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The Long Marston Show, 6th August

This year’s Long Marston show is as usual being staged on the first Saturday in August (6th) and will include a full produce show in the village hall as well as all your favourite stalls and a fully-stocked bar on the rec.  (more…)

Millennium map re-issued

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This month the Horti are re-launching a piece of local history.  On one of my walks recently, I visited my friend Oliver Matthews and bought one of his wonderful village plans he compiled just before the millennium.  This is an A2 sized print of the Ordinance Survey maps from 1796 and 1996 showing how Long Marston and the surrounding hamlets looked at the time, superbly drawn by Ken Peak, accompanied by some beautifully painted pictures of local landmarks by Phyl Thorpe.  With the ever changing village population, the Horti feel we should reissue these at £10 a copy.  Anyone interested should contact Oliver directly on 01296 662181.

From our Horti Correspondent


Everybody knows what the strange people in the Long Marston and Puttenham Horticultural Society do – they potter about in old clothes doing puzzling things to plants; a bit like a cross between Alan Titchmarsh and Miss Marple.  Well, there are some a bit like that, it’s true, but there are many other quite normal types who don’t have noticeably green fingers, and who spend a lot of their time helping to arrange, organise and run events in the village, like the May Ball and the Annual Village Show. 

Others help to maintain the web site ( which is a fascinating store of local information and well worth a visit.  Part of this web site covers all aspects of the history of our local area, and much of the information has been provided by local residents sharing their memories and stories.

We are always interested to hear from our fellow Long Marstonites and Puttenhamites, so if you have any recollections or family stories concerning any aspect of the villages we would love to share them.

Any subject is of interest – The Airfield, Village Pubs, Shops and Businesses, The Wars, Local Characters – anything.  Please contact us with your stories and memories either by post to: Martin Winship,13 Marston Court, Long Marston, HP23 4QS or by email:

Our aim is to produce a Long Marston and Puttenham booklet, in which all contributions will be acknowledged.

Article by Martin Winship.

B-24 Liberator “Beast of Bourbon”

36bs-emblemMemorial Dedication to the crew of B-24 Liberator on V.E. day.

Organised by Chas Jellis.

There will be a memorial dedication to the crew of the B-24 Liberator “Beast of Bourbon” on Saturday 7th May 2011 at 12 noon.  The memorial stone will be placed on the green in Long Marston next to the existing war memorial. 

Airmen of Lt. Louis McCarthy’s crew in Liberator #42-50385, R4-H nicknamed Beast of Bourbon who died in a take-off crash at Long Marston, England on February 19, 1945 were arial gunners: S/Sgt. Carl E. Lindquist (21), Pvt. Fred K. Becker (20), Pvt. Howard F. Haley (20).