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Hello and Welcome You may remember that I mentioned in my letter back in March this year that my mother had passed away. Well, her house is about to be sold as I write, and my brother and I have had a taxing month trying to finish clearing the property, not to mention my Mum’s friend who found her car loaded up to the roof every time she came anywhere near us. The easy thing to do would have been just to get a house clearance company in. But having been brought up to value our possessions we simply couldn’t do it. Initially I thought eBay was our only option but then found out about Friday-ad and Gumtree. The latter was incredibly frustrating as, no matter what I did, it listed everything as being in Southampton, even though it was actually in Gosport, and many people understandably didn’t want to travel. Then you have to deal with the enquiries, some genuine, some timewasting. I’d listed one item for £55 and had an offer within a couple of hours for £20. Really? But almost worse was the stuff I was giving away. I listed some baking tins on Freecycle and

had so many enquiries that I felt guilty turning them all down. There were about 30 tins and I thought about splitting them up so two people could have them, before I came to my senses and realised this would just make more work for me. I wish there was a ‘middle ground’ where I could give stuff away in return for donations to charity (the Chandlers Ford charity shops had already had piles of stuff). So I’m down to a large mirror, two pictures, a Christmas tree and decorations, a collection of old records, a Denby dinner set and a very cluttered garage much to Kevin’s distress. Suggestions on the back of a postcard please, before Kevin starts up his own bonfire on the 5th November. Tania PS: More ideas for decluttering in The Art of Downsizing on Page 20.

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November Bit of a nothing month, November. After all the flash-bangwallop of Guy Fawkes Night and the various other feasts of light and feasts of the dead at the beginning of the month, it all goes rather quiet until Christmas. November is the last month of autumn rather than the first month of winter, but while everything is dank and gloomy it isn’t necessarily all that cold. So it’s an in-between month, really, and neither fish nor fowl: just drab. The poet Thomas Hood (1789-1845) pretty much summed it up: No sun– no moon! No morn– no noon– No dawn– no dusk– no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease. No comfortable feel in any member– No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds– November! And believe it or not, Hood was best known in his day as a humourist. There are no bank holidays and no big national events except Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, which – despite their importance - aren’t generally looked forward to. Even the really big-time saints have opted not to have their feast days in November, so instead we’re left with a long list of second-string saints. St Floribert, for instance. St Austremonius. St Papulus. St Acepsimas. November 7th is devoted to St Blinlivet, who sounds like a malt whisky; on November 8th we have St Wiomad, who sounds like a world music festival; while on November 9th it’s the turn of St Aedh MacBricc – probably Irish, I’d guess. November 13th is the feast day of St Homobonus, or “good bloke”, and November 20th belongs to St Benignus, or “nice guy”. No more than you’d expect from a saint, I suppose. Although these are by no means front-line saints, some of them are pretty interesting. St Richard Whiting, for instance, whose feast day is November 15th, was the last Abbot of Glastonbury, hanged on Glastonbury Tor in 1539 for refusing to hand over the abbey to Henry VIII. St Nerses the Great (November 19th) was an Armenian bishop who in 373 was in trouble with the king – King Pap, would you believe – for denouncing his licentious, lascivious, and generally lustful ways. Pap had him poisoned. And St Nikon (November 26th) was neither Japanese nor a photographer but was in fact another Armenian. An Orthodox monk,


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Nikon followed the Byzantine army which reconquered Crete from the Arabs. His job was to reconvert the Greek peasants who had lapsed from the church or converted to Islam. Finally, Saints Pinnock and Winoc. They were the same person: a Breton, or possibly Welsh, or possibly Cornish missionary in the late 7th-early 8th century who converted the heathen Flemish. He has a town named after him near Dunkirk (Bergues or Sint Winoksbergen) and two hamlets in Cornwall, St Pinnock and St Winnow. Anyway, an interesting bunch of saints, but not really a corrective to November’s gloom. And November really is gloomy: the UK’s average hours of sunlight falls from 101 in October (74 in Scotland) to a mere 65 (43 in Scotland) in November, and we all get Seasonal Affective Disorder. My answer to this perennial bout of the blues is to proclaim a festival of light for the modern age: National SAD Day, when we as a nation all exchange vouchers for sun-lamp treatment. This will expose us to a plentiful dose of the sunshine vitamin and make us all joyous and frisky despite the weather. It will probably be on November 31st. By Ted Bruning


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The Christian churches continue to be a movement of Jesus’ disciples, inspired by his story found in the Bible, of unlikely birth, compassionate teaching, sacrificial death and new life. We want to live the story each year so at Christmas, we open our hearts and sing ‘be born in us today’. As churches together, we want to invite you all to join us in the celebration of the birth of Jesus! For Christmas services in all the churches, please visit the Churches Together In Chandler’s Ford website We wish you all God’s blessing this Christmas.


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Life Begins The Art of Downsizing Neither my husband nor I were intentional hoarders. It just happened that our family house was blessed – some might say, cursed – with handy storage spaces. Built-in cupboards, understairs spaces, a loft, a shed and even a garage all served to quietly absorb our superfluous items. Like the chains worn by Marley’s ghost in Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, we felt the weight of our past lives bearing down upon us every time we opened a cupboard door. It was time to downsize. We started by selling some of the smaller items on Ebay. This popular online auction site takes a relatively low commission of 10% (although you should be prepared to pay some associated listing fees). All you need is a good camera and a willingness to painstakingly write up each item for sale. Once it’s up on the site, you can expect a nailbiting wait for the bids to come in. Often an item will remain unsold all week and then someone will bid in the last few seconds. As the payment zooms into your PayPal account, be ready to despatch your item. You’ll need to ensure it’s well packed and sent within the timeframe you’ve indicated if you want to keep that essential 100% positive feedback score. We found online auction sites were great for selling small objects that could be easily posted, but larger items, such as pieces of furniture, proved harder to shift. You can list your piece for ‘collection only’ but more than once I’ve had to re-list a piece of furniture after the successful bidder developed a case of cold feet. If you haven’t the patience for online auctions, car boot sales can provide a useful alternative providing you’re prepared to let your treasured


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Is Solar Electricity Right for Me? For most homeowners, solar photovoltaics (PVs) are the most accessible form of renewable energy. They can be fitted easily to a building’s roof without significant disruption to the occupants inside and they quietly generate electricity whenever the sun shines. The Government-backed financial incentives available can also make them a very attractive investment. With the Government wanting to see one million PV installations by 2015, under their Feed-in Tariff scheme, more installations are urgently needed. Paul Coe, Regional Director of EnergyMyWay in Southampton, answers some of the most common PV questions: Are the Government incentives still available? Customers regularly tell me that they thought that the Government’s incentive scheme for photovoltaics was over. This isn’t the case. From 1 November, the Feed-in Tariff rate for domestic PV installations is 15.44P/unit of electricity you generate – regardless of whether you use the energy yourself or not. As well as the Feed-in Tariff, customers also benefit from savings on their electricity bills when they use the energy they generate, and receive an additional payment of 4.5p/unit for electricity that they export back to the national grid. For ease of administration, electricity companies will generally assume that you export half of the electricity you generate. When put together, these payments and savings can provide a rate of return on your investment of up to 12%. A return which is index-linked and tax free. Is My Roof Suitable? Another concern people have is whether their roof is suitable. Everyone knows a south facing roof is best, but good returns can also be achieved with east or west facing roofs. To install the largest domestic systems of 4kW, you need at least 17m2 of roof facing the sun, but viable systems are possible with an area of about 10m2 or above. In fact, we can use several roofs facing different directions – we recently installed a system with 5 panels facing east, 5 facing west and a further 5 facing south to achieve a 4kW system on one property in Southampton. Does My Home Qualify for the Payments? People have also heard that they need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) at grade D or above, to access the best incentive payments. Those that have been in their property


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since before 2007 probably don’t have one, so EnergyMyWay now offer a free EPC as part of our service. Grade D is the average energy performance of UK housing. If you are a little below this, adding solar will help you achieve the necessary level. If you are further behind, then we would recommend that customers implement other energy saving measures before they consider PV. Measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation are very cost effective and pay for themselves in just a few years. Talk to the Experts EnergyMyWay have been providing customers with independent renewable energy advice and installations since 2008. In a recent survey, 99.7% of our customers said they would recommend EnergyMyWay to their friends, colleagues and family. With energy prices set to rise above inflation, and solar PV offering a better return than most savings accounts on the typical £5,000£7,000 investment in an installation, there has never been a better time to invest in renewable energy. Contact EnergyMyWay on 023 8055 0981 to arrange a free survey.


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Leaves Are you surrounded, engulfed and swamped with huge quantities of fallen leaves? The deluge that falls at this time of year is often enough to make even the most level headed, tree-loving gardener eye up a chainsaw.

So what can you do? Turn them in to gardeners’ gold: leafmould. If you want an environmentally friendly and very effective soil conditioner or mulching material, leafmould is the answer. If you have the space, make yourself a leafmould cage. Simply drive four treated softwood stakes into the ground, each stake marking out one corner of the ‘cage’. The stakes need to be about 1.5m (5ft) long so that they can be driven in really well, to a depth of 1-2ft, leaving 3-4ft above ground. Then attach some galvanized chicken wire to the stakes to create the sides of the cage and cram the cage full of leaves. If they aren’t moist, add a watering can of water to the heap of leaves, pouring some in after each six inches of leaves. You can also speed up the process by using a leafmould activator (available from garden centres, mail order catalogues and websites). Most deciduous leaves rot down well, especially oak and beech trees. Leaves from fruit trees, garden shrubs and climbers work well too. Try to avoid including too many twigs or evergreen leaves as these take much longer to rot, as do tough, leathery leaves such as those from sycamore, horse chestnut and plane. Most of us collect leaves using a spring-tined rake and although slower, it helps you avoid some materials more easily. A leaf sucker or a leaf blower is quicker but will often mean you end up with more twigs and stones. If your leaves are a wide-ranging assortment, then a good idea is to use the lawn mower – just mow the lawn with the leaves on it. The collection bag on the mower will then be full of


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a brilliant mix of chopped leaves and even the slower-to-rot-down types will rot speedily as they have been chopped up quite finely. Mixed with the lush, high-nitrogen grass clippings, the whole process is sped up. If space, time or money are short then you can also make leafmould in a bin liner or bin bag. Choose a good quality bin liner and cram it full of leaves, again adding water and/or activator if you wish. Then stab a few holes in the bag with a garden fork, loosely fold over the top of the bag and weigh it down with a brick. You should have a useable product in 12-18 months, but the longer you leave it the better. Leafmould will help to improve the moistureretaining capacity of a light, sandy soil and increase the aeration and drainage of a heavy clay soil. It also makes wonderful mulch that can be used on flower beds and borders, the vegetable plot, around trees and shrubs and on your fruit as well. It’s not often you get something for nothing, is it? So take advantage of all those leaves while you can. Visit Pippa’s website for some great gift ideas and items for your garden including: signed copies of Pippa’s books, handmade terracotta herb planters and wall plaques, cloches, pop-up plant cloches, raised bed kits, ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ Gift Cards, heated propagators, Nemaslug and other natural pest controls and lots more. You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter and receive a free ebook on organic gardening.

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Burning Desire! Boom! A firework display erupts in a cascade of colour and noise, marking summer in a tourist town. Whoosh! A rocket arcs into the night sky to celebrate a birthday, wedding or special anniversary. Nowadays there is hardly a single event – summer or winter – that doesn’t merit a pyrotechnic show at the end, complete with its crowd of spectators providing the obligatory ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’. So why does November 5th still hold such a special place in our hearts? It’s a fairly safe bet to say that the original reason for Bonfire Night – to commemorate the gory end of Jacobean terrorist Guido Fawkes and his fellow plotters – isn’t really on our minds these days when we celebrate the date. November 5th is one of those important times when young and old can come together – despite the dark and the cold winter weather – to enjoy a shared experience complete with its own traditions. Central to that ritual is the bonfire itself. The attraction of fire is hard-wired into our DNA. Some historians speculate that the activities we associate with Bonfire Night are actually borrowed from much earlier, pagan traditions and the dates certainly seem to fit. The ancient Celtic festival of Samhain began on October 31st (co-incidentally our date for Halloween) and extended to the following day. At sunset on October 31st local villagers would assemble in order to build a giant bonfire, which then became the focal point of the event. The word ‘Samhain’ means “summer’s end” and communities came together both to thank the gods for the harvest and to help them face the long, dark months ahead. Ancient people also believed it was a time for contacting – and sometimes appeasing the spirits of dead ancestors who might lend a hand from the ‘other side’ to help the community through the challenges of winter.


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At the end of the celebration, each family would take a torch from the bonfire and bring it back to their home, where all fires had been deliberately extinguished the day before. These fires were then re-lit using the flame of the sacred bonfire: it was believed that if the fire went out, troubles would follow. This summer it has been interesting to observe a shadow of this practice in the rituals surrounding the Olympic torch – particularly the care that has been taken in preserving the flame throughout the national relays building up to the opening ceremony of the 2012 games. We consider that we belong to an enlightened and sophisticated society, so it is fascinating to observe the extraordinary pains taken by officials to ensure that the light originally sourced from the Temple of Hera at Olympia in Greece is not extinguished. Just as our ancient forefathers venerated the fire from the sacred Samhain bonfire, we treat the Olympic flame as a living being that must not be allowed to ‘die’ in case our hopes of success are extinguished with it. So next time you are standing round a November 5th bonfire – or even lying back in the bath, surrounded by a mass of flickering candles – you can reflect on our very human need to use fire as a bringer of hope and cheer. By Claudia Leaf


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Is yOur chIld due TO sTarT schOOl In sepTember 2013? Fryern Infant School in the heart of chandler’s Ford would like to invite you to come and visit.

Fryern Infant and Junior schools form a unique federation in Chandler’s Ford. Both schools have been judged to be good schools with outstanding features by Ofsted. “Reception children make excellent progress because of outstanding teaching. Staff have an excellent understanding of how children learn, so that activities are matched exceptionally well to their needs and interests.” Ofsted May 2012 Our open afternoon is on Thursday 25th October from 1.30pm -3pm but if you would an individual tour at another time please contact the school office (02380 265931) to arrange a visit.

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Testwood Walk Walk Distance 4.6 miles Historical Notes The 150 acre Testwood Lakes site was formed by gravel extraction in the 1980’s and 90’s. It now forms a working reservoir for water supplies to parts of Southampton, Totton and the Isle of Wight. The site is managed as a Nature Reserve. During gravel extraction, part of a Bronze Age boat was found dating from around 1500BC.

From the A326 Ower to Totton road, turn left on the roundabout into the Calmore Industrial Estate. Follow the road through the estate and soon after it bears right, look for a concrete drive on the left signed as ‘Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve’. Turn left into the reserve and follow the road around to a gravel car park.

From the car park, bear right along a gravel track following the edge of Testwood Lake.

At a ‘T’ junction of paths, turn left to walk between the two lakes.

At a fork in the path, turn left and go through a kissing gate to follow the left hand lakeside.

At a fork in the path, bear right to leave the lake and go through a kissing gate. Cross over the bridge.

Ignore the stile on the right, keep straight ahead along a narrow path with wire fences either side.

As the path opens out to a track, turn right across a stile to enter a meadow. Follow the grass path diagonally right through the field following the red topped marker posts. Cross a stile and the bridge to cross the river once more.


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Keep straight ahead through woodland to reach a road through the industrial estate.

Cross the road onto the pavement opposite and turn left. Walk to the end of the road ignoring the turning into Sunset Business Park.

Go past a metal gate. A few yards further on is a second gate into Test Valley Angling Club’s fishing lake. Turn right onto the footpath entering woodland then turn immediately left.

Walk a short distance through the woods then pass a wooden barrier to emerge into a field. Walk across the field keeping the boundary fence to your right.

At the end of the fence, Testwood School Playing Field is diagonally right. Turn left along the fence line, this time keeping the fence to your left.

The path meanders through scrub land to a kissing gate. Go through the gate onto a track and turn left.

Go past a metal gate to follow the track right then left past a brick tower.

Cross the bridges over the mill race and river then turn left through a kissing gate ...Continued on page 54


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As the lane turns right to enter Nursling Mill, cross the stile straight ahead onto a gravel track. Follow the track as it bears right across a bridge then keep straight on following part of your outward journey back to Testwood Lakes.

At a ‘T’ junction of gravel paths at the lakeside, turn right and follow the footpath right around the lake to arrive back at the car park and your car.

to enter the Lower Test Nature Reserve. Follow the path along the boardwalk as it meanders through the reserve. •

Leave the reserve through a metal gate, cross a bridge then turn right along a track. On reaching the Southampton to Salisbury railway line, do not cross the tracks, but turn left through a kissing gate to walk along the trackside footpath signed as the TestWay.

Follow the hedge bordered path alongside of the rail track. Go past a wooden barrier and follow the path as it bears left away from the railway line.

Go through a wooden gate to emerge onto a lane.

Turn left along lane. Continue past the road joining from the right following the road signed as Mill Lane to its extremity at Nursling Mill.


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'You are not alone' - The Benefits of Getting Legal Advice Over the past few years, I have noticed a dramatic increase in the number of women who have agreed to their ex-husbands’ terms for divorce to keep things amicable and straightforward, have since felt what the court ordered is unfair and then come to ask me what I can do to have it changed. However much I wish it weren’t, the answer is always the same - ‘absolutely nothing’. Only in the most exceptional circumstances can a solicitor such as myself make the case for the terms of a divorce that has been agreed by the Court to be changed in retrospect. Perhaps their former husbands had the stronger personality, perhaps it was felt they had all the power from earning and controlling the money, but so many women reach agreements to get situations over with in the short-term, and then live to regret it. Of course it isn’t just men. Many women have been able to make demands on ex-husbands using access and custody to children as a negotiating tactic if things got difficult or nasty, and men have agreed to conditions in their divorce they later wish they hadn’t. I would be foolish to ignore one of the main motivations of agreements of this kind between couples is to avoid involving people such as myself, but I honestly don’t know why this is the case. The fact that people would rather trust people they wish to divorce than experienced professionals whose job it is to look out for their best interests, is a fact that causes me a great deal of both confusion and frustration.

Our job as solicitors is to ensure that the individuals in our care are treated fairly and walk away from a relationship as well looked after as possible. That’s it. That’s what we do. Now that Legal Aid is being withdrawn from all cases other than those involving domestic violence and child custody, I am worried that more couples will seek to ‘save money’ by entering into agreements that later turn out to be onesided and unfair to one of the parties. I can say that hiring a lawyer is an investment in your future, I can say that we are here to protect people and guide them through the process, but I suppose people only really believe me when they are in a situation that cannot be reversed and, by then, it is too late. If agreements are made between a couple informally, then a solicitor can get involved to negotiate a change in terms and make them official, but once the Court has made its Order, that is it. Absolutely final. Game over. I do hope that people reading this article now understand that without professional advice, the desire to keep things amicable between couples can lead to the possibility of one side being manipulated and taken advantage of. by Catherine Maxfield

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Ugot Ltd – Moving with the Times Despite what you hear in the daily news, not every business is experiencing a downturn, and Chandlers Ford business Ugot Ltd is definitely bucking the trend. Ugot is a Home cinema, multi-room audio & video and home control specialist. Bryan Vint and his team offer a comprehensive service from straightforward sales to complete installation and support. Ugot Ltd has been part of Chandlers Ford for nearly seven years has been lucky enough to grow year on year. This year particularly has seen even more interest in their solutions both from within the local community and from the wider area which has enabled them to move into new offices in the centre of Chandlers Ford.

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Life’s Not Fair and sometimes that’s a good thing... I read a story in the Daily Mail yesterday. Now, this could be an article on why reading the Daily Mail is something you should never do, but we don’t have six billion years to kill. Instead I’d like to talk to you about my industry, the music industry, and the fact that people like to complain about it being ‘unfair’. The Daily Mail journalist had been granted exclusive access to this year’s X Factor auditions - like a high-waisted Willy Wonka, Simon Cowell had finally opened up the wrought-iron gates of his Popstar Factory (although of course in this case he was the only creepy orange midget in sight). The journalist described watching the many thousands of wide-eyed hopefuls being herded like cattle into a massive aircraft hangar where they were prodded unceremoniously into anonymous audition pods to perform for invisible TV producer underlings only to be mostly rejected outright, some after waiting twelve hours for their moment. Only those who were extremely good-looking or plain mental made it through. Know what I think of that? Big bloody whoop. I mean, heaven forfend you should have to spend slightly longer than an average working day queuing up for your chance to hop nimbly into literally the most coveted career on the planet. Your feet hurt? Deal with it. I know doctors who work 36 hours straight sewing people’s legs back on with barely a break for a sandwich, and they don’t expect a medal for it. And yes, I know that should you make it through the demoralising selection process the odds of actually striking gold on the other side are still eye-wateringly small, but hey, if you don’t like small odds, you need to get out of the music industry. Something else that hacks me off about these people is that they act as if Going On A Talent

“The Lightyears at Wembley Stadium... lucky fellas. Mind you, you should have been there the time they accidentally headlined that crèche.”

Show is the only way in which you can ‘be a singer’. Well, if you’re stuck for ideas, here’s one go out and sing. That’s all you have to do. Go out and sing, and keep on singing because you love it and because it’s brilliant, not because it means you might one day meet Kim Kardashian. For the love of Moses, you don’t have to be standing in front of Cheryl Cole and a bloated crowd of WKD-fuelled imbeciles baying for either your blood or the inevitable appearance of a buttonnosed orphan with the voice of angel in order to be a musician. We live in a gloriously connected digital world where it’s never been easier to create and perform music, so next time you’re standing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush complaining that Cowell hasn’t turned you into the new Leona yet, question whether you really want it, or whether all you actually want is to be pictured in Hello magazine sitting on a throne kissing a poodle. A young musician recently asked me how my band played Wembley Stadium, and I replied: ‘Go home, pick up your guitar, work hard for ten years and maybe you’ll get lucky’. I didn’t mean it to be cynical; quite the opposite in fact. It’s an insane lottery, is music, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Chris plays piano in South London power-pop band The Lightyears. The Lightyears, voted the UK’s BEST POP/ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, have played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents and released a record with Sting’s producer. Chris has recently completed his first novel, “Mockstars”; a selection of extracts from the book are available to view at by Chris Russell

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Short Story Mouse Town

by Jackie Brewster

Colette phoned Dinah for an autopsy on the break-up. “Chris said it wasn’t working”. “Men!” Colette declared with all the indignation of her 17 years. “Don’t suppose you’ll be going to the fair tonight then?” “No, I’m not really in the mood”. As Dinah hung up, the doorbell rang. Martin stood in the porch, grinning. “My Mum said you needed a chaperone, so here I am”. Dinah pulled on her coat, “I’ve just told Colette I wasn’t going”. “Because you know she thinks I’m a boring geek not to be seen dead with?” Dinah laughed. “How did you guess?” “Call it a man’s intuition”. Dinah and Martin had grown up together; she was used to his odd ways. “If it’s any consolation”, Martin ventured, “I thought you were too good for him”. She rolled her eyes. “Let’s just go”. The evening was crisp as they walked towards town. Family groups with weary children drifted past them, clutching cuddly toys and bags of candy floss. Once they reached the market square they were engulfed in a fog of diesel fumes and frying onions. Carousel horses cantered within inches of shop windows, music thumped from every stall, and above it all hung a Ferris wheel. Martin grabbed her elbow and shouted, “Which of the health and safety infringements should we tackle first?” They staggered from the Waltzers onto the Meteor, followed by the Kamikaze. Dinah laughed helplessly; the fair was spinning her cares away. Soon she was feeling queasy. “Let’s do something gentle”, she said. “I’m rubbish at hook a duck and I have a note from my Mum to excuse me from the ghost train”, Martin said. She giggled. Colette was wrong - Martin wasn’t boring, he was funny. She pointed at a side-show squeezed behind the chemist. “Mouse Town. What’s that?” They slipped through a curtain into a sawdust strewn room. Behind a wooden barrier was a model of a town with streets, houses, a church and even its own fairground. And all the villagers were represented by live mice.


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“It stinks”, Dinah said. “Can they escape?” “No”, Martin smiled. “They don’t even know there is a world outside. Look at them - running about, wrapped up in their own little lives”. They moved slowly round the barrier until once more emerging through a curtain into the fairground. They walked towards the dodgems and spotted Chris and Colette at the back of the queue. Chris’s arm was draped casually over Colette’s shoulder. Hurt and angry Dinah strode towards them. Martin grabbed her arm. “No”, Martin pulled her away. “Let it go”. He steered her up the ramp towards the Big Wheel. Numbly she climbed into a cradle. “How could she do this to me? She’s supposed to be my best friend”, Dinah sobbed. The wheel began to turn and Martin patted his pockets helplessly for a tissue. The cradle rose until they were right at the top. “Look below Dinah”, Martin said, “It’s just like Mouse Town. They’re all scurrying about, not caring what they do or who they hurt”. Dinah looked down. She saw swarms of people. The rides now seemed tiny. Even the music was quieter from up here. “Now, look up”, Martin whispered. Above she saw a dome of twinkling stars. “Only we can see that”. She looked at Martin and saw his kind face, his worried smile. She saw something else there, something wonderful. She couldn’t believe she’d never noticed it before. She offered him her hand. Calmly and graciously he took it in his.


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If I listen carefully I can probably hear you groan when I say that Chandler’s Ford could be moving into yet another new constituency at the next General Election. As you may have heard, the Boundary Commission for England is currently drawing up plans to reduce the size of the House of Commons. This is primarily to equalise the size of all parliamentary constituencies, to ensure each vote has the same weight, and to save the taxpayer money. This requires a re-drawing of all constituencies, including here in Hampshire. Draft proposals, which are out to consultation until December 10th, propose moving the four wards of Chandler’s Ford and Hiltingbury back into the Romsey constituency. If you have a view, you can have your say via the Boundary Commission for England website. For me however, it is business as usual and I have been really busy in Chandler’s Ford lately. My regular surgery continues, I have held a very successful street surgery at the Fryern Arcade as part of my Summer Tour and I held a lively ‘Ask Steve’ session last month at the Dovetail Centre on Winchester Road. Popcorn (the Labrador and I) are attended a very wet Hiltingbury Extravaganza last month at The Hilt. After a break in 2011, we had high hopes for a bumper year to raise some serious cash for good local causes but the weather had other ideas. I just want to say an enormous well done to the Cllr Mike Hughes and all the organisers for responding so well on the day and to all the team for making the event, albeit a bit cramped inside The Hilt, fun and carrying on regardless. October has been Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many of you will know of my work in this area in Parliament as Chair of the All-Party Group. The

exciting news in front of us is that I have secured a meeting in No.10 with the Prime Minister this month at which we will be joined by the three big breast cancer charities in this country. Our focus will be on screening and importance of moving to fully digital screening for women, not just in Hampshire but across England. Look out for more on this on my website or in the local press. Finally, it was a pleasure recently to open the new Yellow Dot Nursery on the boundary between Otterbourne and Chandler’s Ford. My wife Susie and (on his first every official engagement with Dad) little William joined me to cut the ribbon at this absolutely first-class new facility in the parish. I wish Jane and her team every success for the future. If you would like to get in touch on any issue you feel strongly about or need to attend my Chandler’s Ford surgery, please don't hesitate to get in touch via steve. There is also a huge amount of information about my work locally and in Westminster at www.

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DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON and something for all the family so come along an support this annual event.

what’s SOUTHAMPTON ROUND TABLE FIREWORK DISPLAY 3 Nov - Fun fair from 3pm, Fireworks 7.30pm Mayflower Park, Southampton. SO14 2AQ 
 The display this year in Mayflower Park is going back to traditional effects, expect to hear and see massive bangs and vibrant colours from a high aerial effect show. Grand prize draw for pre purchased ticket holders. You can pay on the gate, but you won’t be entered into the draw. Adult £5, over 5 £3, under 5 free.
Local parking only in council car parks and disabled parking at the Holiday Inn. Tickets in advance from Southampton Tourist Information Centre023 8083 3333 or email tourist.information@ FIREWORKS DISPLAY 3 Nov, gates open 6:30 Colden Common Park Spectacular bonfire and professional fireworks display organised by 9th Winchester (Colden Common) Scouts. Guy competition. Hot food, soup and glowsticks on sale. Access to the event on foot with venue closed to traffic. Disabled parking only. Admission by ticket purchased in advance or on the night. Guy competition at 6.45 p.m. Bonfire and Fireworks from 7 p.m. Buy in advance from Colden Common Post Office, Brambridge Store, Colden


Chemist, The Rising Sun, Adult: £4, Child (2 - 16) £1. Or on the night: Adult: £5, Child: £1. Autumn Woodland Walk 4 Nov, 2pm to 4pm The National Trust, Mottisfont SO51 0LP As part of the Woodland Festival and The Great British Walk, join the head of our countryside team as he takes us on a walk around part of the extensive Mottisfont Estate. Learn about our estate and how we care and manage it for future generations. Meet at Spearywell Car Park, Mottisfont. Stout, waterproof footwear and warm clothing is recommended. Tickets £5. Booking essential: tel 01794 340757 Family Concert 4 Nov, 3pm Thornden Concert Hall, C/Ford Southampton City Orchestra present an hour long family friendly concert of music for fireworks and films. Featured will be music for the Royal Fireworks and themes from Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and other Hollywood action blockbusters. Come dressed as your favourite film character, a prize will be awarded to the best costume. £9, £7 concessions; schoolchildren and infants free of charge. Box office: or tel 023 8024 6555.

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Comedy Show 7 Nov, 7:30pm Thornden Concert Hall, C/Ford Kevin Tomlinson comes direct from the Edinburgh Festival with his show called Seven Ages, a comedy theatre about the 7 stages of life. htm. Tickets £7/£5 conc. Box office: or tel 023 8024 6555. ROTARY CONCERT 9 Nov, 7:30 SEE PAGE 19 Chandlers Ford Joint Charities Christmas Market 10 Nov, 9.30am - 12 noon Methodist Church Hall, Winchester Road, C/Ford. The 39th annual Christmas Market features 12 charities selling their own Christmas cards and gifts. There will also be refreshments, a cake stall and a raffle. 50p admission, children free. Parish Fayre 10 Nov 11am St Boniface Church, Hursley Road Grand draw from 2.00 pm with a cash prize of £200, plus many other lovely prizes. Morning coffee and cake from 11.00am and light lunches from 12.30am, there will also be a BBQ. Many stalls to browse around, children's activities

CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR 23 Nov 10am to 12:30pm Woodley Village Hall, School Road, Romsey Jane Scarth House - (Wessex Cancer Trust) is holding this fair. Lots of stalls e.g. cake stands, handbag organisers, homemade jams and relishes. You can also order Christmas door wreaths, flower arrangements and Christmas cakes for collection in December. Entry is free but please support our raffle! Eastleigh Christmas Cracker 2012 24 Nov 2012 Eastleigh town centre A full day of entertainment has been lined up as a curtain raiser to the official switch on of the town’s Christmas lights and fireworks display. Day time attractions will run from 11am until 4pm and include a craft market plus children’s rides and activities. Youngsters will also be able to visit a farm, climb Spider Mountain and a climbing wall to challenge for those with a head for heights. At 5.15pm there will be a Light Parade through the town centre following by the Eastleigh light switch on ending with a spectacular firework display at 6pm. WINTER FESTIVAL Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum, SO31 7HB 25 Nov 10am to 4pm A good chance to come along and choose interesting and unusual Christmas presents for your family and friends. Father Christmas will be stopping off as usual. Good value and fun, families tell us how great it is and really appreciate the setting and the ambiance. The trains will be running for the last time this year, the old machinery

DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON will be cranked up for the last time there is the chance to make a brick, play with clay or simply enjoy a good cup of tea and homemade cake in our cafe. Adults £5, Conc £4, Child £2, Family £12 www.

ability. Your entry fee will help to raise funds, but it is also requested that you raise sponsorship. For more information or a booking form, contact Lucy Ward on 01489 880881 ext 208 or email lucy.

ART, CRAFT AND GIFT FAYRE 25 Nov 10am to 4pm University of Southampton, Staff Social Centre, University Road, SO17 1BJ With over 120 stands, there will be something here for everyone. A wide range of exhibitors will be selling Cards, Handmade Crafts, Jewellery, Pottery, Prints, Handbags and much more. Admission is £2.00 with Children (under 10) free. A choice of snacks will be available for you to purchase during your visit.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 8–20 Dec Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5GA A fantastic festive event for the whole family. Visit the magical forest in our magnificent Chapel to see over 50 brilliantly decorated Christmas Trees, then vote for your favourite. And don't forget to hang your wish on our very special Christmas wishing tree. See a

wonderful nativity scene – made up with various models produced by local schools. There will also be live Christmas music at the weekends. Adults £2, children £1 - under 3s free. Car parking £1.50 for 1 hour (first hour only), £3 per day. 023 8045 5157, areasouth. GEORGE'S TRUST CHRISTMAS CONCERT 15 Dec 7pm Romsey Abbey. All welcome. A concert to celebrate youth in Romsey. Free admission. WEST END SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 16 Dec, 7.30 pm Thornden Hall, Thornden

School, Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2DW West End Singers will be performing their Christmas concert entitled “The Note Before Christmas”. Tickets are available from Ingrid McIntyre 023 80 404881 priced £10 (£9 concession).

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Marine Conservation & the Solent 27 Nov, 7:30pm Chandlers Ford Community Centre, Hursley Road, SO53 2FT Amy Dale, The Trust’s Marine Officer, will give an illustrated talk introducing the wildlife of our coastal area, the work of the Trust, and how to get involved. Admission £2 including refreshments. Contact Barbara Hillier on 023 8026 6786. Contemporary Art & Craft Fair 2 Dec 9 - 4 pm The Hilt, Hiltingbury Recreation Ground. Crafty Women offer local handmade gifts ideal for Christmas. Tea, coffee, homemade soup and cakes. Raffle for local charity. SANTA CYCLE 2 Dec 11 am Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5GA 
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Pickled Newts Investment Club An investment club consists of a group of individuals who meet on a regular basis for the purpose of pooling money and investing in the stock market. They enable members to learn about markets, and exchange ideas with each other. Chandler’s Ford has its own Investment Club, it’s called the Pickled Newts Investment Club (so named after the venue of their early meetings –now the Mitre Portswood). Currently they meet at the Chandler’s Ford Central Club on the first Monday of every month. The club follows an agenda taking in discussion

on the performance of the club’s shares, sales/ purchases, and any shares to be considered for future purchases. There is a stop loss system in place to avoid heavy losses and to lock into any profit. Current membership is eleven and these clubs are normally limited to a maximum of twenty, thus at present there are a possible nine vacancies. The club welcomes new members of all levels of experience from complete novice to life long investor. We also stage social events during the year. New members are required to make an initial contribution of £100. Thereafter all members contribute a monthly direct debit of £25 (or multiples thereof). This money will be invested in shares – hopefully profitably. Any member wishing to resign from the club may withdraw their stake at any time subject to a small brokerage charge. Although results cannot be guaranteed every member is in profit, some would put this down to the benefits of collective decision making. Anyone interested should contact the Chairman Frank Newbery Email franknewbery@ . He would be pleased to arrange a visit so that you could learn more about the club.

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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. 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@ 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 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 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. 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 Creative Writing Group 2nd Friday of each month, 2pm Chandlers Ford Library Wyvern Writers meets on the second Friday of each month, 2-4pm at Chandler's Ford Library. We're a mixture of published and unpublished writers and write in a variety of genres. There's no teacher but we read and critique each other's work and provide help and advice. Come along and join us! Social Club 2nd & 4th Wednesday 8.30pm Stoneham Arms in Bassett Green Road, Southampton Phase II Social & Cultural Club meets on the 2nd and 4th 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. 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.

Widowed Club 2nd Monday of each month 2-4pm C/F Working Men’s Club Social club for widows and widowers. Monthly meeting and trips out. Edith Lidstone 023 8026 9101 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). Over 70s Club Tuesdays 2 pm to 4 pm Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Road The Happy Bunch Club is an over 70’s club for the young at heart. Activities include gentle exercise classes, visiting speakers, musicians or simply tea, chat and laughter. Plus outings. Transport available. Call Jayne 02380 269319 Men’s Keep Fit Tuesdays 11am to 12pm Age Concern Hall, Brownhill Rd Over 50s men’s keep fit and social group. Come along, keep fit, make friends. All shapes and sizes welcome. £3 per session. Call Roy Wreford 02380 268237. Languages French - 1st Weds 10am Spanish - 2nd Weds 10am Dovetail Centre Local groups meet to practise French and Spanish conversation. The discussions are always friendly and informal and there are no fees. So come along and join us, whatever your level. For more information, please contact Derek on 023 8026 8953 or Kieran on 023 8026 7107 Art Group 4th Wednesday 7:30pm Chandler’s Ford Art Group meet at 7.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month except August and December in the Community Hall, Hursley Rd, next to St Boniface Church. Visitors and new members welcome. 023 8026 5760 www.


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:

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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 023 8027 6361 or Kevin Houston Kevin 023 8027 6396


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


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

Chemist Numbers

Asda Pharmacy, Bournemouth Road Tel: 023 8027 7390 Mon/Tues/Weds - 8.00am - 9.00pm, Thurs/Fri - 8am - 10pm, Sat - 8am - 8pm, Sun - 10am - 4pm. Bank Hols - 9.00am - 6pm. Boots the Chemist, 4-5 Fryern Arcade, Tel:023 8025 2751 Opening hours/rota: Mon/Tues - 8.30am - 6pm, Weds/Thurs/Fri - 8.30am - 6.30pm, Sat -8.30am - 5.30pm. Day Lewis, 95 Hiltingbury Road, SO53 5NQ. Tel: 023 8025 3063 Mon - Fri - 8.30am - 6pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm. Falkland Pharmacy, 1 Falkland Court, SO53 3GA. Tel:023 8025 4344 Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri - 9am - 1pm, 2pm - 6.30pm Weds 9am - 1pm, 6pm - 7pm Sat - 9am -1pm, 2pm - 5.30pm Lloyds Pharmacy, 21 Hursley Road, SO53 2FS. Tel: 023 8025 4252 Mon - Fri - 9am - 6.30pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm Park Pharmacy, 3 Pilgrims Close, Valley Park, SO53 4TQ. Tel: 023 8026 3908 Mon - Fri - 8.45am - 6.30pm, Sat - 9am - 1pm

Church Numbers

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

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Library Times Oakmount Road, Chandler’s Ford, 0845 6035631 Mon/Wed/Fri: 9am - 5pm, Tue/Thur: 9am - 7pm Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

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

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School Holidays

All dates taken from - education/schools/schoolholidays Autumn Term Half Term: Mon 29/10/12 - Fri 2/11/12 Christmas Holiday: Mon 24/12/12 - Fri 4/1/13 Spring Term Half Term: Mon 18/2/13 – Fri 22/2/13 Easter: Fri 29/3/13 to Friday 12/4/13 (inc.) Summer Term Half Term: Mon 27/5/13 - Fri 31/5/13

Chandlers Ford MP

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

Sustainable Transport

For all rail, ferry, bus and underground information click on index.htm or call 0871 200 22 33 or visit www. For all cycle routes in Chandlers Ford and neighbouring areas visit

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: Accord Accountants Arlington Accountants Ltd Kirkcaldy Accountancy Ltd Aerials: Aerial Fix DJ Satellites & Aerials Air Conditioning: ALB Electrical Appliance Repair: 123 Domestic Appliances Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Premier Electrics Architect: Andrew Johns Auction House: Bonhams Babysitter: Hailey Tinson Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Aapka Beauty Salon Bobby Dazzlers Nails & Beauty Caroline’s Mystique Beauty Blinds & Curtains: Designing for Style Material Things Shading Places Solent Blinds & Curtains Co Ltd Waterside Blinds Boilers: See Plumbing Bookkeeper: Gibbons Bookkeeping Service Ltd Helen Boyd Ltd Car Service/Repair- See Garage Svcs Carpenter: Crown Carpentry J Maguire Carpentry Services Kiwi Carpentry Oakwood Carpentry & Maintenance Carpet Cleaning: Abbey Cleaning Elliott Carpet Care Carpet & Flooring: G E Nicholls Iain Duthie Floorings Catering Services: Bay Leaves Larder Children’s Tuition: English Upgrades Kip McGrath Chimney Sweep: Green Sweeps Cleaning Services: Done 'n' Dusted Computer Services: Chandlers Ford Computer Care Home Computer Help RSJ Computer Services Widenet Conservatories: Live-in Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd Curtains: The Curtain Design House Delicatessen: Bay Leaves Larder Dentist: Fryern Dental Smile Vital Family Dental Care Westfield Dental Practice


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Domestic Appliance: 63 123 Domestic Appliances 71 Advanced Appliance Care 55 JP Appliances 68 Premier Electrics Double Glazing Inst/Repairs: Live-in Design 88 Pennington Jones (HI) Ltd 28 Windowmenda 22 Education: Fryern Infant School 51 Electrician: ALB Electrical 70 Ampfield Electrical 65 EEC247 55 GJ Rhodes Electrical 68 Knightwood Electrics 26 Estate Agent: Jonathan Rees 41-48 Fencing Services: All Terrain Fencing & Decking Ltd 35 CF Handyman Fencing Services 31 Colourfence 27 Terry Flynn 32 Funeral Services: Nigel Guilder 21 Furniture: Deane 3 From Old to New 11 Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors 33 Garage Services: 73 Auto Assistance 76 Belbins Garage 75 Independent VW 76 NB Service Station 68 Robinsons Vehicle Maintenance Garden Design & Services: 33 Adapt Landscapes 35 All In One 35 All Terrain Fencing & Decking Ltd C/Ford Garden Services 31 Enviro 34 Garden Design by Mo Mariner 35 Greenkeeper 32 J.L. Tree Care 31 79 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Gdn Svc 34 Lakewood Tree Surgeons 31 Martin Royer Garden Design 33 One Man Went To Mow 78 Premier Garden Designs 32 Romsey Stump 32 Terry Flynn 34 Valley Park Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing Hairdresser: Joanne Russell Freelance Hairdresser 78 40 The Old Forge Hair Salon Health & Fitness: 39 Bodysound 78 Orchid Massage & Natural Therapies Health Services: Hampshire Hearing Ctre 21 57 Holidays: Holiday Properties 78 House Clearance: The Bookman Kitchens: Ashmore Kitchens 5 Dream Doors 8 Homeseal 17 Knightwood Kitchens 4 New Forest Stone 12 Re-Nu Kitchens 13 Logs: Lakewood Logs 22 Loft Conversion: Charrett & Sons 16 Music Tuition: Dovecote Piano 49

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Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svc Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): Darren Eckton Handy Man & Decorator Darren Liggett M Fyall Design & Co Prestige Painting SBR Decorating Ltd SJ Penney VHN Decorating W.A.G. Decorating Services Ltd Pet Services: Pet Pals Plasterer: A Y Plastering C B Plastering Services Plasterforce Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Ace Plumbing Ltd Aqualogic Plumbing & Heating Aquatec DN Plumbing Services First Call Heating Ltd Gair Gas Gas Elite Graham Jones Plumbing & Heating Mike Chivers Premier Bathrooms Tom Mitchell Plumbing TP Watts Podiatrist: Jon Callen Property Maintenance & Improvements: A Wilmott All In One CDN Handyman Services CF Handyman Services Dell Developments Handy Man Hero Homeseal KCB Handyman Services M Fyall Design & Co MH Building Services S & R Property Services The Flat Pack People The Handyman Your Local Odd Job Man Restaurant/Bar: King Rufus Schools: Fryern Infant School Singing Lessons: Jan Solar Panels: Energy My Way Solicitor: Eric Robinson Solicitors Tiling & Tile Supplier: AT Ceramics Premier Bathrooms & Tiles Tree Surgery: See Garden Tuition (Children’s): Dovecote Piano English Upgrades Kip McGrath Upholstery: From Old to New Material Things Veterinary: Cats@Seadown The Village Vet Web Design: Bloody Gravity Window Repair: Windowmenda

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