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The Iron Lady Although the period of Lent clearly happens every year, I’d never really paid much attention to it until this year. A number of my contacts were talking about what they were going to give up and I overheard an interview with food writer and television presenter Mary Berry saying she was giving up chocolate for Lent. How does Mary Berry stay so slim by the way? She says it’s because she has whatever she wants but just a very small amount of it. Sounds like a good approach, but she must have an iron will to taste all the delicious dishes she is presented with, and indeed that she makes herself, and yet be able to stop after one mouthful. Anyway, summer’s a-comin’ and the clothes are feeling tight, so I thought I’d go one better and give up anything containing sugar until after Easter. Clearly I’m not just a glutton for food but a glutton for punishment too. For the first week or so I found myself wandering into the kitchen every day, opening the cupboards and the fridge looking for ‘something’ and then walking away because what I really wanted was something sweet and nothing else in the cupboard would do. The craving did ease, although the cake on page 30 is in my plans for May (made it prediet, with pecans because I don’t like walnuts, delicious…too delicious in fact). In an effort to distract myself from my ‘firstworld problem’ I’ve been trying to fill my snacking time with other activities. I’m not much of a gardener, but thought now the sun was out I could start cultivating a mini Hillier’s Gardens. But after the winter we’ve had, the words ‘silk purse’ and ‘sow’s ear’ come to mind. Suffice to say I’ll be starting on page 6 of this month’s magazine and filling my time meeting the experts.

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The Great Outdoors Wakey Wakey It’s The Cricket Season! It’s stopped raining and there’s an unfamiliar golden ball of fire in the sky. It must be … the cricket season. The Bishop's Waltham Cricket club prepared for the move outdoors with the help of Alex Wakely, captain of Northants County Cricket Club, the current Twenty20 champions. Wakely, pictured in a club shirt, dropped in on indoor training and put the squad through its paces with some professional warm up drills. Adults and juniors train at Wyvern and Swanmore Colleges until the second week of April. Practice then moves outdoors at the club’s Albany Road home on Mondays (adults) and Tuesdays (juniors) in readiness for the opening pre-season match on 12th April. Players new and old of all ages and experience are always welcome, with all sessions supervised by UKCC2 qualified, Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) checked coaches. Chairman Ian Tromans 01489 877670 rosedene-ian@hotmail.co.uk Club Captain Gareth Lovett 07786 253554 garethlovett@me.com Junior Co-ordinator Ross Bullard 07527 226563 ross.bullard@yahoo.co.uk

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A water feature adds a truly magical dimension to any garden, large or small. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface both works wonders, even on a less than perfect plot, and can be just the finishing touch you need for a patio or back yard or for a much larger garden.

A visit to your local garden centre or specialist aquatics centre, or a browse online, will reveal a plentiful choice of water features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, just what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. If you want moving water, your choice of feature will almost certainly need an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – an obvious point perhaps, but one that people do sometimes overlook. Do you want an eyecatching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your barbecues or alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to carefully consider the appropriate position. Any water feature from pond to delicate fountain can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of floating algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this pea-soup effect by positioning the feature away from the hottest direct sunlight. Make sure it’s well away from overhanging deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves are likely to clog everything up. For smaller spaces or patios you’re best off with a selfcontained and perhaps wall-mounted feature. There

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Plants grown around the edges of a pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty of them: they look gorgeous; they hide unsightly edges and signs of the liner; and they are a haven for wildlife. For a more formal look you’ll want fewer marginals, but some shapely rushes or ferns or some yellow or purple bog-iris will add extra impact.

Water-features attract wildlife, and on summer days you may well be visited by beautiful, colourful dragonflies or mayflies. If there’s any depth of water then many birds may also come to drink and bathe. And remember, even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case wildlife such as hedgehogs pop by for a drink and inadvertently tumble in. A shallow beach of pebbles at one end should do the trick.

Marginals to consider include yellow-flowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima), perfect if you love bulrushes but don’t have the space for them; water forget-menot (myosotis scorpioides) with their stunningly pretty pale blue flowers; and water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata) with their rich purple blooms. You’ll need about

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Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister on 4th May 1979. She was dubbed The Iron Lady by a writer in the Soviet newspaper Red Star. This moniker was meant to be derogatory, but it proved anything but. The pinnacle of her time in office was when The Iron Lady ordered the Task Force to retake the Falklands after the islands had been invaded by Argentina. She resigned in 1992, having set a record as the longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century.

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taxi driver on a rank opposite Woolworths in Manchester noticed smoke coming from the store and reported it to his office. By four o’clock the worst fire disaster since WWII had claimed ten lives. Fifty-three people were taken to hospital, including six firemen. Jeremy Thorpe, who had resigned as leader of the Liberal Party three years earlier, went on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of attempted murder. He was also

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12th: The Cup Final at Wembley had been unremarkable, with Arsenal’s two goals to Manchester United’s nil. But just four minutes before the end of the match the score became 2-1; and with two minutes remaining it was 2-2. Just seconds before the full-time whistle the winning goal was scored by Arsenal. 21st: Elton John became the first Western rock star to perform behind the ‘iron curtain’, at a stadium in Leningrad. 24th: Thorpe Park, in Chertsey, Surrey, was opened to the public. It is now the country’s third most popular amusement park, after Alton Towers and Legoland, and boasts the fastest ride. The Stealth reaches 83.9 mph – in just two seconds! 25th: As American Airlines Flight 191 took off from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago its port side engine broke away from the wing. The aircraft rolled to the left and crashed in a field, killing all 271 people on board and two on the ground. Patrick D Cousins is the author of Rainbows, Dreams and Angels, a double novella set in east London between the Thirties and Sixties. And you can read Patrick Cousins Short Shorts on your Kindle.


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Mercedes C Class This is big news for one of the most competitive sectors in the UK market. Meet Mercedes’ new C Class, a car that’ll take the fight to its bitter rival, and better selling, BMW 3 Series. Merc has worked wonders in the cabin – the quality is stunning and will make German rivals sit up and take notice. The manufacturer says this is their ‘most agile and efficient car ever’ and will be a ‘new benchmark’ in the segment. We’ll have to wait and see about that – but there’s little doubt they’ve got the looks spot on.

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BMW M4 / M3 Nothing gets car fans excited quite like an M-badged BMW and Detroit had not one, but two of them. The M4 is the new name in the line-up – the coupe version of the performance car. There’s a new M3, now a saloon only, and both share a new six-cylinder turbo-charged unit for the first time. BMW says emissions and fuel economy are 25 per cent better, though, so don’t mourn the V8’s death for too long. The new 2 Series Coupe was shown off in Detroit too – but it stole little of the limelight…

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge If the Q50 is up-and-coming Infiniti’s answer to the 3 Series and C Class, then this is the AMG or M-badged rival. Draped in carbon fibre and drawing inspiration from the Red Bull F1 team hook-up, the Eau Rouge concept – named after Spa’s all-ornothing corner – is believed to get a 500bhp powerplant if it ever gets the go-ahead.


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It’s a name synonymous with the 911 and has accounted for 13 per cent of all sales of the legendary model – and now it’s back. The looks won’t appeal to everyone, but the crazy roof mechanism on the 911 Targa will make grown men weak at the knees. The rear glass dome hinges back for the roof panel to slot underneath in a beautiful fashion. We’re just not quite sure why you’d want one over a convertible.

Believe it or not, this is the strongest indication yet of what the next TT will look like. Don’t worry, it’s not going to be an estate (well, not yet anyway), but the design cues shown off on this concept will feature heavily on the next TT. The Shooting Break concept is powered by the firm’s e-tron hybrid transmission that boasts 650Nm of torque and 400bhp – easily enough to see it hit 60mph in 4.6 seconds!

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If you thought the Golf GTI was good, wait until you see this! With a 296bhp turbo-charged engine, four-wheel drive and a 0-60mph time of less than five seconds it’s the fastest Golf on sale. Due in showrooms in the Spring it’s likely to cost a fraction under £30,000. Quad exhausts and new front and rear bumpers mark the R out.

With more vents than an office air-conditioning system and brushed aluminium bodywork, this Mini won’t be for everyone. It’s little more than a design study at present, with few details about powerplant or performance, but it does give Mini fans an idea what the next hot Mini will look like.

Volvo XC Coupe The Swedish firm is on a bit of a roll with its concepts at the moment. This is the second of three design studies from the firm and, like the Concept Coupe we saw at Frankfurt last year, it’s an absolute stunner. The firm says it hints at the look of the muchanticipated replacement for the XC90 – and that the production car will retain its seven-seat versatility that isn’t present on this concept.

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100g light brown sugar

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FROM EMPIRE TO ARMAGEDDON 3 May, 10am to 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park With unique film footage, a preview of BBC4’s forthcoming documentary ‘ World War One at Home’ and a host of expert guest speakers, there’ll be a whole day of fascinatig facts and stories relating to Royal Victoria Military Hospital, and the way it operated during the war. Suitable for 16+yrs. In the Heritage Centre. Price: £6 per person. Please book in advance. £6 per person. 023 8045 5157 PLANT SALE 5 May, 10am - 1:30pm All Saints Church Botley Good quality bedding, bedding geraniums, hanging basked and patio plants, plants from members’ gardens. Homemade cakes, books, greetings cards, tombola, sunflower seed planting for children, raffle. Coffee, tea and biscuits, ploughman’s lunches. ST PETER’S CHURCH FETE 10 May 1:30pm to 4:30pm The Old Vicarage Church St Titchfield PO14 4AG Programme. Carnival Princess Competition. Grand Draw £100 first Prize. Choirs & Bands, Refreshments, Superchance, Games, Cakes, Toys, Plant Stall, Kids Games, Tombola, Tool Sharpening, Books, Win a Meal For Two, Crafts, Hug-in-a mug. We look forward to seeing you. Adults £1.00 Children 50p. MIND BODY & SPIRIT FAYRE 10 May, 10am - 5pm Victory Hall, 27 Warsash Rd, Warsash SO31 9HW For an alternative afternoon in Warsash, come to a Mind, Body & Spirit Fayre. Stalls include holistic therapies, tarot, angel readings, reiki, natural beauty products, jewellery and other stalls plus so much more. For more info www.neshlaavey.com or call 07709 264356. OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 11 May, 11am to 5pm 80 Abbey Road, Fareham, PO15 5HW Unusual small garden with large collection of herbs and plants of botanical and historical interest, many for sale. Box hedging provides structure for 32

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OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS - SHENLEY CLOSE 26 & 27 May, 11am to 4pm 2 Shenley Close, Fareham PO15 5PL Small, interesting peaceful garden. Sweeping rockeries with alpines, azaleas, acers, firs and heathers. Clematis and wisteria cover archways and seating areas. Water features incl large koi pond and a wildlife pond with frogs. Borders with striking perennials, troughs, tubs, baskets and window boxes fill the garden with colour and fragrance. Adults £3, Children free, proceeds to charity. HAPPY’S CIRCUS FUN DAY 26 May, 12noon onwards Cams Alders Playing Field, Fareham PO14 1BJ A fun filled day for all the family in aid of The Rainbow Centre, Fareham. Happy’s Circus

NEW MUSIC MAKERS CONCERT 7 June, 2:30pm The Berry Theatre, Hedge End The New Music Makers choir from Hedge End are presenting a concert entitled ‘Many Little Melodies’. The concert contains a wide mixture of songs and music, including ‘Nessun Dorma’. Selections from both the First World War and ’West Side Story’ Antonin Dvorak’s song ‘Goin’ Home’ (this music was used in the Hovis bread advertisement), ‘The Sloop John B’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and many others. Tickets £10, £8 concessions, and are available from Jesters Jewellery, Hedge End or 01489 781836.

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Family Business • All work guaranteed Free quote • References on request No job too small or too big • Honest and trustworthy

01489 619471

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Pure Digital

Aerial & Satellites Digital Aerial Installations & Repairs TV, Telephone & Broadband Points Freesat & Sky No Call out Charge • 10% OAP Discount All work Guaranteed

01489 790380 07712 709645

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

ANDREW-ROSS .co.uk

Estate Agents • Letting Agents Property Management Professionals

Tel: 01489 891773

mail@andrew-ross.co.uk OFFICE SUITE A2 | THE HOLLYTHORNS | NEW ROAD | SWANMORE | SOUTHAMPTON SO32 2NW

Pipe Dreams A complete plumbing service Free quotes & no call out charge No job too small All work guaranteed for peace of mind service

07816 686245 • 01489 878134 Ask for Candice or George 35


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Every issue of Discover is full of interesting articles, useful information and fun stuff too, delivered through your door free of charge, made possible by the financial support of its advertisers. Please support local businesses who promote themselves in Discover. They are ready to serve you and they want your business. We’d appreciate it if you’d mention Discover when contacting advertisers from this issue. AERIALS Pure Digital Aerial & Satellites BATHROOMS See Plumbing BEAUTY Essential Beauty Salon & Training Ltd BLINDS & CURTAINS Solent Blinds Waterside Blinds BUILDER R & G Gamblin General Builders CARPET & FLOORING Elite Wooden Flooring Floor Coverings Southern Premier Wooden Flooring CHILDCARE Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries CHIMNEY SWEEP Pebble Beach Sweeps COMPUTER SERVICES Home Computer Help Plates PC DOUBLE GLAZING INST/REPAIRS Britannia Windows Everest EDUCATION Barton Peveril Sixth Form College University of Portsmouth ELECTRICIAN Assure Electrical Ltd B.Privett Electrical Ltd FENCING Colourfence FINANCIAL SERVICES Newman Cozens Financial Mg. SBA Financial GARAGE DOORS Garage Doors 4U GARAGE SERVICES Independent VW Wickham Tyre & Auto Centre GARDEN DESIGN & SERVICES Arbor-Call Tree Surgeons Colourfence Greenkeeper Lawncare

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Hambrooks 9/11/13 Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden M. 2 Neil Richmond Tree & Hedge Services 8 Winchester Garden Machinery 13 Woodleigh Landscapes 9 HAIRDRESSER Spindles Hair Design 23 KITCHENS Dream Doors 31 LETTING SERVICES Andrew Ross 35 LOCKSMITH DH Locksmith Services 35 PAINTER/DECORATOR David P Churcher Painter & Decorator 16 PLASTERER AY Plastering 35 PLUMBING SERVICES (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance Gair Gair 20 GE Harding & Sons Ltd 15 J. & D. Humphrey Ltd 2 Pipe Dreams 35 Tom Mitchell Plumbing 38 TP Watts 8 PRINTER Warwick Printing Company 28 PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Direct Roofing Services 35 Hire A Handy Hero 16 House Worx 35 R & G Gamblin General Builders 13 PROPERTY SALES Andrew Ross 35 RADIO The Breeze 25 SCHOOL Barton Pveril Sixth Form College 27 STORAGE Barn Store 3 TREE SURGERY See Garden Design & Services VETERINARY Shield Veterinary Centre 12


l Buy Local . . . DOCTORS

SCHOOLS

NHS Direct (24hr helpline)

0845 4647

Acorn Medical, Church Lane, Curdridge

01489 782488

Fareham Health Centre

01329 823456

Gudge Heath Lane, Fareham

01329 280887

Hemming & Partners, Lower Lane, Bishop’s Waltham

01489 892288

West Meon Surgery, Doctor's Lane, West Meon

01730 829666

Wickham Group Surgery, Station Road, Wickham

01329 833121

COUNCILS Bishops Waltham 01489 892323 parishclerk@bishopswalthamparishcouncil.co.uk www.bishopswalthamparish council.co.uk Upham uphampc@homecall.co.uk 01489 860236 Durley durleypc@homecall.co.uk 01489 860236 Soberton norman@soberton.org.uk 01489 877378 Droxford clerk.droxford@parish.hants.co.uk 01489 877470 Shedfield 01329 830060 shedfieldparish@btconnect.com www.shedfieldparishcouncil.org.uk Swanmore 01489 890651 clerk@swanmoreparishcouncil.org.uk www.swanmoreparishcouncil.org.uk West Meon Parish Council 02392 571720 clerk.westmeon@parish.hants.gov Wickham Council 01329 835019 clerkwickham@parish.hants.gov.uk Boarhunt clerkboarhuntpc@btinternet.com 01489 891321 Southwick & Widley swpc@logosoft.biz 023 8046 3228 Corhampton & Meonstoke 01489 891660

Bishop’s Waltham Infants Bishop’s Waltham Juniors Curdridge Primary Droxford Juniors Durley Primary Kings School Meonstoke Newtown Infants St. Johns Primary Swanmore Primary Swanmore College Upham Primary West Meon C of E Primary School Wickham Primary Wyvern Technology College

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LIBRARIES Bishop’s Waltham Library, Bank Street, 0845 603 5631 www.hants.gov.uk/library/bishopswaltham Mon/Thur: Closed, Tue: 2pm – 7pm, Wed/Fri: 10am – 5pm, Sat: 9.30am – 1pm Wickham Square Mobile Library, every Wed 9:20 to 12:20 Knowle Village Mobile Library, first Friday of the month, 10:45 to 11:45

CITIZENS ADVICE Bishops Waltham (Mon/Wed/Fri) 01489 896376 Outreach at Wickham and Denmead (Thurs) call BW for info advice@winchesterdistrictcab.org.uk

Useful Numbers PUZZLE ANSWERS General Knowledge Crossword Quiz

Two Minute Trial Pictograms

Across: 1 Moth, 3 Molasses, 9 Seaweed, 10 Circa, 11 Unscientific, 14 Toe, 16 Abode, 17 Eve, 18 Irresistible, 21 Reins, 22 Piranha, 23 Arsonist, 24 Dose. Down: 1 Mosquito, 2 Traps, 4 Odd, 5 Architecture, 6 Sardine, 7 Scab, 8 Delicatessen, 12 Naomi, 13 Serenade, 15 Earwigs, 19 Bongo, 20 Area, 22 Pas.

3 - its, lip, lit, pit, sit, sip, tip, sup, pus, put, tup, tups, ups. 4 - lips, list, lisp, lust, pits, plus, puts, silt, slip, slit, spit, suits, tips. 5 - spilt, tulip, split. 6 - tulips

1. Tom Clancy, 2. Germany, 3. Mr. Red, 4. Dixon Of Dock Green, 5. White, 6. The Chronicles Of Narnia, 7. Blue, 8. Jupiter, 9. Blood, 10. Red

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1. Up In Arms 2. Drinks Are On The House 3. The Root Of All Evil

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• All general plumbing undertaken We are located in Bishops Waltham

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B. Privett

Electrical Ltd For all your electrical needs

Commercial Agricultural Domestic Light Industrial We will not be beaten on price Give us a call for a quote today

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Email: bprivett@btinternet.com

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Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning money, goes to the right The SBA Philosophy You will learn: How to reduce Inheritance Tax. How to protect your family home from ravages of Long Term Care costs. Inheritance from divorce. How to keep your money in the family bloodline. How to get peace of mind, that you have the right Will in place.

About our Speaker Steven Blofield is a highly qualified Financial & Estate Planner and has been helping his clients for over a decade. Steven is a popular local speaker, who can explain complex financial issues in an easy to understand and entertaining way. He is also proud to be the financial expert columnist for the Meon Valley News and the Chichester Observer. We have four workshops available on Thursday 24th April at Cams Hall, Fareham and Thursday 22nd May at Wickham Community Centre, Wickham 10am & 2.30pm.

Only 20 places available to book, please call us NOW on 01489 878290 blissfully unaware of what we were losing out on until we met you and now that we have benefited personally so much from your expertise Mr. & Mrs. Clarke (Hayling Island)

Michelmersh Barn, St Clairs Farm, Wickham Road, Droxford, Southampton SO32 3PW Tel: 01489 878290 Fax: 01489 877547 E-mail: enquiries@sba-financial.co.uk Website: www.sba-financial.co.uk

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SBA Financial Ltd. is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Registered in England and Wales: 5669998. Registered Office: Wellesley House, 204 London Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 7AN


Will you or won’t you? Around 70% of the UK population don’t have a will!

Come to our FREE Wills & Estate Planning Workshop Thursday 24th April at Cams Hall, Fareham and, Thursday 22nd May at Wickham Community Centre, Wickham 10.00am & 2.30pm. Please turn over for more


Discover Meon Valley April/May 2014