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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 - MARCH 2019            

                                                   Editor: Rick Smart    Published by Thruxton Parish Council

 

Dates for Diary

Friday 15th March              Quiz n Chips

Friday 22nd March             VA Pop-Up Even

Weds 27th March              C Club Fish n Chip

Weds 27th March              Gardening Club

Friday 29th March            Thruxton Cinema    

Sunday 31st March           Mother’s Day!!

Friday 12th April              Easter Party

Saturday 13th April         Jumble Sale

Tuesday 16th April          Comedy Night

Weds 24th April               Gardening Club

Friday 26th April              Thruxton Cinema

Saturday May 4th            Tash Fest

 

Breking News

1. Crafty coffee mornings will resume on Wednesday 13th March at George House, Thruxton. We make a variety of things and it’s a way to be sociable & try something new. Call Gill 07789145817 or just come along at 10am.

2. Contact John Davis if you want to take part in Quiz n Chips 15th March

3. Thanks to those of you who attended Sue Hulme’s funeral. Sue was a wonderful lady with a great sense of Community and a willingness to always help others. She will be sadly missed by her friends and family. RIP Sue x

4. The Rowathon in aid of the Countess of Brecknock Hospice raised an incredible £5200. Thank you so much to all the villagers who supported us xx

TashFest

TashFest is an annual Dog Show arranged by village teenager Natasha Richardson in aid of the Humanimal Trust. Now in its third year this popular event promises to be the biggest yet.

1. Dog Show Categories - Best rescue / Prettiest bitch / Handsome dog / Doggy egg & spoon race / Musical sits / Best sausage eater / Best in show 

2. Stalls - Humanimal trust / Grateley dog training / Ceramics / Rats / Raffle / Cakes / Candy floss and hot dogs / soft play area / Unique freaks crafty crafters / Reptile ranch / Ice cream / Andover youth dance company / Choir / Andover young carers / Half print crafty creations / Games

Please come along to the Village Green, Saturday 4th May 1pm to 4pm

Please contact natasharichardson1206@gmail.com if you would like to help at the event or need further information.

 

Welcome Stranger Football Fixtures

10th Abbott's Ann Eagles Away @ Abbotts Ann Sports Field SP11 7BN

17th Abbott's Ann Eagles @ HOME

24th Broughton Sports @ AWAY SO20 8DA

31st Arms SMB @ HOME

Jumble Sale

The Village Hall trustees are holding a Jumble Sale in Thruxton War Memorial Hall on Saturday 13th April from 2-4 pm. Entrance is 50p children are free.
Please have a spring clean and clear out any unwanted goods - Clothes, Bric-a-brac, anything we can sell! All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the hall. Donations can be delivered to the hall from 9 am on the day or dropped into the porch of George Cottage the week before. Collections can be arranged. Any offers of help on the day will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Carolyn Currie 01264 773048 or carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk
 

Village Association Pop-Up Music Event

The Village Association have their first pop-up event planned for Friday 22nd March from 7.30pm to 11.30pm in the Hall. This is a discounted event for villagers at only £5 / head which includes food, a live band ‘The Rookies’ and much more. There will also be a discounted bar so there is nothing not to like. Contact Rick Smart, Cat Boslem, Jo Lees for Tickets. There will be a Casino with prizes and Village Bingo and some table games. The food will be Tapas style (baked camembert, meats, salads, cheese, olives, pate etc.) and we will provide sharing boards for each table. Please come along and support this great value evening of fun and music.

Community Club Fish n Chips

Our popular Fish ‘n Chip lunch is planned for Wednesday 27th March at 13.00 hrs in the Village Hall.Anyone who would like to attend should contact Bob Hodges (773354) or John (772711) to be put on the list.Cost will be £6 a head, but we shall need that in advance. – cash only.

Charity Comedy Night

On Tuesday 16th Aprl, local girl Chelsea Daubney has organised a Charity Comedy night in aid of Naomi House. The Event is being held at the White Horse in Thruxton and is £10 a head which includes food. The Comedy will be provided by a local comedian who has already performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. Please come and support this wonderful cause. Please contact Chelsea-Daubney@outlook.com or me.

Gardening Club

We had a great talk in February, this time by Chris Bird from Sparsholt College, on Growing Fruit & Veg.  Chris was very informative and gave some great tips.  Our next meeting is Wednesday 27th March when we'll have the return of Ted & Keith for Gardener's Question Time and the Geraniums will be ready to buy for the annual competition.'

Contact email - louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk

Thruxton Cinema

On Friday 29th March, we will show "MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN" (Category 12A) - released in the UK in 2018 - a Romantic Drama following similar lines to the original - This is a "must see" film. It mixes the story of Sophie setting up her dream Greek Island Hotel with the flashback tale of how her mother Donna first happened across the idyllic location. Starring - Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth,

On Friday 26th April, we will show "THE WIFE" a drama - (Category R - over 17's) - Joan Archer (Glenn Close) an accomplished writer meets Joseph Castleman (Harry Lloyd and Jonathan Pryce) in 1958. Joan is awed by Joseph's force of personality and advice that "a writer must write". Glenn Close has won many awards for best actress in this film.

Please note changes in ticket pricing structure. Please secure your ticket by booking early. Ticket Entry is £6.00pp if pre-booked from Nigel at nrbeck@aol.com - Tel 773993, Carolyn at carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk - Tel 773048, Margaret at margaretmw@hotmail.com -Tel 773546 OR arrive at the door on the night and the Ticket will be £7.00pp.     Cash bar opens at 7.00pm - films start at 7.30pm

 

Parish Council Meeting 6/03/19 –         Chairman Charles Milner-Williams

1. The issue of a One-Way System by the School and speeding in the Village was raised by member of public. Charles will follow up.

2. It was agreed the Parish Council would fund the repair of the large picnic table on the field.

3. The new wooden Planters have arrived, and Janet is painting them in preparation for planting. It was suggested that the Gardening Club and school might like to fill a planter each. We also have new signs at the entrance to the village.

4. A new Grit bin will be installed near the Church

5. The Sports Trust are working on becoming an Incorporated Charity which means they can benefit from the ‘Fields in Trust Scheme’ – Grants, advise, protection etc.

6. The Anti-Social behaviour outlined on page 3 was discussed. The Chairman advised that following evidence submitted by a resident regarding litter dumping a prosecution is pending with fixed penalty notice – a win for the village!

7. The age-old subject of Dog Poo was raised. The issue is not getting better and extreme measures may be required i.e. not allowing dogs on the village green. Rick Smart said he agreed measures were needed but pointed out that villagers posting signs with offensive language (as seen this week) was not the answer.

8. Tree work at the Church was been completed. Roger also undertook some major pruning work by post box.

9. Exciting news on roads. Lambourn Way and Close along with Stanbury Road and Kimpton Hill to be resurfaced May / June – more details to follow.

10. Steve Counsell (Chair of NDP) advised there had been a slight issue with the Consultation Statement which may cause a delay of 6 weeks. Charles thanked Steve for his hard work and continued patience dealing with bureaucracy.

11. Heather ‘Clerky’ Bourner reported that as always finances were in good order. We shall be increasing the reserve held for next financial year

12. Clerky also advised that every 5 years Parish Council Elections are required. All existing Councillors must apply along with any new applicants. Election only required if multiple applicants for the same position.

13. Rick Smart advised that weather permitting the Climbing Wall on the Field would be painted in April with the combined designs submitted by youngsters in the village.

14. Charles complimented the Villagers who took part in the Rowathon and raised £5200 for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. He also praised Natasha for organising another Dog Show in May

15. Charles thanked John Davis for his continued excellent work on the Village Website.                                          

 

Thruxton Easter Eggstravaganza

To celebrate Easter and hopefully the completion of the Climbing Wall Painting designed by Thruxton Youngsters we are going to have an Easter Party on the Field on Friday 12th April 5.00pm. There will be squash and biscuits provided for the kids and lots of games and an Easter Egg for each child. Please bring the kids along and have some fun. Adults can bring their own bevies and picnic and try out the dying art of socialising with your community. Please let Rick Smart know if you can make it and how many kids you are bringing – he needs to go and buy the Easter Eggs!!

Parish Church Electoral Roll

Every parish church has an electoral roll of people who support the church even if they are not regular attenders.   They have an important role in electing the Churchwardens who hold the property of the Church on behalf of the Diocese and Parish.  The elections take place annually at the Parish Church Meeting on 9th April. The electoral roll is completely renewed every six years and in the Diocese of Winchester this new roll is to be compiled in 2019.  Every parishioner is entitled to be on the Electoral Roll if baptised into the |Church of England, over 16 and not a practising priest.  Members of other churches in communion with the Church of England but who share their beliefs (e.g. Roman Catholics) are also entitled to register, as is any-one who turns 16 in the near future.  If you live outside the parish but have strong connections with Thruxton Church which you want to continue you may still register. If you would like to know more please ask Christine Barrett or Sue King or the Church Electoral Roll Officer, Charles Milner-Williams at charlesmw@hotmail.com

Chairman’s Report

Over the last fortnight I have been both saddened and gladdened by things happening in the village.  Long term and more recent residents take pride in and work hard for our lively, safe and caring community. Many new villagers have told me that they chose to live in Thruxton because it is such a happy and friendly place to live where they can feel they belong and take part in that great luxury of community life which is disappearing in so many places.

Why am I now worried?   I will tell you, although legal considerations cause me to limit what I can reveal.  Irresponsible idiots have been driving around the Recreation Field in a 4x4, damaging the bridge and the ditch that protects our precious field from unlawful occupants.  Certain people have been driving around the Recreation Field on a sit-on lawnmower; that too, is irresponsible and wrong and must stop.  A mass of daffodils lovingly planted along a part of Village Street has been deliberately decapitated – had their blooms hacked off.  How stupid, how wanton and how unwelcome.  There have been several occasions in the last few weeks when the police have been called out to outrageous, noisy and potentially dangerous behaviour in the same area, Loud music very late at night, a bonfire in a courtyard, foul language and some of the most dangerous driving ever seen in Thruxton.  It is a miracle that no-one has been seriously injured or even killed.  Just think of the number of tiny babies, young mums and dog-walkers.  A villager has had to install CCTV at great expense. The police have been called several times and the local authority and lawyers are considering what action can be taken.

Yet there is something wonderful to report.  Prompted by the sad death of villagers, some lovely residents have set out to raise money for the Countess of Brecknock Hospice. With a sponsored “rowathon” they have raised well over £5000 for this worthy cause.  Now doesn’t that make you feel proud?  Our own little bundle of organisational dynamite is arranging another charitable dog show and cake bake for the third year running.  She has raised getting on for £1500 already and is only just 13!

We all need to work to keep our village the enviable place we know it to be.  Please watch out for any of this vicious, dangerous and horrid behaviour and report it to the police and or the Environment Department at Test Valley Borough Council.  If you get a chance to note down vehicle registration numbers and the times of instances of dangerous driving or can safely photograph any irresponsible or illegal behaviour, please do so.  We are in the business now of capturing hard evidence that will stand. Above all, do not let these few, unlovely people spoil things for the vast majority of villagers.  We simply will not put up with it!!

     

                               THRUXTON  TIMES - FEBRUARY 2019

        Thruxton Times – February 2019    Editor: Rick Smart – Published by Thruxton Parish Council

Dates for Diary

Saturday 9th Feb         Messy Church

Tuesday 19th Feb        Pub Quiz

Friday 22nd Feb          Charity Rowathon

Friday 1st March         Thruxton Cinema

Friday 15th March       Quiz n Chips

Friday 22nd March       VA Pop-Up

Weds 27th March        C Club Fish n Chip

Friday 29th March        Thruxton Cinema

Friday 26th April         Thruxton Cinema

Friday 3rd May            Charity Night

Saturday May 4th        Tash Fest

 

BREAKING NEWS

The Village Association have their first pop-up event planned for Friday 22nd March from 7.30pm to 11.30pm in the Hall. This is a discounted event for villagers at only £5 / head which includes food, a live band ‘The Rookies’ and much more. There will also be a discounted bar so there is nothing not to like. Contact Rick Smart, Cat Boslem, Jo Lees for Tickets – more to follow xx

Messy Church Saturday February 9th

Messy Church in the Kimpton, Thruxton and Fyfield parishes is held at Kimpton Primary School. Our families range from babes in arms passed around for lots of cuddles, to grandparents accompanying their grandchildren, and 2 hours are spent chatting, making, eating, worshipping, laughing, singing and having a great time.

Our next Messy Church is to celebrate Valentine’s Day and is being held on Saturday 9th February from 4pm to 6pm. There will be lots of activities based around the theme of Valentine’s Day with 'messy' stuff such as painting, gluing and sticking, as well as a food based activity.  cutting out. Some families complete all the activities, some just a few. Following our activities, there's a short worship (assembly) whilst the tables are laid with sandwiches, crudités, drinks and cake. We all sit down for another chat then and eat the food that has very kindly been made for us. Everyone is welcome - young and old, adults, children, teenagers, carers, grandparents (Children must be accompanied by an adult, though.) If you can only join us for an hour or so, that's fine! If you're put off because it's 'church' then please don't be - we have a very relaxed atmosphere and it is great fun. See you there!

Community Club Fish n Chips

Our popular Fish ‘n Chip lunch is planned for Wednesday 27th March at 13.00 hrs in the Village Hall.Anyone who would like to attend should contact Bob Hodges (773354) or John (772711) to be put on the list.Cost will be £6 a head, but we shall need that in advance – cash only please as we will not be using the Hall account for cheques.

Welcome Stranger Football Fixtures

  • 10th Feb FC Wildebeest @ home 
  • 17th Feb Broughton Sports FC, Away @ Buckholt Road Broughton SO20 8DA
  • 24th Crown Ludgershall, Away @ Picket Twenty
  •  

Quiz n Chips Evening

Our traditional “Quiz ‘n’ Chips” evening will be held on Friday 15th March at 7.00 pm in the Village Hall.  Enter in Teams of 4.  This is a ‘not-too-serious’ fun evening with prizes for both winning and losing teams.  I guarantee you will not be asked any football questions (except perhaps what size is the official ball !!!), and is based on general and Thruxton knowledge.  Please let John (772711) have details of your team, with its name, in good time to order our meal.  For those who would like an alternative to fish, that can be easily arranged.

Charity Rowathon

Five Villagers (Rick Smart, Emily Smart, Catt Allwright, Callum Jackman, Jo Lees and Chris Sawyer) have organised a 24-hour indoor rowing challenge on Friday 22nd February in aid of the Countess of Brecknock Hospice in Andover. We are rowing in memory of Alison Goldfinch who sadly lost her battle with Cancer at the start of the year. We aim to row 4 hours each over multiple shifts in the non-stop event. If you would like to donate please either post an envelope to Rick, or come along on the day or go online https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emily-smart4 . Your support would mean the world to us. Thanks xx

Thruxton Cinema

On Friday 1st March Thruxton Village Cinema will show "THE CHILDREN ACT" a Drama - (Category R- Over 17's) -  The film plots the story, based on an English novel, of the same name, which refers to the Children ACT, an Act of US Parliament. The judge, Mrs Justice (Fiona) Maye DBE (Emma Thompson), is a lady facing problems in her own marriage. She must decide the verdict for a young teenager refusing to transfuse blood for religious reasons

On Friday 29th March, we will show "MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN" (Category 12A) - released in the UK in 2018 - a Romantic Drama following similar lines to the original - This is a "must see" film. It mixes the story of Sophie setting up her dream Greek Island Hotel with the flashback tale of how her mother Donna first happened across the idyllic location. Starring - Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth,

On Friday 26th April, we will show "THE WIFE" a drama - (Category R - over 17's) - Joan Archer (Glenn Close) an accomplished writer meets Joseph Castleman (Harry Lloyd and Jonathan Pryce) in 1958. Joan is awed by Joseph's force of personality and advice that "a writer must write". Glenn Close has won many awards for best actress in this film.

Please note changes in ticket pricing structure. Please secure your ticket by booking early. Ticket Entry is £6.00pp if pre-booked from Nigel at nrbeck@aol.com - Tel 773993, Carolyn at carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk - Tel 773048, Margaret at margaretmw@hotmail.com -Tel 773546 OR arrive at the door on the night and the Ticket will be £7.00pp.     Cash bar opens at 7.00pm - films start at 7.30pm

Gardening Club

Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and came to our first speaker of the year.  Lyn Miles gave a very interesting and informative talk on Snowdrops.  I certainly didn't realise there are so many different varieties, some of which she had for sale.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 27th February where Chris Bird will be giving a talk about growing fruit and veg. Please join us if you can.Contact email - louise.cushine@hotmail.co.uk

Parish Council Meeting 6/02/19 –         Chairman Charles Milner-Williams

1. Agreed to repair or replace the big picnic bench on the Recreation Ground, whichever was cheaper.  New planters and village signs were agreed.

2. Lenhams Storage Ltd was thanked for the new visibility mirror at the eastern entrance. 

3. The work on extending the lay-by near the allotments was scheduled but timings not known.

4. Cllr Oliver was preparing a tree survey to evaluate and monitor the health of villages trees. Village maps would be obtained and would be marked up. Permission to fell 7 beech trees refused by TVBC.

5. The Lengsthman Scheme had paid for the cutting of the hedge at the western end of the village.  The Clerk was in touch with one landowner.

6. The Neighbourhood Development Plan had been formally submitted to TVBC and has been very well received to the extent that it is being used as an example to other parishes.  The Chairman was again fulsome in his praise of the Steering Group.

7. A villager was thanked for freeing up the grit in the bins and a new bin was ordered for Church Lane.

8. Parish finances remain healthy and it was agreed to increase the amount held on reserve.  Future maintenance of our street lamps could be expensive.

9. The County Councillor reported that HCC had raised its levy by 2.99%.  She gave details of the extreme burdens placed on the County by the demands of adult and vulnerable care.  She also reported that the discussion about the lighting, parking, speeding and the one-way system around the school was under serious consideration. 

10. Cllr Davis reported that three applications for tree works had been considered by the planning group and after discussion all were agreed.

Permission was sought and granted to Natasha Richardson to run another of her highly successful cake bake and dog shows on the Green on 4th May.  This was cheerfully granted and Natasha praised for the £1500 she had already raised for the Humanimal Trust. 

11. The positive approach to the management of land surrounding Mullens pond by keeper Greg Keeble was praised - especially if it brought back "our" swans, and Dave Ringrose was praised for his " Take Care - Frogs Crossing" signs.

12. The Chairman reminded everyone that the Parish and Borough elections would take place on 2nd May.

13. Next meeting Wed 6th March.                                       

Notes from the Editor

We certainly have a lot going on in our village – Quizzes, Cinema, Charity Events, Clubs, Dog Shows, Messy Church, Fish and Chips etc. Please try and support wherever you can. If you have ideas for other Clubs or Events, please let me know and I will see what we can do.

On a more sombre note we bid a sad farewell to the much-loved villager Alison Goldfinch in January. Whilst it was obviously a sad occasion Dan Sawyer and family would like to thank the 200+ people who attended the funeral and Reverend Ann for her kind words at the service. Dan would also like to thank everyone for their incredible generosity in donating £1322 to the hospice in memory of Alison x

Village Charity Event Friday 3rd May

Come join us on Friday 3rd May for another great evening of live entertainment provided by the superb ‘Rookies’. Supper & fun guaranteed. Discounted bar, charity raffle, Carriages required at Midnight. All money raised will go again to ‘Divinity Foundation Charity’, an excellent cause supporting the safety of women & children globally.

Dress as casual or as formal you like with a touch of red. Invite friends & fill a table.  Tickets £20 per head. Please join us for May Mayhem we promise you won’t be disappointed. Please contact Jo Fairhurst or Joanne Lees.

Neighbourhood Plan

On Wednesday 16th January 2019, at an extraordinary Parish Council Meeting, the NDP documents required to be submitted to TVBC to move the Plan through Public Consultation and External Examination were presented to the Parish Council by the Steering Group and were unanimously approved. The Parish Council subsequently submitted these documents to TVBC. Informal response from TVBC has been positive and the Plan's layout and "readability" used as an example of good practice to other NDP groups.

TashFest

TashFest is an annual Dog Show arranged by village teenager Natasha Richardson in aid of the Humanimal Trust. Now in its third year this popular event promises to be the biggest yet.

1. Dog Show Categories - Best rescue / Prettiest bitch / Handsome dog / Doggy egg and spoon race / Musical sits / Best sausage eater / Best in show 

2. Stalls - Humanimal trust / Grateley dog training / Ceramics / Rats / Raffle / Cakes / Candy floss and hot dogs / soft play area / Unique freaks crafty crafters / Reptile ranch / Ice cream / Andover youth dance company / Choir / Andover young carers / Half print crafty creations / Games

We have Minions, Mickey and Minnie Mouse making an appearance dog training class as well.

Please come along and support on the Village Green, Saturday 4th May 1pm to 4pm

Please contact natasharichardson1206@gmail.com if you would like to help at the event or need further information.

Village Association

The Thruxton Village Association (VA) is now in full swing for 2019, we have a full Committee comprising of; Cat Boslem (Chairperson), Callum Jackman, David White (Treasurer), Emma Gallagher, Gill Odling (Secretary), Jo Lees, Jo Durant, Lorna Wilson, Richard Smart & Rob Vessey.

The focus of the VA is to organise and run the Thruxton Village Fete which will be held on Saturday 22nd June 2019 on the Village Green please save the date! If you have any suggestions on stalls or would be interested in helping on the day, please email: Thruxtonvillageassociation@gmail.com

I hope to build on the excellent Thruxton Village Fete from 2018 and make 2019 even better!

 

         

                              THRUXTON  TIMES  -  JANUARY 2019            

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

Dates for Diary

Sunday 19th Jan               Thruxton Wanderers 

Monday 21st Jan               Open Mic WhiteHorse Inn

Saturday 25th Jan             Thruxton Wanderers

Thursday 30th Jan             Gardening Club

Saturday 9th Feb               Messy Church

Friday 1st March               Thruxton Cinema

Friday 15th March             Quiz n Chips

Weds 27th March               Comunity Club Fish n Chip

Friday 31st March              Thruxton Cinema

RIP Alison GoldfinchIt is with immense sadness that I must report that Alison Goldfinch passed away on 3rd January. Loving Partner to Dan and Mother to Chris, Ali was a villager through and through. She was an incredibly brave, caring and loving individual who it was my upmost privilege to have known. Her funeral is at 10am Thursday 17th January at Salisbury Crematorium. I have posted some memories of Ali on page 5 and details on donations.

Congratulations to Callum and Catt  Christmas came a couple of days early this year for Catt Allwright when Callum Jackman got down on one knee and popped the question. Thankfully for Callum, Catt said yes and on behalf of the village I would like to offer them our warmest congratulations. Wedding planned for Summer 2020 which also means a Stag Do is in the pipeline - YIPPEE xx                

Welcome Stranger Football Fixtures

  • 13th Jan Broughton Sports Home
  • 20th Jan FC Twente Two Away Marlborough Road Bulford
  • 27th Jan The Crown (Ludgershall) Home

Thruxton Wanderers  If you want to get fit in the New Year or simply socialise more, I am starting the Thruxton Wanderers Club. We will meet each Saturday or Sunday at 10.30am at the Sports Field and people can either go for a jog together, walk the dogs together, play with the kids together – anything you like really. Old, Young, Kids and Adults welcome. All abilities welcome. Runners can go along the new path on the Weyhill Road. First outing will be Sunday 19th January. Be great to meet some new people xx

Congratulations to Max and Jess  I am delighted to announce that Christmas came even earlier for Max and Jess Lopez-Valido when the beautiful Sienna Ivy was born on the 17th December. I am pleased to report that Mum, Dad and baby Sienna are all doing well and looking forward to enjoying Sienna’s first year in Thruxton.        

Thruxton Cinema

Our first film for 2019 is "THE CHILDREN ACT" and will be shown on FRIDAY 1st MARCH

The film plots the story, based on an English novel, of the same name, which refers to the Children ACT, an Act of US Parliament. The judge, Mrs Justice (Fiona) Maye DBE, is a lady facing problems in her own marriage is played by Emma Thompson. She must decide the verdict for a young teenager refusing to transfuse blood for religious reasons.  Directed by Richard Eyre. Also, starring Stanley Tucci as Jack Maye and Fiona Whitehead as Adam Henry.

On FRIDAY 31st MARCH 2019, we will show "MAMMA MIA HERE WE GO AGAIN" (12A).  A Romantic Drama following similar lines to the original.  It mixes the story of Sophie setting up her dream Greek Island Hotel with the flashback tale of how her mother Donna first happened across the idyllic location, and how she met the three men Bill Harry & Sam - who are Sophie's potential.

Please secure your ticket by booking early. Ticket Entry is £6.00pp obtainable from Carolyn at carolynhead@hotmail.co.uk - Tel 01264-773048 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.

Community Club Fish n ChipsOur popular Fish ‘n Chip lunch is planned for Wednesday 27th March at 13.00 hrs in the Village Hall.  We will be ringing our contacts, but anyone who would like to attend should contact Bob Hodges (773354) or John (772711) to be put on the list.  Cost will be in the order of £6 a head, but we shall need that in advance – cash please as we will not be using the Hall account for cheques.  More nearer the time.

Quiz n ChipsIt seems that the residents of Thruxton cannot get enough of Fish and Chips as on Friday 15th March there is the Quiz n Chips evening. Come and test your brain while tucking into the nations favourite dis. More to follow.

Book ClubSeveral months ago, I advertised hoping to start a new book club in the village. I have received a couple of interests but as yet not enough to make it viable. I need a couple more people to make a start. I hope to make it social, interesting and an opportunity to widen reading choices.Should you or any one you know be interested please contact me.  Tricia Harris Tel. 01264 771493  Email. beatty17@outlook.com                                 

                                                                           Mystical Costa Rica

By Darcie Rose Eaton, aged 7 ¾

I went to Costa Rica in December 2018 with my mummy and daddy. We got there on two planes, one from London to Canada and then from there to San Jose. This is the capital city of Costa Rica. When we got there it was scorching hot.

The first place we stayed at I got a new friend – a golden orb spider. She had spun her web outside our window and we didn’t notice her at first. How could we not notice her? She was so big - about 6 inches!! She was pretty, yellow and black and she had very feathery bits on her legs. I called her Charlotte.

I went to Paos volcano which was gigantic. I saw the ruins which it had done when it had exploded once. When I looked into the crater I could see a gas which could poison you. This was called sulphur and it smelled disgusting! There were dents in the ground and on the hand rails from where rocks had flown from the crater.

I also saw very beautiful waterfalls. They felt cold when you got too close to them and the splashes got you. I had to climb down at least 200 steps.

My next stop was Tortuguero which is in the north of the country and on the Caribbean side. We stayed in a wooden house with sand on the floor.

I could make sandcastles and volcanos in the dining room! This was in the middle of the jungle and I had to get there on a boat. I saw crazy lizards and a massive crocodile on the river bank! I don’t think anyone would want to swim in there!! It was as long as my daddies car (an estate!) I also saw the smallest bees in the world. David Castro, the man whose house we stayed in, had 3 hives hanging up. One night he opened a hive box and squished the comb until all the honey came out. I didn’t have any but mummy and daddy said it was delicious! I learned how to make tortillas whilst I was there with Mariellos, David’s wife. I made them with her in an outside kitchen which was made completely out of wood. The oven was a real fire. We saw toads, spider monkeys in the trees, terrapins, vultures; we even saw a hummingbird sleeping in a tree. He was very cute and looked very snuggly and very comfortable on his branch.                                             

After that I went on the boat again and then for a massive car journey. We crossed over onto the other side of the country, to Uvita, on the Pacific coast. The sea was really, really warm and great to swim and body board in. (I had to leave that there as Mummy said it was too big for my luggage). To get to the beach we had to do some obstacles – a bamboo bridge and a hanging one - which Daddy wasn’t very good on! I saw fish and Jesus Christ lizards. They run across the water like a lunatic. I also saw a long snake but we are not sure what it was or if it was poisonous or not.

There were scarlet macaws in the trees. They are very beautiful with red, yellow and blue feathers. One of them was hanging upside down which was very funny.

After this I went even further south to Golfito. I stayed in an eco-lodge in the Piedras Blancas national park. I got to it by another boat and it was very fun because I saw dolphins and turtles. Here, I stayed in a treehouse which they said had 88 steps but I counted them and they actually had 91 which is quite tiring when you need to go to bed!

I held a Rothschild moth when it flew in one night. It was giant.

The animals I saw here were a toad going into its house which was a hole in the ground, little crabs popping out of the sand, pelicans, a green iguana, colourful birds, white faced capuchins and howler monkeys. They sound like fighting bears when they howl!

I also went snorkelling and saw some beautiful fish and seven stingrays. The reef had been damaged by the sea heating up so it had all died. But it was still pretty because some of it was recovering. Mummy caught her first fish which was quite cool.

There was even a scorpion in a drawer which we didn’t know had been there while we were sleeping. It was about 4 inches long and it was toxic but it didn’t want to hurt anyone. I learned that at night, if you flash a purple light at them, they glow up blue which is quite cool but they are still quite venomous so never touch one!

My journey has ended but it was very good and I will always remember the time when there was a scorpion in my room when I was sleeping!

 

In Memory of Alison Goldfinch

Rather than flowers at the Funeral Ali asked that anyone who would like to donate do so to the Countess of Brecknock Hospice where she received first class care. If you would like to donate there are various options:

  1. Ideally please donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dansawyerxx this will allow Dan and Chris to view peoples support and messages and thank them.
  2. You can also text to the Just giving page by Texting REDA70 and then your donation amount to 70070 . You will also be able to Gift Aid this.
  3. You can also donate on the Hospice website directly https://www.cobh.org.uk/support-us/make-a-donation/
  4. You will be able to make a donation at the Crematorium.

                         

                                   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.