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Hello and Welcome We often entertain our teenage children with stories of how life was when we grew up. Their favourite topic is tales of the world without computers and mobile phones, and of great amusement is the thought that the phone wouldn’t fit in your pocket. If you remember, because of the power they used, all mobile phones were fitted into cars. The first one I used which was truly mobile had a battery pack which was the size and weight of a large shoebox filled with lead. And the first laptop computer I was given by my employers wasn’t really portable…so heavy, it was at best ‘transportable’. So many people do say that it was a simpler world then, but having the ability to work from home, to stay in touch with friends and family, to buy online and have it delivered to my door and to find out almost anything I want to instantly is fantastic. One of the other things I love about the internet is that we can have a team of people working on the magazines and it doesn’t matter where they live. Our designer Heather is in Scotland, our

administrator Lauren lives in Kent and Marina, our short story illustrator, lives in Serbia. Still there is a limit. We all still need local tradespeople, gardeners, hairdressers, garages and – of course – someone to fix our computers when they go wrong. And that’s what this magazine is all about. A choice of services in one handy guide and two pages this month of events, for the days when you feel like interacting with the real world rather than just the virtual one! Tania PS: Following on from my article in your last magazine, I have added more updates to my weight loss blog at www.discoveryourtoes.co.uk.

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25 years? It’s O-fish-ial! In February 1988 - 25 years ago - Shane Lee opened J-Henry's Fish & Chips in Hedge End. Shane had been in the trade since he was 14 years old and moved to the area from London with his wife Beverley and two children. In the 25 years since not only has Shane added two more children and five grandchildren, but he has served a lot of fish and chips! All four children are involved in the family business. And the shop needs quite a big staff to keep it going as they are open 7 nights a week, only closing Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, this year Shane is considering opening at Christmas for a couple of hours to

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feed the homeless and anyone who is on their own. His support of the community in previous years has included raising over £10,000 for the fishermen’s over £1000 for theand as J-HENRY’S Fish & Chipsmission, are celebrating their 25th anniversary a thank you to all their customers over the many years have included Countess Mountbatten hospice in 2011 and some vouchers in the advert below for you to take advantage of. J-Henry’s to FishHedge & Chips in Hedge End first opened in February 1988, £1000 End Rangers mini soccer team. when Shane Lee (then 23), Beverley (his wife), and son and daughter John-Henry and Ellie-Jayne, moved down from London. Shane took the big step by opening his first shop after being in the same trade since he was 14 years old. Shane now has four children and by the time you read this five grandchildren. J-Henry’s Fish & Chips is definitely a family affair as all four children and parents help with the running of the shop on a daily basis. Shane would like to give each and everyone of his team of staff and family a huge thank you for all of their support. J-Henry’s Fish & Chips opens 7 nights a week including bank holidays – only closing Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, this year Shane is considering opening this Christmas for a couple of hours to feed the homeless and to anyone who is on their own for free of charge. Shane is big on fund raising in the local community, having raised over £10,000 for the fishermen’s mission. Shane has also raised over £1000 for the Countess Mountbatten hospice in 2011 and has donated £1000 to Hedge End Rangers mini soccer team. Fish and chips have been around for over 150 years which makes it one of the best loved British foods of all time. Today almost 300 million portions are sold in Britain each year. Shane puts his success down to using the highest quality products with friendly staff served in a clean environment. Shane also has ongoing offers such as free chips with any fish purchased Mon-Thurs lunchtimes and lunchtime specials from £1.49. J-Henry’s also specialise in outside functions offering free delivery, free cutlery packs and free condiments from 10 meals to 300. Shane cannot believe where the time has gone and says, “Here’s to the next 25 years.”

Fish and chips have been around for over 150 years which makes it one of the best loved British foods of all time. But as Shane told us "Our success is down to using the highest quality products, friendly staff and a clean environment. We rely on repeat trade and customers only come again if what we serve tastes great."

Of course we all like an offer too and J-Henry's have ongoing promotions such as free chips with any fish purchased Mon-Thurs lunchtimes and lunchtime specials from £1.49.

Shane would like to give each and every one of his team of staff and family a huge thank you for their support and of course the same to his loyal customers. Here's to the next 25 years!

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Porsche Cayenne GTS You want a 911, but need more space and would rather have the commanding view of the road a 4x4 offers. Is the Porsche Cayenne the answer? We find out… What is it?

It’s a Cayenne – Porsche’s roughty toughty off-roader – but one that’s had a dose of steroids and some glitter liberally applied to its bodywork. Slotting into the range between the V8 S and the Turbo, the GTS comes with more focus and power and some distinctive styling options.

What’s under the bonnet?

A rather raucous 4.8-litre V8 that’s been uprated from 394bhp to 414bhp and boasts 515Nm of torque. Performance is far from the Turbo’s though; the GTS will hit 60mph in 5.7s and go on to 162mph. It sounds pretty special getting there though! Everything else has been on the sharpening block – the steering is crisper, the eight-speed gearbox shifts quicker, and the lowered ride height gives it an added edge on the road.

What’s the kit like?

Is it any good?

Although it’s incredibly quick and sounds tremendous, it can feel a little bit stressed out at times. By that we mean it feels on edge, twitchy even – perhaps the added sharpness has given it a little too much bite. However, there’s no doubting it has real presence on the road – it’s just the styling might not suit all tastes.

The verdict

We like the GTS treatment given to most Porsches. The 997 911 really benefitted from the work over, and the Panamera GTS we tried after this Cayenne worked fantastically well too. However, the off-roader doesn’t feel quite right in this guise. It’s quick and sounds incredible, but feels like it’s pretending to be something that it’s not.

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Pretty impressive, but like all Porsches you’ll soon rack up Ford Fiesta-sized bills on the options. A communications pack costs £2,157, 21-inch black alloys are £1,513 and even the red paint will set you back £1,619. Our test car had a total of £13,760 worth of goodies…ouch.

Model: Porsche Cayenne GTS

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Max speed: 162mph

The ageing Range Rover Sport puts up a pretty good fight, but we’ve never tried a Rangie that sounds as good as this GTS. Audi will soon be at the party with its SQ models, but that’s yet to be applied to its Q7. For a left field there’s always the Infiniti Vettel Edition, but that’s very expensive in comparison. So, not much choice out there at the moment.

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Townhill Park House - Home of The Gregg School A seat of learning, a testament to timeless British architecture, a sanitary sanctuary for injured servicemen and women and, of course, a family home. Townhill Park House has transcended time in numerous guises but through all has retained a certain proud and majestic heritage. The use of this grand and prestigious house has changed many times and yet unlike many of its contemporary buildings, Townhill Park House remains a building of generous proportions and designed beauty. The house itself has undergone many changes but nothing can take away the heritage and deep history that lies behind the heavy oak doors that guard, retain and hide the identity of the house. In its formative days, Townhill Park House was part of the original manor farm and later during the late 1700s it was converted to become a gentleman’s residence. By 1897 Townhill Park House was acquired by the first Lord Swaythling, Ivor Montagu for his eldest son and heir, Louis Montagu, for the impending marriage of Louis to Lady Gladys Goldsmid. On the death of his father, Louis became the second Lord Swaythling. In 1911 Louis Montagu started a programme of improvement and renovation for Townhill Park House. Louis employed the eminent young architect, Leonard Rome Guthrie who oversaw improvements and renovations to the building. Louis also employed the famous garden designer and horticulturalist of the time, Gertrude Jekyll, to establish the detailed gardens, designing framed views, yew hedging, dry stone walling and the magnificent sunken

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garden. Together they planned, built and created the gardens that surrounded the house. In 1927 the house was occupied by the third Lord Swaythling, Stuart - son of Lord Louis - after his father’s death. Lord Stuart moved into the house with his wife Lady Mary. When the Second World War broke out in 1939, Lord Stuart loaned the house to the Red Cross, where it became a convalescent home for soldiers. After the war in 1948, Lord and Lady Swaythling divorced and Townhill Park House and the estates were sold. The estates were divided into lots and most were bought for housing development. However, the house and 30 acres were bought by Middlesex County Council. Under the ownership of Middlesex County Council, the House was used as a residential boarding school for girls; the use remained unchanged until 1970. In the years from 1970-85, Townhill Park House afforded yet another use as it provided a suitable location for a hostel for Merchant Navy cadets. After the Cadets left occupation in 1984, the hostel closed and the estate ownership changed again, this time being acquired by Hampshire County Council. The House was then briefly used as a conference centre until 1994, when the expanding Gregg School acquired the house and grounds to provide a facility of education and learning. Today Townhill Park House is flourishing under the ownership of ‘The Gregg’ and is benefiting from the school’s efforts to regenerate the property to its former glory.

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Short Story The Easter Egg Hunt Valerie waved as her daughter’s car pulled off the drive, leaving her with two pink overnight bags and a list of instructions which she knew she would ignore. In the lounge her granddaughters were pulling cushions off the sofa in search of the remote control. “Margot, Bonny”, she called, “Mummy said no TV”. The girls drooped visibly. “Well, maybe later, but first”, she clapped her hands, “how about an Easter egg hunt?” No chocolate had been second on the list. The girls excitedly pulled on their coats. “Here’s a basket each”. She opened the back door. “Let’s see what we can find”. Les, Valerie’s neighbour, appeared at the fence wearing a monocle and a fez. “Hello Uncle Les”, Margot called. “Like your funny glasses”. “I have a wobbly tooth”, Bonny added. “Excellent.” Les replied. “Enjoy the hunt”. The girls had keen eyes and soon found all the chocolate eggs hidden in the flower beds. “Look Grandma”, Margot called from the vegetable patch. Valerie was just as amazed as her granddaughters to see a giant bean stalk. It was eight feet tall and made out of papier-mâché. “I wonder how that got there?” Valerie asked. “This must be where Jack planted his magic beans”, Margot said with authority. “Look!” Bonny pointed under the rhubarb leaves. “A golden egg.” “The giant’s goose laid it”, Margot announced as the girls rolled the egg onto the path. Something else glinted in the soil. The girls knelt down and began to dig, unearthing a pile of golden chocolate coins. “The giant’s treasure”, Margot whispered. The girls hurriedly filled their baskets, concerned that the giant might make an appearance. “Can we go inside and eat our chocolate Grandma?” The girls chimed together. “Pretty please?” “Of course”, Valerie laughed. “Make sure you wipe the soil off first”. “Thanks Grandma”. Bonny popped a coin into

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Valerie’s pocket and dashed after Margot into the house. In the kitchen Valerie switched the kettle on. Summoned by the sound like a genie in a lamp, Les appeared at the back door. “East egg hunt was a success I take it?” he asked, settling himself down at the kitchen table and removing his fez. “Thanks to you”, Valerie smiled. “You’re welcome darling”. Les made a bow. “Those props from the pantomime were just gathering dust in my shed. I thought they might spice things up”. Valerie put two mugs of coffee on the table. “They certainly did. Your beanstalk, golden egg and coins mixed with a child’s imagination; what could be better?” Les’s monocle popped out. “I didn’t plant any coins”. They exchanged quizzical glances and Valerie fished the coin out of her pocket. Les wiped the soil from it. “My dear”, he held it up to the light. “This is a real gold coin, possibly Roman”. Valerie took the coin. It was heavy and gleamed as though it had been minted yesterday. “How many did the girls find?” Les asked. “I don’t know”, Valerie said feeling excited. “A dozen?” “And where are they now?” A sharp cry of pain shook the walls and made Valerie and Les jump. They searched for the girls and found them behind the sofa with their baskets. Margot had her arm around Bonny who had tears rolling down her cheeks. In her palm Bonny held something tiny and white. “She couldn’t get the foil off the coin so she bit it”, Margot explained calmly. “And now her wobbly tooth’s fallen out”. “Do you think the tooth fairy will come to your house Grandma?” Bonny sobbed. “My dear”, Les exclaimed. “I’d say she’s already been”. By Jackie Brewster

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what’s EASTER STORY WALK 2 Apr 10.30am-12noon or 1-2.30pm Swanwick Lakes Centre, Sopwith Way, Swanwick SO31 7AY Come for a wander at Swanwick Lakes and help us tell spectacular stories and tall tales. A hands-on event for families. Contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240. Please bring warm outdoor clothing and wellies. Booking is essential as places are limited. Suggested donation £3 per child.

COME AND TRY IT ORIENTEERING EVENT 13 Apr, 10am – 12.30pm The Gregg School, SO18 2GF Ideal for families, beginners and the more experienced orienteers. Coaching and guidance available. Adults £4, Juniors £2. Contact 07570 627716.

HAMPSHIRE OPEN GARDENS 13 & 14 Apr 1pm to 5pm Swanmore For several years Swanmore has been throwing open many of its beautiful gardens to the public. We aim for 15 different gardens NEWTOWN EASTER EGG HUNT with 10 open on any one day, ranging from small cottage gems 3 Apr, 11.30am - 3pm to large country house gardens. West Walk, Hundred Acres The cost includes parking and the Road, Newton, PO17 6JD use of a hop-on-hop-off minibus Find 10 coloured eggs around a circular walk. Refreshments, lucky for those that do not wish to use their own cars. Refreshments dip, face painting and a toy sale. £2.50 per child including chocolate. and superb homemade cakes are available, plants are on sale at a Contact 01329 833 017. number of venues and we operate ALRESFORD ART AND CRAFT a plant creche at The Paterson SHOW Centre. Typical routes for walkers 6 Apr, 10am – 4.30pm and cyclists are 3-4 miles and Alresford Community Centre, walkers can use many footpaths West Street, SO24 9AG to avoid roads. If tired hop on the Crafts will include silk flowers, free minibus. To find us just follow stained and leaded glasswork, the OPEN GARDENS direction beaded jewellery, pottery, turned arrows, Tickets from 12:30 at The woodwork, textiles and hand made Paterson Centre SO32 2PA . £6 per notebooks, bespoke handcrafted adult or £10 for weekend ticket cards, photography, cakes and Accompanied children (under 15) free. Enquiries: 01489-892750 or chocolates, original watercolours jsharpe@talktalk.net. stbarnabas. and handcrafted memory books. org.uk Contact 01252 724968.

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COUNTRY EXPERIENCE DAY 14 Apr 10am to 4pm Meon Springs, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HW Bring the family for a day out in the country. Have a go at Fly Fishing, Clay Shooting, Archery and Air Rifles. Visit the working farm, ride a tractor and a pony and see the cows being milked. View our Yurt Village, available for luxury camping holidays over the Summer and learn from a range of demonstrations and workshops Farming, Dog Training, Fly Fishing. Dogs & Children welcome £5.00 per adult - Children Free. www. meonsprings.com/country-day CHARITY THAI BANQUET IN AID OF SMILE4WESSEX APPEAL 18 Apr, 7pm – 11pm Kuti’s Royal Thai Pier, Gate House, Town Quay, SO14 2AQ A fabulous Thai Banquet to celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, and to raise funds for the Smile4Wessex Children's Neurosciences Centre Appeal. Tickets £19.95. Contact 023 8079 8882 or info@smile4wessex.org. BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC TALK 19 Apr, 7pm St Peter’s Church, Soberton, SO32 3PJ 70th Anniversary Commemoration illustrated talk, act of remembrance

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and refreshments. Tickets £7.50 adult/£3 child/free to veterans holding Atlantic Star with proceeds shared equally between Friends of St Peter's and Royal British Legion. Obtainable from Droxford Post Office or Chairman FOSP, Downlands, Station Road, Soberton, SO32 3QU (01489 877237); cheques payable to 'Friends of St Peter's Soberton', enclosing stamped addressed envelope for their return. Also available at door subject to space available. Book early to avoid disappointment. HOLYWELL HOUSE BLUEBELL WALK FOR CANINE PARTNERS 20 Apr, 10am and 11.30am Holywell House, Swanmore, SO32, 2QE Walks are 2-3 miles long. Free parking on site. BBQ, children’ quiz, cake sale, plant stall and merchandise. £6 adults, £2 child, £14 family. Contact Libby Rome on 01730 716 013 or libbyr@ caninepartners.org.uk. PHOTOGRAPHY ’PHOTOWALK’ IN SOUTHAMPTON 20 Apr, 11am – 2pm SO14 3JS A leisurely excursion with a camera looking at interesting buildings and streetscape – “Capturing British Heritage & History”. No previous knowledge required. Suitable for all types of camera. £14. Contact 07970034498. DOG’S DAY OUT 20 Apr 2pm to 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park SO31 5GA How clever is your dog? Bring him/her along to our Obedience Olympics and/or have a go at our agility course! Plus a selection of stalls and activities for all dog lovers. Free entry – but please register your dog, in advance, if you want to enter the competition,. www3.hants.gov.uk/rvcp


DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON TITCHFIELD ART & CRAFT SHOW 20 & 21 Apr 10am to 5pm Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street, Titchfield, Fareham PO14 4AB A popular local event that enables Artists, Photographers and Crafts People from Hampshire and beyond to exhibit and sell their paintings, photographs and local craft. We also hold a Childrens Art competition in conjunction with our local schools. All proceeds go to our Community Centre. www. titchfieldartandcraftshow.co.uk/ FREE WEEKEND AT MOTTISFONT HOUSE 20 – 21 Apr Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Free entry for all this weekend! Visit us and learn about the conservation work we do here.

ORIENTEERING EVENT 27 Apr 10am to 12:30 Pear Tree Green SO19 7RF Part of Southampton Orienteering Club's Summer Series. Ideal families, beginners and the more experienced orienteers. Coaching and guidance available. Run round the course like a hare or walk around like a tortoise! Enjoy yourself in the lovely Hampshire countryside. Adults £4. Juniors £2. 07570 627716. www. southampton-orienteers.org.uk DENMEAD BRASS SPRING CONCERT 27 Apr 7:30pm Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville PO8 8RG Denmead Brass have another of their popular concerts on Saturday 27 April 2013, 7.30pm at Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville. A traditional brass

Photography Celebrations Winchester Photographic Society is celebrating its 80th Annual Open Photographic Exhibition this year. Around 280 images will be on show at the City Space in the Discovery Centre, Winchester, from the 20th April to 12th May 2013.

band with strong community links the concert will have something for everyone in the programme. Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5) available on the door or in advance from Sarah on 07776 420535 www.denmeadbrass.org.uk BRAMDEAN & HINTON AMPNER WI TABLE TOP SALE 27 Apr, 2pm – 4pm Bramdean Village Hall, SO24 0JN Local groups and craftspeople will be selling their wares. Tea and delicious homemade cakes served by the local WI. Free admission. THE COTTAGE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS Sun 5, Mon 6, Sat 11, Sun 12 May (2-6). The Cottage, Chandler’s Ford Hampshire SO53 1ES ¾ acre. Azaleas, bog garden, camellias, dogwoods,

erythroniums, free-range bantams, geraniums, hostas, irises, jasmines, kitchen garden, landscaping began in 1950, maintained by owners. New planting, osmunda, ponds, quiz for children, rhododendrons, sun and shade, trilliums, unusual plants, viburnums, wildlife areas, exuberant foliage, yr-round interest, zantedeschia. £3, Children free. 02380 254521. Visitors welcome by appointment Apr to May. Open for charity.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR MORE WHAT’S ON: www.visit-hampshire.co.uk www.hants.gov.uk/events.htm http://www.southampton. gov.uk/news-events/events/ home.asp www.wherecanwego.com

to attend its first meeting. Around 40 people requested membership including the Headmaster of Winchester College, who became the first President of the Society. During its 90 years, the Society has seen photography develop from being a pastime which could only enjoyed by the wealthy to the popular hobby it has become today.

The aim of the Society is The People's Favourite Picture from our There will be 170 framed prints hung to promote all types of 2012 Exhibition: Winchester High Street at Christmas by Tony Smith, ARPS DPAGB. and over 100 projected images which photography and encourage will be seen on a TV screen. There are members to learn and improve 15 classes which include specific topics such as their techniques. There is a lot of expertise Natural History, Human Portraits and Hampshire in the club and members willingly share their Landscape. knowledge. The Society is also celebrating its 90th birthday this year. Set up in 1923 by a local chemist, Mr F Heathcote Wride, members were recruited by writing a letter to the Hampshire Chronicle asking professional and amateur photographers

The weekly season runs from September to May, every Tuesday at 7.30 pm at the Winchester Discovery Centre and new members are always welcome. Full information is given on our website www.winphotosoc.co.uk.

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Aerials: DJ Satellites & Aerials Appliance Repair: Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Bathrooms: See Plumbing Blinds & Curtains: Broadview The Blind Business Waterside Blinds Builder: R & G Gamblin General Builders Butcher: Bishops Waltham Butcher Childcare: Play Away Children's Tuition: Kip McGrath Children's Wear: Etikett Computer Services: Home Computer Help Plates PCS Conservatories: Britannia Conservatories Dentist: Acorn Dental Health

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Fencing: Colourfence Fish & Chip Shops: Best Fry J-Henry's Fish & Chips

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Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Gair Gas Gas Appliance Solutions J & D Humphrey Ltd NHP (Romsey) Ltd Tom Mitchell Plumbing TP Watts Printer: Warwick Printing Company Property Maintenance & Improvements: Dell Developments Dream Doors Homeseal R & G Gamblin General Builders Vision Security: TLS Security Solar Panels: Energy My Way Takeaway: Best Fry J-Henry's Fish & Chips Taxi: Links Private Hire Tree Surgery: See Garden Tuition: Kip McGrath Upholstery: Pont Furnishings Veterinary: Hedge End Veterinary Health Centre Window Cleaning: Clear Vision

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Transport Solent Blue Line Buses   023 8061 8233 Bluestar Buses   023 8061 8233 National Rail Helpline     0845 748 4950 Uni-Link               023 8059 5974 First Bus               023 8022 4854 School HOLIDAYS All dates taken from - www3.hants.gov.uk/education/schools/ schoolholidays Spring term Easter Holiday Fri 29 Mar 2013 to Fri 12 Apr 2013 Summer term Summer Term: Mon 15 Apr 2013 to Tue 23 Jul 2013 Summer Half Term Holiday: Mon 27 May 2013 to Fri 31 May 2013

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