‘COFFEE Break’: Today, in the Methodist Church, 10.30am to noon. All very welcome.

ST MARY’S news: The Friends hosted a well attended garden party last week, which raised over £2,000 for maintenance funds. If you would like to become a member of this lively social group and also have the chance to win £100 each month, contact chairman Chris Beadle on 358533, as there are some numbers available for the 100 clubs.

Preparations are in full swing for the parish events this weekend, with the traditional fete from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, and the picnic in the rec from 12.30pm. Bring your own picnic/rug/ chairs and join in the games.

GET digging: At Basing House, from July 21, when the excavations by Southampton University archaeology students commence on the Tudor mansion. Site tours at 11.30am and 2.30pm every day.

RBL Women's Section: Are holding their 70th birthday celebrations on July 24, at 7.30pm in the RBL Hall, in Crown Lane. There will be a short service with a buffet and party and guests are welcome.