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October 2013

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Discover Dispatches

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Race to Beat Cancer

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Hampshire Walks

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Cycling’s a Breeze

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Health

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Romsey Hares & Tortoises

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FINANCE

How to make your child a millionaire Raising children costs a small fortune (it’s currently estimated at around £200,000), but if you’re clever, you could help them to become millionaires. Here are a few ways to make your child rich.

Pensions for babies Pensions are a great taxeffective way to invest for your new offspring. Stakeholders Probably the easiest type of pension to take out for your baby (or child of any age for that matter) is the Stakeholder pension. These products were initially set up to give those on little or no income the chance to add to a pension, however anyone is allowed to set one up which means that a child’s legal guardian(s) can start a pension for newborns. You can pay in up to £2,880 each tax year, which is then topped up by a government taxback incentive to £3,600. You can stop and start contributions as you wish, so if your cash situation changes you won’t be penalised for it. The minimum amount you can pay in at any time is £20. Anyone can add to it so grandparents, aunties and uncles can all chip in over the child’s life time. If the full amount is paid each year, by the time the child is 55 they will have well over £700,000 and if they access the account at 70 they will have over £1.8 million. The money invested won’t be accessible until the child reaches 55 meaning they can’t blow it all when they

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hit 18. Once they start working, they can also contribute. They will receive tax benefits if their income is less than £130,000. You can find out more about stakeholder pensions at Moneymagpie.com. There’s also a list of registered stakeholder pension scheme providers on the Pension Regulator website www. thepensionsregulator.gov.uk. SiPPs You can also set up a Selfinvested Personal Pension (SiPP) for your little one. Like a Stakeholder, they are open to anyone but the difference here is that you manage the money in it. So instead of leaving it to a pension fund to decide what to invest in, you choose the products yourself, whether it be shares, bonds, commercial property or other things.

Junior ISAs Junior ISAs are a great way to save for your child from an early age. ISAs are savings accounts which allow you to deposit a maximum of £3,600 a year completely tax-free, attracting interest as well. The downside (or upside depending on how you see it) is that your child has access to the money when they’re 18. Should you contribute the maximum amount each year, the fund could grow to a whopping £64,800 plus interest by the time they reach 18. This could be used towards university, buying their first car, putting a deposit down on a home or paying for a wedding. You can put the money into either a cash ISA or a stocks


the cheapest version of what you want to buy. Give them pocket money and set up a savings account for them, showing them how their money can grow over time. and shares one. As your child has a good few years for the fund to grow, you could afford to put the money into a stocks and shares ISA, at least for the first 13 years and then, perhaps, move the money gradually into cash for the last 5 to hold onto gains. The only snag with a Junior ISA is that if you were eligible for a Child Trust Fund you can’t open a Junior ISA. And unlike the CTF, there will be no government cash contributions to each child’s savings pot. Junior ISAs are available to children living in the UK who aren’t currently holders of a

Child Trust Fund which includes children born on or after 3 January 2011 and those under 18 born before September 2002. A good place to start would be www.familyinvestments.co.uk .

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There are lots of ways to give your child the tools he or she needs to learn the basics of budgeting, spending and saving wisely. Go to pfeg.org for downloadable financial education guides that will help.

A sure-fire of making your child a millionaire, or at least comfortably off, is to teach her how to manage her money early on.

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HAMPSHIRE WALKS

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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

uphill for some 600 yards. Approaching the top of the hill, turn right onto a gravel track signed ‘Peake Farm’ and also signed as Monarch’s Way. Follow this track towards the farm for a good 1000 yards. At a left hand bend, ignore the track going straight on into a field. Follow the track around towards the farm, passing some fields with show jumping fences and stables for the local horses. At the farm buildings, turn sharp right onto a waymarked footpath running between fields. The path emerges onto a metalled road to Peakes Farm. Turn left at the road. Walk approximately 50 yards then turn right along the side of a barn. Follow the path around the end of the barn and then along the left hand boundary of a field. Turn left through a gateway at the field boundary to join a concrete and tarmac farm track.


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Discover Dispatches by Melanie Tinson, Publisher Photographs by fellow passenger, Julian Moore

The popular saying “whatever floats your boat” is very apt after my recent excursion on SS Shieldhall from Southampton’s Eastern Doc. And the other “Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.” also applies as it was far more enjoyable than anticipated! On Friday 9 August I boarded this ship with family and my father in law who is a ship and train fanatic, so a day out on this heritage cargo-passenger ship during Cowes Week was his perfect birthday treat. SS Shieldhall was built in the Clyde Shipyards and launched there 1955. She had a long and successful first career with Glasgow Corporation carrying treated sludge out to sea and, in the summer, taking passengers ‘doon the watter’ on pleasure trips, despite its cargo! Bought in 1977 by Southern Water she was finally withdrawn from commercial service in 1985 but saved and purchased for £20,000 in 1988 by The Solent Steam Packet Ltd that still operates

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her now. TSSP is a charity, registered as an Industrial and Provident Society, with its main objective being to preserve the SS Shieldhall in operational condition. She is maintained and operated entirely by volunteers and resides in Southampton’s Eastern Docks. TSSP was recently awarded a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund South East. TSSP MD, Graham Mackenzie said: “This grant means that in addition to her silver anniversary, we can look forward to celebrating her ‘golden anniversary’ too. We look forward to all the hard work that lies ahead, safe in the knowledge that Shieldhall is, and will continue to be, ‘Alive and Steaming.’ However, Graham points out that the award represents just the start of saving Shieldhall: ‘It is critical that support for the ship continues through our programme involving volunteers, members, donors, events and functions. We’d


be delighted to welcome anyone who would like to support and get involved in the project.’ Stuart McLeod, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “SS Shieldhall is part of the National Historic Fleet and is a fantastic surviving example of its kind. Through helping secure Shieldhall’s future the project will open up opportunities for young people to learn the skills needed to operate a ship of this type, and for the volunteers to reach out into the local community, encouraging engagement with one of the country’s most important maritime heritage assets, such as the Scouts Training Days this summer.” We set “sail” at 11am and headed for the Solent where it is confined until necessary structural work is carried out and it holds the necessary certificate to go further afield. However, with Cowes Week in full flow there was plenty of action on the water and time flew by. With a bar and light snacks for refreshments we enjoyed lunch in the sun on deck. On tour of the bridge I met Southampton’s Harbour Pilot but they refrained, wisely, from giving me free rein at the helm! The engine and boiler rooms were well worth a visit, despite the heat. I learned it takes three days to fire the burners to “steam ready” level and 17.2 tonnes of oil are stored in port and starboard bunkers, used to “level” the ship. In their heyday, tramp steamships used to burn 26 tonnes A DAY so we were lightly loaded in comparison. My father in law was right. “C’mon, Melanie, you’ll regret not seeing these magnificent machines in motion.” And as usual, he was absolutely right.

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A Week With A Legend: Driving 911 HUL I’d been looking forward to this moment for years. For some in the office too young to remember, it meant nothing – but for me it was a coming of age. Finally I’d be driving a Porsche with the famous 911 HUL number plate. I’ve been a motoring nut for years, spending money I often didn’t have on car magazines, long before I could even drive. And it was on those glossy pages that I became familiar with the famous plate. Owned by Porsche GB for decades it was the first private plate the firm acquired and ever since has taken pride of place on the Porsche press fleet Turbo models. I’d seen it flying through the air in pictures on the pages of Evo, shot by countless talented car snappers over the years, and now it was my time to drive it. Here’s my week behind the wheel of Porsche’s fastest 997 edition – the 911 Turbo S with a very special moniker.

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in. Paint jobs make or break cars and the camouflage green our test car had arrived in was clearly splitting opinion. Still, it could have been painted pink for all I cared as what was sitting over the rear wheels was far more of interest to me. The 3.8-litre, turbo-charged lump produces a whopping 530bhp and 700Nm of torque thanks to a tweaked turbo output. The drive north to our photoshoot at Rockingham was one of the longest (traffic) but most enjoyable I’ve ever had.

Day Two Photoshoot day at Rockingham and we’ve got 15 cars lined up for a series of tests. Also here is three times British superbike championship winner John Reynolds on the latest Suzuki GSX-R1000. He’s at our shoot to take on the Nissan Juke R (search for the video on YouTube) but it’s only fair we let him try his luck against the Porsche too… With a 0-60mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds, the PDK automatic gearbox and launch control system mean that’s very achievable every time. Engage Sport Plus, floor the throttle with your foot on the brake, and the revs settle at a heady rpm. When you lift off the brake the car thunders towards the finish line

in a cacophony of air sucking, turbo whooshing and tyres ripping chunks out of the asphalt. All I have to do is steer. You can see the results of our race in another video on YouTube…

Day Three Two tanks of fuel into the loan and I’m impressed the Turbo S is returning 26mpg. My old Focus ST never got any better than 23mpg on a long journey and considering this has such an almighty power output that’s very impressive. Today I’m heading into London for a meeting with the Queen. Well, I say meeting, I really mean a concert in her garden for the Coronation Festival. For what is essentially a rival to a Ferrari 458 or McLaren 12C, the Turbo S is fantastically well behaved in the clogged up capital. Visibility is excellent and although it’s got a low splitter at the front, speed humps aren’t really a problem nor tight underground and overpriced car parks. The drive back south is a magical one. London’s streets are a joy in the small hours of the morning and each traffic light gives me a chance to test the wife’s neck muscles.

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Winchester Photographic Society The Winchester Photographic Society caters for all levels from novice to experienced photographers. We meet weekly from September through May and our programme covers talks, lectures, competitions, workshops and even an Exhibition in the Discovery Centre. We cover a diverse number of photographic genres and occasionally add extra dates for interest group meetings and additional workshops. New Members are always welcomed and can visit initially as a guest. Roger Clark 02380 253600, rogerclark1@mac.com. Tuesdays 7:30pm starting Sept 3rd and the Winchester Discovery Centre.

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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 38

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

needles with its sharp beak, searching for insects. It froze, as though suddenly aware of how exposed it had let itself become, gave another chirp and took flight, disappearing into the safety of the trees. Ray let out his breath. He heard the bird call again, and another bird call back in reply, and then another. The woods sounded as though they were alive with Goldcrests. Ray hastily put the lid on the half filled tub of blackberries and was back at home within ten minutes. Audrey inspected the harvest as he rifled through the sideboard for his old binoculars. “Well, I won’t be making much jam out of these”, she said in dismay. “I’m going straight back, I’ll get you some more.” Ray called over his shoulder as he found what he was looking for. “Will that make you satisfied?” Audrey looked at the scratches on Ray’s arms, the leaves in his hair and the berry stains on his fingers. But most of all she saw the flush of colour in his cheeks and the sparkle in his eyes. “Oh yes”, she said. “I think it will.”


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LOCAL GROUPS Romsey Flower Arrangement Society Second Wednesday of the month. North Baddesley Village Hall 7.00pm Welcomes new members info@wessexandjerseyflowers.co.uk Wellow Flower ArrangEment Society Meetings held fourth Monday in the month at Plaitford Village Hall at 7.30 pm New members welcome. Tel: Sonia on 01794 322205 or Liz on 01794 322263. Flower Arrangement Classes/ Workshops Woodley Village Hall, School Road, Romsey. Mondays 1.30 - 3.30pm 1st & 3rd Monday - Beginners and intermediates (separate tables). Everybody Welcome Contact: Denise 02380 741299 or Sandy 01794 511335 for details. Braishfield Flower Arrangement Society Meet on the fourth Thursday of the month at Braishfield Village Hall 7.30pm. New members welcome. Tel: 01794 368259 / 02380 731162 Romsey W.I. The Crosfield Hall Annexe, Broadwater Road, Romsey, SO51 8GL Every fourth Wednesday in the month commencing 7.30pm. Visitors will be warmly welcomed. We have sections for Crafts, Darts, Walking, Scrabble and outings. We also have trips to the theatre. alan.coltsrd@o2.co.uk

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NOMADS music and drama group NOMADS meet every Friday 8pm, Woodley Village Hall, School Road, Romsey. We have been part of the local community for 35 years and new members are welcomed. New members needed for our Summer show, all ages welcome. Come along or phone Rachel: 023 8049 8955 or Clare: 01794 523578 - for more information. Art Classes Ampfield Golf Clubhouse, Monday mornings Wendy’s Art classes work on promoting new thinking skills in relation to art and creativity. 01794 523067 for more info. WELLOW TEA DANCE Wellow Village Hall from 3pm to 5pm every second Wednesday in the month except August. The price is £3.25, and the music is provided by a small band, and tea, cakes and a raffle are included in the price. South Hants Historical Aviation Society The Conservative Club Romsey First Wed in the month 7.30pm. Welcomes new members. For more information visit www.shhas.co.uk. Romsey Open Gate Stroke Club A social club for anyone who has had a stroke, we meet every Tuesday at The Abbey Rooms 2.15pm Welcomes new members Tel: 0845 3033 100 ROMSEY HEARING CONCERN 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month 2 to 4 pm Appletree Centre, Romsey (behind Romsey Library) The clubs’ programme has a wide variety of activities, which includes speakers, social events and outings. Visitors and new members are very welcome to visit this friendly club, 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 empathetic approach to people with a hearing loss. We are always looking for help, so if you are interested please contact Anne Gale on 02380735858, alternatively email hearingconcernromsey@gmail.com.

Romsey Modellers, Ampfield Village Hall, 3rd Wed in the month. 8pm – 10pm We are a plastic modelling club catering for all modelling genres and skill levels from beginners to well seasoned gurus. For more information please see www.romseymodellers.co.uk

Romsey Sea Cadets Romsey Sports Field, Southampton Road, Romsey SO51 8AT Tuesdays for 12 – 18 year olds or Thursdays for 10 – 18 year olds Activities and competitions in every area include sailing, rowing, canoeing, swimming, 5-a-side football, shooting & camp craft. 01794 514387 romseyseacadets@gmail.com

Romsey Sub-aqua Club. Club night is Tuesday evening at Stanbridge Earls School 7.30 - 9 pm. Come dive and snorkel with us! We offer try-dives and training and welcome new members. (Note: for security reasons at the School please contact us before coming along.) Email: info@romseysac.com Website www. romseysac.com

Transition Town Romsey We are a local not-for profit group run by volunteers, aiming to take action locally to make Romsey more sustainable and a better place to live. We are particularly concerned with the challenges of Peak Oil and Climate Change and encourage people to get involved in our various groups. Website: www.transitiontownromsey.org.uk

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 9.30 and 12.30? We can’t offer you a job, but we can offer you help in finding one. You can browse for jobs on our computers , prepare your cv If you need to brush up your IT skills, we can help you with that as well. All in an informal setting, with a cup of tea or coffee. We’re at Company House, Romsey School, Greatbridge, SO51 8ZB. Ring 01794 522106 for more information

Romsey Good Neighbours We are volunteers who take elderly, inform or disabled people to attend hospital, doctor or other medical appointments. If you need our service or could volunteer call Barbara Harper, Secretary of Romsey Good Neighbours (01794 522803). WOODLEY & CRAMPMOOR FRIENDSHIP CLUB Woodley Village Hall, School Rd, Romsey 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 2pm

ROMSEY MALE VOICE CHOIR Romsey Male Voice Choir’s team of 60 members share a passion for singing and fun. Come along to a rehearsal to hear what we do, all visitors welcome. The choir holds weekly rehearsals on Monday evenings in Romsey. 02380 663263, www. romseymvc.co.uk TEST VALLEY CROQUET CLUB Test Valley Croquet Club play from April to September at Hunts Farm Sports Ground, Timsbury. Founded over 10 years ago the club is thriving, informal and friendly. All the club's facilities and equipment are available to members and their guests every day between April and September. New members of any age or experience are always welcome. Go along to a "mix-in" at 2pm on either afternoon to "have a go" or to watch, or make contact with Julie Gale, Secretary 01794 501043 or the John Smith, Captain 01794 340341 if you are only able to play in the evenings and at weekends VIEWFINDERS OF ROMSEY CAMERA CLUB Every Tuesday throughout the year (except August) at Jubilee Hall, New Road, Timsbury, 7.30pm. We have a varied programme of competitions, talks and practical evenings for those with an interest in photography, and we welcome those just starting out in photography as well as more advanced workers. For more information, please see www. viewfinderscameraclub.org.uk or telephone our secretary Pam Watson on 01794 388429. Foresters Flower Club 1st Thurs of the month (excluding Jan) at 7:30pm Copythorne Parish Hall, Pollards Moor Road, Copythorne A friendly floral art group for all ages with a varied and interesting programme of workshops, demonstrations, outings and social events. New members and guests always warmly welcomed. Club Secretary: 023 8081 2883 Romsey Amnesty International We are a friendly group of all ages interested in standing up for human rights. We meet monthly for letter writing, guest speakers and workshops and visitors are always welcome. Third monday of the month (not August). Please email romseyamnesty@gmail.com. Meditation as a way of prayer Every Friday 11am to 12pm starting 4 May 2012. An opportunity to explore & experience the stillness & silence of contemplative prayer. Wisdom Centre, Romsey, Hants SO51 8EL. 01794 830206. reception@ wisdomhouseromsey.co.uk. www.christianmeditation.org.uk ROMSEY ARTHRITIS HYDROTHERAPY GROUP Help soothe Arthritic joints, helping to relieve pain in the Hydrotherapy Pool. Join us as a member for £5 per year. Weekly sessions are subsidised. Transport is not available, but sessions are held locally. For further information contact Mrs Linda Hill 01794 323838 Bike Rides See page 19 for details


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LOCAL WHAT’S ON FESTIVAL OF AUTUMN COLOURS AT EXBURY GARDENS AND STEAM RAILWAY 1 Oct – 3 Nov, 10am – 5pm Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway, SO45 1AZ Everyone thinks of Exbury in the Spring, but the Gardens are just as glorious in Autumn with fiery colours from maples, dogwoods and deciduous azaleas. The subtle light tones of Autumn reflect these colours dramatically. Special Autumn Trail leads visitors to the best of the colour. Admission including voluntary Gift Aid, adult £11.00 and seniors/conc £10.50, children free. Contact 02380 891 203 or visit www.exbury.co.uk QUIZ EVENING FOR RNLI ROMSEY & DISTRICT BRANCH 5 Oct, 7.30pm Romsey Scout Hall, Braishfield Road Teams of 4 or 6 (or come on your own). £10 per person (includes Ploughman’s Supper). Contact Owen Davies on 01794 514869. 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. Contact 01252 724968. 42

PHOTOGRAPHY ‘PHOTOWALK’ 5 Oct, 11am – 2pm Southampton, SO14 3JS Excursions exploring history and heritage. An opportunity to look at and photograph interesting buildings, architectural details and streetscape en-route. Suitable for any type of camera and all abilities - beginners welcome. Lead by professional photographer with over 30 years’ experience of photography and education. £14 per person. Contact 07970034498 for more details. WOOFS, WELLIES AND WALKIES 5 Oct 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! Contact 02380475345 or pam@cmhcharity.org.uk WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL HARVEST MARKET FESTIVAL 5 – 6 Oct, 9am – 2pm Middle Brook Street / Middle Brook Street Car Park, SO23 9LS Farmers’ Market selling local produce. Contact 01420 588 671. www.hampshirefarmersmarkets. co.uk SATURDAY DAYS CLUB 6 October and 17 Nov Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Aikman Lane, West Totton, SO40 8FT Activities to give your weekend a creative kick start! Join local artist Claudia Friend and get arty and craft with our fabulously fun sessions! Pefect for 5-11 year olds; be inspired, make and do, get messy and creative! £5 per session. Contact 023 8066 7683. www. hangerfarm.totton.ac.uk WALK THE TEST WAY – ROMSEY 6 Oct Romsey, SO51 8GL 6 different fantastic walks along the Test Way, organised by the Rotary Club of Romsey Test. Take part and

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Suite overlooking the orchard. Ladies will have the opportunity to browse local boutique stands of quality handbags and accessories, clothing, jewellery, homeware and more. Tickets are limited - contact Hannah Godfrey on 01489 880 881 ext. 204 or email at hannah. godfrey@has.org.uk. OCTOBER HALF TERM AT MOTTISFONT 26 Oct – 3 Nov, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Come along for a spooky time this half term. Pick up a trail for a spooky prize. See if you can spot any creepy-crawlies, search for animal footprints as well as other things to tick off your ‘50 things’ list. Collect conkers and come back on the last day of half term to compete in our conker competition. Normal admissions play. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ mottisfont AUTUMN HALF TERM AT MARWELL 26 Oct – 3 Nov Marwell Wildlife, Colden Common, SO21 1JH Freaky fun for all the family. Watch as the animals enjoy some tasty pumpkin enrichment treats, meet the mini beasts, take part in our spooky storytelling, ride on our hauntingly good Ghost Train (usual fee applies) and create your own Halloween pumpkin. Contact 01962 777 407 or visit www. marwell.org.uk FIRE LIGHTING CHALLENGE 29 Oct, 10am – midday, 2pm – 4pm Testwood Lakes Centre, Brunel Road, Calmore Industrial Estate, SO40 3XP Join in a fun session of safe fire lighting, using fire strikers and natural materials to make a small fire for toasting marshmallows (provided). AM suitable for children aged 4-8, PM session suitable for children aged 8-12. Suggested donation £3 per child. Sorry no dogs. Children must be

accompanied by adults. Booking essential - contact 02380 667929. www.hwt.org.uk SHELTER BUILDING CHALLENGE 30 Oct, 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm Testwood Lakes Centre, Brunel Road, Calmore Industrial Estate, SO40 3XP Join in a fun shelter building session, using natural materials and tarpaulins, plus nature games and investigating nature. AM suitable for children aged 4-8, PM session suitable for children aged 8-12. Children must be accompanied by adults. Suggested donation £3 per child. Sorry, no dogs. Booking essential on 02380 667929. www.hwt. org.uk HALLOWEEN AT LAINSTON HOUSE HOTEL 31 Oct, 6pm – 7pm Lainston House Hotel, Sparsholt, SO21 2LT Shocks, frights and devious delights! Gruesomely carved pumpkins will light your way to the Kitchen Garden as you celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with a ghoulish owl display by moonlight before the chills are chased away by a delicious hot cocoa with marshmallows. £10 per person - children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact 01962 776088. 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. Contact 01794 369318 or visit http://www3.hants.gov.uk/ hilliergardens 43


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USEFUL NUMBERS DOCTORS NHS Direct (24hr helpline) Abbey Mead Surgery Romsey SO51 8EN Alma Road Surgery Romsey SO51 8ED Lordshill Health Centre Lordshill SO16 8HY Nightingale Surgery Romsey SO51 7QN North Baddesley Surgery Fleming Ave SO52 9EP CHEMISTS Lloyds Pharmacy 123 The Hundred, Romsey Boots The Chemist Ltd 1 The Hundred, Romsey Alliance Pharmacy 7-8 Market Place, Romsey Lloyds Pharmacy 16-17 District Centre Lordshill Alliance Pharmacy 7 Rownhams Road,N Badd Wellow Pharmacy Lower Common Road SCHOOLS Ampfield C of E Primary Awbridge Primary Braishfield Primary Cupernham Infants Cupernham Junior Fairisle Infant & Nursery Fairisle Junior Halterworth Primary North Baddesley Infant North Baddesley Junior Nursling Cof E Primary Oakwood Infants Oakwood Junior Romsey Primary & Nursery Romsey Abbey C of E Primary (aided) Rownhams St Johns Cof E Primary Sinclair Primary & Nursery Wellow Primary Oaklands Community School &Oasis Academy Years 7 & 8 Years 9 -11 The Mountbatten School The Romsey School HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING Bunny Lane, Timsbury Winter (1st Oct - 31st March) 8am - 4pm Summer (1st April - 30th Sept) 8am - 7pm

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HISTORY

This Month in History October 6th 1888: Edison patents the Kinetoscope October 6th 1927: Warner Bros release The Jazz Singer In the 1880s, inventors almost everywhere were trying to develop a more commercial variety of the magic lantern, which had been popular as a party novelty and fairground sideshow for generations. They mostly seem to have known what their competitors were up to, and if they heard of an idea they thought promising... they just stole it. Take the Lumière brothers. Their combined camera and projector, the Cinématographe, was actually invented by Léon Bouly and when he couldn’t afford to renew the patent, the brothers took it for themselves. Furthermore an invention by Charles-Emile Reynaud - perforated celluloid film – was also appropriated by the brothers despite a patent being in force. They showed their first film, the 49-second long Workers Leaving the Factory, in December 1895. By 1895, though, the great American inventor Thomas Edison had already been cheerfully profiting from other people’s ideas for seven years. In February 1888 he was approached by the English photographer Eadweard (no, really!) Muybridge with the idea of mounting stills on a phonograph cylinder. Edison told Muybridge it was impractical, and on 6th October filed a 46

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pre-emptive patent for the idea of – guess what – mounting stills on a phonograph cylinder. The Kinetoscope wasn’t that practical, though; the breakthrough came the following year when Eastman Kodak patented celluloid film on reels. Even Edison couldn’t steal from Kodak. Kinetoscope films had to be watched one viewer at a time on a peep-show device, the Kinetograph – basically a What the Butler Saw machine – developed by Edison technician William Dickson, who wasn’t above a bit of plagiarism himself. Dickson was approached by an inventor called Woodville Latham for advice on making the Eidoloscope, which projected the pictures on to a proper screen. Dickson took the idea, rechristened it the Mutoscope, and set up his own company. Edison hit back with Projectoscope, which was essentially the same idea, and the movie industry was born. 39 years later, moviegoers at the Warner Theatre in Times Square, New York, were stunned to hear Al Jolson say: “Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothing yet!” Jolson was a major star of musical theatre, and plenty of the guests at that evening’s premiere were more than familiar with the sound of his voice. But this was a

movie – The Jazz Singer – and it was the first custom-made talkie in history. It was a sensation. Warner Brothers had been developing the Vitaphone for some time and on October 7th 1926, released a recording of part of Jolson’s stage act. The Vitaphone was pretty crude: as each scene was filmed the dialogue was simply recorded onto a 16-inch shellac disc, and if the cinema projectionist dropped the needle on to the right place at the right time, then sound and motion were synchronised. But after just 20 plays the disc became impossibly scratched. RCA’s Photophone sound-on-film system was already well-advanced by the time The Jazz Singer came out and was officially launched the following year, making Warner’s Vitaphone obsolete almost overnight. So were silent movies: within two years of The Jazz Singer’s New York premiere, every studio in Hollywood was making only talkies. Finally, supporting an idea that October could be Movie Month: on 5th October 1962 the world first heard Sean Connery utter the immortal line: “My name ish Bond – Jamesh Bond.” The movie was Dr No, and if that’s not worth raising a vodka martini to, nothing is.


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