One thousand years of the Meon Valley
Corhampton Church is believed to have been built in 1020 and has been in continuous use for the last 1000 years. It is a living monument to our rich heritage. In celebration, the community is planning a series of cultural and community events. With the help of The National Lottery Community Fund, Winchester City Council, and Hampshire County Council, the aim is to foster inclusivity across the whole village; young and old; healthy and infirm; prosperous and less prosperous.
The following community events are being planned:
A series of concerts in local community spaces and ‘sing-alongs’ with a heritage theme, involving the elderly, adults, and children together, providing entertainment during events such as the celebratory party
A tapestry is being produced by the local school children, ably assisted by community volunteers meeting every Thursday afternoon at the school. This will involve a timeline covering the last 1000 years. Commemorative mugs are being produced and will be given to all local school children.
An exhibition of locally produced artworks and historic artefacts.
Flower arrangements will be produced from local gardens to decorate the above performances and two flower shows are planned. These will have the theme of growing and using herbs for medicinal purposes as well as a display of roses and dahlias. The children at the school will also be learning about herbs through the ages, and growing some too.
A celebratory party is planned for the whole village to attend which will include music provided by local musicians. There will be tickets sold for this at a subsidised price in order to encourage full participation. It will include a meal and drinks in a beautiful local setting in the village.
Events for your diary, with more details to follow nearer the time;
27th September 2019: Launch of school tapestry with a walk with the school children in costume between Meonstoke school and Corhampton Church led by the Mayor of Winchester.
27th March 2020: Yew tree talk by national tree expert Toby Hindson at Corhampton Church
3rd April 2020: A local choir will perform Olivet to Calvary (by J H Maunders) at St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke
31st May 2020: Winchester Cathedral Chamber Choir will perform at St Andrew’s Church Meonstoke
June 2020: A rose and Herb display, with the herbs grown by the children at Meonstoke School
27th June 2020: Celebratory Village Party, The Old Vicarage, Corhampton; drinks, dinner, dancing
4th July 2020: Church Fete, Church Green, Meonstoke, with sale of commemorative mugs designed by local arts group
12th July 2020: Athanasian Consort choir at Corhampton Church followed by refreshments
19th July: Bishop’s visit and walk from church to church and dedication service
13th September: The Four Marks Folk Band on Church Green with a cream tea
3rd October: The Madding Crowd will perform at Droxford Church followed by Supper in Droxford Village Hall
21st October: Organ recital by Richard Martin at St Andrew’s Church, Meonstoke
7th November: Exhibition of art produced by local artists and display of locally found ancient artefacts at The Meon Hall
November 2020: Ceremonial tree planting