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  • Author: The Editor
  • Published: 4th August 2015
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The summer holidays are an expensive time of the year with the cost of holidays and days out draining the bank account. You might need some inspiration to help you through to September?

Our local Parish Councillors, Karen and Louise, are at the forefront of encouraging us to reduce food waste. The Love Food Hate Waste campaign, aims to focus on planning food shopping and using up all those leftovers. Read more in their message to the village.

Wet day outside and the children are bored? Get the children involved in producing a menu for the week and encourage them to shop for the ingredients and cook for you!

Nigel Hadwen, our local greengrocer, tells me that this is the best time of year for seasonal British food with bags of flavour. Currently available is the first crop of sweetcorn, Cornish potatoes, New Forest tomatoes and every type of soft fruit you can imagine from strawberries to plums!

Reeve Butchers has a fantastic selection of fresh meat and delicatessen range. Their BBQ selection is very popular while the variety of cheeses on offer is truly staggering. I especially like their Somerset Brie – such a creamy, rich flavour.

Fancy a treat? Then pop over to the Co-op and pickup some Hampshire Hill Farm Apple Juice from their Local Flavours Range – it is simply the best. Whilst, the Hampshire Summerdown Chocolate Mints are delicious, so don’t forget to put a box into your basket.

Make the most of your shops in the village, they have more local produce than you think.

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If you are stuck for something to do with the children or grandchildren this summer then look no further than Hampshire County Council’s Country Parks.

All 5 country parks have been given the prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of their high standards of maintenance and facilities for the public. - Hampshire County Council

You don’t have to travel miles or get on a ferry or air transport - it is right on our doorstep!  Queen Elizabeth County Park is a short journey by bike, bus or car.  You can spend the whole day exploring the woods or Downland and enjoy a picnic or grab a bite to eat in the Park Cafe.

Turn the day out into an adventure for the children.  Create your own maps; collect leaves and stones to make into a artwork, or spot and identify wildlife on your journey.  There is so much to do, enjoy and discover in our glorious countryside.  More information can be found in Make the most of summer. - Make the most of summer

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The school holidays have arrived at last. As the school gates close, the challenge for parents and grandparents is keeping the children occupied and busy over the next six weeks.

Start planning your days out now before you hear that familiar cry - “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!”

Butser Ancient Farm, located just over the hill from Clanfield, is a special place for a day out. The farm was ranked in the Top 10 places to visit in the country last year so you know you will have a great day out. Take a picnic and enjoy exploring how our ancestors lived or book onto one of their fascinating workshops and events.

Queen Elizabeth Country Park has over 2,000 acres of woodland and downland for you to enjoy and Butser Hill is the highest point of the South Downs with terrific views of the coast, Hampshire and Sussex.

Go for a ramble over the hills, cycle in the woods or join in with one of the many activities put on by the QECP Park Rangers. Let the children loose in the Adventure Play Trail or try out your orienteering skills on one of the waymarked trails. Take a picnic or book a BBQ spot and make a day of it. What if it’s raining? Well, that’s what waterproofs and wellies are for!

It is the simple things in life that give the most satisfaction – happy childhood memories of just messing around with friends or family in the countryside.

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