When local watch collector Jared Steadman decided to designed a watch inspired by Winchester’s Diver Bill, little did he know it would change his life.
Jared, who was given his first watch – a Swatch – by his Mum at the age of seven, became a keen diver, and it was while living in Winchester that he discovered the story of William Walker.
“It was in Winchester Cathedral, that I first heard about Diver Bill – the nickname given to William Walker,” he says. “His copper and brass dive helmet is on show there as testimony to his courage. In 1906, he dived under the Southern wall of the Cathedral and for five years, re-laid the foundations with his bare hands as the Cathedral was sinking into the peat below.”
“While I admired the helmet, it struck me that the window of the copper and brass helmet looked like a watch’s bezel. I’d been collecting watches for some time and decided to design a watch that paid tribute to Diver Bill with a copper case and a brass bezel.”
Emily Cotterill from Winchester’s Business Improvement District gets ready for the festive season
In the heat of summer Emily Cotterill, business development and projects officer at Winchester BID, starts making plans for Christmas. Emily, who is responsible for promoting business across the city, works months ahead of each season, ensuring that the big events of the year are organised in plenty of time.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Christmas Market, which draws tens of thousands of additional visitors to Winchester each year. The ice rink, cathedral events and the city’s reputation as a Mecca for foodies adds to its Yuletide appeal, with Winchester claiming the crown as the south’s ‘Christmas capital’.
Jamie Dean manages Church Paddock Fishery in Bedfield Lane, Kings Worthy.
He says, “Church Paddock Lake had been in the family for many years as part of wider farm land in the Worthies. My dad taught me to fly fish there when I was about five and the family stocked the lake with trout, initially just for our own use.
“In 2011 we opened Church Paddock as a business, allowing me to share my enthusiasm for the sport with other people.”
Sarah Parish and James Murray hosted a charity dinner at No 5 Bridge Street in aid of The Murray Parish Trust.
Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) might not have the largest office in the city, but from within it, big things happen.
Set up in 2008 to help city centre businesses collectively promote Winchester, its five-strong team supports 766 levy-paying members. Last year, its services were formally accredited by British BIDs which represents BIDs across the country.