY-HO! INN

The Tally Ho is a perfectly situated English country pub in the heart of the idyllic village of Broughton. With real log fires, real ales and a heart-warming new menu the pub offers a great place to warm up this winter. With a choice of food from traditional pub classics and snacks, to our exquisite 5 course Fine Dining, we are sure that whatever your tastes everyone will be excited by Chef Ryan Lamb’s seasonal menus. As an award winning restaurateur Ryan has created some real seasonal gastronomic treats for The Tally Ho, using an abundance of local produce from some of Hampshire’s top producers. The menus are complemented by a carefully handpicked wine list and well kept real ales.

THE TALLY-HO! INN

HIGH STREET, BROUGHTON

STOCKBRIDGE, HAMPSHIRE, SO20 8AA

email: kerrydarker@yahoo.co.uk

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THURSDAY 14TH FEBRUARY French Fine Dining - The perfect way to spend Valentines Day. WINTER WARMER OFFER A meal for 2 for £24 including wine or real ale chosen to complement your food. TO BOOK A TABLE CALL: 01794 301 280 Visit us at Facebook/TallyHo for details of our Quiz Nights, Live Music Events and Tudor Pizza Thursdays. To advertise call: 01962 735137

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Heading eading for a fall I t was one of ‘those’ Saturdays. Due to precipitation of Ark building proportions all sport clubs were cancelled, except for The Husband’s well-deserved trip to the rugby at Twickenham.

Firstly there was the usual mountain of ironing that even Chris Bonington would have struggled to scale; which meant Stars I and II would need not only to entertain themselves but be amicable to one another while I was busy. Therein was the first problem.

Not that I’m interested but I believe that our XBox 360 – affectionately known as the electronic nanny- has two controllers so that two people may play together? Well that wasn’t happening. By the time we got to lunch the warring Stars were in dispute, not only over games but pizza slices too and I, having changed my name to Li Baodong, had a UN beret rammed on my head. With the ironing and cleaning complete all that remained was to hoover up the frayed ends of everyone’s temper and try a change of scene. “Let’s go into town”. With the promise of coffee and buns they leapt at the chance. And so it was that we found ourselves in the Trusty Renault crawling around the one-way system of our local festive Cathedral city. The only things visible through the steamed up windows were a selection of ‘Car Park Full’ signs. “Why is it SO busy?” Star II complained. “Because it’s Saturday, nearly Christmas and it’s two thirty which is too late to come in. I knew this was a bad idea” came the dour voice of Star I from the back seat. Because we caught every red light in Hampshire it gave me ample time to point out that the main reason for our journey was so that Star I could get into HMV for something ‘vital’. Case closed. In an attempt to clear the condensation from the interior of the Trusty Renault the horizontal rain was now driving in through the open window. “Let’s just go home Mum!” I was not for turning, “We’ll just try in here.” And there in the last car park was the last space, squashed between the ticket machine and an unbelievably, (given the climatic conditions), immaculate white Porsche. Having eased myself out I hopped round to the passenger side barking, ”For god’s sake be careful of that car!” Only to be met by the haughty female driver dressed in red - very festive - who watched in horror as the mud festooned doors were flung wide, millimetres from her diamond white paintwork.

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I corralled Stars I and II safely by the ticket machine only to discover I did indeed have lots of change most of it in five pence pieces, which the ticket machine decided it wouldn’t take. So I managed to cobble together just enough coins for an hour’s parking, necessitating a rain soaked –“I don’t need a coat Mum”- sprint across town to HMV. Once inside Star I joined the ‘pre-ordered’ queue with the world and his wife while I negotiated terms with Star II for the purchase of a pre-owned game. “This one Mum? It’s got cars in it?” “Pimp my Drugs Ride. It’s an 18, I don’t think so.” Eventually I managed to get out of there with ‘Ice Age 3’ and’ A Christmas Carol’. Result. I was keen to get back to walk the Pagan Pup before it got dark. Due to the rain Stars I and II abstained from exercise, so I set off across the fields alone discovering that at dusk and in the rain the Pagan Pup is exactly the same colour as the remaining stubble in the fields and very hard to see. I whistled myself hoarse but bless him he came back keen to have a meal and a warm by the fire. Dog walking has a calming effect on the soul so I concluded that all in all the day had not gone that badly. I was only a quarter of a mile from home when…well I’m not sure what happened, it would be easy to blame the Pagan Pup but in truth I think I fell over my own feet. Either way it was a fall of spectacular proportions, one of those when you run forward at considerable speed happy in the knowledge that you will save yourself. Oh how wrong you are. I felt both feet come off the ground; for a moment there was air borne elegance before I hit the deck like a sack of poo. THWACK!! Down on my side, into a puddle, in the dark, with the rain pouring down and the Pagan Pup jumping on my head. I thought ‘bugger that hurts’ so I lay there for a bit and then limped home. The following morning I asked The Husband how his day had gone. “Great, except we lost, but had loads to drink and got to wear a ginger wig!” Suddenly a sprained wrist and bruised ribs didn’t seem so bad. Sandra Pagan


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For the best cocktails, canapés and service for your next party...

Whenever I see that the food for an event is being provided by the Creative Catering Company, I know I'll have a good night out!

Why not try it?

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I really enjoyed planning my party, due to your care and professionalism and being so easy to work with and the result was a fantastic party. Harriet Carrow

Call 01962 849396 or visit www.thecreativecateringcompany.co.uk

Wednesday 18th April, 6.00-8.30 pm

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

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

Telephone: 01962 712351 Email: sales@stonevine.co.uk Website: www.stonevine.co.uk No. 13 Humphrey Farms Hazeley Road, Twyford, Winchester, SO21 1QA

To advertise call: 01962 735137

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QUALITY FRUIT & VEGETABLES LOCALLY SMOKED FISH FRESH CUT FLOWERS Local eggs, ice cream, smoked fish, watercress and other seasonal produce. Gifts and treats, preserves, herbs and spices. Local, sustainable logs and kindling, coal and firelighters.

Open Mondays - Saturdays High Street, Stockbridge Tel: 01264 810650

, Beccy s Greengrocers

Ale & Food Matching at the Tally-Ho!

I

f you had asked award winning Chef Ryan Lamb a year ago about his thoughts on pints of beer being served with his food he would have told you that it just was not right! But since taking over the Tally Ho, Broughton as Head Chef this year, his appreciation for how good ales can complement a range of dishes has grown. 'I have always been a fan of real ale on its own, but to me it was all about great wines with meals, and primarily it still is and I take a lot of time over our wine pairings, but it has been great fun experimenting with our Real Ales and fine food.'

‘Perfect matching is all about bringing two flavours together in a way that enhances the total experience. Broadly speaking, lighter ales work well with lighter food and darker beers, with more robust flavours, suit stronger foods. Beer and food can be matched together in different ways to enhance the complexities of flavours in the beer and the accompanying dish, and finding contrasts can create a stunning balance of tastes on the palate. Beer is also very effective at cutting through oily textures, so it can refresh and cleanse the palate following rich dishes such as shellfish and cheese dishes.' Obviously there is an art to keeping real ales, as there is to cooking great food; at The Tally Ho! their dedicated Cellarman lovingly cares for each cask to ensure it is served to the highest standard.

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Here's a simple guide and some suggested matches from The Tally Ho! from the Head Chef and the Cellarman's selection. • Chicken & Fish - Go for light, golden and refreshing ales to match the subtle flavours. Tally Ho! Classic Fish and Chips - white wine tempura battered haddock served with hand cut chips and pea puree is complemented perfectly by Timothy Taylor's Landlord. • Meat and Game - Full flavoured amber ales like Ringwood Best suit the richer, stronger tastes of meat and games dishes, like Roasted Loin of Venison, with braised red cabbage, a beetroot fondant and parsnip puree, accompanied by a red wine jus and parsnip crisps.

• Cheese - The rule of thumb here is to match the flavours of the cheese with the strength of beer. Twice Baked Denhay Cheese Soufflé with a cheese glaze goes great with Doombar • Dessert - Chocolate desserts work well with darker, roasted malt beers. Try Punter from Upham ales with the rich Hot Chocolate Fondant served with an ivory ice cream. Call into The Tally Ho! and try a combination yourself; as they serve 1/3 pints, you can sample a variety of beer styles. Why not share your favourite combinations with us at f a c e b o o k . c o m / T h e. Ta l l y. Ho.Broughton


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DISCOVER AWARD WINNING FISHERTON MILL

JANUARY AT IN THE BISTRO

Thyme & Tide After the indulgences of the festive season pop in to Thyme & Tides and try a healthy 'Salad A Day' on the lunch menu. With deli ingredients such as fresh ricotta, pistachio nuts and orange blossom honey they guarantee to be delicious! In need of something to warm you up? Don't forget our Soup of the Day to enjoy in the bistro or takeout.

New Art Work

FRESH FISH COUNTER

OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY AWARDS 2012 ‘Best Cheap Eats in the South’

Fresh fish is the perfect healthy option this January so pop in and see Ashley our onsite fishmonger when you fancy a fishy treat for your supper!

Tel: 07855 351 668 ashley@thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk

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@thymeandtides

Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge High Street Tel: 01264 810101 www.thymeandtidesdeli.co.uk

Your Letters To the editor With so much ‘bad’ news and uncertainty about the NHS, we thought readers would like to hear about a little known aspect of NHS Foundation Trusts - the part governors and members play in ensuring that the needs of local communities are met.

interested members of our local community who want to keep in touch with their local hospitals. Hampshire Hospitals sends all members a regular newsletter and holds local events with talks on health topics where members can meet their governors.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital. Public governors are elected by their fellow members. Their job is to represent the interests of local people and contribute to the Foundation Trust’s strategy.

We, the governors, would be delighted to attend meetings of local groups to explain our role and talk about developments at your local hospitals. We’d like to invite everyone living in our area to be part of a community of thousands of members of Hampshire Hospitals. All the governors are listed on the website www.hampshirehospitals.nhs. uk along with details about membership and how to join.

Foundation Trust membership is free and open to anyone over 16. Members come from all walks of life and include patients, their families and

The Governors Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust

NHS

Enjoy fab, fresh, food made from the finest ingredients

THE GALLERY

Displaying beautifully handmade presents & cards

As recommended in The Times & The Guardian www.fishertonmill.co.uk 108 Fisherton Street . Salisbury . SP2 7QY Tues - Fri 10am-5pm . Sat 9.30am - 5.30pm Tel: 01722 500200

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COMMUNITY HALLS

bookings contact Trish Chadder on 01794 301365

Stockbridge Town Hall

Goodworth Clatford Village Hall

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

The Village Hall was purpose built in 1924. The hall can cater for 100 people or 80 seated at tables. There is a full sized snooker table, fully fitted kitchen, sound system and car parking. The club is located in large grounds with 3 gazebos and backing onto the river; a barbecue is available for hire. Bookings can be made via Mary Holloway on 01264 364005.

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

Wallops Parish Hall

King’s Somborne Village Hall The Village Hall is situated in the centre of the Village alongside the Recreation Ground. It has a Designated Premises Licence and a Performing Rights Society Licence. The Main Hall, which seats over 100 people, has a large fixed stage with a proscenium arch and a built in sound system. The Hall has an excellent newly appointed kitchen with a serving hatch to the Main Hall. In addition, the Hall has a very attractive Jubilee Room looking over the Recreation Ground. This is suitable for small parties or can be hired with the Main Hall. The Committee Room, which has been totally refurbished, is suitable for meetings of about 12 to 14 people. Parking for about forty vehicles is available adjacent to the Hall. To arrange a booking for a function, a meetings or other activity or to obtain further information, please contact 01794 388009 or by email at vhbookings@thesombornes. org.uk or visit our web-site www. thesombornes.org.uk/villagehall

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

Broughton Village Hall The purpose built hall has an extensive grassed area at the rear which is used for outdoor activities and overflow parking. The hall boasts excellent facilities. Suitable for weddings, dances and lectures as well as public and private meetings and has ample parking. The building comprises a main hall with seating capacity for lectures or theatrical performances of 120 and for catered functions of a100, together with two meeting rooms one accommodating 20 people and another accommodating 40 people which is fitted with a Sound Induction Loop System. The hall holds an entertainment licence and and a licence to sell alcohol and boasts a fully equipped catering standard kitchen together with an excellent bar and a winged stage. Projector, screen and sound equipment are available. For

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

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

Littleton Village Hall The Millennium Memorial Hall was built in 1999 and comprises a Main Hall with a maximum capacity of 200, a meeting room with a maximum capacity of 36, a fully equipped kitchen (refurbished in 2009) and a light airy foyer. The Hall has modern toilets, including disabled facilities. Outside is a patio area overlooking the Parish cricket ground. There is good level access and ample car parking. The Hall has just been awarded Level II Hallmark standard. It has a Premises Licence for entertainment and for the sale of alcohol, a Performing Rights Society Licence, and a sound system, sound induction loop, and Wifi connection. Further information can be found on www.littletonvillagehall. hampshire.org.uk. For bookings please contact the Hall Manager on 01962 888419 or email: littletonhall@hotmail.co.uk

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

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Mondays to Saturday Only 87 Service Andover – Salisbury via Abbotts Ann, The Wallops and Winterslows

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

68 Service Winchester – Stockbridge via Crawley, Kings Somborne

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

A variety of hot and cold food and drinks will be available to purchase throughout the day.

Woodman Lane, Sparsholt SO21 2NR. Main hall with beech floor, seats 140. Meeting room seats 25. Grand piano, portable stage, parking. Bookings: Tel: 01962 776129 Can seat 100 people. It is licensed for public entertainment and has excellent facilities. Details can be found on www.crawleyvillagehall. co.uk. Bookings Tel: 01962 776518 or via the website.

Stagecoach Buses

Sparsholt College Lambing Days

Sparsholt Memorial Hall

Crawley Village Hall

BUSES

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rom Saturday 26th January 2013 9:30am until Sunday 27th January 3:30 pm. Visitors are invited to flock to Sparsholt College this January to see the ewes at lambing time. The College’s 350 ewes will be on view as an educational opportunity for families to witness the shepherding activities as they take place. A fun day out for all the family; as well as witnessing shepherding action as it happens, visitors can enjoy a host of farm-based activities, demonstrations and displays including puzzles, metal sculpture, milking and dog agility demonstrations.

Health Warning It is vitally important that women who are, or may be, pregnant DO NOT attend this event. Within lambing flocks there is always a risk of a disease presence which can cause miscarriage in women. Sorry, no dogs please. Due to the number of sensitive animals on-site at the College, it is our policy that no dogs (with the exception of assistance dogs) are brought onto site or are left in vehicles in the car park. Event details Contact: 01962 797396 for more information. Tickets are £15/family, £5/adult and £3.50/child. These can be purchased at the gate on the day. Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, SO21 2NF


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

New Art Work

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


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