Gardens open

by Peter Fountain on Saturday 1st July

By kind permission of Mrs Conville the gardens of Marycourt (next door to Solomons Seal) will be open this Sunday, 2nd July, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m and again all day on Wednesday 5th of July. All donations go to charity.

Odiham Church Fete, Saturday 8th of July at 1 p.m.

by Peter Fountain on Thursday 29th June

Odiham Fete takes place at Hatchwood House by kind permission of Veronica Parsons starting at 1 p.m. on the 8th of July.
RAF Chinook, Grand Raffle, BBQ and coconut shy, and the famous Professor Crump.
There will also be music, Tombola and a Bouncy Castle, great teas, books, plants and games. Bring the family and enjoy the afternoon.

Medstead Fete, Saturday 8th of July 2 p.m.

by Peter Fountain on Tuesday 27th June

Same day as Odiham, still worth a visit if you are out that way. You will recognise a few faces including the Odiham Beat Bobby, Hans Taylor, and most of the Odiham Stewards
normally associated with Odiham events. This is an old fashioned fete with lots of activities and fun things. Teas are excellent as well. ( you notice ' teas ' crop up in all the fete write ups)

The Great Weather Lottery

by otmg on Monday 26th June

Coming soon to Odiham - The Great Weather Lottery.

Watch This Space!

Newlyns Farm Walk & Open Day

by otmg on Thursday 22nd June

Saturday 1st July - Sunday 2nd July. 10am-3pm

Take a tractor & trailor ride to see the animals, shearing demonstrations, BBQ & refreshments.

Tel 01256 704128

Odiham - Beauty and the Beasts

by simon quarrell on Friday 16th June

I've just back from holiday in the Jura mountains region of France - which is absolutely beautiful with its wild flowers. But it was an equal pleasure to return to Odiham and see some of the beautiful gardens and high impact flower collections around the village.

This was slightly downgraded by also seeing parts of the village where weeds (or wild flowers!) are taking over the roads - particularly in King Street and the Bury + the car park.

I believe that clearing these is the responsibility of either Hart or Hampshire Councils, but in the old days individual Parish Councillors (for example John Tinsley and Ted Pither) used to just get on with it and clear things up. Little chance of that happening with the current council.

So, if you'd prefer not to see so many out-of-control weeds, then I urge you to join me in bringing the issue to the attention of our district and county councillors - Messieurs Crookes, Gorys and Glen. (Apologies for the French word - it is one of the very few that I know!)

Long Sutton Fete

by Peter Fountain on Tuesday 13th June

It's the turn of Long Sutton this weekend, their fete will start at 2 p.m. on Saturday 17th of June, lots of attractions and of course teas.

Hampshire Fare Food Festival Fortnight.

by Peter Fountain on Monday 12th June

A celebration of local food and farming 24th June to 9th July 2006 all over Hampshire.
Check the calendar of events at www.hampshirefare.co.uk
In Odiham The Grapevine Delicatessen will feature a different taste of Hampshire every day with free samples for tasting, wine, watercress, beer, jams and choocolates, all made in Hampshire. 01256 701900 www.grapevine-gourmet.co.uk

At Newlyns Farm North Warnborough, there will be an open weekend on the 1st and 2nd of July from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farm walk to see all the animals and a tractor and trailer ride to see the growing crops. All aspects of their management will be explained. There will also be a sheep shearing demonstration.
Entrance is free and there will be tastings and a BBQ to purchase.
Booking; please come to the shop, call 01256 704128 or visit their website at www.newlyns-farmshop.co.uk

The Grapevine Restaurant in Odiham will be holding a gourmet evening in association with the Ringwood Brewery on the 29th of June at 7.30 p.m. This will be a luxury five course meal at a cost of £45 per head to include drinks and service. Booking 01256 701122. www.grapevine-gourmet.co.uk

The George Hotel will be running a set price lunch and dinner menu Monday to Friday throughout the Festival, featuring local farm steaks, strawberries and ice cream.
Booking; 01256 702081. www.georgehotelodiham.com

So, that's what's happening in Odiham, go to www.hampshirefare.co.uk to see what's on in the rest of Hampshire.

Douglas Leonard Jens Smith, 14th January 1931-21st May 2006

by otmg on Sunday 4th June

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Doug Smith, President of Odiham and Greywell Cricket Club. One of the longest serving and most respected club members having been associated with Odiham in many capacities.

In his earlier years, he was an enthusiastic player whose greatest pleasure was to captain the Sunday 2nd XI, otherwise known as The Moles in recognition of the regular visitors to the club's former ground at what is now part of the Odiham bypass.

Doug was instrumental in establishing the Colt's section of the club and with the running of four junior sides, his award of the Colt of the Year Cup is still eagerly competed for.

As a publisher, Doug Smith was the principal in penning and having printed a history of the club from its foundation in 1764. At the time of his death, he was in the final stage of updating this history, a task the committee now hopes to complete in his memory.

More recently he took much pleasure in accepting the club presidency, an honour that was well deserved.
An undoubted highlight of his term of office came in 2003 when his President's XI was represented by the England Women's XI on a day which will be long remembered by players and spectators.
(click here to view the photograph in full size.)

Doug Smith's death marks the end of a long and happy association with the club, and a suitable commemoration of his individual service to the club will be held later in the season.

If anyone would like to donate towards the cost of a bench in Doug's memory, please contact the Chairman (Peter Fountain) on 01256 702128.

Upton Grey Village Fete.

by Peter Fountain on Wednesday 31st May

Come on get in the spirit, it's Fete time, 10th of June at Upton Grey, more fantastic teas and great things to do. These Fetes are really worth a visit and you don't have to travel very far.