More help needed for Merchistoun Hall’s Summer Fayre.
Merchistoun Hall’s annual summer fayre is taking shape and the team behind this event have spent weeks busily putting together plans for the day. The event will be held in the grounds of the hall on Saturday July 1st 2017 and will run from 10am – 3pm
‘We have a wonderful team of volunteers who are all working hard to make this event a really good day for everyone’ – say joint coordinators Elaine Jarvis & Eleanor Sopwith
Plans so far include a varied programme of musical entertainment with everything from ukulele through to rock
A beer tent,
Cake stall and
One of the main attractions will be the welcome return of the The Sir William Godolphin Regiment re-creates the period in our history known as the English Civil War. They’ve built up a regiment that is a faithful representation of the actual Cornish foot soldiers that fought for the cause of the King in 1642. This living history group dedicate themselves to battles, sieges, and the making and selling clothing and C17th items of the period with a view to educating the public and encouraging an interest in our heritage. – who will have authentic tents, costumes and props on display for people to view and learn from
Weorod are a small, independent group of Historical Re-enactors who specialise in providing Living History and Re-enactment displays. Based in Portsmouth, Southern Hampshire they recreate one of the most decisive eras in the history of Britain, the Early Medieval or Dark Age period. They portray the lives of the early Jutish settlers of the Migration Period, through the 6th and 7th Centuries (520-680 AD). Only the correct costume and other equipment are displayed before the public to provide an accurate representation of what early medieval life may have looked like.
The team are now looking for anyone who can help in a couple of areas that they would like to host ‘We are looking for anyone who can donate for the day the use of a bouncy castle as an added attraction for the day’, said Eleanor. ‘We would also like to hear from anybody else who can help us with offers of attractions that can help make our day even better!’
If anyone is able to help with any of the above requests, then please do call the hall on 023 92597114 or email email@example.com
All offers of support will be most welcome and appreciated
Cargerington Village Residents Association welcome local residents to their Big Lunch which has been running for several years now. Whether you are new to the community or would like to meet more neighbours please join in. Contact details below:
EHDC are organising a Summer Fair for the Three Southern Parishes (Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle) which will be held on Saturday 24th June at Hazleton Farm. It will be a traditional country festival packed with activities, displays, food, drink and family fun.
The Fayre will open at 11:00am and close at 5:00pm with an ticketed after event evening barn dance complete with live band and caller.
Cllr Sara Schillemore who is leading the event with the EHDC communities team said “The three Parishes Summer Fayre is a new event aimed at celebrating and promoting the communities of Horndean, Rowlands Castle and Clanfield. This is a great place to live and we feel it deserves its own event that showcases what the area has to offer and gives local families a chance to come together and have some fun. The fayre is free and will be great family fun while tickets are already on sale for the Barn Dance, which should be a real party. Among the entertainments on offer will be a packed programme of traditional arena events, including donkey rides, ferret racing, tug-of-war, bouncy castles and more. There will be plenty of stalls to browse, food to try and music, dance and local beers to lift your spirit.”
You can get involved by entering one of a number of competitions including a pet dog contest, a flower and vegetable show, a cake competition or a photographic challenge.
The day will be capped off in fine style by the Barn Dance, from 7.30pm until 11pm with music from the popular live band Squinty McGinty.
So the candidates have been announced for the 2017 General Election and are as follows:
George Hollingbery – Conservative
Andrew Hayward – Green Party
Sheena King – Labour
Martin Tod – Liberal Democrats
Paul Bailey – UKIP
To register to vote please click on this link HERE and you need to have done this by 23:59 on the 22nd May
For a postal vote click on this link Here and the deadline is 5pm on the 23rd May
Don’t forget http://www.horndeanmatters.com is running a poll to predict the outcome of the election and you can cast your vote below now – it is anonymous and in return you will get to see how everyone else is planning to vote.
The next Horndean and Clanfield Litter Pick is Sunday 21st May meeting at Morrisons at 9:30 in the far right corner of the car park. All are welcome and pick tools, bags, gloves are provided and the bags taken away by EHDC afterwards.
Please feel free to come and join us for 2 hours activity!
For those who voted today in the County Council elections – thank you for taking the time to go out and vote, whoever you supported. If you have not yet there is still a few hours voting time left!
So we also have a general election coming and the good news is that it is only a 6 week build-up instead of the usual 6 months politicking and speculation… One website worth keeping an eye on is Electoral Calculus who are one of the (many) independent commentators analysing opinion polls and plotting how the outcome of the vote might be. A screen shot is below (which will please and upset depending on your politics!) and to visit the site click on this link here: Electoral Calculus
Currently our MP is George Hollingbery who is also PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) to Theresa May which gives him unique access and insight to all of the current key political issues. here is George’s statement on the early election:
The Prime Minister’s announcement today is absolutely the right decision in the national interest because it allows voters to make the choice between stability and certainty as we leave the EU or instability and chaos at the hands of a coalition of Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP. These parties are only interested in reversing the referendum result or weakening our negotiating hand so there is no strong deal when we leave the EU.
It will also allow the Government a new mandate at the same time as there are newly elected leaders in France and Germany and this could prove very helpful in the months to come.
The PM has made it clear she was reluctant to make this decision but, considering the posturing of those political parties who want to do all they can to frustrate our negotiations to leave the EU, she was left with no alternative. In this she has my full support
Finally we are running our own local pre-election poll to see how Horndean will contribute to the national picture. The poll is below, you can only vote once and for one option. when you have voted you will see how the local community is intending to vote.
One of the biggest sources of complaint is to do with litter on the side of the road, and fly tipping. Currently EHDC enforces littering and has a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy to littering which results in a £75 on the spot fine for littering. Recently EHDC took a number of non paying offenders to court which significantly increased their fine – and resulted in a criminal record. A harsh outcome but after dropping litter, getting a notification of a fine, and several other steps before court action I have little sympathy on anyone who managed to get this far.
Country wide we spend £800 Million a year on clearing up litter and fly tipping. It spoils our countryside, gets into waterways and causes pollution.
There is a review at the moment on the powers to deal with littering and this includes the following:
Fines to increase from £75 to £150
Drivers of cars to be held accountable for passengers throwing rubbish out of the car
A ban on disposal of household waste at recycling facilities (This is a HCC run facility)
Offenders caught fly tipping to help clear up waste as part of their community service
Personally I would like to see no charges for disposal of household waste at the County Council recycling facilities. I’d also welcome the ability to tackle littering from cars by linking with the number plate with the onus then on the registered keeper to identify the offender (currently it is on the local authority to identify the individual so littering from a car is just about unpunishable)
Would this result in over-zealous action or would it help address a growing problem? Poll below and when you have voted it will show you the results so far. Comments welcome too!
To report fly tipping, litter, hedges overgrowing paths, missed bin collection or anything else please call EHDC Customer Services on 01730 266551 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome will become bankrupt. People must again learn to work instead of living on public assistance." - Cicero, 55 BC