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Year 2017

Eleven editions of the village magazine published in 2017

Monthly editorials followed by links to PDF download files

Editorial by Tessa Youell (December 2017)

Christmas seems to come round with increasing alacrity, as if time itself has speeded up in this digitally interconnected world of ours. Yet despite the extraordinary pace of change and the horrors taking place in so many parts of the globe, locally you may be comforted to find that things alter little at this time of year. As you will see in the following pages, there is an abundance of Christmas services, concerts and carol singing, pantos and parties, and of course, the immortal Father Christmas will be making his annual appearance at the Wherwell Fayre. The Magazine Team wish you a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2018.

Editorial by Lucia Foster-Found (November 2017)

The extra hour gained as the clocks went back is a fleeting pleasure heralding dark evenings and shorter days… Welcome to November. With services of Remembrance and All Souls, it’s a period of reflection, but also a time of anticipation with Christmas well and truly in our sights. There are festive dates for the diary and the chance of a little Xmas shopping and tree ordering. Also worthwhile volunteering opportunities, quizzes, Broadband progress meeting, the chance to take in a movie (or 3) and even an evening of glamorous gambling all in a good cause. Lots on.

Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (October 2017)

This month’s magazine has a distinct Autumn/Winter feel. Chilbolton Movies are back with “Their Finest”. Wherwell has its Harvest Festival and Lunch, plus an Exhibition of Flowers and Art. Wherwell Ladies are ‘Getting in a Pickle’ and Wherwell School needs apples. Chilbolton is offering glamour, with ‘Strictly Sparkly’ and a Charity Ball. Other events this month are more thought provoking on such diverse subjects as ‘To be a Pilgrim’, ‘Stories from the West Bank & Israel’ and ‘St Francis of Assisi’. ‘Save the Date’ targets Christmas & New Year. As always, we have history and music, and making a welcome return, a recipe and a poem..

Editorial by Andrew Keevil (September 2017) 

There is so much going on this month that it was difficult to fit the diary dates onto a single page. Harvest Festival services and celebrations, another exciting Chilfest featuring a fireworks finale and a charity ball in aid of the Countess of Brecknock Hospice all make for a busy month ahead. Plus, we have lots of interesting content to read, from some revealing history about Wherwell village hall to excellent news on the Virgin Media broadband project. Finally, on a more serious note, we have warnings of current local scams and advice from Hampshire Trading Standards and Police on how to stay secure and request assistance if needed. Take care.

Editorial by Tessa Youell (August 2017)

The season of the village fete may be over (and what terrific fetes they were!) but the great British summer goes on and on. At this time of year when the sun beckons, articles for the magazine can be thin on the ground. However, this month there is something for everyone, from history and high culture, to the funny little ways of glow worms and lager bottles. Thanks go to Alan Crisp for the latter, Andrew Flanagan for a fascinating archive piece on Wherwell’s hairpin bend, and David Wright for his review of Wherwell Singers’ resplendent 10th anniversary gala concert – to name but a few. A rich and varied edition!

Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (July 2017)

After flaming June, are we destined for a heat-wave summer I wonder? The diary for July is certainly full of interesting things to do! Indoors we have music, quiz, bingo, family pet service and a topical talk on Cyber Crime. Outdoors we have Morris Men, Ladies BBQ and a ragwort pull. Round and about we have specials such as the Origins Open Day, “Young Jane” and Winchester Festival of Arts. Community matters include open spaces, footpaths, charity walk and signing-up for Virgin Media Broadband – DEADLINE 31st July.

Editorial by Lucia Foster-Found (June 2017)

June – the month of early dawn choruses, lovely long light evenings and the Summer Solstice. Also it seems, the month of many and varied reasons to get out and about: Pentecost and Trinity Sunday events, a Great Get Together, Beer Week, open gardens, talks, walks and even Morris Dancing. With fetes taking place in both villages, there are opportunities to help and contribute as well as to support and enjoy. Within these pages you’ll also find news on parish matters, including the Ultrafast Broadband cost reduction (p.8).

Editorial by Andrew Keevil (May 2017) 

This month there are some important community matters to take note of. There is the beginning of discussions to put together a Wherwell Parish Plan, a progress update on the Virgin Broadband project and a warning about a new form of computer scam. As I write this, Spring has only just begun, but our hard-working teams are already well advanced with plans for the Chilbolton and Wherwell summer fetes. Please give them your full support. Plus of course we have plenty of event reports, updates and charitable activities for good causes. Enjoy!

Editorial by Tessa Youell (April 2017)

As you will see from ‘Diary Dates’, April is a busy month. Easter is almost upon us, and with all the regular events, as well as films, music and theatre, there should be something for everyone. Not only are the birds in full song (by six in the  morning!) spring seems to have inspired more villagers than ever to put pen to paper which is great news. However, all attempts to squash everything into the maximum length of 40 pages have failed, and we’ve unfortunately had to defer a few  articles until next month. Thank you for all your hard work and creativity!

Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (March 2017)

*“March brings breezes loud and shrill, Stirs the dancing daffodil.”
So here we are, the month of reflection, renewal, mindfulness, the Spring equinox and changing the clocks to Summer Time. There is plenty to read and do in your magazine this month; history (minus the boring bits !), quizzes, films, horticultural mini-show, Murder Mystery, Karaoke, Jumble Sale and “a perfect treat for Mum on Mothers Day”. On Saturday 25th, there is an opportunity to discuss Fibre Broadband with the Virgin Media team. Will it be “in like a lion and out like a lamb”? – we shall have to wait and see.
* Sara Coleridge (1802–1852), Pretty Lessons In Verse, For Good Children

Editorial by Lucia Foster-Found (February 2017)

The month of St Valentine is here and although we’re still in the frigid grip of winter, the evenings, you may have noticed, are gradually creeping out, getting lighter. There’s hope that Spring is not so very far away. Alongside such interesting and informative pieces on India and scam emails, this month’s edition is happily full of local events and activities to entice you up and away from your comfy sofa and cosy fireside. A trip to the movies, quiz, history and horticultural talks, fish & chip supper. Ladies’ night – even a Murder Mystery to unleash your inner sleuth… and more!

The magazine for January is published with the preceding December, as a double issue.

Year 2016


Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)
Chilbolton & Wherwell Community Magazine (2017)

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