Winchfield Parish Council
Coffee Mornings are held in the Village Hall on the first Friday of most months from 10am to noon. Since the first one in April 2014, more than £7,000 has been raised for a wide range of charities. Funds raised at the event in January 2018 were sent to St Michael's Hospice in memory of our dear friend Kate Rosevear who died the previous month after finally being defeated in her inspirational battle against cancer. The February event raised money for "Target Ovarian Cancer" in memory of regular attender Rosemary Baldwin. The March coffee morning raised funds for the Frimley Park Hospital Stroke Appeal in memory of Ian Gavin-Brown who died in January.
The next coffee morning is due to be held on Friday, August 3. Everyone is very welcome to attend these coffee mornings: they are not restricted to residents of Winchfield, and indeed, people come from near and far to enjoy the coffee, cakes and conversation. Just drop in at the village hall some time after 10am!
Litter Picks are held twice a year in the parish. The Autumn 2017 event took place on Sunday, October 22, when 33 people turned out – our second highest response ever – which meant we were able to tidy up all the lanes in Winchfield and beyond, the canal towpaths, a footpath, a stretch of the Odiham Road including a part which has never been done before, and cut back vegetation near the station car park entrance, thus improving visibility when exiting.
The Spring event took place on Sunday, February 25, 2018, when 26 volunteers took part on the day. In total, 35 bags of litter were collected and in addition, a number of fly-tipped items were reported. There had been a spate of some 30 tyres dumped and 19 had already been collected before the day. As always, volunteers were able to enjoy bacon and egg rolls in the village hall after their exertions.
Thanks go to Kerry Wedlock for organising these events.
Drag Hunt: The Staff College and RMA Sandhurst Drag Hunt cross our fields for three meets each season. This is the oldest drag hunt in the country and we welcome them to Winchfield. Their opening meet of the 2017-18 season was on Sunday, October 8, and they also met in Winchfield on New Year's Day 2018. The third planned event on Sunday, February 11, had to be cancelled because of the ground conditions: not unusually, the fields across Winchfield were waterlogged.
You can read more about the drag hunt here: http://www.sandhurstdraghunt.co.uk/