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THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>June</strong> 2012 <strong>July</strong><br />

The Parish Magazine for<br />

Droxford, Exton, Meonstoke and Corhampton<br />

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List of Advertisers<br />

Most page numbers refer to the coloured advertising pages at the<br />

front and back of the magazine, prefixed Ad<br />

ACCOMMODATION Farmhouse B & B 10<br />

ACCOUNTANTS & TAX ADVISERS RG Walker 16: Nicholas Ridge 13<br />

ANTIQUES Droxford Antiques 6<br />

ARCHITECTS R & G Design 4: Engineering Architecture Ltd 9<br />

BUILDERS & BUILDING MATERIALS Elliotts 3: Steven Hurdle 6<br />

Steve Such (Property Maint) 2: R & G Gamblin 3: Alan Reeves 5<br />

KJN Home Improvements 7: Peter Garber (inside front cover)<br />

T R Chase & Son 8: Saunders Surfacing Ltd (inside front cover)<br />

C Jones General Builder 10: Frontwood Ltd 13<br />

CARPENTERS & WOOD PRODUCTS Shoreline Fencing 13<br />

Southwick Garden Offices (inside back cover)<br />

CATERERS Food For All Occasions 9: Casey’s Kitchen (inside front cover)<br />

CHILDCARE GROUPS Jo Jingles 9<br />

COMPUTERS & INTERNET Punchedcard Ltd 5<br />

Octagon Blue 10: Chris Guenier (inside back cover)<br />

DECORATORS, PAINTERS , TILERS & HANDYMAN SERVICES Brian Mellor 13<br />

Peter Moore (Handyman) 9: Droxford Interiors & Tiling 14<br />

Daniel Parker (Handyman) (back cover): M & J Mason 6: Top Marks 15<br />

DOMESTIC APPLIANCES, HEATING & PLUMBING Alan Shawyer 12<br />

Pipe Dreams Services 8: Adept Plumbing Services 2<br />

B Eastman 4: R A Redman 7: Syd Taylor (oil burners) 15<br />

DOMESTIC SERVICES Cynthia Tester Curtains & Blinds 12<br />

Curtains by Mary 9: Klean Sweep (chimneys) 11<br />

Chimney Sweep Christian Oliver 9: PestOFF Pest Control 10<br />

Advanced Clean (Carpet & Upholstery) 15: Local Cleaning Services 11<br />

ELECTRICIANS & ELECTRICAL SERVICES Richard Ayres 1<br />

Assure Electrical Ltd (inside back cover): Ray Burbidge 13: Derek Pilcher 6<br />

ESTATE AGENTS Taylor Garnier 14: Andrew Ross Prop. Agents 11<br />

FINANCIAL Retirement Investment Solutions (Inside back cover): Charles Stanley 2<br />

FUEL SUPPLIES H.B.S. Fuels 3<br />

FUNERAL DIRECTORS & MEMORIALS Langfords 12<br />

Co-operative (Fareham) 3: Nigel Chamberlain 14<br />

GARAGES & CARS Taylors Garage 1: Andrews Autosource 5<br />

A1 Learn to Drive 10: Auto Brite 6<br />

GARDENS & GARDEN MACHINERY Newleaf Landscapes 5<br />

Joe Ellerker 15: Anita Foy Garden Design 15<br />

HAIRDRESSERS Peggy Abbot Hair Design 12<br />

HEALTH & WELL-BEING Fithyan & Saxby (opticians) 4<br />

Peter Franckeiss Osteopath 10: Foot Care (Ann-Marie Elliott) 1<br />

Beauty Therapist 15: Foot Health Practioner (Karen Jordan) 8<br />

JEWELLERS Simon Lawson 13<br />

LETTINGS & LAND MANAGEMENT Pimp My Paddock (back cover)<br />

Paddock Maintenance (inside front cover)<br />

Andrew Ross Property Agents 11:The Country House Company 12<br />

Michael Peagram (inside front cover)<br />

PRINTING & STATIONERY Meon Valley Printers 11<br />

Studio 6 (inside front cover)<br />

PUBS White Horse 2: The Shoe Inn 16<br />

RIDING & EQUESTRIAN Merrie Stud 5<br />

SCHOOLS; EDUCATION & LEARNING Valley Pre-school 1<br />

Sustainability Centre 1<br />

SHOPS & STORES Droxford PO 2: Meonstoke PO 4<br />

SOLICITORS Chamberlains 12: Biscoes 11: Driver Belcher 8<br />

Blake Lapthorn (back cover)<br />

SPORT Hazelholt Indoor Tennis Court 7<br />

TRANSPORT & DRIVING TUITION Gamblin Cars 14: A1 Learn to Drive 10<br />

TREE SURGEONS TreeTek Ltd (inside front cover)<br />

Greenfellers Ltd (inside back cover)<br />

UPHOLSTERY Newlook Upholstery 16<br />

VETS & PETS The Village Cattery 5: Shield Veterinary Centre 16<br />

The Dog Room (inside front cover)<br />

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THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>June</strong> 2012 <strong>July</strong><br />

Contents<br />

Parish Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2<br />

Rector’s Newsletter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3<br />

News from the Riverbank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3<br />

Look-in Book-out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Churches Together Quiet Half hours . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Christian Aid Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Wanted: Advertising Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Friends of Corhampton Church . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Meon Ladies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Exton Church Fabric Fund Draw . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Where does all the money go? . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Charity <strong>Bridge</strong> & Tea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

Shakespeare in the Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

St Nicholas & Wickham Fête . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

Chamber Music for a summer’s evening . . . . . . . 6<br />

Meon Valley Garden Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

In the Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

West Meon Festival of Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

Royal British Legion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

St Nazaire Raid remembered . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

The Meon Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9<br />

Plant & Cake Sale success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9<br />

M’Stoke, Corhampton & Exton Church Fête . . . . 10<br />

Friends of Droxford Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10<br />

Water Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

MV First Responders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Local Services Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12<br />

William Collins Charity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12<br />

Good News Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12<br />

Droxford & District Comm. Care . . . . . . . . . . 13<br />

Minor Injuries Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13<br />

Meon Valley Community Bus . . . . . . . . . . . . 13<br />

Friends of Meonstoke School . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

North Fareham Newtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

Red Cross Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

The Meon Singers Summer Soirée . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

The Diamond Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

Droxford Country Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

Contacting Adult Services HCC . . . . . . . . . . . 16<br />

Singing for Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16<br />

CAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16<br />

Droxford Village Hall News & events . . . . . . . . 17<br />

Droxford Village Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17<br />

Droxford Junior School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18<br />

Hampshire & IoW Wildlife Trust . . . . . . . . . . 19<br />

U3A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19<br />

Meon Valley Carers Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20<br />

Droxford Wives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20<br />

Meon Valley Lions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21<br />

East Meon Flower Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21<br />

Plants needed for plants stall . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21<br />

Meonstoke & Corhampton Parish Council . . 22<br />

News from the Valley Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . 22<br />

H M The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration . . 22<br />

We Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22<br />

From the Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22<br />

District Diary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23<br />

Church Services Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24


The Magazine for The Parish Churches of<br />

Droxford, Exton, Meonstoke & Corhampton, & Preshaw<br />

RECTOR Reverend Stuart Holt 01489 877512<br />

The Rectory, Meonstoke, SO32 3NF E-mail: revstuartholt@btinternet.com<br />

Note: The Rector’s day off is Friday .<br />

ASSISTANT PRIEST Canon Marion Mort 01329 832178<br />

Rivendell, High St., Shirrell Heath E-mail: marion@swanmore.net<br />

LICENSED LAY MINISTERS<br />

Reader emeritus Pauline Quarendon 877392<br />

DROXFORD<br />

Churchwardens: Ann Symes 877643<br />

Sheila Matthissen 877867<br />

Secretary: Sarah Collins 877808<br />

Treasurer & Gift<br />

Aid secretary: Paul Harris 878622<br />

Organist: John Martin 877385<br />

Sacristan: Laura Jerosch 01329 231956<br />

Verger: Norman Bell 877230<br />

EXTON<br />

Churchwardens: Felicity Hindson MBE 877673<br />

Bob Miles –<br />

Treasurer & Gift<br />

Aid secretary: David Frere-Cook 877838<br />

Organists:<br />

(Morning) Frances Keppel 878774<br />

(Evening) Dr Alan Hibbert OBE 878564<br />

Sacristan: Jill Cassels 877469<br />

Verger: Bob Miles –<br />

OTHER DENOMINATIONS<br />

Roman Catholic Church (Bishop’s Waltham)<br />

Father John Buckley 895889<br />

METHODIST & UNITED FREE CHURCH<br />

(Bishop’s Waltham)<br />

The Reverend David Moss MA 01329 833518<br />

Cover picture: The public foot bridge on the<br />

Wayfarers Walk over the River Meon, Droxford,<br />

leading from the east of the church towards<br />

Soberton.<br />

If you take a photograph that you think would make a good<br />

cover picture, send it to the editor (note that it must be<br />

digital and high resolution).<br />

MEONSTOKE WITH CORHAMPTON<br />

Churchwardens: Joanna Buchanan 877737<br />

Dr Paul Buxton 877335<br />

Deputy Churchwarden<br />

(Corhampton): Maggie Howard 877540<br />

Treasurer (& Gift<br />

Aid secretary): Elizabeth Ridge 899102<br />

Organists:<br />

(Meonstoke) Dr Alan Hibbert OBE 878564<br />

(Corhampton) John Martin (am) 877385<br />

Richard Martin (pm) 872980<br />

Sacristan Pauline Quarendon 877392<br />

PRESHAW<br />

Coordinator Position vacant –<br />

Note: Compline is held on the first Sunday of each month,<br />

but not in <strong>June</strong> because of the Jubilee celebrations<br />

THE BRIDGE is delivered at the start of the months of<br />

February, April, <strong>June</strong>, August, October, and December.<br />

Ideally, <strong>copy</strong> should be sent by e-mail to The <strong>Bridge</strong> editor at<br />

the address shown above, preferably attached as an MS Word<br />

document. The page set-up (with 10 or 10.5 pt font size)<br />

should be defined as an A4 page – with 1.2 cm left and right<br />

margins. Typed or handwritten hard<strong>copy</strong> is also acceptable.<br />

If you are responsible for village activities, diaries, and<br />

schedules, please note that material received after the <strong>copy</strong><br />

date might not be included (see page 19).<br />

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THE BRIDGE MAGAZINE<br />

Editor Norman Bell, Briar Cottage,<br />

South Hill, Droxford, SO32 3PB<br />

Tel: 877230<br />

E-mail: thebridgeeditor@gmail.com<br />

Advertising: Position vacant<br />

E-mail: bridge.advertisingmanager@gmail.com<br />

Treasurer Alison Stott 877293<br />

Printed by: Meon Valley Printers,<br />

Church Road,<br />

Swanmore


The Rectory, April<br />

Hacked!<br />

I was hacked. I had never<br />

experienced such a thing; ‘hacking’<br />

was what you did to wood up until the<br />

invention of the Internet. How they<br />

got in was probably through emails<br />

purporting to be from BT yet slightly<br />

unusual; plausible things, yet evil in<br />

their intent. These were reported to<br />

the officials at BT who confirmed<br />

them as bogus. Perhaps they were<br />

the ones who brought the ‘Trojan’ in.<br />

Again the word Trojan was previously<br />

remembered as an ancient Greek<br />

story; but now I was the one<br />

besieged. All who knew me – the 736<br />

in my E-mail address book were now<br />

targets for the evil scam which was<br />

an e-mail in my name asking for<br />

funds to be sent to rescue me from a<br />

far flung place in the world.<br />

Backed!<br />

At the time of the hack I was away for<br />

a 72 hr clergy cell group near<br />

Swindon and one of the group<br />

received the e-mail on his phone<br />

alerting me. I contacted Sally at home<br />

who had received many telephone<br />

calls from concerned people who<br />

were advising us what had<br />

happened. The e-mail address book,<br />

of course, was a reflection of the<br />

News from the Riverbank<br />

The Friends of the Church Green<br />

With the sun making the occasional appearance after a wet and<br />

soggy April, our faithful and growing band of volunteers have<br />

been out on the church green carrying on the good work started<br />

last autumn. Now that much of the unwanted debris has been<br />

removed (and because of the desire to improve the habitat much<br />

of the debris is classified as wanted), our focus has turned to<br />

improving the island part of the green (the section between the<br />

two channels of the river). In particular, we have cordoned off<br />

the part nearest the road to experiment with wild flowers to find<br />

out what will thrive in the soil conditions present. Once the<br />

Rector’s Newsletter<br />

many people who had ‘done<br />

business’ with the church over the<br />

last 3 years and the confessing<br />

members of the church. There was a<br />

good feeling of love and care for us<br />

which was a blessing from those who<br />

could see the evil for what it was and<br />

also had sympathy for the obvious<br />

irritation it was to us.<br />

Blocked!<br />

Some people asked how they were in<br />

our address book at all. They asked<br />

to be removed from it because of the<br />

scam. In e-mail, people are saved to<br />

the address book when they make<br />

contact with the church and of course<br />

they can reject that if it becomes an<br />

inconvenience. It made me think of<br />

the times when life gets tough and<br />

inconvenient as we battle as<br />

Christians with the mess sin makes<br />

of our ordered lives and church<br />

fellowship. Rather than persevere<br />

with our contact with Christ in the<br />

church we are free to block all<br />

contact. We can walk away from the<br />

church when the call of faith<br />

challenges our personal comfort<br />

zone, but one day we would find that<br />

church community may be the only<br />

thing that was in our “address book of<br />

life” which will never walk away from<br />

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us because that is what Jesus<br />

promises –“I am with you always”.<br />

Blessed!<br />

To be associated with the church is<br />

about knowing people individually<br />

and every one of the 736 who had<br />

contact with the church is known to<br />

God who loves us all the same. Being<br />

a Christian is not an easy or<br />

comfortable thing and we are aware<br />

that things happen in the world that<br />

are evil and the churches’ good name<br />

is brought into discredit. Some<br />

leaders in the church are given titles.<br />

A titled name can be attacked<br />

(persecution), or used for evil<br />

(deception). Jesus was a victim of<br />

these things which were part of His<br />

sufferings for us. His goodness drew<br />

out all evil and he laid down his life to<br />

save us from its eternal<br />

consequences. Out of evil good can<br />

come; this is the wonderful message<br />

of forgiveness God offers in Christ our<br />

saviour. The Bible teaches that once<br />

we are saved our lives are hidden<br />

with Christ in God. In the world we<br />

can be hacked or financially ruined<br />

but our salvation is secure for all<br />

eternity, our names are written in the<br />

book of life.<br />

Stuart<br />

experiment is successfully completed we will expand the area<br />

on the island part.<br />

Our resident Meonstoke environmental specialist, Alison<br />

Matthews, has helped inform our actions as well as planting<br />

some wild flowers she has generously donated. Caroline Harris<br />

has also come up trumps finding a prolific source of cowslips,<br />

which have now been planted. They will not show until next<br />

year. As we are learning, establishing a wild flower meadow<br />

takes time, patience, and persistence.<br />

Our research suggests that the following will thrive in the soil<br />

conditions:<br />

Cowslip; greater knapweed; fairy flax; oxeye daisy;<br />

wild thyme; yellow rattle (good for suppressing too<br />

much grass growth); common knapweed; lady’s bedstraw;<br />

bird’s-foot trefoil; native red clover.<br />

Which brings me to a request for help<br />

Firstly, we are on the scrounge for wild flower plugs or seeds.<br />

Some will be used now and some are needed for use in the autumn<br />

and next spring. Secondly we need to raise some money<br />

for the continued maintenance and development of the green<br />

and the river. You may ask why, given the number of volunteers<br />

we have who provide their services for free. Cutting the<br />

green and strimming is a job that needs to be done professionally<br />

and regularly and which is carried out by Dave Buckley and<br />

his wife. Maintaining the trees also has to be carried out by pro-<br />

The main channel and island – during<br />

fessionals with the appropriate qualifications<br />

the work by the Wild Trout Trust (Continued on page 5 . . )


Look-in!<br />

Do look in for a chat and<br />

refreshment on the 1st and 3rd<br />

Wednesdays of the month between<br />

10.00 and midday in Meonstoke<br />

Church. Everyone is welcome –<br />

the more the merrier!<br />

<strong>June</strong>: 6 th & 20 th<br />

<strong>July</strong>: 4 th & 18 th<br />

Book-out !<br />

Please feel free to borrow books<br />

(fiction and non-fiction, thrillers and<br />

all other genres), jigsaws and CDs<br />

and return them when you have<br />

finished with them. There is no<br />

charge. The Library in<br />

Meonstoke Church is available<br />

to everyone whenever the<br />

Church is open, which is from<br />

early morning until early<br />

evening. Do come and have a<br />

browse in the peaceful<br />

surroundings.<br />

Lorna Allured, 01489 877718<br />

For the person who has everything…<br />

...a gift of friendship with<br />

CORHAMPTON SAXON CHURCH<br />

From the era before the Conquest<br />

A 1000 yr old centre of Christian worship<br />

A living icon of Saxon culture and heritage<br />

Your gift will help the Church<br />

serve the Meon Valley for<br />

another 1000 years<br />

A Gift of Friendship of Corhampton Saxon Church<br />

is available for just £15<br />

from<br />

Guy Liardet – chairman of the Friends<br />

liardet@meonstoke33.freeserve.co.uk<br />

01489 877583<br />

www.bridgechurches.org.uk/church_corhampton_friends<br />

Churches together<br />

Quiet half hours<br />

<strong>June</strong> 26 th<br />

Blessed Mary Church, Upham<br />

31 st <strong>July</strong><br />

St Peter's Soberton<br />

(No date for August)<br />

All held on Tuesdays, starting at<br />

7.30 pm, lasting 30 minutes.<br />

These are times of quiet<br />

contemplation of the type so<br />

often overlooked in this busy<br />

world<br />

Wanted<br />

Advertising Manager<br />

The <strong>Bridge</strong> needs an<br />

advertising manager to take<br />

over control of advertising:<br />

�To maintain a waiting list of<br />

potential advertisers<br />

�To send out renewal reminder<br />

letters at the end of each year<br />

�To keep a check list of renewals<br />

and details of payments<br />

�To follow up overdue replies and<br />

payments<br />

�To offer space to contacts on<br />

the waiting list<br />

�To pass to the editor any adverts<br />

submitted by advertisers.<br />

Note: This is an unpaid position,<br />

more suited to a retired person<br />

with time on their hands!<br />

Apply to the editor or write to<br />

bridge.advertisingmanager@<br />

gmail.com<br />

5<br />

Christian Aid Walk<br />

A big ‘thank you’ to all who took part<br />

on 13 th May for a lovely walk from<br />

Soberton church. There were 88<br />

walkers, including a group from<br />

Basingstoke, on what turned out to be a<br />

perfect day for walking.<br />

The total amount raised will be<br />

reported in a the next issue of<br />

The <strong>Bridge</strong>.<br />

Christian Aid – fighting<br />

poverty step by step!<br />

Harriet Poland and Holly at the the informal<br />

dedication service to Pasco’s memorial<br />

See News from the Riverbank opposite.<br />

FRIENDS OF<br />

CORHAMPTON<br />

CHURCH<br />

AGM report<br />

The AGM this year was well<br />

attended and Friends enjoyed an<br />

interesting talk with slides by Sue<br />

Nelson on what can be deduced from<br />

ancient pottery by an experienced<br />

archaeologist.<br />

Tributes were paid to all those who<br />

assist in the running of our important<br />

Saxon Church. All members of your<br />

Committee have generously agreed to<br />

stand for another year and were voted<br />

in. We have complied with Charity<br />

Commission reporting requirements.<br />

Friends were entertained to wine and<br />

canapés by the Committee<br />

afterwards.<br />

Guy Liardet,<br />

Chairman 877583


The Swap Evening in April, although<br />

less well attended, was good fun and<br />

everyone went away with something<br />

new to them! The meeting raised £90<br />

for the Valley Preschool Building fund.<br />

The May meeting, which was the last<br />

in the current season, was a walking<br />

Treasure Hunt, the proceeds of<br />

which we agreed to donate towards<br />

kitchen equipment for the Meon Hall.<br />

The next season of the Meon Ladies<br />

meetings begins on Thursday, 18 th<br />

October with a CHOCOLATE evening.<br />

On 22 nd November there will be talk<br />

about Guide Dogs for the Blind and<br />

the Christmas meeting is on the 13 th<br />

MEON LADIES<br />

December, when Gill Horn will<br />

demonstrate how to make seasonal<br />

table decorations. If you remember<br />

the December meeting last year, Gill’s<br />

original ideas for wreaths were<br />

amazing and many doors were graced<br />

with inspirations from Gill.<br />

The programme after Christmas is<br />

being planned and one of the meetings<br />

will be an expert talking about Oriental<br />

Carpets. Do watch out for posters<br />

around the villages. The meetings<br />

begin at 7.30 pm and are held in The<br />

Meon Hall.<br />

For more information please contact<br />

Lorna Allured on 877718.<br />

In recent weeks a number of people have asked me to explain<br />

where the money they donate to Droxford Church goes. I hope<br />

that the following brief notes will clarify the position, but if you<br />

have any further queries do please let me know.<br />

The answer depends on which of our several ‘funds’ your<br />

donation is allocated to. You are, of course, welcome at any<br />

time to specify a particular fund or funds. This can be done by<br />

making a note on your Gift Aid envelope or form, or by letting<br />

me know direct – whichever is easiest for you. In the absence<br />

of such an instruction your donation will be allocated to the<br />

General Fund.<br />

The current funds, and their purposes, are as follows:-<br />

General Fund: This covers two main areas of finance:<br />

1. Upkeep of the church and churchyard; upkeep of services;<br />

heat and light; insurance; administration etc. (currently these<br />

all amount to some £10,000 pa)<br />

2. Droxford’s ‘Parish Share’ aka Diocesan Quota<br />

(approximately £20,000 pa) which helps to fund clergy<br />

stipends, housing, and pension contributions.<br />

Droxford Church – Where does all the money go?<br />

(Continued from page 3)<br />

News from the Riverbank<br />

and insurance. The recent exercise to make the willows safe<br />

cost £750 alone. And whilst the work on the river carried out last<br />

autumn by the Wild Trout Trust was funded through the memorial<br />

funds raised by Harriet Poland for her son Pasco (see photo on<br />

page 4), further development work requires materials to be bought<br />

even though the labour is free, thanks to the volunteers.<br />

The Sponsorship Scheme<br />

Accordingly we have created a sponsorship scheme to raise the<br />

funds for ongoing maintenance. The good news is that we have<br />

our first two sponsors:<br />

Private Sponsorship: Mick Daw from St Andrews Cottage has<br />

sponsored maintenance for a month.<br />

Business sponsorship. Peter Neill who owns the South African<br />

based estate, Barton Vineyards, has also generously sponsored<br />

maintenance for a month through his company.<br />

If you would like to help in this way, you will find forms<br />

available at both the Post Office and The Bucks Head or from<br />

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EXTON CHURCH FABRIC<br />

FUND DRAW<br />

The April and May draws were<br />

both held at Southampton General<br />

Hospital.<br />

The £30 prize winners for these two<br />

months were:<br />

April: Tom Leonard (No. 6 )<br />

Jo Somers (No. 66)<br />

May: Liz Whiting (No. 75)<br />

Chris & Claire<br />

Martin (No. 53)<br />

Many thanks to all those who continue<br />

to support the draw. For tickets, or any<br />

further information, please contact<br />

Sam Fitzsimmons on 877910<br />

Restoration Fund: Major repairs to Droxford Church. Current<br />

projects include repairing beetle damage, replacing stolen lead<br />

(insofar as it exceeds our insurance cover) and repairing<br />

structural faults in the tower.<br />

Buildings Fund: Projects to be carried out in conjunction with<br />

the newly-formed Friends of Droxford Church (FODC). As<br />

announced in the last edition of The <strong>Bridge</strong>, FODC’s function<br />

is to act as a secular fundraising and building improvement<br />

group to assist the PCC in guaranteeing the future of our church<br />

as a building for generations to come, and for uses beyond those<br />

in its current repertoire. The first such project is the north door<br />

disabled access, which is now under way. As announced at the<br />

FODC launch event on 18 th April, future projects may include<br />

the provision of a meeting room in the north side chapel and a<br />

kitchen/toilet facility.<br />

Youth Fund: This fund is shared with the other Meon <strong>Bridge</strong><br />

parishes, and pays for youth-related activities.<br />

Paul Harris<br />

Hon. Treasurer Droxford PCC<br />

Libby Soar in Millside. There are several options which are<br />

designed to suit all pockets.<br />

Events for the diary<br />

As well as the small almost weekly working parties devoted to<br />

planting the experimental area, we have arranged for Andy<br />

Thomas of the Wild Trout Trust to design and supervise more<br />

conservation work on the river channel nearest the pub. This is<br />

arranged for Saturday, 28 th <strong>July</strong> at 10.00 am and all volunteers<br />

are welcome. We will be using some of the logs saved from the<br />

Willow pruning exercise and securing them in the river both to<br />

change the flow and make the stream more fish friendly.<br />

As is our custom on such occasions, we will be watering the<br />

inner person after work is finished at the Bucks Head and no<br />

doubt replenishing energy levels with some of their excellent<br />

chips!<br />

If you want to find out more about our plans for the Green, wish<br />

to help or know someone who would like to sponsor the cost of<br />

regular professional maintenance, please contact me, Simon<br />

Greenly, on 01489 878102 or simon@greenlys.co.uk


CHARITY BRIDGE & TEA<br />

To be held at<br />

HILL PLACE, SWANMORE<br />

(By kind permission of Mr & Mrs Dobson)<br />

Tuesday, 19 th <strong>June</strong><br />

2.00 to 5.00 pm<br />

ENTRY: £60 per table<br />

Tables are strictly limited –<br />

early booking is advised<br />

All proceeds from this event will go to the Jubilee Sailing<br />

Trust whose aim is to promote the integration of people<br />

of all abilities, able-bodied and disabled, through the<br />

challenge of sailing on the tall ships Lord Nelson and<br />

Tenacious.<br />

For more details & to reserve a table, contact:<br />

Roger Morfill<br />

Whistlers, New Road, Swanmore, SO32 2PE<br />

Tel: 01489 892823<br />

rogermorfill@swanmore.net<br />

ST. NICHOLAS’ CHURCH<br />

&<br />

WICKHAM VILLAGE FÊTE<br />

SATURDAY 9 TH JUNE<br />

The Fête is held each year in the beautiful<br />

gardens of Beverley<br />

on the Southwick Road<br />

Gates open at 12.30 pm<br />

BBQ ~ PIMMS TENT<br />

WICKHAM MORRIS<br />

CHILDREN’S FUN CORNER ~ AUCTION<br />

TEA TENT<br />

SCARECROW COMPETITION<br />

STALLS: Books, bottles, bric a brac,<br />

jewellery, toiletries, tombola, cakes,<br />

DVD’s and nearly new.<br />

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SHAKESPEARE IN THE GARDEN<br />

THE WINTER’S TALE<br />

In Aid of Ickle Pickles<br />

“He makes a <strong>July</strong>’s day short as December”.<br />

Well, whilst we’re hoping that The Villagers’ second<br />

visit to Hill Farm House will not see Polixenes’ fears<br />

become fact, we have no doubt that these fantastic<br />

actors will masterfully bring to life the complexities<br />

of this magnificent Shakespearean play<br />

that is neither tragedy nor comedy.<br />

Join us once again on Saturday, 21 st <strong>July</strong> in<br />

the gardens of Hill Farm House, Swanmore for an<br />

evening of Shakespeare Under the Stars. Bring a<br />

picnic supper, drinks; and try your luck on the<br />

Incubator Tombola - all in aid of supporting the lifesaving<br />

work carried out in the Neo-natal Units of<br />

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth and St<br />

George’s Hospital, Tooting.<br />

For details, call Jenny on 07803 299 973<br />

or Claire on 07887 412 256<br />

Swanmore Open Gardens<br />

On Sunday, 24 th <strong>June</strong> and 29 th <strong>July</strong> about 8 gardens of varying<br />

sizes and attractions in and around Swanmore village will<br />

be open from 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm in aid of St Barnabas<br />

Church. Different gardens are opening each day.<br />

Tickets are £5, including shuttle bus, and will be on sale at the<br />

Paterson Centre next to the church (car parking opposite).<br />

Accompanied children under 14 free. Home made teas in<br />

the Paterson Centre and plants will be on sale.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

28 TH JUNE<br />

7.30pm<br />

ST PETER’S CHURCH<br />

Bishops Waltham<br />

CHAMBER MUSIC<br />

FOR A SUMMER’S EVENING<br />

Eunice Pike – Piano<br />

Cathy Mathews – Violin<br />

Éva Csala – Violoncello<br />

Works by W. A. Mozart, L. v. Beethoven<br />

F. Schubert, E. Elgar, D. Popper<br />

Proceeds in aid of the church<br />

Tickets on the door:<br />

£8 adults, £6 concessions<br />

Refreshments included


Meon Valley Garden Club<br />

We had a very successful coffee morning at Middle Butts,<br />

despite the weather. This was a fund raising event, which is<br />

used to cover the cost of the well stocked hamper we put up as<br />

the main prize for our Summer Show raffle. It was cold and wet<br />

but a good number of members turned out. As it was on Grand<br />

National Day we also had a mild flutter and raised a good<br />

amount. Our thanks to our host who had a lot of wet footprints<br />

to clear up from her room.<br />

We took part in the 3-Society Quiz. This event has been going<br />

on for, we think, 15+ years, and was originally a 4-Society Quiz.<br />

It is a social and fun evening when various societies get together,<br />

taking it in turns to host the event. It was our turn this year. The<br />

attendance in the past has been large, 20 or 30 from each<br />

Society. But over the past few years the interest has declined<br />

and some of the original societies that took part have disappeared.<br />

So reluctantly we decided that it had perhaps run its<br />

course and we will not carry on.<br />

So we are now into our summer (!!) programme of garden visits.<br />

The club is assisting Meonstoke School with a planted area<br />

St John the<br />

Evangelist in festive<br />

mood<br />

West Meon<br />

Festival of<br />

Books<br />

Our third West Meon Book Festival will<br />

take place from 6th to 8th <strong>July</strong> this year<br />

amidst the glorious countryside setting<br />

of our tranquil village church. We have<br />

a great selection of authors and choice<br />

of activities. In the evening on Friday,<br />

6 th <strong>July</strong>, there will be a one-man show<br />

by Lloyd Lee – The Squire of Gadshill,<br />

an evening with Charles Dickens,<br />

reminiscing at the end of his life, and we<br />

hope the more flamboyant members of<br />

the audience will dress up in character.<br />

There will be expert advice on writing<br />

short stories; a chance to write flash<br />

fiction; an award-winning children’s<br />

illustrator; secrets of the Meon Valley<br />

Railway revealed; and the opportunity to<br />

meet and listen to many best-selling<br />

authors in a friendly environment.<br />

Details online at:<br />

www.westmeonfestival.co.uk<br />

Tickets at One Tree Books in Petersfield,<br />

online at Ticketsource and the box office<br />

on 01730 829522 (starting at £4).<br />

Also<br />

Sunday Teas in August<br />

Please come and join us for delicious<br />

Tea and Cake in the lovely surroundings<br />

of West Meon Church.<br />

Each Sunday in August from 3.00 pm<br />

to 5pm. All proceeds to charity<br />

(Homestart Meon Valley & others)<br />

www.meon-valley-garden-club.co.uk<br />

In the garden<br />

The cold, wet weather of the past two<br />

months has meant a slow start for many<br />

plants in the garden this year, particularly<br />

the tender bedding variety and vegetables,<br />

which means that there has been a backlog<br />

of plants in the greenhouse. Hopefully<br />

there will be some better weather in <strong>June</strong><br />

so that things can get back on track.<br />

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Vegetables: Sow salad crops at two or<br />

three-week intervals to provide a<br />

succession of crops. Plant out sprouts,<br />

winter cabbage, leeks, celeriac and purple<br />

sprouting broccoli. Sow swede and thin<br />

plants out to required spacing as they<br />

develop, but don’t try to transplant<br />

seedlings as they are unlikely to develop<br />

properly. Make second sowing of carrots<br />

and spring onions.<br />

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Fruit: Keep bushes and plants free of<br />

weeds and check regularly for mildew,<br />

aphids, sawfly, and other pests and spray<br />

as necessary. Do not be alarmed at the<br />

falling of small apples; this is quite normal<br />

and is referred to as ‘<strong>June</strong> Drop’ and is the<br />

tree’s mechanism for shedding excess fruit.<br />

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Herbaceous border: Plant out dahlias<br />

and Canna lilies and provide plenty of<br />

mulch; divide and replant primroses; take<br />

cuttings of pinks. Plant out half-hardy<br />

annuals and tender perennials such as<br />

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depicting an Olympic theme. The children have suggested the<br />

design, helped to sow seeds and we hope will help with the<br />

planting our. Our thanks to Park Place Nursery for advice and<br />

providing plants. Please come along to our Summer Show,<br />

either to enter something or just visit on the day. It really is a<br />

good event.<br />

Olive Hathaway – Chairman<br />

<strong>June</strong> & <strong>July</strong><br />

SUMMER SHOW<br />

Sunday 22 nd JULY<br />

The Meon Hall at 2.00 pm<br />

Entrance £1.00 (Children free)<br />

A Great Display – Refreshments<br />

Various stalls and games<br />

Live Music<br />

penstemons and osteospermum and make<br />

sure they are kept watered until<br />

established. Regularly deadhead roses to<br />

encourage strong new shoots. Deadhead<br />

early flowering herbaceous perennials, but<br />

do not cut to ground level, as this will sap<br />

the strength of the plant.<br />

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Bulbs: Make sure that gladioli are kept<br />

well watered in dry spells. Spray lilies<br />

with proprietary fungicide against botrytis<br />

and systemic insecticide against aphids,<br />

which spread virus diseases. Also be on<br />

the look out for scarlet lily beetles, which<br />

should be destroyed on sight. These can<br />

now be sprayed effectively with Superbug.<br />

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Containers: Plant up troughs, tubs,<br />

hanging baskets and window boxes. Add<br />

slow release fertiliser and vermiculite<br />

or perlite to the compost to retain<br />

moisture. There are busy lizzies available<br />

from suppliers that are raised from seed<br />

and allegedly free of downy mildew.<br />

These may be planted in containers filled<br />

with new compost.<br />

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In the greenhouse: Pinch out side shoots<br />

from tomatoes and after the first truss has<br />

set, start to feed fortnightly with a<br />

proprietary liquid feed. Train cucumbers<br />

on wires or canes and pinch out growing<br />

tip to encourage side shoots. Keep a look<br />

out for red spider mite and whitefly.<br />

Spray as necessary or use sticky whitefly<br />

traps. Keep plants well watered and spray<br />

with fungicide in <strong>June</strong> as a precaution<br />

against tomato blight. Plant a few basil<br />

and tagetes amongst greenhouse plants to<br />

deter pests such as aphids.<br />

John Owen


The Royal British Legion was<br />

treated to a remarkable evening of<br />

Falklands War reminiscences<br />

under the heading A Falklands<br />

Retrospective, on 14 th May at the<br />

Upland Park Hotel.<br />

The evening was the brainchild of Janet<br />

Melson, who also acted as ‘anchor<br />

woman’ for the event. She intended to<br />

highlight the contributions made by<br />

members of the branch during this short<br />

but violent war 30 years ago, not just by<br />

those in the front line, but also by those in<br />

support , including wives left behind with<br />

young families, and in this she succeeded.<br />

Starting with JoJo Buchanan, whose<br />

husband Andy was recalled from<br />

Easter leave to join HMS HERMES as Rear<br />

Admiral Sandy Woodward’s Group<br />

Warfare Officer, we moved on to Captain<br />

Anthony McEwan who found himself<br />

shifted rapidly from teaching at the<br />

Maritime Tactical School, to advising the<br />

Commander-in-Chief and the politicians<br />

about tactics to be employed in fighting<br />

the war. HMS INVINCIBLE was, of course,<br />

one of the two aircraft carriers that made<br />

the task force viable, and Captain<br />

Anthony Provest joined her as second-incommand<br />

virtually as she sailed. His<br />

story brought to life the whole war,<br />

particularly the success of the Sea<br />

Harriers of the Fleet Air Arm.<br />

Commander Julian Malec followed with<br />

his role in taking up merchant ships from<br />

trade to support the task force; the public<br />

perception that this happened with<br />

apparent ease belied the unprecedented<br />

time, professionalism , and circumventing<br />

of usual financial constraints, that all this<br />

involved.<br />

The destroyers and frigates were the<br />

maids of all work in the Falklands,<br />

and Commander Peter Mosse,<br />

commanding officer of HMS AMBUSCADE,<br />

demonstrated that vividly with his tales of<br />

insertion of Special Forces, naval gunfire<br />

support to the Royal Marines and Army,<br />

seduction of Exocet missiles intended for<br />

the carriers and finally the consolidation<br />

of South Georgia. His wife Sarah, left<br />

behind and assuming that AMBUSCADE was<br />

in Gibraltar as guard ship, was surprised<br />

to say the least to hear from the BBC<br />

News that the ship was in the Falklands.<br />

Her story of dealing with a badly injured<br />

son and the death of her father, without<br />

wanting to bother her husband, was one of<br />

the highlights of the evening.<br />

St Nazaire Raid Remembered<br />

24 th October, Droxford Church, 7.30 pm<br />

An event is being arranged, for when<br />

we draw near to Remembrance<br />

Sunday, to commemorate the raid<br />

on St. Nazaire in France, known as<br />

Operation Chariot, which set sail from<br />

Falmouth on the 26 March, 1942. It was<br />

an extremely hazardous and valiant<br />

operation which yet achieved all its<br />

objectives and was the first fight back<br />

onto mainland Europe after the fall of<br />

France. The success of the operation gave<br />

great encouragement to the French and<br />

effectively destroyed the only dry dock<br />

large enough to repair and resource the<br />

German battleship Tirpitz, and thus<br />

secured the Western approaches against<br />

this battleship threat. The operation was<br />

costly. Nearly one third of those who set<br />

out were killed and many were taken<br />

prisoner. It was a combined operation<br />

launched by the Royal Navy supported by<br />

Royal Marine commandos. There were 89<br />

decorations awarded, including five Vcs.<br />

There will be a talk given by Nick Beattie,<br />

whose father was in command of HMS<br />

The Royal British Legion Droxford Branch<br />

Cambeltown, an old American lend-lease<br />

ship which was blown up at the St. Nazaire<br />

dock, thus sealing and destroying the<br />

dock. Nick’s father, Lt Cdr Beattie, was<br />

awarded the VC on behalf of the whole<br />

ship’s company<br />

Nick, who himself served in the Navy, is<br />

an old friend of mine. His talk will be<br />

backed by a power point presentation.<br />

Nick has returned many times to St<br />

Nazaire for the annual commemorations<br />

and particularly in March of this year and<br />

is active in the Operation Chariot veterans<br />

association. Nick and his wife Gaye work<br />

and have worked tirelessly for their parish<br />

church at Wing, in Bucks.<br />

The event is designed to be of particular<br />

local interest in this 70 th year of the<br />

enterprise. It is also designed to raise<br />

funds. Tickets will be on sale nearer the<br />

event.<br />

It is being supported by the newly<br />

inaugurated Friends of Droxford Church,<br />

and is being held in the church to help to<br />

establish the availability of the ancient and<br />

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Finally the Retrospective dealt with the<br />

second task force, the ships intended<br />

to continue the war and to relieve the<br />

HERMES and INVINCIBLE group had the<br />

war not finished when it did. Admiral Sir<br />

Jock Slater, commanding officer of HMS<br />

ILLUSTRIOUS at the time, told us of<br />

bringing forward his ship from build 6<br />

months early and taking over from<br />

INVINCIBLE in what was still a very tense<br />

war zone. Commodore Peter Melson,<br />

commanding officer of HMS SIRIUS, spoke<br />

of the challenges of turning an aging<br />

Leander class frigate converted for Cold<br />

War, anti-submarine, operations in the<br />

Norwegian Sea into an operational<br />

general purpose frigate. Commander Rob<br />

Scott, Supply Officer of SIRIUS’s sister<br />

ship, HMS PHOEBE, completed the evening<br />

with very amusing tales of storing for war,<br />

especially with vast quantities of frozen<br />

duck which his ship’s company refused to<br />

eat! Both ships returned home for<br />

Christmas, very much the worse for wear<br />

after 4 months at sea in the South Atlantic.<br />

For a small Branch of the RBL, in the<br />

middle of Hampshire, this was a quite<br />

amazing spread of involvement in the<br />

Falklands War and we all left wiser, and<br />

slightly humbled, by the recollections of<br />

30 years ago.<br />

Peter Melson<br />

Chairman<br />

beautiful church as a central place of<br />

gathering in the heart of the village. As<br />

the inaugural leaflet states: “The intention<br />

is to raise funds for the Church’s<br />

restoration and development as a<br />

community venue.” I feel a personal<br />

commitment to such an aim because I have<br />

known the church all my life and<br />

worshiped within as a child and as a young<br />

man. Both my grandfathers loved the<br />

church: one arranged for the provision of<br />

electricity before the war to ‘modernise’ a<br />

need and in memory of the other, the Lady<br />

Chapel was restored. When I was vicar of<br />

Leighton Buzzard, I helped found a<br />

Friends’ Preservation Trust, which has<br />

since gone on to raise in the region of £1m<br />

to restore and up-grade the ancient, large,<br />

and beautiful parish church. Its task is<br />

on-going. A Friends’ organisation is an<br />

excellent way of enlarging support for,<br />

and interest in, the heritage of our ancient<br />

and treasured church buildings.<br />

Proceeds from the St Nazaire event are to<br />

be divided between the Friends and an<br />

enterprise dear to my heart, The Shining<br />

House in Masindi-Kitara Diocese in<br />

Uganda. This is a small set-up run by a lay<br />

Continued on page 9 . . .


200 Club Prize Draws: The winners<br />

of the £25 monthly prizes were:<br />

April Verity Brayshaw<br />

May Pippa Eyles<br />

30 th Anniversary: A celebration<br />

was arranged at The Meon Hall in<br />

April to mark the 30 th anniversary of<br />

the opening of The Meon Hall by<br />

Her Royal Highness The Duchess<br />

of Kent on 22 April 1982.<br />

Members of the New Hall Building<br />

Committee were joined by many<br />

friends and supporters to remember<br />

the Duchess's arrival in a helicopter<br />

of the Royal Flight, her visit to open<br />

The Meon Hall, and the care she<br />

took to speak personally to<br />

everyone, particularly all the<br />

children. As one of the original<br />

trustees, and as chairman of the<br />

Exton Parish Meeting, who had<br />

done so much to make the project a<br />

success, Rosemary Frere-Cook<br />

was thanked and presented with a<br />

bouquet of flowers. A letter of<br />

congratulations from Patrick Oliver,<br />

who designed The Meon Hall and<br />

led the building project, was read<br />

out. Many photos of the day were<br />

on display. In 1982, The Meon Hall<br />

. . .Continued from page 8.<br />

reader called Roger Turner who was a<br />

teacher and has used his retirement to<br />

foster and resource a home for orphaned<br />

children, literally scooping vulnerable<br />

children off the streets and providing them<br />

with both a home and furthering their<br />

education. I receive from some of the<br />

children periodic letters, full of hope and<br />

thanks. An Easter card came this year<br />

asking with dignity for help with<br />

education. The Shining House is run on a<br />

shoe-string and Roger uses much of his<br />

pension to keep it going. It is run by him<br />

as a charity under the auspices of the<br />

Anglican Church in Uganda. I know<br />

Roger and speak for his integrity.<br />

It would be lovely if there was good<br />

support for the occasion. I believe Nick<br />

will be a most interesting and informed<br />

speaker and both Nicola and I are<br />

encouraged by the enthusiasm of the<br />

FODC, especially Janet and Peter Melson,<br />

for the plan. I believe that the two causes<br />

for which tickets will be sold are really<br />

worth-while, and that a really interesting<br />

evening will be on offer. Please book this<br />

event in your diaries!<br />

Anthony Hulbert<br />

was awarded the Secretary of State<br />

for the Environment's Prize as the<br />

outstanding example of a selfdesign-and-build<br />

community project<br />

by the villagers of Meonstoke,<br />

Corhampton, and Exton.<br />

Thank You:<br />

▪ To Exton Parish Meeting for a<br />

grant of £500 to help with the<br />

refurbishment of the kitchen.<br />

This work will be done in<br />

October 2012; discussions are<br />

going on with contractors.<br />

▪ To Corhampton & Meonstoke<br />

Parish Council for a grant of<br />

£500 to help with the refurbishment<br />

of the kitchen, and for<br />

a grant of £90 to help with the<br />

upkeep of the Meon Hall's<br />

grounds and car park area<br />

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▪ To the Meon Ladies Group for<br />

a £500 grant offer to help with<br />

the cost of the commercial<br />

dishwasher to be fitted in the<br />

kitchen<br />

Recycling: There's a new,<br />

brighter, better, yellow recycling bin<br />

at The Meon Hall! Please keep<br />

recycling your unwanted clothes,<br />

shoes, and textiles at the Meon<br />

Hall, which raises money for our<br />

Hampshire Air Ambulance<br />

helicopter. The aim is to raise<br />

£500 from our recycling bin in 2012<br />

to help fund emergency flights.<br />

Planning a family party ...?<br />

Order your extra tables, chairs,<br />

china, wine glasses, and cutlery for<br />

your summer entertaining from The<br />

Meon Hall. Contact the Bookings<br />

Secretary, Richard Booth at:<br />

meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk<br />

HRH The Duchess of Kent after opening the Meon Hall<br />

James Morrice<br />

PLANT & CAKE SALE SUCCESS<br />

James and Anne Morrice would like to thank everyone who helped to make the<br />

Plant and Cake Sale on Saturday, 19 th May such a success.<br />

The sum of £900 was raised, and has been divided equally with £300 to each of:<br />

♦ Droxford and District Community Care Group (to help with running costs);<br />

♦ The Meonstoke Mothers and Toddlers Group; and<br />

♦ The Valley Pre-School.


Meonstoke, Corhampton, & Exton Church Fête<br />

Saturday 14 th <strong>July</strong><br />

The Meon Hall, Pound Lane, Meonstoke<br />

Gates open at 1.45 pm Official Opening at 2.00 pm<br />

Please contact the stall staff listed below if you would like to<br />

help directly, and please either deliver, or arrange delivery to<br />

them. Alternatively, take contributions to the fete during the<br />

morning of 14<br />

Stall / Activity Staffed by Phone<br />

th in plenty of time for items to be priced and set<br />

up on stalls.<br />

Presents Galore Angela Bruce-Gardyne 878610<br />

Jill Cassels 877469<br />

Burger Bar & Sam Spelling 01730 829918<br />

Soft Drinks Mobile .07754488660<br />

Advertising/Publicity Susanne Marlow 877200<br />

Commentator Andrew Fletcher 877510<br />

Hot Shots (basketball) Philippa Hutchinson 878702<br />

Prize Co-ordinators Yvonne Hutchinson 878702<br />

Sarah Shepherd 877353<br />

Fete Hon Treasurer David Frere-Cook 877838<br />

Parking Maggie Howard 877540<br />

Peter Mosse 01730 829345<br />

Grand Draw Kevin Robertson 878545<br />

Ice Creams Za Rowe 877732<br />

Martha Fletcher 877501<br />

Splat the Rat Berry Family 877756<br />

Teas Lucy Fletcher & 877501<br />

St Andrew’s Green Tea Ladies<br />

Tombola Ian Allured 877718<br />

Beer & Pimms Steve Clark 878323<br />

Face Painting Rachel Wells 893861<br />

Bottle Stall Jeremy Berwick 878175<br />

Cakes and Biscuits Natalie Lumby 877444<br />

Tessa Briggs 878282<br />

Chucking the Hay Charles Blackmore 877529<br />

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In the event of wet weather, stalls can be relocated from the recreation<br />

field to inside The Meon Hall. The list below is not final;<br />

there is plenty of room for more stalls. Any ideas or queries,<br />

please contact Mike Hutchinson, Fête Co-ordinator,<br />

Tel: 878702 E-mail: yandmhutch1@btinternet.com.<br />

Stall / Activity Staffed by Phone<br />

Village Band Annabel Armstrong 877130<br />

Slow Bicycle Carl Waktare 878582<br />

‘Fire Engine’ Sue Robertson 878545<br />

Cup Cake Emporium Jojo Buchanan 877737<br />

Pauline Provest 877456<br />

Egg Throwing Sue Robertson 878545<br />

Golf on the Green Josh Dodsworth 878689<br />

Plant Stall Jane McCormick 877909<br />

Road/Traffic Signs James Morrice 878505<br />

Soaps and Scents Libby Soar 878704<br />

Alpha House Liaison Maggie Howard 877540<br />

Villages Photograph<br />

Competition Vanessa Barton 877145<br />

Guess the Balloons<br />

in the Mini Nick Lewin 878778<br />

Coconut Shy Sebastian Briggs 878282<br />

Simon Kinsey 878848<br />

Raffle Anna Lewin 878778<br />

Gazebos & Lads’<br />

Working Party David Varey 877349<br />

Meonstoke Church School<br />

Performance School Secretary 877568<br />

Gatekeepers in Chief John Stott 877293<br />

Chris Maxse 877703<br />

Tractor Rides Hall Family 878755<br />

The above stall-holders list is not complete and we badly need people to run the following (we also need a decent sound<br />

system which this year has not so far been forthcoming) :-<br />

Jam Stall; Books; White Elephant (bric-a-brac); Rector’s Shirt,<br />

Fun Dog Show (We have Hilony Hearn, Tel. 878023 as judge), Silent Auction.<br />

Pre-Fête meeting on site for all concerned at 4.00 pm, Friday, 13 th <strong>July</strong>.<br />

FRIENDS OF<br />

DROXFORD<br />

CHURCH<br />

The formal launch of the<br />

Friends of Droxford Church<br />

took place in Droxford<br />

Village Hall on 18 th April.<br />

It was attended, amongst<br />

others, by the Archdeacon of the<br />

Meon, Lord Stoneham of Droxford,<br />

our Rector, and around 80 residents<br />

of Droxford and wider afield.<br />

The intention of the evening was to<br />

bring to the notice of the village the<br />

Friends’ plans to restore our church<br />

once again to the centre of village<br />

life, mainly by modernising its<br />

facilities without losing its character.<br />

To this end, detailed plans drawn up<br />

by architect John<br />

Dryden-Brownlee<br />

were exhibited<br />

and discussed.<br />

Peter Melson the<br />

Chairman, spoke<br />

of the need to<br />

engage the whole<br />

village, whether<br />

churchgoers or not, in this project to<br />

ensure that our church remains fit for<br />

purpose for generations still to come.<br />

He particularly mentioned that,<br />

whatever our faith, the building<br />

belonged to all of us and although<br />

regular congregations are declining,<br />

the use of the church for major events<br />

such as weddings, funerals, and<br />

concerts is increasing. It is to cater<br />

for these events that there is a clear<br />

need to modernise the facilities. The<br />

Archdeacon also spoke, and strongly<br />

supported the Friends’ initiative.<br />

From comments after the launch it<br />

was apparent that most people who<br />

attended agreed the need, although<br />

clearly there were different opinions<br />

about how it should be achieved. The<br />

main aim now is to widen the<br />

membership of the Friends and I<br />

would encourage anyone who has<br />

delayed submitting their application<br />

form, enclosed with the last edition of<br />

The <strong>Bridge</strong>, to consider joining and<br />

subscribing in order to safeguard the<br />

future of our church building. If you<br />

have mislaid your form, there are<br />

more available in the church where<br />

there is also a display of the<br />

architect’s drawings to mull over.<br />

Peter Melson CVO CBE<br />

Chairman


Young people who drown are often the victims of<br />

their own misjudgement of their swimming<br />

ability. They may view a river or a lake as a<br />

tempting means of cooling off in a hot spell, but fail to<br />

appreciate the harmful effects that the cold water can<br />

have on stamina and strength.<br />

■ Drowning is the third most common cause of<br />

accidental death among the under 16s.<br />

■ Spot the dangers. Water may look safe, but it<br />

can still be dangerous. You may swim well in a<br />

warm indoor pool, but that does not mean that<br />

you will be able to swim in cold water outdoors!<br />

■ Always take extra care around the water's edge,<br />

cliff faces, and open mudflats.<br />

Water Safety<br />

Useful contact points and further information:<br />

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■ Take safety advice: always follow the flags on<br />

beaches and notices that may warn you of<br />

danger.<br />

■ Don't go alone: children should always be<br />

accompanied by an adult.<br />

■ Always tell someone where you are going and<br />

when you expect to be back.<br />

■ Learn how to help: you may be able to help<br />

yourself and others if you know what to do in an<br />

emergency.<br />

If you see someone in difficulty tell a Lifeguard or go to<br />

the nearest telephone, dial 999, ask for the Police or<br />

the Coastguard.<br />

RoSPA <strong>Web</strong>site: http://www.rospa.com/leisuresafety/adviceandinformation/watersafety/water-safety-signs.aspx<br />

You can download a <strong>copy</strong> of our home fire safety leaflet at: www.hantsfire.gov.uk/homesafetyinformation.pdf<br />

HFRS <strong>Web</strong> site: www.hantsfire.gov.uk Community Fire Safety Department: Telephone 02380 626809<br />

Email: community.firesafety@hantsfire.gov.uk<br />

Meon Valley First Responders<br />

Eyes down for a full house!<br />

Meon Valley Community First Responders (MVCFR) held a<br />

Family Bingo Night at The Meon Hall on Saturday, 12th May.<br />

The event was to raise funds and promote the concept and work of the<br />

first responder scheme, hopefully also attracting new recruits. The<br />

evening was the brainchild of MVCFR’s Karen Ward, assisted by<br />

Responders Charlie Hewson, Sue Mitchell, Joe Somers, Rowena Hyder,<br />

Brian Gray, and Manda Eldrid. Karen acted as bingo caller and her great<br />

performance was one of the highlights of the evening. The sterling<br />

assistance of Helen Mitchell, Rose Marie Miles, and Nora Burrage (The<br />

Meon Hall ‘tea ladies’) and David Butcher who managed the bar was<br />

greatly appreciated.<br />

A large number of prizes were generously donated by businesses and<br />

individuals from within the Meon Valley community for both bingo<br />

‘lines’ and ‘houses’, and for the raffle. The top prize of a holiday in the<br />

South of France was won, as is so often the case, by one of the<br />

organisers! At the end of the evening, surplus prizes were sold by David<br />

Butcher who demonstrated a clear talent for auctioneering - many for<br />

well in excess of their actual monetary value. In addition to the<br />

individuals who contributed and those who came along and helped make<br />

the evening so worthwhile, the MVCFR team would like to thank all the<br />

local sponsors listed at the end of this article.<br />

Proceeds from the bingo, raffle, auction, and bar profits raised a grand<br />

total of £2,400 which should pay for one complete first responder kit.<br />

This includes the potentially life saving automatic external defibrillator<br />

(AED), oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter, bag valve mask, oropharyngeal<br />

airways and a small range of other essential first aid equipment. With<br />

much of our kit now over 10 years old, replacements and upgrades will<br />

be essential. South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) sponsor the<br />

Community First Responder Scheme and provide both initial and<br />

continuation training but most equipment and other requisites must be<br />

funded by donation. Although the CFR scheme is an important SCAS<br />

emergency response asset, our first responders primarily serve their<br />

communities and, whenever possible, aim to reach you within 8 minutes<br />

of activation by the SCAS emergency operations centre (EOC). As you<br />

will appreciate, in rural areas ambulances can take a lot longer and<br />

therefore a responder can make all the difference between life and death.<br />

In an attempt to meet the 8 minute target 24/7, MVCFR always need new<br />

volunteers. No previous medical experience is necessary; you need to be<br />

aged 18 years or more; a vehicle owner/driver; and reasonably fit – that<br />

is, not likely to arrive in a worse state than the patient! Currently we do<br />

our best with the small team available but cannot guarantee that a<br />

responder will be on duty when you make that 999 call. So, if you think<br />

you can help, please contact Charlie Hewson (01489 878193 or 07790<br />

663270) or Rob Scott (01489 877800). Alternatively e-mail the SCAS<br />

CFR Administrator at cfr@scas.nhs.uk (01962 898090).<br />

Rob Scott<br />

MVCFR Coordinator<br />

List of Sponsors<br />

AG Axton & Sons<br />

Andrew Spreadbury, Gardener<br />

Ann-Marie Elliott, Masseuse<br />

Bishop's Waltham Butchers<br />

Bowman Ales Ltd<br />

Chris Martin<br />

Colin Rich, Chimney Sweep<br />

Corhampton Golf Club<br />

Corhampton Post Office<br />

DJ Scott Garden Machinery<br />

David & Chrissie Frere-Cook<br />

Gary Jay, Gardener<br />

Harriotts Butchers<br />

Ian Roper, Golf Pro<br />

Jan Tebb<br />

Jo Blondell, Florist<br />

Kevin Sherfield, Window Cleaner<br />

Matt Tryhorn, Golf Pro<br />

Merringtons Garage<br />

Rebecca Green, Reflexologist<br />

Sammy-Jo Reid, Hairdresser<br />

Simon Lawson, Jewellery<br />

Taylors Garage<br />

The Bakers Arms<br />

The Bucks Head<br />

The Hurdles<br />

The Nail Rooms<br />

The Shoe<br />

The White Horse<br />

West Meon Community Shop<br />

Colin (Womble) Burgers<br />

Meon Valley Printers for leaflets


POST OFFICES<br />

Some local services & useful telephone numbers<br />

DROXFORD – High Street 878811<br />

MEONSTOKE – Allens Lane, Corhampton 877374<br />

STORES<br />

DROXFORD STORES, High Street 878811<br />

THE VILLAGE STORES, Allens Lane,Corhampton 877374<br />

MERINGTONS STORES, Garrison Hill, Droxford 878043<br />

DROXFORD ANTIQUES, High Street, Droxford 878800<br />

PUBLIC HOUSES<br />

THE BAKER’S ARMS, Droxford 877533<br />

THE BUCKS HEAD, Meonstoke 877313<br />

THE HURDLES, Droxford 877451<br />

THE SHOE, Exton 877526<br />

THE WHITE HORSE, Droxford 877490<br />

GARAGES<br />

MERINGTONS , Droxford 877431<br />

TAYLORS GARAGE LTD, Droxford 877433<br />

SCHOOLS<br />

DROXFORD JUNIOR SCHOOL, Secretary 877537<br />

MEONSTOKE SCHOOL, Secretary 877568<br />

VALLEY PRE-SCHOOL 878019<br />

SWANMORE COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY 892256<br />

LIBRARY (Bishop’s Waltham)<br />

Free Street, Bishops Waltham 892871<br />

CITIZEN’S ADVICE BUREAU (Bishop’s Waltham)<br />

Well House, 2 Brook Street 896376<br />

CAB e-mail: bishopswaltham@cabnet.org.uk<br />

PARISH COUNCILS<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke.<br />

Clerk: Mrs J Brooks 891660<br />

Droxford. Clerk: Mrs R Hoile 877470<br />

Exton Parish Meeting:<br />

Honorary Secretary: Paul Garner 877781<br />

DROXFORD VILLAGE HALL<br />

Bookings: Mrs Terry Crowfoot 877631<br />

THE MEON HALL, Meonstoke<br />

Bookings: Richard Booth<br />

E-mail: meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk or 877820<br />

William Collins Charity Good News Travelling Library<br />

Can we help you? Our charity was set up to assist children<br />

and students from the <strong>Bridge</strong> parishes, requiring financial<br />

help for educational purposes (not fees). Call one of our<br />

trustees in confidence:<br />

Ann Symes, Droxford 877643<br />

Jan Dobson Meonstoke 877672 Diana Arthur Exton 877390<br />

Julia Keitley Droxford 877414<br />

Monika Thwaites Corhampton 877939<br />

The Trustees of the William Collins Trust are delighted to<br />

announce that they were able to make awards allowing a<br />

number of Droxford school children to go away to residential<br />

camps. Other awards have been made in respect of Duke<br />

of Edinburgh Award Scheme fees and music lessons.<br />

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COMMUNITY CARE TRANSPORT CO-ORDINATORS:<br />

Droxford: Sheila Hilary 07977 096586<br />

Exton: Jill Freemantle 877379<br />

Meonstoke & Corhampton: Patricia Howe 877528<br />

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL SERVICES<br />

Adult Services 0845 603 5630<br />

Children’s Services 0845 603 5620<br />

The above numbers are open Monday to Thursday 8.30 am - 4.30 pm<br />

The out-of-hours number is 0845 600 4555<br />

MEON VALLEY CARERS GROUP<br />

The Paterson Centre (see p. 20 for details) 895444<br />

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH<br />

If you see anything suspicious, ring the Police immediately on 0845<br />

045 4545, or, if you need advice, phone any of the following people<br />

straight away. If a vehicle is involved, it can help enormously if you<br />

can get its number.<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke:<br />

Ian Gilchrist (chairman) 877238<br />

Rectory Lane Norah Burrage 878708<br />

High Street Janet Dobby 878657<br />

Bucks Head Hill Carol Jones 878560<br />

Oxendown Ian Gilchrist 877238<br />

Warnford Road Mike Camp 877180<br />

Jerry Pett 877633<br />

Corhampton Lane Charles Hall 877506<br />

Pound Lane, West Pearl Hazzard 877075<br />

Pound Lane, East Linda Foot 877763<br />

Chapel Road & Fry’s Lane Marcia Gillespie 877472<br />

New Road Jenny Liardet 877583<br />

Allen’s Lane and St Andrew’s Green.<br />

Lorna Allured 877718<br />

Stocks Lane Roger Howard 877540<br />

Brockbridge Road Frances Keppel 878774<br />

Millside Phil Butler 877596<br />

Droxford Gordon Hope 877751<br />

Exton Joan Starkie 878698<br />

Eleanor & Paul Garner 877781<br />

POLICE (non-emergency calls) 0845 045 4545<br />

NHS DIRECT (24 hour response) 0845 4647<br />

For help on community safety and to report<br />

anti-social behaviour, etc, ring 101<br />

at<br />

The Paterson Centre<br />

Church Road, Swanmore<br />

Normally 2nd Tuesday of each month from 10.30 am to<br />

12.15 pm:<br />

Next visits: 19th <strong>June</strong> : 10 th <strong>July</strong><br />

Everyone welcome ~ refreshments served<br />

Books - including fiction - films, DVDs, videos, tapes<br />

and music ~ to borrow.<br />

Greetings cards and notelets ~ to buy at very reasonable<br />

prices.


Our main activity is the provision of<br />

private transport for essential<br />

purposes such as hospital and<br />

doctor appointments. We endeavour to<br />

keep our charges well below cost. We<br />

rely on the continuing support of<br />

volunteer drivers. Nearly all our current<br />

drivers are retired and have been with us<br />

for at least five years and to keep the<br />

service going we do urgently need<br />

some new volunteer drivers.<br />

At present the costs of operating the<br />

service are by fund raising and<br />

donations. Donations are always<br />

welcome and we acknowledge with<br />

thanks the contributions that have<br />

recently been received.<br />

In addition to transport, we provide a<br />

service to new arrivals in the villages<br />

The Group exists to provide support within the villages of<br />

Droxford, Meonstoke, Exton and Corhampton.<br />

MINOR INJURIES<br />

UNIT<br />

Petersfield Hospital<br />

Swan Street, Petersfield<br />

GU32 3LB<br />

� 01730 263221<br />

with a welcome note and later a visit to<br />

assist them in settling in. It is important<br />

to us that we welcome all newcomers<br />

but occasionally we are not made<br />

aware of new arrivals. If we have not<br />

been in touch please make contact<br />

with the new arrivals co-ordinator Za<br />

Rowe 877732.<br />

We can also provide assistance with<br />

completion of forms and documents on<br />

a confidential basis and may also be<br />

able to offer assistance to those in need<br />

of specialized equipment to make life<br />

easier around the home. We may be<br />

able to help resolve the problems of<br />

restoring land-line telephones of the elderly<br />

when they are not working properly.<br />

It is important to note that all 09 telephone<br />

numbers are expensive and recently<br />

there have been a number of<br />

Open 8 am to 6 pm<br />

365 days a year<br />

As a dedicated Minor Injuries Team, we can treat many minor injuries<br />

for all ages including:<br />

Cuts & Abrasions<br />

Burns<br />

Ear & nose injuries<br />

Eye injuries<br />

Foreign bodies<br />

Head Injuries<br />

Minor Fractures<br />

Nosebleeds<br />

Splinters, Sprains & Strains<br />

If we cannot treat your injury, we will refer you to another member<br />

of our multi-disciplinary team. These can include.<br />

� Accident & Emergency Department<br />

� Dentist<br />

� Fracture Clinic<br />

� General Practitioner<br />

� Ophthalmic Optician<br />

We have X-ray facilities Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to midday.<br />

Waiting times vary, but most patients are seen, treated and discharged within<br />

an hour.<br />

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fraudsters using 09 numbers. Unsuspecting<br />

persons have been landed with<br />

very expensive telephone bills by phoning<br />

some 09 numbers. Never dial 09<br />

numbers if you are not absolutely sure<br />

who you are dialling.<br />

For visits to hospital etc. please always<br />

contact your transport co-ordinator<br />

whose telephone number is on the<br />

Local Services page and do not contact<br />

drivers direct.<br />

Our AGM this year will be held at<br />

Droxford Village Hall on Monday, 11th<br />

<strong>June</strong> at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be<br />

served. All are welcome.<br />

If you would like to volunteer as a<br />

driver, please get in touch with your<br />

transport co-ordinator or the<br />

Chairman, John Shaw, on 877564<br />

Meon Valley Community Bus<br />

Fares for all destinations:<br />

Adult: £4.00 return.<br />

Children: Under 16 ½ fare: Under 5 free<br />

Winchester City Council bus passes accepted<br />

For Minibus bookings ring Stuart Attrill on<br />

01489 878500.<br />

TIMETABLES:<br />

MONDAY to FAREHAM<br />

Leaves Return<br />

1001 Droxford Square 1314<br />

1005 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1310<br />

1007 Corhampton Stores 1308<br />

1009 Meonstoke, Old Post Office 1306<br />

WEDNESDAY to FAREHAM<br />

1000 Droxford Square 1309<br />

1003 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1306<br />

1005 Corhampton Stores 1304<br />

1007 Meonstoke, Old Post Office 1302<br />

THURSDAY to FAREHAM<br />

0926 Exton, The Shoe 1239<br />

0927 Corhampton, The Butts 1238<br />

0929 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1236<br />

0931 Corhampton Stores 1234<br />

0933 Meonstoke, Old Post Office 1232<br />

FIRST FRIDAY OF MONTH TO WINCHESTER<br />

0925 Droxford Square 1246<br />

0930 Meonstoke, Old Post Office 1241<br />

0932 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1239<br />

0934 Corhampton Stores 1237<br />

0936 Exton, The Shoe 1234<br />

SECOND FRIDAY OF MONTH TO WATERLOOVILLE<br />

0935 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1250<br />

0939 Droxford Square 1245<br />

THIRD FRIDAY OF MONTH TO HEDGE END<br />

0926 Exton, The Shoe 1220<br />

0929 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1217<br />

0932 Corhampton Stores 1214<br />

0937 Droxford Square 1209


A big thank you from the Friends of<br />

Meonstoke School (FOMS) to everyone<br />

(and that’s a lot of you) for<br />

continuing to support their very<br />

popular Pop-Up Coffee Shops. The<br />

last one popped up on a Friday, 4 th<br />

May instead of a Tuesday this time but<br />

it was as busy as ever and extra tables<br />

had to be laid up as more people<br />

arrived for a good cup of coffee and a<br />

piece of cake. The next one will also<br />

be a Friday, 22 <strong>June</strong>, at the Meon Hall<br />

10.00 am until 12 noon. Noodle<br />

Jewellery and Phoenix Cards will be<br />

coming along. If you’ve been before,<br />

you’ll be putting it in your diary now; if<br />

you’ve never been before you can find<br />

out what all the fuss is about.<br />

FOMS’s annual Quiz Night at the<br />

Meon Hall at the end of March was a<br />

sell out. This year it was decided to do<br />

away with the usual tradition of<br />

dressing up and having themed tables<br />

and concentrate on the quiz. Dubbed,<br />

appropriately enough, the Austerity<br />

Quiz, everyone bought their own food<br />

and drink and tickets were a very<br />

North Fareham Newtown<br />

An update from CPRE<br />

Hampshire<br />

The current situation with the North<br />

Fareham Strategic Development Area<br />

(SDA) – a new town of 7,500 dwellings<br />

that will effectively join Fareham to<br />

Wickham – is that work has recently been<br />

commissioned by Fareham Borough<br />

Council to test the proposed transport<br />

strategy for the SDA using Hampshire<br />

County Council’s Sub Regional Transport<br />

Model.<br />

We are told that “the outputs of the initial<br />

test run are currently being reviewed and<br />

analysed to ensure accuracy prior to<br />

commissioning and they are undertaking a<br />

full range of subsequent tests, which will<br />

be necessary to ensure the transport<br />

impacts of the proposed development are<br />

fully understood and appropriate<br />

mitigation measures developed”.<br />

As the work was commissioned by<br />

Fareham Borough Council, Hampshire<br />

CC will not release any interim findings<br />

until they are satisfied with the outputs<br />

and have undertaken further testing to<br />

provide a fuller understanding of the<br />

results. They said it would be premature<br />

to release partial data that could be taken<br />

out of context. We continue to press for<br />

reasonable £4 each. The questions<br />

on the other hand were anything but<br />

austere, being rich and varied, ranging<br />

from the number of books in the Bible<br />

to Englebert Humperdink’s real name<br />

(answers below). The winners were<br />

Dementia Unlimited led by the<br />

obviously unaffected Lorna Allured. A<br />

big thank you again to our excellent<br />

quiz masters, Giles Hawke, Nigel<br />

Stuart, and Keston Williams.<br />

FOMS have launched a rubbish (!)<br />

recycling campaign this year by<br />

encouraging the children to bring in<br />

items which may otherwise be thrown<br />

away to raise funds for the school.<br />

Currently, the following items are<br />

collected at school: printer cartridges,<br />

old mobile phones, electrical cables,<br />

pens and biros and toothbrushes and<br />

toothpaste tubes which can all be sent<br />

away and recycled and the school<br />

gets cash in return.<br />

Since the last update in The <strong>Bridge</strong>,<br />

the funds FOMS have raised have<br />

gone towards paying for coloured<br />

tabards for the children to wear in<br />

sports day. Historically, parents have<br />

the parishes in Winchester district to be<br />

given some input into this process at an<br />

early stage, as the parishes will be much<br />

affected by the growth in traffic.<br />

Subsequently we can expect the<br />

publication of an area action plan (AAP)<br />

that will describe how this new<br />

community can be afforded and made<br />

sustainable. This should cover aspects<br />

like schools, medical facilities, water,<br />

sewage and drainage, quite apart from the<br />

infrastructure associated with the<br />

anticipated increase in traffic and costs.<br />

It is hoped that the AAP will be published<br />

later this year and CPRE Hampshire’s<br />

local district leader, Mrs Caroline Dibden<br />

will then be helping to co-ordinate the<br />

input to the plan from local people and<br />

their parish councils. Meon Valley<br />

parishioners need to be aware that<br />

although this enormous development (it is<br />

roughly the same size as Petersfield) lies<br />

within the Fareham Borough Council’s<br />

geographical area, it will nevertheless<br />

affect the lives of those of us living in the<br />

Winchester District yet our own<br />

Councillors have not been able to have<br />

much influence on the process to protect<br />

the interests of residents in Wickham or<br />

the Meon Valley. By expressing, at the<br />

least, disquiet about this development and<br />

its effect on our lives we may yet be able<br />

to offer them support in their efforts to be<br />

15<br />

Friends of Meonstoke School<br />

had to find a t shirt in a particular team<br />

colour which, if your child is in the blue<br />

team isn’t a problem, but if you have<br />

a 6 year old boy and he is in the<br />

purple team it can be a bit trickier.<br />

Now they have smart team tabards in<br />

rainbow colours which can be used<br />

each year. FOMS have also donated<br />

£200 to each year group for the<br />

teachers to spend on something for<br />

their classroom. Reception bought an<br />

incubator and incubated their own<br />

chicks before Easter; Year 2 bought<br />

Constructa-bots programmable robot<br />

trucks, which are compatible with<br />

Lego and can push and transport<br />

things; and Year 1 decided they<br />

would like a set of very professionallooking<br />

hand-bells to learn about<br />

music and rhythm.<br />

FOMS would like to reiterate that all<br />

your support is really appreciated.<br />

Thank you.<br />

Tessa Briggs<br />

Quiz Answers:<br />

66 books (39 in the Old Testament<br />

and 27 in the New Testament) and<br />

George Arnold Dorsey.<br />

counted on our behalf.<br />

CPRE Hampshire will be arranging<br />

meetings and briefings to advise parish<br />

councils and residents on how to influence<br />

the plans in due course. Watch this<br />

space…!<br />

Anthony McEwen<br />

Director<br />

CPRE Hampshire<br />

(Dated 15 May)<br />

RED CROSS WEEK<br />

This year’s collection in<br />

Meonstoke, Corhampton, and<br />

Exton took place between 6 th -<br />

12 th May raised £578.69 for the<br />

Hampshire Branch, which has<br />

beaten last year’s record. In<br />

addition, a further £60 can be<br />

added to the total with Gift Aid.<br />

A big thank you to the collectors<br />

for their support, especially in<br />

such wet weather, and to<br />

everyone who gave so<br />

generously to achieve this<br />

excellent result.<br />

Gerry Robinson


Summer Soirée<br />

Jubilant and Youthful<br />

Haydn: The Creation<br />

(Highlights)<br />

plus Strawberry Fair, Tin Soldier,<br />

Vicar of Dibley, Papageno<br />

and others<br />

Peter Mosse – Director<br />

Richard Martin – Organ<br />

St Andrew's Church ,<br />

Meonstoke<br />

Friday, 8 th <strong>June</strong> at 7.00 pm<br />

By kind permission of the rector<br />

Free admission Retiring collection<br />

DROXFORD COUNTRY FAIR<br />

Saturday, 2 nd <strong>June</strong><br />

12.30 until 4.00 pm<br />

Make a note in your diaries so you don’t miss this year’s Fair. Following the success of recent years,<br />

and with your support, the Fair will again be held in Droxford Square and adjacent<br />

gardens of the Manor House and Old Rectory.<br />

(By kind permission of Mrs Denham and Mr and Mrs Martineau)<br />

Refreshments: Barbecue, teas, Pimms, and ice<br />

creams<br />

Musical entertainment: By the excellent<br />

Ferdies Friends<br />

Dog Show: See local posters for more<br />

information nearer the time. Entries should<br />

register at 1:30 pm and the dog show starts at 2:00 pm<br />

Games: A range of games for all ages including ferret<br />

racing, coconut shy, darts, splat the rat.<br />

Raffle: Always a popular raffle with excellent prizes<br />

Swordsmanship Demonstration: And a<br />

chance to join in too!<br />

Any queries, please contact: Gary Collins 07803 115389 E-mail: collins1000@hotmail.com<br />

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The Diamond Ball<br />

The Diamond Ball is being held at 7.00 pm on 30 th <strong>June</strong><br />

in a beautiful marquee at The Meon Hall. This sparkling<br />

event will bring together residents of the Meon Valley<br />

villages for an evening of dinner and dancing, with the<br />

chance to bid for a dazzling prize in the charity auction.<br />

Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and dance the night<br />

away to the fabulous Starlight Big Band, which will play<br />

numbers ranging from Glen Miller to Robbie Williams.<br />

The dance floor will be in the large hall allowing those<br />

who want to chat with friends to do so in the marquee<br />

without fear of being drowned out by the band.<br />

The auction features prizes to suit everyone’s budget.<br />

Let auction fever take over as you bid for a Caribbean<br />

holiday or a luxury spa day. Alternatively bag yourself a<br />

bargain sack of horse feed!<br />

All the money raised that evening will go to<br />

The Valley Preschool New Building Fund.<br />

To purchase tickets fill in the form enclosed in this edition<br />

of The <strong>Bridge</strong> or email philippajclarke@btinternet.com.<br />

Country crafts: Woodland skills demonstrations,<br />

bee-keeping, Hampshire Wildlife Trust, Sustainability<br />

Centre, Llamas<br />

Stalls: Offering a variety of local produce,<br />

bric-a-brac, books etc. Contact Mary Hornby-Patterson<br />

to register interest 01489 878800<br />

Donkey Rides: Great experience for the kids<br />

and a photo opportunity<br />

Bees: Have you ever seen bees in a hive, fascinating,<br />

ask, why do they make honey<br />

Wool Spinning: An interesting demonstration of<br />

how wool used to be spun by hand using a spinning<br />

wheel<br />

Droxford School Event


Contacting Adult Services at<br />

Hampshire County Council<br />

Contacting Adult Services has never<br />

been easier. Whether you want<br />

information for yourself, friends, or<br />

family, on for example, help at home,<br />

residential care, or disability<br />

registration, one number will provide<br />

you with help and guidance.<br />

Handling about 90,000 calls a year<br />

Adult Services agents have the skills<br />

and knowledge to deal with the<br />

majority of requests straight away.<br />

If enquiries are more complex there is<br />

a professional advisory team that is<br />

made up of social workers, sensory<br />

workers and occupational therapists.<br />

The sensory workers are on hand to<br />

deal with any queries and referrals<br />

related to sight and hearing loss and<br />

can arrange equipment to support<br />

sensory needs. The occupational<br />

therapy staff can deal with more<br />

complex issues and assist with<br />

equipment requests.<br />

QI have been too ill to work<br />

for some time and have<br />

been living on a sickness<br />

benefit called Employment and<br />

Support Allowance, but I have<br />

heard this might stop soon. It’s<br />

already a real struggle to get by<br />

and I’m in no state to go back to<br />

work. What can I do?<br />

AIf you're getting contributory<br />

Employment and Support<br />

Allowance (ESA) – the form of<br />

ESA you should be getting if you<br />

paid the right amount of National<br />

Insurance contributions before you<br />

were ill - you could be affected by<br />

changes happening soon.<br />

From 1st May, if you're in what’s<br />

There are no recorded messages or<br />

long winded automatic push button<br />

instructions. Instead real people,<br />

keen to help.<br />

Don’t forget that with one number<br />

you can also contact Children’s<br />

Services. Whether it’s information on<br />

for example fostering, adoption,<br />

concerns for a child’s welfare or<br />

finding childcare, there are people<br />

ready to help.<br />

Contacting Adult Services and<br />

Children’s Services<br />

The number to contact for Adult<br />

Services is 0845 603 5630 and for<br />

Children’s Services is 0845 603<br />

5620, available Monday – Thursday<br />

8.30am to 5pm and Fridays 8.30am<br />

to 4.30pm. All other times and for<br />

weekends and bank holidays the Out<br />

of Hours number is available on 0845<br />

600 45 55.<br />

For more information visit<br />

www.hants.gov.uk.<br />

Citizens Advice Bureau<br />

known as the Work-related Activity<br />

Group, you can only get contributory<br />

ESA for a maximum period of one<br />

year. Time spent in the work-related<br />

activity group before 1st May counts<br />

towards the year, so if you've already<br />

been getting it for one year and you<br />

are in this group, your contributory<br />

ESA will stop on 1st May. You won't<br />

be affected if you're in what’s known<br />

as the Support Group, which is made<br />

up of people not expected to be able<br />

to work again at any time.<br />

If you have a condition which is<br />

getting worse, you may be able to go<br />

into the support group instead of the<br />

work-related activity group. Also, if<br />

you’re terminally ill or you’re undergoing,<br />

recovering from, or likely to get<br />

For more information about Employment and Support Allowance contact<br />

Winchester District Citizens Advice Bureau, at one of the following:<br />

Bishops Waltham office, Well House, 2 Brook Street, Bishop's Waltham,<br />

SO32 1AX, Tel. No: 01489 896376 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from<br />

10.00 am - 2.00 pm . Or call at Wickham Community Centre (in Mill Lane) on<br />

Thursday 10.30 am - 1.30 pm. If this is not convenient, please note our<br />

fortnightly Thursday evening appointments-only session (4.00-7.00 pm)<br />

or e-mail:bishopswaltham@cabnet.org.uk<br />

Winchester office, The Winchester Centre, 68 St George Street, Winchester<br />

SO23 8AH, Tel. No: 01962 848000 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday<br />

10.00 am-4.00 pm. Or call at Alresford GP Surgery on Monday 1.00 -3.00 pm.<br />

If this is not convenient, please note our fortnightly Thursday evening<br />

appointments-only session (4.00-7.00 pm) or e-mail:<br />

advice@winchestercab.org.uk<br />

or visit the national Citizens Advice <strong>Web</strong> site www.adviceguide.org.uk<br />

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Singing<br />

For Fun<br />

Come and sing your favourite<br />

songs and learn some new ones.<br />

No talent required.<br />

Refreshments<br />

The Stables,<br />

Bishops Waltham<br />

Every 1st & 3rd Friday<br />

at 2.00 – 3.30 pm<br />

Next dates are:<br />

1 st and 15 th <strong>June</strong><br />

6 th and 20 th <strong>July</strong><br />

There will be a small charge.<br />

Further information from<br />

Annabel 01489 877130<br />

or 07732 329792<br />

certain kinds of cancer treatment, you<br />

will be in the support group. If you’re in<br />

the support group, your contributory<br />

ESA isn’t time-limited. You should get<br />

in touch with Jobcentre Plus and give<br />

them evidence of your condition.<br />

If your contributory ESA stops, you<br />

may be able to get income-based<br />

ESA instead. This will depend on<br />

your income and savings, and any<br />

income and savings of your partner, if<br />

you have one.<br />

If you were getting both contributory<br />

ESA and income-based ESA, you will<br />

get more income-based ESA to<br />

replace the contributory part.<br />

The Jobcentre will write to you before<br />

your benefit stops, telling you what's<br />

happening and asking if you want to<br />

be considered for income-based<br />

ESA. You'll have to provide details of<br />

your and your partner's income and<br />

savings promptly, so that the<br />

Jobcentre can transfer you to<br />

income-based ESA straightaway, if<br />

you are eligible. You won't have to<br />

make a new claim for ESA or have<br />

more medical assessments because<br />

of this change.<br />

If your money goes down as a result<br />

of these changes, you might be able<br />

to get more of other benefits, such as<br />

housing benefit, council tax benefit,<br />

pension credit or tax credits.


Droxford Village Hall Summer News<br />

It’s just possible that on publication of<br />

this piece at the beginning of <strong>June</strong>, the<br />

summer will be with us. Am I tempting<br />

providence with this heading of<br />

Summer News? I hope not. Surely the<br />

weather cannot be so unkind as to rain<br />

on the Diamond Jubilee parade, or<br />

should I say flotilla, or to be the source<br />

of disappointment and consternation<br />

throughout the land, as towns, villages,<br />

and streets launch themselves into a<br />

weekend of celebration. Stoicism and<br />

stiff upper lips may be the order of the<br />

day, but with our positive hats on, the<br />

weather may work its magic on<br />

Saturday, 2 nd <strong>June</strong> for a fresh air and<br />

fun day of merry-making and<br />

celebrating at the Village Fair and the<br />

Jubilee Picnic. All concerned are<br />

making sure that this is a day to<br />

remember. So prepare yourselves for<br />

a jolly good time in your village.<br />

The Village Hall AGM took place on<br />

Monday, April 23 rd , when some halfdozen<br />

residents swelled the ranks of<br />

the committee. The chairman’s report<br />

outlined the continuing regular use of<br />

the hall, along with an improved<br />

booking rate over the last year. This<br />

provides an invaluable and necessary<br />

income for us. The hall is maintained<br />

to a high standard, and has been<br />

painted outside in the last year.<br />

Spotlights for performers have also<br />

been added on the inside. We are<br />

fortunate at the present time to have<br />

more income than outgoings, in spite<br />

of jobs that always need to be done.<br />

The committee is pleased that so<br />

many people give their time and effort<br />

so willingly, in different ways, to raise<br />

money for the running and<br />

maintenance of the hall. The foremost<br />

objective of all this is to have the hall<br />

as a well-used and appreciated<br />

amenity for the village.<br />

This year we said a sad goodbye to<br />

Janet Searle, who resigned from the<br />

committee after several years of<br />

commitment and hard work for us. We<br />

are grateful for all that she has done,<br />

and know that she has not left us<br />

completely.<br />

We were able to welcome two new<br />

members to the committee, Donna<br />

Cutting and Ian Withers, who have<br />

already launched themselves<br />

wholeheartedly into the demands of<br />

hall organisation, for which we are<br />

most grateful.<br />

Forthcoming events at Droxford Village Hall<br />

Saturday, 23rd <strong>June</strong><br />

The Rude Mechanical Theatre<br />

Company presents<br />

Who Saw Marjory<br />

Daw?<br />

7.30 pm<br />

Picnics from 6.00 pm<br />

In the Old Rectory gardens<br />

Set in the ‘60s, a young rookie<br />

reporter, Agnes Church,<br />

investigates the mysterious<br />

disappearance of a young celebrity<br />

hippie, Marjory Dawson. Free love,<br />

flower power, an African rebel<br />

leader and secret agents all make<br />

for a hilarious and surreal evening!<br />

See: therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk<br />

Tickets: Adults £12, Children £6<br />

Plus concessions<br />

From the Post Office or online.<br />

(£13 & £7 for children on the night)<br />

Wednesday, 27 th <strong>June</strong><br />

The Artist<br />

A film rated PG<br />

The Academy award winning film<br />

at last on our screens – need we<br />

say more!<br />

7.30 pm doors open at 7.00 pm<br />

Tickets £5<br />

Licensed bar and Refreshments<br />

Advanced notice<br />

Thursday, 27 th December<br />

A trip to the Kings Theatre<br />

Southsea<br />

to see<br />

The Panto!<br />

7.00 pm<br />

A rip-roaring traditional panto!<br />

Specially negotiated group rate tickets<br />

(tbd)<br />

Contact Tim Crowfoot 877631 for<br />

information and to reserve your ticket<br />

Tickets for all events from the Post Office<br />

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A last film, The Artist, will be showing<br />

at the end of <strong>June</strong>, and we hope this<br />

will bring in a large audience, in view<br />

of its Oscars awards.<br />

Before this, our annual events’<br />

calendar will conclude, as usual, with<br />

a visit from the Rude Mechanical<br />

Theatre Company, who will bring their<br />

show Who Saw Marjory Daw? to The<br />

Old Rectory garden on Saturday,<br />

3 rd <strong>June</strong>. This promises to be full of fun<br />

and games in a 1960s’ London.<br />

Those who are familiar with these<br />

productions will know what lively,<br />

professional entertainment is<br />

delivered from this very talented<br />

group, led by Pete Talbot, who writes<br />

the scripts, the songs, and the music.<br />

Please come along to picnic and enjoy<br />

the conviviality of the evening, and the<br />

spectacle of outdoor theatre at its best.<br />

Tickets are on sale at the Post Office,<br />

or from the central box office on 01323<br />

501260, or, for concessions, online at<br />

www.therudemechanicaltheatrecompany.<br />

All this information is on the posters<br />

around the area.<br />

The 200 Club winners were:<br />

April: Helen Feeney<br />

May: Pauline Bone<br />

Droxford Village<br />

Market<br />

● Vegetables<br />

● Cakes<br />

● Bread<br />

● Eggs<br />

● Jams, Chutneys, &<br />

Marmalade<br />

● Cards and Books<br />

● Dog Biscuits<br />

● Flowers<br />

● Refreshments<br />

All at very reasonable prices<br />

The emphasis is on<br />

homemade and local grown<br />

in Droxford Village Hall<br />

Every Friday<br />

Jackie Hibbert<br />

Secretary<br />

2.00 pm to 3.30 pm


Phew! It has<br />

been a busy<br />

month<br />

Runways End<br />

Our Year 4s have just returned<br />

from visiting the county’s £6m<br />

flagship outdoor education<br />

residential centre, Runways End. The<br />

trip lasted three action packed days.<br />

The children faced many exciting<br />

challenges including: caving, archery,<br />

orienteering, team tasks, shooting, low<br />

ropes, climbing and abseiling. The<br />

centre staff were really impressed with<br />

our children saying that not only were<br />

they a lovely group to work with but<br />

also polite and very brave…especially<br />

when it came to the climbing and<br />

abseiling the 15 metre tower! In some<br />

form or other our children used their<br />

‘Keys for success’ and ‘Core Values’<br />

to achieve personal goals and<br />

overcome challenges. They behaved<br />

impeccably and gained enormous<br />

Year 4 enjoy some exciting challenges!<br />

amounts of experience in fun and<br />

fantastic ways. Well done!<br />

Books glorious books! Project X<br />

Recent additions to the school<br />

library have been a new<br />

scheme for reluctant readers.<br />

The Project X scheme has exciting<br />

illustrations and storylines that cover a<br />

range of genre. Accompanying this<br />

will be a new phonics scheme based<br />

upon the same characters in the<br />

Project X books. This is called Project<br />

X Code.<br />

The school has also been fortunate to<br />

obtain new books for the library and<br />

the Learning Bases. New books, both<br />

fiction and non-fiction can be found in<br />

the library and sets of Atlases and<br />

Bibles have been added as resources<br />

in the Learning Bases. Finally, FODS<br />

have committed funds to buy class<br />

sets of books to support whole class<br />

reading. Two new sets for the lower<br />

school have been purchased with one<br />

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further set for the upper school to<br />

follow.<br />

And finally…<br />

Ofsted<br />

Droxford Junior School was<br />

inspected in March 2012. The<br />

Ofsted inspectors judged all<br />

aspects of the school to be<br />

‘Outstanding’. This reflects the hard<br />

work and commitment of our children,<br />

parents, governors and staff.<br />

Headteacher, Ross Irving,<br />

commented: “I am very proud to lead<br />

such a vibrant school community.<br />

Everyone has worked together to<br />

make a good school great!”<br />

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspectionreports/find-inspectionreport/provider/ELS/115881<br />

Matthew Dampier<br />

Deputy Headteacher<br />

Exciting activities at Runways End<br />

Top Left: Archery practice<br />

Bottom: Climbing the wall, two at a time


“If only I had a bit more time” is a<br />

sentiment felt by many of us these<br />

days, as each week rushes by filled<br />

with important jobs, family<br />

commitments, tasks, and activities.<br />

This certainly applies to many people<br />

in Hampshire who love nature, would<br />

like to experience more, but don’t<br />

always have the necessary time.<br />

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife<br />

Trust might be able to help. We<br />

can’t create extra time, but perhaps<br />

we can suggest some ways in which<br />

you can make the most of what you<br />

have available. Depending on your<br />

own ‘time-scale’ (1=none;10=lots)<br />

here are some thoughts on how you<br />

can get involved at a level that suits<br />

you.<br />

Not even leaving the house, you can<br />

keep up to date with everything about<br />

your local wildlife through the Trust’s<br />

social media sites. Our <strong>Web</strong> site at<br />

www.hwt.org.uk is a great starting<br />

point, with links that take you quickly<br />

to events taking place near you, and<br />

information about all our conservation<br />

projects both on land and at sea. You<br />

can also follow us on Facebook and<br />

Twitter to get up to the minute wildlife<br />

news happening near you.<br />

The <strong>Web</strong> site is also a great way of<br />

following the blogs from our reserves<br />

officers to hear about wildlife sightings<br />

at a nature reserve and even watch<br />

wildlife footage from the various<br />

<strong>Web</strong>cams at our nature reserves.<br />

If you are a bit further along the ‘timescale’<br />

you might want to find out about<br />

the Trust’s nature reserves near you<br />

The Meon Valley U3A 2011-2012 very successful,<br />

enjoyable, and well attended season of twice monthly<br />

talks on the theme Here and There came to a close with<br />

the AGM on 1 st May. Brian Barrett was elected as chairman<br />

and Jane England as vice-chairman for the coming year. Jenny<br />

Mallett continues as treasurer and Julia Field as secretary.<br />

Doreen Barrett, Jill Blackmore, and Helen McCarthy were<br />

elected to the committee. The AGM was very well attended,<br />

perhaps mainly for the very interesting and informative talk<br />

that followed the formal proceedings! Community Police<br />

Officer, Barry Towler, described the variety of activities<br />

Protecting Wildlife Inspiring people<br />

Get Involved by Peter Hutchings<br />

and the seasonal wildlife that you will<br />

find there. The website again provides<br />

you with all the information that you<br />

need and hopefully will inspire you to<br />

create a bit of time to go and visit one.<br />

You can download a map and trail<br />

guide and off you go.<br />

Perhaps you’ve got a bit more time but<br />

don’t know where to begin exploring<br />

local wildlife and wild places. In that<br />

case the Wildlife Trust’s Events Diary<br />

is a very helpful book. It’s free, and<br />

lists all the events, walks, and talks<br />

that are taking place across the<br />

county and its easy to find something<br />

going on near you.<br />

At the top end of our ‘time-scale’ there<br />

20<br />

is a wide range of ways in which you<br />

can be involved with the Wildlife Trust.<br />

Our countryside and wildlife courses<br />

will help you to develop new skills, and<br />

for the children, Wildlife Watch offers<br />

a great opportunity for the whole<br />

family to get up close and personal<br />

with nature.<br />

Whatever your interest and time<br />

availability, there will be some way of<br />

getting involved with the Wildlife Trust<br />

at a level that is just right for you. And<br />

as a charity, by joining the Trust as a<br />

member, your support directly helps<br />

the conservation of your local wildlife.<br />

For full details please see<br />

www.hwt.org.uk or call 01489 774400<br />

An interested group on a<br />

guided tour<br />

involved in his job and his philosophy of emphasis on<br />

‘community’: meeting, talking to, being seen by, and being<br />

available to, as many individuals and groups as he possibly can.<br />

Planning the U3A programme of talks for the new season<br />

(2012-13) is well under way, on the broad theme of Great and<br />

Small; fortnightly talks will resume in September at the<br />

Wickham Community Centre. Current members (and others<br />

who have expressed an interest) will be sent a <strong>copy</strong> of the full<br />

programme – and a reminder to pay their subs! – in <strong>July</strong> or<br />

August. Meanwhile, most of the small special interest groups<br />

will continue to meet through most of the summer. Members<br />

of these groups generally meet in each others’ houses, usually<br />

monthly. Current groups’ subjects include: reading; poetry;<br />

art; art appreciation; music appreciation; geology;<br />

walking/strolling, and bridge.<br />

Enquiries to Julia Field on 01489 891353.


Carers Group<br />

Our hanging baskets for the Waltham in<br />

Bloom competition were planted in late<br />

April and they should by now have been<br />

hung on the lamp-post in Red Lion<br />

Square. We shared our allotted baskets<br />

with Swanmore Day Centre and quickly<br />

embraced the idea of a red, white, and<br />

blue theme. We arranged for the planting<br />

sessions to take place the same week, a<br />

hectic few days and very, very messy.<br />

The resulting baskets may not have been<br />

the neatest ever created and I have a<br />

feeling we will be sweeping compost from<br />

the corners of the halls for many weeks,<br />

but it was worth it. To watch the<br />

engrossed expressions as members dug<br />

fingers into the moist compost, tucking<br />

the tiny plants into their new homes was<br />

magic. Time alone will tell how the<br />

colour schemes will develop, but we all<br />

have a point of interest for the entire<br />

summer, so look out for them and see how<br />

we have done.<br />

The red, white, and blue theme combined<br />

with a multitude of Union Flags also<br />

enhanced our own Jubilee Street party<br />

theme at our May meeting. As part of our<br />

own Jubilee Celebration, we reminisced<br />

with our members about the period from<br />

the end of the war to the Coronation<br />

which encompassed that other great royal<br />

wedding and the weddings of many of our<br />

members. There was a lot of change<br />

during that period, as Britain recovered<br />

from the war and it is always interesting<br />

to hear about how these changes affected<br />

people we care about.<br />

As we get closer to the Jubilee, it seems as<br />

though everywhere we look we see red,<br />

white, and blue. The Union Flag is<br />

appearing on everything from the<br />

ubiquitous mugs to tea towels and bags.<br />

One member was a little disconcerted to<br />

see a patriotic bath mat though. She<br />

Droxford Wives<br />

Our April meeting was very entertaining with Rhona Doyle<br />

relating her hilarious holiday anecdotes. The evening got us all<br />

talking about our experiences; quite a wealth of ‘unbelievable<br />

truths’! Thank you Rhona, and to Olive for providing the venue<br />

and delicious refreshments.<br />

By the time you read this, we should all be very much the wiser<br />

about the history of Wickham after a guided history walk<br />

around the village on 28 th May.<br />

Meon Valley Carers Group News<br />

Promoting a positive way of living with dementia<br />

expressed some concern that, standing<br />

unadorned, post-bath, wiping your feet on<br />

our national flag may not be quite proper,<br />

and it may be that some countries may<br />

have a severe punishment for such blatant<br />

disrespect. It is one reflection, however,<br />

on how social conventions have changed<br />

over the years and how our modern<br />

culture must appear to an elderly dementia<br />

sufferer.<br />

Whenever dementia is discussed openly,<br />

the usual preconceptions tend to be<br />

voiced, that dementia causes people to<br />

behave oddly as they forget the social<br />

constraints of behaviours learnt in<br />

childhood. While that is true, especially<br />

in the later stages, another perspective is<br />

that, for someone suffering from<br />

dementia, retreating into the past as their<br />

recent memories diminish and their ability<br />

to make new ones fails, our modern world<br />

must seem a very odd place. We look<br />

back with nostalgia at the time of the<br />

Coronation but everything does seem a<br />

little constrained, there was a lot more<br />

social etiquette in day to day life. While<br />

the deterioration of social barriers<br />

between class and even age groups over<br />

the past 60 years has been positive in<br />

many, it must be bewildering for someone<br />

with dementia. They must feel as if they<br />

have been dumped into a very foreign<br />

culture where they simply don’t know the<br />

21<br />

rules. Young people speak to them in a<br />

way that they would never have dreamt of<br />

using to elderly people when they were at<br />

young. Dementia, amongst other issues,<br />

removes from people the ability to learn<br />

and adapt, and actually robs them of some<br />

of the adaptations they have made during<br />

their lives. It shouldn’t be very surprising<br />

that they react strangely sometimes.<br />

Finally, thanks to a grant from the<br />

People’s Health Trust for £5000, we are<br />

now busy making plans for the launch of<br />

our Art for the Brain group. The<br />

inaugural meeting is in early <strong>July</strong> and then<br />

every first Tuesday of the month. We<br />

would welcome anyone interested in<br />

volunteering for a few hours; experience<br />

in art is not essential, but patience is. We<br />

are hoping that you will start to see<br />

evidence of our work in local shows in the<br />

very near future.<br />

Dairy events<br />

12 th <strong>June</strong> Pub Lunch at The Forge,<br />

Shedfield 12 noon<br />

26 th <strong>June</strong> Pamper Day by the Princess<br />

Royal Trust at the Paterson<br />

Centre 2pm<br />

3 rd <strong>July</strong> Outing to The Wheelhouse,<br />

15 th <strong>July</strong> Outing to Longstock<br />

24 th <strong>July</strong> Group Meeting at the<br />

Paterson Centre 2pm<br />

Are you or someone you know caring for someone suffering from memory<br />

difficulties? Meon Valley Carers Group is a voluntary organisation supporting<br />

carers and their families. It provides an opportunity to mix socially, together with<br />

their cared-for, with people in a similar situation on a regular basis. We encourage<br />

contact with the families and can provide valuable information. If you have any<br />

questions or would like information on any services then please come to our<br />

Drop in Office, open Monday and Thursdays 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.<br />

The Carers Centre for Memory Concerns<br />

The Paterson Centre, Church Road, Swanmore<br />

Monday & Thursday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm<br />

Tel: 01489 895444<br />

E-mail: meon-valley@btconnect.com<br />

Coming up in <strong>June</strong> is a visit to Hill House Garden, with<br />

refreshments.<br />

Looking further ahead, don't miss the annual BBQ in <strong>July</strong> and<br />

this year we are going to meet up in August for the first time to<br />

enjoy a summer stroll in the Emsworth area. Then later in the<br />

year, there will be a session on jewellery making, a skittle<br />

evening, Christmas floral arrangements and a Christmas social.<br />

Please come along to any of our evenings, usually held on the<br />

last Monday of the month. Phone Pauline Bone on 01489<br />

878518 for details. We look forward to seeing you!


Another great<br />

fund-raising<br />

month<br />

Meon Valley Lions club<br />

recently celebrated its<br />

birthday with a memorable<br />

charter dinner at the Lysses House Hotel<br />

in Fareham. Despite only recently rediscovering<br />

the exact month the club<br />

was inaugurated, we do know for<br />

definite that the year was 1973, so next<br />

year will be a very special celebration<br />

indeed. In the last couple of years our<br />

membership has grown considerably<br />

and now with 26 members, we have our<br />

largest complement for many years.<br />

Lions have become regular supporters<br />

of the biannual Wickham beer festival<br />

and this year’s sold-out event in April<br />

proved to be a highly successful charity,<br />

fund-raiser. The Lions BBQ was busy<br />

all evening and we took a record amount<br />

at the till. We have yet to finalise the<br />

EAST MEON FLOWER FESTIVAL<br />

22 nd – 25 th <strong>June</strong><br />

A spectacular floral exhibition in the Norman church<br />

of All Saints, East Meon, together with a full<br />

programme of activities, including a concert by the<br />

Hampshire Youth Orchestra, open-air theatre, art<br />

exhibition, local history exhibition and guided walks,<br />

organ recital, poetry reading, story-telling, and<br />

bell-ringing demonstrations.<br />

www.eastmeonflowerfestival.org.uk<br />

Meon Valley Lions Club<br />

accounts, but it looks like we will be<br />

making a record donation to the<br />

Wickham Community Centre charities<br />

again this time.<br />

We have had plenty of involvement<br />

with Wickham recently, having been<br />

selected by the Southern Cooperative in<br />

the village as one of two charity<br />

organisations to be the beneficiaries of<br />

their community charity card scheme.<br />

If you’re a regular shopper at the<br />

Wickham Coop you can obtain a<br />

community card in store and every time<br />

you make a purchase and show the card,<br />

a percentage of the spend is donated by<br />

the shop to both Wickham Scouts and<br />

the Meon Valley Lions club. The<br />

scheme was launched at a Community<br />

Party at the Wickham Community<br />

Centre in April. The event was really<br />

well attended by young and old and<br />

featured live music, dancing from the<br />

Wickham Morris men, and included a<br />

bird of prey display. Despite the drizzle,<br />

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Photograph: Even<br />

losing can be fun!<br />

Meon Valley MP<br />

George Hollingbery<br />

with Lion Malcolm<br />

Tatum at the<br />

Wickham<br />

Community Party<br />

which has been a feature of this spring,<br />

the Lions BBQ still managed steady<br />

trade over the lunch-time period. We’re<br />

hoping to raise around £10,000 through<br />

this community card programme over<br />

the next year, so if you use the Wickham<br />

Cooperative shop from time to time,<br />

please ask for one of the cards so you<br />

can support us. The intention is to put<br />

the money to the community bus service<br />

we operate in this area for elderly and<br />

disadvantaged people who cannot avail<br />

themselves of regular public transport<br />

services.<br />

TSwanmore Carnival and Fete<br />

his year’s plans are well advanced<br />

for the annual Swanmore Carnival<br />

and Fete on Saturday 14 <strong>July</strong>. In this<br />

Jubilee year, the theme is “A right<br />

Royal knees-up!” so we are looking for<br />

lots of imaginative entries in the<br />

carnival parade. If you are a member of<br />

a local organisation or club interested in<br />

entering a float or walking group, please<br />

call us on 01489 894932 or use the<br />

contact us section of our website at<br />

www.meonvalleylions.org.uk to let us<br />

know you’re interested in taking part.<br />

Also we’re keen to hear from any<br />

business or charity organisation wishing<br />

to have a stall/pitch at the fete - we are<br />

already well over half-way to capacity<br />

so if you want to be there book now!<br />

This year’s event looks like being<br />

another fun-packed affair with a<br />

hovercraft demonstration, medieval reenactment<br />

society plus fabulous<br />

rhythms from the Big Noise Samba<br />

Band. There’ll be all the usual musical<br />

fun from our regulars the Birnie Boozle<br />

band, plus plenty of yummy food and<br />

drinks courtesy of the Lions tea tent and<br />

the Rising Sun bar. Watch out for more<br />

details in the next edition of the<br />

magazine and put the event on your<br />

calendar now!<br />

PLANT STALL FOR EXTON & MEONSTOKE CHURCH FETE<br />

SATURDAY, 14 th JULY<br />

Plants needed for this stall<br />

If you are dividing or throwing out any plants that<br />

would be suitable from your garden, or if you have<br />

any surplus bedding/vegetable plants or any other<br />

plants you would like to donate to the Stall please<br />

contact me on: 01489 877 909 or e-mail me<br />

at jane@iwmccormick.co.uk and I’ll collect them<br />

Jane McCormick<br />

The Old Store, Meonstoke


CORHAMPTON &<br />

MEONSTOKE PARISH COUNCIL<br />

Speed Limits<br />

As part of a Government-directed review of speed limits on all A<br />

and B roads, Hampshire County Council have recently<br />

concluded that the speed limit on the A32 between Corhampton<br />

and Warnford and between Corhampton and Merington’s Cross<br />

Roads should be reduced from the national speed limit (60 mph)<br />

to 50 mph – although these changes are not currently being<br />

accorded a high priority. Conversely, reducing the limit to 30<br />

mph on the B2150 between Watton Lane and Merington’s Cross<br />

Roads has a higher chance of implementation.<br />

As discussed at the Annual Parish Assembly, many residents<br />

are rather bemused that, on turning off the A32 into Buck’s Head<br />

Hill the speed limit changes from 30 mph back to the National<br />

Speed Limit (60 mph). Others have suggested that a 30mph<br />

limit should be imposed in the High Street where many parents<br />

and children walk to school and where there is no pavement.<br />

Department for Transport guidance is that 30 mph should be the<br />

default speed limit for villages. If this were to be applied to<br />

roads in Meonstoke then, in the absence of street lights,<br />

repeater signs would have to be posted no more than 250m<br />

apart. The guidance also suggests that simply imposing a<br />

speed limit is unlikely, in itself, to reduce traffic speeds – rather,<br />

there should be an effective combination of ‘the 3 Es’, these<br />

being Engineering, Education and Enforcement. Engineering<br />

might include speed bumps, visual road markings to encourage<br />

a reduction in speed, or different road surfaces (eg rumble<br />

From the Registers<br />

Baptisms<br />

Corhampton 5th May James William Louis Pett<br />

Droxford 13th May Cheryl Beddoe-Whitfield , Elijah<br />

Bebboe-Whitfield, Charles Whitfield,<br />

& Fenella Whitfield<br />

Meonstoke 20th May Keith Dashwood , Amelia Dashwood<br />

William Dashwood<br />

Weddings<br />

Corhampton 5th May Jeremy Pett & Bryony Carpenter<br />

Meonstoke 12th May Darren Tulley & Catherine Howland<br />

19th May Ian Harding & Charlotte Byng<br />

Droxford 19th May Mark Titherington & Jessica Baylis<br />

Droxford 26th May Thomas Pellereau & Sarah Fawcus<br />

Funerals<br />

Memorial Service and interment of ashes:<br />

Exton 12th May Adrienne Donlan<br />

Chairman: Jeremy Pett<br />

News from the<br />

Valley Preschool<br />

We are enjoying the summer term at the<br />

Valley Preschool and hoping that the<br />

weather will improve soon! Our PE/exercise programme is<br />

progressing well and the children are becoming more<br />

independent when changing – an important step in preparing for<br />

'big' school. On 31 st May we dressed up for a party to celebrate<br />

HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.<br />

Many thanks to all of you who supported our Bunny Hop and<br />

the Exton Stud Open Day – we are delighted with the amounts<br />

raised for our building project. Your continued support with<br />

this is much appreciated.<br />

Cait Horn<br />

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strips) to give an audible reminder of the need to slow down.<br />

Enforcement includes, of course, the possibility of mobile speed<br />

detection equipment. Education is self explanatory.<br />

Evidence from the enforcement activity on the A32 in recent<br />

years suggests that the majority of offenders are locals who<br />

should be very aware of the speed limits in force but clearly feel<br />

disinclined to obey them. Anecdotal evidence aired at the<br />

Assembly was that many of the people who are perceived to<br />

travel down the High Street at speeds in excess of 30 mph are<br />

parents driving their children to school having failed to leave<br />

home in sufficient time to ensure a prompt and safe arrival.<br />

Given the unlikelihood of a sufficient police enforcement<br />

presence if a 30 mph limit were to be imposed, and the probable<br />

opposition to engineering solutions, it therefore appears to the<br />

parish council that education is the clue to any effective<br />

promotion of safer driving speeds in the High Street and other<br />

village streets.<br />

Nonetheless, we propose to consult parishioners to gauge views<br />

on the following possibilities:<br />

· Retain the status quo;<br />

· Actively seek a 30 mph on village streets;<br />

· Erect a larger village name board on each of the<br />

main approach roads, incorporating an invitation to<br />

drivers along the lines of asking them to adopt an<br />

appropriate speed when travelling through our<br />

narrow village streets.<br />

We hope to distribute a questionnaire within the next few weeks.<br />

In the meantime, I would welcome your views direct to me at:<br />

chair@candm-pc.gov.uk, or come to the next council meeting in<br />

the Meon Hall Crypt at 7.30 on Wednesday, 6 th <strong>June</strong>.<br />

www.candm-pc.gov.uk<br />

Exton, Meonstoke & Corhampton<br />

HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee<br />

Celebrations<br />

As the Jubilee draws nearer, the preparations are<br />

well underway. All we can wish for now is a very<br />

happy and sunny day. We would like to thank all<br />

those people who have made donations – their<br />

generosity will ensure that a good and memorable<br />

day will be enjoyed by everyone and we are sorry<br />

if we have not managed to thank them personally.<br />

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all<br />

those who have freely given of their time and<br />

talents.<br />

Za Rowe and Lorna Allured<br />

We welcome. . .<br />

Paul and Sarah Cleary, who have come from Waltham<br />

Chase, with Freya (4) and Joseph (2), to 8 St Andrews<br />

Green, Meonstoke.<br />

Chris Clemens, who has come back to Meonstoke from<br />

Havant, to Selborne Cottage, Allens Lane, with his wife<br />

Marie and Mia and Faye (3½)<br />

Sue and Tony Marsh, who have come from Sussex, to<br />

Springfields, Pound Lane, Meonstoke.<br />

Paul Leadbitter, who has come from Camberley, to The<br />

Lodge, Stocks Lane, Meonstoke.<br />

Tony Lynn, who has come from Cuckfield, West Sussex, to<br />

21 Millside, Corhampton.<br />

Vicky Barr and Mark Burley, who have come from<br />

Wickham, to 1 The Laurels, Union Lane, Droxford.<br />

Community Care


<strong>June</strong><br />

Sat. 2 Droxford Country Fair, The Square 12.30 pm<br />

Droxford Jubilee Picnic, The Square 6.00 pm<br />

Sun. 3 Trinity Sunday<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Droxford 8.00 am<br />

Service of the Word Special Jubilee 9.30 am<br />

Family Service, Meonstoke<br />

Jubilee Evensong, Exton 6.30 pm<br />

Meonstoke Jubilee Celebrations All day<br />

Mon. 4 Evening Jubilee Celebrations, Meonstoke<br />

Wed 6 Look-in for coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish Council 7.30 pm<br />

meeting, The Meon Hall<br />

Thu. 7 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Fri. 8 The Meon Singers Summer Soirée. 7.00 pm<br />

St Andrews Church, Meonstoke (see page 15)<br />

Sun. 10 Trinity 1<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Family Service, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Droxford 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Corhampton 6.30 pm<br />

Royal British Legion: Summer Garden Party 6.30 pm<br />

at Wallops Wood House<br />

Mon. 11 Droxford & District Community Care AGM 7.30 pm<br />

Droxford Village Hall<br />

Tue. 12 MV Decorative & Fine Arts Group, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

The Meon Hall<br />

Wed. 13 Meonstoke/Corhampton PCC meeting 7.00 pm<br />

in St Andrew's Church<br />

Thu. 14 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 16 MV Garden Club: Visit to Abbotsbury 10.00 am<br />

Gardens: Meet in Droxford Square<br />

Sun. 17 Trinity 2<br />

(3 rd) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Café Lite, Droxford Village Hall 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW),Exton 11.00 am<br />

Wed. 20 Look-in for coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Thu. 21 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Droxford Parish Council Meeting, Fire Station 7.30 pm<br />

Fri. 22 Pop-Up Coffee Shop, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

The Meon Hall<br />

Sat. 23 Rude Mechanical Theatre production: Who 6.00 pm<br />

Saw Marjory Daw? The Old Rectory (see p.17)<br />

Sun. 24 Trinity 3<br />

(4th) Holy Communion (BCP), Exton 8.30 am<br />

Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke School 9.30 am<br />

Matins, Corhampton 11.00 am<br />

Mon. 25 Joint PCCs meeting: Droxford Village Hall 7.30 pm<br />

Followed by individual parish PCCs<br />

DISTRICT DIARY<br />

24<br />

Tue. 26 MV Flower Club: Garden Visit to 2.00 pm<br />

Neywood House<br />

Wed. 27 Film Night: The Artist, Droxford V. Hall 7.00 pm<br />

Thu. 28 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

MV Garden Club: Visit to Quest Lodge, 6.30 pm<br />

Fishers Pond. Meet in Droxford Square<br />

Sat. 30 The Diamond Ball, The Meon Hall 7.00 pm<br />

(see page 15 for details)<br />

<strong>July</strong><br />

Sun. 1 Trinity 4<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Droxford 8.30 am<br />

Family Service, Exton 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Exton 6.30 pm<br />

Wed. 4 Look-in for coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish Council 7.30 pm<br />

meeting, The Meon Hall<br />

Thu. 5 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 7 MV Garden Club; Visit Hilltop, Upper 2.30 pm<br />

Swanmore (Cream Tea) Meet in Droxford Sq.<br />

Sun. 8 Trinity 5<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Family Service, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Droxford 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Corhampton 6.30 pm<br />

Tue. 10 MV Decorative & Fine Arts Group, 10.00–2.00 pm<br />

AGM, lecture, & lunch The Meon Hall<br />

Wed. 11 Latest <strong>copy</strong> date for Aug - Sept <strong>Bridge</strong><br />

Thu. 12 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 14 Meonstoke, Corhampton, & Exton Church 2.00 pm<br />

Fête, The Meon Hall<br />

Sun. 15 Trinity 6<br />

(3 rd) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Café Lite, Droxford Village Hall 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW),Exton 11.00 am<br />

Mon. 16 Meon Hall Management Committee meeting 7.30 pm<br />

The Meon Hall<br />

Wed. 18 Look-in for coffee and chat 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Thu. 19 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Droxford Parish Council Meeting, Fire Station 7.30 pm<br />

Sun. 22 Trinity 7<br />

(4 th) Holy Communion (BCP), Exton 8.30 am<br />

Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke School 9.30 am<br />

Matins, Corhampton 11.00 am<br />

MV Garden Club: Summer Show, 2.00 pm<br />

The Meon Hall<br />

Tue. 24 MV Flower Club: Funky Festivals 2.00 pm<br />

demonstration by Pam Welch, Warnford V/Hall<br />

Thu. 26 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am


Sat. 28 1 st Portchester Brownies start Pack Holiday 11.00 am<br />

The Meon Hall (Note: The Meon Hall has been<br />

hired for a series of Brownies Pack Holidays from<br />

28 <strong>July</strong> to 30 August]<br />

Sun. 29 Trinity 8<br />

(5 th ) Holy Communion (CW), Corhampton 10.00 am<br />

August<br />

Thu. 2 Holy Communion, Droxford 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 5 Trinity 9<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 10.30 am<br />

Remember to visit The <strong>Bridge</strong> parishes <strong>Web</strong> site<br />

for information about who’s who<br />

and church services: www.bridgechurches.org.uk<br />

You will also find there brief histories of the four<br />

parish churches.<br />

The <strong>Web</strong> site was designed and implemented, and is<br />

hosted by, the local Internet services company,<br />

Wizbit, Corhampton Lane Farm, Corhampton,<br />

01489 872980.<br />

First<br />

Sunday<br />

Second<br />

Sunday<br />

Third<br />

Sunday<br />

Fourth<br />

Sunday<br />

1 BCP – Book of Common Prayer<br />

Benefice<br />

Holy Communion<br />

(BCP 1)<br />

8.30 am<br />

Droxford<br />

8.30 am<br />

Meonstoke<br />

8.30 am<br />

Corhampton<br />

8.30 am<br />

Exton<br />

DISTRICT DIARY<br />

THE MEON BRIDGE BENEFICE<br />

REGULAR SUNDAY & WEEK DAY CHURCH SERVICES<br />

See the District Diary for details of variations and fifth Sunday services.<br />

Family and other<br />

services<br />

9.30 am<br />

Family<br />

Exton<br />

9.30 am<br />

Family<br />

Meonstoke<br />

9.30 am<br />

Café Lite<br />

Droxford V. Hall<br />

9.30 am<br />

Meonstoke School<br />

Puppets & Praise<br />

25<br />

Benefice<br />

Holy Communion<br />

(CW 2)<br />

11.00 am<br />

Meonstoke<br />

11.00 am<br />

Droxford<br />

11.00 am<br />

Exton<br />

Evensong<br />

(BCP 1)<br />

6.30 pm<br />

Exton<br />

6.30 pm<br />

Corhampton<br />

–<br />

– –<br />

2 CW – Common Worship<br />

Have you been on the St Wilfrid Pilgrimage<br />

Walk?<br />

Don’t even know about it?<br />

Go to www.wilfrid-meon-pilgrimage.co.uk<br />

and find a wealth<br />

of information about the<br />

Meon Valley Pilgrimage Trail<br />

Droxford Church Easter Day Service<br />

The Easter Sunday collection at the morning service in St Mary &<br />

All Saints Church amounted to a total of £441.00, which was<br />

donated to the Clergy Pensions Fund and St Lukes Healthcare<br />

for the Clergy.<br />

Matins<br />

11.00 am<br />

Corhampton<br />

Weekday services: 1. Morning prayers daily (Monday to Friday) in St Andrew’s, Meonstoke at 8.30 am<br />

2. Holy Communion (Common Worship) each Thursday morning in<br />

St Mary & All Saints, Droxford at 10.00 am

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