BEFORE DAWN

Sad news

The Parish Council is sorry to hear that David Perry has passed away. Ian Skelton-Smith, former Chair of the Council, writes:

“David’s death is a very sad loss for his friends and family, but for the village of Lindford it is also an occasion to thank him for an outstanding and long record of service as a Parish Councillor.

Lindford became an independent Parish in 1982. David was one of the founding members, helping to ensure that the new Parish Council was a success, and going on to serve as a Lindford Parish Councillor for approximately 3 decades.

A few years after the creation of the Council, David was elected as the Chair, and carried out this role for 8 years. Over the rest of his time on the Council he has also served as Chair of Finance and Vice Chair (twice – most recently from 2001 to 2009).

David always played a full part in the activities of the Council, including very practical intervention, such as mending notice boards and planting trees. I can remember once assisting him in locating a grit box on the verge of Bluebell Road.

In his second stint as Vice Chair he was particularly involved in the establishment of Lindford Village Hall. He and his wife, Joan, took an interest in the details as well as the major issues. Because of this we named the main room in the building The Perry Room.

David will be greatly missed as a good friend and as someone who listened and gave willingly and generously of his time to help others.

BEFORE DAWN

Road works

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: https://www.hants.gov.uk/News/16102020c114nearingcompletion

BEFORE DAWN

Road works

As part of the annual programme of works being undertaken by Operation Resilience, carriageway resurfacing will shortly be undertaken on a section of Headley Road, across the junction with Tunbridge Lane. The works were programmed to start on Saturday the 24 October 2020 but have been postponed because of bad weather.

BEFORE DAWN

Crime prevention bulletin

The Hampshire Constabulary has produced the September Crime Prevention Bulletin.

BEFORE DAWN

WHITEHILL BORDON REGENERATION

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

BEFORE DAWN

EHDC bin calendars are going digital

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 www.easthants.gov.uk/bin-calendars.

BEFORE DAWN

Free meals this summer

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.”

BEFORE DAWN

Town centre moves forward

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.

BEFORE DAWN

Face coverings in shops

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.

BEFORE DAWN

Coronavirus fraud

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