v INDEPENDENT, LOCAL AND PROUD v 14th February 2019 • The HERALD • Page 65 7 & 9 THE MARSH, HYTHE, SOUTHAMPTON SO45 6AJ Tel: 023 8084 4131 • E: firstname.lastname@example.org WANTED: Due to unprecedented sales we are in need of ALL types of property in the Waterside area. Please call us now for a free, no obligation valuation PROPERTIES REQUIRED v ON THE HOME FRONT v Retirement Living This second floor flat is situated in the centre of Hythe village in a small development for the over 60’s, close to the village centre with its excellent range of shops. Other local amenities including schools, churches, medical centres, activity centres and the open New Forest are close by. Southampton is easily accessible either by road, bus or via the frequent passenger ferry service from Hythe Pier. The accommodation comprises of living room, kitchen, bedroom with built-in wardrobes and shower room with walk in shower. The property benefits from electric heating, double glazing, 24 hour emergency call system, communal residents lounge and laundry room and lifts to all floors. Offered with NOCHAIN an internal viewing is highly recommended. Contact Pearsons on 023 8084 4131. Have you... • Confirmed details of your move with the removals company? • Checked for anything left in the loft? • Arranged for meters to be read? • Advised services, insurers, etc of your new address? • Cancelled newspaper/milk deliveries etc? • Organised redirection of your mail? • Emptied and defrosted the freezer? • Before you close the door for the last time on your old home, take a good look around every room, shed, garage etc to double check that your haven’t left anything (or anyone!) behind. Before You Move... Sounds Easy Concert helps ICU Local ladies’ choir, Sounds Easy Singers, performed their annual Christmas Concert entitled ‘Winter Wonderland’ at their usual venue of St John’s Church in Hythe. The concert included a medley from ‘Fiddler On The Roof’, featuring guest violinist Mary Noble, as well as other popular pieces from the shows and a selection of Christmas carols and songs. Returning guest barbershop quartet InterSection sang several popular pieces as well as joining some past and present members of the choir in performing Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria. The choir would like to thank Karen Curtis and Evelyn Bartlett for joining them in this part. The concert was very well attended, and the choir would like to thank the audience who helped them to raise £300 for the University Hospital Southampton General Intensive Care Unit. The unit was chosen as this year’s recipient due to the excellent care, treatment and support that people close to choir members have received in recent years. It is intended that the money will help to pay for items to support and encourage the patients and to aid their recovery. The choir would also like to thank Rosemary Butler who accompanied them on the piano, Joyce from St John’s Church who organised the refreshments and to other friends and supporters who helped with the tickets, raffle and refreshments. The choir looks forward to performing their annual Summer concert at St John’s on Wednesday 5th June this year and they look forward to seeing you there”. Testwood Lakes Visit Gateway Club The Waterside Gateway Club enjoyed a fabulous evening when Grace and Linda visited from the Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve. They gave the group a Workshop which included an interesting demonstration on how to make dream catchers and spring wreaths out of Willow. The members thoroughly enjoyed bending the Willow into interesting shapes and made some beautiful creations including Willow Butterflies. They decorated them with ribbon, wool, bows, feathers and lots of other craft materials. It was a great evening and something the club members hadn’t done before. New Year, New Career? Looking for an achievable New Year Resolution? Blue Sky Fostering, with its local office in Swanwick is appealing for more Foster Carers, to support the growing number of children and young people who are in need of a stable, nurturing home in 2019. To meet the varying needs of young people who are coming into foster care, Blue Sky is looking for potential Foster Carers from all walks of life. You can become a Foster Carer whether you practice a religion or not, have or haven’t got children, own pets, are married, single or in a same-sex relationship. You don’t need to be a certain age or own your own home, you just need your landlord’s permission and a spare bedroom. Blue Sky founder, Simon Lockyer, says: “Fostering is a challenging but rewarding career. In addition to helping end a cycle of neglect which could positively impact future generation, you’ll also be making new friends, building a new career, socialising with other fostering families and learning important new skills. All that, whilst receiving 24/7 support, comprehensive training and many other benefits for both you and your family.” Blue Sky Foster Carer, Kevin’s message to those thinking about fostering: “Absolutely get stuck in, just go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose, but a whole lot to gain. Fostering, for us, has been everything and more than we ever dreamed it could be.” Fostering provides a fulfilling career as a highly trained carer, whilst making a difference to the lives of local vulnerable children. You’ll become a member of a wider team working towards the health, happiness and stability of young people and be valued and recognised for the contribution you make to supporting children. If your New Year resolution is to help your local community, find a new career, make a fresh start, or make new friends whilst learning new skills, a new career in fostering could be right for you. Visit www.blueskyfostering.com or call 0800 035 6499 for an informal chat.