Abbots Leigh Civic Society (ALCS)

ALCSAll residents of Abbots Leigh are deemed to be members of the ALCS and are thus very welcome to attend any of the events organised by ALCS.

We very much hope that everyone who lives in the village see the ALCS as their Community Group.

We help to organise various activities and events, which utilise the local facilities and talents of the villagers. In particular we focus on making use of the Village Hall and the Old School Field (opposite Abbots Leigh Church on Church Road).

Our two main annual community events are The Festival in The Field (FITF) on a Sunday afternoon in early September and Bonfire Night which we always hold on the 5th November.

Both of these events take part in the Old School Field and we are always looking for new people to help out at these events. Even if you can only spare an hour or so we would love to hear from you (see contact information below).

We also run:

  • Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Monday outside Abbots Leigh Church.

  • Summer Drinks Party in mid/late June.

  • Village Tennis Tournament in July/August.

  • Childen's Christmas Party in December.
  • New Years Day Brunch in the Village Hall.

We advertise our events in The Link and at least in the main village noticeboard in front of the Village Hall.  If you would like to receive email reminders, please sign up here.  The Society are corporate members of the Forest of Avon Trust.

The bonfire night & firework display usually makes a surplus but we aim to break even over the year. We use any surplus funds for the benefit of the community, principally by assisting the Parish Council with projects relating to the Old School Field and the Village Hall.

The Chairman writes:

Summer is here and it’s great. At the time of writing a cooling breeze is taking the edge off the heat of the sun. I think I should follow its lead and settle down with a nice G&T to help take the edge off my fuzzy-head after another successful Friday night social at the Village Hall.  It is great to see so many people using the hall for its primary purpose – that of being an asset to the village and a real conduit that helps bring our community together.

The closeness of that community was highlighted at the beginning of the month when it seemed most of Abbots Leigh had descended on Corfe Castle in Dorset to be part of Charlie and Adri Allen’s fantastic wedding day.  It really was a great occasion with the fun lasting until the early hours at the reception overlooking Studland Bay.  I think it’s fair to say that Abbots Leigh knows how to party. Such was the draw for the wedding that the annual Abbots Leigh Club v Villagers match had to be put back a week until 11th June.

Fortunately for the Villagers' side they didn’t let this affect their game and clearly spent the week between the two occasions sharpening up on their batting, bowling, catching and fielding. Although not as bright and hot as last year the sun shone on the Villagers' team who were set a target of 142 from 25 overs.  Keeping the club side down to this miserly total was largely thanks to the catlike reflexes of the Villagers in the field.  Chris Wright took a very sharp catch fielding at ‘Deep Long Lurker’ or ‘Wicket Keeper's Friend’ or whatever the cricket field position is square of the batsman. Others were slightly less showy but nonetheless almost as effective.

Matt Rickard did well to stop a ball hit with some ferocity from smashing into his face before falling with the grace of a cooling tower demolition. Yours Truly did something similar – selflessly diving to stop a certain four with my face. It hasn’t ruined my rugged good looks.  The required runs were knocked off with comparative ease after Messrs Thompson and Rickard had taken the shine off the new ball. Their cumulative total of five balls faced provided a platform for the rest of the innings. In fact, it was only a scandalous piece of umpiring from Mr Wright (definitely wrong) that exposed the middle order. However, contributions from the bat including three retirees in Tom Hodgson, Harry Ascherl and Simon Hillenbrand were more than enough to see the Villagers home with skipper Pete Ascherl hitting the winning runs. But for me the highlight of another superb day up at the Cricket Club was witnessing the young villagers play.  Harry Ascherl, Tom Hodgson, Arjun Jain all played great cricket and twelfth man Otis Hillenbrand more than held his own in the field.

There are more social events to consider over the summer. After the Summer Garden Party comes the Festival in The Field on Sunday 10 September so make sure that is in your diary. Until then – enjoy your summer, let’s hope the weather stays fair. 

Committee & Contact Information

We have a committee of between 6 and 9 people:

  • Paul Thompson (Chair)
  • Paul Whitehouse (Secretary)
  • Mike Crabtree (Treasurer)
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Pip A'Ness
  • John Blain
  • Jane Gibbons
  • Anoo Jain
  • Di Stewart

which meets several times a year to plan events and discuss matters concerning the village. We also have between 20 and 30 people who actively help organise and run our events.  We are always looking for new people who will help with events and/or join the committee.

You can download the latest Committee Minutes here.

We hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in mid January in the Village Hall.  Everyone is very welcome to attend. Wine is provided!  This year's AGM Minutes can be downloaded here.  This year's presentation included a presentation by Murray Stewart on Housing: The Future.

Any enquiries please contact Paul Thompson (Chair), m 07903 857 616 t 01275 373 115

or Paul Whitehouse (Secretary) m 07813 802 783, t 01275 373137