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October 2013

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Between the end of September and December is the time of year that more people are working than any other. Summer is well and truly over, nobody is off skiing, taking spring breaks or much else in the way of holidays. Leaving us really just to concentrate on work, education and keeping warm.

It’s certainly that way for us at the Discover team. We were presented with a too-good-to-ignore opportunity in the summer which has resulted in Melanie Tinson us launching two new magazines in Fareham and Locks Heath, and taking on a new staff member, Michelle Searle. You might imagine that behind the scenes, Discover Magazines is a big office with staff, cars and shiny computers. But far from it, all of us in the team work from home, some local, some not. With the wonders of technology we have been DO YOU USE A SMART PHONE? able to set up systems that wouldn’t be any better even if To save our contact details we were in the same room. direct to your smart phone, use I-nigma QR code reader APP

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Ray looked up warily from his newspaper at the Tupperware box in Audrey’s hands.

The thorns snagged his shirt and tore fine scratches on his arms and hands. Sticky juice stained his fingers and dripped down his wrists. The back of his neck was prickling in the hot sun, and reaching for the ripest berries was beginning to make his calves ache.

“I saw brambles covered in fruit on Glebe Lane yesterday. You know, opposite the pine woods.” “I know where it is”, Ray muttered. “I’m in the mood for jam making.” “You can buy jam for a pound in the supermarket.” Audrey sighs heavily, “You’re like a moody teenager. Go and fill this tub. The fresh air will do you good.” Ray failed to see how picking blackberries could do anyone any good. The vicious thorns, the exploding fruit that stained everything it touched. Yet he was glad of an excuse to get out of the house. Audrey may have small feet but he was starting to get under them. Retirement, he decided, didn’t suit him. He missed the busy office, the staff gossip and the last minute orders. Now every day felt the same, there was nothing new or remarkable to enjoy. He felt as though his fire had gone out. This was why he found himself half an hour later stood on his tiptoes on a quiet lane picking 8 6

Then he heard a high pitched reedy whistle close by. He turned and peered into the dark shadows of the pine trees. He saw a flash of yellow as though someone had struck a match. He put down the tub and stepped closer to the trees. A tiny bird, even smaller than a wren, hopped out of the shadows onto a branch. Ray held his breath. It moved cautiously on fragile legs with charming jerky movements, like a delicate creature made of clockwork. It was exotically beautiful, on its back a shimmer of green feathers, and down its head two black stripes framing a bright golden cap. A word popped into Ray’s head, a word he had not thought of since he was a boy looking through his father’s Spotter’s Guide. “Goldcrest.” He whispered. He’d never seen one in real life. The little bird pecked at the pine

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Exton Walk Walk Distance approx 6.5 miles from the Shoe Inn Exton lies just off the A32 Droxford to West Meon road in the Meon Valley. Park in the Shoe Inn (SO32 3NT) car park located on Shoe Lane. Authorisation to park is required (01489 877526). Alternatively, drive through the village almost back to the A32 and park in the small lay-by opposite the entrance to Manor Farm. This walk is described from the Shoe Inn. On leaving the pub, turn left towards the church, follow the lane through the village for 200 yards to a ‘T’ junction and turn right. Keep straight on until you join the main A32. Cross the road onto a footpath signed “No through road”. Cross a footbridge over the Meon River. Trace this path for around 400 yards and with barns in front of you and a path joining from the left, turn left along the signed ‘South Downs Way’. Cross a section of wooden duckboards and walk along the narrow footpath between hedge and tree lined fields that narrows down to a gully and climbs steadily for some 600 yards. *Climb some wooden steps up to the disused railway track bed and turn left; walkers and cyclists can be seen heading up from the right from Wickham. Beacon Hill on your left and Old Winchester 14

Hill on your right are occasionally glimpsed through the trees. Keep going straight for approximately 1200 yards ignoring other paths and tracks until you descend onto a minor road. Cross the road and climb the opposite bank to return to the track bed. Continue along the track for a further 1800 yards until it passes under a road bridge. Access to this road is by walking further along to a footpath joining from the left for another 200 yards then turning left back on yourself up the slope to the road above. Turn left and walk along the road past Hayden Barn Cottage on the left. The road climbs steadily

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The People Behind Your Local Businesses From Broadband to iPad – Help is at hand. Home Computer Help is a local IT Solution company, serving the Southampton, Totton, Romsey, Winchester, Salisbury and Portsmouth areas. Established in 2003, the company is owned and run by Will Bellows. Will gained his knowledge by completing an IT apprenticeship when he was 18. He then worked in various IT positions before deciding to go self employed to follow his passion in computer repairs. Following continued growth, Will now employs 2 technicians full time and is hoping to take on an apprentice within the next month. Home Computer Help provide all aspects of IT solutions, including computer, laptop and iPad tuition. Will was recently asked to provide an 80 year old lady with onsite computer tuition so she could shop online for her groceries. The team pride themselves in saying that no job is too small. They often receive requests to set up broadband connections and other services including

virus and spyware removal (and prevention), computer upgrades and health checks to ensure your computer is working at its best. As an added service for new and existing customers, Home Computer Help offers free telephone advice for any computer related queries. As wonderful as new technology is, it can be frustrating if it doesn’t do what you expect and having access to this advice is something that Home Computer Help’s customers really appreciate. Will says he is most proud of the company’s customer focused approach to problem solving. “We listen to our customers’ needs and provide effective solutions in a friendly and efficient manner. We also understand that not all of our customers are technically savvy and so ensure that we communicate jargon free”. Having consistently received good customer feedback, Will decided to join a scheme called Check-a-Trade, which encourages customers to review any work carried out by tradesmen. Since joining Check-a-Trade, Will has built up an impressive portfolio of positive customer

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feedback, which can be viewed at homecomputerhelp Since advertising in Discover Magazines Home Computer Help have noticed an increase in local trade and welcome new customers so please don’t hesitate to call us for all of your computer related queries or even just a bit of advice! Pictured is Will Bellows (Owner and On Site Technician). The other members of the team are Glyn Brown (Onsite Technician) and Adam Crisell (Off Site Technician and Remote Specialist).

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LOCAL WHAT’S ON FAMILY ORIENTEERING SPECTACULAR 28 Sep, 10am Royal Victoria Country Park, Weston Shore Southampton Come and join in a day of fun, food and orienteering. £10 for a team ticket (4 members), £3 extra per team member. Maps and equipment included. Proceeds to Simon Says, Children Bereavement Service. jane@ or 0845 305 5688 OPERA COMIQUE GILBERT AND SULLIVAN FESTIVAL 30 Sep – 5 Oct, 7.30pm and 2pm matinee on Saturday 5 Oct The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane SO30 4EJ The first festival of a selection of the immortal works of Gilbert and Sullivan performed by leading amateur operatic societies. Monday - The Mikado, Tuesday - The Gondoliers, Thursday - Patience, Friday - Trial by Jury and HMS Pinafore, Saturday 2pm The Grand Duke, 6pm Pre-concert talk by Roger and Rosemary Wild, 7.30pm Yeomen of the Guard. All tickets price £8 - 25% discount if a person is attending 2 or more performances. Tickets on 01489 799499 or www. HEDGE END AND BOTLEY WALKS Thursdays, 9.30am (Hedge End), Wednesdays, 2pm (Botley) Hedge End: Meet at Drummond car park near the Hedge End amenity centre for a free walk with approximately 25 adults and 2 one hour walks of different grades, with refreshments at Hilliers Garden 26

Centre for tea/coffee afterwards. Botley: Meet at Botley Community Centre for a free walk with approximately 15 adults for a 3 miles / hour walk with tea/coffee/biscuits in the Community Centre afterwards for a small donation of 30p. OVER 60s LUNCH Fridays, from 4 Oct, 12pm – 1pm St Denys Church, Dundee Road SO17 2ND Lunch provided for anyone over 60 every Friday for a small cost. Come and join our friendly group of people for a cooked meal and a chat. 02380671757 or helpprojects@ WOOFS, WELLIES AND WALKIES 5 Oct Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey SO31 5GA A dog walk raising money for Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity. Don’t worry if you don’t have a dog as you can join in anyway! 02380475345 or pam@ CRAFT FAIR 5 Oct, 11am – 3pm The d.@rt centre, Wildern School, Wildern Lane SO30 4EJ Craft fair featuring hand made goods by local artists and craftspeople. Stalls will include fused glass, jewellery, knitted gifts, papercraft, gift cards and much more. Refreshments available. Free entry. 01489 779 471 or ALRESFORD ART & CRAFT SHOW 5 Oct, 10am – 4.30pm Alresford Community Centre, West Street SO24 9AG Crafts will include Cross stitch gifts and decoupage cards, wood craft, door harps, hand painted ceramics, beaded jewellery, stained and leaded glasswork, decorative metalwork, original watercolours and photography. Free entry. 01252 724968. NCT NEARLY NEW SALE – EASTLEIGH 6 Oct, 11am – 12.3pm Crestwood College, Shakespeare Rd (off Woodside Avenue) SO50 4FZ Shop just like in a department

store and grab yourself a bargain. Top quality maternity, baby and children’s clothes and equipment at bargain prices straight from their loving owners. More information about selling, buying, volunteering or advertising your business, see eastleigh-district/nearly-new-saleseastleigh. £1.50 entry (in aid of NCT charity) JUGGLING JAKE’S CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOP 13 Oct, 10am – 12.30pm and 2.30pm – 4pm Fair Oak Village Hall, Shorts Road SO50 7EJ Fun for all the family from age 3 upwards – children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, with refreshments available. 02380602282 and 02380692298. OLD ALRESFORD HOUSE OPEN DAY 13 + 15 Oct, 10am – 5pm Old Alresford House SO24 9DY C18 landscape garden (Grade ll listed) restored from original plans. 22-acre parkland with rare breeds surrounded by 13-acre gardens and perimeter woodland walk (30 mins) featuring ha-ha, immaculate lawns, shrubberies, wildlife pond, chalk stream with bog garden, boardwalk and medieval coach road. Views and vistas. Also, contemporary Mediterranean walled garden. Admission £5, children free. EARLYBIRDS PRESCHOOL OPEN MORNING 15 Oct, 9am - 12pm Newtown Soberton Infant School, Church Road, Newtown PO17 6LJ Come and visit this caring and rural preschool. Earlybirds is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-3.30pm and 9am1pm on a Wednesday. It offers sessions to all children from the age of 2 years 6 months, until they start school, including up to 15 hours free childcare for 3-4yr olds under the Pathfinder scheme. Please see the website for more information www.

JIGSAW PUZZLE FESTIVAL 18 Oct – 2 Nov, 10am – 4pm every day Fridays, 6 – 8pm Bitterne United Reformed Church, Above Iceland SO18 5EF The first of its kind to be held in Southampton. Admission £1 adults (free return during the week) and accompanied children free. Refreshments available. STAMP AND POSTAL HISTORY FAIR 19 Oct, 10am – 4pm Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane PO17 5AL More than 25 dealers and competition displays. Entrance by programme at the door, which includes prize raffle ticket. Free parking. Light refreshments available. AUTUMN HALF TERM AT MARWELL 26 Oct – 3 Nov Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common SO21 1JH Freaky fun for all the family. Watch

AUTUMN CRAFT WORKSHOP 29 Oct, 10am – 2pm Swanwick Lakes Centre Sopwith Way SO31 7AY A variety of family craft activities. Please bring outdoor clothing and wellies. Dawn or Jess on 01489 570240 or e-mail SwanwickLakes@ to book. Suggested donation £3 per child.

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HAPPY FAMILY HALLOWEEN 31 Oct, 1pm – 4pm St Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield SO51 0QA Not so spooky theatre fun. The very popular Forest Forge Theatre Company bring their own fun twist to make Halloween a little less spooky for U11s. With skits and stories in the Education Garden. Children are encouraged to dress up and join in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 01794 369318 or visit http://www3.hants.

COMEDY CLUBS 4 KIDS 29 Oct, 2pm The Berry Theatre, Wildern Lane SO30 4EJ Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old! The best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best. Prices £6, or special family offer 4 tickets for £22 or 5 for £26. 01489 799499 or

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Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning money, goes to the right The SBA Philosophy You will learn: How to reduce Inheritance Tax. How to protect your family home from ravages of Long Term Care costs. 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 four workshops available on Tuesday 29 th October 2013 at Wickham Community Centre 3.30pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 9pm.

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An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Meon Valley, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community n...

Discover Meon Valley October 2013  

An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Meon Valley, promoting small businesses operating in the area. Also community n...