St Nicholas Wives Group

Despite the lack of news in print for the last couple of months St Nicholas Wives Group is still very much alive and functioning. In May the members met at Woodstock, the home of our President. Everyone bought along a poem or piece of prose; some members even composed their own poems. Members exchanged their words of wisdom and humour along with positive comments.

In June it was hoped to have a theatre outing but problems with transport meant that the outing had to be postponed. Members met at Woodstock for a general knowledge quiz. People worked in pairs or small groups. The result was close, both Mary Bird's group and Hilda Macdonald and her partner Audrey Clothier scored the same number of points in the main body of the quiz. A tiebreaker question meant that Mary Bird's team of Pauline Curl and Carole Trowern won. Members enjoyed the evening and suggested that a similar event be included in the programme for the coming year.

The July meeting, as always, was devoted to organising the rota and produce for the fete teas.

August Meeting
Members, husbands and friends have been invited to hold their annual BBQ at Lower Mill. We are most grateful to Mr and Mrs Denison for allowing us to share their beautiful garden with them on August 9th at 7.00pm.

September Meeting
An outing to Cricklade theatre has been arranged to see Tess of the D'Urbervilles on 21st September at 7.30pm.

October Meeting
The AGM will be held on 18th October at 7.30pm. Maria Neal has kindly offered the use of her home Mallards for the occasion.

Gloria Goodliffe


The children were really able to appreciate the school's wonderful setting during National School Grounds Week, when they took part in a wide range of outdoor activities. Senior citizens were invited to a Garden Party and pupils discovered more about their immediate environment from the Hants and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Schools Officer, Di Smith. FOLs funded a visit from the Hi Tech Wild Trek trailer led by Dr Osmond who helped the children catch specimens to study in all their wriggly glory on a TV screen!

Still outdoors, and Year 6 joined with others from Barton Stacey and St Mary Bourne for a journey by train to the village of Manaton on Dartmoor for a field study week. Although the moor was closed because of foot and mouth, the children were still able to enjoy study sessions in the beautiful grounds of Heatree House Centre and carry out a beach transect at Goodrington Sands, Torbay.
On the sporting front, the Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket Team won the Rural Schools Tournament in Andover and progressed to the finals held at the Rose Bowl - the new Hampshire County Cricket Ground.

The younger children enjoyed participating in the annual Country Dance Festival held at John Hanson School and had great fun clambering over a fire engine during a visit from the Fire Challenge Crew.

The end of the summer term is inevitably about goodbyes, and Years 5 and 6 attended a Church Schools' Leavers Service at Winchester Cathedral which included workshops on icons, altar frontals and medieval tiles plus an exciting climb into the roof space and out on a parapet for views over the city. The leavers also visited the various secondary schools where they will be heading in the autumn.

Finally, parents were invited to see the work produced by their children during the past three terms at the Open Evening in July, rounding off another busy and successful year with a well deserved rest for Miss Hobrough and her staff in August.

Jane Wyatt