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THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2012</strong> - <strong>January</strong> <strong>2013</strong><br />

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

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

With Christmas Greetings to all our readers


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 & EVENTS Farmhouse B & B 10: Hill Place <strong>for</strong> Events 11<br />

ACCOUNTANTS & TAX ADVISERS RG Walker 3: Nicholas Ridge 13<br />

ANTIQUES Drox<strong>for</strong>d Antiques 7<br />

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

BUILDERS & BUILDING MATERIALS Elliotts 3: Alan Reeves 5: Steven Hurdle 6<br />

Steve Such (Property Maintenance) 2: R & G Gamblin 3:<br />

KJN Home Improvements 6: Peter Garber (inside front cover)<br />

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

E J Goodall (Thatcher ) 15: C Jones General Builder 10: Frontwood Ltd 13<br />

CARPENTERS & WOOD PRODUCTS Paul Flint & Co 2: Shoreline Fencing 13<br />

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

CATERERS Food For All Occasions 9: Casey’s Kitchen 16<br />

CHILDCARE GROUPS Jo Jingles 2<br />

COMPUTERS & INTERNET Punchedcard Ltd 5<br />

Chris Guenier (inside back cover)<br />

DECORATORS, PAINTERS, TILERS & HANDYMAN SERVICES M & J Mason 6<br />

Oliver’s Painting & Decorating 13: Drox<strong>for</strong>d Interiors & Tiling 14<br />

Solent Handyman (back cover): Top Marks 15<br />

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

Pipe Dreams Services 8: Adept Plumbing Services 16<br />

B Eastman 4: R A Redman 6: Syd Taylor (oil burners) 15<br />

DOMESTIC SERVICES Curtains by Mary 9<br />

Cynthia Tester Curtains & Blinds 12: Klean Sweep (chimneys) 11<br />

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

Advanced Clean (Carpet & Upholstery) 15<br />

DRIVING TUITION A1 Learn to Drive 10<br />

ELECTRICIANS & ELECTRICAL SERVICES Richard Ayres 1<br />

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

ESTATE AGENTS <strong>The</strong> Country House Company 12<br />

FUNERAL DIRECTORS & MEMORIALS J C Lang<strong>for</strong>d & Sons 12<br />

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

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

Auto Brite 6<br />

GARDENS & GARDEN MACHINERY Newleaf Landscapes 5<br />

Judit Gueterbock Gardener & Designer 9: Anita Foy Garden Design 15<br />

Fruit Trees 14: Paul Whiteaway Landscape & Construction 10<br />

Joe Ellerker Garden Machinery (Repairs & Maintenance)15<br />

Ashley Down Landscapes (inside back cover)<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 />

Pilates Classes 2: Foot Health Practitioner (Karen Jordan) 8<br />

Chiropodist (Graham Howes)14: KJC Counselling (Inside front cover)<br />

JEWELLERS Simon Lawson 13<br />

LETTINGS & LAND MANAGEMENT Andrew Ross Property Agents 11<br />

Michael Peagram (inside front cover)<br />

Paddock Maintenance (inside front cover)<br />

Pimp My Paddock (back 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; Parrett’s Equestrian 9<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: Swim School (inside back cover)<br />

TRANSPORT Gamblin Cars 14<br />

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

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

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

1<br />

THE BRIDGE<br />

<strong>December</strong> <strong>2012</strong> - <strong>January</strong> <strong>2013</strong><br />

Contents<br />

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

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

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

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

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

Meonstoke Jubilee CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Carols in the Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Café Lite on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4<br />

Renovations <strong>for</strong> St Andrew’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

Meonstoke Church Green . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5<br />

St Mary & All Saints, Drox<strong>for</strong>d . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

Show a leg ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6<br />

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

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

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

Christmas Quiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7<br />

A night in a sarcophagus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8<br />

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

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

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

Letter from Hampshire Hospitals governors . . . . . 10<br />

CAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10<br />

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

Angelic Carols concert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11<br />

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d recreation ground thank you . . . . . . . . 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, Petersfield Hospital . . . . . . . 13<br />

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Junior School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14<br />

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

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

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

RBL Poppy Appeal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16<br />

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

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

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Christmas Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17<br />

A celebration of Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18<br />

MVARA – a new venture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 />

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

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

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

Mrs Margaret Seyd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22<br />

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

Exton Church Fabric Fund Draw . . . . . . . . . . . 24<br />

Church Services Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24<br />

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

Advent Service of Light<br />

& Carols<br />

Sunday, 2 nd <strong>December</strong><br />

at 6.30 pm<br />

Refreshments in the village hall<br />

after the service


<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 />

Reader Cathy Mathews 877804<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 Angela Peagram:<br />

Some seasonal holly berries in Exton churchyard.<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, October, and <strong>December</strong>.<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 23).<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>December</strong> Good Works<br />

Not everyone does a good thing to<br />

others <strong>for</strong> the right reasons –<br />

current news about celebrities’ misuse<br />

of their positions in the media alert us to<br />

this sad fact. <strong>The</strong>re is always a need <strong>for</strong><br />

good to be done in any circumstance but<br />

it’s our motives <strong>for</strong> doing good which<br />

we need to reflect on.<br />

Tuesday, 13 th November, I discovered<br />

was World Kindness Day. This surely<br />

must be a great idea! In the UK flyers<br />

were given out <strong>for</strong> GAP which means<br />

Give, Appreciate, Participate. <strong>The</strong> flyer<br />

explained that doing good does you good:<br />

it boosts your immune system, reduces<br />

your stress, and makes you happier. In<br />

short be nice and be happy!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a culture within society,<br />

remaining from the time of the<br />

philanthropic Victorians, which rein<strong>for</strong>ced<br />

the duty of the better off to aid the<br />

poor and various charities sprung from<br />

this philosophy. As a church ordinand, I<br />

was the recipient of beneficial help from<br />

charities <strong>for</strong> which I was grateful. It was<br />

difficult to receive this at first, and I knew<br />

others who had to swallow pride as they<br />

Friends of<br />

Corhampton<br />

Church<br />

OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN THE MEON<br />

VALLEY’S OWN TIME TEAM<br />

<strong>The</strong> Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has<br />

awarded the Friends of Corhampton<br />

Church a £10,000 grant to help our<br />

community bring to life the story of the<br />

Saxons in the Meon Valley.<br />

Saxon and Jutish people from<br />

Northern Europe settled in the fertile<br />

Valley of the Meon after the Romans<br />

left in 410 AD. <strong>The</strong> name of our<br />

English nation derives from another<br />

Germanic people, the Angles, who<br />

also settled in our country at that time.<br />

For seven centuries (until, and after,<br />

the Norman Conquest in 1066) these<br />

peoples, who became known as<br />

Anglo-Saxons, laid the foundation of<br />

our language, culture, religion,<br />

government and landscape.<br />

Known as the Meonwara (Meon People)<br />

our ancestors were peaceful farmers,<br />

celebrating in their Mead Halls<br />

epic tales such as Beowulf and <strong>The</strong><br />

Seafarer; ready when called-on to<br />

leave their ploughshares to defend<br />

against Viking and Norman threats.<br />

were similarly helped. People who do<br />

good need people to do good to.<br />

At the bottom of every world political<br />

order there are the poor. World poverty<br />

and increasing unrest in Europe over<br />

austerity remind us of the transience of<br />

worldly wealth. <strong>The</strong> poor were clearly a<br />

major subject of Jesus’ teaching and<br />

ministry. If the church neglects the poor<br />

it does so at its peril. All flourishing<br />

churches care in some way <strong>for</strong> the poor<br />

through charitable giving.<br />

Many people are mistaken in the<br />

belief that doing good in some way<br />

puts us in a good place in God’s sight and<br />

by doing good we can earn a place in<br />

Glory. This is a heresy against the Gospel.<br />

Eternal life begins with admission of the<br />

need <strong>for</strong> <strong>for</strong>giveness and acceptance of a<br />

saviour who is the Lord Jesus. For a<br />

Christian, good works are good from three<br />

standpoints:<br />

1. <strong>The</strong>y are done in accordance with the<br />

right standard that is from <strong>The</strong> Bible’s<br />

teaching about what is right behaviour<br />

2. <strong>The</strong>y are done from the right motive<br />

– love and gratitude <strong>for</strong> salvation.<br />

Corhampton Saxon Church (AD 1020)<br />

is a living example of Saxon<br />

architecture and an icon of the Saxon<br />

era; a centre <strong>for</strong> community and<br />

worship in the Valley of the Meon <strong>for</strong><br />

the last 1000 years. <strong>The</strong>re are other<br />

churches, cemeteries, and settlements<br />

from the era. We are a short distance<br />

from the Anglo-Saxon capital of<br />

Wintonceastre (Winchester) and<br />

trading port of Hamwic (Southampton);<br />

and the Soluent where the<br />

Saxon fleet waited in 1066 <strong>for</strong> William<br />

to invade..<br />

We are looking <strong>for</strong> people from<br />

the Meon Valley villages, children<br />

and adults of all ages, to <strong>for</strong>m a<br />

'Time-Team' in <strong>2013</strong>-14 to<br />

explore, celebrate, and bring the<br />

Saxon story to life. We will build on<br />

the fun we have had in celebrating in<br />

2010 the First Saxon Festival in the<br />

Meon valley <strong>for</strong> a 1000 years and the<br />

Saxon learning days now held<br />

annually at Meonstoke and Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

schools.<br />

<strong>The</strong> HLF grant will make a big difference.<br />

Enthusiasts from Winchester<br />

3<br />

3. <strong>The</strong>y are done with the aim of<br />

glorifying God<br />

Good works are acts of love; that is laying<br />

down ones own resources to relieve<br />

another’s need and seeking their welfare<br />

in every possible way.<br />

If you know anyone who does good, of<br />

any faith or none, be thankful <strong>for</strong> them. If<br />

you have a chance to do good be thankful<br />

<strong>for</strong> it.<br />

Christmas could be fantastic if we<br />

embraced it anew as the season of<br />

good will. With tighter budgets perhaps<br />

we may spend less on trinkets and<br />

trappings and embrace simplicity and<br />

worship anew. I do so hope to see you at<br />

our Christmas celebrations this year which<br />

are so varied: Carols and coffee at Café<br />

lite; Christmas Carol Matins, Candlelit<br />

Carols; Advent carols; Christmas Puppets<br />

and Praise; Family Christmas communion<br />

and Midnight Communion, (all detailed<br />

on the enclosed Christmas card). Help the<br />

poor by giving in the collection and<br />

experience that joy.<br />

Love<br />

Stuart<br />

University, Winchester and Hampshire<br />

Museums, and the Sustainability Centre<br />

will be amongst the experts who<br />

will come to the Meon Valley to help<br />

our quest.<br />

People from the valley will be given<br />

the opportunity to visit Saxon heritage<br />

locations such as the amazing Sutton<br />

Hoo ship burial, the Staf<strong>for</strong>dshire<br />

Hoard and the Battle Abbey reenactment<br />

of the Battle of Hastings.<br />

We will also invite such organisations<br />

to visit us.<br />

This is a story waiting to be brought to<br />

life. Our story, and its per<strong>for</strong>mances,<br />

will contribute to the 950th anniversary<br />

in 2016 of the Norman Conquest<br />

(1066); a year that marked the<br />

beginning of the end of the Saxon era,<br />

but not of its heritage.<br />

To find out more and to join us in this<br />

exciting quest please contact Peter<br />

O'Sullivan at:<br />

TPeterOSullivan@hotmail.com<br />

or Guy Liardet at<br />

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

or go to<br />

www.saxonsinthemeonvalley.org.uk<br />

Peter O’Sullivan


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>December</strong>: 5 th & 19 th (with<br />

(mince pies)<br />

<strong>January</strong>: 2 nd & 16 th<br />

Book-out !<br />

Please feel free to borrow books<br />

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

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

and return them when you have<br />

finished with them. <strong>The</strong>re is no<br />

charge. <strong>The</strong> Library in<br />

Meonstoke Church is available<br />

to everyone whenever the<br />

Church is open, which is from<br />

early morning until early<br />

evening. Do come and have a<br />

browse in the peaceful<br />

surroundings.<br />

Lorna Allured, 01489 877718<br />

For the person who has everything…<br />

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

CORHAMPTON SAXON CHURCH<br />

From the era be<strong>for</strong>e the Conquest<br />

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

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

Your gift will help the Church<br />

serve the Meon Valley <strong>for</strong><br />

another 1000 years<br />

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

is available <strong>for</strong> just £15<br />

from<br />

Guy Liardet – chairman of the Friends<br />

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

01489 877583<br />

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

Churches together<br />

Quiet half hours<br />

29 th <strong>January</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Study Centre,<br />

Shedfield<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 />

Carols<br />

in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Square<br />

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

You can now follow us<br />

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on<br />

MEONSTOKE<br />

DIAMOND JUBILEE<br />

CELEBRATIONS CD<br />

Jenny Gilchrist has produced<br />

an excellent CD of the Jubilee<br />

Celebrations in Meonstoke –<br />

really worth buying at a<br />

very reasonable price of £5.00.<br />

You can download the pictures<br />

from the CD and make<br />

individual prints.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jubilee was a real highlight<br />

of <strong>2012</strong>, so remember the fun<br />

we shared and order a copy.<br />

Phone Lorna Allured on 877718<br />

(Jenny's agent!)<br />

Tuesday,<br />

18th <strong>December</strong><br />

at<br />

7.00 pm<br />

With mulled wine & mince pies<br />

Come and sing!<br />

(If it’s raining the event will<br />

be in the village hall)<br />

Twitter @cafelitefx<br />

Café Lite 9:30 – 11:30<br />

16 th <strong>December</strong><br />

20 th <strong>January</strong> <strong>2013</strong><br />

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

Hall<br />

Drop in anytime on a Café<br />

Lite morning and enjoy<br />

barista-served coffee and a<br />

bacon bap! Come to read<br />

the Sunday papers and meet<br />

up with friends.


<strong>The</strong> west end of the church: This area<br />

will be modified with all the pews at<br />

the back being removed, apart from the<br />

first two central rows, which will be<br />

replaced when the new floor is laid. <strong>The</strong><br />

floor will be made the same level over the<br />

whole area. Solid oak wood flooring will<br />

be laid where there are currently pews.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Victorian tiles will remain. This will<br />

result in an alternating oak–tile–oak effect,<br />

from left to right. Many of the pews will<br />

be kept and reused and some stacking<br />

chairs will be bought.<br />

<strong>The</strong> choir vestry: <strong>The</strong>re will be<br />

provision <strong>for</strong> a unisex lavatory in a<br />

purpose built room, suitable <strong>for</strong> all except<br />

wheel-chair users. <strong>The</strong> room will have a<br />

hand wash-basin and an extractor fan. A<br />

septic tank will be installed in the church<br />

yard.<br />

<strong>The</strong> remainder of the choir vestry will be<br />

refurbished to provide a sink, with storage<br />

units and a hot water heater. <strong>The</strong> whole<br />

area will be redecorated.<br />

<strong>The</strong> electric switches and meter will be<br />

boxed in, and a storage unit positioned<br />

below <strong>for</strong> flower vases, etc. Long-handled<br />

cleaning equipment could be housed in a<br />

suitable cupboard or in the space beneath<br />

the tower. Choir robes will be hung on a<br />

clothes rail in the choir vestry.<br />

Provision of food preparation area:<br />

<strong>The</strong> bookshelves will be repositioned.<br />

Storage cupboards will be located in this<br />

area, which will be lockable and have<br />

work surfaces. <strong>The</strong>se units will house the<br />

Meonstoke Church Green<br />

On a beautiful Indian summer Sunday<br />

the Church Green was the attractive<br />

venue <strong>for</strong> the annual Harvest Festival,<br />

but this year with a difference: a<br />

fabulous barbeque. Mick Daw and Brian<br />

Harris had ensured enough barbeques<br />

were on hand to cook all the food, and a<br />

top team headed by Libby Soar as chief<br />

chef and food organizer had put together<br />

a delicious menu including roast pork<br />

with crackling, marinated chicken legs<br />

as well as the more usual barbeque fare.<br />

Sweet treats of homemade flapjack,<br />

brownies and toffee apples followed, all<br />

enjoyed by more than a hundred people<br />

under the beautifully decorated gazebos.<br />

Dave Buckley and his wife Karen had<br />

made sure that the Green was neat and<br />

tidy and looking its best. A duck race<br />

organized by Natalie Lumby followed<br />

after lunch and monies raised were<br />

divided equally between the Church<br />

Restoration Fund and the upkeep of the<br />

Green. A van from High Tech Wild Trek<br />

RENOVATIONS FOR ST ANDREW’S<br />

Burco water heaters, combination<br />

microwave, plates, mugs, glasses, cutlery<br />

etc. This will enable preparation of simple<br />

food, tea, coffee, and other drinks.<br />

Electrics: Electricity will be run to the<br />

food preparation area from the main<br />

panel. <strong>The</strong>re will be 9 additional double<br />

sockets spaced round the back of the<br />

church, with under-floor wiring where<br />

possible.<br />

Outside: <strong>The</strong> turning-area will be<br />

widened, and a French drain installed<br />

to take away water between the edge of the<br />

tarmac and the grass. Industrial grade<br />

plastic-rein<strong>for</strong>ced ground mesh will be<br />

laid, which will then be sown with grass<br />

seed. <strong>The</strong>re will be a removable, but<br />

was on hand with a display and<br />

in<strong>for</strong>mation about the river and local<br />

wildlife. Having previously organized<br />

days by the river <strong>for</strong> pupils of Meonstoke<br />

School, it was a good opportunity <strong>for</strong><br />

adults to catch up with their children!<br />

Autumn Clear-up<br />

<strong>The</strong> Church Green Volunteers turned<br />

out again on Saturday 13 October,<br />

another beautiful autumn day, to do the<br />

annual autumn clear-up. Large piles of<br />

debris grew as they toiled in the<br />

sunshine clearing nettles from the<br />

Children preparing <strong>for</strong> the Duck Race<br />

5<br />

secure, chain to avoid the space becoming<br />

a parking area <strong>for</strong> non-church business<br />

with an appropriate notice. This<br />

restriction can be lifted <strong>for</strong> church<br />

services, weddings, funerals, etc. You<br />

will note that work has already begun on<br />

clearing this area.<br />

Finance: Quotations were obtained from<br />

five builders and one has been chosen by<br />

the PCC. <strong>The</strong> overall cost will be about<br />

£30,000 but the PCC is allowing £35,000<br />

to cover un<strong>for</strong>eseen extra costs.<br />

At present £15,000 is available so £20,000<br />

will need to be raised.<br />

Meonstoke and Corhampton PCC<br />

riverbank and surroundings be<strong>for</strong>e they<br />

all went up in smoke (the piles, not the<br />

volunteers!) while the workers enjoyed<br />

beer and chips at the Buck’s Head.<br />

Plans <strong>for</strong> the future<br />

<strong>The</strong> work on the river itself is mainly<br />

complete, but during the next few weeks<br />

you will notice some planting alongside<br />

the fence line. This is mainly to soften<br />

the look of the fence and enhance the<br />

habitat <strong>for</strong> wild life. Under the<br />

supervision of Caroline Harris, we also<br />

plan to plant more wild<br />

flowers on the island<br />

section. <strong>The</strong> work carried<br />

out by the volunteers has<br />

really made a difference<br />

in making this a usable<br />

space <strong>for</strong> Village events at<br />

all times of the year. Many<br />

thanks to them and also<br />

our local sponsors, Peter<br />

Niell, Mike Johnson, Prems<br />

Scrampical, Mick Daw<br />

and Andrew Willson.<br />

Simon Greenly


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

An update from the Parochial Church Council (PCC)<br />

and the Friends of Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church (FODC)<br />

<strong>The</strong> past two months have seen<br />

important developments in the<br />

planning phase of our project, and a very<br />

successful event in the church in aid of the<br />

Buildings Fund. <strong>The</strong> FODC is working<br />

very closely with the PCC to develop a<br />

combined master schedule and plan <strong>for</strong> the<br />

repairs and enhancements to the church.<br />

Church<br />

A<br />

Restoration and Repair<br />

t its meeting on the 24th September,<br />

the PCC agreed that, whilst the<br />

addition of a new building to<br />

accommodate a kitchen and toilets is<br />

important, their first priority is to secure<br />

the fabric of the building, this being the<br />

statuary duty of the PCC. Accordingly, it<br />

was agreed to appoint a project manager<br />

and to seek quotes: (1) <strong>for</strong> work on the<br />

tower, dealing with the death watch beetle<br />

attack in the roof of the north chapel, and<br />

(2) the removal of the organ, which will<br />

allow work on the beetle infestation in the<br />

beam above the organ. Scaffolding is to<br />

be erected around the south wall of the<br />

tower to allow a closer inspection of the<br />

problem on that wall. A report will be<br />

made to the PCC meeting on 10th<br />

<strong>December</strong>.<br />

Plans<br />

O<br />

<strong>for</strong> New Facilities<br />

ur plans, which have been displayed<br />

in the church since our launch in<br />

May, have now been discussed in<strong>for</strong>mally<br />

with Winchester City Council, English<br />

Heritage, and twice with the Diocesan<br />

Advisory Committee (DAC). We are very<br />

Where does the saying 'show a leg'<br />

come from?<br />

Today, this is a commonly used phrase to<br />

encourage people to get up in the morning or to<br />

hurry along generally, but it originated in the<br />

Royal Navy. When men were pressed into service<br />

and taken <strong>for</strong>cibly from the streets and their homes,<br />

shore leave was restricted lest the men should<br />

desert and so were allowed to have their women<br />

on board the ship 1 . In the mornings the seamen<br />

had to report <strong>for</strong> duty but the women were<br />

allowed to stay asleep. As the mate checked<br />

hammocks and bunks <strong>for</strong> occupants, the women<br />

would hang a leg over the side to indicate that<br />

they were female and not required <strong>for</strong> ship's<br />

duties, hence the morning call of 'show a leg’.<br />

1 It is recorded that at Spithead, off Portsmouth, as<br />

many as 500 women might be entertained aboard<br />

one ship!<br />

pleased to report that the concept of<br />

building an extension to house the new<br />

facilities (kitchen and toilets) has been<br />

favourably received by all parties. Both<br />

English Heritage and the WCC Head of<br />

Historic Environment acknowledged the<br />

need to build outside and they support the<br />

restoration of the North Chapel to its<br />

<strong>for</strong>mer state as an open area, which could<br />

be enclosed at later stage to create a<br />

community meeting room.<br />

English Heritage have proposed re-siting<br />

the extension further West over the top of<br />

the boiler room (‘the whale-like<br />

protuberance’), creating a linked entrance<br />

through the North Aisle window (mostly<br />

Victorian) and integrating more closely<br />

with the existing building and roof line.<br />

This proposal has been well received by<br />

both FODC and the DAC, and our<br />

architectural advisor, John Dryden-<br />

Brownlee, is currently working on new<br />

plans which will be displayed in the<br />

church in due course. <strong>The</strong>se concepts are<br />

still at an early stage, and there will be<br />

plenty of time <strong>for</strong> community and<br />

stakeholder comments as the plans are<br />

developed. In addition all the plans will<br />

have to be <strong>for</strong>mally approved by the PCC<br />

and the DAC by means of appropriate<br />

Faculties – the Anglican Church’s <strong>for</strong>mal<br />

licence to permit changes to the church<br />

fabric or interior.<br />

Grants and Fund-raising<br />

We anticipate that from the beginning of<br />

next year we will turn our attention to<br />

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applying <strong>for</strong> grants and fund-raising, and<br />

again the FODC will coordinate activities<br />

very closely with the PCC and, where<br />

there is a community dimension, with the<br />

Parish Council.<br />

Events<br />

Many thanks to Anthony and Nicola<br />

Hulbert who arranged a fascinating<br />

evening in the church with a slide<br />

presentation by Nick Beattie on the St<br />

Nazaire raid, a daring and hugely<br />

important raid on the German Navy depot<br />

at St Nazaire on the Loire river in 1942.<br />

This event raised £1,300 <strong>for</strong> the FODC<br />

building fund, and provided a stimulating<br />

and convivial evening <strong>for</strong> all who attended.<br />

Our next event in the Church is a concert<br />

of carols, sung by the renowned St John’s<br />

Chapel Choir, on 5th <strong>December</strong> – see the<br />

notice of this event on page 11.<br />

FODC Committee Changes<br />

Owing to pressure of other commitments<br />

Peter and Janet Melson have resigned, and<br />

the Committee have elected John Symes<br />

as Chairman, and Tony Hoile as Vice-<br />

Chairman. Paul Harris is the new PCC<br />

Representative.<br />

John Symes, Chairman, FODC<br />

Alan Hibbert, Vice-Chairman, PCC<br />

A mistress laments the departure of her lover as the fleet sails from port!<br />

Dido in Despair (caricature) hand-coloured engraving by James Gillray<br />

published by H. Humphrey, 1801. © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich,<br />

London


Another mild, and more recently wet,<br />

autumn has delayed many garden<br />

tasks, such as planting bulbs, trees, and<br />

shrubs and lifting dahlias etc. If you have<br />

bare rooted trees waiting to be planted<br />

make sure that the roots don’t dry out,<br />

either by heeling them into the ground or<br />

potting them up until they can be planted.<br />

Early <strong>December</strong> is the last chance to plant<br />

most spring flowering bulbs and you may<br />

still have to give the lawn a final cut.<br />

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In the garden<br />

<strong>December</strong> &<br />

<strong>January</strong><br />

Vegetables: Keep the vegetable plot free<br />

of weeds and leaf debris that can shelter<br />

pests. If you have not already done so you<br />

can still sow broad beans suitable <strong>for</strong><br />

autumn sowing. Prepare the site <strong>for</strong> next<br />

year’s runner beans by digging a trench<br />

and incorporating some well-rotted<br />

manure and shredded paper (which otherwise<br />

can’t be recycled) be<strong>for</strong>e replacing<br />

the soil. In <strong>January</strong> first indoor sowings of<br />

early cabbage, cauliflower and lettuce<br />

such as Little Gem, or All Year Round can<br />

be made. ��<br />

Fruit: Cut back newly planted bushes<br />

and canes of soft fruit such as raspberries,<br />

blackberries, gooseberries, and red<br />

currants. Delay cutting back autumn<br />

fruiting raspberries until mid-February.<br />

Carry out winter pruning of established<br />

apple and pear trees and soft fruit bushes,<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 the:<br />

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>January</strong> 9 th & 23 rd<br />

(No meetings in <strong>December</strong>)<br />

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

Rosemary Frere-Cook<br />

on 877769<br />

currants and gooseberries. Do not prune<br />

stone fruits such as cherries, peaches, and<br />

nectarines, plums and damsons in order to<br />

avoid fungal attacks such as silver leaf and<br />

canker. ��<br />

Herbaceous border: Periodically check<br />

tubers and corms in storage to ensure that<br />

they are free from any fungal disease or<br />

rot. Cutting down and dividing perennials<br />

such as Michaelmas daisy, achillea, phlox,<br />

and solidago (golden rod) should have<br />

been done by now, but if not do so carefully,<br />

so as to avoid damaging early<br />

emerging spring bulbs. It is also important<br />

to avoid compaction of the soil, especially<br />

after the recent prolonged wet weather, so<br />

use pieces of board to stand on, which will<br />

distribute your weight.<br />

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Trees and Shrubs: Prune wisteria and<br />

shrubs grown <strong>for</strong> their foliage colour such<br />

as sambucus and cotinus. Prune<br />

deciduous trees to shape. Plant bare<br />

rooted roses, if you have not already done<br />

so. Finish winter pruning of shrubs whilst<br />

adjoining perennials are still dormant. Cut<br />

back very tall buddleia, roses and lavatera<br />

by about a third to avoid wind damage<br />

over the winter months. Final pruning<br />

should be delayed until spring.<br />

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In the greenhouse: Take care of over<br />

wintering plants, keep them fairly dry,<br />

clear up all fallen leaves and dead flowers,<br />

and keep a constant watch out <strong>for</strong> pests<br />

and diseases, particularly fungal rot and<br />

mildew. <strong>January</strong> is the time to sow greenhouse<br />

tomatoes, also chillies and peppers,<br />

which need a long growing season.<br />

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John Owen<br />

Meon Valley<br />

Garden Club<br />

We had another successful Plant Sale.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re did not seem to be as many people<br />

there as usual, although there was a<br />

queue outside the door be<strong>for</strong>e 10.00<br />

o’clock. But we made £183, which is in<br />

the usual range <strong>for</strong> the Autumn Sale. As<br />

ever, members brought in a wide selection<br />

of plants and it really is a good place<br />

to stock up. Our thanks to all who donated<br />

plants and all who came to buy. Our<br />

next event is the Annual General Meeting,<br />

which will be over by the time that<br />

you read this. <strong>The</strong> turnout is usually<br />

good – maybe that is because we have<br />

wine and nibbles after the business part.<br />

We have had another increase in membership<br />

this year and the Club continues<br />

to prosper.<br />

<strong>The</strong> talk by Rosemary Hardy was excellent.<br />

She brought along a range of plants<br />

and then told us about them, their likes<br />

and dislikes and how to care <strong>for</strong> them.<br />

At the end there were some unusual<br />

plants <strong>for</strong> sale and many took the opportunity<br />

to buy.<br />

Olive Hathaway<br />

Christmas Quiz<br />

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

15 th <strong>December</strong><br />

7.30 – 9.30 pm<br />

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

In aid of the Project Uganda <strong>2013</strong>Wilderness Expertise.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wilderness expertise is an organisation dedicated to the personal<br />

development of young people. Clare Collins and Rachael Walker<br />

will be part of a small expedition in July <strong>2013</strong> visiting Uganda to build<br />

their communication and organisational skills and their sense of responsibility. This<br />

quiz is part of their money and event management experience<br />

and will help raise funds <strong>for</strong> the expedition.<br />

Refreshments & Cake Sale (Beer / Wine / Coffee / Tea)<br />

Unusual Raffle Prizes<br />

Tickets £2.50 each if bought in advance, or £3.00 on the door.<br />

Teams of 6 (maximum) and individuals welcome.<br />

Tickets can be purchased from Drox<strong>for</strong>d Shop or Clare:<br />

Call: 07972 487676 email: clareec@hotmail.com<br />

(Follow our journey on twitter: @ Project Uganda13)


A night in a sarcophagus<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are those who like surprises when<br />

they travel and those who like total<br />

predictability – quite impossible when<br />

on country routes in Africa – while most<br />

of us like some idea of what lies ahead<br />

when going into totally new territory.<br />

When on a journey that involved<br />

crossing the Blue Nile gorge that<br />

separates the northern and southern<br />

mountain ranges that run down the<br />

centre of Ethiopia, we had little idea of<br />

what to expect on the other side.<br />

This tremendous canyon has <strong>for</strong><br />

centuries been an obstacle to travel – but<br />

has also been part of the natural<br />

defences that have kept the Ethiopian<br />

highlands in isolation. <strong>The</strong> source of the<br />

Blue Nile was discovered on 21 st April,<br />

1613, by a Spanish Jesuit, Pedro Paez.<br />

In 1770 , the Scottish explorer James<br />

Bruce, who disputed Paez claim,<br />

reached the source – having enjoyed the<br />

patronage of the emperor and a liason<br />

with the Princess Esther in Gondar. He<br />

then traced its course to Nubia, being<br />

attacked more than once by hostile<br />

tribesmen and <strong>for</strong> a while held captive<br />

by the governor of Teawa province. He<br />

was saved by the colour of his hair –<br />

being a red-headed celt. <strong>The</strong> tradition<br />

was that the son of Solomon and the<br />

Queen of Sheba, Menelik, had red hair<br />

which was consequently held in great<br />

veneration.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first bridge was built by the<br />

Portuguese under the direction of the<br />

emperor Fasilidas in 1660. A new road<br />

bridge now spans the river linking the<br />

precipitous roads on either side.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were 4 of us, Jeremy and his wife<br />

Anna, both inveterate travellers, Charles<br />

an amateur botanist and an expert on<br />

early classical music, and myself. We<br />

were all doctors on our way from<br />

Gondar in the north to Addis Ababa.<br />

MEON LADIES<br />

<strong>The</strong> Chocolate Evening was a great success, especially <strong>for</strong> the<br />

only man in the audience, who thoroughly enjoyed being an<br />

assistant chocolatier!!<br />

Everyone was bowled over by the dogs at a very interesting talk<br />

about Guide Dogs <strong>for</strong> the Blind - a charity that deserves support.<br />

We are looking <strong>for</strong>ward to Gill Horn's Christmas Decoration<br />

evening; last year's demonstration by Gill was a very popular<br />

event.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>2013</strong> programme promises to be very exciting and the first<br />

meeting on Thursday, 17th <strong>January</strong> is a talk by David Ablitt<br />

about his un<strong>for</strong>gettable experiences at the Summer Olympics.<br />

We were booked into the Ethio-German<br />

Park Hotel, described as being a luxury<br />

hotel, which depended on your concept<br />

of luxury, with spectacular views. It<br />

was easy to enjoy these as the bedroom<br />

walls were almost at the edge of, and<br />

overlooking, the Blue Nile gorge.<br />

On our arrival at the hotel we found<br />

surly guard dogs but no sign of human<br />

life until the Ethio half of the hotel<br />

proprietors led us to a low cement-clad<br />

building, our pre-booked rooms having<br />

been given to a more affluent group.<br />

A walk in the evening light by a river<br />

bed af<strong>for</strong>ded the wonderful spectacle of<br />

a girl bringing her goats home over a<br />

17 th century bridge against the evening<br />

sky.<br />

<strong>The</strong> proprietor seemed reluctant to feed<br />

us but eventually produced old goat in a<br />

hot kai wat sauce. Our meal was taken in<br />

a thatched, round tukul, the indigenous<br />

type of house, with a roaring fire in a<br />

central hearth. Round it were lounged<br />

large Scandinavians in grubby shorts<br />

and heavy boots each with a bottle of<br />

beer<br />

This will be in the Meon Hall and will begin at 7.30 pm. Do<br />

come - it should be an excellent evening. Meetings will<br />

continue until May and we hope to have a talk about Childhood<br />

Arthritis; a Pamper Market Place; Line Dancing; and an<br />

American Supper. More details of these events will be published<br />

later.<br />

This is a really good way to catch up with friends and neighbours<br />

and if you're new to the area it is a wonderful way to meet<br />

people. <strong>The</strong> group was set up to cater <strong>for</strong> ladies of all ages but<br />

due to popular demand by some of the men in our villages the<br />

evenings are open to anyone who wants to come and, of course,<br />

the more the merrier.<br />

8<br />

Charles and I, having seen Jeremy and<br />

Anna into a rather better room, found we<br />

were sharing a cell with minimal lighting<br />

and two cement troughs <strong>for</strong> beds,<br />

resembling ancient sarcophagi. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

were as uncom<strong>for</strong>table as they looked. It<br />

was the sort of place where a revolver<br />

under the pillow would have been<br />

reassuring.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was a kind of shower room with<br />

water straight from a tank on the roof and<br />

a narrow window that gave spectacular<br />

views of the valley nearly 400 metres<br />

below. After a cold, uncom<strong>for</strong>table night<br />

Charles decided to have a shower only to<br />

find the door was completely unopenable<br />

– perhaps a ploy by the<br />

management to exact a fee <strong>for</strong> release.<br />

However Chris managed to wriggle out<br />

of the window above a drop that most<br />

mountaineers would have liked to be<br />

roped-up <strong>for</strong>.<br />

Having paid <strong>for</strong> our night of luxury we<br />

were glad to be on our way to the warm<br />

hospitality and relative com<strong>for</strong>t of Addis.<br />

Paul Buxton<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation, please contact Lorna Allured on 877718.


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

of the £25 monthly prize were:<br />

October: Charlie Fullegar<br />

November: Paul Coffey<br />

And be<strong>for</strong>e you will have read this, the<br />

winners of the £300, £150, and £100<br />

prizes <strong>for</strong> <strong>2012</strong> will have been drawn at<br />

the Beetle Drive held on Saturday 24<br />

November. Details of prizewinners are<br />

published in the shop.<br />

Looking ahead to the <strong>2013</strong> 200 Club:<br />

Monthly £25 prize draws will be made<br />

from February on the first Saturday of<br />

each month. During the year there will<br />

be a £50 midsummer prize, and the<br />

special draw <strong>for</strong> the £300, £150, and £100<br />

prizes will take place in November. <strong>The</strong><br />

200 Club raises money to help with<br />

purchases of new equipment and other<br />

improvements <strong>for</strong> the Meon Hall.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall bookings secretary:<br />

Richard Booth would like to hand over<br />

his responsibilities as the Meon Hall’s<br />

bookings secretary. <strong>The</strong> post is a<br />

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

refurbished<br />

Earlier this year we concentrated on<br />

raising funds, and identifying what<br />

actually needed doing. We decided to<br />

keep the same room layout, which we all<br />

know, to strip out everything, update the<br />

electrics, install a non-slip floor surface,<br />

new sinks and cupboards, work<br />

surfaces, cooker hood, extractor fan, and<br />

a shiny new commercial dishwasher.<br />

Grants were given by:<br />

● <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 200 Club<br />

● Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish<br />

Council<br />

● Exton Parish Meeting,<br />

● Felicity Hindson, our HCC County<br />

Councillor, and<br />

● A legacy from our previous committee<br />

chairman, the late Andrew Buchanan.<br />

£800 was raised by the recent book sales<br />

of the late Ted Trigg's Memories of<br />

Meonstoke. Sadly, Winchester City<br />

Council withdrew their grant support as<br />

the WCC Cabinet introduced a new rule<br />

this year about previous grant awards; as<br />

the Meon Hall had received several WCC<br />

grants in recent years we had been far too<br />

successful !! All this helped committee<br />

members to focus on reducing the cost<br />

without compromising on quality. <strong>The</strong><br />

outcome is that with careful cash control<br />

rewarding opportunity <strong>for</strong> somebody who<br />

wants to achieve something positive <strong>for</strong><br />

our villages of Meonstoke, Corhampton,<br />

and Exton. He or she has a place on <strong>The</strong><br />

Meon Hall’s management committee.<br />

We need someone who is organised,<br />

knows about administration, is good<br />

with e-mail, computer, and the<br />

telephone, likes arranging things <strong>for</strong><br />

other people, and would be able to keep<br />

the hirings programme and paperwork<br />

in order so that the Meon Hall is<br />

managed efficiently. It helps to know<br />

what is going on in the village.<br />

Committee members will offer support,<br />

and an annual cash payment to help with<br />

expenses.<br />

Can you spare perhaps three hours a week<br />

to take bookings by e-mail or telephone,<br />

to organise a wide range of hirings, and to<br />

arrange payments and deposits, and<br />

publish the bookings programme online?<br />

<strong>The</strong> bookings diary <strong>for</strong> the Meon Hall is<br />

programmed up to 2 years ahead. If you<br />

we have not had to raid the reserve ‘piggy<br />

bank’, and we finished the project on time<br />

and to budget.<br />

<strong>The</strong> kitchen refurbishment was overseen<br />

with the help of several Meon Hall<br />

committee members: buying in materials<br />

and the timescale was arranged by John<br />

Dobby, and all the hard work was carried<br />

out by Brian Cowin of Drox<strong>for</strong>d, who is a<br />

very experienced craftsman. Brian has<br />

done a great job, and we are all very<br />

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would like to discuss helping our village<br />

hall to continue to be thriving and<br />

successful by volunteering to be the<br />

bookings secretary, please contact James<br />

Morrice on 877916 or by e-mail at:<br />

jamesmorrice99@gmail.com .<br />

Recycling: Please recycle your<br />

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

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

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

Ambulance helicopter. <strong>The</strong> aim is to<br />

raise £500 from our recycling in the<br />

current year to help fund emergency<br />

flight missions.<br />

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

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

champagne flutes and wine glasses, and<br />

cutlery <strong>for</strong> your festive entertaining<br />

from the Meon Hall. If planning<br />

ahead, contact the Meon Hall Bookings<br />

Secretary by e-mail at:<br />

meonhallbookings@yahoo.co.uk<br />

If it is short notice and urgent, ring<br />

James Morrice 877916<br />

James Morrice<br />

grateful to him (and to his wife Jill who<br />

hardly saw him <strong>for</strong> 3 weeks!).<br />

A champagne celebration was held<br />

recently to re-open the kitchen, and to<br />

thank all the many people who had helped<br />

with grants, design advice, and the choice<br />

of materials. A red ribbon across the<br />

kitchen hatch opening was cut to declare<br />

the kitchen open.<br />

James Morrice


Letter from the governors of the Hampshire Hospitals<br />

NHS Foundation Trust<br />

With so much bad news and uncertainty about the<br />

NHS, we thought readers would like to hear<br />

about a little-known aspect of NHS Foundation<br />

Trusts – the part that governors and members play<br />

in ensuring that the needs of local communities are<br />

met.<br />

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust<br />

includes Basingstoke and North Hampshire<br />

Hospital, Royal Hampshire County Hospital,<br />

Winchester, and Andover War Memorial Hospital.<br />

Public governors are elected by their fellow<br />

members. <strong>The</strong>ir job is to represent the interests of<br />

local people and contribute to the Foundation<br />

Trust’s strategy.<br />

Foundation Trust membership is free and open to<br />

anyone over 16. Members come from all walks of<br />

life and include patients, their families and<br />

QI've recently lost my job<br />

and am struggling to pay<br />

the bills. I live with my<br />

elderly mother so don't want to cut<br />

back on heating because it could be<br />

bad <strong>for</strong> her health. Is there any<br />

help?<br />

A<strong>The</strong>re are lots of things you<br />

can do to cut your heating bill<br />

including checking that you<br />

are getting all the help you and your<br />

mother are entitled to. Under the<br />

Warm Home Discount scheme<br />

energy suppliers offer extra help <strong>for</strong><br />

10<br />

interested members of our local community who<br />

want to keep in touch with their local hospitals.<br />

Hampshire Hospitals sends all members a regular<br />

newsletter and holds local events with talks on<br />

health topics where members can meet their<br />

governors.<br />

We, the governors, would be delighted to attend<br />

meetings of local groups to explain our role and talk<br />

about developments at your local hospitals. We’d<br />

like to invite everyone living in our area to be part of<br />

a community of thousands of members of<br />

Hampshire Hospitals. All the governors are listed<br />

on the Web site at www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk<br />

along with details about membership and how to<br />

join.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Governors<br />

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust<br />

Citizen’s Advice Bureau<br />

people on low incomes. If you are<br />

eligible you could get a £130 rebate<br />

on your electricity bill <strong>for</strong> winter<br />

<strong>2012</strong>/13. Plus pensioners can get a<br />

Winter Fuel Payment of £100-£300.<br />

And if your mother gets pension<br />

credit or other eligible benefits you<br />

could get a £25 payment if the<br />

temperature where you live drops to<br />

an average of 0°C or lower <strong>for</strong> 7<br />

days.<br />

You might be able to get a better<br />

deal with a new supplier, particularly<br />

if you have never switched be<strong>for</strong>e –<br />

saving you as much as £200 or<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation about this topic and other matters 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 />

more by shopping around: visit an<br />

accredited switching Web site to<br />

compare prices.<br />

Insulating the loft and cavity walls of<br />

your home is a great way to save<br />

money on your heating bills. You<br />

could save up to £160 per year if you<br />

do both. Most major energy<br />

suppliers are also offering this free<br />

or at a reduced price.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are also lots of small things<br />

you can do <strong>for</strong> free or at low cost<br />

around the home to save money on<br />

your energy bills. You can find out<br />

more by calling the Energy Saving<br />

Trust on 0300 123 1234 or fill out an<br />

online Home Energy Check <strong>for</strong>m at<br />

http://hec.est.org.uk .<br />

You can get more in<strong>for</strong>mation about<br />

getting extra help on your energy<br />

bills and other consumer problems<br />

on the Citizens Advice Web site<br />

www.adviceguide.org.uk or the<br />

government Web site at:<br />

www.direct.gov.uk.


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 <strong>December</strong><br />

starting at 5.00 pm<br />

Caroline and Richard Thynne and their families<br />

St Mary’s & All Saints Church, Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

presents<br />

Angelic Carols<br />

A concert of traditional Christmas music<br />

sung by the choir together with all the<br />

congregational favourites.<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 <strong>December</strong><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 />

Wednesday, 5th <strong>December</strong><br />

at 7.30 pm<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 />

Featuring the<br />

boy choristers<br />

of the<br />

highly acclaimed<br />

and<br />

award winning<br />

St John’s Chapel<br />

Choir,<br />

Southsea<br />

TICKETS: £9.00 & £7.50 (Children £4.00)<br />

Available from Drox<strong>for</strong>d Post Office or call<br />

01489 877643<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Recreation ground clear-up –<br />

THANK YOU!<br />

So I woke up at 4.00 am and … it was raining! Oh no!<br />

But even though the ground was soggy and the sun<br />

didn’t shine, it didn’t stop all those wonderful helpers<br />

from having a go.<br />

A big thank you to the cubs and their mothers; the<br />

cricketers; Drox<strong>for</strong>d residents young and old <strong>for</strong> their<br />

advice and expertise; <strong>for</strong> those with tractors, trailers,<br />

loppers and saws, who opened the vista beyond the<br />

field maple tree. <strong>The</strong> bonfire was magnificent and the<br />

BBQ gave fuel to the job in hand.<br />

<strong>The</strong> next stage of the plan will be to start planting up the<br />

spinney … you heard it here first … until next year ...<br />

Barbara Chandler


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<br />

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

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

help <strong>for</strong> educational purposes including residential school<br />

trips, books, travel etc. Call one of our trustees in confidence<br />

to request a <strong>for</strong>m:<br />

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

Jan Dobson, Meonstoke 877672<br />

Diana Arthur, Exton 877390<br />

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

Monika Thwaites, Corhampton 877939<br />

or apply online at: revstuartholt@btinternet.com<br />

Meetings of the trustees will be held on 28 th February, 16th<br />

May, and 17 th October <strong>2013</strong> to make awards. Please send in<br />

your applications be<strong>for</strong>e these dates.<br />

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COMMUNITY CARE TRANSPORT COORDINATORS:<br />

(Please ring only between 8.30 am and 5.00 pm)<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 />

Good News Travelling Library<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: 8th <strong>January</strong> (No visit in <strong>December</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.


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

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

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. As a result of this, the<br />

committee considers it prudent to<br />

MINOR INJURIES<br />

UNIT<br />

Petersfield Hospital<br />

Swan Street, Petersfield<br />

GU32 3LB<br />

� 01730 263221<br />

increase the cost to passengers from<br />

20p per mile to 30p per mile from<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2013</strong>. Passengers are<br />

requested to pay their contributions<br />

direct to the drivers. <strong>The</strong> coordinators<br />

will tell the drivers and passengers the<br />

cost of a journey.<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 />

co-ordinator, Za Rowe, telephone<br />

877732.<br />

We can also provide assistance with<br />

completion of <strong>for</strong>ms and documents<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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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. Whenever a land-line phone<br />

does not work get someone to report<br />

it immediately to your phone provider.<br />

If it is an external fault your problem is<br />

logged and the time to repair is not<br />

delayed. <strong>The</strong>n get someone to check<br />

that it is not a problem in your home<br />

(see page 7 of the BT Phone Book -<br />

2011/<strong>2012</strong>) – there is a significant<br />

charge by BT Open Reach <strong>for</strong><br />

rectifying faults which are the<br />

responsibility of the householder.<br />

For visits to Hospital etc. please<br />

always contact your transport<br />

coordinator (between 9 am and 6pm)<br />

whose telephone number is on the<br />

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


A few children<br />

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

Junior School<br />

got to visit<br />

Hambledon vineyard where they<br />

make the finest of wines. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

walked down the rows and saw<br />

quite a lot of grapes but not as<br />

many as usual because they have<br />

been having an unlucky harvest<br />

this year. On average, one vine<br />

should produce around 32<br />

bunches of grapes and 1.2kg is<br />

required <strong>for</strong> one bottle of sparkling<br />

wine or 0.6kg <strong>for</strong> still wine. <strong>The</strong><br />

pupils had a tour of the machines<br />

as well such as the press, which<br />

was also very exciting. One of the<br />

children, Jessica, quoted, “I really<br />

enjoyed visiting the vineyard; it<br />

was interesting to see the system<br />

in which the grapes went through.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> children had a brilliant time.<br />

Hambledon Vineyard report<br />

<strong>The</strong>y also found out many facts<br />

such as:<br />

● One bunch of grapes should<br />

weigh about 150g<br />

● <strong>The</strong>re are 70 rows with 90<br />

vines per row<br />

● One healthy vine should<br />

produce around 4.8 kg of<br />

grapes; and<br />

● Hambledon vineyard was<br />

established in 1952.<br />

Mable said while they were at the<br />

vineyard: “This is a once in a<br />

lifetime opportunity. I probably<br />

wouldn’t be able to this many<br />

amazing things at the vineyard<br />

ever again!” <strong>The</strong> vineyard is also<br />

England’s oldest commercial<br />

vineyard. It is a suitable<br />

environment <strong>for</strong> the best selling<br />

wine with the south facing chalk<br />

<strong>The</strong> children learning about viniculture on their visit to the Hambledon vineyard<br />

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slopes. Another girl said, “It is an<br />

amazing place and I enjoyed it. It<br />

is really nice to discover how wine<br />

is made and I found out many<br />

astonishing facts.” A beautiful<br />

place <strong>for</strong> mouth watering wine.<br />

To conclude, the children saw a<br />

bottle of champagne which (to the<br />

adults) looked delicious. One of<br />

the children’s mums worked at the<br />

vineyard and said: “I learnt a lot<br />

about the trip and I really enjoyed<br />

it.” Everybody loved it.<br />

Report by Amelia Wannell and<br />

Jessica Bury<br />

Year 6 pupils<br />

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

Submitted by Matthew Dampier<br />

Deputy Headteacher


Friends of Meonstoke School<br />

Another edition of the <strong>Bridge</strong>, another successful Pop Up<br />

Coffee Shop to report. On 14 November we held our<br />

PreChristmas Pop Up which after our inaugural Coffee<br />

Shop last year is turning into an annual event. We were<br />

really excited about the stalls we had invited – all local<br />

small businesses. Some are individual agents <strong>for</strong> large<br />

networked companies like Usborne books, Phoenix cards,<br />

and Jme at Home but others, being local craftspeople,<br />

brought along a variety of really high quality products they<br />

had made at home. As a result it really wasn’t hard to<br />

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

October and<br />

November<br />

Keep Fit Class: St. Peter’s Church Hall; every Monday<br />

from 10:00 to 11:15 am (only one Dec. session on<br />

7 th . 2014 begins with <strong>January</strong> 7 th) . Cost per<br />

session: Members £2.00, non-members £2.50<br />

Contact: Chee Price on 01489 893140.<br />

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

from 10:00 to 11:00 am (but <strong>December</strong> sessions<br />

are on 5 th & 12rh only). Cost: Members £3.50,<br />

non-members £4.00. Contact: Sandy Holden on<br />

892136 or Teri Morley on 895119 (both 01489)<br />

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

<strong>December</strong> 20 th , <strong>January</strong> 17 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 />

Ladies’ Pub Lunch. Monday, <strong>December</strong> 3 rd and <strong>January</strong><br />

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

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

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

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

Thursday, <strong>December</strong> 20 th , <strong>January</strong> 17 th 12:30 to<br />

14:30. Contact: Richard Davenport, <strong>for</strong> details of<br />

our next lunch, on 01489 891862<br />

This is one of the original activities of the MVARA,<br />

and is <strong>for</strong> males of a friendly disposition seeking<br />

similar company. We normally meet on the 3 rd<br />

Thursday of each month at the Barleycorn, Bish<br />

op's Waltham, and, after 45 minutes of enjoyable<br />

conversation, then enjoy a 2 course lunch <strong>for</strong><br />

under £7. <strong>The</strong>reafter, most of us adjourn to <strong>The</strong><br />

Jubilee Hall to compete with the ladies, who<br />

have their own lunch, and others, at indoor New<br />

Age Kurling. This is a simple and enjoyable<br />

activity and a cup is warded monthly to the most<br />

competent "Kurler". <strong>The</strong> members of our lunch<br />

club come from a variety of areas and backgrounds,<br />

the most senior member being a Lancashire<br />

Lad, and ex-Dunkirk veteran, of mere 92,<br />

who can still, and frequently does with little<br />

encouragement, recite "Albert and the Lion"<br />

verbatim, together with his other reminiscences.<br />

We now have a few vacancies as the ‘grim<br />

Reaper’ takes its toll and can invite other kindred<br />

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spend money and pick up some unique gifts <strong>for</strong> Christmas<br />

and <strong>for</strong> ourselves, too, and then enjoying a good cup of<br />

coffee and a piece of homemade cake. This time we had<br />

soup, too, which ran out it was so good. And all of this on<br />

our doorstep. We made over £450, so thank you <strong>for</strong> all<br />

your support.<br />

And just in case you haven't seen any of our posters, we<br />

made an amazing £427 at our Macmillan Pop Up Coffee<br />

Shop, which was part of the World's Biggest Coffee<br />

Morning in September. Nationally, this event raised over<br />

£12 million, so thank you <strong>for</strong> your contribution to that.<br />

A date <strong>for</strong> your <strong>2013</strong> diaries: 8 March is our Quiz Night. It<br />

was a sell out last year and with our quiz masters booked<br />

again, it promises to be another good (cheap) night out.<br />

Look out <strong>for</strong> posters nearer the time but tickets will be<br />

available at Corhampton Stores in February.<br />

Tessa Briggs<br />

An enticing display of what’s on offer at the FOMS Pop Up<br />

Coffee Shop!<br />

souls who can enjoy male fellowship to join us.<br />

Perhaps, even show their Kurling prowess<br />

afterwards where a similar pleasing atmosphere<br />

prevails. Transport might even be arranged if<br />

required<br />

MVARA is also running a programme of trips and visits.<br />

For details of all these special trips, with transport<br />

provided, see the MVARA article on page 18<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

07530 565248<br />

If you 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


Singing<br />

For Fun<br />

Come and sing your<br />

favourite songs and<br />

learn some new ones. No talent required<br />

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

Bishops Waltham<br />

1 st & 3 rd Fridays: 2.00 to 3.30pm<br />

Next dates are:<br />

(only 1 date in<br />

7 <strong>December</strong> &<br />

<strong>January</strong>)<br />

th <strong>December</strong><br />

18th <strong>January</strong><br />

Cost £2 a session; includes refreshments.<br />

Further in<strong>for</strong>mation from Annabel 01489<br />

877130 or 07732 329792. Or just turn up.<br />

QI’ve recently booked a<br />

holiday to Greece<br />

online. I booked the<br />

flights one day and the hotel the<br />

next morning but both through<br />

the same Web site. It turns out<br />

the hotel has gone bust and I’m<br />

struggling to find a suitable<br />

alternative. I’m worried that if I<br />

can’t find somewhere to stay I<br />

won’t be able to go and won’t<br />

get my money back on the<br />

flights. What can I do?<br />

Citizen’s Advice Bureau<br />

AThanks to changes in<br />

consumer protection, the<br />

company you booked your<br />

hotel and flight with, even if it is<br />

just an online company, might be<br />

responsible <strong>for</strong> sorting this out –<br />

depending on how long it was<br />

between when you booked the<br />

flights and hotel. If it was within<br />

24 hours you will be covered. So<br />

in this instance, the company<br />

needs to either offer an alternative<br />

hotel of the same price or provide<br />

a full refund <strong>for</strong> everything you<br />

booked with them.<br />

For more in<strong>for</strong>mation about this topic and other matters 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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<strong>The</strong> Royal British Legion<br />

Poppy Appeal <strong>2012</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> collections <strong>for</strong> <strong>The</strong> <strong>Bridge</strong> villages were as follows:<br />

Corhampton and Meonstoke: On behalf of the Royal<br />

British Legion I would like to thank all collectors and those<br />

who donated to the appeal this year. Our total this year was<br />

£1252.99, which included the Remembrance Day church<br />

collection of £274.19 and a hunt collection of £155. Many<br />

thanks to everyone.<br />

Judy Tarmey<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d: Thank you very much <strong>for</strong> the continued support<br />

of all our collectors and donors and a special thank you the to<br />

the Cub Scouts who took on responsibility <strong>for</strong> <strong>The</strong> Park<br />

collection. This year we raised £963.37.<br />

Peggy Steven<br />

Exton: <strong>The</strong> two Exton boxes raised a total of £192.67<br />

(Exton village £165.57, collected by Jill Hignett; and <strong>The</strong><br />

Shoe Inn £27.10).<br />

That’s because in April this year,<br />

Flight-Plus holidays (this is where<br />

you book a holiday through a<br />

company and you buy the flights,<br />

accommodation, and possibly car<br />

hire separately from them but all<br />

within 24 hours of each other) are<br />

now covered under the ATOL (Air<br />

Travel Organisers Licence)<br />

scheme. This means if the<br />

company you booked through, or<br />

the airline, hotel, or car hire<br />

company goes bust – either<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e you go on holiday or during<br />

your trip – it is up to the company<br />

to sort it out <strong>for</strong> you.<br />

You can get more in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

about holidays and other<br />

consumer problems on the<br />

Citizens Advice Web site<br />

www.adviceguide.org.uk or the<br />

government Web site at:<br />

www.direct.gov.uk.


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

Although the leaves are falling,<br />

particularly after chilly nights, the<br />

autumn colours are truly remarkable<br />

this year, which is some compensation<br />

<strong>for</strong> the vagaries of our spring and<br />

summer weather. We have to enjoy<br />

the bright autumn days as they occur,<br />

only too aware that, come <strong>December</strong>,<br />

we shall be experiencing the darker,<br />

colder days of early winter.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is, however, much to cheer us<br />

over these winter months, not least our<br />

celebration of Christmas. With Christmas<br />

in mind, we hope you will support<br />

the Christmas Fair in the hall, which<br />

takes place on Sunday, 2 nd <strong>December</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be a variety of stalls with<br />

tempting produce, and gifts <strong>for</strong> all<br />

occasions. Hot soup and a roll, along<br />

with hot drinks and mince pies, will be<br />

on sale, so save yourself the ef<strong>for</strong>t at<br />

lunchtime, come to shop and eat and<br />

enjoy the Fair at the same time.<br />

Two events have taken place<br />

successfully in October and<br />

November, and we are pleased to<br />

have had good participation on each<br />

occasion. <strong>The</strong> quiz evening on 13 th<br />

October was well-supported, and<br />

provided an enjoyable evening <strong>for</strong><br />

those who attended. Our thanks go to<br />

our hosts, Richard and Yvonne<br />

Adams, <strong>for</strong> so ably running the quiz.<br />

On Thursday, November 8 th , the hall<br />

played host to <strong>The</strong> Flying Toads, a<br />

Celtic music group who offered us an<br />

eclectic mix of all kinds of Celtic music,<br />

played on a variety of unusual<br />

instruments. <strong>The</strong>ir musical prowess<br />

was remarkable, and no doubt most of<br />

us learned, and heard far more than<br />

we otherwise knew, about this kind of<br />

music. It was a pleasant evening and<br />

there were enough people present to<br />

provide a good audience.<br />

Our film in September, War Horse, did<br />

not fill the hall as we had hoped, maybe<br />

due to its initial popularity, and to<br />

the loss of some of our potential<br />

audience to the Garden Club holiday!<br />

We did, however, benefit from a super<br />

turn-out <strong>for</strong> <strong>The</strong> Best Exotic Marigold<br />

Hotel in October, which delighted the<br />

audience. It was billed as a very good<br />

film, was just that, and was well worth<br />

the wait <strong>for</strong> those who had not seen it.<br />

We have recently had to review our<br />

income and expenditure, to take<br />

account of rising costs in all directions.<br />

Increases will commence in <strong>January</strong><br />

<strong>2013</strong> and will be explained to regular<br />

users and other potential hirers. This<br />

will also affect the charges <strong>for</strong> our<br />

events, but we hope it will be<br />

understood and appreciated by those<br />

who come to support us.<br />

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

Tuesday, 18 th <strong>December</strong><br />

Carols in the Square<br />

with mulled wine and a mince pie<br />

Collection in aid of church funds<br />

Thursday, 27 th <strong>December</strong><br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village party to<br />

the Kings <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

Pantomine<br />

Snow White<br />

& the Seven Dwarfs<br />

Starts at 7pm<br />

Details and £14.50 special rate tickets<br />

from Tim Crowfoot<br />

01489 877631<br />

Last chance to book!<br />

Wednesday, 30 th <strong>January</strong><br />

Film night<br />

7.30 pm doors open at 7 pm<br />

Tickets £5<br />

Refreshments available<br />

Licensed bar<br />

Saturday, 9 th February<br />

Quiz night<br />

John Martin will be our<br />

inimitable Quizmaster<br />

7.30pm<br />

Tickets £10 to include supper<br />

Licensed bar<br />

Real ale!<br />

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

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Our annual winter quiz will take place<br />

on Saturday, 9 th February. We know<br />

how much everyone looks <strong>for</strong>ward to<br />

this event, where excitement and<br />

enjoyment are there in equal measure.<br />

<strong>The</strong> competition is fierce, the rules are<br />

strict, the questions are challenging,<br />

but we are nevertheless sure that noone<br />

wants to miss this evening. We<br />

hope <strong>for</strong> a full hall as usual, and would<br />

encourage you to assemble your<br />

team, look out <strong>for</strong> the publicity, and<br />

purchase your tickets when they are<br />

available in the New Year. A delicious<br />

chilli/vegetarian supper is included,<br />

and the price of the tickets has been<br />

raised to £10 to reflect the increased<br />

costs of what the evening involves.<br />

We hope that everyone is sympathetic<br />

to this step we have taken.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 200 Club winners were:<br />

October: David Fletcher<br />

November: Pauline Tilt<br />

<strong>The</strong> hall committee extends greetings<br />

to you all <strong>for</strong> the Christmas Season.<br />

Jackie Hibbert<br />

Secretary<br />

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

Christmas<br />

Market<br />

Various Stalls<br />

● Craft<br />

● Confectionery<br />

● Cards<br />

and much more<br />

Come and have lunch –<br />

Soup and a mince pie<br />

Sunday, 2 nd <strong>December</strong><br />

12.00 noon to 3.00 pm


A New Venture <strong>for</strong> the<br />

Meon Valley Active<br />

Retirement<br />

Association<br />

You may, perhaps, already be aware of the Meon<br />

Valley Active Retirement Association? It exists to<br />

organise activities <strong>for</strong> the over 50s in our area, and its<br />

programme is publicised in the parish magazines<br />

monthly or bi-monthly. A number of members had<br />

commented on the lack of public transport to return to<br />

Bishop Waltham in the evening, after going to the<br />

theatre or a concert <strong>for</strong> example, and so in response to<br />

this MVARA has launched a programme of Trips and<br />

Visits. We mostly use the Bishops Waltham minibus<br />

and its team of volunteer drivers to provide the transport.<br />

<strong>The</strong> programme began in September with a most<br />

entertaining production of <strong>The</strong> Taming of the Shrew<br />

per<strong>for</strong>med in Titchfield Great Barn, a wonderful location<br />

<strong>for</strong> a Shakespearean comedy. This was followed by a<br />

concert by the very talented Juan Martìn and his<br />

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Swanmore Technical College<br />

Swanmore College’s annual Open Evening held recently proved to<br />

be an immense success with parents, carers, and families of current<br />

Year 6 pupils visiting the college to experience what is offered to<br />

them <strong>for</strong> their next stage of school life. <strong>The</strong>re were numerous<br />

positive comments to staff and hosting pupils with a strong<br />

community feel to the evening. Over three hundred families saw<br />

an exciting and varied display of all the best that Swanmore<br />

College can offer.<br />

Parents and children were able to tour the college and talk to both<br />

teachers and pupils. <strong>The</strong>y participated in an exciting variety of<br />

learning activities that were on offer from different curriculum<br />

departments. It was also a chance <strong>for</strong> parents to see the new college<br />

uni<strong>for</strong>m that many people have commented on since its introduction<br />

this term.<br />

<strong>The</strong> tour was followed by a <strong>for</strong>mal presentation, which began with<br />

an uplifting per<strong>for</strong>mance from the college choir and presentations<br />

from the current head boy, head girl and a member of Year 8. <strong>The</strong><br />

pupils were excellent ambassadors <strong>for</strong> the college and shining<br />

examples of the quality of pupil that Swanmore produces.<br />

Mr Kyle Jonathan, head teacher, spoke from the heart about his<br />

passion <strong>for</strong> the future vision of the college as it moves towards<br />

becoming a centre of excellence. He envisages a place where<br />

excellent teaching and learning is observed, where exemplary<br />

behaviour and care is guaranteed, and excellent GCSE results are<br />

attained. He aims to cultivate an environment where there are<br />

opportunities <strong>for</strong> all to achieve and flourish as they mature into<br />

young adults.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following week, Year 6 parents were given the opportunity to<br />

see the college at work by attending one of the viewing mornings.<br />

Demand <strong>for</strong> this was so high that an extra morning had to be<br />

organised to accommodate everyone. Mr Jonathan and his staff<br />

have been overwhelmed by the positive feedback from visiting<br />

parents and carers and a very big ‘thank-you’ goes to all the pupils<br />

and staff who have been superb ambassadors <strong>for</strong> the college<br />

throughout.<br />

If you are a parent or carer of a child in Year 6 and were unable to<br />

attend the evening, please contact Mrs Sandra Cox, Headteacher’s<br />

PA, on 892256 or e-mail: enquiries@swanmore-sec.hants.sch.uk<br />

Flamenco ensemble, and then a talk about <strong>The</strong> Great<br />

Ice Age by Alice Roberts (as seen on TV). <strong>The</strong><br />

programme continued with La Bohème, sung by Welsh<br />

National Opera at the Mayflower <strong>The</strong>atre; a trip to<br />

Hinton Ampner house and gardens; and a concert by<br />

the renowned flautist, Sir James Galway.<br />

In the New Year we have planned: Bournemouth<br />

Symphony Orchestra playing music by Gershwin and<br />

Dvorak; a per<strong>for</strong>mance of modern jazz; trips to the<br />

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; two musicals at<br />

the Mayflower; English National Ballet, and Welsh<br />

National Opera again; and two concerts at the Turner<br />

Sims; plus one or two plays yet to be confirmed. In the<br />

spring and summer, with the warmer weather and<br />

longer days, we plan to go further afield, with trips to<br />

Highgrove, Ox<strong>for</strong>d and the Chichester Festival<br />

<strong>The</strong>atres.<br />

For further in<strong>for</strong>mation about the programme contact<br />

me on 01489 890267. To join the Association (£10 <strong>for</strong><br />

a full year, but less if you join part way through) please<br />

contact Terry Wilson on 01489-895742 or Ann Joyce on<br />

01329-232099.<br />

John Dixie


A fine day in winter gives a good<br />

opportunity to explore woodland and<br />

to take a look at the variety of trees<br />

– as the leaves turn to brown and<br />

drop off, it is possible to see their<br />

characteristic shapes, the way the<br />

buds are arranged on the branches,<br />

and the colour and texture of the<br />

bark.<br />

After the end of the last ice age, the<br />

climate was warm and wet and<br />

Britain was covered in <strong>for</strong>est. In the<br />

south, beech and box grew on the<br />

chalklands, willow and alder in<br />

wetlands and river valleys, and lime<br />

was also common. Mesolithic man<br />

began to clear small areas of <strong>for</strong>est,<br />

but it was during the Neolithic period<br />

(starting around 5000 BC) that the<br />

appearance of the land was<br />

dramatically altered due to settled<br />

communities and the development<br />

of agriculture, and about half of the<br />

<strong>for</strong>ests were cut down. By Roman<br />

times, the amount of woodland is<br />

believed to be roughly as it is today<br />

(about 10%). In medieval times,<br />

most woodland was managed,<br />

either <strong>for</strong> timber production or as<br />

woodland pasture. By the end of the<br />

First World War, woodland had<br />

decreased to an all time low of 5%,<br />

but this has now increased to 12%.<br />

<strong>The</strong> south-eastern counties of the<br />

UK are the most wooded, with<br />

Hampshire having 18% woodland.<br />

Ancient woodland is defined as land<br />

that has been continually wooded<br />

<strong>The</strong> next four events in Meon<br />

Valley U3A’s <strong>2012</strong>-13 season<br />

of talks are listed below. Note<br />

that there is only one talk in<br />

<strong>December</strong>, and this involves an<br />

unavoidable change of speaker and subject from that previously<br />

advertised. <strong>The</strong> full programme runs through to May <strong>2013</strong>; so<br />

far it has covered a wonderful variety of topics and looks set to<br />

continue that way. <strong>The</strong> most recent I can report on – actor Tony<br />

Johnson’s presentation on Drama and the many considerations<br />

involved in putting on a play – was very lively, full of insights,<br />

and with many short, dramatic excerpts from plays he had been<br />

in.<br />

<strong>The</strong> venue, day and time are as usual: Wickham Community<br />

Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, PO17 5AL; Tuesdays; 2.00pm.<br />

Protecting Wildlife Inspiring people<br />

Ancient woodlands by Jill Edmunds<br />

since at least 1600 AD. <strong>The</strong>se are<br />

rich sites <strong>for</strong> wildlife and in spring<br />

are particularly attractive with<br />

carpets of bluebells, wood<br />

anemones and celandines. You can<br />

see examples of ancient woodland<br />

in some of the Wildlife Trust’s nature<br />

reserves. Roydon Woods, near<br />

Brockenhurst, is part of the New<br />

Forest (created a royal <strong>for</strong>est <strong>for</strong><br />

hunting by William I in 1079), and<br />

has ancient oaks and beeches with<br />

hazel coppices, together with heath,<br />

pasture, and ponds. Pamber Forest,<br />

near Tadley, which was originally<br />

part of the Royal Forest of Windsor<br />

and used <strong>for</strong> hunting and timber,<br />

now has oak and birch, and also the<br />

scarce Wild Service tree, which is an<br />

indicator of ancient woodland.<br />

Nearby is Upper Inhams Copse,<br />

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which is ancient woodland pasture.<br />

Crab Wood, near Winchester, is a<br />

rare example of ancient woodland<br />

on chalk.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are also some splendid<br />

examples of ancient trees in<br />

Hampshire. <strong>The</strong> yew, which is the<br />

longest living tree in Europe, thrives<br />

on the Hampshire downland. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are 28 ancient yews (over 800<br />

years) in the county and the largest<br />

can be found in the churchyards of<br />

Breamore, South Hayling, and<br />

Farringdon. In the New Forest, the<br />

Knightwood oak is thought to be 600<br />

years old and is the largest oak in<br />

the <strong>for</strong>est.<br />

You can find more in<strong>for</strong>mation<br />

about the Wildlife Trust’s reserves<br />

on the website at: www.hwt.org.uk<br />

Oak trees at Butser Hill by D.Hawkins<br />

11 th <strong>December</strong>: <strong>The</strong> Hudson Bay Company, by Dennis Boylan,<br />

a well known Wickham resident<br />

15 th <strong>January</strong>: William Cobbett’s Botley, by Geoff Watts,<br />

a Southampton area enthusiast<br />

29 th <strong>January</strong>: Wild Life of Spitzbergen, by Doug Yelland, a<br />

retired science teacher<br />

12 th February: Life Under the Veil, by Sandra Simmonds,<br />

ex-wren<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; geology; walking; chess; &<br />

French. <strong>The</strong> small annual membership subscription to U3A has<br />

been held at last year’s level. Visitors are also welcome (£2 per<br />

talk). Enquiries to the secretary, Julia Field, Tel: 01489 891353.


Carers Group<br />

What a busy and interesting year <strong>2012</strong><br />

has been, not just <strong>for</strong> the country but <strong>for</strong><br />

the Meon Valley Carers Group as well.<br />

We joined in with HM <strong>The</strong> Queen’s<br />

Jubilee celebration by holding our own<br />

Jubilee Street party at the Paterson<br />

Centre, with many members telling of<br />

their memories of the coronation. We<br />

hosted our own indoor Olympics with<br />

games specifically designed to enable<br />

all our members to participate. Great<br />

fun being the order of both of these days.<br />

This year also saw the start of two new<br />

initiatives in the group. <strong>The</strong> first was the<br />

launch of the MV Carers Group Library,<br />

with books specifically <strong>for</strong> and about<br />

dementia, and this continues to be used<br />

by the members. We also started the Art<br />

<strong>for</strong> the Brain Group, which has been<br />

very popular and our latest small<br />

exhibition was part of St Peters Art<br />

Exhibition in Bishops Waltham. We<br />

have also used images from the art<br />

group to produce our own Christmas<br />

cards and <strong>2012</strong> calendars which have<br />

also proved very popular and not just<br />

with our own members.<br />

We have had some lovely outings this<br />

year and have been so <strong>for</strong>tunate with the<br />

weather. In a very wet and cold May<br />

our outing to the Fareham Model<br />

Engineers was a beautiful, warm and<br />

sunny day, with many members<br />

enjoying rides on the model trains, and<br />

driving model boats. Our visit to<br />

Longstock in July, although cool, was<br />

bright and dry with many members<br />

enjoying the water gardens and the<br />

minibus ride <strong>for</strong> refreshments. Sadly,<br />

we were not so <strong>for</strong>tunate with the<br />

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

Fay's bead craft evening in September was a great success.<br />

We all enjoyed a very creative time and came away with lots<br />

of gift ideas <strong>for</strong> Christmas. Thank you Kate <strong>for</strong> your hospitality<br />

and Fay <strong>for</strong> your expertise.<br />

Skittling at <strong>The</strong> Milbury's in October was great fun as usual.<br />

Christmas was the theme <strong>for</strong> Blooms by Denise Bury at our<br />

November meeting. Thanks to Hazel <strong>for</strong> providing the venue<br />

<strong>for</strong> this event<br />

Meon Valley Carers Group News<br />

Promoting a positive way of living with dementia<br />

weather <strong>for</strong> a trip to the seaside at<br />

Hillhead. However, the fish and chips<br />

were enjoyed by all, followed by a fun<br />

quiz which provided much laughter and<br />

some brave souls even managed a short<br />

walk along the front.<br />

We have participated in Bishops<br />

Waltham in Bloom and entered hanging<br />

baskets in the competition. We are<br />

planning on taking part in the Christmas<br />

tree competition this month in<br />

Swanmore. Also, more recently we<br />

hosted our own Memory Walk in aid of<br />

the Alzheimers Society in Wickham.<br />

Early this year we hosted a coffee<br />

morning <strong>for</strong> Dementia UK to raise<br />

awareness of Admiral Nurses and<br />

hopefully secure access to our own<br />

Admiral Nurse in the future. Everybody<br />

seems to have heard of Macmillan<br />

Nurses so let us hope that eventually<br />

Admiral Nurses will become as well<br />

known.<br />

It would be lovely to take this<br />

opportunity to say a huge thank you to<br />

everybody who contributes to keeping<br />

the group running, and to the Meon<br />

Valley Lions <strong>for</strong> providing a minibus so<br />

that we can transport members who no<br />

longer drive.<br />

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We meet twice each month, once is a<br />

pub lunch at <strong>The</strong> Forge in Shedfield and<br />

the other is a group meeting at the<br />

Paterson Centre. As you can see from<br />

this short article, we are a very lively<br />

group and although we may only have<br />

one group meeting a month we pack an<br />

awful lot into it and can only do this<br />

with the help of our volunteers. So, if<br />

you have some free time, particularly<br />

Tuesday afternoons, and feel that you<br />

would like to volunteer with us, please<br />

let us know.<br />

As we look <strong>for</strong>ward to another busy and<br />

exciting year, we would like to wish<br />

everybody a very merry Christmas and<br />

a happy new year.<br />

Events <strong>for</strong> your Diary<br />

11 th Dec Christmas Lunch, <strong>The</strong> Forge,<br />

Shedfield at 12 noon<br />

18 th Dec Christmas Party at the<br />

Paterson Centre at 2.00 pm<br />

15 th Jan Pub Lunch at <strong>The</strong> Forge,<br />

Shedfield at 12.00 noon<br />

29 th Jan Group Meeting at the<br />

Paterson Centre 2.00 pm<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, , or telephone,<br />

leave a message and somebody will phone you back.<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 />

Our Christmas social will be Drinks and Nibbles at <strong>The</strong> Hurdles<br />

on 17 th <strong>December</strong>.<br />

We start the New Year with an American supper when we<br />

shall launch our programme <strong>for</strong> the year.<br />

If you are interested in coming along to any of our very<br />

friendly and in<strong>for</strong>mal meetings, give Pauline a ring on 01489<br />

878518 to find out more.<br />

A very Happy Christmas to all!


Jingle all the way…<br />

It’s that time of year again when<br />

the Lions get out their tools and<br />

cleaning kit to help prepare and<br />

service Santa’s sleigh ready <strong>for</strong><br />

the annual Christmas charity collections.<br />

During <strong>December</strong> keep a<br />

look out <strong>for</strong> us – we’ll be down your<br />

street to introduce Father Christmas<br />

to all the good boys and girls.<br />

Below are the dates when we’re<br />

scheduled to be in your area. Snow,<br />

storm, pestilence and occasional<br />

mechanical breakdown can alter this<br />

programme, so to be sure, go to the<br />

Meon Valley Lions website <strong>for</strong> the<br />

most up to date in<strong>for</strong>mation. Just<br />

Google Meon Valley Lions and you’ll<br />

find us.<br />

Mon. 10 th Dec Evening, Drox<strong>for</strong>d<br />

Fri. 14 th Dec Evening, Soberton<br />

& Soberton Heath<br />

Meon Valley Lions Club<br />

Mon. 17th Dec Evening, West<br />

Meon, Exton<br />

During <strong>December</strong> 2011 the Lions<br />

amassed a record £4,900 in our<br />

Christmas collection buckets, as<br />

well as an amazing variety of <strong>for</strong>eign<br />

currency including Euros, Pfennigs,<br />

Canadian cents, US cents, Swiss<br />

cents, Pesetas, new halfpennies,<br />

old halfpennies, a farthing, and 29<br />

old sixpences, including four pre-<br />

1947! Help us to break the £5,000<br />

mark this year. All the money we<br />

collect will go into the Meon Valley<br />

Lions’ charity account <strong>for</strong><br />

redistribution over the coming year<br />

to people in need and local causes<br />

in our area. <strong>The</strong> way Lions operate<br />

means that every single penny we<br />

collect from donations like this, or<br />

profit from our fund-raising events, is<br />

used to help others. Unlike many<br />

other organisations, we use<br />

absolutely none of the money <strong>for</strong><br />

salaries or administration.<br />

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One of our main sources of fundraising<br />

is the 200 Club we have<br />

operated <strong>for</strong> many years. Each<br />

month (except June) there is a lucky<br />

draw in which you could win a cash<br />

prize of up to £70. In June there is<br />

a special Star Draw, where the prize<br />

money could reach a whopping<br />

£400! You pay just £1 per month <strong>for</strong><br />

membership of the club, making you<br />

eligible to be automatically entered<br />

into the monthly draw. <strong>The</strong> subs<br />

fund the prizes and the surplus<br />

helps our charitable activities. Last<br />

year we were able to raise £1,000 in<br />

this way, so go on, a pound a month<br />

can go a long way to helping<br />

someone, somewhere. All the<br />

details and rules are on the 200 club<br />

page on our website, or you can call<br />

John Campbell on 01489 891838 if<br />

you’d like it all explained.<br />

We received some really great<br />

news in the last few weeks<br />

about the Community Charity Card<br />

scheme run by the Southern<br />

Cooperative in Wickham – we have<br />

now reached our £20,000 target!<br />

Thanks to everyone who helped<br />

raise this money by using the card<br />

whenever they shopped in the store,<br />

allowing the Southern Cooperative<br />

to donate a percentage of their<br />

profits to both Meon Valley Lions<br />

and the local Wickham Scout Group.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organisations will share the<br />

£20,000, providing the scouts with a<br />

new HQ and enabling the Lions to<br />

improve their community bus<br />

service in Wickham and surrounding<br />

parishes.<br />

Raising money is not really what<br />

Lions are all about. <strong>The</strong> fact is we far<br />

prefer SPENDING it on people in real<br />

need. If you know someone like<br />

this, or are aware of an organisation<br />

that needs a little help, then we’d like<br />

to hear from you. <strong>The</strong>re are lots of<br />

examples on our Web site of the<br />

kind of projects we’ve funded:<br />

www.meonvalleylionsclub.org.uk<br />

Lions members out with the Christmas<br />

collection boxes


Since 2000, <strong>The</strong><br />

Valley Preschool,<br />

which provides vital<br />

childcare <strong>for</strong> children<br />

2½ to 5 years old<br />

from throughout the<br />

Meon Valley and is a<br />

feeder <strong>for</strong> the Meonstoke Infant School,<br />

has operated in a second hand<br />

portacabin located behind the school<br />

under a temporary planning permission<br />

that expires in February <strong>2013</strong>. Now<br />

over 30 years old, the existing structure<br />

is in urgent need of replacement and<br />

Winchester City Council is unlikely to<br />

extend permission <strong>for</strong> a temporary<br />

structure beyond July.<br />

A few years ago, government funds<br />

were allocated to fund a new brick<br />

building behind the school car park, but<br />

sadly these funds were withdrawn on the<br />

last change of government. A new brick<br />

building would have cost a minimum of<br />

£230,000.<br />

Since then, the preschool committee has<br />

worked tirelessly to try to find an<br />

alternative and achievable solution to<br />

the problem. <strong>The</strong> committee has<br />

decided to opt <strong>for</strong> a cheaper and more<br />

accessible alternative, a new modular<br />

building to be constructed by Modulek<br />

on the existing preschool site at a cost of<br />

£158,000. This will be installed during<br />

the <strong>2013</strong> summer holidays.<br />

A strong team is working with the<br />

preschool committee to bring the project<br />

in on time and to budget. Richard<br />

Goodall, a planner with extensive<br />

experience working with Winchester<br />

City Council and applications within the<br />

Southdowns National Park, has been<br />

From the Registers<br />

Baptisms<br />

Exton 18th October Angus Richard Ravendale Martin<br />

Meonstoke 4th November Eleanor Masie Huntley &<br />

Isabelle Sarah Huntley<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 11th November Aidan Robert Martin Coath<br />

Thanksgivings<br />

Corhampton 14th October Angus David Beswarick<br />

Corhampton 18th November Tessa Charlotte Axtell Mann<br />

Weddings<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 9th November James Alan Reeves &<br />

Zoe Annette Thomas<br />

Funerals<br />

Meonstoke 5th November Michael John Creese (burial of ashes)<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d 19th November Sheila (‘Jane’) Fletcher<br />

Exton 12rh November Margaret Seyd, aged 97<br />

Final Fundraising Push <strong>for</strong> Preschool Building<br />

commissioned to assist in putting in the<br />

planning application. Nick Riley,<br />

quantity surveyor, Corhampton resident<br />

and parish council member, will projectmanage<br />

the build on behalf of the<br />

preschool and oversee all the works.<br />

A section 73 application has been<br />

submitted to extend this existing<br />

temporary planning permission <strong>for</strong> a<br />

short period on the basis that a full<br />

planning application will be submitted<br />

be<strong>for</strong>e the end of the year.<br />

Surveys of the existing site, including<br />

environmental searches, a Phase 1 bat<br />

survey, foundation assessment survey,<br />

and electrical load testing, have<br />

confirmed that the existing site is<br />

suitable <strong>for</strong> reuse. Modulek has been<br />

instructed, initial plans have been drawn<br />

up and Richard Goodall is drafting the<br />

planning application to be submitted in<br />

early <strong>December</strong> so that permission<br />

should be given by March <strong>2013</strong>. In the<br />

meantime, an application to undertake<br />

tree work necessary <strong>for</strong> site access has<br />

been submitted.<br />

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Thanks to generous donations and<br />

enthusiastic local fundraising, the<br />

preschool currently has about £122,000<br />

in the bank but still needs to raise a<br />

further £36,000. <strong>The</strong> committee are<br />

busy planning a number of fundraising<br />

activities over the <strong>for</strong>thcoming months,<br />

so look out <strong>for</strong> the posters and thank you<br />

in advance <strong>for</strong> supporting these<br />

community events. One date <strong>for</strong> your<br />

diary – we will be running a tour of<br />

Bowman’s Brewery, beer tasting and<br />

ploughmans on 2 nd February.<br />

Contacts:<br />

If you have any questions about the<br />

building project, please contact:<br />

Sally Walmsley on 01489 877990<br />

or by e-mail at<br />

sallywalmsley@gmail.com<br />

If you can help, or have any suggestions<br />

<strong>for</strong> fundraising activities, please contact:<br />

Pippa Heggie on 01489 877206<br />

or by e-mail at<br />

Pippa.heggie@yahoo.co.uk<br />

Mrs. Margaret Mary Seyd (1915-<strong>2012</strong>)<br />

Sadly, this year we will not be sending out Christmas<br />

Greetings on behalf of Mrs. Margaret Seyd, who lived in<br />

Exton from 1946-89. Margaret passed away in her sleep at<br />

Ashley Manor Residential Home on Wednesday, November<br />

7 th , the day after her 97th birthday. Her children, Patrick,<br />

Diddy, and Christi send their greetings to all her many kind<br />

friends in the Meon Valley villages.<br />

We know that you share in our joy <strong>for</strong> her life and our grief<br />

at her passing.<br />

We welcome. . .<br />

Ailsa and James Duckworth, who have come with<br />

Joseph (9 months), to 3 Park Villas, Drox<strong>for</strong>d.<br />

Cary and Alan Nairn, who have come from Alverstoke,<br />

to Rose Cottage, Meonstoke.<br />

Community Care


<strong>December</strong> <strong>2012</strong><br />

Sun. 2 Advent One<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 8.30 am<br />

Sing <strong>for</strong> Joy Family Service, Exton 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Advent Service of Light & Carols, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 6.30 pm<br />

Christmas Market, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 1200-3.00 pm<br />

Wed 5 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew.’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish Council mtg 7.30 pm<br />

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

Angelic Carols concert, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Church 7.30 pm<br />

Thu. 6 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

MV Garden Club: Carol Watson Talk - 7.30 pm<br />

A Long Thin Journey in Chile, Soberton V.Hall<br />

Fri. 7 Singing <strong>for</strong> Fun, <strong>The</strong> Stables, B/Waltham 2.00 pm<br />

Sat 8 Drox<strong>for</strong>d Country Fair AGM, <strong>The</strong> Bakers Arms 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 9 Advent Two<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Family Service, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Corhampton 6.30 pm<br />

Mon. 10 MV Garden Club: Skittles Evening at 7.00 pm<br />

Southwick Park Golf Club<br />

Joint PCCs meeting, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 7.30 pm<br />

Tue. 11 MV Decorative & Fine Arts Soc.: Lecture 10.40 am<br />

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

MV Flower Club: Christmas Lunch, Warn<strong>for</strong>d 1.00 pm<br />

Village Hall<br />

U3A: <strong>The</strong> Hudson Bay Company, a talk 2.00 pm<br />

by Dennis Boylan, well-known Wickham resident<br />

Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane<br />

Wed. 12 Sovereign Housing consultation 3.30 pm<br />

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

Thu. 13 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Parish Council mtg, the village hall 7.30 pm<br />

Meonstoke Ladies Group, Christmas 7.30 pm<br />

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

Sun. 16 Advent Three<br />

(3 rd) Holy Communion (BCP), Exton 8.30 am<br />

Carols and Café Lite, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 9.30 am<br />

Christmas Carol Matins, Corhampton 11.00 am<br />

Tue. 18 Carols in the Square, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 7.00 pm<br />

Wed 19 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Thu. 20 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 23 Advent Four<br />

(4 th) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Christmas Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Exton 11.00 am<br />

Carols by Candlelight, Exton 6.30 pm<br />

Mon. 24 Christmas Eve<br />

Midnight Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.30 pm<br />

DISTRICT DIARY<br />

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Tue. 25 Christmas Day<br />

Holy Communion (BCP), Exton 8.30 am<br />

Family Christmas Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 9.30 am<br />

Family Christmas Communion, Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Thu. 27 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

King’s <strong>The</strong>atre, Snow White pantomime trip 7.30 pm<br />

(see page 17 <strong>for</strong> details)<br />

Sun. 30 Christmas One<br />

(5 th) Holy Communion (CW), Corhampton 10.30 am<br />

<strong>January</strong> <strong>2013</strong><br />

Wed. 2 Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew.’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Corhampton & Meonstoke Parish Council mtg 7.30 pm<br />

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

Thu. 3 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Fri. 4 HHH Pony Club prizegiving, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 7.00 pm<br />

Sat. 5 Riverside Players Epiphany Party, Meon Hall 7.00 pm<br />

Sun. 6 Epiphany<br />

(1 st) Holy Communion (BCP), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 8.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Meonstoke 11.00 am<br />

Evensong, Exton 6.30 pm<br />

Tue. 8 MV Decorative & Fine Arts Soc.: Lecture 10.40 am<br />

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

Wed. 9 Crafts at Tithes, Exton (see page 7) 1030-12.30 pm<br />

MV Garden Club: Jonathan Hunt – History 7.30 pm<br />

Ancient Woodland, Soberton Village Hall<br />

Thu. 10 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 13 Baptism of Christ (Epiphany Two)<br />

(2 nd) Holy Communion (BCP), Meonstoke 8.30 am<br />

Family Service, Meonstoke 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Drox<strong>for</strong>d 11.00 am<br />

Choral Epiphany Evensong, Corhampton 6.30 pm<br />

Tue. 15 U3A: William Cobbett’s Botley, a talk by 2.00 pm<br />

Geoff Watts, Southampton area enthusiast<br />

Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane<br />

Wed 16 Latest copy date <strong>for</strong> Jan - Feb <strong>Bridge</strong><br />

Look-in <strong>for</strong> coffee and chat, 10.00–12.00 noon<br />

St Andrew.’s Church, Meonstoke<br />

Thu. 17 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Meonstoke Ladies Group: <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 7.00 pm<br />

Talk by David Ablitt: Olympic Experience<br />

Drox<strong>for</strong>d Parish Council mtg, the village hall 7.30 pm<br />

Fri. 18 Singing <strong>for</strong> Fun, <strong>The</strong> Stables, B/Waltham 2.00 pm<br />

Sat. 19 CADENCE Youth Marching Band staying at –<br />

<strong>The</strong> Meon Hall <strong>for</strong> two days<br />

Sun. 20 Epiphany Three<br />

(3 rd) 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. 21 Royal British Legion: a talk by Bob White: 7.00 pm<br />

Build your own aeroplane,<br />

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


Wed. 23 Crafts at Tithes, Exton (see page 7) 1030-12.30 pm<br />

Thu. 24 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

Sun. 27 Epiphany Four<br />

(4 th) Holy Communion (BCP), Corhampton 8.30 am<br />

Puppets & Praise, Meonstoke School 9.30 am<br />

Holy Communion (CW), Exton 11.00 am<br />

<strong>January</strong> church lunch, <strong>The</strong> Meon Hall 12.30 pm<br />

Mon. 28 Meon Hall Management committee meeting 7.30 pm<br />

Tue. 29 U3A: Wildlife of Spitzbergen by Doug Yelland 2.00 pm<br />

Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane<br />

Wed. 30 Film Night, Drox<strong>for</strong>d Village Hall 7.30 pm<br />

Thu. 31 Holy Communion, Drox<strong>for</strong>d 10.00 am<br />

February <strong>2013</strong><br />

Fri. 1 MV Flower Club: Annual General Meeting<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 />

THE MEON BRIDGE BENEFICE<br />

Family and other<br />

services<br />

9.30 am<br />

Family<br />

Exton<br />

9.30 am<br />

Family<br />

Meonstoke<br />

9.30 am<br />

Café Lite<br />

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

9.30 am<br />

Meonstoke School<br />

Puppets & Praise<br />

24<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 />

EXTON CHURCH FABRIC<br />

FUND DRAW<br />

<strong>The</strong> October and November draws were both held at<br />

Southampton General Hospital.<br />

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

these two months were:<br />

October: Kevin Robertson, No 10<br />

Alison Stott, No 15<br />

November: E & A Martin No 59<br />

Elliot Whiting No 72<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 />

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 />

REGULAR SUNDAY & WEEK DAY CHURCH SERVICES FROM SEPTEMBER<br />

See the District Diary <strong>for</strong> details of all the August Services<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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