New Forest & Hampshire

County Show

26th to 28th July

at New Park Brockenhurst

Your County Show is coming up soon so put a note in your diaries. Whatever your age there is something for everyone. Enjoy an exciting packed programme of events, with country pursuits, woodland activities, livestock competitions and equestrian displays.

Major additions to the Show will be adding that extra something that makes the event such a wonderful family day out for everyone. A number of celebrities will be at the Show supporting several events. The launch of the New Forest Marque, for those forest businesses that offer services or products that qualify for this prestigious marque by fulfilling a whole range of quality criteria. Now you will know where to go for the best of the Forest; The re-launch of the New Forest Game Directory with cookery demonstrations to tantalise your taste buds and The New Forest Park Authority will be at the Show for their first major public appearance providing a whole range of activities and information to let you know what is going on.

Over 800 stands provide the opportunity to browse or buy many items that you will never see in the shops and there is all day entertainment for children in the Forest Fun Factory - whatever your interests you will be spoilt for choice so don’t miss it, Discounted tickets now available on the credit card hotline 01590 622409.

 This year let the train take the strain – come to Brockenhurst station as Wilts and Dorset Bus Company is extending their normal service to run a pay-as-you-go shuttle bus into the showground all day every day of the Show.


Donations for the Children’s Society from collecting boxes in Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish raised £102.20 during the past year.

The Society is very grateful for the support it receives from our Parishes. Thank you to everyone taking boxes again this year. If you do not already have a box and are willing to have one, please contact me, we need to continue with all the help we can give.

Daphne Bevan – 01264 720412


We have a vacancy on the Parish Council

  • If you can spare some time to help with the council's work please join the council

  • If you think 'they' should be doing things differently or like what 'they' are doing already please join the council

  • If you want to improve our village please join the council

To find out more about what the council does and what being a councillor involves please contact the chairman, Jeremy Barber,


tel 720459, or ask any councillor.

Longparish School May Fayre

Thank you to everyone who helped on the day, baked cakes, or just turned up to enjoy the fun and make the day such a success. Thanks also to Mr & Mrs Bourne for allowing us the use of their garden and electricity. The weather was kind to us, if a bit chilly and takings were just over £4100 before expenses are deducted. Next year we hope to be back on the school field.

Alistair Jensen won Felix the teddy – please get in touch to claim your prize.

Andrea Hulme Chair of FoLS 720347





Thank you very much for your wonderful support for this appeal. The total received is now over £4,900 and rising.

The appeal is still open so it is not too late to give if you meant to but haven’t got round to it. You can get a form from Maggie Barber or the village website and you can give securely on line by visiting

Thanks for your



Idris Piper 1926 - 2005

Idris was born in Abertillary, Wales - his mother was Welsh - but the family moved to Whitchurch when he was just two months old. There he went to school, and first worked for the Bakery in Bell Street as a delivery boy.

Joining the army after the war for National Service, he met Mary and they were married in 1952. In 1955, they moved to Longparish, where Idris worked for the Biggs family in the local watercress beds. Idris was scoutmaster in the 1950s. He retired in 1991 and developed severe arthritis which affected his life. He never drove and would be seen cycling to and from work, with his trademark beret. Very much a man of the outdoors, and knowledgeable about birds, he was a quiet man.

We offer our sympathy to Mary, his widow, and his sons, Andrew, Nigel and Jeremy, and their six grandchildren in their loss.


St Nicholas Wives Group

We were very appreciative of John Gent, who came at short notice to our meeting in April, to give an interesting talk on ‘Combat Stress’.

Our June meeting will be on Thursday 16th., 7.30 pm at Mallards. The speaker will be Mrs. Doris Barnes. The title of her talk – ‘My Story’ (an escape from Czechoslovakia and the German invasion).

Daphne Bevan



Our Year 7 rugby team has given us all a lot to celebrate recently ~ becoming the National Emerging Schools Rugby champions!! They won the Hampshire round earlier in the year, and went on to represent the county, playing at Staines in Middlesex on Saturday May 7th. Having progressed to the semi-final they were bussed to no less a hallowed ground than Twickenham itself, where 45,000 spectators were gathered for the annual Army v Navy Match. They played their semi-final before kick off and progressed to playing in the final during the interval ~ which they won in tremendous style. 2,000 schools entered ~ but there was only one winner. They have really done their bit to put Testbourne on the national map. We are very proud of then and we even let them wear their newly presented championship rugby shirts all day on their first day back in school.


Our musicians have also been in the limelight recently ~ with 26 of our young people performing in a joint schools performance at the anvil in Basingstoke. Our year 10 boys really excelled, taking lead singing roles in Les Miserables, and even getting fan mail afterwards!


We have recently received our annual visit from our LEA inspector. Having given us a good “going over” he has awarded us a “highly effective“ category for our current performance.


Linda Cowley, our Community Manager, left us recently to spend more time with her family. Linda has served the school and community with great commitment and loyalty and we shall all miss her. We have appointed Paul Bushell as part-time Community Manager and he will be taking up his post at the start of June with help from Linda to get to know the ropes.


We are looking to appoint the following staff for September:

The latter are new posts for staff to cover classes during a teacher’s absence. Training will be provided.

Please contact Mary Soper (01256 892061) for further information if you are interested.

Longparish Parish Council

This report covers the May meeting and the Annual Parish Meeting. Minutes of meetings are on the village website

Officers of the council

Jeremy Barber was re-elected as Chairman. Mike Johnson was elected as vice-chairman. Details of the membership of committees are on the village website.


The council did not object to

The council objected to a six-car garage at Owls Lodge Farm because of the impact on the countryside.

Open Spaces

The missing wheelie bin on the football field has been replaced. So there is no excuse for dog walkers not to clear up any mess their dogs may leave. The school children are using the field while the school field is out of action and for Saturday tuition. Please keep it clear of mess.

Thanks to all who helped with the Clean Up day and to the Plough for refreshments afterwards. The stream was cleared and lots of litter picked but sadly it was too wet to paint the skate ramp.

Parish Plan

The council adopted the draft Parish Plan. A copy of the text is on the website. The committee is working on layout and graphics ready for publication. The council recorded its thanks to everyone who has contributed.

Community Project

The Council agreed to fund the cost of equipment for the community kitchen which will serve the new hall.

Annual Parish Meeting

This has been another busy year and thanks are due to all who have helped in so many ways. The main presentation was on the Parish Plan. . A huge amount of work has gone into the plan. It has highlighted what makes our village such a good place to live and proposes actions we can all take to improve things further. We will all benefit from it

The next Council meeting is on Monday 13 June in the Village Hall committee room. It will start around 8pm after the council’s annual tour of the parish. Meetings are public and all parishioners are welcome to come and can speak.

Jeremy Barber Chairman. Tel 720459


Longparish Cricket Club

Sponsored by Barker,Son & Isherwood, Solicitors

Three weeks into the 2005 Hampshire Cricket League season, both Longparish teams have made an excellent start. On the 7th May, the First XI had a good win in their home match against a strong Purbrook II team. The following Saturday they travelled to play Hartley Wintney II, and, having been put in the bat, the home side ran up a total of 269 for 3 off their 45 overs. Our batsmen did well to hold them to this total on an exceptionally good batting track. In reply, our batsmen took full advantage of the conditions and achieved 273 for 3 with 9 balls to spare. A very good team performance.

Starting their second season in the Hampshire League on the 30th April, Longparish II travelled to Michelmarsh and Timsbury III and achieved a confident win with good bowling from Adam Siedman (3w for 17 r) and James Young (3w for 30). Making his first appearance for the ’Parish, Colin Eavans scored 57*. A second away match against Redlych and Hale III and a home fixture against Bramshaw III also resulted in wins and proved that the experience gained in 2004 and added to the team’s confidence and their winning fortunes.

On the 19th June, in partnership with our sponsors, Barker, son & Isherwood, Solicitors, the Club will be holding the third annual BSI Cup Day at the village ground commencing at 10.00 am when teams from Wherwell, Upper Clatford and Longparish will compete for the BSI Cup. All spectators will be welcome, so please come along and enjoy village cricket at its best.

Winners in the April 100 Club Draw were:-

1st £35 no. 22 C.Thompson

2nd £15 no. 271 Vi Meares

3rd £15 no. 179 Robert Mole

Kate Hibberd


Longparish School May Fayre

Thank you very much to all those who contributed plants for the plant stall at the Longparish School May Fayre and also to those who bought them. We

were delighted that we made £737.

Maggie Barber

Country Matters

Food for thought

There sometimes seems to be some confusion about what silage actually is. An acquaintance of ours told us last year that the “silage” smelt terrible as it was being spread on the fields!

I’m not sure what they thought silage was, but it is a form of conserved grass (or some other crop – usually maize) made by farmers during the summer moths. It is made by preserving grass under naturally produced acidic conditions which effectively pickle the crop and is fed to cattle during the winter because it has a high digestible food value. So when you are enjoying your pickled red cabbage and pickled onions on Boxing Day, the cattle are enjoying their own version! Grass silage is usually produced by stack farmers two or three times a year, however it is the first cut of grass in late May that is the most important as it is rich in energy because it produces leaf rather than going to seed.

Although silage is currently being cut, you could be forgiven for not having seen any forage harvesters out working. Over the past ten years, over 14,000 dairy farmers have given up producing milk. The struggle for milk producers to break even is just too much for some of them. The price paid to farmers for a litre of milk doesn’t cover the cost of production, and the majority of farmers who rely on milk alone for their income are making huge losses. As a general guide, the cost of producing one litre of milk is on average 21p. The average cost paid to farmers is 19p per litre. This litre retails at around 60p in most supermarkets. With a Holstein (black and white) cow producing approximately 6500 litres of milk a year, this means a loss per cow of £130.00. spread over the average herd in this area of 250 cows, this represents and annual loss of £32,500.

Hover it is not just in dairy farming that we have seen animals disappear. In the Longparish area 20 years ago, there were 2000 outdoor sows producing around 44,000 piglets for pork every year. These disappeared some years ago when the bottom fell out of the pig market. All of this has led to a huge increase in the amount of meat and dairy produce imported into the country.

In Longparish we do still have a small herd of single suckle beef cattle that move around the village to various locations, depending on where the grass is. Cows with calves at foot are naturally curious and as you walk through a fild of them they may come up to you to see just who is daring to walk through their field!. They won’t hurt you. They are, hover, wary of dogs whom the think of as wolves. It is therefore wiser not to cross a filed of cows with calves with a dog, as they may decide that they do not want a wolf in their field and try to oust it!

Finally a quick problem to solve for next month. How much would the 250 cow dairy farmer have to receive for a litre of milk in order to break even?

Country Bumpkin

Rock and Roll Evening

Tuition provided

then dance the night away in

Longparish Village Hall

Saturday 4th June

8 pm

Bring your own food and drink

Tickets £5 each from Gloria Goodliffe 720425

or Sandra Jones 720551


OPEN DAY - 2 nd JULY 2005

12 noon – 8pm

Lectures by the owner of Laverstoke Park, Jody Scheckter, 1979 F1 World Champion, on the conception of Laverstoke Park. Tractor-trailer farm tours. Hand milking. Sheep shearing. Rural crafts. Falconry display. Gun dog demonstration. Pony rides. Children’s organic cookery. Games including “Pat Yourself Rich”. “Match the Poo”. Bouncy Castle & Giant games. Children can meet “Mr Laverstoke”

27 of the world’s remaining 80 pure bred Angus. 135 of the world’s remaining 675 traditional Herefords. 350 Water Buffalo. Wild Boar. Kune Kune Pigs. Poultry for the table & eggs. Hebridean, Lleyn & Lacaune Sheep. Baby chicks. One-in-a-million quad calves

Celebrity chef. Spit Roast BBQ whole beef, whole lamb, whole boar & whole pork. Fresh vegetables & salads from our Walled Garden. Laverstoke’s Buffalo Milk Ice Cream

Only 20 minutes from Winchester. Find us two miles south of Overton (on the road between the A303 & Overton)

Tickets £4 in advance, £5 on the day, Under 8’s free

Telephone 01256 772828

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