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BILLY’S LAKE SUCCESS with the help of Postcode Publications a local wildlife spot has received funding from portsmouth water Biodiversity fund to install a solar powered aerator pump in the fishing lake. for many years the lake has had a problem with the invasive duckweed which has always been removed manually by our team of volunteers. it’s a common complaint from all of the anglers who use the lake that it is becoming increasingly difficult to fish there due to the amount of duckweed. it is not only a

nuisance for anglers, but having a blanket spread of surface duckweed significantly reduces the oxygen level in the lake which puts the fish and other aquatic life at risk of dying from suffocation, especially during the summer months. on recommendation from the environment agency, and thanks to the funding, we have installed a solar powered aerator pump to oxygenate the lake in order to reduce the duckweed and improve the health of the lake, plus improve angling conditions.


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EMSWORTH NOW AND THEN Local history in pictures Emswoth Oysters Again?

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yes (young explorers squad) is a park community school initiative

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‘Your Postcode’ community newspaper exisits solely to provide support funding for community projects rather than commercial profit, raising funds through advertising and corporate support from socially responsible companies. the yes programme helps the 900 pupils at park community school to gain real-world experiences outside of school which they might otherwise not have an opportunity to do, with fifteen trips so far with 355 places taken up.

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Carl and Reece invite your questions Dear Reece and Carl Can we trust online customer reviews? I worry about falling for fake feedback and being ripped off. Naz you're right to be careful before purchasing a product online, naz. recently, the consumer group,which? highlighted how businesses could employ online brokers to create customer reviews for their products. in a separate survey, 8 in 10 shoppers believe they have read an inauthentic profile over the last twelve months. however, change is afoot. the uk government outlined plans to combat this practice in the Queen’s speech earlier this year. if the digital, competition and consumer Bill is introduced to parliament in the autumn this would have far-reaching consequences for consumers. in the meantime, here are a few tips to consider. check spelling and grammar - are the reviews littered with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors? Beware profiles with generic names such as tom Jones that don't have a picture.

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New Oaks Memorial open to everyone, the little oaks and acorns stainless steel baby and child memorial for bereaved parents pictured right, is now open at the oaks crematorium to provide parents with a tranquil location to remfember their loved ones. the memorial mimics the winding trunk of a tree and is covered with 300 bronze coloured acorn shaped leaves. it is set in the grounds of the crematorium, which includes ancient semi-natural woodland and a wildflower meadow. southern co-op provides Bereavement care support to grieving parents to everyone in its local communities regardless of whether they have used its services. for more information visit: https://bereavementcare.uk/ or call 08081 691922.


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Opportunity for Budding Writers are you a budding writer or poet? would you like your work to be appraised by a sympathetic editor? and do you care about the environment? pens of the earth was set up to encourage portsmouth writers to fight climate change by writing about a better, cleaner world. last year there were many inventive ideas on the theme of “small differences add up”. this year we want stories, articles or poetry on the themes of “making places for people” and “life under the surface”. we all know how beneficial it is to connect with nature, and “making places for people” is about the impact of people reclaiming urban spaces and making them into areas of natural beauty. imagine a miniature park in your street, or vegetables growing on your verges, or how much more pleasant the school run would be with less cars. how would this affect you? how would you feel about it? now write your story! “life under the surface” is about the health of the seabed. an underwater seagrass meadow can create as much oxygen as a rainforest, and can significantly help to reverse global warming, but

pollution and damage caused by activities like dredging have wrecked vast tracts of these areas. there are projects in place to replant the seabed and recreate the habitat that so many species of marine life need in order to thrive. imagine you’re a diver. imagine you’re an endangered seahorse. imagine you are under the water watching these changes happen. now write your story! pens of the earth wants to publish positive environmental messages. we don’t want anything bleak and dystopian. we want to read your ideas on how these changes improve our lives as well as helping to protect our planet. check out the inspiration pages on the website for information on projects that are happening now. read some of last year’s entries, and don’t be afraid to have a go. every entry will be carefully read, and those chosen for publication on the pens of the earth website will be allocated an editor who will talk to you about your work and help you shape it. find full details at: https://pensoftheearth.co.uk/ entry is free, and open until 30th September 2022


Stella’s Voice Move from Meridian Centre in late february 2022, havant Borough council, having immediately recognised the urgent need of the ukrainian people displaced by the war, responded swiftly, arranging for charity ‘stella’s voice’ to utilise a unit free of charge in the meridian shopping centre for the collection, sorting and storing of goods and donations for the ukrainian appeal. having now secured a large local warehouse for their use, the charity is moving out of this unit, which has made way for a new tenant to take occupation. rob fryer, centre manager said:

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“working with wayne keeping and the rest of his team to help maximise the awareness of their efforts, the donations for this cause from the good people of havant has been eye-opening. we are all amazed at the hard work of the volunteers and the ongoing generosity in the form of material donations that the people of havant have contributed, along with monies which now stand at a superb £1,500.00. all of the donations have been passed over to the charity who help ukrainian refugees as they cross into moldova.” as an additional goodwill gesture, havant Borough council kindly agreed to donate the


shelf racking from the unit they were occupying for use in the charity’s warehouse in moldova. although the charity is closing in the centre, meridian shopping centre intends to keep two clearly marked ‘ukrainian collection’ trolleys under the centre’s escalator as collection points. meridian shopping centre will continue to encourage local residents and customers to drop off key items the

charity are still urgently in need of whenever they can. the required items will be kept updated on the centre’s website: meridianshoppingcentre.com


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postcode publications Looking Up in Havant next time you trip over a paving stone and are sitting on the floor outside Boots the chemist waiting for an ambulance, look up at the building pictured opposite. the classical architectural gables comprises rendered triangular space with relief sculpture in classical pedements surrounded with dentil brickwork - so called as to represent teeth. the upper story is aslo defined with this brickwork feature typically found in classic greek and roman architecture. many buildings in and around havant have adopted classical architectural a typical dentil feature features much loved

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by deisgners to reflect architectural history and enhance the apprearanve of what otherwise might be considered a dull frontage. if you spot any special architectural feture worthy of note then please send a short note togther with a good quality photograph to us at: editor@postcodepublications.com and we would be pleased to feature it.

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First Woman Winner

By mike skiffins

Annemiek van Vleuten won theThe Tour de France Femmes inaugural title this year after years of trying to get a female version of the tour de france and several variations of women’s tours have been held in the past but this years eight stage race is the first time since 1989 that the event has been officially held and hosted by the men's tour organisers. van vleuten, aged 39 had to change her bike three times in the final stage because of mechanical problems but was able to make up time to win three minutes and 44 seconds ahead of everyone else. the dutch rider was not seen as a contender during the first days of the race as she had suffered from a stomach bug so severe that she had been unable to eat nor to pack her own suitcase. however she recovered and

battled her way to the front and on saturday she attacked on the steep slopes of a climb called the planche des Belles filles and secured the yellow Jersey, which for non cycling fans is earned and worn with pride by the overall leader. on the final day her lead was such that she only needed to keep pace with everyone else to be sure of overall victory, but put in the necessary effort to end with a flamboyant finish .the first female tour winner in 33 years. unfortunately her victory occurred on the same day as england's women won their football match and there was a dramatic crash in the men's cycling event in the commonwealth games which between them pushed this remarkable triumph from the newspapers here in england.


however, i am sure that the dutch newspapers gave her victory more notice than the football results, so she should not feel her magnificent effort was under-reported in her home country.



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Forty-five years of support for victims of domestic abuse celebrated on 7th July, hampshire’s leading domestic abuse charity celebrated its 45th anniversary with an event attended by staff, supporters, trustees and one of the pioneering local women who founded the charity in havant in 1977. gill Butler, chair of trustees, led a tribute to the staff team and served a special commemorative cake to all those who have led the fight against domestic abuse over the past 45 years. in 1977 a group of local people saw a real need in havant for a refuge for women and children and established havant women’s aid which later became southern domestic abuse service. in 1978 the charity’s first refuge in havant opened its doors to women and children. it was known locally as “Betty’s refuge” after

Betty Bell who had been instrumental in getting it established. the refuge was in Bedhampton way, everything was second hand and it was sparsely furnished. at first the refuge was run entirely on a voluntary basis with the help of a small but regular annual grant from hampshire county council. however, throughout the 1980s the demand in havant increased as the havant refuge became better known as a source of help in the area and it was decided that the project should be funded on a level that permitted a fully professional

approach. in 2018 the charity re-branded to stop domestic abuse with this name aiming to help more people affected by domestic abuse by increasing awareness and extending the reach into the community. today, stop domestic abuse delivers specialist accommodation and community services to victims of domestic abuse across hampshire, portsmouth and southampton. on 1st July, the charity started to deliver the full range of support services in southampton, including two refuges for women and children fleeing

from domestic abuse. chair of trustees, gill Butler said: “1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 children in hampshire, portsmouth and southampton experience domestic abuse. i’m proud to be part of this fantastic organisation which has provided vital support to thousands of victims over the past 45 years. thank you to claire lambon, our chief executive, and her amazing staff team for helping all those affected by domestic abuse. their work ensures that victims are supported to recover and perpetrators are supported to change their behaviour.” If you need support or advice, Stop Domestic Abuse offers a confidential support service to anyone affected by domestic abuse. Contact them on 0330 0533 630 or you by email at: advice@stopdomesticabuse.uk


Thanks to our wonderful volunteer team citizens advice havant has continued giving advice to those in need throughout the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the tireless dedication of its staff and volunteers. often this meant a shift to providing support via phone and web chat. as part of volunteers’ week, which runs

from 1 to 7 June, citizens advice havant wishes to thank our team of volunteers for their exceptional contribution to the service and to the local community.we have 38 volunteers at citizens advice havant who contribute around 200 hours each week. in the last year, citizens advice havant

has helped 5,900 people with over 10,000 issues, such as benefits, debt, housing and employment issues. ken sim at citizens advice havant has volunteered for the past five years. ken said: “the past year has really proved the need for services such as citizens advice. at

the end of a 30 year career in business, i felt i could use my skills to help people with their problems.the old adage, a problem shared is a problem halved comes to mind.” Jon stuart, ceo, said: “our wonderful team of volunteers dedicate their time and skills to ensure that people in havant and the surrounding area get support in their time of need.



Open Evening

We are a high performing, semi rural College at the edge of the South Downs National Park. Come and meet Staff and Students and see what HTC has to offer. No need to book a place at Open Evening just come and join us.

Morning tours to see the College on a normal working day are available to book. These are always very popular so don’t forget to book your place. Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wendesday 28 September Tuesday 4, Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 October 8.45 - 10am

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What to Expect in a HMRC Tax Investigation

earlier this year hmrc announced new powers to investigate companies they suspect of evading taxes. even if you have done everything right, hmrc can randomly select you for a tax inquiry. it may be that the sector you work in is facing a lot of scrutiny, as is currently happening with companies selling electronic sale suppression systems. or you may have filed your tax return late or it contained accidental errors. knowing why you are being investigated is the first step to understanding what the investigation will involve and how best to prepare. Types of inquiry • random checks – as the name suggests, these inquiries can open into the affairs of any business at any time. • aspect inquiries – these are concerned with only some of the entries on your tax return and tend to be more targeted, for instance, challenging why specific items have been claimed.

• full inquiries – if hmrc thinks that there is a strong chance your company has made a large-scale accountancy error or series of errors, they could look at all accounts, both business and personal. note that the first two inquiries can turn into full inquiries if hmrc find major inconsistencies or issues with your company accounts. The investigative process hmrc will contact you either by phone or letter, or through your accountant, to let you know of their intentions. if at that stage you realise you have made a mistake it’s best to own up straightaway as hmrc will take your honesty into consideration.you will generally be given 30 days to reply to any requests for information. the quicker this is supplied the sooner hmrc will be able to reach a conclusion. how far back the investigation goes will depend on what is being investigated. if hmrc believe the errors to be innocently made, they can look back four years. if they decide mistakes are the result of careless behaviour this can be extended to six years, except for vat which is still four years. if hmrc suspects there has been a deliberate tax evasion, they can request records going back twenty years.

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The penalties these come under different categories, depending on their seriousness and how the errors came about. first, hmrc will apply a penalty based on whether you practised reasonable care in your tax affairs. if you are found to have been negligent, you can face a penalty of up to 30% of the extra tax due. next, hmrc will determine whether your mistake was a deliberate error. if you made no effort to conceal your fraudulence, the penalty can range from 20% to 70% of the tax owed. if you tried to hide the deliberate error, your penalty can range from 30% to 100%. in cases where tax as been deliberately unpaid, hmrc have a contractual disclosure facility. this gives individuals (not companies) the chance to give a full disclosure in return for immunity from prosecution. if you are concerned about a possible investigation or feel you may be heading for a penalty, remember it is always best to be open and honest and to respond to hmrc as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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HOW I’VE FUTURE-PROOFED MY 40’S TO FEEL FIT & FABULOUS! i have battled with my weight for nearly 30 years of my life, growing from a chubby toddler into an uncomfortably overweight child and teenager, before finally taking the battle into adulthood. By the time i reached my 30’s, i had already been working in an office environment for 8 years; gradually growing an extra dress size every 6 months. i realised that i couldn’t even run around the corner without being short of breath and close to tears. as i cried in the shower one evening i realised how sad i felt that these prime years of my life were being wasted. i was tired of crash dieting, feeling so unfit and making poor choices. something “clicked” in my head at that point which gave me newfound determination that by the time i hit 40, i would be in the best shape of my life! in June 2019, i joined my local slimming world group in leigh park, ready to commit to something different where i would be accountable for my choices every single week. i realised that i needed support to change both my eating habits and the pattern of behaviour ingrained in me since childhood.

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Before and after when i walked through the doors to attend my first slimming world group i can’t say i wasn’t sceptical that their weight loss plan would give me different results to the “one hit wonder” diets i had tried before. what gave me hope, however, was that this time i wasn’t looking for a quick fix; i knew this never worked in the long term and was starting to consider what i pictured for the rest of my life. when i sat down for my “new member talk” the consultant, Zoe, explained that slimming world was not a diet, it was a lifestyle change. what

surprised me most was being told that no foods are forbidden and you don’t even have to count calories! this was a hugely refreshing approach that i could see myself actually following. i also learned how to change my thought processes and behaviour so i would no longer give up on losing weight simply because i was having a bad day. there was no judgement or someone bossy telling me what i should or shouldn’t do! slimming world gave me an educated plan with which to make my own choices in order to improve both my weight loss and self-esteem. i have been on my slimming world journey now for 3 years and can safely say that i’m in much better shape; physically, mentally and emotionally. i’m very nearly at my final target weight which means i’ll then be able to continue attending group for free! this ongoing support is so important to

me to ensure that i never go back to my previous weight. in the hope of inspiring others i have also become a consultant myself and will be re-launching the warblington slimming world group from 10/09/2022. my 40’s are going to be amazing!


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What is involved in acting as an Executor?

3 west street, emsworth, hants po10 7dX one of the first steps as an executor is to identify and then notify and deal with all the organisations where the deceased might hold assets - banks, building societies, ns&i, insurance companies, pension providers, share registrars and other companies. this may not be as simple as it sounds. each organisation has different requirements and processes and their own forms that must be completed in order to obtain the information needed to apply for the grant of probate (the official document giving the executor his or her authority). the executor then needs to complete various forms that go to hmrc if inheritance tax is payable and then apply, usually online via the probate registry’s portal, before the grant is issued. once the grant has been issued it must then be produced to the various organisations, so they must all be contacted again. this can involve more processes and paperwork, before the funds are paid to the executor, so he or she can then distribute them. whilst some processes are digitized, so documents

and forms can be scanned electronically, legislation prohibits photocopies of death certificates being used or certified and more often than not, original signed forms still have to be provided to avoid fraud or misuse of the deceased’s funds. often dealing with the administration of an estate can prove too much for the executor, especially if he or she is a loved one, when it can become distressing, or if the executor has no experience in dealing with, or desire to deal with, paperwork and figures. it can be even more onerous if there is inheritance tax to pay or reliefs to claim. if you have been appointed as an executor and would like further guidance, please contact one of our solicitors. if you are thinking about appointing an executor, your choice of executor is a very important part of your will, as you can see there is a lot of responsibility to administer your estate once you pass away. ideally you should use a solicitor to make your will to ensure that it is clear and valid. details of your assets and how they can

be accessed, could be left with your will and both held with us in our secure storage facility to make the job of administering your estate easier. please contact one of our solicitors if you would like more information about making a will or assisting your executor with administering your estate when the time comes.


Health & Well-being by Denise Kelly Being a nutritionist i see so many ailments and health complaints, but now more than ever i have had many clients diagnosed with high cholesterol. it seems like a common complaint. i just want you all to know that this is very controllable, and you can significantly reduce cholesterol with foods if you make changes to your diet and wellbeing. it’s very easy to take a pill and get a magic fix, but you have to remember that all medication is toxic to a certain degree. i am not saying ignore your doctor’s advice, but if you want to try the more natural route first it could save years of pill popping, and it’s probably simpler than you would imagine to make small changes and get a Big impact. if it’s safe to do so, then why not ask your gp if you can go back in 28 days to have a re-check and see where your levels are at. limiting the intake of the following foods will help: • fatty beef • lamb • pork • poultry with skin • dairy products made from whole or reduced fat milk • saturated vegetable oils, palm oil, and palm kernel oil avoiding trans fats is also important. some foods high in trans fats: • packaged biscuits, cakes, donuts, and pastries

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Health and fitness in 2022 Lowering Cholesterol Naturally


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crisps and crackers fried foods Buttered popcorn products containing partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable oils a person may wish to avoid the following foods due to their saturated fat and sodium content: • red meat • sausages • Bacon • organ meats, such as kidney and liver

FOODS TO INCLUDE TO HELP LOWER CHOLESTEROL it is important to note that following a completely fat-free diet may have harmful effects. people are afraid of fats, but you don’t need to be. choosing healthy fats can help a person lower their ldl cholesterol levels while managing their hdl cholesterol levels. fibre - is important for a healthy heart and is present in two main forms: soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.

Life is for thriving…not just surviving insoluble fibre is essential for digestive health. soluble fibre binds to cholesterol in the bloodstream and helps remove it through the stool.this type of fibre has the added benefit of helping control blood sugar levels. some cholesterol-friendly options: • nuts, seeds, and legumes • oats and oat bran • chia and ground flaxseeds • Beans and Barley • psyllium amd oranges • Blueberries and Brussels sprouts use oils such as olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, and safflower oil. people may also find it beneficial to choose leaner cuts of meat, plus opt for smaller portions. the following is also very helpful to remember • exercise for at least 30 minutes every day • limit alcohol intake • Quit smoking • maintain a healthy weight why goats Butter could be better… the difference between goats butter and cows Butter is due to the fact that goats transform the beta-carotene in their diets into colorless vitamin a, while cows do not. goat butter and cow butter have very similar fat content, but goat butter's different fatty acid structure gives it a lower melting point and makes it softer at room

temperature. saturated fat increases the level of hdl (good) cholesterol. goat’s butter also contains healthy amounts of short-chain and middle-chain fat that are metabolised differently from other fat and water to improve the saturation and increase the fat burning process, so could possibly be a better choice. alcohol and high cholesterol – when you drink alcohol, it's broken down and rebuilt into triglycerides and cholesterol in the liver. so, drinking alcohol raises the triglycerides and cholesterol in your blood. if your triglyceride levels become too high, they can build up in the liver, causing fatty liver disease and high cholesterol. some people experience side effects from taking statins for cholesterol. what could they be? • headache or dizziness • feeling sick, unusually tired or weak • digestive system problems, such as constipation, diarrhoea or indigestion • muscle pain • sleep problems • low blood platelet count sometimes we need medication to save lives, but lifestyle changes can make an enormous difference.


Connect4Families and Connect4Youth

Susan Parish MBE

For the 4th year we have been running our holiday activity programme for families and young people. Lots of fun has been had by everyone. We have included a variety of experiences, including cooking, arts and crafts, specialists providing first aid training, yoga, glassmaking, film making, boot camps and much more. Our aim is to help everyone have a great summer, learn something new and make good memories.

Open Evening at Park Community School Wednesday 28th September 2022

YES Trips

Thanks to ’Your Postcode’ our YES (Younf Explorers Squad) programme continues since September 2021/ Fifteen trips have taken place with 355 places taken up. Young people went to Portsmouth Dockyard, Chichester, Brighton and London. A big part of the day is sitting down together to have lunch in a restaurant and have conversations.

Celebrating this year’s mentoring partnership with Lippert Marine On 14 July our Year 10 boys and their mentors from Lippert Marine celebrated the end of this year’s mentoring sessions with a trip to Emsworth pool. The group had a fantastic afternoon in the sunshine experimenting with remote control boats and sailing. The Students have benefitted from fortnightly mentoring throughout the year and have really appreciated the time, advice and motivation their mentors have provided. Park look forward to continuing the partnership.

Park at Wimbledon On 28 June Miss Sexton and Mr Redman took students to the tennis at Wimbledon where they saw three amazing matches, including a three and a half hour closely fought match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Ritschard. Stuents also got to see Great Britain’s Heather Watson in action. Students and staff loved the experience.

June 2022 very exciting time for Susan Parish our Business and Community Manager when she collected her MBE from HRH Prince Charles at Windsor Castle for Services to Education. Christopher Anders, Headteacher said: “This is a great achievement for Susan recognising the many initiatives established over many years to benefit our students, the Leigh Park community and beyond. Susan loves to innovate and is always brave when pursuing an idea or opportunity. One of the most successful programmes is the Munch Community Food Programme established at the start of 2017 with just a few hundred pounds from local councillors. To date Munch has provided thousands of free hot meals to children and their families in the community. Another programme has been the holiday activity programme and every year well over 1,000 families benefit from the Connect4Families and Connect4Youth programme. Through Susan’s actions the school is a true representation of what a community school offering an extended programme should be, and Susan embodies our ethos of being ‘Much More Than Just a School’.” Susan Parish said: “I am extremely surprised and proud to have received this great honour, but it is said many times there is no ‘I’ in the word ‘team’. I am supported daily by wonderful colleagues who go the extra mile. I thank them for their dedication and professionalism because this would not have been possible without their hard work and endless support.

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HAVANT BOROUGH SPORTS ASSOCIATION 41ST SPORTS AWARDS – NOMINATE NOW! the havant Borough sports association is an independent group of sports clubs which has been in existence for over 40 years. our mission is to help each other to develop our clubs, share good practice and raise the profile of sport. due to the limitations placed on us all over the last two years the association has been very limited in its activities, however, as the world gradually begins to establish a new normal we are very pleased to announce that we are enthusiastically back up and running. the first face to face meeting was the agm which was held at the horizon leisure centre, havant, on June 9th when the committee was pleased to welcome kellie palmer from the solent gymnastics club and John pickard from the langstone pilot gig club. kellie and John were able to share updates on their clubs as well as learn about how the association operates.

at the meeting it was agreed to reinstate the annual awards ceremony. the awards will acknowledge the hard work and dedication of local sports participants as well as volunteers during 2020, 2021 and 2022. the awards will take place on thursday february 2nd 2023 and nominations are invited in the following categories. Junior sportsman Junior sportswoman senior sportsman senior sportswoman veteran sportsman veteran sportswoman Junior disability sportsperson senior disability sportsperson Junior team (u18) senior team coach young volunteer service to sport special merit club official

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nomination forms and further information on the judging criteria can be found on the havant Borough sports association website http://havant-sports-association.org.uk/ don’t delay in making your nominations as we aim to have all nominations

submitted for consideration by december. the committee is also seeking support from local individuals and businesses who would like to sponsor an award and invite any interested parties to contact Bev cooper at: havantsports@gmail.com


Club Ride to West Stoke andy henderson, supported by martine hebblethwaite and her husband phil led a well supported ride to west stoke in July. as there were twelve riders in all, we split into two groups to reduce the size of our footprint on the road and limit any possible obstruction to motorists, one led by andy and the other by martine. andy's planned route had to take into account road closures whether preplanned or emergency excavations so instead of taking the direct route up southleigh road we crossed the railway at new lane level crossing and then crossed again by the shared footbridge in eastern road to emerge in fourth avenue. elaine Jarvis

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carefully crossing southleigh road to get on to the shared footpath we then crossed the busy horndean road before turning on to hollybank lane and into long copse lane through the woods providing a pleasant bypass to westbourne traffic, and on to aldsworth. after a short section on common road, climbing a short rise to aldsworth manor the route turned north passing fields of sweetcorn waving in the breeze, towards racton where were delighted to see alpacas grazing in the fields at adsdean. at funtingdon the route turned quickly off the B2178 on to a country road with passing places, ignoring the pig and poultry farms on the way and going through the shady trees at woodend with the parking place for walkers and ramblers for kingley vale. andy called out advice to be in a low gear or the rise to the major road and we turned left into west stoke. our planned coffee stop gave us more time to chat with old friends and some newcomers who were not yet members of the ctc. there is a policy of three trial runs with the club to allow new people to

ride without committing to joining but for insurance purposes, i think, newcomers have to complete a simple form of contact details etc. so, a chance to get to know new people and take photos over a tea or coffee before taking a different route for the return journey. after the break, andy led us on to lavant where we joined the centurion way formed from the disused railway line, down into the outskirts of chichester where we again crossed the real railway over another iron bridge to ride past the old roman palace at fishbourne and turn north to pick up clay lane which circuits fishbourne

village and meanders through countryside roughly parallel to the a27, but much more pleasant, passing various farms and woodmancote , then on to westbourne after which we dropped down under the a27 (again) to ride quiet rural roads to the underpass at warblington and havant. for those who count numbers, the ride registered twenty-five miles on my bike computer at an average riding speed of eleven miles per hour. twenty-five miles is nothing to a car driver and not huge by regular cyclists' standards, but to a newcomer it may represent quite an achievement, so, well done.


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Cycle Clinic By mike skiffins, portsmouth ctc

Q as a keen cyclist, i notice that you didn't mention how important it is for riders to always wear a helmet and visible high reflective cycle clothing for motorists to see any cyclist clearly on the roads. many riders wear dark clothing that camouflage them into the background which makes it more difficult for motorists to see and avoid. A i've seen families out together on their bikes, which is wonderful, but with young children in dark clothing and some parents without helmets. i've also seen parents with a child seat on the back of the bike with no reflective clothing for

either the child or the parent. no government would pass laws defining what clothes we should wear, and we want to encourage cycling as an everyday pursuit, where normal clothes would be worn, of course. unfortunately, the fashion industry tends to produce clothing in drab colours that don't show the dirt and in winter,

particularly, that tends to be dark Blue, grey. mention of the fashion industry, or more particularly the general public attitude to what other people are wearing reminds me that many people resent bright 'lycra clad' cyclists, although we are increasingly seeing people wearing close fitting gym clothes in public, so perhaps fashion is moving. you say that you are a keen cyclist, and most club cyclists tend to wear club colours but it is the everyday cyclist who doesn't want to wear special clothes just to pop out on their bike, and why should they? often such gear is expensive. it is the responsibility of all road users to take care and watch what they are doing, but i agree that if it is practical, cyclists should choose to slip on something bright to make themselves stand out on the road. we nearly all choose to wear raincoats if it

is raining, or likely to, for our own defence so why not a bright jacket or shirt of some kind? never mind your own protection, if you are transporting a child your responsibilities increase. it would be a good idea if all cycle child seats were reflective bright yellow or orange for motorist to see clearly, but again, there is no legislation. also, i've noticed that more cycle riders are using flashing lights on back & front during day as well as night times, but again this depends very much on the type of cycling although it is a great improvement to visibility. you can see this is not an easy issue to tackle.


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What’s on MHA offer extra services in Havant Travel For All - enabling older people to improve independence through supported access to public transport in their area working on a one to one basis to create a journey plan for individuals based on their location, need and mobility. Get Going Again - offering short-term one on one support to clinically vulnerable people to re-engage with their local community as well as addressing neglected medical needs post pandemic. these are just a few highlights of the work the team is doing so if you know someonet who is clinically vulnerable then please get in touch to see how we can help: portsmouthandhavant@mha.org.uk our award-winning charity helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the uk every day. as the only national care provider to offer connected care and support through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups, our organisation is a leading light in later life care.




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Portsmouth Hispanic Society Thursday 1st September - roman spain, a presentation by richard swaineat the roman empire invaded hispania in 218 Bc finally defeating their rivals, the carthaginians, after a twelve year war. the economic potential of the territory was quickly realised resulting in a six hundred year roman presence on the iberian peninsula until the roman empire collapsed in the fifth century ad. the evening's entertainment includes the usual light tapas buffet plus a short review of topical news from the iberian peninsula, and perhaps beyond. Thursday 6th October - Bears, Bullets, and Beans - a presentation by nigel tailyour. two pensioners ride a motorcycle with a tent and primus stove from ushuaia to alaska meeting a president, some wild bears, and too many guns in the "world's most dangerous city". travelling from Brazil to ushuaia is the same distance as london to islamabad. from there they headed north on the infamous ruta 40 and crossed the andes heading for the atacama desert. eventually they arrived in alaska. nigel and sharyn will be giving us a talk about their epic trip along the pan american highway by motorcycle. please join us and hear their tale the evening's entertainment includes the usual light tapas buffet plus a short review of topical news from the iberian peninsula, and perhaps beyond. meetings are conducted in english. any spanish spoken will be translated. non-members are very welcome provided they are at least 18 years of age. a nominal entrance fee will be charged for all non-members. meetings will be recorded and uploaded to our website. for details email info@spanishportsmouth.org.uk or visit: https://spanishportsmouth.org.uk

Air Aces arun & chichester (air) enthusiasts society

Monday 26th September - 1900 for 1930 hrs - ‘the history of royal flying’ an illustrated presentation by sqn ldr graham laurie, mvo, raf (ret’d) covering the early days of royal flying, the formation of the king’s flight and the Queen’s flight up to the present day, he will share history and behind the scenes experiences, along with some personal reminiscences. graham joined the raf as a pilot in 1964, and flew for 36 years, amassing a total of 13,500 hours. in 1981, he was Monday 24th October - 1900 for 1930 hrs - ‘a tale of two lancasters’ - presented by mr mike chatterton who retired from the raf in 2013, after a career of nearly 40 years. mike says “that he was kept pretty busy as a multi engine aircraft pilot, having been involved with in recent conflicts involving British forces in the Balkans, iraq afghanistan and libya”. he flew the maritime nimrod out of kinross and says that “he escaped from kinloss in 1989, on posting to station ops at raf coningsby, with the ulterior motive of flying the lancaster, with the Battle of Britain memorial flight”. as a ‘current’ lancaster pilot in 1995, he was asked to pilot the restored lancaster - ‘Just Jane’, at nearby east kirkby, giving passengers taxying rides – which he continues to do. he will be talking about his experiences with 2 lancasters, the Battle of Britain memorial flight’s ‘city of lincoln’, as well as ‘Just Jane’. mike is also proud that his father, John, was also a lancaster bomber pilot in ww2 and they often provided a unique

selected for the Queen’s flight, and in 1995, (after that unit’s disbandment), he moved to no 32 (the royal) squadron, at raf northolt, completing in all over 2200 royal flights, retiring in december 2000. during the last 20 years of his career he flew members of the royal family and government ministers.

double act at coningsby and east kirkby. sadly John passed away in 2004, but is featured in mike’s presentation. airaces is an aviation talk society, providing its members with regular talks, given by experts in many different fields related to the world of aviation. the talks are held at the chichester park hotel, westhampnett road, chichester 7pm for 7.30 start. members £5, visitors £7 and under 16s free. doors open at 6.45 no pre-booking, no reserved seating. for further information about airaces, please see: www.airaces.org.uk or call david Batcock on 01243 82300


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September 28th - a talk by glen duggan fZs on history of flowers in art. October 26th - a talk by John wood, head gardener at hinton ampner, near aylesford on “one man’s vision of a hampshire mansion” the society is a friendly garden club which meet at the united reformed church hall, north street, havant, po9 1pp. talks are held on the last wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. all welcome. £2 entry. tea/coffee. contact details 023 92475140 or view: www.havanthorticulturalsociety.org.uk

Big Green Week

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24th September to 2nd October showcasing what local groups are doing to save energy, protect our wildlife and natural spaces and cut our waste. our food, travel and buying choices all make a difference.we all have a green footprint – let’s make a difference. there are lots of great events arranged including eco-fairs, guided nature walks, a sustainable fashion show, art displays, energy-saving advice, litter picks, talks and films and much more. check out the events and get involved. there’s lots we can all do to save energy, protect our wildlife and natural spaces and cut our waste. see more on: havantclimatealliance.org

29 and 30 October - free art eXhiBition - 10am to 5pm at the emsworth community centre (Behind fire station) local scenes and artwork by local artists. also, cards, prints, sculpture, Jewellery and t-shirts wiyh original unique gifts and christmas cards for sale


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COSHAM PROBUS CLUB 27 September and 25th October the club would like to welcome new members. we are a group of retired business or professional men from an area covering north portsmouth, cosham, portchester, and havant meeting for a lunch on the 4th tuesday of each month at denville’s house, havant. we enjoy a talk by a guest speaker after our sit-down meal. gain more information by contacting our secretary david pattenden at 07960 950433 or coshamprobus@gmail.com



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Don’t stop Wining

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Light Whites

Pork Chops with Apple & Mushroom Sauce

By Jonathan rogers of vin wine merchants

it seems to be that our tastes buds change when the weather changes. its hard work lying out in the sun, relaxing on a sunday afternoon so the main style of wine we seem to head for are light, fresh and crisp whites and rosé as opposed to the earthy or red berry fruit driven reds. when it’s the colder months the best wines to have in front of a roaring fire watching a black and white movie is of the full bodied variety. when i talk about lighter wines i don’t necessarily mean lighter in alcohol. it’s the style of wine, the flavours and mouthfeel which i tend to refer to more. white wines can still be relatively high in alcohol, 13/14% for example but they can still taste light and fresh, although you may notice the high alcohol effect the next day as opposed to at the time of drinking. oak gives wine body and tannin but it also gives wine a sweeter, vanilla character which can sometimes hide the fullness. and don’t forget about chilling. this will strip flavour from the wine if you over chill however this can also benefit a wine if it lacks a bit on the flavour part. when choosing your lighter whites, you need to decide on whether you prefer the crisp, acidic and citrusy grapes like sauvignon or chenin, or the more rounded, softer and tropical fruit style grapes like viognier and vermentino, or even the vanilla and creamy styles that chardonnay produces. the same applies to rosé. there are a number of different styles that the wine world produces. from the sweeter californian white Zinfandel style to the pale crisp, dry provençal rosés. each have their own identity and are perfect for everyday drinking.

here are a few to try: Aurele Viognier Pays D’Oc – lovely peach characters and other tropical fruits bounce out of the glass. its dry and fresh and has a long finish. £9.99

with a good layer of fat, it will make a huge difference as the fat bastes the meat and stops it from drying out. we source our pork from scott free range pork on the south downs, with fantastic welfare for the best pork chop ever.

Ingredients: • 2 pork chops • 5g of butter • 1 medium onion, very finely sliced • 1 garlic cloves, very finely sliced • 1 local eating apple, peeled cored and diced • 5 button mushrooms, sliced • 1 tsp dried sage • 170ml of apple juice • 100ml of chicken stock • 25ml of double cream • 1 pinches of salt • 1 pinches of black pepper • ½ tsp olive oil

prop them rind side up to get the crackling going. remove the pork from the pan. add the butter, onions, garlic, apple, mushrooms, and sage to the hot pan and sweat for 5-10 minutes pour in the apple juice. Bring to the boil and cook until reduced by half, approximately 15 minutes add the stock and reduce by half again, approximately 10 minutes. once reduced, pour in the cream and stir well. return the pork to the pan and turn the heat down leave the pan on the heat for a little longer - so that the pork is cooked through, around 6-8 minutes. season the pan with a pinch of salt and pepper remove from the heat and serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Vina Maripossa Northern Spain – soft rounded flavours and very light and refreshing. dry yet fruity finish balanced acidity. £7.99

BOSCO Pinot Grigio full of tropical fruits like pineapple with hints of apple fruit. Balanced acidity with a slight splash of citrus. £8.99.

Pacifico Sur Sauv Blanc Chile – crisp and fresh with a smoother and delicate citrus character. it has a more balanced acidity level so you don’t feel as though you are sucking a lemon. £8.99.

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this is a simple recipe, but with good ingredients and seasonal apples and mushrooms, it’s hard to beat. apples are early this year due to the hot summer, and they pair perfectly with a succulent pork chop. if you can find good free-range pork

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RETURN OF OUR SUMMER SHOW from liese holden

Article from the Hayling Island Horticultural Society

after an absence of three years, and a change of venue, the hayling island horticultural society’s summer show finally took place on saturday the 9th July in its new venue at the hayling college. as well as the return of the traditional show format with entries for flowers, fruit and vegetables, there were also classes for cookery, handicrafts and photography. pictures tell the real story of the show so we hope you enjoy seeing some of the beautiful entries we received. we were particularly pleased to have a large number of Junior entries in all categories. mengham Junior school won several prizes for the salad vegetables, radish, spinach and french beans all grown in their own garden under the guidance of tony athill – growing together project coordinator.

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Tuesday 27th September at 7.30pm. gardeners’ Question time evening a panel of experts will be there to answer all your questions and please bring along any samples to share with them (in clear plastic bags!) we would also particularly like to see any flowers still flourishing in your garden.

a delighted seamus Buckley receiving his diploma from the mayor

'i grew it Myself' French Marigolds grown by our Junior Members

the mayor receiving a bouquet from society president ron duffield

seamus Buckley's winning roses

the men only cherry cake class was won by 7 year old fox wellsfawcett! a pleasing number of people turned up to see the show and enjoyed the tea and cakes, plant sale, and tombola. in addition, the hihs trading centre, the wildlife trust, hayling tree wardens, recycle hayling and the hampshire Beekeepers all were present and added to the occasion. the mayor, cllr diana patrick, presented the prizes, with ron duffield our president closing the event at the end of the afternoon. with thanks to all our helpers and the hayling college and to everyone who entered and came along on the day to support us. the success of events like this depends on volunteers and supporters.

Wednesday 26th October at 2.30 talk from John geden on sinah common honey a popular and interesting speaker, John will be talking about the job of a bee farmer and how the bee operates. he will explain the role of a bee as a pollinator and bring along some of his honey to sample. there will also be honey themed refreshments! Friday 11th November - QuiZ night and fish & chip supper entry is free to members and just 50p for non-members and there will be refreshments afterwards to give you time to chat so please come along. the venue for all these events is the united reformed church hall in hollow lane.


THE CAT & RABBIT RESCUE CENTRE hello from your favourite out and about reporter at the cat and rabbit rescue centre, hulky Bear. the centre is still currently full, with many cats also waiting for spaces to come available, we would love to help everyone who has sadly found themselves in the position of needing to rehome their cat but unfortunately there is a bit of a wait. due to the continued work on the barn we have been using our diamond Quarters area to house the new arrival cats, however diamond Quarters does not have as many pens as our barn did. my staff have told me that the only way we can help more animals is to be able to rehome more, so please if you know anyone looking to adopt please send them our way. one cat that we have been able to help recently is a beautiful fluffy tabby male called forrest. forrest was brought to us after he had been living as a stray. the lovely members of the public who found him had noticed that he had an injury to his back leg and wanted to get him some help. once he arrived our vet was able to check him over

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but he soon realised his back leg was shattered and the best option for him was to have it amputated. our vet successfully carried out the operation and forrest has now adapted really well to having three legs. he recovered so well that after only having the leg removed three weeks ago he is already available for adoption and hoping to find his forever home soon, due to being a stray he is a bit nervous but my staff are sure he will soon settle in his new home with a bit of patience. love, hulky


we are delighted to introduce you to a very handsome rabbit called gherkin. gherkin is a three year old male rabbit who has been here at the centre since april as sadly is previous owners were allergic to him. gherkin is a really sweet boy, occasionally he can be a little bit overprotective of his space but once he lets his guard down he loves nothing more than a nose rub. gherkin would love to find a female rabbit he can bond with and a forever home of his own. gherkin would be best suited to a home with older or no children. if you think you may be able to offer gherkin a home please call on 01243 967111 or visit our website: www.crrc.co.uk


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