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]

Is this thing on *tap tap*

by garrett on Wednesday 16th August

Well, if you can see this then the upgrade has worked. Time to pop the cork on that bottle of champagne you've been saving for a special occasion.

The main aim of this upgrade was to move the site over to gencon's servers. This should mean a much faster site with better response times all round. Although not a great deal has changed on the front end you will notice a few tweaks here and there.

  • The search box has been tidied up so it takes up less real estate
  • User profiles have been given a much cleaner layout (take a look at mine to see what I mean), so get updating your profiles people
  • Blog posts now have free tagging. Tags are keywords or labels that you can add to your post that give it more context, and allow users to view posts grouped by tags (Cathy has been begging for this functionality for a while now). For a great example of tagging have a look at flickr. It sounds much more complicated than it actually is, and I'm sure Cathy will be on hand to help you if you get stuck
  • I've tidied up the event listings to make them a little easier on the eye

There's still a lot of work to be done, and no doubt there will be some bugs that have slipped by my radar, but I think this is a great start and now allows us to really push ahead with some of the other features that you've been clamouring for.

If you do find anything isn't working as you expected, or the site doesn't look quite right for you then please leave a comment and I'll see what I can do.


Tags: maintenance | odihamcommunity | upgrade

Site upgrade - aka - "Hey! Why can't I post anything?"

by garrett on Tuesday 15th August

This is your friendly neighbourhood webmaster here. How is everyone, good? Excellent, that's what I like to hear.

In preparation for some some exciting new functionality that we'll be unveiling in the next couple of weeks I have to perform some upgrades to the site. To save my sanity and ensure things don't go pear-shaped during the upgrade I've disabled everyone's ability to post any new content or comments.

This is only a temporary measure and normal service will be resumed before the end of the week.

If you have any questions about what's involved then please feel free to .

Tags: maintenance | odihamcommunity | upgrade

Holy Ridiculous Needs A Director!

by otmg on Wednesday 2nd August

With three pantomimes under their belt and 3 musical shows, this talented group of actors need a Director for their next pantomime, 'Little Red Riding Hood' which will be performed at Mayhill School in February 2007.

Contact Hugh Smith on 01256 704250 or email [email protected]

For further information visit www.holyridiculous.biz

Holy Ridiculous

by otmg on Tuesday 18th July

Holy RidiculousOdiham's own amateur dramatic group, Holy Ridiculous, invite you to a Fun Charity Evening in aid of Naomi House Hospice on Sat 30th September 7.30pm in the Cross Barn.

Young and old alike are welcome to an evening of entertainment, wit, improvisation and instruction and all for a good cause................and a splendid supper.

Forget your troubles and have an evening with us.
Only £5 per ticket. Concessions £4. Bring your own wine. Cold drinks available.

Contacts: Mo Smith (01256 702216) [email protected]
Gill Jury(01256 703498) [email protected]

OTMG becomes the UK leader as a Community Interest Company

by simon quarrell on Friday 7th July

The Odiham Town Manager Group is the first market town group in the country to convert to the legal status of a Community Interest Company. This is called Odiham Interactive c.i.c. – which is a not-for-profit and limited company that is directly controlled by its members.

We will continue to operate under the OTMG ‘brand name’ – and Peter Fountain will continue in the role of Town Manager.

There are two main reasons we have decided to do this:
- firstly to make it easier for more people in our local communities to get actively involved as members
- and secondly, to give more structure and robustness in working with other parties.

Community interest companies are subject to a dedicated regulator at Companies House who has directly approved our continuing mission statement “to ensure a sustainable and vibrant retail and commercial community in the Parish of Odiham for the benefit of residents and local businesses.”

So, our message to you is – become a member and help make Odiham and North Warnborough a more vibrant place to be!

What’s in it for you?
- membership is completely free
- your views and ideas will count for more
- it is the members who chose the company directors, and it’s the directors who have to do the work
- and the members decide what work the directors will do!

What’s in it for the OTMG? The more residents, retailers and business people who are involved, the more likely we are to build a vibrant and sustainable village with events and activities that people really want.

Membership application leaflets will shortly be distributed to all households in the parish, or you can pick one up at shops including Number 81 and Martins in the High Street. We look forward to you being actively involved with the UK’s leading town manager group!

Odiham Motor Cycle Club

by otmg on Thursday 6th July

Odiham Motor Cycle Club
you don’t have to ride alone

Odiham Bike ClubOdiham for many years has had a motor cycle club, it started life as a small group of riders from RAF Odiham and now boasts over two hundred members. Throughout the year they meet on the last Thursday of the month at the RAF Odiham families club to plan the almost weekly events through the summer months.
Twice a year the airfield is turned in to a two mile track made up of twists, long bends and chicanes to promote safer, smoother riding. With up to 100 riders split in to 3 groups, Expert, Intermediates and Novice, they are put through their paces under the watchful eyes of the instructors who ride with them and then correct their mistakes. For members whose family attend during the day as spectators it makes a great day out.

The Club Chairman is RAF Master Aircrew Doug Fowler, together with his dedicated team organise these events so keen bikers can improve their skills and ride faster than they do on normal roads. They also organise other events outside the village, some prefer the excitement off road dirt bikes, up to your knees in mud and water, organised run outs to dealers and bike events for club members to practice their social skills. The club also has pride in owning 10 mini-moto, these are a small motorcycle about a foot in height and although smaller and slower than a normal motorcycle they can be twice the fun at a fraction of the speed.

Information on all these events are communicated between club members on their own website, the site has chat forums, notice board, picture gallery and each month publishes the minutes of the monthly meeting if members cant attend.

‘You don’t have to ride alone’

For more information on joining the club please email: [email protected]

RAF Odiham Motorcycle Club is a supporter of the Odiham Cottage Hospital Charity.

The 8th Annual Jazz Party & Picnic

by otmg on Thursday 6th July

The 8th Annual Jazz Party & PicnicThe 8th Odiham Jazz Party & Picnic is very nearly upon us. Organised by the Neurofibromatosis Association it promises to be yet another fantastic weekend and tickets are selling fast so make sure you get yours soon. This event is always a sell out.

Saturdays Jazz Party will feature the world-class piano trio of - Dave Newton, Simon Thorpe & Steve Brown featuring Richard Shepherd on saxes, with special guestMiss Lee Gibson and legend Frank Holder. There's always an awesome firework display as a finale and a grand raffle with some great prizes. There will be a Sunday Jazz 'n' Barbecue featuring the fabulous Phil Brown Swingtet with the BBQ lunch provided by RAF Odiham.

Tickets cost £20 for the Saturday and £17.50 for the Sunday and it's a weekend not to be missed.

Tickets are available from -

Number 81, Odiham
Katharine Jane, Odiham
The Village Gallery, Hook
Pet Kingdom, Hartley Wintney

Or you can telephone the ticket line on 07896 797694

Chairs, tables and gazebos can be booked in advance.

Start Of The Bury Refurbishment Raises Other Issues!

by simon quarrell on Wednesday 5th July

I was at a meeting on Monday of residents of the Bury with officers of Hampshire County Council and Hart District Council. The officers confirmed that the refurbishment project will start around 17 July and last about 16 weeks. The officers raised concerns that the design of the scheme will be badly affected by the Parish Council changes to the parking scheme - moving to a heavy reliance on double yellow lines rather than permitted parking bays, and that this doesn't fit with a 'heritage area' design. The residents said they hadn't been told of the changes, noted that no parish councillors or the parish clerk were present to explain things, and questionned why the Parish Council was making parking changes with a bad impact on a scheme that the Parish Council has committed £20,000 of residents money on!

The officers and the contractor were very helpful in dealing with the individual issues the work will have on residents - and were thanked for their efforts - but the unpublicised changes (and are there more we haven't been told about?) to the parking scheme that the Parish Council is making, raise yet more concerns about a poorly thought out and potentially very damaging parking scheme.

Odiham Church Fete - Saturday 8th July - Transport

by otmg on Sunday 2nd July

Odiham Church Fete - Saturday 8th July

Transport to and from the Fete

Depart: Times:
NW Village Hall BS 1.05 2.05

The Street/Laurel Close 1.10 2.10

Robert Mayes School BS 1.15 2.15

High Street Priory BS 1.20 2.20

Alms Houses Car Park 1.25 2.25

The Bell 1.35 2.35

The George 1.45 2.45

Telephone Exchange BS 1.50 2,50

BS= Bus Stop: Extra runs will be provided if required.

The bus will stop between nominated stops on request.

The bus will do at least two return trips at 4.00 and 4.30.

Payment for the journey will be by Fete Programme, which can be purchased on the bus.

The bus is disabled friendly.

For Details of the Fete see the Odiham Communty.org events calendar