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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Information about Lent Courses: This year, we are using the Lent Material from ‘York Courses’ Their five session Lent Course this year is called ‘On the Third Day’ and has been written by Bishop John Pritchard (the former Bishop of Oxford) and has a wonderful range of Christian thinkers making contributions. These include Rt Revd Tom Wright, Professor Paul Vallely, Revd Ruth Gee and Rt Revd Libby Lane (the first Cof woman Bishop). The sessions headings are:

Have I got news for you! : So what? The implications of the Resurrection ‘Let him Easter in us’   :   Celebrating and praying Easter. A risen Church.

The remaining dates will be  27 February and 6, 13 and Wednesday 21 March Please contact Maddie 01264 810284 to book a place. The course will be led by a combination of Revd Mike Norton, Revd Bob Green and Maddie Hedley. Email mjh73@btinternet.com.   A course booklet will be available.