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The Thruxton Times is the village newsletter and is published monthly.  It is delivered in hard copy by volunteers to all households and                                                                  is sponsored by the Parish Council

                                                    This web site holds the three most recent  monthly editions.

                                

                                  THRUXTON  TIMES  DECEMBER 2018   

               Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Breaking News

Kimpton School Years 5 and 6 will be singing carols on Thruxton Village

Green from 4.30 p.m. on Thursday, 13th December (or in the church if bad weather).   All welcome - mulled wine and mince pies will be available.

Dates for Diary

Sunday 9h Dec                       Christingle

Tuesday 11th Dec                   Calligraphy Night

Sat/Sun 8TH/9th Dec              Xmas Tree Comp.

Weds 12th Dec                       Christmas Tea

Thursday 13th Dec                 Carols on the Green

Thursday 30th Jan                 Gardening Club

Welcome Stranger Football Fixtures

  • 9TH Dec FC Tewnte Two League game (Away) (Marlborough road Bulford)
  • 16th Dec Eastrop Eagles Presidents cup (Away) Basingstoke

Gardening Club

We had a fun evening with a quiz, thanks to our quizmaster and Chairman, Chris Rome.  It was the perfect way to end this year’s Garden Club calendar and thank you to all who came along. There is no meeting in December, next one is on Wednesday 30th January 2019 when we will be having Lyn Miles giving us a talk on Snowdrops. Contact  louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk 

Climbing Wall Competition

What we lacked in quantity of entrants for the mural for the Playing Field Climbing wall we more than made up with by quality. We have decided to have joint winners. The winners are Lucy Atkins, Florence Atkins and Frances Racheter. Fantastic artwork from all three youngsters. They will now work with Emily Smart and Lucy Milligan to combine their ideas into a final design – well done girls xx

The Art of Modern Calligraphy

Come and learn the art of modern calligraphy. Taking place at a home in Thruxton on Tuesday 11th December 7.00 – 9.00pm. During the session, you'll learn how to hold the pen and start basic strokes before moving on to the alphabet. You'll get a glass of fizz / tea or coffee and mince pies in a festive atmosphere - not forgetting your own modern calligraphy kit to take away with you. The cost is £40. Please contact victoriablumcalligraphy@gmail.com to book your place.

Xmas Joke Winners

Kids Winner – Fred Jackman (Callums son)

How does my daddy know what day it is in December?

He opens his advent Callumder!!

Adult Winner – Kelly Milligan

I asked my wife what she would like for Christmas. She told me "Nothing would make her happier than a diamond necklace"

So, I bought her nothing!!

Christingle Service 9th Dec 4pm

Come along to Thruxton Church and make a Christingle which symbolises that Jesus is the light of the world. It is an orange (the world) surrounded by red ribbon and four cocktail sticks with sweeties on them (to represent the 4 seasons, the 4 corners of the world) and finished with a candle on top.

Christmas Opening and Events at the White Horse

  • 24th, 11.30 am to 11pm food will only be served from 12pm to 3pm.
  • 25th open 11am to 2pm for drinks only.
  • 26th open 11am to 2pm drinks only.
  • 27th, 28th 29th 30th are normal opening hours.
  • 31st, 11.30am to 1.30pm. Food only served from 12pm.to 3pm.   

New Year’s Eve Celebration - free Buffet starting at 8pm with a Solo Guitar / vocals artist Greg Winters playing all your favourites with covered artists including Beatles, Rolling Stones, Status Quo, etc.  This will be followed by a Dance and Disco until closing. Entry is free of charge which is very generous of Janet and John so please come on down, have fun and support your local pub xx

 

 

Parish Council Meeting 7/11/18 –         Chairman Charles Milner-Williams

1. Chairman noted that 2 Councillors have resigned and thanked them for their service. Cllr Roger Oliver has taken on some of their          duties on an interim basis – nice one Roge!

2. Hedge by Slip road by Allotments to be trimmed. Also, safety mirror to be installed – kindly paid for by Lenham Storage.

3. The Council agreed an initial budget of £75 to paint the mural on the Playing Field Climbing Wall.

4. Council agreed to pay £225 to have all the dead leaves etc. cleared from the Village Green.

5. Street light opposite Brookside Close still to fixed. The one opposite Hall and Bus Stop are now fixed – at least we think they are!

6. New Wooden Planters will be purchased in the New Year.

7. Cllr Oliver reported that the tree by the Church has had a new super strength brace fitted.

8. As mentioned we are joining forces with Monxton regarding the lengthsman scheme. We have £580 still left from this year’s     Budget which will be spent on sprucing the village up!!

9. Steve Counsell Chair of Thruxton NDP said steering group are working to get the NDP approved at an extraordinary PC meeting in early January for submission to TVBC before 24 JAN 2019. Rules have changed hence the Extra Meeting. It is hoped that the NDP will be completed in late 2019.

10. Good News – County Council have agreed to undertake work on layby by allotments!

11. Madame Clerk was once again at her financial best and finance was in order. The Budget for the coming year was also approved.

12. Councillor Brooks mentioned that Surrey Council were closing their recycling centres and fear is Surrey Folk come to Hampshire centres. Possible plans for Vehicle Recognition and a £5 charge. Cllr Brooks also stated that the Salt bins would be filled up. Contact HCC to refill.

14. Cllr Lashbrook reported that the issue of floodlights being too bright at school is resolved.

15. Chairman advised Test Valley Assoc. Parish Council have range of new grants and match funding available – we will be trying our luck!

16. The school received a complaint from a resident regarding traffic. Please try and follow the voluntary one way system at school time and please parents watch your speed.

17. Chairman wished everyone happy xmas and cracked open the wine and mince pies!!

Note from Charles Milner-Williams

I was saddened in the last few weeks to receive two resignations from parish councillors who for several years have worked tirelessly for the village.  Both worked hard and with patience on behalf of the village, tackling bureaucracy, contracts, Government Agencies, road repairs planning applications and the litter on all our entrance roads. They will be sorely missed.

Since 1894 there has been a Parish Council in Thruxton.  It has evolved and our village is now allocated seven parish councillors.  We now have only four – does this matter you may ask?  Well, yes, it does.  The rules state that a minimum of 3 Councillors must be present to carry out legal duties which include setting the precept, contracts for grass cutting, tidying, paying for the repair of street lights, purchase of new play equipment etc. With only four councillors we currently have little scope for absence.

You will all be aware of the huge amount of work that has been done by the Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group to ensure that the Thruxton of the future meets our vision – it must be vibrant and attractive, focussed and modern in its thinking, but primarily, reflect your views.  This could be lost if there are not enough parish councillors to discuss, decide and approve the draft proposals.

We need volunteers who love the village to step forward and apply to join the parish council.  It is not too demanding in terms of time and effort just ten meetings a year.  If you feel that you are not ready to volunteer just yet, another opportunity will come in the May elections.  Your village and parish does need fresh ideas and fresh faces so that it continues to thrive and be the happy, fulfilled and cohesive community it is – to the envy of many neighbouring villages.  Drop a note, a call or an e-mail to our Clerk, Heather Bourner if you feel you can and should contribute.

Note from Editor: As Editor, I attend the PC Meetings and initially had a vision of a group of ‘Old Farts’ getting together for a good moan. A year on and having seen the hard work (which is voluntary) and dedication of the Councillors I have radically changed my views. They do so much for the Village which you may not notice (litter does not pick itself up, swing seats don’t buy and fit themselves!). Please just give some thought as to whether you could contribute.                                            

 

Note from the Editor

Unfortunately, our current Village Association Chairwoman Amanda Harvey is moving to Charlton with her long-suffering fete planning assistant Martin Prince. I just wanted to extend the thanks of the Village to Martin and Amanda for all their amazing hard work and dedication over the last few years. The fetes your organised were epic and I know how much time you put into them. Thanks, good luck in your new home and can we put you down for doing a hog roast at the fete one last time??!!

So, Xmas is nearly upon us and I for one are sooper excited. Please try and get the kids to have a go at the Quiz – I have made it easy and frankly just want an excuse to give them some chocolate!

Thanks to everyone who has helped me in my first year of editorship, particularly Charles who has encouraged my more informal style but also ensured you get the information you need.

I wish everyone a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Stay warm, stay safe, eat drink and be merry but most of all just spread goodwill and love – after all its Christmas time xx

It’s a Cracker!

1. Theresa McDevitt -  What do you call a snowman with a suntan? A puddle!

2.   Pete Watt – Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing? They always drop their needles!

 

Thruxton Children’s Christmas Quiz

A Christmas Quiz for our younger residents. Chocolate Treat for any child that brings me a sheet of answers – I don’t even care if they are right just get the kids involved xx If I am not in write your name and address on the sheet and I will come around with some choccie!

Special Prize for child with most correct answers – please don’t just look them up on Google!

1. Santa has nine reindeer; can you name them all?

2.What gifts did the three kings take to baby Jesus?

3.On Christmas Day, what would you find a joke inside of?

4.Which meat do we traditionally eat with Christmas dinner?

5.What type of pie is typically left out for Santa on Christmas Eve?

6.What two things do we traditionally give to our friends and families at Christmas?

7.What type of creatures are Santa's helpers?

8.How many doors would you open on an advent calendar before Christmas Day arrives?

9.How many lords are leaping in 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' song?

10.What colour is the Snowman's scarf and hat in the Children's picture book 'The Snowman'?

11.Can you unscramble the following word to reveal a type of Christmas tree decoration: BUALEB?

12.What is the name of Kristoff's reindeer in the Disney movie 'Frozen'?

13.In the famous Christmas song, what type of plant was Mummy kissing Santa Claus under?

14.What is the main colour of Santa's sleigh?

15.What four letter word, beginning with the letter X, is an abbreviation of the word 'Christmas'?

 

                               

                                        THRUXTON TIMES - NOVEMBER 2018                           

               Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Breaking News

  • The Remembrance Day Service at the Church is at 10.50am.

Christmas Joke Competition                                                                 We all love a Christmas Cracker so please submit your favourite Christmas Jokes to me by end of November for publication in the December Times. Prizes for all ages –come on folks make us chuckle!

Dates for Diary

Sunday 11th of 11th                 Remembrance Run / Church Service / Lunch

Wednesday 28th Nov                Gardening Club Quiz

Saturday 17th Nov                     De Fakto Concert

Sunday 18th Nov                     Church Xmas Fair

Friday 27th Nov                        Thruxton Cinema

Thursday 6th Dec                     Village Assoc. AGM

Friday 7th December                Thruxton Cinema & Xmas Tree Comp.

Sunday 9th Dec                        Christingle

Tuesday 11th Dec                        Calligraphy Night

Wednesday 12th Dec                  Christmas Tea

 

Community Club Christmas Tea

Before you know it, Christmas will upon us!! This year’s Community Club Christmas Tea will be held in the Hall on Wednesday 12th December.  Please put the date in your diary – you will be contacted in due course.

Play Area Climbing Wall Competition

The Climbing Wall on the play area in Tidworth has been spray painted with a splendid design.  The Parish Council proposes to do the same on the face of our play area Wall, and is opening a competition to Thruxton children to design a mural which can subsequently be spray painted.  The design, which should not involve too many colours nor be too detailed, should be submitted to the Parish Council for consideration at its December 5th meeting.  A volunteer will be needed who could reproduce the design in spray paint on the wall.

De Fakto Choir Concert

The De Fakto Choir made up of residents from Fyfield, Kimpton, Appleshaw and Thruxton will be performing a Concert on the theme of Transport on Saturday 17th November at 7.30p.m. in Kimpton Village Hall. Free Entry.

Andover Ladies Choir

The Andover Ladies Choir Christmas Concert is on Sunday 23rd December at St Nicolas Church, Upper Chute. Adults £10 Kids £5 – includes mulled wine, and mince pie. Tickets andoverladieschoir.eventbrite.co.uk

Remembrance Day Walk / Run

Why not build up an appetite for the Remembrance Day Lunch by joining residents on the Remembrance Day Walk or Run? Runners will run 11.11km & walkers any distance to honour our armed forces and to raise money for the Charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The Charity is dedicated to supporting children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces. To enter the walk / run we just ask that you make a minimum donation of £5. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-smart19. Children, Pets, Old and Young welcome to join in. Please contact Rick Smart for more details. Start at 9.00am 11th November at Scholars House Stanbury Road.

Welcome Stranger Football Fixtures

  • 4th Nov Arms SMB @ HOME Hampshire senior cup
  • 11th Nov Republic of Chineham @ HOME Kelvin Cup
  • 18th Nov Andover Robins @ Picket 20 League
  • 25th Nov NO GAME

Kimpton Patchwork Group Christmas Fair

The Kimpton Patchwork Group is holding a Christmas Fair on Saturday 10th November at Kimpton Village Hall. Included are stalls with handmade Christmas gifts, cakes, arts and crafts, charity stalls and a raffle in aid of Help for Heroes. Refreshments will also be available. Entrance £1.00. Several Thruxton Residents are part of the group so please try and go along and support the event.

Village Association AGM

The Village Association AGM is 8pm Thursday 6th December in the Machin Room at the Hall. The Village Association is NOT the Parish Council (who deal with all the key government aspects of village life). The purpose of the VA is to raise funds to help Village Organizations and residents of the Village – play equipment, gardening club, Church etc. Our main fundraiser is the Fete. We meet a few times a year to drink wine and plan the fete and how to spend the money. Please please come and join the VA – it’s a good social and great benefit to the village.

Gardening Club

We had a very interesting talk from Kevin Hobbs on Autumn Beauties on Wednesday 31st October. Thank you to him and all who came along. Our next meeting is Wednesday 28th November when we will have our annual quiz with mulled wine and mince pies.  All are welcome to join us in pitting our wits against our quiz master!

Just a reminder that there will be no meeting at the end of December but we return in January 2019 - details to follow. Louise Cushine - louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk
 

Thruxton Cinema Double Bill

On Friday 30thNovember the Thruxton Cinema will show “Journeys End” (12A). This film was created specifically as the British commemoration of the First World War Centenary and showing it in November 2018 fits in well with the month of Remembrance Sam Catlin as Captain Stanhope, Asa Butterfield as 2nd Lt Raleigh, Paul Bettany as Lt Osborne, Tom Sturridge as 2nd Lt Hibben, and Toby Jones as Private Mason.

On Friday 7TH December, the Thruxton Cinema will show “The Bookshop” (PG). Set in 1959 Emily Mortimer as Florence Green, a middle age widow, opens a bookshop in the small fictional coastal town of Hardborough, Suffolk. The location chosen is the "Old House", an abandoned damp house said to be infested by ghosts. She comes head to head with the Mrs Gamert played by Patricia Clarkson who has other plans.

Tickets £6.00pp from Carolyn 01264-773048 carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk OR Margaret at margaretmw@hotmail.com -Tel 01264-773546 OR Nigel at nrbeck@aol.com - Tel 01264-773993

Cash bar opens at 7.00pm - films start at 7.30pm

 

Parish Council Meeting 7/11/18

Present:  Councillors Charles Milner-Williams (Chairman), Ray Bradbury, Janet Graham, Roger Oliver, Mike Windsor, Heather Bourner, and nine members of the public.

  1. . Hedge at Mullen’s Pond has been cut – yippee!
  2. . Suggestion of mirrors opposite exit and entrance to A303 by allotments. Also, need to cut the hedges around that area.
  3. . Agreed to get prices for some new swing seats.
  4. . Sports Trust now own Sports field – officially known as the Recreational Field but to us THE REC! Plan is to put it in the ‘Fields in Trust’ scheme which protects it usage. It also means that we can apply for within £3k to £5k of funding – fingers crossed!! Great work Bill Brewer!
  5. . Madame Clerk was going to get some prices for some Wooden Planters for the village.
  6. . Street lights. The one by the hall works but stays on all night. The one by the bus stop works. The one by Brookside House broken and costs £500 to fix. The Council agreed to fix the lights.
  7. . Hampshire Council confirmed it is not possible to have additional speed signs at Thruxton Down.
  8. . Proposal for Thruxton Down footpaths near the Gray Hotel and from the Westbound side of A303 eastwards. Both in early stages of discussion.
  9. . The stream bed was cut in accordance to TVBC guidelines but has subsequently been cut even further back by gardener (s) unknown!
  10. . Tree Survey of the Parish has started. Will include Farmers, residents etc. Idea to build database of trees to help manage/protect. Trying to get grants for tree planting – great work Roger!
  11. . Monxton Parish have agreed with HCC to take on lengthsman scheme and Thruxton have signed up. Basically, we can use local trades to do maintenance in village and we have better control.
  12. . Steve Counsell reported on the Neighbourhood Development Plan – see page 3.
  13. . Madam Clerk reported on finance and as per usual Clerky has it all in order!  Chairman has meeting planned 22nd November to see what potential costs for Parish Council next year.
  14. . One application for tree work at Veronica Cottage – no objections. New request for attic conversion 21 Stanbury Close – to be reviewed.
  15. . Chairman reminded residents to check if their insurance covers cost of clearing contaminated soil if oil tank leaks.
  16. . Bus Times – sadly from around March next year the existing 11.15 and 13.15 trips will be combined into a new trip at            12.15.  Additionally, we will lose the 17.15 trip which will no longer run.
  17.   Issue of stream edge work narrowing the Pilhill Brook was raised by public - further discussion pending.  A drain at the entrance to Stanbury Close that needs cleaning was also raised.                                           

Thruxton NDP Steering Group Update

Steve Counsell has taken over as Chairman of the Steering Group. Every comment raised by both Parishioners and outside agencies contacted during the “Pre-Submission NDP 2018 – 2029” consultation has been discussed. 127 parishioners responded to the questionnaire, 20% of the Parish, and they raised over 360 comments. Overall 97% agreed with the NDP and its Policies. Over 400 comments were received from TVBC, Southern Water, Historic England, Orchard Homes and Highways England.

The consolidated results have been passed to the Parish Council and our consultants to revise the NDP accordingly. The SG are working to get the NDP approved by the Parish Council as suitable for submission to TVBC in January 2019. It is likely that, following a successful external Examiner phase and Parish Referendum, the NDP will finally be “Made” and the statutory three month “Challenge” completed in late 2019.

Steve Counsell, Chair Thruxton NDP Steering Group.

The Art of Modern Calligraphy

Come and learn the art of modern calligraphy. Taking place at a home in Thruxton on Tuesday 11th December 7.00 – 9.00pm. During the session, you'll learn how to hold the pen and start basic strokes before moving on to the alphabet. You'll get a glass of fizz / tea or coffee and mince pies in a festive atmosphere - not forgetting your own modern calligraphy kit to take away with you. The cost is £40. Please contact victoriablumcalligraphy@gmail.com to book your place.

Christmas Tree Festival

The Thruxton Church Christmas Tree Festival is back. Use your imagination and decorate your trees as you wish. Two rules - Trees must be a maximum 3ft high, lights must be battery operated. Your tree must be set up at the Church on 7th December. Please contact Christine Barrett 01264 571029 to book a space for your tree or for more details. Prize for best tree voted for by visitors. Good luck everyone!

Christingle Service 9th Dec 4pm

Come along to Thruxton Church and make a Christingle. A Christingle is an orange (the world) surrounded by red ribbon and four cocktail sticks with sweeties on them (to the 4 seasons, the 4 corners of the world) and finished with a candle on top. It symbolises that Jesus is the light of the world

Messy Church

Come along to the Church Christmas Fair and find out more about all the fun activities organised by the ‘Messy Church’ Group.

           

                                          THRUXTON TIMES - OCTOBER 2018

                 Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Councily

Saturday 6th Oct               Messy Church

Sunday 14th Oct               Church Harvest Festival

Saturday 20th Oct              Safari Supper

Friday 26th Oct                  Thruxton Moviola

Wednesday 31st Oct         Gardening Club

Sunday 11th of 11th          Remembrance Run

Sunday 11th of 11th          Remembrance Church Service

Sunday 11th of 11th          Remembrance Lunch

Wednesday 28th Nov        Gardening Club Quiz

Wednesday 12th Dec         Christmas Tea

Breaking News

  • The White Horse Beer Festival was great. Thanks Janet and John xx
  • Rory Jackman (18 months) has taken his first steps – go Roobear!!
  • New Bench and Swing Seats have been installed at the Park.
  • Wheelie Bin Speed Stickers have arrived. Watch your speed folks!
  • Armistice Centenary is on the  11th of 11th  – please try and take part with 1 or more of the 3 Village Events (page 3) to mark the occasion.

Association Grants

If your Club or Organization would like to apply for a grant from the Village association, then please submit your request by 14th October. So far the Church, the Gardening Club and Line Dancing Club have submitted requests. Grants are funded by a percentage of the Fete profits with the aim of benefiting as many villagers as possible. Please submit your request to Amanda Harvey mindymorton25@gmail.com.         

Messy Church

The next Messy Church is on Saturday 6th October at Kimpton School at the new time of 4pm (hopefully to give more families the chance to attend). We will be celebrating Harvest and there will be lots of fun activities and food! Everyone is welcome but children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Church Harvest Festival Service

The church Harvest Festival service this year will take place on Sunday 14th October at 11am in Thruxton Church.  It will be followed by a Harvest Lunch in Thruxton Memorial Hall.  Please could you let Christine Barrett know if you would like to attend the lunch (christine.barrett1@yahoo.co.uk, tel 571029) by 7th October for catering purposes.  The lunch will cost £12.50 for adults, £6 for children payable on the day, and there will be a raffle in aid of church funds.  We do hope you will be able to come.

Community Club Christmas Tea

Before you know it, Christmas will upon us!! This year’s Community Club Christmas Tea will be held in the Hall on Wednesday 12th December.  Please put the date in your diary – you will be contacted in due course.

Safari Supper 20th October

Its time again for our Safari Supper with singles, couples, cooks and non-cooks able to join in. We start with Canapes in the hall, main course at various houses in the village, then back to the Hall for dessert / coffee / liqueurs. Its great fun and just think of all the new people you might meet!

1. Pay £15 per person – all you need to do is turn up and eat (although we must ensure we have enough people to host the main course!)

2. Pay £10 per person – provide either pudding or canapés for six and get dinner cooked for you

3. Pay nothing – and provide a main course (some wine provided by the VA) for up to six people

For a booking form/more information contact Pat Counsell at Frogis Land, Lambourne Way; phone 773296, mobile 07787 946016 or email pat4tennis@yahoo.co.uk . All profits go to Memorial Hall.

Book Club 2.0

Tricia Harris is looking for villagers to join a secondary Book Club in Thruxton as the current one already has enough members. If you like reading and socialising, then please contact Tricia on beatty17@outlook.com or phone 01264 771493.

Parish Council Meeting 12/9/18

Present:  Councillors Charles Milner-Williams (Chairman) John Davis, Ray Bradbury, Janet Graham, Roger Oliver, Mike Windsor, and Mrs Heather Bourner. County Cllr Mrs Zilliah Brooks, Councillor Mutton and two members of the public.

  • A new bench has been purchased for the Sports field and new swing seats fitted. Also, repair work to be carried out on bridge at field.
  • NOTE: whilst the water from the tap at the Sports Field is likely to be safe to drink Southern Water will not guarantee it.
  • The challenge of getting the hedge at Mullens Pound continues. Madam Clerk to escalate.
  • Wheelie bin Speed stickers have arrived and will be distributed shortly.
  • New Springers for the children are being installed on the Sports Field – have fun!
  • Permission has been granted to carry out some work on tidying up the stream – the presence of voles can neither be confirmed or denied!
  • New plants, bird boxes and Insect boxes are now in Mandy Garden. New planters will be purchased for the village.
  • Brace to be added to beech by Church. No work required on tree by Curlew Cottage. Cllr Oliver proposed he carried out a Tree Survey this winter – which was agreed.
  • Steve Counsell is the new Chairman of The NDP Steering Group. Chairman extended thanks to Mrs Phillipson and Dr Chamberlain for all their hard work (they will remain as active members). Full details of progress of NDP will be published next month.
  • Lengthsman Scheme – we are not tied to the scheme and can either set up on own or with another parish and control how the money is spent. Chairman to investigate options further.
  • Crime up 39% in our Parish Ward. Includes theft, vandalism and assault – be vigilant folks!
  • The decision to remove the layby opposite the allotments has been reversed. It will now remain and be improved and enlarged. The wheelie bin will be relocated.
  • Cllr Brooks stated with the upgrade of Andover Library charities have complained that they can no longer advertise. Cllr Brooks is going to escalate this in favour of the charities.
  • Snowdrop Stud has been sold and the new owners have no intention to live there.
  • Planning Application at Thruxton Down for new toilet. The Planning Application at Bridge Cottage has finally been approved.
  • Madam Clerk received an alert regarding Scam Mail – see the noticeboard.
  • Watch your speed on Thruxton Down Road – and all others to be honest!

Halloween / Bonfire Night

We have several children in the Village so get ready for Trick or Treaters in search of goodies!! If you are happy to have Trick or Treaters knock on your door I would suggest that you put either a pumpkin or some obvious indication outside the house. Also, if you’re planning Fireworks is there any chance you can advise me so a) I can watch them and b) I can alert Pet Owners via FB. If possible, please let them off at a reasonable hour – pre 9pm perhaps? Thanks x

Gardening Club

Thank you to all who came along to Rosy Hardy's talk on Seasonal Herbaceous Perennials and to Nigel for holding the fort.  It was a very interesting talk from a local, independent, nursery and Rosy brought along some very unusual plants which we won't see in the average garden centre.

Our next talk is on 31st October and will be 'Autumn Beauties' by Kevin Hobbs.  We hope you can join us.
Louise Cushine louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk
 

Play Area Climbing Wall Competition

The Climbing Wall on the play area in Tidworth has been spray painted with a splendid design.  The Parish Council proposes to do the same on the face of our play area Wall, and is opening a competition to Thruxton children to design a mural which can subsequently be spray painted.  The design, which should not involve too many colours nor be too detailed, should be submitted to the Parish Council for consideration at its December 5th meeting.  A volunteer will be needed who could reproduce the design in spray paint on the wall.

Thruxton Cinema

On Friday 26th October Thruxton Village Cinema will, show "On Chesil Beach" (15) a film based on Ian McEwan's novel.  Set in 1962 - Florence (Saoirse Ronan) and Edward (Billy Howle) fall in love and when honeymooning in Dorset their idyllic romance collides with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.

Tickets £6.00pp from Carolyn 01264-773048 carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk OR Margaret at margaretmw@hotmail.com -Tel 01264-773546 OR Nigel at nrbeck@aol.com - Tel 01264-773993

Cash bar opens at 7.00pm - films start at 7.30pm                                        

Photo Competition

Thanks to everyone who entered the photo competition. We had 47 photos submitted all of which were fab. By the powers of Facebook voting the results are shown here but to do them justice look in colour on FB. Otto had the highest number of votes in any category. We only had 3 entries from children so they will get a choccie bar each. The other winners will receive either Wine, Chocs or dog treats. Thanks so much for getting involved in this fun event. Next competition will be the Christmas Special xx      

 

 Winner Pets – Flying Otto       Winner People – Rory J     

 

Best Place – Alan Milligan Thruxton         Judges Favourite – Linda’s Hounds          

Remembrance Day Lunch

Remembrance Day Curry Lunch, Sunday 11th November.  Please book your place with Bob (773354) or John (772711) for the Remembrance Day Curry Lunch in the Hall following the Church Service.  There will be some appropriate entertainment during the meal.  Cost will be unchanged at £16/head (£8 for children under 14 years) which should be paid on booking – cheques made payable to Thruxton War Memorial Hall.  A cash bar will be available and there will be a raffle, the proceeds split between a Service Charity and the Hall.  We are limited in the number we can seat satisfactorily, so we recommend you book early.  Vegetarians will be catered for, but anyone with special dietary needs should indicate this when booking.  See you there.

Remembrance Day Run

Why not build up an appetite for the Remembrance Day Lunch by joining residents on the Remembrance Day Run (or Walk)? Our goal will be to run or walk 11.11km to honour our armed forces and to raise money for the Charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The Charity is dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.

To enter the walk / run we just ask that you make a minimum donation of £5. We would also encourage to seek sponsorship from friends and family to support this wonderful cause. We have a Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-smart19. Contact Rick Smart for more details on how to get involved in this fun and worthwhile event.

Remembrance Day Service

Please also note the Remembrance Day Service will be held at the Church at 10.50am.

 

                                       THRUXTON  TIMES  -  SEPTEMBER 2018

                           Editor: Rick Smart – 07786246291 / richard.smart@infor.com. Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Daes for Diary

Tuesday 25th Sept          Singing for Fun

Wednesday 26th Sept    Gardening Club

Friday 28th Sept             Thruxton Moviola

Saturday 20th Oct          Messy Church

Saturday 20th Oct          Safari Supper

Friday 26th Oct               Thruxton Moviola

Wednesday 31st Oct      Gardening Club

Sunday 11th of 11th        Remembrance Run

Sunday 11th of 11th        Remembrance Lunch

Wednesday 28th Nov      Gardening Club Quiz

Wednesday 12th Dec      Christmas Tea

Breaking News

1. The first ever White Horse Inn Beer and Music Festival will be held over the weekend of Friday 28th – Sunday 30th September. Beer, Food, Lots of Live Bands – what’s not to like! Check out their Facebook Page.

2. Photo Competition – rolled over to September with the broadest theme ever of Pets, People & Places.  Submit email entries or as a comment on Facebook. Wine for adult winner / £10 for Under 16 Winner. Come on folks!

Flower Show

This year’s Flower & Produce Show saw more than 200 entries and the standard of them all was first class. The Shield for the family accumulating the most points was won by the Bourner family.  Many thanks to all who entered and to the myriad of helpers who made the show such a success

New Village Agent

I am pleased to advise that Tricia Harris is the new Village Agent for Thruxton whose role is to support the elderly residents. As a volunteer Village Agent Tricia is in contact with local services and has access to Information and Advice service at Age Concern Hampshire and links to HCC Support Services. Tricia will post more information on the boards around the village. Tricia can be contacted on 01264 771493 or call Age Concern on Freephone 08003287154. I would like to thank Tricia on behalf of the village for volunteering for the role.

Community Club Christmas Tea

Before you know it Christmas will upon us!! This year’s Community Club Christmas Tea will be held in the Hall on Wednesday 12th December.  Please put the date in your diary – you will be contacted in due course.

Safari Supper 20th October

Its time again for our Safari Supper with singles, couples, cooks and non-cooks able to join in. We start with Canapes in the hall, main course at various houses in the village, then back to the Hall for dessert / coffee / liqueurs. Its great fun and just think of all the new people you might meet!

1. Pay £15 per person – all you need to do is turn up and eat (although we must ensure we have enough people to host the main course!)

2. Pay £10 per person – provide either pudding or canapés for six and get dinner cooked for you

3. Pay nothing – and provide a main course (some wine provided by the VA) for up to six people

For a booking form/more information contact Pat Counsell at Frogis Land, Lambourne Way; phone 773296, mobile 07787 946016 or email pat4tennis@yahoo.co.uk . All profits go to Memorial Hall.

Hand Made in Thruxton

Join a small group of us on Wednesday mornings between 9.45am and Midday to make items for the Christmas Bazar.

No special “powers” needed just enthusiasm and an ability to drink tea or coffee!

Please phone me, Gill, on 07789145817 to let me know you are coming

Messy Church

The next Messy Church is on Saturday 20th October at Kimpton School at the new time of 4pm (hopefully to give more families the chance to attend). We will be celebrating Harvest and there will be lots of fun activities and food! Everyone are welcome but please remember that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Gardening Club

Thank you to all who came along to the AGM and to those who entered the geranium competition. We had an excellent turn out and the winner, chosen by Ted & Keith, was Jan Lawrence with Nigel Beck coming in second. It was decided that we would have geraniums again next year.

The accounts showed that we have a healthy balance and as such the annual subscription has been reduced to £8 per person - a bargain considering the number of speakers etc. we have throughout the year so come along and join us.

Rosy Hardy will be our speaker on Wednesday 26th September and she will be talking about seasonal herbaceous perennials.  Hope to see you there.                                                      Louise Cushine - louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk           

 

Gill’s Ceramics Course Thruxton

Learn the basics of Ceramics including glazing in a small group, max size 6. Monday mornings 9.45am till 12 Or Monday evenings 6.45pm till 9pm. The cost is £90 for 6 weeks plus a small charge per kilo for fired pieces. Call Gill on 07789 145817

 

Thruxton Cinema

On Friday 28th September Thruxton Village Cinema will, show "THE GUERNSEY LITERARY and POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY" (12A). An historical fiction which starts in January 1946 Juliet Ashton, author and protagonist (played by Lily James) embarks on a tour across England to promote her latest book. She receives a letter from one of her readers which leads to her eventual enquiries to ascertain more about "The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society" in occupied Guernsey during World War II. An engaging film that captures not only the imagination but also the heart. Tickets £6.00pp from Carolyn 01264-773048 carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk OR Margaret at margaretmw@hotmail.com -Tel 01264-773546 OR Nigel at nrbeck@aol.com - Tel 01264-773993

Cash bar opens at 7.00pm - films start at 7.30pm

 

Parish Council Meeting 12/9/18

Present:  Councillors Charles Milner-Williams (Chairman) John Davis, Ray Bradbury, Roger Oliver, Mike Windsor, and Mrs Heather Bourner. County Councillor Mrs Zilliah Brooks, Borough Councillor Lashbrook and three members of the public.

  • The purchase of a new bench at the sport field to be reviewed after mindless theft of old. Two new swing seats to be purchased £150/seat.
  • Hedge at Mullins Pond still to be cut.
  • Delay on the Speeding Signs for wheelie bins.
  • The presence of Water Voles in the stream means that we are not allowed to clear the vegetation until November at the earliest.
  • Work is planned on the Weeping Beech by the Church in the next couple of months.
  • An application for Tree work received from Beech Close behind George House. A revised application has been submitted by Tarvers.
  • The Enforcement Officer involved with works at Thruxton Down.
  • The Clerk reported that the finances were in good order and passed the yearly audit – once again great work Clerky!!
  • Cllr Rashbrook advised the speed restriction would remain in place by new A303 Services until issue resolved with Highways Council.
  • Cllr Brooks advised residents who are charged for disposing of items at recycling centre should request a receipt to ensure request is legit! Advised Andover library being refurbished.
  • The NDP Steering Group continues to work on the Neighbourhood Plan with Test Valley.
  • Due to complications with Capital Gains Tax the ownership of the Sports field will now pass to the Three Villages Sports Trust (reg. Charity) as opposed to Parish Council as previously stated. Still great news for the Village!
  • Tricia Harris introduced herself as the new village agent in Thruxton whose role is to provide support to elderly residents. Tricia will post information around the Village.
  • There was considerable discussion regarding the operation of the lengthsman scheme the purpose of which is to carry out maintenance work in the Village thanks to a HCC Grant. The Chairman will discuss further with Cllr Brooks.
  • The Chairman will inquire how long the portacabin will remain on Stanbury Road.
  • The Chairman vented his anger at the mindless vandalism that has been occurring in the village particularly at the sports field. A bench has been stolen, goalposts damaged, container broken into and footballs stolen etc. It’s such a shame that the actions of a small group of idiots’ ruin fun for all. Be vigilant folks!                                      

Remembrance Day Lunch

If you would like to come to our annual Remembrance Day Curry lunch after Church on Sunday 11th November, please give either Bob Hodges (773354) or John Davis (772711) a call.  We will need to collect the cost in advance as we have to pay for the food. As all the “11ths” fall on the same day this year (about as often as an eclipse), we expect it to be very popular, so please book in plenty of time. We are also looking for a piper to pipe us into lunch, so please let us know if you have someone who could do that on the Sunday.

Remembrance Day Run

Why not build up an appetite for the Remembrance Day Lunch by joining local residents on the Remembrance Day Run (or Walk)? Our goal will be to run or walk 11.11km to honour our armed forces and to raise money for the Charity Scotty’s Little Soldiers. The Charity is dedicated to supporting children and young people who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces.

To enter the walk / run we just ask that you make a minimum donation of £5. We would also encourage to seek sponsorship from friends and family to support this wonderful cause. We have a Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-smart19 . Contact Rick Smart for more details on how to get involved in this fun and worthwhile event.

Feast D Resistance

I have been contacted by a lady who is running a food van (Feast D Resistance) using locally sourced meat. They offer a range of food such as warm wraps topside beef, peppers, onions and horseradish sauce, chicken fajitas, burgers etc. They also offer themed nights such as homemade chilli, burger evenings etc. She has been working in other villages and wondered if Thruxton would be interested in her services. Can you send me your feedback please? For more details go to https://www.facebook.com/feastdresistance/

A Note from our Chairman

A new term, a new school year; the best of luck to all our pupils as they move up or into the education system.  There have been some spectacular results achieved by our young Thruxtonians, well done all of you.  A *s abound, and at least one pupil has achieved really good results that will see her comfortably into university despite battling against dyslexia.

The system is grinding away as the Sports Field is transferred from Henry Pelham to the Parish Council.  This is a great step forward for Thruxton and indeed neighbouring villages and we must make the most of the opportunities to widen our sports, and even aim towards that pavilion.  We are not helped though by the bunch of rotten hyenas who came in and nicked the picnic table.  A mindless, selfish act that is most unwelcome and inconvenient.  A replacement will cost the Parish.  Also on the field, there is a tap from which dog bowls are filled and the occasional drink of water taken.  Fine, that it what is there for.    It is not there to be a source of water on a large scale.  Some -one in a pick-up has been seen loading up the better part of 50 gallons.  That is theft and the police are aware.

I have just watched the last half of the football match between our "Welcome Stranger" team and Wherwell.  We lost 3-2 but it was a good clean match and again why the pitch is there. A few people take such efforts to keep it in good nick.  So, will the prunes who have been driving a vehicle (tracks look like an ATV) on the field and wrecking the grass and the ditch please stop doing so.  All you are doing is spoiling things for decent villagers.

The Welcome Stranger has 2 home fixtures in September and would welcome some local support:

16th Sept FC Wildebeest (H) League

30th Sept Tidworth Town (H) League

Regards, Charles Milner-Williams (Chairman of the Parish Council)