There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity.
The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam
Christmas is going to be quite different for everyone this year and our Christmas Day 10am service is no exception. Face masks must be worn, there will be no singing and social distancing must be maintained. This means we are restricted by the number of pews we can make available. One family can occupy one of the 14 available pews or 2 individuals. It would be really helpful if you intend to come individually or as a family if you let us know in good time to avoid disappointment. We certainly don’t want to turn anyone away and we want the service to be as meaningful and enjoyable as ever. I can be contacted on 710641 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Wishing everyone in our parish a very happy Christmas from St Mary’s
Members of Monxton Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee, and other generous volunteers have all spent a considerable amount of time preparing the documents and supporting information which has now been submitted for TVBC’s CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) Fund Bid.
The CIL Fund is for infrastructure projects in Test Valley that often require funding in excess of most grants and awards. We anticipate it to be the majority of the funding for the new village hall building, which will most likely be named the Pillhill Hub.
Our bid has been enhanced by some wonderful 3D drawings, which were kindly and generously created free of charge by Andrew Down of Pocket Protector Projects in Grateley.
Monxton Parish Council and Village Hall Committee are delighted to announce that, following many months of discussions and negotiations with TVBC, we have now received planning permission for the new village hall as of the 16/10/20.
We now need to raise the funds to pay for the building work required to demolish the current hall and build the new village hall plus equip it with the kitchen, toilets and other equipment. This will be raised from the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund (CIL) via a bid we are making for a grant for a significant sum of money, in addition to the funds we have already accumulated.
In stark contrast to the weather for the recently successful socially distanced Harvest Celebration just 3 weeks ago, even more locals pitched out yet again in damp and chilly ‘timed intervals’ around Amport and Monxton last weekend, to help raise more funds for local causes.
This time the same Ladies group joined forces with newly ‘localised’ American Master Brewer, Tim Hartigan, to recreate the atmosphere of a German beer festival inspired by ‘Fraulein’ Melanie Bacon! Pre-booked guests were invited to book a table for a beer tasting and then be served a variety of delicious Bratwurst from the outdoor kitchen which also doubled up as a takeaway for casual passers-by. Declared yet another compliant success in difficult circumstances the event raised another £300 but did so much more than money in supporting social cohesion, goodwill amongst neighbours and of course wellbeing across all ages. Wunderbar!”
Time stood still and the sun shone over Monxton & Amport last weekend as a Harvest Celebration took place!
Conceived as a simple but most effective plan by a few local village ladies to raise funds for good causes through the fruits of the local, bumper harvest. Mounted variably around the village, local folk were invited to ‘tour’ the various driveways to buy a vast range of healthy and nutritious produce kindly donated by local stores, farmers or prepared by the many local kitchen chefs!
Raising over £800 on the day was a considerable achievement which provided well-needed funds for the Village Hall, Church and the ‘School of Hope’ in Nairobi, Kenya. Perhaps even more noteworthy and rewarding however, was the opportunity to re-connect with friends and neighbours, many of whom had been housebound for much of the summer, in an open C19-compliant, informal and healthy manner. A priceless opportunity which remains critical to the wellbeing of all our communities. Such positive efforts are to be commended.
Please take the time to visit Windermere House, Chalkpit Lane on Sunday 20th September between 12 noon to 3pm where you will find a range of fresh local produce as well as superb home-made Blackberry & Gin Jam. All proceeds raised will go to Monxton Church and the Village Hall. Price: £3.50 per jar or 3 jars for £10.
Win a Hamper
There will also be a raffle to win a fabulous hamper, kindly donated by Rosebourne in Weyhill. Tickets are just £1 and the draw will take place at 3pm.