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Post 1

LL Waz

July 2005:

The Village Hall is now officially 'The Parish Room' again, after problems arose getting a grant because the Hall's charity registration name didn't match the name on the bank account smiley - erm. People still make cheques out to Ash Village Hall and a multitude of combinations of the initial letters of the Ash Recreation Area Management Committee whose name no one can ever remember (even the committee members), however. The bank, bless them, take this in their their stride without comment.

A decision about the Hall's replacement/renovation eventually emerged by osmosis. National Lottery funding, all the rage for village halls for a while, suddenly dried up. There was no great impetus to rebuild and some uneasiness about maintaining and running a new, bigger hall. So renovation it was.

Very successful it's been too. A lot of grant funding was available, fund raising went well and the hall now has a renewed tarmac drive up the side, new double glazed windows all round and a new secure door. New and very smart curtains, chairs and tables were bought. A working party was organised over several nights when villagers called in to clean down and paint all the walls, woodwork and ceiling. New lighting went in, the wood block floor was sanded, varnished and the Xmas Morris dancers put several dents in it to take away the garish 'new' look. New tiles and fittings were installed in the Ladies and Gents and new tile floors put down there and in the kitchen.

It now looks very smart and people seem to be happy with it. The next project is to redo the tennis court area. A sub committee has been coerced, including some of the Village Young, and they're looking at resurfacing, new fencing, a practice wall, and marking the court for various activities.

Elsewhere in the Village:

The residential home and the nursery have both closed.

The Ash WI never forgave the tomato incident, or perhaps it was just a last straw. They deserted Ash and now meet in Whitchurch.

A peacock added himself to the resident list and his company was enjoyed for a while. Then he disappeared. Rumour is that a shotgun was involved.

The United Benefice of five is currently vicarless. This maybe because of continuing shortages of vicars and funds. Or it may be that no one out there wishes to take on four Parochial Church Councils, four church fetes, four harvest festivals ... per annum.

Not a lot has changed really.

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Post 2

LL Waz

And still, three years later, not a lot has changed. The village hall still looks good though the paint needs a little touching up and someone seems to have been swinging on the curtains. Redoing the tennis court is on hold as the chance to buy the land half of it, the bowling green and the rec. area are on has come up and is under negotiation.

Ash Parva's Grove Farm

Post 3

LL Waz

More on Ash Parva's Grove Farm, the rebuilt early half timbered farmhouse. (From Madge Moran's 'Vernacular Buildings of Whitchurch and Area and their occupants'.)

Opinions on its age vary but it's believed there was a hall-house there perhaps as early as the mid 1300's. The house was developed and remodelled through the centuries but by 1990 it had been considerably reduced in size again, and was derelict. A good amount of timber framing survived on the old east wing however, and the farmhouse's restoration has been based on that and the results of archeological investigation and research.
One curiosity; the narrow bricks of the chimney stack and some of the walls was sourced from a knocked-down prison in Bruges.

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are you an ash magna Resident...... do you frequent the local Pub???

As an Ash Resident for Most of My life I am curios as to who you are...

P.S. I can give you names and details of those present at the tomatoe crushing incident of in the village hall.

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