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

High street - Odiham Pelican Crossing.

by Peter Fountain on Friday 3rd August

Dear Residents and Retailers,

Hampshire County Council Traffic Control section plans to carry out essential repair work to the Odiham High Street Pelican Crossing between the 15th and 17th of August 2007.

The work is required to replace the existing traffic signal ducting and cabling which is currently substandard putting the crossing at risk of failure. In carrying out the work it will be necessary to trench across the High Street at the location of the Pelican Crossing.

The excavation will be undertaken in two stages to minimise disruption with traffic controlled by temporary signals under a shuttle working arrangement. The works are likely to take no more than 3 working days during which time the Pelican Crossing will be out of use.

The replacement of the existing cabling and ducting,
whilst inconvenient, will remove the immediate risk to the operation of the crossing and ensure the ability to correctly maintain it in the future.
May I apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause. Should you have any further concerns about this matter please contact me directly on 01962 845421.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Bingham
Senior Engineer
Traffic Control
Hampshire County Council

Traffic - resurfacing work at Lord Derby Roundabout

by stephengorys on Friday 3rd August

Hampshire Highways North
Motorway Compound
Hook
Hampshire, RG27 9AA

Telephone 0845 8504422
Fax 01256 766527
www.hants.gov.uk/environment
M Milner MM/BS/A287/1254289

01256 764444

25 July 2007
[email protected]

Dear Sir or Madam

Re: Carriageway Resurfacing Scheme – A287 Lord Derby Roundabout, North Warnborough
Area Director, Highways and Transport
Brian Millen BSc CEng MICE
Director of Environment
Alison Quant BSc MSc MRTPI

I am writing to inform you of my intention to undertake carriageway resurfacing and strengthening of the A287 Lord Derby Roundabout – North Warnborough.

The works shall be carried out under phased closures with manned traffic control and are programmed to start 06 August 2007 taking approximately 5 days to complete, weather permitting.

In order for the roundabout to be completed as safely and quickly as possible the B3349 Hook Road between the Lord Derby Roundabout and the Priors Corner Roundabout at the junction with Dunleys Hill will be closed to through traffic. Access/Egress for residents and businesses will only be possible from the Priors Corner Roundabout end of Hook Road.

The working hours shall be between 19:00 – 06:00. The roundabout and B3349 will be open for normal use during the day, although due to raised ironwork in the road and ramps a temporary speed limited of 30mph will be in force day and night for the duration of the works. Drivers are advised to proceed carefully through the roundabout during this period.

My Contractor, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Services Limited wishes to express that they are unable to undertake any private work associated with this scheme.

Should you have any queries about these works please contact my assistant Martyn Milner at this office.

Yours faithfully

Steve Pellatt
Highways Manager (Hart)
Hampshire Highways North

Odiham Fire Show.

by Peter Fountain on Thursday 2nd August

It is with regret that the Odiham Fire Show which was to have been held on Saturday and Sunday, 4th and 5th of August has had to be cancelled due to the state of the ground following the recent heavy rainfall.

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.

DIARY
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

French Market- a big thank you !

by Peter Fountain on Tuesday 24th July

A big thank you to Odiham residents who tolerated the somewhat selfish parking of a few visitors to the French Market. Some residents also ignored the controlled parking which seriously hindered the smooth flow of traffic. Parking was well signposted to the recreation ground but it would appear that some felt that it was too far to walk !
Some residents have given me feedback which is always welcome, [email protected] or 01256 702128.

French Market in Odiham this Sunday 22nd July 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

by Peter Fountain on Monday 16th July

We cannot guarantee the weather but we can promise one of the best French Markets around with a huge variety of stalls and a great atmosphere.
For those of you visiting for the day we apologise in advance that we are unable to offer the usual field for parking for obvious reasons so please follow signs for alternative parking which is still only a short walk from the High street.
If you have special requirements for parking please call me, Peter Fountain on 01256 702128 or 07973 933832 or email [email protected] and we will make sure that you are looked after.
Enjoy the day.

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.

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

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