What we could NOT fit into July Magazine

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We are delighted to launch a new service for those suffering from mild to moderate depression or anxiety.  A weekly self-help group called “Sunshine and Showers” now meets on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday afternoons at the cottage hospital.

This service is provided by Hart Voluntary Action Group who have successfully run similar groups elsewhere in the local area and helped a number of people face their daily lives with greater confidence and purpose.   Thereby individuals achieve a more positive outlook and, in turn, a sense of enjoyment.

The session is funded by OCH Charitable Trust enabling it to be provided free of charge to those attending.  Further details are available from Hart Voluntary Action Group on 01252 815652.  Why not give them a try; it could be the lift you are waiting for.

This year, our fifteenth Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd July at 7.30pm at the cottage hospital.  The local GP commissioning group has made it very clear that their strategic direction is for care in the community and we aim to support this work by offering an increasing range of services closer to the people of West Hart.  To this end we need to update our charitable objects as part of our Memorandum of Association and will be asking members to approve this change at our AGM.

We are delighted that Age Concern Hampshire have agreed to attend a give a brief presentation on all the work they do and their services available to support older people in our area.

All are welcome to attend and we look forward to welcoming you (with a glass of wine!) and giving an update on all that is happening at the hospital.
Ginny East, Secretary to the Trustees.  
Email: och1@btinternet.com, Tel 01256 393600

Linguatastic, School of Languages Update

This term has been a particularly busy one.  In May, over 40 of Linguatastic’s primary school aged children participated in the Mayor’s “Basingstoke in the Mix”, multicultural show for charity at The Anvil. The children sang in three languages (French, German and Spanish) and performed a medley of “Where have all the flowers gone?” and “99 Red Balloons”. They did us and their parents very proud.

In June, we participated in the Old Basing Carnival.  This year’s theme was “musicals” and of course, being who we are, we always like to have an international twist to our presentation and so we kitted ourselves out as “Around the World in 80 Days” and had great fun doing it!

Also this month, we shall be participating in World Party at Eastrop Park on Saturday 29th, 11am-5pm.  If it’s not too late at the time of reading, please do come and watch us in the parade starting at 11am and then on stage before midday.  The events is free and there will be a wide choice of multicultural food, art and craft to try out at various stalls.

Next term, we’ll be holding a social event celebrating European Day of Languages, running our usual children’s classes in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Mandarin and starting a new Spanish class for adults.
So do watch this space for further details…

The Linguatastic Team


It’s been said that if parents buy only one book for their children then it should be Dr Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who”. It’s a book about love, family, friendship, determination, keeping a promise, persevering and recognising the value in everyone, however small and apparently insignificant they may be – all the characteristics parents surely want for their children.

In July the young people of BAOS Limelight are taking Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz and a host of Dr Seuss’s other zany and colourful creations onto the stage as they present their first full-scale musical production, Seussical Jr. at the Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke.  

There will be two performances on SATURDAY 13th JULY at 2.30p.m. and 6.30p.m. and a further matinee performance on SUNDAY 14th JULY at 1p.m. 

Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have not taken the easy option of simply show-casing one well-known story after another but have set out to weave together Dr Seuss’s most famous characters and stories into a totally new, fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!  Fans of Dr Seuss and new readers alike will be enchanted by this tale following the changing fortunes of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing invisible ‘Whos’, including JoJo, a Who child who is always getting into trouble for “thinking too many thinks”. Horton befriends him and vows to protect the Who families – no matter how foolish others may think him - but whilst doing so he faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and even a trial. But as loyal Horton says “A person’s a person no matter how small!” Throughout the show, audiences are taken on a journey of the imagination from the Jungle of Nool – home of the super-naughty Wickersham Monkeys and a feisty, disbelieving Sour Kangaroo – to the Circus McGurkus, McElligot’s Pool and Palm Beach. Other characters include selfish, lazy Mayzie La Bird who takes advantage of Horton’s kind heart, and the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz who, throughout it all, loves him and never loses faith in him.

Included in the 21 strong cast of youngsters, all aged between 13 and 16, are Harrison Cohen, Louisa Mannion and Patrick Mannion from Old Basing, who are all looking forward to this new experience in their theatrical careers.
Alex Stores, one of the co-producers, explains: “BAOS Limelight is still growing and developing; it’s only been in existence for a year. The youngsters already have two very successful fundraising concerts to their credit but this is the first full-length production they have tackled. It’s a big challenge but it’s one they are relishing. I just know the performances are going to be amazing.”

Tickets priced at £10 for adults and £7.50 for children, are available from www.baoslimelight.ticketsource.co.uk  Family tickets cost £30 and there is a discount of £1 per ticket for groups of ten and over.
For more information, please follow us on www.facebook.com/seussical.jr.baos.limelight or @BAOSLimelight on Twitter. For group bookings please contact baoslimelight@yahoo.co.uk

Neighbourhood Watch & Police Newsletter 7th June 2013.

Visit to Netley Control Room.
Last week, with our chairman Tony Tuck, I visited the Constabulary FEC control room at Netley. This is one of two centres dealing with all the 999/101 calls for the county. Here is a brief summary of the main points that I noted. They receive around 2000 calls per day, so we can understand why 101 calls may sometimes wait longer than planned before answer. 

Calls may switch between centres at peak times. BT transfers (aka – SILENCE) may lead to a caller believing they have been cut off. 

They have to man for best efforts, but the calls are unpredictable, so they will always have peaks & troughs.  Personal details are essential for unique identification, but they accept NW calls on behalf of vulnerable, elderly or worried residents. 

Their abandoned call rate is close to 0.5% - an average of 10 calls per day. 

There is a specific focus on ASB calls looking at nature, recurrence, individuals involved etc.

They get loads of malicious/nuisance calls that should never ever get to the police.

Only around 10% of all calls received are actually crime related.

Feedback opportunities are available via "Your Voice Counts" on the constabulary website.  Please do use this facility. 

I hope they took on board the views about the "Chief Constable's Message". It may give the police extra time to respond to a call, but most callers would probably prefer it as an option at the end of the call, rather than at the start.

Nominated Neighbour Scheme.
Hart & Rushmoor SNT officers are starting to rollout this scheme, which is supported by Neighbourhood Watch, with the aim of helping to protect elderly & vulnerable in instances of unknown doorstep callers. Further details are on the BDNW website. We hope it will come to our area fairly soon.  

Potential New Scam to watch out for.
Please be extra careful if any doorstep callers ask to use your computer to contact a motoring organisation because their car has broken down, and if it is an R reg blue VW Polo, then do try to get the full reg details and call it in on 101.  

Credit/Debit Card security.
Unfortunately we are still seeing crimes related to card issues. Please be extra careful when entering pin numbers on any terminal in any establishment. It is all too easy for criminals to watch your actions and then come up with some excuse to distract you later, perhaps in a car park or elsewhere whilst an accomplice steals your card. Often this may be the only item stolen, so you may not notice it missing, till quite some time later. Meanwhile the criminals have plenty of time to use the card without your knowledge. See new website article.  

Illegal/Unlicensed Raves.
Last week I added information received from Hampshire Constabulary onto the BDNW website, with things to look out for and how to call in potentially useful information. This is part of Operation Enigma.  

Suspicious Vehicles or persons.
Should you spot any suspicious vehicles/occupants in your area, ESPECIALLY WHITE VANS, then do please note the registration number for when you call 101, as this makes things so much easier if the police need to trace vehicles as part of any investigation. Similarly for persons seen acting suspiciously, try to get a good description. Our neighbours in Wiltshire police have a current issue with heating oil thefts and are asking for help with any unusual tanker vehicles you may spot, especially in our rural areas – we may be their next target.  

Warm Weather Advisory Warning.
Now that the weather may be getting better, and people will be out in gardens, local parks and beauty spots, a timely warning to be extra careful with your homes, vehicles and property. We have a new article on the BDNW website with some very useful information and would encourage everyone to take a look at the BDNW web site (as below) and put Warm in the top right search box. There is a very useful leaflet which you can reference by clicking on the attachment at the bottom of the article.

Tip. Make sure you set the web page to “Full Screen” otherwise the Search box will be obscured.  

Ongoing Crime Issues.  – The Old Favourites still happen.
There are several new witness appeals on our website this week, relating to recent crimes in our area. Please take a look.

Also new this week on our website is an article about supermarket car park scams. Please be careful.  

Opportunist theft from all types of motor vehicles is unfortunately still happening, especially in rural areas like beauty spots, rural restaurant car parks and any similar areas.

This is mainly being fuelled by valuable items being left visible and inviting crime. The police often undertake major crime prevention initiatives and you may get a letter from them, if their patrols reveal you are thought to be leaving your vehicle and valuable contents at risk. Also ongoing is thefts from vans in many areas of the Basingstoke patch. Where possible, please remove or hide all valuable items from your vehicle, especially when parked overnight. Do remember that thieves know where to look for your valuables and it just takes seconds for a thief to rob you of your most treasured items. NEVER leave keys in your vehicle when it is not being driven and always lock it when parked and don’t leave any items on view.  

Always remember that the issues from previous editions never go away. We are always aware of Rogue Traders offering their services Heating Oil thefts, Cold Callers, other Scams, and Frauds etc.

Also be aware of any “extra devices” designed to skim your details, when using your credit/debit card at cash machines, petrol pumps and other outside card facilities. If it looks strange or different, don’t use the card machine, but do report it ASAP.

Every piece of information really does help the overall fight against crime. Every call can also help in deciding policing strategy.

Basingstoke Festival programme launched

Residents and visitors to the borough are being encouraged to make room in their diaries as Basingstoke Festival’s packed 2013 programme is launched.

Returning for a second year, the unique festival - co-ordinated by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council - will run from Thursday 20 June to Sunday 14 July across 30 venues offering even more music, theatre, comedy, dancing, exhibitions, walks and family friendly events than ever before.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller joined the borough council’s Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Cathy Osselton to launch this year’s programme today in the Top of the Town (Friday 31 May).
Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Cathy Osselton said: “I am delighted to see Basingstoke Festival back for a second year. Building on the success of 2012, this year’s festival features a packed programme, including indoor and outdoor family friendly events and the hugely popular free music festival Basingstoke Live. The aim has been to create something different and something for all the family.”

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller said: “Culture and arts are very important and the festival shows how much it means to people in the borough. It’s good that the council continues to commit to it.”
Elvis Costello will get the 25-day festival off to a rocking start as he brings his The Revolver Tour to the Anvil on the opening Thursday (20 June), with The Tea Bar offering a more intimate acoustic live lounge into the late evening. Chas ‘n’ Dave are back by popular demand to play The Haymarket Theatre on Wednesday 26 June.

The programme includes stand-up comedy, live jazz, open mic nights and art exhibitions. The Alençon Lace Exhibition at the Willis Museum will showcase the point d’Alençon lace-making technique, which originated from Basingstoke’s French twin town, from  20 June to 29 June. Alternatively people can get hands on with wildlife at BioBlitz on Saturday 22 June or celebrate art, culture and cuisine from across the globe at World Party at Eastrop Park on Saturday 29 June.

Families are invited to bring picnics along to two outdoor performances as production company Proteus perform The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Walled Garden at Down Grange and join an extraordinary tea party at The Vyne as Heartbreak Productions are back with their adaptation of Alice.

Over 400 scarecrows will be on display across Overton from Tuesday 2 July to Sunday 14 July. This will culminate with the Overton Scarecrow Festival Family Fun Weekend, including a fancy dress wheelbarrow race, the Scarecrow Rocks music event and a fete.

Other highlights include a 200th Anniversary of Pride Prejudice walk with the Basingstoke Ramblers, pop up dance piece Dear Lido who will provide a humorous splash of colour as its poolside characters promenade from the town centre to Eastrop Park and Mark Thomas previewing his 100 Acts of Minor Dissent at Central Studio.

The popular, free Basingstoke Live music event returns for its seventh year to close the festival, with CJ Beatz and Bashy headlining on Saturday 13 July and The Selecter starring Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson headlining on Sunday 14 July.

Programmes will be available at information points throughout the borough or you can view the programme online at www.basingstokefestival.co.uk. Social media users can ‘like’ the festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/basingstokefestival or follow @BstokeFestival on Twitter for the latest updates.

Basingstoke Live 2013 full line-up announced

With over 120 acts performing across five stages, Basingstoke Live is back by popular demand!

The full line-up for the free two-day musical festival has been announced, with artistes performing at War Memorial Park on Saturday 13 July and Sunday 14 July to bring the curtain down on Basingstoke Festival 2013.

The musical extravaganza - organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, working with the Basingstoke Live Forum - will offer a fantastic mix of rock, indie, house, hip hop, drum and bass, reggae, funk and acoustic music, not to mention workshops and demonstrations.

The Main Stage will play host to a variety of acts, culminating with headliners Bashy and CJ Beatz (BBC 1xtra) on Saturday night and The Selecter starring Pauline Black & Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson on Sunday.

The Amped Stage is the place for your quality guitar driven bands and DJs, rappers, reggae and funk artistes will feature on the Sunrise Stage, while the Unplgd! Stage will offer a more chilled out atmosphere with acoustic based performances.

The Creative Stage and Arena will host a more diverse programme of DJs, dancers, up-and-coming bands and workshops, giving everyone the chance to get creative and get involved.

And there’s great news for Bluetooth users who will be able to download free exclusive content across the weekend thanks to the return of the Busk-IT performances around the site.

Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Cathy Osselton said: “Basingstoke Live is back for its seventh year and featuring another strong line-up of local, national and international performers. I would like to thank the promoters who make up the Basingstoke Forum for their hard work and continued dedication to this event and hope that many people come along to support the acts performing – most of whom are local – while also enjoying a fantastic weekend of entertainment for the whole family.  As with last year Basingstoke Live will end the three-week Basingstoke Festival in style.”

Amongst many others, Recycle and Sew will be in the Creative Arena across the weekend running fun workshops, and young local magician Jake McCormick will also be in the tent performing. Basingstoke-based band Treasures return to the festival on the Amped Stage,  five-piece Indie rock band Flashfires will close out the Creative Stage on Saturday night and country rock ‘n’ roll band Fish Hook will feature on the Unplgd! Stage.

Local 12-year-old musician and songwriter Lauren Thalia, described as a “little star” by Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent and who has supported Leona Lewis on her 2013 tour, returns to the festival for a second year running, as part of the band 4th Avenue on the Creative Stage and also as a solo artist on the Main Stage. DJ Carl Nicholson, who has played alongside Fatboy Slim and Chemical Brothers, and circus skills artist Juggling Jake,  are just some of the many other highlights.

As with last year, everyone will be searched when entering and there will be a ‘no glass’ policy at the event. There will also be a ‘challenge 21’ policy in place for anyone wishing to bring alcohol onto the site. Hot food, a bar and refreshments will be available to buy throughout the weekend.

To view the full line-up or for more information about Basingstoke Live see www.basingstokelive.co.uk.  Social media users can like Basingstoke Live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Basingstokelive or follow @basingstokelive on Twitter for the latest updates.

July at the Basingstoke Discover Centre

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A Diamond Evening at Probus Club

At the last speaker evening meeting of the current season, members of the Probus Club of Basingstoke had the pleasure of one of their members giving a talk on his experiences as a diamond  polisher. Chris Barton, ably assisted on the evening by his wife Jenny, who live in Robin Close, Kempshott, had worked for the Basingstoke company, L M Van Moppes who were then based in Lister Road.

Less than 20% of diamonds are suitable as a girl’s best friend, the majority being used for industrial applications. Originally an engineer for the company making diamond cutting tools, Chris moved into the highly skilled area of diamond polishing.  And it was this side of his involvement with this trade that he was able to educate his audience of retired professional and business men at their meeting at Christ Church in Chineham.

To create a diamond normally requires three conditions, those of temperature, pressure and time. The basic material has to have a carbon content which is exposed to 900 – 1300 degrees Centigrade, under pressure of approximately  400 tons per square inch,  over 1 – 3.3 billion years. This time period is up to 75% of the age of the Earth. It had also to be in a stable environment below continental plates at a depth of 90 – 120 miles. Eventually as a result of volcanic activity magna was forced to the surface becoming igneous rock containing its precious cargo.

But there is another scenario that has the conditions for the creation of a diamond which is a meteor strike. There is evidence of this in the Russian Popigai crater in Siberia which is the seventh largest verified impact on Earth, occurring approximately 35 million years ago. The impactor was calculated to have been 5 miles in diameter and made a crater 62 miles wide. The shock pressures from the impact instantaneously transformed graphite in the ground into diamonds within a radius of over 8 miles of the impact point. However the diamonds from this area are only suitable for industrial applications and are not fit for the jewellery market.

Pure diamonds are transparent but some are coloured by nitrogen which gives a yellow or brown tinge, or a blue tint caused by baron. Gems are priced according to the 4Cs; carat, cut, colour and clarity. A single cut diamond will have 18 facets while the larger gem stone has 58 facets equally cut above and below its girdle. The final weight of a cut and polished stone is half of its original weight but the residue is saved for industrial use.

Potential members of the Probus Club of Basingstoke, which has been in existence for nearly 35 years, can visit their web site www.probusbasingstoke.webs.com to see their various activities or call their secretary  Bryan Harvey for an informal chat on 01256 321473.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

The latest article can be found here.


Did you manage to set aside a few minutes each day to do last month’s exercises?  Possibly you didn’t manage it every day, but just once or twice, well never mind, here are some more for this month.  Don’t get stuck and bored doing the same ones try these new ones, and perhaps use some of last month’s as well.  Happy exercising – tone up and feel good.

Stand with feet hip width apart (if you are not very agile and would rather do these sitting down then do; sit with your feet flat on the floor under your knees)

Pull in tummy muscles, stretch up through your spine – but don’t hold your breath, breathe normally.

Take both arms up overhead with the upper arms as close to the ears as possible, stretch up on the right for 2 counts, stretch on the left for 2 counts.  You are trying to lift your ribs up; it is not just a lengthening of the arm.  Repeat 4 times; bring the arms down forward so they swing a little way back behind you.  Swing the arms forwards and backwards for 8 counts and lift the arms up overhead and start again. (An exercise that is easy to do sitting down)

Put your hands on your hips elbows out sideways.  Lift the right heel and push into the ball of the foot, lower the heel and do the same with the left continue changing from one foot to the other. – we call this “cycling”.  As you improve you will be able to lift your heel higher and mobilise your feet more, it is also good for improving your balance.  (Again you can do this sitting down, but you can also do it holding onto the back of a sturdy chair, or the work surface in the kitchen)  Do this a number of times and then increase the number every couple of days.

Let your arms relax at the side of your body turn the arms so that the palms of the hands are facing out, the back of the hands are close to your legs.  Take the arms a little bit away from the body and try and pull the shoulder blades together in the middle of the back 4 times, then let the arms come forward and cross in front of you to relax and repeat.  Do the exercise 8 times in all.

While doing these exercises is your tummy pulled in?  Try and pull your tummy back towards your spine, even if it doesn’t go flat it will be flatter for you.  Practice doing so without any other movement.  Pull back the tummy hold it for a count of 4 and then let go; repeat a number of times – now try and keep it pulled back while you do the exercises. Your tummy muscles support your back, so very useful to prevent or alleviate back pain.

As I said last month try the above to a piece of music you like, take the exercises as many times as you like, but as the month progresses try and do more, so don’t be too ambitious at the start.  Good luck. 

Want more exercises, want to find out more about Fitness League, interested in weekly classes then contact Alison on 01256 327014 or ah.fitnessleague@gmail.com

For Walls Contemporary

On Friday 19th July 2013,  myself and two fellow artists will be opening a temporary Art Gallery in the 'Old New Look' store in Chineham Shopping Centre for approximately 10 days.  Hugh Davidson of Chineham Management has been incredible and is currently determining our length of stay with the landlords. Until this and our sponsors are finalised we are holding back on invitations and posters.  If your schedule permits we would like to invite you to the Private View.  With the help of Hugh we are trying to get Tesco's and M&S to sponsor our project and we are hoping that the local papers, TV and radio will cover the event.  We are also inviting local dignitaries.   
The idea behind the "For Walls" exhibition is to bring some life to Chineham Shopping Centre with our artworks in conjunction with an "Open Art Competition" for GCSE, A Level, AS Level and Foundation students as we are keen to give them a taste of life in the arts. In addition, we are offering work experience to any interested students.  The winners of each category will exhibit with us for the duration and we are hoping to source prizes. 
We won't know the end dates for a couple of days as the landlords are finalising the legalities but we wondered if you would kindly promote the exhibition in July's Magazine.  I note from your website that the cut off is usually on the 10th of the month. We know that the opening night is definitely on the 19th July. Our work can be viewed at: www.carlamariajackson.com, www.kevindarke.co.uk. and www.dom-art.com

Carlamaria Jackson  

History of Basingstoke Canal at Probus Club

Dean Wall, the Recreation and Visitors Services Manager of the Basingstoke Canal Authority, based at Mytchett,  gave an  interesting presentation to the group of retired professional and business men at last month’s evening meeting held at Christ Church, Chineham.

With historical records and photographs he was able to show how the original plan was for a canal from the navigable section of the River Wey,  that joins the Thames, to pass through Surrey and Hampshire and on to Basingstoke. The aim of the canal was to increase trade between Hampshire and London.  Part two of the plan was then to construct a canal from Basingstoke to join the Kennet & Avon canal. This would enlarge the potential commercial traffic but importantly would provide a source of water for the original Basingstoke canal. This never came to fruition and the basin and wharf in Basingstoke became the terminus and is now gone forever within the construction of the Festival Place shopping centre.

Measuring originally 37 miles in length, rising 254 feet from Surrey into Hampshire, it was necessary to build 29 locks. The steepest section at Deepcut  (named after the construction)  has 11 locks adjacent to the Pirbright army depot. In addition there were 5 lock houses, 69 bridges, a tunnel of 1,230 yards at Greywell, 4 wharves and 3 warehouses. 200 men armed with little more than shovels and wheel barrows took six years to construct this waterway which was fully opened in 1794. The term “navvy” is an abbreviation of the word “navigator” given to the men all those years ago.

Perhaps because the second phase was not built and given the perennial water shortage of the Basingstoke canal which meant that at certain times parts were unnavigable, the canal always struggled to operate on a commercial basis. Materials for the construction of the London to Southampton railway were carried on the canal and once open the railway became an unbeatable competitor. Over the next century the canal slowly fell into a state of dereliction with lock gates rotting, the canal choked with weeds, its towpath overgrown and the collapse of Greywell tunnel. Today 32 miles of it is restored thanks to the formation of the Basingstoke Canal Authority, funded by Hampshire and Surrey together with six borough councils along its route. The canal was re-opened in 1991 and today the Authority employs a team of rangers that carry out maintenance and protects wildlife.

It is estimated that the canal is used by millions of walkers, cyclists, anglers and boaters every year. The Authority manages the balance between recreation and conservation by providing a beautiful facility that offers fantastic opportunities for everyone.

The Probus Club of Basingstoke has a full diary of interesting speakers and potential new members  can find out more about the club by looking at their web site www.probusbasingstoke.webs.com or by phoning their secretary Bryan Harvey on 01256 321473