Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter May 2007

by otmg on Friday 25th May

Evening Bird Walk 30th May

The Basingstoke RSPB group with the Odiham Biodiversity Group are holding an evening walk on Wednesday 30th May. Meet in Colt Hill car park at 6.30 pm.

Churchyard and Cemetery Surveys

Tony Mundell carried out initial flora surveys of the Churchyard and the Cemetery on the 3rd May. You may be surprised to know that 111 different plant species were identified in the Churchyard and 124 species in the Cemetery. Most species were what you might expect in old chalk grassland but the Fiddle Dock in the Churchyard was unusual and the Wood Goldilocks found in the Cemetery is more typically found in ancient woodland. The numerous Primroses and Cowslips in the Cemetery had also produced a natural hybrid which itself is unusual – a cowslip with flowers nearly the size of primroses. Tony will return on the 12th July for another survey, when he hopes to add to the list.

The bird surveys are on-going but we will also be doing butterfly surveys, bat surveys and hopefully surveys for small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles aided by the local species groups. By the autumn we should have a comprehensive picture of the wildlife currently present and with the help of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust we will compile a report for the PCC and the Parish Council with suggestions as to how some areas could be managed with wildlife in mind.

Hedgerow Survey

Last Saturday’s training session with Alison Cross of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust went well. Whilst initially the task seemed quite daunting, in practice the surveying was not too onerous and in fact was quite fun! Don’t worry if you missed the training session but would like to help with the survey. Eight of us are now fully trained and will be able to pass on what we have learnt. This project, depending of course on the agreement of the landowners, will take place over a two-year period so there is plenty of time for you to get involved.
Hedgerows are important for many reasons – they are an integral part of our landscape, a refuge for wildlife and act as a corridor linking natural areas. Furthermore, hedgerows have been designated as a priority habitat in the national Biodiversity Action Plan. Surveys are needed to establish the condition of the hedgerows and ascertain the most important from a wildlife point of view.

Church Fete 14th July

Does anyone have a gazebo that we could borrow for the Church Fete? We’re going to have quizzes and competitions for adults and children together with displays and information about the group and wildlife and conservation in general. If you can help – by helping for an hour on our stall, by donating prizes, making up displays or compiling competitions, please get in touch.

More aliens spotted!

Muntjac deer have been seen on Odiham Common. They are much, much smaller than the Roe deer and the males have tusks! Also, there are further reports of Ring-necked parakeets. Do let us know if you see any.


Odiham Common Walk Saturday 26th May

Hopefully, the weather will be better for the second of Steve’s Tree Council ‘Walk in the Woods’, although the rain didn’t deter some on the first walk! Meet at the recycling bins at 10.00am. This is a Hart District Council walk – so it’s free!

Bugs! Saturday 26th May

Wildlife Watch, the Junior section of the Hampshire Wildlife Trust are meeting at 2.00 pm in Colt Hill car park to look for dragonflies and other bugs along the canal. If you have children or grandchildren aged between 5 and 13 do bring them along. Do book first with Clare Lloyd Williams 01256 782665. £1 for HWT members and £2 for non-members.

Greywell Moors and Warnborough Greens

The Hampshire Flora Group are visiting Greywell Moors and Warnborough Greens on Saturday 10th June from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm. In theory, the Early Marsh Orchids and the Southern Marsh Orchids will both be in flower. The group would welcome keen amateur botanists so if you would like to come along, please call me in the first instance for more information.

STOP PRESS – the Foresters are emerging!

The Forester moths for which Odiham Common is famous are now emerging. These beautiful iridescent blue-green moths fly in the day-time. We are arranging a special visit to the meadows to show them to you and will inform you by e-mail when we can do this. If you’re not on e-mail give me a ring and I’ll keep you posted.

26th May HDC Ranger walk Odiham Common 10.00 am
26th May HWT Wildlife Watch Bugs! 2.00 pm
30th May RSPB/OBG Bird Walk 6.30 pm
5th June OBG Committee meeting 7.30 pm
10th June Hants Flora Group Greywell Moors 10.30 am
14th July Church Fete
15th July OBG Butterfly walk

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


by Peter Fountain on Sunday 20th May

The Odiham Food Festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th of May and will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The High street will be closed from King street to Church street.
Chefs from a number of restaurants in the area will be demonstrating their skills complemented by a variety of food stalls.

Urgent! Urgent! Refurbishment of The Bury - the Parish Council needs your views

by simon quarrell on Thursday 17th May

Hampshire County Council have said they are now completing the works and the contractors are on-site until next Friday - but they have only mentionned the re-surfacing!

Other things are still missing from the plan - for example the light in Terry's Alley - and these need to be addressed while the contractors are here.

So, if you know of any other missing or uncompleted pieces of work, please let the Parish Council clerk know as soon as possible - so she can do what she can for us!

The routes for information are:
- add a comment to this blog
- respond to the Parish Council note that Bury residents will receive in the next few days
- drop a note in the Parish Council room letterbox in The Bury
- or go to the Parish Council website forum and add your views.

Wine Fair

by otmg on Tuesday 15th May

Wine Rack is holding a huge Wine Fair in the Community Center, Ravenscroft, Hook on the 1st June. 6pm - 10pm

Entrance is free and tickets are available from Wine Rack in Odiham, Hook, Fleet, Hartley Wintney and Church Crookham.

The event is in aid of the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust and donations are welcome on the night.

There is going to be lots to see and taste and special offers including -

40% off of Table Wine
30%off of Champagne
Free Local Delivery
South African Deserts like Koeksisters and some very nice chocolates and sweets from Swirleeze
Olives by Holly O'Neill
Balloons From 81 Red Balloons (formally No 81.)
Live Music

and much much more.

So dont miss out on the chance to sample wines, beers and food and have a great night out

For more details contact Karen at Wine Rack Odiham on 01256 703504

Parish Council Election Results

by otmg on Tuesday 8th May

The results of the recent Parish Council Elections are as follows :-

Election Results
North Warnborough Ward

Clarke, Roger - Returned unopposed
Horton, John - Returned unopposed
Smith, Maureen - Returned unopposed

Odiham Ward

Cubbage, Simon - Elected - 417 votes
Fleming, Helen - Elected - 564 votes
Fountain, Peter - Elected - 611 votes
Jones, Roger - Elected - 558 votes
Kearns, Derek - Elected - 494 votes
Quarrell, Simon - Elected - 442 votes

Ebert, Philip - Not Elected - 356 votes

RAF Station

Thorne, Ian - Returned unopposed

District results : Odiham

Carter, Roger Liberal Democrats 249
Crookes, Kenneth Conservatives 1268

Information supplied by the Odiham Parish Council Website.

The Cross Barn

by otmg on Tuesday 8th May

The Cross Barn, built in 1532 and one of the earliest brick built agricultural buildings in Hampshire, is situated just behind Odiham High Street. It is currently used as Odiham’s community hall and is run by a committee of local residents. It provides a spectacular venue for meetings, exhibitions, lectures, classes, private functions, celebrations and children's parties.

Regular events include yoga classes, ballet and other dance classes, Mothers’ and Babies’ Group, Toddlers’ Group, Twofold Trust lunches, Slimmers’ World.

The monthly “Cinema at The Cross Barn” runs from September to June, showing recently released films – very often before they are available to buy on dvd - with the benefit of a big screen in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Full details of facilities and hire charges can be found at www.thecrossbarn.org.uk

Anniversary Celebrations!

by otmg on Tuesday 8th May


Don't Forget!

Blues & Booze in The Bury, Odiham, Hampshire Sat 16 June 2007


One of a series of events to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Neurofibromatosis Association (NfA), “Blues & Booze in The Bury” will be a fantastic blues festival and beer festival rolled into one. Organised jointly by The NfA and Odiham Town Management Group, it is expected to attract about three thousand people from far and wide. Put the date in your diary now; Sat 16 June, 1pm – 6pm. Entry and parking are FREE.

The event will feature two excellent bluesmen from the USA; Bill Sheffield and Mississippi Bill Abel, both on tour of the UK this summer, plus support from British performers, Pete Harris from Lock’s Heath , Bob Long from Lyndhurst and Hugh Budden from Poole. Bill Sheffield, from Atlanta, Georgia will be appearing with Paul Linden and Dave Saunders and this date will be the climax to his UK tour. Bill Abel, from Duncan, Mississippi, will perform solo at Odiham before joining up with Big George Brock for a tour starting in York on 19 June. Biographical notes on the artistes are given below. If you like blues this will be a rare treat to see and hear these men on a British stage.

The festival, in this pretty Hampshire country town, will include numerous real ales, a Hog Roast, nut roasting, cheeses, Salamis, Olives, tea and coffee, homemade cakes and more. There will also be other entertainment with children in mind and there will be a great family cafe style atmosphere. The Bury is a public space and a thoroughfare, situated close to the Parish Church but the road will be closed to traffic and the event and parking will be clearly signposted. The NfA will raise money from the tea and cakes, collecting buckets and a stall with tombola and a raffle.

The event is a must for blues and real ale followers and will provide a great time for all, as well as raising much needed funds for The Neurofibromatosis Association in their anniversary year.

Bill Sheffield

The bluesman from Atlanta needs no introduction to regular UK blues fans having sold out all his previous appearances here. Bill will perform his own interpretations of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Willie McTell and other original blues masters songs along with his own compositions and versions of songs that have influenced him over the years. His experience of being Roy Buchanon’s tour and album vocalist and opening for blues greats such as Big Mama Thornton, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Stevie Ray Vaughn (it’s a little known fact that SRV actually opened for Bill Sheffield once!) and his laid back yet energy laden stage style has made him many friends in the UK where he is always made welcome. Accompanied by ex Producers bassist Dave Saunders, this will be yet another ‘have to be there’ blues experience!

Those lucky enough to have seen Bill before know what a great singer/ guitarist and powerful performer he is. With his huge voice and stunning slide guitar this man puts his heart and soul into every show.

Mississippi Bill Abel

Originally from Belzoni, MS and now resident near Duncan, about half an hour’s drive south from Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta, Bill Abel learned the blues first hand from the blues musicians he has known throughout his life, particularly the late Paul “Wine” Jones.

Bill sings and plays guitar both as a solo performer and as leader of The Bill Abel Blues Band. His influences and much of the material for his arrangements come from legendary bluesmen including Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Bill is also much in demand to accompany other blues musicians. He has played with Cadillac John Nolden, Monroe Jones, Paul“Wine”Jones, David Lee Durham, Kenny Kimbrough, Terry Bean, Sam Carr, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Big George Brock, Hubert Sumlin and others. Last year, he recorded with Hubert Sumlin on the W.C. Handy Award nominated Big George Brock album, “Round Two”. In 2006, Bill was touring in Europe with Big George Brock and this year he’s back again and will join Big George’s tour of the UK in June.

Bill always enjoys his solo gigs as they give him the freedom to play his own interpretations of country blues classics. He is equally at home with acoustic and electric blues. His dazzling performance on the Acoustic Stage at last October’s Arkansas Blues & Heritage (former King Biscuit) Festival in Helena AR, won much critical acclaim. His appearance at The Blues & Booze Festival in Odiham, Hampshire, will be his first in the UK.

Pete Harris

PETE HARRIS (vocals, guitar) has performed on stage with many American blues artistes, notably Phil Guy, (brother of Buddy Guy), Lowell Fulson, Tabby Thomas, Gene 'Mighty Flea' Connors, Mojo Buford (ex Muddy Waters Band), Byther Smith, Carrie and Lurrie Bell and Jerry McCain. He has appeared on BBC Television and many times on local and national radio. On this occasion, Pete will be joined by Hugh Budden on harmonica.

Bob Long

Bob is a British blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player specialising in "the old stuff". Most of what he plays is his interpretations of pre-world war II blues, jug band and ragtime material particularly music from the Mississippi delta, where he is a frequent visitor and participant in The Clarksdale Juke Joint Festival. For his appearance at Blues & Booze In The Bury, Bob will be joined by Hugh Budden on harmonica.

For more information about Bob Long, visit his website at bobalong.co.uk

Hugh Budden

The versatility and sheer brilliance of Hugh Budden's harp playing has given him a reputation as one of the South's best harmonica players. His career has spanned across the spectrums of both music and continents and he has developed a highly individual style of playing which lends itself to blues. Hugh has gigged throughout the UK at major festivals and smaller venues in France, Belgium, Holland, Eire, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Gibraltar, Mallorca, Tenerife and New Zealand. For more information about Hugh, visit www.dolfinmusic.com

For general enquiries, contact Peter Fountain, Odiham Town Manager, email [email protected], phone 01256 702128

or Tricia Stephens email [email protected] phone 01256 704701

For music enquiries, contact Bob Long email [email protected] phone 023 8028 2821

RSPB and Odiham Biodiversity Group Evening Walk

by otmg on Tuesday 8th May

The Basingstoke RSPB group with OBG are having an evening walk on Odiham Common and the Basingstoke Canal on Wednesday 30th May.

This will be a great opportunity for us to learn more about the birds around us from the experts. Please meet at 6.30 pm at Colt Hill wharf if you'd like to go along.

Neurofibromatosis Association Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Celebrations - Update

by otmg on Tuesday 8th May


The local group of the Neurofibromatosis Association is attending the following events in their anniversary year.

Please make a note of the dates and support them if you can – all funds we raise will help those living with Neurofibromatosis in our area.

31 May - Basingstoke Charity Fayre, The Malls, Basingstoke

10 June - Salmon & Strawberries, Winchfield

16 June - Blues & Booze in The Bury, Odiham

25/26 - Aug Odiham Jazz Weekend, Odiham

For more information or to help with our local events, please call 01256 704701 or 01256 702885 or email [email protected]

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Community website nominated for a Hantsweb Award

by simon quarrell on Tuesday 1st May

Just to let you know that this websitesite has been nominated for a Hantsweb Award 2007. These prestigious Awards run by Hampshire County Council, reward the best websites and internet services in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

It will be interesting to see what conclusion the judges come to!