Memories of giant haystacks

The Christmas haystack at Down Farm Field, Horndean

The Christmas haystack at Down Farm Field, Horndean

HMS Natal, the cruiser that blew up taking over nearly 400 lives with her

Man floated past with tattoo of Lord’s Prayer on his back

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Many of you will remember farmer Stan Wittcomb’s annual festive fairy tales for children with his Christmas haystack houses.

Each year Mr Wittcomb, of Old Blendworth, Horndean, created a magical scene with his life-size house complete with Father Christmas and other characters.

It became so well-known that a Christmas card from a boy in France addressed to Father Christmas, The Haystack, Horndean, made it to his farm.

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