THE Dever Valley Local History Society is hosting an illustrated talk by Charles Edward Harris on the legacy of the Louisiana Purchase. The talk, titled “How the West Was Spun”, will take place in the Warren Centre at Micheldever Station at 7.30pm on Friday, January 20.

The lecturer from Iowa will be delving into the period after America bough Louisiana from Napoleon in 1803 and how the “cowboy attitude” is defined, covering topics from explorer Sacajawea to activist Jake Angeli.

Tickets cost £10 on the door, including cheese and a glass of wine. Proceeds will be donated to St Mary’s Church.

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MICHELDEVER Village Store has made a new premises licence application to Winchester City Council so to be able to sell alcohol and extend its opening hours. The application from Mana Annapurna Ltd, on behalf the shop in Church Street, proposes licencing for the supply of alcohol Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.30pm in line with its opening hours.

The application is still pending approval from the council. The shop finally opened in September after owner Rajeev Sangroula bought the premises from Trinity Rose in February 2022. Mr Sangroula hopes to provide a community store, with the last village shop closing in 2016.

SOUTH Wonston Parish Council is hosting a warm hub café every Monday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, with a free hot drink and soup available.

The community café based at South Wonston Sports and Recreational Pavilion launched at the end of November.

The council’s climate café is also set to return in the main hall of the pavilion on Sunday, January 29 at 11am.

WONSTON Community Café will be at Victoria Hall in Sutton Scotney on Wednesday, January 18 for its first instalment of the year. The monthly café, which is led by volunteers, will be raising money for SERV Wessex – The Blood Runners. Charity volunteer and local resident John Varley will be there to spread the word on the cause.

SERV Wessex delivers blood products, urgent samples and medication from hospital pharmacies as a free volunteer ran service.

The community café will then be supporting Goalball on Wednesday, February 15 and BOAZ on Wednesday, March 15. The café is cash only.

The Wonston fundraising café is one of two community cafes held at Victoria Hall. Holy Trinity Pop Up Café runs on the first Wednesday of each month and used its first session of the year to support Fitzroy’s Love4Life.

MARZIA of Cherry Yoga has released dates for group classes at East Stratton Village Hall starting in January. Sunday sessions will be running 9am-10.30am, followed by tea and cake, on January 29, February 26, March 26, April 30, May 21 and June 18.

Spaces are limited and must be pre-booked. Tickets cost £8 per person and can be purchased by contacting Marzia at or 07879339305.