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Of All Hallows, Whitchurch, Hampshire
with St Mary's Tufton, and St James the Less, Litchfield
In this month's issue... Page
The Vicar's Letter 5
Special News Reports: Primary School and Testbourne School reports, 6-15 Library, Silk Mill, Parish Hall, Whitchurch Association, Gill Nethercott Centre, Youth Project, Testbourne Community Centre, Letters to the Editor, Planning Applications Around the Parish: The rest of the local news 16-27 Registers and Opening Hours 28 THIS MONTH’S COVER: Walking for Health: Whitchurch residents on a Wednesday morning ramble on the footpath to the West of Southfield Farm Photo by Richard Gearey THIS MONTH’S EDITORS: Catherine Geddes, Sarah Owen, Tim Cromarty The Parish Magazine is published monthly © by the Parochial Church Council of the parish of Whitchurch with Tufton and Litchfield, Hampshire.
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THE PARISH OF WHITCHURCH WITH TUFTON AND LITCHFIELD
CHURCH SERVICESSunday 7 February Next Sunday before Lent Tufton 8.45am Sung Communion All Hallows 10am Parish Communion Litchfield 10am Sung Communion (BCP) Wednesday 10 February Ash Wednesday All Hallows 9.30am Holy Communion All Hallows 7.30pm Service of Penitence Sunday 14 February Lent 1 Holy Communion (BCP) All Hallow
Sunday morning worship at the Baptist Church, Newbury Hill is at 10.30am and at the Methodist Church, Winchester Street also at 10.30am. Sunday Mass at St John Fisher Roman Catholic Church, Bell Street is at 9am. At All Hallows, Evening Prayer is said from the Book of Common Prayer every Sunday at 6pm unless another evening service is shown above. Holy Communion is celebrated every Wednesday at 9.30am.
THE VICAR'S LETTER ‘On days like these…’ sang the incomparable Matt Monro at the start of The Italian Job, and the classic film began, fusing in the popular imagination the themes of robbery, comedy and adventure. It is a familiar genre comprising a prize of high value that probably lies in the hands of persons unworthy, loveable rascals seeking to relieve them of it, and an ingenious and daring plan. As law-abiding viewers we find ourselves thrillingly on the side of the outlaws, but morally satisfied to learn in the end that crime does not pay.
As I write, the news is dominated by the guilty verdicts handed down to the group of not so young men who planned the ‘Hatton Garden heist’. All the elements of the genre are there: the audacious plan, the close shaves and the comical bungling. We should I think be careful not to let entertaining fiction (and fact that feels like entertaining fiction) disguise the reality. Crime is horrible. The ‘Hatton Garden heist’ left a trail of victims in its wake. There were the proprietors of the small businesses that lost so much, there are their families and the other businesses that are linked to them, there are the families of the robbers, and then there are the robbers themselves.
This is a poignant group; men of middle age or older who have convinced themselves that their best hope of happiness lies in stealing. For some of them, their distorted integrity would allow them to treat their families to the proceeds of crime. Others simply want a shortcut to the enjoyment of luxuries. This is unspeakably sad. Wholeness of life and fullness of life lie in self-respect and truth, not the accumulation of ‘stuff’ at any cost.
The weeks before Easter are traditionally a time for reviewing the way in which we live. As the days lengthen, Lent is the opportunity to think long and hard about how we live, the choices we make, our personal integrity and the example we set for others. Christians are serious about human failure - ‘sin’ - but also about the constant hope of transformation. With God’s help we can change, as many have most remarkably, to lead lives of beautiful self-giving. We believe Jesus wants people to move on from the failures that entrap them. Even in the most
incorrigible rascal, he sees the inner pain, and he holds out hope for new life:
‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and sin no more’.
-- Kelvin Inglis ♦♦♦
NEWS FROM WHITCHURCH C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOLDiscovering Diamonds!
January saw the start of the Spring Term and the beginning of my leadership at Whitchurch CE Primary School. Changing schools is a bit like moving house and waiting to see what is growing in the garden. Well, in the Whitchurch garden I have found some diamonds!
The staff are skilled and caring professionals who strive to ensure every child is safe, happy and successful. It is clear that they know the children well and whatever their role they collaborate well for the benefit of them. We are very fortunate to have volunteers who spend time listening to children read and to help out. I have met with the School Governors who are knowledgeable about the school and share our passion for raising standards and increasing opportunities for children. Additionally, I have met with FOWPS (the parent association) who work incredibly hard to raise funds to support our work. Then there are the parents who have taken time out of their busy days to meet me and tell me more about their children, the school and their aspirations.
The most precious treasure is, of course, the children. They are great ambassadors for the school; they are lively, polite, kind to each other and very keen to learn. With so much talent and enthusiasm Whitchurch CE Primary is going to be an exciting place to be. Already we have introduced some new ways of teaching and learning and I will write more about them next month.
-- Kate Steven, Head Teacher ♦♦♦
Welcome to another Member of the Mill Team Gill Mudie has joined us as Business Development Manager. Her brief is, not surprisingly, to develop the Mill’s business, and she’ll be working closely with our Heritage Lottery Project Manager Jane Hubbard, as well as with the Mill team generally. In the short time Jane has been with us she has already made great progress with the HLF Stage 2 bid, and by the time you’re reading this she will have hired contract display and interpretation designers who will develop and produce new displays and interpretation for the Mill. Also planned is some public consultation – see the Mill’s website for further details. These are exciting times.
Saori Weaving Demonstration and Taster Sessions For the foreseeable future, Amanda Edney will be at the Mill every Tuesday demonstrating Saori weaving. She will have two looms set up, one on which visitors can briefly try their hand at this interesting form of weaving, and the other on which Amanda will give individuals half an hour of instruction for a fee of £10, in which time it should be possible to produce something that can be taken home.
Charity Shop We'll be resident at the Rotations Charity Shop from 1–14 April, so if you're having a clear-out of clothes, bric-a-brac, etc. please think of us and bring your unwanted items along to the shop on 31 March. This has been a very successful fundraising activity for us in past years and we're hoping for the same again. Please support us either with donations or by coming along and making purchases.
Forest Forge Theatre Company at the Mill The Forest Forge Theatre Company is coming to the Mill on the evening of Tuesday 15 March to present a new play, 'UpBeat', written by local playwright Deborah Gearing. The play follows the story of a brother and sister as they chart the ebb and flow of their lives on a journey from youthful rebellion to adult ideals – a journey that continually pulls them back to the riverbank. The versatile cast of actor-musicians use folk music and vibrant storytelling to deliver a story which will send you dancing home. Tickets available from TicketSource, priced at £10.50 or £12 (booking fee applies), or buy from our box office.
NEWS FROM WHITCHURCH SILK MILL - CONTINUEDWaitrose Green Tokens Needed The Mill has been nominated for the Waitrose community matters scheme – green token fundraising – and in anticipation of our being successful we’re collecting the tokens. Please remember us and bring your tokens to the Mill rather than putting them in Waitrose’s perspex collection boxes.
Friends of Whitchurch Silk Mill It’s the time of year when Friends of the Silk Mill renew their annual membership.
‘Friends’ help to promote and look after the Mill, and in 2015 their fundraising contributed £20,000 towards the Mill’s application for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and allowed small purchases which will make the lives of volunteer helpers at the Mill much easier, e.g. a food processor (invaluable as the Mill now sells homemade soup and a variety of sandwiches), a hand-held vacuum cleaner for use in the café, and a gazebo and loudspeaker system for use at outdoor functions.
If you’re interested in becoming a Friend you can get an application form from the Mill Shop or by contacting email@example.com. Individual membership is £10 and Family membership £15 (2 adults and up to 3 children).
Membership comes with some benefits:
25% discount in the Silk Mill café 10% discount in the shop on the last weekend of each month reduced rates for events organised by the Friends email updates to keep you in touch with the Mill and special events.
This is a very exciting time at the Mill, as the Heritage Lottery Grant work kicks in, and the Friends will be working hard with various activities and events to raise funds in 2016.
Forthcoming Events Working Whitchurch in Pictures – exhibition – 12 January–14 February 2016.
The changing face of Whitchurch – a look back in time at the industrial and commercial town, in association with Whitchurch History Society Saori Weaving Demonstration and Taster Sessions – every Tuesday,
10.30am–4pm Whitchurch Business Network – Wednesday 24 February, 8–9am Friends Coffee Morning – Wednesday 24 February, 10.30–11.30am Forest Forge Theatre Company – Tuesday 15 March, 7pm Whitchurch Business Network – Wednesday 30 March, 8–9am Friends Coffee Morning – Wednesday 30 March, 10.30–11.30am To keep up to date with what’s happening at the Silk Mill you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Contact: 892065 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk
NEWS FROM THE WHITCHURCH LIBRARYTina Munro has enjoyed managing Whitchurch Library for the last year and is now moving to Winchester Discovery Centre which is closer to home. Pippa Baxendale who currently looks after Chineham library is looking forward to taking over at Whitchurch Library.
NEWS FROM THE PARISH HALLMovies at the Parish Hall ‘Under Milk Wood’ (15) – Wednesday 17 February Rhys Ifans has a go at the Richard Burton role in Kevin Allen’s film version of the 1954 BBC radio play – done in English and broadcast after Dylan Thomas death.
Allen has a bit of celebrity casting with Charlotte Church as the alive-and-well good-time-girl Polly Garter; but Church is in fact pretty good in the role, a wholesome apple-cheeked type who gets up to all sorts in the woods. Allen's film comes across as a kind of fast-moving fever-dream – appropriately enough, given the swelling tide of fantasy that Dylan Thomas instils in the drama: everyone, and everything, is operating through a sweaty film of lust or delusion. Allen also ramps up what you might call the bawdiness quotient: from the orgasmic yelps in the background of the opening dream sequence, to the continual incidents of jiggling and writhing. With its energy and attack this is an ‘Under Milk Wood’ that is funny and entertaining, and never gets bogged down.
Doors open at 7pm and the film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and are available at the door or from Newbury Building Society. There will be a soft drinks and wine bar.
2 March ‘Spectre’ 6 April ‘Brooklyn’ 16 March ‘The Lady in the Van’ 20 April ‘The Dressmaker’ If you wish to be added to our mailing list and receive a reminder about the next film please email your email address to us.
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NEWS FROM THE WHITCHURCH ASSOCIATION
The Whitchurch Association (WA) is a local charity, established in April 2007 to work for the benefit of people living in or in the immediate vicinity of the town. It works on, and provides input to, a wide range of local issues, working together with other groups in the town. It also is responsible for running the Gill Nethercott Centre (GNC), which is a terrific local asset for the community, and maintains the official town website: www.whitchurch.org.uk.
New Trustees Welcome The WA would like to strengthen its core group of trustees. By becoming a trustee, you could make a very valuable contribution to the work of the WA and help to benefit our community. Of particular help would be a new trustee who is willing to take on the role of WA secretary. To find out more about what’s involved, with no obligation, please contact Denyse Coles.