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Fireworks 2010

Chawton is once again holding its popular bonfire and fireworks event on Saturday 6th of November.

The event is held at Chawton Cricket club, behind the main recreational ground. Access and viewing is via the recreational ground opposite the school, or from the village car park. The bonfire will be lit at 6:30 with the fireworks following once the bonfire is going well.

 The event will feature :

  • The Bonfire
  • Free sparkers for children
  • Hot and cold drinks (tea, coffee and a selection of soft drinks)
  • Hot food - hot dogs & soup
  • The fireworks

Following last years event, we will have more people serving food and drinks to reduce the queues.

We hope you enjoy our fireworks night and would like to stress that the event is funded solely by donations on the day, so please give generously so that we can continue to run this event in future years. We recommend a donation of £5-£10 per adult (accompanied children free) - but you are very welcome to donate more. The more you give, the bigger the spectacle we can provide next year.

If you wish to bring your own sparklers, these must be lit in the designated area - both for safety reasons for others and to help minimise the clear up the following day.

Free parking is provided in the village car park, the village hall car park and on-street. Please do not park in the pub car park unless you are planning to eat there, nor on the village green, since we need to maintain access during the event for emergency access.

If you have materials for the bonfire, please take these to "Simons strip" (by the stream)

We are building the bonfire during the morning from about 9:30am and our annual clear-up takes place from 9:00 on the sunday morning, all are welcome to come along and help.

 

Beating the Bounds 2010

St Swithun the patron saint of rain was kind to us on Saturday, 2 October. The previous day the skies had opened and there was unrelenting rain; the day after the walk was not much better. Consequently we were extremely lucky to complete our walk, with only a few drops of rain near the end.

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Parish Plan - initial meeting

On October the 20th a meeting is being held in Chawton Village Hall to discuss the Parish Plan. 

So why should you be interested and why come along?

The parish plan is developed and driven by members of the parish, not the Parish Council, and is an important document which will guide the parish development.  It many ways it is a blue print for the future and covers things such as: 

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Save The Alton Museums

Support The Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery, now under threat !
 
TWO WEEKS AGO, on Tuesday, 6th September, the Curator of The Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery received by e-mail a draft report to Hampshire County Council on behalf of its Museum & Arts Service. It informed him that, not one or two, but all five posts attached to the Curtis Museum & Allen Gallery ( CMAG ) are to be deleted under the plan set out in the Report. The Report proposes engaging with the community during the next six months to discuss alternative ways of maintaining these two institutions; but with our whole professional team removed, there is a real fear that this spells the constructive closure of the Museum and the Gallery, the first of which is 150 years old this year, and both were created through the generosity of the Curtis family descended from the great 18th century botanist, William Curtis, a native of Alton.

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Beating the bounds of Chawton

In former times when maps were rare, it was usual to make a formal tour of the parish boundaries. The priest of the parish with the churchwardens and the parochial officials, headed a crowd of boys who, armed with green boughs, usually birch or willow, beat the parish boundary markers with them. Sometimes the boys were themselves whipped, or even violently bumped on the boundary stones to make them remember. The object of taking boys is supposed to ensure that witnesses to the boundaries, should survive as long as possible.

The ceremony had an important practical purpose. Checking the boundaries was a way of preventing encroachment by neighbours; sometimes boundary markers would be moved, or lines obscured and a folk memory of the true extent of the parish, was necessary to maintain integrity of borders.

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