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Evil is beaten by compassion

DESPITE the ‘evil’ actions of some

people, once again the community of

Andover has shown its compassion.

The town has come to the aid of a

local mum who had her car stolen in

the early hours of yesterday morning.

Casey O’Neill from Andover posted

online “My car has been stolen in the

early hours of this morning. Police have

been made aware! Please, please if you

see my car, contact me or the police”.

Casey is the mother of two young

children, 6-month old Elsie-Lee and 2

year-old Nila-Rose. It didn’t take long

for Andoverians to come together and

identify a burnt out vehicle at Anton

Lakes.

Local lady Abbie Black provided

photos on Facebook of a vehicle which

looked like Casey’s 10-year old Suzuki

Swift car. The vehicle had been burnt

out and was missing its number plates.

Casey said, “Who is evil enough to

steal a car which has got three children’s

car seats in and a double buggy in it?”

Family friend Georgia McNeill created

a Just Giving Page to help support the

mum with just some of the losses she

suffered because of the theft.

Within a few hours, Georgia’s Just

Giving page had hit her target of £500.

Donations continue to come in for the

cause.

Georgia said: “Our friend’s car was

stolen from outside her family home. In

the car were three children’s car seats,

a buggy and other personal belongings

for the children. This has happened

on a snowy morning, during a national

lockdown.

The pandemic is hard enough on all

of us let alone to have to deal with this

on-top of it all.

On a morning where there was snow

on the ground and children may have

had a chance to enjoy the weather,

Georgia added: “To wake up to snow

for children is so exciting. But

for their mum an awful realisation

that she now can’t go

anywhere, with no car seats or a

buggy she can’t take the children

anywhere.”

Georgia told Love Andover:

“Casey is so lovely, she keeps herself

to herself, she’s a single mum and

not working because of the two young

children. She is heartbroken by this.”

The car was found thanks to local

peoples’ assistance on social media,

the vehicle has been completely burnt

out at the local nature reserve.

“Everything has gone up in flames.

We are hoping to help by raising some

funds to enable her to get some more

car seats, a buggy and replace some of

the items that were in the car. We can’t

get her a new car unfortunately but we

can help make things a little easier for

her and the children.”

We love the compassion of local people

and you can help Casey and her

family by donating to the Just Giving

page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/georgia-mcneill.

Lucie’s quest

to keep the

town clean

A youngster who has been litter-picking

with her parents on her daily exercise

every single day since the lockdown, is

determined to keep the town clean.

Eight-year-old Lucie Rose, of Andover,

was inspired to start her clean-up mission

after seeing residents ditch their rubbish

on the floor near where she lived.

Last week Lucie contacted Cllr Phil

North to let him know what she had been

up to, explaining that she had saved her

money to purchase a litter picker because

she: “wanted to help the planet and our

local wildlife.”

Cllr Phil North said that he was: “so

impressed by her commitment” that he

arranged a surprise visit to her home to

deliver a goodie bag containing; gloves,

high-vis jacket and bags as well as an

additional litter picker. Phil explained

that it was all part of Test Valley Borough

Council’s Community Litter Picker

Scheme.

Lucie is so determined to live in a clean

environment she is now inspiring her

peers from St John the Baptist Primary

School to follow suit and get involved.

With Lockdown still in force and half

term looming why don’t you get involved

too?

TVBC’s Love Where You Live initiative

encourages people to think about their

environment and use the bins provided

but also has a sea of volunteers who help

support the Environmental Services team

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Fundraising for

RCS food pantry

ANDOVER’S Simplyhealth have been

fundraising and donating food to a local

food pantry to support local families

in need.

The IT team at Simplyhealth started

an internal collection which raised a

total of £380 to spend on food to donate to

the food pantry which is part of Romsey

Community Services (RCS).

The money purchased every day

essentials and perishables including

milk, cheese, butter and bread, and

also freezer goods including pizza, fish

fingers and more.

Part of RCS, the community food

pantry is open to anyone who is struggling

in the local area.

Each person can shop once a week

at the pantry and select items from the

tinned and dry goods, and fresh and

frozen foods, worth up to a minimum

of £15. A team of volunteers are at the

A month of action focused on motorists

using their phone illegally while

driving has been launched.

Research has shown using a phone

while at the wheel can impair your

ability to react more than if you were

to drive while over the alcohol limit.

You are also twice as likely to be

involved in a fatal collision caused by

texting while driving than then you

are from drink driving.

As part of the national campaign,

officers from Hampshire Constabulary

and Thames Valley Police’s joint Roads

Policing Unit will focus on detecting

and prosecuting those who continue to

use their phone while driving.

Road Safety Sergeant Dave Hazlett

said: “Most drivers are responsible and

pantry during the week to receive food

donations.

Simplyhealth will match funding,

bringing the total raised to £760 which

will further support the food pantry in

the coming weeks.

Charlotte Bickell, Technology Engineer

at Simplyhealth said: “Simplyhealth

recently donated 200 chromebooks to

Romsey Community Services. When I

was there dropping off the equipment,

they explained the work they do to support

Andover residents. No one should

go hungry, especially in difficult times

like these. By fundraising, we’ve been

able to help several families with everyday

staples such as milk, butter, bread

and freezer goods - items some of us

take for granted. I’m so proud to work

in a caring team and company that has

been able to support some of the most

vulnerable families in the area.”

It’s not worth the risk

do not use their mobile phone whilst

driving, but the few that continue to

take risks by texting, surfing the internet,

or completing other tasks, are

putting other road users and themselves

at risk.

The distraction of your phone will

mean you are much less aware of what’s

happening around you. This can lead

to you failing to see road signs with

important information on, maintain a

proper lane position or a steady speed.

Additionally, it has been shown that

motorists are four times more likely to

be involved in a collision whilst using

a mobile phone or being distracted in

a vehicle, and your reactions are 50

percent slower.

“I would also ask people to think

twice before answering a call using

hands free, as this still creates a distraction,

and never take your eyes off

the road.

Challenge your friends and family

to do the same, as it is unacceptable

to use a mobile phone whilst driving.

It is not worth the risk.”

Leave your

family certain

HAMPSHIRE Hospitals NHS Foundation

Trust (HHFT) is backing a new

NHS campaign to urge families in mid

and north Hampshire to talk about

organ donation following research that

less than half of adults in England have

had the conversation.

The Leave Them Certain campaign

aims to highlight the impact not knowing

has on the families who are left behind

and encourage people to talk about

their decision. It follows the law change

last year in England, which means that

all adults are seen as willing to donate

their organs, unless they opt out or are

in one of the excluded groups. However,

many don’t realise that families

will still be approached before any

donation goes ahead. Even though 80%

of people are willing to donate their

organs, only 39% say they have shared

their decision. And while 9 in 10 families

would support organ donation if they

knew what their loved one wanted, this

figure falls to around half when a decision

is not known.

Steve Erskine, chairman of HHFT

said: “Talking to your loved ones about

your organ donation decision is hugely

important. Not knowing can be an

added stress for your family at what is

already a very difficult time. We would

like to encourage more people in mid

and north Hampshire to think about

whether they’d like to be an organ

donor and to let friends or family know

so that they can be sure they are making

the right decision for you.”

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ

and Tissue Donation and Transplantation

for NHS Blood and Transplant,

said: “People often tell us that they

struggle to find the right time or words

to talk about organ donation, unfortunately

we see first-hand the impact

not knowing has on families when the

first time they consider their loved

ones wishes around organ donation

is when they are seriously ill or have

already died. Talk to your friends, talk

to your family. Even though the law has

changed, you can still sign up to the

NHS Organ Donor Register to provide

your family with added reassurance.

Please don’t wait. Have the conversation

today.”

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@loveandover @loveandover Thursday, February 11, 2021 NEWS | 3

Police Appeals: Do You

Know These People?

HAMPSHIRE Police have issued a

number of appeals following a spate of

incidents in Andover.

They are asking for members of the

public to look at these CCTV images in

case people can help with their enquiries.

Police officers want to speak to this

woman in connection with the theft

of a purse at Sainsbury’s in Bridge

Street, Andover, which happened around

11.30am on December 31.

The purse had been placed on top of

a self scan checkout, from where it was

taken by another customer.

We know the CCTV image is not the

clearest, but hope that someone may

recognise the woman and be able to

assist with enquiries.

Admiral Way robber

Hope for church

Anyone with information should call

101, quoting the reference 44200501104.

In a separate incident, officers investigating

a robbery in Andover have

released this image of a man they would

like to speak to.

The incident happened between

9.35pm and 9.45pm on Thursday 28 January

in Admiral Way, Andover.

A man in his 30s was walking along

Admiral Way, between the Queen Charlotte

pub and the Co-op, when he was

stopped by two men.

The men assaulted him and threatened

him with a weapon, whilst making

demands for his bank card and PIN. The

man handed over his bank card and PIN.

One of the men then went to the Co-op

and withdrew cash before returning

the card to the victim and running off.

The first man is described as being

approximately 24-years-old, 5ft 7ins

tall and stocky build. He was wearing

black clothing with the hood up and a

blue face mask.

The second man is described as being

white, approximately 22-years-old, 5ft

9ins tall and skinny build. He was wearing

a black hoodie with a small white logo

on the back of

the neck, black

trousers and

white trainers

Co-op store in London Road, Andover.

with a black logo.

Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious

or has any information should

call 101 quoting 44210033908.

Officers are also keen to speak to two

men in connection with a robbery at the

Co-op store in London Road, Andover.

The incident happened just before

10pm on February 2.

It has been reported two men entered

the store wearing masks, before stealing

a quantity of cigarettes and money and

leaving again.

One of the men is described as being

in his 40s, white, around 5ft 10ins tall,

and of skinny build. He was wearing a

grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms

and black trainers.

The second man is described as being

around white, around 5ft 10ins tall and

of skinny build. He was wearing a black

and grey hooded top, dark trousers and

white trainers.

If you recognise these men or any of

the clothing they are wearing, or have

any information relating to the incident

which may assist our enquiries,

please call 101, quoting the reference

44210040726.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers

anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Andover purse theft

Storm Darcy triggers

cold weather payment

CERTAIN residents in Andover could be

granted £25 to cover heating bills.

The freezing weather conditions

caused by Storm Darcy have triggered

the Cold Weather Payment. This means

that those eligible will receive £25

pounds paid automatically by the Department

for Work and Pensions into their

bank account.

The Cold Weather Payment is applied

when the average temperature falls to

below freezing.

The scheme will run until the end of

March.

A full list of eligibility criteria can be

found at: https://www.gov.uk/coldweather-payment/eligibility.

Free bus passes

restrictions lifted

HAMPSHIRE County Council has

confi rmed the removal of restrictions

on using free Older Person’s Bus Passes

before 9:30am.

The start time restrictions have now

been lifted so people can use their bus

pass at any time. This temporary change

to the scheme is intended to continue

until schools reopen to all students.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy

Leader of Hampshire County Council

and Executive Member for Economy,

Transport and Environment, said: “We

want to do all we can to help Hampshire

residents take up COVID vaccinations

when they’re offered them. We understand

these are diffi cult times for people

and we are doing everything we can to

help. I hope that extending the times

people can use their free bus passes will

help older people travel to early morning

vaccination appointments, and to travel at

quieter times for essential journeys such

as those for food shopping. I would urge

everyone to continue to travel as safely as

possible when using public transport for

essential journeys.”

A church near Andover has received £25,000 to save their building,

which is in danger of becoming beyond repair.

St Michaels Church, in Quarley, was given the grant by the Culture

Recovery Fund to help undergo urgent repairs to the roof.

St Michaels dates back almost one thousand years.

Crash victim named

A man who died after a car crash on the A303 on the 28th of January

has been named.

Andrew Shanahan, 29 years old from Basingstoke died following a

collision near Shipton Bellinger.

He was driving a black Volkswagen Scirocco at the time, and the

crash involved a white Volkswagen Luton van and an unidentifi ed

third vehicle.

Call For Easter Eggs

ALTHOUGH it’s only February, Andover Foodbank is asking for

donations of Chocolate Eggs.

The charity wants to be able to distribute the sweet treats in time

for Easter Sunday.

They are urging people to donate their Easter eggs between

the 15th of February and the19th of March, so they have time to

distribute them.

Tributes paid to beloved dog

TRIBUTES are being paid to a much loved Andover hero, Scott the

dog.

Scott, an assistant dog passed away this week and has raised

more than £26,000 for Dogs for Good.

Scott was nominated for his work in 2015 being highly commended

for his service in the Pride of Andover awards.

He retired from the front line in 2019.

How to contact your

Member of Parliament

Kit Malthouse

kit.malthouse.mp@parliament.uk

01264 401401

Or write to me at my constituency office:

2 Church Close, Andover, SP10 1DP

I hold regular surgeries

for all constituents in

North West Hampshire

Promoted by Rachel Symmonds,

on behalf of Kit Malthouse MP, both at

2 Church Close, Andover, Hants. SP10 1DP


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Millions stolen from residents

in clone firm investment scams

HAMPSHIRE Constabulary is

working with Action Fraud, the City

of London Police and the Financial

Conduct Authority (FCA) to issue

a warning to the public, as reports

of ‘clone firm’ investment scams

increased by 29 percent nationally in

April 2020 compared to March, when

the UK went into its first lockdown.

Action Fraud reporting data

reveals that Hampshire residents

recorded losses of more than £16.1

million between January-December

2020, with victims losing £31,9441

each on average, when investing

with fraudsters imitating genuine

investment firms.

‘Clone firms’ are set up by fraudsters

using the name, address and

‘Firm Reference Number’ (FRN)

of real companies authorised by

the FCA.

The criminal gangs running

these scams can engage with victims

through a number of channels.

Often they will take out adverts on

social media platforms and search

engines. Victims will then click on

these adverts and be taken to exact

replicas of websites belonging to

genuine investment firms. The most

sophisticated criminals will even

clone the website domain name.

Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills,

from Hampshire Constabulary’s

Economic Crime Unit, shared: “We

are aware that more and more people

are spending time at home, and

online. This unfortunately leaves

people vulnerable to acts of fraud

– and specifically investment fraud

on this occasion. Hampshire, like

many other areas, seemingly saw

a spike in activity during the summer

months last year and this has

continued, albeit rates have slightly

dropped in recent months.

It’s important to remind local residents

of that age old saying that if

something is too good to be true, it

likely is. Fraudsters will use very

sophisticated mechanisms – such

as cloning official investment websites

or spoofing email addresses to

make you feel as if the investment is

genuine. They are often incredibly

charming and reassuring in their

approach, using lots of expert financial

literacy – yet the stark reality

is that the scams are being run by

organised crime groups.”

Detective Chief Inspector Andy

Richardson, Head of Regional Cyber

Crime, Digital Forensics and Economic

Crime for the South East

Regional Organised Crime Unit

(SEROCU), added: “These scams

can have a devastating impact on the

victims who invest, believing they

are legitimate websites.This is in no

way a victimless crime and can have

catastrophic, wide reaching consequences.

Unfortunately, anyone can

become a target of fraud or scams

and clone investment fraud can look

genuine. Our advice is always stop,

challenge and protect.

Thousands of pounds have been

lost due to clone investment fraud

and the only way to be sure is to

check every detail. Responsible

businesses would not have any issue

with you carrying out due diligence

and we recommend you carry out

substantial research to ensure your

money is going where you want it

to go.”

If you think you’ve fallen victim

to an investment fraud, report it to

Action Fraud as soon as possible

online at www.actionfraud.police.

uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Customer centre

is set to rise

from the ashes

TWO years on from the fire at Andover,

Ocado Group has confirmed that the

rebuild of its new customer fulfilment

centre (CFC) is continuing to proceed

at pace and is scheduled to open on

time in Autumn 2021.

Despite the challenges that this

year has posed, work has been able

to continue, in a safe and Covid-secure

environment.

The new facility will employ around

1700 people across a variety of different

roles, ranging from Personal

Shoppers to Management as well as

Engineers, Tech support, and Drivers.

Roles have been made available

to all those who worked at the site in

2019 and around 200 employees who

worked there previously are planning to

return to work at the new site. All new

and returning employees will receive

a thorough induction and training at

the new facility.

The new CFC will be 217,000 square

foot (compared with 225,000 for the

previous site) and cater for up to 59,000

deliveries per week for their partner

Ocado Retail, itself a 50/50 Joint Venture

between Ocado and Marks &

Spencer when it is at peak capacity.

The original CFC, which opened in

December 2016, was the first of its kind

in the world and provided the format

for the new facilities that the company

has built and are building in the UK

and around the world. The learnings

and experience from the further rollout

means the new Andover site will

benefit from the latest Ocado Smart

Platform (OSP) technology. There will

also be more efficient utilisation of the

building itself as well as the plot with

regards to the delivery operation. New

additions are a large acoustic barrier

around the site to limit noise emissions

to our neighbours along with ecological

improvements including bird boxes, bat

boxes, and dormice habitats.

Matt Whitwell, General Manager,

Ocado Group, commented:“I am so

proud of everyone at Ocado Group

that has come together and put such

a huge amount of time, effort, and love

into the last two years of rebuilding the

Andover CFC. I would like to thank all

my colleagues who have contributed

to a project unlike any other, and a

special mention to those in Delivery

Operations who have continued to serve

the local area throughout this time.

There is a huge emotional connection

for so many of us returning to Andover

seeking to capture the magic of what

we had before, as well as improving our

employee experience and operational

effectiveness, wherever we can. We are

almost there, and we cannot wait to

open our doors and send out the first

orders later in the year.”

Going Live with Andover College

Supporting Families Programme Continues

NEWS that Hampshire County Council

is to receive up to £2 million in

funding to continue its Supporting

Families Programme for a further

year (to 31 March 2022), has been welcomed

by the Authority’s Executive

Member for Public Health, Councillor

Judith Grajewski.

Councillor Grajewski commented:

“We are extremely pleased that we

will be able to maintain our vital

work with partners to turn around

the lives of Hampshire’s most vulnerable

families. Our Supporting Families

programme, brings together a

wide range of Hampshire agencies

including local councils, the Police,

voluntary sector, Health and Criminal

Justice and, since we began in 2012,

has transformed the way services

are delivered to support Hampshire

families with multiple, complex and

persistent issues affecting wellbeing

and children’s ability to thrive.

The announcement from the Ministry

of Housing, Communities and

Local Government is particularly

significant this year, when the adverse

impacts of the coronavirus pandemic

are being keenly felt, especially by

families who were already struggling

to cope under normal circumstances.”

Hampshire’s Supporting Families

Programme is part of a national

initiative to support families facing

multiple issues such as persistent

unemployment, poor education, poor

health, crime and antisocial behaviour,

domestic violence and young people

failing to thrive.

Between January 2015 and December

2020, the Programme engaged

with 7,696 vulnerable families with

multiple and complex needs. To

date, positive outcomes have been

recorded for 1,923 families, who have

accepted and engaged with support

and achieved significant and sustained

changes within the family as a result,

such as sustained employment or

improved school attendance.

Recognising that Government

funding to support the programme

may cease in future years and the

increased need for support services as

a result of Covid-19, the County Council

put in place two grants programmes

to enable some of those organisations

already delivering direct support to

families to continue their good work.

To date, around £200,000 has been

awarded for the delivery of interventions

across the county.

The programme takes a ‘whole family’

approach involving everyone in

the family including grandparents,

parents, young people and children.

It allows families to build on their

strengths while helping them to overcome

some of the concerns, difficulties,

challenges or obstacles they may

have in their lives.

ANDOVER College will host its first

Live Online Open Event of the year

today, Thursday 11 February between

4-7pm.

The live event will feature teams

from across the College going live to

bring the Andover College experience

to your homes.

Attendees will have the chance to

build their own personalised event

schedules and meet expert teaching

teams and Student Ambassadors to

find out more about courses, facilities

and the student experience.

In addition to live Q&A sessions from

Andover’s tutors, finance, transport,

wellbeing, admissions and careers

teams will be hosting chatrooms and

1:2:1 pop-up chats running throughout

the evening to answer any student or

parent queries.

Andover College Principal, Julie

Milburn, said: “Andover College

is delighted to be showcasing our

courses, expert tutors and facilities

via these live online events for students

looking to join us in September 2021.

As always, the safety of our students,

staff, future students and their families

is our top priority, and we look forward

to welcoming visitors to our campus

when it is safe to do so. We hope visitors

join us in taking part in our live

online events and enjoy the wealth

of online and video content we have

already created and will continue to

create over the year ahead to help

inform student choice.

Whether you’re a school leaver looking

for your new college course or

a mature learner looking to reskill,

join us at Andover College – We are

waiting to welcome you, in person

online - Register at www.andover.

ac.uk/open-days/

Applications are open!

Andover College has loved welcoming

its new and returning students

safely back to campus this autumn

and look forward to greeting our new

students to their learning journey in

2021. If you’re interested in joining us

in September 2021, you can apply now

at www.andover.ac.uk.”

Future Online Open Event Dates:

Wednesday 28 April, 4:30 – 7:30pm;

Thursday 24 June, 4:30 – 7:30pm.


@loveandover @loveandover Thursday, February 11, 2021 NEWS | 5

Progress on police

recruitment

By Kit Malthouse MP

“AT the last election we made this country a pledge to recruit 20,000 police offi cers, and

I’m pleased to report that we have exceeded our fi rst year target three months ahead of

time. At the last count, 6,620 new offi cers have been hired.

I promised you that a good slug would come to Hampshire, and so far 220 new offi cers

have joined our local force.

We know that crime is constantly evolving, here in Andover and our surrounding villages

one of our biggest threats is drug crime especially gangs exploiting vulnerable people.

Boosting our ranks at this time will help us as we go after these criminals.

While we’re talking about police numbers, I’d like to thank our offi cers for their hard

work and dedication in keeping us safe - especially over the past few diffi cult months. We

will continue to back them, and I hope policing will be a very rewarding career for our new

recruits.

Year One may be done, but there’s plenty more to come.”

Kim Lund, Senior People Partner,

Ocado Group, added:“Ocado

is delighted to be fully returning

to Andover and looks forward to

continuing to play an active role

in the community. Despite the

fire, and amid the challenges of

Covid-19, Ocado has continued to

support local charities with around

40 receiving prize donations for

fundraising events. Ocado is looking

forward to further engagement

with the community in the future.

We are delighted to be re-engaging

with the Andover community

and have been overwhelmed by the

response to our return. It has been

fantastic to reconnect with many

former employees of the site, and it

is a credit to the Ocado brand and

culture that many are returning to

work again at the site. The hard

work continues ahead of fully reopening

but in the meantime, we are

looking forward to immersing ourselves

into the Andover community,

by providing great employment

opportunities as well as supporting

local schools, colleges, charities,

and business connections.”

Community pulls together

for village flood works

By Ella Palmer

HURSTBOURNE Tarrant’s Parish

councillors and residents came

together to install a concrete gully

across the track on Dene Green as

part of the flood mitigation works.

The team turned up on a cold

Photo Credit Hurstbourne Parish Council

Sunday morning with their own

tools and expertise: the aim to

improve the village flooding for

all residents.

In the past, Dene Green has

flooded and sent significant

amounts of water down the A343.

The cost to resurface the road

after 2014’s floods was almost

£100k according to Hurstbourne

Parish Council.

The Report compiled by Hurstbourne

Parish council after the

flooding in 2014 stated: “Some

houses and The George & Dragon

were flooded in 2014 partly as the

result of blocked culverts, ditches

and road drains, but also due to

the unusually heavy and sustained

rainfall (exceedance). Annual

maintenance of culverts, ditches

and road drains should prevent

many of their problems in future,

but there may be other relatively

cost-effective measures which

could assist, such as realignment

of kerbs.”

It also emphasised that Hurstbourne

Tarrant is in a watercatchment

basin rather than a

flood plain, meaning all the rain

which falls within the basin will

eventually flow through the village.

In 2015 the Royal Engineers,

under their military aid to the civil

community service, installed the

new ditch, so it’s hoped that in

conjunction with this new gulley,

water from the Netherton Valley,

historically known as the River

Dene – is diverted towards the

pipe under the road and doesn’t

fill the Green.

It is estimated that the local

community pulling together to

carry out this work has saved the

public purse about £600 in labour

costs.


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Pilot scheme

to create safer

and healthier

School Streets

A trial scheme to test how a healthier

environment for young people walking

and cycling to school can be practically

achieved by creating car-free areas at

the start and end of the school day has

been given the go-ahead by Hampshire

County Council.

Councillor Rob Humby, Deputy

Leader and Executive Member for

Economy, Transport and Environment

at Hampshire County Council, said:

“We have a unique opportunity here

to make the most of one of the positive

changes that has come about during this

past year, which is to encourage people

to continue walking and cycling for their

everyday journeys.

Schools and colleges across the

county have made great progress working

with the County Council’s travel

team over the years, devising ways and

routes to leave the car at home for the

school run which improve the physical

and mental wellbeing of young people

at the same time as improving air quality

and reducing congestion in our communities.

I am, therefore, very pleased to

support this trial of ‘School Streets’, creating

traffic-free areas at the beginning

and end of the school day with the aim

of encouraging more children to come

to school by foot, bike or scooter.”

The School Streets trial will involve

three schools, with engagement on

proposals scheduled to take place

before the end of March, ahead of a trial

day or week in July before the full trial

begins this Autumn. The trial will be

monitored, will include three ‘control’

schools and will include consideration

of COVID-19 on social distancing and

travel patterns as well as the impact on

the wider community.

The type of scheme for each of

the schools in the trial will depend on

location, and would include temporary

prohibition of motor vehicles, barriers

and trained volunteers. Engagement

with parents, the wider community and

local businesses will be carried out so

any issues can be addressed before any

trials begin.

Initial engagement on interest in

taking part in the trial has taken place

with schools already involved in School

Travel Planning improvements, such

as the Modeshift Stars accreditation,

where there is an access on a suitable

road, and where there are suitable

Park and Stride locations away from the

school.

Supermarket closes as doubt

is cast over coffee shop plans

AS the smaller of the two Sainsbury’s

stores in Andover closes its doors on

Bridge Street, plans for a new drivethru

Costa Coffee have been submitted

to Test Valley Borough Council.

The construction of the new drive

thru will be next to the petrol station

and McDonalds at the bottom of New

Street, on the junction of Watery Lane.

It will be the fourth Costa store in

town with others at Andover Business

Park, Andover bus Station and in the

high street.

The site is where car dealership

Monro’s Garage was once located.

Costa says that the new coffee shop

will create 18 jobs for the drive-thru

which will be open 7 days a week from

6:30am Mondays to Saturday and from

8:00am on Sundays.

The proposal for the new Costa could

still be ruled out, as an objection has

been made with concerns over a “danger

of tailbacks, causing excessive

traffic congestion.”

Tesco Extra in the Chantry Centre

closed in 2014. The Marks and Spencer

Food Hall closed in 2018.

Council tax support

remains unchanged

RESIDENTS will continue to receive

the same level of council tax support

after Test Valley Borough Councillors

voted to maintain the existing

scheme due to the impact of the

pandemic.

Council tax support provides a contribution

towards council tax bills for

households with a low income and

for those with limited savings who

cannot work. The amount awarded

by the authority can cover up to 100

percent of the amount owed.

Finance portfolio holder, councillor

Maureen Flood, said: “As well as the

impact on people’s health, the impact

of coronavirus on businesses and their

employees has caused many people

financial hardship. The council tax

support scheme offers vital help to

the most vulnerable members of our

community and this has never been

more important.”

Anyone who has a liability to pay

council tax in the UK can apply for

council tax support but entitlement

will depend on their family circumstances

and how much income and

capital they have.

More information about the council

tax support scheme and how to apply

is available at www.testvalley.gov.uk.

New Boss At Andover Bus Station

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announced the appointment of a

new Operations Managers for Andover.

Mark Jackson started his new

management role in the town on the

1st February.

Mark is no stranger to Andover. A

local resident, he started his career

at the very depot he is set to manage

as a driver in 2001. His dedication

to the business soon earned

him a career progression as depot

Duty Controller, and, more recently,

Assistant Operations Manager for

Basingstoke.

Gordon Frost, Operations Director

said “I am extremely pleased

to congratulate Mark on his latest

promotion. Our operations managers

are at the heart of our business

and critical to the success of the

company. We’re committed to ensuring

that we provide real opportunities

for staff development and we’re

delighted Mark has grown within the

business and is continuing to further

his career and development with us.”


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Overton Village Is

Leaders push for pub reopening

date after sales halve in 2020

Awarded Plastic Free

Communities Status

A group of volunteers led by two

Hampshire mums have overcome

three lockdowns and busy homelives

to see their village awarded Plastics

Free Communities Status.

Overton residents Holly Foat and

Laura Harrison were increasingly

frustrated at the amount of unnecessary

single use plastics in our lives.

Their efforts have been recognised

by the Marine Conservation Charity

Surfers Against Sewage who have

awarded the village “Plastic Free

Communities” Status.

The duo enlisted the help of local

businesses and managed to stage

a number of initiatives around the

village, working in conjunction with

Sustainable Overton, the parish council-led

community climate change

group. Together they pulled together

key organisations and businesses to

put in place a five-point plan including:

setting up a community led steering

group, instigating the SAS Plastic

Free Schools education programme,

getting local council commitment,

and working with local businesses,

organisations and community groups

to spread the word and minimise the

amount of disposable plastics they use.

Holly and Laura shared: “Our local

businesses have been really supportive,

including our greengrocer, Wilson

and Sons, our butcher, Turners,

and Café Pueblo. Cookery Doodle

Doo, which offers cookery classes

for preschool children, has switched

the packaging of their kits to plastic

free where possible, and encouraged

parents to reuse any that have to be

plastic, as well as setting up a partyware

hire business to prevent single

use cups plates and decorations at

children’s parties. The Artizans set up

a refill bar in the village for toiletries

and household cleaning products and

committed to using no plastic in the

packaging for their online business

and in store.

We had to work around covid regulations,

so we held two socially distanced

village litter picks, an online film event,

and a Plastic Free July event. Shops

displayed a poster in their window

to show what steps they had taken

to reduce single use plastic in their

business.

Having Overton Primary School

signed up made a big impact on the

awareness of the issue within the families

in the village, and we’re looking

forward to seeing how this grows once

schooling is more back to normal, with

onsite recycling schemes and a Trash

Mob made up of children volunteers

helping keep the area clean just the

beginning.

St Mary’s Church has joined the

Eco Church scheme and has strived

to reduce every last bit of single use

plastic from their activities, Overton

Cubs and Guides have pledged to make

changes, two of our village halls have

pledged to ensure their hirers avoid

plastics in their events, and in their

own activities, and the latest pledges

have come from Overton Photographic

Society and Overton Dramatic Society.

Holly

This is just the start of our journey:

our next plans involve working with

more shops to remove plastic bags

where possible, our takeaways to look

for alternatives to their packaging,

and our cafes to find a way to reduce

single use cups. Throughout January

we have been running a social media

campaign with Sustainable Overton,

our parish council-led community

climate change group, called Plastic

Free January, offering suggestions of

swaps and changes to remove single

use plastic from everyday life, and

asking individuals to pledge to reduce

their use in 2021.”

Rachel Yates, SAS Plastic Free

Communities Project Manager, added:

“It’s great to see the work that Overton

has done to reduce the availability of

avoidable plastics, raise awareness

and encourage people to refill and

reuse. Every step our communities

and the individuals in them take is a

step towards tackling the problem at

source, challenging our throwaway

culture and encouraging the habit

and system changes we need to see.”

BEER and pub sector leaders are

pressing the government to give them

a reopening date.

Greene King and Hawthorn who

both operate pubs in Andover are part

of the push.

The industry is desperate to get

back to business after repeated warnings

many pubs will not survive with

Green King and Hawthorn who both

operate pubs in Andover, part of this

united push.

The British Beer and Pub Association

(BBPA) has asked the government

for a clear timeline and a roadmap to

recovery.

The BBPA said that unless pubs

received more assistance, even once

they could reopen, thousands would

fail and be lost for good as many had

built up substantial debts during the

pandemic. They confirmed trading

restrictions and lockdowns hit sales

by 56% last year.

Greene King’s Nick Mackenzie said

the industry needed: “a clear plan

for reopening, without complex and

unjustified restrictions which would

make it un-viable to open. There is

a real risk of more viable businesses

closing their doors in the weeks and

months ahead.”

Hawthorn’s Mark Davies added:

“I cannot emphasise enough how

important it is that the government

recognises the role that pubs play in

so many communities around the UK

and that pubs are part of the fabric of

our society. It is therefore crucial that

immediate financial support is secured

for the pub sector with business rates

and VAT an urgent priority.”

A Government spokesperson said:

“We will set out our plan for reopening

schools and, gradually, the economy

in the week of 22 February. Ministers

regularly engage with the sector to

understand their concerns and discuss

how the sector can restart when it is

safe to do so.

We have put in place one of the most

comprehensive and generous packages

of business support in the world

worth £280 billion. This includes a

new one-off grant worth up to £9,000,

VAT relief, various loan schemes, a

business rates holiday as well as the

extended furlough scheme.”

Birthday milestone for

local businessman

Laura

MARK Simmonds, the owner of

Photos2Print on Bridge Street in

Andover is celebrating his 60th

Birthday.

Mark has a much respected reputation

in the town as someone who

is committed to his customers by

not only offering competitive prices

but also giving a personal service

that makes sure a large number of

customers come back time and time

again to use the family-run shop for

their photo and printing needs.

The shop’s success has been built

on a highly successful award winning

marketing campaign My Dad’s Shop.

“This is one of the most resilient

companies in town,” says Andover

Radio founder David Harber. “I have

known Mark and Lesley-Ann for 12

years and have seen them balance

the need to succeed against the

increasing difficulties of reduced

high street footfall while being doting

parents to Annie and Rhiannon,

both of whom have grown up to be

incredible young ladies and now work

in their Bridge Street store.

Learning to adapt is a difficult

proposition for many business

owners, but needs must: Mark and

Lesley-Ann have always made sure

they keep their business going by

ensuring they provide a required

and personal service to customers

in Andover. They have adapted the

way they operate.

Happy 60th Birthday Mark!”


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Refurbishment work raises concerns

By Ella Palmer

FROM the 1st of March Anton lakes

nature reserve will be undergoing

path refurbishment works for

approximately 5 weeks causing some

disruption to walkers. The council

have asked visitors to adhere to all

the site notices and path closures

that may be in place to facilitate the

works.

Councillor Karen Hamilton shared

the post, which raised a question

with the local community. Resident

James Cook asked: “are they putting

the same finish as they have around

Rooksbury, if they are, it will turn into

a muddy mess every time it rains,

and a dusty and slippery mess every

time it is dry?”

The response was: “The finish

will complement the current path

gravel on site. The larger stones will

be removed from the existing surface,

it will be releveled and redressed with

path gravel to colour match the existing

path. This is a different material to

that used at Rooksbury Mill. Specific

specifications for this can be found

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on the maps attached to my previous

email. Work to refurbish the path at

Rooksbury will be addressed in the

spring when ground conditions have

improved with drier weather.“

Details of the areas to be targeted

shown in green and brown on the map

pictured. The area marked in pink is

due to be scheduled for summer 2021.

Work will involve the removal of large

aggregate from existing pathways

before releveling and top dressing.

Anton lakes, is a popular nature

reserve for local people and families.

Help is at hand

By Sarah Gisbourne

THIS winter is tough for everyone, but

particularly for those in fuel poverty.

Fuel poverty is caused by a combination

of low income, high energy costs

and inefficient housing. Households

in fuel poverty typically have other

vulnerabilities such as old age, young

children, ill-health and disability. We

want to raise awareness of the situation

locally and support available for

those struggling to keep warm or pay

for electricity and gas.

Based on the latest BEIS and PHE

statistics, an estimated 39,915 Hampshire

households are living in fuel

poverty and there are approximately

512 Hampshire excess winter deaths.

Public Health England and National

Energy Action (NEA) have highlighted

the impact that Covid-19 can have on

fuel poverty and the increased risk

from living in a cold home:

Financial instability caused by Covid-

19 will make it more difficult for people

to pay their bills and more likely to get

into debt, for some this may be the

first time they have got into problems

and they may not know where to get

support.

Unemployment, working from home

and lockdown means that people will

be using more energy and could be

spending more time in a cold home.

Coping strategies such as only heating

(and the whole household spending

time in) one room, not ventilating the

home to avoid draughts, and seeking

out heated public spaces could increase

the spread of Covid-19.

Householders with respiratory and

circulatory health conditions affected

by cold weather are likely to be at

greater risk from Covid-19 and worsening

health caused by a cold home

could put extra strain on NHS services.

There is local Support available, if

you need help, please contact Andover

Citizens Advice Centre who can offer

help and support to access local ,Covid

Winter Grants, which are funded by

Hampshire County Council, to help

towards fuel payments. You can call

them on 01264 723641.

Ange Moon, Chief Officer Citizens

Advice Test Valley shared with Love

Andover: “There are a number of extra

grants available at this difficult time

for those who need a little extra help

to keep warm this winter and through

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Local initiative delivers

groceries to your door

Call for fair access for all

By Ella Palmer

CLLR Luigi Gregori has called for

“fair access for all Hampshire tips.”

Mr Gregori claims that the Hampshire

Recycling Centres are discriminating

against those who don’t have

access to a vehicle and has worked

alongside his colleagues in Winchester

to coordinate a petition across

Hampshire.

During the first lockdown in March,

the Hampshire recycling centres were

closed to all residents.

Once the Government lifted the

lockdown Cllr Gregori stated: “the

right to walk, cycle or use a mobility

scooter to visit the tips was officially

withdrawn by Hampshire County

Council.”

Once the lockdown was lifted,

Hampshire County Council developed

an online booking system, to reduce

the amount of traffic build up in the

local area, which Mr Gregori and his

colleagues claim to have ‘created two

major problems’. The Lib Dem said

that you can only access the dump if

you have a car, and therefore Hampshire

County Council are not offering

an inclusive service to those who wish

to access the recycling centre on foot,

on a bike or mobility scooter.

He went on to say that the system

also doesn’t allow you to book slots

for that day, meaning there have been

many slots that have been wasted,

causing long delays for local residents.

Luigi told Love Andover: “It is an

issue that we should all be feeling

strongly about. I have also had a number

of complaints about the booking

system which leads to less slots being

available than could be the case.”

The campaign is based on three

principles: Equal access for all Hampshire’s

council tax payers, not just car

owners. Tackling the climate emergency

by making recycling and repurposing

easier for everyone. Promoting

active healthy living by encouraging

those who can, to leave their cars at

home and visit the HWRCs on foot

or bike.”

We have contacted Hampshire

County Council for a statement.

By Ella Palmer

LOCAL business and family man

Punit Patel, listened to his customers

to provide a better delivery service

without the additional costs

that some companies charge. With

more and more people in the local

community needing to isolate and

therefore not able to pick up their

regular groceries, Punit recognised

that there was a need to better serve

the community.

Nisa Local on Weyhill Road, has

teamed up with the Snappy Shopper

app to deliver your snacks, drinks and

groceries to your door within 30 to 60

minutes. Punit told Love Andover:

“The app is really good because the

groceries are shop prices so there is

no additional cost which may have

put people off. We also have a deal

on at the moment for new customers

for free delivery.”

With the lockdown this comes as

great news to the community to get

their essentials from their local store,

especially people living alone and

having to isolate. A local resident

shared: “Punit has been a life saver

during this pandemic. During isolation,

I was caught short of items.

Punit and his family have always

been friendly and go out of their way

to source different items when asked.

He is a true community man and has

been vital, and this app just makes it

so much easier to be able to get my

essentials.”

During these times Punit has

adapted his business to best serve

his customer’s and his business. This

service makes it easier for people to

shop locally with Punit and to reduce

footfall into the shop without compromising

his custom and knowing

that you’re keeping everyone safe

by staying home.

To access, you can download the

app or order via the website and use

the code FREEANDOVER on your

first order over £10 before the 13th

March 2021.


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to heat homes

lockdown. These grants are available

to us as a Citizens Advice and all have

certain criteria and an application

process that we can go through with

clients.

The best advice I can offer therefore

is if any of your families need help they

call us or email us, Our advisers will

then be able to determine if there is

anything else we can do and look to

apply for help.”

Further support is available at

Hitting the Cold Spots (Hampshire)

– phone: 0800 804 8601 or email: staywarm@environmentcentre.com

and

Southern Water are offering a discount

on your water bills.

A View from the Member

of Youth Parliament

By Dmitrijis Meiksans

“SINCE I last gave an update, a lot has happened, and that is my favourite part of my role, I

get to do a tonne of things of a varying degree with lots of different charities. I have continued

my work within the local community.

For example, working with Unity to deliver Unity Youth, which is a brand-new service offered by the charity to enable young

people’s voices across the Borough of Test Valley. We held a Youth Provision Survey where all schools and colleges in the local

community were invited to take part and get their voice heard, in the end, hearing from 883 young people was a great achievement.

All of the ideas, concerns and issues from the young people were compiled together to form a Youth Provision Report,

which was sent to local MPs, Councillors, representatives from the Department for Education and Department for Digital, Culture,

Media and Sport, Hampshire County Council and more. We wanted to be able to bring across the voice of young people

to the representatives that can make changes directly, so they are able to hear what young people think, need and want. It was

overall a very successful project and we will soon be looking towards how we are able to work with our partners to implement

the actions that were identifi ed from the results of the report.

My work with the National Children’s Bureau is something that I am very proud of, I was very lucky to have contributed last

year to the way Anti Bullying Week would be run, to have spoken at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children on the

importance of improving mental health services for young people for them to get access to these vital services as soon as they

get referred, to have spoken to representatives of the Department of Education on the COVID-19 recovery process, focusing

specifi cally on the importance of young people getting the support they need to be able to go to school again and the resources

they would possibly need to re-start home schooling, which inevitably, is the current standpoint of all children and young people

across the country. I have also trained to become a Media Representative for the charity, specifi cally focusing on youth mental

health.

The Hampshire Youth Parliament is the group of Members of Youth Parliament across the county, alongside the Support

Members, that work together to lobby and create change across their respective local communities to ensure that youth voice

is something that is recognised and appreciated. After Europe’s largest youth consultation, Make Your Mark, that we ran back in

September-time, an amazing 1247 young people took part within my constituency of North West Hampshire (covering Test Valley,

Basingstoke and Deane and South Newbury), whose voices were collated with other young people from across the country

to form the campaigns that the UK Youth Parliament would run this year. Three campaigns came out of the results of Make Your

Mark, which were Free University, Support Our Mental Health and Take Action on the Climate Emergency. As the lead for

the Hampshire Youth Parliament mental health campaign, I will be working with my fellow colleagues to create a mental health

toolkit to merge resources from various charities as well as our own to support young people during such a turbulent time.

And a lot of meetings have occurred since September, I can fi nd myself in around 20 meetings in one week, on top of that 6

hours’ worth of schoolwork, and then fi nding some time to relax!

Constituents and members of the public are able to contact me by emailing me on dmitrijsmeiksans@harrowway.hants.sch.

uk or messaging my Facebook page, Dmitrijs Meiksans MYP.”

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Express yourself is key

message to children

CHILDREN’S Mental Health Week

which ran from 1st to 7th February

was more significant this year than

ever before as local teacher Tori Rist

shared:

“Children and Young People are

growing up in a period of history

that very few of us have experienced

before. They are having to adapt,

rapidly, to a world that seems alien

and closed off compared to a year

ago. Parents themselves are likely to

be more anxious and worrying about

illness, income and their children.

Whilst remote education may suit

some children, many will find not

being able to see their friends, or

the lack of school routine, extremely

unsettling. Worries can manifest

themselves in unexpected ways -

slamming doors, refusal to comply

with requests or wanting to spend

hours watching TV are all potential

signs of someone experiencing overwhelming

feelings. Children’s Mental

Health Week, and the theme of

Express Yourself, offered a brilliant

opportunity to explore ways in which

children and young people can use

their creativity in a mindful way to

help process feelings and emotions.

Draw: some children find articulating

their anxieties really difficult.

Encouraging children to draw what

they are worried about can be a powerful

way to express what is worrying

them without feeling ‘put on the spot’.

It could be a simple picture or a comic

strip story.

Journal: there are some great journals

available for children and they

are a wonderful spin on the diaries

that some of us may have had as children.

Many current journals have

prompts and words to help young

people organise their thoughts, which

can be especially helpful for children

who may not be initially aware of how

they’re feeling. We love the HappySelf

Journal.

I will walk 1000 miles...

By Adam Phillips

LOCAL resident, Carrie Moore

is walking 1000 miles; and maybe

many more…..

Carrie started walking on the

1st February 2021 and will be

finishing in January 2022. Her

aim is to raise as much money

for Veterans in Action by walking

1 mile for £1.

Carrie told Love Andover: “I

am aiming to raise a minimum

of £1000 at £1 per mile but if the

target is exceeded, I will add the

miles on and continue as long as it

takes; the Proclaimers have nothing

on me! I am walking locally

with my dogs in the Ludgershall

area and will use an exercise bike

indoors until lockdown ends.

After lockdown, I am hoping to

get back to Anton Lakes and further

afield for some long walks and

hikes. I will record daily updates

on the fundraising page. I have

been following VIA for quite some

time now and think their mission

is brilliant. I have had family

members leaving the army with

PTSD and believe that places like

this charity are a real lifeline and

must be supported.

For a £10 donation to the fundraiser,

or more, I will make a short

video on one of my walks promoting

your business and officially

thanking you for your support.

Thank you very much!”

Carrie is taking on this personal

challenge as part of a 25,000-mile

challenge to travel virtually the

distance of going around the world

following the Equator through 13

different countries and crossing

vast oceans.

All funds raised will go directly

into helping veterans and their

families who have suffered the

effects of war or who have found

the transition to civilian life difficult

through the work of Veterans

In Action.

You can follow Carrie’s progress

online at: https://veteransinaction.

enthuse.com/pf/carrie-moore/

post/240537.

Music: making your own drum kit

or dancing around your living room is

a brilliant way to release endorphins

and help release anxieties. A firm

favourite in our house is

dancing to ‘Shake it Off’

by Taylor Swift – don’t

worry about feeling silly,

go for it and your children

are likely to join in. You

never know, it may give

you a boost too!

Paint: another great

activity is expressing yourself

with paint. Even if a child cannot

name their emotions, they could show

you what they’re physically feeling

by the way they use finger paints or

brush strokes. For example, if your

child says they feel tense, ask them

how they would paint that? What would

tense look like? Straw painting is also

good fun and blowing is a proven way

to relieve tenseness in the body.

Bake: a firm favourite in our house

is baking. It can be relatively inexpensive

and children love being creative

with their cake decorations. Plus,

cake solves everything apparently!

Read: there are some lovely books

that parents can read to children to

help them process their emotions.

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia

Ironside is a brilliant book to encourage

conversations around feelings

and worries.

Play: playing with your child is a

great way of encouraging them to talk

about things that may be bothering

them. They may want you to actively

engage with them, or they may want

you to sit alongside them and they lead

the play. Let your child take the lead

and you will be surprised how much

they tell you indirectly as they play.

Whilst a child’s worries may sometimes

seem insignificant considering

what adults are currently navigating,

validating their feelings and emotions

is really important and means

that they are more likely to speak to

you when they are worrying about

something in the future.

The most important thing to remember

is, like adults, children may not

always want to talk about what is

bothering them and we all process

our emotions in different timescales.

Instead, by creating mindful opportunities

for creativity we can allow

children time to focus on something

different and generate some escapism

from day-to-day life.”

Tori Rist is Co-Founder of the Andover

Small School www.andoversmallschool.co.uk.


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Council Tax increase to

support Police proposals

Local business

is shortlisted

in national

awards 2021

LOCAL business Rosebourne has been

shortlisted for the Farm Shop and Deli

Awards 2021.

These national awards celebrate

specialist retailers from across the UK

in recognition of their courageous

commitment shown to their customers,

community, staff, and suppliers over the

past year.

At Rosebourne’s Weyhill store, the

food hall has continued to provide

essential everyday ingredients and produce

to customers throughout what has

been an unprecedented year. By widening

the aisles in the food hall, creating

a one-way system, and ensuring that

a COVID safe protocol for customers

and staff is maintained, a safe shopping

environment has been created.

A Click & Collect service was set

up for meat, vegetables, and everyday

groceries allowing customers to order

and pay for essentials online and simply

collect from the store. This has been

well used by local communities and is

set to continue as a Rosebourne service

into the future.

Rosebourne Chief Executive Carol

Paris commented: “It has been a tough

year for everyone and to receive the

news that we have been shortlisted for

the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2021 is

a great accolade to our team who have

worked so hard throughout, and also

to our network of suppliers who have

helped us support communities through

providing everyday essentials.”

The Farm Shop and Deli Awards will

be announced at the Farm Food and

Deli Show which takes place on 5th July

2021 at the NEC in Birmingham.

This latest news comes after Rosebourne

was recently also a finalist in

The Greatest Christmas Awards, run by

industry title Garden Trade News.

ON Friday 29 January, the Hampshire

Police and Crime Panel (PCP)

approved the proposed precept

increase asked for by the Police

and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for

Hampshire, Michael Lane.

This will result in an increase to

Council Tax of £15 per year for a band

D property, which is the equivalent

of £1.25 per month, or 29p per week.

With the Panel giving full support to

the proposals, the Chairman of Hampshire’s

Police and Crime Panel, Councillor

David Stewart, said: “As Chair

of the Panel, I very much appreciated

both the Commissioner and the Chief

Constable attending our meeting and

providing a full response to the robust

challenge of the Panel on the proposal

laid before us. The answers heard

enabled all Panel Members to be satisfied

that the Commissioner’s proposed

precept should be fully supported.

The information we have heard

has highlighted the challenges faced

by policing, and the opportunities to

help keep our communities safer, that

would be presented by increasing the

precept. It is fully appreciated that this

increased cost comes at a time when

many residents may be experiencing

additional financial pressures as a

result of the global pandemic. However,

the same extreme uniqueness

of the current situation has placed

significant additional strain upon our

police officers and staff.

I would like to put on record the

Panel’s recognition of the excellent

work of the staff and officers of Hampshire

Constabulary in protecting the

communities of Hampshire during the

pandemic. As a result of the budget

supported by the Panel, we look forward

to seeing new police officers

coming on board in the year ahead

- increasing the visible policing presence

within our communities as well as

retaining Police Community Support

Officers and bolstering staffing within

999 and 101 call centres.

As our residents would expect, the

Panel will, on their behalf, monitor

the delivery of the promises laid out

Michael Lane and Olivia Pinkney

within the Commissioner’s proposal,

and continue to support and scrutinise

the Commissioner in the wider delivery

of his Police and Crime Plan.”

Under proposals set out at the meeting

by the Police and Crime Commissioner

and the Chief Constable

of Hampshire Constabulary, Olivia

Pinkney, the increase of £15 per annum

(based on Band D properties) will

enable the Constabulary to respond

more fully to communities, including

capacity to: investigate up to 26,000

more crimes this year; arrest 300

more of the most dangerous criminals;

reduce 1000 crimes a year, through

prevention and youth diversion; safeguard

an additional 12,000 vulnerable

people; target increased support to

tackle rural crime; continue investment

in wellbeing to sustain officers

at the frontline.

Michael Lane, Police and Crime

Commissioner, commented on the

meeting and the increase, “The last

year is not a year any of us would have

wanted and the challenges are not over

yet. The pandemic has created a great

deal of uncertainty and financial strain

for so many people, I had to be strongly

convinced that it is the right thing to

do to increase the police precept at all.

Policing has continued to be under

significant pressure over the last

year, with increased responsibility to

enforce the coronavirus restrictions

and while some crimes have reduced

with more people at home there has

been an increase in other crimes like

domestic and sexual abuse. The Chief

Constable set out a compelling operational

case to me for an increase that

would enable the continued policing

effort to enforce the restrictions, and

to look ahead to the rest of the year

and beyond to investigate more crimes

and make more arrests.

Through my consultation I heard

from over 8,000 local residents who also

supported an increase to support policing.

This is good news for all residents,

as it will keep our communities safer,

it is good news for the victims of crime

who we can continue to support, and it

is good news for policing who will have

increased resources to enable them to

pursue those who wish us harm. I would

like to thank the Panel for responding

positively to the compelling evidence.

I promised on day one I would do all

I could to make people safer from the

first day to the last day that I have the

privilege and responsibility of holding

this role. I firmly believe the police

precept increase this year will keep

local residents and our communities

safer now and into the future, delivering

on the promises I have made.”

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney

added: “I welcome this public show of

support for policing from our Police and

Crime Panel. At a time when people

are facing very real economic pressures

it is right that different views

about public spending are aired and

debated in this way.

As chief constable, I have made

clear that this budget is crucial for

my officers and staff because it unlocks

the opportunity to take the fight to

criminals. I would also like to thank

the public for their support, and the

Police and Crime Commissioner and

his team for responding so positively

and proactively in support of the operational

policing case. This will help us

to achieve even safer communities.”

Nationwide star count to reveal light pollution

PEOPLE living in all areas of Hampshire

are being urged to take part in

an annual Star Count to record our

view of the night sky. CPRE, the countryside

charity, is working with the

British Astronomical Association’s

Commission for Dark Skies to find

indications of light pollution levels

across the country.

By counting the number of stars they

see in the Orion constellation, citizen

scientists will help map the best and

worst places in England to enjoy a

star-filled night sky. The results will

indicate whether Hampshire suffers

from severe light pollution, of which

61% of last year’s participants did.

They will also be compared with

2020’s findings, gathered before coronavirus

restrictions took hold, to see

whether lockdown has had an impact.

Light pollution means many people

only experience a limited view of the

night sky, and it also disrupts wildlife’s

natural patterns. By showing where

people’s views are most affected by

light pollution, CPRE can use this

evidence in crucial lobbying efforts

to protect and enhance the skies of

Hampshire, improving our health,

wellbeing, wildlife and the environment.

Crispin Truman, chief executive of

CPRE, the countryside charity, said:

“A starry night sky is one of the most

magical sights the countryside can

offer, connecting us to the nature we

all love and the wonders of the wider

universe. Dark skies are also crucial

for our health and for that of wildlife.

Lockdown and the coronavirus have

reminded us about how good for us

the countryside can be.

But many places suffer from light

pollution, bleaching out the night sky.

We want to change this. By taking

part in Star Count, people will be contributing

to citizen science, helping

us to lobby the government for more

protection of this too often overlooked,

but vital, part of our countryside.”

Bob Mizon, UK coordinator of the

British Astronomical Association’s

Commission for Dark Skies, added:

“Turning back the tide of light pollution

brings darker night skies and

improvements to the well-being of

humans, wildlife and the environment.

In its three decades of working with

the CPRE towards these goals, we

have seen increased public and Parliamentary

awareness of the importance

of our view of the universe above.

The CPRE Star Count is an important

part of this work, especially in

these abnormal times when we have

a chance to see whether changes in

our activities are having any positive

effect on the atmosphere and our view

of the night sky.”


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Money doesn’t have to rule you

By Adam Phillips

“HAVING money is great, being able

to survive on what you earn and be

happy is the best.

Sometimes, in fact – more often

than not, we have debt.

So, why don’t we talk about it?

Embarrassment perhaps? The feeling

that ‘You got this’, when you probably

haven’t. Maybe it’s a lack of understanding

or what to do next. How do

I save? How do I switch? How do I

downgrade? How do I cancel? Can I

actually do any of these things? What

are my rights? It could be a multitude

of different reasons, but whatever

the reason is:all debt can be sorted.

Yes, you read that correctly. Not

some debt can be sorted, debt can

be sorted. Whether we like it or not,

we all have to deal with money, be

it directly for your own wallet or for

someone else’s, we will have to make

decisions.

Unfortunately, we are not taught

about money at school, there aren’t

many courses available either. If you

did want to learn about it, unless you

get into Consumer finance, it’s very

hard to find the answers, without

someone trying to sell you something.

If you are struggling with debt, here

are my top rules for dealing with it.

Talk to a Government backed charity

like Step Change. They will help

you in understanding your rights and

help get a plan of action together. Debt

charities should be free. If someone

is trying to make money out of your

debt issues, don’t use them.

Talk to the person/company that

you are in debt with. If you can’t afford

credit card repayments, talk to whoever

gave you the credit card. There

may be a way that they can assist you,

like giving you a repayment holiday,

they may simply reverse or refund

your charge or set up an agreement

between you and the creditor.

Change what you are doing. More

often than not there are ways of being

able to save money. Become one of

my Saving NURDS!

New: Set up something new or do

something new. You could set up a

savings account, buy new LED Light

Bulbs, look at new suppliers.

Use Less: If you already save loads

and you are on all the best deals, using

less is potentially an option. Turn off

the lights, lower your thermostat,

wear a jumper more, eat less, lower

your portion size, drive less… you

get the idea.

Rid: Look at your costs and ask

yourself, do I really need it? This is

a great way of saving, because unlike

using less, switching or downgrading

(where there will still be a cost),

there are immediate savings to be

had. Sometimes you have to pay to

get out of contracts, if the cost to get

out is less than the cost of seeing the

contract out, paying actually makes

financial sense.

Downgrade: I don’t like the term

Downgrade because it’s used by marketing

experts to make us feel like

we’re getting a worse deal. Look at

it this way. Do I realistically not use

‘x’ or ‘am I prepared to use less, to

downgrade, in order to save money?’

Ask your network supplier how much

data you use, how many texts and how

long you spend on the phone, it might

be lower than you think, subsequently,

you could get a more restrictive tariff

– but it won’t matter to you, because

you’re not using it anyway. Same for

gym memberships or anything that

has tiers of quality.

Switch: These days, switching is

easier than ever. Energy is switched

in 21 days, banking accounts use

the CASS system and is done in 7

working days, balance transfers for

credit cards take, usually, only days.

Switching is different to Downgrading

because when you switch you get the

same thing, just with someone else

at a cheaper price.

Make more money: if you can’t save

because you are doing everything

possible, the other option is to make

more.

There are several ways you could

make more money: Can you do overtime

at work?; Can you earn more

commission?; Could you get another

job?; Could you get a better paid job?;

Is there a way you can increase your

income revenue streams?; Speak to

your local council about council tax

support and any other benefits/grants

that may be available; Go to entitled.

to to find out if you are entitled to

any other kind of benefit; Apply for

Universal Credit.

If you are able to try at least some

of my suggestions, you could be well

on your way to managing your money

and will certainly help your mental

health too.”

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Caring for your pets in the cold weather

Winter is upon us and as well

as keeping ourselves warm, we

must also remember that our

pets will feel it too. It is important

to take precautions to keep

your pets happy and healthy this

winter.

Dogs

It might be cold outside but your dog still

needs regular walks. It’s important to keep your

best friend wrapped up especially smaller dogs

and fine coated dogs including greyhounds and

French bulldog and a variety of dog coats which

are widely available.

The cold weather can bring reduced visibility

with foggy and snowy conditions, it is good

to keep your dog on the lead but if you do let

them off, make sure they have

good recall, as limited visibility

could potentially lead to the

dog getting lost. Frozen ponds

and lakes look like normal terrain

to dogs and their curiosity

could lead to a cold shock,

so keep dogs on their leads

around these areas.

After walks make sure to

towel dry your dog off thoroughly

and clean their paws,

make sure to dry in-between

their toes, de-icer can be

very harmful and irritating

and they often pick this up

on their paws, you can always

help protect from this with

specific paw boots, they are

more than an accessory especially

in winter and help protect

their paws.

Some dogs may be a bit cautious

with the cold and may

be reluctant to go outside, do

not force them but keep them

active indoors with their toys.

Hiding treats around the house

will help stimulate them and

reduce the need for outdoor

time.

Cats

Cats are renowned for their self-sufficiency

in navigating their way through life. There have

been studies that show that cats don’t need

humans to feel safe, they don’t generally depend

on us, even when they are scared they will not

come to their owner but more likely to hide. It

is important to care for your cat though and in

the winter more so.

Cats enjoy being outside and in the cold they

have a habit of crawling under car bonnets and

tyres to absorb the heat, so before you drive

off anywhere make sure to tap the bonnet and

double check under before you set off. For the

cats who like to stay out and come and go as

they please, make sure you provide outside

shelter for them, you can get cat houses or you

can construct something safe for them from

locations in the garden. As with dogs, check

your cat’s paws when they come in from outside,

cats are left to their own devices when outside

and you may not know where they have been,

so gently wipe their paws with a damp cloth or

towel to remove any rock salts or chemicals that

may be on the road from gritters. It’s also good

to regularly check your cat’s paws for frostbite

and any infections, also check for any cuts on

them as cats do fight and infection could harm

them. Dry their body off and make sure there

are warm spots around the house where they

can sleep, especially for older cats and cats with

medical conditions as they may not be as active

as they once were.

If you don’t have a litter tray because your

cat prefers to do their business outside, it is

always a good idea to get one for the winter time,

especially for senior cats or cats with medical

conditions. Give them lots of toys as they may

want to stay indoors more so keeping them

active and stimulated is key. Also keep an eye

on their diet also as they may want to eat more

for insulation.


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February Half Term Ideas

By Sarah Gisbourne

WITH the prospect of being stuck at

home again this Half Term, here are

some ideas to make sure that you can

still have fun in lockdown, and ensure

that the days feel different to another

day stuck at home.

Bloom Arts and Crafts, together

with The Lights are running an online

Kaleidoscope Making Workshops on

Saturday, 20 February at either 10am,

12pm or 2pm. The workshops will all

take place on zoom and are just £5 per

family. There is more information on

their website, but please book via the

Box Office only: 01264 368368.

Bloom’s Suzie shared: “Kaleidoscopes

were invented by Scottish scientist David

Brewster over two hundred years ago

in 1817. The instrument came about

through his experiments with the polarisation

of light and physical optics. The

Kaleidoscope was a huge commercial

success in his lifetime and this fun crafty

workshop will give you a fabulous taste

of it’s two fold beauty, both as a science

discovery and visual pattern maker.

To get the most out of the workshop

you will need to have gathered together

in advance these household items: A

Toilet Roll or large Pringles tin; Paper

or pens to decorate - eg wrapping paper,

white or coloured paper you can make a

design on to, magazines or newspaper,

stickers, fabric - your choice to enjoy

and make look attractive; Craft Glue/

PVA glue; Mirrored Card or Aluminium

Foil plus a card backing; Sellotape/Tape;

Paper Drinking Straw, Pipe Cleaner

The lights workshop

Cookery doodle doo panacke day

or pencil to help rotate our disc; 80g

copy paper/white paper for decorating

– needs to be semi transparent (hence

80g) to make an 11cm wide disc; Pens

to decorate your disc; Ruler; Scissors.”

Andover Window Wanderland have

invited everyone to join them in a little

idea to keep us all positive, happy

and healthy into 2021. After all, arts

and creativity are so important for our

health and well-being.

Each month they will invite us to create

a small something for your windows.

They ask us to have fun, re-use, recycle,

explore shape, colour and light as we

change through the seasons. As it’s

February, this month they are inviting

everyone to spread some love.

Cookery Doodle Doo will be sharing

a free brand new cookalong video on

Pancake Day, 16th February. She has

posted on her Facebook page that there

is no need to stand at the stove flipping

individual pancakes, her baked berry

pancake is big enough to serve 4-6 in

one go. Find our more on the Cookery

Doodle Doo Facebook page.

Finkley Down Farm is closed due to

lockdown, but we can still see the animals.

They post regular photos, videos

and lives on their Facebook page. It’s

also lambing season, have you seen the

video of the first lambs born at Finkley

Down Farm this year ?

Have a craft day: Kaz Trinder shares

with us how to make a Valentine’s day

wreath with our children.

You will need: glue; scissors; paintbrush

and paints; cardboard; felt tip

pens; puzzle pieces and string.

Paint your puzzle pieces in different

colours, once dry add another coat if

needed.

While your pieces are drying, draw a

heart shape onto your card .Using your

scissors cut out your heart. You may

need to ask a grown up to help cut out

the middle of the heart to form a wreath.

Glue your painted puzzle pieces onto

your wreath till it is completely covered,

add a second layer. Using your card,

cut a rectangle strip wide enough to

go across your heart. Write a special

message “I love you to pieces”.

Attach each end of your message

across your heart. Glue string to the

back of your wreath to use as a hanger.

Simple as that!

You could also get some fresh air

by going for a local walk or bike ride.

Graeme Davis has written us several

articles on places to visit for a walk or

a bike ride here in Andover, read his

latest article on page 26 about Harewood

Finkley down farm lambs

Common.

On Thursday evening at 7pm, why not

join in with The Radio Quiz on Andover

Radio 95.9FM. The Radio Quiz, is the

interactive quiz where questions are

heard on the radio and answers are

entered into your mobile phone. The

Radio Quiz can be played by anyone, all

you need to do is listen to the radio and

answer multiple choice questions on a

mobile device, tablet or laptop.

Saturday night and time to party;

indoors. So let Chris B’s Party Anthems

get your Saturday night jumping. On at

6pm tune into 95.9FM or listen online

at loveandover.com.

Remember to check out the events

section of our website, Loveandover.

com for local online events happening

in Andover.

Half term takes place on 15 February

– 19 February this year.

Mini mindfulness for children

Valentines day crafts

School celebrates

pupils’ cooking

By Ella Palmer

WOMEN’S business coach, Victoria

Kennedy is branching out to offer

mini mindfulness sessions to children

and young people via zoom to

tackle issues young people are facing

in their lives at the moment.

Victoria told Love Andover that she

began her support sessions to help:

“mainly those running businesses to

overcome the feelings of overwhelm,

procrastination and self doubt by giving

them a safe space to explore their

thoughts, get clear on their priorities

and plan their next steps.”

Victoria is NLP trained (Neuro

Linguistic programming) which is

the practice of understanding how

people organise their thinking, feeling,

language and behaviour to produce

the results they do. CBT trained (cognitive

behavioural therapy) which is a

psycho-social intervention that aims

to focus on challenging and changing

unhelpful cognitive thoughts, beliefs,

and attitudes, as well as energy healing,

Positive Parenting and Mindfulness

for children.

Victoria shared: “Over the last year

of lockdowns many of my clients have

enquired about and booked sessions

with me for their young adults, mainly

15 to 18 yr olds as this last year has

been so overwhelming and created a

lot of anxiety and uncertainty. This,

coupled with my background in education,

I worked for 11 yrs as a Primary

School teacher, led me to setting up

Mini Mindfulness sessions for children

aged 6-16. I have separated the

sessions into age groups to enable

me to tackle issues and set tasks at

age appropriate levels.”

Mindfulness offers a number of

benefits including: cultivates self

compassion; improves alertness;

helps with understanding thoughts

and feelings; balances energy; builds

clearer communication and stronger

relationships; reduces anxiety and

stress; encourages creativity; creates

healthy self esteem.

Victoria Kennedy

AS Lockdown continues, staff at local

schools are finding new ways of keeping

pupils engaged in learning.

Test Valley School shared some

of their pupils’ recent achievements.

Sarah Botwright explained: “Our Food

Technology teacher Mrs Sanet Bircham

is holding a weekly showstopper

challenge with the KS3 pupils. Pastry

Week’s Star Baker was Eva R in Year

8 with her Nutella star Biscuit Week’s

Star Baker was Joshua R with his Rocky

Road.

The school would like to focus on

how well the pupils have taken on

the showstopper challenges and how

talented they all are.”

Well done to everyone!


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Carers urged

to access

practical and

financial help

UNPAID, family carers are being urged

to come forward to access help, which

includes funds to pay for practical support.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire

County Council’s Executive Member for

Adult Social Care and Health, said: “We

know that national restrictions are creating

challenges for everyone, but this

is especially the case for people who

are providing care for their loved ones.

Many of our most vulnerable residents

are shielding at home and therefore

relying on their family and friends more

than ever before.

If you provide care in an unpaid

capacity there is help on hand. The

County Council works with a network

of voluntary organisations who can offer

friendly, expert advice and practical

support. This includes funding which

has been made available to make life a

little easier during this unprecedented

period. I urge anyone who is offering

care in an unpaid capacity to get in

touch.”

Hampshire County Council is

working with Andover Mind, Carers

Together and The Princess Royal

Trust for Carers to prioritise support

for unpaid family carers. This includes

providing information on the Carers

Wellbeing COVID Fund from which

people can access a one-off payment

to help with any additional challenges

during this unprecedented period.

The money is designed to address

the individual needs of the carer for

example financial help with technology,

equipment or personal care. It is open

to anyone including young carers.

Extra funding available to

support children in need

EXTRA funding worth more than

£320,000 is being made available for

childcare, voluntary and charitable

organisations to provide activities and

food for vulnerable Hampshire children

during the February half term

school holiday.

The extra money has been added

to the existing Community Grants

scheme, which is part of the ‘connect-

4communities’ programme and is one of

several measures that aims to support

families and individuals facing financial

hardship because of COVID-19.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire

County Council’s Executive Lead

Member for Children’s Services and

Young People, said: “Owing to the current

national lockdown restrictions,

we are unable to deliver the holiday

playscheme in the half term as originally

planned under our ‘connect4communities’

programme. However, to

make sure we can still provide support

to households who would have

benefited from the scheme, we have

extended the ‘connect4communities’

Community Grants criteria to enable

local organisations to apply for the

money instead, so they can operate

similar activity and food schemes in

their area.”

‘connect4communities’ is funded by

the £2.89 million Winter Grant Scheme

allocation awarded to the Authority by

the Department for Work and Pensions

(DWP). The purpose of the programme

is to support families in need, especially

those with children, to access basic

necessities this winter.

Community, charity or voluntary

organisations and childcare providers

(including out-of-school childcare) are

encouraged to apply for a Community

Grant to fund half term activities for

local children. Examples of how these

grants could be used include wraparound

care (especially where groups

maintain the same bubbles as in term

time), activity and food packs, as well

as food boxes.

Services must meet the DWP’s Winter

Grant Scheme criteria, which states

that: at least 80% of the total funding

will be ring-fenced to support families

with children, with up to 20% of the

total funding allocated for other types

of households, including individuals; at

least 80% of the total funding will be

ring-fenced to provide support with

food, energy and water bills, with up

to 20% made available for other essential

items.

Councillor Stallard added: “We

believe that transferring the funds

from the holiday playscheme to Community

Grants is the most effective

course of action in light of the changing

circumstances. I am encouraged,

by the grant applications we have

received so far, that our communities

will find many wonderful ways

to put this funding to good use and

help families and individuals who

are struggling financially due to the

pandemic.”

Connect4communities has already

donated £12,500 to Inspero Community

Hub: To provide several services,

including; food parcels for families

with children and older people; a community

shop open two days per week;

prescription collection and delivery;

food shopping and delivery; and wellbeing

check-ins. Basingstoke Discovery

Centre has received £800 to supply

a ‘brunch bag’ alongside the current

free provision of Ready Reads Click &

Collect book loan service during the

pandemic. This scheme will be aimed

at children and families eligible for

benefits related? free school meals

or needing additional support with

food provision during school holidays.

To learn more about the ‘connect-

4communities’ projects and to apply

for a Community Grant visit connect-

4communities.org.

New interactive videos

set to help students

Running for the Hawks

LOCAL mother and daughter, Beca Cox

and Eileen Bregazzi have undertaken

to run 2 miles every day in February to

raise much needed funds for the Hawk

Conservancy.

The Hawk conservancy has a special

place in their hearts as nephew and

cousin Ben Cox has worked there for the

last six years, completing his apprenticeship

in that time and is therefore fully

aware of the struggle the organisation

now faces.

Beca, who works for Apex care shared:

“It’s an absolutely fabulous day out on

our doorstep, it would be awful to see

it have to close.”

Like many businesses, The Hawk

Conservancy had to close its doors to the

public but is still incurring costs whilst

continuing to employ staff to care for the

birds. The loss of six months of revenue

is putting the charity at risk of closure.

The Hawk Conservancy is home to

around 130 birds of prey but the bulk

of the Trust’s work is conservation and

research. They work alongside many

other organisations focused on keeping

critically endangered species alive

in the wild.

The duo has set themselves the task

of raising £500 for the charity, a target

which is already well on course to be

beaten with their total at £275 on day 5

of their challenge.

Learn more about the Hawk Conservancy

at: www.hawk-conservancy.org.

HAMPSHIRE County Council is putting

in place a raft of virtual interactive

support to help young people as

they make choices about the next

steps for their futures after leaving

school or college.

Despite the ongoing restrictions,

the County Council’s career specialists

‘Hampshire Futures’ have

taken inspiration from the successful

‘TED Talks’ to create a range of free

interactive films for young people to

give them an insight into many of the

options open to them as they decide

their career paths.

The County Council’s Executive

Member for Education and Skills,

Councillor Roz Chadd, said: “This

activity is very much part of our

Employment and Skills strategy -

developed to boost employment and

apprenticeships in Hampshire. We

know this is a difficult time for young

people and we want to provide as

much help and information as we can

to support them to make informed

choices about their future.

These creative and enlightening

films are just one example of how

Hampshire Futures Careers Advisors

are using new and innovative

ways of providing important careers

guidance, particularly during this

pandemic when it is not always possible

to visit schools and colleges in

the usual way and provide face-toface

support and advice.”

The films can be viewed on the

Hampshire Futures website and each

interactive video also comes with

multiple choice questions, useful links

and tips. Among the topics covered

are: Post-16 choices; Applying for

apprenticeships; Preparing for college

or university; Work experience;

How to use social media as part of

job hunting.

Additionally, there are films and

resource packs highlighting careers

in the following industries: Construction;

Criminology and forensic science;

Engineering and manufacturing;

Hair and beauty; Healthcare;

Law; Performing arts; Sports.

To find out more visit the Hampshire

Futures website: https://www.

hants.gov.uk/en/educationandlearning/hampshirefutures


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Working together

for a better internet

By Ella Palmer

ON 9th February, thousands of organisations

around the world joined “Together

for a better internet” to mark the18th

Safer Internet Day (SID) to raise awareness

of children and young people’s

online safety and wellbeing.

Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrated the

wide range of information and opportunities

online, and its potential to inform,

connect and inspire us, whilst also looking

at how young people can separate

fact from fiction.

The campaign focused on how we can

know what to trust online, supporting

young people to question, challenge and

change the online world. It explored how

influence, persuasion and manipulation

can impact young people’s decisions,

opinions and what they share online.

It also looked at the emotional impact

navigating a misleading online world

can have on young people and why it is

important to create a supportive, critical

and questioning culture online that

encourages debate and discussion. We

want to give young people the skills to

support one another, and the strategies

to spot and speak out against harmful

and misleading content online.

Why does inaccurate content exist,

where does it come from, and what’s

the solution? We know that the issues

of misinformation and ‘fake news’ do

not solely affect young people, but that

these issues do have a great impact

on how young people feel about their

time online.

Through Safer Internet Day 2021 we

want to help equip young people with

the skills they need to spot inaccurate

content, which can sometimes be a

complex task. Once young people feel

more comfortable separating fact from

fiction it is important that we then help

them to take the next steps in helping

to create an internet full of trustworthy

and reliable information. The online

world is a great source of information

for young people and adults alike, and

opportunities to research, learn new

facts or skills, and even broaden viewpoints

are extremely important to all

internet users.

The internet is also an important

way for young people to build positive

relationships – to play, interact and share

their lives with their peers. As they

navigate these social spaces, they are

constantly making decisions about who

and what to trust online as they play

together and socialise online.

Safer Internet Day gives young people

the chance to build the skills they need

to be able to make the best decisions as

they navigate an online world where

everything is not always as it seems.

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered

wide-ranging transformations in the

digital environment, both in terms of

risks and opportunities. It has shown

us first-hand that digital technologies

are an excellent medium to enable the

greatest number of citizens – especially

children and young people – to find

information, communicate, socialise,

learn and play, often in ways that are

not possible to the same extent in their

non-digital lives.

Yet, with this overnight realisation

that our societies are more digital

than ever, came a growing awareness

that most online tools and services

are often not designed with the best

interests of children and young people

in mind. This observation manifested

itself concretely as a range of online

threats and issues rose in prominence

in the early days of the pandemic, as

we collectively became increasingly

dependent on digital means of communication.

To quote only a few examples,

economically-motivated cybercrime

(ransomware, phishing, payment fraud)

rose, along with predatory behaviours

against children online and the volume

and circulation of child sexual abuse

material (CSAM). Issues pertaining

to misinformation, disinformation and

conspiracy theories – particularly with

regards to public health matters – took

centre stage. As we collectively spent an

increased amount of time online, privacy

concerns also gained more attention

from the general public.

As a celebration observed by the full

array of stakeholders involved in online

safety, Safer Internet Day offers, every

February, a forum of exchange and

discussion on these ever-changing safer

and better internet issues, along with

potential solutions. Safer Internet Day

offers you the possibility to make your

voice heard on these issues, regardless

of where or who you are – to share what

you love so much about the online world,

and what needs to change.

When it comes to the online world,

the saying “if you want to change the

world, change yourself first” has never

been more true. Beyond the opportunity

to get involved in a global debate about

your aspirations and concerns for a

better internet, Safer Internet Day is

also the occasion for you to reflect very

concretely on the part which each of

us – including you – play in this regard.

This means reevaluating our online

habits to be more kind, respectful and

mindful of the information we share

online. This means becoming the digital

role models our children deserve, in

order to enable them to make positive

and responsible use of digital technologies

through dialogue and education.

This means taking the necessary steps

to ensure digital literacy and online

safety are properly embedded in all

school curricula, in order to give every

citizen the tools to better navigate the

online world early on in life. This means,

for those in the ICT industry, providing

positive online content for children

and young people, safe services online

and efficient reporting mechanisms if

things go wrong. This means promoting

greater awareness of safer and better

internet issues in the local, national and

international political arena, in order to

impact governance and legislation in a

constructive way.

Talk together: Communication is

the key to identifying online misinformation.

Talk regularly with your child about

how they use technology and where they

go for information online. Discuss who

they follow, what types of adverts they

see, and what stories they find surprising

or suspicious. Listening to your child

will give you the best possible idea of

how you can support them.

Set an example: Show your child

how you question and evaluate online

content.

If you come across a fake news story,

or get sent a phishing email, discuss

with your child how you spotted it and

what you did. Why not ask them for a

second opinion? Your child may have

already heard about it or seen something

similar, and if not, it’s a learning

opportunity for both of you. Seeing a

parent actively question and evaluate

online content teaches young people the

importance of doing the same.

Think before you share: Fact-check

and reflect before sharing content,

posts or pictures.

It can be tempting to share surprising

or attention-grabbing online content with

your child or your family group chats,

but make sure to fact-check these links

before you do. As it’s come from a parent,

some children may believe it without

questioning it, and older children may

find it difficult or awkward to point out if

it is false or misleading. This is another

chance to set a good example in how to

share information responsibly online.

Check in with your child: How does

misleading information they see online

make them feel?

False and misleading content online

can be upsetting and confusing, e.g.

harmful claims that target specific

groups, or unhealthy lifestyle tips. Young

people may feel powerless when faced

with the amount of unreliable content

they see. Regularly check-in with your

child about their online life and ask them

how what they see makes them feel.

This is an issue that affects all of us.

Reassure your child that you are there

to talk about things that upset them

and to support them with how they feel.

Seek help and support: Ask other

parents how they address misleading

online content.

Just as we ask young people to talk

about what they are unsure of, make

sure you do too! Chances are that you’ll

find other parents or carers who are

trying to figure out how to help their

family avoid false information and get

the most out of the internet.

For parents, there are many apps

and services to assist you in keeping

your children safe online. by searching

Parental Control, you will usually be

able to find them easily enough. Some

services charge, some are free. Many

Internet Service Providers also supply

a ‘family safe system‘. This system not

only prevents a certain level of spam, but

it will also proactively prevent access to

sites considered unsuitable for children.

If you are uncertain if you have the family

safe system working, you can either

contact your internet provider or login

to your account online and you will find

the information there usually under a

settings tab.

Check your children’s privacy level

on sites they sign up to. If, for example,

they use Facebook (13yrs+) Ensure they

set their profile to friends only and that

they only add people they actually know

in person. This will reduce their risk

level on those platforms. It is too easy

nowadays with online gaming and chats

for them to unwittingly end up talking

to the wrong type of people.

Many parents nowadays actually rely

on their children for advice on technical

things. Some are afraid of technology

or simply don’t understand the internet.

You’re not alone, but never fear to ask

another parent or someone you trust

with a bit more experience and understanding

to help you if you have concerns

on how to make your child safer.


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Thursday, February 11, 2021 01264 883100 www.loveandover.com

A short history of Valentine’s D

Valentine’s Day comes each year and we are very

aware that this year will be different than ever before.

While going out for a romantic meal is certainly off the

cards this year, it doesn’t mean that you can’t show your

love, admiration or appreciation for another person. We

are grateful to some great local companies who will be

helping us deliver some special hampers of goodies this

year who are still operating during this lockdown period.

We give special thanks to local businesses Janet Mary

Floral Design, Tip Top Balloons and Thorntons as well

as Gallagher’s Florists in Andover.

And we are doing this all in the name of St. Valentine.

But who is this mysterious saint and where did the

tradition of expressing our love come from?

According to some, Saint Valentine is actually two

historical characters who were said to have healed a

child while imprisoned and executed by decapitation.

The history of Valentine’s Day and its patron saint is

shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has

long been celebrated as a month of romance and that St

Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges

of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions.

The Catholic church recognises seve

saints named Valentine or ‘Valentinus’.

says that Valentine was a priest who serve

third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II

single men made better soldiers than thos

so he outlawed marriage for young men. R

injustice of the decree, Valentine defied C

performed marriages for young lovers in s

stories suggest that Valentine may have be

attempting to help Christians escape ha

prisons.

Many believe that Valentine’s Day is cele

middle of February to commemorate the

of Valentine’s death which probably occu

270AD and the Christian church may hav

place a feast day of St Valentine in the middle

in an effort to ‘Christianise’ the pagan c

‘Lupercalia’ which was a fertility festival

Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture.

While the precise history of St Valentin

never be fully confirmed, we hope you wi

love and appreciation for someone special

To My Amazing Wife Dawn

Wishing you an amazing Valentine’s Day. Its been a hell of a year but you

have been amazing. Working at the hospital, getting covid and then long

covid and still being there for your family and keeping us going. Love you

ever and always xxx

Marti

Marti, I want to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day from me and our 3

children, you have been there for us and our rock and support through

the hard times and we appreciate you so much, thank you for being there

for the eldest two who aren’t yours biologically but you except and treat

them like your own and they love you to bits.

Once again thank you and we love you happy Valentine’s Day xxx

Tamsin Taylor-Dalley

Tamsin, all of us at the Love Andover

Self Isolation Help group, send you huge

hugs and much love, we know it’s been

a rocky start to your year but you still

get up and focus on organising all us

volunteers every day, we appreciate it so

much. THANK YOU x

Love Andover Isolation Help Group

My Amazing Parents

Thank you to my amazing parents. They

have been my and my husband’s rock during

Covid. They have become our three

children’s second mum and dad, not just

their grandparents and care for them 50%

of the week. This is due to me being a

midwife and helping to deliver all the Covid

babies and my husband being a postman.

We love you both lots mum and dad (Nana

and Gand)

FROM: SADIE BRYANT

Barton Stacey

Smudger (Smith)

You are my life, my soul, my very being. I hate it when you have to

go away. But I love you sooooo much more when you come back.

I ache for you to return each time and can’t wait until we are a

proper family. I wish you’d never leave. Rabbits?

FROM: BUNNY

If you don’t know who I am by now, it’s still not too late. From the lady

with the fl owery dress. Maybe I can see you for more than basic provisions?

I will see you again this and every Friday.

FROM: Flowery Dress

Mum

You are the most selfl ess person i have ever known and you

spend every second of your time helping us. You really deserve

so much for everything you do for all of us. I love you and you

are more than anyone could ever want in their life. Love always

Kate xxx

FROM: KATIE JAMES

My Husband

I just want to thank my amazing husband. We

have been married two years and have two beautiful

girls. I am currently pregnant with our third

baby and at our 20 week scan we found out we

was having a boy :) but also at the scan they found

our baby had a rare heart condition.

My husband lost two girls to previous relationship

due to heart problems. Luckily our baby is

fi ghting strong and will be born in two weeks.

But I couldn’t have got through the last few

months without his strength and support. He has

transformed our house in to our beautiful home

already for when baby arrives all whilst still working

through the pandemic. You’re the best Dad

and most amazing husband anyone could ask for.

Thank you!!! Xx

FROM: FRAN NIGHTINGALE

Gareth Gruff

Be mine. With pride.

FROM: Layton


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Kaylee

It’s because of lockdown that I now realise what you

meant about being apart. Be with me forever. I miss you,

I need you.

FROM: CALLUM x

Irene Williams

I would love to nominate Irene Williams. This lovely lady is a

beautiful, caring soul that not only gigs for free in care homes

but has kept us entertained with a live gig online every Monday

at 4pm. She is on her 45th gig. Irene has bought laughter, happiness

and hope to so many she deserves some recognition.

FROM: SUE NEWELL

Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray, you are my heart & soul, your what drives me everyday

to achieve what I have, without you I’m nobody, my best friend my

wife I love you with every ounce of my heart, Happy Valentine’s Day

FROM: SCOTT GRAY

Mark Simmonds

Happy Valentine’s Mark. Love you millions. I’ve had the best 21

years so far and looking forward to a wonderful future together with

you. Love you.

FROM: LESLEY-ANN

Ian Carr

You are a star taking over the cooking during “lockdown”.

I hope it will continue for a long time once we

are released. A good partnership - you cook and I am the

sous chef doing all the washing up! I look forward to the

meal on Sunday.

FROM: BERYL CARR

Honeycomb

Stay safe and strong my wonderful wife. You have been

my rock for all my important years and I know these next

few weeks or maybe months are going to be hard for you

all. And what’s left. My love for you all will never die. I

will always be with you. Remember, we always have Pompey.

My honeycomb.

FROM: Ken Stroud

Sarah Chatfield

Sarah, when l fi rst met you 30 years ago, l

could not let you go. It was obvious to see

that you were the one for me - as l took you

home half past three. That evening was nice

- with lots of spice, l knew from then you

were to be my wife.

So, on this very special day you’re on my

mind - please be my Valentine x

FROM: ANDY

My Beautiful Wife

The day we met

Filled me with delight

Who’d have ever thought

It would be love at fi rst sight

I’ve made mistakes

You know that’s true

But never again

Because all I want is you

Best friends for life

Is what we agreed

My soul mate forever

Yes my love that’s you indeed

FROM: PHIL NIGHTINGALE

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

To my beautiful wife. You are and always will be ‘the most beautiful

girl in the world’ and you are without a doubt the best thing that’s ever

happened to me. Even though I may not say it often enough, I adore you

every single moment of every single day.

FROM: D X

Joe

For being the best husband, for being the best dad and for being there for

me. I love you with all my heart. From Kailee and Callum

FROM: KAILEE


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Thursday, February 11, 2021 01264 883100 www.loveandover.com

Stand Out Skills to

support job seekers

Hannah Cornick,

Head of Digital

Impact and

Sustainability at BT

A new study has revealed that an

overwhelming majority of jobseekers

have been negatively affected by their

search for work over the past year, with

three quarters of people surveyed in

the South East attributing a downturn

in their mental wellbeing to their job

search.

The research, commissioned by BT

to launch Stand Out Skills, also showed

that the average jobseeker in the South

East has unsuccessfully applied for

sixteen different roles over the past

twelve months.

As part of BT Skills for Tomorrow,

which aims to help 10 million people in

the UK make the most of life in the digital

world, BT has launched Stand Out

Skills. This initiative provides job seekers

of all ages with free tips, resources

and advice to support them in building

their confidence and help them stand

out in the job search.

BT has teamed up with experts and

celebrities including TV presenter Anita

Rani, Comedian Iain Stirling and Drag

Queen Divina De Campo to release

free resources and advice across different

stages of the job search; from

where to start and showing your best

self to standing out when applying and

in interviews.

Hannah Cornick, Head of Digital

Impact and Sustainability at BT, said:

“The global pandemic has had far-reaching

consequences for the job market,

and it’s only natural that jobseekers’

confidence will have been affected. BT

remains more committed than ever to

its Skills for Tomorrow programme, and

to ensuring that people have the skills

they need to flourish in an increasingly

digital world. This is why we have

launched Stand Out Skills, to help those

looking for work build their confidence

by providing them with the necessary

tools and resources they need to get

ahead of the competition and stand out

in their job search.”

Comedian and Love Island narrator,

Iain Stirling shared: “As a standup

comedian, I know it’s important to

grab people’s attention right from the

start, and the same goes for your job

application. Having an employer sit up

and take note of your CV, cover letter

and LinkedIn profile is the first step

towards getting ahead of your competition.

Words have the power to leave a

lasting impact on an audience, so it’s

important that you choose the right

ones. That’s why I’m delighted to be

involved in the BT Stand Out Skills

campaign, to help people nail those job

applications and present themselves in

the best way on LinkedIn so that they

can land their dream job.”

Divina De Campo, RuPaul’s Drag

Race UK runner-up added: “A job search

can be just like a drag show: to wow

those judges and put yourself ahead

of the competition, you need to showcase

your best self so that they see how

fabulous you really are. Having been

around the block a few times I can tell

you that, unless you’re applying to be a

spy, ‘blending in’ is a big no-no! That’s

why I’m over the moon to be a part of

BT’s Stand Out Skills campaign, which

will give you everything you need to

stand out from the crowd, like me, and

shine in your job search from beginning

to end.”

If you are looking for local support,

a new online course for job seekers is

being launched in Andover this month.

Accelerate aims to equip people with

the skills and confidence to find a job.

The free course consists of three onehour

sessions on finding your skills

and strengths, creating a great CV,

and interview tips.

Participants are also offered three

one-to-one coaching sessions with a

trained coach, to enable them to take

their job search to the next level and

land a great role. One of the course

coaches shared: “We’re really excited

to come alongside people and support

them to find a job and identify the things

they enjoy doing and are really good

at. For some people, we hope this will

be a step in a positive new direction.”

One Andover leader said of the

coaching: “The coaches are fantastic

at asking the right questions to help

you approach challenges clearly, see

new opportunities and help you plan

for a bright future.”

Chris Bradish, Vicar of St Mary’s

Church Andover added: “I couldn’t recommend

the Accelerate course more

highly. It is the perfect choice for people

wondering what might be next. If you

are looking for work, thinking about

changing careers, or wanting to develop

new skills – this is the course for you.”

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The Lighthouse, a social action hub in

central Andover.

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Opportunities for

aspiring young vets

APPLICATIONS for the Royal Veterinary

College (RVC) Summer

Schools are now open.

The RVC is calling for students

from Years 10, 11 and 12 to apply

for its 2021 Summer Schools

The outreach team is calling

for those who meet the Widening

Participation eligibility criteria to

apply for the opportunity of gaining

experience of what it is like to study

animal science careers including

Veterinary Medicine, Biosciences

and Veterinary Nursing.

Taking place between July

and August 2021, the three RVC

Summer Schools offer students

first-hand insight into what it is

like to study at the internationally

renowned RVC. As part of this,

participants will get involved with

online lectures, virtual practical

demonstrations, and question and

answer sessions with world-leading

researchers. This year, the RVC

also hopes to be able to welcome

each of the participants to campus

for at least one day to gain handson

experiences across its animal

hospitals, Clinical Skills Centre,

laboratories, and farm.

Following the success of last

year’s Summer School, which

was the first to be hosted online

due to the pandemic, 91 per cent

of participants surveyed either

agreed or strongly agreed that the

Summer School made them feel

more confident about applying to

university. Additionally, 91 per cent

of respondents felt like they would

fit in at the RVC after taking part.

Varying from two to five days

experience, students were able

to meet current RVC students

and professionals, take part in

online lectures, virtual dissection

demonstrations, team projects

and social activities led by RVC

Student Ambassadors including a

pet show and tell, an escape room

and lockdown Zoom quizzes.

Reflecting on the 2020 Summer

School, one student, Kaya, said:

“I found the lectures and videos

fascinating and enjoyed learning

about new topics such as animal

handling. I also feel much more

confident in my career goals, as

before the summer school started,

I was unsure if I wanted to be a

vet or vet nurse, but now I have

decided on veterinary nursing.”

Reflecting on their child’s experience

of the 2020 Summer School,

one parent said: “My daughter has

really enjoyed attending. This is

the start of her childhood dream

to be a vet and I can see her enthusiasm

has grown this week thanks

to you. Even before she started

you sent her some items to help

her in the sessions, she was over

the moon. I’d like to extend my

utter gratitude to you and take

this opportunity just to say thank

you all so very much.”

Both the RVC Summer Schools

(for Years 10 and 11) and RVC 2021

Sutton Trust Summer School (Year

12) are part of the RVC’s Widening

Participation Scheme which

was established to support young

people who are under-represented

at the RVC on their journey to

studying animal science. The RVC

runs a range of programmes for

young people from low-income

backgrounds, areas with low participation

in Higher Education,

and targeted groups such as care

experienced young people, asylum

seekers, or young people from ethnic

minority backgrounds.

Nina Davies, Director of RVC

Access and International Engagement,

said: “We are so proud of the

success our Summer Schools have

had in engaging students from

the widest possible range of backgrounds

and providing them with

an experience that may encourage

them to study with us. We work

hard to ensure students from

underrepresented backgrounds

have equal access to the RVC, feel

welcome here and able to achieve

their goals. I would like to encourage

any young budding animal

enthusiasts and prospective vets

out there, to take part in one of

our Summer Schools this year;

it is a wonderful experience for

young people seriously considering

a future in animal sciences.”

Applications close on the 2

March 2021. To apply or to find

out more information, visit: rvc.

uk.com/SummerSchools or contact

the Outreach Team on outreach@

rvc.ac.uk.

Record high for new company formations

National Standard in Customer

Service for Rail Company

SOUTH Western Railway (SWR) has been

recognised for achieving the national

standard in customer service.

SWR’s customer facing departments

underwent 18 months of examination before

being awarded the ‘Putting the Customer

First’ accreditation in January 2021 by

Customer First UK.

Over 250 colleagues were surveyed or

interviewed by Customer First assessors,

who visited the train company’s operations

facilities in Basingstoke and conducted

numerous secret shopper visits at some

of the busiest stations on its network.

Christian Neill, South Western Railway’s

Deputy Customer Experience Director,

said:

“We’re delighted to have been awarded

the Putting the Customer First accreditation

as it recognises how we’re putting

the customer experience at the centre of

everything we do. Government lockdown

restrictions mean many customers are

not currently using our services, but this

doesn’t mean we’re resting on our laurels.

We’re doing all we can to deliver a great

experience for customers at every part

of their journey in preparation for when

they return in better times.”

Ted Stone, Chief Executive of Customer

First UK, added: “We are incredibly excited

to recognise SWR’s for achieving full compliance

against the Putting the Customer

First Standard.

This is a great accolade for any organisation

during normal business cycles,

but the determination demonstrated by

Christian Neill

SWR to continue their efforts during the

pandemic is particularly impressive. It

clearly represents their forward-thinking

business approach and awareness that

commitment to customers should increase

in times of difficulty.”

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LATEST figures show that more

new businesses were established

in Hampshire during 2020 than in

any previous year, hitting a new

record high.

Despite the considerable economic

challenges posed, 15,534

new companies were registered in

the county compared to 15,174 during

2019, representing an increase

of 2.4%.

This brings the total number of

registered companies in Hampshire

to 121,331, up from 114,831

at the end of 2019, which equates

to 5.7% growth. The statistics are

taken from the Inform Direct

Review of Company Formations

using data from Companies House

and the Office for National Statistics.

John Korchak, Operations

Director at Inform Direct said:

John Korchak

“It is excellent news to see that

Hampshire has achieved a record

year for new company formations

during 2020 despite the unprecedented

uncertainties brought

by COVID-19.

Many of the new company

formations are in the retail sector,

with a large number of new

businesses set up to sell goods

online or locally, thereby taking

advantage of customers’ changing

shopping habits. Secondly,

the effect of the pandemic and

national lockdowns means that

sadly some existing businesses

have folded and employees made

redundant, and we see many of

those people setting up new ventures

on their own as an alternative

way to earn a living.

2020 was a year like no other for

UK businesses. Although we can

look forward to a brighter future

with the vaccination programme,

there remain unknown factors

such as how quickly the economy

will recover and of course the

impact of Brexit.”

Of the new companies formed,

1004 were in Test Valley.

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07956 361149

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Apprentices front and cen

Hitting important milestones, launching a new skills hub and completely redesigning courses to be

delivered online are just some of the ways that National Apprenticeship Week 2021 8 to 14 February

is being marked.

Both corporately and in partnership

with Hampshire businesses, the past

12 months have seen apprenticeships

transform into a critical part of the

county’s economic recovery.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Hampshire

County Council Executive Lead Member

for Apprenticeships, shared: “The theme

of this year’s National Apprenticeship

Week is Build the Future and that is

certainly what we are doing within the

County Council and across Hampshire.

Apprenticeships are a key element

of the County Council’s Employment

and Skills strategy for post-pandemic

economic recovery, to ensure that we

will have people with the skills that

employers require to meet local needs.

Consequently, we are very excited to

launch our Apprenticeships and Skills

hub this week in the north of the county.

The new hub will work with businesses

to match unemployed people with

apprenticeship opportunities and tackle

skill shortages.

We have also doubled the allocation

of Levy transfer funds to £2 million to

support Hampshire businesses to commit

to new apprenticeships, a move that has

been particularly welcomed by the care

sector.”

I am happy to report that not only have

our school and corporate apprenticeships

continued despite the pandemic, at the

end of 2020 we surpassed the milestone

of 1000 County Council apprentices

funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. A

year ago, most of our apprenticeship

training was delivered face to face, but

in response to lockdown, we worked

with training providers to change to

completely online learning. Since then,

we have welcomed nearly 200 new

starts in 37 different apprenticeships –

a fantastic turnaround in a very short

time, thanks to the efforts of our staff,

managers and services.”

Josh Fury studied the Motor Vehicle

Apprenticeship at Andover College

and completed his work placement at

Andover Tyre and Auto services. Josh

has said that the Apprenticeship has

been a great experience and he has

received excellent support from both

his workplace and the college. The

apprenticeship has helped him learn new

skills and progress into his career in the

Motor Vehicle Industry and he would

highly recommend the apprenticeship

route into industry.

Helen Mitchell, Apprenticeship

Manager for Sparsholt and Andover

College added: “I would like to thank

all of those who have supported

Apprenticeships in the past and

continuing into the future. Apprentices,

Employers, Lecturing Staff at the college

and the Apprenticeship Teams have

worked incredibly hard to face the

challenges the past year has brought. All

should be recognised for the hard work

and effort they have put in and should be

proud of what they have achieved.”

You can ind out more about the

Apprenticeships on offer at Andover

College online at: www.andover.ac.uk/

apprenticeships/.

To learn more about apprenticeship

transfer opportunities for employers,

visit Hampshire Futures.

To mark National Apprenticeship

Week, local employer

Stagecoach UK’s Managing

Director, Carla Stockton-Jones

shares the importance of

apprenticeships.

“Amongst the terrible human cost

of the Covid-19 crisis, the impact on

our country’s young people and their

prospects is of major concern. Research

published last year by the Resolution

Foundation suggested that youth unemployment

will not return to pre-pandemic

levels for at least another four

years, with unemployment between 18

to 29-year-olds predicted to mushroom

to levels last seen in the 1980s before

the picture improves.

Apprenticeships are an area that Stagecoach

has invested in for many years.

Josh Fury, MV Apprentice

Company makes long

term commitment

With National Apprenticeship Week, it’s

vital that we all play our part in helping

the country to rebuild and help young

people to kick start their careers.

Apprenticeships bring huge value to

our business in terms of talent and

diversity. We have been at the forefront

of championing apprentices in our workforce

for many years and currently have

800 apprentices across our companies in

England, Scotland and Wales. As well as

ensuring that our workforce represents

the communities we serve, apprenticeships

provide opportunities for internal

development and succession planning.

Giving our young people a chance

through apprenticeships can pay huge

dividends for them individually, for their

employers, and for the country’s skills

base. More than ever this year, we owe

that to our young people.”


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tre of economic recovery

Shining a light on opportunities

Test Valley Borough Council is celebrating this

year’s National Apprenticeship Week by showcasing

the outstanding work of its apprentices

across the organisation and encouraging people

to apply for a host of fantastic new roles on

offer.

On Monday the authority launched

a social media campaign to show the

value of apprenticeships for both the

employee and the council.

Throughout the week, TVBC will

be sharing a series of videos and

blogs to offer an insight into what an

apprenticeship is and what it typically

involves day-to-day. And they’re hoping

that this will help to whet people’s

appetites as they

are recruiting

for a variety of

new apprentices

for 2021.

For those who

enjoy getting

out and about

and indulging in

a spot of fresh

air while they

work, the council

is offering

roles in its grounds maintenance and

countryside teams, and there will be

brilliant posts up for grabs in sports

development, customer service and

business administration too.

The council currently has apprentices

working in its countryside team,

inance and revenues service,

environmental service, customer

services and planning and building

service. Their work can range from

tending to the borough’s nature

reserves to helping process vital

business support funds.

Andrew Ferrier, chief executive at

Test Valley Borough Council, said: “We

have some great success stories in the

council where apprentices have gone

on to take permanent roles here at

TVBC, and we’re really lucky to have

such great

people working

with us. We

try to offer our

apprentices a

well-rounded

opportunity

and part of

that involves

encouraging

them to share

their own views

and ideas to

help them to

get the most out

of their time

with us. Every

apprentice

has a mentor

to assist them

with their role

and studies, so

there’s lots of

support along

the way.

It’s for these

reasons that we have so many former

apprentices still working with us today.

Hopefully this week will really help to

showcase our amazing apprentices and

give people a lavour of what they can

expect from an apprenticeship at Test

Valley Borough Council. And we hope

that will encourage people to apply for

one of the brilliant roles we have on

offer.”

Freyja Bates, business administration

apprentice in environmental services,

added: “I am studying business

administration at Andover College as

part of my apprenticeship and I am

really enjoying it. I am learning so

much and I also get to shadow different

job roles in the organisation, which

gives me a really useful and much

broader insight into the work of the

council. I have gained new skills such

as mastering Excel spreadsheets and I

get involved in lots of different jobs and

projects, which is great.”

The aim of apprenticeships is to

support individuals to develop the

skills and knowledge required for a

rewarding career, and assist employers

to develop and grow their

own talent and build a

strong workforce.

Leader of the council,

councillor Phil North,

commented: “I am proud

to lead an organisation

that recruits and looks

after such a wide range

of apprentices, enabling

staff to earn why they

learn.”

To ind out more about

TVBC apprenticeships

and how to apply for the

current vacancies visit

www.testvalley.gov.uk/

apprentices

TVBC Apprentices. Clockwise from above;

Kayleigh Morgan, James MacGregor, Liam

Oakes, Daisy Kennard and Freyja Bates.


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Balksbury Camp Andover

By David Denny

BALKSBURY Camp, Andover was a

site of great antiquity of which little

now remains.

The A303 and a large housing development,

Anna Fields, have cut away

much of this ancient site. So, the question

is, what was there before? Just how

much history is here and what role did

it play in the local landscape?

Wikipedia has a short and rather

inaccurate entry describing it as an Iron

Age Hillfort. True it was constructed on

an area of higher land, but was it really

a hill fort to rival that of Danebury or

the nearby Bury Hill?

Fortunately, the archaeologists

managed to get some excavation and

analysis completed before the arrival

of the bulldozers. Much of this history

is documented in the English Heritage

1995 Archaeological Report 4 on

the Excavations of 1973 and 1981. This

report is an extensive publication with

a huge amount of detail on the history

of the site from which this article draws

much of the material.

Evidence tells us that this site was

occupied from the late Bronze age

(about 1100-900 BC), through to the

late Roman period (about AD 400). The

site has defensive features such as an

embankment and a raised entrance

way with post holes. It has evidence of

housing and a lot of agriculture also.

Although the initial size of the site in

the Late Bronze Age to Earliest Iron

Age appears to mark out the site as

one of high status and importance, it is

apparent that its economic base bears

great similarities to the moderately

sized enclosed and open settlements

in the surrounding area. Despite this,

the enclosure at Balksbury is unique

in the area in its initial character and

size and its intended role may originally

have been such as for the later and

more strongly defended sites such as

Danebury or Bury Hill.

Exploring Harewood Common

The most immediate question concerns

the function of the earliest major

site activity: the construction of the

enclosure and its subsequent modifications

and related internal features. The

enclosure at Balksbury stands out due

to its size, around 18 hectares. Such

a vast area on a flat plateau is pretty

much useless for any kind of defensive

element.

So, to call it a Hill Fort is in my

opinion inaccurate and misleading,

the most likely explanation is that the

main function was as a stock enclosure.

Being ideally situated overlooking the

junction of the Rivers Anton and Anna,

Pilhill Brook.

The construction of the enclosure

banks and ditches would have been

a huge communal undertaking and

there is evidence that they were not

maintained for very long.

The continuity of site use, not only at

Balksbury but at many other sites, from

the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age to the

Roman period, shows a stable society,

exploiting the natural resources of a

rich surrounding area. The complexities

of social organisation and structure

which lay behind the recorded remains

at sites such as Balksbury will never

be fully explained, but by studying and

recording such archaeology we might

at least gain more of an understanding.

By Graeme Davis

PEOPLE of Andover will know Harewood

Forest well, but they might not

know Harewood Common which is

located between Picket Twenty and

the forest itself.

The common is a fairly recent addition

to Andover’s Nature Reserves, and

consists of rough grazed grassland with

a slight hill. The grazing by cattle has

allowed a shorter sward encouraging

wildflowers to re-establish. Due to this,

the reserve is becoming increasingly

important for butterflies. Around 14

species of butterfly have been recorded

so far which have included increasingly

rare small heath and is the only site

in Andover for the grizzled skipper.

The longer grassland, interspersed

with patches of short turf, has provided

great habitat for other butterflies like

the marbled white and occasionally

the visiting dark-green fritillary. The

common is very good for moths such

as the black and red coloured day time

moth, the cinnabar, whose yellow and

black caterpillars feast upon ragwort,

the very large privet hawk-moth is

also prevalent. The newly planted

hedgerows bordering the forest have

been found to be home to the Nationally

Scarce Orange-tailed Clearwing

moth which feeds on Guelder Rose and

Wayfaring tree.

In the summer there is a great show

of pyramidal orchids. These orchids

have a beautiful pink dome, which is

often pyramidal in shape hence the

name. Birds on the site include the

very vocal skylarks and house martins.

Soaring high in the sky kestrels

and red kites can be found looking

diligently for food.

Stationery support

for primary school

By Sarah Gisbourne

LOCAL business man, Anthony

Couch has provided Stationery to

local school children at Vigo School

in Andover.

Anthony shared: “On my 40th birthday,

my day started with reading an

article which referenced the primary

school I attended as a child, where a

member of staff stated some disadvantaged

families couldn’t even afford

a pen and paper to home-school their

children let alone an electronic device

such as a tablet or laptop.

This made me feel quite sad and

really appreciate how fortunate my

own children are, and how fortunate I

was as a child, so I have to decided to

use some of the money I received for

my birthday to purchase and donate

40 packs of pens and paper, one pack

for each year of my life, to the most

disadvantaged families in my local

town.”

Anthony contacted the Head of Vigo

Primary school in Andover and she

replied saying his offer of a donation

would be greatly received.

Anthony added: “I am not telling

you this as a form of self appreciation,

or as a way of generating birthday

wishes, but simply to spread the word

on how random acts of kindness don’t

need to be expensive and flash, and

can come in the simplest of forms. I

sincerely hope my gesture ends up

being something rolled out and that

those in need benefit from it. We all

need to support each other as much

as we can in the current times, and

this is just one way I’m trying to do

my bit.”

Anthony delivered these donations

to Vigo Primary School on Tuesday

2nd February and as a result, forty

families will now benefit from an A4

pad and two pens to aid them in their

home schooling.

Anthony concluded: “Simple gestures

like this can go a long way, so I

would urge everyone to do, and give

what you can.”


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HampshireHe

Scam warning

for residents

WITH an increasing number of

people being called to receive their

COVID-19 vaccination, residents are

being warned to beware of vaccine

fraudsters.

Councillor Judith Grajewski,

Hampshire County Council’s Executive

Member for Public Health said:

“The vaccine is a vital tool in our fight

against COVID-19 and a safe and

effective way to protect ourselves,

our loved ones and our communities.

Sadly, there have been cases

reported of dishonest individuals

approaching members of the public

to offer vaccines in return for payment.

Therefore, we want to remind

everyone that the COVID-19 vaccine

is free of charge and that the NHS will

get in touch when it is your turn to

receive it.

If you’re contacted by anyone

claiming to be from the NHS who

asks for payment or a fee - or who

gives you a link to a website to take

payment for the vaccine - it is a scam.

No-one from the NHS would come

and knock on your door unannounced

and you would not receive

emails inviting you to click on links. If

anyone approaches you in this way,

or attempts to force or coerce you

into handing over funds – in person

or otherwise – always contact the

police.”

Those most at risk of being targeted

by scammers are the elderly,

as well as those who live alone,

are self-isolating or are in financial

difficulty. Many scammers are using

increasingly sophisticated methods to

target people.

I completely understand that many

people are keen to get their jab as

soon as possible, but please remember

the COVID-19 vaccine is only

available from the NHS. No-one can

pay for it and jump the queue. If a

private organisation contacts you suggesting

they can provide the vaccine,

it will be a scam.”

Other coronavirus-related scams

include:sales of fake products including

face coverings, supplements,

anti-virus kits and sanitisers, which

may be harmful or never arrive;

bogus healthcare workers who try to

gain access to your home by claiming

to offer testing for COVID-19; people

pretending to be from charities offering

to do shopping or carry out cleaning

tasks; emails asking for donations

to the NHS.

If you believe you are the victim of

a fraud, please report this to Action

Fraud as soon as possible by calling

0300 123 2040 or visiting www.

actionfraud.police.uk

Transport options offer residents

stress free travel to appointments

TWO local taxi firms have stepped up

to offer transport help so that local

residents can receive their vaccines.

Shaun and his team from Swift Cars

taxi company have offered to support

vulnerable people to access their vaccinations

free of charge.

Shaun shared: “We have been relatively

lucky to still be able to operate

our school contracts for the children of

key workers who still need to travel to

school but most of our airport work has

dried up. We just want to help people

out who need it most.”

Swift cars are offering free transport

to local people who need to get their

vaccinations.

In another initiative, local Taxi company

Alpha Cars has set up a gofundme

link to raise funds to provide free taxis

for the elderly and vulnerable across

the Andover community to get them

to and from their COVID-19 Vaccine

appointments.

A spokesperson shared: “We have

seen quite a few taxi companies up and

Optician reports increase in cases of coronavision

EYE strain and other sight-related

issues have increased significantly

as new research finds 42% of people

have noticed their sight deteriorate

since March 2020.

This is almost double the number

of people noticing sight deterioration

during the first lockdown (22%), as

reported by the College of Optometrists

.

Yet, the new study by high street

down the country trying to supply free

rides for people in their community

who need help getting to and from their

Covid-19 Vaccine appointments, and

thought it would be wonderful to do

the same for the Andover community.

This is a great opportunity as we

have the resources available and

want to give as many free rides as

we possibly can through our fleet of

self-employed private hire taxi drivers.

Hopefully taking away any added

stresses for our elderly and vulnerable

people and getting them to and from

their vaccination appointment safely.

We’d like to thank those who have

donated already.

To book a free Alpha Cars for Jabs

journey to get to your Covid Vaccine

Appointment please call 01264 444 444.

You’ll need your appointment time and

location details handy please.

We’d like to thank those who have

donated already, anyone else who would

like to donate, can do so at https://

gofund.me/db952917.

opticians Specsavers shows that

nearly half (44%) of those suffering

any deterioration are yet to address

the issue and see an optician .

This supports a recent YouGov survey

by the charity Fight for Sight,

which also found more people experiencing

headaches and migraines, as

well as difficulty reading and poorer

night vision .

Giles Edmonds, Specsavers clinical

services director, explained: “It’s

important that anyone noticing a

change in their vision gets it seen to

right away. While usually this is down

to a change in prescription or from

our eyes feeling tired, in other cases

it can be something more serious.

Our eyes are not designed to be

fixed on a single object for a long

period of time. When we focus on our

screens, especially smaller format

laptops, tablets or smart devices, eyes

become stressed and strained. They

may feel uncomfortable, sore, tired

and as if they are itching or burning.

You may also be experiencing blurred

vision and headaches too.”

Giles advice includes: Follow the

20:20:20 rule; look up from your

screen every 20 minutes and look at

something 20 feet away for at least 20

seconds. Looking into the distance

helps relax the focusing muscles of

your eyes, which in turn reduces eye

fatigue.

Adjust your workstation: Adjusting

your screen settings to ensure

that the brightness and contrast

are balanced correctly can help, as

well as making fonts larger. Also be

mindful of how your workstation is

positioned. Adjust your screen so it

is 15-20 degrees below eye level and

around 50-70cm away from the eyes

and make sure your room is properly

lit to avoid squinting.

Reduce glare: Reflections on your

computer screen can cause glare and

lead to eye strain. Try reducing this by

attaching an anti-glare screen to your

monitor or windows to avoid external

light shining onto the screen. Glasses

wearers can also have lenses treated

with an anti-glare coating, to help limit

the impact of light reflections on your

eyes to reduce eye strain.


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althMatters

Plea from Trust’s CEO

delivers vaccinations

Reminder to keep

following the rules

WITH the COVID-19 vaccination

programme well underway, Hampshire

County Council and the NHS are reminding

residents who have received their

vaccine that it is vital to keep following the

rules of Hands-Face-Space to avoid putting

others at risk.

Councillor Judith Grajewski, Hampshire

County Council’s Executive Member

for Public Health said: “The COVID-19

vaccine is a big breakthrough and a key

tool in our fight against this serious and

highly infectious disease. I know how keen

everyone is to get their jab and get back to

normal, but for those who have received

their first dose, it can take a week or two

to build up some protection from the

virus, and it is not yet known whether

people who have had the vaccine can

still transmit COVID-19. Therefore, it’s

vital to continue following the rules after

being vaccinated, to ensure that you don’t

unknowingly pass on the virus to anybody

else. This is particularly important if you

are caring for or seeing someone who is

clinically vulnerable because you could be

putting them at risk of severe illness or

even death.

We all want an end to lockdown, so

it is now more important than ever that

we continue to observe these simple

behaviours, to prevent further spread of

the virus and protect our communities.

Remember: just because you’ve had the

vaccine, does not mean it is safe for you

to socialise.”

CERVICAL Cancer Awareness

Week at the end of January acted as

a reminder to women to attend their

routine cervical screening when they

are invited by the GP.

Councillor Judith Grajewski, Executive

Member for Public Health at

Hampshire County Council said:

“Measures are in place during the

pandemic to make it safe to attend

your regular cervical screening when

you receive a letter from the GP. You

only have to go once every three to

five years depending on your age,

By Ella Palmer

ENHAM Trust CEO, Heath Gunn took

to social media to put out a heartfelt

plea to help raise the profile of everyone

who has a disability to get quicker

access to the potentially lifesaving

COVID-19 vaccination.

Since Health’s letter to MP Kit

Malthouse, Enham Trust secured

vaccinations within a week for all their

frontline care setting workers and

residents in care.

Heath Gunn took to social media

to express his outrage after, whilst

being supported in their efforts by

the Charlton Hill GP Surgery, the

Trust were informed they were still

a non-guaranteed 2-3 weeks away

from potentially being invited to have

residents vaccinated as the local CCG

placed them in priority group 4, meaning

that people who have a disability

are not priority to the elderly.

“Enham Trust is a disability charity

based in Hampshire supporting 6,000

disabled people each year to live, work

and enjoy life. During its near 100-year

history the Trust has supported over

250,000 disabled people. Our services

focus on care, housing and employment

– promoting independence, choice

and achievement. The charity was

established in 1921 in the village of

Enham Alamein in North Hampshire,

originally to rehabilitate servicemen

disabled in the First World War.

Enham Trust supports 50 disabled

people across its 3 care homes and

over 100 in the local community and

and you will automatically be invited

when your screening is due. It’s a five

Heath Gunn

provides services to more than 6,000

nationally. These are proven the most

vulnerable people in society, six times

more likely to die from coronavirus

than the general population* and

surely should have been among the

first to be offered the vaccine, which

hasn’t been the case.

It seems to me the balance between

who is getting the vaccination and

when is all wrong. If you are measuring

people’s vulnerability, then age isn’t

the only determining factor. If you

measure vulnerability, then surely

physical and underlying health conditions

have to weigh alongside people

in advanced years.”

Heath went on to say: “It strikes

me as crazy that I have to be writing

to my local MP. This virus is spreading

like wildfire amongst people with

disabilities.” This comes after Enham

Trust, who Health Gunn describes

as “working flat out as everyone has

for 10 months, to successfully to keep

the virus at bay,” has had its first confirmed

cases in the last few days, which

has had a huge impact on the staff,

residents and their families with the

worry that it may come with “lethal

consequences”.

Since the plea, support poured in

from the local community and local

MP Kit Malthouse raised his concerns

with the Health Secretary, this has led

to the Trust now having plans in place

to get residents and staff vaccinated

in the most secure way.

Reduce your risk of cervical cancer

minute test that could save your life.

Simply knowing that cervical cancer

is preventable empowers us all to take

steps for ourselves or to educate others

in how to lower the risk.”

Women are encouraged to be familiar

with the symptoms of cervical

cancer and seek medical advice if

experiencing any. Girls aged 11 to 18

can also take up the HPV vaccination

which offers protection against most

types of cervical cancer.

Two women die every day from

cervical cancer in England. It is estimated

that cervical screening (for

women aged 25 to 64) saves around

5,000 lives each year and yet one in

four women in the UK is not attending

their test. It is carried out by a GP

practice nurse who is trained to make

it as comfortable and embarrassmentfree

as possible.

The screening is not a test for cancer

but can help identify potentially

harmful cells which can usually be

treated to stop them from developing.

For more information, visit www.

nhs.uk/cervicalscreening

New pathway

for physical

health

conditions

ITALK, the local talking therapy service

for Hampshire, has launched a new

range of treatments to support the

emotional wellbeing of people living

with a long-term physical health condition.

Studies show that one in six of us

are experiencing symptoms of depression

or anxiety in any given week, but

it is estimated that this number rises to

around one in three for people living

with a physical health condition.

Shalini Raman, Clinical Psychologist

with italk said: “We know from

research that our physical health and

mental wellbeing are linked, so it is

important to take into account the way

that a physical health condition can

affect someone’s mood, relationships

and quality of life. Our italk Health

pathway allows us to work more

closely with physical health teams to

provide that support, and ensure people’s

emotional wellbeing is prioritised

alongside their physical wellbeing”

One of the treatments offered is an

online course called Building Resilience

with Long-Term Health Conditions. It’s

available to book online free of charge,

and teaches self-help skills for reducing

stress, managing worry, and feeling

more in control.

Bella Pickering, Senior Psychological

Wellbeing Practitioner at italk added:

“I really enjoy facilitating Building

Resilience, and our patients have found

the online webinar format convenient.

The way we have set up the sessions,

no one can see or hear you as

a participant, so you can eat, drink or

even take a break and get up to stretch

your legs if you need to without feeling

self-conscious. If you have any questions

or reflections you can also type in

messages using the Q&A feature and

one of the facilitators will be happy to

help in any way they can.”

By attending the course, you will

also gain access to italk’s Employment

Advice service, which helps people

resolve issues at work related to their

wellbeing.

The course is free of charge on

the NHS and the sessions are run by

trained facilitators from Solent Mind,

working in partnership with Southern

Health NHS Trust. You need to be

over 16 and registered with a GP in

Hampshire, excluding the cities of

Portsmouth or Southampton, to

attend. You can book your place

online at the italk website, www.italk.

org.uk

The next upcoming course starts

on 3rd March, 3pm – 4.30pm every

Wednesday for 6 weeks.


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Walking your way to wellbeing

By Sally Miller

WALKING is simple, free and one of

the easiest ways to get more active,

lose weight and become healthier. This

article explores what the benefits of

walking are and how you can add more

of it into your routine.

Firstly – How can walking improve

your quality of life?

Weight loss: Walking might not be

the most strenuous form of exercise,

but it still contributes towards the 150

minutes a week the NHS recommends.

It is an effective way to get in shape

and lose weight. A 30 minute walk a

day can burn as many as 300 additional

calories which adds up over the week

if done daily.

Heart Health: Regular walking can

reduce risk of a heart attack, lower LDL

(bad) cholesterol, and raise (good) HDL

cholesterol and lower blood pressure –

all without breaking much of a sweat!

Improve your mood: Physically active

people have up to a 30% reduced risk

of becoming depressed and staying

active helps those who are depressed

recover. It improves self- perception

and self- esteem, mood, and sleep quality.

It also reduces stress anxiety and

fatigue!... Sounds good right?!

Joint health: Low impact exercise

increases blood flow to cartilage, which

helps to get the nutrients it needs to

cushion and protect the ends of the

bones in your joints. Plus, movement

helps lubricate your joints, which

decreases pain and stiffness and

increases range of motion.

How much walking “should” you

be doing?

By now most people have heard

about the 10,000 steps a

day advice. This number

seems to have no definitive

backing behind it however,

Public consultation on Hampshire

Together programme rescheduled

making sure you are active does make

sense and at least having a target gives

you a figure to aim for.

A fitness tracker can be a good way

to motivate you to move more. On average

30-40% of the population have a

fitness watch or tracker of some sort.

They offer many functions but one of

the simplest to understand is the step

counter.

On average the typical Brit gets 4000

steps a day, so not quite enough! A

30-minute walk will give you 4000 extra

steps – so quite the boost!

If you do not fancy a mammoth walk

why not think of all the ways you can

add walking into your routine here and

there: organise regular walks with a

friend and socialise at the same time;

walk to the local shops rather than

drive; take the stairs not the lift; walk

the kids to school (when open); Park at

the far end of the car park; leave the

car behind for short journeys.

FOLLOWING discussions with

NHS England (NHSE) and

the Department of Health and

Social Care (DHSC), the Hampshire

Together: Modernising our

Hospitals and Health Services

programme has rescheduled its

planned public consultation for

later in 2021.

Hampshire Together remains

part of the government’s New

Hospital Programme and, if it

is decided that the best way forward

is to create a new hospital

for Hampshire, it is still on course

to begin construction by 2025.

Dr Matt Nisbet, clinical lead

for business and partnerships at

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership

of CCGs, said: “We were

ready to consult with the public in

January as per our original plan,

but following discussions with

our national partners we have

collectively taken the decision

to reschedule public consultation

until later in the year.

This will enable us to undertake

further work so we can put

forward the best case to get the

very most for everyone across

the area.”

Alex Whitfield

LOCAL NHS providers have opened a number of

clinics across Hampshire to help patients suffering

from the effects of Long COVID. The new service is

part of a 10 million pound initiative by NHS England

who are funding 69 clinics across the country.

This vital service has been launched following

emerging evidence that reveals a growing number

of people who contract COVID-19, cannot shake off

effects of the virus months after initially falling ill.

The symptoms of Long COVID are wide-ranging

and fluctuating and can include pain, breathlessness,

chronic fatigue, brain fog, anxiety and stress.

However, many patients recover with support, rest,

symptomatic treatment and with a gradual increase

in physical activity.

Robin Harlow, Clinical Director for Primary Care

Development, Southern Health NHS Foundation

Trust said: “We are delighted to be working with our

NHS colleagues to deliver this service and support

those who are experiencing the symptoms of Long

Alex Whitfield, chief executive

of Hampshire Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust, said: “We are

very grateful for the extensive

assistance we have received

from colleagues at NHSE and

the DHSC throughout.

Holding our consultation later

in the year brings us into line with

the wider national programme

and will bring additional rigour

to our assurance process.

In addition, it is important

to note that the continued and

increasing pressures of COVID-

19, along with the largest vaccination

programme ever to be

undertaken in this country, mean

that anything to reduce demands

on our staff at this time can only

be a positive.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge

thank you to the NHS staff and

all of our partners, who have

worked incredibly hard over the

last few months to get the programme

ready for consultation.

The work carried out so far will

be invaluable when we do come

to consult with, patients, staff and

the public.”

Service to help patients

suffering with Long COVID

COVID. While we have learned lots about COVID-

19, we are still yet to learn more about its long-term

effects that we know can be debilitating, even for

young, fit people, or those who did not go to hospital.

These new clinics not only give us an opportunity to

support those in need but will also help us learn out

more about Long COVID and find new ways to help

people affected by it.”

The new service is available by GP referral only

and is available to anyone who is still experiencing

symptoms of COVID-19 for more than 12 weeks.

Appointments are virtual and will be available face

to face when safe to do so. Patients referred into

the Long COVID service will be asked to fill out a

questionnaire and will then undergo a number of

physical, cognitive and psychological assessments.

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) will then work

alongside other health teams to develop a support

plan that will help improve their health outcomes

and quality of life.

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Arts&Culture

The Circus of Horrors pulls into town

IN anticipation of a brighter summer ahead,

The Lights has invited back the weird and

wonderful non-stop show train; The Circus

of Horrors on 17 August.

Imagine a rock show combined with amazing,

bizarre and daredevil Circus acts, plus a

stellar light show, and all performed with a

forked tongue firmly in each cheek. If Quentin

Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil you

would be halfway there.

25 years ago The Circus of Horrors made

its debut at Glastonbury, and a quarter of

a century later it is still going strong with

its unique brand of ghoulishly glorious and

weirdly wonderful entertainers.

As part of its 25th Anniversary tour the

Circus performed with The Damned at The

London Palladium, a show promoted by Hammer

House of Horrors and was preceded by

torch light funeral cortège through London’s

West End where a new Guinness World Record

was set for over 1040 Vampires in the same

pace at the same time.

The new Circus of Horrors show will be

a celebration of the 25 years it has been on

touring, and will include an amazing phantasma

glorious amalgamation of acts, driven

by a rock ‘n’ roll soundscape; a show that will

have you sat on the edge of your seat when

not falling off it with laughter.

Whether a Rock fan or theatre-goer The

Circus of Horrors has something for everyone,

and is the perfect pick-me-up after a

d i f fi c u l ty e a r.

To celebrate the return of The Circus of

Horrors customers can enjoy £5 off standard

ticket prices in a special early bird offer, valid

until 18 February. After this date tickets will

be £25 for standard seats and £26 Pullman

seats. No offer code is necessary, simply

book direct at The Lights Box Office (telephone

only): 01264 368369 or online at www.

thelights.org.uk.

This show has been arranged with the

expectation that it will be able to go ahead

in August, but please note that this may be

subject to change depending on Covid restrictions

at the time.

Ticket holders can book confidently with the

venue’s ‘peace of mind booking and refund

policy’ – part of a series of Covid related measures

to make customers feel safe and reassured

about booking and visiting the venue.

More information about the steps taken to both

make and keep the venue safer can be found

at: www.thelights.org.uk/visiting/covid-19

Customers are encouraged to visit the page

before booking and then prior to attending as

advice may be subject to change.

The venue has also been granted the use

of Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre’s

‘See It Safely’ mark. The mark certifies

that The Lights is complying with the latest

Government and theatre industry recommendations.

For more information about what’s on in

2021 and 2022 at The Lights visit www.thelights.org.uk

The Box Office telephone lines are open

from Monday-Saturday, 10am – 2pm.

Author hopes to raise some smiles

AN Andover author is already working

on her second book following the

successful launch of her first book of

poetry in November.

Jilly L Bowling is donating all the

proceeds from both books to Naomi

House and Jacks Place hospices for

young adults and children here in

Hampshire.

Jilly has been writing since the age

of 12 and is delighted that she has been

able to publish her book. Jilly shared:

“I am very proud of what I achieved but

most of all proud of all the people who

have supported me and I am very proud

of now being able to help the hospice,

they do a wonderful job.”

Originally from Lancashire, Jilly

served as a police officer with Greater

Manchester Police for almost nine

years before moving to Andover, a

town that has been home to her and

her family for eleven years.

Prior to her book release, Jilly’s work

was published in a few magazines and

in March of 2019, her poem A Feather

In The Rain was named Poem of the

Month Countryfile magazine.

It was during that same year Jilly

decided she wanted to write her first

book of poetry and with the help of a

local printing company Bulpitt Printing,

her book was written and published.

Jilly L Bowling

Jilly currently lives just outside of

Andover, with the River Dever, beautiful

Hampshire countryside and village

life as her present inspiration

for writing.

Jilly explained: “A lot of my poetry

is based on real situations, things that

have happened in my life, people I have

met. I can be inspired to write a poem

even just walking in town or out somewhere

or even from just chatting to

people and then I have to jot the first

verse down as it enters my head. Once

that first verse is written, the poem

just flows.

Now I have my first book out, my

second book will be just as exciting

when that becomes ready to print. It’s

always a wonderful moment when you

sit back and sell your first book, you

know that one thing that was once

just a dream, now is a reality, it’s a

fantastic feeling.

Naomi House and Jacksplace are

such special places, the people who

work there are heroes they assist those

people who really need the care, many

are in their last months, weeks or days

of life, and to give just a little to these

wonderful people to help make their

quality of life just that little more happier

I am hoping that the money which

will be donated to them from the proceeds

of my book sales, will do just

that, if it goes toward treatments or

gifts for them all.

And if I can bring just a smile to a

patient, to a parent or anyone there, due

to my donations then my job is done.”

Thunder makes all the right noises

TO celebrate the launch of a new

album by British rock band Thunder,

Andover Radio’s Martin Miller is

hosting a ‘Thunder Special’ on Friday

19th November.

The soft rock band continues to

gig across the UK and are famous

for their hits ‘Love Walked In’ and

‘Better Man’.

The Rock Café radio host along with

Thunder super-fan Victoria Harber

will be talking to lead singer Danny

Bowes about the launch of their new

album ‘All The Right Noises’, which

is due for release on March 12th.

The band’s thirteenth studio album

was planned for release in September

last year as songs were recorded in

the months leading up to the first

lockdown period. A sample of their

new album has already been shared

with the release of the album’s first

single, ‘Last One Out Turn Off The

Lights’, a track written by guitarist

Luke Morley in reference to Brexit.

Martin and Victoria will be sharing

the interview with Thunder fans on

social media who will discover that

topics addressed on what is set to be a

“hard-hitting and powerful collection

of songs” include depression, mental

health, and diversity.

The title track of the album takes

aim at Donald Trump in a song written

from his perspective.

New Music from local artists is

promoted on Andover Radio each

Sunday evening at 8pm with Andover

musicians Marc Burford and Maddison

Douch.


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Romantic Valentine Suppers

FEBRUARY’S seasonal food includes a glittering display of bracing seafood, from nutritious mussels to freshly

caught fish. With restaurant doors remaining closed this Valentine’s Day, many couples will be planning a

romantic meal at home. If you are looking for some inspiration, why not create one of these easy to prepare

seasonal dishes for two?

Roast sea bream

with fennel,

sourdough

and preserved

lemons

Enjoy the classic fresh flavours of

this quick and easy sea bream recipe

with a crisp glass of white wine – it’s a

great dish as there is little washing up

involved and it will bring the restaurant

experience to your dinner table as it is

indulgent and sophisticated enough for

any Valentine’s meal.

Ingredients

1 large fennel bulb, sliced (fronds

reserved)

4 tbsp olive oil

2 x 450g sustainable sea bream gutted

and scaled

6 bay leaves

1 large slice sourdough bread, cut into

chunks

2 preserved lemons pith discarded, peel

finely sliced, plus 1 tbsp brine

100ml white vermouth

Handful chopped fresh parsley

½ bunch fresh dill, chopped

100g pitted large green olives, roughly

sliced

Juice ½ lemon

Method

Heat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.

Arrange the fennel slices in a shallow

roasting tin or dish big enough to hold

the fish. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of the oil,

season with salt and pepper, then roast

for 15 minutes until starting to soften.

Slash one side of each fish 3 times

with a sharp knife, then tuck a bay

leaf into each slash. Remove the fennel

from the oven and scatter the

sourdough over it. Sit the fish on top,

slashed-side up, then sprinkle with

the sliced preserved lemons.

Drizzle the fish with the brine, 2 tbsp

of the olive oil and the vermouth, then

season with black pepper only.Return

the dish/tin to the oven and roast for

20 minutes or until the flesh is opaque

and comes away easily from the bones

when you test the fish with the point

of a knife.

Meanwhile, mix the reserved fennel

fronds, parsley and dill with the

sliced olives, remaining olive oil and

the lemon juice. Spoon the herb/olive

mix over the fish and serve with buttered

potatoes.

Steamed

mussels with

curry, leeks and

saffron cream

This recipe is traditionally made with

shallots, white wine and cream but

we’ve added leeks and, instead of wine,

a dry cider. Lots of crusty French

bread is essential for mopping up all

the juices.

Ingredients

Large pinch of saffron strands

50g unsalted butter

1 small leek, thinly sliced

1 fat garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp medium-hot curry powder

Pinch of cayenne pepper

2 tbsp brandy

1kg fresh, rope-grown mussels,

cleaned

120ml dry cider

2 bay leaves

1 tbsp plain flour

100ml crème fraîche or double cream

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

Put the saffron strands into a small

bowl and add 1 tbsp hot water. Set aside.

Meanwhile melt the butter in a mediumsize

pan. Add the leek and garlic, cover,

then cook over a low heat for 5 minutes

until just soft but not browned. Stir in

the curry powder and cayenne pepper

and cook gently for 1 minute more.

Add the brandy and simmer for a few

seconds until it has almost evaporated.

Place a very large pan over a high

heat. When the pan is hot, add the mussels,

the cider and the bay leaves, cover

quickly with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes

until they have all just opened,

uncovering the pan halfway through

to give the mussels a good stir. Tip the

mussels into a colander set over a bowl

to collect all the cooking liquid. Put the

mussels back in the pan with a lid on to

keep them warm, then set aside.

Return the spicy leek to the heat and

as soon as it’s sizzling, lower the heat,

stir in the flour and cook gently for 1 minute.

Remove from the heat and gradually

stir in the saffron liquid and 250ml of

the mussel juices, leaving behind the

last tablespoonful or two, which might

be gritty. Increase the heat to bring the

sauce to the boil, stirring, then simmer

for 3-4 minutes to cook out the flour.

Stir in the crème fraîche or cream

and most of the parsley, then season

to taste with the lemon juice, pepper

and a little salt if necessary. Place the

mussels in a sharing bowl, pour over

the sauce, scatter over the remaining

parsley and serve straightaway.

WE HAVE EACH OTHER

95.9FM ANDOVER RADIO is not just the home of Just Great Songs all day long, we

provide only confirmed and concise Coronavirus information each hour and we

continue to promote all the great work from our town’s amazing people who are

doing amazing things during these tough times.

As we all struggle to get through this latest lockdown

period we are here for you to keep you entertained

and keep you informed.

We will get through this.

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Homes&Gardens

Couple find new home on their

own doorstep in Whitchurch

Give your lawn a rest this winter

IF you have your sights set on a lush,

green, weed-free lawn this summer,

there are a few things you can do over

the colder months to keep it in top

shape. Lawncare during the winter

comes down to very simple maintenance

but, more important than anything,

is ensuring you give the grass

as much of a rest as possible. Follow

lawncare expert, John Lawn Seeds’

top tips to keep your grass healthy

and strong this winter.

Rest the lawn: If practical, keep off

the lawn when it is wet or frosty. Grass

will easily sustain damage during

these conditions and will not be able to

repair itself until the spring. This also

means removing any garden furniture

or outdoor toys sitting on the lawn.

The weight of these objects over the

course of the winter can kill or seriously

stunt the growth of your grass. If

you do get a heavy snowfall, build your

snowman on a patio or hard ground,

rather than the lawn. Snowmen take

a long time to melt and disappear,

which can also lead to disease in the

grass underneath.

Clear up leaves and debris: This

is potentially the most important job

of all to help keep your lawn healthy.

Clear up any leaves or debris, such as

fallen branches, as often as you can.

Fallen leaves trap moisture on the

surface of the grass, which can lead

to fungal infections. It can also cause

a spike in worm activity, as they come

to the surface to feed on the rotting

organic matter and leave their worm

casts behind. These casts are packed

full of nutrients for your lawn, so the

best action to take is wait until they

are dry and then gently brush them

back into the lawn with a garden brush.

Keep weeds and moss under control:

Remove large weeds, as and when

you spot them, to help reduce their

spread across the lawn. Winter is a

good time to attack any moss as well. If

grass does sustain any damage during

frosty or wet weather and is unable to

repair itself in the cold, it can be left

susceptible to diseases like Fusarium

Patch and Snow Mould. Apply a moss

killer at the same time as giving the

lawn its winter feed.

Mowing: Some people frown on cutting

grass during winter. However, if

there are any warm spells, your lawn

will continue to grow – albeit at a much

slower pace. You may find you need to

trim the grass, as a result, but try and

keep this to a bare minimum and be

sure not to cut more than one third of

the length. When planning your garden

trim, look at the weather forecast and

don’t mow the lawn when the grass is

wet, frosty or when frost is expected.

The winter is the perfect time to get

your mower serviced to beat the rush

in spring and also means you can get

the blades sharpened, which is very

A couple have followed their son’s

example and bought a new home

right on their own doorstep in

Whitchurch.

Robert and Jane Granata have

just moved into a home in Watership

Place, only a few hundred yards

from where they had lived for 25

years.

The Granatas first became interested

in Watership Place after their

son, Andrew, moved with his fiancée

and baby son, Angus. They wanted

to remain close to the area and after

looking at options, decided to buy

a four bedroom detached house

with a utility room and garage on

the same development.

The couple, who have been happily

married for 46 years, share a

long history with the pretty market

town. Jane 65, can trace her

family’s connections back to 1901

and Robert 67, attended the local

secondary school.

Robert said: “Having lived in

Whitchurch for 25 years, it was

always going to be sad if we had

to leave to make our next move.

But we feel so fortunate that we

found exactly the right new build

property on our doorstep in a place

we love and the community we know

so well. The entire design of this

development and the way Bewley

has interspersed different styles of

properties to create an individual

important if you do need to cut the

grass during the colder months. Dull

mower blades will tear grass instead

of cutting cleanly.

Aeration: After heavy rainfall, you

may notice puddles of water appearing

on your lawn. This is a sign that the

soil underneath the grass is compacted

and in need of aeration. You can do this

characterful look is really skillful.

They have thought about placemaking

so that areas of green open

space integrate with the building

in a natural organic way.”

Jane added: “Robert and I had

always been impressed with the

quality and finish of our son’s house.

We had a very positive feel about

the development, which opened our

minds to the possibility of downsizing

to a new build and being able

to stay within the local community

near family and friends. We took the

view that this was a new chapter in

our lives, one that we wanted to be

as worry free as possible. So choosing

a property that would suit our

lifestyle in the future was a priority.”

Elaine Stratford, sales and marketing

director at Bewley Homes,

commented: “This is a lovely story

of a family able to stay in the town

they want to live and being able to

buy exactly what home they want.

Watership Place is proving hugely

popular for buyers across all generations

looking for a quality lifestyle

in a thriving community. The

fact that you can live in an Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty whilst

still remaining so well connected

via road and rail to London and

other key towns across Hampshire

and Berkshire and the South coast,

is one of the many advantages of

living here.”

easily with a fork or spiking machine.

This simple action will relieve compaction,

improve drainage and allow

more air to reach the roots, resulting

in a healthier lawn. If you’d rather

wait until spring to do this job, make

a note of where the puddling occurs

so you can take a targeted approach

when the time comes.


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Ford EcoSport 1.0L EcoBoost 125PS 6 Speed

By Tony Yates

THE Ford EcoSport has been around

for a while now. My friend owns one and

is very happy with it. So are his wife

and the whole family. Now, I’m going, to

be honest, I’m not a fan of its looks. Do

I think Ford could have done a better

job? Yes – basically. But hey, a car is a

car. Also, for most, the family car is a

functional item for getting from A – B.

All the same, the EcoSport is a vehicle

that you can load up to the hilt with

gear - and is ideal for all those camping

trips away or carrying your mountain

bike. Joking aside, The Ford EcoSport

is a pretty good all-round vehicle and

many people will be very happy after

purchase. Also.there are some pretty

good deals around for the Titanium

version at the moment so shop around.

Power and efficiency

The EcoSport I had on test was powered

by a 1.0-litre petrol engine that has

a 0-62 time of around 11.0 seconds and a

top speed of 111mph. Fuel consumption

is also good, giving a combined figure

of around 47 mpg. Being an EcoBoost

engine, it has lots of get up and go.

So, firstly, how well does it get a move

on? Well, basically, pretty good if I’m

being honest and the engine is quite

refined thanks to clever EcoBoost technology.

Also, its torque band is not bad

170Nm (200Nm with overboost) You also

get a wonderful 6-speed gearbox that’s

‘smooth’ and slick. You are never going

to break The World Speed Record or

take on anyone from the lights because

the point of the EcoSport is to be functional

and fun. This is something it has

by the bucket load.

On the road

Into the corners, the chassis felt

poised and tight, even when dealing with

all the potholes and bumps on some of

our worst roads. Plus when the tarmac

gets twisty, the EcoSport’s chassis firms

up to give you maximum grip in and out

of every corner. The steering also feels

light, direct and is perfectly balanced

with plenty of feedback on what the

road beneath you is doing. Also, doing

70mph on the motorway - it’s all silent

and feels quiet and relaxed. Ford has

put in a lot of effort into making the

cabin as quiet as it can be, and it shows.

Interior and technology

First off, in Titanium trim – the EcoSport

is not lacking in technology or

comfort. For a start, the seats are ‘well

lush’ and the interior space is good for

a large family. There is also plenty of

space in the rear for adults and even

people over 6ft can slip in easily.

On the inside; there’s also plenty

of standard equipment, such as; 17”

10-spoke premium Shadow Silver

machined alloy wheels, Automatic

headlights, Power-foldable door mirrors

with puddle lights, Silver-finish

roof rails, Rain-sensing wipers, Partial

Sensico seat trim, Centre console with

armrest and openable stowage, Cruise

control with Adjustable Speed Limiter,

Ford SYNC 3 Navigation with 8”

Touchscreen, DAB Radio, Emergency

Assistance, Apple CarPlay & Android

Auto, USB connectivity, 7-speakers

and FordPass Connect (Embedded

Modem) 4.2” colour cluster display,

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Rear

View Camera with rear parking distance

sensors, Electrically-operated

front and rear windows with global

opening/closing, Ambient lighting,

Front door threshold plates with EcoSport

logo and Electronic Automatic

Temperature Control (EATC).

Space inside the boot is also very

good - easily managing to fit in all the

family luggage. Also, if you are looking

to own the EcoSport to move stuff

around – then it’s pretty good at doing

that as well.

To sum up

I like the EcoSport because it’s practical

for a family and it’s fun to drive.

It also has bags of torque and plenty

of space on the inside.

Price from £21,095 excluding options

as tested.


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Do you know when your

car is due its next MOT?

MILLIONS of drivers are at risk of being fined

because they don’t know when their MOT is due.

According to a survey by Total UK, 28% of drivers

don’t know when they need to get their vehicle

tested to ensure it meets required legal standards.

The majority of drivers also don’t know what the

penalties are for failing to get their car’s MOT done

on time. Some 53% of drivers believe the fine for

not getting a MOT when it is due is three points on

their driving licence, whereas they may receive a

fixed penalty fee of £1,000 and risk the vehicle being

impounded.

Drivers over the age of 55 are the most impacted,

with one-third (33%) admitting they don’t know when

their current certificate expires. Despite the lack of

awareness of their MOT due dates among drivers,

one in four say they worry about their MOT in case

it shows there is something wrong with their car.

Many drivers are also failing to insure their vehicle

properly, with four in ten (39%) believing their

car doesn’t need to be insured if it is sitting in the

drive or garage and 17% believing they only need

insurance if they are driving it.

John Ryder, general manager of Total Lubricants’

UK Blending Plant, said: “The past year has certainly

been one of great uncertainty and it seems this has

extended to people not knowing when their MOT

is due. Since the beginning of the first lockdown,

people have been driving a lot less due to increased

home working and less commuting so their cars and

maintenance requirements, including getting their

MOT done, have not been front of mind.

The confusion stems from the MOT extension

scheme which was introduced in March last year as

lockdown restrictions limited people’s movements

to all but essential travel. However, it is important

that drivers do not miss their MOT to ensure their

car insurance remains valid, that vehicles are roadworthy

and meet the necessary standards.”

The MOT extension scheme has now ended and

drivers are advised to check when their MOT is due

and get an appointment booked in order to ensure

their current test certificate does not expire. Once

a MOT test certificate has expired, if the vehicle is

more than three years old, the only journey a driver

is permitted to make is to the garage for a pre-booked

MOT appointment.

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2016 (16) Volkswagen Golf R DSG..................................... £20,995

2016 (66) Ford Transit 350 L2.............................................. £12,550

2017 (17) Skoda Octavia....................................................... £11,995

2016 (16) Vauxhall Corsa Energy.......................................... £7,995

2013 (62) Volkswgen Polo Match......................................... £7,595

2014 (14) Volkswagen Polo MATCH EDITION................... £7,495

2010 (10) Volkswagen Golf MATCH TDI.............................. £7,295

2013 (13) Mini Cooper COOPER............................................ £6,995

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2014 (14) Vauxhall Agila SE AUTO......................................... £5,995

2016 (65) Citroen C1 PURETECH FLAIR............................... £5,750

2010 (10) Mini Cooper COOPER............................................. £5,595

2015 (15) Volkswagen Up MOVE UP..................................... £5,495

2011 (11) Vauxhall Agila SE...................................................... £3,995

2007 (07) SEAT Ibiza 12V REFERENCE SPORT..................... £1,695

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Sport but not as we know it

WITH all local sports still very

much on hold, people are looking

to fill the void by getting creative

in and around their own homes

and Overton resident and BBC

sports presenter Mike Bushell

is no different.

Although we are able to enjoy

some national and international

sports once again albeit

remotely, the impact of no sport

at a local level is incredibly hard.

Mike shared that ever since

he started working as a sports

reporter and presenter on the

BBC, he’s never known a time

when there’s been no local sport.

Mike explained that he has

written several unusual pieces

for BBC Breakfast and also

found some creative ways to

keep fit at home.

“The first was on how to keep

active and fit at home in isolation

whether it be joining the

vast number of workouts you

can do in your lounge. Zoom,

Pilates, Yoga; not to mention

sporting stars like Max Whitlock

the Olympic winning gymnast

running daily workouts. I

joined my mum’s Zumba class

in Yorkshire. Having always

said I would and now hundreds

of miles away via zoom I’ve been

able to. Plus we have been able

to be more creative in the way

we turn our living rooms into

gyms or playgrounds. I’ve been

filming myself show jumping

over makeshift fences on a space

hopper in our smallish garden.

I’ve been playing tennis with a

frying pan and ping pong ball in

the kitchen against the fridge.

Use string and you can even

mark out your own court. But

sadly no Hawkeye.

Isolation. has taught the whole

older generation how to embrace

technology like zoom and has

helped them find new ways to

connect and keep physically and

socially active.It’s taught me too.

Other TV pieces I’ve done have

been on footballers and managers

reaching out to members of

the community by phoning them

up for a chat. Also Southampton

football club has been using its

chefs and kitchens for the community

around.

So as we watch the national

and international sports from

our armchairs, I guess we can

keep discovering new ways to

keep active and fit at home,

rediscovering traditional pastimes

like hopscotch.

We have all learned new skills

and ways of doing things I’m

sure. Stay safe, Mike.”

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