Village Grants 2024

The Society is once again delighted to be able to offer a limited number of cash grants to village clubs, societies, and organisations for 2024.

Funds will be made available on the following basis:

  • Funding is available to any non-political community group based in the Ropley area.
  • Funding requests must be in writing and explain what the funding is for.
  • Grants will normally only be given to either charities or not for profit organisations.
  • The funding request should be for capital items only, grants are not intended to support general running costs.
  • Grants will not normally be considered for organisations with sufficient funds in reserves to cover the costs on their own behalf
  • The maximum funding available to any one group is £500 per annum.
  • The committee’s decision on awards is final.

In 2023 the Society gave grants to Hampshire Swifts for nesting boxes at the church, the Ropley school Tadpoles committee, the History Society, and the Parish Council stiles for gates project. We would welcome applications especially from new applicant organisations.

Funding requests should be emailed to the Society’s Chair Carole Oldham by the end of May for consideration at our Committee Meeting in June.

Please email requests for funding to

Ropley Society Committee Vacancy

Keith Monkhouse, who has been our Membership Secretary for many years, has now stood down and  we urgently need to replace him in this role. The post is interesting and involves managing the names and details of members in a secure database.  Reports  are made at committee meetings held about 5 times a year. Full handover, instruction and support will be given.

Village Clean up Thank You

The Village Clean-up was again successfully organised this year with 9 Neighbourhood Coordinators coordinating local volunteers to avoid duplications.  There was a general view that there was less rubbish collected this year, which could be due to heightened awareness and individuals collecting rubbish throughout the year whilst out on walks, we would encourage all those so inclined to continue with this worthwhile task.

Finally we would like to extend a big vote of thanks to all our coordinator volunteers and to those who took part.

Society’s Annual Photographic Competition reminder

Calling all amateur local photographers – please remember to take your cameras and phones with you as you are out and about, there are some beautiful scenes of spring and early summer all about us and think about the pictures you would like to submit into our competition for the 2024 village calendar.

Please remember that pictures need to be in reasonably high definition and landscape to fit the calendar. Photographs can be from anywhere within the BisMonRopTis area and the competition is open to anyone who receives BisMonRopTis.

2024 Dates for your diaries – all meetings are held in the Parish Hall at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and are open to all whether members or not.

  • Thursday 11th July – A social evening with local speaker Simon Anderson talking about UK submarines and submarine life: how relevant is it to today?
  • Thursday 24thOctober – photographic competition voting, and social evening combined with a talk from Gareth Rees on his role as a Professional Pilot in the Port of Southampton.

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Carole Oldham

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