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
The EDITOR of the letter is John McKenzie on 772788.
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THRUXTON TIMES - MAY 2017
Dates for your Diary
Sat May 6 Dog show etc etc Green 1-4 pm
May 10 & May 14 Neighbourhood Plan.Hall.(flyer
Wed May 10 The Hall AGM at 7pm (see para )
May 13 &14 Project Workshops OPEN. Quarley.
Sat May 20 Progressive Dinner Party.
Fri May 26 Film “ Sully “ (12 A ) ( see para )
Wed May 31 Gardening Club ( see para )
Wed June 7 Parish Council in Hall 7.30pm.
Sat June 17 FETE on Green ( see para.)
Flower Festival. The Churchwardens, Christine & Sue, would like to thank all who supported this event. A great success, which raised over £500 towards essential safety & restoration work at the church. There were beautiful arrangements from many villagers, & 3 of the other churches were represented too. The church smelt of spring & the famous brass knight in front of the altar was uncovered for visitors to see. A very pretty Easter garden graced the entrance, on the old bier which had not seen the light of day for some years. Cream teas, cakes, & refreshments went down well, & children enjoyed 2 Easter egg hunts. The stunning raffle prize, donated by Carolyn Currie was won by Marion Hoskins.
Grateful thanks to all who helped us in any way, and to all those who came to enjoy it.
Hall AGM (Margaret Milner-Williams) This event will be held at 7pm on Wed 10th May
at 7pm. All villagers are most welcome. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.
Dogs Letter from Judy Fowler (Lambourne Close) I walk my dog on the playing field, how lucky we are to have this facility for the village. Why then is it so abused. Every time I go there I make sure I am armed with lots of poo-bags because there is always evidence that a number of people
do not clean up after their dogs and they must be big dogs too !....you know what I mean. Two lots today right by the swings & the picnic table. Just where the children play.. There’s NO EXCUSE for it , as there are always bags by the gate….I know because I put them there. We have all
experienced our dogs rolling in something unsavoury. Imagine a parent finding their child covered in dog poo. It’s disgusting and potentially dangerous too. Whoever is responsible please dig deep and find your moral conscience
Neighbourhood Plan (Kate Phillipson).We need your input again this month, but hopefully it will be more fun than filling in another form ! Come to the Hall on 10th or 14th May, find out more about what we are doing and tell us which green spaces you think we should try to protect.
Refreshments will be provided. Please see flyer for details, and please do come along.
Community Club Autumn Tea Party (John Davis) Although a long way ahead, please make
a note for the date of the next Community Tea Party on Wed. 13th Sept. at which we hope to have a talk by the HAMPSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE, based here at Thruxton.
Encouraging ! Following our appeal last month for someone to take over the Dauntsey Lane delivery round it was wonderful to get no fewer than FIVE OFFERS to help. First up was Alistair
Currie of George Cottage so he has got the job but the other offers will be remembered.THANKS
Thruxton Cinema ( Nigel Beck). The next one will be on Fri 26 May …..”SULLY” (12 A) directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks. The film tells the true tale of quiet unfussy heroism :of
highly trained professionals doing their job in the most challenging of circumstances imaginable.
Best to get your ticket in advance. £6, via Nigel on 773993 , Carolyn 773048 or Margaret 773546
Cash bar from 7 pm ; film starts at 7.30 pm.
Gardening Club (Gill Bally) What an inspirational talk Steve Austin gave us on the subject of “Winter Jewels” last week. Although it is hard to think of planting for winter, now is the time to buy your plants and trees. Our next meeting is on 31st May and our speaker is Kelvin Mason who is going to talk of growing plants for flower arranging so, even if you are not into gardening, this should be interesting. We charge £4 for non-members and £2 for members: meetings are open to all. Compton Acres coach on 21st June still has one vacancy. Book now !
A small boy and girl were standing in front of a
picture of ADAM AND EVE.. “Which is which ? the girl asked. “I don’t rightly know” replied the boy “ but I think I could tell if they had their clothes on”.
FETE ( Amanda Harvey). The Fete will be held on the Green on Sat.17th June. We are looking for volunteers for a variety of tasks to help make the day a success; please contact Amanda or Martin on 773203 or email@example.com if you are able to help : you’d be very welcomed
This could be on the day (eg.manning a stall) or leading up to the event (e.g. selling prize draw tickets). We are also looking for pledges of “village made” items e.g. jams, chutneys,honey, eggs, apple juice, cut flowers , CONTINUED
Parish Council 3.5.17 This was deemed to be the Annual Council meeting hence it was necessary to appoint Chairman and Vice-Chairman for the coming year. Charles Milner-Williams and John Davis were re-elected to these positions nem con. The other councillors, Janet Graham
Ray Bradbury, and Mike Windsor will continue. The point was made that there is vacancy for Two additional councillors. Also at the meeting were County Cllr. Zilliah Brooks, and TVBC Cllr. Pam Mutton.
Matters discussed / continued included internet banking ( no probs) : the gated entrance signs…..agreed in principle . John Davis expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the HGV signs that have gone up being “not what we asked for “ He has seen “decent size notices“ e.g Unsuitable for HGV’S.
There had been a possible sighting of the dreaded Japanese Knotweed. This may not be correct but the Chairman will follow up and confirm ……or refute.
Mike Windsor spoke about trees, Curlew Cottage area for example. He will talk to residents. In general Trees on Village Street need attention; possibly some reduction in size would be desirable, and in that regard how much, if any, contribution to the cost could we get from the Borough.
It is known that some residents have said they “would be prepared to contribute” directly to these costs.
The Chairman spoke about changes to boundaries proposed, which will affect our areas of direct concern and also about a proposed Village Working Party to deal with among other things, rampant ivy. Date for this was agreed as Sat. 20th May.
The meeting then became The Annual Parish Assembly, to which approximately twenty parishioners had come along, adding to the number already in the hall. Charles, warmly welcomed them all, includ-ing guest speakers. Reviewing the year he spoke “with great sadness” of the death of Canon Tomlinson “who served us well for nearly 38 years”. Villagers mentioned for their services to the village included Sue&Martin King, Pete Watson, Jane & Bob Higgins, Cllrs Graham and Bradbury, Jason Bailey, Ann McKenzie, the Prices , the Chamberlains, Geoff Bourner, and more.
He commended Kate Phillipson for her “ tireless leadership” in the creation of our Neighbourhood Development Plan: “sterling work”
He accepted all was not perfect ; potholes, car park, careless dog owners, heavy lorries still Thruxton is a wonderful place to live.
Margaret Rome, chair of governors, spoke in upbeat manner about the School
Henry Pelham spoke about matters at the Circuit..new buildings, safety work at Church Corner, AirAmbulance facilities, flood control
Connie Moss complained about Helicopters coming too low and too near the village.
Margaret Milner-Williams spoke about the Hall and urged attendance at next Wed’s
Annual general meeting at 7pm.
Martin King, now Footpath Warden, spoke about his job. There are 8 footpaths in area.
Sue King, Churchwarden, spoke about our Grade I listed 13th C. church. Now open all day every day. She thanked the volunteers. Urged all those present to come along.
Cllr.Bradbury paid tribute to Pam Mutton and Zilliah Brooks for their work, for us as
Borough and County Councillors.
Charles then closed the meeting, thanking all who had come along, and inviting them
to share in some “Chairman’s hospitality”.
FETE (contd.) …….or craft
items that we can sell on our new stall for this year. Clearly some of these could be donated in advance, whilst others might need to be brought along on the day. It would be great if we could share ( and show off ! ) the hidden talents in our beautiful village. We’ll share the programme for the day in the next edition, and on the village notice boards over the next month.
Book Club ? Pat Counsell has a very interesting piece on this subject which space, lack of, enforces carry over to June issue. Look out for it.
Mini-extract from our May 1990 issue;-
“Mrs. Gillson, on behalf of the Hall Cttee wishes to express further thanks to the Country & Western Club for yet more interior decorating at the Hall. It’s made a huge difference.”
Enough ! see you with next issue on June 8th……we hope ! !
THRUXTON TIMES - APRIL 2017
Dates for your Diary
Sun/Mon April 16/17 Flower Festival at Church
Sat April 22 Jumble Sale at Hall ( see para.)
Wed April 26 Gardening Club ( see para. )
Fri. April 28 Film “ A United Kingdom “
Wed May 3 Parish Council in Hall, 7.30 pm
Thurs May 4 County Council Election. Hall.
Sat May 6 “Humankind” show on the Green 1pm
May 10 & May 14 Neighbourhood Plan Hall.
Sat May 20 Progressive Dinner Party (see para.)
Craig Boardman – Olympian in the making. The Boardman family (an Army family) have lived in Thruxton since 2012 . In 2006 Craig was run over by an Army lorry in Yorkshire and had to beresuscitated 3 times at the scene. At the age of 6 Craig had already won a football scholarship to Middlesbrough. His injuries were so severe that he needed a wheelchair, but being an active lad tried many sports and after 10 years discovered
wheelchair racing. He won his first medal in May 2015, winning the Vitality Westminster Mile in record time. In March this year he won two gold medals in the World Para-Olympics Championships against world-class competition. Paula Dunn, Head Coach for Team GB, then & there offered him a place ready for the 2020 Para -lympics in Tokyo. He is competing in the London Marathon this year and desperately needs Sponsorship. This is Thruxton’s first ever Olympian and is worthy of your support. Please help him if you can : he and his hugely supportive family would be most grateful. Contact Kelly on 07754463196 or David on 07746948540.
Neighbourhood Plan ( Kate Phillipson)
Many, many thanks to all of you who completed and returned the Objectives questionnaire last month. We had a 50% return rate, which was fantastic, and a lot of people took up the chance to comment, which is really helpful. We are now looking at the responses .and moving on.
There is no “homework” this month but please put on your calendars that we are having sessions in the Hall on the 10th May (evening) and 14th May ( during the day.) More details next month.
Jumble Sale. This is in aid of the upkeep of the Hall and is on Sat. 22 April from 2-4 pm. Adults 50p, children free. Please bring items donated to the sale, to the Hall which will be open from 10am on the day, or contact Carolyn on 773048 to arrange for items to be collected.
Death Gerry Stafford of 19 Stanbury Road died on March 4th after a long illness.
Village Assocn. A progressive dinner party is planned for Sat .20th May. If you have enjoyed these in the past, or would like to find out a bit more contact Steve Davis on 773715. These are
great fun and hugely enjoyable - a great way to meet fellow Thruxtonians if you are new to the village. Please mark the date in your diary now if you are interested in joining in. The Fete will be held on the Green on Sat. 17th June. Lots of new ideas and smoothing of wrinkles. More to follow, and as ever we need lots of volunteers.
Finally, Charles Milner-Williams has been succeeded as Chairman of the V.A. by Amanda Harvey of Lovell Close ; she will introduce herself shortly and share her ideas for the Fete and for future activities- she’s some good ones in mind.
Gardening Club ( Gill Bally )
I think that, despite a lot of chat, we learnt a lot from Ted and Keith when they answered our gardening problems at our last meeting.
Our next get together will be in the Hall at 7.30 on the 26th April, when Steve Austin will talk on
“ WINTER JEWELS “. Please note that all are welcome – non-members are charged £4 , and members £2.
We still have places on the bus for our trip to Compton Acres on the 21st June. Please book now to Gill on 772896. The cost has still to be worked out, but the entrance fee for concessions is £7.45 and the bus will be extra.
With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown. Chinese proverb
HELP NEEDED ! The Delivery Round centred on Dauntsey Lane needs a volunteer or volunteers. This was looked after for many years by Donald and Doreen Anderson, and more recently by Sue Farrar and family.
We are profoundly grateful to them, but a combination of circumstances leads to a position where, after this month’s delivery, they will no longer be able to do it. There are 28 addresses on the round. If you feel able to consider taking on this monthly job perhaps you could talk to Sue Farrar or, alternatively contact Editor, yours truly John McKenzie , on 772788. Thank you.
Film Show. This month’s one is “ A United Kingdom”(12A). ..”love that shook an empire”
Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940’s. Fri 28 April at 7.30 pm in the Hall. Doors open at 7pm.Tickets £6 from Nigel Beck 01264 773993 or from Carolyn Head 01264 773048.
Parish Council 5.4.17
The meeting was chaired by Charles Milner-Williams, with Cllrs. Janet Graham, John Davis, Ray Bradbury and Mike Windsor in support.. Also present were Borough Cllrs.Pam Mutton and Pat West. The prospect / threat of development to the East of Lambourne Close had brought a greatly enhanced attendance to the meeting
( possibly an extra forty ?) . Mr. Aaron Smith of Fowler Architectural Planning Ltd. made it clear that there was no formal planning application yet, but that what was envisaged was a scheme to build 20 – 25 homes of 2,3,4,5, bedroom size on what could be seen as “ a logical extension” to the east.
Mr. Smith accepted a barrage of questions from Steve Counsell, George Fox, Bill Brewer, Connie Moss, Ray Bradbury, Pat Counsell, Jan Lawrence, Chris Rome……to name but a few. A common theme was worry about ACCESS, assuming that EVERYTHING WOULD HAVE TO COME into the site via the LITTLE BRIDGE at the entrance to Lambourne Way. There were already worries about the strength of that bridge, expressed particularly by those living near to it. The Chairman thanked Mr.Smith but said that , clearly, there were many un-answered questions about the whole thing. Mr.Smith said there would be an Exhibition locally, before proceeding to planning application. Asked what sort of price range was envisaged, a figure of £375,000 was mentioned. Mr. Smith was again thanked and commended for coming along, but there was no doubting the strong sense of disquiet felt, by those present, about the whole thing.
Returning to regular agenda item : the Clerk said that a new grit bin is on order to replace the one at Halcyon Drive. Ray Bradbury , returning to the SPORTS FIELD theme, spoke about a figure of £45,000 being needed to deal with the badly needed re-surfacing. On this topic Drivers are asked to be aware of the bad surface and to use caution when driving in the area
CllrDavis referred to another recent incident where a large lorry had got stuck in the middle of the village, echoing the incident described in our February issue. John said this just emphasised the need for the special warning signs at the Village entrances, which, as already reported, are on order, and he would chase this up.
The Chairman was pleased to announce that Martin King of Beech Close has taken on the job of Footpaths Officer for the Parish
Looking ahead to the Parish Assembly ( on May 3rd in conjunction with Council meeting). It was decided to ask speakers for The Hall, The Church, The Circuit, The School, and Neighbourhood Plan, to participate.
On Planning, there were no worries about an extension to the bungalow “Rosewall” ( next to Lovell Close) and interest in, and support for the Church’s idea of an outside toilet etc. The Clerk was commended for the good clear Accounts figures which ( unaudited) had been presented, and showed a nice surplus of over £2,000 on the year’s working.
Heather then left the room while Councillors considered her work, and whether she might be moved to a higher point on remuneration scale. There was unanimous, and whole-hearted appreciation and approval.
Next meeting, with ANNUAL ASSEMBLY, will be on May 3rd, Hall, from 7.30 pm.
The Hall ( Margaret Milner-Williams) The Hall is 200 years old this year, and the Trustees have recently carried out essential work to maintain it for the village to use for the foreseeable future. We need New Trustees to assist in this aim. All villagers are eligible. If you are interested please phone Margaret 773546 to learn more.
Flower & Produce Show ( John Davis ) We now have the date of Sun. 10th Sept.for this year’s show. You will recall that we had to cancel last year because of lackof support at the closing date, so please start growing,
photographing, and cake-making ( perhaps a little early for cakes ! ! ) so we can have a good turnout. Full details will be on Website.
THRUXTON TIMES - MARCH 2017
Dates for your Diary
Tues Mar 7 Singing for fun 2pm (fortnightly)
Tues Mar 7 Tuesday Teas 3pm (fortnightly )
Wed Mar 8 Community Club lunch in Hall
Tues Mar 21 Annual Church meeting 7.30 pm
Wed Mar 29 Gardening Club (see para. )
Fri Mar 31 Film “ ALLIED” in Hall (see para.)
Wed Apr 5 Parish Council , Hall, 7.30 pm.
Sun Apr 16 / Mon 17 Flower Festival ( para.)
Neighbourhood Plan Kate Phillipson772875
As promised, we do have something for you to do this month. Please read the note and
Objectives document that has been delivered with your Thruxton Times. PLEASE do help us by taking a little time to feedback on what we are suggesting. We will be carrying out a
HOUSE TO HOUSE COLLECTION ON THE 12TH MARCH , and there are opportunities to
drop it off too, if that is better for you.
Thank you for your support.
Mothering Sunday (Pam Simpson)
At Church on Mothering Sunday 26th March at 9.30 we’ll be having a Messy Mothering Sunday, which will involve some fun activities and a “feast” (refreshments) at the end. The service is for children of ALL ages – the more the messier! – and everyone is welcome whether they have children or not. Also, there is a child’s table and chairs in the entrance to church now. Children now have their own space to sit and read or colour in pictures when they visit church.
Bus Passes If yours expires at the end of March 2017, and provided your circumstan-
ces ( eg your address) have not changed, you should receive a new one in the post by the end of the month, but contact points, if any problems, are 0300 555 1376 , or
Thruxton Table Tennis Club (Marion Hoskins) We need some more players !
We play every Thursday evening at Kimpton Hall from 7.30pm to 9.30 pm. Come along and give it a try.
Please contact Mr.Ron Shaddick on 01264 324 389 for more details.
Springtime in Thruxton ( Sue King )
An Easter Flower Festival in the Church on Easter Sunday and Monday……16th and 17th April. If you would like to contribute a flower arrangement please contact Christine, 517029, as soon as possible. The Church will be open from 10.30 to 4pm on both days for visitors to enjoy the flowers and the churchyard. Refreshments and Cream Teas (please book in advance if possible, via Sue
772872) will be available both days.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at 11.30 am and 2.30pm on Easter Monday. Please come and support with family and friends over Easter. Donations in aid of Thruxton Church.
Gardening Club (Gill Bally )
Our talk on BEES was a great success, and although I don’t think anyone will be setting us a colony, we came away with a lot of interesting facts.
Our next meeting will be on the 29th March when we will stage our annual Gardeners’
Question Time with Ted Perren and Keith Boxall answering your queries, so please
think of questions to ask. This meeting will also have Fuschia plants for you to buy and grow on to enter our competition to be judged in August.
Gardening definitions -
Perennial- This year possibly ; next year unlikely.
Seed Catalogue - a work of fiction with fantasy photos.
The next one is on Fri. 31st March in the Hall. It is “ALLIED” (15) with Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt. In 1942 a Canadian Intelligence Officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they re-unite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.
Start 7.30 pm ; doors open from 7.00pm. Tickets £6 from Nigel Beck 01264 773993
and Carolyn Head 01264 773048.
Parish Council 1.3.17
The meeting was chaired by Charles Milner-Williams, who recognised St David’s Day by greeting the assembly in Welsh ! Also present were Cllrs. Mike Windsor, Janet Graham, Ray Bradbury and John Davis; and our TVBC Cllr. Pam Mutton. It was regretted that health problems were again afflicting Cllr. Phil Lashbrook.
There were continuing worries about Tree problems….overhanging branches, general mess not being dealt with. Mike Windsor talked on the subject and it was felt that the Borough could be more helpful in this area..
There was also concern about the increasing amount of Traffic coming off the 303, and “using the village as a rat run “.
On the traffic subject , John Davis said that provision of four new signs had been agreed and these should be sited by the middle of the year.
On Neighbourhood Plan, the document to be circulated was approved. It had come from “hours and hours of work” and the Chairman warmly commended it as “super” and “spot on “ . He “strongly commends it to our people” and thanks the committee for a “ brilliant piece of work “.
There was discussion led by Ray Bradbury of the continuing matter of Gated Entry Signs. On the question of the not insubstantial cost of these, Ray said that all the villages in Wiltshire have them at NO COST to those villages. John Davis said we would have another go at County about this, and
Charles said this has been going on for four years ( ! ) We will push them hard.
Our reserve money, how to get a decent interest on it……a perennial problem these days. John Davis said NS& I have a 1% investment account, but could we possibly get 2%. He will investigate before the April Meeting, and report.
Pam Mutton, first confirming increase in Council Tax, then spoke about Boundary Changes . For example, “bits of Penton” will go into Charlton, as also Ragged Appleshaw It looks as though we remain comfortably in the group with Kimpton Fyfield and Shipton.
Of course on the Parliamentary side we seem to be going into Romsey constituency.
On PLANNING matters John Davis returned to issues with Trees, and also it was noted that in relation to 9 Halcyon Drive there were suggested plans to enlarge it . John said that Council has no problems with these.
The Chairman has specially asked that we high-light HERE the following, in his words
It was noted that a revised proposal for the development of land at the EASTERN END OF LAMBOURNE CLOSE WILL BE AIRED , BY THE DEVELOPER AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL.
We have also been asked to preview the fact that A VILLAGE WORKING PARTY is to be called for, to deal with problems connected to the prolific growths of IVY. In our April issue we should be able to announce dates and times for this work. Please “watch this space “.
In relation to general tidiness of our area,
Charles was in favour of getting the “Community Payback” people to come again and deal with problem areas, as they had so effectively done some time ago.
John Davis had attended a meeting at which the Head of Planning talked about “planning
enforcement” and the concept of HARM. The principle being that if a development has not done “harm” to any person or thing, they would be tolerant.
The next meeting is on Wednesday April 5th at 7.30 pm in the Hall. Could be particularly
important ; see special notice above. Do come along if you can.
The Fish‘n’Chip Lunch
If you intend to come next Wednesday (8th)
and have NOT already booked in, please ensure that you get in touch with John Davis ( 772711) by this Sunday Evening at latest : orders have to be in.
A look back 15 years to March 2002 reveals that we had regretfully to announce the death of Tony Battye who died suddenly on 22nd Feb at Chilbolton He had been Head of the School since its inception in 1966 until his retirement in 1992.
Finally an appeal : that the associated paperwork gets the full attention that it so much deserves. Thank you. Back in April.
Thruxton Times - February 2017
Dates for your Diary
Tues Feb 7 Singing for Fun 2pm (fortnightly
Tues Feb 7 Tuesday Teas 3pm (fortnightly)
Wed Feb 22 Gardening Club ( see para. )
Fri . Feb 24 Village Cinema ( see para.)
Wed Mar 1 Parish Council, Hall, 7.30pm
Fri Mar 3 Quiz ‘n’ Chips ( see para )
Wed Mar 8 Fish ‘n’ Chip lunch (see para)
Gardening Club (Gill Bally)
Our January meeting was very well attended for Andy McIndoe’s talk on Design and Planting.
I am sure we all came away full of plans to widen our flowerbeds and dig up all our grass.
Our next meeting is on the 22nd February when Allan Telfer will talk on all things BEES, which should be fascinating.
Please note that we are arranging an outing to Compton Acres for the 21st of June, and the coach has now been ordered, so please put this date in your diaries.
Info……A snail can sleep for three years. Ants don’t sleep. Each year Insects eat one-third of the earth’s food crops ! !
Thruxton Cinema ( Nigel Beck )
The next Thruxton Village Cinema will be on Friday 24th February in the Hall, with
“The Girl on the Train “ (15) directed by Tate Taylor; it is based on the book of the same name by Paula Hawkins Rachel (played by Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasising about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Future films, all on Fridays, are
31st March –Allied 15tbc - A spy thriller set in wartime North Africa / France 1942………
28th April -A United Kingdom 12 A - a true story of the late 1940’s when Prince Seretse Khama of
Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London.
Please secure your ticket before the event to ensure your seat. Entry is £6 p.p obtainable from Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01264 773993.or Carolyn at 773048 email@example.com Cash bar opens at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm.
Flower Festival ( Sue King )
Thruxton Church is holding a Flower Festival over Easter with a springtime theme, and we are looking for budding flower arrangers from the village. If you would like to contribute to the Festival,
please get in touch with Sue 772872 or Christine 571029 .
Preparation day will be Saturday 15th April in the church, and the Festival will last over two days, Easter Sunday and Monday.
Quiz ‘n’ Chips (John Davis)
Please think about competing in our annual Quiz ‘n’ Chips evening on Friday March 3rd. in the Hall.
It’s Teams of Four , with a cost of £10 per head, which includes the Supper.
When you have your team organised let John Davis know your team’s name.
Community Club ( John Davis)
Following the great success of our Tea Party on 14th December, it is proposed to hold our next event , a Fish ‘n’ Chip lunch, on Wednesday 8th March , so please note the date.
As part of the meeting it is hoped to have a talk on the subject of SCAMS.
Fly-tipping ( Bill Brewer )
During the past week there has been a serious case of FLY-TIPPING on the Sports Field car park.
As there were a number of personal items in the pile the Police have been involved and are Investigating the matter further.
If anyone has any information on this matter please contact Bill Brewer on 772909
Parish Council - 1 Feb 17
In the absence of Charles Milner-Williams the meeting was chaired by Vice-Chairman John Davis. Cllrs. Janet Graham, Mike Windsor and Ray Bradbury were also present, as were TVBC Cllr. Pam Mutton, and County Cllr. Zilliah Brooks.
The PUBLIC PARTICIPATION item on the agenda was enthusiastically utilised by more people than usual, and this was a lively episode which your humble scribe will try adequately to summarise.
Alison Hopkins described, in graphic detail, the mini-drama at the entrance to Halcyon Drive (near her house) when a very large commercial vehicle of Czech / German origin erroneously turned in there and then had a panic in trying to back out. This resulted in severe damage to the salt bin, deep rutting on the grassy corner, damage to the hedge at Yew Tree cottage, and related undesirable incidents.
This led naturally on to a debate on signage in our area , so as to prevent drivers getting into anything resembling this sort of trouble.
Margaret Rome ( Chair of Governors ) talked about parking at the School, and issues of safety of the pupils. It was felt that a “ 20 IS PLENTY” sign might help to control speed in the vicinity. Following on from this, the state of the car park was again deplored. Cllr. Bradbury described it as “a disgrace” , but speaking as an engineer
he reckoned it would cost about £40,000 to “do a proper job “. Where would we get that sort of money ? ……some from Hampshire, hopefully, but nothing like that amount. Voluntary labour ? fine, but the vast majority of the cost is materials, complicated in that Tarmac has been vetoed !
Chris Rome spoke about TREES, in relation to some on his land and others nearby. TVBC had been asked to send their “tree lady “ so that certain issues could be properly looked at and decided, but after over two weeks this visit has not happened.
For the Council, John Davis said that this would be followed up and matters of responsibility determined.
Council business then moved to AGENDA items.
Village entrance signs were again discussed and Cllr. Graham extolled the ones at Penton as examples worth following.
The Clerk raised the question of getting recompense for sorting the damage at Halcyon Drive. It was said that Hampshire will replace the grit bin for us. TVBC legal dept. will be asked to advise on the whole matter.
On Planning it was noted that a further scheme proposed for land adjacent to Eastfield House had been rejected by the Borough.
On FINANCE it was noted that the Council’s reserves, on deposit with the Co-operative Bank, are due for renewal in April. From the floor Council were asked to note that an item in this week’s TIMES ( the other one ) stated that the Bank of England is onsidering winding up the bank by the end of the year.
John Davis, commenting on the derisory rate of interest on offer said we could consider putting money into PREMIUM BONDS, where a large sum might be got, and we’d hardly be worse off if no prize materialised. Were public bodies allowed to punt on Premium Bonds ??
Both our Borough and County Cllrs. had referred to the forthcoming boundary changes which apparently are going to come. John Davis sums it up as “ We are going to Romsey “.
Next meeting is on Wed. 1st March at 7.30 pm in the Hall, and you are all welcome to come along.
Neighbourhood Plan ( Kate Phillipson)
We hit a snag before Christmas but we have sorted it out. I need to warn you that YOU will have something to fill in again NEXT MONTH.
Please do look at the Thruxton Times next month and do help us by letting us have your opinion on the questions asked. It will be made as easy and quick as possible, but please do take five minutes to fill in the form and get it back to us. Thank you.
Property to Rent
Please note that ASTER have a property for rent at the top of the village. It is a one bedroom bungalow with garden. Total weekly cost ( rent etc. ) amounts to £95.40.
This property will only be allocated to “ an applicant with a local connection to Test Valley, and special preference to applicant with a Thruxton connection”
Interest to be expressed by 5th February. You can apply on :-
Wot no Winterbourne ! In spite of heavy hint in our January issue, and generous attentions of Jupiter Pluvius in the last while , our Stream declines to run. There is water lying in it…..ditch style…’but it ain’t running.
Maybe better news next issue ?
Anyway we hope to be back with you and publishing on 2nd March. News items welcome.
THRUXTON TIMES - JANUARY 2017
Dates for your Diary
Wed Jan 10 Singing for Fun 2pm ( para. )
Wed Jan 10 Tuesday Teas 3pm ( para.)
Wed Jan 25 Gardening Club ( see para.)
Fri Jan 27 Village Cinema, Hall, ( para.)
Wed Feb 1 Parish Council, Hall, 7.30pm
Fri Mar. 3 Quiz 'n' Chips ( see para.)
Wed Mar 8 Community Club (see para.)
Singing for Fun and TUESDAY TEAS.......(repeating last month's para.) resume on
Tuesday 10th Jan. The singing is at 2pm and the teas are from 3pm, both in the Hall of course. You can attend both, or just one. No obligation, but a good crowd will be an encouragement to the organisers. A donation of £1.50 for the teas would be appreciated. Have Free refills !!
Gardening Club (Gill Bally) Happy New Year to you all, and let us hope that the weather will favour all our gardening dreams for 2017. Our speaker this month is Andy McIndoe who will be giving us a lalk on “Design and Planting” in the Village Hall on Wed 25 Jan. at 7.30pm. Andy can always be relied on to give us the most wonderful talks, and he usually brings plants for sale.
We charge £4 for non-members and £2 for members. ALL ARE WELCOME.
IN THE DEPTH OF WINTER, I FINALLY LEARNED THAT WITHIN ME THERE LAY AN INVINCIBLE SUMMER.......
( Albert Camus )
Village Cinema ( Nigel Beck ) The next one will be on Fri. 27 Jan in the Hall with “The
Magnificent Seven” (12A) a re-imagination of the 1960 western of the same name,which
in turn was a remake of the 1954 Japanese film “Seven Samurai “. The new film is directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Next films, all on Fridays, 24 Feb “ The Girl on the Train” : 31 March “Allied “ 28 April
“A United Kingdom “.
To ensure your seat, please get your ticket before the event. Entry is £6 each. Tickets from Nigel at firstname.lastname@example.org 01264 773993, or Carolyn at carolynhead@hotmail .co.uk 01264 773048.
The cash bar opens at 7pm, and the film starts at 7.30 pm
Carols around the Village. Thanks to those who turned out on Fri. 16 Dec. and sang for about an hour and a half. Weather wasn't too bad. Thanks to those who donated. A total of £108 .76 was collected and taken to the Andover Crisis & Support Centre. Must mention the efforts of young Maisie Rowles for sheer enthusiasm and inspiration. J.McK.
The Blue Horizon Handbell Ringers ( Sue McPartlan) would like to thank the Commun-
ity Club for their kind hospitality at their Christmas meeting ( Dec 14). The group entertained with a selection of Christmas music and were thrilled with the generosity of the Community Club; the fantastic sum of £71.50 was raised for the charity nominated by the ringers this year, Billie's Fund, which supports five Leukaemia charities. Kind regards & best wishes for a happy healthy 2017.
Chairman's reflections. Christmas has come, and gone, and now we're in the New Year. The village is in good heart, with a gratifying number of younger people choosing to come and share the special atmosphere we have here. A cheery smile and a “good morning “ is the norm, and long may it be so. Much goes on around us, internationally, nationally, and locally, and we cannot, nor should not, merely try to dig Thruxton Dyke deeper – with due respect to Offa. Villages cannot be set in aspic, and I suspect many challenges await us – what will the County Council become, what will happen to the services we currently get from Hants.County Council , and from Test Valley B.C. ; what more will the Parish Council have to do for the village ? The Thruxton Neighbourhood
Development Plan will give us a very real say in what happens in our village in the future ; I commend it to you all. Our Village, our say ! Thruxton is a happy village, with a very real sense of community, and many local organisations, all of which depend on our support. Please continue to give them that support and may I make a special plea : when you see an event like the Flower and Produce Show, or the Garden Club outing advertised with a “entries by” date, please do meet that deadline. All these events are fun and add to our our enjoyment, but need a great deal of effort to organise , so it is triply disappointing to have to cancel because only three entries have been lodged
just four days before the Show. We will all continue to work hard for you, but we need you to make all these things happen. A special thank you to those villagers who pick up masses of litter, who keep the library so well stocked and tidy, and the verges neatly cut, as well as the many good deeds that go unsung. We salute you, one and all. A very Happy New Year, with good health, good fortune, and good cheer to you all.
For those who need support in any way.....you have only to ask. ( Charles M.-W. )
Death Freda Winton of Elm Close died on the 5th of December.
Community Club ( John Davis ) The Christmas Tea Party held on 14th December
was a great success, with over forty attending. The concert by the Handbell Ringers was well received and they collected in excess of £70 for their designated charity. They thank all who
contributed. It is proposed to hold our next event, a Fish 'n' Chip lunch on Wed 8th March, so please make a note of the date. It is hoped to have a talk on SCAMS.
Quiz 'n' Chips. ( John Davis) Time to start thinking about our annual Quiz'n'Chips evening on Fri. March 3rd, in the Hall. Teams of 4 with a cost of £10 a head to include the supper. When you have your team organised, let John Davis know your team's name.
Hampers ( Carolyn Currie) If anyone in the village has any unwanted hamper or wicker baskets left over from Christmas gifts, these would be very welcome and recycled into prizes for village events. These can be left anytime in the porch of George Cottage. Happy New Year to All.
Editor Interesting to see (opposite) that on Boxing Day 1995 the” STREAM began to run again”. Wish it would get going in January 2017.
Anyway, we hope to be back with another issue on Feb 3rd. If all goes well !
Happy New Year to our loyal Readers.
Christmas Quiz ( John Davis )
The Village Christmas Quiz attracted only 13 entries this year, but all were to a very high standard, the lowest mark ( no names ) achieving 85%. I can see a lot of “Google time” was spent completing it. The question that threw most people was the one about giving back the the gifts received during the Twelve Days of Christmas. In all there were 354 gifts (drummers had two drumsticks each as well as drums.) so the last one would be given back on the next Christmas Day.
Three villagers tied for 1st place, scoring 94%,
They were Mr.& Mrs. Alderson, 6 Lovell Close,
Geoff & Heather Bourner, Stanbury Road, and
Alan Ollerhead, 2 Lambourne Way.
Each wins a bottle of wine , courtesy of the Village Association, which sponsored the Quiz.
Collect your winnings from John Davis – a phone call (772711) would be appreciated beforehand.
Weather. We are also indebted to Councillor Davis for the following statistics :-
Rainfall 793 mm dead on the average of the past four years i.e. 791 mm
Solar Heating ( as near as I can get to “Sunshine” ) 101% of the average of the past six years.
The following is reprinted verbatim from our issue of January 2006 :-
“The popular “Memory Lane” spot reveals that in January 1996 we were looking forward to a production of Dick Whittington in the Hall ; that the STREAM had begun to run again on Boxing Day ; and that Archie and Maureen of THE GEORGE were retiring. - a poignant memory given the news of Archie's sudden death just six weeks ago. It was ten years earlier that Archie instituted the famous Man-on-the-Road (A303) with sandwich boards, which proved brilliant at bringing in the customers and attracted much media attention”.
How's about this para from January 2003
“ SPORTS COMMITTEE. Charles Milner-Williams reports that “ the bureaucratic phase is
over” and the village can now look forward to goal posts and football on the field. He hopes that , with the support from Test Valley and the Parish Council, many local people will be able to enjoy this new facility ( note ….for those who have not been following this story, the “field” referred to is the large one between the top of the Village and the School, part of which Mr.Balding has agreed to make available, at a peppercorn rent, for football, cricket etc “
THRUXTON TIMES - DECEMBER 2016
Dates for your Diary
Fri Dec 9 Film ” Absolutely Fabulous “
Wed Dec14 Community Xmas Tea (para )
Fri Dec 16 Carols round village (see para)
Sat Dec 24 “The Midnight”, church, 11pm
Tues Jan10 Singing & Tuesday Teas resume
Wed Jan 25 Gardening Club special (para.)
Fri Jan 27 Film in Hall (see below)
“Absolutely Fabulous” showing in the Hall on
Fri. 9 Dec. “ a hilarious evening”. Cash bar from 7pm, and film at 7.30. In the new year it will be
“The Magnificent Seven”. Full details Jan issue.
Christmas Tea. Wd. 14th December For those of you who have given us your names to attend our Christmas Tea party, come to the Hall at 1500 hrs. Anyone who has NOT given us your name, and wishes to come, please contact Bob (773354) or John (772711) as soon as possible.
Feel free to wear appropriate dress ! ! !
Carols by Candlelight around part of the village on Fri 16 Dec. All are welcome to join in this.
Meet at Hall car park at 5.30pm. We shall make a collection ( as usual ) for Andover Crisis and Support Centre. Please give generously. Thanks.
Our C.of E. Primary School ( Margaret Rome, Chairman of Governors ) I am delighted to report
that the school had an Ofsted Inspection on 1st and 2nd November, and the judgement was Good
in all categories. (The previous Ofsted Inspection in October 2014 judged the school as Requires
Improvement ) . This is a wonderful reward for all staff, parents and governors who supported the school during an extremely turbulent period.
The judgement of Good is due to the hard work and commitment of all involved with the school,
not least the pupils. In the verbal feedback after the Inspection, the pupils were commended on
their “ behaviour, politeness, and kindness and their keenness to learn “
However, special mention must be made of the leadership of Mrs. Zoe Newton, who only took up the position of Headteacher in January this year.
The improvement in attainment ( as seen in the SAT's results), the accelerated progress for all groups of pupils and the improvement in teaching are all down to Mrs. Newton,who has surrounded
herself with an excellent team. Well done and congratulations to all involved. The full report can be found on the school's website, and on the Ofsted web-site.
The George ( Charles Milner-Williams) The Thruxton Times was criticised on our village
Facebook page for not mentioning that The George had closed. Sadly it has, and the premises
and the business ? ) are up for auction on the 8th of December. We are all saddened by the closure of what has been an important feature of the village for at least a couple of hundred years. However, to make it succeed, it needs more than passing trade & a few loyal villagers. Please tell me email@example.com or on our Facebook page – Thruxton, Fyfield & Kimpton Residents
page what YOU would like to see in our village pub? What would bring you in ? What sort (and
times) for food, what sort of entertainment –none, disco evenings, live groups at week-ends, or just
a good old fashioned pub with simple grub, cheap(er) food, and lots of support ? Please share your vision and help keep The George as a vibrant, attractive, and successful business in our
Death. Peter Kent, resident for very many years at Stanbury Rd., died on 29th November in the
Andover Nursing Home.
Village Association. At the AGM Charles Milner -Williams agreed to serve “one more year “ as
Chairman; David White, treasurer, presented accounts showing £2,200 handed out to village causes, and about £1,300 still in the “kitty”. Amanda Harvey, Lorna & Ieuan Price, and Martin
Prince joined the committee.
A question is put to the Parish......There is a suggestion that the FETE next year could be held
on the Sports Field, where there would be room for other activities such as tractor and pony rides
(and a portaloo) but would it change the cosy, friendly atmosphere we have at present ??
Let Charles know your preference: remember
this is your FETE for YOUR VILLAGE. The V.A. Committee wants you to tell us. Contact Charles as outlined in The George paragraph, or 773546
Gardening Club ( Gill Bally). Our Annual Christmas Quiz went with a bang , and a good time was had by all ! No meeting in December but our January talk will be the highlight of the year with Andy McIndoe in the Hall at 7.30 pm on 25th January talking on Design and Planting. Do come along and bring your friends as this promises to be a very interesting talk. Note: Andy often brings plants for sale. We charge £4 for non-members and £2 for members so this will not be an expensive evening.(see proverb, over)
Parish Council 7.12.16 The meeting was chaired by Charles Milner-Williams, with Cllrs. Ray Bradbury, Mike Windsor, Janet Graham, and Vice-chairman John Davis, in support.
County Cllr. Zilliah Brooks, and Borough Cllr. Pam Mutton were also present. Efforts to improve the state of the car park at the Sports Field are being frustrated by a lack of, or slow , reponse from external parties. Cllr. Bradbury had done a re-design for the area, but commented that he'd “heard nothing” and “ it's a low priority to them “
Cllr. Davis spoke about continuing progress with the Neighbourhood Plan, including input from
“the consultant”. The reserved balance of £4,800 may be called up, but there were still lots of question marks. Next meeting is on Dec. 12th.
Referring back to last month's query concerning Mullenspond, the Clerk said she had written to Lady Vernon, but as yet there was no reply.
The following Grant Requests had been received....Hall £2000; Sports Trust £500, and
P.C.C. £500. These would be given.
The Parish Lengthsman scheme, for organising local work, and run by Penton Mewsey Council. The workers will be “self-employed” thus avoiding a minefield of legalities ! Cllr. Brooks spoke about problems with hedges
There were circumstances where TVBC would simply cut back the hedge and send a bill to the property owner. It was worth contacting them. Both she, and Cllr. Mutton returned to the vexed question of speed limits. This was very much an issue that was concerning them. Further news soon, one hopes.
It was noted the auction for The George is “tomorrow”. This led on to a discussion as to the positioning of the defibrillator. Apparently the Hall Trustes would be amenable to having it fixed there. It could be on the new part to avoid any worries about “listed building etc etc. “
On the Financial side the Clerk reported £13847 in the bank at 1st December. She noted that a lot of this is funds for Neighbourhood Plan and also includes the funds for the currently defunct Mother & Toddler Group.
Then the major topic of THE BUDGET. The Clerk reported no response to last month's para asking people to look at proposed figures posted on the notice boards.
Charles said “We are up a gum tree ….but a firmly rooted one “ “The County are giving us more and more to do with less and less money” After a lengthy “money” debate which left your Editor quite bemused, he was grateful for a simple summary from the Chairman who said that Council would be seeking to increase the precept but by an amount which would increase the burden on a Band “D” property by just £8 over a whole year.
Council were conscious that Heather, the Clerk, had had to cope with quite a burden of work recently A motion of thanks and appreciation was proposed by John Davis, seconded by Charles, and speedily passed.
Other items : it was noted, with regret, that the hoped for new Mother & Toddler Group is not going to re-convene after all, the numbers involved not being sufficient.
Asked if there were further happenings in the devolution proposals, Zilliah Brooks said no, that County prefers that we stay as we are.
Cllr. Graham said that the residents at Well Cottage were seriously concerned about the trees in their vicinity. It was agreed that work needs to be done in that area.
There, by tradition, is no January meeting, so the next one will be on 1st February, and it will be chaired by Cllr. John Davis.
Singing for Fun and TUESDAY TEAS resume on Tuesday 10th January. The singing is at 2pm and the teas are from 3pm, both in the Hall of course. You can attend both, or just the one. No obligation, but a good crowd will be an encouragement to the organisers. A donation of £1.50 for the teas would be appreciated.
Gardening Club : Gill's postscript :
All gardeners know better than other gardeners ( Chinese proverb )
Our Distribution Team have had extras thrown at them this year but have coped splendidly. As Editor it's my pleasure and privilege to extend thanks and warm Christmas Greetings to Sue King, Peggy Thorne, Janet Hopkins, Ann Lockwood, Marion Hoskins, Jackie Salmon, Pam Alderson, Terry Strong, Dave Griffiths, the Andersons & Susan Farrar & family, Phyllis & John Collins, and other Spouses and family who have helped. It's greatly appreciated.
December 1986. Gladys Goacher retired as sec-retary of the Schools ( old one & new one) after
32 years service ! Christine Barrett succeeds her. Gladys now lives at Millway House.
Happy Christmas. More news in January
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