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Downton Directory Your LOCAL independent magazine covering villages south of Salisbury

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June 2011

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“What’s on at Hamptworth?” The hidden jewel in the New Forest June 5th – The Gardens in Bloom. Garden open day in “Flaming June”. 11 - 2pm Refreshments available

June 18th-19th – “Wild Wings” an exhibition of new work by Charlotte Wiggins in the Great Hall

July 20th-30th – The Maskers Theatre Company present “Treasure Island” Open air theatre on the Archery Lawn

August 12th – La Boheme Open air opera from “Opera Brava” on the Archery Lawn August 13th – A Gala evening of Opera favorites from “Opera Brava” on the Archery Lawn August 21st – Hamptworth Country Show in the Park at Hamptworth Lodge A celebration of Country Life, sports and rural craft

September 4th – Autumn Glory. Garden open day and plant sale. 11 - 4pm. Refreshments and lunch available.

September 24th-25th – Britain at War through the Ages. Meet Vikings, Tudors, Riflemen and WWI soldiers and watch skirmishes and combat in this period event with over 300 uniformed and costumed interpreters.

November 10th – Winter Fayre in the Great hall at Hamptworth Lodge. Shop in style with presents for the young and young at heart alike.

December – Winter theatre in the great Hall cabaret style

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the June issue and I’m feeling rather patriotic this month having recently watched the Royal Wedding so our cover photo, kindly provided by Trinity Photography, is perfect. Wimbledon is also about to start and I plan to put my feet up and watch as much as I can - after all, it’s only once a year!

COMMUNITY NEWS Armed Forces Day ..........................................11 John Glen Monthly Update .........................23 Clubs, Societies & Organisations ...............32 What’s On .......................................................33

FEATURES Salisbury Cathedral Flower Festival.... 24-25

GARDENING Summer Hanging Baskets...................... 14-15

If you’re not into tennis then our new gardening writer, Pippa Greenwood, will inspire you to get into the garden with some great advice for getting your hanging baskets and containers looking colourful for the summer. On a much larger floral scale (and more relaxing), Salisbury Cathedral are holding what promises to be a visually stunning six day Flower Festival this month between 14th and 19th June.

HEALTH

It wouldn’t be June of course without Father’s Day (Sunday 19th) so in case you’re wondering what to get the Dad who has everything, we’ve compiled a list of some great books which are sure to please. I don’t see my dad (or mum) anywhere near as often as I should (or would like), so Dad, this message is for you. “You’re one in a million - out of sight doesn’t mean out of mind and I love you loads.”

PROPERTY

Osteoporosis ....................................................6 Insect Bites........................................................6

HUMOUR Working from home......................................18

KIDS CORNER Spot the Difference / Science Facts ...........28 Puzzle Page .....................................................29 Tips for Landlords ...........................................11

PUZZLES Wordsearch / Dropdown.............................. 21 Solutions - last month ................................ 46

RECIPE Chilli, Prawn & Tomato Linguine ............... 38

One last personal message, I must say congratulations to Amber and Alex at The White Horse, Downton who are getting married this month, enjoy your special day!

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Great books for Fathers Day .........................8 E-books on the beach .................................. 40 Downton Leisure Centre .............................. 16 Hamptworth Croquet Ryder Cup .................4 Wimbledon Schedule ...................................36

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Hamptworth Croquet Ryder Cup HAMPTWORTH Golf and Country Club may not be big enough to host a European Tour event, let alone the Ryder Cup - but it is all set to stage croquet’s equivalent to the famous clash between America and Britain at the end of June. Not many Wiltshire residents will know that Hamptworth now boasts four lawns fit to stage croquet matches at the highest levels, including the Solomon Trophy, contested alternately by two teams from either side of “the pond” since 1988. Great Britain won the first 14 clashes against the USA but the Americans will have the bit between their teeth when they arrive at Hamptworth for the fourday competition, starting on June 28, as the defending team for the first time. The British team - which will be selected from the current UK rankings - will be hoping to stop

the rot and regain the trophy when some of the best players in the world descend on this beautiful club on the edge of the New Forest. The format of the Solomon Trophy, which is being sponsored by Rathbone’s, will see two teams of six competing in 21 matches all best of three. The first team collecting 11 wins from the 12 singles and nine doubles, over the four days will claim the trophy. There are some 15,000 players belonging to nearly 600 clubs across the world, with more than 2,000 tournament members of the Croquet Association based in the UK.

“We would be delighted to see as many people both players and non-croquet players come and watch”

Hamptworth have been investing heavily in their facilities over the past 18 months, with two new lawns being added to the original two opened when the club was founded back in 1994, along with a new pavilion. A fifth lawn is currently being laid so the club can host larger and more prestigious national and international competitions. Hamptworth now has more than 50 croquet members with the new facilities helping to double the number of competitors competing in the club’s open competitions last year. Club president and founder member Richard Stevens said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to stage four prestigious events this summer, which will help put Hamptworth on the world croquet map. That was the goal behind building bigger and better facilities here. We would be delighted to see as many people - both players and


The Downton Directory.... Linking local people with local businesses | 5 non-croquet players - to come and watch leading international players compete on our wonderful lawns, find out more about the game and enjoy the club’s wonderful hospitality. We are particularly keen to show that there is nothing to stop people coming to Hamptworth if they want to have a go and find out if croquet is a game for them. Everyone has to start somewhere.” The president of UK’s Croquet Association – Quiller Barrett – presided over the opening ceremony of the new lawns in May last year. Two world-class players Rutger Beijderwellen and David Maugham took part in a

The competition was due to take place at Hamptworth from May 11th to 15th. Mercedes-Benz are sponsoring the Solstice Cup, a doubles completion for members of the Southern Federation on Sunday June 19. demonstration match in front of a packed crowd. Hamptworth’s progress has seen the Croquet Association also award the Wiltshire club The Peels, one of croquet’s oldest competitions, dating back to 1898. This tournament commemorates Walter Peel, an infant prodigy who won croquet’s Open Championship three times, the first when he was just 21 in 1868, before founding the game’s governing body in 1896. He died shortly after its first proper meeting a year later and two large silver bowls were given in his honour for a separate men’s and women’s handicap competition for Croquet Association members.

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OSTEOPOROSIS AND THE RISKS Are you at risk of osteoporosis and broken bones? Osteoporosis is the fragile bone disease that can lead to painful and disabling fractures. It is not an inevitable part of aging and some people can be at greater risk than other. But what are the risk factors? Genes - Our bone health is largely dependent on the genes we inherit from our parents. If one of your parents has broken a hip, you may be more susceptible. Age - Bone loss increases in later life so by the age of 75 about half of the population will have osteoporosis. Gender - Women have smaller bones than men and they also experience the menopause which can speed up the rate at which bone strength naturally decreases. Race – People who are Black Afro Caribbean are at a lower risk because they have bigger and stronger bones. Low body weight – If you have a low body mass you are at greater

risk of developing osteoporosis.

linked to osteoporosis.

Previous fractures - If you have already broken bones easily, including in the spine, then you are much more likely to have fractures in the future.

Other risk factors include smoking and high levels of alcohol intake.

Some medical conditions also increase your risk, such as rheumatoid arthritis, low levels of sex hormones, some thyroid conditions and conditions that affect the absorption of food such as Crohn’s or coeliac disease. Conditions that cause long periods of immobility can lead to bones becoming fragile. Other conditions may be associated with osteoporosis such as diabetes and HIV (AIDS). There are also some medicines that can increase the likelihood of fragile bones. Taking corticosteroids for over three months, for conditions like asthmas, may lead to bones becoming more fragile. Anti epileptic drugs, breast cancer treatments and treatment for prostate cancer have all been

I think I might be at risk. What should I do? You cannot see or feel your bones becoming weaker and many people are unaware of any problems until they break a bone or start to lose height. If you think you have risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures then you can discuss this further with your GP or contact the National Osteoporosis Society helpline on: 0845 450 0230.

YOUR HEALTH: Bites and Stings When an insect bites or stings you, it makes a small hole in your skin, usually in order to feed on your blood. The sting will contain chemicals which are an irritant and will trigger a very mild through to a very severe reaction. Most stings are unnoticed at the time except those of bees and wasps, but the swelling and itchiness that follows brings it to your notice. If you can still see the sting in the wound you should remove it as soon as possible. It is better to scrape it out than to use tweezers

as pinching it can cause the venom sac to further deposit its contents into your skin. There is one important exception to this though, and that is if you have a tick which has latched itself onto any part of your body. This will look rather like a dark, swollen tag mole and it must be completely removed otherwise you risk developing Lyme disease. You can use tweezers to remove a tick ensuring you pull straight up rather than twisting the tick out. If you are unsure how to do this consult your GP.

If your skin becomes particularly itchy as a result of being bitten, a flannel soaked in cold water and taking paracetamol or ibuprofren can relieve the discomfort. Over the counter preparations may also help, or if you are really suffering, your GP will prescribe crotamiton cream. Antihistamines may be recommended to help reduce the reaction. Finally, despite the temptation, try to avoid scratching the area as this increases the risk that the bite will become infected.


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Salisbury & District Osteoporosis Support Group

Osteoporosis Awareness

Wednesday 29th June 2011 at the Methodist Church, St. Edmund’s Church Street, Salisbury at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm SPEAKER: DR. RICHARD SMITH Consultant Rheumatologist & Osteoporosis Specialist, Salisbury District Hospital

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It’s Father’s Day on 19th June and we’ve gathered a collection of the best titles perfect for any Dad on his special day. Azincourt by Bernard Cornwell From the creator of ‘Sharpe’ came Azincourt, undoubtedly Bernard Cornwell’s best historical novel - a story depicting the events at Agincourt seen through the eyes of an English longbowman. Exploring the horrors of the battle in detail and the plight of the people – as well as delving into the context of Christian values, society and the Church, the author creates solid characters and a scene in which history becomes very real for the reader. A fascinating, unputdownable novel.

It’s Not the Winning that Counts by Max Davidson Just when you think that sport is all about business and money, this book comes along and captures fifty of the most tear-jerking moments of good, honest sportsmanship that ever were. From the final putt of the 1969 Ryder cup to Freddie Flintoff’s heartwarming consolation of Brett Lee at the 2005 Ashes series, you’ll need to buy Dad some man-sized tissues to accompany this fantastic book!

The Haynes Dad Manual In a format that’s familiar to most father figures, Haynes have put together this ingenious resource instructing Dads everywhere how to engage, involve and interest their children with all kinds of projects and activities. From making and growing things to kitchen fun and the rules of sport, as well as a number of ‘taking things apart’ diagrams, the comprehensive title is easy to follow and full of colour images and illustrations. With tons to keep Dads and their children busy, this is full of fantastic ideas to inspire and develop skills, as well as cementing that vital father-son/daughter bond. A must-have!

What You See is What You Get by Alan Sugar Honest, controversial and very entertaining, this is the life story of the ultimate selfmade man, best known as S’ralan. Sugar describes his early

days growing up on a council estate in Hackney and how his father’s struggle motivated him towards becoming an entrepreneur, which led to his triumph with IT giant Amstrad. From achieving full-blown fame in the hit TV series The Apprentice to his peerage, this is a truly incredible story bold, inspirational and highly amusing!

Race to the Pole by Ben Fogle and James Cracknell For the adventurer within! Deciding that their jaunt across the Atlantic wasn’t quite challenging enough, this famous duo headed to the South Pole, inspired by the race between Captain Scott and Roald Amundsen almost a century ago. This diary-style story covers their gruelling trek, as well as the extensive preparation they underwent, making this a more intimate and enduring story as the reader journeys with them at each stage. Personal, honest and fascinating, this is the ultimate modern tale of endurance and friendship.

AMAZING & EXTRAORDINARY FACTS: British Prime Minister by Jonathan Bastable Packed with fascinating facts and trivia, this title delves into the 300 year history of England’s Prime Ministers. Covering a wide range of topics and revealing a number of intimate details about Number Ten’s occupants over the years, from one who served 100 days to another who kept the job for 21 years, this is a thoroughly absorbing read that’s perfect for any politically-minded father.


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TIPS for Landlords

KEEP IT CLEAN If your property is clean, tidy and has a good standard of decoration it will be more attractive to good quality tenants and easier to achieve a good level of rent. Think carefully about whether you would want to live there or not.

TO FURNISH OR NOT TO FURNISH Property in this area is better left unfurnished. As a minimum you will need to provide decent quality carpets, curtains, cooker and light fittings. Remember, you need to accept that there will be wear and tear on the property and any items provided. Do not leave items which are irreplaceable or have personal sentimental value.

DO I NEED TO TELL ANYONE THAT I AM LETTING THE PROPERTY? If you have a mortgage bond or loan on the property you must inform your lender in advance of any letting and, in some cases, get their consent. If you do not do this you may breach your mortgage bond conditions with potentially serious consequences. If your property is sectional title you may need the consent of the trustees of the body corporate. Keep copies of any such consent’s obtained safe, as you may need to provide them later.

WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE? You must inform your insurance company of any proposed letting as your cover and or premiums may be affected. Failure to tell your insurers might mean they refuse to pay any subsequent claim. You will need to ensure that your policy covers you for third party/ public liability so that you are covered for claims against you following accidents etc due to defects at your property. You might want to consider one of the various specialist insurance products for landlords, which could include protection against rent arrears, or for legal expenses if you have to take legal action against your tenant.

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Pippa Greenwood is a gardening writer and journalist and regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. Visit www.pippagreenwood. com and sign up as a ‘Friend of Pippa’ to receive a free e-book and regular updates and bulletins. Up until early June you can also order ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ – garden ready veg plants plus weekly advice emails from Pippa.

June in the

GARDEN The Hanging Gardens of Babylon may be the famous ones, but why not create a superbly colourful hanging basket of your own? Garden centres and nurseries are crammed full of summer bedding plants at this time of year and there are colours to suit every taste. If aerial gardening is not for you, then the same type of plants can be used to produce a superb container for your terrace, patio or backyard. The great thing about summer bedding

containers is that you can do just about whatever you want in the way of planting ...and get away with it. So now that the frosts are over in most areas, why not start planting? All you need is readily available from your local garden centre: a good-sized basket - choose a 12” basket as it’s easier to keep moist than smaller ones, a hanging-basket liner (make sure it is the same diameter as the basket you’ve chosen), or a good-sized pot or planter with plenty of drainage holes.

A good quality multi-purpose compost is essential for excellent results. What you choose is up to you, but the range is vast - Nemesia, Surfinia Petunias, Upright Petunias, Cineraria ‘Silverdust’, purplebronze leafed Thalia Fuchsias or their more traditional cousins, Pelargoniums, Lobelia ...the list is endless. Think carefully about colours and textures. Decide whether you’re going for subtle or brash and bold, or if you would like to co-ordinate the flowers with other garden features. If you are planting a basket, place it in a large flowerpot as this stops the round-bottomed basket from moving and makes it much easier to plant.


The Downton Directory.... Linking local people with local businesses | 15 Place the liner in the basket, adjusting it to fit the basket and trimming off any excess. Next add handfuls of compost up until the point where you want to plant around the sides of the basket. Planting slits are included in some liners. If you are using a pot, place a few inches of broken flower pots or large stones in the base and top up with compost to within a few inches of the pot rim. Carefully remove the plants you need from their containers, easing the root balls out gently but firmly. An upright plant such as a Fuchsia or Pelargonium is a perfect choice for the centre of the basket or container as it helps to give your planting height and structure. For hanging baskets carefully ease the root ball of each through the planting slit and nestle the root ball in to the compost. It is easier posting the roots through and you’re less likely to do any long term damage. Any container looks better if there are plants cascading over the sides, so choose trailing

plants and put these in around the edge. Space the trailing plants evenly around the sides of the basket. Drizzle compost around and between the root balls of all the plants, making sure that each one has new and fresh compost to grow in to. Use your fingers to firm the compost and make sure that there are no gaps. It is best to use a combination of cascading plants and some upright ones around the outer edges of a basket. This will ensure a really well filled and colourful display and should help to hide the basket framework too. Once the planting is complete, water the container thoroughly using a watering can with the rose attached. It is best not to hang a basket up or stand a pot in its final position until it has had a few days ‘rest’ sitting in a cool spot out of too much hot, direct sunshine. This little rest period allows the plants to settle in to their new home and perform better later on. PELARGONIUM ‘AMERICANA CORAL’

TIPS

for Keeping your Summer Planter or Basket Looking Great... Water regularly, never letting the compost dry out completely. Use a watering can with rose attached, or a gentle spray nozzle on the end of a hose to minimise the risk of disturbing the compost or the plants. If the container does become too dry it may be difficult to re-wet the compost. If so, carefully sit it in a bowl of water for about an hour, allowing it to soak up the water it needs from the base and sides. Regularly remove faded flowers, before they have a chance to set seed. This should help to encourage the plants to continue producing more flowers. Pinching them off by hand works well for most plants but if the stems are a bit tough, use secateurs or sharp scissors. Check regularly for any pests such as greenfly and treat the problem promptly. When plants are as tightly crammed together as they are in a flourishing basket or patio pot, problems soon build up and spread if you’re not quick off the mark. Feed every couple of weeks with a high-potash liquid fertiliser such as a tomato feed, as this will help to encourage more flowers to develop. If you position a planter full of summer bedding on the paving beneath a hanging basket, then any excess water or feed from the basket won’t be wasted.


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ose inches around your waist and tone those tummy muscles at Downton Leisure Centre. As the summer months are here, we all want to work on our beach body. Exercising this area not only helps tone those abs but also builds core strength and stability. There are many exercises that you can do to tone this area, not just the boring old stomach crunch or sit up.

For the full list of the days events, including all the NEW fitness classes for you to try on Wednesday 6th July, please download the timetable via our website, www.downtonleisurecentre.co.uk or pop into the Centre for a copy.

At Downton Leisure there are classes specifically designed to work these areas and others to burn calories to slim down. Why not come and try a class for FREE at our Beach Body Boot Camp Day on Wednesday 6th July.

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Seasonal Menus and Specials We have a separate bar and restaurant along with a large beer garden where you can enjoy your meal or choice of drinks. We serve a varied menu to suit all tastes from ploughmans to a huge rack of ribs. Rolling home-made dessert board. Shoot parties, Birthdays, Christenings and Weddings catered for.

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Working from In Sickness and in Health

HOME

by Ted Bruning

Being ill is simple when you work in an office. You just stay at home until you’re better. Of course, there are refinements. For example: do you ring in sick early, before the switchboard is warmed up, and leave a message hoping nobody will bother to call back? Or do you wait until the boss has his/ her coffee, and then ring up and really lay it on with a trowel? The actor in me says the latter; the coward says the former. It’s not so simple when you work from home, though, because work and home are the same place and – if you’ll pardon the metaphysics – the same time. If you’re an office worker with a snuffle that looks like it could turn nasty, then you make a decision at a specific time – ie the last moment you can leave home in time to catch the bus – not to go to a specific place – ie the office. If you work from home then that time doesn’t exist, and you’re already in that place.

your miserly share of the value of your labour – without actually surrendering the labour itself. So throwing a sickie is a crime prevention measure and a blow for social justice. Don’t feel guilty, feel proud! But if you’re self-employed then you are both capitalist and labourer, so whichever way you look at it you’re robbing yourself. Again, don’t feel guilty: feel confused. My musings on illness were prompted by a recent bout of flu during which I ran a high temperature and so enjoyed a state of mild delirium. During my uncontrolled mental ramblings two (mercifully short) poems leapt fully-formed into my fevered brain. I don’t pretend to understand them. Delirium is the twin brother of dreaming, and just as incomprehensible. But they made me laugh, so here they are.

So how do we workers-from-home decide when we’re too ill to go to work? Well, there are two options: (a) when we’re genuinely too ill to get out of bed, and (b) when we’re not really that ill but there’s nothing vital to do. These two states of ill-health correspond exactly to those that keep office workers at home; it’s the process of deciding exactly when one or the other has been attained and then acting on it that is less well-defined and therefore more problematical for us workersfrom-home. You have to be really, really (a) or really, really (b) before you admit that you’re far too ill to crank up the PC. (And yes, it is possible to be really, really (b), although it feels more like apathy than illness).

ODE TO WILLIAM HAGUE

Then there’s guilt. If you’re an office-worker, there’s a simple piece of political philosophy that can utterly zap employee guilt: it’s called Marxism. All value is labour, says Karl: the value of goods and service precisely equates the labour that has gone into them. Capitalists become rich by appropriating most of the value of the workers’ labour; so every moment you spend at work you’re being robbed. By calling in sick, you keep

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John Glen MP will be holding surgeries on the following dates: Friday 10th June, 3pm - 5pm Wilton Community Centre Contact 01722 323050 to book. john.glen.mp@parliament.uk

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As I write, I have just celebrated the first anniversary of my election as MP for Salisbury – and how the year has flown by. The best advice I was given when I took office was to ‘throw yourself into it’. I have always tried to follow that advice, keeping up a busy round of constituency engagements – parliamentary business permitting. In recent months, I have been sitting on the Welfare Reform Bill Committee for the best part of two days a week, scrutinising the legislation line-by-line, along with colleagues from all parties. It has been an interesting and worthwhile – if time-consuming – process and I am looking forward to getting back in the chamber more when this committee stage is concluded. As ever, trying to achieve the right balance between being an active parliamentarian and Defence Select Committee member whilst prioritising local constituency interests in whatever way I can remains an ongoing challenge – not always easy when parliament is sitting until 4am – as it did the other week! Those of you who email me may well have noticed the outlandish hours at which I sometimes reply! In addition to last year’s visit to Afghanistan, my membership of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee took me to the USA in March to meet key decision-makers and tour a variety of US Defence establishments. By the time you read this, I expect I will be taking a few days off to spend time with the children over their half-term. Then, parliament sits for just a few more weeks before summer recess – my chance to really catch up with constituency engagements. I am planning to hold informal drop-in surgeries all over the area during the summer, so keep a look-out for local publicity, if you have any issues you want to discuss. In the meantime, if you would like to make an appointment to see me, please do get in touch with my office on 01722 323050.


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Lovers of floral art and design should head to Salisbury Cathedral between Tuesday 14th and Sunday 19th June during its spectacular and visually stunning six day flower festival. Internationally renowned floral judge, demonstrator, teacher and Chelsea Gold Medalist (2009) Michael Bowyer is masterminding the design, ably assisted by Pam Lewis and Angela Turner, both also national demonstrators and Chelsea Gold Medalists. They were the trio behind the Cathedral’s last flower festival (2008) which was a runaway success attracting a phenomenal 18,000 visitors and much praise for the quality of its artistry and creativity. They plan to fill the iconic building with thousands of flowers, colours and fragrance in a mix of amazing contemporary, traditional and interpretative displays, all created by around 500 flower arrangers from churches and flower clubs. Michael Bowyer said, “This week-long Festival in June is on a massive scale. We have been working for many months putting together some totally original displays. Our integrated and co-ordinated design encompasses not only the whole interior of the Cathedral but also the main entrance areas, the Chapter House and cloister garden. There will be twenty floral banners along the pathways outside the Cathedral. It’s going to be hugely exciting and I can’t wait for people to see it!” Individual areas of the building are deliberately being treated in different ways and a variety of colours, shapes, styles and sizes. There are two large-scale hanging installations – at the West End and Spire Crossing. The North Aisle is dedicated to arrangements inspired by quotations from the King James Bible, honouring its 400th anniversary. Interpretative designs created by the Cathedral’s own team of flower arrangers explore the themes of splendour, power, glory and majesty. The main nave will be awash

with colour from an installation of over 150 urns of flowers. Further themes interpreted in floral design are the Cathedral community and famous Cathedral characters. One particular challenge will be to design a special piece inspired by Antony Gormley’s Flare II which will be suspended in the South Transept. Finally, a group of renowned specialist floral designers will be exhibiting cutting edge designs in the Cathedral’s Morning Chapel. Mark Elcomb, Chapter Clerk, said “We are delighted that Michael and his colleagues are again designing what will clearly be a magnificent flower festival. We know that many of their designs and stunning installations from 2008 have since been emulated in many different guises in many different locations. Salisbury Cathedral hopes to set a new standard in 2011!” The Flower Festival will be open daily from 10.00am with last admission at 4.00pm (except for Sunday when the festival opens at 12 noon and closes at 4.00pm). There is a late night visiting opportunity on Thursday 16 June from 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Tickets cost £9.50 (adults), £8.00 (children), and groups (minimum 12 people) £8.00 per person. Timed entry tickets for individuals are on sale from Salisbury Playhouse, 01722 320333. For group bookings, please contact 01722 555124 or email: groups@salcath.co.uk Throughout the week long Festival, St Michael’s Chapel will be available for private prayer. For the duration of the Flower Festival refreshments will be available in the glassroofed Refectory Restaurant and a marquee on the West Lawn. In preparation for the Flower Festival, the Cathedral will be closed to visitors all day Monday 13 June. See www.salisburycathedral.org.uk for the latest information on the Flower Festival.


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Tiny Tots Toddler and Baby Group Held every Wednesday (during term time) at Radnor Village Hall, Bodenham from 9.45am to 11.45am. £1.50 per family. Lot’s of activities and fun. For more info, call Suzie on 07704 23012 or Vanessa on 01722 504457. Downton Evening WI Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm. Venue has now changed to the Band Hall, Gravel Close, Downton. 20th June - “Garden Meeting”. For more information contact Iris Lawes on 01725 511553 or Edna Pike on 01725 511332. Redlynch & District WI Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 2.15pm, Morgans Vale & Woodfalls Village Hall. 8th June - “All the Tea in China”, Gillian Carpenter. Exhibition: Tea cups. Contact Val on 01725 510850 for more info. Odstock, Nunton & Bodenham WI Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 10.00am, Radnor Hall, Bodenham. 13th June - Summer Garden Party. Stalls: Bring & Buy, Plants, Nearly New & Raffle followed by afternoon tea. For further information, contact Elizabeth Cutter on 01725 511870. Alderbury WI Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 2.15pm at Alderbury Village Hall. Visitors are most welcome. £3 admission for non-members, includes refreshments. Pilates Classes Improve your posture, realign your body, gain strength and flexibility. Suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Classes held at Downton Primary School, Wednesday evenings during term times. Beginners Class 6.15pm - 7.15pm (a brand

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Accord Social Group We are a friendly group of people who meet up weekly on a Tuesday evening at 8pm at The New Inn, New Street in Salisbury and regularly organise meals, theatre, walks, garden visits etc. For more information contact Jean on 01722 322802 or Alan on 01722 327665. Brian Whitehead Social Club Wick Lane, Downton. Bingo every Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Function Room and Skittle Alley available for hire. Weddings, Funerals, Birthday Parties, Training Days all catered for. Bar available aswell as coffee and tea making facilities. Secretary: Jane Evans - 01725 514841. Office: 01725 513710. Evenings - call 01725 512162. Redlynch Social Club From 1st April our new opening times will be 4pm on Fridays and 5pm Monday to Thursdays. Saturday and Sundays 12pm. New members welcome. Bingo every Monday evening at 7.30pm. Come and watch Sky Sports or join our regular Quiz evenings. £1 per player in support of Help for Heroes. Next one is Wednesday 1st June at 8pm. For further info call 01725 511281. Downton Country Market 9.45am - 11.00am every Friday at Downton Memorial Hall. Refreshments available. Wiltshire Army Cadet Force 7.00pm - 9.00pm Monday evenings based in Barford Lane, Downton, Childrens Corner. Male and females aged 12-18 yrs welcome.


Open Garden Fri-Sat 10th & 11th June - 11am to 5pm Rathgael House, Godshill, Nr. Fordingbridge Open Garden at Rathgael House, Godshill, Nr Fordingbridge (SP6 2LE). Plants and refreshments for sale. Entry £3 per person, all proceeds to Genesis Trust Charity. For further info contact Sara Boyd on 01425 650360.

Family Fun Day 2 Sunday 12th June - Gates open 12 noon Salisbury Race Course Another great family day out with children’s facilities and family entertainments provided during the afternoon. Provisional first race time is 2pm. For more information and entry fees visit www.salisburyracecourse.co.uk or call 01722 326461.

Jumble Sale Saturday 18th June - 2.00pm St. Birinus Church, Morgan’s Vale Annual Jumble Sale at the Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Hall in aid of church funds. Admission FREE.

Car Boot Sale Sunday 19th June - 10am to 3pm Breamore House Car Boot Sale being held at Breamore House, Nr. Fordingbridge. Tel. Philip Crouter on 01725 512468 for further information.

Happy’s Circus Saturday 9th July - 12.00pm Landford Recreation Ground The New Forest School PTA is excited to announce that HAPPY’S CIRCUS is coming to Landford Recreation Ground on Saturday July 9th 2011. Fun, food and refreshments start at midday. Circus starts at 2pm.

Laverstock Open Gardens Sunday 17th July - 11am to 4pm

The Village Hall, Park Rd, Laverstock Salisbury, SP1 1RQ It takes a great deal of courage and effort to open a garden to the wider world, even for one day. But every gardener loves visiting other people’s gardens – there is always something to learn or be inspired by. Laverstock Gardening Club’s biennial event offers a chance for garden trekkers to see gardens designed and maintained by downto-earth enthusiasts, facing all the familiar challenges of climate, location, soil, and of course the same garden pests! The twelve privately owned gardens, normally lying tantalizingly unseen, will range from the well-established to the recently created, all showing a wonderful mix of flowers, shrubs and trees. More than half of the gardens are ‘new openers’. The Village Hall (Park Road, Laverstock, Salisbury SP1 1RQ) is the starting point for visitors to obtain their all-gardens ticket and village map (no advance sales, just turn up on the day). A delicious cream tea is included in the admission charge (£5 adults, £2 children under 14). New this year will be a children’s Photo Trail Quiz. Additionally, there will be plant sales and a raffle at the Village Hall. All money raised will be going to Greenfingers, a small national charity dedicated to creating magical gardens to help to improve the lives of children in hospices around the UK. Every garden is different and each garden is special, and they all include many lovely features and toys e.g. a wheelchair adapted tree house, wheelchair racetrack and football pitch, smoking volcano and many other lovely vibrant features. Recognising that every day is precious for life limited children, a Greenfingers garden can be a place to play or to rest, a place to laugh or to cry, a special place for memories whilst experiencing the tranquil benefits and values of nature. We look forward to seeing you on Open Day!


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Wimbledon? Monday 20th June Sunday 3rd July 2011

If you’re a fan of tennis, strawberries and sitting for hours on end shouting “come on Murray” in front of the box, here is a provisional schedule (subject to change of course due to the good old british weather!) of what’s in store for the 2011 Championships...

Days 1-7 Monday / Tuesday Thursday Saturday

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Days 8-13 Tuesday

Wednesday Thursday Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Ladies Singles QF (Centre & No.1 Court) Boys’ & Girls’ Doubles Veterans’ Invitation Doubles Gentlemen’s Singles QF (Centre & No.1 Court) Ladies’ Singles SF (Centre Court) Championship Doubles SF (Centre & No.1 Court) Gentlemen’s Singles SF (Centre Court) Championship Doubles SF (Centre & No.1 Court) Wheelchair Doubles SF Ladies’ Singles Final (Centre Court) Gentlemen’s Doubles Final (Centre Court) Ladies’ Doubles Final (Centre Court) Gentlemen’s Singles Final (Centre Court) Mixed Doubles Final (Centre Court) Wheelchair Doubles Finals

On Courts 2-19 play is provisionally scheduled to start at 12.00 midday.

On Centre Court play will start at 1.00pm except on the final two days when play will start at 2.00pm. On No.1 Court play will start at 1.00pm on all thirteen days.

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Holidays: a time to relax, turn off the phone and catch up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read. Thanks to ebook readers there’s no need to stuff your suitcase full of books when you travel, but which one’s the best for holiday reading?

What’s the best ebook reader for bookworms?

There are three big players in the UK ebook market: Apple, with its iPads; Amazon, with its Kindle; and Sony, with its Reader devices. There are others for example Waterstone’s offers a range of ebook readers from firms including Elonex and iRiver, while recent Androidpowered tablet computers boast Google Books software - but for now it’s a three-horse race. There are some big differences between the devices. If you want a do-it-all that doubles as an ebook reader, then Apple’s iPad 2 is the way to go: it’s a proper computer that can edit video, make music, browse the Internet and play games. Androidpowered tablets are very similar. There are downsides to all that power, though. The first is price - iPad 2s start at around £440, rising to nearly £700 for the top-end model. The second is the screen - tablet computers use laptop-style screens, which are hopeless in direct sunlight. They’re also power hungry. The iPad’s ten-hour battery life is impressive in computer

terms, but it’s terrible compared to a device such as Amazon’s Kindle. The Kindle (pictured here) has an e-ink display, which is the closest to real ink on paper from an electronic device. That means it’s quite happy in direct sunlight, very easy on the eyes – there’s no tired-eyes feeling that comes from staring at a screen for hours - and it’s very small and light, although it also means the Kindle can’t cope with colour images, let alone video. E-ink only uses power when you change the page, so battery life is extraordinary: tablets need charging daily, but e-ink devices last for weeks between charges. There are two Kindles: the Wi-Fi-only one at £111, and the 3G one at £152. The former is the better bet. Unless you intend to read newspapers on it (you can subscribe and have them delivered wirelessly) there’s no real need for a 3G mobile connection simply transfer books via Wi-Fi when you’re at home. Kindles store up to 3,500

books, so you’re unlikely to run out of things to read when you’re travelling. The problem with the Kindle is that it’s an Amazon-only effort: if you want to read copyprotected books (most mainstream ebook releases are copy-protected), you’ll need to buy them from Amazon. It’s a similar story with the iPad 2 - its iBooks software expects you to buy from the iBooks shop. If that sounds too restrictive, then Sony would like to show you something. Sony’s Readers (pictured below) are based on the same idea as the Kindle and costs much the same (at the time of writing the PRS350 is £149), but it has two interesting features: its e-ink screen is a touch screen, which makes using the device much easier, and its formats of choice are EPUB and PDF. Such books are sold in all kinds of places - all Waterstone’s titles are in EPUB or PDF format so you’re not limited to a single ebook shop. So what’s best? If you want a do-everything device, choose a tablet - but if you’re a bookworm, try an e-ink display.

Our final thought... The choice ultimately comes down to your favourite bookshop. If it’s Amazon, choose a Kindle; if it isn’t, think Sony.


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The Nightingale Nursery at Hampshire Collegiate School is now ‘OPEN ALL YEAR’ 8.00am - 6.00pm

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Community Telephone Numbers CHEMISTS

HELPLINES (cont’d)

Downton Pharmacy ............................................ 01725 510388

Consumer Advice ............................................ 08454 04 05 06 Drugs Helpline - FRANK ................................... 0800 77 66 00 Samaritans ......................................................... 08457 90 90 90 Parentline Plus .................................................... 0808 800 2222 Community Legal Service Direct (free help & advice) .........................................0845 345 4 345 National Debtline ............................................ 0808 808 4000 Age Concern and Help the Aged .................. 0800 00 99 66 National Domestic Violence Helpline ...... 0808 2000 247 Victim Supportline .......................................... 0845 30 30 900 Crimestoppers ....................................................... 0800 555 111 Salisbury Citizens Advice Bureau ................ 01722 327 222

CHURCHES Downton Baptist Church ................................... 01725 510215 Downton Methodist Church ............................ 01722 334833 St. Laurence’s Parish Church ........................... 01725 510326 Woodfalls Methodist Church .......................... 01725 513819

COMPUTER REPAIRS ITOLOGY.................................................................. 01725 511588

DOCTORS SURGERIES Downton Surgery ................................................ 01725 510296 Whiteparish Surgery ..........................................01794 884269

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Gas Emergency Service ...................................... 0800 111 999 Bournemouth & West Hampshire Water... 01202 590059 Wessex Water Sewage Floodline .............. 0845 850 5 959 Wessex Water Leakstoppers....................... 0800 692 0 692 Wiltshire Police (minor crimes only) ........ 0845 408 7000

GENERAL Downton Leisure Centre .................................. 01725 513668 Downton Library ...................................................01725 511003 Downton Link........................................................ 01725 513807 Downton Minibus & Taxi Service ......................................................01725 511245 / 07979 896477 Hampton Park Vets................ 01725 511492 / 01722 416245 Odeon Cinema, Salisbury ...............................0871 224 4007 RSPCA Cruelty Line............................................ 0300 1234999 Wilts & Dorset Bus Company ......................... 01722 336855

HELPLINES Alcohol DrinkLine (Advice and support) ................................................................................... 0800 917 8282 Carers (Advice and information for all carers) ................................................................................... 0808 808 7777 Childline ......................................................................... 0800 1111 Citizens Advice Bureau .......0844 3752775/0300 4568375 NSPCC.................................................................... 0808 800 5000

Wiltshire Council - South Bus Passes............................................................... 01225 713004 Council tax benefit ..............................................01722 434483 Council tax .............................................................. 01722 434222 Elections ..................................................................0300 4560112 General enquiries ............................................... 01722 336272 Homes 4 Wiltshire ...............................................01380 734734 Housing - Council tenant general enqs........01722 434773 Council tenant housing repairs . 01722 434724 Housing benefits ..................................................01722 434483 Five Rivers Leisure Centre............................... 01722 339966 Minicom (for the hard of hearing) ................ 01225 712500

HOSPITALS AND HEALTH Salisbury Hospital (Odstock) ......................... 01722 336262 NHS Direct .....................................................................0845 4647 National Blood Service ..................................... 08457 711 711 Optician (A.J. Bass, Downton) ........................ 01725 512058

SCHOOLS Alderbury & West Grimstead Primary School ..................................................................................... 01722 710464 Clearbury Children’s Centre............................. 01725 511459 Downton Community Pre-School....................01725 511178 Downton Primary School.................................. 01725 510556 Longford Primary School, Odstock ................01722 329701 Morgans Vale & Woodfalls Primary School ......................................................................................01725 510740 The New Forest Primary School (KS1 Landford) .....................................................01794 390303 The New Forest Primary School (KS2 Nomansland) .............................................01794 390380 The Trafalgar School at Downton ................. 01725 550300 Whiteparish All Saints Primary School .......01794 884420

TAKEAWAYS The Kebab House, Redlynch........................... 01725 514477 Sherekhan Tandoori Balti Restaurant, Redlynch ................................................................. 01725 510809 Tasty House Chinese Takeaway, Redlynch .. 01725 514400 Spinnaker Fish and Chips, Downton ........... 01725 512602

www.wiltshire.gov.uk Parking ......................................................................01249 706131 Pest Control .......................................... 01722 434319 / 434320 Planning................................................................... 01722 434541 Registration - births, deaths, marriages.......01225 713007 School admissions ...............................................01225 713010 Passenger transport ............................................ 01225 713004 Social care - children ..........................................01225 773500 Social care - adults .............................................. 0300 4560111 Special education needs .................................. 01225 718095 Street care and cleaning ................. 01722 434319 / 434320 Waste and recycling ......................... 01722 434319 / 434320


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Artists

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Bathroom & Kitchen Designers

Anya’s Country Kitchens Harlequin Bathrooms OHJ Bathrooms

Food and Drink

Downton Brewery Beverley’s Creative Cakes

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Book-keeping & Accounting Forest Edge Accounting Strong Accounting Services

Building & Home Maintenance

Alan’s Garden & Home Maint. Digger and Driver Freelance Entry Solutions JPL Property Services Kudos Projects O & E Carpentry Rightway Carpentry Southern Counties Const Svcs

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Chimney Maintenance Chimney Sweeps

Domestic Services Cb domestics Cleansweep Lisa’s Ironing

Electrical Services

Alan’s Garden & Home Maint. Alexander Landscapes ASG Maintenance Ltd J. Steward Fencing & Forestry Mr Fencing Palmatum Garden Design The Shed Shop

Hairdressers Hair Art

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Inspectrix 13/19 KY Edwards Electrical Services 20

Beautique Inspire Therapy Osteoporosis Awareness Time 2 Relax

IT Services ITOLOGY

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Leisure and Entertainment

Clive’s Rock School 31 Downton Leisure Centre 16 Fordingbridge Summer Festival 27 Hamptworth Estate Events 2 Hamptworth Golf Club 4-5 Lover Country Fayre 26 Rookseat B&B and Bike Hire 5 Stagecoach 35

Logs

M.J. Acreman

Other

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Pest Control

Wessex Mole Control

Photographers

Trinity Photography

Picture Framing

Bowerswood Frames

Plumbing & Heating

ACR Plumbing & Heating Aquatec

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Pre-Schools/Nursery Schools The Nightingale Nursery

Public Houses

The Three Crowns

Sales & Lettings Agents Bassets Martin & Co. Mills & Co. Woolley & Wallis

Solar Energy Suppliers GC Solar Panels

Solicitors

Hannafords Solicitors

Specialist Tree Care Active Tree Care

Taxi Services Kens Cabs

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Windows & Conservatories

Hampton Park Vets B&M Windows

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