Houghton News - Houghton Bossington
Mon 7 March
Wed 16 & 23 March
Stockbridge Cinema p10
Sun 20 March
Easter Egg Hunt
Mon 21 March
Fri 25 March - Good Friday
Hot Cross Bun service p3
Mon 4 April
Sun 17 April
Tues 26 April
This month’s editor - Lucy Gosse
So, Spring is sprung….almost! Although by the time it has officially arrived, all
the daffodils will be over! However, the days are lengthening and we are
seeing more of the sun now - hurrah!
To get us in the mood for our early Easter this year….there’s an Easter Egg
Hunt on Palm Sunday 20 March from 4.45 pm. All Families with
young children are invited to ‘hunt the eggs’ in the walled
garden of Houghton Lodge (by kind permission of the Busk Family);
the Hunt will be followed by a delicious tea! Please contact
Gina on 01794 388433 if you’d like to bring children to the
The new ring of 6 bells at All Saints will be pretty much installed by the time
you read this! To celebrate the new bells officially, there will be a special
Service of Dedication on Sunday 12 June when Bishop Jonathan of
Southampton will lead the service to welcome the bells. Do make a note in
your diary for this very special event in our village church. Ah, yes…..and more
bell ringers are still needed, so if you’d be interested in learning to ring, do
look on p14 of this magazine!
May and June are, of course, celebration months for the Queen’s 90th
birthday. The Village Hall Committee is planning something fun and sociable
to mark the occasion around this time - so watch out for more details!
by 24 et
at the tree
in memory of
You could win this unique Yellow Wellie cake
and support the RNLI Tara Lifeboat fund!
Tickets £1 each available from
Clare Stephens 07814 094029
Deadline for articles and ads: 18 March 2016 Email: [email protected]
Village Website www.houghton-bossington.org.uk
I love this time of year with its signs of new life, new
beginnings and new hope.
Winter is gradually giving way to spring; snowdrops and
daffodils are in full bloom. As the days begin to lengthen,
blossoms are appearing and the hedges are coming back to
life. Fair weather friends like swifts and swallows are returning from their winter migrations
and new-born lambs are taking their first steps
Christianity is a faith of new life, new beginnings and new hope. Later this month, Christians
around the world will be celebrating our most important festival - Easter – the day on which
the world changed, when winter gave way to spring, when God gave us a new beginning.
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus shared his last supper with his friends and then experienced
the darkness of betrayal and denial. He was arrested, tortured and suffered death on the
cross. His body was taken down from the cross and placed in a tomb. It was a time of
despair and of wintry darkness.
But, this wasn’t the end of the story because three days later, the darkness of Good Friday
gave way to glorious new life. On Easter Day, when Jesus Christ rose from the grave he
conquered sin and death and nothing could be the same again. Although humanity had
rejected God’s Son, God gave humanity a new start.
Join us as at our services around the Benefice as we journey from Palm Sunday through
Holy Week, and reflect on Jesus’ death on the cross.
Come and celebrate at our Easter Day services and rejoice that Jesus is risen and give
thanks for the new life and new hope that the resurrection offers to each of us.
James Allport - 29 January; a Memorial service will be held on Wednesday 20 April, 12 noon
Mary Butler - 12 February; a Funeral will be held on Wednesday 2 March, 12.30 pm
Lena May Beale 13 February; a Funeral was held on Friday 26 February
Augusta (Gussi) Dent - 19 February; a Funeral will be held on Friday 4 March, 11 am
All Saints Matters
Good Friday - ‘Hot Cross Bun’ service for families
This service is aimed especially for families and is suitable for
children of all ages! After the service, Hot Cross Buns, coffee and
soft drinks…..and a chance for a gossip!
11 am celebration of Holy Communion - with hymns.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
All Saints Church
Tuesday 26 April
After the AGM, there will be refreshments and then a normal meeting of All Saints
Parochial Church Council (PCC).
The AGM is open to everyone and all those listed on All Saints Electoral Roll will be eligible
to vote at the meeting. A copy of the current Electoral Roll for All Saints Houghton is posted
in the Church porch – so you can check whether your name is included!
Bob Marshall is currently updating the Electoral Roll, so if you are not on the Roll but would
like to be, please contact Bob on 01794 388538
CHANGES TO SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS, HOUGHTON
Because of low attendance at morning services, with effect from March there will be only
two services each month:
the 2nd Sunday in the month
Evensong - 6 pm
the 4 Sunday in the month
Evening Holy Communion - 6 pm
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The annual service this year will be at Chilbolton Church on Friday 4 March at 2 pm.
All welcome…… including men!
After the service, tea and cakes will be served.
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH CLEANING ROTA: MARCH
Fiona Evans and Anna Allport
Gee Cartwright and Sandra Harper
Sharon Morgan and Julie Moldon
Helen King and Diane Haslam
Valentine’s Drinks !
The Village Hall committee is delighted to confirm that the Valentine’s Drinks Party raised
£1,256.64 which will be split equally between the RNLI for Tara’s Lifeboat and The Friends of All
Saints, in memory of Michael Moldon.
The evening was a great success with lots of friends from the village joining us for drinks and
canapés. We thank all those who came and supported the evening and special thanks to all those
who donated such delicious canapés.
The highlight of the evening, without doubt, was the surprise Auction of three beautifully decorated
Valentine-themed cakes, made and donated by Sean & Beryl Waters.
With his usual panache, Michael Woodhall kindly masterminded the
auction and, helped by quite a few glasses of wine, raised an amazing
£135! Disappointed at having been 'out bid' for the cupcakes, Kate and
Davis Lewis negotiated a private ‘cupcake sale’ with Rick Nunn; this
resulted in a further donation of £20 which brought the final cake
auction proceeds to a fantastic £155! We really can’t thank Sean &
Thank you so much once again to
everyone for their support for our
Larissa Cordoza, successful bidder for this romantic
heart cake, made and decorated by Sean Waters
Thanks to the generosity—and appetite for delicious sausage rolls and cakes! - of all those who came, the
February coffee morning raised £209 to be split between Friends of All Saints, RNLI Tara Lifeboat and
Hampshire & IoW Air Ambulance.
The next Village Hall Coffee Morning is on Saturday 19 March - Do join us!
Village Hall Draw - January winners!
£30: Lin Coleman
£20: Liz Hammond
£10: Mark Kemp
£5: G Cannings
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 on the last Friday of the month, so it’s a lovely excuse to drop in ….and hope to win
some money to pay for your drinks! Please contact Nick Harding if you’d like to buy a Draw Ticket!
(contact number in Village Directory at the back of this magazine).
Trees in memory of Tara Scougall
There was a simply magnificent turnout on Saturday 20 March when, as part of the
February Village Hall Coffee Morning James, Eleanor and Edward Scougall planted 3 trees
in memory of Tara.
Family and friends from far and near came to celebrate the planting of three lovely trees on
the bank in front of the village hall. There are two crab apples, which produce a profusion of
white blossom in May, followed by yellow fruits blushed with red that deepen to a dark
glossy scarlet in time for Christmas. Between these is a hawthorn which in spring is
smothered in double, rose pink flowers, followed in autumn by bright red berries that are
harmful to humans…. although they are gobbled up greedily by the birds!
Crataegus laevigata “Rosea
Flore Pleno ) Hawthorn
Tara was a serving member of the
Village Hall Committee, always
bringing a breath of fresh air,
enthusiasm and energy in her ’can
do’ approach and these trees will be
a permanent landmark and memory
Reporters from the Hampshire
Chronicle and the Romsey Advertiser
showed great interest in the
tremendous fund-raising programme
for the RNLI Tara Lifeboat fund and
have front page articles about Tara
and her family.
Malus robusta ‘Red
Sentinel’ Crab Apple
Fiona Evans made this amazing RNLI ‘Yellow Wellie’ cake to raffle for
funds for the RNLI Tara Lifeboat fund.
If you’ve not yet bought a ticket, you have until 24 March, when the
winner will be announced.
Please contact Clare Stephens
if you would like to buy a ticket…or two!
Tel - 07814 094029
Talk on Deanery link with South Rwenzori – Monday 14 March at 2pm
Following her visit in February, Jane Horne of the Deanery Mission Committee will be giving an
illustrated talk about the latest news from our Deanery link, South Rwenzori in the Church Rooms
behind Romsey Abbey.
A selection of cakes and tea/coffee will be served at the start of the meeting.
Tickets £5 beforehand (ring Liz Hallett on 01794 522398) or £6 on the door.
A warning !
There are major works going on in the Abbey car park and you will need to park elsewhere in the town.
Broughton Bright Hour
Thursdays at 2.30 pm in the Meeting Room - St. Mary’s Church, Broughton.
Speakers for March
3 Members Meeting.
10 Mrs Vida Reynolds.
17 Mr Bill Thompson.
24 Mrs Ann Freeland.
31 Mr Desmond Graves.
Everyone welcome, please come and join us.
After our trial run last autumn, it was decided to mount a further three this summer, at
6 p.m. on the Third Sunday of the months of April, May and June. Those who have not
already been may like to know that the service lasts not more than half an hour, and consists of
a narrative about the life of a famous Christian, punctuated by three readings from his (or her we have many women!) work. After each reading we play music which is either by a
contemporary composer, or music the person was known to have liked, and each excerpt is
limited to about five minutes. The service is conducted by David Livermore, and Gina provides a
prayer or two at the end. There are then refreshments and you get home in time to do the
This time it has been suggested that we look at three popes (no women - so far!): Pope Gregory
the Great, who gave his name to a new kind of Church music called Gregorian Chant (so, no
prizes for guessing what the music will be). He will be followed by Pope John XXIII, who
modernised the Roman Catholic Church, and finally the Polish Pope John Paul II, who showed
what a flair for publicity can do - including get you bumped off!
We would love to see you there.
?Egg on your face….?
1 How did the eggs leave the highway?
2 Why did the egg cross the road?
3 How did the egg roll across the road?
(p 23 to check your answers!)
On a very cold and frosty evening in February members of Houghton WI braved the elements to
come to listen to Gill Young giving a very moving talk about her time as a volunteer in Belarus
for the charity Chernobyl Children’s Project. Many of us remember the terrible accident at the
nuclear plant at Chernobyl in Ukraine 30 years ago, but may not appreciate the devastating
ongoing after effects it has had on the people of Belarus. This is so evident in the orphanages
and institutions which care for the young and old who are severely affected by radiation. Gill, an
experienced teacher of children with learning difficulties, spent two weeks providing inspirational
and practical care with a supportive team, to make the lives of these very sick people more
It has been wonderful to have Gill, a local resident, who has given us the benefit of her amazing
experience. I wonder what talent there is in Houghton - maybe there are others who would like
to come to give a talk on their special field of interest?
Our next meeting will be on Monday 21 March when there will be a talk about Patchwork
Quilts. You would be most welcome to come to join us in Houghton Village Hall. The meeting
starts at 7.30pm.
The 13th Houghton Trail - Sunday 17 April 2016
If you would like further information about this either as an entrant
running, walking or cycling, or - just as important - helping with the
organisation of this major village event, please contact
Fiona Evans who is the main contact for the team organising this
year’s Houghton Trail
Proceeds will be split between Houghton Village Hall
and Houghton All Saints Church
Letter from Mollie
I believe I mentioned to you that I need ear defenders when I go to choir practise.
Well now!....we are learning bell ringing and I am taken there sometimes twice a
week! You have never heard such a racket! Mum takes me a warm mat to sit on
and I sometimes get a biscuit or some such treat, but the clanging in my ears is something else!
I must be the most religious doggie in Hampshire, well, England probably…I hear it all, sermons, prayers,
hymns , you name it I take part in it! Mind you, I must say everyone is very nice to me and I get a few
titbits when they have coffee after the service! A man did say last week that he remembered seeing me,
but hadn’t noticed Mum at services…perhaps he thought I could play the organ! I bet I could if I put my
mind to it, although reaching the pedals might be difficult! I think I would rather be out in the woods and
fields, although I did have a nasty experience last Sunday afternoon when Mum took me for my walk
across the Estate - they were having an organised pigeon shoot; there were loud bangs all around us
and I just couldn’t stand it. I couldn’t possibly play with my ball with all that noise, so Mum took me
somewhere else, to a playing field and there were young men playing football, I wasn’t too keen on that
either, but she said I would have to get on with it as she couldn’t think of anywhere else to go! They
were very noisy, all shouting and rushing about, even when they kicked the ball it made quite a noise.
stood and watched the ball speculatively, but Mum said not to even think about it….so I played with my
own tennis ball; Mum said did I really think I could get my chops round a football? I might have a jolly
good try but the young men didn’t seem very inclined to share! They probably haven’t been brought up
properly like I have; other doggies are always picking up my ball when we are out - I usually get it back.
Mum says they probably are not as lucky as me, having a constant supply of new tennis balls. What I say
is, if Andy Murray can have new balls every few games, then so can I! I am cleverer with a tennis ball
than he is anyway, and don’t have to be bought a racket!
I am now looking forward to Easter, but will probably be disappointed as I know I will not be allowed
chocolate…perhaps Mum will get me a special doggie one from Pets at Home. I think when I go to
Church next time I’ll join in with the prayers, after all you never know, someone might be listening!
Lots of love, Mollie.
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It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind
blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
St Peter’s Church Stockbridge
Sunday 3 April - 3.30pm
with Winterslow Singers and Radio Solent’s Rev Tim Daykin
Winterslow Singers are delighted to be coming to St Peter’s to perform this lovely new cantata on the Sunday
after Easter Day. Choir member Harry Brockway composed it in 2013/4 in celebration of his 70th birthday
and to give thanks for the gift of music in his life.. The cantata follows the birth, life, death and resurrection of
Christ, and is for soloists, chorus, and also congregation as it contains three well-known hymns.
We have performed this piece several times, most recently in Amesbury Abbey Church last Easter and always
as free admission events with retiring collections for local causes and in St Peter’s this will be for the Alex
Lewis Trust. We are pleased to be able to support this local cause and wish Alex all the best on his amazing
road to recovery.
We are so pleased too that Radio Solent’s Tim Daykin has found time in his busy schedule to accept our
invitation to be with us and to be our reader for this performance and we look forward to meeting him.
I know that all of you will be familiar with the tragic events which overtook Alex Lewis just over two years and
you will have heard about his amazing courage and determination to get back to living as full a life as possible
with his family and friends. If you google Alex Lewis you will soon find his website and can read about his
experiences since his illness.
And whilst you are “googling”, try “Our Saviour Harry Brockway” and you will be taken to YouTube videos
where you can get a taster of the cantata which was recorded during our first performance in Salisbury. You
may be able to recognise some of your Stockbridge friends who have been Winterslow Singers choir members
for several years. Some of Tim Daykin’s followers will be coming to the performance.
We look forward to seeing you.
Gary Turner - Choir Leader for Winterslow Singers
Reserve your free seats in the centre nave by contacting
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This beautiful photograph of
a rather startled deer was
taken by David Broome, who
lives in the parish.
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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
Same day appointments
24 hour online booking
Extended hours telephone reception
Free on-site parking
No registration fee
Use alongside your NHS GP
BMI Sarum Road
Winchester, SO22 5HA
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
1 They went through the "Eggs-it".
2 Because it wasn't a chicken yet!
3 It just rolled, silly!
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,
Boiler cover plans, 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 56 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 problem.
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!
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
7 March 2016
11 April 2016—Annual Parish Assembly
9 May—Annual General Meeting
(at which meetings for the rest of the year 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 Village: 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.
Postal Deliveries: Steve is our regular
Postie and his ‘relief’ is Nick. There are 4
post boxes: almost opposite Bossington
Estate offices, by Village Hall, outside
Houghton Lodge and on the road into
Stockbridge, just beyond Dairy Barn.
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 p28 of this magazine for details.
HAHA - Houghton Allotment Holders
Association: there are 10 allotments in the
village. Please contact Philip Page (HAHA
Chair); or Lucy Gosse (Secretary) for more
Information - [email protected]
Village Coffee Mornings: run by the
Village Hall Committee 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 month.
Houghton News: our monthly parish
Village Directory: a list of useful names,
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 Church PCC.
phone numbers, email, for organisations
relevant to Houghton; published each month
on the last but one page of Houghton News.
Parish Council: public
meetings held every other month, usually on
the 1st Monday of alternate months, in the
Village Hall. Councillors are listed in the Village
Directory; future meeting dates and informal
notes of meetings are usually included in this
magazine Formal Minutes are circulated via
the e-mail group and posted on the village
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,
[email protected] to
have your email added to the group.
Village Hall: Lots of village events
happen here! Available to hire p16 of this
magazine) and more contacts in the Village
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 p28 of this magazine or
contact Bob [email protected]
WI: meets monthly in the Village Hall; see
contacts in Village Directory for more
All Saints Church
Friends of All Saints
Treasurer (Acting) Garry Hedley
Rev. Ron Corne
Please let the Editors know about updates to this
Directory. Thank you!
Caroline Nokes MP
Houghton Fishing Club
Test Valley District
Stockbridge Neighbour Care
Citizens Advice Bureau
Broughton/Mottisfont Village Bus
0845 094 3713
Church Services - March
at Nutley Farm
Procession from the
Village Hall for all
the family to the
Family Service and
blessing of the
All other Wednesdays in February, Holy Communion on at 9..30 am St. Mary’s Church,
Broughton Holy Communion BCP
Maundy Thursday March 24
7.30 pm at St Mary’s Broughton
Holy Communion and washing of feet
Good Friday March 25
10.00 am at All Saints Houghton
Good Friday March 25
2.00 pm at St Mary’s Broughton
Music and Meditation (until 3 pm)