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Hello and Welcome At the time of writing my editor's letter this month, spring has - at last - arrived. My apologies if, by the time you read this a week later, it appears to have departed again! I generally don't write about the weather, after all you can see it for yourselves. But having lifted my head above the clouds I now realise that throughout the winter (the loooong winter) people have been out there planning events knowing that the cold couldn't last for ever. So more than usual we have a great selection of outdoor activities to draw your attention to - The Southampton Maritime Festival, North Baddesley Village Day, National Open Gardens and other delightful fairs and days out. In addition, we’ve listed all the events we know about even if a little further afield on our website DiscoverCommunity.co.uk. Of course with the warmth and sunshine comes growth in our gardens. Although sitting out in the sun for half an hour in late April was joyous, that was only the case when my eyes were shut. When I opened them I saw a winter of neglect in my garden with some shrubs standing naked

of leaf, never to be clothed again, and others moving into any vacant space they could find at an alarming rate. Initially it was quite satisfying pulling up a few weeds and trimming the odd tree (albeit that kitchen scissors didn't do much of a job, the secateurs having disappeared in the garage). But once the pile of waste built up, arms were scratched and ankles bitten, my enthusiasm for actually finishing the job disappeared behind a cloud. Yes I admit, I scuttled inside and went straight to the gardening section in here. From a tidy up to a redesign, we really have some great local people to help out. Tania PS: The front cover this month is taken at Beaulieu in the New Forest.

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Short Story - The May Day Parade Charity Football Day North Baddesley Village Day Advertiser Feature - Cats@Seadown Puzzle Page Motoring - Porsche Panamera GTS Bring in the May Advertiser Feature - Widenet Computer Services Ltd Quiz - Colours Southampton Maritime Festival Advertiser Feature - Eric Robinson Solicitors Life Begins - Facing Up To Those Milestone Birthdays

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Local Walk - Awbridge, Dunbridge & Mottisfont Walk Advertiser Feature - J.L. Tree Care Gardening - Garden Hide & Seek Local News- Fryern Farewells & Thornden Tennis Tournament Success 9th May 1671 - Colonel Blood Steals the Crown Jewels Advertiser Feature - Smile Dental Care News from Chandlers Ford & Winchester MP Steve Brine National Gardens Scheme Regular Local Events What's On Useful Numbers

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Short Story The May Day Parade Cyril helped the May Queen and her two attendants climb onto the straw bails in the trailer. The girls, clutching posies of wild roses and gypsophila, looked lovely in their white dresses and floral crowns. “Hold on tight to the bailing twine,” Cyril repeated sternly. Ten years ago an attendant had not heeded his advice and that had been a sorry sight. Cyril clambered into the tractor and started the ignition. With a blast of fumes and noise, they left Glebe Farm and began the bumpy journey down the muddy track towards the main road, where the marching band were tuning up their instruments. Clouds were hanging over the village after last night’s heavy rain, but promised to burn off by lunchtime, when Cyril has plans to be sitting outside the Nag’s Head with a pint of bitter as his reward. As he pulled off the farm track the marching band fell into formation in front of them, and the parade began. Cyril followed the band up Chapel Lane. He took the job of chauffeuring the May Queen very seriously. He had even worn his best overalls for the occasion. People were out, lining the streets. The previous year, for the Jubilee, many villagers had worn masks of Her Majesty, and Cyril thought it was the strangest sight he had ever seen. But this year, things were different again. He could see folk squeezed onto the pavement ahead of him, waving their flags and cheering, but as the tractor approached, the flags drooped and the cheering fell silent. They frowned at him. Anyone would think they had never seen a May Day Parade before, and had no idea how to behave. “They can’t be from ‘round here”, Cyril thought. Mrs Cramp, from the Post Office, called something up to him. Her words were lost over the rumble of the engine, but her expression was not. “Poor gal looks peeved”, Cyril thought. “She’s thinking

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the same thing as me – funny crowd”. As he turned towards the Village Green he slowed down so that everyone could have a good look at the trailer. The local school children had spent all morning decorating it with balloons, tissue paper flowers and bunting. A few young kids waved their flags, but most people just stood and stared. “Miserable bunch”, Cyril muttered to himself. He’d never seen such an unappreciative crowd. Finally he turned onto the Green. The Brass band started ‘When the saints go marching in’ and Cyril drove his precious cargo between the cream tea stall and the bouncy castle. He gave the horn a friendly peep and switched off the engine just as the marching band did one final turn. The music trailed off as though the trumpets had suddenly run out of air, which was an unusual way to end the song, Cyril thought. Straightening his cap, he jumped down from the tractor to attend to the May Queen. To his astonishment she wasn’t there. Nor were her two attendants, or the trailer and bails of straw. Somewhere between Glebe Farm and the Green the whole lot had vanished. The sun peeped shyly from behind the clouds just as, red faced and panting, the May Queen and her attendants came running onto the Green, their posies drooping and their dresses dripping with mud. There was a cheer of relief from the crowd and the band played ‘We’ll meet again’. The landlord of the Nags Head handed a crestfallen Cyril his pint. “Well done, lad”, he said, unable to stifle his laugh. “And for next year’s parade, try to remember to hitch the tractor to the trailer first”. By Jackie Brewster


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to enter they need to email NCSevent@ hotmail.co.uk Throughout the day there will be face painting, arts and crafts, activities such as trampolining, 'beat the goalie', as well as a number of stalls including a cake stall, tombolas and a raffle with great prizes! There will also be a performance from a local band called 'Shot Away'. All the funds raised will go to Hampshire Air Ambulance and the charity Youth in Romsey. Whether you want to enter a team or just enjoy a fun day out, it will all be in a great cause. There's a twitter account for the event with constant updates: @SpringEventNCS. For more information on the scheme visit www.ncsyes. co.uk


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North Baddesley Village Day North Baddesley village day is a free day out for the family. It takes place on the recreation ground in North Baddesley on 18th May 2013. Bringing together charities, groups and businesses it is a great family day out, with arena events including the return of the popular Dog Dancing and Kids Rome petting farm, both kindly sponsored by the Parish Council. There are also several new events for this year. The very popular beer tent is kindly provided by The Bishop Blaize in Romsey. The event is not for profit, so any money made from our Grand Raffle will be donated to North Baddesley groups and charities. Last year the committee were able to donate to ÂŁ80 each to The Guides, The Village Hall Jubilee Garden and the Red Cross. In 2013 they will be supporting the Friends of North Baddesley Library.

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It’s Porsche’s executive-transporting-super-giant machine with added fizz-bang-wallop. The GTS sits below the Turbo, but is still ludicrously swift for a car and as long as your average P&O ferry. Slightly harder, sportier and more involving, the GTS is for punting pen-pushers to the office with a bit more vigour and involvement.

What’s under the bonnet?

Under its Bergerac-esque conk is an utterly brilliant 4.8-litre lump lifted from the Panamera S. In GTS guise, it gets a bit more stomp – up 30bhp to 424bhp with torque at 520Nm. This is mated to a brilliant, self-shifting seven-speed ‘box which makes for rapid getaways. Despite its bulk, it will rival a BMW M5 in the 0-60mph sprint, covering it in 4.5s whilst going on to hit 174mph top whack.

What’s the kit like?

Suitably impressive, but like all Porsches you’ll pay through the nose for it. This test model had a whopping £15,159 worth of options on it. The red paint cost £2,517 alone, then there’s £3,197 for the dynamic chassis control and torque vectoring plus ceramic brakes cost a scary £5,924. You even pay £295 for the heated seats.

Any rivals?

Oh, you betcha. All premium manufacturers have a rival or two. BMW could flog you an M5 or a 7 Series, Audi has an S8 (which is awesome), Jaguar an XJ probably in R trim. And Mercedes would no doubt sell you something slightly duller like an

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S Class. But what you really want from them is something with an AMG badge. Anyway, you get our point – there’s lots of choice.

Is it any good?

In a word, yes. I was thinking of ending things there, but that wouldn’t have been much of a review. The GTS is quite possibly the best Panamera available. It’s rapid, incredibly entertaining, engaging to drive and sounds fiery. There are three driving modes, but I can’t remember them all as the only one you really want is Sport Plus. It sounds better, it goes quicker and the steering feels crisp. On the road, the four wheel drive makes it feel planted and it’s one of the comfiest cars over distance I’ve tried for a long time.

The verdict

I want one... and I wouldn’t have said that about a Panamera before I drove the GTS version. For someone who likes involvement in their daily drive, but comfort to boot, the GTS ticks a lot of boxes. The looks won’t float everyone’s boat, but they certainly grew on me over my week with the barge. However, you’re going to need pretty deep pockets to enjoy this Porsche as the options alone cost more than three Dacia Sandero’s! But I know which I’d rather have on the driveway.

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Model: Porsche Panamera GTS Price: £91,239 Engine: 4.8-litre, V8 Power: 430bhp, 520Nm Max speed: 179mph 0-60mph: 4.5s MPG (comb’d): 25.9 Emissions: 256g/km by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk)


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Southampton Maritime Festival The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology on behalf of the Southampton Heritage Federation is delighted to announce the Southampton Maritime Festival, taking place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2013 at the Ocean Cruise Terminal, Southampton. This exciting new event promises to celebrate the long and proud maritime heritage of Southampton in style. Never before has an event of this scale been seen in Southampton! The Festival will be taking over the docks and water within Dock Gate 4 to bring you a whole host of activities and attractions that hark back to the Second World War with a 1940s theme. There will be a wide range of historic vessels in attendance, including a flotilla of Dunkirk Little ships, numerous displays and demonstrations and even a Lancaster bomber fly over. With so much going on, it’ll be sure to keep the whole family entertained! A highlight of the festival will be the arrival of the Steam Tug Challenge as she returns to Southampton, fresh from her recent Heritage Lottery Funded refit. Challenge, a veteran of the Second World War, will be accompanied by a flotilla of Dunkirk Little Ships. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, patron of the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust, will also attend. Heritages buses will provide a park and ride service to the docks from the city centre throughout the event and the SS Shieldhall will offer cruises up and down Southampton Water. Amongst the numerous displays and demonstrations over the course of two days will

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Want a modern, long-lasting alternative to your tar and felt roof? Mann & Sons are Chandlers Ford based general builders who are approved Firestone Rubber Roofing (EPDM) installers. We use high performing EPDM rubber membranes and a range of accessories and trims for a watertight finish. Suitable for: Extensions • Garages

Dormers • Verandas • Porches Garden Buildings etc.

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Life Begins Facing up to those milestone birthdays For my 30th birthday party I sent out blackedged cards that looked exactly like funeral invitations. My guests were asked to wear funeral attire and when the day arrived I gleefully transformed my flat into something resembling a funeral parlour. There was great hilarity as the first guests – clad entirely in black - started to arrive, but as more and more ‘mourners’ gathered in my living room, the mood changed and people began talking in subdued whispers. At the end of the evening I vowed never to celebrate another milestone birthday again. Having missed my 40th because I was working abroad, I came under increasing pressure from friends and family to mark my 50th birthday “properly”. So how should you approach those important milestone birthdays? Individuals from the Baby Boomer generations of the 1950s and ‘60s often celebrate their milestone birthdays in spectacular fashion: jumping out of airplanes, reuniting with lifelong friends or arranging events in exotic locations. If the date is fast approaching and you’re not sure how to meet the challenge, you have three basic options: a) Pretend it’s not happening. Gone are the days when it was possible to pass under the radar when a key event such as a birthday or anniversary fell due. You know that great little app that sends you a reminder about everyone’s birthdays: “It’s Gareth’s birthday next week and he’ll be 45 years old”? Well I hate to break the news, but you’re not the only one who signed up for it. There’s nowhere to hide in the 21st century. b) Agree to all suggestions You know what it’s like: as soon as a number nine appears on your birthday cake you’re under immediate pressure to “do something special” the following year.

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One way to deal with well-meaning suggestions is to nod in agreement, then do nothing. As the date draws near you can fob people off with lines such as “I tried to reserve a table for fifteen but the restaurant’s completely booked up now”. However, if your friends and relations are the proactive kind, then be warned: this tactic may result in multiple celebrations. c) Go for it Your third option is probably the most straightforward one: simply seize the opportunity that this special birthday presents. Whatever milestone may be coming up, you can only pass it once in your life so you might as well have fun as you do so. Enjoyment is the key word here – this shouldn’t be the kind of gathering where you start to worry whether to invite your dreary cousin Monica who always cries after two glasses of wine. Choose a venue that you like, or an activity that you really enjoy and bring everyone along with you. If you haven’t much money then a big picnic in your local park may be better than squeezing your family round an expensive restaurant table: you’ll only spend the evening dreading the moment the bill arrives. Although most of us shudder at the prospect of entering another decade, a milestone birthday presents a unique opportunity for you to reflect on your life and celebrate with the people you love. If my 30th birthday taught me anything, it’s that resistance is useless: when faced with that milestone date you might as well give in and party with good grace. By Kate McLelland


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Awbridge, Dunbridge & Mottisfont Walk Walk Distance 4.2 miles A downloadable pdf of the walk and enlarged map is availabe at www.discovercommunity.co.uk

Historical Notes The lake at Awbridge Danes was excavated in the 1920s to provide work for the local unemployed, each man being paid one shilling (10p) a day and a loaf of bread. Roman occupation of the area is confirmed by tiles, pottery and coins being found at Awbridge House, dating from the late roman period of AD 307. The names Danes Road and Awbridge Danes record the presence of Danish occupation of the area, possibly from the 11th or 12th centuries. Mottisfont church is a Grade I listed building originally of 12th century origin that initially claimed pastoral responsibility for Mottisfont, Lockerley and Broughton. Its earliest parts predate Mottisfont Abbey. Among its artefacts, the church contains a 17th century clock which has no face and no pendulum. Its movement derives its energy solely from hung weights and a bell is rung on the hour. Which hour is of course anybodies guess. The modern road that runs between Awbridge, Lockerley, the Tytherleys, Broughton and the A30 was originally a turnpike {toll) road in the mid 18th century. Similarly, the short stretch of road from East Dean joining this road was also a toll road.

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• Park in the lay-by adjacent to Awbridge School in Danes Road. Alternatively, park on the road side to the right of the war memorial in Lockerley Road just past the school. • Walk down Saunders Lane to the ‘T’ junction and turn left towards Mottisfont on the B3084. Almost immediately, turn right onto a way marked path over a stile. • Cross the field diagonally towards a 5-bar gate and cross over a stile. • Continue straight on through woodland on a gravel track. At a track crossroads, keep straight on. • Cross the bridge over the railway line and bear left along a signed path with the railway to your left. • Cross a footbridge over the River Dun and turn through a kissing gate. • Walk through a field with woodland to your left. Cross a stile at the field boundary and keep straight on. • With a cemetery on your right, follow a gravel track onto tarmac bearing left with the church on your right. ...Continued on page 52


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• Either walk though the cemetery to visit the church, or walk round the cemetery to the main road. If visiting the church, exit through the main entrance gate and turn right into the main road. • At the main road, turn left into Mottisfont village. • At a sharp bend in the road, follow the sign for the “Millennium Walk” along Hatt Lane. • Turn left off the millennium walk metalled pathway at a footpath sign into a field. • Cross the field diagonally, pass through a kissing gate and across a second field diagonally towards the road. • At the road, turn left towards the level crossing and the Mill Arms public house. • Just past the pub, turn up Russell Drive and walk into woodland. • Bear right at a 5-bar gate along a gravel track. • As track bears left, keep straight on down a footpath. • Enter a field and cross diagonally left,

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Professional Tree Surgery & Hedge Trimming Sound advice from Josh Laurence of J.L. Tree Care It is the time of year when we turn our attention once more to our gardens and trees. But does your tree have a TPO?

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Tree Preservation Orders, also known as TPOs were introduced in the late 1940s to enable Local Planning Authorities to protect important trees. The orders can be made on single trees, groups of trees, areas of trees or whole woodlands. TPO laws prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without prior consent from your Local Planning Authority.

WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IF YOUR TREE HAS A TPO?

Pruning or cutting down protected trees without the appropriate consent can result in prosecution and a maximum fine of £20,000 for each offence. If you are unsure if your tree has a TPO or if you are living in a Conservation Area, always check first with your local council.

Josh Laurence of J.L. Tree Care Proficiency Test Council Certificate). You could even ask to see the Contractors NPTC card which is proof of competency in a range of skills, including the safe use of chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders, tree climbing and aerial rescue. Choosing a Tree Surgeon wisely will result in your trees being safely and expertly kept in top condition. Josh Laurence, J.L Tree Care ‘Professional Tree Surgery & Hedge Trimming’ Tel: 02380 862975 / 07919886166

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TREE DOES HAVE A TPO?

You can usually still carry out work to your tree as long as you first submit a written application to the Authority. These application forms, along with helpful guides are found on your local council’s websites. After you have submitted your application the council will view the tree and make a decision within 6-8 weeks, informing you what work is permitted or not. A good Arborist will guide you through the process of TPO applications, advising on the correct terms and tree surgery methods required, increasing the likelihood of you receiving prompt permission from your local authority.

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Garden Hide and Seek by Pippa Greenwood However much effort you make with your garden, you can be sure that there will still be a few things that look awful. You may have made (or hope to make) beautiful borders, sensational shrubbery and lots more besides, but how do you cope with those things you just cannot seem to hide? A washing line: It may be essential but it rarely adds to the appeal of the garden. If yours is like mine and consists of two large poles with a line between them, try growing a pretty climber up the poles. If you use a self clinging plant such as variegated ivy it will do its own thing without any form of additional support. Alternatively make a chicken wire, trellis ‘box’ or frame around the posts and then allow the climber to scramble up, using plant ties if necessary too. Summer flowering clematis will look great or you could make a seasonal display for summer only using pretty climbers such as sweet peas. If you do use one of the more vigorous climbers then be prepared to do some intermittent pruning to ensure that it does not use your washing line as a plant support. A decrepit shed or moth-eaten garage: Garden buildings may be useful but all too often they are also a real eyesore. Sometimes a thorough scrub of the walls will do the trick, or why not make a feature out of the shed or garage and

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re-paint it – perhaps using a masonry paint or wood paint that tones in with existing garden structures, the colour of your window frames or perhaps simply a colour that tickles your fancy. Consider erecting a trellis on one or more of the vertical surfaces and grow a selection of favourite climbers up it to make an even more attractive feature. If the garden is inclined to be a little gloomy then it helps if you paint any surfaces such as garage or shed walls with a paler colour – it is amazing just how much light this will bounce back into your garden. Heating fuelled by gas from a huge cylinder or oil from a large green tank: I’m the owner of one of the mammoth green metal tanks and as much as I enjoy a well-heated house I detest the tank and because it has to be sited in an accessible position so it can be re-filled with relative ease; you cannot lose it in the depths of the garden. I use hazel wattle hurdles to hide ours, which are perfect as they also match with the adjacent boundary fence. You could use standard fence panels in the same way and again planting them with climbers or scramblers will help. Whatever you do, make sure that you check on it from time to time and remove excessive climber growth so that the tank remains accessible. Is it the neighbouring garden that harbours

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the eye sore which makes you want to retreat back into your house? Something nasty next door is of course even harder to conceal but why not add a layer of trellis to the top of your existing fence and then use climbers once it is in position. Hold the trellis in position using batons of wood attached to the existing fence posts or special post-joining metal sleeves that you can buy from your fencing supplier or garden centre. Trellis is available in a range of shapes and need not be straight edged so

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you can create a range of different looks to suit your gardening style. Another option is to erect a pergola or arch to obscure or break up an unsightly view or the eyesore in their garden and adding plants will help to add a bit more height and soften the outline. If you combine some of your favourite flowering climbers with some evergreen planting too, you should even achieve good effects during the seasons when the leaves have fallen from many plants. Visit Pippa’s website www. pippagreenwood.com and sign up for Pippa’s free newsletter packed full of gardening hints, happenings, advice and offers and you will also receive a free ebook on organic gardening. Don’t forget that you can buy Nemaslug and other biological controls, anti-slug matting and tape, Enviromesh and signed books, autumn vegetable packs and a hand-picked selection of garden products from the website too.

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Fryern Farewells A number of the Fryern Arcade businesses have either closed or are about to close in the near future. Each of the shop owners have wanted to send their personal thanks to the residents that have supported them over the years. First Raffo’s hair salon: Debbie Raffo started work as an apprentice hairdresser for Mary Cook in 1969. The salon was then called La Mar. When Debbie started work there she was just 15years, that’s 44 years ago. 21 years ago Debbie took over the salon, renaming it Raffo’s Hair Studio. The lease on the Salon has however now expired and will not be renewed. Debbie & her husband Paul would like to thank the staff and clients for their support and loyalty over the years. Southern Jewellers left the Fryern Arcade on Saturday 23 March after serving Chandlers Ford for 15 years. The unit has been a jewellers for a total of 36 years having originally been a branch of Unwin’s, the wine merchants. “I’ve

been working here for 31 years, “ says Christine (right), “and seen many generations come in over that time. Ann Wren (left) took the shop over 15 years and would like to thank all her loyal customers for their warm wishes and luck for the future. Fryern Dry Cleaners Fryern Dry Cleaners closed on the 5th April after their lease also expired. Karen has worked in the shop for 25 years but 3 years ago, bought the business with partner, Steve Sheath. “Customers can still use our services in Romsey by dropping off and picking up garments at First Class Dry Cleaners on Hiltingbury Road.” says Karen who wants to thank Chandlers Ford residents for their past custom and hope to continue to serve albeit from a different location. Paul’s Patisserie on the Hiltingbury Rd also closed during April but only temporarily. The shop needed refurbishing and the existing owner decided that it was time to hand over the reins to a new owner rather than undertake the big project himself. The new shop will also be a patisserie but at the time of going to print we had no further information.

Thornden Tennis Tournament Success Thornden Tennis Club held a Junior tournament over half-term which attracted over 100 young tennis players from all over the area – Hampshire, Wiltshire, Surrey, Dorset, Sussex and Buckinghamshire. There was tough competition in all age groups and it was good to see fair play and sportsmanship in action, not to mention that the weather was kind. It was interesting to note that boys far out-numbered girls on this occasion. The tournament was organised by Head Coach Paul Scullard, refereed by Chris Whiting from LTA, and sponsored by A&A Business Supplies. Thornden Tennis Club would like to thank all those who took part and gives congratulations to winners in the following categories:

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16u boys singles –Ben 14u boys singles – Harry 14u boys doubles Harry and Russell 12u boys singles – Joshua 12u girls singles – Evie 10u boys singles – Zach 9u boys singles – Finn 8u boys singles – William Pictured above are Chris Whiting from LTA and 14u boys doubles winners Harry and Russell (Harry was also 14u singles winner) Thornden Tennis Club is located on Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford adjacent to Thornden School and is currently offering a free taster session for anyone – child or adult – who would like to try their hand at tennis. For further detail please contact Paul on 07876 598777


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9 May 1671 Colonel Blood Steals The Crown Jewels Robin Hood, Dick Turpin, Blackbeard – outlaws, highwaymen and pirates always seem to have exercised a romantic fascination on the British. One such bloodthirsty brigand who might have entered the canon but hasn’t is Thomas Blood, an Irish-born adventurer who deserves to be better known if only because almost all of his daring coups were farcical failures. Blood was born in 1618 to a landed family in County Clare. In the Civil War he joined the Royalists, but as a Presbyterian quickly realised he was on the wrong side and went over to the Roundheads. He seems to have done well in Cromwell’s army (although it’s said his rank of Colonel was self-awarded), and when the war was over he was granted confiscated Royalist lands worth £500 a year. Unfortunately for Blood, the Monarchy was restored in 1660 and his lands were returned to their original owners. Bankrupt and furious, he and a gang of similarly dispossessed desperadoes tried to kidnap the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Duke of Ormonde, by storming Dublin Castle. It was his first fiasco: most of the gang (including his brother) were rounded up and hanged, while Blood fled to Holland. In 1670 he had another crack at Ormonde, who had moved to London. Blood mustered another gang and tried to kidnap the duke in broad daylight. Ormonde’s servants easily fought them off, though; and once again the gang paid the price while Blood escaped, with a £1,000 reward on his head. A few months later he popped up again, this time dressed as a vicar and, accompanied by a fictitious “wife”, befriended the 77-year-old keeper of the Crown Jewels, Talbot Edwards, who had the regalia in his cellar in the Tower of London and showed them to visitors for a fee. While there, the “wife” pretended to suffer a stomach cramp, so Edwards and his wife fussed over her and gave her a glass of brandy. Thus a connection was made; and over the

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ensuing weeks Blood visited often, gaining the old man’s Unknown man, formerly known as confidence and Thomas Blood, by Gerard Soest. even contracting Picture held in National Gallery. a marriage between Edwards’s daughter and his (again, fictitious) nephew. On the morning of 9 May 1671 he brought some confederates to see the jewels and, while his “nephew” kept Mrs Edwards and the daughter occupied upstairs, hit the unsuspecting Edwards over the head with a mallet and started stuffing the regalia into a sack. Which proved too small. While Blood bashed one of the crowns flat with his mallet, one gang member tried to break the sceptre in two and another stuffed the orb down his trousers. The plan had been to walk out as innocently as they’d walked in, but at this point Edwards came round and started yelling. There was no plan B. The gang tried to run but were soon caught. And then a strange thing happened. Blood demanded a personal audience with the King – and received one. And instead of waving him off to Tyburn, Charles II set him free and even granted him a pension. Conspiracy theorists maintain that this shows that the perennially cash-strapped King was in on it; but if he had been, surely he would have shut Blood’s mouth for good at the business end of a rope? Perhaps the Merry Monarch just found the blundering bandit too hilarious to hang. Blood spent the rest of his life peacefully in London, even attending court sometimes, and died in 1680. It’s a shame he’s not better known – perhaps someone should make a film of his life. A farce. By Ted Bruning


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Chandlers Ford and Winchester MP Steve Brine

There has been renewed debate in recent weeks as to whether there IS such a thing as society; most of it in the wake of Baroness Thatcher’s passing. This is odd, not least given the former Prime Minister never uttered such words but for the record, I (and she) know/knew there is. And if we ever needed proof, I always think we could do a lot worse than look very close to home here in my Winchester and Chandler’s Ford constituency. One great example is a new group I have been helping, set-up to act as a forum for local parents with children on the autistic spectrum. The Winchester Autism Group (or W.A.G for short) is doing good things and providing support for a growing number of my constituents, including those from Chandler’s Ford. I joined them shortly after Easter for coffee to meet members and hear of their experiences with the education system and other public services. If you think W.A.G can help you, please get in touch with them via www.facebook.com/ WinchesterAutismGroup The May local elections mean I have been out and about knocking on doors more than usual in my part of Chandler’s Ford, Hiltingbury and North Millers Dale and it’s been interesting to talk with constituents about the economy, Europe and a range of other national issues but the subject of rats is seemingly never far away. I am working hard liaising with Eastleigh Borough Council and the Water company on behalf of residents who have been in touch with me about this local menace. If you have a problem and can add to my evidence stack, please get in touch as this is genuinely upsetting a great many people and we need to stay on the case; steve.brine.mp@ parliament.uk Turning to Westminster and I am currently leading a big Parliamentary inquiry into breast cancer, its causes and effects as well as the

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way older women are handled when they are unfortunate enough to contract the disease. I am Chair of the All-Party Breast Cancer Group, which is one of the most active in Parliament. If you are affected or know someone who is by the condition, you may be interested to take a look at my special web-page www.stevebrine.com/ breastcancer via which you can also follow the progress of the inquiry. Secondly, I held a special debate recently on the subject of police cautions for young people. Of course I believe young people should be punished according to the rule of law, like anybody else, when they do wrong but how we respond to often low-level bad behaviour by youngsters has the potential to blight the rest of their lives by giving them a permanent black mark no matter how they have behaved before or since. Personally, I don’t think our country can afford to, in effect, put some young people on the scrap heap before they had ever had a chance and it seems the Government agrees with me – even if it was after a rather useful ruling from the courts! A change in the law is imminent and if I helped even a little bit, I am pleased. Finally, I may see some of you at the Funtasia which returns to Fryern Recreation Ground on the afternoon of Monday 6th May. Please join me in keeping your fingers crossed for some sunshine as some of us are still drying out from last year! Lots more going on - in the constituency and in Westminster – and you can catch-up on much of it via www.stevebrine.com.

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DIS COV ER NATIONAL G ARDENS S CHEME Participants in the the National Gardens Scheme open their gardens to the public, many of which are normally private. The small entrance fee raises funds for charity and the money raised by the NGS is unrestricted which means that the beneficiary charity can use them for projects that are difficult to raise funds for. The NGS continues to increase its charity donations annually with £2.6million raised last year. These are just a selection of gardens open nearby – for more details go to ngs.org.uk. ATHELING VILLAS – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS

The Island THE COTTAGE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS

5, 6, 11 and 12 May, 2pm – 6pm The Cottage, 16 Lakewood Rd, Chandlers Ford SO53 1ES ¾ acre. Azaleas, bog garden, camellias, dogwoods, erythroniums, free-range bantams, geraniums, hostas, irises, jasmines, kitchen garden, landscaping began in 1950, maintained by owners. New planting, osmunda, ponds, quiz for children, rhododendrons, sun and shade, trilliums, unusual plants, viburnums, wildlife areas, exuberant foliage, yr-round interest, zantedeschia. Admission £3, Children free. Contact 02380 254521.

THE ISLAND – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS

4 and 5 May, 2pm – 5.30pm The Island, Greatbridge, Romsey SO51 0HP 6 acres either side of the River Test. Fine display of daffodils and springflowering trees. Main garden has herbaceous and annual borders, fruit trees, rose pergola, lavender walk and extensive lawns. Admission £4, Children free. Contact 01794 512100. 1m N of Romsey on A3057. Entrance alongside Greatbridge (1st bridge Xing the R Test), flanked by row of cottages on roadside

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5 and 6 May, 2pm – 5pm Atheling Villas, SO45 6BR Inspirational, imaginatively designed and comprehensively planted 1/3-acre Victorian villa garden with many rare plants. In spring enjoy bulbs, hellebores and pulmonarias as you explore meandering paths set amongst structural planting. Adults £3, children free. Contact 02380 849349.

BREAMORE CLOSE

22, 26 and 27 May, 16 Jun all dates 1pm – 5.30pm 6 Breamore Close, Eastleigh SO50 4QB Delightful plant lover's garden with coloured foliage and unusual plants, giving a tapestry effect of texture and colour. Many hostas displayed in pots. The garden is laid out in distinctive planting themes with seating areas to sit and contemplate. In May, magnificent wisteria over a pergola with flowers 3ft-4ft long; in June many clematis scramble through roses followed by phlox in July. Admission £3, Children free. Contact 02380 611230.

4 MILL LANE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS

26 and 27 May 4 Mill Lane, SO51 8EU Small, long, floriferous town garden. S-facing. Backdrop Romsey Abbey; original sculpture and attractive hard landscaping. Contact 01794 513926.

flower meadow. Award-winning Victorian garden and North Courtyard with water features, fountains and pump. Paved path and fountain courtyard.

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9 (11-5), 10 Jun (2-5) Eastleigh SO50 4RW Celebrating its 20th year of NGS opening, this lovely garden, only 45ft x 45ft, is full of ideas and creative ways of using every available space to grow over 2000 different plants. Clever use of numerous unusual foliage plants enhance the flower borders throughout the seasons. Pond garden and tiny shade garden are created using trellis onto which many climbers are grown. Adm £3.50, chd free 02380 615389.

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16 Jun 2pm – 6pm Merdon Castle Lane, Hursley, SO21 2JJ A country garden surrounded by spectacular views all round, with a ha-ha to keep out the black sheep. 5 acres. Roses, shrub walk, container plants, wild pond, with special secret walled garden. Wonderfully tranquil and quiet. Adm £3.50, chd free. 01962 775215/775281

KING JOHN’S GARDEN – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS

26 and 28 May King John’s Garden, SO51 7NG Historic garden planted with plants available before 1700.Small wild

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DIS COV ER R EG U L A R LO C A L E V E N T S Brass Band Thurs 7:45pm, Sun 6:30pm Otterbourne Village Hall, Cranbourne Drive, Otterbourne Otterbourne Brass playing at fetes, carnivals and agricultural shows in the summer, raising funds for band development and charity at Christmas and performing concerts throughout the year. New players are always welcome. Helen Davis, 01489 564716 Social Tennis Club Tues & Thurs 7-9pm Knightwood Leisure Centre Steve Allen Social tennis and league matches. We play all through the year on floodlit courts. www.knightwoodtennisclub1. zoomshare.com or call 07964 789861 Cyles Rides Romsey Hares and Tortoises local bike rides. Easy-paced rides from Romsey. Afternoon rides, with tea stop on the 3rd Saturday of each month and day rides, with lunch stop on the 1st Saturday of each month. Social events too. Come and make friends. ‘Taster’ participation is free. Contact Viv, romsey@southhampshirectc.org.uk or 01794 368207 Scottish Dancing Wednesdays 7.30 - 10.00pm Saint Francis School, Valley Park Tuition given in steps and formations: Cost £1 .50 Contact Connie Cruden, 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

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 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. 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 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 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. 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).

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.

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

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

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Walking 6 days a week - Various meeting places C.Ford, N Badd, Romsey & other Test Valley Locations Walks are approximately an hour long and a gentler pace is always offered. All walks are accompanied by a trained Health Walk Leader. All ages welcome. Laura Blake 01264 368831 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 Wednesdays of the month from 8.30pm. All welcome singles or couples 50+. Come and find out about our varied social programme. Tel: 01329 664913. Languages French - 1st Weds 10am Spanish - 2nd Weds 10am Dovetail Centre Local groups meet to practise French and Spanish conversation. The discussions are always friendly and informal and there are no fees. So come along and join us, whatever your level. For more information, please contact Derek on 023 8026 8953 or Kieran on 023 8026 7107 Art Group 4th Wednesday 7:30pm Chandler’s Ford Art Group meet at 7.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month except August and December in the Community Hall, Hursley Rd, next to St Boniface Church. Visitors and new members welcome. 023 8027 0631 www.chandlersfordartgroup.com

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

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Chandlers Ford Croquet Club Meets at Fryern recreation ground twice weekly beginning 6th April. Learn to play croquet, no experience necessary. Don Summerton 02380269002. Townswomens Guild Friendly group meeting on 4th Monday of month at 7.30 at Dovetail Centre, Methodist Church, with speaker/activities and occasional outings. New members very welcome. More details from Ann on 023 8025 3751.


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DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON HALF TERM FUN – WOOLLY WEEK 25 May – 2 Jun, 10am – 5pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH A host of ‘woolly’ activities and demonstrations throughout the week. Try your hand at spinning, knitting, weaving and follow our woolly trail to see what you can discover? Normal farm admission charge. Contact 01489 787055.

what’s AFTERNOON TEA ON PLATFORM 1 4-6, 11-12 May, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 June, 2pm – 5pm Horsebridge Station, Kings Somborne, SO20 6PU Have a fabulous afternoon tea at the station and be transported to times gone by at this beautifully restored Victorian railway station. www. horsebridgestation.co.uk

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A NIGHT AT THE RUSSELL’S 18 May, 6pm – 7pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP A soiree of art, music and the unexpected! Get a taste of what it was like to attend one of the Russell's evening parties. Have a drink, hear period music and browse the art around the house. Dress up in 30's-40's attire. Booking essential. Contact 01794 344020. Adults £11, Children £6.

HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY FAIR 5 – 6 May, 10am – 6pm Netley Marsh Showground, SO40 7GY Hampshire Country Fair’s 18th year. New attractions and new arena acts added to old favourites. PAVILION ON THE PARK MAY DAY FAYRE 6 May, 11am – 3pm Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, SO50 9LH A variety of gift and craft stalls, live music, traditional games, children’s activities, raffle and more. Free entry. ROMSEY GREEN FAIR 18 May, 10am – 4pm Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, SO51 8GL Showcasing a range of traders and businesses who operate locally, or use local sourced materials. Free

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NORTH BADDESLEY VILLAGE DAY 18 May, 11am – 4pm North Baddesley Recreation Ground, SO52 9EE See page 7

BEAR HUNT STORY TRAIL 23 May, 11am and 1.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5GA Join Eddie the Explorer on her hunt for bears in this story adventure. Price includes trail, drink and biscuit and craft activity. Suitable for pre-school age. Meet at Nightingale shop. £2.50 per child. Booking essential on 02380 455157. COME AND TRY It ORIENTEERING EVENT 25 May, 10am – 12.30pm Knightwood Leisure Centre, SO53 4SJ Part of Southampton Orienteering

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‘TIME TROUBLE’ STORY TRAIL 29 May, 10am and 2pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5GA Try our brand new Story Trail. Meet outside shop. £5 includes entry and story trail pack. Contact 02380 455157.

COUNTRY FAIR 25 May, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Traditional countryside skills including thatching, blacksmithing, wood turning, basket and broom making. Normal admission prices apply. Contact 01794 344020.

NAOMI HOUSE HOSPICE CLARENDON WAY WALK 2 Jun, 8am - 8pm Take part in their flagship event, a 12 or 26 mile walk from Wincester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral through stunning Hampshire and Wiltshire countryside. £15 adult, £10 child. Contact felicity.patterson@ naomihouse.org.uk or 01962 843513.

ART EXHIBITION 25 May - 27 May 10am - 4pm King John's House, Romsey, SO51 8BT 4 Shades of Purple showcase imaginative ceramics & prints, colourful landscape & wildlife paintings plus vibrant jewellery & textiles. Come along and meet the artists.

WEST END SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT 9 June, 2.30pm Thornden Hall, Thornden School, Winchester Road, SO53 2DW West End Singers are celebrating their silver anniversary year with summer concerts. Contact Ingrid on 02380 404881 for tickets.

SUMMER HALF TERM AT MOTTISFONT 25 May – 2 Jun, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Promoting 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. Normal admission charges apply.

WEST END SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT 30 June, 2.30pm Discovery Centre, Jewry St, SO23 8SB West End Singers are celebrating their silver anniversary year with summer concerts. Contact Ingrid on 02380 404881 for tickets.

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DISCOVER INFORMATION

Supermarket Opening Hours Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

Sat

Sun

Asda

6am then 24 hours

24 hours

24 hours

24 hours

24 hours

24 hours until 10pm

10am-4pm

SPAR (Hursley Rd)

5.30am 8pm

5.30am 8pm

5.30am 8pm

5.30am 8pm

5.30am 8pm

5.30am 8pm

5.30am 2pm

Co-op (Winch. Rd)

7am-9pm 7am-9pm

7am-9pm

7am-9pm

7am-9pm

7am-9pm

10am-4pm

Co-op (Hursley Rd) 7am - 10pm 7am - 10pm 7am - 10pm 7am - 10pm 7am - 10pm 7am - 10pm 023 8026 6468

7am - 10pm

Tesco (Ash)

7am - 11pm 7am -11pm 7am -11pm

7am -11pm 7am - 11pm

7am -11pm

Tesco (V.Pk)

6am -11pm 6am -11pm 6am -11pm 6am - 11pm 6am - 11pm 6am - 11pm

6am -11pm

023 8026 8341

023 8025 2380 023 8026 6561

0845 026 9245 0845 026 9209

Waitrose

023 8026 0230

8.00am 8pm

8.00am 8pm

8.00am 8pm

7am -11pm

8.00am 8pm

8.00am 9pm

8.00am 8pm

10am - 4pm

Browsing from 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

PUZZLE SOLUTIONS QUIZ - COLOURS

SUDOKU

1. Glasgow, 2. Konnie Huq, 3. Mary, 4. Tom Clancy, 5. The Scottish National Party, 6. Emerald City, 7. White (for balls numbered one to nine), 8. Paris (the yellow was deemed to be too tacky), 9. Magenta, 10. The diary room chair on Big Brother

HIDATO

WORD LADDER

FAST, cast, cost, coot, soot, slot, SLOW

PICTOGRAM

1. Take Me Out, 2. Holby City, 3. The Only Way Is Essex

Advertising and Distribution

DISTRIBUTION: Discover Chandlers Ford 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@discovermagazines.co.uk 023 8027 6361 or Kevin Houston Kevin @discovermagazine.co.uk 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. Discover Chandlers Ford 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: Discover Chandlers Ford Ltd


DIS COV E R USEFU L N U M B ER S

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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Chemist Numbers

0845 46 47 023 8025 2188 023 8025 2414 023 8027 3252 023 8027 3458 023 8025 5118 023 8025 2131

• Option 1 for Emergencies • Option 2 for Triage • Option 3 for Appointments • Option 4 for General Enquiries

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

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

School & College Numbers 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 - www3.hants.gov.uk/ education/schools/schoolholidays Summer Term Half Term: Mon 27/5/13 – Fri 31/5/13 Summer: Wed 24/7/13 - Mon 2/9/13 Autumn Term Half Term: Mon 28/10/13 - Fri 1/11/13 Christmas: Mon 23/12/13 - Fri 3/1/14

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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DIS COV ER I N D E X For Advertisers offering multiple property services look under Property Maintenance, otherwise see specific trade e.g. electrician, carpenter etc. Accounting: Arlington Accountants Ltd Kirkcaldy Accountancy Ltd Aerials: Aerial Fix Blake & Sons DJ Satellites & Aerials Air Conditioning: ALB Electrical Appliance Repair: 123 Domestic Appliances Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Premier Electrics Architectural Services: Andrew Johns Design LDG Design Ltd Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Aapka Beauty Salon Caroline’s Mystique Beauty Rachel Collins Beauty Treatments Bedrooms: Swan Systems Blinds & Curtains: Designing for Style Shading Places Solent Blinds & Curtains The Blind Business The Curtain Design House Waterside Blinds Boilers: See Plumbing Bookkeeper: AJ Bookkeeping Chandlers Ford Bookkeeping Car Service/Repair- See Garage Svcs Carpenter: Crown Carpentry Kiwi Carpentry Oakwood Carpentry & Maintenance Carpet Cleaning: Abbey Cleaning Elliott Carpet Care Carpet & Flooring: G E Nicholls Iain Duthie Floorings Premier Flooring Solutions Cash & Carry: Costco Catering: Melting Moments Catering Children's Activities: Kidz Camps UK Kidz in Jackie's Kitch'n Children’s Tuition: English Upgrades Kip McGrath Cleaning Services: Nook & Cranny Cleaning Services Computer Services: Chandlers Ford Computer Care Home Computer Help RSJ Computer Services Widenet Conservatories: Live-in Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd Counsellor: Counselling/Psychotherapy with Sue Marcus Gee Talking Therapies Curtains: Designing for Style Solent Blinds & Curtains The Curtain Design House Dentist: Smile Vital Family Dental Care Westfield Dental Practice

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Domestic Appliance: 123 Domestic Appliances 11 Advanced Appliance Care 27 JP Appliances 70 Premier Electrics 38 Double Glazing Inst/Repairs: Live-in Design 88 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 66 RWS Windows 10 Windowmenda 38 Electrician: ALB Electrical 65 Ampfield Electrical 27 EEC247 36 GJ Rhodes Electrical 66 MCT Electrical 17 Estate Agent: Jonathan Rees 43-46 Fencing Services: CF Handyman Fencing Services 54 Colourfence 56 Chandlers Ford Landscaping 59 Financial Services: Asset Management 13/15 Funeral Services: Nigel Guilder 34 Furniture: From Old to New 34 Swan Systems 37 Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors 21 Garage Services: 23 Auto Assistance 79 Autofinish 25 Independent VW 21 Jon's Garage Ltd 21 NB Service Station 31 Robinsons Vehicle Maintenance Garden Design & Services: 57 Adapt Landscapes 52 Border Control 57 C/Ford Garden Services 59 Chandlers Ford Landscaping 56 Colourfence 57 Davis Tree Care 56 Enviro 54 Garden Design by Mo Mariner Greens Garden & Rubbish Clearance 60 55 J.L. Tree Care 60 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Gdn Svc 61 Green Keeper 61 Lakewood Tree Surgeons 61 Martin Royer Garden Design 54 New Leaf Profects 59 One Man Went To Mow 83 Premier Garden Designs 60 RDP Landscape & Property Services 52 Romsey Stump 59 Valley Park Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing 72 Hairdresser: A Touch of Class Health & Fitness: 75 Bodysound 75 Pilates Health Services: Hampshire Hearing Ctre 72 81 House Clearance: The Bookman Kitchens: 47 Dream Doors 33 Homeseal 48 New Forest Stone 70 Re-Nu Kitchens 28 Space Kitchens & Bathrooms 70 Locksmith: Lockright Security Ltd 41 Mobility: Freedom Mobility Music Tuition: 5 Little Soprano 5 Rockout! Music School 67 Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svc 72 Optician: Hampson Opticians 81 Oven Cleaning: Oven Wizards Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): Darren Eckton Handy Man & Decorator 83 28 Darren Liggett 17 Landau Decorating Services 18 M Fyall Design & Co

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Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): Prestige Painting 79 SJ Penney 67 VHN Decorating 48 W.A.G. Decorating Services Ltd 24 Pet Services: Lynn Symes Dog Grooming Salon 8 Naturea Pet Foods 9 Petcare by ZB Services 81 Pet Pals 83 Plasterer: A Y Plastering 79 C B Plastering Services 63 Plasterforce 30 Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Ace Plumbing Ltd 19 Alford Plumbing & Heating 31 Aqua Bathrooms 10 Aqualogic Plumbing & Heating 39 Aquatec 49 DN Plumbing Services 70 First Call Heating Ltd 87 Gair Gas 53 Gas Elite 65 Graham Jones Plumbing & Heating 22 RJ Plumbing 66 Mike Chivers 42 NHP (Romsey) Ltd 16 Premier Bathrooms 11 Space Kitchens & Bathrooms 28 SPC Bathrooms & Kitchens 51 TP Watts 63 Podiatrist: Jon Callen 77 Printer: Warwick Printing Company 39 Property Maintenance & Improvements: A Wilmott 28 CDN Handyman Services 30 CF Handyman Services 63 Dell Developments 69 Handy Man Hero 56 Homeseal 33 House Worx 81 KCB Handyman Services 49 M Fyall Design & Co 18 Mann & Sons Ltd 36/38 MH Building Services 79 Purchase Construction Ltd 62 RDP Landscape & Property Services 60 S & R Property Services 14 The Flat Pack People 83 The Handyman 27 Your Local Odd Job Man 79 Singing Lessons: Rock Choir 6 Solar Panels: Energy My Way 71 Finesse Energy Ltd 24 Solar Voltaics 17 Solicitor: Eric Robinson Solicitors 35 Tiling & Tile Supplier: AT Ceramics 83 Premier Bathrooms & Tiles 11 Tree Surgery: See Garden Tuition (Children’s): English Upgrades 6 Kip McGrath 5 Upholstery: Designing for Style 48 From Old to New 34 The Curtain Design House 69 Veterinary: Cats@Seadown 8 The Village Vet 8 Window Cleaning: Clear Vision 51 Senator Window Cleaning 83 Window Repair: Windowmenda 38


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