The September 2023 newsletter

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The editors invite those within our community to contribute both with articles and the graphics - not photos - particularly for the header of the newsletter.   Items for the newsletter should be sent to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the 15th of the month preceding that in which the newsletter is notionally published.

Lockerley Village Hall Annual General Meeting

Monday 11th December 1930 in the village hall. Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep the hall running? Why not come along to the AGM where we will be reviewing what has been achieved in the past year as well as looking ahead to 2024. We will also review the hall finances, present and future. If you would like to get involved there are currently vacancies for the posts of secretary and bookings manager so come along to find out more.

Ideal Christmas Gift

Local artist Nicky Bell (also Churchwarden at East Dean) has given a picture of holly from East Dean Churchyard to raise money for the Benefice’s ‘Heat and Eat’ fund (helping families with the cost-of-living crisis).  A colour image is on the Churches’ Facebook page and bids should be sent to the Vicar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The auction will end at 2100 on Sunday 17th December – if you bid, and are then outbid, an email will be sent to you. Tracks of bidding will also appear on the Facebook page.

Lockerley Primary School Christmas Fair

Friday 8th December 1515 - 1615. We are delighted to invite you to our Christmas Fair on the afternoon of Friday 8th December. We would love to see you all there enjoying the raffles, Christmas produce stalls, refreshments, tombolas, face painting along with Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and our school calendars to which all our children have made a contribution!

200 Club The October draw

This was held at the Memorial Hall coffee morning on Monday 13th November with the help of a visitor. The winners were:- Linda Kirkham £20 and Brian Coward  £20.

Lockerley Walking Group

A date for your diary: the Lockerley Walking Group AGM will be held from 1230 on Sunday 14th January in The Mill Arms, Dunbridge. 
Join us for lunch and skittles after an optional morning walk.  Contact Kirsteen for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 017 94 34 11 01

Caterpillars Playgroup

Every Tuesday during term-time 1000 – 1045 at Lockerley Primary School. We invite you to come along to our new playgroup, from birth to 5 year olds. There will be songs, stories, craft, and toys. Run by a qualified teacher, £2.00 ‘play as you go’. We have baby-weighing scales, tea and coffee for the grown ups. No need to sign up, just come along and join the fun. Starting up again on Tuesday 9th January.

Lockerley Safari Supper - Raising money for Lockerley Village Hall

Saturday 20th January ... It’s back and we really hope you can join us and your fellow villagers in what has always proved to be a great evening! For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it involves visiting a home for your starter and then another home for your main course – being welcomed by the host and other guests – the identity of the host/guests is only revealed once you arrive at each venue! Dessert and coffee is served for all at the Village Hall at the end of the evening! It really is a great way to meet friends (old & new!) and welcome those newer to the village! We will be looking for people to host either a starter or a main course! Please book your places by 5th January. Spread the word and let’s make it another fantastic evening. Cost:- £15 per person/£5 per host. Please contact Ant and Emma Davidson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  017 94 34 00 32

Little Fishes Baby and Toddler Music Group

at Lockerley Primary School Hall, every Wednesday 1415 – 1500, £3.00 entry, We invite you along to our new music group with songs and instruments It's run by a qualified music teacherand is starting up again on Wednesday 10th January

Brain Tumour Fundraiser

Thank you SO much to everyone who trudged up our muddy lane in the rain to make the Brain Tumour Fundraiser a great success. I had a wonderful team of helpers and we raised £1,187.25. Many thanks to those who donated on the day and to those who couldn’t come but kindly donated. Many thanks for your generosity. Anna and Team 🙏

Get in the Money £££££ 200 CLUB - Year 2024

This popular village draw is run for the Memorial Hall by Carole Woolley, Willingale House, Butts Green, Lockerley, tel 01794 34 08 67, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
A big thank you to all those members who steadfastly pay their subs by direct debit. It helps so much. Thank you to all members. Your contributions help our Hall considerably. Now is the time for existing members and new members to join for 2024. The annual cost is still, for the moment, £12 and there are monthly prizes which total £800 annually when we have the full membership of 200. All members or couples may have more than one entry when available. Everyone must be over 16. All profit goes to the Memorial Hall funds – there are no expenses. If you have a bank account, but have always paid by cheque or cash, please consider setting up a standing order - the most efficient way to pay – I can provide a form and your number. This has to be with your bank before Christmas! So do it now. Otherwise, please send me your subscription now, or as soon as possible, but by 31st January at the very latest if you want to be in the January draw. Cheques are much better than cash and should be made payable to “Lockerley & East Dean Memorial Hall” and posted or delivered to the above address which is behind Richmond at the Dunbridge corner of Butts Green. We need a few new entrants and more standing orders please - so as to achieve for the Village Hall. Good luck to everyone. The odds are excellent and you will be helping our Hall.

The Editor is changing

It’s time to go…. After many years of on-off editing of the Newsletter I am finally handing in the blue pencil for good. It has been a privilege being part of the team who over the years have undertaken, with your help, to promote organisations and activities operating in the four villages. Some of you may remember the old Roneo days, we’ve come a long way since then! I am delighted to say that Phil Webb has agreed to the task of being the first to know what is going to be happening in and around our villages before anyone else. Many of you will know him but for those of you who don’t, he was one of the organisers of the 2023 fantastic Lockerley Village Fete. Please give him as much support as you have given me over the years, I know you will. Best wishes to everyone, Julie xx

The Romsey Foodbank

The foodbank was created because it is important that local people provide for the needs of their local community. Our schools and churches collected lots of food (more than 0.25 of a tonne). Thank you if you were able to give anything! Many churches are collecting food all year round not just at harvest (including St Margaret’s, Wellow and St John’s, Lockerley). If you can afford to do so, please give generously. “The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.” Romsey Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Thorngate Village Care Group

Our local support network of volunteers ready to help, all DBS checked, insured and ready, willing and able to help in so many ways – essential shopping, prescriptions, friendly phone calls. The Care Group is affiliated to the Good Neighbours Network and covers Lockerley, East Dean, East and West Tytherley and the Hampshire residents of West Dean. Requests for help can be made by contacting any co-ordinator. Diana 07974 98 01 38, Fiona017 94 34 10 98, Julie 017 94 34 08 50, Liz 017 94 34 09 93, Peggy 017 94 34 00 84 Peggy 340084

Village lunch club

The next meeting of the Village Lunch Club is Friday 15 December from 1200 at Lockerley Memorial Hall. Please phone Diana 017 94 34 02 36 or Liz 017 94 34 09 93 if you would like to come.

British Red Cross Registered Charity Number: 220949

Registered Charity Number: 220949. Fundraising shop at rear of North Baddesley Village Hall, SO52 9DT. We are now open on Monday to Friday 1000 to 1600
Every 3rd Saturday of the month 1000 to 1300. Telephone number – 023 80 73 50 89. Bargains each week. We accept good quality ladies', men's and children's clothes (not babies'), household and curtains and bric-a-brac. Unwanted Christmas and birthday gifts are gratefully received. We cannot accept large items of furniture due to space restrictions. We cannot accept shoes, cushions, duvets and CDs. Wool always wanted (no cones) for our many projects. Volunteers are needed ... We need your help with the fundraising team. Do you have a few hours to spare each week/month? Can you spare three or more hours a week. We are looking for people of all ages, recently retired or working. If you are interested in volunteering why not have a chat with Lesley 07710 43 45 48 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Wool always needed – all types, any length and thickness.

Greetings from Lockerley Baptist Church

We meet each Sunday at 1030 for morning worship.  Anyone is welcome to join us for this, which is followed by a mug of tea or coffee and biscuits.  Our next coffee morning is on Wednesday 20th July which will be held in the rear hall from 1000 to 1200.  Light refreshments including homemade cake and savouries will be available.  All are welcome.  Please come and join us at this informal get together.  We also will be having a coffee morning on 17th August so please make a note in your diary. If you would like any further information or help please phone Brian or Marion on 017 94 34 06 95. Carols at Christmas at Lockerley Baptist Church on Sunday 17th December at 1500 To be followed by seasonal refreshments – all are welcome

Walking Group Walk

A gentle ramble to and from Whiteparish on Friday 10th November leaving from Lockerley Green at 1000. Lunch at the Parish Lantern, around eight miles with a few stiles and wonderful views over Dean Hill. Contact Andy/Liz if you'd like to come 017 94 34 09 93

Joint Churches in Wellow - Reflections Services

Last Thursday of every month at the former Methodist Chapel on Canada Common 1300. Thursday October 26th: Incarnation - the promise. Thursday November 30th: Incarnation - the reality

Christmas coffee mornings

Friday 17th November and Saturday 18th November 0930 - 1230 at Cyclops Cottage, Lockerley Green, SO51 0JN. Small gifts, home-made jams, mincemeat and chutneys, delicious chocolates, Christmas cards, etc. supporting Fair Trade. Entrance £2 includes coffee and home-made cookies. Raffle. All welcome, come and meet up with your friends and neighbours.

Welcome folder copies (for those new to the area) may be obtained from:

Lockerley : Bob Stileman 017 94 34 04 52
East Dean: Nicky Bell 017 94 34 1 228
East Tytherley: Rob Scoones 017 94 34 12 69
West Tytherley: Julie Neilson 017 94 34 08 50

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