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“A gentleman’s come in with a lost and found card for the window.” Carly was new to the job at the village newsagent, and felt as though she was constantly interrupting poor Frances with questions. “What should I say to him?” “Is he wearing a flat cap covered in badges?” Frances looked up from a pile of invoices. “Yes,” Carly said. “It keeps slipping over his eyes.” “That’s Mr Pemrose.” Frances took off her glasses and pushed back her chair. “I’ll be right there.” The gentleman in question was stood at the counter holding a crisp white postcard. He smiled at the sight of Frances. “I’m intrigued to hear what you’ve found this week, Mr Pemrose,” she said warmly. “I’m glad you asked,” he winked. “I found a cloud of starlings over Kirk’s Farm that looked, for a moment, like the ribbon on a birthday present.” “How wonderful,” Frances said taking the card from him. “Carly would you mind putting this in the window so that passers-by can see it?” Greatly puzzled, Carly took the neatly written card, and squeezed herself between the crisp boxes and the window to reach the lost and found display. “I’m afraid there are no spaces left. Are there any old cards that could be taken down?” “I’m sure there’s a few,” Frances said. “What do you think Mr Pemrose, shall we make some space?” “Oh yes.” The man chuckled as the hat again slipped over his eyes. “Maybe the one about the full moon that rolled up Copper Hill can go?” “Perhaps,” Frances said, “but has that snowy field you found that looked like candyfloss now been returned to its rightful owner?” “I’m sure someone must have claimed it by now,” Mr Pemrose said, turning cheerfully to Carly. “Can you 24
find it, dear?” Carly pulled each card out of its slot and read the descriptions. There were lost cats and bus passes, found cats and bus passes, and every now and then she recognised Mr Pemrose’s neat handwriting. These found things were strange. He’d found a cherry tree in full bloom in February, a double rainbow over the moor and the song of a thrush at midnight. Who could possibly have lost these things she wondered. Finally, she found a fading card about a field of candyfloss. “Would you like the old card back?” she asked, slipping the new card into the vacant slot. “You keep it,” he said, adjusting his hat while opening the door. With a ring of its bell he left. Carly dusted down her jeans. “Well I don’t know what he’s found,” she said, “but I strongly suspect he’s lost his marbles.” “Mr Pemrose is perfectly sane,” Frances laughed. “But why does he do it?” Carly asked. “No one has lost a flock of starlings, because they don’t belong to anyone, so how can he say that he’s found one?” “Because a year ago Mr Pemrose saw a card posted in our window which said ‘LOST – MY SENSE OF WONDER’,” Frances said. “Ever since then he’s been trying to reunite them with it.” “Weren’t you concerned for the person who posted it?” Carly worried. “Oh, no,” Frances laughed, “the card didn’t originally say that; condensation had made the ink run.” “So what did it really say?” Carly asked. “I can’t remember,” Frances frowned. “A lost umbrella maybe; nothing to lose any sleep over.” “Does Mr Pemrose know?” Carly asked. “If he does it hasn’t stopped him,” Frances smiled. “Besides, everyone likes to read his cards. We all mislay our sense of wonder occasionally.”
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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. 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 46
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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LOCAL CLUBS & GROUPS MUSIC, DANCE & DRAMA Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society Winchester Road, Romsey Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (RAODS) owns and operates the Plaza Theatre offering a different show every month. We welcome those interested in on/off stage roles. Email info@plazatheatre. com or call the Romsey Tourist Information Centre on 01794 512987 NOMADS music & 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. Come along or phone Rachel: 023 8049 8955 or Clare: 01794 523578 - for more information. Amateur Drama Group Every Tuesday Ritchie Memorial Hall, C/Ford. New members are always welcome, for both onstage and backstage roles. 0845 644 0496 or www.chameleontheatre.co.uk Rowan Scottish Country Dancers meet Mondays in term time from 7.45 - 10pm at St. Francis Hall, Nightingale Avenue, Eastleigh. All abilities welcome. Contact our secretary - Tom on 07929 252086 ROMSEY MALE VOICE CHOIR RMVC’s team of 60+ members, under its inspirational musical director Marion Maxey, share a passion for singing a wide repertoire of songs and performing for various charities. We rehearse on Monday evenings, usually at Romsey Baptist Church, from 7.30 pm-9.30. Do come along to a rehearsal to hear what we do. Visitors are always welcome. For more details visit www.romseymvc. co.uk or call 01794 513015. 58
LADIES CHOIR Wed evenings (term time), 7.30 to 9.30 p.m Chandler’s Ford Community Association Centre, Hursley Road (next to St Boniface Church) An ability to read music is not necessary and no auditions are required. We sing for fun and friendship. Come along to a meeting or 023 8025 3870
HEALTH & EXERCISE Meditation as a way of prayer Every Friday 11am to 12pm. An opportunity to explore & experience the stillness & silence of contemplative prayer. Wisdom Centre, Romsey, Hants SO51 8EL. 01794 830206. reception@ wisdomhouseromsey.co.uk. www. christian-meditation.org.uk ROMSEY ARTHRITIS HYDROTHERAPY Help soothe Arthritic joints, helping to relieve pain in the Hydrotherapy Pool. Join us as a member for £10 per year. Weekly sessions are subsidised. Transport is not available, but sessions are held locally. For further information contact Mrs Linda Hill 01794 323838 Hampshire and Wight Christian Walkers Like meeting new friends and enjoy walking? join us on Saturdays and midweek for walk of between 4 and 12 miles. www.hantswightwalk.org.uk ROMSEY HEARING CONCERN 2nd & 4th Tues of the month 2-4pm Appletree Centre, Romsey 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: Anne Gale on 02380735858, email@example.com
Romsey Breeze Bike Rides Regular, fun and free! Romsey-based bike-rides for women: introductory (5mile) or steady (12mile) rides. www.breezebikesrides.com, search Romsey under Find-a-ride or find us on Facebook. Or call Viv on 01794 368207. You must be confident with hand signals Romsey Cancer Support Centre Mon to Fri, 10am to 4:30pm Jane Scarth House, 39 The Hundred, Romsey SO51 8GE Free, practical and emotional support is offered to those dealing with the impact of a cancer diagnosis Professional counselling, meditation, Mindfulness, befriending, aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage and Reiki are all available to anyone living with cancer whether it is the person who is ill, their family or close friend. 01794 830374
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ELEANOR CONWAY’S WALK OF SHAME 28 Apr, 8pm Hanger Farm Arts Centre West Totton SO40 8FT Ferocious clubber and party girl Eleanor Conway has always been a woman of extremes; she partied around the world as a music journalist, ran off to Asia to work for the triads and Tinder’d her way through most of London. Now sober from alcohol and substances she’s failing to find moderation and meaning. A standup debut about sex, sobriety and Sambuca and the modern addict that lies within us
all. £10. 02380 667683. www.hangerfarm.co.uk DOWNTON CUCKOO FAIR 29 Apr Downton Village Green The Downton Cuckoo Fair offers fun for all the family including rural craft demonstrations, Punch and Judy, clowns, fairground stall and roundabouts in the Memorial Gardens and a farmers produce market. 2016 saw 250 craft and gift stands. Entertainment including maypole, Morris & traditional dancers, street entertainers, Downton Brass Band, and live music and jazz at The Bull and White Horse Inn. www.cuckoofair.co.uk ‘A KALEIDOSCOPE OF MUSIC’ 29 Apr, 7.30pm Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church A joint concert featuring Romsey Male Voice Choir and The Harmony Men from Jersey. In support of Eastleigh Child Contact Centre. Tickets £9.00 (in advance) available from 02380 739860, 02380 260128 or 02380 738966). £10 at the door on the night OPEN GARDEN (NGS) 29 & 30 Apr, 2-5pm The Island, Romsey SO51 0HP 6 acres either side of the R Test. Fine display of paeonies, wisteria
and spring flowering trees. Main garden has herbaceous and annual borders, fruit trees, rose pergola, lavender walk and extensive lawns. An arboretum planted in the 1930s by Sir Harold Hillier contains trees and shrubs providing interest throughout the yr. Admission £5, Children free. 01794 512100 COUNTRY FAIR 30 Apr to 1 May, 10am to 6pm Netley Marsh Showground SO40 7GY Action packed arena demonstrations and displays. Scurry racing, fun sheepdog and ducks, dare-devil stunts, falconry displays, games on horseback and working gundogs included. www.livingheritageevents.co.uk HISTORICAL TALK 3 May, 10:30am King John’s House, Church Street, Romsey, SO51 8BT Life and Death of Charles Moody - the last gunsmith and cutler of Moody’s Gunshop died in 1927 – the current Management Committee Chairman and local historian Barbara Burbridge shares her vast knowledge of Charles’ interesting life through a century of change. £2. 01794 512200 www.kingjohnshouse.org.uk AMPFIELD MARKET 6 May, 10-12pm Ampfield Village Hall SO51 9BJ Food and craft tables, fresh coffee and home-made cakes all morning. 02380 254587 PLANT SALE 6 May 10am-1pm Wellow Village Hall, West Wellow, SO51 6BR. Get ahead in the garden and on the allotment with quality plants at low prices from The National Vegetable Society sale. Free entry. 01725 512823 PLAY: DON’T GET YOUR VICARS IN A TWIST 9 to 13 May, 7:30pm Plaza Theatre, Romsey SO51 8JA Church Warden George Williams rents out the vicarage while waiting for a new vicar to be appointed. The booking is to a touring theatre company, who
are to stage a Murder Mystery weekend in which a female vicar and a bishop are among the cast. A new vicar is appointed before the theatre company arrives and then the real bishop decides to drop by...£13.00. www.plazatheatre.com LOVELY LILIES 10 May, 7.30pm Three Score Club, Library Road, Totton SO40 3RS Speaker John Baker. Totton & District Gardeners’ Society. Visitors £2 per mtg. 02380 668177 email@example.com COUNTRYSIDE DAY AT MOTTISFONT 13 May, 10-5pm Mottisfont Abbey, Romsey SO51 0LN Try your hand at fly fishing casting or whittle wood with our experts. Challenge yourself with our tractor grabber, build some awesome dens and discover what creepycrawlies live in the river. Normal admission applies. 01794 340757 COUNTRYSIDE DAY AT SPARSHOLT COLLEGE 13 May Westley Ln, Sparsholt SO21 2NF A family day out celebrating the English countryside. This year dog display, Axeman, Ocean Brass Band. 01962 797562. Sparsholt.ac.uk/events.
TEXTILES USING ACRYLICS 17 May, 7.30pm to 9.30pm Lyndhurst Community Centre SO43 7NY Lindsey Cole, well-known local professional artist will be demonstrating producing texture using acrylics with the theme of trees and roots. Lindsey will also be running a workshop later in the year. Visitors always welcome (entry £4). www. newforestartsociety.weebly.com ART EXHIBITION 20 & 21 May, 10am to 5pm Kings Somborne Village Hall The Theme will be The Test Valley. Nominal entry fee to view exhibits. 01794 388 275. Any sales will attract a small commission for Cancer Research UK. THE GREAT BRITISH DOG WALK 21 May, 11am to 4.30pm Half Moon Car Park, Foxbury Common, SO51 6AQ Choose between a 3km or 6km walk around our unique heathland restoration project. Ask your friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor your fourlegged-friend on their Great British Dog Walk adventure! £10 per adult. 01844 348100 www.hearingdogs.org.uk
HAMPSHIRE POLICE BAND CONCERT 13 May, 7pm St Winfrid’s Church, 92 Salisbury Rd, Totton SO40 3JA An entertaining symphonic band covering many genres of music from the original wind music to stage, show and pop tunes. Tickets £12: 02380 865103 or 02380 862882
100th ANNIVERSARY WALK 21 May, 2pm Old Southampton Cemetery SO15 7NN Marking the 100th anniversary of the Commonwealth War Grave Commission which was in May 1917. The Old Southampton Cemetery has 125 CWGs & a FoSOC guide will talk about some of the interesting stories connected to them. Donations welcome 07538 888655. fosoc.org
BILL TARGETT STEAM RALLY 13 & 14 May, 10-5pm Highbridge Farm, Highbridge Rd, Allbrook SO50 6HN Traction Engines, Tractors, Fire Engines, Classic Cars, Military Vehicles, Motorbikes, Trade Stalls, Arena Events. Adults £5 Children £3 Family Ticket (2 Adults 3 Children) £15. 01794 512 331
HALF TERM TRAIL 27 May to 4 Jun, 10am to 5pm Mottisfont, Romsey SO51 0LP Pick up a family trail and explore Mottisfont’s grounds, finding things to make and do. Suggested donation. Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events 01794 340757 61
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