Care group

What is it?

The care group supports the four villages of East and West Tytherley, East Dean and Lockerley. It was formed in 1992 when it became apparent that some people were falling through the net of support previously provided by either social services or local family members.

Who’s involved?

There are seven co-ordinators whose names are printed in the monthly news letter and there are about 30 active volunteers who are able to carry out requests for help. Most requests involve taking people to appointments at hospitals. These are not easily accessible as the villages are on the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire and the hospitals include Southampton, Romsey, Salisbury, Lymington, Basingstoke and Winchester. Volunteers are able to claim travelling expenses and clients are encouraged to make a donation to funds if they are able to do so. These donations, together with continued funding from the Hampshire Voluntary Care Groups mean that the group remains financially viable.

What Else Does the Group Do?

The group’s actions are not limited to transport and other services we can provide include:

  • Fitting telephone lifeline systems. This is done with the assistance from Help the Aged. It provides people with a reliable emergency call service and allows them to continue to live in their own homes. If they qualify for assistance the cost for the service can be as low as £1 per week.
  • Setting up a first aid course for volunteers.
  • Funding visits for pensioners to see professional theatre shows.
  • Supporting an over 60’s club and setting up a tea making rota for whist drives.
  • Sending flowers to those returning form hospital, the bereaved, mothers with new babies or simply to those who our grapevine tells us would welcome a show of support.
  • Arranging a celebration party for a 90th birthday.
  • Running and annual community garden party

Find out more

We will always need your help in some way so if you want any more information please contact Jo Guy on  01794 340946

Thatched cottages

Do you live in a Thatched Cottage?

Hampshire Fire and Rescue have some great advice for thatched cottage owners.

Chimneys and flues

  • keep chimneys in good condition: re-point or line as necessary
  • any re-thatch or major ridge job should have all material taken from around the chimney so that it can be checked and repaired if needed
  • the chimney, if used by any appliance producing flue gases, should be linked according to the manufacturer’s specification and, in the case of solid fuels, should be swept regularly
  • the top of the stack should be no closer than 1.8 metres from the ridge vertically and, in the case of a stack in the wall, 4 metres vertically from any thatch surface
  • do not build, rebuild or design chimneys which pass close to or through thatch without appropriate expert advice
  • do not pass metal and other heat conducting flues through thatch
  • spark arrestors should be fitted and maintained/cleaned on a regular basis

Smoke alarms

  • most thatch fires start in the roof space and, due to the thickness of the roof, may not be apparent for many hours
  • fit low voltage, mains powered, linked smoke alarms

Electrical wiring/lighting

  • all electrical wiring in the loft space should be routed in appropriate fire retardant ducting
  • do not cut recessed lighting into the ceilings below the thatch
  • light fittings within the roof space should be in a bulkhead fitting
  • external floodlights should not be located just under thatch overhangs

Fireworks, bonfires and garden fires

  • if you have barbecues, bonfires or firework parties make sure they are not too close to the house and be sensible with garden fires


  • ensure any person working in or on the house is aware of the dangers which the careless use of naked flame can bring
  • blow lamps are not safe to use in the roof space
  • do not allow flame stripping of paint around eaves

Effects, impact and causes of thatch fires

Our thatch property video explains the effects and impact that a thatched property fire has on the occupiers and the community.


Defibrillator for East & West Tytherley

A Defibrillator is a self contained device which can help to restart the heart in the case of a serious heart attack (cardiac arrest), but should only be accessed once you have dialled 999 to call for an ambulance.

The machine is located in Pragnell’s Cottages, West Tytherley and is always accessible. It is mounted on a bracket under the stairs of the first block of flats on the right hand side as you go up the steps from the car park, adjacent to West Tytherley Village Shop.

This machine is designed for use by a non expert operator with no experience or training. Once the Ambulance Service is aware that you have access to the machine, they will talk you through how to use it before the Ambulance arrives at the scene.

In the event of a suspected cardiac arrest,  call (or directly ask someone else to call) 999 for an ambulance. If you can, you should then send someone to collect the defibrillator which should be used as soon as possible. Do not leave the patient on their own.

NHS Direct

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Air ambulance

The village is service by a charitable air ambulance. Please do consider volunteering time and supporting them. Help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives text HIOWAA to 70500 to make a one off donation of £5.

Flood Warnings

The Environment Agency’s Flood Pages are very comprehensive. You can also register to receive flood warnings. This is highly recommended for residents in North Lane, The Village and adjacent to Church Farm.

Fire Hydrant Map

Click the image to download a map showing where all the fire hydrants are in and around the village.

It’s a big file (6Mb) so you might want to download this and save it or print it off and keep in a safe and accessible place.

Travel info


Lots of us enjoy horse riding. Please ensure you take care when quietly passing horses and their riders.

Our glorious woodlands are home to large herds of wild deer – not one of whom has read the highway code. If one runs in front of you (which they often do) watch out for the others who often follow! Frenchmoor Racing are good at car body repairs…

By Train

Always check to see if there are engineering works that might affect your journey, especially at weekends.

South West Trains run to:

  • Grateley 9.8 miles(main line between London Waterloo via Basingstoke, Salisbury and Exeter).
  • Dean (Wilts) station is much closer (2 miles) with an hourly weekday service between Salisbury and Southampton via Romsey.
  • Winchester station is 17½ miles and is on the main line between London and Southampton & Bournemouth.

Please note that it there is no local taxi service from Dean station so if coming by train, you will need to arrange a lift from the station!

By Bus

Route 37 runs between Salisbury and Lockerley via The Grimsteads and The Deans. There are six buses each weekday and five on Saturdays but please note that the last bus from Salisbury on a Saturday is at 4.05pm!

The journey to and from Salisbury takes about an hour.

Dial-a-Ride Service to Romsey

From August 2013, there is a monthly dial-a-ride service to Romsey. Call 01264 356808 to book.

This minibus service run by Test Valley Community Transport has been introduced to serve the villages of East & West Tytherley, East & West Dean, and Lockerley.  Anyone who is over 60, or disabled, or lives more than 400 yards from a bus stop, can use the service.

At the moment they are running a service once a week on a Wednesday morning, to pick up people from a point near their home, to go to Romsey.  You will have just over an hour in Romsey, and then the minibus will bring you back home by lunchtime.

If you have a Concessionary Farepass, the cost of the journey will be £2.  If you do not have a Concessionary Farepass, the cost is £4.

Anyone with limited mobility can be accommodated on the minibus, which has a passenger lift.

You need to book your place on the minibus each time you want to take advantage of the service.  To do this you must ring 01264 356808.  If necessary, leave a message on the answerphone, which is checked regularly.

The Good Old Days: Budden’s Bus!

Follow this link to read about West Tytherley’s own Bus Company! West Tytherley to West Dean for 3d!

St Peter’s Church

Sunday Services

There is usually an 8am communion service on the first Sunday of each month.

A Eucharist service is held at 9am on the second and fourth Sundays,
and 9am Matins on the third Sunday – at the moment when there is a fifth Sunday in the

When there is a fifth Sunday in the month the Benefice (East Dean, East and West Tytherley and Lockerley) combine for a 10.30am service at East Tytherley.

There is always a service at one of the four churches every Sunday.

The most reliable and up to date information can be found on the church notice boards.

All are welcome at all or any service.

About Saint Peter’s Church

St Peter’s is a brick and flint building whose Georgian appearance belies the construction date of 1833. Later in the century, the windows were remodelled to be more in keeping, and a stone chancel was added. The west gallery is unusual and the complex Purbeck marble medieval font survived from the earlier church.

The large flamboyant gesturing angel by the entrance porch is in memory of the Baring family, long-time owners of Norman Court and the whole manor.

One of the unique features of St Peter’s is the three bells and their frame. One bell is dated as being 14th century, one 1725, but the oldest is from 1260 and is the oldest bell in the world (for full circle ringing)!

In 2010, a project started to restore the frames and rehang the bells so that they could be rung again.  The first official ringing of the bells was at 3pm on Sunday 15th January 2012. The bells made it to the BBC’s “from Our Own Correspondent”. You can hear it here (the West Tytherley piece starts after 4m 40s)

The full address is St Peter’s Church, Church Lane, West Tytherley, Salisbury, SP5 1JY

About the Vicar

The Vicar is the Reverent James Pitkin. He can be contacted at jamespitkin@priest.com / 01794 340635, or by mail at The Vicarage, The Street, Lockerley, Romsey, SO51 0JF


There is a facebook group for the Benefice at https://www.facebook.com/groups/BeneficeofLockerley/

Golden Oldies Singing Group

A new “Golden Oldies” Singing group meets in Lockerley Village Hall on the last Monday of each month.


Find out more about Goldies – call on 01761 470006 or check out their website.

For transport please call the appropriate Village Care Group:

Thorngate Village Care Group

01794 340946 – covers Lockerley, East Dean, East & West Tytherley

Awbridge Neighbourcare

0845 094 6155 – covers Awbridge and Neighbouring areas Newtown, Dunbridge, Carters Clay and Stanbridge Earls


1st Lockerley Brownies

The 1st Lockerley Brownies is a vibrant pack that undertakes many exciting activities.

They meet weekly during term time on Tuesday evenings from six o’clock to seven thirty at Lockerley Village Hall.

Girls need to be aged 7 to 10. It recruits from Lockerley, Awbridge, Broughton, East and West Tytherley.

There are lots of fun things to do. There are also the traditional badges to gain and the oppotunity to meet girls from the other nearby villages.

For more info, please call Chris Goodman on (01794) 340098.

TwinkleToes Playgroup

There’s a new playgroup at the hall! Twinkletoes runs every Wednesday during term time from 9.30am to 11am.


6th Romsey Lockerley Scout Group

We welcome Girls and Boys into all our Sections and are part of the Romsey District Scouts.

Our Scout Headquarters are at Dennis Wotton Hall, Donkey Paddock, Lockerley, SO51 0LW. As a Group we own our building and Lockerley Parish Council kindly allow us use of the adjoining Glebe field. Our HQ is undergoing considerable refurbishment and the Building and the field are available for hire – please contact the Group Scout Leader for availability, more information and prices.

Want to join?

All enquiries about the Group relating to young people joining, fund raising activities, adult volunteering or the use of our HQ building should initially be addressed to the Group Scout Leader. The exception to this is enquiries about Explorer Scouts and those should be addressed to Andy Bravery andyjfb@gmail.com

Group Scout Leader

Sheridan Allman
+44 1794 340253
+44 7979 755772

Chair of Group Executive – Phillip Scott philipscott@hotmail.com

President – Colin Wade

Section Age Group Meeting Day Hours Section Leader
Beaver Colony 6yrs to 8 yrs* Tuesday 5.45pm to 7pm Viv Smith
Cub Pack 8 yrs to 10½yrs* Wednesday 6.45pm to 8pm Sue Smith
Scout Troop 10½yrs to 14 yrs Thursday 7pm to 9pm Andrew Smith
Explorer Scouts 14 yrs to 18 yrs Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.30pm Andy Bravery

* there is some flexibility according to maturity of the young person, waiting lists and agreement with Section Leader and Group Scout Leader.

Pilates at the Hall

The Pilates Group meets every Thursday at King Edward’s Hall between 6pm and 7pm.

It’s good fun for all standards is just £5 a session.