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ISSUE 10 MAY / JUNE 2008 FREE (value ÂŁ3.00)

Your local community lifestyle magazine Covering: Buriton, East Meon, Froxfield, Hawkley, Liss, Milland, Rake, Rogate, Steep, Sheet, South Harting


What do you want in The Square?


Pre-school and nurseries directory and news



Life in Petersfield 2008 Awards Special

News, Fitness, Fashion, Arts Charity, Eating Out, Competition

Chelsea Old Boys held by Petersfield Town

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Contents Centre pages


Life in Petersfield Awards: Roll of honour & photos


And the winner is …



Festivals, Bluebird Care, Miss Surrey,

4, 6

Health & Fitness

Gym and Tonic: Get fit with Cat Jarman

Queen’s Awards, Eco town, Hampshire Arts


and Geraldine Keith Business


Free-notes, House of Dragonfly Bardens, Media Lane

Business News

Costa coffee, Cyclelife, VIP Nail Studio


Business Networks

East Hants Chamber of Commerce,


First Friday, Ecademy

Natural Luxury For Home And Lifestyle Q

Painted Chests & Cupboards


Wardrobes and Beds


Mirrors & Framing


Choice of Colour & Sizes


Lighting by Original BTC


English Ceramics, Swedish Glassware

Local attractions

Stephen Richardson visits Uppark



Knitted Throws, Organic Cotton Bed Linen


Life in The Square, Rosey Briggs



Notebooks and Journals



Dilys Lownsborough’s 37 years in couture


Organic Cosmetics, Handmade Soaps


Pre-school and nurseries directory



Gardening Accessories and lots more.


Developments in Petersfield


Food / Eating out

Food Festival, Langrish House, Django’s



Petersfield couple’s Colombian mission



Hi Lights; PYT



Local Wildlife association



Win priceless Positive Lifestyle prizes


and Lauren Graimes

Hilliers garden bench winner Sport


Chelsea OB in Town; Petersfield Cricket Club

Diary of events

What’s On in May and June



Local contacts


Editor: Cat Jarman

Sub-editors: Denise Curtis-Raleigh, Stephen Richardson Creative Director: Andy Burke Art Director: Karen Holloway Advertising Manager: Sally Puddick Advertising Executive: Gill Cooper Managing Director: Gareth Gammon Editorial Director: Nick Keith

Contributors: Rosey Briggs, Lauren Graimes, Cat Jarman,Geraldine Keith, Nick Keith, Roger Pendel, Stephen Richardson Designed & produced by:

Published by

LIFE MAGAZINES LIMITED 22 High Street, Petersfield, GU32 3JL Tel: 01730 235669 email:

Open Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.00 T: 01730 268565 No.2 Dragon Street, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4JD 1

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Editor’s View

Welcome And the winner is...


he answer is that the whole town and surrounding

villages were winners at the inaugural Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards in April. With over 250 guests, 15 sponsored categories and 6 performances, we all had a ball at the Festival Hall. Congratulations to the winners and highly commended people and organisations in each sector. As Petersfield Mayor Paul Molloy told the audience, “Everyone was

Happy winners at the Life Awards 2008 at the Festival Hall in April. Photograph by Michel Focard

a winner.” Life Magazines are grateful to all the sponsors, the judges, and the many people who helped us in the preparation and on the night. There is a list of thanks and acknowledgments in the Awards Supplement, which also provides a full photographic story of a fabulous evening and a roll of honour. Also in this issue you will find a Fitness guide; a special section on pre-school childcare (with a unique directory); popular views on what to make of The Square; a report of the dramatic football match between a Petersfield Select XI and Chelsea FC Old Boys; and a preview of the Petersfield Cricket Club’s new season. All in all there is much to enjoy. Finally – and this really is finally – we have appointed a new editor of the magazine, Cat Jarman, who organised our Awards so brilliantly. My role becomes strategic, driving the future

Advertisers in this issue Advert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Alitex . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Alpha Graphics . . . . . . . . . .43 & S v And So To Bed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IFC Archway Vets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Atcost Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Baggette & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 B Barden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Bedales School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Biscoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Bluebird Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Champneys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Costa Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .IBC County Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Daltons Solicitors . . . . . . . . . . . .S xi Dilys Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Ditcham Park School . . . . . . . . .S x Durleighmarsh Farm Shop . . . . .33 East Hants Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S xii EHDC (Market) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Energy Footprint . . . . . . . . . . . . .S v Executive Windows . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Grayshot Pottery . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Greys Coach Travel . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Haart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Hackman & Potter . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Hartley Wood Interiors . . . . . . . . .21 Hendersons Railway Café & Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .S x House of Dragonfly . . . . . . . . . . .37 Intuitive Photography . . . . . . . . .29 Jigsaw Montessori Nursery . . . .29 John Jenkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 John Peter & Co . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Joint Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Jubilee Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Advert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Page Kingscourt School . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Langrish House . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Lavant Rowe Hairdressers . . . .S xi Liss Wools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Littlejohn Bathrooms OBC & S xii LRS Garden Machinery . . . . . . . .43 Mackarness & Lunt . . . . . . . . . . .37 Meon Therapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Morgan-Owen & Coates . . . . . . . .11 MTS Tyres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Mulberry Lifestyle Services . . . .41 Navigate Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 One Tree Books . . . . . . . . . . . . .S ix Owens Cycles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Peacock Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Picketts & Pursers 35 & S ii Premier Property . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Primaveris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 RAK Ceramics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Rainbows (Folly Market) . . . . . . .43 Rainbows Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Reeves/Simply Store . . . . . . . . . .31 Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Richard C. Arnold . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Riverford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Rowlands Funerals . . . . . . . . . . .S iii Rowlands, Son & Vincent . . . . .S iii St. Margaret’s School . . . . . . . . .27 Stagecoach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Sue Johnson Interiors . .25 & S xii The Hearing Company . . . . . . . . .11 Transform Landscapes . . . . . . . .35 Waitrose . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 & S viii Waterlooville Carpets . . . . . . . . . .15 Winchester Garden Machinery .44

development of the Life Magazines’ business and editorial effort.

Distribution List

So we wish her well, and please contact her with your news, stories,


and ideas.

Waitrose, Rams Walk


Library & Tourist Information Centre,

Sun Inn

The Square

Rake Stores

Selborne: Post Office Stores

Life Magazines, 22 High Street,

Nick Keith Editorial Director

The Folly Wine & Ale House, College



Hillier Garden Centre

The Co-op, Moggs Mead

Jade News

Heathside Stores, Durford Road

Liss Forest Stores

Petersfield Community Centre, Love

Tesco Express


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The Taro Centre, and Petersfield Rugby

Rogate: Village Stores

Club, both Penns Place

Nyewood: John Jenkins

Festival Hall

South Harting: Harting Stores,

Great Oak Hotel, Winchester Road Sheet: Clanfield: Magic Box Newsagents

Half Moon

East Meon: East Meon Stores

Queens Head

Empshott: Grange Farm Shop Froxfield: Froxfield Stores

Stroud: Seven Stars

Greatham: Post Office Stores

Trotton: Southdowns Hotel

Langrish: Langrish House Hotel If you would like your name to be added to this list, please contact us at


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Here comes summer

Eco town? Whitehill and Bordon has been shortlisted for eco-town status,

etersfield can look forward


Festivities will build on the

of volunteers, supported by

following a successful bid by

to two major festivals in

community theme, and feature

Petersfield Tomorrow, who want

East Hampshire District Council

2008. An inaugural Food

more local talent and

to see Petersfield prosper

(EHDC). Among the other 15

Festival is set for the end of


without compromising its

towns on the short list are: Ford

historic market town qualities.

in West Sussex, Coltishall, and

Organiser Philip Haines says

May and the successful August

If you want to participate,

Hanley Grange.

Festivities of 2007 will happen

that the 2008 August

again this summer — only

festivities will build on last

please register your interest at

bigger and better.

year’s “excellent trial, which

the website:

Leader, says that the

attracted thousands into the

Government will hold a public

Eating Out, page 32) starts with

town. The aim continues to be

Contact: Philip Haines. Email:

consultation in the next few

an evening of music and food

to showcase The Square and


months. “It is vital that local

on The Square on Saturday 31

demonstrate how the centre of

people get fully involved and

May, and continues all day on

Petersfield can be used to

Sunday 1 June.

benefit the town’s residents.”

The new Food Festival (see

Both events will also feature

The organisers of the highly successful Petersfield

progress on the Petersfield

Festivities during last year’s

Town Design Statement

August Bank Holiday weekend


say the event will take place

and support the inclusion of

again on August Bank Holiday

Petersfield in the South Downs

2008 — from Saturday 23 to

National Park.

Monday 25 August. The

Petersfield Events is a group

Cllr Ferris Cowper, the EHDC

back our plans to make Whitehill Note: There is still time to view the local area summaries and add your comments about the Petersfield Town Design Statement, which is being drafted by Petersfield Tomorrow, working closely with East Hampshire District Council and Petersfield Town Council. Please go to: view

and Bordon a flagship green town for the 21st century.”

South Downs inquiry Expert witness Professor Robert Tregay appeared on behalf of the South Downs Campaign (SDC) at the end of April as it closed its evidence at the re-opened South Downs National

New exhibition Cheque for school

Park inquiry. Professor Tregay is a senior partner at LDA Design and an expert on nationally designated landscapes. The SDC, a network of over 145 organisations, hoped he would help to convince the inspector that a substantial body of opinion is behind the South

Hampshire artists (l to r): Claire BoydWallis, June Duckworth, Maggie Marten, Penny Adams, Ruta Brown, Tom Hart, Toni Goffe, Angela Carter

Downs National Park being include the Western Weald. Contact: Robin Crane,


new collection of work by the

Chairman of the SDC,

Hampshire Artists’ Co-operative was

01730 812935

launched at its latest exhibition, which started on 19 April and continues until 25 June at the Selborne Gallery.

William Currie at Herne Junior School presents a £500 cheque to Susanne Ashcroft

A challenge cricket match

work includes contemporary handmade


Ashcroft, chair of Friends of Herne, the

XI and an Old England XI is set

jewellery, sculpture, felt-work, glass,

through the National

school PTA.

for 2pm on Friday 20 June at

pottery, drawing and painting. Prices are

Westminster Bank

from £10 to £1,000.

Community Cashback

an interactive white

Chichester. The game is in aid of

award scheme. This is

board for the school hall,

Boxgrove Priory — one of the

Sunday, the gallery is staffed by the

available to all staff

which will enhance

finest churches in Sussex and

artists, with a different member of the

within the Royal Bank of

assemblies and PE.

the Duke’s family parish church.

group on duty each day.

Scotland group, and Mrs

The artists’ range of original creative

Open from 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to

Contact: Selborne Gallery, The Plestor, Selborne, GU34 3JQ.

erne Junior School

between the Duke of Richmond’s

has raised funds

This boosts funds for

Westbourne House School,

Lunch guests include Sir Ian

Paula Currie was eligible

Contact: Herne Junior


for this workplace grant.

School, 01730 263746.

To book or get further details,

Susanne Ashcroft,

contact the Event Co-ordinator,

The result was that

Tel: 01420 511347

William Currie (year 6)

Friends of Herne,

Tracey Richardson, Tel: 01730

presented a cheque for

01730 266672.

268295. Email: tracey-

£500 to Susanne


All star cricket Life

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After a dreary winter we can announce products and expertise to help you and your eyes and lifestyle as we can look forward to the summer with yet more advances in technology to give you relaxed comfortable vision, lifestyle and more………. Relax in the knowledge of a competent team of Qualified Optometrists, Dispensing Opticians and support staff, including lens glazing from our own laboratory for a better service. Relax in the knowledge that Optos Optomap has again improved its technology, to refine diagnosis of both a healthy or problematic retina. We recommend that everyone should have this as a health check, because by putting down a bench mark and storing the retinal picture early in your time with us as a patient, gives peace of mind. Should a problem occur we are in a better position to assess the timescale onset and access quicker corrective treatment where possible. Such screening should be a standard routine health check for all. We encourage this retinal digital imaging as a “best practice” standard for visual care. Problems are best eliminated or found early and treated appropriately. Such retinal problems may not be picked up any other way. Relax with Eye plan membership in the knowledge that you are paying for the best we can offer in eye care, ensuring you have professional Optometric eye examinations and sight tests, without the worry of NHS timescales. Relax with the advantages of product costs; Eye plan membership gives you substantial reductions in costs of Optical professional fees,



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Colormatic and from Spectacles, Sunglasses and Contact Lenses and associated products. Relax as a contact lens wearer (RGP): with the use of Corneal Optical mapping we can measure and map your cornea for better fitting of bespoke contact lenses, giving you better vision and comfort. Using this corneal mapping and as an alternative to laser surgery you can relax and sleep in corrective contact lenses. This is Orthokeratology enabling you to discard wearing corrective eyewear by day. This non invasive therapy avoids irreversible laser surgery. However should it be appropriate, we also have a Laser Surgery partnership liaison with a Harley Street Specialist with whom we can work, giving you continuity of care. Relax with clearer vision from Freesign Technology the bespoke designed spectacle lenses from Rodenstock. These bespoke lenses transform the clarity of vision for Varifocal lens wearers ensuring relaxed and accurate vision for the wearer. Relax with “Light Intelligent Lenses” from Rodenstock. These Colormatic 100% UV protective lenses come in various colours with

new Colour contrast filters. Currently we can offer you a significant saving off the prices of this product - relax your budget as well as your eyes in the summer sun. Be dazzled by the price of this year’s Wimbledon Sunglass promotion, with fashionable comfortable styles and lens options giving you quality prescription or non prescription sunglasses at amazing prices. Eye plan members can relax with their additional price reductions - even on the promotional prices on all these collections. Book an appointment now to see our qualified staff, have a truly relaxed summer with the services from Richard C Arnold Optometrists. Open 6 days a week Mon – Fri. 09.00 -17.30 pm and Saturdays 09.00 am -17.00pm

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Queen’s Award

future. We are very pleased to receive this award as it is a clear indicator that the vital issues of climate change and peak oil are being taken seriously. “We also welcome this

carbon footprint and live more

won a prestigious Queen’s

sustainable lifestyles. Their offices

Award for Enterprise in the

are based at a recycled naval base

Sustainable Development

(formerly HMS Mercury) on the

Category 2008.

South Downs Way in Hampshire.

The Queen’s Award was for

The site is now The Sustainability

Permanent Publications

Centre, an environmental

‘continuous achievement’ and

educational charity, which they

‘unfettered commitment to

helped found in 1995.

progressing sustainability internationally’. Permanent Publications

Maddy Harland, Permanent Publications’ Chief Executive and co-founder, said: “All the staff are

publishes practical books,

passionate about providing people

magazines and websites, which

with information and the means to

enable people to reduce their

live a greener, more creative

hope for warm weather

for their traditional Whitsun Bank Holiday Festivities on 26 May this year. The 2007 event was hit by the coldest weather

permaculture network worldwide

for more than 25 years.

Andy Goldring, Chief Executive

ermanent Publications have

illagers of South Harting

strength of the grassroots

problems facing our planet.”



opportunity to emphasise the

and its creative solutions to the

Permanent award winners: Maddy and Tim Harland

Harting Festivities

Harting Festivities Chairman, Peter Hayman, says: “Our plans are more ambitious this

of charity, the Permaculture

year.” There will be something

Association Britain, adds, “For

for all the family:

many, reading one of their

competitions, bouncy castles

publications has been the stimulus

and slides; stalls, games, and

for a new way of thinking about

radio-controlled cars.

and interacting with the world.” Permanent Publications publish

Performers include: Liss band; the Village School; Irish

practical books by critically

dancers; street

acclaimed authors. The quarterly

entertainments; dog agility;

Permaculture Magazine: Solutions for Sustainable Living was established in 1992 with a readership of 600. It is now read in 77 countries, both in print and online, with more than 100,000 readers. They support environmental projects in their local community, nationally and globally.

and other traditional elements. Profits from the event are applied to local projects and charities. Activities start at 11am and finish at 4pm. Programmes are available from Harting Village Stores or the Post Office. Full details at:

Chloe crowned C

hloe Marshall won the

national newspaper and on

Miss Surrey title at

ITV’s This Morning.

Champneys, Liphook, in March,

The eight finalists were

and now goes through to the

photographed and interviewed

Miss England grand final in

in their own keep-fit outfits

London on 18 July.

and daywear.

A beauty student from

The judges — who included

Cranleigh, Chloe is aged 17 and

the current Miss England,

is the first size-plus girl to

Georgia Horsley – were looking

enter Miss England.

for confidence, beauty and

Since entering Miss Surrey, she has already appeared in a


The reigning Miss England, Georgia Horsley, crowns Chloe Marshall as Miss Surrey. Photograph courtesy of and



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Health and Fitness

Gym and tonic With summer fast approaching there is no better time to start a new fitness regime. Life in Petersfield’s four guinea pigs share their experiences with us and learn what can be achieved in a matter of weeks. Leaving you with no excuse!


eraldine Keith, 54, trains at

cardiovascular equipment as

Positive Lifestyle at Durleigh

interlinking this with my strength

Marsh Farm with Barry Carter.

and conditioning regime ensures

She began training 18 months

that the inside of my body is

“Without Barry I find it hard to

ago to strengthen her hip after

beautiful as well. I also do a

keep myself motivated. He makes

surgery and now has another

weekly Pilates class at Positive

it enjoyable for me and ensures

goal on her agenda.

Lifestyle with Lea Blumlein which

that I am doing all my exercises

“In March I decided I wanted to

has helped my core-conditioning

correctly. I feel it is important to

lose a stone before the summer.

and my everyday postural habits.

find someone you like to keep

“When you pass 50 your shape

you on the right tracks to meet

Since then, I try to average

Paul Parker: rebuilt physical strength and lost a stone in weight

to gain the ideal results I want.

three visits to the gym per week

definitely changes and it takes

for one hour at a time. The

more (and more) effort to burn

programme consists of all the

off fat. So, for me, this means

towards my target weight loss of

aspects needed to regain full

more cardio work, and less carbs,

a stone. This is much harder

fitness and improve my

fat and wine — which is really

when you’re not so youthful! But

everyday function.

boring - but it’s working. In

I am getting there.”

“Using the cross-trainer,

your goals. “I am still working hard

approximately 8 weeks I have lost

Claire Parker: dropped a dress size and feeling great

stepping and rowing machines for

5lbs, but more importantly my

Paul and Claire Parker, aged 45

from the Taro Centre, took both

cardiovascular work gets me fit

shape is changing.

and 44, from Petersfield, began

our inductions. It seemed a bit

training at the Taro Centre in

daunting to me, as I have

January. Paul says:

electronics implanted in my body

on the inside and burns those

“Overall exercise makes me feel

calories off! I balance this with

better about myself and keeps

the corrective exercise and

me young and mobile. To lose

conditioning work for my hip that

weight I have discovered that you

tumour removed from my left

pain I feel on a permanent basis. I

Barry sets me.

need the balance between good

brachial plexus (at the top of my

have spent the last three years

exercise and nutrition. One

spine), and underwent a nerve

trying not to damage them or

without the other makes it hard

graft from my upper arm into the

myself. Ian expertly adapted my

damaged nerve in my neck. I

routine on each visit to maximise

lost all the muscle in my left

the benefit to me without putting

shoulder and bicep, and had a

too much pressure on my body.

and concentrate on using the

pain management device


“My initial routine was three

implanted, feeding directly in to

times a week, starting with 15

the centre of my spine. This left

minutes on the treadmill at

my body extremely delicate and

walking pace, which made me

out of condition.

realise just how out of shape I

“By the beginning of this year I

Getting there: Geraldine Keith with Barry Carter

to help reduce the amount of

was. Then a circuit around the

had had enough and needed to

weight machines, starting to

rebuild my physical strength. I

rebuild my left shoulder and arm,

was weighing in at a very

followed by a few core building

uncomfortable 95Kgs, with a

exercises. I would then attempt a

waist line that was outgrowing

second circuit, which, after

my 34-in trousers. My wife Claire

around the fourth visit, I was

felt uncomfortable with herself

achieving! Claire was on a similar

and wanted to lose some weight

routine, with less emphasis on

and tone up.

muscle building.

“Ian Barry, Fitness Manager

“Approximately six weeks later, Life

“When training on my own I try

“Eight years ago I had a

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Sometimes events in life bring us up short and we are forced to examine what has gone wrong for us and what we can do to make things right again. Perhaps a relationship that we were excited and hopeful about at the outset has turned sour and is no longer harmonious. Anxiety attacks, bereavement, stress at work or at home, and parenting, are all examples of issues that may be having a profound effect on our wellbeing. Much like physical health issues, it is sometimes hard to identify what is wrong or what, exactly, has gone wrong. Sometimes we simply feel dissatisfied with our life and don’t know how to ‘feel better’. Or we basically feel fine but want more from life. Everyone has in them the resources they need to change. It can be helpful to have a skilled person to listen, question, support and challenge us during this process. Just as a doctor sees a set of symptoms and makes the connection to a diagnosis, so a therapist will help piece together behaviours and events in our lives to help make sense of our problems. With this, we can then find the best tools to help us find a solution. Pip Sweeney has a practice in Petersfield where she works with individuals on a one to one basis. She is co-running two workshops this Spring and Summer: Self-Esteem in May and a Relationships course in June. For more details, call her on 07825 372 183 or look on her website:


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Health and Fitness ▼

Life fear. The thought of falling off a

resistance on the bike each class,

treadmill or getting my feet stuck

which means my fitness levels

in the pedals of an exercise bike

are improving week on week.

(in public) was too much.

my training, and feeling fantastic.

shoulder had been screaming at

I take a spinning class twice a

me for a long time to stop being

week if I have time, and follow

a wimp and get on with it. I have

this with upper body and

pair of Warehouse jeans I need to

abdominal work. Then, once a

get back in to.

week, I do a full work out,

“So, getting on with it is exactly

resistance training. Since I

Ian Barry at the Taro Centre. My

began my regime, I am lifting an

first appointment in February saw

extra 5 kilos and running an

me complete a combination of

extra 10 minutes on the

cardio and resistance exercises.

treadmill, something I never

moving on to the treadmill

thought would happen! “I have lost half a stone, my

(yikes) and cross-trainer got my

sleep pattern has become

heart rate up to a considerable

regular, my back no longer

pace. Then it was on to the

aches, and I am more alert in

chest press, shoulder press and

work. For a 25-year-old

lateral pull-down for some arm

self–confessed gym-phobe I

dropped a dress size and is

toning, followed by crunches and

genuinely cannot believe the

feeling great about herself.

other abdominal work on the

difference in general well-being

exercise ball.

that exercise makes. So come

“Does anyone have an entry form for The World’s Strongest Woman?” asks Cat

muscle in my left arm to begin to

incorporating cardio and

what I did, with a little help from

Starting on the exercise bike,

I had started to increase the

“I am now about 10 weeks in to

However, the voice on my other

match my right. I’d also lost

“Joining the gym has made a

80mm around my stomach

huge physical and mental impact

without dieting.

on our lives — we would strongly

to the gym three times a week

make a difference, and have a

recommend it to anyone. “

for up to an hour at a time. As

fabulous summer. And yes, I’m

one of those people who gets

back in the Warehouse jeans.

“Claire’s fitness levels were improving week on week, and she has gained better understanding about cardio exercise. “I’ve nearly doubled the weights I am lifting, almost doubled my endurance on the treadmill and my core stability has greatly improved. I get at least 80 per cent less back and knee ache, which has plagued me for years. “Since joining the gym in January, I have lost just over one stone in weight, which is due purely to exercise. Claire has


Life in Petersfield’s Cat Jarman, 25, decided enough was enough. She wanted to overcome her fear of the dreaded gym once and for all. And drop a dress size. “The last time I stepped inside a gym, before I began this regime, was when I was at college. At university I swam four times a week, but spent more time in the sauna and Jacuzzi than calorie burning. “The reason? Plain and simple -

“Ian set me a target of coming

on, everyone, take the plunge,

bored easily, I was up for interspersing gym training with


classes. And that’s when I

The Taro Centre, Penns Place,

discovered spinning.


“Spinning, or studio cycling, is

Tel: 01730 234694

not for the faint-hearted. But it is quite addictive, combining high-

Positive Lifestyle, The Old

intensity cardio with resistance

Barn Club, 3 Durleigh Marsh

cycling and upper body strength

Farm, West Sussex.

(depending on the class). After

Tel: 01730 821177

three or four classes my legs were in much better shape, and I was (bravely) upping my


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Business a group of five notes which when

multi-million pound company,

played in any order make a

manufacturing hand-crafted

melody. Children and adults can

outdoor play equipment for

build confidence very quickly

schools and local communities.

because there are no wrong notes.”

Robin Ashfield, who can be found jammin’ in the back garden


Sweet music

Both businesses focus on providing beautifully crafted

The range, manufactured in

products, which transform the

Petersfield, includes xylophone-

outdoor space and provide an

and glockenspiel-style

educational environment in

instruments, as well as

which to deliver the curriculum.

metallophones, chimes, and

“Play is a foundation stone of

drums. All are created in a range

learning,” says Robin, “and our

of materials — aluminium, steel

responsibility within the play

and timber — to blend beautifully

industry and as educators is to

with the garden surroundings.

generate the environments

Robin went to school at Churchers College, and he has lived in Petersfield for many

where this learning can be achieved.” Judging from the first months

Local businessman Robin Ashfield has just started Freenotes, which he successfully launched at the Ideal Home Show in March

years with his wife and three

of trading, the prospects for

children. In 2006 he was awarded

Freenotes are looking good and

the coveted Education Resources

sounding great.


Award for Outstanding

school playground,

feature in the garden — fun for

Freenotes’ range of musical

all the family,” Robin explains,

instruments is for the outdoors,

“and you don’t need musical

and Robin can often be heard

training to play them.

riginally designed for the

jammin’ in his back garden with his children and friends.

“Freenotes make a fantastic

“The majority of the collection is tuned to the pentatonic scale,

Achievement for his contribution

Contact: Robin Ashfield,

to education.

Freenotes. Tel: 01730 233111

Freenotes are his second


business in Petersfield. He

founded Hand Made Places in


1989 and turned this is into a

House of Dragonfly

Making good Paul and Sara Young (with Zara the dog) run an environmentally friendly upholstery business, which has moved to Petersfield


ouse of Dragonfly

in the knowledge that their

refurbish old sofas and

furniture is in expert hands.

chairs so effectively that they

One of Paul Young’s skills lies

reduce the need to buy new.

in transforming a ruined piece

“The older furniture is usually

of furniture, which many people

much better made and worth

would dump, into something

saving,” says Paul Young, who

both usable and beautiful, and

is often amazed by the cheap

this makes him something of an

plywood, staples and even


cardboard that make up the average upholstered chair or sofa these days.

Transforming furniture: Paul Young, an upholsterer for 30 years, with his wife Sara

suitability, or can work with a

they will provide helpful advice

client’s own fabrics if preferred.

to visiting amateurs. Opening

he will take on re-upholstery,

Usually a project involves a free

hours are 9am to 5pm

loose covers, headboards and

home consultation followed by

(appointments can be made at

An upholsterer for 30 years,

ottoman stools, working in

a quote. They will also pick up

other times).

several years, House of

horsehair or foam, fabric or

and deliver furniture — free of

Contact: House of Dragonfly

Dragonfly have moved to

leather. He can also change

charge within a 15-mile radius

The Courtyard, Heath Road,

Courtyard Square, behind the

feathers to polyester (for

of Petersfield.

Petersfield, GU31 4DX.

Festival Hall in Petersfield.

allergy sufferers), or give tired

Customers can drop in and

cushions a re-vamp.

Having traded in Horndean for

check on work in progress and see the quality of workmanship,


Paul and Sarah supply fabrics and advise on colours and

House of Dragonfly can

Tel: 01730 263453. Email:

supply tools and materials to

local DIY upholstery,

enthusiasts. If they have time,


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Business It is still a family-owned business

commercial systems that help to

but has expanded to over 50

prevent electrical fires.

employees, now incorporating

Heathrow Airport, with electrical

domestic customers.

fit-outs of the 5 Tuns pub, and

Bardens cover virtually all

Their names in lights (l-r): Mark Cobbold, Marc Smith, Jo Coker, Marcus Stables, and Stuart Barden

Bardens Electrical

Recent high-profile jobs include:

industrial, commercial and

the DHL Operations Room at

aspects of electrical provision,

Terminal 5; and St Pancras

including lighting and power

Station, with electrical fit-outs of

installations for commercial

the Betjeman Arms and the

premises — such as colleges,

Business Centre.

housing associations, and

As part of the overall service,

residential homes. They design

the company provides a 24-hour

systems that will enhance light

emergency call-out facility.

levels; save on energy and

Stuart was brought up in

On the move!

maintenance; and can provide

Petersfield, where he still lives,

installed systems for CCTV and

and he has two sons. As well as

This highly successful electrical company has celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with a move to Langrish

arm can design, maintain and

Veterans XV and help coach the

install air-conditioning and

U7s at Petersfield Rugby Club.

fire detection. An ever-growing mechanical

running a successful business, he finds time to captain the

refrigeration systems as well as

ardens moved from


was developed on the site in the

providing service and repair for

Contact: B Barden Mechanical

Lovedean in April to new

1960s and has a certain synergy

commercial catering equipment.

& Electrical Services,

premises at the newly named

with the works the company

They undertake maintenance and

Concorde House, Langrish,

Concorde House, part of the

carries out at the London Airports.

repair contracts for commercial

GU32 1RJ 0845 2411511.

enterprises, such as factories and


industrial site next to Langrish

B. Barden Mechanical and

House Hotel. The name was

Electrical Services were founded

a range of concessionaires at

chosen because the prototype

by Brian Barden, father of

airports. They carry out the

for Concorde’s iconic nose-cone

Managing Director Stuart Barden.

statutory inspections and tests of


Media Lane

IT boutique Since opening in December, with a sell-out of iPods for Christmas, Media Lane has been constantly busy and is now recruiting more help to keep up with demand


hris Powell has lived in

laptop bags, JBL iPod ports and

Petersfield for 26 years and

Ferguson-Hill Perspex speaker

was a TPS student. His

systems. Space in the shop is

background includes TV

being cleared for the stylish

production and web

new Macbook Air display.

Chapel Street’s “London-funky” IT shop, with Chris Powell (inset)

development, but he also has

Media Lane is an Apple

business interests in software

authorised retailer and can

Chris, “but not in a geeky way!

discounts on training, data

development and telecomms,

supply the entire range, with

People come in with a story, a

recovery, telephone help, free

so has expertise across many

anything not in stock usually

problem for us to solve. We

loan of a unit. Media Lane can

aspects of business.

available by the next day. Being

know a lot about the IT

also handle email services,

“A London-funky boutique

Apple suppliers they have a

industry so we can often come

domain names and point of sale

with minimalist, contemporary

special expertise in the Mac-

up with creative solutions.”

displays – such as LCD and

styling,” is how Chris Powell

using creative industries:

describes Media Lane,

photography, graphic design, and

for different types of users — eg

Petersfield’s newest IT outlet.

video editing. They can provide

home and family, students or

Media Lane are open seven

The white showroom on Chapel

Mac and PC systems, networking,

businesses. These can include

days a week in Chapel Street,

Street has a stylish range of

repairs, upgrades, training and

regular health checks with


gadgets and accessories — all

support for any business.

system overhaul, free fitting on

Tel: 0800 2000

hardware and software, Life

with a high-design spec - like


“I like a challenge,” says

‘Care Packages’ are on offer

touch screen monitors.

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New Business

Costa Coffee

Java jive Costa Coffee had to battle to get into Petersfield — negotiations for the premises fell through last year, and Starbucks nearly beat them this time round. But now they’re here and business is booming

Petersfield Cyclelife

New bike shop Petersfield Cyclelife opened in February. Backed by the world-famous Raleigh name, it sells and services bikes and accessories and, most importantly, it offers advice “With the opening of Cyclelife, Petersfield has again a centrally based business dedicated to supporting the town’s cycling enthusiasts. In fact, the original building for many years was occupied by the old Petersfield firm of Penny’s cycles. “The shop offers a wide range On his bike: Mayor Paul Molloy opens the new bike shop

Street life: The new Costa Coffee shop spills out onto Rams Walk

of mid-priced hybrid, urban and mountain bikes as well as tag-


ased at 38 Dragon Street,

alongs and children’s bikes, plus

just behind the Total petrol

all the usual accessories and

station, the new venture was


n the first two weeks of


providing table service

officially opened by Cllr Paul

trading the new Petersfield

means much less queuing, he

Molloy, Mayor of Petersfield.

Contact: Petersfield Cyclelife

Costa became second-best

adds. Open from 7.30am to

There will be spot prizes and

Rear of 40 Dragon Street

performer among the 12

6pm Monday to Saturday and

giveaways for the best-dressed

(behind Total Petrol Station)

franchised outlets owned by

from 9.30am to 5pm on

cyclist, youngest cyclist, and

GU31 4JJ.

Premiere Coffee in the South.

Sunday, Costa offer a loyalty

family group if attending on

Phone: 01730 266644 .

card and a store top-up card

their bikes.


Robin Arkle, Costa Coffee Franchise Partner, says: “We’re pleased we’ve had a

for regular customers.

Manager Martin Brown said:

They pride themselves on


really good start. We find we

ensuring consistently high

have a complete mix of

quality coffee that is not

pastries, sandwiches and hot

Contact: Costa Coffee, Unit 19,

customers: kids hanging out

bitter – through constant

paninis. And, for the health

Rams Walk, Petersfield,

after school, shoppers taking

checks on coffee grind and

conscious, a ‘less than 5%

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a break, and a surprising

steam pressure which affects

fat’ range includes muffins

number of American tourists.”

the taste. To enjoy with your

and the newly introduced

coffee you will find a

flat-bread sandwiches.

People seem to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, and


tempting variety of cakes,

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specialist provider of acrylic

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extensions. Within 45

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Business Networking

East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry

eHampshire Conference

Andrew Gordon, chair for

Natural History Museum,

East Hampshire Chamber of

London, on 27 November.

Commerce and Industry, said:

If you enter before 30 May,

“I’m delighted the council

you will go into a draw for

recognises the important

£200-worth of gift vouchers.

contribution that small

The final date for entry is 27

businesses can make to the

June. Download your form on

delivery of public services or

through the creation of this

contact a member of the


Chamber Awards team on 02476 472593.

Chamber awards The Chamber Awards 2008

East Hants Chamber

are free to members. Enter to


get the chance of winning a

Lisa Nightingale,

£50,000 cash prize, courtesy

East Hampshire Chamber of

of RBS Group; and your

Commerce and Industry c/o

business will get media

Portsmouth and South East

exposure and all the

Hampshire Chamber of


Concordat with EHDC

marketing and promotional

Commerce and

East Hampshire District Council

activities associated with

Industry, Harts Farm Way,

year’s conference builds on

has signed a Small Business

winning an award.

Havant, PO9 1HR.

the success of four previous

concordat with local business

eHampshire conferences and

groups — to encourage trade

your local awards you will go


speakers representing some

between the district council

through to the Chamber

of the world’s leading

and small businesses.

Awards 2008, and be

The 2008 eHampshire Conference on Wednesday 21 May at Winchester Guildhall will explain how location becomes irrelevant to the SME and larger companies. This happens when you bring together, or converge, the technologies of laptop, mobile and PDA, in the 3 Screen World (3SW) lenn Peacey, of eHampshire, says, “This

authorities in this arena,

This will make council

including Alcatel-Lucent and

contracts more accessible for

Deloittes. It will explain how

small and medium size

3SW benefits employers,

enterprises. It is part of the

employees and the

council‘s commitment to

environment.” The conference

deliver the national

costs £40 (£47 inc VAT) per

procurement framework.

delegate, including lunch and

By winning your category at

Tel: 023 9244 9449


celebrated at the Chamber Awards Gala Dinner at the

First Friday

The concordat was signed by

entry to one of the

representatives of the

afternoon’s workshops. The

Federation of Small

conference is aimed at SMEs,

Businesses, the East

retailers, representatives from

Hampshire Chamber of

the public and voluntary

Commerce and Industry, and

sectors, IT professionals and

the Alton Chamber of

project managers.

Commerce and Industry.

Ecademy artin Shepherdly, of Web-Epics in Liss, runs the


Horsley, addresses the group.

Petersfield Ecademy Business Network.

speaker at April's gathering of

from Play England will tell

Part of the Ecademy network, Petersfield Ecademy alone has

the Petersfield business

First Friday about their work.

over 100 members. On the second Monday of every month 25

community’s First Friday. The

Over 40 local businesses

or more of them meet for ‘The GU33’ (named after the

group meets at lunchtime (12-

regularly attend First Friday,

postcode) at '57', the Italian restaurant in Liss.

2) at the Folly Upstairs in

to meet other local

College Street on the first

businesses, enjoy fine wine

Friday of every month.

and great food.


These events are open to all and those attending enjoy great food and hear a guest speaker with ideas to help develop their businesses, as well as having the opportunity to meet other

he Rt Hon Michael Mates MP (above) was the guest

On 6 June, Wendy Brookfield

The series of entertaining

If you would like to attend,

local business people. A very friendly and relaxed club, it also

and informative speakers

please contact Amanda Gale

provides real business value. Go to:

continues on 2 May, when the

on 01730 261678 or email

local HM Coroner, David


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Local Attractions

Uppark, built for the Earl of Tankerville in 1690 and now restored after being devastated by fire in 1989

Back to its old glories In the first of a series of articles, art historian and tour guide Stephen Richardson visits Uppark, which he describes as an “outstanding architectural treasure”

faithfully restored to their

the old Tankerville house during

Regency glory based on the

the time of Sir Harry’s father, Sir

designs of Humphrey Repton.

Matthew Fetherstonhaugh (1714-

The most renowned landscape

74), who bought Uppark in 1747,

gardener of his age, Repton had

shortly after his marriage to

been commissioned by Sir Harry

Sarah Lethieullier. Wealthy and

to re-work the earlier formal

noted grand tourists, the couple

gardens into the fashionable

set about creating a suitable

picturesque style inspired by the paintings of Claude Lorrain and Nicholas Poussin. Inside you are met by the usual sequence of grand rooms with exquisite furnishings and works of art. Closer inspection however reveals evidence of the legacy of the devastating fire. Heroic action by fire-fighters and staff saved 90 per cent of the ground floor contents (there is a new exhibition about the fire in the lower servants hall), but surviving carpets and wallcoverings still give clues to what happened.

setting to display a growing collection of art and furniture. Must sees Of particular note is the series of Grand Tour portraits by Pompeo Batoni, of which several are on temporary loan to the National Gallery. Other ‘must sees’ include: the splendid neoclassical stained glass window and the Sèvres biscuitware centrepiece in the servery; the two scagliola-topped side tables in the Stone Hall; a pair of Rococo pier-glasses in the Red Drawing Room; Lady Sarah’s magnificent doll’s-house;

Skilled restoration

panoramic views from the south

Carved decoration to the

terraces; and the dairy where

doorcases in the Saloon have

the 20-year-old Mary Ann

evastated by fire in 1989,


Harry Fetherstonhaugh (1754-

been left partially unpainted to

Bullock once worked, and whom

Uppark’s reinstatement by

1846), who inherited the house

highlight the skill of the restorer.

the aging Sir Harry married in

the National Trust has been the

in 1774. Sir Harry is known to

The beautiful ceiling in this room


subject of much debate. Today

have possessed a similar piece,

(like most others in the house)

visitors can see the house much

which was sold and then lost

was reinstated after collapsing

Uppark, South Harting, GU31

as is it was on the day before

with the sinking of the Titanic on

in the fire. Pieced together from

5QR is open until 30 October.

the fire — truly one of the

its way to New York in 1910.

salvaged fragments, with new

For details, visit:

moulds being made for the lost

stuff of legend — the Prince of

elements, the whole was

rk or telephone 01730 825415.

outstanding architectural treasures in our area.

His lavish entertaining was the Wales was a close friend. The

painstakingly reconstructed by a

For National Trust information,

Uppark, near Harting, was built

young Emma Hart (later to

team of skilled and dedicated


for the Earl of Tankerville in

become the famed Lady


1690. The star attraction this

Hamilton) is said to have danced

year is a glorious table

naked upon this table for Sir

centrepiece, or surtout, on loan

Harry and his friends.

A beautiful Restoration house,

from the Rothschild Family

built for pleasure, a base for


hunting and entertaining as much as a tranquil retreat, with

reflected in its mirrored base, it

its uninterrupted views from the

was made by the French master

South Downs to the Solent.

craftsman Thomire in 1818.

Emerging from the shady

Gracing the length of the table,

woodland drive to approach the

it serves as an elaborate stage

house on a sunny spring

for displaying candelabra and

morning feels like entering a

other dining paraphernalia.

bygone age of gentility and

This has enabled the staff at


Uppark to present the dining

Fresh green lawns and

table as it may have looked in

meandering borders and

the time of the flamboyant Sir

shrubberies have now been


The Saloon had been created from the formal entrance hall of

Uppark seems to have been

Collection, Waddesdon Manor, Sparkling in gilt bronze

Uppark’s dining room: Emma Hart (later Lady Hamilton) is said to have danced naked on this table


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Square deal Rosey Briggs and Lauren Graimes asked people in Petersfield what they would like to see in The Square

Natalie Woodhouse, Petersfield

”More entertainments for small children in the summer holidays. Block off the roads and have more town events.”

Olivia Collicott and Kate Townsend, Petersfield

“In the summer it would be good to have more festivals, like local bands, though the space is quite small. The August festival was good as was the Christmas market.”

David Elsey, Petersfield

“More open stalls so people can browse. I’ve lived here for 65 years and I can remember when there was a cattle market in The Square. Bands, entertainers and exhibitions like the vintage cars we had recently — something for the public. We’re paying for it; let’s use it.”

Michelle Richardson, Petersfield

“More social events, like a food festival and music. I would like to see more specialised markets like jewellery and clothes.”

Pete Dew, The Square Brewery and ‘Petersfield Events’ representative

Joy Sang, Petersfield

Barbara Shaw from Folkestone, Diane Husband and daughter Elizabeth from Headley Down

“The town has a lovely quaint feel about it, so you don’t want to do anything to lose the character. How about a French market or an antiques market?”

“Anything communitybased would be good. Strolling entertainers and hands-on activities for children. Something to bring people into the town.” Martin Knight, Fat Face

“Events help with business. The Farmer’s Market makes us busier and we stayed open later for the Children in Need event. I think live music with young bands on a stage would be good. Maybe local bands too.”

Nicola Walters, Petersfield

Brian Moody from Millets

“The market’s good. Otherwise it’s fine as it is.”


“It’s nice to see it used. I liked it when the schoolchildren did an African parade. Family stuff, like bouncy castles, would appeal to a lot of people.”

Jonathan Berry from The George

“I helped to organise the August Bank Holiday festivities, which were well-received all round. And I’m co-ordinating the Petersfield Food Festival on 31 May and 1 June this year. On a daily basis, though, it would be nice if the whole area could be pedestrianised for safety and there were tables and chairs for people to eat and drink. You’d find that in any square in the rest of Europe.”

“It needs to be more co-ordinated —for example, today they’ve put out a range of Volkswagen cars… and a cheese van. Someone needs to organise it. “I would love to see tables and chairs out there but really this would only be possible if we closed The Square off to traffic and had the markets down the High Street.”

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Style Photograph and outfit design by Dilys Design

her ready-to-wear collection and approximately 300 hats to buy or hire. As she designs and makes the outfits herself, a commission will take several months to complete. So you are already too late to order a midsummer outfit, and she is rapidly filling her autumn diary. Customers first discuss their clothing needs with Dilys, such as the location and nature of the occasion, and the basics of the outfit required. Then a fabric is chosen, and this often dictates what can be made. Dilys explains: “You can’t make a Grecian gown out of a carpet!” The next step is for Dilys to create the design. She believes that, “the element of good design is one that also lasts the passage of time”.

Creative streak: Dilys Lownsborough loved clothes and dressing up from an early age

She then takes a client’s

Fashion fantastic

measurements, and produces a pattern, toile and first ‘fitting’. Usually, there are five or six fittings to ensure the final piece

Dilys Lownsborough has run a high-quality couture business from her own base on the outskirts of Petersfield for over 30 years. She talks to Lauren Graimes

is perfect for the client. Dilys is also a self-proclaimed cat lover, who wholeheartedly

t’s not every day you meet


a whirlwind romance – it was

someone who has remained

love at first sight, she recalls –

faithful to the career idea they

they married and moved to the

excellent bridal service — for

her head from the very first

had as a four-year-old, but Dilys

Petersfield area, where Roger

the bride, the mother of the

meeting. And, with nearly 40

Lownsborough has had a

already had a house.

bride, the bridesmaids, and the

years’ worth of valuable

groom, (waistcoats, cravats, and

experience in the world of


fashion, you can be sure her

creative streak from an early

Over the years, Dilys has

client’s individual requirements. Dilys Designs also provides an

loves her work, and also says she can see the final product in

age. Recalling her love of

single-handedly designed and

dressing-up in her pre-school

made clothes for people of all

conservatory, she says that, “if

backgrounds and ages,

of Petersfield, offers clients the

you have a creative nature, it’s

including members of the royal

choice of more than 4,000

fashion and design, both

something you just can’t deny”.

Her salon, on the Steep side

ideas will be fantastic. She also offers tuition in

family and celebrities. Her

fabrics (for clothing orders

individually and through

And a good thing too. When

youngest client was only eight

only), a beautiful range from

academic course. But that is

Dilys graduated from Croydon

months old. Clients have come

College of Art, she was the only

to her from home and abroad,

student in her year to be

seeking an unrivalled service:

accepted as a Diploma member

for her ‘own label’, specially

by the Chartered Society of

designed, one-off couture

Designers, before becoming a

clothing, and ready-to-wear

full member in 1979. She was

collections, for all special-

headhunted by several high-

occasion wear, bespoke hats,

class fashion companies, before

hat hire, shoes and accessories.

deciding to set up her own

She creates couture outfits

couture business — and so Dilys

for Royal Ascot, Buckingham

Designs was born.

Palace Garden parties,

She met her husband, Roger,

christenings, weddings and

31 years ago, while she was on

other special occasions. These

a cruise, and he was serving on

are all made to measure, and

board the ship Canberra. After

can be accessorised to each


another story, she says.

Her favourite part of the process? “When the outfit is

Dilys has singlehandedly designed and made clothes for people of all backgrounds and ages, including members of the Royal family and celebrities

completed and the clients see themselves in the mirror ……… and smile!” Contact: Dilys Lownsborough MCSD, Dilys Designs, Petersfield. Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. (Saturdays reserved for brides). Tel: 01730 266779 Life

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Education: Pre-school childcare

It’s the first decision you have to make about your child’s education and it can be a difficult one. When you’re choosing a nursery school, there’s so much to take into consideration: distance from home, finding hours that fit in with your working day or choosing between a teaching method like Montessori or a more informal approach. Life in Petersfield provides a list of Nursery Schools and Playgroups in the area and has spoken to a selection for a news update for All lottery grant of £2,500 to buy the whiteboard. It also benefited from a Sure Start grant of £25,000 to provide and equip the outdoor play area. Based at Harting Community Hall for seven sessions a week, the 25-year-old group is a charity. Ofsted-registered, it is run by a committee of parents. The Monday sessions are for children starting school next September. They benefit from specially bought-in activities, such as La Jolie Ronde — learning French in a way that’s tailored for their age group. And First Steps, Hawkley: Children can progress and develop at their own pace and learn through play

Playball helps them to develop a range of practical life skills while having fun with balls and hoops.

Blackmoor Badgers, Blackmoor

Jane Fisher is Montessori trained and the staff of four have been

Herne Farm Pre-school

Located in the old Victorian

together for 10 years. They

This is very much a community

school house (also the village

believe in self-motivation, so

group, run by a parent

hall) for the last 40 years. Close

children can progress and

committee and using the skills

links with the church next door

develop at their own pace, and

and involvement of parents

and with the apple-growing

learn through play.

wherever possible.

organise a summer trip, eg to

Harting Pre-school Group

Jubilee Day Nursery, Steep

Marwell Zoo or the Sealife Centre

Children at Harting Village Pre-

The group was started by the

and have a summer play scheme.

School Group have the best of

current owners’s mother in 1977.

community, with visits to the packing-house in autumn. They

both worlds. Whether indoors or

They operate a free-flow system,

Buriton Nursery School, Buriton

out, the youngsters aged two to

with the children choosing what

five can have fun while they

they want to learn. Lots of trips:

They recently raised £700 for

learn with an interactive

in the countryside and to

new furniture and £200 for

whiteboard and a purpose-built,

Waitrose and visits by local

charity through a very successful

secure play area.

people, including farmers, police

auction. Run on Montessori lines,

The whiteboard represents the

officers and the fire-brigade.

this thriving school is fully

latest in computer wizardry for

booked for the next couple of

the classroom. Children use


electronic ‘pens’ on the board,

Rainbow Nursery School, Froxfield

which reacts like a computer

“Nursery is the first special place

First Steps Montessori Nursery, Hawkley

screen as it brings the magic of

away from the family, so we try

exploring things such as shapes,

to make it a home from home,”

Set in a rural location, with a

sizes, colours, numbers and

says Ruth Hiscock. They have

covered area so the weather

language alive.

undertaken a garden project this

doesn’t prohibit outdoor play.


The group received an Awards

year, with a garden centre visit

Details of schools in and around Petersfield, which take children before school. Their facilities are categorised by the Government into: nursery schools, day nurseries, or pre-school groups. NURSERY SCHOOL/CLASS Dunannie (Bedales Pre-prep School and nursery) Contact: Janie Jarman Address: Steep, Petersfield, GU32 2DP Tel: 01730 711733 Email address: Website: St Margaret’s School Contact: Mrs Lottie Hawkins Address: The Nursery, St Margaret’s School, Petersfield Road, Midhurst, West Sussex GU29 9JN Tel: 01730 813956 Email: Web: Kingscourt School Contact: Nicky Lane Address: Kingscourt School, Catherington Lane, Catherington, Hampshire PO8 9NJ Tel: 02392 593251 Email: Web: DAY NURSERIES Petersfield Busy Bee Nursery School Manager: Mrs J Pipe Address: 11A Monks Orchard, Petersfield, GU32 2JJ Tel: 01730 264776 Causeway House Nursery Contact: Marion Sheppard / Janet Edwards Address: Causeway House, 158 The Causeway, Petersfield, GU31 4LW Tel: 01730 262053 Email: Web: Jigsaw Montessori Nursery and Little Pieces Baby Unit Contact: Belinda Dewey or Caroline Quekett Address: Petersfield Town Football Club Ltd, Love Lane, Petersfield, GU31 4BW Telephone: 01730 264910 Email: Web: The Little School by the Lake Manager: Ms Lynn Matthews Address: The Old Golf Club House, Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4EJ Tel: 01730 231537 Kings Arms Nursery School Manager: Ms Jackie Collyer Address: Courtyard Buildings, Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4DX Tel: 07786 377367 Stepping Stones Contact: Debbie Essex Address: The Scout Hut, Inman’s


Learning is fun


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St Margaret’s School Midhurst

Nursery & Reception Open Morning Tuesday 24 June 10.00 am - 12.30 pm co-educational 2 to 11 years z happy atmosphere z caring environment sunny & spacious nurseries z fun & active playground garden Mini Musicians fun & lively singing for babies & toddlers from 18 months Wednesday Club fun & creative activities for under 5s

Mini Musicians every Monday 9.45 am - 10.30 am

Wednesday Club 9.00 am - 11.00 am

To arrange your visit call 01730 813956 Registered Charity No 235961

Every child should have a voice – and we listen to it. A teacher at Dunannie

You make everything magical. I think the whole of England should be at your school. Ellie, aged 8, on leaving Dunannie

Dunannie (age 3–8) Dunhurst (age 8–13) Bedales (age 13–18) 01730 711733


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Education ▼


DIRECTORY OF PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION (CONT) Lane, GU32 2AN Telephone: 01730 269610 Email: Blackmoor Blackmoor Badgers Contact: Carol Rudd Address: Village Hall, Honey Lane, Blackmoor, GU33 6BU Tel: 01420 487887

Flat out at Jubilee Day Nursery, where children choose what they want to learn in a free-flow system

and a vegetable plot. They

Education Childcare Unit of

encourage lots of playing outside

Hampshire County Council, for

in the fields and woods of their

meeting county guidelines on

rural location.

style of care and teaching. This means that, as one of 10

St Mary’s Playgroup, Liss

playgroups with this status in the

Nikki Boulton went on the Reggio

county, they help and advise

Emilia course to learn about a

other groups and provide an

child-initiated teaching technique

example of best practice.

that was developed in Italy, and

Started 36 years ago, St Mary’s

she felt strongly this was the way

current leadership has been in

forward at St Mary’s.

place for the last four. There are

The method encourages

22 children on the roll, with

children to initiate ideas for

sessions from 8.30am-3pm.

lessons then build on these by members of the group to develop

Winton Playgroup, Borough Road, Petersfield

the theme. It helps children to

One of the oldest playgroups in

work well as a group, be more

town with over 40 years in

confident and to be caring with

operation. Winton have strong

each other.

links with Siward House in

association, using other

This flexible learning method

Borough Road where the children

has structure and guidance from

visit elderly people at Harvest

teachers, without rigid routines.

and at Christmas to sing and

“We inspire children to learn and

exchange presents.

they inspire us,” says Nikki. The group have just been awarded ‘Foundation Stage Lead Practitioner’ by the Early


Clanfield Pickles Contact: Mrs Barber Address: 54 South Lane, Clanfield, PO8 0RY Tel: 023 9259 4001 Email: Website: Froxfield Rainbow Nursery School Manager: Ruth Hiscock Address: George V Memorial Hall, High Cross, Froxfield, GU32 1EB Tel: 07881947367 Greatham The Greatham Nursery School Manager: Elaine Chiverton Address: Fulford, Petersfield Road, Greatham, GU33 6AS Tel: 01420 538893 Privett Privett Montessori Nursery Manager: Mrs K Pritchard Address: Privett Village Hall, Hemplands Lane, Privett, GU34 3NU Tel: 01730 828405 Email: Web: Selborne The Pavilion Pre-school Address: Fountain Road, Selborne, GU34 3DA Telephone: 07891 378103 Email: Sheet The Little School at Pooh Corner Nursery Manager: Mrs Lynne Matthews Address: Lockyer Court, Unit 5/6 Inman’s Lane, Sheet, GU32 2NA Tel: 01730 268764 Steep Jubilee Day Nursery Contact: Ms Rachel Goodchild Address: Church Road, Steep, GU32 2DN Telephone: 07973911417 or 01730 264150 Email:

Rainbows: “A home from home”


PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUPS Petersfield Acorns Opportunity Group Address: The Cabin, The Avenue, Petersfield, GU31 4JQ Tel: 01730 260167 Herne Farm Pre-school Contact: Bev Errey Address: The Herne Farm Leisure Centre, Crundles, Petersfield, GU31 4PJ Tel: 01730 301490 Peter Pan Play Group Contact: Allyson Watts / Ruth Edbrooke-Stainer Address: Petersfield Methodist Church, Station Road, Petersfield, GU32 3EB Tel: 07851 013312 Email: Web: Winton Playgroup Contact: Jenny Woodward Address: Guide H. Q. Alderfield, Borough Road, Petersfield, GU32 3LE Tel: 01730 268769 Buriton Buriton Nursery School Contact: Sally Jeffs Address: Village Hall, High Street, Buriton, GU31 5RX Tel: 07748266926 Email: Harting Harting Village Pre-School Group Contact: Trudy Chapman Address: Harting Village Hall, Pease Croft, South Harting, GU31 5QT Tel: 07880 603506 01730 300527 Web: Hawkley First Steps Montessori Nursery Contact: Jane Fisher Address: Hawkley Village Hall, Pococks Lane, Hawkley, Nr Liss, GU33 6NE Tel: 07775517185 Email:

The Hive Day Nursery Manager: Ms Sarah Jefferies Address: 74 Church Road, Steep, GU32 2DG Tel: 01730 265891

Liss St Mary’s Playgroup Contact: Nikki Boulton Address: St Mary’s Church Hall, Station Road, Liss, GU33 7AQ Tel: 07748 955276 Web:

West Meon Compass House Day Nursery Manager: Mrs J Wake Compass House, West Meon, GU32 1LX. Tel: 01730 829249 Email: Web:

Triangles Pre-school Contact: Elaine Healey Address: The Triangle, Liss Community Centre, Mill Road, Liss, GU33 7DX Tel: 01730 301000 or 01730 892870

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The great outdoors According to nursery education pioneer Margaret McMillan, “The best classroom and the richest cupboard is roofed only by the sky.” Almost 100 years later, her vision for young children’s learning through play is being realised across the UK, due to a new emphasis in the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. environment. The children also have access to the huge Bedales estate where forest activities and visits to the farm take place regularly. Research has shown that this sort of environment gives children the freedom to explore different ways of ‘being’, feeling, behaving and interacting, so that the learning really begins. The Early Act naturally: The little girl is weaving a ribbon into a huge hazel lattice to turn it into a ‘natural rug’. The photo was taken during the 2007 Badley Weekend, an annual event when the whole school contributes to a project to improve the landscape at Bedales


arly years practitioners now recognise that play

is a young child’s mechanism for learning. So school grounds are essential for providing opportunities for healthy exercise, creative play, social interaction and learning through being in touch with nature. At Dunannie, Bedale’s nursery and pre-prep school in Steep, the children have a large playground as well as their own orchard. The swings, slides, small huts and grassy hillocks dotted among the apple and pear trees provide a wonderfully

Years curriculum highlights the important role nursery settings play when providing children with outdoor

experiences which help embed their learning from indoor activities. If you are a parent or carer choosing a nursery for your child, it’s important to look for a setting with both good indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as a happy and cheerful atmosphere. Contact: Janie Jarman, the Registrar, Tel: 01730 711733. Email: Bedales School, Petersfield, GU32 2DG Life

rich, multi-sensory


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Property their Piccolino restaurants on the site. Elmor Lodge This new development in Charles Street, on the corner of the entrance to the Swan Street car park, will have 11 one- and twobed flats ready in June and July. The development is by Pride Homes, of Wickham; the agents are Pearsons in Petersfield. Contact: 01730 710555. On the Causeway Head south out of town down the Causeway and you will see the new Hillreed development of nine houses springing up. Based in Kent, Hillreed also operate in

Artist’s impression of how the ‘Vertigo’ Building will look after development

New faces in town

Sussex and Hampshire. Due to completed in late summer, the 2-, 3-, and 4-bed units are already selling. Prices range from £239,000 for a 2-bed

In spite of the supposed downturn in the property market, some new developments are showing their faces in Petersfield. Nick Keith looks at four of them

house to £409,950 for 4 beds. reduced from £399,950 to

he old Vertigo nightclub in


about 12 months after the

to a friend of his, Keven

Swan Street (built in the

demolition of the old building at


1930s and originally the Town’s

the end of April and early May.

cinema) is giving way to a new

Andy Scott, Managing Director

And the original plan to create an Italian restaurant-bar were

development of 14 flats, with

of London-based Ascott Group —

under review. Andy Scott

commercial premises on the

who had acquired the site — told

explained that the Independent

ground floor. The development is

Life in Petersfield that the development had been sold on

Restaurant Group had withdrawn

expected to be completed in

their proposal to install one of

Two of the 4-bed units are £384,950. The showroom is open on Mondays from 1-5pm; and on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. The houses are being marketed by Henry Adams (01730 262801).

‘Dairy Crest’ sold The former Dairy Crest depot on Station Road, Petersfield, has been sold by Riverdale Developments, who are based in Morden, Surrey


he property has planning

said that he could not reveal the

permission to demolish most

name of the purchaser, except

of the buildings and replace them

that they were a ‘professional’

with a new three-storey office on

firm. He added that brand new

the front opposite Petersfield

offices to the left of the old

station, 12 new 1- and 2-bed

depot will start within the next

apartments within the site, and

month. There will be a three-

to retain and refurbish the

storey building over 3,000 sq ft,

existing office, Drayton House, a

and be ready in mid- to late-

two-storey building just over


2,000 sq ft which needs

Contact: Charles Chatterji,

refurbishment. The property had

Gascoignes Commercial.

a price guide of £350,000.

Tel: 01483 538131.

Charles Chatterji, of selling agents Gascoignes Commercial,


Email: Life

New development in store at the former Dairy Crest depot on Station Road (Drayton House)


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Eating Out

Food Festival set for May

demonstrations and

and a children’s farm at the

performances in The Square,

east end of the High Street.

Rams Walk and the High Street

Joint-organiser Philip Haines

(Sunday). There will be a

expects the Food Festival to

‘restaurant trail’ during the

become “an annual fixture in

week before and the week after,

the Town’s calendar”. In early

and plenty of local food on

April, the organisers had

Petersfield’s inaugural Food Festival at the end of May will showcase local food for local people. The festival weekend starts with an evening of music and food in The Square on Saturday 31 May, and continues all day on Sunday 1 June

offer on Saturday evening.

already raised nearly £5,000


The highlights on Sunday include: Cookery demonstrations by

from sponsors and £1,000 from stallholders. If you wish to participate,

Jake Watkins, of JSW, and

please register your interest

Steve Ranson, of Annie Jones,

at the website:

oint organisers Hampshire

their own stalls (up to about

as well as Perfect Pickels and

Farmers Market will have

80) complemented by

H3S (Hampshire School Meals);


Open more hours!

Awards for Langrish

Popular demand has persuaded Django’s to extend its opening hours to include Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 to 10pm

Historic Langrish House has received the coveted AA Award of 2 Red Rosettes for Fine Dining


he inspectors, who visit ‘under cover’ and without

warning, told Head Chef Peter Buckman that some of his dishes were up to 3 red rosette standard. Peter, who took over the post on Django’s Briony Ledger

1 January 2008, said: “I have worked round the world and more

DATES Tony Farinha (L) and Neil Mercer (R) of El Mondo


n independent family-run bistro, Django’s, opens all

Django’s also offers generous exhibition space,

day from Monday to Saturday,

mainly for locally-based

and its new French-European

artists, but open to all

menu provides an exciting

enquiries. Previous exhibitions

variety of fresh, made-to-

have included watercolours,

order meals and snacks. Fresh

oils, mixed media and

locally caught fish and a wide


selection of cheeses and

Owners Russell Timmins and

charcuterie imported from

Briony Ledger have aimed to

France are among the

create a unique ambience in

additions to the new menu.

their bistro, which celebrated

“Carefully selected fine

its second anniversary in

wines from small vignerons in

February and is named after

the Loire Valley are delicious

the famous gypsy jazz guitar

on their own or make the

legend Django Reinhardt.

perfect accompaniment to the three-course meals,“ say

Contact: Django’s, Bakery

Django’s. “And live acoustic

Lane, off Waitrose car park,

acts help to make the evening


feel like an informal supper at

Tel: 01730 267615.

a friend’s with great





Saturday (from 1:30pm) 10 May: Neil Mercer Solo guitarist, 40s American songbook & modern covers 24 May: Tony Farinah Solo guitarist, blend of goodtime blues and country 29 May: Accords Gitan, gypsy swing 7 June: Francis MacNamara, traditional Irish song and raconteur act 21 June: Neil Mercer, solo guitar, 40s American songbook & modern covers 26 June: Hanging Tree Band, traditional Celtic folk and covers with a twist. 5 July: Neil Mercer, solo guitar, traditional instrumental & covers 19 July: Tony Farinha, blend of good-time blues and country

recently at the Four Seasons, Dogmersfield. I love Langrish House. It is friendly, family-run and there is a great atmosphere.” Langrish House also received a Gold Award for Green Tourism in the same week from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The Talbot-Ponsonby family originally came to live at Langrish in 1842. The house was sold in 1972, but in 1998 Nigel and Robina Talbot-Ponsonby bought it back. Royal duo: Joe Middleton is the second Langrish chef in a year to complete a placement at Buckingham Palace. In 2007, Jason Bellord cooked for the King of Saudi Arabia and the Queen and her family. Contact: Robina TalbotPonsonby, Langrish House, Tel: 01730 266941 email: Life

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Charity: In Ministry to Children a job in a bank. He is now 24 years old and married. He helps to support his mother, against whom he bears no grudge. “The important thing,” Joan said, “is education and breaking the cycle of abuse.” Terry explained that it is important to help the Colombians help

Children in dire need A Petersfield couple have proved that ‘ordinary’ people are capable of extraordinary things

themselves. word of mouth to start a

The charity employs 13

feeding programme to get close

Colombians as house-parents

enough to these children, and

and carers, and they have

their families, to earn their

helped many more to set up

trust. In Ministry to Children

small enterprises, such as

(IMC) became a registered

selling flowers at the local

charity in 1997, by which time


the money raised had already

Terry and Joan have raised

funded a vehicle to help with

awareness and funds for 15

the often dangerous work on

years. They have held coffee

the streets.

mornings, visited schools and

Terry and Joan explain that

societies; they held a very

the best use of money is to

successful Wedding Festival in

prevent the children becoming

St Peters Church last summer;

street kids in the first place.

and they have been pleased

They reduce the burden on the

that people have chosen to

mothers by providing the

raise funds for them through

children with food and sending

sponsored swims and even

them to school.

running the London Marathon.

Two homes have been set up

Joan and Terry Thraves with some of the children they have helped


n 1993 Terry and Joan

contraception is rare and

Thraves took three months

absentee fathers the norm.

off from their busy lives in

Child prostitution is common

to take in boys where it is not

Fun day on 7 June

possible for them to remain at

The 10th annual ‘fun day’ will

home. One of these homes is

be held, as usual, in Rams Walk

now an almost completely self-

on the first Saturday in June.

sufficient farm where the boys

There will be a line of coins,

grow their own vegetables and

cake stall, tombola, secondhand

keep chickens.

book stall and lots of

Joan told me the story of

information about Colombia

John Alex, whom they first met

and the work of IMC. Joan and

Petersfield to join a Tearfund

among these malnourished

when he was about nine years

Terry will be on hand to talk

Relief Project in Colombia.

children who often turn to

old. He had been badly scalded

about their experiences in

Terry’s construction expertise

substance abuse to dull their

by his mother and escaped the

Colombia over their 15 visits.

was needed to build a home for

physical and emotional pain.

violence at home by joining a

They now have a DVD

disadvantaged children and a

They are nick-named ‘the

gang of 60 boys who roamed

documentary for use by small

water storage tank.

disposables’ by vigilante

the streets. He is one of only

groups and which, it is hoped, will be shown on local TV.

groups, who are known to

four still alive today, the rest

prepared for the poverty they

round them up and kill them —

have been killed by vigilante

would witness, but not the

often to make money from

groups or drugs.

shocking state of deprivation

their body parts.

Joan said that they were

and fear that most children

This is why, Terry and Joan

John Alex is a success story, thanks to Joan and Terry’s

were to learn, many children

quiet determination. He grew

sleep in busy areas during the

up in the first home funded by

turned out of their homes to

day so that they cannot be so

In Ministry to Children – the

scavenge or earn a few coppers

easily disposed of.

name of the charity reflects

have to endure. Children as young as four are

saving car-parking spaces on

When they returned to the

Terry and Joan’s Christian

the dusty streets. They are

comfort of their home and well-

regarded as a hindrance by

cared-for family, Terry and

their poor and uneducated

Joan began raising money

student and a quick learner. He

mothers in a country where

through family and friends via

graduated from school and got


beliefs. John Alex was a willing

For more information visit the website at: To offer help, request a visit to your school or society, or make a donation, contact IMC at the Courtyard Building, Heath Road, Petersfield, GU31 4DX. Tel/fax 01730 231400 or email Life

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Arts meeting was held. Petersfield Hilights Society was well and truly on its way. Today, the sets and costumes are hired, a professional orchestra sits in the pit, and thousands of glossy advertising leaflets are printed to bring in the audiences needed to fill the Petersfield Festival Hall. Original members who were cajoled into taking part included Lyn Pease and Lorna White, and both are involved in this year’s production. Lyn’s daughter Jane

In rehearsal: Jane Elsey as Calamity Jane with some of the local townsmen. Photographers, Peter Sillick & Laurence Stephenson

Elsey takes the leading role of

What a calamity!

Calamity Jane.

Calamity Jane is a musical comedy, based on a real-life character of the Wild West, Martha Jane Canary, who

Petersfield Hi-Lights present Calamity Jane in May as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations

dressed, rode and shot like a man. It was adapted from the film that made Doris Day a major


he Wild West comes rolling

hence the name ‘Hi-Lights’ and

and stage crew were borrowed

into town in May, when the

included songs from Salad Days, White Horse Inn, Kismet and Calamity Jane. The show was the brainchild of the late Ken Snuggs and Rosemary Swann (nee Wood), and was produced on a budget of only £100 – how different from the £20,000 it now takes to produce a show! In the early days, the set, props

from other local societies;

Petersfield Hi-Lights present

Calamity Jane. This is the 40th birthday of Hi-Lights, which began as a small group producing a one-off musical revue as an antidote to the annual Gilbert & Sullivan offering. Their first show in 1968 was billed as ‘A Musical Cocktail’,


Calamity Jane is at the

costumes rounded up from

Petersfield Festival Hall from

various quarters; and the show

Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 May

was accompanied by a piano.

at 7.30pm, with a Saturday

The revue was regarded as a

Matinee at 2.30pm (children half-

one-off by musical director and

price for this performance only).

producer, but there were

Tickets from the Tourist

requests to do another show the

Information Centre, The Library,

next year and so, on 12 December

The Square, Petersfield. Tel:

1968, the first committee

01730 268829.


Curtain up! In April, 196 enthusiastic young people aged 5-16 went to Bedales School for the PYT’s Easter Project 2008 ‘Curtain Up!’ The project allows local young people to work with theatre professionals to perform selections from musical theatre, and this year was supported financially by East Hampshire District Council and Bedales School


our young theatre

variety of stage roles and many

professionals worked with

TV appearances); Joseph

the cast: Caroline Sheen (Truly

Pitcher’s (Singin’ In The Rain,

Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty

Royal National Theatre, and

professionals had four days to

Bang Bang at The London Palladium); Stefan Butler (James in James and the Giant Peach and Tom in Tom’s Midnight Garden on national tour); Alison Pargeter (nominated for awards in a

national tours of The Boyfriend,

work on the project, with two

Demon Barber of Fleet Street,

Sunset Boulevard and Me and My Girl). Directed by Nik Ashton with Musical Director Jonathan Gill, ‘Curtain up!’ was a resounding success. The cast and theatre

performances to family and

starring Johnny Depp.


‘Curtain up!’ PYT’s Easter project at Bedales School

of Sweeney Todd and the

friends to finish the last day. A surprise visitor was Jamie Campbell Bower, a long-term member of PYT. He played Anthony Hope, in the 2007 film

For more information and to join PYT, visit Life

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Community share their knowledge. With a range of interests in

suggest places they would like to

usually someone in the group who

visit or things they would like to

can identify a particular bird, or

see. The planning session is

call, or passing butterfly or strange-

usually followed by a short event,

looking fungus that we may come

such as a quiz or wildlife

across. Some of our members

identification video, and always

undertake surveys of local sites for

includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

As an introduction to the wildlife

habitats within easy reach, from

around Petersfield can be very

the local downland landscape,

rewarding. Depending on the

south to the coast and north to

season, you may see kingfishers

the heathland of North Hampshire

and grey wagtails along the

and Surrey. wildlife talks and moth-trapping

woodpeckers and warblers on the

evenings. In addition, the group

banks of the Rother.

arranges annual wildlife holidays


expert, to join us on our walks

and we are happy to welcome

throughout the year. Members of

new members, whether beginner or

the group are friendly and ready to

and short breaks to other parts of

rarer butterflies, including Duke of

the country to see species that

Burgundy, Silver-studded Blue and

are not found locally. Last year we

Purple Hairstreak. In early spring,

spent a week in Pembrokeshire

there are stunning carpets of

and the highlight was a day on

snowdrops followed by bluebells in

the island of Skomer, when we

local woodlands. Later in the year,

saw puffins, razorbills, guillemots

the landscape abounds with wild

and owls.

flowers, particularly on ancient

We normally have a couple of

meadows, including more than 15

walks a month to look at birds,

varieties of orchids found in a

butterflies, dragonflies, and flowers.

variety of habitats.

We have also become adept at

Like-minded friends formed the group in August 2003 to explore

ll the group’s events are free

Other events include illustrated

and terns at the Heath pond, and

Within a half-hour drive, there are

To learn more about wildlife — birds, beasts and butterflies, locally and beyond — you will find friendly and free help in the Petersfield Area Wildlife Group (PAWG)

There is never a shortage of places to go. We have varied

on our doorstep, an easy stroll

Tilmore Brook, mandarin ducks

Walk on the wild side

all members have the chance to

various aspects of wildlife, there is

national wildlife organisations.

Travel to skomer island to see the puffin

quarterly planning meeting when

finding a tearoom or pub to adjourn to after a walk.

the wildlife of the many and varied habitats that we are lucky enough

For further details, contact:

to have in our area. We aim to

Cliff or Jill Oakley on

encourage people to understand,

01730 266392 or email at

enjoy and monitor that wildlife.

The group’s structure is informal,

Roger Pendel


with activities arranged at a

Alpine house

Gardiner, the Wisley Curator. The Alitex Alpine house is made from aluminium, but replicates the appearance of a traditional timber

Alitex, of South Harting, have donated a new Alpine house to RHS Wisley. It replaces an existing model and provides a better environment for Wisley’s renowned alpine collection, which comes from all over the world

design. It is virtually maintenance free, and the frame offers a lifetime guarantee. At just over 12 metres long and 4 metres wide


of the new Alitex Alpine house.

Saxifraga and many other plants

The additional height and

are benefiting from a cooler

increased ventilation gives us

environment, better light levels in

much better conditions for the

the winter and greater air

alpine plants which are on display

movement, all of which are

and I am sure that all our visitors

important for alpine plants.

will appreciate this,” said Jim

colourful display of Crocus, Narcissus, Iris, silver


”I am delighted with the design

the attractive traditional style Peter Buckley (on the right), President of the Royal Horticultural Society, officially opening the new Alitex Alpine House at RHS Garden Wisley in April, with Mary Hall, wife of the Alitex chairman and Jim Gardiner, RHS Wisley Curator

Alpine kouse features benches down both sides to display the renowned alpine collection to best effect. Contact: Alitex, Torberry Farm, South Harting, Petersfield, GU31 5RG. Tel: 01730 826900. Lifel

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Have you got a Positive Lifestyle? How the right gym choice can make a big difference for training, toning or weight loss moved from strength to strength, extending facilities to now offer a yoga and pilates studio, new equipment and a broad range of exercise classes. Membership costs £34 per month. Classes include Legs, Bums and

COMPETITION Life In Petersfield is delighted that Positive Lifestyle is sponsoring this issue’s prizes.

The prizes 1st Prize 3 months membership and 5 personal training sessions at Positive Lifestyle

2nd Prize 1 month membership and 2 personal training sessions at Positive Lifestyle

Tums, 50 plus sessions, Ab-Tastic, Box-a-Circuit, and Circuit Training sessions. Neil has also introduced specialist fitness sessions for 11to 16-year-olds to promote fitness and well being in the younger generation. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, train for a sporting event or rehabilitate after injury, the staff are on hand From strength to strength: Neil, Barry, Wayne, and Ricky

to help you throughout your programme.

eciding to join a gym is a


caters for all ages, abilities and

daunting enough affair, so it

preferences. The big airy barn

training and will help individuals

is important you choose

conversion hosts modern

create, and, more importantly,

somewhere you will be

equipment in a peaceful setting,

stick to, a regime which will give

comfortable, trust the staff and

where you can follow your own

you the results you wish to

advice you are given and want to

programme or work with a

achieve. Other Personal Trainers

keep coming back to.

personal trainer to achieve your

at Positive Lifestyle include Barry

fitness goals.

Carter, Kim King, Rhian Jones,

Positive Lifestyle, situated in the Barn at Durleighmarsh Farm, off the A272, is a gym which

Opened at the beginning of 2001 by Neil White, the gym has


Neil specialises in personal

and Ricky Lidbetter. There is a physiotherapy clinic run by Wayne Devonald and Clare Garner of ReActivate Physiotherapy, who specialise in sports injuries. “The work at ReActivate goes beyond treating an injury – we want to get people back on track

For your chance to win prizes worth over £400, answer these three questions: 1) Name three Positive Lifestyle Personal Trainers 2) What year did Positive Lifestyle open? 3) What is the name of the physiotherapy clinic at Positive Lifestyle? Send your answers and contact details to Positive Lifestyle Competition, Life Magazines Ltd, 22 High Street, Petersfield, GU32 3JL. Email Terms and conditions Entries must be received by 30 May 2008. One entry per person The winner will be decided by a draw and announced in the JulyAugust 2008 edition of Life in Petersfield. No cash alternative is available. Employees of Positive Lifestyle and Life Magazines Ltd are not allowed to submit entries.

and to manage their own recovery and thus prevent injury

level, whatever they wish to

in the future,” says Wayne.

achieve. The ultimate aim is to

“Half our members come in

make people feel good about

regularly and work through their

themselves and go away feeling

own programme that we have set

healthier. If this happens, then

them,” says Neil, “and the other

we are doing our jobs properly.”

half are undertaking personal The winner of the March/April edition competition is Mr George Watkinson from The Causeway, Petersfield. George wins a folding garden bench from competition sponsors Hilliers Garden Centre. “I love my garden” said George “and you can never have enough benches, especially if the weather’s nice”

training to give them that extra

Contact: Positive Lifestyle, The


Old Barn Club, 3 Durleighmarsh

“We are here to help people

Farm, West Sussex.

enjoy getting fit, whatever their

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Petersfield man of of the match, Liam Bray (centre) with Cllr Pam Bradbury, Chairman of EHDC, Petersfield Mayor Paul Molloy, Rebecca Todd from sponsors Daltons, and Ian Essai, Chairman of Petersfield FC

Town stun Chelsea Petersfield came from behind to draw 4-4 but lost to Chelsea Old Boys in the penalty shoot-out. By Special Correspondent Nick Keith (former Sports Editor of The Times)


ans stormed the Love Lane pitch in April after

Petersfield’s Select X1 had held the stars of Chelsea FC Old Boys to a 4-4 draw. Petersfield’s hero was centreforward Liam Bray who was chosen as man of the match by the Chelsea players after scoring a hat-trick. The match, played in front of 1,000 supporters, was a triumph for the organisers and the club chairman Ian Essai, who had all worked for months in staging the match to raise funds and awareness for Petersfield Town FC. Familiar Chelsea faces included speedy winger Clive Walker (250 games for the Blues, and Chelsea’s man of the match), Ian Britton (300 games), and John Bumstead (450 games).

Chelsea Old Boys skipper Mark Westwood receives the Challenge Cup after the dramatic penalty shoot out

Plucky Petersfield fought back from 0-2 and 1-4 down to level the scores with three goals in the last quarter of the game. The match was decided by a penalty shoot out, which went to sudden death before the Challenge Cup was presented to the Chelsea player-manager, Mark Westwood. Life

The big line-up: Chelsea OB and Petersfield Town Select players before the kick-off at Love Lane


Petersfield colts wait their turn to act as mascots

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Front foot A thriving colts’ section and an ambitious fund-raising plan are focal points for Petersfield Cricket Club in 2008


his season the cricket club

eventually play for the seniors –

are running three senior X1s

who already have some of the

at their picturesque ground on

under-17 side in their team. Andy’s wife Dee (Diana) has

the Heath. They play in the Hampshire leagues, and there is

been club secretary — handling

a Sunday side. The first X1 start

admin and fixtures — since

their league season with a home

2006. “Since that time the

game against South Wilts III on

administrative affairs of the club

10 May.

have been dealt with in an

achieve ClubMark accreditation

amazingly efficient fashion,”

with the England and Wales

club has decided to reduce

said Nick Blakstad, the club

Cricket Board (ECB).

subscriptions, which are now

They also have a thriving colts’ section, with over 100 players


(boys and girls) at under-9,

Raring to go: Petersfield CC under-9 colts with club captain Andy Salmon and their coach Nikki Evans

In the coming year one of the

To attract new members the

£25 (plus £10 match fee) for

cricket club’s biggest projects is

seniors; £15 (£5) for students;

teams), and under-17 (two

Commended in the recent Life in

to raise the £14,000 needed for

and £45 (no match fee) for colts.

teams). The colts play at Penns

Petersfield Sports Awards, has written a constitution for the club, and several policies (Health and Safety, Child Protection and a Code of Conduct). These will help Petersfield to realise their aims of being a focus club and

new training facilities. This will

They would also welcome

mean raising money from

anyone interested in umpiring,

under-11, under-13, under-15 (two

Place. Club captain Andy Salmon said: “The youth section is now up to 115 players, which is encouraging. We hope some of those young players will

Dee, who was Highly

events, and, they hope, the

scoring or helping the coaches.

Lottery. They already have in

Contact: Andy Salmon,

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What’s On MAY Saturday 3 May Jubovski: The Gypsy Connection Venue: St Peters Church Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions), from One Tree Books.

15-17 May The Lion & Unicorn Players present Family Circles, a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn Venue: Studio at TPS Time: Thurs & Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm Contact: One Tree Books

Tuesday 6 May The Art of Sound, jazz trio Venue: The Olivier Theatre, Bedales Time: 8pm Contact: 01730 711511

Sunday 18 May Macmillan Cancer Support Walk from the Harrow during Macmillan Walk Wonders Week Venue: The Harrow Inn, Steep Time: 10-11am Contact: Bob and Jenny Broadhead, 01730 263779

Wednesday 7 May Micky Salber’s Crystal Ballroom Dance Band by The Watermill Theatre Company Venue: The Studio at TPS Time: 7.30pm Contact: Studio Box Office at 01730 234641 Friday 9 May Joymask’ supported by Kapsel, two local bands Venue: Studio at TPS Time: 7.30pm Contact: Studio Box Office (01730 234641) & One Tree Books 14-17 May Hi-Lights Society Production of Calamity Jane Venue: Festival Hall, Petersfield Time: 7.30pm (plus 2.30 matinee on 17th) Tickets: Tourist Information Centre Contact: 01730 893328

Monday 19 May The Bayeux Tapestry – a talk by Penny Wallis Venue: Petersfield Community Centre Time: 2pm Contact: Wednesday 21 May Showcase for TPS Venue: St Peters Church, Petersfield Time: 7.30pm Admission free Thursday 22 May Littlecinema@theSTUDIO presents Water, set in pre-independent India Venue: Studio at TPS Time: Doors 7pm, film 7.30pm Contact: Studio Box Office, 01730 234641 Saturday 24 May Talking Pants comedy by Chucklevision writer and children’s author Ian Billings Venue: Studio at TPS Time: 2pm Contact: Studio Box Office, 01730 234641 Petersfield Arts & Crafts Society Outdoor exhibition in Ram’s Walk Sunday 25 May Ropley 10k road race, with fun run for children Venue: Ropley Recreation Ground Time: 10.15am Contact: Chris Bellwood, 07765 855 118


Saturday 31 May Organ Recital by Edward Picton-Turbervill Venue: St Laurence RC Church Time: 7.30 Clontact; 01420 568226

Thursday 19 June Petersfield Orchestra Venue: Festival Hall, Petersfield Time: 7.30pm Contact: William Purchase, 01730 892710

Tribute Evening: Fake That & Kylie Fever Venue: Festival Hall Time: 7pm for 8pm Ticket Hotline: 01730 231733

Friday 20 June Cricket: Duke of Richmond’s XI v Old England XI In aid of Boxgrove Priory Venue: Westbourne House School Time: 11am champagne and Pimms reception Contact: Tracey Richardson, 01730 268295

31 May-1 June Petersfield Food Festival Venue: The Square, Petersfield Contact: JUNE Tuesdays 3 & 17 June, 1 & 15 July Lunchtime organ recital by Mark Dancer Venue: St Peters Church, Petersfield Time: 1pm Admission free Saturday 7 June Vin Garbutt, folk singer Venue: Studio at TPS Time: Doors 7pm, Stage 8pm Contact: Studio Box Office, 01730 234641 Alton Beer Festival Venue: Alton Maltings Centre Time: 11am Contact: Ysanne Legg 01420 89418 Sunday 8 June Langrish Village Fete: Wild West Theme and Fancy Dress Venue: Langrish House Hotel Time: 2pm Contact: Langrish House Hotel 01730 266941 Thursday 12 June Stiff Promotions present 80s star Howard Jones Venue: Studio at TPS Time: Doors 7pm Stage 8pm Contact: Stiff Promotions, Friday 13 June A social evening of ballroom dance Venue: Assembly Rooms, Alton Time: 8pm Contact: Wendy Baker, 01420 520814 Saturday 14 June Bramshott Open Gardens 30 gardens open plus refreshments Venue: Tickets from Bramshott Church Time: 12am Contact: Tony Rudgard, 01428 722720

Saturday 21 June Petersfield Chamber Choir Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Privett Time: 7.30 Saturday 21 June Jonathan Thompson Local singer songwriter Venue: Studio at TPS Time: Doors 7.30pm Contact: Studio Box Office Tuesday 24 June Film: Black Cat, White Cat Venue: Studio at TPS Time: Doors 7pm, Film 7.30pm Contact: Studio Box Office, 01730 234641 Email: Littlecinema@theSTUDIO Thursday 26 June Petersfield Arts & Crafts Society Watercolours by Andi Michael Smith Venue: Herne Farm Leisure Centre Time: 7.30pm Contact: Saturday 28 June Miyuki Kato (piano) Venue: St Peters Church, Petersfield Time: 7.30pm Tickets: £8 (£7 concessions), from One Tree Books July Tuesdays 1 and 15 July Food & Pamper Experience Venue: Champneys Forest Mere, Liphook Tickets: £10 per person, inc use of spa facilities and pool to 6pm (over 16s only) Contact: Advance booking required, 01428 726034 Life

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Langrish House Hotel, East Meon Road, Langrish, GU32 1RN: 01730 263374 Pipers Bungalow, 1 Oaklands Road £28-£35: 01730 262131 Southdowns Country Hotel, Trotton GU31 5JN: 01730 821521 80, Rushes Road, £25-£30: 01730 261638 The Holt, 60 Heath Road £25£30: 01730 262836 1 The Spain, Sheep Street £28£40: 01730 263261 Council Numbers: East Hampshire District Council: 01730 266551 Petersfield Town Council: 01730 264182 Helplines, Support Groups & Charities: Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555 Childline: 0800 1111 Citizens' Advice Bureau: 01730 264887 Community First East Hampshire: 01730 710017

Electricity Emergency: 0845 770 8090 Environment Agency: 08708 506506 Gas Emergency: 0800 111 999 Home-Start Butser: 01730 233 755 Natural England (formerly the Countryside Agency): 0207 932 5800 PC Pete: 01730 269569 Petersfield & District Lions Club: 01730 266362 Relate: 02392 827026 Samaritans: 08457 909090 South Downs Association of Disabled People & Shopmobility Services: 01730 710474 Southern Water: 0845 278 0845 The Campaign to Protect Rural England: 01962 843655 The Salvation Army (local branch): 01730 262820 Tourist Information Office: 01730 268829 Winton House Centre (centre for Hospital Cars & Age Concern): 01730 266046 Leisure: Local walks info:; Southdowns Petersfield & District Philatelic Society: 01730 264518 Petersfield Library: 01730 263451 Petersfield Museum: 01730 262601 Petersfield Rugby Football Club: 01730 269744/ 01730 265072 Petersfield Swimming Pool: 01730 265143 Petersfield Town Football Club: 01730 233416 Petersfield Town Juniors Football Club: 07703 002676 Steep Lawn Tennis Club: 01730 264999

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Awards Supplement

Your local community lifestyle magazine Covering: Buriton, East Meon, Froxfield, Hawkley, Liphook, Liss, Milland, Rake, Rogate, Steep, Sheet, South Harting

Sid Wiltshire: Community Worker

Petersfield Academy of Dance

Mayor Paul Malloy

Photos by Michel Focard. Order them and DVDs of the 2008 Awards Ceremony at:

Josie Jo Singer / songstress

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Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards 2008 Petersfield Academy of Dance

Dave Brooks

The Mayor Paul Molloy and Rt Hon Michael Mates MP

The George and friends

Claire Gammon adjusting Cat’s corsage

Simply the best The inaugural Life In Petersfield Business and Community Awards 2008, sponsored by East Hampshire District Council, went down a storm and raised the roof at the Festival Hall in April. Rosey Briggs reports


he sell-out evening brought together many sectors of the

who was joint MC with Nick Keith,

Guests and sponsors told the organisers and stated publicly that this

Editorial Director. People said that the awards

Petersfield community: business,

was “the best Petersfield event we have

charity, the arts, sport, innovators, and

attended for a long time”, and hoped it

acknowledged and paid tribute to many

local government. There were more

would become an annual event.

important people and organisations in

than 100 nominations for the 15 award

the community, a genuine

The night was great fun with an

categories, each of which was

enthusiastic audience loud in its praise

representation of the talent,

sponsored by a Petersfield business.

and encouragement; and clearly pleased

compassion and determination that can

to be there. “I knew that the evening

be found in the town. Organiser Cat Jarman said: “I was

kind in the town, many people wondered

would go well after my opening remarks

what to expect. What should they wear?

when I said ‘Let’s have a party’ – and

looking to make it as professional and

Would it be glitzy like the Oscars?

everyone cheered loudly,” said Gareth

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Wacky like the Brits?

Gammon, a director of Life Magazines,

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Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards 2008 Life

Petersfield Academy of Dance

Rt Hon Michael Mates MP


MCs: Nick Keith and Gareth Gammon

Write Angle Poetry

“Congratulations to all on a superb first awards ceremony” East Hampshire District Council

inclusive of a broad variety of the Petersfield community.”

magazine and both ex-Bedales girls

The awards were a sell-out, with

– which brought the house down.

more than 250 people flooding

These interludes, all highly professional

through the doors of the Festival Hall –

and very entertaining, showed us all yet

enjoying canapés provided by Restaurant Upstairs, and wine courtesy of Waitrose.

included music from The Petersfield School, an excerpt from the Pageant for

‘Get the party started’ In the opening address, the Rt Hon Michael Mates MP stressed the importance of the united community with the many issues facing the town. Then came the presentation of awards, interspersed with a diverse and talented array of entertainments.


again the diversity and talent within the Performances

Petersfield from the Lion & Unicorn Players, musical theatre from the Petersfield Youth Theatre, a medley of dance from Petersfield Academy of Dance, and a number of short pieces from members of Write Angle Poetry. The evening closed with songs from Josie Jo – comprising Jo Horsley and Lucy Coates, both writers for this

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“It was great to be involved with such a fantastic event.. I know how much work goes into these things – well done!” Elaine Armitage, Review Hairdressers

Hendersons and the Folly Wine Bar and

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Lavant Rowe with sponsor Mike Kirby (right)

The George with sponsor Sue Johnson (left)

Roll of Honour

Each of the 15 categories had a winner and two highly commended nominees with final judging made by committee. The judging panels were chaired by a representative of the sponsor, and included Petersfield Mayor Paul Molloy; Mike Gibbs, from East Hampshire District Council; and Andrew Gordon, Chairman of East Hants Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The high standard of nominations meant many closely contested decisions Best New Business: Winner: Lavant Rowe Hair Highly Commended: Energy Footprint and Henderson’s Railway Café Sponsor: Antrobus Chartered Accountants Green Initiative: Winner: Drum Housing Highly Commended: Bricks and Mortar Cyclean Sponsor: Energy Footprint Best Village Initiative Winner: Buriton Village Voice Committee Sponsor: Daltons Solicitors

Scotland Farm: Hilary Robnson, with sponsor Roger Petch (left)

Volunteer of the Year Winner: Brian Chapman – Friends of Petersfield Hospital Highly Commended: Mary Landry – Winton House Centre

Ian Essai, with sponsor Paul Hawes (left)

Nigel Wells – Festival for Young People Sponsor: Jacobs & Hunt Estate Agents Community Worker of the Year Winner: Sid Wiltshire – for services to charity and for over 30 years of keeping Petersfield clean Highly Commended: Doris O’Neil - traffic warden Kirsty Stratton – Citizen’s Advice Bureau Sponsor: Rowland’s Funeral Services Business of the Year Winner: One Tree Books Highly Commended: Permanent Publications Barden’s Electrical and Mechanical Services Sponsor: Macdonald Oates Solicitors

Paul Martin Buriton Village Voice Committee

“We were honoured to be part of such a slick and well organised event. Winning the award gave us both a community welcoming buzz” Chris Scott, Lavant Rowe, winner of Best New Business Award


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Homestart Butser

The Lion and Unicorn Players

“I was utterly surprised and very delighted. It was an even bigger shock to win at the first one and I can’t believe I got a standing ovation! We very much enjoyed the evening, it was very entertaining” Sid Wiltshire, winner of Community Worker of the Year Award.

Arts and Entertainment: Winner: Petersfield Youth Theatre Highly Commended: Petersfield Chamber Choir Write Angle Poetry Sponsor: Waterlooville Carpets

Event of the Year Winner: Petersfield Round Table – Fireworks display 2007 Highly Commended: Langrish Primary School PTA – Summer Ball Petersfield Town Juniors – 6-a-side Tournament 2007 Sponsor: Picketts & Pursers Sports Award Winner: Ian Essai – (Petersfield Town Football Club) Highly Commended: Carol Higton and Neil White (Positive Lifestyle) Diana Salmon – Petersfield Cricket Club Sponsor: Review Hairdressers Life

Paul Ciniglio from Drum Housing with Neil Casson

“Since there are so many artistic and entertainment groups in Petersfield, this was a very happy surprise... the entire evening went smoothly and flawlessly.. It buzzed with real energy and high spirit… It may have been a first in Petersfield but it certainly has shown that it won’t be the last!” Lea from Write Angle Poetry, Highly Commended for Arts and Entertainments Award

Mr Stretch of Ditcham Park School with Peter Howells (left)

Disabled Access in Petersfield: Winner: Scotland Farm Bed and Breakfast Highly Commended: Master Robert Inn Meon Valley Travel Sponsor: Mackarness & Lunt Solicitors

Clare Dove from MacDonald Oates accepts on behalf of One Tree Books

After-awards (l to r): Phillip Haines (Petersfield Festivities) Gareth Gammon (Life) and Jonathon Berry (The George)

Jackie Phillips, Friends of Petersfield Hospital on behalf of Brian Chapman with James Dodds

Grahame Lawrie from Waitrose, Petersfield

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“It was a glorious evening,” Doris O’Neill Ian Essai

Sid Wiltshire with Tony Thorne (left)

PYT’s Michael Auger with Mike de Mellow (left)


Shop of the Year Winner: Waitrose Petersfield Highly Commended: Sue Johnson Interiors Tchibo Sponsor: EHDC Not for Profit Org. of the Year Winner: Home Start Butser Highly Commended: Citizens’ Advice Bureau Petersfield Round Table Sponsor: Rowlands, Son &Vincent

Mike Robinson, Petersfield Round Table

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Cat Jarman with floral tribute

Restaurant/Pub of Year Winner: The George Highly Commended: Annie Jones The Square Brewery Sponsor: Sue Johnson Interiors Teacher of the Year Winner: William Stretch Ditcham Park School Highly Commended: Mrs Matthews – Buriton Infant School Mrs Hunt – Horndean Infant School Sponsor: Alpha Graphics Personality of the Year Winner: Ian Essai Highly Commended: Nik Ashton Mary Landry Sponsor: Littlejohn

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Final curtain The evening ended with thanks from Town Mayor Paul Molloy and Councillor Ken Moon, from EHDC. The slight over-run on time was taken as a positive sign, since it was largely due to the enthusiasm of sponsors and performers, and an impromptu auction for the Chelsea Old Boys match tickets on behalf of “Rowland's Petersfield Town FC.

declared the event a huge success, with

Life in Petersfield Awards nights in future years gladly welcomed. One sponsor was heard to say “next year, let’s make a whole night of it and have dinner too”. So Oscars, Brits and Grammies eat your heart out, the Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards’ night is now a mustsee fixture on the town calendar of events! A very special thank you from the Life Magazines’ team to ALL involved – from participants and performers, to suppliers and technicians, to sponsors and guests. See you all next year!

Funeral Services would like to congratulate Life in James A Beagrie, Managing Director, Meon Valley Business Travel & Petersfield for a wellRepatriations organised, professional event. As sponsors we were 2009? privileged to have If you would like to supported the awards get involved next year as and would like to a sponsor, performer or congratulate all highly volunteer, commended and let us know! winners.” Life


n audience straw poll afterwards

“Thank you so much for the consideration to you and your panel with regard to this award which we dearly hope to live up to!

Thanks and acknowledgments General: Petersfield Town Council and Festival Hall staff; Town Mayor Paul Molloy; Rt Hon Michael Mates MP; Cllr Ken Moon, EHDC Food and drinks: Mary at The Folly Restaurant Upstairs; Stephen Henderson at the Railway Cafe; Jerry Hicks and the Folly Bar for running the bar; and Waitrose for the wine, and the champagne for the winners. Props: EHDC for loan of the lectern and projector; Whitwam for the projector equipment; Petersfield Laundry Services. Performers: Petersfield Academy of Dance, Write Angle Poetry; The Petersfield School; the Lion and Unicorn Players; Petersfield Youth Theatre; JosieJo. Technical: Michael Focard for photographs; Martin Shepherdly from Web Epics for filming; Nik Ashton from PYT for the staging and lighting; Jules and Chris from Front Of House Productions for the sound; and Michael, Lizzie and Marcus backstage.

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Lauren Graimes, Tom Ball and Cat Jarman

The PYT table Martin Sheperdly

Geraldine Keith and Carolyn Warne


Paul Ciniglio and friends

Josie jo: Jo and Lucy

The Jacobs & Hunt party

Nik Ashton

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East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulate all the winners of the Life in Petersfield Business and Community Awards for 2008. We are delighted to have been a sponsor. Tel: 02392 449449

East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry

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