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A BIG “HI” TO FOODIES OUT THERE! Food Festivals come in all shapes and sizes these days. Highcliffe on Sea’s food festival started in 2015 and has grown and grown and will now encompass the main shopping area in the Lymington Road part of Highcliffe as well as sweeping down to the dramatic and stunning Isle of Wight Needles view enjoyed by the clifftop and through to the famous Highcliffe Castle. Now in it’s third year, this year’s event to be held on Saturday 20th May and Sunday 21st May promises to be bigger and better than ever. The event runs from 10.00 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. Kicking off events, on the Saturday, Lesley Waters, a former chef and cookery demonstrator, will be joining the festival. Lesley’s lively personality makes her a very popular television cook. Lesley will also be hosting a lunch at The popular Cliffhanger/Eatery on the Cliff as well as demonstrating in the “Food Hub” of the Methodist Church on Lymington Road. You can also expect to see Food demonstrations from a variety of local chefs including Luke Matthews (Chewton Glen), Kerry Witt (Chocolates by Miss Witt), Jennifer Williams and Manuel Salomon (head Chef at the Cliffhanger Eatery on the Cliff ) as well as Colin Nash from The Three Tuns in
Bransgore, Marc Carella who is the Head Chef at Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Ian Gibbs the Head Chef of the Urban Guild Group. Alongside these lofty chefs they have lots going on in the high street and surrounds so it’s a great day out for everyone, not just foodies! There will be entertainment for children with over 50 music acts up and down the street and down to the cliff top plus cocktail masterclasses by Gin Monocle, Japanese tea-tasting ceremonies and a demonstration of how to make delicious marshmallow pots and chocolate lollipops. The word Revival could not be more poignant right now. With new builds and new energy coming to Highcliffe, now is a great time to celebrate Spring in the beautiful area we live. The Food Festival brings valuable footfall to all retailers, too. For more information go to www.thehighclifferevivalfoodfestival.co.uk or join the facebook page highclifferevivalfoodfestival. 3
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We did a survey recently about how our readers use Discover Magazine and the most popular feature was the What’s On listing. We spend a lot of time researching forthcoming events from the local table top sale to the larger events like countryside shows. To date, I’ve focussed on including events local to Hythe & Lyndhurst. We are blessed with a great road network that means we can get from Hythe to Winchester in 35 minutes (given a clear A326!) so this edition’s What’s On includes events a little further afield; Stockbridge, Romsey, Wickham, Winchester and to make it easy I’ve circled the local ones for you!
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THE NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME The National Garden Scheme is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country ((The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities), donating over £50 million so far. NGS helps garden owners open their beautiful gardens to the public, sharing their passion and raising impressive amounts of money through entry fees, teas and slices of cake. Children are free. OAKLANDS £5 28 May, 4 June 2-5pm Brook, Bramshaw SO43 7HD In an elevated position overlooking paddocks and the forest, surrounded by a cottage style garden with mixed borders. Climbers, roses, wisteria and clematis abound, The vegetable garden, fruit cage and orchard provide produce year-round. ATHELING VILLAS £3 27, 28, 29 May 2-5pm 16 Atheling Road, Hythe SO45 6BR Inspirational, imaginatively designed and comprehensively planted ⅓ acre Victorian villa garden. Meandering paths set amongst structural planting and delight in the flowering trees and shrubs (many rare), bulbs and herbaceous planting of this tranquil and welcoming garden.
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ST. JOHN’S LUNCH CLUB St John’s Hall, New Road, Hythe. Meet Weds, 12pm. Club for the retired. Two course meal inc. £4.50. 02380 844336
TOTTON BADMINTON CLUB Mondays, 5-7pm, West Totton Centre, Hazel Farm Road. If you are nifty fifty or older, come along. 02380 864528
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HYTHE & DIBDEN SOCIETY (HYADS) Wed, 10am Hythe Community Centre. Further info from 02380 845395 EVERGREENS CLUB St. John’s Hall, Hythe For people aged 60+ for a variety of talks and social activities. Call for dates 02380 891721
HEALTH & EXERCISE WATERSIDE CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE COFFEE MORNING Meets every month Please call for more details. 02381 780409 HYTHE & WATERSIDE DEMENTIA FRIENDLY GROUP Cornerstone Hythe URC Anyone interested in joining this newly formed group should call 02380 207623 NEW FOREST TINNITUS SUPPORT GROUP Meets regularly to provide support, advice and information as well as arranging social activities. Call 07894 701665 for info. LYMINGTON CARERS SUPPORT GROUP 1st Thursay of the month, 2pm Linden House, New Street. 0345 221122 TAEKWONDO FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN, & MARTIAL ARTS FITNESS Waterside Sports & Social Club (Esso Club), Holbury Contact master Colin Graves 6th Dan. colingraves36@ btinernet.com 07871 875254 LADIES WHO WALK A weekly walk around the Hollybank area of Hythe for local ladies. Gentle paced walk, a chat and a cup of tea afterwards. Call Barbara on 07932 610096 WATERSIDE TENNIS CLUB Waterside Sports & Social Club, Holbury. Tue & Fri afternoons, Sun morning, Mon, Wed, Fri evening. Coaching available. www.watersidetennis.co.uk FAWLEY SQUASH CLUB Thursdays, 6-9:30pm. 02380 891640 Jubilee Hall. Open to all.
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TIME FOR TEA By Catherine Rose Tea is enjoyed all over the world but the English adopted it as their own around four hundred years ago. Believed to have originated in Southern China, tea drinking dates back to around 3000 BC. However, it didn’t become popular in England until the 17th century, when it was made fashionable by King Charles II and his Portuguese wife Catherine de Braganza, who brought it over to the Royal court from her native country. Coffee houses had recently been established in London and the custom of tea drinking was quickly introduced. Samuel Pepys referred to it in his diary of 1660: ‘…I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before’. The coffee houses also sold loose leaf tea so that women, who did not frequent them, could enjoy it at home. It soon became popular for wives to host tea parties and invite their friends. Tea was very much the privilege of the wealthy. It was expensive to import and seen as a valuable commodity, kept locked inside ornate caddies. 38
Teapots, tea-cups and saucers were prized possessions and there were many different designs produced during this time. Because it was so expensive, the tea smuggling trade flourished. In 1785, following pressure from tea merchants, the government slashed the high import tax on tea, making it much more affordable to the masses. Thus, tea drinking grew in popularity among the working classes, sparking a debate about whether tea was bad for the health, causing ‘idleness’ and ‘melancholy’ amongst other things. Eventually, alcohol came to be viewed as the far greater evil and working class people were then encouraged to become ‘teetotal’. The concept of afternoon tea is a peculiarly English tradition but tea served with food was only introduced in the mid-19th century by Anna Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner, which in those days was traditionally served quite late in the evening. Soon friends were joining her for ‘afternoon tea’ at her home in Woburn Abbey and, thanks to her frequent trips to London, the custom grew to become a fashionable social event amongst the upper classes.
During the Victorian era, a wider selection of tea began to be imported from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and India. Tea rooms serving afternoon tea grew in popularity, especially among women, being one of the few places where they could meet without a chaperone. By the early 20th century, many establishments had expanded on the custom of a musician playing in the background and were holding tea dances in the afternoons. Today, tea has become an integral part of our daily routine and could be described as Britain’s national drink. Although invented in America in the early 20th century, the tea bag didn’t become popular in England until the 1970s, when it revolutionised our tea drinking habits and put fortune tellers who read tea leaves at the bottom of a cup into decline! Still considered a rather genteel English custom, today, sumptuous afternoon teas are served by many top hotels with a bewildering number of different tea blends on offer along with a ‘tea sommelier’ to help you choose. They are often booked up months ahead - a testament to tea’s enduring popularity.
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THE LAST OF THE WILD CHICKENS
BY JACKIE BREWSTER
Vinny burst through the door of the community centre. “You’ll never guess what’s on top of the bike shed!”
“I’m no Bill Oddie, but I think I know the difference,” he said. “Come and have a look if you don’t believe me.”
At the mention of the bike shed Eunice’s heart skipped a beat; had Vinny discovered her guilty secret?
Very reluctantly Eunice pulled on her anorak and followed Vinny to the bike shed. A fat brown bantam sat clucking on the flat roof admiring the view.
She’d been stacking chairs, assuming that all the members of her ‘Trimmer You!’ slimming club had departed. It had been a tough session. She’d had to be particularly strict with the group about avoiding the temptation of chocolate over the Bank Holiday weekend. There had been tears. Now Vinny was back, his ‘Trimmer of the Week’ rosette flapping in the breeze. “An actual chicken!” he continued breathlessly. “Sat there bold as brass.” Eunice stared at him, her mind racing. A chicken was not what she was expecting. “Don’t be daft,” she reasoned. “There’s no way a chicken could get up there - they can’t fly.” “Try telling that to this one,” Vinny laughed. “It’s probably just a pigeon,” Eunice said firmly, hoping this would be enough to make Vinny finally go home. 40
“I wonder where it’s come from,” Eunice said, her eyes searching the rest of the roof. “Someone round here must keep chickens.” “Perhaps it’s been living wild,” Vinny said. “A chicken wouldn’t last five minutes in the wild.” “Well they had to live in the wild originally,” Vinny answered. “This might be the last of the wild chickens.” “We’ll have to get it down,” Eunice said irritably, reminded, more than ever, how annoying Vinny could be. “We can’t lock up and leave it there. Can you reach up and grab it?” “I’m not sure.” Vinny looked worried. “I’ve never held a bird before.”
Eunice did not find this at all surprising. The bird ruﬄed her wings and stared at them indignantly. “Just grab her firmly around her sides,” Eunice said. “I’ll go and phone the caretaker to see if he knows who she belongs to.” Eunice went back into the community hall and paced up and down. She needed time to think. Within moments Vinny popped his head around the door. “Mystery solved!” he said cheerfully. “This lady walked into the car park and asked if I’d seen her chicken.” “Who was it?” Eunice hoped her ordeal was finally over. “Someone from the village,” Vinny said. “She said chickens can fly, they’re just not very good at it. Apparently this one’s always trying to escape.” “So it wasn’t a wild chicken then?” Eunice smirked.
“No, but I think it was a magic one. Look...” From behind his back Vinny produced a large Easter egg wrapped in pink foil. “It had rolled down the side of the shed. That chicken must have laid it.” Eunice stared first at Vinny in disbelief, and then at the incriminating confectionary. She had one last trick up her sleeve. “A chocolate egg laying chicken!” she gasped. “I’ve heard of them but I’ve never seen one in real life.” She held out her hand for the egg. “I’d better take care of that.” “What are you going to do with it?” Vinny whispered as though afraid to wake it. “Do you think it will hatch?” “Maybe,” Eunice said, “particularly if I take it home and put it somewhere nice and warm.” Which, in a roundabout way, had been Eunice’s plan for that egg all along.
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