St Mary Bourne, Hurstbourne Priors and Stoke and Binley
Set in countryside of great beauty along the Bourne Valley, St Mary Bourne has an ancient church and no less than three pubs - the Bourne Valley Inn; the George Inn and the Coronation Arms. The Church of St. Peter dates from about 1157 and contains one of the rarest ecclesiastical treasures in Hampshire, a black marble font at least 800 years old, brought from Tournai in Belgium. This font is one of only four in Hampshire and is regarded as one of the finest in the country.

The village's large and much-used Village Centre complex was built as a result of a large scale fund raising campaign.

The ancient manors of Binley, Egbury, Week, Stoke and St Mary Bourne were at one time included in the manor of Hurstbourne Priors; tradition has it that Queen Elizabeth I stayed at Valley Farm, Stoke.

My picture, courtesy of David Sadler, shows the George Inn, right at the centre of the village. They serve a good range of real ales!


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News
 
14 Mar 2015 Sir George re-opens St Mary Bourne Shop
6 Dec 2014 St Peters holds Christmas Bazaar
8 Jun 2014 St Mary Bourne hosts Tennis Tournament
12 Apr 2014 Sir George opens Bowling Club Extension
15 Feb 2014 Sir George visits villages threatened by floods
15 Feb 2014 Flooding in NW Hants
12 Oct 2013 Childrens Celebration at Sladen Green
15 Aug 2013 Southern Water demonstrate Sewer Repairs
27 Jul 2013 St Mary Bourne holds Flower Show and Fete
18 Jul 2013 Coronation Arms Reopens
6 May 2013 Hurstbourne Priors and Upper Clatford & Anna Valley hold May Fairs
2 Jan 2013 St Mary Bourne says Farewell to Martin and Christine Coppen
16 Nov 2012 St Mary Bourne consults on future of village
28 Sep 2012 MP's visit Wind Turbine Site
28 Jul 2012 St Mary Bourne holds Flower Show & Fete
3 Jun 2012 St Mary Bourne celebrates the Jubilee
7 May 2012 Hurstbourne Priors holds May Fair
20 Apr 2012 St Mary Bourne consider Parish Plan
1 Apr 2012 Daffodil Sunday raises funds for Andover Riding for the Disabled
30 Jul 2011 St Mary Bourne holds Flower Show and Fete
2 May 2011 Hurstbourne Priors holds May Fair
4 Jan 2011 Whitchurch win Race to Infinity
1 Nov 2009 Eight teams compete for Leonie Rickard Memorial Trophy
30 Aug 2009 Lunchtime Jazz at St Mary Bourne raises funds for charities
25 Jul 2009 Team SMB raise funds at St Mary Bourne Flower Show and Fete
7 Jun 2009 Bourne Valley holds Tennis Tournament
6 Jun 2009 Popular GP retires
4 May 2009 Hurstbourne Priors holds May Fair
5 Apr 2009 Andover Riding for the Disabled hold Daffodil Day
20 Mar 2009 Village raises £8000 for Village hall
1 Feb 2009 Benefice licences new Priest
28 Nov 2008 Environment Agency tests Flood Defences in St Mary Bourne
22 Nov 2008 St Mary Bourne holds Christmas Bazaar
16 Nov 2008 Binley hosts Clay Pigeon Shoot
24 Aug 2008 Jambalaya Jazz raises funds for Church and REME
26 Jul 2008 St Mary Bourne holds Fete & Flower Show
1 Jun 2008 St Mary Bourne holds Tennis Tournament
5 May 2008 Hurstbourne Priors holds May Fair
30 Mar 2008 Daffodil Sunday raises funds for Andover Riding for the Disabled
7 Dec 2007 County Council Cabinet member addresses CWCC Lunch
24 Nov 2007 St Mary Bourne holds Church Christmas Bazaar
30 Oct 2007 Village holds meeting to save Post Office
28 Oct 2007 Clay Pigeon Shoot held at Binley
5 Sep 2007 Sir George opens Leadership Development Company
26 Aug 2007 Traditional Jazz in Bourne Valley raises Funds for Charities
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
28 Jul 2007 St Mary Bourne holds Flower Show and Fete
5 May 2007 Sir George raises the stakes on water pollution
1 Apr 2007 Daffodil Sunday at Binley raises funds for RDA
3 Feb 2007 Sir George visits scene of St Mary Bourne Fire
28 Jan 2007 After four years,the Bourne rises again
8 Dec 2006 Maria Miller MP addresses CWCC Lunch
29 Oct 2006 St Mary Bourne Tories hold Clay Pigeon Shoot
29 Jul 2006 Two more local fetes...
9 Jul 2006 A week-end's celebration of the life of Harry Plunket Greene in Hurstbourne Priors
10 Jun 2006 New Play Area opened by Sir George at St Mary Bourne
4 Jun 2006 Thrilling finish at the Windmill Hill Bourne Valley 17th Annual Tennis Tournament
10 Dec 2005 Official Opening of New Building at Longparish School
2 Dec 2005 Isle of Wight MP addresses Hampshire Ladies
30 Nov 2005 Whitchurch Association Goes Online
19 Nov 2005 St Peters Church hold Christmas Bazaar
4 Nov 2005 David Cameron visits North West Hants
2 Nov 2005 Trade Justice Movement lobbies Sir George
30 Oct 2005 St Mary Bourne Conservatives organise Clay Pigeon Shoot
29 Oct 2005 Local Tories hold Trafalgar Dinner
29 Aug 2005 The Post-Chaise in Gangbridge Lane, St Mary Bourne
4 Aug 2005 Sir George consults St Mary Bourne Tories on Leadership
30 Jul 2005 Fetes go ahead despite the weather
5 Jun 2005 St Mary Bourne hosts Bourne Valley Tennis Tourament.
2 May 2005 The campaign visits Hurstbourne Priors and Upper Clatford
3 Apr 2005 Riding for the Disabled raises funds from Binley Daffodil Day
26 Mar 2005 Art at Easter in St Mary Bourne
11 Dec 2004 New Recreation Area opened in St Mary Bourne
10 Dec 2004 Eleanor Laing MP comes to North West Hampshire
21 Nov 2004 Village celebrates Vicar's promotion
20 Nov 2004 St Peters Church holds Christmas Bazaar
5 Nov 2004 Sir George welcomes decision by Environment Agency to ‘enmain’ local rivers and watercourses
31 Oct 2004 Clay Pigeon Shoot at Binley
24 Jul 2004 St Mary Bourne hold Flower Show and Fete
6 Jun 2004 St Mary Bourne hosts 15th Annual Tennis Tournament
25 Apr 2004 St Mary Bourne holds Grand Spring Auction of Promises
17 Apr 2004 Sir George looks in on St Mary Bourne Open Day
2 Mar 2004 St Mary Bourne broadband date
24 Jan 2004 Burghclere, St Mary Bourne close to Broadband target
12 Dec 2003 Baroness Blatch addresses local Tories
31 Oct 2003 Tim Yeo addresses Conservatives Annual Dinner
26 Oct 2003 Conservatives hold Binley Invitation Clay Shoot
27 Sep 2003 Priors Players present Twelfth Night
23 Sep 2003 Andover meeting discussed village flooding
24 Aug 2003 Bourne Valley Jazz raises funds for REME and local Church
29 Jun 2003 Dodie Marsden ordained as Deacon
1 Jun 2003 Stoke holds 60th Birthday Party for Village Fund
1 Jun 2003 St Mary Bourne holds 14th Annual Tennis Tournament
5 May 2003 Hurstbourne Priors holds May Fair
23 Apr 2003 Broadband: Progress in North West Hampshire
30 Mar 2003 Andover Riding for the Disabled holds Daffodil Day
22 Feb 2003 Palmer Milburn Beagles meet at Binley
15 Feb 2003 Best of Times at St Mary Bourne
10 Jan 2003 St Mary Bourne copes with the floods
29 Nov 2002 Baroness Miller addresses local Conservatives
23 Nov 2002 St Mary Bourne holds Church Christmas Bazaar
8 Nov 2002 Nicholas Soames addresses Conservative Annual Dinner
27 Oct 2002 Conservatives hold Clay Pigeon Shoot at Binley
25 Oct 2002 New extension opened at St Mary Bourne School
25 Aug 2002 St Mary Bourne Jazz Concert raises over £1000 for Charities
27 Jul 2002 St Mary Bourne holds Flower Show and Fete
6 Jul 2002 Stoke holds Village Fete
5 Jul 2002 Sir George attacks Government planning proposals
3 Jun 2002 More celebrations of the Jubilee
3 Jun 2002 Hampshire Villages continue to celebrate the Jubilee
2 Jun 2002 More Jubilee Celebrations
6 May 2002 Hurstbourne Priors holds May Fair
26 Apr 2002 Hurstbourne Priors celebrate refurbished Village Hall & Cricket Pavilion
10 Apr 2002 Basingstoke and Deane - Time for a Better Deal
7 Apr 2002 Binley holds Daffodil Sunday
8 Dec 2001 Derry Down Art Exhibition raises funds for UNICEF
 
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On a Lighter Note
 
7 Aug 2010 The Tortoise Race
1 Jun 2008 St Mary Bourne holds Tennis Tournament
1 Jun 2008 St Mary Bourne holds Tennis Tournament
 
Local Links
 
St Mary Bourne Parish Council
With meeting dates, minutes and information about the village.
St Peter's (Parish of St Mary Bourne)
There is a map and background on the Parish, history of the church, services information plus links, village directory and events calendar.
St Mary Bourne Primary School
"Curriculum provision is good overall and there is very good provision for extra-curricular activities", said OFSTED in their January 1999 report. The award-winning website is full of useful information.
The Whitchurch Web
Lots of energy in Whitchurch, which now has no less than four websites serving the town, of which this is the newest, organised by the recently formed Whitchurch Association.
St Mary Bourne Cricket Club
A well-populated and up to date site.

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