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  • Visit from St Jude's Primary School

    Visit from St Jude's Primary School

    29.07.16

    Elvetham Farm has hosted another visit from St Jude's Primary School in South East London as part of their curriculum topic "Where Does Our Food Come From" .The children have been learning about how food gets from the farm to their plates.  The day was organised by the The ... Read more

    Elvetham Farm has hosted another visit from St Jude's Primary School in South East London as part of their curriculum topic "Where Does Our Food Come From" .

    The children have been learning about how food gets from the farm to their plates.  The day was organised by the The Country Trust, a national educational charity, that conducts educational expeditions for groups of children and their teachers from inner towns and cities.

    Fun was had by all, highlights included holding the chickens, meeting the ponies and cattle, running through the barley and a straw fight with their teacher before heading off onto a tractor and trailer ride around the Elvetham Estate.  The staff from the Estate enjoyed the visit as much as the children and hope to repeat the exercise again with another class next year.


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  • Shine Creative Moves Into Causeway Farm Development

    Shine Creative Moves Into Causeway Farm Development

    17.10.14

    Thriving Hampshire based design agency Shine Creative has recently moved into a quintessentially English converted barn complex which once operated as an old dairy farm and is one of Hartley Wintney’s most sought after commercial developments, owned and managed by the Elvetham Estate.   Shine is a RAR Top 100 ... Read more

    Thriving Hampshire based design agency Shine Creative has recently moved into a quintessentially English converted barn complex which once operated as an old dairy farm and is one of Hartley Wintney’s most sought after commercial developments, owned and managed by the Elvetham Estate.  

    Shine is a RAR Top 100 integrated creative agency. With over a decade’s worth of experience, they believe that good relationships mean good business and provide a service based on traditional values. The team have been cherry-picked for their unique skills, whether it be creating outstanding design, compelling copy, captivating website development or simply having a way with people. As an agency Shine creates inspirational ideas, unearthing the unexpected and making an impact on the people who matter.

    Founder and Creative Director Samantha Stokes has worked with a number of local businesses in the area, including the magnificent Elvetham Hotel, helping to promote their excellent conference and wedding facilities.  Her work with the Elvetham Estate started over two years ago when she was invited to tender for the Estate’s new website.

    Samantha Stokes comments ‘Since working with the Elvetham Estate to develop their new website, our agency has truly flourished and the new office development has given us the perfect environment to not only enjoy the heritage of such a beautiful location but to offer a more professional environment and an area of escapism for some of our city based clients to come and discuss new initiatives in peaceful surroundings. The Estate has been tremendously supportive and has helped to create a strong community spirit.’

    Together the Estate and their building contractors have delivered a high spec build with a stunning end result. They have skilfully restored a traditional building with period features, such as oak beams, high ceilings and large open spaces, but introduced features to cater for innovative and evolving businesses like Shine Creative

    Sam Stokes comments’ We consider ourselves very fortunate to be working in such a beautiful environment which is perfect for creative inspiration, and we are delighted to carry on our working relationship with the Elvetham Estate and to reinforce their unique brand message of ‘a great place to live and work’.


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  • Volunteer Working Party Day

    Volunteer Working Party Day

    5.08.14

    We recently held a volunteer working party day in association with The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  The aim was to clear the dragonfly pond on the Elvetham Estate of the Himalayan Balsam that is currently growing there.  We had to ensure the plants were removed before the ... Read more

    We recently held a volunteer working party day in association with The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.  The aim was to clear the dragonfly pond on the Elvetham Estate of the Himalayan Balsam that is currently growing there. 

    We had to ensure the plants were removed before the flowering season next year and have made a strong start in clearing the entire northern bank of the pond of Balsam. 

    We started to push north towards the River Hart and hope to revisit the site next year for the second phase.  There is still plenty of work to do but the pond edge has now been cleared.

    Our thanks go to Elliott Fairs of H&IOWWT and his party of volunteers, pictured, courtesy of Laurie Clark


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  • First Foal Born at Elvetham in 100 Years

    First Foal Born at Elvetham in 100 Years

    6.06.14

    Elvetham Farm has a new arrival, the first foal born here since the start of the Great War in 1914. “Samara Welsh Warrior” or “Kiaza” to give him his stable name,  is a handsome skewbald colt born on 27th April out of Welsh Cob “Judith”.  His sire, “Samara Fly ... Read more

    Elvetham Farm has a new arrival, the first foal born here since the start of the Great War in 1914.

    “Samara Welsh Warrior” or “Kiaza” to give him his stable name,  is a handsome skewbald colt born on 27th April out of Welsh Cob “Judith”.  His sire, “Samara Fly”, is a 17hh Dutch Warm Blood, a champion dressage horse and showjumper known for his exceptional temperament. 

    Kiaza is owned by the Mutlow family and it is hoped he will follow his sire's success in the show ring.


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  • School Visit To Elvetham Farm

    School Visit To Elvetham Farm

    2.06.14

    Country Trust Visit to Elvetham Farm 21st May 2014 A Year 4 class of 28 children from a Primary School in South East London visited Elvetham Farm and spent the day learning about how food gets from the farm to their plates.  The day was organised by the The ... Read more

    Country Trust Visit to Elvetham Farm

    21st May 2014

    A Year 4 class of 28 children from a Primary School in South East London visited Elvetham Farm and spent the day learning about how food gets from the farm to their plates.  The day was organised by the The Country Trust, a national educational charity, that conducts educational expeditions for groups of children and their teachers from towns and inner cities.

    The children were taken around the farm by Kim Cuzner and Chris Beach.  As the focus for the day was food production, Kim and Chris started off showing the children the various grains that were grown on the farm.  They then took them to see some of the machines that prepared the land and crops for the end product.  The children also met some cows and calves to learn about their role, life cycles, welfare and feed, followed by a magical walk through the barley.  Nearby was a stock of ‘sewage cake’ which the children, and adults, were surprised to learn provided good fertiliser!  This was followed by a visit to the chickens and the three-day-old ducklings.  Each child was given the opportunity to hold the birds and were absolutely fascinated and enthralled by them.  Few had ever had such a hands-on experience before.  The day ended with a very happy trailer ride, accompanied by the voices of the children, as they sang their way around the Estate.

    For further information regarding the Country Trust’s work, please call 01728-726540 or visit their website, www.countrytrust.org.uk


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  • FowlerFortescue Appointed as Managing Agent

    FowlerFortescue Appointed as Managing Agent

    1.06.14

    We are pleased to announce that FowlerFortescue have been appointed as the new Managing Agent of the Elvetham Estate with effect from 1st June 2014.FowlerFortescue are based in Salisbury on the Fonthill Estate and have replaced Yattendon Estates further to Paul Sedgwick's appointment as Deputy Ranger of Windsor ... Read more

    We are pleased to announce that FowlerFortescue have been appointed as the new Managing Agent of the Elvetham Estate with effect from 1st June 2014.

    FowlerFortescue are based in Salisbury on the Fonthill Estate and have replaced Yattendon Estates further to Paul Sedgwick's appointment as Deputy Ranger of Windsor.

    Everyone at The Elvetham Estate would like to extend a warm welcome to Simon Fowler and Su Plumley and wish Paul every success in his future role at Windsor.


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  • Calthorpe Estates To Sponsor Step By Step

    Calthorpe Estates To Sponsor Step By Step

    16.05.14

    Calthorpe Estates is proud to sponsor Step by Step, a locally based homeless charity who work with young people aged 11-25.  The charity combines a number of services including accommodation, support, training, counselling and family mediation in addition to the teaching of vocational skills to achieve independent living. Calthorpe Estates ... Read more

    Calthorpe Estates is proud to sponsor Step by Step, a locally based homeless charity who work with young people aged 11-25.  The charity combines a number of services including accommodation, support, training, counselling and family mediation in addition to the teaching of vocational skills to achieve independent living.

    Calthorpe Estates, via the Elvetham Grassroots Fund, has pledged support over the next three years to the Client Ambassador Scheme.  The scheme enables clients to volunteer to take on more responsibility to assist the charity through presentations to community groups, to mentor and support their peers and to support Training Co- delivering client sessions at their on-site training room in Aldershot.

    For further information on the work of Step by Step please visit www.stepbystep.org.uk


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  • Providing a Home for Local Bats

    Providing a Home for Local Bats

    25.02.14

    One of our barns is being used as maternity roost by a small number of brown long-eared and common Pipistrelle bats. The bats use the barn during summer, between May and September, to have their young. A Barn Owl has also occasionally used the barn.  Whilst the roofing work is ... Read more

    One of our barns is being used as maternity roost by a small number of brown long-eared and common Pipistrelle bats. The bats use the barn during summer, between May and September, to have their young. A Barn Owl has also occasionally used the barn.  

    Whilst the roofing work is being carried out, alternative roosting facilities for the bats and Barn Owl have been provided on site and permanent provision will be incorporated into the barn.

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  • Hart Voted Best Place To Live For Third Year Running

    Hart Voted Best Place To Live For Third Year Running

    9.01.14

    Elvetham Estate is located in Hart District which has been crowned Britain’s most desirable place to live for the third year in a row, according to the annual Halifax Quality of Life Survey. The survey looks at factors such as health and life expectancy, crime rates, weather, employment, earnings ... Read more

    Elvetham Estate is located in Hart District which has been crowned Britain’s most desirable place to live for the third year in a row, according to the annual Halifax Quality of Life Survey.

    The survey looks at factors such as health and life expectancy, crime rates, weather, employment, earnings and schools.

    Residents of Hart were found to be the healthiest in the country with 97.4% reported to be in good or fairly good health and the 80% employment rate is significantly above the national 71% average.

    If you are interested in moving your home or business to The Elvetham Estate please feel free to contact us.

    The Halifax survey can be found at the following link:

    http://www.lloydsbankinggroup.com/media/pdfs/halifax/2013/2112_Places_to_live


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  • First Historical News Story

    First Historical News Story

    26.11.13

    Thomas Charles Howard of Elvetham, Cricketer 1781 – 1864 Thomas Charles Howard was one of the leading cricketers of the early 19th century. In over a hundred professional matches he played amongst the best of his time. He was born in Hartley Wintney and for much of his life he lived ... Read more

    Thomas Charles Howard of Elvetham, Cricketer

    1781 – 1864

    Thomas Charles Howard was one of the leading cricketers of the early 19th century. In over a hundred professional matches he played amongst the best of his time. He was born in Hartley Wintney and for much of his life he lived in Elvetham and worked on the Calthorpe estate. He is buried in St Mary’s, Elvetham. His descendants lived in Elvetham for decades, and still live in Hartley Wintney.

    Family Background

    Thomas was born in Hartley Wintney on 19th July 1781, the second son of Charles and Sarah Howard. Charles was a ‘Surgeon, Apothecary and Man-Midwife’, his brother, uncles and eldest son also being surgeons. The family was moderately prosperous, living in a newly built freehold house beside the Lamb Inn which was furnished with mahogany furniture and silver plate. Thomas received handsome inheritances from his parents and uncle, but didn’t follow the family medical business. He would have had a comfortable upbringing, financially secure, with time to indulge his interests. One of which was cricket.

    Professional Cricket

    Thomas’ professional cricket debut was for Hampshire against Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire at Lords Old Ground on 4th – 6th July, 1803. From that time through until 1829 he played at least 100 recorded team matches of which 88 are categorised as ‘first-class’. He also played several single-wicket matches. Frederick Lillywhite, author of Cricket Scores and Biographies, who met Thomas, says that he was recommended by the legendary fast bowler and Elvetham man Davis Harris.

    His speciality was fast bowling (underarm, right-handed), followed by batting and wicket keeping. One of his best performances was at Lords in 1825 when he stumped 6, caught 1, bowled 3 and scored 86 runs. To quote Lillywhite

    ‘a fine, fast and successful underhand bowler, an excellent wicket-keeper, a good bat, and anoted single-wicket player……one of the ‘cracks’ of his day’.

    Although it was favoured by gentlemen, cricket was no gentle game. When underarm bowling, Harris ‘would bring it up from under his arm with a twist, and nearly as high as his arm-pit’. The resulting spin would sendthe ball skittering up the wicket. Harris bowled so fast that a bye once killed a dog standing beyond theboundary. Another bowler talks of leaving his adversary’s knuckles ‘handsomely knocked about’. Playerswere devoid of protective clothing, excepting a top hat and thick knitted socks. It was a manly game and thebowler’s main offensive tactic was speed. To quote a player ‘We never thought of knocks…Certainly, you would see a bump heave under a stocking, and even the blood came through; but I never knew a man killed’. Men were killed though, at least one at this time from a fast ball to the head.

    As a professional for hire Thomas played for several teams, including England, Hampshire, MCC, Surrey, and Lord Beauclerk’s XI, Eighty of his matches were at Lord’s, the rest at local grounds across southern England including nearby Bramshill. He played in the first ever Gentlemen v Players at Lords in July 1806. On June 20th – 22nd of 1815 Thomas played at Lord’s for Beauclerk. On the 18th, Wellington had his victory over Napoleon at Waterloo. His official despatch was published in the London Gazette on Thursday 22nd. Beauclerk lost by 9 wickets and one wonders if his notorious bad temper was at all mollified by the day’s momentous news from abroad.

    In 1810 Thomas was team-mate to Lord Frederick Beauclerk of Winchfield in an infamous single-wicket game, between Beauclerk and George Osbaldeston, who had challenged Beauclerk to a match for 50 guineas, each to play with a professional. Beauclerk chose Thomas and Osbaldeston chose Surrey’s William Lambert, one of the best batsmen in England. Osbaldston fell ill on the day but Beauclerk insisted on the match going ahead, two against one. Lambert won the day by using bowling skill calculated to infuriate Beauclerk’s short temper and impair his judgement. Beauclerk lost his money and bore such a grudge that the eventually destroyed Lambert’s career by accusations of match-fixing. None of the bad feelings seem to have stuck to Thomas who went on to play for both Osbaldeston and Beauclerk on many occasions.

    Gamekeeping

    In 1821 he was issued a Gamekeeper’s Licence for Lord Calthorpe of Elvetham, and in 1822 he was deputed as head gamekeeper to George Lord Calthorpe of Elvetham. In this role he was successor to James Thumwood, from whom he purchased three game hounds. In Thomas’ early days he would have earned enough to live off cricket alone. However, as the Napoleonic wars dragged on the number of matches declined and Thomas was forced to get a proper job with a steady wage. His Game Licence shows that he liked shooting for sport, and his sportsman’s hand-eye co-ordination may have made him very good at it. At 5’10” and 10 stones in weight he was tall and lean – a sinewy figure of immense toughness striding across the fields of Elvetham with a flintlock shotgun in the crook of his arm and his hounds at his heels.

    From 1822 to 1828 Thomas lived in Lord Calthorpe’s Keeper’s Cottage, beside the turnpike (A30) beyond the top of Star Hill. An isolated place, away from the main settlement around Hartfordbridge crossroads and with only gypsies and the rumble of passing stagecoaches for company, it still stands today. Head gamekeeper was a responsible job open only to trusted professionals. Thomas’ cricket would have taken him away from duty on many working days every year, at a time when most people worked six days per week and received no pay for missed days. William Burgess and Lord Calthorpe were presumably tolerant bosses and perhaps cricket enthusiasts to have accommodated Thomas’ sporting sideline.

    Professional Retirement

    Thomas gave up game keeping in 1828, and the year after he left first-class cricket; possibly age or injury left him unable to keep up at either. At 48 years of age he would have been slowing down, perhaps losing his sharpness of eye, and being overtaken by younger men. His last match as a professional player was for MCC v Norfolk in July 1829 at Lord’s.

    At this time Thomas’ style of under-arm bowling was being supplanted by a new ‘round-arm style’. In fact in 1827, TC put his name to a statement which read

    ‘We, the undersigned, do agree that we will not play the thirdmatch between All England and Sussex, which is intended to be played at Brighton in July or August unless theSussex bowlers bowl fair - this is, abstain from throwing'.

    The declaration was later withdrawn but Thomas’position was clear. Aside from style, if his age was starting to show he may have found himself eclipsed by younger men.

    His last recorded ‘great game’ was as umpire on 13th July 1829 for England v Sussex, also at Lord’s.

    Perhaps this was a form of testimonial, honouring an exceptional career of 27 seasons. His final match was in August 1846 as umpire between Hartley Row and I Zingari at Bramshill. At 65 years of age, this might have been a celebrity appearance by a local character.

    Family

    Thomas married Charlotte Lucas from Odiham in about 1820, she being 23 years his junior. Lillywhite claims they had 19 children but there are only documented records of eight: His daughter Charlotte died in 1857 and is buried at St Mary’s, Elvetham.

    Later Life

    From 1828, for over 30 years, Thomas worked as a woodsman for Lord Calthorpe. Estate records from the 1840’s show him working 6 days a week for 1s 10d a day on jobs like ‘Cutting Trees in the Warren’, ‘Tying up Bavins’ and ‘Cutting fir poles’.  Shortly after quitting game keeping he fell behind with his rent payments, and although he eventually managed to pay them off he was in arrears for a couple of years. Whatever money he earned from cricket – typically a few pounds fee per match – didn’t survive his retirement from the game. Latterly he lived in an estate cottage called ‘Warren House’, which was set on its own amidst the woods in the northern part of Elvetham parish above the hamlet of Hartford Bridge. It’s long gone, under plantation trees. Thomas retired from labouring in the early 1860’s and Lord Calthorpe paid him a pension of 11/- a week. He died in his home of old age on 18th May 1864, attended by his niece, two months short of his 83rd birthday.

    He is buried in St Mary’s church, Elvetham, and no memorial marks his resting place.

    His descendants have lived in Hartley Wintney, Elvetham and Hartfordbridge ever since.

    John Childs, November 2013


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  • Hartley Wintney Pram Race

    Hartley Wintney Pram Race

    23.09.13

    Elvetham Estate is proud to support this year's race, which will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013, around the Cricket Green, with a donation in support of The Matthew Elvidge Trust, a locally based charity.  For further information about this year's event, please go to www.hwpramrace ... Read more

    Elvetham Estate is proud to support this year's race, which will take place on Saturday 28th September 2013, around the Cricket Green, with a donation in support of The Matthew Elvidge Trust, a locally based charity.  For further information about this year's event, please go to www.hwpramrace.co.uk

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  • New Website Launched

    New Website Launched

    6.06.13

    After months of careful design and build work we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website. As part of a desire to increase our community engagement and promote the discussion around environmental stewardship we knew it was time to upgrade our website. We were keen to use ... Read more

    After months of careful design and build work we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website.

    As part of a desire to increase our community engagement and promote the discussion around environmental stewardship we knew it was time to upgrade our website. We were keen to use a local design agency and found our solution in Shine Creative, based in Hartley Wintney. They deserve a huge thanks not only for their wonderful design work but also for leading us so expertly through the whole process. We are delighted with the results.

    We hope our site will not only increase local (and perhaps regional) awareness of what we have to offer as a service provider but also promote the local community, environment and economy.

    We hope you enjoy looking through it and would love to know what you think so please feel free to send us your feedback, which you can do via the contact page.

    Happy browsing!

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  • Culture on the Common

    Culture on the Common

    14.05.13

    'Culture On The Common'
    Sunday 11th August - 1:00pm - 5:00pm.The Parish Council are holding an Art Exhibition for local artists at our 'Culture on the Common' event. If you are interesting in exhibiting your art work please contact the Events Manager on events@hartleywintney.org.uk or 01252 ... Read more

    'Culture On The Common'
    Sunday 11th August - 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

    The Parish Council are holding an Art Exhibition for local artists at our 'Culture on the Common' event. 

    If you are interesting in exhibiting your art work please contact the Events Manager on events@hartleywintney.org.uk or 01252 845152.

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  • Italia in Piazza

    Italia in Piazza

    7.04.13

    A taste of Italy will be coming to Hartley Wintney on Sunday 14th April.

    Head down to the High Street between 10am-4pm to experience the flavours and food of sunny Italy.

    Viva Italia!
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    A taste of Italy will be coming to Hartley Wintney on Sunday 14th April.

    Head down to the High Street between 10am-4pm to experience the flavours and food of sunny Italy.

    Viva Italia!

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  • Fellow Twitcher?

    Fellow Twitcher?

    26.04.13

    The Estate has a rich variety of birds and wildlife. Do let us know of any rare sightings! You can get in touch with us here.
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    The Estate has a rich variety of birds and wildlife.

    Do let us know of any rare sightings!

    You can get in touch with us here.

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  • Historical Connection?

    Historical Connection?

    26.04.13

    If you have an historical connection to the Estate get in touch as we are building out our story.

    Please contact us to find out more.

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    If you have an historical connection to the Estate get in touch as we are building out our story.

    Please contact us to find out more.


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  • A Rainbow Arrives

    A Rainbow Arrives

    22.02.13

    Rainbow Play Systems has become the latest customer addition to Our Business Community. Rainbow Play Systems Ltd. have been supplying the very best outdoor play equipment in the UK for over 15 years. Their Springfree Trampolines are the safest trampolines available in the world and are the only trampoline endorsed ... Read more

    Rainbow Play Systems has become the latest customer addition to Our Business Community. 

    Rainbow Play Systems Ltd. have been supplying the very best outdoor play equipment in the UK for over 15 years. Their Springfree Trampolines are the safest trampolines available in the world and are the only trampoline endorsed but the Royal Society for the Prevention of accidents. Rainbow Play Inc.have been manufacturing climbing frames in the US for over 25 years. Using mainly Cedar and Redwood they have climbing frames that your children will grow in to and designs for all garden shapes and sizes.

    They would be delighted to hear from you if you have a requirement for quality play equipment. For their website, please go here.

    To see more of our customers, please go here.

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  • Elvetham War Memorial

    Elvetham War Memorial

    22.02.13

    Tucked away in the grounds of The Elvetham Hotel, and rarely attracting attention, is a monument to the bravery of Elvetham soldiers in two World Wars. This twelve feet high memorial was built as a tribute to the men of Elvetham village who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great ... Read more

    Tucked away in the grounds of The Elvetham Hotel, and rarely attracting attention, is a monument to the bravery of Elvetham soldiers in two World Wars.

    This twelve feet high memorial was built as a tribute to the men of Elvetham village who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War and twenty years later in World War II. It was originally unveiled on 22nd April 1922 by the Hon. Sir Arthur Gough-Calthorpe with a thousand people attending the dedication service.

    Since then the effects of time and Mother Nature have taken their toll but, with funding secured from the War Memorial Trust and Bayfield Charitable Trust, the memorial has recently been cleaned and restored to its former glory.

    The main plinth holds the name of seventeen men who fought in the major engagements of the war and died away from home as far as Gallipoli, Italy and Greece. A separate stone was added holding the names of seven men who fell in the Second World War between 1940 and 1945. These twenty four men in total represented the lifeblood of the village and their loss would have been keenly felt.

    Following the conclusion of the Remembrance Day proceedings at the Hartley Wintney War Memorial (by St John's Church) residents and visitors accompanied Rev Ward, together with representatives from the Parish Council and the Royal British Legion, to attend a short blessing and prayers at the newly restored Memorial in the grounds of the Hotel. 

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