Odiham Weekly Market.

by Peter Fountain on Tuesday 30th January

Various changes are planned for the weekly market and this week saw the arrival of a new fruit and vegetable supplier. New ideas are planned over the next few weeks and hopefully some of our shops will join us outside as well. If anybody is interested in having a stall please contact me on 01256 702128 or 07973 933832. Pitch fee is £15. Odiham operates on Tuesday from 10 until 2 p.m. and Hartley Wintney on Wednesday. Local shops wishing to participate do so free of charge as do charities.

Confirmed events for Odiham 2007

by Peter Fountain on Sunday 28th January

Here are some confirmed event dates for this year:

May 28th Bank Holiday Monday 10 until 2 p.m.
Odiham High street.
Food and Suppliers Festival.
Involving our own restaurants and suppliers of bespoke cookware.

June 16th 12 noon. (Saturday)
Booze and Blues in The Bury. This is a joint event run by the Neurofibromatosis Association and the OTMG involving many of the microbreweries in the area and some relaxing blues singers.

August 27th Bank Holiday Monday 10 until 2 p.m.
Odiham High street.
Food Festival involving many of the restaurants in the area.

November 29th 6.30 until 9.30 p.m. (Thursday)
The Odiham Extravaganza.

December 15th 6.30 until 7.30 p.m. (Saturday)
Carols in The Bury.

I will add more events as they are confirmed.

Parish Council decides to extend parking scheme costs to hit all residents

by simon quarrell on Sunday 28th January

While quite deliberately ignoring the STOPS petition and its hard evidence that virtually no one in the village wants this scheme, the Parish Council continued to pursue its own agenda on Monday by agreeing to make sure that every household in the village will have to pay. It doesn't matter if you live in Potbridge, Whitehall, Park Corner, Derbyfields, North Warnborough or even Odiham - you will have to pay!

Why is this? Well, Councillors Horton & Ebert proposed that the Parish Council takes on the administration of the scheme so that they have more control over which individual residents can or cannot not have a parking permit - or "increased flexibility" as they called it.

So Odiham will have to pay for the admin costs - but the revenues from the permits (and fines!) will still go to Hart! Fair chance they'll agree to that!The admin costs will have to be added to the Parish Precept (tax) which is charged to every single household in the parish.

Those of you living outside the parking zone might have thought you weren't going to be hit financially - sorry, but you will be! If you are not happy with this, I suggest a direct protest to one of the more sensible councillors might be appropriate - and soon!

Tags: | | STOPS | taxes

Parish Council votes to double parking charges for visitors to Odiham

by simon quarrell on Wednesday 24th January

The PC voted on Monday evening to double the short term charges in the car parks, so it will cost £1 for up to 60 minutes. The promoters of this idea, Councillors Horton and Ebert, stated that this would benefit local retailers - which is curious given that they haven't consulted either retailers or the OTMG on this, and it seems common sense that users of the shops, who are short term visitors to the village, are less likely to be encouraged to come if its going to cost them twice as much.

Fortunately the final decision is with Hart, and I am sure that the retailers and the OTMG will make sure Hart gets a view that reflects reality.

Tags: | visitors

Animal Touch Charity

by otmg on Monday 22nd January

Animal touch Charity at Roke farm aims to create a peaceful and secure environment, where people can be still and take time to just 'be' with our animals. People visit us for a variety of reasons:

stress, bereavement, life-threatening illness, depression, stroke rehabilitation, autism, blindness, loneliness and many more.

The Animal Touch Centre is a safe and peaceful place
out of the public eye, where individuals, families and groups can know they will be given space and time.

Call 01256 703013 for more details.

Tags: animals | charity | community group

Learning In Libraries - Introduction To Family History Course

by otmg on Monday 22nd January

Learning in Libraries is a new scheme we are introducing for the community to do short courses in the Library.

Are you interested in discovering more about your family history? Your ancestors are closer than you think!

Starting on Friday 9th February 2007 from 2:00 - 4:00pm come and join our Introduction to Family History Class. This will run for 8 weeks every Friday afternoon at the Odiham Bridewell Library in the Bury.

Please call 01256 702949 to book your place or for more information about the course please contact Barry Meehan on 01256 473901.

As places are limited it will be first come first served.

Meet Your Local Representatives

by otmg on Friday 19th January

Friday 19th January

Please join James Arbuthnot your member of Parliament and Ken Crookes, your District Councillor at a public meeting at 7pm at Robert Mays School in Odiham.

Ken will update you on what he is doing for you at Hart District Council and James will provide a "View from Westminster".

We want to hear what you think about local and National issues so please join us for what should be a lively hour of interchange and discussion.

to confirm how many places you would like please email [email protected] or phone him on 01256 702170

We look forward to meeting you.

Hospital Shop has a record year!

by Noreen Quarrell on Wednesday 17th January

2006 was the best year yet for the Odiham Cottage Hospital Shop with sales up by over 5% - and revenues were particularly bouyant in early December following the Extravaganza! Its sister shop in Hartley Wintney also had a good year, given the difficult general retail conditions, with sales up by 1.6%.

Both shops have to pay full commercial rents and costs, so it's great that between them they have managed to raise close to £60,000 this year which will go to support the hospital through the League of Friends.

So congratulations to the team of 100+ volunteers and our manager Audrey: without them this just wouldn't happen.

And many thanks to all of you who have donated all the goods that the shops sell: without you this just wouldn't have happened.

2007 has started well - let's hope that it continues in the same way.

Tags: good news | hospital | results | retailing | volunteers

STOPS petition presented to the Parish Council

by simon quarrell on Wednesday 10th January

I hear that the Stop The Odiham Parking Scheme petition was presented to the Parish Council at their meeting on Monday.

Incredibly, over 800 people have signed this petition in a very short time. This number includes over 70% of residents living in the central zone who will be hit by taxes and restrictions, over 300 retail and business owners, staff and customers, and 300 living just outside the zone but fear being overwhelmed with more people trying to park outside their houses.

With this level of response, I can't see any reason the Parish Council can possibly have for continuing with this scheme rejected by the community - unless their real plan is simply to raise more revenue through taxes using permits, fines and parking charges!

Personally, I congratulate John Fletcher, Gordon Wrenn and Brian Fleming for their hard work on STOPS - and hope that it stops the PC wasting more of people's time and public money on this. There are real solutions out there!

Tags: | | | protests

CAROLS IN THE BURY THIS SATURDAY 23RD DECEMBER AT 6.30 P.M.

by Peter Fountain on Sunday 17th December

Once again the Bury will resound with the sound of your favourite carols accompanied by the Basingstoke Silver Band and the Hart Male Voice Choir. The Bell will be supplying roast pork and mulled wine with drinks being served outside so get in the spirit and enjoy the moment. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served in the church afterwards.

We ask that the Bury is cleared of all vehicles prior to 5 p.m. in order for setup to take place, and would like to thank everyone in advance for their help in this.

The trailer ( stage ) will need to be removed during the course of Sunday morning and therefore we ask that the front of Webbs cottages is kept clear of vehicles in order for it to have smooth passage. Please abide by the police cones which will indicate this. Thank you for your cooperation.

As is traditional with Boxing Day in the Bury some horses will be present for a gathering, please be aware that this is not a hunt.