All Saints is situated in the heart of Headley in NE Hampshire, it is one of three villages of that name mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The Parish includes Headley, Lindford, Hollywater, Headley Down, Deadwater, Standford, Arford,
Picketts Hill, Wishanger, Barford, Headley Park and Hearn.
Headley is friendly and welcoming, just like All Saints Church. As with many villages in the area there are many opportunities for residents to be active and to meet others. The WI, Scouts and Guides, Headley Voluntary Care, Horticultural Society, Theatre Group and the Headley Society are just some of the 44 groups - for all ages - that recently took part in 'Here's Headley', at www.headley-village.com an event showcasing all that is going on in Headley. Of course All Saints, ASH Puppets,
firstname.lastname@example.org and the Parish Magazine email@example.com were all represented! Many of these organisations use the All Saints Church Centre, Tina Wareham 01428 717784, or the village hall by the large village green.
There are many residents with longstanding local connections who remember the variety of shops and services, there are still two pubs, a hairdresser, newsagent/grocer, delicatessen/cafe and a farm shop.
The Holme School (C of E Primary) www.holme.hants.sch.uk is growing in popularity as standards and pupil numbers have risen and with its own supporters, FROTH, is working actively to connect to the wider village.
Headley Voluntary Care
Are you in need of help?
Trips to the Hospital, Doctors and Dentists difficult for you?
Headley Voluntary Care are here to help.
Perhaps you would like to join us for a coffee and meet up with other local people, we meet at 10.30 every Thursday morning at the Church Centre Headley, pop in and see us.
Telephone 01428 717389
We cover Arford, Headley, Headley Down, Lindford and Standford
Most charitable organisations are now facing growing difficulty in recruiting younger volunteers. If this trend continues, with an ageing population the time must come when some organisations will be at risk of being unable to operate, and we don’t want to become one of these. At Headley Voluntary Care we want to address the situation before it becomes the kind of problem that puts at risk the service we offer to our local community which covers Headley, Arford, Lindford, Standford and Headley Down. In 2010 we had a volunteer force of 64 drivers, but in successive years this has gradually reduced to the point where we currently have just 31 volunteer drivers. Our records clearly show that demand for our service has increased year on year, but the number of volunteer drivers has continued to fall. If you are a member of our local community and are willing to make even one or two trips a month, please contact our Publicity Officer Michael G. Sheppard on 01428 712274 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For thirteen years A.S.H Puppets have been running as a children’s activity – but puppetry is for all ages. We would like to host a Puppet Training Day next year.
These workshops are run by One Way UK, the company who design and make the puppets and run the European Puppet Ministry Festival each year. But, before we go ahead, it would be good to know what level of interest there is.
If you are interested or would like to know more, please send an email to email@example.com. Please note that this will be primarily for adults, although children are also welcome.
In the meantime, we currently run puppet workshops for children at St Francis Church as part of Kraftikids, meeting on the first Saturday each month (except December) at 10.00am, so if there are more young people out there who are interested, please come and check out all the activities on offer.
NEWS AND VIEWS
PLEASE KEEP SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES AT THIS TIME
Many local businesses remained open to offer you vital provisions. Please seek them out. They appreciate your custom. (And you may get used to using them more in the future!)
Certificate of Appreciation for Headley Fine Foods
Woolmer Forest Lions were very happy to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Headley Fine Foods for the service they have provided to local residents over the past year. When Coronavirus restrictions came in, the shop, normally run as a café and deli, was adapted by owners Rob and Brenda to provide essential items for the local community, including the very essential loo roll.
Local resident Irene Bradbury said that Rob and Brenda, who have run Headley Fine Foods for the past 14 years, had gone above and beyond to make sure that Headley residents were taken care of. When bread was in short supply, Rob had sourced bread mix and sold it in small bags from his shop. When a local lady was unwell, Brenda had cooked her a hot meal every day and delivered it to her door. These are just a few examples of the ways they have helped and as Irene states: “They have been a lifesaver to us locals.”
After receiving the certificate from Lion President, Joanne Wilson, and some flowers from Lion, Vic Machin, Rob and Brenda said they would like to thank all who have supported their shop over the past year and they were very proud to receive the award. Headley Fine Foods also sells local history and walks books
The Church Centre & Church
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A REGULAR VENUE FOR YOUR NEW VENTURE?
The Headley Church Centre is the ideal place to consider… if you are starting an art class, a craft class, an exercise class, need a rehearsal room, in fact anything that you might need a regular venue for.
Inside the Centre there are several options. It has an area that could act as a stage, but just as easily be made into two rooms. There is also a smaller meeting room. Also a very practical kitchen with serving hatch. Outside there is plenty of parking for hall users. Plenty of chairs both for adults and children with both adult and childsized tables available, and on warm sunny days there is also access out onto a grassed area.
The Church Centre is also ideal for meetings, parties, exhibitions or any ‘one off’ events.
Please call Tina (bookings secretary) on
01428 717784 to find out more.
All Saints has a beautiful, old churchyard. Many visitors have expresses surprise at its size - it is one of the largest in the Guildford Diocese - but have also delighted in its peace. There are now only a limited number of burial plots available, but plenty of space for urns in our charming memorial garden. A lovely path winds through the churchyard and connects the centre of the village with the Holme School.
For information click the READ MORE button below to see the Churchyard Guide.
The Churchyard contains ten Commonwealth War Grave and just outside is the village War Memorial. Recently the Headley Society has undertaken research into all those listed on the War Memorial. If you would like to know more, click here.
All Saints Headley
Churchyard Closure 2021
Our beautiful and peaceful churchyard is full, and the PCC (Parochial Church Council) are going through the process of closing it. This is not as drastic as it sounds as there are many reserved spaces and family graves which can still be used. There is also a memorial garden for interment of ashes which will not be full for many years. By law when a Churchyard is closed the upkeep of it passes to the local authority. Our churchyard is the biggest in Guildford Diocese and Hampshire and is expensive to maintain. This has been carried out for many years by a husband -and-wife team who have now retired. There are quite specific rules about what can be displayed on graves, and over the years these have been continually broken in spite of requests for the removal of unauthorised items. Families do not own the ground in which a grave is dug but pay for the use of the land. Headstones must be approved before erection and any vase for flowers should be placed next to the headstone and not in the middle of the grave. The rules are not there to cause grief to mourners but to make the grass cutting and hedging feasible and to maintain the peaceful atmosphere. We have been instructed to clear the churchyard of unauthorised “stuff”, to level all graves and return it to a manageable state. This will mean the removal of all unauthorised monuments, memorials, ornaments, fences, edgings, plastic toys, solar lights, trees and bushes planted in the soil, seating benches and anything other than a headstone and one flower container. Recently there has been damage to a grave by mowers turning to avoid unauthorised fencing around the next grave. This is upsetting for the family and for the PCC when they have to manage the complaints. We are asking the public to help with this mammoth task and to remove all unnecessary items. The PCC will begin a clear up in October this year. There are so many extraneous articles that this will take many months to achieve. We hope that visitors will understand our position and help where they can. Any queries about this process can be directed to the Church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Headley All Saints PCC
Calling all singers!
We have now reached the stage where our church choir membership has fallen to a crucial level! We desperately need all voices, especially tenor and alto. Practices are on Thursday evenings at 7pm, and you will be most welcome. Please get in touch with Simon Parton on 01428 714371, or Sam at the church office on 01428 717207.
Please give a tenor!
The North Churchyard, Headley Parish Church
This was opened in the Great War (WWI) from a large section of the Old Rectory Garden. The latest burial in the old section was in 1914 and the are several military graves in the churchyard; it is also known as the Long Churchyard.
The path along to the back gate has been awful, almost non-existent and often muddy, but with assistance from Friends of All Saints Headley, Headley Parish Council, East Hants District and Hants County Councils we have refurbished/replaced the existing path so it is easy for people from Churchfields etc. and from the Holme School to come to the Churchyard, Church and Village Centre.
The path length was 160m and was put in by local firm James Gatcum and we thank them for that.
We hope you like it too.
All Saints PCC