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Summer Special

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something to tell us?

In this edition we’ve put together a feature on festivals. We’ve kept it to five pages, although if we were to list every one taking place this year there would be no room for anything else in the magazine!

The Discover team has a monthly get-together to exchange ideas about what we are going to put into each of our magazines. Advertising will always be in of course – your support of the businesses is what pays for everything else.

It’s the small local events that are difficult for us to find though. So if you know of anything happening near where you live – a country fair, a village market, a local play type of thing – send in the details to editorial@discovermagazines. That’ll make the magazine interesting and useful for the recipients and – let’s be honest – make my life just a little bit easier!

We’ve always included a what’s on and anything else we think of that’s interesting. It’s the one thing that searching on the internet isn’t very good for. Suppose you’re thinking ‘weather’s nice tomorrow, what shall we do’. You can search for it, but it’ll be site after site, page after page – there’s no one place that collates it all. So as it’s nearly summer and there are hundreds of activities and event available, we are proverbially making hay, and have decided to

Thank you. Thanks to festival ‘Secret Garden Party’, and photographer Max Miechowski for our beautiful cover this month. See page 37 for more details.

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News from Chandlers Ford & Winchester MP Steve Brine Regular followers will know of my long-standing interest - as a constituency MP - in rail services for our area. So it was big news last month when Ministers announced a coalition led by FirstGroup will take over the contract to operate the South Western rail franchise, from Stagecoach/South West Trains, this August. The group will invest some £1.2bn over the period of the franchise which runs until at least 2024. Their undertaking to increase capacity in new spacious carriages, deliver wi-fi (that actually works), to offer a flexible season ticket policy and new lower fares for 16-18 year olds are really exciting. My rail site sits at trains

Thank you to the many constituents from Chandler’s Ford who got in touch after the terrifying events in Westminster on 22nd March. I was in the Chamber at the time taking the Pension Schemes Bill through its final stages as part of my Ministerial work at the DWP. We were actually voting when the rampage begun but it quickly became clear hundreds of MPs were not there.

me speaking to students from King’s School in Winchester who were actually with me in Parliament on the day of the recent terror attacks.

As we’re now aware, our attacker acted alone but we didn’t know that at the time and a full lockdown of the Commons chamber – with heavily armed close protection officers on every door – followed.

For me it was a horrible reminder that an open, accessible Parliament can never be 100% safe and, in any event, we cannot beat this kind of twisted hatred with force alone. All our love and prayers remain with the family of PC Palmer and the others who lost their lives that day in March.

As I said on my Facebook page late that night as I left the Commons, “today darkness had a victory today but tomorrow the light will flow back in”. And it did. Finally, you can find more about my other work, in Winchester and of course in Westminster, via my website which includes my regularly updated Brexit mini-site at

Are You a Star Gazer? Outdoor nature hobbies are becoming more and more popular, including astronomy. Even if you live in a densely populated, light-polluted area, there’s more to see up there than you might imagine. Just north of Southampton, in the quiet village of Toothill, stands one of the finest observatories in Hampshire. Owned and run by Solent Amateur Astronomers, it houses a 14” Meade and numerous smaller telescopes. The public are welcome at the next open door event on the evenings of the 2 and 3 June at 9:30pm (adults £2). The club also hosts a programme of talks at Oasis Academy in Lordshill. Interested? Visit or call Paul Jones on 02380 737218, or email: pbandhjones@ Facebook: Solent Amateur Astronomers 8




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By Tania Houston The music scene is a vibrant and important part of UK culture, and the summer festival season is the exciting showcase for the best of our new and established artists. If you’ve never been to a festival however, you might think that what you’ve seen of Glastonbury epitomises the reason you don’t go: lots of mud and a huge drunk crowd of mostly twenty-somethings. Let me enlighten you! I am – shall we say - a ‘more mature’ music fan and I promise you that there is something on offer for almost every age, music taste and budget. There are festivals for party animals and for families; for teens and baby boomers; for day trippers and weekenders; in other words, for anyone that likes the idea of having fun with a bit of music involved. These pages give you some help with where to start and a more information about some of the ones I know a bit about.

How do I choose?

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There are several things to consider when planning your summer festival diary. Most of the events could be said to be suitable for anyone. Very few don’t accept children. But try to find out who the organisers are really targeting and match yourself with those. 1 You have a tight budget. Aim for the one-day only gigs, and make the most of anything free or very low cost and local. Look at: Beggars Fair, Alresford Festival 2 You have young children. Does the website say children are ‘accepted’ or ‘welcomed’ – there’s a world of difference. Look at: Camp Bestival, Victorious

3 You have tweenagers/ teenagers. They need keeping an eye on, but they want to spend the time with their friends, not you. Day events are ideal for this as it gives them a bit of freedom, but stops it getting out of hand. Look at: Common People, Victorious. 4 You are over 40, child-free and want Radio 2/Breeze FM type music. The retro festivals are best for you. Look at: Wickham Festival, Let’s Rock and some of the artists at the Isle of Wight Festival.

5 You are an adult with no ties and really into music and/ or fun and dancing. Aim for something meant for grownups and chart watchers. Look at: Common People, Reading Festival. 6 You are an adult with no ties and want a full entertainment program e.g. talks and activity. Plenty on offer and we’d recommend Blissfields (local), Cornbury and Secret Garden Party.

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A weekend Away On your doorstep is great, but it doesn’t feel like a holiday if you can nip back home at a moment’s notice. What’s needed is bit of distance (but not too much) and definitely a complete change of scene. From June to August, these ones will cram as much into three days as a fortnight in Magaluf. Secret Garden Party 20-23 July, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

Credit: Louise Roberts Wildfire Adventure Camp 16-17-18 June somewhere in Kent Wildfire is the place to go to bring out your inner Bear Grylls. Billed as Half Adventure Camp, Half Music Festival, this is two days/ three nights of activities and music. There is some extreme stuff in there – Zorbing, obstacle course, sword skills – but also wood whittling, macramé, and fire lighting amongst the 80 activities on offer. It’s adults only, so you really won’t be running around unless you want to and – bliss mobile phones are discouraged. Winner of Best New Festival and Best Small Festival, it’ll be a memory making weekend.


Whilst this is very much a music festival, it is equally a huge weekend outdoor party. Some really exciting musicians, side shows, talks, fancy dress, fireworks and more, you will have just the best time ever. It has been announced this will be the last time it runs having been around for 13 years so I guess all good things…, but ‘SGP’ fans are determined to make a truly memorable sendoff. This is a great example of a ‘don’t think you are too old’ type of event. Yes, there will be more under 40s than over, but the relaxed environment means that anyone, young/old, slim/fat, straight/gay, normal or a bit quirky is equally welcome. For a break from the big, bad world, it’s just 3 hours’ journey to pure Credit: Max Miechowski hedonism.

Wilderness Festival 3-6 August, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire Into August and school holidays, so a festival that truly offers something for everyone. Not every family is universally into the same music, or indeed into music at all. Wilderness offers a grand buffet of activities, where even the hardest to please will admit they had fun. Music – Grace Jones and Two Door Cinema Club for starters. Talks, poetry, debate, theatre, games, workshops, outdoor activity, wellbeing and dining experiences. Topped off with plenty of entertainment for children (because if they aren’t enjoying it, neither are you).

on the doorstep So maybe you like the idea, but just don’t want to commit yourself to spending a lot of time at one or blowing the budget just trying the idea out. Victorious 25-27 Aug, Southsea

Let’s Rock 8-9 July, Southampton

Alresford Festival 8 July, Alresford

A retro festival, so if you are of the right age, you will have grown up with these acts. There’s just one stage at the front, but the day is as much about the socialising as it is about the music. Because everyone knows the lyrics, people singing and dancing at their ‘base’ is the norm, and that base is picnic blankets, chairs, picnics and plenty to drink. Headliners include Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet).

Family friendly, several stages and – because it’s for charity – bargain tickets. You won’t know most of the bands, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of talent. Several stages, bouncy castles and camping on the Saturday night if you want it, or the option of a bus to and from Winchester station.

Victorious is unique in its truly universal appeal. It has a dedicated entertainment area for children, Rita Ora and Olly Murs for the teens and Madness and Stereophonics for the ‘non-teens’. Being a flat site it’s good for parents with buggies and elderly or disabled. And with bargain price day tickets (adults £30, age 5-15 £8) and a good train service to Southsea, well what’s not to like?

Two big ones There are two big all weekenders in this area which need a budget and some stamina to attend. Blissfields 6-8 July, Winchester

Boomtown 10-13 August, Winchester

Several of the Discover team went to this one last year and loved it. Blissfields has become a little gem on the festival circuit and whilst it’s never going to be a Reading, Glastonbury or Isle of Wight sized event, it has pulled loads of established names in the past such as Bastille and Mumford and Sons. An illicit journey to the Hidden Hedge at night – a party in its own right - is a must to sample the bohemian delights of fire dancers, acrobats and trapeze artists. A wonderful festival experience on a smaller scale. blissfields,

Talking of stamina, Boomtown is built around Winchester’s Matterley Bowl so bear in mind there’s a very steep hill to negotiate several times a day. This one certainly has plenty of music, but that’s not really what it’s about. Rather it’s ‘theatre’ with amazing temporary cities across the site including The Wild West, Trenchtown and China Town. The days are fairly quiet but at night Boomtown comes alive.


bigger festivals If what interests you is the big name chart artists - either have been, are or will be - then these are the ones to go to all within around an hour’s drive. Many will have camping, including motorhomes, and late night entertainment too. Typically these events are better for adults, but Camp Bestival is a definite exception, being very family focused.

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Common People Southampton

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Cornbury Festival Nr Oxford

Bryan Adams, Kaiser Chiefs, Jools Holland, so something for every age. Very child friendly.

Tom Odell, Sean Paul & Becky Hill just 3 of the names in this chart-topping day festival.



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Upton House Festival, Poole

Three very different nights: Classical, 80s and Superstar (with Michael Bolton).


Isle of Wight Festival Newport

Rod Stewart, Clean Bandit, The Pretenders. Kidzone although it’s term time.


Wild Life Festival Brighton

Jess Glynne, Rag’n’Bone Man, Zara Larsson, really for over 16s. No camping but coach available.



Blissfields Winchester


Let’s Rock Southampton

Curious Arts Festival Lymington

Tom Odell and Izzy Bizu headline. Also talks, poetry and comedy. Unusually, accepts dogs.


Camp Bestival Lulworth


Weyfest Farnham

Jools Holland and Alison Moyet headline. At an outdoor rural museum, they are the polite festival without mud, and you may see daleks!


Reading & Leeds Festival, Reading

Muse, Eminen, Kasabian it’s all about seeing the biggest names, very little in the way of other activities.


Victorious Portsmouth

See previous page.


End of the Road Blandford

Loads of family entertainment but doesn’t skimp on the music inc Madness, Louisa Johnson, Mark Ronson.

Friendly but serious about music. Good food and drink, art installations.




Wickham Festival Wickham

KT Tunstall and 10CC headline. Tends to attract older audience, camper chairs welcome!

Bestival Lulworth

Pet Shop Boys, Circa Waves, Prince Tribute. Make the most of the last big one of the year; other activities offered.

smaller festivals These ones are music festivals, but very affordable, family friendly and will generally offer other activities too.


Alresford Music Festival, Alresford

See previous page.


Vicky Park Festival Netley

Day of music and entertainment.


Christchurch Festival, Christchurch

Music headlined by Blackwater County. Dance groups and other entertainment.

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New Forest Folk Festival Brockenhurst

Folk music festival, with music workshops and singarounds. Families welcome.


Beggars Fair Romsey

Held in various venues throughout the town, both indoor and out.


Lowde Fest Nr Hook

Charity music festival with fun fair.


One Live Guildford

One day event headlined by Darkness & Melanie C. Charity so inexpensive tickets.


The Pig Brockenhurst

Hosted by the Pig Hotel, good music and excellent food!


Jurassic Fields Bridport

Over 40 acts, many of them local. Very family friendly.


Wonky Donk Festival Nr Poole

Roots Revival with local band Trav Cats headlining. Search wonkydonk on FaceBook


Mela Festival Southampton

Music & dance from South Asia and around the world. Free.


Milford Arts & Music Milford on Sea

Various music and arts attractions. Free.


JerkJam Festival Fareham

Day of music, children’s attractions and food.


Lime Wood Lyndhurst

Hosted by the Pig Hotel, good music and and excellent food!


FestivALL Southampton

Alesha Dixon headlines. Comedy, 80s dance music. Cheap!


Fake Festival Southampton

Tribute event with covers of Blondie, Bon Jovi, Arctic Monkeys.


Graze Festival nr Winchester

Music, cooking demos and children’s entertainment.


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And Another Thing...

Tom and the pub quiz

by Tom Hughes

8 pm and, like a whippet detecting a downwind hare, Sarah (my Dearly Beloved) lifted her chin and flared her nostrils. “Tom, what’s that you’re wearing?”

“This old thing? I’ve had it ages - mind you, it matches my eyes beautifully don’t you think?” “Not the shirt, that aftershave.”

“I think it’s Warrior by Captain Spice.”

“Listen here Don Juan, don’t get any ideas about making moon eyes at the new barmaid down the Old Paraffin Lamp.”

“No, no. Team Nigel, I insist,” beamed Sarah.

Smarmy Nigel was getting on my wick. “Listen, never mind the name - who’s going to the bar?”

“White wine for Sarah and I’ll have a pint please, Tom.”

Defeated, I trudged forlornly to the bar. Slouching over the worn mahogany I waited for the elegant curves of our new barmaid to appear. But Fat Frank waddled into view, wiping his hands on a towel. “What’ll you have Tom?”

“How did you know about - listen, she’s - I’m not - err.”

I flicked my eyes around Frank’s considerable girth. “Where’s Diane?”

“It’s the pub quiz. Me and Nigel are having a stab at the jackpot. And it’s a roll over - seventy quid!”

“That Frank, is my wife.”

“Tom, stop stuttering.”

“Well if you hang on a moment I’ll come with you. Three heads are better than two.”

Resistance being useless, I acquiesced, knowing that Nigel would be pleased, carrying as he did the tiniest of torches for my betrothed. “Sarah! What a lovely surprise! Sit yourself down here next to me.” Nigel’s gushing immediately raising my hackles as Sarah coquettishly played with her hair and plonked down next to him. “Now, here is our answer paper, here’s a little pen.” “Nigel, she’s not six.”

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“How about Team Sarah?” beamed Nigel.

“Oh it’s her night off. Hey, who’s that on your table giggling at Nigel’s jokes?” “Punching above our weight are we, Thomas?”

Ignoring the boorish comment, I returned laden with refreshments and settled down for the contest. Quizmaster Barry, in his annoying nasal whine, began with his pre-quiz announcements. “Now everyone - no Googling - phones away please. Right, off we go. Question one - in what year did women get the vote?”

Triumphantly, I grabbed the paper and scrawled down the answer. My other two teammates peered down at the date. There then ensued a bun fight that would have embarrassed Jeremy Paxman. Dates and events flew around the table as The Bellringers on table three (pens down, arms

folded) sat smugly, nursing their drinks. On went the questions (and the arguments) until eventually the quiz ended and we all swapped papers. The Bellringers had our question paper. I glared over as they gurned and squinted at our scribblings, as though they were unreadable. Barry read out the answers. “Question one. Women got the vote in…1928.”

Sarah glared at me. “I told you Nigel was right!”

Shamefully I buried my face into my pint. Then Barry collated the scores and announced, “We have a draw! Team Sarah and the Bellringers are both on 42 points. Can the captains come up for the tie breaker?”

Victorious, I beamed over at our table. Then, catastrophe - Barry handed over the money to the Bellringers. “What are you doing?” “They’ve won. Six is the correct answer.” Incandescent, I protested. But Barry was not for moving. Closing his eyes he said, “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub. Six. Sorry Tom. You lost.”

Sarah was unimpressed. “Well, if you’d been a little better clued up about women’s suffrage instead of women’s bodies - or Trumpton Firemen for that matter - we would now be £73.50 to the good.” Sometimes life (and quizzes) can be so unfair. (And it is seven - Google it).

My mind desperately flashed back to my youth.


My opponent yelled, “Six.”

Burning with injustice I got in Barry’s face and hissed. “And Captain Flack is SEVEN!” Barry reddened and, mumbling something about the rules, scuttled away.

Without any consultation I marched up to Barry, to be joined by my rival. Like two prize fighters, we stared each other out. The room fell silent. I felt my heartbeat thumping in my ears. “OK, first to answer wins the jackpot. In the children’s TV programme Trumpton, how many firemen were there?”


“Seven!” I shouted.

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National Theatre Live also brings us a fabulous screening of ‘Peter Pan’ captured live earlier this year. A delight for children and adults alike, this wonderfully inventive production, based around a story we all know and love, will capture hearts and minds.

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Victory for Charities, but is your Will ‘watertight’? In an epic legal battle that has lasted a decade, three charities have won a final showdown at the Supreme Court and walked away with their intended share of an individual’s estate. So has this strengthened the respect for wishes of the deceased? Head of Wills, Trusts & Succession, Emily Taylor investigates. The high profile saga of Ilott vs Miston arose out of a claim for reasonable provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act which was brought against the estate of Mrs Melita Jackson by her daughter, Mrs Heather Ilott, who had been estranged from her mother for 26 years before her death. When Mrs Jackson passed away in 2004 she left her Will with a letter that had been written two years previously, explaining why she had disinherited her daughter and how she preferred to leave almost all of her estate to The Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Mrs Ilott successfully challenged the Will at the High Court in 2007 and was awarded £50,000 on the basis she had been ‘unreasonably excluded’ from the Will. However, when she continued to argue for a larger share, the judge reversed the decision and left her with nothing. In 2011, The Court of Appeal overruled the judge’s decision and said Mrs Ilott was entitled to a share of the money, so three years later, she returned to the High Court to resume her argument for a larger amount. Once again, she was refused. Undeterred,

Mrs Ilott returned to the Court of Appeal in 2015 and, since she had no pension and was living on state benefits, she was awarded up to £164,000 to purchase her housing association property and supplement her income from the state. At this point, the charities decided to step in and this month won their Supreme Court challenge, resulting in Mrs Ilott’s sum being reduced to the original £50,000. What I found interesting were the factors that the Court took into account. One was the provision of financial maintenance for an individual other than a spouse or partner - the level should neither be limited to basic subsistence, nor extended to whatever the claimant wants. The judge also stated a long period of estrangement was something that had to be acknowledged and the Courts needed to consider both the wishes of the Testator, and the impact an award will have upon the claimant’s receipt of benefits. The case is a prime example for why a Will need to be ‘watertight’. There are an increasing number of cases where people wish to exclude potential beneficiaries from their Will and others wish to challenge that decision. We at Eric Robinson Solicitors have a great deal of experience in such matters. We can provide the legal expertise and advice needed to predict and protect against the likelihood of an unwanted claim against a deceased person’s estate, and also offer a fixed fee advice hour for anyone in dispute or considering making a claim.

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Going Dutch for Charity Chandlers Ford resident Ed Pearce will be cycling from London to Amsterdam in May to raise funds for Marie Curie. Three local businesses have kindly sponsored his cycling jersey to show their support and generosity for their community and for Marie Curie. They are Sparks Ellison, Ventura Kitchens, and 5past7 Tailoring. Ed told us “I am very grateful to these wonderful local companies for showing their community spirit and support for Marie Curie. I am proud to be wearing their logos.” In 2014 Ed cycled from London to Paris for Macmillan and raised over £3,400. Ed’s family have sadly been affected by cancer and realise how charities such as Macmillan and Marie Curie provide an incredible service to those with cancer and terminal illnesses. Ed says “thanks to these wonderful charities, families and those affected can be given much needed support at a time when

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Are You A Car or a Motorbike? Whether by neglect, a careless attitude or financial constraints, in the longer nights of the winter months I noticed quite a few cars with only one working headlamp or rear light. I’ve not made an in-depth investigation into the state of UK car servicing, but I have good hearsay evidence from dealer’s service departments that more than a few cars are coming into them way past their service interval dates and with a lot of niggling faults on them too, of which failed headlamps are one. Whether this is down to owners being so financially stretched they are delaying paying service charges, or not bothering to check their cars are working 100% or, if they

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But when it comes to external lights they should bother. It’s an offence not to have working lights, and for obvious reasons. I know changing lamps on modern cars is an utter pain, I’ve had personal experience of taking half the engine out just to get to the back of a headlight, but that’s not an excuse not to change it as soon as you know it’s faulty. Only having one headlight means you could miss that child stepping into the road, and the consequence of no brake-lights needs no explanation.

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Ten tips to bring your treasures back to life By Kate McLelland In the 1980s I used to live near London’s famous Portobello Market, and every Saturday I would get up bright and early in order to trawl the bric-a-brac stalls, looking for things I could restore and sell. My speciality was Art Deco lamps. I would pick up old chrome stands, usually dulled from age and dirt, and replace the old wiring and rusty fittings. Finally I would polish the stands, fit them with suitable antique glass shades and sell them on to eager buyers. Those were the days before Portobello Market became the tourist trap it is today, and you could find anything from an old bicycle seat to the marble bust of some Victorian grandee. One day I came across a grimy wooden box - about the size of a shoebox – with four little drawers. At first glance it didn’t look like anything special, but on closer inspection I could see that some fine veneer work was visible in places under the caked-on dirt. The stallholder spotted my interest and said: “Ten quid. A bit of wire wool and some washing up liquid straight out of the bottle, and that’ll come up lovely.” I looked at him incredulously, but he was insistent. “If that don’t do the trick, bring it next Saturday and I’ll give yer fifteen quid back.” Coming from one of Portobello’s hard-nosed old dealers, this was a truly remarkable offer, so I paid up. At home I nervously donned a pair of rubber gloves, grabbed a pad of steel wool and a bottle of washing up liquid and began to carefully rub away the dirt. Within minutes I discovered to my amazement that the box was covered with an intricate inlaid marquetry pattern, laid out in different wood veneers. After several hours of cleaning and polishing, the reward for my work 72

was a beautiful antique that positively glowed in different shades of brown and yellow. Even today it’s still one of my prized possessions. While the experience of restoring my Portobello bargain was exciting, using detergent and steel wool on fine wood would probably make most experts tear out their hair. It may help to bear the following points in mind before you start out on your own projects: • Make sure you are not affecting the potential value of the object by using harsh chemicals or abrasive cloths. • Some antiques are valued for their patina and certain items – such as old coins – should never be polished. • Very old items may be more fragile than they look and may break if you clean them too vigorously. • If in any doubt, do some research or ask an expert. Here are ten tips for restoring your vintage bargains: • To remove general grime from old prints, gently roll a piece of doughy, fresh bread over the surface. • To remove old, rusted-in screws, first clean around screw head edges, heat the screw head with a hot air gun, then turn the screw a little TIGHTER, before undoing (use caution with heat if the object has a varnished or painted finish). • Age marks on porcelain can be removed by soaking overnight in baby bottle sterilising liquid. • Use Steradent tablets to get rid of water marks in old glass vases. • For a bright shine, polish chrome with baby oil and cotton wool. • To clean a gilded object, use a clean white cotton

cloth, cotton balls or Q-tips, and the barest amount of clean, cool water. After you have dampened the cleaning material, remove excess moisture on a dry piece of cloth before you apply it. • Rub undiluted household bleach into dirty hairline cracks in pottery and rinse off, to reduce the crack’s visibility. • Use half a lemon and salt to clean brass and copper items. This method is especially good for a flat surface, such as an antique tray. Apply, rinse off, dry carefully and clean with impregnated wadding, polishing finally with a soft cloth. Avoid polishing with man-made fibres as they may scratch the surface: a piece of old silk is ideal. • To repair a pottery item, clean the pieces with a mixture of mild dishwashing liquid and warm water and let them dry completely. Apply clear, slow-setting two part epoxy glue and hold the pieces in place with modelling clay so they don’t fall apart whilst drying. • Remove dust and dirty marks on old leather by dipping an artist’s paintbrush in methylated spirits. Use the meths sparingly and work on a small area at a time.

Whenever you carry out a restoration project, you should decide whether you want to keep the item or sell it on before you get started. If you want to keep it, you can restore it to your personal taste. Should you wish to sell it, it’s wise to do some research on the current market before you start the restoration. Although it may seem strange, some buyers may actually want the rust stains and marks of use that show an item has been handled and loved for many years.

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Genteel Gangs By Derek Thompson Many of us, who grew up on the right side of the tracks, may feel we’ve missed out on heady living and have had to make do with vicarious thrills. Not so much On the Waterfront as on the seafront with a good book. Luckily, senior subcultures are all the rage now. Aga Louts and Rayburners - kitchen living on the edge, where you dry your clothes and cook a hot pot at the same time. Sure to cause the occasional stir.

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BEE CREATIVE IN THE GARDEN The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and The Wildlife Trust have joined forces to urge gardeners to do more to help protect bumblebees and solitary bees, heroes of the pollinator world. The Bee Creative in the Garden! call comes as bees are under increasing pressure largely due to loss of habitat. In the countryside, 97% of lowland meadow has already been lost and the dramatic decrease in suitable habitats isn’t just confined to rural areas.

The network of 15 million gardens that once formed ‘green corridors’ for wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate. The number of front gardens that have been paved over has tripled in a decade and over five million have no plants growing at all. Gardeners can download a wild bee-friendly gardening guide. Wildlife events and a ‘Bee

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Helen Bostock from the RHS said: “A healthy garden is buzzing with bees and other pollinators. By providing nesting sites and growing nectar and pollen rich flowers gardeners can and do support a wide variety of bumblebee and solitary bees.”

Ellie Brodie from The Wildlife Trusts, says: “Anyone can take action to help wild bees whether you have a wall for vertical planting, window box, or back garden. It’s easy to plant a bee haven.” The wild bee-friendly gardening guide, ‘Get your garden buzzing for bees’, is free to download at

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outdoor joys The best tech toys to take outside Some of the most entertaining outdoor toys are the simplest, such as the cute Swivel Car (around £22, with lots of firms offering very similar products). It’s a ride-on car with a difference: instead of pedalling or propelling it with your feet, you swivel the steering wheel and that generates movement. It’s small enough for toddlers and tough enough for big kids and even the odd adult. If you’d rather go for something more traditional, the Cozy Coupe - around £49 - has been a favourite of families for more than 30 years, and the iconic red and yellow version has been joined by dinosaur and police car versions. Complex toys can be fun too, of course. One kind of toy that’s improved dramatically in recent years is the electric car or bike for kids. It’s possible to get a decent trike for less than £40 that delivers 50 minutes of movement between charges, while around the £200 mark you’ll find impressive replicas of grown-up cars such as BMW’s futuristic electric i8. Remember that such vehicles do take a while to charge, so make sure you plug them in the night before you want to use them. If you’d rather not let your child loose behind the wheel but want to give them control of something fun, there’s a huge selection of radio controlled vehicles ranging from the toddler-friendly Little Tykes Tyre Twister (£39) to exceptionally fast scale models of performance cars such as Lamborghinis and Porsches. Even the most expensive of these are much cheaper than they used to be, with top-end models usually coming in well below £70. 88

Radio controlled cars are fun, but radio controlled flying machines are even more fun. You know you’re living in the future when you can walk into your local toy shop and come out with a smartphonecontrolled drone helicopter. Drones start at around £20 for basic ones and reach £190 for Star Warsthemed models, and drones with built-in cameras start at around £60. If you want to get serious, you can find a good selection of advanced drones with HD cameras and optical video stabilisers from around £300, rising to over £1,000 for high-end models. One word of warning with drones: their propellers can be sharp and cause injury if they bump into people, so it’s a good idea to look for one with a protective ring around the propellers if you’ll be giving it to a child or using it near kids or pets. And there are restrictions on where you can and can’t fly drones, such as in crowded areas or near airports. It’s a good idea to check up on the law before spending any money. There are also concerns over privacy: the neighbours probably won’t appreciate you flying a camera over their garden. Do you remember the days of potato guns and water pistols? They’ve become a lot more sophisticated, with products such as Nerf guns ranging from around £20 to the ridiculously overpowered N-Strike Mega Mastodon (£99), which fires 24 foam darts from a motorised revolving drum. Between it and the super-powered, super-soaking water pistols that have more in common with water cannons than the water pistols you remember from your own childhood, be wary of the weaponry you give your kids - because you can be sure you’ll be on the receiving end of the foam darts or freezing cold jets of water.

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UK’s Largest History Festival 26 June to 2 July The Chalke Valley History Festival has been held annually since 2011 and boasts of being the largest history festival in the UK. It began 2011 on a small scale and has now grown to be a week of talks, discussions, debates, as well as extensive and immersive living history and an historic air display. This year it moves to a new site in Broad Chalke (SP5 5DP).

Yoga and Pilates classes offered Hatha yoga, Vini yoga

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“The aim is to excite, enthral and entertain. An understanding of the past is essential,” says CoFounder James Heneage. “Without that, it is impossible to make sense of the present or prepare for the future.” All proceeds from the festival have, since 2012, been directed to the Chalke Valley History Trust, which promotes the understanding of history to all ages, but especially children. Since 2013, the festival has also incorporated the History Festival for Schools.


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TIME FOR TEA By Catherine Rose Tea is enjoyed all over the world but the English adopted it as their own around four hundred years ago. Believed to have originated in Southern China, tea drinking dates back to around 3000 BC. However, it didn’t become popular in England until the 17th century, when it was made fashionable by King Charles II and his Portuguese wife Catherine de Braganza, who brought it over to the Royal court from her native country. Coffee houses had recently been established in London and the custom of tea drinking was quickly introduced. Samuel Pepys referred to it in his diary of 1660: ‘…I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before’. The coffee houses also sold loose leaf tea so that women, who did not frequent them, could enjoy it at home. It soon became popular for wives to host tea parties and invite their friends. Tea was very much the privilege of the wealthy. It was expensive to import and seen as a valuable commodity, kept locked inside ornate caddies. Teapots, tea-cups and saucers were prized possessions and there were many different designs produced during this time. Because it was so expensive, the tea smuggling trade flourished. In 1785, following pressure from tea merchants, the government slashed the high import tax on tea, making it much more affordable to the masses. Thus, tea drinking grew in popularity among the working classes, sparking a debate about whether tea was bad for the health, causing ‘idleness’ and ‘melancholy’ amongst other things. Eventually, alcohol came to be viewed as 92

the far greater evil and working class people were then encouraged to become ‘teetotal’. The concept of afternoon tea is a peculiarly English tradition but tea served with food was only introduced in the mid-19th century by Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, which in those days was traditionally served quite late in the evening. Soon friends were joining her for ‘afternoon tea’ at her home in Woburn Abbey and, thanks to her frequent trips to London, the custom grew to become a fashionable social event amongst the upper classes. During the Victorian era, a wider selection of tea began to be imported from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India. Tea rooms serving afternoon tea grew in popularity, especially among women, being one of the few places where they could meet without a chaperone. By the early 20th century, many establishments had expanded on the custom of a musician playing in the background and were holding tea dances in the afternoons. Today, tea has become an integral part of our daily routine and could be described as Britain’s national drink. Although invented in America in the early 20th century, the tea bag didn’t become popular in England until the 1970s, when it revolutionised our tea drinking habits and put fortune tellers who read tea leaves at the bottom of a cup into decline! Still considered a rather genteel English custom, today, sumptuous afternoon teas are served by many top hotels with a bewildering number of different tea blends on offer along with a ‘tea sommelier’ to help you choose. They are often booked up months ahead - a testament to tea’s enduring popularity.

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LOCAL CLUBS & GROUPS HOBBIES & SPECIAL INTEREST PICKLED NEWT INVESTMENT CLUB Meet at the Chandler’s Ford Central Club on the first Monday of every month. An investment club consists of a group of individuals who meet on a regular basis for the purpose of pooling money and investing in the stock market. They enable members to learn about markets, and exchange ideas with each other. Anyone interested should contact the Chairman Frank Newbery Southampton Competitions Club Valley Park Community Centre Southampton competitions club meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. Fun evening out, share ideas and competitions and boost your income. For more information email Gardeners Club 1st Tues 7-10pm St Boniface Hall Guest speakers on garden and gardenrelated subjects. Some practical demonstrations and a Spring and Annual Show. Contact Janet Palmer, 02380253855 Flower Arranging 2nd Weds 7 for 7:30 N Baddesley Hall Series of demonstrations and talks on Flower Arranging at North Baddesley Village Hall, Contact Sue Perdue 023 8073 3134 Flower & Garden Club The Otterbourne Flower & Garden Club Demonstrations,Speakers & Garden visits. Meetings at 7-30pm,in the Otterbourne Village Hall, on the fourth Tuesday of the month. New members Welcome. Val Halfacre 02380268824. Ampfield Bridge Club Meet Tuesday 7pm to 10pm, Ampfield Village Hall. This is a very popular club, with experienced players and beginners welcome. Contact: Chris Balchin at 01794 368427 or just come along. 94

BODIES IN THE LIBRARY First Friday of the month, Excluding Bank Holidays, 2-3pm Eastleigh Library, The Swan Centre Friendly crime reading discussion group at Eastleigh Library. 02380 612646

Hampshire and Wight Christian Walkers Like meeting new friends and enjoy walking? join us on Saturdays and midweek for walk of between 4 and 12 miles.

CHANDLERS FORD University of Third Age (U3A) Meets on the 3rd Monday of the month at 2.00pm at the Methodist Church, Chandlers Ford. Open to all retired and semi-retired. 40 different subject groups are on offer. For more information call our membership secretary : 023 8069 4236 or

Social Tennis Club Tues & Thurs 7-9pm Knightwood Leisure Centre Steve Allen Social tennis and league matches. We play all through the year on floodlit courts. www.knightwoodtennisclub1. or call 07964 789861

Art Group 4th Wednesday 7:30pm Chandler’s Ford Art Group meet at 7.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month except August and December in the Community Hall, Hursley Rd, next to St Boniface Church. Visitors and new members welcome. 023 8027 0631 Languages French - 1st & 3rd Weds 10am Spanish - 2nd Weds 10am Dovetail Centre Local groups meet to practise French and Spanish conversation. The discussions are always friendly and informal and there are no fees. So come along and join us, whatever your level. For more information, please contact Derek on 023 8026 8953 or Kieran on 023 8026 7107

LOCAL BIKE RIDES Southampton CTC offer a range of cycle rides and organize special events. They also campaign locally for better cycle facilities. Gentle to moderate-paced options on Saturdays/ Sundays, day or half-day, am & pm. All welcome Chris Devrell 02380 740990, www. Cyles Rides Romsey Hares and Tortoises local bike rides. Easy-paced rides from Romsey. Afternoon rides, with tea stop on the 3rd Saturday of each month and day rides, with lunch stop on the 1st Saturday of each month. ‘Taster’ participation is free. Contact Viv, romsey@southhampshirectc. or 01794 368207

Badminton Sat 9-10:30 term time Toynbee School For any children interested in taking up badminton, EJBC is looking for new members. The club is run by qualified Chandlers Ford Croquet Club Badminton England registered coaches. Meets at Fryern recreation ground twice Minimum age 7 years. For further weekly beginning 6th April. Learn to play information, please contact Bev Ardabili, Club Coach and Treasurer on 02380 croquet, no experience necessary. Don 266121 or email Summerton 02380269002. STROKE SUPPORT Last Thurs each month, 2pm – 4pm Velmore Community Centre For stroke survivors & their families/ HEALTH & EXERCISE carers. Information, range of activities and meeting with Mike Scrivener 07976 630764 or Breeze Bikes Rides for uk or just come along. Women Men’s Keep Fit Thursday morning, departing at 9.30am Tuesdays 11am to 12pm from C/Ford Railway Station SO53 4DD . Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Rd 21st July, 18th August & 22nd Over 50s men’s keep fit and social group. September. Taking part is free. 02380 Come along, keep fit, make friends. All 242003 shapes and sizes welcome. £3.50 per session. Call Roy Wreford 02380 268237. Walking 6 days a week - Various meeting places YOGA FOR HEALTH Tues 9:30am or 11:30am C.Ford, N Badd, Romsey & other North Baddesley Village Hall SO52 9DT Test Valley Locations. Walks are Develop body awareness and learn approximately an hour long and a how to breathe deeply which helps the gentler pace is always offered. All body and mind to become peaceful. walks are accompanied by a trained The postures can be done to your own Health Walk Leader. All ages welcome. limits. 02380 652575 Laura Blake 01264 368831

CHILDREN Story Time Monday 2:15-2:45pm - CF Library Saturday 10:30-11am - CF Library Stories for under 5s and their parents / carers at Chandler’s Ford Library Rhyme Time Every Tues & Thur 10-10:30am - CF Library Songs & rhymes for children under 3 years and their parents/carers BROWNIES Meets Wed & Thur, Hiltingbury Community Centre, C/Ford SO53 5NP Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Brownies gives them a space to have fun. For girls aged seven to ten. 02380 271609 WILDLIFE EXPLORERS Valley Park Community Hall, C/Ford. The “Falcons” are a group set up to involve children in the delights of the wildlife in Britain with a particular focus on birds. For ages 8 years to 13. Experts always on hand to help. Sandy or Nigel on 01794 519445.

COMMUNITY & SOCIAL FRIENDLY FRIDAYS The Hilt, Chandler’s Ford SO53 5NP An open invitation to a social group for all ages from toddlers to greatgrand parents, a simple setting for social interaction. Call for dates and times 02380 271609 Over 70s Club Tuesdays 2 pm to 4 pm Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Road. The Happy Bunch Club is an over 70’s club for the young at heart. Activities include gentle exercise classes, visiting speakers, musicians or simply tea, chat and laughter. Plus outings. Transport available. Call Jayne 02380 269319 SOCIAL GROUP Phase II is a friendly group offering activities including: meals, theatre, cinema, concerts, walks, day trips, games evenings, parties and dances, and more. Meetings twice monthly. Sue 01962 883036

Social Club 2nd & 4th Wednesday 8.30pm Phase II social club meets 2nd Tue of the month at Chandlers Ford central club, from 8pm and 4th Wed of the month at King Rufus pub, Chandlers Ford, from 8pm. All welcome, singles or couples 50+. Come and find out about our varied social programme. Tel: 023 0 428684. Social Group Mon 8-11pm, Cleveland Bay, C/Ford A friendly club for single, divorced or widowed people - make new friends and enjoy outings with like-minded people. Meets every Monday. www. 07563 608 323 NEEDS EEZED 8:30am to 4:30pm. The Loft, Hiltingbury Needs Eezed offers a small day provision for adults with learning difficulties. Attendees can enjoy cooking, shopping, sports, music, art, accessing the community and charity projects. Contact Yvonne (07585807379) or Debbie (07708431799) Townswomens Guild 4th Monday of month, 7.30 at Dovetail Centre, Methodist Church. Speaker/ activities and occasional outings. More details Ann on 023 8025 3751.


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Romsey Comrades Club MON 9.30-10.30 a.m. (Begs. +) and 10.30 - 11.30 a.m. (Int/Adv.) Woodley Village Hall WED 10-11 a.m. Rock In Line (Begs+) Romsey Comrades Club THUR 10-11 a.m. (Int./Adv.) and 1112.00 a.m. (Begs.)

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North Baddesley Village Hall Weds 7-8 p.m. (Int./Adv.) and 8-9 p.m. Rock In Line (Begs +)

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MUSIC, DANCE & DRAMA Amateur Drama Group Every Tue. Ritchie Memorial Hall, C/Ford New members are always welcome, for both onstage and backstage roles. or 0845 644 0496. Rowan Scottish Country Dancers Meet Mondays in term time from 7.45 - 10pm at St. Francis Hall, Nightingale Av, Eastleigh. All abilities welcome. Contact our secretary - Tom on 07929 252086 BRASS BAND Thur 7:30pm. Otterbourne Village Hall Brass playing at fetes, carnivals and agricultural shows raising funds for band development and charities at Christmas. New players welcome. Sonja Charters - 01489 894359 Scottish Dancing Wednesdays 7.30 - 10pm aint Francis School, Valley Park Tuition given in steps and formations: Cost £1 .50 Contact Connie Cruden, 01962 869804

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Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Rd, Chandlers Ford Mon 2-3pm plus Tue 7-8pm Book your place for a STOMPING GOOD TIME! 01794 368233 LADIES CHOIR Wed evenings term time from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m, Chandler’s Ford Community Association Centre, Hursley Road. An ability to read music is not necessary and no auditions are required. We sing for fun and friendship. Contact secretary on 023 8025 3870 Youth Band Thursday 7pm-9pm The Pavilion, Kingfisher Rd, Eastleigh Senators Youth band with brass, keyboard and drums for children aged 9-14. New members welcome – currently free! Call June Fitzpatrick on 02380 275422 for details or just turn up any Thursday (term time). 95

Useful Numbers churches


New Community Church 07970 804708 Methodist Church 023 8026 8803 St Francis Church 023 80271152 St Boniface Church (C of E) 023 8026 5977 St Edward the Confessor Church 023 8027 3882 (Catholic) St Martin in the Wood (C of E) 023 8026 5977 St Peter’s Church, Boyatt Wood (C of E) 023 8061 1227 United Reformed Church 023 8026 2597 Velmore Church 023 8057 1414 Churches Together in Chandlers Ford Allbrook Evangelical Church 023 8026 2863

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doctors NHS 111 111 The Brownhill Surgery, 2 Brownhill Rd 023 8025 2188 023 8025 2414 Fryern Surgery, Oakmount Rd 023 8027 3252 023 8027 3458 Knightwood Surgery, Pilgrims Close 023 8025 5118 North Baddesley Surgery 023 8074 3401 Norton Welch Close, Fleming Avenue 023 8074 3400 Park Surgery 023 8025 2131 (Chandlers Ford Family Practice), Hursley Rd Option 1 - Routine Appointment St Francis Surgery Option 2 - Emergencies (Chandlers Ford Family Option 3 - Advice/Triage Practice), Pilgrims Close Option 4 - General Enquiries

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Graham Parrick Carpet Fitter


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County Block Paving Ltd


Formpave Drives & Patios



Newstone Construction


Wessex Swim School


Paul Lacey Builders


Resin Drives


Wildstone Property Maintenance


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ALB Electrical


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Bathrooms See Plumbing

Chandlers Ford Computer Care


Beauty Treatments



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Solent Blinds & Curtains


GS Windows


The Blind Business


Oakmount Installations


Waterside Blinds


Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd


Shading Places

Boilers See Plumbing


business services

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A community event organised by the Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford and Itchen Valley with the support of Chandlers Ford Parish Council and the Rotary Club of Eastleigh Raise money for your chosen community group or charity by taking part in this sponsored walk to be held on Sunday 11th June 2017. Your group or charity will receive 70% of the funds raised (80% if done on-line), plus gift aid where appropriate, and Rotary Charities will receive the remainder. Why not help your good cause while enjoying a great day out! The full walk for 2017 is about ten miles long starting at Kings Worthy and following a route, largely along the River Itchen and the Itchen Navigation, to finish at Fryern Field in Chandlers Ford. A shorter route of about 7 miles long starting from Bar End, Winchester will also be available. The details, including how to register, are on the web site:

Overlord Military Spectacular 27-29 May, Denmead PO7 6HS

What’s On WATERWORKS SPRING RALLY 9 May, 11am to 4pm Twyford Waterworks, Twyford, SO21 1QA Steam, diesel, petrol, gas and water powered engines will be in operation along with a miniature steam railway and other exhibits. Plus: visiting steam engines, classic cars and commercial vehicles, stationary engines and fairground organs. www., 07516 458900 PLAY: DON’T GET YOUR VICARS IN A TWIST 9 to 13 May, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre, Romsey SO51 8JA The vacant vicarage is rented out to a theatre company, who are to stage a Murder Mystery weekend in which there is a female vicar and a bishop. A new vicar is appointed before the theatre company arrives and then the real bishop decides to drop by...£13.00. COUNTRYSIDE DAY AT MOTTISFONT 13 May, 10-5pm Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey SO51 0LN Try fly fishing casting or whittle wood with our experts. Use our tractor grabber, build some dens and discover what creepycrawlies live in the river. Normal admission applies. 01794 340757

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BILL TARGETT STEAM RALLY 13 & 14 May, 10-5pm Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Rd, Allbrook SO50 6HN Traction Engines, Tractors, Fire Engines, Classic Cars, Military Vehicles, Motorbikes, Trade Stalls, Arena Events. Adults £5 Children £3 Family Ticket (2 Adults 3 Children) £15. 01794 512 331 BEER, BRICKS AND BUSES 13 May, 12pm to 6pm Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, Swanwick Lane SO31 7HB Beer festival, with heritage bus service from Swanwick Station to the Brickworks. COUNTRYSIDE DAY 13 May, 9.30am to 4.30pm Sparsholt College S021 2NF Have-a-go activities, food and entertainment. Main arena acts inc British Transport Police Dog display, gun and sheep dogs, Axemen and Coppicing. www. TWO WHEEL EXTRAVAGANZA 14 May, 9am to 2pm Bishops Waltham High Street SO32 1AA Can 7000 motorcycles fit into Bishop’s Waltham town centre?! We’re going to find out! Live music, outside bar and BBQs

BASINGSTOKE TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 14 May. 11am to 4pm The War Memorial Park RG21 4AH Huge range of vehicles on static display, including classic, vintage and commercial vehicles, fire engines, military trucks, and a variety of specialist car clubs and trade stalls. www.basingstoke. THE DARLING BUDS OF MAY 18-20 May Bishopstoke Memorial Hall, Riverside, SO50 6LQ Larkin family reunite for Bishopstoke Players’ next show. ART EXHIBITION 20 & 21 May, 10am to 5pm Kings Somborne Village Hall Theme of The Test Valley. Nominal entry fee to view exhibits. 01794 388 275. Any sales will attract a small commission for Cancer Research UK. ALRESFORD WATERCRESS FESTIVAL 21 May Broad Street, West Street & East St, Alresford, SO24 9AR A fantastic food festival in Alresford town celebrating locally grown watercress. Food and other trade stands. www. ...Continued on page 102 101

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THE GREAT BRITISH DOG WALK 21 May, 11am to 4.30pm Half Moon Car Park, Foxbury Common, SO51 6AQ 3km or 6km walk around our unique heathland restoration project. £10 per adult. 01844 348100 100th ANNIVERSARY WALK 21 May, 2pm Old Southampton Cemetery SO15 7NN Marking the 100th anniversary of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission. The Old Southampton Cemetery has 125 CWGs & a FoSOC guide will talk about some of the stories connected to them. Donations welcome 07538 888655. PORT OUT, SOUTHAMPTON HOME: THE AGE OF THE OCEAN LINER 23 May to 4 Jun SeaCity Museum, Havelock Rd, Southampton SO14 7FY From the early days in the 1890s to modern day cruiseliners, this major exhibition tells the story of these great ships and evokes the romance of sea travel and life on board. 023 8083 4536 NATURE FESTIVAL 27 May 17 Gilbert White’s House, The Wakes, Selborne GU34 3JH Second annual Nature Festival, celebrating Gilbert White’s legacy with a day of fun activities and stalls. ART GROUP EXHIBITION 27th – 29th May The Age Concern Centre, Brownhill Rd, Chandlers Ford SO53 2EB Brushstrokes exhibition. 105pm Saturday & Sunday, 10 –4pm Monday. Free entrance, refreshments available OVERLORD MILITARY SPECTACULAR 27-29 May Denmead PO7 6HS Open to everybody with all day arena action, vehicles and living 102

history at The Lawns. There will be 350 vehicles, 500 re-enactors and 100 trade stalls. In aid of the Fire Fighters Charity HORRIBLE HISTORIES 29-30 May Theatre Royal, Winchester This is Horrible Histories live on stage featuring all your favourite characters from Britain’s barmy past! BEER FEST 2017 2-3 Jun, 6pm – 11pm The Hilt, Chandlers Ford The HCA Social committee celebrate some of Hampshire’s best. All the beer has been sourced from craft breweries within a few miles of Hiltingbury. Live music with three different acts playing on each night. Award winning Steak pasties and Vegetarian pasties available. JANE AUSTEN TOUR & CREAM TEA 3 Jun, 1 Jul, 5 Aug Winchester Cathedral SO23 9LS The team of Cathedral guides, themselves great fans of Jane Austen, reveal Jane Austen’s links with the Cathedral. The tour will include a walk through the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close to the house on College Street where Jane and Cassandra stayed. Price £12.50 inc cream tea. 01962 857 200 WATERWORKS OPEN DAY 4 Jun Twyford Waterworks, Twyford, SO21 1QA Theme of industrial railway. Ex-industrial petrol, diesel and battery electric locomotives will be running on both short lines – at least two locos on the quarry line and three locos on the kiln line above the site. Other locos will be on display. See how materials used to be moved by narrow gauge railways. (No rides on any of our railways). www., 07516 458900

ALTON SUMMER BEER FESTIVAL 2 & 3 Jun Alton College, Old Odiham Road GU34 2LX Around 40 different ales, mainly from Micro Breweries. Also wines, lagers, food and music available at both sessions. www. SOLENT GARDENERS FAYRE 4 Jun, 10am-4pm Uni of So’ton Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE In aid of charities supported by the Rotary, the Solent Gardeners Fayre features many gardening, crafts and other stands, a Silver Band and a Ukelele Jam. NETLEY REGATTA & SUMMER FAYRE 10 Jun 17 A fixed seat rowing regatta and traditional summer fayre. With activities for all the family to take part in on and off the water. Free to attend. Racing on Southampton Water starts at 10:30. STEAM & VINTAGE RALLY 11 Jun The Scout Field, Romsey Road, Copythorne, SO40 2PB Up to 14 steam engines, 20 vintage tractors, 25 commercial vehicles, 40 cars and 15 motorbikes. Crafts and demonstrations. BBQ, strawberries and cream, real ale. Free vintage bus park and ride. ALRESFORD FESTIVAL OF TOY TRAINS 17 Jun, 10.30am to 4.30pm Perins Community School, Pound Hill , Alresford SO24 9BS 24th Annual Toy Train Show. Adults £5, Child £3 Family (2+2) £14. Early Entry to sales Hall 9am £10.00 01962 733475 DENE RALLY 24, 25 Jun, 10am-4pm Charlwood Lane, Monkwood, Ropley, SO24 0HA Sixth annual steam and vintage rally. With free vintage connecting bus service to the Watercress Line. www.facebook. com/denerally

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Discover Chandlers Ford May/June 2017  

An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Chandlers Ford, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also communit...

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An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Chandlers Ford, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also communit...