As this year’s summer of sport kicks off with the World Cup, and the England team catches an early flight home, if there’s one thing that’s obvious is the importance of team work.

The same is surely true when it comes to running one of the south east’s most successful visitor attraction. So it was with interest that I headed down to one of Hampshire’s biggest: Beaulieu. Thanks go to everyone who agreed to be interviewed – it’s not always easy to be put on the spot in the workplace. But I was really struck by the enthusiasm shown, whether they manage the gardens, organise the autojumbles or are a professional curator for the world famous Motor Museum. No matter if they are recent recruits or had already notched up several decades of service. They all have a part to play at this award-winning venue.

Someone who’s used to taking on a variety of roles is actress Sarah Parish. But it wasn’t just her latest TV show that we had arranged to chat about over a cuppa (incidentally it’s the second series of Atlantis). An ‘at home’ feature was a chance to meet Sarah on home turf – a treat in it’s own right as most celebs are protective of their personal space. Ever the pro she was incredibly welcoming and happy to talk about both country living and The Murray Parish Trust, a brand new charity founded with husband James Murray that’s currently fundraising in aid of Southampton’s new children’s hospital.

August’s issue of Hampshire Life will have the low-down on both these stories.

Meanwhile, the volleys flying over the SW19 nets vie for my attention with Brazil’s penalty shoot-outs…