I went to the Dovetail Centre on 19th April to see Five Go Mad for Shakespeare. Being fond of the Famous Five stories by Enid Blyton and, much later on, the Bard of Avon, this was a production which had my name on it in a manner of speaking. This is my take on the show following on from Ben Williams’ excellent summary. [Read more…] about MDG Players and Romsey Players – Five Go Mad for Shakespeare – Review
The latest comedy from MDG Players from Chandler’s Ford, and the Romsey Players combines two very British writers – William Shakespeare and Enid Blyton. Shakespeare’s works are updated and refreshed for a modern age and hilarity ensues. Want to know what happens if Theresa May decided to quote Henry V? How about if Romeo and Juliet took place in rival retirement homes? [Read more…] about Review: Five Go Mad for Shakespeare by Chandler’s Ford MDG and Romsey Players
I thought I would take this opportunity to respond to Chandler’s Ford Today’s informal invitation to provide some input that might catch the eye of a few older folk.
Being an environmentally aware person and property man who cut his teeth in a very beautiful part of England I was at an early age drawn to the Potters Heron for a variety of reasons. It is magnificently located for its purpose on a stretch of highway that sweeps majestically in a gentle curve on its way to my favouritecity. Strangely enough, and it may seem totally irrelevant but I had the same feeling when I last swept along the Big Sur stretch of the coastal highway in CA. [Read more…] about Those were the Days: the Potters Heron Hotel in the 50s and 60s
I remember the Potters Heron before the 1966 fire, and another event prior to that date, probably in the late 1950s…
The original line of the main road there was much closer to the Potters Heron than now, due to a particularly nasty accident that took place then.
A group of actors or celebrities of the day were travelling on what was then the A31, in a couple of fast (for then) cars. [Read more…] about Another Potters Heron Story Before the 1966 Fire
The Potters Heron has been known affectionately over the years by some as the Potted Herring. I’ve known it for nearly 60 years.
It was indeed a very popular restaurant and bar. It had a thatched roof and was rather more attractive and intimate than the building that replaced it after the fire in 1966, although the hotel that rose from the ashes retained something of the character of the original building. [Read more…] about Another Turn of the Potter’s Wheel
How to be safe in a thatched roof property?
According to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, 90 percent of thatch fires are down to a faulty flue or chimney. The thatch is designed to repel water which makes extinguishing these fires difficult.
These photos of the Potters Heron Hotel in Ampfield were taken by local resident Robbie Sprague this morning. The hotel went up in flames last night and more than 170 emergency service personnel attended the fire. [Read more…] about How to be Safe in a Thatched Roof Property?
Update: 9.42pm: The #AmpfieldFire is now under control and crews are going to start the process of scaling down #Ampfield #Romsey.
[Read more…] about Fire at the Potters Heron Hotel
Last Friday I watched three short comedy performances at the Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church performed by the MDG Players and their friends from Romsey. Unlike the previous performances I’ve seen, this was a variety of plays with different characters and plots, with different styles of comedy. [Read more…] about Review: An Evening of Entertainment with Chandler’s Ford MDG Players and Friends from Romsey
From Friday 15th December Santa from Romsey, Chandler’s Ford & District Round Table begins a two night run visiting: Friday 16th December in Valley Park, around Sandringham Close from 6pm; Saturday 17th Valley Park, around Skys Wood Road from 5pm. [Read more…] about Santa and The Round Table Visiting Chandler’s Ford Area
Father Christmas will be taking to the streets of Chandler’s Ford in style again this Christmas, thanks to the local Round Table travelling across the area, collecting money for local good causes.
Whilst Santa’s elves have been busy making Frozen Toys ready for the big day, Santa’s fitted a GPS tracker in his sleigh, so you’ll know exactly where he is. This means if you can’t wait for them to knock on your door, or if they are not coming to your street this year, you are welcome to see if they are nearby and come and find them. [Read more…] about Round Table Brings Santa to Chandler’s Ford and Valley Park – 2016
Chandler’s Ford Methodist Church will resound with the ‘Power of Song’ when Romsey Male Voice Choir and their special guests Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir offer up a feast of classical choral singing and popular songs from the shows.
The concert, in aid of Action for Children and Wessex Cancer Trust, begins at 7.30 pm on Saturday 16th April. [Read more…] about Romsey Male Voice Choir’s Special Charity Concert
Thanks to the generosity of people from the Romsey and Chandler’s Ford area last Christmas, Romsey, Chandler’s Ford and District Round Table were able to donate a total of £6,000 to local good causes. [Read more…] about Round Table Donate £6,000 to Local Good Causes
Thanks to the generosity of the people from Romsey and Chandler’s Ford, over £6,000 has been raised in the run up to Christmas.
Now the funds have been raised, Romsey, Chandler’s Ford and District Round Table are looking for nominations to decide how the money is best allocated. [Read more…] about Round Table Raises £6,000 for Local Good Causes
Just for fun, I thought I would share a few Christmas linked short stories (the famous 100 worders) and limericks.
I also share a couple of my family traditions at Christmastime. [Read more…] about Christmas Stories, Limericks and Traditions
Father Christmas will be taking to the streets of Chandler’s Ford in style again this Christmas, thanks to the Romsey, Chandler’s Ford and District Round Table travelling across the area, collecting money for local good causes.
The Round Table is one of the world’s largest voluntary clubs for men, offering 18–45 year olds the chance to have a great time whilst making new friends, trying new activities and supporting their local community. [Read more…] about Round Table Brings Santa to Chandler’s Ford