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cover photo: garden spider Araneus diadematus spinning her web inside cover photo: the highwayman’s horse, part of Yateley Morris, celebrating their 40 years of existence at Yateley’s first festival of ales, ciders and wines

above and right: fly-tipping in Love Lane, Eversley

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Contents 4 lakeside wildlife wildlife in and around Yateley

11 cask & cork tasting notes a personal view through the bottom of a glasss 20

Fun Palace at Yateley Library

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what’s on in October

what’s on feature 21 mental health and wellbeing information drop-in what’s on feature 25 a Men’s Shed for Hart? 26

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Yateley Town Council meetings

Yateley legends 30 Greg Bramwell tales of Charlie Peace, Jock & Jennie 38

photo spotlight on football

clerk wise 40 thinking about wasting money on the inconsiderate 42

new Yateley Tennis Club

walks around Yateley 44 Green Lane and Love Lane 51

essential contacts

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groups in Yateley

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open air cinema first for Yateley

past people in Yateley 58 born in Yateley, Hawley, Cove in October 1716 & 1816

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Yateley Fly-tipshame

During my Walk Around Yateley this month I was shocked by the amount of fly-tipping down Love Lane, a beautiful and historic byway. There were three or four separate dumps spread along the lane, consisting of plastic bin bags containing unknown rubbish, builders’ rubble of unpainted and painted wood and gutter piping, plus a lot of roof felting. Some debris had been there long enough for vegetaion to grow through. It has been reported to Hart through www.hart.fixmystreet.com

Business supplement

Local businesses are an important part of any community and residents should be aware of them and use them. Better to use the craftsman living round the corner who wants you to share your experiences and recommendations with your neighbours. Outside tradesmen who fly in and fly out again may not necessarily have the same incentive to impress your neighbours to build up their business in your area. So look out for our business supplement, and if you are not in it, then get in contact on aroundyateley@gmail.com as it is absolutely free. around Yateley 2016 October 3


Lakeside wildlife

A sequence of photos showing a grey heron (Ardea cinera) landing in Swan Lake at Sandhurst. Being so light in build, the heron is extremely wary of the heavy swans and geese. These unusual water birds seen above are Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus). They are native to Africa south of 4 around Yateley October 2016


the Sahara and Nile Valley, that were originally domesticated by the ancient Eqyptians. They were introduced to the UK in the 18th century as ornamental birds and have become naturalised in East Anglia, where they were declared a pest in 2009. They are often seen in pairs as they mate for life. This moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) was seen on the Blackwater which meandered through the meadows to the north of Frogmore. They are seen all over the UK lowlands, and are quite common, with over a quarter of a millin breeding pairs. They feed on water plants, snails, worms, small fish, seeds and grass. They are quite timid and hide among the reeds as you walk long the river bank. Mute swans (Cygnus olor) breed across most of England and their numbers are on the increase again since lead fishing weights have been banned. About 7000 pairs are resident but more than five times that number are present during the winter from

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With this abundance of tiny fish in the shallows, it is no wonder there is a resident grey heron

October to March, so this month you will be seeing a whole lot more of them on our shallow lakes and rivers. Migrating swans to look out for are Bewick’s swan (Cygnus columianus), distinguished by their partly black and mainly yellow beaks, arriving from Siberia, and the whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) from Iceland. which are larger than the Bewick’s, having a yellow bill with a triangle of black at the end. There are only about a dozen breeding pairs of whooper swans in the UK, but this population is swollen by 15,000 visiting birds in winter. Water holes at this time of year, October through to March, inevitably host the Canada goose (Branta canadensis). They are easy to spot with the all-black head and neck with white throat. They are often seen in flocks and are are noisy birds. They

Canada geese

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“And the synchronised swanning team are ready to start their routine...”

seem to bully other birds, well, all except the swans. They feed mainly ofngrass, roots, leaves and seeds and can be a nuisance in parks and playing fields, where they roost at night and graze on grass, roots, leaves and seeds. Typically, the black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a small gull that is found everywhere in the British Isles. In fact, it is the most common inland gull

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Egyptian geese enjoying a bread snack

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to be found in our lakes and reservoirs. They are quite sociable and congregate in small groups or flocks. On grassland they feed on worms, insecrs and carrion and take small fish from lakes, rivers and ponds. The carrion crow (Corvus corone) is found everywhere in England and Wales and much of Scotland (except the Highlands) all year round, with over a million nesting pairs resident here. They are a glossy black all over, including their short, straight beak, which they use to good effect to feed on carrion, insects, worms, fruit and seeds. They are frequent visitors to gardens, but this one seems quite at home at the lake.

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Cask & Cork Festival Tasting Notes

This is just a personal view of the festival, I believe the first such held in Yateley. Run jointly by Yateley Cricket Club and Yateley United Football Club, it appears to have been a resounding success. Already the decision has been made to repeat the event next year and hopefully it will become a regular feature on our community’s calendar. The event was well advertised, starting with a banner at the Gig on the Green in June, and each session (Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening) cleverly marketed, in fact the Saturday night was a sell-out a week before the show and an additional 20% or so of the gate showed up to boost the otherwise light Saturday afternoon session. The admission price could be pre-booked to save a couple of pounds and the admission included a smart programme

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containing descriptions of all the idrinks available plus a souvenir glass. The beer was sold in halves by tokens only, the tokens were on sale 5 for ÂŁ8, which equated to ÂŁ3.20 per pint. There were 40 casks of ales, ciders on offer, and wines by the glass. Soft drinks were available to purchase at the bar, with spring water on tap for refreshing your glass and/or palate. Hot food included currys and a hog roast. In the marquee there were plenty of chairs and tables or even straw bales to lounge around on (courtesy of Aerobility, from their Open Air Day last month, another example of the interaction between different organisations within our wonderful community). Also in the marquee were two or three local bands in each session, booked to entertain during the festival, including Yateley Morris on the Saturday evening. On with my personal tasting notes, starting out with sampling the ales. 12 around Yateley October 2016


Hop Art Brewery Hoppy Blonde 4.3% a Belgian blonde. Light hoppy beer with a fresh, tangy taste, lager-like with a clean dry finish. Probably needed a pint to be able to adjust my taste buds to it, expect it could be quite moreish. Red Cat Brewery C60 6.5% IPA. Strong ale, with a heady bouquet of hops, more than capable of balancing an ale rich with malt and caramel flavours Bond Brews Railway Porter 4.5% is a Brown Porter Mild flavour, full of rich, dark fruit, but just a little too sweet for my taste. Best of British 4.0% an amber bitter Pleasantly bitter and malty, with a dry finish, but following the fruitiness of the porter, seemed bland in comparison. Ascot Ales Posh Pooch 4.2% Bronze “Beer of the Festival� Ascot Racecourse.

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Light texture, refreshing hop bouquet and long finish, with some residual sweetness. MASH Brewery MASH Gilt 4.1% golden beer. Disappointing, dull rather than the crisp, refreshing beer I was expecting. Surrey Hills Brewery Shere Drop 4.2% bitter. Nice fresh taste, dry with a long finish with deliciously flowery hoppy flavours that begged for further exploration. So little time! Trouble is, I have so little capacity as a lightweight drinker! Greensand IPA 4.6% IPA, this beer described as a very special beer. Rich and expressive, with tongue tingling dryness in the finish but delivers a bouquet like a walk through a flowery meadow on a warm summer’s day. Absolutely delicious!

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Andwell Brewing Company King John Ale 4.2% pale ale. The over-use of crystal malt imparts a lot of soft sweetness to the ale, so felt it was more like an amber ale than a pale ale, lacks the crisp hop flavour that a pale ale should deliver. Better described as a quaffing bitter. My disappointment was heightened by leaving this beer to last. Poor pale ale in my view.

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DarbyGreen & Frogmore Social Hall

The Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall, located in Frogmore Road, is a community hall funded by the Millenium Project and the National Lottery. The new hall replaced an old wooden hut that served the surrounding villages for over 60 years. A group of volunteers and trustees help run and maintain the activities and services offered at the hall. They are a registered charity (No. 301799) and proud to be self supporting, are not run by Hart or Yateley councils, and they want to remain that way. They are always looking for new members to join their committee. Meetings are held bi-monthly. If you are interested in being a member and helping to run and maintain the hall for future generations, don’t hesitate to contact them through their website www.dgfsocialhall.co.uk They have a wide range of activities booked in. On Mondays they have Revival Keep Fit, Art Club, Line Dancing, Brownies and Rainbows. On Tuesdays there is Slimming World, Over 60 Club, Line Dancing, and Frogmore School of Dance (Tuesdays through to Saturdays). Wednesday there is Zumba Gold, Line Dancing, and Frogmore School of Dance. Thursday there is Dog Club and Frogmore School of Dance. Friday has Little Kickers, Blackwater Friday Club, Line Dancing, and Frogmore School of Dance. Saturday morning Frogmore School of Dance, Saturday afternoon and evening, plus Sunday until 6pm are free for Private Parties. For bookings call Booking Officers Sheila and Mick Stewart on 01276 502261. Their address is The Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall, Frogmore Road, Camberley GU17 0NP. 16 around Yateley October 2016


Saturday was a new day and I looked forward to the evening session, which I decided to devote to the cider. I had partaken of a very nice curry on the Friday evening, but for cider drinking one needs to balance all that malic acid with some fatty foods, so, in the absence of a good old Cornish Pasty or bacon roll, I had a hog roast roll instead ... perfect! Mr Whitehead’ s Cider: Toffee Apple 4% sweet cider. I toyed with the idea of the blackberry cider, but Tesco always have a good selection of fruit ciders, so thought I would give the Toffee Apple cider a try to start off with. I was assured that it was one of the most popular lines on Friday. I found it quite revolting, to be honest, over sweet and the caramel completely masking the taste of apples. At least I know why I prefer dry ciders. Tutts Clump Cider Rum Cask 7.5% medium/dry A handmade quality cider that actually managed to cut through the toffee cider taste, dryish, yet retained enough mellow fruitiness to clean the palate. Definitely could have had a couple more of that brew.

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Mr Whitehead’ s Cider Heart of Hampshire 6.0% traditional dry cider Dry and perfectly acceptable quaffing cider. Tutts Clump Cider Traditional Farmhouse 6.0% award-winning medium/dry cider Medium rather than dry but enough fruit to make an interesting drink without being too acidic, quite pleasant. Mr Whitehead’ s Cider The Devil’s Device 8.4% clear and golden cider My favourite cider, rich and fruity, with a dry finish that begs another swig. Would definitely have liked another one of these too, but knew I couldn’t possibly manage another 5 tokens! Oh well, there’s always next year....

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Westfields Infant School School Lane, Yateley, Hampshire GU46 6NN Tel: 01252 873603 Fax: 01252 890832 www.westfields-inf.co.uk Headteacher: Janette Teague

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As a small school we know our children as individuals and we form close partnerships with our families. Ofsted (March 2016) reported that the behaviour of children is outstanding and that outcomes are significantly about National averages.

We warmly invite you to contact the school office to arrange a personal visit with Janette Teague, the Headteacher. The office can be contacted via email on admin@westfields-inf.hants.sch.uk or by phone on 01252 873603. In addition we are holding an open evening on Thursday 13th October at 7.30pm. Please contact the school office to book a place at this session.

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YATELEY LIBRARY

Saturday 1 October 10am-4pm plus Yateley Country Markets will be in the Library all day selling tea and coffee and delicious cakes and preserves

Steampunk Tea Duelling 10-12 noon Competitive biscuit dunking, steampunk style! Stone Painting 10-12 noon Create your own colourful design, informal drop-in Flute Salad 10-1pm Local flute emsembles, flute cocktail for advanced, flute salad for intermediates, fresh flute for beginners. Try out a flute, play percussion, or sit and relax Yateley Society 10-1pm Discover local history and environment, and test yourself identitifying old buildings from historical photographs Scrabble 10-4pm Test your tiles against East Berks and Yateley Library’s clubs Yateley Village Quilters 10-4pm Discover quilting and have a bash at patching! Virtual Reality Experience 11-1pm Strap in a headset and step into the unknown! Watercolour Painting 12-2pm Informal drop-in. All abilities welcome! Slinkachu Photography 12-4pm Discover street art photography and create your own scene in the library Mini Movers Taster 1.30-2.15pm Learn & perform dances to nursery rhymes, etc. Suitable for children 20 months to 4 years. Please note advance booking required Movement with Mummy Taster 2.30-3.15pm Sensory dance for babies 3 months to walking. Please note advance booking required 20 around Yateley October 2016


What’s On October Saturday 1 October Yateley Library Fun Palace 10.00-16.00 School Lane GU46 6NL lots of fun activities *** see Special Feature page 20 ***

Saturday 1 October Yateley United FC 13.00 Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1RP versus Colden Common FC in Hampshire Intermediate Cup Sunday 2 October Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Summerleaze Village SL6 8SP (near Jct) versus Holyport Ladies FC Monday 3 October NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 19.00-21.00 Aldershot Managing Intense Emotions. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Monday for 10 weeks until 5 December) Monday 3 October Yateley Town Council 19.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Finance, Policy and General Purposes Committee ** see Special Feature page 27 *** Monday 3 October Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Wednesday 5 October Yateley Networking 07.00-09.00 Yateley Industries, Mill Lane GU46 7TF Networking for local businesses. No need to book, £5 (first Wednesday each month)

CELEBRATING OLDER PERSON’S DAY

•REFRESHERS FAIR• THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER 2016 10am-1pm FREE ENTRY AND REFRESHMENTS

Taking a leaf from university freshers’ fairs, this is a chance to meet and join local clubs, societies and volunteering groups. Try graffiti art, enjoy a coffee, find out about volunteering with Citizens Advice (or get help with an issue you are facing). For more information, or to find out about exhibiting, visit www. yateteley-tc.gov.uk, call Jo at Citizens Advice on 01252 878435 or email admin@yateleycab.cabnet.org.uk

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Wednesday 5 October NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 13.00–16.00 Venue TBA Healthy Sleep Habits. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 Wednesday 5 October Contraline Dance 20.30–21.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP Salsa for beginners. For info call 07920 207046 / 01276 32778 (every Wednesday) Thursday 6 October 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 6 October Refreshers Fair 10.00-13.00 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP for retired people to find out what activities are available and get advice on any problems; sponsored by Hart DC, Citizens Advice Hart and YTC, free refreshments. *** see Special Feature page 21 *** Thursday 6 October Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (every Thursday) Thursday 6 October Yateley & District U3A 10.30-12.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ “Becoming a famous author” a talk by Martin Lloyd. Also a Cake Stall (1st Thursday of the month) Friday 7 Oct 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) Friday 7 October Gary Roman as Elvis 21.00-11.30 The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA rock & roll solo artist

Mental Health and Wellbeing Information Drop-in Friday 14 October 10am to 2.30pm Hart Shopping Centre Hart District Council and Hart Voluntary Action have teamed up to organise a mental health and wellbeing information day to mark World Mental Health Day 2016 in Hart. The event will take place on Friday 14 October between 10am and 2.30pm at Hart Shopping Centre in Fleet. The event is open to anyone who wants to learn more about mental health and wellbeing and find out about local support for all ages. No need to book, just come along and speak to groups and organisations who can help. 22 around Yateley October 2016


Saturday 8 October Aviation Experience Sessions 10.00-12.30 Blackbushe Airport GU17 9LQ by Aerobility, for young people with varying disabilities, accompanied by parents. Morning session

for children age 8-13. Cost £5, includes brief from a pilot about prinicples of flight, model aircraft making, an instructed flight in a simulator, tour of the aircraft, photo opportunity in the pilot’s seat, refreshments and a certificate presentation. To book call Bridie on 0303 303 1230 or bridie@ aerobility.com

Saturday 8 October Eversley Craft & Gift Fair 11.00-15.00 Eversley Village Hall RG27 0LX free admission. Stalls available, charities welcome, £15/table. Enquiries 01189731029 or 01252 690007 Saturday 8 October Aviation Experience Sessions 13.30-16.00 Blackbushe Airport GU17 9LQ by Aeorobility, for young people with varying disabilities,accompanied by parents. Afternoon

session for youths age 14-18. Cost £5, includes brief from a pilot about prinicples of flight, model aircraft making, an instructed flight in a simulator, tour of the aircraft, photo opportunity in the pilot’s seat, refreshments and a certificate presentation. To book call Bridie on 0303 303 1230 or bridie@aerobility.com

Sunday 9 October Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ versus Barton Rovers Ladies FC Monday 10 October NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 10.00-12.30 Farnborough Introduction to Crisis Planning. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 Monday 10 October Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW How to grow vegetables in a small garden, Geoff Hawkins, broadcaster and garden consultant, illustrated talk on producing food for the table from the smallest garden

Thursday 12 October Westfields Infants School 19.30 School Lane GU46 6NL open day for parents with children starting school in September 2017. Please call 01252 873603 to book a place *** see Special Feature page 19 *** Friday 14 Oct Hart DC/Hart Voluntary Action 10.00-14.30 Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet GU51 3LA Mental Health and Wellbeing information to mark World Mental Health Day *** see Special Feature page 20 *** Friday 14 October Yateley Town Council 19.30 Council Offices, Reading Road GU46 7RP Planning and Licensing Committee *** see Special Feature page 27 *** Saturday 15 October 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 16 October Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ versus Harefield Ladies FC Monday 17 October Hart/Hart Voluntary Action/Hook PC 19.15 Hook Community Centre RG27 9NN A Men’s Shed in Hart? Do we want a place to meet, mend or work on projects? *** see Special Feature page 25 ***) Monday 17 October Yateley Town Council 19.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Town Council Meeting *** see Special Feature page 27 *** Tuesday 18 October 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) around Yateley 2016 October 23


Friday 21 October NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 09.30-12.30 Venue TBA The Link Between Mental Health and Physical Health. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Friday for 4 weeks) Saturday 22 October Jill’s Fundraising Journey 19.00-00.30 Warbrook House, Eversley RG27 0PL welcomed by a barbershop quartet, short presentation, 3-course meal, coffee and mints; raffle, silent

auction, disco to follow. Funny photo opportunities and a medium among the entertainments. £45pp, totel room £40pp. Proceeds to cancer awareness charity.)

Saturday 22 October Sandhurst Mayor’s Charity 19.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ Quiz Night. Come yourself or in teams up to 6 members. Tickets £10 Sunday 23 October Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ versus Thatcham Town Ladies FC Friday 28 October Yateley Town Council 19.30 Council Offices, Reading Road GU46 7RP Planning and Licensing Committee ** see Special Feature page 27 *** Saturday 29 October Yateley Tennis Club 09.00-14.30 Yateley School, School Lane GU46 6NL new launch for mini-tennis, yellow ball & wacquet ball. For more info call 07753416450 Monday 31 October NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 14.00-16.00 Farnborough Confidence and Self-Esteem. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Monday for 6 weeks until 5 December))

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Monday 31 October Yateley Town Council 19.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Community & Environment Committee *** see Special Feature page 27 ***

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A Men’s Shed in Hart?

Hart District Council is working in partnership with Hart Voluntary Action and Hook Parish Council to explore the possibility of creating a Men’s Shed in Hart. A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical shed in the garden, but for a group. It is a place where people can meet to make or mend things using a wide range of tools, work on practical projects together, share what they know with others, and have fun. The organisations will be holding a public meeting on Monday 17 October from 7:15pm at Hook Community Centre for people to find out more about Men’s Sheds and how they can get involved. To find out more or if you would like to attend please contact Hart District Council’s Health and Policy Project Officer by emailing liz.glenn@hart.gov.uk or phoning 01252 774228. around Yateley 2016 October 25


What’s On November Wednesday 2 November Yateley Networking 07.00-09.00 Yateley Industries, Mill Lane GU46 7TF Networking for local businesses. No need to book, £5 (first Wednesday each month) Wednesday 2 November NE Hampshire and Farnham Recovery College 10.00-12.00 Aldershot Meaningful Activities for Health and Wellbeing. For enrolment form call 07920 207046 / 01276 605542 (every Wednesday for 6 weeks until 7 December) Wednesday 2 November Contraline Dance 20.30–21.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP Salsa for beginners. For info call 07920 207046 / 01276 32778 (every Wednesday) Thursday 3 November 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 November Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (every Thursday) Thursday 3 November Yateley & District U3A 10.30-12.00 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ “A trip down the River Charlotte” a talk by Brian Freeland (1st Thursday of the month) Friday 4 Nov 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 5 November Yateley’s Firework Fiesta 18.00 School Lane GU46 6NL Presented by Yateley Lions and Westfields Junior School. Doors open 6pm, 6.30pm Guy Fawkes Dummy competition, 6.45pm bonfire lit and 7pm fireworks go off! Tickets £4 adults, £1.50 children (£5 & £2 at gate). Tickets from Westfields Junior School, Yateley Angling Centre, DMK News, Simon’s Video & Bottle Shop, Dee’s Newsagents, Costcutters. *** see Special Feature page 29 *** Sunday 6 November Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Taplow FC SL6 0DA versus Taplow Ladies FC Monday 7 November Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Friday 11 November Yateley Town Council 19.30 Council Offices, Reading Road GU46 7RP Planning and Licensing Committee ** see Special Feature page 27 *** Sunday 13 November Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ versus Bracknell Town Ladies Reserves FC Monday 14 November Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 / 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW Flower Arranging, Margaret Finch, will demonstrate how to display cut flowers for maximum effect and create Christmas table decorations Monday 14 November Yateley Town Council 19.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Finance, Policy and General Purposes Committee ** see Special Feature page 27 ** 26 around Yateley October 2016


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Did you know Yateley Town Council Meetings are open to the public?*

Not only are the full council and sub-committee meetings public, but there are opportunities for members of the public to ask questions of Councillors. At least five clear days’ notice of Council and Committee meetings, their agendas, venue, date and time of the meeting is given on all the Town Council’s noticeboards throughout Yateley, Frogmore and Darby Green, as well as on the website www. yateley-tc.gov.uk. The documents associated with the meeting can be inspected at the Council Offices. The cycle of meetings is six weeks rather than monthly. Also appearing on the website following the meeting are the draft minutes of the meeting. Please note that the drafts do not become actual minutes until confirmed at either the next committee meeting or full Council meeting, whichever comes first. In some instances, the associated papers available to members of the public may be blanked out where there are subjects that are necessarily confidential (see below). You are allowed to record, film or take photographs of public Council meetings and you can publish them as you wish, including a blog, magazine or newspaper. If you would like to record the proceedings, it is advisable to inform the Council of your intention beforehand, so that the layout of the tables can be amended to accommodate the recording, and facilities, such as power, a desk and chairs provided to assist you. Some councils record the meetings themselves, but currently Yateley Town Council have not considered this option worth the costs involved. Yateley Town Council holds its full Council meetings on Mondays starting at 7.30pm in The Rose Rent Room, The Tythings. Most of the Councillors’ “donkey work” takes place in the various committees and working parties of the Council. The Finance, Policy and General Purposes Committee also meet on a Monday at 7.30. They discuss and consider grant applications to ensure financial probity by deciding the budgets and Council precept, and maintain Council policies. The Community and Environment Committee meet on Mondays. The Planning and Licensing Committee meets every other Friday at 10am in the Council Offices. So, why not come and see at first hand your Town Council working for you? * except for occasional confidential matters, such as individuals, personnel, finances of individuals, fiancial negotiations, legal proceedings, etc.

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Tuesday 15 November 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 18 November Uptown Traffic 21.00-midnight The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA seven-piece band, playing 60s/70s rock and soul covers Saturday 19 November 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 20 November Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ versus Wargrave Ladies Reserves FC) Friday 25 November Yateley Town Council 19.30 Council Offices, Reading Road GU46 7RP Planning and Licensing Committee ** see Special Feature page 27 *** Saturday 26 November Yateley’s Christmas Fair 15.30-18.30 Church End Green GU46 7LR Presented by Yateley Lions, with stalls, food, children’s fairground rides, musical interludes, Yateley Morris, carol singing and the switching on of the Christmas Lights. *** see Special Feature page 57 ***

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Sunday 27 November Yateley United Ladies FC 14.00 Thatcham pitch 1 RG20 4TT versus Thatcham Town Ladies FC

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Yateley Legends Myths &

by Greg Bramwell

Charles Peace and the White Lion

There are several versions of this story, but the tankard part is disputed between the first landlord and Charlie Peace Charlie Peace was a notorious burglar and murderer, one of his victims was a policeman. He was on the run and, leaving Guildford, he headed towards Reading and a friend there who could hide him. On the way along the old road he came to a backwater village, with poor farming, low wages, and a strong history of association with highwaymen. He decided to stay the night at the local inn but the landlord suggested an old cottage up the road would suit him more. So he settled down and stayed for a few months. Each day he visited the old inn and drank. He played with the village kids and became well loved by the locals. He had his favriote tankard kept in the inn and he jokingly cursed if anything happened to him the tankard couldn’t leave the inn’s doors or all hell would break loose. For a few more weeks life carried on. He had buried his treasure, the loot he had collected from his burglaries, under a silver birch tree in the cottage’s garden, cursing if it was discovered. One day he was enibriated in the inn when two policemen on their way from Reading gaol stopped for refreshments. He realised they had recognised him and he ran, chucking handfuls of coins for the local kids to collect, delaying the police following him, so he was able to make a getaway. It was all to no avail, however, he was arrested during another robbery, charged ,went to court and hanged for his crimes. Another story said that the tankard was the first landlord’s and he cursed it if it was thrown out or removed from the pub in future. 30 around Yateley October 2016


Charles Frederick Peace (14 May 1832-25 February 1879) was a notorious burglar and murderer, once Britain’s most wanted man in the 1870s. He was born in Sheffield apprenticed in an Sheffield steel-rolling mill but crippled by a hot iron rod hitting his leg in 1846, spending18 months in Sheffield Infirmary. He retrained as a picture framer and performed in pubs playing a one-string violin as “the modern Paganini”. He received a month’s penal servitude in 1851 for stealing an old man’s watch, thus launching him on his criminal career. He served four years’ penal servitude in 1854, age 22, for multiple burglaries; his girlfriend Emma James and sister Mary Ann Neild six-months each for receiving. In 1859, he married Nottingham widow Hannah Ward (nee Haines, 1823-1898), children (Henry Ward 1849-??, Thomas Ward 1853-??, William “Willie” Stephens Ward/Peace 1858-1940, Jane Ann Peace 1860-1949 and John Charles Peace 1865-1871). Peace wounded a policeman in Manchester on 12 August 1859 for which he served six years,

Charles Peace in Millbank Prison

released in 1864 and returned to Sheffield. In 1866 he was arrested while committing burglary at a house in Lower Broughton, Manchester, admitting in court that he was befuddled with whisky otherwise he’d have escaped. At Manchester Assizes he was sentenced to eight years on 3 December 1866. He attempted to escape from Wakefield Prison by cutting

Peace from a Penny Dreadful sketch from his last trial in 1879

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through the cell ceiling but, when he was surprised by a warder, Peace knocked him down and nimbly ran along the prison walls. However, the brickwork crumbled and he fell on the inside of the wall. He broke into the Governor’s house, changed his clothes and waited for 90 minutes for a chance to escape, but was arrested in the Governor’s bedroom. He was transferred to Millbank, Chatham and Gibraltar prisions and said to have taken part in a mutiny at Chatham and flogged. Released in 1872, he worked variously on picture framing and repairing clocks and watches in Sheffield with his wife and family. At other times he traded musical instruments, bric a brac and selling art, pornographic photos and engravings. He was sacked for absenteeism after a brief spell with the North Eastern Railway, continuing with his cat burglary at night. In 1875 the Peace family moved from Sheffield to Darnell, next door to Arthur Dyson and his American Irish wife, Katherine. Peace began a relationship with her, although by June 1876 Mrs Dyson wanted to end the affair. On 1 June Dyson found out about the affair and threw a postcard into Peace’s back yard saying, “Charles Peace is requested not to interfere with my family”. In July Peace threatened to blow both their brains out, in front of witnesses. The Dysons moved to Banner Cross. Peace followed on the day they moved, telling Mrs Dyson, “I am here to annoy you, and I’ll annoy you wherever you go”, and was seen sneaking around their new locality. Dyson took out a summons, so Peace moved his wife to Hull, setting her up running an eating-house, Peace was seen by two policemen about midnight emerging from the grounds of a house in Whalley Range, Manchester on 1 August 1876. Peace shot a policeman, PC Ernest Cock, who died of his head wound the following day. Two Irish gipsy brothers were accused of the murder and 18-year-old William Habron convicted, sentenced to death for the murder, commuted to life imprisonment because the judge was not as convinced by the evidence as the jury appeared to be. Meanwhile, Peace had travelled from Hull to Manchester to see what he could steal and attended the two-day trial on 27 and 28 November 1876. Then Peace travelled to Sheffield. The afternoon of 29 November, Peace celebrated the conviction at a pub in Ecclesall, entertaining the drinkers by playing a makeshift “violin” made from a poker suspended from a string, tapped and “bowed” with a short stick. At Banner Cross Terrace just after 8pm that evening, Peace threatened Katherine Dyson as she emerged from a privy. Peace fired through the privy door but missed her. Arthur Dyson chased Peace down an alley but Peace hid at the end and shot Dyson in the left temple. Dyson died in agony at 10pm, with two doctors in attendance, Peace took a train from Attercliffe to Beverley but got off at Normanton, then went on to York. In the morning he continued to Beverley, changed at Cottingham and arrived in Hull, where he met his wife at her eating house to demand dinner. While eating, two detectives arrived looking for Peace. Hannah said she hadn’t seen him for two months. Customers directed the police to the side door. Peace sneaked out the back, climbed onto the roof and hid behind the chimney stack, while the building was searched. He had to repeat this exercise once during the three weeks he stayed there. The police put £100 The crime scene at Banner Cross on his head. Peace moved away, first to Doncaster, from there to King’s Cross, London, then via the underground to Paddington and train to Bristol. In January 1877 he went to Bath and from there, delighting in sharing a carriage with a police sergeant, he travelled to Oxford via Didcot. From there up to Birmingham, where he stayed for five days, before a week in Derby. By 9 January he had reached Nottingham.

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He lodged with Mrs Adamson, who he knew received stolen goods, and met the woman who became his mistress, Mrs Sue Thompson, formerly Susan Grey, alia Bailey. He was graced with her favours by threatening her with his revolver! He managed to keep ahead of the police using disguises, including a prosthetic arm to hide the two missing fingers on his left hand (apparently a revolver accident). It was made of gutta percha, hollowed out for his arm, with a steel plate at the end to which he could secure a hook or fork. He was nearly caught in June 1877 while stealing blankets but used his revolver to escape. Soon after, he and Mrs Thompson lodged in Hull at the house of a police sergeant but Hull was too hot so he returned to Nottingham. Police entered Mrs Thompson’s bedroom, while Peace and his mistress were in bed. He told them he was John Ward, a hawker of spectacles. The detectives waited downstairs while he dressed, making good his escape out of the window, later sending a letter to Sue Thompson to join him. They moved to 25 Sandgate Street, Lambeth in 1877, as Mr and Mrs Thompson, musical instrument dealer, while also burgling houses in Camberwell and South London. He told people that he sold a few instruments as a hobby, being supported by his “wife” who “had money”. Peace moved to Crane Court, Greenwich, before taking two adjoining houses in Billingsgate Street. Mrs Peace and son Willie left Hull to live in the second house. Mrs Thomas didn’t like Greenwich, so they moved to 5 East Terrace, Evelina Road, Peckham, a suburban villa, in May 1877. He posed as a respectable church-going gentleman, called himself and his mistress Mr and Mrs Thompson, while Hannah Peace acted as “Mrs Ward, housekeeper”. He carried out a series of successful burglaries in Blackheath, using a pony and trap for transport and keeping his housebreaking tools in a violin case. He was active in Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea, but mostly in Blackheath, Streatham, Denmark

Peace inside, from Famous Crimes Past and Present, 1902 The Sheffield Star 8 December 1876 report of the murder of Arthur Dyson by Charles Peace

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Hill and other suburbs. Now he told neighbours he was a gentleman of independent means with a hobby of scientific inventions. In partnership with a man called Brion, they patented an invention for raising sunken vessels and even had an interview with Samuel Plimsoll at the House of Commons. At the time of his arrest he had designed a smoke helmet for firemen, an improved brush to clean trains and a hydraulic tank. He was spotted in Farringdon Road, London by a Yorkshire policeman at one point, who chased him up the steps of Holborn Viaduct, but the policeman lost him. During the last three months of his career, London was shocked by the sheer number of successful robberies. His last robbery was in St John’s Park, Blackheath, where he was arrested at about 2am on 10 October 1878 by PC Edward Robinson, despite a wound in the policeman’s arm sustained from one of the five shots fired at him by Peace from his revolver. The shot that hit the constable’s arm was aimed at his head at point blank range. Peace refused to give his name at first, and was taken to court described as “a half-caste about sixty year of age, of repellent aspect.” Peace was only 46. He was remanded in Newgate Prison. Worried that he had not heard from his family, on 2 November, under the name of John Ward he wrote to Brion, in order to get a message to his family. Brion decided to cooperate with the police and tell them Ward’s real name. Well before the letter arrived, Mrs Peace and Mrs Thompson had already broken up the house in Peckham and travelled to Nottingham to stay with Mrs Thompson’s sister. Mrs Peace and son Willie didn’t stay but took two boxes of loot to Hazel Road, Sheffield, to the house of William Bolsover, the coal-miner husband of Jane, her 18-year-old daughter. Peace enclosed another note for Brion to pass on, addressed to his “dearly beloved wife”, but as soon as the police tracked her down, Sue Thompson, with a lot of stolen property on her hands, was willing to give up his identity. This led them to Hazel Road where they found the loot as well as documents identifying “Ward” as Peace. Peace pretended senility at his trial on 19 November, but fooled no-one, and was sentenced to life imprisonment as John Ward alias Charles Peace for the attempted murder of PC Robinson and started his sentence in Pentonville. Meanwhile Mrs Dyson was located and brought back from America as the vital witness in the murder of her husband and on 17 January 1879 Peace was taken to Sheffield for an initial hearing, where he was charged woth the murder of Athur Dyson. He returned to Pentonville, but on 22 February at 0515 he boarded the train at King’s Cross. Because Peace kept making excuses to leave the carriage at each station they stopped at, prisoner and the two warders then had to use bags to relieve themselves on the journey. Peace used one and, when he opened the window to throw out the bag, he threw himself out. One of the two warders

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grabbed his left foot and held on for two miles but Peace kept kicking him and eventually he dropped from the train travelling at 45mph. Other passengers managed to stop the train a mile further on and the warders ran back to a place called Kiveton Park and found Peace unconscious by the trackside with a badly gashed head , As they lifted him into another train, Peace awoke and complained of the cold. A doctor pronounced him fit to face trial on 30 January but to avoid the heaving crowds wanting to see the trial, the court sat in a dark corridor of the Town Hall, without an audience and under candlelight. Peace insisted that Mrs Dyson was his mistress, despite her assertion at the trial that there was no relationship. The testimony of Katherine Dyson was shaky, she professed that the numerous love letters to Peace, that he had abandoned at the crime scene, were written by Peace as she “never could write”. The rifling of the bullet from the revolver he used on PC Robinson was the same as used against Dyson, so he was convicted of the crime at Leeds Assizes a week later, the jury only taking ten minutes to reach the guilty verdict, and sentenced to death at Armley Gaol, Leeds. Peace then confessed to the murder of PC Cock, sayuing “Lion-hearted I’ve lived, and when my time comes, lion-hearted I’ll die”, so Habron was released on a free pardon with £800 compensation. His wife and family visited him in prison, but out of deference to his family, did not see Mrs Thompson again, although he told the warders it grieved him so. Two films were made about Peace: “The Life of Charles Peace” 1905, said to be the first British feature film (all 11 minutes of it), and “The Case of Charles Peace” 1949. He was mentioned by name in a Sherlock Holmes story and another by Mark Twain. So, what of Charles Peace’s connection with Yateley? WB Tice wrote that Peace visited Yateley when he was an 11-year-old boy, in 1871, and Bert English also stated that Peace rented his father’s cottage in 1872. Now, Peace is documented as being in prison for 1 month on 12 December 1851, 4 years 1854-58 from 20 October 1854 at Doncaster Assizes, then convicted of aggravated burglary in Manchester 1858-64, a further 8 years for burglary at Lower Broughton in Manchester about 1864-72. Although he was a free man in 1872 he would not have been notorius, only known in Manchester and Sheffield, and having served his time, was not on the run until the end of November 1876. Bart English, whose father rented the cottage to Charles Peace, is quoted as saying: “Peace arrived in the village under the name of David Ward in 1872. He stayed at the White Lion, and sat in the window of the bar discussing the way the police were baffled and remarked “I hope they catch the rascal soon”. On renting the cottage he pulled out a roll of notes saying he’d like to pay cash and 3 years in advance. He was generous to everyone, though Henry Bunch who was repairing the house never got paid at all. When the Bunches found stolen goods in a tree trunk, the rumour grew that David Ward was Charles Peace, and the burglar, disguised as a carpenter, rushed to the White Lion, mounted his horse that was stabled there and vanished from Yateley.” (from “Yateley in Hampshire, the Village of 13 Names”, Ed Townroe c1958) WB Tice says “A gentleman calling himself Mr [David] Ward [Peace’s wife’s previous married name] took the White Cottage on Mouseham [Moulsham] Green pretending he was going to start business as a poultry and pig farmer; he had sheds put up for that purpose. He never lived at the house but had his meals and slept at the White Lion Hotel, then kept by Mr Frank Rogers. He stayed for some time then suddenly disappeared. Rumours got about that a notorious burglar was going about in several different aliases, among them which was Ward. His trial was at the Old Bailey, and Mr Rogers went up to London and saw him brought into court, and said it was certainly the same man, he had the same clothes on as in Yateley.” Tice added, “It came out in the trial that he once took a cottage in the north-east corner of Hampshire; you can’t get much further north-east than the White Cottage.” Perhaps Peace learned from his various prison sentences that he needed to steal in southern rural areas rather than cities and tried his hand in Yateley? Charles Peace execution, his waxwork model at Madame Tussaud The last words of Charles Peace : “Sir, I do not share your faith. But if I did – if I believed what you say you believed – then although England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would crawl the length and breadth of it on hand and knee and think the pain worthwhile, just to save a single soul from this eternal hell of which you speak.”

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The curse of the White Lion tankard

James Rogers, born in Rotherwick in June 1805, inherited the building we now know as the White Lion in 1842 and opened a licensed beerhouse in the lefthand part, maintaining a shop in the righthand side. The building was originally built as a corn chandlers but Thomas Bunch, a blacksmith working in Trythes, now Forge Court, turned it into a shop in 1770. Since Rogers died in 1886, later landlords have treasured his favourite tankard, said to carry a curse if it ever leaves the pub. It is a substantial quart pewter jug, so James clearly loved his ale just as much as his jug, engraved “J Rogers White Lion Yately” and stamped “C * S [over] H”. Andrew Farrar of the Pewter Society commented that the U-shaped body and central fillet was popular around 1840. The verification mark near the handle was put on by the Excise Inspector when he checked the Quart capacity to ensure publican was not giving short measure. This mark was applied by the County of Southampton sometime between about 1840 and 1890. Apparently the maker’s mark will be inside the tankard’s base, so next time I call into the White Lion for a refill, I’ll check it out!

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Jock and Jennie

Jock was a Roman slave, who worked in the villa near the River Blackwater in what is now called the Aldershot /Farnham area. In time, he fell in love with a fellow Briton called Jennie, a local Celtic women he met at the river. Jock escaped from the villa one day, living up on Bricksbury Hill. For three years they lived happily married and all was good. One day a Roman garrison invaded their camp, the two rushed to the Druid’s hut begging him to help them. He cast ancient words, and the pair became invisible to all Romans, but not the Celts. The Druid warned them, “do not cross the last ditch of the fort or nature will vent her fury on thee”. Another three years passed and life became very mundane, until one day the Romans again raided. This time, the couple forgot they were invisible, and ran from the fort, they got to the last ditch, stopped and looked back. As they saw their home burning, they turned to run across the ditch, but suddenly a mist descended and they became stone. It is common for ancient standing stones, “sarsens”, to be given names and stories to explain their purpose. Also, they are usually attributed to Britons or Celts, as the medieval people who passed on these stories had no means of identifying who they were. Jack or Jock, and Jennie or Jenny are among the commonest English names in the 12th and 13th centuries, from when this story probably dates. Pairs of stones are often termed as lovers, or perhaps brother and sister. Incidentally, the earliest woodcut in 1765 of the nursery rhyme “Jack & Gill” shows two boys. This story dates from the Black Death when parents caught the disease first, so children became carers. Clean water was thought to be a cure, but this rhyme indicates the futility of using water and that the carers soon picked up the disease and pain or death due to the close proximity of carers to the patients. The ancient fort at Bricksbury Hill, known as “Caesar’s Camp”, is inaccurately named. It received this name in the late 18th century. Before then the hill was always called Tukesbury or Tuxbury Hill, as evidenced by the oldest map of the area, the Lindley & Crossley map of 1759. The hill fort, with its double ditches and partial triple banking is clearly of Iron Age construction. It does not appear to have been inhabited permanently but used by farmers as a refuge during tribal wars. It was still in use during the Roman occupation, but not by the Romans. There are traces of Mesolithic flint workings in the area and Neolithic farmers left their mark. The present housing estate called Bricksbury Hill is actually on Hungry Hill. It appears there were no habitations on Bricksbury until the late 18th century. The owners of the common, the Bishops of Winchester, actually granted rights of allotment to these squatters around 1800. The 1839 Tithe Map of Hale shows there were about 30 homes on the hill. In the 1850s the Army bought up this land for use as rifle ranges and some 40 or 50 families were moved from Bricksbury, Hungry Hill and Longbottom and relocated to Hogshatch; their brick and flint foundations and ditches marking arable fields and gardens can still be seen. The Tithe Map also indicates the brickfield and kiln which gave the hill its modern name. Due to the Bishops’ generosity, the families obtained compensation when forced to move. There does not appear to be any trace of Jock and Jenny, which were often erected at the entrance. The 19th century brick making activity as well as modern gravel extraction since 1951, the stones have disappeared. In 1936 the Ordnance Survey erected one of its 4ft high “triangulation pillars” on Bricksbury Hill, at grid reference SU 83367 49776. There is actually a society “Trigpointing UK” who visit these pillars; in six visits between 2011 and 2015 the trigpoint was noted as missing. Originally the hill was 187m high in 1936, it is now 180m high.

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Yateley United FC

Photo Gallery

A team 1-7 v Hale Rovers

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B team 4-0 v Wey Valley Reserves

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Clerk

Wise

Yateley Town Clerk Jane Biscombe clerking about

Graham Foxwell Local Hero

© Sally Johnson 2016

In one of the best-kept secrets of the year, “he didn’t have a clue!” Sally Johnson said, Graham Foxwell was presented with the Eagle Radio Local Heroes award for Volunteering Work. Many Yateley people may know Graham Foxwell from his local work with young people at Vision4Youth and The Man Shed pub night on Tuesdays. Watch the video of his nomination by Jane, his daughter Tor, young Matthew, youth worker Sarah Goldring and county councillor Adrian Collett on http://www.964eagle.co.uk/ localheroes/ Graham received his award at G-Live in Guildford on Tuesday 27 September, with the audience being entertained by ex-Spice Girl Mel C, Fuzzy Universe and the Military Wives Choir.

Sarah Goldring, Mary Lou Foxwell, Graham Foxwell and Jane Biscombe

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YATELEY TENNIS CLUB LAUNCH Lawn Tennis Association coach Joel James is launching Yateley Tennis & Wacquet Ball Club, with the initial session for children taking place on Saturday 29 October 2016. This exciting new tennis initiative will be shared between two venues: Yateley School tennis courts (which are behind the Drama Hall), and on Yateley Green opposite The Tythings. The tennis and wacquet ball coach Joel James, who is launching this community sports club, used to be Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson’s personal tennis coach, and the famous entrepreneur’s love for tennis knows no bounds. In an exciting departure from traditional lawn tennis, Mr James will be using a number of different variations of the classical game to effectively teach the techniques of the game to children from the age of 5 up to adult, giving them an enthusiasm for the game that they can continue playing throughout their lives and improving their fitness. On the launch date of 29 October, the fun will start at Yateley School. The event will start at 9am for Mini Tennis Red Stage 3, for 5-8 year olds. The mini tennis is played on a smaller court with a lower net, 8-9cm foam balls and small racquets. Mr James will be supplying all the equipment (nets, racquets and balls), so all the children have to bring is a

bottle of water! Mini Tennis Orange Stage 2 is for 8-9 year olds and runs from 10-11am, followed up by Mini Tennis Green Stage 1 for 10-11 year olds from 11-12 noon. These sessions use air-filled rubber balls, size 6-6.86cm for Orange and 6.342 around Yateley October 2016


6.86cm for Green players. At noon there will be a tennis session using the Yellow Ball, for 11+ children, and at 1.30-2.30pm will be a session of Wacquet Ball for the 12+ group. Once launched, the youth coaching and match practice of Yateley Tennis Club will be held on Saturdays during term time at Yateley School. There are other junior sessions throughout the week which focus on co-ordination and fitness and movement. These sessions are available to all juniors who are interested in developing their coordination skills and fitness levels regardless of what sport they play. On Monday nights there will be an Adult Wacquet Ball Club Night and Match Practice from 7.30-9.30pm on Yateley Green for adults 18+. On Tuesday mornings on Yateley Green there will be two 90-minute sessions of tennis for Mums: from 1011.30am there will be Mums Tennis Morning, playing traditional tennis, followed by another 90 minutes of Mums Wacquet Ball Morning from 11-30-1pm. Wacquet Ball sounds like fun. It is played with a soft air-filled rubber ball which flies through the air much slower and not so far, leading to longer rallies and a lot more fun for beginners to build up their confidence on the tennis court. Badminton and squash players find this new sport an excellent way to introduce themselves into the techniques of tennis. The game was originally adapted 100 years ago in the Far East as an alternative to Lawn Tennis. It is very polular in Japan, China and Korea, and has proved to be a successful introduction into Australia. As “soft tennis” there was an attempt to introduce the game in the United Kingdom a few years ago, but the name “soft tennis” didn’t market so well. The new name of Wacquet Ball seems to have finally caught the imagination. On Thursday mornings on Yateley Green there will be two 90-minute sessions of tennis for 60+ Senior Citizens: from 10-11.30am there will be Seniors Tennis Morning, playing traditional tennis, followed by another 90 minutes of Seniors Wacquet Ball Morning from 11-30-1pm. Mr James will also be conducting Adult Tennis Coaching on Wednesday evenings from 7.30-9.30, with the first hours for Beginner Adult Coaching and match practice, followed by Intermediate Adult Coaching and match practice. It is hoped that the Club will eventually organise family tennis events where parents and their children can take part in the same activities, mixed age doubles, etc, adding more to the experience for all the family. It is expected that once the Club has been established, and players improve their standard of play, that the Club will start to hold weekly internal club tournaments and enter teams in the local, district and national tournaments. The tennis courts on Yateley Green have just been resurfaced and freshly marked out, for tennis, football and basketball, with floodlights for evening play and plenty of parking. For more information on any of these fun classes, just contact Mr James directly on 07753416450 or email yateleytennisclub@gmail.com or alternatively please visit www.yateleytennisclub. co.uk for more information. around Yateley 2016 October 43


Walks around

Yateley Green Lane & Love Lane

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FINISH START

This walk almost epitomises “around Yateley”, with half in Yateley and half in Eversley. Both lanes, Green Lane, Yateley and Love Lane, Eversley, are similar in size, running parallel north to south. I can only presume about Love Lane, but Green Lane, a continuation of Monteagle Lane, was used to drive cattle and sheep up and back between Moulsham and West Green to the Common for grazing during the spring to autumn months. The lanes were probably wider then and would have been almost devoid of vegetation, due to the “snacking” which the animals would have indulged in at their leisure. Start the walk at Castor Court. There is limited parking there or over the road in Moulsham Copse

The start of Green Lane heading south

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Lane. Proceed along Green Lane towards the south. At this point it looks like a good surfaced private road, although it is a public road. The lane splits off at the end of the road surface, round to the left towards West Green, while the

path continues south. The pathway is cool and green and, other than the odd fence, there is little to see, On the right of the path, through the trees

Public open space next to Fallowfield

and undergrowth, there is a stretch of open space, part of the recreation area left when the Bracken Lane estate was built in the late 1980s. Green Lane soon narrows, line a green tunnel

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Looking back northwards, Green Lane forks, the right lane taking you to West Green


thick canopy and brushwood on eitherside, mostly allowing mere glimpses of the outside, there are interesting treeshapes and birdlife to keep the walk interesting. As it is only a short lane, and soon you emerge into the bright sunlight on the Firgrove Road. Turn right at the end and travel

Green Lane is more like a green runnel, a magical place

Fallowfield playground

westward towards Eversley. Cross the roundabout, where the left turn up the hill leads to Waitrose, off Monteagle Lane, but we want to go straight ahead, an east exit of the town. Where the sign for Eversley is placed, just behind it lies the Sambrook Creek, which marks the boundary between the two parishes.

Emerging onto Firgrove Road

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The boarder with Eversley, marked by the Sambrook passing under the road

Love lane to the right is a Byway open to all traffic

When you reach the end of the 30mph zone, Love Lane is on the right, past the thatched white cottage. Love Lane is an ancient sunken lane, no doubt worn away by the passage of many herds of animals down the years, shuttling between the rough grass common and the 48 around Yateley October 2016

If you are walking this route with children, you need to be careful as there is no footpath here and the verge is so overgrown that you have to walk in the road. You can cross the road to a wider verge on the opposite side of the road.


Firgrove Farm Cottage

lush meadows by the River Blackwater. Down the lane is a gate on the right leading to an empty field. There are cows in the

left hand field. Curious as to who was walking down the path, they followed me for half a dozen steps, but thought better of it and moved into the field. The path was dry underfoot, the grass long, showing few traverse this lane. Curiously, there were deep wheel tracks either side of the path Love Lane appears to have few visitors

The field bordered by Love Lane, Eversley Road, Firgrover Road amd the Sambrook Greek is in Eversley and was subject to a failed bid by Charles Church to develop in 1987

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Love Lane suffering from fly-tipping

centre. I soon discovered the reason for the tracks: access for fly-tipping. I took photos and passed these onto Hart (see Editorial). Love Lane emerges onto Eversley Road and The end of Love Lane marked by posts

from there it is a short walk down the Reading Road to the point where we started. An interesting walk deep down in historic pathways, but there’s little in the way of scenery to speak of. 50 around Yateley October 2016


Essential Contacts GOVERNANCE Member of Parliament, North East Hampshire (Yateley) Ranil Jayawardena MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 3000 ranil.jayawardena.mp@parliament.uk Member of Parliament, Aldershot (Frogmore & Darby Green) Sir Gerald Howarth MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 5650 geraldhowarth@parliament.uk Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UJ. 0300 555 1375 www3.hants.gov.uk Hart District Council Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet GU51 4AE. 01252 622122 www.hart.gov.uk Yateley Town Council Council Offices, Reading Road, Yateley Green GU46 7RP. 01252 872198 www.yateley-tc.gov.uk EMERGENCIES Fire, Police and Ambulance 999 Childline 0800 1111 Silverline (helpline for older people) 0800 4 70 80 90 Samaritans 116123 UTILITIES Southern Electric (SSE) 0800 783 8866 Gas 0800 111 999 South East Water 0333 000 0365 Southern Water 0330 303 0277 or 0800 0270800 Thames Water (sewerage) 0800 3169800 Floodline 0345 988 1188 TRANSPORT Hart Shopper (book 1 to 6 days ahead, cost £5 or £2.50 concessionary) 07719799263 Sainsbury’s Watchmoor Park (Thursdays only, pick up Vigo Lane 09.47, Monteagle Lane 09.48, St Swithun’s 09.55, Manor Park 09.59) YELAbus Tracey 0771 9799263 Yateley Neighbourcare 03000 05 05 05 around Yateley 2016 October 51


Activities & Societies Blackwater Friday Club Meet every Friday 12.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP for playing cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring and buy, tea and biscuits. Contact Gillian Foster 01276 34100 or Jean Armstrong 01252 860584 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 Guiding Blackwater Valley (Yateley, Hawley, Frogmore and Darby Green) There is Guiding happening every night in the Blackwater Valley for Rainbows (6-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and Rangers (14 and up). Find the unit that suits you best through https://enquiryym.girlguiding.org.uk/ Always looking for volunteers, they don’t have to be every week. If you would like to join or talk about volunteering, try https://enquiryv.girlguiding.org.uk/ Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Organise monthly walks during the summer. Contact Lyn Deavin 01252 879255 www.hiwwt.org.uk K9 Planet dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Wednesday 18.30-19.30. Contact dog.training@kpplanet.co.uk K9 Services dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Friday noon-15.00. Contact info@k9services.co.uk 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) www.nehantsramblers.hampshire.org.uk Rotary Club of Hart Meet Thursdays 19.30 for 20.00 North Hants Golf Club, Fleet GU51 1RF www.rotary-ribi.org.uk Theatre 64 Theatre drama group, meet Monday & Friday evenings Frogmore Junior School 52 around Yateley October 2016


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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. www.ydgs.org.uk 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: akoffice@o2.co.uk Yateley & Crowthorne Big Band Society Meet monthly second Tuesday 19.45-22.30 The Tythings GU46 7RP 01252 661037 Kay Sealey or kay.sealey@talk21.com 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. www.ydgs.org.uk Yateley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) Meet first Thursday each month 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Memorial Hall GU47 9BJ www.yateleyu3a.org.uk Yateley & Hawley Bridge Club Meet Wednesdays and Fridays 19.20 Memorial Hall, Fernhill Road, Hawley GU17 9BW www.yhbc.org.uk or contact Alan Brown 01276 27354 or Judy Douch 01483 475133 Yateley Bowling Club 6-rink green and clubhouse The Bowling Green, Reading Road GU46 7RP https://yateleybowlsclub.sharepoint.com Yateley Choral Society Rehearse monthly Mondays 19.45-21.45 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ www.yateleychoral.org.uk email: info@yateley-choral.org.uk Yateley Lifesaving Club Meet every Thursday TBA Yateley School pool, School Lane GU46 6NL Contact Pat Brewer on yateleylifesavingclub@hotmail.com Yateley Morris Men Meet Tuesdays (October-April) 20.00 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ www.yateleymorrismen.org.uk email: squire@yateleymorrismen.org.uk Yateley Neighbourhood Watch Assists residents in reducing the opportunities for crime and passing info to police. www.yateleynw.org.uk around Yateley 2016 October 53


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Open Air Cinema Open Air Cinema came to the Green at Yateley on 24 September for the first time and was a resounding success, with all 490 tickets sold out days before the show.

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What a clever idea the cinema is. The pop up screen is a simple temporary structure, the film is silently projected onto the screen but ticket holders can, for a ÂŁ20 cash deposit, borrow rather smart headphones to hear the soundtrack. This means that the audience area can be open rather than enclosed. The actual film screened is chosen by local people via a Facebook poll some weeks before, so the film is going to be popular with the potential audience.

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Food and drink was available, with drinks in the headphones tent and a BBQ provided by the 3rd Bramshill Scouts, as well as the kebab van at The Tythings. Of course, many brought picnics and “champers�. Most brought chairs or lounged on sleeping pads. Hopefully, YTC will stage the cinema on a regular basis. around Yateley 2016 October 57


Yateley Past People 200& 300 YEARS AGO

This new history of Yateley series of articles is a look back into the past of ordinary people who were born (or more exactly baptised in this month in centuries past and their historical context. I hope you find it interesting. The Parish Records of St Peter’s are a superb online source published by The Yateley Society which we can use. The baptism record ends about 1904, so 100 years ago is not available, and they only go back to 1636, so 1616 is out of the question. But we do have September 1716 and 1816 to look at. Now, who do we have?

1715 October Anne Moor

There was no baptism in October or November 1716, the next one was not until Christmas Day. So I looked a year earlier at October 1715, and there on 24 October was Anne Moor the daughter of John and Elizabeth Moor. The earliest Moor in Yateley’s registers was a “Gentleman” by the name of Richard Moore, who had a son Franciss in 1639. Richard’s wife Mary was buried in Yateley in 1652. Probably the same Richarde Moore was listed in the Crondal Customary of 1567. Possibly a grandson, John Moore II was the son of John Moore I, baptised 7 October 1677 in Yateley. I cannot find the Elizabeth who he married around 1706. John’s first son was Edward Moor baptised 16 January 1708/9, followed by Elizabeth on 25 September 1711, before Anne in 1715. Ann Moor’s eldest brother Edward Moore married Lydia Hall in London, at St Benet Paul’s Wharf, London: “Edward Moore of Yately Hantshire B[achelor] and Lydia Hall of St Mary le Bon [St Marylebone] Lond[on]. S[pinster] 13 April 1728”. He was 21, she was 22. Lydia Hall was therefore born in 1707, but I could not find her baptism record, as she could have been born anywhere and only living in St Marylebone at the time of her marriage. London has always been a melting of peoole from all counties.

Edward and Lydia had six children: John Moor (1731-??), Edward Moore (173241), Anne Moor (1735-38), Thomas Moor (1739-??), Edward Moor (1741-??) and James Moor (1745-1815). Edward was buried 1 December 1755, age 47. Lydia Moor was buried in Yateley on 21 November 1786, age 79. 58 around Yateley October 2016


Anne’s older sister Elizabeth may be the Elizabeth Moor that died in 1751, but I believe the deceased was more likely to be their mother Elizabeth, buried on 30 October 1751 in Yateley. In those days the youngest daughter would be expected to stay at home and look after her aged mother, particularly if she was a widow. Anne Moor married Richard Williams in Yateley on 8 April 1751. She was 35 and he was about 29. Richard wasn’t born in Yateley but worked, lived and was buried here on 5 April 1802, age 80. Richard and Anne had one son, John Williams, who was christened in St Peter’s on Christmas Eve 1751, the same day that Anne Williams (nee Moor) was buried, age 36. Poor John only survived until the spring, buried as an infant on 28 April 1752. As far as we know, Richard stayed in Yateley and never remarried.

1816 October

There were three baptisms in October 1816: Elizabeth Paice on the 13th, William Yeomans of Hawley on the 17th and John Miles on the 23rd.

Elizabeth Paice Elizabeth Paice was baptised on 13 October 1816 in Yateley, the daughter of William and Sarah Paice. William’s occupation was given as Servant. Poor Elizabeth did not live past six months old, being buried in St Peter’s on 9 March 1817. Elizabeth’s siblings were: Mary Ann Paice was baptised on 21 May 1820, William now a labourer in Hawley. Thomas Paice was baptised on 25 August 1822, William a labourer in Hawley. Maria Paice was baptised on 15August 1824, William a labourer in Hawley. Maria was buried 24 February 1825 age 7 months, living in Hawley. Their father William Paice was born on 22 September 1786 and christened as William Paice, illegitimate son of Sarah Paice and Jonathan Cruse on 4 October 1786. The couple had already had one illegitimate child, Elizabeth Paice, born about April 1784 and baptised in St Peter’s on 27 February 1786. Jonathan Cruse and Sarah Paice were married on 28 December 1787, with Jonathan described as a “pauper”. Their only legitimate child was Sarah Cruse, born 13 April 1788 and baptised on 13 July. However, the new baby’s mother, 29-year-old Sarah, “died of a consumption” and was buried 14 November 1788, leaving three young children in the care of their father. Jonathan Cruse had one more illegitimate child, Charlotte Taylor, with Elizabeth Taylor in March 1793. A Jonathan Cruse, of Sandhurst, Berks, was buried in Yateley on 22 May 1803, age 71. If this was William Paice’s father, he would have been 56 when left with three young children to look after. William may have married Sarah Butler in Basingstoke on 14 April 1807, and may have had other children before returning to Yateley. His wife Sarah was buried in St Peter’s on 19 August 1832 age 46. William may have been a toll collector in 1841: around Yateley 2016 October 59


1841 Basingstoke London Road Toll Gate (next to White Hart Inn) William Paice 55 toll collector y Sarah Paice 25 y Sarah Paice may have been a daughter or a niece, probably working as a housekeeper. There are Paices in Basingstoke, so this William may be unrelated to the Yateley family. However, there is no sign of William in Yateley in 1841. In 1851 he is a live-in servant and back in Yateley: 1851 Yateley Blackwater Road household 64 Elizabeth Grove head w 75 independent landed benefactorSurrey Bagshot Elizabeth do daur u 41 Hants Yately Emma do daur u 34 do do Clara do daur u 32 do do Sarah Lewis sister u 78 Independent annuitant Surrey Bagshot Mary A Rogers servant u 22 general servant Berks Sandhurst William Paice servant widr 60 out-door servant lab Hants Yately

In 1861 he is living with his daughter Mary Ann (born in 1820) in Yateley, and still working as an agricultural labourer at the age of 75: 1861 Yateley, Frogmore household 64 Charles Cranham head mar 40 bricklayer Hants Yateley Mary Ann Cranham wife mar 41 do wife do do Charles Cranham son 6 scholar do do William Paice father in law unm 75 ag labourer 60 around Yateley October 2016


Mary Ann Paice married Charles Cranham on Saturday 29 October 1842 in Holy Trinity church, Hawley. Her brother Thomas Paice was a witness. Like her father, Mary Ann’s husband was illegitimate, baptised on 28 April 1822 in Yateley, son of Sophia Cranham “of Hawley, single woman”. Sophia Cranham was born 18

July 1796, and baptised 19 July 1796 in Yateley, daughter of William and Ann from Cove. Thomas Paice, born 1822, married Elizabeth Coventry in Basingstoke in 1846 (ref December Quarter Basingstoke vol 7 page 89), where he had lived since at least

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1841, when he was a “male servant” with grocer William Houghton and family in London Street, probably a shop assistant. The new family are living in a house they are renting in Victoria Street, close to the shops, with children William and Thomas in 1851, where Thomas is still working as a servant. William Paice died in 1865 and was buried in Hawley on 19 February 1865 (ref item 20 p44 cn346). However, at his probate hearing he was declared to have died on 12 March 1865: “Paice William effects under £300. 9 June 1865, Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects of William Paice late of Yately in the County of Southampton Ostler a Widower deceased who died 12 March 1865 at Yately aforesaid were granted at Winchester to George Paice of Yately aforesaid Ostler the Son and one of the Next of Kin of the said Deceased as having been first sworn”. I have not been able to find William’s son George Paice living in Yateley in 1861 or 1871, nor any mention of his birth come to light between 1846 and 1865.

William Yeomans William Yeomans was baptised on 17 October 1816, son of John and Mary Yeomans of

Hawley. William was their fourth child, his siblings being John (1810), Anne (1803) and Maria (1807) William Yeoman’s parents, John Yeomans and Mary Kingston, were married in St Peter’s on 6 October 1801. Their first-born, John junior, arrived just two months into the marriage, born on 14 December 1801 and baptised three days later. John Ewmans or Yeomans was the son of John & Ann baptised 6 November 1773 in Yateley. No sign of the marriage of John and Ann, nor do there appear to be any more children. The eldest John, William’s grandfather, is a tragic figure who appears in the St Peter’s burial records as John Evans alias Yeomans buried 7 62 around Yateley October 2016


January 1787 age 54; a note next to the entry records that he hanged himself, the Jurors’ verdict being non compos mentis, not in his right mind, presumably due to some form of depression. His son John, William’s father, would have been only 13 at the time; no information on whether his widow Ann was still around. These are William Yeoman’s siblings: (1) John Yeomans son of John and Mary Yeomans of Hawley (born 14 December 1801, baptised three days later), (2) Anne Yeomans daughter of John and Mary Yeomans of Yately (born 24 August 1803) baptised 11 September 1803, Maria Yeomans daughter of John and Mary Yeomans of Hawley (born 12 July 1807) baptised 9 August 1807. William Yeoman’s mother was Mary Kingston, baptised 25 October 1781, daughter of Samuel and Mary Kingston. John Yeomans and Mary Kingston married at Yateley church on Tuesday 6 October 1801. Mary Kingston’s siblings (William’s aunts and uncles) were: John 1785, Sarah 1787, Ann 1789, Giles 1790, James 1793, and Thomas 1799. Mary Knapper, wife of Samuel Kingston (and William Yeoman’s maternal grandmother), was the youngest daughter of James and Mary Knapper (nee Searle),

Farnham on “August 19 James Knapper & [married] Mary Searle of Yately”

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who married in Farnham on 19 August 1743. Mary Knapper’s father was buried in Yateley on 1 September 1787, age 74. Her only known sibling was older brother James Napper, baptised at St Peter’s on 25 January 1745/6, as James Napper son of James & Mary. This younger James Napper appeared in the Hawley Land Tax of 1798 as proprietor of two properties, paying 12/- and £1-4-0 respectively. He must have married young, at 16 or 17, as the first of his four children was born when he was only 17 (Thomas Napper 8 March 1762, twins Amy and Sarah Napper 15 September 1764, and Hannah Napper 10 September 1767 (Hannah eventually married William Lunn in Yateley on 10 October 1791)). William Yeomans, great uncle James Napper was buried at Hawley on 11 July 1819 age 75.

William Yeomans married Caroline Harrison on New Year’s Day, Saturday 1 January 1842 in Yateley, he was 25 and she was 18. Caroline was the daughter of George Harrison (baptised 21 February 1797 Hawley and buried 4 January 1866 Frimley, son of William Harrison) and Harriet Moth (baptised 6 March 1803 Frimley and died April 1881, Surrey, daughter of Samuel Moth (1771-1842) and Phoebe Cheeseman (1775-1832)). William Yeomans’ maternal grandparents married on 13 November 1821 in Ash, Surrey. Their children were: (1) Caroline Harrison (c1822-after 1891) born in Sunninghill (Berks), Sunningdale (Surrey), Bagshot or Frimley, probably died in Hartley Wintney. (see below) (2) Maria Harrison baptised 2 January 1825, Frimley (3) Henry Harrison c1827 Frimley (4) Harriet Harrison baptised 11 July 1830 Frimley (5) Charlotte Harrison c1834 Frimley, married cousin George Henry Moth (1836 Frimley -??) in Hartley Wintney 1857, having 8 children between 1858 and 1873 all in Frimley, died 1911. (6) Eleanor Harrison baptised 7 August 1836 Frimley. 64 around Yateley October 2016


(7) Phoebe Harrison c1839 Frimley (8) Thomas Harrison baptised 20 March 1843 Frimley, buried 13 September 1845 Frimley. (9) Robert Harrison 7 June 1846 Frimley, died 1892 Farnham district.

1841 Ash and Hamlet of Frimley, Mitchett George Harrison 40 ag lab y Harriett do 35 y Caroline do 15 y Henry do 14 y Charlotte do 7 y Phabe do 2 y

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After marrying William Yeomans, they lived in Frimley for a while: 1851 Ashe, Hamlet of Frimley, Weblicke Lodge household 1 William Yeomans head mar 34 ag lab Yateley Hampshire Caroline do wife mar 28 - Frimley Surrey Clara do daur u 9 scholar do do Caroline do daur u 7 do do do Thomas do son u 5 do do do Eliza do daur u 3 - do do William do son u months 1o - do do 2 doors away her parents: household 3 George Harrison head mar 52 af lab Hawley Hampshire Harriett do wife mar 46 Frimley Surrey Poebe do daur u 12 scholar do do Robt do son u 5 do do do

By 1860 the Yeomans have moved to Hartley Wintney 1861 Hartley Wintney Hartley Row Street hh180 William Yeoman head mar 45 ag lab Hants Yateley Caroline do wife mar 39 NK James do son u 15 do son Hants Cove Eliza do daur u 13 do daur do do William do son 10 do son do do Emily do daur 8 do daur do do Frederick do son 1 do Hartley Wintney

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William Yeomans had died by the time of the 1861 census. This was confirmed in the September Quarter of the General Register Office burials index (ref 2c page 106). He was only 46. 1871 Hartley Wintney Phoenix Green household 219 Caroline Yeomans head w 48 Berks Sunninghill James do son unm 25 carter (unemployed) Surrey, Frimley William do son unm 20 labourer do do do Frederick do son 11 scholar Hants Phoemnix Green George do son 8 do Hants do

From 1842 to 1863 the Yeomans had eight children: (1) Clara Sarah Yeomans baptised as plain Clara Yeomans on 3 April 1842 in Frimley (three months after her parents married), her father entered as a labourer. She appeared with the family in the 1851 census. In 1861 she was a house servant in Wraysbury with the Hocock family, farmers of 300 acres, employing 16 labourers. In 1963 she married bricklayer Joseph Holloway (1839-??) in Lambeth as Clara Sarah Yeomans, entering her father’s occupation as “bailiff”. They had seven children inWraysbury, Bucks between 1864 and 1881. (2) Caroline Yeomans baptised 11 February 1844 Frimley, with family as a 7-year-old in 1851. In 1861 she was a servant aged 18 in Upton with Chalvey, Buckinghamshire in service, one of two servants, with a gentleman, his wife and baby. In the September quarter 1864, a year after her father died, she married bricklayer’s labourer Charles Culver of Phoenix Green; they had two sons, Ernest around Yateley 2016 October 67


Culver born 1865 and Frederick W Culver born in 1889, when they were living in Cricket Green, Hartley Wintney. By 1901 they lived on Hazeley Heath, with Charles now a bricklayer, Caroline a laundress and Frederick a 13-year-old scholar. In 1911 Caroline was a 67-year-old widow living on her own, as a laundress, having had three children with two of them living. She was living in three rooms at Dipley, Winchfield, Hants. She died in Hartley Wintney district in December 1921, age 77. (3) James Yeomans baptised as James Yeomans 12 October 1845 at Frimley. He was named as Thomas in 1841 census, but James in all other entries, so this may simply have been a transcription error by the Census Enumerator. By 1881 James was a bricklayer’s labourer living in Newingston, Surrey with his wife Ellen. Possibly married Ellen Bates in Kensington in 1877. He died in 1920, age 75, in St Pancras. (4) Eliza Yeomans was baptised on 3 December 1847 in Frimley and was with her family for both the 1851 and 1861 census returns. We next find her in New Windsoras a 33-year old live-in domestic servant with retired grocer Jane Rubie, son, sister and a futher servant. In 1911 she is occupying one room at 33 Alms House, Victoria Street, Windsor, where she states she is single, never had any children and is a general domestic servant. This entry has been crossed out and “Retired” inserted in ink. Later, “private income” added in pencil by the Census Enumerator. Her death was recorded in December 1927, age 80, in Windsor (ref 2c page 533). (5) William Yeomans baptised in Frimley on 19 January 1851. He was mostly a labourer, although a general labourer and bricklayer’s labourer in two census returns. He never married and lived with his widowed mother throughout, was still living at home in 1911 census. (6) Emily Caroline Yeomans baptised 27 March 1853 in Frimley St Peters. She was 8 in the 1861 census, still living at home. She never married and appears in the census records for 1891, 1901 and 1911 in the Hartley Wintney, Winchfield and Heckfield parishes as nurse, attendant and domestic servant. 68 around Yateley October 2016


(7) George Yeomans baptised 14 October 1855 Frimley St Peter, but died aged about 3, recorded in Farnborough distrct in the December quarter 1858 (ref 2a pge 58). (8) Rhoda Ellen Yeomans baptised 25 July 1858, Frimley, as “Rody Ellen Yeomans”, parents William and Caroline Yeomans of Hartley Row, father a labourer. Her death was registered in Hartley Wintney in the March quarter 1859, ref 2c 107. (9) Frederick Yeomans was born in Phoenix Green in June Quarter 1860 Hartley Wintney ref 2c 151. By 1881, age 20, he had moved to Hornsey, Middlesex, working as a bricklayer and lodging with a colleague. He married Elizabeth Sarah Lazell on 5 April 1885 in her home parish of Benfleet, Essex, They had one child, Edith Yeomans, who was born in 1889 in Islington. By 1911 Frederick was a widower living in Friern Barnet, Middlesex. He died aged 90 in December 1950 Surrey North Western 5g 691, age 90. (10) George Yeomans was born in 1863, around the time his father died, and appeared with his mother as an 8-year-old in 1871. By 1881 he is a servant with an 80-year-old woman of independent means. It is possible that in 1901 he was an inmate in Winchfield asylum, where he was described as an “imbecile”. 1881 Hartley Wintney, West Green Common Cottages household 120 Caroline Yeomans head widow 59 - Surrey Sunning Hill William do son 30 ag lab Hants Hartley Wintney William Maynard lodger unm 24 cowman dom post Surrey Croydon 1891 Hartley Wintney, West Green household 134, 4 rooms Caroline Yeomans head wid 68 charwoman employed, Surrey Bagshot William so son s 40 bricklayer’s labourer do Frimley Rhoda do grandaur 12 scholar Hants Hartley Wintney 1901 Hartley Wintney, 19 West Green Common hh159 Caroline Yeomans head wid 77 - Frimley Surrey William do son s 46 general labourer do do 1911 Hartley Wintney, 18 West Green Cotage, 4 rooms Caroline Yeomans head 87 widow 7 children still living, 2 children died. home Frimley Surrey William Yeomans 57 s labourer [farm] worker Frimley Surrey

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John Miles He was the youngest child of Thomas Miles (a servant by occupation) and Ann Spencer, baptised in Yateley on 23 October 1816. John’s parents married in Yateley on 29 October 1803 and they had the following children:

(1) Martha Miles baptised 24 February 1805 in Yateley, born on 9 January. (2) Mary Miles baptised 2 February 1806 in Yateley, born on 21 January. (3) James Miles baptised 22 May 1808 in Yateley, born on 3 March. (4) Thomas Miles baptised 1 October 1809 in Yateley, born on 5 September, but was buried on 5 May 1810, age 1. (5) George Miles baptised 10 March 1811 in Yateley, born on 29 January. (6) Anne Miles baptised 27 September 1812 in Yateley, born on 11 May. (7) John Miles baptised 23 October 1816 in Yateley. (see below). John’s father Thomas was Yateley born and bred, baptised on 14 January 1774 in Yateley, son of Richard Miles (1740-1781) and Elizabeth Corderoy (1742-1813). Thomas was the youngest son of six children (Elizabeth Miles 1762-1837, Richard Miles 1764-1774, George Miles 1766-1796, William Miles 1769-??, John Miles 1771-1812). John’s mother, Ann Spencer, was born around 1778 and buried 18 June 1820, age 42, but we know nothing of her family. John’s grandfather Richard Miles (1740-1781) is probably the Richard Miles, son of Richard Miles (1715-91) and Jane Stevens (1720-90), born 20 May 1740 at Ashford Hill in Kingsclere and baptised 18 June 1740 in Kingsclere, Hampshire. This elder Richard (1715-1791), John’s great-grandfather, was born in Beenham, Berkshire, baptised 12 June 1715, the youngest son of John Miles and Anne Carter, and married Jane Stevens at St Mary’s Kingsclere on 8 April 1740, some 42 days before their eldest son Richard was born. Richard and Jane had eleven children between 1740 and 1767, all in Kingsclere. Richard died in Kingsclere 1791 age 76, his wife Jane dying there the year before aged 70. Finally, John’s great-great-grandfather John Miles was born about 1679 in Beenham and died about 1746 in the same village. He married Ann Carter around 1698. They had seven children between 1799 and 1715, all in Beenham. Back to Yateley and John’s immediate family. Unfortunately, the family breadwinner Thomas Miles was buried on 8 December 1817, age 46, and his wife Anne was buried on 18 June 1820, age 42, when son John was a year old and 4 years old respectively. With so many orphaned children, it looks like the Miles family left Yateley around 1820 and disappeared without trace. 70 around Yateley October 2016


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