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 http://www.miatprize.co.uk/. 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.

Winter walks and workshops with Surrey Wildlife Trust

If you’ve indulged in too many mince pies this year, why not work off those Christmas calories by taking a walk on the wild side with Surrey Wildlife Trust?  With more than 70 nature reserves to explore and a host of New Year events, now’s a great time to get outside and enjoy Surrey’s winter landscapes with family and friends.

Pull on your boots and warm clothes and head to Shere Woodlands near Guildford for an inspiring walk through fallen leaves, with the promise of breathtaking views from West Hanger across the Weald and towards the South Downs. Keep an eye out for birds of prey like buzzards or kestrels hunting for small mammals.

Brentmoor Heath – photo by Mark Horton

Or grab your binoculars and take a trip to Nutfield Marshes, near Redhill, for some fresh air and a satisfying stroll round the lakes. This wonderful wetland reserve is a magnet for winter water fowl and waders. Tufted ducks, gadwalls and the odd pochard can be found at this time of year, together with mute swans, little grebes and greylag geese.

Greylag goose

A walk on the vast windswept landscape of Chobham Common is spectacular at this time of year. This rare lowland heathland is the largest National Nature Reserve in the south east of England. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded here, including the rare Dartford warbler – look out for this small but striking bird perched on top of gorse stems.

“It’s a winter wonderland out there with so many wild places to discover,” said the Trust’s Charlotte Magowan. “So why not get out with your family and friends this season?”

Or you could join one of the New Year events, including guided walks, family fun and courses? Here are a few ideas to start your 2018 in wild style:

Shiver & Shake at Ashtead – Saturday, January 13, 11am-12.30pm

Explore magical Ashtead Park in winter and learn about the habitats create such a fantastic haven for wildlife.

Wild Families – Saturday, January 13, 10.30am-12.30pm

Go wild with your family and get closer to nature at a fun session for all ages at Newlands Corner near, Guildford, with games, crafts and wild activities for all.

Wild Families

 

Dual Workshop: Willow Making & Yoga – Tuesday, January 16, 10am-3pm

Enjoy a New Year treat at Nower Wood, near Leatherhead – spend the morning learning to make outdoor candle holders/bird feeders from willow. After lunch, relax with an afternoon yoga session – dreamy!

 

Winter Wanderings on Rodborough – Monday, January 22, 10am-12noon

Blow away the Christmas cobwebs on a guided winter walk exploring the beautiful expanses of Rodborough Common, near Godalming.

Remember that members of the Trust get free walks and discounted talks and courses. You can sign up for half price membership in our January sale and get a free calendar, while stocks last. For more information on membership and all of the Trust’s events, courses and talks, as well as a full list of more than 70 nature reserves to explore across the county visit www.surreywildlifetrust.org.

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

By Geraldine Joaquim

Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year. We all have an idea of what makes our ideal Christmas. We spend time making delicious food to share, as well as creating a welcoming and festive setting, and not forgetting injecting ‘magic’ for the children. All that effort for one special day.

We also add to the physical stress of Christmas by worrying about how it will go.  Anxiety is created by negative thinking; it’s not necessarily the actual event that causes the perception of a crisis happening but rather our own thought patterns. As part of our human survival mechanism we are predisposed to negatively forecast. This helped keep our ancestors alive, but Christmas is really not a life or death situation, however stressful it may seem! The primitive part of our brain, the part that is concerned with our survival, can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality, so every time we negatively forecast (or negatively ruminate on the past), it releases the same stress hormones as if we are going through a real event, ratcheting up the anxiety levels so that by the time we get to Christmas Day we feel ready to drop.

So how do we stop the stress surrounding Christmas and actually get back to enjoying it?

  1. Remember, no one wants you to fail. If you’ve gone to the trouble of hosting your Christmas Day, do bear in mind that your guests are on your side, and that also means it really doesn’t matter if things go wrong.
  2. It’s a shared responsibility. Give people jobs to do; it involves them in the day and gives you another pair of helping hands.
  3. Prepare in advance. Aim to be ready the day before the day before, so you’re not working down to the wire.
  4. Perfection is not all it’s cracked up to be. Focus on the bigger picture rather than the minutiae. Your family will appreciate a less-stressed you far more than they would appreciate seeing the festive yule log you created at midnight on Christmas Eve!
  5. Practise mindfulness. Being mindful means being present in the moment; it calms the mind. You can practise being mindful in your daily life: when you’re out walking the dog, use that time to notice what’s going on around you. Resist the temptation to let your brain tumble forward to whatever you’ve got to do next.  These moments create little oases of calm which makes an overall more relaxed you.
  6. Don’t over-think it. Instead of thinking about all those things that could go wrong, turn your mind to how great it will be, with images of smiling relatives, laughing children, hugs and kisses. These positive thoughts help to release a hormone called serotonin which is what keeps us on an even keel throughout the day.
  7. Create your own Christmas perfection. Sit down with your family and ask them what they enjoy about Christmas and how they’d like the day to be.

If you would like to know more about reducing stress or being mindful, contact Quest Hypnotherapy on 01798 344879 or see www.questhypnotherapy.co.uk

Luscious lashes for the party season at TIME to be ME

REVIEW

Nouveau LVL lash treatment

TIME to be ME, Pages Court Petersfield

TIME to be ME is offering a new lash treatment that claims to add length, volume, and lift to natural eyelashes, with no extensions, adhesive or mascara.

Nouveau LVL (Length, Volume and Lift) uses a setting serum to curl the lashes at the root, and the lashes are then tinted, creating the appearance of mascara.

The results last for about six weeks; perfect for the Christmas and new year party season.

The procedure takes up to an hour but the results are beautiful; I was very impressed.

My lashes look thicker and fuller, and I don’t have to think about putting mascara on. I think that’ll be my festive gift to myself.

Sara Govey

Anniversary sees former site of A3 at Hindhead recognised as a wildlife haven

The Devil’s Punch Bowl, once separated from Hindhead Common by the A3, has become one of the top wildlife sites in south east England.  The huge improvements to the area in recent years are the result of the creation of the Hindhead Tunnel by Highways England, which has enabled the site to regenerate, and hard work by the National Trust, supported by Natural England.
Hindhead Tunnel
The Devil’s Punch Bowl, once separated from Hindhead Common by the A3, has become one of the top wildlife sites in south east England. 
Picture by Alan Stanford/Stella Pictures Ltd 

Six years on from the opening of the tunnel, which saw the restoration of  this Surrey Hills nationally protected landscape, management techniques set out under Higher Level Stewardship and Countryside Stewardship have also seen the restoration of fragile and endangered historic heathland habitat, and the return of rare and diverse breeding birds such as woodlark and nightjar.
The nationally scarce heath tiger beetle has been sighted, and conditions are now favourable for the return of the silver studded blue butterfly. The Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) has now been assessed by Natural England as meeting its nature conservation targets, and is considered to be in favourable condition. 
Wildlife flourishing. Pictures by Alan Stanford/Stella Pictures Ltd 

It’s not only the removal of the A3 which has made Hindhead and the Devil’s Punch Bowl so special. The SSSI is one of the highest points in southern England.  Just under 1,000 feet above sea level, the relatively cool, humid climate of this ‘lowland’ heathland contains species normally associated with more upland sites such as bilberry, and trees festooned with lichens and mosses. The mosaic of habitats found on site include upland and lowland heath, bog, streams, ancient woodland, and free draining sandy soil, making the site challenging to manage.
Matt Cusack, Lead Ranger for the National Trust said: “I am thrilled we’ve achieved favourable status for Hindhead and the Punch Bowl during my watch. The removal of the A3 in July 2011 was a major milestone, enabling us to thin trees and transform the site into a swathe of heathland.  But the site has been under a Higher Level Stewardship agreement since 2008.  Heather mowing, the introduction of woodlark nesting areas, grazing and scrub management conducted under the scheme has transformed it.  This couldn’t have been achieved without the support of my team and Hindhead’s dedicated local volunteers.”
Transformation of the SSSI and the restoration of the landscape within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty have also boosted visitor numbers, up 20% from 2011 to approximately 700,000 per year, with visitors now choosing to spend longer exploring the stunning heathland and views. 

New paths created by Matt Cusack and his team offer walks for differing abilities around the Devil’s Punch Bowl, enabling visitors to enjoy the tranquillity of the site while avoiding wildlife disturbance on sensitive heathland areas.
Graham Steven, Conservation Advisor for Natural England said: “Matt and his team at the National Trust have done a fantastic job at taking on board actions needed to achieve favourable status.  They have balanced the needs of different habitats to create a haven for the endangered species that live here such as Dartford warbler, woodlark and nightjar.  The success achieved at Hindhead and the Devil’s Punch Bowl demonstrates what can be achieved when we work in partnership to balance the needs of people and wildlife.” 
Henry Penner, Senior Environmental Advisor with Highways England said: “The Hindhead Tunnel is a ground-breaking piece of engineering and shows how, by working together, we can deliver a road network fit for the 21st century in a way that not only protects but enhances the environment.  
“The tunnel is the longest of its type in the UK.  The old A3 around the Devil’s Punch Bowl was filled in using sandstone excavated from the tunnel and a mix of seeds to match the surrounding environment. I am delighted that six years on it has been recognised for playing its part in the wildlife success of the Devil’s Punch Bowl SSSI, and recognise the excellent work that Natural England and the National Trust have done to protect and enhance this special place for the country.” 
Rob Fairbanks, Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Director added:
“The Hindhead Tunnel scheme was the largest landscape restoration project in any National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is wonderful to see that the vision of reuniting the commons and enhancing the heathland habitat has proved so successful.”

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 jwhypnotherapy.co.uk

Festival of winter walks with the Ramblers

pp-heathroadeast-heathfarm-jan2015_9080People throughout Great Britain are being invited to step out with the Ramblers during its free, annual Festival of Winter Walks (December 17 – January 8, 2017), where walkers across the country will leave footprints in the snow as they explore Britain at its wintry best.

With more ways than ever to get involved in Britain’s biggest winter walking festival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Starting in the build up to Christmas, the Festival of Winter Walks marches right into the New Year, with the following range of free activities on offer:

  • Ramblers groups will be leading hundreds of free walks taking place all over Britain. These range from short festive strolls to blow away the cobwebs, right up to whole day hikes to kick-start New Year’s resolutions, and everything in between.
  • Short health walks in England and Wales, perfect for anyone taking their first steps into walking. In England people can join Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, delivered in partnership by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. In Wales they can walk with Let’s Walk Cymru, led by Ramblers Cymru.
  • For those who prefer to walk alone, or lead their own walks, festival routes are available from Ramblers Routes, an online library of more than 2,500 of Britain’s best walks.
  • Anyone in Scotland can download the free Medal Routes App to find over 1,100 short walks across Scotland.

The Ramblers’ director of walking development, Simon Barnett, said: “Winter is one of the best times to go out for a walk. There’s something truly magical about putting on your hat and gloves, heading out with your loved ones and perhaps even being the first person to leave footprints in the snow.

“Our popular Festival of Winter Walks is our Christmas gift to the nation, so that everyone can enjoy the wonders of a winter walk. Our walks during the festival are free, fun, friendly and open to everyone, so wrap up warm and join us as we enjoy the season the way we know best, on our feet.”

The Ramblers has also launched a free online tracker that allows people to log their walking activity, helping people to get active and stay on track with New Year’s resolutions.

Designed to suit both the seasoned walker and someone taking their first steps, there are lots of badges and rewards for walking regularly, completing long distances and reaching particular milestones. It could be walking every day in a month, completing the equivalent of the length of the Wales Coast Path or even earning a Santa badge for walking on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Simon added: “The Festival of Winter Walks is free and open to everyone, but anyone who gets the walking bug can visit www.ramblers.org.uk/become-a-member to find out more about becoming a Ramblers member. Our members enjoy access to over 45,000 group walks led by our volunteers each year, as well as exclusive walking routes that can be downloaded and quarterly editions of Walk magazine. Your membership will also be helping to protect the nation’s footpaths for generations to come.”

For further information about the Festival of Winter Walks and to browse the festive walks or routes on offer visit www.ramblers.org.uk/winterwalks

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 mail@langstonesc.org.uk or follow us on Facebook for further updates.
We look forward to seeing you on May 22nd.