• Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 19:00
    Join us for an evening of Around The Around Dining, with wines from New Zealand and Germany.  For more information, contact The Silver Plough on 01722 712266.
  • Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 19:30
    The Press and Public are invited to attend, and so prior to the start of the meeting there will be a short period of time set aside for public questions or comments about items on the...
  • Friday 29 March 2019 at 19:30
    Annual General Meeting 2019 Pitton Village Hall, Friday 29 March, 7.30 – 9.00pm. Come along for a drink and nibbles, and discuss the 2019 programme of events.  The meeting will open with the...
  • Saturday 30 March 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'The Arnie Cottrell Tendency' tonight at The Silver Plough. Arnie Cottrell has been around for a very long time. He plays acoustic guitars, National Tricone guitar,...
  • Sunday 31 March 2019 at 00:00
    Make it a special day for your Wife or Mum by treating her to a memorable meal at The Silver Plough, Pitton. For more information and booking, contact The Silver Plough on 01722 712266.
  • Thursday 04 April 2019 at 00:00
    An evening of Bingo Amongst Friends! If you're interested please contact the secretary Sue Martin 01722712799 or susa.nm@hotmail.co.uk Please note that this event if for members of the Pitton...
  • Saturday 06 April 2019 at 18:30
    Winterslow Singers next charity concert, this time for Cancer Research, will be held in Winterslow Village Hall on Saturday April 6th starting at 7pm ( doors and bar open at 6.30) With an Easter...
  • Sunday 07 April 2019 at 16:00
    Please contact Sara Bossom for more details on 01980 611133 or email sarabossom@aol.com
  • Monday 08 April 2019 at 12:30
    Join us for Soup, sausages, salads, something sweet - and good company Do please come to hear Dr Paul Verschueren speak and show us the work of the charity Living Water Africa.  LWA funds...
  • Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 19:00
    Wed 10 April 2019 FRIENDS OF BENTLEY WOOD Annual General Meeting. At East Grimstead Reading Room. The hall will be open at 7pm for subscriptions payment, AGM starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments, raffle...
  • Thursday 11 April 2019 at 15:00
    Guided Walk – 11th April 2019 Date: Thursday 11th April 2019 Time: Meet at the Silver Plough car park for a prompt 15.00 start. Walk description: This circular walk is just over...
  • Saturday 13 April 2019 at 10:30
    Friends of Bentley Wood Bean Pole Celebration at the Bentley Wood Barn. Tea/coffee and biscuits plus demonstrations of woodland crafts using hazel. Come and take away coppice products from the...
  • Saturday 13 April 2019 at 19:00
    Come and listen to some great Country & Western music tonight at The Silver Plough.
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 12:00
    Pitton Ladies Lunch meets once a month in the Silver Plough to - well - have lunch. And you'd be most welcome to join us at the next one.
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 19:30
    The day Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison opened the Whistle Stop Cafe, the town took a turn for the better. It was the Depression and that cafe was a home from home for many of us.Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery.
  • Thursday 18 April 2019 at 00:00
    Wiltshire Council Section 14(1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Temporary Closure of: Grimstead Road, Pitton and Farley and Adams Mere, Grimstead (Ref: TTRO 5832) Notice is hereby...
  • Friday 19 April 2019 at 10:00
    Hit Cross Buns Provided!
  • Saturday 20 April 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Fellman' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.
  • Wednesday 01 May 2019 at 19:00
    The Southern Area Board will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019 in Whiteparish Memorial Centre starting at 7pm. Area Boards support the Council’s objective of developing stronger and more...
  • Saturday 11 May 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to legendary Southampton Blues Player Mo Thomas, master of finger picking guitar and slide guitar on his original 1931 steel National guitar tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets...
  • Friday 17 May 2019 at 00:00
    Gather outside Pitton Village Hall for a walk to the Lord Nelson in Winterslow. Choice of supper from a set menu. Choice of return - on foot, or a man or two will be commissioned to drive us...
  • Saturday 25 May 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to 'The Arnie Cottrell Tendency' tonight at The Silver Plough. Arnie Cottrell has been around for a very long time. He plays acoustic guitars, National Tricone guitar, mandolin,...
  • Saturday 08 June 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Fellman' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.
  • Saturday 22 June 2019 at 00:00
    Another of our favourite events!  Our annual pilgrimage around the food halls of Pitton! Bring your husband/partner/friend/neighbour for an excellent evening of wine, food and convivial...
  • Saturday 29 June 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Sunflower' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.  
  • Saturday 29 June 2019 at 20:00
    Come and listen to local band 'Sunflower' tonight at The Silver Plough. Tickets free.  
  • Saturday 06 July 2019 at 00:00
    SAVE THE DATE!

Men of Pitton – Talk on ‘The Raid on St Nazaire’

Date/Time
Thursday 17 January 2019 at 20:00

The next Men of Pitton event will take place at the Silver Plough on the 17th Jan 2019 starting at 8.00 pm.
John Inman will be giving a talk on “The Raid on St. Nazaire”.
Please note that no arrangements for food have been made but of course you are free to make your own arrangements with the Pub.
Please let Roy Forder (712455) know by the 11th Jan 2019 if you would like to come along.

On the night of 27th March 1942, a single, elderly destroyer accompanied by an unlikely flotilla of small wooden boats sailed up the mouth of the Loire to the heavily defended port of Saint Nazaire.  The vessels were crammed with over 600 sailors and commandos, as well as improbable quantities of high explosive.  The port contained new U boat pens which the Germans were very keen to protect.  That day, Admiral Doenitz himself had just finished an inspection of the facilities and had been assured that nothing could threaten his submarines.  After all, the base was heavily defended by artillery shore batteries with dozens of light, medium and heavy guns, along with searchlights and radars, all there to protect the port against raids by sea or air.  Moreover, the town and adjacent area were strongly garrisoned by thousands of military personnel and there were German warships stationed in the harbour or patrolling nearby.  You would have to be mad to try.

Mad or not, the British were not deterred; nor were they were interested in the U boat pens.  They had something else in mind: the biggest drydock in the world.  The ‘Normandie’ dock (pictured) lay in the heart of the port, barely 200 metres from the pens.  They were determined to put it out of commission for the rest of the war – one way or another.

The raid has been described as audacious by some, foolhardy by others.  It may well have been both; it was certainly very well planned and executed with enormous courage, flair and determination.   Many of the port facilities and shore batteries are still as they were, including the great drydock itself and the massive U boat pens, so join me as the boats sail up the Loire estuary.  We shall follow the path of the commandos and the sailors who carried them there and you can make up your own minds.

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Location
Silver Plough