Our Village Shop

 

Remember you can use the post office as a branch of Lloyds Bank too! Pay in cheques. Cashpoint, etc.

 

St Peter's Church

The bells are even older than the vicar! It's even been on the BBC!!

Read more plus service times here

 

 

West Tytherley School

Our wonderful C of E primary school has its own website which you will find here.

 

Just Visiting?

There are lots of places to visit within one hour of the village. Whether you are into history, geology, military, wildlife or just the seaside, find out how near it all is on our links page.

 

The Best Pub in The Village

The Black Horse is an award-winning traditional English pub. Check out what it's up to on their own website here.

 

Abraham Hatchet??

We've received an enquiry about Abraham Hatchet (c1757)? Follow the thread on the history pages.

 

Whilst on the history trail you will be interested in ...

Broughton Toddler Group

The group meets at Broughton

Village Hall on Mondays 2pm to 3.30pm (term time only). For more information, call Charlotte Welland on 01794 301599 or email charlottewelland@yahoo.co.uk

1st Lockerley Brownies

Find out all about our local brownies on our Clubs & activities pages

 

 

Thanks to Andy Bowditch for this photo capturing the essence of these early autumn days. You can see a zoom-able version on our gallery page.

 

Remembrance Day

Please buy a poppy and remember all those that suffer today from confilcts old and new.

 

Parish Council Matters

Minutes of council meetings are published here once they have been approved at the subsequent meeting. Council meetings take place monthly

 

Rain? Call that rain??

If you thought 2012 was wet, you should look at the data for 2002. Thanks to Paul Strutt, you can by downloading his Excel file with rainfall statistics from 1979. Click here. (Updated to include 2013)

 

 

Waste Collection

 

You can download a one-page Word document showing household and garden waste collection days here.

 

The BH Skittles League

Nigel Fox keeps tabs on the Black Horse Skittles Leagues. You can see results and fixtures on his web site by clicking here.

 

 

Our Village Hall

The King Edward Hall is an ideal venue for weddings, parties and other group functions. It has a modern kitchen and toilet facilities and is available to hire at very reasonable rates.

 

You can find out more about it on our hall pages or speak to a committee member.

 

OPEC (WT branch)

John Guy kindly organises bulk buying of heating oil. Participants have saved about £11,000 over two years between them. For more details email John by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

"Community"

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:

Our School

A small faith-based school draws young families who meet daily at the school gate.

Our Church

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.

Our Pub

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).

Our Shop

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?

Village Shop?

Restarting First Responders?

Village Hall?

 

Yes You!

 

 

 

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