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So into February then, the diets abandoned, the gym membership fees still clocking up, but strangely something comes up that is more important, oh and you couldn’t get there because of the snow – been there, done that! But its not all bad, at least we have Shrove Tuesday to look forward to – yes you can enjoy those pancakes now that the diet is out of the way. We also have Valentines Day this month. Did you know that its historic origins appear to date back to ancient Roman times? Along the way, there were a number of martyrs with the name of Valentine whose exploits were loosely connected with something romantic or that they met their untimely end on February 14th. It was not until the mid 12th century when the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer are widely taken to be the first linking of St Valentine’s Day to romantic love; but it was in the early 1600’s when St Valentine’s Day was made popular by one William Shakespeare who mentions it in Ophelia’s lament in Hamlet: “To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day, all in the morning betime, and I a maid at your window, to be your Valentine.” The mid 17th century saw the passing of ‘love notes’ on the day which became the beginnings of the tradition for Valentines cards. Another notable year must be 1929 when Al Capone allegedly orchestrated the now famous Valentines Day Massacre in Chicago. Not that it has become over commercialised mind you, but in 2009, it was estimated that $14.7 billion (£9.2 billion) was spent in retail sales in the United States alone. One last staggering fact, an estimated 1 billion St Valentine’s Day cards will be sent worldwide this year. So there you go 2000 years of progress. Have a great month and enjoy those pancakes and perhaps make some for | MANAGING EDITOR your special Valentine.

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Canada Common, close to West Wellow, is an area of open heath and grassland, broken up by great clumps of yellowflowering gorse bushes and a few areas of lazily leaning fir trees. As you stand at the edge of the common it crosses the mind about which direction to head! It does not matter as it is a walk of aimless meanderings across a pretty area of countryside.

My feet headed out in a sort of diagonally left direction, aim didn’t matter, as I now needed to walk off a hearty lunch. The ground underfoot was soggy, bordering on swamp, across terrain that is properly called ‘dry heathland’, but my wellies kept my feet dry and warm clothing kept a bitter and sharp wind at bay. Within just a couple of hundred squelching footsteps the common opened out into a really lovely view of open swathes of New Forest that led the eye across gently rolling hills to distant woodland. The chill wind and grey, overcast sky did nothing to damage the wonderful view; it is not a landscape that can be described with huge superlatives, but it is pretty and a bit like a friendly mongrel, it stays at your side and you always enjoy its company. If we do get some snow however, there is no doubt it will become very picturesque! It has been many years since I enjoyed exploring the expanses of Canada Common and Wellow Common. They run side by side, but this was one of the few times I actually walked them. Accompanying me on this windy January day was the pretty song of the robin, seemingly from every bush and tree, and the distant bellowing of cattle that seemed to drift on the wind from a nearby farmyard. Blackbirds, almost in tumbling flight because of the wind, fluttered to and from the gorse bushes To avoid a particularly puddle strewn and boggy area I cut between two gorse bushes, both filled with bright yellow flowers that would brighten the dullest of days, and disturbed a young donkey feeding off the harsh and thorny plant. Eating the vicious looking plant may look like hard work but during the winter the ponies and donkeys do feed off the gorse and it is good for them. This little fellow was daubed in splashes of brown and cream colouring and with a fringe that made his already cute demeanour 9…

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even more of a picture. Mother approached with an almost angry look on her face, until she saw my camera and then like a true pro she stood and posed similar to an experienced model working hard for the best shot in front of the lens. A pair of horse riders trotted by and, in the distance, a cock crowed and the cow’s mooing seemed to be even louder, almost in complaint of the lateness of the cock’s alarm call. My walk meandered across the heath, the sights, sounds and deepening water all that changed my direction and for close to three hours, until the rain began again, I happily explored the open expanses of the common. The only pause was while I watched and photographed the donkeys; as friendly as they are though, please do not pet them, or the Forest ponies, as it encourages them to approach people near roads and may increase the chance of accidents; just enjoy watching them. Despite the size of the area it is not much of a place for solitude as dog walkers, families and locals are always criss-crossing the open spaces and enjoying the freedom. The heath and grassland form part of the New Forest and is designated by Natural England as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is also a protection area for the conservation of wild birds. Apart from the donkeys, my favourite sighting of the day was a chubby little Goldcrest that flitted and fed in a gorse bush just a few feet away from me. Despite the greyness of the day and the cold wind it was a wonderful way to spend a few hours out in the fresh air and exploring an area of the Forest I had not visited for a few years. Add to that the fact I had now found a new, for me, hostelry to visit and work my way through the menu it ended up being pretty well near a perfect day.

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Many of the wedding traditions which we now take for granted have a basis in history and folklore, from picking the wedding dress, its colour, the luck or misfortune that it can bring, to the wearing of the veil. Even the flowers at a wedding have strong significance; they were introduced to cover the smell of the bride with her posy, and probably the congregation at the ceremony as well, because of the early tradition with spring weddings the guest list would not have washed throughout the winter months. The veil can trace its origins back to those worn by Roman brides as it was thought it would hide the bride and disguise and protect her from evil spirits. Brides it would seem were particularly good targets for those malevolent spirits and many of the traditions were to ward off their attentions. The gowns worn by the bridesmaids, for example, were similar to those of the bride to confuse the spirits and act as decoys. Nowadays the veil is more about adding a little mystery to the proceedings, so the groom can unveil his bride’s face; but is also worn in association with modesty and chastity. The bride remains veiled during some Eastern ceremonies and the groom is not allowed to see the her face until the ceremony is completed; while in some Jewish weddings the ritual is that the groom ensures that the bride is his intended before he then places the veil over her face. It is common knowledge in our western culture that it is unlucky for the groom to see the bride in her dress before she walks up the aisle; but it is not so well known that it was considered unlucky for the bride to make her own wedding dress or that she should not wear her entire outfit before the wedding day; this meant some brides leaving just one final stitch on the dress undone until it is time to leave for the wedding; only then is the outfit finished by adding that last stitch! Chinese brides, through the centuries, have traditionally worn a bright-red silk dress with intricate gold embroidery, known as the qipao. They were elegant, loose and high necked gowns that swept down to the ground, so as only the bride’s head, hands and toes were exposed. In wealthier families it would be the normal for the bride to change her gown several times through the long rituals and feasting to show off that family’s wealth. Meanwhile on a summer’s evening in Mexico the bride’s dress would depend on her religion and could be anything from a simple white cotton dress to the very colourful and embroidered huipil, which is a loose brocaded blouse worn by Maya women and which they weave themselves after praying to the saints. Many also wear the Spanish inspired mantilla veils and the bride would often sew three ribbons, yellow, blue and red, into her undergarments to symbolize food, money and passion. In North Africa, Moroccans usually celebrate weddings on a Sunday toward the end of the harvest when there is plenty of food for the feast. The wedding dress varies depending on the region but they have one thing in common, colour! In fact lots of colour and all for good reason – including yellow to scare away 21…

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evil and green to bring good luck. As part of the preparation for the day, the bride and her wedding planners, or negaffa, would hold a henna party. This is the intricate and beautiful art of applying temporary tattoos on their hands and feet with, of course, the bride’s being the most intricate and stunning. In India the gown is a sari made of silk embroidered with gold thread; with colours depending on the region, the silk is red or white with a red border or a combination of yellow, green and white. In Korea a lime-green wonsam or hwarrot is worn over the traditional wedding dress, or hanbok, and are embroidered with flowers and butterflies then banded with red to symbolise heaven; indigo, for the earth; and yellow for humanity. The bride’s hands are covered in white, the symbol of respect. Back in our own culture brides have not always worn white, Queen Victoria when she married her Prince Albert made that popular, but in ancient times it was more likely the bride would wear bright colours to reflect the joy of the occasion. Even so white dresses did not signify purity until the church tagged them with that label. There are many and varied traditions from around the world connected to the wedding and the clothes worn. In Cypriot and Greek weddings the custom is to pin money on the bride and groom, the guests wait for the bride’s family to start it off, next close relatives, then friends; sometimes pinning the notes together; or even pinning one end to the bride and the other to the groom, further joining them. The Greek bride also tucks a sugar cube in her glove to sweeten the union. According to Hindu beliefs rain on your wedding day is good luck; while some western cultures believe that same rain is unlucky. In Holland it is traditional to plant a tree outside the home of the newlyweds as a symbol of fertility while Finnish brides traditionally carry a pillowcase from door to door, collecting gifts; an older married man would often go with her to symbolise a long marriage. Whatever your traditions are be thankful you are not from the Zulu nation; traditionally Zulu weddings are marked by energetic dance-offs between the bride and groom’s families. Many Zulu brides change into traditional tribal clothing after the church wedding and in a further tradition the groom’s family slaughters a cow to welcome the bride; the bride then places money inside the stomach of the cow to symbolize that she is now part of that family! With spring weddings now nearing reality from the longedplanned dreams many would prefer the tradition of ancient Rome where a marriage was not legal until the couple kissed. That kiss was considered a legal bond necessary to seal all contracts and it goes without comment that most brides and their new husbands would prefer that to seal their loving nuptials. Words by David Rose-Massom

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We get the name for confetti from the Italian word for sweets or candy which are what guests in Italy traditionally toss toward the happy couple as they leave the church. Our modern paper equivalent can trace its origins back to the symbolic ritual of the throwing of grains of rice, used by many cultures and dating back to pagan times, to signify bounty and wealth for the newly married couple.


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Words by David Rose-Massom & images by Hill Place House

Oh how the other half live!

Drive along almost any country lane and you will see, sitting at the end of a long curving driveway, the stunning country house; elegant, sturdy and with wide vistas of the surrounding countryside. Inside the house, with its sweeping staircase, ornate furnishings and portraits of long since deceased ancestors sits the country gent and his wife. He, in garish coloured cord trousers, she in twin set and pearls and with both looking out of the huge windows at the staff as they tend the extensive gardens...

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coast | country That may be the picture from country life of years gone by but the reality of owning and keeping these architectural treasures can be one of crumbling buildings and owners struggling to keep these homes alive for future generations. Recently Solent Life was invited to a beautiful country home, Hill Place, and spoke with the current incumbent, Rebecca Dobson, who explained that it was not all rose gardens and attractive gazebos for those with a life in the country. “It is a privilege, living in a home like this, but it does come with its pluses and minuses,” she explained. “We do live in a wonderful house set in wonderful surroundings but it is real hard work to keep it going.” Rebecca does look the part of lady of the manor, dressed in clothes that suit the surroundings; but do not let looks fool you! She is a woman on a mission, someone determined to keep this house and its surroundings alive and functional for the next generation of her family, and a place where everyone can share in its beauty and history. The house itself is kept well away from modern intrusion, no motorways can be seen from its large bay windows and no housing estates encroach into the nearby stunning Hampshire scenery of farmland and woods. “Originally five farms would have kept the house going with the rental income but now all those farms have gone, the estate was broken up back in 1916,” Rebecca continued. “The house was originally built between 1791 and 1801 and the man who built it, Richard Goodlad, inherited the land from his uncle, a naval captain. Richard went to India at the age of 16 to work for the East India Company. Over the years, while living there, his two brothers and his new wife died and so he retired to this house.” The estate was sold off in 1916 and the house was 28…

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purchased by Rebecca’s husband Will’s family in 1977. “They were looking for a family home and even for that time it was cheap, just £65,000, but it was not in a good state of repair. Nobody wanted big country houses in the 1970s, it was out of fashion.” “From the age of 16 my husband knew that one day the house would be his responsibility, when he saw his grandfather write a large cheque for the heating bill; he also knew from then that it would be a burden! “It is a huge responsibility to keep a house like this going, but the house got under his skin a very long time ago,” she said. “A house, and home, such as this does have a soul and a heart and we feel it, you do not own a house like this, you become its caretaker. Over the years and decades the house has been bashed about but it has always fought back – she is a grand old lady that should be saved and cherished. “We really do not own it, it is now held in trust and it is our responsibility as ‘caretakers’ to ensure the old lady survives,” Rebecca added. To save such a house and get it fit for use costs a great deal of money, as well as the commitment of Rebecca and Will. “To just make it compliant to hold weddings cost £10,000 and then the fees for the year will be a further £85,000-£100,000. It is more likely these days that houses like this will be bought by rich people, or corporations, who often don’t appreciate them and may turn them into boutique hotels; this often takes the heart out of lovely houses like Hill Place. “We have kept this house as a beautiful family home that now lends itself to a romantic wedding and function venue with stunning views. The mini-grandeur does not matter, this is still very much a family home and has a lovely feel to it; and I love the fact that it is almost hidden in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.” From the country lane, a short distance from Wickham, it is a short curved drive that leads to the attractive house. A few steps up to the double front doors, and as visitors enter, they are greeted by a large entrance hall lined with classic portraits. Leading from the hall, further doorways open to a beautiful library, a music room with grand piano and a drawing room with amazing views across field, farmland and rolling Hampshire hills. It was the modern phenomena of TV that helped save this grand building for the future. “We were recommended to the producers of the TV programme, Country House Rescue and since it was televised it has been a massive boon to us. It was a lot of fun having the crew here but it did put us under a lot of pressure. We have been amazed at what we have achieved following the six months of filming. “It gave us huge confidence having them behind us and there was also a great deal of business advice being given behind the scenes and off camera as well as during filming. It was amazing


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the coverage we were receiving with over two million viewers at one point; the publicity from that was obviously very good, but it was also about our lives and how we lived here and so people got to know us.” They opened the doors for weddings on the 17th November 2009. “We held a small launch party and had a few friends and businesses in and told them to just use it for whatever, and from that function alone we booked two weddings, and that was in the midst of a recession! “We are not a conference centre; we are a special, romantic, family house with a homely feel that just seems to suit weddings and small private functions or as a weekend break. We have now completed refurbishing the bedrooms and so we are also a wonderful retreat for friendly get-togethers and functions. We offer a complete service as we have the contacts for everyone needed to make this work as a venue and so we are totally flexible and with only two rules; respect our neighbours, who are not that close, and try not to break anything.” Rebecca admits that being responsible for something like this is a contradiction. “Living here makes you feel humble and yet honoured; privileged and yet pressured. We love it here, we really do and we get enormous pleasure from seeing other people enjoy it and watching the smiles broaden on their faces as they wander around.

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and I could not agree more.”

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TWICE THE

ARTIST

Perusing through a local gallery recently some exciting animal sculptures caught my eye; a six inch high polar bear and a black, gruff looking warthog among them. They were a little rough in their conception but that only served to give their bodies a realistic texture and although small versions of the real animal it was as if they could, at any moment, move and become aware of the people walking past them. The obvious question of who the sculptor was; was never allowed to escape as I was stopped by the assistant in the shop lifting up a pair of wonderful animal drawings and explaining they were by the same artist. We had found a real talent for this month’s Solent Life artist review. “I have always loved art as my father painted but it was something I had not taken too seriously until I neared retirement.” The artist was Anne Swatton and she was a charming lady who shared her armchair with a scowling terrier, whilst I had a sleepy Jack Russell for company when we visited her at her Hill Head home. “Like many of the artists you feature I did like art at school but it was always something I wanted to learn in readiness for when I retired, then, when that day arrived I was ready to start getting busy on my art.” “Painting obviously came first and I learned the techniques after joining in with an art group,” Anne continued with her story. “My favourite was watercolours, landscapes and such but mostly I enjoyed painting animals, both wild and domestic. The animals have long been a love of mine as I have always kept dogs and ridden horses.” That love of painting animals was further enhanced when Anne became one of the founder members of the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS) and she is now the Deputy Chair of the Society. Although self taught Anne admits she has inherited some of her father’s skills, some of his work depicting life as a POW in Poland during the Second World War, can be seen in the RAMC museum in Aldershot. She also gained inspiration, and her love of wildlife, from her grandparents in Yorkshire where she spent 32…

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long periods as a child and they encouraged her to take notice of the wildlife around them. From her father she has gained a fine insight into the world of art while from her grandparents she has taken a passionate love of the animal world. So, how did she begin the sculpting side of her talent? “I took a workshop in sculpting from the renowned sculptor Margot Dent whose work has a great demand throughout the world,” she replied, “She was at one of our fund raising events at MIWAS and asked me if I had ever tried sculpting, then within a fortnight I was joining in workshops she was giving!” Was the natural finish to her three-dimensional work something that she preferred? “I don’t like my work to be too polished and that was something that Margot encouraged. I like to give my animals character, especially in their faces. It was really hard at first but she was a great teacher. “Now, although I am retired, my main problem is still time constraints,” continued Anne, “I may be retired but I still have a very busy and packed life and fitting in time for my art work is always tricky; that said I love what I do and will keep on doing it as the work and its results are so special to me. My favourite is to work in ‘black-clay’, which actually comes out as a really dark brown, but my studio is also my kitchen and dark clay and cream units just don’t seem to match each other, so it takes me a long time to clean up after a session.” With two such distinct sides to her talent and work as an artist we had to wonder how she chose which to work on; was it a mood thing? “The two sides of my work, the painting and drawing and the sculpting never seem to cross over; I have the images, I work from photos, and that puts the picture of what


Anne Swatton’s work can be seen at the White Dog Gallery in Lee-on-the-Solent, the Frame Gallery in Odiham or as part of the annual MIWAS exhibition in the summer. E-mail Anne on anne.meonmarine@btinternet.com if you would like to discuss animal portraits or sculptures. ART FOCUS S P O N S O R S H I P

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Did You Know? Many famous artists have given us more than just their fabulous work - we have also been left with their wit and wisdom too. Some quotes inform, some inspire and some just make us laugh. Picasso was almost as prolific with his quotes as he was with his paintings: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”. “I don’t say everything, but I paint everything”. “Yo no busco, encuentro” -“I do not seek. I find”. “My mother said to me, ‘If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.’ Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso”.

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PRIZE DRAW This month we’re also offering one lucky Solent Life reader, the chance to win a £10 gift voucher to spend in the Gallery. To enter, simply go to our website, click on ‘Solent Life Competition’, fill in your details and submit the form. We will pick one lucky winner at random. And don’t worry; if you don’t have access to a computer, you can enter by post by simply sending your name, address and phone number on a postcard to the Gallery. Full terms and conditions are on the website or available by post on request.

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I want in my mind. The main thing is that I have to work hard at both mediums; my work is done in such fine detail so when I am working it is quite intense as I need to get it right, but at the same time I find it really relaxing. I just lose myself in my work; you have to work hard at art but at the same time it still has to be a light-hearted endeavour.” Anne’s sculptures are free and loose, whereas her paintings are sure-footed and precise but she sees no difference in the way she works on the two different mediums. “If I am praised for my work it is lovely and of course I enjoy it, but I do not have a favourite between the two mediums, clay or canvas, I love both. I am no more proud of one than the other but I am still amazed at how well the sculptures have been received and how well they sell.”


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Around 800 members float their boat by heading down to the Solent to race and potter at Hill Head Sailing Club which was formed in 1926; it’s a volunteer run club and new members are always welcomed. Taking the bullet is what all racing dinghy sailors yearn for and to a lay person this may seem a little dangerous but it harks back to the gun shot when the winner of a race crosses the finish line, mostly nowadays though it’s a horn that blares out across the water, which sounds a little safer. The Hill Head club is classed as an RYA Champion Club and this tag outlines the commitment club members have on running training courses in order to develop new sailor’s skills in dinghy sailing. The Club has a range of members from cadets, individuals through to families. A more recent trend, with a high proportion of families joining, is children encouraging their parents into the sport rather than the other way around. Parents get the bug after seeing their children being active, confident, and developing new skills out on the water. With so much nannying going on in the modern world a parent isn’t able to shout at the offspring on how to do this, or try harder, or even be careful, because the young sailor is out far away floating and sailing on the water. Scary some may say; but the youngster is learning and making their own decisions on how to approach a wave or when to adjust the sail. Many parents marvel at their child’s confidence but rest assured the club has a fleet of support ribs accompanying the young sailors in case assistance is needed. 36…

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The club has a very notable roll of honour with a good number of world, national and regional champions, and now the Olympics are beckoning with John Pink in the RYA Olympic Squad for the 49er super-fast skiff dinghy; as well as some juniors that are making all the right steps to be at the 2020 Olympics. The club welcomes new members and holds a visitor’s day in the early summer which is open to anyone who is not a member to try a boat. The club over the years has built up a number of club boats which are used generally by new members until they get a feel for what type of dinghy they would like to buy for themselves. The club has a range for young and old. The first fully independent class is the RS Tera a modern fast boat for 8 to 14 year olds then comes the Topper. After this the RS Feva gives a chance to team up with the sailing buddies you have made and go sailing together and then when the young sailors are fully advanced; take mum and dad out in one of the clubs RS Visions. The club encourages recreational sailing individually or in a small group with a day sail to Wooton Creek, for instance. It also puts on an impressive array of races which attract anything from 20 to 70 boats at any one time, these are run with support rib safety cover and the race team, they are all


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part of the volunteer duty that all members take part in. The racing scene is the part that focuses the mind and athleticism of young and old; with youngsters like Chloe Barr who is now a member of the RYA National Training Squad combining many hours of sailing and fitness training to achieve her goal. Luke Morrison, Hill Heads Sailing’s VC told Solent Life “A clear example of how the club provides the facilities to make it happen is Billy Vennis Ozanne. He learnt to sail on the Solent just in front of the club house when he was 6, he progressed by hiring one of the club’s RS Tera fleet dinghies and took part in club races. By the age of 10 he was ready for the commitment of his own dinghy, he chose the same boat which is locally built in Romsey by RS Sailing. This gave him the opportunity to take the next step and sail much more often. After not being able to sail for 9 months due to other commitments he started back, and with coaching he embarked on some regional sailing races. Mike Lee, a coach who has nurtured some successful talent, felt Billy had the ingredients to progress and the sailing club and most importantly the Solent choppy waves provided the perfect training ground during the winter off season; if perhaps a little chilly sometimes!” With the knowledge gained and hours of practice Billy started entering national competitions although sometimes frustrating results were achieved, as he was sailing against National Squad sailors, by early June he reached an amazing 3rd at the National Championships. Luke continued with Billy’s story, “He attended the world championships in Italy, competing against an international fleet of around 80 sailors. On the last leg, of the last lap, of the last race of ten, Billy managed to position himself to beat a South African by one point to take that cherished bullet and to be crowned RS Tera World Champion. This is just the start of his journey, he is now getting involved with the RS Feva and sailing with a buddy. The competition in this class of boat is just as fierce, so he has his work cut out for his 2020 objective of an Olympic sail.” 37…

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Adults fair just as well with healthy participation in advance training by Ian and Kerry Morgan among others. These two are high level Laser sailors, who both collected the regional Southern Grand Prix series cups in 2012 and give time up in assisting others to achieve success. The club also organises on average 10 events where sailors from other clubs can compete against each other. Sailing is often described as chess on the water with a pretty good gym work out thrown in on a moving apparatus for good measure, after all this activity the chance to relax and have a drink and a bowl of soup over-looking the scenic Solent seascape from the clubs balcony is a pretty good way to unwind.

If you are interested in trying your hand at sailing, or perhaps you are a seasoned sailor who wants great club racing or social cruising then why not visit Hill Head Sailing Club anytime, chat to a member, have a drink at the bar and find out all about it. Alternatively you could visit the Open Day which will be on Sunday 18th May from 15:00, at which time, if new to the sport, you could try it for real!

You won’t be disappointed with Hill Head! Why not visit: www.hillheadsc.org.uk or perhaps follow what the club gets up to at www.facebook.com/hillheadsc.

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THE RIGHT NUM ER Words & Images by David Rose-Massom

A year ago in the pages of Solent Life we dined out and reviewed The Wine Bar & Bistro in Bishops Waltham, since then they have changed chefs and have now in the New Year re-launched the eatery as Num8er Restaurant and Bar – so, to be fair to our readers we felt it was time to check them out once again. As the saying goes ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’, then why when you have a successful formula would you change things? Restaurant owner Amanda Morgan explained, “We have been here just over a year now and with our chef moving on, it felt like time for a change and a fresher way of doing things. We have a wonderful new chef, Jonothan Pope, and a cracking new menu; I think you will be pleased.” Also as they say, ‘the proof of the pudding, etc’ … A classic combination, scallops and black pudding, the scallops so soft and warm the mouth greets them like a favourite friend, the black pudding slightly coarse on tongue and taste bud – perfectly prepared. Not so classic, and a starter that Amanda discovered on a visit to South Africa; duck liver Brulee parfait served with warm ciabatta and tangerine oil. It looks like a classic crème Brulee, so the brain is already thinking dessert not starter, then the knife cracks through the caramelised crust into the creamy heart, a gentle aroma of duck liver drifts noseward and still the mouth is expecting sweet not savoury! It then comes as a real surprise to the senses when the first meaty taste drifts across the palate; this is a delicious, innovative and wonderful dish; different and not deep, or overpowering, in flavour but a superb starter. While waiting on my main course Amanda told of a new service for early diners. “From 5.30 till 7 o’clock each evening we have a Supper Club, which has a shortened menu that often features dishes that are not on the main list of food available.” On that menu there were delicious concoctions such as sweet and sour chicken with sesame noodles for openers and artichoke stuffed tortellini or cod with pesto crust for mains. The Supper Club menu is also superb value with a two course meal for two people and with a bottle of wine for just £28.50 or a three course for two at £32.50. No 8 no longer opens at lunchtime and in the future will be looking at laying on wedding breakfasts but for now, the 40…

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attention to detail with the evening food is as good as it ever was with fine presentation, and as it turned out some amazing flavours as well. Something not often seen on menus in recent times is rabbit, but with a rustic style restaurant in the country village of Bishops Waltham, it does seem to suit. I like the slightly course texture and gentle gamey taste of rabbit and No 8 serve it with cacciatore, pappardelle pasta and olive oil. Cacciatore means hunter and this would be a wonderful dish for such an expedition; a topping that is a mixture of tomato, herbs and olives with the slight saltiness of the olive matching perfectly with the meat. My favourite main course though was a dish that sounded amazing and then lived up to its billing. Pulled lamb shoulder with a sticky pomegranate glaze and served with sauté potatoes and fresh, crisp vegetables – and it looked even better than it sounded! Dining out should be a little bit of showbiz, it is entertainment after all, and the sight and aromas that hit as the dish was placed in front of me deserved a standing ovation of their own, a little like the conductor stepping onto the podium at a classical concert; he gains applause from the audience because they expect a great performance from the maestro. Well this lamb dish performed incredibly well. First the overture of crisp fresh vegetables, accompanied by cubes of delicately flavoured sauté potatoes; and then the crescendo of flavour that was the lamb. The dark, sticky coating parts easily as the fork is dragged across the flaky meat, then the sweetness of the pomegranate glaze plays across the mouth before the delicious clean and lean lamb complete the composition. It was a glorious medley of amazing flavours and textures; a great performance of a dish that can only be described as stunning. Chef explained that where possible all ingredients are sourced locally, the meat is Hampshire reared and for many of


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the other products, which could be sourced cheaper elsewhere, they go to the businesses in the village. It is very comforting to know that the chef can track all of his produce. My Crème Brulee was brilliant. I have a dislike of classic dishes being ‘messed’ with so was a little nervous when the menu stated the Brulee would be infused with blood orange. I need not have worried because the orange merely gave the creamy base a lovely, lazy citrus hit; that was once the hard, and thick, caramelised topping had been broken through. It was garnished with small shreds of orange peel that had blackened with the heat when the sugar topping was melted and the dish looked great, was fun to eat and tasted perfect for a meal ending. It was a pleasing experience to return to a restaurant that we had highly recommended and discover that not only had standards remained high but that the quality and choice of dishes had in fact improved. Solent Life can still highly


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Remembering Loved Ones The final resting place for your loved one is of special importance. As a family run, privately owned and independently operated public Memorial Garden we have had the personal experience of losing close family members and are sympathetic and fully understand how important the grieving process can be.

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The gardens, linked together by meandering streams and pathways, are complemented by a beautiful lake and fountains which provide an unrivalled setting for reverence and reflection. Unlike most crematoriums whereby the ashes are scattered and a plot reference issued, we are able to offer a personal individual grave for ashes to be laid to rest by casket burial or grave scattering. All graves can have a memorial stone to personalise the tribute. A ‘memorial only’ option is also available (for those who have already laid ashes to rest at sea etc, or in the main Portchester Crematorium). For our families we hold a seasonal memorial service around our lake and temple area in remembrance of the deceased.


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Polar Bear Necessities If

the recent BBC nature programmes ‘The Polar Bear Family & Me’ where Gordon Buchanan gets about as close up and personal as you possibly could with these amazing animals, has inspired you. Now is the time to call in to Amity World Leisure Travel and discuss the possible Polar Bear adventure holiday options.

Each year, in the fall, on the west shore of Canada’s Hudson Bay, Polar Bears gather along the shore on the outskirts of Churchill, waiting for the bay to freeze in order to begin the annual hunt for seals. This makes Churchill the self-proclaimed “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Every fall you can expect in the vicinity of nearly 1,000 bears to pass through Churchill. The annual Polar bear trek to Hudson Bay provides a fantastic opportunity to see these magnificent animals. Amity World Travel offer tours that range from one to seven days in length that can easily be bolted on to a tour of the Canadian Rockies/ Alaskan Cruise, etc or work as a stand-alone holiday. The only way to reach this remote settlement is by plane or a 40-hour train journey from Winnipeg – our recommended option is to fly from Winnipeg and spend 3 or 4 nights in Churchill, this will allow for 2 full days spent viewing the bears. Your two days of Polar Bear viewing will be spent in the 44…

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Tundra Buggy; Tundra Buggy’s can only be described as a portacabin on oversized wheels. However they are without doubt the most comfortable and safe way to experience the bears in their natural environment. The Buggy will follow a system of established trails, stopping at leisure to enjoy the scenery. Meandering across the cold landscape in the morning light, the tundra looks a bleak, unforgiving wilderness, with low, battered willow bushes dusted with snow, frozen pools, tidal flats and the odd spruce. Despite the bleakness the sage green and pale turquoise tints of the ice have a peculiar beauty about them, contrasting with the golden brown leaves clinging to the trees and the red and yellow ochres of lace-like lichens on the scattered rocks. As you weave your way towards Hudson Bay there is a good chance that you will catch the unmistakable outline of the bears plodding along the horizon, their coats honey-coloured against


Are you planning a major holiday? Whatever your reason for planning a trip of any kind, you want to be sure that the arrangements are just right and that you have the holiday of your dreams. One way to be certain of this is make Amity World Travel your first port of call in order to discuss your plans. Here, you can be sure that you will be offered expert advice and assistance in putting together your perfect holiday. Amity World Travel has been trading since 1970 and has been based at its current location in Segensworth since 1994. This unusual location for a travel agency offers a “non shop” setting where clients are welcome to drop in (often by appointment), and meet with a consultant who can take as much time as is needed to discuss your plans over a coffee, suggest a variety of options and make the necessary arrangements in quiet and relaxed surroundings. As an independently owned, ABTA and ATOL accredited company, Amity is able to tailor the widest choice of travel options to match your own personal needs. Through years of experience they have built direct relationships with ground handlers and hoteliers around

the world, and they may be able to offer unique experiences that you just won’t find in a mass-market brochure. Amity World Travel blends old fashioned qualities of customer service, choice and impartiality with modern day booking technology to help give them the edge over their competition. As the leisure travel division of one of the most successful Business Travel Management Companies in the south of England, their consultants use the most up to date reservation technology, and have millions of ‘contract’ rates for worldwide flights, hotels and car rental. Put this together with the 70+ years of travel experience that Jeff, Sue and Elaine have between them, and you have a winning formula that sees clients returning year after year to put their trust in travel arrangements planned and booked at Amity World Travel. Telephone: 01489 579975. Visit our new website at www.amityleisuretravel.co.uk

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the pure white of the snow. Upon reaching the shores of Hudson Bay you can expect to find an abundance of polar bears, the majority will carry on with their daily life, as if you are not there. Curiosity will get the better of some and you can expect male bears to approach the buggy, puling themselves up against the side to do a spot of people watching, whilst the mothers will just lay close by with their young in tow. With the opportunity to take photos from the observation deck to the rear of the buggy and a highly knowledgeable guide to keep you informed on all that is going on around, you will find the day soon passes and before you know it you will be heading back to town. The Polar Bears of Churchill are undoubtedly a holiday experience that will live long in the memory, with a choice of tour operators offering an array of options from Adventure tours to the more luxurious and inclusive; it makes sense to speak to Amity World Travel first. Their experienced staff will be able to steer you through the myriad of choices and take the strain out of tying it all together with any plans you may have for before and after your time in Churchill. The season is short as the bears will be off as soon as the sea ice has formed, which is usually by mid-November, with the high demand to witness this annual migration, early booking is highly recommended.


solent | education

Girls get ahead with a Portsmouth High School education... Come and find out how at our next

Open Doors Event

Girls get ahead with a Portsmouth High School education… Parents thinking about the next stage of their daughter’s education will be offered a warm welcome at Portsmouth High School. Come and visit us at our next Open Doors Event on Thursday 14 March from 9.00am to 11.00am when there will be an opportunity to tour the school and drop in on lessons.

Thursday 14 March 9.00am to 11.00am The whole school from Nursery to Sixth Form will be open. Tours available, meet the Headmistress and staff over coffee and find out more about opportunities here for your daughter.

www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk admissions@por.gdst.net 023 9282 6714 Independent education for girls from Nursery to Sixth Form

New school minibus routes throughout the area. Contact us for more information. Part of the Girls’ Day School Trust network of schools www.gdst.net

Portsmouth High School has been educating girls successfully since 1882 and continues to do so with a traditional ethos and over 130 years of educational expertise. The school has a modern approach and welcomes girls from Nursery through to Sixth Form inspiring them to achieve their very best. This is reflected in the excellent GCSE and A Level results girls achieve year after year. Headmistress, Jane Prescott, said ‘Portsmouth High School has always had a reputation for educating girls to the highest standard. We are passionate about education and strive to offer the very best opportunities both in the academic curriculum and outside the classroom in preparing girls for the demands of the modern world. Visitors are welcome at our ‘Open Doors’ event on Thursday 14 March or by appointment at any other time’.

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Our part-time Business and Management Degree is designed for busy working people and is available one evening a week from several colleges across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and from the University of Portsmouth. It is open to those who may not have formal qualifications but whose work experience will have prepared them to succeed. To find out more about the flexible part-time courses we offer, come along to our next open evening, details of which can be found at www.port.ac.uk/ For further information pbsevents. visit:

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The King’s School opened its doors to receive children 30 years ago last year and as part of our celebrations we are delighted to have produced something which will serve as a souvenir and a celebration of what Christian education is all about. Paul Johnson, Head Master, opened the magazine with - ‘It has been a privilege to be Head Master during the most recent quarter of the school’s history. This has been a time for us to walk with God in faith, throwing off everything that hinders and running with perseverance. The goal is to establish something that is worthy to be called, the King’s. Jesus loves this school because we come together in His name and do things in His way. It is His desire that we recognise the fact that we have at our disposal the very power that raised Him from the dead. If God is for us, who can be against us? We have not just sung this, we have lived it. And even though we have faced some very challenging times, our wisdom has been of a God who never fails us, whose mercies are new every morning and whose faithfulness is immense. I am passionate about this school and what it stands for and would be delighted to give you a much closer look’. If you haven’t are already connected with the school, and would like to receive a copy of our magazine or would like to know more about us please do not hesitate to contact us using any of the contact information below. The King’s School, Lakesmere House, Allington Lane, Fair Oak, SO50 7DB T: 023 8060 0986 E: admissions@thekingsschool.eu W: www.thekingsschool.eu

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Vocational Education Really Works Fareham College is renowned for its vocational, occupational and applied courses and has been running a wide variety of highly successful full and part-time programmes for more than 25 years. The number of students studying these types of courses grows every year and currently makes up approximately 80% of the College’s student population, which is around 3,500. The College prides itself on offering opportunities for students to gain the skills they need to get a job and sustain a successful career. Students benefit from using the latest high-tech equipment within state-of-the-art facilities. Commercial outlets such as a fine-dining restaurant, and hairdressing, beauty and holistic therapy salons are all situated on the College campus and run by students. The advantage of a vocational course is that students focus on one subject in depth which includes a high level of skills development. Many BTEC Diploma subjects such as Art and Design, Graphics, Gaming and Computing, Engineering, Performing Arts, Media, Fashion, Uniformed Services and Sport, are all vocational courses that offer progression routes into university.

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Make an informed choice when choosing a college For many young people starting college in September 2013, their college application forms have already been submitted and they’ve had – or will soon have – their college interview. Following exam results in August, if they haven’t already done so, it will be time for the young person and their parent(s) to make their final decision on which college to attend. Factors such as finding the right study programme, working out transport costs and college success rates are just some of the items to consider. It’s important to know that, whilst making the right decision may seem like a daunting prospect – after all they’ll be spending a few years at college – colleges make efforts to help young people to make an informed choice as possible. From holding Open Evenings to taster days, young people are able to check out what each college has to offer. Shirley Eastwood, Schools Liaison Officer at Itchen Sixth Form College, says: “Young people should take the time to visit as many college open evenings as possible, to talk with staff and current students about the various courses on offer. There are some great places to study in this area and such a wide range of course options that it will definitely be time well spent. There’s a “best fit” course and college for everyone.” Due to Itchen’s commitment to encouraging each student to fulfil their potential - whatever their abilities - the college’s popularity has soared over recent years and, whether students wish to progress to university or employment, Itchen provides them with the right opportunities to help them to succeed. With an extensive range of academic and personal support available, students often achieve higher grades than predicted of them at entry to college. Young people and their parents are invited to find out more about Itchen during an Information/Open Evening especially for Year 11 and Year 10 students, taking place on Wednesday 6 March. 48…

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What’s more, new research shows that many of the UK’s wealthiest people found their fortune through vocational training. The City & Guilds Vocational Rich List reports that people such as James Dyson, worth £1.45bn, Jamie Oliver, worth £106m and Stella McCartney, worth £15m all made their fortunes through vocational learning or an apprenticeship.

Fareham College – Your route to a brighter future! To find out more about the full and part-time courses on offer, visit www.fareham.ac.uk, or call (01329) 815200.


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For over 50 years, we have been preparing students successfully for progression to the best universities and jobs. Choosing a college is a big decision. At Havant Sixth Form College, we know just how important the next couple of years are for you and your future life. In August 2012, a 98% pass rate was recorded with some three quarters of our students achieving the challenging A* to C grades at A Level. 45% of our students achieve the toughest high A* to B grades which exceeds the national benchmark. Nearly all of our 49 A Level subjects achieve an impressive 100% pass rate. We’ll do everything we can to help you achieve your ambitions through our huge range of courses, superb teaching and excellent facilities. You can choose your own personalised programme from 49 A Levels, a range of BTECs and GCSEs and the AQA Baccalaureate Programme. Our new Business School will be ready for our students in April. The new building will provide accommodation for the teaching of existing A Level Business Studies, Law, Accounting and Economics, all of which have outstanding success rates. Over the last few years the College has continually updated many aspects of our accommodation for students. We have now invested over £3 million on improving our classrooms and facilities. This includes a brand new suite of 10 state-of-the-art science laboratories, a new Media iSuite, Photography Studio and 100 square meters of additional Learning Resource Centre. The Principal states, “We take our IT provision very seriously. We update our IT provision regularly and we have the best PC to student ratio in the area. Havant is a wireless campus with students accessing study materials on their phones, ipads and laptops.” Students receive continued support from our expert personal tutors and Careers. In 2011, 82% of our students were successful in their university applications for their first choice universities* - with 20% progressing to the best ‘Russell Group’ universities. We offer specialist support for Oxbridge applicants, and those applying for Medicine and Veterinary Science. We’ll also make sure you have an enjoyable time, with our extensive range of sports academies, social events, trips and enrichment activities. Our next Open Evening is on Thursday 7 March, 6.00pm – 8.30pm. Why not visit us and get some professional advice on your future from our friendly staff and students? * The National Average is 69%. 49…

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Weds 13th Feb - Sat 23rd Feb 2013 Based on the bestselling thriller The Wheel Spins If you enjoyed TFT’s production of 39 Steps, don’t miss this follow up! It’s 1938, war is looming over Europe and an eclectic group of characters are attempting to escape to England...a lady vanishes!

Can our British Bulldog hero solve the mystery? Oh and of course there’s a femme fatale...

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Think of amateur theatre and what comes to mind is a church hall with inadequate seating and lighting, and an audience consisting of friends and relatives of the players. Not so Titchfield Festival Theatre; it is unique in owning not one but two theatres and both the members and the patrons agree that there is nothing amateur about this company. Words by Fiona Cooke Images by Tim Gulliford Titchfield Festival Theatre, or TFT as they tend to be known, came into being in 2001 and have woven the story of their existence into the cultural history of Titchfield. Some would argue that maybe this story, which has several threads, starts in the 16th Century with none other than Shakespeare himself. The details of Shakespeare’s life are sketchy, and there are none for his “Lost Years” between 1585 and 1592, but there is some conjecture as to his whereabouts and one well founded theory has it that he was in Titchfield for some of this time. All who live in this area know of Titchfield Abbey, which was founded in 1232. In 1537 Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries and Thomas Wriothesley became the owner of the Abbey and the Titchfield Estate. Subsequently he became the 1st Earl of Southampton and built his country residence, Place House, on the site of the Abbey. At the time of Shakespeare’s lost years Place House was the country residence of the 3rd Earl of Southampton, and we know of their acquaintance as Shakespeare dedicated his first two published poems to the Earl. Furthermore it is believed that a restored cottage built close to the Abbey in 1447 was a grammar school, and one theory is that Shakespeare was a school master in the country during his lost years.......put it all together and whilst there is no proof, it is wonderful to think that maybe, just maybe, The Great Bard once lived in the area and walked in the Great Barn.....which brings us to another thread, and this one is a bit more recent. Kevin Fraser is a man who knows his Shakespeare. Having done a Post Grad in directing and acting Shakespeare plays he moved to this area discovered its history and, as he says; “There was Shakespeare, in all his glory. I couldn’t believe my luck.” By chance Kevin met two local men who shared his love of Shakespeare and history and, to cut a long story short, Titchfield Festival Theatre was born. During its early years TFT performed

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at the Titchfield Abbey site – and gained a reputation for great acting along with strong support from local residents. Subsequently TFT lost the Abbey as a venue and had a couple of almost lost years in temporary venues until 2009, when it obtained a lease at the most unusual of locations: a factory unit in St Margaret’s Lane at Titchfield. The Company set about transforming the interior into a first class 200 seat theatre and continued to stage award winning plays...until another twist of fate landed a second, seemingly “meant to be” venue in their collective lap. The Great Barn, in Mill Lane in Titchfield, was built in 1409 and would have been part of the Titchfield Abbey Estate, and subsequently the estate of the Earls of Southampton. The reason for its existence is unknown but, as it is amongst the largest in the country, supposition has it that it was built by Henry V to house his army prior to embarking to France and the Battle of Agincourt. ...and as we all know Shakespeare happened to write a play about Henry V.....so the link is there again. Fast forward to 2011 and the Great Barn was unused. The owners approached Kevin suggesting that TFT may like to use their barn as a venue. Initially unaware of the connection, and with an established venue, Kevin was dismissive until he joined the dots and realised it was THAT Great Barn! So without much ado about nothing (!) TFT acquired The Great Barn as a second venue and the final piece of the story fell into place. The company stages around 16 shows at St Margaret’s Lane every year, with each one running for ten nights. The plays range from those penned by the likes of Alan Ayckbourn and Peter Schaffer, to productions of the works of Dickens and adaptations such as Miracle on 34th Street, which played just before Christmas. Over the year there is something for everyone with


comedies, Hitchcock thrillers and the odd musical. The Great Barn is the venue for the annual Shakespeare Festival, running from 15th May to 5th October, during which the company stage four plays. TFT have also extended an invitation to outside Shakespearean companies and hope that they too will stage their own productions during the festival. One of the reasons TFT came into existence was because of the links which apparently tie Shakespeare to the area. As a charity TFT’s articles of association state that they make public performances, have a theatre, but also perpetuate the theory that Shakespeare was living and working in South Hampshire. They are now establishing The Great Barn as a Shakespearean Theatre. Kevin eloquently says “We are building theatres on a background of Shakespeare and a history of Shakespeare being in this little village. We dream of becoming the next Royal Shakespeare Company.” And they are well on their way. They have up to 200 active members, who range from those that man the bar and build the sets, to the core of 30 to 40 actors and directors. Of these some are retired professionals, some teach at local colleges and some are gifted amateurs. In the last year TFT have had an influx of extremely talented young people, with around 25 youngsters who dedicate much time and hard work into directing and acting in the productions. Indeed the company is invested in encouraging the youth in the area, and stage three or four plays each year from the Youth Theatre they run on Saturday mornings. With over 1,000 patrons drawn from across the area, the company is funded purely from the ticket sales and do not charge a membership fee. TFT also donates 100 tickets at a time to local charities, which get the income from the ticket sales. As

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much as they have built a successful theatre company from their own resources, they would welcome sponsorship, as this would help them to develop their dream of making Titchfield a cultural centre in the South. In these days of immediate entertainment from television, computers and other electronic devices, it is easy to dismiss local theatre productions as not being exciting or worth the effort of venturing out. But there is something magical about seeing a play live on stage, and Titchfield Festival Theatre offers the opportunity to become immersed in top rate theatre staged by talented local people who are passionate about their craft. And isn’t that just As You Like It?! For more information: www.titchfieldfestivaltheatre.com www.titchfieldshakespearefestival.com 01329 556156 The Youth Theatre runs from 10am to 1pm on Saturday mornings for age 6 to 14 years. TFT will stage The Tempest, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard 3rd and As You Like It during the Shakespeare Festival.

The Great Barn is also now available for wedding hire. Enquire at the box office.


solent | homes

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solent | charity

‘cancer, we’re coming to get you’ Women of all ages everywhere across the Solent Life region, are being urged to make a stand against cancer by entering this year’s Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life; entries for which are now open. Event organisers are issuing the rallying cry ‘cancer, we’re coming to get you’ to mums, daughters, sisters, grandmas and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible for the annual fund-raising event. Despite the fact that all of us are fully aware of the disease and its devastating consequences, the statistics still shock; for example every hour, nearly five people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East. So, as it has been for the past few years, women are needed to join together as a formidable pink-dressed army; to run and take on cancer at venues across the region such as Southsea Common and Southampton Common. Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of events which raise millions of pounds every year to help defeat cancer by funding life-saving research. Suzi Dent is Cancer Research UK’s Events Manager for Portsmouth and she told Solent Life, “Come on ladies, please play your part by entering Race for Life in Portsmouth and together, we can hit cancer where it hurts! There are over 200 cancers and we won’t give up until we find cures for them all. It’s fighting talk, and we mean every word we say. Cancer, Portsmouth is coming to get you.” Last year in Portsmouth alone 7444 women took part in Race for Life and in doing so raised a fantastic £424,129. This year, organisers are aiming for 7800 women to stride out to help raise £480,000 for vital research. The men in your life can take part as well; by lining the route and cheering on the thousands of women who will be running, walking and jogging so that they can raise money for the charity or simply remember a loved one who suffered from cancer. Money raised through Race for Life allows Cancer Research UK’s doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research and is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the South East. Suzi continued, “Women of all ages and levels of fitness take part in Race for Life. They come from different backgrounds and walks of life but they are united by their absolute determination to take on cancer and beat it. “Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer. “Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate life but also to remember those who have been lost to the disease. Participants may be decked out in pink or fancy dress but what’s inescapable is the power and strength that comes from thousands of women joining together to confront cancer. Don’t be fooled by the tutus and tiaras. Race for Life is cancer’s worst nightmare.” Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking research but with help from the people of 58…

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2013 the south, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In a battle cry for runners Suzi concluded, “The battle against cancer never stops and for this reason we need everyone to return to the fight in 2013 and to bring new recruits with them.” Visit raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/choose-your-event for entry forms and details of a race near you. PORTSMOUTH – Sunday 21st July 10K at 9am and 5K at 11.30am at Southsea Common BASINGSTOKE – Wednesday 19th June 10K and 5K at 7.30am at Down Grange Sports, Basingstoke SOUTHAMPTON – Sunday 14th July 10K at 9am and 5K at 11.30am at Southampton Common WINCHESTER – Sunday 9th June 5K at 11am at The Garrison Ground and University Stadium About Race for Life * Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2013, in partnership with Tesco, is the UK’s largest women-only fundraising event series with over 230 events around the UK from May to the end of September. * Women and girls of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes from all over the UK join together to walk, jog or run 5k to raise money to help beat over 200 types of cancer affecting men, women and children. All women are welcome, regardless of whether they are taking part on their own or as part of a group. * This year it will be even easier to take part and raise money as a group, with the introduction of a simple to use online group entry process. * In 2013, Cancer Research UK hopes to recruit 560,000 women and raise £50m to help fund life-saving work. * Women will have the opportunity to take part in the traditional 5k or opt for a 10k route, without having to pay an additional entry fee, at 39 venues across the UK. * The entry fee is £14.99 for adults and £10 for girls under 16. This covers the costs of staging the event series and means that money raised in sponsorship can go directly to help beat cancer. * Race for Life started as one event in 1994 at Battersea Park with 680 participants. * Since Race for Life started, an incredible 6.5 million participants across the UK have raised over £490 million to fund Cancer Research UK’s vital work. * Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its lifesaving research. For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1861 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Words & Images by David Rose-Massom


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MAYFLOWER SAILING ONWARD

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“Dennis Hall was a legend in his own lifetime;” Michael Ockwell, the new Chief Executive of Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre told Solent Life with regard to his predecessor. “I am not intimidated by his success but am conscious of the fact I am following a man who ran one of the most successful theatres in the country; he is a hard act to follow.”

In his 27 years at the theatre Dennis Hall had taken the popular venue forward to become one of the five top theatrical venues in the UK. “Dennis felt he had taken the Mayflower as far as he could and also felt it was time for a younger person to drive it forward and bring the whole team into the picture,” Michael continued. “People will normally be prepared to take a 40 minute drive to visit a theatre, The Mayflower though, has an audience base from across a much wider area, we even get customers from the London area as it is easier to get to the south coast than it is to get into the West End; on top of that of course, Southampton people also make a conscious choice to come here and enjoy the shows we offer.” We wondered how a new Chief Executive could work toward improving an already successful brand. “I looked at what had already been established at The Mayflower as a programme but then I wanted to re-look at the focus of what we were doing in that we can help shape the cultural future of Southampton; when I applied for this post I knew it was one of the top five theatre jobs in the country!” Michael, a pleasant, approachable man who is truly excited and feeling privileged to be running such a successful venue explained to us, “Developing a community outreach programme is vital; I am intensely keen on bringing youth into the theatre, both on the stage as performers and technicians as well as in the audience. We are a charity and developing a youth programme will help us live up to that status but we also have to keep this wonderful theatre alive and so by giving the younger generations opportunities to be part of it, we will prolong its future “It is my job to supplement and enhance the programme of events that Dennis built. The programme I have inherited is already engaging the audience and I see it as part of my role to extend that audience from the people that currently use the facilities to our future audiences such as those in their twenties and thirties, as well as the young people of the community. “We are all very fortunate to work in a business where we entertain an audience, we get them to sit in the dark for a

couple of hours and have fun; this has to be the best job in the world,” he added. Most of the programme for this year was already booked by Michael’s predecessor. “Dennis left me with around 80% of this year booked so The Mayflower will not have my thumbprint until 2014; but in saying that, I do not want our audiences to notice too much of a difference in the programme. What I do genuinely feel is that I have a job to do as the public face of the theatre and a role in the city of representing this wonderful theatre and its place in the arts. “I also have the task of sustaining and developing the business side of things and as such I am merely a custodian of the Mayflower for its future,” he said with conviction. “The Mayflower is already in a strong position, we will of course be keeping the large scale musicals coming in, but we also have to be more open as a cultural centre for the community.” Is what the boss puts on the stage, what the boss enjoys the most? “You do have to have an eclectic taste but while I have the responsibility for programming I have to respect the fact that it is also a collaborative thing with the rest of the team here. It is also not my job to act as censor, it is my job to bring shows here that there are a demand for, we are in the process of creating our style here artistically, and again that is with the help of the team to work everything together. “My big ambition though is to work with the youth projects both on the stage and in the theatre on the technical side; this will also help us live up to our charitable status by giving young people the chance to develop within the arts.” Two and a half decades down the line when it is maybe time to move on, Michael does admit there is no better or bigger job in theatre than the one he now holds. What would he hope to leave behind as his legacy? “Youth engagement,” he answered quite simply. “We currently have 450,000 people visit this theatre each year, a staggering audience, but my hope would be that with the inclusion of young people I can take that figure past the half a million mark! Our first big youth project is Bugsy Malone later this year and not only will that be wonderful but it is also something we can build on.”

Chief Executive - Michael Ockwell Michael first put his feet under the Chief Executive’s desk in October of last year but he has a wealth of experience from a twenty year career in the industry, firstly as a successful actor, then moving into theatre management. He was previously the Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House in Belfast. Prior to this he was Managing Director for HQ Theatres. In his earlier career he worked as CEO for Hetherington Seelig Theatres and the Wycombe Swan and as Theatre Manager for Stoll Moss Theatres. 61…

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We were invited to submit an editorial but we thought we would show you what some of our customers thought! Set within the South Downs National Park, this beautiful natural burial site nestles in a private and tranquil corner of The Sustainability Centre’s 55 acres. Close to East Meon, this southfacing slope offers distant views to the Solent and Isle of Wight. The site itself is a former conifer plantation which is now being cleared to enable the planting of native, broad-leaf species. These trees are planted after a funeral – on, or near the grave, when appropriate. The woodland is being managed to encourage the return of our native flora and fauna. The Earthworks Trust, owners of the site, is a charity which runs The Sustainability Centre. The Centre aims to demonstrate, promote, educate and inspire people to make positive lifestyle changes. Working with people from all walks of life and with differing abilities, they seek to manage the land, charity and businesses as working examples of sustainability. The South Downs Natural Burial Site is a non-profit making organisation which donates all its surplus funds to support the charity. The Centre offers a range of events, courses, and facilities for both day and residential visitors of all ages. Its eco-accommodation, campsite and facilities are recognised as “being a pleasure to visit and a beacon for sustainable good practice”. The awardwinning Woodland Shelter, nestling in a clearing, is an example of sustainable building techniques at their best and can be hired for private use. The grounds are open to visitors with a café and a picnic area.

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solent | finance

IT’S A GREAT

TIME TO REVIEW

YOUR ISA INVESTMENTS

Servicing the car, shopping around for the best insurance deal, regularly investing and reviewing your ISA portfolio... most of us accept that these are good habits to get into - but how many of us actually stick to them? words by Justin Stevens

ISA investing doesn’t need to be confusing. With the

help of a financial advisor, gaining a clear understanding of how this valuable allowance can form a cornerstone of your investment portfolio is possible for even the most inexperienced investor.

The key to building a cohesive and coherent ISA portfolio, with the potential to achieve your long-term financial objectives, is diversification. Diversification means spreading your investments across a range of different assets to reduce the impact of any one falling in value. Not even the most talented investor can predict which one is going to produce the best return year after year, but there are two things you can be sure of: 1) The best-performing investment in one year can often turn out to be the worst-performing investment the next year. And 2) by spreading your money across a selection of asset classes, geographic regions and sectors, your investments stand a better chance of achieving more consistent returns. With personal finance grabbing more and more column inches in the press, many investors have accumulated a hotchpotch portfolio of investment ideas over the years as each ISA season heralds the discovery of the next “musthave” asset class or fund. It’s easy to see why. The choice is potentially bewildering. There are around 2,500 retail funds in the UK into which investors can invest their stocks & shares ISA allowance. Faced with the challenge of finding the right one, it’s easy to see why some base their decision on whatever is the latest investment fashion, the most impressive advert or the best claim to superior past performance. Yet it is a decision that’s important to get right.

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Selecting your ISA investment manager is one consideration but regularly reviewing their performance is an equally important factor. Not properly monitoring the performance of your investment manager is akin to driving a car without any rear-view mirrors – you don’t get any warning of what’s coming. In the investment world, that might be the departure of a ‘star’ investment manager you’d specifically chosen or the impact of macroeconomic factors on specific regions or asset classes. But how frequently should you review your ISA portfolio? There is no right or wrong answer to this question but the commonly accepted view is that an annual inspection is adequate for most and I would suggest reviewing it before investing more money into it. Identifying the strong performers (and those that haven’t fared so well) is one aspect of the exercise but, fundamentally, investors should be asking one key question: is this portfolio still working to achieve my financial objectives? Conducting a regular review will ensure that your investments are working towards your objectives. Whether your portfolio needs a small tweak in one or two areas or a complete overhaul, by working together with your advisor, the process for getting your portfolio back on the right course can be a simple and cost-effective one. l To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact JMS Financial Consultancy, of St. James’s Place Wealth Management on 01329 236693, by email Justin.stevens@sjpp.co.uk or visit our website at www.jmsfinancialconsultancy.co.uk.


FOR FINANCIAL CONSULTANCY

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words & images by David Rose-Massom

Regular financial columnist to Solent Life, Justin Stevens DipPFS, Director of JMS Financial

Consultancy, has opened a new office in the Fareham High Street. The new premises, based at First Floor Offices, 2 East Street, Fareham, marks a major step forward for the business that is a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, one of the UK’s leading wealth management companies. “We have opened these new offices to reflect the growth of our business,” said Justin. “By being located on the High Street, the local community can just step in and, over a cup of coffee, discuss their financial needs or concerns and the options available to them.” Justin has worked in financial services for 20 years and specialises in investment, retirement and tax planning, as well as providing professional advice on a wide range of other wealth management issues and solutions.

“There is a massive need for advice in this day and age with major concerns such as long term care and Pension hitting the headlines. Therefore I feel it is a real benefit for the local community that we are able to open new offices on the High Street, providing a non-pressure environment that enables us meet and make a positive difference for so many more people.” Justin Stevens is the Director of JMS Financial Consultancy, a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. St. James’s Place is a FTSE 250 company and a recognised leader in the field of Wealth Management currently managing in excess of £34 billion of funds on behalf of clients. For further information regarding the new offices from JMS Financial Consultancy, contact Justin or one of his team on 01329 236693, by email Justin.stevens@sjpp.co.uk or visit www.jmsfinancialconsultancy.co.uk. l

When asked to comment on changes to the financial industry Justin said “2013 has seen the implementation of changes in the regulation of financial advice. Although the benefits in long term will be greater transparency and quality of advice, the short term has seen a number of Banks and Building Societies review what advice, if any, they will give from the High Street.” “My commitment to providing a high standard of financial advice to my clients remains the same. With the backing of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, which guarantees our advice when recommending products and services provided by companies in the group, we are able to provide a comprehensive service” said Justin. The Partner represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp. co.uk/products. The titles “Partner” and “Partner Practice” are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place representatives.

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February Gardening It was a mild start to the year, which made good conditions for gardeners. If the ground isn’t frozen, you can establish new plants, so prepare for spring growth.

Supplied by Paul Gibbons, Garsons Garden Centre www.garsons.co.uk

If you’ve planted bulbs, they should be springing up to give your winter garden a lovely lift. You can always add to your bulb display with ready-made planters from the garden centre. Our plant of the month is the romantic Camellia – perfect for Valentine’s Day! Shades range from soft white through to pink and deep red. They are woodland shrubs, so prefer a partially shaded area. As well as being a good evergreen, they’re one of the few plants that provide a big splash of late winter/early spring colour. They are ericaceous (acid-loving) plants, so if you don’t have acid soil, put them in a pot or container of ericaceous soil. Give them a regular ericaceous feed – there are several to choose from at Garsons. Don’t prune roses until next month, as pruning encourages growth and frost can damage new growth. However, now is an ideal time to plant roses. If planting in a position where a rose has grown before, avoid what’s known as replant disease. Get some mycorrhizal fungi from the garden centre. These granules are said to avoid the problem by containing a fungi that help the roots absorb minerals and water. Are you ‘growing your own’ this year? If so, get your onion sets and seed potatoes now. Keep seed potatoes in a cool, light environment while they are being ‘chitted’. This means standing them in open trays in light, bright conditions where they are cool and frost-free, so they start to sprout before planting in March. This is your last chance to plant bare-rooted raspberries. Prune the canes of summer-fruiting types to 10 inches after planting, and prune autumn-fruiting varieties down to ground level.

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February is when our starter plants and plug plants arrive at Garsons – plugs are individual cuttings in trays of single ‘plugs’. We’ve eighteen new varieties this year, all selected for their strong performance. They’re a low cost way to grow plants, here’s how to give them the best start: Pop the plant out of its plug and either plant in an individual pot or into a hanging basket or container. They respond well to plenty of sunlight in a heated greenhouse or window sill. Turn containers frequently. Make sure they don’t get too hot on a sunny day, and that they don’t dry out or get too cold at night. Feed regularly with a weak solution of water-soluble fertiliser. Removing 1-2 sets of leaves from each stem may help some varieties produce more flowers. After the last frost they can be hardened off by placing them outside on warm days in shade and shelter. Work up to putting them out in all conditions during the day, then after a couple of weeks they can be left outside to give you months of enjoyment.

Until next month,

happy gardening!


solent | nature

February’s Flock

Words & Images by Robert Chapman

Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve is well known for the large flocks of brent geese that visit during the winter months to graze the grass. For residents of Portsmouth and indeed many people living along the Solent these small dark geese are a common sight. It would be easy to think that brent geese are common birds and of no particular interest. In fact the Solent coast is one of the prime areas for this species. Brent geese come in three races two of which come to Western Europe for the winter; our birds in the Solent are of the dark-bellied race. These come to us from breeding grounds in the Siberian high Arctic, some 8000km away and make non-stop flights of up to 3000km in getting to and from us each year. They nest on the ground and benefit for 24 hours of daylight and relatively few resident predators, so nesting in the Arctic does have advantages. However the weather can be unpredictable and the predators there are, mainly Arctic foxes and snowy owls, will eat almost all the goslings in years when there are few of their preferred prey the lemming. In some years no goslings are produced at all and in the last twenty years the population has been declining as there have not been enough young birds surviving to replace the dying adults. Currently about 72,000 dark-bellied brent geese winter in Britain and almost exactly a quarter of these come to the Solent. In a wider context this is about one in ten of all of the dark-bellied brent in the world. Studies of ringed birds have told us a lot about them. They can live for twenty years or more and will return to the same area each winter, in fact they will feed in the same fields year after year. They will stay paired for life and families stay together during their first winter whilst the young learn how to get by in 68…

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the world as a goose. In the Solent area we have a large part of the world population of these birds and not distantly on a mudflat but living right in amongst us in our cities and on the shores of our coastal towns. Some fields can have one or even two percent of the world population in them at times and if you visit an area regularly you probably see the same individuals year after year after year. So brent geese might be a familiar sight to most of us living in the Solent area, but they are in no way common, in fact “our” geese are the most approachable and urban living anywhere and a significant part of the world population. So next time you see a flock think of the distance they come to be with us and what a privilege it is to be living where we do. Your local Wildlife Trust The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust works to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in Hampshire and the Island. As the leading local wildlife conservation charity, it looks after 61 wildlife reserves, has 27,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. The Trust manages its own land and advises other landowners how to manage their land with wildlife in mind. Staff and volunteers also carry out surveys and gather data to monitor how our local wildlife is doing. Find out more at www.hwt.org.uk

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Events in February & March 7TH FEBRUARY 2013 Brickbats and Strawberries - Swanwick Lakes Join reserve staff for a guided walk around Swanwick Lakes and find out more about the site’s history, heritage and legendary characters.

Titchfield Haven and many more sites, will present the wildlife and human interest of his area. 19TH FEBRUARY 2013 Family Wild Camp - Swanwick Lakes Enjoy a day outdoors at Swanwick Lakes learning some useful bushcraft skills with your family.

9TH FEBRUARY 2013 Winter Birds in the Finchdean Area Old chapel at Idsworth (Map ref. SU741140) Join us to walk in an area where we may 21ST FEBRUARY 2013 find winter thrushes Minibeasts Mayhem - Swanwick Lakes 11TH FEBRUARY 2013 Come along to Swanwick Lakes Nature From the Depths of the Pond Reserve to search for the creatures that Holy Trinity Church Hall, West Street, lurk beneath the leaf litter in our woodland. Fareham PO16 0EL. Richard Osmand, An event for all the family to enjoy! expert on fresh water biology, will give a live display and talk about creatures of the pond such as frogs, newts, dragonfly larvae, leeches and more.

25TH FEBRUARY 2013 Butterflies of the Meon Valley Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham (Map ref. SU 176 557). Discover the beauty of the local butterflies with this presentation by Ashley Whitlock from the Butterfly Conservation group. 5TH MARCH 2013 Wildlife Tots - Tadpole’s Promise - Swanwick Lakes Where the willow meets the water a tadpole met a caterpillar. Explore life cycles at our regular session of stories, games and craft for pre-school children.

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15TH FEBRUARY 2013 Titchfield Haven and Beyond Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke (Map ref. SZ 602 988). Richard Levett, the Hampshire County Council Warden of

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British pop rock boys Lawson talk to The Breeze’s Evening presenter Damien St John about their debut album ‘Chapman Square’... Damien: Your first three singles all went straight into the UK top ten, which is better than the first three singles from Take That, U2, Lionel Richie, Dire Straits and Simply Red. How does that feel? Ryan: Nobody has ever told us that before but it feels amazing, the hard work has definitely been worth it, that’s definitely encouraging for this year. Damien: What have Lawson got planned for 2013? Joel: At the end of January we’re flying out for our first American tour dates in LA and New York then Toronto in Canada, then when we come back we’re on the Chapman Square tour, which is the name of our debut album, we’ll also be performing our new single Learn to Love Again... It’s going to be epic. Damien: What would be your ideal Valentine’s night? Andy: We’ll actually be playing in Birmingham on Valentine’s night, but the ideal romantic evening would be night in, cook a candle-lit dinner, watch a rom-com and maybe have a double bath like Chandler and Monica in Friends. Damien: HMV have gone into administration, do you remember your first record shop experience? Adam: I used to go down to Woolworths and buy all the CD singles at £1.99 each, including S Club 7. Andy: I’m a big Beatles fan, I grew up in Liverpool and remember buying Hard Day’s Night and that’s why I learned to play the guitar. Ryan: My first record shop experience was Our Price in Chesterfield and the first album I bought was by Limp Bizkit. Joel: The first album I bought was Robbie Williams ‘Life Thru a Lens’ and we actually got to meet Robbie, he’s been an idol for all of us and a musical inspiration.

Lawson play the o2 Academy Bournemouth on Thursday, March 7th. Their debut album Chapman Square is out now. You can hear more celebrity interviews with Damien St John, weeknights from 7pm only on The Breeze. 70…

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I’m a big Beatles fan, I grew up in Liverpool and remember buying Hard Day’s Night and that’s why I learned to play the guitar.


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Solent Life has been venturing out across the region to capture and bring to you some images from the notable events of the past few weeks…

words & images by david rose-massom

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MOWCHAK is one of the restaurants that have been featured in the pages of Solent Life – and being one of our local Indian restaurants it was exciting to learn that the chef was crowned with Bangladesh Caterers Association “BCA Chef of The Year 2012” The chef winning this prestigious title was Mr Kowsar Miah, and the restaurant The Mowchak Tandoori Indian Restaurant, 270 Havant Road, Drayton, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Telephone: (023) 92 375 007.

CHILDREN’S CLINIC OPENING The Mayor of Fareham cut the ribbon surrounded by a gaggle of youngsters when the Children’s Clinic within the Stubbington Natural Health Clinic opened last month. The new clinic combines the knowledge and experience of our specialist practitioners to offer support for the many health problems that children face today. Already proud of their record of the caring and professional service that they provide; by extending this to the health and wellbeing of children they are now able to give parents and carers further options when it comes to supporting health issues.

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SOLENT SNOW Schools were closed, work, for some unreachable; the snow had arrived! The end result however, was perhaps not the carnage reported on the news, but gave the rare chance for sledges to be pulled from the backs of garages and families to get out on the slopes of any hill and have fun. Despite many roads being closed here in the Solent Life region we had been well prepared and it allowed our photographer to get out and about and take some memorable shots of the winter wonderland. So, for those of you who could not get out and join in the laughter and enjoy the wonderful scenery, here are just a few reminders of a weekend of snow.

NEW YEARS EVE Across the Solent Life region revellers cheered in the New Year and here at Solent Life we thought we were duty bound to join in the celebrations and photograph some of our readers having a good time. So, we popped down the local, The Silver Fern in Warsash, and joined pub managers Sharon and Garry who provided music from local blues singer Rob Berry, in seeing in the New Year. We hope you all had a fun and safe time ringing in 2013.

YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR Fifteen year old Jonathan Swann called into our production offices early in the New Year to be awarded with his trophy as the Solent Life Young Photographer of the Year. Through 2012 he had sent in an excellent selection of images and also chose many different subjects to point his camera at. Jonathan is hoping to be accepted on a photographic course at one of the local colleges; they should be proud to have such a talented youngster.

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THE EVENT Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre has recently announced its first ever Summer Youth Project and it is happening this year…

The Point, Eastleigh 02380 652333 Chichester Festival Theatre 01243 781312 Salisbury Playhouse 01722 320333 Mayflower Theatre 02380 711811 Theatre Royal Winchester 01962 840440 King’s Theatre Southsea 02392 828282 Tower Arts Centre, Winchester 01962 867986 Ferneham Hall 01329 231942 Ashcroft Arts Centre Fareham 01329 310600 The Concorde Club 02380 613989

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LOCAL YOUNGSTERS JOIN FAT SAM AND DANDY DAN... The Mayflower Theatre say they are looking for young people aged between 10 –18 years of age to make up the company of a production of Bugsy Malone, the culmination of a two-week Summer Youth Project which will be performed on 30th and 31st August on stage at The Mayflower Theatre. Michael Ockwell, Mayflower Theatre’s new Chief Executive told Solent Life, “Developing the next generation of theatregoers is a real passion of mine, and this Summer Youth Project is the ideal vehicle to engage with young people giving them a real connection to professional theatre,” he explained. “I have run projects like this in my previous position at the Grand Opera House in Belfast and it is important to stress that the young people do not need to have had any previous experience of appearing on stage. This is an opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and meet other young people interested in theatre. “We also guarantee a fantastic show with lots of splurge!” Michael added with a mischievous tone. Building on the success of The Mayflower Summer School, which is also returning for a week in August, the Youth Project will be two-weeks of hard work by over 200 local young people alongside professionals from the industry to create a fully-fledged musical on The Mayflower Stage. Bugsy Malone is based on Alan Parker’s fantastic film. Join Fat Sam, who runs one of the most popular speakeasies in town, as he fights to stop

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his ‘business rival’ Dandy Dan from closing his speakeasy down. Enter baby-faced Bugsy Malone, a killer with the ladies and a definite asset to Fat Sam. Unfortunately, Bugsy has also caught the eye of Sam’s girlfriend Tallulah – though he’s set his designs on the showgirl Blousey Brown. A joy to watch and even better to be involved in – 1930’s style comes to Southampton’s Mayflower with plenty of dance routines and lots of splurge! For the rest of us, and the families of the youngsters involved, tickets for the performances of Bugsy Malone are on sale now and priced at £15.00 each. They are available from The Mayflower Box Office tel: 02380 711811, online at mayflower.org.uk or in person from the Mayflower ticket south shop, in The Marlands shopping centre, Southampton. Auditions are on Sunday 7th April at the theatre. If successful, project participation will cost £150 for the two weeks. You don’t have to have any stage experience, just lots of enthusiasm and be available for the entire period from 18th to 31st August. To register for an audition please go to mayflower. org.uk/BugsyMalone and download an application form. Completed applications need to be returned to the theatre by Friday 15th March.


Music, Comedy, Events & Theatre AQUARIA: Something a little different for your diaries this summer; the story of Aquaria - the goddess of the deep - this visually stunning show will have you mesmerised and it will be coming to Bournemouth this August. As Aquaria’s subjects gather at the Coral Palace for a special celebration, you will witness the four elements of earth, air, fire and water demonstrating their respective strengths. Aquaria takes their best qualities and commissions Viktor, her best pearl maker to create a magnificent pearl to celebrate the beauty of her empire. There are spectacular aerial acrobatics, fire juggling, feats of strength and balance and the brilliant water ballet as the elements compete to show off their strengths. News of the beautiful pearl spreads and when greedy sailors come to steal her away, Aquaria must call on her underwater armies to fight for the return of the beautiful Dana. The fire, water and aerial acrobatics combine to leave you breathless. BIC WINDSOR HALL, Bournemouth; Saturday 6th – Saturday 24th August - Call the BH Live Tickets on 0844 576 3000, book online at www.bic. co.uk or visit the BIC or Bournemouth Pavilion Ticket Office in person. Tickets: £25, £22.50 & £19.50 Concessions available. DEATH BY CUPID’S ARROW: A special, and romantic, Valentine’s Murder with mystery, mayhem and madness from Interalia Theatre. Death by Cupid’s Arrow offers a tasty treat of an evening themed around Valentines to provide an alternative and deadly evening of romance... and murder! Bills and Moon Book publishers, authors of popular romantic novels, are promoting a compendium of their bestselling titles to tie in with a new movie version of their most popular novel ‘The Duke and Duckpond’. But someone in the publishing house is out for revenge, and has their heart set on murder! Is it a case 75…

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of ‘creme passionelle’ or is that just the dessert? This Special will take place at Ferneham Hall on Thursday 14th February at 7.30pm. Tickets priced £34. To book or for further information call 01329 231942 or visit the website at www.fernehamhall. co.uk. Menus are available from the Box Office and bookings to be made by Monday 11th February for catering purposes.

particularly to Southampton, as the show was filmed here on the Hamble river. The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 7th–23rd February, ‘Meet the Cast’ event postshow on Thursday 14th February. For director Patrick Sandford, this is the first of three productions he will direct in his final season as Nuffield Theatre artistic director. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk. Tickets: £10.50 - £19.

ANIMALS AND FRIENDS WITH STEVE CROPPER: Anyone who grew up with a love of soul music then a really special treat will be on stage in Winchester this February. Steve Cropper is a guitarist first and foremost and was with Booker T and the MGs, but also an A & R man, engineer, producer and songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and many others. As the co-writer of ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay’, ‘Knock on Wood’ and ‘In the Midnight Hour’, Cropper holds an honoured place in the history books of soul music. He will be joining on stage from the original Animals line-up, John Steel and Mick Gallagher (The Blockheads, The Clash, Paul McCartney) along with Danny Handley (who performed with Spencer Davis, Bobby Elliott and Ric Lee of Ten Years After) and Peter Barton (Wayne Fontana’s Mindbenders, Boomtown Rats, Roberts & Crowe). THEATRE ROYAL, Winchester on Friday 15th February. www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk. Tickets £21.50.

BUSY BOATS BAY: A brand new indoor family play and explore centre for under 5s - will open on Saturday 23rd March for the Easter school holidays at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport. Families can have splashing fun with water, dress up as pirates or take command of a play submarine and pirate ship. Busy Boats Bay is a new family centre funded as part of the Saving HMS Alliance community project to bring new audiences to the Submarine Museum. Busy Boats Bay is free with a valid museum ticket. The play centre will be open during all school holidays, weekends and for special events. The facility will also be available for private hire and birthday parties. For more information on visiting the Royal Navy Submarine Museum call 023 9254 5036, visit www.submarine-museum.co.uk.

GOD OF CARNAGE: What will happen as two sets of parents meet to discuss their children’s bad behaviour? Watch a rational conversation descend into a hysterical argument in this award winning show by the author of the smash-hit Art. Matthew Kelly is to head the cast in this West End and Broadway hit and he is joined by Tracey Childs, well-known to audiences worldwide for her television appearance in Howard’s Way, and

BRITISH WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Always an absolutely stunning exhibition at Moors Valley County Park this year runs from Saturday 2nd February to Sunday 17th March. This year three of the twelve category winning shots were taken by local photographers. This exhibition is a chance to see their work alongside around 90 other images, all capturing the very best of British wildlife photography. The British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition can be seen daily in the Visitor Centre at Moors Valley Country Park, and is free to view. Parking charges do apply. For more information go to www.moors-valley.co.uk.


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FEBRUARY Your essential guide to all the local news and events in your community. Meet The Author: Catherine Hall Catherine is the author of ‘Days of Grace’, a WWII story of an intense friendship, suppressed passion, jealous crime and a corrosive secret kept for decades. Her second novel ‘Proof of Love’ won the Green Carnation Award. Set in the scorching summer of 1976, a Cambridge mathematician comes to the Lake District, fleeing some unstated shame. As Spencer works with and befriends the Dodd family on their farm, his anonymity recedes and he becomes more entwined in this small community. A beautifully written, gripping and moving tale. Join Catherine as she talks about her life as a writer and her journey into print. At the Local Studies Centre, High Street, Gosport on Thursday 21 February at 7.30pm. Tickets £4, concessions £3 – please book – Booking Line 023 9252 3463 www.hants.gov.uk/gdc Titchfield Abbey WI February’s meeting will be held on Tuesday 12 February, starting at 9.30am at Titchfield Community Centre. The speaker will be Eileen Stockwell, whose talk is entitled “Experiences as a Redcoat”. Visitors will be welcome and tea or coffee will be available. Fareham West Townswomen’s Guild Meeting on the third Wednesday of each month in St John’s Church Hall, St Michael’s Grove, Fareham at 2.15pm. Our next meeting will be on 20 February 2013 when our speaker will be Mrs K Lawmon letting us know about “Scottish Ceilidh”. We hold coffee mornings, arrange outings and various events. We also have art, craft, gardening, singing and scrabble groups. Visitors are very welcome. For more information please call Jackie Walker on 023 9229 8768. Southampton Canal Society The history, future & new projects of the Chichester Ship Canal, with Linda

Wilkinson. Thursday 7 February 7.45pm and on Thursday 7 March, Southampton Canal Society. Local IWA members invited. A talk on the Canal & River Trust with John Dodwell Trustee. A chance for questions & answers. 7.45pm at Chilworth Parish Hall, Southampton, SO16 7JZ. Visitors welcome to both events. www.sotoncs.org.uk. Locks Heath Horticultural Society The next meeting of the Society will be on Wednesday 13 February 2013 In the Memorial Hall, Locks Heath Park Road at 7.30pm. Roger Young will give a talk entitled “History and Plants of Victoria Park”. Visitors very welcome. Charity Fundraising Fashion Show Presented by Oaklands Roman Catholic School and supporting Naomi House. To be held Friday 3 May, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Tickets including a drink are £5 adults and £3 under 18s. Tickets are available from the White House, Oaklands Roman Catholic School, Waterlooville. Tel: 023 9225 9214. Treat and Therapy Fundraising Fayre Lockswood Community Centre on Saturday 23rd February 2013, 10.30am 4.30pm. Entrance £2. Stands will include: Health & Beauty, Candles, Threading, Massage, Manicure, Pedicure, Soaps & Bath Balms, Jewellery, Handbags, Holistic Treatments, Medium & Tarot Readings and much more. Lockswood Community Centre, Locks Heath District Centre, Centre Way, Locks Heath, Southampton, SO31 6DX. Organised by Fareham & Waterlooville Cats Protection Registered Charity No. 203644. Whiteley Townswomen’s Guild Want to meet new people? Why not go along to Whiteley Primary School, Gull Coppice, off Yew Tree Drive, Whiteley on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.15pm. The Guild have a varied programme of events and speakers; with

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a craft section, reading group, gardening group, lunch club, cinema/theatre club &, weather permitting, a walking group. New members and visitors are always welcome. Meetings always end with a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. For more information please contact Mrs Sue Hall (Chairman) on 01489 881721 or Mrs Chris Gray (Secretary) on 01489 880421. The Warsash Women’s Institute The next meeting is on Thursday 28 February, 2.00pm at The Victory Hall. On that day they will be having a “Silent Auction”. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information please ring Mary Ford on 01489 584923. The Warsash Over 60’s Fellowship Club Meeting fortnightly on Monday afternoons at 2.00pm in The Victory Hall. The next meeting is on Monday 4 February with Bob & Jenny Earnshaw “2’s Company” to entertain with songs, stories and monologues. On Monday 18 February they have Sue & Alan to entertain with “songs with sign language”. New members and visitors are always welcome. For further information please ring Mary Ford 01489 584923. Hampshire Writers’ Society Held at The Stripe Building, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, S022 4NR, when the guest speaker will be James McConnachie on February 12th at 7.30pm. He will speak about writing to order – and when to strain against the leash: Author of acclaimed biography of the Kamasutra, The Book of Love (Atlantic, 2007), reviews regularly for The Sunday Times, and has written numerous travel titles for Rough Guides. www.mcconnachie.net. For budding or accomplished writers Competition: Write 300 words on a familiar UK location by an ‘overseas tourist’. Bring entry to the meeting. HWS members & students FREE - Non-members welcome - £5 entry Wine and soft drinks available from 7pm. For more information see: www.hampshirewriterssociety.co.uk


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Events in February

February Frolics Words by Jess Daish-Miller Images by Jo Trotter & Darin Smith

February is a great month for spotting signs of badger activity at Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve. Badgers constantly use the same routes and so they leave distinctive trails on the ground - if you know where to look! Their footprints in soft mud are also very distinctive - rounded, with 4 or 5 toes visible and long claws on the front feet. Other good signs that badgers are about are the presence of deep scratch marks on the trunks of trees or stiff, wiry hairs caught in barbed wire fences. Below ground, the sows give birth to a litter of 2 or 3 cubs any time from the end of January onwards. The cubs won’t venture out of the sett until they are about 8 weeks old but you may be able to see signs of fresh, new bedding being collected to line the maternity den. For more information about badgers, why not visit the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust website at www.hwt.org.uk. Elsewhere on the reserve, the male Great Spotted Woodpecker can clearly be heard in February, hammering on dead trees in order to mark out his territory. It has been lovely to get a close up view of these shy, colourful birds visiting our bird feeders through the winter. 80…

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Finally this month, the brown winter woodlands are given a welcome touch of green by the emerging shoots of ‘Lords and Ladies’ and Dog’s Mercury. Cubs, buds and territorial behaviour Spring must be just around the corner! Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve is an 86 acre reserve located on Sopwith Way, off Swanwick Lane. The reserve is owned by NATS and managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. The reserve is open from dawn until dusk for all to enjoy. The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust works to create a better future for wildlife and wild places in Hampshire and the Island. Find out more at www.hwt.org.uk. Join us today and enjoy the benefits of being amember of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. For more information contact our membership team on 01489 774 408.

5TH FEBRUARY 2013 Swanwick Lakes Wildlife Tots - No Place Like Home 10:30am – 12 noon or 1:00pm – 2:30pm Mole thinks his burrow is small and dark and dull, so he sets to find somewhere big and bright and beautiful instead. Help Mole to find himself a home at our regular session of stories, games and crafts for pre-school children. For further details and to book your place, please contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240. Suggested donation £3 per child. Please wear outdoor clothing and wellies. Booking is essential. 7TH FEBRUARY 2013 Brickbats and Strawberries - Guided Walk 10:30am Join reserve staff for a guided walk around Swanwick Lakes and find out more about the site’s history, heritage and legendary characters. Please wrap up warm and wear sturdy shoes or boots. For further details, please contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240. Suggested donation £3 per person. 11TH FEBRUARY 2013 Fareham District Members Group – From The Depths Of The Pond Richard Osmond, expert on fresh water biology gives a live display and talk about creatures of the pond, such as frogs, newts, dragonfly larvae, leeches and more. To be held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Trinity Street, Fareham. Parking is available in Western Road car park or in Trinity Street. For further details, please contact Peter Adams on 01329 287653. Admission £2. 19TH FEBRUARY 2013 Family Wild Camp 10:00am – 12 noon Enjoy a day outdoors at Swanwick Lakes learning some useful bushcraft skills. Build a shelter, light a fire safely and make a woodland souvenir to take home. An event for families with children aged 6 and over. Suggested donation £6 per child. For further details and to book your place, please contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240. Please bring a packed lunch, outdoor clothing and wellies. Booking is essential. 21ST FEBRUARY 2013 Minibeast Mayhem 10:30am – 12 noon or 1:00pm – 2:30pm Come along to Swanwick Lakes Nature Reserve to search for the creatures that lurk beneath the leaf litter in our woodland. An event for families. For further details and to book your place, please contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240. Suggested donation £3 per child. Please wear outdoor clothing and wellies. Booking is essential.


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