Apart from the Cricket Club, the village boasts a number of regular activities, the main ones of which are shown above.In addition there is an Annual Fete which always takes place on the first Saturday in July. This includes the usual stalls, such as the white elephant, cakes, books, produce, tombola, lottery, etc, but also has a number of attractions for all members of the family. In the past these have included pony riding, coconut shy, archery, go cart racing, tug of way and bouncy castle. A band provides background accompaniment and teas are served. The proceeds of the Fete go to a wide range of village organisations in accordance with the wishes of the villagers. (See also below)
WOMEN’S INSTITUTEThis has just recently been put into abeyance for three years. The members do however meet in one of the Inns in the village once a month. For details ring Mary Parkes 01225723482
OVER 60sTHEHINTONOVER60sCLUBwasstartedinthe1970'sbyaLocalCouncillor,UnaBoyden,thenlivinginTuggy'sLane. VolunteersboughtandmadethefoodwhichwasservedintheVillageHall,andmuchenjoyed.Itprosperedforagoodnumberof years in this fashion, providing a welcome hot meal as well as a point of contact and friendship for older people the locality. Whenwomenstartedtotakeuppaidjobsitbecamedifficulttorecruitenoughvolunteerstocookandservethefood,aswellas doingtheessentialwashing.Othersolutionshadtobefound.TheLandlordoftheRoseandCrownwasapproachedtoprovidea two-coursemealforthesameprice.Thisrelievedtheorganisers,helpedthepubtoprosperandprovedtobeaverypopular monthly venue for a number of years.InrecentyearsthemeetingplacehaschangedtoTheStagwherethemembersmeetat1215onthethirdWednesdayevery monthandenjoyagenerousmealandcofmeetfee,helpedbytheproceedsofaRaffle. Theclubisalsogratefulfordonationsfrom the Fete.JoanDavisonhasbeenatthehelmalmostsincetheclub'sinceptionandat96isstillac1215onthetivelyinvolvedandkeenforit tocontinueShehasrecentlysteppeddownfrombeingChairman,whichroleJohnBankshastakenon.Inrecognitionofher outstanding and enthusiastic leadership for all these years Joan has been appointed Chair Emeritus.TheClubmeetsonthethirdWednesdayofeachmonthat1215for1230intheStagInn.Itwelcomesnew-comers;residentialand age qualifications are generously interpreted. Contact Caroline Banks 01225722758 or Mavis Bennett 01225 722247Janet Cross.
ANNUAL FETE The various organisations used to hold separate fund raising events, but in 1970 it was agreed to combine these efforts into one and hold it on the Cricket Ground. The Club fixture list is arranged to keep the first Saturday in July free to accommodate this. The proceeds from the Fete are divided betweent various village organisations in accordance with a percentage which is agreed at the AGM. TThe distribution percentages for 2014 were:The Church (36) The Memorial Hall (26) The Millennium Green (17) The Play Area (7) The Over 60s (7) The PTA (7).MEMORIES OF FETES PASTHinton Charterhouse’s summer fete has been going for longer than anyone can remember. Older residents who enjoyed the July festivities as children in the 1940’s recall it being a well-established event even back then. This year, the fete takes place on Hinton Charterhouse cricket pavilion and millennium green, on Saturday 6th July. But did you know that in times past the owners of larger houses in Hinton used to host the event in their gardens? Eventually, it was moved to Hinton Cricket Club’s former home off Green Lane, before arriving at its current site. But It was not the only village fete - events were also held by St John’s Church, and the former village chapel, off the High Street, each year. One former village child who fondly remembers the summer gathering is Doreen Rugg, who arrived in Hinton in early 1945 at the age of five. Her father was a baker and came to run Hinton’s bakeshop, then owned by Roger Jacob’s grandparents along with the post office. She still remembers waiting upstairs while the grown-ups brought in the furniture. Within days, village children were asking if Doreen could come out to play “My mother was a bit reluctant, as I was small and sickly,” she remembers. “I’d had hooping cough and double pneumonia, and I nearly died. But she let me go on the walk. It wasn’t long before I grew into a healthy country child.” At the village school the children enjoyed lots of nature walks studying trees and wildlife, used hay bales to make dens, and learned gardening. At the summer fete there was always a large plant stall selling gooseberries, raspberries, strawberries and plants. Doreen’s dad was known for his elaborate cakes, but on fete day every family brought something for the cake stall. The White Elephant was full of goods donated by village people. One of Doreen’s earliest memories is dressing up as a Martian with her friend Paddy, using an old bath chair decorated in cardboard as their transport. “I’m sure we must have won a prize that year,” says Doreen. Some of the more unusual fete attractions included pony rides, and a game of skittles to win a pig. Did the winner take the pig home? “Well, it was usually a small pig, so the owner would keepit, with the winner visiting with some scraps now and then, until it was reared,” says Doreen.The summer fete brings the communitytogether as it has been doing for at least a century. But Doreen also recalls dances in the village hall each spring and autumn and performances where her dad would often sing, including a Christmas Carol with a big brown paper bird to represent the turkey. Doreen’s family were forced to move from the village in 1966 when the tenancy on their house ended, but her dad drove back from South Wraxall each Sunday to sing in the church choir and always attended the monthly Over 60’s lunch. “We loved Hinton and it always felt like home even after we left,” says Doreen. Village memorabilia will be on display at a local heritage stall at this year’s fete. The Colborne family, who ran the garage and a local building company, have kept fascinating family photographs. Janet Cross has provided an autobiography and records of her family’s farm on the road to Midford. Joan Davison, who lived in the old Mason’s Arms on Green Lane, recently passed away and her family hasprovided an amazing collection of 20th century photographs of major events in the village. The hope is that more residents and former villagers will contribute to the collection and form the basis of a permanent gift to the Records Office.
TENNISFreshford has a tennis Club with two tennis courts situated about a mile from the High Street
PLAY GROUPHinton Charterhouse Babies and Toddlers Group WemeeteachWednesdaymorningintermtimefrom10.30a.m.to12nooninHintonCharterhouseVillageHall (halfanhourlaterthanpreviously).Wehavespaceandwouldwelcomeanynewbabiesandtoddlersfromthe villageorsurroundingarea.Thecostis£2.00perfamilyandincludesrefreshmentsforadultsandsnacksfor children.For further details contact:Elizabeth Wordsworth on 01225 722520 or email@example.com
HISTORY SOCIETYMeetingsareheldintheFreshfordMemorialHallonthefourthWednesdayofeachmonth.Thehallisopen from7.00pmandmeetingsbeginat7.30pm.Annualsubscriptionsremainat£10.Visitorsareverywelcome to attend any of our meetings.If you know of anyone who would like to become a member, or would like to cease membership, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me on 01225-723447.
FRESHFORD & DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETYAnyone interested in going on the summer outings should contact Penny Jones on 01225723447 or email@example.com. Annual membership costs £10 per person and the charge to visitors attending meetings is £3.00UPCOMING TALKS:23rd Oct: Dickon Povey: Tolls, taverns and turnpikes by stage coach from London to the West.27th Nov: Nicola Tallis: Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VIII. Nicola’s new book will be on sale.22nd Jan: Jill Woodhead: A history of Combe Down, focusing on its many schools.26th Feb: Ann Brooks: A history of Bath Botanic Gardens.25th March: Marc Allum (of The Antiques Road Show): Anatomy of Antiques. (Tickets from Jan 2020).22nd April: Derek Hawkins: A history of Bath stone quarrying and the old quarries around Bath and West Wiltshire.27th May: AGM and Alan Dodge Memorial Lecture. Julian Richards (of Meet the Ancestors) : History of Shaftesbury Abbey & Recent Excavations.
HintonArtGrouphasbeeninexistencewellovertenyears.WemeetregularlyonThursdayafternoonsfrom2-4p.min HintonCharterhouseMemorialHallwithashortbreakovertheChristmasperiodandaroundsixweeksbreakduring summer.Whilstthereisnoformaltuition,aprogrammeforworkissetupatthebeginningofeachacademicyear,mainly forinspiration,andmemberscanchooseiforwhentouseit.Welearn,inthemain,fromdiscussionandfromeachother butadviceisathandifrequested.Artistsworkinavarietyofmediainafriendlyandrelaxedatmosphere.Allabilities welcome.Thereisnoannualsubscriptionbutwecontributeasmallfeeeachweekinordertocoverthecostoftheroom hire.InadditionwehaveanongoingexhibitionintheHallwheremembersareencouraged,butnotobliged,todisplaytheir work. We have room for more members so why not come along and have a go!For more information ring or e-mail Viv (Jackson) 01225 723578 firstname.lastname@example.orgART CLUB EXHIBITIONIn October the Art club gave an exhibition of their work in the Memorial Hall
Another successful dog show I think! The dog show brings people from far and wide to Hinton CharterhouseFete, and this year it was very well attended with up to 20 entries in some classes. It was a big challenge to judgewith so many lovely dogs to choose from!
PROGRAMME 2019 - 2020201925th September: Amy Frost: From John Wood to the Smithsons: An overview ofarchitecture in Bath, through ideas and innovations.23rd October: Dickon Povey: Tolls, taverns and turnpikes: by stage coach from London to the West including horrors, hold-ups and hilarity.27th November: Nicola Tallis: Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VIII. Nicola’s new book will be on sale at the meeting. There is no meeting in December. 202022nd January: Jill Woodhead: A history of Combe Down, focusing on its many schools.26th February: Marc Allum (of Antiques Road Show): Anatomy of Antiques. (Tickets from January 2020)25th March:Dr Ann Brooks: A history of Bath Botanic Gardens22nd April: Derek Hawkins: A history of Bath stone quarrying and the old quarries around Bath and West Wiltshire.27th May: AGM and Alan Dodge Memorial Lecture.Julian Richards (of Meet the Ancestors):History of Shaftesbury Abbey & Recent ExcavationsIf you have any queries, would like or can offer a lift to meetings please contact email@example.com or phone 01225-723447.