St. Nicolas Christmas Fair

3rd December 2005

As usual, it will be held in Longparish Village Hall from 2.30pm to 4.00pm.

Contributions to the following stalls and for the raffles will be most welcome.


The Hall will be open on Saturday from 10.30pm to accept items. Or telephone

John Collins   01264 720300   to arrange collection.

Many thanks in anticipation of your help.




The project continues on plan and on budget.   The official opening weekend is 10 th and 11 th December and the opening ceremony will be at 2.15 pm on the Saturday.   On the Sunday there will be a joint family service with Hurstbourne Priors in the Church (see separate notice) followed by tea/coffee and mince pies in the new hall at 11.30 am.   The whole site will then be open until 4.00 pm for anyone who would like to come and see the new buildings.   With the two new classrooms, music and drama room, kitchens, playgroup and, of course, the hall, there will be much to see.

As mentioned in September's Hill and Valley, we may not be able to accommodate everyone who would like to attend the official opening, but we will try!   There will be a number of official guests, such as our two MPs, and we will of course be inviting representatives of the organisations and the individuals who have supported the project.   If you would like to come, please send a note to Helen Mehaffey (The Limes, Hurstbourne Priors, Whitchurch, RG28 7SB) or email her or telephone her (01256 893119) in the week 14th – 18th November.  

                                                        John Ellicock

Whitchurch Baptist Church


An evening of Brass Band music

Featuring Solent Area Fellowship Band

Friday November 4th 2005

at 7.45p.m.

in Testbourne School Theatre, Whitchurch

Tickets £5.00 (concessions: £4.00)

from Gordon Hopkins (01264-363124) or Derek Verran (01256-892925)

Longparish School

The past few weeks have proved to be most eventful!   We are still growing used to our new classrooms and we particularly enjoy having all the classes under one roof.   We now have a fully operational computer suite and Music and Drama room. We are looking forward   to having the use of the hall at the beginning of November and welcoming the Playgroup back on site. Members of the Chaffinch Class (9-11 yrs) spent an Activity week on the Isle of Wight which included abseiling, fencing, quadbiking amongst other exciting things and an extensive ICT programme.The Year 4 children were delighted to join with Year 4 of St Mary Bourne for a week's stay at the Study Centre at Minstead where the emphasis is on learning out of doors and an understanding of sustainability and responsibility for the environment. The School had an OFSTED Inspection October 18/19 and is awaiting the report.  


Once again this year we are hoping to form a special St Nicholas Christmas church choir to lead the singing at the Carol Service and at our very successful pub carol evenings.

notesWe'll begin rehearsals on Tuesday 15th November at 7.30 in church and then each Tuesday until the 13th December.    The Carol service is on Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm.   Dates for the pub carols are TBA.

If you'd like to take part please contact Wendy Ellicock on LP 720386 or Cathy Yelf on LP 720790.

St Nicholas Wives Group

Our AGM was held on 29th September at Woodstock.   It was well attended.   Daphne Bevan was re-elected as President and Pat Coleman as Vice-President.    Maria Neal was also re-elected as treasurer and Gwen Thomas elected as Minutes Secretary.    As the position of secretary remains vacant individual members agreed to find speakers and to be responsible for the organisation of the appropriate evening. For our October meeting held at Rowan House, Mr D McCluskey, from Beech Hurst, gave a very interesting illustrated talk about the history and conservation of the Anton Lakes and the adjoining areas. The next meeting will be on November 17th at Lacey Gates, the home of Rita Twine who will be giving a demonstrated talk – ‘Flowers for Christmas'.

New members are always welcome

Daphne Bevan 720412


Sunday 11 th December 10.30 a.m.

Joint Hurstbourne Priors and Longparish

Family Service of Thanksgiving
for the new school building

Everyone is welcome to come and to enjoy refreshments in the new school hall after the service

Opening of Longparish Playgroup

We shall be holding an open afternoon on Saturday 3 rd December from 2 to 4pm to celebrate our move into our new home.   Past, present and future playgroup parents and children are welcome to come and see what we have achieved.   Children of all ages can come and play.   Light refreshments will be served.


The Hampshire Art Fair 2005

Contemporary Art at affordable prices

Three Longparish mothers who share a passion for original creative art, Sarah de Watteville, Sarah O'Rorke and Nadia Waterfield, have organised a major new art fair.   It will be held in a large converted barn in Stoke Charity and more than 200 paintings will be for sale at prices from £100 to a maximum of £2,000.

“There are some fantastic artists, over 30 from all over the country, and we will get a lot of enjoyment out of exhibiting their work.   As the prices will be affordable we hope to attract a lot of buyers who love the idea of having an original painting in their home,” Sarah O'Rorke commented.

The Hampshire Art Fair will run on

Thursday 10 th November   6.30 – 9.30pm

Friday 11 th Nov. 10am –4pm ;6.30-9.30pm

Saturday 12 th Nov. 10am – 4pm;   6.30-9.30pm

Those wishing to attend the event should contact the organisers either through their website ( or on 01264 720303