Welcome to Silchester - the ancient Roman city of Calleva Attrebatum, in north Hampshire, Hampshire Village of the Year for 2008, South England Village of the Year 2009 This site is frequently updated to record village life, look in regularly to see what has been going on!
More from our school which said farewell to Headteacher Sue Elliott who retired at the end of term and celebrated Easter early with the PTA party, Easter Bonnets and entertainment for KS1! Fair Trade Fortnight provided some good publicity for Silchester School’s achievements when they hosted a visit from Dorothy Agard, a Fair Trade banana grower from St Lucia who talked to a crowded hall about her growing and the community benefits of Fair Trade. Pupils had all contributed to a range of displays and some splendid Fair Trade refreshments. Not a village event but I promised that I would share some Northern Lights pictures from our trip to the Arctic, so here they are! Some are taken at sea and some at Alta in northern Norway. We had superb displays on four nights of the trip. I have also included a magical Arctic Sunrise. Dig Update - Prof Mike Fulford presented his annual archaeological update to the village on 14 February in a packed Village Hall. The Village Market was able to donate £500 towards the Village Hall redevelopment with a cheque presented to Jonathon Murdock at the February market. Burns’ Night - a taste of Scotland with traditional haggis neeps and tatties was on the Calleva menu with a special Chinese New Year feast shortly after. Happy New Year 2014! Our now-traditional 1 January visit from the Kennet Morris Men was a soggy affair with little interest for dance in the very wet conditions. However, an enjoyable session of traditional music and song was enjoyed in the welcoming conditions of the Calleva bar.
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(Me playing with a Lindstrand Cloudhopper at Eccles Hall, 2003)
Palm Sunday in Silchester - the thirtieth year , Roman soldiers, Alfie the donkey, lead this year by our own Canon Ken Batt in beautiful spring sunshine. An early decision in February’s very wet weather meant we weren’t using the amphitheatre but a packed church with Tadley concert Brass and a dramatic presentation by school pupils provided a very fitting conclusion.