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When I was about 20, someone I worked with at the time was celebrating his 40th birthday and said to me “as you get older, time really speeds up”. Of course, being barely out of my teens at the time and having only me, me, me to fill my days I couldn’t really appreciate that. But as we are now in the last two months of another year and as they flew by so quickly that I can hardly recall what happened between January and October, I understand exactly what he meant. Yes, it will soon be Christmas…2012. But let’s take a moment to cram in a little more fun before Christmas 2011 is upon is. The highlight of the season in this area is of course The Bishop’s Waltham Christmas Fayre on the 1st December. In the middle pages this month you’ll see details of what’s happening for the event and many of the shops and businesses that will remain open that evening. We all have to shop at Christmas so we might as well make an occasion of it, soak up the ambience and actually enjoy buying gifts for our friends and family, rather than just taking a perfunctory trip to a chain store. We have a super competition this month too (page 17). Marwell Zoo have donated 10 free tickets to Marwell Hall this Christmas to meet Santa, Mrs Claus and their elves. We’re not signing off for the year yet though – you can expect to receive your next magazine in the first week of December. If you have something to say or to tell us about, or you want to advertise, the deadline is the 25th November. Until next month Tania Houston, Editor.


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CONTENTS Advertiser Feature – The George & Falcon


Motoring – Top 10 Tips For Improving Fuel Efficiency


Fun Quiz – Musicals


Monthly – November


Christmas at enchanted




Working From Home – The Curse Of The Washing


Advertiser Feature – Counselling With Julie Chivers


Health – Elder Abuse


What’s On


Christmas Postal Dates


Information – Useful Numbers


Information – Index of Businesses


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Fuel Efficiency We’ve all watched helplessly as the cost of fuel has rocketed over the last few years. Does anyone remember when it cost less than £1 per litre? Believe it or not, according to the AA, it was only a little more than two years ago in May 2009. Whilst we can’t do anything to beat the increases, there are ways we can minimise its impact. Here are our top 10 tips for improving fuel efficiency. 1. Check the internet. Sites like are invaluable as they’ll not only tell you where to find the cheapest petrol near your postcode, they’ll also tell you the highest, lowest and average prices in your area. 2. Drive more efficiently. The experts tell us that it’s possible to cut 60% off your fuel bills just by driving more carefully. Don’t ‘warm up’ the engine, accelerate gradually (try to stay under 3000 revs), avoid sharp braking, drive in the correct gear and at your car’s optimum speed. Stay aware of your positioning and the road conditions ahead to avoid sudden movement. 3. Don’t fill your tank. Remember that fuel weighs a lot so find a balance between not having to go to the petrol station that often but not carrying a full tank either, rather aiming for between one half and three quarters. 4. Streamline your car. Again, weight is a huge factor in fuel efficiency. Don’t keep a buggy, golf clubs or other unnecessary items in the car. Take off roof racks which add wind resistance and force your engine to work harder. 5. Keep a regular eye on your tyre pressure. Check your car’s manual to find out what the levels should be and ensure they don’t dip lower than this. This will mean your car needs less oomph to keep it moving. 6. Turn off the air conditioning. Many cars have air conditioning on by default and it does use an incredible amount of fuel so make sure it’s turned off unless you really need it. Similarly, use your demisters and heated windscreens sparingly. However if it’s really hot do use your

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November According to my diary – and this seems rather improbable, so I double-checked – summertime only ended on 30th October both in Britain and the rest of Europe, which I suppose makes 1st November the second day of winter. Did you notice how much chillier it is all of a sudden? No, neither did I. But, more out of habit than for any practical reason, I lit the fire anyway. The habit goes back to my childhood. I grew up in an enormous draughty old house with nothing as newfangled as central heating but with an open fire in almost every room. (A couple of the bedrooms had gas fires but they were so ancient that daring to light them would have been a leap of faith too great to risk.) And I can tell you from a lot of personal experience that in practical terms at least, open fires are more trouble than they’re worth. Only the drawing room and parlour fires were lit regularly: cleaning the grates, bringing in the kindling and coal, and laying the fires was my chore every morning from the age of about eight. It wasn’t a big chore, but having to go out into the dark damp night to refill the coal-scuttles was a constant source of resentment. Bedrooms, thankfully, were unheated and freezing, since in those days we believed in warm beds in cold rooms: quilts, blankets, thick flannel pyjamas and, for the feeblest, hot water bottles supplied the place of radiators perfectly adequately. It wasn’t a big chore – certainly not as annoying as trying to wash up Sunday lunch with a hot water system that didn’t actually produce hot water; and I wouldn’t have minded it if the open fires had actually heated the rooms they were meant to heat. But they didn’t. The house was over 150 years old, and so were its doors and windows. All the fires did was suck the cold night air through the cracks and gaps in door and window frames

to create howling draughts. If you sat near enough to the fire your front would roast while your rear froze. The hearthrugs could actually be observed progressing worm-wise towards the fireplaces as the draught got underneath them. To add insult to injury, the fires also managed to deposit a fine layer of ash on every horizontal surface while covering the surrounding floors with a crunchy paving of coal dust. Not so bad on bare boards, but the ruin of any carpet. And yet I wouldn’t be without one. We don’t need one: our central heating works fine. We’re toasty, and the fire might only be lit on Christmas Day (which is also the only time of year when the old kitchen clock is wound). Because the point about a real fire is that it is beautiful. Not only does it cast a cheery glow throughout the whole room (whether your own sitting-room or, preferably, the bar of your favourite pub), it also repays close inspection. Flames writhe and flicker; sparks fly amid loud cracks and sputters; hissing jets flare from gas pockets within the coal; logs create intriguing caves of embers that change colour as you watch; and the blaze subsides to create a hypnotic pool into which you stare entranced exactly as your caveman ancestors did millennia ago. With all this going on, who needs TV? So, open fires are difficult to clean, time-consuming to lay and have to be regularly topped up with coal and wood. They’re not that efficient at actually warming the room, but they do make it dirty. Who cares though? It’s November – buy some logs now! by Ted Bruning


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Working from home The curse of the washing I suppose the obvious thing to do is buy a tumble-dryer. But there’s no room for one in the kitchen, and since the utility room became my wife’s stained-glass workshop there’s no room for one in there either. And anyway, just as the occasional blizzard in Britain doesn’t justify investment in heavy-duty Scandinavian-style snow ploughs, so the frequency of occasions when we can’t hang the washing out doesn’t justify our laying out good money on yet more electrical equipment. But lord, lord, how much washing two teenagers generate! And it’s not the girl, either: it’s the boy. When I were a lad, 30 years ago and more, a pair of men’s jeans could go a month between washes. In fact bikers used to pride themselves on having freestanding jeans – you know, the kind that were so infused with motor oil, sweat, beer, and less easy-to-define substances that when you took them off at night (if you took them off at night) they’d amble off into the corner of the bedroom and stand there patiently by themselves until you needed them again. Punks seemed to buy their clothes off tramps. And as for the frequency with which hippies changed their undercrackers – well, best not to go there... But my 17-year-old seems to change his clothes every five minutes, and when he’s not changing his clothes he’s monopolising the shower. Not that I’ve got anything against hygiene, but you can take it too far. Anyway, as I’m the one who “works from home” (hah!), I get to put the wash in. And it’s become a daily chore. I do more washing than I used to do when they were babies. Mind you, that’s because the most important items in their wardrobes then were disposable. Now there’s an idea! Why has no-one come up with disposable clothes for teenagers? There’s a fortune to be made there. On

second thoughts, though, Primark and Matalan do pretty much that already. It’s not the washing I mind. It’s trying to get the wash dry on wet days, whether there’s a full-scale no-holds-barred polar blizzard going on, or whether it’s one of those drizzly days, less dramatic but equally hostile to drying, when the sky hasn’t so much opened as just not closed properly. We used to have the perfect indoor clothes dryer, the gift of an aunt and of 1960s vintage. It was a collapsible wooden rack with a fitted cover and a small electric heater underneath. Damp laundry got really toasty in there, and it did a reasonable job of warming up the conservatory too. But when the little heater died of old age the best replacement we could find was an electric clothes airing rack without even a fitted cover. My wife made one out of old sheets, but even with its cover on it doesn’t get warm enough to prove dough, let alone dry a wash. So it’s radiators. After every bad-weather wash, our radiators are so festooned with clothes that they look like the bunting at a church fete. They do the job, but if you leave the clothes on too long they go completely solid, like the biker’s jeans I was telling you about. I have to remember not to hang chewable items like knickers and socks where the dog can get them – she thinks they’re food – and then there’s the question of delicacy. When friends pop round for a cuppa, do you really want to treat them to an eyeful of your smalls? by Ted Bruning

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Monday to Saturday

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Counselling provides a unique, supportive relationship to explore reasons behind mental discomfort or distress. It can be a place to share this discomfort and feel less isolated with difficult feelings, or a place to understand possible causes, and with that understanding make choices to change patterns and make different decisions. Fully qualified, member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which in particular governs the code of ethics I operate under. Free Parking, Reception and Waiting Room Comfortable, quiet, confidential, central Fareham Saturday Appointments available 30 Osborn Road, Fareham, PO16 7DS

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Counselling with Julie Chivers: Stress, as defined by Sue Gerhardt, author and psychotherapist, is about being overwhelmed and lacking sufficient resources to meet the demands being made of us. Some will argue that stress is a modern phenomena, but I am happy to bet that life as a cave dweller was punctuated with stress – enough warmth, enough food, and one or two larger than life predators. The key difference is possibly the nature, or the complexities of what can cause stress today. We still face perceived or actual predators (the boss, siblings, neighbours etc) and and we still have needs that must be met. Stress is a natural part of life and short bouts are generally of no particular concern. However, the real difficulty often occurs when the associated feelings – panic, anxiety, anger, exhaustion, altered appetite etc – are being experienced with no obvious cause.


Gemma (name changed) found herself overwhelmed with feelings of panic when her working environment changed to open plan offices. Although usually very confident, she initially felt that she would have to find another job. During counselling we were able to link these feelings with those she had when she was younger and shared a bedroom with two other sisters. She had experienced a lack of privacy, respect and regard for her possessions and the current day similarity of the environment triggered an unconscious fear which was stopping her from thinking how to approach the dilemma. Having explored how it was for her with her siblings and how she has approached adult life as a consequence, she was able to access the resources she had never learnt to use, in order to feel calmer and more in control. Next Month: Family and relationships Quote DM02 for 10% discount on counselling taken up before February 2012 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



Elder Abuse Identifying abuse

Abuse of the elderly has been called a ‘hidden and often ignored problem in society’ and is a problem that affects half a million elderly. It can be defined as a single or repeated action against an elderly person which causes them harm or distress and is often carried out by someone the elderly person has some sort of connection with, such as a relative or carer. However, it can be difficult to identify abuse. In part, this may be because it is hard to face the fact that a relative or carer can treat an elderly person in such a way, but also because the person being abused may feel too embarrassed or ashamed to speak out, even when asked. The elderly can suffer abuse in different ways: • Physical abuse - such as manhandling or hitting • Psychological abuse - making them feel worthless or afraid •

Financial abuse – stealing, or pressurising to withdraw funds

Sexual abuse – there are thousands of reported cases each year

Neglect – they are not cared for in an acceptable way

Abuse can happen anywhere. According to one report, around 67% of abuse happens in the elderly person’s own home, 12% in nursing homes and 10% in residential care. It also occurs in other places, such as hospitals or a carer’s home.

Why abuse occurs

The abuser is usually well known to the person and may be a relative, care worker, social or health worker, neighbour, friend or someone they are caring for themselves. The strain of caring for an elder person, especially on a longterm basis, can lead people to act in ways that they shouldn’t, leading to a one-off attack,


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occasional or systematic attacks and deliberate acts of harm. These may be triggered by the break-down of the relationship or the carer’s inability to provide the level of care needed. In nursing homes or residential care, abuse can occur when staff are inadequately trained or supervised and have little management support or guidance.

What to do

Abuse stays hidden because people are afraid to speak out. But abuse has a profound effect on the quality of life. If you feel someone is suffering in some way, try to talk to them alone – it may take a few attempts to find out if there is a problem. Physical abuse may be more easily identifiable than psychological abuse or neglect, but trust your instincts.

Being Aware If the person you know is not acting in their usual way, seems fearful or has signs of physical abuse, gently enquire about how they are being treated. If the matter needs to be taken further, depending on the circumstances, talk to other relatives, the line manager or staff. Explain your concerns and that action needs to be taken. Never feel embarrassed about highlighting abuse. The earlier abuse is spotted, the less long-term harm can be carried out – always trust your instincts if you feel someone is not being treated in the way they should be.


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Vecks Flooring Ltd. is a family run business. We can cater for all your flooring needs from wool carpets to solid wood flooring, all fitted by our excellent fitting team. We move all your furniture and dispose of your existing flooring covering. We also offer a free quotation and advice service, one phone call is all you need to do.

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DISCOVER WHAT’S ON Magic Lantern Shows Sun 20 Nov 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane Burseldon, Southampton, SO31 1BH Join us for a very special afternoon of Victorian family entertainment presented by popular lantern projectionist Mr Stan Roberts. A magical variety of illuminated slides including amazing mechanical moving images, rural and Christmas scenes. Normal Farm admission charges. 01489 787055.

what’s The Barcodes - Jazz & Blues with Soul Thurs 10 Nov 7.30pm Droxford Village Hall, Bishops Waltham, SO32 3AF Relax with 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. £8 (adult) £6 (conc.) Wildlife Art Workshop Thurs 10 Nov 10am Bishop's Waltham Library, Free Street, Bishops Waltham, SO32 1EE Learn the techniques required to create beautiful pencil coloured art work with Karen Coulson. Suitable for beginners or the more experienced with all materials provided. £12. 01489 896173. The Mill by Torchlight at Bursledon Windmill Fri 11 Nov 5.30pm Bursledon Windmill, Bursledon, Hampshire SO31 8BG Explore the windmill and barns in a different light on a spooky trail full of surprises - not for the faint hearted! Bring Torches. £3 adults, £2 children/conc. 0845 603 5635.


Winter Fair Sat 12 Nov 11am – 3pm Bitterne Library, Bitterne Road East, Southampton, SO18 5EG Great gifts for Christmas including jewellery, Usborne books, cakes, bath products, cards & gift wrap, hand crafted gifts and lots more. Winchester Discovery Centre Craft Fair Sat 12 Nov 10am – 4pm Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, SO23 8SB Lots of Hampshire designers selling their handmade, not on the high street, jewellery, cards, prints, ceramics and textiles. Free admission. 01962 873603. Remembrance Service Sun 13 Nov 10.55am The Cenotaph, Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7LY The Mayor is joined by city councillors as well as representatives of local businesses and organisations within the city. There are also representatives from military and cadet organisations as well as many veterans taking part in the parade which leaves from Guildhall Square at approximately 10.30am. 023 8083 2433.

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Christmas Lights switch on Sat 19 Nov 10am Eastleigh Town Centre Craft Market during the day plus children s rides. Youngsters will also be able to visit a farm set up in the town centre for the day. Lights on at 6pm plus firework display afterwards. 023 80688192 Family Show 19 Nov 3pm Pilands Wood Community Centre (SO31 8DT) A highly interactive family show from Big Mouth Piano Tales where the audience becomes part of the adventure. Fighting warriors, dancing robots and all kinds of animals are created during the story. Particularly suited for children aged 7+.Cost: £5 (Young Person £2.50) 023 80404649 or 023 80405119 Christmas Lights Switch On Sun 20 Nov from 11am Fareham Town Centre A day of family fun. Performances by local groups and see the lights switched on at 4:30pm and the sky light up with fireworks. 01329 824474

The Mind Body Spirit Experience 26-27 November Jubilee Hall, Bishop’s Waltham SEE PAGE 33 Craft Fayre Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov 9:30am – 4pm Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve Over the weekend a large number of exhibitors will be displaying a wide variety of handcrafted products. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the high street and find a unique Christmas present for someone special. FREE. 01329 662145 Teatime with Father Christmas Sun 27 Nov 2.30pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane Burseldon, Southampton, SO31 1BH Have a chat with Father Christmas as he drops into the farmhouse for afternoon tea with Victorian farmer's wife, Mrs Earwicker. Normal Farm admission charges. 01489 787055. Bishops Waltham Christmas FaYRE 1st December 6pm onwards See page 20/21 (B) = Booking essential Remember to tell us about your events, so we can tell our readers! email events@ discovermeonvalley. or call us on: 01489 590024


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numbers LOCAL DOCTORS NHS Direct (24hr helpline) 0845 4647 Hemming & Partners, Lower Lane, Bishop’s Waltham 01489 892288 Wickham Group Surgery Station Road Wickham 01329 833121 Acorn Medical Church Lane Curdridge 01489 782488 Fareham Health Centre 01329 823456 Gudge Heath Lane Fareham 01329 280887 LOCAL SCHOOLS Bishop’s Waltham Infants 01489 892375 Newtown Infants 01329 833161 Curdridge Primary 01489 782613 Droxford Juniors 01489 877537 Bishop’s Waltham Juniors 01489 892368 Meonstoke 01489 877568 St. Johns Primary 01329 833141 Swanmore Primary 01489 894555 Wickham Primary 01329 833065 Swanmore College 01489 892256 Rookesbury Park 01329 833108 Upham Primary 01489 860355

Durley Primary 01489 860207 Wyvern Technology College 02380 692679 Kings School 01962 861161 LOCAL LIBRARY bishopswaltham Bishop’s Waltham Library Bank Street 0845 603 5631 Opening Times Monday: Closed Tuesday: 1pm – 7pm Wednesday: 9.30am – 5pm Thursday: Closed Friday: 9.30am – 5pm Saturday: 9.30am – 1pm LOCAL CHEMISTS Rowlands Pharmacy 7 High Street, Botley 01489 782065 Mon to Fri 9am – 5.30pm Sat 9am – 1pm Boots Pharmacy High Street Bishop’s Waltham SO32 1AB 01489 892603 Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri 9am – 6pm Wed & Sat 9am – 5pm Sun – Closed Lloyds Pharmacy High Street Bishop’s Waltham SO32 1AB 01489 892499 Mon to Fri 8.30am – 6pm Sat 8.30am – 5pm Sun – Closed Birchall & Haydock The Square Wickham PO17 5JQ 01329 832115 9am all days Wed & Sat 5.30pm finish Mon, Tue, Thurs & Fri 6.30pm. Sunday – closed

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS Autumn Half Term Mon 20/10/11 - Fri 28/10/11 Christmas Mon 19/12/11 - Mon 2/1/12 Spring Half Term Mon 13/2/12 - Fri 17/2/12 Easter Holiday Mon 2/4/12 - Fri 13/4/12 Summer Half Term Mon 4/6/12 - Fri 8/6/12 Summer Holiday Tue 24/7/12 - Fri 31/8/12

Winchester City Council 01962 840222 Wickham Council 01329 835019 clerkwickham@parish. Boarhunt 02392 264528 Southwick & Widley 023 8046 3228

PARISH COUNCILS Bishops Waltham 01489 892323 parishclerk@ bishopswalthamparishcouncil. www.bishopswalthamparish Upham 01489 860236 Durley 01489 860236 Soberton 01489 877378 Droxford 01489 878768 Shedfield 01329 830060 www.shedfieldparishcouncil. Swanmore 01489 890651 Email: clerk@ www.swanmoreparishcouncil. Hampshire City Council 01962 841841

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU Bishops Waltham 01489 896376 Wickham Community Centre Fareham 01329 223119 EMERGENCIES Police, Fire or Ambulance Services Dial 999 Police (Incident Reports) 0845 045 45 45 Portsmouth Water Fresh Water Supply 02392 499888 (Main switchboard) Portsmouth Water Leaks to Report 02392 477999 (Out of hours 24hr) Southern Water – Sewage 0845 272 0845 Southern Water – Tech Support 0845 278 0845 Gas – National Grid (If you smell gas, then call us immediately) 0800 111 999 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. Accountant: Butler & Co Aerials: Denmead Aerials & Satellites Appliance Repair: JP Appliances Architect: Norman Staines Architects Bathrooms: See Plumbing Beauty Treatments: Baytree Beauty Essential Beauty Blinds & Curtains: Pont Furnishings Solent Blinds & Curtains Co Ltd Waterside Blinds Builder: R & G Gamblin General Builders Car Sales: BTA Car Sales Ltd Car Service/Repair- See Garage Svcs Carpet Cleaning: Meridian Carpets Carpet & Flooring: Vecks Flooring Ltd Chimney Sweep: Pebble Beach Sweeps Computer Services: Plates PCS TeknoIT Counselling: Julie Chivers Dentist: Simon Smyth Dentistry Education: Waltham Chase Pre-School Electrician: Assure Electrical Ltd D.Daniel Electrical Svcs Ltd Estate Agent: A2Dominion Bishops Independent Estate & Lettings Fashion: Butterfly Labels Dress Agency

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Financial Services: In-Home Legal Services Retirement & Investement Solutions Florists: Hazel's Florist Funeral Services: Nigel Chamberlain & Partners Ltd Town & Country Memorials Ltd Furniture: Country Attic Pont Furnishings Swan Systems Furniture Ltd Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Solent Garage Doors Garage Services: BTA Car Sales Ltd Scuffs 2 Scratches Garden Design & Services: Adtree Care Arbor-Call Tree Surgeons Greener Ways Irrigation Jim Collins Groundworks Jon Curtis Tree Surgery & Garden M. Woodleigh Landscapes Gas Services: See Plumbing Gifts: Acacia Country Attic Golf Club: Wickham Park Grocers: Budgens Health & Fitness: Commit 2 Get Fit Health Services: All Mobility Counselling with Julie Chivers Housing: A2Dominion Jewellers: Simon Lawson Jewellers Kitchens: Kitchen & Bathroom Transformations

PUZZLE SOLUTIONS CROSSWORD Across: 1 Haberdasher, 9 Leopard, 10 Usage, 11 Moat, 12 Reveille, 14 Mocha, 15 Pinch, 20 Original, 22 Oslo, 24 Tiara, 25 Genuine, 26 Needlepoint. Down: 2 Avocado, 3 Edam, 4 Dodgem, 5 Souvenir, 6 Email, 7 Blame, 8 Fever, 13 Thailand, 16 Cushion, 17 Aorta, 18 Bangle, 19 Bogey, 21 Image, 23 Undo. FUN QUIZ - MUSICALS 1. Cats, 2. The Taming Of The Shrew, 3. How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, 4. Pygmalion, 5. Mary Poppins (the song is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious), 6. Cliff Richard, 7. The Rocky Horror Show, 8. A Chorus Line, 9. Richard (Rodgers) and Oscar (Hammerstein), 10. We Will Rock You (based on Queen songs - “Galileo Figaro” is mentioned in Bohemian Rhapsody) PICTOGRAM 1. Afternoon Tea, 2. Pat On The Back, 3. Train Of Thought


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Letting Services: A2Dominion Bishops Independent Estate & Lettings Loft Conversion: Charrett & Sons Office Furniture: Haywood Office Services Painter/Decorator (see also Property Maintenance): RHP Design Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: Pipe Dreams Tom Mitchell Plumbing TP Watts Post Office: Bishop's Waltham Post Office Property Maintenance & Improvements: J.S. Roofing Jim Collins Groundworks Kitchen & Bathroom Transformations RHP Design R & G Gamblin General Builders Restaurant: Bahn Thai Rimjhim The George & Falcon School: Waltham Chase Pre-School Solar Panels: Finesse Energy Ltd Sweet Shop: Sweet Corner Tree Surgery: See Garden Upholstery: Meridian Carpets & Upholstery Clean. Pont Furnishings Veterinary: Shield Veterinary Centre Waste Disposal: Rubbish Clearance & Waste Removal


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November 2011 Discover Meon Valley  
November 2011 Discover Meon Valley  

A5 Local Magazine for the Meon Valley area