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This photograph was kindly given to Geoff Merritt by John and Annette Standfield, it was taken by Ray Standfield, John's father.

The elephants are from Chipperfield's circus and every year they took the train to Stockbridge railway station and were walked to their winter quarters at Hungry Hunt near Danebury Ring.

It must have been an amazing sight to see, this is definately a wonderful photograph to have.

The annual Trout ‘n About Food and Craft festival will be taking place along Stockbridge High Street on Sunday 9th August 2015 from 10am to 4pm.   Now in its 7th Year, this ever popular festival offers a fantastic day out for foodies and families alike.  Trout ‘n About also provides a platform for local Hampshire businesses, with over 110 stallholders bringing our beautiful High Street alive.  With live music outside The Co-op and Town Hall, which this year incudes The Military Wives Choir and street entertainment from the ever popular Juggling Jake we have another great day lined up!

Our thanks to our principal sponsors for 2015, Savills and The Southern Co-op.  As with last year, the profits from the festival will be distributed to local good causes which in 2014 included; the Alex Lewis Trust, Stockbridge Neighbour Care, Old St Peters church and Stockbridge Football Club who’ve kindly agreed to man the car parks for us and help put out the traffic and advertising signs. 

Trout ‘n About relies entirely on volunteers to make the festival happen.  If you can help us by sparing an hour or two on the day we would really love to hear from you.   Please email: volunteers@tnastockbridge.co.uk.  It might be worth noting that all of our volunteers have a vote to nominate a local organisation of their choice to benefit from funds raised, so if you have a special cause in mind please come along.

Businesses on the High Street have very kindly given us an amazing array of fantastic prizes for our High Street Draw.  This will be drawn at the end of the festival and announced via our website.  For a full list of prizes & to buy tickets please go www.tnastockbridge.co.uk.  An enormous thank you to all of the businesses who have generously contributed to the raffle this year and once again supported us. 

We continue to try and improve parking arrangements on the day.  King Alfred buses are providing a park and ride service.  There will be a one way system in the Trafalgar Way area to help minimise disruption to residents.  We will also ask High Street residents again if they would very kindly remove their vehicles from the High Street the evening before the festival takes place.  We are providing alternate parking specifically for residents from 6pm on Saturday evening.  

Set up starts at 6pm on 8th August with cones being laid out on the High Street.  The gazebos and tables are being erected from 6am on the 9th.  Angie Filippa and the Trout ‘n About team are very grateful to Stockbridge residents and High Street traders for their cooperation and continued support.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Angie at: info@tnastockbridge.co.uk.  Here’s to another wonderful family day out on Stockbridge High Street, we look forward to seeing you!


Public Bus Service

With little notice the bus services through Stockbridge were reduced again at the start of January. After the loss of the service to Salisbury in 2013, and removal of the Andover route through Longstock, the Winchester and Andover services have now been cut further.

The '68' hasn't completely disappeared however, as it will still run (on school days only), leaving Stockbridge town hall at 07:27 and 09:32, and back from Winchester at 14:50 and 16:40. Wheelers are running a service to Winchester (service '16') twice a day (four times a day during term time) and twice to Andover (service '15'), but the connection to The Wallops has gone.

These cuts have affected quite a few people here who relied on the buses for work. The Chairman of the Parich Council has written to our MP and County Councillor to see if they can have the decision reversed.

Unfortunately it seems that little can be done. The County Council Environment budget (that includes transport) apparantly has to find 14% savings this year. Routes that carried few passengers, especially rural routes, were particularly vulnerable across the county.

The advise seems to be that, as far as schools are concerned, if the new arrangements don't satisfy, then parents should ask the school to provide the means to get their children to school and back. Where this leave those traveling to work away from the main centres is another matter.

To give your views on this please visit our Facebook Page by clicking the link.

Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme

Bringing superfast broadband to communities and businesses across rural Hampshire

Phase 1 of Hampshire’s Superfast Broadband Programme will go live between January and March 2014. BT Openreach will install new equipment across parts of Basingstoke and Dean, Gosport, Hart, and the New Forest, enabling more than 9,000 premises to have access to superfast broadband. Speeds will be a minimum of 24Mbps, although more than 7,300 premises will be able to access more than 50Mbps. For more details of the areas covered, see Broadband maps.

Phase 2 is due to go live between April and June 2014 and we will be publishing a detailed map together with the number of properties that will benefit early in the new year.

BT and Virgin are rolling out superfast broadband to around 80% of premises in the county. The programme is helping to address the gaps left out by the commercial rollout, extending the overall coverage to 90% of premises by the end of 2015 and reaching at least 95% by the end of 2017.

To find out more about the phases of the programme and new investments in your area register your interest at www.hants.gov.uk/broadband

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.

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 July 2015
Longstock PC Minutes June 2015
Longstock PC Annual Parish Assembly Minutes April 2015

Longstock PC Meeting Minutes April 2015
Longstock PC Minutes March 2015

Longstock PC Minutes February 2015
Longstock PC Minutes January 2015

Longstock PC Minutes December 2014

Longstock PC Minutes November 2014
Longstock PC Minutes October 2014
Longstock PC Minutes September 2014

Longstock PC Minutes July 2014

Longstock PC Mid Year Forecast 2013/2014

Longstock PC Mid-Year Forecast 2012/2013

A Longstock Boyhood

Our busy local historian and author Geoff Merritt has been busy once again putting fingers to keyboard.

Geoff has lived in Longstock for over 70 years and is writing a small book about his life for his Grandchildren. This is an edited version of this book and it really is well worth reading.

Click here to download A Longstock Boyhood in pdf format.

Thank you Geoff for sharing it with us.

Gerald Fitzpatrick

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.

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

  • financial support

  • dealing with exam stress

  • how to find a job and write a CV

  • starting a business

  • volunteering

  • health and relationships

  • how young people can get involved with local decision making.

Youthtube (www.hants.gov.uk/youthtube)

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.

Shopping Bus

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


Two half allotment plots have become available in Longstock. If you would like an allotment please contact Gareth Evans at orchid777@hotmail.co.uk

Once again Geoff Merritt has been digging in the archives and found this fascinating article that appeared in the Racing Illurstrated on 22nd July 1896, the article it titled 'The Bibury Club Day. Click here to download the article in pdf format.
We now have a new page on the web site, 'A look at Old Longstock'. I would very much like to thank Geoff Merritt for providing me with an illustrated look of Longstock in days gone by, the photographs are wonderful with Geoff's narative proving very informative. if you would like to download this document in pdf format please click on this link - Illustrative Look back at Longstock
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 pdf format.


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 Gallery.

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.

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