This is the official website of Sparsholt Parish Council Winchester, Hampshire.

Organisations

  Notices

The next meeting of the Parish Council is on Thursday 21st December 2017.

The next meeting will be on 21 December. All parishioners are welcome to attend the meeting which takes place in the Memorial Hall commencing at 7.30pm

Bench - Woodman Close

The seat and backrest have been replaced.

 

 

 

 

Community Safety Advice

It has been bought to our attention that a group historically known as ‘Nottingham Knockers’ are operating in the Winchester area. They are normally ex-offenders who claim that they are working with a pedlars certificate. Essentially they work to a gang master who will bring a group to a specific area and drop off. The individuals then go off selling door to door before getting picked up and taken to another area. While there are periodically allegations of abusive behaviour by those selling at the door if a householder refuses to buy goods, these incidents are the exception rather than the norm.

The advice is not to open the door to strangers or buy or sell on the doorstep. If a householder is abused or threatened on their own doorstep then they should be calling the police, 101 or 999 if they feel particularly vulnerable by the intimidating behaviour.

 

  Public Access Defibrillator

 

Located at entrance to Memorial Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Memorial Hall

Sparsholt Memorial Hall is the village hall.

It is owned by a charity that runs and maintains the hall for use by villager organisations,brownie groups and the village school.

Anyone can hire the hall and facilities either for small meetings in the Mosaic Room or larger functions in the main hall.

The hall is also used for village fundraising events.

To book the Memorial Hall please contact Liz West by email at MemorialHall.Bookings@sparsholtparish.org

Charities Commission Listing

Open Charities Listing

St Stephen's Church

The church, a typical Hampshire structure of flint and stone, is very prominent on raised ground in the centre of the village. Pagan inhabitants may have used the site for worship before the Saxons constructed a simple wooden building, which began the tradition of Christian worship in that place. Its dedication to St Stephen is not common in the British Isles. 

More about the history of St Stephen’s Church Sparsholt with Lainston can be found on The Downs Benefice website together with details of services, notices of events and much more. 

Downs Benefice

The church has an enthusiastic band of ringers and a fine ring of six bells. Visitors are welcome to join the bell ringers or to listen. To find out more visit the Sparsholt Bells website.

Sparsholt Bells

 

The Village School

In the 1850s, long before education was compulsory, the Church of England set up the forerunner of the present school. 

Today the school with approximately 130 pupils and awarded "outstanding" at its last OFSTED inspectation is guided by its Vision, "High Achievement for Everyone Within a Caring, Christian School,"  and its MOSAIC Ethos Values  Manners... Opportunity, Success,  Appreciation, Integrity,  Compassion. 

A parish councillor is also a school governor and attends governor meetings reporting back to the parish council. To find out more about the shool visit the website at

 Sparsholt Church of England Primary School

 

The Mosaic was discovered in the remains of a Roman villa  excavated in  1965 in West Wood just south of Sparsholt and can now be seen in Winchester Museum.  The design consists of a star in the  middle surrounded by a key s-shaped  pattern and a twisted rope pattern. A square plaited shape surrounds it all. The three sports day teams are  named after the shapes on the mosaic -  Star,Key and Rope.The school uniform incorporates the mosaic design. More about the history of the parish can be found at Our Parish 

The Memorial

 War Memorials attract considerable public interest and ours, being one of the more unusual Cross type of Memorial and being made of timber is in a small group of about 200 in England. It commemorates those in the Services who died fighting during both the First and Second World Wars.

The Memorial was re-pointed and the lettering re-engraved and painted for the Remembrance Service of 2014, this made the Memorial far more legible. Over the years a considerable amount of research has been undertaken on individuals mentioned on the Memorial and we are happy to share this appropriately.

In 2015 Historic England added the War Memorial to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 

For further information please contact Richard Summerfield.

 

 

 

 

The Village Shop and Post Office

Shop Website

 

Housed in the historic Well House the Post Office is possibly the smallest in the British Isles. The shop, which has been owned and run by the village since January 2009, offers a wide array of products and services. An important community resource every purchase is key to its ongoing success. 

The Playground

Situated in Woodman Cloase on land rented from Winchester City Council the playground boasts an array of play equipment for children.

The Playground is regularly maintained and inspected. Please report any observations to playground@sparsholtparish.org

 

Ham Green Conservation Group

 

Find out more about the activities of this group of volunteers that maintain this beautiful open space 

 Ham Green Conservation Group

 

 

The Cricket Club

A "premier" cricket club in the heart of the village Sparsholt Cricket Club fields three competitive teams on a Saturday, a Sunday times that plays friendly fixtures as well as a midweek team and thriving junior section.

 

www.sparsholtcc.co.uk

 

Sparsholt College

One of the largest land-based colleges in the country more information can be found at 

www.sparsholt.ac.uk