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Short Story - The Crab Sandwich Spreading the Foxiness! Local Walk - Awbridge, Dunbridge & Mottisfont Walk Advertiser Feature - J.L. Tree Care Motoring - New Range Rover Sport Advertiser Feature - Widenet Computer Services Ltd Charity Football Day National Garden Scheme

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The beach was a well kept secret. On a day like today, other beaches would be teeming with holiday makers, but this secluded cove, a hike across grassy dunes, was known only to the locals. Barry stood, hands on hips, breathing in the fresh sea air. “We have the beach to ourselves, Daffers”, Barry called. “Nothing but us, the surf, the seagulls and delicious crab sandwiches”. Daphne was panting from the weight of the picnic hamper and bruised from the deck-chair banging against her shin. Barry had insisted they bring them, but was unable to help carry due to a nasty back strain. By the time she reached the beach Barry had sandals off and was paddling in the surf. “Just set up anywhere”, he said. “I wish we’d bought a bucket and spade now”. Daphne doubted she could have carried another thing. “Wouldn’t digging be bad for your back?” “Oh yes”. Barry rubbed his back thoughtfully. Daphne battled to erect the deckchair while Barry watched. Then he eased himself down into it. “Ready for a spot of lunch?” He opened the hamper. “I couldn’t resist the crab sandwiches from that new delicatessen”. Barry took out the sandwiches wrapped in a paper bag. There was also a bottle of sparkling elderflower juice and several kilos of freezer packs. “You had me lug all these?” Daphne said. “And what’s this?” Underneath was a hardback novel. “I fancied a spot of light reading”, Barry replied. The book was at least 800 pages long. Daphne was too hot to argue; all she wanted was a nice cold drink. “There’s only one glass”. She searched the hamper. “Yes, I didn’t want to weigh you down. You don’t mind swigging from the bottle, do you Daffers?” Daphne didn’t mind, though she objected when Barry used the handkerchief he’d been wearing on his head to wipe the bottle neck. Daphne bit into her sandwich, then chewed thoughtfully. Her taste-buds debated what she was eating.


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Awbridge, Dunbridge & Mottisfont Walk Walk Distance 4.2 miles around 2 hours at a moderate pace A downloadable pdf of the walk and enlarged map is availabe at

Historical Notes The lake at Awbridge Danes was excavated in the 1920s to provide work for the local unemployed, each man being paid one shilling (10p) a day and a loaf of bread. Roman occupation of the area is confirmed by tiles, pottery and coins being found at Awbridge House, dating from the late roman period of AD 307. The names Danes Road and Awbridge Danes record the presence of Danish occupation of the area, possibly from the 11th or 12th centuries. Mottisfont church is a Grade I listed building originally of 12th century origin that initially claimed pastoral responsibility for Mottisfont, Lockerley and Broughton. Its earliest parts predate Mottisfont Abbey. Among its artefacts, the church contains a 17th century clock which has no face and no pendulum. Its movement derives its energy solely from hung weights and a bell is rung on the hour. Which hour is of course anybodies guess. The modern road that runs between Awbridge, Lockerley, the Tytherleys, Broughton and the A30 was originally a turnpike {toll) road in the mid 18th century. Similarly, the short stretch of road from East Dean joining this road was also a toll road.


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STOCKBRIDGE GARDENS (VARIOUS) Thur 6, Sun 9 June (2-5.30) Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 6EX Gardens in this group: Little Wyke, Shepherds House, The Old Rectory, Trout Cottage. Combined adm £5, chd free. Tucked in behind the High Street, Trout Cottage’s small walled garden flowers for almost 10 months of the year . Little Wyke, also on the High Street next to the Town Hall, has a long mature town garden with curved mixed borders and fruit trees New for 2013, the Old Rectory is a mature garden with formal pond and planting near the house and woodland and bog areas bounded by a carrier stream of the River Test. Shepherds House, 50yds east of the White Hart roundabout, is a south-facing ¾ acre garden on rising ground around a Georgian house. TERSTAN Sun 19 May, Sat 15 June, Sun 14 July, Sat 17 Aug (2-6) Longstock, Stockbridge, SO20 6DW A country garden for the C21. Unusual plants, an ever-changing display of halfhardy specimens in pots, and an artist's eye for colour. Secluded and peaceful, with views to the River Test and the Hampshire Downs. Explore contrasting areas, linked by vistas, with a theme of circles and ovals. Alexander & Penny Burnfield, penny.burnfield@andover.

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The National Garden Scheme In 1927 the National Gardens Scheme was founded with the aim of raising money for the nurses of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). The idea was to ask individuals to open up quality private gardens for ‘a shilling a head’. At that time garden visiting was already a well-established pastime, but only for a privileged few. However in the first year of the NGS over £8,000 was raised from visitors to 609 gardens. A network of volunteer County Organisers was set up and by 1931 over 1,000 private gardens were open. Country Life magazine produced a handbook, known as “The Yellow Book” because of its bright cover. After the Second World War, the National Health Service took on the District Nursing Service, but money was still needed to care for retired nurses and invest in training so the NGS continued as before. Then in 1948 the NGS offered to join forces with the National Trust to restore and preserve important gardens and, in return, the National Trust opened many of its most prestigious gardens. Despite massive inflation in the post-war years, the entrance fee was held at one shilling. More realistic entrance fees were introduced in the 1970s and the gardens began to raise significant donations. In 1980 The National Gardens Scheme Charitable Trust was established as an independent charity, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother as Patron and Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester as President. In 1984 Macmillan Cancer Relief joined the list of beneficiary charities. In the years that followed other charities joined including Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices and Crossroads Caring for Carers. Of the original gardens that were opened, 120 are accessible for the 85th anniversary in 2012. In addition around 3700 more gardens will be open raising around £2.6 million. Originally the gardens were predominantly the large grounds of stately homes with teams of gardeners maintaining them. But now many

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Walk the Test Way for Charity The Rotary Club of Romsey Test will be taking registrations from the 1st June for this year’s walk on the 6th October. Walk one of six set distances down the beautiful Test Way; distances of 2 miles up to the marathon 25 ½ miles with the aim of walking for and raising money for your chosen charity.

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The late poet Dorothy Frances Gurney wrote that: One is nearer God’s Heart in a garden than anywhere else on Earth. That may be true, but preparing the garden, for growing vegetables, is its own special form of purgatory. Nature conspires to make the task as difficult as possible, so we took it in stages. Step One – Peat-less pots are go. We chose green bean and mange tout seeds, and filled the little pots from our compost bin. I soon discovered that it’s a fine line between moist and soggy. And that the ‘which plant comes up first’ sweepstake may be subject to tampering. Anne knows who I mean, so we’ll say no more... Step Two - Mark out the plot, somewhere beyond the cypress tree’s reach to allow for the possibility of direct sunlight. That’s the easy part - it makes you feel like you’re retracing the first, tentative steps of our hunter-gatherer ancestors when they realised that a little porridge might be nice for a change. Step Three - Dig for Pyrrhic victory, trusting that the veg will subsequently be worthy of your muscles’ sacrifice. Once the soil has been dug, it’s time to remove the grass and weeds. The chickens loved some of the grass, but the worms received a reprieve, as they were on active service. Step Four - A ginger beer and a bag of crisps for me. Then the soil needs to be turned over and broken up, to help aerate it (a Scrabble word if ever I heard one). I also removed the stones, which is especially important if you’re planting from seeds. Step Five - Dig in the pots when the little plants look old enough to fend for themselves. Once they were installed, I added enough bamboo


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WELLOW TEA DANCE Wellow Village Hall from 3pm to 5pm every second Flower Arrangement Classes/Workshops. Wednesday in the month except August. Woodley Village Hall, School Road, Romsey. The price is £3.25, and the music is provided by a small band, Mondays 1.30 - 3.30pm and tea, cakes and a raffle are included in the price. 1st & 3rd Monday - Beginners and intermediates (separate tables) Romsey Open Gate Stroke Club Everybody Welcome Contact: Denise 02380 741299 or A social club for anyone who has had a stroke, we meet every Sandy 01794 511335 for details. Tuesday at The Abbey Rooms 2.15pm Welcomes new members Tel: 0845 3033 100 Braishfield Flower Arrangement Society Meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at Braishfield ROMSEY ARTHRITIS HYDROTHERAPY GROUP Village Hall 7.30pm. New members welcome. Tel: 01794 Help soothe Arthritic joints, helping to relieve pain in the Hydrotherapy Pool. Join us as a member for £5 per year. 368259 / 02380 731162 Weekly sessions are subsidised. Transport is not available, but Romsey W.I. sessions are held locally. For further information contact Mrs The Crosfield Hall Annexe, Broadwater Road, Romsey, Linda Hill 01794 323838 SO51 8GL Every fourth Wednesday in the month commencing 7.30pm. ROMSEY HEARING CONCERN 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 2 to 4 pm Visitors will be warmly welcomed. We have sections for Appletree Centre, Romsey (behind Romsey Library) Crafts, Darts, Walking, Scrabble and outings. We also have The clubs’programme has a wide variety of activities, which trips to the theatre. includes speakers, social events and outings. Visitors and new members are very welcome to visit this friendly club, Romsey Modellers, Ampfield Village Hall, 3rd Wed in the month. 8pm – 10pm whose aim is to minimise the restrictions of deafness. You do not have to be deaf to visit or join us, you just need an We are a plastic modelling club catering for all modelling genres and skill levels from beginners to well seasoned gurus. empathetic approach to people with a hearing loss. We are always looking for help, so if you are interested please For more information please see www.romseymodellers. contact Anne Gale on 02380735858, alternatively email Romsey Sub-aqua Club. Club night is Tuesday evening at Stanbridge Earls School 7.30 Romsey Sea Cadets - 9 pm. Come dive and snorkel with us! We offer try-dives Romsey Sports Field, Southampton Road, Romsey SO51 8AT and training and welcome new members. (Note: for security Tuesdays for 12 – 18 year olds or reasons at the School please contact us before coming along.) Thursdays for 10 – 18 year olds Email: Website Activities and competitions in every area include sailing, rowing, canoeing, swimming, 5-a-side football, shooting & NOMADS music and drama group camp craft. 01794 514387 NOMADS meet every Friday 8pm, Woodley Village Hall, Bike Rides School Road, Romsey. We have been part of the local community for 35 years and new members are welcomed. Romsey Hares and Tortoises local bike rides. Easy-paced rides from Romsey. Afternoon rides, with tea stop on the 3rd New members needed for our Summer show, all ages Saturday of each month and day rides, with lunch stop on welcome. Come along or phone Rachel: 023 8049 8955 or the 1st Saturday of each month. Social events too. Come and Clare: 01794 523578 - for more information. make friends. ‘Taster’participation is free. Contact Viv, or telephone South Hants Historical Aviation Society on 01794 368207. The Conservative Club Romsey First Wed in the month 7.30pm. Welcomes new members. Art Classes For more information visit Ampfield Golf Clubhouse, Monday mornings Wendy’s Art classes work on promoting new thinking WOODLEY & CRAMPMOOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB skills in relation to art and creativity. 01794 523067 for Woodley Village Hall, School Rd, Romsey more info. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 2pm Romsey Job Club Trying to find a job? If you live around Romsey, why not drop in to our Job Club on a Wednesday morning between


Meditation as a way of prayer Every Friday 11am to 12pm starting 4 May 2012. An opportunity to explore & experience the stillness

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what’s OPEN GARDEN IN AID OF CANCER RESEARCH UK 25 May, 2pm - 5pm Merdon Manor, Merdon Castle Lane, Standon, SO21 2JJ Come and enjoy 5 acres of a Hampshire country garden with a couple of hidden gems. Black sheep with lambs the other side of the ha-ha. Spectacular far reaching views on approach and all round, as far as the Isle of Wight. Plants and more for sale. Garden tours and refreshments. Free parking. £4 by donation. EXHIBITION: WATER COLOUR 5 May – 30 Jun, 11am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP The beauty and diversity of watercolours. Artists have been using watercolour for centuries, from rapid sketches that capture atmosphere and colour to complex, expressive works that push the medium to its limits. Normal admission prices apply. Contact 01794 344020. SUMMER HALF TERM AT MOTTISFONT 25 May – 2 Jun, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Go on a really long bike ride on our estate- just pick up a map from our Visitor Reception. On your adventures see if you can find a tree and explore the inside of it. Kick off your shoes and go for a walk bare foot in our grounds. Normal admission charges apply. HALF TERM QUIZ TRAIL 25 May – 2 Jun, 10am – 3pm Lepe Country Park, SO45 1AD


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INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL, REMOVAL OF HIMALAYAN BALSAM 6 Jun, 10am – 3pm Pennine Way, Entrance to Pennine Recreation Ground, SO53 3BE Help us control the invasive species Himalayan Balsam which is taking over the banks and shading out native plants. Join us to pull and remove it from the banks of this lovely brook. No experience necessary, training

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EAST TYTHERLEY COUNTRY FAYRE 8 Jun, 12pm onwards Oaklands House, East Tytherley, Salisbury, SP5 1LE Local traders, farm animal, bouncy castle, Kester the clown, refreshments including afternoon tea and a BBQ, and the very popular dog show. AFTERNOON TEA ON PLATFORM 1 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 June, 2pm – 5pm Horsebridge Station, Kings Somborne, SO20 6PU Have a fabulous afternoon tea at the station and be transported to times gone by at this beautifully restored Victorian railway station. www. LIVING HISTORY: 150 YEARS OF A MILITARY HOSPITAL 9 Jun, 12pm and 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Come and help us celebrate the 150th Anniversary since the hospital came into operation. An afternoon of fun and activities for all the family: military re-enactments, guided walks, exhibitions, war wound workshop and many other activities. Free. Contact 02380 455157. WEST END SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT 9 June, 2.30pm Thornden Hall, Thornden School, Winchester Road, SO53 2DW West End Singers are celebrating their silver anniversary year with summer concerts. Contact Ingrid on 02380 404881 for tickets. BARTON STACEY 10KM/3KM FUN RUN 9 Jun, 9am registration Barton Stacey, SO21 3RL Registration forms are available from

DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON the Village Shop and The Swan Inn. Entry Fees: 10km - £7 Kids Races - £2 3km - £5 Family Ticket - £15. Refreshments available. All proceeds to Cygnets Playgroup Registered Charity. FREE CUPPA AT TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE 14 Jun, 10am – 12pm Tools for Self Reliance, Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh, SO40 7GY Come along to our monthly Coffee Morning Tours around our workshops for a short talk about the work we do. Contact 023 8086 9697. ALRESFORD ART AND CRAFT SHOW 15 Jun, 10am – 4.30pm Alresford Community Centre, West Street, SO24 9AG Crafts will include cross stitch gifts and decoupage cards, ceramics, chocolates and cakes, beaded and semi-precious stone jewellery, traditional decoupage, silk floral arrangements, glasswork including stained and leaded lighting, decorative plaques, photography, watercolours, prints and paper crafts. Free entry. Contact 01252 724968 THE HOME FRONT AT MANOR FARM 15 – 16 Jun, 10am – 5pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Burseldon, SO31 1BH The clocks are turned back to the 1940s, the farm is at war. Enjoy civilian & military re-enactments and a host of period vehicles. Normal admission charges apply. Contact 01489 787055. SOUTHAMPTON DOG SHOW 15 – 16 Jun, 8am start Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Four-legged friends of all shapes and sizes will be here for this year’s Dog Show. Spectators welcome. Free. Contact 02380 455157 YOUR LIFE IS IN THEIR HANDS 16 Jun, 2pm Southampton Old Cemetery Looking at the medical people who made a difference in the Old Cemetery

SHOWTIME – ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTHAMPTON WEST 16 Jun, 1pm gardens open for 3pm performance Embley Park, A27 Salisbury Road, SO51 6ZA One of the very best swing bands in the south, ably supported by the fantastic singers and dancers from the Highcliffe Charity Players. £12.75 (early birds before June only £10) Groups; £10 each for groups of 10 or more. Accompanied Children under 15 are free. JAPANESE GARDEN DESIGN PATCHWORK SQUARE 20 Jun, 2pm – 4pm Tools for Self Reliance, Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh, SO40 7GY 'A circle becomes a square' All hand stitched - one can be prepared in this session and could form the start of a larger project. Tea/coffee and a biscuit/cake provided. £10 per person All profits will go to Tools for Self Reliance. Booking essential – contact Loraine Whittle on 023 8086 9697 or OWL BABIES STORY TRAIL 20 Jun, 11am – 12pm, 1.30pm – 2.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Enjoy the adventures of the owl babies Sarah, Percy and Bill on a short walk through the park. Price includes trail, drink and biscuit and craft activity. £2.50 per child. Contact 02380 455157. A SUMMER PRELUDE 22 Jun, 6pm Heritage Visitor Centre, Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Musicians from The Gregg School will be providing an evening concert of music performed by the School Choir, Wind Band, Instrumental Ensembles and Soloists. Followed by wine, cheese and refreshments. Booking essential – tickets from the Park Shop and The Gregg School. Adults £8, concessions £5. Contact 02380 455157.

AWBRIDGE VILLAGE LUNCH 26 Jun, 12pm Awbridge Village Hall Contact 0845 094 6155 to book a place. £4. THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: TOTTON AND ELING BRANCH CHARITY CONCERT 27 Jun, doors open at 1845 for 1945 start Empire Hall, Totton Conservative Club In aid of the Poppy Appeal. Featuring the Marchwood Orchestra playing military themed music and the Marchwood Prelude and Marchwood Military Wives Choir playing 1940s to 1960s music. Tickets £10 from 02380 863618, 85 Water Lane, Totton or OPEN DAY AT TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE 29 Jun, 11am – 4pm Tools for Self Reliance, Ringwood Road, Netley Marsh, SO40 7GY Fun for all the family. Live music, craft stalls, raffle, tombola, refreshments, storytellers, archery workshops and more. Free entry and parking. Contact 023 8086 9697 THE CAPERSOUTH – A TRADITIONAL YOUTH DANCE SHOWCASE 29 Jun, 11am – 4pm Pedestrianised areas of central Winchester, SO23 8UJ Traditional Youth Morris teams from the South West and South East meet up in the pedestrian streets of Winchester Hampshire to show how Morris should be danced with

fun, exuberance and excitement. Free. TheCaperSouth.html. BRAISHFIELD SUMMER SCHOOL FAYRE 29 Jun, 12.30pm – 4pm Braishfield Recreation Ground, SO51ORJ Relax in our beer tent, enjoy our bbq, go crazy on the bouncy slide, zorbing, cake stalls, dog show, car show, face painting, tea cup ride, ice cream van and lots more for all the family. Contact 01794 367067. WEST END SINGERS SUMMER CONCERT 30 June, 2.30pm Discovery Centre, Jewry St, SO23 8SB West End Singers are celebrating their silver anniversary year with summer concerts. Contact Ingrid on 02380 404881 for tickets. 40 VEHICLES FROM THE 40s 30 Jun, 11am – 3pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, Bursledon, SO31 1BH Do you have a vehicle from the 40s? Would you like to share it with visitors to the Country Park? We have 40 spaces for vehicles from the 40s, first come first served so book your place early. Free. Contact 01489 787055. SOUTHAMPTON FUN 5K RUN 30 Jun Southampton Common, SO15 7NN Come and join the Macmilan Team with your family in this fun 5k run

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Locksmith: Lockright Office Furniture: Haywood Office Services Optician: Hampson Opticians Painter/Decorator: Different Strokes Pet Services: Heads & Tails Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: AK Heating & Plumbing Allan Grace Plumbing Services Aquatec Gair Gas Grahame E Jones Plumbing & Heating M.Brierley Plumbing NHP (Romsey) Ltd Pegrum Home Services P & H South Coast Plumbing & Heating Printer: Warwick Printing Company Property Maintenance & Improvements: DT Interiors Elcombe and Son House Worx S.G. Roofing Services The Flat Pack People Property Sales: Mildren Homes Security: TLS Security Soft Furnishings: Donna Nile Peck Interior Soft Furnishings Solar Panels: Energy My Way Solar Voltaics Ltd Tree Surgery: See Garden Window Cleaning: Clear Vision Window Repair: Windowmenda Worktops: New Forest Stone

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