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Dec 11

The Chandlers Ford Directory

Local News, views, events and your comprehensive guide to the businesses serving Chandlers Ford and Otterbourne


Dear Neighbours As Christmas approaches the thought of going anywhere near Winchester or Southampton fills me with dread. I’m not a fan of shopping – well actually it’s not so much the buying, I just loathe queuing – so when I do go, it’s in and out as fast as I can. But inevitably when I do make the effort, shopping is all I do. However I was doing some research this month for the next in the series of Hampshire Heritage articles we’ve been running. If you’ve been following these, you’ll know that each month we focus on somewhere within easy travelling distance that has historical interest but is a bit off the beaten track. This time we are looking at Winchester City centre (page 37). Having lived within a short drive of the City for 20 years now I was a little embarrassed to find how little of the historical interest in the area I had actually visited. I’ve hardly ever deviated from the High Street or the grounds of the Cathedral. I’ve never been to the Great Hall to see the round table; I’ve not made it up to Westgate (although it’s shut at this time of the year); I’ve been to the Winchester museum, but only once and at least 7 years ago. It’s often the way that you see far more of an area as a visitor than as a local resident. Next time we are trying to think of something interesting to do at the weekend, I know where to go, although it might not appeal to my 16 year old daughter quite as much as the retail option. The Directory has some really useful advertisers from beauticians to plumbers, childcare to electricians. But there are some also some unusual businesses in our smallads section on pages 84, 85 and 91. A ladies companion, hypnotherapy, piano lessons, grave tending and guitar tuning to name just a few. Till next month. Tania. Tania Houston 023 8027 6361, tania@cfdirectory.co.uk Advertising sales: Kevin Houston, 023 8027 6396, Kevin@cfdirectory.co.uk

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REGULAR ARTICLES Cycle or Walk Leisure Beauty Feature: Tis the Season to be Glamorous Working from Home: When a House is Not a Home Poet's Corner: The Snowman Motoring Feature: Save Money on Motoring A Proverbial Life: Can You Sleep? Hampshire Heritage December There's Only One Thing Worse Than Being Talked About Garden Feature: A Real Proper Christmas Tree The Way I See It: Aiming for the Truth Homes & Interiors: A Cool Yule Memories of my Childhood in Chandlers Ford 1932 - 1950 Christmas Postal Dates Local Events in December Regular Local Events News from Winchester & Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine Recycle-Reuse-Declutter

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PUZZLES Christmas Crossword Children's Puzzle Page Fun Quiz: Christmas Puzzle Page

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Cycle or walk for leisure This is an 8 mile circular cycle route from The Cleveland Bay pub through Chilworth, Lords Wood, Southampton sports ground, the golf club and back. This route is a mixture of cycle paths, quite roads and a little off roading. If you prefer to walk there are instructions at the bottom for a circular route to and from the Chilworth Arms taking in much of the same route, but including the Roman Road (footpath only). For cycle map see: http://gb.mapometer. com/cycling/route_1480021. html 1) Take the George Perrett Way by the side of Tesco and join Raglan Way till you arrive at the traffic light junction with Templars Way and Castle Lane. 2) Cross the juction and follow the cycle path along Castle Lane until you see Misslebrook Lane on the LHS. Cross Castle Lane carefully and cycle to the end of Misslebrook Lane. 3) Turn left onto the A27 Chilworth Road. There is a shared cycle path on the other side of the road which you should join as soon as possible. Continue until you reach the Chilworth Arms pub which is on the corner of Manor Road. 4) Cycle down Manor Road and continue leftish onto Manor Drove which should take you over the M27 motorway. 5) Continue to the right on Manor Drove to the very end and enter Lords Wood. This bit is tricky as the paths are not labelled, but continue straight on over all junctions until you are almost at houses on the other side. The footpaths should cross over

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a bridleway and you need to turn left onto this bridleway and follow it along the botton edge of Lords Wood until you arrive at Coxford Road. 6) Onto Coxford Road until you see on the LHS a pathway into the grounds of Southampton Sports Centre. Continue on the path and at the T junction take a left onto the main track through the sports ground. This will bend through the sports ground and eventually becomes Golf Course Road (no traffic though). This will take you up a hill. Stop at the top and take a look at the Memorial for Warrior the Horse on the LHS. 7) Just a little further is the Southamton City Golf Course club house where you can take on refreshments and enjoy the fantastic view. 8) Continue straight on which will now become a track (do not turn right on Golf course road). 9) The track will become Hadrians Way. Continue back over the M27 and on to the crossroads with Roman Road and Heatherlands Road. 10) Continue on Heatherlands Road until you reach the A27 Chilworth Road again. Turn left and use the cycle path back to the Chilworth Arms. 11) This time go straight over the A27 Chilworth Road from the pub onto Woodside. Continue down the hill and this will turn into a bridleway that returns

to Castle Lane. Be very careful at the end of the bridleway as you need to cross Castle Lane and get back onto the safe cycle track on the other side of the road. You could turn left or right to do this. I think turning left and then crossing over is the safer option. Back on the track turn right and backtrack to the Cleveland Bay. Well done. If you prefer to walk a 4 mile route: Start and end at The Chilworth Arms. View: http:// gb.mapometer.com/walking/ route_1480042.html a) Walk down Manor Road and continue leftish onto Manor Drove which should take you over the M27 motorway. b) Just over the M27 do not continue on Manor Drove, but go straight on down a track which is a walking route only. This will take you into Lords Wood and you need to follow this path straight through the woods until it rejoins Coxford Road. c) Follow instructions 6-9. d) Do not go onto Heatherlands Road, but take the left hand turn onto Roman Road which is a footpath for walkers only. e) This straight road will return you back to Manor Road. Turn right back to the Chilworth Arms. Many thanks to local resident Penny King for this piece


Frightened of the

DENTIST? Have you been putting it off? Dental Phobic? Bad Experience?

Let me restore your confidence in dentistry Dr Emma O'Hara B.D.S. Fryern Dental Practice, 119a Winchester Rd, Chandlers Ford, SO53 2DR From TLC to Intravenous Sedation Available on a Private Basis

Call 02380

262607 For a free consultation

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December Offer £10 off all St Tropez tans this month 68 Hiltingbury Road, Chandlers Ford, Hants. S053 5SS

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PODIATRIST & CHIROPODIST Jon Callen BSc (Hons)MChS

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Mystique Beauty professional and relaxing treatments at affordable prices

Mystique Beauty's gift to you this Christmas: For every £20 voucher bought during December, you'll receive an extra £5 voucher, to spend on yourself or to treat a friend or family. This offer is available separately and cannot be taken in conjunction with other current Mystique Beauty offers.

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Tel: 02380 267889

PROVIDING NHS DENTISTRY SINCE 1974

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FAMILY DENTAL CARE Mr M MANSOURIAN (DDS-Sweden) and associates.

Affordable, high quality NHS dental care Just call, email or pop in > Prevention and treatment in all aspect of general dentistry for the whole family and also for patients nervous of dental work > Friendly, comfortable, modern practice > Hygienist service New and emergency NHS patients are welcome We also provide affordable private treatments including FREE first consultation for smile design, tooth whitening (zoom2), implants and advance root canal treatments.

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Tis the

Season to be glamorous

Courtesy of Estee Lauder

office It’s that time of year again. The annual offi ce get-together and accepting more invites to nights out with the girls than you could ever possibly attend. Christmas is great, but all that socialising can become stressful and a packed diary means less time to prepare for those all important dates. So, what you really need is an easy, effective eff ective and well-planned beauty routine that’s going to save you hours getting ready, guarantee you’ll look gorgeous and ensure that you’re the centre of attention - for all the right reasons. Being transformed from dingy to dazzling doesn’t have to take long, but preparation is certainly essential. Book hair appointments well in advance; it’s the busiest time of year for stylists and a marvelous mane is a must-have accessory. As great as it is to try out a new look, be cautious around the holiday season - hair disasters are sure to kill party spirit! Instead stick to a look that you know suits you and that’s easy to manage - leave the re-styles until the new year. Cold winter days, centrally heated rooms and

flu the usual bouts of seasonal fl u can play havoc with your skin, leaving it dull, dry and lifeless. So it’s a good time to take notice of your skin type and invest in a routine that will leave it glowing. suffer Dry, sensitive types suff er more in the winter and need to be regularly moisturised. Apply a day cream in the morning and a ‘heavier’ night cream in the evening to keep moisture levels topped up. Oily skin shouldn’t be neglected. It too needs moisturising - a ‘light’ product works best, and should be used twice daily. Combination skin must be managed using a specially formulated range, in order to balance the dry and oily sections of the face. Don’t forget the delicate eye area too - use an eye cream daily to avoid wrinkles. With hair styled and skin prepped, its time to find fi nd your perfect party make-up look. It’s a good idea to take advantage of the free offered makeovers off ered by most of the top beauty brands at your local department store. Having offer a specialist consultant off er their expertise when it comes to the way you apply your ...Continued on page 12

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make-up can result in a great new look for you. After all, it’s so easy to become stuck in a make-up rut. And you get to try out the products before you buy. Take notice of professional application tips and invest in the right tools - quality make-up brushes leave a great finish. Establishing what you want from your cosmetics means that you can find the right ones for you. Long lasting foundations, lengthening mascaras and vibrant lipsticks work wonders for evening, and will help keep you looking great into the small hours. And finally, get your nails looking as polished as you are. Repair breakage and reinforce damage to the nail surface with a strengthening treatment. File and shape before applying lashings of colour. Or, for a really fashion-forward look, try the latest trend - nail wraps. They’re cute, creative, fun and perfect for a party. With everything now in place to make you look fabulous, all that’s left to do is enjoy every minute of the best time of year and make this Christmas one to remember.

1. Estee Lauder Hydrationist Collection £33 each, 2. Estee Lauder - Pure Colour Sensuous Rouge Lipsticks £20 each, 3. Clarins Face Palette £35, 4. Lancome Hypnose Mascara £20.50, 5. Rebel Nail Wraps £7.95 by Helen Jane Taylor

Links Private Hire “Quality, value, reliability”

Based in Chandlers Ford we are a family operated business providing transport ‘links’ within the Hampshire area. Specialising in Airport transfers. We offer a pre-book quality service offering competitive fares for your journey.

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Our gift to you this December Pay annually: no joining fee & get 3 months membership free!

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A better smile

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Cosmetic dentistry isn’t always about major work. Even small improvements can make a big difference to your smile, and small changes don’t cost big money. Call Mr Sean O’Hara today for your FREE consultation

Call 02380 262607 www.fryerndental.co.uk Over 20 years experience of private cosmetic and implant dentistry

Mr Sean O’Hara BDS Dip.Imp.Dent.Msc (Implant Dentistry), Fryern Dental Practice 119A Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, SO53 2DR THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY | kevin@cfdirectory.co.uk

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Hursley Road Dental Practice Providing Family Dental Care in Chandlers Ford for over 35 years

• Relaxed, comfortable, modern practice • Preventative dentistry • Cosmetic treatments & whitening • Affordable private care for the whole family • 5 Dentists & 4 Hygienists • Large private car park 157 Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, Hants. SO53 1JH www.hursleydental.co.uk | Tel: 02380 267141 Email: hursley.dental@btconnect.com

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Wishing all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Gentle Caring Dentistry Chandlers Ford

Dr Richard Stone B.D.S. (U.Birm) & Dr Derien Pugh B.D.S. (U.Lond) Magic Wand Anaesthetic For Patients Fearing Needles

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Westfield Dental Studio 023 8026 5233 1 Westfield Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3GT

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All our ranges are discounted by at least 30% giving YOU massive savings. End of line and clearance items are reduced by at least 50% and some by as much as 70%. These items sell very fast so hurry to avoid disappointment! • Both shops are open 7 days a week • Furniture can be taken away on the day (subject to availability) • Products can be viewed on our website

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that if your support system turns out to be more apparent than real – if the IT manager is a dork (not that that ever happens, of course), or if the courier charged with a vital delivery turns out to be map-illiterate (which does!) – you’re on your own, struggling through a molasses-like swamp of setbacks and let-downs to finish that vital project knowing that if it doesn’t happen, you’ll be the one who carries the can. Well, landlords can be rather like map-illiterate couriers – utterly unreliable and impossible to call to account. They may not be bad people, but their imperatives are not yours. Heating broken down? In your own home, you’d have it sorted right away. But because your letting is his living, he has to find competitive quotes, which takes a few days – especially at Christmas which, thanks to the operation of sod’s law, it inevitably is. In the meantime you have a bar-fire on in every room as well as the TV, DVD player, CD player, your son’s bass amplifier, computer, printer, fridge-freezer, all-electric oven, washing machine, tumble drier (because of course it’s winter), various alarm-clocks, laptops, mobile phone/ beard-trimmer/electric toothbrush chargers, hair driers, and other electronic what-not all plugged in and because the wiring – which should have been sorted out two weeks ago but is awaiting competitive quotes – isn’t up to the job, there’s a sudden blinding flash and you’re completely in the dark as well as freezing your bits off. Raw turkey, anyone? You’d rather pay out of your own pocket if only in the interest of speed. But because it’s not your property, you know that the heating, lighting, TV, and a functioning computer wherewith to earn your daily bread are someone else’s responsibility and therefore not for you to touch. A big plus... or an even bigger minus? Paradoxes. They look neat on paper, but you wouldn’t want to live in one. by Ted Bruning

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It’s amazing how many motorists don’t even know how to check their oil, let alone remember to top it up. However, failing to do so will have dire consequences. Check it fortnightly, making sure the car is on level ground, engine cold and the level is between minimum and maximum. Check coolant levels too and get any abnormal noises or poor performance problems checked by an expert.

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Air-conditioning needs regular attention. Topping up the system with gas and lubricating it will cost around £70 at a garage and should be done every two years. This will stop unpleasant smells and bacteria forming. Poorly serviced systems have to work harder, putting undue strain on the engine.

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The recession saw many motorists skip servicing to try and save money. This really is a false economy. Sticking to your car’s maintenance schedule will ensure it’s working properly, prevent failures and prove it’s been looked after at resale time. Keep every receipt and old MOT, as well as a stamped-up service book for the next owner.

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It might look like a costly alternative to regular fuel, but the AA says a few tanks of super unleaded can help preserve your engine. Using three tanks of super in succession will clean injectors and allow the engine to run more efficiently, helping preserve its working life.

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The penalty for driving on illegal tyres (under 1.6mm of tread across the central three quarters) is a fine and three points. Inspect your car’s boots weekly for damage, remove stones in the tread and look for signs of uneven wear. Pressures should be checked monthly too preserving the tyre’s life, and your fuel economy.

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The way you drive can dramatically affect how long your car will last. Driving with care, avoiding harsh acceleration and hard braking will reduce wear on components. It’s also worth thinking, do you need to make that trip? Lower mileage cars are worth more.

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A vital part of the car cleaning procedure is to hose the car down before washing. This removes fine particles of grit that can scratch the paintwork as you wash. These scratches will make your paint look dull and hazy, putting off future buyers.

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Regulations Proposed for Will Writers For the past few years, I have been writing articles and voicing my concerns regarding the emergence of an increasing number of independent, unregulated companies whose business is Will-writing. I have cited examples from my own professional experience to illustrate the devastation caused to groups of friends and families by incompetence and bad practice. Thankfully, it would appear that I am not alone. The latest report published by the legal profession’s new consumer watchdog, ‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel’ or ‘LSCP’ has been in response to growing concern about the impact of the rapidly expanding number and sources of Will-writing practitioners. The report’s main recommendation was that willwriting should become a ‘reserved activity’. The LSCP recommended that all providers, including solicitors, should be obliged to satisfy a body of regulators that they are competent, follow a recognised code of conduct and allow any complaints about their service to be adjudicated by the Legal Ombudsman. Despite 82% of a recent poll of 1,000 people saying they thought training and qualifications were required before someone could become a Will writer, there no restrictions on who can be paid to draft a Will. In fact a recent survey showed that 67% of consumers wrongly believe that all Will writers are solicitors. The report uncovered evidence of poor quality Wills, high-pressure sales practices targeting those in their senior years, deceptive pricing and lost Wills when companies disappeared without

a trace. It is shocking to me that the creation of one of the most important legal documents that anyone can make has been able to evolve in this manner. Historically, it used to be that Wills were made by a solicitor. Whilst I appreciate in this day and age, no one sector can expect a monopoly on a service (and the report did uncover bad practice in law firms) the growing competition from banks, Will-writing companies and other providers has meant the activity has spread without anyone paying close attention. It is estimated that unregulated Will-writing companies prepare around 10%, of all Wills, amounting to 180,000 each year. The LSCP suggests an ‘Institute of Professional Will Writers’ and raising training standards for all practitioners, which I completely agree with. It also seeks support from the Office of Fair Trading to lead an enforcement campaign against Will-writing companies with the worst sales practices However, the report does make one observation that gives me further cause for concern. It says that in a reserved market ‘Will-writing

companies would not need to meet all the regulatory requirements places on solicitors’. This surely contradicts the LSCP’s main message? You can’t have one set of rules of lawyers and lighter ones for those outside the legal profession. In my opinion, the issue is trust and proof of competency. Yes, there should be one, agreed standard that the public recognise for all practitioners, but until then it is up to you to always ask for accreditations and accountability from the person drawing up your Will.

Graham Payne is Senior Partner and Head of Wills & Probate at Eric Robinson Solicitors on Brownhill Road in Chandlers Ford. He can be contacted on 023 8025 4676 or graham. payne@ericrobinson. co.uk For more information on this or any legal matter visit www.ericrobinson.co.uk by Graham Payne

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sooooooo tired. How can you be so utterly exhausted and still not be able to fall asleep? I haven’t quite managed to figure that one out yet. It hasn’t always been this way. I used to have the ability to sleep anywhere and everywhere at any time of the day or night. I was a legendary sleeper; people used to look at me and say: “How can she sleep now/here/there?“ I’m not sure how I did it, I just did! I’ve slept on the floor of a ferry during a force 9 storm; whilst all around me were retching and vomiting I slept soundly on. I’ve slept beautifully in a tent in France while a monster Rave took place in the field next to us. I’ve put my head down and slept soundly during times of delayed flights, family crisis, high drama, low ebbs, loud noises and when I’ve been bored beyond belief. I’ve even managed to sleep with my eyes half open during a particularly mind numbing conference. It was only when a colleague jabbed me with her elbows and hissed, “Stop it, you’re snoring” that I fully awoke. Later my line manager congratulated me for providing an entertaining diversion. Mortified I apologised to the speaker; excusing my behaviour with the white lie that I was feeling a little unwell. How awful to prepare a speech, practice and then, during the delivery be met with the sounds of snoring from your audience...the shame! I do, of course, get some sleep. In the small hours at around four o’clock I will finally drift off. However, by eight o’ clock I’m awake again. I won’t say wide awake, as I’m never ‘wide awake’ nowadays. I’m tired, grumpy, fed up and living in a twilight zone of permanent fatigue. I follow all the usual advice: no napping during the day, gentle exercise (very gentle in my case), fresh air, nothing too stimulating late at night – nothing seems to work. This evening as you snuggle under the duvet, spare a thought for me; I’ll probably be up baking a cake, reading a book or knitting a scarf (scarves are the only thing I can knit). If you fancy sending me some zzzzzzzzzs, feel free. I promise to send them back...well, maybe. by A. O’Brien

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Winchester draws visitors in their thousands at this time of year, as the Christmas shopping season gets underway. With a great atmosphere, a mix of chain and independent shops, the Christmas market and the ice skating rink, it really is a lovely place to go shopping. But Winchester is steeped in history and has so much to offer within walking distance of the High Street which doesn’t involve spending money.

Hampshire Heritage Winchester Cathedral Obviously by merit of its size, Winchester Cathedral is a big draw, and no review of the area’s heritage would be complete without at least a mention. In many cities the commercial area has developed well away from the places of interest, but the Cathedral is just behind the High Street and during December the ice skating rink and the Christmas market are sited in the grounds so the Cathedral is easy to include in a shopping visit. However as this series is about less well known heritage which is off the beaten track, we’ll move on. Winchester City Museum Also just behind the High Street is Winchester’s City Museum. The museum tells the story of the city through its extensive display of archaeological and local history collections. Starting on the top floor (there are three floors, lift available) the museum covers Winchester’s pre-historic origins, from Roman times to its development under Alfred the Great. On the second floor the city’s decline in the later Middle Ages details the creation of a new centre of government at Westminster

Round Table, Great Hall, Martin Kraft in London, the Black Death in the 14th century and the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. On the ground floor, Winchester’s modern day role as a local shopping centre and tourist destination beginning in the 19th century is shown with Victorian and Edwardian shops. Entrance is free (donations suggested) and the museum is open all year round. St Lawrence in the Square

and St Swithun-uponKingsgate churches Unlike many attractions churches really don’t need to have their particular attractions pointed out. Any long-surviving church will be fascinating in itself and these two in Winchester are no exception. St Lawrence in the Square could easily be missed - indeed you may have walked past it without realising it. Half way up the pedestrianised High Street ...Continued on page 38

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you will see the Buttercross (an attraction in its own right) and just behind is an alleyway which would take you through to the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. As you go into the alleyway, on your left is the entrance to St Lawrence in the Square. St Swithun-upon-Kingsgate is built above one of the ancient gates in the walls of Winchester. It is first mentioned from records in 1264 when it was also destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt and has been much restored over the centuries. The church can be reached by going round to the south side of The Cathedral and going through Kingsgate. Worth calling in if you are in the area, or calling to check if they are open if you are making a special trip. www. stlawrence.hampshire.org.uk The Great Hall If you walk to the top of the High Street – beyond the pedestrianised area and up to Westgate (the large grey stone arch) you will find on your left The Great Hall and Round Table. The Great Hall was originally part of Winchester Castle which dated from the reign of William the Conqueror (1066-1087). By the end of King John's reign in 1216 the castle and its royal palace needed extensive repair. Between 1222 and 1235 the Castle's hall was replaced by the building which stands today, the Castle itself having

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“The New Year is fast approaching and we have a large number of tenants moving into properties right up to 21st December! We have had a record breaking November, but still have a large number of tenants actively looking to rent in the Chandler’s Ford area.

The buy-to-let market December 2011

by John R Caines

With interest rates still at a record low level, we are seeing growing interest from buy-tolet purchasers wishing to invest in property, rather than keeping their money in savings. On a well-presented two or three bedroom rented property in Chandler’s Ford, the return on capital is in the region of 5% plus the appreciation in the value of the property over the longer term.”

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TO LET £1,650 pcm

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Corinthian Road, Chandler’s Ford 2 Bed Maisonette

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FOR SALE £184,950

A spacious ground floor apartment with detached garage and private enclosed garden conveniently located within walking distance of the centre of the town and bus routes

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FOR SALE £254,950

A nicely refurbished character house right in the heart of Hiltingbury with an unusually large garden and space to extend to the side and rear, subject to planning. Thornden School catchment

Hiltingbury Road, Chandler’s Ford 4 Bed Detached

FOR SALE £485,000

Set on a beautiful Southerly facing plot of quarter of an acre, this extended house offers plenty of living accommodation including a large conservatory and three reception rooms

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Silverweed Close, Knightwood Park 2 Bed End of Terrace

TO LET £775 pcm

A very well presented 2 Bedroom unfurnished modern end of terrace house with 2 car parking spaces. Set in a quiet close of only eight houses.

Blenheim Close, Knightwood Park 4 Bed Detached

TO LET £1,300 pcm

An opportunity to rent this 4 bedroom house with southerly facing rear garden situated in a popular cul-de- sac with access to local shops and with woodlands nearby

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Stone Terrace, Otterbourne 2 Bed End of Terrace

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SOLD - Similar required £274,950

A charming Victorian cottage with a ground floor extension situated in this popular village. The house has been modernised throughout. Thornden Secondary School catchment

Alexandra Road, Chandler’s Ford 3/4 Bed Detached

SOLD - Similar required £319,950

A family house close to the centre of the town in need of improvement and with the opportunity to extend, subject to planning. Scantabout and Thornden Schools’ catchments

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December Look, I’m sorry. I’ve tried, but I just can’t. December IS Christmas, and that’s all there is to it. And of course, it’s hard to find something to say about Christmas that hasn’t been said already, and by much better writers than me. But one thing springs to mind, and that’s my Christmas dinner without wine. Not without a drink, you understand, that would be unthinkable! (For me, at any rate). Usually, I’m in two minds about the right wine for the turkey. Something light, white, and spicy to cut through the richness – a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, say? But then, although turkey is technically poultry, it still wants something pretty muscular to stand up to it. A Côtes du Rhone or even (if I’m feeling flush) a Châteauneuf du Pape? One year I decided to have neither. Instead, I’d have beer. But which? I’m a bit of a beer snob, so the more esoteric the beer the better. But as I live 20 miles from the nearest specialist beer shop, I went to the supermarket instead, where my eye fell on the Leffe twins, Blonde and Brune, from Belgium. Leffe Blonde, served at around 4ºC in a chalicestyle stem glass, was called on to challenge the turkey, and a noble fist it made of it too. Although delicately flavoured for a beer of 6.6% alcohol, it had the body and the clout to stand up to roast potatoes and gravy; its slight

sweetness also went very nicely with the turkey itself. If Leffe Blonde was a match for the turkey, Leffe Brune was nothing short of a triumph with the pud. It’s recommended for spicy, rich food and/or chocolate, perfect for Christmas pud with brandy butter. Brune at 6.5% alcohol, although sweeter than Blonde, is actually more bitter too, and it had just the right peppery bite to contrast with the pudding. A year later I tried it again, but on a more adventurous scale, and this time with guests to impress. Instead of Champagne for an apéritif, I served flutes of wellchilled sparkling Belle Vue Kriek cherry beer with hot chestnuts and chunks of Toulouse sausage. Its slightly sour dryness was perfect. Beer really came into its own when tackling the main course. Big, spicy Christmas ales with high ABVs and plenty of attitude can easily take on the rich flavours of turkey with stuffing (not forgetting sprouts and cranberry sauce): I went for Adnams Broadside at 6.3% alcohol and wasn’t disappointed. Strong, dark beers are made for Christmas pudding: some are even called pudding ale. And they’re essential for making it, too: steep the dried fruit in a spicy ale (Robinson’s Old Tom at 8.5% is ideal) for at least 48 hours before adding it to the mix,

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then stir in the soaking liquor. The aroma while the pudding steams is the very spirit of Christmas and as you’d expect, a glass of the same beer is an admirable companion to the pudding. And so: cheese. Beer goes far better with cheese than wine or port, especially with those British favourites, Stilton and Cheddar. So alongside our Christmas cheeseboard we cracked open two, a Burton pale ale in the form of Marston’s Pedigree and a traditional dark beer, Marston’s Owd Roger – pretty strong stuff at 7.3%, but hey, we were only sipping. Finally, Fuller’s 1845, a rich strong ale and the perfect digestif. After that, we retired to the sofa, turned on the TV and fell fast asleep. I don’t remember who washed up. Probably one of the guests.

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behind whatever product their chosen idol happens to be promoting at the time. I experienced this first-hand at a gig where we shared the stage with an act who, only months earlier, had shot to prominence on a popular TV talent show. I’d like to start by saying that they seemed like lovely people, and I still to this day sincerely applaud them for making hay whilst the sun shone. That said, I regret to announce that their act was total nonsense. Utter guff. And yet the crowd went WILD. I strongly suspect that the first human beings to glimpse Michelangelo’s masterpiece in the Sistine Chapel came not even close to frenzy of this magnitude. And here’s the thing. Even I experienced a tangible thrill when they walked into the room. Ooh, they’re off the telly, my heart said. How tiresome, replied my brain. They are monstrously devoid of talent. But I literally couldn’t stop looking at them. They’d been in the same room as Cheryl Cole. And watching them gad randomly about the stage like

the boys who are cast as sheep in the school nativity because they’re the sort of kids who eat Play-doh, everybody there was touched in some way by the queer grace of their celebrity. Television, The Great Validator of the modern age, had bestowed glory upon them. And, as if to prove a point, here I am today still talking about them. In conclusion, I’d like to make it clear that, should I be fortunate enough one day to bask even briefly in this wondrous celebrity glow, I intend to exploit it for entirely malevolent purposes. By which I mean a ghost-written autobiography fabricating a turbulent childhood and an almost painfully camp exercise DVD. Watch this space, people… Chris plays piano in South London power-pop band The Lightyears. The Lightyears, voted the UK’s BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, have played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents and released a record with Sting’s producer. Read more of Chris’ blogs and tour diaries at www.TheLightyears.com

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I have to admit it: I LOVE Christmas… and if there is one part of it I’d hate to do without, it’s a Christmas tree. No, I don’t mean a tinsley one or trendy black or brown one… I mean a tree complete with needles and ideally that wonderful aroma that only a real, proper Christmas tree can bring.

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Christmas Tree If you’re worried that real trees are not good for the planet, don’t forget that a British grown tree is most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – if you think about it, they’re a crop plant rather like a field of wheat except that they are generally given less fertiliser and fewer chemicals than many more run of the mill crop plants. So go on, make sure you buy one this Christmas!

but sadly it is the most likely to drop its needles. Having said that, if you treat it well, it won’t perform that badly and you can enjoy the lowest cost of the real trees.

The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less regularly available, but the combination of its good looks and needle holding capacity make it well worth considering.

The Scots pine is now a regular option as a Christmas tree, with its long paired blue-green needles it’s quite distinctive. The needles are fairly densely packed on the branches and they also hold quite well.

There are a few things you ought to think about before you buy your tree, faced with rows of different types at often very varying prices. It can be really daunting, so have a read of my guide to real Christmas trees:

The Serbian Spruce (Picea omorica) has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, as it’s good looking and has good needle holding… but of course no Christmas-tree smell!

So, you’ve been persuaded to take the plunge, I hope? But how do you make sure you buy the best tree of the type you’ve decided on? And how do you help it keep its needles and its gorgeous appearance for as long as possible? It’s important not to buy a real tree too early as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut, the more likely they are to go downhill. I always try to buy a tree produced by a member of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association – the BCTGA logo should be on the tree or clearly displayed nearby. Take a bit of time to choose the tree – check that it has a good, full shape and that its not too gappy or lop-sided (or if it has the

The Norway spruce (Picea abies) is the traditional tree, my favourite but perhaps not a favourite if you are more house proud. It has gorgeous dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable aroma

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The Nordman fir (Abies nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years, with its shiny green needles being almost impossible to shift, so certainly a good choice for those who hate any mess.


leans make sure that this will be hidden when the tree is in your house). Check the needles - they need to be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases - basically anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits should be avoided at all costs. Never buy a tree that has already been netted as this makes it a real lucky dip situation. If you do buy one quite early then the most important thing is to keep it outside - just recut the end of the trunk (yes, its time to dig out your DIY saw) and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot outside. If it was in a net when you bought it, remove this as it’s important to have air circulating around the needles. When you bring the tree inside, try to avoid putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir with water levels really well topped up – if kept well supplied with water then even the notorious (but lovely) Norway spruce Christmas tree should hold its needles well.

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ws e s l n i ew a c v Lo nd a

The Way I See It

Aiming for the truth Some people say nothing much happens in Chandlers Ford. It’s easy to agree, unless you were passing the Central Precinct at 10am on Thursday, 13 September 2007. It was there, at the centre of the town – by the little roundabout where Bournemouth Road, Winchester Road and Hursley Road meet – that a bullet was fired by a police marksman. There were two more rifle shots from another officer and then, at the bottom of the five steps leading down from the HSBC bank, a man lay dead. His companion, lying a few feet away, was wounded and would be dead before noon. Most years, UK police shoot dead only one or two people, so the double death in a single incident at Chandlers Ford made big headlines. The shootings followed 20 ruthless robberies masterminded by a south London career criminal, Mark Nunes. Some of the gang recruited by Nunes, 35, were old school mates for whom robbing security vans became a regular job. For 18 months they averaged a robbery a month. Police intelligence suggested

Nunes was planning a raid at the precinct. The Flying Squad positioned armed officers around HSBC and waited for the gang to arrive. Police appear to have been in a flat across the road, and some were even in the adjacent public toilets. The GS4 van pulled up on a yellow-paint hatched area alongside the bank. A security guard got out. Nunes ran from a parked car and pointed a gun at the guard’s head. The first shot rang out. Nunes fell to the ground, dead.

told in advance that they could shoot to kill. In October the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said there was no evidence of criminal action or misconduct by the marksmen, though there were “issues” around the planning of the operation. At time of writing, a double inquest is underway in Winchester, where the IPCC report will be considered.

His loaded 9mm Beretta lay on the tarmac at the foot of the steps. An accomplice, Andrew Markland, ran from the bus stop across the road and made as if to pick up the weapon when his upper torso was hit by the final two bullets.

The Nunes gang repeatedly endangered lives and terrified security staff. A man’s life appears to have been threatened when the raiders died. Nevertheless, killing by powerful agencies of the state must be monitored rigorously. Left unchecked, it can appear menacing and ultimately undermine democracy.

Sandra Gidley, the then Romsey MP whose constituency included the precinct, was criticised when she called for an open inquiry. Mrs Gidley wanted to know if officers had been

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When I was little my grandparents always had a fake Christmas tree that groaned with the weight of about a thousand sputnik-shaped fairy lights. Candy-coloured and frosted with artificial ice, they flashed on and off in a way that, to a five-year-old, was nothing if not glorious. Yup, my grandparents really went for it – and if that’s your style, I’m not going to knock it. There is another Christmas-decorating school of thought, however. One that allows you to celebrate without going over the top. Here are five guidelines to help you create a stylish seasonal look for your home: 1. The wreath Your front door is the handshake to your house, and a pretty Christmas wreath is a welcoming addition. Buy or make one that suits the size and colour of your door. Natural materials such as holly, ivy, bay and twisted willow are lovely, and you can finish it off with berries and ribbon for a traditional effect; alternatively, wire and palecoloured beads are subtle and sophisticated. Just avoid the pine-cone-sprayed-with-goldpaint-look. 2. The tree No Christmas is complete without a tree, and this is where ideas of pared-back décor tend to go astray amid a chaotic surge of baubles and assorted hanging things that you’ve accumulated over the years. Less is more, so stick to a colour theme: you could use plain silver balls with white or coloured lights, for example. Or go for a natural look, perhaps using ribbons, green twine and cinnamon sticks. For those leftover decorations that you’re desperate to display, why not pile them onto a small tree in a pot, or create a separate mantelpiece or fireplace arrangement? 3. The cards Even with the rise of e-greetings, the demise of the traditional Christmas card seems far away. But what to do with them all? Organise them, is

Gather together an eclectic mix of lovely items and festoon your mantelpiece or windowsill with festive goodies.

the answer. Propping them up randomly around the house might make for a jolly, ad hoc look, but if you arrange them en masse it’s far more effective. if you’re short of time, the best solution is simply to clear a side table or shelf and arrange the cards carefully with the largest at the back. But if you want to go for effect, try using painted mini wooden pegs to attach cards to a string, or punching a hole in each card and tying it on with bright ribbon, raffia or yarn. 4. The table Abandon any thoughts of paper napkins printed with holly berries or tartan – simple colour co-ordination is key here, from table cloth (or runner) to serviettes, plates, glassware and any extras. And the colour doesn’t just have to be red or green – with some lateral thinking a gorgeous display can be created around an unusual colour theme: pastels, icy whites and silvers, dark and moody or contemporary brights, perhaps. Start by picking one colour, and accessorise with touches of co-ordinating tones. If your crockery is coloured, it makes sense to work everything around that; if it’s white, you can do pretty

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year old mother, Mary. They went the extra mile to ensure that Mary understood the technology and telephoning Susan to keep her informed. They even returned the following day, free of charge after Mary had inadvertently pressed the wrong button. This is what Susan called 'real service'. It was their technical skills and after sales care that earned Fiona and John their runners-up accolade.

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Memories Of

M y Childhood In Part One

By chance I came across the web site of the Chandlers Ford Directory and was pleased to read the information therein as I was born in Chandlers Ford nearly 80 years ago and I have many memories I would like to share with you. I think it is important that us "oldies" should record our memories whilst we are still alive so that present residents should know a little of the history of where they live. In 1937 I started school at Sherborne House School in Lakewood Road where Mrs Wise was Headmistress. I was in the form run by her daughter, Miss Dorothy Wise. The school evacuated to Somerset in 1940 but I did not go with them going instead to Kings Road School where Miss Golding was Headmistress. My form master was Mr Lush who used to punish children by hitting them across the knuckles with the narrow side of a ruler. This was painful and would not be allowed today and his pupils, including me, were afraid of him. I remember that during air raids we used to go into the shelters in the school grounds and sang songs. I had a friend

Chandlers Ford 1932 – 1950

in the class called Pat Haskell. Her father had a haulage business which he operated from his house at the top of Station Lane. I can see the house in an aerial photo taken in 1950. I wonder if Pat Haskell is still around and if she reads this she can contact me by email as I now live in Worthing, West Sussex (contact Tania for the address). I lived in Castle Lane and remember as a small boy of about 4 years old being taken by my Mother to look at the pigs on a small holding on the south side of Chestnut Avenue. On entering Chestnut Avenue from Bournemouth Road there was a Hilliers Nursery and next door there was a field where in 1937 there was a camp for the Basque children evacuated from Spain during the Civil War. Further along the road in 1940 there was a battery of Anti-Aircraft guns and when the Blitz was on I could hear the command "Fire" being given. The soldiers lived in Nissen Huts on the side of Chestnut Avenue. When I was about 4 or 5 I developed Scarlet Fever

and was sent by ambulance to the Isolation Hospital. I never knew where I was and was home-sick and couldn't eat. I now believe it was along Oakmount Avenue. In September 1940 I remember standing outside my kitchen door looking towards Eastleigh. At that very moment I saw German bombers dropping 4 bombs out of 14 on the Cunliffe-Owen aircraft factory and I can still picture in my mind these bombs falling. I read an article on The Chandlers Ford website called "Growing up in Chandlers Ford during the War". It so happens I can remember Jean Easter's Mother who lived nearly opposite me and I share her memories of the air raids and the tank testing pit in Castle Lane. I too think we were lucky to live so near the open fields which are now sadly built upon. I also remember the Water Services Inspector, Mr Rose who lived in Castle Lane and used to walk morning and evening to a manhole near Jean Easter's house to turn on/ off the water.

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much whatever you like. No need to spend a great deal of money – much can be achieved by choosing accessories such as candles, crackers and flowers with care. 5. General displays There was a time when chains of coloured paper hung from corner to corner of the room were the height of Christmas chic. This may no longer be the case – but home-made decorations can still be a wonderful thing. It could be as simple as a row of chunky candles, wound round with ivy, a wooden bowl filled with clove-studded oranges, or a string of white fairy lights clustered in a glass vase. And last but by no means least, involve the children in making paper chains, bunting or felt cut-outs for that charmingly wonky, home-made look. Left top picture: Set of 12 glitter mini bauble decorations in a tube, £5.99. Left bottom picture: Gold wire card wreath, £14.99; pair of gold wire topiary heart mini trees, £24.99; ornate silver glass candlesticks, £11.99 each; silver-effect three kings ornaments, £29.99; gold bauble with paisley glitter design, £3.99; silverplated vanilla scented candle pots and bowls, £8.99 and £7.99. Right picture: Satin silver ribbon, £4.99; bright jewelled bauble place card holders, £11.99 (set of 6); yellow and orange vases, £9.99 each; purple tea light jam jar, £12.99 (set of four assorted colours); bright green crystal jewel star, £2.99; gingham eclectic table mat, £7.99; eclectic cutlery, £29.99 per set; large red kitchen pendant light, £54.99; gingerbread advent house calendar, £39.99; Merry Christmas unframed print, £9.99; glitter snowflake, £7.99 for pack of 12; glitter mini baubles, £5.99 for tube of twelve. All The Contemporary Home, 02392 469400; www.tch.net

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CYPRUS Apartment to Let

St Andrews Florida Villa

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 Fully furnished with a/c, TV, kitchenette  Twin bed + sofa bed, sleeps 3  South facing balcony  Quiet, near beach (300m) and choice of 4 pools (1 heated indoor -see inset photo), spa, gym, tennis etc  Water sports, organised tours, sight-seeing, culture, restaurants  Reception 24 hours (safe available)  Security patrols 24/7  Rent from £250 per week (for flat) For details visit: www.paphos-apartment.co.uk Tel 023 80276422

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For details contact Shirley on 023 80 270015 or visit www.standrewsfloridavilla.com

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Your Local Odd Job Man Painting / Decorating Flat Pack Building / Gardening Brick Walls built or repaired Phone Keith 02380 255 167 • 07899 843204 ORGAN & PIANO LESSONS Playing the Organ for the first time? Or is your Piano playing a bit rusty? Qualified Organ and Piano Teacher Contact Andy Tuckwell on: 023 80 255 826 Excellent rates – All levels Piano – Adults only please

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Studwork • Re-skimming • Rendering Repairs • Decorating For a no obligation quote call Will on

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PCS MUSIC GUITAR TECH

Grave Tending Services • • • • •

We can help with all your guitar set-up problems including string changes, electrics and intonation.

Removal of debris and weeds Cutting of grass, border trimming Gentle clean of headstone Before & after photos Cut flowers for special occasions

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plus your choice of strings. Beginners’ guitar lessons also available.

Eastleigh Borough Council support this initiative

Caring for your loved one all year round

Call Pete on 023 8027 5396 or Chris on 07747 612144 for more details.

Paul or Michael 023 8026 6234 or 07551946101

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Modern Day Ladies Companion Would you like extra help in your daily life? Or would you like a bit of extra company? I am a reliable, local woman and can help with general tasks around the house or allow you to regain some aspects of social activity such as shopping, visiting local attractions or meals out. Reasonable rates with discounts for regular bookings. For a no obligation chat call Gwyneth now on 02380 460094 or 07583 397695 Email: MDLC.G wyneth @aol.co.uk

SQUASH PARTNERS WANTED For early morning (7am onwards) and daytime informal games. Both male & female, young or old, playing at Fleming Park. You don’t need to be an expert, just to own a racquet.

Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden Services Trees Hedges

Local Authority Approved Contractor Professional, Reliable & Friendly Service Fully Qualified & Insured

02380 470047 or 07841 516348 jon.curtis@tree-surgeon.biz

Kev or Tania on 023 8027 6361

Use your mind to heal yourself Hypnotherapy is a safe and natural healing tool that allows your subconscious mind to be accessed to help combat problems such as: Stress and Anxiety, Confidence and Self Esteem, Smoking Cessation,Weight Loss, Alcoholism, Insomnia, Pain Relief, Phobias, Snoring & much more.

Garden Services Site Clearance

“Putting your Pets First” Professional Pet Care Services Cats/Small Pet Home Visits, Dog Walking, All Pets Cared for.

Sylvia Parsons MBIH 023 8036 7814 • 07939 226071 Email: sylvip13@hotmail.co.uk

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Local Events Classical Concert Sat 3rd, 7.30pm Southampton Guildhall The first “Messiah” concert at Southampton Guildhall for over a decade, featuring the Hallelujah Chorus. Concert presented by Southampton Philharmonic Choir. Southampton’s Past Times Lecture Thurs 8th 7:30-8:30pm Westgate Hall, Southampton SO14 2AY 2011 Ships in the Attic: Ship graffiti at Tudor House & Garden. What does the fascinating collection of historic ship graffiti recently uncovered at Tudor House Museum tell us about the maritime history of Southampton? Speaker: Dr Ian Friel from £3.50. museums@ southampton.gov.uk Craft Fayre Sat 10th, 10am onwards Winchester Discovery Centre Every second Saturday of the month, lots of local craft makers and designers will be selling their handmade jewellery, cards, textiles, photographs and much more. Free Brass Band at Christmas Sun 11th Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey Enjoy your favourite Christmas music performed by Southampton's Ocean Brass Santa Dash Sunday 11th, 10.30am The Common, Southampton Thousands of people dress up as Santa and run, walk or jog a Christmas Fun Run to raise money for good causes. 16+. Under 16s can enter 100m Kids Dash. Registration fee: £12 per person (includes your free Santa suit!) www.santadash.com/ pages/southampton

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Christmas Market & Festivities Sunday 11th, 10am-5pm Manor Farm Country Park Local craft and produce stalls, music, theatre and festive entertainment. Visit Father Christmas in the stable, dress up in the farm nativity and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies in the Victorian farmhouse. A traditional Christmas carol service at St Bartholomew's church at 3pm. Away in a Manger Wed 14th – Thu 15th, 6.15pm & 7.30pm Manor Farm Country Park Using live characters and a selection of favourite carols, the nativity story unfolds on a 30 minute guided farmyard tour, followed by a chance for children to meet some of the farm animals. Mulled wine or squash and a festive mince pie on arrival theatre. 5+ Tel: 01489 787055 (B)

Romsey Singers Fri 16th 7:30pm Romsey Abbey A Feast of Christmas Music with Romsey Singers and Decadent Brass. Malcolm Archer - Nowell! Nowell! and carols for choir and audience. Tickets from Romsey Tourist Office. 01794 512987 A Pops Christmas 16 Dec 7:30 Thornden Hall The Pops will be performing a varied programme of music including the exhilarating symphonic River Dance, an Irving Berlin medley of Xmas favourites and vocals by the pops vocalists. £8, £7 (conc), £5 (under 16) 01202 389793

Choir Concert Sat 17th, 7:30pm Chandlers Ford Methodist Church Carl Orff - Carmina Burana, Theatre & Street Performance Vaughan Williams - Fantasia Mon 12th, Wed 14th & on Christmas Carols. Musical Fri 16th 7:30 Director - John Sutton, Soprano Holyrood Church, Southampton - Penny Desbruslais, Bass The Ghostly galloping hooves Andrew De Silva of horses from Southampton’s Cost: £10, children aged 16 and equine past will be thundering under free. Tel: 01794 340530 through the streets of Southampton this December in a Christmas Crafts spirited recreation of the town’s Sun 18th, 2:30pm to 4:30pm dubious past from the view point A fun Christmas craft session for of our four-legged friends. From children. Just drop in between the trenches of the First World War, 2.30pm and 4.30pm. to the pulling of regency coaches, Cost: £1.50 per child. 023 8047 to supporting the seats of the great 5080 and not so good horses have seen it all. Booking is recommended Christmas Wreath Making 023 8083 3333. All tickets £5 Sun 18th, 2:30pm Itchen Valley Country Park Carol Singing Make a lovely Christmas wreath Thu 15th 6pm and indulge in a mince pie and Itchen Valley Country Park a glass of mulled wine (nonCome along and sing some carols with the Otterbourne Brass alcoholic version available). Suitable for ages 10 to adult. Band. Festive refreshments are Workshop runs from 2.30pm to available and children can make lanterns to take on a walk through 4.30pm. BOOKING ESSENTIAL Cost: £4.50 adult, £4.00 the woods. Text 07581 575202 concessions. 023 8047 5080 with numbers attending. Free


December Children's Christmas Crafts Mon 19th to Fri 23rd Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Romsey Enjoy making Christmassy things and other decorative crafts with natural materials from the Gardens to take home. Booking by timed ticket on the day. Free with normal admission. Art & Design Market 20 Dec 10am to 4pm Winchester Centre The perfect place to purchase quality art & design-led craft direct from the artists and makers. Fine art, mixed media, graphics, glass, jewellery,

photography, graphics, textiles, cards, wood carvings, sculptures, prints, illustration, home furnishing, bespoke furniture, vintage clothes and accessories. Reenactment Event 26th & 27th December Watercress Line, Alresford Experience the atmosphere of a WWII Xmas. Join civilian and military re-enactors and witness the relief and joy of the journey once taken returning home from the War. Song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment! Standard Fares Adult £14; Child (2-16) £7; Family £35. Platform only, small charge.

Visit our website www.cfdirectory.co.uk for more December events

Visit: nspcc.org.uk/santa, call 0845 839 9304, text Santa to 65599 Or pick up a leaflet locally. Please quote code “Connections 122462” Please note: Orders taken from 1 October to 16th December 2011 (orders for Republic of Ireland and other overseas addresses taken until 1st December 2011). Letters will be posted between 28 November and 19 December 2011.

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Regular Local Events Social Group Mondays, Cleveland Bay, C/Ford Single, Divorced, Widowed, “Loose Ends” for a vibrant social group for 45+ ring Chris 02380861745 or Yvonne 07774043386 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 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). 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 Valerie Jolley 01794 519919 Story Time Monday 2:15-2:45 - CF Library Stories for under 5s and their parents / carers at Chandler’s Ford Library Rhyme Time 1st Tues 10-10:30 - CF Library Songs & rhymes for children under 3 years and their parents/carers Amateur Drama Group Every Tuesday Ritchie Memorial Hall, C/Ford New members are always welcome, for both onstage and backstage roles. Cassiopeia@cassiopeian.co.uk or 0845 644 0496. Reading Group 2nd Weds 1:45 to 3:30 CF Library Join us for lively discussions about a chosen novel

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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 Knit & Natter Every Thursday 9:30 to 11:00 Methodist Church, Dovetail Cafe A drop in knitting group for all ages. Come along for a knit and a chat over a coffee (a small donation is requested towards refreshments) Widowed Club 2nd Monday of each month 2-4pm C/F Working Men’s Club Social club for widows and widowers. Monthly meeting and trips out. Edith Lidstone 023 8026 9101 Social Club 2nd & 4th Wednesday 8.30pm Stoneham Arms in Bassett Green Road, Southampton Phase II Social & Cultural Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Wed of the month from 8.30pm. All welcome, single or couples 40+. Tel:01329 664913 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 01794 527 920 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. 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

Men’s Keep Fit Tuesdays 11am to 12pm Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Rd Over 50s men’s keep fit and social group. Come along, keep fit, make friends. All shapes and sizes welcome. £2 per session. Call Roy Wreford 02380 268237. 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 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 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 8025 4244 www.chandlersfordartgroup.com Scottish Dancing Wednesdays 7.30 - 10.00pm Saint Francis School, Valley Park Tuition given in steps and formations: Cost £1 .50 Contact Connie Cruden, 02380 267 317 Badminton 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 information, please contact Bev Ardabili, Club Coach and Treasurer on 02380 266121 or email bevardabili@ gmail.com


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News from Winchester and Chandlers Ford MP Steve Brine November is birthday month in the Brine household; Emily is four this year (going on 21) and William is now one. What excitement we have in store as the much worked upon birthday and Christmas list is revealed to the bank of Mum and Dad. Since I last wrote for the CF Directory, I have visited the Southern Cross Care Home in Chandler’s Ford (where they are understandably anxious for the future) and the brilliant Caterpillar Hill Children’s Centre above Chandler’s Ford Library. I even read the morning story (pictured) which was a real home from home for me! I have also welcomed hundreds of new university students to the area at the annual ritual that is Fresher’s Fair. I have concluded my 2011 Summer Tour with a special ‘street surgery’ at the Fryern Arcade on Winchester Road. I was joined by local Borough councillors, Judith Grajewski and Godfrey Olson and we were treated to a glorious late Summer morning to chat with the good people I am so lucky to represent.

I also dropped in on a new local business recently which specialises in Sri Lankan food. Haleema and her family run Sri Lankan Cuisine from their home Pantheon Road and hold monthly supper evenings at the Forte Tea Rooms in Winchester. It was good to see the spirit of entrepreneurialism thriving in Chandler’s Ford and I wish them well. In other news; I have met with a new local organisation ‘Green Win’ to work through the detail of how together we will roll-out the Government’s Green Deal and insulate thousands of homes across our area. You

can see more about this on my website. I have visited the Winchester Samaritans, big local employer Denplan and the world famous Watercress Line. I was also really pleased recently to open the new visitor centre at Winchester Prison. You can see so much more of my work locally - and on your behalf in Westminster - at www. stevebrine.com or you can call 01962 791110. You can also see many of the above stories featured in my Winter edition of The Chandler’s Ford which will be coming through local doors throughout November.

by Steve Brine

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Ampfield Village Hall, SO51 9BJ Asda, SO53 3YJ Bedes Lea Public House Car Park, SO52 9LW Chilworth Arms Public House, SO16 7JZ Eastleigh BC Offices, SO50 9YN Eastleigh HWRC, SO50 9ES Eastleigh Travis Perkins Trading Co, SO50 4EZ Foresters Arms, SO50 6DW Potters Heron Hotel & Bar, SO51 9ZF Tesco, SO50 5PN Valley Park Community Centre, SO53 4ST Waitrose, SO53 2LG Willis Avenue Car Park, SO52 9EP

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Garden Waste, Cardboard, Construction & Demolition Materials; Liquid & Chemicals (including paint) and Waste Electronics. The centre is open between April and October (BST) from 8am to 7pm and from October to April between 8am and 4pm. Telephone: 02380 644106.

The following sites recycle glass only:

Combrades Club SO50 9DF, Falkland Road Shops SO53 3GA, Hilton Hotel SO16 3RB, Progressive Club SO50 4HR, Safeway SO53 2GH, The Gateway Pub SO50 9YX, The Hut Pub SO53 3DJ, White Horse Public House Car Park SO51 9BQ

The following sites recycle domestic batteries only: Eastleigh Comet SO50 9NA, Sainsburys SO50 9FH, Tesco SO50 4HP & SO53 4ST

The following site recycles cardboard only: Chandler's Ford Central Club SO53 2FZ

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Jamie’s Computers is the social

Charity Shops

Help the Aged (back of the Fryern Arcade) 11 Fryern Arcade, Winchester Rd, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 2DQ Tel: 023 8027 1562 Marie Curie Cancer Care (near The Library) 8 The Mall, Winchester Rd, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 2QD Tel: 023 8027 1822

Freecycle®

Although small items are always welcomed by the charity shops, they don’t usually take electrical goods, larger items or pieces of furniture. However you can use The Freecycle® Network (online only) to find a new home for your unwanted clutter. This worldwide initiative – with local groups - is a way of giving away goods which you may not need but are still usable by others. The listings are text only so you don’t need to worry about pictures, and people will mail you via the site if they are interested. You choose one of the replies and the goods are usually collected within 24 hours – often much more quickly so it’s a very efficient way of recycling. It’s also a good place to go if you want something, although you have to have offered something before you can place a ‘wanted’ listing. You have to register as a Yahoo user first and then you can post messages which must be in the format Offered: Short Description, Location e.g. Offered: Portable TV, Chandlers Ford http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ EastleighFreecycle/messages

enterprise arm of the Society of St James, Southampton’s largest homelessness charity. Jamie’s provides a professional and secure IT disposal service to individuals, schools and businesses which includes data destruction, asset tracking, reuse and recycling. If you would like any further information about Jamie’s please visit our website www.jamies.org.uk or call us on 02380 632198 If you have equipment to dispose of please visit us at Unit 33, Mount Pleasant Industrial Estate, Mount Pleasant Road, Southampton, SO14 0SP. Monday – Friday from 10am-4.30pm Alternatively, if you are a business and would like to arrange a free collection please email us on disposal@jamies.org.uk

Pandora's Frox

(Ladies Resale Boutique)

Open Afternoons & Wednesday evenings 5pm- 9.30pm Phone to say you are coming! More quality dresses for resale welcome. Wardrobe sorting service available. Telephone Karen on 02380 253387

Recycling Council Collections

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Supermarket Opening Hours Mon Asda

023 8026 8341

Park Road Stores SPAR (Hursley Rd)

023 8025 2380

Co-op

023 8026 6561

7.30am then 24 hours

Tues 24 hours

Weds 24 hours

Thurs 24 hours

Fri 24 hours

Sat

Sun

24 hours 10am-4pm until 10pm

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023 8026 0230

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8.00am - 10am - 4pm Browsing from 8pm 9.30am

Bay Leaves Larder is open 8:30 till 5:30 Monday to Saturday. All opening hours are given as a guide only and are correct at the time of going to press CROSSWORD - Across: 1 Bisect,

4 Ice bag, 9 Traitor, 10 Islam, 11 Omega, 12 Saffron, 13 Crash course, 18 Tipster, 20 Igloo, 22 Trial, 23 Leonine, 24 Spaced, 25 Knight. Down: 1 Button, 2 Shane, 3 Cutlass, 5 Cliff, 6 Belarus, 7 Gemini, 8 Dress circle, 14 Replica, 15 Unicorn, 16 Status, 17 Solent, 19 Tilde, 21 Lying.

CHRISTMAS CROSSWORD

Across: 2 Mass, 4 Magi, 6 Ivy, 8 Inn, 9 Green, 10 Gold, 11 Lord, 14 Joy, 15 Dolls, 16 Sled, 17 Pie, 19 Elves. Down: 1 Wassailing, 2 Miracle, 3 Boxing Day, 5 Angel, 7 Yuletide, 12 Roast, 13 Red, 14 Jubilee, 17 Pine, 18 Toys.

QUIZ - CHRISTMAS 1. Hollywood, 2. Lady (in the film Lady And The Tramp), 3. H0 H0 H0, 4. Coal, 5. Pauline Fowler, 6. Cupid, 7. The Santa Clause, 8. Cratchit, 9. Narnia, 10. 140 (8 maids-a-milking on 5 days, 9 ladies dancing on 4 days, 10 lords-a-leaping on 3 days, 11 pipers piping on 2 days, 12 drummers drumming on 1 day)

CHILDREN’S PUZZLE PAGE Missing numbers: 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 66, 72, 78

Anagram: Rudolph PICTOGRAM - 1. A Grave Error, 2. Unfinished symphony, 3. Double Up With Laughter

Advertising and Distribution

DISTRIBUTION: The Chandlers Ford Directory is delivered to two alternating areas of the SO53 postcode. On the odd numbered months it goes to: Knightwood, Valley Park, North Millers Dale, South Millers Dale, homes south of Hiltingbury Rd to the Central Precinct, and Hursley Rd. On the even numbered months the directory goes to homes north of Flexford and Hiltingbury Rds, Scantabout, Peverells Wood, Toynbee/ Bodycoats Rd, Chalvington Rd areas also Hursley and parts of Otterbourne. TO ADVERTISE: Please call or email Tania Houston Tania@cfdirectory.co.uk 023 8027 6361 or Kevin Houston Kevin @cfdirectory.co.uk 023 8027 6396 Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, damage or omission caused by error in the printing of an advert. All artwork is accepted on the strict condition that permission has been given for use in the publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. The Chandler’s Ford Directory does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system or transmitted in any form—electronic, mechanical, photocopying or otherwise - without the prior consent of the publisher. Publisher: The Chandler’s Ford Directory Ltd

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Doctor Numbers NHS Direct (24 hr helpline) The Brownhill Surgery 2 Brownhill Rd Fryern Surgery Oakmount Rd Knightwood Surgery (Parkside Family Practice) Pilgrims Close Park Surgery (Chandlers Ford Family Practice), Hursley Rd St Francis Surgery (Chandlers Ford Family Practice), Pilgrims Close

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School & College Numbers 0845 46 47 023 8025 2188 023 8025 2414 023 8027 3252 023 8027 3458 023 8025 5118 0844 477 8957 (Emergencies press option 1) (Appointments press option 2)

Chemist Numbers

Asda Pharmacy, Bournemouth Road Tel: 023 8026 0092 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, Tel: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, 95 Hiltingbury Road, SO53 5NQ. Tel: 023 8025 3063 Mon - Fri - 8.30am - 6pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm. Falkland Pharmacy, 1 Falkland Court, SO53 3GA. Tel: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. Tel: 023 8025 4252 Mon - Fri - 9am - 6.30pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm Park Pharmacy, 3 Pilgrims Close, Valley Park, SO53 4TQ. Tel: 023 8026 3908 Mon - Fri - 8.45am - 6.30pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm

Church Numbers

New Community Church Methodist Church St Francis Church St Boniface Church (C of E) St Edwards Church St Martin in the Wood (C of E) United Reformed Church Velmore Church Churches Together in Chandlers Ford

07970 804708 023 8026 8803 023 80271152 023 8026 5977 023 8027 3882 023 8026 5977 023 8027 6791 023 8057 1414 www.ctcf.org.uk

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 Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

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 Holidays All dates taken from - http://www.hants.gov.uk/ education/schools/holidays.php Autumn term Christmas: Mon 19/12/2011 to Mon 2/1/2012 Spring term Half Term: Mon 13/2/2012 - Fri 17/2/2012 Easter: Mon 2/4/2012 - Fri 13/4/2012 Summer term Half Term: Mon 4/6/2012 - Fri 8/6/2012 Summer Holiday: Tue 24/7/2012 - Fri 31/8/2012

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)

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

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 9:00 to 5:30, Saturday 9:00 to 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

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For Advertisers offering multiple property services look under Property Maintenance, otherwise see specific trade e.g. electrician, carpenter etc.

Accounting: Accord Accountants 22 Arlington Accountants Ltd 18/31 Kirkcaldy Accountancy Ltd 20 Aerials: Aerial Fix 77 DJ Satellites & Aerials 36 Air Conditioning: ALB Electrical 39 Appliance Repair: 123 Domestic Appliances 36 Advanced Appliance Care 20 JP Appliances 62 Premier Electrics 4 Architect: Andrew Johns 43 Auction House: Bonhams 8 Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Caroline’s 7 Firvale Clinic 16 Mystique Beauty 9 Nail Box 9 Potters Beauty Barn 14 The Beauty Room 12 Blinds & Curtains: Designing for Style 42 Solent Blinds & Curtains Co Ltd 43 Waterside Blinds 5 Boilers: See Plumbing Car Service/Repair- See Garage Svcs Care Services: Care Solutions Ltd 80 Ladies Companion 85 Carpenter: Crown Carpentry 64 Kiwi Carpentry 60 Oakwood Carpentry & Maintenance 4 Carpet Cleaning: Abbey Cleaning 54 American Truckmount 32 Elliott Carpet Care 36 Carpet & Flooring: G E Nicholls 54 Childcare: Hiltingbury Kindergarten 59 Children’s Tuition: English Upgrades 59 Kip McGrath 56 Chimney Sweep: Green Sweeps 84 Computer Services: Chandlers Ford Computer Care 20 RSJ Computer Services 18 Widenet 22 Conservatories: Live-in 96 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 44 Delicatessen: Bay Leaves Larder 24 Dentist: Fryern Dental 7/13 Hursley Road Dental Practice 14 Smile 8 Vital Family Dental Care 10 Westfield Dental Practice 16 Domestic Appliance: 123 Domestic Appliances 36 Advanced Appliance Care 20 JP Appliances 62 Premier Electrics 4

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Double Glazing Inst/Repairs: Live-in Design 96 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 44 Windowmenda 42 Education: Ampfiled C.E. Primary School 56 Electrician: ALB Electrical 39 Ampfield Electrical 32 GJ Rhodes Electrical 60 Estate Agent: Jonathan Rees 45-52 Fencing Services: Terry Flynn 76 Financial Services: 21 Dulay Barker Reeves Fruit & Vegetables: Market Fresh 24 Funeral Services: 85 Always There To Care 31 Nigel Guilder Furniture: 41 From Old to New 17 The Furniture Warehouse 32 Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Garage Services: Auto Assistance 27 Chandlers Ford Body Repairs 27 Independent VW 28 Robinsons Vehicle Maintenance 26 Garden Design & Services: Adapt Landscapes 79 C/Ford Garden Svcs 68 Enviro 71 Greenkeeper 84 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Gdn Svc 85 Lakewood Logs 54 Lakewood Tree Surgeons 68 One Man Went To Mow 74 Premier Garden Designs 84 Romsey Stump 69 Terry Flynn 76 Tina Jerome Garden Design 71 Valley Park Landscapes 76 Whittaker Tree Care 80 Gas Services: See Plumbing Guitar Repairs: PCS Music Guitar Tech 85 Hairdressing: Hot Heads 10 Hair at Monroes 15/35 Health & Fitness: Academy Studios 57 Bodysound 13 The Diva Academy of Arts 59 Health Services: Care Solutions Ltd 80 Hampshire Hearing Centre 7 Holidays: Holiday Properties 83 Home Cinema: Ugot Ltd 79 House Clearance: The Bookman 91 Hypnotherapy: Sylvia Parsons 85 Kitchens: Knightwood Kitchens 61 Ladies Fashion: Pandora's Frox 91 Locksmith: Lockright Security Ltd 69 Marquee Hire: Bees Marquees Ltd 8 Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svc 21 Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): Darren Liggett 40 M Fyall Design & Co 3 Prestige Painting 36 SJ Penney 39 VHN Decorating 41 W.A.G. Decorating Services Ltd 74

Pet Services: Pet Pals Plasterer: A Y Plastering C B Plastering Services Plasterforce Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Ace Plumbing Ltd Aqualogic Plumbing & Heating Aquatec Curtis Bros. Bathrooms DN Plumbing Services First Call Heating Ltd Gair Gas Gas Elite Graham Jones Plumbing & Heating JT Plumbing Services Mike Chivers Premier Bathrooms Tom Mitchell Plumbing TP Watts Podiatrist: Jon Callen Property Maintenance & Improvements: AMA Property Services Apple Design A Wilmott CDN Handyman Services CF Handyman Services Complete Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd Dell Developments Handy Man Hero M Fyall Design & Co MH Building Services S & R Property Services The Flat Pack People The Handyman Your Local Odd Job Man

85 84 40 84

74 41 62 44 53 95 65 18 64 80 80 60 76 4 9 32 62 64 20 19 53 40 64 3 84 39 85 66 84

Restaurant: Baguetti Junction 24 Sunrise Balti and Tandoori Restaurant 25 School: Ampfield C.E. Primary School Service Station: North Baddesley Service Station Singing Lessons: Jan Solar Panels: A.E.S. Solar Power Apollo Green Energy Ltd Finesse Energy Ltd Solicitor: Eric Robinson Solicitors

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Taxi Service: Links Private Hire Tiling & Tile Supplier: AT Ceramics Premier Bathrooms & Tiles Tree Surgery: See Garden Tuition (Children’s): English Upgrades Kip McGrath Organ & Piano Lessons

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19 14 67 73 33 30

53 60 59 56 84

Upholstery: American Truckmount From Old to New

32 41

Vegetables: Market Fresh Veterinary: The Village Vet

24 66

Window Repair: Windowmenda

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First Call Heating Ltd First Call Heating Ltd 6 Falkland Court, Falkland Road, 6 Falkland Ford Court, Falkland Chandlers SO53 3GA Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 3GA

Tel: 02380 262 690 Tel: 02380 262 690

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December 2011 Chandlers Ford Directory  

A5 Local Magazine

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