Longparish School & Community Project



At the time of writing, preparations are almost complete for the LONGPARISH GARDEN FESTIVAL on 19 th /20 th June.   Jane Sterndale-Bennett and her committee have done a fantastic job organising the weekend with 14 village gardens open to the public with lectures and demonstrations too.   There are over 70 people involved with the catering, cake making, lectures, demonstrations, car parking, signage, publicity, cashiers, medical cover, church organ recital, church flower arrangements, raffle ticket sales, and assistance to the owners of the open gardens.   Help is coming from both Longparish and Hurstbourne Priors, from school and playgroup parents, and from the teaching staff.    Thank you all.   It will be a wonderful community event.

The festival follows last month's record breaking May Fayre, organised by The Friends of Longparish School (FoLS), at which, thanks to huge support from the community and parents of the school and playgroup nearly £5,000 was raised, a record.   It was another major step in the achievement of the £30,000 which FoLS have committed to raise for the project.

In the project itself, there has been much activity.   We await the return of the tender documentation from the five short listed contractors in early July.   We will then select the contractor for the job.   The first physical sign of the project starting will be the arrival of the temporary classrooms for the playgroup and the two classes, whose current accommodation is to be demolished.   These will be on site, as scheduled, in August.   The contractor will then take over the site.   After the demolition phase, the first task will be the building of the foundations when the water table is at the lowest point in its annual cycle ie late summer.

I am sure most readers will have seen THE FISH designed by Georgina Knipe displaying the running total of our fundraising.   Each scale on the fish represents £1,000. It currently has 82 scales and more funds are coming in fast.   Over and above our fundraising strategy, explained in the general appeal brochure and earlier in H&V, a number of individual initiatives have been undertaken.   So far I am aware of: Ros Hobrough's sponsored walk of the Test Way; Jonathan and Alice Evans' run in the London Marathon; Wendy Ellicock's collections from visiting gardening clubs; John and Lesley Trouw's tennis tournament on 14 th July; Roy and Ann Sands' silent art and fine wines auction; Paula Vize's donations from visitors to her art exhibition.   Many thanks for these initiatives and for all the support the community is giving to this project.   

John Ellicock

Longparish School

The School has enjoyed some sporting success in recent weeks. The High Fives netball team won the Andover Rural Schools tournament. The Tag Rugby team won through to the County Finals at Winchester and has subsequently been asked to represent the County at the National finals to be held at Rugby School this month.

The School held its own Sports Afternoon at the end of May. Chairman of Governors, John Ellicock presented the Sports cup to St Francis House.

The oldest children were fortunate enough to take part in a special day organised by local museums. They went to the Iron Age Museum in Andover and then to Danebury Ring where the Curator showed them features of the hillfort. In the afternoon the children visited the Museum of Army Flying at Middle Wallop before returning to Longparish.

National Schools Grounds Week at the beginning of June saw the children enjoying Environmental Education, when much of their usual curriculum was linked to the out doors. Special visitors during the week included Dr Osmond with his High-Tech Wildlife van, Dr Matthew Dryden who helped the junior children with their Science and Di Smith of the Hants and IOW Wildlife Trust who led activities with each class.   Ann, of the Hants Animal Rescue Team, the charity supported by the School this year, also came to speak to the children about the charity's work. She was presented with a cheque for £148, the result of toy sales and weekly homemade biscuits sales organised by the oldest children which have been generously supported by the School community.

The Heron Class, 6- 7 years was invited to visit the Faccombe Estate to learn about the countryside and farming in particular. Parents kindly helped with transport and spent the day with the class, taking them to see different activities on the estate.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has given us Tesco vouchers. We hope to provide video players for each classroom.



Longparish Playgroup needs a shed (8'x6' approx) for the duration of the building work to keep their outdoor toys and equipment in.   (The present shed will be inaccessible and is too elderly to move.)   We are anxious to keep our expenses down as much as possible so we would be very grateful if someone can help us.   Please contact Maggie Barber on 01264 720459 or playgroup@longparish.org.uk