The Rose and Crown is now open as part of the Red Mist Leisure Group.
The Golden Pheasant will be reopening at 12 on Monday 17th May (Fri & Sat Takeaway still available).
Both pubs will be following prevailing Coronavirus restriction guidelines.
For the latest information, check the Golden Pheasant Facebook page and Rose & Crown Facebook Page for updates.()
A report of the Farringdon Parish Council Meeting held on Thu 6th May can be found on the Parish Page
Application submitted to amend The Folly planning decision - Updated 25th May 2021
An application from the "developer" of the Folly site has been made to the South Downs National Park Planning Authority requesting amendments to the previously approved plans for the two new houses being built in the grounds of Massey's Folly. In essence the application concerns:
Amendments to the "as built height of the 2 houses" both built within the height permitted by planning consent granted 10.1.17.
Amendment to the depth of the dormer windows without changes to height.
Removal of the porches to both houses because they conflict with vehicle movement around site.
Revised car parking layout
The full application can be viewed on the on the SDNP Planning portal ().
I suspect the Farringdon Parish Council will have some views on this application, as there has been concern, expressed by several residents, that the dimensions and location of the two houses might not be as approved in the 2017 Planning Application.
This seems to be borne out by the request to " . . . . ." as the planning authority was presumably satisfied that the original plans allowed sufficient space for the movement and parking of vehicles on the site.
There is also concern regarding the obligation on the original planning requirement to preserve the structure of the Folly, a listed building, prior to construction of the two dwellings to the rear. Since several window spaces have remained open to the elements through most of the winter it is difficult to understand how the developer can claim to have complied with that requirement.
The sorry saga continues . . . . .
Festival of Flowers - Updated 15th May 2021
There was no risk of huge crowds breaching Covid gathering restrictions, but there was a respectable number of flower arrangements on display in All Saints Church for the Farringdon Horticultural Society Festival of flowers . . . .more
Farringdon Parish Council Meeting held 6th May - Updated 12th May 2021
The Biz report of the meeting held on Thursday . . . more,
Also, thanks to Gary Lyle, (), the official list of current priorities for the Parish Council, can both be found on the Parish Page.
Hampshire Police & Crime Commissioner Election - Updated 10th May 2021
The "results" of the PCC Election have now been published and if you are interested some sort of conclusion can be found here.
adult Cycle Training afternoon in Alton - Updated 9th May 2021
Are your cycling skills a bit rusty?? Cycle Alton are pleased to announce that due to interest shown last year, they are putting on an afternoon of cycle training for adults on Saturday 12th June from 2 - 4 pm at Amery Hill School, Alton, GU34 2BE. . . . . more
much activity at the golden pheasant - Updated 7th May 2021
A large number of Farringdon residents were welcomed to the bar of the Golden Pheasant on Thursday (6th May) unfortunately, they were not there to enjoy a long awaited pint but to cast their vote in the Hampshire County Council & Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
|Hampshire County Council Election Results - Alton Rural
| Mark Kemp-Gee
| Roland Edwin Richardson
| Laurent Eugene Yvan Coffre
| Colin Brazier
Unlike the HCC election which was not much more than a formality! the PCC election something of a lottery, with no obvious front runner and I wonder how many voters were dithering in the voting booth trying to decide on their second choice! Whatever the result it will be published here when it becomes available. ()
Anyone interested in a "des Res" in church road??? - Updated 6th May 2021
For only £550,000??? a you can purchase what, at first sight, appears to be an upmarket two bedroomed flat adjacent to Church Road, I suspect any prospective buyer might be slightly less excited by the prospect of a residence in Upper Farringdon when they find it is in the middle of "the not much construction going on site" that was Massey's Folly.
Presumably the "Developer" is hoping to finance the rest of the project by selling off the flats and houses bit by bit.
The images here are from the Agents website (link to the listing below) I think the view throught the window says it all! Happy House-Hunting!
If you are interested you can view the full size images in the Bourne Estate Agents listing () you will all be relieved to know your reporter won't be hanging around Church Road for for fear of being trampled in the rush!!
The Wandering Moggie!
Our black and white, short haired, male neutered barn cat () is currently enjoying a jaunt to our friends neighbouring farm on the A32, and hence absent from our property.
May we kindly request that if properties in Kitcombe Lane or around by the old station yard, () do happen to see him, can they please not feed him.
People may wrongly assume he is a stray, as he is timid and not domesticated. It's not possible to pick him up or get that near him, so he is not the type of cat to be coming in people's cat flaps or gardens; if any properties have outbuildings, he may possibly venture there.
Barn cat is microchipped to us and in good health, we have owned him over 5 years and provide food twice daily.
We hope to see him again Soon! Thank you, the Cameron family.
POTENTIAL VILLAGE HALL SITE ON A32 CONFIRMED (at last!) Updated 27th April 2021
Although it has been an open secret for some considerable time, the Farringdon Village Hall Charity have, at last, officially confirmed that the vacant plot on the west side of the A32, Gosport road next to the Golden Pheasant is the potential site for the replacement Village Hall.
Potential being the operative word as the site needs approval not only from the Village but also from the relevant Planning Authorities before any construction work can begin.
Since the sale of the Folly, home of the previous Village Hall, several sites for the new village hall have been considered, from the Churchyard area to Shirnall Hill but, either from planning refusal or negotiation breakdown, the proposals have fallen by the way side.
Asssuming the current site is approved by the Village, negotiations don't break down, suitable access and planning applications are obtained and the money doesn't run out, a new Farringdon Village Hall might, eventually, become a reality.
Farringdon Village Hall Charitable Trust page
RED MIST AT THE ROSE AND CROWN – Updated 17th April 2021
Steve and Debbie Newton’s purchase of Rose and Crown in 2016 was welcomed by the great majority of Farringdon residents as the pub, previously owned by Enterprise Inns had been gradually run down and was in danger of permanent closure.
In September of that year Farringdon responded enthusiastically to an appeal from the new owners to help clear up the garden and the interior and with some mechanical assistance some sort of order was restored from the chaos left by the previous tenant.
Following a major refurbishment the pub partially reopened over the Christmas period and was soon fully operational.
Steve and Debbie had made it clear that they were not intending to run the pub themselves or indeed retain ownership indefinitely, so they appointed an experienced team to manage their new asset.
In that role, Andy and Caroline built up trade, customers numbers rose rapidly and the future of the Rose and Crown seemed assured.
In 2020 lockdown restrictions introduced to control the Covid Pandemic led to temporary closure of both our village pubs, in common with other hospitality businesses across the country.
Around this time the relationship between the management and owners began to breakdown and rumours that a pub management company were involved in discussion with the owners. The pub reopened throughout the summer with Megan moving into the management role but was forced to close again as the second lockdown began to bite.
Following hot on the heels of the partial re-opening of the Rose and Crown garden on the 14th April Steve and Debbie confirmed that the Rose and Crown was to become one of the Red Mist Leisure Inns
Red Mist are based in Farnham and own and manage dozen pubs in Surrey and East Hampshire, including, among others. the The Temple, Liss Forest, The Red Lion, Odiham, The Wellington Arms, Stratfield Turgis and The Exchequer in Crookham.
The company has formerly purchased, and revived the fortunes of several pubs heading for closure although in the case of The Rose and Crown the revival has already been established.
I am sure we all would like to extend our thanks to all those who contributed to the revival of the Rose and Crown but particularly to Steve and Debbie Newton who took on the project and re-established the Rose and Crown as a very popular family pub. No doubt they will continue to contribute to enjoy the hospitality of the pub free of any financial involvement, apart from the bar tab!
FHS CHILDRENS COMPETITION
GROW THE TALLEST SUNFLOWER:
For Full details
- Seasonal Gardening tips and membership details go to the FHS Page
Society web site.
10th June at 7.00pm
The meeting is open to residents and the press and will be held in the garden of The Thatched Cottage, Church Road, Upper Farringdon courtesy of David Horton.
Next Scheduled Meeting :
Wed 14th Jul - 7:00 pm
Venue and details to be confirmed.
Meetings are currently being held online via Zoom
Access link and Agenda
(when available) from the
Farringdon Parish Road & Environmental Report
The Village Coffee Mornings will (fingers crossed!)
return on the first Saturday in July (3rd)
Farringdon Parish Road & Environmental Report
Farringdon Parish Road & Environmental Report
Farringdon Parish Road & Environmental Report
Farringdon Parish Road & Environmental Report
Parish Council Website
Minutes, Key Messages etc. of Previous FPC
Meetings can be found
on the Parish Page
The Farringdon Great Onion Competition 2021
David Horton checks the Onion Sets for this years Great Onion Competition and () the winner will be decided at the official weigh-in and Licqueur competition September 4th.
There has been much demand for the sets this year and they are now available for collection although with a severe drop in temperature forecast () only those who have some sort of weather protection will be taking their sets home until Spring is firmly established.
Massey's Folly Remembered
Despite the lockdown, Chrys Browne's booklet "Masseys Folly Remembered"
with profits going directly to Farringdon Parish Council.
Chrys has ordered a rerun and now has
copies in stock.
If you wish to
purchase a copy please email Chrys for more information.
Garden Features - Updated 11th March 2021
The Parish Council Garden Project on the old playground area beside New Road at the top of Parsonage Close is proceeding.
The Picnic Tables are now on concrete bases and the garden areas marked off.
It will provide a picnic spot for both locals and walkers on the junction of well used footpaths to Chawton, Selborne and west to the Old Railway line and Four Marks.
When the volunteers have planted out garden areas it will provide pleasant place for walkers, local or otherwise to relax and enjoy a picnic.
We hope that patrons of this area make full use of the adjacent litter bin and we don't end up with rubbish scattered about the site.
A gradual return to some sort of normality - updated 3rd March 2021
With the first service this year in All Saints Church just over a week away, preparations for the Farringdon Great Onion Competition in hand and the Progressive Supper scheduled for 26th June and schools fully open later this month, are we about to set forth on the slow road back to normality?
Certainly with the blooming of the Spring flowers, an unexpected burst of Spring like weather, the wild birds that have happily co-existed around the gardens of Farringdon through the Winter beginning to establish territorial rights and the return of the traditional garden bonfire, there is good reason to be hopeful.
The one outstanding success story of the last year has been the Vaccination rollout which, thanks to the untiring and enthusiastic efforts of all those involved, has exceeded all expectations both in numbers vaccinated and in reducing the risk of serious illness, particularly among those of us of a generation who have accumulated more years than we care to think about.
While I wouldn't recommend booking your foreign holiday just yet, should you yearn for a trip across the water, the exotic delights of the Isle of Wight could be accessible in early summer and when you find out how much the returnferry crossing costs you could well imagine you are embarking on rather longer voyage than the short trip across the Solent. Should you avail yourself of this option, please remember that the majority of the inhabitants still drive on the left.
We can only hope that we will soon have the option to see friends and family face to face rather than the various internet connection services.
This will also allow us to return all those politically correct book titles and other worthy items and artifacts carefully arranged in the background to impress internet viewers. There is a downside in that we will now be visible from the waist down as well as above and many of us may discover that either: we no longer have a discernable waistline and/or that area has expanded beyond the capabilities of the available garments. At least that bodes well for the clothes retailers when they are eventually allowed to trade.
We are fortunate in that both of our village pubs are planning to reopen when allowed and I'm sure we will all be giving them our enthusiastic support while continuing to be aware that we have to learn to live with the Corona virus as it is not going to disappear.
on the "high" Road? - Updated 29th January 2021
Apparently someone has been utilising their spare time growing some exotic flora, presumably to provide solace during lockdown.
Having harvested the "crop" the grower/s were faced with the disposal of cut stems and roots and took the decision to dump the aforementioned in a ditch beside Gaston Lane.
Initially the plants were mistaken for Japanese Knotweed but the leaves and strong odour, familiar to anybody who has found themselves in the area of Glastonbury High Street around festival time, clearly indicates that the dumped specimens are neither Japanese or Knot and only the Weed part of the identification is applicable in this case. There were also some Bamboo rhizomes in the mixture which led to the initial confusion.
So far nobody has owned up to this act of environmental pollution but we are assured that the Farringdon Horticultural Society is not involved.
Should you be considering livening up your current situation with a gleaning project, the dumped material has been removed and disposed of permanently and responsibly and this item will not be featured in any of the "what to spot in Farringdon Guides"!
The Folly - Redevelopment or Disaster area - Updated 10th January 2021
Anyone passing along Church Road cannot fail to notice that there is currently very little activity on the Massey's Folly redevelopment project. The "Covid" effect may, in part, have contributed to the delays but the project appears to have been slowly grinding to a halt over the last few months. . . . more
'Twas the week Before Christmas - Updated 19th December 2020
Despite the "not very festive" weather, requiring a change of transport from Reindeer and Sleigh to Wayne & Karen's Pony and Trap, Santa was out and about in Farringdon today picking up all those urgent requests from his fans....more
MORE REPLACEMENT WOES - Updated 13th October 2020
Just a reminder that the upgrading of the pumping station on Brightstone Lane, to keep up with the increasing demand for water from the expanding population of Four Marks,
is due to begin on October 27th and carry on through until works are due to be completed next year.
According to the official blurb from the Water Board:
" Construction is planned to begin on October 27 and we anticipate the new pumping station will be up and running by April 2021. Our existing pumping station in Brightstone Lane, which has come to the end of its working life, will then be decommissioned.
Work will take place during normal working hours and there may be some noise disturbance but our workforce is under strict instructions
to keep noise to a minimum. We are very sorry for any disruption this may cause and would like to thank our customers
and valued stakeholders for their patience while we carry out this vital project."
Once work commences find regular updates will be posted on the South East Water web page for Farringdon. ()
The GREAT ONION CHALLENGE - Updated 13th August 2019
Last week () Cally and David Horton were the hosts as the 2020 Great onion Challenge competitors made their way to the Thatched House for the all important weigh in.
An extra this year was The Alternative Produce and Flower Show and, of course, the the traditional home made Liqueur competiton which is decided by votes from the enthusiastic tasting by all those present.
For the benefit of those whose memories of the event might be a little hazy a report and the full results of the Great Onion weigh-in are available here
New Notice Board - Updated 31st July 2020
In case you hadn't noticed there is now a shiny new Parish Notice Board on the South side Street at the Church Road junction. The new notice board was paid for by the Parish council and is a General use notice board for village use.The board had been stored in Tony Batley's garage since the purchase on behalf of the village some time ago.
Although maintained by the Parish the notice board will be for Village use with notices only being allowed for village type communications. Several members of the Parish council have offered to check the content and remove any unwanted or out of date notices. Usually 1 month is sufficient for most notices; this notice board is unlocked.
Two other locked Parish notice boards are in use, one at the Lower Farringdon Crossroads and one at Parsonage close .
David Williams, () with the assistance of David Horton, made a splendid job of replacing the old board on the fringes of the Tabner estate so thanks to Gary and Sarah giving continued permission to allow the board to be sited inside their garden wall.
rose & Crown reopening, but . . . . - Updated 26th July 2020
The Rose and Crown is re-opening this evening () at 5:00pm but probably not as we knew it.
Andy & Caroline, who have run the pub so successfully folllowing the long period of closure in 2016 are leaving, to the dismay of the many customers of the pub under their management.
This was the statement published on the Pub Facebook page on Sunday 26th:
". . . . . . . It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that Caroline and Andy have taken the decision to leave The Rose and Crown. It was not a decision taken lightly and we will miss you all terribly, we've made some fantastic friends in the last two and a half years.
Caroline x Andy x & Oscar. . . . "
all change at the parish Council - Updated 14th July 2020
Unfortunately your reporter missed the last electronic meeting of the Council but fit would appear that a considerable reshuffle took place during the session.
Following the resignations of Deputy Chair Nadine Farris and Councillor Graham Ryan, two new Parish Concillors, Tami Doherty and Penny Cushing, will fill the vacancies once formalities are completed by Gary Lyle, the Parish Clerk .
Allthough no longer a Parish Councillor Nadine will continue to be involved in the New Village Hall Project and the development of Cycle routes in the local area.
From here on you have to pay attention!
Tony Batley resigned from his position as Chair of the FPC, although he continues as a Parish Councillor. Nadine was Deputy Chair until her resignation so both positions were up for grabs.
I hope you are keeping up with this so far, I have this vision of The FPC shuffling from seat to seat, in whatever passes for Musical Chairs in Virtual meetings, with no music and nobody leaving their seat.
However when the music stopped () and the electronic dust settled, David Horton is now Chair of the FPC with David Craig occupying the Deputy Chair.
The next scheduled meeting will be held on 2nd September at 7.30pm. Whether this will be a face to face meeting in the Golden Pheasant Function Room or another Zoom convention has yet to be confirmed.
small steps back to normality - Updated 14th July 2020
The Rev Carrie Walshaw conducted the first Church Service under the new guidelines on Sunday. This was her first service in Farringdon since she joined the Northanger Benefice, just weeks before our Churches along with many other public buildings were closed.
Both the Rev. Carrie Walshaw and her husband Richard, who is an accomplished organist kindly agreed to pose for the 'biz' photographer as they left the Church.
We wish her well in her new appointment and hope it won't be too long before normal service is resumed in every sense of the word.
Get out your cameras for FARRINGDON IN BLOOM - Updated 8th July 2020
Farringdon Horticultural Society, in common with almost everyone else, have had to cancel most of their planned events this year – although they are still hoping to fit in a visit to the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens at Wisley when it is safe to do so.
|Successes & Failures
|Unusual Planting Containers
|A Vase of Flowers from your Garden
They are hoping you will take some gardening photographs and share these on line.
Just for fun no prizes are on offer!
To encourage your artistic efforts the FHS have come up with the list of categories shown on the right.
Please email any photographs to email@example.com
KEEP GARDENING, SEND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AND STAY SAFE.
ANNUAL HANGING BASKET AND CONTAINER COMPETITION:
This will be judged on Wednesday 5th August. There is automatic entry for all in the village. The judges will travel around and view hanging baskets and containers that are visible from the front of the property. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and two runners up. Full details on the FHS website
A well distanced picnic - Updated 5th July 2020
As restrictions ease the first Church Service was held this morning and the residents of Farringdon were let loose inti the great outdoors for a communal and well distanced picnic in Hoppa's field. The distancing had more to do with the slightly more than fresh breeze than any Covid related regulation as the participant sought protection from the wind
Upper Farringdon House Garden was open in the afternoon so there was an opportunity to spend a day out without taking on the traffic.
All being well the Goldon Pheasant will be opening on Monday 13th July and the Rose and Crown will follow later in the month, although both pubs will seem a bit different as they try to keep up with the ever changing regulations as we slowly progress to some form of normality.
local Travel problems as LOckdown eases - Updated 2nd June 2020
As lockdown restrictions nationally are eased you wiil need too plan your route out of Farringdon carefully as road closures, existing and threatened, will affect routes to the East and West out of Farringdon.
The trench across Church Road to repair water leaks has rendered the section between Parsonage Close and The Street closed to all but pedestrians, and determined riders of horses and bicycles. This should reopen fairly shortly, assuming somebody remembers to come back and fill it in.
As some of you have already noticed, contractors are amassing materials and equipment on Hall Lane to replace cables on the 400kv power line. They are scheduled to start on or around the 17th June when Hall Lane will be closed, except for access, until the work is completed. It is expected that the works will take just over three weeks, assuming weather or confusion doesn't hinder progress.
Brightstone Lane is scheduled for road closure starting July 13th when the Water Board continues the new pumping station installation to supply the ever increasing population of Four Marks. Closure is scheduled to end on or before 31st July. Happy travelling!
A Blast from the Past - Updated 7th May 2020
This might stir up a few memories, Pete Read sent in this Farringdon School Photo taken in 1957 with Headmistress Pauline Hoare, who taught so many Farringdon children, their children and their grandchildren over the years. Given the number of years that have passed since this picture was taken, the age range of the children today would be late 60's to early 70's . . See anyone you recognise???
The 2020 Great Onion Challenge - Updated 30th April 2020
The 2020 Farringdon Great Onion Challenge is going ahead under self distancing regulations () with 28 entrants registering to receive their setts from the Horton distribution service in the near future.
In September they will return, for the official weigh-in at the Thatched Cottage which, if the previous two events are anything to go by, will reveal the devious methods some competitors will employ to claim the prestigious trophy for the Heaviest Onion.
It is alleged that this years Onion variety, "The Kelsae", has the potential to produce a 10 lb () Onion Bulb at the end of the season, so the less scrupulous competitiors are probably going to need larger rocks than in previous years
The Weigh in Evening schedule also includes the competition for "The Best Fruit Liquor made from Fruit in Your Garden".
Since this event is judged by all present, after enthusiastic tasting of the entries, there is every chance that voting slips will become increasingly illegible as the evening progresses and the winner will be selected at random, again!
Severe Case of Over Heating - Updated 09th April 2020
In case you weren't aware of the reason for the A32 closure south of Farringdon last week, the road was closed for resurfacing after this John Deere burst into flames and melted the tarmac. ()
The Firecrew from Alton extinguished the flames but were unable to prevent severe damage to the tractor and the road surface.
Contrary to scurrilous rumours, it was nothing to do with your reporter or any of the local farms, the owner was an agricultural contractor from the Peterfield area.
FInal Water Level Update - Updated 6th April 2020
Dave Mattey, who kindly provides the Farringdon weather information at the top of this page via his automated weather station, has provided us with his final update on the groundwater levels over the last few weeks Available Here ()
A Message from East Hants Police - Updated 30th March 2020
Something we normally always aim to do is to keep in touch with you by either visiting you at home or meeting you at one of our many public meetings or beat surgeries.
Of course the Coronavirus outbreak means that’s going to change and we won’t actually be able to see as many of you as usual as, in line with government advice and the latest information from Public Health England about keeping our communities and our staff safe, we have decided to cancel all upcoming plans for engagement opportunities.
Local teams are still out and about trying to see as many members of the community as we can. If you do need our assistance, please contact us on 101 or online via our website For more information, please visit this page
A bit of good news perhaps? - Updated 29th March 2020
Groundwater levels continue to fall slowly, but steadily. The latest recorded groundwater level this morning () was 116.91m above the datum level, just over a metre below the flood point.
Flood warnings are still in place, and will remain so for the immediate future as, to quote the oft repeated environment agency statement "" but, if the downward trend continues, and we don't have more continuous heavy rain in the immediate future water, only the cellars will need pumping out.
With the Rose and Crown and the Golden Pheasant and the Church now closed and with most of us only allowed out occasionally ( ) a bit of good news is more than welcome.
Farringdon rainfall and groundwater levels Update - Updated 10th March 2020
An update on the current situation from Dave Mattey . . . more
Farringdon Parish Council Meeting - Updated 5th March 2020
A report on the March 4th meeting of the Farringdon Parish Council can be found on the Parish Page.
The Village Hall Trust - Updated 5th March 2020
The FPC meeting above was preceded by The Annual General Meeting of the Farringdon Village Hall Charitable Trust and while there was nothing new to report on the night a brief update on events so far can be found on the Trust Page
Dave Mattey's Weather Information Page - Updated 1st March 2020
Dave Mattey, who generously supplies the 'Biz' with the Farringdon weather information from his meteorological station in the village, has been following local weather patterns and the consequences thereof for some years. So, if you want to know more about the current situation from somebody who actually knows what they are talking about click here
Farringdon Annual Litterpick - Updated 26th February 2020
The Great British Litter Pick is back in Farringdon! At 10:00 am on Saturday 21st March, The Annual Farringdon Litter Pick will be setting forth to pick up the rubbish scattered along the roadside verges and footpaths around Farringdon. Your help would be much appreciated by the organisers. For more information and contact details click here () .
Horticultural Society needs your Help - Updated 13th February 2020
As part of the Open Gardens day on 31st May the Farringdon Horticultural Society is hoping to stage a display of rare or unusual vehicles on the Church Green and the land behind by kind permission of Paul Andersen.
If you have a suitable vehicle - motorbike, car, van, truck or even tractor - that you would be willing to show to the public please contact Ian Ross .
Save the Farringdon Yew Campaign - Updated 24th December 2019
The Ancient Yew tree in Farringdon Churchyard has been given temporary support after suffering damage earlier this year, so the Parochial Church Council have started a campaign to finance more permanent structural support to preserve it for the foreseeable future. . . . more
fifth anniversary coffee morning - Updated 2nd February 2020
Volunteers and Patrons of the Monthly Coffee Morning celebrated the 5th anniversary of the event in the Church last Saturday (). Held on the first Saturday in the Month this event provides a chance to meet your fellow residents in an informal atmosphere.
It also provides an opportunity for any new arrivals in Farringdon to introduce themselve to their fellow villagers and catch up on who's who.
In addition to the regular features , the Plant Stall, the produce and Gift Stall and, of course the Coffee and Biscuit dispensing team, a selection of cakesthere were an additional attraction, duly noted by one of the younger residents.
Farringdon Horticultural Society are now on line - Updated 25th January 2020
The Farringdon Horticultural
Society have launched their own website to keep you up to date with all the garden related activity. Horticultural events will still be listed in the 'Biz' Village Diary but for full details, or to find out exactly what the gardeners of Farringdon have been up to, click on the 'F.H.S. Website' button on the left and all will be revealed in a brand new page!!
Christingle Candles light up the Church - Updated 23rd December 2019
The Annual Christingle Service on Sunday Evening was, as usual, very well supported for the retelling of the Traditional Christmas Story . . . more
Farewell to the Parish Clerk - Updated 14th December 2019
Claire Gibbs, the Parish Clerk has, very successfully, been keeping the Farringdon Parish Council on the straight and narrow for some while.
Unfortunately for Farringdon, Claire is moving on to pastures new and we wish her every success in the future, wherever that takes her.
This leaves a vacancy for a Parish Clerk which, hopefully, will be filled in the not too far distant future.
Over 65's Christmas Party 2019 - Updated 13th December 2019
On the 10th December Your Master of Ceremonies, David Hartley was welcoming guests to The Church which, once again, provided the seasonal backdrop for the Farringdon Over 65's Christmas Party, one of the few events of the year when residents turn out en masse for a very convivial evening.
The organisers and helpers are to be congratulated for all their efforts on the days around the event and the time spent fund raising and organising the throughout the year which ensures a very enjoyable evening for everybody attending.
Thanks to the generosity of the organisers, the 'Biz' Photographer is now officially invited, providing his long suffering wife is there to keep him in order.
A selection of pictures from the evening can be found here
farringdon Christmas Fair - Updated 8th December 2019
The Annual Farringdon Fair was held in and around All Saints Church on a very mild Saturday Morning with Mulled Ale, Hot Chestnuts and Mince Pies on sale as well as the usual "First Saturday in the month" Coffee Stall . . . . more
(Thanks to David Horton, the results of the Christmas Hamper Draw, held at the event, can be seen on the top right of this page) . . .
Massey's Folly Remembered - Updated 6th November 2019
Massey's Folly Remembered tells the story of The Folly and individual memories of the building and the place it held in the lives of those who used and looked after the building.
Massey's Folly Remembered is published one hundred years after the passing of The Reverend Thomas Massey who conceived and designed the Folly, although the building wasn't completed until some years after his death.
For copies contact Chrys Browne. -
Purchase price is £5 or £6:50p with post and packaging.
New Appointment to Northanger Benefice - Updated 2nd November 2012
The Rev. Carrie Walshaw will be joining the Northanger Benefice as Assistant Priest in the New Year, once all the details and formalities are completed.
Carrie is currently an associate Vicar in the West Kent Parish of St Peter, Pembury.
Lytch Gate refurbished - updated 26th October 2019
The Lytch Gate has now been refurbished and normal access into the Churchyard has now been restored.
I'm not sure if there are any weddings imminent, but the the next Bride and Groom to pose under the Lytch Gate can be assured that the structure will not collapse around them.
The new timbers stand out in the picture on the right but if the current weather continues they will soon weather in.
Why is there an old Boot* on the Font? Updated 6th October 2019
There is, of course a perfectly rational explanation as a sizeable congregation gathered in All Saints Church to celebrate Harvest Festival amid the floral decorations in All Saints Church . . more pictures on the Church Page
Macmillan Coffee Morning - Updated 28th September 2019
On Friday 27th September Linda and Patrick Ward were the hosts for the annual Farringdon Macmillan Coffee Morning.
Thanks to Gill Pears for a report and pictures of the event which can be found. . . here
The Great Onion Challenge - Updated 14th September 2019
On Saturday 6th September, the Horton Marquee was the venue for the weigh-in of 2019 Farringdon Giant Onion Challenge .
In the Spring of this year, each entrant was provided with half a dozen sets of the same onion variety. grown from seed by David Horton.
After much tender care, watering and feeding with all sort of dubious concoctions, the growers involved were asked to select their heaviest specimen for the 2019 weigh-in. more.
Farringdon Blooms at the summer show - Updated 16th August 2019
Another year and yet another colourful display as the gardeners of Farringdon gathered up their finest specimens and made their way to the Church on Saturday morning () for the 2019 Farringdon Horticultural Society Summer Show. . . . more
D-Day Commmemorative Drive - Updated 22nd June 2019
Quite a turnout along the Gosport Road on Saturday (22nd June) for the D-Day commemorative parade from Swanwick to Newbury.
Spectators were assembled in the sunshine as they waited, and waited a bit more, for the parade of vehicles re-enacting the journey made by General Dwight D Eisenhower from Swanwick to visit troops ahead of D-day.
The parade was dedicated to the memory of all those who took part in the Normandy Landings in 1944 many of whom never returned and are laid to rest in military cemeteries in Normandy.
A page of pictures can found here
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 () 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
CAMpaign for Real Ales
'Good Beer Guide 2019'
Spring Show Prizewinners - Updated 15th April 2019
Farringdon Horticultural Society took over the Church on Saturday () for the Annual Spring Show which ran like clockwork in the absence of your reporter (), 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.
FARRINGDON PARISH COUNCIL - ELECTION OF COUNCILLORS 2019
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
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 () 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
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
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 () on offer. . . . more
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 () 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 ( the Great Onion Challenge Weigh-In () 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 original 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
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.
Celebrating Sue Fifield's Award - Updated 23rd May 2018
Some of the younger generation of Farringdon who gathered in the Church on Sunday afternoon (20th May)
celebrate the award of the British Empire Medal to Susan Fifield - More Pictures on the Church Page
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
Farringdon Litter Pick on 24th March
The two defibrillators in the disused phone boxes at
Shirnall Hill crossroads
and Parsonage Close
are now in full
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 ()
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 () 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 Pears' Banner () featured prominently as the Members of Farringdon Womens Institute celebrated their 100th Anniversary at the Rose and Crown on the 22nd January . . more
New 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
VILLAGE HALL AGM & Parish Council Meeting - 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.
It must be nearly Christmas as
the Farringdon Carol Singers were out in force on Thursday evening .
Christingle Service - Updated 20th December 2017
The annual Christingle service was held in All Saints Church on Sunday 17th December . . more
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 () 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 () and is now distributed around the village in residents log stores.
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, () 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 () 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 (). 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
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, () 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
Common 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
What's going on around the Phone Box? - Updated 15th Oct 2016
summer show time - Updated August 9th 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 . . . .
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.
Yes, 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.
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
'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
SOCIETY SUMMER SHOW-
Updated 11th August 2014
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
Farewell 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
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.
sun 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.
FARRINGDON SURVIVES ST JUDE STORM - Updated October 31st 2013
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
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 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
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
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
SALT / GRIT BINS :
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)
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
CHRISTMAS CABARET . . . Updated 12th December 2010
pages of pictures from Messrs. Wallace and Mills of the Farringdon Cabaret 2010.
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, SNOW AND YET MORE SNOW. . . Updated 6th January 2010
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
DID GO TO THE BALL . . . .Updated 13th December 2009
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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