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Thanks to the Lockerley Greens Preservation Society for sponsoring this issue of the newsletter and to Phyllis Johnstone for her kind donation.

Thorngate Village Care Group - support for the impact of Coronavirus


We cover the villages of Lockerley, East Dean, East and West Tytherley. We are here to help with all the usual requests for transport to doctors and hospitals, and much more. Are you stuck for help with shopping, cooking, dog walking etc while unable to get out and about? Are you feeling a bit lonely while self-isolating and would like a chat on the phone? Are you worried about a relative living locally? Our team of friendly volunteers across the villages may be able to help. Just phone a coordinator on any of these four numbers 017 94 34 09 93, 34 00 84, 34 08 50, 34 10 98.

Over 60s Lunch Club

It has been agreed we should cancel the Over 60s lunches for the next month or two until we know what is happening regarding the coronavirus. We will keep you updated with any new information as decisions are made. The contact number remains the same as usual.

Lent Lunches

unfortunately the Lent Lunches scheduled for the end of March and April have been cancelled.

Exciting Playground News!

With the £70,000 we have raised, and the incredibly kind Mike Mayock (local resident and owner of Mackoy Ltd), carrying out £20,000 worth of groundworks for free, we have ordered some fabulous playground equipment which is now being installed. We hope it will be completed by early April, and that the ground and grass will be recovered well enough for a big opening at the beginning of May. The name of the playground is going to change from Jubilee Field to ‘The Tim Iles Community Playground’ in memory of the much-loved Parish Councillor who was always so passionate about having a playground in the village. The playground will be opened by both Mike Mayock and Lyell Fairlie, who donated the land to the parish council in memory of his aunt, Marjorie Aylward, who lived in the village for 92 years. Grace Cavill, who won our competition to design the entrance sign, will hopefully also be there to finally see her work come to life. Please visit our Facebook page to see photos of the equipment we are getting and for updates on progress and a launch date. Please be patient and don't enter the playground until we have officially opened it – a full safety inspection will need to be carried out before it can be used.

Lockerley Walking Group

Saturday 4th April. Join us for a circular walk from Lockerley over the downs with a lunch stop at the Hatchet before returning via Gambledown, about 6 miles in total.  Meet 1030 at Lockerley Memorial Hall or 1045 at Top Green.  Contact Dave and Kirsteen 017 94 34 11 01 for details. 

 Friends of Bentley Wood Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 8th April at East Grimstead Reading Room. Hall opens at 1900 for payment of subscriptions, AGM starts at 1930. Refreshments will be served, and you can pick up your 2019 Nature Notes. Sue Walker will update us on “The Bentley Wood Ponds Project”. Non-members wishing to join on the night are very welcome.

Good Friday, 10th April St John's Church Lockerley

at 1800 The choir will lead "The Cross of Christ" - the story of Jesus' suffering and death on the cross told through hymns, anthems and bible readings.  (Duration approx. 1hour). 

Easter Egg Hunt at West Tytherley School 

Easter Sunday, 12th April. Come along any time between 1000 -1200. Bring your young detectives along to work out clues to make a word to win a chocolatey surprise. £3 entry. All proceeds to Friends of West Tytherley PTA.

Bean Pole Celebration at the Barn

Saturday 18 April. Demonstrations of woodland crafts, including making thatching spars (David Parsons), and turning bowls and chair legs on 2 pole lathes. Buy coppice products from the wood – bean poles and pea sticks – for a modest fee. Tea/coffee and biscuits available. Drive in at Livery Gate or Eastern Clearing entrance and come to the Barn any time between 1000 and 1500.

Lockerley and East Dean WI

The next meeting of the WI is on April 21st.. The talk will be ‘Scandinavia via Dunkirk’ by Mrs M. Down. Visitors most welcome, please telephone Carole on 017 94 34 08 67.

 Thorngate Care group AGM 

Monday 4th May 1930 in the Parish Room - all welcome.

Save the Date - Friday 8th May - Oaklands House East Tytherley

Join us for a lunchtime BBQ on the Bank Holiday Friday, to mark the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. More details next month.

West Tytherley and Frenchmoor Village Fete, Saturday 16th May 1200 - 1600

At the Recreation Ground. It’s an afternoon packed with fun for all the ages. Here are just some of the exciting things that will be happening: Heroes and Superheroes Scarecrow Competition – have your chosen characters outside your house by 4th May! New parkour displays in the main arena and bookable parkour workshops for all ages, bookable in advance – forms available in the West Tytherley Village Shop from 21st March. Popular photo competition to be judged on the day featuring three classes: West Tytherley Village Life, Portraits and People. Full details will be featured in the programme published mid-April. Look out for more details on Facebook and around the village. We hope to have a Quality Seconds stall at the fete with good quality clothing, accessories, household items and garden goods. To help fill the stall, any donations will be gratefully received by Karen James at Church End, Dean Road, West Tytherley SP5 1NR. Please leave in the porch if out.  Many thanks in anticipation.

 West Dean Village Fete, Saturday 30th May 1300 to 1700

There was a goodly number of exciting events planned to the West Dean Fête this year.  Sadly the committee has had to take the decision to cancel to whole event in the light of the SARS 2 Cov corona virus pandemic.

 Care Group Garden party Sunday

19th July, in the grounds of Green View, Lockerley Green.

200 Club Winners for February

Mrs Anne Strong  £20, Mrs Marianne Erskine-Jones  £20, We now have 200 members for the fourth year running.