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St George’s Day Concert

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Sunday 23rd April 2017 6.30pm – 8.30pm

St Peter’s and St Mary’s Church, Fishbourne PO19 3XT (off the A259)

Tickets: Adults £11.00 (children free) – includes interval light refreshments

An evening of quality entertainment featuring some of England’s finest musical gems, for the whole family. This promises to be a super evening … not to be missed!

Book tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk  or sign up in Church

Contact: Caroline Sheppard 07787943027

In aid of Church funds

 

Using Eventbrite:

Eventbrite is a large organisation with a website that allows event organisers to plan, promote and sell tickets for events. I have some experience with using this within the NHS to book study days and found it very effective and efficient. I would like to start to introduce this way of booking for some of our Church social events.

Go to www.eventbrite.co.uk,, click search, click category (music) or date (23/4/17), scroll down to the St George’s Day Concert link, click tickets, select ticket type, check out, complete the ticket buyer information, if you don’t not want to pay online choose “other payment options” (cheque or pay on the door) . You will receive your ticket by email. I am happy to help those who are not able to use a computer and there will be a form at the back of Church if you would like me to register you for a ticket.

Please feedback your experience of the booking process to me.

Caroline Sheppard (07787943027)

Cat and Rabbit Rescue

Mazarin & Semla

Mazarin & Semla

 

This April, we would like to introduce out Pet of the Month as two special Easter Bunnies.  Mazarin and her sister Semla are a year old. They arrived here at the Centre in October 2016 after suffering from neglect and not being fed correctly.  When they arrived they were both very underweight and in poor condition. Since being here they have had lots of love and correct feeding by the staff they are looking much better and ready to find their forever home. At the moment due to the lack of handling we are a little scared and not sure of being picked up but will soon enjoy being handled. . If you think you can offer Mazarin and Semla the new home she so desperately deserves, please do not hesitate to contact us here at the Centre.

 

THE CAT & RABBIT RESCUE CENTRE

Holborow Lodge, Chalder Lane, Sidlesham, W. Sussex PO20 7RJ

Tel: 01243 641409  Reg. Charity no. 1010000

Email: info@crrc.co.uk     www.crrc.co.uk

 

Also find us on facebook www.facebook.com/catandrabbitrescuecentre

 

PS: We have a Viewing Day Saturday 22th April 12-2pm. Viewing days are non-appointment days so people thinking of adopting a cat can pop along.  Otherwise we rehome 7 days a week by appointment only.

Bosham Chidham and District Horticultural Society

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Our March meeting always feels like the first one of the Spring season and there were plenty of beautiful spring flowers in the competition.  It was great to see so many members at the meeting and it certainly gave me a chance to catch up with them, as I had missed our first meeting of 2017 in February.  I think there is always such a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and if you have never been, why not come along to our April Meeting and see for yourself!

Stephanie welcomed the members to the meeting.  She reminded the members that Tuppeny Barn is holding a Family Spring Flower Show on 1st April 2017 at 2pm.  If this magazine gets delivered promptly to you then you have no excuse for not attending!   As well as the floral displays in the competitions, Chichester Community Wildlife Officer, Sarah Hughes (who came to Horti in February!) will be providing activities for children.   Of course no village event would be complete without tea and homemade refreshments,  tombola, raffle and cake stall!  Brian gave us his topical tips – when it is not too boggy sow your broad beans and plant out your shallots.  Lay your potatoes in trays ready for planting out in April – hope you have tidied up your strawberries and fed with blood fish and bone and pruned your raspberries!  A handy tip from Brian is to lay a plank on the vegetable bed where you are working to prevent the soil compacting!

Our speakers, Ian Milton and Mike Bushell of the Chichester Canal Trust, gave us a very informative talk with slides on the history of the Trust and the canal itself.   All the planning and engineering of the canal took so long that by the time it was completed it was hardly needed  as the railway had reached Portsmouth (now does that sound familiar!).  However on the bright side the canal today draws in more tourists than any other attraction in Chichester!   The trips sound like fun.

Dont forget that our Plant Sale is on the 13th May so when you are sorting out your plants in your garden, we would love if it if you could pot up any surplus to requirement and give them to the sale.

Our next Meeting is on the 13th April in the Village Hall at the usual time of 7 for 7.30 when Derrick Donnison-Morgan will be speaking to us about Madeira – Island of Flowers.   Look forward to seeing you then!

 

Rozie Bradley  Secretary.

John Fox’s Guide to Solving Cryptic Crosswords

A number of people have been kind enough to say that they enjoyed doing the cryptic crosswords that I produce for The Village Magazine. However many of them go on to say that they can usually only solve a few of the clues! So I thought it might help if I put down a few notes and suggestions that may help readers solve more (or even all!) of the clues. There are few things more satisfying (to me, at least!) than inserting the final word and seeing the grid complete.

The first thing that must be said is that staring at a clue for a long time wondering what it means is not often the most productive way of solving it. In fact I would recommend that when starting a crossword you should look at each clue for no more than 20 seconds, and if you have no inspiration you should go on to the next clue, and the next, and so on until you come to a clue which lights up that little lightbulb, and you are able to fill in the word. Then once you have a word (or two) filled in you can start to work around those and use crossing letters to help you. It’s surprising how the grid will start to fill if you have a B or P or Q from a crossing word!

But I am getting ahead of myself. Cryptic crossword clues conform to certain rules and patterns, and spotting the nature of the clue will give you the key to solving it. Unlike general knowledge crosswords, with a cryptic crossword it should be possible to definitely derive the solution from the clue, with no ambiguity. Most cryptic clues comprise two distinct parts, the DEFINITION and the CRYPTIC part (sometimes called the WORDPLAY). In the wordplay you will usually find an INDICATOR which will suggest to the solver what kind of clue it is. To make this clearer let’s look at some examples:

 

  1. ANAGRAM

I usually look for the anagrams when I start to solve a crossword – they are comparatively easy to spot and you can be pretty sure you have got the right answer when you unscramble the letters. Take these clues from a recent crossword:

 Liveliness arising from stewed tripes (6). Look at the words in the clue: there is one word of 6 letters –  tripes – and this suggests that the solution could be an anagram of this word. The word stewed in this case is an indicator. There are many indicators for an anagram, all suggesting some kind of turmoil or change. Other examples might be abnormal, agitated, bizarre, change, defective, flawed, oddly, somehow – and in this case stewed. The definition in this clue is the word liveliness. So we are looking for a word which suggests or is a synonym of this word. Re-arrange the letters of tripes and you get esprit, which is the answer.

 Engineer maybe gets lots of memory! (9). In this case the word engineer is the anagram indicator and the wordplay is on the words maybe gets. Re-arranging these two words give you the definition: megabytes – lots of memory!

 

  1. HIDDEN WORD

In this type of clue the solution is hidden within the wordplay. Once again there are many indicators such as comprising, concealed, embracing, incorporating, surrounding etc.

Stuttgart is another home for craftsman (7).  In this example the indicator is home and the solution – artisan – is hidden within “Stuttgart is another”. The definition therefore is ‘craftsman’

A variation on the hidden word is when the wordplay must be read backwards e.g:

‘Schedules in notes a Tory held back’.(5)  ‘Held’ suggests a hidden word, and ‘back’ suggests reversal of the words. The solution is ‘rotas’ – another word for schedules.

This is known as a reversal clue. Other indicator words might be ‘heading west’ in an across clue or travelling north’ in a down clue

 

  1. CHARADE

Just as in the parlour game the solution in a charade clue is made up of two or more words: ”sung” and “lasses” make “sunglasses” and “carp” and “enter” make “carpenter” etc. So:

‘Flog ancient doorway’ (9): The definition is ‘doorway’ and the solution comprises synonyms for ‘Flog’ and ‘ancient’ – i.e. ‘thresh’ and ‘old’ – ‘threshold’

Or one of my favourites: ‘waves round cereal bowls’ ((10).  The solution is ‘brandishes’

You may have noticed that there is no indicator in this sort of clue

4          SOUND-ALIKE

 

In this type of clue the answer sounds like another word, which is indicated in the clue by a sound-alike indicator, such as ‘we hear’, ‘on the radio’, ‘reported’, ‘it’s said’ etc. So:

‘Agree to a perfume, reportedly’ (6).  In this clue the definition is ‘agree’ and the indicator is ‘reportedly’. The solution is ‘assent’ i.e agree.

‘Cold country, we hear’ (5). The answer, of course, is ‘chilly’.

Or: ‘Required to be worked like dough, say? (6)’. ­ You’re probably ahead of me by now: ‘needed’

 

 

  1. DELETIONS

In this sort of clue something has been taken away. The indicator word may suggest that the word has been shortened in length. Words such as ‘shortly’, ‘endless’ (suggesting that the last letter has gone), ‘empty’ (suggesting that the middle letters have gone leaving only the first and last), or the clue will say which bit to delete. So:

‘Cut vegetable, not level’ (4). This one is a bit tricky, as the word ‘cut’ is an indicator for deletion. However in this case the indicator is ‘not’ level. So it’s a vegetable with part of the name meaning ‘level’ deleted, and the definition is ‘cut’. The vegetable is ‘parsnip’, and deleting ‘par’ (i.e. level’) gives you the answer: ‘snip’.

Or: ‘Most ancient, most adventurous, losing head! (6)’. Here the indicator ‘losing head’ suggests that a word for ‘most adventurous’ needs to lost its first letter. So: Boldest’ losing ‘B’ becomes ‘oldest’ which is the solution.

  1. CRYPTIC DEFINITION CLUES (PUNS)

These clues usually end with a question mark. They are the exception to the convention that there should be a definition and an indicator, and are a play on words. So:

‘Ace footballer getting married? (3,2,3,5)’ gives you: ‘man of the match’

Or: ‘A stiff examination (4,6)?’  is a ‘post mortem’

  1. REVERSAL CLUES

These are clues where a word or phrase read backwards reveals another word, e.g ‘dray’ and ‘yard’, ‘trap’ and ‘part’, ‘Tessa’ and ‘asset’. The indicator could be ‘going back’, ‘heading west’ or ‘turned over’ or, in a Down clue, ‘travelling north’ or ‘on the way up’. Sometimes the word will be hidden in a phrase read backwards, such as:

‘Find flavour, all in a vegetable served up’(7). The reversal indicator is ‘served up’ so reading this backwards starting with the ‘v’ of ‘vegetable’ we get the answer: ‘vanilla’,

Or: ‘Post a letter, having defamed? On the contrary’(7). This is a little more tricky, as the word to reverse is not ‘defamed’ but a word which means the same. The word is ‘reviled’ which reversed gives the solution: ‘deliver’.

  1. DOUBLE DEFINITION CLUES

These clues are another exception to the Definition and Indicator, and they simply have two definitions, both suggesting the same thing. These clues tend to be short, e.g

‘Bribe stopper’ (4). The answer is ‘bung’ which is a word for both.

Or: ‘Criticises kitchen implements’ (4). The answer, of course is ‘pans’

 

This list of clue types is not exhaustive; you will find clues which are hybrids of two types of clue and some which defy classification. In all types of clue abbreviations are used often, e.g. B for black, C for cold, E for drug (ecstasy) or east, H  for hospital, L for left or lake, M for motorway, P for parking or page, R for river, T for time, W for west  etc.

The compiler will often try to throw you off the scent (after all, that’s his job in a cryptic crossword) so you may see a word such as number, which may mean 1, 2, 3 etc but may mean more numb, or anaesthetic (because they make you numb!). Or flower which may mean a buttercup, perhaps, or it may mean a river (because rivers flow).

If you are a beginner at cryptic crosswords I hope these notes will help you to solve clues. I hope they don’t put you off altogether! You will get more proficient at solving cryptic crosswords the more you attempt them. You will also hopefully be able to look back on a clue from the answer published subsequently and see why the clue led to that answer.

 

Happy Clueing!

John Fox

The Hedgerow Apothecary Warts and All

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I have come across more folk cures for warts in medieval England than for any other ailment. I guess that our ancestors must have been a very ‘warty’ lot!

A child who had developed one of these growths on his hands was said to have handled a toad, with the toad passing one of its bumps to the unsuspecting youngster. Alternatively, he was said to have washed his hands in water that had been used to boil eggs.

Cures: Wart charmers would travel from village to village ‘buying’ warts from unsuspecting sufferers by making the sign of the cross over them, touching them or murmuring a charm over them.

Many cures involved ‘transferring’ the wart onto something else:

‘Rub the wart with raw meat and bury it at a crossroads at midnight’

‘Tie as many knots as there are warts in a piece of string and throw it away’

‘Stealing dry peas or beans and wrapping them up, one for each wart, he carries the parcel to a place where four roads meet and tosses it over his head, not looking behind to see where it falls. He  will lose the warts and whoever picks it up will find them’

You could give warts to the dead by one of three methods: rubbing the afflicted area while watching a funeral procession go past, throwing a stone after the hearse, or applying to the wart mud gathered from the boots of the mourners. Each of the three acts had to be accompanied by a special chant, rhyme, or curse, such as “May these warts and the corpse pass away and never more return” or “Wart, wart, follow the corpse.”

Apparently these cures never fail but secrecy is vital and no one must see or hear what you are doing!

Those lacking a corpse could attempt to pass their warts to the unwholesome by sneakily rubbing their bumps against known adulterers who had fathered children out of wedlock.

Slugs and snails had a pretty hard time in the fight against warts as they would be rubbed onto the wart and then impaled on a Hawthorn or blackthorn tree to shrivel and die along with the wart.

Farming Report – Spring 2017

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February “fill dyke”is certainly living up to its name and our much needed winter rain is replenishing reservoirs and raising the water table to carry us through next summer. Crops are still looking well and, apart from a small amount of pigeon grazing on the oilseed rape and our usual problem with brent geese, there is not too much to worry about at the moment.

We have been lucky in this area with good autumn establishment of crops, but in East Anglia 175,000 acres of rape was wiped out with drought and attack from cabbage stem flea beetle. In parts of Essex and Kent up to 80% of Wheat was resown due to poor germination.

They say what goes round comes round, and that is true, with the latest trend of growing a fast growing crop of mustard or turnips after harvest to be ploughed in before the next crop to provide “green” manure. This was common practice at one time but the swing to autumn planting due to unpredictable springs meant there just wasn’t enough time to establish a crop. Interestingly there is a change back to more spring planting for different reasons. Firstly in some areas grass weeds are becoming resistant to chemical control in the autumn and secondly it is a question of economics.Spring sown corn is cheaper to grow, although it doesn’t yield so well you don’t have to buy your seed, fertiliser and sprays so early and it spreads the autumn work load.Wheat is an expensive crop to grow and in 2015 about 90% of farmers lost money when there was a big global harvest and the price of wheat fell. In that year the average cost of production was £143 per tonne and the average sale was £114 per tonne.

We have a dilemma, our oldest tractor needs to be changed as it has a lot of hours on the clock, its tyres are worn out and generally its technology is getting outdated. We have tried a new model of the same horsepower but, with the modern build and all the latest gadgets, it weighs about one and a half tonnes more . The new low emission engine just does not have the same grunt and pulls the plough about 20% slower. If we go for the next model in the range we go up another one and half tonnes in weight which will cause even more damage to the land and it also costs £20,000 more!

Yesterday MP`s voted to trigger the article 50 exit clause, I am still concerned how this is going to pan out. 72% of all agricultural exports go to Europe, including £290 million worth of lamb and 78% of all Wheat and Barley exports. If they chose to impose an import tax would we still be competitive and if we had to look further for new markets would their economies be able to afford our prices. The food and farming sector is worth £108 billion, that is more than motor cars and aerospace combined.

The dutch are very productive and farm to a very high standard but they have so many cows that the waste they produce is becoming a problem. In order to save their muck spreading derogation from the EU they are planning to cull 175,000 cows. It is a crazy world when we are so obsessed with CO2 emissions, when I studied biology at school many years ago we were told that CO2 was vital for plant food.

A farmer was recently fined £30,000  when a rambler was killed by one of his cows. They can be as dangerous as a bull if they have recently calved and are protecting their offspring or, if someone has a dog on a lead, they may well go for the dog. A farm can be a dangerous place and I lost a good friend a few years ago when he was attacked by his own bull.

A national disaster has arisen! Due to such unseasonal weather in Spain there is a shortage of courgettes and iceberg lettuce. Jeremy Vine spent much of his show this week hearing from listeners who were wondering how they would be able to manage and saying they had been complaining to the supermarkets. What is wrong with these people have they never tried seasonal vegetables ?

We have always had a problem with our electrical supply, we must be one of the few farms in the area that is still single phase, I guess it`s because we are the end of a line and have never had our own grain dryer. When the electrician came to wire up our new shed there just wasn`t enough power so now we are looking at the possibility of upgrading to three phase. At the moment SSE are carrying out a survey to see where they can pick up the supply and how much it is going to cost, I am dreading to think how much that will be.

At this time of year we are busy servicing and repairing our kit ready for the spring work, the sprayer has had its MOT and the fertiliser spreader has been checked and calibrated. In about a month, as soon as the ground has dried sufficiently, we will be back on the land applying fertiliser to encourage new growth and soon after that we will consider sowing the spring crops.

I belong to a small group of farming friends who meet socially once a month. We have been doing this for 35yrs, it started as a study group and we would have talks and visits home and abroad to improve our farming knowledge, but now it`s more of a get together and boys night out. At our last meeting somebody produced a photograph taken on one of our visits in 1985, most of us had full heads of hair and flat stomachs and we looked liked our children do now. Happy days !

Richard Strange.

Changes in the air

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Already our winter migrants are leaving. Geese and ducks are heading north to their summer breeding grounds including our own pintail and wigeon ducks and brent geese. However, their departure means that soon the first of our summer visitors will be touching down on our shores signalling that spring is on its way.

The first of these, are wheatears and can be found along our shingle beaches and in open farmland. The smart little male has a grey crown and back, black wings and an orange flush to its breast. Sporting a black patch through its eye and a white stripe above the eye, it flashes its white rump as it flies ahead.

The smallest of our swallows and martins, the sand martin, is close behind and like the wheatear has spent the winter in Africa. Its upperparts are a uniform brown and underparts white, with a distinct brown band across the chest. They zoom through the skies, fast and agile on pointed wings, catching insects over open fields and water.

As the honks, quacks and whistles of our leaving wildfowl fades, a new sound emerges with the arrival of the first warblers. The male blackcap as its name suggests sports a ‘black cap’, while the female is similarly distinguished by her ‘brown cap’. It has a typical hard unmusical call, but its song is a beautiful rich, fluting affair which few other birds can rival.

Willow warblers and chiffchaffs epitomise the unfortunate nickname of ‘little brown jobs’ that this group often get tagged with and are almost impossible to distinguish apart. The key to identifying them is their voices. The chiffchaff repeats its name ‘chiff, chaff’ over and over as regular as a metronome while the willow warbler’s song is a wonderfully evocative downward spiral and one my favourite sounds of spring.

We are busy preparing for another summer visitor, the little tern, for which Pagham Harbour is particularly important and internationally recognised. This delightful little seabird will start arriving in April. Staff and Volunteers are working hard to remove vegetation from Tern Island to encourage them to nest here and away from the shingle spit where they are vulnerable to disturbance. If you would like to help out on one of these work days and get a different view of the harbour, contact us on 01423 641508 or email pagham.harbour@rspb.org.uk

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Make Chidham Lane safer, not busier and more dangerous!

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The daily lives of most residents, school users and other visitors are affected by the dangerous traffic situation in Chidham Lane and many have grave concerns about safety if the school expands by 50%.

 

Vehicles regularly mount the pavement where the lane isn’t wide enough.  Parents, children and the disabled often have to walk in the road when cars are parked on the pavements.  At times the lane is so congested it becomes impassable to large vehicles such as fire engines.  Vehicles frequently reverse north and south in the lane in order to pass each other and this happens at the busiest times when tiny tots are crossing the road.  Parents get stressed by insufficient safe, legal parking spaces and residents sometimes get blocked in.  A child has been injured outside the school and in December a much-loved cat was knocked down at school pick-up time resulting in his death.

 

Many residents were not made aware of the proposal to expand Chidham School due to what they believe to be a flawed consultation procedure and this has caused a great deal of upset.   The Deputy Leader of West Sussex County Council has confirmed that consultation was delegated to the School Governing Body and the school was given the opportunity to publicise the consultation to local residents.   An electronic copy of the consultation document was sent to all parents, teachers and Governors etc., and the School shared a link to the consultation document via the school Twitter account.   8 days after the consultation began, WSCC provided a “Dear Resident” letter which the School displayed on their notice board.  The Parish Council meeting came and went, again with very few knowing of this proposal hence the low attendance of just 4 members of the public.  When it became clear to us that many residents simply wouldn’t know, we joined forces with another resident to hand deliver basic information to those living close to the school.  Unfortunately by then it was too late for anyone to attend the consultation meeting and those without internet access would remain unable to read the consultation document.  However, we understand this resulted in a good many residents being able to express their views before the Governors made their decision to proceed.

 

This proposal should now become a formal planning application and we would urge everyone to watch out for it if you want to have your say.  WSCC have suggested that this might be in April.

 

Message to WSCC and The Board of Governors at Chidham School:  many of us don’t have or can’t use the internet, don’t use Twitter, are not parents of children at the school and don’t regularly walk down the dangerous lane to read notice boards.  Please bear this in mind in future.  The sign often placed on the grass at the top of the lane advertising the school fair etc. is great for raising awareness, as is the much-read Village Magazine.  Some residents would also be happy to help with leaflet dropping to share important information, so there are plenty of methods available which are appropriate to our diverse community.

 

Whether the School expands to provide another 70 places or not, we ALL need a safer Chidham Lane NOW.  Increasing the traffic can only make it more dangerous and more stressful for parents and residents alike.  For safety’s sake, please leave the car at home or use the park-and-stride facilities if you possibly can.

Memories of our trip to India; Girlguiding, Senior Section from Bourne District and friends

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In August last year, 12 members of Girlguiding set of for a personally emotional roller coaster of a trip, for 3 weeks, to India. Nothing had prepared us for the smells, the liveliness and the vibrancy of a country that none of us had visited before, and would be glad to return to. India is where we made new friends who will be with us forever, cemented existing friendships and fulfilled challenges that we had set for ourselves.

This trip was to celebrate the 100th birthday for the Senior Section, within the Girl Guides, that caters for members from the age of 14 until 26. It also coinciding with the 50th birthday of Sangam, India which is one of the Girl guiding’s world centres situated throughout the world.

For the first week we had the luxury of travelling around the north of India, as one member of the trip stated at the beginning of the trip, it was like getting out of the airport and the drying heat hit you, and “It felt like being on Mars”, however through air-conditioning in hotels and on coaches we survived this very different type of heat.

We were able to visit iconic monuments to love (The Taj Mahal) and forts that were built for defence and battle, as well as taking a trip on the “Little Train” and having lunch on the top of a mountain. India, we fast worked out, was a country of contradictions, of very rich and very poor, of cleanliness and grime, of culture and survival, but unlike other countries this was just accepted as how it was. We also visited the viceroy’s lodge up in Shimla and temples to Hanuman where the effigy that had been built was over 100ft tall, bright orange, and looked over the city to protect it from bad luck and ill omens. The sacred monkeys around the temple had proved their adaptability which even included using the children’s play park for their own amusement, rather than letting children play.

“We eventually adjusted to the swerving roads and the Indian drivers famously ‘relaxed’ way of driving, and were able to appreciate the stunning views” We also experienced Tok Tok driving at its best, which at one point almost ended up with a cow in the cab of the rickshaw with us.

Each member of the trip seemed to push themselves and challenged themselves throughout the trip. When we got to Sangam, we all took part in leadership programmes and a community action project. I working in a school for Immigrant workers children that was based on a construction site, this was through a charity called Door step School. This programme touched the lives of over 35,000 children and their families. We made teaching tools for the children that we worked with and were accepted with open arms. Other members of our group worked with other charities that had a link to Sangam.

The people that we met could not have been kinder, more accommodating, and seemed to bend over backwards to help us. At times we did start to wonder if we were the attraction rather than the things that we and the other people had gone to see… It felt like we had minor celebrity status and as it was thought to be good luck for a picture to be taken with a blonde person, I would say that we all came out with very different experiences of our trip in India.

I would like to say thank you to all the people who came along to our fundraising events and helping us to go on this once in a life time trip, also those who popped letters through my door and gave us support in many different ways. THANK YOU!!!!

I would also like to invite you to come and hear more about this amazing trip.

 “India Evening” will be on the 24th March 7pm-9pm at St. Wilfred’s Church, Broad Road.

 There will be some badges for sale at £1, activities and a talk about our trip.

So come along and enjoy a Girl Guiding Evening of Fun.

(contributions will be welcomely received towards the equipment and hall hire for the evening.)

3-2-1 and they’re off!

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Horse racing was enjoyed by forty-five members and friends of Age Concern, Southbourne when Men’s Shed arranged and ran a fundraising evening on 3rd February. Although it was very windy outside the atmosphere inside the Age Concern hall was warm and friendly with everyone keen to make their fortune on the geegees. Racing, using the new horserace game made by Men’s Shed and out for the first time, was exciting and there were cheers for the leading horses and even louder cheers for those last off the blocks.

The game consists of 6 horses, each a different colour and number and a racetrack with segments marked out on a long cloth, complete with (pretend) water jumps.  Using two dice, one with colours on each face to match the horse and another normal dice to decide how far the chosen horse could move on each turn, the audience were invited to throw for the next move. Before each race the bets were collected by two of the team with most present placing a small bet on a horse of their choice.

Dressed in bright colours and complete with a ‘jockeys cap’, Geoff Collett, Chairman of Southbourne Men’s Shed commentated on the race and announced each move of the horses to the delight and amusement of everyone especially when he gave a special mention of those unlucky enough to fall at the water jumps.

With three of the six races completed a fish & chip super, supplied by the chippy in Bosham was served and thoroughly enjoyed during the interval.

Racing soon resumed and for the final race each horse was auctioned with some very good bids received. The winning bidders were able to move their horses along the course to the cheers of the crowd with the Blue horse winning half of all monies taken in the auction for its’ lucky owner. The evening was considered a great success and Men’s Shed were pleased to present the takings to John Southgate, Acting Chairman of Age Concern Southbourne. It is hoped that another race night will be arranged for the autumn.

Note; The race game is available for use for fundraising events, weddings and family gatherings etc. with or without our small team of operators. For details call in at Men’s Shed, New Road, Southbourne. PO10 8JX weekday mornings, find us on the web at www.southbournemensshed.btck.co.uk or ring 07539 103015.

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