The Friends

The March meeting of The Friends on Thursday 14th was our AGM. The evening was of some significance, as it was the first meeting at which we no longer had the wonderful Langrish House kitchen and waiting staff to prepare and serve our meal. However, the evening went well. Ideas for future events were suggested and attendees seemed happy with the informality of the meal.

At our April meeting our speaker was George Atkinson who gave us one of the best Friends talks we have ever had. George’s great grandfather came down from Cumberland to farm in East Meon towards the end of the 19th century. As a fourth-generation member of Atkinson’s to farm here, George is a mine of information about the families who came from Cumbria to farm in this area and farming over the last 100 years. Photographs of family groups, various archaeological finds from his farm and other artefacts further enhanced a very special talk.

On April 13th the weather was reasonably kind for the Village Walk.

The bluebells in the grounds of Langrish House were beautiful and the view of Langrish and Ramsdean from the hill high above Pidham Cottage (not a public right of way) was lovely, despite the lack of sun.

Tea, coffee, cakes and scones were consumed at 5 The Close at the end of the walk and £85 was donated by the walkers. This money will be used to buy daffodil bulbs for Ramsdean and to help finance the repair and replacement of stiles and kissing gates in Langrish and Ramsdean.

Thank you to Nigel and Robina Talbot-Ponsonby and Bill and Philippa Tyrwhitt-Drake for allowing us access to their properties.

Hopefully by the time you read this article Langrish and Ramsdean will be looking more beautiful as the village clean-up is planned for Saturday 25th May.  Marjorie Day has kindly agreed to host afternoon tea afterwards at The Old Hopkiln.

Future Events

Sunday 1st September is the date of the Annual Village Lunch to be held at Rookery Farm, Ramsdean, courtesy of Giles and Alex Berkeley. Starting at 12.30 for 1pm.

Further details about this event will be circulated by email and flyers in the next few weeks.

Following the AGM, we have lots of ideas and plans for future Friends events. Please check your email and read your September Squeaker for details.

Betty Wesley May 2019