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Bring in the May One of the best indications that summer is about to arrive is when Britain’s hedgerows explode with the pink and white blossoms of the hawthorn. The hawthorn is one of those quintessentially English trees: although quietly unobtrusive for most of the year, it bursts into spectacular life in the late spring, with flowers crowded so densely together they look like snowfall. In the autumn it glows with clusters of red berries. No wonder the tree features so strongly in ancient folklore. The old name for hawthorn was “may” and the flower of the may tree has long been considered a symbol of hope. It even gave its name to The Mayflower, the famous ship that sailed from England in 1620, transporting a stalwart band of pilgrims to build a new life in America. As its alternative name suggests, hawthorn was central to ancient May Day celebrations. The old Celtic festival of May Day was known as ‘Beltane’ after the Celtic god of light, or the sun. The beginning of summer was also celebrated in Ancient Rome at the Floralia festival (dedicated to the flower goddess Flora), which took place at roughly the same time. May Day celebrations in Britain were probably a hybrid of both traditions mixed up with Druidic tree worship, and the introduction of Christianity did little to dispel these pagan traditions. On the first day of May, villagers would wake at daybreak and roam through the countryside, gathering flowers and hawthorn twigs to decorate their houses. A maypole – usually the trunk of a birch tree, stripped of its branches and decorated with ribbons and flowers - was set up in the middle of the village green. In olden times maypoles were constructed with three rings on the top - the highest and smallest was made of hawthorn. The community danced around the pole, singing

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traditional songs, while the men of the village performed Morris dances and the prettiest girl, dressed in floral garlands, was crowned Queen of the May. Occasionally a May King was also chosen, and the pair ruled over the festivities. In Elizabethan times, the king and queen were given the names ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Maid Marian’. These celebrations were derived from ancient fertility rituals and the ‘greenwood marriages’ that took place provide clear evidence of this. Often young girls came home from their country rambles with more than a garland of flowers. As one observer wrote: “I have hearde of tenne maidens whiche went to set May, and nine of them came home with childe.” May Day festivities reached their height in England during the Middle Ages but in 1644 the Puritans passed a law which made them illegal. This attempt to repress the celebrations eventually failed, mainly because they were too deeply rooted in rural culture. When the monarchy was restored some years later and Charles II came to the throne, people all over the country put up maypoles as a sign of loyalty to the crown. For the next two hundred years the old customs continued, but interest in May Day traditions began to fade. They enjoyed a brief revival in the Victorian era but any connection to fertility rites was deliberately overlooked and maypole dancing was reduced to an innocent children’s game. Sadly by this time the hawthorn – once the embodiment of hope for the coming summer – had also lost its significance, becoming just another tree in the British landscape. By Kate McLelland

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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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• Park in the lay-by adjacent to Awbridge School in Danes Road. Alternatively, park on the road side to the right of the war memorial in Lockerley Road just past the school. • Walk down Saunders Lane to the ‘T’ junction and turn left towards Mottisfont on the B3084. Almost immediately, turn right onto a way marked path over a stile. • Cross the field diagonally towards a 5-bar gate and cross over a stile. • Continue straight on through woodland on a gravel track. At a track crossroads, keep straight on. • Cross the bridge over the railway line and bear left along a signed path with the railway to your left. • Cross a footbridge over the River Dun and turn through a kissing gate. • Walk through a field with woodland to your left. Cross a stile at the field boundary and keep straight on. • With a cemetery on your right, follow a gravel track onto tarmac bearing left with the church on your right. ...Continued on page 12

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Professional Tree Surgery & Hedge Trimming Sound advice from Josh Laurence of J.L. Tree Care It is the time of year when we turn our attention once more to our gardens and trees. But does your tree have a TPO?

WHAT IS A TREE PRESERVATION ORDER?

Tree Preservation Orders, also known as TPOs were introduced in the late 1940s to enable Local Planning Authorities to protect important trees. The orders can be made on single trees, groups of trees, areas of trees or whole woodlands. TPO laws prohibit the cutting down, uprooting, topping, lopping, wilful damage or wilful destruction of trees without prior consent from your Local Planning Authority.

WHY YOU SHOULD CHECK IF YOUR TREE HAS A TPO?

Pruning or cutting down protected trees without the appropriate consent can result in prosecution and a maximum fine of £20,000 for each offence. If you are unsure if your tree has a TPO or if you are living in a Conservation Area, always check first with your local council.

Josh Laurence of J.L. Tree Care Proficiency Test Council Certificate). You could even ask to see the Contractors NPTC card which is proof of competency in a range of skills, including the safe use of chainsaws, chippers, stump grinders, tree climbing and aerial rescue. Choosing a Tree Surgeon wisely will result in your trees being safely and expertly kept in top condition. Josh Laurence, J.L Tree Care ‘Professional Tree Surgery & Hedge Trimming’ Tel: 02380 862975 / 07919886166

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR TREE DOES HAVE A TPO?

You can usually still carry out work to your tree as long as you first submit a written application to the Authority. These application forms, along with helpful guides are found on your local council’s websites. After you have submitted your application the council will view the tree and make a decision within 6-8 weeks, informing you what work is permitted or not. A good Arborist will guide you through the process of TPO applications, advising on the correct terms and tree surgery methods required, increasing the likelihood of you receiving prompt permission from your local authority.

CHOOSING A PROFESSIONAL TREE SURGEON

Tree surgery is a highly skilled and dangerous operation, don’t be tempted to do the work yourself, invest in employing a professional Arborist (Tree Surgeon). Ensure you choose an experienced and insured contractor who is fully qualified in Arboriculture, holding a NPTC (National F o r c o m m u n i t y i n f o r m a t i o n v i s i t w w w. d i s c o v e r c o m m u n i t y.c o. u k

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Your local, friendly, computer geek. Geek on Demand has been serving the Romsey area for the last six years and has helped many customers with a wide range of problems. From Networking & WiFi setup, Memory & Hard Drive upgrades, Data Recovery, Broadband setup, Virus removal or just a general service to keep things running smoothly, plus much more! So, if you are a small business or home user with a PC or Mac & need help or advice with your IT problems, why not contact Ian.

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Southampton Maritime Festival The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology on behalf of the Southampton Heritage Federation is delighted to announce the Southampton Maritime Festival, taking place on Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May 2013 at the Ocean Cruise Terminal, Southampton. This exciting new event promises to celebrate the long and proud maritime heritage of Southampton in style. Never before has an event of this scale been seen in Southampton! The Festival will be taking over the docks and water within Dock Gate 4 to bring you a whole host of activities and attractions that hark back to the Second World War with a 1940s theme. There will be a wide range of historic vessels in attendance, including a flotilla of Dunkirk Little ships, numerous displays and demonstrations and even a Lancaster bomber fly over. With so much going on, it’ll be sure to keep the whole family entertained! A highlight of the festival will be the arrival of the Steam Tug Challenge as she returns to Southampton, fresh from her recent Heritage Lottery Funded refit. Challenge, a veteran of the Second World War, will be accompanied by a flotilla of Dunkirk Little Ships. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, patron of the Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust, will also attend. Heritages buses will provide a park and ride service to the docks from the city centre throughout the event and the SS Shieldhall will offer cruises up and down Southampton Water. Amongst the numerous displays and demonstrations over the course of two days will be Second World War re-enactors, vintage Rolls Royce cars, and the Historical Diving

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Society demonstrating ‘Hard Hat’ or Standard Diving Gear. Visitors will be able to try their hand at controlling Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), see the Pufferspheres from the National Oceanography Centre, and learn more about Southampton’s historic trams. They can explore the various exhibits and stalls of heritage organisations and traders or take a pit-stop at one of many eateries while enjoying the live music and entertainment. The fleet of historic vessels will be moored alongside the terminal, waiting to tell their colourful stories. As well as being a fantastic day out for all the family, Southampton Maritime Festival will raise awareness of the city’s rich seafaring traditions. The Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology is urging local residents in particular to get involved; whether people wish to enjoy the attractions or join in as a valued volunteer, they can help make the festival an event for Southampton to be proud of. More information and updates can be found at: www.southamptonmaritimefestival.com https://twitter/SotonSeaFest http://www.facebook.com/ SouthamptonMaritimeFestival

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North Baddesley Village Day North Baddesley village day is a free day out for the family. It takes place on the recreation ground in North Baddesley on 18th May 2013. Bringing together charities, groups and businesses it is a great family day out, with arena events including the return of the popular Dog Dancing and Kids Rome petting farm, both kindly sponsored by the Parish Council. There are also several new events for this year. The very popular beer tent is kindly provided by The Bishop Blaize in Romsey. The event is not for profit, so any money made from our Grand Raffle will be donated to North Baddesley groups and charities. Last year the committee were able to donate to ÂŁ80 each to The Guides, The Village Hall Jubilee Garden and the Red Cross. In 2013 they will be supporting the Friends of North Baddesley Library.

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Spreading the Foxiness ! If you’ve ever visited The Strawberry Fox in Salisbury’s Cross Keys Shopping Arcade (just off the main square) and experienced a personal welcome by owner Theresa (aka Mrs Fox) you will be equally impressed with her newly opened boutique in Stockbridge. Foxy Fans will enjoy a stunning fresh environment in which to

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The Better Life The Better Life is the tales and observations of a London townie, who downshifted to Cornwall. A bit like the Good Life, but with the internet. It all started one morning in the kitchen, when Anne asked, “How would you feel about keeping chickens?” I didn’t answer right away. In the time we’ve been together I’ve learned the language of subtext. I finished my breakfast and replied, “When are we picking them up?” I wasn’t entirely averse to the idea of a little self-sufficiency. Who doesn’t have fond memories of The Good Life - and especially Felicity Kendal? Plus it’d be a chance to shed my townie upbringing and dispel that grim story my dad used to tell - the one about dispatching a chicken for the first and only time, where the head came off in in his hands and the headless chicken ran up the path. Stage one in Operation Chickadee was researching coops and chicken feed and, well, chickens really. There’s a lot to learn about chicken behaviour, the different breeds and their foibles. Having taken advice, we decided on hybrids, as they’re more reliable for eggs and point-of-lay birds for immediate production. We went upmarket with the coop, choosing an easy care metal and plastic affair from Omlet (yes, really!). Now all we needed to do was find the right chickens - and Anne was already on the case. The day after the chicken coop and run were installed in the front garden, we entered the mysterious world of farm supplies. Layers pellets, grit (for strong shells), straw and worming treatment - check. However, my suggestion that we buy jodhpurs as well fell on stony ground. Having located a poultry supplier, we headed out with an empty cat box and a pile of newspaper. The farmer led us to a densely populated barn and said, “Take your pick.” I don’t know exactly how Anne chose the chickens - which the farmer insisted were hens - but we went home with Sweet Pea (a Plymouth Rock / Maran)

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and Pepperami (a Plymouth Rock / Rhode Island). The chickens were confined to barracks for a few days, to allow them to settle in and retrain the cat. Once they emerged, we noted the following: At least an egg a day! A huge reduction in the snail population. Sweet Pea failed to live up to her name, went broody and took it out on the cat (luckily it’s a very fast cat). The garden quickly came to resemble The Somme. Something had to be done because, unlike me, Anne is a passionate gardener. Plus, the round up in the evenings was time consuming. We fenced off one half of the garden and, after a few ‘great escapes’, augmented the fencing with extra bamboo canes in leaf, whereupon the chickens looked as if they were starring in their own episode of Tenko. Sweet Pea and Pepperami were both restful to watch and very entertaining. They performed chicken yoga wing stretching exercises. They played tug-of-war with snails and ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ tussles over worms, morning porridge and, on one unfortunate occasion, a wood mouse. Our neighbours relish the availability of fresh, local eggs and they enjoy the egg-laying serenade every morning. And the poultry poop makes great compost. No chickens were harmed in the making of this feature. My dad would be proud. Derek Thompson is a writer and humourist based in the West Country. His writing blog can be found at www. alongthewritelines.blogspot.com and he is also a regular at www.strictlywriting.blogspot.com by Derek Thompson

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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. alan.coltsrd@o2.co.uk 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 co.uk hearingconcernromsey@gmail.com. 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: info@romseysac.com Website www.romseysac.com 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 romseyseacadets@gmail.com 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, romsey@southhampshirectc.org.uk 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 www.shhas.co.uk. 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

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DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON Price includes trail, drink and biscuit and craft activity. Suitable for pre-school age. Meet at Nightingale shop. £2.50 per child. Booking essential on 02380 455157.

what’s THE ISLAND – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 4 and 5 May, 2pm – 5.30pm The Island, SO51 0HP 6 acres either side of the R Test. Fine display of daffodils and springflowering trees. Main garden has herbaceous and annual borders, fruit trees, rose pergola, lavender walk and extensive lawns. Admission £4, Children free. Contact 01794 512100. AFTERNOON TEA ON PLATFORM 1 4-6, 11-12 May, 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. horsebridgestation.co.uk SOUTHAMPTON MARITIME FESTIVAL 5-6 May Ocean Cruise Terminal Dock Gate 4, SO14 3ZH Activities, displays, attractions and stalls to keep the whole family entertained. £5 adults (in advance), under 18s free. http://www. southamptonmaritimefestival.com/ ATHELING VILLAS – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 5 and 6 May, 2pm – 5pm Atheling Villas, SO45 6BR Inspirational, imaginatively designed and comprehensively planted 1/3-acre Victorian villa garden with many rare plants. In spring enjoy bulbs, hellebores and pulmonarias as you explore meandering paths set amongst structural planting. Adults £3, children free. Contact 02380 849349.

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HAMPSHIRE COUNTRY FAIR 5 – 6 May, 10am – 6pm Netley Marsh Showground, SO40 7GY Hampshire Country Fair’s 18th year. New attractions and new arena acts added to old favourites. Adults £11, OAPs £10, Children £4 THE COTTAGE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 5, 6, 11 and 12 May, 2pm – 6pm The Cottage, Chandlers Ford SO53 1ES ¾ acre. Azaleas, bog garden, camellias, dogwoods, erythroniums, free-range bantams, geraniums, hostas, irises, jasmines, kitchen garden, landscaping began in 1950, maintained by owners. Admission £3, Children free. Contact 02380 254521. PAVILION ON THE PARK MAY DAY FAYRE 6 May, 11am – 3pm Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, SO50 9LH A variety of gift and craft stalls, live music, traditional games, children’s activities, raffle and more. Free entry. HUMAN JUKEBOX MUSIC QUIZ 6 May Fountain Court Hotel, Frost Ln, SO45 3NE The only exclusively music quiz in the New Forest, established since 1999. Cash prizes. £1 per person with a maximum of eight per team. ROMSEY GREEN FAIR 18 May, 10am – 4pm Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, SO51 8GL See Right

NORTH BADDESLEY VILLAGE DAY 18 May, 11am – 4pm North Baddesley Recreation Ground, SO52 9EE Arena events including beer tent, dog dancing, petting farm, community groups, inflatables, live music, make and take crafts and trade stands and refreshments. Free entry. Free limited parking. Bookings being taken for trade/charity stands. Stall Holders contact Tracy Hickson at tracy. booksathome@gmail.com A NIGHT AT THE RUSSELL’S 18 May, 6pm – 7pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP A soiree of art, music and the unexpected! Get a taste of what it was like to attend one of the Russell's evening parties. Have a drink, hear period music and browse the art around the house. Dress up in 30's-40's attire. Booking essential. Contact 01794 344020. Adults £11, Children £6. BREAMORE CLOSE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 22, 26 and 27 May, 1pm – 5.30pm 6 Breamore Close, SO50 4QB Delightful plant lover's garden with coloured foliage and unusual plants, giving a tapestry effect of texture and colour. Admission £3, Children free. Contact 02380 611230. BEAR HUNT STORY TRAIL 23 May, 11am and 1.30pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5GA Join Eddie the Explorer on her hunt for bears in this story adventure.

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ART EXHIBITION 25 May - 27 May 10am - 4pm King John's House, Romsey, SO51 8BT 4 Shades of Purple showcase imaginative ceramics & prints, colourful landscape & wildlife paintings plus vibrant jewellery & textiles. Come along and meet the artists. HALF TERM FUN – WOOLLY WEEK 25 May – 2 Jun, 10am – 5pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH A host of ‘woolly’ activities and demonstrations throughout the week. Try your hand at spinning, knitting, weaving and follow our woolly trail to see what you can discover? Normal farm admission charge. Contact 01489 787055. SUMMER HALF TERM AT MOTTISFONT 25 May – 2 Jun, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Promoting 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. Normal admission charges apply. COME AND TRY IN ORIENTEERING EVENT 25 May, 10am – 12.30pm Knightwood Leisure Centre, SO53 4SJ Part of Southampton Orienteering Club's Summer Series. Ideal for families, beginners and the more experienced orienteers. Coaching and guidance available. Adults £4, Juniors £2. Contact 07570 627716. COUNTRY FAIR 25 May, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Traditional countryside skills including thatching, blacksmithing, wood turning, basket and broom making. Normal admission prices apply. Contact 01794 344020.


DIS COV ER WHAT ’S ON 4 MILL LANE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 26 and 27 May 4 Mill Lane, SO51 8EU Small, long, floriferous town garden. S-facing. Backdrop Romsey Abbey; original sculpture and attractive hard landscaping. Contact 01794 513926. KING JOHN’S GARDEN – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 26 and 28 May King John’s Garden, SO51 7NG Historic garden planted with plants available before 1700.Small wild flower meadow. Award-winning Victorian garden and North Courtyard with water features, fountains and pump. Paved path and fountain courtyard. THE LAKE HOUSE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 26 and 27 May The Lake House, SO51 8EQ 4½ acres, part garden, part meadow, part lake. Wonderful pastoral views from all aspects.

‘TIME TROUBLE’ STORY TRAIL 29 May, 10am and 2pm Royal Victoria Country Park, SO31 5GA Try our brand new Story Trail. Meet outside shop. £5 includes entry and story trail pack. Contact 02380 455157. NAOMI HOUSE HOSPICE CLARENDON WAY WALK 2 Jun, 8am - 8pm Take part in their flagship event, a 12 or 26 mile walk from Wincester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral through stunning Hampshire and Wiltshire countryside. £15 adult, £10 child. Contact felicity.patterson@ naomihouse.org.uk or 01962 843513. Summer Fayre 8 Jun, 11.30am - 3pm Federation of Fryern Schools, Oakmount Road, Chandlers Ford SO53 2LN Please come along to our Summer Fayre at Fryern Infant and Junior Schools in Chandlers Ford. We will

have a bouncy castle, BBQ, cakes, face painting, tombola and raffle as well as stalls from local businesses, games for the children, a beer tent and much more…. a good day out for all the family! 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. 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.

What’s on entries are free for non-profit making organisations or at the editor’s discretion while businesses may pay £10 + vat by credit card at the time of booking to include event title, date, location and 4 lines of text.

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Romsey Green Fair May 2013

On Sat. 18th May, Transition Town Romsey is putting on the town’s third Green Fair at the Crosfield Hall, Romsey. The aim of the event is to showcase a range of traders and businesses who all operate locally, or use locally-sourced materials, promoting the green principles of sustainability, renewability and low carbon living. Entrance is free with a variety of events and activities on offer including: • Free bike checks from Dr. Bike • Advice on the Government’s Green Deal scheme • Children’s workshops: making necklaces, painting plant pots, making ‘stained glass’ windows • Face Painting from 12-2pm • Interactive demonstrations (eg how to make your own lip balm)

• ‘Green’ volunteering Information Point • ‘Green’ themed games and competitions • Collection point for 2 litre ‘pop’ bottles for Sherfield English Children’s Gardening Club who will display how they will be made into a ‘greenhouse’ In addition there will be a raffle with a (reconditioned) laptop as the major prize; and refreshments will be sold in aid of Romsey School’s ‘Romsey2Kenya’ project. Romsey Green Fair is a unique opportunity to get new ideas, develop your creativity and meet people who really care about the environment, both locally and globally – all while having fun! So do come along and support this local venture which has established itself at the heart of the town. Up-to-date information is available on TTR’s website: www.transitiontownromsey.org.uk

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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. Accounting: Arlington Accountants Aerials: Aerial Fix Blake & Sons DJ Satellites & Aerials Appliance Repair: Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances Bathrooms: See Plumbing Blinds: Broadview Waterside Blinds Cakes: Amazacake Carpet Cleaning: Abbey Cleaning Carpet & Flooring: Floor Coverings Southern GE Nicholls Premier Flooring Solutions Cash & Carry: Costco Children's Activities: Kidz in Jackie's Kitch'n Computer Services: Geek On Demand Home Computer Help Widenet Computer Services Ltd Conservatories: Britiannia Windows Homeseal Pennington (HI) Jones Ltd Counsellor: Counselling/Psychotherapy with Sue Marcus Gee Talking Therapies Domestic Appliance: Advanced Appliance Care JP Appliances

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Double Glazing Inst/Repairs: Britiannia Windows Penninton (HI) Jones Ltd Windowmenda Drama: LIPA 4:19 Electrician: Ampfield Electrical EEC247 MCT Electrical Romsey Electical Services Estate Agent: Jonathan Rees Fencing: Colourfence Financial Services: Asset Care Planning Furniture: Swan Systems Garage Doors: Fix Quick Garage Doors Garage Services: Independent NB Service Station Garden Design & Services: Arbor Call Colourfence Davis Tree Care Elcombe and Son Green Keeper J.L. Tree Care New Forest Garden Machinery Gas Services: See Plumbing Health Services: Curves Hampshire Hearing Centre Premier Health & Wellbeing Rosemary Conley Kitchens: Dream Doors Homeseal New Forest Stone Letting Services: Get Set Let Homestyle Lettings

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Locksmith: Lockright Music Tuition: Rockout! Music School Office Furniture: Haywood Office Services Optician: Hampson Opticians Painter/Decorator: Different Strokes Pet Services: Heads & Tails Lynn Symes Dog Grooming Plumbing Services (including bathroom installation and gas and boiler services) see also Property Maintenance: AK Heating & Plumbing Allan Grace Plumbing Services Aquatec Gair Gas Gas Elite Grahame E Jones Plumbing & Heating MLA Installations NHP (Romsey) Ltd Pegrum Home Services P & H South Coast Plumbing & Heating Printer: Warwick Printing Company Property Maintenance & Improvements: A.Wilmott DT Interiors Elcombe and Son 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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