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The Hythe & Dibden Directory Edition 3

Hello again Hythe and Dibden and A Happy Diamond Jubilee!

Published by: Debbie Corney & Pat Dimmock

Telephone: 01202 894397

Email: info@hythedirectory.co.uk

Copy deadline for the July 2012 edition: 25th June 2012 Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that data in this publication is accurate, the publisher cannot accept any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. The Hythe & Dibden Directory does not officially endorse any advertising material included within the publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval systems or transmitted in any form, without prior permission of the publisher.

I hope you have had a great celebrating weekend. Let’s hope that the weather that we have been seeing for the past week or so holds on and doesn’t do a runner. This could be the beginning of a really nice Summer! In this month’s magazine we have lots of things to tempt you including an interview with Olympic hopeful Mo Farah on page 26, another with th e famou s and well loved Alan Titchmarsh on page 6. There is an article by Pat called Out and About in Hampshire as well as her continued story on page 18. Don’t forget Pat has been in a wheelchair for many years now. She loves to write and take photographs! Browse our advertisers and have fun with the “What to do in your Garden” article Page 18. We also have lots of trades people for you to contact whenever you need their expertise as well as the Hythe and Dibden Short Mat Bowls Club who would love your support! If you wish to advertise please give one of us a call. We would love to hear from you. Wishing you a great month of June! Best Wishes,

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Interview with Alan Titchmarsh

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Going green Passionate Yorkshireman Alan Titchmarsh looks back over 23 years getting down and dirty in the garden. Let’s be honest, it’s a rather inexplicable phenomenon - Alan Titchmarsh becoming a sex symbol and housewife favourite. Is the greenfingered personality really up there with the George Clooney and David Beckham? Or is it all just a rather long drawn out joke? Alan certainly thinks it might be... “I honestly think someone’s been having a laugh for all these years at my expense,” he begins. “And then I get journalists and people asking about it and I feel if I ever once took it seriously, I’d get even more laughs. I know what I look like and I’m certainly no Hollywood idol - I think it’s time we put that one to bed once and for all because no one’s buying it, especially me!” Titchmarsh, who has just turned 63, will celebrate the tenth series of his selftitled ITV chat show later this year, and he’s already compiled a wish list of celebrity guests for the big event. “Maggie Smith would be amazing but she never does interviews as far as I’m aware. She would be the ultimate for me, so fingers crossed. Though as much as I’d love to sit down with her, I’d imagine it might be a terrible interview! “And Julie Walters - I’ve had her on before but she’s one of my favourites. I

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Alan Titchmarsh

love anyone who’s up for a great chat and who opens up. She always stands out for me as a fabulous guest. “Ultimately though, it’s not just about the celebrities for me. I’ll sit down with a chimney sweep and have him on the show if he’s a good talker. I’ll have anyone on my show who’s willing to talk to me.” The dad of two, heading up this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the Birmingham NEC, has been a household favourite since his first stint as a horticulture correspondent way back in 1979. And having cultivated an image as

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7 arguably the most affable man in the UK, it makes sense he’d be asked to compère the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant, an honour he admits to being rather nervous about. “I’m hosting the pageant with the horses, the glamour, the tradition... and I have to say, I’m a little nervous. It’s such a huge event, on a worldwide scale, and while I’m thrilled to even be involved, I find myself a little jumpy at the notion. It’s such a massive event watched by billions across the globe… and that’s a thought I could actually do without too! I just hope I don’t get tongue tied.” Will he get a chance to meet the lady herself on the day? “I’m not sure, to be honest. I might get a royal wave if I’m lucky.” As for BBC’s Gardeners’ World Live, visitors will experience theatre and stage shows, as well as getting the chance to meet their favourite TV stars, including Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and of course, Titchmarsh himself, who explains why the four-day event is w onder f ul oppor tuni ty to mee t gardener’s from around the country. With so much time out of Yorkshire, Titchmarsh will be happy to return for some well-earned time in his Ravensworth home. “I must say, as a proud Yorkshireman, there’s nothing quite like coming home after working away. We all know how special the county is, but sometimes you have to leave and come back to really feel it again. I’ve been very lucky in my career in the sense that I can

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experience London and all that holds, whilst also knowing that venturing back to home roots is there for me. “I’ve never really had a career plan,” he admits. “I’m more an opportunist. When opportunities come along, it’s about recognising them, and that's something I’ve always done. Saying ‘yes, I’ll take a shot at that’, regardless of the risk of flak. “The Ground Force show took a lot of stick initially for popularising gardening, but I stand by it. It used good techniques and allowed people who were somewhat intimidated by the process to realise it’s not out of their reach. “As for what the future holds... well, right now, I’d just like to continue working, presenting my show, writing more books and spending more time in my garden.” And does he get much time to venture amongst the flora and fauna, what with dreaming of Maggie Smith and waving at the Queen? “Every chance I get, I’m in there. I make sure each evening to at least take a jaunt around my garden, do a little dead-heading. I’d spend all my time there if I could, but the BBC might have something to say about that!” See Alan Titchmarsh at BBC Gardeners' World Live from the 13-17 June at the NEC in Birmingham with Monty Don, Carol Klein, Joe Swift and many more of your favourite gardeners. With hundreds of exhibitors, RHS Show Gardens and free entry to the BBC Good Food Show Summer, it's the perfect day out for any keen gardener. For more info please visit bbcgardenersworldlive.com or call 0844 581 1340.

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Out and About

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OUT AND ABOUT in Hampshire by Pat Dimmock Now is just the time of year to get out and about and see some of the attractions that Hampshire has to hold. It is also the blooming season for Rhododendrons, Azaleas and assorted other exotic flowers at Exbury Gardens. Gardens I went there a couple of years ago with a friend and the show of the above mentioned is unbelievable; I never knew there were so many colours and the combination of so many grouped together is fantastic for it’s scent too. In addition to the gardens, which cover several acres, there is the Steam Railway, the River Walk and the Japanese Bridge and the house (not open to the Public). One of my personal favourites was the flower beds near the main house that included sculptures as well as some of the largest Peonies I’ve seen. After an afternoon enjoying a ramble round there is Mr Eddie’s Restaurant and the Tennis Court Tea rooms, with both outside and inside seating. Mr. Eddy’s offers a selection of hot and cold food. If you arrive first thing you can enjoy bacon baguettes, in the afternoon a traditional cream tea is available in addition to other light snacks. The lunch menu features soup, baked potatoes, hot fish, meat and vegetarian dishes, plus a salad and a children’s choice. In addition on Sundays there is a roast and if you are planning a family outing what better way to combine a good day out with the traditional Sunday roast. Exbury Gardens is accessible to those with disabilities, with most areas of the garden being easy going if you are in a wheelchair. A map is given to you when you buy a ticket with areas not suitable for wheelchairs plainly marked. So why not take the opportunity to visit a lovely location that is on your own doorstep while the weather is nice. Here’s Summer? Let’s hope so.

Peony and sculpture at Exbury Gardens

Photo: Pat Dimmock

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For full visitor information, opening times and prices visit: www.exbury.co.uk

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Forthcoming event

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Calshot Lifeboat Station Open Day Sunday 8 July 2012 Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station Open Day takes place on Sunday 8th July at 12:00pm. An afternoon of fun and entertainment is on offer for all the family with spectacular displays both on and off the water. Take a thrilling rib ride, watch the lifeboat crews at work with rescue demonstrations including Solent Coastguard’s rescue helicopter. Take a close look at Hampshire's air ambulance plus this year take a tour round the station and see both of our new lifeboats. Also on offer are refreshments, stalls, tombola and a kiddies corner with activities for our younger visitors.

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Places to stay

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The Castle on the cliff... Mention of the words “Camelot”, “Castle” and “Tintagel” to most will conjure up images of King Arthur, knights and wizards. Whilst the ruins of a castle fabled to be that of King Arthur are to indeed be seen at Tintagel, there is also an altogether different place to be found there… Camelot Castle. Not only the home of John & Irina Mappin and artist Ted Stourton, this is also an idyllic, dog-friendly hotel. Perched atop the cliffs overlooking the ruins, the breath-taking scenery adds to the peace and tranquillity. However, there is a deep purpose behind this amazing location. “Our purpose in creating Camelot Castle is to have a place where anyone who agrees that life can be enhanced by natural beauty and art can come and experience that enhancement immediately and first hand. Camelot Castle provides a unique space where people can come to share both in the extraordinary natural beauty of our environment and in the extraordinary strength created when people of goodwill share their ideas and vision. “In c.800 A.D. Harrona Rachid, the supreme ruler of Baghdad, governed and administrated the entire Arab world. At that time, Harrona Rachid, the conceptual architect of the first “Golden Age”, passed a law. That law stated, that every Th u r sd ay , ev ery Ma ste r of e ve ry intellectual or physical discipline, be it Mathematics, Architecture, Religion, Political, or Creative must attend court and Rachid stated that, by law, they should and must share their ideas. This one act caused a ripple of innovation and new ideas that spread across the Arabic

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Camelot Castle basking in the sunshine world and Mesopotamian culture up through Spain and half of Europe. Indeed, ideas that occurred then are still visible today across the civilised world. “What was only known by a handful of people until today was the fact that Haronna Rachid also issued every law and every order to his empire using Formal Arabic Poetry. As early as 800 A.D. Harrona Rachid had isolated the power of the use of aesthetics and beauty in carrying a message across thousand of miles and great distances. For this reason, the poets and artists of Baghdad were some of the greatest that the world has ever known. The Arabian Nights were written in his honour and Harrona is immortalized in them. Harrona Rachid was probably one of the greatest champions of creativity that the world has ever seen.

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13 “There are two other well known nonreligious occasions in recent history, when men have risen to this extraordinary level of responsibility and wisdom. The first was the formation of the Round Table at the Court of Arthur Pendragon on the advice of Merlin, which cracked the suppression of the dark ages across Europe. The other was the stru ctu re and cod ification of th e American Constitution by the Founding Fathers. “The Founders of Camelot have been able to research deeper into the wisdoms of the east than ever before. They have been able to draw on the modern and workable wisdom embodied in the freedoms established and maintained by the United States. And, through unique access and friendships in the Middle East the Found ers have isolated some previously unguessed at importances, heralded by Arabic culture, that will effect the entire future of mankind. “So when you visit us at Camelot and share your ideas here at our round table, realise that you are being and becoming part of a purpose line that is indeed both ancient and of the future. For these purposes are woven through the very fabric and the structure of our societies.

Debbie and Hayden at the round table

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Hayden taking Lady Coco for a walk “They are the weft and warp of creativity. Truthfully, there has never been a time in the world when the sharing of ideas across the world is more important than right here right now. “The importance of our artists to our society has been grossly underestimated and it is time that we began to value the contribution that our own creativity can make. Camelot is here today so that you can experience, tap into and be, your creativity. Even the greatest barriers surrender to the creativity of man. “Our purpose is for you to create yourself and thus, to enhance all life.” Debbie, Hayden and I were fortunate enough to be invited to stay by the owners and enjoyed a fantastic view of the coastline and ruins from our room. The food and service at the hotel were outstanding and Hayden thoroughly enjoyed taking the owner’s dogs for walks in the grounds. I highly recommend a visit and it is a lot closer than you might think! Stephen Corney

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HYTHE & DIBDEN SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB Have you ever tried short mat bowls? Whether a seasoned player or beginner, you would be very welcome to join us on a Monday evening at Hythe & Dibden Parish Hall. Just come along and we will provide equipment - all you need to start is a pair of flat shoes. The evening begins at 7pm until 9.45pm and the current evening fee is £3.00 which includes refreshments during a break. There is an initial joining fee/subscription of £15 and further subscriptions are payable each February

If you are interested in playing with friendly people, please telephone Dave or Margaret Shepherd on 02380 842702.

DO YOU HAVE COMMUNITY DATA YOU WOULD LIKE INCLUDED IN OUR NEXT MAGAZINE? In each issue of THE HYTHE & DIBDEN DIRECTORY we set aside some space for community information. Fo r exa mpl e a Church g ro up, Women’s Institute or Community Centre wishing to make an event broadly known would be eligible for a feature in our community pages. If you would like community data in the next issue please contact Pat via email:

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LOOKOUT – THERE MIGHT BE A TRAIN COMING! by Councillor Michael Harris In 1963 Dr Beeching as chairman of the British Transport Commission set out his plan to save £140 million. When his “axe” did eventually fall 25% of all lines were cut, 67,000 jobs were lost and over 2000 stations closed. There are of course differing opinions on the Beeching cuts. On the one hand they were largely centred on rural branch lines affecting people for whom the bus would be the only alternative. Meanwhile the closure of little used intermediate stations paved the way for fast intercity services that would not be held up by slow stopping trains. 50 years on there are clarion calls to reopen some of these branch lines. But is this just a hankering for a return to the golden age of steam?

Well in the case of Hythe & Dibden definitely not! Conservative controlled Hampshire County Council is investing £75,000 into a viability study to assess the reintroduction of passenger services between Southampton and Hythe. The railway line has never actually closed as it has continually been used by tanker trains servicing the refinery at Fawley. At a potential cost of £3 million a new line servicing the Waterside would without doubt relieve the pressure on the A326 and other congested roads in the area. The viability study is a small first step. If approved the opening of a passenger service from Southampton to Hythe would be several years away. But there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel – or is it a train headed this way!?

New Forest District Council member for Furzedown & Hardley, Councillor Michael Harris

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Staff are committed to providing person centred care within a warm, stimulating homely environment that strives to meet the individual needs of the client whilst retaining the support of families. Sundial Cottage is a well established privately owned Care home, situated on the edge of the New Forest National Park on the South Coast of Hampshire, close to the beaches of Calshot and Lepe and approximately one mile from the Village of Fawley. Sundial is a registered with the CQC and complies with the Essential Standards of Quality & Safety. We offer individual dementia focussed care with staff undertaking appropriate training. Each of our rooms has its own character, being light and spacious with a personal call system that is connected via a bleeper to the staff, ensuring that assistance is only the push of a button way. At Sundial residents are encouraged to maintain their independence and interests whilst also expressing their opinions and wishes in regards to the activities provided. The home also accesses activities via the local community, through local schools and other local organisations that help to support the residents of Sundial Cottage. Visiting is unrestricted. Sundial Cottage provides day care tailored to individual requirements. This can be half or full days, regular or ad hoc. Please call to discuss your specific requirements. For respite stays please contact the home regarding availability .

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As I See It By Pat Dimmock

Living in the 60’s Looking back on it growing up in the 60's was interesting; times were changing-not in all respects for the better, but things were generally getting better for me. It was during this time that I had my only stab at going to an outside school rather than having a home tutor. The place was called Monet and I still remember with a shudder the school uniform which I hated for two reasons, the first being that the knee socks which were tight and dug into my legs which by that time bruised very easily, and secondly because it made me look like a complete dork. The hat was the worst; it was round with a brim and if you have been following these articles at all you can see that my ears stick out like open taxi doors; I am most certainly not a hat person. I wish I could find the photograph that my Mother insisted on taking one day after school; my face says it all, but sadly I think it has been lost in one of my many moves. The school itself wasn't bad really, but I got targeted by school bullieswhy are children sometimes such little horrors to one other. I suppose for the same reasons as adults. It most certainly wasn't helped by the fact that I was shy and wouldn't stand up for myself. My Father, bless him, used to drive me to school each morning and so would begin the daily litany from me of: "What would happen if a tree fell across the road Daddy?" and so on. I was quite inventive about all the things that might happen to prevent us from arriving at our destination. The answer was always the same; a very stoic: "We'd get there somehow." Anyway I was saved the pleasures of Monet by the fact that it closed after one summer term, much to my glee I freely admit. I was also liberated from wearing a skirt; something I hadn't done since I was about three. Beach going dictated sneakers, jeans and short hair, something that was not usual for little girls of that time period and I was often mistaken for a boy. If I had a penny for the number of times some indignant old lady steamed purposefully towards my Mother to announce: "Did you know your son has just gone in to the ladies toilet?" I would be on the rich side.

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19 The highlight of the 60's for me was a trip my Mother and I made to New York City in '69. She had friends there and they invited us over. My Father wouldn't go with us as he hated the idea of going to America for some reason, so we went alone. I was eleven at that point and the thrill of hitting a place like New York was profound. It was just as alive and awake at 3am as it was at 3pm. (I only tried staying up once to check, I promise). We arrived in March when the streets were still being cleared by snow plows and left in September having experienced heat and humidity that was overwhelming. In between we had been wide-eyed at all the spectacles of this very special city. It really is like none other. The much joked about New Yorker's surliness is no myth. But if you are English as soon as you open your mouth and they hear that “Brit” accent faces light up and it is the key to help and opening doors. An example of which was when we arrived at Kennedy Airport to find that here was a strike by the Redcaps-the name for the airport porters. One gentleman spotted us struggling and made a tentative approach, when he found out we were English he cried happily “Oh, you’re English!” and proceeded to do a full baggage handling for us and wouldn’t take a tip. I remember one evening walking down 34th street and Broadway just as the sun was beginning to set, the sun was being reflected off all the windows of the tower blocks and it filled the air itself, it seemed, with a gold and orange glow, a most beautiful sight that has stayed with me all these years.. The city itself is on a Me on a windy beach during one way grid system for a long hair phase. traffic so that you only ever have to concern yourself with cars, etc, coming at you from one direction. After six months we went back to Guernsey where I almost managed to get myself flattened crossing Fountain Street in St Peter Port because I was only looking in the one direction for traffic. The irony was not lost on me.

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Places to visit

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Go Wild! At New Forest Wildlife Park It’s finished and it’s amazing! The fantastic new Go Wild! adventure playground at New Forest Wildlife Park – which has cost nearly a quarter of a million pounds and taken six months to build - is now up and running. The Heap family, who have been involved in wildlife conservation for over 30 years, have spent months of hard labour building the amazing woodland adventure playground and are thrilled that kids will finally be able to enjoy it. The Go Wild! adventure playground, designed by German specialists Huck, is made of sturdy Douglas Fir and Robina wood and covers nearly an acre of natural woodland. Surrounded by trees, next to the deer encounter enclosure and in sight of the grazing European bison, it includes a zip wire, log jumble, ‘birds’ nests’ climbing ropes, swings, spider nets and more. Heap family members who built it include New ForestWildlife Park owners Roger and Carol Heap and their son Ed, plus Roger’s brother Stuart and park maintenance manager Symon Monger. “We are extremely excited ab out the new playground,” said Carol. “Animals have always been our top priority, but we know that Go Wild! will add to the experience of visiting the park and that children will have enormous fun here. “The playground is huge. It is made of wood and rope and is in a lovely natural woodland setting, which gives it a sense of exploration and adventure. Conservation is the main reason for our existence so having a playground that fits into the natural environment rather than a lot of garish plastic was really important to us. We can’t wait for children and

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families to try it out. We are also building a smaller version of the playground for tiny tots so we hope that will be ready by the school summer holidays.” New Forest Wildlife Park is involved in international breeding programmes for endangered species and also works with the RSPCA to rescue injured or abandoned animals and where possible return them to the wild. It has lynx, foxes, wallabies, European bison, wolves, deer, otters, owls, wild boar, ferrets, pine marten, polecats, adders, harvest mice and more, plus a tropical butterfly house. There is a tearoom plus timed animal feeding sessions throughout the day and keeper talks about the amazing wildlife. Carol and Roger Heap also run the Chestnut Centre Conservation and Wildlife Park in Derbyshire and Battersea Park Children’s Zoo in London. To find out more about the exciting activities at New Forest Wildlife Park visit: www.newforestwildlifepark.co.uk

(L-R) New Forest Wildlife Park maintenance manager Symon Monger, keepers Ali Morris and Gareth Morrissy and animal manager Jason Palmer have fun in the new Go Wild adventure playground

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Gardening Tips

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What to do in your Garden in June As any gardener knows this time of year can be fantastic in the garden if all goes as planned. That includes of course the weather co-operating with hot barmy days and nice cool nights filled with the aroma of night scented flowers, if you had the forethought to plant them. So, for starters here are some things that you can do in the garden this month: Keep pots and baskets well watered. As plants are growing vigorously and the June sun can be strong, watering twice a day could be necessary in some cases. But please observe any water restrictions in your area. If they are in force you can install a water butt and/or save the water from your kettle (cooled) and the washing of veggies, in a bucket and supplement your watering. It’s surprising how much water one can collect in this way. In addition new plants should be watered in well at planting time, and during any dry spells. When planting, create a shallow dip around the plant base to hold water, and give a good soaking every couple of days, not a cupful twice a day. The point here is to encourage roots to extend deep down into the soil to find moisture and become well established. Little and often watering methods encourage roots to come close to the soil surface where they are more likely to dry out. Mulch around plants in beds and borders and large containers, to retain moisture. A nice thick layer of leaf mould is the best, but grass clippings or composted wood chippings are good alternatives. A layer of newspaper, covered over with grass mowings will help to suppress weeds and retain valuable moisture during long hot spells.

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23 If you have climbing plants in your garden you will understand the beauty and height they bring to the garden. Plants, such as Clematis, Virginia Creeper and Honeysuckle, to mention just a few, are that they twist themselves around anything they come into contact with and support themselves. However, sometimes their stems can fall astray and they need some help. Simply tuck them in to the rest of the plant or tie it wherever you want to grow. Take care not to use wire or anything that could dig into branches or stems if they do need some added help. Dead-heading roses starts now and continues right through to the end of autumn. Cut off each spent flower head as and when you spot them. On floribunda varieties, wait until all of the flowers on the stem have died and cut them off at the base (where it meets the branch). For an organic slug and snail control try saving your egg shells and then crushing them up and putting them around the base of the plant you wish to protect. The theory is that snails and slugs don't like crawling over this and will go elsewhere for lunch or dinner.

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Fly-Mo Medium distance British talent Mo Farah eyes up Olympic glory. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past seven years, you will be aware that all eyes are firmly fixed on London this year as the capital plays host to the greatest show on earth – the Olympic Games. But as the nation prepares to fix its eyes on the once in a lifetime sporting extravaganza, for the home grown athletes competing the prospect of career defining and life changing moments grow ever nearer. Few will be feeling that more keenly than Mo Farah. Ask any athletics fan, even the more casual ones, and they will tell you that Farah ranks among Britain’s best hopes of gold medal success come August: after all, Farah is the current 5,000m world champion and currently holds a whole host of records, including the European track record for 10,000m and the British indoor record for 3,000m. Now living in America in Portland, 29year-old Farah’s mind is completely focussed on the prize. “The training is going well,” Farah confirms. “I’ve just come back from high altitude training in Kenya and the other athletes and I there are doing broker training together, which is going well.

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Mo Farah “I’ve not done anything different to what I have done over the last couple of years – I always train with Kenyans. I used to train at St. Martins College and it was there I saw some Kenyan athletes doing their thing, which was very different to what I was doing. I was still into going out, having a good time, but they would be in bed by 8pm. I ended up moving in with them, just learning things from them. It really helped me improve; it was exactly what I needed.” To use running parlance, the Olympic

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as well as glory, with his performance in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 a huge letdown. “I had to regroup from that setback – really reassess and come back stronger. And to be fair, I’ve done just that.” Farah has upped his game considerably, with 2011 his most successful year to date, culminating in two medals at the World Championships - silver in the 10,000m and gold in the 5,000m. How would Farah rank his chances of Olympic glory? “It will be difficult, of course. The biggest rivals are the Kenyans and the other Europeans, and I’ve just got to do everything I can. I’m not going to make any predictions. I am desperate to make it onto the world stage but I can’t say how it will go. It’s a long way from scaring deer in Richmond Park where I used to train!” But even away from his own medal hopes, Farah appreciates the opportunity hosting the Olympic Games gives London and the country at large, and is looking forward to what should be an incredible experience. “Yeah, it’s going to be amazing. To have the Olympics right on your doorstep is absolutely amazing. But you’ve got to take that advantage of having the home crowd along with you. I’m definitely looking forward to it, and I don’t want to have any regrets.” Mo Farah is fuelled by Lucozade helping him go Faster. Stronger. For Longer. Check out Mo in action at www.youtube.com/ lucozade.

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New Road, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6BR Telephone: 023 8084 5005 Email: enquiries@cornerstonehytheurc.org.uk Registered Charity No.1141707

We are a family orientated church serving the community on the Waterside. SUNDAY SERVICES: We have two Sunday morning Worship Services, a traditional style at 9.30 am with piano or organ, and contemporary style at 11.00 am with a Music Group and children's & youth groups for all ages. YOUTH & CHILDREN: A variety of groups meet throughout the week including Girls’ Brigade, Boys’ Brigade and a Youth Club. Our Parent and Toddler group also meet weekly. We have occasional special activities for children during the school holidays, and a Junior Pins & Needles group. OTHER GROUPS: Women’s Guild meet weekly and our Men’s Group have a monthly meeting including an occasional Men’s Breakfast on a Saturday. Pins & Needles meet weekly in the Foyer. Home groups meet on various evenings and day time in various venues, and we also run Alpha and ‘Y’ Christian Education Courses. FAMILIES MATTER: This is our community project which supports family life on the Waterside through a variety of groups and one-to-one support. PRAIZIN’ HANDS PUPPETS: An outreach group using professional puppets who put on presentations to schools/churches on a large range of social issues helping children & young people to make the right choices in life. Thy also present the real meaning of Christmas and Easter etc. FOYER COFFEE BAR: The Foyer coffee bar is open weekdays and Saturdays from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and all are welcome.

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We’re Walking in the Cloud... The Cloud Hotel, owned and run by Avril Owton MBE, is a small country house hotel that enjoys superb views of the open forest from its perfect location at the edge of Brockenhurst. The charming Encore Restaurant specialises in traditional English food. A stay at The Cloud Hotel will give you the opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy yourself. Recently awarded 2 Red Stars by the AA Inspector.

Morning coffee & afternoon teas served daily in our lounges, conservatory or secluded garden

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Oakdene Dental Practice 9 Long Lane, Holbury, SO45 2LF

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Index of advertisers Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory... Appliance Repairs Quality Electrical................................. 11

Guest Houses Twin Oaks........................................... 31

Articles As I See It ............................................18 Fly-Mo: Mo Farah ...............................26 Going Green: Alan Titchmarsh............ 6 Go Wild! at New Forest Wildlife Park ....20 Lookout - there might be a train coming ..16 Out and About in Hampshire .............. 8 The Castle on the cliff .........................12 What to do in the garden ...................22

Hotels & Restaurants Forest Spice ........................................ 1 Sway Manor Hotel.............................. 11 The Cloud Hotel.................................. 29 The Roebuck Inn................................. 5

Builders Excellence Homes ...............................21 Camper & Motorhome Repairs Autovan Services Ltd...........................24 Camping & Caravanning Sites Eype House ......................................... 3 Catering Services Amuse Bouche .................................... 3 Community News Calshot Lifeboat Station Open Day.....10 Cornerstone: United Reform Church ........28 Hythe & Dibden Short Mat Bowls .......14 Dentists Oakdene Dental Practice ....................29 Solent House Dental Centre................ 9

Hot Tub Hire Party Tub Hire .................................... 5 Insurance Claims Specialists Aspray ................................................ 15 Kitchens Kitchen Insight.................................... 24 Legal Advice Nursing Home Fees ............................ 23 Mobility Products & Services The Discount Mobility Company ........ 15 Physiotherapists Rakhee Jethwa ................................... 3 Puzzles & Competitions Prize Wordsearch ............................... 25 Residential Care Homes Sundial Cottage.................................. 17 Solicitors Senior Legal Services .......................... 21

Embroidery & Haberdashery Pinks ................................................... 3

Stamps Rush Stamps....................................... 5

Fitted Furniture Custom World ..................................... 2

Windows, Doors & Conservatories ABCO Windows .................................. 32

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