1. A ‘Meet & Greet’ event has been arranged for residents on the new housing developments in the Village, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in St Johns Church Hall on Saturday 28th March. It has been announced by door to door leafletting, and by ‘Grapevine’ and posters. Existing residents will also be welcome.
Rowlands Castle Heritage Centre is co-ordinating this event among local clubs and societies both for their own benefit, and to increase the numbers of new members and volunteers. The Parish Council, RCA, RCHC, WI, U3A, Gardening Club and many others are taking part.
It will be an informal event with residents invited to circulate around the mini stalls arranged by the various clubs and societies. There will be a short ‘welcoming’ talk and introduction of our new MP, Flick Drummond, and existing Councillors.
2. “VE Day Commemorations” are being arranged on or near the Village Green for VE Day on Friday 8th May. It is being co-ordinated by a small group of clubs and societies lead by Mike Ridge, representing the British Legion. and including RCA, RCHC, Historical Society officers. There will be morning service at the Flag-Pole, a band and refreshments. Exhibitions and displays commemorating VE Day will be held in the United Reform Church by the Green and refreshments served by the WI.
RCHC will be displaying its iconic Model Railway in the church hall and providing appropriate interpretation.
3. The Model Railway of the Village during D-Day Preparations of June 1944, whichwas purchased by public subscription in 2016, has subsequently been prominently displayed for the last three years in Stansted House, between Easter and September. This year however, it will no longer be displayed there, as the room is required for an interesting display of Ponsonby family memorabilia currently being assembled and interpreted.
RCHC will, however, be displaying the model railway both at the VE Day Commemorations on 8th May and the following day 9th May. It is also preparing to display the model railway on the at the Village Fair on Saturday 4th July, also in the United Reform Church on The Green.
For the longer term, the RCHC team is seeking a permanent home and investigating options including The Railway Station which might only be under a short lease, or elsewhere in a log cabin accessible from the centre of the Village.
(Editor RCHC website, first posted on 26th February)”