A Century Of Colt Hill - Book Launch Update

by otmg on Sunday 15th October

A Century Of Colt Hill - Update

The book will be launched on the 16th November.

Advance Order Offer!

All orders placed before the 1st November will be at the special discount price of just £7, including free delivery within the Parish.

(All deliveries outside of the parish will be just £2.50 including overseas).

Order forms are available from The Health Centre, Richard Ward Opticians, Odiham Post Office, and the King Street Dental Practice, or from the trust at OHCTF, PO Box 7036, Hook, Hants, RG29 1AN.

For more details please take a look at the Odiham Health Centre Trust fund Website


by Peter Fountain on Sunday 15th October

In the last week Odiham Parish has experienced some very unwelcome visitors, namely opportunists.
We are a soft target, too trusting, and the result has been devastating for some parishioners.
Three burglaries in seven days is not a good statistic. Keep your eyes open for anything unusual,
lock doors, and close windows at night. Above all report anything that you may believe to be unusual behaviour...........0845 045 45 45 or speak to our Parish Bobby, Hans Taylor.

We are very fortunate to live in a troublefree area, you have nothing to lose by making that phone call, don't be another statistic.


by Peter Fountain on Wednesday 11th October

The Odiham Town Manager Group ( Odiham Interactive CIC ) AGM takes place at The Cross Barn on the 23rd of October at 6.30 p.m ( Monday )
All members are welcome to join us, this will be followed by an interactive session to which all residents are most welcome.
Why not come along to this session and join up, by joining you can have your say in future events and how we operate.
The AGM will last for approximately 30 minutes followed by an hour of interactive, which hopefully will be just that. Support the future.


by Peter Fountain on Friday 6th October

A Food Festival to celebrate Apple and Trafalgar Day will be held at The Victoria Hall Hartley Wintney on Sunday 22nd October running from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be cooking demonstrations by chefs from the restaurant at the Cricketers, Hartley Wintney and from the St. John restaurant, Odiham. A variety of interesting food stalls will be at this event including Broughton water buffalo, a particularly lean meat. Entrance is free and there is plenty of parking. Disabled parking is right at the entrance to the hall. Childrens activities will be provided by the Montessori Nursery School.

Hampshire Farmers' Markets.

by Peter Fountain on Monday 25th September

Following a meeting of the board of directors, Hampshire Farmers' Markets have decided that Odiham will NOT be included in the schedule for 2007. We have worked closely with HFM for six years and matchfunded the event with our support and stewarding as a way of promoting Odiham and the community. I have registered my disappointment with David West, chairman of HFM.
I will continue to obtain road closures for the April and May Bank Holidays.

A Century Of Colt Hill

by otmg on Wednesday 20th September

A Century Of Colt HillA Century of Colt Hill charts the history of this unique corner of Odiham in Hampshire during the twentieth century. The book contains over one hundred images including many previously unpublished period photographs. Based on a university project that uncovered some fascinating statistics which make the
Colt Hill population quite unique the book will be of interest to historians, researchers and anyone with links to the Odiham or the wider Hampshire area. Via seven compelling chapters the story of the Colt Hill community is told in both good and bad times, in peace and war, in prosperity and austerity.

The full cover price of each book will go directly to The Odiham Health Centre Trust Fund, a registered charity (1048443) dedicated to helping local patients.

“Philip has spent four years compiling A Century of Colt Hill - his decision to donate the full cover price of the book to the Trust will not surprise those who know him and we are very grateful indeed for this generous gesture”

Dr I J Goold LRCP, MRCS, MBBS, DRCOG, DCH, Chair of Trustees

“ I am delighted that Philip was inspired to write this history of Colt Hill”

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Boothroyd OM, PC

“I was so pleased to learn that Philip is bringing his historical research about
Colt Hill to a wider audience – I wish the book every success”

Sir Richard (Guy) Fison Bt, DSC

What will make you use local shops more?

by simon quarrell on Monday 18th September

Hart District Council completed a retail survey in July this year. It only covered Fleet, Yateley, Blackwater and Hook - because these are defined by Hart as the "main settlements" in the district.

Odiham was left out, presumably because we are classified as a "Rural Service Centre" along with Hartley Wintney - but interestingly we have more shops and retail services than either Hook or Blackwater!

One of the interesting questions in the survey was "what improvements or new facilities would encourage you to make more use of your closest town centre?"

The top 5 answers were:
1 Nothing / very little
2 More major shops and stores
3 Better range of shops
4 More parking
5 Better quality shops

This seems to support the OTMG position on the need for more parking spaces in Odiham - and not the current proposed scheme involving less parking, stealth taxes and overwhelming signage.

Obviously we are limited in what we can do to encourage more shops - but we can help I am sure in encouraging local shops provide the goods and service that residents want. This will only work by being specific to Odiham and North Warnborough and not being based on Hart wide surveys - so in the near future we will be looking to do very specific surveys on this site to get your views and needs, and to communicate them to our retailers.

Please keep visiting and give your feedback when possible. It's important to all of us.

Tags: improvements | | retailing | surveys

Free Beer!

by otmg on Friday 8th September

The Hook Eagle Morris MenCome and join Hook Eagle Morris Men for a "taster evening" and try out Morris Dancing for yourself.

This "strictly for fun" event takes place at St John the Evangelist Church Hall in Hook on Friday October 13 at 8pm.

Join us for a pint of Tea (the Hogs Back Brewery variety!), some good fun and moderate exercise.

Hook Eagle Morris Men are now in their 15th glorious year and are renown throughout the Morris world for always having fun while putting on a great show. We perform at Folk and Dance festivals all over England, local events and pubs. We fundraise for a local hospice and other causes.

Morris Dancing is very friendly, good fun and offers great opportunities for social and dance events.

For more information call John on 01252 642444 or email [email protected] For an idea of what we get up to take a look at our website www.hookeagle.org.uk

The Odiham Food Fare - August Bank Holiday Monday

by otmg on Wednesday 30th August

St John RestaurantThe first Odiham Food Festival took place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th of August, and the gusting wind turned out to be the only weather problem, thankfully.

Odiham Spice Indian RestaurantThe Odiham Chefs did a sterling job as carefully placed lettuce fluttered off down the street and the public surrounded them and jostled for position to get a better look at thier culinary skills and for the opportunity for a few tasty samples.

The High StreetThe gaps in the street were courtesy of stallholders not turning up, but in hindsight it was a blessing as the street filled up and became more and more lively. The Redwing Jazz Band provided the excellent jazz and the stallholder fees covered the cost of this.

St John RestaurantWe are very grateful to all who made the day a great first, the Chefs, Stallholders, shops that opened, Stewards and Hampshire Highways for allowing the larger than normal signs on our boundary and of course the public who came from far and wide to support the event.

Tags: Dining | Event | High Street | | Restaurants

Odiham Food Festival.

by Peter Fountain on Sunday 20th August

On Bank Holiday Monday August the 28th Odiham will be holding a Food Festival starting at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m.
The Chefs will have to purchase produce from the available market stalls, cook it and then give it away for the public to sample. What could be better !!
Live jazz supplied by the Redwing Jazz Band will accompany this event.
Loosehanger Cheese, UK Peppers, R.White Fish, Chorltons Fruit and Vegetables, Fonthill Glebe Wine, Angus Whitehead Cider, Newlyns Farm, Hyden Organic Farm, Olives and Things, Cassons Fresh English Herbs, and Hartley Wintney Country Market are among some of the stalls to be seen.
Road closure will be the same as for a Farmers Market. Queries, comments; Peter Fountain 01256 702128, 07973 933832 or email me @ [email protected]