Welcome to our new Upton Noble website. Although Upton Noble may be a small village, it is one with big ideas — and the ability to fulfil those — and you join us as we celebrate a hugely successful year. Following on from our well attended monthly pub nights in the village hall — which began shortly after the Lamb Inn closed — we decided to run a Beer Festival. The inaugural event at the beginning of September surpassed everyone’s expectations, with almost 900 people attending over two days. In excess of £5,000 was raised for local causes and positive feedback was received from everyone who attended. So with that definite seal of approval, next year’s fixture is already in the pipeline. It will run on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd September — so plenty to look forward to next year already. We will be keeping you posted with ticket offers and how you can become involved. What the Beer Festival demonstrated was the wonderful community spirit we are lucky enough to enjoy in our area. Although this was a fledgling venture, numerous local companies, as well as many from further afield, gave generously, enabling the final tally to be beyond everyone’s expectations.

A half century of education

Additionally this has been the 50th anniversary year of Upton Noble Primary School. Much earlier in the year many old pupils and their families gathered for a fun evening of festivities and fireworks. It was a wonderful few hours and I met several former pupils — one family boasted three generations that had attended Upton Noble Primary. As a former ‘old’ girl myself, I can safely say that UN Primary set me up for life, and I was lucky enough to be invited into the school to talk about my own experiences 40 or so years ago.

The children were fascinated by how the building looked in the late 1960s (not much changed actually, although the windows now fit more snugly), what we ate (pretty traditional food) and whether or not we wore uniform (actually no, but I much prefer the sea of red sported today than mufti). To celebrate this amazing milestone, our new website features several former pupils of the old Upton Noble School (now the village hall), who share many of their fascinating memories. Click here to read their recollections.

And talking of food, there will be plenty of mouth-watering recipes on our new website over the coming months, courtesy of our great band of local amateur cooks, Upton Nibbles. You will not only be able to replicate these recipes at home, but also discover the story behind how our brilliant group of cooks/chefs came together in the first place.

Get in touch

The new Upton Noble website is about the people of Upton Noble and it is designed for you. Therefore, with this in mind, if you would like details of your business promoted (free of charge for Upton Noble residents), then please contact us using our contact form. Additionally, we would love to hear about your memories of the village, any stories you may have, or even what you think about our new website — or what you would like to see featured. Please write to us using our contact form. In this case, the village (not the world) is our oyster!

Julie Harding