Hello and welcome to spring. Lighter evenings and milder weather  brings a smile to the soul.   We have quickly come round to Easter again and the school Easter break. So more time to spend with the younger generation, but for those of us whose family is grown up, we will have to be happy with having no traffic in the mornings and an easy rush hour.

No doubt the Easter tradition for chocolate eggs will be the excuse for us all to push up our sugar levels a bit, but beyond the normal egg shaped confections, a huge variety of  chocolate and confectionary can be found in the regions chocolatiers and many offer workshops to allow you to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in to make your own. Look on the internet for your nearest – there are plenty of them. ‘Chocolate Craft’ in Alresford, ‘New Forest Chocolates’ in Hale within the New Forest National Park and ‘Le Salon du Chocolat’ in Chichester are a few within the region.

Did you know that April has a number of interesting anniversaries?  An example of just a few are:
1st April 1973 Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced – remember that one?.
5th April 1640 Pocahontas was married.
12th April 1961 Yuri Gagarin made the first flight into space.
15th April 1912 R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg and sank.
16th April 1889 Charlie Chaplin born.
21st April Queen Elizabeth II was born.
26th April 1957 First broadcast of “The Sky at Night”.
Who would have guessed that Aprils have spawned so many diverse events, I wonder what this April will go down in history for.
Don’t miss the competition to win tickets to see Bruce Forsyth at the Mayflower theatre; take a look on page 109.
Have a great month and try not to eat too much chocolate.

Bruce Forsyth Entertains!

Bruce Forsyth Entertains!

In 1975, the legendary Bruce Forsyth decided to go on tour with his first one man show.


In my youth I coveted one of my friend’s possessions, it was a mixture of primrose yellow and bright, shiny, chrome
Celebrity Collaborations

Celebrity Collaborations

UK fashion designers are enjoying a renaissance both here and across the fashion capitals of the world