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April / May 2013


Dear Readers,

t’s almost the end of March as we go to print and I’ve just checked the temp. gauge on the car as it’s midday (the warmest part of the day!) and it’s still only 3 deg! About 20 deg colder than some parts of the UK last year when spring was well underway and we were already into the BBQ season! At exactly the same time last year Jubilee Gardens and all the verges all around Ringwood were covered with hosts of golden daffodils (that sounds familiar!) and the blossom looked beautiful beneath an endless blue sky. Our cover picture is a reminder! And then it started raining - but hopefully this summer will make up for last year’s but I won’t hold my breath! This issue’s Now & Then features a 1960’s building in the Market Place which was such a poor replacement for the original character property

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it replaced, that it was the catalyst for setting up the Ringwood Society in 1962 to help protect Ringwood’s heritage from further damage. So in a perverse way it has helped to maintain Ringwood’s unique character! Another far more famous but not quite so old building is featured on page 18 and celebrates being 155 years old in April! And on page 27 we have an article about really, really old buildings! These are around 5000 years older than Ringwood’s Market Place buildings! At the other end of the time scale on page 47 we feature the most bizarre i-potty - complete with a built in i-pad stand! Not an April fool I can assure you! No doubt for the tech-savvy toddler with everything! As always our ‘Local Business Directory’ at the back will save you time, fuel and most importantly at the moment - money!

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Business features Local Dorset Hospitals: Better Together


Local events and features Community News 8,21,23,29,31,34,41,45 Viewed From My Window: rescued cat stories by Local Author, Patricia Oliver 4 Now & Then: Market Place, Ringwood 6 The Blashford Bulletin 10 Clubs & Societies 20,21 Ringwood School News 25 What’s On Locally 26,28 Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne 27

Feature articles Interiors: Light Fantastic 14 Mike’s Motors: Toyota Avensis-The Sensible Option 16 Special Feature: Big Ben Cast-10 April 1858 18 Life Begins: Preparing for that difficult time 22 Finance: How to Holiday for Less in 2013 24 Beauty: All About Brows 30 Travel: Hidden Algarve 32 Gardening: Seed Sowing on the Cheap 36 Helpful Hints for Hedgehogs 40 Short Story: The Easter Egg Hunt 43 Tech Review: Odd gadgets that really exist 47

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Viewed From My W indow A small selection of short stories written by Patricia Oliver from Horton near Wimborne, describing the ups and downs of caring for feral cats over the years with photos by J Santana-Martin.


Mr & Mrs Oscar

he many cats and kittens that appear at our window after dark were becoming cause for concern especially as we ended up with hefty Vet’s bills as well as mounting food bills. We arranged with the RSPCA that if we caught them they would pay for the neutering, so we set about catching all the cats that came for food at night and one by one we had them neutered. They were all very shy and panicked if we came near, but a catching cage was provided by the RSPCA which helped enormously. After a short time in our special cage all cats are given the opportunity to be free again or remain in the vicinity with food and shelter provided. Aware that there seemed to be a cat or cats living in our garage, we managed our first catch which was a cat we named Oscar. We had seen him around but he was unapproachable. One of our resident cats called Henry would often be seen doing a ‘dance’ with Oscar, as we called it, circling and threatening each other, but it had not yet come to blows. Oscar was not too difficult to catch as he loved his food, so after his operation we kept him in a greenhouse which had one end covered in chicken wire, so not sealed up completely, to see if we could befriend him. He was tolerant of us, but not really prepared to allow too much licence although he would wait expectantly for his food and just loved his biscuits. We waited about two weeks to see if we could get closer, but it was obvious this was not going to be an option, so we let him go. We then realized that Oscar had a companion as we found them together many times. They would be seen cuddled up together or walking together with their tails intertwined, it was so

lovely to see them. They certainly did not wish to be parted. We called his constant companion Sophie which soon became ‘Mrs Oscar’. Being female it was imperative to catch her and have her neutered as we did not want to have any more kittens to care for, but we realized we were too late for this season as we found three kittens living with Mrs Oscar in the garage. Once again we tried our best to tame this feral cat, but without success, she was not aggressive, just very timid and preferred we kept our distance. After a couple of weeks, and being sure her wound had healed, we let her go, but she remained close by and went back to the garage. If we saw her on the patio enjoying the food, she would make a hasty retreat and it would be sometime before she would stay close when she saw us, but gradually over time and with the encouragement of Mr Oscar she became less timid and only retreated to a few feet away. Mr & Mrs Oscar seemed very content and did not go far, although they did enjoy a walk around the patio tails intertwined, asleep in the vegetable garden, or making a nest for themselves in the long grass, but they rarely bothered to hunt. The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.


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Keskins/Imperial Cancer Research/Metro Lounge, Market Place, Ringwood only child William Bramble Baldwin also became a lawyer but predeceased his parents. After her husband’s death in 1841, Mary lived on in the house until her death in 1855, when she left an interesting bequest of sixpence each to sixty poor widows of Ringwood to be distributed on every St Thomas’s Day, 21st December.



his property is unique in being the only building in Ringwood Market Place to have been entirely demolished and replaced by a new building during the 20th century. The old house, like others in this area, The same view in March 2013 belonged to the Manor of Ringwood Rectory, owned by Kings College CamThe 1890s photograph (top left) shows bridge. In their survey of 1768 it was recorded as ‘one cottage (now a very good house) near the house next to part of the old George Inn the George and fronting the Market House.’ In described in the last issue of Roundabout the first three decades of the 19th century this Ringwood. It continued to be inhabited priwas the home of William and Mary Baldwin vately well into the 20th century until the last (my namesake, but no relation!). William was occupants, the Neaum family, put the house a wealthy lawyer who acted as Steward of up for sale around 1960. Sadly it was then demolished to make way for Ringwood’s first purpose-built supermarket. The new buildFor sale in the ing was a very poor substitute for what had early 1960’s been one of Ringwood’s character properties. Constructed with cheap brick, flat roof and plate glass windows, the new supermarket looked totally out of character with its adjacent neighbours. This led to the setting up of the Ringwood Society in 1962 with the aim of safeguarding the historic fabric of the town and campaigning for higher standards of new design. The building soon proved too small for Pricerite supermarket and was split into two separate shops, currently occupied by Keskins takeaway foods and Imperial Cancer Rethe Rectory Manor, which probably explains search charity shop. The first floor was until how he managed to acquire the freehold of recently a snooker hall but it has now been this house from Kings College in re- transformed into the Metro Lounge turn for some land at Harbridge. Their Piano Bar. Copyright © Mary Baldwin

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BASICS Hampshire doctor collects “timely” cheque from Waitrose Ringwood!

“It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Ringwood Resident Dr Sarah Assheton as she collected a cheque for £290 from Waitrose partner Pat Joyce. “BASICS Hampshire has only just had a kitcheck day,” she explains, “and we have quite a lot that needs refurbishing or replacing. This will certainly help – we can’t do our job without the right equipment.” Dr Assheton is one of the dozen or so highly trained doctors who volunteer to respond to patients in the vital moments before they reach

hospital. Some, like Sarah, also fly on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Back in Waitrose Sarah was busy choosing a charity from the Community Matters boxes. “I’ve always admired the little green token idea – it’s fun, it involves the community – and for smaller charities like ourselves with no professional fundraising infrastructure, it’s a very welcome opportunity.” For further details please contact Jay Andrews BASICS Hampshire 07703 131188

Tools For Self Reliance (TFSR) need some ANGELS!


t is just over two months since TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE learned that their time at their workshop in Raymond Brown Construction’s yard was limited due to the impending sale of the land for development. As a result a frantic search for an alternative started. We learned in March from the group’s Administrator Laurie Dormer, that there had since been a steady flow of offers and suggestions from well wishers ever since, but all needing substantial repairs or in residential areas where planning would be a major problem. However, Laurie had a call from a Director of a local company Geary’s Hightown Herds Ltd suggesting they should view a unit on their estate off the A31 behind In Excess. The TFSR team leaders went to look and found its location in Ringwood, easy access and space provided were absolutely ideal for their project. All leaders felt the only thing to stop them re-locating there was money because as a voluntary organisation working for a Charity they do not generate income. However the Company recognised their problem and they eventually came to a mutually acceptable solu-

tion regarding the rental. They agreed to supply all TFSR’s needs including supplying the transport to move all their Benches, tools and equipment to the new location. And most importantly it was also agreed to grant them the guaranteed use of the building for as long as they needed it which - most importantly - gives TFSR the stability and security they need for future development of their work for the seriously deprived people of Africa. All the group needs now is a guarantee that they can pay the rent for the next 3 years. Relying on Laurie to organise fund raising every year to pay their rent is not certain enough. For this reason he is seeking the help of some Angels in the hope that people sympathetic to their cause will help. The miracle Laurie wants the Angels to perform is an undertaking to donate £300 each year for the next 3 years to fund the cost of the property for that period. He asks anyone who feels they may help keep TFSR in Ringwood to ring him on 01425-475440 - anytime or e mail him on:

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T he Blashford Bulletin Things to look out for in the coming months at the Blashford Lakes Nature Reserve, Ibsley.

Pond Dippers at the Blashford Centre


very holiday we work with the Bridge’s and Pathways Children’s Centre, based in Ringwood and Fordingbridge, running wildlife discovery events for local families. On our last trip out together we ventured to the pond in search of the wonderful watery wildlife that lives there. It is always amazing how much life there is lurking in the murky depths of a pond. We caught a variety of invertebrates from tiny water fleas and wiggly midge larvae to the giant predators of the pond; the great diving beetles

Male Smooth Newt and dragonfly nymphs. The pond is also home to smooth and palmate newts and if you

sit quietly by the pond you will see the newts and beetles swimming up to the surface for air before diving back down again. Another frequent visitor, often seen basking on the edge of the pond behind the centre is the grass snake, they dip into the pond on the look out for their lunch; a nice juicy toad or newt. If you have never been pond dipping before, we would highly recommend it for any age; we run family pond dipping sessions and adults’ only sessions too!

mice and bank voles. Then as darkness falls we will head out for a night walk in search of the small mammals that took to the skies - bats! Bats use echolocation to find their way around in the dark; they make small clicks and then listen to their echoes to build up a picture of their surroundings. We use bat detectors which convert the high pitch clicks of the bats into something we can hear. The effect is quite amazing, allowing us to listen in to the secret world of the bats. On Saturday we will check the traps and head out on a short walk to look for tracks and signs of some of the larger mammals that live at Blashford. The Blashford Lakes Project is a partnership between Sembcorp Bournemouth Water, New Forest District Council and Wessex Water. The reserve is managed by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a charity that aims to protect lo-

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The coming few months will see our three local hospitals in the public spotlight like never before. The proposed merger of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (PHFT) is set to pave the way for a new era in healthcare. The proposal - the first of its kind in the country - aims to draw together the best of all healthcare facilities provided at our hospitals, Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch, and meet the challenges that face the NHS in the future. Over the course of the next few months, we will publish a series of features. They will highlight how we will continue to meet the needs of the area’s population, provide the highest level of healthcare, and retain services locally and existing areas of good practice.

Why merge?

Providing first class, quality care locally and being able to invest in services in the future are of paramount importance to us. The proposed merger provides many benefits for patients and improved outcomes, through increased consultant-led care and receiving the right treatment at the right time. It will ensure we can continue to invest in local patient services. Combining the skills and strengths of both organisations, that are already providing excellent patient care, places the new Bournemouth and Poole NHS Foundation Trust (if the merger is approved) in the strongest position possible to meet the challenges that lie ahead. There are many examples of where we already work together as separate organisations but we have gone as far as we can. It would be very difficult to begin to realise further benefits, achieve sustainability or address the challenges without merger.

How will the merger affect me?

It is important to remember that outpatient and day case services will remain at all three hospitals, so the vast majority of patients will see no difference in the first class way services are provided. To ensure services can remain local, the new organisation will need to look at how some specialist services will be provided. This will be done together with GPs, clinicians, patients and the public, and any proposals will be fully consulted on. As well as ensuring the continued provision of local, first-class, quality care and investment in the future, there are many benefits to staff and patients which we will explore over the coming months in this feature. We firmly believe that merger is the right thing to do for our patients to ensure they continue to receive high quality care locally. Over the coming months you will hear from a range of staff from our hospitals. We hope you find the features useful and informative. Jane Stichbury Chairman The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Angela Schofield Chairman Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Next issue – June/July: Meet Robert Talbot, Medical Director of the proposed new Trust. If you have a question about your local hospitals, let us know. We will try to answer the most common ones over the coming months. You can email us at: or Find out more at: or Follow us on: Facebook/Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals

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Lighting can be used to emphasise good points or disguise problem areas, to highlight colour, texture and form, and to divide, unify or open up a space. In short, lighting can make or break a room, says Katherine Sorrell


Light Fantastic

f you’ve ever felt that a room is boring, bland and lifeless, the chances are that it’s not your furnishings that are to blame, but your lighting. Poor lighting flattens and dulls, while clever lighting can give va-va-voom to the simplest of decorative schemes. Lighting isn’t just a practical thing, it’s psychological, too, reinforcing our sense of security, comforting us, and sending out signals of welcome, vitality and warmth. Because of this, it’s worth ensuring that any lighting scheme is truly flexible, adapting at the touch of a switch to your mood, the time of day, and the way in which you use each room. If possible, you should design your lighting scheme at the earliest stages, when planning how you will use the room and where the furniture will be grouped. Once you have worked out how you will live in the space, you can ask yourself where you will want light, how much you will require at what times, and what effects you wish to create. ‘When lighting any room it’s essential to design a scheme so that light comes from more than one source or direction,’ says Sally Storey, design director of John Cullen Lighting. ‘You can layer lighting effects in the same way that an interior designer layers fabrics and textiles.’ Professionals divide light into four main types: general light, which gives good overall lighting; task light, to brightly illuminate a specific area such as a worktop or reading corner; accent lighting, which highlights features such as pictures, shelving or architectural detailing; and atmosphere lighting, which sets the mood, from a dramatic mix of light and shade to mellow pools of light in different areas of the room. Most rooms require three or four of these

Left: To add extra dimensions to your lighting simply plug in table and floor lamps in strategic locations. Above: Use an adjustable lamp at a desk or beside a sofa to provide task lighting for working or reading.

types, provided by a combination of downlights or spotlights on the ceiling, track lights, floorlevel or wall-mounted uplighters, wall washers, floor or table lamps, and special shelf or display lighting. Of course, we can’t all start from scratch when redesigning our lighting, so if you’re looking for a quick upgrade on a budget, you could just spend a few pounds replacing main light switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection of table or floor lamps at strategic points, enabling you to layer the lighting and emphasise special features. With these fundamentals in mind, forward planning and creative thinking are the keys to designing a lighting scheme. Think of it as painting with light, creating washes and filling in with highlights and lowlights. Each room is your blank canvas, but with imagination and a little effort it can become a work of art.

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Lighting Room By Room Living rooms Ideally, install a range of

lighting options, from bright reading lights to softer lights for relaxing and entertaining. You could also highlight shelving, pictures or a coffee table.

Dining rooms A pendant hung over a dining table creates an intimate atmosphere. Fix wall lights at a lower level – more appropriate when sitting. Kitchens Adjustable spotlights, on tracks or

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Bathrooms Combine crisp, bright lights,

in the form of ceiling downlighters, for an energetic feeling, with softer lights, such as wall washers, for a relaxing bath.

A chandelier over a dining table provides mellow pools of light. The feature wall has been illuminated by hidden washers.

Bedrooms require subtle, flattering lighting, although a good light for mirrors is essential. For bedside reading, wall-mounted lights free up space on a bedside table. by Katherine Sorrell


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ay ‘Toyota’ to the general public and their responses range from respect to total adoration. This brand conjures up continuous research, design and manufacturing process enhancement which are ideals which many will strive to emulate; Toyota have patiently built their processes from deep foundations with every small detail scrutinised continually by every employee asking the question “in what way can we improve this process or part?”. In Japan they call it Kaizen. They have used this philosophy to gently tell the public they are ‘the best’ in everything they do, and that their car proposition is one you can’t afford to ignore. They have repeatedly used this as a selling proposition enabling them to achieve dominant market penetration in North America especially with the Camry and Prius. But what of reality? Recently their brand has been severely dented by a number of safetyrelated recalls they tried much too hard to cover up or explain away – even laying responsibility at the users door. Latterly they are ‘coming clean’ over problems at the outset like their competitors, while in the background still making extra-warranty concessions on such things as older vehicles developing very heavy oil consumption. They are surely and slowly regaining consumer confidence. With all this floating around

my mind, I was looking forward to testing their medium-large saloon, the Avensis TR-4D, to see just how all this related to reality. It is a direct competitor to excellent cars such as the Mondeo, the new Peugeot 508 and the Mazda 6, strong competition indeed. My car was very smart-looking in a quite creamy metallic silver, although the exterior styling is rather nondescript except for rather heavy and wide rear wings blending into the boot. Open the door to well-sculpted sports seats which

would have been much nicer in back leather rather than the cheap-looking but probably very durable charcoal cloth seats. In the drivers seat, an impressively detailed and finished array of instruments, switches and screens greeted me. Easy to get into the front, plenty of legroom in the rear, spoiled only by a rather short bottom sill to put your legs/ feet through – an important consideration for the less mobile. This diesel was over-noisy to start, and intruded noticeably when accelerating hard, compensating by being quiet cruising and flexible to minimise

gear-changing. The clutch and gearlever were light and precise in operation – a far cry from the previous model. The adjustable seats give a good view out. Conversely the steering although light had precious little ‘feel’ and the suspension tended to ‘hop’ over bumps and potholes – sadly now normal in the UK - the Avensis really should have been ‘tuned’ to match our poorly maintained roads. I particularly liked the SatNav (a vast contrast to the antihuman clunker used on the previous model) which was easy to program with 8 alpha-numeric postcode entry against 6 being the mindless norm on mid-range cars today. My only gripe was that it refused to accept that I could deviate from the programmed route and very nearly had a nervous breakdown, followed by a 10mile sulk. Rather like my regular co-driver really! Clearly, this is a competent car, able to be cheap in terms of cost-per-mile. But that’s as far as it goes. Without any discernable character, no outstanding competences or quirks, I was never enthusiastic to get into it again. I’d go for a car with brio such as a Mondeo or Peugeot 508 anytime. However if I was specifying cars for field staff or managers, it would be high on my list as a durable, safe and cheap-to-run purchase, albeit depreciation could be well above average

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10 April 1858

Big Ben cast at Whitechapel Foundry, London


hat could be more British than Big Ben? You hear the bong of the 13-ton bell every time you watch ITN’s evening news or listen to the 6pm and midnight news on Radio 4. And even if you very sensibly try to avoid the news you’ll have heard the Westminster Chimes – played on the four quarter-bells that live with Big Ben in the Elizabeth Tower at the Houses of Parliament – probably more than any other piece of music. Distantly descended from a tune in Handel’s Messiah, they’re in alarm clocks, doorbells, ice cream vans, possibly even ringtones wherever you go. When you finally arrive at the Pearly Gates and ring for admission, you’ll probably hear them then.

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But there’s more to Big Ben’s Britishness than mere ubiquity. Because there’s nothing more British than a right old foul-up, and Big Ben started its career with not one foul-up but two. One night in October 1834 the Houses of Parliament were burnt to the ground. Next day some fool decided to rebuild them and – shazzam! – a mere 24 years later they were rebuilt. The project was masterminded by Sir Charles Barry but the design of the Great Tower (only re-named last year to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee) was assigned to the great Gothic revivalist Augustus Pugin. Looks like stone, doesn’t it? Looks can be deceiving, though – the shaft of the tower is brick, and the bell chamber and spire are cast iron. The stone is only cladding, like Jack and Vera’s house in Coronation Street. Naturally a great bell had been commissioned. The 16-ton monster was cast in a foundry in Stockton-on-Tees and named after Sir Benjamin Hall, the worthy who supervised the rebuilding. In 1856, before the Great Tower had

been topped out, Big Ben was hung up in New Palace Yard and tested. It promptly broke. Whoops! Just time to order a new one, from the Whitechapel Foundry just across the City. Smaller this time, at a mere 13 tons; but still called Big Ben. It was cast on 10 April 1858 and took 18 hours to haul the 200 feet up to the bell chamber to be tested. And guess what? Yes – it broke too. The clapper, it turned out, was twice the recommended weight. It took three years to repair and, apart from 1916-18 when people thought Zeppelins might hear it, it’s been bonging almost uninterrupted ever since. It didn’t even stop during the blitz, when the Luftwaffe destroyed the chamber of the House of Commons but spared the Great Tower. The Britishness doesn’t stop there, though. The design of the clock itself, a prestige project if ever there was one, was entrusted to a couple of amateurs. Edmund Denison was actually a lawyer, while George Airey was the Astronomer Royal. Theirs was a completely new and quite revolutionary design, which I’d explain to you if I understood it; but it was such a good one that the clock is accurate to a second a day and is regulated by a pile of pre-decimal pennies – adding a penny advances the clock by 0.4 of a second a day. The movement, being more than 150 years old, has been a wee bit stop-start since the 1970s, but Big Ben itself, complete with the original crack, bongs on. It did chime 30 once – but that was deliberate, to announce last year’s opening of the 30th Olympiad. Either an inspired departure from convention or a shallow piece of political gimmickry, depending on your persuasion; but at least nothing broke this time.

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Meet every Tuesday, 1st & 3rd at 6.15pm: 2nd & 4th at 12.45pm at St Leonards Hotel (If 5th Tuesday call for details). Contact the Secretary: Michael Williams 01425 470788 or

Join us to maintain footpaths and enjoy organised walks, social activities and winter evening meetings. Membership Secretary: 01425 838534

Fordingbridge & District Branch No. 1321. Meet every 4th Thursday in Meets Monday evenings at Original White Hart, High St., Ringthe Month at Scout Hall, Fordingbridge 7.30pm. Open to all ex RAF & wood ,BH24 1AW. Teams in Bournemouth & Southampton Leagues friends. Contact: Bob Moffat 01425 654434/Gwen Sturges 01425 654610 Contact : 07730 901 961


Last Monday of the month (not July & Aug) at The West Room,Avonway Braeside Road St Leonards. A bowling club for ALL - participating in Community Centre, Shaftesbury St., Fordingbridge 7.30pm. Contact: the Leagues, Friendlies & Internal competitions. Club sessions Mon & David Melbourne 01425 655235 or visit Fri afternoons. Beginners and established players welcome Secretary David Brooks 01425 478862


Meet at The Ann Rose Hall, Greyfriars Community Centre, Ringwood on RINGWOOD FLORAL DECORATION SOCIETY 1st Wednesday each month at 7.30pm, September to May. Meet at Greyfriars Community Centre on the last Thursday of the month at 2.00pm for 2.15pm. New members and visitors welcome. Contact Mark Vincent 01425 473677 / Bill Atkinson 01722 326978 Contact Jenny Davies 07885 876 980


Full programme of Leagues’ Bowls for both Ladies & Gents in the New Forest & B’mouth & District Leagues. Stuckton Road, Fordingbridge. Contact: Mr D C Jones 01425 657627


Meet every first Wednesday of the month at The Ship Inn, High Street, Fordingbridge at 8pm ish .


Pub nights, Parent toddler groups, Children’s language club Contact: Cassandra 01425 479101


Meet at Greyfriars Community Centre on 1st Monday evening of the month for illustrated talks IN ENGLISH on a variety of Italian topics. Contact : Hazel on 01425 476091


2nd Tues of each month, 7:30pm at Greyfriars. Interesting talks & colourful displays. Newcomers made very welcome. Colin Mount 01425 474310 Jo Knott 01425 478214



We are an energetic and friendly group of ex-Round Tablers (41 Clubbers) that meets for frequent and varied social activities. More formal meetings over dinner on 3rd Tuesday of each month. Contact Graham Hoyle 01425 478444 or


Meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month at St Mary’s Church Hall, Fordingbridge. 2-4.30pm. Novices & experts welcome. Pam 01425 652103, Maureen 01425 657334, Valerie 01425 656052

Duplicate Bridge played on Tuesday evenings 6.45 to 10pm at All Saints Church Hall, St Leonards. New members and visitors welcome. Mrs Marion Paris 01425 478241 or Jim Jackson 01425 461661


Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings in term time from 7.30pmRINGWOOD & FORDINGBRIDGE LIONS CLUB 9pm in the URC, Salisbury Street. New singers welcome. Meet on the 2nd Thursday each month at 7.45 for 8pm Contact our Secretary on: 01425 654372 at The Elm Tree pub, Hightown Road, Ringwood. Contact Lion Martin Riseam at: – LONGWATER TAI CHI 01425 472181 Monday classes in Avonway Community Centre, Shaftsbury Street, Fordingbridge.Tai Chi “Health for Life” Drop-in 11am - 12.15pm FORDINGBRIDGE FLOWER CLUB Contact: Patrick Foley or Jane Launchbury 01725 514546 Meet on the 1st Monday each month, except January & August, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Fordingbridge at 7.30pm.Visitors always welcome. BISTERNE VILLAGE HALL FOR HIRE charity no. 301747 Further details from the Secretary on 01425 655493 Refurbished and available for hire for private parties, Clubs, Meetings, Organised functions. Entertainment Licence for 100 people. THE FORDINGBRIDGE SOCIETY Hire charges are from £5 per hour. Call: 01425 476703 Join us and discover how to enjoy learning about the town & making friends at the same time. £6 per couple per year. Contact Sara Winteridge, Coach House, SP6 1JT. 01425-654426 HEATHERLANDS SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB We bowl from 7.30pm to 10 pm every Wed & Sun at St. Leonards & St. Ives Village Hall, Braeside Road. A gentle sport suitable for ladies as CERCLE AMICAL DE RINGWOOD well as men. Ring George on 01425-489833 / 07831224945 Meet at Anne Rose Hall, Greyfriars Community Centre 2nd Friday each month at 7.45pm. Contact: Secretary 01202 397440 RINGWOOD ANTIQUES CLUB Greyfriars Community Centre, 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. New members & visitors welcome FORDINGBRIDGE & DISTRICT U3A Membership and programme details 01425 471348 Every 3rd Wednesday 2-4pm Fordingbridge Town Hall. Members also join activity groups according to interest. Info at BOURNEMOUTH PHILHARMONIC SOC. ORCHESTRA fordingbridge , Info packs in Fordingbridge library, or come to a meeting (£2 guest) This full symphony orchestra rehearses 7.30 pm Wednesdays Peter Woollett (memb. Sec) 01425 655490 at St Peter’s Senior Catholic School, St Catherine’s Rd, Southbourne. Contact conductor Sam Newgarth 01258 473073. RINGWOOD & FORDINGBRIDGE TALKING NEWS Supplies audio transcripts of local newspapers and non-political and non-sectarian magazines free to sight impaired people. AVON W I Welcomes donations & help to read & edit. Meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm at United Reformed Contact: Peter Ansell 01425 475886 / Elaine Drew 01425 480918 Church Hall, Salisbury Street. (No meetings in August) Monthly speaker/activities/discussions. Contact Anne on 01425 655192


Oddfellows is one of the oldest and friendliest societies in the world. For further details Contact Flo Munro 01202 820965, Loyal Acorn Lodge. The Oddfellows - making friends, helping people.


We meet at 6.30pm/7pm on Tuesdays every week at Avonway. We like to make a difference to the lives of others. For information on joining us call: Colin Ritchie on 01425 655877 More overleafX

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We care for the needs of those who are infirm, young or old, & without transport. Our volunteers will drive you to medical appointments, shopping & much more. Call Sandleheath & Fordingbridge 08458385902 Godshill 01425 654283 or for information - 01425 652527

Meet at Greyfriars on 3rd Monday each month at 7pm. Minibus available for Ringwood area. New members & Visitors welcome - no need to have served in Armed Forces. Contact Jane Mansi 01202 572183 or Jean Webley 01425 489085


Newborns up to 3yrs welcome + parents. Thursdays 3—4.30pm At The Victoria Rooms FORDINGBRIDGE £1 incl fresh coffee/tea & homemade cake. New Life Community Church welcome you 07909 711 886

TRADITIONAL AIKIDO CLUB Hyde, Fordingbridge Thursday 8 - 10.30pm, Sat 9-1pm. Also Salisbury Tues eve - Sun am. Physical and spiritual development. Self defence and weapons training. 20 yrs exp. 4th dan Qualified instructor. All ages. Contact John 01425 655194



Our friendly club meets from 7 to 10pm on Tuesdays every week at Avonway Community Centre, 36 Shaftesbury St, Fordingbridge. 1st & 3rd weeks: Rubber. 2nd & 4th weeks: Duplicate For details call Sue Hughes 01425 657795


We promote the art of Fly Dressing/Tying. Wednesday evenings at 7pm - 9:30pm at Poulner Junior School, North Poulner Road, Ringwood, BH24 3LA. New members always welcome Secretary Peter Wildash: 07587000223,


Meet each Monday 10-11.30am at St Mary’s Church, Fordingbridge. Come along to one of our friendly practice sessions. Ability to read music helps but not necessity. 01425 652103 or 01425 652769

Over 65 talks, functions, outings and special events held throughout the year in Verwood, West Moors and Ferndown. Contact Membership Secretary: Janet Matthews 01202 855001





Practice evening, each Friday at 8pm - 10pm. Ebenezer Hall, Greyfriars, Ringwood. NEW PLAYERS WELCOME! Mrs. Christine Harris: 07742 636662

Meet at Greyfriars Wednesday pm for Rubber Bridge (1.30pm) and Friday eves for Duplicate Bridge (6.45pm). New members & visitors welcome. Sue 01425 478920 or Ray 01425 477335

Meet on the last Thursday of each month with a variety of speakers at We raise money to provide extras & equipment for the benefit of Ibsley Village Hall 7.30pm. Plant Sale May 11th 2-4pm. patients & staff at our community hospital.We welcome new members Annual Show 31st August. Contact Bren or Terry 01425 653834 and helpers at our two main annual fundraising events and volunteers to join the team serving morning coffee to patients. Contact: Lynette Stanford, 01425 657650 RINGWOOD COMMUNITY CHOIR, “SING FOR JOY” Mixed choir, singing harmony songs from around the world-African, gospel, Taize, folk etc. No auditions, beginners as well as experienced THE BRACKEN CO. OF ARCHERS. singers age 10 upwards. Meet at Greyfriars Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:30. We are found on the grounds of Cranborne Middle School in E Dorset. Pay as you go. Contact Kirsteen McCormick 01725 517807. We shoot on Sunday am, Tuesday & Thursday eve’s in the summer. In the winter, we also shoot indoors.


Meet 3rd Monday each month at 7pm at Radnor Hall, Bodenham. New members & visitors very welcome. £5 inc refreshments. Info: Pat Jones 01258 452510 Doreen Simkins 01425 652085


We are a small, friendly group meeting twice a month in Fordingbridge. On your first visit we will provide all the materials and tools for you to make a small sample piece to take home with you. Contact: Helen Cox 0789 0740 333


We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month (except July & August) at 11am in St Francis Church Hall, Beatrice Road, Salisbury, SP1 3PN. Contact 01722 780683 Visitors welcome Entrance £5.00 WMore overleaf


Meet at Avonway Community Centre at 7.30 pm alternate Wednesdays for a mixture of talks by top photographers and members’ shows constructively judged by experienced professionals. 01725 518448


Outdoor and indoor activities: braais, boat cruise, walks, barn dance, darts, South African dinners. Camaraderie! fun! Contact Phillipa 01202-740265


Meet on Wednesdays 1-4pm (40weeks in the year) in the Small Trinity Church Hall, Ringwood. A friendly group with varying levels of expertise and new members are always welcome.Contact: 01202 820896


The Hideaway, Moorlands Road, Verwood, BH31 7PD on 3rd Thursday of the month. Good Food & Bar. Gigs from 8-11pm. (Doors open from 7pm). No membership required. Contact Geoff 07798 721405

Ringwood & Fordingbridge Blind Club News


embers and volunteers enjoyed an a f t e r n o o n ’s entertainment given by the Ringwood Church Handbell Ringers who played popular tunes with beautiful crafted handbells. There was many a foot tapping and heads nodding to the music. The six handbell ringers, also recited poetry and pieces during the afternoon. The Handbell Ringers perform regularly

around the local area and donate their fee to charities of their choice. The members enjoyed the usual delicious tea of cakes, sandwiches and tea prepared by the volunteers. Our next meeting is on Thursday pm, 14 March in Greyfriars Activities Centre, Ringwood. New volunteers are always welcome. Call Peter on 01425 480337, Mary on 01425 470008 or Kate on 01425 476568.

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Life Begins

When Jeanette Palfry visited her local Registrar’s Office to register the death of her mother, she thought she was well prepared....

Preparing for that difficult time


s required by law, she had made an appointment within five days of her mum’s passing and had brought a copy of the doctor’s death certificate. However, she found that when the Registrar asked basic questions about her mother’s life, grief made her mind go blank. “When mum finally died after a long illness, it felt like the end of a journey,” explains Jeanette. “I was totally unprepared for the new challenges that lay ahead.” The visit was the first of many practical arrangements that would be required, including notifying others of her death. Most people inform friends and family as soon as possible, but they must also consider the deceased person’s official contacts, such as banks, building societies, the Inland Revenue and utilities. Some areas offer a “Tell Us Once” scheme which allows the Local Authority to notify other government departments and authorities about a death, but otherwise it will require individual notifications. The Registrar will issue a certificate for burial or cremation together with a

certificate of registration of death. You will need to purchase copies of this certificate (costing £4 each) in order to inform the relevant organisations, but it may be several weeks before each document is returned. You should therefore buy as many copies as you can afford: the cost increases from £4 to £7 if you have to return to buy more, aside from the inconvenience of having to make another trip. While you are dealing with the practicalities of registration and notification, you will also need to think about the funeral arrangements. If your loved one did not leave clear instructions, you may be confronted by a number of bewildering choices. Cremation or burial? Flowers or donations? Hymns or classical anthems? Making decisions can be difficult at a time when the family is in mourning, but the funeral director will be on hand to offer guidance and advice. If there is a funeral plan in place then the scale of the ceremony will be established in advance. Without prepayment the funeral plans will inevitably be dictated by the

budget available. In their ninth annual report on the expenses associated with dying, leading insurers Sun Life Direct say that the cost of a basic funeral in 2012 was £3,284. Jeanette Palfry believes that a visit to the funeral director when death is expected but not imminent can help relatives get the best out of a limited budget and alleviate distress when the time comes.

“I didn’t want to see the funeral director before mum passed away because it felt as though we were being mercenary,” says Jeanette. “On reflection it would have helped us to find out what we needed to do at a time when our minds weren’t preoccupied by her loss.” While Jeanette acknowledges that it is difficult to make preparations that anticipate a person’s death, she feels it is important to have key information to hand in the event of a bereavement. This includes a detailed note of the individual’s funeral wishes. “I’ve learned from experience that information and forward planning can make all the difference at a time when a family is coping with grief”. by Claudia Leaf

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hursday 23rd May 2013 is Bag a Bra Day and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, as well as many women in West Africa, need your discarded bras. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance work with a recycling company called Bag it up ( uk) which recycles donated clothes that are processed and then sent to other countries for resale. The charity then receives payment in relation to the weight of clothing donated, which is then used to help maintain the service of the Air Ambulance across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The recycling of bras is slightly different from other textiles, as most of the donated bras are shipped to West Africa for resale at affordable prices by street traders. Being able to wear a bra gives women status and helps to improve their self esteem, which are certainly very emotive reasons to dig into the bra drawer to find an unwanted bra or two! John Perry, Chief Executive of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said ‘This is a really worthwhile cause because your donations are not only helping the Air Ambulance, but also helping women in West Africa. We really appreciate all the donations we receive and everything helps towards keeping our Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.’ If you would like a ‘Bag-a-Bra’ collecting bag, want to know where your nearest ‘Bag-It-Up’ recycling bank is situated, or just require further information about this appeal, then please visit

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How to Holiday for Less in 2013


s winter draws to a close, conversations about where to go for summer holidays are on the increase and the difference between what we can afford and what we would ideally like often represents something of a discrepancy. However, there are steps which can be taken to bridge the gap and help us afford a summer holiday which may otherwise be financially out of reach. Book Early or Book Late As far as saving money is concerned, there are two choices on the table and they are booking either late or early. Whether you book far ahead using low-cost airlines and advance bookings for accommodation or snag a last-minute bargain from a package holiday company, either of these approaches can work wonders for your budget. The key is to decide which suits you best and to plan your holiday around that. Indecisiveness will cost you money, so take the time to make a clean decision on your strategy. Advance accommodation bookings websites such as holidaylettings. are fantastic and when

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News from Ringwood School Students fly to India as Ambassadors Sam Whittingham,14, and Millie Wells,15, are to be the 2013 Young Ambassadors for the Global Campaign for Education UK. Sam and Millie won a national competition, The Steve Sinnott Award, to find two dynamic and passionate young people who want to further the cause of Education for All. Worldwide, there are over 60 million children missing out on even a basic primary education, with many more struggling to learn in overcrowded classrooms and with untrained teachers. The campaign aims to remind world leaders of their promise to deliver quality universal primary education by 2015. Sam and Millie’s year-long role will start with a fact finding mission to India. The Young Ambassadors will visit Oxfam India projects in and around the capital city Delhi. They will have the opportunity to visit slum communities, attend classes at a government school and meet child campaigners and children missing out on school. On return they will help raise awareness by talking to the media, meeting with politicians and speaking at events to UK teachers and within parliament. Millie said: “When I heard that we had won the Steve Sinnott Award and would be going to India I was overcome with emotion, I just couldn’t believe it. Words can’t describe how much it means to me. I just can’t wait to start work as a Young Ambassador for the campaign.” Sam added: "The thing that I am most

Pictured from left to right is Sam Whittingham, Steve O'Brien MP, Desmond Swayne MP, and Millie Wells looking forward to is being able to do something constructive to help children across the world and hopefully improve their standard of living and education." As Young Ambassadors, Sam and Millie will be helping to inspire other young people in the UK to take part in the Send My Friend to School campaign, to learn about this global problem and engage their MPs in taking this issue to parliament and to the Prime Minister. Nicola Cadbury, Global Campaign for Education UK Co-ordinator and one of the competition judges, said: “The judges all felt that Sam and Millie clearly understood the complex issues and how international change can be achieved, but were also articulate, engaging and really passionate. What came across was how deeply they felt that more must be done. We think they’ll make great Young Ambassadors!”

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Ringwood Art Society has an ongoing Exhibition. Paintings are for sale and renewed every three months.Have a look at while you have refreshments. Verwood HUB presents - Comedy Capers with five superb comics - ages 15+. £11.50 (inc Plate of Food) 80s/90s Club Dance Revival Night with DJ Del Storey

the Boston Tea Party, Frampton Mill, The Furlong, Ringwood. The Hub, Verwood*

The Hub, Verwood* Meeting House, Meeting An afternoon pipe organ recital with cream tea - An- Ringwood lane, Ringwood BH24 1EY drew West Playing. Tickets £4.00 including cream tea house 01425 476324

Breamore House, Nr. Fordingbridge, Hampshire. SP6 2DF. 01935 421389 Spring Trundle: family event. A fun and playful walk Moors Valley Country Park and Forexploring the magic and mystery of the woodland Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr 10am - 11.30am from sights and smells to bugs and beasties. Up to 7 est, Tue 9 Apr Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET. years, children must be accompanied by an adult. 01425 470721 £4.50 per child, adults free Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Connoisseur Art Tours (booking essential 01202 Tue 9 Apr 2.30pm Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 883402(line 8) 10, 17, 24 Edmondsham House, Wimborne DorEdmondsham House Open Garden for NGS. 2pm - 5pm Apr set BH21 5RE. 01725 517207 Adults £2.50, Children £0.50. Forest School, Edmondsham, Adventure in the Woods. Whole days spent in the 10, 11 Apr 8.45am - 4.15pm woods, camp fire cooking, walks and picnics, nature BH21 5RE, crafts etc.For ages 3-8. £25 per day [£20 for siblings]. Kirsteen McCormick 01725 517807. 10, 11 Apr 4.30pm & 8.30pm FILM: The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey (PG) The Hub, Verwood* Adult £4; U16 £2 Ebeneza Hall Greyfriars Community 7.30pm (Doors Wed 10 Apr open 7pm) Centre, 44 Christchurch Road, RingFILM: Skyfall. £5 from Greyfriars Reception. wood BH24 1DW. 01425 472613 What Lies Beneath. Discover what lurks deep in our Moors Valley Country Park and For11.30am 12.30pm est, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr ponds and see if you can find Neville the Newt and Thu 11 Apr & 1pm - 3pm Deano the Dragonfly. All ages, children must be ac- Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET. 01425 470721 companied. £2.00 per child, adults free. Zoe Schwartz and Guitarist Rob Koral - Playing Ringwood Meeting House, Meeting blues and jazz, Schwarz and Koral make it all look Fri 12 Apr 7pm house lane, Ringwood BH24 1EY easy, blues, swinging tunes, bossas, Billie Holiday- 01425 476324 esque ballads all delivered with an expert flair. £6.00 Fri 12 Apr 7.30pm New Forest Story Tellers present 'Ghost Night' £6.50 The Hub, Verwood* Greyfriars ‘Cast Offs’ & ‘Cast Outs’ A quality Jumble Greyfriars Community Centre, RingSat 13 Apr 9am - 12 noon and Bric-a-brac Sale. Also second-hand book sale wood. Coffee available Annual Stamp & Postcard Fair. Ferndown and West Sat 13 Apr 10am - 4pm The Barrington Centre*, Ferndown. Moors Philatelic and Postcard Club present their 37th annual fair Stone Age Weekend. A weekend for all the family to The Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Wimexperience life in the Stone Age including rope13 - 14 Apr 10am - 4pm borne, BH21 5RP. 01725 517618 making, cave painting, fire-making etc. Adult £5 , child (4-16) £2.50. Musical: ‘My wife and The King’ by local musician Wed 17 Apr 7.45pm The Hub, Verwood* and songwriter Sam Stuckey. Directed by Pat Richardson £12 ; Seniors £10 Verwood Trad Jazz Club presents - John Maddocks The Hideaway, 17 Moorlands Road, Thu 18 Apr 8pm - 11pm Jazzmen. Tickets on door from 7pm. Meals available Verwood BH31 7PD. Geoff 01202 822038 in the restaurant or Jazz room. Sparkle and Shine Monthly Afternoon Tea Dance Fri 19 Apr 2-4pm The Hub, Verwood* £4.50 (incl tea/coffee Forest Forge Theatre Company present: The Boy at Cranborne Village Hall, BH21 5Q8, Fri 19 Apr 7.30pm the Edge of the Room, A fairytale for adults full of boyatedge song, movement and puppetry. La Nova Singers - female vocal ensemble. Their Ringwood Meeting House, Meeting unique sound is characterised by its vibrancy and Sat 20 Apr 7pm house lane, Ringwood BH24 1EY fullness, a result of the Bel Canto technique in which 01425 476324 all the singers are trained. Forest Forge Theatre Company present: The Boy at Ibsley Village Hall, BH24 3NL, Sat 20 Apr 7pm the Edge of the Room, A fairytale for adults full of boyatedge song, movement and puppetry. Sat 20 Apr 8pm Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Deborah Bonham £12.50 Traps, Tracks and Signs. Find out more about the To book please contact Michelle on mammals of Blashford Lakes. Friday evening will 472760 or Blashford7.30am - 9.15pm & include setting and putting out small mammal traps 01425 26, 27 Apr Meet at the Blashand the opportunity to use a bat detector. On Satur9.45am - 11.30am day we will check the traps and head out on a short ford Lakes Education Centre, Ellingham Drove, BH24 3PJ walk to look for tracks and signs. Suggested donation £6 per person. Sat 27 Apr 7.30pm The Hub, Verwood* Adult £8, U12 £4 'Verwood Concert Brass' Spring Concert. Queen Elizabeth School, Wimborne, Dorset Bike Ride in support of the British Heart Sun 28 Apr 8am - 10am Dorset, BH1 4DT. 0845 130 8663. Foundation. Choice of 25, 50, 66 and 100 mile circular routes . Sun 28 April 3pm Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Honor Blackman as Herself Sun 7 Apr

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he Ancient Technology Centre is poised to make its mark on the landscape later this year when it unveils its latest reconstructions…at Old Sarum and Stonehenge! The ATC was awarded a contract earlier this year by English Heritage to reconstruct three Neolithic structures based on the archaeological evidence from the Durrington Walls excavations near Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Currently, the prototype reconstructions are underway at a site near Old Sarum, and the final constructions will be permanently on display at the new Stonehenge Visitors Centre in early 2014. The work is being carried out by ATC staff and English Heritage volunteers, many of whom have been involved from the very beginning - coppicing and gathering materials from Garston Woods in Sixpenny Handley and additional timber from the Cranborne Estate, using traditional Stone Age flint axes and adzes. You can keep up to date with this project via the blog on our website: . Additionally, the ATC has been extremely busy this Winter working with a record number of schools in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, providing exciting days in the woods, on site and also as outreach programmes to schools, where we have worked with the schoolchildren to construct and thatch Iron Age roundhouses at their schools – no easy task in the bitter temperatures and wintry showers! One school also included a full-on Iron Age camp with exciting hands-on activities ranging from Iron Age food to making fire and working hot metal. As this article goes to print, a similar programme is underway at a school in Dorchester – this time it’s a Stone Age camp complete with an epic stone drag of a 1-tonne monolith, creating a ditch and bank, cave painting and a ceremony with music and dance to be performed by the children to welcome the stone to its new home. You can explore more about the Stone Age at our Stone Age Open Weekend on the 13th and 14th of April, with lots of hands-on Stone Monolith moving

Age activities and living history throughout the weekend. Our new season of Storytelling and Music begins on the 4th of May and will feature internationally artists and a range of themes to keep everyone entertained. OPEN DAYS: STONE AGE WEEKEND April 13th and 14th. 10am – 4 pm VIKINGS GALORE! OPEN WEEKEND July 27th and 28th 10am – 4 pm ROMAN WEEKEND September 21st and 22nd 10am – 4pm

ANCIENT HARVEST & APPLE DAY Oct 12th 10am – 4 pm ANCIENT WINTER DAY Dec 7th,10am – 4 pm STORYTELLINGS AND MUSICAL EVENTS May 4th – Storytelling May 25th –Music and Storytelling July 13th – Storytelling STING IN THE TALE FESTIVAL OF STORYTELLING (17-29th August 2013) ATC will host 3 events for the SITT Festival 2013 August 17th – Storytelling and Sting in the Tale Festival Launch August 21st. – Storytelling and Craft Day 10am to 4pm with The New Forest Storytellers August 27th - Storytelling and performance art October 19th – Storytelling November 9th – Music Concert November 23rd – Storytelling December 20th, 21st, 22nd - Bear Feast Check our website for more details of all these events: Ancient Technology Centre, Damerham Road, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5RP. 01725 517618

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Ringwood’s International Festival of Street Performance Art with Music, Song, Dance, Street Theatre, Jugglers, Story Tellers. Magicians, Fire Eaters, Sword Swallowers and the like.

Various venues around Ringwood town. Supported by The Rotary Club of Ringwood. Hall, 44 Christchurch Quiz Night. £12 per team with max of 6 per team. Soft Greyfriars Ringwood BH24 1DW. Carol drinks, beverages and snacks available. In aid of the Road, Hazell or British Liver Trust. 07929 428950 to book or for more info Bats About G & S, £12.50 Adult - £10 Over 60'S - £5 Tivoli Theatre*, Wimborne Under 16'S Craft & Garden Fair in the park. Craft Carnival 01202 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, 842407 or Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402. Spring Bank Holiday Craft Fair: Including silk paint- Godshill Village Hall, Woodgreen Rd, ing, scarves, cards, handbags, jewellery, dichroic Godshill, Hants. Sheena 01425 glass and woodworked items. All the crafts are 475327 handmade by a small group of local craftspeople. Butterflies and Moths: FREE family event, small Moors Valley Country Park and Forcharge for facepainting and quiz trail. est, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr All ages, children must be accompanied Ringwood, BH24 2ET. 01425 470721 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Bike treasure hunt. Booking Essential. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 (line 8) Run River Run. Bring your wellies for a splash in the To book please contact Michelle on Dockens Water river and discover the fish and other 01425 472760 or Blashfordwildlife that lives there. We’ll supply the nets and Meet at the Blashexpertise for fantastic family freshwater fun! Sugford Lakes Education Centre, Ellinggested donation £3 per person. Booking Essential. ham Drove, BH24 3PJ Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, Above & Below Stairs Dorset. BH21 4EA. 01202 883402 Moors Valley Country Park and ForChildren’s Photography Walk: 8 to 12 years. est, Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr £4.50/child Ringwood, BH24 2ET. 01425 470721 FILM: Toy Story 3 (U) Adult £4; U16 £2

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DJ School suitable for 11-15 years £5. DJ Del Storey shows you the basics of mixing & playing music to a The Hub, Verwood* crowd. Only 10 places. Walford Mill Crafts Wimborne Dorset Art Fair—Free Entry Lacy Courtyard Restaurant. East Dorset NT Association - Informal coffee morn- Kingston Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset. ing BH21 4EA. 01202 855001

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See P. 9 for contact details of many Local Entertainment Centres Kingston Lacy Courtyard Restaurant. East Dorset NT Association Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, Dorset. Informal coffee morning BH21 4EA. 01202 855001 Comedy Café £11.50 incl a plate of food The Hub, Verwood* Woodgreen miniature steam railway and model exhi- Woodgreen Village Hall, Hale Road, bition/live steam on both days. Fun for all the family. Woodgreen, Fordingbridge, SP6 2AQ. In support of teenage cancer trust and CLAPA. 01725 512805. Now in our 5th year. Dawn Chorus Walk. Enjoy an early morning stroll Valley Country Park and Forand listen to the Dawn Chorus. Please bring binocu- Moors Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr lars if you have them. A light breakfast of hot drinks est, Ringwood, Dorset, BH24 2ET. 01425 and pastries will be served at the end. Adults and 470721. Booking essential. £5/person accompanied children 12 years and over. Ringwood Meeting House, Meeting GOJO - All girl Jazz Band Tickets £8.00 house lane, Ringwood BH24 1EY. 01425 476324 Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne Cancer Research Race for Life 01202 883402 ( Verwood Trad Jazz Club presents - Jeremy Huggett’s The Hideaway, 17 Moorlands Road, Harlem 5. Tickets on door from 7pm. Meals available Verwood BH31 7PD. Geoff 01202 in the restaurant or Jazz room. 822038 Meeting House, Meeting Music Night at the Ringwood Meeting House - Tick- Ringwood House Lane, Ringwood BH24 1EY ets £6.00. Artist to be confirmed 01425 476324

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Ringwood’s International Festival of Street Performance Art

lans are under way for a day of street art and performance to be held in Ringwood on Saturday MAY 18th 2013. An exciting event when visitors to the town will be entertained throughout the day with music, song, dance, street theatre and more. Whether going about their usual business, or visiting town especially for the event, people will come across a variety of performances and happenings in various venues around the town. We hope that the `surprise on every street corner’ will be a great experience and full of fun for everyone, encouraging people into town to stay for a while and

to visit again having discovered our great community spirit. This event, which is being made possible with the support of the Rotary Club of Ringwood and the Town Council, is a promotional opportunity for local retailers, businesses, organisations and individuals to get into that spirit and showcase the best in Ringwood. If your business or organisation is interested in supporting this event, it would be great to hear from you. Please see our website for further information and contact details:

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All About Brows - How To Pluck Like A Professional

You might be surprised to read that there is a quick, simple and easy way to look years younger and all you’ll need is a pair of tweezers. Well-groomed eyebrows are essential for creating a youthful look, but it’s easy to forget them. Many women spend a great deal of time - and money - on trying to improve their skin, hiding lines and wrinkles and emphasising their best features, without giving their brows a second thought. Eyebrows serve as a frame for your eyes and by creating the right shape you can instantly lift your face, draw attention to your eyes and look altogether more beautiful. It is crucial to do it correctly however, because the wrong shape, size or even colour eyebrows can have a dramatically different effect and leave you looking permanently surprised, confused or angry. It’s important to think before you pluck so here’s our guide to making sure you have beautiful brows:

Work With What You Have The key is to work with your natural brow shape - whatever that may be. Some people are lucky enough to have brows that naturally sweep up to an arch, whereas others are born with much straighter eyebrows and need to do a little more work to create the desired look.

Trimming You might not think it, but eyebrow hair is often quite long.

A little trimming is essential for allowing the hair to lie nicely and fall into shape easily. Remove any hair that grows beyond your upper brow line - do this by brushing your eyebrows up - with a brow brush - and snipping off the long ends. Next, brush the hair downwards in the opposite direction and cut the hairs that extend past the lower brow line. To finish, brush the hair into place. Your eyebrows should already be looking much better.

Time To Tweeze

Tweezing can be a little painful at first, so it’s a good idea to open up your pores before you start by holding a warm facecloth over your brows. Ensure that you’re working in good natural light and determine where to begin. It’s good to start by holding a pencil vertically against the side of your nose and observe where it meets the brow - this gives a guide to where your eyebrows should begin. Pluck any hair away that grows before this point. Take a few hairs at a time and do the same on your other brow. Looking straight ahead, hold the pencil against your nostril and move it diagonally across the outer half of the iris of your eye - the point at which the pencil is lying is where the arch of your brow should

peak. To create the best shape for your brow, gradually tweeze a line that tapers when you reach the peak of your arch. Again, take a little at a time from each brow and keep them both looking even. To finish the shape, place your pencil back against your nostril and this time extend it diagonally to the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow should be at its thinnest. Pluck from the arch to this point, tapering the line gradually, so that it is at its thinnest at the far corner. Don’t be tempted to pluck away too much hair - remember that the fuller your brows are, the more youthful you’ll look. Work slowly and steadily, tweezing one hair at a time and be sure to keep standing back from the mirror to check how the shape is progressing.

Define Your New Shape When you’re finished you can enhance your new shape by applying a little colour to make your eyebrows really stand out. If your hair is fair, choose either a brow powder or pencil that’s a shade lighter than your hair colour. For dark hair, choose one that’s a shade darker. Gently sweep the product over the brow hair and set using a clear eyebrow gel.. by Helen Taylor

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tars Appeal President Lord Pembroke which cross the beautiful Palladian officially launched Walk for Wards 2013 Bridge and go on to the parkland in February and is inand woods viting local people to of the estate. The 3k walk take part in the event which is particularly suitable for takes place in the grounds of young families with toddlers Wilton House, his ancestral and pushchairs whilst the home, on Sunday 23rd June. 10k walk is more challengLord Pembroke said, “Our ing. All walkers get a free local hospital does such a picnic lunch, medal and the great job and the work of the chance to enjoy the grounds Stars Appeal makes an enorand adventure playground mous difference to people in after the walk. Entry is free, every ward and department. but all walkers must register Last year’s walkers raised a in advance and pledge to record-breaking £63,000. raise a minimum sponsorMuch of that went towards ship of £15 per person. enhancing the new Neonatal This year the Stars Appeal Unit and attached parents’ is raising funds for a numaccommodation, projects ber of new projects to make especially close to my heart Stars Appeal President Lord Pembroke and a difference for local people as I was cared for in the old Appeal Committee Chairman Toddy Westropp in Salisbury District Hospilaunch Walk for Wards at Wilton House. Neonatal Unit as a baby. tal. Check the website for Now I encourage local people to get involved more details of these new projects. again. Come and join this year’s walk at Wilton To register for Walk for Wards visit the Stars House to raise even more funds for important Appeal website at or call charitable projects around our Hospital.” 01722 429005 to request an entry form. Walk for Wards features two routes, both of


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Long ago in the Algarve, says the legend, a Nordic princess pined for her frozen homeland until her husband, the King of the Moors, planted thousands of almond trees. The snow-white blossom soon brought a smile to her lips and to this day almost every house in the Algarve looks out to an almond tree.

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for ramblers and birdwatchers hoping to spot goshawks and royal eagles. With a subtropical micro-climate, mountain and sea all in one, the Serra claims over 1000 species of plants but now and then a church bell chiming in the distance betrays the presence of an isolated village, perched on a terraced slope where vegetables and fruit compete for space. The road to the top winds past the spa resort of Caldas de Monchique, once the site of Roman baths and the place where King Joao II came to take the waters in search of a cure, in the late 15th century. Now the emphasis is on beauty and well being, pampering and relaxation. In a deep wooded glen, quaint buildings gather around a shaded square and you are welcome to stroll in the park, quench your thirst and best of all, make a wish at the Fountain of Youth. Beyond this charming watering place, you reach the rustic hill town of Monchique, once a prosperous weaving centre for wool and cloth, still famous

today for a wide range of craft, linen, wicker baskets, tree sculptures, wooden spoons, dried flowers and scissor chairs, invented, some say, by the Romans and so-named because of the way they fold up. All sorts of goods spill out on the pavements but step inside and you may find the shopkeeper quietly nursing her baby while grandma is shelling peas for the family’s supper. Then follow the lanes climbing up to the square and the whole town is at your feet, tumbling down the hillside among camellias, hydrangeas and fruit trees. The panorama is superb but anyone with a head for heights and twisty roads will also enjoy the drive up to Foia, just five miles away and the highest point at nearly 3,000 feet. Standing on the summit, battling with the wind, you feel like the knights of yore surveying the wild rolling lands of the Algarve, from the verdant slopes of the Serra to the coastal plain and the Atlantic glistening like silver on the horizon. by Solange Hando

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We need your memories to help mark 25 years.


oors Valley Country Park and Forest, near Ringwood, is inviting you to help mark its 25th anniversary by contributing your memories. The Rangers are asking for photos of the Park itself, and those taken at events within the Park over the last 25 years, to be uploaded to a dedicated group at groups/MV25years. They are particularly interested in receiving images that show the changes that have taken place over the last quarter century – or perhaps even highlight the similarities. Those unable to provide electronic versions of their photographs can drop in actual images at the Visitor Centre. The images will be made available for everyone to see online and a selection will also be chosen for inclusion on 25 history interpretation panels that will be placed around Moors

Valley; now the third most visited Country Park in England. You can also get involved in the celebrations by adding your vote to an online list of your favourite things about Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. The public’s top 25 will then be published later in the year. Countryside Interpretation Ranger Katie Davies said, “Moors Valley means so many different things to so many people. We need your memories to help us mark our 25th birthday. We are looking forward to seeing old photos of Moors Valley. It will be a marvellous way to see how the park has developed and will help us record the life of the park for future generations.” For further details of all the celebratory events taking place at Moors Valley this year visit the website: or contact the Rangers on 01425 470721.

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Seed Sowing on the Cheap by Pippa Greenwood


f you want your garden full of colour, interest, perfume and perhaps even tasty crops, there’s no doubt that the least expensive way to do it is to raise your plants from seed. But what can be done to ensure the results in the garden are just as impressive? Start with a little self-restraint. It’s all too easy to buy enough seed to fill a tennis court when you have an averagesized garden. Make a list of what you actually need and put a limit on how many unplanned purchases you’ll allow yourself. Think about sharing. Each packet of seed often contains tens or even hundreds of seeds, so why not agree to swap a few with friends and relatives. This will not only save you money, but will also maximise the range of plants you can grow without increasing your outlay. Don’t be tempted to sow too many seeds at one time. By sowing little and often you’ll maximise flower time of annual flowers and cropping time for

vegetables and herbs. It also means that if the conditions are not right for germination on one occasion, all is not lost. You may not need to buy what you want. Collect seed from your garden or from gardens of friends and neighbours, making sure that the plants are healthy and that they’re ready and ripe or they won’t germinate. Seeds labelled as ‘F1’ will produce flowers whose seeds will not ‘come true’, meaning that the offspring will not be the same as the original plant and will often be less productive. Try to harvest the seed when the plants and the weather are dry, remove any bits of plant debris and allow them to dry off naturally, not becoming too warm or cold. If you can’t sow the seeds immediately, make sure you store them, well labelled, in a cool, dry place. A small heated or even unheated propagator can help you reliably raise a far wider range of plants from seed. Choose one which is sturdily built and has proper ventilation

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s the spring settles in, the hedgehogs wake from their hibernation. 2012 was a difficult year for hibernating hedgehogs as the weather didn’t settle into a normal winter plan. It resulted in many hedgehogs being brought into care, due to flooding of their homes and insufficient materials to build them warm enough. During hibernation the hedgehog slows its breathing to one breathe every minute and reduces its core body temperature to conserve energy. It uses fat reserves to get through the harsh winter days. They make their homes under sheds, in hedgerows, in gardens, compost heaps, and garages. They use mud, hay, grass, logs, sticks, paper, plastic; anything they can find for warmth. Not all hedgehogs survive hibernation, it is dependent on their health and their fat reserves which they build up

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Library Times

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Hampshire Community & Controlled schools Five days are also available for professional day closures during term time. These are specified by the headteacher and governors of each school All dates taken from: and Dates in white are where days differ for Dorset. Term/holiday Easter Holidays: 29 March - 12 April 13 Summer Term: 15 April - 23 (24) July 13 Half Term: 27 May - 31 May 13 Summer Holidays: 24(25) July - 2 Sept 13 (30 Aug 13) Autumn Term: 3 (2) Sept - 20 Dec 13 Half Term: 28 Oct - 1 Nov 13 Christmas Holidays: 23 Dec 13 - 3 Jan 14 Spring Term: 6 Jan - 4 April 14 Half Term: 17 Feb - 21 Feb 14 UK holidays Easter: 29 March - 1 April 13 May Day: 6 May 13 Spring Bank Holiday: 27 May 13 Summer Bank Holiday: 26 Aug 13 Christmas: 25 & 26 Dec 13 New Year: 1 Jan 14

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Short Story

The Easter Egg Hunt


alerie waved as her daughter’s car pulled off the drive, leaving her with two pink overnight bags and a list of instructions which she knew she would ignore. In the lounge her granddaughters were pulling cushions off the sofa in search of the remote control. “Margot, Bonny”, she called, “Mummy said no TV”. The girls drooped visibly. “Well, maybe later, but first”, she clapped her hands, “how about an Easter egg hunt?” No chocolate had been second on the list. The girls excitedly pulled on their coats. “Here’s a basket each”. She opened the back door. “Let’s see what we can find”. Les, Valerie’s neighbour, appeared at the fence wearing a monocle and a fez. “Hello Uncle Les”, Margot called. “Like your funny glasses”. “I’ have a wobbly tooth”, Bonny added. “Excellent.” Les replied. “Enjoy the hunt”. The girls had keen eyes and soon found all the chocolate eggs hidden in the flower beds. “Look Grandma”, Margot called from the vegetable patch. Valerie was just as amazed as her granddaughters to see a giant bean stalk. It was eight feet tall and made out of papiermâché. “I wonder how that got there?” Valerie asked. “This must be where Jack planted his magic beans”,

Margot said with authority. “Look!” Bonny pointed under the rhubarb leaves. “A golden egg.” “The giant’s goose laid it”, Margot announced as the girls rolled the egg onto the path. Something else glinted in the soil. The girls knelt down and began to dig, unearthing a pile of golden chocolate coins. “The giant’s treasure”, Margot whispered. The girls hurriedly filled their baskets, concerned that the giant might make an appearance. “Can we go inside and eat our chocolate Grandma?” The girls chimed together. “Pretty please?” “Of course”, Valerie laughed. “Make sure you wipe the soil off first”. “Thanks Grandma”. Bonny popped a coin into Valerie’s pocket and dashed after Margot into the house. In the kitchen Valerie switched the kettle on. Summoned by the sound like a genie in a lamp, Les appeared at the back door. “East egg hunt was a success I take it?” he asked, settling himself down at the kitchen table and removing his fez. “Thanks to you”, Valerie smiled. “You’re welcome darling”. Les made a bow. “Those props from the pantomime were just gathering dust in my shed. I thought they might spice things up”.

Valerie put two mugs of coffee on the table. “They certainly did. Your beanstalk, golden egg and coins mixed with a child’s imagination; what could be better?” Les’s monocle popped out. “I didn’t plant any coins”. They exchanged quizzical glances and Valerie fished the coin out of her pocket. Les wiped the soil from it. “My dear”, he held it up to the light. “This is a real gold coin, possibly Roman”. Valerie took the coin. It was heavy and gleamed as though it had been minted yesterday. “How many did the girls find?” Les asked. “I don’t know”, Valerie said feeling excited. “A dozen?” “And where are they now?” A sharp cry of pain shook the walls and made Valerie and Les jump. They searched for the girls and found them behind the sofa with their baskets. Margot had her arm around Bonny who had tears rolling down her cheeks. In her palm Bonny held something tiny and white. “She couldn’t get the foil off the coin so she bit it”, Margot explained calmly. “And now her wobbly tooth’s fallen out”. “Do you think the tooth fairy will come to your house Grandma?” Bonny sobbed. “My dear”, Les exclaimed. “I’d say she’s already been”.

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New Forest District Council

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National Emergency

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Fordingbridge Town Council Environment Agency Floodline(warnings& Advice)

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National Debtline

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Parkinson’s trek

arkinsons is an incurable, progressive, fluctuating neurological condition that affects all movement, balance and coordination and 1 in 500 of the population suffer from it. It touches 1 in 7 people as it affects the partner, family and friends of the person with Parkinsons as their mobility and ability to function normally decreases. Parkinsons UK is a charity, solely funded by voluntary donations, legacies and sponsorship and we are committed, not only to finding a cure for Parkinsons, supporting everyone touched by the condition and campaigning for better services but, also to try and raise awareness of this very debilitating condition. Christine Orange is the Information and Support Worker for Parkinsons UK and covers Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and the Channel Islands areas. Her job is to help and support people in their own homes with benefit applications, emotional support, up to date information and help to access various services. If you know of anyone who you could benefit from such help, please contact Christine on 0844 225 9826, or on Mini Ads R-April 2013.indd 1

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Children's Education & Care (inc. Schools & Nurseries) Ringwood Day Nursery 5 Chimney Sweep Oliver Chimney Sweep 33 Chiropody Teresa Dimond Chiropodist 45 Computer Services Tec Check 7 Driving School Amber Driving School 17 Electrician Dorset Electrical 7 Fashion & Accessories Bolla Bags 29 Flooring Contakt Carpets 39 Garden Centres Wolvercroft World of Plants 2 Garden Services & Supplies Fayrewood Trees & Landscapes 1,37 Fordingbridge Tree & Groundwork 35 Garden Designs 37 Graham Stanford 48 Greenthumb Lawncare 37 Lawnman 37 Health & Fitness see Beauty, Health & Fitness

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odd gadgets that really exist


very year, technology firms join in the April Fools fun - so for example in recent years Google announced self-driving racing cars, Toshiba pretended to make a 3D monocle and video site Animoto offered bark recognition for dogs. Not all odd-sounding technology items are fakes, though: there are some truly strange items and accessories out there. Some of the oddest items are related to smartphones and tablets, such as the iStuck mobile phone stand (£3) that looks like chewed bubblegum, the Knuckles iPhone case - designed to look like a knuckle duster - and the justannounced iPotty (£39), a child’s potty with a built-in iPad stand. The idea, apparently, is that letting children use iPads while on the potty will make toilet training a fun game. iPotty

Other gadgets are more sensible, but rather odd looking - such as the iPhone SLR mount, which enables you to attach enormous SLR camera lenses to your phone. It might look like a novelty item, but the price says otherwise: at the current US exchange rate, it’s £156 plus shipping and tax, and of course that doesn’t include the lenses. The mount is available for both Nikon and Canon lenses and promises to bring SLR effects such as

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variable depth of field to “the camera you carry with you every day”. Another odd-looking but fairly sensible gadget is the Handspresso Auto ESE, a portable espresso coffee maker designed for in-car use. It uses the Easy Serving Espresso pods you might have seen for ordinary domestic c o f f e e makers, and it’s particularly handy for road warriors who’d rather not pay inflated prices for motorway service station coffees. At around £130 it isn’t cheap, but if you use it regularly it’ll soon pay for itself.

Have you ever wished your fork could nag you about your eating? Good news if you have: the Hapifork (around £70) may look like an ordinary fork, but it’s stuffed with sensors that monitor how quickly you’re eating. It measures the number of times you put the fork in your mouth, the time between each serving and the total time you’ve spent eating, and vibrates and flashes if you’re eating too quickly. The data is then sent to your smartphone. For now the line-up doesn’t extend to other cutlery, but manufacturer HAPIlabs says a spoon is in development.

The HAPIfork was one of several odd gadgets shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t the oddest: we saw GPS-enabled gadgets such as the TrakDot luggage locator (around £30 plus a £10 annual subscription), Nano Nails, which turn long fingernails into styluses for touchscreens (price tbc); the iMusic BodyRhythm, a musicpowered massager that makes You can buy odd things for you look like you’re wearing a your house too, and if you’re a toilet seat around your neck musician or a fan of rock music (currently accepting preyou’ll appreciate the Marshall orders for $69, around £44), Fridge. From the and the thoroughly outside it looks like odd Minime, which the iconic Marshall can create a phone amplifier stack, case or a cuddly and it even uses toy that includes authentic Marshall a 3D rendering of parts including the your child’s face famous logo, fret (or anybody else’s cloth and brassface). Expect to finished faceplate see Minime kiosks with knobs that go in shopping malls Marshall fridge up to eleven, but later this year. inside it’s - yes! - a

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