Page 1

NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE 057

www.winchestertoday.co.uk

THE SIGNS ARE ALWAYS THERE Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office warning over the scourge of modern slavery By KEVIN GOVER News Editor HAMPSHIRE’S focus on modern-day slavery a couple of weeks ago could not have come at a more appropriate moment – as within days of that happening came the discovery of the bodies of 39 people in a refrigerated truck in Essex. Those people discovered are believed to have become involved at the wrong end of a human trafficking operation which meant they would end up working here for next-to-nothing to be able to pay off their debts. Alan Hagger (pictured) is Chair of the Modern Slavery Partnership across Hampshire, and works at the Police and

Crime Commissioner’s Office here in Winchester. He told Winchester Today that we should all be concerned: “The signs are there. Maybe you can see it at a car wash, maybe a nail bar (as mentioned by the families of the victims that operations like that would be where they end up). The signs are all there. You need to ask yourself ‘how are they doing this so cheaply’ – and when you look at that and the people there you can piece things together. “We should not be surprised at all that this is happening right on our doorstep. In fact, we identified 144 potential victims of slavery across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2018. But I don’t even think we know the true scale of

It touches all of our lives

modern day slavery.” Alan says we may not even realise what’s happening around us. “It touches all of our lives. Look at the people. They may not engage with you or look you in the eye. Their clothes may not seem right. Are they being allowed out on their own? By working together, recognising the signs and reporting concerns, we can piece things together. But it’s not just other countries we need to look out for, as much of it involves people right here within the United Kingdom. We can build a better intelligence picture, enable the pursuit of the criminals involved and the safeguarding of victims.”

NO SLEIGH REQUIRED! Tickets have already been selling fast to the highly anticipated Naomi House & Jacksplace Santa Fun Run on Sunday 1st December in Winchester High Street. This is the eleventh year the hospice charity has hosted the popular event, which features hundreds of people taking to the streets of Winchester with family and friends, dressed in shiny red Santa Claus suits, to run a 5k fun run. Hurry to secure one of the remaining tickets on the Naomi House website – £20 for adults and £15 for children – which includes a jolly red Santa suit to wear, a celebratory medal and fundraising support. www.naomihouse.org.uk/ santa-fun-run

GENERAL ELECTIONFREE EDITION!

Your guide to the Film Fest Centre pages

ENB’s portrayal of Cinderella is dazzling page 13

HILTONBURY JERSEYS Fresh Raw Jersey Milk and Cream

Now in Winchester! Come and see us at Attwood’s Drove Farm, Compton, Winchester SO21 2AY. Pasteurised Milk Also Available For Coffee Shops, Farm Shops and Tea Rooms

hiltonburyjerseys.co.uk • hiltonbury_jerseys@btinternet.com • 07977 933470


news

2 winchestertoday.co.uk

November 2019

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR for all that. So, on the moving front, we would like to wish Hiltonbury Jerseys all the best as they make the move from their old farm in Botley to a new one at Compton here in Winchester. Just how easy is it to move an entire herd of Jerseys? Perhaps we ought to ask them and give you an update in the next edition! Secondly, we’d like to give a big shout out to the design company Marmalade on Toast who have moved to new offices on the Andover Road. The company was behind getting the new branding for the Theatre Royal here in Winchester up and running, and we wish them all the best too! Kevin Gover

It’s never a good time to move. Moving is accepted as being one of the biggest causes of stress. We know, we’ve just done it ourselves. Of course, once you’re in your new place, you’ll think “what was all that fuss about?” – and smile at just how much rubbish you were able to get rid of. In addition, we were able to make a promise to try to use public transport instead of the car to get into town – or walk – under the MakeOneChange pledge. We’ve tried to keep that going, but I hope you’ll forgive us for the lapse when it was pouring with rain recently! At times, the London Road outside St Mary’s in Kings Worthy resembled an angry river. On the other hand, walking through beautiful autumn colours and sunshine made up

ABOUT US

winchestertoday est 2012 n EDITOR-IN-CHIEF • Kevin Gover kevin@winchestertoday.co.uk n CONTRIBUTORS • David Cradduck • Drew White • Gavin Harris • Rachel Gover • Helena Gomm • John Ellery • Chrissie Pollard • Freya Storey • Eleanor Marsden • Chris Book • Edyth Miles • Richard Horsman • Simon Newman Richard Horsman portrait by Chris Eastham

PUZZLE PAGE ANSWERS CROSSWORD Across: 7 Europe, 8 Edison, 9 Odds, 10 Delicate, 11 Unite, 12 Twosome, 14 Old-time, 16 Adult, 19 All right, 20 Oath, 21 Lessen, 22 Shadow. Down: 1 Duodenal ulcer, 2 Dorset, 3 Tends, 4 Yellows, 5 Circus, 6 Contemplation, 13 Imagine, 15 Thrust, 17 Doodad, 18 Stash. CODEWORD

WORD LADDER



    

n LAYOUT DESIGN • Jon Heal Winchester Today Media Partner to Winchester Film Festival and Bishop’s Waltham Festival

SUDOKU – HARD

SUDOKU – MEDIUM

winchestertoday

Charity Partner - supporting Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance until December 2020.

winchestertoday news@winchestertoday.co.uk

This digital edition of Winchester Today has been produced entirely by the commitment of our friends through crowdfunder.co.uk - a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved

WORDSEARCH

Contact Winchester Today (all departments)

01962 458452

CHRISTMAS MARKET AND ICE RINK OPEN FROM 21 NOVEMBER 2019 Ice Rink tickets available from 01962 857 276 | winchester-cathedral.org.uk


K ings’ school

Winchester

The Samurai himself comes to Kings’

GETTING SET FOR JOBS Kings’ School Careers and Employability Fair PUPILS from Kings’ School, Winchester had a fantastic opportunity to investigate their future education and career options by attending the schools bespoke Careers and Employability Fair. With over 50 exhibitors; including colleges, training providers, universities, employers and a bespoke STEM Hub (science, technology, engineering and maths) help was on hand to provide information, advice and guidance, with no one stuck for inspiration. In the evening, parents were invited to share the experience with their children, and develop their knowledge and understanding of all the current post 16 options available.

WITH a brand new book out – the 9th in his Samurai series – Chris Bradford, the internationally acclaimed bestselling author of young adult fiction has brought his own particular brand of magic to Kings’ School. The whole year 7 and year 8 cohort were spellbound by his show. Combining his considerable skills with a Samurai sword and his talent for story-telling, Chris held the pupils in rapt attention as he read from his best-selling Samurai books whilst simultaneously brandishing a sword, effortlessly taking multi-tasking

Chris Bradford was a hit with the young readers to a whole new level. It takes a very special kind of person to address well over 300 excitable adolescents and hold their attention, but Chris Bradford did just that. Whether reading from the Samurai series or acting out an extract from the Bodyguard, Chris was ably assisted by enthusiastic volunteers, who often volunteered before realising quite what they were letting themselves in for! Judging by the length of the booksigning queue Chris Bradford was a hit with the young readers of Kings’ School. It’s been a real pleasure to have Chris Bradford back at Kings’ and look forward to his next blockbuster, and of course, his next visit.

I had not appreciated the numerous opportunities available

I feel more confident to ask for information, advice and guidance

I was planning to go to college to study construction but now I’m considering an apprenticeship with a national developer

Edyth Miles

Hampshire Education Awards GREAT news! The second annual Hampshire Education Awards ceremony took place - with a double helping of success for us! The competition for these awards is intense (with more than 500 schools eligible to take part) so we were absolutely delighted that two of our colleagues were shortlisted. At

BULLETIN

Delighted: Hannah Ransome and Lindsey Lee celebrate

SMARTER SCHOOLS!

a glittering ceremony in Winchester Castle, Hannah Ransome made the final list in the Rising Stars category, while Head of German and Study Skills-guru Lindsey Lee won the overall award for Teaching and Learning. Both awards were thoroughly deserved and we were absolutely delighted for this recognition of their dedication and skill.

Eight Year 8 pupils made it through to the finals of the ‘Smarter Schools’ initiative sponsored by, and held at, IBM in Hursley. More than forty pupils had originally taken part in an event at Kings’ and the winning two teams from Year 8 then went on to spend two days at IBM. They were treated to behind the scenes tours and ultimately presented their Eco related ideas to a panel of judges made up of IBM staff. Although they did not win, their ideas based on encouraging the use of less plastic bottles in school and on a type of ‘swap shop’ were very well thought out and inspirational. Hopefully, we may see their ideas come to fruition at Kings’, sometime in the future.


news

November 2019

winchestertoday.co.uk 5

AN UNFORGETTABLE CHRISTMAS AT WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL Shopping, skating and Carols return this festive season WINCHESTER has undoubtedly become a must-visit destination for all those in search of an authentic Christmas experience, and you’ll find the majestic Winchester Cathedral at the heart of the festivities. Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is one of the best in Europe, with over 100 chalets. Visitors travel from far and wide to soak up the bustling festive atmosphere. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, you’ll be captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market, with tempting seasonal treats and exclusive Christmas gifts. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will be open daily from Thursday 21 November – Sunday 22 December from 10.00am, until 6.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and 8.00pm Thursday to Saturday. Admission to the Christmas Market is free. Located at the heart of Winchester Cathedral’s famous Christmas Market, the real open-air Ice Rink enjoys stunning views of the Cathedral whilst the clear roof guarantees a rain-free skate whatever the weather. Regularly voted as one of the top 10 Ice Rinks in the UK, and recommended by Countryfile Magazine, Families Online and Days Out with the Kids, Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink is the

The Christmas Market is one of the best in Europe

perfect destination for skaters of all ages and abilities this Christmas. Penguins and banana skate aids are available and special Parent and Toddler sessions offer a family-friendly environment for younger skaters. Fabulously festive decorations and a large Christmas Tree in the centre of the rink will fill skaters with festive cheer, whilst the cosy Ice Café offers the perfect opportunity to enjoy an après-skate before exploring the Christmas Market. New for 2019, the Ice Rink will now

be offering 2 for 1 Student Nights every Tuesday evening from 26 November – 17 December. A Skate and Escape lunchtime offer has also been launched on weekdays from 12noon – 3.00pm until 19 December, including a 30-minute skate and a sandwich for just £10. Ice Rink tickets are available from £6.95 - £11.50. Advanced booking is advised, especially for weekend skating, and tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office on 01962 857276 or online at www.winchester-cathedral. org.uk Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink will be open from Thursday 21 November – Sunday 5 January from 10am – 9am (last session starts at 8pm). Visitors from near and far should also take time to explore the magnificent Cathedral itself, one of the finest medieval Cathedrals in Europe. With a towering Christmas tree and traditional carol services throughout December, Winchester Cathedral really does epitomize the true joy of Christmas. So after a long day of shopping at the Christmas Market or skating on the Ice Rink, visit Winchester Cathedral to make your own treasured memories. You won’t be disappointed! To plan your visit to Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market and Ice Rink, please visit www.winchestercathedral.org.uk/christmas

CHRISTMAS MARKET AND ICE RINK 2019 WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS MARKET 21 NOVEMBER - 22 DECEMBER 2019 WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL ICE RINK 21 NOVEMBER 2019 - 5 JANUARY 2020 Explore one of the best Christmas Markets in Europe, renowned for its high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere, before skating on the spectacular real Ice Rink in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral. Ice Rink tickets available from £6.95. Book your Ice Rink tickets today from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857276. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk


news

6 winchestertoday.co.uk

November 2019

PROGRESS AT HOSPICE

THANKS to the fundraising efforts of the entire community, builders have now been appointed and work on Burrell House is due to begin in early December. Reside Construction and Ridge Property & Construction Consultants will transform the historic building on the Royal Hampshire County Hospital site to Winchester Hospice, a modern facility for patients and their loved ones to receive the best possible care. The hospice will have 10 inpatient rooms as well as outpatient facilities, acting as a hub for specialist palliative

Transformed: Dr Lara Alloway and members of the Winchester Hospice team inside Burrell House with Reside Construction and Ridge Property & Construction Consultants

care both on site and in the community, allowing the expert team to be there to care for patients with long-term illnesses, and those at the end of their lives. It’s hoped that Winchester Hospice will open its doors in early 2021, but a further £1million needs to be raised – and there are plenty of ways to get involved as Chief Medical Officer at Hampshire Hospitals, Dr Lara Alloway explains: “We are incredibly excited that the building works are due to start shortly, and are so

thankful to everyone who has given their time or generously donated to help make this a reality. “We aren’t at our fundraising total yet, so I would encourage everybody to get behind Winchester Hospice and be part of our story. Access to local hospice services and having a place for families to be together at such a critical time is invaluable, and we know this will make a huge difference to the local community in Winchester when the hospice opens.”

It’s time once again to think about flu and all the dangers surrounding it. Hampshire Hospitals have been hard at work making sure as many of their patient-facing staff at the RHCH as possible are vaccinated. Here’s chief medical officer Lara Alloway getting her flu vaccination.

GORDON HILL

TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT

PERSONAL TRAINING At Gordon Hill we know that every person we work with is an individual, which is why we tailor our training and nutrition plans to your specific body, your goals and your exercise experience. We cover all aspects of training with an initial screening by our sports therapist, which helps to inform the structure of our training recommendations, right through to the final stages of your body transformation and we work closely with you to create effective nutrition programming throughout your journey. During the process of achieving your goals, you will be educated to understand the mechanics of your body, how to reach your potential through specific exercise. We also offer customised nutrition programming to effectively fuel your training that you will genuinely enjoy. Please call for further details all levels of fitness abilities are catered for.

t: 07718 906903 info@gordonhill.co.uk www.gordonhill.co.uk

NM7912 - Promotional Leaflets2.indd 1

CALL US NOW TO A FITTER WAY OF LIFE... 02/07/2018 17:29


The Winchester Film Festival is proudly supported by Good luck for another year of great screenings!


news

November 2019

winchestertoday.co.uk 11

THE BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN! HERE’S a splendid excuse to visit the beach at the weekend, whatever the weather, as it’s that special time of year that welcomes thousands of birds returning to the Solent. There have already been sightings of large numbers of brent geese, redshank and turnstone at Hill Head, near Titchfield; black-tailed godwit at Keyhaven Harbour; sanderling and ringed plover at Ryde on the Isle of Wight; Oystercatcher on Hayling Island and Teal in Portchester. Many of the birds will have spent weeks flying from arctic regions to get to our shores, so it’s no surprise that they are tired and hungry. The Solent offers food rich mudflats and beaches which are a perfect place for the birds to feed and rest. However, their challenges are far from over. The birds need to find food, catch

The Solent offers food rich mudflats and beaches

Welcome: Oystercatchers, as seen on Hayling Island (above). Turnstone, as seen at Hill Head (top right).

STORAGE made easy

•24/7 access•Sizes to suit your needs• •Short or long term•Easy to find, easy to use• •On your doorstep•

01962 771993 www.barn-store.co.uk

Holden Farm Cheriton SO24 0NX

it and compete with others to feast on it. All this, alongside a meal time that is dictated by low tide and carries the risk of being interrupted by people visiting the coast. This is where we’re told we can all make a difference, simply by keeping our distance, exercising dogs away from the birds and staying on paths where they exist. Seán Woodward is Chairman of the Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH), which oversees Bird Aware: “The diverse birdlife we see on our Solent shores is fabulous. We must do all we can to ensure future generations will enjoy them too.” So, if you manage to get down to the beach at the weekend, make sure you keep a lookout for these winged wonders and give them plenty of space to feed and rest – they have travelled a long way to get here!


comment

12 winchestertoday.co.uk

November 2019

by Richard Horsman

Fork in fast food fiasco All I’d asked for was a fork. I really wasn’t ready for the consternation such a simple request could unleash. My daughter went into one of her displays of cringing embarrassment .. mum, how can dad be just so totally stupid? I believe my son actually rolled his eyes at me. I can’t be sure on the latter point, as I wasn’t looking at him. My attention was focussed instead on Daryl, whose badge informed me he was a three-star team captain, there to ensure I had The Perfect Dining Experience Today and Everyday. He’d stopped chewing, and had gone strangely silent. Such a contrast from his previous non-stop patter asking if I wanted to go large on my fries or upgrade to a premium beverage or, I dunno, buy a timeshare in Minorca or date the Colonel’s daughter, anything to extract more money for my meal than the price actually stated on the brightly lit menu. It’s probably obvious by now I don’t go into fast food joints very often. Sure, I eat burgers from time to time, but not normally in ... there. A burger on a pub menu is pretty much like everything else on a pub menu; inoffensive, but vaguely disappointing, like a comedy show on Radio 4. You know you’ll be underwhelmed by the experience but it still seems like a good idea if you’re on your own in a strange town, or when you’re bored. But tonight was different. We’d been driving a long time to get home, everywhere was closed, the kids were hungry and then, just like in the adverts, the neon hoardings rose over the horizon to offer

I’m a dab right hand at finishing my last smidgin of meat and spinach masala with my final shred of chapatti a taste of the authentic US of A alongside the A 34. Ordering went smoothly notwithstanding Daryl’s sales pitch – say no to owt that costs is hard-wired into my ancestral Yorkshire DNA. Four apparently identical sandwiches, despite having different names, appeared on four playschool coloured trays. Four buckets of fizzy sugar drink were placed in the little round indentations. Then the chips arrived, spilling artfully from their slightly too small cardboard cones. For a given value of “artfully”, that is. Then it all went wrong. “Can I have a fork, please?” How else is one meant to eat one’s chips? That’s chips. Not chips as in crisps, or as in gambling tokens, but chips as in fries. But then Fry’s to me means Turkish Delight, and French fries are frites so it’s all very confusing. As are the rules about fingers. Some things in the gastronomic universe are natural finger food. Curry, for example. I spent my youth reporting the mean streets of

LANTERN PARADE 2019

Bradford where it’s possible to feed a family of four in a traditional Formica and strip light curry house for the cost of half an onion bhaji in the Prince’s Ransom, all flock wallpaper and brass elephants, on a typical southern high street. I’m a dab right hand at finishing my last smidgin of meat and spinach masala with my final shred of chapatti, thereby avoiding that generous South Asian hospitality that always delivers more curry or more bread depending on what’s just run out. No problem there. Pizza is fine with the fingers, so long as it’s proper crispy pizza and not the soggy and cholesterol laden deep pan variety. As for stuffed crust, that’s an undisputed crime against Italy that should be referred to the Geneva Convention as a cruel and unusual condiment. Even moules qualify to manger avec les mains, using the shell of the first to extract the contents of the second and so on. They even provide a finger bowl in the smarter places, assuming one hasn’t drunk the contents wondering why on earth they serve mussels with hot Lemsip, let’s not go there. But chips? No way. There are standards. I can recall being taken to a burger bar for a treat when I was a toddler. Many of the old sixties brands seem to have disappeared long ago, although I understand there are in fact still a few branches about in the provinces, the staff like Japanese soldiers at the end of WW2 unaware fighting is over, drawing logos by hand with a red felt pen on the napkins and dreaming of the glorious day when new supplies will arrive. Mum cut my sandwich into four wedges. And I ate my chips with a fork. Some things are just meant to be.

The Lantern Parade is back for 2019, but bigger and better than ever! Make your own lantern with BellaCrafts, see the displays in the Cathedral, and join a fun family parade starting from the Cathedral and finishing with a stunning fireworks display. Visit the Cathedral website to find out more. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/whats-on In association with BellaCrafts

When did Halloween become a thing? It was always there on the calendar of course, and celebrated in a very Blue Peter way with dressing up in a pointy witch’s hat and harmless fun like bobbing for apples or pin the blame on the parents or burning the local bobby to ensure a fertile harvest … or was that just in The Wicker Man? It seems a recent thing that it’s become an excuse to kick start ‘the holidays’ with a bit of dabbling in the occult and licenced extortion for anyone under 18. Now the last day of October is second only to Easter as an excuse to send chocolate factories into meltdown. It’s rumoured J K Rowling makes a Killingimus Fiscallimus Obscena, and as for Vincent Price and Peter Cushing, being dead has had absolutely no detrimental effect on their scary street cred with the punters. Quite the reverse. It’s almost killed off mischief night, that quintessentially English tradition on the eve of Guy Fawkes’ when kids tied dustbin lids to door handles and then rang the doorbell. How we used to laugh at the spuds stuck up exhaust pipes and other commemorations of the attempt by the plotters of 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament. After all, that Parliament is now universally admired for its ability to solve the knottiest of national problems in an atmosphere of calm and rational debate with mutual respect on all sides for differing opinions, understandably the envy of the free world …

Truly local radio for Winchester from Winchester, by Winchester

Charity, WINCHESTER RADIO which has provided the hospital radio service for patients in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital since 1984, now provides a truly local radio service across Winchester and the surrounding villages.

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL LANTERN PARADE THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER, 6.30PM

Scare Stories

We promote grassroots community groups, events and activities, telling you what’s happening locally, and encouraging active participation and engagement.

Tune-in on 94.7FM Listen online at winchester.radio Listen on your smartphone or tablet using the Radioplayer app Tell Alexa to… “Ask Radioplayer to play Winchester Radio”

Do you enjoy listening to Winchester Radio? Support us by taking out a £10 voluntary monthly subscription - simply visit winchester.radio and click on “Donate”. Or donate by phone, text RADIO followed by the amount (up to £30) to 70085 – to donate £20, text RADIO 20 to 70085.


arts

November 2019

winchestertoday.co.uk 13

A MOVING PORTRAYAL OF A LEGEND Chris Book urges you to see the latest big-screen musical biopic

ESSENTIAL

VINYL

JUDY Dir. Rupert Goold

★★★★✩ FIRST Freddie, then Elton and now Judy. When are these biopics ever going to end? Hopefully, never at this rate as the quality keeps on coming in bucket loads. This film shows Judy Garland absolutely played to perfection by Rene Zellwegger more than down on her uppers in 1969. Homeless, penniless and having to resort to appearing in back street American pubs and clubs with her two children and being paid in dollar bills stuffed into brown envelopes. Matters only get worse when her hotel re-lets her suite while she is out performing with the children, Lorna and Joey, and ends up trawling Los Angeles in a taxi looking for a bed for the night at one o’clock in the morning which she eventually finds at the home of her ex-husband, Sidney Luft (Rufus Sewell) who challenges her for custody of the Luft children. Desperate not to leave her children and tour again, but having no choice, she finally succumbs to a very lucrative offer of a five week stint at the Talk of the Town in London and makes her way across the Atlantic where she discovers her British fans still adore her and the show is sold out every night. Already, by now a chronic alcoholic and totally reliant on prescription drugs, she heads off to the rehearsal room on the day before the opening night and her legendary Diva-esque antics kick in straight away which doesn’t bode well for the rest of the run. Rosalyn Wilder, her PA played by Jessie Buckley (what a favour the BBC did the film world back a few years ago when she came second in the search for a new Nancy in I’d Do Anything), tries to keep her new charge on the straight and narrow on behalf

Superb: Rene Zellwegger inhabits Garland perfectly

This film shows Judy Garland absolutely played to perfection of her boss Bernard Delfont (Michael Gambon); Delfont being portrayed in a more forgiving light than he was in Stan and Ollie a few months ago. The film very cleverly uses quite disturbing flashbacks of a young Judy (Darci Shaw) being mercilessly bullied and manipulated by the staff at MGM including studio boss, Louis B Mayer during the filming of The Wizard of Oz.

Photo: David Hindley Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions

She was fed a diet of pills to keep her awake, fall asleep and keep her weight off. She was deprived of all the things a young girl should have in her early teens, but was forbidden to have. On the back of that you could see why she behaved like she did for the rest of her short life and ended up like she did. There is a great scene when she finds solace in a couple of adoring middle aged gay stage door johnnies, who whisk her away for an evening after a show; something she probably never experienced at all in her lifetime but, if true, she embraced it and loved every minute of their company and affection that night. Going back to Rene Zellwegger, her portrayal of the late forty-something Judy is more than superb. She captures her mannerisms, voice, style and looks to an absolute T. The performances on stage at the Talk of the Town are quite excellent where she goes from ranting abusive drunk to world class entertainer with a flick of her hand or a shimmy of

Another Sumptuous Triumph For ENB CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON’S CINDERELLA English National Ballet, music by Sergei Prokoviev Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

WOW. Who could have failed to have been moved by any aspect of this production; a genuine pre-Christmas treat for all theatre-goers and lovers of this classic tale? Those who went to the opening night witnessed beautiful costumes, fantastic dancing, stunning scenery and effects – and a real orchestra! We were all hooked from the moment we knew something was wrong with Cinderella’s mother. The opening sequence was haunting yet beautifully staged. From that moment on there followed the best part of two hours of some of the best dancing the Mayflower will see in a long time. I loved the ‘little extras’… the moment when Cinderella accidentally trod on the Prince’s foot and what happens next… the fireworks effects outside… the puppets… and the ever-growing and changing tree which takes us through the

Who could have failed to have been moved by any aspect of this production Image © Jason Bell

seasons. The spring/summer/autumn/ winter sequence drew deserved applause. The puppets and effects came into their own at the end of Act 1 when we saw Cinderella’s carriage. This little sequence drew loud applause long before it had actually ended. Inspired, fantastic. Sergei Prokofiev’s score for Cinderella is said to have been written especially with dancing in mind. Gavin Sutherland led the note-perfect English National Ballet

Philharmonic. The timpani thumped when the loud fireworks were in the sky. You could hear the clock counting down. I loved it when the principal dancers were given their own moments to show off their skills individually – and the music written particularly for them. Credit too to the stepsisters (Fernanda Oliveira and Shiori Kase), for it cannot be easy to dance deliberately in a bad way – and to the stepmother (Sarah Kundi) who had the drunken dancing off to an art. The ballroom scenes were lavish – and even included Russian, Spanish and

her dress, to when she cannot get any lower talking to her kids at two o’clock in the morning from a red telephone box in the back streets of a cold rainy Soho in the middle of winter. It tugged the heartstrings in every direction. A very fine thread runs through the film involving, believe it or not, the 1960s skiffle star, Lonnie Donegan (of My Old Man’s a Dustman fame) who apparently was put on standby just in case Judy failed to turn up or deliver every night at the club. He only had a fleeting appearance or mention a couple of times throughout, but there is a lovely scene between them both just at the end of the film which I thought was so touching. If you’re left wondering if she does sing that song, well, wait and see, you won’t be disappointed. Go and see this film. We all know what happened to Judy some six months after when she was taken from us so prematurely at such an early age with so much more to give her adoring fans. Enjoy this portrayal of her swansong, it’s a good one. Balinese princesses who were all paraded in front of the Prince as potential brides. The English National Ballet rotate their main performers, but I was very glad that this particular show was given to First Soloist Emma Hawes to dance Cinderella and Principal Francesco Gabriele Frola to portray Prince Guillaume (pictured). Their on-stage chemistry was perfect. Emma was born in Delaware and joined the ENB in 2018, and you may have already seen her dance Cinderella at the Royal Albert Hall. She is just as you would imagine Cinderella to be both in rags and her ballgown: tall, elegant, beautiful. I declare that she looked as if she enjoyed every single second of dancing that part. I’m sure all adults and all children in the auditorium were totally captivated by her. Francesco also joined the ENB in 2018, has danced around the world and has won medals galore. You can see why. He says his career highlight is dancing Neumeier’s Nijinsky at the Champs Elysees Theatre in Paris. It’s the ENB’s 70th anniversary – and all credit to them for giving away 70 tickets to local charities and organisations – and a special treat to one lucky audience member! Also, thanks to the Mayflower volunteers who managed to dig out some of that ENB memorabilia and programmes from the years danced at the Mayflower as the ENB and the Festival Ballet. Fantastic from start to end.

THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD

Released: September 1969 Apple Records If you’re a true Beatles fan, you will have probably tried to embrace everything they’ve done from the 1962-1970 ‘main catalogue’, from Love Me Do, right through to The Long and Winding Road, catching all the albums and films in between. I feel sure, though, that you have your favourites from a particular time period. For me, it was always Revolver. Mainly because it was in the house and I used to play it over and over during the holidays almost from the time it was released. There’s cine film somewhere of me in the bath singing Yellow Submarine at the age of six. Good old Ringo, he brought fun and laughter to all sixyear-olds. Thankfully though I got to learn the other tracks pretty quickly! Abbey Road was never in the house. It was only much later on in life that I came to really appreciate the album. I knew the single of course (Something and Come Together as a double ‘A’ side) - but that didn’t really excite me. It passed me by until I went to work in Belgium in the early 80s. A friend there used to bang on all the time about Abbey Road, the front cover and that it was the best thing since sliced bread. I still couldn’t see it. I now know that others like me felt the same way. But they knew Side 2 was marvellous, and I didn’t. It was then that my radio boss Stephane Shaw took me to one side and said: “Kevin, you just haven’t been listening to it properly. And therefore, you haven’t appreciated it properly.” As we worked in a radio studio, we had a great turntable, mixer and proper headphones. “Listen to the stereo sequence,” he said. By that he meant the medley of eight songs on Side 2 which starts with You Never Give Me Your Money and then which runs beautifully into Sun King… through to The End. And so we did. Wow. Thankfully, a lot of attention was placed on the album recently for its 50th anniversary and it topped the charts once more. Rightly so.. Kevin Gover


MOTORING

14 winchestertoday.co.uk

November 2019

VOLVO TECH LEADING THE WAY VOLVO’S been showing off the brand new infotainment system in the fully electric Volvo XC40. It’s powered by Android, with unprecedented personalisation, improved levels of intuitiveness and new embedded Google technology and services. The electric XC40 is also the first Volvo to receive larger over-the-air software and operating system updates, meaning it will keep evolving and improving over time, rather than it being at its peak when it leaves the factory. Henrik Green is Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars: “We are finally giving you the same experience in your car that you’re used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving.”

NEW HYBRID PEUGEOTS COMING TO THE UK

PEUGEOT has opened reservations for four new plug-in hybrid models; the 3008 SUV HYBRID, 3008 SUV GT HYBRID4, all-new 508 HYBRID and 508 SW HYBRID, with customers able to place their reservations online with a £500 deposit – and with deliveries starting January 2020. All four of the models can be fully charged in under two hours using a standard 7kW Wallbox. Customers can also benefit from reduced chargepoint purchase and installation costs thanks to a Government grant that offers a 75% contribution (up to £500) towards home chargepoints. David Peel is Managing Director of Peugeot UK: “2020 will be a significant year for Peugeot, as we officially start our UK deliveries of our new generation of fully electric vehicles, alongside all-new plug-in hybrid variants. “The 3008 SUV HYBRID, 3008 SUV GT HYBRID4, 508 HYBRID and 508 SW HYBRID confirm our promise of having an electrified variant across our entire model line-up by 2023.”

It will keep evolving and improving over time

Toyota refine transport VAUXHALL SCOOPS SMALL for 2020 athletes ATHLETES at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be able to make use of a fleet of automated zero emission vehicles, specially adapted and supplied by Toyota. The “Tokyo 2020” version of the Toyota e-Palette will run a loop service in the athletes’ villages, providing competitors and staff with a convenient, regular and easy means of getting around. Toyota reworked the design of its

e-Palette – a multi-purpose, fully autonomous, battery-electric vehicle – using feedback from athletes to ensure it met their needs, as project leader Takahiro Muta explains: “Throughout the development process, athletes, especially Paralympians, helped us understand how the e-Palette could be adapted and upgraded to better meet their needs for simple, convenient and comfortable mobility.”

Upgraded: the Toyota e-Palette has major updates for the Olympic and Paralympic games

VAN OF THE YEAR

Toyota reworked the design using feedback from athletes

VAUXHALL’S Combo Cargo has been named Small Van of the Year at the 2019 Commercial Fleet Awards, fending off strong competition in its category. Scooping up yet another award win, the popular model continues to attract widespread praise across the industry. The Combo Cargo was acclaimed by a carefully-selected judging panel, comprising members of commercial fleet’s editorial team, in addition to fleet managers and representatives of the industry’s most important business. Richard Hughes is Vauxhall’s Commercial Vehicle Director: “It is fantastic news to win another award for the Combo Cargo and I’d like to thank

Commercial Fleet for this latest honour. With great versatility, capacity and economy, the van is a true workhorse to help carry British business.” The Combo Cargo is available in numerous variants, including short or long-wheelbase, plus a five-seater crew cab with two sliding doors as standard. Vauxhall’s compact van also has a load volume of up to 4.4m3, a payload of up to 1,000kg and a loading length of up to 3,440mm for objects and work material. The load area is wide enough for up to two Euro pallets – even in the standard wheelbase version. Extremely long items such as pipes and wooden planks can be stowed at an angle thanks to the optional roof hatch.


What’s On

November 2019

winchestertoday.co.uk 15

What’s On in Winchester and beyond November-December 2019 Ongoing Kings and Scribes Winchester Cathedral

Sunday 10 November The Who’s Tommy The Album Live! Theatre Royal Winchester. On the 50th anniversary of its release, The Goldhawks perform Tommy, The Album - Live! Witness a band who have received accolades from The Who’s friends and family. 7.30pm. Tickets £25. Tel: 01962 840440

Monday 11 November Saturday 16 November Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced - A Miss Marple Mystery Theatre Royal Winchester. Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Wed Matinee 1.30pm, Sat Matinee 2.30pm Tickets £15 - £29. Tel: 01962 840440

Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November A Christmas Carol

Thursday 21 November Christmas Market and Ice Rink Opening Ceremony Enjoy professional ice skating displays, live music and the blessing of the tree. A free event, 6.30pm. The Christmas Market will be open until 22 December and the Ice Rink will be open until 5 January.

RACHEL GOVER Cathedral and processing around the Outer Close. Full details, including workshop dates, are available on the Cathedral website.)

Saturday 30 November Dick Whittington Begins! Theatre Royal Winchester. 7pm. PREVIEW

Sunday 1 December Dick Whittington

Tuesday 19 NovemberSaturday 23 November Diamonds Are For Trevor

Theatre Royal Winchester. 11.30am and 2.30pm. PREVIEW

Cheriton Players at Cheriton Village Hall. SOLD OUT

Tuesday 3 December Dick Whittington

Friday 22 November – Thursday 19 December Christmas and Twilight Tours

Theatre Royal Winchester. 10am. (Performances continue until Sunday 5 January 2020)

Experience the best views of Winchester and the Christmas Market and Ice Rink. £10 available from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275 or online www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Friday 13 December Christmas Concert

Theatre Royal Winchester. With Olivier Award winner Guy Masterson, famed for being a solo performer who brings multiple characters to life. Wed, 7.30pm. Tickets £10 - £17. Tel: 01962 840440

Saturday 23 November Modern Calligraphy Workshop for Beginners

Tuesday 19 November Winchester Ghost Tour

Cathedral 6.30pm (Participants should arrive between 5.30pm and 6.00pm. Make your own lantern with Bella Crafts and join a fun family parade starting from the

Royal Oak, Royal Oak Passage. 8.30pm - 10pm

You do NOT have to pay to have your event listed here! You send details by email to news@winchestertoday.co.uk or tweet us the info @winchestertoday All event details listed are correct at time of going to press.

COMPILED BY

Winchester Cathedral, 7.00pm. Music, laughter and delight, featuring Winchester Cathedral Choir and award-winning comedian Hugh Dennis. Tickets £20–£40 available from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275 or online www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

Chawton House. 10.30am - 2.30pm

Saturday 14 December The Snowman

Thursday 28 November Lantern Parade

Pinball wizardry: The Goldhawks perform the Who’s Tommy at Theatre Royal Winchester on the 10th November

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER, 7.00PM An evening of music, laughter and delight, featuring Winchester Cathedral Choir and award-winning comedian Hugh Dennis, star of BBC One’s Outnumbered, Radio 4’s The Now Show and BBC Two’s Mock the Week. A fundraising concert for Winchester Cathedral’s Choral Foundation. Tickets: £20–£40 available from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275 or online from the Cathedral website. www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk

On the big screen in the Cathedral Nave with music provided by a live orchestra. 1.00pm, 3.00pm & 7.15pm. Tickets from £16 available from the Cathedral Box Office 01962 857275 or online www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk


puzzles

16 winchestertoday.co.uk CROSSWORD

November 2019

SUDOKU – MEDIUM Across 7 2nd smallest continent (6) 8 Microphone inventor (6) 9 Probability (4) 10 Fragile (8) 11 Join (5) 12 Couple (7) 14 Long established (3-4) 16 Mature (5) 19 Yes (3,5) 20 Profane expression (4) 21 Reduce (6) 22 Vestige (6)

Down 1 Painful abdominal complaint (8,5) 2 Maiden Castle county (6) 3 Is inclined (5) 4 Colours developing in Autumn (7) 5 Performing animal show (6) 6 Reflection (13) 13 Conceive (7) 15 Shove (6) 17 Gadget (6) 18 Hiding place (5)

SUDOKU – HARD

WORD SEARCH

WORD LADDER

Card Games Brag Bunko Canasta Carlton Crib Demon

Fan-Tan Faro Fish Gin Grab Hearts

Hi-Low Misere Nap Ombre Poker Red Dog

Rouge et Noir Rummy Skat Solo Spades

Stop Whist

Change the bottom word into the top one a letter at a time, making a new word with each change. Write your changes between the rungs.

CODEWORD

ALL SOLUTIONS ON PAGE 2

Profile for Winchester Today

Winchester Today - November 2019  

The online version of the November 2019 edition of Winchester Today

Winchester Today - November 2019  

The online version of the November 2019 edition of Winchester Today