Stockbridge, Longstock and Leckford

in the TEST VALLEY BENEFICE.

Parishes of Leckford, Longstock and Stockbridge are in vacancy.
Please contact churchwardens with any queries.
Dawn Williams.  Leckford 810724
Maddie Hedley. Longstock 810284
Geoff Cox. Stockbridge 810055
 (all with code 01264)
emails:
Leckford: dawney542@btinternet.com
Longstock:
mjh723@btinternet.com
Stockbridge:
geoff@medlarcottage70.plus.com
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BBC Front Page News

Theresa May prepares for a grilling from MPs

After Prime Minister's Questions, the PM will be grilled by senior MPs before rallying her backbenchers.

Trump-Putin summit: US president reverses remark on Russia meddling

The US president now says he accepts the view that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Jo Swinson says Tories broke Brexit vote agreement

Lib Dem Jo Swinson says the Tory chairman broke an agreement not to take part in a Brexit vote.

Sensible, family-loving teens behind pregnancy rate drop

This may explain the sharp fall in teen pregnancies, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service says.

Nelson Mandela: Why some young South Africans think he 'sold out'

Young South Africans give their views on anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, born exactly 100 years ago.

'Netflix effect' poses challenge to British TV

Video streaming services now have more subscribers than traditional pay TV services in the UK.

Brazilian plastic surgeon 'Dr Bumbum' on run after patient dies

The celebrity plastic surgeon vanished after a woman died following buttock enhancement injections.

Google braced for giant Android fine from EU

The European Commission has claimed Android unfairly extended Google's dominance of search.

BBC news for Hampshire

Bob Higgins: Ex-football coach abuse trial jury retires

Ex-Southampton FC coach Bob Higgins is accused of abusing 24 boys between 1971 and 1996.

Men jailed after 'wreaking havoc' during Hampshire raids

The robberies and burglaries happened in Southampton and Eastleigh from 16 November to 4 December.

Gorse fire breaks out in 'tinder dry' New Forest

The fire broke out shortly after midnight, lighting up the night sky.

Mutiny Festival to change name after deaths

Tommy Cowan and Georgia Jones died after attending Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth.

Women sexually assaulted by man on Southampton buses

Police said they were linking five reports of assault, including one on a 15-year-old girl.

'Delays' hit third new Govia Thameslink rail timetable

Commuters face more delays as Govia Thameslink Railway introduces a "more reliable" timetable.

Safestyle UK: Window firm fined for 'aggressive sales'

One man said he was told there would be "trouble" if he cancelled his contract with Safestyle UK.

Theresa May pledges to boost aerospace amid Brexit fears

The prime minister promises extra investment for industry weeks after Airbus threatened to leave UK.

AskTen - Ten things you may not have noticed last week!


  1. May defiant as six ministers plot to replace her. Theresa May has told cabinet plotters – oust me if you dare. The Prime Minister has insisted to her aides that she will not be bullied out of office. As six senior ministers are reportedly plotting to succeed her, May says she will fight her corner if Tory MPs force a vote to oust her — declaring that she is content to "win by one vote". The Guardian
     
  2. Good week for retailers. How far England make it in the World Cup is yet to be seen. But there has been at least one winner already. Retailers are enjoying a football-fuelled bonanza. While the news comes amid generally tough conditions on the high street, John Lewis has seen sales of drinks fridges double, while sales of big-screen TVs have soared at Argos. The Sunday Times
     
  3. Spanish on the rise in schools as French falls. Spanish is close to becoming the most-taught language in British schools, as the popularity of French diminishes, the British Council says. If current trends continue, the world’s second-most spoken language will be the most popular at A level by 2020, and at GCSE level by 2025. There are 437 million native Spanish speakers worldwide. The Telegraph
     
  4. Narcissists are ‘irritating but successful’, research shows. An international team of psychologists has found that narcissists may be irritating but are also irritatingly likely to be successful. The academics say people with a “heightened sense of self-worth” come out on top in education, work and love. The team says narcissists have a “mental toughness” that encourages them not to give up. [MORE]
     
  5. Is the UK spending enough on defence?The row over UK’s defence spending is growing as a new report by MPs warns that the country faces being left behind unless more money is pumped into the Armed Forces. The Commons Defence Committee report says the UK’s defence budget needs to rise from 2% of GDP (£40bn) to 3% (£60bn) if Britain is to maintain its influence in the global sphere. BBC
     
  6. Chances of dying lessen beyond age 105. A person’s risk of dying gets statistically higher with each passing year - but then decelerates from the age of 80 and plateaus at 105 and over, new analysis by an international team suggests. At age 68, there is a 2% chance of death; at 97, the chance is 30%. By 105, it is 50% but then remains constant, the study of 4,000 Italians found. The researchers say that the findings suggest there may be no fixed limit on human longevity. Washington Post
     
  7. Surge in UK citizens acquiring nationality of UK countries. The BBC reports that there has been a surge in UK citizens acquiring the nationality of another EU country since the Brexit referendum. Last year, a total of 12,994 UK citizens obtained the nationality of one of the 17 member states the data covers, compared with 5,025 in 2016 and just 1,800 in 2015. The most common new nationality was German. BBC
     
  8. Come and get it.The television has overtaken the kitchen table as the most likely place for British families to gather. According to a new report, 48% eat an evening meal together every day, while 54% gather every day to watch TV. Daily Mirror
     
  9. The bottom line.Councils collectively raked in £73.9m last year charging residents to take their garden waste away, according to BBC One programme Rip Off Britain. That compares with £56.9m the previous year. The Local Government Association blamed a £5bn shortfall by 2020 in central government funding for the rise. BBC````
Drivers to face fines for passing cyclists too closely. Drivers who pass cyclists without leaving them enough room are to be targeted by police and may face fines. Some police forces have already began to impose £100 fines and three penalty points for drivers caught passing less than 5ft (1.5 metres) from bikes. Transport Minister Jesse Norman will announce the new rules today.

The latest BBC Video News clips

Ex-UKIP councillor made 999 call after murdering wife

Former UKIP councillor Stephen Searle strangled his wife Anne at their home in Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Lake District village ruins revealed by water shortage

The hot weather and low reservoir levels have uncovered the ruins of a lost village in Cumbria.

'I couldn't get on a support waiting list after rape'

Fern Champion, who was raped while travelling on a gap year, struggled to get help back in the UK.

'Young people shouldn't have to live like this'

Youth unemployment rates are falling but what's it like to be a young worker?

Does Wales hold the key for saving the puffin from extinction?

While the bird is dying out in parts of Europe, the population on one Welsh island is thriving.

Tanyalee Davis 'humiliated' on train over disabled space

A comedian was asked to move her mobility scooter out of a disabled space on a train.

Have Years & Years revealed who's doing the Bond theme?

Keyboard player Mikey Goldsmith lets slip a big secret on BBC Radio 5 live.

The UK's history in space

The UK is set to get its first space port in Sutherland, Scotland. But it already has a long history in space.

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St Mary's Church, Longstock



Longstock Vicar's Tea Party: Saturday21 July at 3.00-4.30pmpm. Longstock is holding a ‘Vicar’s Tea Party’ in the grounds of Braehead House, Longstock, at the kind invitation of Nigel and Maria Melville.   There will be sandwiches, nibbles, cakes and tea. Entrance £5.00 all in aid of St Mary’s Church, Longstock.   Hope to see you there, all are welcome. Please note the changed date. This was done as we understand that the Wimbledon Men’s Finals and the Football World Cup Final are scheduled for 15 July!

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