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Community News

Community News October/November 2007

 

Please use the following links to find information from:

•·        the Borough's Wards.

 

Contact details for local councillors are included at the end of this bulletin.

 

 

Across the Borough

Items of interest for anyone living in Test Valley.

 

3 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Ambulance Service

 

The new Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Service, which became operational on 1st July, is currently flying from Thruxton Airfield near Andover. The service is a joint partnership between South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Ambulance Charity.

 

The air ambulance is available 5 days a week (not Wednesdays and Tuesdays) from 10am to 6pm in the summer and 8am -4pm in the winter depending on availability and weather conditions. The charity hopes to be able to extend this to seven day working in October 2007 with a further move to 10 hour, seven day working in the spring of 2008.

 

The charity provides all the cost for the aircraft, which is mainly funded by donations and the Trust provides the costs of medical equipment and the paramedics that fly on the aircraft

 

For more information on the service please contact Dave Watts, Programmes Manager at South Central Ambulance Service on 01962 892694 or email dave.watts@hantsam.nhs.uk

 

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In the North of the Borough

 

3 Celebrity designer gives stamp of approval for eco-homes

 

Celebrity designer and environmentalist, Oliver Heath, used recycled products, eco-friendly paint and other environmentally friendly furniture to dress Testway Housing's new eco-homes in Andover, Hampshire.

 

Oliver, who is best known for his appearances on BBC's Changing Rooms and his environmental activities, worked on the show home at the new generation of eco-homes designed to significantly reduce the household carbon footprint and lower fuel bills for residents. 

 

The new eco-homes are not only good for the environment, they are also good for the pocket. Heating and hot water is expected to cost only £50 a year - less than many people pay each month. 

 

The development of 17 environmentally-friendly low-carbon homes in Andover cost around £3.1m to build. £1.175 million came as grant funding from the Housing Corporation, the government agency which helps fund social housing, and £75,000 was given by Test Valley Borough Council. Testway Housing funded the rest of the building project.

 

Oliver Heath said: "Eco Design is an area I'm very passionate about. Schemes such as Hockney Green display just how easy, stylish and affordable it can be - I believe it will be a wonderful place to live and an environmental flagship for homes in Hampshire and across the country."

 

Oliver Heath officially opened the show home and development in June.

 

For more information please contact Debbie Greene at Testway Housing on 01264 405523 or see http://www.testway.co.uk/

 

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The Borough Council's Northern Area Planning Committee meetings are held at 5.30pm in the Council Offices at Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover.  Forthcoming meetings are to be held on Thursday 11 October 2007 at 5.30pm, Thursday 1 November at 5.30pm and Thursday 22 November at 5.30pm

 

If you would like to speak at these meetings, contact the Council's Administration Service by 12 noon on the previous working day, telephone 01264 368000 or e-mail administration@testvalley.gov.uk

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In the South of the Borough

 

3Christmas events in Romsey

 

Romsey's Christmas events begin with the Christmas Lights Switch on ceremony which takes place in the Market Place on 24th November.  A number of events are planned throughout the season with plenty of opportunities to shop for festive gifts and seasonal food including local produce and as well as continental foods.  

 

Event dates are detailed below and include the traditional late night Shopping event with Santa dropping in around 6.30pm

 

  • Saturday 24th November - Romsey Christmas Lights Switch-on and Winter Carnival from 5.30pm
  • Sunday 2nd December - Continental Village Market in the Cornmarket
  • Friday 7th December - Late Night Shopping in Romsey - 6.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Sunday 23rd December - Hampshire Farmers' Market - 10.00am - 2.00pm

 

The traditional carol singing event will be held in the Market Place on the evening of Monday 17th December.

 

For more information please contact Christine Cole, Town Centre Manager at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368308

 

                                                                                                                                             

The Borough Council's Southern Area Planning Committee meetings are held at 5.30pm in the Council Offices at Duttons Road, Romsey.  The forthcoming meetings are to be held on Tuesday 16 October at 5.30pm, Tuesday 6 November at 5.30pm and Tuesday 27 November at 5.30pm

 

If you would like to speak at these meetings, contact the Council's Administration Service by 12 noon on the previous working day, telephone 01264 368000 or e-mail administration@testvalley.gov.uk

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•·         Borough Council Committee Meetings

 

Wednesday 10 October at 6.30pm

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Andover

 Thursday 11 October at 5.30pm

Northern Area Planning Committee

Andover

Thursday 16 October at 5.30pm

Southern Area Planning Committee

Romsey

Wednesday 17 October at 6.30pm

Executive

Andover

Thursday 18 October at 5.30pm

Licensing Committee

Romsey

Wednesday 31 October at 4.00pm

Council

Andover

Thursday 1 November at 5.30pm

Northern Area Planning Committee

Andover

Monday 5 November at 6.30pm

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Romsey

Tuesday 6 November at 5.30pm

Southern Area Planning Committee

Romsey

Wednesday 7 November at 6.30pm

Executive

Romsey

Tuesday 13 November at 5.30pm

Planning Control Committee

Romsey

Wednesday 21 November at 5.30pm

Licensing Committee

Romsey

Thursday 22 November at 5.30pm

Northern Area Planning Committee

Andover

Tuesday 27 November at 5.30pm

Southern Area Planning Committee

Romsey

Wednesday 28 November at 6.30pm

Executive

Romsey

Thursday 29 November at 5.30pm

Planning Control Committee

Romsey

 

 

If you would like to speak at any of these meetings, contact the Council's Administration Service by 12 noon on the previous working day, telephone 01264 368000 or e-mail administration@testvalley.gov.uk

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The Borough's wards

If you are viewing this document electronically, you can use the underlined Ward titles below to find items of interest (indicated by the bullet points in black):

 

Andover (Alamein, Harroway, Millway, Winton, St Mary's)

3Turnaround Project - Atholl Court Shop, King Arthur's Way

3Alamein Day Commemoration

Romsey (Abbey, Cupernham, Tadburn) and Romsey Extra

3Art in the Garden 2007

Ampfield & Braishfield (including the parishes of Ampfield and Braishfield)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Ampfield & Braishfield areas in this month's bulletin.

Amport (including the parishes of Amport, Grateley, Monxton and Quarley)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Amport area in this month's bulletin.

Anna (including the parishes of Abbotts Ann, Goodworth Clatford and Upper Clatford)

3Grand re-opening of the War Memorial Hall in Abbotts Ann

Blackwater (including the parishes of Awbridge, Melchett Park & Plaitford, Sherfield English and Wellow)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Blackwater area in this month's bulletin.

Bourne Valley (including the parishes of Faccombe, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Linkenholt, Tangley and Vernham Dean)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Bourne Valley area in this month's bulletin.

Broughton & Stockbridge (including the parishes of Bossington, Broughton, Chilbolton, Houghton, Leckford, Longstock. Nether Wallop and Longstock)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Broughton and Stockbridge area in this month's bulletin.

Charlton

There isn't any news of special interest for the Charlton are in this month's bulletin.

Chilworth, Nursling & Rownhams

3Recycling in Chilworth re-launched

Dun Valley (including the parishes of Buckholt, East Dean, East Tytherley, Frenchmoor, Lockerley, Mottisfont and West Tytherley)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Dun Valley area in this month's bulletin.

Harewood (including the parishes of Barton Stacey, Bullington, Longparish and Wherwell)

There isn't any news of special interest for Harewood area in this month's bulletin.

Kings Somborne & Michelmersh (including the parishes of Ashley, Kings Somborne, Little Somborne and Michelmersh & Timsbury)

3Village of the Year District Winner

3The Sombornes website a Hantsweb finalist

North Baddesley

3British Red Cross Shop

Over Wallop

There isn't any news of special interest for the Over Wallop area in this month's bulletin.

Penton Bellinger (including the parishes of Appleshaw, Fyfield, Kimpton, Penton Grafton, Penton Mewsey, Shipton Bellinger and Thruxton)

There isn't any news of special interest for the Penton Bellinger area in this month's bulletin.

Valley Park (including parts of the parishes of Chilworth and North Baddesley)

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Andover

 

3 Turnaround Project - Atholl Court Shop, King Arthur's Way, Andover

Work has progressed satisfactorily converting the vacant shop into the proposed drop-in and advice centre at Atholl Court. The shop will be ready for use from the 10 September and outreach services will start the week following. A timetable of organisations providing these services has been drawn up and they include the Council, Testway Housing, Hampshire PCT, Parenting advice and support, Church Army Family Worker, Police, Andover Family learning, Sexual health clinic, Neighbourhood Wardens, Drugs and alcohol advice. The Turnaround Project's Activity Co-ordinator will be based at the shop as will the Everybody-on-line project co-ordinator. Following a community based competition the shop will be known as Askalot!

For more information please contact Brian Cowcher, Head of Housing and Community Services on 01264 368601 or email bcowcher@testvalley.gov.uk

3 Alamein Day Commemoration

There will be an Alamein Day Commemoration in Enham Alamein in the presence of local dignitaries on Sunday 21st October. St Georges Church will be open between 2pm - 4pm with pictorial displays and memorabilia. There will be a Military Band Concert in the Landale Wilson Hall at 4pm with a break for tea and biscuits at 5.15pm. The Bishop of Basingstoke will take the service of Thanksgiving in the Landale Wilson Hall at 6pm.

 

If you have any questions about the day please contact Rev Canon Tony Jardine on Andover 352827

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Romsey & Romsey Extra

 

3Art in the Garden 2007

 

Open until 28 October at Sir Harold Hiller Gardens, the annual Art in the Garden exhibition is one event not to miss. Artists from all over the world display both traditional and contemporary pieces using materials such as glass, plastic, stone, wood and stainless steel

 

Currently in it's eighth year, Art in the Garden is regarded as one of the most exciting exhibitions of contemporary art. Over 140 pieces of art and design from new and established artists has been displayed in a beautiful outdoor setting

 

The exhibition opens from 10am - 6pm (last admission at 5pm).

 

For more information please visit http://www.hilliergardens.org.uk/

 

Anna (including the parishes of Abbotts Ann, Goodworth Clatford and Upper Clatford)

 

3Grand re-opening of war memorial hall

 

The Abbotts Ann War Memorial Village Hall re-opened on Saturday 15 September after extensive repair work to the roof.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Brian Page concluded that the official ceremony by cutting the ribbon declaring the Hall officially open and inviting villagers and guests inside for refreshments

 

The hall committee was advised in October 2005 that the roof needed replacing.  With support from the villagers, persistence of the committee, a dedicated building team and grants from the Parish Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council, the roof was delivered on time and to budget.

 

Chilworth, Nursling & Rownhams

 

3 Recycling in Chilworth re-launched

 

Test Valley residents in Chilworth can start to recycle their glass and textiles again, thanks to the re-launch of the Chilworth Arms recycling site. 

 

Management at the Chilworth Arms, formerly The Clump, has worked in co-operation with Chilworth Parish Council and Test Valley Borough Council to reinstate recycling facilities that meet the requirements of the pub, the residents and changes to Health & Safety regulations.  The new site will have banks for colour separated glass, newspapers and magazines, and textiles.

 

For more information please contact Tom Evison, Senior Environmental Services Officer at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368478.                                                                                 È

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Kings Somborne & Michelmersh (including the parishes of Ashley, Kings Somborne, Little Somborne and Michelmersh & Timsbury)

 

 

3Village of the Year district winner

 

Kings Somborne have been chosen as the winning village within the Test Valley District in the national ‘Village of the Year' Competition

 

The judges assessed villages in a number of areas; community life, business involvement, provision of facilities for the young and old, affordable housing programmes and the environment. In particular the judges were looking at whole community involvement, provision of facilities and how residents were encouraged to take part in a voluntary and organised activities, an area that Kings Somborne scored highly in.

 

The competition is sponsored by Calor Ltd Rural Sponsorship Programme and is designed to identify community spirit in villages and small towns throughout the UK.  Heats are held within local district or borough boundaries and from these winners the winning Hampshire county village entry is identified and goes forward to the national competition where the overall national winning village is selected.

 

The presentation of the award will take place at the INTECH Science Centre on Saturday 13th October 2007.

 

 

3The Sombornes website a Hantsweb winner

 

Congratulations to Tim Long, the Webmaster for The Sombornes winning website.

 

The Sombornes website was entered into the Hantsweb Awards and was one of the runners-up in the category Best Local Area, where the judges were looking particularly at the range and quality of information available to the local community, together with regular community involvement in the upkeep of the website itself. 

 

This year, there were 192 entries in this category; the highest number for any of the categories, the site reached the last three finalists.  Unfortunately, the Sombornes site was pipped at the post by http://www.basingstoke-now.co.uk/, the website for Basingstoke, but the judges praised Tim in particular for producing ‘a modern day village notice board without the walk'.

 

To see why the award was given visit http://www.thesombornes.org.uk/

 

 

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North Baddesley

 

3 British Red Cross

 

Romsey & District Local Office and Medical Loan:

Red Cross Centre, Greatwell Drive, Romsey (Portacabin) (opposite Nightingale Surgery)

Open 10.30am to 12.30pm - Monday to Friday.  Telephone 01794 513202.

Local Contact: Janet on 023 80733578 or Wendy on 023 80730843

Medical Loan Service: This is located at the North Baddesley Health Centre (Room 7) in Fleming Avenue, North Baddesley and is open each weekday morning from 10am - 12 noon.  Tel: 023 80743401.

Public First Aid Training and other Services: Tel: 08450547111

For Volunteers: Tel: 01962 890807 Gary Webster (Area Volunteer Advisor) or email: gwebster@redcross.org.uk

 

 

Fundraising Shop at North Baddesley (behind village hall)

The shop will be open as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday                      10am to 4pm

Tuesday evenings                                                          7pm to 9pm

Every 3rd Saturday of the month (except December)    10am to 3pm

Open at other times on request.  Tel: 023 80735089 or 80730843

Good quality Items are always required.  Also tissue paper, clear plastic bags (not supermarket), postage stamps, spectacles and their cases, mobile phones.  No electrical goods - Special offers on every month.

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