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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


When you are clearing out your cupboards and drawers

S T O P!



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


Sunday 5th September 2021


We need your help to form a Team to organise this event!

We also need lots of additional helpers on the day.

If you can help in any way, please contact to volunteer.

It promises to be a great day and of course give lots and lots of people the opportunity to sell things as well as buy!


This is a Fundraiser for St. Peter’s Church Rebuild

To reserve a place to sell please book through

Everything that is raised on the day will be generously matched by an anonymous donor

Julia Morgan


In May I took in well over 150 meals for the Night Shelter, huge thanks to all the Volunteers who produced delicious and hugely appreciated meals.

If anyone would like to join the Team or discuss the possibility of becoming a volunteer cook, please do get in touch.

The next date is 20th July 2021

With huge thanks, as ever,

Julia Morgan

Tel: 01962773749

Ropley Primary School

Garden News

We are so lucky to have a wonderful garden space that our children can make use of every day.  Thanks to a small but dedicated group of volunteers, the garden has been transformed!  Every class, as well as After School Club, has been allocated a raised bed and thanks to the input from Ropley Horticultural Society, the beds are being planted with easy to maintain plants, fruits and vegetables.

We have some new signs in each bed and the winners of our House Sunflower competition will get to choose a name for our garden! There are lots of photos on our website under the News and Events Tab – Photo Gallery.  Please take a look and see how amazing our garden is looking.

Exciting Library Upgrade

Thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of our wonderful FROGS, we are able to plan an exciting upgrade to our library this summer.

We asked the children for their input and then we engaged a creative design company to help us realise some of the fantastic ideas the children had.  Over the summer, we will totally transform the library into a space that is exciting, engaging and welcoming.  One where the children will want to take a book and find a comfy space to lose themselves in its pages.

We hope to hold an open afternoon in the Autumn term, where we can finally invite parents and our local community back into our school to see some of the wonderful changes that have taken place over the last 12 months.  We will keep you updated.

Maria Burr

Ropley Society – Summer Update

Looking forward to being able to meet up again

The Society is planning for the easing of pandemic restrictions and the resumption of future face to face events so please note the following dates for your diaries.

  • Thursday 29th July  – come along and join us at our first social event for a while to celebrate being able to get back together again – further details to follow.
  • Sunday 15th August – join us for a hosted walk from the Ropley Walks book. The walk will have 5km or a 7 km option starting at the Parish Hall. 2pm start, longest route should take about 2.5 hrs max.
  • Thursday 21st October photographic voting and social evening. Our speaker will be Bill Dawson on the landscape and wildlife of the Falklands Islands

All Ropley Society meetings are open to all so please come along and bring your friends and neighbours.

Visit our website for more details on all our social events and updates on other items of interest. 

The Ropley Photographic Competition

Is now open for entries for the 2022 Ropley Village Calendar

  • Photographs can be from anywhere within the BisMonRopTis area (maximum of 4 entries per person).
  • Open to anyone who lives in the BisMonRopTis area (who receives the magazine)
  • The best 13 photographs will be published in the 2022 Ropley Village Calendar (available at the Victorian Market, and in the Courtyard Shop).
  • We have prize categories for  Photographers under 11 and aged 11 – 16
  • The closing date for submission of pictures is 1 October 2021.

Covid 19 lockdown restrictions permitting we hope that the best submissions and all the winners will be on display for your voting at the Ropley Society social event at the Village Hall on Thursday 21st October. Following last year’s success we also hope to display all the pictures outside the Courtyard with voting in the shop.

  • Don’t delay… send your entries (in jpeg format only and in landscape please, with a title and if possible, a location) on email to
  • If you are entering the under 11 or 11 – 16 age categories, please also include your age with your entry.
  • If you want your photos to be included in the 2022 Ropley Calendar please ensure that they are landscape format and high resolution, otherwise they cannot be reproduced for printing.

Unfortunately, we can only accept digital photographs. 

All other competition rules available on request from

Carole Oldham

Friends of St Peter’s

Thank you to Jill and Maurice Shakespeare for opening their garden for the Church Appeal. Two sessions of 30 people (to meet the Covid requirements) enjoyed looking at the beautiful plants and eating the cream tea and abundance of cakes on what was one of the hottest days of the summer so far. Over £1,000 was raised for the Appeal.

Forthcoming events

AGM & Sumer Drinks Party – new date to be announced soon
Sadly the continuing Covid restrictions meant we weren’t able to hold our AGM and Summer Party in June. A new date is being arranged and will be shown on the Friends and St Peter’s websites and messages will be sent round via the Ropley Society newsletter, Facebook and Instagram.
Sunday, 25th July at 1 pm: Lamb Roast Lunch at Maddocks Hill House, Maddocks Hill, Ropley

See our advert for more details. The lunch will definitely go ahead, whatever the weather and any Covid restrictions that are in place. So, book your tickets early in case we are still limited to 30 people! Phone Charles and Martine on 01962 772311 to buy your tickets.

The Church Appeal

The rebuilding of St Peter’s is making great progress – as you can see when you pass by the church. From late June to late September there is the amazing opportunity to double all donations made to the Appeal, up to a maximum of £50,000, thanks to a very generous donor.

If you could donate money to either The Friends or to the Appeal, or would like to sponsor part of the rebuild, please get in touch with our Treasurer, Ken Ingle, on 01962 772230 or by e-mail at  . Alternatively, you can make a donation online via the website. Please remember to gift aid your donation if you are able to.

Ask your friends and colleagues if they could donate help during this period too.

Other ways to help our fundraising:

Raise St Peter’s Aprons: Our aprons are available to buy in The Courtyard Shop or direct from Jules Flory (01962 772169). Green with the Raise St Peter’s logo on them, they cost £10. They are very practical and make great presents too.

Easyfundraising helps St Peter’s: Could you consider signing on to easyfundraising before you order goods and insurance online? It doesn’t cost you anything, but raises money for the rebuilding of St Peter’s. Click on the website and search for ‘Raise St Peter’s’ as your chosen charity. So far, we have raised over £630 from people signing up to easyfundraising.

Tony Gilliam’s Note Cards are on sale again: After a break of a year or so, we are pleased to have the lovely notecards that Tony Gilliam produced back on sale. You can buy them at The Courtyard Shop for £1.50 each. Different cards will be introduced at different times of the year to reflect the changing seasons.

How to Join The Friends: It’s very easy. Just contact Ken Ingle on 01962 772230. A minimum donation of £10 is all that is required.

Alison Wood

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