Badminton Winner

Hindhead Student Wins Competition to Design Jump at Badminton Horse Trials
Talented youngster’s design chosen to be showcased at prestigious event

Hindhead schoolgirl Lyla Mainwaring, has been chosen as the winner in a competition to design part of charity World Horse Welfare’s cross country fence at the 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Lyla’s stunning design of a horse created out of rusted horseshoes and plants will now be brought to life at the prestigious Gloucestershire event in May which draws in crowds of up to 250,000 people every year. Eight year-old Lyla entered the competition to design a fence for World Horse Welfare as part of its Charity of the Year status at the iconic event.

Lyla, a student at Amesbury School, based the design on her own pony, Ronnie, after finding out about the competition from Pony Magazine. She explains the inspiration behind her idea:

“My design is a lying down topiary pony made from old rusty horseshoes. The front of the pony is looked after and cared for, planted with lovely flowers and lush grass and moss so he is all bushy and green. The back section is not being looked after and is just rusty old horseshoes so the pony is becoming invisible.”

Lyla has now won the chance to attend Badminton Horse Trials in May and see her design brought to life on the iconic cross country course which will be jumped by some of the world’s top eventers.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said:

“We were so impressed with all of the amazing entries we received to the fence design competition, but Lyla’s really stood out as a beautiful and unique way to visualise our invisible horse initiative.

“We can’t wait to see it in pride of place at Badminton in May and hope Lyla has a wonderful day out to see her work in action!”

World Horse Welfare has named 2016 the year to highlight the world’s invisible horses who often suffer in silence as people either cannot or choose not to see them. From the horses left in barns and stables for weeks on end, to those working many hours every day on the streets of Choluteca in Honduras or Cape Town in South Africa who go unnoticed by governments and policymakers, to the horses transported long distances across borders to uncertain futures and those who sadly are sometimes found too late. World Horse Welfare will be focussing on a number of key themes as the year progresses including; foals, rescue and rehoming, working horses around the world and campaigning to improve laws to protect horses.

For more information please call Carys Samuel on: 01953497248 or 07826 871 682 or Jessica Stark on: 07900 994002 or email /

About World Horse Welfare:
Visit our website here:
World Horse Welfare (Registered charity no: 206658 and SC038384), is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and worldwide through education, campaigning and hands-on care of horses.  Since we were founded in 1927, our whole approach has been practical, based on scientific evidence and our extensive experience, and focused on delivering lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.
In the UK our dedicated network of Field Officers investigate and resolve welfare problems, and we run four Rescue and Rehoming Centres where horses in need can receive specialist care, undergo rehabilitation and find loving new homes through our rehoming scheme – the largest of its kind in the UK. Our international programmes alleviate the suffering of thousands of working horses by providing essential knowledge for horse owning communities in the developing world. We also work tirelessly to change legislation and attitudes to horse welfare through campaigns and education, including our founding campaign to end the suffering endured by the tens of thousands of horses transported long-distance across Europe to slaughter each year. We support the responsible use of horses in sport, and are independent welfare advisers to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
World Horse Welfare relies on voluntary donations. Our supporters are our lifeblood and we always aim to fundraise in a caring and responsible way. Our fundraising activity is governed by the Charity Commission and follows guidance provided by the Fundraising Standard Board (FSB), but we also go much further to ensure our supporters feel valued and protected.  Find out more at:

Save the Children Boutique Bonanza 2016

18 April 2016

Boutique Bonanza 2016

Save the Children Petersfield branch begins its 2016 fundraising with the BIG SALE, now re-christened the Boutique Bonanza and it opens on Thursday 21 April.

As ever volunteers have been busy sorting the fabulous range of clothes and household goods to put on sale.

There’s everything from Bargain Basement to fashion shoes and designer labels, all at the 50/50 arrangement. And with most items ranging from £10 to £30 it proves there is something for everyone.

Our ‘exclusive room’ will contain the best selection of items, so get in early for a chance to find a real bargain.

Taking place at the Petersfield Festival Hall, make sure this is in your diary today. Here are the dates as a reminder to those not in the know yet:

Sale Days: Thursday 21 April 10am – 9pm (Entrance £2 today)
Friday 22 April 10am to 5pm
Saturday 23 April 10am to 1pm
Saturday afternoon sale 2pm to 4pm

With a nominal charge on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are free entry. Refreshments are available from our cafe so you can take a break from shopping. When you’re ready to start again, use one of our personal shopping assistants, find items in your size in our ‘size pods’ or see what’s on offer in the fashion show.

The money raised goes to children throughout the world and in the UK. We helped 17.4 million children through our work in 2014. Our health workers treated three million children suffering from life-threatening diseases.

If you need the Sale instructions letter and the form – please go to our website where they are available to download:

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and make contact by email:

And do make a point of looking at our newly refreshed website, showing pictures of bargains available at the sale.

Note to Editors:

For media enquiries, please contact:
Julie Blackwell:
Tel: 07796146882

About Save the Children:
Save the Children works in more than 120 countries. We save children’s lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.
Save the Children Petersfield website:

Push The Boat Out at Langstone Sailing Club

Whether you’re an absolute beginner, looking to get back on the water or sail regularly, Langstone Sailing Club invites you and your family on Sunday 22nd May from 10am – 4pm.

Enjoy the panoramic views of Chichester and Langstone Harbours from the deck or clubhouse where you will be able to purchase food and refreshments from the galley and licensed bar. Members will be on hand to welcome you and answer any questions you may have.
If you want to try your hand at dinghy sailing, please bring a change of clothing and a towel as you may get wet or pick the dry option and board one of the club members cruisers for a tour of the harbour. We will have flotation devices for you to borrow.

Langstone SC is a family friendly club that welcomes people of all abilities.
Push The Boat Out provides the perfect opportunity for all ages to have a go and find out how fun and affordable sailing can be.

If you would like more information about joining the club, please email Larry at or follow us on Facebook for further updates.
We look forward to seeing you on May 22nd.

Rosebie to feature on BBC’s Countryfile

East Hampshire businesswoman Rosebie Morton, grower of scented garden roses, features in the next episode of BBC 1’s Countryfile on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 7.30 pm.
Filmed on location near Petersfield at the end of May, the programme takes an in-depth look at Rosebie’s mission to only grow roses and other English flowers that have the richest, purest scents.Rosebie was featured in Life in Petersfield’s May/June issue where you can find out more about the company and the workshops run at Rosebie’s house.

A regular stall holder at Winchester’s Farmer’s Market and founder of The Real Flower Company, Rosebie said: “Watch Countryfile and learn all about why scent has been missing in British flowers for so long, and how this inspired me to start growing scented garden roses and ultimately set up The Real Flower Company. I am joined by scent specialist Dr Lorenzo Stafford who explains why the smell of flowers is so bewitching.”

Situated on a 12-acre chalk filled paddock, close to Hinton Ampner, Rosebie grows 30,000 roses which are harvested from May through to September.  From the rich evocative Margaret Merril, to the sublime fragrance of Just Joey and romantic Chandos Beauty, the Paddock is a feast for the senses.

Rosebie runs a series of Myth Busting and Garden Plant courses over the summer and early autumn from the Rose Paddock; the next one being on Tuesday, June 28, followed by others on Thursday, June 30, Friday, July 22, Friday, July 29, Thursday, September 8, and Thursday, October 20.  Other private group tours of her own garden as well as the Rose Paddock can be arranged individually.  Contact 01962 771272.

High-powered performances in a high-class production

Theatre Review      By Katherine Wyld

High-powered performances in a high-class production

‘Ross’ by Terence Rattigan

Chichester Festival Theatre

This exceptional production of Terence Rattigan’s play ’Ross’ will no doubt be remembered as one of the Festival Theatre’s finest and also an extraordinary achievement for the super-talented director Adrian Noble. The strong cast is led by Joseph Fiennes as the hero Lawrence of Arabia, who assumed the name Aircraftman Ross when joining the RAF after the First World War.

Fiennes manages to play the complex, tortured, quite impenetrable character of Lawrence with such inner perception and sensitivity that his performance seems to go beyond good acting. He manages to portray convincingly this baffling character, at once an outrageous extrovert and a reticent, humble, intellectual. He conveya to us a man who claims to have little self-knowledge, but obviously huge intellect.

Lawrence was repeatedly beaten by his mother as a child, these beatings had a profound psychological effect on his character. He was a homosexual which might have had something to do with his complexity.

Lawrence’s performed incredible feats of bravery and endurance in the desert when fighting the Turks with his band of Arab tribesman. He put it down to his ‘will’; he believed in his ‘will’. Fiennes pulls all this off with great delicacy and skill. When Lawrence finally emerges, after the horrific torture he endured when captured by the Turks, in front of their dastardly Military Governor, menacingly played by Michael Feast, Fiennes creeps off stage in such convincing agony, the audience is left stunned and aching.

Terence Rattigan was already an established playwright when wrote Ross a year after the death of T.E. Lawrence in 1936. Rattigan was also a homosexual and a somewhat tortured soul. He wrote on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships and adultery, and a world of repression and reticence. Rattigan was fascinated by the life of Lawrence.

A master playwright, Rattigan peppers his work ingeniously with light and shade.  He skillfully introduces sharp humour when least expected. There are many laughs in Ross, entwining it with the pain and of isolation and the horror of war, death and torture. Lawrence’s deep affection for his tribesmen and love for his man Hamed, so moving, are given to us without a moment’s sentimentality.

The casting is very good, the performances faultless. Paul Freeman gives a powerful, and at the same time subtle, portrayal of General Allenby, who had great respect for Lawrence. Paul Freeman gives weight to this important role.

Other fine performances include: John Hopkins as Aircraftman Dickinson who blackmails Lawrence at the airbase resulting in blowing his identity; Peter Polycarpou as Sheik Auda Abu Tayi, the greedy tribal leader constantly on the brink of being seduced away from the cause by the generosity of Turkish bribes; and Nicholas Prasad as the Hamed, Lawrence’s man.

Finally the sets are magnificent. We are in the desert, we can smell it.  The relentless power of the sun, the lack of water, utter exhaustion.  The filthy, bloodstained cloaks, sand battered faces, parched lips, aching limbs.

Productions at the Festival theatre appear to go from strength to strength, and this production of Ross is hard to beat. Don’t miss this play, which runs until 23 June.