Stockbridge, Longstock and Leckford

in the TEST VALLEY BENEFICE

St Mary and Lych Gate
St Mary and Lych Gate
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
Pauline Webster. Stockbridge 810827  (all with code 01264)
emails:
Leckford: dawney542@btinternet.com
Longstock:
mjh723@btinternet.com
Stockbridge:
geoff@medlarcottage70.plus.com
pauline.webster@btconnect.com

BBC news for Hampshire

Undercover police catch drivers passing too close to cyclists

Police cyclists catch drivers who weren't giving cyclists enough room on the road.

Titanic letter sells for world record price at auction

Passenger's letter home, written a day before the ship hit an iceberg, fetches £126,000 at auction.

The stories behind three public benches

Three people tell the stories behind public benches on the south coast.

Renewed appeal over missing woman Karen Brown

Karen Brown was last seen in a toy store in London after she was reported missing in Clydebank.

Southampton paedophile jailed after vigilante sting

A judge says former businessman Robert Babey deserves to be "publically humiliated".

Fordingbridge: Woman arrested on suspicion of girl's murder

The child was taken to Salisbury District Hospital in a life-threatening condition but later died.

Puppy dog eyes are for human benefit, say scientists

Researchers investigate how dogs change their expressions in response to their owners.

Hunters need "rules and guidance"

David Baker was arrested and questioned by police after a sting, and later apparently took his own life.

Live BBC World News

Catalonia Spain: Officials 'won't follow orders from Madrid'

The warning comes as the Spanish government moves to reassert control over the region's authorities.

Japan PM Shinzo Abe promises to handle North Korea threat

Shinzo Abe has promised strong "counter-measures" against Pyongyang after a decisive election win.

FBI agent reveals life infiltrating extremist groups in America

The American Muslim is an active FBI agent who befriends key figures plotting jihadist attacks.

Argentina election: Macri wins crucial mid-term vote

The election was seen as a referendum on President Macri's agenda of pro-market economic reforms.

More acidic oceans 'will affect all sea life'

The eight-year study finds infant sea creatures will be especially harmed by more acidic oceans.

Sherin Mathews: US police find body in missing child case

The three-year-old went missing after her father sent her out of their home at 3am as punishment.

Iraq's Shia militia 'must go home', says Tillerson

The US secretary of state was speaking on a visit to Saudi partly aimed at curbing Iran's influence.

Italy referendums: Lombardy and Veneto 'back greater autonomy'

Central government says the polls are unnecessary but they are permitted under the constitution.

BBC Sports News

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Blue Planet II: Why Sir David will never tire of his work

The great naturalist tells our science editor David Shukman why he'll never tire of his work.

Nuneaton: 'They barricaded the doors'

Megan Westwood describes what happened as families were moved to safety.

Craigslist sales of cocaine and stolen passports exposed

Secret filming shows a reporter buying drugs and illegal goods advertised on a classified ads site.

Gemma Collins 'stacks it' at Radio 1 awards

Reality TV star Gemma Collins was presenting the award for best TV show when she fell.

Radio 1 awards: The 'teen heroes' caring for mum

Holly, 15, and 13-year-old Oliver, are among the young people being honoured at BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards.

Cost of living: 'My wage is the same but prices are up'

Wages are at their lowest level since 2006 when inflation is taken in to account.

Tommy's bucket list: 'It's for the life I missed out on'

Tommy was abused in a care home as a boy. Now, at 81, he's making up for the childhood he never had.

'How horses helped me deal with anorexia'

Jamie Pye, from Norfolk, says his work with horses helped him deal with the condition.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week http://askten.co.uk

1.      Island life suits children. Orkney and Shetland have been identified as the best places in Britain to raise a family. This year’s children’s quality of life survey from Halifax ranked Orkney first for the third year in a row based on factors including school spending per public, class size and academic results. Shetland ranked second, Craven in North Yorkshire was third and the Western Isles came fourth. The Times
 

2.      Could a single deep-sea wind farm power the world? A major new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has claimed that all of Earth’s energy needs could be met by a single massive deep-sea wind farm stretching across the Atlantic. The authors have calculated that a wind farm covering about three million square km (1.2 million square miles) of ocean - roughly the size of India - could theoretically be used to generate “civilisation scale power”, or 18 terawatts, humanity’s entire current energy needs. The Economist
 

3.      Britain enjoying record number of tourists. The UK is attracting a record number of tourists, with nearly 40m people expected to have visited the country during 2017. VisitBritain, a tourist agency, predicts that overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7m with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year. With Brits holidaying at home in record numbers, in the form of ‘staycations’, tourism is worth £127bn annually to the economy. Daily Mail
 

4.      IMF says taxing rich does not hit growth. The International Monetary Fund has published analysis suggesting that Western countries would not damage growth if they increased taxes for the top 1% of earners. Labour, which has proposed a new 45% tax band for those earning more than £80,000, said the statement shows that fairer taxes are needed in the UK. The Independent
 

5.      Mockingbird novel removed from Mississippi schools. To Kill a Mockingbird has been removed from a Mississippi school's reading list because it was making "people uncomfortable". School administrators in Biloxi made the decision to withdraw Harper Lee's American classic about racism from the 8th grade curriculum after receiving complaints about the language in the book. The 1960s novel has sold 30 million copies worldwide. Daily Mail
 

6.      Speeding drivers could soon receive life sentences. Drivers who cause death by speeding, street racing or using a mobile phone may be handed life sentences under new legislation. Ministers are also exploring the possibility of a new charge of causing death by dangerous cycling after a series of incidents involving bikes. Justice Minister Dominic Raab said the government had "taken a long hard look at driving sentences" after receiving 9,000 replies to a public consultation. The Guardian
 

7.      End to raw sewage on train tracks. Train toilets will no longer empty directly onto the tracks by the end of 2019, Network Rail says. There are still around 500 carriages in the UK that do exactly that. “You quickly learn to turn your back and close your mouth when you’re trackside and a train is passing. As I know first hand,” said Network Rail boss Mark Carne. Metro
 

8.      Online dating crimes rise dramatically. Reported crime related to online dating increased by 382% between 2011 and 2016. Last year, 676 incidents were reported to police. Of these, 106 were sexual crimes and 240 were violent attacks. Sky News
 

9.  The bottom line. The price of a handshake and a backstage photo with singer Ed Sheeran reportedly costs £3,400. A “VIP package” with Britney Spears costs £1,900; Rihanna’s fans need only fork out £757. Sunday Express