Odiham Christmas Extravaganza 2007

by otmg on Friday 9th November

It's that time of year again when the community of Odiham and North Warnborough get together to show the world how to enjoy themselves.

There will be something for everyone including the fair, two hogroasts, pipe and drum band, our own retained fire engine and of course Father Christmas.

You will find stalls selling anything from cider to Italian cheeses, preserves to Christmas gifts, candy floss to hot Chilli sauces. The event kicks off at 6.30 on Thursday the 29th of November with a procession up the High street through the centre of the many stalls that attend the evening.

There will be a variety of animals (no not the Hook Eagle Morrismen) from Millers Ark also in attendance.

We cannot promise the weather but we can guarantee a very warm welcome from our shops, hostelries and restaurants....and yes the famous Hook Eagle Morrismen will be strutting their stuff for us.
The event runs until 9.30.

The High street will be closed at 4 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. from High Street, London Road junction (London road from Broad Oak roundabout will be accessible) to High Street Church Street junction and King Street from High Street to the junction of The Bury by Three Ways and Myrtle Cottage. Palace Gate residents and the Health Centre will be able to gain access.

All residents heading home to the East end of Odiham please enter via Broad Oak roundabout and residents bound for the West end, King Street, Long Lane etc. please enter via Western Cross.

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Ladies Night 2007

by otmg on Monday 5th November

Friday 16th November is Ladies Night at Leapfrogs Pre-School.

There will be 30 stalls so it will be the biggest Ladies Night so far and promises to be a fantastic evening.

To book treatments call Kim Haddrell on 0771 465 2571.

Hart Neighbourhood Surgeries. Nov/Dec 2007

by otmg on Friday 2nd November

Hart Neighbourhood Centre, Dickson House, London Road, Hook
Tel: 01256 760800
E-mail: [email protected]

‘Local Solutions to Local Issues from Local People’

Mon – Thurs 10:00am – 4:00pm
Fri 9:30am – 12:00pm,
1st Saturday of the month: 9:30am – 12:00pm

Regular Surgeries November and December 2007:

Anti-social behaviour Thursday 8th November and 13th December 2pm – 4pm
And Victim Support: For advice regarding Anti-social behaviour in your area drop in to the centre or call 01252 774256 to book an appointment with your local support officer at the Hart Neighbourhood Centre

Hook District Councillor : Saturday 3rd November and 1st December 10am – 12noon
Hook District Councillors Jonathan Glen, Sean Haffey or Andrew Henderson will be here for you to speak to personally.

Hart Homes:We receive the upto date information on available housing association properties. Please call in and see us on Thursdays or Fridays.

Healthy Walks: Every Monday 11am
Come along and join us for our organised stroll around Hook. A chance to enjoy the outdoors and meet people with a cup of tea and a chat afterwards. Meet at the Centre.

Housing Advice: Thursday 1st November and 6th December 3pm – 4pm
Advice provided by Sentinel Housing on all housing needs. For Sentinel and non-Sentinel tenants.

Junction 5 Debt Advisory: Every Wednesday 1:30 – 3:30pm. Are you spiralling into debt? Need help writing to creditors? Need someone to listen? Come along for free confidential support

Mobile Library Bus:Thursday 8th and 22nd November and 6th and 20th December at 11:45am

Story time:Every Thursday 11am (except school holidays). It is never too early to be interested in books, as some of the youngsters attending our story time can testify! Fun stories read aloud followed by a colouring session and visit to the mobile library bus! Parents/carers also get the chance to meet up over a coffee.

Sunshine & Showers: Every Tuesday 1:00 – 2:30pm. Do you get anxious or experience depression? This friendly support group welcomes new members.

Taking Steps:Every Tuesday 10am – 12noon Creche available. Support for men and women who have experienced domestic abuse. Very welcoming group and completely confidential.

Sunshine & Showers Art Group
This is a group for those who have experienced depression, anxiety or who have a disability and who would be interested in joining a small number of people to paint and draw together in a social context. Some guidance will be available for those who are beginners or are inexperienced but all abilities will be welcomed. The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Hart Neighbourhood Centre between 10.00 – 12.00 pm.
Please contact Claire for further details: 01344 750748

‘Help with English’
Do you struggle to fill out forms, apply for jobs or understand letters? Is English your second language? or do you just need some help. If so come along and we can help. Every Wednesday (except school holidays) 10am – 12noon

Hook Christmas Cracker 2007
Come and visit Father Christmas in his warm and friendly Grotto here at the Hart Neighbourhood Centre on Friday 7th December. Great gifts to please the children and Mulled wine to please the adults
Father Christmas here from 5.30pm.

The Hart Neighbourhood Centre will be closed for Christmas from 12 noon on Friday 21st December and will reopen on Wednesday 2nd January 2008 at 10am.

Please contact the centre for more details,
01256 760800 0r E-mail: [email protected]
Or visit our website:www.hartnc.org

Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter November 2007

by otmg on Tuesday 30th October


Do come along to the Cross Barn on Thursday 22nd November to hear Paul Hope talk about the wildlife of the Basingstoke Canal. Paul is one of the Canal Rangers and whilst he is an expert on bats, he is extremely knowledgeable about all the wildlife found on or around the Canal and I am sure that he will have lots of photographs to illustrate his talk. The talk will start at 7.45pm and will cost £2.

Tree Walk Repeated 7th November

What do Wellingtonia, Persian Ironwood and Arbutus have in common? They are all trees found on the Odiham Biodiversity Group tree walk held on the 13th October. We started in the Churchyard, moved on to Chamberlain Gardens, up to the Cemetery and then back to the High Street and Palace Gate. All in all we saw 50 different species of trees, some native, some exotic, but mostly planted, some at least
100 years ago. With the input of an expert we learnt a lot and began to appreciate the importance of mature trees in this central area of Odiham.
We are now going to produce a ‘Tree Trail’ leaflet. If you have any information, particularly photographic or historical on Odiham’s trees, please let us know.

As several interested parties weren’t able to make the tree walk we will be repeating it on Wednesday 7th November at 10.00am. We aren’t able to keep to paths all the time and the grass is likely to be wet, so please wear suitable footwear. We will meet in The Bury and it will cost £1.

‘Birdwatching for softies’
12th November We know that not all of our readers are up to striding about the countryside looking for wildlife, so we have devised an alternative! Come along to Parkside on Monday the 12th of November between 10.30 and 12.30 am and do a bit of birdwatching from the comfort of the sofa! I can’t guarantee the birds but I will provide coffee/tea and biscuits – and even some binoculars if you don’t have any. Please get in contact if you don’t know where I live.

Small Mammal Survey in the Cemetery

With the guidance of Ian White of the Hampshire Mammal Group, 20 (live) traps were set in the Cemetery on Monday evening. On Tuesday morning we were delighted to find that 8 were occupied. We found one Common Shrew, 6 Wood Mouse and One Yellow-necked Mouse. This is quite a good result for such an area. We will be doing a similar survey of the Churchyard within the next few days.

The Geese
There seem to be more geese than ever this year, flying around in the early morning and the early evening. What I have noticed is that they are not all Canada Geese – I have noticed small groups of Greylag Geese amongst the larger skeins of Canada Geese. I have also read that although they nibble the shoots of winter wheat now coming up, this does the wheat no lasting damage – I wonder if the farmers would agree with this?

Late Departures

I noticed that there were still house martin chicks being fed in the nest on the 8th October at Vicary’s in the High Street. This is indeed a late brood and one hopes that they make the long journey south.

Bat Boxes
Do you remember that Paul put up some bat boxes last spring at Colt Hill, courtesy of the Parish Council? Well, he checked them the other day and found that half of them had been occupied during the spring and summer – but not by bats! Mostly they contained blue tits’ nests, a couple of great tits’ and a wren’s, and most of them looked as if the nests had been successful. This is not unusual, as bats are notoriously sensitive and prefer to wait a couple of years before occupying a new box – so maybe next year?


Hampshire Wildlife Trust ‘Winter Wander’ Saturday 3rd November

A walk around Caesar’s Camp from 10.30 until 12.30. Please contact Laura Fairs on 01256 381190 for more details and to book your place.

Hampshire Wildlife Trust ‘Meet the Cows’ Saturday 24th November

Join Alex Cruickshank, Wildlife Trust Grazing Project, at Velmead Common for a stroll around this lovely bit of heath. We hope to see the cattle that have recently arrived at the site to see how they are settling in, as well as some of the wild animals and plants that make the Common their home. Meet at 10.00 am and park at the car park on the Aldershot Road to the east of the Foresters Pub (Map ref. SU 827 527). Please don't park in the pub car park. For more information contact Alex on 07789 096330.
Basingstoke RSPB

The indoor evening meeting is a talk by Ralph Todd entitled‘ On the trail of the Crane’ on Wednesday 21st November and the outdoor meeting is at Rockford Common on Sunday 25th November. Please contact Maureen Brailey on 01256 702006 or Peter Hutchins on 01256 770831 for more details.

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

Jubilee Arts Festival, Odiham

by otmg on Saturday 27th October

Odiham’s Jubilee Choir are organising the 4th Jubilee Arts Festival, taking place from 1st to 10th November. The theme of the festival this year is PEACE.


The highlight of the festival is a concert at All Saints’ Church, Odiham, on Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm, conducted by Ben Noithip. There will be an orchestra to accompany the choir.

The programme includes Handel’s Zadok The Priest, Vivaldi’s Gloria, The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins and flute duets.

Further information and tickets for the concert (£10 (inc. programme) under 18’s free) available from Katharine Jane Gifts, Richard Ward Opticians, High St. Odiham, or Mo Smith (01256 702216)

Lunchtime Instrumental and vocal recitals
There will be 3 lunchtime Instrumental Recitals taking place at All Saints’ Church, The Bury, by students of Lord Wandsworth College, who have among its students many talented musicians, who have performed with the Jubilee Choir on previous occasions. The audience is invited to bring their lunch to eat during the performance and have a relaxing half hour. Coffee will be served.

1pm – 1.30pm
Thursday 1st November: Chamber Concert
Friday 2nd November: Jazz orchestra with soloists
Wednesday 7th Nov: Solo Concert: Stefi Woods-Davison (flute and vocals)

Admission is free. Donations given during this concert will be in aid of All Saints’ Church Organ Fund.

During the Festival there will be an exhibition of paintings at All Saints’ Church, by local school children.
Further information on www.jubileechoir.com

Holy Ridiculous Auditions

by otmg on Saturday 27th October

Auditions for the Holy Ridiculous panto “The Wonderful World of Mother Goose”

Tuesday 30th October 7.30pm (singing/dancing and children)

Thursday 1st November 8pm (adults, acting)

At Mayhill School, Odiham

Auditions are very informal – come along and have a go – all ages welcome !!!!


Hampshire & Berkshire Guild Of Craftsmen

by otmg on Tuesday 23rd October

Will be bringing individually designed and made ceramics, furniture, jewellery and textiles to...

The Cross Barn, Odiham, RG29 1JX

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 10am-4pm

Private view Friday 26th October 6pm-8pm

With delicious food from Malisa's Café

Perfect for Christmas shopping! Enquiries [email protected]


You Are Cordially Invited To....

by otmg on Monday 22nd October

Wine Rack would like to invite you to our Winter Wine Fair on Friday 26th October from 6pm-10pm at the Hook Community Centre*

Wine, Spirits, Champagnes and Ales. With Olives, Chocolates, Cheese and much more.

In aid of The Duchenne Family Support Group, helping those who have Muscular Dystrophy.

For more details contact Karen on 01256 703504.

See you there :)

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Odiham From The Air

by otmg on Sunday 21st October

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!

Odiham From The Air

Odiham Chalk Pit

Robert Mays School From The Air

Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter October 2007

by otmg on Saturday 20th October

Canal Walk

We were lucky with the weather – perfect conditions for observing dragonflies whilst strolling leisurely along the canal. We had good viewings of several species including the Banded Demoiselle, the Red-eyed Damselfly, Migrant Hawker, and Emperor Dragonfly. Peter proved to be immensely
knowledgeable about his subject and provided us with much information. Did you know that dragonflies can fly backwards?

And it was not only the dragonflies – the family of swans joined us – and robins, wrens and blackcap alerted us to their presence. Many wildflowers were in bloom including Fleabane, wild Angelica and Yellow Loosestrife. Gatekeeper butterflies (also known as hedge browns in some localities) were also in evidence.


Some people have expressed an interest in learning more about wildlife and habitats. This is something that we may be able to arrange if viable. The sort of things that we may be able to cover, possibly in conjunction with HWT: Identification of trees and shrubs in hedgerows, maybe a workshop on bats, identification of garden birds, butterflies, moths, farming and conservation. I suspect few would be able to commit to a series of courses but maybe one-offs at a local venue led by an expert in his/her field, probably at a week-end or evening if indoor based. Do let one of us know what you think – the sort of things you would be interested in.

Swifts, Swallows and House Martins

We are fortunate in Odiham to have significant numbers of all these summer visitors and this year was no exception. The swifts around the church tower are a familiar sight and at least two dozen were recorded on one of the surveys. They have now gone on their long journey south, but the swallows and martins should be with us for a couple of weeks yet. If you want to see them skimming around searching for insects or gathering on telegraph wires, just wander into the Deer Park or look up when you’re in the High Street to see the martins coming back to their nests under the eaves of the houses.

We may lose our summer visitors but I have heard the geese arriving!

Hedgerow Surveys

The Odiham Hedgerow survey was put on hold at the time of the foot and mouth outbreak, but we have now resumed. We are continuing our training/practice sessions – just small groups of 3 or 4 – so you can still join in! There are potentially some 240 sections of hedgerows to survey in the parish so we need all the help we can get. Don’t worry if your identification of hedgerow species needs a bit of brushing up – we are compiling a series of laminated pages to help and Lindsay has kindly donated a number of 2m poles – essential for measuring the width of a hedgerow!

You may wonder what this is all for. Well, hedgerows have been classified as a biodiversity priority habitat by DEFRA – they support a number of species and provide a vital link or ‘wildlife corridor’ between habitats. Not only that – they are an essential component of the landscape of this part of the world.

Broad Oak Meadow

Tony Mundell carried out a flora survey of Broad Oak Meadow on July 12th and we now have a list of some 77 different species, although sadly, we found no evidence of any orchids. No doubt if we do a survey in the spring we could add to this total. Species included some grasses typical of old pasture, such as Meadow Barley.

We did find some examples of Grass Vetchling at the side of Broad Oak Lane. This is an interesting plant and easily overlooked as for most of the year it just looks like grass. However, in July it flowers – just one or two pink pea-like flowers at the top of the stalk. A large patch of Michaelmas Daisy was recorded on the east side of the meadow. This was presumably a garden escape!

Small Mammal Surveys

As part of this year’s surveys of the Churchyard and Cemetery we have enlisted the help of Ian White of the Hampshire Mammal Group. He will be coming along in the next few weeks to undertake a survey of the smaller, furry inhabitants of ‘God’s Acre’. Watch this space!


Bat Walk 5th September
Hampshire Wildlife Trust are holding a bat walk along the canal on the evening of Wednesday 5th September. You don’t have to be a member of the trust but donations are requested. Meet at Colt Hill (Odiham) Wharf at 7.30 pm with your torch and bat detector if you have one. More details from Audrey Moss-Bradnam on 01256 780074.

Basingstoke RSPB 19th and 23rd September
The indoor meeting in September is on the 19th and is entitled ‘Not so Scilly!’ Peter Hutchins and his family will be talking about their recent visit to the Isles of Scilly. The outdoor meeting is to Pagham Harbour and will be on September 23rd. More details from Peter Hutchins 01256 770831 or Maureen Brailey 01256 702006.

Odiham Biodiversity Group Committee and Hedgerow Group Meetings
We meet in the evening of the first Tuesday of the month. If a room is available, Rachel and James Watt kindly let us meet at The George. If you would like to become more involved with the group, do let us know and come and join us!

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

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