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Totton & Ashurst EDITION


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Inside Discover The Magic Flute

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Easter Egg Hunts see p8 Visit an Open Garden Near You see p40

Plus What’s On, Puzzles and Local News



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HANGER FARM EASTER PARADE 15 April, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, £2 a child Families can have fun in our Barn on Easter Saturday afternoon, getting creative, sharing stories and going on an Easter egg hunt. 2-3.30pm - Drop in to the Barn at any time to make wacky Easter bunny headgear, Easter egg wreaths and Easter egg collecting baskets. This will be followed by some laughout-loud EGGY stories in the Theatre so that everyone can sit down and relax before the next bit of fun… 3.30-4pm - An Easter Egg hunt around Hanger Farm, helping each other follow a bunny trail towards the Easter Egg Treasure Chest. £2 per child includes drink and Easter egg. 3

Editor’s Letter

WHAT’S GOING ON? 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 Totton & Ashurst. We are blessed with a great road network that means we can get from Totton to Winchester in under half an hour 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! Have Something to Share? We welcome anyone in the community with a piece of news or story to tell to contact us

DISTRIBUTORS WANTED! The Discover Totton & Ashurst magazine is delivered every other month by your reliable team of distributors. Although many distributors stay with us for years, teens grow up and adults grow older, meaning that we do regularly have vacancies in the area. All we need is for you to be available once every other month for a few hours (weekday or weekend), and we give you 5 days to do the delivery. We try to find a route close to home for you if we can, but if you are an adult we will pay mileage if we ask you to travel more than a mile. Go to to complete your details and to find out more information 4

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 coming through your letterbox! Next copy deadline: 10 May

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What's On ROMSEY COUNTRY MARKET 7, 21, 28 Apr, 10-11.30am United Reformed Church Hall, Romsey SO51 8EJ TREE CLIMBING FOR KIDS 10 Apr Hillier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Ampfield SO51 0QA Over 6s. 01794 369318 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? EASTER EGG TRAIL 14-17 Apr Mompesson House, The Close Salisbury SP1 2EL A fun trail around Mompesson. Can you solve the puzzles and discover your chocolate prize?


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Half Moon Car Park, Off Blackhill Road, East Wellow SO51 6AQ Join ranger Catherine and a local expert on a walk through the Foxbury landscapes. 01794 344020 BIG STEAM UP 23 Apr, 11am to 4pm Bursledon Brickworks SO31 7HB BEAULIEU BOAT JUMBLE 23 Apr, 10am open WINCHESTER FASHION WEEK 24-29 Apr 22 Colebrook Street SALISBURY BIG BUSINESS EVENTS 25-27 Apr The Guildhall, Salisbury APPRENTICESHIP OPEN EVENING 26 Apr, 5-7pm Fareham College, PO14 1NH 01329 815200 FILM: A UNITED KINGDOM (12A) 26 Apr, 5pm & 7.30pm Stockbridge Town Hall, High Street SO20 6HE Romantic drama about Prince

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EASTER EGG HUNTS IN THE WILDS! WINCHESTER CITY MILL Bridge Street SO23 9BH 14 – 17 April, 10am – 4pm £2 Plus Easter baking demonstrations and holiday trail challenge 8 – 23 April Kids can have a go at completing the Mill’s Easter holiday trail challenge, in return for a special prize. The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury, inviting families to unleash their mini explorers on Easter egg hunts through muddy woodlands, New Forest heathland, along nature trails and through spring gardens blooming with life. There are six Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts going on in Hampshire, guaranteeing a funfilled Easter for everyone. You’ll also find seasonal baking days and spring bird walks.

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A HOME WITH CHARACTER There’s more to interior style than eye-catching accessories. Consider introducing an appealing sense of charm and character with these interesting ideas. Is your home lacking in an indefinable something? Has it lost its period features? Would it benefit from some appealing detailing, the restoration of authenticity or some aids to functionality? Sometimes it is worth considering some more architectural alterations, which don’t necessarily have to cost a fortune. Here are a few suggestions. Improve your floors If you have original timber boards in good condition beneath your floor coverings, then sanding them back, staining and/or oiling them is a relatively straightforward procedure for a competent DIYer; alternatively, employ a professional. Boards in poor condition can be renovated to an extent, or consider replacing them with reclaimed boards that match the style of your home. Homes built between the late 19th century and the middle of the 20th often feature colourful, patterned geometric or encaustic tiles, generally along the hallway and garden path. Even if they are discoloured or damaged they should be repairable, and with the right specialist the results will be dramatic. Think about mouldings From skirting to ceiling roses, door surrounds to dados, mouldings contribute enormously to the overall look of a home. Research carefully, to ensure they correspond in scale and design to the age and style of your architecture. Modern replicas are often available, but sometimes going to a specialist is necessary and this is not cheap. Ease of alteration depends on your circumstances but 22

You can buy panelling off the peg or, as here, made bespoke to suit your room. Price varies, Titchmarsh & Goodwin: 01473 252158; this is definitely a project to bear in mind when considering renovation work. What about woodwork? In living rooms lacking storage, build across the recesses either side of the fireplace, with cupboards below and display shelving above. The same goes for alcove shelving elsewhere, window seats, wardrobes and other forms of built-in joinery. Consider these additions carefully, so that they complement your home in terms of scale and detailing. And, plan to remove and replace completely inappropriate built-in storage or seating when possible. Replacing poor quality or badly designed interior doors with beautiful ones is a major enhancement. In a period home you might seek out reclaimed examples or find well-made reproductions; also, decide whether to paint them or, conversely, strip them. è

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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. 36

“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.

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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. 44

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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