Archive for January, 2017

The Voices of Bishop’s Sutton

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How about “Bishop’s Sutton Memories” as an offshoot of AlresfordMemories? OK, so there are several Bishop’s Sutton stories on this website, but in visiting the Alresford Library today I found a really enthralling new book: only just published. It is titled “Voices of Bishop’s Sutton”, and was written by Sarah Bussy, a resident of Bishop’s Sutton over the last 40 years, since 1974.

Sarah suggests that she felt very much like a ‘Townie’ person, when she first moved to Bishop’s Sutton, from her Alresford home – it was a different world to be in village life, after residing in the big Metropolis of Alresford! But having settled in, 30 years later, Sarah was involved in a parish-wide piece of team work, which resulted in a small, publicly-funded publication entitled ‘Bishop’s Sutton: An Appraisal of the Parish, 2006’. A questionnaire was circulated around all households in the village, to see what they liked and disliked about village life. Most people were really happy to live in Bishop’s Sutton, which Sarah describes as “a very friendly place, with a strong community spirit”: only one person expressed a dislike for the incoming “Townies”.

Sarah explains the background to the current book as follows:

“In the 1980s I became involved with making sound recordings of Winchester people, several of which are now in the Wessex Film and Sound Archive. Around the year 2000 I began tentatively to record in Bishop’s Sutton.

Because of other commitments, these Bishop’s Sutton tapes lay neglected, and a source of considerable guilt for years until I was suddenly spurred into further action by a Village Open Weekend held in the autumn of 2014. Several months of concentrated work followed and the book was ready for press shortly before my move to Devon in September 2015. The timing couldn’t have been better and I still feel pleased to have given something back to Bishop’s Sutton in gratitude for the 41 years I lived there with my family.”

Her book records the memories of the current residents, memories of what village life was like throughout their lives. Sarah recorded numerous current residents, dividing them up into sections that cover the 1920s; the Hillarys of Northside Farm; the accents; the houses, including colonial bungalows and council houses, as well as cottages; Domestic life (including sanitation, food and sickness); Childhood and the School; Working on the farms; Death in the village, and WW2. Selected parts of the recordings she made are published in each heading, but the original recordings are held by the Wessex Film and Sound Archive at the HRO. Apparently the recordings made of conversations with Kit Hole, Bill Hillary, Jean Hillary, Nora Hillary, and Vic Sheppard are available for visitors to listen to on request.

The book includes many old photos, provided by David Hole – some of these originated from Peter Mills’ archive. Other interviewees include Bill Smith, Barbara Upton, Joan Clift, and many more: many Alresford parents of young children will remember Bill Smith as the caretaker at Sun Hill School some years ago.

 

Pilates classes with Brenda Clarke

Brenda Clarke has been teaching exercise in Alresford and the local area since the mid 1990’s, and Pilates for the past ten years:  she is a fully qualified Level Three Instructor and a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals. Brenda explains the background as follows:

“Joseph Pilates developed his regime in the 1920’s. He had been a sickly child and having turned to athletics and exercise, found his health improved dramatically with the methods he had developed. 

Joseph went on to share his techniques and philosophies such that Pilates soon became widely recognised for providing people with the ability to improve not only their body’s health but also their mind and spirit.

My classes are set in a friendly environment, and comprise a wide variety of mat based exercises to improve bodily strength, flexibility and posture. 

Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and abilities, I provide my clients with variations of each exercise, allowing them to work at a level which best suits their goals.”

Pilates will improve your Strength, Flexibility and Posture. 

Typical Term-time Schedule

Monday 9.00 am 10.00 am Bighton Village Hall
Monday 10.15 am 11.15 pm Bighton Village Hall
Monday 1.30 pm 2.30 pm Bighton Village Hall
Monday 8.00 pm 9.00 pm Bishops Sutton Village Hall
Tuesday 9.00 am 10.00 am Bighton Village Hall
Tuesday 10.15 am 11.15 am Bighton Village Hall
Tuesday 1.30 pm 2.30 pm Ropley Pavilion
Wednesday 9.00 pm 10.00 pm Old Alresford Village Hall
Wednesday 10.15 pm 11.15 pm Old Alresford Village Hall
Wednesday 3.50 pm 4.50 pm Sun Hill Infants School

 

The term-time courses run in blocks of six or seven weeks and are suitable for people of all ages and ability.

2017 Summer Holiday sessions

Bighton Village Hall:

Monday 14th and 21st August – Classes at 0900, 1015, 1215 and 1330.

Tuesday 15th and 22nd August – Classes at 0900 and 1015.

Bishops Sutton Village Hall:

Monday 14th and 21st August – Class at 0800.

Ropley Cricket pavilion

Tuesday 15th and 22nd August – Class at 1330.

Christy Hall, Old Alresford

Wednesday 16th and 23rd August – Classes at 0900 and 1015.

For more information or to book a place in one of the above classes please contact Brenda on 07752 636665 or by email [brenda.pilates@outlook.com].

Lawrence Wright, Horsas and Hansas

A story published earlier on this website describes the retirement years of Lawrence Wright, when he lived in Alresford and made extensive drawings of the buildings in the town, plus mentions some books published on architectural accessories, like stoves, fireplaces, beds and toilets!

A correspondent then highlighted his earlier publication, dealing with his knowledge of, and activities in, the Second World War, in relation to the war gliders – ie glider-borne troops delivered across the Channel into Europe, in Horsa and the Airspeed Hansa aircraft.

This is the review information found on this earlier book…..

“THE WOODEN SWORD” by Lawrence Wright, published 1967.

In 1939, at the outbreak of war, gliding ‘was not taken so seriously at the Air Ministry as to deserve even to be stopped’, in the words of Lawrence Wright, one of the dedicated band of amateur glider pilots who spent weekends before the war soaring at Dunstable Downs. Yet, by 1943, official scepticism over the strategic usefulness of gliders had largely disappeared and before the end of the fighting thousands of Allied troops and tons of equipment had been delivered to battle areas in Horsas or Hamilcars, and such historic battles as Arnhem and the Rhine crossings had been fought by glider-borne forces.

Lawrence Wright tells the inside story of the war gliders — how it all began, the men who planned and those who died, and how it ended — for the first time. lt is, he writes, ‘a very personal account of what one non-combatant Air Force officer saw of the Allied airborne forces in general and of British glider-borne forces in particular’. Written with wry humour and no false heroics this is a fascinating story – a war book with a difference.

The above Review presents a pdf copy of one of the printed versions of Lawrence Wright’s book, this one published by Elek in 1967. Copies of the book itself are available from Abe Books, and other resellers.

Display of Lady Luck memorabilia in the Globe Inn

Two earlier stories on here have mentioned the crash of the USAF B17F Flying Fortress “The Lady Luck” behind Alresford Pond in September 1943.  There was a memorial event to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the crash in 2013. These reports also said that the Globe landlord at the time had gathered together a collection of memorabilia about the crash, and certainly Nelson Trowbridge donated some of his relevant items, including a model of the Lady Luck.

Regular visits to the Globe Inn over the last few years, and over the last few landlords, showed that the Lady Luck displays were only evident on one wall, and that wall had limited access, as it was in the Gents loo! So I decided at last to record the four framed items by photographing them. Regrettably when I finally got round to it today there were only two of these items still hanging on the relevant wall – what had happened to the other two with the press cuttings I don’t know!

So the currently much reduced display at the Globe is shown below. The first is a map and account of the basic facts.

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The second framed display is what looks like the Nelson Trowbridge model of the Lady Luck, and the ‘Revell’ kit box that it came in, and that cost 14s 6d (about 75 pence).

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Outside the pub grounds, in the Soke Gardens, a plaque commemorates the event. This was organised by the Town Council, the Alresford Society, and the Alresford Historical and Literary Society in 2003, for the 60th Anniversary.

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The rear of the Globe and their pub garden overlooks the Alresford Pond: this is taken from the Soke Garden, next to the memorial plaque.

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And the front of the pub – to help identify it!

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The previous stories about the crash are as follows:

The crash of Lady Luck, 1943

Flying Fortress crash in Alresford Pond

The Alresford Museum has several other pieces of memorabilia and press cuttings about the crash of the Lady Luck, and these will be on display in the Old Fire Station when the Museum opens in the garage there, later in 2017.

The Home Library Service

Nicolette Morgan writes that she is wishing to raise awareness of the Home Library Service, a free service available from all Hampshire libraries including Alresford library.

The Home Library Service is for anyone who finds it difficult to get to their nearest library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities. We can usually arrange for one of our local volunteers to visit to exchange library materials on a monthly basis. We appreciate that often the social contact with a volunteer is as important as the library items they choose and deliver. There are no charges to hire audio books, and no overdue charges for late returns. All our volunteers are DBS (CRB) checked and comply with instructions and standards as set out by library staff.

We can deliver a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in standard and large print formats, specialist books including ones suitable for those living with Dementia, items from our Reminiscence collection, audio books on CD, MP3 CD (a whole book on one disc) and Playaways which are easy to use digital players. We can also offer National Talking newspapers and Magazines which library staff can download onto a memory stick for you to listen to through any device with an MP3 USB connection.

If you know someone who could benefit from this service, please talk to staff at your nearest library, call us on 0300 555 1387, or apply online at http://www.hants.gov.uk/library/servicesforyou/homelibraryservice

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Nicolette Morgan on nicolette.morgan@hants.gov.uk . Nicolette is happy to take direct referrals.

Shopping Trips using the Town Minibus

The NATT (New Alresford Town Trust) is an independent charity in Alresford that runs the Town Minibus, which is shortly (in March) to be replaced with a new bus, based on a Mercedes Sprinter. This vehicle will still have a tail lift to allow access for disabled passengers and wheelchairs, but will have a side entry with much smaller steps to climb up, when compared to the current vehicle.

Several Alresford residents have been asking about the shopping trips organised in the NATT Minibus. The schedule for these trips is published every month in the yellow “Whats On” leaflet, although sometimes this seems out of date. Basically the shopping trips normally follow the schedule described here:

Standard schedule for trips

First Tuesday in the month: 0845 start, for Sainsburys in Alton.

Second Wednesday in the month: 0845 start, for Tesco in Winnall.

Third Wednesday in the month: 1300 start, for Sainsburys in Alton.

Fourth Wednesday in the month: 0900 start, to Central Winchester.

Every Friday, several trips to and from Alresford Community Centre, starting from 0830 throughout the morning.

Second and fourth Saturdays in the month: 0830 start, on a trip to Petersfield.

How it works

The Minibus collects passengers from outside their houses, starting from the garage in Meryon Road, so people in the town centre will be picked up later than those in the outskirts, in general. So the start times quoted above are for the first pick-ups near the garage, other passengers will be picked up maybe up to 30 minutes later. The bus also returns passengers, with their shopping, to directly outside their homes. Each round-trip is chargeable, the minimal fare is just to cover the fuel and running costs of the Minibus. The drivers are all community volunteers.

To add your name to the list for any trip, subject to a seat being available, please contact Pam Stevens on 01962 734861, a few days before the required bus trip.

Pam would also be delighted to hear from anyone interested in acting as a volunteer driver, spending half a day taking one of these shopping trips out, maybe just once a month! New volunteer drivers are always welcome, for these and other Community trips.

Pigs Events for 2017

For 2017 there are several events being scheduled by the Alresford Pigs Association.

The Duck Race

Kithener-Pig-vectorMost important perhaps is the Duck Race, which is only held every two years. This is held in the beautiful grounds of the Weir House, thanks to the generous support of the Hollingberry family. The Race Day is to be on Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th, with races starting probably at around 12 noon.

Why not enter your own (plastic) duck? Contact the Pigs to hire a duck, paint it in your own colours, and give it the name you want to see win.

The Alresford Show

The Pigs help man the show, in terms of car parking, manning the gates, providing safety stewards, etc: the helpers come from many local sports clubs, school PTAs, playschool and toddler group organisers etc. To have your organisation included, and benefit from the funds provided to support these helper organisations, once again, contact the Pigs. The actual show date is Saturday 2nd September.

Summer evening drives for OAPs

Throughout the “Summer”, in other words during the months of June and July, the Alresford Pigs organise evening trips on the town Minibus, usually visiting a local beauty spot and a pub for a drink. Previous trips have gone into the New Forest and to the coast, for example at Bosham, or Portsmouth, or the Hamble.

The trips are on Tuesday evenings, and typically are between about 6pm and 10pm: there is no charge. This year there will be the new town Minibus, so will be in even more comfort! Parties are typically organised by local Groups, like via organisers at Makins Court, Ellingham Close and the Giles Group. Once again, contact the Pigs to be included in the list of potential passengers.

Pigs Outings Dates for 2017:

Giles Group, via Jeanne Nicholls: 20 June, 18 July

Ellingham Close, via Una Yeates: 13 June, 11 July

Makins Court: 27 June, 25 July, via Christine Richardson

Bramble Hill, via Joan Wimbleton: 6 June, 4 July

Christmas trees

For 2017, the Christmas trees are scheduled for erection on Saturday 25th November 2017. To book a tree, again please use the standard Pigs contact numbers or visit the Pigs website. The date for the removal of the trees in 2018 will probably be Saturday 6th January! (That’s not funny, its my birthday…..)

The big Christmas tree in Broad Street will be put in place on 22nd November….. it comes down on 2nd January 2018. (Sounds like a long way ahead)

Arrival of Father Christmas!

Santa has woken up and set a date: its going to be 13th December. See you in Broad Street!

Local People Helping Local People

If you think that the Alresford Pigs, which is a local charity established to help people in the local area who are in difficulties of any form, could possibly help you personally with a problem, then use the contact information below and ask for someone to contact you.

Contact the Pigs:

The website is www.alresfordpigs.org

There is a special website for the Duck Race

Phone us: to leave a message dial 01962 658961

Email us: secretary@alresfordpigs.org