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MARCH 2012

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Mothering Sunday Celebrating Mums on 18th March

Hampshire Heritage Strange Pub Names in South Hants

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CONTENTS Mothering Sunday


Hampshire Heritage


Advertiser Feature – Lawn Tech


St David's Day


Advertiser Feature – Avalon Financial Services


The Handy Household - The Virtues of Vinegar


Home & Interiors - Open Sesame


Health - Relieving Pain Naturally


Puzzle Page


Becoming More Like Alfie


Working From Home - Dad's Taxis


Fun Quiz - Poems


Proverbial Life... - Waste Not, Want Not


Follow Me Puzzle


What's On


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Mothering Sunday Mother’s Day is commemorated worldwide although the dates differ from country to country. In the UK, the correct name for Mother’s Day is Mothering Sunday and it always falls on the 4th Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter. Because the dates of Easter and Lent vary from year to year, the date of Mothering Sunday also varies. This year it falls on 18th March. Although mothers have been revered since Prehistoric times, this particular tribute day to mothers has been recognised since the 17th century. In those days, it was common for children to move away from home at an early age to work in service or on apprenticeships from as young as ten years old. They lived in their employers’ houses and rarely had time off to see their families. They would worship regularly in their nearest church, known as their ‘Daughter’ church. However, it was considered extremely important for everyone to return at least once a year to worship at their ‘Mother’ church, the one in which they were baptised. Servants were given the day off to return home and spend some time with their family and to worship at their Mother church. This day became known as Mothering Sunday. As this would probably be their only holiday of the year they would take gifts for their family. There might have been a Simnel cake (a marzipan covered fruit cake) from a generous employer to save until the end of Lent and posies of wild flowers gathered from the hedgerows. The luxurious fruit-filled Simnel cake signified an end to the austerity of Lent. During the 19th century, Mothering Sunday celebrations started to wane but after World War 2 the tradition was picked up again, with influence from America, and has continued to be recognised in the fairly original way ever since. Although it is customary to give Mum a present on the day, if you ask any mum, she will probably say that the best present for Mother’s Day is the presence of her offspring—although bearing gifts of chocolates and flowers is definitely appreciated!


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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 spickand-span and friendly pub but yielded no explanation for the name other than that ‘Plumb’ appears to mean plumber, as its sign suggests. In days gone by the pub was called the Commercial Inn, but when and why its name was changed seems to have become lost in the mists of time.


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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. The Flower Pots in Cheriton, near Alresford, is, I believe, the

DISCOVER HERITAGE 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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St David’s Day Stick a leek in your hatband, it’s St David’s Day! Maybe not as well-known as St Patrick’s Day or St George’s Day, but still a point in the rankings above St Andrew’s Day and hey, a party is a party, right? Now, I was brought up Roman Catholic, and although the Holy Office would hardly recognise me as a kosher Catholic now, it’s still hard to shake off some of the attitudes. And as both a Catholic and an ex-Catholic I have always found it ironically amusing that the Welsh – by and large, as even they would admit, nonconformist – had such a devotion to a saint. They don’t believe in canonisation, for a start, and they certainly don’t share the monastic tradition; and David (son of the Prince of Powys and the Princess of Menevia) was not only canonised (in 1160 by Pope Callixtus II) but was also the Abbot of a large, aristocratic, and wealthy monastery. So, not exactly a Baptist role-model, then. Mind you, David himself would have had problems if interrogated by the Holy Office about his orthodoxy. He was born in about 500, just as the Saxons of Kent were being converted by St Augustine, and died by tradition on 1st March 589 (hence, celebrated on 1st March). By contemporary Roman standards his tonsure would have been all wrong, and he would have celebrated Easter on a date that would have horrified the Pope. In fact many of the tenets he would have adhered to were overturned by the Synod of Whitby in 664, when the old Celtic church pretty much capitulated to current Roman (and Saxon) practice. That makes him a heretic to just about everybody – contemporary Romans and subsequent nonconformists alike. To think, the Welsh defenders of early Christian tradition were, by comparison with their johnny-come-lately Saxon oppressors, heretics. Ah well, that’s history for you. Full of ironies!


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But these were ironies that wouldn’t go away. Samuel Pepys, more than a millennium after David’s death, records that on 1st March there were annual street processions in honour of the Saint by dissenting London Welsh, aggressively opposed by protestant Anglicans; and in the 18th century Anglican London confectioners were satirising St David’s Day by producing gingerbread St David’s riding goats, known as “taffies” – hence our word “toffee”. The ironies continue even into our own time. St David’s stock, it is true, was not particularly high in the 19th and most of the 20th centuries when Wales was still largely Chapel. Only with the resurgence of less sharply denominational nationalism in the last 20 years has he been more widely adopted as a Welsh standard-bearer. In 2000 the Welsh Assembly voted to make 1st March a national holiday. In 2007, that notorious Catholic convert Tony Blair vetoed a bid to make it a Bank Holiday, despite 87% of the Welsh population being in favour. So: a proto-Catholic tells the culturally nonconformist Welsh that their sort-of Catholic but by the standards of his own times heterodox patron saint doesn’t merit a celebratory nationalist day off. Chew on that as you wish. I would rather chew on laver bread, bara brith, and (if you can find it) proper Welsh mountain mutton (a single leg of which, in my childhood, easily fed a family of seven at Sunday lunchtime with leftovers for Monday’s cottage pie). Washed down with a few pints of Brain’s SA from Cardiff or (again, if you can find it) Gwynt y Draig cider from Gwent. Or should that be Monmouthshire?


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colour. A tonal scheme, with colour going from light to darker from one end to the other, can be particularly effective. 3. Planning your lighting Use lighting to delineate different areas within your open-plan space, and illuminate different parts to suit your needs, whether it’s a living area or working space, a kitchen or a dining area. Layer in different types of light in different areas, using a mixture of concealed lighting (in ceilings or under shelves, for example) and eye-catching, oversized fixtures that suit the extra-large space. 4. Choosing a floor Choosing flooring for a multi-purpose space such as an open-plan cooking/dining/living area can be tricky, as the kitchen area needs to be able to cope with splashes and spills, while you’ll want the sitting area to feel cosy and comfortable. You have two choices: either run the same flooring throughout for a sleek, flowing look, or choose a variety of types of flooring which will differentiate between areas. If you go for the former option, consider stone or wood, both of which can be softened with rugs where necessary, or consider high quality vinyl, which is spill-proof and forgiving underfoot. 5. Separating spaces Not all open-plan spaces need to be entirely open all of the time, so for truly flexible living it’s advisable to include some sort of flexible division. In a period property, panelled doors that can be folded back against the walls when not in use are perfect; in a more modern house a moveable screen, or perhaps ceiling-mounted panels (on a track) that can be pulled to one side when desired, would be enormously useful. ...Continued on page 22



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Naturally Health experts advise that natural alternatives to over-the-counter pain relief are often the best solution. Julie Penfold looks at natural pain relief options for common health complaints. It’s an instant reaction for so many of us when pain first strikes; we simply take something to relieve our symptoms. Popping a pill is frequently our default setting and our usual answer is to take paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to relieve symptoms – the most popular over-the-counter painkillers. The main pain-killing ingredient in aspirin is salicylic acid, which is found naturally in the herbs willow bark, poplar and meadowsweet. While willow bark and poplar are only available via a herbalist, meadowsweet can be found in natural health stores. Meadowsweet can be drank as a tea and is very effective at tackling pain fast, says natural medicine practitioner, Susse Wedel. “For general pain-killing use, ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper are very good options. You can ingest these by adding to a hot water drink or sprinkling on food as and when required,” adds Susse. Tackling Headaches For headaches brought on by stress or tension, the herb rosemary is Susse’s top tip for relieving nervous tension, and just inhaling the aroma can help to ease tension. Rosemary essential oil can also be rubbed directly onto the temple for instant relief. Lavender and chamomile are two of the best relaxation herbs around and are a super option for easing headache pain. As stress headaches are commonly caused by a constriction of blood vessels in the head, rosemary and lavender can help to ease this pressure. These herbs are all available as herbal teas and are equally effective when consumed as a drink. Herbs which have an affinity to the head tend to have a high content of calcium, magnesium and potassium, which are all naturally powerful against headache pain. For migraine sufferers, ginkgo can help to provide relief from painful symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and cutting out stimulants in the diet such as caffeinated drinks, sugar, tobacco and chocolate can also help, as these foods can trigger migraines, as well as prolonging them. Muscle Strain Adding several handfuls of fresh thyme to a bath can be an effective alternative to over-the-counter pain relief for muscle strain, as thyme eases both muscular and rheumatic pain. St John’s Wort oil and rosemary oil can also help to ease muscular aches and pains. Foods containing magnesium such as wholegrains, bananas,


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From the factory floor to the stage door – Alfie Boe’s eyeing up further adventures It’s a farfetched notion more likened to the dreamy desires of an opera character than a frustrated car mechanic working in the rather unforgiving surrounds of Fleetwood. But for Alfie Boe, the realisation of some lofty Broadway ambitions can do nothing but offer hope and belief to others striving to realise their potential. Having just released his self-titled fifth album, with a UK tour coming up, and appearing nightly in Les Miserables, all is good in the life of the 38-year-old, even if his new Covent Garden surroundings do nothing to rid him of his ‘Lancashire lad’ ways. “I live just off Neal Street in the heart of Covent Garden,” he begins. “That, in itself, is dangerous because I’m amongst such amazing shops. I’m always tempted to go and spend money, but most of the time I end up gravitating towards Neal’s Yard Dairy Shop, which is no more than a couple of minutes from my front door.


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“They sell the most incredible cheeses and I’m often found sampling the many flavours they import from around the world... before leaving the shop without buying anything! I think it’s fair to say my card will soon be marked if I carry on with this sort of behaviour,” he jokes. “But I’ll defend myself by blaming the intense aroma that wafts out of the shop. It hits you like a big cheddar punch in the face and you can’t help but to venture inside!” Boe moved to Covent Garden almost a year ago, primarily for the convenience of walking the 10 minutes home from the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, where he’s appearing in Les Miserables. He admits he’s grown rather fond of the south and the new lifestyle his incredible success has delivered. “It’s all still a bit surreal for me. My career has exploded and there’s a very grounded part of me that’s still not so sure what’s going on. “I’ve had to work very hard for my breaks. When I first decided to pursue my dream full-time I came to London and attended the Royal College of Music. I was there for nearly two years and

DISCOVER MARCH 2012 it was hard. I didn’t have any money and was moving from one place to another. Sometimes I had nowhere to go at all; I was virtually homeless, sleeping on mates’ couches and worse. They were hard, hard times, and London seriously kicked my behind in the beginning. I feel I came through it, but it was like going 14 rounds. “Now it’s being very good to me, though. And I’m grateful for that. Travelling around the south of England has shown me that it’s a place of opportunity. People do have different approaches to those in Fleetwood. It’s inspiring, but the differences can be difficult to get your head around at times.” If the south of England is a challenge then confronting America – where he will have returned to by the time you read this interview must be something altogether different. “We have a place in Utah – it’s serious Mormon country and a nice place to be - it’s safe and the weather’s fantastic. My wife’s family live there and when we had our daughter, I was on the road travelling a lot so it made sense for her to be near people she knew. America has taken to me well – I think they ‘get’ me... you can never be quite sure, but the novelty of who I am and what I can produce seems to convey.” You’re left to wonder if there’s anything that’s not good about being Alfie Boe at the moment. But with the type of candour you’d expect from someone with such grounded roots, he admits he was disappointed not to be invited to play a part in the forthcoming release of ‘Les Mis: The Movie’. “Obviously I think they’ll do an amazing job but I’m disappointed I’m not involved in it; it would be a wonderful opportunity to transfer my role of Valjean to the big screen. But when you’re up against Hugh Jackman, there’s not much you can do. “I don’t think there’s any shame in losing out to him. I auditioned for it but, in the end, they decided to go for the big name. There’s a lot of

money that goes into these movies and they can’t be taking any chances.” That, in the space of a decade, Boe has swapped fitting front axles to going shoulder to shoulder with the acting and singing elite is remarkable. Though he’s not one to look back... “I don’t look back - I can’t really afford to do that, I just keep looking forward. If I hadn’t been spotted I’ve no idea what I’d be doing now - still working as a mechanic probably. “But I knew this was the path I wanted to take and I made sure I was up for the journey. I genuinely believe others can do the same, but always make sure there’s a cheese shop en route!” By Richard Aldhous c o n t a c t u s @ d i s c o v e r m e o n v a l l e y.c o .u k



Working from home Dad’s Taxis Some time ago I was ruminating in a slightly melancholy vein about what life would be like as empty-nesters. Would my wife and I be a bit sad? A bit lonely? Would we miss our little chickadees? Well, no we won’t. Because they’re NOT GOING! We always knew we’d be stuck with the boy, who has started tech. But what I didn’t realise (admittedly, because I never listen) is that he’s only going three days a week. Further, he’s studying music technology, so his homework seems to be very loud indeed. When I was his age I did try my best to make as much noise with my music as he manages with his, but since I was stuck with the discarded family Dansette while he seems to have the equivalent of The Who’s PA system I failed to make quite as much impact as he does. Also, the music of my teens was slightly more melodic than the thumpy stuff his generation favours – rock’n’roll may not be noise pollution, but dubstep most certainly is. Then we learnt that the girl isn’t going either. She was one grade off her first choice, but was offered a place for next year – yeah, that’s right, when the fees go up – and rather than settle for her second choice she decided to take a gap year. So, is she off backpacking around the Far East? No. She’s taking her gap year at home, that’s what. At least she’s not as noisy as he is, but we’re still lumbered with the pair of them. Well, I suppose it’s quite nice really, having them around the place. I’m kind of used to them, in a way, and there’ll certainly be a big them-shaped hole in our lives when they finally do go. In the meantime, though, Dad’s Taxis is not going into liquidation, and the home laundry service remains as gargantuan an enterprise as ever. In fact Dad’s Taxis seems to be expanding. The


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A Proverbial Life... Waste not, want not I’ve developed a rather odd passion for glass. Not just any old glass, but those items we normally toss into the recycling bin without a second jars. Actually, it’s not just glass jars that have taken my fancy but also yogurt pots. So far I’m managing to resist the urge to collect the wonderfully perfect plastic pots - but my glass jar fetish is getting out of control. I used to casually put all such items into the recycling bin, where they would eventually be re-incarnated by the local facility. However, I now seem to have decided that I can cut out the middle man and perform an alternative recycling role myself. I have discovered a whole new world of beauty in the simple glass jar. I covet glass jars and will not assign them to a cruel crushing and grinding. Instead I soak off labels, clean with hot soapy water, rinse and leave to dry on the window sill. Once they have passed the ‘sniff test’ (quick sniff to ensure there is no lingering hint of previous contents), they join their fellow jars in one of several boxes stored in the garage. I’ve been collecting now for nearly six months and I’ve got lots of lovely clean jars. Lots and lots and lots. I’m not the original purchaser of all of these jars; many of them have been donated to me by family and friends. All it took was a simple request to ‘save all your jars for me’, and I’ve been inundated. My mother in particular took this request to heart. She is my most enthusiastic glass jar collector, and has dragooned many of her friends into saving their jars for me. At least once a month I get summoned to ‘Mummy

Towers’ to pick up the latest batch of jars. There’s always at least 30 waiting for me, stacked in a cardboard box, washed and looking suspiciously like they’ve been polished to a high gleam. I’m always delighted to receive them and she’s always delighted to give them to me. However, the oddest thing is that no-one ever questions why I want so many jars. An initial explanation that I was going to make jam has continued to ensure a never ending supply of lovely jars. The jam making season has long gone. Despite my best intentions I didn’t make any jam. Neither have I made any chutneys, relishes or pickles but I year. If I don’t make jam I will find some other use for them. I may take up glass painting and turn them into psychedelic vases for sale on eBay; or pop nightlights into them and use them in the garden, or fill them with sweets for the tombola at the local W.I. Or I could turn them into pen holders, paint pots or mini incubators for seedlings...the possibilities are endless. Indeed my husband has suggested that they would be a particularly useful place to keep the marbles he thinks I’ve lost. I shall ignore him. by A. O’Brien


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DISCOVER WHAT’S ON butterflies such as the Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper. Please wear old clothes and sturdy footwear such as walking boots (trainers not advisable) and waterproofs in case of rain and bring a packed lunch. We will provide all tools, gloves and tea and coffee. Mobile number to use on the day if you are unable to make the task or can’t find us is: - 07917 460477. Please meet at Junction car park on the corner of Farley Mount road and Sarum road, grid reference SU417292. 02380 402593

what’s THE ALTON WORKHOUSE 29 Feb, 7:30pm Alton Library Come along to a talk by Jane Hurst about Alton Workhouse. Further information available from the library, or telephone 01420 85734. Cost: £4 DR PHIL'S RUDE HEALTH SHOW 1 Mar 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to have appeared at a public inquiry. He is Private Eye's medical correspondent and has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show Countdown and The One Show . He is rude about everything (politicians, doctors, death, drugs, sex.) £12, £9 Concessions. 01962 873603 COMPUTING TUITION AT WEST END LIBRARY 1 Mar 9am West End Library Free IT tuition for beginners on Thursday and Friday mornings at West End Library. Free. JOHN PILKINGTON – GEORGIA TO AFGHANISTAN 2 Mar 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre In an exciting sequel to his 2009 'Axis of Evil' trip, John follows


the ancient trade route from the Caucasus across the Caspian Sea to Samarkand, then turns south-east to the High Pamirs of Tajikistan and Afghanistan before finishing in Kashgar, China's so-called 'Crossroads of Asia'. Mountains, deserts and an insight into Central Asia's unique position on the Silk Road make this a show not to be missed. Cost: £10 WINCHESTER BY LAMPLIGHT FREE GUIDED WALK 2 Mar 8pm Starts outside Winchester Tourist Information Cent An opportunity to enjoy our city at night. Tickets from Tourist Information Centre or from the guide on the night if still available. Details of other walks on www. Free but numbers limited to 25. 01962 840500 BLUES & JAZZ NIGHT 3 Mar, 7:30 Greyladyes Art Centre, Bursledon, SO31 8BX An evening of blues and jazz from former Yardbird Alan Glen and The Barcodes. The group, which also features Bob Haddrell and Dino Coccia, mixes Blue Note Jazz and Chicago Blues in the style of Georgie Fame, Zoot Money and Mose Allison.

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Cost: £12.50, Young Person £6, 023 8040 4649 OPEN MIC NIGHT Every 1st Sunday of the month, 7pm The Thomas Lord PH, West Meon Bring your talent and showcase your stuff. 7PM TILL 10PM. Please contact Dave Sweetenham ON 07584 495 540 to book your space. Historical Lectures 6 Mar 7:30pm Greyladyes Arts Centre, School Road, Bursledon, SO31 8BX The winter lectures are going to be held at GAF on the following Tuesday evenings at 8 o’clock. The theme for this year is going to be ‘Maritime Matters’ Tuesday, 6th March - ‘Titanic’, Vicky Green of Soton City Library Tuesday, 3rd April - The Lost Village of Itchen Ferry, Dr Mary South Book with Sue Osmond, 02380 40 4649 PRACTICAL CONSERVATION TASK 6 Mar 10am Farley Mount Country Park BTCV are looking for volunteers to help cut back vegetation and small trees, in order to encourage more butterflies into the area. The park is home to rare

MEET THE AUTHOR 7 Mar 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre Justin Cartwright's novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, and The Promise of Happiness, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club. Join us as Justin talks about his latest novel Other People's Money, a tale of great families, great fortunes and even greater secrets. A gripping, satirical and acutely observed story of our time. £3 - No Concession. 01962 873603 ONE BIG SLEEPOUT 9 Mar - Various Locations Sleep out to raise awareness and funds for Hampshire homeless charity, the Society of St James. You sacrifice your bed for the night in exchange for sponsorship. The funds you raise will help The Society of St James to continue to provide accommodation and support to the county s most vulnerable adults. 023 8063 2524 ONE MAN SHOW 9 Mar 2012, 7:30pm Winchester Discovery Centre A riveting and critically acclaimed one-man show performed by Robert Lloyd Parry. Oh, Whistle, and I ll Come to You, my Lad is a tale of nocturnal

DISCOVER WHAT’S ON horror on the Suffolk coast, considered by many to be James masterpiece. It is beautifully complemented here by The Ash Tree , a spine-chilling story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations. (110 minutes including interval). £7.50. 01962 873603 TWILIGHT TOUR 10 Mar & 14 Apr 7:30-11:45pm Hinton Ampner National Trust Hear about Hinton’s ghost stores with a local medium. £25 or £35 including a light supper. 01962 793512. WINCHESTER REAL ALE & CIDER FESTIVAL 16th and 17th March, Winchester Guildhall http://www. Ticket info line: 07587 242797, email: info@ BOTLEY CHORAL SOCIETY’S SPRING CONCERT 24/25 March Location see below Established for nearly 90 years, Botley Choral Society performs concerts of very high standard throughout South Hampshire, attracting large and appreciative audiences. Following the success of its recent Christmas concert when it performed Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, the choir will be presenting its Spring Concert, with Bach’s Magnificat and Dvorak’s Mass in D, at St John’s Church, Lock’s Heath on Saturday 24th March 7.30pm, then at All Saints Church, Botley on Sunday 25th March 7.30pm. The choir, with nearly 100 members, is one of the largest in the area and aims to present high standard choral works not just in its “home” Church in Botley, but also in venues around South Hampshire. Tickets and more information on 01489 890007 or at

BEAR HUNT 29 Mar, 10:30 to 11:30 Itchen Valley Country Park Join us for a walk round the woods based on Michael Rosen's book followed by a craft. If you would like to read the book before the session, visit West End Library who will be ordering copies in especially. £2 per child. BOOKING ESSENTIAL 023 8047 5080 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! WICKHAM CHARITY BEER FESTIVAL 14 Apr, 11am – 4pm & 6pm – 11pm Wickham Centre Good selection of local Ales, music Saturday evening, dood available all day. Evening BBQ by the Meon Valley Lions. See www. (B) = Booking essential Remember to tell us about your events, so we can tell our readers! email tania@ or call us on: 01489 590024 c o n t a c t u s @ d i s c o v e r m e o n v a l l e y.c o .u k



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 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 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 Wendy Pilton 01489 890694 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

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

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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 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

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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 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 Bishop’s Waltham Library, Bank Street, 0845 603 5631 Mon/Thur: Closed, Tue: 1pm – 7pm, Wed/Fri: 9.30am – 5pm, Sat: 9.30am – 1pm CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Bishops Waltham Wickham Community Centre, Fareham

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EMERGENCIES Police, Fire or Ambulance Services 999 0845 045 45 45 Police (Incident Reports) 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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DISCOVER INDEX For Advertisers offering multiple property services look under Property Maintenance, otherwise see specific trade e.g. electrician, carpenter etc. Appliance Repair: JP Appliances Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Essential Beauty Bedrooms: Deanes Interiors Swan Systems Blinds & Curtains: Pont Furnishings Solent Blinds & Curtains Co Ltd Waterside Blinds Builder: R & G Gamblin General Builders Carpenter: Mint Kitchens & Carpentry Simon Pretty Furniture Chimney Sweep: Pebble Beach Sweeps Computer Services: Plates PCS TeknoIT Conservatories: Britannia Conservatories Counselling: Counselling with J. Chivers Dentist: Simon Smyth Dentistry Drain Services: Cleansing Service Group Electrician: Assure Electrical Ltd D.Daniel Electrical Svcs Ltd Financial Services: Avalon Financial Services Newman Cozens Financial Management Retirement & Investement Solutions

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Florists: Hazel's Florist Funeral Services: Town & Country Mem. Ltd Furniture: Deanes Interiors Pont Furnishings Simon Pretty Furniture Swan Systems Furniture Ltd Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Solent Garage Doors Garden Design & Services: Adtree Care AW Paving Specialists 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 Commit 2 Get Fit Health Services: Colten Care Counselling with Julie Chivers Interior Design: Pat Staples Interiors Kitchens: Dream Doors Kitchen & Bathroom Transformations

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FUN QUIZ - POEMS - 1. Kubla Khan - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 2. Ode To A Nightingale - John Keats, 3. The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot, 4. The Charge Of The Light Brigade - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 5. A Red, Red Rose - Robert Burns, 6. The Owl And The Pussycat - Edward Lear, 7. Gunga Din - Rudyard Kipling, 8. The Pied Piper Of Hamelin - Robert Browning, 9. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas - Clement Clarke Moore, 10. Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll PICTOGRAM - 1. All in the line of duty, 2. Fair and square, 3. Two's company, three's a crowd Follow Me Attic Camp Press Scroll Lead Detest Keyword: Alter



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Kitchens cont: Mint Kitchens & Carpentry Simon Pretty Furniture Loft Conversions: Charrett & Sons Office Furniture: Haywood Office Svcs. Pet Services: Wagging Tails Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: 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 Solar Panels: Finesse Energy Ltd Sweet Shop: Sweet Corner Taxi Services: Exec Transfers Tile Floor Cleaning: Tile Doctor Ltd Tree Surgery: See Garden Upholstery: Pont Furnishings Veterinary: Shield Veterinary Centre Waste Disposal: Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal

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