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THE GAUNTLET

THE LOCAL MAGAZINE FOR THE SOMBORNES AND ASHLEY

Panto provides plenty of fun

Report and photos

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Also in this issue:

Jubilee plans take shape

More ideas proposed

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Annual Assembly this month

New informal setting

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Community responders need recruits

Can you help?

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Keep collecting those milk bottle tops

But now for different charity

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APRIL 2012

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The Somborne & District Society

Talks on Local History and related Subjects.

Visits to places of interest Visitors always welcome!

Meetings held on the 4th Wednesday of each month At 8.pm in King's Somborne Village Hall

Contact : Mary Pollock 01794 388422

www.thesombornes.org.uk

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Parish Church

Reader: Sue Holligan Wardens: David Bevan Sandie Pepperell PCC Secretary: David Bevan

Useful names and numbers Schools

01794 388223 Somborne Pre-School King's Somborne School 01794 388484 Test Valley School 07769682696 Crimestoppers 01794 388021 Police Station Urgent calls 07769682696 01962 820482 Andrew Brock 01794 389587 01794 388381 01264 810555 0800 555 111 0845 045 45 45 999

Vicar: Rev Rob Stapleton

Police

Treasurer & Gift Aid Sec: Claire Bevan Flowers: Penny Ward

Neighbourhood Watch

01794 388227

Parish Council

01794 389688 01794 389649 01264 861138

01794 389649 Clerk: Peter Storey

Methodist Church

Minister: Revd Dr Rosemary Baker Steward: Marion Downing

Borough Councillor

Tony Ward

County Councillor

01962 880383 Andrew Gibson (evenings only) 01794 388121

Member of Parliament

Caroline Nokes MP Romsey & Soton North Conservatives 01794 521155

Roman Catholic Churches

St Joseph's Romseyand and St Andrew's North Baddesley 02380 273882

Village Correspondent

Dawn Harrison 01794 388418

Village Hall

Bookings: Mary Bradley 01794 388386 Village Website [email protected] www.thesombornes.org.uk

Epworth Hall

Bookings:Marion Downing

The Gauntlet

01794 388029 01794 388121 Editor: Harvey Saunders Advertising: Sue Byram 01794 388521 Distribution: Norman Denison 01794 388889 01264 810524

Doctors

Stockbridge surgery

www.stockbridgesurgery.co.uk Broughton surgery Out of Hours service 01794 301210 0844 811 3060

Please deliver articles for The Gauntlet to [email protected] or The Post Office. Copy date is no later than 5.00pm on the 15th of the month please. 1

Pharmacy

Stockbridge Pharmacy 01264 810624

Village Directory

Allotments

Contact: Frank Fahy Contacts: Madeline Edmonds Pam Watson 01794 388314

Friends Church

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Somborne

Art exhibition committee

01974 389014 01794 388429

Contacts: Anthony Chilton (Secretary) 01794 388160 David Pye (Membership) 01794 388405

Football Club

Contact: Andy Gannaway 01794 388733

Badminton Club

Every Monday 7.30pm. Contact: Sue Jackson 01794 388884

Footpath walk

Monthly walk on Parish footpaths on the last Sunday of each month. Starting at 2.00pm at the Village Hall car park. Contact: David Haydon 01794 388120 Alison Seymour 01794 389219

Baby & Toddler Group

Informal friendly get-together for babies, pre-school children, parents and carers. Every Wednesday 10.00am - 11.30am in the Village Hall. Contact: Frances Barber 01794 388759

French Twinning Association

Regular exchanges with St Paul du Vernay in Normandy Contact: Louise & Andrew Causer 01794 389364

Bellringing

Every Monday 7.30 - 9.00pm. Contact: Sue Spurling 01794 388266

Catherine Edwards Trust

Provides grants to village students Contact: Frank Cleverley 01794 388399

FunDay Club

Meets after school on Mondays for children in years Reception to 4 Contact: Christine Ball 01794 388633

Cricket Club

Contact: Frank Fahy 01794 388314

Garden waste scheme

Garden waste will be collected in w/c 2nd, 16th and 30th April..

Christians Together in Somborne and District

Welcome all to open and ecumenical meetings and services throughout the year. Contact: Nigel Coleman 01794 388449

Home Group

Biblestudy group. Usually third Thursdays of the month at 8.00pm. Contact: Nigel Coleman 01794 388449

Community Responders

Contact: John Vanderpump 01794 388647

Horticultural Society

Meets for two talks and one visit per year and organises the annual Flower Show. Contact: Pollyann Monk 01794 388482

Dial-a-Ride

Trips to Romsey every Wednesday, for senior citizens and disabled people, at 2.00pm. Fare £2.70. Contact: Dick or Zoe 01264 356808

Household waste

Non-recyclable household waste (black bins) will be collected in w/c 2nd, 16th and 30th April. Recyclable household waste (brown bins) will be collected in w/c 9th and 23rd April. (One day late in Bank Holiday week.)

Drop In

Coffee morning at the Epworth Hall. Every first and third Tuesday at 10.30am.

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Village Directory (continued)

Neighbourcare

Transport to essential appointments and other small tasks. Contacts: Sue Jackson 01794 388884 Jenny Crouch 01794 388882

Sombornes Pre-School

Early Years education for children aged from 2 to school age. Contact: Lucy Chadwick 01794 389587

Somborne Sessions

Details: www.sombornesessions.co.uk Contact: Doug Stammers 01794 389192

Mobile Library

Tuesday 24th April: 2.00 - 2.25pm Up Somborne 2.45 - 4.00pm Church Road Information: 02380 267393

Somborne Singers

Weekly meetings to sing ballads, songs from shows etc. every Tuesday at 7.45pm in the Parish Church. Contact: Sue Jackson 01794 388884

Pastoral Care Group

Contact: Fi Chilton 01794 388160

Prayer Group

Please contact Rev Robert Stapleton on 01794 388223

Sunday Night at Six (SNAS)

Christian youth group for ages 9-13+. Meets in Epworth Hall on 1st and 3rd Sundays of month in term time, 6.007.15pm, plus outings and other events. Contact: Sam Barnes 07742077114 [email protected]

School Association

A group of volunteer parents meeting twice a term to organize social and fund-raising events to benefit the school and its pupils. Contact: Caroline Andrews 01794 389231

Tiny Tots

Meet in the Parish Church each Tuesday at 2.00pm. Contact: Christine Ball 01794 388633

Scouts

Beavers Wednesdays 5.45 - 6.45pm Cubs Thursdays 6.30 - 8.00pm Scouts Wednesdays 7.00 - 9.00pm Contact: Janice Waterman 01794 388588

Women's Institute

Meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in the Epworth Hall. Contact: Linda Aucock 01794 388542

Somborne & District Society

Meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 8.00pm, usually in the Village Hall. www.communigate.co.uk/hants/somsoc Contact: Mary Pollock 01794 388422

Working Men's Club

Various entertainments throughout the month. Contacts: Janette Batchelor 07582 552666 Trina Masham 07852 257596

Somborne Needleworkers

Meet each Thursday at 2.00pm at Nutcher's, 3 Nutcher's Drove. Contact: Eileen Humphreys 01794 388427

Village Agents

Contacts: Sue Jackson Lin Curtis 01794 388884 01794 389373

Somborne Players

Regular, informal play outings. Contact: Melanie Haydon readings and 01794 388120

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King's Somborne Parish Councillors

Name Cllr Andrew Brock Tel no Address 01794 388227 Charlton House, 4 Camp Field King's Somborne SO20 6QB [email protected] 01794 389373 Park Bank, Horsebridge Road King's Somborne SO20 6PT [email protected] 01794 388314 2 Vicarage Cottages Old Vicarage Lane King's Somborne SO20 6PZ [email protected] 01794 388187 4 Horsebridge Road King's Somborne SO20 6PY [email protected] 01794 388418 Valley House, Horsebridge Road King's Somborne SO20 6PT [email protected]

Cllr Roy Curtis

Cllr Frank Fahy

Cllr Paul Goddard

Cllr Dawn Harrison

Cllr Richard Harwood 01264 810314 4 Marsh Court Farm Vice-Chairman Romsey Road, Stockbridge SO20 6DF PC and Planning [email protected] Cllr Geoff Herbert 01794 388688 Hillside Cottage, Romsey Road King's Somborne SO20 6PP [email protected]

Cllr Gordon Pearson 01794 388662 Yew Tree Cottage, Romsey Road Chairman Planning King's Somborne SO20 6PR Cllr Alistair Reynolds 07931 232090 8 Lancaster Gate King's Somborne SO20 6DQ [email protected] Cllr John Werrett 01794 389311 5 Camp Field, King's Somborne Chairman Parish Council SO20 6QB [email protected]

Clerk to King's Somborne Parish Council

2 Old Fromans Farm King's Somborne Stockbridge SO20 6QD Tel: 018794 389688 Fax: 01794 389220 e-mail: [email protected] and: [email protected] Peter J Storey OBE FCIS 4

KING'S SOMBORNE PARISH COUNCIL

Annual Assembly

From 6.30pm on Thursday 19th April 2012 (Meeting starts at 7.30pm) Village Hall, King's Somborne

Come and celebrate our Parish achievements! See our new style meeting in an informal setting with round tables and slideshows Take this opportunity to get to know your Parish, Borough and County Councillors on a one-to-one basis! Refreshments available throughout the Annual Assembly Let KSPC have your questions in advance, to be answered on the night!

Either deliver your questions online at www.thesombornes.org.uk or email the Parish Clerk at [email protected] before Thursday 19th April

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Sleeping Beauty awakens village

If you missed this year's village pantomime you missed a real treat. The story was based on Sleeping Beauty, but this was a Sleeping Beauty with a difference. The princess, Briar Rose was a rather difficult, selfcentred young madam who was rebelling against the plans her parents made for her. Courtney Collis played the stroppy princess to perfection and with great comic timing. Her desperate parents, Alan Glynne Jones as her father and Larry King as her very buxom blond and blowzy mother, kept the pace moving and the laughter coming. The fairy queen and Head Fairy, both looking beautiful, and played by Vanessa McClenaghan and Emily Grace, did their best to sort things out and ensure Briar Rose found the right prince. They were aided by a group of equally enchanting fairies (Robyn Grace, Sophia McLoughlin, Isabelle Johnson and Amy Ball). The evil fairies, Carbolic and Creosote (indeed they were both evil and totally unrecognisable as Katrin Kohl and Heidi Faux-Whitehead) tried to ruin

things and were responsible for the princess falling into a deep but noisy sleep. The princess's parents called in people to help, a totally ineffective Doctor, played with much verve by Andrew Flanagan, a winsome Dinky the Dancing bear (Laura Johnson) and an entertainer with attitude, Dizzy Lizzy (Lauren Cartwright).

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Three Special Agents, David Haydon, Rory McClenaghan and Peter Grace, who were perhaps not the brightest ro ya l e mp lo yee s, we r e also enthusiastically welcomed every time they appeared on stage to the music Move it. Add to this mix two of the cutest announcers, Ellie Chadwick and Jessica Clayden, and a stunning Boy Band, Ewan and Adam McClenaghan, Friso Grace and Oliver Waggot, and The prince chosen by Briar Rose, Prince Valiant, whose personality seemed to provide the right partner for this difficult young lady was played with great and effective gusto by Catherine Cartwright. The muddle brought about by the court Jesters, Fix and It meant the course of true love did not run smoothly until the final scene. Fix and It were a riot and Lesley Evans and Audrey Thomas who played them were superb in their roles and carried the audience with them whenever they appeared. you will understand why the panto was such a success. However also contributing was an attractive set, excellent sound effects and lighting, well choreographed dancing and some glorious costumes. Well done to everyone but especially the director Sue Jackson who lead her highly efficient team so brilliantly.

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Parish Council meeting

Public session

March

· Forest Extra: Residents from Up Somborne expressed concern at the Forest Extra application for a Certificate of Lawfulness to cover on-site activities. The Chairman explained that, whilst the Council sympathised with the residents, KSPC comments were restricted to the length of time that current usage had been in operation. However, the Council will write separately to TVBC reflecting support for local concerns and residents were advised to maintain pressure on all relevant departments. · Sombornes Pre-School: Samantha Boot outlined plans to celebrate the Royal Jubilee on the recreation grounds and accepted the Clerk's offer to obtain a Fields in Trust fun pack which offers advice. · Toddlers' play area: Thanks were given to Cllr Gibson for funding the repair costs.

Council session

· Councillor surgeries: The lack of participation by public was discussed and it was agreed that the surgeries be cancelled with immediate effect. · Replacement tree: The replacement for the tree felled in the new bottle bank area and any other Jubilee trees will be planted in areas near the cricket pitch, near the junction of Eldon Road and Furzedown Road and in the Churchyard. · Teenage recreational facilities: Cllr Fahy advised that the survey results showed most support for a multi-purpose games area enabling, football, small team football, tennis and a kick wall. A costed plan will be produced at the next meeting. · Eldon Road: Cllr Fahy will contact Hampshire Highways regarding a need for broken white lines at each road junction joining Eldon Road. · Annual Assembly: Cllr Harrison briefed the meeting on the new style Annual Assembly. · John O'Gaunt: Cllr Harrison advised the meeting that the John O'Gaunt will reopen on Easter Saturday and that there will be a Grand Opening on Friday 13 April with free buffet. · Communications Working Group: Cllr Harrison announced Cllr Fahy's resignation from the Communications Working Group because of other commitments and thanked him for his contribution.

Neighbourhood Watch: Cllr Brock confirmed a small payment of surplus funds to the Parish Council from the NWA.

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Parish Council meeting

March

· RFO's report and budget monitoring: Please see full Minutes for details. · Lengsthman Agreement: The meeting authorised the Clerk to sign the Lengthsman Agreement and monitor the associated work. · Jubilee strategy: Cllr Werrett identified some `quick wins' for Workstream 2 which included improvements to teenage recreational facilities, highways and sports activities as well as targeting organisations to bid for grant aid. · Clerk's report: The Clerk advised of an invitation to become a subscriber member of Fields in Trust which was taken up by the meeting. The Clerk had attended a seminar on Localism. The Epworth Hall would not be available for Council meeting in April because of redecoration and the Clerk would therefore review alternative meeting places. · Co-option: The meeting listened to a brief speech by each of the two interested members of the public before taking a vote in a closed meeting. As a result, Alistair Reynolds will be invited to join the Parish Council. Forthcoming Council meetings (venues to be confirmed) Planning Committee: 6.30 pm on Monday 2 April 2012 Parish Council: 7.00 pm on Monday 2 April 2012 Dawn Harrison Village Correspondent Full Minutes are at the Post Office, Martin's Stores & www.thesombornes.org.uk Subscribe to King's Somborne Parish Council Newsletter! Send your email address to the Parish Clerk at [email protected]

King's Somborne Allotments

I have replaced Ray Blackmore as organiser of the King's Somborne allotments. On behalf of all allotmenteers, I would like to thank Ray for the effort he has put in to this job for a considerable number of years. In April I shall visit holders to collect the annual fees of £6 for a 10 rod plot and £3 for a 5 rod plot: other plot areas pro rata. If you hold a have held a plot in the past, but do not intend to cultivate it this year, please be considerate and inform me so that I can allocate it to someone on the waiting list. Frank Fahy 01794 388314 [email protected]

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Village Hall news

At our last meeting the VHMC agreed to the suggestion that our new community room should be named the Jubilee room and that the formal opening ceremony should be held during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June at 2.00pm. We have been extremely fortunate in that Lady Appleyard, who is the Queen's Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire, has agreed to perform the opening ceremony which will be held in conjunction with other village events on the recreation ground. A preliminary summary of these events is in the article by Sam Boot on page 12. We hope that this will be a really enjoyable day for everybody in the village and will mark the Jubilee in a appropriate manner. The work on the Jubilee room and associated storerooms continues to progress and most of the tiles have been fixed onto the roofs of the store rooms (see picture). In addition, the new paved area in front of the French windows of the Jubilee room and the serving hatch of the pavilion are in place and look most attractive. Two of the old iron pillars have been removed and this has transformed this area which now has a much more open aspect. One of the remaining pillars has been given a brickwork coating and this has been so successful that I hope the VHMC will be able to find the money to do the same to a second pillar. Inside the main hall, the doors to the store room are temporarily in place, these doors are higher than the old ones in order to enable the large tables to be moved in and out on the trolley; this was not previously possible in the old store room because the tables hit the lintel. Inevitably the building work has caused a certain amount of disruption and dust. I must thank our users for being so understanding. The floor in particular has been rather dusty. Although we are doing our best to keep on top of the problem, it will continue until the building work is finished. We have had some problems with the plumbing and a few days ago there was a considerable flood from the drains which had become blocked. We called out specialist contractors and the blockage was dealt with but it must be 10

strongly emphasised to everybody using the Hall that nappies and similar indigestible articles must not be flushed down the toilets! The furnishing of the Jubilee room has been discussed and we paid a visit to a supplier at Bicester to see some chairs and tables which we think will be suitable. A list of all the furnishings and carpets has been drawn up and a bid for a grant has been submitted to Awards for All. Whether we will be successful or not remains to be seen but our fingers are crossed. We also visited Chilbolton Village Hall to look at their setup. We learned quite a few lessons, some of which we might be able to incorporate into the next stage of renovating the main hall. Again we are seeking advice and

estimates for the building and electrical work on the main hall and these will be considered by the VHMC. On the fund raising and social side it is all systems go! The Somborne Sessions are fantastic, it looks as though the Clay Pigeon Shoot team are going to repeat their success of last year provided the weather is kind and the Beer & Music Festival is on track for the 23rd June. Thank you to everybody who is devoting so much time and energy to these projects. Other dates are: VHMC 26th April Village Hall AGM 3rd May Terry Mackintosh

Diamond Jubilee beacon

In this country, there is a long history of beacons being lit either to warn that the country is in mortal danger or to celebrate some great national event . I well remember one being lit on Farley Mount from which similar beacons were visible on the Isle of Wight, Butser Hill and Coombe Gibbet. On the occasion of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, a chain of beacons was lit across the kingdom. It is proposed that a similar event should be held this year on 4th June to mark the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. As yet neither Hampshire County Council or TVBC appear to be doing anything to get this idea off the ground; I wonder if it is something which would appeal to the villagers of King's Somborne. If so, Farley Mount would appear to be the ideal high point to set up a beacon. There is an official beacon website (www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.u k/Diamond_Jubilee_Beacons). If we would like to take part we would need to register before the end of April. Is anyone interested? If so, send me an email or give me a ring. Terry Mackintosh (01794388248 [email protected])

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Village Jubilee celebrations take shape

After our call, in the last issue of The Gauntlet, to organisations to hold a stall or sideshow, the planned Diamond Jubilee celebrations on Saturday 2nd June are starting to take shape. But we'd love even more offers! A few ideas for stalls not yet taken are the Tombola, ices, cakes, toys and so me traditio nal side sho ws. However, we can announce there will be a royal-themed Story Tent for the children to enjoy, face painting, Afternoon Tea, a beer tent, handmade cards, a raffle and Traidcraft goodies. The afternoon will start off with the official opening of the new Jubilee Room in the Village Hall, followed by a Twenty20 cricket match with the KSCC versus the KS All-Comers, and a special Jubilee Exhibition organised by the Somborne & District Society. Afternoon Tea will be served by the WI throughout the afternoon. There will be space to picnic, watch the cricket and soak up the atmosphere. A reminder for both the young, and the young-at-heart, that there will also be a free to enter `Jubilee Crown' competition with Jubilee-themed prizes! So, if you'd like to run a stall or sideshow, want to help out on the day or have any queries about the event, please contact either: Samantha Boot, for The Sombornes Pre-School (389554) or Mary Pollock, for The Somborne & District Society (388422)

The Sombornes Pre-School

The Sombornes Pre-School is going from strength to strength. Numbers are increasing each half term with some new starters and some adding to the number of sessions they already do. This is a fantastic result and is beyond our initial projections which can only be a good thing for the PreSchool ­ and the village OFSTED came to inspect us in February and gave us a Satisfactory rating, which for our very first term and a half in business is a good start. They noted how well the staff interacted with the children and that the toys and equipment available 12

Numbers on the increase

allowed the children to learn about healthy lifestyles and the wider world. As mentioned, places are filling up, but we are taking bookings for the Summer term and September still. If you're interested in starting your child with us, please call our supervisor, Zoe Stevens on 07530 893773, visit www.thesombornespreschool.org or log onto The Sombornes website. Samantha Boot Vice-Chair, The Sombornes PreSchool Committee

Easter Saturday April 7tH AT 10.00AM

There will be a cake stall full of goodies on the War Memorial Green opposite the Parish Church in aid of Church Funds. Do come along and support us

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Stockbridge Pharmacy will

pick up your prescription from your GP and deliver your items to your home for free!

Stockbridge Pharmacy continues to provide surrounding Villages improved access to NHS funded services and real choice where this was previously missing. Since the pharmacy opened, a large number of customers have come to experience the professionalism and dedication to healthcare that this independent pharmacy has become renowned for. Whether you or a member of your family have regular monthly medicines, let us take care of it for you! Of course, if you want to collect your items from us, that's fine too. Come and meet our friendly team! We sell a variety of household toiletries and sundries, as well as pet care products which we can also deliver with your medicines. You may further choose to take advantage of our many services like blood pressure checking, advice and treatment for minor ailments, medication reviews, supply of weekly dossett tray, dispensing private prescriptions, emergency contraception advice and our quit smoking service. Making your life that little bit easier. High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6EX. 01264 810624. Visit our website www.stockbridgepharmacy.co.uk. You can order your prescriptions online too!

King's Somborne Working Men's Club

Entertainment April:

Saturday 7th April Fun Night Golf, Darts, Pool, Hi-Lo Cards, Table Football etc Teams of 4 Entry fee £1.00 per person Open to everyone Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times

Prizes to be won

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Anyone for lunch?

Two dates for your diary this month. On the second Tuesday of the month, which is 10th April, The Crown will host a lunch for over-50s. This is a great opportunity to get out, meet people and have a good meal and a chat. Please book your place through Lin or myself and let us know if you need transport, which we can arrange. Then on the third Tuesday, 24th, we will welcome representatives of the police and fire services who will talk about their services for you. Do come along to find out what is on offer. Again, book your place with us and ask for transport if you need it. Details below, all over-50s welcome. If you have found our previous talks useful, do tell others and bring them along. Remember also that we are here to help with any other queries you may have about services or benefits for the over-50s, and we will do fire safety checks. Do not sit at home worrying ­however small you may feel the problem is, pick up the phone and ask, you have nothing to lose, and may have much to gain!! Sue Jackson 388 884 Lin Curtis 389 373

Over 50's Lunch at The Crown

Tuesday 10th 12.30pm £8 Fish and chips and ice cream Book Your Place on 388884 or 389373

Police and Fire Services

Epworth Hall Tuesday 24th April 10.30am All over 50s welcome Followed by coffee and cake Book your place on 388884 or 389373

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Every year the Somborne and District History Society hold a competition for children (Years 2-6 living in the Sombornes and Ashley) to encourage interest in local history. With the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this year it is hoped that this will inspire children to look back in history! This year it is launched on 28th February, children will have until 17th April to complete their entry (about 6 weeks with Easter holiday).

John of Gaunt Award 2012

The topic

The topic should be historical and preferably based on the local Test Valley area or Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Examples might include:

Memories of the Coronation, scrapbook of the Queen's reign, life in the 1950s, a pretend news article with Queen Elizabeth II about becoming Queen or your own alternative ­ great choices in the year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee!

World War II in the area Local people or local places of interest

Buildings/Houses But there are many, many more and some may choose to enter work done in school topic work

How to present the ideas

The children can present the information they have collected in any format, it does not have to be pages and pages of work - for example: a labelled picture a booklet a chart a diary a pretend newspaper article an interview an A3 display sheet a model (but must be supported with written work) Again you may think of another way and be totally original!

What can you do to help?

Please help your child select a suitable topic and find some material to help them start their topic. It must be their own work. Remember they should not just copy large extracts of material but select and use the information in their own way. Encourage your child to be inquisitive and curious about the area they live in.

COULD YOU BE A WINNER IN THIS SPECIAL YEAR?

A sealed envelope should be attached to work with the entrant's year group written on the outside and containing his/her name and class on a slip of paper, or address in the case of entrants not attending KS School. Entrants not attending King Somborne Primary School should deliver entries to Jo Finch at Carmel House, Horsebridge Road, King's Somborne (tel. 01794 388462) no later than 5pm on Tuesday 17 April. Entrants at KS school should hand in entries to their class teacher. There should be no names on the pieces of work.

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School news

Pantomime 2012

Record audiences enjoyed this year's pantomime `Snow White' and mention must be made of the contribution made by children from the school whose performances contributed much to its success. Children from years 3 to year 6 took part. Indeed, it was the junior members of the cast who ensured that the production got off to a rousing start with their opening dance routine performed to the music of `There's no business like show business'. These young thespians gave up a great deal of time attending rehearsals, especially over their half term break when they had only one free evening during the week. Congratulations and thanks to them all from The Somborne Players. Windsor and Mrs Duggan, been learning about India. In March, parents and friends were able to share in this work when the children presented their class assembly. A slide show indicated the variety of aspects covered and the children donned their Asian Day costumes, ensuring that the event was colourful as well as interesting. It was clear that they have learnt a great deal over the last few weeks and, judging by the broad smiles, have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The assembly closed with a performance of an Indian dance, requiring at times excellent balance; how well they remembered all the moves! At the end of the assembly, Mr Roebuck thanked the children, congratulating them on their hard work and requesting an encore of the dance which they were pleased to perform. Jo Finch

Assembly Years 3 & 4

The children of Years 3 and 4 have this term, under the guidance of Mrs

In aid of

CANCER RESEARCH UK

Patron HM The Queen President HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG KCVO President HRH Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvie GCVO

27th Annual Plant Sale & Open Garden

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By kind permission of Professor and Mrs Andrew Elkington

Little Court, Crawley SO21 2PU

Wednesday 2nd May 2012 10am ­ 1pm

Little Court Plants ­ Hardy's Cottage Garden Plants Test Valley Nursery -- Butterfly Nursery ­ Kirton Farm Nursery Plants Phoenix Cards ­ Cakes, Savouries, Preserves Raffle Entrance £4.00 ----- including Coffee 17

From the Borough Councillor

Free Insulation Scheme deadline extended

Originally planned to finish at the end of March, the free insulation scheme is being extended to the end of September 2012. This scheme has been funded by Scottish Power, Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council and there are no hidden attempts to sell anything or offer a poor quality job. I have had the free cavity wall insulation myself and the service was quick, high quality and we could feel the benefits on the first day. It's like the house suddenly put a coat on. It doesn't suit all houses and the loft insulation only applies if you already have less than 2½" of insulation. It's easy to have an engineer visit to advise on what can and cannot be done ­ pick up the phone and ring 0800 952 0037 ­ it's all free! going to be possible to find a solution to satisfy everyone, but I hope this will meet most expectations.

Council Tax

You will be pleased to know that Hampshire County Council and Test Valley Borough Council have decided to freeze council tax again this year and the only increases, which will be minor, will come from any Police and Parish Council precepts

Community Workshop

Just a reassurance that the good work done by all of you who attended the workshop has not been forgotten. The Parish Council are continuing to work on the actions we undertook. TVBC has now brought Communities into my Portfolio and I have been working with the council officers to use our workshop as a case study for other areas. The Local Government Association (LGA) has visited us and is keen to help us develop our Community Plan, Village Design Statement or whatever the vehicle is to define what our community wants. Tony Ward

Bottle Banks

Those of you that visit the recreation ground will have noticed work has started on relocating the bottle banks in the same area as the cricket hut. They will have a wooden panel fence to help reduce noise. It was never

Councillor Surgeries

The Parish Council has decided not to continue with its monthly Councillor Surgeries as very few people have attended since the Surgeries began. However, we DO encourage you to contact a councillor should you have a query or a point to make and we take this opportunity to remind you that all Council meetings are open to the public - we look forward to seeing you there. Peter Storey Clerk to King's Somborne Parish Council 18

Kings Somborne & District Horticultural Society

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

To be held in the Village Hall Thursday 12th April 2012 At 8.00pm

Guest Speaker:

Mr Marcus Dancer

on:-

"Scented plants throughout the year"

Admission free Everyone welcome

Plants for sale

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What's on

Your guide to events in and around the district Marwell's Gentle Giants

Meet the stunning herd or `tower' of giraffes, see the latest addition to the family and enjoy encounters, feeding sessions and talks. Find out why a giraffe's tongue is purple and why male giraffes like `necking'. From 31 March to 15 April. For the Easter weekend, follow the Wild Egg Trail to win prizes and receive a free chocolate egg. For more details, visit www.marwell.org.uk. of activities for children of all ages at Calshot Activities Centre. Daily from 2-13 April. Call 02380 892077 for more information.

Learn to fly!

Families can experience the thrills and spills of learning to fly with the extraordinary aerial theatre company Scarabeus. Enter the exciting world of aerial acrobatics and dance in a twohour taster session on 2 April at The Point, Eastleigh. Open for families with children aged eight to eleven years. For more information, phone 02380 627802 or visit www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk.

SeaCity Museum

Southampton's new SeaCity Museum opens on 10 April with three `Titanic' exhibitions. Presented through a range of perspectives, they consider why the legend endures, the lives and history of those involved, and the effect the ship has had on technological research, design and safety. The SeaCity Museum, the latest step in the development of Southampton's cultural quarter, tells the story of the local people, their fascinating lives and the city's historical connection with the sea. The Museum is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For the full programme of opening events, call 02380 833007 or visit www.seacitymuseum.co.uk.

Royal Marines Museum

There's an explosive day for all the family on 1 April with `Fully Loaded'; your chance to make rockets, fire a trebuchet or do the field gun run. Get `Commando Fit' on 2-5 April or 10-14 April in a variety of physical activities to test your endurance, strength and coordination. `Shoulder2Shoulder' is a special exhibition on 2-20 April showcasing the outstanding work of the Royal Marines Official war artist, journalists and p ho to grap hers wh o were embedded with the units of 3 Commando Brigade on Operation Herrick 14. For more information on all activities, call 02392 819385 or visit www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk. Bethan Bennett-Lloyd

Calshot Days

Action

Adventure

From high ropes to an egg drop, archery, beach scavenging, track cycling and orienteering are all available in a high-octane programme 20

Theatres

Salisbury Playhouse

(01722 320333 or www.salisburyplayhouse.com) 26 March - 7 April `Anne and Zef' 1 April `Reverie', piano recital 11-12 April `Riot' 13-14 April `May Day, May Day' 17-21 April `The Crowstarver' 2-26 May `Epsom Downs' ____________________________

Theatre Royal, Winchester

(01962 840440 or www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk) 4-7 April `The Producers' 10 April Count Arthur Strong's Command Performance 13 April `Tiddler and other Terrific Tales' 14 April Maddy Prior 16 April An Evening with Ann Widecombe and Alistair Stewart 20-21 April `The Barber of Seville' 25-28 April `Kafka's Monkey' ______________________________

Nuffield, Southampton

(02380 671771 or www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk) 3-5 April `Snookered' 17-18 April `At Swim Two Boys' 19-20 April `Souvenir d'Anne Frank' 21 April `Lalita's Big Fat Asian Wedding' 24-26 April `The Pirate Project' 1-5 May `Oedipussy' 10-12 May `Foté Foré', Cirque Mandingue ______________________________ (02380 711811 04 or www.the-mayflower.com) 3-28 April `Dirty Dancing' 1-26 May `Oliver'

The Lights, Andover

(01264 368368 or www.thelights.org.uk) 12 April The Cavern Beatles 18 April `The Dumb Waiter' and `The Lover' 24-28 April `The Sound of Music' ______________________________

Chesil Theatre, Winchester

The Mayflower, Southampton

(01962 840440 or www.chesiltheatre.org.uk) 11-14 April `Annie', in collaboration with Winchester Division Girlguiding. Over 100 girls will present an ambitious production of this popular musical at St Swithun's School Performing Arts Centre. Tickets from 01962 885844. 21

Village Diary for April

2nd 3rd

Parish Council Bell ringing Drop In Tiny Tots Somborne Singers 7.00pm 7.30pm 10.30am 2.00pm 7.45pm 9.30am 2.00pm 2.00pm

18th

Baby & Toddler Dial-a-Ride

9.30am 2.00pm 2.00pm 6.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 10.30am 2.00pm 7.45pm 9.30am 2.00pm 8.00pm 2.00pm 7.30pm 7.00pm 2.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.00pm 7.45pm

Cricket Club AGM 8.00pm

19th

Needle workers Parish Council Annual Assembly

4th 5th 7th

Baby & Toddler Dial-a-Ride Needle workers Church Cake Stall

21st 23rd 24th

KSSA Race Night Bell ringing Badminton Police & Fire Service Talk Tiny Tots Somborne Singers

8th Easter Sunday 9th Bell ringing 10th Over 50's Lunch

at the Crown

7.30pm 12.30pm 9.30am 2.00pm 7.30pm 2.00pm 8.00pm

11th Baby & Toddler

Dial-a-Ride WI

25th

Baby & Toddler Dial-a-Ride Somborne Society

12th Needle workers

Horticultural Society AGM

26th 28th

Needle workers VHMC `Element' Youth Event Footpath Walk Bell ringing Badminton Tiny Tots Somborne Singers

13th John O'Gaunt

Gala Opening

7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 10.30am 2.00pm 7.45pm

16th Bell ringing

Badminton

29th 30th 31st

17th Drop In

Tint Tots Somborne Singers

Footpath walk

6.5 miles (10.5 Km) 2.5 hours Bluebell Walk We head out from the village along Winchester Road and up Red Hill. We follow the Clarendon Way past Hoplands then turn right along the bridleway through Luke Copse. At the end of the wood, we turn right at the Tjunction and then right again along the byway through Parnholt Wood. Then along Combe Bottom and Garlick Lane before taking the paths along the field edges back to Palace Field and the Village Hall. 22

District diary for April

1 April Romsey Farmers' Market 2 April `Thirty Years On: Reflections on the Falklands War'; Field Marshal Lord Bramhall speaks at Winchester Guildhall, 6.15pm. 01962 828549. 2 April Ampfield Village Market in aid of village hall funds. 10.00am-12 noon. 3 April `New Forest in a Nutshell'; unique chance to see the oldest functioning court in the land, where the Court of Verderers meet in the historic Queen's House. 02380 283444 4 April Children's Easter Chocolate Workshop at Winchester Cathedral Visitor Centre. 01962 857275. 5 April Dunlop MSA Touring Car Championship Support Races Test Da y, T hru xto n fr o m 8 .0 0 am. Followed by Round 3 of the Championships on 28 and 29 April. 01264 882200. 5-8 April Wickham Easter Folk Festival; music, dance and crafts. 02380 711818. 7-9 April Caravan and Motorhome Show, Broadlands. 9.30am-4.00pm. 8 and 29 April Winchester Farmers' Market 8 April Guided tour of Twyford Waterworks. 01962 714716. 8-9 April The Island, Romsey; open garden for the NGS. Six acres on the Test with spring flowering bulbs and trees, and an arboretum planted by Sir Harold Hillier in the 1930s. 2.00-5.30pm. 9 April `Ruthless Romans', guided walk from Winchester Guildhall at 2.30pm. 01962 840500. 11 April `Stonehenge, pyramids and astronomy; an astronomical perspective on the roles of Stonehenge and the Giza Pyramid' - INTECH lecture, 6.30pm. 01962 863791. 13 April World renowned choir `The Sixteen' opens the 12th Choral Pilgrimage series; Winchester Cathedral, 7.30pm. 01962 857275. 15 April Andover Farmers' Market 18 April `Getting more from Office 2007/10'; getting to grips with Excel, Word and Outlook for all levels. University of Winchester Business School, West Downs Campus. 01962 827029. 21 April Mottisfont Country Fair; traditional skills, family activities and folk music. 01794 340757. 21/28 April Wherwell Singers Spring Concerts; All Saints Church, Compton at 7.30pm (21st) and St Peter's Church, Stockbridge (28th). 01264 860074. 27-29 April Swimathon 2012 weekend for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Sport Relief; The Rapids Romsey. 0845 3670036. 29 April Beaulieu Boat Jumble - over 100 stands of boating bits and bargains. 01590 614614. 23

The Somborne and District Society

At our February meeting, our speaker was John Owen Smith on the subject of `Flora Thompson ­ Lark Rise to Candleford'. John began by reading a passage from the book and then proceeded to show how many incidents of Flora's life were reflected in her writing. The Laura in the books is Flora herself. Her descriptions of the countryside and weather conditions are all accurate. The people she met in her daily life are reflected in her stories but with assumed names Flora was born in 1876 in North East Oxfordshire. Leaving school at 14, she went to work for the Post Office in Oxfordshire. Later, in Hampshire, she started work at Grayshott and Yately. Proficient in the use of the telegraph machine, she taught a young assistant how to use it. Two famous writers called at the post office, they were George Bernard Shaw, and Conan Doyle. Later they appeared in her writing but under different names. She was a keen walker and loved the countryside around her. After being made redundant, she appeared in the 1901 census as living in Bournemouth, where she met John Thompson from Aldershot. They married two years later, living at Winton in Bournemouth. Flora was delighted to discover an Open Shelf Library available. While living at Winton, she gave birth to two children. 24 Promotion for her husband meant a move to Liphook where they lived for twelve years. It was while they were there that her first book was published and another child born. Tragedy struck when her brother was killed in Flanders during the First World War. She began writing regularly for the `Catholic Fireside'. These writings included literary criticism. In 1928, she published a `Guide to Liphook' and joined the Postal Writers' Circle writing poetry and short stories, but a book of romantic fiction was rejected by the publishers. Later, there was another move - to Dartmouth before retiring to Brixton. Tragedy struck yet again, when she lost her favourite son in 1941. After suffering from angina she died in her sleep in 1947, knowing that she had become a famous writer. Members greatly appreciated John's enthusiasm for his subject and plied him with many questions On 28 March Geoffrey Norris will be evoking memories of Winchester's King Alfred Motor Services. Visitors will be welcome especially those with a special interest in this subject Mary Pollock

From the Churchwardens

Rev Robert Stapleton will be retiring on 1st June 2012 and on that date Rev Jonathan Watkins, at present Priest-inCharge of the Stockbridge Benefice, will become the Vicar of a newly formed `Test Valley Benefice' (made up of the parishes of Somborne with Ashley, Stockbridge, Longstock and Leckford). We have been writing in The Gauntlet about our discussions with the Stockbridge Benefice over the last two years and we have welcomed your interest in what is taking place and have tried to answer your questions as best we can. We are here to listen to any of your queries so please do not hesitate to contact us. On 24th March the churchwardens and PCC members from the four parishes making up the new Benefice will meet for the day to get to know each other better and to face some of the issues of amalgamation together. There will be some changes, of course, as the new Vicar will not be able to be in four churches at the same time. We have previously published a proposed timetable of services for when the new benefice comes into being. However, these changes will not come into affect until June. In the meantime, we would ask that you check the times of various services at the back of The Gauntlet. We will be welcoming Jonathan into our parish at a special service sometime in June. The date is still to be confirmed but will be published in The Gauntlet once it is known. We shall be saying our goodbyes to Rob and Rosemary on the afternoon of Saturday 26th May. There will be more details of this in the May edition of The Gauntlet. Don't forget our Annual Meeting on Monday 30th April. More details on page 38. If you are not on the Church Electoral Roll and wish to be, please contact Linda Aucock on 388542. David Bevan and Sandie Pepperell

Sign the BIG card to the Queen

2012 is a BIG year for Her Majesty the Queen, who after 60 years on the throne is already the second-longest reigning British Monarch ever (after Queen Victoria). To mark 60 years of The Queen's reign, the Diamond Jubilee will take place in 2012, with celebrations centring on an extended weekend from 2nd to 5th June. As Supreme Governor of the Church 25 of England, the Queen is very special to the Church family, so the three diocesan bishops and the Dean of Winchester have decided to send her a very special BIG thank you card, which everybody in the diocese will get a chance to sign! Visit http://bit.ly/bigcard to sign before 4th May!

King's Somborne Working Men's Club

On Friday night, 9th March, we held our village quiz, 12 teams entered and a fun night was had by all. The winning team was "Tracy's Golden Oldies" (Tracy Dowland, Joyce B a r n ar d , C a ro l i n e a n d D o u g Stammers), seco nd wa s "T he Wombles" (Jonathan Barnes, Stuart Bird, Mark Thompson and Mike Grieveson) and in third place was "The Peelers" (Audrey Thomas, Rita Harfield, Debbie and Michael Thomas). We would like to thank the Somborne Society, for donating books for the winning team, and Mrs Pollock for her help with questions. Thanks also, to Vicky Grieveson for the photo round and Andrew Gannaway for the sport round. Saturday evening saw the return of local band Black Pig. This was a sell out event, with ticket money in excess of £500 being donated to charity. A

100th Anniversary Celebrations

big thank you to Keith Hibdige, Steve Knox and the rest of the band for another fabulous night. On Sunday afternoon, we had our "trip down memory lane" which was a huge success. It was great to see so many people enjoying the huge display of photos of village life and reminiscing about old times whilst enjoying a cup of tea and slice of cake. A very big thank you to all those people who loaned us photos, photo albums, CDs and newspaper cuttings. Thanks also to all the people who kindly donated cakes. The Committee would like to say a big "THANK YOU" to all of those people who came and helped us celebrate our 100th Anniversary, we had an amazing time, it was hard work but well worth it. Many thanks KSWMC Committee

KING'S SOMBORNE VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM of the Village Hall Management Committee will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 3rd May at 7.30 p.m. All are welcome

The Agenda and Minutes from the last meeting are available from the Village Hall web-site: (www.thesombornes.org.uk/villagehall) or from the secretary on 01794 388107

Tea and coffee will be served

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Beer & Music Festival Friday reshuffle

No sooner had last month's article gone to print than we heard the unfortunate news that Delta Moon, our Somborne Session act for the Festival Friday had cancelled their UK tour this summer. However, we are pleased to announce that we now have the excellent Virgil and the Accelerators coming along to entertain us on Friday 22nd June. Their debut album, The Radium, was voted 2nd on Blues Rock Review's `Top 20 Albums of 2011' list and described as "the most impressive debut album by a young band that I've heard in years" by the Get Ready to Rock website. Fronted by young g u i t a r phenomenon, Virgil McMahon, Virgil and the Accelerators are an exciting power trio and a driving force in a rejuvenated blues rock genre. They should get our festivities off to a great start. As reported last month, Saturday 23rd June sees live music on the field from 3.00pm with new local sensation The Chanters, along with two popular acts back from last year - Miles Apart and The Badgers. There will be a hog roast, baked potatoes, BBQ and cakes, teas and coffees along with a range of arts and craft stalls, children's entertainment and of course our selection of Hampshire real ales. At 7.00pm we are moving inside the Hall for an evening session with Black Pig, Ben Goddard and Ken Wood and the Mixers. Tickets for the whole day (from 3.00pm in the afternoon through to 11.00pm in the evening) are £10 with a reduced rate of £5 for the afternoon session only. For this, you will get a programme and festival glass, which you will need to get served at the bar.

You are most welcome to bring your own food, drink and picnics onto the site but we would ask that anyone drinking alcohol purchases a ticket and obtains a plastic glass from us. We also have a special festival offer in place with means you can get a combo ticket for both Virgil & the Accelerators on the Friday and an all day/evening ticket for Saturday for just £15 ­ a saving of £5. This year for the first time, all tickets are available in advance from: www.sombornesessions.co.uk. 27

Community Responders

Once again we have realised how vulnerable we are at certain times when members of the team are away, unwell or retired. We have one team member away on holiday for six weeks resulting in another having to care for an elderly relative. Another is away unwell and our loyal and long serving Co-ordinator Colin Reeve has decided to take a deserved overdue retirement. I am very happy to say that Duncan Natt, who has been on the team for the last four years, is taking over from Colin. We are always struggling to give 24/7 cover but currently it is more than just a struggle ­ it is impossible - a situation that we dislike intensely. Without wishing to sound repetitive we need your help even more than before. Rather more than basic first aid training is given. It is a wonderful opportunity for young parents, in particular, to learn just that bit more about what to do in an emergency. The only commitment is to be at home for four hour stretches during the day and a ten hour stint during the night to answer any emergency calls that might occur. We are never asked to attend Road Traffic Accidents, scenes of violence or maternity emergencies, so there would be few problems if you are a little squeamish. I hope some of you may now think about joining us. For more information please call me on 388647 or Duncan on 389317. We really want to get back to giving 24/7 cover. John Vanderpump.

Sign up all Somborne surfers!

So many of our parish households have internet access too poor to cope with anything other than a basic internet requirement. However, help is on the way in the form of a super-fast broadband. This will be provided by British Telecom to those rural areas in Hampshire which have poor internet access. Hampshire County Council has received £5 million from the government which HCC and its partners will match. But about another £10 million is then required to complete the work. The amount of 28 GAP funding is dependent upon demand and those areas where the greatest interest is registered are more likely to be included earlier in the phased rollout programme. So come on all you Somborne surfers. Register your interest now on https:// www.3 . ha nt s.go v.u k/b ro ad b and / broadband-signup.htm and let's get super fast super quick! Dawn Harrison Village Correspondent

Parish Church Annual Summer Fair

Sunday 27th May 2pm The Old Vicarage Garden Winchester Road

School Band and Maypole Dancers Various Stalls Children's Games Painting and Fancy Dress Competition (Diamond Jubilee or Olympics) Teas and Ice Creams Come and bring your friends and meet new ones!

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King's Somborne School Association

Recycled Bottle Greenhouse

We need your help to build a greenhouse for the school eco garden! We need to collect 2000 clear 2l bottles (eg lemonade, coke, water) to turn:

INTO

Please save any bottles you have over the next few months and bring them to school or to the collection point at the Scout Hut. The KS Explorer Scout troop will be helping with this project as part of their DofE award. If possible please rinse the bottles out first! We need lots, so please tell your friends and family too. Join us for the `Big Greenhouse Build' on Saturday 7th July, at the school fete, when everyone can get involved in the construction.

Dates for your diary:

Saturday 21st April - Race Night at 7.30pm Saturday 7th July - School Summer Fête

Ongoing Fund Raising .....

Wessex Petroleum, domestic oil distributors, will donate 0.5 pence to the school for every litre of fuel bought - just quote reference D29 each time. Telephone 0800 9806175

The School Association consists of volunteers from the local area who organise fundraising events to provide additional equipment and cultural opportunities for our village school.

For further details please contact Louise on 01794 389668

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The 4th Test Valley Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot

This will be held on Friday 11th May at The Acorn Shoot on The Compton Manor Estate. We are again raising mo n e y fo r t h e V i ll a ge H al l Redevelopment Fund and Cancer Research UK. Shooting will be in teams of four at a cost of £150 per head. For this you will enjoy a 100 bird shoot, a pool shoot, a team flush. All cartridges are included and guns will be available on each stand should you need one. We anticipate this year's shoot being even more popular than last year's, so we will be limiting the entries to 30 teams. Also included is the chance to try your hand at archery, have breakfast (with tea and coffee available all day), a pay bar open only when you have finished shooting, a two course `Hog Roast' lunch including wine and a raffle. The day will end with a fund raising auction. Donations have already been received of: five rods on the River Test, a week-end break in Monaco at the only hotel with its own beach, a week-end in Paris and a week-end in Barcelona. Other pledges are to be confirmed. There will also be a display of Vintage and Classic cars. So, if you have one and you would like to show it, please get in touch with me. If you would like to support us but don't shoot then please consider an advertisement in our magnificent Shoot Programme. If you would like to see the 2011 edition then please contact me . An entry form together with much more information is available on our web site: www.tv-charityclayshoot.org.uk Please return your entry form by 31st March to me: John Vanderpump at 8, Nutcher's Drove, King's Somborne, SO20 6PA. Tel: 01794 388647.

Help the Emergency Services help you

When you need the Emergency Services most, you need them quickly. A few minutes delay in getting to you may make the difference between life and death. In order to give the Emergency Services a fighting chance, please check the following on your premises now: Every premises should display a house name or number or both The name or number should be displayed as near to the roadside as possible The name or number should be large enough to be seen The name or number should contrast with the background-- white on black or black on white is ideal If you have called for assistance, look out for their arrival--a person waving is much easier to spot than a house number. 31

King's Somborne Cricket Club Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Kings' Somborne Cricket Club will take place on Wednesday 18th April at 8.00pm at the King's Somborne Working Men's Club. Nominations (and seconders) for the posts of Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Club Captain are invited. Richard Harwood (Chairman), Frank Fahy (Hon. Secretary) and Charles Buckley (Hon. Treasurer) have indicated their intentions to stand for reelection. Only paid-up members may vote. Interested nonmembers are welcome to attend, but may not vote. Enquiries to Frank Fahy 01794 388314 and [email protected]

KSCC Fixtures 2012

May 2 9 16 23 30 June 2 6 13 20 27 Ed Vets (H) Crawley (H) White Hunters (H) Leckford Estate (A) Newport Inn (H) Jubilee Match (Saturday) Crawley ( A) Ed Vets (A) Wherwell (H) Crawley (H) July 4 11 18 25 Academics (H)? Winchester Doctors (H) Newport Inn (A) Roke (H)

August 1 Leckford Estate (H) 8 Academics (H)? 15 Roke (H) 22 Wherwell (H) ? not confirmed Wednesday evening T20 matches (except 3 June) start at 6.00pm

Spring Concert

Saturday 21st April 2012 at 7:30pm All Saints Church, Compton

In aid of the Hello Martha Fund (Reg charity no. 1079049)

Saturday 28th April 2012 at 7:30pm St Peters Church, Stockbridge

Tickets: £7 (£5 concessions) Available from Dale Webb (01264) 860074 and on the door

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JOHN O'GAUNT

GRAND OPENING EVENING

Come and meet new lessee, Toni Simmonds and local chef, Lee McDowell

Free buffet and complimentary glass of wine! FROM 7.00pm ON FRIDAY, 13TH APRIL

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Parish Church Summer Fair

With the change this year of the date of the last May Bank Holiday due to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the date for this year's Parish Church Summer Fair has had to be brought forward. It will therefore now be held on Sunday 27th May from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the gardens of The Old Vicarage, Winchester Road, by kind permission of Nicky and Charles Buckley. With all that is going on we thought it would be fun for the children to have the picture and costume classes again, with the two themes being `Diamond Jubilee' or `Olympics'. More details will appear in the next edition of The Gauntlet. If you would like to help with or wish to have a stall at the Fair, please let me know by 1st May. A list of stall holders will appear in the May edition of The Gauntlet. As always books, plants, cakes, and both raffle and tombola prizes are needed. The Women's Institute stall is to be very patriotic with red, white and blue gifts for sale so they would welcome contributions in those colours please. Small independent craft stalls are also welcomed but we would ask that a percentage of takings go towards Church funds. Village clubs are invited to advertise their activities should they so wish but please contact me well in advance We also hope for better weather than last year when the heavens opened in force! Glenda Sims 388366

The bell tolls for King's Somborne Church

John Donne was a lover, poet and Dean of St Paul's Cathedral. This complex man was celebrated in a performance of The Monarch of Wit at King's Somborne's Parish Church in March, hosted by The Friends of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul's. The attendance by nearly 100 people proved that the choice of play was a popular one. The role of John Donne was played by James Clarkson who has enjoyed a varied career in theatre and television. The evening explored the works of Donne from his poems of searing wit, thundering sermons and profound meditations to his intimate letters to 34 loved ones. It also followed the man's life from his days as a romantic poet in London, through an ill-advised marriage and periods of culpable penury to him reluctantly taking up a career as an Anglican priest. The partnership of Clarkson's performance and Serena Brown's costume designs yielded a captivating evening. That this was done through such economical means ­ a team of just two in the simplistic setting of a parish church, speaks volumes to the quality of this production and the brilliant writings of the Monarch of Wit. Dawn Harrison Village Correspondent

Mothering Sunday

The Family Service held on 18 March provided the perfect start to Mothering Sunday. Led by Sue Holligan, assisted by Christine Ball with Guy Boney playing the organ, the introduction to the service set the scene perfectly by reminding all that its purpose was to remember and celebrate the gift and work of motherhood. The first hymn was `Lord of all hopefulness'. After this, children from the Funday Club read the prayers of praise and thanksgiving, remembering all members of our families who give us care and love, and asking help in living as people should who belong to each other. This was followed by prayers expressing sorrow for the times when we fail to live as God's children. Then Ellie Chadwick read a prayer for mothers everywhere, remembering also Mary as the mother of Jesus. This was followed by the hymn `Be still for the presence of the Lord'- a hymn which the children are currently singing in school. Charlie Younger then read from Paul's letter to the Corinthians in which he urges us to live in a spirit of compassion, humility, k i n d n e s s , q u i e t s tr e n g t h a n d discipline. The very interactive talk, led by Sue Holligan, very ably assisted by the children present, focussed on the many qualities required by mothers. It portrayed the very demanding nature of the role of Motherhood - with the help of King Somborne's very own Super Mum, Michelle!! The children then prepared gift bags for their mums with items symbolising the love of mothers. Helen and Rowan's reading of a poem for mothers was followed by the hymn `Father I place into your hands' and prayers read by Callum, Amy and Lauren. Members of the Tiny Tots then carried out the very important task of bringing up the flowers to the chancel to be blessed, after which they were distributed to their mums and others in the church during the singing of the hymn `Let there be love shared among us'. During the singing of this hymn a collection was taken for the Mothers' Union holiday fund. A delightful service concluded with refreshments ­ an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends. Jo Finch.

Alan George Cook

On behalf of the family and myself, I would like to say thank you to his old friends in the village who came to say their last goodbye at his funeral on Thursday 9th February. Also to those, who over the years, have shown the friendship to my uncle such as Richard, Sue, Gloria and especially his dearest friend Mollie. That he survived his sister, my mother, Violet Goddard by only 9 weeks speaks realms of the closeness the two had. Angela Goddard 35

Milk bottle tops for Rose Road - thanks!

For many years now a number of kind people have responded to an earlier appeal by leaving plastic milk bottle tops in the Church porch for the Rose Road Association. What is Rose Road? It is a local (Southampton) Charity which provides high quality services for young people with disabilities. This year, like HM, it celebrates its Diamond Jubilee and so it seemed appropriate to thank publicly all those who have been leaving their milk bottle tops to support them. If you would like to know more about the work of the charity, please go to www.roseroad.org.uk. However I have sadly now received the following from the charity:"Hi Norman. Many thanks for getting in touch. I'm really sorry to have to say it, but we are now no longer collecting Milk Bottle Tops. Unfortunately, after the process at the recycling plant changed it wasn't working out, our donations weren't getting through properly and I'm afraid we've taken the decision to put a stop to it. I am so sorry and I'd also like to thank all of you at your church for all of your hard work and support! I can assure you that in the years gone by these donations really have made a huge difference here at Rose Road. There are plenty of other ways in which your church could support Rose Road in our Diamond Jubilee Year if you would still like to? If you are interested in getting involved please don't hesitate to get in touch with me on 02380 721202. Many thanks again for all of your support. Best wishes, Beth Rogers and the Team at Rose Road ."

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The New Forest Mencap organisation (wwwnewforestmencap.org.uk) has advised that they also fund raise from recycled clean plastic milk bottle tops. They run three clubs in the Forest area which provide social and leisure activities for young people and adults with learning disabilities. So, if you are willing to support this charity, instead of Rose Road, please continue to deposit your milk-bottle-top donations in the Church porch. Many thanks. Norman Denison

Church flowers for Easter

Come and help us decorate the church with spring flowers for Easter. You would be most welcome. We are not looking for expertise, just people who love working with flowers be it in a vase or oasis. It is fun and satisfying. We also welcome children who would like to have a go. If you only wish to wield a broom to help us tidy up afterwards that would be wonderful. It is not a big cleaning job, it is just tidying up. We meet in the Church at 9.30am on Saturday 7th April. 36

Women's Institute

Our President, Mrs. Thelma Blamey, chaired a well-attended meeting on Wednesday 14th March. This month the weather had been kind to the walkers and the Book Club members had enjoyed reading and discussing "Snobs" by Julian Fellowes. Arrangements have been made to attend Group Meetings and there was an appeal for cakes/produce to be contributed in good time for a "Help for Heroes" sale to be held in Winchester on the 24th. This month's speaker, Victoria Ennion, who was imbued with great energy and enthusiasm, told us all we needed to know about "Stress-free Kitchen Gardening". When she had no garden herself, she had started from scratch with an allotment near her London flat and subsequently retrained in horticulture. Visits to such famous gardens as Loseley Park in Guildford and West Dean in Chichester had been a great source of inspiration. With the help of visual aids, Victoria went on to show members how she had created a good working allotment, growing carefully selected vegetables in beds just the right size for ease of watering. She emphasised the importance of avoiding gluts of produce by successive planting, growing root crops that can stay in the ground without spoiling, pumpkins which can be stored under cover and fruit such as raspberries and rhubarb which can be quickly and easily deep-frozen. Another important factor, of course, is the avoidance of pests and diseases, 37

preferably without the use of pesticides b ut u si n g p ro tect iv e net ti n g, companion planting such as marigolds and the encouragement of hover flies and ladybirds, which feed on aphides. Victoria also recommended planting small quantities of a wide variety of crops belonging to different species, and a system of crop rotation, with careful record keeping. Her own allotment was divided into six small oblong beds with good pathways in between them and her crops were chosen to be productive and troublefree, with maximum yield for the amount of space occupied. She ended her talk with a shot of a neat and allimportant garden shed. After answering a variety of questions, Victoria was thanked by Linda Aucock for her fascinating and informative talk. The evening ended with refreshments, including a birthday cake to celebrate a member's 80th birthday. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on Wednesday 11th April, in the Epworth Hall, when "Messages from Music" will be conveyed by Mrs. Margaret Payne. All are welcome. Mary Gibbs

Election of Churchwardens and Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2012

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and election of Churchwardens are the political side of our Christian life. As such, they are important. A good attendance shows that we are interested in St Peter & St Paul's mission, as well as making the meetings lively and memorable! The meetings this year take place on Monday 30th April starting at 7.30pm in the Church. The election of Churchwardens is open to people who live in the parish as well as those on the church Electoral Roll. Only persons whose names are entered upon the church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the election of parochial representatives of the laity (Parochial Church Council). At the Annual Meeting the financial statements for 2011 will be discussed together with reports from various church groups. The Minutes of the 2011 Annual Meeting have to be approved as well. This year, four members of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) come up for election or re-election as well as one vacancy each for the positions of Churchwarden. If you would like to be considered for any of these posts, forms are available from me. Or if you would like to know more about what is involved, please do contact me. David Bevan Secretary Somborne with Ashley PCC 07769682696

THE PARISH OF SOMBORNE WITH ASHLEY ANNUAL MEETING ST PETER AND ST PAUL PARISH CHURCH MONDAY 30TH APRIL 2012 7.30PM

Maundy Thursday 2012

Christians Together in the Sombornes and Ashley invite you to share an AGAPE meal in commemoration of our Lord's last supper on 5th April at 7.30pm in the Epworth Hall. We will be enjoying a fish and chip supper together­ tickets £5 each from Nigel Coleman (388449) or Norman Denison (388889). 38

Ashley St Mary

This is normally a quiet time of the year for Ashley St.Mary when we are starting to make preparations for our three annual services Our spring service this year is particularly notable and rather sad because it will mark Rob Stapleton's final service at Ashley before he retires. Rob has been vicar at Kings Somborne with Ashley for eight years and has always supported the three services at Ashley even though the Christmas service in particular means that his own celebrations are somewhat disrupted! We try to compensate with mince pies and Buck's fizz and perhaps because of these we have recently had record congregations. We ar e particularly grateful to villagers from King's Somborne who travel up to Ashley for our services and we hope that the spring service this year will be particularly well supported so that we can really say thank you to Rob for all his support and give him a good send off. The service will be held at 3.30pm on Palm Sunday 1st April and everybody is welcome. Refreshments will be served!. Terry & Nola Mackintosh

Christians Together Lent Talks

For the second year during Lent our ecumenical group, `Christians Together in Somborne and District' have invited speakers along at lunchtime to talk about those topics of Christianity which are important to our faith. Each session consists of about 20 minutes of talk, followed by questions. The sessions allow us to ask and think about those niggling bits of Christian belief we aren't quite sure about, or even long-held doubts about things we can't really go along with. We've held two sessions so far, and it has gone well. Twenty to thirty people have attended each week - we have been trying to get enough chairs into the Village Hall committee room so nobody has to stand! (The Jubilee Room will be a very welcome addition.) The excellent facilities already offered by the new kitchen provide a welcome light lunch, giving opportunity for further talk when munching. We have three more to go, Rev Rosie Baker on `Prayer', Steve Pettis on `Healing', and Howard Rowe on `Christianity at Street Level'. These are on Wednesday lunch times in the Village Hall Committee Room starting at 12.45pm for an hour. Nigel Coleman and Norman Denison

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ELEMENT 4

King's Somborne Village Hall Saturday 28th April, 7.00p.m to 9.00pm

A youth event for ages 11 upwards

Free entrance! Will include Communion and FOOD will be provided! Deanery churches will lead prayer zones and there will be testimony and drama. Music by Above Bar Church worship band. Theme is Noah's Ark! Phone Jon Kitching on 07939 111 764 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Remembering a loved one

Easter is a time to remember loved ones no longer with us. If you would like to sponsor a lily in their memory, please contact Penny Ward on 01794 389649 or drop your sponsor money through the letterbox of 5 Forge Close (next to the Working Mens Club) together with the name of the person or persons you would like remembered and your name. The sponsor monies are £2.50 per lily per person remembered.

S.N.A.S.

SNAS is a group for School Years 4 to 7 that meets from 6.00pm to 7.15pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. This group is open to all who fall within the age range. There is a registration form which needs to be completed. The session cost is 50p which helps to purchase various things for the club. If you would like to know more why not give me a call on 07742077114 ? Sam Barnes, Methodist Circuit Youth Worker. 40

Since half term we have moved our focus to Spring and Easter. The children have been outside and have looked for the signs of spring and new life. We have found daffodils and tulips, buds on trees, insects and daisies. During our craft session we made finger-painted blossom trees and pictures of daffodils and tulips. For Easter we have had fun making chicks, eggs and Easter Bonnets as well as listening to the Easter story.

During March we also celebrated Mothering Sunday when the children made baskets with sweets in and cards for their Mummies. The Tiny Tots also took part in our special Mothering Sunday Service. We will be taking a break for the Easter Holidays and returning in April. Christine Ball

Prayer Meeting

We hold our prayer meetings on the first Monday of each month at 2.15pm. We meet for about an hour at Margaret Babb's house at `Ferndale', Winchester Road, when we pray for our parish, families, friends and anyone else in need. If you have any prayer requests there are slips on the table at the back of the church which you may put into the box provided or alternatively phone Rosemary or the Revd. Rob Stapleton on 01794 388223. Our meeting is very informal and we should be pleased to welcome new members. Dulcie Witts 01794 388 267

Home Group

We meet at 8.00pm usually on the third Thursday of each month. We are a relatively small group of Christians from different traditions who meet for informal study, discussion and fellowship and we would very much welcome any newcomers who care to come along and join us. Contact Nigel Coleman on 01794 388 449 for more information.

Do you know anyone

who is new to the village, is lonely or housebound and who might need some support? If so, please ring Fi Chilton on 01794 388160 and we can arrange for one of our visitors to drop in and see them. 41

Services in the Stockbridge Benefice

Sunday April 1st--Palm Sunday 10.15am Meeting points for 3 parishes: Old St Peters for Stockbridge and Leckford--Windover Farm for Longstock 10.45am Stockbridge St Peter Benefice Liturgy of Palms Holy Week Monday 2nd April 7.30pm Compline at St Peter's, Stockbridge Tuesday 3rd April 7.30pm Compline at St Nicholas, Leckford Wednesday 4th April 7.30pm Compline at St Mary's, Longstock Maundy Thursday April 5th 7.30pm Stockbridge Maundy Thursday Liturgy ­ Washing of feet Friday April 6th--Good Friday 10.30am Meet at St Mary's, Longstock for a Good Friday walk with readings 2.00pm Stockbridge--Good Friday Vigil Saturday April 7th--Easter Eve 8.00pm Longstock ­ Easter Eve Service and Vigil ­ from Darkness to Light Sunday April 8th--Easter Day 8.00am Leckford--Said Holy Communion 9.30am Longstock--All Age Worship followed at 10.00am--Short Holy Communion 11.00am Stockbridge--Parish Communion Sunday April 15th--Easter 2 8.00am Old St Peter--Said Holy Communion 9.15am Longstock--Service of the Word (Maddie Sumsion & Geoff Cox) 10.45am Stockbridge--All Age Worship (Sonia Gubb & Jonathan Watkins) 6.00pm Leckford: Evensong (Beth Oliver & Jonathan Watkins) Sunday April 22nd--Easter 3 9.15am Longstock--Parish Communion 10.45am Stockbridge--Parish Communion Sunday April 29th--Easter 4 8.00am Stockbridge--Said Holy Communion 10.45am Leckford--Benefice Service There is a Said Holy Communion each Tuesday--9.30am at Rosalind Hill House, High Street, Stockbridge Thursdays: 6.00pm--St Joseph's Fridays: 10.00am--St Andrew's Saturdays: 6.00pm--St Joseph's Sundays: 9.15am--St Andrew's 11.00am--St Joseph's

Services at local RC Churches

St Thomas' RC Church Stockbridge

9.00am every Sunday

St Joseph's RC Church Romsey St Andrew's N. Baddesley

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Church services in April Parish Church

1st April--Palm Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) 9.40am United Service starting at the Epworth Hall. Christians Together in Somborne 10.00am Parish Church

First Reading: Philippians 2.5-11 Second Reading: Luke 19.28-40

29th April--Fourth Sunday of Easter 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) 10.00am Matins (followed by short Holy Communion service)

Readers: Julia Hardwick: Acts 4.5-12 Norman Denison: John 10.11-18

3.30pm Spring Service at St Mary's Ashley 5th April--Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Agape meal at Epworth Hall 6th April--Good Friday 10.00am Hour by the Cross 7th April 7.30pm Easter Vigil (with candles) 8th April--Easter Day 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) 10.00am Family Service with Holy Communion

Readers: Monk family: Acts 10.34-43 Linda Aucock: John 20.1-18

6.00pm ALiVE (Speaker: Tim Sledge) Wednesdays 10.00am Holy Communion (1662) * *Stay for coffee and biscuits after services marked *

Methodist Church

Sunday 1st April--Palm Sunday 10.00am United Service after procession Sunday 8th April--Easter Sunday 10.30am All-age worship with Holy Communion Rev Dr Rosemary Baker Sunday 15th April--All Age Worship 10.30am Sam Barnes Sunday 22nd April 10.30am Rev Brian Spinney Sunday 29th April 10.30am Mr Graham Gibbens 6.30pm Circuit service Wesley

15th April--Second Sunday of Easter 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) 10.00am Parish Communion (CW) *

Readers: Jane Duncan: Acts 4.32-35 Peter Duncan: 1 John 1.1-2.2 Howard Rowe: John 20.19-end

22nd April--Third Sunday of Easter 8.00am Holy Communion (1662) 10.00am Parish Communion (CW) *

Readers: Bill Lomas: Acts 3.12-19 May Lomas: 1 John 3.1-7 Christine Mitchell: Luke 24.36b-4

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Dear All,

The Vicar has the last word

The first time that my wife and I visited the Parish of Somborne with Ashley was in the wintry weather of January 2004. We remember the occasion very well because we were caught in the snow as we went back to our then home in Northamptonshire. Following our visit, I was invited to come as Priest-in-Charge of this parish and to take on the extra responsibility of being Diocesan Rural Officer. We moved here in the May and began work in June of that year. There was, however, one restriction and that was that the appointment would be a maximum of eight years, which we agreed to because it would bring us up to my retirement age. The office of the new Bishop of Winchester has now made the official announcement that I will retire as from 31st May this year. We have a house in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, ready for us to move into and we hope to move just after Pentecost Sunday, 27th May. For several months now we have been busy making preparations for what will happen after May, how it will affect the both Church and us as we go our separate ways in life. There will be a few changes but the life and work of the Church will continue and develop in new ways. This is a time of change for us all and, with the season of Holy Week and Easter falling in April, we are reminded of the tremendous changes that took place in the lives of the disciples and that the message of the Cross and Empty Tomb is just as powerful today as it was then. It also reminds us that sometimes we have to give up one thing before we can move on to something else. During our time here we have shared in the ups and downs of people's lives, we have enjoyed the friendship and generosity of many people and we have seen people grow in their faith and walk with God. We have been part of a variety of different celebrations and commemorations, such as the Trafalgar 200th anniversary, festivals of flowers and needlework, the 20th anniversary of Tommy Sopwith's death, weddings, funerals, memorial services and the Angel Festival last year. Sadly we shall miss the local celebrations of the Queen's Jubilee in June. Even though there are plenty of things planned between now and when we leave, we would like to offer our grateful thanks to everyone who has been so kind to us while we have been here and to wish you all every blessing for the future. Yours in Christ,

Printed and published by the Parish of Somborne with Ashley, Church of St Peter and St Paul, King's Somborne, Hampshire

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