A book by Geoff Merritt



A Glimpse of Stockbridge Past

By Geoff Merritt

- a treasure trove of photographic memories of Stockbridge

Having worked in Stockbridge for almost 50 years, Geoff has, for over 40 of them, been collecting postcards, photos, news, anecdotes and memories all about Stockbridge .Now he has put them together in a book, which is supported by the Court Leet.

There are pictures on nearly every page and you will find chapters on the railway, its closure and the demolition of its huge bridge, as well as the building of the roads and roundabouts that replaced it. More pictures show the demolition of the River Test’s old bridge and the building of the new one.

You can also learn about the old Workhouse, the floods, the ancient pubs and inns, carnivals, the Fire Brigade and Stockbridge at war .Everyone living in Stockbridge will enjoy browsing through this fascinating collection of memories.

                                                                                                           Paola Kalisperas

The book is on sale in various outlets in Stockbridge, including The Co-op, John Robinson’s, Broughton Crafts and the Body Barn. The price is £15 per copy, with the proceeds going towards the Courts Baron & Leet’s fund for the upkeep of Stockbridge Down and the Common Marsh.
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Benefice Lent Course. Why Calvary?:

The Mid Test Benefice Council meeting on 22 January agreed that there would be a Lent Course, led by David Stone (Mottisfont) on the following days. There will be a Lent Lunch at the beginning and end sessions.   The remaining dates are:

Tuesday 5th March. Mottisfont House 10-45am-12-00noon.
Tuesday 19th March. St Marys' Church,   Broughton 10-45am-12-00noon.
Tuesday 2nd April. St Marys' Church, Longstock. 10-45am – 1.00pm
Tuesday 16th April. Pound House, Mottisfont,10-45am-13-00 pm with Lent Lunch.

This will be a fortnightly Bible Study to help prepare us for, and lead us to the pinnacle of the Christian year, the Cross of Redemption the Victory of the risen Christ.   The main question – why did God the Father resort to the sacrificial death of his Son Jesus, in order to provide the world with a gateway to salvation? Why the suffering of Christ? Why the suffering of the two millennia that have since passed. Where does this lead?