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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Winter is coming. Is your heating oil system up to the job?

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With winter near, the Environment Agency, Portsmouth Water and OFTEC are again encouraging people in parts of Hampshire and West Sussex to check and replace failing domestic heating oil tanks by offering a FREE inspection and 50% grant towards a replacement oil tank.

Simon Deacon, Portsmouth Water Catchment and Environment Manager, is part of the scheme:

“If your domestic heating oil tank is more than 20 years old, in poor condition, single skinned, or with deteriorating pipework, then it’s more likely to leak into the ground or local rivers and streams.

“That leak can cost you more than £20k to clean up, and if it contaminates local drinking water, that can quickly escalate to six figures.

“We want to help protect drinking water supplies, so that’s why we offer eligible homes a FREE tank inspection and 50% off replacement works. So far, 42 local homes have taken advantage of the free inspections, 30 of whom have gone on to receive the replacement works”.

Dawn O’Neill, Environment Agency Groundwater Technical Specialist, adds:

“Oil pollution is one of the most common incidents I deal with. The EA records an average of over 130 pollution incidents in England every year caused by heating oil from people’s homes. These can have a major impact on our groundwater, rivers, streams and wildlife.

“By working with Portsmouth Water on this scheme we are reducing the risk to these precious habitats, and helping protect people from costly clean ups later down the line”.

It’s easy to apply:

ü Contact Portsmouth Water to find out if you are eligible – call 07872 108992 or emailü Find out more at

Always report an oil spill or leak to the Environment Agency’s 24-hour emergency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 



                                                                   Old oil tank at risk of leaking                              Replacement oil tank – safe and reliable

                                                                  (source: Portsmouth Water)                                             (source: Portsmouth Water)

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100th Anniversary of the formation of the British Legion

Saturday the 15th May 2021 was the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the British Legion.

On the 15th May 1921 at 09.00 hrs. some Wreaths were placed on the Cenotaph in London by the organisers at that time and the Legion was born.

To commemorate that historic event the National President of the Royal British Legion laid a wreath at 09.00 hrs. on Saturday 15th May 2021 at the Cenotaph in London.

This event was in line with the current virus limitations.

To add to this event, the Royal British Legion have asked for their 2,500 Branches to carry out a similar act at their local War Memorial at the same time on the same day.

Hence, the Lovedean and Horndean Royal British Legion Branch formally laid a Poppy Wreath on Saturday 15th May 2021 at 09.00 hrs. at the Horndean War Memorial.

Our Branch President, Dr Bob Hanson laid the Poppy Wreath, our Branch Standard was present and social distancing wase maintained with the rule of six members present to witness the event.

Lady Jane Dalton attended and its a real shame that Sir Geoffrey Dalton is not with us at this historic time in the life of the Royal British Legion.

It was a very simple event and only lasted about 5 minutes.

The scene at the War Memorial.     Branch President Dr Bob Hanson recited the Exhortation.

Two minutes silence were observed with Branch Standard being ‘Dipped’.

Then Lady Jane Dalton recited the Kohima Epitaph.


Branch President Dr Bob Hanson lays the wreath on behalf of the Lovedean and Horndean Branch RBL members. 






The Hampshire Countryside Service produces a Monthly Newsletter.  This month there is a special edition with the focus on 'The Countryside Code'.  Please see the links below for Newsletter as well as a video relating to dogs in the Countryside.


Dog video



Hampshire Solar Together Scheme

Hampshire County Council declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019 and Cabinet approved the Hampshire County Council Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan in 2020.

The full briefing note available here: Briefing Note, February 2021



Are you fed-up with doing the same old walks?

Walking in Hampshire is the website for you!  

With hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, contact details for all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Hampshire (part of the Walking in England suite of websites (  – one for each county in England) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris


Hampshire County News

Hampshire County Council is rolling out superfast broadband across the region.

It enables people to get internet speeds of 24Megabits per second or more – making streaming TV, working from home, online banking and shopping, and gaming a lot easier – to name just some of the benefits.

To find out if you’re included in the rollout you can use this postcode checker on the Hampshire Superfast Broadband website and register to be told when it’s available in your area at:


Making the most of our resources is key to ensuring we deliver the most effective and efficient highways service we can across Hampshire’s 5,500 miles of road.   We continue to make the most of digital technology to ensure residents can keep up to date about highways works in their area, report issues to us, and plan their journeys. 

These include:


Volunteer Opportunities

Footpath Closures

Potential closure of footpaths: Information for residents can be found via the following link below. If any footpaths, including urban paths are not shown, an application needs to be made to Hampshire County Council to hopefully ensure its continuance. The application process can be found by following the link.

What is a Definitive Map?

Each highway authority keeps a Definitive Map and Statement of all public rights of way - the formal legal record of the existence of footpaths, bridleways, restricted byways and byways open to all traffic. In total it offers more than 137,000 miles of public footpath, bridleway and byway providing a level of access admired throughout the world.