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Horndean Parish Council Events

Armed Forces Day 30th June 2018 - 6pm

Remembrance Day 11th November 2018

Carol Service 11th December 2018 - 7pm 

Upcoming Events in the Community

Concessionary Travel 

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County Cllr Marge Harvey runs a surgery on the third Thursday of each month at the Blendworth Church Centre from 9.30am.


 Parkinson's Café at Horizon Leisure Centre Waterlooville

Parkinson’s Café at Horizon Leisure Centre, Waterlooville every fourth Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 11.30am from 25 January 2018


Parkinson's Cafe

Launch date: Thurs 30 Nov 2017, 10.30am - 11.30am, then every

fourth Thursday of the month from 25 Jan 2018, at: Horizon Leisure

Centre, Waterberry Drive, Waterlooville, Hampshire, PO7 7UW

Drop in for coffee, biscuits and a chance to talk to other people affected by Parkinson’s. Family

and friends welcome.

For more information, contact:

Sally Wood, Area Development

Manager, on: 0344 225 3670



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Home Library Service available from Hampshire Libraries

Home Library Service Flyer

Dementia Resources Flyer 

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AutotestAutotest back in gear for another year

Young people can put their driving skills to the test at the latest motoring event to be held in Petersfield.

Autotest gives would-be drivers over 14 a chance to get behind the wheel in a safe but competitive environment.

The event is taking place at Penns Place in Petersfield on Sunday 29 April and is being organised by East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and its award-winning partner Southsea Motor Club.

It will allow competitors to practise precision driving around a specially-constructed course under the supervision of professionals.

Young drivers will not need any form of licence and will just need to know how to steer and to operate the pedals. There will be an instructor in the car at all times.

Southsea Motor Club was named the JLT MSA Club of the Year after using events like Autotest to introduce motor sport to new people and dramatically increase its membership. It was chosen ahead of more than 700 other clubs across the country and its work on Autotest with EHDC was highlighted as a big part of that success.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said: “Autotest is a great event and gives young people a chance to get behind the wheel of a car in a safe way.

“It’s a brilliantly-run event and great fun for everyone concerned and I am not surprised to see that Southsea Motor Club’s excellent work at events like Autotest has been rewarded with a prestigious award.”

To find out more and to sign-up to take part in the event please email by 25 April


Media Contact: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 234030

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Sent on behalf of The Local Government Boundary Commission for England:

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Map - boundary reviewLocal electoral arrangements finalised for East Hampshire District Council

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for East Hampshire District Council.

Today’s publication follows two phases of public consultation on draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across East Hampshire.

All but three of East Hampshire’s current council wards will change as a result of the review.

The commission’s final recommendations propose that East Hampshire should be represented by 43 district councillors in the future: one fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent two three-councillor wards, eight two-councillor wards and 21 one-councillor wards across the district.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across East Hampshire who took part in the review. The commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during each stage of consultation.

“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout East Hampshire.”

In response to local feedback during consultation, the commission has made changes to the proposals it originally put forward in October last year. For example, in Alton, the commission had proposed that the town should be covered by four wards. Two of those wards would have been represented by one councillor each with the other two wards represented by two councillors and three councillors respectively. However, local feedback suggested that seven wards, each to be represented by one councillor, would be a pattern that better reflected community ties in Alton. The commission accepted the arguments put forward for the pattern of seven wards and put the plan forward for an additional phase of consultation earlier this year. In its final recommendations, the commission now confirms seven one-councillor wards for Alton as final.

The commission also received objections to its original proposals in Horndean. For example, the commission had used the A3(M) as a boundary between wards. Local people told the commission that the road does not form a barrier and gave evidence of strong links between communities on either side. In response to the feedback, the commission changed its proposals for Horndean to reflect local views and invited comments on them in a further round of consultation. Following this additional consultation, the commission has changed the proposals to ensure that there is a set of wards that matches the boundary of Horndean parish so that no parts of the town are included in a ward with other parts of East Hampshire. The commission also proposes a Rowlands Castle ward to be represented by one councillor. In its previous proposals, the commission had included Rowlands Castle in a ward with parts of Horndean. The commission believes that the final proposals reflect local community ties and interests.

Full details of the final recommendations and other changes to the draft proposals are available on the commission’s website at

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.


For further information contact the commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email:

Notes to editors:

- Illustrate your story with a map of the new ward boundaries
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Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

- Key to map over page:

1. Alton Amery

2. Alton Ashdell

3. Alton Eastbrooke

4. Alton Holybourne

5. Alton Westbrooke

6. Alton Whitedown

7. Alton Wooteys

8. Bentworth & Froyle

9. Binsted, Bentley & Selborne

10. Bramshott & Liphook

11. Buriton & East Meon

12. Clanfield

13. Four Marks & Medstead

14. Froxfield, Sheet & Steep

15. Grayshott

16. Headley

17. Horndean Catherington

18. Horndean Downs

19. Horndean Kings & Blendworth

20. Horndean Murray

21. Lindford

22. Liss

23. Petersfield Bell Hill

24. Petersfield Causeway

25. Petersfield Heath

26. Petersfield St Peter’s

27. Ropley, Hawkley & Hangers

28. Rowlands Castle

29. Whitehill Chase

30. Whitehill Hogmoor & Greatham

31. Whitehill Pinewood

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.

- The electoral review of East Hampshire District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.

- Full details of the commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at:




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RAPP‘Egg-stra’ fun this Easter with RAPP and Get Activ8d

A cracking Easter holiday is in store for youngsters across East Hampshire as the Rural Areas Play Project (RAPP) and Get Activ8d schemes are back to provide ‘egg-citing’ activities over the two-week break. 

The Easter holidays are nearly here and children, parents and grandparents from around the district are set to have great fun at the two schemes organised by East Hampshire District Council.

The two-week Easter Holiday programme runs from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 13 April and the RAPP vans will be visiting towns and villages across East Hampshire, including Froyle, Whitehill & Bordon, Rake, Buriton, Clanfield, Selborne, Horndean, Liphook, Medstead, Lindford, Liss, Froxfield, Bentley, East Meon and Greatham. 

RAPP was set up 12 years ago by East Hampshire District Council to give children up to the age of 11 (under eights must be accompanied by an adult) the opportunity to get involved in fun activities, games, adventures, workshops and meet new friends in the school holidays.

This Easter, RAPP will feature lots of Easter-themed arts and crafts sessions, as well as some samba drumming, bug hunting, balloon making, volcano ‘eggs-ploding’, plant growing, kite flying, raft building, unicorn making fun!

The full programme of activities and locations can be found here: 

Get Activ8d, which provides sporting activities to children aged seven to 14, is also back this Easter in Alton, Whitehill & Bordon, Kingsley, Blackmoor, Horndean and Petersfield.

The Get Activ8d Easter programme includes street dance, cheerleading, hula hooping, tennis, golf, gymnastics and climbing sessions.

The full programme of activities and locations can be found here: 

You will be able to book online from 10am on Tuesday 20 March through the My East Hampshire District Council portal:




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Loneliness service can get by with a little help from its friends

A service that provides companionship for isolated people now needs a few friends of its own, says East Hampshire District Council’s Chairman.

The Age Concern Cowplain Befriending Service has offered a way out of loneliness and isolation for hundreds of older people around the area.

But EHDC’s Chairman, Cllr Lynn Evans, says the service needs support from local people if it is to keep going.

Studies show that loneliness can have as serious an impact on your health as smoking or obesity – so being socially active is as important to your health as being physically active.

Cllr Evans said: “There’s a section of society that is socially isolated and this service is able to identify those people and to help them directly.

“It is a wonderful service that has helped so many people over the years but it is reliant on grant funding and volunteers and desperately needs more help.”

Launched by the Horndean Older Person Forum in 2008 the Befriending Service was expanded to include Horndean and Clanfield in 2014.

It is aimed at older people who have become isolated or lonely for any reason, whether through a recent bereavement, loss of mobility or a simple loss of confidence.

‘Befrienders’ are chosen to visit people on a weekly basis and attend local groups or societies with them to build confidence and help them back into the community.

The service is run by Liz Wood, Manager of Age Concern Cowplain.

She said: “It’s all about re-engaging people with their community so they live their lives rather than merely exist inside their own four walls.

“People can find themselves stuck at home and that can have a serious impact on their mood. It also means they become more likely to visit the doctors and use local health care as they use it as a way of finding social interaction. This becomes an extra burden on the NHS, which is fully stretched as it is.

“Our befrienders do a fantastic job. Visiting someone, talking to them and helping them get out can really change someone’s life. It gives them a terrific sense of purpose and it gives the befriender a wonderful feel-good factor.”

The Befriending Service is wholly reliant on grants and costs about £12,000 a year to run. More money is always needed to keep the scheme going, as are more volunteer befrienders.

Syliva Bewers, of Clanfield, was referred to the scheme by Age Concern Hampshire.

She received visits from her befriender in 2015. At the time she was stuck indoors, and isolated. She did not know where to go to find some company.

Her befriender advised her to join the Age Concern lunch club and came with her a few times to help her settle in. Now, over two years later the Friday lunch club is a key date on her social calendar!

“Now I come here I know that people will look out for me and I feel much happier and more secure. It’s a good way of keeping in touch with other people. Your problems don’t seem so big when you tell other people about them.

“I always look forward to Fridays now - it’s the highlight of my week!”

Cllr Evans said: “The Befriending Service does a magnificent job but it always needs more help both in terms of volunteers and funding.

“Loneliness is one of the issues in society that we should be working on, not least because it is one of the things we can really do something about.

“It’s a horrible situation for people to be in and it is so unnecessary. The Befriending Service has proved that you can successfully help people, but we really need to keep it going and support it in any way we can.”

Media Contact: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 234030

Photo caption: Liz Wood, Manager of Age Concern Cowplain, Sylvia Bewer, Cllr Lynn Evans, Chairman of East Hamphsire District Council

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For Your Information

Use M3 Junction 9, Winchester? 
Have your say to help shape Highways England's multi million pound proposals for improvements, including a newly designed road layout, to reduce congestion, make journey times more reliable, improve road safety and reduce air pollution.

We’ve given evidence to the National Infrastructure Commission on the importance of improving this key route in Hampshire as part of the Government's Road Investment Strategy, and it’s good to see the wider community now being asked their views on the plans.

Cllr Rob Humby, HCC Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: "We’re really pleased that our work as the local Highways Authority with Highways England is progressing, and the improvements we’ve been pressing for at Junction 9 of the M3 at Winchester are now moving forward. 
It will provide much needed relief for local residents, and commuters from traffic and environmental issues at this notorious bottleneck, as well as support the local economy by providing a better link for businesses, not only in the immediate area, but also for those who use it as a through route from the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth to the Midlands. I look forward to seeing how these proposals develop and it’s good to see the wider community and local stakeholders now being asked their views. I would encourage people who use this route to provide Highways England with local knowledge to help shape their plans "

See details of the public exhibition events, where to find the consultation brochure or view the plans online:



Kind regards


Melanie Wathen

Clerk to the Council


Marchwood Parish Council