We received some excellent news at the end of March: the school’s bid for funding for the building project, referred to in the February Hill and Valley, has been successful! The project is to build two new classrooms to replace the existing temporary classrooms, some additional space for computers and teaching music, a new hall and a new building for the playgroup to replace the portacabin at a total cost of £1,750,000.   The success of the bid means that 80% of the building costs will be met by a grant from central government funds. An additional 10% will be provided from the Diocesan School Buildings Fund.   We will have to raise the remaining 10% (£175,000) ourselves. The objective is to begin building during the summer of 2004.

This is excellent news both for the school and for the whole community. It will ensure a secure future for both the school and the playgroup and also provide a range of possibilities as the buildings are designed for community use.

The success of the bid is certainly exciting news . Raising the remainder of the cost obviously represents a massive challenge - but more about that in future Hill and Valleys.   Many thanks to those on the governing body who helped with the submission and of course to all those who had their fingers crossed on our behalf.

                                                        John Ellicock


Service for under-fives in St. Nicholas Church

which takes place monthly and usually on the 3 rd Monday of the month.   It starts at 2.15pm and finishes in good time to collect children from school.   There will be bible stories, singing, making music, craft and refreshment in a relaxed atmosphere

Mon. May 19th               The Church’s Birthday

.                            Nona Harrison 720215


Friends of Longparish School

100+ CLUB

 The winners for April were:

1st Prize     J. West

2nd Prize    J. K. Dodman

3rd Prize    Charles Hutchinson

  Enquiries to D. Skinner 01256 895013



 Saturday 10th May 12 noon to 4 pm

Grand Raffle

1 st prize   £150 vouchers

2 nd prize case of win

3 rd prize hamper

and many other prizes

Come and join us for a fun day with many stalls and attractions :

White elephant                Plants

Tombola                          Darts    

Play your cards right       Books

Childrens games              Pony rides

Bouncy castles                 Face painting   

                And many more

For donations to any of the above stalls, please contact Georgina Knipe on 720317 or Andrea Hulme on 720347.

We will be calling to collect bottles for the Tombola stall and sell raffle tickets the week prior to the Fayre.