12 noon until 4pm



by kind permission of Mr Robin Kelton

  and Ms Marilyn Nash


Find out who won the draw to open the fete!

All your favourite stalls – bric a brac, books, gifts, cakes, produce and much more

Entertainment all afternoon for children and adults

Beer tent, teas, ice creams and CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN

Pedestrian entry FREE

Do come and support the fete.  It's great fun and it raises much-needed funds for the church and the village hall.


Bric-a-brac for the Fete

Contributions please to

Gina at Orchards, Southside Road (720128) or Cass at Owls Lodge, Forton (720018)

Volunteers are still needed to help.




teapotLongparish   fete is on Saturday 12 th September. Helpers are needed to help serve tea and cake at the fete.

Do you like baking? Please put your skills to good use and bake a cake for the tea stall.   All offers of homemade cakes will be gratefully received at the tea stall on the morning of the fete or ring Gloria on 720 425 if you need your cake collected.

Country Matters

The final straw!

Straw is a by-product of harvest.   Crops are grown to produce the grain, either for human or animal consumption or for industrial use.   The straw is what is left behind after the crop has been combined. The resulting rows of straw are then baled, nowadays in this area, mostly into big bales.   Barley straw is widely used by livestock farmers as it is tougher and less brittle than wheat straw and therefore lends itself for use in bedding animals. Barley straw is also quite palatable and provides a reasonable fodder for over-wintering stock. In Hampshire's mainly arable area however as harvest progresses, you will see barley straw on lorries on its way to the West Country as what isn't chopped is baled, sold and transported down to the livestock areas.

In Hampshire, the wheat straw locally was baled and sold to make mushroom compost.   In the last two years, however, this market has decreased by 60% as mushrooms are imported from Poland via Holland.   This has led to a decrease in the need for this particular straw.   Around Hampshire, many farmers put “choppers” onto their combines particularly to chop and spread wheat straw rather than go to the expense of baling it and then trying to sell it as it has very little worth.   This is the final straw for the mushroom industry in Hampshire as there is now only one mushroom farm of any size, left in the county.

Harvest is also one of those times of year when tractors, trailers, combines, balers and straw lorries dominate the country roads.   This can also lead to a different type of “final straw”.   In your hurry to work, you might become frustrated at having to “stop” for the convoy of agricultural vehicles that is making its slow progress down the road towards you.   However, I like to think that I would think twice before I undertook the actions reported to me by a friend recently.   The convoy of the advance land rover with orange flashers was coming down the road, followed by the tractor and trailer carrying the header (the bit of the combine that actually cuts the corn and is always road transported separately), followed by the combine itself, with two tractors with grain trailers bringing up the rear.   The car coming towards them didn't bother to slow down in spite of passing a number of pull in's - maybe a tad foolish bearing in mind the width of country roads and the size of the convoy! When he was eventually forced to stop as he couldn't drive on – he refused to pull over.   In the ensuing “discussion” that took place he shouted at the combine driver to back up and let him through, and argued the toss with each of the other drivers in turn. Apparently he was late for a very important meeting (a fact not helped by his own subsequent behaviour)!!   Well, harvest is one of those times when the agricultural vehicle definitely has the edge over the Ford Focus – so no guessing who won the argument!!  

However, perhaps it is a lesson to us all to have a little more tolerance and understanding for each other's work, and recognise the revolving seasonal changes rather