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THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>October</strong> - <strong>November</strong> 2012<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>October</strong> 2012 <strong>November</strong><br />

Contents<br />

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

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

Éva Csala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3<br />

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

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

Praying <strong>for</strong> our villages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Harvest service and lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

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

Coffee morning & bring and buy . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Deanery healing Eucharist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Benefice events:<br />

All Souls day service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Quiet day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d church annual churchyard clean-up . . . . 5<br />

<strong>The</strong> damned eleventh hour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

Hackney & BW Deaneries link Christmas collection . 6<br />

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

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

Are you interested in crafts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Christmas Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

Letter to the Daily Telegraph . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall Beetle Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

From Africa to the Arctic & back . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

Prison and prisoners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

Meon Ladies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

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

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

<strong>The</strong> Royal British Legion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10<br />

Hants Fire & Rescue Electric blanket Safety . . . . . 10<br />

Carols in the barn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d recreation ground clear-up . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Denmead wedding fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Country Fair AGM . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

Soberton Players: <strong>The</strong> Sound of Music . . . . . . . 11<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brian Try obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

Cycle challenge across Europe . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

Friends of Meonstoke School . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

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

Boden party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

Swanmore village Jubilee exhibition . . . . . . . . . 15<br />

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

Christian Aid deanery walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16<br />

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

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

Flooding in Drox<strong>for</strong>d . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18<br />

Good News Travelling library . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 />

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

Friends of Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church carols concert . . . . . . 21<br />

Friends of Corhampton Church . . . . . . . . . . . 21<br />

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

News from the Valley Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . 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) Sarah Page 02392 257723<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 />

Photograph by Guy Liardet:<br />

<strong>The</strong> road bridge in Pound Lane, Meonstoke over the<br />

railway line.<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, August, <strong>October</strong>, 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>October</strong> Simple pleasures<br />

We went to Cornwall to learn to<br />

body board. <strong>The</strong> wet summer<br />

wasn’t much of a hindrance to fun<br />

once you resolve to accept it and<br />

think differently about rest and<br />

recreation being more than the<br />

weather you happen to land in.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bible teaches that resting is as<br />

vital as doing; both are necessary<br />

part of being human.<br />

We decided to body board simply<br />

because you could do it in the rain<br />

as well as the dry and it was really<br />

free once you had the wetsuit and<br />

board. So we caravanned near a<br />

beach and set off to learn. We<br />

learned that we happened to be<br />

near one of the top surf beaches in<br />

Europe and every day brought new<br />

adventures. I learnt so much about<br />

myself, others and the church in<br />

this simple pastime:<br />

1. Body boarding is <strong>for</strong> all ages<br />

2. You must be aware of those<br />

around you or you could crash<br />

into them<br />

3. You must take care to obey the<br />

lifeguards who patrol the beach.<br />

4. You find a suitable wave and<br />

launch yourself onto it;<br />

depending on its power it can<br />

carry you right to shore.<br />

5. Underneath the waves are rip<br />

tide currents which pull you<br />

back and you battle against<br />

them (good <strong>for</strong> core muscles)<br />

6. <strong>The</strong> biggest waves aren’t the<br />

strongest, to my surprise; it is<br />

how they break that determines<br />

their power to carry you far<br />

7. Some people don’t make way<br />

<strong>for</strong> others.<br />

8. Some of the very old Cornish<br />

people ride old wooden ‘belly<br />

boards’. which are a different<br />

experience and they don’t wear<br />

wet suits. (Originally people<br />

wore knitted suits to belly<br />

board.-on coffin lids!) <strong>The</strong> world<br />

belly board championships take<br />

place in Chapel Porth.<br />

1. <strong>The</strong> church is <strong>for</strong> all ages<br />

2. Be aware of each others space<br />

and needs and respect them<br />

3. Take care to obey God’s<br />

commands <strong>for</strong> your safety and<br />

blessing<br />

4<br />

4. Trust in God to carry you at<br />

times<br />

5. Watch out <strong>for</strong> those who hold<br />

you back in your adventure of<br />

faith<br />

6. Biggest isn’t best. Small acts of<br />

love carry a long way.<br />

7. Make way <strong>for</strong> others, don’t<br />

push yourself <strong>for</strong>ward.<br />

8. Take time to play, respect the<br />

old and experienced.<br />

Holidays get their name from holy<br />

days. <strong>The</strong>se are celebrations of the<br />

church, which are in the liturgical<br />

calendar to punctuate the year. As<br />

we move to harvest festivals as our<br />

next Holy Days, let’s try to see them<br />

as little holidays in our community<br />

to value all God’s gifts to us.<br />

Especially this year with the poor<br />

quality of the harvest, our thoughts<br />

and prayers are with our farming<br />

community, which has laboured<br />

through the difficulties seeing so<br />

much go to waste. May they find<br />

some rest and recreation in this<br />

harvest tide .<br />

Stuart<br />

Éva Csala<br />

Éva Csala, a professional Hungarian musician<br />

from the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, gave a<br />

wonderful Bach recital in St. Andrew's Church on<br />

Thursday, 2 nd August. She has been working as<br />

an au pair <strong>for</strong> a local family to improve her<br />

English, and this was her final local concert.<br />

After a short holiday (during which she toured<br />

Great Britain with a rock band!) Éva has returned<br />

to her home in Hungary.<br />

Éva also per<strong>for</strong>med in the Chamber Music <strong>for</strong> a<br />

Summer’s Evening concert at St Peter’s Church,<br />

Bishop’s Waltham, in June, together with Cathy<br />

Mathews ( violin). Last December, Éva gave an<br />

Advent Cello Concert at St Andrew’s, Meonstoke,<br />

with music by J S Bach and Vivaldi. In February<br />

this year, with Cathy Mathews and Russ Shipley<br />

(clarinet), Éva per<strong>for</strong>med in a Valentine’s Day<br />

concert in Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall in an afternoon of<br />

Classical and Romantic music.<br />

All her friends wish her well on her return to<br />

Hungary.<br />

<strong>The</strong> editor


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>October</strong>: 3 rd & 17 th<br />

<strong>November</strong>: 7 th & 21 st<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 />

30 th <strong>October</strong><br />

Our Lady Queen of Apostles,<br />

Bishops Waltham<br />

27 th <strong>November</strong><br />

Methodist Church,<br />

Swanmore<br />

All held on Tuesdays, starting at<br />

7.30 pm, lasting 30 minutes.<br />

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

of the type so<br />

often overlooked in this<br />

busy world<br />

Harvest Service and Lunch<br />

Sunday, 14 th <strong>October</strong> at 11.00 am<br />

5<br />

St Mary & All Saints, Drox<strong>for</strong>d<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 />

(Bring a plate of cold finger food to share with up to 6 people.)<br />

No tickets needed Soft Drinks provided.<br />

All are welcome.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank<br />

At the lunch we are collecting food and toiletries <strong>for</strong><br />

Fareham and Gosport Basics Bank. This is a project run by <strong>The</strong> Friends<br />

of the Homeless in Fareham and Gosport, which is a registered charity and<br />

their aim is to provide short term support and relief<br />

to those who find themselves in a crisis or emergency situation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> centre is a place where people can visit and be given a food<br />

parcel <strong>for</strong> up to a week.<br />

A contribution <strong>for</strong> this worthy cause of any of the following will be<br />

most welcome:<br />

Tinned food (eg: fish or meat, rice pudding, and vegetables)<br />

Fruit squash; biscuits; cereals; coffee; jam; pasta sauce.<br />

Toiletries, such as shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant.<br />

and nappies ( all sizes)<br />

All donations will go into boxes at the lunch and be delivered<br />

to the Basics Bank the following day.<br />

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

Praying <strong>for</strong> our villages<br />

Jesus not only prayed, he<br />

encouraged his followers to pray<br />

too.<br />

You may like to do what some of<br />

us have started to do; to pray <strong>for</strong><br />

each of our four villages in turn,<br />

one week <strong>for</strong> each during a<br />

month – Corhampton during the<br />

first week, Drox<strong>for</strong>d <strong>for</strong> the<br />

second, Exton <strong>for</strong> the third and<br />

Meonstoke <strong>for</strong> the fourth.<br />

We can pray <strong>for</strong> the people, the<br />

schools, the lonely–it would be<br />

<strong>for</strong> each of us to choose.<br />

It doesn't have to be complicated<br />

or pious, just bringing some<br />

aspect of our villages be<strong>for</strong>e<br />

God <strong>for</strong> him to bless<br />

and care <strong>for</strong>.<br />

Ann Symes (877643) or Sheila Matthissen (877867)<br />

Marion Mort


COFFEE MORNING & BRING AND BUY<br />

St Barnabas Church, Swanmore<br />

Deanery Healing Eucharist<br />

Thursday, 18 th <strong>October</strong><br />

7.30pm<br />

at<br />

ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL CHURCH, EXTON<br />

Saturday, 24th <strong>November</strong>, 10.30 am – 12 noon<br />

Gift Stall; Christmas Stocking Fillers; Cake Stall; Raffle<br />

All donations of fresh cakes and baking greatly appreciated<br />

on the morning of the sale.<br />

We would be very pleased to have any other contributions earlier,<br />

or on the day.<br />

A warm welcome to everyone!<br />

Bishop Christopher will<br />

preside and preach<br />

“Healing Ministry,<br />

is it <strong>for</strong> all or just the few?”<br />

Come and join the celebration <strong>for</strong><br />

St. Luke<br />

For further details telephone<br />

Revd Mary Morfill 01489 892823<br />

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

Annual Churchyard Clean-up<br />

Saturday, 24 th <strong>November</strong> 9.30 am – 12 noon<br />

Please bring your own tools<br />

Light lunch is provided afterwards in<br />

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

All welcome.<br />

Church News<br />

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EXTON CHURCH FABRIC<br />

FUND DRAW<br />

<strong>The</strong> August and September draws<br />

were both held at Southampton<br />

General Hospital.<br />

<strong>The</strong> four £30 prize winners <strong>for</strong><br />

these two months were:<br />

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

Mary Clark (No. 24)<br />

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

Jill Hignett (No. 28)<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 />

Benefice events<br />

All Souls day service<br />

Jesus said "How blessed are those who<br />

mourn, <strong>for</strong> they shall be com<strong>for</strong>ted"<br />

(Matthew ch5 v4)<br />

A commemoration of the faithful departed at<br />

St. Mary's and All Saints' Church, Drox<strong>for</strong>d,<br />

on Sunday, 4th <strong>November</strong> at 3.00 pm.<br />

A service of light and hope with reflective<br />

music followed by high tea.<br />

If you would like to sing in this service, please<br />

contact Cathy (877804). All are welcome.<br />

Quiet Day<br />

A Quiet Day <strong>for</strong> people in the benefice will be taken by<br />

the Revd Dr Ruth Tuschling, the new Adviser on<br />

Spirituality on Wednesday, 17 th <strong>October</strong>, from<br />

10.00 am to 3.00 pm in the church of<br />

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

<strong>The</strong> day will be entitled: Clarity and Peace; a life of<br />

prayer as healing in God. Prayer and spiritual<br />

discipline have the power to heal the whole of our lives<br />

Participants are invited to bring a packed lunch. <strong>The</strong><br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall will be open over lunch-time and<br />

tea and coffee will be available.<br />

Further details are available from the Revd<br />

Marion Mort - 01329 832178<br />

Everyone is welcome.


THE DAMNED ELEVENTH HOUR – A THOUGHT FOR ARMISTICE DAY<br />

In a few weeks’ time we will remember<br />

again the “eleventh hour of the eleventh<br />

day of the eleventh month”; the time<br />

agreed in 1918 <strong>for</strong> the general armistice<br />

between the Allies and Germany to take<br />

effect and <strong>for</strong> the guns of the ‘Great War’<br />

to fall silent.<br />

I am writing this to remind us of how lives<br />

of young men and women are sacrificed to<br />

bring peace to the world and in particular<br />

how the utter stupidity of the commanding<br />

generals of WWI caused a large number<br />

of casualties after the armistice was<br />

signed.<br />

It is estimated that during the four years of<br />

fighting there were over 37 million<br />

military and civilian casualties: 17 million<br />

killed, 20 million wounded.<br />

<strong>The</strong> highest military casualty rate of the<br />

war occurred after the armistice was<br />

signed on 11th <strong>November</strong>, 1918 between<br />

representatives of Germany and the Allies<br />

in a railway carriage in the Forêt de<br />

Compiègne, 37 miles north of Paris. <strong>The</strong><br />

signatures were complete at 05:20 Paris<br />

time and governments were aware of the<br />

agreement by 05:40, two hours be<strong>for</strong>e<br />

sunrise.<br />

Celebrations, including the ringing of Big<br />

Ben, commenced early in the morning of<br />

that 11 th day.<br />

On the Western Front, however, in the<br />

few short hours between sunrise and the<br />

11 th hour 10,000 soldiers were killed or<br />

wounded. Most of these casualties were<br />

the result of American commanders'<br />

determination to ‘teach them a lesson’; in<br />

This year there has been a major review of the Link<br />

because of the many changes that have taken<br />

place in both deaneries over the past few years.<br />

Our Hackney partners have asked if we would continue<br />

the Christmas collection because their needs are even<br />

more urgent than be<strong>for</strong>e. For instance the Night Shelter<br />

is extending its activities by opening two months earlier<br />

than usual!<br />

Details of arrangements <strong>for</strong> your church will be<br />

circulated in your weekly notes. We shall be sorting<br />

and packing at Swanmore Village Hall, in New Road, on<br />

Friday, 30 th <strong>November</strong>, from 9.00 am onwards. Gifts<br />

should be brought to the hall no later than 11.00am.<br />

Help will be needed from 12 noon onwards to load the<br />

van so that the hall can be free <strong>for</strong> an afternoon booking<br />

from 1.30pm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following is a small selection of possible items<br />

needed :<br />

one case 300 casualties were inflicted<br />

storming the town of Stenay simply so<br />

American troops could have a bath;<br />

others were simply the result of a wish to<br />

use up ammunition or to satisfy personal<br />

desires to be a ‘hero of the war’; and<br />

others were simply a case of soldiers not<br />

knowing that the war was over.<br />

Let us remember all the young men and<br />

women “in some corner of a <strong>for</strong>eign field”<br />

and not <strong>for</strong>get the human stupidity that<br />

caused the deaths of WW1; in particular<br />

those who died so that the signatories to<br />

the Armistice would be remembered <strong>for</strong><br />

the '11th hour' rather than the '37 million'<br />

casualties.<br />

<strong>The</strong> last soldiers to be killed from each of<br />

the combatant <strong>for</strong>ces were the following:<br />

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09:30 Private George Edwin Ellison,<br />

(Age 40, British);<br />

10:45 Sergent Augustin Trebuchon (age<br />

40, French);<br />

10:58 Private George Lawrence Price<br />

(Age 27 Canadian);<br />

10:59 Private Henry Gunther (age 23,<br />

American);<br />

After 11:00 Leutnant Tomas (German);<br />

he approached American soldiers to tell<br />

them his men would be vacating the<br />

houses they occupied; he was shot<br />

because the Americans did not know<br />

about the Armistice.<br />

Peter O'Sullivan, Meonstoke,<br />

Telephone: 07710 035722<br />

TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> signing of the armistice in a railroad carriage at Compiègne<br />

Hackney and Bishop’s Waltham Deaneries Link<br />

Christmas Collection<br />

� Food: Corned beef, tuna, custard, rice pudding,<br />

fruit, soup, pasta, rice, tea bags<br />

� Toiletries: Razors, shaving cream, toothpaste,<br />

toothbrushes, shampoo, shower gel, small packets<br />

of tissues.<br />

� Clothes: We need items <strong>for</strong> young people; <strong>for</strong><br />

example: Boxer shorts, casual jackets, woolly<br />

hats, baseball caps, trainers, gloves, scarves<br />

(but please remember we can’t handle cleared<br />

wardrobes of senior citizens).<br />

� Money: As with all support activities money, is<br />

always very welcome to enable flexible action –<br />

cheques should be made payable to Bishop’s<br />

Waltham Deanery<br />

For enquiries please contact your parish<br />

representative, or Norman Chatfield on 891995 or by<br />

e-mail at: chat.field@btinternet.com .


Meon Valley Garden Club<br />

As was expected, despite all our concerns, the Summer Show<br />

was lovely. Entries were down, particularly those <strong>for</strong> the<br />

vegetable classes (I had not a single vegetable I could enter), but<br />

others had been more successful, and the flower display was<br />

again a joy. Thanks to Pauline Bone we again had a good<br />

number of children’s entries and they are always so interesting.<br />

On the day we had good weather and my fears that we would<br />

make a loss financially were also unfounded. <strong>The</strong> Meonstoke<br />

Band again kept us entertained. So many thanks to all who<br />

entered and all who came.<br />

We are starting now on the winter programme of talks. Can<br />

members please note a change in the date <strong>for</strong> the skittles<br />

evening, which will be on Monday, 10 th December. Our next<br />

event as I write is <strong>for</strong> the holiday, which I know we are all<br />

looking <strong>for</strong>ward to. And please remember the Plant Sale on 6 th<br />

<strong>October</strong>. We have a range of plants, so quite unusual and<br />

choice, at very reasonable prices. You need to come early<br />

because the tables empty rapidly!<br />

In the garden<br />

<strong>October</strong> &<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

In the last few weeks the seed and bulb<br />

catalogues have been coming in the<br />

mail and now is the time to think about<br />

what to grow in the garden next year. It is<br />

also a good time to carry out maintenance<br />

on fences at the back of borders be<strong>for</strong>e<br />

bulbs begin to appear. Use pieces of board<br />

to stand on when doing work in the borders<br />

as they help to distribute one’s<br />

weight, thereby avoiding soil compaction.<br />

Do not allow fallen leaves to lie on as this<br />

will encourage fungus and rot, also rake<br />

up leaves regularly off lawns and use as<br />

mulch or place in the compost bin.<br />

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Vegetables: Plant winter and spring<br />

lettuce, spring cabbage and garlic. Clear<br />

and dig over vacant ground in the<br />

vegetable plot. Clear weeds and debris<br />

from winter vegetables such as sprouts<br />

cabbage and sprouting broccoli as they<br />

create hiding places <strong>for</strong> pests. Why not try<br />

sowing some wild rocket? Given a little<br />

protection this will provide a spicy interest<br />

to winter salads.<br />

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Fruit: In <strong>November</strong> plant bare-rooted<br />

raspberry canes and soft fruit bushes,<br />

ensuring that plenty of rotted manure is<br />

incorporated under the roots, and that the<br />

roots are well soaked be<strong>for</strong>e planting. Start<br />

winter pruning of fruit trees but do not<br />

prune cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums<br />

Olive Hathaway<br />

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

or damsons because the wounds heal<br />

slowly and lay the trees open to disease<br />

such as ‘silver leaf’.<br />

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Herbaceous border: Divide and replant<br />

clumps of perennials such as Michaelmas<br />

daisies, phlox, campanulas, lythrum,<br />

lysimachia, etc. Remove weeds and leafs<br />

litter from beds and borders and continue<br />

the war against slugs. Increasingly people<br />

are leaving dahlias to over-winter in the<br />

ground with some success. However, if<br />

the plants become very large it is advisable<br />

to lift them and to divide the tubers be<strong>for</strong>e<br />

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PLANT SALE<br />

Saturday, 6 th <strong>October</strong><br />

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

10.00 am<br />

A wide range of plants at very low prices<br />

Refreshments<br />

Are you interested in<br />

crafts?<br />

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

Do come and join us at<br />

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>October</strong> 10 th & 24 th<br />

<strong>November</strong> 14 th & 28th<br />

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

drying and storing.<br />

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Trees and Shrubs: Take hardwood<br />

cuttings of ribes, buddleia, <strong>for</strong>sythia and<br />

philadelphus. Plant bare-rooted specimens<br />

Rosemary Frere-Cook on 877769<br />

of trees and shrubs in <strong>November</strong> or even<br />

later, remembering to soak the roots <strong>for</strong><br />

about an hour be<strong>for</strong>e planting.<br />

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

Bulbs: Plant spring flowering bulbs,<br />

remembering to plant them deep enough Christmas<br />

to protect against frost, mice and squirrels.<br />

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Containers: Remove summer bedding Market<br />

and tender perennials, replace compost<br />

Various Stalls<br />

and plant bulbs, wallflowers, winter<br />

flowering pansies etc. or leave them empty Craft · Confectionery · Cards<br />

until spring.<br />

and much more<br />

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In the greenhouse: Clear out all the<br />

plants such as tomato and cucumber. Come and have lunch – Soup<br />

Wash the inside of the glass with a dilute and a mince pie<br />

solution of Jeyes Fluid or Armillatox and<br />

ensure that the glass is thoroughly cleaned. Sunday, 2<br />

Bring in plants that need protection over<br />

the winter.<br />

John Owen<br />

nd December<br />

12.00 noon to 3.00 pm


Letter to the Daily Telegraph<br />

SIR – I read with interest about the use of aggressive llamas<br />

<strong>for</strong> guarding farm property (report, August 6). Llamas are, in<br />

fact, very peaceful animals and, unless badly handled, pose<br />

little risk to people.<br />

While llamas are used as guards, this is usually <strong>for</strong> sheep and<br />

chickens against marauding foxes and dogs. <strong>The</strong> llama will<br />

bond with the sheep and become the flock leader, watching<br />

out <strong>for</strong> dogs and foxes and chasing them away, while herding<br />

the sheep away from the danger. A llama can pack quite a<br />

punch and will charge a fox and try to knock it over,<br />

something I have witnessed myself with our llamas.<br />

I heard of a sad case recently where a llama had been<br />

guarding sheep <strong>for</strong> some years. Eventually things changed<br />

on the farm and the sheep were sold off. <strong>The</strong> llama was so<br />

distraught at losing his flock that he simply pined away.<br />

Tim Crowfoot<br />

Chairman, <strong>The</strong> British Llama Society<br />

Southampton, Hampshire<br />

(Letter reproduced with Tim’s kind permission.)<br />

<strong>The</strong> photograph that appeared with the letter is on page 19.<br />

Prison and prisoners:<br />

punishment or rehabilitation?<br />

An illustrated talk by Angela Findlay<br />

"I could not commend her talk more strongly … "<br />

Lord David Ramsbotham, Former Chief Inspector of Prisons<br />

Thursday 29 th <strong>November</strong><br />

6:30 Wine 7–8.00 pm Talk<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall ,<br />

Tickets: £10 Any donation welcome<br />

All profits go to <strong>The</strong> Forgiveness Project<br />

To book your ticket(s) contact:<br />

Jonathan and Jutta Findlay on 01489 877710<br />

or email jfindlay@gotadsl.co.uk<br />

MEON LADIES<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Ladies are resuming after the summer recess<br />

beginning with the <strong>October</strong> meeting:<br />

● Thursday, 18 th <strong>October</strong> at 7.30 pm in the Meon<br />

Hall. Come and enjoy an evening all about making and<br />

tasting chocolate – it should be a real treat!!<br />

● <strong>The</strong> <strong>November</strong> meeting is on Thursday, 22 nd and is a talk<br />

about Guide Dogs <strong>for</strong> the Blind. Venue: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

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THE MEON HALL<br />

200 CLUB<br />

INVITE YOU TO THEIR ANNUAL<br />

BEETLE DRIVE<br />

IN THE MEON HALL<br />

SATURDAY 24 th NOVEMBER<br />

at 7.30 pm<br />

Draw <strong>for</strong> the £300, £150, and £100 Prizes<br />

RAFFLE - SUPPER - PRIZE DRAW - BEETLE DRIVE<br />

Members free Tickets: James Morrice 01489 878505<br />

or jamesmorrice99@gmail.com<br />

Non-Members £6.50 by Weds 21 <strong>November</strong> <strong>for</strong> catering<br />

From Africa to the Arctic<br />

- and back again<br />

A presentation in support of the Preschool<br />

by Dr Paul Buxton<br />

An account of work in Ethiopia ,with a review of<br />

its remarkable history and civilisation – in contrast<br />

with winter on the Labrador coast<br />

Saturday, 10 th <strong>November</strong><br />

6.30 pm<br />

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

Tickets £5 can be purchased on the night or in advance<br />

from Meonstoke Infant School.<br />

● <strong>The</strong> December meeting, which is on Thursday, 13 th ,will<br />

be another exciting demonstration by Gill Horn making<br />

Christmas decorations. Venue: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Do come and catch up with friends and neighbours and if you're<br />

new to the area, this is a wonderful way to meet new people. If<br />

you have any good ideas <strong>for</strong> future meetings do let us know -<br />

we're always open to suggestions. For more in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

contact:<br />

Lorna Allured on 877718


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

of the £25 monthly prizes were:<br />

August: David Frere-Cook<br />

September: Sue Logan<br />

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

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

hall will be closed <strong>for</strong> the refurbishment of<br />

the kitchen from Sunday, 30th September<br />

until Friday, 19th <strong>October</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 />

● Make various other improvements.<br />

Regular users of the small hall have been<br />

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

arrangements have been made <strong>for</strong> helping<br />

groups to continue their normal activities.<br />

Looking ahead: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall ‘Social<br />

Event of the Year’, the 200 Club annual<br />

Beetle Drive, is on Saturday, 24th<br />

<strong>November</strong> at 7.30 pm, with the Draw <strong>for</strong><br />

2012’s big prizes. Please put this event<br />

in your diary, and start practising the<br />

speed of your dice-rolling and honing your<br />

‘neat beetle’ drawing skills! <strong>The</strong>re is a<br />

prize <strong>for</strong> the best dressed beetler who<br />

enters into the fun and pre-Christmas spirit<br />

of the evening. Ticket contact details are<br />

on the invitation.<br />

Showcase time ! Do you know that there<br />

are groups and weekly activities that go on<br />

in the Hall <strong>for</strong> keeping fit? Don't just go <strong>for</strong><br />

a walk, good <strong>for</strong> you as that is – join one of<br />

the fitness groups at the Meon Hall as well.<br />

We have a range of fitness groups to suit<br />

different personal needs and capabilities:<br />

● On Monday evenings, come along at<br />

7.30pm <strong>for</strong> Aerobics - Patrick leads<br />

this group with Aerobics to music;<br />

space <strong>for</strong> more customers. Patrick is<br />

a qualified instructor (contact him on<br />

07905 524063)<br />

● On Tuesday evenings, at 7.00 pm,<br />

Andy Roberts runs a large and<br />

enthusiastic Circuit Training group in<br />

the Main Hall. In addition to the static<br />

exercises, Andy has some great<br />

In aid of<br />

Friends of Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church<br />

Operation Chariot<br />

An illustrated talk by Nick Beattie<br />

<strong>The</strong> story of the amphibious raid on St Nazaire in 1942<br />

Wednesday, 24 th <strong>October</strong><br />

at<br />

HMS CAMPBELTOWN<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 />

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exercise kit – you can really get stuck<br />

in. Andy is a professionally qualified<br />

Personal Trainer; you can contact him<br />

on 07521 692061 <strong>for</strong> in<strong>for</strong>mation and<br />

the cost per session.<br />

● On Friday mornings at 9.30am, if<br />

the other sessions don't suit you, enjoy<br />

something very different – a calm,<br />

relaxed, and gentle ‘Workout with<br />

Wendy’ in the small hall – exercising<br />

to music: body-conditioning,<br />

stretching, hula-hooping. You can<br />

contact Wendy Laurenson on 07876<br />

361120<br />

Recycling: Please recycle your unwanted<br />

clothes, shoes, and textiles in the<br />

Yellow Bin at the Meon Hall which raises<br />

money <strong>for</strong> our Hampshire Air Ambulance<br />

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

our recycling in 2012 to help fund emergency<br />

flight missions.<br />

Planning a family party…? Order<br />

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

flutes and wine glasses, and cutlery<br />

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

Contact Richard Booth the Meon Hall<br />

bookings secretary at:<br />

meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Tickets: £10.00<br />

James Morrice<br />

Available from:<br />

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

Meonstoke Village Stores<br />

or by telephone:<br />

Rev Canon Anthony Hulbert<br />

on 01489 878289<br />

or<br />

John Martin,<br />

on 01489 877385


Dominic D Fontana,<br />

senior lecturer in<br />

geography at Portsmouth<br />

University, is an internationally<br />

recognised authority on the 1545 Battle<br />

of the Solent, which of course, involved<br />

the sinking of the Marie Rose, and we<br />

were privileged to have him as our guest<br />

speaker at our September meeting.<br />

He illustrated his talk with pictures<br />

taken from the Cowdray engravings.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se were made from a picture painted<br />

between 1545 and 1548 <strong>for</strong> Sir Anthony<br />

Browne, Master of the King’s Horse<br />

and illustrate the events of the battle in<br />

extraordinary detail. We learned that<br />

Francis 1 st of France dispatched a fleet<br />

of 230 ships and 30,000 troops. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

were confronted by Henry VIII’s fleet<br />

of just 80 ships and 12,000 troops,<br />

whose principle job was to prevent<br />

access to Portsmouth Harbour. As well<br />

as being outnumbered 3 to 1, the British<br />

fleet was also at a disadvantage in that<br />

there was no wind, so that they were<br />

Ideally, your blanket should have<br />

the BEAB* safety mark: This is a<br />

round symbol, with either black letters on a white background<br />

or white letters on a black background.<br />

YOU SHOULD CHECK AND REPLACE THE BLANKET IF:<br />

● <strong>The</strong> fabric is worn or frayed.<br />

● <strong>The</strong>re are scorch marks anywhere.<br />

● <strong>The</strong> tie tapes (if original) are damaged or missing.<br />

● <strong>The</strong> flex is worn or damaged.<br />

● Any connections are loose.<br />

● You are in any doubt.<br />

Remember, older blankets are much more likely to have<br />

one or more of these faults.<br />

ELECTRIC BLANKET SAFETY:<br />

Electric Blanket Safety<br />

● Buy new from reputable traders: the safety of second<br />

hand electrical goods cannot be guaranteed.<br />

● Look <strong>for</strong> safety marks & symbols such as British<br />

Standards number BSEN 60976.<br />

● Check that the blanket has overheating protection.<br />

● Always follow the instructions carefully such as<br />

checking the blanket is secure and flat.<br />

● Never use the blanket if it is creased or wet. If damp,<br />

do not turn it on to dry it out.<br />

● When storing the blanket, keep it flat, or fold as little<br />

as possible and keep it in a dry place.<br />

● Never use the blanket if exhibits any of the problems<br />

listed above<br />

Have your blanket tested at least every 3 years. Contact<br />

the manufacturer or a local electrical repair centre.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next electric blanket testing day in Winchester is on<br />

Friday 19 th <strong>October</strong> . To book an appointment call<br />

Hampshire Trading Standards booking line on 01962<br />

833358, (appointments necessary).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Royal British Legion Drox<strong>for</strong>d Branch<br />

becalmed. <strong>The</strong> French however, had a<br />

number of galleys, which were able to<br />

approach and attack the British ships.<br />

Here again, because of the tides, the<br />

British ships were bow on to the galleys<br />

and were unable to make use of their<br />

broadside-firing guns.<br />

Eventually the wind got up sufficiently<br />

<strong>for</strong> the British fleet to move, but it<br />

would appear that by this time the Mary<br />

Rose had sustained some damage. She<br />

was heading north and it has been<br />

suggested that because of the damage,<br />

consideration was given to grounding<br />

her on Spitbank. Indeed, if this had<br />

been done, whilst it would have been an<br />

embarrassment, some 500 lives would<br />

have been saved. Instead, however, she<br />

turned to port, rapidly keeled over and<br />

sank. <strong>The</strong>re are a number of theories as<br />

to what exactly happened, but it seems<br />

likely that the damage inflicted had<br />

caused her to take on water, the sharp<br />

turn brought more water into the gun<br />

ports and in no time some 100 tons of<br />

water would have been taken on board.<br />

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It is known that she struck the sea bed<br />

with considerable <strong>for</strong>ce which indicates<br />

that she sank rapidly.<br />

<strong>The</strong> battle was not quite over at this<br />

point, but there was a limit to how long<br />

the large number of French troops could<br />

be kept on board the ships. <strong>The</strong>re was<br />

no possibility of a mass landing on the<br />

mainland and accordingly groups were<br />

landed on the Isle of Wight, notably at<br />

Bembridge. <strong>The</strong>se, however, were<br />

defeated by local militia at the battle of<br />

Bonchurch. Consideration was given to<br />

a full scale invasion of the Isle of Wight,<br />

but this was eventually ruled out and the<br />

fleet returned to Boulogne in an attempt<br />

to set up a siege.<br />

This, of necessity, only skates over the<br />

surface of what was a totally fascinating<br />

talk, delivered with enormous<br />

enthusiasm and erudition. Without<br />

doubt, a memorable evening <strong>for</strong> the<br />

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

John Martin<br />

Below: <strong>The</strong> wreck in the Mary Rose Museum<br />

Bottom: Engraving of the battle at Spit Head


A date <strong>for</strong> all Meonstoke and Corhampton Diaries<br />

Carols in the Barn<br />

As part of the run-up to Christmas, there will be<br />

the usual recipe of carols and wine<br />

in the barn at Hill House<br />

on<br />

Sunday, 9th December<br />

starting at 5.00 pm<br />

Caroline and Richard Thynne and their families<br />

DROXFORD RECREATION GROUND<br />

CLEAR-UP AND SAPLING PLANTING<br />

Saturday 10 <strong>November</strong><br />

10.00 – 4.00 pm<br />

Lunch time barbecue–cheap at the price!<br />

Afternoon bonfire<br />

Come along and support your village in the<br />

great recreation ground clear-up<br />

Wellington boots, gardening gloves,<br />

wheel-barrows, secateurs, spades and <strong>for</strong>ks<br />

A real work-out <strong>for</strong> the family<br />

EVERYONE WELCOME<br />

Interested? Contact Barbara Chandler<br />

Tel: 878741 Email: bachand@talktalk.net<br />

DROXFORD COUNTRY FAIR<br />

Annual General Meeting<br />

<strong>The</strong> AGM <strong>for</strong> Drox<strong>for</strong>d Country Fair be on<br />

Saturday, 8 th December<br />

at<br />

10.00 am<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bakers Arms<br />

All welcome <strong>for</strong> comments, offers of help and<br />

to join the committee.<br />

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All Meonstoke and Corhampton residents<br />

are welcome, particularly children<br />

(<strong>for</strong> whom there will be soft drinks).<br />

Please bring your neighbours if they have not<br />

come be<strong>for</strong>e.<br />

Make a note in your diary now,<br />

and we look <strong>for</strong>ward to seeing<br />

as many of you as possible on the night.<br />

Sunday, 21 st <strong>October</strong><br />

11.00 am – 4.00 pm<br />

Church Hall<br />

All Saints Church, Denmead<br />

For all your local wedding day suppliers and a<br />

huge selection of creative ideas<br />

Bridal gown show at 1.30 pm<br />

Hog Roast and refreshments all day<br />

Entry: £1<br />

Soberton Players<br />

in<br />

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

by Rodgers & Hammerstein<br />

Soberton Village Hall<br />

Thursday 29 th <strong>November</strong><br />

Friday 30 th <strong>November</strong><br />

and<br />

Saturday, 1 st December<br />

7.30pm<br />

Matinee on Saturday, 1st December at 2.00 pm<br />

Tickets £6 <strong>for</strong> adults, £4 <strong>for</strong> children<br />

To book:<br />

E-mail: tickets@sobertonplayers.co.uk<br />

or ring Phil Bergin on 02392 632551


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<br />

St Andrew’s Green Leslie Daysh 877327<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: 9 th <strong>October</strong> : 13 th <strong>November</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


Brian Try<br />

January 1930 – July 2012<br />

Brian Try died at the end of July, aged 82; his wife<br />

Anne who was an active supporter of the Church had<br />

died some 7 years ago. In early August, many of<br />

Brian's friends from Meonstoke and the surrounding<br />

area attended an open-air celebration of Brian's life<br />

here. He had lived in Meonstoke <strong>for</strong> over 20 years,<br />

and his parents some 25 years be<strong>for</strong>e that, in Frys<br />

Cottage, in Frys Lane, Meonstoke (near the Meon<br />

Hall). At Brian's specific wish the celebration was<br />

held in a quiet glade in private woods on Corhampton<br />

Down.<br />

<strong>The</strong> celebration was arranged by Sue Fullegar. We<br />

heard from Brian's relatives and village friends through<br />

a series of moving well-expressed spoken tributes<br />

about his life as a chartered surveyor in the firm of<br />

Galli<strong>for</strong>d Try; his bee-keeping activities; his love of<br />

animals; his joy in music (a small music group of his<br />

adopted Welsh family played a short piece <strong>for</strong> us on<br />

cellos, recorders, and keyboard); and of engaging<br />

people in conversation. We remembered him in his<br />

all-terrain buggy with flashing orange light around the<br />

village lanes, accompanied by Moley his black<br />

A CYCLE CHALLENGE ACROSS CENTRAL<br />

EUROPE – WRITING SONGS!<br />

I’m off again on another long distance bike ride; 500 km<br />

across Austria, Slovenia, and Hungary. This ride replaces<br />

the one I had hoped to do across Asia where I<br />

discovered that there is an outbreak of an infant-phobic<br />

virus in the region. I cannot take the risk of acquiring and<br />

bringing this back with me.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Europe challenge is not a ‘charity’ ride, rather a<br />

personal challenge/adventure opportunity with a small<br />

number of like-minded people. I am paying all my own<br />

costs. This is the route: > > > > ><br />

In addition I am riding with friends<br />

and neighbours about 500 km in<br />

training rides around the South<br />

Downs (they should be the South<br />

Ups!!)<br />

I am using the opportunity to raise<br />

awareness and funds <strong>for</strong> “<strong>The</strong><br />

Song Writing Charity”, a new<br />

social enterprise that our son Ben<br />

has worked with others to set up.<br />

Ben is a musician, songwriter,<br />

per<strong>for</strong>mer, and educationalist.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Song Writing Charity builds on Ben’s talent and<br />

passion. <strong>The</strong> charity works with schools in areas of<br />

social deprivation “to empower young people through<br />

the art and craft of song-writing and per<strong>for</strong>ming” (see<br />

www.songwritingcharity.org and #SongwritingCharity on<br />

twitter).<br />

It’s different, it’s fun and it works.<br />

Would you consider helping this new, creative, social<br />

enterprise?<br />

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labrador. Unprompted, Moley walked out alone to<br />

greet both Charlie and Sue Fullegar when they were<br />

speaking. We heard of the care which Sue Fullegar<br />

had bestowed on him in daily visits over several years,<br />

and about how she and Charlie took Brian on holidays<br />

and looked out <strong>for</strong> him in every way until the very end.<br />

When it was no longer safe <strong>for</strong> Brian to be left at home<br />

on his own, John and Maria Miles took Brian into their<br />

home in a supported living arrangement.<br />

We came away from this moving celebration having<br />

learnt much that was new and unexpected about the<br />

manner in which Brian had touched people's lives here<br />

in his very individual but positive way. Afterwards<br />

Brian's many friends were entertained to a hog roast at<br />

Corhampton Lane Farm hosted by Suzanne Hall.<br />

Some beautiful art works by Gill Horn were on display<br />

summarising aspects of Brian's life.<br />

This celebration was a touching summary of an<br />

unusual but most fulfilled life, and a generous<br />

reflection about how a village community can be<br />

strong enough and decent enough to want to care <strong>for</strong><br />

and nurture a man such as Brian Try in his declining<br />

years.<br />

James Morrice<br />

I’m planning to raise £3,000 to help pupils (and their<br />

teachers) in schools in areas of social deprivation:<br />

● To beat bullying<br />

● To better manage the transition from primary to<br />

secondary,<br />

● And create friendships and support networks - and<br />

have creative fun!.<br />

<strong>The</strong> outcome is better engagement in learning and an<br />

opportunity to break-out of cycles of deprivation. I<br />

greatly value any contribution you are able to make.<br />

It’s simple to donate – go to:<br />

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/peterosullivan1<br />

commission free; 100% of donation plus 25% gift aid<br />

Graz to Budapest<br />

goes to the Song Writing Charity.<br />

Or cheques to me at Stokedown, New Road,<br />

Meonstoke, Hampshire, SO323NN.<br />

Thanks <strong>for</strong> reading this, and considering my request<br />

Thank you!, danke!, hvala!, Köszönöm!<br />

Peter O'Sullivan (<strong>for</strong> the children who will benefit from<br />

the work of the Song Writing Charity).<br />

TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com<br />

Telephone: 07710 035722


After our long but decidedly not hot summer<br />

holidays, we are all back at school and looking<br />

<strong>for</strong>ward to catching up properly at a Pop Up Coffee<br />

Shop soon. <strong>The</strong> next one is on 14th Friends of Meonstoke School<br />

<strong>November</strong> at the<br />

Meon Hall 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. We will be selling<br />

coffee and tea and cake and, as winter will be creeping<br />

up on us, we will have hot soup and bread. We also<br />

plan to have lots of stalls so you can do some early<br />

Christmas shopping.<br />

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

<strong>October</strong> and<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

Keep Fit Class: Every Monday from 11:30 to 1:00 pm<br />

except <strong>November</strong> 5 th . Provisional cost per<br />

session: members £2.50, non-members £3.00<br />

Location being finalised; please contact Chee Price<br />

<strong>for</strong> details. Contact: Chee Price on 893140.<br />

Tai Chi: <strong>The</strong> Jubilee Hall – main hall. Every Wednesday<br />

from 10:00 to 11:00 am. NB: <strong>The</strong>re will be no class<br />

on 10 th <strong>October</strong> as the Hall is not available<br />

Provisional cost: members £3.00, non-members<br />

£3.50. Contact: Sandy Holden on 892136<br />

or Teri Morley on 895119.<br />

Gentlemen’s Pub Lunch: <strong>The</strong> Barleycorn, Bishops<br />

Waltham. 2 course set menu £6.95<br />

Thursday, <strong>October</strong> 18 th , <strong>November</strong> 15 th 12:30 to<br />

14:30. Contact: Richard Davenport on 891862<br />

Ladies’ Pub Lunch. Monday, <strong>October</strong> 1 st , <strong>November</strong> 5th<br />

13:00 start. Free choice menu.<br />

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

New Age Kurling: Jubilee Hall – small hall: Thursday,<br />

<strong>October</strong> 18 th , <strong>November</strong> 15 th from 14:30 to 16:30<br />

Provisional cost per session: members £2.50,<br />

non-members £3.00.<br />

Contact: Richard Holyhead on 893511<br />

Note: Unless otherwise stated, the area code <strong>for</strong><br />

all the above telephone numbers is 01489.<br />

MVARA also runs a programme of theatre and concert<br />

trips, and visits to places of interest. For more<br />

In<strong>for</strong>mation, contact: John Dixie on 890267.<br />

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

recommence later in the year if there is demand from<br />

members.<br />

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

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

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<br />

from one of our Good Neighbours Support Group or<br />

are interested in becoming part of the Good<br />

Neighbour’s Support Group please call 07530 565248.<br />

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

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Another date <strong>for</strong> your diary is 1 st December, which is<br />

our highly popular Christmas Fair at <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall.<br />

In the meantime, we will be electing a new committee,<br />

as some parents have children who moved on to<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Junior School at the end of last year and of<br />

course there are new parents of children joining<br />

Meonstoke School in reception class who will want to<br />

get involved.<br />

Thank you again <strong>for</strong> all your support.<br />

Tessa Briggs<br />

BODEN PARTY<br />

50% of profits to support<br />

local good causes:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Valley Preschool<br />

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

Community Care Group<br />

See, touch and try hundreds of items from the<br />

beautiful winter range of clothing and accessories.<br />

Tuesday, 30 th <strong>October</strong><br />

9.00 am – 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm<br />

6 Southview, Drox<strong>for</strong>d, SO32 3QJ<br />

Refreshments provided<br />

For any enquiries, contact Sophie on 07766 004282<br />

or sophiejwills@gmail.com<br />

HM <strong>The</strong> Queen’s Diamond Jubilee<br />

Swanmore Village Exhibition<br />

An exhibition to celebrate this Jubilee Year<br />

<strong>The</strong> Paterson Centre<br />

Saturday, 6 th <strong>October</strong>, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm<br />

&<br />

Sunday 7 th <strong>October</strong>, 2.00 pm to 5.0 pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> event is being sponsored by Winchester City<br />

Council and the admission is free. <strong>The</strong> theme of<br />

the exhibition will ‘Swanmore Past and Present’.<br />

We will be drawing on the extensive range of<br />

archive material (some of which is more than one<br />

hundred years old) to illustrate what village life<br />

was like then. This contrast with life in Swanmore<br />

today, which will be achieved by involving all<br />

organisations in the village together with clubs and<br />

societies. During the days of the exhibition we will<br />

also be showing films of the village from years<br />

ago, including previous Jubilee celebrations,<br />

carnivals, Tour de France. <strong>The</strong> material we<br />

collect of Swanmore during this Jubilee year will<br />

be put into the archives <strong>for</strong> future generations.


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 />

Next dates are:<br />

5 th and 19 th <strong>October</strong><br />

2 nd and 16 th <strong>November</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 just received an<br />

official letter telling me my<br />

benefits might be capped.<br />

I’m really worried about how I’ll<br />

manage if they cut our money – we<br />

can only just af<strong>for</strong>d the rent and<br />

other bills now. What is happening<br />

and what should I do?<br />

AFrom April next year, there will<br />

be a limit on how much money<br />

you can receive from some<br />

benefits. This is called the Benefit<br />

Cap. <strong>The</strong> Department <strong>for</strong> Work and<br />

Pensions (DWP) is writing to people<br />

who might be affected to tell them<br />

about the changes.<br />

Citizen’s Advice Bureau<br />

You are only likely to be worse off than<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e if you're getting Housing<br />

Benefit. This is because your Housing<br />

Benefit will be cut if you're getting<br />

some other benefits that, together with<br />

your Housing Benefit, take you over<br />

the cap.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cap is expected to be:<br />

£500 a week if you're in a couple,<br />

or a single person and you have<br />

dependent children<br />

£350 a week if you're single and<br />

don't have children have or your<br />

children don't live with you.<br />

You won't be affected at all if you<br />

qualify <strong>for</strong> one of the following:<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation about benefit cuts 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 drop in at either Wickham Outreach, Merry Go Round<br />

Children’s Centre, Wickham Primary School, Wickham, Thursday 9.30 – 11.30 am<br />

or Denmead Outreach at Denmead Community School, School Lane, Denmead,<br />

Thursday 1–3.00 pm. If this is not convenient, please note our <strong>for</strong>tnightly Thursday<br />

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

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 alternate Thursday evening<br />

appointments-only session (4-7pm) or e-mail at: advice@winchestercab.org.uk<br />

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Fighting poverty step by<br />

step!<br />

This year’s<br />

Christian Aid Deanery Walk<br />

I now have the final total <strong>for</strong> May’s charity walk, in<br />

which we raised close to £4000, slightly down on last<br />

year’s total! (This does not include the rebate that<br />

Christian Aid will receive from the Inland Revenue <strong>for</strong><br />

Gift Aid).<br />

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

made it such a successful day, and especially to our host<br />

parish Soberton.<br />

In<strong>for</strong>mation regarding next year’s walk will be circulated<br />

early in the New Year, but it will probably be from<br />

Upham. If anyone has any ideas <strong>for</strong> next year’s walk,<br />

and would like to help us plan it, please get in touch!<br />

Robin Boston<br />

01329 832618)<br />

Working Tax Credit<br />

Disability Living Allowance or<br />

Attendance Allowance<br />

Employment and Support<br />

Allowance, if paid with the<br />

support component<br />

Industrial Injuries Benefit<br />

War Widows or Widowers<br />

Pension<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are also some benefits which<br />

won't be counted when working out<br />

whether you're over the cap. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

are:<br />

Council Tax Support, which<br />

replaces Council Tax Benefit from<br />

April 2013<br />

Pension Credit<br />

State Retirement Pension<br />

One-off payments; <strong>for</strong> example,<br />

Social Fund loans<br />

Non-cash benefits: <strong>for</strong> example,<br />

free school meals.<br />

It's important that you find out now if<br />

you might be worse off after the cap<br />

starts next year, so that you can plan<br />

how to deal with it. You can get more<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation about the Benefit Cap<br />

from the Citizens Advice Bureau Web<br />

site at www.adviceguide.org.uk or<br />

from www.direct.gov.uk the<br />

government’s Web site.


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

<strong>The</strong> September weather has led<br />

us gently into autumn and we<br />

have experienced sunshine<br />

and warmth, which was generally<br />

lacking through the summer months.<br />

Un<strong>for</strong>tunately, September brings the<br />

shorter days and daylight declines<br />

ever more rapidly as the days pass.<br />

<strong>The</strong> atmosphere lends itself to<br />

evenings inside, and with that in<br />

view, we have films, a quiz, and a<br />

musical entertainment in our autumn<br />

schedule.<br />

War Horse, <strong>The</strong> Best Exotic Marigold<br />

Hotel, and Salmon Fishing in<br />

the Yemen are the films <strong>for</strong> September,<br />

<strong>October</strong>, and <strong>November</strong>. We<br />

hope <strong>for</strong> full houses at these most<br />

popular films.<br />

Yvonne and Richard Adams will host<br />

this year’s autumn quiz on Saturday,<br />

13 th <strong>October</strong>. We would encourage<br />

you to <strong>for</strong>m teams of six and to buy<br />

your tickets as soon as possible. You<br />

are sure to enjoy yourselves, as well<br />

as contributing to hall funds.<br />

On Thursday, 8 th <strong>November</strong>, <strong>The</strong><br />

Flying Toads will entertain us at 8.00<br />

Saturday, 13 th <strong>October</strong><br />

Autumn Quiz Night<br />

With quiz-master Yvonne Adams<br />

7.30 pm Tickets £6<br />

To include a ploughman’s supper<br />

Licensed bar<br />

Wednesday, 31 st <strong>October</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Best Exotic Marigold<br />

Hotel<br />

Film rated 12a<br />

John Madden’s comedy-drama follows a<br />

group of British retirees who decide to<br />

outsource their retirement to less expensive<br />

and seemingly exotic India.<br />

With Judi Dench and Maggie Smith<br />

7.30 pm Tickets £5<br />

Licensed bar and refreshments<br />

available<br />

pm. <strong>The</strong>y are a multi-instrumental<br />

band playing inventive arrangements<br />

of Irish music. <strong>The</strong> repertoire ranges<br />

from lively jigs and reels to energetic<br />

songs and haunting ballads.<br />

Supported by Hog the Limelight,<br />

they are a talented group and<br />

deserve to be supported.<br />

After many years of service and<br />

supplies to the local community, the<br />

Friday Market has had to close<br />

through lack of custom. It was<br />

initiated by Bobbie Garrod many<br />

years ago and we have seen a<br />

variety of stalls over the years, as<br />

well as the ever present fruit and<br />

vegetables and preserves. Sterling<br />

work and unstinting commitment by<br />

so many people have been the<br />

hallmark of the market, and it is sad<br />

that in recent months the amount of<br />

custom generated was not worth the<br />

time and ef<strong>for</strong>t involved. <strong>The</strong> hall<br />

funds have benefitted greatly over<br />

these years and the helpers deserve<br />

a huge thank you from all the local<br />

residents.<br />

<strong>The</strong> demise of the market<br />

un<strong>for</strong>tunately means less income<br />

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

Thursday, 8 th <strong>November</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Flying Toads<br />

An evening of toe-tapping celtic music<br />

and dance – courtesy of Hog the<br />

Limelight<br />

Tickets £8 Children £5 7.30 pm<br />

Licensed bar and light refreshments<br />

Wednesday, 28 th <strong>November</strong><br />

Salmon Fishing in the<br />

Yemen Film rated 12a<br />

Stuffy government fisheries scientist<br />

Fred is asked by a fishing-obsessed Arab<br />

Sheik to do the seemingly<br />

impossible - introduce British salmon to<br />

the Wadis of the Yemen.<br />

7.30 pm Tickets £5<br />

Licensed bar and refreshments<br />

Available<br />

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

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over the year <strong>for</strong> the hall. It is more<br />

important than ever that the events<br />

that we put on in the hall are well<br />

supported. We look to everyone to<br />

support us, if only in a small<br />

measure, to enable us to keep the<br />

hall in a state of good repair and to<br />

refresh and renew the fabric as<br />

necessary. We need to be able to<br />

offer hirers a clean and com<strong>for</strong>table<br />

venue, whatever their requirements.<br />

We are looking to recruit one, if not<br />

two, new members to our hall<br />

committee. If you are at all<br />

interested, please get in touch with<br />

our chairman, Tim Crowfoot, on<br />

877631.<br />

In August the 200 Club had two<br />

winners:<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were John Whittaker and<br />

Yvonne Richardson.<br />

<strong>The</strong> September winner is Yvonne<br />

Adams.<br />

Jackie Hibbert, Secretary<br />

Advance Notice<br />

Thursday, 27 th December<br />

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

Southsea<br />

to see<br />

Snow White<br />

& the Seven Dwarfs<br />

7.00 pm<br />

A rip-roaring traditional panto!<br />

Specially negotiated group rate tickets<br />

(tbd)<br />

Contact Tim Crowfoot, 877631,<br />

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

reserve your tickets


FLOODING IN DROXFORD<br />

Hampshire County Council is seeking local input<br />

<strong>for</strong> its plans to be used in the event of future<br />

flooding. All residents are invited to contribute as<br />

outlined below:<br />

Local knowledge helps in the fight against flooding:<br />

Following one of the wettest springs and summers on<br />

record, Hampshire County Council is urging residents<br />

to help ensure that plans to prepare the county against<br />

future flooding are up to date and accurate.<br />

Under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010, the<br />

county council has a new role as a Lead Local Flood<br />

Authority (LLFA), which means managing the flood risk<br />

related to groundwater, surface water, and ordinary<br />

watercourse flooding. <strong>The</strong> Environment Agency<br />

remains responsible <strong>for</strong> coastal and main river flooding.<br />

As part of our new role we have to develop a Local<br />

Flood Risk Management Strategy – and that’s why<br />

we’re asking you to help us by letting us know about<br />

any flooding ‘hotspots’ in your local area, or if our<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation about previous flooding is correct.<br />

From the end of September we’ll be holding a six week<br />

online consultation on the draft strategy. <strong>The</strong><br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation from this will help us assess current and<br />

Picture of a llama guarding sheep: This is the<br />

photograph that <strong>The</strong> Daily Telegraph used with Tim<br />

Crowfoot’s letter on page 9.<br />

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future flood risk so we can plan and prepare <strong>for</strong> the<br />

future. <strong>The</strong> consultation pages include maps showing<br />

different types of flooding, flood risk and consequence<br />

across Hampshire.<br />

We need your help to check if in<strong>for</strong>mation shown on<br />

the maps is accurate and if there are any significant<br />

errors, including flooding incidents you’re aware of that<br />

haven’t been included, or flooding / flood risk shown<br />

where there hasn’t been any.<br />

A series of sessions is being held to provide more<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation on the strategy. Anyone who would like to<br />

find out more, ask questions, talk through concerns, or<br />

share experiences of flooding can come along and<br />

county council staff will be on hand to help. All the<br />

events will be the same and people will be welcome to<br />

drop in at any time. <strong>The</strong> nearest location <strong>for</strong> Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

is in Winchester:<br />

Saturday, 6 <strong>October</strong> Discovery Centre<br />

(Per<strong>for</strong>mance Hall),<br />

Jewry Street, Winchester,<br />

SO23 8SB.<br />

10.00 am until 2.00 pm<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation or if you’d like to get involved in<br />

the consultation, please visit:<br />

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

Good News Travelling<br />

Library<br />

will be at the Paterson Centre<br />

Tuesday, 9 th <strong>October</strong><br />

10.30 am - 12 noon<br />

Buy your CHRISTIAN CHRISTMAS<br />

CARDS and<br />

2013 DIARIES and CALENDARS<br />

and stock up with other greeting<br />

cards and notelets<br />

- all at very reasonable prices.<br />

Also browse through<br />

books on many aspects of life and<br />

fiction<br />

DVDs, videos & CDs<br />

Everyone is welcome,<br />

and please stay <strong>for</strong> a coffee or tea


Wherever you live in<br />

Hampshire, our coastline<br />

and seas play an important<br />

role in our lives. It’s taken two and a<br />

half years of work by a million<br />

stakeholders and £8.8 million of<br />

government spending to get a<br />

recommended network of 127 Marine<br />

Conservation Zones (MCZs) in<br />

English waters. <strong>The</strong> next stage is <strong>for</strong><br />

government to designate this network<br />

in its entirety, allowing our seas to<br />

recover from decades of damage.<br />

But the government is reluctant. If<br />

designation of the whole network is<br />

watered down, we could simply end<br />

up with a few vulnerable and isolated<br />

sites. That would be a disaster. <strong>The</strong><br />

Wildlife Trusts need your help to<br />

convince the Government that a) this<br />

network is important and b) this is the<br />

best opportunity we have to get it right.<br />

Become a Friend of the MCZs.<br />

This is what you can do:<br />

1. Decide to get involved<br />

You will provide our campaign with a<br />

voice! We need you to choose an<br />

MCZ that’s special to you, then speak<br />

up and take action to ensure it doesn’t<br />

get missed off the government’s list.<br />

One great way to show your support<br />

<strong>for</strong> your chosen MCZ is to let your MP<br />

know how important it is, and how<br />

crucial it is that the whole network is<br />

designated.<br />

How to contact your MP:<br />

Find and email your MP using Web<br />

address findyourmp.parliament.uk; or<br />

write to the MP at the House of<br />

Meon Valley U3A began its<br />

22nd ‘academic’ year in<br />

September, when the twice<br />

monthly talks resumed under the<br />

chairmanship of Brian Barrett.<br />

A copy of the full programme (plus annual subscription <strong>for</strong>m!)<br />

was distributed – by hand, post, or e-mail – to all members and<br />

potential new members in August. If you did not receive it<br />

please let Julia know.<br />

Dates and titles of the next four talks are below. <strong>The</strong> venue,<br />

day and time are as usual: Wickham Community Centre,<br />

Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL; Tuesdays; at 2.00pm.<br />

2 nd <strong>October</strong>: How much is a year’s life worth? by Duncan<br />

Colin-Jones, <strong>for</strong>mer Professor in Medicine<br />

16 th <strong>October</strong>: <strong>The</strong> Development of the Pyramids, by Mike<br />

Hollis, Egypt enthusiast<br />

Protecting Wildlife Inspiring people<br />

Our living Seas by Peter Hutchings<br />

Commons, London SW1A 0AA; or if<br />

your MP is on Twitter, tweet<br />

#FriendsofMCZs<br />

2. Go to the Wildlife Trust Web site<br />

Go to www.wildlifetrusts.org/MCZmap<br />

and choose an MCZ that appeals to<br />

you. You can support two, three, or<br />

the entire network of 127.<br />

Sign up to become a Friend. We’ll<br />

then email you once a month, telling<br />

you how the campaign is going. We’ll<br />

also suggest ways you can raise the<br />

profile of your chosen site, and the<br />

entire network!<br />

When the government consults on the<br />

network (probably in December) we’ll<br />

let you know how you can respond<br />

most effectively.<br />

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3. Boost your ef<strong>for</strong>ts<br />

As an individual: Become a Friend of<br />

all 127 MCZs in the network. Add<br />

your voice and support to get these<br />

sites designated.<br />

As a school: Why not get your entire<br />

school involved, with each class<br />

adopting an MCZ.<br />

As a group: Become a Friend as a<br />

community group, workplace or local<br />

area. <strong>The</strong> more widespread the<br />

support the better.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation and to sign up,<br />

go to<br />

www.wildlifetrusts.org/MCZfriends<br />

To find out more about Living Seas,<br />

see www.hwt.org.uk<br />

Photo ofTompot Blenny (Parablennius gattorugine) by Paul Naylor<br />

30 th <strong>October</strong>: Drama: director, actor, audience, text, by<br />

returning speaker, Tony Johnson, actor and<br />

poet<br />

13 th <strong>November</strong>: Presentations and Displays, by leaders of<br />

our U3A small groups.<br />

Most of the Meon Valley U3A’s small groups (whose members<br />

meet in each others’ houses or at other venues) continue to meet<br />

regularly, usually monthly. Current subjects include: reading;<br />

poetry; art; visual arts appreciation; classical music appreciation;<br />

geology; walking; and chess. <strong>The</strong> 13 th <strong>November</strong> meeting will<br />

be an opportunity <strong>for</strong> all members to hear and see something of<br />

what they get up to.<br />

<strong>The</strong> small annual membership subscription to U3A has been<br />

held at last year’s level; new members and visitors are welcome.<br />

Enquiries to Secretary, Julia Field, Tel: 891353.


Carers Group<br />

<strong>The</strong> arrival of autumn has come<br />

as a bit of a shock, probably<br />

because most of us don’t really<br />

feel we had a summer this year. It is<br />

<strong>for</strong>tunate that we have had so many<br />

other wonderful reasons to remember<br />

the summer, otherwise 2012, without<br />

the Jubilee and Olympics, would have<br />

been very dreary.<br />

Locally, at MVCG, we have had some<br />

wonderfully memorable events too.<br />

Our open day at Longstock Water<br />

Garden was an amazing success, and<br />

though not a very summery day, at<br />

least it wasn’t the wash out it could<br />

have been. We launched our art group<br />

in July and have already had two<br />

mini-exhibitions. <strong>The</strong> committee of<br />

Swanmore Produce Show very kindly<br />

let us display some of our work within<br />

their show at the beginning of<br />

September, and we also displayed<br />

work within our Memory Walk event<br />

in mid-September. It’s thrilling to see<br />

our pictures on display. We still have<br />

room <strong>for</strong> new members, the sessions<br />

are very relaxing and there is no<br />

pressure to participate in the painting<br />

and drawing; you are welcome to pop<br />

in <strong>for</strong> a chat and a cuppa too.<br />

We have also had some interesting<br />

meetings with circumstances leading<br />

us to having two ‘sporty’ meetings<br />

one after the other. We didn’t want to<br />

miss out on the opportunity to hold<br />

our own mini-Olympics in July and<br />

although many members were a little<br />

pensive about what they were letting<br />

themselves in <strong>for</strong>, we were amazed at<br />

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

Where did the summer go?! Our annual barbecue seems a<br />

long time ago now. A lovely evening; thank you to Andrea<br />

and Pauline <strong>for</strong> hosting the evening, and to the Chefs, Tony<br />

and Ali. A super time had by all.<br />

We will have enjoyed a Jewellery making evening when you<br />

read this, held at Kate Knibbs in Fareham. This was a great<br />

success be<strong>for</strong>e, so no doubt an enjoyable, productive evening<br />

once more.<br />

Meon Valley Carers Group News<br />

Promoting a positive way of living with dementia<br />

just how much fun we all had. Carers<br />

and their cared-<strong>for</strong> competed together,<br />

and it wasn’t always the carers who<br />

gained the greatest scores, or showed<br />

the most competitive spirit. It<br />

certainly showed that all of us can rise<br />

beyond others’ expectations when<br />

given the chance. Again, with the<br />

exercises from the new Better Balance<br />

<strong>for</strong> Life campaign from the<br />

Hampshire Well-Being Team, we all<br />

tried out some of the exercises to<br />

music and found it much more fun<br />

than expected, and were amazed at<br />

how well some of our loved ones<br />

managed to join in.<br />

Another new project will be looking at<br />

nutrition <strong>for</strong> carers (and their cared<br />

<strong>for</strong>). It is often said that the war-time<br />

diet, though difficult with rationing,<br />

was perhaps the healthiest with a<br />

greater understanding of how to use<br />

the meagre food supplies available.<br />

Whilst searching <strong>for</strong> reminiscence<br />

material, we have come across a lot of<br />

the Government pamphlets about<br />

rationing and food preparation. We<br />

intend to use as much of this material<br />

as we can to create our own nutrition<br />

project, created with input from<br />

carers, which will provide some ideas<br />

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about how to improve nutrition but<br />

also create ‘dementia com<strong>for</strong>t food’,<br />

dishes that are familiar and provide a<br />

<strong>for</strong>m of reminiscence <strong>for</strong> those with<br />

dementia. We would welcome any<br />

favourite wartime recipes that we<br />

could use. It was especially<br />

interesting, as we prepare to launch<br />

this project to read of about the new<br />

research which suggests that junk<br />

food could actually cause dementia,<br />

proving how important it is to make<br />

sure we retain an understanding of<br />

how to eat properly.<br />

We continue to look <strong>for</strong> new ideas <strong>for</strong><br />

our group, to keep it fresh and<br />

interesting and would value any new<br />

volunteers to bring in new ideas and<br />

help with the ones already under way.<br />

Following on from the success of the<br />

Longstock outing, we would love to<br />

be able to start offering some more<br />

similar events, possibly outings to<br />

local gardens and museums.<br />

If you have some free time,<br />

particularly Tuesday afternoons, and<br />

feel you would like to volunteer with<br />

us, please let us know. We are a lively<br />

group and have lots of fun.<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 />

We have some interesting meetings coming up:<br />

● Do join us <strong>for</strong> a Skittle Evening to be held at <strong>The</strong><br />

Milburys on 29 th <strong>October</strong>. Always a fun time: friends<br />

and family are welcome.<br />

● Denise Bury will be showing us how to capture<br />

Christmas in flowers on 26 th <strong>November</strong>.<br />

● And wind up 2012 our Christmas Social will be held at<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hurdles on 17 th December.<br />

If you would like to join us <strong>for</strong> any of these evenings, please<br />

phone Pauline Bone on 878518 <strong>for</strong> details.


All-change <strong>for</strong> a<br />

new Lions year<br />

This is a time when it’s allchange<br />

<strong>for</strong> Meon Valley Lions<br />

and we now embark on the<br />

challenges of another Lionistic year<br />

under our new president, Jon<br />

Tyrrell.<br />

Last year was one of the busiest-ever<br />

years <strong>for</strong> the Meon Valley Lions Club,<br />

with a busy fundraising and social<br />

programme. <strong>The</strong> Diamond Jubilee<br />

certainly generated many more<br />

events than we would expect in a<br />

normal year and the barbeque teams<br />

were kept pretty busy during what was<br />

laughably called the summer. In all,<br />

we cooked almost 3,500 sausages<br />

and burgers during this period, generating<br />

over £5,000 <strong>for</strong> the charity fund<br />

which helps us support various organisations,<br />

local charities and individuals<br />

throughout the area. Eighty-percent<br />

Meon Valley Lions Club<br />

Friends of Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church<br />

are presenting<br />

on<br />

Wednesday, 5th December<br />

in St Mary and All Saints Church<br />

An evening of Angelic Carols sung by the choristers<br />

of the highly-acclaimed<br />

St John’s Chapel Choir, Southsea<br />

Tickets will be on sale at Drox<strong>for</strong>d Post Office from<br />

1st <strong>November</strong> priced £9 (Premium seats)<br />

£7.50 (Adults): £4 (Children)<br />

of the money we raise is channelled<br />

into the Meon Valley communities,<br />

with the rest going to some national<br />

charities and international disaster<br />

appeals. Absolutely none of this<br />

money is used to cover administration<br />

costs, because we give all our time<br />

and ef<strong>for</strong>t <strong>for</strong> free.<br />

Some of the recipients of our support<br />

include Wickham Community Centre,<br />

Home-Start, Citizens Advice Bureau,<br />

Scouts and Guides, Kidney Research<br />

plus numerous individuals in need.<br />

<strong>The</strong> opening of the new surgery in<br />

Wickham provides a valuable new<br />

community facility <strong>for</strong> the village and<br />

we were delighted to provide financial<br />

support to the tune of £1,711 to help<br />

purchase an essential piece of equipment<br />

in the <strong>for</strong>m of an ECG machine.<br />

Lions recently attended an open-day<br />

hosted by practice manager Sharon<br />

Warren and her team, where we were<br />

able to see the new kit take pride of<br />

place in the magnificent new building.<br />

Lion Ron Wilson and<br />

practice manager Sharon<br />

Warren, with the ECG<br />

equipment at Wickham<br />

surgery<br />

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FRIENDS OF<br />

CORHAMPTON<br />

CHURCH<br />

In total we have now paid out £14,656<br />

to charitable causes in the last twelve<br />

months, so thank you to everyone<br />

who supported us and helped fund our<br />

generosity.<br />

All this fund-raising has been<br />

achieved without the usual financial<br />

contribution from the annual<br />

Swanmore Carnival and Fete, which<br />

regrettably was cancelled in July on<br />

account of the bad weather. We know<br />

it was a huge disappointment <strong>for</strong> the<br />

many people who look <strong>for</strong>ward to this<br />

great family event and also very<br />

frustrating <strong>for</strong> all those who had<br />

worked so hard with the planning.<br />

Although there was not too much rain<br />

on the day itself, un<strong>for</strong>tunately the<br />

recreation ground was already<br />

waterlogged from previous weeks of<br />

rain, so we had no choice but to<br />

cancel. It has been really great to<br />

hear that over half of the stall-holders<br />

have refused a refund on their pitch<br />

fee, preferring instead to leave it with<br />

us as a charitable donation. Similarly<br />

none of the commercial arena acts<br />

has charged <strong>for</strong> the cancellation so<br />

thanks to all this generosity we have<br />

not been left out of pocket. Thanks<br />

too to the hardy motor-bikers who<br />

went ahead with their Meon Valley<br />

rally despite the conditions, to raise<br />

around £600. Let’s hope <strong>for</strong> better<br />

luck next year.<br />

Finally, one other change <strong>for</strong> our new<br />

year is a new venue <strong>for</strong> our monthly<br />

meeting, as a result of the sale of our<br />

old home <strong>for</strong> over twenty years, the<br />

Upland Park Hotel, Drox<strong>for</strong>d. Through<br />

the kind generosity of Mark Squires of<br />

<strong>The</strong> Roebuck near Misling<strong>for</strong>d, we<br />

now have a new base <strong>for</strong> our monthly<br />

meetings. Our business meetings are<br />

on the first Monday of each month<br />

(Bank Holidays excepted), so please<br />

feel welcome to come and join us and<br />

find out more about Lions.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Athanasian Consort led our Choral Evensong in<br />

Corhampton church on 9 th , September. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

accomplished singing was a major part in a worshipful<br />

service attended by over 20 parishioners. <strong>The</strong> rector gave<br />

an address with a wide ranging review of worship patterns<br />

in the benefice. Hospitality <strong>for</strong> the Consort was<br />

generously provided by Angela and Michael Peagram and<br />

refreshment after the service by the Friends.<br />

Paul Buxton


Adult ‘Play’ Equipment<br />

CORHAMPTON &<br />

MEONSTOKE PARISH COUNCIL<br />

From the Registers<br />

Baptisms<br />

Meonstoke 2nd Sept Erica Fleur Coombs<br />

Chairman: Jeremy Pett<br />

It’s taken over two years to secure the funding, but our<br />

outdoor ‘adult gym’ is due to be installed in the recreation<br />

ground during the week commencing 8th Oct. <strong>The</strong>re will be<br />

eight pieces of aparatus, each of which will be easy to use<br />

by all ages and needs no special instruction. We hope that<br />

many of you who would not otherwise find yourselves in a<br />

gym will give it a go – who knows, it may become a habit!<br />

We still have quite a large amount available to us in both<br />

the Sports and Play elements of Winchester’s Open Space<br />

fund. We are working towards installing some additional<br />

children’s facilities in the recreation ground and are looking<br />

at other projects to improve our sports facilities in general.<br />

All further ideas will be gratefully received.<br />

Speed Limits<br />

Contrary to my last <strong>Bridge</strong> article, our consultation on<br />

speed limits has been postponed, largely since there<br />

is little chance of a scheme being funded in the near term.<br />

<strong>The</strong> parish council has, however, agreed to push<br />

Hampshire Highways Dept into renewing the road<br />

markings at junctions within the village, many of which<br />

have been almost obliterated over the past few years, as a<br />

matter of urgency. <strong>The</strong> virtual absence of markings at the<br />

top of Buck’s Head Hill is particularly hazardous.<br />

News from the Valley<br />

Preschool<br />

he children have come back to<br />

Tpreschool with lots of stories to<br />

share about their exciting summer holidays. Our first<br />

topics this term are 'Where I went on holiday' and 'What<br />

I did in the summer'. <strong>The</strong>re are some great displays up<br />

in the school, with the children sharing photos,<br />

postcards and leaflets all about their adventures!<br />

Over the summer a corner of the preschool garden has<br />

been trans<strong>for</strong>med into a fantastic sensory garden. <strong>The</strong><br />

children will soon be making wind chimes to add to this.<br />

Weddings<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 15th Sept Georgina Field & Garth Wright<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 22nd Sept Hannah Purkiss & William Fenner<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 29th Sept Naomi Smith & Brett Walker<br />

Meonstoke 22nd Sept <strong>Bridge</strong>t Wilson & Mark Goodwin<br />

Funerals<br />

Exton 19 July Nicholas Estelle, aged 49<br />

Exton 16th August Harry Ronald Clark Ron) , aged 91<br />

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<strong>The</strong> other positive step we can all take to improve road<br />

safety is to be far more aware of the potential<br />

consequences of driving too fast through our village streets<br />

and exercise restraint ourselves. We already have signs<br />

reminding that “20 is plenty” – please take notice of them.<br />

Bridleways at Stock’s Down Farm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Head of Countryside Services at Hampshire County<br />

Council has agreed to authorise a gate across<br />

bridleway 19 at Stock’s Down Farm. Many will be aware<br />

that a gate has been in place there <strong>for</strong> some time, with a<br />

side gate <strong>for</strong> equestrians, although its use has been<br />

controversial. Under the terms of the authorisation the<br />

gate must include a 5ft wide opening at the side that should<br />

ordinarily remain open unless stock is occupying the land<br />

immediately adjacent to the gate. <strong>The</strong> alternative to this<br />

arrangement would be the necessity <strong>for</strong> a series of gates,<br />

ordinarily closed, at this point and further north along the<br />

bridleway allowing the farmer the full use of the field,<br />

including the bridleway, and the undesirable mingling of<br />

stock with passing equestrians, walkers, etc etc. HCC is<br />

content that the electric fence to the west of bridleway 19<br />

is sited such as to give a right of way of sufficient width<br />

together with an appropriate buffer strip. A gate has also<br />

been authorised across bridleway 17 just to the north of<br />

Harvest Gate Farm, to be installed shortly be<strong>for</strong>e livestock<br />

are moved into the adjacent fields. Similarly this gate is to<br />

incorporate a minimum 5ft wide opening to the side that will<br />

ordinarily remain open unless livestock are in the adjacent<br />

fields.<br />

We have a fundraising evening coming up on Saturday,<br />

10 th <strong>November</strong> at 7.30 pm – proceeds to the Building<br />

Fund. Dr Paul Buxton has kindly offered to give a talk<br />

entitled From Africa to the Arctic - and back again. This<br />

will be in the Meon Hall (the small hall) and tickets cost<br />

£5 to include light refreshment. Tickets can be<br />

purchased on the night or in advance from Meonstoke<br />

Infant School.<br />

Our new build fundraising is ongoing - please donate by<br />

visiting this link: www.virginmoneygiving.com<br />

We welcome. . .<br />

Sophie and John Wills, who have come with Amelia (1yr 9<br />

months), from Berkshire to 5 South View, Drox<strong>for</strong>d.<br />

Message of thanks<br />

Cait Horn<br />

Community Care<br />

And welcome to David Neale, who has joined<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Bridge</strong> team as advertising manager.<br />

David’s contact details are on page 2.<br />

Mary Clark and family would like to thank everyone <strong>for</strong><br />

all their kindness and <strong>for</strong> making Ron’s day so special.


<strong>October</strong><br />

Mon . 1 Meon Hall kitchen refurbishment: Kitchen &<br />

small hall not available <strong>for</strong> 3 weeks (see page 10)<br />

Meon Hall Management Committee meeting, 7.30 pm<br />

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

Tue. 2 U3A: Wickham Comm. Centre (see p.20) 2.00 pm<br />

Wed 3 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. 4 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 6 MV Garden Club: Plant Sale (see page 8) 10.00 am<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 />

Meonstoke FC, home match (Hants Cup) 2.00 pm<br />

Tue. 9 MV Decorative & Fine Arts lecture, 10.30 am<br />

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

Wed. 10 Crafts morning, Tithes, Exton (see page 8) 10.30 am<br />

<strong>Bridge</strong> helpers get-together, Drox<strong>for</strong>d V.Hall 6.00 pm<br />

Thu. 11 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

MV Garden Club, Talk at <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 7.00 pm<br />

Rosemary Hardy: Summer Flowering Perennials<br />

Sat. 13 Quiz Night, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall (see p.18) 7.30 pm<br />

Sun. 14 Trinity 19<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Harvest Family Service, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Harvest Festival Service, Drox<strong>for</strong>d (see p5) 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Corhampton 6.30 pm<br />

Meonstoke FC, home match (Hants Cup) 2.00 pm<br />

Tue. 16 U3A: Wickham Comm. Centre (see p.20) 2.00 pm<br />

Wed 17 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Quiet Day, St Mary & All Saints 10.00 am–3.00 pm<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d, (see page 5)<br />

Meon Hall Management C’tee, AGM, 7.30 pm<br />

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

Thu. 18 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Meon Ladies: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (see page 9) 7.30 pm<br />

Deanery Healing Eucharist, St Barnabus 7.30 pm<br />

Church, Swanmore (see page 6)<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Parish Council mtg, <strong>The</strong> Fire Station 7.30 pm<br />

Sun. 21 Trinity 20<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 />

Tue. 23 MV Flower Club, competition: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 2.15pm<br />

Wed. 24 Operation Chariot: Illustrated talk in 7.00 pm<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church (see page 10)<br />

Thu. 25 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Meon Hall Kitchen/small hall reopen after refurbishing<br />

Fri. 26 6th Hardway Brownies at <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall until 2 nd Nov<br />

End of British Summer Time<br />

DISTRICT DIARY<br />

24<br />

Sun. 28 Last after Trinity<br />

(4th) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke School 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion, (CW), Exton 11.00 am<br />

Meonstoke FC, home match (Horndean XI) 2.15 pm<br />

Tue. 30 U3A: Wickham Comm. Centre (see p.20) 2.00 pm<br />

Wed. 31 Film Night, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall (see p.18) 7.30 pm<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

Thu. 1 Holy Communion (All Saints Day), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sat. 3 Coffee morning, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (see p. 9) 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 4 Fourth Be<strong>for</strong>e Advent<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 8.30 am<br />

Sing For Joy Family Service, Exton 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

All Souls Service, Drox<strong>for</strong>d (see page 6) 3.00 pm<br />

Evensong, Exton 6.30 pm<br />

Wed. 7 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 />

MV Garden Club: AGM : Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 7.30 pm<br />

Thu. 8 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

<strong>The</strong> Flying Toads, Musical evening in 7.30 pm<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall (see page 18)<br />

Sat. 10 Drox<strong>for</strong>d recreation ground annual 10.00 am–4.00 pm<br />

clear-up and planting (see page 11)<br />

From Africa to the Arctic - and back again, Talk 6.30 pm<br />

by Dr Paul Buxton. <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (see p.9)<br />

Sun. 11 Third Be<strong>for</strong>e Advent (Remembrance Sunday)<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 10.50 am<br />

Evensong, Corhampton 6.30 pm<br />

Tue. 13 U3A. Wickham Comm. Centre (see p.20) 2.00 pm<br />

MV Decorative & Fine Arts lecture, 10.30 am<br />

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

Wed. 14 Latest copy date <strong>for</strong> Dec - Jan <strong>Bridge</strong><br />

Wed. 14 FOMS Pre-Christmas Pop-Up 10.00 am–1.00 pm<br />

Coffee Shop , <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Thu. 15 Hants Police Commissioner election 7.00am-10.00 pm<br />

Polling Station: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall<br />

Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Parish Council mtg, <strong>The</strong> Fire Station 7.30 pm<br />

Sun. 18 Second Be<strong>for</strong>e Advent<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 />

Mon. 19 Meon Hall Management Committee meeting, 7.30 pm<br />

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

Wed. 21 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

MV Garden Club: Beth Chatto’s Garden 7.30 pm<br />

talk by Steve Austin, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall<br />

Thu. 22 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Meon Ladies , <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (see page 9) 7.30 pm


Sat. 24 Drox<strong>for</strong>d Churchyard Annual clean-up 9.30 am<br />

Coffee Morning Bring & Buy, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Peter & St Paul‘s church, Exton (see p.6)<br />

Meon Hall 200 Club Beetle Drive, 7.30 pm<br />

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

Sun. 25 Christ the King<br />

(4th) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke School 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion, (CW), Exton 11.00 am<br />

Tue. 27 U3A meeting: Wickham Comm. Centre 2.00 pm<br />

MV Flower Club: Lecture & demonstration 2.15 pm<br />

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

Wed. 28 Film Night: Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall (see p.18) 7.30 pm<br />

Thu. 29 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Prisons & Prisoners, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall (see p.9) 6.30 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 />

September<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 />

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 />

December<br />

Sat. 1 FOMS Christmas Fair, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

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

Sun. 2 Advent 1<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 8.30 am<br />

Sing For Joy Family Service, Exton 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Advent Carol Service Drox<strong>for</strong>d 6.30 pm<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Christmas Market, the village hall 12.00 noon<br />

Wed. 5 Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church Concert, St John’s Chapel 7.00 pm<br />

Choir, Southsea (see page 22)<br />

THE MEON BRIDGE BENEFICE<br />

REGULAR SUNDAY & WEEK DAY CHURCH SERVICES FROM SEPTEMBER<br />

See the District Diary <strong>for</strong> details of all the August 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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