New Play Area
The Mayor of Test Valley formally opened our new play area on 'The Rec'. Together with one of the pupils from our school, the red ribbon was cut and short speeches were delivered to a good crowd of residents and their parents.
Like so many village activities, this seemed an excellent thing to do. And, like so many village activities, it relied on the efforts of a few key people to actually make it happen.
So a big THANK YOU to ...
The Parish Council for recognising the need for the replacement of the play equipment and the renovation of the pavilion and initiating the project.
Nick and Elaine at The Black Horse. Elaine got the whole thing going and together with Nick raised a significant amount of the £37,000+ needed.
John and Jo Guy for taking on the bureaucracy of grant applications and also for the hugely successful inflatables day.
Paul Strutt was fund raiser extraordinaire.
Anthony Mavrogordato who was there at the beginbing with Elaine getting the whole thing going.
Funds were raised from generous village residents, and grants provided by The Parish Council, West Tytherley Parochial Church Council, Viridor Credits, The Hills Group, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire Playing Fields Association
The People on Our War Memorial
Robin Garrett has updated the small book he produced in which he documents the family histories of the names on our memorial. Our vicar James has arranged for some A5 copies to be printed and if you would like one (cost £5), please leave your name on the list at The Village Shop.
I think that there a very few residents who don't feel lucky to be living in our village. Visitors often remark on how nice it must be to live in a "real village". Well, I agree with Mark Twain that when to comes to "luck"...
... the harder you work, the luckier you get!
There are many villages with similar populations but few of them generate a strong sense of community. I think there are four factors that help us be in that lucky minority:
A small faith-based school draws young families who meet daily at the school gate.
Even though the average "low season" congregation is small, St. Peter's is an active ingedient in our village lives and most of us feel the village is richer for James Pitkin and his team's caring ministry.
In the last six years, Nick and Elaine have created a place literally and metaphorically at the centre of much of our community's social life. It is a place where we meet, relax and catch up with others (often those who are busy in their working lives).
The convenience of a shop within walking distance of almost all of us seem to obvious to state. However, the shop quietly fulfils another vital role. It draws us out of our cars and onto our feet and there we meet other villagers, perhaps have a quick chat, and generally get to know our neighbours.
You Can't Buy Community
Over the years, I have been astonished by the generosity of so many of you. The amount of money generated by your fund raising efforts are stupendous. Some of you give up a lot of time to make these things happen. The rest of us turn up, have a good time, and generally feel happy to be leaving with lighter pockets and thinner wallets. We are lucky to live amongst those who are prepared to invest some their time both for charity and also for our communal spirit. Perhaps you too could invest a little of your time to sustain and nurture your village, your community?
West Tytherley Care Group?
Restarting First Responders?