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The Parish Council have circulated an additional document containing supplementary information to that in the document of 12 February.
The Parish Council circulated this note about flooding on 12 February. It includes lots of useful information.
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 email@example.com or phone Jacqui on 720560.
There is more information about the refurbishment on the Village Hall pages.
Ofsted inspected our school on 15-16 January.Their report grades the school as follows
This is a fantastic report. Congratulations to all concerned. You can read the report here.
David Jewell on "The Sir Harold Hillier Arboretum through the Seasons"
The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is an arboretum near Romsey of 72 hectares with over 42,000 trees and shrubs including Oaks, Camellias, Magnolia and Rhododendron. David Jewell originally trained at Kew Gardens as a member of staff for 2 years and as a student on the 3 year diploma programme followed by a scholarship to Tasmania for 6 months to study their native flora. Mixed head gardener roles followed for several years and in 1987 David was appointed Floral Superintendent at R.H.S. Wisley, a post he held for 11 years in charge of the central 50 acres at Wisley. Recently David has been Head of Collections at The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.
There will be a raffle towards the cost of future speakers. It is not too late to enrol for the gardening club for 2014. New members very welcome from within Hill and Valley Parishes. Any queries please get in touch with Rosie Lowry 01264 720325.
Longparish Community Association is delighted to bring to Longparish, in conjunction with Hog the Limelight, a fabulous group of highly talented young Swing musicians – The Baker Boys. Join them for an intimate performance of lively and fresh renditions from the New Orleans and Hot Club repertoire. Enjoy virtuoso musicianship, humorous storytelling and be transported from the chill of our March winds to the riverboats of New Orleans. To find out more and to listen to some of their music go to www.bakerboysmusic.co.uk
"Top Class! An exhilarating performance from this highly skilled ensemble. A truly emorable way to kick off our Autumn late night jazz series" The Royal Albert Hall
Get your tickets reserved quickly, space is limited. Tickets: £10.00 with food, £8.00 without food. Contact David Marklew 07747 014519, who may also be able to arrange transport to LCA events if needed.
11 March: “One Man, One Boat, 4000 Miles!” Richard Mayon-White will talk about the highs and lows of sailing across the Atlantic in his 21 foot yacht. Scroll down for a link to his blog.
All the talks are in the village hall. Doors and bar open at 7 and the talks start at 7.30. Entry is free but donations are gratefully accepted. This season they will support the village hall.
The funeral for the Rev’d Canon Michael Alister Morrell St John-Channell (1953 - 2014) will be held in Winchester Cathedral on Friday 14th March at 10.30 a.m. Following that there will be a memorial service in St Peter’s Church, St Mary Bourne on Saturday 15th March at 10.30 a.m.
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 14 February.
For £1 you can enjoy a cup of tea or delicious ground coffee and biscuits. Fairtrade orange juice is available for children.
An illustrated talk by Terry Hemming about the place of icons in the church. 7pm at the tThe Village Hall. See poster for more information.
Now that we have the projector and screen in our lovely refurbished village hall the LCA have started a new season of films. 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 February we have a French historical drama film. The terms of the licence do not allow us to name the next film here but you can read about it in Hill & Valley.
A concert of English choral works including Parry's Song of Farewell by the Sansara Choir.More information on this poster.
Sansara is a new choir based in Winchester, founded with the intention of giving young singers from the area a platform to sing and conduct during the holidays. The name means 'continuous flow,' and in accordance with that principle the musical direction is shared between singers from the choir. Many of the singers are choral scholars at Oxford or Cambridge, and many also former choristers of Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals, and former Quiristers of Winchester College. Longparish Choir will be also be singing in the concert both alone and with Sansara.
Food swap is recycling at its best; turning your surplus into other goodies that you wouldn’t normally produce for yourself. The next event is being held on Saturday 5th April in Longparish. You must register ahead of the event to take part on the day. If you’ve any questions about the swap or to register, please get in touch with Amanda or Martin on 01264 720059 or via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org You can sign up to our mailing list for event dates or watch for published dates via Twitter: @VillageFoodSwap
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)
There was a record turnout for the Santa Dash. You can see some pictures here.
Despite the power cut The Plough remained open and there was an excellent audience for the Mummers Play. Your generous donations amounted to 241.33 and will be split between Mityana and the Andover Food Bank.
Thank you everyone. A movie of the Mummers will follow.
Richard Mayon-White from Longparish Station is sailing the Alantic single-handed in his tiny 21 foot yacht Hascapa. The voyage started from Gibraltar on 26 October. Richard will sail south, following the western coastline of Morocco and the Western Sahara, until reaching the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees north. Richard will then alter course to steer the yacht due west along the Tropic of Cancer, which he will follow for 3,000 miles until reaching the Bahamas.
Richard is raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer (who provide sailing breaks for families affected by cancer) and Sobell House, the hospice where his mother was looked after. You can read his blog here. It includes a link to a map which is regularly updated from to show his progress.
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 9th March 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.
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