Hook Eagle Morris Men - Festive Programme 2007/2008

by otmg on Monday 10th December

December 19

7:30pm, Carols on the Common, Hartley Wintney. Dancing at the Wagon and Horses. With a Christmas Market!

December 26

12:30, Boxing Day dancing at the Crown Inn, Old Basing.

January 1 2008

12:30, Hair of the Dog tour starting at the Wagon and Horses, Hartley Wintney and eventually finishing at the Crooked Billet in Hook.

January 11

6:30pm, Wassail at Hartley Wintney Millennium Orchard. Procession starts from Wagon and Horses at 6:30pm. Wassail Cup and songs in the Orchard. Barbeque and mulled Cider.

Why not join in the fun? Come and try out a friendly practice session with us at St. John’s Church Hall, Hook. We are there every Friday from 8pm. Absolutely no experience is necessary! We dance at festivals, pubs, fetes and the like all through the summer months raising money for good causes. This year we are celebrating our 16th glorious year and would welcome new dancers from the local area. For more information (than you ever thought you needed) visit www.hookeagle.org.uk

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Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter December 2007

by otmg on Monday 10th December

Do you have mistletoe in your garden?

On his visits to Odiham, Tony Mundell (the north Hampshire Flora recorder) has been impressed with the amount of mistletoe that he has seen and the different species of tree that it appears on. On Odiham Common mistletoe grows on ash trees and this is rather unusual.

To investigate this and add to Tony’s county records, we have decided to do a survey. Now the leaves have fallen it’s much easier to see the mistletoe but less easy to identify the host. Please let us know if you have mistletoe in your garden. We need to know the species of the tree that it grows on and a grid reference for your garden or your post code will suffice. Any other records in the wider countryside, if you can supply the same information would also add to the picture.

Churchyard Small Mammal Survey

On the 8th and 9th of November with the help of Amanda Bassett from the Hampshire Wildlife Trust we carried out a small mammal survey of the Churchyard. Eight traps were set and next morning we found that three were occupied. All three occupants were wood mice – 2 males and a female. Not much of a variety but at least we know that there is life there!

Churchyard and Cemetery Surveys

We are now coming to the end of the surveys and would like to thank all the people who have helped over the last year, particularly Wendy, Carol, Liz and Julie who have been doing the bird surveys. We are now collating our findings and will write our reports which we will submit to the Churchwardens and The Parish Council in due course. It has been a fascinating year for discovering what lives in these special places – from Red-legged partridges in the Cemetery to the Fiddle dock in the Churchyard! The numbers of cowslips, primroses, ox-eye daisies, scabious and knapweed on the south side of the Cemetery were particularly stunning.

Sofa birdwatching

We were lucky with the weather – a cold sunny morning and the birds duly obliged. Blue tits, Great tits, a Robin, Chaffinches and Goldfinches all appeared on the feeders.

Winter Birds

Many people have noticed the Fieldfares and Redwings that have now arrived. These are winter visitors to our shores and are members of the thrush family. Redwings are slightly smaller than a Song thrush and have distinctive red colouring under their wings, whilst Fieldfares are a little larger with a grey crown. Both have the thrushes’ speckled breast. Mistle thrushes are also making their presence felt – or rather heard – they have a very distinctive call like a football rattle, as they defend a favourite berry-laden shrub.

We are arranging a winter bird walk with Peter Hutchins in January – more details in next month’s newsletter.

Paul’s Talk

I think that all those who attended would agree with me that Paul’s talk was quite fascinating and we now know that Ratty no longer lives in the canal (except maybe in the western section), the shrub with distinctive pink berries and orange seeds is the Spindle and the cygnets once grown are driven away by their parents and probably end up on Tundry Pond. Thanks to all who came to this very successful evening and we now have our insurance money for next year!

Tree Trails

Following our tree trail walks we are now producing two leaflets – one concentrating on the Churchyard and Chamberlain Gardens and the other on the Cemetery, King Street and Buryfields. More details next month.


On 6th November Paul Hope, the canal ranger, and Carol Gibbons visited Buryfields infant school to talk to the children about the canal and local animals . Paul explained the need for managing the trees by the canal and dressed up volunteers in his safety gear to illustrate his work. He then showed everyone the skulls of a badger, fox and deer: animals many of the children had seen in the area. The audience was enthusiastic and asked interesting questions and Carol and Paul had a very enjoyable morning.


Hampshire Wildlife Trust Walk at The Vyne Sunday 9th December

Ruth Cairns will lead a walk around the fascinating and beautiful grounds of this National Trust property, keeping an eye open for wildlife along the way. Meet at 10.00 am and park at The Vyne car park, Morgaston Road, Sherborne St. John (Map ref. SU 637 576). For further details, please contact Ruth on 01256 326364.

Hampshire County Council Guided walks

Hampshire County Council produce a little booklet (free) of guided walks in Hampshire. They range from weekly 1 hour ‘health’ walks in and around Basingstoke to a 12 _ mile walk on the 27th December around Greywell via Tunworth, Mapledurwell and Upton Grey. There are many other walks throughout the county including some on the coast.

The booklet is available from Odiham library – as are the Parish Council’s footpath maps.

For more information about the group please contact Sheila Bates on 01256 701187 or e-mail at [email protected]

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Free Bowling In 2008

by otmg on Monday 10th December

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70 years of RAF Odiham.

by Peter Fountain on Wednesday 5th December

Copies of the framed print depicting 70 years of RAF Odiham which has been circulating in our shops can now be purchased. If you are interested in owning a copy, framed or unframed, please give me a call, 01256 702128.

Blues and Booze in The Bury 2008

by Peter Fountain on Tuesday 4th December

This year Blues and Booze in The Bury takes place on June the 14th commencing at 1 p.m. and finishing at 6 p.m.
A star turn has been booked already, The Spikedrivers, two thirds American and well known to British blues fans.
Take a look at their website to get a flavour of what's to come; www.spikedrivers.net/
and look out for parachuting teddy bears. Where from ? The Church tower of course !

King street public conveniences.

by Peter Fountain on Monday 3rd December

Due to the vandalism of the gentlemens' convenience twice in the last three days they will be locked until further notice.

Carols in The Bury, Saturday 15th of December 6.30 p.m.

by Peter Fountain on Sunday 2nd December

Come and join us on this festive family occasion with the Basingstoke Silver Band, roast hog, chocolate waffles, roast chestnuts, Father Christmas and a good sing-a-long to traditional carols in an historic setting. This year the pupils of Mayhill School will be leading the singing, so please come and support them.

Please note that a large lorry will need access to The Bury from King street on Saturday morning and is due to arrive at 12 noon, cones will indicate the turning circle and space required. The Bury will be closed to all through traffic with the exception of emergency vehicles from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., the road closure extends from The Bridewell (by the small HDC car park) to Church street junction of the High street. The lorry unit will also require space to exit on Sunday morning so again please take note of where the cones are as they are positioned for a reason.

For disabled parking or any queries please contact Peter Fountain on 01256 702128 or email me:
[email protected]

Odiham High street window dressing competition.

by Peter Fountain on Sunday 2nd December

Here are the results of the window dressing competition.
1st Odiham Veterinary Surgery
2nd equal Cottage Hospital shop and No.81
3rd Next Door to The George

Highly recommended.

Special mention.
Martins the Newsagent
Odiham Clinic

The shops looked great this year, thank you all for putting in so much effort, not only in dressing the windows but on the Extravaganza night, it was appreciated by so many people.

The Odiham Christmas Extravaganza 2007

by otmg on Friday 30th November

The Extravaganza 2007 was certainly blessed with excellent weather and the largest turnout to date for this event.

Reports from the retail sector have been good and they all deserve praise for putting in a great deal of effort and time. As a community we should be very proud of our friendliness and ability to attract all ages to join our party.

Particular thanks to RAF Odiham, lighting and stewarding led by Mick Smith and Justin Wall (Max), Hampshire Constabulary who volunteered their time, Sgt Paul McGuiness, PC Martin Bowman, PC Nick Sexton and SPC Iain Tunstell, (to assist with extreme traffic control requirements, and rude and arrogant drivers some of which live in Odiham and denied knowing anything about the event) and of course our own very stewards, Gerry Kimber, Phil Turrell, Paul Turrell, Chris Heeps and Andrew Harrison. Also a big thank you to the Odiham Retained Fireman who turn up year after year which is much appreciated, thanks to Mick Paul.

A special mention for Jo Kelsey for suppling extra Christmas lights for Odiham and to YOU the public for making the scenery come to life and Hart District Council for clearing up the rubbish.

To the little oinks that vandalised the gentlemens' loo, why ?

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Odiham From The Air

by otmg on Sunday 25th November

These fantastic aerial views of Odiham are from a hot air balloon flown by Adventure Balloons. What better way to see the area? For more great ballooning pictures of Odiham and the surrounding areas taken by passengers on balloon flights visit their website - www.adventureballoons.co.uk. A great gift for birthdays and Christmas!

Ballooning over the Bikers pub the Lord Derby in North Warnborough. Hundreds of motorcycles meet there once a month. They also serve good food too during the rest of the month!

The builders are in at King Johns Castle Odiham on the Basingstoke Canal.

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