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Contents All Change

Local Living p48

These days, many of us are unfaithful – at least as far as customer loyalty is concerned. Most people will happily flit from one mobile service provider to another, chasing the best packages and handsets, and are equally happy to change internet providers, energy companies and insurers in pursuit of the best deals. Yet according to research from the Independent Commission on Banking, on average we only change bank accounts every 26 years.

Ever wondered how models and actresses manage to look so

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So why aren’t we all regularly browsing comparison sites, checking which current account would make the most of our money - or walking along the high street laden with leaflets from every bank with a branch? Because we hate the thought of the hassle. We think about all the incomings and outgoings, wondering how we could ever switch at the right time so that they all continue smoothly – and what might happen if they don’t. Say a direct debit gets lost along the way and goes unnoticed, meaning we default on a bill or the mortgage?

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Pet Proof your Garden p12

I’m talking about cats and dogs. What can you do to ensure that you continue to garden happily, successfully and safely, despite the fact the garden is visited by cats and dogs… and without harming these lovely creatures either?

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Clever Contouring

Skilled in the art of contouring, her make-up artist cleverly uses cosmetics to emphasis particular parts of her face, which creates her striking trademark look. Here’s how you can get cheekbones which rival Kim’s: Firstly you’ll need to prime your skin. Choose the primer that’s right for you - green toned versions neutralise redness in the skin and mattifying primers eradicate shine. Firstly, smooth the product over your entire face, after applying a light moisturiser. Next, select two foundations in two different shades; the first should be one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and the other should be one shade darker.

Apply the lighter foundation to the centre of your forehead, then bring it down onto the middle of your nose, in a straight line -

You may need to consider actively fencing off one part of the garden for your dog, and trying Next door’s cat or others in the to keep another area completely neighbourhood are trickierhave to deala proper secret admirer. She 1st: France requested the dog free. If you have problems to go for broke. with as unfortunately theydecided do with dogs coming in from next extradition of Klaus Barbie after tend to try and do their ‘toileting’ “Was it Mr Wellbrook?” door, then it’s essential that you along the edges of their own Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld “That chap who flashes about make repairs to fences. Now territory, making your garden a in his Jag?” Brian frowned. found him living in Bolivia. He is a good time because there’s prime target area. was convicted in 1983 and died relatively little plant foliage to “Certainly not.” If your cat or a neighbour’s cat ter hide holes, gaps or loose panels Starting at 1 and finishing at 34, track your way from in prison four years later at the oneasquare to another (touching) square, placing Adeline was stumped, and a is problem, bear in mind that Pictograms consecutive numbers into the empty shapes as you go. in fencing. Remember that the age of 77. Some numbers already given. is, the the more bare are soil there little disappointed. “Could you 3 words dog is also likely to be able to more likely that a cat will start DON squeeze underneath or around 47 3 give me a clue?” P_THO_ 4th: The Iran Blizzard, the to use it as its loo. Ground types of PAN_SA_ fence, rer.” many solved. Brian leaned in closer, “How 49 46 cover 44 planting is 1 essential worst blizzard in history, began. need to way she kept her he so you 4may On her would you feel if I said your Over the next few weeks it and you could always words 26 7 22 use chicken netting use temporary annual e eyes peeled for the Jag, but her secret admirer is in this shop killed more than 4,000 people, JENNINGS or similar. Don’t 39 38 EHT gaps secret admirer wasflowers to fill inright now?” Adeline looked burying villages under as much forgetpotential that gates 29 28between longer 20 term as wellkeeping fences need to beprofile. Recipe a low Once at around her. 5aswords as 26 feet of snow. planting. If you find that these 33 35 16 19 14 USER and MANAGER CUSTOMER dog-proofed, never left MANAGER USER CUSTOMER Blossom’s she was perturbed toup shortly after “But there’s nobody here.” And too are scuffed MANAGER USER CUSTOMER open for the to wander USER dog MANAGER CUSTOMER 11 MANAGER USER CUSTOMER you counter. have planted them, then r frontthrough. find Brian stood at the 8th: A state of emergency was then she realised, If you really have the best thing to do is declared throughout the UK d Mr a serious She was fond of Brian, but she “Mr Blossom!” She declared, problem cover newly planted that this won’t have rather discussed the would “How would your wife feel?” due to the coalminers’ strike areas of bedding resolve then and dwindling stocks of coal. self.”Across matter with his wife, woman to5 with 6an arch ofBrian looked shocked, “I don’t harden (4) 1 2 3 4 7 you can try(9)a 24. Apiarist (9) 3. Onyx marble 8 chicken mesh ried fox woman. have a wife.” 8. Crack in a lip caused Down deterrent 9 usually by cold (4) 1. Copyist, scribe (9) 15th: A US patent was granted utiful,9. Pretending one “Good morning Coles, set in 40 minutes “Have you told that to Daisy?” 2. Implanted device that 10MissReady of feelings and acting controls heartbeat (9) 4Adeline 11 12 the influence ofto arched her eyebrow. to Willem J Kolff for the er cup underlovely see Brian smiled Serves 4. Milky plant you,” substance

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Use a light-reflecting - not a glittery or overly shimmery highlighter to make certain areas of your face really stand out. Apply the product under the arch of your eyebrows, then along the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and onto your cupid’s bow, just above your top lip. To finish, and to bring the entire look together, dust translucent powder over your entire face and add a touch of colour to the apples of your cheeks using a pink blusher.

Recipes p22

Don’t forget to check your makeup in natural light – this will help you make sure that everything is well blended and you don’t have any unsightly patches.

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Sweep the darker shade under your cheekbones, along the outer sides of your nose - either side of the lighter colour - and on your temples and jaw line. Blend down onto your neck so that you don’t end up with a visible foundation line.

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this will make your nose appear straighter and slimmer. Then, apply under your eyes and to the tops of your cheekbones, then lastly to the centre of your chin.

Professional Beauty Secrets p8

Kim Kardashian is known for her flawless make-up look which perfectly accentuates her features and draws attention to her razorsharp cheekbones.

board a Russian submarine were killed when fire broke out while it was submerged. Twelve survivors were trapped inside the vessel for three weeks as it was towed from the Arctic Ocean to the Kola Peninsula. 25th: Members of the National Union of Mineworkers voted to end their strike in return for a twenty per cent pay increase.

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Step This Way for a Healthier Future Health Walks. Walking is a great way to keep active and healthy and is fast becoming a social event that can help you to meet people. Health Walks enable you to see the beautiful countryside, landscapes, towns and villages in Test Valley whilst taking in fresh air and exercise at the same time! Health Walks are aimed at all fitness levels but particularly those people who do little physical activity or those who are recovering from ill health. Shorter walks are offered as an incentive for those not ready to complete the full distance of approximately 2.5 miles. They are run by a team of trained Volunteer Walk Leaders who motivate and encourage all walkers to keep walking and they recognise that everyone has different levels of fitness, needs and abilities. All walks are approximately 2.5 miles and take around one hour. Walks rely on the support that we receive from our local Volunteer Walk Leaders and we are always looking for more volunteers to join our team to continue this highly successful Scheme.

Can You Play BRASS? Jubilee Brass has performed at many local and county events, including the New Forest Caravan Show, Woolston Bowls Club, the Mela Festival, Brockenhurst Remembrance Parade, and Christmas carols at John Lewis and on Radio Solent. They support a number of local and national charities and recently performed raised money at their Christmas carol playing for the ‘Simon Says’ Children’s Bereavement Charity and the O.A.T.A.R.S special needs group. The band plays a wide range of music that includes jazz, swing, pop, film and traditional brass band. We welcome new players of brass or percussion and rehearsals take place from 7.30 – 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings at the Eastpoint Centre. Don’t worry if you are a little bit rusty as many of the band members were in that position not long ago. If you do not own an instrument, let them know beforehand, as thanks to a generous lottery grant the band have additional instruments that can be borrowed. For more information please contact jubilee-brass@hotmail.co.uk or view their website www.jubileebrass.org.uk and they’ll see you at the next rehearsal!

Are you a Male Singer? Why not go along to The Abbey Hotel, Romsey and give singing a try with the Romsey Male Voice Choir. There is no formal audition nor is there a requirement that you can read music. All that is asked is you have an enjoyment of singing and a wish to join with like minded people in a friendly atmosphere. Rehearsals take place every Monday evening between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm. As well as giving concerts and raising money for charity, there are regular social events which include partners and families. Enquiries via Mike Gardiner on 01794 501565 or michael.gardiner@virginmedia.com.


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Recognition and Celebration for the New Forest’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ Following the many successful presentations that have taken place in previous years, Community First New Forest Volunteer Centre has now started preparations for its next recognition and celebration event. Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Sarah Suddrey adds “Volunteers very rarely ask for recognition but they most certainly deserve it. This event is to celebrate the efforts of so many across the New Forest who give of their time freely and make such a difference in their local communities. Please get in touch if you know any deserving volunteers.” Once again Hoburne Bashley is delighted to hold the event this year on Thursday 20 March 2014 between 3pm and 5pm. Each organisation will receive a recognition certificate along with one for each of their volunteers. The event will also see the celebration of outstanding commitment to volunteering through the New Forest Volunteer of the Year Award.

Totton and District Probus Club The Totton and District branch of Probus is one of only a few clubs in the country to welcome both ladies and gentlemen as members. The Probus Clubs are for active retired people, to join with like-minded people, for a monthly social meeting. The Totton and District Club meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Calmore Sports and Cricket Ground Club House. The programme involves a three course lunch followed by an informative talk or a day’s outing by coach to a place of interest.

Community First New Forest would like to encourage nominations for voluntary organisations and committed volunteers.

Last year was a successful year of outings and entertainments. 2014 has a full plan of activities which hopefully will be equally successful. At our next meeting, in 26th February will be an amusing talk given by Colin van Geffen, Sign of the Times. Anyone looking to spend a pleasant few hours in good company and enjoy a nice meal, then come along and join in with us. Just call the secretary on 023 8086 7882.

To nominate an organisation or volunteer visit the Community First New Forest website www.cfnf.org. uk. Alternatively you can call or email the volunteer centre on 01425 482773 or email vol.bureau@cfnf. org.uk.

Meeting dates for 2014 26th February 26th March 23rd April 28th May

25th June 24th September 22nd October 26th November 10th December

Deadline for nominations is Friday 14 February. You can download forms here: www.cfnf.org. uk/WORD DOCUMENTS/2014/VC-nominationform-2014.doc www.cfnf.org.uk/WORD DOCUMENTS/2014/VCnomination-guidelines-2014.doc

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All Change By Alison Runham

These days, many of us are unfaithful – at least as far as customer loyalty is concerned. Most people will happily flit from one mobile service provider to another, chasing the best packages and handsets, and are equally happy to change internet providers, energy companies and insurers in pursuit of the best deals. Yet according to research from the Independent Commission on Banking, on average we only change bank accounts every 26 years.

So why aren’t we all regularly browsing comparison sites, checking which current account would make the most of our money - or walking along the high street laden with leaflets from every bank with a branch? Because we hate the thought of the hassle. We think about all the incomings and outgoings, wondering how we could ever switch at the right time so that they all continue smoothly – and what might happen if they don’t. Say a direct debit gets lost along the way and goes unnoticed, meaning we default on a bill or the mortgage?

The Current Account Switch Guarantee Relax. Banks have recognised these fears and realised it’s in their best interests to make it easy for you to swap your account to them; some even offer financial incentives. And in September, following a recommendation from the ICB, seventeen banks joined the new Current Account Switch Guarantee scheme which should see your bank account transferred within seven days - with a

minimum of effort from you. Under the guarantee, once you’ve asked your chosen new bank to switch your account, they’re responsible for all the hard work (including making good any direct debits, charges etc if anything goes wrong). You simply choose a switch date (remembering you must allow seven working days and can’t choose a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday), then sit back as your new bank or building society transfers all incoming payments, outgoing payments and your balance (subject to their overdraft rules). They’ll also close your old account, which you can continue to use up until your switch date. Neither you, nor anyone you pay or who pays you, have to do a thing. It’s up to your new bank to inform everyone concerned and process the changes; and payments in or out of your old account are automatically re-directed for 13 months to ensure once-a-year payments are covered. Simple. To see which banks and building societies have signed up so far, you can visit www.simplerworld. co.uk., which also has full information on the Switch


7 Guarantee. What the website doesn’t have is information on available accounts or comparison tools. So where can you find them?

www.moneysupermarket.com/current-accounts/ allows you to narrow your search for the right current account by using their handy dropdown filter menu or sidebar categories to search for accounts including business accounts, accounts with interest, overdraft facilities, cashback, rewards and even specifically for accounts from banks signed up to the 7 day Switch Guarantee. The results table also shows you a customer rating, with statistics taken from:

www.moneysavingexpert.com/banking/compare-best-bankaccounts This site has detailed discussions and comparisons of the best buys in a number of categories, fitting accounts to your circumstances. It includes a section on the best ethical banks.

www.which.co.uk/money/bank-accounts/reviews-ns/bankaccounts also advises on best bank accounts if you always stay in credit, need authorised overdrafts or need unauthorised overdrafts. But fee-charging bank accounts are listed separately, so you may want to consider them alongside the other options. Sometimes paying a fee can be the best option – which brings us to the most important part of the process: THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR CURRENT ACCOUNT There’s a bewildering array of account types these days, so before you plunge in, it’s worth considering what you need from your account. Some modern current accounts work in tandem with your savings account or mortgage, and can allow you to shift money from one to the other – reducing interest payments on your mortgage

in the good times, and providing a cheap way to ‘borrow’ money to cover unexpected calamities like boiler or car breakdowns (these are often listed under ‘Offset Mortgages’ rather than current

accounts). Then there’s cashback, airmiles, points, rewards, special deals on savings and mortgages from the same provider, free breakdown cover or travel insurance – the list is endless. So think carefully about what facilities you need, what extras could save you money, how you want to operate your account (online, post, branch, all three?) and check if paying a fee could save money in the long run. Some great deals can be found outside the Big Four (Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC), so keep an open mind. Clydesdale Bank and Nationwide both offer good interest rates if you pay in a minimum of £1000 per month. First Direct isn’t currently offering in-credit interest, but does offer financial incentives for switching and a high interest linked savings account, plus a small free overdraft facility. It’s also won both Money Saving Expert and Which? customer service polls.

So why not take a look? These deals probably won’t be around in 26 years...


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Professional Beauty Secrets: Revealed By Helen Taylor

Ever wondered how models and actresses manage to look so gorgeous all of the time? Well, we have the answers. Keep reading for the lowdown on those all important tips and tricks that are used by professionals all over the world. Why not take notes and try out an A-list makeover yourself?

Clever Contouring Kim Kardashian is known for her flawless make-up look which perfectly accentuates her features and draws attention to her razorsharp cheekbones. Skilled in the art of contouring, her make-up artist cleverly uses cosmetics to emphasis particular parts of her face, which creates her striking trademark look. Here’s how you can get cheekbones which rival Kim’s: Firstly you’ll need to prime your skin. Choose the primer that’s right for you - green toned versions neutralise redness in the skin and mattifying primers eradicate shine. Firstly, smooth the product over your entire face, after applying a light moisturiser. Next, select two foundations in two different shades; the first should be one shade lighter than your natural skin tone and the other should be one shade darker. Apply the lighter foundation to the centre of your forehead, then bring it down onto the middle of your nose, in a straight line -

this will make your nose appear straighter and slimmer. Then, apply under your eyes and to the tops of your cheekbones, then lastly to the centre of your chin. Sweep the darker shade under your cheekbones, along the outer sides of your nose - either side of the lighter colour - and on your temples and jaw line. Blend down onto your neck so that you don’t end up with a visible foundation line. Use a light-reflecting - not a glittery or overly shimmery highlighter to make certain areas of your face really stand out. Apply the product under the arch of your eyebrows, then along the tops of your cheekbones, down the centre of your nose and onto your cupid’s bow, just above your top lip. To finish, and to bring the entire look together, dust translucent powder over your entire face and add a touch of colour to the apples of your cheeks using a pink blusher. Don’t forget to check your makeup in natural light – this will help you make sure that everything is well blended and you don’t have any unsightly patches.


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Perfect Pout We’re used to seeing perfectly shaped, kissable lips on every celebrity we can think of. Here are our secrets on how to achieve that gorgeous red carpet look. Grab a neutral-coloured lip liner and begin lining just outside the coloured part of your lips to create a full effect. Define your cupid’s bow by drawing a ‘V’ in the centre curve of your top lip - bring the line round and down using soft feathery strokes. Line the curve of the bottom lip with the same light movements, and soften by lightly blending with your finger.

Finally add a touch of your favourite shimmery clear lip-gloss to the centre of your lips to add instant fullness.

Lovely Lashes Long, luscious eyelashes are a must for anyone in the spotlight. Most celebrities will be sporting high quality lash extensions, but you can still achieve an impressive look with just a few basic tools.

Choose a striking shade of red lipstick and carefully apply the colour within the line using a lip brush.

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Liquid liner is essential too - not only does it add definition, but it helps to create the look of a thick lash line, so always apply to your upper lashes before your mascara. Choose a quality mascara to lengthen and colour your lashes. Wipe the applicator before use - to remove excess product which can cause clumps - and work the brush through your lashes using a quick side to side motion, ensuring that every area is covered. So, now you have the professionals’ top tips at your fingertips, there’s no reason why you can’t look as glamorous as your famous celebrity.

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Banish Those Winter Blues

When you’re not just blue, but SAD

By Alison Runham Often, you can cope with the start of winter. It may be dark, cold and wet, but the early months are full of celebrations to lift your spirits until the New Year and its ‘fresh start’. A few weeks later, your resolutions are in tatters. The days are still dark, meaning you drag yourself out of bed and then feel like the day is over by dinner time. You may be just fed up, but you could be suffering from ‘Winter Blues’. So here’s how to survive the winter. • Let There Be Light! Lack of sunlight can increase melatonin levels (making you sleepy and lethargic) and reduce serotonin levels (affecting mood and appetite). It’s also thought to influence your ‘body clock’ (your circadian rhythm that controls body functions). So spend time outside. When indoors, try to work or relax near a window. A sunrise clock may help you wake up; they aim to bring your body out of sleep gently, by gradually increasing the light they emit.

• Stay Warm If your body is fighting to keep you warm, you’ll feel sluggish and struggle to concentrate. Keep yourself as warm as possible; wear layers and heat your home adequately. What about spending time somewhere else warm and cosy - a pub or library? • Eat and Drink Healthily Warm, stodgy food and extra tea and coffee seem tempting when we’re chilly and low, but resist – think hot but healthy. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables of different colours and choose low sugar, low fat alternatives to stodgy puddings. Healthy soups are a great winter warmer, as are fruit teas, orange juice with cinnamon, honey and lemon, or malted drinks made with skimmed milk or hot water (but beware versions loaded with fat and sugar). • Socialise There’s scientific proof that the company of others, particularly if laughing and hugging is involved, is great for our wellbeing. So invite friends round, go visiting and attend sociable gatherings wherever possible.

Over 2 million people in the UK suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a more severe form of Winter Blues. SAD is at its worst from December to February when days are shortest, and causes either depression, or mood swings between depression and hyper-energy. Sometimes stress or trauma such as bereavement or a new baby seems to be a trigger, and it’s most prevalent in 18-30 year olds. If you are a sufferer, you can help yourself by: • Following the Winter Blues advice above • Trying a light box Therapeutic light boxes, available to buy or rent, produce light that’s at least ten times as intense as normal daylight. Rent one first to see if it works for you. • Seeing your GP They may suggest counselling or CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) or in some circumstances, antidepressants or a structured course of light therapy. For support and information, visit www.sada.org.uk/ (The Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA)) or www.sad.org.uk/


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Pet Proof Your Garden By Pippa Greenwood

There’s always a lot to say about small pests such as greenfly, caterpillars, vine-weevil and so forth, but early in the year it’s some of the bigger ‘residents’ which can really drive you around the bend.

I’m talking about cats and dogs. What can you do to ensure that you continue to garden happily, successfully and safely, despite the fact the garden is visited by cats and dogs… and without harming these lovely creatures either? You may need to consider actively fencing off one part of the garden for your dog, and trying to keep another area completely dog free. If you have problems with dogs coming in from next door, then it’s essential that you make repairs to fences. Now is a good time because there’s relatively little plant foliage to hide holes, gaps or loose panels in fencing. Remember that the dog is also likely to be able to squeeze underneath or around many types of fence, so you may need to use chicken netting or similar. Don’t forget that gates as well as fences need to be dog-proofed, and never left open for the dog to wander through. If you really have a serious problem that this won’t resolve then you can try a fox deterrent

such as ‘Fox-Watch’. Sometimes a few strategically planted dense and prickly shrubs such as pyracantha may help to deter digging paws. Obviously you don’t want to cause the animal actual harm, but something sharp, prickly or simply very dense can act as a good deterrent. Next door’s cat or others in the neighbourhood are trickier to deal with as unfortunately they do tend to try and do their ‘toileting’ along the edges of their own territory, making your garden a prime target area. If your cat or a neighbour’s cat is a problem, bear in mind that the more bare soil there is, the more likely that a cat will start to use it as its loo. Ground cover planting is essential and you could always use temporary annual flowers to fill in gaps between longer term planting. If you find that these too are scuffed up shortly after you have planted them, then the best thing to do is cover newly planted areas of bedding with an arch of chicken mesh


13 planted areas of bedding with an arch of chicken mesh or with sticks with taut string tied between them. Obviously this will look a mess but can be removed promptly once the plants have rooted well and started to establish. I have found that the electronic cat deterrent ‘CatWatch’ works very well too.

smell do tend to deter cats, as they hate digging in moist material. Take extreme care if dogs use the garden as cocoshell mulches can prove fatal to them. Mulches made of large pebbles or stones also tend to keep them at bay, but smaller diameter gravel or shingle seems to be quite attractive to some cats.

Mulching materials can sometimes cause problems and despite what the label says, many gardeners have told me that they found that the cocoa shell mulches seem to attract cats. Generally speaking soggy mulches like this or anything with a strong

Areas of freshly sown seed look very attractive to a cat or dog and again are best protected either by chicken mesh or sticks and string. Remember to keep the string taut at all times, as there’s a slight risk that birds could become entangled in it.

Visit Pippa’s website www.pippagreenwood.com for a great range of gardening-related items including ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ veg growing system, electronic cat and fox deterrents, lots of slug controls, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, and many other useful garden items.


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Is the next TeenStar a Discover reader? The exciting, new music competition offers teenagers and pre-teens from all around the UK the fantastic opportunity to launch their singing careerFuture Music, the organisers behind the hugely successful Open Mic UK competition and bringing us such acts as Birdy, Lucy Spraggan and Jahmene Douglas to light is behind TeenStar. If you are 19 or under and think you could be crowned the UK’s best teen singer, duo, vocal group or rapper enter to win! Southampton and Portsmouth auditions on 16 February at Ferneham Hall, Fareham. To register online www.teenstarcompetition.co.uk.

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Up the Creek with a Paddle Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre offers British Canoe Union canoeing and kayaking courses and much more! As a BCU ‘Top Centre’ staff at Woodmill can get you in a boat for the first time, develop existing skills, or coach you through the BCU instructor development scheme. Watch out as you’ll get hooked on paddle sports! Woodmill Lane, Southampton SO18 2JR

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What happened in February 1972? by Patrick D Cousins The average cost of a house was £7,300 and petrol was about 35p a gallon

Elvis Presley

On 3rd February 1972 the Curse of Tutankhamen claimed another victim - allegedly. As the boy king’s mask was being placed on a plane in Cairo, to be flown to Paris, the museum’s Director of Antiquities died – surely proof of a curse many said.

pram and ‘threatening’ to resign. Why didn’t they let him?

1st: France requested the extradition of Klaus Barbie after Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld found him living in Bolivia. He was convicted in 1983 and died in prison four years later at the age of 77.

21st: Richard Nixon became the first US president to visit Communist China.

4th: The Iran Blizzard, the worst blizzard in history, began. Over the next few weeks it killed more than 4,000 people, burying villages under as much as 26 feet of snow.

24th: Twenty eight men on board a Russian submarine were killed when fire broke out while it was submerged. Twelve survivors were trapped inside the vessel for three weeks as it was towed from the Arctic Ocean to the Kola Peninsula.

8th: A state of emergency was declared throughout the UK due to the coalminers’ strike and dwindling stocks of coal.

Three of the bestselling singles this year were: Telegram Sam - T Rex I’d Like to Teach The World To Sing - The New Seekers Have You Seen Her The Chi-Lites

15th: A US patent was granted to Willem J Kolff for the invention of the world’s first artificial heart. 17th: Prime Minister Ted Heath narrowly won a vote in the House of Commons on whether or not to join the ‘Common Market’, after throwing all his toys out of the

The VW Beetle became the most popular car in history on production of the 15,007,034th model. The previous record, 15,007,033, had been held by the Ford Model T.

23rd: Elvis and Priscilla Presley separated. They had married on 1 May 1967 at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas.

25th: Members of the National Union of Mineworkers voted to end their strike in return for a twenty per cent pay increase.

Patrick D Cousins is the author of Rainbows, Dreams and Angels, available from Amazon. This is a double novella with both stories set in London’s East End, mostly during the Fifties and Sixties.


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LOCAL WHAT’S ON PATRICK LICHFIELD: A LIFE THRU THE LENS 8 Feb - 21 April, 11am-5pm Mottisfont Abbey, nr Romsey SO51 0LP Mottisfont launches its 2014 exhibition season with the largest display ever mounted of portraits by Royal photographer Patrick Lichfield. Over 50 large format portraits created from the 1960’s onwards. Normal admission charge only. 01794 344020. www.nationaltrust.org. uk/mottisfont WILDLIFE WEEK 15 Feb - 23 Feb, 10am-5pm Mottisfont Abbey, nr Romsey SO51 0LP Meet the experts on the local wildlife, learn how to care for and protect them. Pick up a wildlife trail and discover what wildlife there is at Mottisfont! Normal admission charges to the house and grounds apply. National Trust members are free. 01794 340757.

FUN WITH FLORA AND FAUNA 15 - 23 Feb, 10am-4pm Marwell, Colden Common, Winchester, SO21 1JH Welcome to the wonderful world of plants! Take part in themed crafts and enjoy animal talks at Marwell this half term. 01962 777932. beckyg@marwell.org.uk HALF TERM FUN ON THE FARM 17 Feb - 21 Feb, 10am-4pm Manor Farm Country Park, SO31 1BH Come along for a week of activities for children including farmhouse arts and crafts, Victorian school lessons, guided farmyard walk and ‘Meet the Animals’. Normal Farm admission charge. 01489 787055. SQUASHED FAIRIES AT TUDOR HOUSE 18 Feb, 10am-12 noon or 1-3pm Tudor House Museum and Garden, Bugle Street SO14 2AD What would happen if a fairy fell into your book and got squashed? Come along to this fantastic session to make your own squashed fairies! Ages 4-11 yrs. £5, pre book. 023 8083 4536. BIRD BOX BONANZA 18 Feb, 10am-3pm Lepe Country Park, Lepe, Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AD

All the family are welcome to build a bird box or rustic feeders for the garden. Event will be indoors if the weather is bad! Bird box £6.50, feeders £2.00. No need to book. 023 8089 9108. WOODLAND ACTIVITY DAY 18 &19 Feb, 9.30am-3.30pm Itchen Valley Country Park, Allington Lane, West End SO30 3HQ Come and spend the day den building, cooking on campfires and much more. For 6 - 11 year olds, packed lunch required. £20 per child per day. Booking essential. 023 8047 5080. WINTER CRAFT 18 Feb, 10.30am-12.30pm Itchen Valley Country Park, Allington Lane, West End SO30 3HQ Come along and take part in an indoor craft session and make an item to take home. Drop in any time. £1.50 per item. 023 8047 5080.

SHIVER ME TIMBERS 21 Feb, 1.30-3.30pm SeaCity Museum, Havelock Road SO14 7FY Avast, me hearties! Come along to hear a tale of life on the high seas and learn some fun pirate facts. Create your own pirate kit, with working navigational device. £4. Ages 4-11 yrs. 023 8083 4536. www.seacitymuseum.co.uk


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CLASSIC CAR EVENT 02 Mar, 10am – 2pm Sir Harold Hillier Gardens Classic and Sports Cars from across the south. Hillier’s joins forces with Winchesters MG Owners Club to bring you the delights of some great British classics from across the south coast. MG Owners from far and wide will be proudly displaying their beautiful classics such as MGAs, MGBs and Midgets There will be other Golden DOGGY FUN WEEKEND Oldies including makes 15 and 16 Mar, 10am-3pm Lepe Country Park, Lepe, Exbury, such as Triumph, Morris and Southampton SO45 1AD Austin. Leaving parade from Bring your dog to Lepe for an approximately 1.30pm. Free with agility trail and other doggy normal admission treats. No entry fee (car parking charges only). No need to book. LITTLE COURT: OPEN GARDEN 023 8089 9108. FOR NGS 30 Mar, 2 - 5.30pm LEPE LOOP AND LUNCH Crawley, nr Winchester, 26 Mar, 10am-2pm Hampshire, SO21 2PU Lepe Country Park, Lepe, Exbury, A traditional walled country Southampton SO45 1AD garden, spectacular in spring, Join the rangers for a 5 mile with thousands of bulbs, guided walk at a gentle pace hellebores and snowdrops, and around a coastal and countryside cowslips in the labyrinth. Fun route, followed by hot lunch in for children: tree house, several the cafe. The terrain is rough swings. The Garden is sheltered, in parts, so walking boots has many seats and beautiful and sensible outdoor clothing views. Field with butterflies. recommended. £9.50 pp. 023 Classic kitchen garden. In a very 8089 9108. pretty, small village of thatched cottages. Adults £3, children free hundreds of second-hand, outof-print and rare books, maps, prints and ephemera. Plenty of local material with experienced book dealers. Everything for the book lover from £1 paperbacks to the scarce and collectable. Fair manager is New Forest author and speaker, Georgina Babey. Free admission. 01725 514480, geebabey@tiscali.co.uk, www. newforestbooksandtalks.co.uk

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The Secret Admirer By Jackie Brewster

“Someone has a secret admirer.” The delivery man winked as he handed Adeline Coles a huge bouquet of flowers. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Love.” Her nosey neighbours, the Peggs, had also opened their front door, and she distinctly heard Mr Pegg whisper to his wife, “Bet she’s sent them to herself.” Embarrassed, Adeline hurried inside. The flowers were beautiful, lots of lilies which weren’t her cup of tea, but expertly arranged. They were probably from her niece, but you never know, thought Adeline, they might be from Mr Wellbrook. He occasionally offered her a lift in his Jaguar when he saw her struggling with groceries. She could always dream. Adeline sighed, put on her reading glasses, and read the little card which accompanied the flowers. It said, ‘From a Secret Admirer’. Adeline gasped. The delivery man was right, she did have a secret admirer. But who could it be? There was only one florist in town, Blossom’s, run rather fittingly by Brian and Daisy Blossom. She’d ordered flowers from them for her niece’s wedding. She would walk into town, and ask them who’d sent the flowers. The mystery would be

solved. On her way she kept her eyes peeled for the Jag, but her potential secret admirer was keeping a low profile. Once at Blossom’s she was perturbed to find Brian stood at the counter. She was fond of Brian, but she would have rather discussed the matter with his wife, woman to woman. “Good morning Miss Coles, lovely to see you,” Brian smiled as she entered. “To what do I owe the pleasure?” “It’s a delicate matter.” Adeline placed the little card on the counter. “I’d like to know who sent me these?” “Ahh.” Brian looked uncomfortable. “I’m afraid we have a policy of client confidentiality.” Adeline blushed. “I don’t want to get you into trouble. Perhaps if I suggested a few names you could nod or shake your head?” The shop was empty, yet Brian performed a theatrical glance to check the coast was clear. “Go ahead,” he said. Heeding the words of Mr Pegg, Adeline asked, “Did I send them to myself in a senior moment?” Brian laughed, “I can reassure you that you didn’t.” “Remember to nod or shake,

Brian,” Adeline smiled. “Was it my niece?” Brian slowly and deliberately shook his head. Adeline felt a glow of relief. She adored her niece, but would much rather have a proper secret admirer. She decided to go for broke. “Was it Mr Wellbrook?” “That chap who flashes about in his Jag?” Brian frowned. “Certainly not.” Adeline was stumped, and a little disappointed. “Could you give me a clue?” Brian leaned in closer, “How would you feel if I said your secret admirer is in this shop right now?” Adeline looked around her. “But there’s nobody here.” And then she realised, “Mr Blossom!” She declared, “How would your wife feel?” Brian looked shocked, “I don’t have a wife.” “Have you told that to Daisy?” Adeline arched her eyebrow. “Daisy’s not my wife, she’s my sister,” Brian said crossly. “Why does everyone think that?” Oh dear, thought Adeline, I’ve only just got a secret admirer and we’re already having our first row. “In that case,” she said, “I apologise, and thank you for the flowers”. Flattered and embarrassed, Adeline decided now was a good time to leave. As she opened the door, Brian called, “Would you be amenable to receiving Valentine flowers from me again?” She paused, then threw a look over her shoulder which she hoped was smouldering, “Possibly. Though less of the lilies, I’m a roses kind of girl”.


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If you fancy a change from the usual sausage and mash why not go Continental? Tasty Toulouse sausages wrapped in pancetta and served on a bed of flavoursome puy lentils make the perfect midweek meal. Place the lentils in a pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a deep frying pan and fry the shallots for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until just starting to soften. Sprinkle over the brown sugar and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until the shallots are golden and caramelised. Drain the lentils and add to the frying pan with the stock, vinegar and 2 tsp of the mustard. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the lentils are just tender. Stir occasionally and add a little more stock, if necessary. While the lentils are cooking, wrap each sausage with a pancetta rasher. Cook under a medium-hot grill for 8-10 minutes, turning frequently until the sausages are almost cooked through. Mix together the rest of the mustard with the honey and brush over the sausages. Cook for a further 3-4 minutes until the pancetta is crisp and browned. Stir half the parsley into the lentils and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve the lentils and sausages on warmed plates garnished with the remaining parsley.

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Don’t get left out in the cold Stay warm and cosy this winter with Gair Gas • Boiler servicing • Central heating breakdowns • Annual service plans from £5 per month • Landlord gas safety checks • Power flushing

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Gas Servicing Landlord Certificates All Plumbing Works Bathroom Installations Disabled Wet Rooms

Boilers Repaired & Installed Oil & LPG Boiler Servicing NEW Handyman Service Property Maintenance Painting & Decorating

CALL US FOR A FREE QUOTATION


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CLEANING SERVICes

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We clean your oven……so you don’t have to.

243 Leigh Road, Ch/Ford A True Local Family Run Business With 30 Years Work Experience in This Location

Telephone Fiona on

023 8026 8835

For All Your Aerial Installations for Digital T.V. Upgrades, Repairs, additional points etc Installation of Dishes for “Freesat” Reception

Call today to have your oven, hob, extractor or Aga professionally cleaned

Paul Lewis contact details Tel: 02380 011446 Mob: 07584 321529 www.ovenwizards.com

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SECURITY

DH LocksmitH services Locked out? No call out charge!

• Lock changes • Burglary repairs • Window locks • Multipoint UPVC locks and much more

07919 182189 www.dhlocks.com

Garden services

Tree Services Specialist in all aspects of Tree and Hedge Work

by

Neil Richmond

Family Run Business

• Domestic or Business • Hedge Cutting • Tree Felling • Crown Reduction / Reshaping Thinning / Clean

To advertise your business in this section please call 023 8027 6396

• Deadwood Removal • Fruit Trees Pruned • Tree Planting and After Care • Stump Grinding • Logs for Sale

Quality work at competitive prices Free Estimates and Friendly advice

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Pet Care

25% OFF

Hills Metabolic range

Make 2014 the year your pet gets into shape. Obesity can cause serious health and welfare problems and make existing problems worse. We are currently offering: • FREE weight clinics, • 25% off Hills Metabolic Range of diets which are specially formulated for weight control • The opportunity to enter our ‘Slimmer of the Year’ competition Ask at reception for details. (Offer ends 31.03.14)

Dear Denise “My pet is overweight what should I do?” Obesity not only affects us but also our pets. Like us it can put a lot of pressure on the heart and joints and could cause joint problems or even heart problems. 1. Visit your vet to get your pet checked out just in case it is a medical problem. Do you know your pets correct weight? 2. Make a diary of exactly what your pet is eating (no cheating) if your cat brings in his/her trophies then reduce their food accordingly. Like us reduce the quantity of food you feed them. Feed 2/3 times a day to ease the amount the stomach has to digest a little and often is better than all in one go. When you put their food down do not leave it down all day, if they don’t eat it then pick up the bowl. 3. Increase their exercise. Want to know more? View the website for a basic exercise regime. Why not join some friends and make a competition of this and make a realistic weekly goal. Don’t forget to reward yourself and your pet on achieving this goal. Denise is a qualified and experienced Animal Healer Communicator and Holistic Dog Trainer. For more information visit Editorial in www.discovercommunity.co.uk.


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Would you be a MYSTERY HOUSE? 132,000 copies of this magazine are delivered across The Solent region and we need more mystery house within the distribution routes to ensure each delivery is carried out thoroughly. All you have to do is register as a mystery house and report to us online, text or email when you receive your magazine and as a thank you, for each report, we will donate £1 to a local Southampton charity. To register Online www.discovercommunity.co.uk Text 07702 567811 Email editorial@discovermagazines.co.uk

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HOME COMPUTER HELP We come to you! Low Cost • Laptops/PCs Repairs • No Jargon Virus/Spyware • Tuition On-Site • Local • Friendly Free Home Callout

Widenet

Computer Services Ltd

Crown House, 28 Winchester Road, Romsey, SO51 8AA Support agents for John Lewis

Just one of our many happy customers on Checkatrade “This is the second time I have used Will. First class service again, helped me understand the laptop and installed printer and antivirus.” (See more great feedback on Checkatrade.com)

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Useful Numbers and Local Information

For more visit www.discovercommunity.co.uk

Transport Solent Blue Line Buses Bluestar Buses Totton Communicare Group National Rail Helpline Uni-Link First Bus Community Transport, HCC

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medical services NHS Direct 0845 4647 NHS Blood Service 0845 771 1711 Hampshire Dental Helpline 0845 0508345 Southampton General 023 8077 7222 Royal Winchester County 01962 863535 Royal South Hants 023 8063 4288 Princess Anne 023 8077 7222 Testvale Surgery 023 8086 6999 Forest Gate Surgery 023 8066 3839 Totton Health Centre 023 8086 5051 Forestside Practice 023 8087 1233 Late Night Chemist Lloyds, Asda Precinct 023 8087 1255 (open till 8pm M-F, 7pm Sat and 10-4 Sun)

local councils Southampton City 023 8022 3855 Hampshire County 01962 841841 New Forest District Council 023 8028 5000 Totton & Eling Town Council 023 8086 3138

civiC services Bulk Household Waste Hants Constabulary Hampshire Fire & Rescue New Forest Planning Trading Standards DVLA

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your local mp For local councillors visit www.discovercommunity.co.uk New Forest East Dr Julian Lewis MP (Cons) 3 The Parade, Southampton Road, Cadnam, SO40 2NG 023 8081 4817 www.julianlewis.net

Schools JUNIOR & PRIMARY SCHOOLS Abbotswood Junior Sch Bartley C of E Jr Sch Calmore Infant Sch Calmore Junior Sch Copythorne C of E Infant Eling Infant School Foxhills Infant Sch Foxhills Junior Sch Hazel Wood Infant Sch Lydlynch Infant Sch Oakfield Primary Sch

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SeCONdARY SCHOOLS Applemore College Testwood Sports College Totton College

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SPeCIAL SCHOOLS Forest Park

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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2014 Spring term starts Half term: End of term: Summer term starts Half term: End of term: Autumn term starts Half term: End of term:

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LEADING LOCAL SPECIALISTS in

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