Archive for 2016

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28 February, 2016

Crimestoppers

The Villager

I regularly report on scams that have occurred in Hampshire which are very often committed against the elderly or more vulnerable members of our community. Sadly I have another trick to warn you about after Police received a report of a phone scam offering the sale of lottery tickets. The con was particularly nasty as it went on for almost a year and cost the elderly victim some £15,000. ...

27 February, 2016

Age Concern – Village Agents Needed

The Villager

There are over 60 Village Agents in rural communities all over Hampshire. If you are interested in learning new skills or refreshing old ones, taking part in your local community, and helping older people to remain independent then Age Concern Hampshire needs you to be the next Village Agent. ...

27 February, 2016

Concert at Alton Abbey

Church Events The Villager

There will be a special concert at the Abbey of opera favourites and cabaret surprises, given by soprano Patricia Casement, and pianist Martin Dack. The programme will include works by Wagner, Puccini, Britten, Gershwin, Stilgoe & Lehrer; and will be approximately one and half hours with one interval. Food will be served after the concert. ...

27 February, 2016

Herriard & Lasham with Bentworth Women’s Institute

The Villager

Meeting – 4th February 2016 Royal British Legion Hall, Herriard. Our speaker for February was Miss Servier, a Commoner from the New Forest. As her name suggests, she explained that, on her father’s side she was descended from Flemish Weavers who came to the New Forest in 1650. Her mother’s family could trace their ancestors there from centuries earlier. ...

27 February, 2016

Lasham Gliding Society Winter Talks

Events The Villager

Saturday 5th March – Please note changed date. A talk on improving your personal performance by Dr. Al Nunn. Al is a prominent member at Lasham and has done a lot of academic research on slowing the ageing process. Something of increasing importance and relevance to many of us! ...

27 February, 2016

Garden Notes

Garden Club The Villager

We have all spent the last few months marvelling at the range of plants that are behaving in unusual ways. What it has shown is the difference between everyone’s garden and the differences within each garden. You now know where the warmest, most sheltered and probably best drained places are in your garden. They are where those plants were exceptionally early. Of course some plants are sticking to their normal routine, but enough have flowered to show the favoured spots. Now you need to build on this. That plant that you know is a bit tender, can be tried in these spots. Think of the fun you can have! ...

27 February, 2016

Wildlife Support & Conservation

The Villager

Information for Butterfly Conservation’s Educational Visit has now been sent to Primary Schools in Four Marks, Medstead, Bentworth, Ropley, Chawton and Selborne. This is our follow up to the Butterfly Colouring Competition we ran in 2014/15 to involve school children in local Neighbourhood Plans. Mobile visits will be arranged between April and September this year. ...

27 February, 2016

HART Wildlife Update

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The variety of wildlife seen at the hospital is very dependent on the weather and time of year. Traditionally, March is the month when hedgehogs start to come out of hibernation; often large male hedgehogs are the first to emerge. If you think you have hedgehogs hibernating in your garden and want to know when they wake up you can place a stick or piece of rolled-up paper in front of the nest to see if it is disturbed – if it is moved the chances are the hedgehog has been up and about. Hibernation can take its toll, leaving emerging animals dehydrated and hungry after their period of sleep. Signs that a hedgehog is in trouble include being seen out during the day and having an unsteady, wobbly walk. If you come across one you are worried about please provide a bowl of water and some food; meaty wet cat or dog food, mealworms, peanuts etc can be a life saver and ring HART for advice. Always avoid putting down bread and milk, as although they will eat it, it can cause diarrhoea and add to their dehydration problem; hedgehog are lactose intolerant (the sugar found in milk), as are many mammals including some people. ...

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