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hamesh do it again with support from postcode publications, stewart Burns and terry hoy from hamesh have once again made a fabulous bench from sapele wood this time donated by inskster’s timber yard at littlepark house, Bedhampton. the bench was placed on the new patio built at havant fire station as reported in our last edition if you missed it see it online at the bench will carry a plate in memorial of gary Buchanan a fire-fighter who sadly passed way following a serious illness. at an informal socially distanced get together before lockdown the bench was handed over to dave graham, the havant fire and rescue station commander pictured sitting on the bench and standing with members of hamesh and fire station duty crew. dave graham expressed his heartfelt thanks to hamesh for their generous efforts and to postcode publications for their support in helping to further the garden project at the fire station of which the memorial bench will play an important part. the next project for hamesh following the lockdown will be to create a pergola for the garden. the undoubted skills of stewart and terry continue to delight all those who come into contact with them at their men’s shed presently located in the meridian shopping centre.

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work continues to prepare for the initial meeting of the repair cafe havant as soon as possible following national regulations, at the pallant centre po9 1Be. please continue to register your interest in either having something mended, becoming a specialising repairer, or helping to run the events. go to facebook or email:

the enchanting dark skies of the south downs national park will be celebrated this autumn and winter with an awesome astrophotography competition. with the clocks going back the cosmos comes into view earlier in the evening, people are being invited to capture the beauty of the night’s sky in and around the south downs national park… full story page 7

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i know this has been for many a difficult year and as new national restrictions are introduced, i’m sure residents across the constituency will continue to make sacrifices in order to protect the nhs and save lives. key to helping us return to normality is increasing our local testing capacity and ensuring that anyone who has symptoms can receive a test locally. i’ve been working with the government to increase our local testing capacity and i'm delighted that nhs track and trace have launched a new testing centre in havant on civic centre road making testing more accessible to local residents. i visited the nhs team at the testing centre to thank them, and learn more about their work.

those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face-covering throughout, including while travelling to and from the testing centre. if you have symptoms please book a test online by visiting while it is important to stay safe through the pandemic, keeping our mental health positive is equally important, especially as new restrictions are introduced. that is why for world mental health day i launched a new advice guide aimed at residents facing isolation or mental


health challenges during coronavirus. my free online mental health guide has been supported Queen alexandra hospital, the portsmouth and east hampshire samaritans and mental health charity mind, giving some tips to residents on how to improve their well-being. that includes advice for over 55s who might be living alone or have been shielding during the lockdown in recent months and might do so again in future. if you are having mental health difficulties or want to find out how to keep your mind active please read the guide on my website by visiting don’t forget you can still nominate for

my coronavirus community hero awards. the awards highlight residents, community groups, businesses and others who helped others in the community during the current outbreak, especially during the lockdown. if you know someone who has made a contribution to helping the vulnerable or those in need, please nominate them through my website to thank them for their work by visiting i hope that everyone stays safe and i'll continue to provide regular updates to my email newsletter subscribers. if you wish to subscribe for updates, visit


Cycle Clinic dr bike success By mike skiffins, portsmouth ctc

havant repair café has completed six highly successful dr. Bike sessions in havant park with twenty bikes booked in for the final session on 26th september. across the whole six week campaign over eighty bikes were attended to and each bike was treated like a patient ! after asking if there were any known problems, a 'triage' was conducted, checking the bike for all vital signs – in the case of a bike, do the brakes work, are the wheels and tyres in good order, all components tightly fitted etc.? twelve major areas in all. then the volunteers mounted the bike on a stand and attended to any problems discovered. the volunteers all enjoyed the chance to demonstrate their skills and to solve the various problems presented (messing about with bikes in the park, somebody called it). although they are not professional mechanics, years of experience on various bikes of their own, or friends or families have given them knowledge they were happy to share. occasionally one would turn to a colleagues and ask “ have you ever come across this?” and between them there was usually an answer.

page: 2 the Bikes were an interesting collection. some were almost brand new and only requiring minor adjustments, and in one case explaining to the owner a peculiarity of that specific bike. another bike had been rescued from an odd corner outside and the question asked “is this worth doing up?”. apart from the dirt and rust there were so many things that needed fixing, some of which would involve buying replacement parts that the time and money it would have involved made it beyond economic repair. as one volunteer said, “i've seen better bikes down the tip” mostly however, the bikes were restored to good running order and the 'patients' returned to their owners for safe cycling into the future, to the delight of the owners. responses include: “thank you so much for the time and effort spent on my son's bike today. Brilliant service and such lovely people.” “what a fantastic serviced my son's bike and it is now running better than when it was new. Jack uses the bike

every day for school so it was important to us that it was safe and winter ready.” “hi, you all do a fabulous job.” anne sayer of havant repair café says, “we had a great time with the dr. Bike sessions – although the last one was a bit chilly, first thing.well over eighty bikes were seen (although we were not able to fix everyone's) it is getting a bit too chilly to hold the sessions in havant park so we are looking

for somewhere that will offer us a space to store a few tools and somewhere we can run a session, say once a month for now. if you can help, please message me or email repaircafé – thank you” finally, as the last session was packing up an unusual machine was presented and the volunteers were happy to help by pumping up the tyres of a wheelchair for its occupant.

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Jobs in the Garden for November and December

Article from the Hayling Island Horticultural Society

it has certainly been an interesting, and for many enlightening, year in the garden with so many more people turning to the outdoor environment for solace and support in these difficult times. what you have hopefully learnt is that gardening is not finite and is constantly evolving. you do not just go the garden centre in spring and plant up the garden and hope that it looks after itself. the joy of gardening is the year round preparation, the nurturing of seeds and young plants and the ultimate enjoyment of your efforts. and, there is still plenty to do as the nights draw in. we are lucky that our plants are still producing flowers into november so don’t cut them back yet! however, as plants do die back, tidy them up although you can leave some stems and seedheads for winter interest and the wildlife will enjoy them. there is plenty of advice around for the best time to cut back a particular plant. this is however, the best time of year

to prune climbing roses removing diseased or damaged growth and tying in any new shoots to their support. prune older flowered side shoots back by two thirds of their length. wisteria, fruit trees (except for plum trees which are best pruned in summer), and Japanese maples (acers) also benefit from being cut back at this time. this is a good time to plant some things ready for next year, as they have time to establish strong roots over the winter. Bare root roses are best planted now and they are a cheaper option than waiting to buy more established plants in the spring. there are bargains to be had in the nurseries so have a look around to see what you can find. if any plants or shrubs have grown too large, you can dig them up, divide them and then replant in their new positions. hostas spring to mind here – they do well once they have been divided and will flourish next year. november/ early december is the latest time to plant your bulbs ready for a fantastic show next spring. after you have

emptied out your pots, maybe put some bulbs to give a display next spring which can then be removed to make way for summer plants. try and include some sand or grit in the compost to aid drainage and maybe sprinkle some grit on to the top as well. you could also grow some pretty pansies/ violas or heathers on the surface for autumn/winter colour. cyclamen also provide some beautiful winter colour. once plants have died back and gone dormant, do pay some attention to your soil and dig over empty borders and add a mulch of compost or manure. if you are emptying out old grow bags and pots, just put this around the base of your shrubs. grass cuttings will also do and be beneficial around the base. the worms will then do their job and take this down into the soil. continue to aerate the lawn with a fork and if necessary do a light cut if the grass is still growing. if there is a danger of frost put your more tender plants in a sheltered place, cover them with a fleece or if you are lucky

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to have a greenhouse, many plants such as geraniums and fuschias can be overwintered in there. water them sparingly to ensure you maintain a dry atmosphere. Before you do this, maybe give your greenhouse a good clean with disinfectant to eliminate any lingering disease and create more light. to everyone who entered our virtual shows, we hope that you enjoyed taking part and enjoyed seeing the coverage. to anyone reading this who did not enter for whatever reason, there will be the opportunity to enter our bigger virtual spring show next year. full details will be published here of all the classes you can enter. in the meantime keep an eye on our website and facebook page. all members who paid to join the society this year will have continued membership for free next year. we hope to send out a newsletter to all members early in the new year.


Winter isthe keyto a great laWn as wonderful as summer in So, summer is behind the soil line; a thatched roof the garden can be, it can really keeps a house dry by keeping the us and the colder take its toll on the lawn. the heat moisture at the top. a thick months of autumn and thatch layer in a lawn functions in of the sun, the lack of rainfall, the weight of the lawn mower being a similar way. thatch is formed of winter are upon us. used more often and increased grass clippings, dead leaves, living but What does footfall will all add to the soil stems and roots. it impacts the that mean for becoming compacted. soil’s moisture levels which can the nation’s compaction can cause encourage the grass to live in the laWns? weakening of the grass plant, roots thatch. therefore, removal of to develop at a shallow depth, thatch is necessary to make the development of surface thatch, dry roots grow deeper, to get the patch and moss. the best way to relieve moisture in the soil underneath, making for a compaction in a lawn is to have aeration stronger grass plant and an environment far less professionally carried out. conducive to moss and other such unwanted thatch in a lawn is like a thatched roof above growth. greenthumb can do all the heavy work for you, meaning scarification, aeration and a post scarification treatment, but it’s also essential that lawn owners ensure dead leaves are removed as they block sunlight which eventually kills the grass plant. it’s important that shrubs, bushes and overhanging branches are kept cut back, as the shade they create also prevents light reaching the lawn, which is vital for its health. and that’s it: a lawn is made up of living, breathing plants and as long as it is not neglected through autumn and winter it will provide a beautiful, green space while we anticipate spring coming around again.

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national park’s John muir award “it makes you realise how precious nature is” – families across region enjoy inspiring outdoors activity programme a new appreciation of our beautiful natural world was experienced by scores of families who took part in a fun nature-based activity programme. families from across the south east took part in the John muir award programme over the spring and summer months – doing everything from nature walks in the woods to building bug hotels. inspired by the “founding father” of the national park movement, John muir, families simply had to get out and explore green spaces on their doorstep, whether that be a garden, local park or nature reserve. the inspiring scheme was spearheaded by the national park’s new families outreach officer, siân Jones, who produced a series of newsletters and things-to-do sheets, packed with ideas of fun naturebased activities families could do at little cost. over seventy families signed up to the newsletters and used them as inspiration for activities over the summer, sharing their experiences with others. seven families and two individuals completed over twenty-five hours of nature-based activities and have now earned themselves a family John muir award. achieving an award is vicki stewart, and her sons hugo, six, and charlie, eight, who had a whale of a time exploring the national park, including Butser hill and Queen elizabeth country park. vicki, from waterlooville, hampshire, said: “we loved every minute of it! we had not long got a puppy so we thought it was a brilliant way for us to explore more of the local area. “then we went into lockdown and it became a great excuse to just get outside and get some fresh air. we had been to Butser hill before, but we weren’t aware that it was part of the south downs national park. “at first we did loads of research and found out about the local area we live and where we could explore. we didn’t realise how many amazing places we had access to! “my boys just loved the exploring part – they’re little adventurers! they would get all their gear on and binoculars ready and it felt like a big day out for them. we loved the bug hunting and also took part in the big butterfly count. they even learned how to

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build an outdoor shelter using natural materials they found on the ground. “we did walks at Queen elizabeth country park and had a “mindfulness spot” where we’d just stand and listen to nature. Just being outside, seeing all that green really grounded us and almost pressed the ‘reset’ button.” and vicki added: “the whole experience has definitely reconnected us with nature and to understand how important it is. it’s probably something everyone should do! “the boys have not stopped talking about it and it’s really sparked their interest in what they can do to help the environment. they’re thinking more about recycling and what they can plant in the garden. one of my sons has even got himself a compass now. we just enjoyed it so much and would do it all over again!” Jo gold, from yapton, west sussex, completed the activities course with her five-year-old grandson Jacob. she said: “it came at a difficult time when a lot of children weren’t able to go to school and i’ve always had the ethos of being outside. so i thought it was something nice that Jacob and i could do together. “we did loads of activities – nature walks, swimming in the sea, collecting leaves and identifying flowers. we also visited the weald and downland museum and Jacob loved it so much that we’ve got him an annual pass. we even played hide and seek in the woods. he hid so well we couldn’t find him! “i do feel that we got more connected with outdoor space and Jacob really blossomed. he became more confident being outside in the natural world. and i think he learned about conservation by osmosis. it was a really rewarding experience for us both.” michelle Bourton, from portslade, near Brighton, enjoyed achieving the family John muir award with her nine-year-old son reece. michelle said: “we really enjoyed the experience and had some great adventures! “i would say our favourite days-out were to tilgate park at crawley and devil’s dyke – we saw lots of birds and animals and it was really inspiring. “my son has special needs, so it’s been a wonderful experience for him and really helped with his confidence. he’s now really interested in nature and especially all the different birds. “it’s an experience i would recommend to other families!” the activities were put together by siân with the help of rachel Johnson, an assistant ranger. activities included

growing vegetables on your window sill from left overs, leaf rubbing, wild writing and what to look out for on your daily walk. there were also lots of ideas for activities that people could do to care for the natural world, including litter picking, planting bee-friendly plants, making bird feeders and hedgehog highways. siân Jones, families outreach officer for the national park, said: “it’s been so lovely working with all the families and hearing about how much they’ve enjoyed the experience. “the people who completed the award will all be getting a certificate from the John muir trust, together with a selection of south downs national park goodies to mark their achievement. “one of our participants summed it up for me with their testimonial: ‘it makes you realise how precious nature is’. we can never take nature for granted and it’s wonderful to see people, especially children, discover this new appreciation for all that it gives us and, most importantly, want to care for it.” over the next year, siân and her team will be trialling more face-to-face family

work with charities such as enable ability, which is portsmouth-based and works with young people who have a disability. sian added: “this work is due to start this autumn, and we hope this will be the beginning of us being able to directly deliver activities to families in the south downs national park.” for more information about completing a John muir award with the national park please visit


astrophotography competition Win £150 prize by capturing incredible beauty of night sky the enchanting dark skies of the south downs national park will be celebrated this autumn and winter with an awesome astrophotography competition. with the clocks going back the cosmos comes into view earlier in the evening, people are being invited to capture the beauty of the night’s sky in and around the national park. three categories are available to enter:

 south downs dark skyscapes – an image that captures the star-studded dark skies of the south downs national park. Judges will be looking for awe-inspiring photography that shows off the landscape and/or cultural heritage and the dark skies above it!  living dark skies: people and nature – any image that captures human or wildlife activity. ideas include images of people stargazing, people running or walking under the cover of please plan your trip ahead, wrap up warm darkness, or images of nocturnal and remember to take a warm drink! for wildlife or trees at night. other tips on taking pictures at night please visit for covid-19 information and enjoying the national park safely, please visit:

 our magnificent moon – judges will be looking for breathtaking shots of our nearest neighbour in the solar system. the south downs dark skyscapes category must be taken in the south downs, but there is no geographical limit on the two other categories and it’s hoped people living in towns and cities around the national park will take part. the first prize for each category will be £150, second prize is £75, and third prize is £50. Judging the contest will be dan oakley, “dark skies” ranger for the national park, graham Bryant, a fellow of

the royal astronomical society, and petersfield-based tiffany francis-Baker, author of dark skies. images submitted for the competition will be shared by the national park authority on social media during the annual dark skies festival, which will take places from 12 to 28 february 2021. the festival celebrates the national park’s international dark sky reserve status awarded in 2016 in recognition of the south downs as one of the sixteen best places in the world to view the moon and stars.

entries for the south downs national park astrophotography competition should be submitted by midnight on 10 January. download an application form from:


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Look Cool for Winter – Seasonal Trends with summer passing quicker than a blink of an eye, we now find ourselves deep in autumn and in need of an extra layer or two – cue, lightweight knits, blazers, and jackets. i don’t know about you but even though i’m not at school any more – and haven’t been for a very (very) long time, i still can’t shake that back to school feeling, know what i mean? the only thing that gets me through darker evenings is the thought of newness. the idea of starting fresh. i can’t wait to see the new items brands bring out, whether it be chunky knits, midi dresses or even leather trousers – i love the thrill of new stuff. so, here are my top trends for the new season. get ready…

layers when the weather starts to go through that inbetween stage where it’s a bit nippy but still kind of warm, i always turn to layers.whether it be a lightweight cardigan, denim shirt or waistcoat, at least you’re able to remove a layer, if like me, you get too warm. here are a few layering pieces i swear by:  - leather shirt  white tee (base layer)  knitted vest  denim shirt/jacket  lightweight cardigan  roll neck (base layer) not sure where to get said layers? try arket, &other stories, mango or h&m.

trench coats the perfect coat for autumn has to be the trench coat. it’s perfect to just throw on when the weather is mild but rainy. trenches are definitely my go-to when the weather starts to change.

before you make your decision, trenches can come up a little big and don’t want it to drown you. if you want an investment trench coat after the lockdown, head to the Burberry outlet store on mare street, hackney.

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body will be insulated and at least your arms are covered. so, will i be trying the sleeveless trend? yes. things to look out for:  can you fit another layer underneath the sleeveless thing?  is there room for your coat on top for when winter hits? will the colour go with other basics  in your wardrobe?

things to look out for when selecting your trench coat:  length  weight  double or single breasted  is it lined?  is it waterproof or just showerproof – there is a difference! i would think about all of the above

Lauren Jobling is a personal stylist based in London – but travels all over the country – offering advice on how to streamline your wardrobe, shop sustainably and recommending the right brands to suit your lifestyle and shape. Due to Covid-19, Lauren now offers styling sessions via Zoom. Check her out here and contact if you would like to discuss her personal styling services.

sleeveless stuff every year brands and designers bring out a variety of sleeveless autumn pieces, which to me kind of defeats the whole object of keeping warm – won’t your arms get cold? the answer to this is no. wear a long-sleeved vest underneath a sleeveless knit or waistcoat and add another dimension to your top half. most of your

chunky boots a continuation on from last season, the chunky boot trend is here to stay and the chunkier the better in my opinion. think long length chelsea boots or platform sole biker boots – when i say chunky, i mean chunky. teamed with a floral dress, the combination of masculine and feminine looks really cool, especially if you add a leather jacket on top. things to consider when choosing your boots.  can you get them on?  how chunky do you want them?  are they waterproof?  can you clean them?  are they comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time? you don’t want to spend money on a trend where you can’t get much use out of it. get chunky boots from: &other stories, arket, dr martens, cos, and office.



co-op funeral care move after only twenty-one months of serving the hayling, community the branch closed on the 16th october. during this time the branch funeral arranger teresa thompson has wholly heartily embraced the island community and will be sorely missed by all the organizations and individuals she has assisted. she supported the litter picking on the beach, the christmas late night shopping with free drinks, had leaflets supporting island charities and good causes printed and distributed and collected donations for the Bridge centre food bank. as a former rn wren for over seven years teresa was a fervent supporter of

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the armed forces giving over the entire front window for displays supporting the forces charities. teresa has managed the co-op premises from its opening in 2019 having moved over from being deputy manager of age concern uk in leigh park for thirteen years, hence her support for those organizations on the island helping elderly people. teresa leaves the island just prior to the co-op announcing which three good causes on hayling will be chosen to receive community funding over the next year. the five contenders for which teresa has received applications and has

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supported are: hayling island community centre, hayling men’s shed, thursday club youth sailing scheme, rnli hayling and heart of hayling Boxing academy. in a final gesture of goodwill teresa is seen above presenting phil prichard and dave clarke from hayling first responders with a hamper in recognition of their year round voluntary work. hayling first responders leader phil

prichard thanked the co-op for their support for the islands voluntary groups. he thanked teresa and the co-op for their generous donation of the hamper fortunately, teresa will not be entirely lost to hayling as she will be the funeral arranger at the co-op premises at 28a north street, havant where she will devote one of the two large windows to hayling to promote its community.

YOUR MONEY Why cash flow forecasting is now more important than ever

what seemed a temporary arrangement to save the nhs from being overwhelmed has not been a quick fix. the pandemic is escalating with the onset of winter and business owners need to rethink their plans to take account that we are in this for a longer term than initially anticipated. many businesses and individuals have benefited from the range of government support provided over the past few months, including furlough for staff unable to work, grants for the self-employed, deferral of vat and income tax payments and low-cost government-backed business loans.

and many of these measures have now been extended as part of the chancellor’s winter economy plan, although this time they are much less generous than those previously offered. yet regardless of the emergency funding to keep businesses afloat, some may still find themselves unable to operate normally due to the impact of the pandemic. if you are a business owner in this situation with no prospect of your cash flow improving any time soon, how do you plan to repay any funding you might have received? cash flow is the lifeblood of every business. if coronavirus is set to have a significant and prolonged impact on your

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sales, planning to repay a loan whilst managing to pay creditors and overheads, and keeping cash flow under control will be essential to your business’s survival. as accountants, one of the first things we did at the start of the lockdown was to provide our clients with a cash flow template and urged them to prepare their forecasts as soon as possible. using this as a tool to gauge whether they would need additional funding. then to regularly maintain and review their forecasts so that they always had visibility of their cash requirements. if you use an accounting software package in your business, these often have

built-in budgeting options which allow you to build and track your cash flow projections and see your financial information. now might not be the best time to invest in new technology but it’s still worth considering the forecasting benefits it could provide for the future. if you are concerned about repaying any business loans you have received there is plenty of advice online from the government and business groups. however, an accountant can assess your financial situation, help you put together a financial forecast for your business and establish the best way forward.


river running dry emsworth owes its name to the river ems now running dry according to a new environmental group. the group is set up to try and sustain the natural riparian habitat now in danger of loss due to alleged abstraction actives at times of low natural flow. the ems is a haven for protected wildlife and one

of only about two hundred such chalk streams in the world. it flows through the south downs national park and westbourne into chichester harbour, at emsworth. if you’re interested in joining the group then contact:


national park connecting young people with nature


Jonathan Dean (inset), Education Officer for South Downs National Park schoolchildren across the south east are set to benefit from a new learning programme and two grant schemes to help connect them with nature. the south downs national park education network is launching a new set of initiatives to help schools deliver more learning outside the classroom. the network, made up of more than 100 education providers that offer learning experiences for young people, have developed an extensive online teacher

training programme to support teachers as they return to school under difficult circumstances. meanwhile, two new grants have been launched that will help schools to benefit from a visit from an expert, or a field trip visit to a site in the national park. it comes as the department for education has recommended schools use outdoor spaces for learning and school trips have been given the go-ahead. research has consistently shown that outdoor learning

and connection with nature increases attainment and improves the health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff. Jonathan dean, education officer for the south downs national park authority, said: “we want teachers and young people to have positive experiences as they settle back into school this autumn term. many schools were closed and outdoor education officers, museum guides and bush-craft teachers alike were left with empty diaries when they would normally have been engaging thousands of young people with the incredible landscape, history, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the south downs national park. “we knew that when schools returned in september we would have to find new and innovative ways to share our passion and knowledge with others.we hope this new programme of online teacher training and two new grants will help schools make the most of outdoor learning opportunities and create positive memories in these challenging times.” the education network, county council outdoor education advisers and headteachers fed into the development of the new

programme of online teacher training.the sessions and visits are linked to the special qualities of the south downs and they will be of greatest benefit to schools within the national park or within an approximate 10km radius of the national park. the new initiatives will support: • over 250 teachers to feel more confident about delivering their curriculum in the outdoors. • over 1,000 pupils to benefit from highquality learning experiences delivered by experts in their schools grounds or in local green space. • over 500 pupils, especially those experiencing the highest levels of deprivation with the least access to high-quality green space, to benefit from fully-funded trips to sites within the national park. all schools will be eligible for free teacher training provided by the network. secondary schools, special schools and any school with over 25% pupil premium funding will be eligible to apply for a grant to cover the full costs (transport and activities) to a site in the national park. contact:

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solent sunbeams; surviving and thriving despite covid-19 the historic solent sunbeam fleet, which boasts 97-year-old wooden keelboats through to brand-new grp hulls, has experienced one of its best sailing seasons despite the shadow of covid-19 and a late start to the season. the fleet has enjoyed some of its largest ever turnouts at its covid-secure racing events as well as the extra bonus of new family groups spending quality time together on chichester harbour. as soon as the lockdown rules started easing in early June, a number of enthusiastic sunbeam owners took part in the test races put on by itchenor sailing club, with 10 sunbeams crossing the line at the first event. at the time all crews had to be from single households so it was agreed that no spinnakers would be flown to accommodate some of the less experienced teams. one of the outcomes of the coronavirus lock down was the enthusiasm of owners to get out on the water when the rules were initially relaxed to allow ‘single-household‘ sailing. this resulted in new family pairings enjoying the peaceful waters of the harbour and the close but friendly racing in these historic and timeless keelboats. By July, the season was fully under-way with new guidelines, including mixed households and socially distanced sailing,

and the sunbeams experienced some of their biggest number of entrants for their re-scheduled chittagong cup. with excellent weather, sunshine and blue skies, the 19 boats enjoyed chichester harbour racing at its best with steady winds, challenging tides and very tight competition. the series was won by v41, fleury with v26 danny in second place. august saw the rescheduled chisholm trophy regatta attract 20 sunbeams in what turned out to be a two day event due to strong winds cancelling racing on the middle day. the newly named itchenor keelboat week (formerly points week) was held in september, rather than its customary June date. twenty sunbeams competed in what started as a light wind event but ended with a cancelled final day due to the strong wind forecast. extremely tight racing on the water was reflected in very close final scores with v41 fleury winning the regatta on five points, the 97year-old,v1 dainty, runner up just two points adrift and 3 boats tying for 3rd place! a new class captain was voted in during the summer with ollie gilchrist taking up the mantle for the next three years. ollie lives locally in west sussex and has sailed from itchenor since childhood.

as the season comes to an end the fleet is looking to the future and in particular the fast approaching centenary in 2023. with this in mind, the class association is keen to update the history and ownership of each of these classic boats with a view to publishing a new book for the 100th celebrations. the class association would like to hear from anyone who has owned a sunbeam, past or present, or just sailed a sunbeam; photos, images, anecdotes and stories can be sent to

over thirty solent sunbeams regularly sail from itchenor ranging from 97 years in age to brand new, low-maintenance grp yachts.the class is extremely welcoming and sociable with very supportive owners who have a common passion for the design, heritage and sportsmanship of the fleet. if you are interested in owning a piece of yachting heritage that also has a very active racing fleet, then the class has a number of boats available for sale or part ownership, with more details available on the solent sunbeam website:


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Suspension of Distribution regrettably in view of the government’s covid19 restrictions we are suspending distribution of the havant talking newspaper. strange that after 656 editions spanning twenty years of fortnightly recording we are stopped by something one millionth of a millimetre in size we oft forget we are just one cog in a complex world.this is only the second time that a recording did not go out to our listeners.the

last time was caused by a snow storm! although we have suspended distribution we are continuing to work on the 658th edition. this is a trial run to produce the newspaper from ‘home’. it may be that future easing of covid-19-restrictions will allow us to distribute but not to studio record. if so we want to be ready. the completed 658th recording will be available on our website at:,uk, and on the British wireless for the Blind website at:


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return of heart of hayling boxing academy from mark coates, heart of hayling Boxing academy

so great has been the increased demand once the return of the Boxing academy was put out on social media that additional sessions have been added for the autumn season which are well under way. following the success of the two literacy/ boxing summer schools, all the volunteer boxing coaches were put through their paces in refresher training by former royal navy veteran knox white – seen centre in the wheelchair. knoxy, a three times member of the navy field gun crew who competed at earls court in the royal tournament in what has been described as the toughest team sport in the world, continues to attend at hayling as their principal mentor and senior coach, while also being a support coach to england Boxing. four coaches including verity march, proudly clutching their certificates, awarded for completing six modular courses with the national autistic society and two qualifications from ofqual regulated cache training charity, in understanding children and young people’s metal health.

these qualifications were also achieved by coaches alan dyde and dawn pierce with funding by hampshire county council, to ensure that children with very special needs attending the boxing are well catered for. meanwhile verity’s partner scott, both a coach and hayling fire-fighter, tried out the new boxing ring and its punch bag. following a successful trial run in september the new look heart of hayling Boxing academy is back in session every wednesday throughout the school term at the hayling community centre, station road and is open to any

youngsters from any background, whether able bodied or with a disability. full covid -19 precautions will be in place with separate entrance and exit from the main hall and each session with limited numbers of boxers in the hall. please pre-book the session you wish to attend book using the community centre web site or the facebook page of heart of hayling Boxing academy. • 1600 - 1645 senior boys and girls for those age 13 to 17 yrs or those who have gained the gB national Bronze

Boxing award. • 1700 -1745 Boys and girls 5 to 12 yrs • 1800 -1845 Boys and girls 5 to 12 yrs • 1900 -1945 senior women only 16+ we encourage any ladies to attend and there is no need to book, just come along to engage in fitness training, have fun while learning the basic skills of none contact boxing and if you need to, its a great way to lose weight. subject to obtaining the necessary extra funding an additional sunday session will be held. 1430hrs till 1600hrs senior young men and women 16+ years conditioned sparring and semi-contact for those who have gained the gB national Bronze Boxing award and or who have previous experience and prior approval. [carded boxer with medicals may take part in heavy sparing]. any questions or queries please contact the academy administrator and treasurer wendy coates on 023 9246 4391 or

shops in hampshire and west sussex. many thousands of miles ridden by michael, but his first 100 mile run was to salisbury in June 2009.the following year his many cycling friends elected him president. it was, perhaps, inevitable that he would organise a tour of lincolnshire to share the love of his home county with his fellow riders, and in 2019 he took a week's cycling trip to croatia. a service to celebrate the life of michael was held at st. faith's church,

havant on 9th september 2020 conducted by the rector, canon tom kennar. the coffin was carried into the church past a line of cyclists from his club, and afterwards members led the drive from the church to the crematorium on michael's final journey. michael is survived by his wife, mary, daughter kate, and two granddaughters rachel and courtney

Local cyclists honour past president michael moore who has died on 27th august 2020, the day after his 84th birthday, was a former president of portsmouth cycle touring club and presenter of a long running Jazz programme on angel radio. michael was born in louth, lincolnshire, to walter and hily moore, on 26th august 1936. he was educated at louth grammar school and left aged 18 to go to naval college in hull to study marine radio. in 1955 he joined the merchant navy and went to sea as second radio officer on the isle of guernsey michael met his wife mary at a dance organised by the mission to seamen in hull in 1959 and they married in 1961. his job with p&o sparked a love of travel and he also developed a keen interest in photography.

when he left the merchant navy in 1974, aged 38 he went back to the university of hull and took a three year english degree to become a freelance journalist. in retirement michael and mary moved to havant in 2001 and he took the opportunity to join the newly formed angel radio where he presented regular programmes on Jazz, another of his passions. his show, swing song has run for 18 years. throughout his life his love of cycling continued, from his boyhood explorations of lincolnshire, including the hilly 'wolds' on his heavyweight raleigh and at 17 on a sun champion handed down from his sister who had just got married, throughout his worldwide travels and on into retirement where he joined portsmouth ctc. here he rode out most wednesdays with the group, becoming an expert on the best tea rooms and cake







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Britishelectric tramcar no.13. (phlr13) •Built 1903for the portsdown and horndean light railways a double deck tram withdrawn1935 acquired in 1973 by portsmouth city museums department

By Bob hind:

the portsdown and horndean light railway then and now. many of you might be interested in local transport history may like to read my new book about the tram line that ran from cosham to horndean.

it was called the horndean light railway and ran from south of cosham to horndean on the left side of the london road to the george inn on the summit of portsdown hill. the line then ran down the centre of the road until waterlooville was reached. single line with passing loops for the cars (as trams were called) to pass one another. from the hulbert road junction it ran on a reserved track on the right side of the london road looking towards horndean. the book is of a then and now format with all the old postcard scenes loaned by Barry cox from his vast collection and all the modern photograph taken by myself. in all there are eighty scenes. the book costs just £9.99 with signed copies available from park lane post office, Bedhampton, Belmont newsagents, Bedhampton and keys newsagents, highfield avenue, waterlooville.


death in the harbour

pauline rowson is author of the inspector andy horton crime novels, the art marvik thrillers and the 1950 set mystery series with inspector alun ryga. her mystery novels are set against the ever-changing backdrop of the sea in england.

hayling author pauline rowson celebrates publication of her second atmospheric 1950s set mystery series featuring inspector alun ryga, death in the harBour. scotland yard detective, inspector alun ryga, is sent to newhaven, east sussex to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his wife has gone missing. myra swinley is convinced that her police constable husband’s death was no accident, and that he would never have lost his footing on a dark, foggy november night on the quayside of newhaven harbour while on his beat. determined to get to the truth she visits scotland yard to ask his former friend, detective superintendent street, to investigate. street says they have no basis to do so, but when myra fails to return home from her visit to the yard,

inspector ryga is sent down to the sussex coast to investigate. accompanied by former war photographer, eva paisley, who has been airlifted back to england after suffering a wound incurred in korea, ryga’s investigation soon begins to uncover some puzzling facts. painstakingly, and with eva’s assistance, ryga begins to unravel the mystery of why an ordinary police constable was murdered and his sensible law-abiding wife has gone missing. pauline rowson says, 'i’m delighted that the second inspector ryga is published. it was very enjoyable researching and writing it and i hope my readers enjoy the further exploits of my thoughtful detective and his accomplice, former war photographer, eva paisley.’ hayling island Book shop will have signed copies of pauline’s book and her other crime novels.


new book: arthur mack - old man of the sea

how a semi-literate mudlark’s curiosity, luck, and energy led him to a stunning discovery the invincible wreck lay forgotten for nearly 250 years until arthur’s net snagged its timbers. excavation of this revolutionary eighteenth century warship wreck changed our understanding of maritime technology development. and four thousand miles away the news planted a seed that grew into this book. luck comes to those who see life’s chances and take them. still, it would have taken a psychic bystander to see a future respected amateur archaeologist in a ragged child scrabbling for thrown coins in the mud

of portsmouth harbour. the young man supplemented his income by bait digging, and along the way found the detritus of centuries. some of it turned out to be interesting and valuable. as he grew up, arthur learnt to haul a living from the treacherous waters of the solent. one day in may 1979 his net snagged on a seabed obstruction. when eventually freed it came up with a piece of old timber . instead of cursing his luck and throwing it back he trusted his feeling about it, noted the spot, and returned with John

from Brent piniuta and John Broomhead

Broomhead, a diving friend. the timber turned out to be part of the royal navy’s first invincible, a landmark in warship development. this book is the fascinating saga of arthur’s life his archaeological adventures, and the invincible exploration. the story of the book is almost as curious. Brent’s fascination with the wreck brought him across the atlantic to meet the people involved and inspired him to learn to dive so he could visit the site in person. he and John Broomhead developed the text together, passing drafts between them in a socially very distanced team.

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Health & Well-being by Denise Kelly

Health and fitness in 2020 WHY MUSHROOM IS SO POWERFUL FOR IMMUNITY PROTECTION THIS WINTER… Life is for thriving…not just surviving

we all had to rethink a bit during lock general health and well-being, plus these the show with their record-breaking down and beyond – i guess it’s about powders have profound effects on our performance at the olympic world thinking outside the box to make life work immune systems. games. in fact, they were such clear for you. during this time, i wasn’t always at so, the question is…why is winners that they were faced my clinics, as i have been for the last fifteen mushroom powder so good with doping allegations years, so i wanted to make use of the spare for us? and had to undergo drug time i found myself with. having been 1. mushrooms contain the tests. the results came inspired by so many people and various sunshine vitamin d – back in the all clear. the health products over the years, i decided to which we need for coach, mr. ma Ju ren, create my own health products – basically calcium absorption, put their performance they are a bunch of organic and natural healthy bones and teeth, and partly down to an all-natural Chaga Mushroom Powder (nothing added) super food blends called the for feeling good. it helps cordyceps concoction that ‘s’ range! protect us from conditions such as they took daily. how amazing is that! they consist of: super, shield, sweet, diabetes and multiple sclerosis and is Basically, in order to protect our skin, slim and sleep. i am so excited about one of those vitamins that so many of immune systems, we must do the basic them. the reason i started to create them us are deficient in. we absorb it fundamental things: sleep well, eat good was to make my clients lives easier through the skin from whole foods, exercise in the fresh air, drink and to make sure that the right sunlight, and because plenty of water and spend time away from nutrients were available for daylight hours are more our devices such as laptops and phones for everyone in an easy to manage limited now - we need some time during the day and evening! format. this is so important on extra help! mushrooms technology is a wonderful thing, but it’s anyone’s journey to great provide one of the only health and sustainable energy! plant based sources of one of my favourite blends for the vitamin d which makes them reishi mushroom powder winter season is called ‘shield’. so valuable for all of us and with the world the way it is right now, and it’s easy to absorb! all the stress, anxiety and fear, i wanted to 2. they are chocked-full of B-vitamins offer an immune protection that anyone can such as B2, B3, B6 and B12 – all of implement into their daily routine in just which help to make us feel energized one easy scoop. what’s so special about this and fabulous! they are essential for blend is the combination of ingredients, converting food into fuel and help to such as ashwagandha, maca, cacao, ginger keep the digestive system healthy. and cinnamon. plus, i have included two 3. mushrooms are also an olympic types of mushroom powders – reishi and athlete's perfect ally - back in 1993, chaga, which can have an amazing impact on the russian field and track team stole

important to take a break and get our in the daylight! we also need to be kind to ourselves and do things that make us happy! hugging and kissing for example gives you a rush of endorphins that can remove stress from our bodies – so i guess we know what we will be doing tonight! and please do not be hard on yourself either – tomorrow is always another day to improve, focus and make new changes to help you grow! avoid junk food, drink plenty of water and love what you do every day! if you don’t – change it! life is short and we need to live the life that we really want! you can treat the super-foods blends as an added bonus to your daily routine – a bit like life insurance! check them out at to see all the blends. which one will you choose?


can you contribute to the new staunton memory bank? staunton country park has offered such escapism for many over the last few months, but its charms continue to be revealed as the £3.5 million restoration to its landscape and historic buildings draws to an end. and along with new facilities (including a new car park), there are extra treasures for our visitors to discover or opportunities to take part in. one of the ways the new restoration will support the community is by the presence of a new team of volunteers working to preserve the memories of staunton, both old and new. previously we have organised projects like the leigh park mansion house exhibition and have also interviewed key individuals connected to the history of the park. Joseph Johnson, a gardener who worked in the park in 1960s – 70s. Joseph

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knew the famous mrs Bilkie (wife of the chauffeur for the fitzwygrams who owned the estate). he told us about the gardens in his time: “the trees were in good order, the lawns were top class, the avenue was all grass” les humphries- the last remaining

member of the six penny six told us about his memories of the protest in 1969 and how he spent his time in prison! susan moss, who moved to the park in the 50s told us how she takes her grandchildren to the park and they enjoy the little bridges “pretending there are trolls".

we will be carrying out socially distanced interviewing (even by telephone) so you too can donate your memories to the history of the parkland. for more information ask our volunteers in the park, at the visitor centre or call 07395 283041.

Don’t stop Wining Vermentino

the perfect wine with your turkey Jonathan rogers of vin wine merchants in emsworth looks at this increasing popular variety.

christmas is the one day where you can spoil yourselves much more with an abundance of fine foods and fantastic wines and is a great opportunity to try something you may not have tried before. if you are new to vermentino then you will not be disappointed. a very underrated grape variety, it is quickly gaining popularity amongst wine lovers. found mainly in sardinia (nearly half of all vermentino is produced her) the finer wines are created mainly in the north of the region. the grape has been cultivated in this area since the fourteenth century and it is now also producing some fine examples in the languedoc roussillon where it is known as rolle, provence and parts of australia and the us. producing a dry wine, it displays much more rounded characters then acidic dry wines such as sauvignon blanc. it has a much more tropical fruit personality rather than zesty crispness with lighter citrus, peach and pear fruit flavours showing through. it has a much fuller body with a classic oily texture,

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and this is what pairs well with the velvety flavours of the turkey. it prefers a warmer climate and will produce finer wines even in less fertile soils. wines of this style (others include chardonnay,viognier, marsanne) are a perfect accompaniment to white meats and to me, pair better then lighter reds with the turkey.vermentino has the weight to stand up to the other flavours on your plate, and pairs very nicely with light fish dishes, making the perfect all-rounder on christmas day. check out these two!

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cooking instructions if you want to really enjoy your christmas turkey this year, then investing in a locally reared, slow maturing, free range bronze turkey will make all the difference. they have loads of flavour and are juicy and succulent (as long as you don’t overcook them!) it’s also worth taking you time: make sure that you take the turkey out of the fridge several hours before you start cooking, and when you have finished cooking, let it rest for at least half an hour. the results are worth it. preparation – for whole turkeys as soon as possible after collecting your turkey, remove all packaging and store in a cool place, preferably at the bottom of your fridge. • remove the giblets and keep separately in a cool place. • remove the turkey from the fridge two hours before cooking, to allow to reach room temperature. • if your turkey is trussed, it is best to remove the string before cooking. • cook your stuffing separately, because stuffing the main cavity will stop the turkey cooking properly. • we recommend cooking without covering in foil, you will get lovely crispy skin. • place the giblets around the bird. place the bird breast side down in the roast tin and season with salt and

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pepper. for crowns keep the breast up. the oven should be preheated to 180ºc (160º fan) gas 4/5. gravy always tastes better if the turkey giblets are used to make it. after an hour of cooking turn the bird carefully on to its back to further cook and brown the breast. it is very important not to overcook a turkey – many people do and are then disappointed when it is dry.this can be avoided by either using a ‘pop up’ timer (included with your turkey) or meat thermometer that detects when the turkey is cooked – you are looking to achieve a temperature of around 68 degrees pre-resting. failing that test with a fork on the inside of the thigh – when the juices run clear the bird is ready. after removing the turkey from the oven and before carving it, allow it to rest for 30-60 minutes. do not cover.

portion size – 500g per person guideline cooking times – as ovens do vary! whole Birds & crowns 4kg – 2 hrs 5kg – 2 – 2 ½ hrs 6kg – 2 ¼ – 2 ½ hrs 7kg – 2 ½ – 2 ¾ hrs 8kg – 2 ¾ – 3 hrs 9kg – 3 – 3 ¼ hrs larger Birds: check every 15 minutes after 3 hrs.

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southbourne men's shed are still on track

from douglas meany, secretary

while lockdown restricts social activities in groups larger than six the southbourne men’s shed railway group have been enjoying regular chat sessions to overcome loneliness and boredom and remain active mentally, socially and sometimes physically. meeting in the southbourne men’s shed in new road the afternoons pass quickly for up to five railway enthusiasts as they chat about anything that comes to mind including reminiscences and nostalgia, the news, current interests and of course, railway related subjects in a warm, safe environment.

the group were constructing a model railway using items generously donated by local supporters until the restrictions on meetings and social distancing prevented progress, as the shedders often need to work closely together. several parts of the project can be worked on at home so construction of buildings, wagons and coaches can continue, ensuring the members have small projects to keep them active between meetings. the layout when finished will depict a small rural terminus station with a single

model railway built by members of the model railway group, exhibited at shows from Bognor to Burton on trent.

platform, a few sidings serving a factory or dairy, goods shed, engine shed and a short siding to a small date, the track has been laid, wiring to energise the rails and the electrically operated points are tested and are working well. when work resumes a start will be made on the scenery, which with the engines and rolling stock will bring the layout to life. southbourne men’s shed also have a ride on railway which they take to fairs, fêtes and shows for children of all ages to enjoy as they ride on a raised railway behind a locomotive with a passenger trailer

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purchased with a generous grant from sussex giving fund at sussex community foundation. lockdown has been an opportunity to lengthen and strengthen the rails and carry out other maintenance on the track ensuring greater safety for the hundreds of passengers they usually carry. if you are interested in railway topics or model railways and wish to chat with like-minded chaps, or if you would like to donate redundant railway items please contact us via our website: or call 07539 103015.

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Craft Beer - Christmas At The Brewery By Jonathan Khoo, Brewer & owner at The Emsworth Brewhouse

Yes its that time of year again and Christmas is upon us. I have no idea what happened to this year but we managed to survive! The plan was to open up a small tap room at the brewery serving cask and keg on draught however plans changed and we ended up becoming a beer delivery service! For now the tap room is on hold but rest assured it will hopefully open sometime in 2021...

Here is our electric van being towed after it refused to start displaying a danger warning message! Luckily it only required a quick error message reset and we were back on the road. To be fair its been great to drive and costs peanuts to run. I just wish it did more than 60 miles on a full charge!

Recently we introduced a new loyalty card. For every £20 spend at the brewery receive a stamp. Collect 5 stamps and choose a free beer!

Although we don't have a tap room yet we do have a shop selling beers we brew and package ourselves as well as a big selection of guest craft beers to choose from. Gift packs are very popular this time of year. Customize them with your own selection of beers and perhaps add a glass or a T-shirt to spruce it up. We also have vegan nuts in plastic free packaging that go great with beer.

Not sure what to get? Why not purchase a gift card. Either choose a physical one you can stick in a stocking or send and egift card online! E-gift cards can be used online and in store.

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Its becoming a tradition to brew something dark and different each year in the run up to Christmas. Last year was our Vanilla Stout infused with vanilla pods. The year before we aged our porter in a Laphroaig barrel giving a heavy hit of peaty Islay goodness. This year we have a heap of marshmallows waiting in the wings... Be sure to keep an eye out for this years brew! Hope to see you soon!

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uk & dutch brewing two cultures sharing a love of beer

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from tim skelton

the sadly defunct king & Barnes. at that same time, dutch independent brewing was almost non-existent, with the industry dominated by a few lager giants like heineken. how things change. heineken may still dominate here, but in the 30 years i’ve lived in the netherlands, i’ve watched its number of brewing companies grow from 40 to around 750. most make ales, although few use cask conditioning in the British ‘real ale’ sense, with most selling beer in kegs, albeit also unpasteurised and unfiltered. another factor defining the dutch is that many start-ups ‘cuckoo brew’ their wares at existing breweries. using this stepping stone to build your brand before investing huge sums in equipment is seen as pragmatic, and not stigmatised as it often is in the uk. But one thing both cultures definitely have in common is a love for great beer. tim is the author of Beer in the netherlands, the 2020 second edition of tim skelton which is available from:

Light-hearted Poems margaret tait has published an illustrated booklet showcasing twenty of her light-hearted poems such as “i used to have a waist” and “i didn’t want to Be a granny” - several of which she read on radio solent. the booklet sells for £3 with all proceeds going towards funding the accessible loo planned for havant’s st faiths church.the booklet is available from st faiths church, their pallant shop and at leigh park community centre: also, with 80p postage from i used to haVe a Waist i used to have a waist with i have been known to diet hips that jutted out, then i but it doesn’t work for me, i’m discovered pizza and now i’m tempted by the chippy and rather stout. scones and jam for tea. i used to have slim legs you i can’t refuse a burger or know, now they resemble trees, domino’s in town, it puts a strain upon my back macdonald’s or the fish shop and i’m not proud of my knees! and a pub meal in the crown. they say a lady’s figure is an i used to be so slim - i was apple shape or pear, i’m a great proud of how i’d look, what a big melon with stretch marks pity, growing up, i never learnt everywhere. to cook!

stronger, more flexible, pain-free readers my name is natalie march from physio-logical, a chartered physiotherapist in po9. we hope you are keeping well. it has been very busy time at physiological, we have been helping lots of new patients who are struggling to access hands on nhs physiotherapy services. we are still offering face to face physiotherapy appointments, wearing full ppe within our covid secure physiotherapy clinics at stansted house, rowlands castle and horndean doctors surgery. here is what one of our patients said: ‘Just had my first face to face appointment with Jordan this morning. so pleased to see him (as my back needed some attention!) and pleased to see all the measures you have put in place and felt completely safe’ (mrs. c) we are also still offering a video or telephone consultation service to all new and existing patients too. we hope you found our exercises for sciatica in our last article useful. we have had lots of patients with new episodes of neck pain or flare ups of existing neck pain. mainly due to an increase in tablet, laptop or phone use. due to lots more classes and talks going online via

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the havant wea spring term 2020 was running smoothly when covid 19 hit the world and life changed. the art appreciation course presented by prasannajit de silva at Bedhampton community centre: “art of the British empire” was full, as was a history course at emsworth community centre: “england in the drama and change from medieval to early modern society” by tutor Jennifer goldsmith.these courses had to end abruptly although fortunately they were near completion. a planned day school by tutor geoffrey mead “hearth and home: aspects of housing history” was able to take place in march, just before lockdown. as face to face courses were then not permitted the future for wea courses seemed bleak – then Zoom came into our lives. the havant wea autumn courses were able to take place, not in local halls but in people’s homes, provided by Zoom on laptops and tvs. the lecturers were willing to use Zoom, so the planned autumn courses were accessible and once advertised were soon fully booked. the art appreciation course presented by tutor michaela cranmer: Brave new world, the art of the 1930’s and the history course by Jennifer goldsmith:|all smoke and mirrors-espionage, treachery, plots and plotters, are both running smoothly. the courses are full, and participants are able to communicate with the tutors and fellow students through the wonder of modern technology. it is anticipated that different art appreciation and history courses will also take place in the new year. information about courses will be on the wea website.


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we are a four part harmony chorus for ladies of all ages. although things are still tricky, we are looking on the positive side and wish to increase our membership. interested?

we meet every tuesday evening, at havant methodist church, havant, hants po9 2hu normally from 7-30 until 10pm, but call either 023 9264 1997 or 023 9245 1220 for confirmation. sandra strawn


newlands happy snappy competition newlands parish council is calling all keen photographers to enter their first ever photo competition that will help shape the community’s future. celebrating ‘what i love about newlands’ and highlighting ‘what i’d change about newlands’ are the two categories for the competition. the photographs should highlight and reflect what residents in the parish enjoy about living in the area, as well as what they dislike and would like to change the most. entering the competition is free and easy – simply take up to three photographs

per category (six in total) and submit them along with captions and a completed application form to: the winning entry will be awarded a £50 amazon voucher and runners up will be included in the new community plan as well as being featured in the 2021 newlands parish calendar. for more details and an application form visit so, why not get involved in your community and get snapping outside – safely!


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from alan Bartlett

in april 2020 a brand new cadet organisation was formed by a small team of friends and experienced uniformed youth volunteers. after much discussion during the first coronavirus lockdown, the independent cadet force (icf) was born. Based in waterlooville, the icf is essentially a ‘tri-service’ cadet force, offering a wide variety of training and life experiences to girls and boys aged 8-18 years old. Being an independent cadet force, and not being tied to a parent service, the icf and its units offer a wide insight to all arms of the British armed forces and mimics some of its training. the icf is also a registered charity and has big plans to further help those within the community. the first unit born out of the icf is 101 troop and will be operating from st. george’s church hall in waterlooville. on monday 11th January 2021, 101 troop will be holding an open evening, giving members of the public and prospective joiners to see first-hand, some of the activities that are on offer. every young person that chooses to join the icf will embark on a structured training program throughout their time as a cadet. this begins with recruit training, where each individual will learn the basics of being a cadet, weapons handling skills, drill and some theoretical learning. once they complete recruit training, they will receive their uniform, their first cadet rank and will join their peers on our regular training program. the coronavirus pandemic has put a delay on us opening our doors, however we intend to begin operations as from January 2021, should government restrictions allow. if you are interested in coming to the 101 troop open evening, please contact us via our facebook page or through our website:

the atlantic 85 lifeboat went to the assistance of a catamaran taking water into the port hull and rescued the skipper and his two cats. solent coastguard requested we launch to go to a 34ft catamaran moored in chichester harbour which was flooding with water into the port hull.the hayling lifeboat was quickly launched and went to where the catamaran was moored north of sparkes marina.the boat (pictured) was listing badly

to port and so a crewman went on board and found the port hull already flooded.. despite having a salvage pump on the lifeboat there was little that could be done until low water some 6 hours later when it would be dark. it was decided to take the skipper and his two cats to safety ashore whilst also towing the boats tender. the skipper decided to return the following day and collect his tender and see if he could cure the leak at low tide.


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1750 – Fire at Havant:Yesterday there was a great fire at Havant, which burnt down eight houses, and destroyed several Ricks of Corn and Hay. I am told it was occasioned by a boy shooting at some small birds on a Thatched House, by which the same took fire. – A sufficient caution to people who propose to cover their houses in straw. 23 March 1750, Derby Mercury 1805 – Havant Market, October 5:The supply of Wheat at market last evening was rather considerable, and the millers having now a little fresh good quality, to mix with the inferiors ones, the sales were somewhat flatter, and at rather less money. Barley, Beans, Pease, Oats, and Vetches, as in my last, there being but little demand, for either of those articles excepting Vetches.The Wheat season has commenced in the cold wet lands, which are a favourable state to receive the seed. 7 October 1805, Hampshire Telegraph

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Aidan Law a Year 11 student here at Warblington has been selected into the U17s All England Volleyball Team! Aidan started playing volleyball three years ago with the South Hants Volleyball Club and took part in the All England Team trials late October. Everyone at Warblington School are very proud of his success and look forward to hearing more achievements in the future.

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Preparations for our trees funded by the Woodland Trust to arrive this month are well under way and we are almost ready for their arrival. Local tree surgeons have kindly donated their high quality wood chip for the trees and use around the school. This is invaluable for the growing trees, offering them essential nutrients. The schools 11 Junior Tree Wardens will be supporting the saplings through their first year and beyond and are currently raising money to purchase vital tools and equipment to help them in their new roles. #BuildBackBetter @WarblingtonSchool


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hulky bear hello from your favourite out and about reporter at the cat and rabbit rescue centre, hulky Bear. i wanted to start off with some lovely news that last month’s pet of the month ella Bella has now been re-homed. also i would personally like to say a big thank you to everyone that got involved with our virtual fayre and helped to raise much needed funds for the centre. when the centre first reopened after lockdown my staff were so busy re-homing animals, some were barely with us for a week before they had a potential adopter looking at them. it was

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amazing to see all the cats, rabbits and guinea pigs go off to their forever homes. But all these rehoming’s mean that we currently have less animals at the centre. don’t get me wrong we still have well over 100 animals here to keep my staff busy but unusually we actually also have space to take animals in. so really i just wanted to let my readers know that if you do find yourself in a position where you need to re-home your cats, rabbits or guinea pigs then please do give the centre a call. although this year has been difficult it has also made us appreciate our supporters even more. i wanted to mention a couple of my lovely volunteers who although can’t come to the

centre at the moment to give me kisses they still warm my insides. vanessa, christine, sara and kimberley have been raising money for the centre through selling face masks, last month they reached £1000 raised! also our lovely volunteer eve had her husband chris brave the shave and shaved off all his hair to raise an amazing £564.65 for the centre! thank you all so much, as well as everyone that has continued to support us through these difficult times. love you all! love, hulky p.s. please keep an eye on our website and our facebook page for all the latest news and info regarding rehoming and centre life.

chalupa & pudding

please allow us to introduce you to chalupa and pudding. chalupa is a light grey spayed female rabbit who arrived with us at the centre in february 2020 as her previous owners were struggling to bond her with their own rabbit. But not long after she arrived she gave birth to her daughter pudding who is also grey but a bit darker. pudding is now 6 months old and chalupa is two years old.they get on really well and pudding is like chalupa’s mini-me, we would only want these two to be

rehomed together.they are both friendly rabbits who do enjoy having a stroke but like most rabbits they are not very keen on being picked up. chalupa can sometimes be a little bit cheeky and nibble at your ankles but she’s not being nasty.we think these two would be happy in a home with older or no children only. if you think you may be able to give chalupa and pudding the new home they deserve, please send us an email or give the centre a call monday to friday 9am-12pm.


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air ambulance appeal hampshire and isle of wight air ambulance (hiowaa) is calling on its communities to give the gift of time this christmas, as the charity braces for a challenging winter period. last december, hiowaa responded to 195 potentially life-saving call-outs, up by 35 on the same period in the previous year, their busiest december on record. due to the totally unpredictable economic effects of covid-19, the life-saving charity is calling on its communities to donate £5 this christmas to help keep them flying and saving lives. supporters can donate via the charity website,, where they can also watch the charity’s short film which highlights the impact of the critical care teams when time is of the essence. the gift of time in september 2014, hiowaa was called to help malcolm who was involved in

a serious cycling accident, just outside farnham. the team treated malcom at the scene and airlifted him to university hospital southampton. sadly, malcolm’s injuries were too severe, and he died nine days later, surrounded by his family. malcolm’s daughter, claire, said: “i will always be incredibly grateful to hiowaa for the care they gave my dad at the scene of his accident and the speed with which they got him to hospital. instead of his final hours being on the roadside, we were able to spend nine days with him, all together as a family, and to be with him by his bedside to say goodbye. i will be eternally grateful for the gift of time which the air ambulance gave my family to come to terms with what had happened to our loving, kind and gentle dad.” time can be a healer in 2019, mike suffered a cardiac arrest

when he was at home with his wife, dolores. after nearly an hour of treatment and cpr, the hiowaa critical care team miraculously managed to get a pulse. mike said: “had it not been for the critical care team responding so quickly, i would not now be looking forward to celebrating christmas with my wife and family, making plans for the years ahead. i cannot express how thankful we are to the air ambulance. i owe them my life.” hioWaa ceo, alex lochrane, said: “the quicker we get to our patients, the more their chances of survival and recovery increase: it’s as simple as that. our doctors, paramedics and pilots will be on the front line using all their skills to provide each and

every patient with the best chance of survival this christmas. for us to carry on saving lives, or in some cases transforming a patient’s final moments into days, the support of our communities is crucial. as we all face the turmoil of another lockdown our critical care teams are ready, as always, to be there in people’s darkest moment of need. without the support of all our communities, however, we just could not do what we do, and now: we need it more than ever.”



Horndean Technology College students have once again attained great results and have been awarded the grades that they deserve. Delighted Headteacher, Julie Summerfield congratulated the students’ achievements. She said, “We are extremely proud of these results as they demonstrate the excellence that both students and staff have achieved together at a time of great challenge and uncertainty. Students from HTC will have very promising futures as a result of their successes.” As HTC reaches 50 this year we warmly welcome visitors to experience our vibrant, exciting and inclusive learning environment where students achieve more than they first thought was possible. HTC is the place to be for an outstanding education.

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