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The general question of “what kind of sporting leisure activity would you like to see in Ropley” received a good response with 214 replies, with many responses too numerous to list. There was a good sup- port for a sports and social club and 502 people suggested an application for a Lottery grant to further this objective.

Many of the other social activities take place in the Parish Hall and Coffee Room. 517 people felt the Parish Hall to be adequate for the needs of Ropley.

It is apparent that many residents are not aware of what is on offer in the village, or have not been prompted nor inspired enough to get involved. Here is a brief summary, and the recommendations will take this further. A round-up of some of the main organisations follows…

Hampshire Hunt

The kennels of the Hampshire Hunt have been in Petersfield Road for the last 140 years, and the vil- lage has the distinction of having a pack of fox- hounds, which are regularly seen exercising in the local lanes. The Hampshire Chronicle details the hunt locations in season, which are generally in the surrounding area, and occasionally in the Village. The Hunt meets at the Anchor, Manor Farm, Hedge Corner, Bramdean Common and much further afield. How many people living in the village are in- volved is not certain. The kennels employ 6 people full time and are concerned about the effect on jobs

Ropley Cricket Club — in the background is the Scout Hut

36 — Ropley at the Millennium

The Anchor Public House

should there be legislation to ban hunting.

Ropley Cricket Club

The cricket club has been the pride of the village from the end of the last century. In the 1970’s the club still consisted almost exclusively of local resi- dents, and notable players in those days were Keith Stroud, Snowy Bunce, Michael Aves, Mark Munday, Simon Marchant, Bob Archer, Mike Hutley, Robin Munday, Stephen Radford, Gordon Rodgers, Dave Cooper, John Happel, David Ottley and Giles Stogdon, many of whom are still in the village. Chris Graham emerged as the highest scorer in the 1980’s. The cricket club currently fields 6 teams in different fixtures (a very high number for a village of this size), plus an emphasis on youth teams.

Ropley Football Club

Bob Etherington and Fred Archer were key to this in the 1970’s, and the Club went to the senior division in 1974/5. It was run for some years by Bob Archer, Fred’s son, who started playing for the club in 1966 and still plays occasionally. Since 1983 they have played in division 2 of the Basingstoke League. They also field a side on Sunday mornings in the Win- chester league.

Ropley Lawn Tennis Club

Started after the Second World War with Miss Henderson as the guiding light the Club now has a membership of approximately 100 and is open to

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