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Gascoigne Lane access to the Recreation Ground

The footpath in Wellworth Field, between Gascoigne Lane and the Recreation Ground at the tennis court corner, is used by many people as a convenient pedestrian route to the centre of the village.  Gascoigne Lane Limited would like to remind users that access to the path is allowed by permission of the landowner (Gascoigne Lane Limited).  No new rights of way are being created and people using the path do so at their own risk.  

Please note that this permission does not extend to the perimeter of the field on the other three sides which do not have permissive access and are only used by Gascoigne Lane Limited members.  Please keep to the path, keep dogs under control and clear up after your dog.  

The permissive access footpath with be closed each year on 1st February for one day – please find an alternative route on this day.  Many thanks for your co-operation. 

Gascoigne Lane Limited

Wheels to Work

County scheme helping young people to get to work is given green boost

A Hampshire County Council scheme, which enables young people to hire mopeds at an affordable rate so that they can get to work or vocational training, is going green with the addition of five electric mopeds to its fleet of conventionally powered bikes.

The electric mopeds are now available to hirers through Wheels to Work – a scheme which helps young people aged 16 to 25 years old in some rural areas of Hampshire by loaning them their own form of transport. Public transport options may be limited where they live, and they generally have no transport of their own because they don’t have the money to fund this yet.

The County Council’s Executive Member for Highways Operations, Councillor Russell Oppenheimer said:

“Providing these electric mopeds as part of the Wheels to Work scheme is a double win for us – not only are we providing young people in rural areas a vital and reliable form of transport so they can get to work, training and interviews; but with these new mopeds we are being more environmentally friendly and helping Hampshire reduce emissions and reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. And, we have plans to purchase more over the coming months.”

One hirer of an electric moped is Tom Davies, 19, who works as a greenkeeper at the Royal Winchester Golf Course and uses one to travel to and from Kings Worthy. 

Tom said: “It has made a huge difference because before this I had to rely on a lift from my mum at 8am. But having this means I can do much earlier starts and I can be more flexible with my hours. I would definitely recommend this scheme to other younger people like me.”

Tom was also given support for equipment, in the form of a helmet and a jacket and gloves at a generously discounted rate. 
Young people aged 16 to 25 can hire a moped from £20 per week, those over 25 may also be able to benefit from the scheme in specific circumstances.

A total of five electric powered mopeds have been purchased to date with plans to purchase more in the coming months. 

The scheme is currently operated by Community First and is provided in East Hampshire, New Forest, Test Valley and Winchester. The scheme has the capacity to loan out 25 mopeds across these four districts. Two district councils in the county, East Hampshire District Council and New Forest District Council, currently contribute towards the costs of the scheme being provided in their areas. The potential to extend the scheme to other district areas of Hampshire and increase the range of services offered could also form part of the extended scheme if the additional funding required for this can be identified.

Emma Baxter
Community Infrastructure Officer | T: 01730 234135
Community Team, East Hampshire District Council, Penns Place, Petersfield, GU31 4EX

Volunteers Needed!

We are a Befriending Service run by Hampshire Hospitals and specialise in supporting people who have life limiting or chronic illnesses and lonely or isolated.  As restrictions start to lift, following Covid, the referrals for the Befriending Service are starting to increase and we are really short of volunteers. We cover the Alton area and only currently have 1 volunteer in  Alton, so more help would greatly be appreciated.

Caroline Nash
Palliative Care Volunteer Manager
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2021

Friday 24th September……………………………….

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Dear past and present Ropley (& area) Supporters!

Following our amazing achievement last year (when we could not meet but together raised over £1000.00 online!), this year we are back in the Coffee Room (newly refurbished!) 8.45am-12 with our usual stalls, refreshments and a raffle – and in person!

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If you can provide a cake or a gift for any of the stalls, that would be great, or just pop in anytime during the morning to grab a coffee, maybe get some raffle tickets and help boost the coffers 🙂  oh – and please tell your friends!

If you can’t come but want to contribute, it’s quick and easy to donate to the same event online, with our dedicated Ropley link here: https://thyg.uk/BUU004082692
It’s open now. Thank you.

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We’ll also be very pleased to accept cheques and cash donations on the day as usual.  Thanks so much for all your support. Hope to see as many of you as possible there!Stella x

Stella Hawkins

Ken Ingle

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the recent death of Ken Ingle, a man who was involved in so many aspects of Village life and will be greatly missed.

Ken was someone who gave generously of his time and expertise to an incredible number of village organisations over many years including, until recently, serving as a governor of our local school for over 30 years. He was one of those rare people who had an impact on a wide range of age groups through his involvement with so many different clubs all of which he carried out in such an unassuming, quietly confident manner. There was always the feeling that all was well when he was around, he was a gentleman, totally irreplaceable and an immense loss to all who knew him and those who benefitted from his involvement, in whatever capacity, in the life of the village.

We extend our sympathy to Angela, James, Caroline and their families and we thank them for sharing Ken, for so many years, with our community.

Norma Day

The Ropley Fete

IT’S A FETE!    A REAL LIVE VILLAGE FETE!

SATURDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2021

ROPLEY RECREATION GROUND – 2 pm until 4.30 pm

Amazing Stalls, Barbecue, Sideshows, Games, Music, Cream Teas, Ice Creams and a Fabulous Fun Dog Show!

If you would like to help fill our stalls, we have the ever popular Granny’s Attic which is being organised by Clare and Keith Monkhouse, Telephone 773690, who would be delighted to hear from you if you have any suitable items, glass, china, ornaments, pictures etc that you would be willing to donate. We also have a fabulous Jewellery Stall, which Julie Rugg and Claire May are running and they would be very pleased to hear from you if you have pieces of jewellery that you no longer wear and also if you have any suitable boxes for jewellery, they can be contacted by email at, martinandjulie@hotmail.com.

There will be an amazing bottle tombola organised by Nicky Dennis and Abby Griffiths who will be very happy to receive donations of both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, these can be dropped off to Nicky at the Courtyard Shop.

Humphrey and Trisha Carr are in charge of the Fantastic Book Stall and, once again, would be very grateful for donations of good quality books, they can be contacted on 772216.

There will also be a Toy Stall so if you have any good quality toys that your children have outgrown please do think of us, we would be very happy to come and collect from you, Kerriann Mclackland email kerriannmclackland@yahoo.co.uk and Kairen Watson email kairen176@btinternet.com are organising this stall

The Fete is a fundraiser for the St Peter’s Church Rebuild Appeal but more importantly it is an opportunity for everyone to get together and have fun, so we look forward to seeing you on Saturday 18th September when the sun has promised to shine! We do know that the whole village has given tremendous support to the rebuilding St Peter’s project and we just want you to know that this is an event where you can enjoy a lovely afternoon in the company of others and where your presence is the most important aspect of the afternoon.

Norma Day   772267 or email tramonto@hotmail.co.uk.

A Summer of Cricket


After a winter of discontent with winter nets and leagues curtailed by Coronavirus, summer finally arrived along with the inevitable few challenging rain showers!
Junior Cricket Our junior section has been as busy as ever and continues to go from strength to strength. 
For youngsters aged 5-8 we ran All Stars cricket, which is an ECB initiative to help get young children involved in cricket. This was a great success and we were full (and even had a waiting list!) with 30 children signing up for the eight-week programme. The kids loved it, with the ECB sending each child their own kit bag complete with bat, ball and t shirt.
Our own junior section for those aged under 9 through to 16 ran throughout the summer and we were delighted to welcome 108 junior cricketers who signed up to the club. This is our highest number ever! We play our cricket in the Winchester Warrior League, with teams being entered into leagues and cup competitions. There were some great individual and team performances, including our under 13 open team reaching the semi-final of the Hampshire Cup before they were narrowly beaten. Our girls under 16 team have actually reached the final of the Hampshire County Cup (the final is due to be played on Saturday 11th September). Well done to all.
Senior Cricket We run two teams on a Saturday – our first XI play in Hampshire Cricket League Division 3 North, whilst the second XI play in Hampshire Cricket League Division 6 North East.
We have welcomed many new players into the senior squad this season and have also been bolstered by some of our older talented juniors playing up into senior cricket, gaining some valuable experience whilst also adding some youthful legs to the field!
Winter Training & League Once the summer is over our attention moves towards providing winter nets and also entering a team into an indoor 6 a side cricket league which runs from mid-October through to March, which is always great fun. Girls winter nets start from Monday 4th October, 6 to 8pm at Perins school.  Womens nets are on a Tuesday from 5th October from 6.30 to 8pm.
Junior open nets will run from the 8th January from 12-1pm at Perins Senior winter nets are still to be confirmed. Full details will be available from our website www.ropleycc.co.uk

Finally, our thanks go out to the many volunteers who have given up their time to help make the summer so enjoyable for all, whether this be junior coaching and managing teams in leagues, running the BBQ, helping with the admin, or preparing the cricket square during the season. Also, a big thank you to our sponsors for 2021 NFU Mutal, Alresford Beauty & History Heroes.    

If you are interested in joining the club or keen to help, then please drop us a line at membership@ropleycc.co.uk We are especially keen to appoint a new treasurer. It is not an onerous role at all, if you are at all interested and can help us out, then please do drop us a line.

Quentin Sandell
Ropley Cricket Club

ROPLEY DRAMATIC SOCIETY

Now that some of the Covid restrictions are being lifted, we are planning to get going again in the form of a Murder Mystery Evening with a Fish and Chip Supper in the autumn (provisional date Saturday 27th November) at Ropley Parish Hall.  

However, we urgently need more members if we are to continue to put on productions in Ropley.  

If any of you are interested in taking part in the November production, we would be delighted if you could contact us. As before, we will be reading from the script, so there are no lines to learn, which would be an excellent opportunity to ease into “treading the boards”, if you are new to amateur dramatics!  

Please email:  janbennett42@outlook.com. No experience is necessary and a murder mystery is always great fun to take part in. We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible! 

Jan Bennett

HAMPSHIRE WOMEN’S AID SHELTER

Thank you to all those kind people who have given us much needed supplies for the Women’s Aid Shelter.  We are hugely grateful.

If you have anything that you think may be of use to people and their children resettling in new homes, please kindly contact us:

Grainne (texts please) 07827831915 or Julia 01962 773749. 

Thank you so much.

Julia Morgan

Old Bags 2 on the 9th September 2021

CAN YOU HELP?

When you are clearing out your cupboards and drawers

S T O P!

WE NEED YOUR NEW, NEARLY NEW OR DESIGNER CLOTHES,

CASHMERE, SCARVES, BAGS, SHOES, BELTS AND JEWELLERY

Following the success of O B 1 and the fun we all had,

The Old Bags Sale is being resurrected

in Aid of St. Peter’s Church Ropley Rebuild

So…… if you have anything that you would like to donate which is in new or nearly new condition, please don’t give them away, but keep them safe and sound till mid. August when we can start accepting your kind donations.

With HUGE thanks!

Enquiries: 01962 773749

All funds made from this event will be matched be a most generous anonymous donor!

Julia Morgan