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March 2014 No.278

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Tulip Mania W

e know spring has arrived when we see the first wave of daffodils fill our gardens with sunshine yellow swiftly followed by the colourful hues of the tulip. However, this spring we may find that our tulips do not raise their lovely heads, as they The dark & sultry ‘La Tulipe Noir’ dislike waterlogged soil and with the results of our wet winter, may well have perished. There are so many varieties with the Garden Hybrid group being the most popular and these range in height from 9 inches (23cm) to 30 inches (75cm) including Garden Party (pink edged white), Queen of Sheba (Orange & Red) or La Tulipe Noire (purple/black). Something to remember for this coming autumn if indeed your tulips do not make an appearance this year. Despite the fact we often believe the tulip originated from Holland this is far from the case and their history is as colourful as they are! It was during the Ottoman Empire in the 1500’s that the tulip was cultivated for the Sultan and there were strict laws forbidding the sale of tulips outside the capital city. It was only when a Curator fled to the Netherlands to escape religious persecution and took with him a great collection of tulip seeds and planted them in the Leiden Botanical Gardens that tulips became linked with the country. Today the Dutch export 1.2 billion bulbs annually. Also, four hundred years ago this month saw what was called ‘Tulip Mania’ on Dutch soil when the price of tulips reached manic heights to suddenly collapse. This episode is generally known as the first ‘economic bubble’ as many investors suffered from the fall in stock and as a consequence Dutch commerce took a tumble affecting both the English and German markets. A colourful history indeed!


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Everyone loves a Clock L


ook after your valued investment with regular servicing to ensure joy and appreciation for you and your family.

As well as repairing and restoring Antique Clocks for private customers, Graham makes gears and other one-off parts for other clockmakers, a trade which is appreciated for its delicacy and intricacy. So whether your clock needs adjusting or complete restoration, don’t waste time, give Graham a call for free advice or for a call-out …. 01489 577693.


arwell Zoo have thanked all their visitors who voted for a name for one of their newest arrivals, the pygmy hippo. The public have voted and it was revealed to The Informer that their pygmy hippo baby will be known as Gloria! Inundated with votes to name her, it was a close call! Gloria won with 36.5%, Rosie was a very close second with 35.6% and Harriet had 27.9% of the vote! Kevin Saunders, Team Leader for small mammals at the world-famous zoo said: “We think Gloria really suits our new arrival. We wanted something that will fit well with her mum’s name ‘Wendy’ and we think they are great together!

Antiques to sell


ave you got any interesting curiosities hidden away or in the loft, not knowing quite what to do with them?

Have you just inherited some boxes of ‘bits’ that are not to your taste - but you don’t know what to do with them? Carol Walker is looking for pretty tea sets, jewellery, small furniture, silver, old fur coats and hats, good quality old or modern curtains and old or interesting things. • Need Space?

Antiques to Sell?

• Clearing Clutter? • Unused Dinnerware? • Inherited Items? • House Clearance Undertaken

Fair Prices, No Fuss Phone Carol on 01489 602462


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If any of these ring a bell , call Carol on 01489 602462 or email her at carol.wedgwoodlady@ Carol can come to you and give you a fair price with no fuss.

“Gloria has now had a swim with mum and we are very happy with how it went. Keepers will always stand by to make sure she doesn’t get into trouble but Wendy is very experienced and keeps a close eye on her at all times.”


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Mark Michael is from Sarisbury Green. It is exciting to have such an accomplished artist on our doorstep. Since graduating in 2004, Mark has been making a reputation for himself in the world of art. Following exhibitions in Winchester and London, Mark is recommended by the Art Investor as “one of Britain’s best young artists”.

Local artist Mark Michael is earning a national reputation

Finding Mark Michael’s paintings on his website is like being shouted at loudly by a streaker in a library. A shocking experience but somehow you are compelled to look. Mark is scrutinising the marginalized, the unfortunate, the trending, the politically sensitive. His technique of using language as a prominent element of his work mixes humour and pathos with imagery that can be stark, macabre and at times, stunning. His art is challenging. He lifts us outside our comfort zone, confronting us with subject matter that is not for the squeamish. Some of his paintings’ titles read like the punch-lines of jokes we would rather not laugh at. His influences include Bacon and Banksy, Picaso and Warhol. There are traces of contemporary artists like Stella Vine. But Mark’s canvasses are all fresh and unique with a style that is all his own. Here he writes exclusively for The Informer.


y name is Mark Michael, aka Mark Michael Cooper. As an artist I appreciate the conventional beauty held within traditional expressions of art, but I am drawn towards what lies behind the shiny facade. I am fascinated by the posturing within social situations, the complexities of the human face, the use of language and how we communicate with one another in today’s fast changing modern world.

In my latest body of work I have begun incorporating the written word into my art, experimenting with regimented and repetitive textual effects, printing digitally onto canvas using the giclée printing process and subsequently adding acrylic brush work. I have also explored some of these methods with regards to portraiture. In my most recent work I have written and painted words directly onto canvas.

My initial foray into this modern world was when I attended Brookfield Community School from 1993 to 1998. I then joined the Art and Design course at Fareham College. The free and experimental manner in which we were encouraged to work presented me with the opportunity to practice and develop my love for painting, sculpture, graphic design and art history. I moved on to study sculpture at the Winchester School of Art and graduated with a First Class Hons Degree in 2004.

Alongside experimentation with dialogue within my artwork is my Gold Series, a collection of paintings that draws on my structural training as a sculptor and in which the themes lie embedded within more subtle, colourful and textured imagery.

As a painter my work is heavily influenced by my training as a sculptor using humour and satire to counter-balance often challenging subject matter. In my earlier work especially, this humour was incorporated within the titles which I still deem as important as my brush strokes. I wrote a book of short phrases in 2012 (Cold in the Sun) which has served as a bridge between my love for the written word and painting.


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In January 2012 I was invited to attend the private view of the inaugural exhibition held at the Jewry St Gallery in Winchester. It was on this occasion that I met the gallery’s curator John Hayes. I gave him my card and was delighted when John offered me the opportunity to have my first solo show titled ‘How Should I Feel’ in May of that same year. Since then I have been involved in solo and group shows across Winchester, Surrey and Basingstoke as well as being selected to take part in a group show at the Strand Gallery in London, I also held a solo show of my work at The Aura, a subterranean club in London’s Mayfair.

I have taken part in 10 Days Creative Collisions, a biennial art festival, which was held across Winchester last October. I also write blog posts for Soap Box Press, a platform for the creative arts. Over the past nine months I have been working with two other artists on the portrait exhibition ‘9 out of 10 Humans Believe’ organised and curated by John Hayes. The exhibition is part of Portrait 14 which is to be held in Winchester at The City Space, Winchester Discovery Centre from the 22nd March – 20th April and The Jewry St Gallery, Art Café, Winchester from the 22nd March – 11th May. The show focuses on how we, as three artists, apply our own practices to interpret the same ten sitters. The exhibition promises to present visitors to the show with an interesting take on just how we perceive the human face, peeling back the layers which we all put in place to protect ourselves. Thanks to my involvement with this exhibition I have found a deeper appreciation for the art of portraiture and have thoroughly enjoyed approaching this project with my own style of painting. I am now working on new portrait commissions and beginning to explore ideas for a brand new body of work.


Cougar Smoking a Cigarette

The Self-Destructive Nature Inherent Within Virtuosity

Roger Davey

An Example of Death’s Power Over the Living

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The history of the River Hamble and the journey it takes along its length is a story as long as the river itself and as varied as the ripples that travel from its source to the river mouth. In the year 720 a monk set sail from the Hamble. He was the first English adventurer to record his travels in the Middle East. One hundred and fifty years later, during a storm, three Viking ships took shelter in the river and sank. More recently, the first ever British Naval Man O’ War was built and launched in Bursledon. And, not as famous as Bluebeard or even Long John Silver, but in 1572 one Gilbert Horsley was shown, in Admiralty court records of the time, to be a pirate of Bursledon.


ver the years I have walked, rowed and swum the Hamble, I have sailed parts of her, and been in awe every time I have journeyed on this world-famous waterway. It is the home to thousands of leisure craft and ferrymen still travel back and forth on a daily basis. In parts it is possible to leap across from bank to bank of the Hamble while in other sections her fast and deep flowing waters are as broad as a sixlane motorway. From her source she passes nature reserves, pubs, homes, country parks, remains of famous sunken ships, marinas, restaurants and villages. Some seven and a half miles in length, and navigable for much of that, the river has hidden depths which have made it ideal for ship building and modern leisure boating. Even now canoeists and small boat owners can be seen at high tide heading as far up river as the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge where there is a lovely walk along the river bank through National Trust woodland. The River Hamble begins its life closer to Bishops Waltham and on its way to the marinas of its lower reaches it takes more water from the chalk hills and several smaller tributary streams before it reaches Botley. Once past the Botley Mill it becomes tidal and navigable and is further swollen by the addition of water from rivers and streams at Hedge End, Shedfield and Burridge. The woodland alongside, in times past, supplied much of the wood needed for a strong boat building industry.


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Doctor Graham Newman 1948 - 2014



t is with much sadness that we report the passing of Dr Graham Newman, Senior Partner at Brook Lane Surgery, on 3rd February 2014. A partner at the surgery for over 30 years, he was loved by his patients and, as a consequence, in great demand. To allow patients to pay their respects, the surgery closed its doors for normal practice on the morning of Thursday 13th February to provide an opportunity for patients to meet staff and members of the family and make entries into the book of remembrance. Over 700 members of the community passed through the surgery on that morning, each sharing stories and anecdotes about Graham and what he had done for them or their family. These stories however, were not just about how he helped someone through an illness or injury, these were wonderful stories about his selfless dedication to helping people – these were exceptional stories and each deserving of special gratitude or recognition; but that was Graham! Graham had an extensive selection of friends, grown through a lifetime, so many friends from across the world dating back to before his university days. Too many anecdotes to recount but even former President Bill Clinton (yes a friend from university) sent his best wishes on Graham’s birthday, another flew from Australia just to be at his bedside to say goodbye. Graham was an amazing man about whom, one could write a book. As a lasting tribute, the words used by his great friend and Practice Partner Dr Tim Tayler, so capture the life, spirit, character and personality of Graham that we would like to share them with you here...

Graham Newman was the best Doctor I have ever met and it was a great privilege to work with him for so many years. He was an inspiration to us all and his ability and tireless dedication to his patients motivated us to try to ensure we provide the best possible service.

as an opportunity), perhaps that is becoming a thing of the past. He was very proud of his own family and told us of all their achievements and he would have justifiably been even more proud of the way they have pulled together and helped each other in this time of great sorrow.

say, foolishly small boats. When the surgery required

Intellectually Graham was phenomenal. He had a brain the size of a planet and a vast medical and inexhaustible non-medical knowledge. If he had gone in for pub quizzes (hardly his scene) he would have cleared up, apart from the football questions!

I remember meeting Graham for the first time when I applied to the Practice. I had very little idea about Practice finance so he invited me to dinner and afterwards over a bottle of whisky went through it in very great detail; as only Graham could. At the end of the evening, maybe because of the whisky, I still had very little idea about finance but I realised here was someone I could trust implicitly and who was scrupulously fair, though he would not forget but would forgive those whom he felt had been unfair to him.

leisure for he did not take risks at work.

Whatever you talked about - and talking was definitely Graham’s thing - Graham knew something about it, and even if you questioned it in an area where you thought you knew more and then looked it up, most irritatingly he was nearly always proved right! He also had the able and rapid intellect to apply his knowledge to help his patients, to provide a thoughtful insight into other problems and to come up with his insatiable supply of puns. It was however his attitude and his total dedication to the care of his patients that makes him stand out and was for me, a mentor that I can only aspire to. He gave whoever was with him his unstinting and undivided attention. While this led to him being constantly adrift with his appointments his regulars thought it was well worth the wait and never complained - to him at any rate. He extended that commitment to all at the surgery and treated us all as an extended family. He made a point of knowing what everyone was doing and was a great support to all in trouble. He was a great family doctor and in these changing times (which I have to say Graham did not embrace

Graham worked hard to foster the team spirit amongst us and we had some great parties. As Claire, his daughter, said he loved fireworks and one New Year bought up an entire bankrupt stock. The surgery team drew the line at a BBQ in January so we had one in March. He let off so many fireworks that the local British Legion thought there was a gun fight going on and I suppose they should know. This caused an elderly neighbour to turn up in his dressing gown and slippers followed, shortly afterwards by the local constabulary. By that time Graham and I were on in-line skates and I was wearing balloons around my head as a crash helmet. I don’t think the constable believed us when we said we were in charge and responsible. Graham was a great outdoors type and we heard tales of his youth, of extended adventures usually with an associated risk, of bike rides, of climbing and of crossing the channel in remarkably, some would

Graham Newman leaves a space in our hearts, our lives and our community. Dave Hill (Editor and close friend)


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a new access road the architect was surprised when Graham armed us with chainsaws to clear a way

through, resulting in a huge bonfire and very nearly a large fir tree in the waiting room. Then there was his skiing and paragliding. He took his risks at

Graham lived for his work and worked for his family and his holidays.

Graham’s early death was a tragedy for us all but

there is some poignancy that 2 days before his stroke he was talking at his beloved Fareham Medical

Society about considering retirement even though he didn’t want to, as the increasing bureaucracy of the health service was stressing him so much.

He was preparing for a skiing holiday but following

breaking his leg last year he had not flown his glider and was unsure he would be able to ski.

As you may be aware he survived his initial stroke,

developed pneumonia but held on with characteristic determination until James, his son, was able to get

back from New Zealand. That last week of not being able to talk must have been very frustrating for him but it did allow lots of us to say our goodbyes and I hope at last he realised how much he was loved

and respected and by so many people. Despite his

great intellect and his total dedication he was a very humble and somewhat insecure man.

To paraphrase the words from the musical Wicked... “Graham Newman since we have known you we have all been changed for the GOOD.” Tim Tayler

Your essential guide to all the local news and events in your community

Spring Dance

Saturday 29th March 2014 to Thorngate Hall, Bury Road, Gosport PO12 3PX Compere, Claire Taplin with music by Colin Mansbridge. Bar available. Tickets £12.50. Tickets available from: Barry Sears, 18 Arundel Road, Gosport, PO12 3LS, telephone 02392 529768, or Harbour Cancer Support Centre, the Bus Station, South Street, Gosport PO12 1EP, telephone 02392 501503. All proceeds go to Harbour Cancer Support Centre.

Titchfield Art & Craft Show 2014

It’s the 40th anniversary of their acclaimed annual event and they are currently open for applications to exhibit your work at our show. They have 2 sections for work to be exhibited in, Art or Photography & Digital Art. Application forms plus all details for the show can found on our website http://www. or call Mark Pearce on 07962 200208 for more details. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 25th March 2014.

Fareham Philharmonic Choir Saturday 5th April 2014 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Fareham Fareham Philharmonic Choir is giving a concert which includes Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Dvorak’s Te Deum and Mozart’s Solemn Vespers. Tickets £12.00 £10.00 (conc) and £2 (under 16 and students) from the FPC box office 01329-664948, Community Action Fareham 01329-213899, choir members, or on the door on the night. It will be good listening.

Hedge End Over Sixty Club Saturday 29th March 2014, 30p Admission 2000 Centre, St Johns Road, Hedge End Raffle, Bric-a-brac, Refreshments, Tins. For tables phone 01489 787408

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust events

March Tue 4 Swanwick Lakes Wildlife Tots - Oscar and the Frog 10.30am-12noon or 1-2:30pm Oscar is a curious kitten who is full of questions about growing things. Frog helps him with the answers. Join them for a pond dip at their regular session of stories and activities for pre-school children. Booking essential. For further details and to book, please contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240 or e-mail Please bring warm coats and wellies. Suggested donation £3 per child. Mon 10 Titchfield Haven and Beyond 7.30pm Richard Levett, Senior Ranger at Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve and many more reserves, will talk on the wildlife and human interest of his area. To be held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, West Street, Fareham PO16 0EL. For further details please contact Peter Adams on 01329 287653 or e-mail peter-adams1@live. Parking is available in Trinity Street or Western Road car parks. Suggested donation £2. Mon 24 Wildlife of Zimbabwe 7.30pm An illustrated talk by Brian Pettit with stunning images of birds, bees and beasties in the newly re-emerging Wildlife Haven of Zimbabwe. Brian has worked, visited and led many tours over the past 20 years and shares some of his favourite experiences including subjects and vistas not often encountered on a normal tourist visit. Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham (Map ref.SU 557 176). For further details please contact Jane Gentry 01489 890961 or email Admission £2.50 including refreshments.

League of Friends Art Gallery

The League are pleased to welcome back the Solent Aviation Art Group to exhibit in their art gallery in the coffee shop on B level of the Queen Alexandra Hospital from 2nd March - 5th April. Anne Parmiter would be pleased to hear from artists who would like to exhibit at the venue later in the year. Tel: 02392 387284

Hillier’s Art exhibition

Paintings and sculptures from acrylic artist Daphne Ellman, watercolour artist Ali Lindley and sculptor Paul Harvey will be displaying their work at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens at their Romsey venue between March 15th and April 21st.

The Very Hungary Caterpillar

Come to Royal Victoria Country Park and join our hungry caterpiller in his search for a good meal. Suitable for pre-school children of all ages and abilities. Spaces are limited so please book in advance. Time: 11am- 12noon or 1.30pm - 2.30pm Price: £2.50 per child. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 5GA. Wednesday 12 Mar 2014 Contact telephone: 023 8045 5157 Call to check latest times or cancellations.

Seeing inside the body with ultrasound

National Science & Engineering Week: The School of Health Sciences and Social Work at the University of Portsmouth would like to invite you to an exciting session exploring the use of ultrasound to see inside the human body. There will be a short tour of the facilities of our Centre for Simulation in Healthcare. Suitable for Adults, Secondary schools, Sixth form students. Times: 09:00 to 15:30. Free. Booking: none needed James Watson (West), 2 King Richard 1 Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 2FR Tuesday 18 Mar 2014

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What’s On

Tenth annual Hamble River Raid Hamble Quay May17th 2014


s the 10th Annual Hamble River Raid is being prepared, organisers have been proud to announce their gratitude to RK Marine who have made a generous contribution to the event.

R.K. Marine is a well-established company that operates two boat yards on the River Hamble - one at Swanwick for motor boats and the other at Warsash for yachts. The Company is also the South Coast’s main Volvo Penta Marine Engineering Centre and Volvo Penta products supplier. R.K. Marine is now a key sponsor of the Hamble River Raid as it feels this event provides a set date for interested parties to put on their calendars and focus their activities towards. R.K. Marine told The Informer they are happy to be involved as the event provides the following: • A great way for young people to get involved with boating on the River Hamble with youth organisations, friends and families. • Encourages team work and team spirit by rowing together. • Keeps the tradition of Gig racing going on the River Hamble, which was started many moons ago by the boat yards - a major historic industry and employer for the area. • Gives excellent health benefits. The first Hamble River Raid was dreamed up a decade ago in response to a call to raise funds for a new roof for the Hamble Sea Scouts headquarters building. Thanks to former Mayor of Eastleigh, Bernie Wright, this target was reached only to be replaced by further requirements to ensure the Scout Group could continue to supply equipment to maintain a healthy group. The Hamble River Raid committee enjoy running the River Raid to raise funds for the scouts and to provide a major annual spectacle on the river, uniting not just scouts but the local community and those from further afield in healthy fun on our most precious resource, the River Hamble.

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in your garden Gardens are extremely important for wildlife, giving nature a home. They provide food, shelter and the safe passage from one area to another. The value of gardens for local wildlife should not be underestimated and even a small urban garden can provide vital resources for wildlife.


here are some very simple things that you can do to make your local patch more wildlife-friendly and the key features that a garden needs to provide are: 1. Shelter 2. Water 3. Food 4. Nesting opportunities Birds will welcome high energy food - buy or make mixtures of suet and nuts, or suet and insects. Take stock of your garden and plan ahead for the year. Research shows that the greater variety of features a garden has, the better it is for wildlife. Pile up chunky dead wood as a shelter for mini-beasts and their larvae and if you can, part bury some of the pieces, as a few species prefer this. Finally check your structures - that is, plant shapes and sizes! Variety matters and trees, shrubs, climbers, perennials and annuals all contribute to a wildlife garden. Why not start a garden journal, using notes and photos? It will help you notice what’s going on in the garden and give you a wonderful record to look back on. Birds are amongst the most successful creatures on the planet and they are, without doubt, creatures that a gardener should befriend as they can help keep down the amount of insect pests in your garden far more effectively than any chemical spray. In our urban gardens, who are your allies? One of the most familiar birds is the blackbird who is often seen hunting for insects on your lawn. Blue tits will collect thousands of aphids each season to feed their nestlings. Robins are a familiar sight, following you around when you are digging your garden. Thrushes, which used to be more common, feed on the slugs and snails that can make a gardener’s life so difficult, and sparrows feed on insects, seeds and scraps from a bird table. All of these birds help to keep your garden healthy. So how do you make friends with the birds in your area? Try and provide natural food and cover. Even in the smallest urban garden, planting seeds or fruit-bearing plants will attract birds. The varieties you pick depend on the size of your garden but, if you have room, do consider small trees or shrubs – these provide cover for birds roosting overnight and you may even be lucky enough to have them nesting. Put up a nest box as it is possible to encourage many different species of birds into your garden and there are many different designs of boxes available to buy. However, it is simple enough to make your own from a single piece of wood, a few nails and some roof felt. Contact Wildline for a copy of a simple guide to nest boxes, or download it from Remember that you need to remove the old nest material during the winter, so the roof or one of the sides needs to be hinged or removable to give you access to the nest box.

For more details on how to prepare your garden for local wildlife go to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website at


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I lost half my body weight with hypnotherapy!

Lynne Seymour had struggled with her weight for most of her adult life. Her size went up and down between a size 12 and a size 22. She had tried every diet and fad craze to try and lose weight. She told The Informer, “I was so desperate that I was seriously considering having gastric band surgery.”


oday Lynne is a slim size 8. She’s lost over 8 stone and she’s kept it off easily, and, she says; “It’s all thanks to hypnotherapy.”. Before her weight loss hypnotherapy sessions Lynne, age 45, a mental health ward sister, ate mostly junk and convenience foods. She developed physical problems as the weight piled on. She became short of breath and had to have both of her knee caps replaced due to osteoarthritis. In August 2011 Lynne heard about the success people were having with Easyloss, a hypnotherapy weight loss programme. After looking at the Hampshire Hypnotherapy Centre website (www. and seeing the testimonials from previous successful clients, Lynne decided to give hypnotherapy a go. She called Sue Peckham at the Hampshire Hypnotherapy Centre. After just a few sessions with Sue, Lynne found her eating habits had changed completely! As a result of her hypnotherapy sessions Lynne lost over 8 stone and is now slim and happy. She finds it is easy to eat like a naturally slim person. Lynne says, “I’m not battling with myself any more. I still have a take-away or a cake if I want one. I just find it easy to stop when I’ve had enough and I will

usually chose a healthier option because that’s what I want…not what I feel I should have. It’s a great feeling!” Now Lynne has loads of energy. She told us; “I’m always on the go, I don’t get out of breath so quickly and I can walk for miles. I eat lots of fruit and I really enjoy cooking. An extra bonus of losing all that weight is that I recently sold all my old ‘big’ clothes and used the money for a fabulous holiday in Las Vegas with my husband.” Recommending the hypnotherapy route to weight loss Lynne added; “I would tell anyone who really wants to lose weight to call the Hampshire Hypnotherapy Centre and give the Easyloss hypnotherapy programme a go. It really works and I’m so glad I did it!” FOOTNOTE: The features editor of The Informer, David Rose-Massom, can also recommend this non-surgical route to weight loss because in January of 2013 he weighed in excess of 25 stone (the scales would not go any higher). Within three months and after five sessions he lost six stone and he continues to eat healthily, apart from the very rare lapse for cake, and now weighs in at under 19 stone with the weight still coming off.

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Park gate pap

Local faces in The Informer The Informer have been out with the camera again capturing the independent traders. This month it is the folk from Botley Mill.


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parazzi Walkers at Hill Head and Warsash

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Park gate paparazzi

Local faces in The Informer People at work and walking around Warwick Lane in Wickham


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