RAF Odiham is on television!
A message from Flight Lieutenant Andi Large of RAF Odiham
"Ladies and Gents, for the past 2 months Meridian ITV (now Thames Valley Tonight) have been filming a five part documentary at RAF Odiham. The first feature was broadcast last night on the 1800 bulletin and tonight the Stn Cdr will be interviewed live on the programme.
The remaining 4 features will be broadcast from next Monday (11th Dec) through to 18th Dec 06. I am sure you and your parishioners would all gain an invaluable insight into life at RAF Odiham, as the filming covers all aspects of our personnel preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.
The crew who were filmed for this documentary are due to deploy to operations in the next few days."
Odiham is a young and dynamic village
Someone asked me the other day "what is the size of the population in the parish?" According to the 2001 Census, it is 4,959 - and the average age is much younger than the national average. Yes, younger - because we have more 'hard working families' than the average.
The actual figures are:
- people over 64: 13% which is 3% below the average for England
- people over 44: 34% which is 6% below average
- people between 16 and 44: 47% which is 7% above the average
- and people under 16: 20% which is the average level.
56% of people live in the Odiham ward of the Parish Council
24% live in North Warnborough ward
and 20% in RAF Odiham ward.
Enough information for now I think!
DTI report confirms Odiham as a major centre for business
A DTI SBS agency report was recently published in October confirming that the parish of Odiham has almost twice as many businesses per resident as the national average - and one of the strongest results outside central London.
There are over 200 businesses in Odiham parish generating over 2,000 jobs. If we add in RAF Odiham (never mind the schools, hospital etc etc), there are many more adults employed in Odiham than actually live here. We are certainly not a 'dormitory village!'
Less than a quarter of the businesses are made up of retail and hospitality companies. We also have oil & gas companies, pharmaceutical and logistics companies, property & financial companies, agricultural amd engineering companies, etc. But the largest grouping is in sales & marketing and technology - strong and growing sectors.
Local businesses have always been an integral part of the parish community - however far back in history you can go - and it is important for all of us that this balance is maintained.
Odiham Fire Service needs more people!
The Fire Brigade, our very own retained team who turn up year on year to support the Extravaganza event, have a more serious message this year.
THEY NEED MEN URGENTLY, so if you know someone who might fit the bill contact Mick Paul 01256 703317 as a matter of urgency.
Our retained firemen are essential to this community. Think for a moment of the consequences of NOT having them..........something we all take totally for granted.
(Borrowed from Peter Fountain's comments on the Extravaganza!)
The Odiham Extravaganza takes place this Thursday the 30th of November and commences at 6.30 p.m. and runs until 9.30 p.m. The road closure extends from Broad Oak roundabout to Western Cross ( Alton road junction ) and the official diversion is the bypass.
Local traffic for London road will enter from Broad Oak roundabout and for the Bury and King street please enter from Western Cross. King street from High street to the second turning by Threeways to the Bury will be closed to through traffic and residents will park as normal. Church street and High street from Church street to almost the War Memorial must also be bereft of cars from 4 p.m. until 10.30 p.m. police cones will clearly mark the event area. We rely heavily on community cooperation and thank you for your assistance in making this event workable.
Should you have concerns please contact Peter Fountain at [email protected] or 01256 702128 or 07973 933832.
For those residents living within the inner event area who might arrive home late please talk to a steward on the evening and you will be walked through. At all times safety and the wellbeing of all is paramount.
Parish Council parking threat to our Dental Surgery
I understand that the Parish Council has told the dental surgery that the new parking scheme could cost the surgery up to £12,000 a year - yes, twelve thousand pounds - because they will have to buy parking season tickets.
But a parish councillor has offered to negotiate a discount for them!
Wow...how helpful. And of course, who will actually pay this stealth tax? Yes, you and me as users - or else the surgery will be unviable and have to move.
And this is just one example - it will impact all the other shops and service providers. Enjoy the privilege of living in Odiham!
Parish Council pursues its own agenda on Parking Scheme
I understand the PC is still pushing ahead with this scheme despite:
- our district councillor, Ken Crookes, presenting them with strong survey evidence that there was no support for it
- it is opposed by the Odiham Society on behalf of residents
- it is opposed by the OTMG on behalf of members and businesses
- it is opposed by Neighbourhood Watch
This scheme will:
- reduce the total amount of parking available in the village
- not give anyone paying a lot of money for a permit any guaranteed parking
- be a significant cost hit on retailers and threaten their viability
- be a significant cost and bureaucratic nightmare for residents
What is their reason? Where is their support? What is their right - when their job is to respresent the views of residents - not push their own agenda? 90% of them don't even live in the affected area
I know that Ken Crookes was the original sponsor of this scheme. But he is now aware that we really don't want it - and has told the PC they should also change their position. What will make them do it?
The responsibility is down to you, yes you, as an individual. If you think this scheme is not right, then tell the PC and councillors right now - ring, write, speak, e-mail, go to the next meeting on the 27th - and tell them what to do. If you don't, then you will take the consequences.
Village Design Statement coming to the library for consultation
The draft Village Design Statement will be in the library for you to see and comment on during December.
The aim of the VDS is for people who live here to provide a guide to the features of local building design that they most value. The guidance is designed to help householders, builders, architects, property developers, Hart planning officers and others involved in new building work and alterations to appreciate what makes the parish attractive and special.
The project is co-ordinated by a core group of volunteers from the local community (led by Hugh Sheppard) - so this consultation is very different from recent local council ones because your views are important and will be taken account of.
More details shortly.
Today was Remembrance Day and across the country wreaths were laid and ceremonies held to remember the people that lost their lives in wars throughout history. With the main focus on World War 1 and World War 11.
Odiham held a traditional ceremony with wreaths laid by RAF Odiham, The Royal British Legion, The Fire Brigade, The Parish Council, the Odiham Society, Guides and Scouts followed by a March along the High Street
Remembrance Day is held on November 11th to recognise the end of World War 1 on that day in 1918. The tradition of observing two minutes silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marked the time that the armistice came into effect in Britain and the two minutes represent the two World Wars, prior to 1945 only one minutes silence was observed.
The poppy's significance to Remembrance Day is a result of Canadian military physician John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. The poppy emblem was chosen because of the poppies that bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their red colour an appropriate symbol for the bloodshed of trench warfare. Last year over 5000 veterans, servicemen and women and their families were helped by the support of the poppy appeal every month but there are still many more out there in need.
There was a record turnout for the ceremony in Odiham today, maybe not that surprising given the current terrorism threat and the present war situation and in conjunction with the Royal British Legion this was the second year that Odiham marked the start of the two minutes silence with the firing of maroons and a short ceremony at the War Memorial.
For more information on the Poppy Appeal and the work of The Royal British Legion visit thier website at www.britishlegion.org.uk
Temporary road closure
On Sunday the 19th of November the High street will be closed from around 7 a.m. until 12 noon for the crane to make a return visit to Gospel Green to remove equipment. The road closure will extend from London road to King street. Odiham bypass will be the alternative route. London road and King street will be open to traffic.