Dec Laverstoke and Freefolk News&Views

Thanks Luce, yes I picked up your new address. Happy Christmas Nx
On Fri, 11 Dec 2020, 19:29 Lucinda Crosthwaite, <> wrote:
> I have a new email address it’s, please amend > thank you & Very Happy Christmas . > > Best wishes > Luce . > > > —–Original Message—– > From: Laverstoke and Freefolk Parish Council < >> > To: lucecrosthwaite <> > Sent: Sat, Dec 5, 2020 09:43 PM > Subject: Dec Laverstoke and Freefolk News&Views > > > Your local village news from L&F Parish Council > > Your local village news > Is this email not displaying correctly? > View it in your browser > <>. > Newsletter December 2020 The festive season is nearly upon us and the > Parish Council would like to wish all residents a Very Merry Christmas. We > hope that the slightly relaxed Christmas rules enable you to have a nearly > normal celebration! And in case people are feeling a little isolated we > have a little suggestion below for those residents taking walks in the area > during the school holiday…. > > It is fantastic to see that our local pub, sports clubs and church are > able to open up again. Please don’t forget to support the Millennium Green > when you are online shopping. They are keeping our green space in trust for > us. And Bere Mill have been really busy gearing up for Christmas too. For > all this and more please read on… > > Our Christmas edition picture was taken by the Watership Down Nursery. It > is so lovely to see the children enjoying the lights outside Lady Rose Hall > at this special time of year. > > You can find a link to the monthly Overton News&Views > <>here, > a few days after the start of the new month. It includes the Overton > library opening times. > Millennium Green online shop links! > It’s December, Christmas is really around the corner! As and when it comes > to your CHRISTMAS SHOPPING… if you are buying online please do consider > supporting, the Laverstoke & Freefolk Millennium Green Trust. There are a > couple of ways you can do this: > If you are using Amazon then there is Amazon Smile – select the Trust at > this link > <> > . > You can also download the Easy Fundraising button for your toolbar at this > link. > <> > Using these links of course costs you no extra but gives the trust a > commission. > > If you would like to make either a one off donation or a regular donation > to help maintain the green we have now set up an online page making it much > easier to do so. See the CAF Donate link here > <> > . > Thank you for your support! > . > And it’s not all about online…. let’s also try and support as many local > businesses as possible too! > St Mary’s services start again Services begin again this Sunday with Holy > Communion at 09:00 am. Then Matins at 10:00 am on 13th December. > > *Come join our Christmas celebrations:* > Carol Singing will take place on Sunday 20th Dec at 3:00 pm in the > Playground. > On Christmas Eve 24th Dec we are holding a short Family Christmas > Reflection / Service starting at 4:00 pm in St Mary’s. > Also in St Mary’s, at 9:30 am on Christmas Day Day, there will be a Family > Communion service. Please come along and bring your family and friends. > For further information on Christmas services contact Charlie Seligman on > or > 07967 555624 > > *Test Magazine * > Subscriptions will be due in January – only £7 for current subscribers due > to Covid resulting in missed copies this year. If anyone new would like to > subscribe to our wonderful parish magazine, it is only £10 for the year. > Please let me know. > > Happy Christmas everyone! > > Brenda Bond – 01256 895594 or > Bere Mill and butchery shop It’s a busy time here at Bere Mill. The farm > is getting ready for Winter and the butchery is going from strength to > strength. > > Since the first lockdown, we have offered free local delivery to the local > area for online orders. This has remained popular and we will be continuing > to offer this service for the near future. All of our beef and lamb is > home-grown at the farm and is grass-fed in the fields surrounding the > RiverTest. Even in the winter, we feed them the haylage we grow ourselves. > > *Christmas:* This year has been challenging for us all, and we felt it > was important to make sure it was something we should all be looking > forward to. We wanted to pull out all the stops! We are currently taking > Christmas orders, with free local delivery, of our own produce alongside a > range of turkeys from Walters’ Turkeys. This is a family run farm near > Newbury. We shall also be making all the trimmings including pigs in > blankets and festive stuffing. And if that’s not enough, we will be selling > Christmas trees from the mill every Saturday and Sunday from 10-4 pm from > the 5th and 6th December. > > This year, we have taken on a new apprentice. David joined us officially > in September but he has been helping around the farm and with the Saturday > deliveries since March. His decision to become an apprentice was quite a > big one. David has been a primary school teacher for 25 years and he left > his role as deputy head to start something new! This extra pair of hands > has given us the opportunity to now open the shop on a regular basis. We > are open every Friday from 12-7 pm, where we will be selling our wonderful > produce including a range of our delicious sausages and locally sourced > free-range chicken. > > Please pop along and take a look. David and Leigh, our butcher, will be > there to help and offer any advice you need. > > And play resumes.. Hopefully by the time you read this, we will be out of > lockdown and back to playing tennis again. We were disappointed that tennis > wasn’t allowed at all during this last lockdown, given the benefits for > physical and mental health and that it can be played socially distanced. > Fortunately, post-lockdown, this has been recognised and outdoor tennis > will be able to continue in all the tiers going forward. Online booking of > courts for when we reopen is now available and we hope to see you playing > soon. > > Once we can, Saturday mix-ins will start again between 2-4 pm, weather > permitting. Everyone is welcome to join us for a game. Look out for > emails and updates on our Facebook page. > > We continue to be unable to organise any social events at the moment as we > wait for the covid situation to improve. The club is a very social club, > so we will look to make up for the lack of events once it is possible to > get people together. In the meantime, whilst we are closed, we have taken > the opportunity to introduce our committee and get to know others in the > club via our Facebook page > <>. > Look out for our ‘Getting to know you’ posts and introduce yourself to > other club members there too. > > For more information about the club and membership, please visit our > website: > <>, follow > us on Facebook > <> or > contact us via Wendy Helsby, Secretary – > > Make L&F a little more of a wonderland! We have been thinking what we > can do/suggest, given the current restrictions, that might bring a bit of > joy into our villages at Christmas and also enable those who may be feeling > a little isolated to feel less so. Well, it seems that there are a lot more > people now out walking these days and it is the time of year many of us go > mad on our Christmas displays. Have you spotted some of the lovely lights > and displays up already around the village? > So combining the 2, when you are walking in the school holidays between 2 > – 4 pm why not include the housed areas before heading across the fields? > This way anyone wanting to can can pop their heads out and chat with > walkers as they pass by. > > Get your Christmas displays up before the school holidays start around the > 18th Dec. Let’s enjoy our beautiful villages as well as the area around. > Socially distanced, of course. > Open with’Good Food’ of course! We’re so pleased to be opening and can’t > wait to see you all and share with you the amazing menus that Steve and > team have put together. Just before lockdown 2.0, we won *Good Food > Awards for Gastro Pubs 2021* and we have been chomping at the bit to > share our new winter menu > <> > with you. > > We have a couple of new COVID-19 rules that we have to adhere to. We will > only be serving alcohol with food and we are only able to seat single > households, or support bubble of up to 6, inside. The good news is that we > are putting up a marquee on the terrace to extend our all-weather dining > and mix households can dine in there (tables of 6). Please discuss this > with the team when you book and check our website > <> > for slightly altered opening times and full details of Christmas opening. > > Just a couple of reminders, we launched our fantastic winter B&B promotion > last month, if you want full details simply click here > <>. > Also, if you have family visiting over Christmas that need accommodation > email the team as we have a couple of rooms available (room only). > > > As always you can follow us on Facebook > <>or > Instagram > <> > to find out the latest pub news. > > Mayor’s message! Do you remember days gone by when your diary was full of > visits and engagements and it was sometimes a bit of a relief to get a day > off? It is a distant memory for me, although the ‘busy-ness’ has been > gradually building up as we find new ways to keep in touch and run events. > But it’s not the same! > > I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to meeting people in > person again without the need to plan how to avoid getting near to them. > People need people, not telephones and computer screens. The virus has > robbed us of so much invaluable personal contact. I do hope that when we > emerge fully from the threat of COVID-19 we won’t be frightened to join > with family, friends and colleagues. Such fellowship is so vital for our > mental health and well-being. Roll on the post-COVID era! > > Sadly, we shall not be having a Mayor’s Carol Service this year. We hope > that we’ll be able to celebrate Christmas throughout December by producing > a “Mayor’s Advent Calendar” portraying and celebrating some of the > interesting places around the borough – places which we can all hopefully > freely visit next year as things get back to normal. I have lived in the > Basingstoke area for over 40 years, but I am learning about some > fascinating places that have passed me by. Our borough is rich in > history. Follow the @BasingstokeMayor Facebook > <> page > commencing on Tuesday 1st December. > > It seems that this year Christmas has become more important than ever; > perhaps because this special time of year, which emphasises our love for > our family and friends, has been under threat from the efforts to stem the > coronavirus. Out of so much tragedy, it is good to recognise a few > positives from the past few months. Being with people and showing care for > them has never seemed so important as it does right now. I do hope that > continues when the virus has finally gone. > > Useful links: > • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK ( > <> > Latest Government information and guidance > • COVID-19 – Community hub ( local support > <> > • The Borough Basket > <> > supporting local businesses > > Diane, Cllr Diane Taylor > PC Meetings Next meeting dates: > > 08 Dec > 12 Jan > 09 Feb > 09 Mar > > > Laverstoke and Freefolk PC meetings start at 7.30pm with up to 15 mins > public time. Anyone is welcome to attend to ask questions, make suggestions > or air views on local issues during the public time. Time will be split > equally between the number of people wishing to speak. After public time > parishioners are unable to interrupt the Council meeting. Currently > meetings are held online. Contact if you would > like to join the meeting. *Note: no meeting is held in August.* > L&F Calling Tree contacts > Contacts *Our Local Day Care Centre:* > Kingfisher Day Care Centre for Elderly > <> > or > > > *Millennium Green:* > landfreefolkmillenniumgreen > <> > > *To Report problem with roads, footpaths & verge* > Hantsweb > <> > *To report trees on roads:* > 0300 555 1388 > *Contacts* L’stoke and Freefolk Facebook > <> > > > <> > *Nicky Nicklin, Parish Clerk*: Tel. 07725 368012 email: > <> > *Bob Hough, PC Chairman*: Tel. 07990 570035 email: > <> > *Newsletter*: > <> *Lady Rose Hall*: > > <> > > > *Bombay Sapphire Resident’s Help Line: *01256 890078 > (Also use to alert BS security you are collecting *Defibrillator*). > > *Our neighbouring web-sites:* > The Official Whitchurch web site > <> > The Original Whitchurch web site > <> > Overton Parish Council web site > <> > *Our Local Sports Clubs* > Whitchurch Tennis Club > <> > Overton Black Arrows Archery Club > <> > Overton Rugby Club > <> > forward to a friend > <> > > *Copyright © Laverstoke and Freefolk Parish Council 2020* > > *Our mailing address is:* > Laverstoke and Freefolk Parish Council Newsletter > Lady Rose Hall > Laverstoke Lane > Whitchurch > RG28 7NY > [image: Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp] > <> > unsubscribe from this list > <> > | update subscription preferences > <> > > >