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Living history book is at the printer!

datePosted on 12:00, December 6th, 2010 by Site admin

Book editorial teamThe Hyde in Living Memory book is at the printer, expected back very soon. If the printing goes to schedule, we’ll be launching it on Saturday 18th December between 2pm and 6pm in the Hyde Tavern. Put that date in your diaries now and stay tuned! The editorial team gathered outside the old post office this morning for a publicity photo, clutching a copy of the book (well, a mock-up of the front cover anyway).

Remember, there’s still time to order your copy. And why not buy another one as a Christmas present for someone?

Update: The printers are working their hardest to get the book to us by 17th December, but the weather conditions have had a knock on effect on the printing schedule and we may not now receive copies until 20th December. Every effort will be made to get pre-ordered copies to everyone by Christmas.

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Nuns’ Stream gets a pre-Christmas make-over

datePosted on 18:50, December 3rd, 2010 by Site admin

The Nuns’ Stream, which flows through the centre of Hyde in Winchester, has recently been given a makeover through the creation of pools and riffles using 20 tonnes of locally sourced gravel.

This work represents the latest phase in an ongoing project to rejuvenate the Nuns’ Stream, which is being led by the Environment Agency in partnership with Hyde900, Winchester City Council, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and the Wild Trout Trust.

The pools and riffles that have been created are both visually attractive, with the stream now bubbling over gravel bars and snaking its way down the channel, and great for wildlife such as the wild brown trout and grey wagtail. Given a bit more flow, it is hoped that wild brown trout will successfully spawn in this popular stream.

The work, which was carried out by Wessex Land and Water Ltd. a local firm based near Romsey, is a great example of a community partnership project that makes a real difference to people’s local environment.

Lawrence Talks, Regional Fisheries Specialist for the Environment Agency, said: “The work we have done here will make a real difference to local fish stocks, and will support other species of wildlife that live in and around the stream.

“Many local children walk alongside the Nuns’ Stream on their way to St Bede Primary School. It is great to see their interest and fascination in the stream whether it be trying to spot a wild brown trout sheltering under a bridge or seeing the azure blue flash of a kingfisher as it darts along.”

In the Spring there are plans to establish native wetland plants at the stream such as yellow iris and purple loosestrife.  Volunteers will be welcome to come along and help Hyde900 in this work.

The United Nations has declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. As part of this, the Environment Agency’s Fisheries Biodiversity teams have been carrying out projects to give wildlife a further boost, including restoring habitats for native species and digging ponds.

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Music season ends on a high note

datePosted on 20:00, October 25th, 2010 by Site admin

Candles on Alfred's graveA packed audience in St Bartholomew’s Church, including the Mayor, Cllr Richard Izard, enjoyed a sizzling performance on Sunday evening from two University of Winchester Choirs – the King Alfred Singers and the Cantatus Chamber Choir – in the final concert of this year’s Hyde900 Music series. Under the title ‘Singing the Mystery – Exploring church music across the centuries’ the choirs ranged across a thousand years of religious music from Gregorian chant and the earliest written English music to relatively recent work by Balfour Gardiner and Sydney Carter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Living History Day success

datePosted on 13:54, September 16th, 2010 by Site admin

Local history dayThe Living History day on Saturday 11th September as a part of the Heritage Open Weekend was a great success with almost 300 visitors to Hyde Parish Hall during the day.

As well as displays and a slide show of old photos of Hyde (which had to be shown 4 times rather than the two originally planned) visitors were able to write their own memories, be interviewed, catch up with old neighbours or read memories already  submitted to the project. Young visitors had a variety of things to keep them busy including colouring sheets of Hyde houses, a handprint wall and a Spotters Guide walk around Hyde.

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Music Programme for the Autumn

datePosted on 11:20, July 8th, 2010 by Site admin

To open our short series of concerts we will be featuring two young performers, both of whom live in Hyde, to set the standard for what is to come.  YOUNG SOUNDS CLASSICAL (Saturday 4 September), a musical soiree, will feature violinist Avril Freemantle a former pupil of  King Edward VI School, Southampton and now a student at the Royal Northern College of Music. Avril’s programme will consist of the Violin Concerto No.4 (movements 1 and 2) by Mozart; Scherzo in C minor by Brahms; Cavatina by Raff and Tambourin Chinois by Kreisler. Avril will be joined by pianist Marcus Martin, formerly of Peter Symonds, who is currently studying music at King’s College London, London. Marcus’s programme will consist of Debussy’s First Arabesque, Mendelssohn’s  Rondo Capricioso, Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique, Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu and, to change the mood,  Somewhere over the Rainbow by Keith Jarrett.

The following week, Saturday September 11th, in a Hyde900 ‘Associate event’  we are delighted that the CAMBRIDGE TAVERNER CHOIR will be performing at St Cross ‘Reformation and Renaissance: Choral Masterpieces of the 16th Century’. Included in the programme will be motets by the two greatest composers of the English Renaissance,  Thomas Tallis and William Byrd. Tallis’s career spanned the destruction of the monasteries, which he experienced at first hand, so is particularly apposite to feature as part of the Hyde900 programme. Tickets for this concert (and only this one) are available from the Winchester Cathedral box office.

We are also pleased to welcome back to Hyde THE MADDING CROWD, the well-established and highly popular exponents of ‘West Choir’ music who model themselves on the popular church choirs of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex novels. Their concert on Saturday 25 September is titled ‘Sound up the tune Neighbours’ and will feature music sung or composed in Hampshire during the period 1750 -1850 approx. “We will aim to include as many references as we can to events in Hyde at that time,” says the choir’s co-ordinator Brenda Bennett.

For our next performance on Saturday 9 October we are particularly indebted to Hyde resident James McConnachie who has persuaded a number of his fellow choir members from Southern Voices to create – for one night only ! – HYDE VOICES which will perform works by Tallis ( Te lucis ante terminum), Byrd (4 part Mass – omitting the Credo), English Madrigals and Campion’s’ Never weather-beaten sail’. This will be followed by Stanford Latin motets (Justorum animae, Beati quorum via, Coelos scendit), Parry’s  Songs of Farewell and English Romantic Part-songs. It sounds like a terrific evening.

Finally to conclude the sequence of performances on Sunday 24th October we welcome a strong contribution from the UNIVERSITY OF WINCHESTER which is kindly providing two of its choirs – the King Alfred Singers and the Cantatus Chamber Choir – conducted by the Rev Professor June Boyce-Tillman MBE and Dr Vicky Feldwick.

As befits the final event of our season ‘Singing the mystery – exploring church music across the centuries’ will reflect a wide diversity of church music styles. This will range from the plainchant hymns of the Middle Ages through Baroque and Classical composers into the English choral tradition with composers such as Stanford and Balfour Gardiner. We are particularly excited that the concert will include one specially written piece using prayers from King Alfred as well as part of the music drama from the Winchester Troper – one of the oldest collections of two-part music in Europe dating from about 1000 – and other contemporary compositions written by staff at the university.

By bringing a series of concerts to St Bartholomew’s this autumn we hope to show off the church’s marvellous acoustics to a wider audience and put down a marker for other events in the future.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Capturing time in a box

datePosted on 10:04, May 29th, 2010 by Site admin

Several Hyde families now have Time Capsules hidden in their houses following a ‘Time Capsule’ workshop at the Winchester Discovery Centre run by local artists Sue Fox & Sue Keneally.

Children decorated their time capsule boxes, adding important information such as ‘Do Not Open until 2050’ and created labels to identify whose Time Capsule the box contained. The boxes were then filled with family memorabilia – day to day objects that tell the story of family life in Hyde today. The families also created ringbound flipbook of personal/family memorabilia to keep in the time capsule box- this included information on my house, my family, pets, favourite music, family recipes.

Further Time Capsule workshops will be held in Autumn 2010

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Photos from the 2010 Wantage to Winchester ride

datePosted on 17:30, May 15th, 2010 by Site admin

Thanks to all those who’ve sent in pictures. Please send us more!  If you have an account on, upload your photos and add the tag w2w2010 to them. Otherwise, just email your photos as attachments to [email protected] .

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