Herald - Issue 452

Est: 1994 v THE HERALD, 2 HIGH STREET, HYTHE, SO45 6AH v No 452 • FREE Every 3 Weeks • 25th January - 15th February 2024 The Your Community Magazine SJ SAVAGE BUILDING & PROPERTY MAINTENANCE • Extensions • Loft Conversions • All aspects of building works including Decorating 07788 868262 stevesavo@hotmail.co.uk Vehicle Servicing Garage For all your mechanical needs Tyres, Servicing, Clutches Diagnostic work, Brakes Cam Belts, Tyres, Exhausts, MOT’s arranged Servicing from £69.99 See Main advert page 75 Free local collection Courtesy cars available 114-118 Hampton Lane, Blackfield SO45 1UB www.rightautos.co.uk • 023 8089 0600 STAIRLIFTS STAIRLIFTS Freedom Stairlifts Straight Stairlifts Curved Stairlifts freedomstairlifts.co.uk FOUR SEASONS DENTURE CENTRE MORE THAN JUST A DENTAL LABORATORY If you want the best quality dentures in a relaxed, friendly and professional environment then call today for a free consultation Tel: 023 8084 6443 Mobile: 07919 074360 1 HOUR DENTURE REPAIRS North Road, Dibden Purlieu, Southampton SO45 4RE NEED NEW DENTURES? Quickstep Laminate Floors, Luxury Vinyl Tiles 15 Marsh Parade, Hythe 023 8084 4741 FRAME SHOP HYTHE PICTURE FRAMING • Reliable and Efficient Service • Serving Trade, Domestic and Commercial Customers • Three sizes of bags available GRAB BAGS - A CHEAPER FLEXIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO A SKIP Tel: 023 8081 1757 • www.abbeygrabbag.co.uk • Call us for Prompt Delivery of a Bag • Fill Like a Normal Skip • Call again for a swift collection. • We can also collect your own grab bags Local Young Farmers Clubs Raise Over £12K for Charity Two local Young Farmers Clubs have raised thousands of pounds for charity organising their annual tractor runs over the festive period. Romsey Young Farmers organised their Tractor Run themed All ings Christmas for Saturday 23rd December. Over 180 tractors took part in the convoy running from Michelmersh Manor Farm through to Broughton, Stockbridge, Kings Somborne and Romsey, nishing at West Dean Club. e event raised over £10,000 for their charities George Dillion Only a Dream Away and e Farming Community Network. Brockenhurst Young Farmers Tractor and 4x4 Run (Credit: Four Wheels Photography) Romsey Young Farmers Tractor Run (Credit: Keiron Yeo) Continued on page 3

Page 2 • The HERALD • 25th January 2024 v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v PICK UP YOUR COPY FROM HYTHE • Admin No 1 • BeBe’s Café • Bells Furnishing • Beyond the Fringe • The Boathouse • BH Marine • Boots • Cape N Comb • Cards for all Occasions • CGM Solicitors • Chip N Tails • Cornerstone • Crew Barbers • Dancewise Studios • Direct Carpets • Ebenezer’s • Eden Health & Beauty • The Frame Shop • Fred.Olsen Travel Agents • Freedom Boat Club • Fully Woolly • Havencourt • Headquarters • Herald Publishing • Hythe Chiropractic Centre • Hythe & District Social Club • Hythe Community Centre • Hythe & Dibden Parish Council • Hythe Ferry Office • Hythe Hospital • Hythe Kebab Centre • Hythe Library • Hythe Photographic & Electrical • Hythe PO • Hythe & Waterside Lettings • Jane Bidwell Flowers • J R Hardware • KJ’s Mobility • Luis Liu • LW Repairs • The Malt • The Maples • Marchwood Motorways • Master Spares • McColls • Meraki Beauty Salon • Millie’s Tea Rooms • MM Sales & Lettings • Mockingjay • 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All three of Paultons Park’s charity partners o er support to those with life-limiting illnesses. e Karen Ingram Foundation was founded in 2008, in memory of Karen Jane Ingram who sadly passed away a er battling with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, aged just 40. e charity works to raise awareness of the disease and the donated funds support clinical research. Young Lives vs Cancer works to ease the many hardships faced by children and young people with cancer and their families. Liz Blunt, Senior Fundraising Engagement Manger for Young Lives vs Cancer (Hampshire) said: “We are over the moon to be working with the award winning Paultons Park. To receive £15,000 makes such an impact on the support that can be given to children and young people with cancer and their families. We only have our team of Young Lives vs Cancer Social Workers and Jean’s House, our ‘Home from Home’ in Southampton close by to Southampton Hospital thanks to the kindness of companies like Paultons Park.” James Mancey, Operations Director at Paultons Park said: “Playing an active role in our local community is a key pillar in our Paultons Promise and is our commitment to helping to make the world a better place. Over the past 40 years, we have eagerly supported local causes, and I am incredibly proud that we have been able to donate such significant funds to three brilliant charities in Hampshire this year. We chose to expand our charity partnership programme earlier this year to ensure we were supporting causes and organisations of all sizes, and ensure donations are reaching those who need it most.” Earlier this year, Paultons Park expanded its charitable scheme to formally support the Karen Ingram Foundation as its small charity partner and Young Lives vs Cancer as its medium charity partner. e family-owned attraction has supported Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity since 2019, and the organisation remains Paultons Park’s headline charity. To date, Paultons Park has raised over £150,000 for Southampton Children’s Hospital Charity which has been used to refurbish and equip a specialist sensory playroom for patients and create a designated play and activity space within the Children’s Hospital. Paultons Park raises funds for its charity partners throughout the year through a variety of events, activities, and via guest donations. 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Page 12 • The HERALD • 25th January 2024 v EMAIL YOUR NEWS: editor@herald-publishing.co.uk v We offer a Full Range of Carpentry and Building Services: • Full Design Service • Garage and Loft Conversions • Extensions • Fitted Kitchens and Bathrooms • Brickwork • Flat Roofs • Conservatories • PVCu Windows • Decking • Fencing, Pergolas and Gates D&G CARPENTRY & BUILDING Over 25 years experience, so for a fast and friendly service with free estimates call on 07767 833227 or 023 8089 9371 Covering Blackfield, Holbury, Hythe, Marchwood and Surrounding Areas ~~~~~ Lady Driver - DBS Checked Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle ~~~~~ Short Local Journeys Cruise Terminal & Airport Transfers Hospital Appointments Pub Pick Ups/Drop Offs Call 07795 192398 Cash and Card Payments accepted in vehicle EXPERT DOMESTICS APPLIANCE SERVICES Sales and Repairs to All Makes and Models 169-171 LONG LANE, HOLBURY • TEL (023) 8089 0054 POSSIBLY THE ONLY INDEPENDENT MAIN DEALER IN THE NEW FOREST For Bosch, Belling, Britannia, Candy, Ebac, Hotpoint, Hoover, Indesit, Ice King, LG, LEC, Liebherr, Miele, Neff, Sebo, Siemens, Stoves, Whirlpool, Zanussi and more... Free Standing & Built In Sales Centre Over 300 appliances in stock www.expertdomestics.co.uk Send your local news to The Editor, The Herald, 2 High Street, Hythe SO45 6AH News from Waterside Community Fund On 7th December, Waterside Community Fund trustees and sta enjoyed their Christmas dinner at the Boathouse in Hythe, where retiring Clerk, Valerie Stewart, was surprised with a beautiful pastel by their very talented trustee and Vice Chair, Judy Saxby. Valerie, who has been Clerk to the Trustees for 9 and a half years, is retiring at the end of January to spend more time with her grandchildren. On behalf of trustees, sta and clients, they thank Valerie for her dedicated near-decade of service and send her every good wish for the future. Valerie has worked hard to oversee many changes in this time, helping to improve and modernise the charity. ey also welcome their new Clerk, Adrian atcher, who joined them at the beginning of January and wish him all the best in the role. e Waterside Community Fund (formerly Dibden Allotments Fund) is a local charity providing support to individuals and organisations in need living in the parishes of Hythe and Dibden, Fawley and Marchwood. For further information, please visit their website: watersidecommunityfund.org.uk or call 023 8084 1305 Valerie Stewart LOCAL COMMUNITY ‘DUG DEEP’! Amazing kindness and generosity was in abundance when Hythe & Waterside Rotary carried out collections at two local supermarkets on the Waterside. Customers at the Co-op Holbury and Tesco Dibden were very keen to support these collections which took place during the three weekends before Christmas. A total of just under £1,500 was raised, 100% of which will be used to support good causes locally, nationally and internationally. Hythe & Waterside Rotary President, Jim Whitehouse, said: “It is quite amazing that people were able to help us raise such a fantastic amount of money. At a time when we are all having to watch the pennies, the generosity of the local community is staggering. We give sincere thanks to all those who supported us and wish everyone a peaceful 2024”. Hythe & Waterside Rotarians collecting at the supermarkets

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Page 14 • The HERALD • 25th January 2024 v READ THE HERALD ONLINE: www.herald-publishing.co.uk v Independent Jewellers established in 1993 vvvvvv Local experts in jewellery, watches, luxury gifts and services and repairs We buy unwanted jewellery and scrap gold and silver Visit the new shop 10-11 The Marsh, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6AN amberleyjewellers.co.uk HIRING SATURDAY STAFF, would suit a student. Email: sales@amberleyjewellers.co.uk A.M.H. Handyman Services Internal & External Painting All aspects of DIY Work • Flat Pack Assembly Power Washing: Driveways, Patios, Paths & Decking Gutter, Fascia Boards & Window Cleaning (Bungalows only) Call or email Andy for a free estimate Tel: 07961 443623 handyandyharding@gmail.com Local and Reliable • Airport & Seaport Specialists • Highly Competitive Fares • Friendly, Reliable Service • Comfortable 6 Seater MPVs • Any Distance - Minimum Fare £10 Before booking your journey please call us for a free quotation 07770 967198 or 023 8194 8754 www.kazcarz.co.uk Send your local news to The Editor, The Herald, 2 High Street, Hythe SO45 6AH open day, which will offer our wonderful customers the chance to see all areas of Mayflower Theatre. We are proud to display Danny Kaan’s work which so perfectly captures what life is really like in the theatre. We look forward to welcoming so many people into Mayflower Theatre to see a side they may never have before!” Tickets for An Inspiring Place Open Day Tours (Saturday 3rd February) are on sale at: may ower.org. uk or 023 8071 1811. Mayflower Theatre Launches ‘An Inspiring Place’ and Mayflower Tours Open Day e team at May ower eatre are excited to announce that their 2024 May ower Tours Open Day will take place on Saturday 3rd February. e Open Day will launch ‘An Inspiring Place’ – the new and improved public venue tour programme, which will see tours tailored to di erent groups of attendees, including Private Family Interactive Tours, Student Focused Tours, and Heritage Backstage Tours. Public booking is now open: www.may ower.org.uk/whatson/May ower-Tours-Open-Day-2024/ During the tour of the 2,271 seat Grade II-listed building, patrons will be able to see the rich history of the venue as they are led by the theatres experienced team of tour guides. ey will get the opportunity to see where the magic is made in the dressing rooms, on the y oor and other backstage areas, as well as a chance to stand on May ower eatre’s stage. Patrons will also get a chance to see archive material which will be displayed in the theatre’s foyer by the theatres Heritage Volunteers. ‘An Inspiring Place’ was launched by Ashley Banjo who starred in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and will be returning in the 2024 pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. ‘An Inspiring Place’ encompasses the development of the backstage areas to bring them to life with behindthe-scenes imagery captured by Danny Kaan in a series of his Access All Areas shoots. Future plans include accompanying the images with a quote mural which will inspire performers before they go onto the stage. May ower eatre is the largest theatre on the South Coast and welcomes regional touring productions, seeing hundreds of performers grace the stage annually. In addition to inspiring the touring production performers, it also aims to inspire the casts of their Summer Youth Projects where May ower eatre welcome approximately 150 young people who come together for 2 weeks with industry professionals to create a show. e artwork is also an incredible opportunity for tour attendees to see what backstage is really like when a show is underway. Michael Ockwell, Chief Executive and Creative Director of May ower eatre and MAST May ower Studios says: “I am delighted that we will be holding an Ashley Banjo with his Behind the Scenes Image in the new backstage exhibition On New Year’s Eve local people gathered to see in the New Year together at Seashells restaurant in Hythe. A ra e was held during the evening to raise money for local charity HASAG Asbestos Disease Support. e ra e was well supported and raised £345 for the charity, who provide free support, guidance and information for people with asbestos disease. Ann Norman would very much like to thank Seashells restaurant for facilitating the raffle, those who donated prizes and all those who bought tickets on the night. For more information about HASAG please visit: hasag.co.uk New Year Celebrations at Seashells Raise Money for Local Charity

v THE HERALD - YOUR COMMUNITY MAGAZINE v 25th January 2024 • The HERALD • Page 15 Heather’s Flower Studio New florist delivering flowers to Waterside and New Forest areas, with over 20 years of experience in floristry including working for Sandra’s Florist in Holbury for the past 8 years, which has now closed due to retirement. Any time you need flowers, be it a happy or sad occasion,we would like to be by your side to provide great quality flowers and service. We are delivering to Holbury, Fawley, Blackfield, Hythe, Marchwood, Beaulieu and Lymington areas. You are welcome to view our new Valentines Day collection on our website: heathersflowerstudio.co.uk TO ORDER THE FLOWERS, PLEASE ORDER ONLINE OR CALL US ON 023 8089 0332 OR 07849 272164 With any enquiries please call Jad on 07849 272164 or contact us via email: info@heathersflowerstudio.co.uk Spread the Love and Keep it Local this Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! When thinking about buying your loved one a card or gi this year why not consider spreading the love a bit further and keep your Valentines shopping local. Every time you buy from a local independent retailer you put a smile on their face too! So this year why not choose to buy your card from an independent card shop or local artist, fresh owers from your local orist, edible treats or their favourite tipple from a local artisan, a relaxing treatment from a local beauty salon, or for something extra special some beautiful jewellery from an independent jeweller! For the perfect celebration meal book a table at your loved ones favourite local restaurant. Whether you’re one for big romantic gestures or prefer to just give a card do try to buy local this year and help safeguard the future of our independent retailers. Two Hearts by David K Wilson© He stood at the edge of the dance floor Alone and feeling so blue Hoping to dance With the girl of his dreams But dreams they seldom come true The DJ then ramped up the volume Switching the bright lights to low He felt dejected Lonely rejected So made the decision to go He elbowed his way ‘cross the dance floor Shouldered his way through the throng His special girl smiled He smiled in return He wished it could last all night long She’d been watching him all of the evening The DJ then played slow love songs Both were still shy Until two pairs of eyes Locked And two hearts burst into song! Totton Repair Café is running on Saturday 17th February, 10.30am to 1pm at Totton & Eling Community Centre. e aim of the Totton Repair Café is to try and prevent small household goods from going to land ll if they stop working. You can take along small electrical or other items too good for the tip, you can sit and help/observe with any repair and refreshments are available while you wait for a small charge. It’s also an opportunity to nd out more about the Repair Café and Men’s Shed. A er your repair is completed all they ask for is a voluntary donation towards the cost of the hall and insurance. For further details please contact the Totton & Eling Community Centre by email: tottonrepaircafe@gmx. co.uk Totton Repair Café

Page 16 • The HERALD • 25th January 2024 v SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BUSINESSES v WATERSIDE NETWORK GROUP: MEMBER FOCUS by Simon Chadwick is issue’s featured member of the Waterside Network Group is greenwood-IT. Founded by John Greenwood, greenwood-IT o ers computer servicing and support for small businesses and home users in the Waterside and across the New Forest. It’s not uncommon for businesses to neglect their IT needs until it’s too late, which is a strange approach when computers are so essential to operating almost any organisation. greenwood-IT can help you stay ahead of the problems by analysing your set up and suggesting staged upgrades. is helps spread the cost and minimises the disruption. For some users, another aspect that is o en overlooked is antivirus, security and back-up. Protecting your computer network, and ensuring you have access to all your les even if the worst does happen, can be a steep learning curve, but with greenwood-IT’s straight-forward advice and solutions you’ll soon have your equipment protected and secure. is extends to wireless set-up, remote working, disaster recovery, and e-Commerce credit card processing and compliance. If you require support and advice, or need a hardware or so ware problem troubleshooting, then greenwoodIT’s many years of experience and knowledge will get you to where you need to be. If you’re a home user this may be a troublesome laptop, or, if you’re nding that home-working is becoming a permanent arrangement, you may require assistance in getting your home o ce set up e ciently and securely. John’s friendly and informed approach, coupled with over 40 years’ experience, means that he has extensive knowledge to draw upon to ensure you, and your business, remain functioning e ectively. So, if anything computerrelated leaves you quaking, or if you know you’ve been storing up IT problems by ignoring your current set up, then perhaps it’s time to talk to greenwood-IT. To learn more, please use the contact details opposite or visit their website at: www.greenwood-it.co.uk e last couple of years have been a trying time for personal nances with rising energy bills being a major worry for many households. 2024 promises more ups and downs ahead – so what can you do to make sure you’re not paying more than you need to? at’s where I can help. As Fair Bills, I can help you make sure you’re paying the best possible price for your gas, electricity, broadband and mobile phones. I can even assist with boiler and homecare cover, and household insurance. I’m partnered with UW (Utility Warehouse), the UK’s only genuine multi-service provider, and winner of the Uswitch Best Value For Money award 2023. UW o er the UK’s cheapest energy, and should you take two or more services you can save an additional £50. So how does it work? I visit your home at your convenience and go through your current bills with you to show you what you could be saving. ere’s no pressure, and you’ll be able to see for yourself exactly how you can bene t. My aim is to be friendly, helpful, and to save you money. What’s more, if you choose to switch, I’ll be on hand every step of the way to help with any technical issues, such as swapping routers, SIM cards, showing you how to supply meter readings. You’ve nothing to lose, and there’s a good chance you’ve something to gain. To discover more about how I can help you, call me on 07823 554362 or visit www. uw.partners/claire.curl HELP WITH YOUR BILLS by Claire Hewett-Curl, Fair Bills Claire Hewett-Curl John Greenwood, greenwood-IT

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Page 18 • The HERALD • 25th January 2024 v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v New Forest Scaffolding All aspects of scaffolding undertaken • Extensions • Chimneys • Re-Roofing • New Builds etc For a friendly, local, reliable service and a free quotation Telephone: 07734 476855 www.newforestscaffolding.co.uk Full Liability Insurance Lychette Cottage, Roughdown, Blackfield SO45 1XG Professional installers of Fascias, Guttering, Cladding, PVCu Windows & Doors Composite Doors • 10 year labour and product guarantees Repairs, cleaning and advice also available Tel: 023 8086 9715 or 07888 705455 enquiries@aztecfascias.com NEW FOREST PLUMBING AND MAINTENANCE 24/7 LTD *YOUR LOCAL 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CALL OUT PLUMBER* We provide a wide range of plumbing services, with an established reputation for quality, service and customer satisfaction. www.newforestplumbing247.com Contact us on 07912 092557 or 023 8194 0237 newforestplumbing@yahoo.com HANDY HANDS HANDYMAN SERVICES Your Local Handyman For ALL Your Small Jobs • Gutter Clearance & Clearing • PVCu Fascias, Gutters, Soffits & Conservatory Cleaning • Pressure Cleaning of Paths & Patios • Window Cleaning • Interior & Exterior Painting • Grass Cutting, Strimming • Hedge Trimming • Shed Re-treated/ Roofs Re-felted • Flat Pack Assembly Fully Insured Free Estimates Work Guaranteed References on Request T: 023 8084 0096 M: 07840 860202 Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Deborah Tann, Chief Executive of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, has received an MBE in the King’s New Year Honours List. e award, which is for services to wildlife and the natural environment, recognises Debbie’s remarkable achievements during a 30-year career which has been dedicated to nature conservation. Debbie’s accolade is also a re ection on the successes she has enjoyed during her 25 years at the Trust, having overseen signi cant growth and impact in her 15 years as Chief Executive. services to support the local economy and people, and is an increasingly in uential voice for wildlife, not only impacting policy but also working with a wide range of partners to restore the natural world. Sir Charles Burrell of the Knepp Estate, England’s most famous rewilding project, said: “Debbie Tann has been working tirelessly for nature for many years, and being recognised in this way goes some way to thanking her for all of her energy and vision in what can be a very challenging environment. Under her leadership, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust was one of the first to embrace rewilding as part of their ambitious and exciting strategy, Wilder 2030, and I was very pleased to support their launch event back in 2019.” Craig Bennett, Chief Executive of e Wildlife Trusts, said: “On behalf of everyone across The Wildlife Trusts, I’d like to offer my warm congratulations to Debbie Tann on being awarded an MBE, which is very well deserved. Debbie is a leading light in UK nature recovery who constantly shows innovation, drive, and dedication for positive change. She is at the forefront of expanding and improving wilder areas in densely populated areas, and many of her ideas have been taken up by other organisations and landowners across the country. Debbie’s leadership has been instrumental in Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust’s pioneering work to restore natural processes, which is crucial for helping nature adapt to climate change. She has an incredible vision for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – one in which farming supports nature recovery, wildlife tourism benefits communities, and people enjoy easy access to green space where they live and work.” Alongside her day job, Debbie has served on a number of Committees, Boards and advisory groups over the past 25 years. In 2010/11, Debbie was seconded into DEFRA for 11 months to help write the Natural Environment White Paper which put into Government policy the ground-breaking recommendations of the Lawton Report, ‘Making Space for Nature’. Subsequently, she served for two years as the LNP representative on the DEFRA Local Delivery Group. She was appointed to the South East Committee for the Heritage Lottery Fund where she was the key expert advising on grants for natural heritage over a six-year period, and she was a founding member of the Wessex Rivers Trust. Until recently, Debbie was a Trustee of the Freshwater Habitats Trust, and a Director of South During her tenure, Debbie has overseen substantial growth, and the Trust is now one of the largest Wildlife Trusts in the UK with a turnover of £10million, 150 sta and more than 28,000 members. e Trust now manages 5,000 hectares of land across the two counties which provides not only incredible wildlife habitat but vital ecosystem David Jordan OBE, Chairman of the Trust, said: “I’m delighted that Debbie has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her outstanding work to promote the conservation and restoration of wildlife in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. At a time when nature faces greater threats than any other time in history, Debbie’s leadership and achievements are a beacon of hope and an inspiration which is delivering real and lasting change.” Debbie said: “I am beyond grateful for this wonderful award which reflects just what a brilliant team of staff, trustees, volunteers, members and supporters I have at the Trust. My lifelong passion for nature drives my determination to do all I can to protect wildlife and restore it to health. Sadly, the UK has become one of the most nature depleted countries in the world and our biodiversity is in serious trouble, but through the incredible work of my dedicated and passionate team we are helping wildlife to bounce back across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.” Having graduated with a rst-class BSc degree in Environmental Science and then receiving a distinction for her Conservation Masters degree from University College London, Debbie began her career as an ecologist specialising in freshwater habitats, ponds and rivers. She worked in a variety of roles within the Wildlife Trusts, including Biodiversity O cer, Head of Conservation and Deputy CEO, before being appointed Chief Executive at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) in 2008. Continued on page 19