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CPRE Hampshire share the hedgerow love with launch of Community ‘Hedge’ Fund community groups from across hampshire are being invited to apply for grants of up to £750 to assist with the planting or restoration, by laying or gapping up, of hedges in areas accessible to the public. at cpre hampshire, they are passionate about hedges. not only as a beautiful feature of the countryside, green spaces and gardens, but for the contribution they make to reversing the effects of climate change, and in providing shelter, homes, safe travel and food to all kinds of wildlife. in recognition of the value they offer, the hampshire based countryside charity has launched a community ‘hedge’ fund. the aim is to reach across hampshire to assist the national cpre target of increasing the length of hedgerows in the

uk by 40% by of volunteers. a new 2050. since 1945, initiative is currently we have lost half underway with our hedgerows, hampshire county intensifying farms in a new nature’s decline location near and hindering the fareham with a new fight against set of volunteers and climate change. community groups cpre hampshire a group of willing volunteers next to their newly laid hedge as involved. is determined to part of a recent cpre hampshire hedgerows initiative. Boyd mccleary, help in turning this cpre hampshire vice chair said: “we are round by communicating the important delighted to launch the community hedge role hedgerows play, as well as undertaking fund. hedgerows need our help. around projects around restoring and planting. 50% of this country’s hedgerows have recent initiatives include a project in disappeared since the second world war the south west of hampshire to restore and many more have been seriously and plant hedgerows, involving local degraded or are otherwise under threat. schools, the local young famers and a team

this is a great opportunity to get local communities involved and get some more hedges planted or repaired in public spaces that really need it.” if you think your local public areas or community groups would benefit, visit www.cprehampshire.org.uk or email the cpre hampshire hedgerow co-ordinator at ellie.banks@cprehampshire.org.uk. guidance and advice can also be provided where needed. the deadline for applications is Friday 11th November 2022. for further information or to interview a spokesperson please contact: vicky marr, cpre hampshire communications, 07796 440864, comms@cprehampshire.org.uk


Private dog Trainer of the Year gill gallagher’s horndean dog training business that has served the area since 2016 and been named private dog trainer service of the year - south of england (hampshire) by the prestige awards, an organisation which

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SPINNAKER CHORUS FUNDRAISING spinnaker chorus is an a capella 4 part harmony choir of sixty-five members based in portsmouth. every year we nominate a charity to support with our fundraising and this year we chose the hants & iow air ambulance service. despite restricted opportunities due to the pandemic we were determined to raise as much as we could to help this life-saving charity.we hosted a barbershop 'unconventional convention’ last october on behalf of the ladies association of British Barbershop singers and invited member choruses from our local region to come and showcase some songs with us.we sold refreshments and had a raffle during the event which was well supported.through the

year we’ve had a Bring & Buy sale, cake sales, sold items on eBay and received generous donations from performances locally. we were delighted to present Judith stephens from hiowaa with a cheque for £815.00 at a recent rehearsal. the presentation was made by spinnakerette hazel smith, who was instrumental in our decision to support the air ambulance. she explained that “hiowaa is so very special to me since it hugely contributed to saving my son’s life when he had to be flown to st george’s hospital in tooting following a car accident for urgent heart surgery. it was a very scary time but he survived to tell the tale and as you may


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Harry Munt – Save the Sparrow from grainne rason

i went to havant eco fair. i wasn’t feeling great as i have just had a bout of covid and was feeling tired and depressed. But how glad i was i went because the first person i spoke to was harry munt. you probably do not know harry but he is a local young man from portchester and he is possibly the most inspiring person i have ever meet in the flesh. harry has single handedly started a campaign called save the sparrow. he has articles

and interviews published in books and magazines. the latest is a several-paged article in a recent BBc wildlife magazine. i wondered how such a young man was so motivated to save such a deceptively common but unloved bird. he stood making bird boxes as we spoke. what started his passion for bird watching? when he was fourteen,

dressed completely in black, ‘full goth’ as he described it, he was on portsdown hill when he was mobbed by two kestrals. they were diving bombing and swooping at less than arm’s length, ‘possibly because they thought i was a very large crow near their nest.’ this was a terrifying but exhilarating experience, deeply emotional. harry said ‘after that i had to pick up bird watching’. harry is now studying land and wildlife management and volunteering on portsdown hill. harry’s passion and shear joy with wildlife shone through. here is an example of someone who has

been blessed to make the connection with nature that is increasingly denied us.we can only care for what we love. english culture and literature is soaked in love and care of nature. our greatest poets of the past praised its wonders. and when we make that awesome connection with wild creatures our lives are enriched for evermore. my own love of nature stems from on a moment on a hampshire meadow surrounded by blue butterflies feeding on wildflowers of a chalk downland. if i won the lottery, i would want to gift everyone an experience of our natural world where they can make the emotional connection to nature so they know and live with the knowledge it is the essence of life.



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Local choir Folks in Harmony celebrates 10 year anniversary Bedhampton choir folks in harmony celebrated their tenth birthday with a delicious homemade cake baked by choir member rosie willoughby. the choir sang happy Birthday to themselves as they celebrated with coffee and cake! Back in 2012, 3 members of a ladies chorus, maryanne Beames, fran may and lin longhurst decided to try something new, so created an a cappella choir and invited some men to join. they started singing in a sitting room and quickly grew to 18 members for their first official practice in august 2012. needing a larger venue the choir hired Bedhampton community centre, where they’ve been ever since. the choir now numbers 43 members and sings a variety of music from the worlds of pop, musicals, folk and the occasional choral piece, often with choir members suggesting the songs. over the years the choir has performed for the community centre, which was the very first one, as well as taking part in various community settings, and for charities, Qa hospital, porchester memorial gardens and organising biannual concerts at the church of the resurrection in drayton. the charities supported have included rowans hospice, Zellweger uk, the British red cross and chichester ms society. as the choir grew and improved, they took part in several music festival

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competitions including Bournemouth and portsmouth, and were thrilled to be finalists at Bournemouth in 2015, and to win choir of the year at portsmouth in 2018. covid didn’t stop the choir rehearsing and they continued to practise throughout, albeit via Zoom, progressing to outdoor rehearsals, before returning to the community centre, culminating last month in their first concert since 2019! founder maryanne said, “a choir becomes like a family, and most people join it for a reason. the friendship and support that comes from singing together is a wonderful bonus. friendships have blossomed. small ensembles have formed, including a sea shanty group the Barnacles. we have sung at members’ celebration parties, weddings and at their funerals, including one of our founder members, fran who sadly passed away in July 2018.” Both maryanne and lin are still involved in the choir, and invite anyone interested in joining them to come along to their taster session on thursday 8th september at 7.15pm. there is no need to read music and both men and women are welcome! check the website for more details www.folksinharmony.co.uk or ring maryanne on 02392 241633 for more information.

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business’s income and expenses. the self assessment deadline of 31 January will remain but this will be known as the end of period statement (eops), at present there are no announced plans to change the existing timetable of tax payments. income tax will still be payable by 31 January following the end of the tax year. any payments on account will be due by 31 January and 31 July as usual. Qualifying Income: the £10,000 threshold applies to gross income or turnover, not profit. all of the following is considered as qualifying income: • rents received from uk or overseas property (there is no deferral for landlords) • self-employed sales from uk or oversea businesses • income-based carried interest • disguised investment management fees • property or trading income received by a trust, which is taxed on the beneficiary

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MTD for ITSA Exemptions there are few exemptions from mtd for itsa such as trusts and trustees or non-registered pension schemes or where it is not practicable for individuals to use digital tools to comply due to age, disability, or remoteness of location. charities are not automatically exempt. instead, this will depend on their trading structure. How to Prepare: if you will be affected by mtd for itsa and currently use a desktop bookkeeping system you will need to ensure it’s updated for digital reporting or find out how to integrate it with bridging software. if you do not currently use any form of software, you will need to consider moving to a digital bookkeeping system in time for the charges. Broadly speaking, there are three different types of software to help your business comply with mtd for itsa, including the most popular option – software packages.these include, but are

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the solent male voice choir were booked to sing two sets at the recent emsworth horticultural show held on august bank holiday monday. the emsworth show was held in the grounds of the new life church in hermitage, emsworth and, as well as a grand horticultural marquee, features arena entertainment, a dog show, many fairground attractions, craft stall and a “bandstand area”. this year the three musical items were supplied by alder valley Brass, slowburn (a reggae band) and, in complete contrast the solent male voice choir. led by the musical director huw thomas the smvc sang traditional male voice songs plus a few popular songs from the shows. a good audience enjoyed the singing and even joined in. James thomas

accompanied the choir on the keyboard. smvc chair man dave mcvittie said “this was a first for smvc, singing outdoors. the weather was great and we held a good audience in both of our sets. i noticed that many of the men in the audience were singing along with us and so i invited them to turn up to our weekly practice, which happened to be the next day. amazingly three gentlemen did turn up on tuesday and we are hoping they will become members.” the smvc are now working towards their next concert. a joint concert with the abertillery orpheus male choir from wales to be held in st paul’s church, chichester on 15th october. tickets are available through the smvc web site: www.solentmalevoicechoir.org

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NOW AND THEN - HAVANT snapshots from michael edwards catalouge taking us back in time

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Greenpower Our first Greenpower outing of this school year was an eventful but a brilliant day. All three of our cars raced: Chase, Keep Up and TS2. Race one - all three cars went off well including Chase in first place. Keep Up had some steering issues causing a delay and TS2 trundled on as always. Sadly Chase started to fade a little too early and lost a couple of places but finished a very good third. TS2 finished in 12th and Keep Up position 10th!

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After lunch,a visitor from the North Pole will Race two started well and at one point we were in second, third and fourth places. The pit changes were incredible. We smashed arrive,probably his last call of the day our previous record of changing a driver from 14 seconds down Depart: 2.30pm to 9! Unfortunately, a red flag stopped the race temporarily whilst we had two of our cars in the pits and this put us at a disadvantage. Sadly Keep Up had a problem with its chain. We managed to fix it but lost a lot of time. TS2 with three new Year 7 drivers came fifth in this race with Chase in sixth and Keep Up Please ring 023 9248 9811 or email bookings@pcs.hants.sch.uk down in 20th.

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Cycle Clinic By mike skiffins, portsmouth ctc

Q why don't cyclists use perfectly good cycle paths beside main roads, presumably installed by the authorities at taxpayers expense? A well, the answer is that they do, but not all the time, and not every cyclist. i use one most days, but there are some circumstances where it is impractical. for example, in this country we haven't usually got space to provide a separate path on both sides of a road, so

it means that cyclists have to cross two lanes of traffic to access the path. if traffic is light, that isn't usually a problem but if,for example, motor traffic has been held up by traffic lights or a level crossing there will be a whole bunch of frustrated drivers not very keen to have a cyclist of group of cyclists crossing their path just to access the cycle path on the other side. it is easier and safer for the cyclist to carry straight on, and in truth better for the drivers not to be held up too. another problem both for the planners and the riders is that because of space the cycle path often is not continuous and peters out after a few hundred yards, and may reappear on the opposite side of the road again. annoying for everyone. often, when there is a t junction with a good cycle path running beside the major road there is no 'drop kerb' to enable cyclists to access it so the road user will have to make a turn into the main road and ride along until there is safe access. it may be that there is an access point just down the road in

the wrong direction but even if the rider is local and knows about it, who is likely to go out of their way? i mentioned 'good ' cycle paths but they are not always good. they don't have to be built to the same standard as the highway, and often they are just wide footpaths re-designated as shared paths. the lighter surface is easily broken up by tree roots and even weeds can find a crack to grow in and over time cause the surface to decay. a good cycle path can be a joy to ride, and cheerful exchanges with pedestrians and dog walkers as we pass

can help to make everyone's day. of course an angry cyclist barging its way past innocent pedestrians without warning is never good manners but i have mentioned the dangers of pedestrians with ear buds listening to music or other sound effects and unable to hear a bell or even a shout, and also dogs on long, nearly invisible strings, but these are ordinary circumstances not normally a problem. we all have to share this world with each other. however, there are some places where cars and goods vehicles get off the road by parking in the cycle path. in those cases it can be impossible to cycle round them particularly if there are several cyclists together. these are not everyday problems usually, and i believe that cyclists would applaud more usable cycle paths and avoid having to mix with motor traffic, but you did ask why cyclists don't use them.


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programme, which takes the new season is here and there are some changes to the coaches of both 1st Xis hockey into state junior schools across the firstly Ben Blackmore joins to coach borough, goes from strength to the men’s 1st Xi, as part of his strength and continues to bring further coaching development new players into the sport. it is he has recently been accepted very pleasing to see 2 players onto the gB hockey who started with the advanced coaching community programme now programme. he has a team playing at men’s 1st team level. with a mix of young talent every year the club looks to and experienced players and nominate a charity to support, to so far this season they are help those less fortunate and this undefeated in the league. a great season is no exception. one of their start. over the summer Ben Ben Blackmore junior volunteers, clare Jackson, along hegan played for the england under with a team of her colleagues from Queen 16 team and is settling into the team alexandra hospital are trecking across the well. maciej pacanowski returns as arctic circle to raise funds for the goalkeeper fresh from representing genie’s wish whose mission is to poland in european competition enhance the lives of people, up to over the summer. maciej has 40 years old, who are either also taken on the role of suffering from a critical or life women’s 1st Xi coach. the threatening illness or living with team is undergoing much a life-limiting medical condition. change and again there is the club has decided to support young talent coming through genie’s wish as well and the to take their chance at this members will have a series of level. good luck to them both. fundraising initiatives running there is still a buoyant junior maciej pacanowski throughout the season. section with teams being run new members are very welcome and across age groups from under 8 up to for further information please visit the club under 18. linking into this the long website at www.havanthockeyclub.org.uk running successful community

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an exciting exhibition of paintings and crafts is taking place on the 19th and 20th November from 10am – 4.30pm at the parish hall, links lane, rowland’s castle, po9 6ad. rowlands castle painting society and rowlands castle w.i. are joining forces again this year to put on an art exhibition of paintings and a w.i. craft fair with a festive flavour.the w.i. are serving refreshments with excellent home baked cakes in the small hall, where they will present their festive fair of seasonal preserves, bakes and christmas gifts. the display of cakes and preserves was very popular last year and promises to be so again this year. the art exhibition can be viewed in the main hall and showcases a wide variety of paintings in all styles and mediums by exceptionally talented artists. there are also

hand painted cards and folios all at very reasonable prices. there is much on offer for visitors to enjoy, with an opportunity to purchase an original painting and gifts for christmas perhaps. we hope to hold a tombola, always popular at the exhibition adding interest to this unique event. the two societies are pleased to bring this autumn art exhibition and craft fair to the rowlands castle parish hall and look forward to welcoming visitors. if you are interested in joining either of these friendly societies, come along, enjoy the refreshments and chat with the members. entrance is free, there is good disabled accessibility. there is parking on the road, also parking at the recreation ground nearby. for further information go to: http://rowlandscastlepaintingsociety.co.uk


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Health & Well-being by Denise Kelly if things are rare, we put far more value on them. most people associate this particular spice with easter or christmas, or a bustling moroccan market - but this spice is far more than just a flavour at certain times of the year. its medicinal and immune boosting and should be used daily for its incredible health benefits. it is an ingredient

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that has been used throughout history, dating back as far as ancient egypt. it used to be rare and valuable and was regarded as a gift fit for kings, and although now, regarded as a readily available spice, found in most supermarkets, do we know the true health value of this magnificent powder? i am talking about delicious cinnamon. it is made by cutting the stems of cinnamon trees, then the inner bark is extracted, and the woody parts removed. when it dries, it forms strips that curl into rolls, called cinnamon sticks. these sticks can be ground to form cinnamon powder. the distinct smell and flavour of cinnamon (that you either love of hate!) is due to the oily part, which is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde, which is the most powerful part for our health. cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants which are a well needed

The Magic Winter Spice Life is for thriving…not just surviving ingredient this time of year as they help to keep our immune systems fighting fit when it comes to coughs, colds and infections. it’s also a great anti-inflammatory ingredient, so can help reduce pain in the body, plus it has been linked to a reduced the risk of heart disease, the world’s most common cause of premature death. in people with type 2 diabetes, 1 gram or about half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day has been shown to have beneficial effects on blood markers. diseases such as alzheimer’s and parkinson’s have also been found to be helped by this wonder spice. two compounds found in cinnamon appear to inhibit the build-up of a protein called tau in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of alzheimer’s disease. cinnamon is also being widely studied for its potential use in cancer prevention and treatment too. it acts by reducing the growth of cancer cells and the formation of

blood vessels in tumours, by appearing to be toxic to cancer cells, causing cell death. cinnamon oil has also been shown to be extremely effective when it comes to treating respiratory tract infections caused by fungi. it can also inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, including listeria and salmonella, so great for a spot of food poisoning too! it’s also very useful regards oral health and hygiene, helping to reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath. at the end of the day, cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet and has an impressive reputation for helping many health ailments. so, using it freely in your daily eating habits could have more benefits than you realised. if you would like a personal health consultation, fancy coming to one of my health retreats, or browse through my health product range – please visit – www.keepthriving.co.uk


New Book Pompey Boy becomes Pompey Lad Part one - Growing Pains – 1954 – 1960 “together with my heavily greased elvis quiff, drape jacket, pink shirt, green slim jim tie and yellow socks, i must have looked a real sight patrolling the local manor with my two best mates. i thought my swaying swagger looked menacing and cool, but observers probably thought i was having a problem staying inside my oversized ‘apple box’ crepe-soled shoes. there was also the problem of my mascara pencilled-in fake sideboards running down my cheeks and into my collar if it rained…” in the sequel to Just a pompey Boy, author george east takes the reader back to a time when portsmouth was recovering from the devastation of world war ii, and times as well as the city were a - changing. the swinging sixties loomed,

bomb sites and slums were being replaced by blocks of council flats, some houses had inside toilets, but rationing was still in force and children could still play safely in the mainly car-free streets. this second helping of george’s memoirs begins with the family moving from their distinctly unusual guest house to a corner shop close to fratton park. from there, we follow george’s small adventures as he attempts to grow the perfect quiff and become a future rock ‘n’ roll star, makes his first illegal visit to a pub and has his first fumbling encounters with the opposite sex. funny, poignant and at all times immensely readable, pompey lad part one growing pains 1954 -1960 is about a young man’s coming-of-age, but also about a great city and its people at a very particular time in its long history. a truly honest and sometimes racy account of george’s struggles with adolescence and his first sexual experiences. pompey lad part one - growing pains – 1954 – 1960 is available in e-book or paperback format

Special visitor to Staunton Country Park

from michael hart (for friends of staunton country park)

in september, ed and val stone visited staunton country park. ed is the great grandson of william stone, who built the house that once overlooked the lake and is now marked by the outline of the original foundations. ed lives in canada and only discovered his connection to staunton in 2012 when doing some research on his family background. now he is the president of the friends of staunton country park. ed was delighted to see all the developments that have taken place in the park over recent years. on a tour arranged by the friends and staunton’s management team, ed was excited to see the changes at the old coach-house and the shell house, the redevelopment of storey gardens with the loving care of the right to work team, archaeological finds around the park, the improved paths and new facilities for users of all ages. ed commented that he was pleased to hear the clock in the coach-house chiming

ed stone (left) receiving a copy of the new booklet from steve Jones once again and is looking forward to seeing the original mechanism displayed as a working model when sufficient funds have been raised. (donations can be made through the friends’ web-site at: www.foscp.co.uk) during his visit, ed was presented with a copy of a new booklet written by steve Jones, which gives a timeline of the mansion from construction to demolition and which will soon be available to the public from the friends of staunton country park.


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Air Aces

What’s on

arun & chichester (air) enthusiasts society

THE PROBUS CLUB OF HAVANT the popular world wide group of probus clubs, exists for the retired or semi-retired professional and/or Business person, who would like to meet and socialize with similar people. the probus club of havant meets once a month, for a social drink and lunch and to listen to an after lunch speaker, on a broad range of subjects such as ‘mystery of crop circles,’ ‘the alamo’, ‘history of the Quakers’ etc. we also organize a number of other outings, including visits and lunches at other local locations. the probus club of havant has members from havant, hayling island, chichester, emsworth etc. members come from a broad background of banking, military, business, engineering , it, local government etc. we meet at 12.00, at denvilles club, 33, emsworth road, havant, on the first monday of the month. new members are always welcomed. please look for full details on our website: www.havantprobus.co.uk |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||




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Wednesday 16 November - 7.30 pm st helena - island of the fairy tern - Join us at st wilfrids church hall, padnell road, cowplain, po8 8dZ for a talk from andy lester, the uk conservation director from a rocha uk for a tour of the landscapes and wildlife of the island of st helena. free parking. non members welcome. admission £4 on the door including refreshments. contact deryn hawkins on 023 9259 8000 or: southdownsgroup@gmail.com |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

WESTBOURNE LOCAL HISTORY GROUP Friday 4th November - from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with free entrance - open meeting at the meeting place (Baptist hall) north street westbourne. we have formed a new committee for the group with the aim of spreading its scope and making it more available to the local public. to this end we intend to have regular open evenings throughout the winter months to discuss our progress and highlight some of our projects. the first of these events will be as above. the topic will be "tools to help the local and family historian". nigel peake, roger wilding, Jim clarke, and nick rule will each man a table where you can discuss the web sites and software that they use for access to censuses, addresses, family names, old photos and maps, plus the collection at the west sussex records office. further details can be obtained by emailing Jim at: jim@clarkeuk.net

Monday 28th November - 1900 for 1930 - defence of the falklands islands and life thereafter and vulcan, from birth to Black Buck - this year is the 40th anniversary of the falklands war conflict. presenter sqn ldr Joe marsden (retd.) is returning to air aces with two fascinating talks, about the vulcan, and the falklands and life after the conflict. Joe piloted vulcan aircraft during the falklands conflict. Joe’s first talk will be a short background history of the falklands and how life has developed in the islands since the conflict. Joe looks mainly at the changes for the military, but will include the ways this has impacted on the local population. he will Monday 12th December - 1900 for 1930 - the British airliner collection at duxford - presented by mr david norman the British airliner collection is the world’s premier collection of post second world war British civil airliners and illustrates the unique contribution made by British designers and manufacturers to the development of commercial aviation. several of these aircraft were world firsts and two are the only known surviving examples of their type. the collection began in 1974 with the arrival of a comet 4, which, in 1958, was the aircraft that made the first scheduled 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,

also cover some of the abundant wildlife and how this had resulted in an influx of tourists. after a break, Joe marsden will explain about the vulcan aircraft itself, how it came into being, and its life, with many anecdotes. to finish, Joe will explain how the vulcan’s capabilities led it to being a pivotal aircraft in the falklands conflict with the famous ‘operation Black Buck’ raid on the falklands islands during the conflict. Joe’s knowledge of the vulcan and the falklands after the conflict is second to none.

eastbound transatlantic crossing by a jet airliner. the collection has grown to 13 aircraft, including concorde 101. the aircraft displayed, range from a de havilland dove that first flew in 1948, to the most recent acquisition, a Bae 146 (whisper jet), retired from the royal squadron. 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. Further information about AirACES at: www.airaces.org.uk or call David Batcock on 01243 823007


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Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October 9am-5pm daily theme: ‘children's tv & cartoons’. come and join in the fun with family & friends.you'll get a few hours entertainment as you'll walk around the beautiful hampshire village of rowlands castle spotting the wonderful scarecrow creations. the trail is buggy and wheelchair friendly. a trail map will be available to buy during the trail from the hardware, Bumblebee cafe and londis, all on the village green and online at: www.pta-events.com/stjohnsrowlandscastle there are prizes for the scarecrows makers and you'll be able to vote for your favourite.

Thursday 3rd November - memories of mexico, a presentation by Jan kerr. Jan studied for a master's degree in anthropology at the universidad de las américas, cholula, puebla, mexico. Jan's talk will take you on a trip across mexico... • Baja california, mexico city, oaxaca,yucatán • grey whales, monarch Butterflies • ruins, art, history, music, dance, food, drink - mexico has something for everyone. Thursday 1st December - fiesta navidad a spanish slant. music, a light tapas buffet, including dishes cooked by society members, a raffle, plus poems, carols and readings. non-members are very welcome provided they are at least 18 years of age. there is a charge of £3.00 for nonmembers to attend any meeting. the presentations may be recorded and posted onto the society's website for later viewing.


Hayling Island Horticultural Society Friday 11th November - do come along to our next talk and social evening with a Quiz and fish & chip supper: contact publicity@hihs.org.uk or visit our website www.hihs.org.uk for tickets and info.

Saturday 3rd December - christmas concert with many christmas favourites 7.30 at st wilfrid’s church padnell road, cowplain, hants po8 8dZ admission £8. tickets 023 9236 6508 or from: enquiries@folksinharmony.co.uk


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Spirit of the South

we are a small chorus for ladies,not to be confused with a chorus for small ladies.! for anyone who just wants to sing a cappella, without music, we are perfect. come and join us. Tuesday evenings 7.30 - 10.00 at havant methodist church. contact - Joy 023 9264 1997 email: spirithavant@yahoo.com follow us on facebook.

What’s on Folks in Harmony

folks in harmony - an a capella choir had their bi-annual open evening at which everyone could come along and join in the singing and perhaps decide to join the choir. they sang various songs from their extensive repertoire and sang shenandoah with the newcomers which went down very well. also going down well was the tea and home made cakes which were provided by the choir at the interval. they also donated £1,000 from their fund-raising to local charity simple mind, based in southampton. chairman alan key said “i am delighted to be able to send this cheque to our chosen charity for this year, simple mind. singing is something that we can all do which uplifts the spirits and make us all feel so much better’. the choir meet every Thursday evening at 7.15 in Bedhampton community centre


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from liese holden

Another article from the Hayling Island Horticultural Society

the first talk in our autumn series followed the format of a gardeners’ Question time panel. we were pleased to obtain the expert services of martyn cox and peter rogers – neither of them were phased by any of the questions thrown at them! martyn is an award-winning gardener, writer and presenter and now lives in southsea. peter lives locally and enjoys entering local shows and has his own gardening business. here are just some of the questions that many of the audience wanted to ask about. Q: How to eradicate one of the most common garden weeds – Oxalis Cornucata (Wood Sorrel)? this invasive successful self- seeding garden plant has either purple or green leaves and small yellow flowers. it is very difficult to eradicate and any pieces of root left in the soil will regrow. the best way to keep it at bay is to persevere in pulling it up as it appears and don’t give it

chance to spread. in large areas one method,(which can used to eradicate any weeds), is to deprive the soil of light to weaken the growth. this can be done by covering the area completely with black plastic or even cardboard Q: Blossom End Rot – How to identify it and what is the solution? a brown and leathery spot at the base of the plant (most commonly tomatoes,peppers, squash, cucumber, and melons) it is not a disease but is caused by a calcium imbalance within the plant. it is common in a growing season that starts out wet and becomes dry. one of the best ways to prevent this is to establish a watering routine and to use fertilisers low in nitrogen and high in phosphorous. damaged fruits should be picked and discarded. Q Sooty Mould – how to identify it and how to deal with it? sooty mould is a secondary attack and grows on plants (usually on the back

of leaves) that have already been damaged by aphids. the aphids secrete a sticky dew that allows the sooty mould to spread. so the remedy is to deal with the aphids that cause the attack (mealy bugs, scaly bugs) there are many chemical and non-chemical ways to deal with them. make sure damaged leaves are disposed of. Q: Fuschia Gall Mite this is a sap sucking mite specific to fuschias (particularly in the south of england) which causes galling and distortion of the stem ends and leaves. some advice is to destroy the whole plant and start with fresh specimens but cutting hard back to healthy growth will sometimes enable the fuschia to regrow normally. if plants are being overwintered, prune them hard back to ground level and destroy diseased growth. Q: How to grow ornamental grasses – in pots or in the ground? grasses are normally easy to grow but check if they are hardy and maybe give some protection in very cold

weather. some of the more compact varieties will thrive in pots in a mixture of compost and John innes but make sure they do not become waterlogged. larger varieties such as miscanthus are best planted in the ground. in conclusion, it was suggested by the panel that by positioning the ‘right plant in the right place’ meant that many of the problems we face in our gardens can be avoided. a strong and healthy plant is more like to survive disease and pest infestation. there were many more questions and it was a lively and enjoyable evening.


THE CAT & RABBIT RESCUE CENTRE hello from your favourite out and about reporter at the cat and rabbit rescue centre, hulky Bear. our last pet of the month, the cat everleigh, is still waiting to find her forever home. a few months ago on our social media we were fundraising to buy some new accommodation for one of our longest staying pair of rabbits mr goodbar and skybar. they were quite destructive rabbits and were known to chew through wooden accommodation and they liked to dig holes in the grass. we believe this is why they

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were often overlooked by potential adopters as they needed a different sort of accommodation that would keep them safe and they couldn’t escape from. we fundraised for a metal type of rabbit run from a brand called omlet that was escape proof. this would then also be available for their new adopter to take home with them. thanks to our lovely supporters we were able to raise just under £500 to purchase this accommodation. we were able to buy the run and they loved it, only a few months later this lovely pair were finally able to find their forever home. we recently received a lovely email from their new owner and this is what they said,



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this month we would love to introduce you to a very handsome male guinea pig called galaxy. galaxy has been with us at the centre since april 2022 after his previous owners were moving abroad. he has been here at for so long because he has suffered with some issues with his stools but now we have found the right environment and diet for him he is doing much better. as our vet is unsure whether his issue was something that could be spread to other animals it

“we have only had them for just over 2 weeks and are amazed at how loving they are. this is all thanks to the crrc staff and volunteers who spent their time getting them so used to human contact. for my daughter, her wishing well wish has finally come true and it would not have been possible without the generosity of crrc's supporters, providing us with a walk in run that she now spends her free time sitting in with her beloved bunnies! to those who donated, we thank you so very much!" a very big thank you to everyone who donated to make it possible for these lovely rabbits to have their dream come true of finding their forever home. love hulky has been decided he would be best suited to a home where he is the only pet. galaxy is just over a year old now and he would love to find an indoor home where he gets lots of attention from his humans. he is such a sweet little boy who loves human company and enjoys sitting on a lap. if you think you may be able to offer galaxy a loving home please give the centre a call on 01243 967111 or visit our website www.crrc.co.uk

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it’s all too easy to go overboard on spending during the festive period. the kids want the latest action figures, the teenagers want the latest gadgets while dad is happy with the festive socks, christmas seems to get more and more expensive each year. and this year will be even more difficult as a result of rising prices on everything. so, this year i have decided to show you a range of wines which i stock that have both the quality, which is important at christmas, but still won’t break the bank. some budget wines can taste, well like budget wines and although you may Wine to open the pressies with’ – christmas morning is traditionally fizz time, or more commonly Bucks fizz time. i have gone for a Prosecco Frizzante (less fizzy) £8.99 – loads of gorgeous dry apple fruit with gentle bubbles and a lingering finish. Aperitif time – generally something softer and lighter is the preference here so try Vina Maripossa from Spain at £7.99. a lovely fresh and rounded white with loads of fruit on the finish. its soft and fruity and not over powering on the alcohol front (12%). Starter time – whether you are having a fishy starter or something like pate or light meat, again go for something lighter. for fishy starters i have a lively white from south africa. Simonsvlei Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape at £9.49. it has a lovely crisp fresh character with balanced acidity and a long citrus finish. for paté try the Pinotage £9.49 from the same vineyard. light and dry it has an amazing ‘farmy’ character with lots of earthy flavours.

think you are getting a bargain, the wine itself is far from decent. some big brand names are mass produced with the grapes coming from many different areas and sources. this can lead to inconsistency in the quality in the grapes and a lack of care and attention in the wine making practices. ask any wine expert; you can’t make good wine from bad grapes. smaller producers are the opposite. they know exactly where the grapes come from giving them more control on the growing, and ultimately more care and attention from grape to bottle.

Main course - if you are staying traditional and going for turkey you need a white but something with a little more body and less acidity. grapes like viognier, vermentino, marsanne have more tropical fruit. chardonnay is the perfect turkey grape but if you don’t like the fuller oaky style you could try Aurele Chardonnay from the Pays D’Oc at £9.99. soft and creamy fruit with a touch of minerality on the finish. if you are having something like duck or goose then try the Pacifico Sur Carmenere from Chile at £8.99 full bodied yet a wonderful elegance with loads of spicy fruit flavour. for the cheese board go for a red with body and a bit of tannin balanced with a bit of fruit. Cahors Malbec at £8.99 has just that. red berry fruit with balanced tannin with a hint of spice. . All these are available at VIN Wine Merchants with FREE Wine Tastings throughout December between 1pm and 5pm

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this is a superb twist on sticky toffee pudding, with the fruit helping to break up the richness of the pudding. you can use apple, pear or if you can get hold of some, quince which has a beautiful, floral flavour. you can also add christmas spices like cinnamon and clove if you are making this in december. Ingredients: • 4 large quince (or apples or pears) peeled and thickly sliced • 115g unsalted butter, • 75g caster sugar • 40g dark muscavado sugar • 140ml double cream • 100g stoned dates chopped • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda • 275ml boiling water • 50g unsalted butter • 80g caster sugar • 80g dark muscovado sugar • 175g flour • 1tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp cinnamon • a small pinch of salt. Method: if you are using quince, you will need to cook them first to soften the flesh, and you can poach or roast, quartered for about 15 minutes (depending on how ripe

they are) until they have softened. apples and pears do not need to be cooked first. make the caramel sauce by combining the butter, sugars and double cream in a small saucepan, melt together Bring the lot to a simmer and reduce until thickened, about 5 minutes. remove from the heat to cool slightly. preheat the oven to 180c. Butter a baking dish and pour in a drizzle of caramel sauce, lay the sliced fruit on top, then drizzle more sauce over the top (leaving enough sauce back to serve with your pudding). then put the dish in the fridge to firm up whilst you make your sponge. for the sponge, take the chopped, stoned dates and place in a bowl with the bicarbonate of soda and 275ml boiling water. in a separate bowl, beat together 50g unsalted butter with 80g caster sugar and 80g dark muscovado sugar. in a third bowl, measure 175g flour with 1tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a small pinch of salt. then combine the flour mixture into the butter mix, and finally add the dates and water and stir the combination together. pour the sponge mixture on top of the sliced fruit, then bake for about 40 minutes until firm and risen. serve warm with the remaining toffee sauce and vanilla ice-cream or whipped ricotta.

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