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LANGSTONE SEA WALL BREACHED The much loved walk along the foreshore past the Langstone Millpond is heading for permanent closure due to coastal erosion. The walk enjoyed by more than 100,000 walkers every year was recently

breached threatening the Millpond, home to many wildlife species. How many of us have stopped there with our children to feed ducks and swans? A local interest group are planning

to form a Community Interest Company to acquire the land over which the path runs and start crowdfunding to meet the cost of restoring the path for years to come. More information from: savehavantmillpond@gmail.com


The Education Authority Hampshire County Council are urged to release a brownfield site they own, for the new school. The site in Dunsbury Way has laid empty for fifteen years with many proposals but no development delivery. The school would bring real opportunities for schoolchildren to learn skills that could lead to apprenticeships and worthwhile careers in the building industry.

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Carl and Reece invite your questions Send your questions to: hello@digitaldinos.co.uk

Dear Carl and Reece. I've created a website to promote my business, but I'm not getting a lot of people viewing it. Could you help? Martin. Thanks for sending us a link to your website, Martin. It looks great! The pages load quickly and each section is labelled correctly so it's easy to find what you're looking for. We would advise you to look at the keywords you are using and audit these on a regular basis. Take a look at your competitors' websites to see if there are any particular phrases that you could use. WHY ARE KEYWORDS IMPORTANT? Search engine algorithms crawl over websites looking for specific keywords every time someone types these into Google or Bing. The algorithm then generates a list of websites where these words are embedded. If you were a landscape gardener based in Havant you'd want to include 'landscape gardener' and

'Havant' as your keywords. Choose longtail keywords and your website will appear in a wider set of search results. i.e. 'Havant award-winning landscape gardener'. Make sure you don't overuse your keywords as not only will these spoil the flow of your writing, Google will penalise you for them. This will result in your website appearing lower down the list of search results. Use a keyword search tool such as UberSuggest, Moz or GoogleAds' Keyword Planner and you'll find keywords that are relevant to your sector. Neil Patel provides a range of excellent content which can help you further understand which keywords will work best for you but, in short, pick keywords that are as relevant as possible to your business and offering and be aware that highly competitive keywords are usually most valuable to rank for but take the longest to get to the top spot! Reece Matthews and Carl Hewitt are the Co-Founders of Hewitt Matthews, a Hampshire digital marketing agency.


Down Syndrome Association Finds a New Home at Last Local charity Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association has announced its relocation to a purpose-designed new centre; a timely move as the charity sees an influx of new families seeking their support. No one is more delighted than Charity Chairperson Rachael Ross MBE, “It’s a move that’s long overdue. We have been searching for a suitable location for several years, and just as one materialised, COVID hit, so we were forced to cancel our plans. We were devastated at the time, but things have worked out well. Our new centre on Airport Service Road is an amazing hub for our community where we can host our events and therapy sessions, and we finally have the space we need to accommodate our growing membership, and to expand our specialist services.” The new centre boasts a large family room, therapy rooms, a large kitchen, and a sensory room which has been a big hit with families. The charity is still missing a few necessities including blinds and an extralarge TV screen for their teen evenings. If any local business can help, please get in touch. The charity will be taking advantage of its new venue to launch their new exciting new initiative ‘Friends of Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association’. Rachael says, “We’ve always had a great relationship with our community, and we


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Volunteers help out at Hayling Island Family Fun Day In August, three Barratt Homes workers donned high-vis jackets and helped to marshal the car parking at the centre’s special fundraising afternoon. Set in the heart of the Island, the Hayling Island Community Centre (HICCA) is a hub for local people and has several groups and classes on offer for the community, along with space available to hire for parties and weddings. The centre’s Summer Family Fun Day was one of many events the centre organises for Island residents and was jampacked full of fun and refreshments for children and adults alike. Volunteers from Barratt Homes offered their time to direct visitors on the day, and Centre Manager, Iona Harkness, said: “Fundraising afternoons like this one, that also provide entertainment for the community, are very important. “This year’s event was really successful, and we couldn’t do it without our team of volunteers. Thanks go to the Barratt

employees who gave up their time for us today – we really appreciate it.” are frequently contacted to ask how they Megan Hamlyn, Barratt Homes best they might support us. We feel now is Marketing Manager, was one of the the right time celebrate this connection volunteering car parking marshals. She said: with our exciting new initiative. Individuals “We want to support organisations in the or businesses in the community who sign communities where we are building new up to the scheme will be contacted as homes, and HICCA is providing a great volunteer opportunities arise. This might central hub for activities and events on include gardening, supporting a collection Hayling Island. It has been a real pleasure to or helping with our parties and events for offer our help.” example, all on an ad hoc basis so no commitment required. Members will also |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| receive a newsletter so they can keep up to date with all our news.” If you would like to know more about ‘Friends of Portsmouth DSA’ please contact the charity via their webpage www.portsmouthdsa.org


Local nursery meets football legends Charity and childcare provider, Growing Places, with six settings in Waterlooville, Fareham and Havant within Hampshire, are proud to announce their selection as a company featured in the Professional Footballers’ Association prestigious book; ‘50 Years of the PFA Awards.’ Their feature in this esteemed book allows Growing Places a high-profile platform to shout about not only the importance of early years, but also their local community and how they plan to give children from the ages of 5-16 the best start in life through sport and creativity, namely their Community Hub Project. Chris Warren, Physical Lead Educator at Growing Places and Phoebe Whitehead, Deputy Manager of Merryfields Nursery were lucky enough to attend the glittering PFA Awards this year. Chris writes; A huge reason for this is our children need a place to be, where they can go and feel safe, build relationships within their own community and have fun taking part in activities that may be a struggle to access due to increasing financial constraints and lack of

opportunity." They will be given opportunities to develop a sense of pride, ownership and community responsibility.” Growing Places also hopes this prominent new exposure will help to shine a light on other initiatives they are passionate about, one of these being their Childhood SOS campaign, which is strongly linked to their Community Hub Project, highlighting the importance of play, not only for our children's development, but for the health and stability of our society going forward. Studies have found that children’s free outdoor play with other children has declined 71% in one generation alone in both the UK and the US.*(1) It has also been discovered that as play has declined, social problems such as depression, anxiety, narcissism and even suicide have increased in children and young adults.*(2) In a 2017 article in Time magazine, The Secret Power of Play, it has even been accepted that ‘play is so important to the well-being of children that the United Nations recognises it as a fundamental

human right, on par with the rights to shelter and education.’ It is through play that children first learn how to make decisions, solve problems, exert self-control and follow rules. Without play, our children risk becoming the least healthy adult population in living memory. Post covid our children's interaction with others is at an all-time low, and Growing Places, like many other nurseries have become acutely aware of the damage it is causing our children. Angela Mcgeady, Outdoor Lead Educator at Growing Places has noticed huge changes in children during her many years in the childcare industry; “I see children who can swipe with their finger but they can’t turn the page of a book. They need time to make mistakes, get muddy, get wet and just not worry.” Play has become both rarer and more important than ever before, and Growing Places feel that something needs to be done now to help protect play and the future wellbeing of our children into adulthood. In a bid to find out more about antisocial behaviour in our local area, Growing Places turned to Habib Rahman, Chief Inspector of Havant and East Hampshire District, who shared findings concluding

that boredom was the most significant factor for youth related violence. Many of Growing Places nurseries are located in ‘areas of deprivation’ which makes their Community Hub Project so important and much needed. Growing Places firmly believe that an easily accessible youth facility for sport and creativity which is available to all at low cost will make a huge difference to not only the physical and mental health of our children but also to local crime statistics going forward.

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The Hayling Light Railway is a charming 2ft narrow-gauge seaside Railway running along the coast of Hayling Island and is suitable for everyone. Our main Station can be found at Eastoke Corner (PO11 9HL) and runs to Beachlands via Mengham Halt on Wednesday’s and weekends throughout the year plus daily during Hampshire school holidays. Our usual opening time is 10:00 with regular trains thereafter, last times of the day can be found on station notice boards or by calling 07902 446340 (this is mainly dependant on weather conditions).

Our fares are: Family Return (2 adults + 2 children aged 3-15) £12, Adult return £5, Senior Return £4 (Over 60s), Adult Single £3, Concession Return (Child/Disabled & Carer) £3, Concession Single (Child/ Senior/Disabled & Carer) £2. NB: Different fares may apply on special event days. Eastoke station is fully accessible and so are our carriages, well behaved dogs are also carried free of charge! Santa is returning to Hayling Railway this Christmas too, running on

the 2nd/3rd, 9th/10th, 16th/17th/18th/19th/20th/ 21st/ 22nd /23rd/24th December at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30 & 16:00 (No 16:00 train on 24th). All children will receive a gift, plus a goody bag, adults get a mince pie and a non -alcoholic wine as well as the return train trip. Prices are adults £10 (16+) & children (aged 1-15) £15. text 07394 194066 or email santahaylingrailway@yahoo.com Our Railway is entirely run by volunteers and is a registered Charity, so everything we make goes back into making it secure for the future, including the

takings from our large souvenir and gift shop at Eastoke Station. We are always looking for new volunteers in a wide range of roles (driver, guard, clippie, shop assistant, maintenance, etc.) and if you can spare a little time and you are interested in finding out more, please email us at: haylinglightrailway@yahoo.com or you can pop in on any running days and talk to one of our volunteers, a cuppa will be available! Further details can be found on our website haylinglightrailway.wixsite.com/ehlr or on our Facebook page.


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Community group wins Lottery funding Creatful Community Interest Company, is celebrating being awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work using creativity to support mental health and overall wellness. The group, based in Waterlooville will use the money to continue their Creative events for all ages and abilities in and around Portsmouth. Creatful was founded in 2021 by Nancy Fellows after a mental health crisis highlighted the need for something different in her community. Nancy is now supported by directors Lara Kynvin, Elodi Fellows and a team of nine volunteers. Creatful hosts weekly ‘Craft and Chat’ groups in Waterlooville, Fratton and Denmead, along with other creative workshops in and around Portsmouth. Nancy ensures there is signposting to local mental health services at all events and encourages people to be open about their wellbeing. Anonymous attendee says “It was the first place where I felt truly safe, un-judged and happy just being me”. The new National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes is the largest community funder in the UK, and will help Creatful to continue all their good work. At the same time, the group will be able to press on with plans to reach more people in our community. Nancy Fellows, founder of Creatful, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognized our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to continue supporting our community during a time of financial instability. We meet many people in need every week, people tell us our groups are a lifeline to them. I am very proud of all the great work

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we are doing, we know we are helping people and we now know this can continue.” Rachel Fludder, volunteer at Creatful says: “Such a wonderful boost to a brilliant local community of craft groups which are so welcoming and friendly. Always feel happy and inspired by the participants and especially Nancy who is always willing to listen and support everyone, Monday mornings always start my week off with an uplifting vibe.” You can find out more about Creatful and joining their workshops at creatful.co.uk Creatful are partnered with HSDC, Moneyfields Ladies FC, Denmead Community Café and are looking for more businesses to partner with as they continue to grow. Get in touch with Nancy if you’d like to get involved.

It is with great sadness that we share the news that one of our regular piano players, Andy, passed away peacefully on Saturday 9th September. Over the years Naaman Anderson Rowe - aka Andy, helped raise thousands of pounds for charity as he entertained shoppers with his wonderful piano playing in the Meridian Centre, and we will miss him hugely. We send our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.



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These schemes are widely promoted in certain financial sectors to avoid Inheritance Tax (IHT) by which you: 1. Create a Trust for your children. 2. Sell your home to the Trust leaving the purchase price owed on a loan note. 3. Live in the home. 4. Gift the loan note to the Trust. So your estate is reduced by the loan note; i.e. by the house's value when the scheme documents were signed. The First-tier Tax Tribunal recently held that the loan note did not reduce the deceased's estate for IHT purposes. The scheme providers had failed to consider the effect of Section 103 Finance Act 1986. This prevents the deduction of a debt from the deceased's estate when calculating IHT where the consideration for that debt came from

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property originally belonging to the deceased, so the tax planning failed. So, buyer beware! If a scheme looks too good to be true, it probably is! We are experienced in dealing with lHT and advising on Trusts. If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the team. Chris Halliwell, Solicitor and Director 01243 386 UO Marie-Alice Slavov, Solicitor and Director 01243 388 988 Joan Smith 01243 386007 Anna Grant-Casey 01243 250518 enquiries@belcheraddison.co.uk

Q. My bike has a funny click! Every so often there is a sort of click when I am pedalling.After a few minutes it stops and may come back after half an hour or more. Is it serious? A. A funny click? Well, I suppose we’ve all had that and it is always difficult to track down without more details. However I’ve had something similar and it could be wear on your ‘bottom bracket’. First, what is a bottom bracket? It’s the thing that goes between your pedal cranks and allows them to turn round and get the power from your legs to the chain and turn the back wheel. This diagram shows all the bits.You don’t need to understand it in detail but it’s enough to say that after a few years bits start to wear out. The little ball bearings wear a little bit , become smaller, and don’t quite fill all the space allowed for them and instead staying exactly the right space apart, they can be free to catch up with the one in front and leave a tiny gap behind the and the spindle, or axle drops into the gap. It’s only a tiny amount and at first it only happens when you are pressing hard on the pedals like when you’re going uphill.As the wear gets worse over time it starts to happen when you are riding normally, and on the flat. So, why does it go away after a few minutes? Simply the balls catch up and shuffle themselves back into the right order.

But, as it’s wear it won’t get better, and may get worse, turning from a slight click, into a knocking sound, and may soon cause the bike to break down. It’s a fairly easy thing for a bike shop to fix. Older bikes have loose ball bearings that have to be packed in grease and screwed together.The right sized balls will be correctly spaced if the right number are used.Too many balls or too few and the spacing won’t be right, so manufacturers developed sealed bearings that are ready assembled in a factory to precise dimensions. These are sold as fixed units but different bikes need different sized units, so unless you know exactly which size you need it is better to leave it to the shop to fit. Having said that it’s a fairly simple job so shouldn’t be very expensive to get done. I hope that I have diagnosed the right ‘click’ for you.



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NOW AND THEN Snapshots from the late Michael Edwards’ catalogue taking us back in time

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By Paul Underwood, Director

Government’s Midlife MOT tool helps you plan for your retirement

A free tool for people aged 45-65 to help them keep track of their finances has been launched by the Government’s Department of Work and Pensions. The MoneyHelper Midlife MOT provides a personalised report to help people understand what to prioritise to improve their financial position before retirement. Across the UK, attitudes towards work and retirement are changing. Not only are people living longer, they are also working across several jobs over the course of their lifetime. The need for preparation and upfront planning is

paramount to ensure the financial freedom afforded to them in their retirement years. The government recognises that the vast number of the population are illprepared for their financial futures, with relatively few middle-aged workers having a clear picture of what sort of retirement their current level of savings is setting them up for. The Midlife MOT was originally launched in Jobcentres with work coaches working with claimants to encourage planning for their later life. Following the initial success, the government looked at ways of expanding the service to reach more people. How does the Midlife MOT tool work? The digital Midlife MOT is accessible on the MoneyHelper website. The financial MOT tool asks you to complete a series of questions about your lifestyle and finances.

There are 15 questions, covering debt, budgeting, insurance, and pensions, which take about five minutes to complete. You can use the tool to find out more about pensions basics, check your state pension age, find any lost pension pots, establish your ideal retirement income and go through a step-by-step guide to boosting your pension and planning your retirement income. MoneyHelper says you don’t need any documents or extra information to use the tool and anything you input will be kept completely anonymous. Midlife MOT then provides you with a personalised report that can be downloaded. It is split into three sections – ‘what to focus on’, ‘what to build on’ and ‘what to keep doing’ with each section signposting to further relevant content according to your answers.

trying to get back to work and learn new skills, and the need to look after both your mental and physical health. The website also allows people to identify job opportunities across the UK and brings together existing services such as a jobseeker toolkit and charity resources and will signpost to organisations such as the NHS, MIND, Citizens Advice, and the Department of Work and Pensions ‘find a job’ portal. The new service will be continually reviewed to ensure it is as interactive and tailored as possible, the government has said.

What other help does it provide? Alongside the financial help, there are links to other resources that address


Goodwood Revival The Goodwood Revival is always a highlight of the classic car calendar. To us locals it might seem like an inconvenience causing terrible traffic for three days and resulting in every pub being full post Revival revellers in the evening. It is thought, a hugely important and significant event. Nowhere else in the world could put on an event like this and it brings a huge amount of money to the local economy and our homegrown British classic car industry. For those of you who have not been, the Revival takes place every September. It is a celebration of classic cars, motorsport, vintage fashion and a way of life we have left way behind us. It is probably unique in its ability to bring together some truly rare and extraordinary cars with the best racing drivers alive

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today and get them out on a proper race track. What you see on track at Goodwood isn’t just a parade or a few ‘hot laps’ but proper racing where both driver and machine are pushed to their limits. If racing isn’t your thing, you can simply enjoy dressing to impress in your favourite vintage clothing, visiting the outdoor cinema to sing along with Grease or having fun with the family at the vintage fun fair. One of the most impressive spectacles of the whole event must be the Spitfire and Hurricane flying displays. You could easily even spend a couple of hours walking around the car park and taking in the incredible array of classic cars parked out there. There is plenty to be enjoyed with the whole family which is certainly what I did.

Over future editions I will share further articles on the world of classic cars. I hope to give a broad and varied view of the classic car scene. If you would like to read about anything in particular, please email me at harry@jagxk.com



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On Wear it Pink Day , employees at Barratt Homes Pebble Walk development on Hayling Island have been dressed in different shades of pink in aid of breast cancer research. The special awareness day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK for Breast Cancer Now, and Barratt Homes was keen to show its support. Workers at its development on Sinah Lane, have been donning pink hard hats and high vis while out on site on behalf the country’s largest breast cancer charity, and money raised will be passed on to Breast Cancer Now. Barratt Homes is committed to supporting organisations that need it in the community, and Megan Hamlyn, Marketing Manager, was one of the employees wearing pink alongside her colleagues. She said: “Thousands of people take part in wear it pink to raise money for breast cancer research and during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to do the same. “Breast Cancer Now is supporting

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many people affected by breast cancer and is helping to fund life-changing breast cancer research. To do our own small bit in aid of this incredible charity, is the least we could do. It’s been great to see everyone in pink today.” This October, people across the country will wear pink and raise money to help make life-saving breast cancer research and vital support happen. Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of people wear it pink in their communities, schools, or workplaces for Breast Cancer Now. Breast Cancer Now supports thousands of people affected by breast cancer every year. The charity has invested over £268 million in worldclass breast cancer research, and exist to make sure that by 2050, everyone diagnosed with breast cancer will live, and live well. Barratt Homes is committed to supporting organisations and charities who need it.

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Health & Well-being by Denise Kelly I am driven, because of my job and seeing clients with health challenges on a daily basis to do many hours of research each month, as I am always wanting to know what developments there have been in the world of nutrition and helping manage or cure disease. This month I came across some fascinating information on the potential benefits of coconut oil for brain health, especially in the context of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and epilepsy. The Coconut Oil and Brain Connection Coconut oil has been garnering attention for its unique composition of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), particularly lauric acid. These MCTs have the potential to provide a quick source of energy for the brain, which may be particularly beneficial for individuals facing brain diseases. Here's how coconut oil may contribute to improved brain health: 1. Energy for the Brain: The brain relies heavily on glucose for energy. However, in certain conditions like Alzheimer's disease, the brain's ability to use glucose efficiently may be compromised. MCTs, abundant in coconut oil, offer an alternative energy source. Some studies suggest that

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www.lifeisforthriving.com MCTs can provide a cognitive boost by supplying the brain with readily available fuel. 2. Alzheimer's Disease: Alzheimer's disease is characterized by the accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. Some research has shown that MCTs could help break down these plaques, potentially slowing the progression of the disease. While more research is needed, this is an intriguing area of study. 3. Epilepsy Management: The ketogenic diet, which is high in fats and low in carbohydrates, has long been used to manage epilepsy, particularly in cases where medications have limited success. Coconut oil can be a valuable component of a ketogenic diet, as its MCTs may help reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in some individuals. 4. General Cognitive Function: Some people without neurological diseases have reported improved cognitive function, mental clarity, and focus when incorporating coconut oil into their diet. While these claims are largely anecdotal, they hint at the potential

Life is for thriving…not just surviving benefits of this versatile oil. Incorporating Coconut Oil into Your Diet If you're interested in reaping the potential benefits of coconut oil for brain health, consider these practical tips: • Cooking: Substitute traditional cooking oils with coconut oil in your recipes. Its high smoke point makes it suitable for various cooking methods. • Smoothies: Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your morning smoothie for an energy boost. • Bulletproof Coffee: Blend a tablespoon of coconut oil into your morning coffee for a creamy, brain-boosting beverage. Snacks: Make homemade energy bars with coconut oil or use it as a dip for fresh fruit. Important Considerations: It's crucial to consult with a healthcare professional before making significant dietary changes, especially if you're dealing with a brain disease or cognitive impairment. Individual responses to coconut oil can vary, and a personalised approach is essential.

In conclusion, while the potential benefits of coconut oil for brain health are intriguing, more research is needed to fully understand its role in managing brain diseases. Incorporating coconut oil into a balanced diet may offer some advantages, but it should be just one part of an holistic approach to brain health. Stay curious and informed, and as always, consult with healthcare professionals for personalised guidance. If you want more help with a specific health condition please check out my website www.denisekellywellness.com and you can get in touch - or e-mail me denise@denisekelly.co.uk and I will try and answer as quickly as possible!!


Did she find her prince? Over £100,000 funding for school trips to the great outdoors

More than 12,000 schoolchildren have been able to connect with nature and the great outdoors thanks to a National Park grant scheme. Pupils from across Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex have been able to enjoy fun nature-based trips after their schools were awarded an Outdoor Learning Grant. A total of £109,000 of grant funding has been shared between 214 schools over the

past two years – one of the highest amounts ever given out since the South Downs National Park was created. This is a five-fold increase from a decade ago. Children have enjoyed all kinds of activities including hiking at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, a visit to a working South Downs farm, hands-on conservation tasks, a visit to Drusilla’s Park, searching for “mini-beasts” at Woods Mill, and stepping back in time at Butser Ancient Farm. The grant subsidises the cost of a trip and is open to state-funded schools and colleges with 10 per cent or more pupils eligible for Free School Meals. The trips are delivered by the South Downs Learning Network, which cover 100 sites and providers, delivering real-world learning to support the curriculum, as well as health and wellbeing benefits. The grants are administered and funded by the South Downs National Park Authority, with additional funding from the South Downs National Park Trust, the official charity for the National Park. The feedback from schools has been

glowing. Annie Williams, Deputy Headteacher from Glenwood School in Emsworth, said: “We would not have been able to afford to go without the grant and pupils would not have been able to have this wonderful experience. “The whole school enjoyed our day out to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. They walked up from the car park to the picnic area, went on the assault course, explored the playgrounds, walked through the forest and had a picnic.” Almost 25,000 children and young people have so far benefited from the school trips over the past decade. The scheme was formerly called the School Travel Grant before being renamed this year. It’s hoped applications for the next round of grants will open in January, subject to further funding. Trevor Beattie - pictured, Chief Executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, added: “We will continue to work hard towards our goal of every child

being able to visit a National Park during their time at primary school. I welcome the introduction of the Natural History GCSE from 2025 and would like to see nature-based field studies incorporated more widely and robustly into the national curriculum. “With the right resources, National Parks can offer tremendous educational opportunities and we are ready to play a greater role in young people’s learning and development.” Find out more about the Outdoor Learning Grant here: www.southdowns.gov.uk/learning/grantsfor-schools/ This year’s funding for the Outdoor Learning Grant has been made possible by the following donors: The Green Family, Shanly Foundation, Fonthill Foundation, Tallulah Lewis Foundation, John Coates CT, Horsham Natural History Society and The American Express Foundation. The American Express Foundation grant is delivered as part of a wider National Parks UK Partnership. To donate to the Trust visit www.southdownstrust.org.uk


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New Havant Rugby Club Partnership Matrix IT, a leading Hampshire based IT support company has joined forces with Havant Rugby Football Club (HRFC) ahead of its new season. Founded in 1951, Havant Rugby Football Club is a community amateur rugby club that plays at Hooks Lane in Havant. With a playing membership in excess of 700 HRFC is one of the largest clubs in the south of England and the most successful club in Hampshire, with around 85% of its senior teams made up of local boys and girls. Fareham-based Matrix IT, helps businesses with everything from IT support and hosted telephony to cloud solutions, connectivity, cyber security, and backup and recovery across the South Coast, putting people at the heart of everything it does. The company understands that long-standing relationships is are the secret to success and that team spirit should always come first. It’s this ethos that makes Matrix IT perfectly aligned with Havant RFC, in addition to its other purpose and values which is are based on resilience, wellbeing and communication – all things that are key to the sport and make a great team! Patrick Watson, Operations Manager at HRFC agreed that the sponsorship was a perfect pairing. “We are delighted to have Matrix IT as one of our major sponsors and also as the supplier of our IT services.”

Club President Jonathan Mangnall said: “It’s great to see that the success the club is having on the field is attracting local business who are passionate about supporting the local community and who also recognise

the value that an association with Havant can bring.” Matt Faulkner, Managing Director of Matrix, said: “Our business is all about giving back to the community and as a Club that is growing all the time, HRFC needs support more than ever. We also strive to make a positive and lasting impact on society, and we see this as doing our bit towards helping a local Club, to support local people.” HRFC’s first XV competes in Regional 1 South Central (Level 5) and runs three senior men's teams, two women’s teams, two academy teams, four junior boys teams, three junior girls teams and also run a mini rugby section that is full to capacity with boys and girls between the ages of 6 to 12. Matrix IT aims to help businesses succeed through great technology solutions. The company strives for continuous improvement and employs the best technically qualified team of experts to deliver excellent customer service time and time again. As a trusted strategic IT partner to a wide range of businesses and in-house teams, its goal is to make IT effortless, allowing its customers to develop, grow and succeed.


Six parks ride Steve Golding led five members of CTC from the Spring Centre on 29th August for a leisurely-paced fairly flat ride with varied scenic coastal views, taking the disused railway track back to Havant station. From here they cycled through Park 1, Havant park, passing behind the sight screens and in front of the cricket pavilion before going through the underpass to the retail park. After passing the fire station the route was along West Street into Brockhampton Road, Harts Farm Road Road to the Farlington Marshes Cycle Path. From this path there are good views across Langstone Harbour. At the large roundabout where the A27 meets the Eastern Road two other riders joined the team before heading north using the shared footpath over the railway before turning left into Grove Road. into Cosham they followed shared paths passing the Wakeboard Park 3 just beyond the Hilsea Lido. Riding slowly along the Shore Path

taking care not to upset dogs and young children and giving a warning tinkle on the bell and exchange polite greetings on the way. Passing alongside park 3, Alexandra Park and just beyond the Mountbatten Centre they took some quiet residential roads on to park 4, Stamshaw Park. There is an odd place where riders can pass underneath the Rudmore roundabout emerging at the far side into the Portsmouth Ferry Port area and on to the Portico Cargo terminal. Continuing along cycle paths along the outside of the Naval base to park 5,Victoria Park arriving just as the bells chime out 11:00. A well earned coffee break was taken in the patio area of the Cafe in Victoria Park. The cafe is run by the Society of St James and aims to help local people with histories of homelessness and substance misuse. A half an hour break before setting off to catch the Hayling Ferry due to leave at 12:20. This part of the route goes down Queen Street passing the bus and train

terminals of The Hard with a good view of HMS Warrior. Leaving Gunwharf Quays with its Spinnaker Tower riders passed the IOW car ferry terminal, before heading south-west to Clarence Pier and the Hovercraft terminal, then all the way along the seafront and Clarence Esplanade passing the Dday museum, the Rock Gardens, and to South Parade Pier. From here they rode to the Eastney corner before taking Ferry Road just in time to catch the ferry to Hayling Island. The ferry crossing is a pleasant break from the cycling and disembarks near Hayling's Ferryboat Inn. Riding along Sea Front road it was a left turn into Staunton Avenue and Bacon Lane which taking them into park 6, Hayling Park. For the route back to Havant the

fairly quiet roads went along West Lane, Daw Lane then across to North Hayling passing St Peter's Church. Taking Northney Road and crossing over the main road and taking the shared path at the side of Langstone Bridge which leads on to the former disused rail track back to the Spring Centre. The ride took about four hours


Hayling Island Cricket Club It has been a terrific season at Hayling Island Cricket Club. Our overall membership grew above 100 members across youth and adult cricket I am proud to announce that our first team, lead by Rob Cordell, have been promoted to County 1 after finishing second in County 2 for the 2023 season. New signing Nick Smith ended a successful first season at the club as the leading run scorer in the league with 560 runs. Nick was closely supported by club coach Greg

Chaplin who finished on 443 runs. Our members want to pay a special thank you to our Sponsors KSM Telecoms, The West Town Inn, Showcase PSR Portsdown, Coastal Kitchen Catering and Booth Builders for their continued support for our club As the 2023 season draws to a close, our sights are now set on the 2024 season which will mark the clubs 125 anniversary. The club is still looking to grow and welcome new members both for Youth

and Adult Cricket. From 4th January, the club will be running indoor net sessions every Thursday until the end of April. The net sessions will be running 6.00pm til 7.30pm for children 9 to 13, and 7.30pm til 9pm for adults and ages 14 and up. Both sessions will be run by our qualified team of ECB coaches. If you have any questions and would like to know more about Hayling Island Cricket Club, then please contact us at: haylingcricket@gmail.com

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Overwintering our Gardens From Liese Holden

Article from the Hayling Island Horticultural Society

There is still plenty of maintenance to do in the garden in November and December but it is also time for some creative plans for the following year. It is a good time to prune climbing roses removing diseased or damaged growth and tying in any new shoots to their support. Prune older flowered side shoots back by two thirds of their length. Wisteria, fruit trees (except for plum trees which are best pruned in summer), and Japanese maples (acers) also benefit from being cut back at this time.

Bare root roses are best planted now and they are a cheaper option than

waiting to buy more established plants in the Spring. There are bargains to be had in the nurseries so have a look around to see what you can find. If any plants or shrubs have grown too large, you can dig them up, divide them and then replant in their new positions.

Planting out some bulbs ready for a fantastic show next spring is something to do now. After you have emptied out your pots, maybe put some bulbs to give a display next spring which can then be removed to make way for summer plants. Try and include some sand or grit in the compost to aid drainage and maybe

sprinkle some grit on to the top as well. You could also grow some pretty pansies/ violas or heathers on the surface for Autumn/Winter colour. Cyclamen also provide some beautiful winter colour. Once plants have died back and gone dormant, to pay some attention to your soil and dig over empty borders and add a mulch of compost or manure. If you are emptying out old grow bags and pots, just put this around the base of your shrubs. The worms will then do their job and take this down into the soil. Continue to aerate the lawn with a fork and if necessary, do a light cut if the grass is still growing. Remember to leave some leaf piles for wildlife and maybe some longer areas of grass and also a supply of water and high-protein feed for birds if you have feeders or a bird table. This brings me round to our Christmas wreath making workshop in December, where we will learn how to create our own beautiful wreaths. If you

want to make your own natural wreath, either to bring to the workshop or simply for your own use, you can do so now using long strands of ivy from which you strip the leaves. Then make a circle with a piece long enough to give the desired size and then twist other lengths in, securing with a peg. Keep weaving pieces through (8 pieces minimum) to make the wreath to whatever thickness you prefer. Just keep it somewhere dark and cool and it will harden, ready to use in December. Ivy can be found in the hedgerows if you have none in your garden.


Another Greenpower Day The Park Community School team worked hard to push the cars in the last few weeks to really make the day go. Forty-four cars in our category were there, the best of one hundred and sixty cars that have raced this season. Our aim was for some top ten places. Qualifying went well and our cars got off to a good start. A spin from Ts2 meant it dropped out of 5th place but was catching up but faded at the end. Keep up was posting good consistent lap times and Chase trundled on as always but did fade a little at the end. We qualified 15th 7th and 14th respectively. We decided to risk TS2 and keep the high gear ratio knowing it could fade. But it was the final so why not!!

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All three cars got off to a great start in the final. TS2 was racing ahead and pulled into first place but at a rate we knew we couldn't maintain. Chase and Keep up were similar positions and going well. The team were fantastic with their pit changes and were driving changing in around 15 seconds! Sadly TS2 did fade early but broke our own record of the fastest lap we have ever done around the 2.3mile track at 4min 56secs. Chase trundled on and although faded at the end for an unknown reason made up 4 places in the last 10 minutes. Keep up was our best performing car on the day and kept its lap times consistent throughout the race.

Results: Chase 15th place with a equal lifetime best distance. 35.91 miles in 90min Team Spirit 2 14th place with a new Lifetime best distance of 36.39 miles in 90min Keep up 10th with a new lifetime best 38.15miles in 90min. Not the top places we were hoping for but with three lifetime bests we did everything we could.


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Christmas is one of our busiest times at Bowman Ales, as people like to have a tipple over the festive period. It’s an old tradition but just how old? Well, it wasn’t just the Romans that did a lot for us, it was those pesky Vikings! Way, way back in the very distant past and before Christianity, one of the most important celebrations was the Winter Solstice or Jul. This gives us the word Yuletide and as the 21st of December is rather close to the 25th, this word was appropriated to be used at Christmas. I suppose that when you are used to charging around raping, pillaging and doing what Vikings are supposedly famous for, the idea of Christianity may seem a little

bland. At the time, the man in charge and the first Christian ruler, King Haakon I, decreed that in order to spice things up a little, each and every household would not only have to brew a beer but also throw a proper party! Now this isn’t going to be anything like the beer we sip, guzzle or throw down our necks each Yuletide. For one thing it would be strong, very strong. They didn’t have the special yeasts that can control the amount of alcohol produced, so had to rely on wild yeasts that frankly, just don’t know when to stop! Also, all sorts of stuff would be added, particularly fruit such as plums and wild berries which made the wild yeast go crazy on the fructose and become

unstoppable, rather like the Vikings themselves! To make the beer bitter and less like a fruit wine, bittering herbs would be added. Especially one called Bog Myrtle. Good at bittering and it would also help to clear this evil brew a little. Even so, it was probably thick enough to stand a menorah candelabra up in. Fast forward a few thousand years… The taste for a Christmas tipple did not go away and the big family brewers all produced a festive ale. This was always strong and somewhat sweet and would have been brewed way back in the summer and then matured in wooden barrels until it was put into smaller casks or bottles. Anything left over or unsold would just be

watered down and called something else! Here at Bowman Ales, we always like to buck a trend, so our Christmas Ale is not thick, cloying or stupidly strong. It’s very pale and brewed with the finest and most horribly expensive Vienna malt, together with continental hops, Saaz and Perle. It’s dry and refreshing, a not scary 4.5% abv and a British slant on a Bière de Nöel. It’s called AMERIGO, which is the name of St Nicholas’s horse. But you knew that…. Didn’t you? Compliments of the season to you all, have fun and please drink responsibly and not like a Viking! From everyone at Bowman Ales, God jul!


Accessible autumn Accessible autumn – experience one of most magical times of the year in South Downs National Park “Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns.” The famous writer George Eliot knew there was something very special about autumn and many would agree it’s one of the best times of the year to see the South Downs National Park. It’s a season of morning mists and sensational sunsets, where a stroll with crunchy leaves underfoot followed by a hot chocolate can bring a warming sense of comfort and reflection that only the “fall” season can inspire. With a quarter of the National Park covered in woodland – a bigger area than any other National Park in England –

there’s plenty of leaves to change colour and eventually fall. Did you know that the phrase “fall of the leaf” was very common up until the 17th century and the French “automne” only became common in the 18th century? Those looking to explore the wonders of autumn will find one of the most accessible protected landscapes in the UK. With over 3,600km of Rights of Way (2,200 miles…around the same distance from here to Cyprus!), the famous 100-mile long South Downs Way, and a large network of railway and bus connections across market towns and chocolate-box villages, you can experience tranquil nature while only being a stone’s throw from a pub or shop. Andy Gattiker, who leads access in the National Park, said: “Autumn is such a wonderful time to explore the South Downs, especially the later sunrises and

earlier sunsets which mean the ‘golden hour’ for photography often occurs when you’re out and about on a walk. “The tree cover in the National Park is about the same size as the Isle of Wight, so you’re never far away from a lovely woodland walk to see all the vibrant shades of yellow, red and orange in the tree-scape. “Not everyone loves mud and negotiating stiles, so autumn is a good time to try out one of our Miles Without Stiles routes. There’s seven across the National Park and they are gentle walks on solid

ground that the whole family can enjoy, regardless of their fitness or mobility levels. We also have off-road mobility scooters for hire at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Seven Sisters Country Park. “We hope people enjoy experiencing the autumnal magic of this treasured landscape!”


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What’s happening at Making Space Making Space is Havant’s very own community craft charity, based in their purpose-built premises in the heart of Leigh Park. As well as running regular classes in a variety of craft forms, Making Space has a busy outreach programme, providing subsidised activities in the community, and in its home to a number of professional makers who have their own studios on site. Here is what is coming up in our thriving craft centre.

maker-curated winter craft fair, Make Merry. We will be transforming Making Space and over three days will play host to makers showcasing innovative and beautiful crafts & perfect handmade presents to buy with prices starting from £5. Come present shopping, treat yourself or be inspired by all the wonderful makers. Put the dates in your diary and join in the fun Friday 24th November 2-9pm Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 10.30-4.30pm

Make Merry Making Space will again be hosting an inspiring

Craftology Craftology is a new free weekly session for all things crafty. It runs 10am-12pm on a Wednesday. It focuses on experimentation and play, with different craft skills. This session is for people who have never made anything before up to seasoned professionals wanting to explore new ideas. This session is free with all the materials provided. Studio Vacancies We have a number of studio vacancy options available towards the end of this year. From an individual studio tenancy to flexible timeshare options perfect for makers looking to develop their practice or build their creative business. Our resident makers are a collection of professionals who care passionately about their craft. They are integral to Making Space and ensure there is always a hive of activity and creativity.


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Don’t stop Wining Get Ready For Christmas Dessert Wines – ‘Sweet Dreams’

Fred’s Food Christmas Roast Cockerel

By Jonathan Rogers of VIN Wine Merchants

Jonathan looks at these deliciously sweet dessert wines, perfect for your festive puddings. Rich, sweet, honeyed pudding wines are the quintessential ending to any meal and the perfect accompaniment to Christmas Pudding. They pair perfectly with a number to different cheeses and can be enjoyed as an aperitif pre dinner. I first encountered this style of wine at an early age whilst holidaying in France. The glorious region of Manbazillac in southwest France next to Bergerac, produces some of the best dessert wines around. Traditionally, the Sauternes region of Bordeaux is the home of sweet wines, but you are undoubtedly paying a premium for the name. A few miles east, Monbazillac has the answer and a lot cheaper. The grape blends are similar in both regions. Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle, however Monbazillac wines tend to have a higher proportion of Muscadelle which add a slightly more floral character. Production is the same, the grapes are left longer on the vines and when ripe the fungus Botrytis forms which reduces the water content in the grape leaving a higher sugar content resulting in a sweeter wine. The conditions must be moist and due to smaller production, the finest wines can command extremely high prices. Sweet reds are also becoming hugely popular. They make a perfect alternative to Port and go brilliantly with chocolate-based puddings. This Christmas will see the return at VIN of a beautiful dessert red from Uruguay. I introduced it a few Christmases ago and it proved extremely popular. Alcyone is made using the Tannat grape, famous for producing some classic reds from the Gascogne region of France but grown extensively in Uruguay. Its fortified (around 16% Alc) but has the smoothest of characters you will ever

taste. It’s made by Pablo Fallabrino, a laid-back surfer who practices sustainable wine making without the use of insecticides and extremely low amounts of fungicide. He has a very laid-back attitude and takes chances in his approach to wine making which adds a distinctive style to his wines. We will be stocking several of his wines this festive season so keep a look out for them. Whereas these dessert wines can be rich, sweet and heavy on their own, paired with the right kind of pudding they can add a whole new dimension to your Christmas feasts. Château Ladesvigne Monbazillac 50cl - £26.49 Candied fruit, orange, apricots and a lingering finish with characters of figs.

If you love chicken and are not a fan of turkey, then it’s worth considering a Christmas Cockerel for your Christmas feast this year. They can weigh up to 6kg, so you can feed a crowd and enjoy the leftovers, and they are considerably cheaper than turkeys. We have free-range cockerels and large chickens available to pre-order for Christmas. You can roast your cockerel exactly as you would a chicken, allowing for longer time due to its size, but here is an indulgent adaptation of the chef Simon Hopkinson’s recipe which is hard to beat. Ingredients: • 4kg free-range cockerel • 250g/4oz good butter, at room temperature • Salt and pepper • 2 lemons • 4 good sprigs of thyme/tarragon • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

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THE CAT & RABBIT RESCUE CENTRE Hello from your favourite out and about reporter at the Cat and Rabbit Rescue Centre, Hulky Bear. I am so excited to let my readers know that our annual Summer Fayre back in August raised just over £18,000!! How amazing is that! A big thank you to everyone that visited on the day to help raise much needed funds for The Centre and of course, a big thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to make the day so successful. This month I wanted to tell you about another group of kittens that arrived at The Centre under sad circumstances. Last month eight kittens arrived at The Centre after they had been found in a box in a horse field. Luckily for these kittens

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someone had found them and brought them to us. Once they looked in the box my staff soon realised there was at least two different litters in there. There were three kittens who were around 15 weeks old and five who were about eight weeks old. They were all a little shy when they first arrived but they soon settled in with us. They all enjoy human company so sadly this means they had to have come from a home. I am so happy that they are now all safe at The Centre, but it is so awful to think what could have happened if they had not been found. I never like to judge someone who is in the difficult position of giving up animals but abandoning them in a box is not the right way to go about it. These kittens are the lucky ones as they will now go on to find their perfect forever homes.

I wanted to let all my readers know that CRRC are holding their annual Christmas Fayre again this year on Saturday 25th November at North Munhum Village Hall. The event will run between 10am-1pm and will include stalls, refreshments, games and much more. Please do come along to support the animals and grab yourself some gifts or treats at the same time. See you next time. Love, Hulky. P.S. Please keep an eye on our website www.crrc.co.uk and our Facebook page for all the latest news and info regarding Rehoming and Centre Life.

We would love to introduce you to a very gorgeous senior cat who is desperate to find his forever home. Twist has been here at The Centre since January after he became unsettled in the home. Twist is a bit of a sensitive old man and is not keen on change, but he is the sweetest and most gentle boy. Twist is 14 years old and really deserves to be in a loving home in his golden years. He would really love to find a quiet home without any other pets or young children and with an owner who has lots of time to spend with him. We would love for someone to take a chance on Twist, he is such a sweet and friendly boy. If you think you may be able to offer Twist a loving home please give the centre a call on 01243 967111 or visit our website www.crrc.co.uk.


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HAMBLEDON FOLK CLUB Wednesday 8th November - Brooks Williams & Dan Walsh Admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh combine talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music. Brooks plays guitar with ‘melodic virtuosity’ (Irish News), effortlessly combining old-time fingerpicking, country flat picking and bluesy backbeats. Dan’s ‘virtuoso playing’ (Morning Star) features a unique and dazzling take on claw hammer style banjo, helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument. Both bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add to that poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet. ‘Absolutely terrific’ (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2) ‘An excellent, uplifting and cheering Wednesday 13th December - Magpie Lane. We are delighted to welcome back for our Christmas party this excellent fivepiece band who are now in their 30th year of performing! Magpie Lane hail from Oxford and specialise in traditional English songs and tunes. They combine powerful vocals with vigorous tunes, performing a wide selection of Christmas carols, wassails and dance tunes, many of them quite unusual. Between them the band plays concertina, melodeon, bouzouki, cello, fiddle and guitar and all of them sing; when they burst into five part harmony it is a joy to hear. (Mulled cider and mince pie included as usual for our Christmas special!) ‘A wonderful programme of songs and tunes suitable for winter and the Christmas season. Every member of the band gets a chance to sing and the instrumental

experience!’ (Simon Nicol, Fairport Convention) ‘Brooks and Dan were amazing, such fabulous musicians and entertainers, blew the place away!’ (Johnny Fewing’s, Whitstable Sessions) https://www.brookswilliamsdanwalsh.com

arrangements are thoughtfully crafted and entirely appropriate to each song.’ (Barry Goodman, Shire Folk) ‘A quintessential expression of Englishness and musical and vocal excellence…’ (David Kidman, Living Tradition) http://www.magpielane.co.uk/index.html

Wednesday 10th January - Jon Wilks Jon Wilks is an acclaimed fingerpicking guitarist, singer of traditional folk songs and broadside ballads from the English repertoire and excellent songwriter. His background as a journalist (a former editor of Time Out magazine and contributor to The Guardian and other publications) means that he has a great eye/ear for a story and his shows are an amusing mix of folk song performance and storytelling. He throws in weird and wonderful titbits about the original singers and collectors that he has unearthed during his substantial research on traditional folk music in the UK and his performance is often described as both entertaining and informative. 'Jon’s passion informs his shows, the songs liberally sprinkled with anecdotes,

humour and history, his singing and personality hugely engaging’ (folking.com) ‘Wilks is a rather special performer with an authentic and abiding love of traditional song. His enthusiasm for its history and sheer joy at new discoveries is palpably irresistible’ (FRUK Folk Radio) 'Wilks excels at reanimating broadside ballads and antique pieces with a dashing sense of verve on fingerpicked guitar.’ (Uncut Magazine) https://jonwilks.online

ALL GIGS: Venue: The Youth Hut (between Village Hall andVine Pub),West Street, Hambledon PO7 4RW Start: 8.30pm (doors open 8.00pm). Floor spots and guests welcome! Entry: £12.00 (£10.00 members, £6.00

under 18s and students) Drinks: From Vine Pub next door (or bring your own). Tea/Coffee available at the Club. BOOKING/RESERVATIONS: 023 9263 2719 or email: folkclubhambledon@hotmail.co.uk

ROWLANDS CASTLE WINTER FAIR Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November - Autumn is upon us and thoughts turn to Christmas, so do come along to a grand WINTER FAIR OF PAINTINGS AND FESTIVE CRAFTS at the Parish Hall, Links Lane, Rowlands Castle PO9 6AD, from 10am – 4.30pm both days. Following the success of the Fair last year, the Rowlands Castle Painting Society is joining forces again with the Rowlands Castle Women’s Institute, by getting together a comprehensive festive exhibition of their members’ work. The Art Exhibition and Sale can be viewed in the main hall. It showcases a wide variety of paintings, including local scenes, Folios and hand painted cards all available at very reasonable prices. There will also be a Tombola. The W.I. will be showing their Winter Fair in the small hall. There will be displays of home baked seasonal cakes, preserves, bakes and Christmas gifts.Visitors will have the opportunity to take a break in the pop-up W.I. café and enjoy some refreshments during their visit. Profits from the café will be donated to a local charity. There is much on offer and both the WI and the Painting Society are looking forward to welcoming visitors. Entry is free and the Parish Hall offers disabled access, free parking in the road, with further free parking at the Recreation ground across the way in The Fairway. Rowlands Castle Painting Society is now following the Winter programme and meets every Tuesday afternoon with life/portrait drawing and alternating workshop/demonstrations. These meetings run from 2pm – 4.30pm at the Parish Room, PO9 6AD The Art Society welcomes new members regardless of ability.You do not need to be a resident of Rowlands Castle and members are drawn from a wide area. For more information visit: http://rowlandscastlepaintingsociety.co.uk

What’s on Solent Seascape Project Wednesday 15 November at 7.30pm Restoring life to the Solent’s seascape. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has joined forces with nine other influential organisations to restore some of the Solent’s most imperilled marine habitats, such as seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, saltmarsh and seabird nesting habitats, as part of a fiveyear partnership project. They also work with landowners and regulators to improve the protection and management of existing Solent habitats Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, South Downs Group meet on 15 November at St Wilfrids Church Hall, Padnell Road, Cowplain, PO8 8DZ at 7.30pm. Free Parking. Non members welcome. Admission £4 on the door including refreshments. Contact Deryn Hawkins on 023 9259 8000 or email: southdownsgroup@gmail.com ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||


Experience the Magic of The Spring at a series of unforgettable Christmas events to delight the community over the holiday season. To mark a month until Christmas, on the 23rd of November, The Spring invites

you to join to sing festive carols with local performing arts group, Havant Light Opera leading the way.Their café will be open outside serving treats, hot chocolate, and mulled wine.This is a FREE event so please come along and bring your friends and family.

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Bidbury Mead Air Aces play area

The refurbishment of a popular children’s play area is now complete following a five-week transformation. Following local consultation the new play equipment is more suitable for children from tots to teens. The naturalistic equipment, made from Robinia, a hard-wearing hardwood, includes educational and interactive play that

encompasses lots of low-level sensory play, a spinning well, swings, numerous climbing units, information boards, and a play hut. Feedback from the consultation also requested that seating areas and safety surfacing should also be incorporated from the £110,000 investment from the CIL fund (Community Infrastructure Levy neighbourhood portion).

Arun & Chichester (Air) Enthusiasts Society


Havant Symphony Denmead Horticultural Society Orchestra’s Winter Concert

We organised a very successful Summer show in August with over 400 people entering the show. Attractions included Malcolm the Magician, a Punch and Judy show, a Dog show, craft and information stalls, a wonderful tea tent and much more. The Horticultural Society meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7.30 in All Saints Church hall Hambledon Road, Denmead. We have excellent speakers and visitors are welcome for a £2.00 admission charge.. November 11th - annual Craft Fair from 10-14.00 at All Saints Church Hall. As usual, there will be a chance to buy original, interesting crafted gifts for Christmas. Refreshments including cakes and light lunches will be served, and there will be a Tombola. Entry is free and all are welcome. The Society also organises garden visits and has a coach trip to see the Christmas lights at Kew arranged for December 13th. Contact Nicky Pendleton 07547 996268

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Saturday 9 December at 2.30pm, at Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville. For the first part of our Winter Concert, Havant Symphony Orchestra will perform Weber’s delightful Overture ‘Oberon’, followed by Rachmaninov’s famous Second Piano Concerto performed by Waterlooville based musician Valentina Seferinova. pictured Ever popular this concerto still ranks as Classic FM’s Hall of Fame Number One favourite. After the interval there will be a seasonal festive twist with music from Delibes’ ballet ‘Coppelia’, Humperdinck’s opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’, Brubaker’s ‘Fantasy on the Coventry Carol’ and Anderson’s ‘Christmas Festival’, and yes as requested, there will be carols for everyone to sing along to! Tickets can be bought from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/

Monday 27th November - 1845 for 1930 ‘Coal Gas to Concorde – WW2 to Concorde - Presented by Peter Griffiths Peter Griffiths comes back to Air ACES, to tell the second half of the remarkable story of the development of passenger aviation. This time, he will be covering the period between the WW2 and Concorde. Previously he told us about the attempts to cross the Atlantic, firstly by balloons filled with coal gas, then seaplanes,

airships and legendary pilots, including Alcock & Brown in the early aeroplanes. In this talk Peter will tell the story of the development of the various types of aircraft crossing the Atlantic, from the end of WW2 right up to the world’s first supersonic passenger aircraft, Concorde. This inspiring talk will include coverage of early in-flight refuelling, piggy-back flights, the Comet, Boeing 707 and then Concorde itself!

Monday 11th December - 1845 for 1930 ‘Concorde – The Legend’. Presented by Phil Holt - A wonderful opportunity to rediscover the grace and glamour of perhaps the most beautiful aircraft in history, with this nostalgic presentation from the superb speaker, retired Air Traffic Controller, Phil Holt. Concorde was the first aircraft that Phil spoke to ‘live’ after being posted to Heathrow Airport in 1978. How fast, far and high did Concorde fly? Where did the name Concorde come from? Why was Concorde retired? How much did Concorde cost? Will one ever fly again? These are just some of the questions Phil will answer on perhaps the most beautiful aircraft ever to grace the skies. He will reflect on the ingenuity and expertise from the designers to the international development teams and the crews who flew Concorde. But it wasn’t all plain sailing. The Americans and the fuel crisis

conspired to almost bring an end to her life in the 70s and 80s, but the loyalty of Concorde’s passengers carried her through. Nevertheless Concorde was prematurely retired in October 2003. The grace, beauty and romance is rekindled as Phil recalls the celebrities, the humour, the engineering and involves you in the Concorde experience! “You can be in London at 10 o’clock and in New York at 10 o'clock. I have never found another way of being in two places at once” – Sir David Frost.

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. For further information about AirACES, please see www.airaces.org.uk or call David Batcock on 01243 823007

NEW VENUE The talks are now held at the Avisford Park Hotel,Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0JS. 7pm for 7.30 start. Members £5, Non-members £7 and under 16s FREE. Doors open at 6.45 no prebooking, no reserved seating


Spirit of the South Come and join us. We are a group of Ladies who love to sing A Cappella. Did you know that people who sing together live longer! Tuesday evenings 7-30 -10.00 Havant Methodist Church Contact - Joy 02392 641997 Email spirithavant@yahoo.com |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

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Folks donate £2,250, 25th November

Christmas Fair

At the United Reformed Church Hall Hollow Lane, Hayling Island 10am to noon Entry £1, includes tea/coffee and biscuits Everyone is welcome Superb prizes to be won!

2nd December

Christmas Concert, ‘Noel!’ 7.30pm at St James Church, Emsworth PO10 7DP Tickets £12 tel: 07758 010540 Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols come and and join in with beautiful carols. ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Rowlands Castle Gardening Club Saturday April 13th 2024 - Spring Show. Opens to public at 2pm in St Johns Church Hall, 120 Redhill Road, PO9 6DF. All welcome. Exhibits, competitions, plant sale and teas. Schedules for entries will be available from the Rowlands Castle hardware store and on line at the gardening club page: rowlandscastle.com



Havant WEA Autumn Emsworth Concert Day School Band Concerts There are still places available on the Havant WEA Autumn Day School Course: Art Appreciation – The Art of Captain Cook’s Voyages given by Prasannajit da Silva at the Spring Centre, Havant. Day School one session of 3 hours on Saturday 28th October starting at 10.00am - Course Enrolment No Q00009169 Captain Cook’s voyages were pioneering not just in terms of exploration, but also in their use of professional artists, and the course will discuss a range of examples of the work they produced. For more information on the courses and to enrol please visit the WEA website https://www.wea.org.uk/ or telephone 0300 303 3464

Saturday 2 December - 7.30pm, at Hayling Island Community Centre - Tickets for this concert can be purchased in advance (using a bank card) by contacting the community centre (023 9246 7545) or online at: www.eventbrite.co.uk Sunday 3rd December - 7pm at Warblington School. Tickets for this concert can be purchased in advance at the Bookends bookshop in Emsworth (cash only) or online using www.eventbrite.co.uk. We are also on Facebook which will have a link to eventbrite. And if you thought it couldn't get better than this, there will be a bar available at both concerts. Contact details Rich Taylor 07881 811619

'Folks in Harmony, a capella choir held their bi-annual Open Evening on 18th September, where everyone was invited to come along and join in the singing and perhaps decide to join the choir. They sang various songs from their extensive repertoire and invited newcomers to join in with the song ‘Above my Head’. There was a very good turn out with some visitors expressing a wish to join the choir. Also going down well was the tea and cakes at the interval. They also donated £2,250 from their fund-raising to local charity The Rosemary Foundation, based in Petersfield. Chairman Alan Key said “I am delighted to be able to give this cheque to Elspeth Dixon from The Rosemary Foundation, our chosen charity for this year. 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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