Hampshire Farmers' Markets.

by Peter Fountain on Tuesday 3rd July

For followers of Hampshire Farmers' Markets a new venue has been included in the schedule. To this end a Farmers' Market will take place on Saturday the 21st of July at The Victoria Hall Hartley Wintney commencing at 10 and finishing at 2 p.m.

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.


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

Events over the next two months in the Parish of Odiham.

by Peter Fountain on Monday 2nd July

There's plenty happening over the next 8 weeks in this Parish so make some notes in your diary.

French Market Sunday 22nd July, High street Odiham.

Odiham Fire Show Saturday and Sunday, 4th and 5th of August, the biggest in the country.

Jazz Weekend in The Chalk Pit Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th of August.

Odiham Food Festival 27th August, 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.,High street Odiham.

What else would you like to see ?

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!

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


by cathy on Monday 18th June

MissingLarge Black and White Cat, answering to the name of Smodge, ex resident of number 81 and much loved pet.

He was last seen on Saturday 16th June now living on King Street.

If anyone knows where he is please contact Cathy on 07784 488494 or Matt on 07917 680514.

Thank You.


After four days awol he has now come home, apparently none the worse for wear and demanding food! Thank you to everyone who helped us look for him.

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



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

Odiham Alms Houses Sale

by otmg on Tuesday 5th June

Saturday 23rd June 2007

In the Dorothy Owen Room at the Alms Houses near Odiham Cottage Hospital

From 10.00 am to noon

everyone is welcome and stalls include

Raffle, Tombola, Nearly New, Delicious Cakes, Plants and Refreshments

Fun for all the family

Tags: Event | fun | | sale | shopping

The Pensioners Are Coming!

by otmg on Friday 25th May

Chelsea PensionersOdiham & North Warnborough Bowling Club will be hosting a visit by The Chelsea Pensioners on Wednesday 20th June

10.45 AM Approx arrival time, comfort break in the George Hotel then a stroll around the village in small groups (8) with guides for approx 20 minutes.

11.30am Return to coach for a visit to RAF Odiham

12.30pm Return to the village for lunch at the George, The Grapevine and St. Johns.

2.00pm To the Bowls Club (via the Cricket Club and courtesy coach)

2.30pm Game of bowls to commence. After bowls match, drinks at the bar until departure.

Come and join us. Tea, Coffee and Bar available, reasonable prices.

Admission Free

Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia

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