Houghton News - Houghton Bossington
This month’s editor - Lucy Gosse
Here is your professionally printed magazine….in colour! This excellent improvement is thanks to
the PCC which decided to use a professional print company when the lease on its printer ran out
last month. Apart from the improved paper quality and the brilliance of having photographs and
advertisement in all their colourful glory, it saves the Editors photocopying and manually stapling
150 magazines each month!
Please note: because of additional ‘lead’ days now needed to get the magazine printed and
delivered to you as early as possible each month, the monthly deadline for articles is 18th of
And more changes: we are sad to see Gloria and Trevor leave the village. They have faithfully
looked after our Village Hall including handling bookings for 15 years and Trevor has also kept a
beady eye on the cleanliness and safety of the playground equipment. We wish them happiness
in their new home and thank them for all they have contributed to the village over the years.
The main event in the village this month is of course the Houghton Trail - Sunday 19 April, with
Dickie Davis once again sounding the Starter horn. It’s not too late to volunteer to help with this
popular event ….or to register to run or cycle...just contact Bob (388617) or Fiona (389237). The
briefing for marshals/helpers will be on Saturday 18 April at the Village Hall from 10 am. At least
there will be coffee and bacon butties available, as it’s also the Village Coffee Morning!
This month in and around Houghton...
Sat 11 Apr
Mon 13 Apr
Wed 15 Apr
Sat 18 Apr
Sun 19 Apr
Mon 20 Apr
Fri 24 Apr
Sun 26 Apr
Churchyard Working Party (p4)
Parish Council, Parish Assembly (p7)
Village Hall Cttee AGM 7.00 pm (p5)
Village Coffee Morning (p6)
HOUGHTON TRAIL (p3)
WI Meeting (p9)
Ladies Pamper/Shopping Evening (p12)
Skate Park Fest, Broughton (p15)
Spring flowers in the churchyard
Deadline for articles and ads: 18 April 2015
Following Bev Barker’s
decision to step down
from her role as Clerk to
Houghton Parish Council,
there is an advertisement
for the post on page 8 of
Email: [email protected]
Village Website www.houghton-bossington.org.uk
Easter is one of the most wonderful times of the year, not
only is it a time when nature is renewing itself with new life
bursting forth everywhere but it is also a time when God
brings us the promise of new life through his love and
In the Gospel of St John, Mary Magdalene's life is turned inside out at meeting the
risen Lord and the only thing she can proclaim to the disciples is 'I have seen the
Lord', and so the woman whose expectation of sitting with death at the tomb is
filled with resurrection knowledge after speaking to the risen Jesus who calls her
by name.... Mary!
This has profound consequences for all of us as it shows that God is the God of
the resurrection and that our eternal life is with a Heavenly Father who cares for
us and calls us to life after this life is done.
Please join us across the Benefice churches for fellowship as we meet to worship
and praise the Risen Lord this Easter.
With Easter Blessings.
Maundy Thursday - April 2
7.30 pm Eucharist & Foot Washing at St Mary’s, Broughton
Good Friday - April 3
Family Service at All Saints, Houghton
Music & Meditation at St Mary’s
Tributes will follow in the May magazine.
SUNDAY 19 APRIL
All proceeds to
All Saints Church Houghton
* 32K Cycle* *11K Trail Run*
*14K Cycle* *5K Cycle* *4K Fun Run*
Under 16 £6
Village Hall, Stevens Drove
Registration from 9.00 am
Not suitable for Wheelchairs or pushchairs
THANKS as ALWAYS
t o our sponsors and
For details on HOW TO ENTER Please visit www.houghton-trail-event.org.uk
Would you like to HELP OR
BE INVOLVED? PLEASE CALL!
Fiona/Rod - 01794 389237 or Bob/Lucy - 01794 388617
Churchyard working party
Saturday 11 April 10 am - Noon.
We will be raking, excavating around the shed, building
compost bins, moving snowdrops and exposing old graves…
...so plenty to do for all ages and abilities!!!
All help very much appreciated. Please bring some garden tools if you
can…..and remember to wear gardening gloves!
If you can’t make this date but would be happy to go to the churchyard and
carry out work in your own time please let us know - we would be delighted to
hear from you. Thank you.
Clare, Michael & Iona
Broughton Bright Hour
Thursdays at 2.30 pm in the Meeting Room
St. Mary’s Church, Broughton.
Speakers for April
2 Mrs. Gina Livermore
9 Mr. Malcolm Green
16 Mrs. Linda Rowe (Gideons)
23 Mr. Desmond Graves
30 Miss Barbara Hillier
Please come and
For more information, contact
CHURCH CLEANING ROTA - April
Would you share your thoughts about the village with us…...or your memories of times
If you would prefer us to come and talk to you to collect your
thoughts, we’d be very happy to do so.
The editors of Houghton News would love to hear from anyone
about their life in the village—either now or about past memories of
We’re very grateful to those who already contribute items to the
magazine, either words or photographs.
Please don’t wait to be asked!
Village Hall News
Village Hall AGM
Wednesday 15 April: 7pm
TWO JOBS ON OFFER at THE VILLAGE HALL!
Cleaner required 2 hours Wednesday mornings before the yoga class 7.30-9.30 am
£10 per hour.
Caretaker/Cleaner/Maintenance Person for approximately 4 hours per month.
This will include taking care of any additional cleaning, looking after the telephone
box, checking guttering, bleeding radiators, sweeping the car park, watering plants
etc. The job-holder, should ideally, live within quick and easy access to the Village
Hall and be available to attend to short-notice and unexpected events. £10 per hour.
Although this has been advertised as two different jobs, one person could do both.
If you or anyone you know are interested in helping maintain this community facility for the
village, please contact:
Rosie Cardoe 07794 902467 or Clare Stephens 07814 094029
A big ‘THANK YOU’ from the Village Hall Committee to Julie Moldon
who measured, sourced, made and hung the smart new curtains at
the back of the Village Hall stage.
“How most kind of you, Julie, to give your time and skill to make
the stage area look so much better.”
The Village Hall Committee is looking for any photographs (they will copy and return)
pictures, memorabilia of anything to do with Houghton.
We want to make a permanent display in the Village Hall to jolly up the walls.
If you have an anything you’d like to share, please let someone on the Village Hall
Committee know - thank you!
February Village Hall
£30 V Dougall
£20 Lindsay Parker
£10 Mark Kemp
£5 Christine Smith
An annual Village Hall Draw ticket is £12 a year (Jan-Dec) or pro rata if you join
during the year.
The draw takes place at The Boot Inn on the last Friday of the month, so it’s a
lovely excuse to drop in and hopefully win some money to pay for your drinks!
If you’d like to buy a Draw ticket contact Nick Harding or James Allport
Village Coffee Morning
Lucy and Clare look forward to seeing you on
Saturday 18 April - 10.30 am - Noon
For a cuppa and a cake and/or a bacon buttie!
April’s Coffee Morning will also be a briefing for marshals/helpers at this year’s
Houghton Trail - so should be even busier than usual!
Many thanks to everyone for their generous support
…and to Maureen for her ever delicious bacon butties!
Thank you to those who kindly donated to the Andover Food Bank box at the March coffee
morning. The Village Coffee Morning will always be a collection point for much
appreciated donations of non-perishable food (with a future ‘use by’ date!).
If you can’t make a Coffee Morning but would like to donate, please contact Lucy
(01794 388617) or leave your donation by her back door. Thank you!
Lucy and Clare are always open to new ideas for village
coffee mornings…. do let us know your thoughts!
The Village Coffee Mornings donate profits either to the Village Hall (we made a £40 donation following the
March Coffee Morning) and/or another local or national charity.
If you or someone you know, would like to have a Table Top Sale to raise money for their own charity,
please let Lucy or Clare know so that it can be booked into a Coffee Morning; there is no charge.
Businesses who bring their stall make a donation/percentage of sales.
Singing for Fun
If you’d like to join, you’d be welcome for our Summer Term - we are expertly and
sympathetically led by Helen King.
7.45 pm to 8.45 pm in the church.
You don’t have to be able to read music - you don’t have to have sung before or for a very
long time - you might just want to ‘have a go’ and see how you feel about singing!
If you would like more information please let one of us know .
Informal notes from Houghton Parish Council: March 2015
Finance: Parish Council funds stand at £10,419.36
potential affordable housing development at this stage.
TVBC has notified Houghton Parish Council (HPC) of the
North Houghton Manor: various works—permitted
Four Winds: outline permission for 4 dwellings
HPC objected to revised application for Solar Farm at
Eveley. (Broughton PC supports the application).
HPC supports the following applications:
Lavender Cottage: pollard willow and acer
The Old Rectory: pollard/crown lift 2 trees.
Houghton Lodge: convert calf pens to tourist
Kents Orchards: fell 4 ash and remove conifer hedge
Willow House: cut back ash tree
Grass Cutting and Playground Inspections: because both
current contractors are leaving the area shortly; Cllr Alan
Young is keen to hear from anyone interested in applying
for these (paid) positions, which required regular and
reliable provision. In response to a request from Lucy
Gosse, Alan Young said he would arrange for the playing
field be cut not less than 5 days before this year’s
Houghton Trail which on 19 April.
Neighbourhood Watch: Llyn Adams has confirmed she is
still a Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator and will be
obtaining up to date information for publicity throughout
Bossington: fallen horse-chestnut trees have now been
removed from the river, thanks to HCC Cllr Andrew
Gibson’s procurement of funding; HCC will be asked to
carry out a 'safety' survey of the remaining chestnut trees.
Village Welcome pack: Gina Livermore has advised the PC
that the PCC will organisie an updating of the existing pack
and will liaise with Houghton News editors and distributor
to help ensure all newcomers to the village are given a
copy, as well as a copy of Houghton News.
Street lights: following consultation with villagers at the
top of Stevens Drove, the PC will ask HCC to arrange a
dimming of both village street lights by 50% from dusk to
midnight by 75% midnight to 5am; and to request shields
to the lights to ensure downlighting only, to enable the
night sky to be visible during hours of darkness.
Broken fencing alongside Daniel Busk’s field behind the
playing field will be removed by the Parish Lengthsman
Village Agent : Claire Hodge has been appointed (as
publicised in the March Houghton News) to support the
aged in Houghton; a ‘partner’ Village Agent is still required,
to share duties with Claire.
Affordable housing: there appears to be conflicting
information received by the PC from various agencies
about the actual requirements in the village for such
housing. Cllr Peter Boulton advised that TVBC’s
Development Officer, Jackie Evans, would have the
definitive information. The PC decided not to pursue
Village Hall: the AGM is on 16 April and Rosie Cardoe,
Chairman, said there will be a number of changes on the
Committee. Both Trevor and Gloria Smith are standing
down—a Caretaker is still sought. A defibrillator is now
installed and someone is required to be trained to used the
equipment . Rosie confirmed that there are no imminent
plans to pursue the major extension developments on the
All Saints Church: Michael Woodhall gave a good update
on church developments: funding for 6 new bells and
renovation of the Bernard Memorial has now been
received and the bell foundry is currently manufacturing
the new bells. A grant of £5,000 has been received for
roof and window repairs; £2,000 is still needed to fund
necessary work to a number of large trees. The clearing
and planting work (including bulbs now in flower) in the
churchyard continues with a number of successful village
working parties, kindly organised by Iona Priestley and
Clare Stephens. Thanks to Sue Marshall and others were
expressed for cleaning the frame holding the copy of the
Next Parish Council meeting
13 April 2015 at 7.30 pm
Come along and find out what the Parish
Council is doing for the village - and have
your say about matters that are important to
you in the village!
Houghton Parish Council - Vacancy for Clerk/Responsible Financial
To carry out the necessary functions and duties to support the parish council
The job holder is responsible for setting agendas for the
bi-monthly meetings, attending the meetings and preparing
the formal Minutes for approval. Responsibilities include
handling the Council’s correspondence, maintaining accurate
financial records and preparing accounts for audit and VAT
Applicants should possess sound IT and administration skills
and ideally some financial accounting experience. Previous
parish council experience is desirable but not essential. The
role may be suitable for an existing Parish Clerk who wishes to
take on additional work.
The post is part-time, working from home for between 15 and
18 hours per month. Conditions of employment and
remuneration are based on the National Association of Local
Council’s salary recommendations and are dependent on the
candidate’s experience and qualifications.
For a full job description or for more information please
contact the current Clerk, Mrs B Barker at
[email protected] or call 01794 389131
To apply please send an up to date CV to:
Cllr Philip Page - Chairman, Houghton Parish Council
C/o Mrs B Barker, 7 Stevens Drove, Houghton, Stockbridge,
Closing date for receipt of applications: 24 April 2015
At our March meeting Rosina Brandham gave us an excellent illustrated talk about the
gardener Joseph Paxton. Paxton worked his way up from being a garden boy to becoming the
head gardener at Chatsworth in 1826, under the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire.
At Chatsworth he redesigned the gardens, built enormous fountains, planted a Pinetum and
constructed a huge glass and wood framed conservatory covering an acre of land. This was to
house some of the specimen plants gathered from all around the world - this was a time when
plant hunting was at its peak and is the foundation of many of the plants we have in our
Congratulations go to Sandra Harper who has won the ballot to represent Houghton WI at the
Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in June.
Julie Moldon has organised a varied speaker programme for 2015-2016 plus outings to
Longstock Water Gardens and Athelhampton House and gardens. We are very grateful for all
her hard work.
Although our WI is small we have something to interest everyone. The Book Club and the
Lunch Club meet monthly. The skittles, darts and walking group will soon begin again.
We are supporting two local car events this spring by providing our renowned refreshments.
It's time to start baking!
The next meeting is on Monday 20 April at 7.30, when Patricia Laws will give us a
‘Light hearted look at Astrology’
Visitors are always welcome, so do please contact our secretary, Julie Harwood on
01264810314 for further details.
The WI is also running the ever
popular Refreshments Tent at
this year’s Houghton Trail.
There is now a Defibrillator fitted to the outside of the Village Hall, for
emergency medical use. We need people to be trained to operate it . Rosie
Cardoe is arranging for training to be given within the next month and will
publicise dates as soon as they are available.
If you would like to volunteer for this valuable community service, please contact Rosie.
No medical training is required.
Letter from Mollie
Well, I can see that it is going to be a right miserable time here this Easter!
I have been to the dreaded vet about my poorly leg, and he said I needed
to loose even more weight! That man is obsessed with the scales, every
time I go in there it’s “sit on the scales Mollie like a good girl” well I’m not a
good girl, and I have been sulking for three weeks. No games, no ball, and
reduced rations, and I still have a poorly leg! I spend a lot of evenings chasing my tail round the
lounge and up and down the bedroom passage; Mum says that is certainly not going to help!
But what is a border collie to do? I am not the sort of doggie who spends long periods of time in
my basket! I absolutely hate the vet, in the surgery there is a 2 inch crack below the door, and I
dug frantically with my paws to try and make it a bit bigger so that I might escape! But Mum
soon put a stop to that! And as for Easter eggs… don’t even think about it! I am lucky if a few
morsels of doggy dins are on my plate, let alone anything as exotic as an Easter egg!
Actually, Mum did relent a bit and throw the ball one day last week. We went to see a friend of
Mum’s who lives in a fairly built up place, but there is a nice playing field not far away, when we
went in there I begged for my ball, and eventually she went to the car and came back, throwing
it for me, I was in doggy heaven, my leg didn’t hurt a bit and I ran faster and faster, Mum looked
worried but I really did enjoy myself, and showed off to lots of other doggies who were being
kept on leads! That is what a border collie ought to be doing! Anyway, Mum is taking me to a
physiotherapist on Thursday, at great expense, she said! Mum said that she took Billy to the
same lady some years ago and he bit her! Well, I shan’t do that, but I might have to hide under
something! I am also having lots of additives in my food, Mum says it is to help my joints, I said
to her, “just throw the ball and see how my joints can operate!!
I take every opportunity to run when I get the chance, chasing the coal bucket is quite a good
game but it doesn’t last long, there is only so much coal to be fetched in an evening! Mum has
got a new mower, the type you sit on and I have to chase that around a bit, and round it up,
Mum says there is no hope for me, and I shall have to be shut in! but she has got to catch me
Happy Easter to you all!
PS: there will be an up to date colour photograph of me in the next magazine!
HAHA—Houghton Allotment Holders Association
An allotment with a shed is unexpectedly available! £25 per year,
including a contribution to overall site maintenance.
HAHA is having an AGM on Wednesday 22 April
8 pm at The Boot Inn All welcome….to find out what we’re
doing….. or planning to do!
Please contact Lucy Gosse (HAHA Secretary) for more information
or if you’d like an allotment!
[email protected] 388617
This month’s recipe
……..sounds particularly delicious - thank you Rosie for letting us in on this
secret! With the current fickle weather it sounds quite yummy. If you’d like to
share a favourite recipe, please let [email protected] know!
LAMB SHANKS WITH FIGS AND HONEY - Serves 6
You can use red lentils to thicken the stew instead of flour, therefore, gluten free.
3 tbsp mild olive oil
6 lamb shanks
2 garlic cloves
2 sprigs fresh rosemary/1 level dessertspoon dried rosemary
2 tablespoons of split red lentils
250g dried figs, halved
1 tsp ground allspice
2 cinnamon sticks, crumbled
2 tablespoons runny honey
500ml red wine
Preheat oven 150C.
Heat the oil in a casserole dish and brown the lamb
shanks, in batches if necessary. Transfer to a bowl.
Chop the onions and garlic finely and fry with the rosemary in the casserole dish
until the onion is soft. Add the lentils, figs, allspice, cinnamon, honey and wine and
250ml water to the pan. Stir well and bring to the boil. Return shanks to the pan
and place in the oven for 1½ hours.
It is best to make the dish the day before, allowing it the cool and then you can
remove any excess fat that has appeared on top of the dish before reheating.
Reheat in the oven at 150C for approx 20 minutes or until the meat is piping hot.
Weddings at Houghton Lodge
COULD YOU BECOME A STEWARD AT ROMSEY ABBEY?
Romsey Abbey stewards come from all walks of life. They are
not guides, but are there to welcome all visitors to the Abbey,
whether for a wedding or a funeral, as a tourist from the UK or
overseas, for a service or a lunchtime concert or a rehearsal, to
light a candle, or have a quiet time. Stewards also answer
questions where they can, and point visitors in the direction of
further information. They are there every day, and play a vital
role in creating an open and welcoming atmosphere for all those
visiting the Abbey.
We need over forty stewards every week. Most attend for two hours every week or fortnight, others
are prepared to step in for absences. There are currently gaps in the rota, and always a need for
more stewards to fill those gaps and to stand in for absences. Full training and support is given,
stewards normally work as a team of two, and it can be a thoroughly enjoyable, stimulating
Most stewarding vacancies occur at weekends, Saturday afternoons between 12.30pm and 4.30pm
particularly, and Sunday between 1pm and 5pm. During the week, Wednesday 11am – 1pm and
Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm are presently vacant.
Stewards welcomed over 41,500 day time visitors to the Abbey during 2014 (7500 more than in 2013)
including over 5000 during the 2 weeks of Romsey Festival.
If you would like to talk over the possibility of joining them, please contact Sheila Latimer by phone or
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Free Range Pork - Preserves
Home Grown Produce - Cakes & Eggs
Plants - Crafts
Every Thursday 10:00 – 11:45
Stockbridge Town Hall
1. Come into existence (9)
7. Desert plants (5)
9. Entice (5)
10. Paddles (4)
11. Pugilist (5)
14. Brass instrument (5)
15. Wood file (4)
18. Magical incantation (5)
19. Last letter of the Greek alphabet (5)
20. The history of a word (9)
2. Profit (4)
3. Country (6)
4. Moderate (9)
5. Performer (5)
6. Pig pen (3)
8. Rotund (9)
12. Downhill ski race (6)
13. Lance (5)
16. Make a request (3)
17. Hard work (4)
Solutions page 23
Chicken and Egg
Can you match the position of each hen (A, B, C)
with its name and the number of eggs it laid?
1. Scratchy laid twice as many eggs as the hen at C.
2. The hen at B laid three more eggs than Chooky.
3. One of the hens is called Pecky.
4. One hen laid 2 eggs, one laid 4 eggs and one laid 5
Action for Village Youth
NOON Sunday 26th April
at the Broughton
(next to cemetery off Salisbury Rd)
SKATE PARK FEST
STUNT scooter riding
Demos by TEAM EXTREME® professional
skaters and free coaching.
Competitions and jams.
!! FREE ENTRY !!
Why not come along and have a go?
Participation on ramps suitable for age 8 and up; anyone can
come and watch and enjoy the fun.
All bikes, boards and roller blades provided, plus safety equipment.
Participants under the age of 16 will need written parental permission.
BBQ run by the Broughton Boys Big Battlefield Bike Ride team in aid
of Help The Heroes.
Forms available in Westview Stores, Broughton
and at the park on the day.
Event sponsored by Action For Broughton Youth, Test Valley BC,
Broughton PC, Broughton Fireworks Club and Hildon Water.
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The new grey chairs are not for hire as we are keen to keep them in good condition.
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If you would like to use any
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Unit 12B, Stonefield Park, Chilbolton
Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 6BL
Tel: 01264 861117 : Mobile 07582 850810
We offer a wide range of services:
Bespoke hand made furniture
Complete re-upholstery of antique or modern
Supply of a wide range of fabrics
Curtains, blinds, soft furnishings
Stock items available for sale
Please call, email or visit us at our workshop
email: [email protected]
Yoga ~ Pilates ~ Meditation ~
Daytime, evening and weekend classes
for all abilities
Private tuition available
New: Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Pilates for Seniors
Children’s holiday classes
Tel: 01264 811158, Mob: 07764 949317
Tiebridge Farm, North Houghton, Stockbridge
A local, independent Company delivering fuel to homes and
businesses across Hampshire
Small enough to care, big enough to cope
KEROSENE CENTRAL HEATING OIL
GAS BOTTLE DELIVERY
SPEEDY DELIVERY AT LOW COST
SERVICING & MAINTENANCE
BOILER BREAKDOWNS & REPAIRS
NEW BOILER INSTALLATIONS
AGA & RAYBURN SERVICING
FREE SURVEYS & ESTIMATES
Please call 01264 860263
or visit our website www.hbsfuels.com
Thirt Way, Martins Lane, Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hants SO20 6BL
Broughton Joinery & Fitted
Handmade Bespoke Kitchens
Handmade Bespoke Kitchens
Bookshelves & Wardrobes
Bookshelves & Wardrobes
Individual pieces of Furniture
Individual pieces of Furniture
Replacement Windows and Doors
Replacement Windows and Doors
Broughton, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8BX
Broughton, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8BX
Scratchy laid 4 eggs and hen C laid 2 eggs
(clues 1 and 4). Hen B
laid 5 eggs and Chooky laid 2 eggs (clues 2 and
4). By elimination,
hen A laid 4 eggs and Pecky (clue 3), is hen B.
We are ‘Outstanding’...
Providing education through play. Offering
flexible childcare sessions from 2 years of age
We provide high quality childcare and education within our purpose built ’Home
Lodge’ style building where children have the opportunity to participate in a wide
range of interesting activities which promote all areas of learning.
There is free flow access to our outside space which has a covered area for all
Our dedicated staff team are very experienced, well qualified and provide a high
Funding for 15 hours free is available for all children from the term following their
3rd birthday and for eligible children following their 2nd birthday
We offer flexible hours Monday to Friday with 5 start & 4 finish times available.
Healthy lifestyles are actively promoted and hot lunches are available.
For further information or to arrange a visit please contact us:
Conker Lodge, School Lane, Broughton, Stockbridge, Hampshire, SO20 8AN
ALASDAIR JOHN COX
Carpentry Specialist & Building/Garden Maintenance
Free Quotations/No Call Out Charge
No Job Too Small
Internal & External Work Undertaken
Fully Insured with References Available
No 2 Manor Farm Cottage, North Houghton
Stockbridge, Hants, SO20 6LF
01264 810311 or 07900 621842
S J P INDEPENDENT GARAGE SPECIALIST
PROVIDING GARAGE SERVICING REPAIRS& MOTs FOR
PETROL & DIESEL CARS PLUS LIGHT COMMERCIALS
Free collection & delivery from
Home or Work
All makes welcome and courtesy
Terms and conditions apply
133—145 BOTLEY RD., NORTH BADDESLEY, SOUTHAMPTON, SO52 9EB
FORMERLY HOUGHTON GARAGE
OPEN: 8.30—6.00 MONDAY—FRIDAY 9.00—1.00 SATURDAY
Independent Family Owned Funeral Directors
Serving Romsey and district for over 100 years,
and through three generations of the Peace family
122 The Hundred, Romsey
Tel: 01794 513393
Personal attention from
Simon & Michael Peace and Giles Sadd
Private Chapel of Rest
24 Hour Service
Monumental Masonry Service
Pre-payment plans available
Introduction to Music for the Under 5’s
Also available as an Accompanist
All ages and abilities welcome!
GBSM, ABSM, PgDipMTPP, MA
Professionally Registered Member of
ISM and EPTA
Tel: (01794) 388685
Mob: 07917 161585
Chapel Close, Houghton
Nr. Stockbridge SO20 6LT
Email: [email protected]
OFFICE: 01264 400074
MOBILE: 07887 556 559
17th Edition Electrician
FOR A GREENER FUTURE
Energy Efficient Lighting & Installations
Commercial & Domestic
EMAIL: [email protected]
SMALL BUSINESS ACCOUNTS
& TAX RETURNS
GRACE ACCOUNTING, CHALKDOWN,
COWDROVE HILL, KINGS SOMBORNE,
HAMPSHIRE, SO20 6PJ
Practice Licence 11760
T: 07852 634685 E: [email protected]
Alexandra Heating Services Ltd
Your local heating specialist
For all your Oil, Gas, LPG & Renewable energy needs.
Domestic & commercial central heating systems, installed & repaired.
We also offer emergency breakdown cover, repairs, servicing, plumbing,
under-floor heating & system design.
Call us on 01722 417873 or email us at [email protected]
to book your appointment today!
It’s cool to stay warm for less money...reduce your heating oil costs!
If you order via Houghton Oil Syndicate your can increase your ‘buying
power’ with local oil companies; together, we can achieve savings of up to
10p/litre - it’s a ‘no brainer’!
How it works
Join the Oil Syndicate (it’s free!) by contacting Bob Gosse
[email protected] or call 01794 388617.
When you need oil, email Bob who then e-mails all the Syndicate Members,
seeking more orders. Almost every month, Bob sources the best deal from
local oil companies and orders your oil requirements. You pay the oil company direct, usually after
delivery, on invoice.
There are currently 54 households in the syndicate: the more members there are
the potentially cheaper the oil!.
Are you part of the Houghton Village e-mail Group?
There are now 120 subscribers!
The Village email group helps us all keep up-to-date with what’s on in the village –
apart from reading Houghton News, of course!
You can hear about things going on in the village more frequently than once a month!
It’s so easy to join….just email [email protected] and ask to join!
If you don’t have email, you could ask a friend in the village who does,
to send a message on your behalf!
Getting to a doctor’s, hospital, dental, optician or other medical appointment need not be a
0845 094 3713
and a friendly voice will come to your aid and organise transport for you to and from your appointment,
courtesy of one of the Volunteer Drivers
There is no charge if you are over 60 or have a Bus Pass.
If you don't have a Bus Pass but you qualify for one, ring TVBC (01264 368000) to order one.
Good Neighbour volunteers can also help with non-medical appointments - eg visiting someone in
hospital, help with day-to-day errands such as collecting prescriptions, small shopping commissions,
dog walking, so it’s always worth asking if you need help with anything.
Do make a note of the number….it could be very useful one day!
There are 4 volunteers from Houghton: we support Stockbridge and Stockbridge supports Houghton.
Public Transport Services for Houghton: wef January 2015
Service 16: Salisbury to Winchester via Stockbridge and Kings Somborne - Mon/Sat only
NB: if you wish to travel to Houghton or Broughton on the 13.20 service from Winchester: make sure you request
the driver when you get on; otherwise the bus will terminate at Stockbridge.
Public bus services contracted by:
Houghton Parish Council
Parish Council meetings are held every other month,
usually the first Monday,
in Houghton Village Hall at 7.30 pm.
The Chairman is Philip Page
These are public meetings to which all are welcome.
Please come along and hear what the Parish Council is doing for you and
have your say!
Future Parish Council meetings :
Annual General Meeting
(at which the 2015/2016 meetings will be set)
Broughton & Mottisfont Village Bus
Services and Fares as at April 2013
Concessionary Bus Passes can be used on this service
NO SERVICE ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
All services depart from and return to Broughton (*)
(subject to alteration)
Under 5s Free
(opposite Marks &
Age 16 and over
1st in the month
Age 16 and over
Age 16 and over
Age 16 and over
Age 16 and over
Age 16 and over
2nd in the
in the month
(Bus Station, via
(Bus Station, via
(*) Stops: The Hollow, South Road, Village Hall, The Square, Chapel Lane, North End,
School Lane, The Pound
Houghton Groups & Activities
If you would like to add/amend information to this list, please contact the Editors at
If you are a neighbour of a newcomer it maybe worthwhile lending this magazine to highlight
some of the things available in our village.
All Saints Church, Houghton: Monthly
services in the Benefice and other church news
is published in Houghton News. See Village
Directory for contacts for further information.
Houghton News: our monthly parish
magazine provides information on village
events, church services and other local area
news plus a wide range of local advertisers. If
you would like to receive a copy (10 editions
annually, for £7), please contact Maureen
Stephens (see Village Directory).. .Profits go to
All Saints PCC.
Houghton Parish Council: public
meetings held every other month, usually on
the 1st Monday of the month in the Village
Hall. Councillors are listed in the Village
Directory; future meeting dates (p 33) and
informal notes of meetings are usually included
in this magazine.. Formal Minutes are
circulated via the e-mail group and on the
HAHA - Houghton Allotment Holders
Association:: there are 10 allotments in the
village, currently one is free to ‘let’. Please
contact either Philip Page (HAHA Chair) or
Lucy Gosse (Secretary) for more information.
Good Neighbours: Houghton is part of the
Stockbridge Good Neighbours scheme,
offering free transport to doctor/hospital and
other important appointments to those unable
to drive. See p 31 of this magazine for details .
Oil Syndicate: members of this village
syndicate, run by Bob Gosse, use their bulk
purchasing power to get the lowest price per
litre. Details on p 34 of this magazine or
contact Bob [email protected]
Postal Deliveries: Steve is our regular
Postie and his ‘relief’ is Nick. There are 3
post boxes: by Village Hall, almost opposite
Bossington Estate offices & on the road into
Stockbridge, just beyond Dairy Barn.
Singing for Fun: a small, informal singing
group, for which no previous singing
experience is required. It meets about 6
times a term on Thursday evenings, using
the church for sessions. It is led
by Helen King a professional music teacher..
Contact Lucy Gosse for more details:
Village Coffee Mornings: run by Lucy
and Clare, usually on the 3rd Saturday of the
month from 10.30 to 12 noon, in the Village
Hall . A relaxed and friendly way to meet up
and catch up over a coffee and cake or
bacon buttie! Details sent out via village
email group and in Houghton News each
Village Directory: a list of useful names,
phone numbers, email, for organisations
relevant to Houghton; published each month
on the last but one page of Houghton News.
Village e-mail group: a quick ,simple
way to send messages and reminders to
others in the village about events or if you
are looking for an item/household service,
etc., Contact [email protected] to
have your email added to the group
Village Hall: Lots of village events
happen here! Available to hire (p18 of this
magazine) and more contacts in the Village
WI: meets monthly in the Village Hall; see
contacts in Village Directory for more
Parochial Church Secretary
Friends of All
Hampshire County Councillor
Test Valley District Councillor
All Saints Church
Rev. Ron Corne
Caroline Nokes MP
Mrs Julie Harwood
Mrs Julie Moldon
01264 810314 [email protected]
01794 388204 [email protected]
01794 389696 [email protected]
01264 810524 Non-urgent 101 [email protected]
0845 094 3713 0800 0280880 01264 365534 -
Stockbridge Neighbour Care
Hampshire County Council
Citizens Advice Bureau
Broughton/Mottisfont Village Bus
Church Services - April 2015
Easter Egg Hunt
11.00 am MOTTISFONT
Every Wednesday 9.30 am St. Mary’s Church, Broughton Holy Communion BCP
CW = Common Worship.
BCP = Book of Common Prayer
Maundy Thursday - April 2
Eucharist & Foot Washing at St Mary’s, Broughton
Good Friday - April 3
10.00 am Family Service at All Saints, Houghton
2.00 pm Music & Meditation at St Mary’s