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When my birthday approaches, as it did recently, I hold back from buying myself anything for at least 6 weeks before the day. Then part of my treat afterwards is to go out and treat myself to something new. So, I went to a shop recently that was having a sale and chose two items for myself which totalled £49. While queuing I saw the most gorgeous handbag costing £50. My daughter was really encouraging me to buy it (mainly because she would borrow it I think), but I didn’t feel I could justify it – I do have plenty of handbags. However when I went to pay for the first two items, the assistant told me they’d both been reduced so the total was now just £20. I was relating this tale to my husband afterwards and explained how, now I’d saved £30 on the first two items, I could have the handbag because £50 minus the extra £29 I’d saved is only £21 and the handbag was easily worth £21. He did try to argue the point. I heard him say something about “you didn’t have £30 more to spend” and “the handbag was not £21, it was still £50 which is a lot for a handbag”. But I was using the ‘woman’s logic’ method of arithmetic so I know my sums are right. Ladies: practice this maths method before you go to the summer sales. Men: don’t waste your breath debating the point, you’ve lost, and never more so than when it comes to handbags and shoes. Happy shopping! Tania Sales & distribution: Everything else:


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HAMPSHIRE HERITAGE A Breath of Fresh Air No one could accuse our English weather of being predictable. After six weeks of rain and wintry cold, it changed overnight in late May to Mediterranean sunshine only to revert to rain and wind a week or so later. However, trapped indoors by the cold, wet spring, when we do have a few good days, many of us are now eager to be out in the fresh air . So this month I’m going to suggest a couple of places to catch up with the great outdoors. A high spot First, a Hampshire high spot – Old Winchester Hill. Its name is misleading, because it isn’t in or near Winchester. It’s beside the Meon Valley about 2 miles SE of Warnford. It’s a National Nature Reserve of 156 acres, managed by Natural England. At its summit, Old Winchester Hill is 646 feet high. At the top there’s an Iron Age hill fort and some Bronze Age burial barrows that date to about 4,000 BC. It’s a great place for bucketfuls of fresh air and good – though in places steep – walking. It’s also possible to enjoy a gentler and almost completely level walk on ancient turf (so kind to the feet) if you stay beside the main bridleway. The views in all directions from the summit of the hill amply repay the effort of getting there. The reserve’s unspoiled chalk downland is a good place for birds, butterflies and wildflowers, especially orchids. Fly, Bee, and Frog Orchids all occur. Green Woodpeckers favour the many anthills,


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and Kestrels hang in the updraughts of the hill, seeking voles. Many other birds may be seen. The reserve (OS grid reference SU643205) is signposted and reached by a narrow lane that leaves the A32 at Warnford, almost opposite the George and Falcon pub. The reserve is open to the public free of charge. It has no facilities other than a car park and an information hut. In addition to the main car park, there is a three-bay parking and viewing area for disabled people about ¼ mile south of the main car park. A further ¼ mile south is an entrance to a car park for limited-mobility visitors. This allows an Easy Access trail to be followed for about a third of a mile. The trail has several resting places and viewing points. In order to pass through a locked gate to reach the disabled parking area, a RADAR key is necessary ( designatedareas/nnr/1006115.aspx Back to sea level My other suggestion could hardly be more different – Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve at Hill Head, near Fareham. The reserve, which is at sea level, consists mainly of a series of shallow lakes near the mouth of the river Meon at Hill Head. Six quite widely dispersed viewing hides provide good views not only of birds but if you are lucky of other wildlife, including fox and roe deer. ‘Darters Dip’ has been created to attract dragonflies. The walks between the hides provide fresh air and exercise. The


DIS COV ER H E RI TAG E reserve is child- (but not dog-) friendly. A family ticket (two adults, two children) costs £9.50. If you have them, take binoculars. Avocets are among the birds you can hope to see. There is a modern reception centre that includes a well-stocked gift and book shop, toilet facilities, and a café serving snacks and light meals. Entry to the visitor centre and café is free, and some of the reserve is overlooked from a public viewing area near the sea front, where parking is also free. The seafront road has excellent views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Yacht races are often taking place. It is a popular spot at weekends. Just across the road from the visitor centre is Hill Head harbour, a picturesque yacht basin. When the tide is in, a flotilla of ducks awaits food expectantly, but you are asked not to feed bread, which is not good for them. The visitor centre sells small bags of an appropriate seed for feeding to the ducks. The road here is busy and close by, so do be careful with young children. Visitor Centre and Reserve, Cliff Road, Hill Head, Fareham, Hampshire PO14 3JT

Tel 01329 662145. countryside/titchfield.htm Nearby pubs include the Osborne Arms at Hill Head, with marvellous views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, and the Crofton in Crofton Road, Stubbington. The Crofton belies its 1960s estate pub exterior. Inside it is a spacious and popular pub serving a good variety of food. But wherever you go and whatever the weather, enjoy it. There’s nothing like fresh air and gentle exercise for improving the outlook.

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Crop Circles Mischief Makers or Aliens? As summer draws to a close, this is the best time to go out and see what delights the Andy Goldsworthys of the skies have left us to marvel at this year. Actually, crop circles “appear” around the world throughout spring, summer, and autumn – whenever and wherever there’s a standing crop. But with a fair chance of decent weather and the kids on holiday and needing some diversion, August may be the right month to go and see one, perhaps as part of a day out in the country which might include a pub lunch and a couple of hours in a traffic jam on the A303 (because an awful lot of crop circles “appear” in the Stonehenge area). I say “appear” in quotation marks because of course the contentiousness about them is how they’re made, or more especially who or what they’re made by: freak weather, outer space visitors or human pranksters. Crop circles have been reported sporadically since the 17th century, and the first investigation of their cause, in Surrey in 1880, put them down to “cyclonic wind action”, extraterrestrials having not yet been thought of. From the 1970s, though, they were reported more and more often, attracting more media attention and more theories about their origin. I needn’t go into detail, but by 1991 there was a large body of opinion that they were the work of UFOs or their occupants. Unfortunately for the UFO theorists, in that year a couple of blokes called Doug Brewer and Dave Chorley claimed to have made most if not all of them using nothing more sophisticated than a plank and a length of rope, and were more than happy to be filmed doing so. Since then there have been crop circle


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Short Story The Battenberg Relay The sugar on the last slice of Battenberg cake twinkled in the afternoon sun. Kevin licked his lips and glanced round. On the patio, Dad was distracted trying to find a picture on the portable TV so that he, Uncle Mick and Granddad could watch the men’s 400 metre relay. As Kevin reached up to take the cake, his mum appeared from nowhere and slapped the back of his hand. “Hands off, Auntie Ivy wants that,” she said. With silver tongs she lifted the slice of yellow and pink sponge wrapped in marzipan and placed it carefully on a tea plate. “But she’s had two pieces already,” Kevin whined. “You shouldn’t be counting. I can’t trust you with this, where’s Francis?” Francis was about to help himself to a fistful of crisps. Mum thrust the plate into his hand and pointed him in the direction of Ivy. Auntie Ivy was sprawled asleep on a lounger at the far end of the garden. Francis sullenly took the plate and, as Mum turned her back, he winked at Kevin and gave the cake a long wet lick. Grinning, Francis set off across the lawn. Cousin Hannah intercepted him waving a Swing Ball bat. “Play a game with me Francis, Robin’s rubbish.” Little Robin threw down his bat and stuck out his bottom lip. “I didn’t want to play anyway.” “Take this to Auntie Ivy for me then.” Francis handed the tea plate to Robin, and picked up the bat. Wiping his nose on the back of his hand, Robin walked unsteadily in Ivy’s direction. A curious wasp circled the plate, upon which Robin panicked and tripped over the hosepipe sending him and the cake sprawling across a pile of grass cuttings. Cousin Lucy, witnessing the fall, came running over. “It’s for Auntie Ivy,” Robin sobbed. “And I’ve ruined it.” “Never mind, go and find your mum, I’ll take it to Ivy.” Lucy said turning the cake over to the clean side. Meanwhile, Michael from next door, who was only


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there because he was hoping to see Lucy, was sitting on the bench swing wearing shades and sipping from a can of Top Deck. He beckoned her over. She grinned and squeezed in next to him, still clutching the plate. Robin’s wasp however, was still in pursuit and now found itself unable to choose between the cake and Michael’s drink. Making an error of judgement it landed with a buzz on Michael’s top lip. Michael, losing the cool he had spent all afternoon creating, sprayed a shower of pop all over himself, Lucy and the cake. Mortified, they both ran off in opposite directions to find napkins. Kevin had been sat by the garden wall squashing red spider mites and watching the progress of the Battenberg cake, now abandoned on the chair. With a furtive look round, he picked it up and inspected it. No one was looking. The cake was all his for the taking. The sponge was covered in dried grass, a fine mist of pop and a swirl of lick and he realised to his dismay that he no longer wanted it. “Auntie Ivy,” he called holding the plate out to her. She opened one eye. “Kevin, is that my cake? You took your time,” she said, awkwardly pushing herself upright. She didn’t even glance at the cake as she picked it up and swallowed it in one huge mouthful. At that moment, with almost uncanny coincidence, there was an explosion of cheers from the crowd sat around the portable TV, making Kevin jump out of his guilty skin. by Jackie Brewster


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Alresford Agricultural Show – A Great Day Out The 104th Alresford Agricultural Show will take place on 1st September 2012 in the magnificent surroundings of Tichborne Park, Hampshire. Many shows claim to be ‘country’ shows, but very few can match the Alresford Show when it comes to being an authentic reflection of life in the Hampshire farming world. If you’ve always yearned to get close to a modern hi-tech £100,000 tractor, you’ll find plenty here. It’s not all modern though, as there will be a display of vintage machinery too. The link between farming and horses goes back

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local groups WALKS FOR HEALTH Every Thursday 10.15 BishopsWaltham Square, contact Lydia Lockhart 01962 848725 UNIVERSITY OF THE 3RD AGE Tuesday twice monthly 1.30–3.30 Wickham Community Hall Contact 01329 833384 THE HEALING TRUST Healing Centre, Wickham Community Centre, Wickham. 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 NETBALL GROUP We train every Wed 5.30pm -7pm 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 COMMIT TO GET FIT Circuits, Pilates, Zumba and Yoga classes in Bishops Waltham on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See advert on page 10 for full details. 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.

WICKHAM CENTRE 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 Computer Classes West End Library Thursdays and Friday at 10am Waiting list, however if interested contact 0845 603 5631 /01329 225398

GARDENING CLUB Memberships only £6 call Keith Fry 01489 893755

VT Cricket Club Portsmouth Rd, Sholing, Southampton SO19 9PW tel 02380 341745

MOBILE LIBRARY WICKHAM SQUARE Wednesday 9.20am – 12.20pm

ART CLASSES Every Wed 9am - 4pm Helena Hines

Charities, free or very low cost events are listed above without charge and can be submitted by emailing For other events a small charge is made starting from just £7 a month. For more details email Melanie@ or call 01489 660022 44

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LOCAL DOCTORS NHS Direct (24hr helpline) Acorn Medical, Church Lane, Curdridge Fareham Health Centre Gudge Heath Lane, Fareham Hemming & Partners, Lower Lane, Bishop’s Waltham West Meon Surgery, Doctor's Lane, West Meon Wickham Group Surgery, Station Road, Wickham

0845 4647 01489 782488 01329 823456 01329 280887 01489 892288 01730 829666 01329 833121

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 www.bishopswalthamparish Upham Durley Soberton Droxford Shedfield Swanmore West Meon Parish Council (Tracy Predeth, Clerk) Hampshire City Council Winchester City Council Wickham Council Boarhunt Southwick & Widley

01489 892323 01489 860236 01489 860236 01489 877378 01489 877470 01329 830060

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

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS All dates taken from Autumn Term Half Term: Mon 29/10/12 - Fri 2/11/12 Christmas Holiday: Mon 24/12/12 - Fri 4/1/13 Spring Term Half Term: Mon 18/2/13 – Fri 22/2/13 Easter: Fri 29/3/13 to Friday 12/4/13 (inc.) LOCAL LIBRARY Bishop’s Waltham Library, Bank Street, 0845 603 5631 Mon/Thur: Closed, Tue: 2pm – 7pm, Wed/Fri: 10am – 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

01489 890651

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Bishops Waltham Wickham Community Centre, Fareham

01730 301606

EMERGENCIES Police, Fire or Ambulance Services Police (Incident Reports) Portsmouth Water - Fresh Water Supply Portsmouth Water - Leaks to Report (Out of hours 24hr) Southern Water - Sewage Southern Water - Tech Support Gas – National Grid (If you smell gas, then call us immediately) Electricity

01962 841841 01962 840222 01329 835019 01489 891321 023 8046 3228

01489 892375 01489 892368 01489 782613 01489 877537 01489 860207 01962 861161 01489 877568 01329 833161 01329 833108 01329 833141 01489 894555 01489 892256 01489 860355 01730 829213 01329 833065 02380 692679

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DISCOVER INDEX For Advertisers offering multiple property services look under Property Maintenance, otherwise see specific trade e.g. electrician, carpenter etc.

Accounting: Approved Accounting Auction House: Bonhams Bathrooms: See Plumbing Bedrooms: Deanes Interiors Swan Systems Builder: R & G Gamblin General Builders Target Building Cards & Gift Shop: Best Wishes Care Services: Recover Nursing Home Fees The White House Carpenter: Mint Kitchens & Carpentry Chimney Sweep: Pebble Beach Sweeps Cleaning Services: JB Domestic Cleaning Computer Services: Plates PCS Dentist: Simon Smyth Dentistry Drain Services: Cleansing Service Group Education: The Gregg School Electrician: Assure Electrical Ltd D.Daniel Electrical Services Ltd Estate Agent: Andrew Ross Property Agents Financial Services: Newman Cozens Financial Management Retirement & Investement Solutions Furniture: Deanes Interiors Pont Furnishings Swan Systems

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Furniture Restoration Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Solent Garage Doors Garage Services: Scuffs 2 Scratches Wickham Tyre & Auto Centre Garden Design & Services: Adtree Care Arbor-Call Tree Surgeons Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden M. Lawn Tech Revitalise Gardens TreeScapes Winchester Garden Machinery Woodleigh Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing Grocers: Budgens Hairdresser: Head Masters Hair Design Health & Fitness: Commit 2 Get Fit Mindful Exercise Health Services: Colten Care The White House Kitchens: Ashmore Kitchens Dream Doors Mint Kitchens & Carpentry Legal Services: SJP Wills & Probate Locksmith: Winlocks Mobility: The Discount Mobility Company Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svcs. Oven Cleaning: Oven Clean Direct

PUZZLE SOLUTIONS DROP DOWN Capital Deposit Payment Receipt Savings CALCUDOKU

PICTOGRAM 1. Half-hearted 2. The birds and the bees 3. The centre of attention SUDOKU

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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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Pet Services: Wagging Tails Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Gair Gas Pipe Dreams Tom Mitchell Plumbing The Oil Boiler Company TP Watts Property Maintenance & Improvements: Ashmore Kitchens BBI Dream Doors Hire A Handy Hero John F Heney Mint Kitchens & Carpentry R & G Gamblin General Builders Target Building Restaurant: The Vineyard School: The Gregg School Solar Panels: Finesse Energy Ltd RDB Green Energy Solutions Taxi Services: Exec Transfers Tile Floor Cleaning: Tile Doctor Ltd Tree Surgery: See Garden Veterinary: Shield Veterinary Centre Vineyard: Wickham Vineyard Waste Disposal: Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal Will Writing: SJP Wills & Probate

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