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Christmas Garland making 2019

Monday 16th December saw twenty of us gather in West Grimstead Village Hall to make Christmas wreaths for our front doors. As you can see from the picture, we were all pretty pleased with our achievements!

This was not a class but a ‘show and encourage’ event where Sarah Anderson, Ruth Black and Barbara Lowe shared their enthusiasm for this festive tradition. It was our third year of running the evening, with many coming back to ‘have another go’.


A glass of mulled wine and a mince pie added to the Christmas spirit. Many thanks to all those who took part and helped to clear the hall afterwards.


We now have a Village PETANQUE match ground at the West Grimstead playing field at the top of the village.  If you already have a set of boules come up and check it out!

We hope to arrange regular games of petanque throughout the year. If you are interested please contact Gwyn Doran on 710124


Rosemary Clark’s 34 years as a Parish Councillor.


.Many family, friends and villagers met on West Grimstead’s playing field on Sunday afternoon 13 October to celebrate Rosemary Clark’s 34 years as a Parish Councillor, on GRIMSTEAD PARISH COUNCIL. A garden seat had been bought and placed on the playing field with a plaque acknowledging Rosemary’s hard work and loyal service during that time.



Gill Sowerby, current Chair of the Parish Council, paid tribute to Rosemary enumerating all the various projects in which she had been involved during her 34 years and said she would be very much missed. Rosemary replied thanking everyone and said she had enjoyed her time as a Parish Councillor and would still be involved in what went on in the village.




Harvest Festival weekend at St John’s Church was also a celebration of the gifts and skills of all ages in our community organised by Revd Beth Hutton. The Saturday morning saw the flower arrangers decorating the church with beautiful arrangements of flowers and greenery, items for the Harvest Festival being collected and a wonderful array of our community’s talents and skills being brought to be displayed in the church.

There were paintings, tapestry cushions, covered stools, craft items, silk screen printing, boxes in various shapes prettily decorated, glass items, needlework and cakes. In the afternoon, various musical instruments were set out and Revd Beth invited people to “have a go” – an invitation enthusiastically taken up.

This was followed by an entertainment in which Graham Paramor sang two songs accompanied on the electric guitar by George Carruthers, Maureen Lawrence read a poem she had written about Brexit, Bernice Allott said a prayer in thanks for her gift of needlework, Innis Jeffries told a joke, David Mant played a hymn on his guitar and Shirley Snell recited a poem about how the dog got his name. Others played a few notes on instruments they had only just tried for the first time: Matilda Jeffries and Nick Weir on the trumpet, and Delphi Jeffries on the bass recorder. The afternoon concluded with the singing of a song composed by Revd Beth about Jesus calming the storm and we all joined in the chorus. We all enjoyed ourselves and saw just how much talent there is in our community.

A big Thank You to Revd Beth for putting it together – let’s do it again!

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

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.