Angling board game floated at Langrish House fundraiser

A fundraising evening of board game fun was held at Langrish House Hotel in April, raising £292 for The Rosemary Foundation.

Petersfield’s Mike Haggerty, inventor of the Great Fishing Match Game, launched his new version of this family board game at the event. The game, for all ages from six years upwards, is based on angling. The aim is to catch the most fish.

He has also written a second little book of amusing poems to give patients in hospital waiting rooms “a little bit of cheeriness.”

See or call 07599 790586 to find out more.


Sew happy to win more awards!

Jo Watts, Sew Creative, Petersfield

Sew Creative in Lavant Street, Petersfield, has won three more awards.

The first award, ‘Best for Inspiration’ by Sew magazine was in recognition of the fabulous Sew Saturday/ Second Birthday celebrations held in October 2016.

Jo Watts, owner said: “We are delighted and thank our fantastic team and our wonderful customers who all made the event such a success. How do we top this next year?!”

Sew Creative has also been awarded two runner-up national awards for the second year running, for Best Independent Haberdashery Shop in the South of England and Best Sew Saturday Event.

Jo said: “We are naturally delighted and thank all our customers who voted for us. A special thanks also goes to our team who provide such amazing service every single day and maintain our unique busy atmosphere and welcome.”


Hounds salute Hays Travel for its fundraising dog bandanas

The staff at Hays Travel in Petersfield have been working with Petersfield-based charity Hounds for Heroes for around a year now.

This charity provides specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the UK Armed Forces and Emergency Services.

From left to right: Charmaine (Travel Consultant) with Miley, April (Assistant Manager), Kelly (Apprentice) and Fiona (Manager) with Woody. In front: Allen (Founder of Hounds for Heroes) with assistance dogs EJ and Rookie.

Charmaine at hays said: “We wanted to think of something that we could do in order to continually raise money for Hounds for Heroes rather than  a one-off event and wanted this to coincide with the type of charity that we were working with. After much thought about our fundraising, we decided in March 2016 that we were going to handmake unique dogs’ bandanas and sell them for £5 each with 100% of the profit going to Hounds for Heroes. We bought our materials from Sew Creative in Lavant Street or online on eBay and made the bandanas ourselves in out-of-work time.

“We did display our bandanas in our shop window, but being a Travel Agent not many people would recognise what we were aiming to do, so on the 1st April 2016 we set up our Facebook page Handmade by Hays (

“Since setting up our Facebook page we have raised £302 for the charity which we presented to founder Allen Parton on Saturday, February 4,  and are continuing with our fundraising indefinitely, in the hope of raising a lot more for the charity in the future.”

Allen Parton (Founder of Hounds for Heroes) said: “The level of support the charity receives is overwhelming at times, every penny received makes a huge impact on our ability to create and provide life changing Hounds to our injured service personnel. Hays Travel; we salute you!”

Try hypnotherapy for New Year resolution success

Petersfield has a new Hypnotherapy service. Jenny West, a professional hypnotherapist, said that it is “an ideal way to increase the chances of making a permanent change for 2017”.

Jenny, who recently qualified with the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and works from her consultation room in Love Lane, described hypnotherapy as “a type of complementary therapy that uses hypnosis, which is an altered state of consciousness. It gets to the root of the issue so that changes can be made to support your goals quickly and efficiently.”

“After first-hand experience of how powerful hypnotherapy can be, I developed a passion for learning and applying the techniques to also help other people achieve their full potential. Whilst I’ve a personal interest in hypnosis for sports and business skills, I use the techniques to support a wide range of issues including weight loss, phobias and depression.”

Life before hypnotherapy was a very different one. Between 2002 and 2013, Jenny started, grew and eventually sold a successful Hampshire-based travel business, Planet Cruise.

Jenny is available for a free initial telephone consultation on 01730 302377 and can also be contacted via her website

Haslemere interiors and flooring companies merge

Two established businesses in Haslemere are to merge as Alan Baker Flooring and interior design store The Silkroad are coming together to form a new store which will be known as Silkroad Interiors and Flooring.  Although the interiors and specialist flooring departments will continue to provide independent services and products where needed, the aim of the new showroom will be to offer a cohesive service for those clients looking for an innovative and comprehensive approach to their interiors.

This  development marks the next stage of evolution for both businesses and will see them sited together at the Alan Baker Flooring showroom in Wey Hill, Haslemere, more than doubling the size of the current Silkroad showroom.

Alan Baker, who is owner of Alan Baker Flooring and The Silkroad is delighted with this exciting growth step for both businesses. He said: “Our vision is that the businesses, whilst offering their own products and services, can also complement and support each other.  The entire team are raring to go and can’t wait to be a part of the future of the Silkroad.”

The companies will both operate under the Silkroad brand, becoming Silkroad Interiors and Silkroad Flooring respectively.

The grand opening of the new Silkroad Flooring and Interiors is planned for February 2017.   However, in the meantime it is still very much business as usual for both companies while the extensive building work to prepare for the new store opening is ongoing.




Sew Creative in Petersfield has  won two runner up awards for Best Independent Haberdashery Shop in the South of England and Best Sewing Workshops/ Course nationally.

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.