Community News and Information

Lindford completed its Village Appraisal in March 2002, and the Parish Council decided that we should build on this to produce a Parish Plan, setting out priorities for the village

On this page you can view:


·        Useful telephone numbers and local information

·        Lindford and environs community events

·        Local news

·        Whitehill/Bordon regeneration

·        Police and crime information




Royal Exchange

(Posted 02.11.20) When the first lockdown began, The Royal Exchange, as part of Red Mist Leisure, launched a local grocery delivery service, supporting the communities around all of their pubs in very tricky times, and also their chain of local suppliers who were also facing unprecedented challenges with huge drops in their demand. The grocery service was a big success and was shown huge support from the local communities.

So much so, that a new online shop was launched in early November to once again offer the local areas this service, with an improved online process. The selection of food and drink includes fantastic quality produce that would rival any supermarket purchase, and every order helps support a local business, local suppliers and keep people in employment. From brimming fruit and veg boxes fresh from Covent Garden that morning, local cheeses, top quality meats from Thatcham’s Butchery, delicious fish fresh from ChalkStream and Isle of Wight to our tasty hand-made (and gluten free) pies that we serve in our pubs, the shop is packed with wonderful ingredients in the lead up to Christmas.  Not forgetting the opportunity to stock up on craft ales, gins and our favourite wines… all this, without a queue or face mask in sight! Visit the online shop for deliveries until 23rd December, at

The Royal Exchange has also remained open for Call & Collect takeaways throughout both lockdowns, so regulars, locals and hungry families from Lindford and the surrounding areas can still enjoy their favourite pub classics (and more) from the comfort and safety of their own home. Takeaway is available from Wednesday to Sunday and the menu and order process can be found online at


Covid-19 vaccination scam

(Posted 11.01.210 Neighbourhood Watch has produced a warning about a telephone scam asking people to reply to a text about receiving a vaccine. 



(Posted 19.03.20) Some good advice has been received as to how to cope if you get Covid-19.


Advice on coronavirus

(Posted 07.03.20) Neighbourhood Watch has produced some recommendations for local communities to follow in case of a Covid 19 outbreak.




Veolia application

(Posted 16.01.21) The Parish Council has received a letter from Froyle Parish Council about the application that Veolia has made to demolish the existing Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Alton and replace it with an Advanced Energy Recovery Facility (AERF). The proposed Alton AERF would be located in the unspoilt countryside of the upper Wey Valley within 1 mile of the South Downs National Park. The building will be 40m high, with 80m chimneys, visible from miles away, compared to the max 15m height of the MRF, burn 330,00 tonnes of waste per year and emit a similar amount of CO2. They are asking for the Council and others to consider submitting an objection.


Citizens advice

(Posted 18.11.20) This year it is especially important that we stay warm and safe at home. The Citizens Advice is part of a campaign to make sure that you are not paying too much for your energy and have all the information you need to keep warm this winter. The focus is to encourage you to check your bills, apply for any grants or discounts you might be eligible for, and check to see if you can switch to a cheaper tariff or provider. There are many ways to contact us. For more information go to or the Citizens Advice website. Or, for direct contact, email or phone 0300 330 9028 and ask for a call back from the East Hampshire energy adviser.


Help to heat scheme

(Posted 06.11.20) Southern Gas Network have introduced a 'Help to Heat' scheme. This is to help those in need to move from electric central heating to gas central heating which is much cheaper. It can provide a free connection and in some cases will fully or partially fund a gas central heating system. For further details please go to:

EHDC welcomes new Climate Champion

(Posted 31.10.20) East Hampshire District Council has welcomed Cllr Elaine Woodard as its Climate Champion. She will act as an ‘ambassador’ for the environment as the Council pursues the goals it has set out in its Climate and Environment Strategy. Cllr Woodard’s role is to inspire positive change for the climate and environment, and celebrate residents’ contributions to a sustainable future. She said: “I am delighted to take up the role of Climate Champion and to help deliver the new Climate and Environment Strategy. Climate change and the impact on our environment is the most important issue we face, and we all have a part to play in making the changes needed to address it. I look forward to working with our residents and learning from them how we can do things better.”

The Council declared a climate emergency in July 2019 and in August this year adopted its Climate and Environment Strategy. The strategy lays out how the Council will tackle the climate emergency and how it will work towards a sustainable future. It outlines how EHDC will reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero, and how it will use its influence as a planning authority to promote a sustainable low-carbon future, where people and nature thrive. The strategy will help the whole district deliver its part in the regional, national and international commitments on reducing emissions, and to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Welfare and Community Integration, said: “I would like to welcome Cllr Woodard as our new climate champion. This is a vital role in our work to achieve our ambitious goals on the environment. I am looking forward to working with her through the Climate and Environment panels and to promote the Council's strategy to our wider community.”


Road works

(Posted 21.10.20) Hampshire County Council (HCC) has issued a press release regarding the upcoming night closures for, and nearing completion of, the C114 highway works in Whitehill & Bordon:

·        Phase 1 (Highview Business Park to Chalet Hill) was completed a few months ago; and

·        Phase 2 (Budds Lane to Ennerdale Road) will be the subject of night closures next week but should be completed by the end of the month.

The press release can be found here:


Free meals this summer

(Posted 28.09.20) East Hampshire District Council’s children’s play service, Playing Around, brought fun and food to families in Whitehill & Bordon this summer with an ambitious partnership project. It teamed up with Radian, Café 1759, the Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust and Energise Me to deliver recipes, hot meals and other fun activities using funding from the EHDC Healthy New Town project. The Playing Around team manned a pop-up hub at Café 1759 in Whitehill & Bordon, with help from volunteers in the community. Families collected daily ingredients for healthy and delicious meals from the hub, and the team provided recipes along with follow-along cooking videos on the Playing Around Facebook page. Local business The Fruit and Veg Man provided all the fruits and vegetables and taxi Firm A.J.L Cars helped deliver them to families who were unable to get to the café due to their personal circumstances. Families could also pick up weekly craft activity kits from Playing Around and sports equipment provided by Energise Me.

The service ran for six weeks and a total of 480 hot meals and 200 recipe bags were handed out, enabling the partnership to support a total of 20 families and 37 children. Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The summer holidays can be a difficult time for families, and this year many faced the added pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Everyone involved in this project not only provided the food and activities, but also a sense of support, community and a friendly face during a challenging time.”  

Managing Director of Community Services at Radian, Michelle Dawson, said: “Working in partnership with our friends in East Hampshire has been a great success this summer. It has enabled us to provide food and activities for those who can’t easily access it themselves, and the outcome has been fantastic. We look forward to working together more in the future.”

A message received from one of the families said: “I wanted to thank you for the food support from Café 1759 and Radian over the summer holidays. My daughter and I have particularly enjoyed the food box options and the opportunity it's given us to make and try new recipes, many of which have now become family favourites. Due to my disability, preparing food from scratch is problematic and difficult but over the summer we have managed to make a variety of meals and looked forward to seeing what recipe we would receive next. Thank you for arranging for the food parcels to be delivered due to us shielding - you have helped to make a difficult situation slightly easier and given us something to look forward to.”


EHDC bin calendars are going digital 

(Posted 28.09.20) East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) has declared a climate emergency and as one small step towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the council will not be sending paper bin calendars to every home this year. The council estimates that this will save around 325kg of carbon each year by reducing paper usage and fuel used for distribution. 

Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of EHDC, said: “Our recently launched Climate and Environment Strategy commits us to changing the way we deliver services to protect the environment for future generations. This is just a small change that will make a difference.”

The bin calendars from 1 October will continue in the pattern they currently follow, with collections only changing around bank holidays and Christmas. Details of Christmas and New Year collection changes will be included in the next edition of Partners magazine. To find out more, visit


Face coverings in shops

(Posted 25.07.20) Most of the shops in East Hampshire have now reopened to the public, with things in place to keep you safe such as screens or limits on the number of people who can enter the shop. If you’re supporting your local shops and shopping safely, thank you. Wearing face coverings in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices is now mandatory. It is not mandatory in other venues that have measures in place to protect staff and the public from coronavirus. These include:

·        eat-in restaurants and pubs

·        hairdressers and other treatment salons

·        gyms and leisure centres

·        cinemas, concert halls and theatres

Wearing a face covering will help protect others from you. If you have caught coronavirus but have not developed symptoms, the covering could reduce the chance of you passing it on. Face coverings are not a replacement for keeping your distance from others and washing your hands. It’s important that you wear and store your face covering properly. Make sure you wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on and after taking it off, avoid touching your face and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you wash them.

Where can I get a face covering

A face covering can be very simple and should cover your mouth and nose. Lots of shops and brands are starting to sell their own face coverings or you could make your own.

What if I can’t wear one?

There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people cannot wear face coverings. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances and remember that some people are less able to wear them.

What if I don’t want to wear one?

If you do not wear a face covering, the shop you are visiting can refuse you entry. The Police will have powers to issue £100 fines to people who do not wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets.


Hampshire Constabulary Covid-19 leaflet

(Posted 10.04.20) Hampshire Constabulary has produced a leaflet telling people where to get help at this time. There is also a self-print two-up version.


EHDC Covid19 update

(Posted 09.04.20) EHDC has produced a leaflet on Covid19 and what the Council is doing to help.


Community First response

(Posted 25.03.20) Community First has produced a response to Covid-19.


EHDC responds to coronavirus

(Posted 20.03.20) East Hampshire District Council is working hard to keep business as usual during the coronavirus pandemic. The government’s advice on preventing the spread of the virus has meant that many of the council’s day-to-day working practices have had to stop or change. However, staff are working hard to ensure that the services residents rely on are still being delivered. Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of EHDC, said: “These are unprecedented times and we are having to take unprecedented measures to work through them. My priority is the safety of residents, staff and councillors, but we still have a job to do. We have had to cancel our forthcoming community events and we will be finding new, safe ways to continue our democratic procedures. We will also be heavily involved in supporting the community and making sure the most vulnerable in our society are helped through this crisis safely. Inevitably things may be difficult as we transition to this new way of working but we are doing our best to keep the wheels turning so please bear with us at this time.”

For regular updates on EHDC services go to:

Council services

Following the government’s guidelines on preventing the spread of coronavirus, staff have been asked to work from home where possible. The council will do everything it can to keep delivering the services residents rely on but in this unprecedented situation there may be some disruption. Our critical services will be prioritised. If you have a query please contact the council through 01730 266551 or on or email



Events held by East Hampshire District Council will be cancelled or postponed. Events already called off are: The Duke of Gloucester’s visit to Whitehill & Bordon – Thursday 26 March; The East Hampshire Sports Awards – Thursday 26 March; Petersfield Dementia Festival – Friday 15 May.


EHDC working in the community

During the coronavirus pandemic, East Hampshire District Council will be working with other councils and organisations to help those affected by the outbreak. We will be liaising with Hampshire County Council and the voluntary sector to provide the right assistance to vulnerable people. EHDC staff that cannot perform their normal duties from home will be redeployed to help with this important community support. Citizens Advice East Hampshire has an advice line for all East Hampshire residents, contactable on 0300 330 9028. It is also offering a more extensive service to residents needing extra support. This service went live on Wednesday 18 March.


Business support

While people are being asked to avoid social contact, many businesses will inevitably be hit. The government has introduced significant measures to support our local businesses, particularly small businesses and those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Some businesses will not be expected to pay business rates while others may be eligible for a £10,000 grant. The council is liaising with the government to work out the detail of these schemes and more information will be posted on the webpage


Council meetings

The council is currently assessing which council meetings are essential and how best to run those that are. The safety of councillors, staff and attending residents is paramount. Officers will be encouraged to take part remotely where possible and public attendance will be limited according to space, allowing for safe separation between individuals. Meetings will be streamed online where possible. As far as possible the council will continue to pursue its normal business but some delegated decision-making powers will be taken up by the Leader of the council, Cllr Richard Millard, and by council officers.


Bus pass extensions

(Posted 20.03.20) Hampshire County Council is extending the time that free bus passes can be used by senior citizens. The 9.30 am restriction is to be lifted at this time. See dor further information. This applies to all public transport services on which people can currently use their bus passes including community transport services and Taxishare schemes.

Community First

(Posted 06.02.19) Community First East Hampshire exists to strengthen the voluntary sector in the district by offering training, general organisational support and help with volunteer recruitment and management. The latest newsletter contains lots of interesting information and news for groups involved in the local community in East Hampshire. It contains links to some very useful websites. Community First has also produced a newsletter of community news in the Whitehill and Bordon area.


PPG newsletter

(Posted 14.01.20) The October newsletter of the Patient Participation Group of Badgerswood and Forest Surgeries is now available.




Transport improvements

(Posted 20.11.20) EHDC has produced a summary of all the transport improvements in the area.



(Posted 28.09.20) The Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company has produced a newsletter which can be viewed here.


Town centre moves forward

(Posted 17.08.20) Delivery of the Whitehill/Bordon town centre is moving forward with £4.8m of funding from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership. Read about it here.




Coronavirus fraud

(Posted 17.06.20) Action Fraud has produced advice about how to protect yourself against coronavirus-related fraud.


Reporting anti-social behaviour

(Posted 30.04.20) Petersfield Neighbourhood Office reports: On Wednesday 29th April 2020 Hampshire Constabulary will provide members of the public with the option to report incidents of anti-social behaviour online via the force website.  This builds on the existing user-friendly functionality to report crime online which we have seen the public make good use of. Since our online reporting platform went live in July 2018, evidence has shown that online contact has largely replaced traditional contact via telephone and has not made a significant impact on overall demand.  This functionality has always been part of the development plan for method of contact and this work has been brought forward as part of our response to COVID19.  All reports will be assessed promptly on receipt to ensure there is no immediate threat, risk or harm.  Online reporting is an enabler for our Contact Management Team to manage demand more effectively, it will not change how reports of ASB are managed by frontline staff or how this information is shared with partners.


Scam alert

(Posted 30.04.20) Hampshire Constabulary has issued a COVID-19 Scam Awareness flyer outlining some of the most common scams being seen at the moment. Please note these scams are evolving all the time so you may see different variations or new ones popping up which may not be included in this flyer. To keep up to date we recommend signing up to Hampshire Alert ( and Action Fraud ( for notifications. The self-print black and white version is particularly helpful for vulnerable and elderly members of the community as well as those who do not use social media. The web friendly version can be shared on social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.

Hampshire Constabulary has also issued a bulletin about scams during this time.


Crime prevention bulletin

(Posted 03.10.20) The Hampshire Constabulary has produced the September Crime Prevention Bulletin.

Trading Standards bulletin

(Posted 02.03.20) Hampshire County Council has issued a Trading Standards scam bulletin.












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