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Hello and Welcome This is the first edition of Discover Winchester you will have received through your door so you may think this is a new publication. Well it is… sort of. You will have been used to receiving a magazine called Go Winchester which was formerly run by Rachael Elliott. Rachael has been studying to be a teacher for some time and found that she wasn’t giving Go Winchester the attention it deserved, so asked me and my business partner Melanie to take it over. As we already run several other magazines (see the bottom of the page) it made sense for this one to follow the same naming convention, hence we are now Discover Winchester. Mel and I have many years’ experience between us, bringing local news, general interest features, useful information and advertiser listings to communities. Whilst general information is easy to find – the school phone numbers, supermarket opening hours and other reference material at the back – finding local events and news is more of a challenge, and that’s where you come in. Do you have any walks you could write up for us (happy to donate either to you or to a charity of your choice to reward your efforts)? Or what about memories of the area in days gone by

either with or without photographs? Perhaps you know somebody who is doing voluntary work or helping those less fortunate in some way? Visit www.discovercommunity.co.uk to find out how to submit your community content and help us deliver a magazine that the area can call its own. Tania PS: Of course using our advertisers is also much appreciated as without them we have no magazine. Needless to say, more advertisers are very welcome! PPS: There is £50 to be won in our monthly competition. No catch, it just helps us to check that the magazine is arriving at people homes and that they are reading it. See page 18 for more details.

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Rock City One of the region’s fastest-growing rock schools is coming to Winchester in April when Rock Out! opens its doors.

With schools already in Chandler’s Ford, Alresford and Alton, Rock Out! teaches guitar, bass drums and vocals to children aged 7 and upards. Taking a simple but structured approach to learning, the Rock Out! method includes ‘jamming’ with other musicians from the very first visit. Rock Out! founder and Alresford resident Oliver Wilson-Barnes was the recipient of many ‘traditional’ music lessons in his youth. ‘I distinctly remember taking my Grade 4 Piano when I was around 12 years old. I had to go into this freezing hall with a grand piano in the middle and the examiner who was ancient, barely said a word to me. I passed, but it wasn’t a very inspiring experience and soon after I followed in my father’s footsteps and took up the drums. ’ ‘I began playing in a band with my schoomates and although we never amounted to much musically, we still talk about our rehearsals and gigs with great fondness. It’s funny, we had little discipline when it came to schoolwork but we all knuckled down when we had a gig coming up. ‘ ‘I learned a to play and perform in front of an audience and that confidence came in handy when I was giving Sales and Marketing presentations in my first couple of jobs. If you’re enthusiastic, well-prepared and a team player you’ll go a long way in life so learning an instrument and how to play in a band is a pretty good way to spend your time. You’ll make friends and have LOTS of fun along the way. ’ ‘So this isn’t necessarily about preparing you for a career as a musician. Studies indicate time and again that learning an instrument

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helps with many other forms of learning, especially languages and even mathematics. More than all that it builds confidence, teaches teamwork and allows your child to take part in something different and a bit special. Some students enjoy it so much they learn more than one instrument, coming back for 3 or 4 years perhaps.‘ ‘At Rock Out!the emphasis is split between learning the instrument with a tutor and playing with other musicians right away because that’s the fun, rewarding part. So each lesson lasts 1 hour with the first 45 minutes taken up with teaching and the last 15 minutes devoted to a jam session when all the pupils and tutors join together to play 3 songs.’ ‘At least 2 or 3 times a year we hold a ‘Rock Out! Live’ event so that all students can play together on stage in front of an audience and show whay they can do. It’s for parents, family and friends but everyone’s invited and all the proceeds go to charity.‘ Rock Out! Music School, Winchester opens in April and FREE taster sessions are available to book now. Call Oliver on 0845 680 4685 or go to www.rockoutschool.com

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Grow Your Own Veg By Pippa Greenwood Pippa Greenwood is a gardening writer, journalist and regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time. I know a lot of people who have yet to try growing their own veg and plenty more who have tried but had some disappointing results. But as the new gardening year is upon us, why not have a go because it doesn’t need to be difficult and has the potential to be one of the most productive and fun things you’ve ever done. Now I’m no great fan of green wellies (mine are black) but I am a fan of green-gardening. Yes, plenty of gorgeous greens in the beds and borders, but also an ecologically green outlook. Simply put, home grown food tastes better, uses little if any air miles, can save you a packet and is enormously rewarding. Grow your vegetables and you are really getting the top end of the market produce and minimising any harmful effects to the environment. Remember to grow what you like and what your garden can grow well - this may take some experimenting, but don’t be afraid to admit that some things are trickier than others in your plot. If you’re an organic gardener or you simply want to produce pesticide free vegetables, you might need to spend more time thinking about what to grow and how you can best nurture it so that pests, diseases and other problems take a back seat.

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* Seed and plant catalogues are now more likely to let you know which varieties are relatively pest or disease resistant. * If you garden organically you can also encourage some of the naturally occurring insects that parasite or predate upon the garden pests, or bigger animals such as frogs, toads, hedgehogs and many birds. Insects include: Ladybirds: The larvae and the adults both consume huge numbers of aphids. Lacewings: The young or larvae are brilliant predators, eating mainly aphids, but also eating other pests such as thrips and eggs of moths. Hoverflies: The soft-bodied yellowy grey larvae are great aphid eaters, a single one eating up to fifty in a day, nearing 1,000 in its lifetime. Ground beetles: Often seen scuttling off at speed when you move pots, low-growing plants or loose slabs, they are mostly black and often shiny and are brilliant predators of many pests including slugs, vine weevils and some insect eggs. Solitary wasps: Some feed their larvae on aphids, weevils and other insects. Centipedes: These eat a lot of soil dwelling creatures and their eggs. Anthocorids or flower bugs: They feed on aphids, mites, thrips and a range of small insects. Devil’s coach horse: Predators of slugs, leather jackets, cutworms and other soil pests. There’s a good chance most of these are already

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in your garden, silently but efficiently helping you, but by growing some suitable plants you can really encourage them in and help build up their numbers. On the whole the simple, nondouble varieties are the most insect friendly, so try some of these: * Phacelia: A hardy annual with bluish perfumed flowers, perfect for direct sowing. * Limnanthes douglasii (the poached egg plant): This yellow and white flowered hardy annual is loved by hoverflies. * Eschscholzia (the Californian poppy): This pretty yellow, orange and cream flowered plant can be direct sown and thrives in sunny well-drained sites. * Iberis (candytufts): One of the easiest hardy annuals, it has readily available pollen and nectar, perfect for many beneficial insects. * Calendula officinalis (the pot marigold): A gorgeous bright gold, another that can be direct sown and should keep on flowering until hit by frosts.

So why not take the plunge? Just being in the garden makes most of us feel better and more relaxed plus it’s a great way to burn off some calories. And then of course there is the regular supply of superbly tasty vegetables, picked when ripened to perfection (not just to make them last longer on the supermarket shelf), gathered as and when you need them and in the quantities you need (cutting down on wastage). You will also find that growing your own veg allows you to choose the tastiest varieties and create some really delicious meals. Why not grow some great vegetables in 2013? Go to www.pippagreenwood.com and sign up for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ – choose from a fantastic selection of vegetables sent to you at just the right time for planting and each week you receive an email from her telling you all you need to know to ensure great results. You can also sign up for Pippa’s newsletter and receive a free e-book on organic gardening, and buy a handpicked selection of garden products.

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4 Mile Walk From Kings Worthy This walk commences just North of Winchester in Kings Worthy, with parking recommended at the Cart and Horses Pub, Worthy Road, Kings Worthy, SO23 7QN. It is approximately 4 miles and will take about 1 hour 20 minutes at a steady stroll, with only a few stiles and kissing gates to interrupt the flow of the walk. There is also a small lay-by 200 metres back into the village beside St Mary’s Church, which could also accommodate safe parking. This point, in reality marks the start of the walk and threads through the houses along a gravel track marked as ‘The Itchen Way’. Very shortly the path halts to allow safe passage across the fast moving A33 , a dual carriageway that takes vehicles on the non M3 route Northbound to Basingstoke. Once safely across the road another sign sends us down into some woods with the early signs of reed beds to our right. After 500 metres the path crosses an access road with the new signpost declaring 'St Swithun’s Way'. This crosses the field uphill and comes up beside a road – the walk extends past the row of houses on the right and drops down into the fields again after 100 metres. This path sweeps down towards the river Itchen before taking us under the M3 and away further along the river meadows. We swiftly leave the noise of the motorway behind us as the path threads across a field to a stile which leads into Easton Lane. The house opposite was probably once the water bailiff’s home for this upper river segment.

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Turning right along this road the trail crosses various streams that feed the Itchen and in 500 metres it climbs up into Easton Village where we take a right turn into Church Lane. The local church (St Mary’s in Easton) passes on our right as does the former vicarage, which marks the right turn (fully signposted) into some playing fields and away along the river bank tracing the northern side. This section of the trail is known as The Three Castles Way although there are no signs of any castles now. The footpath is well signposted and crosses two more fields before another trip under the M3. Be sure to take the right turn under the bridge that emerges into a close cropped woodland with a narrow path that wriggles its way westwards. This trail opens out into a pea shingle area with our desired path very much to the right. Follow this path for 400 metres before meeting another pea shingle section with a stunning cottage across the river to the right. In fact we now have the pleasure of taking the right fork over the narrow bridge and tracing our steps almost 600 metres across the water meadows until another service road comes into view with a nest of houses. At this point the walk turns left and is now retracing its steps through the very first woodland and back across the A33 dual carriageway; through the gravel track , up past the church and swinging right to return to the car at the pub. You can download a printable version of this walk and a larger map by visiting www.discovercommunity.co.uk

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Hampshire Heritage Exploring Country Churches Church of St Swithun

There’s a scene early in Downton Abbey in which Matthew and Edith are touring the local countryside exploring churches. Church exploring was once the preserve of the leisured classes, but while attending services in church has declined, visiting churches simply to soak up their atmosphere has probably never been more popular. Why? Most people will tell you they love the atmosphere of little country churches. This feeling, a mixture of comfort and awe, has been described perfectly by the poet Philip Larkin in his well-known poem ‘Church going’. Our enthusiasm for visiting churches probably stems from some deep human need that is unfulfilled in our materialistic, often agnostic, lives. Exploring churches needn’t be a spiritual exercise. Churches reflect our island’s history and are architecturally absorbing, often beautiful. Their interiors contain a variety of aspects of interest – soaring architecture, sculpture in stone, carving in wood, richly ornate monuments. Every church is different and always more than the sum of its parts. The oldest churches to be found in Hampshire were built in Saxon times, before the Norman conquest. Many more are Norman, built in the 11th and 12th centuries. None of them

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By Stephen Harvey look today just as they did when they were built. Much of the fascination of churches lies in the way they reflect the changing patterns of religious worship. Changes in the form of the services brought huge changes in church interiors. Henry VIII’s break with the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century resulted in the carved screens between nave and chancel being ripped out, carvings and statues broken, stained glass windows smashed, wall paintings covered in lime wash. And it happened again, some would say even more violently, a century later in the time of Cromwell and All Saints Church, Minstead Puritanism. During these upheavals, which will have been hard for ordinary people to understand or bear, the focal point of the church moved from the altar to the pulpit. Churches became ‘preaching boxes’ with the emphasis on the spoken word of the sermon and biblical texts on painted boards on the walls. Church attendance

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DISCOVER HAMPSHIRE HERITAGE became compulsory by law and preaching likewise. Grim though it sounds, this movement produced some handsome interiors, with clear glass windows giving a beautiful light, fine box pews and magnificently carved pulpits. Church interiors became simple again, revealing something that Catholicism had obscured: the beauty of simplicity. What I have said above briefly sketches some of the background to the changes in church design that have occurred over the centuries. But what of individual churches in our county? What to see, where to go?

The church of St Mary and St Michael at Stoke Charity

With so many churches to choose from, even a random approach will yield much of interest. Hampshire’s strength probably lies in early (preGothic), small churches in deeply rural settings, exactly the sort I like best. So it is a few of these that I shall briefly describe now.

by a vestry added in C 16. The stone carving of Christ, the Virgin Mary and St John, larger than life size, was destroyed during the Reformation. What remains is their outline on the wall with the hand of God reaching down from a cloud towards Christ.

The church of St Mary and St Michael at Stoke Charity, east of Sutton Scotney, stands in a field, near a pond. Inside it feels like a miniature cathedral. To quote the church’s excellent guide book, it is a treasure house of beautiful and ancient objects. The building dates mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries, the Norman nave and chancel perhaps being added to a small Saxon church.

Lastly, a personal favourite: the tiny church of St John at Farley Chamberlayne, in deep rural isolation northwest of Hursley. It can seat only about 70 people, and apart from some fine monuments to the great and good, it is fairly basic. It is also charming.

In complete contrast, nothing prepares you for the Georgian church of All Saints in Minstead, in the New Forest . Viewed from the lychgate, the church could be mistaken for cottages, but for the later brick tower. Stepping inside reveals an interior almost like a house. There were once three large private pews for the comfort of the parish’s gentry. They even had their own fireplaces. The Saxon church of St Swithun at Headbourne Worthy has a lovely setting, in a grass plot with a stream, and a churchyard not overcrowded with tombstones. Its most important feature is a C 11 carving of the crucifixion on what was originally the outside west wall, now protected

Every visit to a new church is exciting. Be warned, though, about the bane of the church explorer: the locked church. In theory there may be a telephone number or an address from which the key can be obtained. But I’ve seldom found that to be true, so if a church is locked I simply move on. But let’s assume that you find the door unlocked and are savouring the atmosphere of a church that is new to you. My advice would be not to worry too much about historical identifications but to enjoy the entirety. Most churches have a booklet on sale that will help you learn about what you see. Finally, if you possibly can, do leave a donation in the box in the wall. The cost of maintaining our churches is frightening, and they are a unique part of our heritage. Think of your greatgreat-grandchildren. How tragic if they were never to see an English country church.

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Southampton area. Roy had fitted contact lenses to an incredible 15,000+ Southampton people.

If you suffer from myopia – short sightedness – you will almost certainly have tried contact lenses at some point. They really are a revolution for so many people, giving you normal sight, with better peripheral vision than glasses offer and none of the problems such as steaming up or dirt. Certainly if you do any sort of sport, you probably couldn’t imagine life without them. But you are putting something directly in your eye, so the fit and care of your lenses is a really important part of using them.

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Roy Hampson, acknowledged as one of the globally acclaimed group of British contact lens pioneers, began fitting contact lenses in Southampton when he opened the first Optique practice in Bedford Place early in 1985. Other practices in Bitterne and Totton soon followed and by the time he sold the business in 2010, Optique had grown to six practices all in the

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Short Story The Easter Egg Hunt Valerie waved as her daughter’s car pulled off the drive, leaving her with two pink overnight bags and a list of instructions which she knew she would ignore. In the lounge her granddaughters were pulling cushions off the sofa in search of the remote control. “Margot, Bonny”, she called, “Mummy said no TV”. The girls drooped visibly. “Well, maybe later, but first”, she clapped her hands, “how about an Easter egg hunt?” No chocolate had been second on the list. The girls excitedly pulled on their coats. “Here’s a basket each”. She opened the back door. “Let’s see what we can find”. Les, Valerie’s neighbour, appeared at the fence wearing a monocle and a fez. “Hello Uncle Les”, Margot called. “Like your funny glasses”. “I have a wobbly tooth”, Bonny added. “Excellent.” Les replied. “Enjoy the hunt”. The girls had keen eyes and soon found all the chocolate eggs hidden in the flower beds. “Look Grandma”, Margot called from the vegetable patch. Valerie was just as amazed as her granddaughters to see a giant bean stalk. It was eight feet tall and made out of papier-mâché. “I wonder how that got there?” Valerie asked. “This must be where Jack planted his magic beans”, Margot said with authority. “Look!” Bonny pointed under the rhubarb leaves. “A golden egg.” “The giant’s goose laid it”, Margot announced as the girls rolled the egg onto the path. Something else glinted in the soil. The girls knelt down and began to dig, unearthing a pile of golden chocolate coins. “The giant’s treasure”, Margot whispered. The girls hurriedly filled their baskets, concerned that the giant might make an appearance. “Can we go inside and eat our chocolate Grandma?” The girls chimed together. “Pretty please?” “Of course”, Valerie laughed. “Make sure you wipe the soil off first”. “Thanks Grandma”. Bonny popped a coin into

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Valerie’s pocket and dashed after Margot into the house. In the kitchen Valerie switched the kettle on. Summoned by the sound like a genie in a lamp, Les appeared at the back door. “East egg hunt was a success I take it?” he asked, settling himself down at the kitchen table and removing his fez. “Thanks to you”, Valerie smiled. “You’re welcome darling”. Les made a bow. “Those props from the pantomime were just gathering dust in my shed. I thought they might spice things up”. Valerie put two mugs of coffee on the table. “They certainly did. Your beanstalk, golden egg and coins mixed with a child’s imagination; what could be better?” Les’s monocle popped out. “I didn’t plant any coins”. They exchanged quizzical glances and Valerie fished the coin out of her pocket. Les wiped the soil from it. “My dear”, he held it up to the light. “This is a real gold coin, possibly Roman”. Valerie took the coin. It was heavy and gleamed as though it had been minted yesterday. “How many did the girls find?” Les asked. “I don’t know”, Valerie said feeling excited. “A dozen?” “And where are they now?” A sharp cry of pain shook the walls and made Valerie and Les jump. They searched for the girls and found them behind the sofa with their baskets. Margot had her arm around Bonny who had tears rolling down her cheeks. In her palm Bonny held something tiny and white. “She couldn’t get the foil off the coin so she bit it”, Margot explained calmly. “And now her wobbly tooth’s fallen out”. “Do you think the tooth fairy will come to your house Grandma?” Bonny sobbed. “My dear”, Les exclaimed. “I’d say she’s already been”. By Jackie Brewster

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Town Planning By Ted Bruning Come April, the start of the new financial year, and everything goes up. Including, in many towns across the country, the price of parking. Well, you may say, these are hard times and local councils have to fund their activities somehow. But the cost of town-centre parking is more than just a nuisance: it’s slow poison for high street retailers whether they’re independent or branches of national chains. Town-centre planning is an incredibly abstruse art with an infinite number of variables and nobody, not even the professionals, really knows what works and what doesn’t. A new supermarket in a Hampshire high street – was it responsible for killing off the independent traders, or did it increase footfall and keep them on life-support, allowing them to absorb high rents for a few years longer? A new Waitrose in a Cambridgeshire town centre: yes, the butcher and the greengrocer couldn’t compete, but on the other hand an independent wine merchant set up shop directly opposite because Waitrose people are his people too, and as a specialist he feels he can do the job better. These two examples give just a hint of the complexities involved. But there’s one constant that separates all high street retailers whether chain or independent from all out-of-town retailers: free parking. And it’s not just Tesco and B&Q that have moved out of town centres and settled in car parks the size of small farms: why are franchises like Fired Earth and Cotton Traders generally sited in garden centres and farmyard malls? Plenty of free parking! A case in point: Beers of Europe is located in an old grainstore down a track outside King’s Lynn. It has unlimited parking. Shoppers can, and do, fill the boots of their cars with beer, and Beers of Europe is

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thriving. But town-centre beer shops in Bury St Edmunds and Lincoln went under because the most a customer could physically carry away was five or six bottles. And it’s worth remarking that nearly all of the spectacular retail collapses of recent years – Woolworth’s, HMV, Clinton Cards – were primarily high street operators. Campaigns to ‘shop local’ are commonplace, but convenience is the order of the day. If in-town parking has limited availability and means shoppers must carry loose change, and may have to cut their shopping trip short for fear of a hefty fine, they will vote with their tyres and head straight to the big free car parks. Persuading local councillors who need income that providing plentiful free parking is in their interest is a very hard sell. But a high street populated with charity shops isn’t good for the council either. Charity shops don’t pay business rates and they rely on volunteers: they don’t hire unemployed people whose housing benefit is funded by the council. Surely carting all the unpopular and inconvenient pay-and-display meters off to the scrapyard is a measure that would encourage local shopping. The trouble is that so many town-centre independents have already gone to the wall that their political voice is very feeble. Many towns no longer even have a chamber of trade. One answer to that would be to persuade the high street chains – Iceland, Boots, M&S Food, Costa etc – to permit and indeed encourage their store managers to get involved. A chamber of trade that represented more than just the last independent optician and the last independent jeweller would be an energetic and influential lobby group that local councils would have to listen to.

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Homestyle Lettings now ‘open’ for business in Winchester... AlAn elliott (pictured above) is excited to announce Homestyle Lettings services to residents of Winchester.  He is keen to match the waiting list of tenants to prospective landlords.

Homestyle Lettings is conveniently located in Chandlers Ford and so can service all three areas efficiently; Chandlers Ford, Romsey and now Winchester. “The need for rental properties is increasing as it’s more difficult to secure a mortgage for young couples, families and professionals alike.” comments Alan. Unlike

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useful tips • Keep the colours in the property neutral. • A well maintained garden • Keep furnishings as contemporary as possible. • Check for any grouting issues in places such as the bathroom.  • If the property is a flat with a communal entrance and hallway, make sure that for the benefit of all tenants that this area is kept tidy and clear of debris. • Double glazing and gas central heating is another popular feature amongst prospective tenants. • In general, try to find and rectify any damages around the property that can be easily seen or experienced. • Have any insurances, guarantees, product warranties etc to hand.

What to expect from a lettings Agent Allowing strangers to live in your home, even if it’s a ‘buy to let’ is an important move and you should choose your agent wisely and not just base your choice on price. Every good agent should provide a market rental valuation,  take pictures for you and prepare high quality marketing material.  They should propose and state clearly what marketing will be carried out on your behalf if required.  The agent should advise on how to prepare your property for rental, where appropriate.  Always ask how prospective tenants (and guarantors) are vetted.  Ask to see the application forms and samples of tenancy agreements, insurances etc.

• The Agent is happy to do the inventory.

If you are thinking about letting your property and have not done it before then there are some useful tips from Alan who says  “Being well prepared will not only get you a higher rent but it sets the scene for a “the need for rental good tenancy.” properties is increasing as it’s first Hand more difficult to experience secure a mortgage Alan is a landlord himfor young couples, self and so has first families and hand experience of professionals alike.” letting, the dangers and Alan Elliott the importance of good

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quality agency services.  “There is a lot involved in letting from the legal aspects to the customer services and in our view, inexperienced agents and lack of attention cause most of the avoidable problems.”

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Porsche Cayenne GTS You want a 911, but need more space and would rather have the commanding view of the road a 4x4 offers. Is the Porsche Cayenne the answer? We find out… What is it?

It’s a Cayenne – Porsche’s roughty toughty off-roader – but one that’s had a dose of steroids and some glitter liberally applied to its bodywork. Slotting into the range between the V8 S and the Turbo, the GTS comes with more focus and power and some distinctive styling options.

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A rather raucous 4.8-litre V8 that’s been uprated from 394bhp to 414bhp and boasts 515Nm of torque. Performance is far from the Turbo’s though; the GTS will hit 60mph in 5.7s and go on to 162mph. It sounds pretty special getting there though! Everything else has been on the sharpening block – the steering is crisper, the eight-speed gearbox shifts quicker, and the lowered ride height gives it an added edge on the road.

What’s the kit like?

Is it any good?

Although it’s incredibly quick and sounds tremendous, it can feel a little bit stressed out at times. By that we mean it feels on edge, twitchy even – perhaps the added sharpness has given it a little too much bite. However, there’s no doubting it has real presence on the road – it’s just the styling might not suit all tastes.

The verdict

We like the GTS treatment given to most Porsches. The 997 911 really benefitted from the work over, and the Panamera GTS we tried after this Cayenne worked fantastically well too. However, the off-roader doesn’t feel quite right in this guise. It’s quick and sounds incredible, but feels like it’s pretending to be something that it’s not.

The Knowledge

Pretty impressive, but like all Porsches you’ll soon rack up Ford Fiesta-sized bills on the options. A communications pack costs £2,157, 21-inch black alloys are £1,513 and even the red paint will set you back £1,619. Our test car had a total of £13,760 worth of goodies…ouch.

Model: Porsche Cayenne GTS

Any rivals?

Max speed: 162mph

The ageing Range Rover Sport puts up a pretty good fight, but we’ve never tried a Rangie that sounds as good as this GTS. Audi will soon be at the party with its SQ models, but that’s yet to be applied to its Q7. For a left field there’s always the Infiniti Vettel Edition, but that’s very expensive in comparison. So, not much choice out there at the moment.

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Price: £67,147 Engine: 4.8-litre, petrol Power: 414bhp, 515Nm 0-60mph: 5.7s MPG (comb’d): 26.4 Emissions: 251g/km by James Baggott, editor of Car Dealer Magazine (CarDealerMag.co.uk)

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useful numbers DOCTORS NUMBERS NHS Direct (24 hour Help line) 0845 46 47 St Clements Surgery, Tanner Street 01962 852211 Springvale Surgery, 40 Pound Rd, Kings Worthy 01962 882957 The Friarsgate Practice 0844 4770947 St Paul’s Medical Practice, Alison Way 01962 853599 Badger Farm Surgery, Badger Farm Road 01962 877222 Gratton Doctors Surgery, Sutton Scotney 01962 760394 CHEMIST NUMBERS Springvale Pharmacy 18 Fraser Road, Kingsworthy, SO23 7PJ Boots the Chemist 35-38 High Street, SO23 9BL. Lloyds Pharmacy St Paul’s Surgery, Alison Way, Clifton Terrace, SO22 6EW. Local Boots Pharmacy Unit 1, Stockbridge Road, Weeke, SO22 6EL. Sainsbury’s Pharmacy Unit 3, Sainsbury’s Complex, Badger Farm, SO22 4QB. Different to shop opening times Lloyds Pharmacy 155 High Street, SO23 9BA. Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd Silver Hill, SO23 8AE.

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RECYCLING CENTRES www.integra.org.uk/recycling Bar End, Winchester 01962 868523 Open daily 8am-7pm (April - Sept), 8am-4pm (Oct - March) LIBRARIES http://www.hants.gov.uk/library/ Winchester Lending Library: 0845 6035631 Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry St, SO23 8RX, Opening Times: Mon - Fri 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm www.discoverycentres.co.uk/winchester Stanmore Library: 0845 6035631 Wavell Way, Stanmore, SO22 4EH Opening Times: Mon 2pm-5pm, Tue Closed, Wed & Fri 5.30pm-7pm, Thur 2pm-5pm, Sat & Sun Closed SCHOOL HOLIDAYS http://www.hants.gov.uk/education/schools/holidays.php Summer Term Half Term: Mon 27/5/13 – Fri 31/5/13 Summer: Wed 24/7/13 - Mon 2/9/13 Autumn Term Half Term: Mon 28/10/13 - Fri 1/11/13 Christmas: Mon 23/12/13 - Fri 3/1/14

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SCHOOL NUMBERS All Saints Church Of England Primary School 01962 853179 Compton All Saints' Church Of England Primary School 01962 712035 Harestock Primary School 01962 881026 Henry Beaufort School 01962 880073 Itchen Abbas Primary School 01962 779310 Kings Worthy Primary School 01962 881410 Kings' School 01962 861161 Lanterns Nursery School and Children's Centre 01962 860393 Micheldever Church Of England Primary School 01962 774213 Oliver's Battery Primary School 01962 869496 Osborne School 01962 854537 Peter Simmonds College 01962 857500 Shepherds Down Special School 01962 713445 South Wonston Primary School 01962 881311 St Bede Church Of England Primary School 01962 852463 St Faith's C E Primary School 01962 854934 St Peter's Catholic Voluntary Aided Primary School, Winchester 01962 852820 Stanmore Primary School 01962 852941 Weeke Primary School 01962 882710 Western Church Of England Primary School 01962 852591 Westgate School, The 01962 854757 Winnall Primary School 01962 853889 USEFUL CONTACTS Hampshire County Council Winchester City Council Planning Applications Refuse Street Lighting Highways & Traffic Police (routine inquiries) Royal Hants County Hospital Dial-a-Ride Shopmobility Steve Brine MP 9 Stockbridge Rd, Winchester, SO22 6RN steve.brine.mp@parliament.uk

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EMERGENCIES Police, Fire or Ambulance Services 999 Police (Incident Reports) 0845 045 45 45 Portsmouth Water - Fresh Water Supply 02392 499888 Portsmouth Water - Leaks to Report (Out of hours 24hr) 02392 477999 Southern Water - Sewage 0845 272 0845 Southern Water - Tech Support 0845 278 0845 Gas – National Grid (If you smell gas,call us immediately) 0800 111 999 Electricity 0845 7708090

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Supermarket Opening Hours Waitrose Stockbridge Rd 01962 868544 Co-op Stoney Lane 01962 865610 Sainsburys Middlebrook St 01962 861792 Sainsburys Badger Farm 01962 867896 Tesco - Express Harestock 0845 0269052 Tesco Easton Lane 0845 6779723 Tesco - Express Kingsworthy 0845 6779723

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what’s 12 CHRISTCHURCH ROAD – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 22 – 24 Mar, 2pm – 6pm 12 Christchurch Road, SO23 9SR Small town garden with strong design enhanced by exuberant and vertical planting. Adults £2.50, children free. Contact 01962 854272 EGGS MARK THE SPOT 29 Mar and 1 Apr, 10am – 5pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, Mottisfont, SO51 0LP Complete the trail to win your chocolate egg! Appropriate footwear needed. Collect trail sheet in the Stable Block. £2 per trail. 01794 344020. EASTER BUNNY AND CHICK WEEKEND 29 Mar – 1 Apr, 9.30am – 4pm Sparsholt College Hampshire, Westley Lane, SO21 2NF An ‘egg-stravaganza’ of fun-filled events and activities that’ll be ‘egg-cellent’ fun for everyone in the family! Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Refreshments available. Free Parking. Sorry, no dogs except assistance dogs. 9.30am – 4pm. Family tickets £15, Adults £5, Children £3.50. Contact 01962 776441 or catharine.potter@ sparsholt.ac.uk EGGCITING FUN 29 Mar – 14 Apr, 12pm – 4pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH Can you complete our Easter Egg

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Hunt around the park? Details from the Kiosk in Barnfield. Free. Contact 01489 787055 BERNIE BUNNY’S EASTER TRAIL 30 Mar – 14 Apr, 10am – 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Help Bernie the bunny find some flowers to give to his mum for Easter. Complete this self-guided trail to win a prize. £1.50 per trail. Contact 02380 455157. WHOSE STORY IS IT ANYWAY? 30 Mar, 2pm Heritage Visitor Centre, Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Celebrating the power of human imagination, turning suggestions from the young audience into stories and scenes full of action and adventure. 5+. £5. 02380 455157 CRAFTY IDEAS FOR EASTER 1–4 Apr, 8–11 Apr, 10am – 3pm Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA Choose your favourite(s) from a selection of craft packs in the shop and put your crafty skills to work in the Empire Room. Refreshments available. Packs from £1. Contact 02380 455157. LITTLE COURT OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 1 Apr, 2pm – 5pm Little Court, Crawley, SO21 2PU A tranquil country garden spectacular in spring, with

carpets of bulbs, hellebores and snowdrops. Fun for children with tree house, swings and alpacas. Adults £4, Children free. 01962 776365. BIG EGG AND SPOON RACE 1 Apr, 12,30pm Mottisfont House and Gardens, Mottisfont, SO51 0LP Join us as we join in the National Egg and Spoon Race on Easter Monday! Line up at the start and see if you can go the complete assault course without dropping your egg! Don’t forget to bring your spoon! NEWTOWN EASTER EGG HUNT 3 Apr, 11.30am - 3pm West Walk, Hundred Acres Road, Newton, PO17 6JD Find 10 coloured eggs around a circular walk. Refreshments, lucky dip, face painting and a toy sale. £2.50 per child including chocolate. 01329 833 017. BARBARELLA 4 Apr, 7.30pm Winchester Discovery Centre, SO23 8SB Kinky, kitch, funny and unforgettable, and that's just the opening credits. Barbarella is a wildly inventive and gloriously absurd trip into the year 40,000 which baffled audiences and critics on release but has since become a much loved cult classic. SFX Cert 15 £5.

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ALRESFORD ART AND CRAFT SHOW 6 Apr, 10am – 4.30pm Alresford Community Centre, West Street, SO24 9AG Crafts will include silk flowers, stained and leaded glasswork, beaded jewellery, pottery, turned woodwork, textiles and hand made notebooks, bespoke handcrafted cards, photography, cakes and chocolates, original watercolours and handcrafted memory books. Contact 01252 724968. DOWER HOUSE OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS 7 Apr, 2.30pm – 5.00pm The Dower House, SO23 7LD 5 ½ acres with easy paths, numerous seats, good views, colourful perennials, shrubs and mature trees. Adults £3.50, Children free. GIRLS’ NIGHT IN 11 Apr, 7.30pm Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, SO23 8SB An evening of book related banter is on offer where three leading ladies of fiction celebrate the perfect escape - through reading. £5. 01962 873603 to book tickets. EASTER HOLIDAY FUN Fri 12 – Sun 14 Apr, 10am – 5pm Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH Spring time down on the farm, come and meet our new arrivals,


DIS COV ER WHAT’S ON have a go at our Easter trail and join in with our exciting daily activities. Normal farm admission price. Contact 01489 787055. RAMBLERS GROUP WALK 13 April, 2pm Starting point Grid Ref: SU432206 Hampshire SO53 4SE Linear walk , Chandler's Ford Station to Romsey via Emer Bog board walk and Baddesley Common Nature Reserve, 7 miles. An interesting walk crossing Emer Bog Nature Reserve on a long board walk and then Baddesley Common (the original northern gateway to the New Forest) nature reserve. Start at Chandler's Ford Railway Station, plenty of free parking, bus or train back from Romsey. Rob - 01794 512999. Most walks for members but non-members are welcome to join us as guests on two or three walks to try it out. HAMPSHIRE OPEN GARDENS 13 & 14 Apr 1pm to 5pm Swanmore For several years Swanmore has been throwing open many of its beautiful gardens to the public. We aim for 15 different gardens with 10 open on any one day from small cottage gems to large country house gardens. Cost includes parking and the use of a hop-on-hop-off. Refreshments, homemade cakes, plants are on sale. Typical routes for walkers and cyclists are 3-4 miles and walkers can use many footpaths to avoid roads. Follow the OPEN GARDENS direction arrows, Tickets from 12:30 at The Paterson Centre SO32 2PA . £6 per adult or £10 for weekend ticket Accompanied children (under 15) free. Enquiries: 01489-892750 or jsharpe@talktalk. net. stbarnabas.org.uk COME AND TRY IT ORIENTEERING EVENT 13 Apr, 10am – 12.30pm The Gregg School, SO18 2GF Ideal for families, beginners and the more experienced orienteers.

Coaching and guidance available. Adults £4, Juniors £2. 07570 627716. COUNTRY EXPERIENCE DAY 14 Apr 10am - 4pm Meon Springs, Whitewool Farm, East Meon, Petersfield, GU32 1HW Bring the family for a day out in the country. Have a go at Fly Fishing, Clay Shooting, Archery and Air Rifles. Visit the working farm, ride a tractor and a pony and see the cows being milked. View our Yurt Village, available for luxury camping holidays over the Summer and learn from a range of demonstrations and workshops Farming, Dog Training, Fly Fishing. Dogs & Children welcome £5.00 per adult - Children Free. www. meonsprings.com/country-day CHARITY THAI BANQUET IN AID OF SMILE4WESSEX APPEAL 18 Apr, 7pm – 11pm Kuti’s Royal Thai Pier, Gate House, Town Quay, SO14 2AQ A fabulous Thai Banquet to celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, and to raise funds for the Smile4Wessex Children's Neurosciences Centre Appeal. Tickets £19.95. Contact 023 8079 8882 or info@smile4wessex.org. HOLYWELL HOUSE BLUEBELL WALK FOR CANINE PARTNERS 20 Apr, 10am and 11.30am Holywell House, Swanmore, SO32 2QE Walks are 2-3 miles long. Free parking on site. BBQ, children’s quiz, cake sale, plant stall and merchandise. £6 adults, £2 child, £14 family. Libby Rome on 01730 716 013 or libbyr@caninepartners. org.uk. DOG’S DAY OUT 20 Apr 2pm to 4pm Royal Victoria Country Park SO31 5GA How clever is your dog? Bring him/her along to our Obedience

Olympics and/or have a go at our agility course! Plus a selection of stalls and activities for all dog lovers. Free entry – but please register your dog, in advance, if you want to enter the competition. www3.hants.gov.uk/rvcp FREE WEEKEND AT MOTTISFONT HOUSE 20 – 21 Apr Mottisfont House and Gardens, SO51 0LP Free entry for all this weekend! Visit us and learn about the conservation work we do here. WINCHESTER ART & DESIGNLED CRAFT MARKET 21 Apr, 10am – 4pm High Street, Winchester Over 70 stalls offering, paintings, illustrations, prints, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, leatherwork, vintage and more. Free admission and parking. Contact Jackie Edwards 07515797878 or www. artdesignmarket.co.uk WINCHESTER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 25 – 28 Apr Winchester Discover Centre, SO23 8SB Four-day celebration of chamber music and song with the acclaimed London Bridge Ensemble and this year features special guests awardwinning violinist Esther Hoppe, violinist/violist Krzysztof Chorzelski of the Belcea Quartet, and renowned cellist Richard Lester. www.winchesterchambermusic. com DENMEAD BRASS SPRING CONCERT 27 Apr 7:30pm Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville PO8 8RG Denmead Brass have another of their popular concerts on Saturday 27 April 2013, 7.30pm at Hart Plain Church, Hart Plain Avenue, Waterlooville. A traditional brass band with strong community links

the concert will have something for everyone in the programme. Tickets £7.50 (concessions £5) available on the door or in advance from Sarah on 07776 420535 www.denmeadbrass.org.uk BRAMDEAN & HINTON AMPNER WI TABLE TOP SALE 27 Apr, 2pm – 4pm Bramdean Village Hall, SO24 0JN Local groups and craftspeople will be selling their wares. Tea and delicious homemade cakes served by the local WI. Free admission. THE COTTAGE – OPEN GARDEN FOR NGS Sun 5, Mon 6, Sat 11, Sun 12 May (2-6). The Cottage, Chandler’s Ford Hampshire 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. New planting, osmunda, ponds, quiz for children, rhododendrons, sun and shade, trilliums, unusual plants, viburnums, wildlife areas, exuberant foliage, yr-round interest, zantedeschia. £3, Children free. 02380 254521. Visitors welcome by appointment Apr to May. Open for charity.

WHERE TO LOOK FOR MORE WHAT’S ON: www.visit-hampshire.co.uk www.hants.gov.uk/events.htm http://www.southampton. gov.uk/news-events/events/ home.asp www.wherecanwego.com

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