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Merry Christmas

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Dec 2012

Welcome To

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Merry Christmas Meon Valley! Firstly, thank you for picking up your first copy of Meon Lifestyle, we hope you enjoy reading it and will continue to every month. Meon Lifestyle is the Meon Valley's new, dedicated magazine and we have been working hard to ensure we offer you engaging content in a fresh, stylish format worthy of our beautiful area, with humorous articles, regular features and local news,hopefully offering something for everyone. We love living here and learning about the history of our area, the diverse range of businesses and interesting people. To help us do this, we would love to hear from you with any feedback or ideas. December is a magical and exciting month with lots of events across the Meon Valley, some of which we have included in our first "What's On Guide". As Christmas lights switch on in every town and village, our feature "Surviving Christmas" will keep you laughing through the trials of Christmas dinner with relatives we see once a year, and our article about the story behind the name of one of our landmark buildings, Chesapeake Mill, offers a little insight into the diversity of our region's history. We hope you find Meon Lifestyle as fun and informative to read as we have found it to publish! Contact Us Published by Meon Lifestyle Ltd Copyright Meon Lifestyle Ltd .All Rights Reserved. no part of meon Lifestyle Magazine can be reproduced or used in any for or by any means,either wholly or in part without written permission of the publisher. Every effort is made to ensure all information is correct,the publishers cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions contained within.

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Meon Valley offers an abundance of hidden treasures and The Thomas Lord is one of these. Tucked away down the old High Street in West Meon, we arrived early evening and were drawn towards the cosy looking pub with warm lights and a hearty welcome. Recently lovingly refurbished, The Thomas Lord With a variety of starters, my choice was the offers all the comfort and atmosphere you want parsnip soup with curry oil and chargrilled from a village pub and more! A large, round,

bread whilst my partner had the braised lamb

wooden table in front of a roaring fire provides

terrine, potato foam and pea shoots. Both

the perfect setting to socialise, whilst little

meals were beautifully presented, tasted

candlelit nooks offer privacy. Johnny, a very

incredibly fresh and delivered in hearty

helpful Scotsman, took our order whilst we

portions. My soup was, by far, the best soup I

relaxed by the fire, which we were delighted

have ever tasted being both warming and full

about as we were deep in conversation about

of flavour, perfect for a chilly Autumn evening.

the squirrels playing cricket above the bar and the various memorabilia hung around the

On Johnny’s recommendation, my partner had

walls.

the dry aged beef burger with tomato relish, truffle and parmesan fries whilst I chose the

When our starters were ready, we were led

fish pie in a mussel cream topped with potato.

through to the dining area where there is

My fish pie was packed full of mussels and

another roaring fire amidst a comfortable and

prawns in the most delicious sauce whilst the

informal array of tables, all adorned with

burger was generously dressed with layers of

candles in little teacups, and miniature cricket

relish and the addition of smoked cheddar with

bats with the reservation names on them

pork belly. When my partner jokingly asked

..a welcoming detail.

Clare how to eat it, she advised him to ”be brave and go for it”, which he did.

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In a Picturesque village of West Meon Excellent range of real ales Open seven days a week.

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The Thomas Lord ,The High Street,West Meon, Hampshire GU32 1LN Needless to say, conversation did stop for half

loud with a mixture of groups and couples.

an hour whilst it was satisfyingly devoured

We lost all sense of time during our evening...

and I enjoyed a glass of South African

you are free to choose where you sit and how

Chignon Blanc from the extensive and varied

long you remain there, totally unrushed, and

wine list.

three hours had gone by before we even looked at our watches.

Another mouth watering list of deserts beckoned and, whilst I was the only one who

We chose to finish our drinks in front of the

had room left , I chose the chocolate torte with

roaring fire in the lounge where we had the

stem ginger ice cream, coffee cream and white

chance to meet Fran, their chef who has had a

chocolate fudge....the most delicious

varied and respected career. We thanked him

combination of flavours and textures which

for creating such a delicious meal so

perfectly complimented one another. I was

beautifully presented. The Thomas Lord is a

pleasantly surprised by the subtle flavour of

true, local gem offering a fine dining

the torte which, unlike heavier ones I have

experience in a relaxed, traditional village pub

eaten previously, did not leave me feeling

atmosphere...

“drowned” by chocolate at the end of the meal. A must for any lover of good local food and Service was excellent with friendly staff

good ale!

ensuring we had everything we needed . The atmosphere was chatty and sociable but not

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SURVIVING

Christmas

Whilst we are getting ready to welcome relatives we have little time to speak to during the year, there is sometimes just a little trepidation at coming face to face with dormant family issues. "Have you lost weight, or are you just dressing better?" "You can't make a living doing that, can you?" "So you're the new husband. She finally convinced someone to marry her!"

mothering skills yet again, or that Uncle Brian will get drunk and insulting? Of course there is - and we have some tips on how to do just that! Let it go...

are well mannered at home, you will strengthen social bonds, show people you love them, model good behaviour for the youngest, and keep the levels of hostility down. Limit the alcohol...

At family gatherings it's often best to just let things go, even Welcome to the Christmas though it may require an family gathering! almost superhuman level of tolerance. When things can't be I hope your Christmas tolerated, exercise caution to festivities are filled only with avoid escalating the situation. laughter, warmth and winning "Use what psychologists call “I teams. But you may be feeling statements," such as "I treasure that annual sense of dread at the opportunities to see you but spending time with your I would be grateful if you could family's boasters, bad-mouthers stop telling me X, every time and blame-shifters. Besides we see one another." turning the car around on the Family tension often arises from way to the festivities, is there the commonly held belief that anything you can do to ease "good manners are something your trepidation that your that you use at work but can be mother-in-law will criticise your forgotten at home." But if you

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Does one person always get drunk? If safe to do so, ask him or her upfront not to drink alcohol until they get to the party. Then limit the alcohol, or don't have any, whatever happens, at least you've tried. Don't forget latecomers. Relatives shouldn't sit there watching the turkey dry out but should have been told well in advance, "We are starting dinner at 3.30. I'd like you to be there. If you can't, we'll start without you."


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However, exercise caution on how this is relayed! A parent's critical remark can demoralise us or make us overreact. Even if parents are not being overtly critical, seeing the scowl that unnerved you as a kid or hearing a certain nagging tone of voice can plunge you straight back to the pimply past. Family get togethers are by their nature regressive. They trigger earlier versions of ourselves, some aspects of which we've struggled to get out of. You're just visiting.. It's worth remembering that you will be back to your own life soon. But while you're with your family, a simple act of avoidance can help break the spell of any past trauma. Take a walk, go for a tour in the car, go upstairs to a separate room and watch the

mandatory James Bond film. Create new traditions... One holiday pitfall for new couples - especially when children come along - involves failing to create new rituals, they assume they have to continue the traditions they already have. Often, one spouse is pulled into the other's immutable holiday routine. This can breed bad feelings, and keep a new family from making its own customs. Consider altering what may seem like permanent rituals. Why not, for instance, visit before or after the actual holiday? When you do go, don't stay with in-laws, find a local B&B. If things get claustrophobic, consider new ways to celebrate being together. Break out a board game. Or go out as a group to see a movie.

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Chesapeake Mill There are many buildings in Meon Valley which have architectural and historical significance, one of the most familiar and striking is Chesapeake Mill Built in 1820, the present building replaced a watermill which had been owned and operated by several generations of the Prior family. The mill's distinctive name is derived from the United States frigate USS Chesapeake which was captured by the Royal Navy in1813 a year after US Congress declared war on the United Kingdom, the last time the two countries were engaged in mutual hostilities. Of the British fleet, Captain Sir Philip Bowes Vere Broke who commanded HMS Shannon was a renowned gunnery enthusiast who had trained his crew to an exceptionally high standard. In the spring of 1813 American Captain James Lawrence was appointed commander of the USS Chesapeake, a frigate built 14 years earlier in Gosport, Virginia. Lawrence had already achieved

notoriety for his capture of Peacock, a British sloop of war. In the summer of 1813 after arriving off the coast of Boston, Broke observed the Chesapeake in harbour, preparing to put to sea. Concerned that the Shannon would have to return to the dockyard at Halifax, Nova Scotia to take on food and water thereby missing Chesapeake's departure, Broke composed a letter to Lawrence challenging him to battle at sea. However, before Lawrence received the letter, he sighted the British frigate and could not resist the urge to sail out to meet the Shannon off the coast near Cape Ann. The battle between the Chesapeake and the Shannon was fiercely fought and lasted less than 12 minutes before the superior gunnery of the Shannon's crew had disabled the Chesapeake.

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Battle damage to the frigate was repaired in the dockyard at Halifax after which she was sailed to England and continued service until 1819 when it was sold and broken up at a commercial shipyard in Portsmouth. The timbers were purchased by local miller, Mr. John Prior, who incorporated them into the watermill at Wickham. Prior's name, and the date of construction, 1820, can still be seen on the faรงade of the present mill building. The mill continued to work for around 150 years during which time the original water wheels were replaced by a water turbine. Today the mill offers a fantastic shopping experience, a world of great style and unique treasures. Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm, it offers an eclectic mix of antiques, home furnishings, gifts and jewellery. Every visit is sure to prove both surprising and inspirational.


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Enter a magical ice wonderland filled with friendly animated singing characters, see the elves working in their toy workshop and meet Father Christmas himself. All visits must be pre-booked. Prices Tel 023 8081 4442 www.paultonspark.co.uk

Enjoy a ride on the steam train to Santa's Grotto Visit Santa and receive a gift (for under 10 years) and festival fayre for all the family. Each visit lasts approx 30 minutes. Where Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Southampton Postcode SO31 5GA Age All Cost £10 before 1st November. £12 on or after 1st November. Normal parking charges apply. Tel 023 8060 5101 www3.hants.gov.ukk

Times See availability on booking Venue Garsons Farm, Hampshire Price £4.00 per Adult, £6.00 per Child and £15.00 per Family (4 people must include at least 1 adult) This year at Garsons Farm, Hampshire, the Award winning 3D show Rocket the Reindeer™ and all his friends will be coming to town!!! For details Tel 01329 844336 www.garsons.co.uk

Enjoy magnificent decorations inside stately Marwell Hall, including the magical ice palace, Mrs Claus’ cosy storytelling parlour and Santa’s magnificent throne-room. Your experience lasts approx 45 minutes and includes refreshments, music, storytelling, festive crafts, costumed characters a-plenty and of course the chance to meet the big man himself and receive a special gift. For details go to Tel 01962 777407

Times 11am-5pm Venue Knowle Community Hall Price £3.00 per Child Christmas Fair & Santas Workshop Grotto Large selection of stalls and seasonal refreshments Children can have their photo taken with Santa In his toy workshop and receive a gift For details and to book tickets: Tel 01329 832630

Times 11am-5pm Venue Eastliegh Lakeside Price Adults £12, children 1 – 10 yrs £12, Babies under 1 £6. You will be greeted by our staff before a train ride beside the lakes brings you to see Father Christmas in his grotto. All children and adults receive a present from Santa and everyone can enjoy seasonal refreshments. Tickets are non refundable and any loss of ticket or ticket amendments will incur a £5.00 administration fee per booking For details or to book Tel: 023 80612020 or go to www.steamtrain.co.uk

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Times 6-8pm Venue High Street Price Donations Bishops Waltham Traders are one again hosting the annual Christmas Fayre in the High Street on Thursday 6th December – all welcome and again this year we will be making a donation to Homestart who support local families with young children. Come and join the celebrations in Bishops Waltham where the children can find Santa in his wonderful grotto at Austin & Wyatt Estate Agents in the village.

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Once again, this popular Grotto is run by Santa’s little helpers from Girlguiding Hampshire East. Young shoppers can visit the winter wonderland near Millets where they can tell Santa their Christmas wish and receive a gift. Visitors to Santa can also collect a special colouring competition booklet for a chance to win a family ticket to Ferneham Hall’s pantomime Cinderella starring Aussie soap queen Anne Charleston as the fairy godmother ('Madge' in Neighbours). visit www.farehamshopping.com for opening times


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Located within the heart of Droxford village centre is this attractive flint fronted 5 bedroom, 3 reception room detached family home. The property has just undergone a fantastic series of internal improvements which include complete redecoration and carpeting throughout as well as the installation of new bath and shower rooms. There is also a large south facing private rear garden. This is a fantastic sought after village location in the heart of the Meon Valley. Viewing is a must!

The Palace Ruins, Elim Close is an attractive recent development. This is a well presented first floor two bedroomed apartment with the added feature of a private balcony which is approached from the lounge dining room via french doors. There is a well fitted integrated kitchen with fridge, freezer, dish washer, washer dryer and a hob and oven as well as a modern bathroom and an ensuite to the master bedroom. There is double glazing, gas central heating and externally a covered parking bay. This is well recommended

Delighted to offer for sale a rare opportunity to purchase this charming character property set within the heart of Forest of Bere Set within 2 acres the property boasts excellent equestrian facilities. Lovingly restored by the previous owners the accommodation 22ft sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and dressing room downstairs and a further bedroom and ensuite upstairs. Outside equestrian facilities with an L shaped timber built stable block for up to 3 horses and an office with utility area and shower room.

Winterbrook House is a deceptively spacious family home, the generous accommodation consists of a large kitchen/breakfast room, cloak room, dining room and a 19 foot sitting room. On the first floor are 4 good sized bedrooms and a family bathroom. Situated within a country lane with a good sized rear garden, far reaching views across fields and within walking distance is the local Primary and Secondary school. Early viewing is highly recommended to truly appreciate what this property has to offer.

This is a delightful cottage originally dating from the early 1600's The quaint accommodation retains a host of character features such as fireplaces and beams and has accommodation that includes two bedrooms and two reception rooms. The property further comes into its own outside. The cottage has extensive gardens and a field with grounds extending to approximately 1.6 acres and there are also wonderful views across Hambledon Village and the surrounding countryside. Well located within this sought after rural community viewing is highly recommended

Waltham Chase and offering excellent access to both St Johns Infant/Junior School and the senior school at Swanmore, 36 Provene gardens is an extremely well presented, extended detached bungalow. The accommodation includes an excellent kitchen family room with integrated appliances along with two reception rooms, three bedrooms a family bathroom and a family shower room. The property is given a high degree of privacy via the well tended hedges which enclose the gardens and there are double gates at the rear which give access to a long driveway with a detached double garage beyond.

Stable Cottage is a wonderful opportunity to live in the highly sought after Meon Valley. This home has undergone restoration giving the property approximately 1800 square feet of accommodation. Includes a family room with log burner, integrated kitchen breakfast room, utility room, up to 5 bedrooms, study, family bathroom and an ensuite. Externally there is a detached barn style double garage along with landscaping south facing terrace from the breakfast and sitting rooms. Well located between Droxford and Meonstoke and with lovely views across the Meon Valley, viewing is highly recommended

Located a short walk from the market centre of Bishops Waltham is this pretty 3 bedroom terraced cottage. The accommodation is well presented having just been redecorated throughout retains a great deal of the original features such as the cast iron fireplaces which enhance the character finish. Sympathetic modernisation such as the solid oak kitchen and the white bathroom suite coupled with the replacement double glazing and gas fired central heating round this home off. The accommodation is arranged over three floors and there are attractive private gardens. Viewing is recommended

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Garden Inn Orange Ring £14.99 Chesapeake Mill, Wickham

Wicker & Wood Reindeer £25.95 Abode, Botley High Street

Merry Christmas Tree Decoupage, gilding, painting £19.99 J'adore la Maison Wickham

Festive Touches Reindeer Hook £19.95 Abode, Botley High Street

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Sea Drift by Teresa - Christmas Tree £10 Chesapeake Mill, Wickham


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Dress Your Home For

Christmas

From trees and tinsel to bells and baubles, now is the time to “deck your halls� and we have some tips which might help! All of us love decorating our homes, especially during Christmas. Colour schemes, size of tree and lit reindeer sculptures for the garden can be decided months in advance. Trimmings and little details can also play an important role. Here are a few tips to bring them to life and bring a festive look to your house with little effort and time. Decorate your home with ribbons. You can get many different types of ribbons so it should be easy to find ones which match with your colour scheme. Tie colourful ribbons to candlesticks, chairs, plants, basket handles, vase, balustrades etc. Bows bring a festive look to the house. If you do not find anything that matches with your home decor, then choose metallic colours such as gold, silver, green, red, etc. It will

bring a vibrant look to your home. Select ribbons that can be used year after year. Once the festive season is over, untie them and keep them in the cupboard to re-use the following Christmas. Buy a Christmas tree: The festive season is incomplete without a Christmas tree. Buy a small Christmas tree and decorate it with stars, balls, glitter, toys, sports items or tiny dolls. You can also place white lights in the tree,this will help to create a beautiful nightlight for the festive season. Decorate spare bedrooms with a small Christmas tree. You can also place a small tree in one corner of the kitchen, decorated with tiny kitchen items such as fruits and vegetables easily available in a toy store. Tableware: this is your opportunity to display the set of beautiful

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dishes from the cupboards. Several shops give discounts on dinner sets during Christmas. Buy dinner plates that go with every other dish. You can also purchase stylish mugs and side plates, this adds something extra special to a place setting. Use candles:Place loads of candles on the dining table. Turn off the lights and have a candle-lit dinner. This will help to create a wonderful atmosphere. You can even light several candles in the bathroom and place them around the bathtub to surprise guests. Finally you can also put a wreath on the door, Actually, you can hang a wreath on every door and in every window of the house....why not! It is Christmas after all!


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The Party Shop is a new and exciting shop offering everything for the discerning partygoer. We pride ourselves offering a personal Santa in Suits,Elf costumes service, and aim and to satisfy customers with speHats and Xmas Pinatas cial requests. We also offer discounts local now in to stock!! charities and schools. Pay us a visit and you will be surprised at the number of lines we have to offer.

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Increasing the Value Of Your Home

O

ne of the most low cost home

improvements you can make is painting, Painting or decorating can add around £2,000 to the value of your home. Making your home look fresher and walls cleaner Painting old furniture and skirting boards is also a simple way to freshen up the home, A cheap and effective home improvement. For a professional finish also saving yourself time, hire a pro.

A quick, low cost way of refreshing the rooms you spend the most time in is to replace or repaint cupboard doors, units or work surfaces. Installing new worktops for instance can give the impression of a completely new kitchen.Even if you can only afford laminate worktops rather than granite, as long as it’s good quality and is installed by a professional, it’ll look good, The same goes for new kitchen or bathroom units – in fact all furniture can be upholstered, painted or glossed to reinvent it.

Using Your Outdoor Space

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home’s visual appeal, making it look good and perhaps even boosting the value of your home. Laying a new driveway can achieve just this, keeping the colour flow of your property – clay tiles, concrete, tarmac, brick or natural stone are all possible options. Make sure your driveway is laid by a professional to ensure that it lasts.

outdoor space by creating an area to eat or relax in. Tiling your patio is relatively inexpensive but does need to be carried out by a professional tiler for best results. Patio tiles come in a range of colours, styles and materials so whether you fancy natural rustic stone or brightly coloured clay, you can New double glazed windows create your ideal outdoor are not necessarily the space. cheapest home improvement but they will save you money Improving the exterior of your in the long run by reducing home will increase your your fuel bills. New windows

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will increase the comfort and security of your home too. According to the Energy Saving Trust (EST), double glazing can save up to £135 a year on your fuel bills and can cut your carbon emissions by 720kg a year. If you can’t afford brand new windows, why not repaint your existing window frames or put up some new curtains or blinds? Draught proofing your windows will usually cost less than £100 and will keep your home cosy this winter as well as preventing all that expensive heat from escaping.


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Meon Valley Railway

A Brief History

The Meon Valley offers so much natural beauty to both walkers and cyclists, but we decided to explore the history behind the Meon Valley Railway that proves such a draw to locals and visitors alike. The Meon Valley Railway (MVR) was a cross-country railway in Hampshire that ran for 22.5 miles between Alton and Fareham, closely following the course of the River Meon. At its northern end in Alton, it joined with the Mid-Hants Railway to Winchester, the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway and the Alton Line to Brookwood. At Fareham, it linked with the Eastleigh to Fareham line, the line to Gosport and the West Coastway Line. During the

most difficult phase of the project, the construction of Privett Tunnel, (which was 1056 yards long and very dark), there were several men injured and a few workers were killed. Two men were buried when a ventilation shaft collapsed. One was killed but the other managed to dig himself to the surface where all the villagers were waiting to see him rescued. The assembled crowds watched in amazement as he dusted himself off, ate eight loaves of bread in succession and

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began the long walk home to his cottage. West Meon tunnel proved much easier to build, being only half the length of Privett. Further south, mechanical diggers were brought in to make the navvies lives that much easier. The build went well and the railway was opened in 1903, making it one of the last railways of any size to be built. Six passenger trains travelled 26 miles from Alton to Fareham each way every day.


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The Second World War was probably the lines busiest time with trains carrying troops and ammunition, especially in the build-up to D-Day. June 1944 was the Meon Valley Line's shining hour when Winston Churchill came to Droxford station and gathered with the leaders of the Allied Forces at Southwick House to agree on the final arrangements for the invasion of France. Although the line lasted just over fifty years, it never prospered and the withdrawal of the Sunday trains in 1951 was the beginning of the end. Once passenger trains stopped running along the section from Droxford to

Farringdon, including across the impressive viaduct at West Meon, it closed completely and was demolished the following year. Freight services

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continued at each end of the line - from Fareham to Droxford until 1962 and from Alton to Farringdon until 1968. Today the Meon Valley Railway Line provides the perfect route for ramblers, cyclists and horse riders. The route is level and a few former bridges have been removed, requiring descent to cross minor roads but if you make your way along the northern section, the route offers impressive views of Old Winchester Hill to the east and Beacon Hill to the west.


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Q I agreed to my ex-husband’s terms for our divorce last year to keep things amicable and straight-forward. My friends keep telling me the court order is really unfair on me. Can you help me have it changed? Claire, Soberton

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Sorry Claire, but however much I wish it weren’t, the answer really is ‘no Only in the most exceptional circumstances can a solicitor such as myself make the case for the terms of a divorce that has been agreed by the Court to be changed in retrospect. Unfortunately, yours is not an unusual case. Women regularly come to me asking similar questions to yours. Perhaps their former husbands had the stronger personality, perhaps it was felt they had all the power from earning and controlling the money, but so many women reach agreements to get situations over with in the short-term, and then live to regret it. Of course it isn’t just men. Many women have been able to make demands on ex-husbands using access and custody to children as a negotiating tactic if things got difficult or nasty, and men have

agreed to conditions in their divorce they later wish they hadn’t. I would be foolish to ignore one of the main motivations of agreements of this kind between couples is to avoid involving people such as myself, but I honestly don’t know why this is the case. The fact that people would rather trust people they wish to divorce than experienced professionals whose job it is to look out for their best interests, is a fact that causes me a great deal of both confusion and frustration. Our job as solicitors is to ensure that the individuals in our care are treated fairly and walk away from a relationship as well looked after as possible. That’s it. That’s what we do. Now that Legal Aid is being withdrawn from all cases other than those involving domestic violence and child custody, I am worried that more couples will seek to ‘save money’ by entering into agreements that later turn out to be one-sided and unfair to one of the parties. I can say that hiring a lawyer is an investment in your future, I can say that we are here to protect people and guide them through the process, but I suppose people only really believe me when they are in a situation such as yours and by then, Claire, it is too late.

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If agreements are made between a couple informally, then a solicitor can get involved to negotiate a change in terms and make them official, but once the Court has made its Order, that is it. Absolutely final. Game over. I am so sorry to hear of your situation, Claire but I am hoping that my responding to your question publicly might help others avoid suffering any in justice you might be. Yours is a very important example of how, without professional advice, the desire to keep things amicable between couples can lead to the possibility of one side being manipulated and taken advantage of.

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you with a selection of tasty treats, roasted chestnuts, ale, wine and much Sunday 2 Dec (11:00 – 16:00) more and children will be excited to find Santa in his wonderful grotto at An indoor Christmas Fair will be held Austin & Wyatt Estate Agents whilston Sunday, 2nd December 2012, at traditional carols and entertainment Wickham Community Centre enhance the magical atmosphere of between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Over the evening.There will be lots to get 40 stalls will have an eclectic mix of you into the Christmas spirit, a host gift ideas for everyone. Mulled wine of lucky winners of fantastic prizes in and mince pies will be available for a the raffle (drawn on the night) and an bit of festive cheer, plus a gift wrap opportunity to buy gifts from the service to keep that special gift secret! numerous independent shops and boutiques open until 8pm. nd

Winchesters Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets with pretty wooden chalets situated in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close surrounding an open-air ice rink. Exhibitors have been hand-picked for their high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street. If you’re looking for something extra special make sure you visit the jewellers, Thursday 6th painters, glass makers and textile Dec (18:00 – 20:00) artists selling unique British gifts and decorations. Bishops Waltham Traders are once again hosting the annual Christmas Fayre in the High Street and, as Saturday 1st Dec 18:00 before, will be making a donation to Homestart, who support local families During the first week of December with young children. The medieval the Parish Council invites Father theme for this year’s event celebrates Christmas to switch on the lights in the history of the town with an The Square, lots of the shops stay opportunity to see wenches, possibly open later and there are seasonal royal nobility and several Santas and refreshments available. elves. Traders will warmly welcome

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This year’s show is an Aladdin’s cave of fun, fantasy, and flying carpets! Aladdin wishes he could marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine… Abanazer wishes he could rule the world…Widow Twankey wishes she could find a husband…And Wishee Washee wishes he didn’t have to wash all those dirty pants!But which of them will have their wish granted by the fantastic Genie of the Lamp? With live music, hilarious comedy and a wonderful cast, Aladdin is a magic carpet ride of a show that is fun for the whole family! from . For further information or to book tickets go online to

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The Big Freeze Don’t Get Caught Out!

Winter is a time requiring most care and preparation if you are to stay safe. The number of breakdowns at this time of year are high and road conditions can be tough, particularly when snow and ice strike. Here's our general little guide for safe and trouble free driving through the cold, dark nights ahead.

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Lights, heaters and wipers all put strain on your car battery. If your driving is mainly dark rush-hour trips, your battery will die eventually. Batteries rarely last longer than five years. Try replacing it near the end of its life, this could can save you a lot of time and inconvenience at the side of the road.

Make sure that all bulbs are working and that lenses are clean. When roads are really mucky you might need to clean lights after every journey. Keep the number plates clean too, as you can be fined if they are dirty and illegal. You must use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced. You may also use front or rear fog lights but these must be switched off when visibility improves as they can dazzle other road users and obscure your brake lights.

Antifreeze A squealing noise as soon as the engine is started is a sign the water pump is frozen - it's most probably the fan belt slipping on the pulley. Sometimes the cylinder block is frozen too. Stop the engine immediately wait for it to thaw out. This could take several days unless the car can be moved to a heated garage.

Tyres

Recommend at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring, no less than 2mm. Don't reduce tyre pressures to get more grip – it doesn't work, and reduces stability. As we live in an isolated area some of you may be using snow chains on roads hit with Keep the windscreen and other heavy snow, and where the roads are windows clear – it is dangerous if your not cleared. But these must be vision is obscured through dirt or snow. removed to drive roads without a Clear snow from the roof as well as reasonable covering of snow. from windows as this can fall onto the windscreen obscuring your view. It Consider changing to winter or all can be a hazard to other road users season tyres – these have a higher as well. silica content in the tread which

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temperatures, and therefore gives better grip in cold wet conditions.

Before you go Get up early to give you time to prepare the car. Clear all windows using a scraper and de-icer. Don't drive off with a tiny hole cleared in the windscreen. You can use a cigarette lighter to defrost a frozen lock. Plan routes to favour major roads which are more likely to have been cleared and gritted. Put safety before punctuality when the bad weather closes in. Allow extra time for winter journeys but be prepared for the inevitability of being late for work due to unexpected delay.

Driving in snow and ice Gentle manoeuvres are the key to safe driving - stopping distances are 10 times longer in ice and snow.


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Including pets at Christmas can provide the perfect reason to excuse yourself from an annoying relative or screaming hoards to calmly hug the dog or stroke the cat. A few minutes of play and affection can make your pet feel included whilst relaxing your tensions. Whilst this is useful advice for the owner, there are also some rules to help your pet at Christmas. Be patient with your humans during the festive season. They will be more stressed than usual and will appreciate long comforting dog cuddles. They may arrive home after trips out with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are for you! Try to be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. It seems to be very amusing to see how you look with fake antlers. Every year they will bring a small forest into the house, position it in a prominent

place completely immerse it in lights and decorations. Bizarre as this seems, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are important points to remember! Don't pee on the tree, don't drink water in the container that the tree stands in and mind your tail when you are near the tree! Even if there are packages under the tree that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open and, on no account should you chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree. Your humans will occasionally invite lots of strangers to visit during this time. These gatherings can be fun, but you

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must remember not all strangers appreciate kisses and cleans, be subtle when begging for goodies, stay calm when strangers take your place on the sofa (they don't know any better) and don't drink from glasses that are left within your reach unless you can get away with it! Your humans may take you visiting and here your manners are equally important. Observe all the rules as mentioned in rule 4 for trees in other people's houses and respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house. Be nice to the kiddies and turn on your charm big time. Finally, a big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DO NOT BITE HIM!


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Meon Lifestyle Dec 2012  

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