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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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Councillor Vacancy

ImageChawton parish council currently has a vacancy for a parish councillor.
We meet once a month and you can tailor the level of involvement to fit your circumstances.

To qualify you must live within the village. If you would like to apply, please contact the Parish Clerk who will provide more information.

 

New local web sites

A number of new local web sites have been built in the surrounding area and these are now linked from this site at their owners request, they are :

 

 

 

http://www.chawton.cc/ - a new address and new content

Worldham village web site - a new site

Bentworth village web site - a new site.

 
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Upcoming Events

  • Chawton WI - Women on the Railway
    August 09, 2017 (19:30 - 21:30)

    Chawton's WI are holding a "Women on the Railway" event with Dr Becky Peacock from Midhants Railway at Chawton Village Hall.

  • Chawton WI - Craft Workshop
    September 13, 2017 (19:30 - 21:30)

    Chawton WI's craft workshop, an evening of sewing and crafting to be held at Chawton Village Hall.

  • Chawton WI - The art of being perfect
    October 11, 2017 (19:30 - 21:30)

    Chawton's WI are holding the "The Art of Being Perfect", a talk by Trisha Lewis on perfecting ourselves!

    Please note this is a group meeting so members from other local WIs will be in attendance.

    Event being held at Chawton Village Hall

  • Chawton WI - Christmas and other problems
    November 08, 2017 (19:30 - 21:30)

    Chawton's WI are holding "Christmas and Other Problems", a funny talk by Judy Theobald to get us in the Christmas Spirit!

    Event held at Chawton Village Hall.

  • Chawton WI Carol Service
    December 09, 2017 (14:00 - 16:00)

    Chawton WI are hosting a carol service in Chawton Church, ALL WELCOME!!

    Men, families, friends, everyone!  Refreshments will be provided.

    More details to follow.

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