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cover: majestic young cormorant at Horseshoe Lake Photo Š Harvey Young 2016 2 around Yateley March 2016

Yateley village green pond on a rare sunny day in early February

Contents 4

focus on Wyndham’s Pool

10 safe driving new column by Rob Tillier discussing road safety 12 butterflies at Wisley still on butterflies in the Glasshouse until 6 March 14

what’s on in March

16 time for a cuppa time to sit and talk about dementia, 1 to 8 March 18 how accessible is your place? national Disabled Access Day 12 March looms 19 buses to Frimley Park Hospital have your say on possible Frimley Hospital bus route 20 planning issues false start on Hart’ s Local Plan 22

May Fayre


it’s a bird’s paradise

24 clerk wise our town clerk Jane Biscombe’s interesting column 26 talk about local breweries draughts from the past, Philip Todd explains to TYS 29 goodbye to Mike & Alison Mike the vicar moves to pastures new 32

walk about Frogmore - Sandhurst

38 household waste recycling centre is Hartley Wintney waste unit in Springwell Lane safe? 39

Gig on the Green initial line-up


groups in Yateley

42 Yateley War Memorial part 3 of this series, initials B to E 47 U3A Cooking For Men away from the BBQ, hot stuff in the kitchen



AllChange for Frimley HospitalBus? Surrey County Council are proposing changes to the local bus and train services, including “improving” the Route 3 service run by Stagecoach. Surrey CC have no direct influence over a commercial service, but they understand Stagecoach is reviewing service 3 connections for Frimley Park Hospital, which might include splitting service 3 at Camberley town centre, and possibly adding evening journeys focusing on the hospital. You must comment before Monday 14 March. Check out page 21 for details.

PerfectBusinessSense We are a low-cost no charge magazine, so don’t need advertising revenue to exist, but local businesses are just as much a part of our local community as our residents, so don’t be shy, tell our readers about yourselves. It makes good sense and won’t cost you a penny! around Yateley 2016 March 3

F CUS ON ... Wyndham’s Pool

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According to “A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4”. published by Victoria County History, London, 1911, pages 20-26, there were six ponds in Yateley, one called Wyndham’s Pond, probably taking its name from the Wyndham family, lords of Minley Manor in the latter half of the 18th century. Until 1874, Minley was part of Yateley,

Thomas Wyndham, who bought Minley Manor, was living at Hall Place, Yateley in 1740, and it is probable that he had acquired it by his 6 around Yateley March 2016

marriage with Elizabeth daughter and heiress of John Helyar, who had married as his second wife Christian daughter and heiress of John Ryves. If this is the case, Sir Richard Ryves, who died in 1671 and lies buried in Yateley Church, probably owned Hall Place. In 1740 the Hon. John Tylney, commonly called Viscount Castlemaine, eldest surviving son and heir-apparent of Richard, Earl Tylney of Castlemaine in Ireland, by Dorothy, heir-at-law of her greatuncle Frederick Tylney of Rotherwick, conveyed the

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in 1763 the Minley Manor estates went to his only son Helyar Wadham Wyndham, who died without issue in 1789, Minley Manor then passing to his cousin Anne, the only daughter and heir of John Wyndham of Ashcombe, Wiltshire, and wife of the Hon. James Everard Arundell. From Anne the estate passed to her son James Everard, ninth Lord Arundell of Wardour, who sold it in 1814 to William Robert Burgess of the Strand, London.

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0 Safe

Driving with Rob Tillier

Road war on Facebook

© RAC Report on Motoring 2014

I read with interest a number of postings on the Yateley Community Facebook page and am particularly interested, and sometimes amused, by the idea that many of us who drive consider ourselves to be road safety experts. What I also find interesting is that there is something about driving and road safety issues which drives an arrogance and aggressiveness in people which would not necessarily be displayed outside the road/driving environment. Threads which spring to immediate mind are the recent ones about parking on the pavement, speeding in Cricket Hill, the junctions on Cricket Hill, the pothole on Cricket Hill, and the Tudor Drive racetrack. On the other hand, there are community-spirited people who use the Community Page to assist others by warning of hazards, and who make positive suggestions which tend to be rapidly ‘pooh-poohed’ by the sceptics. Over the coming months I will look at a range of road safety issues and endeavour to give pointers as to why things happen and what can be done to provide a solution. Let’s begin with speeding. There is no doubt that speeding is an issue and many people admit to it. This table illustrates the percentage of people questioned who admitted speeding in various road environments.

I know we know that people speed but this simply reinforces the scale of the problem. How do we solve it locally? Let’s take Donna Mindfully Aware’s recent posting: 10 around Yateley March 2016

I know that we complain about the speed of cars in our town, especially down Cricket Hill and Reading Road. What do you think about a sign that just reads ‘WHY DO YOU SPEED?’ To my mind she is definitely part way to solving the speeding problem. We have to challenge people’s thinking. And not only do we have to challenge the thinking but we have to educate people in the possible implications of their actions. Ultimately we have to change attitudes and behaviours. How about this poster as a message? And how many drivers are aware of the following: Driving too fast for the conditions is a major cause of crashes. Excessive speed contributes to: • 12% of all injury-causing crashes • 18% of crashes resulting in a serious injury • 28% of all fatal crashes • Hit by a car at 30 mph, two out of 10 pedestrians will be killed • Hit by a car at 35 mph, five out of 10 pedestrians will be killed • Hit by a car at 40 mph, nine out of 10 pedestrians will be killed I have spoken to a number of drivers who have attended a Speed Awareness course, the one which you attend if you want to avoid points on your licence having been caught for speeding. Each has said that they will change their behaviour having learned of the facts above and understood the potential broader implications of their actions. Will you change now you know these facts? I hope so. To further spread the message, how about we have Donna’s sign on a lamppost or series of lampposts and once a month, say, change the message and illustrate the implications of the actions? Food for thought. Until next time … safe driving. Rob Tillier has been a Yateley resident for 35 years and is the founder and owner of Accelerate Driver Training which specialises in teaching safe driving to 17-20 year olds. He is a qualified driving instructor and holds the RoSPA Gold Advanced Driving Award recognising driving at the highest standard achievable as a UK civilian. His main purpose in running Accelerate Driver Training is to prevent talented youngsters getting killed or seriously injured in a RTC (Road Traffic Collision).

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Butterflies at Wisley If you are looking for an unusual attraction within easy motoring distance, there is still time to visit the Royal Horticultural Society at Wisley in Surrey, as the butterfly display is still on in the Glasshouse until Sunday 6 March. There is often a queue to get in, particularly at the weekend, although they operate a one-way system and only allow enough visitors in at any one time to be comfortable and safe. We visited in the morning midweek when comparatively quiet. It was a nightmare taking photos as the lens fogs up with the extreme humidity in the areas where the butterflies are kept. Outside the butterfly areas there are places where the pupae can be seen, and you may be lucky enough to see a new butterfly emerge from the chrysalis. 12 around Yateley March 2016

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What’s On in March Tuesday 1 March to Tuesday 8 March Dementia UK Nationwide event Time For a Cuppa, to sit down and talk about Dementia *** SEE PAGE 16 *** Tuesday 1 March Dog Activity Class 18.30-21.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog activity classes (every Tuesday) Wednesday 2 March PIYO 09.00-10.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Wednesday) Wednesday 2 March INSANITY 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Wednesday) Wednesday 2 March K9 Planet 18.30-19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Wednesday) Wednesday 2 March Yateley Common Management Committee 19.00 The Rose Rent Room, The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP come along and hear what is happening on the Common and ask questions Thursday 3 March Tai Chi Class 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG tai chi class (every Thursday) Thursday 3 March New Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL Scrabble Club, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Thursday 3 March Yateley & District U3A 10.00 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ Old London in the 50s and 60s, talk by Colin Oakes Thursday 3 March Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (Every Thursday) Thursday 3 March Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Friday 4 March Senior Citizens’ Keep Fit Classes 09.30-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Friday) Friday 4 March Clean For The Queen 11.00 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP, Play park, Frogmore Green GU17 0NP and Darby Green Centre GU17 0DT *** SEE PAGE 24 *** major litter pick of (1) Yateley Green, (2) Frogmore Green and (3) Darby Green, coordinated by Yateley Town Council, in time for The Queen’s 90th birthday. Friday 4 March K9 Services 12.00-15.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Friday) Friday 4 March Blackwater Friday Club 1.30-3.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring & buy, tea & biscuits (every Friday) Friday 4 March See Me Excel Charity Quiz Night 19.00 Bistro 19, Blackwater Valley Golf Centre, Chandlers Lane GU46 7SZ £10/person, includes fish & chip supper and quiz entry. Call 07775844951 for 14 around Yateley March 2016

detailsSaturday 5 March Mini Strikers 10.15-11.15 Frogmore Junior School GU17 0NY football training classes for Years R & 1 (every Saturday), all players must wear shin pads and bring a drink. Call Steve on 07786543957 for more info

Saturday 5 March Leech 21.00-23.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR five-piece covers band playing REM, White Stripes, Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Blur, Kings of Leon, The Killer, Green Day, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Police, The Clash Monday 7 March Line Dancing Classes 10.00-12.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG advanced and beginners classes (every Monday) Monday 7 March Little Miracles 13.15-14.45 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR a new group for mums or dads and their babies (every Monday) Monday 7 March Children’s Dance Class 18.15-19.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG children’s classes (every Monday) Monday 7 March INSANITY 19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Monday) Monday 7 March Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Saturday 12 March Disabled Access Day Country wide campaign disabled people all over the country are trying new venues today to check them out for access. *** SEE PAGE 18 *** Saturday 12 March Blonde Ambition 21.00-23.30 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR four-piece covers/function band who will provide an amazing party atmosphere, to get you up and dancing Sunday 13 March Yateley Ladies United FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football Division 2 South v Flackwell Heath Ladies Sunday 13 March Yateley Silverbacks Ladies Basketball 15.15 Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ Ladies’ home match against Aldworth Darts Monday 14 March Y&D Gardening Society 19.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW 49th AGM, followed by YDGS Quiz, with potpourri of questions to tease brain cells Tuesday 15 March Endeavour Reading Group TBA Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL daytime reading group. Ask staff for details. To book a place call 01252 875728 Saturday 19 March Off The Record 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR 4-piece band, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s covers Saturday 26 March Who Let The Dads Out? 09.00-11.30 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR for granddads, dads, male carers and kids up to 7, babies welcome,bouncy castle, train & car sets, bacon rolls, kids’ food. Give Mum a lie-in and have fun with the kids! Sunday 27 March Yateley Common Conservation Volunteers 10.00-13.00 Country Park practical conservation. email or call 01252 870425 around Yateley 2016 March 15

What’s On Feature Time for a Cuppa Week Dementia UK campaign From Tuesday 1 March to Tuesday 8 March, take Time for a Cuppa, a campaign run by Dementia UK to raise awareness as well as some dough to help them to help families face dementia through their specialist Admiral Nurses. For more information go to Online they share some of their lovely new resources to use at your Time for a Cuppa event and some scrummy recipes from some of their wonderful supporters for you to try. You can also find out how your support will help families facing dementia. Gather your friends and family and pop the kettle on for a cuppa, a slice of cake and a natter — all for a good cause! Keep an eye out for local events this week, although at the time of going to press there appeared to be nothing advertised going on in the Hart District area.


is available to hire for all occasions:

Christenings, Weddings, Evening Parties and Children’s Parties

Bar available for events Kitchen for your use and a fenced off garden so safe for children Plenty of room for a bouncy castle Telephone to view the facilities and for further information 01252 870707 or email on 16 around Yateley March 2016

What’s On in April Friday 1 April Blackwater Friday Club 13.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring & buy, tea & biscuits (every Friday) Saturday 2 April Elesha Paul Moses 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR singer-songwriter, rock, pop, electronic, from BBC1’s The Voice 2014 Sunday 3 April Yateley Ladies United FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football Division 2 South v Ascot Ladies Reserves Sunday 3 April Yateley Silverbacks Ladies Basketball 15.15 Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ Ladies’ home match against Aztec Suns Thursday 7 April Yateley & District U3A 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ Changing the World — The Water Aid Way, talk by Dave Shurlock Sunday 10 April Yateley Archers TBA Frogmore Leisure Centre GU46 6AG 4 week training course, from age 8 up (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult) or call -7534 173153 Sunday 10 April Yateley Ladies United FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football Division 2 South v Thatcham Town Ladies Monday 11 April Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW Roses of Mottisfont Abbey, Thomas Stone, stunning roses from the National Collection Friday 15 April The Turn 21.00-11.30 The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA four-piece band playing classic rock, with 3-part harmonies, guitar solos and tight rhythm section Saturday 16 April Murphy James 21.00-23.30 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR an evening of acoustic entertainment from 60s to now Sunday 17 April Yateley Silverbacks Ladies Basketball 15.15 Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ Ladies’ home match against Farnborough Phantoms Tuesday 19 April Endeavour Reading Group TBA Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL daytime reading group. Ask staff for details. To book a place call 01252 875728 3rd Tuesday of each month Friday 22 April Jukebox Junkies 21.00-11.30 The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA four-piece band including female vocalist, playing rock covers Saturday 23 April Who Let The Dads Out? 09.00-11.30 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR for granddads, dads, male carers and kids up to 7, babies welcome,bouncy castle, train & car sets, bacon rolls, kids’ food. Give Mum a lie-in and have fun with the kids! around Yateley 2016 March 17

What’s On Feature

Disabled Access Day on 12 March 2016 On Saturday 12 March, up and down the country, disabled people will be checking access to shops, John Lewis have announced that at selected stores across the UK they will be putting on an extra warm welcome on the day and raising awareness about their accessible facilities. Local stores where disabled are sure of a welcome are their John Lewis at home stores at Basingstoke and Newbury, and John Lewis Reading and Southampton. Caffè Nero in Camberley are offering a complimentary hand crafted coffee. Aldershot Methodist Church are holding a free coffee morning on 12 March 10.30– 12.30pm, at Herrett Street, Aldershot GU12 4ED. Yateley Town Council offices are situated on the first floor, in a building that is increasingly regarded as out of date for the 21st century, without any disabled access, If you are unable to climb their difficult stairs, call the office on 01252 872198, and someone will come down and see you.

Around Yateley online magazine’s very own journalist

Jennifer Cole will be around Yateley during

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FrimleyParkHospitalBus No.3tobecomeaShuttle?

Surrey County Council are currently proposing changes to their local bus and train services. The review has indicated that they want to “improve” the Route 3 service run by Stagecoach, which Yateley residents use to get to the hospital, rather than drive and play “hunt the parking space” at Frimley Park Hospital. While Surrey CC have no direct influence over this commercial bus service, they understand that Stagecoach is reviewing Service 3 to improve connections for Frimley Park Hospital. This could include splitting Service 3 at Camberley town centre, to improve reliability, and possibly adding later and/or extra evening journeys focusing on the hospital. Presently, Route 3 runs from Yateley - Blackwater - The Meadows - Camberley Frimley Park Hospital - Frimley - Frimley Green - Mytchett - Ash Vale - Ash - Tongham - Aldershot. If the service merely shuttles between Yateley and Camberley, or Camberley and Frimley Park Hospital (and presumably a further split of Frimley Park Hospital and Aldershot), it will mean that patients and visitors bound for the hospital will have to get off the bus at Camberley and wait for the next bus, on both the outgoing and incoming journeys. And if they keep the route number 3 indicated on both buses, there is a risk of confusion, by getting on the wrong bus or missing a bus altogether. Surrey CC are conducting on online survey to allow you to make your comments known. Visit by Monday 14 March. The consultation form only takes a few minutes to complete. around Yateley 2016 March 19

Planning Issues

Hart Local Plan consultation farce

In early February, the online consultation documents for Hart’s Local Plan 201132, had to be closed down because of a discrepancy between the online and printed documents. The consultation has been relaunched. The changes do not affect the Yateley area, so if you have already submitted your comments and are happy with them, Hart District Council will use your previous submission. The consultation is open until 4pm on Friday 18 March 2016. The image on the right shows most of the Love Lane Field site, stretching from the Reading Road through to Firgrove Road, divided into individual plots, with the Land Registry. This Land Registry plan was supplied by Paul Simpson and shows approximately 150 dwellings already marked out and registered with the Land Registry. There was an outline planning application 87/14894/OUT to build on land at Firgrove Farm RG27 0PE, at a density of 10 houses to the acre, which was refused on 1 June 1987. In the draft Local Plan, this field is known by the reference SHL273 and the site is shown as able to take 88 new homes. This is regarded as a SLAA site, which means 20 around Yateley March 2016

it is a Strategic Land Availability Assessment, which is any land a developer has earmarked for development but the Local Planning Authority hasn’t yet made a feasibility assessment on. This assessment usually takes place once an outline planning application has been made, until then, it remains in the local plan as an indicator. It is a definite threat being sniffed at by developer Carter Jonas, a national networked estate agent formed in 1855, with offices in Basingstoke, who have emailed Hart Planning suggesting this site is developed. around Yateley 2016 March 21

May Fayre May Bank Holiday on Yateley Green

Reminder to book your stall

The May Fayre on Yateley Green is on May Bank Holiday, organised by Yateley & District Lions and the community event will open with a Car Boot Sale at 8am.

STANNAGE INTERNATIONAL STUNT TEAM The Stannage International Stunt Team is a true family affair. Team Leader, Mark Stannage, started his professional career at the tender age of fourteen, specialising in car, motorbike, fire and high fall stunts, performing some of the most spectacular stunts ever seen on film or TV. Mark and his family will be performing their High Fall, Flaming High Fall Show and various motorbike, quad, fire and ramp jumping stunts. RIDGESIDE FALCONRY An educational and humorous display, with handson sessions in between the flying displays. One of the largest UK falconry displays, of up to 15 different birds of prey. SANDHURST & DISTRICT CORPS OF DRUMS The boys and girls, from 10-18 years, wear uniforms based on the Royal Marines Band, with white pith helmets. The band performs many favourite tunes: The Great Escape, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, Yankee Doodle, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Wipeout, Goodbye Dolly, Congratulations and Dambusters, whilst carrying out a marching display. In addition, local dance acts will perform. The popular Open Fun Dog Show returns. Will your pooch win dog with the waggiest tail, best behaved, most like its owner, most laid back, most appealing face or loudest bark? Bring your dog along and enter, no need to book. Eagle Radio excel as MCs for the day, supplying background music, announcements and commentaries. Parking available on the Firgrove Road side of The Green for a modest donation. Yateley & District Lions hope you and all your family will join in the fun and support all the attractions on The Green on May Day Holiday and have a great day. 22 around Yateley March 2016

It’s a bird’s paradise in and around Yateley top: immature blackheaded gull Larus ridibundus in winter plummage. Curiously only 25% of these gulls live on the coast, they mostly prefer inland lakes and will eat anything from fish and worms to grass and rubbish centre: dove in flight bottom: immature cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo spreading its wings out to dry in the sun. How odd evolution sometimes is! Here we have a seabird with fully webbrf feet, so it is a swift underwater swimmer and efficient catcher of fish, yet it has no means of waterproofing its feathers and, to prevent waterlogging has to drape itself out to dry like this several times a day!

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Clerk 30


Yateley Town Clerk Jane Biscombe clerking about

Happy Birthday Susan!


I have no idea who Susan is, I don’t think I’ve ever met her but I know she’s 30 this week as it’s written on a bed sheet and tied across the “tight bend” chevron signs on a roundabout. I see it on my drive into work each morning. Some of you may have noticed that a number of banners and signs have disappeared from the area in recent weeks. They’ve been removed as they didn’t have permission to be there. Why does that matter? What does it matter if someone wants to put up a sign about their business or a birthday wish? Aren’t we being total party poopers for taking them down? Well, no, and here’s why. 3 It might stop someone seeing something they need to see. If it’s on railings pedestrians, drivers, cyclists etc may not have a clear line of sight and might put themselves or others in danger. 3 It might be hard to read and if someone looses concentration as they are trying to work out if it’s a warning or a road closure etc, they might have an accident. 3 It might distract someone from reading a “proper” traffic sign.

Litter Pick Friday 4 March Y


Clean for The Queen’s 90th Birthday. Meet up at 11am at either The Tythings, Frogmore Green play park or Darby Green Centre, for a couple of hours’ litter picking. Wear a warm coat and sturdy footwear, as litter pickers, gloves and litter bags are provided. There’s tea and biscuits at The Tythings afterwards for volunteers.

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3 It might come lose and if it blows into someone or across a windscreen it could cause injury or an accident. 3 It might damage the structure it’s stuck to, some glues react with paint and metal, and when the wind catches a big banner that’s secured with cable ties – those things have quite a pull on them. 3 You might get hurt putting it up. The people who put up road signs are highly trained and have lots of equipment to protect them at height and from traffic. 3 Not everyone remembers to take them down after the event, they get old, tattered and the place starts looking unloved, messy and dirty. So, whilst we want the community to be informed about what’s going on locally, we do need to make sure that it’s done properly. Now the legal bit.… Displaying an advertisement, or using an advertisement site, or knowingly permitting someone else to do so, without the consent required for it is an offence which is immediately open to prosecution, and/or to the removal or obliteration of any material. You will need the permission of the site owner, this includes railings, lampposts, fences, etc, as well as the correct permissions (which may include planning permission). So if you’ve got a local event why not take to social media and use the excellent “Yateley Community” page, if it’s of community benefit then let us at the Town Council know and we can put it on our notice boards, facebook page and twitter feed (, if you think it’s an interesting subject then the good people of Yateley, Frogmore and Darby Green might think so too, so why not write an article for this magazine? Whatever you do, stay safe and stay legal, oh, and Happy Birthday Susan!



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The Yateley Society

Local Breweries

The talk arose from being asked to do a presentation to Hartley Wintney U3A, so Philip decided to do a piece on local breweries. He found that the local breweries were so interconnected that he likened the subject to a piece of lace that needed unraveling, to find out which of the various silken threads connected to which bobbin. He began with a slide of the Duke of York pub in Yorktown, Camberley, on the corner of London Road and Frimley Road, demolished last year after being empty for a number of years. It was originally built in 1816 for £866 plus the £500 the land cost, by William Belsher Parfitt, Brewer of Eversley, using the inheritance of William Terry of Yateley, his father-in-law. The 1841 Eversley census shows William Parfitt, brewer, age 72, with sons William and Joseph, both brewers in their early 40s. The elder William died in 1849, and by 1851 his two sons ran the brewery, with seven others employed in the brewery. The brewery was sold in the 1850s as neither son married or had issue. The Eversley Tithe map of 1838 shows the Brewery Close Field, Parfitt House, Parfitt’s Farm, Cooperage, Cooper’s Hill, Kiln Copse and Grey Stables. Philip showed a slide of the Rose & Crown, Sandhurst’st oldest pub since 1742. In 1784 the pub was owned by William Belsher, then from 1792-1845 by his grandson William Belsher Parfitt. The Belshers were farmers, growing barley and hops in North Warnborough, no doubt supplying several local breweries. The Eversley Brewery run by Baileys went 26 around Yateley March 2016

© Camberley Historian 2016

Talk by Philip Todd

bankrupt in 1777 and William Belsher bought the brewery and 24 pubs.

© The Simonds Family 2016

© The Brewers History Society 2016

Millers, Mealmen and Maltsters Families involved in these trades intermarried and cooperated to build and maintain their fortunes. They loaned to brewers and publicans, partly with money to build pubs but probably mostly through supply of brewing materials on credit, then calling the loans in and taking over the bankrupt breweries. Belshers (Belchers, etc) were farmers and millers from North Warnborough. Terrys (Terreys) were from South Warnborough and Long Sutton, related to the Simonds and Mays Crowleys of Alton bought the of Reading and Basingstoke. Dog & Partridge in 1898 John Cave, innkeeper in Yateley, was the father of Mary Cave who married William Terry, who we first encountered at the Duke of York pub. The Caves were an established Yateley family (from 1617 they owned Monteagle House). William Terry, son of Stephen Terry, a wealthy barley producer from Long Sutton, was Mary Cave’s third husband. She first wed Michael Hawkins, a Mealman from Woking, then wed John Simonds, a maltster, the younger brother of William Simonds who founded the Reading brewery. The wealthy Simonds brothers founded Simonds Bank in 1814, with associates, which was bought by Barclays in 1913. King and Palmers Brewery in Odiham was originally started by a Lodge who went bankrupt. Lodge’s father was the house brewer for the Paulets at Dogmersfield; the father stipulated that none of his inheritance could be used to pay off his bankruptcy; Lodge’s wife’s family took the same view, so her wealth was conditional on the same. Presumably Lodge was an inveterate gambler. The Kings were maltsters from a few doors down the street, around Yateley 2016 March 27

probably creditors who took the brewery over in lieu of debts. The Palmers, with Yateley connections, married into the brewery before moving to Bridport, Dorset, in the late nineteenth century after Odiham brewery ceased trading. Hartley Row brewery was founded in 1822 by Jonathan Mackenzie. the Mildmays opened earlier breweries and there was one at Hartford Bridge, opposite the White Lion. The brewery, bought in 1836 by a Cave of Yateley for £1600 plus 34 public houses, and rebuilt after a disastrous fire in 1905, passed onto Kenwoods, until 1916. Beer was important, sourced from deep wells on site, boiled and preserved by alcohol and hops. Once bottling plants were installed, bottled water also sold well. The Fox pub, Fox Lane, Eversley, was owned by Wellington Brewery, Wokingham and Philip showed postcards of brewery workers, one with a “wines and spirits” sign.

hops won ground, and Hampshire was second only to Kent for hops. A 1577 survey showed there were 19,759 breweries, or one brewery for every 187 people. [The 2015 Good Beer Guide states Britain opened 170 new breweries last year, increasing by 10% per year. That’s one brewery for every 50,000 people, the highest ratio in the world.] All agreed this was an informative and well received talk, with standing room only at the back of the hall, a quarter of the audience being guests. 28 around Yateley March 2016

© The Brewers History Society 2016

Breweries and local law In 1729 Brewster Sessions were held annually to licence brewers. Wellington Brewery, Wokingham Faced with the growth in consumption of unregulated home distilled Gin (more poteen than gin), the health of poor drinkers affected the economy. In 1828 the government tried to limit the supply of spirits to ale houses, which sold beers and wines, with limited success. In 1830 beer houses could open anywhere, selling beer brewed on the premises, for two Guineas for a licence and no duty to pay. Beer houses proliferated, which must have affected traditional brewers, as many closed down in the mid 1800s. Maltsters thrived, their market share bolstered by the new beer houses. By 1869, the spectre of gin houses had faded sufficiently that no more beer houses were to start up, although the established houses could continue. Beer is ale flavoured with hops. In 1577 hops were banned as “too foreign”. However,

Mike & Alison Saunders depart to new pastures After ten years at St Barnabas the Encourager at Darby Greeen and St Mary’s Church at Eversley, Reverend Mike Saunders has moved to a new parish, as Vicar of Hungerford. Mike and Alison moved house on 8 February and should be straight by the time he attends the Institution and Induction as Vicar of Hungerford on Monday 14 March at 7.30pm at St Lawrence, Hungerford RG17 0JB. Their new address is The Vicarage, Parsonage Lane, Hungerford RG17 0JB, and their emails remain the same, mike@ and . His last service at St Barnabas was on Sunday 7 February, with a rousing well-attended service made up of all ages young and old, including a Ghanaian couple who travelled up from London on Sundays and sometimes during the week to take part in a church that was all about the community. Various presentations were made. Mike pointed out that far from the countrywide trend of falling attendance at church services, both churches had grown 50 people at a service to now number over a hundred for each service. One large London church he was aware of, Holy Trinity in Brompton, had only 500 attendees ten years ago, now have a congregation of 5000 and they have to have ten services on a Sunday to accommodate them all! Bishop David, the Bishop of Basingstoke, visited the church on Sunday 14 February. He described the process of writing the parish profile and person specification so that the post can be advertised for someone to lead the church forward. He wanted to hear from the congregation what they wanted from their new clergy. It is expected that it will take ten months to appoint a new vicar. In the meantime, life will go on and services will be held in both churches. I am sure that Mike and Alison will be sorely missed by both parishes. around Yateley 2016 March 29

Sandhurst Memorial Park



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Walks around


From Frogmore to Sandhurst Memorial Park

This walk, from Ringwood Road, Frogmore to Sandhurst Town Council offices and back again, was about 3km and took a leisurely 50 minutes. This was the first time I had taken this walk and, on Google Satellite maps at least, it looked like the paths were well defined. That’ll teach me to rely on photographs clearly taken at the height of summer! Mind you, this has been a notoriously wet and windy winter. Luckily, I picked a clear afternoon for the walk but instead of wearing my usual walking boots, I wore trainers, decent trainers. There is limited space in Ringwood Road, so I parked in Lyndhurst Avenue, Frogmore. There is room in Christchurch Drive too, if necessary. From the car I walked West for 60 metres and turned right into Ringwood Road, a cul-de-sac leading directly to a metal bridge over the river and railway line. An ugly bridge, and full of graffiti but it fits the task. Before the bridge, the footpath continues Westbound

Shepherd’s Meadow

top: on the Hampshire side, the river footpath continues North left: the Blackwater above: the footbridge over the Blackwater right: magnificent waterside oak around Yateley 2016 March 31

top left: the railway bridge over the river

alongside the river, providing another potential walk for the future. top right: excellent signage at junctions below: regular information boards line the After the bridge, the path runs route, giving background to the history and Eastward on the Berkshire side to wildlife of the area a junction, where you can recross bottom: although the paths are generally the river and continue East along the river. There are signposts at the good around the balancing pond, the recent heavy rain has left its mark junctions guiding you. I turned North and headed towards the Sandhurst Memorial Park, coming to the first of several information boards. At the weir at the end of the balancing pond, you could follow the path around the pond in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction; I went left and followed the path clockwise. The paths around the pond are wide and generally in good condition, this being a high profile part of the park, but as you can see from the photo on the right, the rain has left its mark. At the north end of the pond, there is an area where children under parental supervision can safely feed the ducks and many swans on the pond. The pond has a nice open aspect and there are some seats along the 32 around Yateley March 2016

top: the balancing pond left: interesting pond information below: the view of the pond looking east. This is a great place for children to feed the ducks and swans

North East of the pond where you can enjoy seeing the sun go down. At the north end of the pond continue North towards the Sandhurst Town Council car park. This free parking area is a logical alternative to Lyndhurst Avenue. I was quite surprised at the extent of the Memorial Park and the facilities that around Yateley 2016 March 33

left: the swan heads towards a fresh supply of food below: all-weather surface below left: open space for recreation bottom: Sandhurst Town Council offices

Sandhurst Council had provided. Firstly there was Sandhurst Town FC’s enclosed and floodlit ground, an all-weather pitch, playground, open recreational space, more football pitches, tennis courts and a cricket ground, with further football pitches. There is also a cafÊ within the Community complex. I turned around at this point and backtracked to the pond, following the concretelined streams. The balancing pond is actually owned by

Thames Water, as a place to store storm water and reduce the risk of flooding. Maintenance of the area is by Sandhurst Town Council. At the pond I continued my circuit of the pond in a clockwise direction 34 around Yateley March 2016

top: plenty of alternative car parking, close to playground middle left: playground middle right: cricket club ground bottom: at the eastern end of the balancing pond, the path is impassable without Wellingtons or good walking boots

until reaching a branch off to the left, heading towards The Meadows shopping centre. I was only able to walk a few yards along this path as it was flooded, as shown in the photo on the left. The path beyond the flood looked quite good, but I didn’t fancy getting past a huge puddle around Yateley 2016 March 35

above: mallard ducks on the river below: wood bridge over the river

extending all the way across the path and into the trees on either side. I turned back to the weir and across the river on a wooden bridge to the Hampshire bank. I soon found the poorly defined path on this side peter out. Other walkers had also had to walk wide of the path, causing considerable erosion along the whole bank. The gateway at the end was wide open and completely flooded. I found the kissing gate impassable without clmbing the fence. After negotiating that gate, I found I had attracted an amused audience 36 around Yateley March 2016 the path on the Hampshire side soon peters out

top left: no clear path so a wide channel is churned up top right: bend in the river middle left: swanning upriver below: impassable bottom: rail crossing point

watching from the relative comfort of Berkshire, while no doubt waiting for me to fall into the muddy puddle. At this point I turned right and headed towards Christchurch Drive.

There was a crossing over the live railway lines, so you need to be alert to the dangers. An interesting walk, and worth venturing into Frogmore for, but definitely one for drier weather. around Yateley 2016 March 37

Springwell Lane Recyling Centre to be dumped? Hampshire County Council are due to put the future of Household Waste Recycling Centres out to public consultation some time in March. Originally scheduled for January, it has been delayed and is likely to be online in the next month. If it is delayed any further then it would have to be available for consultation after the county has gone to the polls for district council seats in early May. As usual, the incentive for revising policy on HWRCs in the county is partly down to cost and partly down to safety. Old recycling sites, where members of the public have to climb steps to reach the huge skips, that we have all become accustomed to in Hartley Wintney, are no longer considered safe. The sites that are likely to be promoted are the ones that have the top of the skips at ground level, so users can unload their vehicles and deposit their recycling all on the same level, while the skip trucks can only access them from below. The Hartley Wintney Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Springwell Lane, is the only one in Hart District. It is a small unit, where users park below the bins and climb up steps to deposit materials in the top of the skips. The site has to be temporarily closed every time one of the huge skips is full and has to be replaced, as there is no room to move them while the public have access. The newer recyling plants are able to remove full skips without halting access by users, because the skip trucks are on a different level to the users and never need to interact. Another valid safety point. The Springwell Lane site sits next to a water recycling plant on one side and an industrial depot on the other, so there is no possibility of it being modenised without the acquisition of adjoining land and ramping up the access level. The site is operated by Hopkins Recycling Ltd, who were founded in 1993. They have gradually taken over Hampshire’s HWRCs, starting with 11 in 1993 to all 24 of Hampshire County Council’s sites since 2009, as well as Southampton and Portsmouth’s HWRCs. So it is down to whether Hampshire CC’s policy continues with ensuring there is one HWRC in each district, or whether they opt for efficiency, in which case Farnborough, already notoriously busy, may become Hart’s nearest HWRC. Watch this space. 38 around Yateley March 2016


Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June 2016


Some of the line up has been announced for the 2016 GOTG:

SO CLOSE the voice of Karen Carpenter by Toni Lee ENGLAND’S DREAMING five-piece rock and punk covers HENRY FRICKER a rising star, real music on voice and piano ONE STEP BEHIND the UK’s No 1 Masters of Madness tribute band ULTIMATE ELTON the music of Elton John by Paul Bacon & the Rocket


TRENCHTOWN EXPERIENCE the tribute band playing the music of Bob

Marley & The Wailers, back by popular demand from 2014

THE ED SHEERAN EXPERIENCE the voice of Ed Sheeran by Jack Shepherd Early Bird tickets are on sale now: Adults (18 and over) Children (8 to 17) Infants (0-7) Gazebo pitch (limited number)

Weekend pass £22 £15 Free £60

Saturday only £15 £10 Free £35

Sunday only £10 £6 Free £35

Standard tickets 3 May- 24 June: Adults (18 and over) Children (8 to 17) Infants (0-7) Gazebo pitch (limited number)

Weekend pass £29 £18 Free £60

Saturday only £20 £12 Free £35

Sunday only £12 £8 Free £35

Saturday only £25 £15 Free

Sunday only £15 £10 Free

On the gate tickets 25-26 June: Adults (18 and over) Children (8 to 17) Infants (0-7)

Sponsors for this year’s Gig on the Green include Romans estate agents, who have been a constant throughout the GOTG’s six years’ existence. KFC Yateley are on board for the second year and are joined by first-timers: Everyone Active (Frogmore Leisure Centre), The Casa Hotel and Michael Usher Mortgage Services. R Collard are once again pleased to be supporting Gig on the Green and will be supplying six 8 yard skips that will take over 6000 litres of rubbish. around Yateley 2016 March 39

Activities & Societies Camberley & Yateley Friendship Centre for over 50s Meet third Thursday each month 14.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW and first Thursday for pub lunches at 12 noon. Contact Barbara Brown 01252 876615 Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Organise monthly walks during the summer. Contact Lyn Deavin 01252 879255 K9 Planet dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Wednesday 18.30-19.30. Contact K9 Services dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Friday noon-15.00. Contact Primrose Club For senior citizens, meet WI Hall, Reading Road GU46 7UH Contact Ann de Courcy on 07913 633790 or 01252 501182 Ramblers Association (NE Hants) Rotary Club of Hart Meet Thursdays 19.30 for 20.00 North Hants Golf Club, Fleet GU51 1RF Theatre 64 Theatre drama group, meet Monday & Friday evenings Frogmore Junior School The Yateley Society Meet monthly except January 19.30 for 20.00 Red Cross Centre, Monteagle Lane GU46 6LU and at Yateley Green for May Fayre. Tythings Coffee Club Meet every Thursday morning for a gentle chat, quizzes and raffles, and regular outings 10.45-12.45 The Tythings GU46 7RP Contact Ann Kern on 01252 872975 or email: 40 around Yateley March 2016

Yateley & Crowthorne Big Band Society Meet monthly second Tuesday 19.45-22.30 The Tythings GU46 7RP 01252 661037 Kay Sealey or Yateley & District Gardening Society Meet monthly except January 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW and at Yateley Green for May Fayre. Yateley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) Meet first Thursday each month 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Memorial Hall GU47 9BJ Yateley & Hawley Bridge Club Meet Wednesdays and Fridays 19.20 Memorial Hall, Fernhill Road, Hawley GU17 9BW or contact Alan Brown 01276 27354 or Judy Douch 01483 475133 Yateley Choral Society Rehearse weekly Mondays 19.45-21.45 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ email: Yateley Morris Men Meet Tuesdays (October-April) 20.00 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ email: Yateley Neighbourhood Watch Assists residents in reducing the opportunities for crime and passing info to police.


49th AGM Followed by the ever popular


with a potpourri of questions to tease the brain cells.

7pm start Monday 14th March

at Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane, Yateley GU46 6JW Tea/coffee will be available at 50p, along with a raffle. More details on the society can be found on around Yateley 2016 March 41

Yateley War Memorial

[George Cowie] Not on Yateley’s War Memorial, but George Cowie, born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, 1885, son of Alexander & Helen Cowie, 84a Milburn St, Motherwell, does have an association with Yateley. A Sapper with the Royal Engineers, “F” Cable Sect. No 13417, he enlisted at Hamilton, Lanarkshire on 22 February 1904, age 19 years 6 months, a blacksmith from the 2nd VBSR. Description: 5ft 7in, 147lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, Presbyterian, small scar on bridge of nose and below right eye. Tested as a skilled blacksmith on 8 March 1904. Transferred to Army Reserve 25 July 1906. He was mobilized 5 August 1914. On 1 October 1914 his blacksmith pay was raised to Skilled rate 1/4d, and on 3 June 1916 to Superior rate @ 1/8d. He was on leave in UK on10 January 1917 to 18 February 1917. He died from a cerebral haemorrhage at the 41st Stationary Hospital, Gailly, France, on 20 June 1917, age 33. Medical record states he was brought in unconscious, said to have been picked up in this condition, and died without change of condition at 5.55am. Address given for wife was Mrs M Cowie, 84a Milburn St, Motherwell, separation allowance 16/8d, allotment of pay 11/8d. George was blacksmith husband of Edith May Bunch (1880-1954), married in St Peter’s, Yateley, on 30 September 1905, by John Beardall, Vicar, witnesses William Bunch and Phoebe May Baldwin. His children listed as Agnes May Cowie born 25 March1906 in Farnborough and Dorothy Edith 20 October 1917 in Camberley. On 2 October 1919 Edith May Cowie declared that she was the widow of the soldier, of The Oaks, Yateley Green, countersigned by Rev AJ Howell, Clerk in Holy Orders, Yateley Vicarage. His kin were entered, his childen as above; mother Helen Cowrie, 33 Academy St, Berryhill, Wishaw, Scotland; brothers David Cowie 42, 19 South Avenue, Somerton, Nr Redcar, Yorks, Alexander Cowie 32, 19 Robert St, Wishaw; sisters Helen Roy 51, Whitegales, Wisham, Janet Witherspoon 47, 40 Bells St, Wishaw, and Agnes Prentice 30, 33 Academy St, Berryhill, Wishaw, Not on War Memorial but inscribed on tombstone in St Peter’s Churchyard for William Bunch (1840-1916), and mentioned on the gravestone of Edith May Cowie 42 around Yateley March 2016

(1880-1954) buried 17 March 1954. On the north side of the stone “Sapper George Cowie, RE, 1884-1917, died on active service”. His effects of £8-10-10 were paid to widow Edith M on 8 November 1917, child’s benefit of £17-1-9 on 15 November 1917, along with “disc, piece, letters, cap badge, pocket knife, numerals”, and war gratuity of £16-10-0 on 6 December 1919. On 9 January 1918 she was awarded a pension of 22/11d for herself and two children, payable from 31 December 1917. Daughter Agnes May Cowie (1905-1990) married Joe Windsor on 20 December 1925 in Shinfield, Berkshire. She died in Surrey. Daughter Dorothy Edith Cowie (1917-23 March 2012) married Thomas J P Fox in 1939 in Aldershot and remarried Geoffrey Martin Bunch (1917-2005) in1950. She died in Fleet. Buried in Cemetery No 5237 Vide IWGCF8/AV/1/18 d/16/1/25. Frederick Davis As plain Fred Davis, George Frederick Miles Davis was a blacksmith who, along with his blacksmith manager Charles Hilton, was a 15-year-old boarder at the Cricketers beerhouse on Cricket Hill, Yateley, run by widow Fanny Silwood in 1901. Fred was an enthusiastic footballer, playing right back for Yateley FC and was picked out for special mention in a game versus Hook on Easter Monday 24/4/1905 (H&BG Saturday 29/4/1905, p8 col 7) George Frederick Miles Davis was born in Basingstoke on 15 November 1885, son of James Davis (born in Berkley Somersetshire 1852-1917) and Eliza (born in Maiden Bradley, Wiltshire 1850-??). In 1891 he was living on Yateley Common with his parents plus four older sisters, born in Basingstoke, a one-month-old brother born in Yateley and an uncle, also born in Berkley. His father was a coachman, domestic servant. In 1901 his parents lived at Brandy Bottom, working as laundryman and laundress, with three sisters and his youngest brother at home. By 1911, still at Brandy Bottom, his parents were laundry helpers. His parents married as minors on 15 January 1870 at All Souls’ St Marylebone, he was a servant son of Isaac Davis, innkeeper and she was daughter of William Miles, a farm servant. Fred married Lydia Emily Ellen Chappell, daughter of bricklayer George and Lydia Chappell (baptised 1 September 1886, St Mary, Harrow on the Hill) on 9 October 1909 at Yateley. They lived in Park Place, Hartley Wintney in 1911, Fred working as a blacksmith, with son Frederick George James Davis (1910-1987) born 5 September 1910. Further children followed: Emma Lydia Eliza Davis (30 September 1912) and Ronald Chas Davis (27 May 1914), all born in Hartley Wintney. Fred Davis enlisted at Hartley Wintney as a shoeing smith and farrier, on 24 March 1915 age 29 years 5 months, 5ft 6ins, 134 lbs. He awaited a posting until 21 May 1915, around Yateley 2016 March 43

then sent with the British Expeditionary Force to France on 22 May 1915 on SS St Peter at Southampton to Le Havre. He had joined the Base Horse Transport Division (BHTD), Army Service Corps No TS/6927. He was hospitalised on 2 June with a temperature of 101.8oF, was administered two doses of diptheria serum but died at 07.10am on 3 June 1915 of diptheria, age 29, in the France and Flanders theatre. Medals and effects of 4/6d in coins, letters bag, tinder and photos were returned to Mrs L E Davis, whose address changed to 1 Albion Place, Hartley Wintney on 19 August 1919. Cemetery: Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Div 19 E 2. John Chute Ellis John “Jock” Chute Ellis, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, 106th Brigade. Died 6 June 1917 age 30, of “wounds”, in Poperinghe, Belgium. He was son of Thomas Chute Ellis (1848-1920) and his wife Agnes Williams (18621888), a native of Benara, Mount Gambier, South Australia, born on 13 October 1886. From February 1901 to 1905 he attended Christ College Grammar School in Christchurch, New Zealand, his father listed as Thomas Chute Ellis of Invercargil. He was a member of both Bourne’s house and Moreland’s, a Prefect; XI 1903-4 [cricket], XV 1903-4 [rugby]; MD, FRCS, London; Lieut, RHA in Great War. He died of wounds on 6 June 1917, in France. His half-brother is also listed at Christ College, William Norton Chute Ellis, in the same houses and duration; Head Prefect; BA 1909; LLB 1911 NZ, Barrister and Solicitor NZ, Grazier, Hamilton, Victoria. Jock’s effects were not immediately claimed after his death. On 23 April 1918 the amount of £81 10s 3d was sent to Melbourne on the “Authy. State Treas., Melbourne to Grantee of Repres’n 17/18”. Also, according to the Army registers of Soldiers’ Effects, he had transferred to the Royal Flying Corps by the time of his death. His obituary in The Register (South Australia) of 12 June 1917 quoted: “Mr TC Ellis of Benara, Mount Gambier has received news from the War Office, London, that his son, Lieut John Chute Ellis, RFA, who was previously reported dangerously wounded in France, died on June 6. Lieut Ellis was the third son of Mr TC 44 around Yateley March 2016

Ellis and was born in 1886 at Benara. He was educated at the Rev. Hartley William’s High School, Mount Gambier, and afterwards at Christ College, Christchurch, New Zealand, where he was one of the foremost scholars and athletes. He then studied at the Otago University for the medical profession and subsequently proceeded to the London Hospital, where he took the degrees of MRCS and LRCP. When he returned to Australia, a few years ago, he entered upon pastoral pursuits at Eli, Elwah, and Burrabogie Stations, Hay, New South Wales. Soon after the outbreak of the war he arranged with the London Hospital for a medical commission, and proceeded to England. On reaching the old country, however, he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery, and since then served at the front, with the exception of one short interval which he spent instructing in gunnery at St John’s Wood Barracks. His death is deeply regretted at Mount Gambier, where he was much liked, by his former companions and schoolmates. Lieut Ellis was not married.” In the Sydney Morning Herald of 24 January 1918: “Late Lieutenant Ellis. Probate has been granted of the will of Lieutenant John Chute Ellis, RFA, 10th Brigade, formerly of Burrabogie Station, Hay, grazier, who died on June 6, from wounds received whilst he was on active service. Testator appointed his brothers, Thomas Chute Ellis, jun, and William Norton Chute Ellis, executors and trustees of his will. The net value of the estate is £34,769 3b 3d, all, except £20 personalty, consists of estator’s interest in the partnership of Ellis Brothers, in Burrabogie, Eli Elwah, and Bremeran Stations.” Jock’s connection with Yateley is through his Aunt Betty, but it took me some time to find her. In 1895 John Prosser Adams married widow Bessie Ellis Collum of Yateley. Betty Ellis Chute Ellis had married Lucius Joseph Collum in 1881, had a daughter Vera Christina Chute Collum in 1883 in India, before being widowed in 1889. In 1891 she lived with her brother William Ellis Chute Ellis, a barrister and Lt Col, born in South Australia. Her parents Captain John Ellis, Esq, JP, MLC (1803-1873) and Elizabeth Jane White Cathery (1819-1862). Aunt Betty was the youngest of 13 children. John Prosser Adams (1854-1929) and Betty Ellis Chute Adams (1859-1955) are buried in Yateley. I checked transcripts of Jock’s surviving letters home, to see if he mentioned Yateley. None, but they contained some interesting insights into life at the Front. On 14 November 1915, he writes to his sister-in-law Catherine Isabella Ellis (nee Moir), “in order to brush up my work, I am doing one of the jobs at the Hospital: what drudgery, & no chance of ever getting a smack at the German boys.” On 10 August 1916 he writes to Mrs John Robertson, having received three letters from her without reply. Fatalistic, he says that to crack the Germans we will have to put in three times the amount of fighting on the Somme, and “three times the casualties of course”. “We are still sitting in the mud to the everlasting rotten sound of firing, but it’s not too bad — and I’ve just had a few days off and lived in Amiens town, and there around Yateley 2016 March 45

is every chance of us getting relieved shortly, say in a fortnight.... Personally, I’m fit & well, except one’s feet get bad so easily. ... my ideals about myself have been sorely busted during the last 15 months.” On 1 September he wrote to Mrs John again, “After my mail had been astray for a month, then put into a mud hole to soak for three days. I finally picked it up, slung down with my food in a dirty muddy trench ... the last four months we have been almost continuously in action, which is rare for cavalry units.... the moving jobs are wire cutting, sniping with guns up close, detached guns to draw fire & attention away from batteries.” He was depressed in his next letter on 18 September 1916, “... it is raining good & solid.... country now impossible for horses and vehicles, you’ve no idea how rain can hang things up specially where the ground has been properly shelled ... big solid trees, villages, cellars, hedges, trenches become all absolutely one level mass of churned up earth and debris, not even room for a fly to sit anywhere ... in some places you cross this for a mile at a stretch.” On 1 October 1916, “We have just come away from the big battle, and have trekked about 65 miles to here where we sleep in beds for the next week and then back to the battle. ... have not answered your letter ... we are amusing ourselves in rest with Divisional manoeuvres in the wet.” On 5 April 1917 he wrote from 25 Half Moon St, Mayfair, awaiting a posting, “I may go to Mesopotamia, anything for something new. I have been advised to be ready to go at any moment to any of our three fronts ... a wretched soldier in uniform seems to be the most penalised of all.” On 25 April 1917 he wrote from France, “I got offered two permanent jobs in England, and one out here as an ADC, but did not take them: a healthy fellow has no right in England, nor doing ADC. [© Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales]. A fortnight later John “Jock” Chute Ellis was killed. Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, ref X.A.44. Poperinge, Arrondissement leper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.

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Cooking for Men Every other Wednesday, the U3A Cooking for Men group meet at Frogmore campus kitchens to cook up a storm, away from the Mem Sahib’s ever watchful eye. Instead, the guiding hand of Wilf Read steers the budding Marco Pierre Whites to an edible and tasty conclusion.

Prawn & chorizo paella Serves 2 1x tspn olive oil

1 chopped onion 6cm chorizo (cut into small chunks) 150g paella rice 500ml chicken stock (save a ladleful) Saffron or turmeric (1 good pinch) ¼ tspn hot smoked paprika 150g peeled raw prawns 75g roasted red peppers (from a jar) Flat leaf parsley (big handful chopped)

Marmalade bread & butter pudding

Serves 6-8 but will keep OK in fridge 1sliced brioche (or thick sliced white bread) 80g unsalted butter – softened 200g marmalade – with shreds 50g raisins 4 medium free-range eggs +2 extra yolks 50g castor sugar 400ml whole (blue top) milk 200ml single cream – double if you prefer ¼ tspn freshly grated nutmeg ¼ tspn ground cinnamon 40g Demerara sugar

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and sizzle until soft. Add the chorizo and fry for a few minutes, until it starts to give off oil. Add the rice and stir until all the grains are coated. Add stock, saffron, paprika, and stir. Lower to a simmer and cook for 12 to 15 minutes until the rice is tender. Stir in the prawns, peppers and the last ladleful of hot stock. Cook for a further 3 to 4 minutes or until the prawns are pink and cooked through. Stir in the parsley and serve.

Thickly spread one side of each slice of bread with butter and marmalade. Cut each slice into four equal triangles. Arrange the bread in a 2L ovenproof dish, overlapping and layering the triangles. Sprinkle raisins over. Mix the eggs and yolks, caster sugar, milk, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon in a jug. Pour evenly over, and press the bread down. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1hour (preferably overnight). Heat the oven to 170c (150c for fan and gas mark 3 ½ ). Sprinkle the demerara over the top of the pudding. Bake for 1 hour or until the custard has set and the bread is golden.

Per serving: 456cals, 7g fat (2.8g saturated), 62.2g carbs, 5.2g protein, 1.5g salt

Per serving for 8 helpings: 464cals, 20.g fat (10.6g saturated), 12.1g protein, 57,9 carbs (36.1g sugars), 0.7g salt, 1.8g fibre

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