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SEPTEMBER 2011

new monthly favourites health fenugreek beauty - makeup trends this autumn books refreshing best short stories

travel treat visit the beautiful Phnom Penh, Cambodia

try our recipe delicious cherry fudge to try at home

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Discover Meon Valley is published on a monthly basis.The magazine are distributed by our own team our local distributors to households throughout the Meon Valley. Magazines are also delivered to businesses inside and outside of the Meon Valley and copies are available at local supermarkets, retailers, good independent newsagents, hotels, restaurants, bars, petrol stations, golf clubs. We aim to provide a high end magazine at a low end cost, and to inspire and to inform our readers through high quality designs and standards. We work closely with our advertisers to maximise their opportunity for response. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any retrieval system in any form – electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise – without the prior permission the publisher.

Last month we had a fantastic competition, for a free round golf for 4 people! Kindly donated by Wickham Park Golf and the winner is Mr Ian Martino of Bishop’s Waltham. ....and remember we also launched a competition for Shoo Hoo of Bishop’s Waltham, by giving away £150 in gift vouchers! All you had to do for your chance to win one of these Fantastic Prizes is to decorate the Shoo Hoo Owl! The winners are Lily Rockcliffe (age 0-6yrs) for Amy Owl, Ester Riley (age 7-10 yrs) for Lester Owl. Well done to both of you!! £50 Vouchers will be winging their way to you very soon. For full results and also extra prizes for runners up please see www.shoo-hoo.co.uk. I would also personally like to say thank you to everyone for continuing to support the monthly competitions and this publication, without local support it wouldn’t be such a huge success, Have a great month and we’ll see you next time – Adrian Bird & The Discover Team.

CONTENTS Books – Some of the best..short stories

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Travel – Find out about Cambodia

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Food – Delicious Cherry Fudge

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Puzzles – The Brain Trainer

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Property – Decorate a Conservatory

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Home – Cold House? Motoring - Quiet Disasters

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Wildlife – Use your eyes & ears

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Gardening - Start planting Now!

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Beauty – Guaranteed Glamour

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Cartoon – Something hilarious!

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Publisher: Discover Magazines Ltd

Health – Your health: Fenugreek

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Trademarks/Copyright of Discover name and logo, editorial content and magazine layout owned and licensed by Adrian Bird (UK) Ltd

Information – Local events

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Information – Useful numbers

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DISCOVER BOOKS

Some of the best...

short stories Want to read more but never seem able to find the time? Our collection of fantastic short story books features something for everyone – the perfect way to become involved in a high-impact or touching tale, when all you have is twenty minutes.

Collected Short Stories by Roald dahl A complete collection of dark, twisted and fantastically written short stories, this is perfect for teenagers and adults. With over fifty lingering tales, this book contains favourites such as ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, where a guilty wife attempts to conceal the murder of her husband by feeding the only evidence to the police. Genius!

The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Although this is more of a novella, it is one of the greatest short stories: dark, captivating and with a torrent of hidden meaning flowing beneath the surface. Beautifully written and darkly magical, it’s a must-read.

The Anti-Colouring Book by Susan Striker For creative little minds, this is a must-have, packed with ideas and inspiration to encourage children to expand their minds and develop their artistic ability. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka This wonderful story tells the tale of Gregor Samsa, who one day wakes up to find that he has turned into an insect. Exploring the themes of man and the natural world, alienation and morality, this tale is darkly funny and brilliantly written. Sleep by Roddy Doyle For an introduction to this charming Irish writer, Sleep is a lovely text, in which a husband admires his sleeping wife and reflects upon his life with her. Despite the brevity of the tale, Doyle develops strong characters,

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Oscar Wilde’s Stories for all ages by Stephen Fry & Oscar Wilde This wonderful collection combines some of the best tales of Oscar Wilde, presented in a beautifully illustrated book, featuring a foreword and introduction to each story by his biggest fan, Stephen Fry. For first time visitors to Wilde’s work, ‘The Selfish Giant’ is a must-read, telling the enchanting story of a giant who lives perpetually in Winter, until he allows children into his castle and his heart.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte perkins Gilman This is the brilliantly written account of postnatal depression in the Victorian era, recounting the decline of a young woman’s mental health and the lack of understanding from her family as she is imprisoned in a room of her house. Both sinister and desperately sad, this will grip any reader until the very last line. l


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DISCOVER TRAVEL

a beautiful place to visit

Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s beguiling capital. Sizzling in the sun or drenched in monsoon rain, Phnom Penh takes you by surprise. Chaotic and relaxed all in one, with bustling lanes and tree-lined boulevards, Buddhist temples, exotic markets and three rivers, the Mekong, the Bassac and the Sap, meeting within sight of the Royal Palace. The Mekong is the stuff of legends but it is the Sap which flows closest to the city and gives it a particular charm. There are fishing craft painted like rainbows, houseboats, fast ferries to Angkor Wat, cargo vessels, sampans and frail tourist boats bobbing at anchor. Sail down to the Mekong and you discover bamboo houses along the shore and floating villages where children dive in brown waters and fishermen haul in their nets in the setting sun. The city roofs glow coppery gold across the water and when the cool evening breeze sweeps along the promenade, locals come down to the river, friends holding hands, families sharing a picnic, hawkers selling incense and lotus bloom for the shrines. Flags from many nations fly high above it all and across

Sisowath Quay, outdoor cafés with plush cushions and rattan chairs add a whiff of colonial days. Phnom Penh’s main attractions are conveniently close to the waterfront. Built during the French protectorate, the Royal Palace is a delightful oasis of lawns and trees, dotted with colonnades, spires and overlapping roofs. You find a pavilion donated by Napoleon III, an ‘Emerald Buddha’ made of crystal and a Pagoda claiming 5000 silver tiles, mostly tucked under a carpet. Visiting monks pose for photographs among the bougainvillea and marvel at the lofty flourishes of Khmer architecture. Others head for the nearby National Museum and its fabulous treasures displayed in a maze of lotus ponds and open galleries.

Today, Buddhism is back after the dark Pol Pot years and spirit houses and temples pop up all over town. Most popular is Wat Phnom, perched on the only hill around. On this spot some 600 years ago, Lady Penh found sacred Buddha images, thus giving the city its name, the hill (Phnom) of Penh. City folk climb up the steps, past mythological lions and snakes, to burn incense and make a wish. Fortune tellers make a brisk trade, monkeys scamper on the slopes and the resident elephant waits for his next ride around the park. Phnom Penh is easy to explore on foot, as long as you don’t cross too many roads. Streets are on a grid pattern, enclosed by Parisian-style boulevards fragrant with frangipani. You find gold

shops and shoe-shine boys, tailors and printers working on the pavements, smoke-filled barbecues and honking traffic ready to pounce at countdown lights. Rickshaws and bicycles weave through it all, laden with multicoloured balloons or household goods, orangerobed monks carry alms bowls and umbrellas and now and then a wedding party files through an entrance draped in lilies and silver bananas. What looks like bottles of squash at the roadside is motorbike fuel. The old French Quarter is worth a peep for its leafy lanes and stylish mansions but for local colour, the markets are a must, whether you are looking for fresh fruit or fried spiders, bags, books, clocks, silk, fake designer goods or stone carvings. Bargaining is

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DISCOVER FOOD

september recipe

cherry

fudge This home-made fudge is a delicious sweet treat that kids will love and is great for a Hallowe’en treat. You can replace the cherries with raisins, chopped stem ginger or chopped nuts.

Delicious anytime! 1 Place the sugar in a large heavy-based pan with the butter, milk and evaporated milk. Heat gently, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved. 2 Bring the mixture to the boil, without stirring, and continue to boil until the mixture reaches 116C/240F on a sugar thermometer (see tip). Stir the boiling mixture occasionally to prevent it from sticking. 3 Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla essence and chopped glace cherries. Beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture is stiff, grainy and paler in colour. 4 Quickly pour the mixture into a greased 18cm (7in) square shallow cake tin. Leave until almost set then mark into squares. When completely cold, cut or break into the squares. Store the fudge in an airtight container.

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The ingredients needed are... Makes approx 550g (1¼ lb) 450g (1lb) granulated sugar 75g (3oz) butter 150ml (1/4pt) milk 170g can evaporated milk 1 tsp pure vanilla extract 100g (4oz) glace cherries, chopped

H TOP TIP If you don’t have a sugar thermometer, place a jug of very cold water by the hob. After boiling the fudge mixture for about 5 minutes, drop a teaspoonful of the hot syrup into the water. If the syrup forms a ball which you can roll between your fingers then its ready – if not, boil for a further few minutes then test again.


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DISCOVER PROPERTY

decorate a conservatory A conservatory extends summer through to winter and creates the perfect link between the house and the garden. But how do you ensure that this is a truly versatile room, one that’s useable all year round and that suits your look and your lifestyle?Katherine Sorrell looks at ways to make your conservatory a space that’s functional, beautiful and great to be in. Building a conservatory is one of the most popular home improvements. But aside from the question of whether it will add value to your property, will it add value to your life? A good place to start is with the overall colour scheme. By painting the walls the same colour as the adjacent room, you’ll ensure that the conservatory really feels like part of your home, rather than a last-minute addition. Use the floor, too, as a bridge between the conservatory and the house. Tiled, slate, stone and terracotta floors are beautiful but tend to be rather cold and hard underfoot, so it would be a great idea to scatter one or two rugs to add instant warmth and character, perhaps in a colour used in the next room so as to create a visual link. With the background colours, textures and patterns established, it’s time to consider the key pieces of furniture – probably a comfortable sofa and some armchairs, perhaps a dining table and chairs – and soft furnishings. Many people choose rattan furniture for a conservatory, and it can look fabulous, adding a touch of exotic, Far Eastern style to the room. To emphasise this look, accessorise with wooden boxes with large brass handles (handy for coffee tables), woven baskets, carved-stone buddhas or elephants, paper lanterns and carved-wood mirrors. For blinds, cushions and throws, choose fabrics in sand, mustard, deep red, orange and earthy brown. Alternatively, you could aim for a cool, New England look by teaming white-painted rattan with cottons and linens in plains and checks, tongue-and-groove cabinetry and simple floor and table lamps with pale fabric shades. Or go for a soft, English country look by adding chintzy cushions, painted ceramics, botanical prints, delicate chandeliers and vases of informally arranged flowers. Another favourite in a conservatory is metal furniture, though it’s best to avoid chairs and tables specifically designed for the garden, as they can

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look unsophisticated and clumsy; instead, opt for curly, decorative metalwork, which looks really pretty, especially painted in a soft pastel colour. Team with toile de Jouy fabrics, old metal café signs, oversized chocolate mugs, painted wall clocks and enamelware with French lettering for a conservatory à la Francais. For a more contemporary effect, faux wicker furniture (for both inside and out) now comes in all sorts of vivid colours and surprisingly sculptural shapes, while high-tech fabrics, which resist staining and fading and are water-resistant, allow you to include upholstered furniture – so you could go for long and lean sofas, or European-inspired, modular forms. The finishing touches for this look should be sleek, chic and minimal – an oversized floor lamp, perhaps; a piece or two in acrylic (maybe a curved coffee table or a dining chair), a modern chandelier and maybe some framed black-and-white photographs. And there you have it: glamorous or laid back, traditional or modern, the decoration of your conservatory can reflect your personal style and really make this room an integral part of your home. Use your conservatory all year round Heating is essential if you plan to use your conservatory in winter, and this is something that’s ideally considered at the planning stage – though a retrofit is always possible. The options are simply to extend your current central heating to the conservatory, placing radiators against the dwarf walls, or to fit underfloor heating, in the form of either warm-water pipes or electric cables. Some systems use convectors, set under the perimeter of the floor and covered with decorative grilles. In the summer months, your main consideration will be to keep the conservatory cool enough to be pleasant to sit in. As well as opening windows and vents, you can provide a cool waft of air with a central ceiling fan, and block dazzling sunlight with blinds, which will control the heat in the summer and insulate in the winter. Choose from pleated, roller or roman blinds, vertical and Venetians, wood-weave or simple calico, in colours to suit your décor. l


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DISCOVER HOME

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DISCOVER MOTORING

quiet disasters

Here we take a look at the top of the flops CAR makers. Give them their due, they normally produce some rather good motors. But occasionally – very occasionally – disasters that should have remained in the design studio slip through the net. Here we take a look at the top of the flops. Renault Koleos You only have to look over the fence to sister firm Nissan to see that crossovers can be successful – try and order a Qashqai or Juke now and you’ll be looking at a rather long wait. So it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the Renault Koleos flopped. Renault launched it in 2008 and by 2010 it had been axed, selling just 2,890. The Qashqai, by comparison, sold 9,253 models in March alone. Nissan Cube The Cube has been a cult hit for years with unofficial imports snapped up by style conscious buyers keen for something unique. So when Nissan decided to bring the latest model to the UK officially in 2009, it was sure it had a hit on its hands. Unfortunately, the maker gave it little publicity, it was expensive and soon became too costly to import from Japan. 1,000 were sold which Nissan says was ‘over its estimate’. We don’t believe them. Citroen C6 We all know that large French saloons haven’t been the most popular cars in Britain. Despite this, Citroen launched the C6 in 2006 with phrases like ‘free-thinking’, ‘svelte’, and ‘unmistakable’ in its marketing bumpf. From its launch to the end of 2010, Citroen sold just 889 units – the E60 BMW 5 Series sold ten times as many in the same period. But Citroen always said it had expectations the C6 would find homes ‘in the hundreds, rather than thousands’. Chrysler Crossfire Launched with great fanfare in 2003, the Crossfire was Chrysler’s sports car for the masses. Based on the firstgeneration Mercedes SLK, it came in coupe and convertible forms with retro American styling. However, only 4,544 units were sold in five years, and the Crossfire quietly died in 2008. In contrast the SLK sold 4,362 units in 2004 alone. Subaru Tribeca Like Renault, Subaru believed it needed an SUV in its range. So, in 2006, along came the Tribeca. Intended to offer a ‘practical SUV with great handling and a sporty drive’ it failed to find buyers. A face-lift in 2008 did nothing to improve sales and it bowed out that year with just 750 sold. In contrast, the Volvo XC90 – a car Subaru was competing with – sold 11,897 units in the same three years. Toyota Urban Cruiser The Toyota Urban Cruiser went on sale in May 2009. Designed to meet a ‘growing demand for vehicles that are cut out for life on urban roads’ it didn’t do the job. Sales at the end of 2010 were 3,017 – the maker had planed to shift 2,000 units a year. Mercedes-Benz R-Class Billed as a car that combined ‘an SUV, sports saloon, and luxury estate car’ into one package, the Mercedes R-Class arrived in 2005 hoping to carve a niche of its own. It was such a niche that few Brits bought it, and even a makeover in 2010 did little to improve the 3,433 sales clocked up so far. Mercedes says those numbers are ‘in-line with expectations’, but we’re not so sure about that…

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DISCOVER WILDLIFE

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start planting now! Start Planting Now for a Great Display of Spring Flowering Bulbs, Pippa Greenwood I love this month, not least because it gives me carte blanche for thinking about something I adore: spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils and other narcissus. Why? Because for best results the bulbs for these spring delights need to be planted in the autumn. Planted from now onwards, they have a good chance to grow roots and start to build up energy for making a great display next spring. Choose your daffodils carefully and you can have a display starting in late winter (from varieties such as ‘February Gold’) right through until mid-spring. When looking through the selection in catalogues or on garden centre shelves, just check flowering times which will be clearly indicated on the pack. Sometimes this will be as numerals rather than actual dates. For example, February to March could be indicated as 2-3 or sometimes even II-III. Spring flowering bulbs are generally completely hardy in our climate so unless hit by serious extremes of weather (such as prolonged flooding), they will keep coming year after year. There should be planting depths written on the packs of bulbs you buy or order, but if not it is generally better to plant slightly too deep rather than too shallowly. As a guide, I would advise planting at roughly three times the height of the bulb. If planted too shallowly they don’t perform so well and are more likely to be accidentally dug up when you’re planting other things. Buying larger quantities of bulbs usually makes them significantly cheaper per bulb and there are always multi-pack offers to be found, so shop about and choose carefully, but whatever you go for, unless you choose the very elite super-pricey bulbs, they’ll represent superb value for money. If you’re looking to plant a large expanse, perhaps a bank or the area along the sides of the drive, go for daffodils by the sack rather than by the bag. I’m a real fan of crocus – choose from purple, lilac, striped, cream, yellow, orange or white. They’re very good value, but here’s a word of warning – I always find that the super-bargain priced mega-bags of crocus contain a lot of yellow and orange crocus which the sparrows love to shred. It’s better value to pay a little more for smaller single colour bags and avoid the yellows and oranges. Once established, spring bulbs multiply quite rapidly, so you should end up with more than you started with – this means it’s important to plant at the suggested distances apart, even if it may feel a little sparse for the first year or two. If you want a high-impact look from the start, then you can plant a little closer than suggested, but bear in mind the bulbs will become congested and need lifting and replanting all the sooner.

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Spring flowering bulbs need little attention once established – just give them an occasional feed and once the clumps become congested, divide and replant them to give each bulb more space so it can fulfil its potential. Where to grow them: Try simple daffodils like ‘Carlton’, ‘King Alfred’ or English bluebells grown in random plantings, scattered and then planted where they fall, beneath trees in your garden. They’ll look great and often produce a really good display beneath the outer spread of trees where it may otherwise be difficult to encourage much else to grow. Shrubs and even climbers can also be used for naturalised bulb plantings, but because they’re smaller, grow the more diminutive bulbs such as miniature Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’, ‘Hawera’, ‘Peeping Tom’, rich blue grape hyacinths or delicate Chinodoxa. On steep banks where gardening is difficult, why not grow masses of bulbs? Planting on the near vertical may be tricky, but once there you can enjoy the display for years to come. Pots or other good-looking containers make great homes for bulbs. If you’ve fallen for anything particularly small or expensive, pots can be the answer and will mean you can enjoy and not lose those tiny spring bulb jewels amongst their larger relatives. Larger planters including tubs and window boxes are brilliant for bulbs too – try a host of golden daffodils in a smart blue pot, some delicate dwarf iris or Iris reticulata in a window box or pot on the front steps where you’ll be able to enjoy their good looks and their subtle perfume. Whichever type of spring bulb you have in mind, and wherever you intend to grow them, start planning and buying now so that they can be in the ground promptly.


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Raising money for Waltham Chase Pre-School

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• A welcoming, safe and stimulating environment. • Dedicated indoor and outdoor play areas • Individual care and attention with low adult to child ratios and Key Person system • An excellent opportunity to start your child’s learning curriculum supported by expert staff and a wide range of activities. • A smooth transition into Infant School

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your health: fenugreek The word fenugreek means ‘Greek hay’ and the green parts of the bean-like plant are used as cattle fodder in the east. The powerfully aromatic seeds of this plant have many uses. A favourite spice in India, fenugreek is added to most curries, used in mango chutney and adds a kick to vegetable dishes. It’s even used to make spicy bread and hot drinks. Fenugreek seeds are incredibly hard and almost impossible to grind. However, roasting them lightly makes crushing them using a pestle and mortar slightly easier. Alternatively, soak the seeds overnight in water to soften them and make a paste. Only use a small amount as the

flavour can be overpowering. Medicinal uses of fenugreek include making poultices for boils and cysts. The spice contains an expectorant which helps with sinus congestion. It is also undergoing studies to prove claims that it lowers blood pressure and reduces blood sugar levels, so may be used in the future to treat diabetes when combined with insulin. As well as its culinary and medical uses, fenugreek is employed as a vivid yellow dye and was once one of the many ingredients used by the Egyptians for embalming.

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events WALKS FOR HEALTH Every Thursday 10.15 Bishops Waltham 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 @ 8 and 9pm Soberton Village Hall. See page 24 for more details Or 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 at Priory Park Hall, Bishops Waltham. 3rd Sunday each Month, £5.00 Sue Murray 01489 799740 www.suemurrayhealing.co.uk NETBALL GROUP We train every Wednesday 5.30-7.00 at Swanmore College of Technology First session would be free. Call Dee 07979917202 BISHOPS WALTHAM BADMINTON CLUB M onday 7.00-9.30pm (club night) Thursday and Friday 7.30 –10pm (match nights) Contact Rob Palmer 07812 759021 secretary@bishopswalthambc. com, bishopswalthambc.com

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BELLY DANCING – JUBILEE HALL Every Saturday 10.30 – 12pm Jenny Butcher 01489 894915 LUNCH CLUB Every Monday Jubilee Hall from 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 4-5.15pm (Junior) & 5.15 – 6.30pm (Senior) Second youth centre – Helena Fox 01962 844600 ART CLASSES Every Wed 9 – 4pm Helena Hines COMMIT TO GET FIT Tuesday 7.30 – 8.30pm Circuits Tuesday 6.30 – 7.25pm Pilates Wed 10.30 – 11.15am Active Seniors Wed 6.30 – 8.30pm Body Blitz See page for more info or call Carole Batten-Rutter 02380 695136

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MOBILE LIBRARY WICKHAM SQUARE Tuesday 9.15am – 12.45pm BW YOUNG FARMERS CLUB 14-26 yrs – Thurs Anne 860236 MEON VALLEY FLOWER CLUB Demo’s, workshops at Meonstoke Village Hall Ann Hammant 01730 829469 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 www.wickhamcentre.org.uk 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

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Poppins Play Group Thursday Yoga Class (Wickham & Swanmore) Wednesdays at 10am to 11.30am. Thursdays at 7.45pm to 9.15pm. Events also held at Swanmore Village Hall, Thursday at 10am to 11.30am Paula Dixon 01489 891079 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 PILATES Wed - 7pm-8pm - Knowle Village Hall. Thurs 4pm-5pm - Soberton Village Hall & Fri 10am-11am Wickham Centre. Carrie 07854 413352 SLIMMING WORLD Wickham Centre Wed 5.15pm & 7.15pm Also at - United Free Church, Upper Basingwell Street, Bishops Waltham. Thursday at 9.30am Carole 01329 517119


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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 www.hants.gov.uk/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 Christmas Holiday from Mon 20 December 2010 to Mon 3 January 2011. Spring Term Spring Half Term Holiday from Mon 21 February 2011 to Fri 25 February 2011. Easter Holiday from Mon 11 April 2011 to Mon 25 April 2011. PARISH COUNCILS Bishops Waltham 01489 892323 parishclerk@ bishopswalthamparishcouncil. co.uk www.bishopswalthamparish council.co.uk Upham 01489 860236 Email: uphampc@ homecall.co.uk Durley 01489 860236 durleypc@homecall.co.uk Soberton 01489 877378 norman@soberton.org.uk Droxford 01489 878768 rosemaryhoile@btinternet.com Shedfield 01329 830060 shedfieldparish@btconnect.com www.shedfieldparishcouncil. org.uk Swanmore 01489 890651 Email: clerk@ swanmoreparishcouncil.org.uk www.swanmoreparishcouncil. org.uk Hampshire City Council 01962 841841 Winchester City Council

01962 840222 Wickham Council 01329 835019 clerkwickham@parish. hants.gov.uk Boarhunt 02392 264528 brendangibbs@btconnect.com Southwick & Widley 023 8046 3228 swpc@logosoft.biz 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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PUB LUNCH FOR MEN October 1st at 9am to 2pm September 15th at 1pm at The Barleycorn, Bishops Waltham. Meon Valley Retirement Association. Bill Drake 01489 895706

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TABLE SALES BW Twinning Association First Sunday of the month (Except January) Jubilee Hall, 9.30am to 1pm 01489 895545

FARMERS MARKET October 1st at 9am to 2pm Fareham’s West Street, a fully stocked event with good local food to feed the family. JAZZ NIGHT Thurs 29th Sept from 8pm Live at the George & Falcon, Warnford. Come & enjoy The New Gateway Quads great jazz! Full menu served from 6pm ITALIAN MARKET September 18th at 10am to 4pm Italia in Piazza, the real food market & community day. Bishops Waltham High Street.

TITCHFIELD FESTIVAL THEATRE Wed 26th Oct to Sat 5th Nov The Old Country by Alan Bennett, Wed 28th Sept to Sat 8th Oct Frankenstein - a melodrama Wed 23rd Nov to Sat 3rd Dec Frankenstein - a melodrama visit us at: titchfieldfestivaltheatre.co.uk box office: 01329 556156 WALLACE & GROMIT SKY DIVE CHALLENGE 1st - 10th December 2011 Please see www. wallaceandgromitfoundation. org for more info on how to help raise money for children. VINEYARD TOUR & WINE TASTING Tuesday 27th September at 6pm Raising money for Waltham Chase Pre-School, See page 34 for more information.

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SINGLES FRIENDSHIP SOCIAL CLUB Every Wednesday The Golden Lion, High Street, Fareham. Call Jean for more info on 01329 312698. Email clubaftereight@live.co.uk/www. clubaftereight1988.webs.com FILM NIGHT - THE KINGS SPEECH September 14th - 7.30pm Bishops Waltham Junior School - Meon Valley Retirement Association. Terry Wilson 01489 895742 OPEN EVENING Sept 15th - 5.30pm to 9.30pm Following the huge success of their grand opening weekend, Anya Bridal Couture are hosting another stunning event, an open open evening to showcase a new collection of vintage inspired bridal dresses by Anouska G. www.anyabridal.co.uk for info

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