How can you help our village?

The Parish Council does a lot of quiet work in the background to help keep our village special. Most people don’t know what the Council does so there is an article explaining it on the next page.

We need public-spirited volunteers to become councillors or to help with one of the Council’s committees or with activities like footpaths maintenance and our Adopt a Road scheme. If you can spare a few hours a month and would like to help please contact the chairman, Jeremy Barber on 720459 or email info@longparish.org.uk

St. Nicholas Wives Group

March meeting: Owner and Dog Rescue Work

The guest speaker for the evening was Dr. Baker; she gave a lively and enthralling account of the rescue work and training she undertakes with her much loved pet dogs. Both she and the dogs are highly trained in the art of owner and dog rescue work. I think every member attending the meeting agreed they were the most amazing three-some and a charity well worth supporting. It was sad that our numbers were so low.

April meeting: The American Civil War Enactment

Mr. Martin Thomas, who arrived dressed in his Confederacy uniform, gave a talk on the American Civil War which was most interesting and full of facts and figures, before showing us equipment used by a Confederacy soldier including a gun. Martin then went on tell us about when he went to America and took part in an enactment of the battle of Gettysburg. I think we all joined in with our thanks for an informative and at times humorous account of his adventure as a Confederacy foot soldier. Martin donated his speaker fee to St Michaels Hospice Basingstoke in memory of his mother.

May meeting: My Fair Lady

Once again our thanks to Daphne Bevan who organized our annual Theatre trip to The Lights in Andover; what an enjoyable evening it was. All who attended agreed the actor/singers performed beautifully, the back stage people were great and what a pleasure it is to have such a well run theatre on our doorstep. I even won a bottle of wine on the raffle!

Next meeting June 21 at Beeches, Picket Twenty

Our AGM will be coming up soon, if there is anyone out there who would be willing to take on the secretary’s job please contact me as I am retiring.

Gwen Thomas 01264 352062

Friends of Longparish School - May Fayre

Thank you to everyone who donated, helped and came along to support us on the 12th May. Despite the unpredictable weather we had a very good day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The highlights of the afternoon were the country and Morris dancing displays by the children and the recital by the School Recorder Club.

The splendid sum of £3479 raised at the Fayre will go towards the funding of a timber play trail which will be enjoyed by all the children. Lindsay Howie

May Fayre Plant Stall

Thanks very much to all those who contributed and/or bought plants at Longparish School May Fayre. I am delighted that despite the weather we made over £700 on the plant stall. Maggie Barber

The Children's Society

Several people in Longparish have a collection box for the Children’s Society in their homes. This year by saving their spare change they raised £103.41. This money goes towards funding current projects which rely on voluntary income.

Every year the Children’s Society helps thousands of disadvantaged youngsters. It seems inconceivable to families living in Longparish that one in three children in the UK is living in poverty. The Society strives for a world where all children and young people are respected and valued and free from poverty, prejudice or harm. If you uphold these ideals and want to help make life better for marginalised young people and their families perhaps you would like a collection box. Donations can be gift aided if you are a tax payer, that gives The Society another 28p for every pound raised.

You can order your collection box by phoning Muriel Hull on 720 478.

The New Forest & Hampshire County Show

24th 25th & 26th July

Don’t miss this great annual event with its unique New Forest setting.

News hot off the press about the attractions –

With woodland walks, countryside arena, kids fun factory, local beer tents, crafts, animals galore: you can eat, drink and shop until you drop, or just pass away a day at a great traditional English summer event.

Look at www.newforestshow.co.uk for information, discounted tickets and the best way to travel to this popular event, by car or let the train take the strain. Tickets also available by ringing 01590 622409 - but be patient, lines can be busy.

Don’t miss out, book today and enjoy a wonderful day out in the Forest.