Ropley Sports Pavilion—Opening Soon

The clocks have moved forward with the promise of the summer to come, and thoughts of this time last year, as we basked in the glorious spring sunshine wondering about lockdowns and pandemics, who knew a year later, we would be following a road map to get out of this thing.

As restrictions start to lift, the football season has recommenced, with, weather allowing, a fixture list of 9 games scheduled to be played, the first of which resulted in wins for Ropley. For more information go to the Ropley Football Club Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Cricket Club have carried out Junior training over the Easter Break, to catch up on time lost out during the lockdown and have now commenced the regular Thursday Junior training evenings.

The grooming of the wicket continues on a regular basis, cutting and rolling, and the wicket covers have come out ready for the seasons matches to start.

Both Cricket and Football clubs follow the latest Government Covid guidance, and best practice which in is filtered down through their respective Associations. Their interpretation of the rules have, on occasion, differed, but rules is rules. Of course, there is a pile of administration and documentation to complete to ensure compliance.

On the other side of the recreation ground, a smart new fence has been erected around the children’s play area.

The improvement works to the Pavilion are nearly complete, and we are all looking forward to welcoming you for some refreshments very soon.

If all goes to plan, we will be opening the doors to the bar on the 20th May at 6pm and for the subsequent Thursdays, and plan to host some special events, and weekend opening, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements on the Website, Facebook, Whatsapp and Village Notice Boards.

We are looking for a volunteer to join our team, who could keep our website up to date, and co-ordinate our media for us. Have a few hours you could spare, and an inkling of what to do!

Contact us and become involved in this fun environment.

Mike Seaton

School Recycling Bin

We are delighted that our new textiles recycling bin has now arrived and is situated on the wall next to the main entrance. Please ensure your bags are securely tied at the top before depositing them.  It can take:

  • Men’s, Women’s and Children’s clothing
  • Paired shoes
  • Handbags, bags, ties and belts
  • Bed clothes, towels, soft toys

Please do not include any old school uniform/corporate logo’d or any bedding (Quilts or Pillows).  Items should be clean and in good condition so they can be sold on.

We will earn 20p per kilo for the school and collections will be made fortnightly. 

This is an exciting and easy way for us to raise money throughout the year and will be more convenient for you all than Bag2School.  All that we ask is that you don’t drive into school to drop off bags and if the bin is full you don’t leave bags alongside it.

If the front gate is open, then the bin is accessible and we are more than happy for anyone in the locality to make use of the bin.  Your support with our Bag2School collections over the past years has been invaluable to our fund raising and we hope that the installation of our new bin will make it much easier and more convenient for us all!

Maria Burr
Office Manager
Ropley Primary School


Do you long to grow your own vegetables?

Are you lacking in space in your own garden?

Would you like a space that could be developed and meets your needs but also provides our children with an exciting and engaging learning and well-being environment?

At Ropley CofE Primary School we have a fantastic garden space at the front of our school.  Over the years we have used this space for the children to learn about nature and watch things grow.  Sadly, we no longer have the staff to be able to look after the garden.

We are considering an ‘Adopt an Allotment’ offer to the Ropley Community.  This could mean one (or two) families in the area could take on the garden to grow their own crops.  We would offer you the area free of charge to cultivate and maintain.  In return, we would continue to respectfully use the space during the school day as a learning and well-being environment.  This is a ‘seed’ of an idea and would need fine tuning according to individual requirements.

Are you interested? 

Please give us a call on 01962 772381 to discuss it further with Miss Vittle. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Maria Burr
Office Manager
Ropley Primary School


We are delighted to see that the Parish Hall bookings are gradually increasing as people become more confident about holding events. We are even hoping to resume the Ropley Cinema Nights in the Autumn. If you are looking for a venue for a special event or just a place to meet up with friends do consider using this amazing Village facility. Details of how to book are included in this magazine.

PARKING AT THE HALL   Now that life is getting busier could I remind you to take care when entering the car park and to remember that there is a One Way System. You should enter on the Recreation Ground side and exit on the side nearest the noticeboard, please do not Park or Cut Across in front of the Hall main entrance as this is dangerous.

BINS    I am sorry to mention this but the bins at the hall are for the use of the Hall and the Pavilion only. Unfortunately we have found that, even during lockdown, the bins have been full of household waste, please help us by only using the bins when you are hiring the hall or the Pavilion.

Thank you for your help and we look forward to welcoming you to the hall.

Tim Day      


Yes, we are really hopeful that we will be able to hold our first Village Tea Party in over eighteen months on:


Ropley Parish Hall – 2.30 pm until 4 .30 pm.

We would like to make this a really special event to remember all those people, some of whom were regular supporters of the Village Tea Parties, who are no longer with us, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh who, even though he didn’t actually visit us, did love a good Garden Party!

As always, there will be no charge but all donations will be sent to a Charity in their memory.

If you are new to the village this is the perfect place to meet people and make new friends and for those who have been here longer why not take the opportunity to welcome others.

Whatever your reason for coming we can promise a warm welcome, delicious cakes and scones, tea, coffee, soft drinks, maybe some entertainment and even a chance to take a trip down Memory Lane as we will have Photo Albums from the Village Archives on display.

This really is a gathering for all ages from the very young to the not so young, everyone is welcome and if you need a lift, just let us know.

We have missed seeing you all and very much hope that you have missed the Tea Parties and will come and see us on 30th June.


We are very much hoping that we can make these a monthly event as we know how important it is for everyone to have the opportunity to meet up, but to do this we will need help!

Would you be willing to make the occasional cake or batch of scones? If so we would be delighted to hear from you as it would be lovely to have other bakers to call on.

Please contact Norma Day 772267 or


Tales from the Riverbank Photography Competition

For centuries, the chalk streams that feed the Rivers Test and Itchen have inspired residents and visitors alike. Our Tales from the Riverbank Photography Competition is seeking images that capture the unique qualities of these spaces.

With technology improving each year, more of us than ever have the ability to take fantastic photos. Whether you’re a camera whizz or a smartphone snapper, if you can showcase these amazing chalk streams then we’d love to hear from you. We’re honoured to welcome photographers Jack Perks and Dick Hawkes as guest judges, as well as the brilliant Megan McCubbin.

There are four main categories that you can enter: Heritage, Landscape, People, and Wildlife. Community Choice and Young Photographer (under 18) prizes are also up for grabs. Winners could receive up to £75 of photography gift vouchers. The competition is free to enter and open to Hampshire residents who are not professional photographers.

The competition closes on 31 August 2021 (please note this was recently extended due to Covid restrictions). Full terms of entry can be found on our website:

Sophie​ Evingar
Watercress & Winterbournes Communications and Events Officer
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust