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Roman Road Residents Association
Stockbridge Town Hall
Wednesday 27th November at 8pm
Doors open at 7:45pm for refreshments
The Association invites you to a presentation regarding the proposed development of land to the West of Test Valley School. Please attend if you have any views on this development in our community.
|Proposed Housing Development
Land West of Test Valley School, Stockbridge
The reaction to the plans by Barratt David Wilson Homes for a 46-house development to the west of the school, presented to the public on 28th January, was unsurprising. Over 70 residents went to the village hall on 19th March to hear what the developers had to say in response, and how they saw the next stage.
The developers accepted that many details in their publicity had been faulty but, apart from correcting those errors, they had as yet made no changes to the plans, although their thoughts were still evolving as they got feedback. They were adamant that there was a demand for affordable houses in the area to the number planned, and they talked up the advantages of the new access that would be provided for the school. The choice of location was dictated by local geography, with little space on which to create sustainable development.
Residents emphasised repeatedly the impact on the local infrastructure (lack of parking; schools and surgery already at capacity; restricted shopping outlets) and the blight on the countryside that would be caused by doubling the size of the Roman Road estate and the extra traffic that would bring; and nobody believed the level of demand for affordable housing here, being convinced that we would become a dumping ground for the Borough.
After an hour and a half, developers and residents were still far apart. Most here accept the need for affordable housing, but on a limited scale and in the appropriate place.
Roman Road residents have formed the Roman Road Residents Development Committee and a leaftet has been sent to Longstock residents outlining some concerns with regards to the development.
If you did not receive this document it can be downloaded by clicking here
If you would like to see the proposal all information will be available on the website www.dwhsotoncommunity.co.uk.
Youthtube - the website for young people in Hampshire
Youthtube – the website for young people in Hampshire has been revamped and updated to include a wealth of information about education, training and employment options.
As an online resource, it provides a wide range of information to all young people, including:
youth support services in Hampshire, such as drop-ins and youth clubs
post-16 education and training options
apprenticeships and training providers in Hampshire
guides to qualificationsgoing to college or university
dealing with exam stress
how to find a job and write a CV
starting a business
health and relationships
how young people can get involved with local decision making.
Follow us on twitter @hantsfutures - for information, advice and support for young people in Hampshire
Download the attached A4 poster, which you might like to print and display.
Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society (SADS) The Voysey Inheritance
Stockbridge Amateur Dramatic Society’s next production will be The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville Barker. A strong cast has been assembled for what will be the first major production on the newly refurbished Stockbridge Town Hall stage.
Edward Voysey's highly principled world is shaken when he discovers the family business he is inheriting has been defrauding its clients for years because his father has been illegally speculating with their money. To compound matters, he quickly discovers that some of his large, scandal-fearing family would rather allow the fraud to continue than face the shame of public disclosure.
Written a little over a hundred years ago, the play’s themes, of financial malpractice and cover-ups, are still highly current. The characters argue their different points of view in Edward’s search for a moral compass in the conflicts between personal interests, client interests and legal boundaries.Performances at the Town Hall will be on Thursday 28 November, Friday 29 November, and Saturday 30 November at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available through John Robinson, Garden Inn, and online via the Society’s web site: www.stockbridgeamdrams.org.uk
|Below is an email from Richard James who lived in the Longstock vicarage, this was received through our village website Contact page:
Having lived in the Old Vicarage from 1940 to early 1953, it's always a pleasure to read of Longstock, which I do manage to visit on rare occasions as I live in Australia. I remember the Post Office being moved to the spot mentioned in your article, and it was formerly run by Mrs Bookham (who also played the organ in the church)in the front room of the farmhouse, and that's probably why the red phone box is situated just by what used to be the 'side gate' of Ken's house, through which I used to go with fear and indeed trepidation, so that Mrs Bookham could 'dip up' the milk for the vicarage straight from the churnwhich stood on the brick floor of the dairy (in the house). The trepidation was caused by the aggressive rooster which always rushed at me as I went through the gate, or, even worse, as I left with the milk (often spilled & cried over, if he hadn't got me on the way in.... When it was the day for the church fete, Walter Goddard's dad used to collect the chairs and tables from the old village hall early in the morning, and give us all rides from the vicarage on the cart. He must have had the patience of Job (and no doubt the wisdom of Solomon, to handle us rowdy & rather wild children).
I am still in touch with Gerry Fitzpatrick who was born above the shop at the end of the field by the Peat Spade. In that field we also celebrated Guy Fawkes Night in 1945 at the end of the war with a huge village bonfire - made of wartime-accumulated junk! At that time the licensee was a Mr Blackburn.
Richard's brother, Frank James also wrote that he remembers Mrs Mott, the postmistress, getting lost in a snowdrift up church Lane, she was saved by her dog which alerted villagers to help dig her out.
Richard did some watercolours, they show parts of Longstock village orchard, the stables and one of the vicargage in 1947, he has sent these to me and they will shortly be on the website..
|Parish Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes
Each month the Parish Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes will be available to download from the village website. Each document will be in Adobe pdf format, if you do not have Adobe Reader loaded on to your computer there is a link on the far left hand side of this page where you can download the application. For more information on your Parish Council please visit the Parish Council web pages.
Longstock PC Minutes November 2013
Longstock PC Mid Year Forecast 2013/2014
Longstock PC Minutes September 2013
Longstock PC Minutes July 2013
Longstock PC Minutes June 2013
Longstock PC Annual Parish Assembly Minutes May 2013
Longstock PC Annual General Meeting Minutes May 2013
Longstock PC Minutes April 2013
Longstock PC Minutes March 2013
Longstock PC Minutes January 2013
Longstock PC Minutes November 2012
Longstock PC Minutes October 2012
Longstock PC Minutes September 2012
Longstock PC Minutes July 2012
Longstock PC Mid-Year Forecast 12-13
Gerry contacted me many years ago, when the very first website was launched. Over the years he has provided me with many interesting and lovely photos of our village. Even though we have never meet the 'cyberspace' contact we have had has made it seem as if we are old friends.
Gerry has produced a book called 'Childhood Memories of a Hampshire Village' and he has just sent me a copy, it is wonderful, the photos are amazing. The colour photographs were taken by Gerry, some of the black and white images are from negatives taken by David Birkenshaw in the late 1940's and early 1950's and others come from the collection of Longstock resident, Geoff Merritt. Copies of the book can be obtained from www.blurb.com. The cost of the book is the actual cost of production to Gerry, he doesn't make any profit from the sale.
Gerry Fitzpatrick was born over the village shop at the Old Farm House in 1933. His family lived in the village from 1924 to 1948 when the shop was sold. He attended Stockbridge Elementary School and Danemark Secondary Modern School in Winchester. Together with his brother Michael, Gerry emigrated to Canada in 1955 and after attending the University of Toronto and University of British Columbia worked as a town planner in British Columbia and Ontario for many years. He developed an interest in travel writing in the 1980's, contributing to publications in Canada, the United States and Australia as a freelancer and has since travelled to over 60 countries. He has always retained the warmest memories of his childhood in Longstock. Gerry lives in Toronto, has three sons and two grandchildren.
|Longstock Village Design Statement
As you know we finally gained approval last year from Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) for the adoption of the Longstock VDS. We have had many comments about the high quality of the photography, map presentation and general layout - a short but concise document concerning the future for Longstock.
TVBC have recently provided a £650 grant for production of some hard copies in booklet form.
Those with computers and laptops and with broadband connection can have good access to this important document either on the Test Valley Planning website or can download from her in pdf format. However some households are without easy access and are therefore unable to see it. we hope to give priority to these homes for the printed copies.
Please apply to the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org or by ringing him on +44 (0) 1264 810459 should you need a copy.
Click here to down load the VDS
Bus pass holder? Over 60 or disabled—even if only temporarily? Want a cut-price trip to Andover with your bags carried to your door? Dial-a-Ride (Joyrides) runs through Longstock on Wednesdays at 9.30, returning at noon, for £2 return. Call 356808 to register, or for more information, ring John '810459 or Dane '810839.
Taxi Share to Replace Buses to Romsey
What is a Taxishare?
It is a public transport service for anyone who needs to travel from Wherewell, Chilbolton, Longstock, Stockbridge, King's Somborne, Houghton into Romsey. The service is similar to a bus service, except passengers need to book in advance and the journey will be operated by a taxi instead of a bus.
Passengers from Longstock may use the service to travel to Romsey on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The cost of a fare is similar to a bus fare and those with concessionary passes can still use their passes in the same way as they would on a public bus. For full details you can download the leaflet that has been produced by Hampshire County Council by clicking this link '54' Taxishare or visit www.hants.gov.uk/taxishares
Other Transport Information
Test Valley Dial a Ride serves various parishes and can be used by people who do not have transport available as well as people with mobility difficulties. This service runs from Longstock to Andover and return on Thursday's. Telephone 01264 356808 for further information.
Stockbridge Neighbourcare - Serves Stockbridge and neighbouring villages. For further information call 01264 810363 or 0845 094 3713.
|Our Community Responders Scheme Seeks New Members
Stockbridge Community Responder scheme is looking for new members to join this vital organisation. Can you help?
The scheme was set up in 2005 and covers Stockbridge, Longstock, Houghton, Leckford and Sandydown as well as other areas if needed, and really needs your help to continue this service to the community.
Several members have left the scheme and now there is only one volunteer left, who cannot continue alone, so we are looking for new volunteers to start responding for the group as soon as possible.
Community First Responders are trained by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and are then sent to appropriate life threatening calls by the Emergency Operations Centre before the arrival of an emergency vehicle.
To become a member you will need to attend and pass one weekend of training, hold a full driving licence, have access to a car, pass a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and be over 18 years old.
If you are physically fit and are able to offer your time for a few hours each week then this could be for you!
To apply please contact 01962 898090.
Mandy Henley, Stockbridge Community Responders Group leader writes: As the last remaining responder I would also like to add that I have been responding since 2007 shortly after my dad passed away. I often wonder if a responder had been on call that day maybe they could have saved him, who knows? One thing I do know is that lives have been saved since then, and this is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done; that said I need support as it is very difficult to keep up the enthusiasm alone.There have been many people in our community who have benefited from our scheme and who have supported it both financially or as members; it would mean so much to me to be able to revitalise this worthwhile scheme.If you have any questions about becoming a volunteer please don’t hesitate to call me on ' 810874.
Captain William Lambert, an American pilot, flew with the RFC, 93 Squadron and was based at Chattis Hill, Stockbridge during World War 1. Click here
to download the article in pdf format.
|Read an article written by Philip
Clifford, it featured in The British Racehourse in July 1969 titled
'This was Stockbridge'. The article, kindly given to the
Newsletter by Geoff Merritt, is about Danebury Racecourse. Click here to download the article in
|Hazeldown's Mysterious Graves - Read about
the tiny isolated graveyard on the road to Hazeldown Farm. Click here to download the
article in pdf format.
|Gerald Fitzpatrick, who now lives in
Canada, wrote an article for a Canadian newspaper, it was titled
'Childhood Memories Flow from Stream' which is written around the River
Test. The article was written some time ago now, not sure of the
date. Gerald and his family had the Longstock Village store from
1928 to 1948. Click here to download the
article in pdf format. A photograph of the store is in the Photo
Here is another
article kindly donated by Geoff Merritt titled 'This Was Stockbridge', click here
to download the article in
pdf format. This article was written in 1969 by Philip Clifford
for a publication called The British Racehorse.