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Fareham Edition including Titchfield and Whiteley

October 2013


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and applying it to a small business. She has the patience and skills that many of us wish we had to exploit the internet and all the software and apps on offer. She’s happy to share these nuggets with Discover Magazine Introducing the team... customers. Discover Magazines is run using all these services Melanie Tinson, Director so they are practical, Advertising Sales, tried n’ tested solutions Marketing and that she offers. Tania Distribution is married to Kevin Melanie is the creative who is our ‘man with a arm of the partnership van’ and organises the having spent 25 distribution of Discover years in marketing to the in-house delivery communications Tania Houston team. management within SME and corporations. Michelle Searle Over the years, she devised Advertising Executive many advertising campaigns, Michelle joined Discover in July co-ordinated direct mail when Informer Publishing Ltd programmes, exhibitions, sales went into administration. Michelle conferences and managed press lives and works in Park Gate and relations. As a marketing junkie is the Sales Manager for Locks with never ending ideas (!) she Heath, Fareham, Meon Valley and particularly enjoys brainstorming Hedge End editions. with start up businesses. advertorials from our advertisers. Free entry to What’s On and community focussed items can be submitted online at www. or call 023 8026 6388

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New Boules for Fareham Due to the forthcoming property development of new homes and a nursing home in Catsfield, the community lost its French boule, petanque terrain, which has served the community since 1984, leaving its members the unenviable job of finding somewhere else to play. After much trial and error the Fareham Council agreed to let them built a new complex adjoining the North West Community Centre adjacent to Henry Cort School in Fareham. This terrain is just about to begin and the new clubhopes to be playing by the beginning of October. The sport, popular all over the world as it can be played by all ages, from 8 to 80+, with no dependence on gender and available to the disabled is ideal exercise for all. The amount of energy can be small or great, is ideal for stress relief and in the open air the benefits are many, as well as being very social. As the new club has promised the Council’s leisure department it will be available to all, local residents are invited to ‘come and try’ boules.


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It can be played socially or competitively with league matches played as part of the Southern Counties area. The club has a Youth Development Officer and is committed to teaching, encouraging and supporting the young members those who wish to learn and play competitively, including internationally. There is also the chance to travel for twinnings to France and have exchange visits which adds to the enjoyment and social aspect of the game. If interested please contact 01329 829495 or 01329 843295 for final details of the new location, which will also be advertised widely as it progresses.

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HALF TERM FUN AUTUMN HALF TERM AT MARWELL 26 Oct – 3 Nov Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common SO21 1JH Freaky fun for all the family. Watch as the animals enjoy some tasty pumpkin enrichment treats, meet the mini beasts, take part in our spooky storytelling, ride on our hauntingly good Ghost Train (usual fee applies) and create your own Halloween pumpkin. 01962 777 407 or visit CHILDREN’S AUTUMN HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES 28 Oct – 1 Nov, 10am – 3pm The Dart, Hedge End Fun days of creativity for children aged 4 - 12 years old. Run by trusted professional teachers and artists with a wealth of experience. £15 per day or £20 for cookery days. 01489 779 471 or www.thedart. COMEDY CLUBS 4 KIDS 29 Oct, 2pm The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane SO30 4EJ Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old! The best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best. Prices £6, or special family offer 4 tickets for £22 or 5 for £26. 01489 799499 or AUTUMN CRAFT WORKSHOP 29 Oct, 10am – 2pm Swanwick Lakes Centre Sopwith Way SO31 7AY A variety of family craft activities. Please bring outdoor clothing and wellies. Dawn or Jess on 01489 570240 or e-mail SwanwickLakes@hwt. to book. Suggested donation £3 per child. SPOOKY SUBMARINE TOURS 28th to 31st Oct, 10am – 3pm Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Haslar Road, Gosport PO12 2AS Grab your torch and follow our ghostly guide on

a spooky tour of WW2 era submarine HMS Alliance. Watch out for the scary bits!! AUTUMN CRAFT WORKSHOP 29 Oct, 10am to 2pm Swanwick Lakes Centre, Sopwith Way, Swanwick Hampshire SO31 7AY Drop in to Swanwick Lakes to join in with a variety of family craft activities. For further details, contact Dawn Preston/Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240 or e-mail Please bring outdoor clothing and wellies. Suggested donation £3 per child. PORT SOLENT KIDS CLUB 29 Oct 11am – 3pm Port Solent Boardwalk PO6 4TP Join us to decorate your very own Halloween cookie, go mad with the icing and sprinkles and create a fantastic edible masterpiece!! Meet by the playground at this drop-in event, all children to be accompanied by an adult for further details www. CHILDREN’S MOONLIT MEMORIES MEANDER 30TH Oct, 6:30pm Portsmouth Historic Dockyard Hampshire PO1 3LJ A very special sponsored walk for children. The event is open to all children aged 0-16 years, not just those who have been bereaved. Take part as a family group or school or youth group; the only criteria is a child must be accompanied by an adult and an adult can accompany up to four children but a child cannot be accompanied by more than one adult. The Meander is a 1.5-mile circular route around the Historic Dockyard, into secret areas of the Naval Base not normally open to the public and past HMS Victory which looks spectacular litup at night. Participants have the choice of walking the route twice, clocking up 3 miles in total. It costs £5 to register a child and the accompanying adult walks for free. We ask that the children try and raise £25 in sponsorship. 023 9223 8533 Pumpkin Hunt & Fancy Dress Competition 31 Oct 11am to 1pm Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge Biscuit decorating, hot dogs & refreshments, lucky dip, face painting, lots of spooky prizes. Tickets £3 per child available at Caterpillars pre-school or call 01489796609. 7


It’s Good to Talk

More of us are open to the idea of seeking counselling to help us cope when life becomes busy and complicated, not to mention the importance of finding precious time to focus on ourselves.

therapy she followed, whether it was person-centred or cognitive, for example,” said Samantha, 28 years’ old. “I decided that it was better to go down the private route so I could have more control over the person I would be speaking to on a regular basis.”

We go to the gym to feel good physically; we have massages to feel good holistically; so counselling can be thought of as a sort of ‘mind massage’, giving you the opportunity to let your words and emotions out without being judged.

Taking control of your life there are many different types of counselling therapies available - the British association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BaCP) website is a good place to start when it comes to understanding what may suit you.

Latest figures reveal that the number of people accessing mental health services has risen steadily in recent years, yet not everyone who experiences a mental health problem will use NHS services. You might decide to seek help privately for a number of reasons - there may be a waiting list, a lack of availability in your area, or your doctor may feel don’t need referring for further treatment.

Counselling can help you when you’re struggling to cope, whether it’s for depression, stress and anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, drug or alcohol misuse, bereavement, sexuality issues, or post-traumatic disorder.

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there’s no shame in seeking further help; instead of seeing it as a weakness, it can be the first step towards taking control of your life and finding new strength to face any problems, especially if you feel you can’t confide in a friend or family member. a counsellor won’t tell you what choices to make or offer

you specific advice, but they will guide you and help you understand why you may be feeling a certain way. Your first visit will give you and your therapist the opportunity to decide if you both feel comfortable with each other and to talk about what you want to achieve from the sessions. Some sessions can even take place online using Skype for video calls, over the phone or via email, which can help if you aren’t able to travel for face-to-face appointments. What makes a good counsellor? Sometimes you may have to try a few counsellors before you find one that works for you. a good counsellor should not judge or criticise you, but instead will focus on what you are saying in order to help you deal with your problems.

There’s no shame in seeking further help; instead of seeing it as a weakness, it can be the first step towards taking control of your life and finding new strength to face any problems

If you feel that things aren’t going the way you want them to then you should discuss this with your counsellor first to see if anything can be improved before going to a new one. Regular sessions are also a good idea so that you can start to see a difference. all counsellors are required to have supervision and counselling themselves as part of their training. this means that they have been in the same situation as you, which can be reassuring.

low income, so make sure you discuss this ahead of making any payments.

If you can’t afford private therapy, then it’s important not to try and deal with things on your own.

ensure that any health professional you go with is registered and approved. You can find out more about this by getting in touch with one of the following bodies or visiting the relevant websites:

Your GP can talk to you about other options available as well as letting you know about free talking therapies from charities or voluntary organisations.

Payments and accreditation If you choose to use a private counsellor then you may be able to arrange a fee system where the more sessions you have, the cheaper it becomes over time. Fees can also differ depending on the experience of the counsellor. Normally you can arrange a discounted fee if you’re on a

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How to make your child a Millionaire Raising children costs a small fortune (it’s currently estimated at around £200,000), but if you’re clever, you could help them to become millionaires. Here are a few ways to make your child rich.

Stakeholders Probably the easiest type of pension to take out for your child is the Stakeholder pension. Anyone is allowed to set one up which means that a child’s legal guardian(s) can start a pension for newborns. You can pay in up to £2,880 each tax year, which is then topped up by a government taxback incentive to £3,600. You can stop and start contributions as you wish without being penalised and the minimum amount you can pay in at any time is £20. Anyone can add to it and if the full amount is paid each year, by the time the child is 55 they will have well over £700,000 and if they access the account at 70 they will have over £1.8 million. The money invested won’t be accessible until the child reaches 55 meaning they can’t blow it all when they hit 18. Once they start working, they can also contribute. They will receive tax benefits if their income is less than £130,000. You can find out more at Moneymagpie. com. There’s also


a list of registered stakeholder pension scheme providers at SiPPs You can also set up a Selfinvested Personal Pension (SiPP) for your little one. Like a Stakeholder, they are open to anyone but the difference here is that you manage the money in it. So instead of leaving it to a pension fund to decide what to invest in, you choose the products yourself, whether it be shares, bonds, commercial property or other things. Junior ISAs ISAs are savings accounts which allow you to deposit a maximum of £3,600 a year completely tax-free, attracting interest as well. Your child has access to the money when they turn 18. Should you contribute the maximum amount each year, the fund could grow to a whopping £64,800 plus interest by the time they reach adulthood. You can choose either a cash ISA or a stocks and shares one. As your child has a good few years for the fund to grow, you could start with a stocks and shares ISA and then gradually change into cash for the last 5 to hold onto gains. The only snag with a Junior ISA is that if you were eligible for a Child Trust Fund you can’t open a Junior ISA. A good place for further information is www.

Teaching your child about money A sure-fire of making your child a millionaire, or at least comfortably off, is to teach her how to manage her money early on. Start as soon as they can toddle round the supermarket with you. Ask them to tell you the numbers on the price labels and then, later, run around finding the cheapest version of what you want to buy. Give them pocket money and set up a savings account, showing them how their money can grow over time. Go to for downloadable financial education guides that will help. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much money your child has later on, if she knows how to live below her means and save for her future she will never be poor. Fun fact: On average, parents are putting savings of £42.45 aside a month for each child.

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Ten ways to create a new room in your home Just had a baby? Started working from home? Run out of storage? Then you need to stretch your home.


1 Build an extension

3 Convert the cellar

Pros Adding a rear extension to a kitchen can be a great way to create a multi-functional family room. Filling in the side return in a typical Victorian terrace is popular. It may be possible to add a second storey for a new bedroom or bathroom on the first floor, too.

Pros Turn a cellar into family living space, a useful utility area, a home office or even a self-contained annexe, without altering the outside of your home.

Cons Reduces garden size. Unsympathetic extensions feel like an add-on. Regulations Can often be done without planning permission, depending on size and height. Check your permitted development rights with your local council’s planning department. You’ll also need building regulations approval and, if you’re semi-detached or in a terrace, party wall consent from neighbours. Visit for more information.

2 Convert the loft Pros Create a bedroom (perhaps with a bathroom), a home office or playroom, without taking space from the garden. Cons Not every loft has the headroom or enough useable space. More difficult and expensive if your roof isn’t traditionally built. Regulations As for extensions. 16

Cons Often more expensive, per square metre, than other ways of creating extra space. Can be difficult to get enough headroom and light into the new room. Regulations If you just want to turn an existing cellar into a normal room, it’s classed as a change of use and doesn’t need planning permission. But if you lower the floor or extend, you’re likely to need permission, so check with your local authority. And you’ll need party wall consent from any adjoining neighbours. In both cases you must comply with Building Regulations.

4 Add a conservatory Pros Adds extra living space and brings the garden into your home. Cons A poorly built conservatory can be too hot in summer, freezing cold in winter and full of condensation. Takes space from your garden. Regulations Many conservatories are exempt from planning permission and building regulations, but check with your local planning department first.

5 Build a room in the garden Pros The building work will hardly bother you. Cons Not suitable for small gardens. Could look like a shed, security is an issue, and if not properly insulated it will be too cold to use in winter. Regulations A simple garden room may be exempt from planning permission and Building Regulations, but if it’s laid on permanent foundations and connected to mains power, water and sewerage, you’ll need both.

6 Divide a room into two Pros Carving up a large space to add another room is useful and can add value, even though you’re not actually creating any extra space. Cons You’ll need to create a separate doorway for the room, and include an opening window. Regulations Planning permission is

not usually needed, but Building Regulations apply to new walls, doors, windows and electrical work.

7 Put in an ensuite Pros Loved by buyers. Can be fitted into quite a small space. Cons Installing an ensuite at the expense of a bedroom could knock your property’s value. Regulations Planning permission isn’t usually needed, but Building Regulations approval is.

8 Build on top of your garage Pros A first floor extension on top loses no garden space and is often relatively easy. Cons Foundations may not be strong enough, so the garage will have to be underpinned. Regulations You’ll need planning permission and Building Regulations.

9 Convert your understairs Pros Turns a poorly used area into a valuable extra room – perfect for a ground-floor loo, an extra shower room or a study area. Cons You’ll have to find extra space to store that under-stairs stuff. If putting in a loo or bathroom, ventilation and connecting to drainage may be a problem. Regulations Building Regulations approval is necessary if you’re installing a bathroom.

10 Convert your garage Pros It’s a relatively straightforward job to turn it into a valuable indoor space. Cons Foundations may need strengthening. Avoid if you live in an area where parking is premium. Regulations Planning permission is not usually required, but Building Regulations approval is. by Katherine Sorrell

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The popular saying “whatever floats your boat” is very apt after my recent excursion on SS Shieldhall from Southampton’s Eastern Doc. And the other “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.” also applies as it was far more enjoyable than anticipated! On Friday 9 August I boarded this ship with family and my father in law who is a ship and train fanatic, so a day out on this heritage cargo-passenger ship during Cowes Week was his perfect birthday treat.

SS Shieldhall was built in the Clyde Shipyards and launched there 1955. She had a long and successful first career with Glasgow Corporation carrying treated sludge out to sea and, in the summer, taking passengers ‘doon the watter’ on pleasure trips, despite its cargo! Bought in 1977 by Southern Water she was finally withdrawn from commercial service in 1985 but saved and purchased for £20,000 in 1988 by The Solent Steam Packet Ltd that still operates her now. TSSP is a charity, registered as an Industrial and Provident Society, with its main objective being to preserve the SS Shieldhall in operational condition. She is maintained and operated entirely by volunteers and resides in Southampton’s Eastern Docks. TSSP was recently awarded a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund South East. TSSP MD, Graham Mackenzie said: “This grant means that in addition to her silver anniversary, we can look forward to celebrating her ‘golden anniversary’ too. We look forward


to all the hard work that lies ahead, safe in the knowledge that Shieldhall is, and will continue to be, ‘Alive and Steaming.’ However, Graham points out that the award represents just the start of saving Shieldhall: ‘It is critical that support for the ship continues through our programme involving volunteers, members, donors, events and functions. We’d be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to support and get involved in the project.’ Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “SS Shieldhall is part of the National Historic Fleet and is a fantastic surviving example of its kind. Through helping secure Shieldhall’s future the project will open up opportunities for young people to learn the skills needed to operate a ship of this type, and for the volunteers to reach out into the local community, encouraging engagement with one of the country’s most important maritime heritage assets, such as the Scouts Training Days this summer.” We set “sail” at 11am and

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There are two things you can say with confidence, where we live. Firstly, that it rains - a lot. Secondly, if you don’t like the weather, just give it half an hour and then there might be something along that’s more to your taste. If, like us, you’re keen on becoming more green, having a water butt is a must. Otherwise, you’re literally tipping a valuable resource down the drain. Our problem has always been the layout of the garden. Well, that and my feebleness at lugging watering cans around. But Anne, who uses the Internet for research rather than Twitter, found a solution. “This water butt,” she declared, pointing at the screen, “will fill other water butts for us - and wherever we want to place them.” I must have made a ‘wow’ face because Anne immediately nodded sagely in my direction. Our Rainwater Hub arrived a few days later in the post. (Anne had, of course, ordered it before showing

me, to save time.) After I’d prowled around it a couple of times, we agreed to let our neighbour put it up, so that it was done properly. To be fair, the instructions were easy-peasy, only I’m known to be drilly-silly.

hub and our three water butts were duly named John, Paul, George and Ringo. Collectively: The Buttles. The whole system is, in effect, one giant water butt, only it’s spaced out around the garden.

The neighbour popped over in the week, looked over the paperwork and scratched his head. “Are you sure it goes up on the wall?” “Of course,” I replied with my rehearsed answer, “it’s a gravity fed system.” Now it was his turn to make a ‘wow’ face and he didn’t disappoint.

Now for the first time, we can also use rainwater, from the hub’s second tap, for the indoor plants in the conservatory; great news for us, the sweet peppers and the chillies, as we’re on a water meter.

I left him to it and went off to make some kindling - because every man likes to feel useful. Half an hour later, the Rainwater Hub was installed and connected by a hose to water butt number two. The next day it absolutely poured down and, after a little trial and error (the error being that I hadn’t read the butt connection instructions properly - too busy sniggering), I checked the online video and soon everything was in place. The

The cat was curious about all the garden hoses, but soon went back to stalking the frog that Anne discovered in the damp ground behind the monbretia. Being able to harvest this much rain also means we can wash the car for free, should I ever get round to it. It’s on my list, along with growing kale beside the perpetual chard and trying a small lemon tree in the conservatory. Our handyman neighbour has already been back to see the hub in action, and to see the storage capacity of the system. He dropped hints about us renaming John in his honour. However, as he’s not named George (as in Martin), Pete (as in Best), or Stuart (as in Sutcliffe), that’s pretty unlikely. Mind you, there’s always the possibility of adding another Buttle to the band!

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Climbing plants, especially those with flamboyant flowers or fantastic foliage can transform a garden and offer a whole new planting opportunity, as your garden literally goes upwards and takes a vertical climb. Just about every garden has boundaries and these can be turned from something functional but ugly into something truly gorgeous.

Easy Access If you use trellis as a support on a wall, it can be attached to wooden battens which are fixed to the wall using rawl plugs. This works well until you want to maintain the wall, perhaps painting or cleaning it. So use a series of hinges to attach one edge of the trellis to the batten, and a few hooks to allow you to raise or lower the trellis when need be.

Supporting Cast A few climbers are self-clingers and don’t need a special support system when grown against a fence or wall; Virginia creeper and Hydrangea petiolaris for instance. But most need to have a proper support, and it pays to put this in place before you plant. For lighter weight climbers some trellis, perhaps prettily painted will do the trick, but for heavier climbers such as a vigorous clematis, or wisteria, you will need galvanised straining wires.

Planting Distance Climbers look great up against a wall, but they will never thrive if they don’t receive enough water at the base. The ‘rain shadow’ created by the house roof and the drying effect of the wall’s foundations can make the soil close-by extremely dry. To minimise this drying effect, plant a minimum of 45cm (18in) away from the base of the wall and make sure you fork in plenty of well-rotted bulky organic matter before planting too. Train it well If the climber is quite small, it may need to be trained in the right direction. A short bamboo cane or several for a multistemmed plant, can be angled from the base of the plant to the

vertical surface, allowing you to tie in the stems and edge them towards the support. Once the climber has reached the wall, the enlarging network of stems may become congested if left to its own devices, so actively train the stems to grow in the direction you need them to. Extra Care Climbers planted against a wall will need extra TLC if they’re to look their best. Make watering them top-priority, especially for the first 18 months whilst they’re becoming established. Apply a good, bulky organic mulch to a depth of about 8cm (3in) or so all around the rooting area, but take care to avoid the mulch coming in to direct contact with the stems. Coloured Walls You can add to the effect of a climber by using colour on the surface on which it is growing. It’s best to use wood stain or paints of any kind before the plants are in place as the job will be easier and there won’t be the risk that the plants become damaged by the paint or wood treatment. It’s also essential that the colour is completely dry before you start planting, and

that it’s sold as something which is suitable for use near plants. A light colour may also help to reflect back light, so making conditions a little better in a gloomy spot. Arches, Arbours and Pergolas Climbers don’t just look good on house, garden and garage walls and fences, they can also be used to great effect over arches and pergolas or to clothe an arbour. You may need to install some supporting wires here too, so go for galvanised wires and sturdy vine-eyes as fixings. Choosing a scented climber or two will add to the charm of a cosy arbour or archway. Clever Combinations If the surface that you want to plant up is big enough, try to use more than one type of climber as, chosen carefully, the plants you

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I recently called on an elderly relative at her residential care home. Once a stately Georgian mansion, the place now exuded an air of faded gentility. A neatly-uniformed member of staff ushered me into the TV lounge, where several old ladies sat in front of a large screen, clearly absorbed by the programme they were watching. As I approached a burst of screams, yells and bleeps erupted from the television and I suddenly realised what they were watching. It was “The Jeremy Kyle Show”. If you have - so far - managed to avoid the show, it can only be described as a no-holds-barred, real-life confessional drama played out between two warring factions and refereed by its titular host. So why would a group of genteel octogenarians choose to watch this televised slanging match? Love it or hate it, with viewing figures in excess of 1.5 million, the show’s popularity can’t be denied. However, the underlying reasons for this popularity may not be quite so apparent. In order to shed some light on our enthusiasm for public naming and shaming we need to delve deep into Britain’s social history. 32

By Kate McLelland

The culture of public blame and retribution was widely encouraged in medieval times. Argumentative women in particular often fell victim to the scold’s bridle (a piece of iron headgear with spikes to suppress the movement of the tongue) or the ducking stool. There was also the ‘Shrew’s Fiddle’, a violin-shaped piece of wood which clamped the head and hands together. Held in this device, a woman could be pulled along the street where she would meet with catcalls from her neighbours. Individuals who had fought one another were sometimes attached together by the ‘necks’ of the fiddles and forced to confront each other until they had argued out their differences. The stocks – a kind of wooden wall exposing the head and hands - was another popular form of rough justice. Trapped in this way, miscreants could be publicly insulted and pelted with rotten fruit - or worse. Throughout the medieval period, victims were generally drawn from the peasant class, but during the Elizabethan era people of much higher status were also punished for breaking religious and social conventions.

The Church Courts (or ‘Bawdy Courts’) meted out fines or penances for petty crimes such as non-attendance at church, drunkenness, blasphemy, verbal abuse and adultery. Penitents had to sit or stand on a stool in church during the Sunday service, dressed from head to toe in a white sheet, and they were often forced to confess their crimes in intimate detail. Even high profile individuals were not exempt. William Shakespeare’s son-in-law Thomas Quiney was hauled up before the magistrates for making a young woman pregnant prior to his marriage to the playwright’s younger daughter, Judith. Some historians believe that the resulting family scandal – combined with the shameful threat of public penance – served to hasten Shakespeare’s death. The Jeremy Kyle Show has been variously described in the press as a “freak show” or “gutter garbage”, but it clearly appeals to its audience at a very deep level. Whatever our reasons for enjoying this public airing of other people’s dirty laundry, it’s fascinating to note that our ancestors relished exactly the same public displays of confession, penitence and punishment.


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‘South Downs Way’. Cross a section of wooden duckboards and walk along the narrow footpath between hedge and tree lined fields that narrows down to a gully and climbs steadily for some 600 yards.

Exton lies just off the A32 Droxford to West Meon road in the Meon Valley. Park in the Shoe Inn (SO32 3NT) car park located on Shoe Lane. Authorisation to park is required (01489 877526). Alternatively, drive through the village almost back to the A32 and park in the small lay-by opposite the entrance to Manor Farm. This walk is described from the Shoe Inn. On leaving the pub, turn left towards the church, follow the lane through the village for 200 yards to a ‘T’ junction and turn right. Keep straight on until you join the main A32. Cross the road onto a footpath signed ‘No through road’. Cross a footbridge over the Meon River. Trace this path for around 400 yards and with barns in front of you and a path joining from the left, turn left along the signed 34

***Climb some wooden steps up to the disused railway track bed and turn left; walkers and cyclists can be seen heading up from the right from Wickham. Beacon Hill on your left and Old Winchester Hill on your right are occasionally glimpsed through the trees.*** Keep going straight for approximately 1200 yards ignoring other paths and tracks until you descend onto a minor road. Cross the road and climb the opposite bank to return to the track bed. Continue along the track for a further 1800 yards until it passes Pass under road bridge

under a road bridge. Access to this road is by walking further along to a footpath joining from the left for another 200 yards then turning left back on yourself up the slope to the road above.

Meon River

Turn left and walk along the road past Hayden Barn Cottage on the left. The road climbs steadily uphill for some 600 yards. Approaching the top of the hill, turn right onto a gravel track signed ‘Peake Farm’ and also signed as Monarch’s Way. Follow this track towards the farm for a good 1000 yards. At a left hand bend, ignore the track going straight on into a field. Follow the track around towards the farm, passing some fields with show jumping fences and stables for the local horses. At the farm buildings, turn sharp right onto a waymarked footpath running between fields. The path emerges onto a metalled road to Peakes Farm. Turn left at the road. Walk approximately 50 yards then turn

Historical note... In 940 AD, the village of Exton carried the name of East Seaxnatune meaning the farmstead of the East Saxons. The 13th century church of St Peter and Paul was heavily restored in 1847. In 1801, the population of Exton was 224. By 1901 it had grown slightly to 299 persons but reduced again to 230 in 2001. The Meon Valley railway line was opened in June 1903 to connect Alton to Fareham and Gosport. It was one of Hampshire’s least successful railway enterprises and closed in 1955.

right along the side of a barn. Follow the path around the end of the barn and then along the left hand boundary of a field. Turn left through a gateway at the field boundary to join a concrete and tarmac farm track.

Follow the signed path left along the right-hand boundary of a field, which switches half way up into a field requiring the walk to continue on the left hand edge. The path climbs steadily uphill, but offers some stunning views across mid Hampshire, Old Winchester Hill and surrounding areas. At the top of the rise, turn left along the field fence line and follow the path as it turns right along the left hand side of the field. At the end of the field, turn right onto the South Downs Way footpath leading away from Old Winchester Hill. The path meanders downhill alongside field boundaries with chalky conditions underfoot and some 1500 yards of twisting decent. At the bottom of the hill, turn left

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into woodland. Follow the path left ignoring paths merging from the right. ***Climb some wooden steps to the railway track bed. Cross straight over and descend more steps onto the footpath used on your outward journey (as shown in the dialogue marked ***). Follow the footpath back to the A32, cross the road into Church Lane and retrace your steps back to your car. A downloadable pdf of the walk and enlarged map is available online at

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Light Up your Life Sensors, smartphones and serious savings

As we come into the winter, we start to need more light in our homes both day and night. There seemed little new in the lighting market for many years, but this has all changed now and from energy saving and long life to remote control, the technology has come out of the dark ages. The most obvious change in lighting is the end of incandescent bulbs and the arrival of low energy lighting. While early CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs were pretty horrible and couldn’t be dimmed, today’s models are far nicer and can even be bought with remote controls to dim and brighten them. The big news though, is the rise of LED. Light-emitting diodes aren’t just incredibly cheap to run; because they don’t get as hot as other bulbs, they are much more versatile. They’re already a common sight in car headlamps, and you can replace most of your house’s incandescent bulbs with LEDs for relatively little cash including halogen downlighters, which were previously difficult and expensive to replace with LEDs.

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When you combine LEDs with sensors, things start getting interesting. For around £12 you can get LED motion detectors, which light up stairs and other potential hazard areas and a LED in an external motionsensing security light will give you the same peace of mind as before without the enormous energy drain. As technology gets smaller and cheaper, it also gets smarter. Wouldn’t it be great if your lighting linked in to your wireless network and could be controlled by your phone? That’s already available: Philips’ Hue lightbulbs do just that, enabling you to change both brightness and colours - so you might use a gently brightening yellow glow to wake you in the morning, or point at a photo to get the lighting to match its colours. It’ll be a while before such technology is every day affordable though - a starter pack will currently set you back £179 for one controller and three bulbs - but it’s still quite exciting. Another exciting idea is Wemo, Belkin’s wireless technology

for home automation. You can already buy Wemo-enabled plugs, and now you can buy Wemo-enabled light switches. Once again it isn’t cheap expect to pay around £39.99 for a light switch and the same for a plug socket that you can use to control table lamps - but the technology is interesting: you can combine Wemo with the “If This Then That” web service, so for example you could add a motion detector to switch on the hall light when you open the front door or get the light switch to activate at sunset each evening. If you like the idea of motion sensors, light sensors or timers for your lighting but would rather not shell out for expensive smartphone-connected kit, you don’t have to: a simple but effective motion and soundsensing light switch will set you back less than £10, an electronic timer light switch will cost less than £10 and one with a built-in sensor will only cost a few pounds more. The smartphone-compatible hardware may have the wow factor, but lower-tech options won’t give your wallet the “ow” factor.

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SATURDAY STORYTIME Saturdays in October, 10.30am -11.15am The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane SO30 4EJ Join musical storytellers for enchanted tales both familiar and new. Each session ends with interactive play time, where everyone becomes part of the story. 01489 799 499. HEDGE END AND BOTLEY WALKS Thursdays, 9.30am (Hedge End), Wednesdays, 2pm (Botley) Hedge End: Meet at Drummond car park near the Hedge End amenity centre for a free walk with approximately 25 adults and 2 one hour walks of different grades, with refreshments at Hilliers Garden Centre for tea/coffee afterwards. Botley: Meet at Botley Community Centre for a free walk with approximately 15 adults for a 3 miles / hour walk with tea/coffee/ biscuits in the Community Centre afterwards for a small donation of 30p.


OVER 60s LUNCH Fridays, from 11 Oct, 12pm – 1pm St Denys Church, Dundee Road SO17 2ND Lunch provided for anyone over 60 every Friday for a small cost. Come and join our friendly group of people for a cooked meal and a chat. 02380671757 or VINTAGE & RETRO MARKET 12 & 13 Oct 10am to 5pm Market Square at Whiteley Shopping Centre An eclectic mix of stands selling treasured items and iconic styles from days gone by including Vintage classics, Art Deco, Retro culture and memorabilia. All this and a great day out at this nostalgic event. Admission free. JUGGLING JAKE’S CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOP 13 Oct, 10am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 4pm Fair Oak Village Hall, Shorts Road SO50 7EJ Fun for all the family from age 3 upwards – children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, with refreshments available. 02380602282 and 02380692298. CHARITY PIANO RECITAL 17 Oct, 7pm Park Place Centre, Botley Road, Wickham , Hampshire, PO17 5HA Hampshire PO17 5HA Laura Dickson and Niamh Beddy play classical music in aid of The Rowans Hospice and Hostel for Girls in Tanzania. £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Includes Refreshments. Cheque payable: The Rowans Hospice. Mark your envelope PP Concert SAE to PP Concert, Orchard Cottage, 34 West Street, SOUTHWICK,

Hampshire, PO17 6EA, Call 023 9237 0647 / 023 9238 2433 / 01329 833043 JIGSAW PUZZLE FESTIVAL 18 Oct – 2 Nov, 10am – 4pm every day and late night opening on Friday, 6 – 8pm Bitterne United Reformed Church, Above Iceland SO18 5EF The first of its kind to be held in Southampton. Admission £1 adults (free return during the week) and accompanied children free. Refreshments available. STAMP AND POSTAL HISTORY FAIR 19 Oct, 10am – 4pm Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane PO17 5AL More than 25 dealers and competition displays. Entrance by programme at the door, which includes prize raffle ticket. Free parking. Light refreshments available. BOOK SALE & COFFEE MORNING 19 Oct 10am to midday Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke PO12 2ET Gosport Cats Protection is holding a mammoth book sale combined with coffee morning. Come and browse a huge selection of good quality books, paperbacks and hardbacks, and enjoy a sit down with a nice cuppa. CP goods also on sale. Volunteers will be on hand to chat about the work of Gosport CP and how you can help if you’re interested in becoming a volunteer with our friendly group. 20p entry If you have an event planned please let us know by completing the form on the Contact Us page of the website


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Down 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 13.

Utmost (8) Not late (5) On a ship (6) Relates (5) List of ingredients (7) Vegetable (4) Round container (6) Communications (8)


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A Stranger Comes Calling It was Halloween, Sue’s favourite night of the year, or ‘Spooky Sue’ as everyone called her. Sue loved all things supernatural and her greatest wish was to see a ghost. She relished opening the door to children doing Trick or Treat with their witch, skeleton and Dracula costumes. But sometimes Spooky Sue wished that Halloween could be a bit more, well, spooky. This year Halloween had fallen on a bitter wintry day. By 8pm Sue resigned herself to the fact that she had received her last visitor and was about to blow out the pumpkin candles when she heard the click of the garden gate. Peeping through the curtains she saw only the shadow of a little person brushing past her window. There was a sharp rap on the front door. Sue jumped. With a nervous laugh she picked up the sweets bowl and opened the door. On the step stood a boy. He was wearing a filthy threadbare shirt, a brown cap and trousers cut off at the knee. “What an original costume,” Sue declared. The boy hovered awkwardly, half in shadow. “Happy Halloween.” She smiled and offered him the bowl. Without answering he stretched out a grubby hand and picked out a sweet, then frowned at it suspiciously as though he had never seen a jelly baby before. Sue peered down the path to the 8 42

empty lane. “Are you on your own little fellow?” she asked. He placed the sweet in his mouth and chewed slowly. Sue studied him in the light from the hallway. He was the height of a ten year old but his grimy face seemed older. The thing that concerned her was that he had nothing on his feet. “Have you lost your shoes young man?” she asked gently. The boy looked down sadly at his feet and said nothing. “Where are your parents?” she said, beginning to feel worried. He glanced hungrily at the bowl of sweets, and Sue held it out for him to take another. “Where do you live?” she asked nervously. “Is it nearby?” The boy looked sorrowful. Who in their right mind would allow a child out on a night like this with no shoes? “Aren’t you cold?” she asked. Should she phone her sister and ask if her nephew Adam had some old shoes that might fit him? He finally swallowed the sweet. “No, Miss,” he said softly, wiping his nose on his sleeve. “I don’t feel the cold, not no more.” The bowl in Sue’s hand trembled. “What do you mean?” “I used to feel the cold in the old days when I cleaned chimneys, but not now.” He sniffed. “Now I

don’t feel anything.” Sue felt her knees buckle, and she grabbed hold of the doorframe. “Are you a … ghost?” Her voice was a dry whisper. Slowly, the boy looked up at her with sad pale eyes. The silence was broken by a chirpy mobile phone ring-tone, which startled both Sue and the boy. Then, embarrassed, he pulled a phone out of his pocket. “Alright Adam?” He answered, glancing guiltily at Sue. “She’s rumbled us.” There was the sound of running feet in the lane, and her nephew appeared. “Did we trick you Aunty Sue?” “Hardly.” She pulled herself together in relief. “Who’s this?” “It’s Zak, he’s in my drama club. Good actor isn’t he?” “Got my trainers, Adam?” Zak helped himself to another sweet. “My feet are totally freezing.” By Jackie Brewster


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RECycling Segensworth Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Barnes Wallis Road, Segensworth, PO15 5TS. 01489 589396 8am-7pm from 1 April to 30 September 8am-4pm from 1 October to 28 February 8am-5pm from 1 March to 31 March Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan Hedge End Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) Shamblehurst Lane, Hedge End, SO30 2AD. 01489 780028 8am-7pm from 1 April to 30 September 8am-4pm from 1 October to 28 February 8am-5pm from 1 March to 31 March PLEASE NOTE - Hedge End HWRC opens at 9am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 Jan


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Discover Fareham October 2013  

An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Fareham, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community news,...

Discover Fareham October 2013  

An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Fareham, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community news,...