The parish magazine BisMonRopTis was started in its present form by Jenny Bailey in 1967 and was run by Norman and Sylvia Armstrong for 15 years till 1988. It was then continued by Bete Wilson and is currently edited by Annie Beal. It is distributed to every household in Bishop’s Sutton, Monkwood, Ropley and West Tisted.

A high proportion of people felt that the amount of information about what is going on in Ropley was good or reasonable, while only 7% thought that information provision was poor and 5% expressed no opinion.

As far as the available sources of information are concerned, an overwhelming 95% of the 892 respondents obtained it from the parish magazine. However, 25% sought Ropley information in local newspapers or consulted notice boards and the village post office.

Regarding the need for additional information services, a relatively small number of people (345) expressed the need for more noticeboards, bus timetables or public telephones. Not surprisingly these needs varied depending on the area lived in but are probably keenly felt by those responding.

Before we all started driving to supermarkets, the village shops would have been the primary information source! (Harding’s Stores — now demolished — on corner of Gilbert Street and Court Lane)
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