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Inside Discover Meon Valley
Butcher Wins Award A Guide to Local
Easter Egg Hunts Create A Home with Character
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Plus What’s On, Puzzles and Local News
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This year’s Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition attracted an impressive 201 entries from 38 butchers, one being your local butcher, Grovers who proudly won Young Sausage Maker 2017. Other categories were Hampshire Sausage, Hot Pie, Traditional Pork Pie, Black Pudding, Meatballs and Faggots, Charcuterie and Speciality Pork Sausage. Frankie Hale age 21 from Grover Butchers says “I entered two years ago and didn’t win but I listened to the judges feedback and that’s helped me win this time. Having the award up in the shop is a great talking point with customers. I love my job, from talking to customers to the skilfully breaking down a carcass into cuts.”
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IT’S OFFICIAL! GROVER BUTCHER IS BEST FOR SAUSAGES! The coveted prize, Supreme Champion 2017 went to LJ Smith Butchers located in Riverside, Eastleigh. If you are meatball and faggot fan, take note of first time entrant Pete Williamson of The Hog Shack in Bishopstoke who came top in that category.
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A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A REST For the last five years of publishing Discover Meon Valley, Tania has edited this edition. Tania and I manage 12 Discover magazines between us (see page 55 for details) and we thought it was time for a little swap around so you’ve got me now (for the next five years, god willing!). You won’t notice any great changes but one thing I prefer to do is include as much What’s On as I can and this means spreading the net a little wider than the boundaries of the Meon Valley area. We are blessed with a great road network that means we can get from Wickham to Winchester in just half an hour so this edition’s What’s On includes events a little further afield; Stockbridge, Romsey, Totton, Winchester and to make it easy I’ve circled the local ones for you!
We welcome anyone in the community with a piece of news or story to tell to contact us and we’ll do our best to include it in the next issue. Your free copy of Discover is only made possible because of our advertisers and nobody “reads” the Yellow Pages so we do our best to provide a regular, enjoyable read that benefits our advertisers, too. So, next time you need a handyman, a plumber or solicitor have a look at the index at the back and take your pick! Your next Discover is the June/July issue so look out for it in the post! Copy deadline: 10 May
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What's On AMPFIELD MARKET 1 Apr, 10-12pm Ampfield Village Hall SO51 9BJ 1st Saturday of the month excluding January, February, July and August CATS PROTECTION EASTER FAYRE 1 Apr, 1.30-3.30pm St Mary’s Parish Centre, Green Road, Alverstoke PO12 2ET QUIZ NIGHT 1 Apr, 7pm Fair Oak Village Hall SO50 7EJ £6 inc light supper 02380 602282 THE NEW FOREST PAINTERS SPRING EXHIBITION
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CRAFT FAIR AT BURSLEDON BRICKWORKS 2 Apr, 11-4pm Swanwick Lane SO31 7HB RNLI TALK 4 Apr, 7pm to 9pm The Cable Works, 83 Tinning Way, Eastleigh SO50 9QH £5 fee. 02380 610591 THE SECRET GARDENS OF HAMPSHIRE 6 Apr, 7.30pm St Andrew’s Centre, Beaulieu Rd, Dibden Purlieu Talk and slide show. 02380 842006 WILDLIFE TOTS 9 Mar, 9.30am to 11am Winnall Moors Nature Reserve, Durngate Place, Winchester SO23 8DX Wildlife themed outdoor activities for pre-school children. £4 per child. SOUTHAMPTON PUNK FESTIVAL 8 Apr, 2pm (Over 14s Only) Engine Rooms, Southampton, Hampshire SO15 1GZ www.gigantic.com
LOCKS HEATH TEDDY BEAR FAIR 8 Apr, 10am to 4pm Main Hall, Lockswood Community Centre SO30 6DX CLAY OVEN BUILDING 8 Apr, 9.30am to 4pm Sustainability Centre, East Meon GU32 1HR Learn the techniques to build a clay oven. (B) 01730 823166 EASTER CELEBRATION CHOCOLATE MAKING WORKSHOP 8 Apr, 10-12.30pm Unit 1, Upton Park Farm, Old Alresford SO24 9EB Create your own unique handmade Easter Egg. 01962 732731 EASTER EGGSERCISE TRAIL Royal Victoria Country Park 8-23 Apr, 10:00am Self-guided trail around the Park, with aim of completing the challenges set at each point along the way. Prize at the end £2/trail
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Sunday 4th June (B) = Booking Essential TREECLIMBING FOR KIDS 10 Apr Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield SO51 0QA Over 6s. 01794 369318 STORYTELLING FESTIVAL 10-22nd April The Berry Theatre, Hedge End Creative writing workshops for all ages, covering topics such as adapting for stage, video games and songwriting, with MA students from Winchester University reciting their work on the opening night. 023 8065 2333 CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES - FLY INTO SPRING! 11 Apr, 10.30am to 11.30am Elson Library, 136 Chantry Rd, Elson, Gosport PO12 4NG Make objects that flutter and fly! 4 – 8 years (B) 023 9252 4608 POND DIPPING 11, 13, 18, 20 Apr Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey SO51 0QA Can you find diving beetles, nimble pond skaters and slimy snails?
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My yellowing report slipped from my grasp. “Nothing.”
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My school report from 1983. English - Tom is an inquisitive boy who unfortunately is easily distracted, he -” “Tom what are you doing?”
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“Well that’s fine, but that pair is odd and those are mine. And what have you done in my wardrobe?” Sarah’s face told me my attempts at reorganising had not achieved the desired effect. Tutting and muttering, Sarah began the task of undoing all my good work. Opening another draw she closed her eyes and hissed -”Tom, just, just leave everything to me and go and clean the bathroom. You can’t do much damage in there surely!” An hour later I limped gingerly downstairs to find Sarah sipping coffee whilst flicking through Good Housekeeping. “Tom are you ok ? Have you been crying?” “No. By the way, have you ever mistaken Flash disposable bathroom cleaning cloths for Andrex moist toilet tissues?” “No. Why?” “Oh, no reason.” “Well you’ve done very well today. Come and snuggle down next to me.” “If it’s all the same to you dear, I’ll stand.”
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“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.”
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