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I would be surprised if anyone will get to read my greeting for this month, with the Jubilee celebrations, the Olympics getting closer and the sun finally appearing you will all be doing better things; for those of you remaining, welcome.

It seems that each month with Solent Life we have more and more to tempt you with and this June issue is no exception.

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With the approach of the Portsmouth Air Festival we discover what it is really like to fly the iconic Spitfire. Staying with the events along the coastline P&O Cruises are celebrating 175 years of sailing the world’s oceans and to honour that achievement, all seven ships in the P&O line will be gathering in the Solent and Southampton Water. We meet the brand new Principal at South Downs College and discover what is in store for this popular place of education and in our regular artist’s slot we feature some work that truly, for me and my taste, has the WOW factor. For last year’s Father’s Day we discovered what life was like for a local lifeboatman and his father, this year we talk with father and daughter, ITV’s Fred Dinenage and his daughter, the MP, Caroline Dinenage. As we continue with Solent Life month on month the number of stories and incredible people from across our region amaze and astound me; keep your stories coming and keep enjoying the pages of our magazine.

in this issue… | MANAGING EDITOR

features 06… The Magnificent Seven Celebrations for P&O’s 175th Anniversary

16… Portchester Memorial Gardens

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Celebrating their 10th Anniversary

18… A Sterling Achievement

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39… Breeze FM Apprentice, David Perry Talks to the team at the Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance

46… Care of the Elderly Options to make an important decision easier

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Dave Hill – Managing Editor Tel… 01489 583743 • Email… davehill@solentlife.co.uk David Rose-Massom – Senior Journalist Email… editorial@solentlife.co.uk Fiona Cooke – Contributing Writer Email… fiona@solentlife.co.uk

54… Father’s Day Special Interview Gosport’s MP Caroline Dineage and her Dad, Fred

regulars 08… Artist Review

Advertising Sales Sarah Kent Tel… 01489 584010 Email… sarah@solentlife.co.uk Steve Walker Tel… 01489 583852 Email… steve@solentlife.co.uk James Stevenson Tel… 01489 584057 Email… jamie@solentlife.co.uk

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Design & Production David Ives-Farren, Joe Parker & Adam Barnard Tel… 01489 583718 Email… design@solentlife.co.uk // Deadline for advertising copy & editorial for next issue: 18th June 2012 Published by Living Coast Media. © Copyright Solent Life 2012. All rights reserved. No part of Solent Life Magazine can be reproduced or used in any form or by any means, either wholly or in part without the prior written permission of the publisher. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure all information is correct, the publishers cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions contained within.

River and sea reflections

28… Is it a car? No its a boat!

Review of the Prestige 360 in the Solent

56… Coast and Country Celebrating the Jubilee with a chain of Beacons

58… Nature Get the latest from the Farlington Marshes nature reserve

62… What’s On

Reviews and theatre productions coming your way

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solent | history

the magnificent

VENTURA

175 years, seven ships, 15,000 passengers, one port, one day – a ‘Grand Event’.

P&O

Cruises can trace its roots back to 1837 and this year will mark the 175th anniversary of when the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company was awarded the lucrative Admiralty contract to carry mail to the Iberian Peninsula and beyond. Not long afterwards the concept of cruising was born and since then has evolved into a popular holiday choice. Today, as trusted cruise experts, P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Now those ships of the Line are to come together in, what P&O Cruises have aptly called, The Grand Event which will take place on home waters on July 3rd. P&O, their captains and their 6000 crew members, are readying themselves for this massive one-off spectacle when the entire fleet of seven ships will be docked together in its home port of Southampton for the first time in the company’s history. This is part of a year of celebrations marking the 175th anniversary and how P&O Cruises has grown to now carry more British cruisers than any other line. P&O Cruises Managing Director, Carol Marlow, told Solent Life “We are very excited and looking forward to this special day. It will be a great celebration for P&O Cruises, our passengers and for the whole maritime world. “As cruising has become the fastest growing sector of the UK holiday market, so the P&O Cruises fleet has grown to seven ships dedicated to the British market. Whereas the very first P&O ships plied their trades to the Iberian Peninsular and the Orient, P&O Cruises’ ships sail throughout Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Scandinavia, the Mediterranean, Atlantic islands and, of course, on round the world cruises. What began life as a national necessity, has now

become a national vacation pastime and is worthy of a celebration such as The Grand Event.” The Grand Event now has a Royal connection as Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal will conduct a review of the P&O Cruises fleet. Her Royal Highness will join guests on Oriana for a reception before swapping ships and joining THV Patricia to conduct the Fleet Review in her capacity as Master of the Corporation of Trinity House. On arriving in the Solent the P&O Cruises fleet will then move into formation to pass the THV Patricia at Charlie Anchorage and salute HRH The Princess Royal, where they will also be photographed from the air before they sail onwards to their various destinations. Of the Royal Salute Carol Marlow said; “We are honoured to have HRH The Princess Royal visit us on this, one of the most significant days in our history, as all our seven ships gather in their home port and as one of our esteemed godmothers, the Princess Royal named both Aurora and Oceana, she is intrinsically linked with P&O Cruises and we are privileged that she has agreed to conduct our Fleet Review. “I am sure that this magnificent celebration of 175 years of heritage will go down in British maritime history, providing long lasting memories as we look forward to the next stage in our company’s history, with a new ship being launched in 2015.” One by one each ship in this very special celebration will depart the port on its own Grand Event cruise, with a spectacular send off with champagne deck party, flutterfetti and marching bands. The shores of Southampton Water and the Solent will then be lined with thousands of spectators as the seven ships form a procession as they leave Southampton for the English Channel and beyond. Once in the open water, the ships will meet again, saluting one another before they sail onwards to their various destinations. l

For details of the routes and timings of the Grand Event, go to 175.pocruises.com For further details of the ‘Grand Event Cruises’ and all other 2012 P&O Cruises holidays go to www.pocruises.co.uk, call 0845 3 555 333 or see an ABTA travel agent.

OTHER EVENTS OF 1837: Queen Victoria at 18 ascends British throne and ruled for 63 years and also in this year she was the first monarch to live in the present Buckingham Palace.

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solent | report

what the

Dickens is EB? words by fiona cooke

Walk through Fareham Town Centre and you will pass any number of charity shops. Many are charities that are easily recognisable but one, sited by the children’s play area in West Street, is for a little known charity called DEBRA, which supports and cares for families affected by EB. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a genetic condition which causes blistering and shearing of the skin and internal linings from slight friction, often that which is from the normal day to day activities. In its most severe form it can be fatal in infancy, and the least severe can still cause lifelong disability and pain.

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branch of DEBRA is managed by a Deborah; Deborah Baber Taylor to be precise, and she adds, making the name game even more confusing, that the assistant manager is Debbie Darling! In the retail section Deborah told Solent Life: “I had no idea we are here to raise about EB when I first joined DEBRA. What as much money as changed for me was possible. My task is having first hand to turn trash into dealings with Dan, who was a young treasure so I can man who came to support and care work with us. Both he and his baby had for the people who EB and it really gave have EB. me an insight and an understanding into how awful a condition this really is. His feet would be covered in blisters and his hands would be open wounds. But he also carried the guilt of having passed the condition onto his baby daughter. It was absolutely devastating.” Managing the charity shop is more than a job for Deborah. Having seen firsthand the impact this terrible condition has she is passionate about the work the charity does in providing specialist nurses, equipment, social care and funding research. She says “I often wake up at 3 in the morning exclaiming “I could do that”. My poor husband!” But more than this, Deborah loves the

fact that the shop enables her to tie in with the local community. She recently worked with some of the children from Harrison Primary School, who made bunting for the Freedom March, and many of the volunteers in the shop are youngsters looking to gain work experience. “You and I could go and get jobs at 14, and that’s how we learnt about the work” explains Deborah. “Young people today aren’t allowed to. Some come from Duke of Edinburgh awards, for the charity segment. Some are at college, they come in with their student discount cards and we entice them to come and work. They are just delightful. They are just so enthusiastic; just throw a pot noodle at them and a can of coke they are like sponges! They are just so keen to learn and are in awe of you; they are just such fun.” Deborah continues: “Some of our customers come in every day just to say hello. We might be the only people they see during the day and so you become part of their lives. We have a secret donator who puts £5 or £10 notes in our collection box with little notes – one said our window displays make them happy. So we are very conscious that we always provide a lovely window display, it brightens everybody up.” And then there is the tale of the wedding dress, which had been donated to the shop. Deborah’s innate curiosity (although she calls it nosiness) led her to ask of the woman who bought it what it would be used for. It transpired that the

customer was Christine Derry, a ceramic artist and Artist in Resident at Portsmouth Grammar School. Christine was working with the Year 9 pupils at the school to create an exhibition of ceramics and other art works in response to the writing of Dickens. Their work will form part of the Portsmouth Great Expectations Festivities celebrating the birth of Charles Dickens 200 years ago in the City. The dress will appear on a ceramic Miss Haversham, and be part of the display. Deborah saw an opportunity, and grabbed it with both hands with the end result that the exhibition is now supporting DEBRA and she is also taking part in assemblies at the school to inform the pupils about EB. Charity is about more than raising money. It is about being involved. All charities are worthwhile and it can be a personal choice as to which you support and donate to. As Deborah says; “Charity is a business. The shop has rent and bills to pay and my job is to run it so that I make it a very profitable business and the money in the till can be spent on research and care for people with EB. But also added to that is the fact that we are a real part of the community.” l

For more information about EB go to www.debra.org.uk. Tel: 01344 771961

The Fareham Branch is at 57 West Street. Tel: 01329 825193 The Ceramics Exhibition by Portsmouth Grammar School entitled Dickens Museum of Curiosities will be held at Portsmouth Cathedral, opening Tuesday 26th June at 7.30 p.m. and running to 1st July 2012. Full details can be found at: http://www. portsmouthfestivities.co.uk

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art | focus

softsails words by david rose-massom

In last month’s Solent Life we featured an artist who had tamed the power of the waves in her work, this month we move onto calmer waters with an artist who brings the softer side of the sea and sailing, as well as some stunning landscapes, to the walls of local galleries and homes…

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t’s all hard-edged areas, like preparing a picture for screen printing. It is darks and lights and I think my work now is far closer to my training as a graphic designer,” Evelyn Bartlett told Solent Life ,when we visited her in her home on the edge of the New Forest and close to the waters of the Solent. “I liked the challenge of graphic design – you are given the size, the colours and then a short time limit to complete any commission. I still give myself short time limits as I like to work within that tight framework. “It is much more relaxed now and any time limit is selfimposed,” Evelyn continued, “and then if the work is going to print it does need to be produced to a certain size. I feel as if my work has sort of gone into a ‘fine art’ world now. When I was training I was told I could choose between graphic or fine art which I took as a compliment aimed at the range of my work.” Unlike many of our featured artists Evelyn does very little in the way of commissioned work. “It means I

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can just paint what excites me and then I get the real pleasure of seeing it hanging on a wall – it is a great feeling when people then buy it to hang on their own walls in their own homes.” “I paint using Gouache and that is very much a throwback to my days in graphics,” she explained. Gouache paint is similar to watercolours but modified to make it an opaque painting medium. A binding agent, usually gum-Arabic, is added and Gouache forms a thick layer of paint on the paper surface and does not allow the paper to show through. Gouache is often used by illustrators because it has such a smooth surface that it reproduces well. “Five years ago I moved here from Devon and with my daughters’ and partner’s encouragement and support I have been able to become a full-time artist. There is always a nagging in the head to make you, as an artist, produce something; you just have to paint!” Evelyn said. “When my two girls were babies, art felt like something


ART FOCUS SPONSORSHIP decadent; there were always so many first image that brought Evelyn to Solent other things to do but painting and art are Life’s attention; a blue sailing boat on calm a part of you that you just have to let out.” waters and moving away from the viewer. But, what of her main inspiration; the sea! “The boat has such a strong graphic shape. “I cannot live very far from the sea and I I was on the safety boat down on the love living here, there is something about Beaulieu River with my compact digital the way the land just meets the sea and camera and although there was no wind the geology and structure of the land that day the reflections on the water were shows through on the coast; inland it’s just amazing. Through the cameras viewfinder covered in dirt!” she said smiling broadly. I was cropping to just the boat, getting Throughout her home that love of the sea to the business end of it and there was is reflected in the décor with soft blue just something about the graphics of the furnishings, wooden sculptures of sea image that inspired me. birds, sea-inspired artefacts and pictures; “Simplicity in a scene is lovely; light and not hers, but of peaceful coastal scenes. dark inspires me as I love the contrasts; “I really do love living near to the sea; the in fact I fight to get those contrasts in land comes to an edge and if I am inland my work. It’s like apple pie and ice cream it feel as if I am drowning – if that makes sometimes; it’s delicious and you just want sense. I love to see the blues of the sea to eat up the scene!” and even opening an atlas I must see the As an artist Evelyn is fully aware that there blues of the sea on a map.” I reminded her is more to our beautiful surroundings than that the furthest point from the sea in the just the sea. “As I said, I love to form steps UK was only 71 miles in any direction; she with light and the contrasts that will always laughed and said that it was too far away. draw my eye. Now, just stepping away “There is so much blue in my paintings but from the sea for a while and into the forest then I whack in something from the other I am noticing the light and dark in among side of the colour wheel such as reds. My the trees; and that is now beginning to favourite colour? Well that’s easily the draw me in.” l deep blue of the sea, and the opposite for me is pillar-box red heading toward orange. “I always want to be ‘sploshy’ and chuck The work of Evelyn Bartlett can be seen the paint about a bit but I soon find myself on show at the White Dog Gallery, Leetidying up my work and cleaning the on-the-Solent and Hiscocks of Southsea. edges; it is hard for me to find a ‘looseness’ Go to www.evelynbartlett.co.uk to see in my work.” a selection of her magical images and For Evelyn it is not just about the water, contact details. but also the craft that sit and ride on its surface and we were sitting looking at the

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> THE ZOO STORY

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by Allan Bennett

by Edward Albee

TITCHFIELD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL An exciting new venture with The Bard in the Barn. A Festival of Shakespeare

Come and enjoy a wonderful evenings entertainment on a balmy summers evening. Why not bring a picnic on the green outside the barn with views over to Titchfield Abbey.

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An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher. A headmaster obsessed with results and a history teacher who thinks he’s a fool. One of the finest plays written by Alan Bennett, packed with superb one liners, a play of depth as well as dazzle, intensley moving as well as thought-provoking and funny’ This play contains some strong language

The lives of two men unfold on a park bench! Edward Albee’s play covers a wide range of topics in its short time span; from money and family to homosexuality and power struggles. We lead busy lives these days, but I would wager you could spare an hour to absorb this funny, charming and saddening story.

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HERE COME THE GIRLS – AN INVITATION TO THE ALL WOMAN SHOW The successful South Coast ladies’ lifestyle show is visiting The Portsmouth Mountbatten Leisure Centre on Sunday 24 June 2012. With up to 80 exhibitors, visitors can create a new look with the latest clothes and accessories, treat themselves to unique gifts, speak with wellbeing experts and be pampered with a makeover. There is plenty of free parking, an outdoor play area and indoor swimming pool to keep dads and toddlers busy while you spend time at the show. The café and function areas provide attractive areas to relax and to enjoy a wide range of refreshments, from snacks to main course meals. Tickets are available on the door for £3.50, or can be purchased in advance at £3.00 from reception at The Mountbatten, telephone 023 9262 6500, or from www.allwomanshow.com, (concessions for over 60s and under 16s). Advance tickets holders will receive a Boots ‘Goody Bag’ on arrival.

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olympic dream Newly launched this month the ‘Lady Catherine’ is a brand new Beneteau Oceanis 41 footer that is fully equipped with a qualified skipper and hostess that will give Solent Life readers a true Olympic sailing experience… ‘Lady Catherine’ is one of the newest and most modern yachts available for charter at the Olympic sailing regatta being held off Portland. The luxury yacht will be moored in Portland Harbour for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games just a few yards away from WPNSA (the Olympic sailing venue) taking you and your guests into the heart of an Olympic event. She offers comfort and space in 3 double cabins (2 with en suite) and this is the type of luxurious surroundings and comfort usually associated with much larger yachts. The cockpit layout of the Beneteau Oceanis 41 is also innovative, as it may be transformed, by award winning hydraulics, turning the rear cockpit seat into a full width bathing platform. Not only does this stylish transformation offer unrivalled access to the sea for all on board but creates enough room in the cockpit for

all the guests. Being at anchor has never been as relaxed or sociable, offering access to the sea which again is not associated with yachts of this size. Leighton King, from the fledgling yacht charter business Solent Yachting, told Solent Life; “This is the first boat for our small family run charter business and we will be normally based at Port Hamble Marina offering skippered charter, RYA courses, boat handling courses, and much more. “Starting a small family charter business with possibly the most stylish, modern and luxurious, 40 footer on the Solent is exciting enough;” he continued. “But even though we couldn’t wait to get going, we also couldn’t ignore the once in a lifetime opportunity to watch an Olympic Sailing Regatta in our home nation. That’s why we have purchased a mooring in Portland Harbour and decided

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entertain valuable clients or share the experience of a lifetime with friends and family this is a day you’ll remember forever. Solent Sailing welcomes any opportunity to dress the boat in your company colours and logos as well as amend any itinerary to suit specific requirements. An improved catering package is also available for those that want to really push the boat out as well as overnight accommodation on board for the night before your charter. Daily Yacht Charter (Standard Race Days) – £1,250 Daily Yacht Charter (Medal Race Days) – £1,500 Overnight Accommodation (Night Before) – £60/person with 3 Double berths available. There are also per person rates which mean everyone has the chance to experience the Olympic sailing regatta from the water. Per Person (Standard Race Days) – £250 Per Person (Medal Race Days) – £300 To book or find out more information contact Sonja King: T: 07718 652 815 sonja@myolympicregatta.com www.myolympicregatta.com

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solent | business

a lawn unto

themselves words by janet grimm

Did you know, that on your doorstep, tucked away in Duncan Road, right beside Swanwick Railway Station, you can find an independent retailer offering the widest range and highest quality garden machinery at prices that can’t be beaten?

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arters of Swanwick have been supplying commercial and domestic garden machinery, in this area, for over 90 years and are stockists of all the well known brands such as Honda, Kubota, Lawnflite and Mountfield. This is a family run company that is run like a family and the team of knowledgeable and helpful staff are always ready with a warm welcome to the family (and a free cup of coffee) at their large showroom. Carters of Swanwick offer a price match promise and will always prove to be competitive locally. They also have their online store, ‘Best Buy Mowers’ offering some of the best prices online across the country. These online prices are also available in the showroom. Carters of Swanwick are so confident that they can offer the best price, customers are welcome to check out competitor’s prices on computers in the showroom. The team at Carters of Swanwick pride themselves on offering their expertise care and time to every customer, whatever their budget. Customers may be buying anything from a pair of secateurs , to a push lawnmower to a commercial tractor mower costing tens of thousands of pounds! Unlike at some stores, each and every customer, including online customers, is given their salesperson’s contact details on their receipt. This helps to build the ongoing relationship and means that if a problem should arise then the customer has someone they know to turn to. Carters of Swanwick and Best Buy Mowers customers do not have to put up with being passed from pillar to post in a call centre! Service like this and the best prices available means that even in these troubled financial times, Carters of Swanwick remain successful. They have recently welcomed four new members of staff, creating new local employment. The team look forward to meeting you soon and offering you the best prices and the highest level of customer service to meet all your garden machinery needs.

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NEWS Carters of Swanwick now offer Aspen Alkylate petrol. Available in both premixed two stroke and fully synthetic biodegradable and regular petrol. This fuel can be stored for up to five years without going stale and affecting the performance of machinery. Our service department is seeing an increase in machines with starting problems due to the affect of carburettors becoming clogged due to the poor quality fuel purchased from petrol stations. Using Aspen fuel can prevent these problems.

Carters of Swanwick Tip for June Following the heavy rain that we experienced throughout April and the beginning of May and sunshine at the end of the month your lawns may be over grown and out of control. Remember to raise the cutting height of your mower blades to the maximum. If you try and cut the grass too short too quickly you risk damaging your lawnmower and your lawn.


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p.m.g | anniversary

celebrating

10 years

of memories words by Janet Grimm images by P.M.G

Some 10 years ago, local business woman Barbara Trimmings discovered that there was nowhere to place a memorial to her mother who had recently died and been cremated. Inspired by this she began to transform a six acre bramble strewn wilderness with distant views of the Solent into a magnificent garden.

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ortchester Memorial Gardens opened in July 2002 and showcases a series of beautiful memorial areas linked by meandering streams and pathways and gathered around a still and peaceful lake overlooked by a Temple. The Garden of Time, Hill of Roses, Garden of Peace and the Garden of the Sea all offer a final resting place for your loved one, or just a place to remember them in your own way. In July 2012 Portchester Memorial Gardens, an independently operated public memorial garden is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with an Open Day on Sunday 8th July. The day will offer the chance to celebrate the anniversary, celebrate life and remember your loved ones. Refreshments will be available, however guests are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy various events, such as face painting, balloon-making and a raffle, all accompanied by the sounds of a steel band. 11am – 4pm in the gardens.


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Since 2002 the gardens have grown and flourished achieving numerous awards including South and South East in Bloom, Fareham in Bloom Best Commercial Premises for 8 consecutive years, the Royal Horticultural Society Britain in Bloom Commercial Award 2005 and the Commercial Garden/ Landscape Award 2010. In 2009 we were Cemetery of the Year Award Winner for Best Memorial Garden. ●

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sterling achievements

June sees celebrations of 25th Anniversaries across the Solent Life Region.

At

the dockyard HMS Warrior is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ship’s return to Portsmouth and opening to the public with a Homecoming Ball

In 1987 Buckwell’s of Southsea opened its doors for the first time and welcomed customers to purchase high quality meat in the heart of the community. They continue to welcome customers old and new. Also that year St Vincent College opened and became the sixth form of choice  in Gosport and despite being based in a building steeped in more ancient history celebrates its 25th year in 2012 Finally the RSPCA Stubbington Ark are also celebrating their Silver Anniversary. They aim to raise £25,000 by December 2012 by collecting silver coins with all the funds raised being given as a Birthday present to the animals in their care.  The team at Solent Life would like to extend their congratulations to all celebrating their Silver Anniversary and wish them continued success for the next 25 years, and beyond. ●

Celebrating twenty five years of the HMS Warrior in Portsmouth This very special year marks the 25th anniversary of HMS Warrior’s return to its rightful home of Portsmouth. By 1969, Warrior had spent 40 years as an Oil Fuel pontoon moored at Milford Haven and was a shell of her former self. Following a further decade of campaigning for her restoration, supported by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Warrior was released by the Royal Navy for restoration in Hartlepool. What followed was seven years of historical research, removal of modern additions to the ship, and immense craftsmanship to produce historically accurate fixtures and fittings. By the end of the project, and at a cost equivalent to £39 million in today’s money, Warrior had been restored to her former glory. On Friday 12 June 1987, Warrior left Hartlepool to begin her journey home. Her farewell was provided by a selection of craft including the Royal Navy frigate HMS Arrow, the Harbourmaster’s launch, the Hartlepool lifeboat and approximately 40 fishing vessels. During her homecoming, Warrior and those fortunate enough to be aboard enjoyed a calm and sun-drenched journey. Her crew experienced the sights, sounds and smells of her coming to life as she headed homewards. Four days after her departure from Hartlepool, Warrior was welcomed home surrounded by an entourage of small boats, cheers from the crowds that lined her way, and rockets launched in celebration from HMS Dolphin in Gosport. At 1700 on Tuesday 16 June 1987, Warrior was home. She opened shortly afterwards to welcome her first visitors on Monday 27 July 1987. Since this time Warrior has thrived welcoming millions of visitors over the last 25 years to her permanent home in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard; one of the South’s leading tourist destinations attracting more than 400,000 visitors each year. In addition Warrior provides a superb Victorian maritime setting for private and corporate entertainment and is one of the UK’s most popular wedding locations. The ship is the responsibility of the Warrior Preservation Trust, an independent charity that is not supported by any government department or grants. It relies solely on income from visitors, donations, events and fundraising evenings to ensure the preservation of the ship for the benefit of this and future generations. This year as part of our 2012 Fundraising Programme we are hosting a ‘Homecoming Ball’ on Friday 27th July this year. Why not take the opportunity of an evening afloat this magnificent warship by attending this or another of our themed fundraising events. By booking individual tickets or a table of 10; you and your guests are sure to enjoy a most memorable occasion whilst enabling us to raise valuable funds for continued restoration. For further details please contact the Events Team: 023 92778604 • specialevents@hmswarrior.org • www.hmswarrior.org

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25th anniversary of serving Southsea John Buckwell has grown his butchery from a small start up in Southsea to the success that it is today 25 years on. Buckwell’s is now well and truly at the heart of the community in Southsea and has remained a successful independent establishment since its opening in 1987, surviving the recession in 87/88 and the foot and mouth scare, it has gone from strength to strength.

BUCKWELLS of Sou th sea

Heart is a theme that runs throughout Buckwell’s from the care and attention given to the animals from the farmers who supply buckwell’s, through to the delicate preparation of the cuts and finally the warm rapport John has with his customers, some of which he has seen grow up and raise a family, he is proud of the fact that he is on a first name basis with many of his customers.

Butchers of distinction in the City of Portsmouth

Buckwell’s has kept its heritage over the last 25 years whilst simultaneously adapting with the times by having a modern out look in an ever evolving environment, for example Buckwell’s boasts an extensive selection of barbecue meat for when the weather is right.

focusing on outstanding taste, whilst being committed to health and animal welfare.

Their commitment to excellence and innovation has won Buckwell’s numerous awards and recognition, firmly establishing themselves as one of the best butchers in England. With John Buckwell at the helm, I’m sure that we will see another 25 years of continued success from this hard working Southsea butchery. Congratulations Buckwell’s and Happy Birthday!

Buckwells pride themselves on sourcing the best quality breeds with a wide selection of:

beef • poultry & game • pork • sausages and pies

John and Helen Buckwell welcome you to their award winning Portsmouth Butchers shop - Buckwells of Southsea (since 1987). imbuing a spirit of traditional quality with a commitment for excellence and innovation. This unique mix has helped make Buckwells one of the best butchers in England.

023 9282 7053 70 Osborne Rd, Southsea, PO5 3LU w w w . b u c k w e l l s . c o . u k

College gets £1.5m buildings boost St Vincent College has received a £1.5m grant from the Government to continue its ambitious buildings improvement programme over the coming 12 months. The Mill Lane campus has already been transformed by a similar grant last year, which has enabled the college to re-furbish its main building with cladding, new windows and energy-efficient insulation. And now that work can be extended to the eastern side of the building. In addition, the college has been able to convert a previously derelict studio into a state-of-the-art hair salon (pictured). Principal Di Lloyd is delighted at the news: ‘Everyone who has visited the site has remarked at the transformation in our main building and the news we have been allocated further funding is yet another boost for the college and the young people of Gosport. ‘It is our 25th anniversary this year and by the end of it, once this additional money has been invested, I am confident we will have a college campus to be proud of,’ she added. As well as completing the refurbishment works, the college also plans to reconfigure its sports hall building to provide purpose-designed classrooms for the PE department. People can come and see for themselves the changes going on at the college at a special 25th anniversary open day organised for Saturday June 30 (11am-4pm). For more details visit www.stvincent.ac.uk

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Snap Happy Photo Competition Calling all amateur photographers

Help us celebrate our 25th anniversary Since moving to its present site in Fareham in 1980, the RSPCA Solent Branch Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter is the focus for local RSPCA animal welfare services covering 400 sq.miles including parts of South, East and North Hampshire. It provides shelter for all manner of animals, domestic, wildlife, farm stock and exotics

We’re looking for the best animal photos taken in Hampshire The best photo from each category will feature in our 2013 Calendar 10 Categories to choose from including Funny Foto and the Aah Factor.

£1 per photo per category all entries must be submitted on official entry form.

and there are over 500 animals on site at any one time.  Unlike the original Ark the animals do not come in two by two but by the dozen, by the hundred and by the thousand. There are few creatures the Ark has not had to deal with and whatever the situation we have adapted and found a way forward, to do it again and again. Since we opened, we estimate we have re-homed over 24,000 dogs, 27,500 cats, 20,400 domestic pets and stock animals and rescued and rehabilitated over 16,000 wild birds and mammals. The Stubbington Ark is, we hope, of benefit to the entire community.

Contact Vanessa Eden

01329 666916 • 07880926751 for further details and prizes

www.stubbingtonark.org.uk Closing date 20th August 2012 Stubbington Ark Animal Shelter 174-176 Ranvilles Lane, Fareham, PO14 3EZ Regestered charity 205096

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To date it has cost over £1 million to build and day to day running costs exceed £3,000 per day. We are very proud of all that has been achieved and will continue to expand to meet increasing demands that society places on us. Please help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary by supporting our many events we have planned or by offering a forever home to one of our animals. www.stubbingtonark.org.uk for details.


solent | luxury

Diamonds are forever words by barbara tipple

Diamond – the hardest known material on earth.

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ot all diamonds originated here on this planet, some were deposited via asteroid impacts. There is evidence that indicates that white dwarf stars have a core of crystallised carbon. The largest of these currently known is heavy; having a stellar core diamond that is some 2500 miles diameter named Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the sky with diamonds”. So perhaps it wasn’t a song about LSD after all! Coming back to earth; nowadays, due to improved cutting, the fire and durability makes a diamond the number one choice for an engagement ring. When buying a diamond ring, it is important to know the exact quality of the stone. A good goldsmith will know how to choose the right one. The three C’s are very important and should be considered first. These are: cut, colour and clarity. All are important as are other factors like not having high fluorescence in the stone which kills the sparkle. I feel the most important thing is the make – that is the cut, proportion and polish. Over the years I have seen great improvement with the make of the diamond. Recently we have been buying the ‘lovely cut’ from Israel, this diamond has many more facets than the standard diamond cut. This is such a glamorous diamond, it has incredible fire and sparkle that will even disguise a lower colour

grade and make the diamond look amazing. Having chosen a diamond it is important to have it set properly; unfortunately much of the quality manufacturing of good jewellery has disappeared due to cheap imported goods. However, Goldsmith’s Hall – my own livery in London, recognising that there had to be more training in this field, has built a new school of jewellery with workshops. When looking for a good goldsmith, go by recommendation and inspect the design and craftsmanship. Many simply put ‘bought in’ castings together which result in poor quality. Properly made and cared for, a ring will last a lifetime and beyond. When I was a student at Hornsey Art College, training to design and make jewellery, I had little time for faceted stones of any kind – just not artistic enough. However, on wining my 1st Diamonds International Award, I was thrown into the world of creative excellence in high end artistic jewellery dedicated to diamonds and by then, I loved them, mainly for their fire. Since then I have won 3 more Diamonds International Awards contrasting these amazing stones with steel, bronze or Perspex. I design small pieces like the ‘Lucky Pebble’ – this is silver cast from a pebble found on the Southsea beach with a perfect ‘Barbara Hepworth’ hole through it. Suspended in the hole is a

10pt diamond, an inexpensive but personal gift. By contrast, we have just completed a commission which has been loaned to an exhibition at Goldsmith’s Hall in London. Gold: Power and Allure is a story of Britain and gold over 4500 years and features some 400 gold treasures from across Britain. Our exhibit has pink diamonds in the white gold cherry blossom on a round steel box which holds the ring. Coloured diamonds are very rare and a good quality pink or blue will command a huge price; red diamonds – just insane. There are beautiful orange, yellow, green and brown diamonds which I used in the Diamonds Natures Miracle Award cuff. It has been a joy to work with fabulous stones over the years, especially diamonds. What lies behind these gems is a universe of science and technology, of international history and business practice. There is a world of beauty in the jewellery, the people and the settings. l Gold: Power and Allure…

…is a free exhibition from 1st June – 28th July at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London.

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solent | business

Increasing your business contacts

Successful networking boils down to six things: l The establishment of a positive relationship and trust l Experience and confidence l A willingness to share l Your own comfort zone l Your communication skills

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHEL FOCARD AND BARRY MANN PHOTOGRAPHY

l Follow-up

Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people etc. This keeps you visible to them. words by denise barlow

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ave a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom and what makes your doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.

Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often people in conversations ask, “How may I help you?” and no immediate answer comes to mind. Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them and ask if you could get together and share ideas. Have fun relax and enjoy the event. l

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Hampshire Chamber of Commerce offers a diverse mix of events from football tournaments to sailing, from lunch at Chewton Glen to Speed Networking, from informative Breakfast Briefings to Large Exhibitions – why not come along as a guest and see for yourself?

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travel | feature

Happy Birthday Ambassador Travel words by Chris Dewey • images by P&O

This must be the time of year to celebrate. Ambassador travel celebrate their first year of opening on the 27th June and P&O Cruises celebrate their 175th on the 3rd July 2012.

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e are youngsters in comparison but the staff at Ambassador travel have over 50 years travel experience between them. Cruising from Southampton could not be easier and I have selected a couple of special offers to whet your appetite. If you have some spare time in September why not treat yourself and head off to the `Big Apple` for some fabulous shopping or just exploring. Then off to Boston to follow the famous Freedom trail which connects Boston`s 16 most important historical and colonial sites. On your cruise you are then heading off to Canada to explore several more wonderful destinations. All this from right on your doorstep. Chris, Cath and Karen have just qualified as cruise Commodores for Princess and P&O Cruises and we will be happy to advise on every aspect of your cruise, even if you are an experienced cruiser. If you have never cruised before we will be happy

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to guide you right through the whole booking process. Customers often ask me about the dress code on board and tipping. We are very lucky this year as on the 3rd July all seven ships from the P&O fleet will sail up the Solent on their way to various destinations. If you get a chance why not pop down to the Solent to view them. I am sure that when you see these wonderful ships you will soon be wanting to head off on one yourself. As your local cruise specialist we will have a great selection of late offers for you to choose from. We look forward to welcoming you into our Lee On Solent branch soon. If you are free on the 27th June please call in and celebrate our Birthday with us. l to book please contact our Lee On Solent branch of Ambassador Travel: E: lee@mytravelambassador.com T: 02392 290480 W: www.ambassadortravel.com

CRUISE offers Offer 1 (Aurora) 20th July From Southampton to Central Mediterranean 16 Nights Calling at Malaga, Zakinthos,Dubrovni k,Venice,Corfu,Oporto Twin inside cabin £1299.00 per person (other grades available, contact us for details). Offer 2 (Aurora) No Fly USA and Canada special offer 2nd September From Southampton Canada and New England 24 Nights Calling New York, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbour, St John-New Brunswick, Halifax-Nova Scotia, Quebec, Charlottetown, Southampton Twin inside cabin £1999.00 per person (other grades available, contact us for details).

Terms and Conditions Not Combinable with any other offer. Payment in full required at time of booking and cancellation charges are 100% from time of booking. Bookings will be made on a guarantee basis without cabin number. Cabin cost based on two passengers sharing and correct at time of print.


celebrating their 1st birthday on the 27th June 2012. Join us for a celebration drink between 11.00 and 14.00

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL CRUISE SPECIALIST IN LEE ON SOLENT TODAY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN OUR NEW LEE ON SOLENT SHOP SOON

Lee On Solent is proud to be the 7th branch of Ambassador Travel The local independent specialist opened on the 27th June 2011 under the Management of Chris Dewey. Ambassador Travel has its own tour operations in South Africa and the Seychelles and is part of the Advantage travel network. Ambassador has branches in Oxon, Newbury, Cheam, Wendover, Wells and Gillingham.

We are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded for your protection

Catherine Wassell - Assistant Manager Cath is our Australian, New Zealand and South Africa specialist. Cath started in travel in 1995 and has also travelled extensively throughout the world.

Karen Fisher - Senior Travel Consultant Karen started in travel in 1996 and has a wealth of travel knowledge. Karen has cruised on many cruise liners during her time in travel. Cunard, P&O and Royal Caribbean being her most recent. Karen`s favourite destination is Toronto in Canada.

Chris Dewey - Manager Chris has been in travel for over thirty years. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe. Chris`s favourite destination is the Caribbean where he has travelled many times and his favourite island is Antigua. They say there is a different beach for every day of the year! Call in for a chat today. I look forward to welcoming you in our new branch soon.

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photography May’s winner… matt allen

flight or

fright

words by david rose-massom

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competition

photo 2013

With the Portsmouth Air Festival fast approaching many readers will be thinking about how to get the best images of the aircraft and wondering if they need specialist equipment, the simple answer to that question is no… With the dynamic action of an air show many photographers freeze with fear and panic about not having the right gear, but with some great viewpoints across the shore line at Southsea a 200mm lens will be plenty, and most keen photographers have a prime or zoom lens of that size in their bags. Even a simple point-and-shoot compact camera will probably have an excellent zoom lens that will be more then suitable. The beauty of modern cameras is the viewing screen, no film to be wasted or days waiting to see if you have any shots on your roll of film. It will be a busy day at Southsea with aircraft flying by all the time so get there early and set your chair where you feel the best action will be and get comfortable. Some of my best airshow shots were taken from a café seat on the beach at Bournemouth while I sipped on regular

supplies of lattes; so do not panic too much about being in the right place. As the first of the aircraft fly by take some test shots and then check your images, zoom in on your viewing screen and check for good focus, check you have the right shutter speed? Too slow a speed and the plane blurs, too fast and the propellers are frozen to stillness losing the illusion of movement and flight. Also with a bigger lens normally a tripod would be best to avoid shake but I find a monopod much more manoeuvrable when photographing planes in flight. The biggest part of getting the movement into your shot is the panning. Teach yourself to follow the aircraft; or car or racehorse for this works with any speedy object. Get the subject in your viewfinder and follow its line of flight, when you are ready; fire the shutter, but then keep following the aircraft. Like a golf or tennis swing you need to complete the follow through to get the best shot! The tough part of the day will be through the afternoon as the sun heads across the Solent and the light changes. Again to not let this scare

you into submission; this is a great chance to get some atmospheric flying silhouette shots and some really artistic images. There is no better image than getting a beam of sunlight bouncing off the scarlet fuselage of one of the Red Arrows. For the easier shots with regard to light though get yourself in a position where you can shoot to the east or west, along the Solent, rather than south into the sun. Just keep checking your settings, take time to see what you have taken and re-set your cameras light setting and shutter speed to suit; don’t be afraid to experiment as there will be another plane along in a moment or two. One of the most important offerings of advice for a day such as an air show; is to ensure you have fully charged your batteries, or bought new ones; make sure you have spares and if you can afford it, buy a bigger memory card so you can take more images. Take care, be fearless and think about what you are doing and you will have some amazing images that will take you back to the Air Festival every time you turn on your computer… l

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION SPONSORSHIP Our Calendar competition is kindly sponsored by the LONDON CAMERA EXCHANGE FAREHAM & NIKON 135 West Street, Fareham. T: 01329 236441. E: fareham@lcegroup.co.uk THE RULES: All images must be taken by the named photographer and the photographer should not be a professional (eg earning the bulk of their income from photography). Images should be ‘landscape’ in format, saved as Jpegs and named for their location. Images should then be sent via email as high resolution and accompanied clearly with name, address and a contact number. The judges decision each month and for Photographer of the Year is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Send your entries to calendarcompetition@solentlife.co.uk DON’T FORGET THAT THIS YEAR we have an extra prize of The Young Photographer of the Year. Our thanks for the continued sponsorship from the London Camera Exchange, Fareham branch.


AWARDED CURRY CHEF OF THE YEAR 2011 - 2012 It is the first award that Chef Kowsar Miah has won, and what a prestigious award to begin with; Curry Chef of the Year. The annual award is presented by one of the UK’s leading curry magazines. Kowser took over as chef from his father, who has successfully been in charge of the kitchens at MOWCHAK TANDOORI sine 1989. His speciality dish, of which he is very proud, is tandoori murgh masallam, which consists of chicken, lamb mince and egg. After receiving his award Chef Miah said he was very happy and that the award ceremony was a most interesting experience as he got to see how the other competitors prepared their dishes.

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boat | review

smooth

crossing We have tested and reported on cars for some time and every now and again, we are asked to try something different; this month our friends at Ancasta suggested that we try a Prestige 350 luxury motor yacht.

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words by dave hill & janet grimm enerally, the value of most things that we

have tested have been up to about £40,000 – but this little number costs as much as an average house; with little change from £300,000. Whilst I have some familiarity splashing around in the Solent, it has always been under sail, so this was a new experience for me. First impressions on approaching the boat was that it bears no resemblance to a sailing yacht – yes I know it doesn’t have any sails, but I mean the whole structure and layout – the whole concept is different. Yachting is about an activity where the decks are cleared for action and accommodation is essentially below decks and perhaps of secondary importance; by contrast, motor cruisers are pretty much all about the accommodation. Boarding is not the climb and clamber over wires, rails and ropes, just a very civilised step onto a platform at the stern and across the aft deck area, through glass sliding doors and into the spacious, beautifully finished saloon. With large window area, the saloon is bright with ample seating for six people. To the front there is the pilot station with complete instrumentation and on our boat, the joystick for the pod propulsion system that I will discuss later. Below the windscreen are the access stairs to the lower deck where the fore and aft cabins can be found which together sleep four, the small, but perfectly formed galley and the bathroom. Now if you have ever experienced the joys of the stainless steel furnished and quirky plumbing of a typical sailing yacht toilet, with its pumps and levers that require a special sequence of events to avoid flooding the place with the stuff you are trying to get rid of. With the Prestige you are in for a surprise; with its modern ‘home like’ environment with electric pumps, that perform exactly as you expect it to without needing a degree in marine plumbing. Back outside behind the saloon, the aft deck area is roomy and has further seating. Here also is the stairway to the flybridge. From this elevated position, there is 360 degree visibility and plenty of seating and lounging area. In fact this easily accommodated six people throughout our trial period. The pilot station here is a duplicate of the one below in the main saloon, comprehensively equipped with instrumentation, displays and controls. So what’s it like on the water? The twin Volvo D3 turbo Diesels provide 440 BHP and are both powerful and reactive. What surprised me was the noise level – so much quieter than I would have anticipated. Responses to throttle settings are immediate and performance is both pleasing and exhilarating. I will add at this point that Sarah, one of our Solent Life team,

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joined us on this adventure. I am not sure that she had been on a boat before – certainly nothing smaller than a cross channel ferry – so to say that she was apprehensive and we had to drag her kicking and screaming was an understatement. The day of our trial was not only cool and overcast but windy – in fact a bracing force 7 out on the Solent. Can you imagine the excitement and exhilaration expressed by Sarah as we cranked up the power and charged into the wind at over 30 knots? If you can imagine sticking your head out of a sunroof at 70mph, you will get close to an impression of speed. The combination of wind and tide causing some quite rough water added to the experience – this did nothing for Sarah whose screams of elation (or was that terror) left us with ear damage that we are just recovering from. I will add that this boat handled extremely well in these conditions, fairly bumpy as you would expect at that speed and with those sort of water conditions – but as a relatively short boat, at 35feet, it coped extremely well. Steering boats can be a little bit of an art – especially at slow speeds when you can turn the wheel and then, at some time in the future a change in direction may occur, just how much is a bit ‘try it and see’; then do it a bit more or a bit less if you didn’t get it right. The Prestige 350 is actually very precise, turns are sharp and after just a couple of direction changes, it becomes quite natural to predict accurately the steering inputs required. The secret behind the amazing and effortless moves of the Prestige 350 is the electronic steering with twin individually steerable drives. I mentioned earlier that there was a joystick system. This allows you to control movement in every direction from this single stick. Sophisticated and specially developed software in the system transforms the driver’s joystick movements into steering angles, gear shifts and throttle positions. With one hand controlling the joystick you can now concentrate on the situation and make a more safe and precise docking or passage. On our return to harbour, this inch perfect control was demonstrated by our hosts by positioning the boat into its berth undergoing complex manoeuvres with just inches to spare all round. This is worth its weight in gold – so clever, so straightforward and so precise. l HIS VERDICT: As an entry level flybridge motor yacht, this is a lot of fun. Powerful, very balanced and even a joy in bad weather. If you are considering this class of boating, have a chat with team at Ancasta and take a look – it’s impressive!


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ttractively kitted out in my

waterproofs and life preserver, I was walked along the pontoon, arm twisted up my back like the condemned being marched to the gallows, toward the glamorous and sparkling Prestige 350. It is fair to say that I was not keen on this month’s test drive and as someone who gets seasick watching the Onedin Line I neither like boats or water! But, ever the consummate professional, and for your reading pleasure, I allowed myself to be press-ganged and carried on board. Even as a committed landlubber I could not fail to be impressed by the interior of the 350, particularly the main bedroom with its full-sized bed and plenty of space for clothes, shoes and handbags. The bathroom was also rather luxurious and with ‘proper facilities’ and not a portaloo or ‘head’ as I was expecting! I was particularly impressed with the rear seating area, complete with flat-screen TV, and leading out to an equally comfortable outside area. I bravely climbed the ladder to what I now know is called ‘the flybridge’ and before I knew it we were moving away from the pontoon. I was fascinated enough by the other boats and distracted enough by the

chilly wind not to really notice the trip along the River Hamble. Out in the more open water, the trip became just a little more, shall we say, exhilarating! The chorus of my screams joined those of Sarah’s as the team from Ancasta put the boat through its paces; but, to my surprise – it was great! Well, most of the time it was great apart from when Dave drove it over the bumpy bits; waves not potholes this time. Taking the wheel was not an experience I was relishing but strangely, just like driving a car, the boat went in the direction you turned the wheel; once you had become used to it. There is even a joystick for low speed manoeuvrability but as I am not very good at computer games (it’s a girl thing) I thought it best not to try that bit. But, I impressed myself and will make Captain yet! Returning toward her home berth I was persuaded to walk around to the pointy end and I think it was to be doing something with ropes and fenders but obviously I could not miss the opportunity for the Kate Winslet moment, no icebergs in the Solent thankfully, but where was Leonardo DiCaprio when I needed him? l

HER VERDICT: Where’s my G&T?! I could well be a convert!

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SKY words by andy sephton & pictures by ian frimston

One of the most iconic aircraft from WWII is the Spitfire and pilot Andy Sephton flies one. Andy has a fine flying pedigree and has written this insight into the great aircraft exclusively for Solent Life. In his time he has flown Jaguars in the RAF, was Deputy Chief test Pilot at Marshall Aerospace; Rolls Royce Chief Test Pilot and holds a world record in the Harrier. Whilst with them he displayed their Mk 19 Spitfire and was also for many years the Chief Pilot of the Shuttleworth Collection and flew the Mk V Spitfire. With 20 years as a display pilot Andy has flown 7 different marks of Spitfire - each was better than the last!

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it’s not a Spitfire, then it’s just an aeroplane... How does one begin when asked to describe what’s it’s like to fly that great British icon; the Supermarine Spitfire. It is a relatively straight forward process when talking to pilots but how does one get it across to those who have never experienced the thrill of flight in a single seat aircraft? During my time as an instructor in the RAF, I was told to go from the known to the relative unknown when teaching student fighter pilots, so let’s try that for starters. Let’s assume that you, the reader, has driven a car, ridden a bike, or even sat on a horse. In each case, have you ever thought what it would be like driving or riding a thoroughbred in the respective class? Have you ever envied those who do - the racing drivers, the fast motorcyclists, the Olympic cyclists, the international stars on their steeds? Have you ever imagined yourself in their place, the world streaming past as you speed along your way, the object of your dreams taking up most of your peripheral vision, the power of the steed felt though your intimate contact? As a pilot, regularly flying modern piston engined aircraft, that is the feeling one gets when looking at the Spitfire; it’s the feeling one aspires to when fantasising about one’s future and most importantly it’s the feeling one gets when the wish finally comes true.

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Approaching the beast, for the first time as a prospective pilot it is a daunting thing; for it is a powerful war machine. As well as having great monetary worth, the heritage value is incalculable. The emotion attached is high; the pressure to succeed is enormous. Climbing in, one descends into the tiny cockpit, surrounded by instruments and controls. One tightens the straps slowly and carefully so as to become an intimate part of the machine. The starting procedure is simple, but achieving a start with the antiquated controls requires several hands - fuel taps to turn on, primers to actuate, booster coils and starter buttons to press, flight controls to guard against tipping the aircraft up on its nose....and mostly all at the same time! The engine fires; the airframe twists in the opposite direction, the prop turns, smoke appears then disappears from the exhausts, there is noise and vibration, the engine is running. Taxiing is the next challenge for is it impossible to clear the ground directly in front of the aircraft over the long nose. One weaves from side to side in a drunken fashion looking either side of the nose as it passes the direction of progress. One is soon at the take off runway. With checks

complete and a final whisper of the pilot’s prayer (Please Lord, don’t let me screw up!), one lines up the aircraft along the runway direction and gingerly opens the throttle. The noise level is horrendous, the torque tries to twist the fuselage, the gyroscopic precession and spiral flow from the propeller try to spin the machine off the runway.... but the flight controls quickly become effective and control is restored. We quickly lift into the air, change hands, raise the undercarriage, change hands back again - the undercarriage lever is on the wrong side of the cockpit! The engine controls are set to climb power and the machine cleaves its way into its natural environment. Slowly but surely one realises that one is sitting on a real thoroughbred. The controls are generally light but effective, although perhaps a little heavy in roll. They are, however, harmonised and little effort is required to make the machine follow one’s will. Almost as soon as one thinks about turning then the turn is complete. An aerial ballet follows - loops followed by rolls and other stunts fill the time in the air; each following the previous manoeuvre with a flowing grace. One relaxes and takes in the scene. With the graceful curve of the elliptical wings filling ones peripheral field

and the long nose pointing forward against the background sky; this is surely in pilot’s heaven! .....But, when flying, in the end one always has to come back to earth. The Spitfire turns out to be a delight to land. Yes, the nose is long, but a curving approach is all that is required to see past it and it looks so evocative from the ground. She’s a bit skittish on the ground during the landing roll too, but again control is easily achieved with the pilot’s feet dancing daintily on the rudder bar. After flight, one looks at the machine in wonder. Did I really fly that, did my dream come true, was it really that good? The answer is, of course, yes to all the questions… after all, if it’s not a Spitfire, then it’s just an aeroplane! l

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words by david rose-massom missing out,” she responded. “There are defined groups among the student body such as race and religion, but you have to look at every young person and every group; it is about the success of every individual. I believe we, as individuals, are all capable of so much more than we realise and my hope for every one of the students is that they develop their talents and fulfil their potential and follow their dreams. “We need to remember to praise and celebrate all levels of achievement; we need to stretch and challenge but then praise the endeavour and the achievement,” Lyn Surgeon added. “Never say I can’t but say I can’t yet. It is about inspirational teaching that creates aspirations. My job is to lead and steer in the right direction; we are all on a journey toward being the best we can be and that involves everyone at the college from staff to student, we all have a part to play at South Downs. “I ensure that all the human resources and equipment are in place and then lead the culture of learning, of aspiring to better things, and ensuring the inspiration is there. We are not afraid of getting things wrong but we have to make sure we do only get them wrong once!” So what is Lyn Surgeon’s personal brief as new Principal in the diverse campus that is South Downs College? “To be a communicator and setting out the vision that everyone can shine and has a place within the system. To leave the students wanting to come back to the next lesson or lecture and ensure they are hungry to learn more as well as moving on to a more independent form of learning. We have to understand how to teach as well as how young people learn. “The biggest challenge for any Principal is to manage change within a culture of continual improvement, especially in an environment of funding cuts and reduced budgets. Everybody here has their part to play and it is our job to make the young people feel good about themselves. This is a purposeful and secure environment and what we achieve here is not about just gaining a national average but using the very best educational establishments as our benchmark for success. By aiming to be up there with the very best we become the best at what we do!” l

As Principal of a large college Lyn Surgeon has the pleasant demeanour and

composure one would expect from someone in her position; but the more she spoke about her college, staff and students the more animated she became as she fidgeted with unsuppressed excitement.

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perched above the Solent on Portsdown Hill, just east of Portsmouth, is a sprawling modern campus with as diverse a body of students and courses as any that could be found at any of our local colleges and Lyn Surgeon, slim, smiling and imposing, has been in charge since early this April. “The belief in this college is to stretch and challenge and we have a considerable educational as well as vocational expertise here on campus,” she told Solent Life. “We are very quick to knock young people and children in this day and age and yet we have some amazing talents and abilities among them. “The youngsters here are going on to diverse and exciting futures, for example we have 28 students from our sports department who are off to help out at this year’s Olympics. So this college is already successful but I believe you can always make a place better – no college has achieved success until every student succeeds,” she said with passion. “You can always seek to extend the experiences of young people.” Lyn was raised along the coast at Poole but, in 1974, moved up to Manchester where she was at university and fell in love with the north west of England. She recently achieved great success as Principal at an East Lancashire college but felt that the opportunity to take over at South Downs and move back to the south coast was too great to miss. “South Downs College was somewhere that I could contribute in a positive way and its high values attracted me.” We mentioned that she had a very diverse group of students and a broad spectrum of subjects from science to engineering, hairdressing and catering. “As educators we need to ensure that the quality and diversity is there in the classroom and that no one group of students is

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South Downs College – ‘an outstanding college’ Ofsted inspection. www.southdowns.ac.uk


Fareham College in partnership with Hamble Community Sports College Fareham College is thrilled to be in partnership with Hamble Community Sports College to provide courses after a million pound investment. The Hamble Centre of Excellence, based on the school’s campus, is a £6.7 million pound purpose built post-16 facility. Fareham College’s BTEC Sport Science and Performance and Excellence course are now based at the new Centre. It also runs Marine Engineering and Construction courses, giving students another option to consider when leaving school. The nationally recognised facilities are outstanding and boast a 20 metre swimming pool, Astroturf, tennis courts, Olympic standard gym, Construction and Engineering workshops and much more. Gill Sommers, Director of Faculty for Applied Studies, said: ‘The partnership with Hamble Community Sports College is very exciting and offers increased opportunities for their learners as well as our own.’ Kieran Smith, formerly of Hamble Community Sports College, is studying BTEC Level 3 Sport and Exercise Science at the Centre and commented: ‘I chose to come to here because it had a good choice of courses and it’s a great place to meet new people.’ To find out more about the courses starting in September and see the amazing facilities that the Hamble Centre of Excellence has to offer, visit www.hamblecentre.co.uk or call (023) 8045 7608 for more information.

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The Senior Choir at Wykeham House School sings its way to success at the Fareham Music Festival Pupils from Wykeham House School in Fareham gave winning performances at the Fareham Music Festival. Individual successes were achieved by Caroline Herzenhorn in two singing classes, Imogen Beard, also for singing and Ellie McHugh for playing the Saxophone. The Senior Choir came top of their class and the Junior Choir came third place in their class. The Fareham Music Festival is held annually at Wykeham House School and St Peter and St Paul in Fareham. Music at Wykeham House School is a popular part of the curriculum and the girls also have the opportunity to take individual music lessons in a wide range of musical instruments including the; recorder, guitar, drums, flute, piano, saxophone, clarinet and many more. Individual and joint singing lessons are also very popular at the School and over one third of the girls at Wykeham House take individual music lessons and exams. If you would like to find out more about the opportunities Wykeham House can offer your daughter, visit the School Open Day on Saturday 16 June between 10am and 1pm or School in Action on Wednesday 20 June between, 2pm and 4pm.

The King’s School – Fair Oak (For children age 3 to 16) There will be a reunion evening for past staff and pupils on Friday 6th July. We are keen to establish an alumni association for anyone who has been a pupil at The King’s School during the last 30 years. If you are a former pupil, or you know anyone who is, we would love to hear from you! We will also be promoting our new Jubilee Scholarship programme that the Trustees are launching as part of our 30 year celebrations. I hope you will agree with me that 30 faith filled years of The King’s School are well worth celebrating. It is fitting as well that we can do this at a time when God has established us now as one school on one site and will be a wonderful opportunity to promote all that we are about in Him for His glory. For more information about any of our events please contact Amanda Pole on 023 8060 0986 or email amanda@ thekingsschool.eu. You can also keep up to date with events on our website www.thekingsschool.eu and join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheKingsSchoolAlumini Up and coming Events: Saturday 23rd June Open Morning/Jubilee Funday Friday 6th July Reunion 2012, Pupils and Staff – Past and Present Wednesday 11th July An Evening with the Rwandan Olympic Team – Tickets £10 to include Hog Roast and dancing to Andy Stubbles and the Half Life Band. The King’s School, Lakesmere House, Allington Lane, Fair Oak SO50 7DB

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Part-Time Courses for September 2012 Fareham College has a range of part-time courses to suit your needs. Whether you want to learn a new skill, gain a qualification to help your progress in your career, or just want a flexible learning model, then Fareham College has something for you. Situated on Bishopsfield Road and just a mile from the town centre, it is conveniently located for access via road, rail or bus. The campus offers an onsite nursery, gym, three cafes, Learning Resources Centre and much more. The courses include GCSE Maths and English, First Aid, Access to Higher Education, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy, Motor Vehicle, Early Years and IT, among others. Gemma Mesquitta, who is studying VRQ Level 3 in Make-up, came back to study after having her daughter. ‘I completed a Level 2 Beauty Therapy course seven years ago and decided to return to beauty as my daughter is now at school. The best things about my course are going on training courses in London and performing demonstrations in secondary schools for potential Fareham College students. The courses at Fareham College are varied and interesting and the aftercare you receive after finishing your course is brilliant.’ If you’re not sure about what direction to take your studies then get in touch and we can help you through all of the details to ensure you make the right choice to suit you. Call 01329 815 200 to speak to one of our Admissions and Progression advisers or visit www.fareham.ac.uk/courses/part-time.

University of Portsmouth Business School Postgraduate and Professional Open Evening with Guest Speaker Tuesday 19 June 2012 • 5-8pm The Portsmouth Business School offers a wide range of full-time and part-time courses for students and professionals wanting to enhance their professional development at any stage of their career. The courses range from part-time, work-based Foundation degrees to postgraduate programmes including the AMBA accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) for executive managers wishing to broaden their knowledge. Find out how you can enhance your career prospects by attending our next open evening. You can meet academics and current students in an informal and friendly environment. Our guest speaker is Will King, Founder and CEO of ‘King of Shaves’. He will talk about innovation and how he developed his global brand and business from his own kitchen after facing redundancy. For further information and to book your place and visit www.sharpenyourcompetitiveedge.com

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charity | focus

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Neil “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for two Saints, the staff literally saved my life.”

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They wanted to tell their stories so that they could help to show that supporting people who are homeless can make real differences to real lives. They also wanted to show other people that if they could do it, anyone could. Two Saints work with who are either homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless each year. Every person they work with is treated as an individual and helped to make small steps in a long journey – a journey which will lead to an independent life.

Catherine “I’ve got responsibilities and a sense of purpose.”

A home is hard to keep without a job. And a job is very hard to keep without a home. Two Saints works hard every day to provide access to education, training and employment opportunities for the people it works with, but this can only be done with the help of donations, fundraising and volunteers. Helping people like Neil, Bill and Catherine is highly rewarding, please get in touch with Two Saints to see how you can make a difference to someone life. Two Saints never give up on, or stops believing in, people – you can help by getting in contact today. ●

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Here at The Breeze we are always looking for a different view of the world and

it is sometimes good to vary the challenges we set our presenters so along with our friends at Solent Life we have taken our Breakfast Show presenter, who has no experience of writing, and removed him from his comfort zone by throwing him into the world of journalism…

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avid Perry is the voice of The Breeze FM Breakfast Show and he has been presenting on radio since he was just 16 and for his entire professional career. Aligned with the current television series ‘The Apprentice’, David has been accepting all sorts of challenges from various businesses around the region to be judged as ‘Hired’ or ‘Fired’ by his new colleagues for the day. The Solent Life Editor has thrown down the challenge for him to step out of his studio and take on the task of writing a feature for the magazine – and the judges of his success or failure, will be you the reader; after reading his article it will be your decision to ‘Hire’ or ‘Fire’ David! His brief was to write the charity feature this month; about the Hampshire and

Isle of Wight Air Ambulance service. David visited the head offices first, for a chat with the management and fund raising team, and then moved on to their Thruxton airfield base, to discover the secrets, trials and challenges of the operational aspects. Under the watchful gaze of the Solent Life team, they reported… This first part of his assignment was not too trying as David is well practiced at chatting to and interviewing various professionals and celebrities live on air; but would he be able to write a 1,000 word article from the information he gleaned? Within his article he must garner the reader’s attention, and then be able to sustain the interest while entertaining and informing his target audience. While interviewing the team he asked the questions that excited and

interested him with regard to the work of the Air Ambulance service, he listened to the answers and then formed his next question from what he was hearing. He performed well in this prequel to his main task, but was he up to the real challenge; writing an informative and entertaining feature that would capture the interest of quarter of a million readers? l

David Perry’s feature appears on the following pages and we invite you to judge; has he achieved success and will you vote to Hire or Fire him? David will be recounting some of his experiences during his breakfast show on The Breeze during the runup to our next edition. Email apprentice@solentlife.co.uk and just write ‘The APPRENTICE’ followed by either ‘Hired’ or ‘Fired’ And don’t worry about leaving him unemployed with no way of feeding his five young children; David will be back presenting his radio show on The Breeze every morning as usual.

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Hampshire’s

doctors words by david perry pictures by david rose-massom

“Wherever you are in Hampshire or The Isle of Wight we can be there in 19 minutes or less.” Without question a hugely encouraging thought to anyone in critical need of help from their excellent crew of real life Flying Doctors.

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near Andover is simple and many miles away from the busy image that springs to mind of a usual hospital emergency area. You feel the air ambulance base has a very calm atmosphere with an almost James Bond air of professionalism, relaxed but aware that at any time a call to potentially save a life could come and the crew, usually made up of a doctor, a paramedic and a pilot, know that when that happens they will be in the air and on the way to a crisis inside three minutes from putting down the phone. Formally in the Army, Stewart Mayor has been flying for 19 years and is one of the two air ambulance pilots; he arrives at the base just before seven each morning where

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he will be for the following 12 hours on standby to take off at a moment’s notice. Being called out in the eight year old EC135 helicopter every single day is routine for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance crew, who never start the day knowing what it may hold or where they could be required. From road accidents to sporting incidents and all sorts of injuries in between, they are able to provide a rapid response and, of course, get to far more remote or isolated areas that would prove difficult or even impossible for the ground service. It is unimaginable how many people have been helped and how many lives have been saved since the air ambulance took its first flight of rescue above the South on the 1st July 2007.


However it is 40 minutes away from the helicopter and telephone that you find the biggest shock and meet the unsung heroes, at the head office in Kings Park Road, Southampton, recently relocated to the city centre from St Marys Stadium. Sherie Williams Ellen has been the charity manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for the last three and a half years. It is her, alongside a team of nine people, who need to raise the £3,600 a day that is essential to keep the operation in existence. They receive absolutely no government funding and rely solely on donations and contributions from the public and businesses across the region that they serve. But after five years of providing critical help to people in need across the south, they continue

to run training courses for paramedics, who, in addition to at least two years working experience in a ground ambulance, need extra training and navigational skills before they can take to the air. The money is raised in various ways from the Flight for Life Lottery, where for a pound a week you can enter their draw and stand a chance of winning a cash prize - to the ‘Bag it Up’ recycling scheme which collects textiles, shoes and mobile phones in their donation banks across the county. As well as helping with much needed funds, this is friendly to the environment and of no direct cost to the donator. Every penny counts - right down to the good old fashioned charity collection tins in a vivid flourescent yellow that you might see by the till at a corner shop or on the bar in the pub.

Incredibly for the last five years and due to the public generosity, even in the financial climate that we have experienced of late, the team have been able to raise the money and the Air Ambulance has continued to rescue and transport those in critical need of medical attention to hospitals in Southampton, Portsmouth or on occasion even over the borders to the Thames Valley or Oxfordshire. The fund raising team in Southampton show nothing other than genuine gratitude to the people who help, although it is concerning that many of the volunteers and donators have become so since having a direct experience of the air ambulance either themselves or through a member of their family. Quite why there is no allocation of public funding for a truly

valuable emergency service is highly questionable, when the real cost would be further strain on the existing ground force and the reduction of response times. One would hope you never need to call on its services but the knowledge that wherever you might be in Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight, first class help will be at your side in less than 20 minutes, is a very comforting thought to carry. l

You can help celebrate the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance’s fifth birthday at their family orientated Summer Fair to be held at Popham Air Field, Coxton Down on Saturday 30th June and for more details about the event or to find out how to help with the charity visit www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk

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Statistics state that in the UK there are over 375,000 older people living in care homes and a further 700,000 people receive care and support in their own homes. Care is a huge industry and offers a myriad of choices to the consumer. It can appear complex and confusing though, and many view the prospect of seeking care for a loved one very daunting. When considering care, either for you, or a family member, the best place to start is by considering the different types of service on offer. The following seeks to explain the choices available to enable you to make a more informed decision.

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ome care’ is a phrase that encompasses a wide range of health and social services. These services are delivered in the home of the person in need of support and assistance. People’s needs are individual and anyone could have home care for any reason but commonly those who are recovering, disabled, elderly, chronically or terminally ill; in need of medical, nursing, social, or therapeutic treatment and/ or assistance with the essential activities of daily living are the recipients of this type of service. Home care is an effective solution for whenever a person prefers to stay at home but needs on-going care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends. These days, there are an increasing number of older people electing to live independently, and therefore not moving into Residential/Nursing homes, who are receiving home care services. Younger adults who are disabled or recuperating from acute illness are choosing home care whenever possible, often being supported through University and throughout their lives. Adults being diagnosed with terminal illness also are being cared for at home, receiving compassion and maintaining dignity at the end of life which, when inevitably it comes, is in their own home and in familiar surroundings. Increasing numbers of patients need highly skilled services when

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they return home from a stay in hospital and there are those that need intermittent home care to allow a full time Carer (often a family member) a well-earned break. Home care itself can then be broken down into the many services it may provide. Typically quantified by terms of time, it falls into categories as follows: Hourly Care Where care workers visit people in their home in fractions or multiples of hours at a time, moving from one home to the next in sequence. Hourly Care Workers offer the entire spectrum of services from companionship to full personal care and suits those that remain predominantly independent, but perhaps need a little reminder for medication or assistance for bathing. Live-in Care Where care workers live in the homes of their clients caring for them on a daily basis and acting as a round the clock support if needed. This live-in care is comparable in price to Residential Care Homes. Live-in Carers are highly trained, with many specialising in conditions such as Dementia and Parkinson’s. Housekeeping, preparing home cooked meals, all aspects of personal care, companionship and emotional support are amongst the many benefits of Live-in Care. The service removes the worry

from family members and today, is greatly enhancing the lives of people throughout the UK. Night Care Of which there are ‘Waking’ nights and ‘Sleeping’ nights where, care workers perform their duties in the homes of the clients overnight. ‘Waking,’ being where they need to stay ‘awake’ during their shift and a ‘sleeping,’ where it is appropriate for them to sleep and perform care duties if required. Cost wise, prices vary and are typically quoted considering the dependency of the client. As a guide though, and to put a figure in your mind, privately funded hourly care starts from around £16 per hour with Live-in Care from £700 per week. The alternative to homecare is the residential care home of which there are many options nowadays. They vary greatly in size, price, location, amenities and it would be prudent to look at a handful before selecting. The following gives you a very brief overview. Residential Care Residential care homes provide help and support to those unable to remain in their own home even with the aid of an hourly care package and are perhaps the closest alternative to ‘Live-in Care’. Residential Care homes provide service from trained care staff, and give access to visiting District Nurses. Cost wise, in the south, think along the lines of £675 per week. Nursing Care Nursing homes have qualified nursing staff on duty 24 hours a day and provide for those clients with complex needs who cannot be cared for by a Care Worker and that need Nursing. Cost Wise, from £850 per week. Information supplied by: Access Care


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SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS… A GOOD TIME TO INVEST? words by justin stevens

Financial issues have hardly been out of the headlines in the last five years, ever since the credit crunch first came into the national consciousness, and the European sovereign debt crisis of the last two years has merely served to intensify the media coverage. Since the autumn of 2009, the European Union has been struggling with the mounting debts of some of its weakest economies, notably Greece and Portugal, as well as Ireland, severely hit by the global downturn. All this has led to mounting fears among investors. Summit conferences, top level negotiations, make or break meetings and a series of bailouts have so far failed to extract struggling countries from their debt crises or fully restore investor confidence. The crisis has even raised questions about whether the Euro can survive as a currency, placed strains and risks on banks across the continent and forced cuts in government spending, putting several countries back into recession. Fears have risen about Italy, Europe’s third largest economy, and Spain. Even France, whose banks hold large amounts of Italian government bonds, was dragged into the mire, leading to credit ratings agency Standard and Poor’s downgrading its rating by one notch at the beginning of the year. Italy and Spain were downgraded two points, and Portugal’s credit reduced to junk status, indicating Europe’s sovereign debt worries were far from over. It is the risk of contagion from the sovereign debt crisis that has been at the forefront of investors’ minds and held back global markets. While Greece only represents 1% of the eurozone economy, and a minuscule portion of the global economy, it is the risk of the domino effect of contagion that concerns investors should it default and drop out of the Euro. As well as the Greek problem, Europe’s challenge is to stop Italy and Spain ending up like both

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Greece and Portugal. So what are the opportunities for investors in what remains a tough and uncertain economic environment? Equity markets so far in 2012 have started on a much more positive note. This could be due to a realisation setting in that there is a political will to resolve the crisis coupled with a strong desire among leaders to keep European Monetary Union (EMU) together. In recent times, investors have become worried that there is worse to come and that share prices will decline no matter what the industry sector or market share of companies. As a result, they often buy and sell at precisely the wrong time. The fear of missing out pulls investors in when markets are soaring, and causes them to sell when they have already fallen. Yet there are exciting and attractive investment opportunities out there. Take, for example, large blue-chip companies with a strong and healthy market position and a continuous record of generating profits and earnings during all phases of the economic cycle. Such companies have seen their prices held back along with all others as a result of highlevel macro-economic circumstances outside of their control, yet they remain attractive propositions through their proven resilience, ability to ride out the crisis and sustained long term prospects. Investors should be looking at these cash generative companies, with their strong balance sheets and more predictable profit streams. Some of the best opportunities today can be found in the telecom and pharmaceutical sectors.

And one of the safest places to invest in equity markets in times of economic turmoil are in defensive sectors such as consumer staples – industries that manufacture and sell food and beverages, tobacco and household products. These are typically the last products to be removed from the household budget at times when disposable incomes are being squeezed. In addition, many analysts see corporate bonds as a promising asset class, with recent sell-offs presenting an attractive entry point for investors. Exaggerated fears of mass defaults are, in the eyes of many, presenting investors with unprecedented value in high quality corporate bonds, which offer much more attractive yields than those provided by gilts. Commercial property, too, continues to represent a high-yielding and relatively stable asset class, presenting a further valuable opportunity for investors to diversify their assets and ultimately be rewarded over the longer term. After the events of the past few years, investors need no reminding that equity investing can be volatile. But history is clear - stock markets tend to rise over the longer term, despite shortterm fluctuations. Good investment opportunities still exist for the prudent investor, across a diversified portfolio. However, to find those opportunities requires the expertise of a skilled and experienced wealth management specialist in order to satisfy properly medium to long-term investment objectives. l

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father’s | day

never a moment’s worry interview by david rose-massom

Fred Dinenage MBE won a contract at Southern Television for seven weeks’ work on ‘Three Go Round’ in 1964. He was a presenter on HOW, which started in 1966, and which was destined to become the longest-running children’s programme on ITV. Then by 1984 he was presenting the nightly news programme Coast to Coast with Fern Britton. Fred currently presents Meridian Tonight for ITV Meridian and he is Dad to Caroline and twins Christopher and Sarah.

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Caroline Dinenage is the Conservative MP for Gosport, Stubbington, Lee-on-the-Solent, and Hill Head. She was elected in May 2010 with a majority of 14,413 votes. Prior to her election, she ran a successful local business and served as an effective member of Winchester Council. With Father’s Day on the horizon Solent Life spoke to father and daughter about their relationship.

DAUGHTER’S TALE – Fred Dinenage has been in the corner of our living rooms for almost 50 years and been part of our lives, so, did Caroline ever mind sharing him? “I have never known anything different,” she replied. “When I was very young Dad was a freelance and so was off all over the country presenting programmes and sport so it never really occurred to me that he actually had a different kind of job. “I had a fantastic childhood, when Dad was presenting HOW he would bring the experiments home for us to try; we used to play with all these prototypes, such as Speak & Spell. Also whenever he had to go away for any extended time, such as with the Moscow Olympics where he was away for a month, there was always quality time for family when he got back. After the Olympics we had him for two straight weeks! “I have never been able to fault him as a father, he has always been there for us,” Caroline added. “Dad and I used to spend hours in the back garden taking penalties with the frame of the swing as the goal. It was ten years before I stopped being an only child and so I was the surrogate boy of the family with dad being sport mad, so I would get cricket bats and Subuteo as presents; I think that is why I was never a girly girly type of person.” This was said with great humour and deep fondness for what was a happy childhood.

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As she reached teenage years though, Caroline tried to ignore what her father did for a job. “A lot of what dad did was not in this area and in Senior School you really didn’t want your peers to know that he was on TV; in your teens there is so much going on you did not want to stand out from the crowd!” One of the things that make Caroline the proudest is that the public persona and Dad are the same person. “The thing about Dad is that you see who he is on TV; that is why I am so proud of him. He has been on TV for over 40 years and has always been employed because he is good at what he does” she said. “What you see is what you get with Dad and I have tried to follow that with my own career; fake people soon get found out; and Dad has been around a long time.” Caroline then showed her Twitter description of herself, it read; ‘Mum of two, Fred’s girl, Pompey fan – not necessarily in that order.’ “I have never used my Dad’s name to move forward or even to get elected,” Caroline continued. “It is simply that I am proud of my surname and so why shouldn’t I use it if it stands for such good things as being genuine in all you do, hard work, popularity in the community through your charity work and longevity? “Dad has taught me to be true to myself and treat everyone the same. And, now he has become a fantastic granddad.” l


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FATHER’S STORY – “Caroline has always been a good all round person and has never been a moment’s worry.” These were Fred’s first comments about his eldest daughter. “I was thrilled when Caroline was born and we named her after the Neil Diamond song ‘Sweet Caroline’. Every time I hear the song I think of her. I suppose I might have been expecting a son – hence poor Caz (as we call her) being subjected to football training! But it’s stood her in good stead with her own two sons! “I cannot explain, or put into words, how it felt to watch her make her maiden speech in the Commons; after all, she is still – and will always be – my little girl. It was extraordinary” Fred said with obvious pride. “She had waited some years and fought some hard battles to get that far.” So, what does Father’s Day mean to Fred. “On Father’s day you think about all your children - and Beverley and I are lucky enough to have three wonderful children. Caroline, of course, but we also have the twins, Chris and Sarah. Chris is with Portsmouth Police

and Sarah is a PA at Cameron Mackintosh, the big West End theatre company. Like Caroline, they have both been wonderful, supportive children. We are a very close family.” Did the fact that he was a TV personality make any difference? “The funny thing is because I’ve always been on the telly during their lifetimes none of the kids has ever really been affected by it. When they were very young they just assumed everyone’s dad was on the telly! They’ve never been terribly impressed by it either – in fact they’ve never really watched me or come to the studio very often. Luckily, because my image is quite regional and low-key, they’ve not been bothered by the media, etc, and hopefully it will stay that way! “The family time we spent after long periods working away was special – but so has all the times we have had together; especially at our little holiday apartment in southern Spain where Caroline and the twins have spent most of their holidays.” To sum up Father’s Day and 38 years of being ‘Dad’! “I feel I have been a very lucky man.” l

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coast & country

Beacons of

Light words & images by david rose-massom

Once upon a time long ago and in a land where there was no such thing as texting, instant messaging or Facebook, people across the land, and indeed the world, still needed to communicate with each other in times of peril or celebration and so they used fire; and these beacons of light could send a message of greeting across land and sea…

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ritain has a long history of beacon lighting; spanning centuries and has been used in celebration for the Millennium, Royal Weddings, Jubilees and Coronations. On village greens, castle turrets, church towers, farms, beaches, front gardens, car parks, cliff tops and mountain tops across the land, as well as from island to mainland, beacons have been used to bring communities and nation together! The simple beacon chain, once used as a tool for warning and communication, has now become a symbol of unity and joy across towns, borders, countries and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration. In 1897 beacons were lit nationally to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and many of them were just giant bonfires made from barrels and timber; in today’s safety driven culture the Health and Safety officer would have had a coronary on seeing some of the giant flammable constructions. In 1977 and 2002 more beacons were fired up to celebrate both the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees as well as the Millennium. Traditionally, beacons were fires lit to signal over land that enemy troops were approaching, in order to alert defences. Usually positioned at well-known locations

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on hills or high places, used either as lighthouses for navigation at sea. As signals, beacons are an ancient form of optical telegraphy. Systems of this kind have existed for centuries over much of the world, probably from the time that fire was first discovered. In Scandinavia many hill forts were part of beacon networks to warn against invading pillagers. In Wales, the Brecon Beacons were so named from beacons used to warn of approaching English raiders. In England, the most famous examples are the beacons used in the time of the first Queen Elizabeth to warn of the approaching Spanish Armada. Over time many hills in England were named Beacon Hill after such beacons such as Beacon Hill at Warnford in Hampshire which is a chalk hill in the beautiful National Nature Reserve which is part of the South Downs. The aim for this year during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations is that on Monday 4th June, 2012 (or more) beacons will be lit across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Commonwealth and other countries around the world; to mark this important and historic moment in The Queen’s Reign.. Shortly before Solent Life went to press that number of beacons in the UK had risen to well over 4,000 and was still growing; organizers of the overall event, Jubilee Beacons, have applied to the Guinness Book of World records for the event to be the longest chain of Beacons ever!

In 2012, The Queen will become only the second Monarch in British history to celebrate 60 years on the throne, the other being Queen Victoria. Hampshire with its rolling hills and stunning coastline is ideally suited for a chain of beacons; many will also be visible across the Solent from the Isle of Wight where a World War 2 site will also light up; St Boniface Down is the highest point on the Island, rising to 241mtrs. It can be seen clearly from the mainland and from the English Channel. It has many claims to fame in history; not least that it was a site for the early warning radar system during WW2 which of course, could be considered a ‘new age’ warning beacon of its time. In fields, on hill tops, cliff tops and in villages and towns the people of the county will be setting a torch to their own celebratory beacon to join in the national celebration and linking themselves to communities across the globe. Beacons across the country in a carefully planned and timed progression are being lit between 10pm and 10.30pm which will then reach its Grand Finale when the Queen will light the final beacon; the National Beacon will be at a central location in London. In what is set to be a memorable moment, among the many planned, her Majesty will trigger the lighting of the final beacon by placing a huge crystal into a specially designed pod during a concert given in her honour. ●

Just some of the sites across the Solent Life region where Beacons will be lit and visible; many of the coastal viewpoints will also have a good vantage point for those on the Island: ● Lepe Country Park ● Furzey Lane, Minstead, New Forest ● The Bickerly, Ringwood ● Toothill, Rownhams ● Southsea Castle and Portsdown Hill ● Hiltingbury Rec Ground, Chandler’s Ford ● Shawford Down, Nr Winchester ● Kings Worthy ● Hilldale Farm, Wickham ● Castle Rec Ground, Netley Abbey ● West Hill Park School, Titchfield ● West Wittering Beach ● Hatch Grange, West End For a map of all the registered Beacons go to diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk And for details of other official Jubilee events go to thediamondjubilee.org

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events… at Farlington Marshes Wildlife Reserve… Bird Watch Farlington – The Official Tour Sunday 24th June, 2pm A leisurely 2.5 mile guided walk around the sea wall at Farlington Marshes, looking at the birds and other wildlife on the marsh and in the harbour. A great way to learn about the wildlife/management of the reserve and the history of Langstone Harbour. No need to book. Parking off the Eastern Road (A27/A2030) roundabout (Map ref. SU 685 045). For further details contact the Solent Reserves Officer, on 01489 774429. Suggested donation £1.50.

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June is a busy time at Farlington Marshes Wildlife Reserve. Animals are hurriedly raising their young while the sun shines and food is plentiful. Young birds are about to leave the security of the nest, dragonflies lay eggs in the many ponds and pairs of butterflies dance over the open expanse of grass. words by nikki magee images by Jim Day (left) & Elliot Fairs (right)

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any kinds of birds breed on the marsh, most choosing the protection of dense vegetation. Sedge and reed warblers build cup-shaped nests among the reed stems. Whitethroat and linnet nest within the hawthorn and blackthorn hedges. Skylark and lapwing have a different strategy - they choose the open ground, somewhere they can see predators coming. Lapwing chicks will soon be ready to fly having spent the last 5-6 weeks since hatching feeding on insects. Dragonflies and damselflies are very active now. Nymphs are emerging into the air having spent the last couple of years underwater, with the adults taking to the wing for just a few months. At many ponds and ditches around the reserve the brightly coloured males will be warding off rivals from their patch while hoping to find a female. If you watch closely, you can see pairs ‘in tandem’, with the male clasping the female behind the head while she lays her eggs under the surface of the water.

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Butterflies tend to seek out the more sheltered areas around the bramble and blackthorn scrub. The blossom of the bramble provides a good nectar source allowing the thousands of butterflies to refuel. Keep an eye open for the distinctive comma with its ragged orange-coloured wings. ●

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Can you help? We need help checking the cattle that roam the marshes. It is very simple, can be done as part of a walk around the sea wall and you do not need to get too close to the cows. If you can spare a few hours, please call Jamie Marsh on 01489 774 429. Visiting Farlington Marshes Wildlife Reserve Farlington Marshes is 125 hectare of coastal grazing marsh situated south of the A27 between Portsmouth and Havant. The reserve is managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust on behalf of its owners Portsmouth City Council. How to get there Rail: Hilsea train station is 1.5 miles from the reserve with trains from Fareham and Portchester every 30 minutes. Bus: 21 between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour. Closest stop is at Farlington Sainsbury’s, 15 minute walk to the reserve. Service is hourly Monday to Friday with a reduced service at weekends. Road: The car park is off the Eastern Road roundabout (A27/A2030).

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With longer days, warm sunshine and the garden at its peak, June is often seen as the best month in the gardening calendar, so take time to enjoy the garden in full bloom. The downside of all the new growth is the weed seedlings to keep at bay. Regularly hoeing will stop them taking over and needn’t be hard work if you take a little and often approach. Now the risk of frost has gone, you can fill up your borders, pots, baskets and veg garden with tender plants.

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Vegetable garden Keep a regular supply of salad leaves by sowing seeds in lengths of plastic guttering, cut to the length of your veg beds, and filled with good compost. When the seeds germinate, you can grow them on for 2-4 weeks and then simply slide the plants into their growing positions as soon as space becomes available. Continue to plant out courgettes, beans, pumpkins and other tender crops. You can also sow them directly for a later crop. A good start makes all the difference to how they will perform eventually.

Come and see the animals The popular petting farm is back at Garsons Garden Centre at Fontley Road, Titchfield on Wednesday 6th June. Say hello to the friendly farm animals and alpacas from 11am to 4pm.

Some of your early potatoes may be ready to dig this month. Traditionally early potatoes are said to be ready to harvest when the plants are in flower – but not all varieties produce flowers. Dig up a trial plant ten weeks or more after planting to see how they are doing, then dig them fresh when you want to eat them.

Mixed borders Plants grow quickly in warmer weather, so make sure climbers are supported and tied in regularly. Consider installing supports now for taller growing perennials to allow them to naturally grow through. Garsons has some innovative support systems for all types of plants. Lush plant growth and warm weather can also mean an increase in pests and disease, so look out for a new range that maintains a garden’s natural cycle to ensure beneficial insects, hedgehogs and other garden dwellers feel at home as well. Talking of wildlife, a bird bath or bowls of water are a welcome addition for the creatures in your garden and encourages birds, hedgehogs and frogs. l

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Music, Comedy, Events & TheatreChildren MOONLIT MEMORIES WALK The choice of 5 mile or 12 mile walk is yours and The Rowans Hospice hope that 2,500 people will take part in walking the course to raise much needed funds, and having fun with friends and family at the same time, the organisers hope that the walk will raise approximately £300,000 for the Hospice. The walk, which starts at 11pm, is sponsored by Biscoes Solicitors and is open to all aged 13 and over. The route starts and finishes at Castle Field ,Southsea and passes along Southsea Seafront, into the Historic Dockyard and on into Old Portsmouth. En-route the Spinnaker Tower, Southsea Seafront and HMS Victory will all be illuminated, there will also be entertainers to help guide you through the walk. The registration fee is £20 which includes a sponsorship pack, event T-shirt, drinks en-route and a medal and breakfast on completion of the walk and you can register by downloading a registration form from the website or by telephone, www.rowanshospice.co.uk Tel: 02392 238533 Saturday 16th June at 11pm. DOCKYARD AT DUSK In a brand new venture, this summer Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will present a truly unique opportunity to enjoy a night ‘out’ at the theatre in the exceptional surroundings of the world-famous HMS Victory, as ‘this huge stage presenteth nought but shows’. Starting the ‘Dockyard At Dusk’ season is the Royal Navy Theatre Association (RNTA) who are planning their most ambitious project yet by performing an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing It is a witty comedy about two sets

of lovers drawn from a group of young men returning home from war, reminding us that “the course of true love never did run smooth”. Bringing the production right up-to-date the men will be a troop of Royal Marines returning from Afghanistan. PORTSMOUTH HISTORIC DOCKYARD (Victory Arena) from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st July at 7.30pm (Gates open at 6.30pm) Tickets £12 (Concs £10), includes free parking in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Car Park (follow the brown tourist signs for Historic Dockyard) from 6pm – 11pm. Box Office 0844 880 5406 (£1.50 booking fee over the phone) Or Online: www. historicdockyard.co.uk/tickets/ dockyardatdusk In person at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ. Folding seats are provided, but are not allocated so are on a first come first served basis regarding position/location. There will be food concessions and a bar but you can take your own picnic. SOUTHSEA FOLK ROOTS & BLUES DAY Live music at the Naval Base Establishments Central Sports Association (“Dockyard Club”). Blues Afternoon and Folk & Roots Evening concerts will take place at the Club on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. Supporting fringe events will be held at local pubs from the previous Friday through to the following Monday. Acts include Julie Felix and the Jon Amor Blues Group. Dockyard Club, Onslow Road, Southsea, PO5 2NH on August 26th. See website for details Tickets are available on the door or in advance

online. website: www. southseafolkfestival.co.uk email: spiderpromos@aol.com BEAULIEU SCULPTURE TRAIL One of the largest exhibitions of sculpture in the country will open on 24th May at Beaulieu, creating a stimulating Sculpture Trail that will lead visitors from the world famous Motor Museum into the enchanting gardens that surround Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. The sculptures have been carefully selected from the works of over 300 Surrey Sculpture Society members - from talented amateurs to the artistry of top professional sculptors – who come from all over the South of England including a number from Hampshire. The exhibition runs from 24th May until the 2nd September from 10am daily. For further detailed information about the exhibition visit www. surreysculpture.org.uk. As well as admission to the 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House and Gardens, visitors to the Sculpture Trail will also be able to enjoy all of Beaulieu’s many main attractions. For information call 01590 612345 or visit www.beaulieuevents.co.uk CABARET This double Olivier-award winning production of CABARET is to star internationally renowned singer/songwriter Will Young in his musical theatre debut as the enigmatic Emcee. The production will open at The Mayflower Theatre on 3rd September for a week as part of an exclusive four week tour prior to a West End run. Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2002, Will Young has been one of the UK’s most

popular and successful music artists, selling over 9 million albums. CABARET features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’, ‘Two Ladies’ ‘Maybe This Time’ and of course ‘Cabaret’. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence. And at its dark heart are the notorious Emcee and sassy Sally Bowles, who perform nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. MAYFLOWER THEATRE, Southampton. Tickets for CABARET 3rd to 8th September are on sale from The Mayflower Box Office tel: 02380 711811, online at mayflower.org.uk or in person from the Mayflower ticket south shop in The Mall (Marlands), Southampton. Ovation Restaurant bookings: 02380 711833. MICKY FLANAGAN – ‘BACK IN THE GAME’ TOUR Micky Flanagan is now one of Britain’s biggest comedy stars and he will be touring throughout 2013, taking in 57 shows on the way. Micky has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out of 10 Cats – amongst others – and next year will cement his reputation as one of the superstars of British Stand Up. Tickets for the show next spring are already on sale. BIC WINDSOR HALL, Bournemouth. Thursday 21st March 2013, www.mickyflanagan.com

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Your essential guide to all the local news and events in your community. A Look at 1953 with Trisha Lewis A nostalgic and often humorous look back at the 1950s with special reference to 1953 and the Queen’s Coronation. This takes a glance at what life was like for ordinary folk, with popular music of the time, objects, pictures and archive radio – in the year Coronation Chicken was born! Thursday 7th June 7.30pm Tickets £3, concessions £2 Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT Please book 023 9252 3463 www.hants.gov. uk/gdc MARINE ART PAINTINGS by Colin M. Baxter From 7th July to 11th August it features new works by renowned Gosport artist Colin M. Baxter. Many pieces have been created which have special resonance this year, with paintings of the mighty J Class yachts to celebrate the 2012 Regatta, pictures recalling the ships that left for the Falklands War of 30 years ago, works inspired by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee that feature Royal Yachts and Reviews of days gone by and pieces celebrating 150 years of P&O Lines. There will also be local Gosport views along with other examples of the artist’s work. Work in this exhibition is available for sale. Gosport Gallery, Walpole Road, Gosport. PO12 1BT Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Free Admission. St Peter’s Church Titchfield Flower Festival St Peter’s Church will be hosting a spectacular flower festival in the Church and the

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