Owslebury & Morestead Parish

Clubs & Societies

Arts Club

The ever popular Arts Club meets most weeks at the Parish Hall, The Club explores different art techniques and invites artists to give advice and comment.  Space is limited but if you would like further information please contact us and your details will be passed to the Club organisers.

Book Club

For those of you who enjoy reading books, there are two reading groups in the Village.  We have enjoyed a diverse range of books, chosen by members, from Simon Armitage’s modern version of Homer’s Odyssey to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, via The Rose of Sebastopol and The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox and others.  We meet informally at members’ homes, every 4 – 5 weeks.  Space is limited but if you would like further information please contact the Clerk and your details will be passed to the Club organisers.

Book Swaps

There is a book-shelf in the entrance of the village hall for good quality paperbacks.   The idea is for people of the village to bring a book and take a book to read.  There is no charge involved, it is just to encourage us to read.  Some of the books that have been read by the book club members could be circulated in this way, but please, if you live in the village and there is a book on the shelf you would like to read please help yourself and if you have a good book that you no longer wish to keep, please leave it on the shelf for others to enjoy.  We hope you will support this initiative

Exercise/ Fitness Classes

Owslebury resident and qualified fitness instructor Penni Harrison holds weekly fitness classes in Owslebury all year round.  On Friday mornings there is a kettlebell training class and on Monday evenings a fun HIIT (high intensity interval training) class.  Both classes are great fun and a very effective way to lose weight and get fit.  Newcomers always welcome.  Please call Pen on 01962 777633 or visit www.kettlebellcrazy.com for more info.  Other classes are also available.

Handbell Team

We are a fun amateur group, meeting on Wednesday evenings at Owslebury Village Hall. Our music ranges from classical to traditional melodies which we play at local care homes, clubs and societies. We belong to the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain which organises social events and rallies, where we ring with other teams and eat cake! We would be happy to hear from potential new recruits as we have recently increased our number of bells to a full three octaves. It helps if you can read music and have a good sense of rhythm,  The team is supported by Winchester City Council, Councillor Humby and OMCA.

Hip Hop

The Hip Hop class meets on Fridays at 5pm in the Parish Hall.  Its designed for 13-20 year olds and cost £4.50 per class

Moviola

Moviola shows films at Owslebury Parish Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month from September to March.

All films will begin at 7.30 pm with the doors opening at 7pm for bar and ice cream sales. Ticket price: £8.00

 

OMCA Owslebury & Morestead Community Association

Chairman – Carol Chaplin-Rogers, email carol@chaplinrogers.co.uk

Secretary – Carole Drew email: caroledrew@gmail.com

All residents are automatically members of OMCA and welcome at meetings which normally comprise a committee of representatives of the various village groups and organisations.

The aims of the Association are to offer funding and support to village organisations and to arrange social occasions for the whole community.

Over recent years grants have been made to various village groups, including the Christmas Lights, Owslebury Tots and the Handbell Ringers. OMCA also supports the regular showing of cinema films, provided by Moviola, in the village hall.

Fundraising events have been limited since the pandemic, although a wine-tasting evening was held in March 2020.  Outdoor events have included three Scarecrow Trails, organised by the Village Fete Team, and funds raised were shared between OMCA and St Andrew’s Church.  OMCA hosted a children’s sports event and village picnic event to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and regularly provides mince pies and mulled wine for an outdoor social gathering after the annual Carol Service.

OMCA have recently purchased equipment, including gazebos, for use at outdoor events such as the annual Village Fete.

Petanque

Pétanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃ːk]) is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing with the feet together in a small circle, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack. It is also called sometimes a bouchon (literally “cork”)or le petit (“the small one”). The team plays at The Ship Inn where there is also plenty of refreshments!  Phone 777756 for further information.

 

Pilates

The Pilates Group – with some yoga -meets every Wednesday at 10am in the Parish Hall.  Pilates will help to strengthen core abdominal muscles and yoga brings flexibility and strength through yoga postures. The cost is £9 per session.

No experience is required however you will need a mat and to wear comfortable, but not too loose clothes.

For more information please call me Beata on 077143453694

Seniors’ Club

The Owslebury Seniors’ Club was set up in 2008 with the help of Age UK. Its purpose is to provide support and friendship for our seniors, particularly because we live in a rural village with infrequent public transport and no shop. Age Concern mid Hants took over the support until 2018 and since then we are supported by Winchester Wellbeing. This was set up by St Barnabas Church Winchester and the  Winchester Baptists who support seniors in Winchester and Owslebury with luncheon clubs and minibus
outings. Owslebury has monthly minibus outings on the third Friday of the month with an 11 seater minibus and volunteer drivers.

Outings may include the Otterbourne Pantomime in January, markets, garden centres, shopping trips, museums, gardens, New Forest trips, canal boat and seaside trips in the summer. Each outing costs £15 per person leaving the Village hall at 10.00am and returning at 4.00pm.

There is a regular coffee morning at The Ship on the first Friday of every month at 10.30am with cake and biscuits, costing £6 and is open to all who would like to come for a chat.

Outings are subsidized by the club and as the cost of diesel for the minibus has increased recently we do have annual fund raising events to help with costs, as well as help with donations from OMCA and the Parish Council from time to time.

The club is now fully independent with a Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer and a community bank account. We hold our AGM every year in June.

Contact: Eileen Pritchard Chair of OSCC 01962 777470
Contact: Cathy Fox Community Information Volunteer for Age Concern since 2019.

Areas covered are Owslebury, Baybridge, Marwell and Hensting

01962 777545

Sports Club

The Owslebury Sports Club is based at the Village Green.  The Cricket Team plays in the Wilds 20/20 Evening League; the 1st team is in Division 1 and the 2nd team in Division 2. The Football team play in the Winchester and District Sunday League in Division 1.  For further information please contact the Clerk and your details will be passed to the Club organisers.

Toddlers Group

The Owslebury Mothers and Toddlers Group meets on Monday mornings between 9am and 11am in the Parish Hall.Toys and crafts, fun and games for pre-school children, and for carers a cup of tea! For further information please complete the Contact Form and your details will be passed to the Club’s organisers

Table Tennis Club

The Owslebury Table Tennis Club is in Davison 2 of the Winchester and District League.  The Club trains either at the Parish Hall or using the facilities of the Winchester and District League.  The Club is always interested to hear from League level players who are thinking of joining the Club.