Appeal to save wildlife from fire

Liz Nicholls

Hampshire

Surrey Wildlife Trust is urgently asking for donations to help one of our most precious heathland habitats, and about 200 red deer that help maintain it, recover from a devastating wildfire.

In July, a wildfire broke out on Pirbright Ranges, one of the largest areas of lowland heath in Surrey and home to many rare and threatened species. Patches of ground continue to burn for three weeks and over 650 hectares of pristine heathland has now been severely burnt, at great cost to wildlife.

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s herd of red deer carry out a vital role by grazing the heathland to prevent scrub including Scots pine, common gorse and silver birch from taking over the site. This allows slower-growing dwarf scrub and specialist heathland plant species to flourish, creating the foundation of the unique and threatened heathland ecosystem. Following the fire, hundreds of meters of fencing and heavy-duty sleepers that keep the deer safely on site now needs to be replaced – and the ongoing welfare of the herd will depend on regular vet checks and inspections by SWT staff. Supplementary food in the form of haylage will also be made available to the deer to ensure they have enough food to maintain good condition heading into winter.

The immediate impact of the fire also includes the potential loss of hundreds of recently fledged rare ground-nesting birds including European nightjars, Dartford warblers and woodlark which may have been too young to fly away from the fire. The damage to the site will also have prevented their parents from nesting a second time this year and will change the availability of suitable nesting sites for years to come. Reptiles such as slow worms, grass snakes and adders have been unable to escape the fire, perishing alongside the many invertebrate species, including endangered heath tiger beetles that inhabit the remaining heathland fragments in the southeast of England.

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Wildfires have put Surrey on the front line of the climate and nature emergency

Rising temperatures and a lack of rainfall has led to increasingly large, uncontrollable blazes that destroy large areas of heathland. The Pirbright Ranges Fire has potentially burned deep into the ground, affecting plant species including round-leaved sundew, marsh clubmoss and bell heather over hundreds of hectares.

About 85% of heathland in the UK has been lost over the past 150 years through agriculture, development and changes in land management. Surrey Wildlife Trust manages several areas of heathland, including Chobham Common National Nature Reserve and Wisley and Ockham commons that are particularly susceptible to fire in dry conditions. Strain on resources in the years ahead are set to be severe for all who manage and protect these diverse and sensitive habitats.  Dealing with the impact of the Pirbright Ranges fire is expected to account for more than 30 additional days of SWT staff time this year alone.

Surrey Wildlife Trust’s director of reserves management, James Herd, says:

“Wildfires have put Surrey on the front line of the climate and nature emergency – and we urgently need extra support to meet the challenge.  Whilst the heathland will regenerate over time, it is likely to be eight to twelve years before it returns to full health.  The deer will perform a unique and irreplaceable role in ensuring the lowland habitats recover during this time.  All donations we receive will go directly to ensuring their welfare and the continuing safety of Surrey’s heathlands and their unique plants and animals.

“With the help of local people, we will do all we can to explore what more can be done to protect our natural heritage as weather patterns change.  It’s vitally important that people in Surrey can continue to reap the benefits of diverse and healthy ecosystems.”

Pirbright Ranges is owned by the Ministry of Defence.  For safety reasons, it is not accessible to the public.  The herd of red deer that grazes the site is owned and managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust.

David Nolan, Area Commander for Surrey Fire and Rescue Service said:

“Surrey Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be wildfire aware. We have seen an increase in the number of wildfires we are attending recently and are asking residents to help keep Surrey safe. Please pack a picnic instead of a BBQ, and don’t have campfires or bonfires when the weather is dry! Ensure you dispose of cigarettes and litter correctly.”

Find out more

For more information about how to support the appeal please visit surreywildlifetrust.org/wildfire-appeal

Peter Rabbit & pals at Blenheim

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Hampshire

Looking for something fun and immersive to do with your little bunnies in a gorgeous setting?

The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure is the fabulous live immersive experience in the grounds of Blenheim Palace until 3rd September.

We have some happy bunnies here at Round & About who have loved the magical mix of storytelling, live performance, and puppetry.

Developed in association with Frederick Warne & Co, this is the first time Peter Rabbit has appeared in this way, and is also a first for World Heritage Site Blenheim Palace which has allowed unprecedented access for families trying to save Peter Rabbit from ending up in Mr McGregor’s pie.

The Peter Rabbit Garden Adventure is a fabulous live immersive experience in the grounds of Blenheim Palace

This 50-minute immersive adventure celebrates Beatrix Potter’s beloved rabbit who has starred in 250 million books sold since he first appeared at the start of the 20th century. The experience has been created by the team behind Autumn Treasure Hunt with Percy The Park Keeper At Chiswick House & Gardens.

There are also free activities on site and a Peter Rabbit Farm Shop.

Find out more

For more info or to book your trip please visit PeterRabbitGardenAdventure.com & blenheimpalace.com

Marc Antoni’s hair heroes!

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Hampshire

Manager of Fleet salon makes headlines with British Hairdressing Awards nomination

If you are a customer of Marc Antoni in Fleet you know your hair is in good hands – the manager of the Hampshire salon has been shortlisted for a national hairdressing competition.

Now in their 38th year, the HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards 2022, are an annual celebration of excellence, recognising the achievements of stylists from across the country.

Daniel Spiller has reached the finals in the Schwarzkopf Professional Colour Technician of the Year category and now awaits his fate at a black-tie event on November 28th at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

The stylists submitted four photographs each demonstrating the breadth of their hairdressing expertise, showcasing evidence of both technical skill and creative ability. They will now submit a further four images for the final round of judging, which takes place in September.

“This is such a proud moment for us”

Daniel was nominated alongside his fellow Marc Antoni stylist, Paolo Giamettei, senior stylist at the Bracknell salon who is up for Newcomer of the Year.

“This is such a proud moment for us,” said Daniel. “These awards always bring together such exceptional talent and to see our salon and our names alongside those shortlisted is mind-blowing. This is the third time I have finalised in the colour category so it really is an honour.”
Paolo added: ‘We’d love to bring a trophy or two back to Marc Antoni and hope the judges will recognise the love and hard work that has gone into our collections.”

Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards said: “Every year, HJ’s British Hairdressing Awards serve as a reminder of the passion, artistry and expertise that this incredible industry has to offer, and it is a privilege to celebrate the talent and brilliance of creative individuals from across the country.

Finalists!

“In reaching the finals, Daniel and Paolo have demonstrated excellence in all areas of hairdressing, and an ability to bring together the magical elements that make a photographic collection stand out from the competition.”

It’s come home – at last!

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Hampshire

Now it’s over to you… be inspired by our Lionesses and get involved in football where you are, whatever your age and ability

Football has come home, it’s taken 56 years to win a major honour but it was well worth waiting for as England women’s captain Leah Williamson lifted the Womens Euros 2022 trophy at Wembley on Sunday.

The amazing achievement of beating eight-times winners Germany 2-1 was immense and while many backed the Lionesses as the favourites for the tournament on home soil, the result is truly outstanding and the women deserve all the plaudits and honours that will come their way.

One of the key aims for The FA and the England Women has been ensuring that this fabulous celebration of football creates a legacy for future generations and encourages as many women and girls as possible to get involved in the beautiful game.

Whatever your age and ability, football is for all and offers a huge opportunity for women and girls to engage in a healthy lifestyle through football, promoting both physical activity and mental health benefits too.

Follow in the Lionesses’ footsteps there are many options open to you.

Whether you just want to have a kick about with your mates, have a go at walking football or want to join a local club and perhaps follow in the Lionesses’ footsteps there are many options open to you.

Hampshire FA is using the positive power of football to help all women and girls get involved in ‘the beautiful game’ through Find Your Feet and its specialist programmes.

Find Your Feet allows women aged 18+ to take part, whether it’s an introduction to football or you’re returning to the pitch. Learn basic skills and play casual football in a fun, friendly and relaxing way. Find out more about this and how you can join in at www.hampshirefa.com/players/women/find-your-feet

The organisation is also helping to support female communities through two specialist programmes include offering refugee / asylum seeking women the opportunity to play recreational football and working with the charity Aurora New Dawn which supports those who have experienced domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking.

Get involved!

As several players and commentators said after the epic win, this has to be the start of something even more special.

What’s your favourite local park?

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Hampshire

Love Parks Week runs from today until Friday 5th August, organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

The charity wants us all to enjoy our green spaces, whether it’s walking the dog, picnicking with friends, or pushing our little ones on a playground swing.

There are lots of events going on and the week is also set up to celebrate and support the efforts of the volunteers who maintain and protect our green spaces.

Hampshire has so many wonderful parks to enjoy, including Eastrop Park in Basingstoke and Bramshot Farm Country Park in Fleet… Which is your favourite? Make sure to share it on social media #LoveParks

We’ve also teamed up with Keep Britain Tidy to call for dog-owners to bag and bin their pooch’s poop!

Music & magic this summer

Liz Nicholls

Hampshire

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some wonderful outdoor entertainment and Chapterhouse Theatre Company have just the ticket with their open-air theatre and concert tours.

What’s more, we’ve teamed up with them to offer competition to win a family ticket to enjoy 21st Century ABBA! Read on for details of all the shows which are sure to delight you…

Chapterhouse have been touring open-air theatre since 2000, making this year’s their 22nd anniversary tour. This year the critically acclaimed company have concentrated on productions that have elements of romance, beauty and fine story telling. Chapterhouse present some of the most entertaining and exhilarating events of the summer with music from one of the UK’s finest ABBA, Elton and Queen tribute concerts.

21st Century ABBA

Following on from last year’s sell-out shows, this is an evening of hit after hit with songs you know and love from Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take a Chance on Me, Super Trouper to many, many more?

21st Century Abba faithfully recreates all the greatest hits of one of the world’s most famous group combining stunning vocals, live musicians, and glittering costumes.

There are opportunities for pre-show drinks with family and friends, dressing up nights and singing along to favourite songs, join us for an exhilarating evening of the dancing queens of 21st Century ABBA performances.

21st Century Elton

21st Century Events presents a fabulous evening of one of the world’s greatest songsmiths Elton John with hit after hit including Rocket Man, Your Song and Candle in the Wind from one of the country’s finest performers as seen on Britain’s Got Talent.

We can’t wait to welcome family and friends to picnic in some of the UK’s and Ireland’s finest gardens and thrill to a wonderful performance of Elton’s greatest songs. Summer returns with magical music in magical surroundings.

21st Century Queen

Prepare for the concert of a lifetime as 21st Century Queen recreates many of the bands best known and loved hits including We Will Rock You, Radio Ga Ga, and possibly the best known single of all time Bohemian Rhapsody

Performing hit after hit of arguably the greatest rock bands of all time and combining stunning vocals and live musicians, 21st Century Queen promises the thrill of hearing the music in an exciting and extraordinarily atmospheric concert performance.

Head along with family and friends, picnic in some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful gardens and surroundings and enjoy a wonderful performance of Queen’s greatest hits! What could be more fun in the summer sun!

Romeo & Juliet

Chapterhouse Theatre Company are pleased to announce a wonderful new production of Romeo and Juliet. This best-loved story of star-crossed lovers and feuding families shall be performed in the gardens of some of the UK and Ireland’s most glorious country houses throughout the summer and promises to be one of the most sought after events of the open air season.

Dressed in beautiful Elizabethan costume and performed by a fine troupe of Shakespearean players join Chapterhouse for the greatest love story ever told as we perform magical theatre in magical surroundings.

Pride & Prejudice

Take a step back in time as we meet Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters. While their interfering mother engineer’s various courtships, Elizabeth and Jane must pursue their own quest for true love.

Amid mistakes and miscommunications, can Elizabeth finally surpass her prejudices to see past the proud exterior of the enigmatic Mr Darcy?

Join family and friends for what promises to be the most splendid evening of the summer as you picnic under a beautiful summer sky and lose yourself in this unforgettable love story.

Cinderella

In an enchanted kingdom in a faraway land magical creatures and fairy godmothers come together to tell the best loved of all fairytales.

Full of song, mirth, and joy for the summer ahead, join us on Cinderella’s journey of a lifetime to a magical ball where nearly anything is possible especially if it is before midnight.

Family and friends are welcome to picnic in the grounds in some of the most beautiful gardens in the UK and Ireland.

Children old and young alike are invited to dress in their favourite fairy tale characters and join for the midsummer ball dance.

Win tickets

We’ve got a family ticket to 21st Century Abba to give away! Click here to enter


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Gardens to visit this summer

Liz Nicholls

Hampshire

Kate Harrison of the National Open Garden Scheme invites us to enjoy some pockets of paradise in West Sussex.

Whitehanger

Marley Lane, Haslemere, GU27 3PY

National Open Garden Scheme_Whitehanger

Thanks to The National Garden Scheme, last year garden-lovers helped raise more than £3 million for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Carers Trust & Parkinson’s UK.

Whitehanger is just one of the beautiful gardens open this month. Set in six acres on the edge of the South Downs National Park and surrounded by NT woodland, this rural garden was started in 2012 when a new Huf house was built on a derelict site. There are now lawned areas with beds of perennials, a serenity pool with koi carp, a wildflower meadow, a Japanese garden, a sculpture garden, a woodland walk, a large rockery and an exotic walled garden.

Plan your visit

Whitehanger is open on Sunday 7th & Sunday 21st August, 10.30am-3.30pm. Entry is £6.50 and you need to book here. Groups of between five and thirty can also visit by arrangement throughout August, September and October.

Details of all the gardens open in West Sussex can be found on the National Garden Scheme Website or in the National Garden Scheme yellow booklet.

54 Elmleigh

Midhurst, Sussex, GU29 9HA

National Open Garden Scheme_54 Elmleigh

Another lovely local garden opening is at 54 Elmleigh, this property has a terraced front garden leading to a heavily planted rear garden with majestic 120-year-old black pines, shrubs and perennials, packed with interest around every corner, providing all-season colours. There are many raised beds, sculptures, vegetables in boxes, a greenhouse, pond and hedgehogs in residence as well as a large collection of tree lilies, growing 8-10ft.

Plan your visit

Open on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August, 11am-5pm. Entry is £4 (children free) and you’ll find homemade teas: It’s also open by arrangement throughout August; click here.

Fittleworth House

Bedham Lane, Pulborough, RH20 1JH

National Open Garden Scheme_Fittleworth House

This three-acre, tranquil, romantic, country garden also a walled kitchen garden growing a wide range of fruit, vegetables and flowers, a large glasshouse and old potting shed, mixed flower borders, roses, rhododendrons and lawns. There’s a magnificent 115ft tall cedar overlooking a wisteria-covered Grade II listed Georgian house (not open), wild garden, long grass areas and pond, stream and rock garden.

Plan your visit

Fittleworth is open on Wednesday, 10th August, 2-5pm. Entry is £5 (children free) and you’ll find homemade teas: Pre-book or pay on the day. It’s also open by arrangement: book here.

Details of all the gardens open in West Sussex can be found on the National Garden Scheme Website or in the National Garden Scheme yellow booklet.

Summer reading challenge

Round & About

Hampshire

Meet the Gadgeteers and get involved in science at Alton Library this summer

This summer, children aged four-11 can visit Alton library to meet the Gadgeteers and to get involved in a science and innovation themed Summer Reading Challenge.

Through taking part in the Challenge, children will be able to join six fictional Gadgeteers. The characters – brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford – use their curiosity and wonder to understand the science behind a whole range of interests, from fashion and technology to cooking and music.

The Gadgeteers will help to spark children’s curiosity about the world around them and encourage them to feed their imagination over the summer holiday. They will be boggled by brilliant facts, gaze at the stars, and be inspired by tales of creativity and invention whilst earning rewards along the way.
With plenty of great options across picture books, early readers and middle grade books, there’s lots to keep children busy at Alton Library. Read six books and collect a medal and certificate to mark the completion of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Since 1999, the popular Challenge has encouraged children to read for pleasure over the summer holidays, building reading skills and confidence and helping to prevent the ‘dip’ in reading skills while children are out of school. By providing fun reading activities, the Challenge will support families and teachers by providing free-to-access recreation and learning resources – all created to keep children inspired to read.

Alton Library is open: Monday 9.30am-1.30pm and Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday 9.30am-5pm.

The library will also be holding children’s activities on Thursday, 11th August 2-4pm and Tuesday, 23rd August 2-4pm.

Make a difference with Treloar’s

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Hampshire

Recruitment day offers a wealth of opportunities, pop along and find out more

Treloar School and Treloar College invite you to join them at a recruitment open day on Saturday, 25th June and learn more about the career opportunities on offer.

If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of young disabled people, the HR team wants to meet you at the event at Jowett Centre, Holybourne, Alton from 10am to 3pm.

Treloar’s offers excellent opportunities to develop careers within care, education, catering, administration & many other sectors.

Reward packages are competitive with excellent benefits including a Group Personal Pension Scheme, life insurance, critical care cover, free parking & a health care cash plan.

If you have the drive, energy and commitment, Treloar’s will help you develop your skills, supporting you with a comprehensive training programme and, professional qualifications.

Find out how you can make a difference at the Treloar’s Recruitment Open Day.

Please follow the link to register your interest https://forms.gle/JLV82fue6qjSxb4L9 or call the Recruitment Team on 01420 547400 or email .

Next month bring Treloar’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, 9th July from 10.30am to 5pm.

Treloar’s have teamed up with Alton Lion’s Club for the family fun day at Powell Drive, Holybourne, Alton which will host live music, children’s activities, a range of market stalls, food and drink and much more.

There are plenty of activities and entertainment for children running throughout the day, including an inflatable fun run, balloon modelling, magic shows, face painting and much more.

Entry to the event is free and everyone’s welcome to attend for a fun filled day out!

Treloar’s say: “We’re also looking for local stallholders and bands/musicians to join us on the day! If you’d like to come along, please get in touch with us at .”

www.treloar.org.uk/events/the-treloars-family-fun-day

Pizzeria Campana: A taste of Italy

Karen Neville

Hampshire

A truly authentic pizza restaurant and take away opens on March 19th at The Shed, Bordon

Pizzeria Campana is not another pizza chain outlet but a real family business bringing the taste of Campania (the Italian region where Naples is located) into the heart of Bordon with traditional Italian pizzas.  

Gareth Turner, one of the Pizzeria Campana team is thrilled to be opening: “It started as a simple dream – to create a truly Italian style pizza oven stocked with wood, fired up and ready to bake a pizza, which has been lovingly handmade from a carefully crafted authentic recipe and topped with the finest, freshest ingredients.” 

“Open 7 days a week, for lunch and evening service, Pizzeria Campana will take you on a culinary trip to Italy. Our friendly family team members will be ready and waiting to bring the authentic Italian style pizza restaurant (collection and delivery) into the heart of Hampshire. 

Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company is delighted to announce this new opening on Saturday, 19th March. In recent months The Shed has also welcomed new food restaurants/takeaways The Shack and Stuff’d as well confectioner Sweet Treats to its unique, authentic shared experience. 

With a range of artisan treats, home cooked food, arts & crafts, creative workspaces and great local entertainment The Shed features an array of the best local makers and creators. 

There are Markets every Wednesday and on two Saturdays a month, plus entertainment at The Cube and host of major events throughout the year, so there’s so much more on offer than in your average shed. 

Pizzeria Campana opening times:

Mon – Wed: 11am-9pm
Thu – Sat: 11am-10:30pm
Sun: 11am-7:30pm 

For more information about The Shed, businesses and events, visit: www.theshedwb.com  

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