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
Forest School at Woodlea Primary, Bordon
Kindling Forest School and Parent & Toddler sessions, Twyford
Woodland Area at Kings Worthy Primary School, Winchester
Two Hoots Shepherds Huts, Two Hoots Campsite, Bighton
Holden Farm Camping, Holden Farm, Cheriton
Blackwood Forest, Forest Holidays, Winchester
Wessex Learning Centre, Winchester – Hampshire County Council Architects
Community and Voluntary
HEG – Hordle Environment Group, Lymington
The New Forest Smooth Snake Survey, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC)
Patrick’s Patch, Fairweather’s Garden Centre, Beaulieu
Poppy Pods Project, Tile Barn Centre, Brockenhurst
Forest Lodge, Brook – PAD Studio
Addison Road and The Larch Hut, Brockenhurst – Arboreal Architecture
Community and Voluntary
Milton’s Hidden Seashore, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 www.fishmatchboardgame.co.uk or call 07599 790586 to find out more.
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.”
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.
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 (www.facebook.com/handmadebyhays.)
“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!”
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
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.