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John Lewis Launch Christmas Advert 2019

John Lewis has finally launched their Christmas Advert for 2019.

The advert features a little girl and her friend, a very cute green dragon called Edgar.

This years song is REO Speedwagon’s ‘I can’t Fight this Feeling’ sung in the advert by Bastille frontman, Dan Smith.

Iguana Stolen in Andover Home Burglary

Police car Andover
BMW Police Car

Police are appealing for witnesses following a house burglary in Andover.

It happened at a house in Gabriel Walk between 9.30pm Sunday 10 November and 7.50am Monday 11 November.

The house was broken into via the patio door and a pet iguana was stolen from the vivarium in the living room.

If you have any information or have been offered an iguana for sale,  please call police on 101, quoting 44190405088.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers would like to remind the community to try and keep their home secure by locking windows and doors and not leave items of value on show if can be helped, especially as the days are shorter and nights longer now.

Pedestrian, 55, dies following serious crash near Tidworth Garage

Esso Garage Tidworth

Police call for witnesses after a woman died sadly earlier this afternoon after a crash at Tidworth.

On the A338, at 2.36pm yesterday (12/11) police were called to a pedestrian crossing at the Esso Garage.

A blue Volkswagen Sharan had hit two pedestrians who had crossed the street.

One of them, a 55-year-old Ludgershall woman died, unfortunately, on the scene.

Her family was notified and assisted by specially trained officers.

The second victim, a 20-year-old woman, received minor injury from the incident and was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital.

The female driver of the car remained at the scene and helped police with enquiries. No arrests were made at this time.

The road was later opened.

One dead and two teenagers ‘seriously injured’ following A34 collision

Andover A34 Road
Credit @ Andover and Villages

Around 8.10 and 8.15pm, about half a mile from Sutton Scotney Station, a white Toyota Corolla and a motorcycle collided along the south end of the A34, just south of Bullington Cross.

The Toyota driver was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene, the man was in his 60s and from Feltham in London.

The next of kin were informed.

Both passengers, in their youth, suffered serious injuries but not considered danger to life.

The road was later reopened that morning, 12th November.

If you witnessed this collision, please call us on 101, quoting incident 833 of today’s date (Monday 11 November).

Burst Water Main Causes a Dry Andover

A burst water main near to Augusta Park means that many homes across Andover have woken up to no water this morning (Wednesday 13th November 2019).

Augusta Park residents report that they have no water at all, whilst the burst main has also affected the water pressure in as far-reaching villages as Stoke and St Mary Bourne.

The incident was first reported to Southern Water at 6.49am, as yet it is still not fixed.

Thank you to Tony Whiteley for the video and commentary.

St Paul’s in Smannell Road has been open from 8:15 this morning for tea/coffee or to use toilets and fill up bottles of water if needed for all those affected by the burst water main. Toys and books available for children too if required!

Southern Water state on their website:

Aware of burst – no water
We are aware of a burst in SP116RD – ANDOVER AND SURROUNDING AREA. Our team is on the way to investigate and make the necessary repairs. Sometimes repairs take longer than we’d like, as we need to complete numerous checks and tests. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your patience.

Andover & Villages will continue to update through the day.

12 Health Tips for Your 12 Days of Christmas

Christmas Health Tips

The holiday season is fast approaching, and along with food and festivities come some specific health concerns. Make sure your Andover holidays include health in your happiness. Just like the 12 days til Christmas, we’ve collected 12 tips to help you have the best holiday ever.

1. Spend Wisely

It seems simple to say, but unless you find the Irish Lotto winning numbers it can be easy to overspend during the holiday season. Money issues are a regular cause of stress. And stress is dangerous. You don’t want your finances to lead to dire health issues such as heart attack or stress. Instead, make a budget and try to stick to it. Cook an extra meal at home instead of eating sweets on the go. Chances are you won’t miss that ultra-deluxe gift and will be happier in the New Year with a few extra dollars instead.

2. Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

It may seem like a temporary thing, but the evidence is showing that holiday weight gain is here to stay. Instead of a temporary bump, you’ll like to work towards and extra long-term stone. Avoid the temptation to overindulge in sweets and rich dishes.

3. Dress for Success

In your effort to avoid overeating, don’t make it so easy to indulge. There are many simple strategies to support you in your efforts, from meal prep to smart snacking. Another simple idea is to wear clothing that is a bit more fitting. While baggy clothes can make it easy to eat too much and gain a distended stomach, slightly tighter wear will keep your waistline in mind as you consume.

4. Go Smoke-Free

As tempting as it may be, try to keep the smoke to lovely fires, not for cigarettes or pipes. In an already high-stress time, tobacco and nicotine can limit your ability to fight off illness while also having a detrimental effect on your blood pressure.

5. Be Safe When Handling the Heat

And while chimney fires are nice, remember your basic safety around hot areas and appliances. Burns during food preparation and revelry are all too common during the holidays. Loads of extra people and fancy dishes can quickly make your cooks overwhelmed. Be aware of bubbling pots, add safety screens around small children, and avoiding bumping others in crowded spaces to avoid painful burns.

6. Don’t Avoid the Doctors

While it might be the holiday season, your health shouldn’t have to wait. Plan ahead as much as possible to make scheduling easier, but don’t avoid a much-needed exam or consult simply because of the season. Early interventions on health will pay in the long run, so don’t wait.

7. Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands well and often. Cold and flu season coincide with many holidays and you don’t want to be stuck in bed. Remember to wash your hands well after shopping for gifts or attending holiday parties. Practice excellent hygiene at home too.

8. Choose to Drink or Drive

Don’t let your holiday parties get out of hand. If you plan to have that extra drink, consider leaving the car behind. Drinking and driving is a leading cause of death on Irish roads. While you might feel fine, you could pose a danger to yourself and others if you consume enough to become impaired. Don’t drink and drive.

9. Fasten Your Seatbelt

When you are riding in the car, remember that others may also be rushing or leaving a holiday party. Be sure to fasten your seatbelt and use safe car seats for the little ones.

10. Chew your Food

It may sound silly, but in the United States alone, thousands of people die each year from choking. Don’t let the holiday chaos distract you. Instead, take a moment to chew before chatting. In addition to being safer, it’s quite polite too.

11. Don’t Skimp on the Fridge

Even if holiday food has filled your fridge, don’t skimp on safe proper food storage. The last thing you want is a bunch of guests with food poisoning. Don’t thaw raw meat in hot water, and refrigerate items after preparation.

12. Decorate with Safety in Mind

Some holiday plants can be poisonous if eaten. Protect your children and pets, and that silly cousin too by being aware of items such as mistletoe which can be a danger if consumed.

This holiday season is set to be the best one yet. Follow these tips and have a happy, healthy holiday.

Andover Shed Break In Warning

Police are asking for help after a shed break-in on South Street occurred during the last month.

The break-in happened between the 3rd October 2019 and the 5th November 2019.

Unknown persons accessed the rear garden and forced entry to a shed.

The items that were stolen are:

A Honda generator – Red in colour
A Stihl Chainsaw – Orange and white colour

Police advise that when storing expensive tools and equipment in sheds, that you ensure the structure is sturdy enough to keep the contents secure, often sheds can be flimsy which can make access easy for opportunist thieves.

Please contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team for further advice on how to keep your shed secure and to minimise the risk of being broken into.

Andover’s Charlton Bridge Claims Double Decker Bus

Andover’s notorious bridge in Charlton Road has claimed another victim this morning.

A Wheelers branded Double Decker bus drove under the bridge, completely slicing the roof off of the bus.

The bus crashed into the bridge at around 9.45am.

Witnesses have reported that there was no one on the top deck of the bus at the time of the incident and it is understood no one was injured, however, police are yet to confirm the full details.

The bridge in Charlton last claimed a bus in 2008, however, lorries are regular casualties of the low height of the bridge.

One Facebook user wrote, “Open-top bus tours now available in Andover, please contact wheelers for more information.”

Another user said, “Put your hands up in the air and scream if you wanna go faster.”

Have you seen Missing Andover’s Joshua?

Missing Boy Andover

Hampshire Police have launched an appeal to find missing 16yo Joshua, who up until recently lived in Andover.

Joshua lived with his Aunt and her family for eight years and was loved and adored. Joshua then moved back to live with his birth mother and her family in Andover.

Joshua’s aunt has said in a public Facebook post that Joshua fell in with the wrong crowd whilst living in Andover and eventually his mother asked children’s services to step in and help, this resulted in him being placed into care.

Placed in different foster homes, Joshua ran away from his current placement on 4th November 2019 and hasn’t been seen since.

Joshua may be in Southampton, Norwich or Andover.

Joshua is 6ft 1in tall, slim build with short mousy hair, he was last seen wearing a grey hooded tracksuit and a white t-shirt.

Joshua’s family are extremely worried and desperately want him to get in touch.

If you have any information at all on Joshua’s whereabouts, please contact Hampshire Police on 101 and quote 44190396821.

Exciting Weekend in Andover Town Centre

Andover High Street will be alive with excitement this weekend with a dazzling double of festive events.  The fun kicks off on Friday, 15 November from 5 – 7.30pm with the excitement of the Andover Christmas Lights Switch On, alongside a special gift market in the Chantry Centre from 9am through into the evening, and then on Sunday the High Street will be filled with a packed Artisan Market – just right to get ahead for Christmas!

The annual Christmas Lights Switch On brought to you by Test Valley Borough Council promises a sparkling spectacle this year, with lots of local talent providing entertainment on the stage including Andover Rock Choir, Rosie Merritt and Long Overdue Theatre School, and even an appearance by Father Christmas himself!  The event is sponsored by David Mellor Jewellers and Luke Shearer (front man of local band Funkline) and Luis Wyatt will compère the evening, with rides and attractions, children’s face painting and lots of delicious food to keep you warm.

The evening will culminate in the Christmas Lights switch on provided by Andover Town Council at 7.30pm, and followed by a grand firework display sponsored by The Chantry Centre.

Then on Sunday, 17 November from 10am – 2pm the penultimate Andover Artisan Market of the year will take place in the High Street.  Continue the festive mood from Friday’s Switch On and indulge in food, drinks and gifts for Christmas.  Traders this month include a first time visit from Pear Tree Cottage Preserves and the return of firm favourites Hampshire Gluten Free, Pumblechooks Jewellery, The Gin Stall and Oaktrack Smallholding.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Phil North, said: “This is one of the busiest and most highly anticipated weekends of the year in the High Street, with two events that are always amazingly well supported by Test Valley residents.  The town comes alive on Friday from 5pm and is the perfect event for families, and this year will also feature a festive gift market in the Chantry Centre from 9am – 7pm.  If you haven’t experienced the Christmas Lights Switch On or the Artisan Market before then I would highly recommend taking part and feeling involved in one of the biggest community weekends of the year.”

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