Extras – May 2018

Extras that didn’t make it into the printed magazine for May 2018.

Glaysher Family Butchers Closure

Glaysher Family Butchers in Belle Vue Road has closed it door for the last time. 

We would like to thank our regular customers for their loyal support all year round. 

With special thanks going to Mikki & Duncan at the Bolton Arms, for their tremendous loyalty for the last ten years.

Hazel Vanbergen & Susan McKenna for their continued advertising campaign over the years. 

All our regulars will be sadly missed. 

Kimberley and baby Katie doing well.

Kind regards 

Chris, Kay, Kimberley and Chris. 

Plastic Litter

Litter and particularly plastic litter is a real problem worldwide but also in our Parish. Over the last 6 years, whilst walking my dog, I’ve collected over 300 carrier-bags of the stuff from various woods, paths and fields in and around Lychpit & Old Basing. I’ve attached some photographs. Despite recent bad weather I’ve collected 20 bags already this year, about half of which I’ve cleared from the Loddon. Each week I remain disappointed by the ‘fresh’ litter (predominantly plastic bottles and drinks cans) left by those too idle to take their litter home. What’s worse though is the disgraceful lack of interest and response from local town councillors.

Over the years I’ve brought the problem to our elected representatives’ attentions numerous times only to be ignored or at best provided with an inadequate, disinterested response and a complete and utter failure to do anything positive! Perhaps I should start depositing all the rubbish I collect at the reception of our civic offices or our councillors’ homes? That might stimulate some action.

If anyone would like to join me in helping remove this awful plastic rubbish from our Parish, I would be happy for them to contact me via my email address. There would be no onerous commitment involved, just some co-ordination and keeping track of efforts made so that we can quantify what we achieve and perhaps persuade or shame our councillors into taking some positive action themselves. 

Jeremy van Hagen

Events at Basingstoke Discovery Centre

Autism and Sociability
Saturday 12 May / 2pm – 3.30pm / FREE
In this talk and Q & A session Caroline Hearst, a late diagnosed autistic woman, will examine how and why autistic people often struggle socially, and will suggest ways that autistic and non autistic people might better understand each other and communicate effectively.  Expect an interesting and surprising exploration of an aspect of autism from an informed insider perspective. Caroline Hearst is the founder of Autism Matters  and AutAngel.

Air Defence of the UK since 1940
Tuesday 15 May: 2pm / £4
Looking at the technology from the basic Radars of 1940 to the high-tech digital displays of today, this talk will explore how valuable Fighter Controller’s are to maintaining the safety of the skies around our shores 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Talk led by Squadron leader Joe Marsden.

Dementia Awareness Week
Monday 21 May – Sunday 27 May 2018 / FREE
A range of organisations will be visiting and offering advice, support and free drop-in sessions for those who are affected by dementia or who just wish to find out more. Visit Basingstoke Discovery Centre to find out about the full programme of events.

Last Known Sighting
Tuesday 22 May: 7pm – 9.30pm / £7.50
In this fully interactive simulated CSI experience, discover how forensic techniques are used to put together clues from the evidence left behind. Using text messages, personal effects and witness statements, will you find your missing person in time? Led by Anna Chaussée, Dr Carolin Esser-Miles and Nicky Booth from the University of Winchester. Bring a notebook and pencil
Suitable for ages 14 – adult.

Foster and Adoption
Thursday 31 May: 4pm – 8.30pm / FREE
Could you foster or adopt? The Finding Homes for Hampshire Children’s Team are hosting a free adoption and fostering information drop-in event between 5-8pm. Not only can they answer all your questions, they can help you take the next step along your journey. One of our foster carers will also be available to share their experiences.

Children’s events

These 40-minute classes are especially tailored for young scientists aged 2-4 years old.
Experiments – Singing – Stories – Interactive – Come along and nurture a lifelong passion for science!

Monday 16 April – Monday 16 July (not Mondays 7 & 28 May)
An 11-week course / £71.50
– 9.40am (Ages 2-3)
– 10.40am (Ages 3-4)
– 11.40am (Ages 3-4)

-Thursday 19 April  – Thursday 12 July (not Thursday 31 May)
An 11-week course / £71.50
– 9.40am (Ages 3 – 4)
– 10.40am (Ages 2 – 3)

Children’s Crafts

Saturday 26 May / from 10am / FREE / Ages 3+
It’s Elmer Day! Drop in for some patchwork elephant fun

Library-supported courses

DOTS: iPad Lending with training and support
Tuesdays 15 & 22 May: 9.30am – 12.30pm / FREE
DOTS (Digital Options Training Support) is for people who would benefit from acquiring basic digital skills on an iPad. Participants will be loaned an iPad for four weeks to use and practice on at home and will receive two training sessions plus support from the DOTS team during the loan period.
To find out more details and check you would be eligible, please ask a member of Discovery Centre staff. Places MUST be booked in advance

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

For the latest article click here.

Anvil Arts, Basingstoke – June 2018

Tue 5 June, 7.45pm
The Anvil
Würth Philharmonic Orchestra
The Anvil welcomes back the amazing Maxim Vengerov as both violinist and conductor in a programme which includes Strauss II’s Overture: Die
ledermaus, Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1, Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and rondo capriccioso, and Shostakovich’s Symphony no.10.
TICKETS: £42, £38, £31, £24, £14

Thu 7 June, 7.30pm
The Anvil
The Voice of Wet, Wet, Wet
Marti Pellow
The Private Collection Tour 2018
Having achieved the highest accolades with Wet Wet Wet, one of the most successful bands in UK pop history, Marti is now achieving that rare position of a highly successful career as both a solo artist and as a leading musical theatre star.

Fri 8 June, 7.30pm
The Anvil
Danny Baker
Good Time Charlie’s Back!
Following the success of his Cradle to Grave tour, he is back with a new show that his high kicking, fresh, eruptive and often under three hours long!
Suitable for ages 14 and over
TICKETS: £24.50; under 16s and f/t students £22

Sun 10 June, 7pm Doors
The Anvil
The Shires
Accidentally On Purpose
The biggest selling UK country act of all time, trailblazing duo The Shires hit the road ahead of their highly anticipated new album, Accidentally on Purpose.
TICKETS: £35.50, £30.50. £27

Sat 16 June, 7.30pm
The Haymarket
Ballet Cymru presents
With a specially commissioned music score and circus elements combined with the finest classical ballet, this timeless story is brought to life using Ballet Cymru’s exquisite blend of classical technique and storytelling.
TICKETS: £20; under 16s, over 65s and f/t students £18

Thu 21 June, 6.30pm Doors
The Anvil
Rufus Wainwright
One of the great male vocalists, composers and songwriters of his generation, don’t miss award-winning Rufus Wainwright in Basingstoke.
TICKETS:  £57, £47

Fri 22 June, 10.30am & 1.30pm
& Sat 23 June, 3.30pm
The Haymarket
Little Baby Bum
An online and digital TV sensation with over 13 million subscribers and 15 billion views, Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their nursery rhyme friends at the world premiere of this brand new live show.

Sat 23 June, 7.30pm
The Anvil
BATS 60th Anniversary Concert
With the Heritage Light Orchestra
This very special full-scale concert celebrates 60 years of the award-winning Basingstoke Amateur Theatrical Society – which has been entertaining audiences since 1958. Performed by the very best in local talent, accompanied by the glorious sound of a 40-piece orchestra.
TICKETS: £20; under 16s and f/t students £17 

Tue 26 June, 7.30pm
The Anvil
The Rhythm Kings
Featuring Beverley Skeete
With special guest Otis Redding III. The Rhythm Kings are a highly respected band in their own right and with the help of new member Greg Harewood on bass, they wow audiences with their bluesy, soulful take on songs and modern day numbers with some rock and roll crowd pleasers thrown in.
TICKETS: £28.50


Please do read the information about the Shingles vaccine at the end of this article.

Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is an infection of a nerve and the skin around it. It’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox. It’s estimated around one in every four people will have at least one episode of shingles during their life

The main symptom of shingles is pain, followed by a rash that develops into itchy blisters, similar in appearance to chickenpox. New blisters may appear for up to a week, but a few days after appearing they become yellowish in colour, flatten and dry out. Scabs then form where the blisters were, which may leave some slight scarring and loss of skin pigment.

The pain may be a constant, dull or burning sensation, and its intensity can vary from mild to severe. You may have sharp stabbing pains from time to time, and the affected area of skin will usually be tender. In some cases shingles may cause some early symptoms that develop a few days before the painful rash first appears

These early symptoms can include: a headache; burning, tingling, numbness or itchiness of the skin in the affected area; a feeling of being generally unwell or a high temperature (fever)

An episode of shingles typically lasts around two to four weeks. It usually affects a specific area on just one side of the body. Any part of your body can be affected, including your face and eyes, but the chest and tummy are the most common areas.

Shingles isn’t usually serious but see your GP as soon as possible if you recognise the symptoms. They’ll usually be able to diagnose shingles based on your symptoms and the appearance of the rash. Early treatment may help reduce the severity of your symptoms and the risk of developing complications.

It’s not possible to catch shingles from someone with the condition or from someone with chickenpox. However, you can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles if you haven’t had chickenpox before, but this is uncommon. The blisters of shingles contain live virus. If a person who has never had chickenpox makes direct contact with an open blister or something with the fluid on it, they can contract the virus and develop chickenpox.

If you have shingles, you’re contagious until the last blister has dried and scabbed over. To help prevent the virus being passed on, avoid sharing towels or flannels, swimming or playing contact sports. You should also avoid work or school if your rash is oozing fluid (weeping) and can’t be covered.

Chickenpox can be particularly dangerous for certain groups of people. If you have shingles, avoid:

  • women who are pregnant and haven’t had chickenpox before as they could catch it from you – this may harm their unborn baby
  • people who have a weak immune system – such as someone with HIV or AIDS
  • babies less than one month old – unless it’s your own baby, in which case your baby

Although there’s no cure for shingles, treatment is available to relieve the symptoms until the condition resolves. Most cases of shingles last around two to four weeks.

Treatment for shingles can include:

  • covering the rash with clothing or a non-stick (non-adherent) dressing to reduce the risk of other people becoming infected with chickenpox – it’s very difficult to pass the virus on to someone else if the rash is covered
  • painkilling medication – such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or codeine
  • antiviral medication to stop the virus multiplying – although not everyone will need this 

As with all symptoms which you don’t understand do consult your doctor or your pharmacist

A vaccine to prevent shingles is available but surprisingly the take up amongst eligible people is low. The criteria which has been set by NHS England is a bit complicated but if you are eligible do think about taking advantage of it because shingles can be such a nasty painful condition it is worth trying to avoid it if you can.

The vaccine is available on the NHS to patients who are aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes people in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942 or are aged 79. The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group. You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination. It’s fine to have the shingles vaccine if you’ve already had shingles. The vaccine works very well in people who have had shingles before and it will boost your immunity against further shingles attacks.