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Fareham baker receives top award, new luxury cat hotel plus more Hampshire news

PUBLISHED: 11:12 02 October 2014 | UPDATED: 11:14 02 October 2014

Hugh Dennis, David Powell and Ian Dobbie, Managing Director of award sponsor, Delifrance

Hugh Dennis, David Powell and Ian Dobbie, Managing Director of award sponsor, Delifrance

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New luxury cat hotel

Cats in Hampshire will be purring loudly and licking their paws in delight as an extraordinary new five star luxury cat hotel has opened in the area. The Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel, part of the Multi Award Winning Longcroft Group, has been opened by cat lover Lia Davies on the edge of Pamber Heath Common in the picturesque garden of her family home. The hotel is custom-built, using only state of the art materials and offers just 6 exclusive very spacious hotel style suites. Feline guests will be able to enjoy views of the peaceful garden, with birds and squirrels passing by and plenty of wildlife to keep them entertained. Leaving a much loved cat for whatever reason, because of a holiday or having renovation work done at home, can be really distressing. Lia’s aim is to put an owner’s mind at rest that their pet is being incredibly well looked after whilst they are away.

To make a booking speak to Lia 0118 970 1297; www.longcroftcathotel.co.uk

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Hampshire baker receives top award

A Hampshire baker who formerly headed one of the City of London’s oldest Livery Companies has been given a special lifetime award at the Baking Industry Awards 2014 – the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

David Powell from Fareham, who in 2009 became Master of the Worshipful Company of Bakers, which was founded in 1155, received the award for his Outstanding Contribution to the baking industry

Martyn Leek, Editor of awards organiser British Baker magazine, said: “The Baking Industry Awards represent the pinnacle of bakery in the UK and all of the finalists are to be applauded for their dedication, their skills and their products or services. They have worked hard, some of them for a lifetime, to reach this pinnacle.”

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Local vineyard comes out on top

Hattingley Valley has won World Champion Vintage Rosé in the inaugural Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships 2014 with its 2011 English Sparkling Rosé.

Hattingley Valley founder Simon Robinson said: “To win this title against stiff competition from the Champagne region and around the world is a great credit to the team who have taken this winery from a standing start to first release with six years of incredibly hard work. We are excited and humbled to win this, and it gives us enormous encouragement and enthusiasm for the future.”

Hattingley Valley’s vineyards near Alresford now comprise 85 acres of vines planted predominantly with the classic champagne varieties: chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier. The custom-built eco-friendly winery was completed in 2010 with the latest technology and equipment from continental Europe and was the first UK winery to adopt solar power. www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk; www.hampshirefare.co.uk

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New natural history exhibition

Hot on the heels of Twenty Artists for Twenty Years, an exhibition to celebrate local creative talent and twenty years of trading, Hardings in Warsash is delighted to be hosting a solo exhibition by natural history artist, Sarah Morrish.

The collection of paintings that will be exhibited at Hardings will depict a cabinet of natural curiosities, ranging from shells and stones, to birds and feathers, along with some of her botanical art work.

Hardings’ gallery manager, Claire Weston says: “Being a keen gardener and frequent walker, prone to collecting pebbles or leaves along the way, I am in awe of Sarah’s ability to capture, in minuscule detail, the variations of nature’s bounty.”

Jem Weston and his team at Hardings are happy to offer advice and help on any framing requirement. Hardings Picture Framers and Gallery, 11 Shore Road, Warsash 01489 571882; www.hardingspictureframing.co.uk

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