Herald - Issue 387

Page 76 • The HERALD • 2nd April 2020 v SAY YOU SAW IT IN THE HERALD v Part time work avaliable! Have you got green fingers?! @8 hours a week caring for office plants in the Southampton area.  Gardening experience essential, must be fit and able and well presented £8.25 per hour Uniform provided Please send CV and cover letter to thebigplantco@gmail.com PART TIME SCHOOL RUN DRIVERS REQUIRED School run drivers required to work for a friendly family run business located in the Totton area. Drivers must be flexible & reliable with a clean driving licence. A New Forest Private Hire licence would be an advantage. A Car and fuelcard will be supplied to the successful applicant This position would ideally suit a retired/semi retired person. Hours will be between 15-20 hours per week with good rates of pay. Please contact Paul or Ross on 023 8086 2040 between 9.30am-4.30pm or email drivers@tccsouthampton.co.uk HERALD RECRUITMENT SAVE BLACKFIELD LIBRARY In March, members of the Save Black eld Library Campaign group handed a petition of 802 signatures to Hampshire County Councillor Alexis McEvoy, outside the library. Collected in just a few weeks, these signatures are evidence of the depth of feeling against the closure of this building from local residents. In closing Black eld Library, the projected savings are £22,000 per year (the second smallest saving of the 10 proposed closures). e building that houses the library, however, is freehold (as are 8 of the proposed closures). e assumption, therefore, is that HCC will sell the property and use the money raised to contribute 20% towards the budget shortfall. In fact, selling all 8 freehold properties is likely to net more than the £1.76million budget cut. e closure of this library is, therefore, all about selling the building and not about the level of usage in the Black eld community. In the past Black eld have had a proper, fully- functioning, Community Centre (next to the Baptist Church) built on land donated (and covenanted) to the parish by the Drummond family, for the use of the local community. is housed the library, several function rooms (which were extensively used for parent/toddler groups, dance classes, keep t activities etc.) and a café. is facility was well-used by the village and provided a central “focus” where people came together. e building, however, was allowed (by the local council) to fall into disrepair until deemed un t for purpose. It was then closed, demolished and the land re-purposed for dwellings. e library was re-housed into its present location but the “community centre” resource was lost. Now, the HCC want to take the last remaining community resource from the village. How is this “promoting reading, supporting healthy, creative communities and investing in digital services” – all of which are their own priorities? Instead of closing this library, what Black eld needs is its Community Centre back. It is not surprising that Black eld Library usage numbers have declined… it is only open 2½ days per week. Open it every day and watch the numbers rise. Open it when residents need it. ere are signi cant areas within this location which are recognised as being among the lowest 10% in the UK in terms of deprivation. Cutting this resource will further deprive these areas and mean that, yet again, the most vulnerable in the community will be hardest hit; the overall catchment for Black eld Library has “…a lower than average IMD score for education… ” in fact, almost half that for the rest of Hampshire; it also has “…a higher than average number of older people within the local population… ”. In fact, it is 11% higher than the rest of Hampshire. We should be increasing community and library services to this area, not removing it. It would cost a parent, with children, around £20 to visit Hythe Library by bus. is is completely beyond the means of poorer residents. is resource must be kept available for the children and older residents and put more e ort into encouraging them to use it. Save Black eld Library Campaign group are asking Hampshire County Council not to close it but to enlarge and improve it; extend the opening hours; and develop it into a more stimulating an interesting environment for all. Save Blackfield Library campaign saveblackfieldlibrary@ gmail.com Library Petition handed over to Councillor Alexis McEvoy Blooming Marvellous e Healthy Haven garden at the Waterside Medical Practice has received funding from the Dibden Allotment fund. ey were able to purchase a wheel- barrow, a potting table, a cold frame, some dahlia tubers and some other garden equipment. Holbury Hardware also kindly donated three bags of compost and some bamboo canes. e volunteers at the Healthy Haven were very grateful to the Dibden Allotment fund and Holbury Hardware for their generous donations. e volunteers can now use their purchases to further develop the garden for the bene t of the whole community. e Healthy Haven at Waterside Hythe Health Centre, Beaulieu Road Hythe SO45 5WX is open Monday - ursday 7.30am-8pm; Friday 7.30am-6.30pm. Closed 1-2pm Wednesday. If you would like to volunteer in the garden contact Chris Bennett Tel 07795 976807. A new book on the history of Langley has been published by Felicity Beard under the title Suthlangeley: A History of the Waterside Village of Langley. In the medieval records the manor of Langley was entered as South Langley and was variously spelt Southlangele, Southlangely, Suthlangel’, Suthlangele, Suthlangelee or Suthlangeley to distinguish it from another settlement called Langley which was situated between Colbury and Marchwood. e history can be traced from the time that Bronze Age people buried their dead on the surrounding open forest up to the end of the nineteenth century when Black eld became the larger settlement on the manor. Unfortunately, there is no surviving written evidence from the Saxon period but as Langley is a Saxon place name it is possible to deduce the structure of the manor from this. ere are printed records for researching the manor in the Middle Ages. e Hampshire Record O ce at Winchester holds the Sloane Stanley papers which contain original deeds showing the ownership of the manor and leases and surveys of the estate dating from the sixteenth century through to the nineteenth century. William Stanley acquired the manor in 1672 and it remained within the Sloane Stanley family until the early twentieth century. Place names from the past occur in modern street names and part of the double bank and ditch which de ned the eastern boundary of both the manor and the New Forest can still be seen. e book is available to purchase at a cost of £5 each from e Herald o ce at 2 High Street, Hythe. Suthlangeley