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CROSS COUNTRY MOUNTAIN BIKING 7, 14, 21, 28 March Children (8-14 year olds) 10am to 12pm, Adults 10am to 11.30am Moors Valley Country Park and Forest, Nr. Ringwood BH24 2ET Children’s biking (8-14 years) £6 each. Adults biking £4.50. Bike hire if needed £2.50. Explore the tracks and trails through the Park and Forest whilst learning new skills and improving techniques and confidence. Informal and fun. 01425 470721 (B) MOTHER’S DAY LUNCH & PIANIST 15 Mar, from 12 noon The White Horse Hotel & Brasserie, Romsey SO53 2JE Treat your Mum this Mother’s Day to a lunch in the Brasserie and enjoy the notes of a beautiful pianist. £30.00 per person. 01794 512431 TAKE MUM TO THE FARM ON MOTHER’S DAY! 15 Mar, 10:30am to 4:30pm Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst SO40 7EH Free of charge entry for all the lovely mums on their special day. Have a great day down on the farm – and treat your Mum at the same time. (Please note: free of charge child vouchers cannot be accepted from the same family group if mum has free of charge entry) 02380 292837

STORY TRAILS Story Trail - Percy the Park Keeper- One Warm Fox 18 & 19 Mar, 11am to 12noon Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Percy the Park Keeper – One Warm Fox. A short walk for pre-school children with a craft activity, drink and biscuit. Please meet at the shop. All children must be accompanied by an adult. £3 per child. Normal parking charges apply. 02380 455157 (B) PIRATES, PILLAGERS AND PESTILENCE 19 Mar, 7:30-8:30pm Westgate Hall, Westgate Street, Southampton, SO14 2AY Join local historian and author Penny Legg for a whistle-stop tour of Southampton’s often bloody history. From destructive Danes to the ferocious French, not to mention the ever-present threat of cholera and the plague. Yes, Southampton has a gruesome history indeed! Refreshments available. £5. 02380 834536 (B) SHAKESPEARE – A TRAIL OF TALES 20-21 Mar, 10am to 3pm (Fri) 10am to 5pm (Sat) Tudor House & Garden, Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AD Drop in throughout the day and experience the delights of the Shakespeare. Some of Shakespeare’s best loved characters are scattered throughout our beautiful historic venue living out their famous stories. Can you find them all as you journey through the house and gardens? Free but Museum Entry applies. 02380 834536 TOUR AND TEA AT TUDOR HOUSE 22 Mar, 2-4pm Bugle Street, Southampton SO14 2AJ Full one hour tour of the house and garden including the attic and cellars

to discover more about the wonderful history that spans over 800 years. Enjoy a hot drink, scrumptious scone with lashings of jam and cream. Steep staircases. £7.50 each. 02380 834536 (B) TOTTON & DISTRICT GARDENER’S SOCIETY SPRING SHOW 28 Mar, 1:30pm Totton & District Three Score Club SO40 3RS Call for further details. 02380 668177 CONSERVATION DAY 29 March, from 10am Station Road, Sholing SO19 8FP Help look after “The Millers Pond Local Nature Reserve” and have some fun. Come along the last Sunday of every month, 10am to 3.30pm, in appropriate shoes and clothing for the weather and we will provide the tools and a nice lunch! 02380 432 395

Fancy a Day Out at Crufts? A local dog training company, Positive Training for Canines, is arranging a coach trip to Crufts in Birmingham on Friday 6th March. Tickets are £50 per person (dog goes free!) and include return coach trip and entrance to Crufts. So if you fancy a doggie day out without the driving contact Leah on 01962 418007 / 07771 131 4947 or visit www. positivetrainingforcanines.


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We are blessed, in this area, with excellent roads, parks and countryside in which to ride a bike so it’s no surprise that the cycling revolution has taken off in and around Southampton. There’s something Melanie Tinson for every standard from learning to ride (courses provided by Cyclewise see p38), country park trails for kids (see what’s on p2) to triathlons for the more competitive souls (Trytri in Winchester see back cover). Following a disastrous, near-divorce cycling experience on the Isle of Wight, my husband hurriedly replaced the cheap seat for a deluxe model that now allows me to enjoy (well, survive) our cycles in the New Forest. I’ve even signed up for the annual PPP (Pedal, Pound, Paddle) in Winchester (winchesterppp. in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, a very worthy cause to suffer for. So, if you fancy swapping your four wheels for two, the list of Cycle shops on page 36 will direct you to your local specialist shop. Why not combine fun with fitness and cycle to work on Red Nose Day (see p43) and raise a few pounds 13th March and laughs for Comic Relief. And remember, please buy local and support the businesses that have to fight the national retailers and internet sites; if we don’t use them, we’ll lose them.


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Quit While You’re Ahead By Alison Runham

March 14th is National No Smoking Day and there is ever increasing evidence about the damage smoking can do to you: • The health problems: cancers (lung, larynx, lips, tongue, throat, oesophagus, stomach, kidneys, bladder, pancreas, testicles, cervix), emphysema, angina, heart attack, heart disease, stroke, bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, pleurisy, liver damage, high blood pressure, circulation problems and gangrene leading to amputation, hair loss, hearing loss, glue ear, eye irritation, cataracts, gum disease, blindness, loss of sense of smell, osteoporosis, impotence, deformed or low mobility sperm, reduced fertility, miscarriage, low birthweight babies and premature aging. • You risk causing all these diseases in those you love. Smoking around them increases their risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%. Children’s under-developed immune systems and faster breathing make them particularly vulnerable. Smoke toxins linger in a smoker’s breath and for two hours in the air, so smoking in another room doesn’t eliminate risk - and we now know that carcinogens and irritants adhere to hair, clothing, furniture, objects and floors in a room, putting babies at the chewing, crawling stage at risk.

• You’ll save money and smell more pleasant.

Helping You Quit Withdrawal symptoms such as agitation, irritability, insomnia, headache, depression, difficulty concentrating, dizziness and constipation usually peak 24 hours after your last cigarette, before easing off over 2-4 weeks. Ultimately, like any drug addict, smokers smoke not to feel better but to feel normal. That’s why you may need support.

Counselling/Addiction Groups Local advisers from the NHS Stop Smoking Service can offer support, and you’re four times more likely to quit with their help. Visit help-and-advice/local-supportservices-helplines or ask your GP.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy NRT can help you defeat nicotine addiction gradually, without those other toxic cigarette ingredients: benzene and acetone (solvents); cadmium (used in batteries); cyanide and arsenic (well-known poisons); formaldehyde (dead body preserver); tar; ammonia; shellac and carbon monoxide (which sticks to your blood, robbing you of oxygen and straining your heart). NRT can greatly increase your chances of quitting smoking successfully and there are a range

of products available on prescription or to buy. Some can be combined for your ideal dose and coverage. • Patches: release a steady dose of nicotine into your bloodstream. They’re very discreet and come in a range of doses and types. • Gum: gives a burst of nicotine when you are craving a cigarette. • Lozenges and soluble sublingual tablets (microtabs which dissolve under the tongue). • Inhalators: Similar to a cigarette, they’re ideal if you find the habit of holding a cigarette hard to break. • Nasal sprays: usually best suited to heavy smokers, they rapidly deliver a strong dose of nicotine. Research suggests they may be the most effective type of NRT.

Other Medication These prescription-only medications are only available to over-18s and aren’t suitable for everyone. Ensure your doctor is aware of your medical history, current mental or physical problems and medications. They don’t contain nicotine but help you overcome addiction. • Zyban (Bupropion Hydrochloride): Taken 1-2 weeks before you plan to quit and continued for around 2 months, it helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms. • Champix (Varenicline): also started 1-2 weeks before your planned quit date and continued for around 10 weeks. It reduces nicotine cravings and also decreases the ‘hit’ when you do have a cigarette.

So now you know your options, why not try to make March 14th YOUR No Smoking Day? Good luck!


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Southampton Canal Society meeting Thursday 5th March “Evelyn’s War” Evelyn Hunt was an “Idle Women”- one of the women who volunteered to crew a pair of working narrow boats during the second world war. For much of her time on the boats, Evelyn kept a diary on her life afloat. This wartime diary gives a fascinating insight into their daily life on the canals and the Home Front. Showing many photographs taken of Evelyn and her companions working their boats. Chilworth Parish Hall, Chilworth SO16 7JZ at 7.45pm. Visitors welcome 02380 675312

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Facing North by Pippa Greenwood The problem I am asked about most frequently is that of what to do with a north-facing wall. Everyone wants to know what you can plant up it but more importantly, what you can do to increase the chances of your chosen plant not just surviving but also thriving. Getting the right plant for the spot is essential and I’ve listed some great north-facing wall climbers below. But first consider whether you need year round cover (and so something evergreen) or would accept a deciduous climber that will lose its leaves but keep a framework of stems, or if you could live with an herbaceous climber that will die back each year and return again in the spring. If the wall is very shaded it may be worth reducing the

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of potash as this will increase flowering potential. Follow the instructions on the pack, and generally try to apply it to the root area in late summer and then again in spring.

Walls may be a dark grey or brick colour but you can make the spot considerably more plant friendly if you change the colour of the wall before planting. A pale-coloured masonry paint on the wall will cause light to be reflected back to the plant and make it more likely to thrive.

Make sure that the climber goes in at a good distance from the wall up which it is to grow. A minimum of about 45cm (18in) should mean that it can develop a good strong root system and this will help to keep it growing well.

Consider growing more than one climber to increase the season of interest and so the amount of time that the wall looks good. Flowering may be reduced if the site is gloomy and so to maximise your climber’s flower power make sure that you apply sulphate

Self-clinging climbers such as the climbing hydrangea or a variegated ivy can look great and help to provide at least part of the interest you’re after for your north-facing wall, but even these often need a bit of a helping hand to get them started – train the stems on to the wall and protect from wind until they get properly attached.

TOP PLANTS FOR NORTH-FACING WALLS & FENCES Akebia Quinata - Pretty pale green foliage with vanilla perfumed purple-brown flowers in late spring. Berberidopsis Coralline - Prefers acidic soil, clusters of deep red flowers in early autumn. Clematis - Many smaller flowered varieties such as white flowered, rampant C. montana do well. Codonopsis Convolvulacea - Pretty bell or saucer shaped violet coloured flowers in summer. Humulus Lupulus (the hop) - The golden leafed ‘Aurea’ will perform quite well as long as the shade is not too intense or the site windy.

Hydrangea Anomela Petiolaris - A deciduous climber with broad creamy white flowerheads. Lathyrus Latifolius - the everlasting pea. Small clusters of pinky purple flowers throughout the summer and in to early autumn Lonicera x Americana - Classic honeysuckle flowers in yellow flushed red and with a gorgeous perfume during the summer. Lonicera x Tellamanniana - Bright yellowy orange honeysuckle flowers in late spring and summer. Vitis Coignetiae - Renowned for its fabulous autumn colour.



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These celebs prove how easy it is to make your face funny for money, and as ever the charity is expecting a fantastic turn out from the generous people of the South. Whether the public paint their face, wear a Red Nose or grow a sponsored comb-over, they’ll be joining millions of people up and down the country as they raise life-changing cash. Comic Relief spends the money raised through Red Nose Day to help poor and vulnerable people living incredibly tough lives both here in the South and the rest of the UK, and across Africa. Since the last Red Nose Day, money raised has funded more than 230 projects right here in the region, like The Bivol Trust, a group that works to build up the confidence and capabilities of young adults and children with learning and physical disabilities. Once members of the public have made their face funny for money, they can take a selfie. They can text funny to 70011 to donate £1. Comic Relief will reply to the text with a link that people can use to send over their photo and they could appear in the Red Nose Day campaign! It really couldn’t be easier for the nation to join in the fundraising fun at work, school or home. Every person who gets involved will help to change lives forever. Texts will cost £1 plus the standard network charge and £1 will go to Comic Relief. Participants must be over 16 and ask the bill payer’s permission. For full terms and conditions visit


Mother’s Day Around The World By Alison Runham Mothers deserve attention all year round, so as 15th March approaches, we might wonder why we only celebrate mothers on one special day - and if other countries follow suit.

The UK Our Mother’s Day originates from ‘Mothering Sunday’ (the fourth Sunday in Lent) when people returned to their baptismal ‘mother church’. As this was often close to their parents’ home, over time it became a holiday for visiting family. Flowers were gathered for mothers on the way home, and mums received Simnel cakes (giving the day the alternative title of ‘Refreshment Sunday’, as breaking the Lent fast was permitted). However, Mother’s Day had gradually withered until Constance Smith, inspired by Anna Jarvis’ U.S. campaign, revived it in 1920. By 1938 Mothering Sunday was celebrated throughout the Empire, and is now widely known as Mother’s Day.

Around the World Most countries have a Mother’s Day, but origins and traditions vary. Unless stated, the countries below follow U.S. tradition, as most countries do, celebrating on the second Sunday in May. Germany Germany, concerned about its low birth rate, introduced Mother’s Day to celebrate women with large families. In 1938 the government began awarding the Mother’s Cross (Mutterkreuz) in bronze (for 4 children), silver, or gold (for mothers with eight children or more). Today Germans celebrate modern Muttertag with a family day out, often ending with dinner at a restaurant. FRANCE In France, American soldiers introduced their version of Mother’s Day during the First World War, sending so much Mother’s Day mail that a special postcard was created for them. Originally focussed on mothers of large families, today the Fête des Mères on the last Sunday in May celebrates all mothers, who traditionally receive a cake shaped like a bouquet of flowers. Sweden also celebrates on this day. Their Red Cross sells plastic flowers in aid of deprived mothers.

Mother’s Day 15th March ITALY In Italy, mums receive a heartshaped cake while families in Finland go out early to gather flowers for their mums. EGYPT Egypt’s Mother’s Day on 21st March was introduced in 1956, after a journalist heard about a son who abandoned his mother, showing no gratitude for her years of care. It’s now spread throughout the Arab world. Celebrations include songs especially devoted to mothers. NEPAL In Nepal, children return to the family home on Mata Tritha Puja or “Aama ko Mukh Herne Din” (meaning “to see Mother’s face”), on the last day of Baishak dark fortnight (April/May). They make breakfast for their mothers and give them gifts, favourite foods and new clothes. Those who have lost their mother visit Mata Tirtha, a sacred site with a pool in which people can ‘look upon their mother’s face’, or visit a local holy site, offering sweets, fruits and money to commemorate their mother. Legends name Mata Tirtha as the place where a cowherd saw his dead mother’s face in the pool while praying - or as the place where Lord Krishna found his missing mother, Devaki (who declared it a sacred place for children to reunite with departed mothers).

45 USA The USA didn’t keep English Mother’s Day, but Anna Jarvis campaigned for a Mother’s Day in honour of her mother, who had introduced “Mothers’ Friendship Day” after the Civil War. At a church service on the second anniversary of her mother’s death (the second Sunday of May), Anna handed out her mother’s favourite flowers: white carnations. Today a coloured carnation signifies a mother still living while a white carnation honours mothers who have passed away. It became a national holiday in 1914. AUSTRALIA In Australia, Mother’s Day grew from Janet Heyden’s campaign to give gifts to lonely inmates of Newington State Home for

Women. Schoolchildren in Japan draw pictures of their mothers for a nationwide competition and winning pictures travel the country in a mobile exhibition. MEXICO In Mexico, Mother’s Day on 10th May - once a pawn in the battle between government and church on modernisation, women’s roles and U.S. materialist influence – now celebrates both mothers and the Virgin Mary. Children often arrive at their mother’s house the night before. Traditionally the day starts with mass before mothers are presented with a breakfast of tamales and atole, a hot drink made from hominy, but many mothers are now treated to breakfast, flowers and gifts at home, accompanied by a song. PARAGUAY In Paraguay, Mother’s Day is

celebrated on 15th May on Dia de la Patria (Independence Day), to honour Juana María de Lara’s role in winning Paraguay’s independence. Similarly, Bolivia’s Dia de la Madre Boliviana on 27th May commemorates the women killed fighting for independence in the Battle of Coronilla. ETHIOPIA In Ethiopia, their ‘Antrosht’ celebration lasts three days, beginning on a flexible date after the rains have ceased (usually October/November). Traditionally, mothers cook a special meal but daughters provide the dairy products, vegetables and spices while sons must bring the meat. After the meal, there are traditional songs and dances. So why not celebrate Mexican-style this year and sing your Mum a song?



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