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!

Jubilee Choir Concert

by otmg on Sunday 29th April

Escape the din of everyday life, and come to our concert at All Saints’ Church on Saturday 5th May.

Tranquillity – A Concert of Reflection and Meditation, directed by Ben Noithip, includes Allegri: Miserere Mei Deus, Elgar’s Lux Aeterna (Nimrod), Tavener: The Lamb.

Also included are flute solos by Sue Noithip, the very talented former Hart Young Musician of the Year, Stefi Woods-Davison, who will play Mercandante: Flute Concerto in E Minor. There is also a piano solo by Ben Noithip, Vietnamese Boatsong.

Tickets available at Richard Ward Opticians, Katharine Jane Gifts or Mo Smith (01256 702216) Visit our web site www.jubileechoir.com for further information.

HART DISTRICT COUNCIL - WEEKLY LIST OF VALID PLANNING APPLICATIONS,25-Apr-07

by stephengorys on Friday 27th April

Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00607/ADV Valid on: 18/04/2007 Office Mrs Sheila Andrews
Location: Land At Lodge Farm Hook Road North Warnborough Hook Hampshire
Description: Erection of sign. (Retrospective)
Applicant: Newlyns
Address: Tile Barn Farm
Upton Grey
Basingstoke
RG25 2RS
Agent:

Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00737/FUL Valid on: 17/04/2007 Office Outside Consultant
Location: Barley Mow Ph The Hurst Winchfield Hook RG27 8DE
Description: Erection of new entrance canopy and erection of front/side glazed pergola
Applicant: Mr Shayne Wilford
Address: Jubilee House
Second Avenue
Burton on Trent
DE14 2WF
Agent: Mr Andrew Skinner
Design Management Partnership Ltd
8 Trade Street
Cardiff
CF10 5DT

Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00830/FUL Valid on: 20/04/2007 Office Miss Rachel White
Location: 2 Burlingham Grange North Warnborough Hook Hampshire RG29 1FB
Description: Erection of single storey front and rear conservatory.
Applicant: Mr John Morris
Address: Seagarth
Garret Street
Torpoint
PL10 1PD
Agent: Mr S Riaz
Everest Ltd
Unit 7
North Orbital Commercial Park
Napsbury Lane
St Albans AL1 1XB

Ward: Odiham
Parish: DO
Case 07/00907/FUL Valid on: 05/04/2007 Office Mrs Helen Jones
Location: Sanquhar Church Lane Dogmersfield Hook RG27 8SZ
Description: Change of use of existing garage to living accommodation erection of pitched roof
over to incorporare a bedroom. Erection of a new detached garage and fromation
of a new vehicular access onto church lane. New entrance porch with pitched
roof to existing dwelling
Applicant: Mr And Mrs Snadden
Address: Sanquhar
Church Lane
Dogmersfield
Hook
RG27 8SZ

Agent: D And J Arthur Architects
Oak Common Cottage
New Road
Hartley Wintney
Hook
Hampshire
RG27 8SA

Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter April 2007

by otmg on Wednesday 25th April

OBDG LogoLodge Farm Walk and Ride Thursday 24th May 6.30 p.m.
Lodge Farm is a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) farm. Join us on the 24th May and Robert Janaway and will explain what this means and how this affects a local farm. Robert will talk about livestock and the management of the Deer Park and his cousin will tell us about the arable side. Booking for this is essential, as we have to know numbers for the trailer rides etc. It will cost £2, payable on the evening (the Janaways are generously giving their time free). Please book by the 10th May.

Hedgerow Survey Training Saturday 19th May 9.30 am – 1.00 pm.
Hedgerows play a crucial role as corridors for wildlife. Generally, the older the hedge the better for wildlife and the number of woody species gives us a clue as to the age of the hedge. Alison Cross of HWT is coming to Odiham on the morning of the 19th May to give us training on how to survey the hedges in our parish. Fiona and John have kindly made space available for us at the Waterwitch for the theory section and afterwards we will be able to put into practice what we have learnt by surveying some nearby hedgerows. Cost £2. Again please book your place.

Come and see a real botanist at work!
Tony Mundell is coming to Odiham on the 3rd May to do the surveys of the Cemetery and Churchyard. The plan is to start at 10.30 am in the Cemetery and 2.00 pm in the Churchyard although this could alter if the weather is inclement or a funeral is taking place. This will be an invaluable opportunity to see how a flora survey is conducted and for you to brush up your identification skills. A survey of the churchyard was carried out by Peter and Patricia Moore some ten years ago so it will be interesting to see whether there are any changes in the flora over this period.

‘Walk in the Woods’
Steve Lyons the ranger will be guiding two walks around Odiham Common in May as part of National Tree Month. Each walk will take about 2 hours and Steve will be pointing out historic trees, some wildlife (hopefully) and how woodlands are managed. The first walk will start at 6.30 pm on Thursday 10th May and the second at 10.00 am (n.b.change of time) on Saturday 26th May. Meet at the Recycling bins at Colt Hill. Free!

Church Fete 14th July
We are going to have a stall at the Church Fete this year. We hope to have displays and will be having some kind of wildlife quiz for children and adults. Volunteers to ‘man’ the stall for just an hour at a time would be welcomed.

Bat Walk
The bat walk on the 12th April was a great success. There were 33 of us including some very enthusiastic children, but best of all – there were lots of bats for us to see and hear. Common pipistrelles, Soprano pipistrelles and Daubenton’s bats were much in evidence. We hope to do another bat walk in the autumn.

Red Kites and other observations
Red Kites have been spotted over Odiham! Red Kites were once very common up to the 18th century especially in urban areas where they acted as scavengers. But due to persecution, by 1930 only one female was breeding successfully in Wales. There followed a gradual recovery until a spectacularly successful re-introduction programme was set up, using Spanish and Swedish birds to augment the gene pool. One of the first re-introduction sites was in the Chilterns and it may be these birds that are spreading south. Let us know if you see any!
Cuckoos, Swallows and House Martins are all here – but who saw (or heard) the first?

Hart District Rangers’ Walks
Saturday 28th April ‘Spring Birds at Fleet Pond’. Meet at 9.30 am at the car park off the Cove Road.
Saturday 5th May ‘The Special Plants of Fleet Pond’. Meet at 10.30 am.
Tuesday 15th May ‘Hazeley Heath Dawn Chorus’ meet at 5.00am. Ring 01252 843893 to book.

Hampshire Wildlife Trust
More Dawn Choruses for early risers!
Sunday 6th May 4.30 am. ‘Farmland Dawn Chorus Walk’ at Newhouse Farm Stratfield Turgis. For booking and more details contact Amanda Bassett 01489 774424. Cost £4 including breakfast!
Sunday 6th May 4.30 am. ‘Tasty Dawn Chorus’ at Hook Common Wildlife Reserve. For more information and to book your place please contact Rachel Remnant 01489 774421. Cost £3 including breakfast.
Sunday 27th May ‘Pottering about on Bartley Heath’ 10am-3pm. Explore the reserve and find inspiration for making a pot. Cost £5. To book and for more details contact Rachel as above.

DIARY
1st May OBG Committee meeting 7.30. Parkside.
3rd May OBG Cemetery and Churchyard Flora Survey
6th May HWT Dawn Chorus walk Hook Common and Newhouse Farm
10th HDC Ranger evening walk Odiham Common
15th HDC Ranger Walk Hazeley Heath Dawn Chorus
19th OBG Hedgerow Survey Training morning
24th OBG Lodge Farm evening walk/ride
26th HDC Ranger morning walk Odiham Common
27th HWT Pottering about on Bartley Heath

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

Yoga Classes - Odiham Health Centre

by otmg on Friday 13th April

Yoga Classes in Odiham

Starting on April 23rd. 2007:

Monday Mornings 10.00 0 11.30 am in Odiham Health Centre

Monday Evenings 7.30 - 9.00 pm in the Bridewell meeting room.

Classes will be kept deliberately small so that more individual attention can be paid to individual needs of students.

For further information and to register for a place contact: Christine Turner DipCOT SROT Occupational therapist / yoga teacher

1 Waverely Close
Odiham
Hants
RG29 1AT

01256 703491 or 07875 353598
[email protected]

Faulty crossing lights.

by Peter Fountain on Thursday 12th April

If the pedestrian lights in the High street should fail, ( as they have done recently ), or indeed any within Hampshire, telephone 01962 847686.

HART DISTRICT COUNCIL WEEKLY LIST OF VALID PLANNING APPLICATIONS, 04-Apr-07

by stephengorys on Thursday 5th April

Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00299/FUL Valid on: 28/03/2007 Office Mrs Sheila Andrews
Location: Rectory Cottage Bagwell Lane Hook Winchfield Hampshire RG27 8DB
Description: Erection of two storey extension following demolition of existing two storey
extension and free standing annexe.
Applicant: Mr & Mrs J Worley
Address: Rectory Cottage
Bagwell Lane
Hook
Winchfield
RG27 8DB
Agent: Mr Gavin Dunbar
Summer Place
Loddon Drive
Wargrave
Reading
RG10 8HH
Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00565/MAJOR Valid on: 29/03/2007 Office Mrs Emma Whittaker
Location: Warby House Odiham Road Winchfield Hook RG27 8BS
Description: Erection of Laundry and Boiler housings. (Retrospective).
Applicant: Fairhome Care Group
Address: Warby House
Odiham Road
Winchfield
Hook
RG27 8BS

Agent: Steve Kerr
7 St Andrews Aveue
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 4EH
Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00610/LBC Valid on: 02/04/2007 Office Mrs Helen Jones
Location: 3 High Street Odiham Hook RG29 1LE
Description: Relocation of existing recent staircase.
Applicant: Mr And Mrs K Lee
Address: 3 High Street
Odiham
Hook
RG29 1LE

Agent: Mr P Izod
Izod Design
14 Milton Road
Wokingham
Berks
RG40 1DB
Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00611/LBC Valid on: 02/04/2007 Office Mrs Helen Jones
Location: 3 High Street Odiham Hook RG29 1LE
Description: Reinsertion of former front door.
Applicant: Mr And Mrs K Lee
Address: 3 High Street
Odiham
Hook
RG29 1LE

Agent: Mr P Izod
Izod Design
14 Milton Road
Wokingham
Berks
RG40 1DB

Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00640/FUL Valid on: 29/03/2007 Office Miss Nicky Cottrell
Location: Clump Cottage The Firs Odiham Hook RG29 1PP
Description: Erection of two storey rear extension.
Applicant: Mr And Mrs P Webb
Address: Clump Cottage
The Firs
Odiham
Hook
RG29 1PP

Agent:
Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00671/FUL Valid on: 12/03/2007 Office Ms Marcia Head
Location: Land Adjacent St Johns House The Close Odiham Hook Hampshire
Description: Erection of five bedroom house with cellar and garage.
Applicant: Bewley Homes
Address: Inhurst House
Brimpton House
Baughurst
RG26 5JJ
Agent: R Gandy
Philip Design Associates
64 Portsmouth Road
Guildford
GU2 4DU
Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00690/FUL Valid on: 14/03/2007 Office Miss Kerri Rabbitts
Location: Cranford House Station Road Winchfield Hook RG27 8BZ
Description: Erection of side and front conservatory.
Applicant: Mrs Goddard
Address: Cranford House
Station Road
Winchfield
Hook
RG27 8BZ

Agent: D J Green And Associates
2J Worsley Road
Frimley
GU16 9AS
Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00691/FUL Valid on: 29/03/2007 Office Mrs Sheila Andrews
Location: Hollybank King Street Odiham Hook RG29 1NJ
Description: Erection of flat roofed first floor extension.
Applicant: Mrs J Robson
Address: Hollybank
King Street
Odiham
Hook
RG29 1NJ

Agent: Mr Michael Madgwick
Mem Property Services
Boogaloo House
Forest Glade
Rowledge
Farnham

Surrey
GU10 4DG

Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00848/AGRIC Valid on: 03/04/2007 Office Mrs Emma Whittaker
Location: Hungerford Farm Pale Lane Hartley Wintney Hook RG27 8SW
Description: Erection of barn following demolition of two existing barns.
Applicant: D J Fisk
Address: Hitches Farm
Hitches Lane
Fleet
GU51 5HY

Agent: G D White
Simmons And Sons
12 Wote Street
Basingstoke
Hants
RG21 7NW

Odiham Biodiversity Group - Newsletter March 2007

by otmg on Saturday 31st March

Final Reminder!
Spring Bird Walk Saturday 31st March at 2.00pm. Meet at Colt Hill wharf. £1.

Bat Walk Thursday 12th April
Paul has kindly offered to lead another walk along the Canal towards Lodge Farm Bridge and we can look at the bat boxes (courtesy of the Parish Council) that he has put up at Colt Hill – all 24 of them! Paul can supply some bat detectors but don’t forget your torch! Please meet at 8.00 pm at Colt Hill Wharf. £1 and children free (but must be accompanied by an adult).

Churchyard Lichens
Wendy, Sheila and Ken Sandell, the (north) Hampshire Lichen recorder met in the Churchyard on the 16th March. At least 18 different lichens were identified; some associated with limestone, others with sandstone; some only occurred on west facing surfaces whilst others favoured the flat tops of the table tombs.

Whilst no rarities were found, the diversity of species and the size of some of the examples was impressive to us amateurs. Many lichens grow at a rate of only 1mm a year, so some of those found must have been very old. Ken stressed to us that lichens do not thrive when in shade nor under rampant ivy.

Buryfields
We have been approached by Buryfields School who wanted to know more about the group. It is obviously vital that we encourage the younger generation to learn more about wildlife and the countryside. Carol and Paul have taken on this project and are exploring ways in which we can help.

Hedgerow Survey
Alison Cross from the Hampshire Wildlife Trust who many of you heard at her talk last November has kindly agreed to help with the training for the hedgerow survey. We have booked her for Saturday 19th May. The training will run from 9.30 to 1.00 approximately and the venue (in Odiham) will be advised in the next newsletter but please let me know if you are interested. The idea is that we will work in pairs with at least one of the pair ‘trained’.

Cemetery Survey
We have started with the bird surveys and Ken Sandell had an initial look at the lichens, which curiously enough included several different species to those found in the Churchyard. Tony Mundell will also be looking at the flora on the 3rd of May. Please let us know what you see in and around the Cemetery.

Surveys and Observations
You may well be wondering what all this is for? Most of us enjoy the countryside and are interested in the wildlife that lives there. But sometimes you don’t really appreciate something until it is gone. In order to conserve what we have, we need to record what we have. And it’s not just the rarities - the once common house sparrows and hedgehogs have suffered significant declines in recent years.
All our information goes to the Hampshire Biodiversity Information Centre (HBIC), via the species recorders, where such data is becoming of increasing significance in the planning process.

Footpath Map
The Parish Council has re-printed the footpath map of the parish. Copies, free of charge are available from the Library and I will bring some along to our events.

And for you ‘budding’ botanists…
Tony Mundell, the (north) Hampshire Flora recorder will be carrying out flora surveys of the Churchyard and Cemetery on the 3rd May. If you would like to learn more from an expert do come along. Whilst Tony will be doing the survey during the day, he has offered to return in the evening to show his findings to those with work commitments. Details of timings in the next newsletter.

And a taste of what is to come!
Lodge Farm is a LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) farm and Robert Janaway has kindly agreed to tell us more about this on a farm walk provisionally arranged for the evening of May 24th. Again, more details in our next newsletter.

DIARY

March

31st OBG Spring Bird Walk 2.00 pm Colt Hill Wharf £1

April

3rd OBG Steering Group meeting and AGM 7.30 pm

12th OBG Bat Evening Colt Hill Wharf 8.00 pm £1

22nd Cliddesden Group. Pond Survey 10-3 Contact : [email protected]

May

1st OBG Steering Group meeting

3rd OBG Flora Survey of Churchyard and Cemetery

10th Odiham Common ‘Walk in the Woods’ 6.30pm [email protected]

19th OBG Hedgerow training

24th OBG Lodge Farm Walk

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

HART DISTRICT COUNCIL - WEEKLY LIST OF VALID PLANNING APPLICATIONS,28-Mar-07

by stephengorys on Friday 30th March

Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00589/FUL Valid on: 19/03/2007 Office Miss Nicky Cottrell
Location: Hillview Potbridge Road Odiham Hook Hampshire RG29 1JW
Description: Conversion of existing double garage into habitable accommodation.
Applicant: Mr And Mrs Cotterell
Address: Hillview
Potbridge Road
Odiham
Hook
Hampshire
RG29 1JW

Agent: Mr S Hammond
18 Hindell Close
Farnborough
Hampshire
GU14 8HL

Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00622/FUL Valid on: 07/03/2007 Office Mrs Sheila Andrews
Location: 1 Derbyfields North Warnborough Hook RG29 1HH
Description: Erection of rear and side conservatory.
Applicant: Mr And Mrs Jones
Address: 1 Derbyfields
North Warnborough
Hook
RG29 1HH

Agent: Priest Windows And Conservatories
218 Frimley Green Road
Frimley Green
Surrey
GU16 6LL

Ward: Odiham
Parish: WI
Case 07/00638/FUL Valid on: 08/03/2007 Office Mrs Sheila Andrews
Location: Elm Cottage Station Road Winchfield Hook RG27 8BY
Description: Erection of part two storey and part single storey side extensions.
Applicant: Mr S And Mrs R Harrison
Address: Elm Cottage
Station Road
Winchfield
Hook
RG27 8BY

Agent: Trevor Adams
Adams Associates
9 Quarry Street
Guildford
Surrey
GU1 3UY
Ward: Odiham
Parish: OD
Case 07/00642/LDCEX Valid on: 08/03/2007 Office Mrs Margaret Beauchamp
Location: Darwins Farm Hillside Odiham Hook RG29 1HX
Description: Certificate of lawfulness for the existing use of a static caravan as a dwelling and
the existing use of the Holding as a cattery.
Applicant: Mrs S M Beazley
Address: Darwins Holdings
Hillside
Odiham
Hook
RG29 1HX

Agent: Simmons And Sons
12 Wote Street
Basingstoke
Hants
RG21 7NW

Parish Council rejects its own parking scheme!

by simon quarrell on Tuesday 27th March

Last night with a vote of 5 to 4 the Parish Council rejected the parking scheme it has been ploughing on with for over 15 months. It was good to hear what the 5 Councillors (Fleming, Bennett, Smith, Ball and Spruce) had to say because it was clear that they have listened to the views that the various communities in the village have been putting forward continuously over the whole period.

In contrast, the 4 lead by Councillors Horton and Ebert again stated they were going to deliberately ignore the views of residents because they 'knew better' and wanted to pursue their own agenda of control.

A good result for the village overall. There are some minor local parking and traffic issues which now need to be dealt with - but on a simple basis and not over-whelmed by the proposed red-tape, bureaucratic, stealth tax, control freak system that is now history.