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May 2018

Alton, Alresford & Surrounding Villages

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Moss Master Ltd is a family run business operating in Hampshire, Surrey & surrounding areas.


We offer a wide range of services which include:

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• Manual Roof Moss Removal (not power washing) • Roof Inhibitor Treatment • Fascia and Soffit Cleaning • Vacuum Gutter Cleaning • Patio and Driveway Cleaning • Friendly Team of Specialists • Reliable, Cost-Effective Service • Long-Term Solution • Guaranteed & Fully Insured • Free Survey & Quote


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Balti Tandoori Balti Tandoori is known for its generous portions, reasonable prices, friendly service, either sit in dining, collection or delivery. There are plenty of specials available for dining, delivery or collection that will satisfy your hunger. Order a takeaway online and see why our customers consider us the best!

Some of our special dishes... Half Tandoori Chicken chicken on the bone marinated using mix ground spices

tandoori mixed grill mixture of chicken tikka, lamb tikka, seekh kebab, tandoori chicken and naan

chicken tikka (main) tender chicken cutlets marinated in ground herbs and spices

tandoori chicken shashlik chicken tikka cutlets cooked with char grilled onions peppers and tomatoes

“Service was quick and friendly and the portions generous, hot and delicious. Happy to recommend.� Find us at: 9-11 Market St, Alton GU34 1HA Order online at: Open: Tuesday- Sunday 5pm- 11pm

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May 2018 Area Editions: Petersfield Edition Dist: 8,200 Dear Readers, Positivity is in the air… We are pleased to celebrate the achievement of Joe Truman, from Petersfield, who won Silver in the Commonwealth Games. Joe forms a part of the GB Cycling Team and was awarded his medal in the Track Sprint. He used to work for The Directory Group as one of our distributors. This month, we are excited to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who will tie the knot at Windsor Castle on the 19th May. Many of us have been following the love story through the media. Have an excellent day cheering on the newlyweds. The Royal Wedding is on the same day as the FA Cup Final so it’s a big day for those of you who love royalty and sport! Let’s not forget the birth of our new Prince, who is the third child and second son to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There’s currently a lot of excitement within the Royal Family – it’s great. Within this edition we have a brilliant competition for you to win a family ticket to The Nostalgia Show, at the grounds of the gorgeous Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, on 30th June to 1st July 2018. They are giving away two family tickets for a fabulous weekend of entertainment. The new show will allow you to experience a magical step back in time, while viewing an incredible selection of classic cars, shop vintage style, dine on British street food and dance the day away all in one glorious setting. What’s there to lose? This May is National Walking Month. That’s why we have an article about the event and encouraging you to walk more. There’s also a couple of walking events in your local What’s On too. As always, thank you for keeping all things local.

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Competition Winner: Find Barney Sue Popplewell

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• Extensive Eye Examinations, which also monitor the health of your eyes. • We use the latest technology & equipment. • Extensive range of frames. • Offering regular promotions on 2nd Pairs. If you’ve had an examination elsewhere, bring your prescription to us and we’ll be happy to help you choose your new glasses!

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Supplying the South Coast for 40 years Family owned business Largest blinds showroom on the South Coast Hampshire’s leading Luxaflex specialist No obligation home visit (Saturday appts available)

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Top 1O activities to do this spring:

Start a Garden: Now that our gardens have blossomed with daffodils and bluebells, take some time to plant some beautiful summer-flowering bulbs during this season, such as dahlias, cannas and lilies.


Go for a walk: As the days get longer, you have more time to go on a walk before or after work. Whether its short or long, walking is great way to improve your physical and mental health!



Bike ride: It’s time to open the shed and dust off those bikes, as there are 1000’s of cycle routes throughout our beautiful Hampshire countryside to enjoy.

Make a smoothie bowl: Kick start your day with a healthy bowl of delicious goodness using seasonal fruits. Try blending your favourite fruits with some soy milk, ice and honey. To finish, top with granola, strawberries and honey! Go to the beach: By living in Hampshire, we almost forget how lucky we are to live by the beach. Spend a Saturday skipping pebbles across the waters of Southsea, Hayling Island and many more magnificent shores. Camping: Roast marshmallows over a warm fire after a long day of activities. Hampshire holds many camp sites to visit this spring, suitable for couples, families and our beloved dogs.

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Visit a farm: A great day out for everyone no matter how young or old. Petting pigs, cuddling rabbits, feeding ducks and bottle-feeding lambs are just a few of the wonderful activities to do at a farm. Picnic: Dig in to your favourite snacks as you take in the beautiful views that our countryside offers. Remember to bring a few bin bags to dispose of your rubbish, in order to keep our countryside clean and our wildlife safe!

Volunteer at a local charity: Dedicate some of your time to help out at one of the brilliant charities within Hampshire. You’ll be sure to make a positive impact on our community whilst making lots of new friends along the way.


Miniature golf: Why not show off your putting skills by challenging your family and friends to a fun filled game of miniature golf. Written by Lily Lloyd

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If you are over 65 it will only cost you £75* to make or update your Will. We are also Lasting Power of Attorney Specialists - only £85* each LPA if instructed during the Will appointment. Our prices include home visits and Inheritance Tax advice.

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CREATING UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL FURNITURE The Bowes and Hill range, by Material Things, are an exclusive brand of handmade furniture, made to our customer’s specific requirements including special sizes. We have been combining quality, style and comfort in every piece of furniture for more than 40 years. Everything our specialists produce is tailor made and handcrafted at our home in Hampshire. Lovingly created with the utmost attention to detail by our master craftsmen, our own range of gorgeous sofas, suites and chairs are all produced on-site. Unlike other furniture specialists, our experts are available to work with you and your ideas to create a unique and beautiful bespoke piece of furniture. Our choice of more

than 10,000 fabrics, and a wide range of designs available, allows our experts to offer something for everyone. We encourage each customer to be involved in every stage of the process, from choosing what fabric is used, to the firmness of the seat cushions. Bowes and Hill continually focuses on ensuring your new furniture fits perfectly to your home. Every item of furniture incorporates solid beech frames, excellent quality springing and the finest materials available. From our modern range of furniture, such as our Chatsworth range, to our items which are more favourable to those with an eye for tradition, like “The Victoria”, our master upholsterers provide you with an exclusive piece of furniture built to your exact requirements. There are no limitations with Bowes and Hill furniture; we ensure maximum style and comfort are

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Excellent quality and the finest materials with Bowes & Hill Exclusive Furniture

Combining Quality, Style and Comfort. • Fully Bespoke service • Made to Measure furniture • Hand crafted in our own workshops • Finished to your specifications, attention to detail in every way • Large choice of fabrics and leather • 25 year guarantee on our solid beechwood frames • Choice of finest fillings and features • Screwed, glued and dowelled joints • Order direct from the manufacturer, and receive delivery in 4 - 6 weeks

created for your masterpiece, whether this is for an armchair, sofa or footstool. The possibilities are almost endless. One recent review on a job where our professionals reupholstered an antique sofa and two chairs, stated:

“Absolutely stunning workmanship. It was a complex job, but the results were far better than we anticipated.” We are a family run business with a wealth of experience in the design and manufacture of beautiful handmade suites. We are the best in the business when it comes to creating bespoke furniture which is as unique as you. Additionally, our team have an ability to support clients with their interior design ensuring each piece of furniture compliments your home effectively. All our suites come with a 25-year guarantee on our frames and promise to uplift the outlook of your home. Screaming fabulous designs and excellent quality, Bowes and Hill by Material Things are confident that their products will fulfil your expectations.

If you are thinking about your next project, call our team on 023 9231 3000, email, or visit the Material Things showroom. 28 Fitzherbert Road, Farlington, Hants, PO6 1RU Open: Mon - Thurs 9am - 5.30pm • Fri & Sat 9am - 5pm • Ample Parking Your Home Furnishers

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Big Jobs for Little Tractors The importance of compact tractors in modern paddock maintenance Spring may have been late this year but now the grass is finally growing, and the cutting season is in full swing. Regular farm tractors and machinery aren’t always suitable for paddocks as many of the areas that require maintenance have narrow gateways and limited access. Therefore, compact tractors and attachments are used to carry out an array of paddock maintenance jobs because of their ideal shape, size and capability. Italian manufacturer Agrint specialises in compact tractor mounted implements, producing robust but light-weight mowers which make short work of cutting larger lawns, meadows and sports grounds. Farm Tech Supplies in Hampshire has teamed up with Agrint to offer this range of high quality Italian implements.

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mowing sports fields, it is important to find smaller mowers, which can stand up to a range of tasks. Overall, a mower that is both robust and compact in design will ensure success in overgrown areas and will still be usable on small compact tractors. In early summer, one of the most popular machines is the Bora flail mower. These are great for regular cutting, giving a fine lawn finish however, this versatile mower can also handle more overgrown areas of long grass, bramble and bracken. From flail mowers and finishing mowers to backhoes and wood chippers, the Agrint range of ground care machines are affordable, lightweight and robust, making them ideal for a range of maintenance jobs on estates and large gardens. The full range of compact tractor attachments are now available locally for immediate delivery.

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FULLY QUALIFIED TEAM OFFERING EXCELLENCE IN AIR CONDITIONING If you are looking for a friendly, reliable and local air conditioning specialist, then Evolve Air Conditioning Limited can help you. Established in 2015, the team is continually expanding and have built a solid reputation which is well worth shouting about. They have an excellent 10/10 rating on and one recent review from a customer in Havant says: The team at Evolve have more than 10 years’ experience in the commercial and industrial sectors and in the ever growing residential / domestic markets. Evolve’s specialists will provide customers with a high-quality service in design and installation of air source heat pump air conditioning and ventilation systems, bespoke to suit any requirements. Their goal is to provide quality workmanship at competitive prices while maintaining their excellent customer service standards.

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TO STRESS MEN DO NOT NEED TO FACE DEPRESSION ALONE Stress is something many men are affected by at some point in their life. By not controlling stress, mental health issues such as depression can arise. This month we highlight the issue depression, caused by stress, can have on men and how we can play a part in supporting. Typically, men are more vulnerable to the effects of stress as they may perceive depression as a weakness. Even though we are living in a society in which there has been so much change towards the gender perceptions of both male and female, emotion among many men continues to be regarded as instability. This is especially the case in developing countries where traditional gender roles are more strongly endorsed. In fact, while more women have suicidal thoughts, a greater number of men die by taking their own lives. Why? Many men are guilty for not truly expressing their emotion. They are known not to speak with each other about how they are feeling. Men may identify they are stressed but fail to address the problem.

The charity suggests men are twice as likely as women to have nobody to rely on for emotional support. This is the average to around one in ten men. But there are plenty of methods to gain support. Speaking to someone whom you trust can hugely help with addressing a concern with your mental health. Many specialists believe there is healing when telling people about what you are experiencing. Identifying what may be the route cause of your depression is also important; once you know why you feel the way you do, you can address the problem for the better. If you’re still feeling down or depressed after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call 111. We need to support every man who may be facing a mental health problem. If you believe you are experiencing a mental health problem, advice can be found at Information on dealing with depression can be found at

Mind, the mental health charity, say one in three men (32%) have poor mental health because of their job. One in seven men (14%) say it’s problems outside of the workplace.

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3. Invest in technology

Establishing your own business can be daunting. Success is ultimately at the top of your list of priorities. But how can you be confident your start-up will have promising results? Business Buddies highlight some tips to have a successful company…

Regardless of the size of your business – having technology to maximise your productivity can be achieved simply. Read reviews and compare what others within your sector are using.

4. Customer service: Focus on the entire customer journey Your revenue is from your clientele.

1. Identify there is a desire for your Without customers there will be no pay product or service – Research is key! packet. As an independent business, Doing research on the product or service your business intends to offer is vital. If people do not need what you offer, your company will struggle to succeed. If you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail…

2. Study your pricing Coming up with the right price can be a challenging task. The first step in determining how much you will charge for your services is by researching. How much are your competitors offering? What profit will you gain from the price tag of a service? Can you sustain your business on the prices you offer? From there, you can produce a pricing model which is the right price for your product or service.

you must concentrate much of your efforts on the journey your customer is experiencing. By aiming for excellence in your customer service, it is likely you will build your custom in no time!

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Having clear aims and objectives is important with any field of work. Set yourself realistic targets and allow time to review your progress as you work towards the destination you desire to reach. Most importantly, monitor and measure your business so you can make positive changes where required.

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Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Why not celebrate by walking your everyday journeys or organising a walk for charity! National Walking Month encourages people to get on their feet and trade their everyday journeys in for walks. Walking is the easiest, cheapest and most effective form of exercise, with numerous physical and mental benefits. Walking just 20 minutes a day can improve your physical health by increasing fitness levels, reducing blood pressure and building strong muscles. Walking also improves your mental health by giving you a time to enjoy life, reduce stress and reduce anxiety. There are many ways to get involved with National Walking Month. Living Streets is a national charity which works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets. Their objective is to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution.

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