Grateley and Quarley
Grateley's name derives from "great lea", referring to the meadow to the south-west of the St Leonard's church, which is mainly 13th century, though with some Norman and even Saxon elements. Athelstan, the first "King of all England", who also claimed primacy over the Scottish and Welsh kingdoms, held a "Great Council" at Grateley in AD 925, when he established the "Grately Law Code" which set out the basis for an English coinage. In a later era, John Lawrence, "the great proconsul of our English Christian empire" took the title Lawrence of the Punjab and of Grately when created a baron in 1869. With the coming of the railways the village grew in two clusters, joined by Station Road; today many of the villager commute, though there are still active local businesses as well as the traditional farming activities.

Neighbouring Quarley ("the quarter of the lea") remains a relatively quiet, unspoilt village, but retains its own parish council. The summit of Quarley hill is an Iron Age hill fort.St Michael and All Angels at Quarley is unusual for such a long established church (parts are Norman) in having no bell tower - its three bells hang from a wooden frame in the grounds.

My picture was taken at the Quarley village fete, 2002.

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18 May 2014 Project Workshops holds Open Studios
28 Apr 2013 Project Workshops holds Open Studios Weekend
20 Apr 2013 Grenville Quilters hold Exhibition
13 May 2012 Project Workshops hold Open Studios Day at Quarley
16 Apr 2011 Grenville Quilters hold Exhibition
12 Jun 2010 Grenville Quilters present Sir George with Constituency Quilt
8 May 2010 Project Workshops hold Summer Exhibition
18 Apr 2009 Grenville Quilters hold Exhibition
18 Mar 2009 Lains Shooting School in Countryside Final
31 Oct 2008 Sir George opens Grateley Station Car Park
9 May 2008 Sir George opens Project Workshops' Summer Exhibition
4 Dec 2007 Sir George gets progress report on station car parking
21 Sep 2007 400 more car parking spaces for local stations, MP is told
24 Aug 2007 Airfield Campaign holds a Third Public Meeting
10 Aug 2007 County Councillor weighs in against Tesco
8 Aug 2007 The politicians talk to the camera
8 Aug 2007 Tesco Protest hits the TV News
1 Aug 2007 Penton Grafton Parish Council host Public meeting on Airfield
27 Jul 2007 Penton Mewsey Parish Council holds meeting on Airfield Development
11 May 2007 Sir George opens Project Workshops Summer Exhibition at Quarley
21 Apr 2007 Quilters hand over £2000 to Chernobyl Children
10 Mar 2007 Four parishes celebrate Chris Pettet's 10 years
21 Feb 2007 MP expresses concern about Andover Airfield
21 Feb 2007 Demonstration in Red Post Lane against Tesco plans
11 Sep 2006 Quarley holds Harvest Festival Supper
5 Aug 2006 Local congregations celebrate George Otter's 90th Birthday
8 Jul 2006 Grateley Primary School holds Fete
7 Apr 2006 Grenfell Quilters raise funds for Chernobyl Children
28 Oct 2005 Sir George campaigns for better facilities at Grateley Station
12 Apr 2005 Conservatives campaign in Grateley
22 Jan 2005 Local quilters support Chernobyl survivors
10 Jul 2004 Sir George looks in on two more fetes
5 Jun 2004 Mayor launches Test Valley Open Art 2004
24 Jan 2004 Burghclere, St Mary Bourne close to Broadband target
1 Dec 2003 Grately achieves Broadband target
20 Nov 2003 Broadband targets for Hurstbourne Tarrant, Linkenholt, Grateley, Headley
17 Oct 2003 Sir George to intervene on Grateley Station Car Park
18 Sep 2003 Broadband4Grateley campaign opens
11 Jul 2003 Sir George visits Quad & Bike
15 Jun 2003 Quarley holds Village Fete
7 Jun 2003 Test Valley Open Art 2003 - Gala Evening at Project Workshops
23 Apr 2003 Broadband: Progress in North West Hampshire
3 Feb 2003 New website for Grateley
28 Jan 2003 Sir George presses Ministers on rail improvements
1 Jun 2002 Test Valley launch Open Art 2002
19 May 2002 Quarley hold Village Fete
 
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Local Links
 
Grately Online
The village website, launched at the beginning of 2003, is one of the best village web sites in my constituency. The site has notes about the history of the village, a page for the church, Parish Council information, a diary and a local directory.
Grately Primary School
Their page at the village website
St Leonard's Church
An interesting section at the Grateley Online website, with history of the church (and of St Leonard!) as well as information about services.
Broadband4Grateley
Congratulations to the Broadband4Grateley team on their success in achieving their ADSL registrations target by the end of November 2003! Broadband is expected to arrive on 21st April 2004.
Pictures and comments on St Michael's Quarley
Interesting page provided by an anonymous website owner.
Andover Astronomical Society
The society meets in Grateley Village Hall - this location was chosen because the dark skies above Grately provide a much better view of the stars than can be had in Andover!
King Athelstan
This BBC page gives a brief biography of one of Grately's most significant visitors.
Bed and breakfast at Lains Cottage
At the "tucked up" website.
Gunville House bed and breakfast
Their page in the smoothhound directory
Primary Books
A Grately company that runs book fairs and book clubs in schools

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