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KNITTING Circle: The meeting on February 27 was very well attended. Small rugs and cot blankets as well as children’s jumpers and slip-overs are being made. Thank you Jill for being the lovely hostess and providing Welsh tea cakes, tea and coffee. The next meeting is on March 25.
10:29am Friday 7th March 2014
BAGS 2 School collection: If you are having a clear-out please set aside any clothes, belts, bags and shoes that you no longer want and are happy to donate to the Church of Christ the King Sunday School to raise much-appreciated funds for their Sunday School.
10:26am Friday 7th March 2014
WATER levels: Local residents may notice continuing high water levels being monitored along the River Loddon through Brookvale as local authorities undertake pumping to reduce flooding to homes in Buckskin.
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THANK you: To everyone who made it to the Jolly Farmer’s Market Pop Up Food Shop (and yes, if you’re trying to work it out, the apostrophe is in the right place), despite me forgetting to advertise my own event in last week’s column.
9:55am Friday 7th March 2014
GREAT event: Every table was taken for last Sunday’s Pub Quiz at The Fox. This month’s champions were “Tata”, better known as Tracey and Adam Gilvear and Theresa and Andy Webb, who will set the questions for next month’s quiz. Thanks to Sue for a delicious supper, and quizmasters Daniel and Howard.
9:51am Friday 7th March 2014
NEW homes bid: An application for 57 dwellings at Kempshott Park Industrial Estate, Longwood Copse Lane, in Beggarwood, comes before the borough council's development control committee on Wednesday, March 12.
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CLEANLINESS...is next to godliness, and St Michael’s, Heckfield, needs your help!: Volunteer cleaners are urgently required to keep our flagship parish church shining in the sight of God and men, so if you or you know anyone who could possibly help out a few hours a month as part of the cleaning team, please give Sally Montgomery a ring on 01189 326557, and put another star on your crown in heaven!
9:43am Friday 7th March 2014
PALM Sunday: There will be the usual walk from the village hall on April 13, starting at 9.45am. The Second Augustan Legion will be on parade and our special donkey will start the procession. This year, we shall not use the amphitheatre – it is a rowing lake at the moment! – but walk straight to church for the service at 11am.
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TOWN Council Referendum: Coming through your door this week is a referendum by the Town Council on if they should take out a loan to help pay for the youth project. All is explained in the paperwork, so please fill it in and send it back within the time allowed.
9:47am Friday 28th February 2014
BRAMLEY and Romans Floral Society: Invites you to the first demonstration of the 2014 programme on March 6, at 1.30pm, in Sherfield Village Hall. The intriguing title of "A Load of Old Tate" will be interpreted by Cherie Mendis.
9:45am Friday 28th February 2014
HAVE your say: The borough council is currently consulting on its vision for the Top of The Town. Ideas include two-way traffic on a tree-lined New Road, a redeveloped Central Car Park and a multi-storey car park between New Road and Southern Road as well as improved access to key points in the area.
9:43am Friday 28th February 2014
BUS changes: Protests are amassing as a result of recent changes made to the Jazz 1 bus service in converting to Route 7. The link to Chineham no longer goes directly into the bus station, but to a nearby lay-by shared with coaches. The result is serious conflict between parked cars, coaches and buses. The absence of seating for passengers just makes the situation worse. Pupils are now also having to change buses for travel to school. The matter has been taken up with Stagecoach, but do write to them if you have experienced difficulties.
9:41am Friday 28th February 2014
ST LEONARD’S Church: Has Holy Communion Common Worship on Sunday at 9.45am, and a 7.30pm service for Ash Wednesday on – well, Wednesday. Which, with my limited knowledge of things ecumenical (sneaks off to check ‘ecumenical’ means what she thinks it does, and decides it’s close enough), would seem to suggest that Tuesday is Pancake Day. Hurrah! Pans at the ready and remember, any topping other than lemons and sugar is an aberration.
9:38am Friday 28th February 2014
QUIZ fun!: Don’t miss the pub quiz at The Fox on Sunday, at 8pm. Questions will be set by Howard Nason and Daniel Cleeve – who knows what to expect but it will undoubtedly be great fun! As always, Sue will provide a delicious supper (£4) between two rounds of questions. Teams of four or less, entry costs £1, which will go to the prize fund.
9:36am Friday 28th February 2014
VOLUNTEERS needed: The Hatch Warren Community Association is always in need of local volunteers to help man the various community events it runs during the year. Help is needed at two upcoming events – the spring craft fair and the traditional pub night. If you can offer a hand at either or both of these, please contact the community office on 01256 811262.
9:34am Friday 28th February 2014
SHAKE off those winter blues: With a night of live music at The Fox, in Newfound, from 8pm this coming Saturday. There is no entry fee, with the bar open until midnight. Also this week, The Fox is holding a music quiz on Wednesday, at 8.30pm, with a prize for every round.
9:31am Friday 28th February 2014
ST MARY’S news: The Men’s Breakfast Group meets at 8.45am this Saturday, followed by Holy Dusters, so from 10am-noon, if you would like to help with some annual spring cleaning, you would be welcomed.
9:08am Friday 28th February 2014
USE it or lose it: Our mobile library service is under threat once again! Further budget cuts means the monthly Rotherwick stop is likely to be scrapped as we cannot muster at least 10 regular customers. There will be a three-month consultation on the closure proposals so if you have any comments, please send them to library.customer email@example.com by May 2. You can take up to 30 items out from the mobile van, including films and CDs which can be reserved online, and there are no late fees for standard borrowings. The next visit is this Saturday, outside Whitewater School between 12.30pm and 1pm – so please use our service while we still have it!
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SOUTH Ham’s Youth Centre: The youth centre in the Russell Howard Pavilion is open every Wednesday and Friday, from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The centre is for young people aged eight to 19 and provides an opportunity for activities and to make friends.
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BASINGSTOKE Civil Service Retirement Fellowship: Their February meeting heard an interesting, informative and amusing talk by the former estate manager of Hackwood House on the subject of the house’s auction of contents from the Camrose estate.
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BRIGHTON Hill Community School: The school has been appointed as a Champion School for the National Citizen Service. Students will be encouraged to take part in the scheme to build skills for work and life.
10:09am Friday 21st February 2014
VALENTINE’s Day: May have raised the heartbeat of more than a few this year as we experienced perhaps the worst storm of the year, with trees falling and many in the village experiencing power cuts – somehow enforced candlelight is not quite so romantic.
9:55am Friday 21st February 2014
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SPRING fever? Spruce up your wardrobe with great choices in nearly new clothing and accessories at the RBL Ladies spring sale this Saturday. Admission 50p, at the RBL Hall, in Crown Lane, from 11am-1pm. Good quality donations welcomed from 9.30am, but no jumble thank you.
9:32am Friday 21st February 2014
LONG Tall Sallies: On Sunday, February 9, a quarter peal of 1,260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles was rung in 43 minutes at Rotherwick before the Evensong service to celebrate the 70th birthday of Tony Walker, our ringing master. The other ringers were Nici Giles, Ros Fox, Joseph Sharp, Kevin Fox, and Martin Barnes.
9:30am Friday 21st February 2014
EVERGREENS: May says: “Our February meeting was the AGM, and the previous committee was re-elected for another year. After the AGM, we had a general knowledge quiz. At the next meeting, on March 3, is a speaker from The Pink Place, Basingstoke."
9:24am Friday 21st February 2014
ROMAN talk: The hall was packed to capacity and the balcony also used for listeners to Professor Fulford’s talk on the findings from the 2013 dig. Photographs of the Insula IX site at the moment give new meaning to the idea of Roman baths. The amphitheatre also is badly flooded.
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CONCERN over bus changes: Residents have expressed worries over proposed changes to local routes. I have been liaising with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Stagecoach to pass on these concerns and to explore what can be done.