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ON LINE SPECIAL EDITION as we all come to terms with our changed world either in providing essential services or hunkering down at home, the need for human communication remains essential to our lives whatever the circumstances. for us, our eight years of publishing stand us in

good stead both through distibution of hard copies of our newspapers and on-line. distribution of hard copies is now almost impossible due to the closure of so many of our outlets, so we decided to publish this generic online version covering stories and events throughout

the postcode districts which we serve. advertising included is not charged for, rather asking advertisiers to make whatever contribution they can to enable our work funding community projects to continue. follow government guidelines and stay safe.

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Repair Café ON HOLD i hope everyone is staying safe and well. as you will have guessed, preparations for the launch of repair café havant have been put on hold while the country responds to the unprecedented public health emergency. a huge amount of goodwill and effort has gone into getting the repair café to the point where it is ready to launch. next month we had planned a briefing session for volunteers and a soft launch ahead of the full launch in June. all of these have been postponed. the work that has been done so far has not have been done in vain. at the moment priorities are elsewhere but support for each other in the community is now more important than ever. if you want to keep up to date with repair cafés then do have a look at some of the information and case studies from

farnham repair café: https://cfsd.org.uk/events/farnham_repair_café/ meanwhile repair café portsmouth is offering virtual repair advice: https://repaircaféportsmouth.wordpress.co m/2020/03/13/covid-19-update/ this is something that we could explore doing via the repair café havant facebook group as and when appropriate. and please do use the repair café facebook group if you want to reach out to people online. https://www.facebook.com/groups/42462005 1534056/ we plan to get preparations back on track as soon as is practical. do email with any questions or suggestions. Best wishes anne and philippa, repair café havant set up team

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Alan Mak MP Leading the fight against COVID-19 in the short time since my last column, our country has profoundly changed as we deal with the impact of coronavirus. i want to assure you that despite the global pandemic, i am continuing to work hard for our area and offering support for residents, businesses and others impacted by the virus. the government response to covid-19 is guided by medical and scientific advice received from the independent chief medical officer and the chief scientific advisor, taking into account information from the nhs and other relevant public bodies. in the order to protect the nhs, the government is currently asking everyone to stay at home and only leave the house for very specific reasons such as for food, health reasons, exercise or essential work. if you do leave the house, you should stay at least two metres away from other people, if they are not in your household, and wash your hands as soon as you get home. while this will be hard for everyone, your co-operation will lessen the strain on the nhs and ultimately, save lives. every day the government is making announcements to support families and businesses through this difficult time, putting in place the framework to ensure our economy bounces back when the worst is over. it is a fast-moving situation and government advice on coronavirus is subject to change – for the latest information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for residents, i have set-up a dedicated section of my website that i will be keeping up-to-date with all of the latest information and advice i receive. all the information is from trusted sources and includes advice from

central and local government; the nhs including public health england (phe); and other public bodies and relevant organisations.visit www.alanmak.org.uk/covid19 for more information. in the coming weeks and months we all have to work together to support each other and our community. that's why i have launched a local volunteer network, compiling a list of local residents who would be willing to support isolated and vulnerable members of the community. to join visit www.alanmak.org.uk/volunteernetwork. details will be passed onto the relevant authorities or groups when appropriate. if you are a resident in isolation and in need of community help, register on my website www.alanmak.org.uk/isolationhelp or call 02392 415620 and we will pass on your details to relevant organisations that may be able to help. my office is also on hand to provide general advice and guidance, visit www.alanmak.org.uk/contact. if you, or someone you know, feels unwell with possible covid-19 symptoms, please use the online nhs 111 service to check or call nhs 111 if you need to speak to someone. current nhs advice is that if you have symptoms stay at home for 7 days. if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms. i wish everyone the very best during this difficult time and i'll continue to provide regular updates to my email newsletter subscribers. if you wish to subscribe for updates, visit alanmak.org.uk/newsletter.

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Looking for something to read in these trying times? By steve Jones

The Early Years of Waterlooville 18101910 and a History of the Forest of Bere. a special edition to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of waterloo – 18 June 1815

london road with the portsdown & horndean light railway approaching the village centre - from a 1905 post card produced by cht marshall.

“…in 1710 it was recorded that the 'highway' between portsmouth and petersfield was impassable for nine months of the year with the road being no more than a muddy track it was decided through an act of parliament to create the portsmouth sheet turnpike trust. Because of the rapidly growing importance of portsmouth as a naval port…” read this and 100 other local history booklets for free at: thespring.co.uk/heritage/local-history-booklets/


Local Charity Coordinates Volunteer & Community Response to Covid-19 community first is working with key agencies to coordinate the volunteer and community response to the current coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. working across hampshire, community first is working with districts with three clear aims: • if you require support and advice in this crisis please - email us at support@cfirst.org.uk. we are continuing some of our own services such as transport, shopmobility &

wellbeing service and we will endeavour to put you in contact with your local community support. • do you want to volunteer? go to www.volunteerwessex.org. to register your interest • we are here to support our members. if you have any questions, contact us. we’ll be updating twice weekly. go to www.cfirst.org.uk/community-firstenews/ to get on our mailing list or

email support@cfirst.org.uk • tim houghton, community first’s ceo, says “we are working with a wide range of agencies and groups to ensure that elderly and vulnerable members of our communities are supported at this difficult time. if you are worried about a neighbour, friend or isolated relative we can signpost you to the local community support that’s available’.

across our communities we have an army of volunteers coming forward to help those most in need. we want to build on this social action and provide people with the tools to carry on this essential role. if you are coordinating a team of volunteers and would like to offer support please contact us via our website www.cfirst.org.uk and a member of our rapid response team will be in contact with you.


Why not take up a unique opportunity to have your name in lights? the Hayling Island Station Theatre has 144 seats and we need to replace them. we are seeking funding from hayling council but also have to raise money ourselves. so we are giving you a one-off chance to dedicate a seat at station theatre in a row of your choice (subject to availability) with your

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special or personal message. you can “name a seat” for a minimum donation of £50.00 that lasts for ten years. your special or personal message of 65 characters max (including spaces) will be engraved onto a plaque which will be affixed to a seat in a row of your choice, thus making it a very special part of

the theatre’s history. for businesses, commemorative plaques are available for £250 for ten years. a seat sponsorship form can be obtained from the theatre Box office (023 9246 6363) and online: https://www.stationtheatre.co.uk/sponsor_a_seat.php


Hayling Island Camera Club

allan ryszka-onions - viburnum

mike inglis - house by the sea


debbie mcilroy--homeward Bound

John lee--alone in a sea of green

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CRAFT BEERS - Enjoy Felinfoel’s Beer By david harris, member of the British guild of Beer writers - email: mydogisfinn@gmail.com

felinfoel brewery has its origins at the kings head pub, felinfoel, llanelli in the 1830s. like many pubs of the time, it brewed its own beer which was very popular locally. in 1878 the owners decided to build a brewery near the pub which is still producing beer. it is family owned and is the oldest

welsh brewery. the brewery has over 80 pubs in south west wales and also supply to around 350 outlets. felinfoel were the first every brewery to can beer back in 1935. tinplate was a major industry in the area and the brewer felt that it would be beneficial to the local steel industry to be making cans for the brewery. today we have a seen a move towards cans led by new craft brewers but felinfoel were the real pioneers. i have been sampling some of their beers, including some in cans. here are my tasting notes.

Felinfoel ESB Bitter Craft Ale 4.6% abv. this is slightly sweeter that an average bitter. it is amber in colour with a balanced toffee apple taste. esB stands for extra special Bitter and usually indicates a stronger beer in the 5-6% abv range. however in this case the brewery is calling this brew esB to distinguish it from its other bitters. Felinfoel Double Dragon 4.2% abv. this is a deep copper red ale with a nutty, toffee, leafy bitter taste. i thought this was more of a conventional bitter. Felinfoel Celtic Gold Lager 4.8% abv. i would like to see more craft breweries having a go at brewing their own lager. the heavily advertised big brands dominate the market but they are all rather bland. this light gold lager has a clean, dry, bitter taste and was far superior in flavour to the industrially produced lagers. Felinfoel Dragon’s Heart 4.2% abv. this is another ruby coloured bitter beer which was not dissimilar to double dragon. Felinfoel IPA 3.6% abv. this is a dark golden beer with a slightly citrusy bitter taste.


Beer Facts and Figures • decline in the number of pubs in the uk has finally halted. there are around 38,000 pubs in the uk in 2019, which is up by 320 from 2018. • many new pubs are what are known as micropubs. these are small, one room beer houses which sell cask ale but don’t do food or offer any entertainment. there are a couple of these in chichester. • total beer sales in the uk are stable at 45 million hectolitres or 7,920 million pints. that is 120 pints per year for every person in the country. • lager continues to be our most popular style of beer, accounting for 76% of all beer sales. • we now drink most of our beer at home. only 46% of beer is drunk in pubs, restaurants and other licenced premises. in 2000 we drank 67% of beer in licenced premises. • no/low alcohol beers now account for 0.7% of beer sales. this is one category that is likely to increase.these beers are no more that 1.2% abv. • 21% of the beer we drink is imported but only 12% of uk beer production is exported. • most of our beer imports come from: ireland (guinness), italy (peroni) and netherlands (heineken) • our main beer export markets are: france, ireland and the usa. • cider is starting to decline in popularity.

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cider has boomed since 2000 but sales are down from its peak in 2009. each person aged 15+ in the uk spends on average £981 a year on alcoholic drinks. 36% is on beer, 28% on spirits and 36% on wine. the average pub price of a pint of bitter in the uk is £3.08.the average price of lager is £3.70. there are considerable regional variations with beer often costing more than £5 a pint in london. the government collects £20.9 billion a year in duty and vat on alcoholic drinks. the uk has one of the highest rates of duty on beer of any european country. a pint of 5% abv beer attracts duty of £0.54. there are nearly 2 million people employed in the pub, restaurant and hotel industry in the uk. this figure has doubled since 1990. the leading beer drinking countries in europe, by annual consumption per person, are: czech republic (138 litres), ireland (127 litres) austria (105 litres) and germany (101 litres) the biggest beer producing country in the world is china who brew 440 million hectolitres a year. source: statistical handbook 2019 (ed. paul oakley) British Beer & pub association


WEA Day School

from sue young

Hearth and Home: Aspects of Housing History at the spring in havant on 7 march a full audience enjoyed an informative and well illustrated day school, presented for the wea by geoffrey mead on the topic of aspects of housing history. Beginning with early history, reference was made to the enclosures near portsmouth, then the building of houses in the city, inhabited by the working class and cleared as slums in later years. Brighton’s approach to housing in the 19th century was totally different with the splendid regency square contrasted with the slaughterhouses in paradise street. the city had bad sanitation but the wealthy in Brighton had front gates to protect the large expensive houses of the rich. it was surprising to learn that in the 19th century even the middle classes did not aspire to living in the country, they preferred the urban spaces. however things changed when transport improved, more people could live in the country but commute to the city so ribbon development expanded even on to open downlands. these distinctive housing areas were known as “track and shack developments” many of which have now been destroyed.

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local materials such as flint and timber were used in building local houses, not shipped in from afar. places like dagenham developed huge estates and the occupants grew their own vegetables in their gardens. unfortunately there was no real planning so again ribbon development flourished. after the 2nd world war housing was in short supply so one way to help solve housing problems was prefabs; instantly constructed homes with electric light, a bath and two bedrooms – bliss compared with just sharing a room. geoffrey concluded his very interesting talk by explaining that from the 1960s onwards people moved out from established urban spaces and new towns were created, including high- rise development.the urban landscape was changing.


Bidbury Junior School Outdoor Classroom

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from ian ayres, governing Body

it is difficult to think ahead at times like this but Bidbury Junior school is trying to imagine a time when they will all be learning together again out in the fresh air . Bidbury Junior school is planning to create an outdoor classroom which will help children living in the town learn about the natural environment, to understand growing cycles and how plants and animals make the world ‘tick’. there will be places where they can grow plants, measure rainfall and watch how insects live among many other things. the children love the pond already and look forward to be able to do a range of things

like building and observing ‘bug houses’ wind and rain measurements and growing herbs. the fresh air champions, a group of children who have a particular interest in nature have lots of ideas and have helped in the initial design of the classroom.

chair of governors kevin Burt said “the outdoor classroom will help a lot of children who live in flats and do not have any garden where they can see nature at work. teachers are excited at having a new way of teaching”. the outdoor classroom will also provide somewhere for parents and children to do activities together.

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the school has already raised about £7000, but needs another £7000. we need your help so we can offer this opportunity to our children. you can support the project by buying tickets in the havant community lottery https://www.havantlottery.co.uk/support/ bidbury-junior-school thank you for your support and good luck!

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Gardening Article from the Hayling Island Horticultural Society

with many people now isolated in their own home or simply working from home, your outside space, be it your own garden, balcony or a communal garden, is going to become a much needed escape or a haven. i also suspect that more people will be reading this article than ever before!. even if you don’t have your own garden we can rejoice that we are surrounded by nature bursting into life, even in the smallest space. for the gardeners reading this article, there is plenty to be doing in the coming months. many outlets supplying garden supplies are now offering a home delivery service so we should be able to get the compost, plants, seeds, containers we need – even if we cannot enjoy wandering around choosing our own plants! if you have never grown anything from seed before now is a good time to start. any container will do as long as it has drainage (just pierce some holes in the bottom) and is lined with something like a bin bag or some hessian.

good choices would be quick growing salad leaves that you can pick and will keep on growing, rocket and radishes. if you have a bit of spare garden space, or even a pot on a balcony, you could also sow some runner or french beans, making sure to offer some support for them to climb. old pallets can also be put to good use as plant containers. maybe also start some of your favourite flowers from seed on a sunny windowsill, putting them outside to harden off as the evenings warm up. if you don’t have enough pots, once again you can be creative with your containers (old plastic bottles, tins, guttering, wooden boxes… ) also share and swop with friends and neighbours any plants surplus to requirements. prepare your outdoor pots and containers ready to receive the new plants once the danger of frost is past (which should be early may). with more time to spend in the garden, weeds and pests and lawns can be kept under control and if garden waste bins stop being collected, then it is a good time to start your

Jobs in the Garden for May and June own compost bin or heap. there is plenty of advice online about how to do this on a small scale. mulching your garden encourages the retention of moisture and prevents weed growth as well promoting the growth of your plants. a good way to deal with small weeds is to hoe them on a sunny dry day and leave to dry out and on the surface. this way they cannot re-root in moist soil. if you like a lush green lawn, then give it a nitrogen-rich summer feed to encourage leafy growth. may is the best time of year to do this as the longer days and warmer soil create the perfect conditions for the grass to grow. maybe leave some areas of grass to grow to encourage wildflowers and provide insects with a haven. By June your roses and many other plants should be in bloom, so continue to deadhead them regularly to encourage a longer growing season. once roses have flowered, you can give them another feed as well. your spring flowering bulbs will have finished by now, so either lift the bulbs and dry them out ready for next year or leave the foliage to

die back completely before you cut it back. taking the time we have at home to get on top of the garden now will mean more time to sit and enjoy the fruits of your labours in the summer, hopefully being able to spend time with friends and family. meanwhile, enjoy your garden if you need help or advice our facebook page is a good place to visit to ask any questions. someone will always try and reply and it is also full of excellent news and advice. also send in your photos of any interesting projects or just a lovely photo of something in garden we would maybe post for everyone to see. the society would like to extend good wishes to everyone at these difficult times. our summer show is on saturday 27th June and features roses and sweet peas. obviously we are not sure it will be going ahead, but we will keep you informed. keep an eye on our website: www.hihs.org.uk


EARLY SPRING LOVE FOR YOUR LAWN spring: the season of awakening and new life, the blooming of fresh buds and re-emerging beautiful colour. it can be a truly inspiring time that is invigorating to the senses. preparing your garden to spend more time in it with family and friends requires a little effort, but the result can be a gorgeous green space to be proud of. at greenthumb lawn treatment service we know from experience that a big effort in spring pays dividends. it’s now that customers begin to worry about the lawn, as is natural with the onset of spring, so it’s now, more than any other time of the year, that specialist lawn care advice comes in handy. GETTING AHEAD - if you didn’t have your lawn aerated and scarified this winter, there might yet be just enough time to fit it in before we really start to hit the warmer, drier months. regardless, now is definitely the time to start thinking about getting all the necessary nutrients into the lawn through the right spring/summer treatment programme. MOWING - the amount of lawn mowing required now winter is over will naturally increase; greenthumb recommends implementing a good, regular mowing programme. dry, sunny days are the best conditions for lawn mowing. it's important that mower blades are kept sharp or replaced when needed to avoid causing damage to the grass plant. also, cutting the grass too short, too soon will weaken it, attracting unwanted weeds and

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moss. if possible, it is best for a lawn to be cut at least once a week, to a height of about 25mm (1"). a little maintenance in the form of consistent mowing will help train the grass to be stronger over time. KEEP IT CLEAR - another way to help a lawn through spring is to rake up any dead leaves and twigs from the lawn and cut back overhanging shrubs and plants; this is because grass needs as much direct sunlight and air as possible to stay healthy and green. as the ground starts to warm, it's a good time to repair bare patches that can appear over winter. to do so, carefully rake the patch to create a bed, sow the seeds with a little top-soil and don't let them dry out; they will germinate in a few days (temperature permitting). greenthumb can assist in this regard, as we have the best seed and an excellent 100% organic topdressing. TREATMENT TIME - at greenthumb we actually tailor our treatments to suit our part of the country and the conditions we find here. treatment programmes should be, and are, designed with the greatest care for lawns: whatever your lawn needs, we tailor our advice to suit the conditions. we have the solutions to transform any piece of grass, whatever the size or condition - into a healthy, fresh and beautiful lawn. finally, remember to enJoy your garden. it is meant to be a pleasure, not a chore. make the effort now and enjoy the months ahead.


Community First urges more support for Hampshire’s voluntary sector local voluntary sector support charity community first has called for more funding for charities and voluntary organisations as the coronavirus crisis impacts their services and finances. community first is helping to find solutions to meet the needs of local organisations and communities in the uncertain period ahead, alongside their partners at other councils for voluntary services, hampshire county council and the nhs. the charity welcomed news of £750 million of funding for charities and voluntary organisations, announced by the chancellor in the government’s daily coronavirus briefing last week on wednesday 8th april. the announcement followed the #everydaycounts campaign championed at the national level by voluntary sector bodies including navca, ncvo, acevo, the institute of fundraising, directory for social change, and charity finance group. however, community first is clear that this funding provision should only be

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a starting point. as ceo tim houghton said, “the chancellor’s announcement is received with gratitude and relief by the sector, but it is important that this is just a start.the £750 million figure doesn't begin to meet the medium and longerterm need to support the wider charity sector, which is playing an equally critical role in maintaining vital services now and in the future for people in need.” charity and voluntary services are essential during this very challenging time. community first will continue doing all it

can to champion the voluntary sector in hampshire.the charity will use their voice and influence to help ensure central government funding meets local needs. they are currently inviting organisations in hampshire to complete a survey on the impact of coronavirus for their organisation.the survey is available on their website, along with resources for organisations, at www.cfirst.org.uk.they also encourage organisations that need support or advice to contact them on support@cfirst.org.uk or 0300 500 8085

havant talking news has suspended our fortnightly news recordings. this was not a decision we took lightly, but we are unable to ensure the well-being of our volunteers and listeners during this pandemic. the last recording was put together on 30th march and is available on the hBtn website www.hbtn.org.uk. it was a valiant effort with volunteers recording, and editing on phones and other domestic equipment. however, we know how much our service is valued and we want to reassure our listeners that we will be back! we are all looking forward to the day when we can start making these valuable news recordings again. we may not be open for business, but our listeners can continue to contact us at the offices on 023 92480101. we continue to pick up and return calls. of course we know that the people we want to reach may not have access to our website, so we appeal to anyone who has a loved one or friend in receipt of the talking news, to let them know, and to tell them, we will be back!


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Just because an item indicates that it is recyclable, that dosen’t mean it is in Havant Borough Havant has problem with Waste. We put too much rubbish in our black bins that can be recycled and too much material in our recycling bins that is not recyclable, or can't be recycled in Hampshire. this results in contamination and additional costs (currently absorbed by hampshire) that might have to be paid by havant. this is a big problem. some simple facts: • more money is spent on waste management in hampshire than on highways maintenance! • havant's recycling rate is 31%, compared to hart district council (@ 41%) (best performing) and gosport (@ 24%) (worst performing). the national target is 50%. • havant's contamination rate (non recyclable in recyclable waste) is expected to be 13% for 2017/2018 against a target of 5%. • the amount of recyclable materials captured in residual waste in havant is 17%. the challenge: to reverse the two figures; recycle more of the correct material and put non-recyclable material into general household waste. if we achieved this, our recycling rate would increase to 44% (the best in hampshire) and significantly reduce the likelihood of incurring costs associated with contamination.

You can recycle . . . Items should be clean, dry and loose in your recycling bin:

Plastic All plastic bottles - empty, crushed as much as possible and lid back on.

Paper/cardboard Newspapers, magazines, cardboard, catalogues, pamphlets, envelopes, other paper products and cardboard packaging can be included. (Please ensure these are all dry).


It’s not enough just to recycle. It’s important to recycle right.

Food and drink cans, aerosols ( w i t h o u t a sk u ll a n d c ro ss b o n e s i co n ) - such as deodorants, hair sprays, air fresheners and furniture polish.

www.havant.gov.uk/recycling WASTE MANAGEMENT IN HAVANT

You can’t recycle . . . The wrong items in your bin can stop the right things being recycled.

Plastic Bottles containing liquid or otherwise not empty, plastic films, bubble wrap, plastic sheeting, spray and pump dispensers.

Paper/cardboard Pizza boxes, Tetra Paks, shredded paper, gift wrap, plastic-coated (laminated) paper, paper towels, tissues, napkins and wallpaper.


It’s not enough just to recycle. It’s important to recycle right.

Paint tins, partially full food/pet food tins or dirty tins, tin foil, other metal items or metal packaging. No full or partially full aerosols.

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Despite what we read in the press, plastic 'food trays' are not one of biggest problems. surprisingly, the three biggest recycling 'contaminants' are textiles, food and 'black bag' waste. seven thousand (7,000) tonnes of textiles are put in recycling bins every year in hampshire.yes, they can be recycled... but not through our recycling bins. havant Borough council has produced a leaflet that will be sent to every household in the borough with the council tax bills for 2020/2021. it is detailed below Bottles/glass and clothes can be recycled; there are many collections points around the borough, but not (currently) from the doorstep by havant Borough council. from 1 apr 2020, hampshire county council will require residents who use household waster recycling centres (hwrcs) to register their vehicles. the move is to ensure that only hampshire households have free access to these sites. registering a vehicle is easy. it can be done online at: https :llwww.hants.gov. uklwasteandrecyclinq/recyclinqcentres/vehicl e-reqistration or by telephoning 0300 555 1389 (residents without internet access).



Can I still make a Will and Lasting Power of Attorney in isolation? The short answer is yes you can. The coronavirus outbreak has prompted many people to want to put their personal affairs in order. One problem that people are facing due to Government implementing social distancing requirements and urging everyone to stay at home, is finding a witness for their signature. Wills and Lasting Power of Attorney documents need to be witnessed in order to be legally effective. This means that everyone must be together. The witness often cannot rely on the people in their household to be witnesses, as they may be a beneficiary of the Will or appointed as an Attorney. A solution is for the person who

requires the document witnessed to arrange to meet witnesses, perhaps neighbours, outdoors, without coming closer than two metres to one another. If all parties are wearing gloves, the Will can be signed by the person making the Will and then put down at a safe distance and the person then backs away. The witnesses can then pick up and sign the Will and give it back in the same way. The situation is ever evolving, and other options may become available, such as letting witnesses sign Wills online or over video messaging. For further information or to have a chat with a solicitor about these matters please contact us on 01243 377231 or enquiries@belcherfrost.co.uk

and All Frontline Workers at Belcher frost we recognise and applaud the work that all nhs staff, health care staff and other frontline workers are doing to keep the country safe and supplied. in recognition of this outstanding service Belcher frost is offering a 10% discount on all its services, including wills and lasting powers of attorney for all frontline staff. we provide a fully contactless service for your safety. please contact us on 01243 377231 or enquiries@belcherfrost.co.uk Please quote Frontline Discount






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We all find ourselves in a very strange and challenging time, and one that has come upon us with unexpected speed, forcing us to change the way we live and work, certainly in the short term and perhaps in the long term too. At Belcher Frost Solicitors Ltd we have taken the step of closing our offices to the public and we are all working from home, in line with the current Government advice. We are trying hard to do our bit to help the NHS and our stalwart frontline healthcare workers and other keyworkers, to whom we are ever grateful. There will be some of you who may have been thinking about moving house before the crisis began, or were perhaps part way through the conveyancing process. Some of you are, as I write, actually in the process of moving, having been enabled to do so with the help of your legal teams who continue to work and progress transactions as far as they are able so to do in line with Government advice and whilst keeping the best interests of their clients uppermost in their minds. The best interests of our clients now extend beyond the legal implications of a move, and to whether there may be any risk to personal and public health as a result of the move and the human interaction which usually comes with that. Current Government advice on moving house can be found by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-homemoving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak The advice regarding moving house at this time is that homebuyers should delay moving to a new house while measures are in place to fight coronavirus. It may be the case for you that the legal work has been carried out but you have not yet exchanged contracts, or perhaps you are not quite ready to exchange contracts as there remains much legal work to be done. If we would otherwise be ready to exchange contracts, we would keep the matter under constant review with you and with the solicitors acting for other parties, to ensure that we will be able to exchange contracts just as soon as the present restrictions are lifted or relaxed in some way, or perhaps the circumstances of the parties change which may enable the matter to proceed. If there is still legal work to be carried out, we would continue with this in the usual way and then, once that is complete, review the situation in terms of what may be possible with regard to making arrangements to carry out the physical aspects of moving in line with whatever the Government advice may be at that time. As your legal representatives, we are advised by the Government to advise those who are ready to move not to exchange contracts on an occupied property unless explicit provision has been made for the risks presented by the virus. We have also been advised that we should prioritise supporting anyone with symptoms, self-isolating or shielding from the virus and those they are in a chain with, and we are urged to do all we can to help a new date to be agreed in such circumstances. What all of this means is that with the patience and understanding of all concerned we may continue to assist you with the house moving process, and help you get to the point of being ready to move just as soon as Government advice and practicalities allow. We should also be able to assist you to proceed to actual completion in cases where the circumstances allow this. If you have any queries or concerns about the conveyancing process at this time, or at any other time, please do not hesitate to contact us. Karen Livesley, Director, Belcher Frost Solicitors Limited, Belcher Frost Solicitors, 3 West Street, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7DX Direct: 01243 388985 Office: 01243 377231 Mobile: 07887 294153 Email: klivesley@belcherfrost.co.uk

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Coronavirus Strikes Football Season the season’s senior football competitions have been hit in an unprecedented way by the outbreak of the coronaviras. all those who participate in football at any level have been affected. government health officials early in april spoke of a possible return for senior football in June. in the discussions football league officials have said that any games would be sanctioned only under strict guidelines to keep players in sterile environments. at the time of preparing this report (early april) there had been no proposals as to how fans could watch sanctioned matches live. however, postcode were aware that talks had been taking place with television companies with a view to finding ways to enable matches to be streamed live for fans to view should any of their teams matches have to be held behind locked gates. Portsmouth F C with the current football league lockdown portsmouth football club has taken the decision to commence required essential works to the north stand at fratton park. (picture above right) this will involve a completely new roof and cladding system, along with essential beam and associated works. chief executive mark catlin said: “these works are substantial and were planned as part of the 2020 summer programme. “however, due to the current uncertainty related to the covid-19 crisis –

and the potential of a short close season period – we have had to take the decision to start work now or risk it not being completed for the start of the 2020/21 campaign. this could potentially have resulted in the stand being completely closed to our supporters. “it’s not a vanity project – this is essential work required to keep the north stand open once football resumes. "we have had to take the decision to start work now or risk it not being completed for

the start of the 2020/21 campaign." “the decision was a difficult one to take, as the time to complete these works is approximately 14 weeks. we have taken a calculated risk that even if football does come back in the short-medium term, there is an assumption that it will be some time before supporters will be allowed to congregate in large numbers in stadiums. “having consulted with our board and executive team, we have therefore made the decision to start the works now. we are

liaising with the construction company and local council to make sure this is done safely and in accordance with current government covid-19 guidelines.” in a public statement by portsmouth football club all pompey fans have been urged to continue following government guidelines on the covid19 virus to protect the nhs and save lives. this will involve a completely new roof and cladding system, along with essential beam and associated works.


roger wickens, owner of solent sunbeam v26 danny, who is a keen enthusiast of this historic yacht as well a highly successful helm, has published an informative illustrated account of the story behind the grp solent sunbeams. the publication details the origins, ten years ago of the grp addition to this nearly 100 year old classic fleet, when some of the class members realised that the fleet number at itchenor was in danger of declining below the critical mass needed to run a successful class. local sunbeam owners alan stannah and roger wickens wondered if a grp version of the boat would attract new entrants to the fleet with the lower build and maintenance costs. the story of how alan and roger went about producing the first grp sunbeam, with the assistance of the late acclaimed naval architect theo rye and boatbuilder mark downer on the isle of wight, makes very interesting reading in this delightfully presented book which includes plenty of illustrations, photos and

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anecdotes. roger took on the task of project manager. there were many obstacles to overcome, including class association rules, design analysis and approval, eu recreational craft directive concerns, build and fit-out and rigging alterations. in order to preserve the integrity of the fleet’s racing, much time and effort was spent to ensure that the grp sunbeams would sail exactly the same as the original wooden boats. this was an essential criterion; if the new grp boats sailed faster it would be unfair and if they sailed slower no one would buy one! the philosophy behind the introduction of grp construction to the fleet was to reduce necessary annual maintenance, lower the build cost of new boats, and to include watertight bulkheads in order to make the yacht unsinkable. the first grp trial boat, v61 Betty, was built from scratch in 21 weeks and launched in July 2010; she was raced extensively throughout that first season taking part in 36 races with every sunbeam owner trying her out.

everyone agreed that Betty raced equally against the wooden boats, the solent sunbeam class accepted her as a solent sunbeam, and a green light was given to building new grp boats. to date 11 new grp sunbeams have been built, including two which will be launched in 2020. interestingly the new grp sunbeams have attracted a number of lady owners, who are reassured by the fact that their new yacht will float in an emergency situation. the introduction of the grp boats to the historic solent sunbeam fleet has encouraged the owners of the existing wooden boats to bring them up to tip top racing condition, and the fleet has grown to over 30 boats in commission and racing regularly. for information on how to obtain a copy of ‘the story of the grp solent sunbeams’ please email info@solentsunbeam.co.uk


Cycling Safety during the winter months, portsmouth ctc hold regular club meetings, and in february member phil Beed gave us a presentation on dealing with incidents while cycling. cycling is a pretty safe hobby but in the same way that you can trip in the street, things can just “happen”. ride leaders try to anticipate what might go wrong, from getting lost to something more serious, by checking the route is planned, and the riders are well prepared. this can include making sure that everyone’s bike, equipment and clothing are suitable, and that nobody is looking unwell once on the ride an eye is kept open for any rider that may be looking tired or being in need of a break. a tired rider is more likely to misjudge and fall off the bike, so exhaustion has to be managed, either by taking a short break immediately, or bringing a planned break forward “where’s the nearest cafe?” other than that there are sometimes minor cuts and scrapes, and those of us

over a certain age * may suffer joint pains (* actually it a very uncertain age) the weather can create problems ranging from snow and ice with cold related injuries to heat stroke in the summer. although most of us are not professional medics or trained in first aid we can all do something if there is an incident. someone needs to take charge and organise the whole group’s safety and decide whether to call 999. there are some basic first aid aspects that can be done, and on the very rare occasions when the incident is serious, and if it is not too bad to call family or a friend instead, or just to accompany the rider to a coffee stop or all the way home. it is always a good idea to think about sending another rider to alert any other traffic -almost like a human ‘warning triangle’ that motorists use. as i said before, serious incidents are rare but just in case, most ride leaders now have a good idea on how to prevent problems in the first place, and what to do if they happen.

that way the whole group can stay safe and enjoy our cycling. mike skiffins As I wrote this, our organising body Cycling UK has advised all clubs to suspend group

cycling (more than one rider) until the Covid19 emergency has passed Individual riders are continuing to ride alone or with members of their households, and you may even see the occasional tandem.


Cycle Clinic


By mike skiffins, portsmouth ctc http://www.portsmouthctc.org.uk

Q i’ve started to hear about geometry in connection with bicycles. what has a school maths subject got to do with riding a bike? a it seems an odd connection,and in fact one of my own bikes is labelled “trekking geometry” which provides a clue. geometry at school is all about circles, squares, and triangles, but in the real world (and that includes bikes) it helps us to define things. if you think about it, a bike is two circles, joined together by a double triangle (diamond) shaped frame. add on steering, pedals etc. when we sit on a bike we make another triangle from our seat to our

head, and down to our hands, and this ‘virtual’ triangle is the most important. we need to be comfortable and at the same time , efficient. if we have to lean too far forward and squash our stomachs, bend our backs etc. then we won’t be comfortable, but if we are forced too far upright we become less efficient. a lot depends on what we want to do on our bike. a short trip we can cope with a lot of poor position, but our needs for a long tour, whether it is all day, or several days ( back to my trekking bike) are quite different to the needs of a sports or racing cyclist, and different again if you have an mtB or off road bike. our body ‘triangle’ is directly related to the contact points on the bike- the saddle,

handlebars, and pedals. so the actual size and shape of the frame, and the size of the wheels makes a lot of difference. the obvious essential is to have the right height so that it is both low enough for the rider to get on and off safey, whilst being high enough to the legs to get enough force into the pedals. think about the sight of an adult riding a child sized bike ! then the length has to be right for the type of riding you’ll do. too long and you’ll be stretched out, too short and your knees will be nearly touching the handlebars. of course, from your geometry lessons at school you will realise that if you alter the

length of one side of a triangle, the angle between the sides will change. other angles matter, too. the angle of the steering is important. too upright and every bump in the road makes you wobble, too laid back and it’s harder to turn the handlebars. that’s an overview of why geometry is the word used to describe the vital shapes of a bike, but as the picture shows, it can get complicated.


South Hants Vollyball Men dominate despite weather the fourth of six hampshire volleyball association grand prix competitions took place at Bay house school, gosport. travelling across the channel, guernsey did not allow storms to interfere with their travel plans, as they managed to fly over on saturday evening. six teams braved the elements to compete alongside guernsey; both south hants men and eagles teams, southampton university, purbrook park and portsmouth based Blues. highlights included a first win of the season for the Blues with a tight three set game against guernsey. they narrowly lost the opening set 24-26, before coming back to take the second 25-19. the decider was also tight, but Blues held on to take it 15-12.

southampton university continued their winning streak, and went into the last match of the day vs south hants men unbeaten. also unbeaten were local rivals south hants men were not to be denied, and took a comfortable win 25-19, 25-19. their match against purbrook park old Boys was an extreme example with south hants losing the first set 20-25. they then drove purbrook all the way in the second set, with neither side able to pull ahead. eventually south hants took the set 30-28. purbrook then had nothing left to give, with south hants taking the decider 15-5. south hants men came out on top sealing all three victories and now climb into sixth place in the league, although they have three games in hand over leaders southampton university.

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Stronger, More Flexible, Pain-Free Readers my name is natalie march from physio-logical, a chartered physiotherapist in po9. we hope you are keeping well during these unprecedented times. we hope you found our exercises to improve strength and movement if you have hip osteoarthritis (oa hip or wear and tear of your hip joint) in our last article useful. currently, we are offering a video or telephone consultation service to all new and existing patients. the feedback has been great so far ‘it is like the physio is in the room with me’. so, if you are suffering with any niggle, ache or pain that is keeping you awake at night, limiting what you can get done around your house or in your garden then please book a call with us, we can help you today. in this article we will be offering some advice and exercises you can do to stay active at home. did you know: “starting at 30 years old, our muscles lose 8% of strength every decade, so by the age of 80 years old there is potential to lose up to 40% of our muscle strength?” (csp - chartered society of physiotherapists). the only thing to keep our muscles strong is exercise. it is the only thing we can do to reduce the risk of falls

too. here is a testimonial from one of our patients: i had a severe back and hip issue that prevented me from walking and at one point i was in a wheelchair as the symptoms were so severe. thankfully, i visited natalie at physio-logical and after just 2 treatments was up and about and walking – i cannot recommend natalie enough and would absolutely recommend her. thanks natalie, mrs. d By improving balance and strength, physiotherapy can help increase the individual’s confidence encouraging them to move around more independently. we are happy to talk with you, family members, daughters, sons, care homes, carers so please so get in touch. Below are some self help exercises to keep you mobile, improve your balance, and strength to reduce muscle wasting and the risk of falling. please be aware of your body and take advice from a health care professional before exercising or send an email to (enquiries@physio-logical.net) for advice and guidance. exercises to keep you strong, mobile, improve your balance and reduce the risk of falls 1. Heel Raises: • stand and balance on both feet. ( you

… tips and exercises from our award winning physio • turn around and repeat the ten steps in the other direction.

can use a chair for stability) • rise up on your toes, hold for three seconds and then lower yourself down. • repeat ten times every day 2. Toe raise • stand and balance on both feet. ( you can use a chair for stability) • rock back onto your heels so that your toes come off the ground. • hold this position for three seconds • repeat ten times every day 3. Single Leg Balance • stand with or without any support from a chair and attempt to balance on one leg. • hold the single leg position for ten seconds. • repeat ten times every day. 4. Heel to Toe Walking • stand next to a side board • place one hand on the side board • walk with one foot in front of the other so your feet are in a line • do ten steps

5. Sit to Stand • cross your arms • sit to stand and repeat • if you need too you can place your hands on the chair for extra support • repeat ten times every day. 6. Wall Push Up • place your hands shoulder width apart on the wall • have your feet back from the wall • slowly lower your body towards the wall then push back up by straightening your arms • to progress move your feet further away from the wall • repeat ten times a day, every other day to fatigue. if you would like us to write an article or film a video about a specific condition/ complaint then please do let us know. for more tips and guidance please visit: www.physio-logical.net



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Despite lockdown the RNLI are still responding to emergencies

Both lifeboats on station during a sail past

from alan Bartlett

the hayling island rnli lifeboat crews are keeping as safe as possible from coronavirus but will still respond to those in distress. the coronavirus is affecting us all but rnli lifeboats are still on service to respond to cries for help. the hayling island lifeboat station is closed to the public and to crews when they are not being called out on a shout. when the call comes to launch, the ‘on duty’ crew go to the station but wait in their cars until selected as boat crew and shore crew. then everyone else goes home. that way we protect as many as possible from transmission of the virus, and sustain sufficient healthy crew to man subsequent shouts. it has however been very quiet especially as all local harbour masters have issued a statement that ‘recreational water sports are contrary to current government guidelines,’ and the local marinas are closed. so within march there have only been two shouts, one prior to the lockdown instruction and one on 28 march when a catamaran transiting from chichester marina to hayling yacht co ran aground in mill rythe creek. the atlantic 85 was launched but could not reach the vessel due to the low tide and the crew decided to stay and wait for the morning tide. Hayling Island RNLI Station has a D-Class lifeboat ‘Jacob’ and an Atlantic 85 ‘Derrick Battle.’ On average there are 75/85 launches per year and we were the 5th busiest station in the SE Region in 2015, and the busiest of the immediate local stations.


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Home Comforts – How to look ‘put together’ at home what’s going on the world today is unlike anything we’ve seen in this lifetime. fact. it’s hard not to come into close contact with your loved ones, not to go to the supermarket without a care in the world, or even just go for dinner at your local. But alas, these are the cards we’ve been dealt now, and we have absolutely no control over it, we can only control how we react to it and ensure we do the right thing. a lot of people have started working remotely from home (if they can) where they haven’t been able to do this before and have no idea what to wear? do you wear pyjamas? tracksuit bottoms? help?! here’s what i would suggest if you’re working from home and don’t know what to wear: 1. keep comfortable with elasticated trousers – you can find smart versions of these so you can mix comfort and style. 2. dress from the waist up. this is great if you have video meetings and people can’t see your bottom half! think of nice blouses, knitted tops and shirts. 3. add jewellery. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you

can’t wear jewellery. even a nice necklace and small hoops will add a little something extra to your outfit. 4. try and get dressed every day. even if you don’t have a video meeting and are not going anywhere, it’ll make you feel better to have some sense of normality. loungewear appears to be a bit of a buzzword of late, and it’s been doing the rounds in the fashion world for several years now, but what exactly is loungewear? loungewear is pretty much what it says on the tin – it’s clothing for lounging, so think loose cotton tops, comfy bottoms, cardigans, vest tops and cashmere. sounds like christmas come early doesn’t it? here are my recommendations on where you can buy the best loungewear sets: 1. anthropologie uk 2. Zara 3. nasty gal 4. toast 5. hush 6. topshop 7. the white company 8. me + em 9. lucy & yak

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Great Work Is Still Going On @ Warblington School during this difficult time – the team at warblington school are still working hard to educate and motivate their students at home. here are just a few things they have been doing over the past weeks. after easter we are looking forward to starting our virtual transition process (year 6 to year 7), so look out for this on our website www.warblington.hants.sch.uk. stay safe, stay well, stay at home from all the staff at warblington school

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Year 7 English – Message in a Bottle… hello, stranger. please, read on, i need your help. i'm desperate! i've been stuck on this island for... for too long... i don't remember how i got here, or what happened. i'm just scared to death that i'll never see my precious family again; let alone another human being... i'm too young to die here! well, actually, i forgot my age. i've forgotten a lot. i almost can't remember the cheerful, luminous look that my beautiful daughter would give me. i miss them. i miss them all. if you are going to help me, dear stranger, then i am on the island with a gigantic volcano, bulging out the side. this isn't much help, i know, and i'm so, so sorry, but i know i'm in some tropical place. some people might think i'm lucky, stuck on a beautiful, luscious looking place, with wild, sour berries which would make your stomach beg for more- but no. it’s scary here, the twisted trees drooping down to whisper in my ear: "you're never going to escape...”. unless i'm insane... i'm not insane... i'm just- ... scared... when i first got here i was

crying in confusion, but then i stumbled upon a bottle. that was the first day, it's only been recently i managed to make some of my own paper, and found some charcoal to write my pleading message. i have more details, it's a massive, thick island at least 20 feet off the surface of salty water. the rocks at the side are pointy and jagged, as if to make sure i don't escape the evil dungeon i have been kept in. there's not much paper left... i beg you, please, send every man you have, and... if it is unsuccessful, then... find my family in hampshire... thank you, stranger, thank you.

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Fred’s Food

Don’t stop Wining Cool Reds

By Jonathan rogers of vin wine merchants emsworth

Jonathan rogers from vin wine merchants in emsworth looks at which kind of reds are best chilled. i think we can all agree at the moment these are very weird times. we are all having to behave against the norm and change our daily routines. so, i have decided to recommend a few reds that you can enjoy chilled, a great alternative to think about for the impending hot sunny days. we have finally had some decent sunny weather (hopefully there is more to come), to justify dusting off the BBQ’s and enjoy those charred sausages and chicken wings (or is that just my BBQ cooking?). during these times sales of rosé wines go through the roof while we enjoy a large, chilled glass out in the garden and reds seem to be just too heavy to be consumed on a hot, lazy sunday afternoon. while we will never tire of rosé wine, we don’t have to forget about reds while the sun is out as some are perfect for chilling down and make a great change. the thing to remember is the lighter the red the better. reds with loads of fruit and soft tannins cope better with chilling than the full bodied, heavy numbers. stick to grapes such as pinot noir, gamay (reds from the Beaujolais region are made from this beauty) and some lighter cabernet sauvignon’s from california and other new world regions. grenache is another fruity favourite and can be a fantastic partner to cold dishes on a hot day. don’t over chill the wine as this can strip any flavours and aromas and don’t put ice cubes in the glass. this will water the wine down adding a thin, dull character. try these to begin with:

Undivided Pinot Noir France - £9.99 they recommend drinking this chilled all year round. a superbly elegant, rounded and soft little number from selected vineyards in france. easy to drink with lingering finish.

Domaine de Milhomme Beaujolais -£12.99 owned by the perrin family, a wellrespected wine producing dynasty, this gamay has a lovely cherry fruit character with a raspberry hint on the aroma.

D Barramundi Pinot Noir – Australia £8.99 a fun little number from oz with a great label that gets you in the mood for summer. red berry fruits and a rounded finish.

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ear reader as the impact of coronavirus is felt by everyone, affecting lives and livelihoods, it can be reassuring to know that the season's continue, the bluebells are in full bloom and fresh, healthy local produce springs up again. this week we have the first of the season's asparagus, isle of wight tomatoes, and a load of leaves including alresford watercress, pea shoots, spinach, and rocket. we get our asparagus direct from the davey's farm in rogate, as a result it's often picked that morning, and is sweet and delicious. it's available as part of this week's grocery Box (along with watercress and salad) or you can buy 3 bunches and a pot of hollandaise for £8.50 the local watercress is superb and matched perfectly with a couple of fillets of hampshire trout. these can be pan-fried, poached or wrapped in a foil parcel with herbs and some white wine. we have created a lamb tagine box that will give you 4 large portions with a half shoulder of local lamb (1.5kg), a jar of tagine sauce, a box of barley couscous for £19.95. you have the option of making a spiced shepherds pie with any of the leftovers. our grocery box has been changed, giving you a selection of salads alongside

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NHS Grocery Boxes, Early Asparagus, Lamb Tagine, Local Leaves & Updated Delivery Boxes

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basic fruit, veg, bread, milk, cheese, butter, meat and eggs, while the steak box has 8 different steaks this week for £45. with the majority of us in self-isolation, we hope that some fresh local produce comes as a welcome distraction. asparagus is the start, with lots of wonderful seasonal fruit and veg to come. as a reminder, the shop is open with social distancing in place from tuesday to sunday 10am - 4pm. you can also order any of our boxes online for click and collect, allowing 24 hours to get your order together. we are also delivering to chichester, stoughton, walderton and emsworth on thursdays and to havant and rowlands castle on fridays for those who cannot leave the house. we take orders until wednesday at 12 noon for delivery the same week. finally we have set up a support box for nhs staff so that you can donate fresh produce to local hospitals. this project was set up by some local sussex mums who will come and pick up groceries from the farm shop and deliver it directly to various hospitals. you can find more information here, but this is a great way to be able to help our amazing nhs staff. stay safe and take care, fred, sam, and the farm shop team


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Havant Sports Association Awards

Leela Mengham, Barncroft School

On February 6 Park’s Sports Ambassador’s were awarded ‘Junior Team of the Year’ at the Havant Sports Association Sports Awards Evening, at Havant Leisure Centre.

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World Book Week returned between March 9-12 as Park was taken over by famous front covers, word displays and our ‘Neverending Story’ of a Read-a-thon; the whole school staff came together to make sure there was a story being read every second of the school day for the entire week! The popular ‘Shelfie’ competition challenged students to match the bookcase to the staff member and our staircase competition quizzed students to guess the first lines of popular books, well done to the winners Year 7 Students Akila and Carly. French and Spanish lessons tested students in translating famous lines from fairy tales. Our fantasy world competition combined descriptive writing and illustration for students to create their own fantasy world; congratulations to Year 9 winners Jenni, Jade and Tyler. On World Book Day, students claimed their free book and took part in a whole school scavenger book hunt. We firmly believe in the power and importance of reading and hope all our students enjoy their free book and many more in the future. Keep reading!

Students, Charmi, Josh, Peter, Alfie and Brooke collected the trophy on the team’s behalf. The Ambassador’s have been excellent role models and have approached all tasks with enthusiasm, effort and resilience, whilst delivering high quality PE and helping in local Primary Schools. Year 11 student Josh was presented with the ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’ award for helping out in any activity and in particular at the Ben Ainsley Centre where he stood out for his enthusiasm and effort. He was also selected to be part of the MDL Sailing Award and was part of the team selected to sail to France in August 2019.

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Havant Borough Youth Conference A truly inspirational morning at the Havant Borough Youth Conference. Our students Alfie, Josh, Shauna, Brooke, Archie, Alana, Jenny, Peter and Harvey thoroughly enjoyed all the workshops on cyber bullying, assertiveness, listening to the Lady Major. They were also so moved by Janine and her awful story about losing her daughter at Mutiny Festival last year. They are all keen to be involved with Havant Borough Council and want to make an impact on Leigh Park. Watch this space for future news from our amazing students.



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Greening Westbourne this spring, villagers in westbourne, near emsworth, are continuing their campaign to save local wildlife habitats and the endangered creatures living in them. they are calling on residents to look out for wildlife, and then log their sightings online. this could provide vital evidence that local green spaces should be preserved. the focus of the campaign is an area of local countryside regarded by naturalists as a “wildlife corridor”, linking the south downs national park and the coast. the area includes most of westbourne. chichester district council is proposing to give the area special recognition, so it can be a haven where animals can move, migrate and thrive. local environmental group greening westbourne is hoping its new campaign, called westbourne wildlife watch, will provide evidence to support this move. greening westbourne secretary martin yallop said: “wildlife all over the uk is threatened by development, intensive farming, pollution and climate change.

“we’re trying to do our bit locally to make a difference. we’re asking people to keep an eye out for animals when they’re out walking or in their gardens. if they spot something, they can use the irecord website or app to log the sighting. “it’s quick and easy, and if people struggle to identify what they’ve seen, there’s a lot of help and information in books and online. “it’s important to report sightings because if there’s evidence that an area is home to important species, it has a better chance of being protected. “endangered creatures are the most crucial to report, but people can also log more common ones, as they’re under threat too. it’s a sad fact that many species that used to be common, like starlings and house sparrows, are now declining.” for more information, residents can

search irecord online, go to: www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/ or download the app. more information about the campaign,

and how to identify animals, is available by searching greening westbourne or going to e-voice.org.uk/greening-westbourne/



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Have your say on Havant Thicket Reservoir portsmouth water is encouraging people to give their views on the company’s plan to build the first reservoir in the south east for decades. the construction of havant thicket reservoir near havant, which is being delivered in collaboration with southern water, would secure resilient supplies for the water-stressed south east. it would also help protect environmentally sensitive chalk streams in hampshire and create a new community and green leisure space bringing more benefits for local communities and nature, including a wetland wildlife conservation area to support threatened species of birds. a month-long public consultation on the project gets underway on 11 may. all the responses received will help shape the planning application for the new reservoir, which is due to be submitted later this year to havant Borough council and east hampshire district council. portsmouth water has decided to go ahead with the consultation after careful thought and discussions with the councils, considering the need to keep everyone safe during the continuing situation around coronavirus. the company is able to do this because it will be providing a range of channels, including online, by phone and post, through which people can find out more and share their feedback, enabling a wide audience to be reached. the latest information will be shared on what’s being proposed for the reservoir’s design, a visitor centre, the preferred routes for an access road and the route for a new pipeline to enable the reservoir to be filled and emptied. there will also be details on portsmouth water’s plans to enhance the environment and support wildlife through the scheme. Bob taylor, portsmouth water chief executive officer, said: “havant thicket reservoir is a vital part of the south eastwide regional plan to safeguard future water supplies in the face of population growth, climate change and the need to take less water from the environment, in order to benefit nature. “although we’ve already consulted extensively with local communities, with the feedback we received very much shaping our thinking, i would encourage everyone to take part in our formal public consultation. it’s running from monday 11 may to monday 8 June, when people can learn more about the reservoir project and tell us what they think. “there will be lots of information available on our website and social media channels. plus, we’re planning a series of online webinars to give people a chance to put questions to our team. people will also be able to get in touch with us by phone and post. we’d really like to hear from as many people as possible, so we can be sure we’re capturing and considering the views of our communities as we finalise our planning

application.” during the consultation, a digital exhibition will be available online at www.portsmouthwater.co.uk/havantthicket-reservoir, setting out full details of the reservoir project, including via videos and an interactive brochure. a printed version of the brochure and a feedback form will be sent, on request, to anyone who does not have access to the website – please call tel. 02392 449084 and leave a message, or write to havant thicket reservoir consultation, portsmouth water, west street, havant, po9 1lg. the consultation webinars, which people

can sign up for via the reservoir webpages, will include video briefings followed by question and answer sessions with the project team.the dates and times for the sessions are as follows: • saturday 16 may 2pm-4pm • tuesday 19 may 10am-12pm • friday 22 may 10am-12pm • wednesday 3 June 2pm-4pm • thursday 4 June 6pm-8pm. for more information contact ian limb, head of human resources. telephone 07850 775578, e-mail: i.limb@portsmouthwater.co.uk or rebecca Burgess on 07859 896360.

• Located between Staunton Country Park and Havant ThicketThe Reservoir will extend to 160ha • 1.6km from east to west and 0.8km from north to south • It will be filled in the winter with surplus water pumped from the prolific Bedhampton springs • It will hold approximately 8.7 billion litres of water • It will be able to supply up to 21 million litres of water each day, even in a severe drought.


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one of the early most commonly used engines of the lB&scr (london, Brighton & south coast railway) were the stroudly 0-4-2 d1 class engines which were called 'gladstones' after the first of their type. they were frequent visitors through emsworth hauling express Brighton to portsmouth passenger trains. 'gladstone' no. 175 was named hay/ing. this engine was named after sir allen sane, a director of the lB&scr. By alf- harris

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Thousands of new trees to create memorial woodland for Havant the scheme, which is part of the overall reservoir project, will see more than three thousand trees planted by the summer, creating an enhanced green space just of swanmore road in warren park, next to where the reservoir is set to be built. the aim is to give local people a place to visit for quiet reflection, in particular, to remember family, friends and others who have passed away. at the same time, the additional trees will create a valuable new wildlife habitat, providing connection between other areas of woodland nearby and further afield. this means that birds and mammals, such as dormice and bats, will be able to move around and feed more easily. creating a memorial woodland is the brainchild of councillor prad Bains, havant

Borough’s deputy mayor. councillor Bains said: "the planting of the memorial woodland offers a peaceful place, accessible to all, that enhances local biodiversity and wildlife. importantly, we want the woodland to be a further way of commemorating those who served in the two world wars and other conflicts and we are developing a plan around this. this includes an educational aspect, teaching young people about our area’s connection to the armed forces and their service for our country. it’s a real privilege to have seen this project literally grow and i can’t wait for everyone to be able to enjoy this pocket of beauty in havant”. tracey viney, environment & Biodiversity specialist at portsmouth water, also commented: “we are delighted to be working with havant Borough council to

create a really special place for people to enjoy for decades to come. as part of our havant thicket reservoir scheme, the new woodland will provide an improved space in which to enjoy nature and take the time to think and remember loved ones and others. it will also be a real boost for the local environment, with natural england and hampshire & isle of wight wildlife trust both supportive of our plans.” a mixture of different types of trees will be planted, including 100 that are already three metres high, which will help the woodland to establish a good structure more quickly. the trees will also be protected by deer fencing. the havant thicket site is owned by portsmouth water and is currently mainly made up of grazed grassland, with small

areas of trees. it’s open to the public to walk in, watch birds and explore, via a network of paths. the existing access paths will remain open. the company has included a proposal to build a reservoir on the site in its future plans to increase the resilience of water supplies in the water-stressed south east and provide new wetland wildlife habitats and community and leisure facilities. By planting now, the woodland has time to become established and provide habitats long before any steps are taken to progress the reservoir. people can find out more about the reservoir plans and share their views at: portsmouthwater.co.uk/havant-thicketreservoir and on a dedicated facebook page @havantreservoir.



hello from your favourite out and about reporter at the cat and rab-bit rescue centre, hulky Bear. well, it’s quite a strange old time at the moment isn’t it! i’m hearing from my staff here that there is something called a pandemic going on, something called corona virus is going around. me and the other out and abouters went into a panic locking ourselves away,

thinking we were all about to catch it, but my staff have informed us that it’s a different type of corona that we get, so we calmed down and went back to roaming around. of course, though we are being good and adhering to the strict two metre social distancing rule when we are begging the staff for some chicken!! But of course, even with this pandemic going on, there are still lots of animals here that need caring for and so the show must go on as they say. the staff are keeping busy

and trying to carry on as normally as they can and just this week i have been out supervising them as they move our rabbits and guinea pigs out into their outside accommodation. they are all very much loving the sunshine and filling their bellies with lots of yummy grass and i am enjoying watching them run around, especially those small piggies!! apparently they are not for filling my belly though i’m told! it seems no one really knows how long this lockdown malarkey is going to go on for,

but i just hope you don’t forget about us and once it’s lifted, i see lots of people up here adopting themselves a new furry friend. the cats here waiting for homes are getting a little sad but i make sure my staff give them plenty of love and strokes, just as long i get lots too!! hopefully see you all soon. love hulky please keep an eye on our website www.crrc.co.uk and our facebook page where we will let everyone know when we are up and running and rehoming again.


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if you are an employer (including an employer of yourself), you may qualify for the coronavirus Job retention scheme. the government, via hm revenue & customs, will repay 80% of the normal salary costs including employer’s national insurance and minimum pension contribution of any furloughed employee. it should be noted that employees will need to agree to be placed on furlough and we recommend documentary evidence be retained of this. employees are not allowed to carry out any work for the company for as long as they are on furlough. employers are able to reclaim any statutory sick pay paid to employees required to self-isolate for up to two weeks, starting from the first day of self-isolation. we recommend that employers retain copies of evidence that such self-isolation is a requirement wherever this is possible. Loans the government will guarantee 80% of any bank loan taken out under the coronavirus Business interruption loan scheme.

we recommend that full business forecasts be prepared before taking any loan as it will be very difficult to increase any loan already agreed if it becomes apparent that you have not asked for enough. please also consider the effects on your personal finances of any personal guarantees etc that you may be asked to agree, although the main lenders have indicated that they will not usually require a personal guarantee for loans of less than £250,000. Business Rates Relief the relief usually only applies to retail businesses with a rateable value under £51,000. this has now been extended to cover all retail businesses, regardless of their rateable value. the relief also applies to leisure, hospitality and nursery businesses, so museums, theatres, gyms, pubs, shops, music venues, restaurants and hotels will pay no business rates in 2020/21. depending on your local authority this should apply to your next council tax bill.


covid19 has challenged the whole nation, causing fear, grief, panic and disruption to the way each one of us goes about our daily lives. the national emergencies trust (net) has partnered with hiwcf to award munch a grant of £8,350 to help those most affected by the crisis.

the funding awarded to munch will provide the leigh park community with meals prepared by the catering team from the kitchens of park community school. the

meals will be available for collection from the reception area of the school or distribution through our partners foodbank po9. the funding will provide in excess of 2,500 meals for those most in need within the community of leigh park. susan parish, Business and community manager, park community school said “thank you very much to net and hiwcf for providing this funding, which is essential to ensure that we are able to carry out our munch community food project and make a real difference to people’s lives. Jonathan cheshire oBe, hiwcf chairman commented “we are delighted to be able to support munch in their work to help those in need in the local community. local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are providing a lifeline to those

less fortunate, and it is heartening to see that these organisations can react so quickly and be so resourceful in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. the vital services that these organisations provide are more crucial now than ever before but are under threat more than at any other time. hiwcf is continuing to raise funding for charities across our region, for which donations can be made to the ‘we’re all together’ fund: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/alltogether”. About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) HIWCF is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing

programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. HIWCF’s in-depth knowledge of local needs and priorities means grants can quickly be distributed across the region to reach the most vulnerable. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at: grantsadmin@hiwcf.com

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Health & Well-being

Health and fitness in 2020 Boost your immune system naturally…

by Denise Kelly every day feels weird right now, and we are all experiencing an array of emotions i am sure. one day we feel happy for the peace and quiet that we find ourselves in, with empty streets and closed shops, and the next we are desperate to get back to some kind of normality. if we watch the news too much it gives us anxiety, but we know we need to keep updated with what’s going on in the world. if you are front line worker, you are aware of the ever-increasing dangers, but know how appreciated you are by our nation and your invaluable services will be cherished and valued highly from this day forward. (hopefully with pay rises and far more benefits for the incredible amount of hard work and long hours put in) we have children that are no longer sitting a levels or gcse’s and no one could have predicted just a few weeks ago the scale of what was about to happen? the one thing we can control in this uncertain time is how we treat our bodies in this strange corona virus period that we are finding ourselves in. i can’t help wondering if the fear is as bad as the virus itself.you have to remember that for the majority of healthy people, it should be no problem to recover. i have written about our immune systems so many times over the last few months in connection with this virus, and honestly my biggest advice right now is to keep yourself as strong as possible. the obvious thing you can do is to stay calm. it’s not just about the food that goes into the body, although that is an essential part of keeping the immune system strong. meditation for just five minutes per day helps to keep you grounded and reduces

cortisol in the body. make sleep a priority as rest allows your body to rebalance overnight. exercise in the fresh air, as getting enough daylight is also a great immune boost, and feed your soul with great, nourishing whole foods with every meal. i have chosen four specific superfoods that i think will be helpful for you to add into your daily regime to keep your body fully functioning. think of these superfoods as your insurance policy! you can add to a smoothie, or a juice, or simply sprinkle on your breakfast porridge. it doesn’t really matter how you take it, but it will support your body and boost your immunity in these stressful times. 1. Hemp protein powder - is a highquality plant-based protein that contains 20 amino acids, the building blocks of protein. protein is crucial for developing, growing and maintaining muscles, tissues and vital organs. it also helps boost metabolism and creates better body strength. have two teaspoons per day of the powder, for a maintenance dose. 2. Pea Protein Powder - protein is such an important nutrient to support the body, but most of our sources aren’t always the best. meat and eggs come with saturated fats, extra calories, and cholesterol. plus, animal products can be pretty hard on the kidneys. whey can also cause issues, and has been known to cause bloating, gas, and

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regulating cortisol, which is our major stress hormone. take 1-2 teaspoons per day for a maintenance dose. 4. Turmeric – containing powerful antiinflammatory compounds and antioxidants that help to fight free radicals in your body this is an essential herb when it comes to protecting your immunity. when we are bombarded with invaders (germs, viruses, bacteria etc) it can cause damaging oxidative stress to healthy cells.your immune system works hard to protect you from excess free radicals with the help of antioxidants. that’s where turmeric can help. as a dietary supplement, turmeric curcumin can support your immune function by supplying you with a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants.you could also add a little black pepper to the mix as it is said to help absorption of turmeric. have 2-3 teaspoons per day for health protection. All these products can be found in any good health store or on my website. I believe in supplying the best quality products for all my clients and keeping prices as low as possible so everyone can afford them. I’m also offering 20% off my immune tests with my health scanner right now so there is no guess work involved and you can keep yourself as immune strong as possible! Visit: www.denisekelly.co.uk for more information.


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What’s on

Brendoncare Havant Saturday Club

the havant saturday club, run by the charity Brendoncare clubs, meets every Saturday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the havant library, elm lane, havant, po9 1un. for only £2.50 per session, including refreshments, the club offers a varied programme of activities, including quizzes, table games and guest speakers. the club currently enjoys a group of 8-10 members, new club members and volunteers are always welcome.visit: www.brendoncare.org.uk/clubs or tel: 01962 857099 or email: clubs@brendoncare.org.uk ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Waterlooville Probus Club

Tuesday 12th May – 12.30 pm - if you are retired or semiretired from business life, you will be most welcome to join us at our regular monthly meetings. we meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the ‘hampshire hog’ clanfield po8 0Qd. a welcome drink and chat with fellow members is followed by lunch and a talk by a guest speaker. for further information contact our secretary peter Quine on 0792 662 0530, by e-mail to ‘piater89@aol.com’, or visit our website at ‘probusclub.net/waterlooville’. ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Sing into Spring spirit-of-the-south, are a four part harmony chorus for ladies who simply enjoy singing. come and enjoy an evening with us and see how we do. discover your hidden talent. we rehearse every tuesday evening at havant methodist church, havant, hants , p092hu, from 7-30 until 10pm. call 023 9264 1997 or 023 9245 1220. spirithavant@yahoo.com ww.spiritofthesouth.org.uk

BIDBURY MEAD WI meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except august) 7.30 at st nicholas church centre, Bedhampton, havant po9 3pt. we have a very varied programme of events throughout the year, including interesting speakers and demonstrations, campaigns, social events and a variety of groups to join. if you would like to make new friends or are new to the area, why not come along? there is no obligation to join and we would love to meet you! for more information call: dianne on 023 9247 9384 or shelagh on 023 9247 8556 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Catherington WI from Jenny rowney

our meeting in march was a real treat with Janet goring coming to entrance us with her storytelling. Janet calls herself ”Bluebird the storyteller”, and we soon found out why. first of all she explained the many different types of storytelling from fables, legends, myths and folklore. Janet knows over 250 tales by heart. she began with no notes or prompts. we were completely enthralled with her stories; some with very unpredictable endings! which kept us engrossed right to the end. Janet used her own actions and different voices which all added to a magical atmosphere. she entertains children and adults alike and we were sad when she finished as we were so happy in our enchanting magical mood. it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and run away from some of the miseries of the worlds problems.

like many events across the local area, the 2020 emsworth arts trail has been cancelled due to the national emergency. “it was with a heavy heart that we took the decision”, said carol price, the event’s chairman. “But we have been overwhelmed by messages of support, from our artists and visitors alike. it has really highlighted what a close-knit and supportive community has built up around the trail.” the organizing committee discussed a postponement, but it was decided that due to the current uncertainty the best option will be to return in spring 2021. emsworth residents and arts trail visitors will miss the splash of art, colour and fun that the event infuses into the town. rest assured though, it will be back for 2021, the 20th anniversary of this muchloved event. there is also the emsworth artists summer exhibition planned for late august. in the meantime, you can find out about the artists and view their work by visiting the emsworth arts trail website or by following them on facebook or instagram. the “artist of the day” posts will continue to provide a little colour to your social media feeds, and many of the artists sell their work online, or take commissions. visit www.emsworthartstrail.org.uk images: • photo credits: group photos vince lavender • accompanying photos from press dropbox folder, including high res logos:



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Clanfield Gardening Club

the club meets at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of the month at petersgate school. in march we had a spring members show. winners in picture holding their entries of: a pot of daffodils, spring Bulbs, flowers and foliage, photo of a fallen tree. our speaker was woodland Bard, Jonathon huet a specialist in tree and plant folklore.


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Volunteers Pitch in for New Memorial Woodland community volunteers from leigh park in havant have helped complete tree planting to create a new memorial woodland locally. members of the positive pathways team joined forces with staff from portsmouth water in march to clear litter and plant the last batch of more than three thousand trees on part of the proposed site for the new havant thicket reservoir. the new woodland that’s been established, in collaboration with havant Borough council, will give people a place for quiet reflection and to enjoy being outdoors. it will also benefit local wildlife by providing birds and animals with a new habitat for the years ahead. positive pathways, which is run by community first, is a project to help people gain confidence and develop skills through team

volunteering. Beverley palmer, positive pathways project assistant, said: "on arrival we were updated on portsmouth water’s plans for the site, which was really interesting. we then spent time clearing litter from one of the areas running alongside the site and were amazed by the

amount of rubbish that people had dumped there - a christmas tree and a car seat were just a couple of the items we cleared! after a break, we moved on to planting 70 hazel saplings for the new woodland. the volunteers thoroughly enjoyed the activity and loved learning a new skill. not even a hailstone shower could put them off achieving their goal!" portsmouth water environment & Biodiversity specialist tracey viney said: “it was great to work with the positive pathways team to finish off the planting for the new woodland, which is part of our overall havant thicket reservoir project. the thousands of new trees that have been planted since January will now grow to create an enhanced green space for people to enjoy, plus they’ll help birds and mammals, such as dormice and bats, to move

around and feed more easily by providing connection between other areas of woodland nearby and further afield. the proposed havant thicket reservoir site is owned by portsmouth water and is currently mainly made up of grazed grassland, with small areas of trees. it’s open to the public to walk in, watch birds and explore, via a network of paths. the company has included a proposal to build a reservoir on the site in its future plans to increase the resilience of water supplies in the water-stressed south east and provide new wetland wildlife habitats and community and leisure facilities. By planting now, the woodland has time to become established and provide habitats before any steps are taken to progress the reservoir." to find out more about community first's positive pathways project, visit www.cfirst.org.uk/positivepathways/


BRENT LODGE COMES TO HAYLING Brent lodge wildlife hospital based in sidlesham near chichester provides lifesaving care and rehabilitation facilities to over 3,500 wildlife casualties a year, with the aim to release fit and healthy animals back into the wild. one of their biggest regular income sources is via their charity shops, so they’re delighted to announce the opening of their latest charity shop in mengham road, hayling island. “we regularly receive wildlife patients from hayling island so we are honoured to be moving to the area to engage more with the local community, be a point of contact for any wildlife questions and help generate extra funds for the charity ensuring it is able to anyone is planning on having a clear-out or continue its great work. we’re really hoping looking to volunteer for a worthy cause that as a local charity, we’ll gain new support then please drop by to visit and say hello to and encourage new people to shop with our friendly team.” us and raise awareness about our patients at the wildlife hospital cause. are constantly changing and they are we’re truly blessed to have a now coming through the busy hard-working and dedicated hedgehog care season. once team of staff and volunteers who healthy and up to a good weight, have helped get the shop open. they will gradually pre-pare to release we have been open only a few hand-fed fox cub hundreds of these over-wintered weeks and already we have had lots hedgehogs back into suitable local of happy customers buying goods habitats. and returning. the shop will continue to the freed-up space will be needed to need lots of good quality items to stock the house the impending seasonal influx of shelves with, as well as volunteers to help with sorting stock and serve customers, so if thousands of injured or orphaned birds and

mammals. the animal care team is anticipating that the mild winter will lead to an earlier breeding season and expect their first orphaned casualties to arrive at the hospital over the next few weeks. the transition from caring mainly for hedgehogs to hundreds of baby birds and other wildlife casualties mean an increase in staff hours, a deep clean of the hospital, different patient foods, medicines, equipment and a change in patient care routines. young wildlife need to be warm and secure, without their mothers to brood them they are kept in incubators and creches which have heated plates to sleep and hide under. when big enough they move outside to grow and develop their natural behaviour where birds can bathe, preen and water-proof feathers and mammals have space to rest and recuperate prior to being released back into local habitats. For further information about Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital and the work they do visit www.brentlodge.org T: 01243 641672 E: enquiries@brentlodge.org


HAMESH - the Havant Town Centre Men’s Shed - continues to attract new members.for activity or just companionship Why not come along and meet us?

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE See our website at www.hamesh.co.uk or just call in to see us in the Merdian Shopping Centre - Elm Lane side covered pavement area - see map on our website at: www.hamesh.co.uk. We’ll be pleased to see you. If you have any used tools, then please let us know and we will arrange to collect them. Email: hamesh@postcodepublications.com


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