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Hello and Welcome I was chatting with some friends recently about the conundrum of why it takes so long to do little tasks. One was saying about the button that had been on the windowsill for a month, and another was bemoaning the picture that she bought in the summer and still hadn’t hung up. My shameful overdue task was a dress lurking in the bottom of the washing basket. Being an evening dress I had no urgency for it, and as it wouldn’t have fitted me anyway until recently*, the motivation wasn’t there. Still five years is a long time to leave something unwashed! Suffice to say, the act of confessing was enough to spur all of us into getting our jobs done. Each of our tasks took next to no time and left us wondering why on earth we hadn’t done them before. We couldn’t come up with an answer but resolved to try to stop the procrastination. The other thing I find on my ‘must get round to it’ list is anything to do with personal finance, planning and paperwork. I’m very good with paperwork for the business, yet the family stuff just accrues in the ‘awaiting action’ pile. However we received a statement this week for a pension associated with a job my husband left many years ago.

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Time For A Spring Clean By Claudia Leaf I had invited an old school friend around for coffee and was trying hard to make a good impression. Suddenly a shaft of spring sunlight flooded my lounge, making me cringe with embarrassment. With a growing sense of shame I watched as this unforgiving shaft of light slid across the room, showing up the grubby finger marks on the door, the ring marks on my glass table and a thick layer of dust on the mantelpiece. When it finally landed at my friend’s feet, close to a dirty paw mark our dog had left on the carpet, I saw a look of alarm on her face. “I’m so sorry, I’ve just noticed. Did I do that?” I had a nanosecond to decide whether I should openly confess my domestic shortcomings or keep quiet. “Oh, don’t worry”, I replied. “It’ll brush off when it’s dry.” She left soon afterwards, still apologising. I took a deep breath and realised it was time for some spring cleaning. An article in the Manufacturer and Builder magazine of 1872 (a “practical journal of industrial progress”) describes spring cleaning as “The season of general cleaning, when all the corners and closets are overturned and hidden things are brought to light”. Whilst period dramas such as “Downton Abbey” have inspired a new generation to revive traditional kitchen skills, it’s questionable whether 21st century householders will be tempted to adopt the cleaning methods recommended by the magazine, which include black-leading grates, whitewashing walls and scalding bedsteads. The Victorians may have excelled at spring cleaning but they certainly didn’t invent it. Some historians believe that the origins of this tradition date back


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savings, it reneged. Beeching himself returned to ICI in late 1965 after the summary rejection of a second report advising even deeper cuts; but Labour continued to implement the 1963 recommendations right up to 1970. The promise was a cruel illusion. The 70,000 jobs, 2,600 country stations, 300,000 goods wagons, and 4,000 miles of branch line that disappeared saved nothing, and in 1970 British Rail lost not £42m but £100m. Beeching may have been a production expert, but he had no understanding of logistics. Whilst many lines may have been unprofitable (30% of them carried just 1% of all passengers, while 50% of all stations raised just 2% of overall ticket revenue) they fed the main lines and had made them profitable. Freight carriage, too, dwindled as large factories lost the branch lines that connected their sidings to the network and so, took to the roads. It’s suspected that Beeching’s recommendations were more political than operational. Apart from Marples’s rumoured venality, powerful forces both in business and the trade unions favoured road; and the railway, with its record of failure (3,300 miles of branch line had already been closed in the previous 15 years), had no counter-argument. Beeching did not consider the huge efficiency savings available through slashing the over-manning of the branch network: his brief was to cut, and cut he did. He described his programme as “surgery, not mad chopping”: he was certainly not the kind of surgeon you would want operating on you. We could do with those 4,000 miles of line now, as our roads strain and burst. The moral of this story is – don’t ever chuck things out, because you never know when they might come in handy.

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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 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: Fri 29/3/13 to Friday 12/4/13 (inc.) Summer Term - Half Term: Mon 27/5/13 – Fri 31/5/13 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 CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Bishops Waltham Wickham Community Centre, Fareham

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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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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

Curdridge Amateur Drama Group Productions are twice a year – spring and autumn. Rehearsals – Mondays 7.45pm and Thursdays 7.30pm at the Reading Rooms, Curdridge. From time to time we run workshops and other social events. Phone Teresa 01489 895170 for more information. DRAMA GROUP Every Monday at Jubilee Hall 4pm - 5.15pm (Junior) & 5.15pm - 6.30pm (Senior) Second youth centre-Helena Fox 01962 844600 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.

Swimming Club Hamble Aquatics are a local swimming club who are always looking for new members to help them realise their full swimming potential as well as keeping them fit and healthy. Full details at or call Paul Dollery 07849 853039 to discuss arranging a free trial.

SCOUTS Beaver Scouts 6-8, Cub Scouts 8-10, Scouts 10-14, Explorer Scouts14-18, Scout Network 18-25, plus Adult volunteers (18+) are always required as supporters, Leaders, Managers and Administrators. Meon Valley Scouting is centred in Bishops Waltham (inc Cudbridge & Durley), Droxford, Shedfield, Swanmore and Wickham. For further information, including Scouting in other areas, please

LUNCH CLUB Every Monday Jubilee Hall 1 - 2pm Christine Argyle 01489 894054 Tuesday Gwyn West 01489 891663 Thurs Gill Stainer 01489 893384

COMMIT TO GET FIT Circuits, Pilates, Zumba and Yoga classes in Bishops Waltham on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See for details or call Carole on 02380 695136

JUBILEE WRITERS Thursday (Twice Monthly) 2pm – 4pm Stables Hall, Bishops Waltham Elizabeth Watt 01489 892224

COUNTRY MARKET Every Friday 9.30 – 11.00am Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham

Computer Classes West End Library Thursdays and Friday at 10am Waiting list, however if interested contact 0845 603 5631 /01329 225398 VT Cricket Club Portsmouth Rd, Sholing, Southampton SO19 9PW tel 02380 341745


GARDENING CLUB Memberships only £6 call Keith Fry 01489 893755 BW YOUNG FARMERS CLUB 14-26 yrs – Thurs Anne 860236 MOBILE LIBRARY WICKHAM SQUARE Wednesday 9.20am – 12.20pm

ART CLASSES 3 classes every Wed - Helena Hines Bishops Waltham Jubilee Hall WICKHAM CENTRE Keep Fit Monday 6 – 7pm Rifle Club Mon 7.30-9pm, Sat 10am-12noon Ladies Circuits Tues 9.30am – 10.30am 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 Home Start Mother & Toddler Fri 9-12 noon Poppins Play Group Thursday Yoga with Paula Wed 10 -11.30am Wickham Community Centre Thu 10 -11.30am Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham Paula Dixon 01489 893648 Waltham Priory Probus Club We are a mixed Club of retired & semi-retired professional and business men and women. We meet once a month on the first Tuesday of each month at Brook House, Brook Lane, Botley at 10.30 a.m. for coffee followed by a Speaker, and lunch at 12.30 p.m. We have a wide selection of speakers on many interesting subjects, but also enjoy ourselves with some social events be it a coach trip, garden party, barbeque, conducted walks led by a guide followed by supper, and a variety of other events. Anyone wishing to find out more would be very welcome to contact our Secretary, Barry West on 01489 891663. MEON VALLEY FLOWER CLUB Demos, workshops at Meonstoke Village Hall Ann Hammant 01730 829469 EVENTS AT SWANMORE Swanmore Baby & Toddler Group Every Tuesday (term-time only) 10am-11.30am Swanmore Village Hall Contact Layla Oates 07837 473590 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 or call 023 8026 6388

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DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON Newton, PO17 6JD Find 10 coloured eggs around a circular walk. Refreshments, lucky dip, face painting and a toy sale. £2.50 per child including chocolate. Contact 01329 833 017.

what’s ALL THAT’S VINTAGE, CRAFT, GIFT AND COLLECTORS EVENT 2 Mar, 9am – 1pm Bedhampton Social Hall, Bedhampton Road, PO9 3ES Vintage, Craft, Gift and Collectors events. See www. allthatsvintagecraftandgift.vpweb. or call Emma Gray on 07827 019 687. Free entrance. RAMBLERS GROUP WALK: 6 MILES 3 Mar, 1.30pm Droxford via Meonstoke. Park and start by church on main road, SO32 3RF Contact Malcolm and Wendy on 01489 783989 MONET - HIS HOME AND GARDEN AT GIVERNY 4 Mar, 7.15pm for 7.30pm East Meon Village Hall, GU32 1PD Jennifer Carters’ photos, presentations and sewn quilts will guide us round Monet’s home and garden. Members free, visitors £1. SPRING AT SWANWICK LAKE 7 Mar, 10.30am Swanwick Lakes Centre, Sopwith Way, SO31 7AY A guided walk to take in the sights and sounds of early spring. Bring warm outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes. £3 donation. Contact Dawn Preston or Jess Daish-Miller on 01489 570240. HEDGE END FESTIVAL 9 Mar, 10am - 5pm The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane, Hedge End, SO30 4EJ A festival to celebrate the best kind of love - family! Workshops, film

COME AND TRY IT ORIENTEERING EVENT 13 Apr, 10am – 12.30pm The Gregg School, SO18 2GF Ideal for families, beginners and the more experienced orienteers. Coaching and guidance available. Adults £4, Juniors £2. Contact 07570 627716.

screenings, storytelling and more! FREE. Contact 01489 799 499 FLINTSTONES - OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 10 Mar, 2-5pm Flintstones, Durley, SO32 2AG Garden of great tranquillity with all year round pleasing tapestry effect of foliage and flowers.£3 adults, children free. 01489 860 880.

7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) Tel: 01489 890007. E-mail: Online at

RAMBLERS GROUP WALK: 6 MILES 16 Mar, 1.30pm Bishop’s Waltham Circular. Start at old railway gates near Bishop’s Waltham pond, by large roundabout, SO32 1RY. FLORA AND FAUNA OF Contact Jane on 07792 555 597 HAMPSHIRE RAMBLERS GROUP WALK: 10.5 11 Mar, 7.30pm MILES Holy Trinity Church Hall, West 21 Mar, 10.00am Street, Fareham PO16 0EL Starts at Beacon Hill Beeches Car Illustrated talk by wildlife photographer Gordon Small, including Park, SO32 3LG Walk includes a short picnic lunch. the wildlife of the Lower Test, Contact Ori and Margaret on 02380 Titchfield Haven, Martin Down, the New Forest and a Hampshire garden. 615652 £2 donation. Contact Peter Adams SPRING BIRDSONG on 01329 287653 or peter-adams1@ 25 Mar, 7.30pm Church Hall, Free Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1AN TWITTER BASICS WORKSHOP Sounds of the spring including 14 Mar, 10am - 12pm recordings by Brian Harrison. Contact The Eastpoint Centre, Bursledon Jane Gentry on 01489 890961 or Road SO19 8BR Parking Twitter basics for small businesses, covering hash tags, re-tweets, raising available at library next door. £2.50. your following to gain new clients, D DAY TUNNELS GHOST HUNT and building better relations through 30 Mar, 8am – 4pm twitter. £15 inc tea/coffee. Book online D Day Tunnels, PO17 6AR at http://www.networkingmummies. An 8 hour investigation of the com/hampshireevents.html or email hundreds of metres of tunnels and rooms deep underneath Portsmouth’s shoreline. Hosted by Experienced Choral Concerts Paranormal Investigators and our 16/17 Mar 7:30pm Psychic Medium. £49pp. Contact Botley Choral Society presents 01158 292838 to book. Mozart's Mass in C Minor, at Holy Trinity Church at Gosport on Sat 16th NEWTOWN EASTER EGG HUNT March at 7.30pm, and at All Saints 3 Apr, 11.30am - 3pm church Botley on Sunday 17th March West Walk, Hundred Acres Road,

BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC TALK 19 Apr, 7pm St Peter’s Church, Soberton, SO32 3PJ 70th Anniversary Commemoration illustrated talk, act of remembrance and refreshments. Tickets £7.50 adult/£3 child/free to veterans holding Atlantic Star with proceeds shared equally between Friends of St Peter's and Royal British Legion. Obtainable from Droxford Post Office or Chairman FOSP, Downlands, Station Road, Soberton, SO32 3QU (01489 877237); cheques payable to 'Friends of St Peter's Soberton', enclosing stamped addressed envelope for their return. Also available at door subject to space available. Book early to avoid disappointment. HOLYWELL HOUSE BLUEBELL WALK FOR CANINE PARTNERS 20 Apr, 10am and 11.30am Holywell House, Swanmore, SO32, 2QE Walks are 2-3 miles long. Free parking on site. BBQ, children’ quiz, cake sale, plant stall and merchandise. £6 adults, £2 child, £14 family. Contact Libby Rome on 01730 716 013 or libbyr@

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

Architect: R & G Design Town & Country Architects Bathrooms: See Plumbing Blinds: Waterside Blinds Builder: R & G Gamblin General Builders Butcher: Bishop's Waltham Butchers

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Carpenter: JT Carpentry & Building Carpets & Flooring: Wilton Carpets Chimney Sweep: Pebble Beach Sweeps Computer Services: Plates PCS

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Dentist: Simon Smyth Dentistry Double Glazine Inst/Repairs: Britannia Windows Drain Services: Cleansing Service Group

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Fencing: Colourfence Financial Services: Newman Cozens Financia Mg. SBA Financial Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Solent Garage Doors Garage Services: Scuffs 2 Scratches Wickham Tyre & Auto Centre Garden Design & Services: Arbor-Call Tree Surgeons Davis Tree Care Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden M. Lawn Tech Revitalise Gardens Simon Foster Garden Design Woodleigh Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing Holiday: Croatia Kitchens: Dream Doors Locksmith: Winlocks

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.

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Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Gair Gas Gas Appliance Services Pipe Dreams Tom Mitchell Plumbing TP Watts Printer: Warwick Printing Company Property Maintenance & Improvements: BBI Dream Doors Hire A Handy Hero JT Carpentry & Building R & G Gamblin General Builders Solar Panels: Energy My Way

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

About our Speaker Steven Blofield is a highly qualified Financial & Estate Planner and has been helping his clients for over a decade. Steven is a popular local speaker, who can explain complex financial issues in an easy to understand and entertaining way. He is also proud to be the financial expert columnist for the Meon Valley News and the Chichester Observer. We have two workshops available on Thursday 21 st March 2013 at Wickham Community Centre at 3.30pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 9pm.

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

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A community magazine delivered to the residents of Meon Valley, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community news, what’...