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)
ACTIVITIES
OVER 60s THE   HINTON   OVER   60s   CLUB   was   started   in   the   1970's   by   a   Local   Councillor,   Una   Boyden,   then   living   in   Tuggy's   Lane. Volunteers   bought   and   made   the   food   which   was   served   in   the   Village   Hall,   and   much   enjoyed.   It   prospered   for   a   good number   of   years   in   this   fashion,   providing   a   welcome   hot   meal   as   well   as   a   point   of   contact   and   friendship   for   older   people the locality. When   women   started   to   take   up   paid   jobs   it   became   difficult   to   recruit   enough   volunteers   to   cook   and   serve   the   food,   as well   as   doing   the   essential   washing   .   Other   solutions   had   to   be   found.   The   Landlord   of   the   Rose   and   Crown   was approached   to   provide   a   two-course   meal   for   the   same   price.   This   relieved   the   organisers,   helped   the   pub   to   prosper   and proved to be a very popular monthly venue for a number of years. In   recent   years   the   meeting   place   has   changed   to   The   Stag   where   the   members   meet   at   1215   on   the   third   Wednesday every   month   and   enjoy   a   generous   meal   and   cofmeetfee,   helped   by   the   proceeds   of   a   Raffle.   The   club   is   also   grateful   for donations from the Fete. The   Club   meets   on   the   third   Wednesday   of   each   month   at   1215   for   1230   in   the   Stag   Inn.   It   welcomes   new-comers; residential   and   age   qualifications   are   generously   interpreted.   Contact   Caroline   Banks   01225722758   or      Mavis   Bennett 01225 722247 Janet Cross.
TENNIS Freshford has a tennis Club with two tennis courts situated about a mile from the High Street  
Takes place in the Memorial Hall every Saturday in term time in the winter between 10.00 and 11.30 am. Contact Sara 868001 In abeyance Takes place in the Memorial Hall every Thursday between 9 and 11 am.  Contact Lindsey Lloyd 0792 9083467 or email: village-pilates@live.com
PLAY GROUP Hinton Charterhouse Babies and Toddlers Group We   meet   each   Wednesday   morning   in   term   time   from   10.30   a.m.   to   12   noon   in   Hinton   Charterhouse   Village   Hall (half   an   hour   later   than   previously)   . We   have   space   and   would   welcome   any   new   babies   and   toddlers   from   the village   or   surrounding   area.The   cost   is   £2.00   per   family   and   includes   refreshments   for   adults   and   snacks   for children. For further details contact:Elizabeth Wordsworth on 01225 722520 or hintonwords@btinternet.com
ART CLUB
HISTORY SOCIETY Meetings   are   held   in   the   Freshford   Memorial   Hall   on   the   fourth   Wednesday   of   each   month.         The   hall   is   open from   7.00   pm   and   meetings   begin   at   7.30   pm.   Annual   subscriptions   remain   at   £10.         Visitors   are   very   welcome 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 peter.pennyjones@gmail.com or phone me on 01225-723447.
Hinton   Art   Group   has   been   in   existence   well   over   ten   years.   We   meet   regularly   on   Thursday   afternoons   from   2   -   4p.m   in Hinton   Charterhouse   Memorial   Hall   with   a   short   break   over   the   Christmas   period   and   around   six   weeks   break   during summer.   Whilst   there   is   no   formal   tuition,   a   programme   for   work   is   set   up   at   the   beginning   of   each   academic   year,   mainly for   inspiration,   and   members   can   choose   if   or   when   to   use   it.   We   learn,   in   the   main,   from   discussion   and   from   each   other but   advice   is   at   hand   if   requested.   Artists   work   in   a   variety   of   media   in   a   friendly   and   relaxed   atmosphere.   All   abilities welcome.   There   is   no   annual   subscription   but   we   contribute   a   small   fee   each   week   in   order   to   cover   the   cost   of   the   room hire.   In   addition   we   have   an   ongoing   exhibition   in   the   Hall   where   members   are   encouraged,   but   not   obliged,   to   display   their 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 vivj.norrie@gmail.com ART CLUB EXHIBITION In October the Art club gave an exhibition of their work in the Memorial Hall
BOULES TOURNAMENT see Millennium Green
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The dog show brings people from far and wide to Hinton Charterhouse Fete,
DOG SHOW
ANNUAL FETE
PILATES
YOGA
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 normally 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. The 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). This year the normal Fete is impossible because the building works on the new Cricket Club pavilion are not complete and the Corona Virus has caused restrictions and complications. Instead a Village Day was held on 30th August The Fete in 2021 was in the form of a VILLAGE DAY that was held in Green Lame which was cut off to traffic. August Bank Holiday was warm and dry, perfect weather for our Village Day which this year replaced the annual fete. It was held to celebrate all that’s good about the village, St John’s Church and the fact that we are still here after the pandemic. We weren’t able to have one in 2020, nor on our usual date in early July this year as the new Cricket Pavilion was still a building site.  
So instead Green Lane, which leads from the Rose and Crown to the church, was closed to traffic and lined with stalls – a mix of villagers and outsiders – to tempt us to part with our pandemic-saved cash. There were children’s games and activities, an arts and crafts fair and prayer room in the church, Firefly put in a rocking good performance in the garage (a real ‘garage band’!), and the pub served food and beer and put on a live music show after 5.00pm. It would be fair to say that the Dog Show was a success! It was very well attended with around fifty dogs socialising together on the Millenium Green. It was a wonderful experience, where everyone seemed to know everyone else, and we even managed to raise significant funds for local charities: the Friends of St John’s, the Memorial Hall, the Over-60s Club, the Mother and Toddler Group, the Millennium Green and the Playground. MEMORIES OF FETES PAST Hinton 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 keep it, with the winner visiting with some scraps now and then, until it was reared,” says Doreen.The summer fete brings the community together 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 has provided 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.