At the heart of our village are the people that live in it. On this page we'll be featuring the people of Hinton, telling their own story, in their own words and pictures.
Walk for 'Walking With The Wounded'
On 13th December 2015, 16 plucky villagers donned their waterproofs and hi-vis jackets and headed off from the village green into the murky drizzle, bound for Rosamund Bower. Our plan was to walk the 8 (or so) mile route to raise money for Walking With The Wounded, a charity which supports homeless ex-servicemen with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to long-term security, independence and employment. And walk it we did …
We had a really fantastic day fuelled en route by hip flasks filled with warming sloe gin and brandy & port. Three quarters of the way round we were met by the lovely Sally Staniforth and Lesley Wood who provided a very welcome Glühwein, cake and chocolate refreshment stop. Believe me, we needed it after all the mud we had trudged through!!
After the refreshment stop we walked into Charlton for a pit stop at The Rose and Crown, to dry out in front of the fire, and then tootled back to Hinton via the airfield, arriving at the Crewe for a couple of restorative sherbets!
I think I speak for everyone in saying we had a great day and we’re all very proud to have raised £630 so far! Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us.
But, we weren’t the only ones to do this walk last weekend, Kaye Johnston and her intrepid dog Bertie also took on the mud on the Saturday and raised a fabulous £200, making the total from the village a whopping £830!
Should anyone wish to donate please either come to see me at Carisbrooke, or use this link: http://xmas2015.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/users/jane-bembridge
I would like to thank everyone that turned out for supporting such a great cause; thank you to Mark, Sally, Mike, Lesley, Rowie, Lyndsay, Anthony, Matt, Niamh, Amy, Aaron, Helen, Jon, Adam, Ann, Graham and Kaye – and of course the dogs.
Jude Stott - Celebrating Cycle Africa
Last night saw an amazing evening organised by Mark and Zoe in the Crewe, there were 37 of us enjoying the amazing 2 course meal prepared for us by all the staff at The Crewe! A huge thanks goes to all who helped to organise and deliver such a successful evening, raising in excess of £500! Thank you all so much!
I'm sure many of you know I embarked on a challenge to cycle 400km across Tanzania for Women v Cancer! I returned 2 weeks ago and the experience was both wonderful and brutal at the same time! A true challenge cycling through sand, off-road, Tarmac (but rarely flat), hills, through the rolling countryside with a total climb on the last day of 4100ft. A challenge that I am truly proud to say I completed through blood sweat and tears with lots of laughs along the way.
Myself, Emma Bray, Alison Thorburn, Cerys Hill and Becca McCreath became used to rising early very quickly, our day began at 5am with breakfast at 5.30am ready to warm up and leave by 6.30. Each day had a different challenge, first day saw our first taste of off-road the last 25 km of an undulating 84 km took its toll arriving at our camp site in the Opolonghi Masai village, tents, outside showers and plenty of sand! We enjoyed a wonderful dinner around the camp fire and were all in bed by 9pm.
We each found different days difficult and were all fortunate to have each other for support, day 2 saw us cycling through 35 km of sand and bone shaking off-road only to be followed by a 13 km hill, nearly broke us and that was all before lunch! Just 40km to the hotel in Arusha, the last 10km was through the city of Arusha, with 3 days to go until election of Tanzania's President, the streets were packed with campaigning politicians and followers, challenging. At least that night was in a hotel, amazing to feel clean.
Day 3 was the longest with 106km stretching out in front of us, all Tarmac, rolling hills, at last for every up hill there was a down hill, yipeeeeee! Long straight roads and the hottest day yet at 40 degrees! Lots of water needed today! We cycled for almost 12 hours arriving at our camp site around 5.30 and a very welcome beer, cold and fresh was calling!
Day 4 was fun, another 80km to complete, the first half being on Tarmac and mostly flat for a change, but we swapped hills for a head wind......tough! After lunch we were off-road again this time climbing hills with lots of fun downhill sections beautiful countryside and a visit to a school hidden in the hills! They sang for us and we sang for them, we gave them gifts and they seemed very happy but with no running water and no books, pens or resources for learning you wonder how they are, but that's a western opinion, they're truly happy! We headed off on our bikes to finish today's challenge, hotel was beckoning!
Our last day was such a difficult one, the first 8km were up a hill with a 13% gradient, the trucks chugged passed us struggling as much as we were! Every corner just seemed to have another hill, finally had some downhill sections but definitely felt like there was more uphill..... 4100ft climb in total achieved, Ben Nevis is 4300ft WOW, WE DID IT!!! Ended at the gates of the Ngorogoro Crater, beautiful!
We made some great friends on the way and all feel very privileged and proud to have completed it!!
Thank you all so much for your support!!
11th November 2015
Over the past few weeks I worked as a volunteer for 7 of the games at Twickenham. It was an honour and a pleasure to be a part of and I thought I might share a few of the photos from my time there.
Over 550,000 people attended those matches with fans from all sides sitting next to each other and enjoying a beer together before and after the match. There was no visible Police presence at any time...well apart from escorting a few royals in and out of the ground. Fans came from all over the world and were amazingly complementary about not only the organisation of the tournament but also of the country and its people.
I was lucky enough, on several occasions, to be outside the players entrance where you could feel the passion of the fans and the intensity of the world in which the players live. I was one of 6,000 volunteers from all over the country who all gave their time for nothing, travelled ridiculous distances at their own expense and stood for 9 hour shifts trying to ensure people had the best time.
We had a ball!
6th November 2015
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