Ampfield Village Hall

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Martin Hatley (Village Hall Manager)
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Welcome to Ampfield

Ampfield village is set in beautiful countryside in the Test Valley of Hampshire, seven miles south of historic Winchester, the ancient capital of Wessex.

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Commemorative Service

 

Commemoration service in Chapel Wood

 

 

 

On Tuesday 2nd July 2019, over 100 people gathered around the stone memorial in Chapel Wood, Ampfield to remember and honour the death of 5 United States airmen who tragically died when their Cessna Bobcat aeroplane crashed into the wood exactly 75 years ago. For a few minutes that sunny afternoon, the atmosphere in the woodland glade was transformed into something very special, which will long be remembered by all who were there.

 

 

 

The events of the afternoon commenced with a formal procession from the front door of St. Mark's Church. Led by the St. Mark's processional cross and escorted by a detachment from the United States Air Force, this made a grand sight as it moved through the churchyard and into the woodland. At the memorial site, the airmen formed a guard of honour, as our vicar, Reverend Victoria, commenced a moving, magical service of remembrance.

 

 

 

Assisting Rev. Victoria with the service was United States Chaplain Major Michael Carollo and USAF Major Kenneth French who read out the names of the deceased. Martin Vear read one of the lessons and Chris Penny read the poem 'High Flight', a pilot's tale of his experiences flying through the air until he 'touched the face of God'.

 

 

 

Perhaps, the most delightful contribution to the service was that made by the children of the Ampfield Church of England School. Five laid attractive floral posies in perfect symmetry around the base of the memorial and another, with great confidence, joined Steve White, an eye-witness to the crash 75 years ago, to provide the responses to the Act of Remembrance.

 

 

 

Afterwards, wreaths were laid on behalf of the armed forces, local government organisations and St. Mark's. The anthems, the Star Spangled Banner and the United Kingdom National Anthem were played, whereupon the assembled company dispersed to the sound of the Glen Miller Orchestra echoing through green woodland, as the leaves danced in the sunshine.

 

 

 

They did not disperse very far, however, as there was a tea laid on in the St. Mark's room, adjacent to the church. It was a lovely experience to watch the residents of Ampfield tucking into delicious home made cakes, provided by some of the ladies of the parish. It was an opportunity for people to catch up with old friends and make a few new ones. Our American guests slotted right in with everyone else as if they had lived here for years.

 

 

 

Duly refreshed, everyone went into the church to listen to an account given by Steve White of the events of 75 years ago. He was so vivid in his descriptions it was almost as if we were all there!

 

 

 

This was followed by two fascinating presentations given by Martin Vear and Chris Penney. Martin is the real instigator of these events as it was he that found a small piece of metal in Ampfield Wood, some thirty years ago, and with the help of his school chum, Chris, pieced the story together. Their persistence and investigative skills allowed them to reunite the families of the five young airmen that died with the personal possessions of their loved ones.

 

 

 

However, more than that it has also helped us to remember two additional important lessons. The first is that it is amazing what can be achieved when a community, the church and the civil authorities, come together to act in one common cause. The second is that, as the mayor of Test Valley put it in his closing remarks, it does not matter who is in no.10 Downing Street or the White House; it is the firm friendship between the American people and ourselves that really binds our two great democracies together. Never was either of those facts more evident than in our woodland and church last Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

 

(For more information and photographs please visit: https://www.acnb-church.org and https://ampfield.org.uk )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Ampfield

Ampfield is part of a greater heritage area, which spreads across Hursley, Otterbourne, North Baddesley and Romsey.

Our community is served by a Parish Council that was amongst the first to be formed in 1894. More than a hundred years later the Parish Council is a thriving, respected, and independent democratic organisation.

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Our Purpose

Parish Councils are the smallest areas of civil administration in England providing the statutory tier of local government closest to the people.

Ampfield Parish council has been in existence since 1894 when Gladstone's Government introduced the Local Government Act.

Town and Parish Councils are an essential part of the structure of local democracy and have a vital role in acting on behalf of the communities they represent. The council has a wide range of legal duties and powers, such as the maintenance of community buildings and land and much more.

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  • Community Voice

    Community Voice

    Provide a democratically elected voice on behalf of the community, on planning applications and other proposals that affect the parish.

  • Improving the local area

    Improving the local area

    Undertake projects and schemes that benefit local residents

  • Establish partnerships

    Establish partnerships

    Work in partnership with other bodies to achieve benefits for the parish

  • Liaise with authorities

    Work with authorities

    Alert relevant authorities to problems that arise or work that needs to be undertaken

  • Liaise with local gov

    Liaise with local gov​ernment

    Help the other tiers of local government keep in touch with their local communities

03 Get in touch

Contact the Ampfield Clerk with any questions you may have with regards to community matters.

Mrs Doreen Matthews (Clerk to Council)
Blue Haze
Ampfield Hill, Ampfield
Romsey SO51 9BD
Tel : 01794 368 437
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Clerk to Council - Mrs Doreen Matthews
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Ampfield Hill, Ampfield
Romsey SO51 9BD
Tel : 01794 368 437
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