Eleven editions of the village magazine published in 2021
Monthly editorials followed by links to PDF download files
Editorial by Lucia Foster-Found (December 2021)
Yule is upon us – hurrah! This year it feels much-needed and there are some welcome festive treats in store. The Harmonium Singers return with a carol concert at St Mary’s Andover, in aid of the Andover Crisis & Support Centre. There are films in both Stockbridge and Chilbolton if you fancy a little escapism. Coffee mornings are back as usual and as ever, chances to volunteer your time to the community. Please give a thought to the food bank if you are able to give a little to spread some cheer. And check out the chocolate Christmas cake recipe…YUM!
Editorial by Tessa Youell (November 2021)
This month’s issue is stuffed with a huge variety of interesting articles. From important: COP26, Greener Villages update, Preventing online and phone scams, and ever-increasing Foodbank needs – to fascinating: Eleanor’s Lockyer’s early life, the History of The Lamb Pub in Andover – to entertaining: three great films in Chilbolton and Stockbridge, and a production by the excellent SADS – and finally to historic, with the launch of the Wherwell History Archive website. And much, much more!
Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (October 2021)
Did you blink and miss it … Summer I mean? The September equinox, morning mists, cooler morning temperatures, teasels, hedgerows laden with berries or covered with Old Man’s Beard, all signs that Autumn has arrived. Diary Dates is growing each month. New events in October are Wherwell Coffee Morning, Horticultural Society meeting, Stockbridge Music and Chilbolton’s AUCTION of PROMISES. Reports from Parish Councils and Action Hampshire fill six pages this month, which includes more on Chilbolton Common with a survey (deadline 8th) and a public meeting (18th). Finally, there are some fun facts about Hallowe’en, some Pub news and a ‘pintxo’ recipe.
Editorial by Andrew Keevil (September 2021)
As summer turns into autumn this month’s magazine features news on Harvest Festival support for Andover Crisis Centre as well as a wide range of poetic tributes to September. We also have the announcement of a new Chilbolton-based business, Local Zero, which offers sustainable refill shopping with free local delivery. Events continue to pick up with the quiz, bingo and the Last night of the Proms at all scheduled at Wherwell Home Guard club, movies in Chilbolton Village Hall and Stockbridge, plus a harp concert at Wherwell Church. And did you know that Wherwell can lay claim to its own breed of chicken?
Editorial by Lucia Foster-Found (August 2021)
Following ‘Freedom Day’, (which, as I write is tomorrow), for those of us looking to embrace greater ‘freedoms’ in the forthcoming weeks, there are some familiar favourites on offer. Simon’s Sunday Quiz and Janet’s Bingo at the Wherwell Home Guard Club are on – together with, for the green-fingered, Chilbolton’s Horticultural Society Tea. That most ‘normal’ of village activities, a Jumble Sale, will be raising funds for the Countess of Brecknock’s Hospice, too. Chilbolton Parish Council is seeking another Councillor, plus additional volunteers would be very welcome.
Editorial by Tessa Youell (July 2021)
The conflict between the demands of the ever-increasing human population and those of the natural world has reached our villages. On the one hand, the updates from Greener Villages (pp. 12-15) give hope for the survival of our wildlife. On the other, there is despair that our beautiful Common, Site of Special Scientific Interest, is being desecrated by the activities of human beings who care more about short-term fun, than the long-term well-being of the natural world (10-11). We must surely resolve this problem, or Cow Common will become a litter-strewn wasteland, unfit for animals and humans alike.
Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (June 2021)
With the gradual easing of Lockdown, the outlook is positive across our two villages, so here’s hoping there will be no setbacks. Within these pages there are more Diary Dates, more What’s On, Quiz and Bingo in July and the prospect of film evenings in September. Sadly, we have said farewell to three well-respected villagers. There is an abundance of history content, including a tribute to Gordon Pack, ‘Visiting the New Forest’ and ‘Chilbolton Memories’. Reports include the CNP Referendum, Census 2021 and Andover Food Bank. Finally, poems and musings lighten the mood and there are appeals from the TV Capsule and Test Villages U3A.
Editorial by Andrew Keevil (May 2021)
At last, it feels like we really are beginning to turn the corner. As I write this the sun is shining and pub gardens are full of customers once more. The imminent arrival of the month of May has inspired many of us to poetry, with this issue featuring several articles covering a wide range of poems. It is great to see that some of our regular events and activities are beginning to return to the schedule, including Church services, Wherwell School Fete, Stockbridge Cinema and the Wherwell History Group. Things remain fluid, and our diary dates are still sparse, so do check online and keep eyes and ears out for the latest. Finally, a reminder that the May 6th local elections also include an important referendum vote on the Chilbolton neighbourhood plan.
Editorial by Lucia Foster-Found (April 2021)
We’re on the cusp of restrictions easing and inching towards a new version of normality. Not long now.. Alfresco drinks will be served at the Home Guard Club from 16th – cheers! There’s even a ‘save the date’ for our diaries; no trains, but if planes and automobiles are your bag, check out the Wallop Wings & Wheels in July. Herewith article concerning hedgerows and concerning article about hedgehogs. Interesting History Group talk on clock making – donations please to get their archives online. Recipe this month is chocolate brownies – just nuts!
Editorial by Tessa Youell (March 2021)
With the continuing lockdown and terrible weather, several villagers have been putting pen to paper to produce some informative and interesting articles on a range of subjects from swans and garden birds, to the development of international trade during the Iron Age. A big success story is the acquisition by Longparish villagers of their very own pub, The Plough Inn. Coming up on 3rd March is a webinar in which everyone can have their say on the management of Cow Common. What a long and miserable winter it’s been, but what-ever the weather’s like when you read this, it can only get better from now on.
Editorial by Andrew Flanagan (February 2021)
“Stay Home ~ Protect the NHS ~ Save Lives”; we have seen and heard this mantra so many times that there is a danger of complacency seeping in – I hope not. Of course, vaccination developments are an impressive success story. They should force a downturn in death rates and hospital admissions, but we may still need to take precautions if 1 in 3 of us could be unknowing carriers of Covid-19? However, we are fortunate we live in a vibrant, caring community and I hope the articles in these pages – a mix of history, wildlife, PCC, Pre-school and David’s walk No 7 – will provide an enjoyable read.
The magazine for January is published with the preceding December, as a double issue.