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In Memory of Betty Barnett.



Betty came to live in Greenfields in 1990, first at no: 21 and then at no: 20. She was a member of the Village Hall Committee for several years and became our Treasurer. Betty was born and brought up in London where she trained and qualified as an accountant. During her career, she worked in Paris and Geneva as well as in London and latterly in Southampton. Betty enjoyed walking, taking a regular walk along Butterfurlong Road, up Long Drove and down Green Drove each day and was a member of the village play reading group. Although she was a quiet, gentle person, she was also a positive person who took a practical attitude to life. Betty loved literature and music, especially opera, and I have had many interesting conversations with her about both these subjects. We both shared a love of the novels of Jane Austen and had many fascinating discussions about them. Betty regularly took herself on musical cruises and I always enjoyed seeing the programmes and hearing about the various concerts she had attended. She also loved the theatre and was a regular visitor to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. And she made the most amazing vermouth and lemonade – I will always believe that, after having put a generous slug of vermouth in the glass, she just wafted the lemonade can over the top – delicious! Sadly, a few years ago, Betty began to show the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease; we did what we could to support her and I was regularly in contact with her niece, Joanne, who lives in Bristol. However, Betty’s condition deteriorated and eventually she moved to a care home in Bristol near Joanne where she passed away on 15 June this year.

Janice Ford


Village Poppy Knitters!

Villagers Ann Fry and Margaret Handford of Bankside, Chapel Hill and their friend, Margaret Haskell from Britford, have knitted 200 poppies which will be placed in front of Salisbury Guildhall on Armistice Day, 11 November, to remember those who gave their lives in the First World War.

Thank you Ann, Margaret and Margaret and well done!


More information for this year and patterns etc : http://www.salisburycitycouncil.gov.uk/s/salisbury-remembers


A Royal Invitation.

An Invitation to the Queens Garden Party.

This year, 2017, one of our valued villagers was nominated to be included in the honours at the Queens Garden Party this June.

Janice Ford was nominated and here is her account of her experience with her husband Peter.

A once in a lifetime experience and we as a village are very proud

that one of our own has been honoured. 🙂


Every summer, The Queen invites more than 30,000 people from all walks of life to Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace and Holyroodhouse. The Queen hosts three parties in the Palace and one in Holyroodhouse as a way to recognise and reward public service.

In 2017, The Queen’s Garden Parties took place at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 16 May, Tuesday 23 May and Thursday 1 June.

Once inside a Garden Party around 27,000 cups of tea are served, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cakes are consumed.  For a Garden Party, gentlemen wear morning dress or lounge suits, while women wear day dress, usually with hats or fascinators. National dress and uniform are also often worn.

Military bands play a selection of music throughout the afternoon, including The National Anthem at the start and end of the party.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, accompanied by other members of the Royal Family, speak to a broad range of people from all walks of life, all of whom have made a positive impact on their community.

The History.

Garden Parties have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s. From 1948 to 1958 three were held across both the Palace and Holyrood.

Since then the Garden Parties have increased to four. Some years The Queen grants permission for special garden parties and each year one is held for the “Not Forgotten Association”, a charity for wounded, injured or sick ex-servicemen and women, which this year, will be hosted by Prince Henry of Wales.

Photos and info taken from this link Here:  https://www.royal.uk/queens-buckingham-palace-garden-parties


Grand Opening of New footpath.

Grand Opening of the “West Grimstead to Whaddon” Footpath is on Tuesday 26th August 2014 at 12.30 pm.

The good news is that the long awaited Footpath to Whaddon is now complete!

To celebrate, we are holding a Grand Opening Ceremony Tuesday 26th August 2014. We will all meet on Crockford Green by the bench, and at 12.30pm our Unity Councillor Richard Britton will officially declare the path open!

This is a useful facility which will benefit the many walkers and joggers who risk life and limb on a particularly busy Grimstead Road.

However, please do not ride your horse, or your motorcycle  along the path.

I hope to see many of you on the day!

Kind Regards

Andrew Ferguson, Chairman, West Grimstead Parish Council.

Village Christmas Tea Party.


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This was held at Manor Farmhouse and Allan and Prue Castle welcomed everyone to their home for which proved to be a very jolly occasion. The Church ladies had prepared a delicious tea after which we all sang carols accompanied on the keyboard by Lindy Paramor. There was some little confusion over verses owing to the use of two different sets of carol sheets, but it all added to the fun and enjoyment and, to paraphrase the late, great Eric Morecambe “we sang all the right verses, but not necessarily in the right order”. The afternoon ended with the Christmas Blessing given by Rev Jane Dunlop.


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Ch Tea Party A big very Thank You to the ladies for preparing such a marvellous tea, to Lindy for playing the keyboard for us, to Rev Jane for the Blessing and to Allan and Prue for their generous hospitality.

The occasion was very much enjoyed and appreciated by all.

Social Programme 2013-2014.

Regular Monthly Events.

Mobile Library –                    2nd Thursday of the Month. around 3.25pm at greenfields.

Fishmonger Mobile Van –      Every Wednesday.

Fish and Chip Mobile van. –  Every Friday (at various points around the village-just ask!)


Your Village Hall Committee has planned the following events for the coming year.


Autumn. 2013

28th September- 10.30-12.00noon. Drop in Coffee Morning.

4th October- 7.30pm. Autumn Quiz evening- back by Popular demand! plus supper.

1st November- 7.30pm- Skittles Evening with Hog Roast!

22nd November- 7.30pm. -Songs from the Musicals- by the Dun Valley Singers- with Supper.

7th December- 10.30-12noon- Christmas Drop In Coffee morning.


21st February – 7.30pm – Valentine Medieval Banquet.

7th March – 7.30pm -St David’s Day quiz evening with supper.

4th April – Easter Skittles evening with supper.

    *There will also be our usual SPRING- Daffodil Show with drop in coffee morning – date to be confirmed.

WVHA Membership Certificate

WVHA Membership Certificate West Grimstead



Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance Photos


Cheque Presentation To Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service: Following the skittles evening with bangers and mash supper on 27 March at which we raised £300 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service, we went to the Police Headquarters at Devizes where the service is based to present the cheque.

We were met by Joanne Munday, one of the paramedics, who took us to see the helicopter and told us about the service. The helicopter is equipped with exactly the same facilities as a road ambulance and when on call-out, is staffed by a paramedic, a police observer (the service is run jointly with Wiltshire Police) and a pilot. The service is on call virtually 24 hours, 7 days a week and goes wherever it is needed – there are no criteria for call outs.

We had a good look around and in the helicopter which is a modern design having no secondary tail rotor, but a rear jet, to balance the overhead rotor. Not only does this mean more efficiency, but also makes landing in confined spaces easier as there is no tail rotor to be broken off. We presented our cheque to Joanne, but the service had provided a large cheque which we all gathered around with her whilst one of her colleagues took photographs.

We then adjourned into the headquarters (just in time as the rain started to come down heavily) where we made purchases from an attractive selection of items the service sells to raise funds. We were very impressed by what we learnt about the service and concerned that such worthwhile work should be funded entirely by charitable donations.

Therefore, the Village Hall Committee will organise another event for them in the future which we hope will be as well supported as the skittles evening was.

For more information about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service, go to their website :- www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

For a report on our cheque presentation, click on the first item – Wiltshire Air Ambulance; this will bring up the home page.

Across the top is a list of options, ie: About Us, Crew, Helicopter, Incidents, Events, etc. Click on Thank You – this will bring up the Thank You page where you will find us.


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Country Dancing


Evening of Country Dancing.


It was a really fun evening. The Ceilidh group, Scrape the Barrel, with their caller, Paul Matthews, played a wonderful selection of dance music and, while we got our breath back between dances, they played a lovely range of songs and music for us to listen to.

We thoroughly enjoyed the dance routines and, in some cases, we actually managed to get the sequence right and go in the right direction! Betty Barnett looked after the door; Sue Pritchard and Lin Shrapnell sold raffle tickets for a selection of attractive prizes; and Barry Pritchard and Martin Fry looked after the bar – including the firkin of real ale.

The buffet supper was provided by Prue Castle, Helen Birchenough, Sheila Futcher and Janice Ford and was very much enjoyed.

May we say a big Thank You to Paul and Scrape the Barrel for giving us such an entertaining evening, to Betty, Sue, Lin, Barry, Martin, Prue, Helen, Sheila and Janice, and to everyone who came – without you, we would not have had such a marvellous evening.


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St Patricks Quiz Evening


Lorna Kingdon saw quizzers in at the door; our quizmaster, Barry Pritchard, really kept the evening sparkling with Lin Shrapnell and Ivy Spicer doing a great job as quiz hostesses.

Ray and Trisha Woodley did a roaring trade on the bar and Julia Hardwick was kept busy selling raffle tickets for a selection of attractive prizes.

The evening started a little differently from usual with a music round when Janice Ford played a selection of Irish tunes on the piano for quizzers to identify and then answer questions about. This was followed by rounds on general knowledge and specialist subjects which took us to supper time when we enjoyed a delicious supper prepared by Martyn Fry comprising Irish stew with Irish soda bread followed by Irish chocolate cream liqueur tart; absolutely scrummy – no wonder everyone went up for seconds!

After supper, the raffle was drawn followed by the answers to Heather Yaxley’s ingenious suppertime quiz on an Irish theme. This was won by The Banshees to whom Barry presented a basket decorated with rabbits containing chocolate crème eggs.

The second half of the evening began with an Irish general knowledge round followed by rounds on general knowledge and specialist subjects and, during the evening, Peter Ford took photographs. The evening’s winning team was The Banshees to whom Barry presented a box of Celebrations chocolates and the trophy. The Bog Trotters came second and were presented with a box of Moments chocolates.

May we say a big THANK YOU to Lorna, Barry, Lin, Ivy, Ray, Trisha, Julia, Janice, Martyn, Heather and Peter, to everyone who helped to set up and clear away, donated raffle prizes and supported the event by coming.

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