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Chandlers Ford Edition inc Otterbourne & Hursley

November 2013



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Discover Magazines Distribution - Discover Chandlers Ford is delivered to two alternating areas of the SO53 postcode with a total distribution of 12,600 over the two months. 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. Advertising - We understand that the needs of a small business are quite different to those of a big company, and our advertising service is very much targeted at independent and local businesses. From advert design to general advice we are here to help you grow. For more details call Tania or Kevin on 023 8027 6361 or email

I read a book while I was on holiday this summer called The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. Tania Houston The author acknowledged that she was far from unhappy, but felt she wasn’t appreciating her life and there was more she could do. As I came towards the end of the book I realised that a lot of what made the author happy was being in control and organised. When she remembered friend’s birthdays , or stopped eating junk food, or bit her tongue rather than criticising, it felt good. Decluttering was another big plus on the happiness scale and I can definitely relate to that. I would love to be naturally tidy; I’d love to be a concert pianist too, but I’m neither nor will I ever be. However I really don’t like mess so it’s a constant work in progress. I did clear my office during the summer (both Melanie and I work from our respective homes) and have since tried to be disciplined about ensuring my desk is clear at the end of each working day. It feels good to walk DO YOU USE A SMART PHONE? in to a tidy room each To save our contact details morning. direct to your smart phone, use

I-nigma QR code reader APP I’ve also made a big and scan for instant download. effort to call someone to sort those little home maintenance jobs immediately rather than waiting until they’d annoyed us for months. The dripping tap, the tree that’s grown too big, the scuff on the car and the boiler that needs servicing to name but a few. And somehow once you’ve fixed the little jobs it inspires you to plan bigger things – it sort of clears your mind.

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Aston Martin Rapide S What is it?

Meet Aston Martin’s slightly awkward-looking four-door saloon, but now with added adrenaline. Not that the standard car really needed an additional dose of go-go juice, but that’s never stopped the Gaydon massive from administering aid before. As part of a mid-life refresh the S has more power and even more refinement, and is the only model in the maker’s range that comes with two rear seats. What’s under the bonnet? An almighty lump, that’s what. The ageing 6.0-litre V12 is still in situ – a last hurrah before AMG work their black magic under the hoods of Britain’s finest – but for now it has even more grunt. Power is up 80bhp to 550bhp and this helps the 60mph dash time tumble under that all-important five second barrier, but only by a tenth of a second. Top speed is a heady 190mph and with those sorts of figures fuel economy and emissions suffer. The former is a rather woeful 19.9mpg and CO2 is puffed out at a rate of 332g/km.

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In a word: glorious. The leather is soft, the carpets thick and the wood burnished. Several

cows were sacrificed to coat most surfaces inside and the instruments are as beautiful as one of the finest Swiss watches. Standard kit includes Bluetooth, sat nav, front and rear parking sensors (you need them, this thing is Ark Royal long), tracking device and a stunning 1000W Bang & Olufsen stereo. Some of the controls are a little small and fiddly, particularly the buttons in the centre console. Those rear seats have the option of TV screens (£2,495) and you can go mad on the other options too. Even the paint of our test car was an additional £3,495, but it’s worth it for the name alone: Skyfall Silver.

the butterflies in the exhaust containing the cacophony of noise open, releasing a guttural V12 groan. The rear seats are comfy too, even for adults, but that said, headroom can be a little cramped.

Price: £165,580 (as tested) Engine: 6.0-litre, V12, petrol Power: 550bhp 620NM Max speed: 190mph 0-62mph: 4.9 seconds MPG: 19.9mpg (combined) Emissions: 332g/km CO2

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A few. The biggest is the Porsche Panamera. An ugly car from some angles, stunning from others, it’s a super-sized sports car that’s superb to drive, especially in GTS form. The new Mercedes S-Class will be a potent rival too as will Audi’s luxurious A8. Even BMW’s 7 Series will have a sniff in this category, where price matters far less than the badge that’s on the bonnet.

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It’s not the most dynamic of Aston Martin’s range, that’s for sure, but this is a GT car to transport you and the family with ease. It’s relaxed and sedate when you want it to be, but can still pick up its skirt and go when you put your foot down. As the revs rise

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The Aston Martin Rapide S is a stunning way to travel. It’s luxurious, looks sharp and is caked in cool. You can’t drive an Aston anywhere without gaining nods of appreciation and that very rarely happens in ostentatious equivalents from the likes of Ferrari or Lamborghini. There’s a certain respect for Aston Martin, and I like that. The Rapide S is a big car – and it feels it on the road – and that engine really is starting to feel dated in terms of economy, but the power is impressive and if you need those extra rear seats it’s worth considering… if you have the cash, of course. By James Baggott, MD of

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A good tip would be to set up a separate email account just for this type of job so your personal one doesn’t become flooded with spam. Then there are online competitions. For example, is free to enter and gives away £20 every day at noon to one of the postcodes on their list. There’s no catch, but you will have to check each day to see if your number has come up. Check our competitions page on for the latest competitions online.

Set up an online buying and selling business Do you collect dolls or electronic gadgets or some other low-priced collectible? If you’re a little knowledgeable about a particular niche area you could make money by buying and selling items online. Pick a narrow product area (such as Cindy dolls or NatWest piggy banks or Beano comics) that you are knowledgeable about and then scour car boot sales, charity shops and jumble sales for cheap

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Propagate seedlings If you have green fingers and a decent-sized greenhouse (or somewhere else to place plant pots) you could make around £600 a week between February and October by propagating seedlings. Grow plants that you then sell at car boot sales and at local garages and shops or to friends and neighbours. To make a profit you need to choose carefully the type of plants you are going to grow. Some seeds cost £2.99 for six and some cost £2.99 for

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The World of Downton Abbey A charity ladies lunch is being held in November and will feature Jessica Fellowes, author of the books The World of Downton Abbey and The Chronicles of Downton Abbey While enjoying a drinks reception you will be able to browse and buy from stands offering gifts, jewellery, handbags, frangrances and chocolates and buy tickets for a raffle. Followed by a 2 course lunch and tea or coffee, Jessica will give an enlightening and informative journey into the world of Downton Abbey and you will be able to ask questions. As the niece of the hugely successful show’s creator and writer, Julian Fellowes, Jessica is in the unique position of being able to talk about the real-life inspirations behind Downton Abbey, drawn both from her family and her detailed knowledge of the Edwardian era along with clips and images from the show. The event takes place at the Botley Park Hotel on the 28th November and tickets cost £40 each. Two charities will benefit from the profits from this event, Pompey in the Community (Sainsbury's Farlington’s Charity of The Year) and U Support based in Southampton (Sainsbury's Eastleigh's Charity of The Year) both enhancing the lives of disadvantaged children in their respective communities through the advent of sport and education. This is an opportunity not to be missed! To book your tickets, call 02392 728899 or email Lesley at

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Your Legal Options For Divorce Q: Last year, my husband left

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Susan, the first thing I want to make clear to try and calm your anxieties and fears is that the purpose of any process of divorce is to try to make adequate provision for all parties involved, particularly children and, wherever possible, maintain the standard of living a family enjoyed when they were all together. However there are now two households, not one. Firstly, you need to consult a specialist Family Solicitor. The

main job of your Solicitor will be to assess and value (if possible), all the assets that you and your husband have available to you. This will include your home, cars and any valuable furniture, financial assets such as pensions, shares and investments and other items such as any holiday homes, additional properties or equity in a business. The income from all sources will be taken into account, including recent increases in salary and the likelihood of promotion or increments in the future. The availability of appropriate State Benefits such as Child and Working Tax Credits and possibly Housing Benefit will also be considered. Of course any debt, including mortgages, personal or business loans, overdrafts and credit cards will be considered. Your respective outgoings for new and possible new properties will be considered, so that you can both see how much you will need to live on in the future. If you have not worked for the majority of your married life due to your family commitments, your Solicitor will ensure that any resolution is based on a realistic expectation of your future earning potential. Your husband has an obligation to maintain both you and the children, so far as he is reasonably able. If he fails to meet his commitments, then there are remedies available to

you through the Court. If your husband intends to maintain his relationship with and share care of the children, his future accommodation needs will also be considered, but if you are to be the primary carer of the children, the need to provide a home for you and the children will be a priority and assets will be distributed to ensure that the children have a home, so far as is possible. There are many factors that the Courts consider when reaching a decision on the division of capital and income. Specialist legal advice is always appropriate, but the system presently requires that you attend a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting, to ensure that you consider all options of settlement (including Mediation, a private and confidential dispute resolution process in which an independent neutral person, the Mediator, is appointed to support both parties in reaching an amicable settlement before Court proceedings are commenced, which can be very expensive and time consuming. During the Mediation process, my advice is that you continue to consult a Solicitor who can help and guide you through the difficult process, to ensure that you do not reach agreements that are either impractical or inappropriate. by Catherine Maxfield

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November’s Big Bang Fireworks Night This year’s Bonfire Night will see Britain’s population stocking up on pyrotechnics and hoping for a starry night into which they will launch their rockets and colourful array of exploding projectiles. Indeed, the popularity of fireworks never seems to wane, and despite the ubiquitous nature of this form of entertainment, it’s an occasion that never fails to impress. And Guy Fawkes’ commemoration by no means holds a monopoly on the format. An increasing number of dates outside the 5th of November fill Britain’s calendar with spectacular displays at many events: New Year’s Eve, Cowes Week, pop festivals, Halloween, Midsummer, and Blackheath Fireworks to name just a few. People from all backgrounds, old and young, come together to marvel at the displays and join in the chorus of ooohs and aaahs. It’s an age-old, simple pleasure that makes no distinction between culture, politics, or language. Quite simply, fireworks are just fun to watch.

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James I and replace him with third in line, Princess Elizabeth. Gunpowder was placed in a room (an ‘undercroft’) beneath the House of Lords as part of an audacious plan hatched by Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators. News of the plan, however, was leaked to King James who ordered a search of the underground cellars where Fawkes was seen leaving and promptly arrested. After some unsavoury interrogation and torture, it appears that Fawkes confessed to the crime and was banished to be hung, drawn and quartered. Not keen on facing the gallows, he leapt from the supporting scaffolding and met his end by way of a broken neck. Thus, the tale of conspiracy from 1605 became folklore in Britain and spawned generations who collected wood for bonfires and roamed from house-to-house seeking ‘a penny for the guy’, after which the effigy was placed on the blaze to meet its doom. Some of these traditions remain, but the modern commemoration is a more commercial operation with safety and litigation as primary concerns, alongside enjoyment of the events. Some consider this

the ‘nanny state’ at work, but the accident rate suggests otherwise, with hundreds of injuries reported every year despite government warnings and media campaigns. Notwithstanding this gloomy state of affairs, surfing the Internet reveals some fascinating information on the subject of fireworks as well as the do’s and don’ts of safety. The website Bonfire Night Safety, for example, states that in a recent year there were 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November, and alarmingly, that 285 of them were eye injuries. There are also some interesting snippets on the site; prior to 1959, it was illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK and apparently, some fireworks can travel up to speeds of 150 mph. So, if that empty bottle in which you hope to plant your biggest rocket happens to topple over, that’s the speed it will be racing towards your neighbour’s fence, or worse, towards those standing nearby. Despite the hazards of pyrotechnics, a few precautions will see you enjoying the action in safety. There is plenty of information online and from

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The Business of Pyrotechnics The history of fireworks dates back to China in the 7th century where displays accompanied festivities, a trend that spread to many other cultures around the world. The popularity of these displays created a firework manufacturing industry and the much-respected profession of the pyrotechnician. It seems, however, that the mainstay of the industry is harking back to its Chinese roots. The business in Britain is now modest, only numbering around 40 companies, which employ a few hundred people fulltime, although this number rises

to around 4,000 during busy periods. Britain’s manufacturing side, however, is suffering since the majority of fireworks are now made in China and imported. The squeeze on materials and labour costs, plus fierce competition in the business, has caused the UK’s industry to downsize and concentrate on specialist markets and displays, rather than manufacture. There are also concerns that the standard of products coming into the country from China and the Far East might be dropping, and will have an adverse bearing on safety. Despite these concerns, our love affair with the spectacle continues. And for Britain, Guy Fawkes Night provides enough history and national enthusiasm to step out into the cold November air to indulge just one more time. By James Smith

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The Amazing Mister Mittens Toby Daniels thought it was extremely unfair that he had to go next door and feed Mrs Withershaw’s cat. His neighbour would be in hospital for a whole week having a hip replacement. The boring chore would make him late home from school, and that meant ten minutes less computer game playing while his Mother made dinner. It simply was asking too much. He’d never paid much attention to Mrs Withershaw’s pet before. It had always seemed like the usual sort of cat, but by the third day of caring for it Toby wasn’t so sure. Yesterday he had left a dirty bowl next to the sink and today when he let himself in, the bowl had been washed and placed on the draining board. He watched as Mister Mittens hungrily ate his dinner. When he was sure the cat had finished Toby gently picked him up and placed him on the counter. “Show me how you turned on the tap, Mister Mittens,” Toby whispered in the cat’s ear. Mister Mittens began licking his paws enigmatically, clearly in no mood for performing. This was not the first time something unusual had happened. On the first day, 48

in his rush to get home, Toby had knocked over a pile of newspapers, causing them to cascade across the kitchen floor. When he returned the next day Mister Mitten had piled the newspapers up neatly again. In fact as Toby walked in, the cat was curled up asleep on top of them. Toby wondered if all cats were as amazing as Mister Mittens, or whether this was a very special cat. He decided to ask his Mother. Mrs Daniels seemed genuinely surprised about how clever Mister Mittens was. “What a very considerate cat,” she agreed. Over the following days Mister Mittens, while being left home alone, somehow put the empty tins of cat food into the recycling, swept up scattered cat litter and mopped up a puddle of milk next to the fridge. Toby knew that the milk had been mopped, not licked up, because the mop and bucket had moved, and the mop was damp. It began to rain the day before Mrs Withershaw was due to come home from hospital, and the rain continued into the evening. Mrs Daniels noticed that Toby kept glancing nervously out of the living room window. “Something wrong Toby dear?” she asked finally.

“I’m worried about next door,” Toby said. “I noticed a leak in Mrs Withershaw’s back porch, and if this rain carries on she’s going to have a big puddle there when she gets home. She could slip over and ruin that brand new hip.” “Oh dear.” Mrs Daniels pretended to read her magazine while watching her son out of the corner of her eye. “What is there to be done about it?” It amazed and amused her that Toby still hadn’t realised that she had been going round to Mrs Withershaw’s every morning to tidy up the mess he’d made. She was seeing another side to Toby emerging as he cared for that old cat, so she was more than happy for Mister Mittens to take all the credit. Toby made up his mind and went into the hall for his coat. “I’m going back there now to put a bucket under it,” he said decisively. “That’s very thoughtful of you,” Mrs Daniels said, delighted that her son was finally learning to be considerate. Then, unable to resist, she added, “But won’t Mister Mittens do it?” “Honestly Mum!” Toby sighed, zipping up his coat. “You can’t expect a cat to think of everything.”

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What kind of Christmas Shopper are you? By Kate McLellan

It’s that time of year again: the month when you start making lists of the Christmas presents you need to buy for your nearest and dearest. We all approach Christmas shopping in a different way but some of us display a more creative edge than others when shopping for that perfect gift. See if you can spot the shopping technique that most resembles yours in the list below: 1. The Very, Very Early Bird You are the shopper who can be found cramming your basket full of cut-price wrapping paper, Christmas cards and toiletry gift sets in the January sales. No matter that those beautifully boxed hot toddy mixing kits failed to interest shoppers in the pre-Christmas rush. Now they’re reduced to half price you can think of at least three relatives who would just LOVE to receive them next Christmas. Well done, Very Early Bird. You might save yourself a good deal of money, but will you remember where you’ve hidden all those 54

cut-price goodies by next December? 2. The Last Minute Man You are the antithesis of the Very Early Bird: someone who just can’t find the motivation to buy presents until three hours before the shops are due to close on Christmas Eve. Then you dash round the streets with a look of sheer panic on your face, desperately hoping that the items on your list are not out of stock. If you shop online, then it’s likely that you delay your search until the day when the free delivery option is no longer available and end up spending as much on postage as you do on the presents themselves. Come on, Last Minute Shopper – you know you can do better, but deep inside you crave the adrenaline rush that comes from holding back till the very last moment. 3.The Smugly Organised Shopper It’s mid September and not only have you already compiled your gift list, you’ve probably placed your first online order, for that ‘must-have’ new gadget that will

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recipients seem to do is mentally tick off gifts that, three months earlier, they entered on their Amazon wishlist. This habit leads to lazy present buying: there’s no need to spend time thinking about what your nearest and dearest would like when all you need to do is follow an on-screen link and click a button. Dear Wishlister, while we understand your desire to buy something your friend or relative really wants, we’d like to see you use a little more imagination and effort this Christmas. 5. The Crafty Maker You’ve been watching too many Kirstie Allsopp shows on TV and you now believe that the way to show real love at Christmas is to give friends and family a gift that you have made yourself.

You’ve already made your own Christmas bunting and tree decorations. You’ve knitted a festive cushion for the cat’s basket and hung a wreath made out of recycled yoghourt pots on the front door. Now you are preparing to stay up until midnight each night, stitching felt animals and painting small items of second hand furniture with Farrow and Ball tester pots. I know, Crafty Maker: you can’t wait for the look of surprise on your family’s faces when they open their presents to find something that you have carefully crafted out of papier mache and driftwood, but please don’t be disappointed if their wan smiles of appreciation

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News from Chandlers Ford & Winchester MP Steve Brine Chandlers Ford Station 10th birthday celebrations

They tell me time quickens the pace as you get older and I have to admit, they were right. I cannot believe I am writing my November column and soon enough we will be enjoying once again the wonders of Christmas. Before we get there however, there is much to do and many rivers to cross or put another way for hundreds of my constituents, many trains to catch. I am a regular commuter myself of course and, no matter how good the service, there are generally never any shortage of issues for rail passengers to discuss. That is why I have arranged for South West Trains boss, Tim Shoveller, to answer our questions about the service from Winchester, Shawford or Chandler’s Ford at a special open evening on Thursday 14th November 2013. It will take place in a central Winchester location and is free but you must register in advance so we can safely manage the event via askswt Secondly, and staying on-track (sorry about that), I have done lots of things since becoming an MP but I’ve never attended 64

a birthday party for a railway station before! All that changed last month as Chandler’s Ford Station marked 10 years. The weather wasn’t kind to us but it was actually rather fun, certainly my little Emily enjoyed the pirate themed face-painting and making a smoothie with Dr Bike. Our successful station is testament to the vision shown by a great many people ten years ago and it is now so much part of the fabric you can’t imagine it not being there. I know many of my constituents in Chandler’s Ford value it greatly and on their behalf, pay tribute to Three Rivers and Sustrans - as well as the County Councillor Colin Davidovitz of course - who made this happen. There’s been a lot else going on in Chandler’s Ford as usual for me. Opening the new Ageas HQ on the Hampshire Corporate Park off Templars Way was a great pleasure, and I wish them well, as was cutting the ribbon for the stunning new school building at Sherborne House School. I have also been down on Hiltingbury Road (around the junction with Kingsway) lately

with local Borough and Parish Councillors to see the problems being reported to me around road safety and dangerously parked cars. We’re working together to see what change can come. Finally, in the House Commons it’s also full steam ahead and, for me, that’s involved renewed work on the future of legal aid (with some tough questions for Ministers), raising the issue of Summer-born children and school entry, hosting the breast cancer annual reception, challenging the Lord Chancellor over future investment at Winchester Prison and tackling the menace of nuisance calls. Not to mention also, supporting our Bill to finally deliver that referendum on Britain membership of the EU. Details on all of these subjects via westminster You can catch-up on more of my work – locally and in Westminster – online www.stevebrine. com or by calling my office on 01962 791110. Steve Brine MP for Winchester & Chandler’s Ford

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40 Years of Christmas Charity Forty years ago, six charities joined forces to form the Chandlers Ford Joint Charities Christmas Market. The Market was opened by the then Mayor, Councillor Norris, and the total takings for the day were £297. Over the years the number of participating charities has increased to twelve. Of these Muscular Dystrophy has been represented every year and RNLI was at the Market for the first few years and has now rejoined. Proceeds raised have increased too; last year it was £2823. As well as Christmas items for sale, there has always been a cake/produce stall and a raffle. In the early years each charity supplied a raffle prize but the market now receives fantastic support from local businesses – last year there were 50 raffle prizes donated, as well as contributions towards the event’s running costs. This year’s market will be held on Saturday 9th November, from 9.30am – midday at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church Hall. It will be opened officially at 9.45 by Bodger and Badger.

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6th December 2013 This year’s Late Night Shopping Evening in Romsey will once again start with a magical Lantern Parade through the town centre. At 5.30pm, up to 350 lanterns lit by LED torches and featuring a range of striking seasonal designs, all made by local groups and residents, will be paraded from The Archway in Romsey, up Bell Street, through the Bus Station to The Hundred and on to the Market Square. The Test Valley Band will lead the Parade with Romsey Community Choir adding their voices to what promises to be a stunning visual and moving event. Last year’s Parade was described as “the best thing in Romsey this year” – so don’t miss your chance to be part of this immensely popular spectacle. Join the Parade at its Finale in the North Garth of Romsey Abbey where the Band and the Community Choir will lead a short session of carol-singing. You can then go on in the Christmas spirit to explore all that is on offer with Late Night Shopping .

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Ampfield Market The Ampfield Village Market is held on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to 12 Noon and has been running for 12 years. The next two Markets will be held on Saturday November 2nd and Saturday 7th December. There is no market in January or February but it returns in March 2014. On sale will be fresh fruit and veg, organic bread, savoury foods and Fairtrade products, jams and chutneys, local eggs, plants, flowers, new and old books, jewellery, cards, wrapping paper, crafts, bric a brac, pet foods and accessories. Refreshments are served all morning with fresh coffee and a delicious range of home made cakes. More information Julie Trotter 02380 254587. Ampfield Village Hall, Morleys Lane, Ampfield

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Ground Cover Planting Carpet of foliage

Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about ground cover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? Slopes are a common feature in gardens, and they can be hard to manage, but with ground cover planting, once it’s established you’ll not have to do acrobatics to keep it looking good. The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, and some food and water in drier weather.

As ground cover plantings will cover the soil surface they will have a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. For the best results it’s worth investing a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have


loosened the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once growing well, the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the meantime, use landscape fabric pinned down onto the surface of the slope. Simply cut an ‘X’ shape in the fabric at each planting position, and plant through the hole. An added advantage is that the landscape fabric will also prevent weeds growing up from the soil. Cover the surface of the fabric with chipped bark or a bit of soil to camouflage it if you wish. Although you are after a carpet of foliage and maybe also flower, don’t be tempted to cram the plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely to become stressed and miserable, more prone to disease and will need thinning out. Ground cover plantings need the same sort of maintenance that you’d give if the plants were used individually or in small numbers in a garden border or bed. Make sure they are kept

just moist at the roots until they’re well established and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of plants which are recommended for use as ground cover you’ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning. So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting is ideal and if you wish you can add a few more flamboyant flowering plants to the mixture too. Used as ‘dot plants’, the flowering additions will have more impact and look great set against a backdrop of pretty foliage. By using plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your planting will look even better. You may want your ground cover planting to look stunning at a particular time of year, but if you’re after a reasonable effect all year around, then select at

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SINGLE, DIVORCED, WIDOWED Want to meet new friends, get to know new people and enjoy the social life that suits you? Come and see what we have to offer. No age stipulation but recommended 40+ We meet on Thursdays from 8:30pm at the Chandlers Ford Central Club, 2 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants, SO53 2FZ Contact details: email Telephone: Barbara: 02380 254466 Tony: 02380 253497 Ursula: 02380 602426

Your Local Odd Job Man Painting / Decorating Flat Pack Building / Gardening Brick Walls built or repaired Phone Keith 02380 255 167 • 07899 843204 Fed up with all that paperwork?

A personal and friendly service to give you more time to run your business Book-keeping services for small businesses and the self employed Computerised accounts – Quickbooks Invoicing, VAT returns and payroll services Call Amanda 02380 266915 / 07952 115935 Email: “Putting your Pets First” Professional Pet Care Services Cats/Small Pet Home Visits, Dog Walking, All Pets Cared for.

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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

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 Chandlers Ford Croquet Club 1st Tues 10-10:30 - CF Library 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. 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, or 01794 368207

Scottish Dancing

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


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


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Meets at Fryern recreation ground twice Songs & rhymes for children under 3 years and their parents/carers weekly beginning 6th April. Learn to play croquet, no experience necessary. Social Club Don Summerton 02380269002. 2nd & 4th Wednesday 8.30pm Stoneham Arms in Bassett Green Road, Gardeners Club Southampton 1st Tues 7-10pm St Boniface Hall Phase II Social & Cultural Club meets Guest speakers on garden and gardenon the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of related subjects. Some practical the month from 8.30pm. All welcome demonstrations and a Spring and singles or couples 50+. Come and find Annual Show. Contact Valerie Jolley out about our varied social programme. 01794 519919 Tel: 01329 664913.

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.

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).


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

Hocombe Wood Women's Institute

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

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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LOCAL WHAT’S ON FIREWORKS NIGHT 2 Nov, 6.00pm gates open with fireworks at 7.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5DQ A spectacular display to music in a beautiful setting with refreshments available on the field, and a miniature train and mini fun fayre. Adults £5, children £3 or adults £7, children £5, family ticket (2+2) £20 on the gate. Telephone 023 8045 5157. CHARITY CLASS-A-THON 2 Nov, 9am – 1.30pm Knightwood Leisure Centre, Skys Wood Road, Valley Park, SO53 4SJ Come and celebrate the launch of the new Knightwood Leisure Centre Fitness Class timetable and help raise money for Cancer Research UK. Free event, with a suggested donation of £5 in aid of Cancer Research UK. Lots of family activities, so bring the children and they can have fun in the park, play tennis or try out the new BMX track. Book online or telephone 023 80276254 or 01794 830333. CONKER COMPETITION 3 Nov, 12pm – 12.45pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Bring your conker and sign up for our competition and see who is victorious! Part of 50 Things to do before you’re 11 and 3/4. www. THE SOMME, MOODY AND THE WAR MEMORIAL PARK 6 Nov, 10.30am King John’s House, Church Street, SO51 8BT Battlefield guide and writer Will Fowler looks at the life of Thomas Moody who died on the Somme and is remembered at the Romsey War 82

AUTUMN SPARKLE PARTY 7 Nov Ageas Bowl, Botley Rd, SO30 3XH See page 28 ‘Spooks and Sparks’ fireworks display 7th Nov 6pm - 7.30pm Hiltingbury School, Chandlers Ford A community fireworks display, open to all (entrance by ticket only) sponsored by Sparks Ellison estate agents. Come dressed in your scariest Costume. BBQ, Candy floss, Hot drinks, Café, Glow novelties. £4 per person in advance, £6 on the night. School parents to buy via book bag slips. Or buy direct from Andersons newsagents and the Hiltingbury Infant School office. Ticket numbers are limited. HiltingburySchoolsPTA/events. DO NOT BRING SPARKLERS. UNDER 16s TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. FIREWORK & BONFIRE NIGHT 9 Nov, Gates open 6pm, last entry 7pm Sherfield English Sports Hall, Romsey, SO51 6FP Tickets £4 Adults, £1 children. CHANDLERS FORD JOINT CHARITIES CHRISTMAS MARKET – 40TH ANNIVERSARY 9 Nov, 9.30am – midday Chandlers Ford Methodist Church Hall Come and enjoy a fun day out whilst supporting 12 charities. Fabulous Christmas items on sale, a cake / produce stall and a raffle with dozens of prizes. COFFEE MORNING – CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 9 Nov, 10am – 12pm Church of the Ascension, Thorald Road, Bitterne Park In aid of the Church Flower Fund, with a raffle, items for sale and delicious cakes and coffee. ALRESFORD ART & CRAFT SHOW 9 Nov, 1am – 4.30pm Alresford Community Centre, West Street, SO24 9AG Crafts will include silk floral arrangements, stained glasswork, jewellery, alpaca knitwear, bee

products including skin care and honey, original watercolours, painted glass and silk paintings, decorative metalwork and photography. Free entry. Telephone 01252 724968 for more information. HOWARD GOODALL CONDUCTS ROMSEY CHORAL SOCIETY 9 Nov, 7.30pm Romsey Abbey Howard Goodall, the award winning composer and TV presenter will conduct Romsey Choral Society in one of his own compositions Eternal Light, as well as works by Morten Lauridsen. Tickets are available from Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre on 01794 512987 or via www. REMEMBRANCE SERVICE 10 Nov, 10.50am The Cenotaph, above Bar Street, SO15 2BG Everyone is invited to attend. Telephone 023 8083 2433 for more details. AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS AT HAMPSHIRE RECORD OFFICE 12 Nov, 2pm – 4pm Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, SO23 8TH Their Name Liveth for Evermore: researching First World War memorials. £12 per person. Booking essential. archives. ZOIELOGIC DANCE COMPANY PRESENT STATE: DRAW! 20 Nov, 7pm The Point, Leigh Road, SO50 9DE You are invited into The Point’s Creation Space to be part of a work-in-progress with a difference. Dancers from ZoieLogic Dance Company will perform a range of short sequences whilst the audience members are invited to draw responses. £2. Contact 023 8065 2333. PERCY THE PARK KEEPER 20 Nov, 11am – 12pm, and 1.30pm – 2.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5DQ Come and join in the adventures of Percy and the Park animals. Price includes a walk, drink, biscuit and craft activity. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Meet outside the shop. Spaces are limited so please book

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Come and join us! in advance. £2.50 per child; must be accompanied by an adult. Telephone 023 8045 5157. associaTion For conTemporary JeWellery – WesseX group 21 – 29 nov, 10am – 5pm sir harold hillier gardens, Jermyns lane, so51 0oa An exhibition with 23 of the best designer/makers in the jewellery field in the area. Free entry.

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and the popular animal farm together with a climbing wall. Father Christmas will lead a special Christmas light parade commencing at 5.15pm through Eastleigh. Then at 6pm the town is set to be all lit up when The Mayor of Eastleigh will switch on the town’s 2013 Christmas lights, followed by free fireworks. Telephone 02380688045 for more details. Events/c-1-12.htm

quizmaster has a range of quizzes and puzzles to get your brain thinking including general knowledge, anagrams and picture puzzles. Teams of 6, £10 per person to include a Christmas supper. Bar available plus a raffle with fantastic prizes. Telephone 01489 880881.

chrisTmas BaBy & children’s markeT 23 nov romsey community school, main hall, greatbridge, so51 8Za Over 30 stalls. £1 entry with kids free. Free parking. www.

arT, craFT and giFT Fayre 24 nov, 10am – 4pm university of southampton, staff social centre, university road, so17 1BJ Over 120 stands with cards, handmade crafts, jewellery, pottery, prints, handbags and more. Admission £2 with children under 10 free. Refreshments available. www.

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chrisTmas Family Fun day & chrisTmas lighT sWiTch-on 2013 23 nov, 11am – 7pm eastleigh Town centre, so50 5dF Children’s rides, music and activities, with Father Christmas in his grotto

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Monarch Floor Coverings Premier Flooring Solutions children’s TuiTion Boostmaths English Upgrades Kip McGrath chimney sWeep Green Sweeps compuTer services Chandlers Ford Computer Care Home Computer Help RSJ Computer Services Widenet Computer Services Ltd conservaTories Britannia Windows Live-in Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd South Coast Installations counsellor Marcus Gee Talking Therapies curTains See Blinds & Curtains denTisT Smile Vital Family Dental Care Westfield Dental Practice domesTic appliance 123 Domestic Appliances Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Premier Electrics douBle glaZing insT/repairs Britannia Windows Live-in Design Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd South Coast Installations Windowmenda educaTion Barton Peveril Sixth Form College Fryern Infant School Pitman Training elecTrician ALB Electrical Ampfield Electrical EEC247 GJ Rhodes Electrical esTaTe agenT Jonathan Rees Fencing services CF Handyman Fencing Services

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l Buy Local . . . Colourfence 72 Terry & Dan Flynn 75 Funeral services Nigel Guilder 22 FurniTure From Old to New 25 Swan Systems 61 garage doors Don’s Doors 9 Fix Quick Garage Doors 5 garage services Auto Assistance 7 Autofinish 9 Chandlers Ford Auto Repairs 6 Independent VW 11 Jon’s Garage Ltd 9 NB Service Station 5 Robinsons Vehicle Maintenance 10 garden design & services Adapt Landscapes 78 Terry & Dan Flynn 75 Colourfence 72 Hambrooks 73/75/77 J.L. Tree Care 78 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Gdn Svc 79 Lakewood Tree Surgeons 73 Martin Royer Garden Design 75 Neil Richmond Tree & Hedge Services 74 One Man Went To Mow 73 Pomp & Petals 55 Premier Garden Designs 81 Romsey Stump 77 T.I. Smith Building & Landscaping 78 Valley Park Landscapes 74 gas services See Plumbing hairdresser Hair at Monroe’s 35 healTh services Hampshire Hearing Centre 34 hoTel Holiday Inn 55 kiTchens Dream Doors 27 New Forest Stone 60 Re-Nu Kitchens 68 Space Kitchens & Bathrooms 56 Willow Madison Kitchens 71 locksmiTh Lockright Security Ltd 5 moBiliTy Hampshire Mobility Services 42 mulTi room audio & video equip. Ugot 3 music TuiTion: Rockout! Music School 47 opTician Hampson Opticians 41 oven cleaning Oven Wizards 70 painTer/decoraTor Darren Eckton Handy Man & Decorator 81 Darren Liggett 31 Landau Decorating Services 10

M Fyall Design & Co 2 Prestige Painting 81 SJ Penney 60 VHN Decorating 19 W.A.G. Decorating Services Ltd 23 peT services Lynn Symes Dog Grooming Salon 52 Petcare by ZB Services 32 Pet Pals 79 phoTographer Harvey Studios 15 plasTerer A Y Plastering 79 C B Plastering Services 65 plumBing services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Ace Plumbing Ltd 23 Alford Plumbing & Heating 33 Aqua Bathrooms 29 Aquatec 31 DN Plumbing Services 69 First Call Heating Ltd 87 Gair Gas 66 Gas Elite 57 Graham Jones Plumbing & Heating 25 RJ Plumbing 63 M.Brierley Plumbing 70 Mike Chivers 17 NHP (Romsey) Ltd 72 Premier Bathrooms 21 Space Kitchens & Bathrooms 56 SPC Bathrooms & Kitchens 65 TP Watts 20 podiaTrisT Jon Callen 37 prinTer Warwick Printing Company 56 properTy mainTenance A Wilmott 21 CDN Handyman Services 57 CF Handyman Services 31 Dell Developments 14 Handy Man Hero 69 House Worx 32 Inspired Interiors 59 IO Contracts 63 M Fyall Design & Co 2 Mann & Sons Ltd 29 MH Building Services 81 Purchase Construction Ltd 69 The Door Hanger Ltd 79 The Flat Pack People 79 The Handyman 67 T.I. Smith Building & Landscaping 78 Your Local Odd Job Man 79 schools Barton Peveril Sixth Form College 47 Fryern Infant School 51 singing lessons Rock Choir 49 social cluB InSync 79

Chandlers Ford Central Club Papercraft solar panels Finesse Energy Ltd soliciTor Eric Robinson Solicitors TaXi Links Private HIre Tiling & Tile supplier AT Ceramics Premier Bathrooms & Tiles Tree surgery See Garden TuiTion (Children’s) Boostmaths English Upgrades Kip McGrath upholsTery Designing for Style From Old to New The Curtain Design House veTerinary Cats@Seadown The Village Vet WindoW repair Windowmenda

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PUZZLE ANSWERS general knowledge crossword Across: 1 Aqua, 4 Godzilla, 8 Star Wars, 9 Okra, 10 Tracy, 11 Truffle, 13 Victim, 15 Euclid, 17 Le Havre, 19 Padre, 22 Etch, 23 Seasoned, 24 Camshaft, 25 Sump. Down: 2 Qatar, 3 Apricot, 4 Guam, 5 Deserter, 6 In-off, 7 Lorelei, 12 Ambrosia, 14 Iced tea, 16 Chamois, 18 Aches, 20 Rheum, 21 Mast.

Fun quiz - Fairy Tales 1. A troll, 2. A comb, 3. I’m A Believer (a hit single for The Monkees), 4. Grimm (known as the Brothers Grimm), 5. Tom Thumb, 6. Tangled, 7. Danish, 8. Three Little Pigs, 9. Galway Bay, 10. Rumpelstiltskin

children’s Fun page

Fireworks: 16 Red and Yellow Rocket: Box A



1. Altar Boy, 2. Wet Behind The Ears 3. Elephant In The Room



DOCTOR NUMBERS NHS Direct (24 hr helpline)

0845 46 47

The Brownhill Surgery, 2 Brownhill Rd

023 8025 2188 023 8025 2414

Fryern Surgery, Oakmount Rd

023 8027 3252 023 8027 3458

Knightwood Surgery, (Parkside Family Practice), Pilgrims Close

023 8025 5118

Park Surgery (Chandlers Ford Family Practice), Hursley Rd St Francis Surgery (Chandlers Ford Family Practice), Pilgrims Close

023 8025 2131 Option 1 - Emergencies Option 2 - Triage Option 3 - Routine Appointments Option 4 - General Enquiries

CHEMIST NUMBERS Asda Pharmacy, Bournemouth Road Mon/Tues/Weds - 8.00am - 9.00pm, Thurs/Fri - 8am - 10pm, Sat - 8am - 8pm, Sun - 10am - 4pm. Bank Hols - 9.00am - 6pm.

023 8027 7390

Boots the Chemist, 4-5 Fryern Arcade, Opening hours/rota: Mon/Tues - 8.30am - 6pm, Weds/Thurs/Fri - 8.30am - 6.30pm, Sat -8.30am - 5.30pm.

023 8025 2751

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

023 8025 3063

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SCHOOL TERM DATES Autumn Term Tue 3 Sep 13 to Fri 20 Dec 13 Autumn Holiday Mon 28 Oct 13 to Fri 1 Nov 13 Christmas Holiday Mon 23 Dec 13 to Fri 3 Jan 14

Falkland Pharmacy, 1 Falkland Court, SO53 3GA 023 8025 4344 Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri - 9am - 1pm, 2pm - 6.30pm Weds 9am - 1pm, 6pm - 7pm Sat - 9am -1pm, 2pm - 5.30pm

Spring Term Mon 6 Jan 14 to Fri 4 Apr 14 Spring Holiday Mon 17 Feb 14 to Fri 21 Feb 14 Easter Holiday Mon 7 Apr 14 to Mon 21 Apr 14

Lloyds Pharmacy, 21 Hursley Road, SO53 2FS. 023 8025 4252 Mon - Fri - 9am - 6.30pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm


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

023 8026 3908

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


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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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 or call 0871 200 22 33 or visit For all cycle routes in Chandlers Ford and neighbouring areas visit

LAST POST TIMES Ashdown Rd - Mon-Fri 5pm/Post Office Closes 5:30pm, Sat 11:30/Post Office Closes 12:30


Fryern Arcade Post Office - Mon-Fri 9-5:30, Sat 9-12:30 Oakmount Road, Chandler’s Ford, 0845 6035631 Mon/Wed/Fri: 9am - 5pm, Tue/Thur: 9am - 7pm, Sat: 9am - 4pm

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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Discover Chandlers Ford November 2013  

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

Discover Chandlers Ford November 2013  

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