Sherborne St John and Rooksdown
Sherborne St John, in common with Monk Sherborne, was part of lands given by William the Conqueror to Hugh de Port to reward his efforts at Hastings. It was held later by the St John family and their successors until sold in 1550 to the Sandys, who built The Vyne in the reign of Henry VIII. Elizabeth I was "sumptuously entertained" at The Vyne, which is now a National Trust property. Although only three miles from Basingstoke Sherborne (the name means "a clear stream") retains very much the atmosphere of a country village. The Swan pub is over five hundred years old, while St Andrew's church dates in part from the twelfth century. Rooksdown, in contrast, is a very new electoral ward, comprising mainly the development on the site of the old Park Prewett hospital.

The school's steel band (photo, left) were playing when I was invited to bury the time capsule - Jully 2002.

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9 Nov 2012 Launch of Campaign for £5m for New Cancer Centre
21 Jun 2008 Summer Fayre at Sherborne St John
13 Feb 2007 Sir George visits the Pelican Centre at the ARK, Basingstoke Hospital
20 Jan 2007 Mayor opens new Village Hall at Sherborne St John
27 Oct 2006 Sir George launches Wear it Pink day in Basingstoke
21 Sep 2005 Sir George visits Telecomms Mast Exhibition
21 Apr 2005 Sir George visits North Hampshire Hospital
26 Feb 2005 Sherborne St John holds James Bond Casino Evening
26 Feb 2005 Sir George pays a visit to Basingstoke Hospital
22 Feb 2005 HRH Princess Alexandra opens new Diagnostic and Treatment Centre at Basingstoke Hospital
14 Dec 2004 Britain's Younger Engineers visit the House of Commons
6 Nov 2004 Barclays Bank Volunteers tidy up Saxon Wood School
28 Jul 2004 Sir George meets traders on A340 in Sherborne St John
21 May 2004 Barclays Bank volunteers landscape school grounds
4 Dec 2003 Sir George congratulates Sherborne St John School on Excellent OFSTED
28 Jun 2003 Sherborne St John holds Fete
18 May 2003 Sir George launches ARK Sponsored Walk
14 Mar 2003 Official Opening of the ARK
7 Feb 2003 Labour lose County Council seat to LibDems
20 Nov 2002 Sir George's Constituency to be reduced in size
25 Oct 2002 Early Bird Appeal launched at North Hampshire Hospital
1 Oct 2002 Celebration Evening at the ARK
25 Jul 2002 Shadow Cabinet Minister addresses local Tories
19 Jul 2002 Sir George buries time-capsule at Sherborne St John School
28 May 2002 Heart Czar visits Basingstoke Hospital
14 Apr 2002 Sir George launches ARK
10 Apr 2002 Basingstoke and Deane - Time for a Better Deal
6 Apr 2002 Conservatives campaign in Rooksdown
Local Links
Sherborne St John Parish Council
A well-maintained site at Hantsweb.
Sherborne St. John Church of England Primary School
The School opened in 1850 and has been at its present site ever since. The school "promotes very good attainment in English, mathematics and science and a good level of attainment in information technology, history and music throughout the school" (OFSTED
The Vyne
The house is open 23 March to 3 November daily except Thursday and Friday, 11-5 (but open Good Friday). Grounds: weekends in February and March 11–5; 23 March to 3 November: daily except Thursday and Friday 11–5 (but open Good Friday).
St Andrew's - intersting photograph
An infrared photograph of the church, making it look like a moonlit shot.
Tapestries Direct
Tapestries Direct is a trading name of Dashmagic Ltd. of Aldermaston Road, Sherborne St. John.

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