Wildlife Update

In July 2020 Professor Dave Goulson launched a new report on behalf of the Wildlife Trusts
It can also be accessed via The website Pesticide Action Network UK
This is fascinating reading for those who care about environmental matters, the quality of the food we eat and the necessity of having  thriving insect populations.
The report is set out in a very dynamic way with illustrations and case studies.
For those who read this and feel inspired to help insects then also accessible on line is
Lynn Fomison

Ropley Parish Council will be reopening the Play Area on 11th July 2020

Parents must read this guidance and ensure their families follow it carefully for the safety of their children and others.

To reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus, please read these simple instructions:

  • This equipment is checked regularly for damage, wear and tear, but is not sanitised or disinfected by the Parish Council.
  • Do not eat or drink in this area.
  • If your family is wearing disposable PPE, please take it home with you or where provided use the bins – DO NOT LITTER.
  • Do not use this equipment if you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or are self-isolating.
  • Make sure you have hand sanitiser, gel or wipes with you before entering this play area and encourage everyone in your family to wash their hands with hand sanitiser regularly and as a minimum before and after using the play area. Wash your hands when you get home.
  • Encourage children to avoid touching their faces and to cough or sneeze into a tissue or arm when a tissue is not available.  Please do not allow your children to put their mouths on the equipment or their hands in their mouths.
  • You MUST maintain social distancing from others unless they are from the same household.  Please give others space.  Current advice is to maintain at least 1m+ where 2 metres is not possible and consider wearing a face mask.
  • Some equipment can only be used by one child at a time while social distancing. Please ensure your family waits at a safe distance if the equipment is in use or return later to use the equipment.

This is shared equipment.  Users of this Play Area do so at their own risk.

Becky French
Clerk to Ropley Parish Council
Tel: 01962 777427


The restrictions are gradually being lifted but we still have many volunteers who are willing to help with:

  • Practical tasks.
  • Shopping.
  • Collecting Prescriptions.
  • Posting a letter.
  • Walking the dog.
  • Providing a bit of company.
  • A chat on the telephone.

You only have to ask and someone will be there to help, please ring:

Norma Day               772267

Clare Welham          773075

Sarah Earthy            772450


Very sadly for Ropley our local Brownie Pack have ceased to operate in the village and have moved to Bishop’s Sutton where they have amalgamated with the Alresford group.

This really does mark the end of an era as the Brownies were the last surviving Ropley group of the uniformed organisations and their presence will be sorely missed.

Under a number of remarkable leaders including Grace Strong, Barbara Longlands, Zena Cass, Gina Rodgers, Jo Rodgers and lastly Suzan Yianni the Brownies have always been the reliable stalwarts at Village events, organising stalls and taking part in the Pram Race and Village Fetes, Singing Carols at the Victorian Christmas Market, arranging the Annual Tea Party and being a part of major Church services to name but a few and we, as a community owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those adults and girls who have been part of the amazing Ropley Brownie Pack over so many years.

We wish the current group well in their new home and thank them for the immense contribution that they have made to village life, we will certainly miss you.

Norma Day


The brief was to make Ropley smile and so many people, adults and children, did just that by creating the most amazing flowers that were displayed around the village.

Prize winners will appear in the next edition of the parish magazine but we will be displaying photographs of all the entries to ensure that everyone can view them.

Everyone who entered is a real STAR!

Norma Day for Ropley Fayre Committee

Ropley Coffee Room says ‘Thank you’

To everyone who booked the Coffee Room from January to March, pre-coronavirus.  We had pleasure in seeing you enjoy Miss Hagen’s legacy.

To Sue Buckell who has made a such a good start managing the bookings and had a diary running at twice the level of last year prior to the lockdown.

To our enthusiastic committee who were planning a fundraising Jumble Sale until Covid-19 put a stop to it like everything else.  To Helen who designed the attractive posters; Louise & Gordon who printed them so beautifully; Amy of WGM who laminated them and to Wendy & Tallulah who had collected jumble before the guillotine fell!

To Maurice & Jill who tend the flower beds outside the Coffee Room and to Martin for strimming the grass.

To Community Care for their kind donation of £1000 which kick-started our refurbishment fund and to the Ropley Society for their grant of £500 towards the cost of new fencing to be installed at the same time as the internal refurbishment.

To all the staff and volunteers in the Courtyard Shop for working so hard to provide for us all.

To the Ropley Society for keeping us all informed and connected with their emails.

And congratulations to the Parish Council for accomplishing a first virtual meeting on 10th June with a full agenda.   Virtual attendance for parishoners from the comfort of an armchair at home has a lot to recommend it.  It could catch on – I hope so.

Angela Cowen

Friends of St Peter’s

Events in July and August: Sadly we are unable to hold any events at the moment because of the Covid restrictions. However, you can still help the rebuilding of St Peter’s by donating to the Church Appeal via the St Peter’s website or by sending a cheque to our Treasurer, Ken Ingle.
Events in September and October: At the moment we are still planning to hold:
  • Our AGM and Party on Friday, 11th September at 6pm at Town Street Farmhouse, Church Street Ropley (by kind invitation of Jonathan and Anne Dawson).
  • The talk on art by Douglas Skeggs on Saturday, 4th October at 7pm in Cheriton church. Douglas is a very well known and entertaining speaker.
  • The talk by Dr Helen Gaulke on ‘Behind the Scenes at Time Team’ on Saturday, 24th October at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Helen is a renowned archaeologist who worked with Tony Robinson and others on the popular Time Team series.
Please look out for further updates on these events on myropley.org and The Friends website (www.friendsofropleychurch.org.uk).
How to join The Friends: It is very easy to do! Contact Ken Ingle on 01962 772230 or keningle@btinternet.com for more details. A minimum donation of £10 is all that is required.
Aprons for sale: The Raise St Peter’s aprons are for sale. Ask in The Courtyard Shop about them or contact Jules Flory on 01962 772169. Dark green with the St Peter’s logo on the front, they cost £12.50 for 1 or £20 for 2.
Greetings cards: We hope to soon be producing more of Tony Gilliam’s lovely greetings cards in the next month or so. Showing scenes of Ropley throughout the seasons, Tony had made and sold them through the shop for several years to raise money for the Rebuild. We also hope to have some Christmas cards (sorry for mentioning it so early!) available in the Autumn using Tony’s photographs. For more details, contact Alison Wood (01962 773603 or alisonwood12@yahoo.co.uk).
Online fundraising: As we can’t meet in large numbers for some, we are looking at other ways for raising money for the Church Appeal via online events, sales and at home events. Several ideas have been suggested to us, including a quiz, wine tasting and setting up a 100 Club. See our website (www.friendsofropleychurch) and future editions of the magazine for more details.
Alison Wood

Councillor Column

The results of the Large Housing site consultation that took place in Autumn 2019 have recently been released. These will form a significant part of the housing allocation that will be part of the review of the East Hampshire Local Plan.

There were 10 sites evaluated by the public during the consultation and only one, in Whitehill & Bordon, has been selected to be included in the Local Plan at this stage. The Whitehill & Bordon site is expected to provide around 1,300 homes by the end of the plan period in 2036. The only other site that was seriously considered following the consultation was at Chawton Park, close to the A31/A32 roundabout, but this has been deferred pending more transport analysis to improve its access. There were significant issues with the other eight sites, mostly involving flooding and/or environmental and ecological impacts.

The site at Whitehill & Bordon together with the other smaller sites identified in the draft plan, including the site on Station Hill, will provide sufficient housing to satisfy government targets but with less margin than desirable. For that reason the Local Plan will include a “Broad area of search” for further sites along the A31 corridor. This area has not been defined yet, but is likely to include Alton and Four Marks. Ropley may be spared due to the nitrate mitigation requirement as the village drains into the Solent.

During the Coronavirus lockdown the District Council has been continuing to supply most of its services and has additionally been supporting local businesses and communities through grants and -volunteer co-ordination. Around £30 million has been paid out in grants to small businesses and charities and almost 150 volunteer group and 8 food banks are being supported by council staff who have been re-deployed from non-essential services. Also most of the key Council meetings such as planning committees are now happening again using video conferencing.

Some of you may have been caught out recently as the waste collection team seem to be visiting Ropley earlier than previously. As the new waste collection contract beds in, some of the rounds have been adjusted to accommodate our experience from the first three months of the new contract. This includes changing the collection routes to avoid collecting from high traffic areas during peak times, so as to minimise delays to drivers, and as a result some less congested areas are being collected at peak times. It has always been a requirement of the collection service to have bins out before 7am and this remains unchanged.

Charles Louisson