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the cider harvest October’s apple crop and real cider

the great outdoors identifying mushrooms in the autumnal forest

eating in try our delicious recipe for chicken dhansak


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Although it isn’t obvious from the cover, behind the scenes at Discover Meon Valley there has been a big change. Until September the magazine was run by Adrian Bird. However, Adrian had decided during the summer that he wanted to pursue some other business interests and had looked for a new owner. Offering a successful, well established and very popular community magazine, it didn’t take too long to find someone, and that is me. My name is Tania Houston and I’m the new editor of Discover Meon Valley. This is not a new ‘job’ to me though because I’ve been publishing a very similar publication in Chandlers Ford for over seven years, so I was fortunate to be able to hit the ground running – albeit any takeover will inevitably meet a few hurdles along the way. I’m not doing this by myself though, I’m glad to say. The other picture above is of Melanie Tinson who is the first contact for any advertising and distribution enquiries. Again Melanie also runs a magazine, The Southampton Directory, which is delivered to homes in Botley and Hedge End all the way over to Totton. Although Melanie and I are the main people in the business, we also have a great support team with Heather our designer, Kevin (my husband) who helps out generally and does the hard work of dropping off the boxes to the distributors, and of course the distributors themselves. One of the features that has always been really popular in other areas is that of local history. If you have lived in this area for many years and can remember things being different we would really love to hear from you. Or maybe you just have some old photos – it would be so wonderful to be able to share these with other Meon Valley residents. Until next month Tania Houston, Editor.


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Food – Chicken Dhansak


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Fun quiz – Nursery Rhymes


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Puzzles – Crossword and Pictogram


Poet’s Corner - What Mum Always Said


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Information – Local events


Information – Useful numbers


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This warming curry is perfect for a chilly Autumn evening. It’s a fairly mild dish, but if you prefer something a little hotter, add a chopped red or green chilli pepper to the minced onion mixture. The ingredients needed are...


Place the onion, garlic and ginger in a food processor or blender and whizz for a few seconds until finely minced.


Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan and fry the minced onion mixture for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden brown. Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute.


Cut the chicken fillets into large chunks and add to the frying pan. Cook over a medium heat until no longer pink. Stir in the red lentils and stock or water. Cover and simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 30-35 minutes until the chicken and lentils are tender.


2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped

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Salt and freshly ground black pepper


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stuff that pretends to be a lot more authentic than it actually is. Made from frozen concentrate, much of it imported; watered down; sterile-filtered; pasteurised; artificially carbonated – well, millions of people like it, so I must be wrong; but to me cider is a vintage product made from 100% apple juice (or pear juice, in which it’s properly called perry), allowed to ferment slowly over the winter until it stops fizzing, and served in its natural form without being filtered, pasteurised, and carbonated. It’s a very different drink from Magner’s, believe me. One thing people find strange is that it’s still (not flat) rather than fizzy; they’re also intrigued by the incredible range of flavours that come from the different blends of cider apples favoured by each maker. I generally work behind the cider bar at the annual CAMRA beer festivals in St Neots and St Ives, and my experience is that novice drinkers are a bit shocked by their first taste of the real stuff, but that nearly all of them come back for more, try a taster of every different cider we have (normally seven or eight), and go home wishing they could find farmhouse cider in their own locals and supermarkets. You can’t, of course. Some of the ciders you find on the high street are better than others, but even reputable independent makers have had to carbonate and tone down their products to take account of the popular taste for fizz; and genuine farmhouse ciders are too “niche” (horrible word!) for the mainstream retailers. But perhaps it’s a good thing that you can’t: the very elusiveness of real cider, unless you’re lucky enough to live in the west, is a strong part of its mystique. And being the snob that I am, of course, I’d probably stop drinking it if just anybody could get hold of it. by Ted Bruning

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The end of summer is unmistakably upon us. Cooler, greyer, darker earlier. Heavy dew in the morning. Autumn beckons. The departure of summer can be depressing, but autumn has much to offer. The landscape is beautiful, especially in the more rural areas of the Meon Valley, and with the extra good fortune of having the New Forest on our doorstep, which can be ablaze with yellow, gold and red. Autumn is, of course, the time of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Late blackberries, chestnuts, mushrooms, hazelnuts, rosehips – and sloes (which will make gin in time for Christmas). Fungi are mainly autumnal. In woodlands and forests, you can find a wonderful variety of mushrooms, toadstools, earth balls, puffballs and bracket fungi. But even with experience and modern field guides, identifying them can be tricky and time-consuming. Mycologists (botanists who specialise in fungi) use scientific names as a matter of routine. English names have been coined for some of the better known mushrooms and toadstools: Shaggy Caps (also known as Lawyer’s Wigs), Parasols, the Oyster Mushroom, the Beefsteak Mushroom, the Penny Bun – to say nothing of the Death Cap and the Destroying Angel. In truth, I’ve seldom heard these allegedly popular names used. There are thousands of different species of mushroom and toadstool. A few are edible and delicious. A few are poisonous, some fatal. The great majority lie somewhere in between: not very nice, but not harmful either. If you want to experiment with some of the edible species, there are plenty of books available to help you identify them. But remember that the only really safe way is to identify with certainty anything you’re going to eat. Disregard all those old saws about blackening sixpences or being nibbled by rabbits. Some of the deadliest species can be eaten with impunity by other mammals. I’ve tried a dozen or so species over the years, but for my money there’s little to beat the traditional mushroom family, Agaricus. There’s a variety of closely related species in the family, but the one to watch out for is the so-called Yellow Stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus). Looking like a horse mushroom, this species immediately turns bright yellow when cut or

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Playing, building, digging, counting, climbing, making, drawing, writing, painting, listening, singing, growing and learning

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Tel: 07913 640795

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D I S C O V E R WH A T ’ S O N tour for children (6-12y). Each child receives a goody bag to fill up along the way while. Night-time broomstick flying lessons in the schoolyard! £6.50 per child, £3.50 /adult.. 01489 787055 (B)

what’s Autumn Pumpkin Festival and Scarecrow Avenue Sat 8 Oct 12.00 – 5.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Rd, Netley Abbey, SO31 5EY Food, drink, music, dance, Big Draw art, crafts, flower arranging workshops, gardening advice and produce, storytelling, games, stall. Bring your own Scarecrow for our Scarecrow Avenue. Wear a decorated Autumn hat or enter the children’s Scarecrow fancy dress competition. Adults £2, children 50p. Car parking charges apply. Seed Gathering Sunday Sun 9 Oct 11.00am Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane Burseldon, SO31 1BH Help the Countryside Ranger collect seeds from the Country Park and plant them to benefit the local wildlife. Advance booking essential. £4 (adults) £1 (child). 01489 787055. Hampex 2011 Sat 15 Oct, 10.00 Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham PO17 5AL Stamp and Postal History Fair with more than 25 dealers, a Junior Workshop and a large competitive display of stamps and postal history. Free entry.


Classical Music Concert Sun 16 Oct 2.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Rd, Netley Abbey, SO31 5EY Enjoy a concert of classical music, played by the Southern Camerata Orchestra, in the wonderful setting of our Heritage Visitor Centre. Includes Shumann’s Rhenish Symphony. £8 (advance). Children free. 023 80 455157 & 023 80 552656. Antiques & Collectables Sun 16 Oct, 10:30 to 4pm Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham Details from Dave 023 8086 9058 Fungus Foray Sun 16 Oct 2.00pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane Burseldon, Southampton, SO31 1BH A guided walk with local expert Phil Budd. Learn tips on mushroom and toadstool identification.. £4 (adults), £1 (child). 01489 787055 (B) Jewellery Workshop Mon 17 Oct 10.00am Eastleigh Library, Swan Centre, Eastleigh, SO50 5SF Each session will feature a new technique. £10 (conc available) and £5 materials. 02380 612646 (B)

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Halloween Festival 22-30 October Marwell Wildlife, Thompsons Lane, Colden Common SO21 1JH Prepare to be spooked…Meet a tarantula, lose yourself in our eerie maze, enjoy creepy storytelling or carve your own pumpkin. Visit www.marwell. for programme. Gruesome Make-up Workshop Mon 24 Oct 10.00am Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Rd, Netley Abbey, SO31 5EY Soldiers on the battlefield? Patients in the hospitals? How do they make those gory wounds so realistic on TV and in the movies? £4-£5. 023 8045 5157 (B) Frankenstein Tues 25 & Wed 26 Oct 7.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Rd, Netley Abbey, SO31 5EY A stage version of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic tale of the ultimate act of creation spiralling out of control. Age 12+. £8 (advance) £10 (on the night). 023 8045 5157. Manor Farm Trick or Treat Thurs 27 Oct 6.00pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane Burseldon, Southampton, SO31 1BH Light-hearted evening guided

Baby & Children’s Nearly New Sale Sat 29 Oct, 11.00am-12.30pm Wallington Village Hall, Broadcut, Wallington, PO16 8ST Get there early to grab the best bargains! Enjoy some delicious homemade cake in our ’Pop Up Tea Room’ RSPCA Christmas Fayre Sat 5 Nov, 10.00-3.00pm Lockswood Community Centre, Centre Way, Locks Heath SO31 6DX An early opportunity to stock up on stocking fillers from many charity stallholders including the Cat Protection Society. Crafts at Fort Purbrook Sat 5 Nov to Sun 6 Nov 10.30am to 4.30pm each day. Fort Purbrook, Portsdown Hill Road, Portsdown Hill, Nr Cosham, PO6 1BJ Craftsmen & women from all over the country will be showing their work and demonstrating their great variety of skills. Plus a unique opportunity to tour the Fort’s underground tunnels and FREE children’s shows. Adults £3, Seniors £2.50 & Accompanied under 16’s FREE (B) = Booking essential Remember to tell us about your events, so we can tell our readers! email events@ discovermeonvalley. or call us on: 01489 590024


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events WALKS FOR HEALTH Every Thursday 10.15 BishopsWaltham Square, contact Lydia Lockhart 01962 848925 UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE Tuesday twice monthly 1.30 – 3.30 Wickham Community Hall Contact 01489 892499 MODERN JIVE CLASSES Every Tuesday @ 8pm & 9pm Soberton Village Hall. Call Janet 0786 0929 827 THE HEALING TRUST Healing Centre at Priory Park Hall, Bishops Waltham. Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 10am til 12 noon Marjorie Nutland 01329 832637 SOUL CONNECTIONS – SPIRITUAL GROUP Priory Park Hall, Bishops Waltham. 3rd Sunday each Month, £5.00 Sue Murray 01489 799740 NETBALL GROUP We train every Wednesday 5.30pm -7pm at Swanmore College of Technology First session would be free. Call Dee 07979917202 BISHOPS WALTHAM BADMINTON CLUB Monday 7pm - 9.30pm (club night) Thurs & Friday 7.30 -10pm (match nights) Contact Rob Palmer 07812 759021 secretary@bishopswalthambc. com, BELLY DANCING – JUBILEE HALL Every Saturday 10.30 – 12pm Jenny Butcher 01489 894915


LUNCH CLUB E very Monday Jubilee Hall 1pm to 2pm Christine Argyle 01489 894054 Tuesday Gwyn West 01489 891663 Thurs Gill Stainer 01489 893384 CIRCUIT TRAINING Every Monday 1.30 - 2.30pm Every Friday 10.00 - 11.00am For Ladies only at The Jubilee Hall John Smith 07724300965 PILATES Mondays Jubilee Hall 6.15 - 7.30pm & 7.45 - 8.45pm For intermediates & Beginners. Thursday 9.15 – 10.30am Intemediate Call Louise Bond 01962 813330 COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30 – 11.00am Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham DRAMA GROUP Every Monday at Jubilee Hall 4pm - 5.15pm (Junior) & 5.15pm - 6.30pm (Senior) Second youth centre – Helena Fox 01962 844600 ART CLASSES Every Wed 9am - 4pm Helena Hines COMMIT TO GET FIT Tuesday 7.30pm-8.30pm Circuits Tuesday 6.30pm-7.25pm Pilates Wed 10.30am - 11.15am Active Seniors Wed 6.30pm - 8.30pm Body Blitz See page 12 for more info or call Carole Batten-Rutter 02380 695136 MOBILE LIBRARY WICKHAM SQUARE Tuesday 9.15am – 12.45pm

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BW YOUNG FARMERS CLUB 14-26 yrs – Thurs Anne 860236 GARDENING CLUB Memberships only £6 call Keith Fry 01489 893755 JUBILEE WRITERS Thursday (Twice Monthly) 2pm – 4pm at the Stables Hall, Bishops Waltham Elizabeth watt 01489 892224 WICKHAM CENTRE Three Bears Playgroup every morning 9am – 12.30pm Scouts Monday 7 – 9pm Keep Fit Monday 6 – 7pm Rifle Club Monday 7.30 – 9pm Saturdays 10am – 12noon Ladies Circuits Tues 10 – 11am Scallywags Dog Training Tues 6.30pm Wickham Indoor Bowling Tues & Friday 7.30pm Brownies Tuesday 4.45pm Church Room Lunch Club 11.30am Wednesday, Church Room Cubs Wednesdays 6.30 – 8pm Beavers Thursday 6 – 7pm Home Start Mother & Toddler Friday 9 –12 noon Poppins Play Group Thursday Yoga Class (Wickham & Swanmore) Wednesdays 10am - 11.30am. Thursdays 7.45pm - 9.15pm. Events also held at Swanmore Village Hall, Thursday 10am - 11.30am Paula Dixon 01489 891079

For details of how to have your event listed here email melanie@ Charities and some other groups are listed without charge. MEON VALLEY FLOWER CLUB Demos, workshops at Meonstoke Village Hall Ann Hammant 01730 829469 EVENTS AT SWANMORE Swanmore Baby & Toddler Group Every Tuesday (term-time only) 10.00am – 11.30am Swanmore Village Hall Contact Wendy Pilton 01489 890694 Weight Watchers Tuesday 6pm – 7pm Jubilee Hall Contact Wendy Pilton 07725 653603 Saturday 10am-11am Swanmore Methodist Church Contact Wendy Pilton 07725 653603 Yoga Class Swanmore College of Technology Tuesday Evenings 7.30pm - 8.30pm Beginners/Intermediates. Mats supplied, pay as you go or block option. Contact Natalie Penniall on 01489 895915. Private classses available also. PILATES Wednesday 7pm - 8pm Knowle Village Hall. Thursday 4pm - 5pm Soberton Village Hall. Friday 10am - 11am Wickham. Centre. Carrie 07854 413352 SLIMMING WORLD Wednesday 5.15pm & 7.15pm Wickham Centre Also at - United Free Church, Upper Basingwell Street, Bishops Waltham. Thursday at 9.30am Carole 01329 517119



numbers LOCAL DOCTORS NHS Direct (24hr helpline) 0845 4647 Hemming & Partners, Lower Lane, Bishop’s Waltham 01489 892288 Wickham Group Surgery Station Road Wickham 01329 833121 Acorn Medical Church Lane Curdridge 01489 782488 Fareham Health Centre 01329 823456 Gudge Heath Lane Fareham 01329 280887 LOCAL SCHOOLS Bishop’s Waltham Infants 01489 892375 Newtown Infants 01329 833161 Curdridge Primary 01489 782613 Droxford Juniors 01489 877537 Bishop’s Waltham Juniors 01489 892368 Meonstoke 01489 877568 St. Johns Primary 01329 833141 Swanmore Primary 01489 894555 Wickham Primary 01329 833065 Swanmore College 01489 892256 Rookesbury Park 01329 833108 Upham Primary 01489 860355

Durley Primary 01489 860207 Wyvern Technology College 02380 692679 Kings School 01962 861161 LOCAL LIBRARY bishopswaltham Bishop’s Waltham Library Bank Street 0845 603 5631 Opening Times Monday: Closed Tuesday: 1pm – 7pm Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm Thursday: Closed Friday: 9.30am – 5pm Saturday: 9.30am – 1pm LOCAL CHEMISTS Rowlands Pharmacy 7 High Street, Botley 01489 782065 Mon to Fri 9am – 5.30pm Sat 9am – 1pm Boots Pharmacy High Street Bishop’s Waltham SO32 1AB 01489 892603 Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 9am – 6pm Wed & Sat 9am – 5pm Sun – Closed Lloyds Pharmacy High Street Bishop’s Waltham SO32 1AB 01489 892499 Mon to Fri 8.30am – 6pm Sat 8.30am – 5pm Sun – Closed Birchall & Haydock The Square Wickham PO17 5JQ 01329 832115 9am all days Wed & Sat 5.30pm finish Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri 6.30pm. Sunday – closed

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Autumn Half Term Mon 20/10/11 - Fri 28/10/11 Christmas Mon 19/12/11 - Mon 2/1/12 Spring Half Term Mon 13/2/12 - Fri 17/2/12 Easter Holiday Mon 2/4/12 - Fri 13/4/12 Summer Half Term Mon 4/6/12 - Fri 8/6/12 Summer Holiday Tue 24/7/12 - Fri 31/8/12

Winchester City Council 01962 840222 Wickham Council 01329 835019 clerkwickham@parish. Boarhunt 02392 264528 Southwick & Widley 023 8046 3228

PARISH COUNCILS Bishops Waltham 01489 892323 parishclerk@ bishopswalthamparishcouncil. www.bishopswalthamparish Upham 01489 860236 Durley 01489 860236 Soberton 01489 877378 Droxford 01489 878768 Shedfield 01329 830060 www.shedfieldparishcouncil. Swanmore 01489 890651 Email: clerk@ www.swanmoreparishcouncil. Hampshire City Council 01962 841841

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Bishops Waltham 01489 896376 Wickham Community Centre Fareham 01329 223119 EMERGENCIES Police, Fire or Ambulance Services Dial 999 Police (Incident Reports) 0845 045 45 45 Portsmouth Water Fresh Water Supply 02392 499888 (Main switchboard) Portsmouth Water Leaks to Report 02392 477999 (Out of hours 24hr) Southern Water – Sewage 0845 272 0845 Southern Water – Tech Support 0845 278 0845 Gas – National Grid (If you smell gas, then call us immediately) 0800 111 999 Electricity 0845 7708090

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DISCOVER INDEX For Advertisers offering multiple property services look under Property Maintenance, otherwise see specific trade e.g. electrician, carpenter etc. 32 Aerials: Denmead Aerials & Satellites Appliance Repair: Advanced Appliance Repairs 28 20 Architect: Town & Country Architecture

Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Baytree Beauty Essential Beauty Blinds & Curtains: Pont Furnishings Solent Blinds & Curtains Co Ltd Waterside Blinds Builder: R & G Gamblin General Builders Butcher: Bishops Waltham Butchers Car Sales: BTA Car Sales Ltd Car Service/Repair- See Garage Svcs Carpenter: Foster Carpentry Services Carpet Cleaning: Meridian Carpets Carpet & Flooring: Vecks Flooring Ltd Chimney Sweep: Pebble Beach Sweeps Computer Services: Plates PCS Dentist: Simon Smyth Dentistry Whites Dental Care Education: Waltham Chase Pre-School Electrician: Assure Electrical Ltd D.Daniel Electrical Svcs Ltd Estate Agent: Dunhill Property Fencing Services: C.Hawke Fencing

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Financial Services: In-Home Legal Services Retirement & Investement Solutions Funeral Director: Nigel Chamberlain & Partners Ltd Town & Country Memorials Ltd Furniture: Country Attic Pont Furnishings Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Solent Garage Doors Garage Services: BTA Car Sales Ltd Scuffs 2 Scratches Garden Design & Services: Arbor-Call Tree Surgeons C.Hawke Fencing Greener Ways Irrigation Greenkeeper Jim Collins Groundworks Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden M. TreeScape Woodleigh Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing Gifts: Acacia Country Attic Golf Club: Wickham Park Grocers: Budgens

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Kitchens: Kitchen & Bathroom Transformations


CROSSWORD Across: 1 Mascot, 7 Wrestler, 8 Sum, 9 Marian, 10 Cord, 11 Carat, 13 Snooker, 15 Octagon, 17 Tiger, 21 Epic, 22 Taurus, 23 Kit, 24 Knitwear, 25 Doctor. Down: 1 Mosaic, 2 Summer, 3 Twain, 4 Pennant, 5 Stucco, 6 Reprieve, 12 Al Capone, 14 Loathed, 16 Alcott, 18 Gasket, 19 Rafter, 20 Guard. FUN QUIZ - NURSERY RHYMES 1. Wednesday, 2. The cow, 3. 1 o'clock ("the clock struck one, the mouse ran down"), 4. And Then There Were None, 5. The old woman who lived in a shoe, 6. The farmer's wife, 7. Full of woe, 8. The Secret Garden, 9. A crooked cat, 10. Butcher, baker and candlestick maker PICTOGRAM 1. Robin Hood, 2. Keeping Up With The Joneses, 3. Paper Over The Cracks w w w. d i s c o v e r m e o n v a l l e y.c o.u k

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Health & Fitness: Commit 2 Get Fit Health Services: All Mobility Housing: A2Dominion



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Letting Services: A2Dominion Dunhill Property

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Office Furniture: Haywood Office Services


Paint Course: J’adore La Maison Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): RHP Design Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Pipe Dreams Tom Mitchell Plumbing TP Watts Property Maintenance & Improvements: J.S. Roofing Jim Collins Groundworks Kithcen & Bathroom Transformations RHP Design R & G Gamblin General Builders



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Restaurant: Bahn Thai The George & Falcon

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School: Waltham Chase Pre-School Solar Panels: Finesse Energy Ltd

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Tree Surgery: See Garden Upholstery: Meridian Carpets & Upholstery Clean. Pont Furnishings Veterinary: Shield Veterinary Centre Waste Disposal: Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal

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Shared ownership, also known as part-buy, part-rent, is a scheme to help people who can’t afford to buy a property outright on the open market. It’s perfect for first time buyers or those past homeowners looking to get back on the property ladder.

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Show Home Open Thursday to Monday 10am – 4pm *£63,600 quoted for a 40% share of a two bedroom apartment, full market price £159,000. Affordable monthly rent of £218.63 payable on the share not owned. Service charges are in addition. All prices correct at the time of going to print (September 2011). Your home is at risk if you fail to keep up payments on a mortgage, rent or loan secured on it. A2Dominion New Homes is a trading name of the A2Dominion Housing Group Ltd, an exempt charity (I&P Soc. No. 28985R, TSA Reg. L4240) and its legal subsidiaries.

October 2011 Discover Meon Valley  
October 2011 Discover Meon Valley  

A5 local magazine in the Meon Valley area