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THE ALRESFORD FORUM & ITCHEN VALLEY FORUM CELEBRATES ITS FIFTH YEAR! A huge thankyou to everyone who has helped make the magazine what it is today! Win family tickets to see Cinderella, The Pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Winchester (see page 6 for details) View the magazine online at:

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he November edition of the Alresford & Itchen Valley Forum is full of interesting news and articles for the month ahead. This is our largest magazine to date and we hope that there is lots of interesting news and information within its pages. Please keep sending us your letters and emails as we are always delighted to read your feedback. Speak to us and let us have your thoughts, be it on the magazine itself or the content of an article. The Forum is for the community and the community needs a voice, so our letters page will give you the freedom to speak. The Forum team are constantly working hard to provide a good quality, informative and interesting magazine for our readers. We aim to include as many local events and news items as possible – so if you have a bric-a-brac sale, fete, class or exhibition etc., that you would like advertised for free in our magazine, please contact us at the earliest opportunity and we will include it in our News and Events section. Don't forget if you would like to read the magazines online simply visit the site www.alresfordforum. and click on 'Latest Issue' in the menu bar. If you saw something in a previous issue and need to find it then click on 'Old Issues' tab in the menu bar. Not receiving the Alresford and Itchen Valley Forum? Do you want to have it delivered? Then please call us to let us know, we are constantly changing our delivery areas. If you feel that we have missed something from our pages or you

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05 Dates for your Diary

2, 11, 12, 13, 15

06 Theatre Royal Competition

Motor vehicle sales, repairs & servicing

The Home

08 Soap Bathrooms

Items for the home

10 Alresford Town Council Reports

7, 8, 9

12 Santa's got his Sat Nav Ready

The Garden

14 Clubs and Societies

Trades & services for the garden

16, 17

15 Situations Offered / Wanted 15 Hampshire Artists Christmas Exhibition

Food & Drink

16 Boxes and Buxus

18, 19, 21, 22, 23

18 Recipe of the Month - Tarte a L'Epoisse

Food & drink retailers and services

Home Services

20 Useful Information

Trades & service for the home

22 Cheriton Food Fair 2011

24, 25, 27, 29, 31

23 Local Writer - Norman A.C. Taylor


23 Hello 'Pud-Swan' Report 2011

Local arts and crafts and retailers

32, 33

24 HART Saves an Albino Squirrel 26 Your Letters

Property Management

26 Movies at the ARC

35, 55

26 Casualty of the Great War Belatedly Recognised

Estate agents, lettings, properties for sale


28 Alresford Rotary News 29 Wake up to water and know its true potential 30 What do you think? Longboarding

Health & Beauty

Health & beauty services, shops & salons

36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 43

34 Church Services and News 36 Alresford Surgery News 38 Hampshire Mum - I'd love to talk but...

Professional Services

42 Steve Brine MP

45, 46, 47

42 Jackie's County Corner

Professional trades & organisations

RETAIL Services

44 Alresford Youth Association Moving Forward

Local retailers

44 Local Restaurants Help Homeless

48, 49

44 Alresford Torchlight Procession

Education Services

48 Alresford Chamber of Commerce News

Schools, colleges and further education

50, 51

Building Services & SUPPLIES

51 Sun Hill Junior School News 51 Sun Hill Infant & Junior School Open Morning

Building services & supplies

52 Parent & Child


54 November Walk


November Diary


Dates for your Diary Every Thursday Country Market Alresford Community Centre. 8.30am - 11.30am. Homemade local produce, flowers, vegetables, plants and crafts. Every Thursday Town Trust Market Broad Street, 9am - 1pm Wednesday 2nd November Film showing of 'With God on Our Side' Introduced by Rev. Dr Stephen Sizer with question time to follow. A look at what Christian Zionism teaches and the real implications it has for the people of the Middle East. St John's Church, Alresford, 7pm in the church. For more info. please contact Miranda Pinch 01962 732064 or Thursday 3rd November RNLI Gala Dinner and Auction at The Master Builders Hotel A great way to help raise money for this very worthwhile cause. From 7.30pm for 8pm to raise money for the RNLI. Tickets priced at £35.00 per person. Auction lots include: Maritime paintings, Outing on the Solent with Steve Curtis - (4 times world power boat champion), case of Bubbly, Kayaking down the Beaulieu River, plus many other auction lots – see web site for more details. Limited places – ring 01590 616253 Friday 4th November Alresford Art Society Chris Pickford demonstrates Experimenting with True Colour in Painting At the ARC, Alresford at 7.30pm For information Contact: 01962 736751, email artsociety@alresford. org or visit www.artsociety. Saturday 5th November Alresford Station Sponsored Walk The Line Dust off your walking boots and hit the permanent way. Experience the railway from a different perspective by walking the ‘Watercress Line’ to raise funds for the Mid Hants Railway Preservation Society. Not only a great way to keep fit, you will also raise much needed

funds to help keep the railway going and contribute to the restoration of locomotives, rolling stock, buildings and infrastructure. Take your time and enjoy this scenic walk. For the more adventurous, why not challenge yourself to climb ‘over the Alps’? From track level, you will get to fully appreciate the gradients our locomotives and footplate crews have to tackle to haul trains along our 10 mile line. Don’t fret, trains will not be running during the walk! www. Saturday 5th November A Torchlight Procession from Broad Street to Arlebury Park. From 7pm in Broad Street. followed by Bonfire and Fireworks Display at 7.45pm. Tickets £7.00 Children £4.00 Thursday 10th November Sun Hill Infant School Shopping Evening in the school hall, £1 entry. Arts, crafts, homemade produce, gifts, cards, clothes, children's toys, jewellery and raffle. Jamie Oliver at Home and more!! From 7 - 9pm, licensed bar. Please phone Kelly to book a table 01962 735917. £10 per table or simply come and enjoy an evening shopping! Thursday 11th November Friends of Sun Hill Infants School Shopping Evening From 7.30pm to 9pm at Sun Hill Infants School. Tuesday 15th November Sun Hill Infant and Junior School Open Morning From 9.15am to 10.30am See page 51 for more details. Wednesday 16th November Alresford Historical and Literary Society Talk From 7.30pm at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane. A talk by Professor Roger Richardson, “Turning the World Upside Down-Ranters in Hampshire in 1650s” . Visitors welcome; £3 at the door. Enquires to Secretary Bob Fowler: 01962 734125 Friday 18th November 'Downton Abbey' and 'The Kings Speech' Come and hear the real story

behind these projects in a talk by Alastair Bruce OBE, Historical advisor to both of them, at Bishops Sutton Village Hall at 7.30pm, in aid of St.Andrew's Church Tichborne. Admission by ticket only at £20 available from 01962 733296 (tickets include refreshments from 6.45 pm). Saturday 19th November Itchen Abbas School Christmas Fair 2011 The Fair will be held from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Itchen Abbas and Avington Village Hall. There will be a range of gift stalls, homemade cakes, games and activities for children, lots of opportunity to win a prize, refreshments and of course Santa will be there in his magical grotto. Please come and join in with the festivities and help support this local school. Wednesday 23rd November The Arab Spring - Why and What Next? Talk given by Adrian Sindall, former British Ambassador to Syria and an expert who will enlighten us on what is happening and why it matters to us all, in Martyr Worthy Village Hall at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Tickets £6 to include a glass of wine from Isobel Pinder 01962 779758 or All profits to the Rose Road Association. Friday 25th November Latin Party Night with Live Cuban Band “Lido 66” At the Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street SO23 8SB 7.30 – 10.30pm. Saturday 26th November Martyr Worthy Christmas Fayre From 11am to 1.30pm in the Martyr Worthy Village Hall. Something for everyone – come and stock up on Christmas presents. Stalls include: Gifts, Woodwork, Home Produce, Wine and Water, Teddy Tombola, Festive Foods; also Children’s Activities, Raffle and a Quiz. Refreshments: tea, coffee, homemade cakes and at lunchtime soup and bread too. Admission: Adults £1, children free. In aid of Martyr

Worthy Village Hall and St Swithun’s Church. Saturday 26th November Methodist Hall Christmas Fair From 10.00am - 12noon. Saturday 27th November Sunhill Infants Christmas Bazaar From 2 - 4pm at Sun Hill Infants. For more information contact Kelly Cleeve 07788 582559 or Pippa Sherry 07748 441873. Wednesday 30th November Forget Me Not Clothes Sale From 9am – 5pm at Alresford Community Centre. You’re invited to another sale of high quality pre-owned clothes. ‘New’ selection of beautiful autumn and evening clothing at amazing value. 10% of all profits to Naomi House. Contact: Katie 07771 855912 Friday 2nd December Alresford Art Society presents a talk by Paul Banning 'From Design to Painting' at the ARC, Alresford at 7.30pm. For information contact 01962 736751, email or visit www.artsociety. Saturday 10th December All Star Musical Spectacular at St.Johns Church, Alresford. From 7.30pm. Hosted by Debbie Thrower. The world renowned classical pianist DI XIAO and West End musical Star GINA BECK will perform with Hampshire County Youth Choir in a one-off concert towards the restoration of the town's historic church bells. Tickets £20 from County News and Theatre Royal. Do you have any information that you would like included on this page? Contributions to this page are FREE of charge. Simply send your details to editor@

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November Competiition

Competition Question What did Cinderella lose at the ball? A: Her necklace B: Her glass slipper C: Her bag Please include your email and phone number so that we can inform you if you have won. Competition entries to be sent to: Theatre Royal Competition, Forum Publications Ltd, Station Mill, Station Road, Alresford, SO24 9JQ or email:

Closing Date for Entries: 14 November 2011 For full terms and conditions see page 26 Box Office: 01962 840440 Issue 60 NOVEMBER

COMPETITION Be one of two lucky families to win tickets to see: Cinderella the Pantomime at the Theatre Royal, Winchester from 7 Dec 2011 to 2 Jan 2012* This Christmas, Theatre Royal Winchester plays host to the real royal wedding of the decade - and this time you're all invited! Cinderella is the classic fairy tale story of beautiful maiden meets handsome Prince. But standing in their way is the evil Baroness, eager to ensnare the Prince for one of her own hilariously hideous daughters. Cinders makes a magical transformation for the Prince’s Ball but on the stroke of midnight the dream is shattered and she flees, leaving behind, her beautiful glass slipper. Will the true owner of the slipper ever be found or will the ugly stepsisters dig their oversized heels in? This year promises to be our most lavish and spectacular pantomime yet. With original songs, loads of jokes and plenty of audience participation, the whole family is guaranteed to have a ball! * Prizes are for the 11.00am or 2.30pm performance on Monday 2nd January

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Community The Home News

Soap Bathrooms Ltd I n February this year SOAP Bathrooms made the smart decision to move into the space above Searle & Taylor’s inspiring kitchen showroom on the A31 in Ropley. SOAP consists of Ed Davis and Jen Baillie who are both partners and business partners. They make quite a dynamic duo and their passion for creating beautiful bathrooms seeps into every conversation. Refreshingly, they know it goes deeper than choosing the bath and basin, they want bathroom dreams to come true and that can only come from a clear understanding of client needs. Creating a space in someone’s home is quite a responsibility, where the balance between design and practicality needs to be just right.

So, what are their backgrounds? Ed: I’m a fully qualified plumbing and heating engineer and I loved running my own plumbing company but I enjoyed installing bathrooms so much I really wanted to move towards controlling the whole process including design and complete project management. Jen: I have ten years experience as a sales manager firstly for BMW and then for an advertising business who produce a national publication. I have really enjoyed re-training as a bathroom designer and I love building relationships with people. I can give the best possible customer service without any corporate constraints now we have our own business! Jen: We understand people are naturally apprehensive about all the potential upheaval so we take the stress out of the whole process. I think it really gives people peace of mind to know Ed or I will always pick up the phone when they have any questions or worries. We always go that extra mile and I know it’s appreciated There is great flexibility in their approach and they will cater for every situation including working with your builder or architect and on a ‘supply only’ basis. They are a conscientious business working with premium brands largely from the U.K. and Europe, to minimise their carbon footprint. Working as locally as possible is also prioritised for the same reason.

This leads into their unique selling point which is rare to find, they take care of everything. The initial design is done from a thorough technical survey. The design is presented in a 3D fly through of the virtual room so you can really visualise how it will look. This also sanity checks functionality of the room and the space between any proposed products. The installation is fully project managed including co-ordinating any required trades, to make sure lighting schemes, flooring, and decorating are all integrated with the bathroom installation.


Ed: We are heavily invested in supporting the local economy. We moved to Alresford in May not only to be close to the business but also because we fell in love with the town. We love being part of the local community and look forward to getting to know all the local businesses even better over time.

What do their customers say? We selected SOAP to build us a completely new en-suite bathroom and have been delighted with the result. The quality of workmanship was superb but what impressed us even more was their courtesy and willingness to ensure we were entirely satisfied with the end result. I would highly recommend SOAP to anyone. Giles Peckham

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Community News

Alresford Town Council Reports Grants Once again we will be making a grant of £675 in support of the Alresford Children’s Christmas Tree Fund and the arrival of Father Christmas in the town. The Perins Fresh Air Gym is on target to open next spring and it has been agreed that it will be freely available for use by the whole community. We are pleased to support this project with a contribution of £5000 from the Open Spaces Fund. We also gave an increased sum of £1300 by way of our annual contribution to St. John’s towards the maintenance of the Churchyard. The Avenue The Avenue was given to the residents of Alresford in 1869, by the Bishop of Winchester, for their recreational use. By a quirk of history The Avenue passed to the Town Trust at the end of the 19th century and they have been maintaining it ever since. The Town Trust is a charity managed by volunteers who raise money for this and their other activities. As The Avenue was given to the town for all residents it seems reasonable that the Town Council should make a contribution to its maintenance and it has been agreed that we will take over responsibility for the maintenance of the grass and trees. In the past the Town Trust has also taken on the responsibility of the benches in the Town Centre but it has now been agreed that this will in future be undertaken by the Council.


The Avenue was also a focus for the Town Trust this month as they with the help of the Wednesday Conservation Volunteers (WCV) installed posts and rails on the approach drive to the ARC; it is hoped that this measure will deter parking on verges. The WCV Group dedicate a day each year to Alresford in memory of David Goodman and this work was carried out to commemorate David’s Day. Rotary Firework Night The Rotary Firework Night is once again being held at Arlebury Park. Tickets can be obtained on the night at the gate. The ARC bar facility will be open so once through the gates you can, if you wish, watch the display from the comfort of the ARC balcony or call in for a beverage during or after the event. The A to Z of Community Services The Winchester City Council website has an A to Z of all community services available within the Winchester District. This website is regularly updated and the webpage West Street Improvements The plans for West Street are being revised to incorporate better provision for pedestrians crossing the road. Because of current funding difficulties the work may be carried out on a piecemeal basis but it will be to an agreed comprehensive plan to ensure that when completed it is a cohesive finished project.

Excessive Signage The initial meeting to review excessive signage throughout the town successfully amalgamated several signs on the Alresford Avenue approach road. A further meeting will be convened to look at other areas in the Town. Please let us know if you have any views on how and where signs can be improved in and around Alresford.. Views on Salisbury Road Dropped Kerb Salisbury Road – HCC have now dropped the kerb halfway between Jacklyns Lane and Grange Road, on the eastern side. Please let Jackie Porter know if you think this is a sensible and practical way of improving access and safety. NOVEMBER MEETING SCHEDULE 23rd November - Planning At Alresford Recreation Centre 7.30pm 24th November - Full Town Council At Alresford Recreation Centre 7.30pm 29th November Environment At Alresford Recreation Centre 7.30pm PUBLIC MEETING A Public Meeting is being held in respect of a proposal to extend the Skate Board Park at Arlebury Park, on Wednesday 30th November 7.30pm at the ARC. Members of the public are always welcome to these meetings and there is an opportunity for Public Participation at the beginning of each meeting.

The ARC MOVIES AT THE ARC 7.30pm Wednesday 16th November Showing LARRY CROWNE Starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts See page 26 for full details

Monthly Jazz The first Wednesday of the month, from 8.30pm until 11pm, the ARC hosts Traditional Jazz bands. Playing on the 2nd November. The Louisiana Jazzmen. Appearing next month on the 7th December Cuff Billett’s New Europa Jazzband Tickets to Alresford residents are £6 on the door. Friday 9th December Mr. Ken Dee Amazing cabaret female impersonator in his Christmas extravaganza!!!! Tickets:- £10 available from the ARC

Views If you have a view or an issue that you wish to express to the Council please call or write to:- New Alresford Town Council, Town Offices, Alresford, Recreation Centre, The Avenue, Alresford, SO24 9EP. Tel: 01962 732079 e: skavanagh@



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anta will be coming to Broad Street this year on Wednesday 7th December, laden with presents for the children of Alresford, just as he has done, without fail, for the past for sixty-odd years. Today, his sled may be guided by SatNav with the reindeer listening to their iPods as they swoop through the skies, but the spirit of Christmas is still very much alive with Alresford’s Christmas Tree Committee getting their heads together each Spring to start planning the event. Despite their sterling efforts, each year it’s getting harder and harder to get Santa here safely. Gone are the days when he could hitch a ride on a brewer’s dray or abseil down from a hovering helicopter. The cost of Elf and Safety Event Insurance alone is in the region of one thousand pounds each year. Then the Grotto has to be built, light and sound organised, the choirs and orchestra tuned up, the street closure organised and last, but absolutely not least, the toys have to be paid for. Each and every toy is paid for by funds raised by the generosity of local businesses and the townspeople of Alresford.

woolly socks off for years, are appealing for donations to help them drive this event forward. They’d also appreciate enthusiastic volunteers willing to pitch in and help. The Rotary and Alresford Pigs are an invaluable asset, but there’s still plenty to do and plenty of fun to be had doing it. Generations of local people have given generously of their time and money over the years to make sure this annual treat continues to take place and it is still very much looked forward to by children of all ages. So when you’re in the town, please remember to pop a few pence into the collecting tins as you shop, or maybe make a muchneeded donation to make sure that this time-honoured Alresford tradition is able to continue to delight future generations. And don’t forget, this year for the first time there are plans for a Grand Tombola at the top of Broad Street, so be sure to get your tickets on the night! Donations can be made via Keats in Broad Street, cheques made payable to Alresford Christmas Tree Committee. For more information contact ACTC Chairman Stephen Thorne on 01962 735074 email:

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Clubs & Societies Clubs & Societies The Royal British Legion To become a member please contact our sub-branch in Eastleigh. www. eastleigh

Alresford Historical and Literary Society Meetings (generally there is a talk followed by a “get together”) are held at the Methodist Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford at 7.30pm on the third Wednesday of most months. Guests are welcome – only £3 entry at the door. Tea/coffee & biscuits included. For more information please contact Glenn Gilbertson, 26 Grange Road Alresford SO24 9HB. Tel: 01962 732726. glenngilbertson@btinternet. com or Bob Fowler - 7 Sun Hill Crescent, Alresford, SO24 9NJ Tel: 01962 734125

Alresford & District Horticultural Society Meetings are held in the Phair Hall of the Community Centre from 7.30pm until 10pm. At least three outings are organised annually and a holiday is arranged visting gardens. Secretary Tony Bravery. Tel: 01962 733676 Visitors are always welcome.

Bramdean & Hinton Ampner WI We meet on the third Wednesday of every month in Bramdean & Hinton Ampner Village Hall at 7.30pm for an interesting talk, refreshments and a raffle. We organise trips to gardens, pubs and restaurants and craft mornings. New members and guests are always welcome. For more info contact Sarah at bramdeancrafts@ or Judith: 01962 771655.

The Alresford Ladies Group Meet for fun and friendship on the second Thursday each month in the John Pearson Hall at 7.30pm. We have a varied programme of walks, talks, trips out and social evenings. Please come along and join us, or for more information call Beryl on 01962 732695

The Swan Ladies Club, Alresford Offers an evening of fun and good company, Dinner comprising two courses of excellent food, glass of wine plus coffee and mint are followed by interesting talks, demonstrations quizzes etc. Meet at 7.30pm on the third Tuesday of each month. Dinner served at approx. 8pm in the newly refurbished Undercroft. New members are always welcome. Ring Liz Garton on 01962-733125 or Swan Hotel 01962-732302 for further details.

Alresford Twinning Association If you are a Francophile and would like to be involved in developing relationships with our Twin Town in Bricquebec Normandy, or just join us for a wide range of social activities through the year, then visit www.

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Judo Club

Alresford Singles Supper Club

Karate Club

For the 40 - 55 age group. Wine and dine and meet new friends in a local pub. Email: for more details.

Alresford Flower Club Come and join us at 7.30 on the last Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Church Hall, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford. Friendly, lively meetings, professional flower arrangers and beautiful flowers. New members and visitors most welcome. Please contact Jean Johnson on 01420 564238.

Steve Fullick, 10 Perins Close, Alresford Tel: 01962 732883 Tel: 01420 568135

Running Sisters For information call Dawn on Tel: 01962 733723 or

Tichborne Park Cricket Club 14 Benenden Green, Alresford, SO24 9PF. Contact: Andy Joyce Tel: 01962 734316

Alresford Rugby Club

Alresford Reading Group

Alresford Tennis Club

Meetings are held at Alresford Library in the afternoon of the third Monday every month (excluding December and August). We read a wide variety of books chosen by members and provided by the Library Service. New members and visitors are very welcome. For further details contact Susan Shannon on 01962 734432.

Howard Lewis - Tel: 01962 733818

Senior Citizens Senior Citizens Hour Meetings are held each Wednesday at 14:30 at New Farm Chapel. Meetings are informal and consist of quizzes, talks, craft and refreshments. New members are always welcome. Contact: Mrs Jill Ransom, 6 Mallard Close, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733765

Alresford Day Care Centre Chiltern Court, Beech Road Tuesday and Thursday. Run by a professional and volunteer team A sociable and enjoyable day out for the housebound elderly. Gives carers a break. Transport and lunch provided. Part funded by Age Concern. Tel: 01962 735612

Music & Dance The Cheriton Singers We are a community choir who enjoy singing a wide range of music and meet on Thursdays during term time at St Michael's Church in Cheriton at 7.45 pm. Sue White: Tel: 01962 771796

Sports clubs Bowling Club J D Cattle, 39 Benenden Green, Alresford, Hants. Tel: 01962 734846

Alresford Golf Club The Secretary, Cheriton Road, Tichborne Down, Alresford. Tel: 01962 733746

Cheriton Tennis Club New members welcome. Pay & play sessions available too.

Alresford Badminton Club Looking for new players of all ages and abilities. The club offers both membership from £85.00 for the season and a Pay-and-Play at £4.00 per evening. Contact: Mark Emmerson on 01962 736123 or mark.’

ACA Badminton Club Friendly club seeks new members! Plays on a Monday evening 7.3010.00pm at Alresford Community Centre. All levels welcome. Call Clive Earthy 01962 733812 or Caroline Lowman 01962 733155 for more information.

Chawton Park Indoor Bowls Club Six rinks available throughout the year. Information from Centre Manager. Chawton Park Road, Alton, GU34 1RQ Tel: 01420 541546

Alresford Netball Club Meets on Thursdays at Perins School, 6pm – 7.30pm on the tennis courts. New members always welcome. First session free, thereafter £10.00 per month. Opportunity to affiliate and play in local leagues should you wish to. Alternatively just come along for training sessions to get fit and meet new friends. Donna Birtles Tel: 01420 561755 or 07860931150

Cheriton Cricket Club Are you interested in playing Sunday afternoon friendly cricket? New members always welcome. Visit for the 2011 fixtures. For more information call or email Richard on 01962 779169,

Cheriton Tennis Club Coaching with Craig Dixon. Adult courses for Beginners/Improvers, Cardio Tennis and Matchplay tactics Junior and Mini Tennis Sessions for ages 5 to 16. Non Members welcome Coaching Enquires to Craig Dixon: 07764990523 or veronicadixon08@

Arts & Crafts / DRAMA Cyclists Touring Club South Hampshire. Easy rides, day rides, social events and more! Tel: 01962 864479

Alresford Yacht Club Are you interested in sailing or power boating? Do you have a dinghy or a classic yacht? Are you a newcomer to the sport or an old hand? Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.45 for 8pm from September to April at Arlebury Recreation Centre. Contact Richard on: 01962 773285 or Rob: 01962 735681

A.C.T.S - Alresford Community Theatre Society We are always looking for new members to ensure the continued success of our local theatre group. If you are interested in becoming involved, either on stage or behind the scenes. Contact Debbie on: 01962 732055

Alresford Art Society Meetings from September to June at The ARC, Alresford, on the first Friday of the month. Painting days at venues around Hampshire in the summer. Paintings are hung in the surgery and Makins Court. www.artsociety.alresford. org Tel: 01962 736751

The Cheriton Players David Cradduck, Colyton Cottage, Cheriton SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771700

The Medstead Players Lesley Rae, Fiver, High Street, Medstead 01420 56563916

If you would like your club or society included on this page then simply send your contribution to editor@ Please note that all entries to this page are FREE of charge but the organisations featured must be nor for profit or charities



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Community News

Hampshire Artists Christmas Exhibiition T he Hampshire Artists’ Cooperative’s Christmas Exhibition opens at 11 am on Saturday 12th November 2011 at the Selborne Gallery, The Plestor, Selborne. During this exhibition the gallery will be featuring two guest artists, painter Anne Lewenhaupt and 3D artist Mike Topham.

Cleaner sought for 4 hours a week Martyr Worthy, flexible on days, to include light ironing duties. If you are interested please contact Liz Winburn.

Tel: 01962 779942

Do you have a vacancy that you would like to advertise or are you offering your services? Then contact the editor at Forum Publications and let us see how we can help you.

Anne says “I love the rhythm of a painting and the accidents and discoveries that can occur. My hopes are that the viewer will get something from my work, some mystery and something new to explore which will resonate beyond the confines of the frame.” Mike’s wire pictures are based on simple and humorous things in everyday life and are often inspired by a phrase, saying or childhood memory. Each picture is individually made in various gauges of copper wire which are positioned and soldered before cleaning and finally

painting and mounting. The Gallery will also be taking part in the ‘Christmas in Selborne’ evening on Saturday 3rd December 5 – 9 pm. The High Street will be packed with local attractions and local traders will be supplying festive food and drink and presents to inspire you. The members of the Co-operative have produced hundreds of new items, large and small, including contemporary jewellery, felt-work, sculpture, painting, drawing, pottery, glassware and textiles, with prices starting at £10. Gift vouchers may be purchased and exchanged for a piece of artwork of choice. The Gallery is open from 11am until 5pm from Tuesdays until Sundays each week. For more information, please contact Selborne Gallery on 01420 511347.

To advertise call: 01962 735137 NOVEMBER Issue 60


The Garden

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Traditional lime mortars Period building repairs Flagstone/Brick paving Lime plasterwork 27 years experience (references (references available) available) Friendly practical advice on design and build Call John Coomber on 07973 452737

Essentially, the brief was to a grow a broad range of fresh vegetables with a thread of non comestible colour and texture, looping through in a coarse weave. This would feed a large household. A sort of food with mood, the edible versus the inedible, if you like. Sixty five raised wooden boxes of equal widths (1.2m) and a variety of lengths were constructed. The chosen width being the perfect size to aid maintenance without having to tread upon the soil. These were mathematically punctuated with twenty four round (90cm) buxus balls, which helped lift the garden above the merely utilitarian... No bale twine, used gas pipe or plastic here. When choosing plants for your own garden, try to imagine the structure during the


Each year in November, there is both joy and relief when the individual pieces of this garden, the canes, frames, spires, rings and strings, are labelled and placed carefully back into the box, like delicate festive decorations. The hoses are hung, the onions are strung and the cathartic peeling away of dead flesh reveals a familiar skeletal structure and old vistas, invisible during spring’s sappy green rush, press to the fore once again. Within these walls we are prisoners of a powerful geometry. Bound by the strictures of the structures and rewarded annually with a just harvest. Finally, the patient is etherised upon the table. The bones are removed and we are left with boxes and buxus, a clean brown canvas and the opportunity to try again. Julian Blackwell is Head Gardener at Dean House Gardens Kilmeston

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Recipe of the Month

Ta r t e a l ’ Ep o i s s e



4 Eggs 250g Single cream 250gr Epoisse cheese or any other soft type cheese (Camembert style). 100g Finely chopped bacon matchstick size

Beat the eggs and the cream vigorously until they form a nice thick mixture. Sauté the bacon rapidly (until lightly browned). Slice the cheese finely and add to the mixture. If using pastry prepare a tart by putting in a quiche dish, cover with dried or ceramic beans & cook for 10 minutes. Next add the bacon and pour the mixture over. Place in an oven at 180º, cook until the top of the tarte goes a light brown.

For the pastry 175g Plain flour, plus extra for dusting Salt Pinch 75g Butter, plus extra for greasing

An alternative method is to fill each ramequin with a little bacon, pour the mixture over and bake in bain marie, until light brown. In both cases, make sure the cheese is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

(alternatively use ready made pastry)

NOTE If you don’t have any pastry, use 6/8 ramequins (depending on size). A soupspoon of cognac improves the recipe tremendously. For your dinner parties order your bespoke French cheese tray.

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Serve with a salad, walnut oil dressing, slices of apple and walnuts. Dressing

1 tablespoon of walnut oil 2 tablespoon of normal oil 1 tablespoon of vinegar Salt / Pepper A few finely chopped shallots or chives

Clos du Marquis France on your doorstep Recipe supplied and sponsored by Germain Marquis of Clos du Marquis Restaurant, French Pantry and Cookery School T: 01264 810 738 E:closdumarquis@

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Useful Information Emergency Services


Emergency Only

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

(Ambulance, Fire, Police):

Tel: 999 Electricity Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 08457 708090

North Hants Hospital Basingstoke, Hampshire Tel: 01256 473202

Gas Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week

Tel: 0800 111 999

Alton Community Hospital Alton, Hampshire Tel: 01420 82811

Water Emergency 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Tel: 0845 278 0845 Reporting a leak? Then call:

Tel: 0800 820 999

City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LJ Tel: 01962 840222

East Hampshire District Council Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX Tel: 01730 266551

Alresford Town Council Arlebury Park, The Avenue, Alresford, Hants. SO24 9EP. Clerk: Mrs Stevie Kavanagh email: skavanagh@ Tel: 01962 732079 If a question is put in writing at least 3 days before the meeting a written response will be provided. Public opening times for the Town Council Office: 11am to 1pm Monday to Friday.

Library Alresford Library

Alresford Police Alresford Police Station Opening Hours Monday - Thursday Open 12.30 - 4.30pm Closed Bank Holidays Other times by appointment. Tel: 0845 045 45 45 PCSO Steve Hull Tel: 07901 102348 If not available please call Hampshire Police using: 101

Surgeries & Chemists Alresford Dental Care 4 Pound Hill, Alresford Surgery Hours: Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 17:15. Friday 08:00 to 13:45 Tel: 01962 733580

The Alresford Surgery Station Road, Alresford Tel: 01962 732345

Mansfield Park Surgery Lymington Bottom Road, Medstead, GU34 5EW Tel: 01420 562922

Monday 9.30 - 1.00 Tuesday 2.00 - 5.00 Wednesday Closed Thursday 9.30 - 1.00 Friday 9.30 - 7.00 Saturday 9.30 - 1.00 email - Tel: 0845 603 5631

Citizens Advice Citizens Advice Bureau Outreach Service Winchester Citizens Advice Bureau is back at the Alresford GP Surgery IF YOU NEED HELP Contact CAB on 01962 848000 or drop in to the surgery on Mondays between 1- 3pm (not bank holidays) IF YOU WANT TO HELP Please donate to CAB on line at Or send donations to CAB – Alresford 68 St George’s Street, Winchester, SO23 8AH


1 East Street, Alresford Monday - Friday 09.00 - 6.30 Saturday 09.00 - 5.00 Tel: 01962 732858

Wessex Pharmacy Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 732445

Out of Hours Service Anyone requiring a chemist service out of practice hours will find their nearest point is either Winchester, Basingstoke or Andover. Call one of the below for details. NHS Direct: 0845 46 47 24hrs a day, 7 days a week Out of Hours Service Tel: 0844 8113060

Recycle all your bottles, car batteries, cardboard and other household waste at Prospect Road recycling centre. Open seven days a week Tel: 01962 735961 Recycle your obsolete mobile phones to help raise funds for Help the Aged. Contact the charity shop in Broad Street, Alresford. Tel: 01962 734926


Neighbourhood Watch Alresford and District Neighbourhood Watch Association Newsletters are issued quarterly and are available at neighbourhoodwatch. Report a crime anonymously: call Crimestoppers Tel: 0800 555111 For Neighbourhood Watch enquiries contact: Administrator - email, Mobile: 07412 733393

The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ Tel: 0800 028 0888

Alresford Community Centre There are two halls and a committee room available for public hire with concessions for local groups. It is self-supporting so has an enthusiastic fund raising committee who, with good community support, raise much of the income to run the activities. Booking Secretary: Robbie Winters (after 6pm) Tel: 01962 733950

The Old Chapel in The Dean Does your group or organisation need a comfortable, well equipped meeting place in the centre of Alresford, with full disabled facilities? If so contact: Stuart on Tel: 01962 737252 (day) 732059 (Evenings) Ideal for parties and other events. With ample car parking, full disabled access and a seating capacity of over 120. Crockery and cutlery available for use. Perfectly suited for all kinds of functions. Mandy Bennett. Tel: 01962 732863 (10a.m. -12 noon, 6.00 p.m.10.00 p.m)

Christy Hall, Old Alresford Available weekday mornings and some afternoons for regular bookings. Seating for up to 75 people. Hire costs include the use of the heating and all kitchen equipment. Tel: 01962 733978

Ropley Coffee Room Church Street, Ropley, Alresford, SO24 0DS. Booking Contact David Ottley Tel: 01962 772440


Itchen Abbas Village Hall

Sun Hill County Infant School

Beauworth Village Hall

Sun Lane, Alresford email: beverley.minall@ Tel: 01962 732632

A former national school in 1873 and listed building. The hall is heated and has a sound enhancement system with hearing impedance loop. An enclosed patio and grass area ideal for children’s parties. Heating and kitchen facilities included. Please contact Caroline Stanley. Tel: 01962 771793

Sun Hill County Junior School Sun Lane, Alresford Tel: 01962 732801 Cheriton, Alresford, SO24 0QA Tel: 01962 771278

Four Marks Primary School Four Marks, Alton, GU34 5AS Tel: 01962 772200

Itchen Abbas County Primary School Itchen Abbas, SO21 1BE Tel: 01962 779310

Ropley C of E Controlled Primary School Church St. Ropley, SO24 ODS Tel: 01962 772381

Perins Community School Hampshire County Council

Town / Village Halls

Bishop’s Sutton Village Hall

Cheriton Primary School Prospect Road Recycling Centre

Alresford Pharmacy


Winchester, Hampshire Tel: 01962 863535

Winchester City Council

Pound Hill, Alresford, SO24 9BS Tel: 01962 734361

Jenny Sloan Tel: 0796 911 3630

Cheriton Village Hall Available throughout the year for clubs, classes, meetings, parties etc on some afternoons, evenings and weekends. Mornings as well during school holidays. Contact Penny Scott Tel: 01962 771263

Bighton Village Hall The large hall which has ample car parking and is adjacent to a picnic area has kitchen facilities and is fully heated. Contact: Gail Johnson Tel: 01962 736556 e: bighton.hall.bookings@

Kilmeston Village Hall Situated on the village green, the extensively refurbished Hall is an excellent venue for group functions, family parties, or as a base for outdoor activities. Please visit our website on or Phone Pamela Thomas on 01962 771590 to book.

Food & Drink

THIS MONTH AT THE CRICKETERS In addition to our regular choice of menus

Clos du Marquis


at the Leckford Hutt

Traditional lunches served from 12am until 3.30pm, with a choice of three roasts at £9.50 or Lamb at £10.50, smaller portions £1.00 less. Book between 2.30pm and 3.30pm and receive a £1.50 per head discount on full sized meals.

TUESDAYS Fish and Chips for a Fiver! Served from 6pm. Fresh Haddock in beer batter, or fresh Plaice fillet in beer batter £6.00. If you are on a diet or a gluten free diet we can grill it for you. Have it as it comes or add garden peas, mushy peas, side salad or two rounds of bread and butter for an additional 75p. NOW ALSO AVAILABLE TUESDAY LUNCHTIME

WEDNESDAYS Midweek Roast £7.50 Available lunchtime or evening

THURSDAYS Evenings only - Sizzling Sausages!

France on your doorstep

French Restaurant Authentic French country cuisine

November Special

November, Saturday 19th Tasting of French products and vins de pays from 10am until 2pm

French Pantry

Open Tues to Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 10am-2pm Autumn Cheeses Traditional and unusual French provisions Exceptional cheese boards Superior vins de pays Hampers for all occasions Bespoke dinner party menus Delicious French bread straight from France

Cookery School Learn hands on with a French chef Small classes - maximum 8 people

Now only £5.00. Select two from a choice of four flavours and have them with mash, mustard mash or chips, plain gravy, onion gravy, peas or beans, if you would like to have more, extra sausages are £1.00 each.


On the A30 (between Stockbridge and Sutton Scotney) T: 01264 810 738

Tapas style nibbles and snacks. A selection of small dishes individually priced to share with friends while enjoying a drink or two! – see our menu with prices starting at £2.50 Buy three and get a 4th free.

Christmas menus available now! The Cricketers, Jacklyns Lane, Alresford, Hants, SO24 9LW

Tel: 01962 732463

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Inspirational Cookery Workshops Sue Kelsey: 07957 830085 To advertise call: 01962 735137 NOVEMBER Issue 60



Food & Drink



Cookery Demonstrations


ockley House is a charming country house set just off the A272 on the outskirts of Cheriton village. Everything at the fair will be indoors so come whatever the weather! There will also be free carparking at the front of the house for all attending. The Food Fair is a charitable event aimed at raising money for St Michael's Church, Cheriton. We held our first Fair in September 2010 and were extremely pleased by the excellent response from both exhibitors and the public. This year we have increased the number and variety of exhibitors widening the appeal of the event. There will also be cookery demonstrations, starting at 11.45am, by The Thomas Lord Inn - West Meon, Chocolate Craft Alresford and Cook Academy - Alresford. Light lunches, tea/coffee and homemade cakes will be available throughout the day. There will be a 'Cheriton Produce Stall' selling lots of homemade cakes, biscuits and savouries. Spend the day with us and go home with lots of Christmas goodies, stocking fillers, indulgent treats and fresh food and vegetables for the weekend. Get Christmas all wrapped up - order hampers, Christmas cakes and turkeys.

We look forward to seeing you - Christmas starts here! ENTRY: £4 Adults, £3 Concessions, Children FREE




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Caracoli of Alresford West Meon Smokery Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Newhouse Venison & Game Devon Fishcakes Novavilla Italian and French specialists Pratts Foods & Oils Ropley Vineyard Terra Rossa Arabian specialities The Flour Stall Artisan Bread The Baker Boys (Hook) Hyden Organic Meats New Forest Smokery Bowman Ales Morgana's Fudge Hill Farm Juices Pollen Organics Scarlet Bakes Lilac Daisy Bakery Local eggs Scrubbs Farm Chocolate Craft Thomas Lord Inn Cook Academy

The Cheriton Village Recipe Book will also be on sale

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Local Writer At the End of the Day by Norman A C Taylor Do you believe in ghosts? Norman Taylor does. ‘White Mary’ appeared at the end of his mother’s bed when he was born and he saw others that inhabited the cottages where he lived near Elgin in Scotland. This is the remarkable story of a remarkable man. At the age of seven Norman was rescuing WWII airmen from crashed and burning aircraft in Morayshire. Affected by the fumes he was told he wouldn’t live past his 15th birthday. Immensely strong, he survived and went on to save the lives of several others, among them Bill Travers, the actor famous for his role in Born Free, who was involved in a kiln explosion and a dramatic rescue of a parachutist falling to certain death. During some rescues Norman suffered severe burns and injuries for his efforts. Although brought up in harsh circumstances, and unable to read and write, Norman succeeded

against the odds, always improving his lot along the way. But you cannot afford to miss his account of being kidnapped by gypsies, nor that of his encounter and chat with Fred, the Kingsworthy Foundry ghost, an account corroborated by others from the Foundry site 13 years later in 1984. Norman’s story is told with humour and candour. There are many other true stories and accounts, some historical, some hysterical. His story shows how he managed to succeed against the odds and gives an insight into the value he places on each day that dawns. The book has helped Norman to overcome his feeling of melancholy following the death of his wife, Sheila, in 2008 and has been a great therapy. It has given him a new lease of life. More importantly, it has given him new contacts and friendships along the way. Available mid-November 2011 from George Mann or Kingsworthy Post Office

Community News

Hello 'Pud Swan' Report 2011 I am pleased to report that our efforts to raise money continue to bear fruit and another £1000 cheque for the Naomi Hose hospice is to be presented before Christmas on an appropriate occasion. To date, a total of 355 copies have been sold and the response from the children is most encouraging... my thanks to all who have supported this project.

Copies of the whole set of three parts [in a slip-case] is on sale for £20... or individually at £8.99 from the following outlets:

During this year I have completed writing the sequel for the same age group... hopefully, it won’t be too many years before this new book ‘PUD-SWAN AGAIN’ is available, and even more money may be raised for Children’s hospices in U.K.

Those with access to Google Books can read the first twenty pages or so, completely free! The book is interactive and educational thus promoting imagination and learning.

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By credit or debit card at www. pud-swan.orgwebsite or on 01264 365190 Waterstones and other bookshops Naomi House shops and their website

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Community News

Home Services Hathaway Electrical Services Ltd

HART Saves an Albino Squirrel

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from the wildlife experts, has put a sparkle back into those pink eyes.


IRROR, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all? Clearly this albino squirrel is quite sure she is now, but it was a different story when she was admitted bruised and battered to HART Wildlife Rescue a few weeks ago. Sadly, she had been beaten up by a couple of her grey cousins and arrived at the Medstead hospital, near Alton, in a poor condition with blood coming from her nose. It is not unusual for wild animals to attack their own kind for being different or weak and as albinos often don’t see too well they can be vulnerable. A few days of antibiotics and painkillers, plus plenty of care

“We put a mirror into her cage so we could keep an eye on her and she loves looking at herself in it,” said Caragh Hunter, senior clinical assistant. “I’m sure she is asking ‘who is the fairest of them all?’ like in the fairy tale so we nicknamed her Snow White.” True albinos are quite rare with only one in 100,000. This means, with a grey squirrel population of around 2.5 million, only 25 are likely to be alive at any time. As it would not be safe to release Snow White back into the wild she will be staying at the hospital until a sanctuary can be found to take care of her for the rest of her life. For more information about the work of HART Wildlife Rescue, visit HART Wildlife Rescue, Unit 9, Soldridge Business Park, Soldridge Road, Medstead, Nr Alton, Hampshire, GU34 5JF Tel: 01420 562335



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To the editor I enjoy reading the articles you publish about local walks. I attempted to follow part of the walk described in the October issue. I found, as the author partly surmised, that all the paths between Green Lane near Bishop’s Sutton and Sutton Beech Wood had been ploughed out. On the same day I found that a substantial length of paths leading into Ropley, and forming part of the St Swithun’s Way, had also been ploughed out.


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s reported earlier in the year, Glenn Gilbertson has, on behalf of Alresford Historical & Literary Society, been researching the stories of our local war dead. On the war memorial in our parish church, St. John the Baptist, New Alresford, Hampshire, there appears: Eacher, C. Cpl. 1st Norfolk Regt. However, no matching name featured in the Commonwealth War Grave Commission’s Debt of Honour Register. Charles Eacher is buried in New Alresford (St. John the Baptist) Churchyard extension, Hampshire, grave C.VII.2. A search at revealed that unfortunately Charles Eacher’s full service record has not survived. The “Hampshire Chronicle” Parish Reports on 14.07.1917 states:


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“New Alresford...... Eacher – on July 8th, at 1, New Farm Road, from disease contracted at the war, Charles Eacher, late Drummer. 1st Norfolk Regiment, aged 29 years …. Military Funeral. The death occurred on Sunday, after a long illness, of Lance Corporal Charles Eacher, of the Norfolk Regiment. Deceased was a member of the Expeditionary Force, and saw a great deal of service in France, where he suffered from trench feet, necessitating amputation of a portion of the limb. Consumption subsequently developed, and he was discharged from the Army. The funeral took place on Thursday …. a military funeral.” From the In Memoriam section of the “Hampshire Chronicle” dated 12.07.1919:-

“In ever loving memory of Charles Eacher, who died in honour’s cause July 8th 1917. From his wife and little Nellie ....” His Death Certificate, records the cause of death as Phthisis and his occupation as Army Pensioner. Born in Great Yarmouth, in the 1911 Census, Charles Eacher was recorded as a Drummer serving with the Norfolk Regiment, stationed in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. In 1914 Charles married Dorothy Emma Munday in County Down, Ireland. Dorothy was born in Bishops Sutton, Alresford, Hampshire in 1889. She died in 1950. Dorothy was the sister of Jack Munday (Pte, RMLI, H.M.S. Bulwark) and Percy (“Jim”) Munday (Pte, Durham Light Infantry), who are also recorded on the St. John’s war memorial, killed in 1914 and 1917 respectively. “Little Nellie” was born in Belfast in 1914 and died in Hampshire in 1995. Our evidence showing that Charles died as a direct result of his army service was sent to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission, and we are glad that they have accepted that he was a casualty of the Great War. A Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone has recently been provided and a dedication ceremony will be held on 11.11.2011.

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Hampshire Mum


BUT... W

e all at some point in our lives have cursed the ineptitude of telecommunications companies, this time it was my turn. Friday was spent with intermittent internet and crackling phones, and then, ...nothing.

The Husband drove off in his van on Saturday morning; not in any kind of petulant way, but because it was the only place he could get a signal on his mobile. He had been in conversation with our service provider (ID-10T communications) and was now on hold and had been for some twenty minutes. I could just make out his happy face through the steamed-up windscreen. Fortunately Stars I and II were at friends, so missed the tirade of abuse and the sight of the mobile being hurled across the room. “Forty minutes on hold then I lost the signal! I can’t cope with this. I’m off to golf … ” “Ok honey.” It didn’t seem appropriate to add “calm down.” Saturday afternoon was spent in a contorted position that only Sting could fully appreciate, bent double over the tumble dryer with my head rammed against the window in a, vain as it turned out, attempt to keep the mobile signal. “Are you in front of your PC now Mrs. Pagan?” enquired the nice man called Malcolm. “Err, well not exactly.” “Just need to take you through security and then I’ll transfer you to our technical department - they are a little busier than usual at the moment…” After fifteen minutes and a feeling of creeping rigor mortis I marvelled at their choice of music: ‘I feel like dancing’ (yes, on someone’s head) by the Nolan Sisters, and oh the sweet irony in the third line of Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ –‘we’ll be holding on forever’. After thirty-five minutes, how prophetic was she? But finally … “Welcome to ID-10T. I’ll just take you through security, then pop you on hold for a moment…” “No!” And with that, my elbow slipped from the windowsill and I lost the signal. It was at that point I felt a desperate need for the Earl (Grey), so staggered to the kitchen only to discover that Star II had decided to have a go at making strawberry ice cream. It’s amazing how far strawberry purée can travel with the aid of an electric whisk. Sunday found me at my parents’ house using their landline, which, mercifully, had free calls as part of their internet package. It had


been ten minutes with dear Bonnie Tyler when a voice said, “Sorry to keep you Mrs. Pagan. We are unable to open the Open Reach portal because you are a customer of ID-10T(S) so you’ll need to talk to them. Goodbye.” “But .… but … I dialled the number, bemused: hadn’t ID-10T bought ID-10T(S) Well, I got through to the ID-10T(S) helpline: “Welcome to. Now I am normally a mild mannered soul, but there comes a point when something snaps, when enough is enough, so, “I just need to take you through security Mrs. Pagan and then pop you on hol…” “Let me just stop you there. Here’s what’s going to happen . You, please, will open the appointment system for the people who connect the lines and get a technician to call. I’m free 24/7. DO NOT put me on hold with Bonnie Tyler ANY MORE.” “Oh Mrs. Pagan, I’m so sorry, my system has crashed and I need to put you on hold – just for a minute - so I can refer you to my manager.” As Bonnie sang ‘We’ll be holding on forever’ I was resigned to my fate. Twenty minutes later, a human voice returned and said she would text me through an appointment. Marvellous, or so I thought. The Husband returned from the 19th hole with good news; he had received a text saying we had no fault on our line. So that would be why we still had no phone either in or out, and no internet then. Fabulous. We phoned the help line again: “Thank you for calling ID10T, all lines are now closed.” On Monday, I was at a dear chum’s house using her phone, oh yes, and Bonnie was there too. A lovely lady from the subcontinent took me through security and then the various things we could do re plugging in other phones etc etc, all of which we had done to no avail. And then, “The people who connect the lines will call between 1 and 6pm tomorrow.” Eureka! I waited in… No one came. Tuesday: just embarking on the school run when, there it was, a 'we connect your telephone lines' van driving up and down our road! In desperation I flagged him down and hurled myself towards his window, “Number eighteen?” I panted, eyes wide. He looked afraid: “No, number four”. I backed away; he’ll never know how close he was to having a premenopausal woman grab him by the throat. Wednesday was spent sifting through notes that people had put through the door asking why I hadn’t returned their calls. Thursday: no Bonnie, instead 'we connect your telephone lines' man turned up! A man, with no desire for Earl Grey and without a sense of humour, but with an uncanny resemblance to Vince Vaughan, said, “Well it’s obvious what’s wrong with that.” He donned a hard hat, goggles and a harness and proceeded to climb up the telegraph pole outside; he was holding on now…. Fifteen minutes later, he said simply, “New cable.” The Pagans are now able to communicate once again. Well, except the answer machine doesn’t work …… Sandra Pagan

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NEW IN ALRESFORD Located just minutes off the H igh S treet in central A lresford a bright, airy, new Studio and Consulting Room available to hire


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Community News

Steve Brine MP


ovember is birthday month in the Brine household; Emily is four this year (going on 21) and William is now one. What excitement we have in store as the much worked upon birthday and Christmas list is revealed to the bank of Mum and Dad. Since I last wrote, we have seen the latest twist in the Barton Farm saga with Secretary of State Eric Pickles now saying no to CALA Homes. I think this was a common sense decision and I know it was welcomed by so many (but not all) residents across the area. It would have been totally wrong for the Planning Inspector, let alone a Government Minister, to send in the bulldozers and the future of Winchester now rests with democratically elected councillors of all parties. That is quite right and it is called localism. You can see much more at bartonfarm. More generally, I think we would be deluding ourselves to think Winchester's housing problems have gone away. Alresford has been earmarked its share of new development in the draft local plan which is right because we do need some more affordable housing to rent and buy in the town and I will continue to engage fully with local councillors to see this happens in a locally driven, properly planned for way. We simply cannot turn our back on those who need somewhere to live and bring up their families in Alresford. In other local news; I held my previously trailed public meeting last month with the Chief Inspector of Winchester Police and local officers to discuss the proposed moving of Alresford Police Station and local policing


in general. The meeting, held at the Community Centre, was well attended and we had a lively 90-minutes of questions for the panel. The meeting was an election promise I made to residents in the town and it was hopefully useful for the residents, businesses and local representatives who attended. You can see more via www. I also joined a judging panel with the team from the Alresford Co-Op to see who will be the local recipients of the brilliant Community Card scheme for 2011/12. It was a competitive field and results will be announced soon, very probably elsewhere in this magazine. Further afield, I met with a new local organisation ‘Green Win’ to work through the detail of how together, we will roll-out the Government’s Green Deal and insulate thousands of homes across our area. I have visited the Winchester Samaritans, big local employer Denplan and the world famous Watercress Line with the MP for neighbouring East Hampshire. I was also really pleased recently to open the new visitor centre at Winchester Prison. Finally, in Westminster I have been continuing to speak up for Park Home owners through my work with the All-Party Group for Park Homes. We have just produced some research into the extent of the problem with some site owners and will report back directly to residents at Valdean in Alresford who will certainly be interested, if not surprised.

You can see so much more of my work locally - and on your behalf in Westminster - at or you can call: 01962 791110.

Jackie's County Corner


here are Blue Badge scheme changes afoot. The Government is proposing to increase the charge(currently £2, to be raised to £10), and manage the whole issue nationally rather than locally, and then recharge local authorities. Doctor reports could be replaced by specialist capability assessments. To me, it seems a very expensive overhaul of a system which seems to work quite well; it’s the nonbadge holders that park in the bays that we should be cracking down on, not the disabled! What’s your view? Please tell me or reply to the consultation by the 4th December 2011: http://consultations.hants. aspx?consultationid=1111 Some time ago now, you told me that you wanted a safer way around the tree roots in the Salisbury Road area. After a lot of consideration, the County Council has constructed a trial section of new footway for you to comment upon. If it is successful, then there is sufficient finding to create more like this one. Please go to have a look at the new dropped kerbs in front of number 13, Salisbury Road, and tell me what you think. If you are not so steady on your feet, or push a buggy, does it work for you? The Minerals and Waste Plan for Hampshire was the subject of a special County Council meeting in October; mercifully, the Itchen Valley Division is not a rich vein of sand and aggregates for building. New ‘waste’ sites often develop in the countryside almost by accident: farms start to store waste paper and old machinery, and neighbours don’t think anything of it until ten years slip by and a Certificate of Lawful use can be issued, allowing the business to expand, possibly under a new owner. Please be vigilant in your area, and report any problems to your Parish Council or me.

The terrible effect of the bus service reductions are hitting hard now. The 30th October deadline for the new service has passed, but despite pleas to the County, City, National Park, and of course, the Operator and our MP, there is very little improvement to the proposed cuts. I am particularly concerned for those who have had to leave their jobs (and there are too many in this category) and children who are at risk of having to change school. Voluntary work is at threat too. We all want people to ‘shop local’ but bus cuts are a false economy in my view; now too many communities are left without any regular public transport to speak of, and the cost of taxis are far too high in rural areas. There is a Self Help kit to provide local transport on the www. website, but it needs a body of people to make it work. Would you like to take on a co-ordination or driving role for your community on this? Please let me know. Finally, a reminder. The CAB operates a drop in service at the Alresford Surgery in Station Road from 1-3pm every Monday. All welcome. You can reach Jackie Porter, by post: The Down House, Itchen Abbas, SO21 1AX , or by email:, or by phone 01962 791054 www.

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Alresford Youth Association Moving Forward


t the Alresford Youth Association’s Annual General Meeting on 28 September the Chairman of the Executive Committee, Stuart McCullouch, reported that the organisation needed to respond to some significant recent changes. After 11 years, the Alresford After School Club had been moved from the Association’s premises in The Dean onto the Sun Hill school's site where it is continuing to thrive. Also, the County Council Youth Team, that for several years had provided leaders for the youth club, was now set to focus on specific cases of disadvantaged young people and could no longer provide youth workers.

This provided an opportunity, said Stuart, to review the Association’s contribution to services for young people in the town. Few youngsters had recently been attending the Thursday evening youth club and it could be that a different approach was needed. Running the Old Chapel in the Dean for the sake of a single youth club session of 2 hours per week could be soaking up a disproportionate amount of resource, he said. While those who had bought and converted the chapel had done a fantastic job, it could be that the equity that it now represented could be better used in partnership with other organisations so that it achieved higher gearing

over in April 2007 in similar circumstances when the association was on the brink of being closed and it perhaps was time to accept that a new, more sustainable concept for an organisation to provide inclusive “drop in” services for the young people of Alresford was needed. The committee would be working on this over the next year. - “more bang for the buck” in other words. He also said he would be standing down as chair by the next AGM. It had been difficult to recruit members to the committee and interest in taking over as chair had not been evident. He had taken

Local Restaurants Help Homeless table explaining. All of the funds raised in Hampshire will go to the Society of St James, a local homelessness charity.


ast year, over 500 restaurants participated in the StreetSmart Campaign, raising £465,000 to help the homeless in 19 cities countrywide. The campaign, launched 14 years ago, has become a valuable and well recognised part of the restaurant landscape. This year, we'd like to invite restaurants to join us as we launch the campaign throughout Hampshire. The Society of St James is pleased to announce that the


first restaurant in the county to sign up to the campaign was The Purefoy Arms. Andres (owner and award winning chef) has experienced the campaign in action in London and was only too pleased to be in a position to support the Hampshire launch. StreetSmart is simple to run, hassle-free and will cost restaurants nothing. A voluntary £1 is added to each table's bill throughout November and December, with a StreetSmart Card on each

Thanks to Deutsche Bank's support, not one penny of the money raised goes to StreetSmart's administrative, production or promotion costs. Not many charitable campaigns can honestly make this claim but we are proud to say that every penny of every £1 raised in your county will be distributed directly to helping the homeless in Hampshire. Restaurateurs, sign up online at or call your regional organiser, Dee Russell (Corporate and Community Fundraiser at The Society of St James) on 023 8063 2524

In the meantime, if anyone was interested in joining the committee or taking over as chair, they were encouraged to contact him on 01962 732059 for a discussion.

Alresford Torchlight Procession

Alresford's torchlight procession will be held on Saturday 5th November from 7pm. The procession starts from Broad Street and leads to Arlebury Park followed by a bonfire and Fireworks Display at 7.45pm. Tickets £7.00 Children £4.00

Professional Services



n September Alresford-based Home Instead Senior Care, who provide care services to elderly people in the area, officially opened its new offices in the Dean, Alresford.

There to perform the ceremony was their first client, Mrs Patricia Lloyd. She thanked Home Instead and the caregivers, who have been visiting her and her husband twice a week, for all the help she had received.

Positive feedback from our clients and recommendations to their friends and neighbours encourages us to believe that we’re achieving our aim.”

Mrs Patricia Lloyd opens Home Instead, Alresford

Home Instead services include personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and medications; home help covering all aspects of day-to-day housework, shopping, meal preparation and household duties plus companionship services that can involve everything from escorting clients to appointments through to simple conversation and good company. If you’re interested in working with us, or simply want to find out more about what we do and how we do it, please call Jan or Steve on 01962 736681, visit our website at www.homeinstead. or email us at steve.

The at-home care company is already employing 20 caregivers and plans to recruit a similar number over the next few months. No previous experience is required as training is provided but what all Home Instead caregivers share is an empathy with older people and a desire to help them stay in their homes for longer. Care Manager and owner Jan Gapper said “It’s our aim to deliver home care services that we would be happy for a member of our family to receive. We do this by carefully recruiting people who share our belief and then training them to ensure we deliver the highest standard of care so that our service is the best it can be.

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Community News

Alresford Chamber of Commerce News

L adies B outique a stunning range of clothes and assessories

Our boutique will stay open until 7.30pm on Thursdays until Christmas. Please join us for drinks, nibbles and fashion fun!


on’t know who to contact at the Chamber of Commerce? Then please feel free to contact a Chamber of Commerce committee member: Simon Evans The Naked Grape Tel: 01962 732002 Anthony Oxley Laurence Oxley’s Bookshop Tel: 01962 732998 Maxine Baughan Jaga Design Tel: 01962 735135 Tim Considine First Option Ltd Tel: 01962 738250 Ann Brown Cradduck Design Tel: 01962 734606 Mike Dowsett Service Point Tel: 01962 734466 Eddie Rich Richly Creative Tel: 0800 0433770 Chamber Chat Preparing your motorcar for winter. We will be holding a Chamber Chat on Thursday 10th November at 5.30pm kindly hosted by Servicepoint. who will be telling us how to prepare our motorcars for winter. Invites will be sent to all members in due course & any prospective members are also welcome.


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Christmas trees It is getting to that time of year again when we are thinking about Christmas! Once again this year we are delighted to confirm that the Alresford Pigs Association will, on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, organise the erection of Christmas trees above shops and houses within the main shopping area of Alresford. The cut off date for all Christmas tree orders for the Alresford Pigs Association is the 19th November. The trees will be erected on Saturday 26th November. For more information on the Alresford Pigs visit www. Interested in joining the chamber of commerce? It has never been such a good time to join the Chamber of Commerce. Do one thing that will really benefit your town, by joining us today! Please contact the Chamber Secretary on 07769 722 985 or email info@ for more information. Collated & Written by Liz Brown – Chamber Secretary

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Learning through Nature


t Wildflowers, young children have opportunities to learn through experiences in environments which inspire exploration and creativity. With us, children grow

in confidence, learn independence and resilience. They develop care, empathy and abilities to work together in a group. The children spend the morning outdoors getting fresh air and


exercise, whilst playing and participating in activities and enjoying the changing seasons. In the afternoon the group comes in to rest and share a warm meal before engaging in artistic and practical activities. The children’s learning and development is

At Wildflowers we nurture • Curiosity and attention • Exploration and discovery • Confidence and resilience • Care and friendship • Playfulness and creativity • Imagination and wonder • ... and childhood

continually assessed and their progress towards the EYFS learning goals, sensitively supported by educators qualified to level 3, 6 or 7. Wildflowers Kindergartens are located in Bramdean and Kilmeston. We are proud to have received a rating of 'OUTSTANDING' in

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Sun Hill Junior School News becoming the home guard and learning what life was like during the blitz. The day was a huge success and provided us with valuable hands on experience for what life was like during war times.


elcome to Sun Hill Junior School’s column. Over the last term we have been busy settling into new classes, meeting new faces and making new friends at school whilst focussing hard on our learning. Year 6 have started learning about World War 2. They started their topic by going on a trip to Henley Fort. The day involved us being transported back to the 1940s, dressing up as ARP wardens, fighting fires,

Year 5 have launched into their Africa theme with an African day provided by Heritage Ceramics. The day involved an assembly where traditional African stories were told. The children then learnt about the way of life for African people, dressed up according to their status in society and then made African masks using clay. The day ended with a whole school assembly where some of Year 5 shared a play they had learnt, sang songs and then took part in a dancing spectacular – even the staff showed how well they could move!


Sun Hill Infant and Junior School Open Morning

Year 4 enjoyed a trip into Winchester to launch their new theme – Wicked Winchester. Year 4 visited the museum, Cathedral and conducted a survey of the town centre. The children returned to school full of excitement and ready to build their own websites and wire sculptures to persuade people to visit the city. Year 3 have enjoyed being transported back into Roman times thanks to a real life roman man and women. The day involved Year 3 learning about the history of the Romans, life as a roman man and women, undertaking observational drawings and making their own mosaic tile. Reported by Year 6 Sun Hill Journalists.

Tuesday 15 November from 9.15am to 10.30am. Do you have a child who will be 5 or 8 years old between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 Would you like to know more about Sun Hill Infant and Junior schools? Come and see what our schools can offer you and your child. Tour both the infant and junior schools, see staff and children at work, talk to school governors, meet representatives of the school’s PTA, find out about school meals. Special needs children catered for, high standards of academic achievement, well resourced classrooms, single year group classes, well designed child centred curriculum, school grounds used to enhance the curriculum. Sun Hill Infant School 01962 732632 Sun Hill Junior School 01962 732801

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Pre-Schools & Playgroups Busy Bees Pre-School Bishops Sutton Village Hall, children from 2yrs 9 months. We are a thriving pre-school with lovely grass and all-weather outdoor play spaces to give active youngsters the space they need to have fun and learn through play. As a Pathfinder pre-school, we offer 15 hours per week Monday to Friday, including some lunchtimes. Our good Ofsted rating means you know your little ones will be very well taken care of and have oodles of play and activities to do, to give them a good start for school. Our huge car park means drop off and pick up couldn't be easier. Call Caroline Newman at Busy Bees on 01962 734495 (term time) Kim Mason on 01962 732261 (pm) or leave a message on 07518 918892.

Alresford After School Club For 4 to 11 year olds, Term time only, From 3.30 to 6.00pm. Children will be collected from the Main Hall in the Juniors School and from the office in the Infants School. You can now find us in Sunbeams Children Centre behind the Junior School, Contact Angie on: Tel: 01962 7717094 or 07876165592

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Cherry Tree Pre-School

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Based in Cheriton Village Hall. We are open weekday mornings 9.1512.15 with lunch club every day until 1pm. We take children from 2 years 6 months. Cherry Tree offers a quality of provision with its focus on exploring the outdoor environment and developing your child's learning from their interests. Good Ofsted report and excellent links with local schools For more details please contact: Jo Ferguson: 07979230019

6-8 yrs Mondays, Cub Scouts 8-10 yrs Tuesdays, Scouts 10-14 yrs Thursdays, Explorer Scouts 14-18 yrs Wednesdays. All meet at Scout Hut, off Bridge Road. Adults also required to join a growing group. Roy Naismith Tel: 01962 735607 alresford.scouts@

Wildflowers Kindergartens At Wildflowers, children's confidence and social skills are nurtured, their resilence and motivation to learn deepened and their creativity expanded primarily in nature. Progress towards the EYFS learning goals is made and supported whilst moving, exploring, playing and interacting with other children and engaged educators in inspiring environments and small groups. 'Outstanding' Ofsted. Brockwood near Bramdean and Kilmeston. Ages 2 to 6. Helena Nilsson 01962 771458.

Baby Sitters / Childminders Baby Sitter/ Childminder with own transport Available mornings or afternoons for school collection, homework supervision and more in your own home. Evening babysitting on request. Mature and reliable with plenty of experience and excellent references. Tel: 07868786885

Registered Childminder Vacancy 2 day vacancy from September. Dolores Pinniger Tel: 01962 733626

Playing to Learn. Located in the centre of Alresford and established since 1969, 345 is open 4 mornings a week (not Thursday) 9.15 – 12.15/1pm for children from 3 years. Our highly experienced and dedicated staff offer a caring, creative and exciting learning experience, both indoors and out. Very good OFSTED reports and continuity of staff. For more information: Contact Taryn Stroud 01962 779584

Kerry's House

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Perins School, Alresford. Full time day care, 8.00 - 6.00: 6 months to 5 years. N Baxter Tel: 01962 737251

Home from home childcare. Ofsted registered qualified childminder. Alresford area. Tel: 01962 732564 / 07799 821376

Nanny with 10 years experience looking for full time work from mid September. Excellent references. Call Sarah on 07827295859. Karen's Childcare Services Ofsted Registered Childminder Tel: 07900 692892

Ropley Pre-School Ropley Pre-School offers sessions from 9am to noon Mon-Fri for children from 2 years 9 months, with an optional Lunch Club from noon to 1pm, in the Village Hall. We have Pathfinder status so offer 15 hours of free sessions for children of 3 and over. We provide a fun, friendly and stimulating learning environment with excellent links to local schools. Enquiries to Sarah Harry 07510 684055 during opening hours.

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Youth Groups Girlguiding Alresford District Rainbow Guides 5 - 7 years. Brownie Guides 7 - 11 years. Guides 10 - 14 years. Senior Section 14 - 26 years. Adults 18 - 65 years. Friends Of Guiding Group. Contact to Jo Rodgers: 01962 772346 and join a thriving organisation.

1st Candover Valley Beavers For 6-8 year old boys and girls. We are a new Colony, meeting on Mondays 6.15-7.30pm at Preston Candover Village Hall. For further details, please contact Cat Lambourne-Skilton on 01256 389352 or at Catlskilton@

Drop in play sessions Ropley Baby and Toddler Group Meet on Wednesdays during term time from 9.15am to 11.45am in Ropley Coffee Rooms, next to the Village Shop. Under 5s. Please ring Ros Wynne 01962 773374 for further details.

Kidz Café Alresford Methodist Church, Contact Dawn Carr Tel: 01962 735278 Parent and 0-5 year old Play Group Fridays 2-3.30pm

Cherry Trees Toddler Group Cheriton Village Hall Weekdays 1.303pm. Monthly craft activities, playtime and story time for toddlers. Coffee, tea and cakes for the parents. Julia Kimber Tel: 01962 733224

Medstead Toddler Group Medstead Village Hall Thursday 9.30-11.30am during school term times. Contact: Julie Burton Tel: 01420 562546

Mothers and Others Toddler Group Monday 1.00 - 3.00. Children under 5 with parent/carer. Gospel Hall, Four Marks Mondays 1-3pm under 5s Contact Ruth on: 01962 773482

Mother and Toddler Group Itchen Abbas Village Hall Wednesdays 10-12pm. Contact: Juliet on 01962 779365 or Vicky on 01962 860935

Chatterbox Baby & Toddler Group A drop-in parent and toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-school children and their parents or carers. Thursdays 10-11.30am all year round (including school holidays) John Pearson Hall, Alresford. For more info: Louise Cranfield 01962 733932 or email


NOVEMBER CHILDRENS EVENTS Tuesday 22nd November Half Term Flour Milling Demonstrations at Winchester City Mill Be amazed by the power of the River Itchen as it turns the mill machinery and discover how traditional stoneground flour is made. Normal admission charges apply N.T Members Free

Sunday 6th November Berries for Birds and Bellies! Feast your eyes on the winter food for wildlife with a short guided walk before picking your own sloes for home recipes! Collection punnet included. Sloes subject to availability. From 11.00am. Advance booking essential. Book via Manor Farm Reception on 01489 787055. Meet at the kiosk in Barnfield. Cost: Adult £4.00 Child £1.00

Thursday 10th November Craft and Rhymes at Basingstoke Discovery Centre Simple craft activities and rhymes session for pre-school aged children during term time. Just come along and join in the fun! 11am - 11.45am.

Friday 11th November The Mill by Torchlight at Bursledon Windmill Explore the windmill and barns in a different light on a spooky trail full of surprises - not for the faint hearted! BRING TORCHES. Parking is limited, so please consider walking from near by. Entry from 5.30 to 7.30, trail lasts about 30 minutes. Closes 8.30. Usual windmill admission charge.

Sunday 20th November Magic Lantern Shows Join us for a very special afternoon of Victorian family entertainment presented by popular lantern projectionist Mr Stan Roberts. A magical variety of illuminated slides including amazing mechanical moving images, rural and Christmas scenes. Shows at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm in the farm's reception theatre. Manor Farm Country Park Telephone: 01489 787055 Do you have any information that you would like included

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nice walk down farm tracks for kids and dogs alike on those stunning sunny autumn days. With the trees changing colour there are beautiful wooded lanes waiting to be explored. From Alresford walk to the end of the Avenue and take the last turning on the right into ‘Drove Lane’. Follow the road for about a mile past Fob Down until you reach to a T- junction, then turn left and walk up the hill; there are lovely views back towards Alresford from the hill. Follow the road down the other side of the hill; as you reach the bottom you will see a gravel track to your right which quickly turns into a grass track. Walk this track to the end (approximately 1 mile), where you will reach a T-junction with another track. Turn left at this point and then keep walking for a mile or so. The track will eventually pass through a small wooded area, then the track will bend round to the left and ends at a small lane. You are now next to fields which are the site of an abandoned medieval village on the outskirts of Abbotstone.


At the road junction turn right onto the lane and follow it down the hill passing two flint cottages to your right. At this point the lane forks left and right and there is a Byway straight ahead. Follow the Byway until you reach a junction where several tracks meet, turn left here and follow the track (you are now on the Wayfarers Walk heading back towards Alresford). After about half a mile the track will come out onto another small country lane. Cross straight over and continue following the Wayfarers Walk which will eventually lead you down the hill. After a mile or so you will be able to see a small lodge house and the watercress beds to your left. Continue on along the main track until Drove Road. You are now back in Alresford. If you would like concise details of this walk then visit: http:// Type in Fobdown in the search field and then follow the blue rights of way that relate to the article above. You could also print the map out to help you negotiate your way around.

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