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Welcome to our fifth digital edition of the Village News. The beautiful cover picture was taken in Home Covert and features. an early purple orchid There always used to be some there but. now there seem to be hundreds An Isle of Wight and Hampshire. Wildlife Trust worker told me that the intention of the tree felling was. create more favourable growing conditions for wild flowers and. plants it seems to be working Have you ever wondered what those. black boxes were on the trees They are nesting boxes for. dormice though the worker said they had never seen evidence of. their use Mr Rambler gives us an insight into some of the historical. features of this ancient woodland in the first of his planned series. about local walks, Continuing the historical theme we are indebted to Southampton. Heritage Facebook who gave permission for us to publish some. old photographs of Nursling and Rownhams Julie Facey recently. took photographs of the locations and sent us a fascinating. collection of Then and Now photographs which we will feature over. the next two weeks, Many of us may be missing our annual holiday Two couples from. the village have written about their Holidays of a Lifetime which did. not go quite as planned because of Covid 19 Do you have a. similar story to share, Many thanks to all who sent in photographs and articles for this. edition I m afraid the jokes don t get any better, Next week we would love to hear from anyone with knowledge of. the history of Nursling and Rownhams I ve heard rumours of. Prisoner of War camps and gun emplacements Does anyone know. what purpose those brick towers served in the woodland by the. triangle at Toothill Local historians do let us into some secrets. Stay home Stay safe Stay well, The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the writers and not.
necessarily those of the editors,Scouting and St George. Besides being patron saint of England St,George is also that of. Scouting Consequently on a,Sunday afternoon towards the. end of April members of Scouting,and Guiding in our district would. normally congregate in Romsey,Abbey to celebrate reflect and to.
renew our Scout and Guide Promises, Obviously this year such an event wasn t possible instead the. District Scouting team ran a short on line session streamed. through Facebook it has now had over 1000 views Together. we renewed our Promise and reflected on some words of our. founder Baden Powell that seem as relevant in today s situation. as when he first wrote them over 100 years ago,All Scouts should know the story of St. George He was typical of what a Scout,should be When he was faced by a. difficulty or danger however great it,appeared even in the shape of a. dragon he did not avoid it or fear it but,went at it with all the power he could.
That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger. no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear He should. go at it boldly and confidently using every power that he can to. try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed. By suggesting activities to do at home and running Zoom. meetings the leaders of 21st Romsey are doing their best to. support our members through the current difficulties As you will. have seen from other articles many of the young people are rising. to the challenge,Randell McKay,Group Scout Leader,Letter to the Editors. From Brian Richardson,Nigel Anderdon, I was very sad to hear the news of Nigel s death when we were. on our cruise I was wondering whether or not the Parish Council. have thought of any fitting tribute to Nigel In the past the PC. have named roads and committee rooms to remember former. councillors As Nigel was so instrumental in setting up the Skate. Park and play area in the recreation ground I wondered if naming. the skate park after Nigel would be a fitting tribute. Twin Spires News, The May edition of Twin Spires News the parish magazine of the. churches of Nursling and Rownhams is available on line. at https twinspires org uk docs magazine pdf, It has news of what the churches are up to articles to make you. think activities for children and puzzles to keep your mind active. Marion Mary Caroline and Dorothy aka Freds,Horns Drove Pre school and Rascals.
We have had to take the very difficult decision as of the 25th of. March 2020 to close our Pre School and After School Club till. further notice, E mails will be checked regularly so please communicate with us. This will be until further notice and we look forward to seeing you. all again when we open again,Karen Terzer,Business Manager. Get Walking, Now that walking has become the Number 1 pastime in the UK I am. amazed at how many people have lived in N R for some time and yet. seem unaware of the wealth of good walking around our lovely locality. Over the next few Village News issues I hope to enlighten you. Let s start right in the heart of the village with Home Covert This. delightful area of woodland has over the years been gradually. surrounded by development most recently in the form of the new. houses at Fen Meadow and the massive new buildings at Adanac Park. Adanac is Canada backwards and was the name given to the farm. which used to occupy this site Where the OS building stands once. stood an Iron Age settlement exposed when the new foundations were. dug The houses off Cranmer Drive in Nursling are late 90s vintage. Nursling Rec where the football fields and skate park edge the woods. provides the most open access From here a gate onto a well. made path runs southwest through the woods to a two way split Just. before you reach this junction a hump in the path crosses a pipeline. from the estates in Nursling This acts as a dam for a seasonal lake. transforming the area in wet weather, The path to the right heads back eventually to Nursling Street via at. this time of year bluebells and other woodland flowers including some. lovely orchids Look but please don t touch The path to the left leads. across to Hillyfields As you cross a stream a smaller path to the left. heads up to Jubilee Park at the back of the Scout HQ and to the footpath. across to Redbridge Lane The main path splits left to the new houses. right to follow the stream emerging in Hillyfields by the Walnut Tree Inn. Home Covert contains a considerable amount of history Iron Age. pottery has been found on the long defunct track from Adanac Farm to. Nursling Street possibly dug up among gravel used as the track surface. From the back of the Scout HQ to the site of the new buildings at. Adanac ran a section of the Roman Road from the River Test to. Winchester Maps of more recent times show that the woods were. heavily managed and regular plantings in the trees can still be seen. today Explore some of the minor paths in the woods Take the time. to look up as you walk there are some magnificent trees and you may. spot nuthatches among the abundant birdlife And don t just walk for the. sake of it Look listen and enjoy These woods are one of our finest. local assets Treasure them,Mr Rambler,Creative corner.
We have had some Lego creations come in from some of our. contributors It shows our children have been busy and very. creative in these times,These two designs are by Advik Bhandari. Photo credit Anchal Bisht, The Lewis brothers Aaron and Sam decided to create their own. holiday resort and transport as a holiday abroad this year seems. Photo credit Clare Lewis,Our Trip of a Lifetime, On Monday 9th March we set off to visit our dear friend in Melbourne. Australia Carol and her husband ran the YMCA youth club where Paul. and I met back in 1969 She has been in Australia for 47 years so we. thought it was about time we visited and we had lots of exciting things. planned What a time to choose, We were a bit anxious beforehand because many international flights were. being cancelled leading up to our departure date but luckily ours wasn t. We had a taxi to take us to Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport and the roads. were very quiet which was a sign of things to come We arrived at the. drop off virtually the only car and went into departures to the check in. desk which was almost deserted It was all very surreal as we went. through security with no queue and none of the hustle and bustle that you. would expect from one of the busiest airports in the world It was the same. on the plane an A380 the biggest passenger plane in the world which. was probably only about a third full so service was good. Singapore Airport empty, First stop Singapore for three nights Singapore was open for business.
but with a distinct lack of tourists By this time they were not accepting. visitors from countries which were suffering most from the virus China. Italy Spain and Iran and people generally were choosing not to travel so. visitor numbers were very low Our hotel was lovely but not full and we. usually had the pool to ourselves Attractions were open but nobody to visit. It was indeed very quiet There were hardly any people on the streets We. managed to do the four different hop on hop off bus tours. around Singapore in one day not hopping off We were. usually the only two people on board We visited Sentosa. Island and were the only people on the cable cars The. lack of people was quite surreal but also somewhat. unnerving We managed to get a taxi to the zoo as my. one wish was to see the Giant Pandas We were so lucky. the zoo was open with hardly any people there and the. Giant Pandas came out to see us Such an amazing,experience. We did keep away from areas that might have been crowded just to be on. the safe side We did not go shopping in the wonderful malls along. Orchard Road and we did not eat at the Hawkers Centres where the locals. go to eat although we had originally planned to But we did manage to get. to the Long Bar at Raffles for our Singapore Slings bit of an. underwhelming and overpriced experience but a must do nonetheless. We left Singapore on Friday 13th March what were we thinking to fly to. Melbourne Singapore airport was empty They combined four different. flights to fill our plane, We arrived in Melbourne Friday evening narrowly escaping having to. isolate for 14 days Again so lucky It was the weekend of the Grand Prix. and the streets were heaving There were so many restaurants alongside. the Yarra River that we wondered how we were ever going to choose which. ones to eat in during our stay Little did we know how that would change. Unfortunately Paul and everybody else did not get to see the Grand Prix. as it was cancelled at the last minute, On Sunday 15th March two days after our arrival in Australia we received. the following message from our son So Australia are now asking all new. arrivals to self isolate for 14 days on arrival you just missed that. American Airlines is suspending nearly all long haul transatlantic flights. from Monday It follows that other airlines will follow suit Several countries. are closing borders too again others will follow suit It might be worth. contacting the British Consulate to see what the current advice is for British. Nationals in Australia If flights are cancelled at short notice and there are. no plans for repatriation you may need to find somewhere to live for a few. months out there, At the time this seemed to us to be a bit of an extreme reaction so for the. first week we took a four hour train ride to Lakes Entrance to the East of. Melbourne heading towards the National Park area where the bush fires. had been earlier this year We stayed with a friend in a small town on the. coast and we felt very safe and isolated from the effects of the virus and. were fully able to enjoy our time there We,visited the areas where the fires had been and.
were able to experience first hand the total,devastation charred trees and melted. signposts stretched to the horizon with no,wildlife to be seen However nature is now. regenerating the area with some clear green,shoots of recovery already appearing. Devastation of the forests miles and miles into the. We spent a lot of the week searching for kangaroos which apparently are. all over this area usually but there were none to be found We spent the. last day at Wilson s Prom a National Park glamping for one night We. were due to leave at 10 a m the following morning but news quickly spread. that the whole park was shutting down at 2 p m due to Coronavirus issues. again we were lucky So lucky in fact that we got to see kangaroos in. their natural habitat along with emus and at night time the wombats came. out We were also fortunate to see koala bears sleeping up gum trees on. Raymond Island,A really large kangaroo Tina being brave Koala. We returned to Melbourne a very different Melbourne to the one we had. left a week ago A progressive lock down was being introduced All pubs. and restaurants had closed although some were offering a take away. service Shops started to close with eventually only food shops and. pharmacies staying open Attractions National Parks and even beaches. were closed Social distancing was announced Stay at home was the. message Carol s apartment building has two swimming pools with steam. and sauna rooms fitness rooms and other facilities for tenants to use so. we thought we would still be able to use these But no everything was. Village News Orchids and Bluebells by Xenia Bennett Week 5 01 May 2020 A Newsletter for all in the Parish of Nursling and Rownhams 2 Editorial Welcome to our fifth digital edition of the Village News The beautiful cover picture was taken in Home Covert and features an early purple orchid There always used to be some there but now there seem to be hundreds An Isle of Wight and Hampshire

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