This is where we try to keep you up to date with news of what's happening and new stuff on the web site.
The hall is fully accessible with a new ramp at the front, disabled loo and a hearing loop. The heating quickly warms the hall up to a comfortable temperature and the lighting and new colour scheme provide an atmosphere which is relaxing and welcoming. If you haven't seen it yet and would like to look around please contact John on 720018 or Maggie on 720459.
To hire our lovely hall please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Jacqui on 720560.
There is more information about the refurbishment on the Village Hall pages.
Now that the water has subsided we are into the tidying up phase plus planning how to improve flood resilience for the future.
Longparish has done much better that many other places but nonetheless it has been a worrying time and some households have been badly affected.
There is a great deal of useful advice on the TVBC website
You are welcome to keep uncontaminated sandbags if you have a use for them. Uncontaminated sandbags may be stored for future use or the sand dug into soil. Empty sandbags can be disposed of in normal household waste black bins for collection.
TVBC will be collecting unwanted sandbags in Longparish on Friday 11 April. All recovered sand will be recycled as part of a county wide scheme.
Residents and businesses wishing to dispose of their sandbags should, where possible, place them at the front of their property on the day before the collection date. In the meantime sandbags are best left in place. If you are likely to have difficulty moving sandbags and require help, please alert the TVBC Customer Services team on 01264 368000 two days before your scheduled collection date.
Owners of properties adversely affected by flooding may qualify for a reduction in council tax. In addition there may be help with work to improve flood resilence for the future. Details are here.
The LCA Coffee Shop in the village hall meeting room is open from 9 am -12 noon every second Friday of the month. Drop in with your friends, children, parents. Everyone is welcome.
The next one is on Friday 11 April
For £1 you can enjoy a cup of tea or delicious ground coffee and biscuits. Fairtrade orange juice is available for children.
Evening garden visit to Avon Cottage, Woodford, near Salisbury. SP4 6NQ
Garden planted for year round interest including bulbs, large drifts of snowdrops and narcissi, flowering shrubs and perennials in woodland, along stream and in borders. Mature evergreen hedges break up the level site which is under continual development. Lovely views and abundant wildlife. It has been mentioned in Saturday Gardening section of Daily Telegraph.
Members Free (Non-Members £7.00 Very Welcome) Any queries to Rosie Lowry 01264 720325 email@example.com
The Spring Clean Up Day will be on Saturday 26 April starting at 10am at the village hall car park.
As usual there will be a pub lunch afterwards. Please come and help, both for fellowship and to keep our village looking lovely.
If possible, please would you contact Phil Harris (tel 720437) in advance if you are able to help so we can we can match jobs, volunteers and tools to save messing about on the day. Thank you.
Please come and support your parish church at the APCM on Sunday 27 April. The meeting will take place in Longparish Community Hall at about 10.30 after the family service. There will be reports on church activities during 2013, the election of Churchwardens and PCC (Parochial Church Council) members and refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
Family fun for everyone. Details are on this lovely poster. Please put one up near you.
For tickets (£10) please contact Jo Webb on 01264 720088 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Smith is kindly masterminding these events on the third Monday of each month. Doors open at 7 and the shows start at 7.30. Entry is free for LCA members but donations to help cover the costs will be welcome. For May we have an award winning film starring Judi Dench. The terms of the licence do not allow us to name the next film here but you can read about it in Hill & Valley.
We will be holding our biennial Fun Day again this year, with activities from early morning to late at night, some familiar and some new. The theme will be Carnival, with a side order of celebrating the World Cup (which is apparently of interest to some people in the village!)
Keep the whole day reserved in your diaries so you can join in - and if you'd like to be involved in helping us organise the day, please get in touch with Fiona Gould (720709)
Longparish Craft Club are a social group with a shared love of making things. We meet fortnightly on Tuesdays at Longparish Village Hall in either the main hall or in the meeting room to the rear of the hall. The club runs from 7.30pm until 9.30pm and entry costs £2 per person which includes tea and coffee.
Find out more on the Craft Club Page
Classes are led by Lauren Mildenberger, a fully qualified instructor. She teaches low impact short routines to music. This is kinder to your joints. It is not a fast pace class so is ideal for complete beginners and senior ladies. Each session includes gentle warm up, cardiovascular exercise to increase heart-rate (nothing major!!) and toning – concentrating on those problem areas (Arms, Bums, Tums).
Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip footwear. Everyone works at their own level, no pressure. Come along and give it a try. £5 per session. Free parking - so why travel to Andover for a class?
Need more information? Phone Gina on 01264 720128.
The L2SOTM is a race of about 3 miles (5km) held on the second Sunday of every month. The next race is on Sunday 11th May starting at 10am at the Cricket Ground. Runners of all standards are welcome as are brisk walkers. The handicap system means that the slowest have as much chance of winning the cups as the fastest. Hope you can come. There will be refreshments afterwards and supporters of all ages are very welcome. More details are available on the L2SOTM pages.
The Recycled Teenagers’ Club is open to all older members of our community and was started by Longparish Community Association in 2007. We organise regular outings and other events using Test Valley Community Service’s minibus for transport. We are very grateful to the Longparish Community Association for their continued support as that helps us to keep the cost to participants down.
Our programme of outings for this year is listed below. It is open to all villagers over 60 years of age.
If you or someone you know is interested in joining us or you would like further information please contact Corinne on 720643.
Previous visits have included singing in Wherwell, Exbury Gardens, Birdworld in Farnham, a Morecombe and Wise tribute show in New Milton and an excellent garden centre near Eastleigh. We have also got together with KidzZone to raise over £400 by holding a cream tea in Forton.
Another trip was to the Hawk Conservancy. Despite a very poor weather forecast the only rain was when we were indoors having lunch. We saw three flying displays of birds of prey and Jim got a new parting in his hair from the talons of a low flying vulture. A mini bus load of us went to Winchester for "Get Hampshire Singing". We sang everything fromThe Happy Wanderer to Delilah and they gave us an excellent free lunch as well. Thanks very much to all concerned.
Kidz Zone meets fortnightly on a Wednesday. It is open to people aged 11 to 18. More information here
Our thriving Parent and Toddler group meets weekly in the village hall. Click here for more information.
Our Longparish walks leaflet was distributed to every household in Longparish and Hurstbourne Priors. They are in great demand from visitors and locals alike and are available from the pubs, the church and the shop. There's more information in our local walks area
Going back a bit further there was a huge celebration on 11 June 1887 for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Details are recorded in a notebook belonging to John Woodcock. You can read a transcribed copy here.
You can see some maps of the area at different scales by following the link 'How to find Longparish' in the menu. If you are still puzzled, "Southern England" (the first map) is the bottom quarter of that little island to the top left of Europe.
We will gradually be adding photos to this part of the site. If anybody has any (new or old) that they could let us have, we'd be pleased to see them. Obviously digital is the easiest, but we can scan in prints as well.
This section explains the responsibilities of the Parish Council and gives you contact details for members, as well as dates, agendas and minutes of council meetings. You can also access items of general village interest such as the Design Statement and the Community Project, in this section.
In this part of the site you should be able to find a substantial amount of information on such things as local government, and how it impacts on Longparish, as well as details about the church, schooling, shops and pubs, and many organisations that operate in or around the village.
The Village Handbook gives some of the history of the village, its landmarks, families & traditions. It also suggests sites of interest and wildlife you should look out for as you wander around the village.
Hill and Valley is our local community magazine. We have copies of the Longparish pages.
We're delighted to receive any comments about either this site, or issues of interest in the village especially notice or reports of events that you would like us to publicise on the site. The webmaster will pass on comments to the appropriate people. Just use the Contact form, which is available on every page in the menu bar at the top.
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