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Ashford Carbonel Village Hall and Recreation Field Survey

82 households filled in the forms, thank you.The Committee are very grateful for all your views and ideas. We are in the process of collating these (it takes time!), a report will be in a later edition of the magazine. But for now ……As cricket was the most popular activity suggested, we have purchased a …

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Flicks in the Sticks 2019/2020

A big thank you from Clare and I to all those who supported us by attending our last three showings – we had some excellent numbers, and we hope you enjoyed the films as much as we did in the choosing of them! Another huge thank you from both of us to those who help …

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May 2019

If you have walked past the Village Hall recently, you will have noticed a lot of noise and activity, this is due to the civil works for the extension. What you may not have noticed, behind the hedge, is a group of people, quietly enjoying a game of bowls. The local residents are delighted and …

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Your Village School needs you!

Could you spare a few hours a week for the next 14 weeks for a good and amazingly fun cause? Our village school, Bishop Hooper CE Primary School, is looking to enter the Richards Castle Soapbox Derby on Sunday 30th June 2019 but can only do so with help, expertise and enthusiasm – so if …

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Hope House Children’s Hospices

We very much hope that those who joined us on Wednesday 3rd April enjoyed the talk by Nick Dunn and the ploughman’s supper. We would like to thank all those who helped in anyway, obviously Nick was the main player and he was extremely generous with two expensive shrubs donated to the raffle (one of …

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Who Picked My Tea

A success story from Traidcraft Exchange Who Picked My Tea CampaignThe Campaign highlighted the appalling conditions and low pay many tea workers on tea estates in Assam are working under and asked for help from the public to contact the six major brands – PG Tips, Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, Twinings, Clipper and Typhoo – asking …

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Bygone Times in Farming.

My Maternal Grandmother cherished family. She was also perceptive because she retained numerous old photos of the family, newspaper cuttings and various documents to do with her early contact with my Grandfather’s family who farmed in a small Hampshire village from the early 1900’s. This memorabilia was stored in a well-worn, now antique, bureau.My grandparents …

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January 26th Burns Night Celebration

What an amazing night we had to celebrate Burns Night, organised by Ishbel and David Yellowley! The Master of Ceremonies, Peter Stretton introduced Dave Froggatt who paraded the Haggis around the room before David Yellowley gave the traditional “Address to the Haggis”. We were entertained with live music and singing accompanied by harpist Hannah Coleman, …

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Mar 2019

There is a notable air of excitement in the village again, it could be the first signs of Spring or even England’s brilliant performance in the 6 Nations but it is more likely to be the forthcoming start of the bowling season.The regular bowlers have been looking forward to this, throughout the winter, and it …

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Cheese & Wine Tasting

Over 60 people came to the splendid cheese and wine evening held in November at the Village Hall. Tracey, founder of the Academy of cheese (ex co-owner of the Deli on the Square) did an amazing presentation of the cheeses – they were delicious! These were washed down with a wonderful selection of wines chosen …

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Village Hall & Sports Field survey

The Village Hall committee would like to carry out an informal survey to determine what activities villagers would like to see in the village hall and on the sports field. Once the new meeting room is built we will have more scope to offer events in the main hall and on the newly purchased sports …

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Glitz and Glamour

Glitz and Glamour – New Year’s Eve Party A truly glamorous evening with around 43 revellers dressed to impress was enjoyed by all who attended the New Year’s Eve Glitz and Glamour Night. On arrival the guests were treated to some amazing cocktails. Casino games of Blackjack, Roulette and LCR Dice Game were great fun …

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Afternoon Teas Thursday December 6th

It was an early start for teas on Thursday December 6th, but the cakes and squash were all ready in time for the children from Bishop Hooper school who came to entertain the tea drinkers to an enthusiastic rendition of Christmas Carols, new and old. We particularly enjoyed “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas” and …

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Carol Singing

Despite inclement weather conditions a large number of people (more than ever before) gathered at the car park just before Christmas and embarked on the annual tour of the village carol singing, despite increasing rain we soldiered on until we reached no 8 where Christine and a large number of guests gave us a warm …

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Village Christmas Lunch

On the first Sunday of December the Christmas festivities started for 33 lucky people, with a Christmas lunch of turkey and all the trimmings followed by either Christmas pudding ( I am reliably informed that the brandy sauce with the plum pudding had quite a kick), or cheese cake. It was a wonderful meal and …

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First Living Nativity

On a cold, clear evening in December, 50 people gathered on the playing field to join in our first re-enactment of the Nativity. Mary and Joseph came to Bethlehem joined by Shepherds, the Angels and the Wise Men who were following the Star and with singing and clever narrating the story was unravelled for us. …

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Spanish Art and Architecture

60 villagers and friends attended the Spanish Art and Architecture evening on 20th October. A great night with delicious tapas organised by the social committee. An interesting talk was led by Stephen Treasure and Janie Jones with accompanying slides and pictures. Many thanks to all who helped make the evening such an enjoyable event.

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Halloween Party

Lots of ghosts and ghouls came and enjoyed playing games organised by Wendy Griffiths and Sally Swann. One of these involved being blindfolded and pinning the spider on its web, wizardly tricky to do. Putting an After Eight on your forehead and then, without touching it, wriggle it down your face to your mouth was …

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