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Make Odiham Beautiful (MOB)

by otmg on Wednesday 22nd August

Make Odiham Beautiful (MOB).

Odiham is a wonderful place to live. But it is never going to win any “Best Kept Village Competition” – or even qualify for entry. Does this matter? We think that it does – and so do many others (including overseas visitors). What do you think?

The Problem. – some examples:

Planted areas in Palace Gate & Deer Park View down to Medical Centre/Car Park, once well done & attractive, are now overgrown and & choked with weeds.

Many buildings, private and commercial, sprout weeds.

Pathways are often overgrown.

Rubbish is carelessly discarded, even near litter bins!

Graffiti never removed. One example in Stoney Alley there for 2 years.

Garden waste is often dumped outside the walls of the Almshouses.

The Churchyard is at the heart of the village & might benefit from some extra care while appreciating that part of it has been allowed to overgrow as a biodiversity experiment. Ivy over gravestones, nettles flourishing, etc. More regular churchyard working parties & rubbish burning?

The Bury refurbishment has been going on for over a year & is still not finished.

Hart District Council (HDC), it is reported, are short of funds & areas which were maintained say 4 times per year are now done only twice or even once a year.

Much HDC maintenance is now done on an emergency/respond to loudest complaints basis.

These are but a few examples. You may have some of your own that you wish to share.

The Solution?

Define & communicate who is responsible for what, HDC/Parish Council/etc.

f the Parish Council judge this a problem then appoint a focal point & communicate what action is being taken.

Investigate if some of the responsibilities (and money) can be transferred from District to Parish Council (Fleet is too far away!).

If individuals have concerns, then tell the councils & councillors.

Define and communicate what businesses and householders can reasonably be expected to do.

Promote a sense of pride in our community and town, perhaps a MOB Campaign (Make Odiham Beautiful).

Communications via parish web site/e-mail/notice boards/shop windows/etc.

We are copying this note to various councillors, council officials, the Odiham Society. We suggest that other residents share their concerns in the same way; and perhaps copy this note to others. If everyone is happy with the situation we shall keep quiet (maybe).

Brian and Jackie Sinnatt,
Queensmead, 140, High Street, Odiham.

Last Chance!

by otmg on Sunday 19th August

Next weekend, 25/26 August, is the last chance to enjoy top quality jazz in the spectacular setting of the privately owned Odiham Chalk Pit.

Celebrating 25 years of the Neurofibromatosis Association, this will be the charity’s last jazz weekend in this shape and form and in these beautiful surroundings.

On Saturday listen to the country's reigning jazz stars plus two phenomenal female vocalists, two living legends and a rising star. World class Trio Dave Newton (Piano) Simon Woolf (Bass) and Allan Ganley (Drums) featuring emerging young saxist Richard Shepherd, with special guest instrumentalists Alan Barnes (Sax), Mark Nightingale (Tromobone),Steve Waterman (Trumpet) and guest star vocalists Miss Lee Gibson, Miss Jacqui Dankworth and Mr Frank Holder (vocals and percussion). What a line up!

This wonderful evening, with some fabulous raffle prizes, surprises and a mini auction, will conclude with a spectacular firework display and a special finale. Ticket Price £20.00 (under 5s free). Terrific value for money!

Sunday 26th August will see the last Lunchtime Jazz ’n’ Barbecue. The Phil brown Swingtet, formerly The Basin Street Six, who have been with us since the NfA charity shop opening in 1998 are back by popular demand, together with The Peter Clancy Band. The two course barbecue provided by RAF Odiham will be as wonderful as ever AND it’s included in the ticket price! £17.50 (under 11s free). What a bargain! There will be another raffle on Sunday and a surprise item to be auctioned!

On both days, chairs and tables are available, bookable in advance or guests many bring their own or rugs if they prefer. (Sorry but the gazebos are all booked!) Guests may bring their own picnic on Saturday or take the easy option and pre-order. A very reasonably priced bar (don’t miss the real ale!) and tea & coffee will also be available.

Odiham Town Manager, Peter Fountain, said “The Odiham Town Manager Group has been delighted to be part of the 'Team' and particularly this year the 25th anniversary and the last in the series. The OTMG bit is but a small part of a much bigger operation and it is a pleasure to work with the same dedicated volunteers who, year on year, have produced a quality event. It is sad that this is the last but I’m sure that the team will be back with something of equal quality”.

The NfA local team is looking forward to putting on this special event, also celebrating ten years of fundraising in the area, and hopes that none of its supporters will miss out on this last chance to enjoy the best.

A few tickets are still available for both days from Katharine Jane and Richard Ward Opticians, Odiham; The Village Gallery; Hook, Pet Kingdom, Hartley Wintney; The Village Shop, South Warnborough or by phoning Margaret Green on 01256 704448.

For more information, please contact

Tricia Stephens
01256 704701
[email protected]

Tags: charity | Event | odiham. jazz. neurofibromatosis

Odiham Food Festival

by otmg on Monday 6th August

Bank Holiday Monday - 27th August

10am – 2pm in Odiham High Street

Cooking demonstrations by Odiham restaurant chefs with samples for all

Visit the market stalls and local shops and enjoy the live music.

A THEATRE OF FOOD

Stars Set To Shine At The Neurofibromatosis Association Jazz Weekend

by otmg on Wednesday 1st August

25/26 August 2007

This popular bank holiday weekend event will again be held in the spectacular setting of the Odiham Chalk Pit, thanks to the kind generosity of Ted and Eileen Pither and family. This year will be extra special, on account of the 25th anniversary of the NfA, and definitely one not to be missed!

To celebrate we will reach for the Stars! This year on Saturday, 25th August we will have a whole constellation – thanks to the generosity of The UK’s leading Jazz musicians – all internationally acclaimed performers who we are pleased to welcome back to Odiham for a reunion Birthday Bash. “There’s such a great atmosphere at the Chalk Pit, and the audience is so appreciative of the Jazz that it’s just a really fun gig” was the consensus among them. To make up a band from the country’s finest – each an acclaimed virtuoso frontliner – is something that most events can only dream of. For this our 25th Anniversary – the dream comes true. Come and share it with us.

This year listen to the country's reigning jazz stars plus two phenomenal female vocalists, two living legends and a rising star. World class Trio Dave Newton (Piano) Andy Cleyndert (Bass) and Allan Ganley (Drums) featuring emerging young saxist Richard Shepherd from Hook, with special guest instrumentalists Alan Barnes (Sax), Mark Nightingale (Tromobone),Steve Waterman (Trumpet) & guest star vocalists Miss Lee Gibson, Miss Jacqui Dankworth and Mr Frank Holder (vocals and percussion). Could you beat this line up?! Frank (who discovered Cleo Laine!) was a tremendous hit last year and we can’t wait to see him again!

There are some fabulous raffle prizes including evenings with music, dinner and wine from some of the best Jazz Clubs including Chelsea’s 606 Club and the prodigious Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. The NfA will also be auctioning some ‘must have’ formula one items and a chance to take part in ‘Kestrel Daytime on Kestrel FM. There will also be a separate raffle running on both days for a flight in a hot air balloon generously donated by Peregrine Travel.

This wonderful evening, full of surprises, will conclude with a spectacular firework display. Ticket Price £20.00 (under 5s free). Terrific value for money!

Sunday 26th August will see the Lunchtime Jazz ’n’ Barbecue with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. The Phil brown Swingtet, formerly The Basin Street Six, who have been with us since the NfA charity shop opening in 1998 are back by popular demand, together with extra entertainment in the form of The Peter Clancy Band

The Sunday barbecue provided by RAF Odiham will be even more fantastic this year on account of our anniversary AND it’s included in the ticket price! £17.50 (under 11s free). What a bargain! Many thanks to the RAF for providing the barbecue and power and light for the weekend. There will be another raffle on Sunday and a surprise item to be auctioned!

On both days gazebos, chairs and tables are available, bookable in advance or guests many bring their own tables and chairs or rugs if they prefer. Guests may bring their own picnic on Saturday or take the easy option and pre-order direct from Cresson Creative. A reasonably priced bar (don’t miss the real ale!) and tea & coffee will be available on both days.

The NfA local team are looking forward to putting on this special event and Odiham Town Manager, Peter Fountain, who is a terrific support, said “The Odiham Town Manager Group is delighted to be part of the ' Team ' and particularly this year the 25th anniversary. The OTMG bit is but a small part of a much bigger operation and it is a pleasure to work with the same dedicated volunteers year on year to produce a quality event.” We will also be celebrating 10 years of fundraising in the area and five years of Jazz in the Chalk Pit.

Tickets are only available in advance and will sell out quickly so buy yours now!. For details of a special anniversary package please call Margaret Green on 01256 704448. Tickets can be purchased from Katharine Jane or Richard Ward Opticians in Odiham, The Village Gallery in Hook, Pet Kingdom in Hartley Wintney, the Village Shop in South Warnborough or by phoning Margaret.

These events are not formal concerts but excellent occasions to relax with friends, chat, listen to the music and eat your meal at your leisure – all in a stunning setting. Enjoy! We look forward to seeing you there. All proceeds from the Jazz Weekend will go towards supporting those living with Neurofibromatosis (Nf) in Hampshire and surrounding areas.

Tags: charity | | Jazz | neurofibromatosis |

Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter July 2007

by otmg on Monday 30th July

OBDG LogoCanal Wildlife Walk Friday 10th August

Peter Bickford, one of the Canal Rangers will be leading a walk for us on Friday 10th August. If the weather is kind, we will see dragonflies (but perhaps not the 24 different species that have been seen along the Basingstoke Canal!) but Peter will undoubtedly point out other wildlife. Please wear sturdy footwear and have waterproofs handy if the weather is at all doubtful. Meet at Colt Hill (Odiham) Wharf at 10.30 am. Cost £1.

Flora Surveys

Tony Mundell completed the second and final flora surveys of the Churchyard and Cemetery on the 12th July. 18 new species were added to the Churchyard and 30 to the Cemetery. Most were grasses but in the Cemetery they included Yellow Oat grass and Meadow Fescue both of which are usually only found in ‘botanically good quality i.e. unimproved meadows’. The Cemetery also yielded a (nearly) red White Clover – a rare occurrence and the first time that Tony had seen it. The Fiddle dock in the Churchyard was in full flower and another plant was found in the long grass on the southern side of the church. If you are interested in the full list of species, I will be able to send it to you on an Excel spreadsheet.

Tony also carried out a flora survey of Broad Oak Meadow, details of which will be available in due course.

Hedgerow Surveys

Odiham Parish has many kilometres of hedgerows and the task that we have set ourselves is rather daunting. However, we will be using the standard sampling technique and have already made a start. The parish is divided into one kilometre squares and each square is divided into nine. A 30 metre section of the hedgerow nearest to the middle of each square will be surveyed. Of course we have to get permission from the landowners before the surveys and this is taking some time – so if you own a hedge in the Parish or know someone who does – please let us know.

Butterfly Walk

The weather forecast was not good but a group of us walked from Colt Hill to Broad Oak Meadow where Tony pointed out several different species of butterfly, including Meadow Brown and Marbled White, and the Burnet Moth. He also gave us insight into the complicated life cycle of the blue butterflies. Sadly, the walk was abruptly curtailed when the heavens opened and proved not to be a passing shower. Later, when the rain stopped, the southern meadow was a mass of Marbled Whites – drying off, as we were!

Church Fete

Thank you to all who helped at the Church Fete – or came to see us and take part in our quizzes. Richard Coleman won the Tree quiz with an impressive 18 out of 21 correct answers with Mary Turvill and Stuart Wardle tying for second place. The (senior) wildlife quiz was won by Simon and Sylvie Childs with Kathryn Childs (no relation) in second place. The junior prizes were won by Bea, Aimee, Rose and Vicki (combined effort) and Chloe. Well done!

Garden Wildlife Surveys

Thank you to those who have sent in their reports for the last quarter. I think that I am not the only person who has had more birds coming to feeders this summer, than during the winter!

OTHER ORGANISATIONS EVENTS

The Hampshire Wildlife Trust now have a northern office and are based at Herriard Park. They have several events in August, including a Dragonfly Walk at Ancells Farm on Saturday 4th August, a wildlife walk at Caesar’s Camp on Saturday 11th August, a bat and moth walk at Herriard Park on Tuesday 21st August and a Marsh Gentian count and picnic at Bartley Heath on Saturday 25th August. I have some more details of these events – or you can look at their website - www.hwt.org.uk

If birds are your thing and you’re happy to travel a bit further – the Basingstoke RSPB group are going to Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes HWT reserve on Sunday 19th August. Contact Peter Hutchins on 01256 770831 or Maureen Brailey on 01256 702006 for more details.

The Basingstoke HWT group are having a Butterfly and Flower walk in the afternoon of Saturday 28th July in the Malshanger area. For further information please contact Audrey Moss-Bradnam on 01256 780074.

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28th July HWT Butterfly and Flower walk, Malshanger.
4th August HWT Dragonfly Walk, Ancells Farm
7th August OBG Committee meeting and Hedgerow Group meeting 7.30 pm
10th August OBG Canal Wildlife Walk Colt Hill 10.30 am.
11th August HWT Caesar’s Camp
19th August RSPB Keyhaven and Pennington Marshes
21st August HWT Bat and Moth walk Herriard Park
25th August HWT Gentian count and picnic Bartley Heath

For more information please contact Sheila Bates on 01256 701187 or [email protected]

Tags: biodiversity | conservation | | wildlife

The Neurofibromatosis Association Odiham Jazz Weekend 25/26 August 2007

by otmg on Tuesday 3rd July

This popular bank holiday weekend event will again be held in the spectacular setting of the Odiham Chalk Pit, thanks to the kind generosity of Ted and Eileen Pither and family. This year will be extra special, as it’s also the 25th anniversary of the NfA, and definitely one not to be missed!

The 9th Annual Jazz Party & Picnic will take place on Saturday 25TH August. It will feature the best of British Jazz, la Crème de la crème. (If Ronnie Scott's are looking for their A List - we've got 'em!)

This year listen to the country's reigning jazz stars plus two phenomenal female vocalists, two living legends and a rising star. World class Trio Dave Newton (Piano) Andy Cleyndert (Bass) and Allan Ganley (Drums) featuring emerging young saxophonist Richard Shepherd from Hook, with special guest instrumentalists Alan Barnes (Sax), Mark Nightingale (Tromobone),Steve Waterman (Trumpet) & guest star vocalisits Miss Lee Gibson, Miss Jacqui Dankworth and Mr Frank Holder (vocals and percussion). Could you beat this line up?! Frank (who discovered Cleo Laine!) was a tremendous hit last year and we can’t wait to see him again!

Guests may bring their own picnic or take the easy option and pre-order direct from Cresson Creative. Gazebos, chairs and tables are available, bookable in advance. Own gazebos and parasols are not permitted but guests many bring their own tables and chairs or rugs if they prefer. A reasonably priced bar, tea & coffee will be available.

There are some wonderful prizes in the grand raffle Grand Raffle and the NfA will also be auctioning some ‘must have’ formula one items. This wonderful evening will conclude with a spectacular firework display. Ticket Price £20.00 (under 5s free). Terrific value for money!

Sunday 26th August will see the Lunchtime Jazz ’n’ Barbecue with a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. The Phil Brown Swingtet, formerly The Basin Street Six, who have been with us since the NfA charity shop opening in 1998 are back by popular demand. As it is a special year we are providing extra entertainment in the form of The Peter Clancy Band featuring Peter Clancy (Sousaphone), Barry Dixon (Trumpet), "Boots" Edwin Baker (Trombone) and Johnny McCallum - ex Chris Barber Band – (Banjo).

The barbecue provided by RAF Odiham will be even more fantastic this year as it’s our anniversary AND it’s included in the ticket price!

As with Saturday, gazebos chairs and tables are available, bookable in advance. Own gazebos and parasols are not permitted but guests many bring their own tables and chairs if they prefer. A bar, tea & coffee will be available. The raffle prizes will include a flight in a hot air balloon generously donated by Peregrine Travel and there may be some surprises! Ticket price £17.50 (under 11s free) includes the fabulous two course barbecue lunch provided by the RAF. What a bargain!
Tickets are only available in advance and will sell out quickly so buy yours from July 2nd at Katharine Jane and Richard Ward Opticians, Odiham; The Village Gallery, Hook; Pet Kingdom, Hartley Wintney, The Village Shop, South Warnborough and other outlets around the villages.
For details of a special anniversary package please call Margaret Green on 01256 704448. If you have any difficulty in obtaining tickets they can also be purchased by calling this number.

These events are not formal concerts but excellent occasions to relax with friends, chat, listen to the music and eat your meal at your leisure – all in a stunning setting. Enjoy! We look forward to seeing you there.

WHAT IS NEUROFIBROMATOSIS?

Everyone should know about Neurofibromatosis (Nf for short) as it can occur in ANY family. It is a genetic disorder of the nerve tissue which is progressive and unpredictable and no two cases are the same. It has many devastating effects and it can cause premature death. Nf affects 1 in every 2,500 people, making it more common than many well-known conditions. There are over 25,000 people in the UK living with neurofibromatosis. Please support our events so we can help those in Hampshire and the surrounding areas. ALL proceeds go to the charity.

More information about Neurofibromatosis can be found on www.nfauk.org

supported by EDS www.edsdefence.com

Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter June 2007

by otmg on Monday 2nd July

OBDG LogoChurch Fete 14th July

Come and see us at the Church Fete! We will be having a fiendish natural history quiz for the ‘grown-ups’ whilst children can get hands on and hopefully identify some very strange bits and pieces. Prizes to be won! We’ll also have lots of information on the group and other wildlife organisations and topics.

Butterfly Walk 15th July

Tony Baines, our resident butterfly expert is leading a walk on Sunday 15th July from Colt Hill along the canal to a veritable hot spot for butterflies on Odiham Common near Bagwell Lane. On route we will look at Broad Oak Meadow and Wilk’s Water. If the weather is kind we should see Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites and maybe even Silver-washed Fritillaries. Do wear stout footwear as the ground will be rough and uneven in places. Meet at 2.00 pm at Colt Hill (Odiham) Wharf. Cost £1.

Hedgerow Survey

Wendy and Carol have now copied the maps of the parish and drawn the squares to be surveyed. The next stage is to identify the sample section of hedges to be surveyed and ask permission of the landowner - then it’s out into the fields! If you missed the training day don’t despair, we will be working in pairs, so we can team you up with someone who has been trained!

Flora Surveys 12th July

We are meeting in the Churchyard at 10.30 am on Thursday 12th July, when Tony Mundell will complete the second flora survey. Later that morning we will go on to the Cemetery, but Tony has kindly offered to spend the rest of the day in Odiham, so we will be surveying Broad Oak Meadow in the afternoon. Do join us if you can – one can learn a lot from a professional botanist!

Farm Visit

We had a fascinating evening at Lodge Farm. Robert and Duncan Janaway gave us a very informative talk about the way the farm is run and David drove us around the farm to see for ourselves – including the impressive dung heaps! We ended in the shop with wine and home produced beef rolls, courtesy of Judy and team.

Forester Moths and Purple Emperors

72 Forester Moths were counted in all the southern meadows of Odiham Common at the end of May – testament to the success of Steve’s management regime.

Purple Emperors are also present on Odiham Common but rather more difficult to see. Tony Baines has offered to take a small group in the next week or so, to Alice Holt Forest near Bentley where the males assemble in all their glory. If you would like to see them please call Tony on 07801 522932 or [email protected]

Moth Evening

Despite the torrential downpours during the day, it remained dry during the moth evening and the moths didn’t disappoint. We saw at least 43 species of macro moths (we did have four experts present!). Commoner species included two Elephant Hawk-moths which are quite large and a beautiful pink and green colour and several acrobatic Swallow-tailed moths. More unusual was a Rosy Marbled and an Orange Moth. Other large moths included a Pine Hawk-moth and a Lobster!

Garden Surveys

As we are nearly at the end of the second quarter, please don’t forget to send in your garden survey results, and let me know if you need forms for the third quarter.

Other Organisations’ Events

Hampshire Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation
Peter Vaughan is leading a Butterfly Walk on Bartley Heath on Sunday 1st July, 10.30-12.30 am. For more information please phone Peter on 01256 764225.

Overton Biodiversity Society
Overton set up their group some years ago and have been very helpful to us. Tony Mundell is leading a tree and wildflower walk on Tuesday 17th July at David’s Woods, Overton. Meet at 7.00pm (SU525510) Please wear suitable walking footwear and clothing. Cost £1 for non-members. More details from Veronique 01256 772133.

Ranger’s Ramble
Steve will be leading the second of his ‘Ranger’s Rambles’ on Odiham Common on Saturday 21st July. Please meet at the recycling bins at 10.00 am. As this is a Hart District Council walk, it’s free!

DIARY
1st July HWT and BC Butterfly Walk Bartley Heath
12th July OBG Flora Surveys
14th July Church Fete
15th July OBG Butterfly Walk 2.00 pm
17th July Overton Biodiversity Society Walk 7.00 pm
21st July HDC Odiham Common Walk 10.00 am

For more information please contact Sheila Bates on 01256 701187 or [email protected]

Talk To Someone About Doorstep Crime

by otmg on Wednesday 27th June

Being ripped off in your own home by rogue traders or distraction burglars is a very emotional experience. Not surprisingly, many people who are victims, don’t tell anyone. They are embarrassed that the nice young man who they asked in for tea was a crook and they don’t want to report the crime to the police or let the family know what has happened, which is why so many victims stay silent.

Keeping quiet contributes to the wall of silence which protects criminals and allows them to come back for more. They talk to each other about easy targets, soft touches are sold on. Their intelligence network is very good. But if crime goes unreported, it is impossible to detect.

Crimestoppers is working with Hampshire Constabulary and Trading Standards to offer victims and the community at large a way of passing on information about criminals and crime quickly, fully protected by the anonymity which is the charity’s absolute guarantee.

“We are launching our Doorstep Crime campaign in association with Age Concern Hampshire, Hampshire Fire & rescue and Neighbourhood Watch,” says Simon Theobalds who is the project co-ordinator for Hampshire. “The campaign is actively supported by McCarthy & Stone and Hampshire County Council. It is designed to make people less trusting and to assure any potential callers who have any information about doorstep criminals that it is safe to talk. No one will know you phoned.”

For further information contact –

Simon Theobalds 07899 911579

Ooh-la-la! Brunomart’s French & Continental Market Is Coming To Odiham…

by otmg on Monday 18th June

French PatisserieA hearty welcome for Brunomart’s market traders as they descend with their ‘ambiance française’ created by the French & Continental stallholders with their wares and fares in tow, transforming Odiham’s High Street into a French style boulevard.

Shop French style on Sunday 22nd July between 10am and 4pm.

Now in its sixth year, Brunomart’s French & Continental market offers the diversity and speciality of traditional French & Continental products. Its traders offer up tempting delights such as an excellent selection of cheeses, olives, charcuterie and patisserie - follow your nose to the heart-warming smell of bread and pastries; and let’s not forget those wonderful strings of onions, shallots and garlic!

Onion StringsOther delicious products include Soupe de poisson and confit de canard and for the sweeter tooth there is a variety including honey, brioche and those famous crepes with gorgeous toppings such as Grand Marnier or chocolate. Also on sale are household wares such as French African Art, earthenware, Leather Goods, hand woven baskets, stylish costume jewellery and much more – the choice is yours! Or just come along and soak up the convivial atmosphere and practice your French with our friendly stallholders and our phrase book!

Don't Forget - This Saturday!

by otmg on Monday 11th June

Celebrating 25 years of
The Neurofibromatosis Association
In association with Odiham Town Management Group

A blues festival & beer festival rolled into one!

BLUES & Booze in the Bury

Bill Sheffield and Mississippi Bill Abel from the USA supported by Hugh Budden, Pete Harris & Bob Long

Saturday June 16th 2007
1.00 pm – 6.00 pm
The Bury, ODIHAM, RG29 1LY

FREE ENTRY - Plenty of Parking – follow the signs

HUGE VARIETY OF REAL ALE!

PLENTY TO EAT & DRINK · SOMETHING FOR ALL THE FAMILY

The Neurofibromatosis Association is a Reg Charity No 1078790. www.nfauk.org

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