Eleven editions of the village magazine published in 2016
Monthly editorials followed by links to PDF download files
Editorial by Andrew Keevil (December 2016)
As we enter the festive season there are plenty of seasonal activities to enjoy. Both churches have a variety of services, the Chilbolton Christmas fair on 4th December is a chance for some Christmas shopping and the Wherwell Singers’ Christmas Carol Concert on 10th December is a popular annual event that’s usually sold out. Christmas is also our last chance to register interest in fibre Broadband and so help to keep our villages fully connected in the future – see p12 for how to do this. Have a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2016 from all of us at the magazine.
Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (November 2016)
Welcome to this bumper 44-page edition. November is the season of remembrance and thanksgiving, plus a reminder that Christmas is fast approaching. There is also a reminder from the Flood Action Group that “winter is coming”. Autumn fashion this year features ‘doing something for charity’. Please be sure to read the Cable My Street article – our ‘virtual town’ needs support from one-in-three village residents. Alongside ‘Hail Caesar’, music, local history and quizzes, we have special events concerning Tower of London poppies and a portrait of the Queen.
Editorial by Tessa Youell (October 2016)
The last few sweltering days prompted me to look up the origin of ‘Indian Summer’. While the exact origin is unknown, the expression is thought to have been coined by native American Indians who took advantage of the warm hazy weather in autumn to go hunting. Alas, this joyful burst of heat has been swiftly replaced by a distinctly autumnal nip, and as this edition magazine is keen to remind us, Christmas is not far away. But before you get baking for the Wherwell Christmas Fayre, there is plenty to distract you – music, movies, a quiz, some great history talks, a Halloween party, to name but a few.
Editorial by Andrew Keevil (September 2016)
September is here and for anyone who has missed the seasonal
scattering of straw along the roads it is of course, Harvest Festival
time. This month sees an important initiative in provision of faster
broadband for our villages, which requires broadband users to make our interest in faster broadband known by registering online. For the amateur sleuths amongst you we have a minor mystery involving a disappearing poo bag dispenser! Chilfest continues to grow, this year it promises to be even bigger and better with the addition of fireworks, fingers crossed for good weather.
Editorial by Tessa Youell (August 2016)
Reading this issue of the magazine highlights just how much effort goes into the smooth running of the villages on our behalf – particularly at this time of year. The fetes take an enormous amount of organising, as does management of West Down and Cow Common, and these are just a few of the many and various village amenities we all enjoy. With summer upon us at last, there is a lot going on. Thanks are due to all who give up so much of their time to make this such a great community.
Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (July 2016)
Welcome to your July edition, which at 32 pages is smaller than usual. A few regular features are having a summer break, but there is still plenty to do – Comedy at Longstock, Andover Town Band and Harmonium Singers (unfortunately on the same evening), a talk on Morris Men and the annual Ladies Group BBQ. Plus, you could try Short Mat Bowls or be public-spirited and join the Ragwort Pull. Last month, Andrew Keevil wrote “the torrential rain reminds me that summer is nearly here”. Well, I’m still waiting! According to Met Office statistics, May 2016 was 2 degrees warmer, with 3 days less rain, than May 2015 and although June can be the sunniest month, July is often the warmest. So, we shall wait & see.
Editorial by Andrew Keevil (June 2016)
As I write this, the torrential rain reminds me that summer is nearly here. The Wherwell singers will be marking summer’s arrival with a summer concert, by which time I hope the sun will be shining. There will also be concerts from Andover Town Band and The Harmonium Singers. As might be expected, this issue features various celebrations of The Queen’s 90th birthday. But there are also items that you may not have been expecting. This is surely the first ever C&W magazine to feature a photograph of Daniel Craig. And the Wherwell History Group have an illustrated talk on Bishops, Sex and Money. Enjoy!
Editorial by Tessa Youell (May 2016)
‘Spring is in the air?’ wondered Andrew Flanagan in the April issue. Well, there’s no doubt about it now. Church Fetes are the main theme this month – no fewer than four this year! Summer wouldn’t be the same without our fetes, and it’s all thanks to a lot of hard work by just a few people. Joint second are gardening and alcohol related articles. See inside for details of allotments available to rent, as well as a trip to The Bombay Sapphire distillery in Whitchurch, and the Horticultural Society’s talk on wine and grape-growing. In addition to all the other joys of living in the Test Valley, it seems that Hampshire is fast becoming one of the most important wine-producing counties in the land. What more!
Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (April 2016)
Spring is in the air? We have the Bluebell Walk in Harewood Forest and the Butterfly Walk on West Down to look forward to this month – hopefully, our climate will provide us with ideal conditions. 2016 sees several milestone anniversaries. The Home Guard Club was opened on 20th April 1946 and Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21st April 1926. Please note, 4th April is the deadline for reservations for the ‘Royal’ Afternoon Tea in Andover on 12th June. The Chilbolton film Lady in the Van should be very popular – just remember the date is 1st April. Finally, the second biggest event in the Church fund raising Calendar happens in April. Each year, the Auction of Promises alternates between the two churches; this year Wherwell plays host on April 9th.
Editorial by Andrew Keevil (March 2016)
Although it is not official yet, Spring certainly is in the air, with the (generally) mild weather and early flowers. In this issue spring cleaning seems to have come to the fore, with a shoe shining initiative and a demand for toiletries at the Andover Food Bank. We should congratulate ourselves for the fundraising for good causes that we carry out. March will feature activities in support of highly deserving charities including the Spinal Injuries Association, the Trussell Trust, Tommy’s research into stillbirth, and the various Church charities.
Editorial by Tessa Youell (February 2016)
We are scarcely past the middle of January, and yet already there’s the odd daffodil in flower, a wild plum tree up Cart Lane is blossoming and blue-tits are checking out our nest boxes. Nature apart, this tends to be a quiet, reflective time of year though as you’ll see, there is plenty going on to lure us out. The much acclaimed film Suffragette, and a WHG talk on the Normandy Landings are reminders of momentous events in the last century. While a particularly timely lecture in Goodworth Clatford promises to give us insight into the huge challenges that confront the world now and for many years to come.
The magazine for January is published with the preceding December, as a double issue.