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November’s Big Bang Fireworks Night This year’s Bonfire Night will see Britain’s population stocking up on pyrotechnics and hoping for a starry night into which they will launch their rockets and colourful array of exploding projectiles. Indeed, the popularity of fireworks never seems to wane, and despite the ubiquitous nature of this form of entertainment, it’s an occasion that never fails to impress. And Guy Fawkes’ commemoration by no means holds a monopoly on the format. An increasing number of dates outside the 5th of November fill Britain’s calendar with spectacular displays at many events: New Year’s Eve, Cowes Week, pop festivals, Halloween, Midsummer, and Blackheath Fireworks to name just a few. People from all backgrounds, old and young, come together to marvel at the displays and join in the chorus of ooohs and aaahs. It’s an age-old, simple pleasure that makes no distinction between culture, politics, or language. Quite simply, fireworks are just fun to watch.

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James I and replace him with third in line, Princess Elizabeth. Gunpowder was placed in a room (an ‘undercroft’) beneath the House of Lords as part of an audacious plan hatched by Fawkes and his fellow Catholic conspirators. News of the plan, however, was leaked to King James who ordered a search of the underground cellars where Fawkes was seen leaving and promptly arrested. After some unsavoury interrogation and torture, it appears that Fawkes confessed to the crime and was banished to be hung, drawn and quartered. Not keen on facing the gallows, he leapt from the supporting scaffolding and met his end by way of a broken neck. Thus, the tale of conspiracy from 1605 became folklore in Britain and spawned generations who collected wood for bonfires and roamed from house-to-house seeking ‘a penny for the guy’, after which the effigy was placed on the blaze to meet its doom. Some of these traditions remain, but the modern commemoration is a more commercial operation with safety and litigation as primary concerns, alongside enjoyment of the events. Some consider this

the ‘nanny state’ at work, but the accident rate suggests otherwise, with hundreds of injuries reported every year despite government warnings and media campaigns. Notwithstanding this gloomy state of affairs, surfing the Internet reveals some fascinating information on the subject of fireworks as well as the do’s and don’ts of safety. The website Bonfire Night Safety, for example, states that in a recent year there were 990 injuries caused by fireworks in October and November, and alarmingly, that 285 of them were eye injuries. There are also some interesting snippets on the site; prior to 1959, it was illegal not to celebrate bonfire night in the UK and apparently, some fireworks can travel up to speeds of 150 mph. So, if that empty bottle in which you hope to plant your biggest rocket happens to topple over, that’s the speed it will be racing towards your neighbour’s fence, or worse, towards those standing nearby. Despite the hazards of pyrotechnics, a few precautions will see you enjoying the action in safety. There is plenty of information online and from

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The Business of Pyrotechnics The history of fireworks dates back to China in the 7th century where displays accompanied festivities, a trend that spread to many other cultures around the world. The popularity of these displays created a firework manufacturing industry and the much-respected profession of the pyrotechnician. It seems, however, that the mainstay of the industry is harking back to its Chinese roots. The business in Britain is now modest, only numbering around 40 companies, which employ a few hundred people fulltime, although this number rises

to around 4,000 during busy periods. Britain’s manufacturing side, however, is suffering since the majority of fireworks are now made in China and imported. The squeeze on materials and labour costs, plus fierce competition in the business, has caused the UK’s industry to downsize and concentrate on specialist markets and displays, rather than manufacture. There are also concerns that the standard of products coming into the country from China and the Far East might be dropping, and will have an adverse bearing on safety. Despite these concerns, our love affair with the spectacle continues. And for Britain, Guy Fawkes Night provides enough history and national enthusiasm to step out into the cold November air to indulge just one more time.

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Timsbury and Michelmersh Walk Walk Distance 3.9 miles from the Jubilee Hall Timsbury is situated on the A3057 Romsey to Stockbridge road just a few miles north of Romsey. Park in the Jubilee Hall car park at Timsbury which is sign posted from the A3057. Alternatively, park in the small lay-by just past the hall on the right hand side of the road. The Jubilee Hall should not be confused with the village hall in Heron Lane shown on the OS 131 map. Leave the car park and turn right along the road. Turn right onto a signed footpath and walk along the gravel track. At a fork in the track, keep right and walk past Hunts Farm. Emerge onto a road and turn right. Walk past the farm where the road is joined by another road from the right. Keep straight on for approximately 50 yards then climb the bank on your right onto a footpath running parallel to the road. The footpath descends to the road again adjacent to a pair of metal gates either side of the road. Continue straight on along the road. As the road turns sharp right, cross over a stile onto a signed footpath leading into a field. Continue straight ahead following the fence line and ignoring any crossing tracks. As the track bears left into a 10

field, continue straight ahead onto a signed footpath through a woodland fringe with a field to your left initially then a field on your right.

Cross the stile onto a gravel track, then cross two further stile directly opposite to emerge into a field.

Cross a stile into a field walking along the right hand boundary on top of a ridge.

The original footpath here has been ploughed out, so follow the left hand field boundary to the field edge then turn right keeping the fence to your left.

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Cross a stile at the field boundary, turn left and cross a second stile to follow the right hand fence line of a field.

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The track goes straight on initially and then starts to veer left away from the fence. As the farm track starts to turn away left, look for a stile slightly diagonally right in the far hedge line. It is situated some 100 yards from the right hand corner of the field.

Follow the track to its junction with a tarmac road. Turn right to Manor Farm. Walk through the farm going straight on along a gravel track as it rises slightly uphill. At a pair of private dwellings, the track turns sharp right. Continue straight on into what appears to be the entrance drive to the left hand

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Follow the right hand fence line and go through a kissing gate into Mottisfont church graveyard. Cross the graveyard to a pair of wooden gates. Go through the gates and turn left away from the church. Go through another kissing gate and follow the path across the field to its far boundary. Follow the path through copse and emerge onto a grass and gravel track with gardens to your right. Follow the track to a kissing gate beside a metal gate. Pass through the gate to emerge onto a road. Turn right onto the road. At a ‘T’ junction, turn left and then right. Follow the road back to your car.

HISTORICAL NOTE... Timsbury derives its name from ‘timber + byrig’ meaning timber fort or manor. Similarly, Michelmersh derives its name from ‘micel + mersc’ meaning a large marsh. St Mary’s church at Michelmersh is of 12th century origin. It is alleged that Henry V rested his troops in Agincourt Field, situated just below the church, before their embarkation to France as part of the Hundred Years War. These troops it is said were fielded at the famous battle of Agincourt in October 1415. 11


Ground Cover Planting Carpet of foliage

Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about ground cover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? Slopes are a common feature in gardens, and they can be hard to manage, but with ground cover planting, once it’s established you’ll not have to do acrobatics to keep it looking good. The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, and some food and water in drier weather.

As ground cover plantings will cover the soil surface they will have a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. For the best results it’s worth investing a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have


loosened the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once growing well, the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the meantime, use landscape fabric pinned down onto the surface of the slope. Simply cut an ‘X’ shape in the fabric at each planting position, and plant through the hole. An added advantage is that the landscape fabric will also prevent weeds growing up from the soil. Cover the surface of the fabric with chipped bark or a bit of soil to camouflage it if you wish. Although you are after a carpet of foliage and maybe also flower, don’t be tempted to cram the plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely to become stressed and miserable, more prone to disease and will need thinning out. Ground cover plantings need the same sort of maintenance that you’d give if the plants were used individually or in small numbers in a garden border or bed. Make sure they are kept

just moist at the roots until they’re well established and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of plants which are recommended for use as ground cover you’ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning. So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting is ideal and if you wish you can add a few more flamboyant flowering plants to the mixture too. Used as ‘dot plants’, the flowering additions will have more impact and look great set against a backdrop of pretty foliage. By using plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your planting will look even better. You may want your ground cover planting to look stunning at a particular time of year, but if you’re after a reasonable effect all year around, then select at

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Shrubby Ground Cover Heaths and Heathers, Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster microphyllus, Stephandra incise ‘Crispa’, ground cover roses eg the ‘Flower Carpet’ roses.

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Shedding a Tear By Derek Thompson It looked pretty, but there was more plant than building!

It’s funny how attached you can become to inanimate objects. It was only a summerhouse, after all - a glorified, double-doored, glass-fronted shed. And in its time it has mainly housed folding chairs, the lawnmower, chicken bedding and the cat. Even so, I was sorry to be parting company with it. Summerhouse still sounded so bright and optimistic, even this late in the year, despite its current appearance. The roof had become open plan in places and the Russian Vine (not for nothing is it sometimes known as mile-a-minute) had infiltrated and exploited the guttering, several joints and three places along one side panel. So, all things considered, it was time to make a difficult decision. Or rather, it was time for Anne to make a difficult decision. Demolition was a straightforward affair, once I’d taken on board Anne’s advice not to stand in the middle of it and pull. Nothing salvageable was wasted. The doors went to a neighbour to become elongated cold frames; likewise the bigger windows. We kept the smaller ones to bring on beans and butternut squash 14

plants in the future. Plus, there was enough kindling - or rather, there will be - to fill our wood store. The next stage in my summerhouse grieving process occurred when Anne took me shed shopping, since we clearly didn’t need another summerhouse and our actual shed was also on its last legs. When you run out of spaces on the doors to fit replacement hinges, it’s time to call it a day. I wandered around the shed yard, surly and unimpressed, like a schoolboy having to buy new shoes for next term. And then I saw it, framed in golden sunlight: a wonder shed. With glass along one side to let in light for propagation and so that we can watch the birds, and enough space for my tools, my bike and the cat, it ticked all the boxes. Delivery was assured in four weeks’ time and no money down an all-round winner. However, now that we’d prepared the ground, it was time to really prepare the ground by levelling it and adding a layer of sand. As the shed needs to sit on blocks and these have to be aligned and spaced perfectly, Anne waited

until I’d gone out to work. A neighbour popped over to help; the same one who corrected my comedy coat rack (now you see it, now you pick it - and a pile of coats - up off the floor). By the time I returned home, all I needed to do was position some plastic sheeting, so that the cat didn’t feel tempted to leave an organic time capsule in the sand. The shed people delivered on time and put the shed up on site. The block work was, thanks to my non-involvement, perfect. Even the cat flap seemed to meet with Porsha’s approval. She is a prenamed, rescue cat, so I take no responsibility. In the evening, a deputation of neighbours came up to take a look around the shed (with torches). Like I say, it’s a small village and not much happens here. One person asked, with genuine concern, if we planned to rent it out to holidaymakers. I quickly shed some light on the matter. Derek Thompson is a writer and humourist based in the West Country. His writing blog can be found at www.alongthewritelines. and he is also a regular at www.strictlywriting.

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It’s that time of year again, when you start to make lists of the Christmas presents you need to buy for your nearest and dearest. We all approach our Christmas shopping in different ways, so see if you can spot the shopping technique that most resembles yours in the list below: 1. The Very, Very Early Bird You are the shopper who can be found cramming your basket full of cut-price wrapping paper, Christmas cards and toiletry gift sets in the January sales. Well done, Very Early Bird. You might save yourself a good deal of money, but will you remember where you’ve hidden all those cut-price goodies by next December? 2. The Last Minute Man You just can’t find the motivation to buy presents until three hours before the shops are due to close on Christmas Eve. Then you dash round the streets with a look of sheer panic on your face, desperately hoping that the items on your list are not out of stock. Come on, Last Minute Shopper – you know you can do better, but deep inside you crave the adrenaline rush that comes from holding back till the very 24

last moment. 3. The Smugly Organised Shopper It’s mid September and not only have you already compiled your gift list, you’ve probably placed your first online order, for that ‘must-have’ new gadget that will be all the rage this Christmas. By the 1st December all your presents will be immaculately wrapped, labelled and stored in boxes under the bed. Organised Shopper, you are the envy of all your chaotically disorganised peers. But watch out - are you ready to face the bitter resentment of friends who shopped too late to get that ‘must-have’ gadget? 4. The Wishlister Do you remember the “Good Old Days” when Christmas presents were a surprise? When the mystery surrounding Christmas gifts led to a wellintentioned, communal impulse to pretend everything was lovely on the day (“Oooh, a hot water bottle cover - just what I needed!”)? Nowadays all recipients seem to do is mentally tick off gifts that they previously entered on their Amazon wishlist. Now there’s no need to spend time thinking about what your

nearest and dearest would like, when all you need to do is follow an on-screen link and click a button. Dear Wishlister, while we understand your desire to buy something your friend or relative really wants, we’d like to see you use a little more imagination and effort this Christmas. 5. The Crafty Maker You’ve been watching too many Kirstie Allsopp shows on TV and you now believe that the way to show real love at Christmas is to give friends and family a gift that you have made yourself. I know, Crafty Maker: you can’t wait for the look of surprise on your family’s faces when they open their presents to find something that you have carefully crafted out of papier mache and driftwood, but please don’t be disappointed if their wan smiles of appreciation suggest that they would have preferred the latest video game. Do you recognise yourself in any of these descriptions? If so, don’t panic. Christmas a unique time of the year when the effort we make for family and friends is allimportant. However you approach your Christmas shopping, it’s always the thought that counts.

recipients seem to do is mentally tick off gifts that, three months earlier, they entered on their Amazon wishlist. This habit leads to lazy present buying: there’s no need to spend time thinking about what your nearest and dearest would like when all you need to do is follow an on-screen link and click a button. Dear Wishlister, while we understand your desire to buy something your friend or relative really wants, we’d like to see you use a little more imagination and effort this Christmas. 5. The Crafty Maker You’ve been watching too many Kirstie Allsopp shows on TV and you now believe that the way to show real love at Christmas is to give friends and family a gift that you have made yourself.

You’ve already made your own Christmas bunting and tree decorations. You’ve knitted a festive cushion for the cat’s basket and hung a wreath made out of recycled yoghourt pots on the front door. Now you are preparing to stay up until midnight each night, stitching felt animals and painting small items of second hand furniture with Farrow and Ball tester pots.

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their London area director controlling 23 London practices was followed by a move to Southampton to work for CooperVision as their UK marketing manager. In 1985 Roy set up the Southampton based Optique. The first practice was in Bedford Place followed by Bitterne Precinct. Optique was a progressive optician which became well known for its friendly staff and efficient service. More practices followed at Totton, Hedge End and Shirley High Street, the latest one being in Hythe. Roy always insists on the highest standards of service, full instrumentation and highly trained friendly and efficient staff.

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The Amazing Mister Mittens Toby Daniels thought it was extremely unfair that he had to go next door and feed Mrs Withershaw’s cat. His neighbour would be in hospital for a whole week having a hip replacement. The boring chore would make him late home from school, and that meant ten minutes less computer game playing while his Mother made dinner. It simply was asking too much. He’d never paid much attention to Mrs Withershaw’s pet before. It had always seemed like the usual sort of cat, but by the third day of caring for it Toby wasn’t so sure. Yesterday he had left a dirty bowl next to the sink and today when he let himself in, the bowl had been washed and placed on the draining board. He watched as Mister Mittens hungrily ate his dinner. When he was sure the cat had finished Toby gently picked him up and placed him on the counter. “Show me how you turned on the tap, Mister Mittens,” Toby whispered in the cat’s ear. Mister Mittens began licking his paws enigmatically, clearly in no mood for performing. This was not the first time something unusual had happened. On the first day, 28

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“I’m worried about next door,” Toby said. “I noticed a leak in Mrs Withershaw’s back porch, and if this rain carries on she’s going to have a big puddle there when she gets home. She could slip over and ruin that brand new hip.” “Oh dear.” Mrs Daniels pretended to read her magazine while watching her son out of the corner of her eye. “What is there to be done about it?” It amazed and amused her that Toby still hadn’t realised that she had been going round to Mrs Withershaw’s every morning to tidy up the mess he’d made. She was seeing another side to Toby emerging as he cared for that old cat, so she was more than happy for Mister Mittens to take all the credit. Toby made up his mind and went into the hall for his coat. “I’m going back there now to put a bucket under it,” he said decisively. “That’s very thoughtful of you,” Mrs Daniels said, delighted that her son was finally learning to be considerate. Then, unable to resist, she added, “But won’t Mister Mittens do it?” “Honestly Mum!” Toby sighed, zipping up his coat. “You can’t expect a cat to think of everything.”

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“ It’s Behind You!” December and January are wonderful times to take children to the theatre with a host of pantomines to choose from and other Christmas themed performances. But tickets go quickly so to avoid disappointment get booked up early. Here’s a choice of what’s on over Christmas so don’t say we didn’t give you plenty of chance to book the best seats!

Robinson Crusoe

14 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 The Mayflower, Southampton Box Office: 023 8071 1811 Starring Brian Conley as Robinson Crusoe and Lesley Joseph as The Enchantress of the Ocean.

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11 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 Theatre Royal, Winchester Box Office: 01962 840 440 Can the Seven Dwarfs help Snow White, or will they come up short? Will the Wicked Queen prove to be rotten to the core when it comes to the crunch? And will the castle cook, Dame Dolly Dollop, and her silly son Muddles have the recipe for success or are they just cooking

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7 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 The Pavilion, Bournemouth Box Office: 0844 576 3000 Winner of the ‘Sexiest Male’ soap star award for the past four years, Scott Maslen, better known as Jack Branning in Eastenders, is stepping out of the square and onto the Pavilion stage as the evil (but sexy) Abanazar. Scott is of course also very well known as DS Phil Hunter from The Bill, and for his long run on Strictly Come Dancing. Joining is Bobby Crush will be bringing over 40 years’ worth of musical, acting and television presenting experience and playing the part of the much loved Widow Twankey.

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and Dancing on Ice in 2010. Christopher Maloney 2012 X-factor finalist, will sweep Sleeping Beauty off her feet as the Prince. Returning to the Kings is Lynne McGranger, Australian Home and Away soap star to play the villain everyone loves to hate, wicked fairy godmother ‘Carabosse’. Tony Adams who played Adam Chance in Crossroads and Dr. Neville Bywaters in General Hospital is also returning and will join us as King Egbert the Oval.

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4 Dec 2013 to 11 Jan 2014 Playhouse, Salisbury Box Office: 01722 320333 Dick Whittington and His Cat is packed with catchy songs, colourful sets and costumes, plenty of audience participation and loads of laughs. It’s the perfect family entertainment this Christmas. The cast includes Kieran Buckeridge as Mrs Whittington, who had audiences in sticthes as Nurse Nanny in Sleeping Beauty last year.

The Nutcracker

5 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 The Nuffield, Southampton Box Office: 023 8067 1771 No children’s season would be complete without a classic family Christmas show and this year is no disappointment: Based on the original tale by E.T.A Hoffman, this family play is a feast of colour, song and fantasy. Without a sugar plum fairy in sight, this darkly magical story is the ultimate Christmas show!


12 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 The Anvil, Basingstoke Box Office: 01256 844244 Starring Colin Baker (Doctor Who, I'm a Celebrity) as Abanazer, Derek Moran (Channel 5's Milkshake) as Wishee Washee and Ian Good as Widow Twankey.

Robin Hood

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12 Dec to 24 Dec 2013 Berry Theatre, Hedge End Box Office: 01489 799499 Adapted by Toby Huls. A new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s much-loved tale – this story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and dollops of fun for all the family.

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LOCAL WHAT’S ON SWANWICK LAKES WILDLIFE TOTS – MINI WILD CAMP 5 Nov, 10.30am – 12pm, 1.00pm – 2.30pm Swanwick Lakes Centre, Sopwith Way, SO31 7AY Toddler-friendly bushcraft, stories and activities for pre-school children.Booking is essential on 01489 570240 or Please bring outdoor clothing and wellies. Children must be accompanied by adults. Suggested donation £3 per child. SECOND CHANCE FASHION SHOW 6 Nov, 7.30pm Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT A catwalk show of up-cycled garments from local charity shops. Discover how to track down designer labels and grab yourself a bargain. The evening will also include stalls by local crafters and businesses. Free. AUTUMN SPLENDOURS – GUIDED WALK 7 Nov, 10.30am Swanwick Lakes Wildlife Reserve, Sopwith Way, SO31 7AY Join Reserve staff for a guided walk to experience Swanwick Lakes in its autumnal glory. Telephone 01489 570240 or e-mail uk for more information. Please bring outdoor clothing and sturdy boots. Booking is essential as places are limited. Suggested donation £3 per person. AUTUMN SPARKLE PARTY – HAMPSHIRE AUTISTIC SOCIETY 7 Nov Ageas Bowl, Botley Road, SO30 3XH An evening of fashion, shopping and pampering; 20 stalls with an exciting range of products to try and buy. £12.50 includes entry to Ageas Bowl, a glass of bucks fizz and a Clinque Goody Bag. 01489 880881 for more info. events/sparkle-party-2013.html

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COFFEE MORNING – CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION 9 Nov, 10am – 12pm Church of the Ascension, Thorald Road, Bitterne Park In aid of the Church Flower Fund, with a raffle, items for sale and delicious cakes and coffee. TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS ‘TREATS & EATS’ EVENT 9 – 10 Nov, 10am – 5pm Whiteley Shopping Centre, PO15 7LJ If you love wonderful food, indulgent treats, sparkling jewellery, handmade cosmetics and special gifts, come to “Truly Scrumptious” in Market Square. Free admission. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS WORKSHOP 13 Nov, 10am – 1pm Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT Introduction to the basic functions, controls, downloading and sharing. £10.50 (concessions available). Telephone to book on 023 9252 3463. 1913 AND ALL THAT 14 Nov, 7.30pm – 9pm Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT Combining spoken word and music, two performers will take you on a humorous, illuminating journey through literature and popular culture on the eve of the First World War. Tickets £6. Telephone to book on 023 9252 3463. VEGAN & SPIRITUAL LIFE EXHIBITION 17 Nov 10:30 to 5:30 The Royal Maritime Club, Portsmouth Stands that introduce, health and beauty products along with organic and fair trade items that are totally cruelty free in their manufacture, plus talks on spiritualism. Help for Heroes charity to benefit from the proceeds of the show. Contact Stacey Price 07540 869795 PERCY THE PARK KEEPER 20 Nov, 11am – 12pm, and 1.30pm – 2.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5DQ Come and join in the adventures of Percy and the Park animals. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Meet outside the shop. Spaces are limited so please book in advance. £2.50 per child; must be accompanied by an adult. Telephone 023 8045 5157. TREES STORY TIME SPECIAL 23 Nov, 11am – 12pm Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, PO12 1BT It’s National Tree Week and we will be joining in with stories and crafts to celebrate trees. Suitable for under 10s accompanied by an adult. Free.

CHARITY CRAFT AND GIFT FAYRE 23 Nov, 10am – 1pm Lockswood Community Centre, SO31 6DX Gosport Cats Protection have a stall at the Lion’s Fayre. Cats Protection merchandise for sale and your feline friend is sure to appreciate a treat of the ever popular catnip mice. CONCERT BY THE HAMPSHIRE POLICE MALE VOICE CHOIR 23 Nov, 7.30pm St Peter and St Paul Church, Osborn Road, PO16 7DR A concert by this popular Male Voice Choir with a varied programme of choir items and solos. Tickets £8. Telephone 01329 665170. CHRISTMAS QUIZ NIGHT – HAMPSHIRE AUTISTIC SOCIETY 29 Nov, 7pm arrival for 7.30pm start Hedge End CIU Club, Bursledon Road, SO30 OBR It’s time to test your knowledge! The quizmaster has a range of quizzes and puzzles to get your brain thinking including general knowledge, anagrams and picture puzzles. Teams of 6, £10 per person to include a Christmas supper. Bar available plus a raffle with fantastic prizes. Telephone 01489 880881. CHRISTMAS GIFT & CRAFT FAIR 30 Nov, 12pm – 4pm The Netley Grange, (Formerly Millhouse Pub), Grange Road, SO31 5FF Christmas fair for unusual and not to be found on the High Street gifts and crafts. Free entry plus a raffle. All proceeds donated to The Special Care Baby Unit and The Cardiomyopathy Association. Free entry. Donations welcome. Telehpone 02380434443. events/1420440554844168/ PANTOMIME 28 & 29 Nov, 7.30pm; 30th Nov 2pm & 7:30pm Soberton Village Hall, SO32 3PF The Emporer’s New Clothes. Traditional Pantomime returns to Soberton with this well-known fairytale brought to life by Soberton Players. Will Emperor “Monty” Preen become the ultimate fashion victim? Will the Nimbys be ousted from their farm to make way for a giant wardrobe? And what can Clover the Cow and the Yorkshire Fairies do to help? 01489 878724 or email tickets@sobertonplayers. Card hotline 01489 866666 Tickets £6 for adults £4 for people up to school leaving age.

CRIB FESTIVAL – ST JOHN’S CHURCH 5 – 8 Dec, 10am – 6pm (Sunday, 11am – 6pm) St John’s Church, Locks Heath Join St John’s Church in celebrating the coming of Christmas at their Crib Festival. Opened by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Mrs Susan Bayford and Consort Councillor Mr Brian Bayford on Thursday 5th Dec at 10am. For further details, contact Ms N Fisher, Crib Festival Co-ordinator on 01489 575150. CANDELIT CAROL CONCERT 7 Dec 7pm Royal Victoria Country Park Enjoy a traditional Christmas Carol Concert, in the acoustically acclaimed, performed by local artists and sing along to your favourites. Followed by mince pies and sherry. All proceeds will go to the ‘Friends of Royal Victoria Country Park’. Tickets available from 11th November. 023 8045 5157 D@RT’S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Sat 7 Dec 11-3pm Wildern School, Wildern Lane, Hedge End Featuring hand made goods by local artists and craftspeople. Free entry.

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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


Baycroft School Brookfield Community School Cams Hill School Cornerstone C of E (Aided) PS Harrison Primary School Heathfield School Henry Cort Community College Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy Locks Heath Infant School Locks Heath Junior School Lord Wilson School Neville Lovett Community School Orchard Lea Infant School Orchard Lea Junior School Park Gate Primary School Ranvilles Infant School Ranvilles Junior School Redlands Primary School Sarisbury C of E Junior School Sarisbury Infant School St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School St Columba CofE Primary Academy St Francis Special School St John The Baptist C of E PS St Jude’s Catholic Voluntary Aided PS Titchfield Primary School The Gregg School Uplands Primary School Wallisdean Infant School Wallisdean Junior School Whiteley Primary School Wicor Primary School

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Discover Locks Heath November 2013  

An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Locks Heath, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community n...