Once again an edition of The Squeaker comes out in a Lockdown period; not as severe as the first but more severe than the second (no golf or haircuts this time!) By the time this edition of The Squeaker is published all of us over 65 will have had our first vaccination and the programme for the next cohort will have started, so maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe we will be allowed some holidays this summer if they don’t ease the lockdown too soon.
Sadly two good friends of Langrish, Roger Deadman and Tony Perkins, have passed away recently. There are appreciations of their lives on later pages. Betty and I will be forever be grateful to Roger for the help he gave us settling into the village. I already knew Roger from the golf club and whenever we needed help or advice, Roger always knew who we should contact. Although Tony lived in East Meon he was a loyal supporter of Langrish and he will be sorely missed at Friends meetings.
I am sure we were all shocked by the recent fire at Underwood Cottage. I am incredibly grateful to Ian and Julie for doing a detailed writeup of what happened for this edition of The Squeaker. It was heartening to see how the village rallied round (mostly on Facebook initially) to see if there was anything we could do to help. We wish them well with their rebuild; the parish council will do everything it can to help but rebuilding listed buildings is a challenge with a constant battle between the planning and heritage departments getting in the way of anything you want to do.
Finally an early warning; there is a 2 day bank holiday next year for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 2 and 3 June 2022.
How should the parish mark this celebration?
Ian Wesley February 2021