Medstead Parish Council
Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward aims to provide a high standard of dance teaching in a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere so each pupil has the opportunity to develop and become confident in their own abilities.
Regular dance courses are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings, at the Village Hall Ropley: Monday 08:00-09:00 improvers, 09:00-10:00 Beginners and Wednesday 7.30pm-8.30pm for beginners+ and 8.30pm-9.30pm for advanced. Courses are between 5 and 7 weeks in length, during school term times, with a maximum of 8 couples per class.
Qualified UKA and NATD Ballroom and Latin Dance teacher and member of the ISTD, Alan Amor teaches all rhythms, including: Waltz, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha, Ballroom, Jive, Sequence and party dances. If you have never danced before or want to improve, Alan will be pleased to show you how.
Contact:Alan AmorTelephone:01420 564066 or 07758 589441Email:email@example.com
Dance your way to fitness with Body Moves! Treat yourself to an hour away from the stresses and strains of life and enjoy this lively, friendly class which combines a variety of dance styles with body conditioning and general keep-fit. Led by a Keep Fit Association tutor and member of the Register of Exercise Professionals, classes are suitable for all ages and abilities.
They are also fun and informal (we laugh a lot) and aim to exercise your mind as well as your body! Music ranges from current chart hits and pop classics to light classical, anything which encourages good movement. Come along for a trial session, you will be made most welcome. Don't forget to bring a drink and wear suitable clothing. Classes are held in the Village Hall on Tuesdays between 6.00pm and 7.00pm.
Contact: Sheron Gillard Telephone:01420 560065 Website: Body Moves
Broadlands Group Riding For The Disabled
Broadlands Group RDA has been providing riding lessons to riders with physical and learning difficulties since 1955. In addition to adults and children from the local area, pupils from Shepherds Down School, Compton, ride regularly. Broadlands now provides over 1,000 rides every year.
The simple pleasure of working with horses is the cornerstone of all RDA’s activities. From that starting point everything else flows – be that freedom of movement, gaining confidence, building relationships, receiving life-enhancing physiotherapy or achieving individual goals. The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination. Riding offers an element of excitement and risk often denied to people with disabilities. It can be a means to relax or compete. Those with learning difficulties also benefit from the momentum and development of core muscles enabling them to work on other areas of life improving; communication, concentration, behaviour, relationships and confidence.
Our wonderful ponies are specially trained to work with disabled riders helping the riders improve their lives whilst having fun. Our riding lessons are structured to improve different areas of each riders life and overall confidence. As well as the ponies we have an enthusiastic team of helpers ensuring the riders are safe whilst have fun during their lesson and make as much progress as possible.
We raise all our own funds through collections, sponsored events and requests to trusts and foundations to ensure we can care for the ponies, maintain the facilities and continue to improve the lives of those with a disability.
If you would like to be involved in the success and happiness the helpers create at Broadlands, please get in touch.
Citizens Advice Bureau
As a voluntary body, depending on grants, charity contributions and volunteer help, the Citizens Advice Bureau can offer independent and impartial advice. They deal with enquiries on a wide range of topics, including employment issues, consumer matters, benefits, debt, housing, legal and relationship issues.
They offer a drop-in service from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Mondays to Thursdays, and can be contacted via:
GARDEN HOUSE DAY NURSERY
In September 2016, the Sisters of St. Lucy Convent Medstead in partnership with Alton Convent School, open the GARDEN HOUSE DAY NURSERY at Medstead for children from six months old to four years old from 7.30am to 6.00pm, 51 weeks a year. The nursery replicates the outstanding provision (ISI Inspection 2011), already on offer at the Alton Convent School site. For information or to register your interest, please contact Mrs. Sheila Spooner, 01420 82070.
We are a group of ordinary people from many walks of life, who have found that knowing Jesus makes a difference in our lives. Our desire is to establish an effective, lively, Bible-based church, displaying God's love throughout Four Marks, Medstead and the surrounding area.
From a core group of nine people in 2003 committed to starting this exciting new church we have continued to see steady growth, experiencing several people coming to faith in Jesus for the first time and seeing many others restored in their faith.
We are part of Salt and Light Ministries, an international family of leaders and churches. We are also a member of the Evangelical Alliance.
We meet at 10.00am every Sunday at Four Marks School.
Contact: Jubilee Church Office Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 01420 562014
Or for more information visit our website: www.jubileechurchfm.org
Medstead Bowls Club
Medstead Bowls Club is very much a village green type of club, with an emphasis on informal games, members' internal competitions and friendly matches against other local clubs. For the more competitive we also enter a team in the Stan Hardman League, based in Basingstoke, which holds matches every Thursday throughout the summer.
Our green is unusual in having a well drained, all-weather playing surface which allows play throughout the year, including a Ladies vs. Gentlemen match on New Year's Day. We also have a short mat rink indoors for use in inclement weather.
Club roll-up games are played every Tuesday (Ladies), Wednesday, Friday and Sundays at 2.00 pm. Casual games can be played at any time and visitors may also play for a small donation.
As well a playing bowls we have a strong social side and try to hold a social event every month, throughout the year. We are able to cater for up to 60 people in our own clubroom, using our own well-equipped kitchen.
Contact: Peter Buckland Telephone: 01420 563495 e mail email@example.com
Medstead Church of England Primary School
Medstead School provides high quality primary education for 210 children aged between 5 and 11 years old. The school also has 8 places for profoundly deaf children, supported by British Sign Language Communicators and qualified Teachers of the Deaf.
The school operates under the children's chosen motto: together we learn.
Medstead is a high-achieving school with standards well above the national average. The school is committed to children learning through a variety of creative learning experiences which fully engage pupils. This "active learning" approach is embodied in day to day practice and in the planning of the curriculum. The school also takes its responsibility for providing for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the children very seriously. As part of its Christian ethos, the school focuses on the values of Hope, Trust and Courage. We aim to build trust in every classroom and throughout the school. This trust will give us the courage to say what we think and learn new skills. Being courageous and trusting in one another gives us great hope and aspiration for all our futures.
The school also runs a breakfast club in partnership with Medstead Pre-School to provide childcare and a healthy breakfast from 8.05am. At the end of the school day, Medstead After School Club run by New Forest Child Care, provides after-school care until 6.00pm.
The Headteacher is always delighted to show prospective parents around the school. Please telephone to arrange a convenient time.
Contact: Headteacher, Ms. Jane Oborn
Address: Medstead Church of England Primary School, Roedowns Road, Medstead, Hampshire, GU34 5LG
Medstead Cricket Club
The cricket club is a member of the Hampshire Cricket League, and we play league matches every Saturday between May and the end of August and Sunday friendly cricket until the end of September.
Thursday evenings from 6.30pm are practice nights on the Village Green for adults and on Friday evenings there is coaching for juniors from 6-years old upwards.
The club will always welcome new faces. So if you are considering taking up the game from scratch, or perhaps starting again after a few years "in the outfield", please join us.
Contacts: Ken Kercher, Club Secretary phone 01420 563553; Andy Tingey, Club Captain, phone:01420 563626 or mobile 07720 412098. For junior coaching enquiries, contact Martin Simpson phone 01420 86880 or mobile 07908 428190. Club website:Medstead Cricket Club
Medstead Gardeners Club
Club meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month (except January and August) in the Village Hall at 7.45pm. Meetings normally feature a guest speaker, though from time to time social evenings are organised. At most meetings there is a competition for the best home grown flower and vegetable; there is also a monthly raffle.
An annual plant sale open to the public is held in May and members are encouraged to contribute. The Club also holds an annual flower and produce show in July where members and non-members may exhibit.
Annual membership is currently £8 per person. Discounts are available at local garden centres and nurseries on production of a valid membership card. New members and visitors are always very welcome!
RHS Affiliated. Please refer to our website for all up-to-date information.
Chairman: Paul Beresford - 01420 562592
Medstead Lawn Tennis Club
Situated in the centre of Medstead, the Club has three courts all floodlit. Coaching is available and there is a Club Evening each Thursday. There is also a Saturday morning coaching session for young people. Facilities are good and play is continuous throughout the year. The Club enters several teams into the East Hants District Leagues for members who wish to play competitive tennis. There is ample opportunity for social games and membership is open to all including beginners.
Come along and talk to us, you will be most welcome.
Contact: Hazel Cox, Chairman Telephone: 01420 563234 Website: Medstead Lawn Tennis Club
Medstead Old Time & Sequence Dance Club
Our club has been running for over sixty years, with practice dance evenings every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 10.00pm from September to May, in the Village Hall. Entrance fee £2.00.
We also have a monthly tea dance with live music or CDs, held every Sunday from September to May between 3.00pm and 6.30pm, again in the Village Hall.
We do old time sequence dances as well as trying to learn new ones. Everyone is welcome: young or old, dancers or learners.
Contact: Terry Pridell, (Chairperson) Telephone: 01962 732934 or Brian Martin on 01420 85726.
The Players were founded in 1977 when a few people got together to put on a variety show on the then new Village Hall stage. Since then the group have put on around 75 productions in and around Medstead and raised thousands of pounds for various local and national charities.
The productions vary enormously in scope and style and are well received. A whole range of skills are necessary to ensure a successful production. As well as acting, we design and build sets, paint and decorate, make and find costumes, operate the sound and lights, hunt out props, direct, prompt, stage manage and script write. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month, usually in the Wiltshire room at the Village Hall. We are a friendly group, always keen for new members.
Medstead Guides, Brownies & Rainbows
1st Four Marks and Medstead Guides and 2nd Medstead and Four Marks Brownies meet on Thursday evenings in St. Andrew's Church Hall during term time. For more information:
Contact: Gwen Clifford, Unit Leader Telephone: 01420 561383 Website: Girl Guiding
Medstead Scouts & Cubs
Medstead is part of the Rotherfield Scout District, covering Alresford, Alton and Bordon, which provides Scouting for those aged over 14. The District has several Explorer units for 14-18 year olds and a network unit for 18-25 year olds. The District also has an active fellowship section which supports district activities as well as a number of Adult support roles.
The Medstead Times is our local village magazine, published monthly, to provide residents with news, views and information about our village. It contains details of our many village organisations, what they do, who to contact and how to join.
Contact details of many local businesses are carried in the advertising section, so if you need a plumber, electrician, builder, or even someone to frame your pictures, you need look no further than the Medstead Times.
All profits from the sale of the magazine are used for the development of the Village Hall and all work to produce it, apart from the printing, is voluntary.
The subscription for a full year is £7.50 and this will give you 12 issues, delivered to your door at the beginning of each month. If you would like to add your household to our readership please use the subscription form periodically provided in the Medstead Times, or contact the Manager.
Contact: Ken Gaskill, Copy Editor. Telephone:01420 568290 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Medstead United Reformed Church
The United Reformed Church gives a warm welcome to the residents of Medstead. Being a United Reformed Church, we include Methodists, Congregationalists, Baptists and anyone who wishes to worship. We would be very pleased to meet you in our Church, situated on South Town Road.
We have different speakers every Sunday who come from a wide area and all walks of life. They range from Ministers from Methodist Churches, Church of England clergy and lay preachers. As soon as you enter the Church you will be greeted with a warm welcome. The Church is very nicely decorated with carpets, upholstered chairs and lovely flower arrangements.
Services are held on Sunday at 11.00am. Holy Communion is held on the second Sunday in the month and we have coffee after the family service on the fourth Sunday.
Medstead Village Hall
Medstead Village Hall is available to hire in whole or part to individuals, businesses, clubs and organisations.
It has rooms ideal for birthday parties, classes, concerts, conferences, dances, drama, fund raising events, indoor sports, performances, private functions, public meetings, training courses, wedding receptions, workshops, etc.
The Main Hall has capacity for 200 people (up to 150 seated around tables), the Small Hall ('Wiltshire Room') capacity for 50 people and the Meeting Room ('Committee Room') capacity for 10 people.
Facilities include a fully fitted, well equipped kitchen with china and cutlery available for hire, separate bar area, raised stage for bands and performances, ample chairs and tables, projector and large screen, and patio area overlooking the Village Green. For booking enquiries:
Medstead Voluntary Care Group (MVCG)
MVCG helps those in Medstead who need transport to hospital, dental and doctors' appointments, collection of prescriptions/pensions or assistance with shopping. In certain circumstances it can also provide practical help and emergency meals. It is a registered charity and is run entirely by unpaid volunteers in the village. It asks for donations for its services only to cover transport costs.
MVCG always welcomes new volunteers, as drivers, coordinators or other helpers. It is a very good way to get to know the village when you move in.
Affiliated activities are the monthly Lunch Club for Medstead residents over 65 which meets monthly on Fridays in the Village Hall. Enjoy a home cooked lunch and meet new people. New members welcome, transport can be arranged.
Contact: The Duty Coordinator Telephone: 0845 46 305 46.
Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society
The Watercress Line needs you!
As one of the South's leading tourist attractions, without the dedication and enthusiasm of our volunteers the railway cannot exist. New volunteers are sought to join our friendly team; not just on the trains but also for office, catering, retail and more.
We run steam trains throughout the year from Alresford via Ropley, Medstead and Four Marks to Alton, with some exciting special events such as 'Days out with Thomas' and 'War on the Line'. For more details about us, our events and volunteering, please visit our website. Come and join in the fun!
Roedowns Women's Institute (WI)
Have you always wanted to join the WI but are unable to go along to afternoon meetings? Four Marks and Medstead are both thriving WIs but both meet in the afternoon and so with the interest of those ladies keen to join the WI but unable to attend daytime meetings, Roedowns was formed in 2011 as an evening WI.
Roedowns WI meets on the first Wednesday of the month in Medstead School at 7.30pm. Don't miss out on the fun and friendship being a WI member offers - if you are interested in joining please contact us!
Contact:Marion SlaterTelephone:01420 564295
Shopping & Local Retailers
The main village shopping areas are in the centre and south.
The village centre is around the High Street. At one end lies St Andrew's Church, the Church Hall, the Castle Of Comfort public house, which serves lunches and a variety of fine beers, the Handy Stores, a grocer and newsagent and Medstead Hardware, which includes the village sub-Post Office.
Post Office opening hours are 9.00am to 5.30pm, daily. The Post Office is closed for lunch between 12.30pm and 1.45pm and on Sundays. Early closing days are Wednesday and Saturday.
In the south of the village on Lymington Bottom Road are WKL Building Supplies, Mansfield Park Surgery and Lymington Barns, which has a variety of shops including Cato Computers Ltd Computing and IT 01420 563033, Reads the Butchers; Nosh Café Bar 01420 568162, Clementines Greengrocers, TDS Saddlers, for everything equestrian, and Southern Trailers. At the bottom of Red Hill, Ian McNeill provides horse boxes, saddlery and equestrian supplies.
The nearest shopping centre is the market town of Alton, where market day is Tuesday. There are also regular Hampshire Farmers Markets.