Skate Ramp update

On Friday 15th November, a crowd of around 100 enjoyed a quiz night at the village hall, ably led by quiz master Graham Healey. After supper, the Auction of Promises – and Nick Jarrett, a professional auctioneer, raced through the 61 lots donated by children and adults. These ranged from dog walking, baby sitting and garden clearing, to fishing, Christmas pudding and 5 minutes in the pulpit of St Nicholas Church! The bidding was fierce and we were delighted to be able to announce that the auction had raised £950. Many thanks must go to all who made the event possible – donors and bidders; cooks and bottle washers; decorators and money collectors.

On the Sunday morning, we were all up at the Play Park early (many of the youngsters looked like they hadn’t seen that time on a Sunday morning before!) – drying off the ramp so it could be used and putting up a tent in case it rained again. Richard Faulds officially opened the facility and the nearly 30 youngsters who have been actively involved in the fund raising received goodies generously donated by Rollersnakes and Quiksilver - the rest of us enjoyed tea and flapjacks and a sense of quiet satisfaction at their obvious enjoyment.

Fiona Gould

View from the skate ramp

Longparish School news

The Year 4 children (8-9 years) spent a week at Minstead Study Centre in the New Forest with children from Hurstbourne Tarrant School. During their stay the children learnt about different habitats and eco systems, the importance of conservation and recycling the earth's resources. Popular activities included an evening of story telling in the Round House, around a central fire, walking bare foot on a bog, building shelters and a campfire on the final night.

At the end of each meal any waste food on the plates is weighed. The children were proud of their achievements - they wasted no food at all and were presented with a special certificate.

The Heron Class ( 6-7 years) and Chaffinch Class ( 9-11 years) spent a day at Sparsholt. The younger children followed a course on Farm and Farm Animals, whilst the oldest children explored farming in the future and sustainable development.

The School Librarians visited the children's Library in Andover, where Children's Librarian Sarah Millard explained the role of a librarian and how a library is organised to help the children carry out their duties at school.

The Kingfisher Class (7-9 years) had an exciting visit to the Imperial War Museum, London to help them with their work on The Home Front during World War II. They travelled by train from Andover to Waterloo; for several it was their first experience of rail travel.

A group of 8-9 year old pupils successfully completed a Safer Cycling Course run by parents - Mrs A Barter and Mrs J Healey

St Nicholas Wives Group

The next meeting of our group will be at Woodstock on Thursday 12th December at 7.30pm. Our speaker will be Rev Biden from the Children’s Society. There will be a raffle at this meeting. New members are always welcome.

Hedge Planting on Saturday 14th Dec. 2002

Paul Knipe will be planting hedging at Southside Common to replace old hedging plants removed in the summer. Please come to help from 10am to 1pm if you can and bring your own equipment. If the weather is right we may have a bonfire

There will be more on this project in the next issue. If anyone would like more information now and would like to help maintain Southside Common please call Jenny Jolliffe on 720207