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|Distribution of the Longstock News
In the past few weeks there has been some lively debate between members of the Parish Council concerning the Longstock News, its availability online and alternative options for its distribution. Although there was a wide range of views the consensus was that residents should be given the option to receive the magazine either through their letter box or alternatively to receive their copy via e-mail.
Whilst there are many benefits associated with distribution via e-mail the magazine will always be available through the letter box for residents who wish to receive it this way. Benefits of e-mail distribution include the cost savings which would result from a reduced printing run, easier and faster distribution and availability of the magazine in colour. Residents can already view the magazine on line by visiting the village web site at www.longstockvillage.com.
In the April issue of the magazine we will be asking residents to express their views on this proposal and hopefully those villagers who are happy to receive the magazine by e-mail will provide their details so that this change of approach can be implemented with the June issue of the Longstock news.
In advance of this formal request in April the editor would be delighted to receive any thoughts or commitments via email@example.com; your comments will help us frame the questions in the April issue and also allow to the gauge the enthusiasm within the village for this new approach.
|Longstock News Online
The Longstock News is now available to view or download, in colour. In the August/September issue I mentioned that I would be doing this, providing there was no objection. I am happy to say that the response from people has been great, so here it is.
April/May 2017 Longstock News
February/March 2017 Longstock News
December/January 2017 Longstock News
October/November 2016 Longstock News
August/September 2016 Longstock News
All linked email addresses are in red, by selecting one another page will open up to enable you to write your email. Likewise, all adverts that have websites are links so that by 'clicking' on an advert you will be taken directly to the relevant page.
|Longstock Neighbourhood Plan Open Meeting
Longstock Village Hall
Monday 6th February 2017 at 7pm
We are thinking about embarking on creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Longstock and this will affect you so we want to be sure that what goes in the plan is what you, the local people want.
The idea is to plan our neighbourhood together in the way the community wants.
- Ideas from you to shape the Plan
- Help to list community projects for our village
- Come to an event
- Send in your ideas
- Join the Steering Group
You’ll have a vote later in the process so it is really important that you give us your ideas at the outset so they can be included as much as possible in the plan that you will be voting on.
What’s different about the Neighbourhood Plan is that once it’s written - it will be a legal document and will have to be used when decisions are made about what development is approved in the future for Longstock.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|Leckford Estate Newsletter
Leckford Estate now issue to all their employees a weekly newsletter, The Grapevine. It's main purpose is to keep employees upto date with events and achievments on the Estate. It has been suggested that we have links to The Grapevine from our village website, so here it is.
The Grapevine - Issue 24
The Grapevine - Issue 23
The Grapevine - Issue 22
|Public Bus Service
With little notice the bus services through Stockbridge were reduced again at the start of January. After the loss of the service to Salisbury in 2013, and removal of the Andover route through Longstock, the Winchester and Andover services have now been cut further.
The '68' hasn't completely disappeared however, as it will still run (on school days only), leaving Stockbridge town hall at 07:27 and 09:32, and back from Winchester at 14:50 and 16:40. Wheelers are running a service to Winchester (service '16') twice a day (four times a day during term time) and twice to Andover (service '15'), but the connection to The Wallops has gone.
These cuts have affected quite a few people here who relied on the buses for work. The Chairman of the Parich Council has written to our MP and County Councillor to see if they can have the decision reversed.
Unfortunately it seems that little can be done. The County Council Environment budget (that includes transport) apparantly has to find 14% savings this year. Routes that carried few passengers, especially rural routes, were particularly vulnerable across the county.
The advise seems to be that, as far as schools are concerned, if the new arrangements don't satisfy, then parents should ask the school to provide the means to get their children to school and back. Where this leave those traveling to work away from the main centres is another matter.
To give your views on this please visit our Facebook Page by clicking the link.
Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme
Bringing superfast broadband to communities and businesses across rural Hampshire
Phase 1 of Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Programme will go live between January and March 2014. BT Openreach will install new equipment across parts of Basingstoke and Dean, Gosport, Hart, and the New Forest, enabling more than 9,000 premises to have access to superfast broadband. Speeds will be a minimum of 24Mbps, although more than 7,300 premises will be able to access more than 50Mbps. For more details of the areas covered, see Broadband maps.
Phase 2 is due to go live between April and June 2014 and we will be publishing a detailed map together with the number of properties that will benefit early in the new year.
BT and Virgin are rolling out superfast broadband to around 80% of premises in the county. The programme is helping to address the gaps left out by the commercial rollout, extending the overall coverage to 90% of premises by the end of 2015 and reaching at least 95% by the end of 2017.
To find out more about the phases of the programme and new investments in your area register your interest at www.hants.gov.uk/broadband
Our Community Responders Scheme Seeks New Members
Stockbridge Community Responder scheme is looking for new members to join this vital organisation. Can you help?
The scheme was set up in 2005 and covers Stockbridge, Longstock, Houghton, Leckford and Sandydown as well as other areas if needed, and really needs your help to continue this service to the community.
Several members have left the scheme and now there is only one volunteer left, who cannot continue alone, so we are looking for new volunteers to start responding for the group as soon as possible.
Community First Responders are trained by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and are then sent to appropriate life threatening calls by the Emergency Operations Centre before the arrival of an emergency vehicle.
To become a member you will need to attend and pass one weekend of training, hold a full driving licence, have access to a car, pass a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and be over 18 years old.
If you are physically fit and are able to offer your time for a few hours each week then this could be for you!
To apply please contact 01962 898090.
Mandy Henley, Stockbridge Community Responders Group leader writes: As the last remaining responder I would also like to add that I have been responding since 2007 shortly after my dad passed away. I often wonder if a responder had been on call that day maybe they could have saved him, who knows? One thing I do know is that lives have been saved since then, and this is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done; that said I need support as it is very difficult to keep up the enthusiasm alone.There have been many people in our community who have benefited from our scheme and who have supported it both financially or as members; it would mean so much to me to be able to revitalise this worthwhile scheme.If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer please don’t hesitate to call me on ' 810874.
On Satruday 25th February a small group organised a party for the village, what better way to spend a wet cold February evening than having a few drinks with friends whilst dancing, or listening, to an excellent band, 'Cat N Mouse', well, what a success that was!!
The idea of the evening was not to make money but just to make enough to cover the cost of the band, expenses and venue any monies remaining, we decided, would be donated to the Alex Lewis Trust. To our surprise, after all the costs had been taken into account, we have been able to donate an amazing sum of £214 to the Alex Lewis Trust.
Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets for this event and thank you to those who provided donations of food to go towards the magnificant banquet.
A special thank you goes to all those people and organisations that donated gifts towards the raffle.
Due to the overwelming success of this event a date has been booked for next year, Saturday 24th February, make sure it's in your diary.
|Parish Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Each month the Parish Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes will be available to download from the village website. Each document will be in Adobe pdf format, if you do not have Adobe Reader loaded on to your computer there is a link on the far left hand side of this page where you can download the application. For more information on your Parish Council please visit the Parish Council web pages.
If anyone would like to obtain an old copy of any minutes please contact us and we will arrange for them to be sent to you.
Longstock PC Assembly Agenda April 2017
Longstock PC Agenda April 2017
Longstock PC Minutes March 2017
Longstock PC Minutes February 2017
Longstock PC Minutes December 2016
Longstock PC Minutes November 2016
Longstock PC Minutes October 2016
Longsotck PC Minutes September 2016
Longstock PC Minutes July 2016
Longstock PC Minutes June 2016
Longstock PC AGM Minutes May 2016
Longstock PC Annual Assembly Minutes 2016
Longstock PC Minutes April 2016
Longstock PC Mid Year Forecast 2013/2014
Longstock PC Mid-Year Forecast 2012/2013
|A Longstock Boyhood
Our busy local historian and author Geoff Merritt has been busy once again putting fingers to keyboard.
Geoff has lived in Longstock for over 70 years and is writing a small book about his life for his Grandchildren. This is an edited version of this book and it really is well worth reading.
Click here to download A Longstock Boyhood in pdf format.
Thank you Geoff for sharing it with us.
Gerry contacted me many years ago, when the very first website was launched. Over the years he has provided me with many interesting and lovely photos of our village. Even though we have never meet the 'cyberspace' contact we have had has made it seem as if we are old friends.
Gerry has produced a book called 'Childhood Memories of a Hampshire Village' and he has just sent me a copy, it is wonderful, the photos are amazing. The colour photographs were taken by Gerry, some of the black and white images are from negatives taken by David Birkenshaw in the late 1940's and early 1950's and others come from the collection of Longstock resident, Geoff Merritt. Copies of the book can be obtained from www.blurb.com. The cost of the book is the actual cost of production to Gerry, he doesn't make any profit from the sale.
Gerry Fitzpatrick was born over the village shop at the Old Farm House in 1933. His family lived in the village from 1924 to 1948 when the shop was sold. He attended Stockbridge Elementary School and Danemark Secondary Modern School in Winchester. Together with his brother Michael, Gerry emigrated to Canada in 1955 and after attending the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia worked as a town planner in British Columbia and Ontario for many years. He developed an interest in travel writing in the 1980's, contributing to publications in Canada, the United States and Australia as a freelancer and has since travelled to over 60 countries. He has always retained the warmest memories of his childhood in Longstock. Gerry lives in Toronto, has three sons and two grandchildren.
|Youthtube - the website for young people in Hampshire
Youthtube – the website for young people in Hampshire has been revamped and updated to include a wealth of information about education, training and employment options.
As an online resource, it provides a wide range of information to all young people, including:
youth support services in Hampshire, such as drop-ins and youth clubs
post-16 education and training options
apprenticeships and training providers in Hampshire
guides to qualificationsgoing to college or university
dealing with exam stress
how to find a job and write a CV
starting a business
health and relationships
how young people can get involved with local decision making.
Follow us on twitter @hantsfutures - for information, advice and support for young people in Hampshire
Download the attached A4 poster, which you might like to print and display.
Bus pass holder? Over 60 or disabled—even if only temporarily? Want a cut-price trip to Andover with your bags carried to your door? Dial-a-Ride (Joyrides) runs through Longstock on Wednesdays at 9.30, returning at noon, for £2.50 return. Call 356808 to register, or for more information, ring John '810459 or Dane '810839
In 1962 Gerald Fitzpatrick wrote a paper titled Longstock - A Study of an English Village. Gerald has kindly given his approval for his paper to appear on the website so that it can be enjoyed by everyone. It really does make interesting reading. To download a pdf version of this document please click here
|Once again Geoff Merritt has been digging in the archives and found this fascinating article that appeared in the Racing Illurstrated on 22nd July 1896, the article it titled 'The Bibury Club Day. Click here to download the article in
|We now have a new page on the web site, 'A look at Old Longstock'. I would very much like to thank Geoff Merritt for providing me with an illustrated look of Longstock in days gone by, the photographs are wonderful with Geoff's narative proving very informative. if you would like to download this document in pdf format please click on this link - Illustrative Look back at Longstock
Captain William Lambert, an American pilot, flew with the RFC, 93 Squadron and was based at Chattis Hill, Stockbridge during World War 1. Click here
to download the article in pdf format.
Read an article written by Philip
Clifford, it featured in The British Racehourse in July 1969 titled
'This was Stockbridge'. The article, kindly given to the
Newsletter by Geoff Merritt, is about Danebury Racecourse. Click here to download the article in
Hazeldown's Mysterious Graves - Read about
the tiny isolated graveyard on the road to Hazeldown Farm. Click here
to download the
article in pdf format.
Gerald Fitzpatrick, who now lives in
Canada, wrote an article for a Canadian newspaper, it was titled
'Childhood Memories Flow from Stream' which is written around the River
Test. The article was written some time ago now, not sure of the
date. Gerald and his family had the Longstock Village store from
1928 to 1948. Click here
to download the
article in pdf format. A photograph of the store is in the Photo
Here is another
article kindly donated by Geoff Merritt titled 'This Was Stockbridge', click here
to download the article in
pdf format. This article was written in 1969 by Philip Clifford
for a publication called The British Racehorse.