I’m a great believer in Murphy’s Law. “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. Why? Because humans have such a wonderful creative capacity and, simultaneously, an equally wonderful capacity to muck things up. (It’s just wonderful in a different direction, that’s all!).
Did you look forward to your end of term report or was it something you dreaded?
My reports came in a yellow book and were filled in year by year at secondary school level. I only got to keep it at the end of my final year. No surprises really that I did well in English and History, less so at Maths and PE (though ironically now with the swimming and walking the dog, I’m probably healthier now than I was then!).
An Organ Scholar is needed at St Boniface CofE Church, Hursley Road, in Chandler’s Ford.
Can you play a keyboard instrument to Grade 4 or above?
You could be eligible to have some organ lessons and to play organ in some services.
Interested in this great opportunity?
For more info, please contact Hug: Email: HBenham@soton.ac.uk
It is just as well we can’t control the weather. For one thing, we’d never agree with what it should be. Even if we all agreed we needed some rain, we’d never agree on the timing, yet alone how much should be “allowed” to fall. It would always inconvenience someone no matter when we selected it! For others the amount selected would be too little or too much.
How would you define the moments that matter?
I’m pleased to share some of the most recent news from the Three Rivers Rail Community Partnership. Many thanks to Mark Miller for the images.
Three Rivers are now advertising the Bluestar South Downs Rambler service which runs on Sundays only from 7th July to 8th September 2019. The run takes you to Petersfield and back and takes you through some of Hampshire’s loveliest countryside.
It is also a great way to get out to the Winchester Discovery Centre (which if you haven’t tried out, you really must try to get along to. Even if you’re not particularly “into” science, there is much to be seen and enjoyed here. Kids/grandchildren love it – and more than a few adults do too, as you will gather from my comments!).
The images are from the main covers of the leaflets but if you would like to pick up the whole leaflets, these are available from the local railway stations. I’d also recommend visiting the Three Rivers website for further information.
The cost for the South Downs Rambler is reasonable at only £7.90 return to/from Petersfield and it is a hop-on, hop-off bus too so you can break your journey. I suspect quite a few might do so at any one of the pubs on the route..!
Another service on offer is the Test Valley Summer Bus which runs on Sundays and Bank Holidays from 5th May to 22nd September so there’s still plenty of time to give this one a go too!
This service will take you to the Romsey Abbey, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Mottisfont and eventually goes to Stockbridge where it connects with the Stagecoach 77 service. That in turn calls at Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort and the Middle Wallop Army Flying Museum before going on to the Weyhill Hawk Conservancy Trust and finishing up at Andover.
So if you’re looking for interesting days out without having to worry about car parking, you could check these options out and enjoy some of the lovely countryside Hampshire has to offer us all.
I make no apology for the pun! Reading aloud is encouraged in youngsters to help them develop their vocabulary and rightly so but, unless you are a performance poet or oral storyteller, this habit is forgotten in adulthood. I think this is a shame. I find it is a real treat to be read to and it makes a lovely connection to the old oral storytelling tradition too.
Can someone ever define what a good book is given everyone has different tastes in genre? I think so.
This morning at the Fryern Arcade I was surprised to see that we now have a Specsavers in Chandler’s Ford. [Read more…] about Specsavers Opticians and Audiologists – Now in Chandler’s Ford
By Syd & Sue:
We are opening our garden to the public for the second time as part of the National Garden Scheme.
The address is Twin Oaks, 13 Oakwood Road, Chandler’s Ford, SO53 1LW. There’re more descriptions on this page.
The date is this weekend Sunday & Monday 26 & 27 May. We are open between 1pm & 5pm each day. [Read more…] about Open Garden in Chandler’s Ford : 26 & 27 May
One of the joys of going away is getting to see different landscapes of course. I’ve recently returned from a week in the far north of Scotland and my trip there gives me a deeper appreciation of cartography as an art form. Why? [Read more…] about Maps in Fiction and History
Did you know there was a Plants and Crafts sale at St Boniface church yesterday (Saturday 18th May 2019) from 10am to 2pm?
It was a popular community event run by Judith James, Chair of The Friends of St. Anne’s Hospital (Tanzania), with support from many members of St Boniface and St Martin’s churches. [Read more…] about Fundraising for Friends of St Anne’s Hospital and Defibrillator Fund
The Fairtrade Fashion Show took place last night (Friday 17th May 2019) at the St Martin in the Wood church in Hiltingbury.
Tricia Urquhart, with Heather Dibb and their local network have organised the Fairtrade Fashion Show in recent years. These events have been so successful, and they bring people together. [Read more…] about Eastleigh Mayor Attended the Fairtrade Fashion Show in Chandler’s Ford – 17 May 2019
Chandler’s Ford Today regularly receives emails / letters from readers. Today we’re sharing 2 items here.
1 – Accident on Hursley Road and South Miller’s Dale Junction this evening
This has just happened this evening (15th May 2019), at around 5.40pm. You can see the pictures for yourselves. [Read more…] about Chandler’s Ford News from Readers: Road Accident and Nottingham Knockers
About two weeks ago, I noticed this posting on a Facebook page called Chandler’s Ford Neighbours:
“Having a big clear out and I’ve found my Nan’s old freezer book! The first entry was July 1973 and the last was Feb 2006!
She kept her freezer so organised!
It’s fascinating looking at the prices of things over the years!” [Read more…] about An Ordinary life – Iris’ Incredible Freezer Books
The author of this post is David Overton, Chair of the Executive Board, Chandler’s Ford 15th Scouts.
The Rotary Club of Chandler’s Ford and Itchen Valley recently raised £3,000 for the 15h Chandler’s Ford Scout Group.
At the recent Fryern Funtasia on the May Bank Holiday (6th of May 2019), President of Rotary Ed Burt handed over the cheque for £3000 raised by Rotary for Chandler’s Ford 15th, this year’s President’s charity. [Read more…] about £3,000 Raised by The Rotary Club of Chandler’s Ford and Itchen Valley to 15th Chandler’s Ford Scout Group
Well, I was, and it was great to meet up with Janet once again and, later, to meet Roger Clark, fellow CFT contributor. Many thanks to Janet for the selfie (and I guess you could have called this an outdoor editorial meeting!).
Image Credit (or blame as you see fit): Unless otherwise named, the culprit behind the images is Allison Symes. [Read more…] about 2019 Fryern Funtasia – Were You There?
Once again I spent the May Bank Holiday at Fryern Funtasia yesterday – as I did every single year in the past few years.
I really love the traditional open-space event, where I met up with a few old friends there, and soaked up some local news (or gossips) from just walking about. [Read more…] about Fryern Funtasia 6th May 2019 in Chandler’s Ford
Image Credit: Many thanks as ever to Stuart Wineberg, Lionel Elliott and the Chameleons for the wonderful pictures.
I went to see the latest Chameleons’ production Spring Trio of Plays on Thursday 25th April. I like the mixed assortment of plays they often put on in the Spring as you have a variety of entertainment which have a powerful impact. None of the three plays were long enough to stage alone (at least not in this form) but worked very well in a trio format like this. [Read more…] about Review: Spring Trio of Plays – Chameleon Theatre Group