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Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield

PARISH MAGAZINE THIS MONTH Cover Story Prayer Corner Vicar’s Letter Church Services Parish Registers Primary School Testbourne School Silk Mill Town Council Whitchurch Association

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Please submit items for May by email to [email protected] or leave at The Old Paper Shop on The Square. Deadline: 8 April. THE PARISH OF WHITCHURCH WITH TUFTON AND LITCHFIELD For enquiries relating to All Hallows (Whitchurch) or St Mary's (Tufton) including baptisms, weddings, funerals and hire of All Hallows church rooms, please contact the parish administrator Claire Fryer (contact details below). Her working hours are Mondays 9.15am–3.15pm and Thursdays 11am–3pm during term time. Vicar: The Revd David Roche The Vicarage, Church Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AS Email: [email protected] (Friday: urgent calls only) Parish Administrator [email protected] At Litchfield The Revd Mark Christian Churchwarden Allan Vaughan Churchwarden Gareth Humphreys Treasurer Lynda Frith Verger John Allen


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Cover StorySilk Mill. Whitchurch

This oil painting depicts Whitchurch Silk Mill as seen from the bridge on Winchester Street. It is one of many oil paintings of local scenes that I have had the pleasure of painting over many years. These combined with other numerous paintings from my travels means that my loft space is now rather restricted as are my sketch books! If my memory serves me correctly two paintings of the Silk Mill were done at the same time from a different view point, this other one now presumably lies buried amongst hundreds of other paintings. Both of these works were painted on canvas as were many of the older paintings, however in the last few years wood, once primed and with usually a white undercoat, has served the purpose as these can be hung frame free. Shelving has also had to be utilised in the garage to contain the overspill, which incidentally is now also full. It will surprise no one when I report that later paintings are now considerably smaller in scale (easier to store) than earlier ones. Coming from the point of view of glass half full, however, it means that there is a ready supply of paintings to change the artwork in each room. A new creative outlet I have also enjoyed is making this image, and others, available as a greeting card and in printed mug form; this as well as publishing several books (some of them even art related!) continues to keep me engaged. So stop reading this and get creative – and join me in my HAPPY DAZE! Artwork and words by Raymond Galvani

Prayer Prayer God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today. We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons. We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, That you Spirit of comfort would draw near to them. We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment, compassion to guide their decisions. Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, That you would hold and protect them. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen. Archbishop Justin Welby (Canterbury) Archbishop Stephen Cottrell (York) 2

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--Revd David Roche Dear friends, The month of April is an open door to spring. April can, of course, be very mixed with hail and even snow whilst at other times we may bask in warm sunshine, and often we can experience all four seasons in one day! Day by day the polyphony of morning birdsong increases and we cannot but notice the garden waking up with fresh buds and plants. April therefore speaks of new life and new beginnings. This description of lovely, leafy Hampshire sounds rather twee in comparison to the horrifying images of the conflict in Ukraine that have filled our TV screens of late. Yet, images of desperate innocent people, families and children fleeing the war have galvanised the strong rejection of unwarranted violence in Europe, across the EU, the UK and more locally, our town. All Hallows was just one of the collection points in Whitchurch for clothing and goods to be sent to refugees. I can tell you we were overwhelmed with the positive response, clear evidence that a common humanity does exist, and people practically demonstrate that they do care deeply about others they do not know from another country and culture caught up in the evils of war. Well done Whitchurch! Life, new beginnings and hope is central to the Easter story. Christian hope is not rooted in a distant or romantic past, remembering a one off event two thousand years ago. Easter faith is prophetically grounded in the here and now, in light overcoming darkness. The death and resurrection of Jesus spans across time and space and speaks to us today. There are many destructive forces at play in our world that speak fear and pain into our broken humanity. Into all these situations Christ’s ‘Passion’ points to transformed and transfigured life, Easter life. Jesus was no stranger to suffering and humiliation, and if we look hard enough, we will see he is there walking with us in our own troubles. With the dawning of Easter Day we are offered a new life with God and God calls us to share his peace with the world. We continue to hold the people of Ukraine and indeed other places of conflict across our world in prayer as we strive for peace.


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Church Services Services in the parish this month are: Sunday 3 April (Fifth Sunday in Lent) All Hallows - 10:30 Holy Communion St James the Less - 10:30 Holy Communion Sunday 10 April (Palm Sunday) All Hallows – 10:30 Morning Praise all age service St Mary’s Tufton – 9am Holy Communion* Friday 15 April (Good Friday) St James the Less - 2pm Meditation Service Sunday 17 April (Easter Day) All Hallows - 10:30 Holy Communion St Mary’s Tufton – 9am Holy Communion* St James the Less 10:30 Holy Communion Sunday 24 April (Sunday after Easter) All Hallows – 10:30 Communion Praise for all ages * Please check if the church is open. Necessary works to renew the nave ceiling in St Mary’s should go ahead as soon as the warmer weather arrives. At the same time the builders will also undertake other remedial work to the church. The church will need to be closed whilst the works take place, but hopefully not for too long. Live Zoom Services A live Zoom service from one of the churches in the Bright Waters benefice, of which we are part, takes place each Sunday morning, which can also be dialled into by phone; the link to the service is available from the website Wednesday Communion This takes place twice a month in the Bright Waters Benefice. This month these will be: • 6 April 9:30 at St Peters, St Mary Bourne • 20 April 9:30 at All Hallows Other Whitchurch Church Services Sunday morning worship at the Baptist Church, Newbury Hill is at 10.30am and at the Methodist Church, Winchester Street also at 10.30am. Sunday Mass at St John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Bell Street is at 9am. 4


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Parish Registers Funerals: The funeral of Colin Vickers of Whitchurch at All Hallows on 11 Feb 2022 The funeral of Rosemary Joan Corney of Whitchurch at All Hallows on 1 March 2022 The funeral of George Powell of Whitchurch at All Hallows on 7 March 2022 May they rest in peace Rest in Peace Families are welcome and encouraged to provide brief biographical details of those with local connections who have died recently. We extend sympathy to the family and friends of George Powell (23 August 1938 – 6 February 2022) George was born in Bilsthorpe Notts and grew up in New Ollerton a village close by. It was during his National Service at the Hurstbourne camp that he shot at Bisley as a marksman and also met his future wife June who lived in Whitchurch; they were married for 63 years. When his National Service ended George and June returned to New Ollerton where he worked at the colliery dealing with the waste material from the coal mining operation. In 1967 George and his family returned to Whitchurch where he worked at Croydex in Andover for a few years, and then at AWRE Aldermaston until his retirement. June and George were proud parents of Lesley, Martin and Robin together with nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. He was a keen sportsman having participated in football, cricket, table tennis, darts and bowls. Bowls was a big part in his life which he enjoyed playing for well over 45 years having made many good friends and acquaintances during that time. He also enjoyed watercolour painting for which he had a talent that started and grew from an early age when he attended an art school in Nottingham. George’s friendly, likeable manner and his sense of humour will be missed by all. The family would like to thank everybody for their support and kind wishes at this difficult time. Brian John Sharp Brian lived in Whitchurch all his life. He was born in Laundry Yard and moved to Firsway with his family at the age of 8. He continued to live there after his 5

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Whitchurch CofE Primary School Spring is just round the corner and once we have enjoyed our Easter holidays we will be getting to grips with our Summer Topics. We are hoping for some good weather as everyone has outdoor learning as part of their curriculum. We are so lucky in Whitchurch to have such a wealth of resources on our door-step. Year 1 have Ugly Bug Ball as their topic title which allows for time to go minibeast hunting. Year 2 will be visiting the sea side as they learn about animals that live at the sea shore. Year 3 will be studying Whitchurch life which includes going into the town and conducting surveys. Year 4 have the title, ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ which of course means a river study. Year 5 will be looking at how animals adapt to their surroundings. This is continued in Year 6 where the children study evolution. Our reception children spend about half their day outside normally and will be planting seeds to grow their own vegetables. Our topic work always includes some interesting stories. Some are classics like ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” which Year 2 will be enjoying and others are more modern like ‘Cat Burglar’ by Tamsin Cooke which Year 3 will be studying. Of course, as the weather improves we will increase the amount of PE outside ready for Sports Day. Let’s hope we can invite our families this year! -- Kate Steven, Head Teacher Fabric and Craft Sale Whether you want to sell or buy Patchwork, dressmaking textiles and notions knitting, embroidery or craft supplies patterns and craft books Where: All Hallows Church, Church Street, Whitchurch, Hants RG28 7AS When: Saturday 9th April, 10am to 4pm Trader: Janet’s Fabrics will be there with fabrics, embroidery, dressmaking, bag making notions To book a sales table or for more details Contact: Beverly Vaughan [email protected] - 07788 417091 7

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Whitchurch Silk Mill Public Recognition for Christine Beresford We’re proud and excited to report that our retiring Chair of Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust was presented with an MBE by HRH The Prince of Wales at a recent investiture at Windsor Castle. Christine was awarded this honour for services to cultural heritage in Hampshire. In the last 20 years she has worked tirelessly with the county’s museums to help them raise standards of conservation, presentation, management and governance. We’re extremely lucky to have had her as a Trustee of the Mill since 2013 and to have benefited from her skills in very many ways, but particularly in launching our major refurbishment project and bringing it to a successful conclusion, making the Mill a vibrant attraction preserving the craft of silk weaving. New in the Mill Shop New into our shop are beautiful striped scarves made from spun silk on our looms: the definition of ‘made in Whitchurch’! These scarves are based on an archive pattern, brought to life again by our weavers in contemporary tonal blues with hints of pink, and are available in both twill and hopsack, a rare weave for us. Pins & Needles This year our popular Pins & Needles adult crafting sessions are on the first Thursday of each month. Tickets £10, including tuition, all materials and a hot drink. Participants enjoy the company of like-minded people learning new skills or honing existing ones. Past sessions have included silk painting, embroidery and silk bead-wrapping. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Exhibition: Works in Silk, 2 April–3 July This is silk ribbon weaver Robert Ely’s first solo gallery exhibition outside his home county of Devon and brings together weaving from all areas of his work, including stunning one-off and limited-edition wall panels and silk costume ribbons used for film and television including the BBC’s ‘Poldark’ series. Easter Holiday Activities • Wild and Wonderful Family Day, 21 April from 10.30am. There will be free entry to this event on the Mill’s lawn. The Mill Team will be joined by local nature and animal charities, including small animal rescue Furlock Holmes bringing along some furry friends. • Other Easter holiday activities include an Egg Hunt around the Mill and gardens, and kids will be able to hide and play in the newly planted willow den. Check our website for details and dates. • Budding young photographers are invited to join Wildlife Photography Workshops. Places need to be booked in advance at


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Whitchurch Town Council New Councillors - We would like to welcome Cllr Alex Burnett and Cllr Callum Nicolson to the Council. We look forward to seeing what they bring to the Council and working with them. Councillor resignation - Due to the resignation of Jessica Mercer, there is now a vacancy on the Council. We would like to thank Jessica for her service and wish her well in the future. If residents don’t request an election, the vacancy will be filled by co-option at a future meeting. Grants - The R&P Committee were delighted to award grants to the Whitchurch Parish Hall (£545), Whitchurch Neighbourcare (£500) and Whitchurch Millennium Green Trust (£1,000) at the meeting in February. This concludes the budget expenditure of £4,305 for 2021/22. There is £4,305 in the budget for 2022/23 and the Council welcome applications from local organisations. Further details can be found on the website Councillor’s profile and pictures - All Councillors have been asked to provide a photo and profile for inclusion on the website. We hope to have the website updated in the next few weeks. Tree Planting - With the amazing grant secured by the Whitchurch Conservation Group, we will be planting additional trees on Alliston Way and Kingsley Park play areas. We would like to thank the Conservation Group for securing this funding and assisting the Council with the new planting. Allotment Tenancy Group - The tenants of the Harry Gilbert Allotments have set up an Allotment Tenancy Group. If you are a tenant at the site and would like to join the group, please email [email protected] for further details. 10





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The idea of the group is to allow tenants to share ideas, seeds and produce and to support each other. One member of the group has been appointed as the coordinator who will also liaise with the Council. Neighbourhood Plan Review Group - The group has been working diligently for almost a year now in preparations for the Local Plan Update from BDBC. Recently at BDBC’s EPH meeting, Whitchurch had six speakers and seven presentations, challenging different draft proposals from BDBC, e.g., reducing the housing numbers, further protection for the River Test and the aquifer and a dedicated Tourism Policy. The draft Local Plan Update consultation is likely to be in the summer, but no dates have been confirmed. Dates for the diary – Annual Town Assembly, 7 May. Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, 2 - 5 June 2022. Organisations in the town are working on celebrations and there will be something on each day. More details to follow. All meetings of the Council and Committees are open to the public to attend and listen. There is a public session during all meetings where residents can address the Council on items on the agenda according to our Standing Orders. If you wish to speak at a meeting, please contact the Town Clerk. Agendas can be found on the website and in the noticeboard outside the Town Hall. April meeting dates are as follows: Full Council - 4 April Development Committee - 5 and 25 April R&P Committee - 11 April Trust - 11 April Contact: Sarah Weir - Town Clerk, Whitchurch Town Council, Town Hall, Newbury Street, Whitchurch, Hampshire, RG28 7DW Tel: 892107 or 07498 548314 Email: [email protected]

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Whitchurch Association Welcome Sue Brown! – Sue has now started work as the new manager of the GNC. Covid Protocols and Safety at the GNC – For the time being, our Covid protocols remain in place for everyone’s safety – so please wear a face mask when you enter the centre, as a courtesy to the centre staff and other centre users. As part of our efforts to provide the safest possible environment for meetings and events, Radic8 virus-killer equipment has been installed in the main hall of the GNC. This machine filters the air and neutralises bacteria and viruses (including Covid and ‘flu viruses). Supporting the WA Please Help your Local Charity – Become a member (contact Brian Bent tel: 892926), a trustee (contact Denyse Coles tel: 07962 116639), or join our group of volunteers, helping to litter pick, clear footpaths etc (contact Barry Carter tel: 893216). Community Lottery - Whitchurch Association is a member of the Basingstoke and Deane Community Lottery, which raises funds for local groups while providing weekly prizes to participants. Please see our page at Easy Fund Raising – help to support the WA in its work for worthwhile local causes by simply registering for the Easy Fund Raising Scheme at It costs you absolutely nothing, but the WA would get some benefit in respect of on-line purchases which you then make. Walkers Are Welcome Whitchurch Hampshire (WAW) – follow us on Facebook. Walk Suggestions – visit the WAW pages on the town website for a range of suggested walks with downloadable directions and maps. The choices include shorter walks in and immediately adjacent to the town, and longer walks which are nearby including bus walks and walks in the North Wessex Downs AONB. When out Walking - please dress for the weather, take some water with you, use appropriate footwear (the paths can be muddy in places at this time of year), and stay safe while you are out walking. Please continue to respect social distancing – remember that other walkers you meet could still be vulnerable. Please also remember to follow the Countryside Code (you can also download this from the website), regarding use of footpaths, when dogs must be kept on leads near farm animals etc. 12


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Volunteer Activity - Litter picking is under way to clean up the paths and verges in and around the town, through the efforts of individual volunteers and as part of organised work parties. Volunteers were also out to clear a number trees and bushes, brought down in the recent storms, which had been obstructing paths. Please get in touch (see above) if you are interested in joining our group of volunteers. Whitchurch Association is a local charity which works for local people, runs the Gill Nethercott Centre (GNC) and maintains the town website Membership of the WA costs just £2.50 per year (family membership £5) – if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Brian Bent on 892926.

Gill Nethercott Centre I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself I am the new Community Centre Manager and my name is Sue Brown. I will be available Mondays, Wednesday mornings and Thursdays. Windsor Coach Trip Tuesday 5th April 2022 – 9am until 6pm Price £22.00 per person Let the coach take the hassle of driving and parking to Windsor for the day. Whether you visit the historic buildings (castle is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays) shop, eat or just take in the atmosphere the day is yours. Contact: 896270 – [email protected] – Sue Brown, Community Centre Manager

Whitchurch Tennis Club AGM We recently held our AGM and elected our new committee for 2022/2023. Rosanna Marshall stepped down as our treasurer after 18 years. We are very grateful to Rosanna for all she and her late husband Neil put into the club and she will be very much missed. Bruce Scott has joined the committee as treasurer and we are sure will continue the good work. 13

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Membership As we move into the new season, it does mean that membership fees are due from 1st April. We have discounted our pre-covid fees and adult membership for the year is £68 and juniors £10. Other memberships are detailed in our membership form available at . Rusty Racquets Open Event – Saturday 2nd April from 2pm We kick the new season off with our first open session of the year, Rusty Racquets, which takes place on 2nd April from 2pm. This is a great opportunity for those returning to tennis or who want to give tennis a try and as well as hitting balls, you can meet other members of the tennis club. We’re looking forward to seeing lots of people, with families and juniors welcome too. Easter Holiday Camps – 11th-14th April Are you looking for activities for your children during the Easter Holidays? Our coaching partner, JG Tennis, will be running holiday camps between 9am 12noon week commencing the 11th April. Groups are split by age 4-8 or 9-15 years. Discounts available for siblings, if you book the whole week or are members of the club. Coaching Regular junior coaching takes place on Saturday mornings and JG tennis are starting a new Thursday course after school. For more details on all junior coaching and how to book on, please go to: For adults, the Rusty Raquet (Tennis Xpress) course is great for new starters or if you are getting back into tennis after a break and also runs Saturday mornings for both members and non-members. For more information and to book, go to . Regular Mix Ins We’re a friendly club with a good mix of standards from beginners to league players. New members are always welcome. Come along on to our club mix-in on a Saturday afternoon from 3pm to meet members and hit a few balls. Tuesday and Thursday evenings are Club evenings with arranged games. Hope to see you on court soon. Contact: Secretary Wendy Helsby –[email protected] – – Facebook #WhitchurchTennisClub



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Whitchurch Cricket Club As the minds of the cricketers of Whitchurch turn to a new season which hopefully will not be curtailed like the last few seasons. The wickets has been mowed and rolled by Martyn and it looks a picture, although still very wet. On the playing side, WCC has retained their position in Division 4 North in the Hampshire Cricket League. There have been a number of new players who have joined in the winter nets at Dummer. One or two old players have moved on mostly to a higher league. One of the biggest changes will be in the North Hants Midweek Cricket League which WCC have played in for a number of years. NHMCL have become a part of a wider Hampshire Slam which enables successful clubs to progress to a final at the Rose Bowl. The games are still 20 over each and each team can choose a logo coloured kit. The Youth section of WCC run by Chris Judge and his team have proposed a number of teams for this season, they are • All Stars (ECB) 5-8 years run by Jonny Foxbatt 6 sessions from Friday 6th May (the 30 places allocated for these sessions have already been filled) • Mini Wolverines U7 No competitive games • U9 Pairs cricket played with a soft ball. Competitive games in the Warrior league. • 2 teams U11 playing with hard ball. Competitive games in the Warrior league. If you would like to find out more about these teams and the session please contact [email protected] In the February edition of the magazine I wrote about an unusual cricket match which was mentioned in the Whitchurch Historical Society facebook page concerning a match played in 1849 at Laverstoke Park at the home of the Portals family. The match was between the Allotments Holders of Whitchurch and Overton. From the same source another unusual match was held between the Primitive Methodist and Independence verses the Baptist and Wesleyans Methodist July 1881 The Festival of the United Sunday Schools was held on Wednesday, when children to the number of 400 were present. The tea, which was to have been 15


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held in a meadow in Newbury-street (lent by Mr. G. L. Hanks), was, on account of the weather, prepared in a large barn which Mr. Weeks placed at the service of the committee. The St. Mary Bourne brass band was present. After a most beautiful tea a procession was formed and, headed by the band, marched to Hurstbourne Park, where cricket, racing and other rustic sports, were engaged in. A single innings cricket match was arranged between 12 of the Wesleyans and Baptists against 12 of the Primitive Methodists and Independents, the former whom were the victors, the scores being 72 and 26. Shortly after eight o’clock the procession was reformed, and, headed by the band, returned to the town corner, where a vote thanks and three cheers were given for the Earl of Portsmouth. Thanks are due to the several ministers and teachers and also to the secretary, Mr. C. Barnett, for his services. Hampshire Chronicle - Saturday 09 July 1881 (Thanks again goes to Geoff Kelland who once again investigated our cricketing history) --Rod Clarke

Rising Fives The children enjoyed World Book Day at the beginning of March and took part in many exciting activities designed to promote reading for pleasure. The children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book characters. They built houses for the 3 little pigs, made gingerbread men out of ginger flavoured playdough, investigated Goldilocks themed oats sensory play, Tiddler underwater adventure play and explored our interactive story sacks. We also had fun celebrating pancake day. The children had lots of fun pretending to make and flip their own pancakes in the home corner! We were thrilled and very grateful to receive a generous grant from Councillor Colin Phillimore recently. We have been able to use this to further enhance our home role play area which is enjoyed by all the children. We have purchased some wonderful resources, including a children’s wooden table and chair set. As a charity run Preschool, we are always so thankful for support towards our fundraising events. We will be hosting a family Easter event on Saturday 9th April 10-12pm at Rising Fives which will include a fun Easter trail. Do come and join us, everyone is welcome. Are you starting to think about a preschool for your child? We have spaces available, from September, for children aged 2 and upwards. We have been established in Whitchurch for over 40 years and have a very experienced and qualified team who create a wonderfully supportive setting for interactive play, learning and development. For further information please contact us using the details below.



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9.30–11.30am Teapot Baby and Toddler Group, drop-in play sessions with toys, crafts and singing, All Hallows Church Rooms 10.45am– Singing For The Mind, GNC 12.15pm 2.30-4pm Scrabble Club, Library 7.30–9pm Bellringers’ practice, All Hallows bell tower 7pm Duplicate Bridge, GNC 7.45pm Clubbercise, Theatre Hall, Testbourne 7.30pm Town Council meetings: 1st Monday: Full council; 2nd & 4th: Development; 3rd: Leisure & Environment 8–9pm Yoga with Penny, Drama Room, Testbourne 8–9pm Back to Netball, Sports Hall, Testbourne 9–10pm Casual badminton, Testbourne (bookable) 2nd & 4th 2–4pm Silver Threads, Parish Hall Tuesdays 7–8pm 5-A-Side Football, Sports Hall, Testbourne 7.30–8.30pm Yogamania, Gymnasium, Testbourne 7.30–10pm Line Dancing, Theatre Hall, Testbourne 8pm WADS club night, Parish Hall 8–10pm Roller Derby, Sports Hall, Testbourne Wednesdays 9.45am Whitchurch Wednesday Walks, GNC 10–11.30am Toy Library, Methodist Hall (term time) 2.30–4pm Scrabble Club, Library 7–8pm Dog Show Training, Testbourne 7.30pm 'Singing for Fun', Methodist Church Thursdays 7.30pm Choir practice, All Hallows 3rd 7.15pm WI, GNC 8–10pm Badminton Club, Testbourne Fridays 9.30–11.30am Country Market, GNC 10.30am Rhymetime for under-2s, Library 3rd 8–11.30pm Jiveolution, Sports Hall, Testbourne Saturdays 9.30–11.30am Casual badminton, Testbourne (bookable) 10.30am Storytime for under-5s 3rd 7.30–11pm Whitchurch Country and Western, Live Band and Dancing, Sports Hall, Testbourne Sundays 9.30am WHAR 5km run from Town Hall


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Ramblers walk from Bell Street Car Park Full Council Meeting, Town Hall Council Development Committee meeting, Town Hall Gill Nethercott Centre Windsor Coach trip Whitchurch History Society Talk, Gill Nethercott Centre Whitchurch WI Murder Mystery Evening. Gill Nethercott Centre Bowls Club Fun Family Quiz Fabric and Craft Sale, All Hallows Church

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R&P Committee meeting, Trust meeting. Town Hall Ramblers walk from Bell Street Car Park Bowls Club. Whittys club night


Ramblers walk from Bell Street Car Park Overton U3A talk, St Mary’s Hall, Oveton Wild and Wonderful Family Day Silk Mill Whitchurch WI meeting. Gill Nethercott Centre Bowls Club Quiz Night


Ramblers walk from Bell Street Car Park Council Development Committee meeting, Town Hall


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Contacts Citizens Advice Town Hall Tuesdays 9.30am–12.30pm ground floor Whitchurch Mondays–Fridays 9am–1pm; 2–5pm Smiles Ltd Dentists Private patients only 893968 Dental Mondays–Fridays 9am–1pm; 2–5pm Concepts 893517 Whitchurch Surgery 01256 212311 Doctors Mondays–Fridays Derry Down Surgery 01264 738368 8am–6.30pm Library

0300 555 1387*

Neighbourcare 896645 893219 Post Office 892108 Station Ticket Office Town Council 892107 office Vet 892067

Mondays & Wednesday 1–5pm Fridays 9.30am–1.30pm Saturdays 9.30am–1.30pm Andrea Wylie Mondays–Fridays 8am–8pm Linda Stepney Mon–Fri 9am–5.30pm; Sat 9am–12.30pm Mondays–Fridays 6am–11.15am Mondays–Fridays 9.30am–1pm Mon & Thurs 8.30–11.30am & 3–5pm Tues & Fri 4–6pm, Weds 8.30–10.30am

* Calls handled by Hantsdirect Advertising and subscription enquiries for the parish magazine to: Leanne and Simon Coomber (01256 893615), [email protected] or via the website Subscribe for a year for just £10 for 12 issues delivered to your door, or to receive it on-line This month’s editors: Louise Bates, Andrew Hobley, Simon Coomber The parish magazine is published monthly © by the Parochial Church Council of the parish of Whitchurch with Tufton and Lichfield, Hampshire.