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APRIL 2012

Your comprehensive reference guide for events, useful numbers and businesses serving the Meon Valley

Hampshire Heritage

Strange Pub Names in South Hants

Titanic

Commemorating 100 years since that fateful night

Easter

What does chocolate have to do with it?

Delivered by Royal Mail into the Meon Valley community


01489 660022 This month’s edition of Discover Meon Valley has a special focus on an event which is overwhelmingly tragic, yet a source of fascination which has lasted 100 years. I am talking of course of the sinking of RMS Titanic on the 15th April 1912. She sailed from Southampton and four out of every five crew members were from the city and surrounding towns, so we can only imagine what a devastating effect the events of that night must have had on the communities in the area. In commemoration, Southampton is hosting a whole program of events from entertaining to reflective. On pages 10 and 11 we have a feature on what it is that makes Titanic such an enduring source of interest and on pages 30 and 43 we have listed many of the events that you can take part in during April. We have had some super feedback from the Meon Valley residents since expanding our distribution at the start of the year. It’s exciting to hear of the local activities taking place over the next few months, the first of which is the Wickham Beer Festival on Saturday 14th April. Discover Meon Valley are sponsoring a barrel of beer, which my eager husband initially interpreted as an obligation to drinks its contents. I set him straight – we just have our name on it, and the cost goes towards the fund-raising efforts – but he was still enthused enough to put the date in the family diary.A little further ahead, but don’t forget to put the Bishop’s Waltham Festival in your own diaries on the 11th to the 27th May (www. bishopswalthamfestival.co.uk). More local events are listed on page 42 this month. Finally, without our loyal advertisers we would have no magazine so do please use them wherever you can. They are local people too, and as business is the lifeblood of a community your support is important. Tania

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CONTENTS Advertiser Feature - Counselling with Julie Chivers

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Titanic: Read All About It

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Puzzle Page

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Advertiser Feature – Auto Brite Smart Repairs

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RMS Titanic Southampton Remembers

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Easter

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Advertiser Feature – Kitchen & Bedroom Transform.

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Hampshire Heritage

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Working From Home

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Fun Quiz - Birthplaces

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Advertiser Feature – Avalon Financial Services

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What's On - Local Events

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What's On - RMS Titanic Events

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Regular Events

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Front Cover: The memorial to Titanic's engineers in Southampton unveiled 1914. Photographer Marek, Source Wikipedia.

Distribution - Discover Meon Valley is published every month and distributed by Royal Mail to two alternating areas. In January, March etc it goes to homes and businesses in the SO32 1, SO32 3 and GU32 1 sectors. In February, April etc it goes to SO32 2, PO17 5, PO17 6 sectors. This is a total of around 13,300 properties over the two month distribution. Advertising - We understand that the needs of a small business are quite different to those of a big company, and our advertising service is very much targeted at independent and local businesses. From advert design to general advice we are here to help you grow. For more details call Melanie on

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Counselling with Julie Chivers: We have all lost something. Hopefully for most of us it is generally a case of losing our car keys, or the TV Licence or maybe the remote control. And how frustrating! But it is generally manageable, and the items are generally found or at least replaceable. However, loss can have life changing consequences for some of us. Frustration gives way to intolerable pain, feelings of devastation, unsettlement, hopelessness and loneliness, just for starters. This loss leaves us with feelings that are much more unmanageable, and often there is just no replacing what we have lost. Losing loved ones who have died, or losing loved ones to an illness such as dementia is devastating. Losing a pet who has been our soul mate and confidant is heart breaking.

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Losing a job is frightening. Grief and mourning are natural processes following such loss, but this can be a lonely journey. There is no fixed time frame for this process and everyone we have for support have their own lives, and so they should, but the fact the world carries on can feel so unfair - and that is where counselling can help. As a counsellor I can sit alongside during this journey, providing somewhere to talk about the feelings and fear, until a less painful future becomes clearer. Julie can be contacted at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic – 01329 280283 Next Month: On being a Carer

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Titanic: Read all About it

It is now 100 years since RMS Titanic disappeared beneath the waves of the Atlantic. Yet public fascination with the story is as strong as ever. Why should this be? Even as you flick through the pages of this magazines, that familiar image catches your eye; the stately lines of that fourfunnelled ocean liner and that single evocative word…Titanic. It’s not as if there is any shortage, unfortunately, of shipwrecks, before or after this catastrophe. Titanic was not even the ‘largest’ ship in the world really. This title had already gone to the first of her sister ships, the lesser-known Olympic, which had made its maiden voyage on 14 June 1911. Their dimensions were the same, with a length of 882 feet 9 inches and a beam of 92 feet 6 inches. But the Titanic’s displacement tonnage was the greater as a result of internal changes to the original design, so she succeeded her sister on a technicality. The third and last ship in the ‘Olympic class’, Britannic, was 21 feet longer. This ship struck a German mine in the Aegean Sea on 21st November 1916 and sank in an almost identical fashion to the Titanic, going down bow first as the forward compartments flooded. Watertight doors should have prevented this happening, but film of the wreck, shot in 2004, shows that the doors had been left wide open, probably to provide relief from the scorching heat. Britannic had been designed for

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service in the somewhat cooler climes of the North Atlantic but had been requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a hospital ship. At the time of the collision she was bound for the Greek island of Kea to collect 3,000 casualties so mercifully there were no passengers on board. There were, however, 30 fatalities, caused when two prematurely-launched lifeboats were sucked into the blades of a propeller. One of the survivors of the wrecked lifeboats was nurse Violet Jessop. This lady had also survived the Titanic’s sinking and been on board the Olympic when it collided with the cruiser HMS Hawke on 20 September 1911. I don’t know what became of her after the sinking of Britannic but I think if I’d had anything to do with it I would have banned her from further travel with the White Star Line. Revenge for Britannic was exacted on 18th May 1918, when Captain Hays, while commanding the first (and last remaining) of the three ships, Olympic, succeeded in ramming and sinking a U-boat, the only recorded case of a merchant ship sinking an enemy warship during World War I. In 1933 Olympic collided with the Nantucket Lightship, killing seven of the lightship’s crew; yet


DISCOVER MONTHLY FEATURE none of these events is so indelibly written into history as the fate of RMS Titanic. No doubt the fact that the Titanic sank on her maiden voyage, coupled with the ballyhoo of that occasion, the huge loss of life and the subsequent shock waves which reverberated around the world served as a foundation for the ongoing intrigue. Another factor could be the White Star Line’s official description of the ships’ construction, which concluded ‘… practically making the vessel unsinkable.’ These five words were seized upon, edited, embellished and misquoted a thousand times after the sinking, giving the impression of it being a challenge to the Almighty; the very name of the ship an arrogant suggestion of a rival god. This angle was exploited in the James Cameron film Titanic, when Rose’s fiancee, Cal, declares “God Himself could not sink this ship”. Preoccupation with the disaster was immediate, with the first of many films portraying the catastrophic events of that night, In Nacht und Eis, being released in Germany that same year. It has also been the subject of dozens of books, articles and songs, an example of how this selfperpetuating fascination feeds upon itself to become something other than the sum of its parts, a separate entity. There is Titanic the ship – the wreck – the historical event. And there is Titanic the phenomenon. Long after the wreck is nothing more than a stain on the floor of the ocean this legend will live on, a nebulous memorial to the 1,517 men, women and children who perished in the freezing waters of the Atlantic on the 15th April 1912. But what would those victims have thought of this remembrance? Would they feel it a fitting tribute? Or do their ghosts look down with disdain, or disgust, at the morbid vultures picking over the heartbreaking remains of their lives. In conclusion it has to be said that there is no conclusion; as memories die they are replaced with memories of memories. And stories of stories. But probably not another film; how could anything follow the 1997 blockbuster? This film has grossed in excess of $2 billion, making the production cost of $200 million seem insignificant in comparison – a drop in the ocean. By Patrick Cousins

Titanic Myths

The band played until the very end This wouldn’t have been possible as the ship was listing and the band members would have been unable stay standing upright.

The Titanic was trying to set a speed record Communication was not as it is today and arrangements for the arriving passengers would have been made days or weeks in advance. If they had reached New York ahead of schedule most of them would have been left standing at the docks.

Third class passengers were locked below deck There was no attempt to keep third class passengers from getting into the lifeboats, or to divide potential survivors by class in any way. The reason relatively few ‘steerage’ passengers survived was partly due to being so far from the deck, and partly because many didn’t speak English and wouldn’t have understood the evacuation instructions.

White Star Line said Titanic was unsinkable The promotional material actually said “...as far as it is possible to do [Titanic] is designed to be unsinkable”.

The high number of casualties was due to insufficient lifeboats Whilst it’s true that there were only enough lifeboat spaces for around one third of the passengers, not all the lifeboats were launched. Panic and interference from passengers coupled with not enough skilled manpower, meant time ran out anyway and the last two lifeboats floated off the sinking ship. Indeed the first lifeboat that was launched had a capacity of 50 people but had just 12 passengers onboard.

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At 11.40pm on the 14th April 1912 RMS Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, near Newfoundland. At 12.20am on the 15th April the crew was given the order to send away women and children in the ship’s lifeboats. Titanic sank at 2.20am on the 15th April. Of the 1523 people who lost their lives 549 came from Southampton. The disaster, which made headlines across the world, had a devastating effect on the people of the city. 100 years after the tragic sinking of the White Star liner RMS Titanic, the city recognises our unique link to the tragedy. The disaster struck at the heart of Southampton as hundreds of city residents went down with the fated vessel. Events across the city give you the chance to connect with the voices of the past that echo through history, telling the story of that disastrous night.

View of the rear port side of Titanic, showing the rudder and the central and port wing propellers. Note the man at the bottom of the image.

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Easter It’s been a long road from the glory of Jesus Christ’s death resurrection – the central miracle of the Christian faith – to gorging on chocolate. And it’s a road that those of a philosophical bent might liken to the descent of Western civilisation into gluttonous consumerism. But leaving such considerations aside, how did it happen? Let’s start with the word itself, Easter. We have it on the word of the Venerable Bede, writing in the very early 8th century, that “Eostre” is derived from “Eostremonath”, the month in which pagan Saxons celebrated the festival of the goddess Eostre. It’s a simple explanation, and one with which with which scholars of philology have had endless fun ever since – some even denying that there ever was a goddess Eostre and that Bede (uncharacteristically) made the whole thing up. But “eostre” is cognate with “öster”, the German for east, and is therefore associated with sunrise and hence spring, so Bede’s explanation at least has context on its side. Indeed the feast is only called “Easter” in Germanic countries: in France it’s called “Pâques”, a variation on the Jewish spring festival Pesach, and other Latin countries use names of the same derivation. Fascinating stuff, but it doesn’t get us much closer to the chocolate. And the answer is eggs. Eggs have been associated with spring since... well, since birds started laying them in spring. There are Persian wall-paintings of eggs being given as gifts from 2,500 years ago; the tradition survived the country’s conversion to Islam

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and persists to this day. In Egypt, another Islamic country, there is a seasonal tradition of egg decorating of unknown antiquity; in eastern Orthodox countries they paint eggs red (for Christ’s blood) and green (for returning spring); in England and North-Western Europe there is a tradition of rolling coloured eggs down hills at Eastertime, echoing the rolling away of the stone from the Holy Sepulchre; in America the White House puts on an annual display of decorated eggs from every state of the union, and favoured children (how are they selected?) are invited to a spot of egg-rolling on the White House lawn. Egg decoration seems to have evolved into making eggs out of solid chocolate in France or Germany in the early 19th century, and the first Easter egg in England came from Cadbury’s in 1842. These eggs can hardly have been for the mass market since the chocolate of the time was very expensive and also very bitter. Finer, less harsh, and less expensive chocolate was made possible by more sophisticated processing equipment in the later 19th century, and Cadbury’s produced its first hollow egg (filled with sweets) in 1875. The first milk chocolate Easter egg followed exactly 30 years later and... well, what more do we need to know? Except that Easter eggs sell for a far higher price per gram than the slab chocolate of which they’re made, and as they’ll keep almost indefinitely any left unsold can simply go into cold store until next year – at which time next year’s prices can be charged for last year’s stock. As I said, it’s all a very long way from the Mount of Olives! Well, that’s just about it for Easter – except that I forgot Easter bunnies. Well, springtime, fertility, rabbits, breeding, etcetera... need I say more? Oh, and Easter bonnets. Sorry, no idea. By Ted Bruning


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HAMPSHIRE HERITAGE Strange Pub Names in Southern Hampshire The Red Lion is said to be the commonest pub name in England. Hard on its heels are the Royal Oak, the White Hart and the Rose and Crown. But what of those strange pub names, some of them unique, that you encounter from time to time? We have our fair share in southern Hampshire. Bitterne and Sholing offer the Humble Plumb and the Spike Islander. My visit to the Humble Plumb in Commercial Street in Bitterne revealed a spick-and-span and friendly pub. Originally the pub in Commercial Street was The Commercial Inn but that was demolished and a few years later the new pub was built a little further along the road by a local building company. They had a competition to name it and settled on the Humble Plumb because of their own

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humble beginnings although why ‘Plumb’ rather than plumber is unknown. The Spike Islander, in Sholing, refers to an early nickname for the Sholing area, Spike Island. There are various, disputed explanations for the nickname. One refers to the spiky gorse that once covered the area; another refers to the settlements of gypsies (‘pikeys’) around Woolston, Weston and Netley; yet another suggests the name is derived from the spike shaped peninsula formed by the rivers Itchen and Hamble. No Red Lions or White Harts for the village of Horton Heath, which seems to be making a speciality of unusual names. The pub known for many years as the Rising Sun at some point became the Lapstone, possibly the only pub in England with that name. The dip in which the pub lies has long been known as Lapstone Bottom. According to my dictionaries, a lapstone is a stone held in a cobbler’s lap when beating leather to make shoes. But the pub’s sign suggests that the name refers to a tree stump on which cattle stood to drink from a stream. Only a mile or so down the road from the Lapstone is a pub called the Brigadier Gerard, once the Old New Inn. Readers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will know that Brigadier Gerard was a comic character in a series of adventure stories. But the pub is named after the famous and much loved racehorse of the early 1970s. Brigadier Gerard won 17 of his 18 races, always ridden by Joe Mercer.


DISCOVER HERITAGE The Flower Pots in Cheriton, near Alresford, is, I believe, the only pub with that name, though there is a Flower Pot (singular) in Hounslow. The pub was once a farmhouse and home to the head gardener of nearby Avington Park. This is said to be the origin of its name. It is a very traditional and popular pub, much appreciated by those who remember what pubs used to be like and prefer them that way. No piped music or big screens here, just good beer and genuinely home-prepared food. One of the most interesting of all our local pub names is the Trusty Servant in the village of Minstead in the New Forest. Its sign depicts a composite creature with a pig’s snout, an ass’s ears, stag’s feet, what look like fire irons in his left hand, and bearing a sword and shield. The picture appears to have its origins in a painting in Winchester College, but apparently there are similar, and earlier, depictions of the same creature elsewhere in Europe. There used to be a board beneath the sign bearing this rhyme: A Trusty Servant's portrait would you see, This emblematic figure well survey. A porker's snout not nice in diet shows; A padlock shut, no secret he'll disclose; Patient the ass his master’s wrath will bear; Swiftness in errand, the stag's feet declare; Laden his left hand, apt to labour saith; The vest his neatness, open hand his faith; Girt with his sword, his shield upon his arm, Himself and master he'll protect from harm. A little explanation may help. The rhyme catalogues the virtues of the perfect servant. The pig’s snout shows that he is not a fussy eater, but willing to consume his master’s leftovers. His ass’s ears show his patience when beaten by his master, while his stag’s feet indicate how fast he will run on his master’s business. Other characteristics are mentioned in the rhyme. The prize for the most unlikely conjunction of pub name and location must surely go to the long gone Sociable Plover pub in the

Paulsgrove area of Portsmouth. The Sociable Plover is an internationally endangered wading bird of west Asia that has made only a few appearances in Britain and just one in Hampshire. In October 1986 one appeared for a few days in the Titchfield Haven area before moving on for a couple of weeks to HMS Daedalus airfield at Lee-on-Solent. What made someone decide to name a pub in Paulsgrove after this rare and handsome bird? We may never know. But you certainly couldn’t make it up. by Stephen Harvey

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Working from home Spring is here at last, and with it comes the end of a dreadful dilemma that has been plaguing me since November – whether to turn on the central heating or not? Our new house is a dreadful wind-tunnel. An icy blast rips straight through it from the illfitting front door to the catflap in the kitchen. The dining room that serves as my office is right in the middle of the house and man! Is it cold! The fact that the ancient wooden sash windows are more gap than glass doesn’t help, but as the house is listed and in a conservation area they can’t be replaced. The central heating comes on at 6.30am, the boiler coming alive with a rattle and a roar that served the entire household as an alarm-clock until we got used to it. By 7am the house is toasty – almost too toasty, in fact. Then one by one the family emerges, blinking and bleary, breakfasts, and departs for whatever quotidian joys await. Leaving me and my dilemma. The heating is timed to go off at 9.30, and within a few moments the house has gone polar again. I could just turn it on again, but it seems wasteful to heat the whole house when I’m sitting on my tod in a single room. On the other hand I could go round turning off all the radiators in the rooms that aren’t being used, but it takes forever and anyway, I no longer particularly want to go into my teenage son’s room. I’m sure some of the old washing that’s strewn about the place is alive and could well be dangerous. Besides, then I’d have to do the same tour again and turn all the radiators on when the heating shudders back into life at 4.30. Could I be bothered? I most certainly could not! The alternative is to make do with a single bar of the ancient electric fire in the dining room. This does the job all right – on one side of me, which gets char-grilled, while the other remains deep frozen. But here’s the dilemma (and it’s one that we middle-class liberals get genuinely handwringing about, so don’t laugh): which alternative is the less destructive to Lifeboat Earth? Is it the

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carbon-rich fumes wheezing into the atmosphere from the flue of the gas boiler, or is it whatever eco-outrages are perpetrated in order to squirt a trickle of current into the electric fire? I really don’t know, and it’s doing my head in. On a more prosaic note, I don’t know which alternative is the more expensive, either. A manlier man than me could probably read the meters and sort the data to make meaningful comparisons. But for me and the bills it’s out of sight, out of mind. There is, of course, a politically correct option, which would be to insulate the house properly. But how do you insulate a 17th-century cottage without ripping out the entire interior and, effectively, starting from scratch? Cavity wall insulation? Don’t make me laugh! The windows we’ve already dealt with. As for loft insulation – well, the loft is the attic bedroom, my son’s sinister eyrie. If you tried to clad the sloping ceiling with insulating foam and then put up the necessary plasterboard the headroom would be reduced still further and the poor boy would have to bend double to get in. And anyway, even if there are grants available towards the cost I have a feeling that persuading the landlord to make any additional investment that might be necessary would be about as easy as converting Iran to Wesleyan Methodism. So there’s only one thing for it. Before next winter comes, I’ll have to buy a jumper. by Ted Bruning


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One man, two wheels, 8000 disadvantaged youngsters With the Olympics just around the corner we can look forward to our own athletes taking part in the challenge, hopefully winning medals on ‘home turf’. But the event is more than just an intensive two weeks of challenges; the aim is to inspire people to take up sports and to find new athletic talent for future years. For those that do have a talent though it’s an expensive job to make their way to the top, and undoubtedly many parents will have to make their own sacrifices to help achieve that goal. But what about the talent that goes unnoticed? With no monetary support, no access to facilities or ability to travel to the big events, those from a less affluent background could easily be overlooked. The William Wates Memorial Trust (WWMT) is a grants giving registered charity set up in 1998 with a mission to help disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential, and stay away from a life of crime, using the mediums of sports, arts and education. The Trust exists to celebrate the life of William Wates (1977- 1996) who was tragically killed when travelling in South America. His family set up the trust to shine some light into the lives of young people who have not had the advantages that Will enjoyed and reflects where Will’s interests would have been if he was alive today. Since 1998 the Trust has donated just over £1M and helped over 8,000 disadvantaged young people fulfil their potential. The WWMT have set up a team of people called Tour de Force to cycle the route of The Tour de France. This will be an epic challenge for everyone who takes part, whether they are cycling one, two or twenty stages. All the cyclists will go above and beyond their personal limits, requiring herculean levels of stamina, mental strength and humour. They will battle through adversity in the form of sleep deprivation, awful weather, aching bodies and km after km of challenging terrain! Meon Valley business owner Glen Belcher who is Managing Director at Avalon Financial Associates Ltd is one of these team members. He tells us a bit about what he’s going to be doing, and why. “It is something I passionately believe in and I have been involved for a number of years in local communities supporting youngsters through the medium of sport. So in July 2012 I will be completing my own Olympic event, completing the last 5 stages of the Tour De France. This will be painful enough but some colleagues are

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what’s GENTLE GIANTS & WILD EGG HUNT 31 March – 15 April Marwell Zoo Meet our stunning herd or ‘tower’ of giraffe and enjoy encounters, feeding sessions and fascinating talks – find out why a giraffe’s tongue is purple and why male giraffe like “necking”… Also enjoy family crafts where you can make your very own giraffe to take home! Plus, for the Easter bank holiday weekend (6 – 9 April) enjoy our Wild Egg Hunt - meet our egg-layers and follow the Wild Egg Trail! The Easter Bunny will be giving away a free chocolate egg with every completed trail along with the chance to win a monster chocolate egg. Come along for an egg-stravagantly wild Easter experience! EASTER EGG HUNT 4 Apr, 11:30 to 3pm Forest of Bere, Hundred Acres Rd, Wickham Join us to collect 10 coloured eggs round the circular West Walk. Hand in your eggs for your chocolate prize. There will also be refreshments on sale and a number of stalls including lucky dip, face painting and a toy sale. £2.50 per child. EASTER TRAIL 6 Apr 10am Royal Victoria Country Park Self-guided trail. What are Charlie chick and his friends looking for around the Park? Find his friends and collect the clues to reveal the

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answer to claim your prize from the shop. Available from Nightingale shop, £1.50 per person. GROUP WALKS 6 Apr and 9 Apr Note: For Ramblers Association Members but guests welcome for first couple of walks. Walk 1: 6 Apr, 10 am. Upham Circular 6.5 miles. Start by Upham Village duck pond, park where you can. Several stiles, one steep hill, via Owslebury. SO32 1HL. 01489 783989, john.catchlove@ btinternet.com, www.ramblers. co.uk/walksfinder/walkInfo. php?id=312394 Walk 2: 9 Apr, 1:30pm. Bishop’s Waltham Circular via Swanmore. Brisk pace, 8.5 miles. Start from Bishop’s Waltham Pond by the Palace Ruins. SO32 1DH. 07736 731792. www.ramblers. co.uk/walksfinder/walkInfo. php?id=312398 BEER FESTIVAL 14 Apr, 11am onwards The Wickham Centre, Mill Lane PO17 5AL Wickham Beer Festival is an independently run festival and the money raised from it goes towards local organisations and charities. The festival will feature food stalls, music and of course beer. Saturday 14th April 11:00 am to 4:00 pm & Saturday 14th April 2012 - 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Families welcome at the afternoon session, over 18’s only at the evening session. www. wickhambeerfestival.co.uk

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STEAM UP & COUNTRY FAIR 15 Apr, 10am to 4 pm Live steam at the Brickworks with a selection of machines and working demonstrations. Craft stalls and. Have a go at brick making. Talks on Fletcher Collection by Chimney Sweep Paul Clements. FREE Miniature and narrow gauge train rides. Free admission to our Art Exhibition Adults £5 Concessions £4 Accompanied Children £2 Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £12. Well behaved dogs on leads welcome. 01489 576248 COUNTRY EXPERIENCE DAY 15 Apr, 10am to 4pm Meon Springs, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, GU32 1HW Bring the family for a day out in the country. Have a go at Fly Fishing, Clay Shooting, Archery and Air Rifles. Visit the working farm, ride a tractor and a pony and see the cows being milked. View our Yurt Village, available for luxury camping holidays over the Summer and learn from a range of demonstrations and workshops - Farming, Dog Training, Fly Fishing. Dogs & Children Welcome. £3.00 per person - Children Free. ART AND CRAFT SHOW 21 Apr, 10am to 6pm 22 Apr, 10am to 4pm Titchfield Community Centre, Mill Street. PO14 4AB Artists from Hampshire and beyond exhibit and sell their paintings, photos and local craft. Children’s competition, refreshments available. Entry fees just £1.50. Preview option on 20th April is ticket only event with drinks and canapes.

COMIC PLAY 26 to 28 Apr, 7:30pm Soberton Village Hall, School Hill, Soberton SO32 3PF Soberton Players present Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime a comic melodrama by Constance Cox based on a short story by Oscar Wilde. Tickets £6 adults, £4 children call 02392 632551 or email tickets@ sobertonplayers.co.uk HAMPSHIRE OPEN GARDEN 29 Apr 1pm – 5pm Swanmore Ten beautiful gardens from small gems in the village to large country house gardens of several acres. Teas, homemade cakes and plant sales in selected gardens. Tickets £5 available from 12:30 at The Paterson Centre SO32 2PA, to include hopon-hop-off minibus, children free. OPEN GARDEN FOR CHARITY 6th May, 2pm to 6pm Blackdown House, Upham A 5-acre family garden. 100 meter long, colourful successional herbaceous border set against a flint wall. Wonderful bulbs. 15year-old wild flower meadow with orchids and cowslips in the spring, a partwalled working kitchen garden, orchard and terrace. Jacob sheep and alpacas in the parkland. Also open 3 June 1pm to 6pm. £3.50, children free. 01962 777375. GARDEN FAIR 6 May 10am to 4pm Wintershill House, Durley SO32 2AL Ask the expert with Andy McIndoe of Hilliers. Birds of prey demonstration, children’s corner. Homemade refreshments & hog roast. Cuff Billetts New Europa Jazz Band. 60+ specialist stalls. Free parking. Entrance £4, under 14s free.

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RMS Titanic Events TITANIC GRAVE WALKS 6, 7, 9, 12, 13 & 14 April 11am and 2pm The Old Cemetery, Southampton Common (off Hill Lane), Southampton, SO15 7NN Southampton Old Cemetery opened in 1846 and was one of the first Municipal owned Cemeteries in England and holds 45 Memorials for Titanic victims. Volunteers will lead walks around these memorials and relate the hardship the families suffered through the disaster. Walks last approximately 1.5 hours. On all walks there will be Titanic memorabilia and books for sale and refreshments will be available. Free but places are limited and must be booked. 023 8034 9414 or fosoc1846@ googlemail.com TITANIC - FROM PROW TO STERN 10 April - 15 April Andrews (East Park) Adjoining Guildhall Square A full-scale outline of the Titanic including the exact length and beam, together with an indication of the positions of the main features, lifeboats and funnels. The installation will also include voice recordings and the names of all those from Southampton who perished. During the night of the centenary there will be a spoken timeline of events and Distress Flares launched. TITANIC, THE SOUTHAMPTON STORY 11 April 2pm & 7pm, 14 April 2pm, Sunday 15 April 2pm Meet at Holyrood Church The Titanic story has particular resonance for street theatre company The Sarah Siddons

Fan Club as two members have relatives who were crew on the ship. In researching for their latest production Titanic, the Southampton Story they were able to call on first-hand accounts from family members as well as witness accounts from the enquiries and the records of the Titanic Fund. The theatre company specialise in site specific productions about real historical incidents and Titanic, the Southampton Story is no exception, using real buildings from the period as backdrops the performance will focus on the experiences of the crew and their families from the excitement of the maiden voyage through to the aftermath of the tragedy. Tickets can be purchased from the Southampton Visitor Information Centre, Central Library, SO14 7LW. Adults £7 Under 16s £5 FILM: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER 12 April evening Harbour Lights Picture House, Ocean Village SO14 3TL A Night To Remember is a 1958 docudrama film adaptation of Walter Lord's book of the same name, recounting the final night of the RMS Titanic. 0871 902 5733 THEATRE DRAMA – HEAVEN’S GATE 14 April, 7.30pm The Hub Theatre, Southampton City College, Southampton Chapel Road SO14 5GL Heaven's Gate is an exciting new drama written to commemorate the centennial of the sinking of RMS Titanic. Set in the few hours following the disaster, the show focuses on the fate of three very different people who were on board the ship. Their stories, taken

from actual accounts, mirror the experiences of hundreds of passengers on board the liner on that frozen night. The hand of fate or destiny. That immeasurable force which in that split second changes your life turns from magic to tragic. Are the characters really the people they seem or do they have a hidden story? Will they survive the tragedy or like more than 1500 unfortunates that night, perish? In this forum theatre production, you the audience will decide their fate. £8 adults/£6 concession, tickets available from the theatre. BRITISH TITANIC SOCIETY ANNUAL CONVENTION 14 April at 9am – 4pm De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, SO15 1AG The British Titanic Society will be holding its annual convention at the De Vere Grand Harbour hotel, Southampton, from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April 2012. This is a unique event in the Titanic calendar and the convention, which spans four days, is themed “A Time To Remember.” Saturday 14th April will be our Public Open Day. You do not have to be a delegate or even a member of the society to take part. Superb day out for all the family, with Titanic lectures, a sales fair of Titanic and other maritime items, and a fabulous exhibition. Entrance fee £3 / Concessions £2 WREATH LAYING ON THE GRAVE OF CAPTAIN SIR ARTHUR HENRY ROSTRON 15 April at 11.15am The Old Burial Ground, Corner of High Street & West End Road

(behind the War Memorial), West End The service will be addressed by Revd. Brian Pickett. Captain Sir Arthur Henry Rostron was captain of the rescue ship RMS Carpathia that rescued 705 survivors of the Titanic disaster. All welcome to attend. 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE 15 April at 2pm St Mary's Church, St Mary Street SO14 1NX This annual commemorative service will be lead by Reverend Dr Julian Davies. The service will include readings, music from the Salvation Army Band and the City of Southampton Orchestra and singing by local choirs. The Mayor of Southampton will be in attendance. TITANIC CULTURAL DAY 21 April University of Southampton, SO17 1BF Explore the history of the retelling of the ship’s story in literary and cinematic form. Filmic representations range from a silent German movie made only weeks after the disaster to James Cameron’s epic from 1997, with a number of productions in between. Booking required - email humanitieslearn@ southampton.ac.uk. £25, £20 concessions Includes lunch and refreshments

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local groups WALKS FOR HEALTH Every Thursday 10.15 BishopsWaltham Square, contact Lydia Lockhart 01962 848925 UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE Tuesday twice monthly 1.30–3.30 Wickham Community Hall Contact 01489 892499 THE HEALING TRUST Healing Centre, Priory Park Hall, Bishops Waltham. Every 4th Saturday of the month 10am til 12.30pm noon. Marjorie Nutland 01329 832637 SOUL CONNECTIONS – SPIRITUAL GROUP Priory Park Hall, Bishops Waltham. 3rd Sunday each Month, £5.00 Sue Murray 01489 799740 www.suemurrayhealing.co.uk NETBALL GROUP We train every Wed 5.30pm -7pm at Swanmore College of Technology. First session would be free. Call Dee 07979917202 LUNCH CLUB Every Monday Jubilee Hall 1 - 2pm Christine Argyle 01489 894054 Tuesday Gwyn West 01489 891663 Thurs Gill Stainer 01489 893384 JUBILEE WRITERS Thursday (Twice Monthly) 2pm – 4pm Stables Hall, Bishops Waltham Elizabeth watt 01489 892224 MEON VALLEY FLOWER CLUB Demos, workshops at Meonstoke Village Hall Ann Hammant 01730 829469

ART CLASSES Every Wed 9am - 4pm Helena Hines COMMIT TO GET FIT Tuesday 7.30pm-8.30pm Circuits Tuesday 6.30pm-7.25pm Pilates Wed 10.30am - 11.15am Active Seniors Wed 6.30pm - 8.30pm Body Blitz See page 12 for more info or call Carole Batten-Rutter 02380 695136 COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30 – 11.00am Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham DRAMA GROUP Every Monday at Jubilee Hall 4pm - 5.15pm (Junior) & 5.15pm - 6.30pm (Senior) Second youth centre-Helena Fox 01962 844600 BW YOUNG FARMERS CLUB 14-26 yrs – Thurs Anne 860236 MEON VALLEY CARERS GROUP The Meon Valley Carers Group is a support group for the carers of people with Dementia. We meet every month for a pub lunch and also for a support group meeting. Cared for are welcome. Phone Debbie on 01489 895444 Mon or Thurs 9.00-13.00 for details. GARDENING CLUB Memberships only £6 call Keith Fry 01489 893755 MOBILE LIBRARY WICKHAM SQUARE Wednesday 9.20am – 12.20pm

WICKHAM CENTRE www.wickhamcentre.org.uk Three Bears Playgroup every morning 9am – 12.30pm Scouts Monday 7 – 9pm Keep Fit Monday 6 – 7pm Rifle Club Mon 7.30-9pm, Sat 10am-12noon Ladies Circuits Tues 10 – 11am Scallywags Dog Training Tues 6.30pm Wickham Indoor Bowling Tues & Fri 7.30pm Brownies Tuesday 4.45pm Church Room Lunch Club 11.30am Wed, Church Room Cubs Wednesdays 6.30 – 8pm Beavers Thursday 6 – 7pm Home Start Mother & Toddler Fri 9-12 noon Poppins Play Group Thursday Yoga Class (Wickham & Swanmore) Wed 10am - 11.30am, Thur 7.45pm - 9.15pm. Events also held at Swanmore Village Hall, Thur 10am - 11.30am Paula Dixon 01489 891079 EVENTS AT SWANMORE Swanmore Baby & Toddler Group Every Tuesday (term-time only) 10am-11.30am Swanmore Village Hall Contact Layla Oates 07837 473590 EXERCISE CLASSES Monday 8 - 8:45pm Salsafit Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 Legs, Bums, Tums Thursday 7:30 – 8:30 Circuit Training (Men & Women) Priory Park Pavilion, Bishops Waltham Friday 9:40 – 10:25 Salsafit Durley Memorial Hall More details call Belinda Butler, 07889 419681

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LOCAL CHEMISTS Birchall & Haydock, The Square, Wickham PO17 5JQ Tel: 01329 832115 Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 5pm, Sunday – closed Boots Pharmacy, High Street, Bishop’s Waltham SO32 1AB Tel: 01489 892603 Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 9am – 6pm, Wed & Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun – Closed Lloyds Pharmacy, High Street, Bishop’s Waltham SO32 1AB Tel: 01489 892499 Mon to Fri 8.30am – 6pm, Sat 8.30am – 5pm, Sun – Closed Rowlands Pharmacy, 7 High Street, Botley Tel: 01489 782065 Mon to Fri 9am – 5.30pm, Sat 9am – 1pm PARISH COUNCILS Bishops Waltham parishclerk@bishopswalthamparishcouncil.co.uk www.bishopswalthamparish council.co.uk Upham uphampc@homecall.co.uk Durley durleypc@homecall.co.uk Soberton norman@soberton.org.uk Droxford clerk.droxford@parish.hants.co.uk Shedfield shedfieldparish@btconnect.com www.shedfieldparishcouncil.org.uk Swanmore clerk@swanmoreparishcouncil.org.uk www.swanmoreparishcouncil.org.uk West Meon Parish Council (Tracy Predeth, Clerk) westmeonpc@googlemail.com Hampshire City Council Winchester City Council Wickham Council clerkwickham@parish.hants.gov.uk Boarhunt clerkboarhuntpc@btinternet.com Southwick & Widley swpc@logosoft.biz

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LOCAL SCHOOLS Bishop’s Waltham Infants Bishop’s Waltham Juniors Curdridge Primary Droxford Juniors Durley Primary Kings School Meonstoke Newtown Infants Rookesbury Park 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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SCHOOL HOLIDAYS All dates taken from http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/schools/holidays.php Spring Term Easter: Mon 2/4/12 - Fri 13/4/12 Summer Term Half Term: Mon 4/6/12 - Fri 8/6/12 Summer Holiday: Tue 24/7/12 - Fri 31/8/12 LOCAL LIBRARY www.hants.gov.uk/library/bishopswaltham Bishop’s Waltham Library, Bank Street, 0845 603 5631 Mon/Thur: Closed, Tue: 1pm – 7pm, Wed/Fri: 9.30am – 5pm, Sat: 9.30am – 1pm MOBILE LIBRARY Wickham Square Mobile Library, every Wednesday 9:20 to 12:20 Knowle Village Mobile Library, first Friday of the month, 10:45 to 11:45

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EMERGENCIES Police, Fire or Ambulance Services 999 Police (Incident Reports) 0845 045 45 45 Portsmouth Water - Fresh Water Supply 02392 499888 Portsmouth Water - Leaks to Report (Out of hours 24hr) 02392 477999 Southern Water - Sewage 0845 272 0845 Southern Water - Tech Support 0845 278 0845 Gas – National Grid 0800 111 999 (If you smell gas, then call us immediately) Electricity 0845 7708090

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Furniture cont: Pont Furnishings Simon Pretty Furniture Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Solent Garage Doors Garage Services: Auto Brite Smart Repairs Scuffs 2 Scratches Wickham Tyre & Auto Services Garden Design & Services: Adtree Care Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden M. Lawn Tech TreeScapes Winchester Garden Machinery Woodleigh Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing Grocers: Budgens Hairdresser: Altered Image Hair Salon Head Masters Hair Design Health & Fitness: Birch Tree Yoga Health Services: Colten Care Counselling with Julie Chivers Interior Design: Pat Staples Interiors Kitchens: Dream Doors Kitchen & Bathroom Transformations Mint Kitchens & Carpentry Simon Pretty Furniture Legal Services: SJP Wills & Probate Locksmith: Winlocks Loft Conversions: Charrett & Sons Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svcs.

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Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: I.R. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Pipe Dreams Tom Mitchell Plumbing The Oil Boiler Company TP Watts Property Maintenance & Improvements: Dream Doors J.S. Roofing Kitchen & Bathroom Transformations Mint Kitchens & Carpentry Pat Staples Interiors R & G Gamblin General Builders Simon Pretty Furniture Restaurant: The Wine Bar & Bistro Solar Panels: Finesse Energy Ltd RDB Green Energy Solutions Taxi Services: Exec Transfers Tile Floor Cleaning: Tile Doctor Ltd Tree Surgery: See Garden Upholstery: Bright Carpet Cleaning Pont Furnishings Veterinary: Shield Veterinary Centre Waste Disposal: Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal Wedding Services: LJ's School of Dance Will Writing: SJP Wills & Probate Wine Bar: The Wine Bar & Bistro

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Springtime is here! Time to clear the clutter and create sparkling new storage spaces you never knew you had.

Spring offers galore! Order any of our beautiful wardrobes and bedrooms, and we’ll give you FREE carpets and boutique bedroom accessories worth 20% of your order value. New website – design your wardrobes online and get a quote straightaway, part of our hassle free service. delightful range of new season designer boutique bedroom accessories and bedding in store Now. Free bedroom and interior design help from qualified experts.

Showroom opening hours: 9am – 5pm, Mon-Sat

Visit our showroom (M27, J9 next to TGI Fridays) or call 01489 574274 to arrange a design visit. 87 Southampton Road, Park Gate, Fareham SO31 6AF. www.deanewardrobes.co.uk


April 2012 Discover Meon Valley