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Finance p12 | Hampshire Walks p20 The Better Life p9 | Short story p22 Puzzles p23 Recipe p30 | What’s On p32 | Advertisers Index p28

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Welcome If you are involved in a community based project, local charity or campaign appeal we want to hear from you for a chance to be our Discover Campaign of the Year.

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Discover Magazines Distribution - This edition of Discover is published every month and delivered by Royal Mail to two alternating areas. In odd months (Jan, Mar, May etc) it goes to every letterbox in SO40 postcode sectors 2, 3 & 6. In the even months it goes to SO40 postcode sectors 1,4 & 5. Total distribution is 14,250 every two months. Advertising - We understand that the needs of a small business are quite different to those of a big company, and our advertising service is very independent and local businesses. From advert design to general advice we are here to help you grow. For more details call Melanie 023 8026 6388 or email: melanie

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Dental Disease

Is your pet affected? Did you know that pets, unlike their owners, frequently suffer from dental problems without showing any obvious outward signs of pain? Dental disease can occur at any age and recent surveys have shown that as many as 70% of cats and 80% of dogs over three years of age need some form of dental treatment. A common problem for pets and humans is gum disease. Plaque is the name given to a film of bacteria which is constantly forming on the surface of all the teeth, leading initially to bad breath. If allowed to accumulate, it will inflame the gums—a condition called gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis frequently develops into periodontitis, a painful condition involving destruction of bone and tooth supporting structures and eventual tooth loss. In addition to this, dental disease in your pet can also lead to diseases of the heart, lungs or kidneys Regular dental examinations (often in association

with a general health check) are of great help in identifying dental disease before it becomes too serious a problem Unicorn Vets are currently running an offer of a Free dental check and a fixed price Scale and Polish [extractions and medications charged separately] at £139 for a dog and £99 for a cat, which is a saving of up to 40% so why not book an appointment with one of our nurses for a free dental check and to discuss the dental care of your pet?

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Pet Photo Competition

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Competition Win an i-portrait of your pet

10 lucky Discover readers will WIN a free iPet Portrait voucher or animal portrait ready in time for Christmas.

HOW TO ENTER PRIZE DRAW FOR FREE IPET PORTRAIT (WORTH £20) 1. Email with your pet’s name, breed and attach a close up picture with YOUR NAME in the file name (eg. TomSmith.jpg). 2. Include your address, phone number and when you received this copy of Discover. 3. Closing date is 15 November 2013. Only one animal per entry/household.

About Sue McLachlan, Animal Magic Art

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Ever since Sue was at school she has painted, drawn and loved animals, particularly horses. She graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA and MA in Fine Art in 2008 and now lives in Chandlers Ford. Sue works with a range of media from watercolour, pastels on paper, oils on canvas and more recently crayon etchings. Sue does mainly commissions and works from a selection of photographs supplied by the owner who often have the knack (and patience) of capturing the character of their pet beautifully.

Whatever your pet, Sue McLachlan of Animal Magic Art can sketch an amazing electronic image from your high quality photograph and email it to you, ready to print at home or you can turn it into a canvas, mug or puzzle using many of the photographic services available online. Our wonderful front cover is one of Sue’s commissions which start from £160. But her iPet Portraits, sketched on the iPad are ideal for that perfect little gift for a pet lover or for yourself costing just £20. As you can see from examples above, the style is fun and simple but very lifelike. Tel: 02380 369922 Mobile: 07818062559


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Promise of a Brighter Christmas Season I have just committed my entire District Council Grant budget (£600) to the very good people organising the Christmas Lights for this year. All the signs are that things are going to be a bit special. There are some details to be fixed but the big main event will be a Lantern Parade that will take place on Sunday, December 1st, starting around 5pm. Gathering afterwards in the town centre, in front of the civic building for a big switch on ceremony, with mince pies, coffee, carols and hopefully a brass band. I understand that a local coffee outlet has offered free drinks for children. I have been supporting fellow Councillor, Neville Penman, who has been working particularly hard on organising things, along with a few other people who are volunteering time and effort to make this coming festive season really special. There will also be a special Xmas party, for children, Sunday 15th December, 3.30pm – 6.30pm, being held at the Totton Community Centre. Limited places available. Bookings are made by visiting the community centre from 1st November. Details can be found on my Facebook Page “Councillor David Harrison”



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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. Pensions for babies Stakeholders Probably the easiest type of pension to take out for your child is the Stakeholder pension. 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 without being penalised and the minimum amount you can pay in at any time is £20. Anyone can add to it and 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 hit 18. Once they 12

You can choose either a cash ISA or a stocks and shares one. As your child has a good few years for the fund to grow, you could start with a stocks and shares ISA and then gradually change into cash for the last 5 to hold onto gains.

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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. A good place for further information is www. Teaching your child about money 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. Start as soon as they can toddle round the supermarket with you. Ask them to tell you the numbers on the price labels and then, later, run around finding the cheapest version of what you want to buy. Give them pocket money and set up a savings account, showing them how their money can grow over time. Go to for downloadable financial education guides that will help. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much money your child has later on, if she knows how to live below her means and save for her future she will never be poor. Fun fact: On average, parents are putting savings of £42.45 aside a month for each child.

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The People Behind Your Local Businesses Roy Hampson Hampson Opticians Hampson Opticians is an independent optician based in Hursley Road Chandlers Ford. It is owned and run by Roy and Lynne Hampson conducting sight tests and supplying glasses and contact lenses. Roy has spent his working life with glasses and contact lenses. He joined Clement Clarke Ltd at their London practice in Wigmore Street W1. He was soon working with Dr Josef Dallos fitting glass contact lenses before moving on to manage a practice in Berkhamsted Hertfordshire. Roy left Clement Clarke to join Contactalens as their UK sales manager importing the first soft contact lenses into the UK from Canada. He then set up a group of four practices in and around London before going on to work for Alcon Laboratories in Watford as their UK marketing manager. A spell with Sangers as

their London area director controlling 23 London practices was followed by a move to Southampton to work for CooperVision as their UK marketing manager. In 1985 Roy set up the Southampton based Optique. The first practice was in Bedford Place followed by Bitterne Precinct. Optique was a progressive optician which became well known for its friendly staff and efficient service. More practices followed at Totton, Hedge End and Shirley High Street, the latest one being in Hythe. Roy always insists on the highest standards of service, full instrumentation and highly trained friendly and efficient staff.

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Roy and Lynne like working in Chandlers Ford. “It is a lovely area, we have already made many new friends and find great interest in the special Varilux glasses we supply and our relaxed contact lens service. We are never happier than when one of our clients achieves their highest standard of vision using the glasses or contact lenses we supplied

Roy and Lynne sold Optique in 2010, and after a short while working for the new owners decided to from Essilor establish a new practice in Chandlers Ford. This opened for business in November 2012 and Be amazed‌ is steadily Only in Chandlers Ford at growing into a busy cheerful practice based on the same 3 A Hursley Road, high standards Chandlers Ford, SO53 2FW and relaxed atmosphere that made Optique so successful.


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Children’s Theatre this Autumn From magical shadow puppets to fantastic interactive theatre, there’s something for every child at The Nuffield Theatre this autumn.

To round off the season, two brilliant companies have teamed up for their first co-production. Theatre Hullabaloo and Theatr Iolo bring Luna (23 November), a beautiful new tale about how the lonely moon helps a little boy overcome his fear of the night-time.

Scamp Theatre’s stage adaptation of Stick Man (29 October – 2 November) comes to The Nuffield’s main stage! This fantastically popular show has The Nutcracker (5 December – 12 January) Based completed 3 sell-out international tours and 2 on the original tale by E.T.A Hoffman, this family runs in London’s West End. Audiences can see the play is a feast of colour, song and fantasy. Without a much loved book brought to life by a trio of actors, sugar plum fairy in sight, this darkly magical story is featuring puppetry, catchy tunes and funky moves. DM! Totton, Sep13Christmas - FINAL_DMG! the ultimate show! Master Layout (Jun13) 16/0 As a half term day out, Stick Man is more fun than you can shake a stick at! The wonderfully quirky Soap Soup Theatre is journeying back to Southampton with The Snow Baby (9 November). Having brought their reinvention of Little Red Riding Hood to the Nuffield last autumn, expect more of the same beautiful table top puppetry, imaginative storytelling and funny bits!

Comedy at The Nuffield Alexei Sayle 27 October 7.30pm £18 Phill Jupitus presents You’re Probably Wondering Why I’ve Asked You Here…2 November 7.30pm £15 (£13 concessions)

A family classic hits the main stage, with the new adaptation of Pinocchio (16 November) written by acclaimed children’s author, Michael Rosen. Presented by Hiccup Theatre, audiences can expect a sparkling show 31 full of live music, puppetry 13) 16/08/2013 18:55 Page and physical storytelling. Follow old favourite Pinocchio as he sets out on a brand new adventure.


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Heritage Open Days Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and Childhood, as I recall, was activities that bring local history and culture to life.

Halloween Habits

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From castles to city halls, tunnels to tower tops, Christmas, New Year, Easter, the long, police cells to private homes, workshops to woodland glorious summer break walks, the variety of places andfrom ways school, to discover and finally Halloween. When you’re an them are endless.

adult,Open it canDays seem like it’s only for the Heritage is organised by a huge network of kids people who but sharethose a passion for places, history and now, Halloween habits culture. Locally, overrelevant 1,400 organisations and some are still just as when viewed site 40,000 volunteers organise thousands of from another angle. openings and events, jointly attracting over 1 million visitors. Heritage OpenforDays England’s Trick orThey Treatmake - strictly speaking, grown-ups, this biggest voluntary cultural event. now comes with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November. And if you are aasaver, therethe After a first pilot insadly, Gosport proved success, aredefunct usually Civic few treats. now Trust established Heritage Open Days in 1994 England’s contribution the Bobbing for as apples - a great way to testtoyour European Heritage Days. teeth and gums. The winner is the person who finds anOpen apple thathas hassince not been grown into in a poly Heritage Days developed tunnel largest and which tastes grassroots of apple. heritage Britain’s andactually most popular

event, with- participation moreinvolves than doubling during Bonfires this ancient ritual sacrificing and old of furniture in order to undercook or thepallets first decade the millennium. See Discover’s cremate baked potatoes. one really why.of what’s on listings on pagesNo28-29 for aknows selection local events or visit Shops selling Christmas cards (to be fair they’ve probably been doing this since September and the Valentine cards are already in storage). Carving pumpkins into lanterns - a great way to scare away your neighbour’s children. Often combined with sitting in the back room in the dark a great way to save on electricity. Telling scary stories - these often involve hospital visits, the car’s annual service, that last holiday where one of you was nearly caught short or the perils of online dating. Watching scary films - anything 3D without the glasses (although it’s often more blurry than scary).




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Timsbury and Michelmersh Walk Walk Distance 3.9 miles from the Jubilee Hall Timsbury is situated on the A3057 Romsey to Stockbridge road just a few miles north of Romsey. Park in the Jubilee Hall car park at Timsbury which is sign posted from the A3057. Alternatively, park in the small lay-by just past the hall on the right hand side of the road. The Jubilee Hall should not be confused with the village hall in Heron Lane shown on the OS 131 map. Leave the car park and turn right along the road. Turn right onto a signed footpath and walk along the gravel track. At a fork in the track, keep right and walk past Hunts Farm. Emerge onto a road and turn right. Walk past the farm where the road is joined by another road from the right. Keep straight on for approximately 50 yards then climb the bank on your right onto a footpath running parallel to the road. The footpath descends to the road again adjacent to a pair of metal gates either side of the road. Continue straight on along the road. As the road turns sharp right, cross over a stile onto a signed footpath leading into a field. Continue straight ahead following the fence line and ignoring any crossing tracks. As the track bears left into a 20

field, continue straight ahead onto a signed footpath through a woodland fringe with a field to your left initially then a field on your right.

Cross the stile onto a gravel track, then cross two further stile directly opposite to emerge into a field.

Cross a stile into a field walking along the right hand boundary on top of a ridge.

The original footpath here has been ploughed out, so follow the left hand field boundary to the field edge then turn right keeping the fence to your left.

The path drops down off the ridge to a stile. Cross the stile into a copse.

At a ‘T’ junction of paths, turn left onto a signed footpath across the centre of the field.

Emerge from the copse into a field. Walk along the left hand fence line.

Cross a stile into another field and follow the left hand fence line to the opposite side of the field.

Cross a stile at the field boundary, turn left and cross a second stile to follow the right hand fence line of a field.

Cross a stile onto a gravel track and turn left.

The track goes straight on initially and then starts to veer left away from the fence. As the farm track starts to turn away left, look for a stile slightly diagonally right in the far hedge line. It is situated some 100 yards from the right hand corner of the field.

Follow the track to its junction with a tarmac road. Turn right to Manor Farm. Walk through the farm going straight on along a gravel track as it rises slightly uphill. At a pair of private dwellings, the track turns sharp right. Continue straight on into what appears to be the entrance drive to the left hand

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bungalow. As you reach the gates, cross a stile on the right hand side to walk between the two properties. Cross yet another stile into a field. Walk across the field to a signpost located in the field centre. Ignore the path bearing left from this post, continue straight on to the field boundary. Cross a stile into a copse. Follow the path through the woodland and emerge into Agincourt Field. Follow the right hand fence line and go through a kissing gate into Mottisfont church graveyard. Cross the graveyard to a pair of wooden gates. Go through the gates and turn left away from the church. Go through another kissing gate and follow the path across the field to its far boundary. Follow the path through copse and emerge onto a grass and gravel track with gardens to your right. Follow the track to a kissing gate beside a metal gate. Pass through the gate to emerge onto a road. Turn right onto the road. At a ‘T’ junction, turn left and then right. Follow the road back to your car.

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A Stranger Comes Calling It was Halloween, Sue’s favourite night of the year, or ‘Spooky Sue’ as everyone called her. Sue loved all things supernatural and her greatest wish was to see a ghost. She relished opening the door to children doing Trick or Treat with their witch, skeleton and Dracula costumes. But sometimes Spooky Sue wished that Halloween could be a bit more, well, spooky. This year Halloween had fallen on a bitter wintry day. By 8pm Sue resigned herself to the fact that she had received her last visitor and was about to blow out the pumpkin candles when she heard the click of the garden gate. Peeping through the curtains she saw only the shadow of a little person brushing past her window. There was a sharp rap on the front door. Sue jumped. With a nervous laugh she picked up the sweets bowl and opened the door. On the step stood a boy. He was wearing a filthy threadbare shirt, a brown cap and trousers cut off at the knee. “What an original costume,” Sue declared. The boy hovered awkwardly, half in shadow. “Happy Halloween.” She smiled and offered him the bowl. Without answering he stretched out a grubby hand and picked out a sweet, then frowned at it suspiciously as though he had never seen a jelly baby before. Sue peered down the path to the 8 22

empty lane. “Are you on your own little fellow?” she asked. He placed the sweet in his mouth and chewed slowly. Sue studied him in the light from the hallway. He was the height of a ten year old but his grimy face seemed older. The thing that concerned her was that he had nothing on his feet. “Have you lost your shoes young man?” she asked gently. The boy looked down sadly at his feet and said nothing. “Where are your parents?” she said, beginning to feel worried. He glanced hungrily at the bowl of sweets, and Sue held it out for him to take another. “Where do you live?” she asked nervously. “Is it nearby?” The boy looked sorrowful. Who in their right mind would allow a child out on a night like this with no shoes? “Aren’t you cold?” she asked. Should she phone her sister and ask if her nephew Adam had some old shoes that might fit him? He finally swallowed the sweet. “No, Miss,” he said softly, wiping his nose on his sleeve. “I don’t feel the cold, not no more.” The bowl in Sue’s hand trembled. “What do you mean?” “I used to feel the cold in the old days when I cleaned chimneys, but not now.” He sniffed. “Now I

don’t feel anything.” Sue felt her knees buckle, and she grabbed hold of the doorframe. “Are you a … ghost?” Her voice was a dry whisper. Slowly, the boy looked up at her with sad pale eyes. The silence was broken by a chirpy mobile phone ring-tone, which startled both Sue and the boy. Then, embarrassed, he pulled a phone out of his pocket. “Alright Adam?” He answered, glancing guiltily at Sue. “She’s rumbled us.” There was the sound of running feet in the lane, and her nephew appeared. “Did we trick you Aunty Sue?” “Hardly.” She pulled herself together in relief. “Who’s this?” “It’s Zak, he’s in my drama club. Good actor isn’t he?” “Got my trainers, Adam?” Zak helped himself to another sweet. “My feet are totally freezing.” By Jackie Brewster



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“ It’s Behind You!” December and January are wonderful times to take children to the theatre with a host of pantomines to choose from and other Christmas themed performances. But tickets go quickly so to avoid disappointment get booked up early. Here’s a choice of what’s on over Christmas so don’t say we didn’t give you plenty of chance to book the best seats!

Robinson Crusoe

14 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 The Mayflower, Southampton Box Office: 023 8071 1811 Starring Brian Conley as Robinson Crusoe and Lesley Joseph as The Enchantress of the Ocean.

Sleeping Beauty


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11 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 Theatre Royal, Winchester Box Office: 01962 840 440 Can the Seven Dwarfs help Snow White, or will they come up short? Will the Wicked Queen prove to be rotten to the core when it comes to the crunch? And will the castle cook, Dame Dolly Dollop, and her silly son Muddles have the recipe for success or are they just cooking

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7 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 The Pavilion, Bournemouth Box Office: 0844 576 3000 Winner of the ‘Sexiest Male’ soap star award for the past four years, Scott Maslen, better known as Jack Branning in Eastenders, is stepping out of the square and onto the Pavilion stage as the evil (but sexy) Abanazar. Scott is of course also very well known as DS Phil Hunter from The Bill, and for his long run on Strictly Come Dancing. Joining is Bobby Crush will be bringing over 40 years’ worth of musical, acting and television presenting experience and playing the part of the much loved Widow Twankey.

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9 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 Kings Theatre, Southsea Box Office: 023 9282 8282 Danniella Westbrook, best known as Samantha Mitchell in Eastenders will play Fairy Sparkle. She also appeared in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here in 2003


and Dancing on Ice in 2010. Christopher Maloney 2012 X-factor finalist, will sweep Sleeping Beauty off her feet as the Prince. Returning to the Kings is Lynne McGranger, Australian Home and Away soap star to play the villain everyone loves to hate, wicked fairy godmother ‘Carabosse’. Tony Adams who played Adam Chance in Crossroads and Dr. Neville Bywaters in General Hospital is also returning and will join us as King Egbert the Oval.










up trouble? Music, jokes and loads of audience participation make Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs a Christmas treat for all the family. Don’t miss this short tale that’s BIG on adventure.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

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4 Dec 2013 to 11 Jan 2014 Playhouse, Salisbury Box Office: 01722 320333 Dick Whittington and His Cat is packed with catchy songs, colourful sets and costumes, plenty of audience participation and loads of laughs. It’s the perfect family entertainment this Christmas. The cast includes Kieran Buckeridge as Mrs Whittington, who had audiences in sticthes as Nurse Nanny in Sleeping Beauty last year.

The Nutcracker

5 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014 The Nuffield, Southampton Box Office: 023 8067 1771 No children’s season would be complete without a classic family Christmas show and this year is no disappointment: Based on the original tale by E.T.A Hoffman, this family play is a feast of colour, song and fantasy. Without a sugar plum fairy in sight, this darkly magical story is the ultimate Christmas show!


12 Dec 2013 to 5 Jan 2014 The Anvil, Basingstoke Box Office: 01256 844244 Starring Colin Baker (Doctor Who, I'm a Celebrity) as Abanazer, Derek Moran (Channel 5's Milkshake) as Wishee Washee and Ian Good as Widow Twankey.

Robin Hood

8 Jan to 24 Jan 2014 Plaza, Romsey For tickets see: Their annual traditional family pantomime - directed by its (published) author! Editors note: Tickets not on sale at time of going to print.


12 Dec to 24 Dec 2013 Berry Theatre, Hedge End Box Office: 01489 799499 Adapted by Toby Huls. A new adaptation of Carlo Collodi’s much-loved tale – this story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and dollops of fun for all the family.

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The Little Match Girl

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“Oh no, it isn’t.”

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ROMSEY FOOD FESTIVAL ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY Strange Attractions WINCHESTER MEMORY WALK 1 Sep, 10am – 2pm Guildhall Square 1-3 November, Alma Road Car Park, SO51 8ED 7 Sep, 10am registration, 11am The projected shape of a lone figure lies in the Farmers Market Selling local walk Produce.of 01420 588671square. for North Walls Recreation Ground, centre an empty Passers-by are invited further details.creating an ever-changing Gordon Roaddigital to interact Take part in a beautiful 1 mile environment of movement and PRESERVING SUMMER parklight. walk orStrange 6 mile historic city Sun 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29to Sep, walk through Winchester. Live Attractors reacts you, exploring the connections 10am – 5pmhuman bodies - both music, refreshments between realgames and and imagined Manor Farm Country Park, Pylands will be available on return. playfully examining our relationships to spaces and Lane, SO31 1BH Visit the farmhouse kitchen impromptu and ster orchoreography 0845 306 0898 led for by each other. Creating see jams, wine our ownchutneys naturaland curiosity, thedetails. work is accompanied being made. You’ll even be able by a soundscape composer Peter Broderick. THE AMPFIELD MARKET to sample the Normal 7 Sep, 10am – 12pm farm admission charge. Also featuring each01489 night is an innovative dance and

Ampfield Village Hall, Morleys Lane ‘WHAT’S THIS?’ PHOTO TRAIL Fresh fruit and veg, organic bread, savoury foods and 2 Sep, 10am – 4pm Fairtrade products, jams and Royal Victoria Country Park, Victoria Road, SO31 5GA chutneys, local eggs, plants, flowers, new and old books, ‘Can you guess what is it yet?’ jewellery, cards, wrapping paper, Follow this self guided trail to work out what the photos are of crafts, bric a brac, pet foods and and where they were taken. accessories for sale. 9 November - Mayflower Park Fireworks Refreshments served all morning £1.50p per trail. 02380 Town Quay Road, Southampton. Coles Funand Fair from with fresh coffee a delicious 455157. of home made /cakes. Free 3pm / the Fireworks displayrange is at 7.45pm Event admission and parking. Julie closes 10pm. £602380 / Children LEPE LOOPat AND LUNCHTickets: Adults Trotter on 254587 £4 / 5 Sep, 10am5’s – 2pm Under free. Presented by Southampton Round Lepe Country Park, IN THE BELFRY Table No. 4. Other displaysBATS in the area SO45 1AD 10 Sep, 7.45pm Join the rangers for a 5 mile Manor Farm Country Park, guided walk at a gentle pace, Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH Fireworks Night followed AnVictoria evening talk and walk by a hot lunch in the - Royal Saturday 2 November Country Park, presented by Hampshire Bat café. £9.50 per person. Booking Fireworks at 7.30pm Group. Spot the bats emerging essential on 02380 891108. from1st theirOctober daytime roosts Tickets will be available from frominto our churchyard and learn more Royal Victoria Country Park’s shop, Hamble about these fascinating FAMILY HISTORY FOR Community Sports College,creatures. Netley Adult Post£5, office and child £3. BEGINNERS AT HAMPSHIRE Booking essential£3. on 01489 RECORD Veals.OFFICE In advance: adults £5, children On the 787055. 5 and 24 Sep gate: Adults £7, children £5, family ticket (2+2) Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, SO23 8TH SUMMERto SPECIAL £20. Another spectacular display musicGUIDED in a Find your ancestors in the FARM TOURS – WARTIME beautiful setting. Refreshments available on the archives at Hampshire Record FARM field. Plus, have afamily go on the train and Office. Access Hampshire 10 miniature Sep, 5pm – 7pm history on Park, Cedar minisources fun fayre (before and Manor after Farm theCountry display). microfilm/fiche and some for Pylands Lane, SO31 1BH Tea rooms will also be open until 7.30pm. England and Wales. Booking Join our Farm Manager on an required on 01962 846154. exclusive behind the scenes

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movement intervention presented by Art Asia. Through a series of dance £3.50. 01962 tour, meet Mrs Earwicker in the sessions led by international children Bharatanatyam 771305. farmhouse and enjoy a hot drink dancer Subramanyam, this project aims and cake Anusha from the Café. £15, Booking essential on 01489 THE ROMSEY SHOW to combine BSL with Bharatanatyam hand signals 787055. 14 Sep, 8am – 6pm into a new exciting dance which will engage with Broadlands, SO51 9ZD the interactive light projection An present Agriculturalin& Guildhall Horse Show BURSLEDON BRICKWORKS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM Devils Horsemen Wild West Square. Strange Attractors iswith suitable for all the 12 Sep, 10am – 4pm Display, the Derbyshire family and easily accessible in the heart of SouthMidshipmen Marching Band in Swanwick Lane, SO31 7HB ampton’s cultural quarter. event youlivestock, can Heritage Open Day: Come along FREE the main ring,-farm and see -the last interact remaining with it -horses, a watch and at anydonkeys time and between steam driven brickworks in the countryside area with rural 6.30pm and 9.30pm. country. Free Entry. http:// activities including falconry,

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Southampton Film Week to be confirmed. 01794 or visit ExHIBITION: THE HOUSE AT 2POOH - 10CORNER November - Celebrating517521 Films across the City... Come grab– 5pm a film old, new short and long 13 Jul – along, 14 Sep, 10am ALRESFORD ART AND Mottisfont House and Gardens, at venues across the city. Join in for screenings, CRAFT SHOW SO51 0LP Youth Film Festival, workshops and masterclasses, 14 Sep, 10am – 4.30pm Visit this summer for another live moving image, Alresfordcompetitions Community Centre,and greatmusic, exhibitionartists’ and trail that all West Quiz! Street, SO24 the family will love. An of course the closing night Film Link9AG to full Alresford is a picturesque exhibition of classic illustrations. programme is on Georgian town with wonderful There will also be a display of

of childhood andChallenge imagination 2013 walks and good eating places 8-Hour Film and a distinct, fabulous family the home of the Watercress Saturday 9 November 8.30am and - 5pm (with a screening quest trail. Normal admission Steam Railway a lovely day out on Sunday 10 November) charges apply. 01794 344020 for everyone. The craft show will or visit Do have what it takes to include make glasswork, a film insilk8 floral /mottisfont

arrangements, traditional Decoupage items including KING JOHN’S HOUSE & tissue boxes and trays, beaded Bonfire & Fireworks TUDOR COTTAGE and semi-precious stone 14 Sep, 10am 4pm jewellery, wood craft, Saturday 2 –November - Winchester Round Tabledecorative King John’s House, plaques, hand painted ceramics, North Walls Recreation Ground. Winchester Church Street, SO51 8BT bespoke high quality SO23 Heritage7DD Open Day: King John's handcrafted cards, photography House and heritage centre andat original Starting outside the Guildhall 6pmwatercolours. followed Free encompasses three buildings entry. For details 01252 by a torchlight procession through to River Park that contain 750 years of 724968 Leisure with the lighting of the Bonfire at history. It isCentre, full of fascinating PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY displays andand a traditional Tudor 7.15pm the Fireworks Spectacular at 7.45pm. LIPA 4:19 - FREE TASTER tea room. A series of period Tickets: On Sale in the city centre shops.£3 EVENT gardens lead down to an ancient stream. trails, (2 brass 14, 21purchase and 28 Sep, or £10Quiz family +3) Advanced rubbings, pieces of armour to try 10am – 11.30am recommended. £5Entry. ea on theApplemore gate if available. on, discovery box. Free College, Roman Road, SO45 4RQ LIPA was co-founded by Sir Paul Firework Fiesta HINTON AMPNER – OPEN McCartney and in 2003 opened Tuesday 5 November Redbridge Community School GARDEN FOR NGS for children and young people Cuckmere Lane, Redbridge SO16 14 Sep, 10am – 6pm aged9RJ 4 - 19 to help them Hinton Ampner, develop confidence and life Time: DoorsAlresford, open at 6pm / Fireworks at 7.30pm SO24 0LA skills through the performing Tickets: Adult £3 Child £2 Family (2+3) £10.00 12 acre C20 garden created by arts: dance, acting and singing. Have fun onManicured old time fairground rides including a Ralph Dutton. lawns Booking essential. and topiarychair-o-plane. combine with 1950’s unusual shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants. Vibrant ST ALBAN’S CHURCH OPEN dahlias alternate in spring with Night DAY AND 80TH ANNIVERSARY Firework and Bonfire tulips. Rose border incorporates 14 Sep, 10am –Sports 4pm Saturday 9 November - Sherfield English Field. over 45 old and new rose St Alban’s Church, Tulip Road, A27, Sherfield English, Romsey, Hants SO51 6FP varieties. Dramatic foliage SO16 3BB Time: open 6pm, entry 7pm plantingGates in the Dell; orchard withlast Heritage Open Day: Church open spring bulbs; and£1 children for viewing. Talks and tours. Tickets: £4magnolia adults, philadelphus walks; restored Open tower climbing the tower walled garden. Adults £7, at one's own risk! Refreshments,

hours? To enter: All you need is a team (max 10) of filmmakers - and actors if you wish, a digital camera. £10 per team (max 13 teams so book early!) £50 for Audience vote for best film £100 for Judges vote for best film. You will be given a word as a theme for your film. It is up to your team to devise, write, shoot and edit your film interpreting that word as you wish with facilities provided by Southampton Solent University. Link to Entry Form is on HALLOWEEN TRAIL 1 Nov, 10am -Lepe Country Park, SO45 1AD Pick up a trail card from the park office and return with the correct answers to claim your prize. £2 per child. Telephone 02380 899108. TESTWOOD LAKES WILDLIFE WALK 3 Nov, 10am – 12.30pm See the birds and other wildlife, with optional snack and afternoon walk to look for wading birds. Meet at Centre car park. Contact Mary on 01962 864440. Sorry, no dogs. Suggested donation £2.50. TESTWOOD WILDLIFE TOTS – THE NUTTY NUT CHASE 12 Nov, 10.30am – 12pm, 1.00pm - 2.30pm. Stories, games and crafts for pre-school children. Learn about what squirrels and other creatures are doing to prepare for winter. (B) Tel 02380 667929 HALLOWEEN WALK AND SPOOKY STORIES 1 Nov, 6 - 8pm A walk with some surprises on the way, followed by spooky stories in the Bronze Age roundhouse.. Sorry, no dogs. TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE Tools for Self Reliance, Ringwood Road, SO40 7GY AFTERNOON TEA - 13 Nov, 2pm – 4pm Free cuppa, plus a tour around the workshops and short talk about their work. SALE OF TOOLS - 2 Nov, 10am – 1pm A sale of excess stock not suitable to send to our projects in Africa; this is a one off event and the policy of not selling tools at other times still applies. HABERDASHERY SALE - 9 Nov, 10am – 1pm Mottisfont House and Gardens SPOOKY ZOO 2 Nov, 11am – 4pm, SO51 0LP The Spooky Zoo is back for another year, feed the snakes, race beetles, hold a spider and meet a python. CONKER COMPETITION 3 Nov, 12pm – 12.45pm Bring your conker and sign up for our competition and see who is victorious!

THE SOMME, MOODY AND THE WAR MEMORIAL PARK 6 Nov, 10.30am- King John’s House, Church Street, SO51 8BT Battlefield guide and writer Will Fowler looks at the life of Thomas Moody who died on the Somme and is remembered at the Romsey War Memorial Park. £1. 01794 512200 for more information. TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS ‘TREATS & EATS’ EVENT 9 – 10 Nov, 10am – 5pm - Whiteley Shopping Centre, PO15 7LJ If you love wonderful food, indulgent treats, sparkling jewellery, handmade cosmetics and special gifts, come to “Truly Scrumptious” in Market Square. Free admission. HOWARD GOODALL CONDUCTS ROMSEY CHORAL SOCIETY 9 Nov, 7.30pm- Romsey Abbey Howard Goodall, the award winning composer and TV presenter will conduct Romsey Choral Society in one of his own compositions Eternal Light, as well as works by Morten Lauridsen. Tickets are available from Romsey Heritage and Visitor Centre on 01794 512987 or via REMEMBRANCE SERVICE 10 Nov, 10.50am - The Cenotaph, above Bar Street, SO15 2BG Everyone is invited to attend. 023 8083 2433 for more details. JEWELLERY EXHIBITION 21 – 29 Nov, 10am – 5pm Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, SO51 0OA An exhibition with 23 of the best designer/makers in the jewellery field in the area. Free entry. ART, CRAFT and GIFT FAYRE 24 Nov, 10am – 4pm University of Southampton, Staff Social Centre, University Road, SO17 1BJ Over 120 stalls with cards, handmade crafts, jewellery, pottery, prints, handbags and more. Admission £2 with children under 10 free. Refreshments available. AIRCRAFT ENTHUSIAST AND MODEL SHOW 24 Nov Museum of Army Flying, SO20 8DY Modellers and enthusiasts will enjoy the numerous stalls containing books, magazines, photographs, aviation memorabilia and modelling equipment. £5 entry.



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Chilli Chicken Stew Serves 6 - 8 Ready in 1 hour 45 minutes

With Halloween at the end of the month, why not plan a ghostly gathering and serve up this hot and spicy chicken stew? Perfect for filling up hungry trick or treaters.

You will need... • 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil • 1 large onion, peeled and cut into chunks • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • 1 small red chilli pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (optional) • 6 large skinless chicken fillets, cut into pieces • 2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato puree

Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large, deep flameproof casserole and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until softened and golden. Add the chilli pepper (if using) and chicken pieces and cook over a medium heat, stirring all the time, until the chicken pieces are lightly browned all over, adding a little extra oil if needed. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato puree, oregano and 200ml water and bring to the boil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper then reduce the heat, partially cover and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kidney beans and diced peppers to the casserole

• 2 tsp dried oregano

and simmer, uncovered, for a further 20-25 mins until the

• 1 x 400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce

Serve in mugs or bowls with chunks of warm crusty bread.

• 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and diced


Now get started...

peppers are tender and some of the liquid has reduced.

Tip For a hot non-alcoholic punch to serve with the stew, pour a large carton of apple juice into a saucepan. Core and slice 2 small

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

apples and add to the pan with one thinly sliced lemon and a

• Warm crusty bread, to serve

pour in 1 litre of ginger ale. Heat through for a further minute then

couple of cinnamon sticks. Heat gently for about 10 minutes, then serve in heatproof glasses or tumblers.

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