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Pub of the Year

Pub of the Year 2019 - Updated 8th May 2019

The local branch of CAMRA has voted the Golden Pheasant as their 2019 Pub of The Year and on Tuesday evening (7th May) David was presented with his award by Shirley Hawley, CAMRA secretary.

East Hampshire CAMRA select their winner from all the pubs in the GU 34 postal area.

Local winners go forward to the next level of the competition and the National Pub of the Year is selected from the regional winners.

Thisi is the second time around for the Pheasant with the George in Alton taking the honours for the intervening couple of years.

Both Farringdon pubs, The Golden Pheasant and the Rose and Crown, feature in the
paign for Real Ales
'Good Beer Guide 2019'


Spring Show Prizewinners - Updated 15th April 2019

Farringdon Horticultural Society took over the Church on Saturday (13th April) for the Annual Spring Show which ran like clockwork in the absence of your reporter (absent due to other commitments), a situation much appreciated by all present.

After suitable grovelling apologies to the FHS chair, your reporter can now reveal that, after totting up the points, Cally Horton picked up top honours with FHS Chair, Phyll Watts, in second place and Christine Bohringer in third place overall

Chrys Browne's photograph won the "March 29th" competition and Christine Bohringer's Easter Cake proved irresistable to the Judges.

Steve to the rescue - Updated 3rd March 2019

Access to the Churchyard from the Lychgate has now been restored, at least for a while, when Steve Watts swung into action last week. . more

The great onion challenge - Updated 2nd March 2019

The gardeners of Farringdon are already nurturing their entries for the Horticultural Society Spring Show on 13th April but, in a quiet corner of Horton Towers, onion sets are receiving very special attention. For, in early April, a half dozen of these Ailsae Onion plants, which are alleged to reach around 10lbs when fully grown, will be distributed to each of the Farringdon Residents competing in the 2019 Great Onion Challenge.

The Seeds were sown just before Christmas and the plants will be available for distribution to competitors sometime in early April. As some of you may remember from last year, the planned weigh-in was scheduled to take place at the Summer Horticutural Show but due the lack of rain the event was postponed until the 1st September, we can only hope the weather is more helpful this year.

To give the growers some idea of how many plants will be required would prospective competitors, who haven't already done so, please email David to register your interest.

If the scurrilous and devious attempts made by some competitors to confuse the scales at the 2018 weigh-in are anything to go by, the adjudication team will have their work cut out to ensure this prestigious award finds a worthy home.


Every four years the Parish Council is legally bound to hold elections to appoint Councillors for the following four years.
This year, 2019, is an election year in Farringdon and all who are keen to serve and support the community
in this way are invited to stand for election
. . . . more

Hugo's Brexit Almanac for 2019 - Updated 2nd January 2019

   Usually at this time of Year, we search out Ms. Aphelia Boddy, the infamous Farringdon Astrologer, and persuade her to give us the benefit of her Astrological Predictions for Village Residents in the coming year.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances Ms Boddy is not available so, more in desperation than hope, we have persuaded a the former diplomat and resident of Farringdon The Hon. Hugo Gandersnatch to provide us with his: Brexit Almanac for 2019


Christingle Candlelight - Updated December 23rd 2019

Candles in the Church


The Christmas story is retold at the Annual Christingle service and the Younger Farringdon residents bring their parents along to join them in All Saints Church.

More pictures on the Church Page

Farringdon Carol Singers on song - Updated 22nd December 2018

The Farringdon Carol Singers were out and about at various venues around the Village on Friday evening (21st Dec) and thanks to your generosity they raised the handsome sum of £337.76 for Winchester Night Shelter.

There is also a short video of the singers in action on the Rose & Crown Facebook Page

( Apologies for the quality of the pictures below, (although most of you will not be in the least surprised) but your photographer was juggling with a Carol sheet, torch and Camera in the dark)

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Record Numbers for the Christmas Dinner - Updated 14th December 2018

Almost 90 diners gathered in the Church for the 2018 Over 60's Christmas Dinner, one of the few occasions nowadays when the residents of Farringdon turn out in force . . . more

Over 60's 2018

Christmas Bazaar at all saints - Updated 9th December 2018

The rain held off for this years Christmas Bazaar held in All Saints Church yesterday (Sat 8th) encouraging a sizeable proportion of Farringdon residents to sample the wares (and Mulled Wine!) on offer. . . . more


Next Village Coffee Morning
Sat 1st June
10:00 -11:30
All Saints Church

Full Details on the Church Page


Horticultural Society
Members Visit to Winchester
College Gardens 29th May

Details of this and forthcoming
events can be found
In the
Village Diary

Next Scheduled Meeting
of Farringdon Parish Council

Wednesday July 3rd
at 7:30 pm in the
Golden Pheasant Function

Farringdon Parish Council Meeting held May 15th
Key Messages

Farringdon Village Hall:Trust Meeting held May 15th
Key Messages

Parish Council Website

Road & Env Report
May 2019

Minutes, Key Messages etc. of Previous FPC
Meetings can be found
on the Parish Page

Keep up to date with
Farringdon Womens Institute
activities on the
W.I. page

Butts Bridge Roadworks

For the duration of these Road works traffic coming from the North of Alton will be diverted into Chawton Park Road and will exit via the Chawton Roundabout on the A31.

Access to Butts Road Alton and the Basingstoke/Odiham Roads will only be possible via the A31 and Selborne Road,
as the western end of Chawton Park Road will be one way, exiting onto the Chawton Roundabout.

There are alternative diversions for Heavy Goods Vehicles

Full details and updates
as the work progresses,can be found on the
Butts Bridge Roadworks web site.

Evening and weekend GP appointments are now available now across
North Hampshire
Full details on the
North Hampshire NHS website
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Farringdon Remembers 11-11-18 - Updated 11th November 2018

100 years after the end of the First World War the Poppy Appeal in Farringdon raised a total of £1713.76, the final total will be in the region of £1900 when gift aid is added.

Clive Elderton, organiser of the annual Poppy Appeal would like to extend his thanks to the generosity all those who contributed or helped to achieve this highest ever contribution from the Villagers of Farringdon.


Coffee and Clear Up - Updated 5th November 2018

The strimming team were in action in the Church yard last Saturday (3rd Nov) in an operation carefully timed to coincide with the monthly Coffee Morning. . . . more on the Church News Page

Farringdon Horticultural Society Summer Show 2018 & the Great onion challenge - Updated 29th July 2018

Since the show report was posted ( I know this was weeks ago but due to old age and increased stupidity The 'Biz' Editor failed to post a link to the show report from the this page!) the Great Onion Challenge Weigh-In (Originally planned to take place at the show but postponed because of the dry weather) was held at the Thatched Cottage on 1st September.. . . more

Smoke Signals from Farringdon.net - Updated 5th August 2018

Some of you may have observed, towards the end of last week, a large volume of smoke spiralling upwards from an area adjacent to the Operations Room of the Farringdon Net e-mail production centre. It was generally supposed that the Controller of the aforementioned operation was experimenting with smoke signals as an alternative means of communication in case a hard, very hard or not at all soft Brexit, led to an interruption of the electronic circulation system.

This was in fact not the case as it transpires that the smoke was the result of an over exuberant pair of bonfires setting fire to a small area of grassland. The arrival of the Fire Brigade eventually, despite one or two initial operational difficulties, led to the fire being extinguished without any serious damage to life, limb or those of a nervous disposition. The compostion of emails continues unabated and was not interrupted by this temporary difficulty.

Open gardens 2018 - Updated 1st July 2018

A selection of Farringdon Gardens were exposed to public scrutiny for The Farringdon Horticultural Society Open Gardens Day 2018 on the 10th of June. To the great relief of all concerned the 'Biz' photographer was unable to attend, but the Horticultural Society had a proper photographer on hand in the shape of Mark Westcott.

Mark has generously allowed the 'Biz' to publish a page of his photos taken on the day which can be perused here


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Annual Census Day 2018 - Updated 24th June

This is the time of year when the Barn Owl Boxes scattered around the farms that surround Farringdon are checked to see how this years broods are doing. This youngster was one of two which would appear to be around three weeks old.

The chicks would normally be much bigger than this at this time of year but with the appalling weather earlier in the year all the Owls seem to have delayed their egg laying until the weather improved.

The eggs are laid in succession but hatch around the same time so there is quite a variation in the size of the chicks and when food is scarce the smallest chicks are sometimes on the menu for the larger ones. At the moment all is well and both the chicks in this box were fairly well nourished.


Some of the younger generation of Farringdon who gathered in the Church on Sunday afternoon (20th May)
to celebrate the award of the British Empire Medal to Susan Fifield
More Pictures on the Church Page

Sue and Fans


Should you have a few minutes to waste here are:
Ms Boddy's Astrological Predictions
for Farringdon Residents 2018


205 Carshare

A Subsidised Taxi Service
between Farringdon & Alton
on Tuesdays and Fridays

You need to book the day
before and must be registered
with the scheme
to use the service.

Journeys to Alton depart from:

Upper Farringdon - 9:45 am
Lower Farringdon - 9: 50 am

arriving at:

Alton Sainsbury’s - 09:57 am
Alton Town Centre - 10:00 am

Journeys from Alton depart from:

Alton Town Centre - 12:15 pm
Alton Sainsbury’s - 12:18 pm

arriving at:

Lower Farringdon - 12:25 pm
Upper Farringdon - 12: 30 pm


A Quiet day in the countryside ?? - Updated 7th May 2018

You've cycled to a quiet Hampshire Village and settled down to enjoy a picnic in shade. The sun is shining, the birds are singing in the Churchyard and the leaves on the trees are ruffled by a gentle breeze. What better way to spend a day out and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Hampshire countryside. What could possibly go wrong? . . . more


Farringdon Spring Show 2018: results - Updated 30th April 2018

Fortunately for the participants you reporter was unable to attend the Farringdon Horticultural Society Spring Show but thanks to Chris Bohringer we can reveal the overall winners as adjudicated by Mr Wilf Simcox.

Overall winner: Phyll Watts
2nd place: Calley Horton
3rd place: Mo Biggs
Floral Art: Susan Fifield BEM
Best entry in show: Chrys Browne


Rubbish collected by volunteers during the
Farringdon Litter Pick on 24th March

Load Of Rubbish

The two defibrillators in the disused phone boxes at Shirnall Hill crossroads
and Parsonage Close are now in full operational mode.

Clive has produced a leaflet as a reminder for those who attended the courses at the Golden Pheasant or similar courses elsewhere.
First aid Leaflet (opens in a blank page)

If you were unable to attend either of the sessions further sessions maybe arranged, so if you'd like to volunteer for training please contact the Clerk and let her know whether an evening, weekend or weekday session would be best for you.
Claire Gibbs: Parish Clerk



disappointing turnout at village meeting - Updated 9th April 2018

 Despite the Wine and Refreshments on offer, the turnout at the Annual Farringdon Village Meeting, held in the Church on the 4th April, was somewhat disappointing. . . .more

villagers of the year presentation - Updated 25th October 2017

Once again the 'Biz' photographer was in action at the Rose and Crown, this time for the presentation of the Farringdon and Chawton Parish Magazine, Villager of the Year Awards. . . more

THe tin soldiers - Updated 25th October 2017

The Rose and Crown was overflowing on Thursday night (15th Feb) for the launch of The Tin Soldiers, The first novel from Farringdon author Jeremy Cowans. . . more

100 years and still going strong - Updated January 31st 2018

Gill's BannerGill Pears' Banner (above) featured prominently as the Members of Farringdon Womens Institute celebrated their 100th Anniversary at the Rose and Crown on the 22nd January . . more


 Susan Ann  Fifield BEMNew year honour for Sue - Updated 4th January 2018

Congratulations to Sue Fifield who has received an award in the New Years Honours.
"For her services to the community in Farringdon"

Sue is now a Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM).

Sue will be presented with her Medal by the Lord Lieutentant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq, and will also be attending a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.


Susan Fifield BEM


- Updated 4th January 2018

For those few who may not be aware, the Village Hall Committee, who administer the Village Hall Charity are also members of Farringdon Parish Council so for practical purposes the meetings are held on the same evening.

  First up was the Village Hall Committe AGM, Officers were re-elected en masse and after the usual formalities it was announced that negotiations were in hand with landowners with a view to obtaining a site for a New Village Hall.
   For obvious reasons the details will not be made public until the discussions are more or less completed, but progress is being made and hopefully, an agreement can be reached in the not too far distant future.
  Assuming these negotiations are successful, what might be more contentious is reaching an agreement on the final design of the building and obtaining grants to provide sufficient finance to purchase a site and complete the project.

  The Farringdon Parish Council meeting followed and, we could, if the two candidates are officially co-opted have a full quota of nine Councillors at the next meeting.
  The Parish Precept will be unchanged in the coming year so you won't have to dig any deeper into your pockets for the Parish Council although it is possible other precepts and charges may increase the impending Council Tax/Community Charge demand.
   It was agreed to provide a new Parish notice board adjacent to Parsonage Close to replace the board on the Folly which will disappear when construction eventually begins. The PC also accepted, without comment, the minor revisions to the Crows Lane planning application.



Carol Singers


It must be nearly Christmas as the Farringdon Carol Singers were out in force on Thursday evening . .(21st Dec)


Christingle Service - Updated 20th December 2017

The annual Christingle service was held in All Saints Church on Sunday 17th December . . more

Is That Santa???Father Christmas at the Golden Pheasant - Updated 20th December 2017

A number of younger than usual customers were assembled put side the Golden Pheasant last Saturday (16th Dec) after a rather special visitor was spotted in Church Road . . . more

dining in style - Updated December 18th 2017

The Farringdon Over 60's Christmas Dinner was held in All Saints Church last Thursday (14th Dec). One of the highlights of the local calendar, this event has been, with one or two exceptions, a regular annual event since the first Over Sixties Dinner was held in 1971 . . more

Road works on A32 - Updated 21st November 2017

Road works to maintain the existing drainage system, which consists of ordinary watercourses, the main river and highway drainage are planned to start in late November/early December.

The first of two phases (Phase 1a) is between Mary Lane and Woodhouse Lane. The latest information about the planned works and apparently a map of exactly what is planned where can be found on the Hants Planning Pages (link opens in a new page)

going, going, gone - Updated 27th November 2017

The dead sycamore in the Churchyard was finally laid to rest last Friday (24th Nov) and is now distributed around the village in residents log stores.

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have we we seen the last flood on the a32? - Updated 25th October 2017

 The East Hampshire District Council press office has been making a lot of noise about the £300,000 allocated to the "Flood Prevention scheme on the A32" but will the problem be solved?. , , more

KEEP YOUR HOME SECURE - updated 24th October 2017

While not wishing to create a panic, there have been four attempts to gain access to Farringdon premises during daylight hours in recent weeks. In one case an intruders managed to enter a property and some items were stolen, others attempts failed to gain entry to dwellings although some items were removed from an outbuilding but were found abandoned nearby and returned to the owner.

If you see anything suspicious please attempt to use the 101 service, (there have been occasional problems with accessing this service) to report any incidents to the Police or 999 but only if it is a genuine emergency.

Clear Up at the Rose - Updated 24th September 2016

The Rose and Crown, deserted since the pub closed in February this year, became a hive of activity on Sunday Morning following the call for volunteers to clear up the gardens and the interior . . . . more.

Rose & Crown to Re-Open - updated 10th September 2017

The Rose and Crown was sold at auction last week (7th September) and a successful bid secured the premises for Steve and Debbie Newton. We now await developments or refurbishments and possibly a reopening around Christmas!

On Sunday 24th September, starting at 10:00 am Rob and Nicky Jarman are organising a volunteer Rose & Crown garden clear up party.
Volunteers will need garden tools and equipment, big and small. Rob and Nicky will provide BBQ food, hot drinks and other refreshments.
They would welcome your support but please let them know if you can help (for catering purposes). Everyone welcome.

Flowers, vegetables & A Downpour - Updated 9th August 2017

First Saturday morning in August, a steady stream of villagers conveying an assortment of flowers and vegetables towards the Church and a reception committee in the porch. It must be the Farringdon Horticultural Society Summer Show. . . more


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This service to Alton is
also available from:

Newton Valence,
East & West Tisted
and Monkwood.





Alton Sports Centre - RePlacement or Downgrade? - Updated 31st May 2017

Alton District Sports Council have launched a campaign against East Hampshire District Council plans to replace the existing Sports Centre with a Leisure Centre rather than a dedicated Sports Centre. . . . more

Clear up on the Corner - Updated 21st May 2017

   Farringdon Womens' Institute members have been tidying up the area down by the crossroads on the A32. Their efforts have been recorded for posterity and the evidence can be reviewed on the W.I. page .

hampshire County Council election results - updated 9th May 2017

It will come as no surprise that Mark Kemp-Gee has been re-elected as County Councillor for the Alton Rural Constituency. The Full results are listed on the Parish Page.

SUNSHINE FOR THE SPring Show - Updated 30th March 2017

Sunlight shone on entries for the Farringdon Horticultural Society Show, held in the Church on Saturday (25th March) as the gardeners of Farringdon prepared their exhibits for the scrutiny of the Judges. . . . more

A load of old rubbish? - Updated 5th March 2017

The area adjacent to the Phone Box on the A32 seems to have been targeted by the fly tipping brigade, but all is not what it seems . . . . more

new Parish Clerk for Farringdon - Updated March 3rd 2017

There were two Clerks keeping the Councillors in order at the Farringdon Parish Council Meeting held last night, (2nd March) Claire Gibbs, the newly appointed Parish Clerk and Sue Hobbs, who has been doing noble service as Locum Parish Clerk for the last few months . . . . more

Massey's Folly Development Plans Approved - Updated 12th January 2017

The Southdowns Park planning authority has, at long last, approved the Planning Application for the conversion of Massey's Folly . . . more

HOME LIBRARY SERVICE - Updated 6th January 2017

The Home Library Service is is provided for people who find it difficult to get to their nearest library due to ill health, disability or caring responsibilities.This service is free and available in all Hampshire County Council libraries, including Alton library.

Once an arrangement is set up one of the local volunteers will visit to exchange library materials on a monthly basis. All volunteers are DBS (CRB) checked and comply with instructions and standards as set out by library staff. We appreciate that often the social contact with a volunteer is as important as the library items they choose and deliver.

There are no charges to hire audio books, and no overdue charges for late returns. We can deliver a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books in standard and large print formats, specialist books and items from our Reminiscence collection, audio books on CD, MP3 CD (a whole book on one disc) and Playaways which are easy to use digital players.

We can also offer National Talking newspapers and Magazines which can be downloaded onto a memory stick and listened to through any device with an MP3 USB connection. If you know someone who could benefit from this service, or if you know of anyone who would like to join our team of volunteers, please talk to staff at your nearest library, call us on 0300 555 1387, or apply online

CrowsmapCommon sense at last in Crows lane? - Updated November 30th 2014

 For many years a succession of unacceptable plans for high density housing on the meadow on the eastern side of Crows Lane have been put forward on behalf of the landowners.

At long last, a realistic planning application has been made to build eight, detached, three bedroomed houses on the site. . . . more


ObeliskWhat's going on around the Phone Box? - Updated 15th Oct 2016

   Those of you who make us of the crossroads at the bottom of Shirnall Hill may have noticed some unusual activity in the area recently. A number of well known Farringdon residents appear to be erecting some sort of monument adjacent to the Bench on the corner.

Is it a phone mast, the centrepiece for some pagan ritual or a camouflaged speed camera?

The answer can be found on the WI page . . . .

summer show time - Updated August 9th 2016

   A few days of warm weather may have tempted you out into the garden to enjoy the summer sun but there is a serious competition looming, far more important then the minor goings on in Rio de Janeiro.

the 2015 Summer ShowYes, it's that time of year when the Horticulturists of Farringdon scour their flower beds and vegetable patches for that perfect specimen, when the cooks polish up their cooking utensils and select their finest offerings for The 2016 Farringdon Horticultural Society Summer Show on the 13th August.

Once again the Church will be full of Blooms, Vegetables, an assortment of Cakes and other edible offerings, crafts and photographs displayed for the scrutiny of their fellow villagers and the adjudication of the Judges. Last year was the first time the event had been held in the Church and with the weather forecast set fair there is a fair chance that this years event will be an even more colourful.

Harvest permitting*, the 'Biz' photographer will be in action to record the event but don't let that put you off, he will be outnumbered by the far more intelligent and friendly residents of Farringdon who will be delighted if you join in the competition or simply come along to see the display.

*Unfortunately harvest was not permitting, much to the relief of those who did attend.

Has the World Gone Mad! - updated 14th July 2016

   You gather up the Bucket and Spade, head off for a few days at the seaside and come back to find we've cast off from Europe, the Prime minister has resigned, Farage has resigned (again), The Chancellor of the Exchequer has resigned just in time to avoid the heave ho, most of the Shadow Cabinet has resigned and the Leader of the Labour Party is still refusing to resign.
They're resurfacing Gaston Lane and Hall Lane, in the case of the latter just in time for two congenital idiots to have a head on just inside the Parish border despite the warning signs every couple of hundred yards.,
Theresa May is now Prime Minister, the United States is threatening to elect Donald* Trump as President when there is a perfectly capable Woman available for the job and Machiavelli Gove has been given the elbow.
On lighter note you may have seen Zoe Ball in white E-Type Jaguar heading through the village behind a camera car. She and Ian Waite, (who I am reliably informed appears on Strictly Come Prancing on the BBC) headed off down Hall Lane after recording an episode of a Celebrity Antique Show at the Auction Rooms adjacent to the 'Biz' newsroom. Now we know why they resurfaced the Lane!

*Much to the surprise of almost everyone, the United States not only threatened to, but actually did elect Don Trump to be the next President of the United States of America with a Vice-President, Mike Pence, who makes Trump's election "promises" seem almost normal !

Farringdon Open Gardens Pictures - Updated 17th June 2016

   After a heavy shower as the Gardens opened the weather was much better than the forecast with only the odd shower through the afternoon and even the occasional outbreak of sunshine. Despite the weather and the counter attraction of Her Majesty the Queen's birthday celebrations on the box there was a fair turnout of visitors (and residents) making the most of the opportunity to see what lies behind the garden walls of Farringdon (N.B. there are a large number of images on this page so it may take a little longer than usual to load). . . . more

new police commissioner for hampshire - Updated 8th May 2016

 The result you have all been waiting for, or possibly not, if the turnout of Farringdon Voters is anything to go by . . . more

the animals went in two by two . . .- Updated May 1st 2016

   The monthly Family Service held in All Saints Church this morning (1st May) included a number of four legged additions to the usual congregation as the Rev. Roger Job officiated at the Annual Pet's service . . . . more

Your village needs you - Updated 18th April 2016

   The current Farringdon Neighbourhood Watch Chief Coordinator, Bob Chase, has unfortunately been forced to resign for health reasons. This has created an opportunity for a public spirited resident to volunteer their services as Watch Coordinator for the Village. The Farringdon Neighbourhood Watch volunteers are keeping an eye on happenings in their various locations but are, currently, uncoordinated.

If you can spare a bit of time and feel this may be an opportunity to maintain the very low crime rate in Farringdon, or just want to find out what is required to co-ordinate the local volunteers please email Douglas Shewan's Farringdon.Net email service for more information.

In addition to his post as Farringdon NHW Coordinator, Bob was also Chairman of the Planning Committee on the Farringdon Parish Council.

His resignation from this post this post along with the previous resignations of FPC Vice-Chair Suzanne Anderton and Parish Councillor Richard Jarvis, means that there are, at present, only six FPC Councillors remaining, three councillors short of the full quota,

If you want to volunteer your services, or are interested in finding out more about the duties of local councillors please contact the Farringdon Parish Clerk Allison Speyer

Low turnout at village meeting - Updated April 7th 2016

   There was a disappointing turnout at the One Hundred and Twenty Second Farringdon Village Meeting held in Farringdon Church on Wednesday evening (6th April). Excluding those attending in an official capacity, approximately twenty Farringdon residents were in the audience to hear reports from Parish and County Councillors.
Perhaps those that stayed away had some inkling of the excitement that would be generated by Item number three on the Agenda, an "Update Briefing" from Hampshire County Councillors on the A32 Flood Action Group, which, from the report that followed would suggest that " .action . ." when used in regard to HCC activities might require a fairly liberal interpretation of the the accepted usage of the word. . . . . more

Sunshine clear up - Updated April 4th 2016

A rare outbreak of Spring sunshine provided encouragement for the volunteers working to clear up the Churchyard on Saturday morning, . . . more

One short of a full quota - Updated February 29th

   If you fancy something worthwhile to occupy yourself in the evenings, the resignation of Parish Councillor Richard Jarvis will leave the Farringdon Parish Council one short of their full quota, . . . more

Churchyard Research - Updated February 28th 2016

   For the last few years, Denise Maughan has been working for the Northern Benefice, mapping out local graveyards and creating a Memorial Book for each Church. After recording the grave markers Denise, who has been granted access to the burial books at the Records Office, creates a Memorial Book of People or Ashes buried in the Churchyard

Denise, who lives in Farringdon, works on voluntary basis and has been working at many local Churches including Chawton, East and West Worldham and Hartley Mauditt.

In addition to the Burial Records, Denise tries, where possible to put an obituary and photo next to each entry and, from Baptism and Marriage Records, tries to link families where no grave marker or plot is known.

Denise is currently working on Farringdon and Newton Valence Churchyards and would be interested to hear from you if you have family or friends buried at All Saints and would like to add an obituary or family photo. Denise can be contacted via email

LANE APPEAL REFUSED - Updated February 10th 2016

   The Appeal against the decision by East Hampshire Planning Authority to refusal to grant planning permission for fourteen houses alongside Crows Lane has been refused by the Inspector . . . . more

christmas Dining in the aisles - Updated December 15th 2015

   As the Village Hall is now permanently closed and awaiting the developers, the Organising Committee took the brave decision to hold the 2015 Over 60's Christmas Dinner in All Saints Church, with the kind permission of the Rev. Tony Pears. With no kitchen available, holding the event in the Farringdon Parish Church was obviously going to pose logistical problems. . . . more

MEMORIES OF MASSEY’S FOLLY - from Chrys Browne December 7th 2015

   Many thanks to everyone that has responded to my request for memories of The Folly. I have enjoyed listening and recording the many different facets of life in the village and The Folly. When I started the task I thought it would take some time to gather up information.

It seems that each person I talk to leads me on to explore another avenue! I would still like to hear from anyone that feels they have a story to tell and anyone that has any photographs hidden away of people/events taking place in The Folly – old school photo’s would be good. I can be contacted by e-mail, or tel: 588584.
Many thanks for your ongoing support. Chrys Browne

Rural Crafts in the Rain - Updated November 16th 2015

Those travellers along Hall Lane, at least those who weren't driving too fast to notice, may have observed a troop of intrepid choppers setting about the Hedge alongside Plash Lane . . . more

CROWS LANE PLANNING APPEAL - Updated November 9th 2015

   At the time of publishing no date has been set for the hearing of the Appeal lodged by the Applicant against Planning Refusal for 14 Dwellings on the Paddock on the East side of Crows Lane.

The Farringdon Parish Council Planning Committee held a public meeting on 24th September to discuss the appeal.
The minutes of that meeting and other relevant documents associated with the appeal are available on the Parish Pages.

summer show in all saints - Updated August 23rd 2015

   The Farringdon Horticultural Society Summer Show, held on the 8th August, (Yes I know it was weeks ago, but due to harvest commitments your reporter has been a bit deprived of spare time for web site updates) was forced to move to a different venue this year following the completion of the sale of Massey's Folly. By kind permission of the Rev. Tony Pears, the 2015 show was held in All Saints Church. Despite the enforced amendments to the schedule, the move proved popular with exhibitors, with a healthy entry in all classes . . . . more

waiting at the chuRch - Updated August 15th 2015

   On the first day of August, the small party of visitors making their way across the Church Green to examine the ancient yew in the churchyard must have have been somewhat bewildered to find a large group of very jovial Farringdon Residents loitering in the vicinity of the Church . . . . more

A FOND Farewell to the folly - Updated July 22nd 2015

The Old School Playground came to life again as Farringdon made the most of the last celebration to be held in the Rev. Thomas Massey's Folly, which will be officially handed over to the new owners at the end of the month. . . . . more

New Parish Council - New Chairman - updated 21st May 2015

  After the longest Parish Council Meeting for some time the pecking order most of the newly elected parish councillors has now been established . . well almost . . . .more

Folly sale contract signed - Updated May 2nd 2015

  The sale of Massey's Folly came one step nearer completion during an extraordinary meeting of the Farringdon Parish Council on Friday evening (1st May) . . . . . more

SPRING SUNSHINE - Spring Show - Updated April 21st 2015

   With Spring definitely in the air this year, the Farringdon Horticultural Society Spring Show attracted a selection of spring flowers from village gardens to the Village Hall . . . . .more

full house for village meeting - Updated April 3rd 2015

The 2015 Annual Village Meeting, held in the Village Hall on April 1st, was well supported this year, possibly the last time the meeting will be held in Massey's Folly . . . . . .more

Solar Farm switch on - Updated 22nd March 2015

After several technical problems and not a lot of help from the weather, the Upper Farringdon Solar Farm was connected to the grid on Friday 20th March, so, during daylight hours, your electrical demands might be partially or totally supplied by electricity generated by the solar panels installed beside Gaston Lane. . . . . more

classic wheels and willing walkers - Updated March 15th 2015

The offer of a marquee for the day was was not an opportunity to be missed and at fairly short notice a walk and a gathering of classic vehicles was organised at Fielders Farm . . . . more

Folly sale eventually moves into final phase - Updated December 31st 2014

   At an Extraordinary Meeting of Farringdon Parish Council on yesterday evening the Councillors present voted unanimously to accept one of the three bids to buy Massey's Folly. . . . .more

All Saints Church

'Twas the sunday before christmas - Updated December 22nd 2014

   With Carol Singers in The Street, assorted festive lights on the cottages and a desperate haunted expression on the face of those (predominantly male!) residents who still haven't managed to find the perfect present and are hoping someone comes up with an idea before Christmas Morning, the last Sunday before Christmas was an opportunity for the Rev. Robin Ewbank to retell the original Christmas Story to the Children of the Parish at the Annual Christingle Service. . . . . more

Planning Meeting goes over old ground - Updated December 17th 2014

   The Meeting of the Farringdon Parish Council Planning Committee held this evening (Wednesday 17th) was well attended, despite the rain, as yet another variation on the Crows Lane Application came up for discussion. . . . more

Christmas dinner number 43 - Updated December 14th 2014

   Farringdon Christmas festivities begin in earnest as 76 of the more senior village residents enjoyed yet another excellent Christmas dinner in the village hall. . . . . . . . more

Yet another application for Crows lane - Updated November 30th 2014

  Yet another planning application has been made to build houses on the Eastern side of Crows Lane, in the current incarnation the number of houses has been reduced from 20 to 14 . . . . more

Serious Fire at Hartley business park- Updated October 22nd 2014

Fire crews from East Hampshire were called to an intense fire in an Industrial Unit at Hartley Business Park last night (21st October). Strong winds were driving fumes and thick smoke across Selborne Road which was temporarily closed to traffic between the Round House crossroads and the Hall Lane junction, causing a dramatic, albeit temporary, increase in traffic through Farringdon.
No one was injured in the fire which completely destroyed one barn and . . . . . .more

Solar farm construction continues - Updated October 17th 2014

Those who pass along Gaston Lane will have noticed that the construction of the Solar Farm on the southern side of the lane is progressing apace. The contractors are now assembling the support structures for the Solar Panels. Incidentally this is the view from the 'Biz' Control Centre, about a mile away from the site.

Full house for the village quiz - Updated October 3rd 2014

The latest venture from the Village Hall Social Club proved to be the most popular event so far as the Hall was filled to capacity for the Quiz night on 19th September. . . . more

VILLAGE HALL - HEARING LOOP- Updated 16th September 2014

Thanks to generous grants from HCC and the EHDC Community Fund a hearing loop and amplifier system has been installed in the Village Hall.
There remains some cosmetic work to be done to the installation but essentially it is functional and available for use by prior arrangement with David Horton our Hall Manager.
The installation and associated controls, which are concealed in a secure cabinet, are sensitive and therefore only to be operated by the Hall Manager or by those to whom he gives specific permission and training.
To gain the benefit of the loop system it is necessary to adjust the controls on hearing devices. For those who may be a little hard of hearing but without aids the amplifier system should help without adjustment to ears!
Grateful thanks to Nick Newens, David Williams and David Horton who willingly gave their time and expertise to help with the installation. . . . Clive Elderton VHMC


With exquisite timing timing, Farringdon Horticultural Society held their Annual Summer Show the day before the remnants of Hurricane Bertha blew into the gardens of Farringdon . . .more

Social Prescribing Project seeks volunteers - Updated August 10th 2014

Basingstoke Voluntary Services is partnering with the North Hants Clinical Commissioning Group to develop a pilot project placing "Well-being Guides" in 3 GP surgeries in Basingstoke, Alton and Hook. . . .more

The Willow taken some years ago when the first problems began to appearFarewell to the Willow - Updated July 20th 2014

The Weeping Willow which has been a feature of the Rose and Crown Pub Garden for many years will shortly be no more.

Although diseased and damaged branches were removed some time ago the problems have now spread to the main trunk and Lynne and Russell have been left with no choice and the tree will have to be felled before it fells customers using the Pub garden. If all goes to plan the Willow will be felled on Monday (21st) so the garden will obviously be off limits while the tree is cleared.

D-Day Dance - Updated June 30th 2014

Friday 13th? No worries for Farringdon residents who, in cunning disguises, were making their way to the Village Hall for the D-Day Dance, the latest in a series of events organised by the Farringdon Village Hall Social Group. . . . .more


anti-invasion defences erected - Updated 3rd March 2014

A few travellers passing up and down Gaston lane have become somewhat agitated by both the potholes and the activity in a neighbouring field.. . . . .more

Ship Ahoy!Unusual Traffic on the A32 - updated 18th Feb 2014

   Ducks are moderately successful going downstream but for those wishing to go upstream, a Kayak is a suitable alternative.
Thanks to Denise Maughan for sending in this picture of a pair of intrepid explorers, heading south, to explore the upper reaches of Gosport Road on Sunday morning (16th Feb).
No sightings of Crocodiles or Piranhas were reported and, unlike the ducks (see below), the vessel remained upright for the entire voyage.

The Duck Racesun shines on the Farringdon Duck race - Updated February 16th 2014

   Blue skies and sunshine brought out a large audience from all parts of the village for the Farringdon Duck Race which took place along a flooded section of the Gosport Road on Sunday morning.. . . more

Farringdon Flooding update - Updated 15th February 2014

Shirnall view residents will be relieved to see this picture showing the first fall in flood levels since water appeared behind their houses a couple of weeks ago . . . more

rising flood levels close a32 in farringdon - Updated 11th Feb 2014

  A combination of heavy rain over night and rising groundwater have resulted in more extensive flooding along the A32 Gosport Road which is now closed to through traffic in Farringdon.
With care, to avoid sending a wave of water into Shirnall View, it is possible to get across the main road to Brightstone Lane. Both Gaston Lane and Hall lane are open although both can suffer temporary flooding after heavy rain. . . .more

Farringdon Village Hall – Social Group - Updated February 9th 2014

The inaugural meeting of the Group, which plans to organise regular social events in the Village Hall was held on Monday 20th January 2014. . . . more

Flooding reaches critical levels - Updated February 8th 2014

The rising water levels along the A32 have already forced some residents to leave their homes with flood water within inches of floor level on a number of other houses along the Gosport Road . . . . .more
Since the original article was posted, the A32, Gosport Road, in Farringdon,has been closed to through traffic.


Although there was some damage and a few fallen trees, the recent gales left the majority of Farringdon residents unscathed . . . .more

FARRINGDON PLAN 2030 Published - Updated 08 September 2013

Afternoon and evening presentations in the Village Hall on Friday 8th September, heralded the release of Farringdon 2030, the Farringdon Village Plan.(The Farringdon Plan is available online on this page). . . more

a cautionary tale - with a happy ending - Updated 22nd August 2013

John Cavendish emailed the 'Biz' to pass on his experience, which began a couple of weeks ago. .more

Coronation party - Updated June 21st 2013

The Vicarage Garden was the Venue for the Farringdon Coronation Party held in bright sunshine on the 2nd June . . . . .more

A village wedding - Updated June 12th 2013

 For the first time in many years All Saints Church was the venue for a wedding in which both Bride and Groom were from families resident in Farringdon, an event which drew quite an audience, many with cameras, to the Church Green . . . . . .more

a rather special birthday - Updated February 18th 2013

Birthdays don't very often warrant a report on the 'Biz' pages but this party at the Rose and Crown was a rather special occasion as relatives and friends joined Eileen Howarth to celebrate her 102nd birthday . . . . more

A 'CraCKER' FOR CHRISTMAS - Updated December 28th 2012

Thanks to Sylvia Goodall and Simon Applegarth we have pictures from the two night run of the Fabulous Farringdon Follies Company "Christmas Cracker" Cabaret held in the Village Hall on the 7th and 8th of December . . . . more

FARRINGDON OPEN GARDENS 2012 - Updated 5th July 2012

Despite the weather, the Open Gardens Day raised £475 which has been donated to Alton Food Bank – a local worthy charity.

Much to the relief of the resident gardeners, your reporter was conducting an in depth survey of the local pubs in the South Western corner of England on Open Gardens Day. Fortunately Mr John Bohringer was out and about on the day and has generously provided the Biz nerve centre with his photos taken on the day, a selection of which are available in the Open Gardens Gallery

Rule Britannia!the big diamond jubilee lunch - Updated July 31st 2012

Two pages of picture from the very successful Diamond Jubilee Lunch held at Fielder's Barn on 2nd June . . . . . more

farringdon neighbourhood network - Updated April 5th 2012

Douglas Shewan is now disseminating copious tit bits of information (via e-mail from the Crows Lane Communications Centre) to signed up recipients in the village on a bewildering variety of subjects - To receive your daily e-mail/s, just sign up with your details ( Please Note: Despite scurrilous rumours to the contrary you are not required to disclose your inside leg measurement ). . . . . .more

A SUNNY SUNDAY IN MAY. . . Updated 16th May 2011

Two pages of the exotic and not so exotic machinery that was on display on and around the Church Green and the flowers decorating the Church for the May, Magnolias and Motors day held in aid of All Saints Church . . . more


These distinctive yellow or blue salt/grit bins have been provided by Farringdon Parish Council and the contents by Hampshire County Council entirely to improve the safety of vehicles (and their occupants) using public roads. They are deliberately sited at three intersections not usually covered by EHDC gritting lorries and where there is an increased risk from snow and ice. Contractors were topping up the bin down by the A32 cross-roads on Sunday morning (19th Dec)
The contents are NOT FOR USE ON PRIVATE PROPERTIES and anyone seen removing the salt/grit contents
for their own use may be prosecuted for theft.

Granulated salt for use on private premises is widely available from local builder's merchants and hardware stores. - Farringdon Parish Council

FARRINGDON CHRISTMAS CABARET . . . Updated 12th December 2010

Two pages of pictures from Messrs. Wallace and Mills of the Farringdon Cabaret 2010. . . . .more

SNOW , SNOW AND YET MORE SNOW. . . Updated 6th January 2010

The Weather Forecasters were spot on this time, the heavy snow forecast duly materialised over night with an extra dose this morning, pictures from Claire Wallace and the staff photographer . . . . more

CINDERELLA DID GO TO THE BALL . . . .Updated 13th December 2009

Three pages of pictures from the Farringdon Production of Cinderella which drew to a successful close on Saturday night after four performances to enthusiastic audiences . . . more

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