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Ropley Bowling Club with the green taking a well-earned winter rest!

the public. They have recently installed flood light- ing which causes some minor annoyance to local residents.

Ropley Bowling Club

The club started in the early 1920’s and was affiliated to the Hampshire Bowling Association in 1988, but only has a small following.

The Ropley Society

With some 350 members the Society is the largest in the village, though few play an active part. It was founded in 1985 as a pressure group dedicated to preserving and improving the village and its quality of life and that of the surrounding area. Its purpose is to “promote high standards of planning and ar- chitecture, and to educate the public in the geogra- phy and history of the area”. It achieved a major vic- tory, and some national as well as local fame, when it successfully fought a planning application to build the largest grain silos in Europe near Monkwood in 1987. Its current activities are largely confined to monitoring planning applications, providing school prizes, an annual barbecue, and 4 talks of local inter- est in the Parish Hall each year. If the momentum of this appraisal is to be maintained it may be the vehi- cle for the recommendations to be translated into action over the coming years.


The Dene Stores Pondside Stores and Post Office

Ropley Tennis Club with pavilion and floodlights


The Anchor Inn The Chequers Inn

Both pubs provide good food and hospitality, though there have been several changes of owner- ship in recent years.

The Thursday evening cricket coaching and other occasions get a sprinkling of drinkers at the Pavilion on the Recreation Ground, which has a li- cence to serve members (or associate members), and is highly recommended for a sunny summer evening.

Dene Stores — taken in around 1921. Note the garage to the right.

Ropley at the Millennium — 37

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