You have looked at Phil Coopers website and maybe The Parish Mag website run by Steve Hoffman so you will see there is lot going on.
I used to live in Longstock in a large company house very much back of nowhere. I was asked to lecture at the Testbourne Community Centre, came along, gave my first talk, jumped in my car and drove the 14miles back home. When I came to do my second talk a guy came out to the front and said "Before you start Mr Burgess would you like to come for a drink afterwards ?" They had obviously retired to the hostelry after my first talk and decided to invite me.I said yes and then after the end of my lecture a key thing happened. As we walked down the street everyone said Hello.I thought "If I ever move I will come here".
I finally left The John Lewis Partnership in 1981 and bought a house right in the centre of town.It was to be short term, it was small, until we found somewhere bigger. We loved it so much we stayed in that house until the kids were bursting it.We moved to the old Silk Mill Managers House, Silk Mill House, still in the centre of town. Our present residence is an eco freindly pad nearly on the outskirts but what I do love is the towny feel. People still say hello all the time and passing motorists have the Whitchurch wave.
I went to a talk by Charles Landry on city design ,in Winchester, (15minutes away) and it highlights that we still have some things of value that have been eliminated from many places.There is a lot of activity right now to recreate essential vitalities in the town.The schools are great and
there is very little crime.
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