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I can’t quite believe the December issue is out... where has the year gone! We are in full festive spirit having finished putting all of the christmassy finishing touches to the magazine and hope you enjoy this month’s edition. There are some great articles including how to get that cool yule look when decorating the house for the festive season. We also take an interesting look at Christmas traditions so if you’ve ever wondered why people hang a stocking by the fire... read on! A new website has recently been launched to promote local shops and businesses in Salisbury over the Christmas period and it’s well worth a visit. There’s also the chance to win a Christmas Stocking full of tickets and gifts - all you need to do is register online and you will be entered into the prize draw. Try to support local trade whenever you can and help to keep our local economy thriving... the old adage “use it or lose it” is sadly all too true. We wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas!

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the purpose-built hospice buildings in a home from home environment, making families feel at ease and able to relax with the full support of their dedicated, professional care and nursing staff. Naomi House is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can accommodate up to 10 life-limited children, aged

up to 16 years, and their families. The children will receive play and music therapy, and brothers and sisters will receive sibling support. All children visiting have access to the computer and art rooms, a multi-sensory room and hydrotherapy suite. The hospice is located in beautiful gardens with special playground equipment designed for children with disabilities. Inevitably there are some sad times and after a child passes away Naomi House also offers the Butterfly Suite where a child can stay for up to two weeks whilst the staff help with funeral arrangements. Their specialised bereavement counsellors provide support to families for as long as


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is needed. Medical advances and improved treatment mean youngsters who have visited Naomi House are now enjoying life into early adulthood. As they grow older their conditions become more complex and challenging and their needs are very different from those of children. In 2007 a major appeal was launched to build, equip and run a purpose-built hospice for teenagers and young adults. Jacksplace was named after Jack Witham, whose generous legacy has helped make this dream of a young people’s hospice possible. Jacksplace is now up and running and provides these young people with privacy, independence and dignity. Jacksplace can accommodate 6 young people, aged between 16-25 years, at any one time and while there they have access to a range of social areas including a lounge, two dens, a dining room and hydrotherapy pool.

provide a much more visible presence in the community. Local residents and businesses are able to drop off donations of good quality second-hand items into the shop where they can be sorted and put out for sale immediately. The shop also has a range of standard literature and information about the wide range of fundraising activities organised to help raise the £5m needed to keep the hospices open every day to support those families who need their help. They are currently organising their annual Santa Fun Run, which takes place in Salisbury on Saturday 3rd December. Participants can get into the festive spirit by wearing their complimentary Santa suit and can run, jog or walk the 5km route. By taking part this Christmas, local people can help make a real difference to the lives of life-limited children, young adults and their families from across the Wessex Region. Entry is £15 for adults and £10 for children, which includes the Santa suit, refreshments and your medal at the finishing line. All they ask is that participants raise as much sponsorship as they can. More information can be found by visiting the Salisbury shop, online at www.naomihouse.org. uk or by calling the fundraising office on 01962 843513.

As in Naomi House, Jackspace offers a special suite, named the Ocean Suite, which is available to the family after a young person passes away. Jacksplace is one of only 4 hospices in the UK. The staff are delighted to have recently opened a new charity shop in Salisbury, which will

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Christmas Bazaar Sat 3rd Dec - 10.30am to 12pm Bourne Valley Link Christmas Bazaar at The Memorial Hall, Porton. We’ll be getting into the Xmas mood with mulled wine and mince pies and of course our usual raffle & ‘Bring & Buy Event’, so make sure you don’t miss it. You can chat with other Clients, our Volunteers, Co-ordinators and Members of the Committee. Contact 01980 611117 or www. bournevalleylink.org.uk

Xmas Flower Arranging Wed 7th Dec Christmas Demonstration of Flower Arranging, by Janet Newman at The Memorial Hall, Porton. Contact Margaret: 01980 610383. 6 | The SP4 Magazine

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Bourne Folk continue with their Autumn Season – this time featuring Anthony John Clarke, at Boscombe Social Club, Boscombe Village, SP4 0AB. More details from Dave on 07596 833797 or www.salisburyfolk.co.uk.

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Wassail with The Bourne Valley Singers at The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls. Featuring as usual, carols, short seasonal sketch and a supper with delicious ‘puds’. An evening of entertaining humour and melodious harmony is promised. Contact Isobel: 01980 611375. In aid of Salisbury Hospice and Winterbourne Glebe Hall.

Christmas Shopping Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th December, 10am - 4pm Come and join us for relaxed Christmas Shopping at Project Workshops, Lains Farm, Quarley, Hampshire. SP11 8PX Handmade Glass, Furniture, Sculpture, Jewellery, Paintings, Prints, Pewter and Pottery. All made by local artists and craftsmen. Prices ranging from £2.50 to £15,000. We look forward to greeting you with a glass of wine and a mince pie. FREE ENTRY AND PARKING.

New Year’s Eve Ball New Year’s Eve Ball at The Glebe Hall, Winterbourne Earls, SP4 6HA in aid of the newly-reformed Winterbourne Cricket Club. Tickets are priced at £30 per head and are limited to 100, so act now to avoid disappointment! There will be a live band playing throughout the evening, along with a disco, auction and raffle. The price of the tickets also includes a Hog Roast (please let us know if you are a vegetarian). Dress is Black Tie or Lounge Suit and Formal for ladies. Tickets available from Jamie Harvey, or from club website: www. winterbournecc.com.

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Do you love gaudy baubles? Or are you more of a minimalist christmas decorator? Katherine Sorrell outlines how to avoid yuletide decorating excess while still enjoying a stylish festive season…

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hen I was little my grandparents always had a fake Christmas tree that groaned with the weight of about a thousand sputnik-shaped fairy lights. Candy-coloured and frosted with artificial ice, they flashed on and off in a way that, to a five-yearold, was nothing if not glorious. Yup, my grandparents really went for it – and if that’s your style, I’m not going to knock it. There is another Christmasdecorating school of thought, however. One that allows you to celebrate without going over the top. Here are five guidelines to help you create a stylish seasonal look for your home:

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addition. Buy or make one that suits the size and colour of your door. Natural materials such as holly, ivy, bay and twisted willow are lovely, and you can finish it off with berries and ribbon for a traditional effect; alternatively, wire and pale-coloured beads are subtle and sophisticated. Just avoid the pine-cone-sprayed-withgold-paint-look.

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Mix colours, textures and patterns to suit your taste and style

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3. The cards Even with the rise of e-greetings, the demise of the traditional Christmas card seems far away. But what to do with them all? Organise them, is the answer. Propping them up randomly around the house might make for a jolly, ad hoc look, but if you arrange them en masse it’s far more effective. If you’re short of time, the best solution is simply to clear a side table or shelf and arrange the cards carefully with the largest at the back. But if you want to go for effect, try using painted mini wooden pegs to attach cards to a string, or punching a hole in each card and tying it on with bright ribbon, raffia or yarn.

4. The table Abandon any thoughts of paper napkins printed with holly berries or tartan – simple colour co-ordination is key here, from table cloth (or runner) to serviettes, plates, glassware and any extras. And the colour doesn’t just have to be red or green – with some lateral thinking a gorgeous display can be created around an unusual colour theme: pastels, icy whites

and silvers, dark and moody or contemporary brights, perhaps. Start by picking one colour, and accessorise with touches of co-ordinating tones. If your crockery is coloured, it makes sense to work everything around that; if it’s white, you can do pretty much whatever you like. No need to spend a great deal of money – much can be achieved by choosing accessories such as candles, crackers and flowers with care.

5. General displays There was a time when chains of coloured paper hung from corner to corner of the room were the height of Christmas chic. This may no longer be the case – but home-made decorations can still be a wonderful thing. It could be as simple as a row of chunky candles, wound round with ivy, a wooden bowl filled with clove-studded oranges, or a string of white fairy lights clustered in a glass vase. And last but by no means least, involve the children in making paper chains, bunting or felt cut-outs for that charmingly wonky, home-made look.

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the project and just the beginning, Claire Burden Business Manager for Salisbury City Council said, “This really is the first phase in a collaborative marketing campaign for the City, the idea will be to build on this project and run seasonal promotion of the City and what it has to offer to the potential visitor. The vision of this project has always been to entice shoppers from neighbouring towns and cities and then remind our own residents why Salisbury is unique.” The group are looking at additional ways to promote the City over the festive season and would be keen to hear from businesses who feel they can help financially. Anyone interested in finding out more or offering their support are asked to contact Graham Gould on 01722 349807 or email graham@salisburyccm.co.uk


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exhibitors at the gallery. Amongst those to show at the gallery for the first time is Moira Ross. Moira produces stone carvings and has exhibited across the South including the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey during 2010. Also new to the gallery is the work of Lisa Von Hallwyl. Lisa is a fashion and jewellery designer and a graduate of the Winchester School of

Art. Lisa’s striking millinery has proved popular at weddings. Veteran exhibitors include the Eeles Family Potters and Brian Hodgson. Both have an extensive following. Brian recently held a successful solo exhibition at the gallery during the September Salisbury Art Trail and regularly exhibits his evocative oil paintings in London. The Eeles family, from Dorset, are renowned for their


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s with many traditions, there is usually a story of how a custom came about. Some sound plausible and some less so. But they almost always have a nostalgic tale behind them and never more so than at Christmas time.

belief that Santa came down the chimney in order to deliver his gifts. Nicholas did many more secret good deeds, he really was the original benevolent St Nicholas.

Each night his girls would wash and mend their clothes. To enable their stockings to dry they would hang them near the fire.

Christmas Puddings Christmas Pudding’s history is not as a dessert at all, but as a savoury meat based dish. In Medieval times all surplus livestock were slaughtered in the autumn so that they did not have to be fed over the winter. The meat had to be preserved however and a pottage was prepared in a large cauldron, the ingredients being slow cooked, with dried fruits, sugar and spices added. It is more likely that the dish was called plum pottage or plum porridge, the dried version of plums being prunes.

A wealthy man called Nicholas, who lived in the village, had heard of the girls’ plight and one night called by the house after dark. Seeing an open window he sneaked in and put a bag of gold coins in each of the stockings. When the villagers heard of the widower’s good fortune, they too started hanging stockings by their fireplaces. Because the stockings were by the fire this lead to the

As meat preserving techniques improved, the savoury element of the dish decreased, although of course if suet is used a small element of meat may still be included. It was not until the 1830s however that the cannonball of flour, fruits, suet, sugar and spices, all topped with holly, made a definite appearance, becoming more and more associated with Christmas.

Hanging a stocking by the fire A long time ago there lived a man who had three daughters. His wife had died some years earlier and now his daughters were of an age to be married. However, at that time in history, the prospective husband’s family would expect to receive a dowry – gifts and money – when their son married. The man was very poor and simply could not afford to do this.

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It is said that the pudding should be made with thirteen ingredients to represent Jesus and His Disciples and that every member of the family should take turns to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men. Christmas Crackers No Christmas dinner table would be complete without Christmas crackers, and the hats, small gifts and bad jokes are very much part of the tradition. The crackers were believed to have been invented in around 1850 in London, by a sweet maker called Tom Smith. He was often trying to think of new ways to market his sweets and sitting by his fire one night, he thought it would be a good idea if they could make a similar crackle to a burning log as the sweet wrapper was pulled in half. The idea caught on although rather too well as rival manufacturers soon sprang up. Tom Smith’s son, Walter, came up with the idea of including other items and offering different designs as a way of differentiating his product from those of his competitors. The best tradition of all of course is to spend time with your family, and that needs no explanation.


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Christmas Crossword Across 2. The celebration of the Eucharist (4) 4. The wise men (4) 6. Evergreen climbing plant (3) 8. Public house (3) 9. Colour of trees (5) 10. One of the gifts brought by the Three Wise Men (4) 11. Term referring to God (4) 14. Great happiness (3) 15. Toys particularly for girls (5) 16. Transport used on snow (4) 17. Often filled with mincemeat (3) 19. Santa’s helpers (5)

Down 1. Noisy celebrations (10) 2. Amazing or wonderful occurrence (7) 3. 26th December (6,3) 5. Heavenly creature (5) 7. The season around Christmas (8) 12. Cooking method for turkey and chestnuts (5) 13. Popular Christmas colour (3) 14. Special anniversary (7) 17. Coniferous tree (4) 18. Gifts given to children (4)

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or younger if supervised by an adult) is an imaginative feast of Christmas arts and crafts to put everyone in the festive mood. Sessions are held in the Education Centre from 10.00am – 12.00pm each day from Monday 19 to Friday 23 December. Parents with last-minute shopping are able to leave children knowing they are well cared for. Cost is £3.50 per child per session, with all materials provided. Spaces are limited so booking is advised. Call 01722 555180 or email education@salcath.co.uk. Christmas story-time takes place by the crib scene in the Cathedral. Hear a new story each

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