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Mar/Apr 2014

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Hello Again I regularly use the services in Discover Chandlers Ford, and from time to time do mention the businesses. This month I have two to tell you about for completely different reasons. Firstly I asked Danny at From Old to New (page 9) to have a look at my sofa. It’s probably about 7 years old and still in good condition. However it had collapsed at one end under the cushion and was saggy and uncomfortable (rather like the bottom that caused the damage I suspect!). Danny called at the house and quoted me a very reasonable price. He came and took it away a couple of days later and had it back to us within 48 hours. An excellent job I must say, made to look as good as new, even underneath the cushion. Secondly I’m recommending someone because they didn’t do some work for me. We’d been told during the summer that my teenage daughter’s car needed a new alternator. Sure enough when the winter came, we’d had a couple of occasions when the battery went flat. So we took it in to Best Autocentres (page 28) in Eastleigh. They called a couple of hours after dropoff and said that they’d checked both the battery and the alternator and both were fine, there was no work needed, and no charge for the check. Why had the battery gone flat then? If you leave a 11 year old car on the drive in the winter without using it for 10 days, then only drive it for three miles with the heater and the lights on, it will go flat. I was very impressed – if they had changed the alternator I would have been none the wiser. I should emphasise that I have used most of the garage services in here and always been happy with the work that has been done, but it’s the first time I’ve been happy with work that hasn’t been done!

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CONTENTS

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Story

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Puzzles

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Children’s Puzzle Page 6

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Life Begins

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Motoring

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GreenKeeper Lawns

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News From MP Steve Brine

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SS Shieldhall

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Gardening

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Finance

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History

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Health


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Parma Violets by Jackie Brewster “Can you be trusted to mind the café while I nip next door?” Aunt Carol asked solemnly as though she was leaving Becky in charge of the country. It was a big responsibility, and this was only Becky’s third day. The lunchtime rush was over, and there had been no customers for nearly an hour. While Becky was grateful to Carol for giving her a holiday job, she found that buttering cobs was not as easy as they made it look on television. She suspected Carol wasn’t convinced she had what it took to be a success in catering. “Whatever you do,” Carol warned her, ”don’t let that rat chap in.” Which seemed both a strange and reasonable request. Left alone, Becky practised folding napkins until she heard the café door open. An elderly gentleman, smartly dressed, sat down at the table by the window. Becky took a deep breath, picked up her order pad and walked briskly over to him. “What can I get you, sir?” she asked. He was wearing a jacket which appeared to be wriggling. A small furry nose popped up between the lapels. Becky nearly dropped her pencil. “Oh, don’t worry about him,” the man said. “He’s fine.” “Pets aren’t allowed in the café,” Becky said nervously. She was almost certain this was true because she’d read a sign in the window. “Roland’s not a pet,” the man replied, browsing the menu. 8

“He’s a guide dog, and they’re perfectly welcome everywhere.” “But you’re not blind,” Becky said, a little embarrassed. “Of course everyone immediately thinks of guide dogs for the blind.” He closed the menu as though he found nothing appetising within it. “Roland’s an allergy guide dog. Have you heard of that?” Becky confessed she had not. “I am allergic to parma violets,” the man continued confidentially. “Roland has to sniff my food to confirm it’s safe to eat.” “Allergic to parma violets?” Becky repeated blankly. “Dangerously.” The man nodded sagely and tapped the menu. “Can you recommend anything that doesn’t include parma violets?” Becky was confused. Parma violets were little purple sweets she had no idea they were also a cooking ingredient. “I don’t think there’s any in the tea,” Becky said hopefully. The man frowned, “Can you guarantee it?” She shook her head. “In that case, it’s a good job I have Roland here.” He pulled Roland out of his jacket and sat him in his lap. He was a funny looking dog, with short legs, a pointy nose and a long body. “What type of dog is he?” Becky asked. “He’s an allergy dog, we’ve been

through this.” The man waved his hand dismissively. “Be quick with the tea dear, I’ve a plane to catch.” Becky hurried back behind the counter. Something didn’t feel right about the man and his allergy dog. She hoped he would drink up and go before her aunt returned. After all, the nearest airport was a two hour drive. She was not in luck. Carol bustled into the café carrying a box of crisps. “Any customers?” she asked. “Not really,” Becky lied as she overflowed the teacup. “So who’s that for?” Carol asked dubiously. “The gentleman over there.” Carol turned round and almost exploded. “Not you again,” she screamed. “Get that rat out of here!” The man scooped up Roland protectively. “He’s not a rat,” he said indignantly. “He’s a ferret, and they’re very clever animals.” “He sniffs parma violets,” Becky added to explain the situation. And with that, her fate in the world of catering was sealed.


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LOCAL EVENTS

Southampton Makerspace Grand Opening On 1st February adults and children with a keen interest in making, gathered to join a group of hobbyist makers, technologists and artists for the Southampton Makerspace grand opening event. So Make It - the volunteer-run non-profit organisation behind the Makerspace - has spent the past year planning, growing, and equipping the Makerspace to serve Southampton and the surrounding areas maker community. This event showed the fruit of their labours, raise awareness of this exciting place and attract new members. A Makerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialise and/or collaborate. Whilst common place in parts of America and Europe, they are only recently growing in popularity in the UK. The Makerspace's membership has a strong knowledge base in many up and coming technologies such as 3D Printing, Robotics and Home Automation; however the space is also equipped for machining, woodwork, metalwork and would like to grow membership knowledge in these and other areas that come under the "make" umbrella. Three dedicated areas allowing for workshop, presentation and electronics/3D Printing activities to take part without intruding on each other and allows the group to build upon the presentations and workshops it has run in the past. To find out more about the activities or get involved contact So Make It, Unit K6, Pitt Road, Freemantle SO15 3FQ, open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays 19:30 – 22:00Hrs and Saturdays 14:00 – 16:00Hrs. More details available via http://www. somakeit.org.uk 10

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Mascots 1. Appearing on the bonnet of their cars and taking the form of a woman leaning forwards with her arms outstretched behind her, the Spirit of Ecstasy is the mascot for which car manufacturer? 2. Does Pudsey Bear, the mascot for Children in Need, wear a bandage over his left eye or his right eye? 3. In which 1990s film does a detective go in search of Snowflake, the missing mascot of the American football team the Miami Dolphins? 4. Underneath his overalls, Ronald McDonald wears a striped shirt and striped socks of which two colours? 5. With a black suit and bowler hat, Fred the Flour Grader is the mascot for which food brand? 6. What type of animal was World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 World Cup? 7. Sonic the Hedgehog is the mascot of which video game developer? 8. What was the name of the robot mascot who would often appear in animations on the TV game show Catchphrase? 9. Which series of annual publications have a red cover with a mascot called Bibendum on them? 10. What product has three mascots, one of which wears a chef’s hat, one of which wears a stocking cap, and one of which wears a band leader’s hat? Answers: Page 85

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LIFE BEGINS

When Did You Last Do Something Impulsive? It sometimes pays to follow your instincts. Author JK Rowling reportedly decided to write the first Harry Potter novel after an idea for the story occurred to her when she was travelling on a train from Manchester to London. Following a painful divorce, she completed the book as a struggling single mum on state benefits, becoming a multi-millionaire within a staggering five years. Yusuke Funaki had a good job as an engineer in Tokyo. By chance he saw a performance by the world-famous circus company Cirque du Soleil and was so inspired by the performers that he decided to learn the gymnastic ropeskipping techniques he had seen in the show. After a few years of practice he abandoned engineering and literally ran away to join the circus. He is still working with Cirque du Soleil as a performer at their Florida base. The link between these two individuals is their willingness to follow an impulse, taking 14

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up new activities that – given their backgrounds and relative inexperience in their chosen fields - were far from guaranteed to result in success. It takes a certain kind of courage to risk everything in order to follow a dream, especially when we know it might fail. Most of us, at some stage in our lives, have done things that we have regretted at a later date - a new hairstyle or a tattoo, a weird auction lot that seemed too good to ignore… sometimes our spurof-the-moment choices seem so out of character it’s almost as though someone else has taken over our minds. “Did I really do that?” you ask. A study of the brain shows why we feel this way. The emotional mind, based in the limbic system, is separate from the intellectual mind, which is found in the prefrontal cortex. While the primitive, emotional part of our brain makes rapidfire decisions about things we like, dislike, hate, love, fear or want, the intellectual and more logical mind is geared to making deliberate and rational

conclusions at a slightly slower pace. Therefore when you allow your emotional brain - known as the amygdala - to guide your actions, you’re likely to end up doing something that your rational self would prefer to avoid. We tend to associate impulsivity with youth and it’s true that young people are probably more likely to follow their impulses when making key decisions. In time, however, most people discover how to regulate these urges in order to function as an adult. Mature people tend to suppress their emotional responses, using the knowledge they have acquired, backed up by logic and reason, when considering a set of options. While no-one would doubt the benefits that knowledge and experience can bring, something is perhaps lost in this process. Impulse and risk-taking are closely linked with creativity, and there’s a danger that we may ignore the creative impulses that (as J.K. Rowling and Yusuke Funaki discovered) have the power to change the course of


our lives. By middle-age, many of us have ceased to follow our instincts, relying almost exclusively on the tried and trusted methods that we learned in our formative years. In order to stay safe and minimise risk we base our actions – including where we go, who we see, what we eat – on things that feel safe and familiar, but does sticking with what we know actually inhibit brain development? The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (www.dana.org) is a non-profitmaking organisation of more than 300 leading neuroscientists in America, committed to making the public aware of the progress and benefits of brain research. According to the Trust: “The

brain wants to learn. It wants to be engaged as a learning machine. That means stepping out of the same old routines and trying something new and different.” When individuals settle into routines that are repeated automatically from day to day, the brain activity required for those activities decreases. That means that we tend to carry out familiar actions on autopilot and consequently our minds receive very little stimulation. When the brain encounters something unfamiliar, it creates new neural pathways that help it to understand and master that new object or challenge. The good news is that older people can reactivate their brains by undertaking new activities, or by

approaching established routines in different ways. That can be as simple as taking a different route to work or as complex as taking a degree in later life. Whether you decide to join a choir, take up a musical instrument or volunteer for a local charity, it’s not really about the activity – it’s about rekindling the youthful spark that encouraged you to experiment and try new things. At the very least it will give your brain some exercise, at best it might be the key to a whole new life.

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News from Chandlers Ford & Winchester MP Steve Brine I have been initiating some major projects in the constituency to start 2014 and few are larger than my Health Check Survey. My constituents know I am a passionate supporter of the NHS but we should be honest in saying it is far from perfect and I think things will need to change things sooner or later to make it a worldclass public service that delivers better outcomes when we fall ill. The clinicians have come forward with plans for major change in our area and I believe we must hear their rationale and have the opportunity to be fully informed as the future of stroke, emergency and especially maternity services

are discussed. Despite spending more time trying to understand the huge complexities of modern acute medicine than anything else in recent years it is still the subject which worries me most and I know many people share my anxiety so please have your say. I have also organised an open meeting for constituents which will be held in Winchester on Thursday 27th March. Find out more and take the survey www.stevebrine.com/prioritynhs During Parliament’s recent halfterm recess I was still handling a large volume of requests for help following the recent floods

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LOCAL CLUBS & EVENTS

Race for Life Hampshire women are being urged to join forces and show cancer who’s boss by signing up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2014 which is now open for entries. Every day, around 5 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East. Everyone is special, everyone is somebody’s mum, dad, brother, sister, friend or colleague. That’s why Cancer Research UK is calling on local women of all ages, shapes and sizes, to defy this dreadful disease by entering Race for Life 5km or 10km events in Winchester on Sunday 8th June or Southampton on Sunday 6th July. Race for Life is non-competitive. It’s not about being fit or fast. Most women are able to walk 5k in an hour while chatting and having fun. Or they can choose to jog, run or even dance around the course if they prefer. Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding for its ground-breaking work but with help from the people of Hampshire, the charity intends to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. To enter Race for Life today go to www.raceforlife. org or call 0845 600 6050.

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It’s that time of year again. Suddenly everyone is talking about tax free savings and the banks and building societies are in overdrive, advertising different types of ISAs.

Perhaps you’ve never considered tax free saving before, either because you’re not sure how it works or don’t think you have enough money to make it worth it. But you’re really missing a trick if all your savings are being taxed – so read on for an introduction to making the most of your savings in the next tax year.

Avoiding and Reducing Tax in your Savings If you don’t earn enough to pay tax – that is, you earn less than your annual tax allowance – then you won’t have to pay tax on your savings income, unless it takes your total income over your tax allowance. But as most banks and building societies automatically tax your interest, you’ll need to register as a nontaxpayer by filling in form R85 here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ forms/r85.pdf (you need to fill in a new form for each institution you bank with). If you’re not sure if this applies to you, take a look at the handy helpsheet at http:// www.hmrc.gov.uk/helpsheets/ r85-helpsheet.pdf. Don’t forget that children are liable for tax too – the majority of them won’t earn enough to go over their allowance (unless they’re a 22

Harry Potter star or a teen with a remarkably well-paid part-time job), but parents need to fill in an R85 form on their behalf. It’s worth bearing in mind that if money given by a parent produces interest of more than £100 a year, the interest is treated as part of that parent’s income, so be careful (this only applies to money from parents, not from any other relatives or friends). If you or your partner pay different tax rates, or either of you pays none at all, consider putting your savings in the name of whoever has the smaller tax liability. Of course some couples may not be happy for their savings to be in just one name; that’s a decision they need to make together. But if your partner is paying higher rate tax of 40% and you’re paying the basic 20% rate – or no tax at all – it obviously makes good financial sense for savings to be in your name, and vice versa.

Tax Free Savings Even if you’re a tax-payer, there are government sanctioned schemes that allow you to receive savings interest tax-free. Tax-free saving schemes allow you to invest a limited amount of money in each tax-year.


What kind of tax-free savings are available? ISAs The most well-known taxfree saving scheme is the ISA (Individual Savings Account). An ISA allows you to save a limited amount each year. In the 2013/14 tax year, adults may invest up to a maximum of £11,520 in ISAs. There are two main kinds of ISA; Cash ISAs and Stocks and Shares ISAs (sometimes called ‘Investment ISAs’). You can save the full ISA allowance in a Stocks and Shares ISA, but only £5760 per year in a Cash ISA, so you may decide to invest in a Cash ISA and put the rest in a Stocks and Shares ISA if you want to invest your full allowance. Many Cash ISAs now have instant access facilities, which is handy if you want to save but think that you might need to dip into your ISA. ISAs are also available for children up to 18 too, but Junior ISAs

have an investment limit of just £3,720 per annum – and those born between 1 Sep 2002 and 2 Jan 2011 aren’t eligible, as they have Child Trust Funds. Of course, most children won’t be paying tax anyway – so is there any point? Possibly - because one advantage is that savings in a Junior ISA automatically convert into an adult cash ISA when the child turn 18, and then remain tax-free – even if the amount is over the adult ISA limit. The Government backed NSI (National Savings and Investments) schemes are also worth investigating. They sometimes offer Savings Certificates which give tax-free returns – without affecting your ISA allowance. You can also save tax-free with a Friendly Society. Their savings schemes or policies often come with other features such as life or health insurance, but they’re designed for long term investing;

charges or interest reductions can be severe if you stop payments or end the policy.

Pensions Pensions are one type of saving we should all have, and pension contributions accrue tax relief. You can usually pay extra voluntary contributions into your employer’s pension scheme, and can also pay into a personal pension scheme (either as a top-up or your sole pension). Of course pensions aren’t designed for short-term investment; some pensions will allow you to take early lump sums, but always check terms and conditions before deciding how much money to commit long term. Of course, that’s sound advice for all saving. Spend time comparing schemes and accounts – and always read those terms and conditions carefully.

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In 2011, my Partner and I entered into a Civil Partnership, but the relationship is now over and he has left our house. Is our situation the same as a divorce? Tim, Chandlers Ford

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dissolution in the same manner as a marriage. A couple must have remained within the Civil Partnership for at least one year and since yours dates back to 2011, that is not a problem for you. You would have to file a Petition citing the reasons why the partnership should end and, if children are involved, you would have to file a ‘Statement of Arrangements’, which would include plans for them. A Civil Partnership can also be ended by annulment, making it

void or voidable, meaning that it either never existed or that it was legal but no longer is. However, most Civil Partnerships are ended by dissolution, a process which takes an average of three to six months. You need to prove that the relationship has suffered an irretrievable breakdown due to one of the following four reasons:• unreasonable behaviour. • separation of two years prior to the dissolution with partner consent • separation of five years • desertion for a minimum period of two years prior to making the application When it comes to finances, a Civil Partnership will give you the same legal rights as married couples. Maintenance payments can be awarded for a limited period of time (a term of months or years) and the Court can also order lump sum payments, pensions to be shared and property sold or transferred. There will often be a range of possible solutions to dividing the assets in your relationship. Hopefully, you will be able to come to an amicable agreement with your partner which can be embodied in a legally binding agreement called a ‘Consent Order’. If you cannot agree, the Court will take into consideration your respective incomes, earning capacities, property and any

other financial resources that you may have, or are likely to have in the foreseeable future. They will also include any increase in earning capacity which would be reasonable to expect either you or your partner to make, the standard of living before the relationship breakdown, your respective ages and the duration of the partnership. If there are children from the relationship, generally speaking the Court will give priority to whoever is caring for them and will try to assess the subsequent reasonable needs, such as housing. I have made reference to the Court, but of course you do not need to pursue your financial remedies through the Court. Mediation is always available. This is a private and confidential dispute resolution process in which an independent neutral person “the Mediator”, is appointed to support both parties in reaching an amicable settlement with a view to avoiding the need to spend further time and a great deal of money in the Court process. If you are still able to talk things through, then my advice would be to seek the assistance of a trained Mediator, as this is often the most amicable and efficient way of resolving outstanding issues. If I can be of any further assistance to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch. By Emma Cole

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2nd: The premiere of 2001: A Space Odyssey took place in Washington. The Stanley Kubrick film was a British-American production, made almost entirely in England, with the screenplay co-written by Arthur C Clarke.

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Around Britain 5 Places Opened By Queen Victoria 1. Belfast The main building of Belfast’s Queen’s University was officially opened by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1849 when, owing to a city-wide outbreak of cholera, it was one of only a few buildings that the royal couple were permitted to enter during their trip. 2. Berwick-upon-Tweed Berwick’s Royal Border Bridge was opened by Queen Victoria in 1850. Designed by Robert Stephenson, son of the engineer George Stephenson, the bridge took three years to build and still forms an integral part of the East Coast Mainline today. 3. London After the sudden death of Prince Albert in 1861, his plan for a ‘Central Hall of Arts and Sciences’ in London was renamed in his honour. Queen Victoria officially opened what is now The Royal Albert Hall in March 1871 but is said to have been too distraught to speak at the inauguration ceremony, leaving her son Edward to instead announce that ‘the Queen declares this Hall now open’. 4. Manchester Construction began on the 36-mile Manchester Ship Canal in 1887, overseen by the renowned engineer Edward Leader Williams, who was knighted by Queen Victoria at the official opening ceremony in 1894. 5. Newcastle-upon-Tyne A remarkable dual-level road and rail bridge, Newcastle’s Grade I listed High Level Bridge was designed by Robert Stephenson and constructed between 1847 and 1849. At over 400m, it is the second-longest bridge spanning the Tyne and stands 80ft above the water. It was officially opened by Queen Victoria on September 27 1849, shortly after Stephenson turned down the offer of a knighthood. © Taken from The British Isles: A Trivia Gazetteer by Paul Anthony Jones, out now.

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A Time for Love, A Time for Forgiveness Dr Who is a very popular TV character at present. A time traveller who sorts out the world’s problems, rights wrongs and set records straight, changing history so the good win and evil is defeated. If you could time travel, where would you go? Would you go into the future and see what life will be like for you in the years to come. Maybe go back in time and try to resolve a family disagreement that has caused upset for years, perhaps

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Walk for your community

A community event organised by the Rotary Club of Chandlers Ford and Itchen Valley with the support of Chandlers Ford Parish Council

Raise money for your chosen community group or charity by taking part in this sponsored walk to be held on Sunday 1st June 2014. Ask your supporters and donors to register for the walk and raise money. Your group or charity will receive 75% of the funds raised, including gift aid where appropriate, and Rotary Charities will receive 25%. You can if you wish choose to support Rotary charities 100%. Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children up to 16 years of age. Registration fees cover the organisation expenses - Rotary will do all of the walk management and administration.

Sunday 1st June 2014

The full walk is about seven miles long starting at Bar End, Winchester and following a route, largely along the Itchen Navigation, to finish at Fryern Field in Chandlers Ford. A shorter route starting from Otterbourne will also be available. The walk will be fully marshalled and patrolled, with St John's Ambulance staff in attendance in case of any emergencies and there will be toilets and water available along the route. Walkers will be transported by bus to their start point after registering at the Fryern Pavilion. There will be parking available if you require it. The web site provides the information you need and will allow you to register on-line. Make a note of the web site address:

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A visit to any nursery or garden centre at this time of year will reveal a brilliant array of herbaceous perennials. True, right now they may not look particularly enticing as they usually show little growth and seem to be unbelievably small but just take a look at the illustration on the label and you will see that these small plants have great potential.

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At this stage, before they put on their fabulous foliage or flowers, herbaceous perennials, particularly those grown in relatively small pots (3in or 7.5cm) are fairly inexpensive, usually somewhere around the £1.50-£2.50 mark and great value. They’re packed full of potential and within a year or two will have formed really good sized plants. In order to make sure that newly planted herbaceous perennials not only survive but thrive, it’s essential that you give them that little bit of extra tender loving care. Small plants such as these are more likely to be prone to any weather extremes such as drought or waterlogging and even plants in larger pots should be well established. When you ease the plants out of their pots, if you see a really plentiful supply of roots that usually means you have purchased a good plant. Unlike woody plants such as shrubs and trees, a crammed in root system tends to mean that the plant has been growing well and is unlikely to lead to problems in the future.

Check the plant labels to see the ultimate spread of the plant and then this will give you an idea of how far apart you should space them. For the best effect you generally want to grow several individuals of the same species and I suggest you choose an odd number, perhaps three, or five for a much larger garden, as this invariably makes a better display than if even numbers of plants are used. It may be tempting to plant too close and although this will provide a better looking display initially, over-crowded plants are less likely to become well established, will have to be moved in the near future and in the meantime will be more prone to numerous diseases including grey mould and powdery and downy mildews. It’s also essential to plant at the correct depth. With herbaceous perennials you need to make sure that you place the plant in the ground to the same depth that it was in the container and although you may decide to mulch the soil afterwards, do remember not to mulch right up to or over the crown of the


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HEALTH

Chocolate and Eggs: Easter Food Superheroes or Arch-villains? At Easter, eggs are everywhere – both the decorated hardboiled variety and the tempting chocolatey type. But what’s the latest advice about eating eggs and chocolate? Do they harm or heal? Eggs Once considered a nutritional Big Bad Wolf, a better understanding of how our body uses food means eggs are now seen as an important nutritional source. Packed with goodness A medium egg is very low in carbohydrates, supplies over 10% of our daily protein needs and contains just 66 kcals and 4.6g of fat (less than a third is saturated). It also supplies many essential vitamins and minerals, including 3 often scarce in UK diets: it provides a third of our daily Vitamin D requirement (vital for bones, teeth and muscles), over half of our required Vitamin B12 (for red blood cell formation, energy metabolism and healthy immune and nervous systems), and nearly half of our selenium requirement. Around 20% of us have inadequate Vitamin D levels, and as eggs also contain useful 78

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amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, folate, biotin, iodine and phosphorous, it’s not surprising that they’re increasingly recommended as a healthy and fulfilling food. What about cholesterol? And salmonella? At one time eggs were supposedly rather bad for us and we were given a weekly ‘safe’ limit. The concerns stemmed from misunderstandings about cholesterol, the ‘baddie’ that furred up our blood vessels. But research shows that cholesterol found in eggs and other foods has a negligible effect on our cholesterol level, which is influenced by many factors. Our body produces its own cholesterol, and although saturated fat has long considered the chief culprit in raising our blood cholesterol level, a fresh look at the evidence has recently cast doubt on this. As for salmonella – while the Food Standards Agency is recommending, for now, that vulnerable groups should only eat hard-boiled eggs, the massive increase in chicken vaccination has more than halved yearly cases of infection. Eggs with the Lion Mark are guaranteed to come from vaccinated chickens, and all of the 150,000 Lion Mark eggs

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Chocolate For years chocolate stood accused of causing acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and diabetes, to name just a few. But research has shown it’s not necessarily guilty, and may also have positive effects. • Acne. There’s no scientific proof that chocolate causes acne. If there is a dietary link, studies suggests it’s foods with a high glycaemic load. • Obesity & diabetes. Most chocolate is high in sugar and fat, so as with any other highfat, high-sugar food, prolonged over-indulgence is likely to show on the scales. However, recent studies showed that chocolate can lower your insulin resistance (which could reduce your risk of developing diabetes) and leave you feeling full. In a trial on nearly 1,500 teens, those eating around 1.5 ounces of chocolate daily had less body fat than those eating 0.16 ounces, and also had more energy and higher activity levels. Scientists say 1.5 ounces a day may be beneficial for us: good news! The bad news? That’s about a square and a half. While there’s no need to avoid


chocolate altogether if you’re diabetic, experts advise you to monitor your total carbohydrate intake. • Cardiovascular health, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Many studies suggest that cocoa has beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, improving blood pressure, vascular function and blood flow. It appears to reduce platelet aggregation and adhesion, making arteries healthier and reducing clot risk. Chocolate with good levels of plant sterols and cocoa flavanols may lower cholesterol slightly, but only – you’ve guessed it - when eaten as part of a low fat diet. • Stroke. A study involving 44,489 people concluded that chocolate eaters were 22% less likely to suffer a stroke and 46% less likely to die from one. • Brain function. Another study has

shown that chocolate can help preserve blood flow in the brain and prevent memory decline in older people. This could be an important factor in diseases such as Alzheimer’s. • Mood. Chocolate contains chemicals that can raise our serotonin levels and may also affect other receptors in the brain that trigger feelings of well-being. • Migraine. While chocolate contains come chemicals believed to be migraine triggers, recent data shows that cocoa contains compounds that would be beneficial in migraine treatment. There’s no need to avoid it unless you’re sure it’s a trigger. • Osteoporosis. Now for the bad news. Chocolate may contribute to osteoporosis. One study of women aged 70-85 found

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LOCAL CLUBS/ GROUPS Brass Band

Thurs 7:45pm, Sun 6:30pm Otterbourne Village Hall, Cranbourne Drive, Otterbourne Otterbourne Brass playing at fetes, carnivals and agricultural shows in the summer, raising funds for band development and charity at Christmas and performing concerts throughout the year. New players are always welcome. Helen Davis, 01489 564716

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. zoomshare.com or call 07964 789861

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. Social events too. Come and make friends. ‘Taster’ participation is free. Contact Viv, romsey@southhampshirectc.org.uk or 01794 368207

Scottish Dancing

Wednesdays 7.30 - 10.00pm Saint Francis School, Valley Park Tuition given in steps and formations: Cost £1 .50 Contact Connie Cruden, 01962 869804

Walking

6 days a week - Various meeting places C.Ford, N Badd, Romsey & other Test Valley Locations Walks are approximately an hour long and a gentler pace is always offered. All walks are accompanied by a trained Health Walk Leader. All ages welcome. Laura Blake 01264 368831

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Sat 09:00 - 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 Badminton England registered coaches. Minimum age 7 years. For further

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information, please contact Bev Ardabili, Youth Band Thursday 7pm-9pm Club Coach and Treasurer on 02380 266121 or email bevardabili@gmail.com The Pavilion, Kingfisher Rd, Eastleigh Senators Youth band with brass, Men’s Keep Fit keyboard and drums for children Tuesdays 11am to 12pm aged 9-14. New members welcome – Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Rd currently free! Call June Fitzpatrick on Over 50s men’s keep fit and social group. 02380 275422 for details or just turn up Come along, keep fit, make friends. All any Thursday (term time). shapes and sizes welcome. £3 per session. Call Roy Wreford 02380 268237. Over 70s Club Chandlers Ford Croquet Club Tuesdays 2 pm to 4 pm Meets at Fryern recreation ground twice Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Road The Happy Bunch Club is an over 70’s weekly beginning 6th April. Learn to play croquet, no experience necessary. club for the young at heart. Activities include gentle exercise classes, visiting Don Summerton 02380269002. speakers, musicians or simply tea, chat Gardeners Club and laughter. Plus outings. Transport 1st Tues 7-10pm St Boniface Hall available. Call Jayne 02380 269319 Guest speakers on garden and gardenStory Time related subjects. Some practical Monday 2:15-2:45 - CF Library demonstrations and a Spring and Stories for under 5s and their parents / Annual Show. Contact Valerie Jolley carers at Chandler’s Ford Library 01794 519919

Amateur Drama Group

Every Tuesday Ritchie Memorial Hall, C/Ford New members are always welcome, for both onstage and backstage roles. www.chameleontheatre.co.uk or 0845 644 0496.

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

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Mondays, Cleveland Bay, C/Ford Single, Divorced, Widowed, “Loose Ends” for a vibrant social group for 45+ ring Chris 02380861745 or Yvonne 07774043386

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. Liz Farrington 02380 611201.

Rhyme Time

1st Tues 10-10:30 - CF Library Songs & rhymes for children under 3 years and their parents/carers

Social Club

2nd & 4th Wednesday 8.30pm Phase II social club meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at Chandlers Ford central club, from 8pm and 4th Wednesday 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 80 428684.

Languages

French - 1st 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

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 www.chandlersfordartgroup.com

Hocombe Wood Women's Institute

3rd Tues of each month 7pm - 10pm The Hilt, off Hiltingbury Road, C/Ford Monthly Meetings except August. Speakers, Walks, Scrabble, Social Activites. Visitors and new members welcome. Contact: l.m.n@btinternet.com

Townswomens Guild

Friendly group meeting on 4th Monday of month at 7.30 at Dovetail Centre, Methodist Church, with speaker/ activities and occasional outings. New members very welcome. More details from Ann on 023 8025 3751.

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.


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GO BANANAS FOR FAIR TRADE 8 Mar, 7pm St Martin’s Church, Queens Road, Hiltingbury Celebrate Fairtrade fortnight at our Fashion show and craft stall. All the clothes and crafts are made by producers in developing countries and are both well made and something different from the High Sreet. Free Fairtrade refreshments and no charge for entry. 023 8025 2546 or email tricia.urquhart@ ntlworld.com DOGGY FUN WEEKEND 15 and 16 Mar, 10am - 3pm Lepe Country Park, Lepe, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AD Bring your dog to Lepe for an agility trail and other doggy treats. No entry fee (car parking charges only). No need to book. 023 8089 9108. CHORAL CONCERT 15 Mar, 7.30pm St. Cross Church, Winchester SO23 9SD Concert by Romsey Choral Society “There’s something about Mary” celebrating the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary through glorious choral music. Conducted by Jamie W. Hall, accompanied by Riverstrings. For ticketswww.romseychoral.org.uk or email publicity@romseychoral.org.uk TWYFORD FOR TEA (OR COFFEE) 21 Mar, 9.30am Ladies Breeze Cycling group invite you to join them on a 10 mile leisurely ride. Allow 2-3 hours with a cafe stop in Twyford. Meet at Chandlers Ford railway station. Contact Mary on 023 8025 2003 or www.breezebikerides.com BAND CONCERT 25 Mar 7pm Royal Victoria Country Park The Friends of Royal Victoria Country Park will be having another of their popular concerts in the acoustically acclaimed Chapel featuring the Band of The Hampshire Constabulary. Refreshments will be available. All money raised will go towards a 82

memorial Poppy sculpture to commemorate World War 1. £9, book in advance 023 8045 5157 FIRST WORLD WAR TALK 25 Mar, 1.30pm The Linden Road Hall, 24 Linden Road, Romsey SO51 8DB Age Concern Twenty Twelve Club present a talk by Peter Jones on the First World War ‘From School Field to Battlefield’. Refreshments provided. Cost £2.50. 01794 518817. admin@ageconcernromsey.org.uk SCOUT JAMBOREE QUIZ NIGHT 28 Mar, 7.30pm See advert on opposite page for information. LEPE LOOP AND LUNCH 26 Mar, 10am - 2pm Lepe Country Park, Lepe, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AD Join the rangers for a 5 mile guided walk at a gentle pace around a coastal and countryside route, followed by hot lunch in the cafe. The terrain is rough in parts, so walking boots and sensible outdoor clothing recommended. £9.50 pp. 023 8089 9108. AUTISM HAMPSHIRE’S CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT 28 Mar, 7 - 10.30pm Hedge End CIU Club, Bursledon Road, Hedge End SO30 0BR Get your brain working and join us for a night of quizzes and puzzles. Ploughman’s supper, bar and raffle. Teams of 6, £10 pp. To book a team or for more info contact Lucy ward 01489 880881 ext 208, or email lucy.ward@has.org.uk CAR BOOT SALE 1 Apr, 9am to 12pm Royal Victoria Country Park Free Entry. Please note normal car parking charges apply. If you would like a pitch please phone 023 8045 5157 for details.


WINCHESTER ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE 5 Apr, 10.30 - 12.00pm St. Lawrence’s Parish Room, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LH Incredible Edible: join us for a lively and inspiring talk about the international success of a community food growing project from Yorkshire. 01962 870522. www.winacc.org.uk FREE entry. EASTER HOLIDAY TRAIL 5 Apr to 21 April 10am Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey Let’s all do the hop! Join us in songs, poems and laughter with some holiday fun. Follow the trail and receive a chocolate surprise. Suitable for all the family. £1 per Child Accompanying Adults free with normal admission. AMPFIELD MARKET 5 Apr, 10am - 12 noon Village Hall, Morleys Lane, Ampfield SO51 9BJ Browse the stalls for fresh fruit and veg, bread and Fairtrade products to plants, flowers, new and old books, crafts and pet foods. Refreshments, fresh coffee and a delicious range of home made cakes. Free admission and ample free parking. CHAPEL SESSIONS 9 Apr, 7:00pm Royal Victoria Country Park Swing with the strings at our very special acoustically acclaimed Chapel Sessions. Tony Furtado is an acoustic bluesman from the USA, slide guitarist, banjo wizard (2 x national 5 string champion) songwriter with an emotionally riveting voice. www.tonyfurtado.com Supported by Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman band and Bellowhead) abd Nigel Stevens (backed musicians like Paddy Keenan (Bothy Band), Seamus Egan (Solas) and opening the night local singer/songwriter/guitarist James George. £11 in advance, www.hants.gov.uk/ shop or by phone on 07702 980677

RIVERBANK FESTIVAL 26 & 27 Apr, 10am – 5pm Universal Marina, Sarisbury Green SO31 7ZN Charity family fun weekend with tented village incl. Surf Simulator, face painting, River Trips, paddle boarding, climbing wall & Sailing Simulator & much more. Hants RNLI, Police & Fire Brigade. Live music, boats, prestige cars, marine clothing & exhibitors stands. Competitions & Prizes, Bar & Cafe. FREE ENTRY www.riverbankfestival.co.uk 01489 574272. ST GEORGE’S DAY CONCERT 27 Apr, 7.30pm Thornden Hall, Chandlers Ford Concert with an all-local line-up of the Thornden Community Wind Band, Eastleigh’s West End Sings and soprano Tricia Coundley. Tickets: £12 available from rotarycfiv-boxoffice@yahoo.co.uk or Brian Hunt 023 8048 5051 / Mike Cherryman 023 8026 6961 / John Meechan 023 8025 3440 BEAULIEU BOATJUMBLE 27 Apr, 10am - 5pm Thousands of new and used marine and boating items spread over 1,000 stands. On-the-day allinclusive admission price of £9.50 adults, £7.50 children for entry to Boatjumble and the whole of the Beaulieu attraction. Advance tickets available at reduced price. 01590 612888, online www. beaulieushop.co.uk

MAKE AN EASTER PRESENT 10 / 17 Apr 10am-12pm or 2pm - 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park Make a special Easter present. No need to book just come to the Empire Room and get started. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Individual prices for each craft between 50p & £2.50. A DOG’S DAY OUT 13 Apr, 11am to 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park Calling all Dogs; it’s a Fun Event for you! Exciting dog games and challenges, meet TV’s Sarah Fisher and help support the clever Medical Detection Dogs in our annual fun dog event. There will be stalls and refreshments too. For details see www. hamblehounds.com. Small charges for individual games/ activities. All money raised going to Medical Detection Dogs. Charity No.1124533 83


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Every issue of Discover is full of interesting articles, useful information and fun stuff too, delivered through your door free of charge, made possible by the financial support of its advertisers. Please support local businesses who promote themselves in Discover. They are ready to serve you and they want your business. We’d appreciate it if you’d mention Discover when contacting advertisers from this issue. Accounting Kirkcaldy Accountancy Ltd 23 Aerials Aerial Fix 17 DJ Satellites & Aerials 60 Air Conditioning ALB Electrical 65 Appliance Repair 123 Domestic Appliances 9 Advanced Appliance Care 21 JP Appliances 37 Premier Electrics 27 Architectural Services A & T Buckley 42 Andrew Johns Design 65 Bathrooms See Plumbing Beauty Treatments Aapka Beauty Salon 53 Caroline’s 48 Martica’s Beauty Treatment 49 Mystique Beauty 50 Bedrooms Swan Systems 61 Blinds & Curtains Designing for Style 41 Shading Places 12 Solent Blinds & Curtains 67 The Blind Business 31 The Curtain Design House 34 Waterside Blinds 5 Boilers See Plumbing BookkeepING AJ Bookkeeping 81 Car Service/Repair See Garage Svcs Carpenter Crown Carpentry 40 Kiwi Carpentry 20 Oakwood Carpentry & Maintenance 2 Carpet Cleaning Abbey Cleaning 38 Elliot Carpet Care 35 Carpet & Flooring G E Nicholls 69 Graham Parrick Carpet Fitter 81 Iain Duthie Flooring 13 Monarch Floor Coverings 81 Children’s Tuition Boostmaths 57 English Upgrades 59

French Clubs with Marc Morawek 53 Southern Education 57 Computer Services Chandlers Ford Computer Care 30 For-Matt 53 Home Computer Help 58 RSJ Computer Services 25 Widenet Computer Services Ltd 20 Conservatories Britannia Windows 19 Live-in 88 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 69 South Coast Installations 21 Counsellor Marcus Gee Talking Therapies 10 Curtains See Blinds & Curtains Dentist Smile 49 Vital Family Dental Care 51 Westfield Dental Practice 54 Domestic Appliance 123 Domestic Appliances 9 Advanced Appliance Care 21 JP Appliances 37 Premier Electrics 27 Double Glazing Inst/Repairs Britannia Windows 19 Hampshire Window Surgeon 9 Live-in Design 88 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 69 RWS Ltd 17 South Coast Installations 21 Windowmenda 30 EDUCATION Barton Peveril Sixth Form College 59 Electrician ALB Electrical 65 Ampfield Electrical 31 EEC247 37 GJ Rhodes Electrical 34 Estate Agent Jonathan Rees 43-46 Fencing Services CF Handyman Fencing Services 73 Colourfence 68 Terry & Dan Flynn 77 Funeral Services Nigel Guilder 18 Furniture From Old to New 9


l Buy Local . . . Swan Systems 61 Garage Doors Fix Quick Garage Doors 28 Garage Services Auto Assistance 33 Best Autocentres 28 Chandlers Ford Auto Repairs 35 Independent VW 29 Jon’s Garage Ltd 25 NB Service Station 27 Robinsons Vehicle Maintenance 36 Garden Design & Services A & T Buckley 10 Adapt Landscapes 72 Aura Landscapes 77 Colourfence 68 GreenKeeper 71 Hambrooks 73/75/77 J.L. Tree Care 76 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Gdn Svc 79 Lakewood Tree Surgeons 68 Martin Royer Garden Design 75 Neil Richmond Tree & Hedge Services 72 One Man Went To Mow 72 Premier Garden Designs 16 Romsey & CF Tree & Landscape Services 73 Romsey Stump 73 Flynn Gardens 77 T.I. Smith Building & Landscaping 76 Valley Park Landscapes 76 Gas Services See Plumbing HAIRDRESSER Nadia Woolgar Mobile Hairdresser 53 Scarlett Ribbons 49 Studio Styles 51 health & fitness Ali Rosen Sports & Remedial Massage 53 Health Services Hampshire Hearing Centre 47 Kitchens Dream Doors 11 HTS Studios 2 New Forest Stone 64 Re-Nu Kitchens 30 Space Kitchens & Bathrooms 40 Willow Madison Kitchens 63 Locksmith Lockright Security Ltd 27 Mobility Hampshire Mobility Services 47 Optician Hampson Opticians 47 Oven Cleaning Oven Wizards 81 Painter/Decorator Darren Eckton Handy Man & Decorator 81 Darren Liggett 60 M Fyall Design & Co 3 Prestige Painting 16 SJ Penney 6 VHN Decorating 34 W.A.G. Decorating Services Ltd 9 Pet Services Lynn Symes Dog Grooming Salon 42

Petcare by ZB Services 16 Pet Pals 79 PHOTOGRAPHER Harvey Studios 48 Plasterer A Y Plastering 42 C B Plastering Services 2 Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Ace Plumbing Ltd 13 Alford Plumbing & Heating 28 Aqua Bathrooms 30 Aquatec 25 DN Plumbing Services 34 First Call Heating Ltd 87 G.E. Harding & Sons Ltd 7 Gair Gas 60 Gas Elite 13 Graham Jones Plumbing & Heating 40 HTS Studios 2 RJ Plumbing 69 M.Brierley Plumbing 21 Mike Chivers 19 NHP (Romsey) Ltd 62 Premier Bathrooms 18 Space Kitchens & Bathrooms 40 SPC Bathrooms & Kitchens 65 TP Watts 37 Podiatrist Jon Callen 51 Printer Warwick Printing Company 54 Property Maintenance A Wilmott 62 Advanced External Plastics & Building Svc 39 Brian Loades Builders 35 CDN Handyman Services 2 CF Handyman Services 76 Dell Developments 36 Heyford Interiors Ltd 62 House Worx 10 Inspired Interiors 67 IO Contracts 31 M Fyall Design & Co 3 Mann & Sons Ltd 41 MH Building Services 79 Monarch Renovations 7 Purchase Construction Ltd 15 The Door Hanger Ltd 81 The Flat Pack People 16 The Handyman 41 T.I. Smith Building & Landscaping 76 Your Local Odd Job Man 79 radio The Breeze 55 SCHOOLS Barton Peveril Sixth Form College 59 Singing Lessons Jan 58 SOCIAL CLUB Chandlers Ford Central Club 59 Solicitor Eric Robinson Solicitors 24

Taylor Fordyce Solicitors 23 TAXI Links Private Hire 81 Tiling & Tile Supplier AT Ceramics 81 Premier Bathrooms & Tiles 18 Tree Surgery See Garden Tuition (Children’s) Boostmaths 57 English Upgrades 59 French Clubs with Marc Morawek 53 Southern Education 57 Upholstery Designing for Style 41 From Old to New 9 The Curtain Design House 34 Veterinary Cats@Seadown 42 The Village Vet 42 Wedding Dresses Bella Bride & Ball 50 Window Repair Hampshire Window Surgeon 9 RWS Ltd 17 Windowmenda 30

Puzzle Answers General Knowledge Crossword Across: 1 Stucco, 4 Apache, 9 Avocado, 10 Paper, 11 Lotus, 12 Naphtha, 13 Elastic band, 18 Hebrews, 20 Aisle, 22 Ruler, 23 Ukulele, 24 Shaken, 25 Mantis. Down: 1 Stable, 2 U-boat, 3 Chassis, 5 Pop up, 6 Capstan, 7 Earwax, 8 Connoisseur, 14 Lobelia, 15 Bravura, 16 Chorus, 17 Peters, 19 Eyrie, 21 Sleet.

Fun Quiz - Mascots 1. Rolls-Royce 2. His right eye 3. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 4. Red and white 5. Homepride 6. A lion 7. Sega 8. Mr Chips 9. The Michelin Guide (Bibendum is the name of the character commonly known as the Michelin Man) 10. Kellogg’s Rice Krispies (the mascots are Snap, Crackle and Pop)

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NHS Direct (24 hr helpline) 0845 46 47 The Brownhill Surgery, 2 Brownhill Rd 023 8025 2188 023 8025 2414 Fryern Surgery, Oakmount Rd 023 8027 3252 023 8027 3458 Knightwood Surgery, 023 8025 5118 (Parkside Family Practice), Pilgrims Close Park Surgery 023 8025 2131 (Chandlers Ford Family Practice), Hursley Rd Option 1 - Emergencies St Francis Surgery Option 2 - Triage (Chandlers Ford Family Option 3 - Routine Appointments Practice), Pilgrims Close Option 4 - General Enquiries

CHEMISTS Asda Pharmacy, Bournemouth Road

023 8027 7390

Mon/Tues/Weds - 8.00am - 9.00pm, Thurs/Fri - 8am - 10pm, Sat - 8am - 8pm, Sun - 10am - 4pm. Bank Hols - 9.00am - 6pm.

Boots the Chemist, 4-5 Fryern Arcade,

023 8025 2751

Opening hours/rota: Mon/Tues - 8.30am - 6pm, Weds/Thurs/Fri - 8.30am - 6.30pm, Sat -8.30am - 5.30pm.

Day Lewis

023 8025 3063

95 Hiltingbury Road, SO53 5NQ. Mon - Fri - 8.30am - 6pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm.

Falkland Pharmacy 1 Falkland Court, SO53 3GA

023 8025 4344

Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri - 9am - 1pm, 2pm - 6.30pm Weds 9am - 1pm, 6pm - 7pm Sat - 9am -1pm, 2pm - 5.30pm

Lloyds Pharmacy 21 Hursley Road, SO53 2FS.

023 8025 4252

Mon - Fri - 8.30am - 6pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm

Park Pharmacy

023 8026 3908

3 Pilgrims Close, Valley Park, SO53 4TQ. Mon - Fri - 8.45am - 6.30pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm

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 Edwards Church 023 8027 3882 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 8027 6791 Velmore Church 023 8057 1414 Churches Together in Chandlers Ford www.ctcf.org.uk

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Barton Peveril Chandler’s Ford Infant Eastleigh College Fryern Infants Fryern Junior Hiltingbury Infants Hiltingbury Junior John Keble CE Knightwood Primary Lakeside Merdon Junior Otterbourne Primary Peter Symonds Scantabout Primary Sherborne House St Francis Primary St Swithun Wells Primary Thornden Toynbee

023 8036 7200 023 8025 2655 023 8091 1000 023 8026 5931 023 8025 4155 023 8026 5414 023 8026 1808 01962 775241 023 8026 1900 023 8026 6633 023 8026 5255 01962 712020 01962 857500 023 8026 6892 023 8025 2440 023 8027 1178 023 8026 6210 023 8026 9722 023 8026 9026

SCHOOL TERMS DATES www.hants.gov.uk/education/schools/schoolholidays Autumn Term Tue 3 Sep 13 to Fri 20 Dec 13 Autumn Holiday Mon 28 Oct 13 to Fri 1 Nov 13 Christmas Holiday Mon 23 Dec 13 to Fri 3 Jan 14 Spring Term Mon 6 Jan 14 to Fri 4 Apr 14 Spring Holiday Mon 17 Feb 14 to Fri 21 Feb 14 Easter Holiday Mon 7 Apr 14 to Mon 21 Apr 14

MISCELLANEOUS LIBRARY TIMES http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/chandlersford-library.htm Oakmount Road, Chandler’s Ford, 0845 6035631 Mon/Wed/Fri: 9am - 5pm, Tue/Thur: 9am - 7pm, Sat: 9am - 4pm LAST POST TIMES Ashdown Rd - Mon-Fri 5pm/Post Office Closes 5:30pm, Sat 11:30/Post Office Closes 12:30 Fryern Arcade Post Office - Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat 9-12:30 LAST POST IN CHANDLERS FORD - Brickfield Lane on The Chandlers Ford Industrial Estate (near Hendy Truck) Mon-Fri 6:30, Sat: 11:45 No collection Sunday SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT For all rail, ferry, bus and underground information click on www.traveline.org.uk/index.htm or call 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.threeriversrail.com For all cycle routes in Chandlers Ford and neighbouring areas visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/parking-travel--roads.aspx CHANDLERS FORD MP Steve Brine MP - Member of Parliament for Winchester & Chandlers Ford. steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk, www.stevebrine.com 0207 219 7189 (London Office), 01962 791110 (Constituency Office)


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