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

 

LINDFORD AND ENVIRONS COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

Travellers’ camps

(Posted 11.07.19) Whitehill Town Council has informed us that there is an illegal encampment which arrived on Saturday just gone. The Council is taking the required steps on the legal route to ensure their departure, but you may wish to ensure you have site security in place on any open spaces.

 

Activity camps

(Posted 04.07.19) Fit for Sport and Everyone Active have teamed up to support children with disabilities in Hampshire throughout the summer. They are running Fit For Sport Activity Camps at their Hart, Fareham and Alton activity camps form 24 July to 3 September.

 

Coaching with the legends

(Posted 03.07.19) There is a great opportunity for those aged between 5 and 17 to be coached by the legends of cricket on 30 August at BOSC Alley. See poster for further details.

 

Arrests for ATM thefts

(Posted 24.06.19) Five men have been sentenced following an investigation into a series of cash machine thefts in Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex. The spree took place between July and November last year and included cash machines at shops and banks in Alton, Bordon, Denmead and Kings Worthy. Hampshire Police  supported an investigation that was led by Surrey and Sussex Police’s Serious Organised Crime Unit. On Wednesday 19 June, the gang was sentenced. See the link for a full update from our colleagues at Surrey Police: https://news.surrey.police.uk/news/five-men-jailed-in-relation-to-atm-thefts-373369

HCC consolidation order

(Posted 21.05.19) HCC has issued a Consolidation Order regarding local speed limits. This does not change the existing speed limits.

 

Local author published

(Posted 07.05.19) Local author Margaret Goldthorp has had her new book published called A Divided Heritage. It is a story of prejudice, tragedy and the barbarity of war.

 

Volunteers needed

(Posted 18.04.19) The HCC countryside rangers need more people to volunteer for conservation work on both Broxhead and Short Heath (Oakhanger) commons. See poster for details.

 

Café Church

(Posted 16.03.19) Lindford Methodist Church has issued a press release about their new initiative called Café Church.

 

Play rehearsals

(Posted 20.02.19) ChewBoy Productions are currently rehearsing their five-star, surreal comedy play EUAN at the Village Hall, following a sold out run in London last year. The one-hour play is all about 3 characters who have lost someone or something called Euan, and they need to find Euan, because they were supposed to be looking after Euan. And if their boss finds out, then she isn’t going to be happy. Which would all be well and good, if any of them knew what Euan was! The play will be performed at Lindford Village Hall on 20 July at 6.30pm (see poster for booking details) and in Guildford on Sunday 14 July at the Star Inn. It was performed at the Brighton Fringe last month and won an award there as winner of the IYAF (International Youth Arts Festival) Best of Brighton Fringe award for Theatre. The company is  also heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival (venue tbc). 

Flying drones

(Posted 03.09.18) When flying drones in public places, please note that there is a drone code.

 

Neighbourhood Watch

(Posted 11.02.19) Through a Lindford Neighbourhood Watch scheme, interesting information has been received about visibility of house names and numbers, courier scams and when to use 101 and 999.

 

LOCAL NEWS

 

New permanent Chief Executive at EHDC

(Posted 20.07.19) East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council have approved the permanent appointment of Gill Kneller as their shared Chief Executive. Gill was made interim Chief Executive in January 2019 following the departure of her predecessor Sandy Hopkins. Both councils agreed to appoint her to the position permanently this week following a robust and challenging recruitment process. Ms Kneller said: “It is a privilege to be appointed Chief Executive of East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council on a permanent basis and I want to thank the councillors for this opportunity. I have already been in the role for six enjoyable and successful months as interim but there’s plenty of hard work ahead as both councils work towards achieving their goals.”   An environmental health officer by profession, Ms Kneller has worked as an Executive Director for both councils. She has worked as a consultant in the private sector and holds a number of post graduate qualifications, including a masters in risk management.

Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “Gill has shown over the last six months that she has the skills and the vision to make an excellent Chief Executive and we are delighted to be able confirm her appointment. I look forward to working with her to deliver the financial sustainability and excellent public services we strive for at East Hampshire District Council.” Cllr Michael Wilson, Leader of Havant Borough Council, said: “Gill is highly regarded by officers and councillors and has proved her ability to manage the challenges we face in public sector work today. Gill is a key asset to the council and as we progress our agenda I am confident she will assist us in meeting the ambitious targets we have set ourselves."

 

Keep on top of Council Tax

(Posted 12.07.19) Voicemail, email and text reminders are the latest measures being introduced by Havant Borough Council to help people keep on top of their Council Tax. The new system will be available from 15 July 2019 and will help residents avoid falling behind with their Council Tax payments. The Council sends reminders to residents prior to undertaking recovery proceedings for non-payment. Those contacted are requested to make payment of part or all of the arrears or, if unable to, may be offered a revised payment arrangement.

The aim of the electronic alerts is to prevent anyone falling behind with their payments, as reminders are sent out on the lead-up to the agreed payment date.  

It is hoped the additional reminders will reduce the need to take recovery action, whilst reducing the use of paper, saving postage costs and increasing the Council’s Council Tax collection rate. Councillor Leah Turner Cabinet lead for Finance said: “The introduction of these alerts will assist our residents by reminding them when payment is due. We intend to treat everyone fairly when it comes to the collection of council tax. If anyone is having any problems paying it is really important they contact the council urgently so that we can see what we can do to help. We are also keen to help people who may be in debt or struggling financially and work closely with Citizens Advice and other organisations that can provide help.

 

Disability Champion Awards

(Posted 11.07.19) With the help of a recent grant from EHDC, the Whitehill and Bordon Disability Action Group is holding an awards event to recognise those in the community (within a 2-mile radius of the town centre) who have done that little bit extra to help those in the area who are disabled. You can see the categories in which the swards will be given from the Nomination Form. The poster gives details of how to get a nomination form. The ceremony will be held on Tuesday 3 December at the Forest Community Centre.

 

Junior parkrun up and running

(Posted 20.06.19) A weekly run for Whitehill & Bordon’s youngsters has got off to a flying start. Junior parkrun, held every Sunday morning at Hogmoor Inclosure, set off at the beginning of May and has been an instant hit. An adult version was launched in Whitehill & Bordon last year with more than 170 participants. In setting up the junior parkrun, Event Director George Longland did not expect it to take off so quickly. She said: “We were told to expect around a quarter of the numbers of the main run. We thought we’d start with 15-20 and work our way up to 40 or 50. On the day it launched we had more than 90 and it hasn’t tailed off since then!”

The 2km run is aimed at children between four and 14 years old to keep them fit and active and give them a sense of achievement and companionship. It was set up using a £3,000 grant from East Hampshire District Council’s Healthy New Towns programme. Mrs Longland said: “The children love it. They get to bomb around beautiful Hogmoor Inclosure with 90 other kids and lots of volunteers and marshals cheering them on and, even though it is not a race, they are timed and it is a great feeling to beat their own best time. Once they have completed 11 parkruns they have run the equivalent of a half-marathon, so they get a special wristband for that. They get another after 21 runs, for completing the marathon distance, and then, after 50 parkruns, they get the ultra-marathon wristband.”

Cllr Ferris Cowper, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “The aim of our Healthy New Towns programme is to show how towns can be designed to encourage people to live healthy, active and independent lifestyles. Helping to launch a regular run for the young people of Whitehill & Bordon is a perfect example of that objective in action. I am delighted it has proved so popular already and it is a tribute to the hard work of the volunteers behind it that it has been so successful.”

The run is held every Sunday morning at 9am at Hogmoor Inclosure. For more information go to www.parkrun.org.uk/hogmoorinclosure-juniors/.

 

Playwork Practitioner recruitment

(Posted 20.06.19) RAPP is is currently recruiting for a Playwork Practitioner. This is a full time post for both term time and school holidays, working with the RAPP+ Play Leader and Play Development Officer on the development of 'Playing Around' - East Hants Play Service. This will involve work on the play and sports project Get Activ8d and would be a fantastic opportunity to help shape the face of play and sport for young people across East Hampshire. Applications are now open and will close on 28th June with interviews on 8 July. Follow the link https://saas.ngahr.com/capita5c/wrl/pages/vacancy.jsf?latest=01000415 for further information.

 

A new way to contact your council

(Posted 11.06.19) Residents will soon be able to contact East Hampshire District Council easier than ever before, thanks to an online customer system, which will allow people to check Council Tax payments, report issues and find out what they need, when they need it. Residents can already set up their own My EHDC accounts which can be used to access various services, such as reporting abandoned vehicles.

This year the system will be enhanced to widen the scope of services residents can access 24/7. During 2019, Council Tax payers will be able to access their secure account on-line, check what they owe, see when the next payment is due or set up a Direct Debit. Customers claiming Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support will be able to view their claim and check payments. Landlords whose tenants receive Housing Benefit will be able to check payment information. Later this year, customers who wish to buy a service or report a problem with services such as garden waste or refuse will be able to do this through their My EHDC account. They will also be able to report problems with their refuse collection via a 24/7 telephone line.

Cllr Nick Drew, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Governance and Legal, said: “By investing in technology, we have the potential to move more than 60 per cent of our telephone calls to a more convenient and flexible way for customers to contact us. By encouraging people to use other channels, we can spend more time with our more vulnerable residents who need a greater level of support.”

Customers can create a MY EHDC account right now at my.easthants.gov.uk.

 

Community groups bid for developer contributions

(Posted 03.06.19) Community groups in East Hampshire can apply to receive developers’ contributions to support their project. Every time a new home is built in the district the developer pays money towards improving the infrastructure of the surrounding area. Around £2 million is currently available across the district for community projects. East Hampshire District Council has changed the way applications can be made for developer contributions. Parish and town councils, community groups and local organisations now have a two-month window to apply for the money, from June 3 to July 31. Developer contributions, sometimes called Section 106 money, after the legal agreement that secures the deal, can be used for community facilities, sport and leisure, open space or play areas.

Cllr Julie Butler, Deputy Leader, Welfare and Community Integration Portfolio, said: “As part of the planning process developers are obliged to put some money towards local facilities. This money can be allocated to a number of different uses and must be used in the area the homes were built. We have changed the way local organisations can apply for this money and would like them to come to us with their projects over the next two months. Once we have the applications in we can allocate this funding to the best local projects.”

For more information go to www.easthants.gov.uk/developer-contributions

 

RAPP+ launches after school clubs

(Posted 13.05.19) East Hampshire District Council’s Rural Areas Play Project (RAPP) is expanding with the launch of new after school sessions. RAPP promotes interactive and fun children’s activities around the district. Operating across the majority of holidays and half-terms, the service has proved its success with local children and young people for more than a decade. Now it is launching RAPP+, providing two new after-school sessions in the district. On Mondays, RAPP+ will be running the Food Academy, funded by Radian, at Café 1759, in Whitehill & Bordon, teaching children culinary skills. Held during term time, this is an after-school club that is foody fun for all! Young people aged eight and older can learn how to cook a meal from scratch and develop nutritional knowledge in a fun and informative way. They will also have the added bonus of enjoying some physical activity while their dinner is cooking!

The second opportunity is a RAPP+ Out of School Club which will run at Selborne C of E Primary School on Wednesdays and Thursdays, after school, during term time. The RAPP+ team will be offering support to working parents, allowing that bit of extra time at the end of the day for the children to enjoy craft and sporting activities while being supported and entertained.

Lisa Clements, EHDC Play Development Officer, said: “We are very pleased to be working in two new partnerships with Selborne Primary School and Radian to launch RAPP+ and our first ever RAPP+ Out of School Club. RAPP has been a very successful service for 13 years and now RAPP+ will also give residents of East Hampshire after school activities during term time.”

RAPP+ can also offer bespoke quotes for events, parties, weddings and more. For more information please contact Lisa Clements, Play Development Officer, on 01730 234384 or lisa.clements@easthants.gov.uk

 

Fly-Tipping

(Posted 20.02.19) A flyer from Hampshire County Council gives some guidance about managing waste and what to do regarding a waste carrier when arranging waste disposal.

 

River Wey Trust

(Posted 28.06 18) The River Wey Trust has produced its latest newsletter.

 

Community First

(Posted 06.03.18) 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.

Community First is looking for volunteer drivers to help transport passengers with support needs to activities such as lunch clubs and social activities across East Hampshire including Liphook, Liss and surrounding areas. For further details, please call the team on 01420 475759 or email lynne.peters@cfirst.org.uk

 

PPG newsletter

(Posted 10.07.19) The July newsletter of the Patient Participation Group of Badgerswood and Forest Surgeries is now available. The AGM will be held on 7 May at 7.30pm at Lindford Village Hall. This is an open meeting so friends and relatives are also welcome. Our speaker is Nick Broughton, CEO of Southern Health Foundation Trust - an excellent speaker.

 

Woodland Trust newsletter

(Posted 08.10.18) The Woodland Trust has produced an Autumn newsletter.

 

WHITEHILL BORDON REGENERATION

 

Update

(Posted 07.02.19) EHDC has released an update on the progress of the regeneration town.

 

Newsletter

(Posted 18.12.18) The Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company has produced a newsletter which can be viewed here.

 

POLICE AND CRIME INFORMATION

 

Survey

(Posted 17.06.19) The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner would like to gain a better understanding of the anti-social behaviours that are concerning residents most and the actions they are currently taking on experiencing or witnessing incidents. Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm or distress to an individual, to their community or to their environment. In 2018 there were 45,996 incidents of anti-social behaviour across the Hampshire Constabulary policing area. Please take the survey and share your views https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90149970/Your-views-on-Anti-Social-Behaviour.

 

Fake TalkTalk emails
Action Fraud has received over 100 reports this week about fake emails purporting to be from TalkTalk. They state that the recipient’s TalkTalk account is in credit and that they’re owed a refund. The links in the emails lead to malicious websites. Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.


NFU and Crimestoppers initiative

(Posted 08.08.18) The National Farmers' Union has launched a new service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about rural crime, in partnership with the charity Crimestoppers. For more details: https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/nfu-and-crimestoppers-launch-new-rural-crime-reporting-line/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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