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THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>August</strong> 2012 <strong>September</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Parish Magazine <strong>for</strong><br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d, 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 Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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: Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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 Lang<strong>for</strong>ds 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 <strong>The</strong>rapist 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:<strong>The</strong> 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: <strong>The</strong> Shoe Inn 16<br />

RIDING & EQUESTRIAN Merrie Stud 5<br />

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

Sustainability Centre 1<br />

SHOPS & STORES Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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 <strong>The</strong> Village Cattery 5: Shield Veterinary Centre 16<br />

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

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THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>August</strong> 2012 <strong>September</strong><br />

Contents<br />

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

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

Friends of Corhampton Church . . . . . . . . . . . . 3<br />

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

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

Are you interested in crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Jubilee timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Don’t miss the bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

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

Meonstoke School Church Club . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Meonstoke Book of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

<strong>The</strong> Diamond Ball organisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

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

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

West Meon Chamber Music Festival . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

News from overseas! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

<strong>The</strong> Diamond Ball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

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

Soberton Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9<br />

Jubilee Thanks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9<br />

Operation Chariot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9<br />

Meonstoke, Exton, and Corhampton Church Fête . . 10<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Junior School Book Buddies . . . . . . . 10<br />

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Fancy dress photograph . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Local Services In<strong>for</strong>mation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12<br />

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

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d & District Comm. Care . . . . . . . . . . 13<br />

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

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

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

Cubs return to Drox<strong>for</strong>d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

Looking ahead at Swanmore College . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust Roadshow . . . . 15<br />

Meon Valley Active Retirement Association . . . . 15<br />

Can the green doctor help you . . . . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16<br />

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall News & events . . . . . . . . 17<br />

Art Out and About in the Meon Valley . . . . . . . 17<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Junior School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18<br />

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

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

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Wives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20<br />

Children’s Fancy Dress Competition . . . . . . . . . 21<br />

All Saints Counselling Service . . . . . . . . . . . . 22<br />

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

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

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

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


<strong>The</strong> Magazine <strong>for</strong> <strong>The</strong> Parish Churches of<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d, Exton, Meonstoke & Corhampton, & Preshaw<br />

RECTOR Reverend Stuart Holt 01489 877512<br />

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

Note: <strong>The</strong> 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 />

<strong>The</strong> Reverend David Moss MA 01329 833518<br />

Cover picture:<br />

Winning photograph, by Denise Bury, in the Meonstoke,<br />

Exton, & Corhampton church fête photography competition<br />

of HM the Queen’s Jubilee street party in Meonstoke.<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 />

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

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

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

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

document. <strong>The</strong> 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 hardcopy is also acceptable.<br />

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

schedules, please note that material received after the copy<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, Drox<strong>for</strong>d, SO32 3PB<br />

Tel: 877230<br />

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

Advertising : David Neale Tel: 878541<br />

manager<br />

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

Treasurer: Alison Stott Tel: 877293<br />

Printed by: Meon Valley Printers,<br />

Church Road,<br />

Swanmore


<strong>The</strong> Rectory, <strong>August</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Jubilee celebrations were such a<br />

joy and thanks to all those who made<br />

it possible <strong>for</strong> our communities to<br />

come together. <strong>The</strong>re was much<br />

cause <strong>for</strong> rejoicing and we used the<br />

occasion as a time to reflect on the<br />

past 60 years of our communities<br />

during the reign of our sovereign.<br />

Looking back awakens in us feelings<br />

of deep nostalgia. Remembering in a<br />

rosy glow that summers were always<br />

sunny, floods never occurred and<br />

everyone was better off.<br />

That isn’t true – and nostalgia isn’t<br />

what it used to be either! Celebrating<br />

events in history such as the Jubilee<br />

helps us to think again about where<br />

we have come from but more<br />

importantly where we are going to.<br />

In our villages we have constant<br />

reminders of our past when<br />

Christendom was in place in the <strong>for</strong>m<br />

of large and historic buildings which<br />

have survived plague, wars, droughts,<br />

famines, and political and religious<br />

change.<br />

In church, week by week, we recall<br />

the great events of past generations of<br />

FRIENDS OF<br />

CORHAMPTON<br />

CHURCH<br />

Choral Evensong<br />

sung by the Athanasian Consort<br />

On Sunday, 9th <strong>September</strong> at 6:30 pm<br />

the Athanasian Consort will be singing the<br />

now annual and popular choral Evensong<br />

in Corhampton church<br />

All are very welcome and there will be the usual<br />

refreshments afterwards.<br />

MEONSTOKE SCHOOL SAXON DAY<br />

11 TH JULY<br />

Brilliantly organised by Peter O’Sullivan, Meonstoke School<br />

Saxon Day saw every child, dressed as a Saxon peasant, baptised<br />

with a stick-on Saxon name in Corhampton Saxon Church,<br />

ringing the bells; having a history lesson; examining the 1000<br />

year-old yew tree; and hearing about St Swithin’s miraculous<br />

eggs wall painting. Later, back at the school, the Rev Stuart Holt<br />

and Simon Greenly provided tonsured religious cover.<br />

Teachers, parents and other volunteers, robed by Hampshire<br />

Wardrobe, helped the experts recruited by Peter. Sue Nelson of<br />

Looking back and learning to look <strong>for</strong>ward<br />

those who had faith in the one true<br />

God. As we look back with thanksgiving<br />

<strong>for</strong> God’s plan <strong>for</strong> humankind<br />

over the Millennia we are strengthened<br />

in our faith <strong>for</strong> today. We can<br />

live our lives missing out on the great<br />

encouragement and blessing a faith<br />

can give <strong>for</strong> a variety of reasons and<br />

misunderstandings. It is time <strong>for</strong> the<br />

Church to communicate the old<br />

things of faith in a new way that all<br />

may find encouragement and wonder.<br />

I want to invite you all on a journey<br />

<strong>for</strong> a year giving faith a new try. A<br />

new course has emerged from our<br />

mission this year in which we have<br />

seen many new faces and heard many<br />

new stories of faith, <strong>for</strong> which we are<br />

amazed and deeply thankful. It is<br />

time to tell our story in a new way in<br />

small groups, where we can find<br />

friends and refreshment and help.<br />

We have created a short course <strong>for</strong><br />

our benefice <strong>for</strong> everyone to come to.<br />

From Basra to Bacon Butties<br />

A six session course beginning in the<br />

Autumn 2012<br />

And running through the year<br />

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God’s purpose, power, and plan in<br />

rural ministry today.<br />

Holding together the traditional<br />

and the new and seeing the power<br />

of the Holy Spirit fill all things<br />

to the Glory of God and<br />

the blessing of his people.<br />

Follow faith’s journey from the call<br />

of Abram to the Promised Land.<br />

From Egypt, the giving of the law,<br />

the building of the Temple, the exile,<br />

the building of the second Temple,<br />

the Herodian Temple, the Synagogue,<br />

the parish church and the Bacon<br />

Buttie in the Village Hall<br />

Course dates <strong>for</strong> the Autumn<br />

Wednesday mornings: 10.00 am<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Rectory:<br />

In <strong>September</strong> on the 12 th , 19 th , & 26 th<br />

In October on the 3 rd , 10 th , &17 th<br />

Tuesday evenings: 7.30 pm<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Rectory<br />

In <strong>September</strong> on the 11 th , 18 th , & 25 th<br />

In October on the 2 nd , 9 th , &16 th<br />

Please will you come?<br />

Love and prayers<br />

Stuart<br />

Wessex Archaeology, the Sustainability Centre (including two<br />

<strong>for</strong>midably armoured Saxon warriors), Winchester Museum<br />

Services, and Winchester Mill created, in a hands-on way,<br />

aspects of domestic and warrior Saxon life.<br />

Peter’s finale saw the year-two pupils re-enact <strong>for</strong> about fifty<br />

parents the 1066 battles of Stam<strong>for</strong>d <strong>Bridge</strong> (where Viking<br />

warrior Guy Liardet, Friends Chairman, met a bloody and noisy<br />

death) and Hastings where massed Saxon infantry were<br />

defeated by the archers of William, Duke of Normandy. As the<br />

adults recited the Lord’s Prayer in Saxon English, Harold’s<br />

body was carried on a shield <strong>for</strong> burial in the Meon Valley.<br />

<strong>The</strong> activities were greatly enhanced as a result of small grants<br />

from the William Collins Trust, Hampshire County Council<br />

(thanks to Councillor Felicity Hindson) and the Friends of<br />

Corhampton Saxon Church<br />

A Battle of Hastings ruler was presented to every child.<br />

Thanks also to Winchester Area Community Action Group <strong>for</strong><br />

the minibus and John Foey, volunteer driver. <strong>The</strong> day was<br />

enhanced by help from smart, polite older children from<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d acting as mentors; head teacher Ross Irving was on<br />

hand to give encouragement. Meonstoke head teacher Linda<br />

Coumbe’s speech warmly thanked Peter and promoted the<br />

cause of the Friends of Corhampton Church to assembled<br />

parents.<br />

Guy Liardet<br />

Chairman 877583


Look-in!<br />

Do look in <strong>for</strong> 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>August</strong>: 1st & 15 th<br />

<strong>September</strong>: 5 th & 19 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. <strong>The</strong>re is no<br />

charge. <strong>The</strong> 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 be<strong>for</strong>e 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 <strong>for</strong><br />

another 1000 years<br />

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

is available <strong>for</strong> 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 />

31 st July<br />

St Peter's Soberton<br />

25 th <strong>September</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Stables, Bishops Waltham<br />

30 th October<br />

Our Lady Queen of Apostles,<br />

Bishops Waltham<br />

All held on Tuesdays, starting at<br />

7.30 pm, lasting 30 minutes.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are times of quiet contemplation of<br />

the type so<br />

often overlooked in this busy<br />

DON’T MISS THE BUS!<br />

In the October half term, from<br />

October 29 th to November 2 nd , a<br />

very special mission bus will be<br />

coming your way, brought by<br />

members of the Meon Valley<br />

Methodist Circuit. <strong>The</strong> timetable<br />

and route have yet to be<br />

confirmed. It will be full of<br />

interesting activities <strong>for</strong> all age<br />

groups. <strong>The</strong>re will be refreshments<br />

<strong>for</strong> those who board the<br />

bus.<br />

<strong>The</strong> exact timetable and route<br />

will be published in the autumn.<br />

In the meantime, get ready <strong>for</strong><br />

an interesting trip!<br />

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Jill Sutton<br />

Are you interested in<br />

crafts?<br />

Such as patchwork, <strong>for</strong> example?<br />

Do come and join us at Tithes on<br />

the 2 nd & 4 th Wednesday<br />

of each month<br />

From 10.30 am to 12.30 pm<br />

Our next craft meetings:<br />

<strong>September</strong> 12 th & 26 th<br />

October 10 th & 24 th<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation call<br />

Rosemary Frere-Cook on 877769<br />

Meonstoke, Exton, and<br />

Corhampton<br />

Jubilee Timeline<br />

world Thank you to all who contributed<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation <strong>for</strong> the timeline that was<br />

displayed in <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall. I would<br />

like to continue with this and would<br />

appreciate any corrections or<br />

additions you can provide.<br />

Anyone who was unable to view it<br />

during the Jubilee weekend is<br />

welcome to make an appointment to<br />

see it. I am looking <strong>for</strong> dates of<br />

‘happenings’ in these villages from<br />

1954 to the present day.<br />

Can you provide the date that:<br />

● <strong>The</strong> mini roundabout at<br />

Corhampton was built.<br />

● <strong>The</strong> butchers shop at top of<br />

Meonstoke High Street closed.<br />

● Any dates connected with the<br />

darts teams.<br />

● Mens’ Club trophy dates and<br />

names.<br />

● Dates concerning the cobblers<br />

shop in the wall at Corhampton.<br />

● Year of the fire in the thatch of<br />

the cottage near Meonstoke<br />

church on bonfire night.<br />

● Any other clubs events, etc.<br />

● Important dates concerning<br />

individuals, past and present.<br />

If you can help, please contact Gill<br />

Horn<br />

Tel: 877365<br />

E-mail: shavards@gotadsl.co.uk<br />

Shavards Farm, Meonstoke, SO32<br />

3NR


MEON LADIES<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Ladies are resting and<br />

busy doing other things during the<br />

summer months but don't <strong>for</strong>get the<br />

first meeting of the group is on:<br />

● Thursday, 18th October at 7.30<br />

pm in the the Meon Hall. It's<br />

all about CHOCOLATE so it<br />

should be an excellent evening!<br />

● <strong>The</strong> November meeting is on<br />

Thursday, 22nd November<br />

● <strong>The</strong> December meeting is on<br />

Thursday, 13th December.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation, contact:<br />

Lorna Allured, 877718<br />

Opening of church north door<br />

Volunteers Needed<br />

In <strong>September</strong> we are going to start an<br />

after-school club at Meonstoke School on<br />

Tuesdays. It will include refreshments, a<br />

Bible story, craft activities, and a short<br />

act of worship. We will need a team of<br />

at least twelve people so that we can have<br />

a rota.<br />

If you can offer help with leading<br />

children’s worship, or musical skills, or<br />

in particular help with planning and<br />

leading craft activities, please get in<br />

touch with Cathy:<br />

On Saturday, June 2 nd at the Drox<strong>for</strong>d Country Fair, the<br />

accessible north entrance to Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church was officially<br />

opened by Reverend Stuart Holt. This has opened up the<br />

magnificent Norman Arch on the North side of the Church<br />

to make use of another entrance to the church <strong>for</strong> services.<br />

Drainage has been much improved and a new parking area<br />

<strong>for</strong> disabled visitors gives wheelchair users much better<br />

access to the church. All the work was done by Peter<br />

Moore who has worked tirelessly in wind and rain to<br />

complete this project. An enormous vote of thanks to Peter<br />

<strong>for</strong> his time and ef<strong>for</strong>t on this.<br />

<strong>The</strong> project has been made possible by a grant from<br />

Hampshire County Council; a donation from Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

Country Fair; a generous bequest from a late Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

resident and is supported by the Friends of Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church.<br />

Since this additional entrance has opened it has been<br />

much admired and people have mentioned to me how<br />

attractive this Norman arch appears on the approach to the<br />

church.<br />

In addition to the north door access, the Lady Chapel roof<br />

has been fully repaired after the lead was stolen and is now<br />

covered with an alternative weather-tight covering of thick<br />

terne-coated stainless steel.<br />

Ann Symes<br />

Songs of Praise<br />

Led by Rt Rev Christopher Foster<br />

Bishop of Portsmouth<br />

on Sunday, 30 th <strong>September</strong><br />

at 10.00 am<br />

at St Mary and All Saints, Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

Bishop Christopher will be preaching on Mission <strong>for</strong><br />

Ministry, using God’s gifts together to see His<br />

Kingdom grow.<br />

Followed by a Café Lite lunch in Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall.<br />

MEONSTOKE SCHOOL CHURCH<br />

CLUB<br />

Tel: 877804<br />

cathymeon@hotmail.com<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church News<br />

6<br />

EXTON CHURCH FABRIC<br />

FUND DRAW<br />

<strong>The</strong> June and July draws were<br />

both held at Southampton General<br />

Hospital.<br />

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

months were:<br />

June: Anne Wilkinson (No. 92)<br />

Ron Clark (No. 24)<br />

July: Paul Hindon (No. 23)<br />

Tim Mellor (No. 31)<br />

£50 Bonus Draw <strong>for</strong> Diamond<br />

Jubilee: Alan Starkey (No. 19)<br />

Many thanks to all those who continue<br />

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

further in<strong>for</strong>mation, please contact<br />

Sam Fitzsimmons on 877910<br />

Pictured at the official opening are (L to R): Ann Symes;<br />

the Rev. Stuart Holt: Felicity Hindson; and Sue Hincks.<br />

Church locking rota<br />

We are looking <strong>for</strong> more volunteers to help lock our<br />

church. We currently have a number of volunteers who<br />

lock the church <strong>for</strong> two weeks twice a year.<br />

It has been suggested that locking the church <strong>for</strong> only one<br />

week each time would be preferable but to achieve this<br />

we will need more people on the rota.<br />

If you are interested in helping, please let us know.<br />

Ann Symes & Sheila Matthissen<br />

Church Wardens<br />

Harvest Service and Lunch<br />

This year’s Harvest Festival Service will be on Sunday,<br />

14 th October at 11.00 am<br />

in St Mary & All Saints<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be a bring and share lunch<br />

following the service in<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall<br />

All are welcome.


Meonstoke Book of the Year<br />

A MEONSTOKE MAN -<br />

<strong>The</strong> life and times of Edward (Ted) Arthur Trigg<br />

1917 – 2010<br />

Ted Trigg was born in Meonstoke in November 1917.<br />

He lived in the High Street all his life, apart from service<br />

in WW2. He was born in the Millers Arms (now Mill<br />

Cottage), then lived at Freelands Cottage, at South End<br />

Bakery, the house and bakery being built <strong>for</strong> the family,<br />

and <strong>The</strong> Cottage. <strong>The</strong> youngest of five children, with 4<br />

older sisters to keep him organised, Ted had a zest <strong>for</strong><br />

life and an impish humour. His father was the village<br />

baker, known as “Dusty” Trigg from all the flour used in<br />

the South End Bakery (now the Old Bakery). This book<br />

contains Ted's own well-expressed recollections of his<br />

early life in the village.<br />

Ted attended Meonstoke School in 1922, where he and<br />

his future wife Eileen were in the same class and in the<br />

Meonstoke School choir. Ted and Eileen married in<br />

March 1940 at St Andrew's Church, Meonstoke; their<br />

wedding reception was in the Meon Hut just over the<br />

road from Freelands Cottage. Ted spent WW2 in the<br />

REME, was promoted to Corporal, and gained a wide<br />

engineering knowledge doing military vehicle<br />

inspections, which experience helped him to secure full<br />

employment post-war at the ABC Factory in the High<br />

Street, and then at Merington's garage in Drox<strong>for</strong>d. In<br />

2002 his wife Eileen died after 62 years of marriage.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Diamond Ball organisers (L to R)<br />

Caroline Harris, Philippa Clarke, Anna Rolfe,<br />

and Tess Briggs<br />

7<br />

Ted's daughters Julie Peckham and Carol Watson,<br />

realising that he felt deeply lonely, encouraged him to<br />

write down his memories because they would be of<br />

interest to people who live in Meonstoke now.<br />

Following some careful editing by Liz Borrow, Ted<br />

Triggs 's memoirs are offered <strong>for</strong> sale, price £5. <strong>The</strong><br />

Meon Valley Garden Club, knowing of Ted's gardening<br />

skills, offered space <strong>for</strong> a book launch at their Flower<br />

Show at the Meon Hall in July. Copies can be bought in<br />

the village from James Morrice at Brook Cottage (01489<br />

877916). Ted Trigg said to Julie and Carol that he<br />

wished all the proceeds from his book to be donated to<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall – it is probable that Ted's donation may<br />

be used to buy some new china <strong>for</strong> the Meon Hall's<br />

refurbished kitchen.<br />

James Morrice<br />

Photograph of Ted taken<br />

at a Christmas lunch in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall, 2008


We are usually concerned about what will be available<br />

<strong>for</strong> display at the Spring Show. I have never felt the<br />

same about the Summer Show until this year. But the<br />

Spring Show always turns out well, so I am sure that the<br />

Summer event will as well, despite our fears. But it has<br />

been the most extraordinary summer and this has led<br />

to two of our summer outings having to be cancelled –<br />

the visit to Abbotsbury Gardens and the Cream Tea in<br />

the president’s garden. I am sure that David Green<br />

had worked hard at making the garden good <strong>for</strong> Club<br />

members to visit, but the day was appalling. It is worth<br />

reminding people that David’s garden at Hilltop,<br />

Swanmore, will be open under the Yellow Book<br />

Scheme on Sunday, 9 th <strong>September</strong>. <strong>The</strong> <strong>for</strong>ecasters<br />

are hinting that <strong>September</strong> might be better, which<br />

sounds good <strong>for</strong> our club holiday. But if this is going to<br />

be the pattern of our summers from now on, we will<br />

have to rethink which flowers and vegetables to grow.<br />

Olive Hathaway, Chairman<br />

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

West Meon Chamber<br />

Music Festival<br />

14 th -16 th <strong>September</strong><br />

Free concerts to help heroes<br />

Two free concerts with wide family<br />

appeal, aimed at raising funds <strong>for</strong><br />

Help <strong>for</strong> Heroes, are included in the<br />

programme <strong>for</strong> this year’s West Meon<br />

Chamber Music Festival.<br />

Saturday, 15 <strong>September</strong> at 12 noon<br />

In the West Meon pub<br />

<strong>The</strong> Primrose Piano Quartet play solos,<br />

duos and trios to appeal to the younger<br />

members of the family.<br />

At 10 pm, in <strong>The</strong> Thomas Lord<br />

<strong>The</strong> quartet and friends will provide a<br />

late-night jazz concert.<br />

Both concerts are free, but there will be<br />

collections <strong>for</strong> Help <strong>for</strong> Heroes – the<br />

festival’s nominated charity this year.<br />

“Although it is<br />

essentially a chamber<br />

music festival, like all<br />

classical musicians we<br />

firmly believe in<br />

encouraging as many<br />

people as possible to<br />

enjoy our music making,”<br />

says Susanne Stanzeleit,<br />

Violinist with <strong>The</strong> Primrose<br />

Piano Quartet. “We will have<br />

four other more conventional<br />

chamber concerts in the<br />

village church over the<br />

weekend as well,<br />

so there will be<br />

something to appeal<br />

to everyone.”<br />

Go to www.westmeonmusic.co.uk<br />

Meon Valley Garden Club<br />

In the garden<br />

<strong>August</strong> & <strong>September</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> wettest June and July on record!<br />

Conditions have been ideal <strong>for</strong> pests and<br />

diseases, particularly slugs and fungal<br />

disease, such as black spot and potato<br />

blight (which also affects tomatoes). If<br />

you have not already routinely sprayed<br />

tomatoes and potatoes with fungicide, it<br />

is probably too late to avoid infection,<br />

but spraying now with dithane may help<br />

to prevent disease spreading to<br />

uninfected plants.<br />

��<br />

Vegetables: Lift potatoes and onions to<br />

avoid unnecessary pest damage. Last<br />

sowings of radish, rocket, and lettuce<br />

can be made in early <strong>August</strong>. Now is<br />

also the time to sow spring cabbage,<br />

perpetual spinach, and winter lettuce.<br />

Runner beans are now coming into their<br />

own, but remember to keep them well<br />

watered, and keep an eye out <strong>for</strong><br />

blackfly. Treat with proprietary<br />

pesticide as necessary.<br />

��<br />

Fruit: Cut out summer raspberry canes<br />

that have fruited to allow next year’s<br />

canes to develop, and if you have not<br />

already done so finish summer pruning<br />

of gooseberries, red currants, apples,<br />

and plums. ��<br />

8<br />

PLANT SALE<br />

Saturday, 6 th October<br />

DROXFORD VILLAGE HALL<br />

at<br />

10.00 am<br />

A wide range of plants<br />

at very low prices.<br />

Refreshments<br />

Herbaceous border: Continue dead<br />

heading and cut out tall or weak stems<br />

from plants that have finished flowering.<br />

Feed and deadhead dahlias and look out<br />

<strong>for</strong> aphids and blackfly and treat with<br />

soapy water or proprietary pesticide.<br />

Make sure tall asters and Michaelmas<br />

daisies are well supported. As lavender<br />

flowers fade cut back stems to new pairs<br />

of shoots using secateurs.<br />

��<br />

Bulbs: Order spring flowering bulbs <strong>for</strong><br />

planting this autumn.<br />

��<br />

Trees and Shrubs: Take cuttings of<br />

escallonia, cistus and callicarpa. Prune<br />

shrubs after they have finished<br />

flowering and pinch out new shoots of<br />

wisteria to about three or four leaves.<br />

Lightly prune or trim beech hedges,<br />

eleagnus, escallonia, hebe, holly,<br />

pyracantha, and privet.<br />

��<br />

Containers: Keep well watered and<br />

continue dead heading, especially<br />

petunias, and you will be rewarded with<br />

flowers <strong>for</strong> several weeks to come.<br />

��<br />

In the greenhouse: Reduce watering<br />

and feeding of tomatoes as the fruits<br />

start to ripen, but make sure the soil<br />

remains moist. If it dries out and you<br />

then over-water the fruit will split. Be<br />

watchful <strong>for</strong> red spider mite and whitefly<br />

on cucumbers and spray as necessary<br />

or use sticky whitefly traps if pests are<br />

present.<br />

John Owen


News from Overseas!<br />

It is a great joy to me to receive a copy<br />

of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Bridge</strong> in the post and I read it<br />

avidly looking, <strong>for</strong> news of all my<br />

friends in the Valley. A path is being<br />

worn between the villages of the <strong>Bridge</strong><br />

Benefice and Hayling Island as my<br />

friends cross the bridge to Hayling and<br />

come to visit me. This seems to be all<br />

about bridges! <strong>Bridge</strong>s are so important<br />

to connect us one to another, both as<br />

practical routes from one place to<br />

another and also as metaphorical links<br />

between people. We talk about<br />

‘building bridges’ when communication<br />

breaks down and relationships have to<br />

be restored.<br />

It was not my intention to talk about<br />

bridges but to tell you a little about my<br />

new life on Hayling. I am very happy<br />

here with the beach at the bottom of the<br />

road and beautiful nature reserves to<br />

walk in with Rosie (dog). Rosie loves<br />

<strong>The</strong> Diamond Ball<br />

It didn’t rain! In fact the sun even shone and the<br />

Diamond Ball was a dazzling success. Thanks to the<br />

generosity of all those who sponsored the event,<br />

bought raffle tickets, or bid in the auction, the evening<br />

raised a staggering £12,000 <strong>for</strong> the Valley Preschool<br />

New Building Fund.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Diamond Ball Committee would particularly like<br />

to thank everyone who helped decorate the hall on the<br />

Friday be<strong>for</strong>e. You ‘froofed’ more than 100 pink and<br />

white tissue paper pom-poms; you draped enough<br />

gold fabric to cover a football pitch; and you climbed<br />

the equivalent of the Eiffel tower as you went up and<br />

down ladders fixing the Chinese laterns. Special<br />

mention must go to Denise Bury and Kate Cook who<br />

created such beautiful table displays; Alan Seaman<br />

who hemmed metres and metres of gold fabric; Kirsty<br />

Richardson who masterminded the decorations; and<br />

to James Morrice <strong>for</strong> his invaluable input at the Meon<br />

Hall.<br />

It’s the people who make the party, so huge credit<br />

must go to all of you who came and made this such a<br />

fabulous event. Thank you!<br />

Philippa Clarke<br />

the beach and I have to stand at the edge<br />

of the sea while she enjoys her swim.<br />

Settling into a new church has been very<br />

interesting. I asked <strong>for</strong> six months rest<br />

and the vicar very kindly honoured this.<br />

But on 1 st June the phone rang……You<br />

can guess the rest. I am not doing very<br />

much at the moment, as there are three<br />

lay readers, who should now be called<br />

licenced lay ministers – one <strong>for</strong> each<br />

church, St. Peter’s in the north, with St.<br />

Andrew’s, and St Mary’s nearer to<br />

where I live. I hope to develop a<br />

ministry in the area of Christian<br />

spirituality, making particular use of the<br />

wonderful space in St. Mary’s. <strong>The</strong><br />

congregation have been very<br />

courageous and totally cleared the<br />

church – not a pew to be seen but very<br />

com<strong>for</strong>table wooden chairs which can<br />

be arranged according to purpose and<br />

occasion.<br />

Our main service is the Parish<br />

Communion on Sunday morning with<br />

See also the photograph<br />

on page 6<br />

9<br />

robed choir – a hard-working and<br />

dedicated group of singers.<br />

To my surprise and delight they have<br />

invited me to the choir outing to sing<br />

Evensong at Bosham and dine at the<br />

Brookfield Hotel (do you think I shall<br />

get a discount?) As you know I like<br />

worship to be conducted with dignity<br />

and I am pleased that St. Mary’s have a<br />

band of dedicated servers who are<br />

beautifully turned out in cream albs<br />

with maroon tabards. <strong>The</strong>y have been<br />

well trained and add dignity to the<br />

service.<br />

I miss Corhampton Church very much.<br />

It is, as we all know, a place where it is<br />

very easy to pray. I am hoping that the<br />

group whom I have called Companions<br />

of Corhampton will be able to pursue<br />

the spiritual programme which I was<br />

privileged to set in motion. More news<br />

of all that another time.<br />

God bless you all.<br />

Jackie


200 Club Prize Draws: <strong>The</strong> winners<br />

of the £25 monthly prizes were:<br />

June: Nicki Parrett<br />

July: Ernst Bodtger<br />

<strong>The</strong> winner of the Mid-Summer £50<br />

prize was Meg Kinsman.<br />

Meon Hall Kitchen closed <strong>for</strong><br />

refurbishment: <strong>The</strong> kitchen and<br />

small hall will be closed <strong>for</strong> the<br />

refurbishment of the kitchen from<br />

Sunday, 30th October until Friday,<br />

19 th <strong>September</strong> 2012. <strong>The</strong> small<br />

hall will be used <strong>for</strong> storage of kitchen<br />

equipment, so will not be available <strong>for</strong><br />

hire. We plan to:<br />

● Replace all the cupboard units;<br />

● Lay a non-slip floor surface;<br />

● Install a commercial dishwasher;<br />

● and make various other<br />

improvements.<br />

Jubilee Thanks<br />

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS IN DROXFORD<br />

Regular users of the small hall have<br />

been in<strong>for</strong>med about the disruption,<br />

and arrangements have been proposed<br />

<strong>for</strong> helping groups to continue their<br />

normal activities.<br />

Recycling: Please keep recycling<br />

your unwanted clothes, shoes, and<br />

textiles in the Yellow Bin at the Meon<br />

Hall which raises money <strong>for</strong> our<br />

Hampshire Air Ambulance helicopter.<br />

<strong>The</strong> aim is to raise £500 from our<br />

recycling in 2012 to help fund emergency<br />

flights.<br />

Planning a family party …? Order<br />

those extra tables, chairs, china, wine<br />

and champagne glasses, and cutlery<br />

<strong>for</strong> your entertaining from the Meon<br />

Hall. Contact the Bookings Secretary,<br />

Richard Booth by email to<br />

meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Over 300 residents of Drox<strong>for</strong>d turned out on Saturday, 2 nd June<br />

to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.<br />

Villagers young and old enjoyed children’s games, a tug-of-war<br />

competition, a flower festival in the village church, a huge<br />

outdoor picnic supper and barn dancing in the village hall. <strong>The</strong><br />

climax of the evening was a village countdown to the launch of<br />

6 rockets – one <strong>for</strong> every decade of Her Majesty’s reign. Thank<br />

you to everyone who took part and a very special thank you to<br />

all those who planned and helped with the events.<br />

Mary Hart<br />

EXTON, MEONSTOKE AND CORHAMPTON<br />

HM THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS<br />

We would just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone<br />

<strong>for</strong> their help and support during the Jubilee Celebrations and<br />

also to thank all those who sent kind cards, letters, and emails to<br />

us. Everyone deserves a pat on the back <strong>for</strong> making the<br />

celebrations go with a swing and <strong>for</strong> entering into the spirit of it<br />

all. <strong>The</strong> Diamond Jubilee won't be <strong>for</strong>gotten <strong>for</strong> a long time!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Exhibition on the 3rd and 4th June was very well attended<br />

and a huge success. It is hoped that a special display<br />

cupboard/cabinet will be purchased <strong>for</strong> the safe-keeping of<br />

some of the material and anything else of local interest that turns<br />

up. This permanent display will be <strong>for</strong> all the community to<br />

enjoy and a reminder of the wonderful Jubilee Celebrations in<br />

our villages.<br />

Za Rowe and Lorna Allured<br />

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James Morrice<br />

Soberton Players<br />

Cast Member required <strong>for</strong> Rolf in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sound of Music, November<br />

<strong>The</strong> Soberton Players have a<br />

wonderful cast <strong>for</strong> their production of<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sound of Music in November and<br />

are looking to cast Rolf to complete<br />

the line up. Ideally, a young man aged<br />

between 17 and 24 who has good<br />

acting and singing ability, who will be<br />

a strong partner <strong>for</strong> our delightful Liesl.<br />

Production dates are November 29 th ,<br />

& 30 th and December 1 st . We rehearse<br />

at Soberton Village Hall on Mondays<br />

and Thursday evenings, 7.30 – 10.00,<br />

although Rolf would not be required<br />

<strong>for</strong> every rehearsal. Tech and dress<br />

are on the 2 Sundays be<strong>for</strong>e the<br />

production.<br />

Should you know of anyone who<br />

might be interested please ask them<br />

to contact Susan Hyland by email to<br />

jhyland@btinternet.com or telephone<br />

01489 878724.<br />

OPERATION CHARIOT<br />

(<strong>The</strong> Amphibious Raid on St. Nazaire<br />

On 28 th March, 1942)<br />

An illustrated talk about the raid<br />

(as we commemorate its 70 th anniversary)<br />

by Nick Beattie,<br />

Son of Lt. Cdr. R.H. Beattie, VC<br />

(Commanding officer of HMS Campbeltown<br />

at the time of the raid)<br />

Wednesday, 24 th October<br />

St Mary & All Saints Church<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

Refreshments at 7.00 pm<br />

Talk begins at 7.30 pm<br />

Tickets £12.50<br />

Available from:<br />

Susan Hyland<br />

Meonstoke Village Stores or<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Post Office<br />

or from Anthony and Nicola Hulbert,<br />

Cherry Trees, Bucks Head Hill<br />

Meonstoke SO32 3NA Tel. 878289


<strong>The</strong> annual fête was successfully held at <strong>The</strong><br />

Meon Hall despite the most appalling succession<br />

of rain showers <strong>for</strong> days be<strong>for</strong>e and during.<br />

However, the national spirit triumphed and with<br />

the trade stands indoors and the games<br />

between deluges outside the afternoon was<br />

successful in bringing a throng of happy people<br />

together and raising just short of £4,000 <strong>for</strong> our<br />

three benefice churches.<br />

<strong>The</strong> festivities were started in this Jubilee year<br />

by the fête queen, Pauline Quarendon, who has<br />

quietly done so much <strong>for</strong> the community over<br />

many years. She was attended by her lady-inwaiting,<br />

Martha Fletcher, as they arrived by<br />

pony and trap driven by a liveried Sally Fithyan.<br />

<strong>The</strong> village band per<strong>for</strong>med throughout and<br />

there was a rendition of songs by Meonstoke<br />

School.<br />

Thanks are due to all the stall-holders, food<br />

ladies, decorators, Alpha House boys, brave dog<br />

Stall Total<br />

Entry Fee 286.41<br />

Bargain Stalls<br />

Presents Galore 273.60<br />

Cakes and Biscuits 212.80<br />

Books 71.80<br />

Cup Cake Emporium 30.00<br />

Plants and Produce 430.62<br />

Soaps and Scents 124.00<br />

Children’s Clobber 116.77<br />

Sophie’s Sweets 21.00<br />

White Elephant ( bric a brac ) 150.94<br />

Food<br />

Sam’s Burger Bar 13.00<br />

Ice Cream 59.50<br />

St. Andrew’s Green Teas 263.89<br />

Beer and Pimms 318.40 t.b.c.<br />

(stock still to be returned)<br />

Games<br />

Splat the Rat 34.25<br />

Tombola 151.50<br />

Face Painting 38.55<br />

Bottle Stall 328.05<br />

Chucking the Wellie 62.65<br />

Beat the Keeper 12.10<br />

Golf 43.00<br />

Village Photographic Competition 32.50<br />

Coconut Shy 93.55<br />

Guess the Number of Balloons<br />

in the Mini 8.00<br />

Raffle 250.10<br />

Family Skiing 50.69<br />

Meonstoke, Exton<br />

& Corhampton, Church Fête<br />

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show and outside games organisers, and all the<br />

other officials without whose ef<strong>for</strong>ts such an<br />

extravaganza would not have been possible.<br />

Thanks also <strong>for</strong> all the generous donations from<br />

far and wide. <strong>The</strong> weather was dire enough to<br />

cancel our main outside attraction but it was<br />

obvious that there was ample to amuse the<br />

visitors from our villages and afar. Cars<br />

managed to park in the roadsides so preserving<br />

the rich turf in the recreation ground. Leftovers<br />

have been gratefully accepted by the Sue Rider<br />

charity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> breakdown of individual amounts raised is<br />

shown below.<br />

Mike Hutchinson 2012 Fete Coordinator<br />

PS Lost property: I have a small, round, silver<br />

earring with a black centre, found at the féte.<br />

Attractions<br />

Grand Draw 281.50<br />

Fun Dog Show 35.90<br />

Rector’s Shirt Exton 183.43<br />

Grand Total here £ 3,978.50<br />

Note: Two items above to be confirmed and<br />

possibly some expenses to be<br />

deducted.<br />

Book<br />

Buddies<br />

Wanted<br />

We invited <strong>Bridge</strong> readers to become Book<br />

Buddies at the time we received a big boost to<br />

our library stock.<br />

Once again we are appealing <strong>for</strong> more Book<br />

Buddies to come and listen to children read<br />

their books. If you would like to offer up an<br />

afternoon here or there, to listen to our lovely<br />

children, then please don't hesitate to call the<br />

school office on 01489 877537.<br />

Matthew Dampier


Hoax calls don’t just cost money, they cost lives!<br />

Every day the Hampshire Fire and Rescue<br />

Service control room receives hoax calls,<br />

reporting incidents that do not exist.<br />

Hoax calls commit fire engines to incidents that<br />

do not exist, which can mean that genuine<br />

callers’ lives are in danger, as fire cover in the<br />

county is reduced - A life was lost in a fire in<br />

Southampton when the nearest fire engines were<br />

attending a hoax call. In a fire situation, seconds<br />

can cost lives. It also puts the responding<br />

firefighters at risk whilst travelling to hoax calls.<br />

Hoax and false emergency calls have cost<br />

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service an estimated<br />

£1.26m over the past three years.<br />

Fourteen people who made three or more bogus<br />

calls had their phones cut off. Twelve pranksters<br />

were prosecuted, including six who were either<br />

charged or issued a fixed penalty in 2007.<br />

Malicious &<br />

Hoax Calls<br />

Useful contact points and further in<strong>for</strong>mation:<br />

Go to www.hantsfire.gov.uk/homesafetyin<strong>for</strong>mation.pdf <strong>for</strong> a copy of our home fire<br />

safety leaflet, or to www.hantsfire.gov.uk <strong>for</strong> the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service home page.<br />

Community Fire Safety Department: 02380 626809<br />

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

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Do you know?<br />

Calls from landline phones give Control Staff<br />

immediate access to the number and location of<br />

the phone and all calls are digitally recorded. In<br />

the case of hoax calls these details can be<br />

passed to the police <strong>for</strong> prosecution.<br />

Text messages will be sent to mobile phone hoax<br />

callers warning them that if they persist, their<br />

mobiles can be cut off. Should multiple hoax calls<br />

be received from mobiles, HFRS Control staff<br />

will contact the network provider and ask them<br />

to cut the mobile off.<br />

In the past year, the Hampshire Fire and Rescue<br />

Service has issued numerous warnings and had<br />

many phones disconnected.<br />

If you know of someone making hoax calls, call<br />

Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or go on-line<br />

at www.crimestoppers-uk.org,<br />

completely anonymously.<br />

Some of the<br />

60-plus entrants in<br />

the Meonstoke<br />

Diamond Jubilee<br />

Children’s Fancy<br />

Dress competition.<br />

See page 21 <strong>for</strong> the<br />

report and another<br />

photograph.


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, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 878043<br />

DROXFORD ANTIQUES, High Street, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 878800<br />

PUBLIC HOUSES<br />

THE BAKER’S ARMS, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 877533<br />

THE BUCKS HEAD, Meonstoke 877313<br />

THE HURDLES, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 877451<br />

THE SHOE, Exton 877526<br />

THE WHITE HORSE, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 877490<br />

GARAGES<br />

MERINGTONS , Drox<strong>for</strong>d 877431<br />

TAYLORS GARAGE LTD, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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 />

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

trustees in confidence:<br />

Ann Symes, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 877643<br />

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

Julia Keitley Drox<strong>for</strong>d 877414<br />

Monika Thwaites Corhampton 877939<br />

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

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

number of Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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 />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d: 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 />

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

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

MEON VALLEY CARERS GROUP<br />

<strong>The</strong> Paterson Centre (see p. 20 <strong>for</strong> 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 />

Warn<strong>for</strong>d 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 />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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 />

<strong>The</strong> 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: No visit in <strong>August</strong> : 11 th <strong>September</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<br />

of private transport <strong>for</strong><br />

essential purposes such as<br />

hospital and doctor appointments. We<br />

endeavour to keep our charges well<br />

below cost. We rely on the continuing<br />

support of volunteer drivers. Nearly all<br />

our current drivers are retired and<br />

have been with us <strong>for</strong> at least five<br />

years and to keep the service going<br />

we do urgently need some new<br />

volunteer drivers.<br />

At present the costs of operating the<br />

service are by contributions from<br />

passengers, fund raising, grants, and<br />

donations. At present the contributions<br />

from passengers are half the<br />

contributions to the drivers car running<br />

costs. Although we have been<br />

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d, Meonstoke, Exton and Corhampton.<br />

MINOR INJURIES<br />

UNIT<br />

Petersfield Hospital<br />

Swan Street, Petersfield<br />

GU32 3LB<br />

� 01730 263221<br />

successful in obtaining grants and<br />

donations, the costs are exceeding<br />

our income by about £100 per month<br />

and we may need to consider raising<br />

the passengers’ contribution next<br />

year. <strong>The</strong> coordinators will tell the<br />

drivers and passengers the cost of a<br />

journey. Passengers are requested to<br />

pay their contributions direct to the<br />

drivers.<br />

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

service to new arrivals in the villages<br />

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

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

important to us that we welcome all<br />

newcomers but occasionally we<br />

are not made aware of new arrivals.<br />

If we have not been in touch please<br />

make contact with the new arrivals<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 />

<strong>for</strong> 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. <strong>The</strong>se 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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co-ordinator, Za Rowe, telephone<br />

877732.<br />

We can also provide assistance with<br />

completion of <strong>for</strong>ms and documents<br />

on a confidential basis. We may be<br />

able to help resolve the problems of<br />

restoring land-line telephones of the<br />

elderly when they are not working<br />

properly.<br />

For visits to hospital etc. please<br />

always contact your transport coordinator<br />

whose telephone number is<br />

on the Local Services page and do not<br />

contact drivers direct.<br />

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

driver, please get in touch with<br />

your transport co-ordinator or the<br />

Chairman, John Shaw on 877564.<br />

Meon Valley Community Bus<br />

Fares <strong>for</strong> 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 Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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 Drox<strong>for</strong>d 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, <strong>The</strong> Shoe 1239<br />

0927 Corhampton, <strong>The</strong> 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 Drox<strong>for</strong>d Square 1246<br />

0930 Meonstoke, Old Post Office 1241<br />

0932 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1239<br />

0934 Corhampton Stores 1237<br />

0936 Exton, <strong>The</strong> Shoe 1234<br />

SECOND FRIDAY OF MONTH TO WATERLOOVILLE<br />

0935 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1250<br />

0939 Drox<strong>for</strong>d Square 1245<br />

THIRD FRIDAY OF MONTH TO HEDGE END<br />

0926 Exton, <strong>The</strong> Shoe 1220<br />

0929 Meonstoke, Pound Cottages 1217<br />

0932 Corhampton Stores 1214<br />

0937 Drox<strong>for</strong>d Square 1209


Since the last <strong>Bridge</strong>, the Friends of Meonstoke School<br />

(FOMS) have organized another successful Pop-Up<br />

Coffee Shop. <strong>The</strong> next one will be on 28 th <strong>September</strong> and<br />

there are plans to pop up elsewhere, so keep an eye out.<br />

At the end of the academic year, we will be saying goodbye<br />

to some members of the committee as their children move<br />

on to Drox<strong>for</strong>d School and thank you <strong>for</strong> all the hard work<br />

you have put in this year. We will be recruiting new<br />

members at our AGM on 25 th <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Over the year we have raised a total of over £4,450 from<br />

various events such as the Christmas Fair, Pop-Up Coffee<br />

Shops, the quiz night, recycling, a children’s disco etc.<br />

This money has been spent on themed days, theatre<br />

workshops, equipment <strong>for</strong> school, a school trip to Marwell,<br />

and school milk <strong>for</strong> the children which is no longer provided<br />

by the county council. We have also made a donation of<br />

over £1100 to the Valley Preschool <strong>for</strong> their new building<br />

fund, recognizing the importance of having a preschool on<br />

site.<br />

Thank you <strong>for</strong> your continued support over this school year.<br />

Looking ahead at<br />

Friends of Meonstoke School<br />

Swanmore College<br />

Tessa Briggs<br />

with Mr Kyle Jonathan<br />

I am delighted to introduce myself to you as the new<br />

Headteacher at Swanmore College. Prior to taking up<br />

the post I worked <strong>for</strong> 7 years in the financial industry<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e training to become a mathematics teacher.<br />

For the past 6 years I have been working at Court<br />

Moor Secondary School in Fleet as Deputy Head.<br />

I feel extremely privileged to have been appointed to<br />

a school that has such a strong reputation both<br />

across the region and beyond and a<br />

tradition <strong>for</strong> offering a quality education <strong>for</strong><br />

pupils. I am also impressed by the<br />

broad and exciting range of extracurricular<br />

activities offered that help<br />

to prepare our pupils <strong>for</strong> life and work<br />

as responsible and valued citizens in<br />

our ever changing world.<br />

I am excited about the challenges<br />

that lie ahead both in relation to the<br />

need to respond to National<br />

initiatives, but also in taking<br />

Swanmore <strong>for</strong>ward and continuing<br />

to raise standards.<br />

I want Swanmore to be referred to<br />

as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in all that<br />

we do. A place where excellent<br />

teaching and learning is observed,<br />

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Cubs return to Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

It has been a long time coming but the Scouting Organisation<br />

has finally returned to Drox<strong>for</strong>d.<br />

At the beginning of June, thirteen children enrolled <strong>for</strong> cubs and<br />

on Tuesday, 17 th July weree invested along with their leaders<br />

Yvonne Adams and Rebecca Reynolds.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pack already has three volunteer helpers and everyone<br />

involved in the launch has been heartened by the support we<br />

have received from people in the village, parents and the<br />

Scouting Organisation. Richard Adams has worked to restore<br />

the scout hut and the surrounding grounds to a fully functioning<br />

base <strong>for</strong> the cubs. Parent-helper Tim Sharp has committed to<br />

maintaining the fencing and surrounding trees and has also<br />

volunteered to become involved in some of the more<br />

adventurous activities planned <strong>for</strong> <strong>September</strong>.<br />

This celebration marks the beginning of a movement and it is<br />

anticipated that eventually there will be a pack of beavers <strong>for</strong><br />

the younger children to attend and scouts <strong>for</strong> the older children<br />

to move onto when they are eleven.<br />

Cub meetings do not take place in the school holidays but they<br />

will start again in the scout hut at the top of School Lane on<br />

Tuesday, 11 th <strong>September</strong> at 6:00 p.m.<br />

If your child is interested in becoming a cub and is between the<br />

ages of 8 -10 ½ years old, then please join us on that evening to<br />

enjoy a taster session or to enrol there and then!!<br />

Yvonne Adams<br />

where exemplary behaviour and care is guaranteed,<br />

where excellent GCSE results are attained and opportunities<br />

<strong>for</strong> all to achieve and flourish is a given.<br />

Critical to this success will be the partnerships that<br />

develop with parents, pupils, Governors and our<br />

feeder schools. This work has already started in<br />

earnest. Swanmore is a wonderful school, full of<br />

character and friendliness. So, as I sign off, I would<br />

like to say a big “thank you” to all the children, parents<br />

and teachers who have made me feel so welcome<br />

and also encourage any new parents reading this<br />

article to make an appointment to see Swanmore in<br />

action!


Hampshire Hospitals NHS<br />

Foundation Trust Roadshow<br />

Would you like to learn more about your local hospital<br />

services? Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation<br />

Trust was <strong>for</strong>med in January 2012, bringing together<br />

three hospitals:<br />

● <strong>The</strong> Royal Hampshire County Hospital<br />

● Winchester; Andover War Memorial Hospital<br />

● Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital.<br />

If you would like to hear more about our plans, why not<br />

come along to the Hampshire Hospitals Roadshow on<br />

Tuesday, 4th <strong>September</strong>, from 6.00 pm in <strong>The</strong> Wells<br />

Place Centre in Eastleigh? Chief Medical Officer Dr<br />

Andrew Bishop will be the guest speaker. You will<br />

Programme <strong>for</strong><br />

<strong>August</strong> and<br />

<strong>September</strong><br />

Keep Fit Class: <strong>The</strong> Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham.<br />

Mondays from 11:30 to 13:00<br />

Note: <strong>The</strong>re will be classes on <strong>August</strong> 13 th <strong>August</strong> 20 th<br />

and <strong>September</strong> 24 th only.<br />

Contact: Chee Price 01489 893140.<br />

Tai Chi: <strong>The</strong> Jubilee Hall, Bishops Waltham (Main Hall)<br />

Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00<br />

Note: <strong>The</strong>re will be no Tai Chi classes in <strong>August</strong> but<br />

there will be classes every week in <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Contact: Sandy Holden on 01489 892136<br />

or Teri Morley on 01489 895119.<br />

Gentlemen’s <strong>The</strong> Barleycorn, Bishops Waltham<br />

Pub Lunch: <strong>August</strong> 16 th & <strong>September</strong> 20 th<br />

12:30 to 14:30<br />

Contact: Richard Davenport on 01489 891862<br />

Ladies’ Pub Lunch: Monday <strong>August</strong> 13 th<br />

& <strong>September</strong> 3 rd 13:00 start.<br />

Contact: Sandy Holden on 01489 892136 <strong>for</strong> venue.<br />

New Age Kurling: Jubilee Hall Bishops Waltham<br />

(small hall): <strong>August</strong> 16 th &<br />

<strong>September</strong> 20 th from 14:30 to 16:30<br />

Contact: Richard Holyhead on 01489 893511<br />

<strong>The</strong> IT classes have ceased <strong>for</strong> the summer but will<br />

recommence in October if there is a demand from<br />

members.<br />

If you are interested in becoming a member, please<br />

contact the chairman, Terry Wilson on 01489 895742<br />

or Ann Joyce, the secretary, on 01329 232099.<br />

If you know of anyone within Bishop's Waltham who is<br />

feeling isolated and who would benefit from a visit from<br />

one of our Good Neighbours Support Group, please call<br />

07530 565248. If you are interested in becoming part of<br />

the Good Neighbour’s Support Group, please call 07530<br />

565248<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation about the MVARA, go to our Web<br />

site at http://mvara.btck.co.uk<br />

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have the opportunity to put questions to Dr Bishop, a<br />

leading expert in cardiology, as well as chairman<br />

Elizabeth Padmore and chief executive Mary Edwards.<br />

In addition to the presentations, there will be a display<br />

by various hospital departments and staff will be on<br />

hand to give advice and answer any questions you<br />

might have.<br />

We look <strong>for</strong>ward to welcoming you to our roadshow.<br />

Light refreshments will be available.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation about the Foundation Trust, how<br />

to become a member, and details of future meetings,<br />

see our Web site at:<br />

www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk/membership<br />

or call 01256 852615.<br />

Can the Green Doctor help you?<br />

Rising fuel prices can cause distress and discom<strong>for</strong>t<br />

to those worried about their fuel bills. Community<br />

Action Hampshire and Groundwork have combined<br />

with Calor to run a pilot project in rural 'off gas'<br />

locations, trialling a ‘Green Doctor service’.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Green Doctor service is a programme of free<br />

visits to people’s homes to help them make their<br />

homes warmer and to save money on their fuel bills.<br />

<strong>The</strong> visits include:<br />

· Advise on how to use heating controls in<br />

the most efficient way.<br />

· Advise on the most economical tariff.<br />

· Fitting ‘soft energy’ measures such as<br />

radiator panels, draught proofing, powerdowns<br />

and flush savers<br />

· Sign posting to other sources of help (<strong>for</strong><br />

example insulation schemes.<br />

In the past these programmes have been<br />

undertaken in towns and cities. This project is<br />

deliberately aimed at people living in rural areas to<br />

see how the service might operate there and what<br />

the demand is <strong>for</strong> the service.<br />

From data compiled by Hampshire County Council<br />

we believe there maybe some people in your local<br />

area who are at risk from the distress of high fuel<br />

bills.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Green Doctor service:<br />

· Is entirely free<br />

· Does not sell anything<br />

· Is confidential and your details will not be<br />

passed onto anyone else.<br />

For more in <strong>for</strong>mation, contact Ian Ayres,<br />

Groundwork Solent on 02392 617020 or Joanne<br />

Dixon, Community Action Hampshire 01962 854971.


Singing<br />

For Fun<br />

Come and sing your favourite<br />

songs and learn some new ones.<br />

No talent required.<br />

Refreshments<br />

<strong>The</strong> Stables,<br />

Bishops Waltham<br />

Every 1st & 3rd Friday<br />

at 2.00 – 3.30 pm<br />

(But not in <strong>August</strong>)<br />

Next dates are:<br />

7 th and 21 st <strong>September</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be a small charge.<br />

Further in<strong>for</strong>mation from Annabel<br />

on 01489 877130<br />

or 07732 329792<br />

QI have heard a lot lately<br />

about payment protection<br />

insurance and banks<br />

having to pay out to<br />

customers affected. I have one<br />

of these policies and I believe it<br />

might have been mis-sold to me.<br />

What should I do to get my<br />

money back?<br />

AIf the company who sold<br />

you payment protection<br />

insurance knew it was<br />

wrong <strong>for</strong> you, or didn't check on<br />

your circumstances properly<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e selling it to you, (<strong>for</strong><br />

example, the policy doesn't cover<br />

self-employed people and you're<br />

self-employed), you may be able<br />

to make a claim <strong>for</strong> miss-selling.<br />

This means that the company has<br />

sold you a policy when they<br />

shouldn't have done, and you may<br />

be able to cancel the policy and<br />

get a refund. If you think you've<br />

been mis-sold PPI <strong>for</strong> any reason,<br />

you can make a complaint to the<br />

company that sold you the policy.<br />

You may want to get help from an<br />

experienced adviser to do this.<br />

You may also want to use our<br />

sample PPI complaints letter to<br />

help you complain about mis-<br />

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Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Market<br />

It is with great regret that the volunteers who run the<br />

market have decided to close from the end of July. We<br />

cannot understand why the customer level has fallen off<br />

as we are not doing anything different and the produce<br />

is such good value. In the past, the market has<br />

contributed up to £2000 per year towards the running of<br />

the hall. This year so far we have passed over only<br />

about £500, which I think demonstrates the point.<br />

Some of the stall holders are actually losing money<br />

each week, which cannot continue, and frequently we<br />

keep unsold produce but it has to be thrown away after<br />

a further week.<br />

Christina (Tel: 877699) has said she is willing to take<br />

orders <strong>for</strong> bread, quiches, chutneys, etc., which can be<br />

collected from her house at Homelands on the High<br />

Street. She has asked that orders be given to her by<br />

Tuesday, to be collected on a Friday afternoon. I will<br />

continue to make cakes to order.<br />

We shall miss our regular customers and we thank all<br />

those who have supported the market over the past eight<br />

years or so.<br />

Olive Hathaway<br />

Citizens Advice Bureau<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation 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 />

<strong>for</strong>tnightly Thursday evening appointments-only session (4.00-7.00 pm)<br />

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

Winchester office, <strong>The</strong> 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 Alres<strong>for</strong>d GP Surgery on Monday 1.00 -3.00 pm.<br />

If this is not convenient, please note our <strong>for</strong>tnightly 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 Web site www.adviceguide.org.uk<br />

selling. Go to the Citizens Advice<br />

Web site www.adviceguide.org.uk<br />

<strong>for</strong> a downloadable copy.<br />

If you don't get anywhere with the<br />

company that sold you the policy,<br />

you might need to refer your<br />

complaint to the Financial<br />

Ombudsman Service. You should<br />

use the complaint <strong>for</strong>m on their<br />

Web site at:<br />

www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk<br />

<strong>The</strong> major banks have written to<br />

customers that they believe might<br />

have been mis-sold PPI. If you<br />

have received a letter, it will<br />

explain the steps you need to take<br />

next.<br />

Finally, beware of companies<br />

offering to help you with a claim –<br />

many such offers are a front <strong>for</strong> a<br />

scam designed to get you to hand<br />

over bank card details or shell out<br />

money you will never see again.<br />

Others do offer a service but this<br />

can work out very expensive and<br />

can eat up all the compensation<br />

you get, or even leave you in debt.<br />

Some cold call or send text<br />

messages out of the blue – these<br />

are best ignored and deleted.


Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall Summer News<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jubilee Picnic. <strong>The</strong> residents of<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d are to be congratulated on<br />

a fine show of participation and<br />

community spirit at the Diamond<br />

Jubilee Picnic on Saturday, 2 nd June.<br />

Sharing the day’s celebrations with<br />

the Drox<strong>for</strong>d Country Fair, there<br />

were almost twelve hours of nonstop<br />

fun, games, and music to<br />

entertain the crowds. And crowds<br />

there were, throughout the afternoon<br />

and joining in the evening’s<br />

jollifications.<br />

<strong>The</strong> food tables groaned as people<br />

arrived with their communal picnic<br />

contributions, which in total turned<br />

out to be a delicious and varied<br />

spread of sweet and savoury <strong>for</strong>k<br />

and finger foods. <strong>The</strong> welcome glass<br />

of ‘fizz’ helped to promote an<br />

atmosphere of good-will, relaxation,<br />

and anticipation <strong>for</strong> the evening’s fun<br />

– games, tug-of-war, picnic, and the<br />

barn dance.<br />

We all expected the rain at some<br />

point, but remained optimistic that<br />

the picnic at 7.30pm could be<br />

enjoyed in the dry. For the most part<br />

it was, and the several gazebos,<br />

even the overhanging trees around<br />

Mrs Denham’s garden, sheltered<br />

most people from the initial damp<br />

drizzle.<br />

But the Great British spirit prevailed,<br />

and no-one was daunted as they<br />

shuffled themselves and the food to<br />

dryer spots in order to carry on<br />

celebrating. <strong>The</strong> British know very<br />

well how to deal with inclement<br />

weather, and partying in the rain was<br />

but a simple challenge!<br />

Eventually the drips became too<br />

persistent, and there was a distinct<br />

move to the hall <strong>for</strong> food and people,<br />

where a first-class band had already<br />

drawn several dancers to the floor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> evening continued apace, the<br />

music and dancing in full swing<br />

throughout. Once dark enough, folk<br />

braved the drizzle to watch rockets<br />

soar into the night sky – a modest<br />

but much appreciated display.<br />

With everyone arrayed in red, white<br />

and blue party gear, some sporting<br />

spectacular headwear, the evening<br />

turned out to be one of those<br />

memorable events which residents<br />

will remember <strong>for</strong> many years to<br />

come, and which will provide an<br />

interesting addition to the historical<br />

record of Drox<strong>for</strong>d village life in the<br />

21 st century.<br />

Some weeks later, the hall saw<br />

another mass gathering of folk,<br />

driven inside from the outside by<br />

inclement weather. Saturday, 23 rd<br />

June , saw the tenth visit of the Rude<br />

Mechanical <strong>The</strong>atre Company,<br />

which over this period of time has<br />

played to large audiences in the Old<br />

Rectory garden.<br />

Forthcoming events at Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall<br />

Wednesday, 26 th <strong>September</strong><br />

War Horse<br />

A film rated 12A<br />

Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film<br />

about a Devon farm boy, Albert, and<br />

his beloved horse, Joey, which is<br />

shipped to France <strong>for</strong> WW1. Albert<br />

follows to rescue his friend<br />

7.30 pm doors open at 7.00 pm<br />

Licensed bar and refreshments available<br />

Saturday 13th October<br />

<strong>The</strong> Autumn Quiz Night<br />

With Quiz Master, the talented<br />

Yvonne Adams !<br />

Ably supported by Richard Adams<br />

7.30 pm Tickets £6<br />

<strong>The</strong> quiz night includes<br />

a ploughmans supper &<br />

licensed bar<br />

Advance Notice<br />

Thursday, 27 th December<br />

A trip to the Kings <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

Southsea<br />

to see<br />

<strong>The</strong> Panto!<br />

7.00 pm<br />

A rip-roaring traditional panto!<br />

Specially negotiated group rate tickets<br />

(tbd)<br />

Contact Tim Crowfoot, 877631, <strong>for</strong><br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation and to reserve your<br />

tickets<br />

Tickets <strong>for</strong> all events from the Post Office<br />

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Such was the <strong>for</strong>ecast of yet another<br />

evening’s rain, the decision was<br />

made to per<strong>for</strong>m inside the hall <strong>for</strong><br />

the first time. Adapting the piece to<br />

suit an inside venue, not obvious to<br />

the audience, the talented group<br />

treated us to a superb per<strong>for</strong>mance<br />

of Who Saw Marjory Daw, which<br />

continued the story of some of last<br />

year’s characters. It was, by<br />

common agreement, a resounding<br />

success and a wonderfully<br />

entertaining per<strong>for</strong>mance. <strong>The</strong><br />

warmth of the hall lent a com<strong>for</strong>t to<br />

the audience which would most<br />

certainly have been missing<br />

outdoors. We can only sympathise<br />

that the Rudes’ summer schedule<br />

has been much curtailed by the<br />

weather. Not everywhere can offer<br />

a com<strong>for</strong>table alternative venue.<br />

<strong>The</strong> village hall has a quiet time over<br />

the summer, but we hope to<br />

commence our autumn schedule of<br />

events with the showing of War<br />

Horse on Wednesday, 26th<br />

<strong>September</strong>. Further films <strong>for</strong> the<br />

autumn have not yet been fixed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> autumn quiz night is arranged<br />

<strong>for</strong> the middle October; see details<br />

below.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 200 Club winners were:<br />

June: David Giles<br />

July: Tony Taylor<br />

Jackie Hibbert<br />

Secretary<br />

Art Out and About<br />

in the<br />

Meon Valley<br />

Drawing and Painting<br />

out of Doors<br />

Are you interested in painting?<br />

Frances Keppel, BA (Hons),<br />

is looking to <strong>for</strong>m an art group<br />

and already has a number of<br />

interested people.<br />

Ring Frances on 878774<br />

<strong>for</strong> more in<strong>for</strong>mation.


At the start of the<br />

year, I found myself<br />

eulogising<br />

about the end of<br />

the Summer holidays, mourning the<br />

departure of the swifts and looking<br />

<strong>for</strong>ward to a new school year with<br />

some fledgling Year 3s. A lot of<br />

water has flown under the bridge<br />

since then, quite literally, too! As<br />

their first year at our school is<br />

coming to an end, I thought I’d catch<br />

up with the five children to see how<br />

their year has progressed.<br />

I asked: “How has your first year at<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Junior School been?”<br />

Lucy: “I feel more com<strong>for</strong>table and<br />

confident now, in the school.”<br />

Hannah: “It is has been great<br />

making new friends and being with<br />

old ones from my last school.”<br />

Charlie: “It has been really fun so<br />

far; I love all the art.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> end of a soggy year!<br />

I then asked what they have enjoyed<br />

this year?<br />

Hannah: “All the school trips,<br />

especially the Sustainability Centre<br />

and Barton-on-Sea trips.”<br />

Ruby: <strong>The</strong> Year 3 camp was a great<br />

experience as I have never been<br />

camping on my own with friends<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e.”<br />

Hannah: “I loved making an<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mative tree <strong>for</strong> my rain<strong>for</strong>est<br />

project.”<br />

Bradley: “I really enjoyed making<br />

the Blitz boxes and making a Spitfire<br />

during the World War 2 project.”<br />

Ruby: “I liked learning about the<br />

Passover in RE.”<br />

Hannah: “I have enjoyed learning<br />

more about the Ancient Greeks and<br />

also studying the Olympics.”<br />

And what else have you learnt?<br />

Ruby: “I am more responsible now.<br />

I want to make sure the new year 3s<br />

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are safe and welcome next year and<br />

that they like Drox<strong>for</strong>d.”<br />

And what are you looking <strong>for</strong>ward to<br />

in Year 4?<br />

Hannah, Ruby & Lucy (Loudly):<br />

“Going to Runways End (our<br />

residential site in Farnborough)!”<br />

Bradley: “I’m looking <strong>for</strong>ward to<br />

being in my new Learning Base.”<br />

Charlie: “Making new friends.”<br />

It is pleasing to know our children<br />

are happy and confident learners.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have worked extremely hard<br />

this year and thoroughly deserve a<br />

long sunny break!! I think I will try to<br />

catch up with them as they leave the<br />

school as Year 6 children. Watch<br />

this space!<br />

<strong>The</strong> children captured on a non-uni<strong>for</strong>m day! L to R: Charlie, Bradley, Lucy, Hannah, & Ruby<br />

Matthew Dampier<br />

Deputy Headteacher


Bats are mysterious and often<br />

misunderstood animals, typically only<br />

seen flying around on warm summer<br />

evenings whilst out feeding on insects.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are very special, being the only<br />

true flying mammal and with an<br />

important role in the environment,<br />

helping to control the numbers of<br />

insects. For example one common<br />

pipistrelle bat can eat up to 3000<br />

insects in a single night, not bad <strong>for</strong> an<br />

animal that weighs less than a £1 coin!<br />

However, all bats in the UK, of which<br />

there are 17 resident species (here all<br />

year round and breeding), have<br />

suffered major declines due to loss of<br />

habitat <strong>for</strong> feeding and roosting.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re<strong>for</strong>e projects to find out where<br />

bats are and what species are present<br />

are important in understanding more<br />

about bats and what we can do to help<br />

them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wildlife Trust recently recorded<br />

the first evidence of the rare Nathusius’<br />

pipistrelle bat. It was found at<br />

Itchen Valley Country Park, and has<br />

now also been recorded at Lakeside<br />

Country Park. <strong>The</strong> Nathusius’ pipistrelle<br />

has been classed as resident in<br />

the UK only since 1997 and records<br />

<strong>for</strong> this bat are very sparsely distributed,<br />

with only 850 records in the last 15<br />

years <strong>for</strong> the whole country, so it is<br />

exciting to have found them in our<br />

area.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bat was identified by it’s<br />

echolocation call, a system similar to<br />

sonar whereby bats emit a call and<br />

listen <strong>for</strong> the returning echo to<br />

navigate and locate prey. Each bat<br />

A good reason to welcome the<br />

autumn will be that Meon<br />

Valley U3A begins its 22 nd<br />

‘academic’ year in <strong>September</strong>,<br />

when the twice monthly talks<br />

will resume under the chairmanship of Brian Barrett.<br />

<strong>The</strong> full programme that he has arranged promises to be full<br />

of interest. A copy of it (plus annual subscription <strong>for</strong>m!) will<br />

soon be posted, e-mailed, or hand-delivered to all members<br />

and potential new members who have provided contact<br />

details.<br />

Dates and titles of the first four talks are below. <strong>The</strong> venue,<br />

day and time are as usual: Wickham Community Centre,<br />

Mill Lane, Wickham; Tuesdays; 2.00pm.<br />

18 th <strong>September</strong>: Queens at War, by Bruce Nicholls<br />

Protecting Wildlife Inspiring people<br />

<strong>The</strong> Year of the Bat by Sarah Bignell<br />

species echolocates at a different<br />

frequency, enabling identification by<br />

surveyors. <strong>The</strong> human ear can very<br />

rarely pick up these calls due to being<br />

outside the audible range of most<br />

people. However, detectors have<br />

been developed to modify the call to<br />

make them audible and enable<br />

identification of species.<br />

As well as the Nathusius’ pipistrelle, a<br />

number of other bat species including<br />

common pipistrelle, the most<br />

commonly seen UK bat species;<br />

Noctule, one of Britain’s largest bat<br />

species; and Daubenton’s bat, which<br />

feeds over water, were also observed.<br />

If you would like to see bats, you can<br />

encourage them in to your garden by<br />

not using pesticides and having<br />

features such as hedges, trees, long<br />

grass, and a pond, all of which attract<br />

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insects <strong>for</strong> bats to feed on. If you<br />

haven’t got a garden why not visit your<br />

local park or river to see bats (they<br />

usually start to appear at sunset); or<br />

join a bat walk? If you see a bat you<br />

can add your record to the Big Bat<br />

Map at www.bigbatmap.org, or send it<br />

in to your local bat group.<br />

This year is also the international Year<br />

of the Bat, with events being<br />

organised all over the world. To find<br />

out more visit www.yearofthebat.org<br />

If you would like to get more involved<br />

with wildlife you can visit the Wildlife<br />

Trust Web site <strong>for</strong> details of events,<br />

courses and the species groups at<br />

www.hwt.org.uk<br />

2 nd October: How much is a year’s life worth? by Duncan<br />

Colin-Jones (this concerns the National Institute <strong>for</strong> Health<br />

and Clinical Excellence (NICE))<br />

16 th October: Pyramids, by Mike Hollis<br />

A pipistrelle bat<br />

(photo by Amy Lewis)<br />

30 th October: A talk (title to be confirmed) by returning<br />

speaker, Tony Johnson<br />

Most of the Meon Valley U3A’s small groups (whose<br />

members meet in each others’ houses or at other venues) have<br />

continued to meet during the summer, usually monthly.<br />

Current subjects include: reading; poetry; art; visual arts<br />

appreciation; classical music appreciation; geology; walking.<br />

<strong>The</strong> small annual membership subscription is being held at<br />

last year’s level; new members, and visitors are welcome.<br />

Enquiries to the secretary, Julia Field: 01489 891353.


Carers Group<br />

This summer will be memorable <strong>for</strong> all of<br />

us, not only because of the huge national<br />

events, but also the great meetings and<br />

outings we have had. <strong>The</strong> Princess Royal<br />

Trust hosted a ‘pamper day’ <strong>for</strong> our June<br />

meeting as part of Carer’s Week. We had<br />

a wonderful afternoon, with various<br />

therapies and an amazing selection of<br />

cakes.<br />

We made our annual pilgrimage to<br />

Hillhead at the beginning of July, where<br />

we enjoyed a fish and chip lunch in the<br />

Rotary Club wheelhouse. We used old<br />

photos of Lee-on-Solent and Hillhead,<br />

together with old seaside postcards, <strong>for</strong> a<br />

reminiscence session about summer<br />

holidays and past trips to the seaside. It’s<br />

always amazing the stories which we hear<br />

once the memories are sparked. One<br />

member met her husband, a sailor, at a<br />

dance in Lee-on-Solent although not sure<br />

if it was in the wonderful old Lee Tower<br />

(a stunning thirties-style building that<br />

surely would have featured in the Poirot<br />

series at least once if it was still standing!).<br />

July also saw the launch of our new art<br />

group, Art <strong>for</strong> the Brain. This group,<br />

funded by a grant from the People’s<br />

Health Trust, will aim to use art therapy<br />

<strong>for</strong> the benefit of carers and cared-<strong>for</strong><br />

alike. <strong>The</strong> buying trip <strong>for</strong> materials, led<br />

by our art therapist Liz, was very exciting<br />

and it gave a glimpse of some of the great<br />

techniques and ideas she will share with<br />

us in the coming months.<br />

Many of our members joined us at<br />

Longstock Park Water Garden on the 15th<br />

of July. We were able to host this charity<br />

day courtesy of the John Lewis Partnership.<br />

<strong>The</strong> gardens are very beautiful, with<br />

walkways threading across the little<br />

islands. <strong>The</strong> water lilies are spectacular, an<br />

exotic touch in rural Hampshire.<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Wives<br />

What an eye opener to walk around Wickham and see the<br />

buildings through the eyes of two most knowledgeable<br />

gentlemen from the local History Society. Thank you to Brian<br />

Barrett and Barry Marson. A little glimpse into parts of<br />

Wickham and its hidden secrets fuelled all our interests.<br />

Chimney pots and brickwork tell so many stories we all so<br />

often miss. A lovely, in<strong>for</strong>mative evening. What is more the<br />

weather was fine!<br />

In June, we were lucky with another fine evening ( if a little<br />

Meon Valley Carers Group News<br />

Promoting a positive way of living with dementia<br />

<strong>The</strong> next few months will also see us busy<br />

preparing <strong>for</strong> our Memory Walk based in<br />

Wickham. We are hoping that this will<br />

soon be included in the Alzheimer Society<br />

Web site Memory Walk registration page,<br />

but you can also obtain details through our<br />

office.<br />

We have also obtained a further grant<br />

from Winchester City Council under the<br />

Small Grants Scheme <strong>for</strong> a project to<br />

address the issues of nutrition when living<br />

with dementia. We will work with Debbie<br />

Sutton, a nutritionist working out of QA<br />

hospital to look at the problems facing<br />

both carers and their cared-<strong>for</strong>. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

problems range from ensuring good<br />

nutrition when appetites diminish, to<br />

providing sufficient proteins and other<br />

nutrients to aid the bodies healing<br />

processes, especially sores and infections.<br />

Also, to help maintain carers’ energies<br />

and find ways to encourage eating <strong>for</strong><br />

those who lose interest in their food.<br />

During recent reminiscence activities, it<br />

struck us that a lot of the work done<br />

during the war to ensure good nutrition<br />

while food supplies were scarce could<br />

help us in our project. <strong>The</strong> reason <strong>for</strong><br />

reduced calorific intake may be different<br />

but perhaps their solutions can help us,<br />

and after all, many of the recipes used<br />

then would be very familiar to many of<br />

our members. Another part of the project<br />

will be to look at how we might help a<br />

21<br />

male carer who suddenly finds himself<br />

responsible <strong>for</strong> all of the cooking, but with<br />

very little practical experience. <strong>The</strong><br />

project will evolve as our members<br />

become involved and add their own very<br />

special talents, but we are hoping we can<br />

maybe produce a guide to nutrition which<br />

is instructive but fun, and a teaching pack<br />

that can be used to help carers.<br />

Finally, we must congratulate our <strong>for</strong>mer<br />

chairman, Sue Musslewhite and her team<br />

<strong>for</strong> their amazing Gala evening at the end<br />

of June. <strong>The</strong> spectacular amount raised<br />

will be donated to the Alzheimer Society,<br />

a cause so close to our hearts.<br />

If you have some free time, particularly<br />

Tuesday afternoons, and feel you would<br />

like to volunteer with us, please let us<br />

know. We are a lively group and have lots<br />

of fun.<br />

Events <strong>for</strong> your diary:<br />

14 th <strong>August</strong> Pub Lunch at <strong>The</strong> Forge,<br />

Shedfield, 12 noon<br />

28 th <strong>August</strong> Group Meeting at the<br />

Paterson Centre 2.00 pm<br />

11 th <strong>September</strong> Pub Lunch at <strong>The</strong> Forge,<br />

Shedfield, 12 noon<br />

16 th <strong>September</strong> Memory Walk <strong>for</strong><br />

Alzheimers, Wickham<br />

25 th <strong>September</strong> Group Meeting at the<br />

Paterson Centre 12 noon<br />

Are you or someone you know caring <strong>for</strong> 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-<strong>for</strong>, with people in a similar situation on a regular basis. We encourage<br />

contact with the families and can provide valuable in<strong>for</strong>mation. If you have any<br />

questions or would like in<strong>for</strong>mation on any services then please come to our<br />

Drop in Office, open Monday and Thursdays 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Carers Centre <strong>for</strong> Memory Concerns<br />

<strong>The</strong> Paterson Centre, Church Road, Swanmore<br />

Monday & Thursday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm<br />

Tel: 01489 895444 E-mail: meon-valley@btconnect.com<br />

chilly) <strong>for</strong> a most enjoyable guided tour around the beautiful<br />

garden at Hill House in Swanmore. <strong>The</strong> love and joy of<br />

gardening is only too plain to see. <strong>The</strong> evening concluded<br />

with the hospitality of the owners and delicious homemade<br />

cakes and scones. Thank you to <strong>The</strong> Maunders.<br />

Our annual BBQ is coming up on the 30th of July. If you read<br />

this be<strong>for</strong>e that date you are most welcome to join us.<br />

We are looking <strong>for</strong>ward to a walk around Emsworth on 13th<br />

<strong>August</strong>. We are also looking <strong>for</strong>ward to jewellery making,<br />

skittles, blooms <strong>for</strong> Christmas, and a social evening at <strong>The</strong><br />

Hurdles in December. If any of these appeal, please join us.<br />

Phone Pauline Bone on 01489 878518 <strong>for</strong> details.


Thank you to everyone who put<br />

such an enormous amount of<br />

ef<strong>for</strong>t into the Queen’s Diamond<br />

Jubilee Children’s Fancy Dress Competition on 3 rd June<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall. We had over 60 entrants including<br />

pearly queens, kings and princesses, punks, Kate<br />

Middletons, Margaret Thatcher, Bobby Moore, Ian<br />

Botham, Andy Murray, a hovercraft, a double decker bus,<br />

a Land Rover and a Concorde, an OXO cube,<br />

Wimbledon, a pot of tea and a tea cup, a Morris Dancer,<br />

a Royal Marine, Pirate Radio Caroline, Bill and Ben the<br />

Flowerpot Men, Where’s Wally (and Woof) and of course,<br />

fittingly, several HRH the Queen. Our judges, Mary<br />

Watts and Margaret Rickwood, to whom we were very<br />

grateful (mainly because we didn’t envy their job) had a<br />

hard task of deciding the winners but dressed <strong>for</strong> the part<br />

in red, white and blue, they awarded first to fourth and a<br />

couple of highly commended smoothly and efficiently as<br />

if it was their normal job. Thank you to everyone <strong>for</strong><br />

making it such a success.<br />

Tessa Briggs<br />

Class 1: 5 years and under<br />

First Prize: Annabel Readwin as a Pearly Princess<br />

Second Prize: Thomas Clark as a Hovercraft<br />

Third Prize: Rose Evans as a Teacup<br />

Fourth Prize: Charlie North as a Soldier<br />

Highly Matilda Macdonald as the future Queen,<br />

Commended: Kate Middleton<br />

Children’s Fancy Dress Competition<br />

Meonstoke Jubilee Celebrations<br />

22<br />

Class 2: 6 to 8 years<br />

First Prize: Thomas Briggs as a Royal Marine<br />

Second Prize: Henry Clarke as Wimbledon<br />

Third Prize: Sophie Newsom as Concorde<br />

Fourth Prize: Billy North as a punk<br />

Highly Tessa Baker as Kate Middleton<br />

Commended: on the Royal Balcony, and<br />

Georgina Dobby as Rebecca Adlington<br />

Class 3: 9 and over<br />

First Prize: Millie Newsom as <strong>The</strong> Queen with<br />

one of her corgis<br />

Second Prize: James Lumby as Ian Botham<br />

Third Prize: Martha Fletcher as Mistress of Hounds<br />

Fourth Prize: Jessica Bury as a Queen of Diamonds<br />

Highly Holly Fogg as Union Jackie and<br />

Commended: Chloe Stuart as Team GBR, Sailing<br />

Class 4: Groups<br />

First Prize: Isaac, Joss and Ruby Hall as <strong>The</strong> Jubilee<br />

Double Decker Bus<br />

Second Prize: Alfred and George Seaman as Bill and<br />

Ben the Flowerpot Men<br />

Third Prize: Esme and Sam Hawkins-Ellis and Eddie<br />

Langridge as Pirate Radio Caroline<br />

Fourth: Lottie Bury, Annabel Readwin and Alfie<br />

North as <strong>The</strong> Pearly Royal Family<br />

Highly Henry and Charlie Clarke as Wimbledon<br />

Commended<br />

One of the entries; <strong>for</strong> another<br />

photograph, see page 11


Baptisms<br />

From the Registers<br />

Weddings<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 30th June Matthew Hill & Georgina Evans<br />

Meonstoke 14th July Timothy Neal & Katy Child<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 28th July Peter Earwaker & Helen Tidbury<br />

All Saints Counselling Service<br />

You may have already heard of us here at All<br />

Saints, Portsmouth, so this is just a reminder<br />

to everyone that we are here, or an<br />

introduction to us if you were not aware we<br />

existed.<br />

All Saints Counselling Service operates at All<br />

Saints Centre, All Saints Church, Commercial<br />

Road, Portsmouth. All our professionally<br />

trained counsellors are Christians as well, but<br />

we are happy to counsel clients of all faiths or<br />

no faith at all. Our counselling is under-pinned<br />

by our Christian faith, but we do not impose it<br />

on clients, although we are happy to explore it<br />

within the context of the counselling situation<br />

if the client wishes.<br />

We are a voluntary organisation, and as such<br />

our counsellors do not get paid, but are<br />

offered remuneration <strong>for</strong> their expenses. Part<br />

of our ethos is to be available to all who wish<br />

to use our services and <strong>for</strong> the inability to pay<br />

not to be a barrier. To this end we invite<br />

clients to give a donation each session towards<br />

the service’s expenses so that we can continue<br />

to offer this important resource, but the<br />

amount is left <strong>for</strong> each individual client to<br />

assess <strong>for</strong> themselves, according to their own<br />

financial means. We are keen not to add to<br />

the worries and concerns clients already have.<br />

No donation is usually expected <strong>for</strong> the first<br />

assessment session where counsellor and<br />

client meet to decide whether they believe it<br />

would be a fruitful relationship.<br />

Although our counselling rooms are at All<br />

Saints Centre, Portsea, we are available to<br />

clients within the whole Portsmouth diocese.<br />

We counsel people on many and varied<br />

Funerals<br />

Portchester 4th July Sarah Elizabeth Caroline Colville, aged 70<br />

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subjects, but if we feel we are unable to be of<br />

assistance we will try to help find a suitable<br />

alternative. This will be discussed at the<br />

assessment meeting.<br />

We have been recommended to people by<br />

GPs, incumbents, friends, and past clients, but<br />

the first contact with us is usually made by the<br />

potential client themselves.<br />

If anyone would like more in<strong>for</strong>mation or<br />

would like to enquire into receiving<br />

counselling, please call us on 023 92 863087,<br />

leave a message, and one of us will return the<br />

call.<br />

No one needs to be at rock bottom be<strong>for</strong>e they<br />

come to see us. Many of us have difficulties<br />

at times, some may only seem small and not<br />

worth bothering with, or we may feel we ought<br />

to be able to deal with them ourselves, but<br />

sometimes intervention at the right time can<br />

stop them becoming insurmountable.<br />

Whatever the reason <strong>for</strong> seeking counselling,<br />

all enquirers will be treated sensitively and<br />

with respect, and of course everything will be<br />

handled with the strictest confidence.<br />

We welcome. . .<br />

All Saints Counselling<br />

Service<br />

All Saints Centre<br />

All Saints Church<br />

Commercial Road<br />

Portsmouth<br />

Hants PO1 4BT<br />

Tel: 02392 863087<br />

Director of Counselling : <strong>The</strong> Revd Dr John Preston<br />

Julie and Richard Mew, who have come with Matthew<br />

and Danielle, to Wind Whistle, New Road, Meonstoke,<br />

from Swanmore.<br />

Digby and Desi Cooper, who have come with Bibi Ana,<br />

Luis Carlos and Buster (the dog), to 17 Millside,<br />

Corhampton, from Upham.<br />

Paul and Gillian, who have come to 19 Millside,<br />

Corhampton, from Ireland.<br />

Serena Cookson, who has come with Rupert, Emily,<br />

Eliza, and Lucy, to Hazlemead, Corhampton, from East<br />

Meon.<br />

Pippa and Richard Heggie, who have come with Zac<br />

and Alex, to Mill Cottage, High Street, Meonstoke<br />

followed by 5th July Sarah s Thanksgiving Service, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Community Care


<strong>August</strong><br />

Note: Except on Sunday, 12 th, during the month of <strong>August</strong><br />

there is one service each Sunday, at 10.30 am.<br />

On Sunday 12 th there is also an 8.30 BCP service.<br />

Wed 1 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

1 st Portchester Brownies, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (until<br />

and including Friday 3 rd)<br />

Thu. 2 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 4 Riverside Players BBQ, Long Meadow Hse 6.00 pm<br />

Sun. 5 Trinity 9<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 10.30 am<br />

Meonstoke Football Club friendly 10.30–12.00 noon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

4 th Waterlooville Brownies <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (until<br />

and including Friday, 10 th)<br />

Thu. 9 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 11 MV Garden Club: Drox<strong>for</strong>d Open Gardens 2-5.00 pm<br />

<strong>for</strong> members, – Mellow Stones, Forest Road,<br />

Swanmore. Followed by barbecue at 6.00 pm<br />

6 th Portsmouth Brownies, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (until<br />

and including Saturday, 18 th)<br />

Sun. 12 Trinity 10<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Exton 8.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.30 am<br />

Meonstoke Football Club friendly 10.30–12.00 noon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Wed 15 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Thu. 16 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 19 Trinity 11<br />

(3 nd) Holy Communion (CW), Exton 10.30 am<br />

Meonstoke Football Club friendly 10.30–12.00 noon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

2 nd Portchester Brownies, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

(until and including Friday 24 th )<br />

Thu. 23 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 25 1 st Bishops Waltham Brownies, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

(until and including Thursday 30 th)<br />

Sun. 26 Trinity 12<br />

(4th) Holy Communion (CW), Corhampton 10.30 am<br />

Meonstoke Football Club friendly 10.30–12.00 noon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Thu. 30 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Meon Hall closed until noon Mon 3 rd <strong>September</strong><br />

<strong>for</strong> floor maintenance<br />

<strong>September</strong><br />

Sun. 2 Trinity 13<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 8.30 am<br />

Sing <strong>for</strong> Joy Family Service, Exton 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion, (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Exton 6.30 pm<br />

DISTRICT DIARY<br />

24<br />

Sun. 2 Meonstoke Football Club, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 2.00 pm<br />

Tue. 4 Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust Road 6.00 pm<br />

Show, Eastleigh (see page 15)<br />

Wed 5 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish Council 7.30 pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Thu. 6 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 9 Trinity 14<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Family Service, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 11.00 am<br />

Choral Evensong, Corhampton (see page 3) 6.30 pm<br />

Meonstoke Football Club, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 2.00 pm<br />

Tue. 11 MV Decorative & Fine Arts Group, 10.30 am<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Wed. 12 Latest copy date <strong>for</strong> Oct - Nov <strong>Bridge</strong><br />

Crafts Group, Tithes, (see page 4) 10.30 –12.30 pm<br />

Thu. 13 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 16 Trinity 15<br />

(3rd) Holy Communion (BCP), Exton 8.30 am<br />

Café Lite, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 9.30 am<br />

Matins, Corhampton 11.00 am<br />

Meonstoke Football Club, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 2.00 pm<br />

Mon. 17 Royal British Legion: Branch meeting, 7.00 pm<br />

(venue tba), Speaker Dr Dominic Fontana:<br />

on <strong>The</strong> 1545 Battle of the Solent<br />

Wed 19 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Thu. 20 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 23 Trinity 16<br />

(4th) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke School<br />

9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion, (CW), Exton 11.00 am<br />

Meonstoke Football Club, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 2.00 pm<br />

Mon. 24 Joint PCCs meeting, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 7.30 pm<br />

Tue. 25 MV Flower Club, Demonstration, 2.00 pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Wed. 26 Crafts Group, Tithes, (see page 4) 10.30 –12.30 pm<br />

Film Night, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall (see p.17) 7.00 pm<br />

MV Garden Club holiday to the Here<strong>for</strong>dshire<br />

and Malvern Show until Saturday 29 th<br />

Thu. 27 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Fri. 28 Pop-Up Coffee Shop, Meon Hall 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

Sun. 30 Trinity 16<br />

(5 th) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Songs of Praise, Drox<strong>for</strong>d (see page 5) 10.00 am<br />

Led by the Bishop of Portsmouth<br />

Meonstoke Football Club, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 2.00 pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall kitchen closed <strong>for</strong> refurbishment<br />

until Friday, October 19th


October<br />

Mon. 1 Meon Hall Management Committee, 7.30 pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Thu. 4 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 6 MV Garden Club Plant Sale 10.00 am<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall<br />

Sun. 7 Trinity 18<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 8.30 am<br />

Sing <strong>for</strong> Joy Family Service, Exton 9.30 am<br />

Harvest Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Harvest Evensong, Exton 3.30 pm<br />

Remember to visit <strong>The</strong> <strong>Bridge</strong> parishes Web site<br />

<strong>for</strong> in<strong>for</strong>mation 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 />

<strong>The</strong> Web 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 />

From<br />

<strong>September</strong><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 />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

8.30 am<br />

Meonstoke<br />

8.30 am<br />

Exton<br />

8.30 am<br />

Corhampton<br />

DISTRICT DIARY<br />

THE MEON BRIDGE BENEFICE<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 />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d V. Hall<br />

9.30 am<br />

Meonstoke School<br />

Puppets & Praise<br />

25<br />

FORGET ME NOT PRIVATE CLOTHES SALE<br />

10% of all money will go to support <strong>The</strong> Rosemary<br />

Foundation.<br />

Selling beautiful, high quality, pre-owned clothes.<br />

Fantastic labels <strong>for</strong> wonderful value. You'll see lovely<br />

cashmere, dresses, jackets, shoes, belts, etc from a<br />

wide variety of makes such as Jigsaw, LK Bennett,<br />

Brora and lots more at af<strong>for</strong>dable prices.<br />

Please come and bring all your friends on...<br />

Thursday, 13 th <strong>September</strong>, 9.00 am - 7.00 pm<br />

Friday, 14 th <strong>September</strong>, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm<br />

Saturday, 15 th <strong>September</strong>, 9.00 am - 1.00 pm<br />

Weedon Cottage, West Meon<br />

(opposite. the Thomas Lord pub)<br />

For any enquiries contact Katie on 07771 855912<br />

or katie@<strong>for</strong>getmenotsales.co.uk<br />

REGULAR SUNDAY & WEEK DAY CHURCH SERVICES FROM SEPTEMBER<br />

See the District Diary <strong>for</strong> details of all the <strong>August</strong> Services<br />

Benefice<br />

Holy Communion<br />

(CW 2)<br />

11.00 am<br />

Meonstoke<br />

11.00 am<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

Evensong<br />

(BCP 1)<br />

6.30 pm<br />

Exton<br />

6.30 pm<br />

Corhampton<br />

– –<br />

11.00 am<br />

Exton<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 in<strong>for</strong>mation about the<br />

Meon Valley Pilgrimage Trail<br />

Matins<br />

11.00 am<br />

Corhampton<br />

– –<br />

Weekday services: 1. Morning prayers daily (Monday to Thursday) in St Andrew’s, Meonstoke at 8.30 am<br />

2. Holy Communion (Common Worship) each Thursday morning in<br />

St Mary & All Saints, Drox<strong>for</strong>d at 10.00 am

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