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KEEPING IT SECRET I recently had a fraudulent transaction on my bank account. I phoned the bank straight away and they were on it immediately. Two days later I received a text from them confirming the amount taken had been refunded, but it was 10 days before I was able to log back onto my online banking. I‘m sure this wasn’t my fault. But this is a reminder for me – and for you hopefully – that cyber crime is a significant threat these days. Don’t give your PIN code to anyone ever, and don’t give your password over the phone. If someone calls up and says they’ve spotted a virus on your PC, tablet or mobile phone ask yourself how somebody else can possibly be looking at these devices without your knowledge. Likewise, if you receive an email
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Last Wednesday morning chez Hughes witnessed that most unusual of events - both Sarah (My Dearly Beloved) and I had the day off. Anticipating fierce negotiations regarding the use of our precious spare time, I decided to revert to my default position - that of immediately giving in. That way, the dreaded schlep to the retail park and the subsequent feigning of interest in soft furnishings would be over much more quickly. But Sarah had a surprise up her sleeve. “Tom, you don’t really want to go to the Outlet Village today, do you?” Spotting an escape route, I decided to bide my time and not break for cover too early. “I don’t mind darling…what did you have in mind?” “Well, I’ve been reading a book all about relationships - don’t look at me like that - and I’ve decided that today we should do something that we haven’t done in ages and please wipe that smirk off your face. So…why don’t we.... go the cinema? You know, like a proper date?” I began to cheer up at the thought of an afternoon immersed inside a suspenseful twisty plot, but then it hit me - what awful saccharine-soaked weepy would I be forced to endure? “Yes but which one darling? We’re spoilt for choice.” “Me Before You?” “Right, that’s enough about our marriage, what 6
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I LOVE FOOD. PUBS. AND MY DOG, WHISKY And not always in this order. Which means that I like taking my very energetic 2-year-old cavapoo for walks all around the beaten tracks of Hampshire. That’s a treat for him. And then I like stopping on my way home via a pub for a drink – or two. That’s a treat for me. There is even one pub I know that is sooooo crazy about our four-legged friends that they call themselves “the most dog friendly pub in the forest”. And oh my, Whisky would agree. The Compass Inn in Winsor is a true haven for dogs, where they get doggy meals and treats from the chef. They run monthly dog walks too! Whisky’s other favourite pub is the Rockstone on Onslow Road in Southampton city centre. There might not be a great walk around that particular area for dogs, but it’s worth going there anyway for a fabulous treat to your palate. Selfish, I know. But when a pub offers
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ART EXHIBITIONS Houghton Lodge and Gardens in Stockbridge continues its collaboration with Creative Coverage to deliver three art exhibitions this year. Creative Coverage co-founder Tim Saunders says: “We are delighted to be invited to return to this beautiful venue. The arts are so important in Britain and often overlooked, not least because of continued government budget cuts. We hunt out suitable venues for exhibitions and ultimately assist them in introducing new revenue streams through the sale of artwork. It is really rewarding to see that as each year passes there are more sales at Houghton Lodge.”
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HOW TO HEDGE There is nothing better than a living boundary around or within your garden, and it is difficult to beat a hedge. Hedges can be smart or informal, neat and compact or thicker and sturdier, evergreen or deciduous and can even have pretty flowers - and now is an ideal time to plant a new hedge. First, prepare the area by forking the soil over thoroughly and remove large stones, debris and pernicious weeds. This also helps to break up any compaction and to aerate the soil, making it a better place for plant roots. You should fork in well-rotted garden compost, manure or proprietary compost if the soil is either very sandy and light or very heavy with clay, and at the same time incorporate a complete fertilizer. Don’t plant right up against an existing fence, as the plants won’t grow well. At this time of year you can create a hedge very effectively using ‘bare-root’ plants, but if you want to plant a hedge at any other time you will need container-grown plants. If using pot-grown plants, water them thoroughly and then carefully remove each plant from its pot. If the roots are tightly packed, tease them out firmly before planting. If you’re using bare-root plants, plant them immediately. It is essential to plant and space the plants correctly, to both achieve the desired effect and ensure the plants establish well. Once out of the pot, position the plant in the prepared soil at the same depth as it was in the pot; for bare-root plants only the roots should be beneath the soil. 24
Euonymus Firm the soil around each so that it is in good contact with the roots. Hedging plants should generally be spaced about 30-45cm apart. For a thicker or denser hedge, plant two parallel rows, each with a 45cm spacing between the plants, but positioned so that the planting is staggered like bricks in a wall. Once the whole hedge is planted, water the soil thoroughly to help settle the soil around the roots and so allow the plants to establish. On windy sites or with larger plants use small, temporary stakes such as bamboo canes to stabilise the plants. Keep the hedge well watered, especially during dry or windy weather. The first 18 months is the most vital period. Some great hedging plants:
• Yew - a formal, evergreen hedge. • Thuja - a stunning conifer hedge for year round colour. • Beech - a deciduous plant that gives a good effect for much of the year. Both purple and green-leafed forms. • Hornbeam - great as a neatly clipped hedge, but more prone to mildew than beech. • Cypress – excellent if kept well clipped and cut back regularly.
• Pyracantha - spiny evergreen with pretty creamy-white flowers and red-orange or yellow berries. • Privet - the classic town hedge. • Euonymus - evergreen, some variegated green and cream, others green and yellow. • Hawthorn - deciduous and potentially thorny, good for wildlife. • Blackthorn - deciduous and very thorny, with pretty white flowers followed by sloes – but can easily get too vigorous!
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CHARITY RUNNING & CYCLING DAY Entries are coming in thick and fast for the everpopular Houghton Trail cross country fun run and cycle event which takes place on Sunday 23rd April. Walkers, joggers, sprinters and cyclists at all levels are welcome and helpers and volunteers appreciated. A low key event, finishers all receive medals. There are no prizes (apart from the cake raffle!) All proceeds will be donated to the Houghton All Saints Church and the Village Hall.
The 5K Off Road Cycle - ideal for children as there are no roads at all. Note that this route does contain some rough terrain.
The 14K/32K Mountain Bike Ride â€“ these follow a separate route and also boast stunning scenery,
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Saving Winchester City Mill The National Trust’s Winchester City Mill is thought to be the oldest working watermill in the country. During the heavy floods of 2014 it suffered huge damage, and later inspections revealed serious structural problems, including severe deterioration of its ancient beams and joists. The National Trust has already spent £25,000 on emergency propping to make the Mill safe for the time being. But, an additional £125,000 needs to be raised this year, so that essential repairs can be carried out.
“This Mill is still doing today what it was doing over 1,000 years ago, thanks to the tremendous support of our visitors, organisations like the National Trust’s Winchester Association, our milling and baking volunteers, and local businesses who buy our freshly ground flour,” said manager Ric Weeks.“But we urgently need to raise £125,000 to repair the building, or we may have to close the Mill for an indefinite period. “This tiny piece of our industrial heritage dates back over one thousand years and is a hugely important and much-loved part of Winchester’s historic landscape. Aside from our daily visitors – we welcome over 40,000 people a year – we also receive many school visits. The kids love all the hands-on activities where they learn how to make their own flour, and how to bake. We’re also seeing more and more otter activity on our webcams, so we’ve become a bit of a wildlife haven.”
To help raise funds in 2017 the Mill is hosting a programme of events and special moments. Highlights include a bathtub duck race along part of the famous river Test in Winchester (26 August). Visitors can choose their racing ducks from May half-term onwards, by selecting their favourite from the Mill’s ‘pond’. On 17 and 18 June a unique Millathon will take place, where the Mill’s fabulous volunteer millers will be making flour all day and all night – for 30 hours. The public are invited to drop in to support them; early bird visitors between 6am and 10am on Sunday 18 June will receive coffee and biscuits in return for their support. Throughout the year, the millers continue milling fresh stoneground flour every week for visitors and local retailers to buy, alongside the Mill’s monthly seasonal baking demonstrations.
The Mill was painted by JMW Turner in 1795 when the artist was a student at the Royal Academy. The artwork belongs to Tate Britain and a copy of the pen and ink work can be found inside the Mill. More information about the Mill’s fundraising appeal, how to donate, and its events programme can be found at www.nationaltrust.org. uk/winchestercitymill, or by calling 01962 870057.
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The new Q5 is bigger and wider than its predecessor – but still 90kg lighter. Inside there’s more headroom and rear knee-room, while boot space is up 10 litres. Two adults will sit comfortably in the back, but a large transmission tunnel seriously eats into rear legroom in the middle seat.
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Tuesday, 11 April
Alice in Wonderland
Imagination runs wild and logic is abandoned in this fantastical, larger than life musical. 2pm matinee.
Friday, 5 May
Terry returns to his comedic roots and delves into his catalogue of extraordinary nonsense and absolute mayhem.
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Wednesday, 12 April
Ash Dykes – Surviving Madagascar
Adventurer of the Year two years running, Ash has become the first person ever to traverse Madagascar. THEATRE
Wednesday, 10 May
Young Prince Hamlet’s world is turned upside down following the death of his father.
Online: Visit www.thelights.org.uk By Phone: Call 01264 368368 In person: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and 1 hour prior to evening shows. Saturday 10am – 2pm.
Friday, 28 April
Johnny Cash Roadshow
All the greatest hits celebrating the career of Johnny Cash, from the 1950’s onwards.
Saturday, 27 May
Adventures with Sam in Outer Space
Saturday morning theatre. An interactive, fun filled show with original music. Age 3+
Saturday, 29 April
Alice in Wonderland
Ballet Theatre UK present Alice’s magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland!
Saturday, 27 May
Twist and Shout
A packed musical journey through the sights and sounds of the swinging 60’s.
West Street Andover SP10 1AH 01264 368368 www.thelights.org.uk
An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Stockbridge, Broughton, Middle Wallop, Longstock, Wherwell and Kings Somborne p...
Published on Mar 24, 2017
An A5 local community magazine delivered to the residents of Stockbridge, Broughton, Middle Wallop, Longstock, Wherwell and Kings Somborne p...