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MARCH 2012

The Chandlers Ford Directory

Growing Peppers Pippa Greenwood tells us how

Hampshire Heritage Strange Pub Names in South Hants

St David's Day

History of the Welsh Feast Day

Your Comprehensive Directory of Local Businesses and Services

Dear Neighbours When I can, I like to use the advertisers who appear in The Chandlers Ford Directory. Like most people I do fairly regularly have a need for home improvements, garden work or health and beauty treatments. I used one of our long term advertisers for the first time in January. The service was superb but I really hope I don’t have to use him again in a hurry. The advertiser was Nigel Guilder Funeral Directors because sadly my mum died on the 2nd January following a long illness. It was the first time I’d ever had to manage a funeral which meant I was truly clueless as to what was involved and the organisation that was required. Although when someone has a long term illness you can do a little pre-planning, most of the work is between the date of passing and the date of the funeral. But Nigel was excellent; respectful without being morose, diplomatic (like weddings, funerals mean accommodating everyone involved) and a real aid when it came to making decisions of which there seemed to be so many. As all who attended said ‘it was a lovely funeral’. We decided to have friends and family back to our house which left the decision of catering. Although very modestly Nigel didn’t mention it, I knew that his wife Sarah Guilder – who runs Bay Leaves Larder – offered catering and she did us proud with selection of food at a very reasonable cost. All in all it went very smoothly thanks to both. It was sort of a shame my mum wasn’t there to see it! I don’t want to dwell on the subject but if you are ever asked to donate to the Countess Mountbatten Hospice at West End I would urge you to give generously. The care given by the staff there is truly outstanding for both the patients and their family, and we are truly fortunate in this area to have this service provided at no direct cost. Tania.

Tania Houston 023 8027 6361, Advertising sales: Kevin Houston, 023 8027 6396,


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CONTENTS Advertiser Feature – Widenet


Hampshire Heritage – Strange Pub Names in Southern Hampshire


Advertiser Feature – Atherton Bailey


Gardening – Growing Peppers


Advertiser Feature – Greenkeeper


The Handy Household – The Virtues of Vinegar


Advertiser Feature – DJ Satellites & Aerials


Working From Home - Dad's Taxis


A Proverbial Life... - Waste Not, Want Not


Advertiser Feature – Fitskool


Poet's Corner – Swimming With Mother in Law


Children's Puzzle Page


Home & Interiors – Open Sesame


Motoring - Top 5 Cars Of The Tokyo Show


Puzzle Page


Health – Relieving Pain Naturally


No Room For Giraffes


Advertiser Feature – Eric Robinson


Out Of The Ordinary


Monthly Feature – St David's Day


Friends of Hocombe Mead – Update


Regular Local Events


News from Eastleigh MP Steve Brine


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HAMPSHIRE HERITAGE Strange Pub Names in Southern Hampshire The Red Lion is said to be the commonest pub name in England. Hard on its heels are the Royal Oak, the White Hart and the Rose and Crown. But what of those strange pub names, some of them unique, that you encounter from time to time? We have our fair share in southern Hampshire. Bitterne and Sholing offer the Humble Plumb and the Spike Islander. My visit to the Humble Plumb in Commercial Street in Bitterne revealed a spickand-span and friendly pub but yielded no explanation for the name other than that ‘Plumb’ appears to mean plumber, as its sign suggests. In days gone by the pub was called the Commercial Inn, but when and why its name was changed seems to have become lost in the mists of time.


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The Spike Islander, in Sholing, refers to an early nickname for the Sholing area, Spike Island. There are various, disputed explanations for the nickname. One refers to the spiky gorse that once covered the area; another refers to the settlements of gypsies (‘pikeys’) around Woolston, Weston and Netley; yet another suggests the name is derived from the spike shaped peninsula formed by the rivers Itchen and Hamble. No Red Lions or White Harts for the village of Horton Heath, which seems to be making a speciality of unusual names. The pub known for many years as the Rising Sun at some point became the Lapstone, possibly the only pub in England with that name. The dip in which the pub lies has long been known as Lapstone Bottom. According to my dictionaries, a lapstone is a stone held in a cobbler’s lap when beating leather to make shoes. But the pub’s sign suggests that the name refers to a tree stump on which cattle stood to drink from a stream. Only a mile or so down the road from the Lapstone is a pub called the Brigadier Gerard, once the Old New Inn. Readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will know that Brigadier Gerard was a comic character in a series of adventure stories. But the pub is named after the famous and much loved racehorse of the early 1970s. Brigadier Gerard won 17 of his 18 races, always ridden by Joe Mercer. The Flower Pots in Cheriton, near Alresford, is, I believe, the


only pub with that name, though there is a Flower Pot (singular) in Hounslow. The pub was once a farmhouse and home to the head gardener of nearby Avington Park. This is said to be the origin of its name. It is a very traditional and popular pub, much appreciated by those who remember what pubs used to be like and prefer them that way. No piped music or big screens here, just good beer and genuinely home-prepared food. One of the most interesting of all our local pub names is the Trusty Servant in the village of Minstead in the New Forest. Its sign depicts a composite creature with a pig’s snout, an ass’s ears, stag’s feet, what look like fire irons in his left hand, and bearing a sword and shield. The picture appears to have its origins in a painting in Winchester College, but apparently there are similar, and earlier, depictions of the same creature elsewhere in Europe. There used to be a board beneath the sign bearing this rhyme: A Trusty Servant's portrait would you see, This emblematic figure well survey. A porker's snout not nice in diet shows; A padlock shut, no secret he'll disclose; Patient the ass his master’s wrath will bear; Swiftness in errand, the stag's feet declare; Laden his left hand, apt to labour saith; The vest his neatness, open hand his faith; Girt with his sword, his shield upon his arm, Himself and master he'll protect from harm. A little explanation may help. The rhyme catalogues the virtues of the perfect servant. The pig’s snout shows that he is not a fussy eater, but willing to consume his master’s leftovers. His ass’s ears show his patience when beaten by his master, while his stag’s feet indicate how fast he will run on his master’s business. Other characteristics are mentioned in the rhyme. The prize for the most unlikely conjunction of pub name and location must surely go to the

long gone Sociable Plover pub in the Paulsgrove area of Portsmouth. The Sociable Plover is an internationally endangered wading bird of west Asia that has made only a few appearances in Britain and just one in Hampshire. In October 1986 one appeared for a few days in the Titchfield Haven area before moving on for a couple of weeks to HMS Daedalus airfield at Lee-on-Solent. What made someone decide to name a pub in Paulsgrove after this rare and handsome bird? We may never know. But you certainly couldn’t make it up. by Stephen Harvey

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THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY GARDENING Growing your own peppers need not be a labour of love. In fact, it is not much more involved than growing tomatoes, so why not give it a try? Pepper plants can be unbelievably pretty too, with fruits in a range of shapes and colour, generally on compact plants and preceded by small and very pretty white flowers. This is a plant with great ornamental as well as edible potential.

Growing Peppers So what are the growing secrets and the hints for perfect peppers? Chilli and sweet, or bell, peppers can both be grown in a greenhouse border, in a sunny spot in the garden in warmer parts of the country, or on a sunny, sheltered spot on the patio. You’ll get the heavier, earlier crop if you grow the plants in a greenhouse or conservatory, but it is well worth growing them outside too, especially if you choose a spot close to a sunny wall or use cloches for extra warmth. Sweet peppers, especially the red ones, are very high in vitamin A and both red and green peppers are also very high in vitamin C. Chilli peppers also have a good supply of vitamins C and A and in addition, contain both beta-carotene and something called capsaicin which is believed to have a useful effect on blood cholesterol levels. So all in all, there should be no stopping you, especially when you remember that they also make great eating – raw, roasted, on the BBQ, in stir fries, pasta sauces. The seeds are readily obtainable from many catalogues or garden centres but before you select what to grow, make sure you take into account the level of heat you’re likely to get with any chilli peppers you grow. Most seed packets and catalogues do make it very clear.

Sow the seeds between now and early April. I use a multi-purpose or a seed compost as either work well, but to get good germination you will need to provide a bit of extra warmth, ideally from a heated propagator positioned in a spot where it receives plenty of natural light. If you don’t have the time or facilities to raise your own from seed, you can always buy a few plants in a garden centre or send off for them. We offer two tasty varieties a miniature sweet pepper, and a chilli pepper as part of my ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ system, they are a regular favourite (see for details) Grow the plants on in any good quality multipurpose compost, keep them a tiny bit drier than you would a tomato plant and feed regularly with a high-potash liquid feed (most readily available as a ‘tomato food’). This helps to keep the plants growing strongly and the potash will encourage plenty of flowers and so fruits to form. If you are going for plants in pots, choose a pot or planter that has good drainage, add broken pots for extra drainage, and make sure that the pot is 30cm (12in) or more in diameter. Once there is no danger of late frosts, ideally by early June when temperatures are also warming up, you can put the pots or plants outside in a sheltered, sunny spot. ...Continued on page 14

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Some sweet pepper plants can get quite tall and rather ungainly so be ready to give them a bit of extra support if necessary. A stout bamboo cane will usually do the trick, and tie the plant in loosely with twine, string or any other soft garden tie. If you’re after the hottest possible heat from your chilli peppers, then you’ll find this comes from fruits that are totally ripe, and that that ultimate heat is most likely to be achieved from peppers grown on plants that are grown in warmer conditions. So, if your plants are going to be looking gorgeous on your patio over the summer, make sure you put them somewhere extra warm – perhaps a sunny porch or window sill for that last bit of ripening time in the autumn. For sweet peppers, if you are growing them in patio pots in a sunny spot then you are likely to find that there are still some unripened fruits on the plants when temperatures start to fall at the end of summer and well into autumn. To increase the chances of these ripening and increasing to full size, move the pots to a warmer spot or, if

possible, to a porch, conservatory or greenhouse where they’ll get extra warmth and also plenty of natural light. If you want chillies that look particularly good on the patio there are plenty to choose from. ‘Black Pearl’ is a hot chilli pepper with a distinct blackish tinge to the mature leaves and fruits that are black early on and mature darkest red. For classic chillis with bright red, finger shaped fruits try ‘Thai Dragon’.

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John O’ Groats to Land’s End and the Three Peaks Chandlers Ford resident Rob Wiffen (who is also the business owner of Greenkeeper Lawns) undertook a huge charity fundraising event last year. He has asked us to include this little bit of feedback on his trip and to thank those that donated to the very worthwhile causes for whom he and his friend were raising funds. Yes we have finally done it! We cycled from John O’ Groats to Land’s End and climbed the three peaks, over 1100 miles in 14 days.

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We started on the 21 May and after 14 days completed it at 10:00 on the 4 June 2011 as planned.

The weather was not exactly in our favour for most of the trip with 130 mph winds on the way down from Ben Nevis. Being blown off your feet is exciting but I’m not in a hurry ‘enjoy’ it again. We had head winds of between 35 and 70mph for most of the cycle, two buckled wheels, and rain and sleet. It definitely made for an exciting and a character building trip. We met some fantastic people and saw beautiful countryside. What a wonderful experience, a really good challenge and great fun. As we came into Land’s End it was a surreal moment. The sun was shining and the wind was light for a change. And we could not quite believe we had completed our adventure, after all those miles. But it was all worth it we have raised over £4000 to date for The Rifles, Macmillan Cancer Support and Dystonia Society and hopefully more to come in. From me Rob Wiffen and from Nick Bryan THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT AND DONATIONS.

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The Handy Household - The Virtues of Vinegar

Most of us use vinegar to make salad dressings or to splash on our chips, but it is far more versatile than that. For instance, white distilled vinegar can be used to tenderise meat, a dash added to cooking pasta will prevent stickiness and adding a splash to a poaching egg will keep the white better formed. When you’ve finished cooking, you can even mix it with water to make a cheap, but effective, detergent. What’s more, if you’re finding it hard to lose weight, mix a tablespoon of any type of vinegar into a glass of water and drink daily. It will regulate your blood sugar levels and curb your appetite. It’s also worth keeping some white distilled vinegar in the bathroom, where you can use it as an antiseptic on cuts and grazes, to soothe painful sunburn or even, mixed with equal parts water, as a skin toner. Even the car can benefit from this ancient ingredient. Use it neat on a soft cloth to polish chrome or wipe clean dirty windscreen wipers and if you need to get rid of unpleasant odours from inside your car, just leave a bowl of white distilled vinegar on the car floor overnight. White distilled vinegar is equally as useful in the garden. Poured neat onto weeds and unwanted grass growing up through drive and walkways, it acts as an effective but non-toxic weed killer. It will also discourage cats and ants from congregating where they’re not welcome. So, whether you’re cooking, cleaning, gardening or even trying to lose weight make sure your home is never without this economical, versatile and totally natural product.


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Digital Switchover is Here – Are you Ready?

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DJ Satellites & Aerials are local CAI approved installers. Working in your area, they are the experts who can help you with all of your digital switchover needs. DJ Satellites & Aerials work on the principles of no call out charge to check any existing equipment, and are happy to offer free advice and guidance.

What is the Digital Switchover? The UK television broadcasting system has been undergoing major change. Since the new millennium, Digital TV has been available to most of the UK but now the process is almost complete in making the full change from old ‘analogue’ TV to the Digital TV future. What are the benefits to switching to Digital Television? Digital TV is more efficient. Digital TV can carry many more TV services in the spectrum previously occupied by one analogue service. Switching off the analogue services also frees up spectrum that can be used for a range of new services, such as extra TV channels in either standard or high definition, mobile TV or wireless broadband. How Do I switch? Switching to digital is as easy as connecting a digital box to your existing TV. You will need to consider all the TV equipment in your home when preparing for switchover. You will need to purchase an Integrated Digital TV or a Digital Set-Top Box and you may also need to upgrade your TV aerial to receive digital. However, your local friendly CAI installer can let you know if this is the case. Everyone within the British Isles has been or will be affected by the digital switchover, so it’s paramount that every set within your home is digitally ready. So where do I turn for advice on aerial upgrades? Local CAI plus installer DJ Satellites & Aerials who are a member of the Confederation of Aerial Industries (CAI), the recognised trade association for the aerial and satellite industry. CAI plus installers are regularly inspected and vetted by the CAI, guaranteeing quality service


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CAI plus means: 1) Fully Insured 2) Safe working practice at heights 3) Trustworthy (criminal record checked) 4) CAI-backed double guarantee

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Working from home Dad’s Taxis Some time ago I was ruminating in a slightly melancholy vein about what life would be like as empty-nesters. Would my wife and I be a bit sad? A bit lonely? Would we miss our little chickadees? Well, no we won’t. Because they’re NOT GOING! We always knew we’d be stuck with the boy, who has started tech. But what I didn’t realise (admittedly, because I never listen) is that he’s only going three days a week. Further, he’s studying music technology, so his homework seems to be very loud indeed. When I was his age I did try my best to make as much noise with my music as he manages with his, but since I was stuck with the discarded family Dansette while he seems to have the equivalent of The Who’s PA system I failed to make quite as much impact as he does. Also, the music of my teens was slightly more melodic than the thumpy stuff his generation favours – rock’n’roll may not be noise pollution, but dubstep most certainly is. Then we learnt that the girl isn’t going either. She was one grade off her first choice, but was offered a place for next year – yeah, that’s right, when the fees go up – and rather than settle for her second choice she decided to take a gap year. So, is she off backpacking around the Far East? No. She’s taking her gap year at home, that’s what. At least she’s not as noisy as he is, but we’re still lumbered with the pair of them. Well, I suppose it’s quite nice really, having them around the place. I’m kind of used to them, in a way, and there’ll certainly be a big them-shaped hole in our lives when they finally do go. In the meantime, though, Dad’s Taxis is not going into liquidation, and the home laundry service remains as gargantuan an enterprise as ever. In fact Dad’s Taxis seems to be expanding. The


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boy is supposed to take a ludicrously early bus in the morning for his hour-and-a-half journey into college, which seems a ridiculous amount of time for a 20-mile trip. Not surprisingly, he doesn’t always make it, and as he has to be there by 9am, that means the dog is still waiting to be walked by the time the taxi-driver arrives back. So that’s an hour off the working day for starters. In her case, it’s job interviews. Although the town I live in has some 30,000 souls it doesn’t seem to have anything in the way of facilities, not even a job centre. Nor does it have any buses, or at least none of them seem to go where we want them to, and the timetables appear to have been devised by someone who thinks that while everybody wants to flee the town, nobody wants to come back. Or not on the same day that they left, at any rate. So it’s Dad’s Taxis to the rescue, and more hours lopped off the working day. When my generation came to this point in our lives, we were simply taught to drive and bought an old banger (a pale-blue Ford Anglia, in my case). But things have changed, and not for the better. We took one look at how much it would cost to insure them to learn to drive with us and turned deathly pale. And that’s before paying for driving lessons (that’s the drawback with twins – double bubble!) and then insuring them once they pass. You’d have to be a millionaire. And we’re not. So Dad’s Taxis it is. by Ted Bruning


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A Proverbial Life... Waste not, want not I’ve developed a rather odd passion for glass. Not just any old glass, but those items we normally toss into the recycling bin without a second jars. Actually, it’s not just glass jars that have taken my fancy but also yogurt pots. So far I’m managing to resist the urge to collect the wonderfully perfect plastic pots - but my glass jar fetish is getting out of control. I used to casually put all such items into the recycling bin, where they would eventually be re-incarnated by the local facility. However, I now seem to have decided that I can cut out the middle man and perform an alternative recycling role myself. I have discovered a whole new world of beauty in the simple glass jar. I covet glass jars and will not assign them to a cruel crushing and grinding. Instead I soak off labels, clean with hot soapy water, rinse and leave to dry on the window sill. Once they have passed the ‘sniff test’ (quick sniff to ensure there is no lingering hint of previous contents), they join their fellow jars in one of several boxes stored in the garage. I’ve been collecting now for nearly six months and I’ve got lots of lovely clean jars. Lots and lots and lots. I’m not the original purchaser of all of these jars; many of them have been donated to me by family and friends. All it took was a simple request to ‘save all your jars for me’, and I’ve been inundated. My mother in particular took this request to heart. She is my most enthusiastic glass jar collector, and has dragooned many of her friends into saving their jars for me. At least once a month I get summoned to ‘Mummy

Towers’ to pick up the latest batch of jars. There’s always at least 30 waiting for me, stacked in a cardboard box, washed and looking suspiciously like they’ve been polished to a high gleam. I’m always delighted to receive them and she’s always delighted to give them to me. However, the oddest thing is that no-one ever questions why I want so many jars. An initial explanation that I was going to make jam has continued to ensure a never ending supply of lovely jars. The jam making season has long gone. Despite my best intentions I didn’t make any jam. Neither have I made any chutneys, relishes or pickles but I year. If I don’t make jam I will find some other use for them. I may take up glass painting and turn them into psychedelic vases for sale on eBay; or pop nightlights into them and use them in the garden, or fill them with sweets for the tombola at the local W.I. Or I could turn them into pen holders, paint pots or mini incubators for seedlings...the possibilities are endless. Indeed my husband has suggested that they would be a particularly useful place to keep the marbles he thinks I’ve lost. I shall ignore him. by A. O’Brien


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Charrett & Sons Loft Conversion Specialists

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Discover Nordic Walking A new concept in fitness Where can you find an effective, healthy activity that requires no gym, is affordable, kind to joints, easy to learn, is sociable, safe and fun to do? Oh, and something that help you relieve stress, burn up to 400 calories an hour and tone up your whole body? Endless benefits Welcome to Nordic walking, a new fitness concept that has already enticed well over 10 million people to learn. If you can walk comfortably for two miles already and want to lose weight, try turning your walk into a workout. Perhaps you are an ex runner who needs to keep fit or cross train with a lower impact activity. Perhaps you would prefer to exercise with likeminded people and you need the extra motivation this can provide. Maybe you want to improve your posture and back strength, and to increase your physical activity


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levels, or need something new to inspire you. Maybe you just love walking and being in the fresh air? In any case, you need not walk alone! More options Pay as you go for Nordic Walking or invest in our great value memberships. Fitskool Pilates and kettle bell class clients get a reduced rate and our regular one to one training clients can even join our Nordic Walking free. Try it out Take a taster session to discover the power of the special poles (which we provide). The next step is to take a lesson with your fully qualified, registered instructor, just in time for spring. Then just enjoy walking and talking with us! We hope to see you soon. Contact: or Call: 023 80731698 Web:


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Swimming with Mother in Law

This happened last Monday, a knock at the door, An unscheduled visit, from Mother In Law “Will you come down the pool with me, have a quick dip? “It closes at twelve so we’ll have to be quick,” ‘Twas the last thing I wanted, she’s now eighty-two, She’s bad tempered and cranky; the dog thinks so too, And my costume is old; I’ve since put on some weight, But dismissing my fears, she just wouldn’t debate. I went in the changing rooms, feeling so frumpy, Emerged back outside all self-conscious and grumpy It was then that I noticed her, patiently waiting, When I saw her attire; nearly needed sedating A hat with pink flowers, bright leaves of green plastic, A costume so baggy; lost all its elastic, It covered her body from head down to toe, There was nowhere this bathing suit didn’t quite go, She was obviously dressing for aqua-marine, ‘Cos a snorkel and flippers completed the scene, I relaxed very quickly, ‘twas so plain to see, That with her by my side, no-one’s looking at me... ©Jan Jack’s Perfect Verse 2011


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1. Creating a focal point While traditional rooms often work around a fireplace or TV, larger, multi-purpose rooms can lack visual focus. By introducing colour, pattern and/or texture on one wall – perhaps above a sofa or behind a dining table – you’ll add character, interest and even drama. The easiest solution is to use a strong paint colour or to hang a large painting, photograph or print, while boldly patterned wallpaper also works well. 2. Using colour Pale colours are generally considered best to emphasise the airiness of large open spaces. But should you go for one shade all over, or choose different colours for different areas? Using the same colour throughout gives an unbroken look and emphasises space, but if one end of the room is to function separately from the other – a living and dining space, a living and work space – you can zone these areas by varying their

colour. A tonal scheme, with colour going from light to darker from one end to the other, can be particularly effective. 3. Planning your lighting Use lighting to delineate different areas within your open-plan space, and illuminate different parts to suit your needs, whether it’s a living area or working space, a kitchen or a dining area. Layer in different types of light in different areas, using a mixture of concealed lighting (in ceilings or under shelves, for example) and eye-catching, oversized fixtures that suit the extra-large space. 4. Choosing a floor Choosing flooring for a multi-purpose space such as an open-plan cooking/dining/living area can be tricky, as the kitchen area needs to be able to cope with splashes and spills, while you’ll want the sitting area to feel cosy and comfortable. You have two choices: either run the same flooring throughout for a sleek, flowing look, or choose a variety of types of flooring which will differentiate between areas. If you go for the former option, consider stone or wood, both of which can be softened with rugs where necessary, or consider high quality vinyl, which is spill-proof and forgiving underfoot. 5. Separating spaces Not all open-plan spaces need to be entirely open all of the time, so for truly flexible living it’s advisable to include some sort of flexible division. In a period property, panelled doors that can be folded back against the walls when not in use are perfect; in a more modern house a moveable screen, or perhaps ceiling-mounted panels (on a track) that can be pulled to one side when desired, would be enormously useful. ...Continued on page 58 T H E C H A N D L E R S F O R D D I R E C TO RY | ke v i n @ c f d i r e c t o r y.c o .u k



6. Linking spaces Open-plan kitchen/living areas are ideal for entertaining, but how do you successfully blend the spaces seamlessly? One solution is to continue the style of your kitchen units for storage used in nearby areas, choosing a design that looks as good for a TV stand, say, as for a cutlery drawer. Versatility is key and you should consider not just colour but also texture, and even handles – long, slender handles tend to look better in modern living spaces than dumpy round ones, for example. 7. Solutions for storage Knocking two rooms together gives you a gorgeous open area – but, because you’ve lost wall space for cupboards and shelves, much less room to hide your clutter. One solution is to use tall, open shelving that doubles as a room divider as well as somewhere to display your stuff, while if you have a flat-screen TV, mount it on a media wall with storage for DVDs concealed behind it. In fact, make the most of every tiny corner, building storage into sloping ceilings, around windows or in any alcove you can find. 8. Buying and arranging furniture Conventional furniture won’t necessarily have the right proportions to work well in open-plan living

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This year’s Tokyo Motor Show was dominated by green technologies and wacky concepts – but among the madness there were some important model launches. The show isn’t one of the biggest. Spread over four halls you can get around it easily in a day – unlike the blister-inducing mass of motors that is Europe’s biggest show in Frankfurt, Germany. However, as the Japanese makers’ home event, it is absolutely packed with innovation. I spent two days scouring the halls and soaking up the culture, but eventually these five emerged as my picks of the show. Toyota GT 86

It’s about time Toyota got interesting again and the GT 86 certainly floats our boat. Rumoured to cost around £28,000 when it goes on sale in the UK, the rear-wheel drive car features a 2.0-litre 197bhp unit and will hit 60mph in seven seconds. It certainly looked good on the stand and was a welcome break from the green concepts doing the rounds everywhere else.

Subaru BRZ

Subaru has been having a hard time of it in the UK of late, so the BRZ comes as a much-needed breath of fresh air. Jointly developed with Toyota, it’s the sister car to the GT 86, and in the company’s famous corporate blue it looked fantastic. The BRZ has slightly different body panels and interior to the Toyota. Just don’t mention the new, and very bland, Impreza also on display on the stand...

Nissan Juke Nismo

The Juke has been crying out for a real sporty model and it looks like Nissan may finally answer our prayers thanks to its tuning arm Nismo. This is the first car that’s been given the Nismo treatment and although currently billed as a “concept” it’s highly likely we’ll see it on our roads soon. Exterior and interior tweaks will be matched with a breathed-on powerplant.

Mercedes F 125!

We’re not big fans of concepts that don’t mean anything, but Mercedes was quick to point out the F 125! showcases the future design direction of the next S-Class. The concept featured fuel cell technology which would give it a range of 1,000km, a lightweight body construction, gullwing doors and a cloud-based infotainment system. But ignore all that, it’s the looks that are most likely to shape future luxury barges from the firm.

Hino eZ Cargo

Tucked away in the corner of the truck section of the show was this fantastic delivery van. Not only does it look superb, but it showcases EV technology and a clean uncluttered design that would make Apple proud. A spokesman for Hino told us it has a range of 50kms, can charge in six hours and hit 70kph. Trials will take place next year before a decision is made whether to put it into production. We just hope the looks are carried over – it certainly beats a boring Transit. by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (


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Naturally Health experts advise that natural alternatives to over-the-counter pain relief are often the best solution. Julie Penfold looks at natural pain relief options for common health complaints. It’s an instant reaction for so many of us when pain first strikes; we simply take something to relieve our symptoms. Popping a pill is frequently our default setting and our usual answer is to take paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve symptoms – the most popular over-the-counter painkillers. The main pain-killing ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, which is found naturally in the herbs willow bark, poplar and meadowsweet. While willow bark and poplar are only available via a herbalist, meadowsweet can be found in natural health stores. Meadowsweet can be drank as a tea and is very effective at tackling pain fast, says natural medicine practitioner, Susse Wedel. “For general pain-killing use, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper are very good options. You can ingest these by adding to a hot water drink or sprinkling on food as and when required,” adds Susse. Tackling Headaches For headaches brought on by stress or tension, the herb rosemary is Susse’s top tip for relieving nervous tension, and just inhaling the aroma can help to ease tension. Rosemary essential oil can also be rubbed directly onto the temple for instant relief. Lavender and chamomile are two of the best relaxation herbs around and are a super option for easing headache pain. As stress headaches are commonly caused by a constriction of blood vessels in the head, rosemary and lavender can help to ease this pressure. These herbs are all available as herbal teas and are equally effective when consumed as a drink. Herbs which have an affinity to the head tend to have a high content of calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are all naturally powerful against headache pain. For migraine sufferers, ginkgo can help to provide relief from painful symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and cutting out stimulants in the diet such as caffeinated drinks, sugar, tobacco and chocolate can also help, as these foods can trigger migraines, as well as prolonging them. Muscle Strain Adding several handfuls of fresh thyme to a bath can be an effective alternative to over-the-counter pain relief for muscle strain, as thyme eases both muscular and rheumatic pain. St John’s Wort oil and rosemary oil can also help to ease muscular aches and pains. Foods containing magnesium such as wholegrains, bananas,


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spinach, broccoli, tofu, nuts, seeds, beans and pulses can also assist in minimising painful flare-ups. Menstrual Pain Ginger helps to relax the uterine muscles and stops painful cramps, spasms and contractions. Drinking a ginger herbal tea, or creating your own tea by grating ginger and adding to hot water, can provide fast relief from severe period pain. As an additional tip, Susse recommends topping up with hot water regularly as this renews the active painkilling properties and provides longer relief. Raspberry leaf tea is also effective for balancing hormones, relaxing muscles and relieving menstrual cramps. To ease bloating and pre-menstrual tension symptoms, Susse recommends yarrow tea. Other super relievers for period pain include: chamomile as it is high in calcium, minerals and contains muscle relaxant properties and valerian as this helps to reduce cramping and relaxes stomach muscles. In addition, taking a vitamin B6 supplement can also help to tackle muscle spasms associated with period pain. by Julie Penfold


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When I first moved to London, I lived in a big house in a quiet, leafy suburb. It was a shared property, positively bursting at the seams with bits and bobs, nick-nacks and bric-a-brac (nobody really knows what bric-a-brac is, but it seems appropriate here. In fact, whilst I’m on the subject, what actually are nick-nacks?). Two days before we were due to move out of the house, it burned down. For legal reasons it’s probably best if I don’t go into the exact details of the incident; suffice it to say that it wasn’t our fault and we lost everything. In the immediate aftermath of the event, I learned two things: 1) some estate agents are the spawn of Lucifer and 2) I am much happier when I own virtually nothing. I only missed one thing, in truth. My piano. Moving into the new place was a dream - I literally walked through the front door and was done - but I didn’t quite feel at ease again until I’d furnished it with a piano. It wasn’t so much the physical presence of the instrument that I craved, but more the ability to fill the house with music. This may seem unbearably pretentious and like a tremendously deep and cerebral person. I’m not either, of course, but this was of little concern to me at the time. I would go to parties and tell girls the story of the fire in the hope that hinting at an untapped river of pain running through my soul (I think that’s how I phrased it) would make them much more likely to get off with me. And so it was that, gradually, I began to understand that the fire had in one sense been a blessing. It had purged me of the scrapyard of pointless junk I had unwittingly collected over the years, and now I was free to be my own person again. I was lord of my gloriously empty manor.

You can imagine my consternation, then, when in preparation for a recent house move I found myself packing up my bedroom once more and discovering that, just a few short years later, I somehow still owned TRUCKLOADS OF STUFF. I mean, ruddy truckloads. This discovery propelled me towards an unashamedly fascist cull of my belongings. One of the items that failed to make the cut during the move was a five-foot tall pink wicker giraffe I had received as a gift some years earlier. I was rather fond of this curious ornament, as it happens, but when you’re executing a cull of this magnitude you have to be cold and ruthless, and there really was no room for giraffes. In the end I took it to my local charity shop, spent a short while reflecting on what sort of person would want to buy such a thing, and promptly left. Two hours later, as I turned the front-door key one final time and officially vacated my home, I saw a woman walking up the road with, you guessed it, a pink wicker giraffe under her arm. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, said Einstein, only moved around. The law of thermodynamics. True not just of tiny electrons, it seems, but apparently also of giraffes. 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. Chris is currently working on his first novel, “Mockstars”. Read more of Chris’ blogs and tour diaries at by Chris Russell

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The Cost of 'Going it Alone' A lady came to see me recently who had lost her father back at the beginning of 2008. Because she had felt the estate he left behind was quite straightforward, the lady and her brother administered the execution of their father’s Will themselves. She came to see me because she had recently learned about the provision of transfer for nil rate inheritance tax allowance from one estate to another and realised that it had never been used by her parents when her mother died ten years before her father. She subsequently worked out that if her parents had used this transfer allowance, she and her brother would have avoided paying over £10,000 of Inheritance Tax and was coming to see me to see if there was anything I could do retrospectively. Legislation dictates that in order to use the nil rate inheritance tax transfer, you have to claim the right within two years of the person’s death. Extensions for special circumstances can be granted by HM Revenue & Customs, but at their discretion. The key to this lady’s case was whether the information she had just learned was made clear or accessible to her at the time she was administering her father’s Will. HMRC confirmed that the allowance could have been transferred on the death of her second parent to the lady and her brother as beneficiaries of the estates, but reiterated that

is should have been applied for and approved within the designated timescale. However, in recent years there have been a number of changes at HMRC as there are an increasing number of cases such as these being brought to their attention. After explaining the situation in a series of correspondence, my client did receive a cheque for the money that should have been received through the nil rate transfer. I cannot stress enough how fortunate this individual was. HMRC is very clear with their deadlines and it has to be a pretty strong case for anyone to be awarded money who has not worked within these timescales. I am sure the majority of you can predict the point I am now going to make– the importance of seeking professional advice. Well, as the professional, I would say that wouldn’t I? But in all seriousness, when talking about potentially missing out on thousands of pounds that rightfully belongs to the beneficiaries of an estate, the fees of having an experience professional handle financial affairs such as these proves to be a wise investment. Whilst people may think that an estate is simple to administer, that might well be because they haven’t got the experience or specific knowledge to realise how and when unnecessary funds are being handed over in inheritance tax. There are pitfalls in going it alone, so never be afraid to ask.

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You may well have seen, or met, Norman Taylor as just another ordinary Chandler’s Ford pensioner going about his business locally. A chap whose strong Scottish accent immediately reveals his origins, but nothing of his past which is anything but ordinary. Norman, now 76, has lived most of his life equally divided between Hampshire and Scotland. He was born in a small tworoom cottage at Garrowslack, near Elgin in Morayshire, in 1935. His father was a horseman and his mother bore fifteen children, but only seven of them, all boys, survived. The conditions that the family suffered were extreme which meant that they were often starving during the winter months. For various reasons, Norman missed school and was illiterate until his early twenties.

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THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY LOCAL HISTORY Norman’s first such experience was at the age of seven when a plane just missed his school and he helped his headmaster to rescue and recover the crew from the burning wreckage. He was immensely strong: at the age of eight he could drive a pair of Clydesdale horses; at the age of 11 he saved a monk from being gored by a red deer stag; at 14 he saved the life of Bill Travers, the actor famous for his role in Born Free, from a kiln explosion and fire in which Norman was badly injured. Norman’s health suffered as a Norman met and spoke with Fred, the ghost of a result of his rescues and was told that nightwatchman, a story corroborated by others in 1983, he would not live past his fifteenth as published in the Hampshire Chronicle and Daily Echo. birthday. There are many in Hampshire who will know Norman He was conscripted from his farming from the many years he spent working as a conductor job in 1953, serving in Egypt as a and driver/conductor on the buses in Winchester, initially paratrooper with the 33rd Parachute for King Alfred Buses then Hants & Dorset, Field Regiment Royal Hampshire Bus and finally Stagecoach. He Artillery before returning transferred to Scotland with Stagecoach, where to Barton Stacey where he helped them to establish their fledgling he met his future wife, company, working as a coach driver, instructor Sheila. During his time as and jack of all trades. a paratrooper he saved his Norman was encouraged to tell his story, At the own life and that of another End of the Day, as a means of overcoming his paratrooper who landed feeling of melancholy following the death of on top of his parachute as his wife, Sheila, in 2008. It has been a great they fell to certain death. therapy and given him a new lease of life, new He was also involved in filming sequences for The Longest Day, contacts and renewed friendships along the way. It reveals how he managed to succeed against the odds The Bridge Over the River Kwai and A and gives an insight into the value he places on each day Bridge Too Far, where, tragically, nine that dawns. paratroopers were killed during the filming on Salisbury Plain. Norman has always had the objective of improving After being demobbed, Norman stayed in Hampshire taking various farming and building jobs, working for some well-known people along the way, scaling the heights of Winchester Cathedral to do stonework and even leaving a time capsule in one of the walls of King Alfred’s College, Winchester. In 1969, at Kingsworthy Foundry,

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Eastleigh & Chandlers Ford Probus Club The Probus Organisation The concept of Probus was born in the United Kingdom and has grown to be a huge success and has spread all over the world. Currently there are approximately 186,000 Probus Members in the United Kingdom and many others around the world. The word Probus is an abbreviation of the words PROfessional and BUSiness. However, membership is not restricted to these two groups: it embraces those who held a position of responsibility during their working lives. Probus clubs provide a support network for active retirees to attend regular meetings with people who enjoy the camaraderie that belonging to an autonomous membership club brings. During retirement it is important that membership of any organisation should be fun and be something to look forward to participating in, and we can ensure that Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford Probus Club which was inaugurated in 1975 fulfils these criteria. Many clubs have extensive networking

Improvements to travelling by train from Chandlers Ford Using the train from Chandlers Ford station has now become even more comfortable thanks to the opening of a new refreshments stall. Staffed by volunteers of the “not for profit” Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership in the station’s waiting room, drinks and snacks are now available every weekday morning between 0645 and 1015 to help provide a refreshing start to your journey. But it’s not just limited to train travellers as anyone can call in. All proceeds are paid into the Partnership to


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and social programmes, which include group trips, holidays, and involvement in community projects. We are one of three clubs that meet in Chandlers Ford. The Story of the ‘Probus’ ‘P’ Right from the onset and the original concept for a lapel badge, it became obvious that the “simpler the better” principle would apply. It should be small, attractive, dignified and instantly recognisable. It was decided early on that the logo had to be based around a ‘P’ in a circle. ‘P’ for Probus encompassed by a circle, representing the circle of friends and companions gathered together as a club. The Eastleigh & Chandlers Ford Probus Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12.30pm at the Kings Court Centre, 81 Winchester Road in Chandlers Ford. We have an excellent meal and a speaker. The Ladies are invited to join us at the August and December meetings. In addition we normally meet with the Ladies on the 4th Thursday of each month at the same location for a coffee morning. The main committee structure of The Eastleigh & Chandlers Ford Probus Club is the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Speaker Secretary, Social Secretary and Welfare Officer. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR PROBUS CLUB, PLEASE CONTACT : Derek Oliver Tel: 02380 254828 or e-mail:

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St David’s Day Stick a leek in your hatband, it’s St David’s Day! Maybe not as well-known as St Patrick’s Day or St George’s Day, but still a point in the rankings above St Andrew’s Day and hey, a party is a party, right? Now, I was brought up Roman Catholic, and although the Holy Office would hardly recognise me as a kosher Catholic now, it’s still hard to shake off some of the attitudes. And as both a Catholic and an ex-Catholic I have always found it ironically amusing that the Welsh – by and large, as even they would admit, nonconformist – had such a devotion to a saint. They don’t believe in canonisation, for a start, and they certainly don’t share the monastic tradition; and David (son of the Prince of Powys and the Princess of Menevia) was not only canonised (in 1160 by Pope Callixtus II) but was also the Abbot of a large, aristocratic, and wealthy monastery. So, not exactly a Baptist role-model, then. Mind you, David himself would have had problems if interrogated by the Holy Office about his orthodoxy. He was born in about 500, just as the Saxons of Kent were being converted by St Augustine, and died by tradition on 1st March 589 (hence, celebrated on 1st March). By contemporary Roman standards his tonsure would have been all wrong, and he would have celebrated Easter on a date that would have horrified the Pope. In fact many of the tenets he would have adhered to were overturned by the Synod of Whitby in 664, when the old Celtic church pretty much capitulated to current Roman (and Saxon) practice. That makes him a heretic to just about everybody – contemporary Romans and subsequent nonconformists alike. To think, the Welsh defenders of early Christian tradition were, by comparison with their johnny-come-lately Saxon oppressors, heretics. Ah well, that’s history for you. Full of ironies!


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But these were ironies that wouldn’t go away. Samuel Pepys, more than a millennium after David’s death, records that on 1st March there were annual street processions in honour of the Saint by dissenting London Welsh, aggressively opposed by protestant Anglicans; and in the 18th century Anglican London confectioners were satirising St David’s Day by producing gingerbread St David’s riding goats, known as “taffies” – hence our word “toffee”. The ironies continue even into our own time. St David’s stock, it is true, was not particularly high in the 19th and most of the 20th centuries when Wales was still largely Chapel. Only with the resurgence of less sharply denominational nationalism in the last 20 years has he been more widely adopted as a Welsh standard-bearer. In 2000 the Welsh Assembly voted to make 1st March a national holiday. In 2007, that notorious Catholic convert Tony Blair vetoed a bid to make it a Bank Holiday, despite 87% of the Welsh population being in favour. So: a proto-Catholic tells the culturally nonconformist Welsh that their sort-of Catholic but by the standards of his own times heterodox patron saint doesn’t merit a celebratory nationalist day off. Chew on that as you wish. I would rather chew on laver bread, bara brith, and (if you can find it) proper Welsh mountain mutton (a single leg of which, in my childhood, easily fed a family of seven at Sunday lunchtime with leftovers for Monday’s cottage pie). Washed down with a few pints of Brain’s SA from Cardiff or (again, if you can find it) Gwynt y Draig cider from Gwent. Or should that be Monmouthshire?


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Friends of Hocombe Mead Update,

February 2012

Now that we are well into 2012 I thought that an update might be appropriate. Last year a great deal of maintenance and conservation work was carried out on the Mead. In addition to the usual coppicing and raking of the South Meadow the one remaining area of heathland was cleared and replanted with indigenous heathers that had been raised from cuttings by John Caplen. Clearing the ground of rough grasses and bracken also stimulated the germination of heather seed that had been dormant in the soil. Some of the holly that has encroached into the woodland was also cleared and boardwalks were maintained. Notice boards and interpretation boards were repaired and/ or replaced in response to damage and removal by vandals. Last year some interesting and successful events were run on Hocombe Mead. Families enjoyed an Easter Egg Hunt and a late summer event with the Living History group from Little Woodhams. In the autumn young people had fun in the Woodland School building shelters, making wooden name discs by sawing wood, lighting fires with strikers and toasting marshmallows round a ‘camp fire’. In the summer there was the opportunity to learn about butterflies and butterfly transects. Sadly the weather was not too encouraging for the sighting of butterflies but the event was enjoyable and provided plenty of information on the habits and habitats of butterflies. The year ended with carols and a magical walk through the candlelit wood.


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Last year a Hocombe Mead Management Plan for 2011 - 2015 was written by David Payne (Eastleigh Borough Council Countryside Officer) with photographs by David Cardinal. The new Plan will become available on Eastleigh Borough’s website shortly. It is a splendid document and, when available, it will be a pleasure to read and view. During this year the Friends of Hocombe Mead will continue work in line with the Plan to conserve, improve and diversify the habitats in the Mead. Work will continue in coppicing, maintenance of the meadows, removal of encroaching species and maintenance of reclaimed heathland. Anyone wishing to help with this work is welcome to come along on any second Thursday of the month to the Ashdown Road entrance at 10.00 am. Events to raise the profile of Hocombe Mead and extend the enjoyment of it have been planned for the first part of 2012. The programme of event organised so far are:  Birds in Hocombe Mead –March – Date and time to be notified  Woodland Flowers – Sunday 22 April, 10.00 am at Ashdown Road entrance  Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday 1 April – time to be notified  Hints and Tips on Photograpy of Hocombe Mead – Saturday 12 May, 10.00am Ashdown Road entrance  June Event – Date and time to be Notified  Story telling – July -Date and time to be notified  Woodland School – Autumn – Date and time to be notified We hope that you will be able to come along to some, if not all, of the events and enjoy the inspiring habitats of Hocombe Mead. For the latest updates visit the website at www. Hazel Lankester

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THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY 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. or 0845 644 0496. 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


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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 Creative Writing Group 2nd Friday of each month, 2pm Chandlers Ford Library Wyvern Writers meets on the second Friday of each month, 2-4pm at Chandler's Ford Library. We're a mixture of published and unpublished writers and write in a variety of genres. There's no teacher but we read and critique each other's work and provide help and advice. Come along and join us! 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. £3 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. 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 8026 5760 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

THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY MARCH 2012 CYPRUS Apartment to Let Paphos Gardens Resort

 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: Tel 023 80276422

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bed, 4 bath luxury home. Fully furnished & equipped. Sleeps 8. 2 master beds inc. spa baths. Private pool & Jacuzzi with fantastic lake views. Wireless broadband internet. Games room including table football & pool table. Only minutes from Disney, Universal, Sea World etc. Close to championship golf courses, airports & beaches.

For details contact Shirley on 023 80 270015 or visit

Isle of Wight—Seaview Village

 Three delightful 2-bedroom bungalows midway between Ryde & Bembridge  Just yards from the beach with views across the Solent  Newly refurbished with Freeview TV/DVD etc  Fully equipped kitchen, shower room, outside decking area & car park  Very quiet area adjoining a nature reserve  Available March to October Call Colin Moston on 07710 422559 or for full details and photos visit

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News from Eastleigh MP Steve Brine The job of Member of Parliament requires me to be a generalist, like a GP in some respects, but in Westminster you tend to specialise and have periods when you really home in on a particular area of policy. I tend to work on health matters (especially the fight against cancer), on environmental matters and I have recently been elected to the powerful Justice Select Committee. Our job is to look very closely indeed at Ken Clarke (never a dull moment I can assure you!) and examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General's Office and Crown Prosecution Service among others. I was really pleased to join the committee, which is currently looking at the way Freedom of Information legislation is working and how Youth Justice is administered in England. I am personally very interested in the whole agenda around prison reform, reducing re-offending rates and crime diversion so hope to use my new position to promote those causes within Parliament. If you have thoughts on any of these issues I would be especially pleased to hear from you. Following a moving visit to my surgery recently I am also working with the campaigning website MumsNet on a new campaign to improve the care given to couples who experience miscarriage. I am sure many readers of this column will have some experience of miscarriage or know people who have because it is much more common than we might think. See


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Since I last wrote for the Chandlers Ford Directory I have also attended a very special service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London for the consecration of the new Bishop of Winchester, delivered the annual MPs breakfast briefing to our local business community and spoken about against the latest attack on Christianity as a result of the court ruling that bans prayers before council meetings in this country. I’ve spoken in the House of Commons on removing illegal workers, the new diversity on our High Street when it comes to lending money to small business and the future of (truly) local television in this country. I also welcomed the Health Secretary to our constituency to show him the acute stroke service we are lucky enough to have at the RHCH and which is one of the leading centres of its kind in the South of England. You can see a short film from the visit via my website. If you would like to get in touch on any issue you feel strongly about or need my help, please don't hesitate to get in touch via steve.brine. There is also a huge amount of information about my work locally and in Westminster at and remember my regular surgery held at the Dovetail Centre in Winchester Road. If you live in the area and would like an appointment please do contact me. by Steve Brine MP


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what’s FAIRTRADE SHOPPING EVENING 2 Mar, 6.30 to 9pm St Martin’s Church, Queens Road, Hiltingbury In 2012 we want everyone to take a step for fairtrade and bring a brighter future to farming communities in the developing world. You will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of wine while you browse the wide selection of items that we have on offer. See the new range of Traidcraft and Created crafts and jewellery where you will find the perfect Mother’s Day and Easter gifts or maybe a treat for yourself. PRACTICAL CONSERVATION TASK 6 Mar 10am Farley Mount Country Park BTCV are looking for volunteers to help cut back vegetation and small trees, in order to encourage more butterflies into the area. The park is home to rare butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper. Please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear such as walking boots (trainers not advisable) and waterproofs in case of rain and bring a packed lunch. We will provide all tools,


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gloves and tea and coffee. Mobile number to use on the day if you are unable to make the task or can’t find us is: - 07917 460477. Please meet at Junction car park on the corner of Farley Mount road and Sarum road, grid reference SU417292. 02380 402593 MEET THE AUTHOR 7 Mar 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre Justin Cartwright's novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, and The Promise of Happiness, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Join us as Justin talks about his latest novel Other People's Money, a tale of great families, great fortunes and even greater secrets. A gripping, satirical and acutely observed story of our time. £3 - No Concession. 01962 873603 ONE MAN SHOW 9 Mar 2012, 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre A riveting and critically acclaimed one-man show performed by Robert Lloyd Parry. Oh, Whistle, and I ll Come to You, my Lad is a tale of nocturnal horror on the

Suffolk coast, considered by many to be James masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree , a spine-chilling story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations. (110 minutes including interval). £7.50. 01962 873603 ONE BIG SLEEPOUT 9 Mar - Various Locations Sleep out to raise awareness and funds for Hampshire homeless charity, the Society of St James. You sacrifice your bed for the night in exchange for sponsorship. The funds you raise will help The Society of St James to continue to provide accommodation and support to the county s most vulnerable adults. 023 8063 2524 TRAVELS WITH GRANDAD 10 Mar 11am Winchester Discovery Centre Are you sitting comfortably? Meet granddad, eccentric traveller and storyteller extraordinaire. Enter his battered Bedouin tent to hear magical tales of adventure in real and imaginary worlds. Exquisite puppetry creates a classic performance, to enthral and delight the whole family. £3, 01962 873603

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING DAY 10 Mar, 10:30am to 4:30pm University of Southampton Families are invited to discover fascinating exhibitions, interactive displays and talks and demonstrations at Science and Engineering Day at the Highfield Campus, University Road. This stimulating and fun day is free of charge and will have something for all the family. http://www.southampton. scienceweek/scienceday.html VICTORIAN VIEW CYCLE TOUR 10 Mar 10am Royal Victoria Country Park Guided return cycle tour from Southampton to Royal Victoria Country Park. Includes morning coffee, tower tour, soup & roll lunch. Advance tickets only. £15. (£9 child min age 10 and over 1.2m, excludes lunch to allow own choice). Please contact Cyclewise for more information and bookings. 023 8077 7472 www.CyclewiseSouthampton. Twilight Tour 10 Mar & 14 Apr 7:30-11:45pm Hinton Ampner National Trust Hear about Hinton’s ghost stores with a local medium. £25 or £35 including a light supper. 01962 793512. WRITER LECTURE: ALISON MACLEOD 11 Mar 2pm Winchester Discovery Centre A novelist, short story writer and University Professor, Alison’s stories have been published in a wide range of magazines including Prospect and London Magazine, and broadcast on the

THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY W H A T ’ S O N BBC. Alison was shortlisted for the National Short Story Award 2011. Come and hear about her writing, routes to publication and enjoy some of Alison’s superb stories. £5 WINDMILL TOUR 11/18 Mar 1pm Bursledon Windmill Join the team at the mill for a special technical tour of the mill which will focus on the mechanisms and machinery of the mill. A National Science and Engineering week event. GUIDED TOUR 14 Mar 12pm Starts outside Abbey House, The Broadway, Winchester By special permission of the Mayor, visit his official residence with a registered Winchester Tourist Guide. Abbey House dates from Georgian times and before and houses many interesting items. Tickets from Tourist Information Centre. Details of other walks on www., 01962 840500. £6 including donation to Mayor's charities LECTURE: EUGENICS IN POST-WAR BRITAIN 15 Mar, 6pm Avenue Campus, University of Southampton It is widely believed that eugenic thought petered out in post-war Britain, in the wake of the revelation of Nazi atrocities. This lecture invites you to reexamine these assumptions as it explores the continuing vitality of eugenic aims and aspirations. For this lecture, speaker Professor Hanson has chosen to support Amnesty International (collection afterwards). To reserve a place for this event please contact Tracy Storey on

TALK: GEORGIA TO AFGHANISTAN 15 Mar 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre In an exciting sequel to his 2009 ‘Axis of Evil?’ trip, John Pilkington follows the ancient trade route from the Caucasus across the Caspian Sea to Samarkand, then turns south-east to the High Pamirs of Tajikistan and Afghanistan before finishing in Kashgar, China's so-called 'Crossroads of Asia'. Mountains, deserts and an insight into Central Asia's unique position on the Silk Road make this a show not to be missed. £10 (promoter Oxfam). WINCHESTER REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL 16th and 17th March, Winchester Guildhall http://www. Ticket info line: 07587 242797, email: info@ WINCHESTER MOONLIGHT WALK 17 Mar 9pm The Vault Bar, University of Winchester Building on the success of last year's first ever event, the Moonlight Walk shall return once again to light up the streets of Winchester and raise essential funds for Naomi House hospice. We are calling upon all enthusiastic volunteers (gents are invited this year too) to walk the 8km route, beginning from the University of Winchester and winding around the streets of the historic city. 01962 843513 or visit Naomi House website. Cost: £10 children, £15 adults OCEAN & EARTH DAY 17 Mar 10:30am National Oceanography

Centre, SO14 3ZH (head for Dock gate 4) A hands-on family fun day about the fascinating work of the National Oceanography Centre in the Oceans of the World. Ocean and Earth Day is your opportunity to find out more about the exciting and fascinating discoveries made by our scientists, as well as take a look at how we go about it. Hands-on and interactive activities running all day suitable for all ages from 5 to 95! Free. 023 80 596156 STORYTELLING – THE PIED PIPER 18 Mar – 10:30am Winchester Discovery Centre The Story lounge is a brand new monthly performance event for all the family. Recharge your imaginations with old fashioned storytelling at its simplest, purest and most enchanting. Each month we will feature different performers from a collaborative of local actors, dancers, artists and musicians, including the renowned Orange Apples team. Suitable for ages 2 plus, £3 £10 for a family (max 5). SPORTS RELIEF MILE 25 Mar 10am to 2pm Guildhall Square, Southampton You can choose to do 1, 3, or 6 miles on a circular route, selecting the distance that is a challenge for you and get sponsored while you do it. The fun starts at Guildhall Square where you can enjoy the atmosphere and sporty activities and limber up at the mass warm up sessions before the Mile waves kick off. Watch out for a few famous faces as some celebrities will be starting the Mile waves and even running the route themselves. www.

BEAR HUNT 29 Mar, 10:30 to 11:30 Itchen Valley Country Park Join us for a walk round the woods based on Michael Rosen's book followed by a craft. If you would like to read the book before the session, visit West End Library who will be ordering copies in especially. £2 per child. BOOKING ESSENTIAL 023 8047 5080 LONGSTOCK PARK OPEN GARDEN 1st April 2pm to 5pm Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6EH Celebrate Spring in delightful surroundings. This exceptionally beautiful garden, close to charming Stockbridge, is only open to the general public 12 afternoons each year. Entrance by dontation: £5 adults £1 children. Car Parks: large and free. GUIDED TOUR 8 Apr, 11am to 4pm Twyford Waterworks A guided tour around the whole site to discover how Twyford Waterworks has provided clean water for generations of Hampshire people, and a chance to see ‘behind the scenes’. The tours are suitable for all ages, but please note that there are steps in places. Tours start every 30 minutes from 11am. £5 for adults, under 16s free.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR MORE WHAT’S ON: http://www.southampton. home.asp

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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. NOTE: The centre is open till 5pm every day during March.

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, Cooperative 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


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 EastleighFreecycle/messages

Recycling Council Collections

Test Valley – 01264 368000 Eastleigh Borough Council – 023 8068 8000

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 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

Solid pine cupboard with lovely detailing which has been made into a wardrobe with hanging rail (not shown). It’s shallower than a standard wardrobe and quite low so perfect for a child’s room. CAN DELIVER IN C/F for just £5 extra. H67”/1.7m, D18”/45cm, W36.5”/92cm £75 ovno. 07545 427535 T H E C H A N D L E R S F O R D D I R E C TO RY | ke v i n @ c f d i r e c t o r y.c o .u k


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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 023 8027 6361 or Kevin Houston Kevin 023 8027 6396


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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

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


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 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, 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

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Library Times 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

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School Holidays All dates taken from - term Spring term 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 Autumn term Half Term: Mon 29/10/2012 - Fri 2/11/2012

Chandlers Ford MP

Steve Brine MP - Member of Parliament for Winchester & Chandlers Ford, 0207 219 7189 (London Office), 01962 791110 (Constituency Office)

Sustainable Transport For all rail, ferry, bus and underground information click on index.htm or call 0871 200 22 33 or visit www. For all cycle routes in Chandlers Ford and neighbouring areas visit 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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THE CHANDLERS FORD DIRECTORY INDEX For Advertisers offering multiple property services look under Property Maintenance, otherwise see specific trade e.g. electrician, carpenter etc.

Accounting: Accord Accountants Arlington Accountants Ltd Atherton Bailey Chartered Accountants Kirkcaldy Accountancy Ltd Knightwood Accounting Services Ltd Aerials: Aerial Fix DJ Satellites & Aerials Air Conditioning: ALB Electrical Appliance Repair: 123 Domestic Appliances Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Premier Electrics Architect: Andrew Johns Auction House: Bonhams Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Bobby Dazzlers Nail & Beauty Caroline’s Mystique Beauty Nail Trix Blinds & Curtains: Designing for Style Solent Blinds & Curtains Co Ltd Waterside Blinds Boilers: See Plumbing Cakes: Made for You Car Hire: Martin Hatch Car Service/Repair- See Garage Svcs Care Services: Pheonix Care Services Carpenter: Crown Carpentry Kiwi Carpentry Oakwood Carpentry & Maintenance Carpet Cleaning: Abbey Cleaning American Truckmount Elliott Carpet Care Carpet & Flooring: G E Nicholls Catering Services: Bay Leaves Larder Childcare: Hiltingbury Kindergarten Children’s Tuition: Boostmaths English Upgrades Kip McGrath Southern Education Cleaning Services: Nook & Cranny Clean. Computer Services: Chandlers Ford Computer Care RSJ Computer Services Widenet Conservatories: Live-in Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd Delicatessen: Bay Leaves Larder Dentist: Fryern Dental Smile Vital Family Dental Care Westfield Dental Practice Domestic Appliance: 123 Domestic Appliances Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Premier Electrics


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Double Glazing Inst/Repairs: 96 Live-in Design 20 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 40 Windowmenda Electrician: 18 ALB Electrical 56 Ampfield Electrical 25 GJ Rhodes Electrical 31 Knightwood Electrics 34 Entertainment: Concorde Club 45-52 Estate Agent: Jonathan Rees Fencing Services: 17 All Terrain Fencing & Decking Ltd 15 CF Handyman Fencing Services 16 Terry Flynn 73 Funeral Services: Nigel Guilder 22 Furniture: From Old to New 72 Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Garage Services: Auto Assistance 62 Chandlers Ford Body Repairs 62 Independent VW 63 Robinsons Vehicle Maintenance 61 Garden Design & Services: Adapt Landscapes 12 All Terrain Fencing & Decking Ltd 17 C/Ford Garden Services 16 Enviro 15 Garden Design by Mo Mariner 15 Greenkeeper 19 Greens Garden & Rubbish Clearance 87 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Gdn Svc 87 Lakewood Logs 67 Lakewood Tree Surgeons 14 Martin Royer Garden Design 12 One Man Went To Mow 12 Premier Garden Designs 83 Romsey Stump 16 Terry Flynn 16 Tina Jerome Garden Design 17 Valley Park Landscapes 15 Whittaker Tree Care 17 Gas Services: See Plumbing Golf Club: Ampfield Golf Club 33 Graphic Designer: Nexus Design 4 Health & Fitness: Bodysound 74 Fitskool 32 Orchid Massage & Natural Therapies 87 Pilates 37 Zumba Fitness 37 Health Services: Hampshire Hearing Centre 72 Phoenix Day Service 36 Holidays: Holiday Properties 85 Home Cinema: Ugot Ltd 67 House Clearance: The Bookman 83 Hypnotherapy: Sylvia Parsons 83 Kitchens: Dream Doors 27 Knightwood Kitchens 31 Ironing Services: Big Blue Bag Ironing Svc 87 Locksmith: Lockright Security Ltd 44 Loft Conversions: Charrett & Sons 31 Marquee Hire: Bees Marquees Ltd 72 Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svc 5 Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): Darren Liggett 40 M Fyall Design & Co 28

Prestige Painting SJ Penney VHN Decorating W.A.G. Decorating Services Ltd 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 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: Apple Design A Wilmott CDN Handyman Services CF Handyman Services Complete Kitchens & Bathrooms Ltd Dell Developments Handy Man Hero KCB Handyman Services M Fyall Design & Co MH Building Services S & R Property Services The Flat Pack People The Handyman Your Local Odd Job Man Restaurant: Baguetti Junction Restaurant 54 Service Station: North Baddesley Service Station Singing Lessons: Jan Solar Panels: Apollo Green Energy Ltd Finesse Energy Ltd Solicitor: Eric Robinson Solicitors Taxi Service: Links Private Hire Tiling & Tile Supplier: AT Ceramics Premier Bathrooms & Tiles Tree Surgery: See Garden Tuition (Children’s): Boostmaths English Upgrades Kip McGrath Southern Education Upholstery: American Truckmount From Old to New Veterinary: Cats@Seadown The Village Vet Waste Disposal: Greens G & R Clearance Window Repair: Windowmenda

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March 2012 Chandlers Ford Directory  

A5 Local Magazine

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