Inventors – your chance to win £31,000 of help from Petersfield company!

Could you do with £31,000 of expert help to get your invention to market? The Morgan Innovation Prize 2019 is open for entries.

The judges are searching for innovators who believe their ideas will have a positive global impact by dramatically improving lives.

The prize is run by Morgan Innovation and Technology, an inventions company based in Petersfield, with 31 years of experience in designing, developing and manufacturing brilliant ideas.

The winner will receive research and development (R&D), production and marketing help to the value of £31,000 from Morgan IAT’s specialist team.

“We know from our own experiences that practical help and support can often be more valuable to an early-stage inventor than cash, so we decided the prize should be made up of R&D and manufacturing services to ensure we deliver a tangible benefit to the winner,” said CEO Nigel Clarke.

Morgan IAT has a real passion for innovation and a strong desire to be an enabler in bridging the gap between inventors having a great idea and being able to bring it to market.

The Morgan IAT Prize was launched in 2017/18 to celebrate Morgan IAT’s 30th anniversary and received 87 fantastic entries.

Last year’s winner Arslan Khalid is currently working with the team on his life-changing invention to detect disease by using a smartphone to profile a single droplet of blood.

Jon Bentley of the Gadget Show will be returning as a judge for the MIAT Prize 2019, along with business experts from Santander, solicitors Moore Blatch, Menzies accountants and East Hampshire District Council. Morgan IAT chairman Sue Clarke and Design Engineer Rajiv Linge will also be judges.

Jon said: “I’m excited to help judge an award that fosters innovation and harnesses creativity to generate ground-breaking visionary products.”

Morgan IAT invests 20% of turnover every year into helping inventors turn their ideas into reality. It has a first-class record in the medical, defence and commercial industries and won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2011 and 2016. Its prize-winning Salurate test for pre-eclampsia is out to user trials overseas.

To enter the MIAT Prize for the chance to win £31,000 worth of R&D visit Entry is free and open until November 11. The MIAT Prize will be awarded to the entry which satisfies the judging panel that it has real commercial potential to change people’s lives for the better. Entrants must be UK residents.

New networking group for Petersfield

Fabulous Networking, the Collaborative Business Community, launches in Petersfield on Friday, September 21. With more than 30 groups in the South East, Fabulous Networking’s monthly meetings are structured but informal, with networking, an exchange of business cards, a 60-second pitch, and a speaker.

The leader of this local group is Nick Keith, founder of Life in Petersfield. “I can assure everyone a warm welcome to this special network, which thrives on ‘Netwinning’ – collaboration, inspiration and support,” he said.

To discover more and register, go to:

WIN a selection of Feather Edge products worth £220!

Feather Edge offers beautifully handcrafted tableware, linen, and home accessories. See or visit Charter Walk Kitchen Living in Haslemere to view the full range.

Owner Amber Craven is offering Lifemags readers the chance to win a £150 voucher and two luxury essential candles in our Life in Haslemere competition.

Simply read the page pictured above, answer the questions, and then send your entries and contact details including telephone number to by June 1 2018.

Please indicate on your entry if you would like to be added to the Feather Edge mailing list.

CPRE Countryside Awards shortlist announced

CPRE Hampshire has announced who has made the shortlist in this year’s Countryside Awards, which has seen a record number of entries. Now in their 11th year, the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England run the awards to recognise and celebrate those working for a beautiful and thriving Hampshire countryside for everyone to value and enjoy.

The Countryside Awards scheme is made possible thanks to sponsorship by The Southern Co-operative (lead and Community and Voluntary category sponsor), Steve’s Leaves (Young People), Hildon (Rural Enterprise) and Hastoe (Sustainable Buildings).

Twenty-one projects are shortlisted and, by local area and award category, they are:

East Hampshire and Winchester District: 

Community and Voluntary

  • First Bite Community Café, Winchester

Young People

  • Forest School at Woodlea Primary, Bordon
  • Kindling Forest School and Parent & Toddler sessions, Twyford
  • Woodland Area at Kings Worthy Primary School, Winchester

Rural Enterprise

  • Two Hoots Shepherds Huts, Two Hoots Campsite, Bighton
  • Holden Farm Camping, Holden Farm, Cheriton
  • Blackwood Forest, Forest Holidays, Winchester

 Sustainable Buildings

  • Wessex Learning Centre, Winchester – Hampshire County Council Architects

New Forest:

 Community and Voluntary

  • HEG – Hordle Environment Group, Lymington
  • The New Forest Smooth Snake Survey, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC)

 Young People

  • Patrick’s Patch, Fairweather’s Garden Centre, Beaulieu

 Rural Enterprise

  • Poppy Pods Project, Tile Barn Centre, Brockenhurst

Sustainable Buildings

  • Forest Lodge, Brook – PAD Studio
  • Addison Road and The Larch Hut, Brockenhurst – Arboreal Architecture

South Hampshire:

Community and Voluntary

  • Milton’s Hidden Seashore, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Community Roots, Southampton Voluntary Services

 Young People

  • Outdoor Learning Project, Ruth Butler Architects & St John’s Primary School, Rowlands Castle
  • Food Discovery, Bassett Green Primary School, Country Trust
  • Putting the Fare into Fareham, Wicor Primary School, Portchester

 Sustainable Buildings

  • Hampshire Passivhaus, Emsworth – Ruth Butler Architects

Test Valley:

 Sustainable Buildings

  • Mottisfont Abbey Visitor Facilities – Burd Haward Architects

Awards judges are visiting the shortlisted projects over the summer. The winners will be announced by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire at the awards ceremony on September 19 at Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall near Winchester.


Probus Club celebrates 40 years in Petersfield

Seventy members and friends gathered at Petersfield Golf Club on Thursday, June 29 for a buffet supper to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Petersfield and District Probus.

Guest speaker for the evening was Jonathan Jones, Farnham Town Crier. Fully robed, he brought both a sense of occasion and humour to the gala evening. Lively musical entertainment was provided throughout the evening by that well known local trad jazz band Grandpas Spells.


Probus Chairman, Vaughan Clark said that he was delighted to be in office during the Club’s 40th year and hoped that it would continue to provide a means of social contact and entertainment for retired business and professional people for many years to come.

New members are always welcome. Contact the Secretary, Brian Mayo at

New Clerk of the Course for Goodwood

Goodwood Racecourse has announced that Edward Arkell has been appointed as its new Clerk of the Course, taking over the mantle from long-standing Clerk Seamus Buckley, who retires from his position at the end of the 2017 season. Arkell and Buckley will work together as joint clerks through the Qatar Goodwood Festival and the remaining fixtures this year.

Arkell joins Goodwood from a talented group of Clerks at Arena Racing Company (ARC), where he was Regional Clerk of the Course (South) looking after five courses including Fontwell Park, Lingfield Park and Royal Windsor. He was also responsible for the race programme for the successful All-Weather Championships, as well as other projects and representing ARC on various industry committees.

Ed Arkell, Goodwood

Originally from Gloucestershire, but now living in Upwaltham, West Sussex, Arkell graduated from the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester prior to joining trainer John Dunlop at Arundel as pupil assistant. After two years at Arundel he moved to Sedgefield racecourse in 2006 as trainee Clerk of the Course, before moving to Hereford and then Fontwell in 2008.

Commenting on his appointment, Arkell said: “I’m delighted to be joining Goodwood Racecourse as Clerk of the Course, one of the best jobs in racing. I’m very much looking forward to the challenge of producing an exceptional racing surface and continuing to develop the race programme to attract the best horses in the world. Goodwood is a truly special place with fantastic racing and heritage.”

Seamus Buckley, who will be Clerk for his 23rd ‘Glorious Goodwood’ Qatar Goodwood Festival from August 1-5 this summer, will be a tough act to follow, as the Irishman has been a respected figure in racing throughout his career. But Arkell can at least be sure he starts his new role with Buckley’s blessing. “I am really delighted that Ed Arkell is taking over from me as Clerk of the Course here at Goodwood. I have known him a long time and he has, for the last 10 years, kindly assisted me over the Qatar Goodwood Festival and his help has been invaluable. Ed is a very forward and modern thinking person, yet still holds the very important old fashioned values, for example, where the horse always comes first,” said Buckley. “I wish him all the best of luck and hope he enjoys Goodwood as much as I have.”

Alex Eade, General Manager for Goodwood Racecourse, said: “We had a lot of interest in the role and Ed emerged as the strongest candidate from a really excellent cohort. As many people know, Seamus has been an exceptional Clerk for 23 seasons and it was important that we found a replacement who shared his passion for racing and obsession for perfection. Ed’s wide ranging experience with ARC means he is extremely well qualified and having assisted us during our flagship meeting, he also brings a detailed knowledge of our course.”

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