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Horndean Band 

"Horndean Band presents a Christmas concert at Saint Georges Church, Waterlooville, 12th December. tickets £5.00 available when the doors open at 1900 for 1930 start, or phone Andrew on 02392348656."



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Developer signs up to take forward Land East Of Horndean

Plans for a major development of much-needed homes and community facilities in Horndean are a step closer to reality after a developer signed up to take the scheme forward.

Bloor Homes, working closely with East Hampshire District Council, has entered into agreements with the land owners to build housing and employment sites at Land East Of Horndean.

The developer has carried out extensive preparation ahead of  the scheme and will start extensive geotechnical site investigation works in the next two weeks.

The work will help it develop a masterplan showing the final detailed layout of the scheme. This will include 700 homes, a primary school, community buildings, playing fields, public open space, play areas, allotments, a multi-use games area and more.

Over the next few months there will be further community consultation on the style and design of the housing and the type of retail area that should be included.

East Hampshire District Council, the local parish councils and the community will be consulted on the detail surrounding the community facilities too. This will lead up to a detailed planning application in spring next year.

The development will generate about 70 homes a year and is expected to start in winter 2018. It has already been agreed that road improvements will be completed prior to any homes being sold and key infrastructure, such as the primary school and community building, needs to be delivered early on in the development.

Highwood, which secured planning permission on the whole development, is following up on its own plans for the care village, including a cricket pitch and pavilion on the land to the North of Rowlands Castle Road.

For Horndean this development provides much-needed housing and achieves a wide range of community benefits.

The development of this site will help prevent building on less suitable sites in the village.

Cllr Elaine Tickell, Ward Councillor for Hazleton and Blendworth, said: "I am pleased that we are now able to share with residents the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes. This development will be a tremendous asset to Horndean.

Simon Breen, Senior Land Director at Bloor Homes, said: "Bloor Homes views Horndean as an excellent development location and we are delighted to be working closely with East Hampshire District Council and key local stakeholders. The company is seeking to deliver a high quality development befitting of this superb setting and location. There will be ongoing consultation with the local authority and interested parties from the local area prior to the reserve matters planning submission which is targeted for spring 2018."

Guy Shepherd, EHDC Portfolio holder for Regeneration Delivery, said: "A little while ago we worked with the community to identify the least worse place to build on and how to ensure we got a development that not only satisfied our housing needs, but also brought in key infrastructure to support the community. It is very good to see this coming forward now after 18 months of preparation by the land owners. With Bloor we have a well-regarded and reputable house builder who we look forward to working with to provide good quality housing that will complement our village and bring in 40 per cent affordable homes."

Media Contact: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 017304 234030



East Hampshire Volunteer Awards 2017 - please see link below 


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Citizens Advice East Hampshire signs up to provide advice services

Advice services in East Hampshire will be provided by Citizens Advice East Hampshire for the next two years after a new funding agreement with East Hampshire District Council.

EHDC awarded the contract to Citizens Advice following a procurement process during which organisations were invited to bid for the right to deliver services.

It will provide advice on issues ranging from debt to employment and from consumer disputes to family issues.

The contract, worth £186,000 per year, will begin on October 6 2017.

It is the start of a new way of working with community organisations which will see the council commissioning services through a formal procurement process.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Relations, said: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with Citizens Advice to ensure flexible and targeted services are offered to our communities.

“This is the beginning of a new era in how EHDC supports the voluntary sector. We will increasingly be commissioning services in this way to ensure they provide value for money and deliver the right service to the right people.”

Helen Drake, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice East Hampshire, said: “We are delighted to be able to continue our partnership with East Hampshire District Council.

“Our advisers last year helped more than 5,500 local residents resolve over 15,000 issues, and we look forward, under this new contract, to building on this to meet the advice needs of East Hants communities.”

Media Contact: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 2304030




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Local sporting talent can receive a cash boost from EHDC

Local sporting talent will be given the chance to thrive with East Hampshire District Council’s Elite Sports Grant.

The grant, of up to £600, helps sportsmen and women in their efforts to achieve county, national, international and perhaps even Olympic honours.

East Hampshire athletes, aged between 10 and 24 years old, can now apply for the award to help towards the cost of travelling, coaching, qualifications, or equipment.

The first grants, awarded in April 2017, totalled just under £6,000 with 17 athletes receiving the award.

Athletes that apply for the grant are automatically considered for the annual East Hampshire Sports Awards, held every February at Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook.

Councillor Julie Butler, Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said: “We are very lucky to have such high calibre athletes in the district and I am so glad that EHDC offers these grants and goes above and beyond to support them in their quest for success.

“Sport can be very expensive when competing at a high level, with competitions taking place in all areas of the country or even the world.”

This round of funding closes on 30 December 2017. For more information and to apply visit: or contact Kirsty Cope, Sports Development Officer, on or 01730 234015.






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amaMuslim group launches
walk for peace

A Muslim group is launching a walk for peace in a bid to build bridges and mend divisions across the community.

Ahmadiyya Muslims are calling on people to walk shoulder to shoulder with them at a Charity Walk for Peace to be held near Alton, Hampshire.

Rizwan Ullah Khan, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elder Association (AMEA), said: “Our message is love for all, hatred for none. This message is as important in these times as it has ever been and I hope that all people who want to live in peace together will come to the event and walk with us.

“This walk is inspired by tenets of Islam, of peace and understanding to your fellow man regardless of colour, creed or race.

“We hope to raise money to help relieve the suffering of others but also to bring people together to promote peace and goodwill.”

The five mile walk, organised with the support of East Hampshire District Council, will be held on 9 September and will run from Bentley Station to the Alice Holt Forest Centre.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Relations, said: “In East Hampshire we are lucky to live in such tight-knit and tolerant communities.

“But it is no longer just enough to live that way – we must also demonstrate to the world that these are our values so that others may follow our lead.

“That’s why the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association’s Charity Walk for Peace is so important and why we are happy to support it.”

Walks for Peace were launched by the AMEA in London in 1985 and since that time more than £3.5 million has been raised for more than 250 charities.

This is the first time the walk has been brought to East Hampshire and the AMEA hopes local residents will turn out in force to support it.

Last weekend the Ahmadiyya gathered in East Worldham, in East Hampshire, for the annual Jalsa Salana festival, an event that attracts tens of thousands of attendees and is streamed to millions among the Ahmadiyya community worldwide.

The Charity Walk for Peace will focus its fundraising on two local charities each year. This year the primary recipients will be Homestart Butser and Homestart Weywater and the Southern Domestic Abuse Service.

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Editor’s Notes:

The Ahmadiyya Movement

The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam was founded by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) in 1889 who proclaimed to be the Promised Messiah of the latter days. Since its inception, the community has strived tirelessly to present the true interpretation of Islam – the message of peace; uniting communities with the motto of “Love for All Hatred for None”. The community advocates peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths.


Home-Start Butser & Home-Start Weywater

Home-Start is one of the leading family support charities in the UK.

Home-Start volunteers help families with young children deal with the challenges they face. It supports parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

There are 269 local, independent Home-Starts. Home-Start Butser covers a large area of East Hampshire, from Greatham in the North to Rowlands Castle in the South. Find out more:

Home-Start Weywater covers Alton, Bordon, Liphook and their surrounding villages. Find out more:


Southern Domestic Abuse Service

The Southern Domestic Abuse Service provides services to people who have experienced or who are experiencing emotional, physical or sexual abuse in their relationships.

The charity runs refuges for women and children escaping domestic abuse and offers outreach services to women, children, young people and men who need advice, support and information.

Find out more:

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



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UK’s only council to cut council tax proves its strategy is working

The only council in the country to cut council tax is proving that its financial strategy is working well as it balances the books for the year - and is investing £29.5million in new leisure centres.

East Hampshire District Council is on a mission to achieve financial independence from central government and aims to minimise what it charges its residents for council tax.

The council, which is taking a pioneering approach to dwindling grants, has invested £1.7m to earn income from commercial property already this year and continues to look for suitable investment opportunities.

In addition the council has successfully launched a range of profitable businesses selling services to other local authorities. In 2017-18 these new income streams will enable the council to come very close to achieving full independence without cuts to front line service.

This means that the council is on track for independence from central government grants when these are expected to stop in 2019-20.

As interest rates remain low, the strategists at the district council have looked into other methods to keep services running smoothly and are even investing £29.5m into building two new state-of-the-art leisure centres and an extensive redevelopment of an existing facility.

And the council isn’t shying away from its community commitments – it has set aside more than £100k to continue its popular grant scheme which local organisations can apply for.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council, who has pioneered the council’s financial strategy, said: “Our financial planning and detailed strategy has enabled us to cut council tax, invest £29.5m over three years in new leisure centres and still balance the books.

“We have looked at how councils are traditionally funded and taken a completely different approach to suit today’s challenges.

“I am extremely proud that we are the only council in the country to cut council tax and I am enormously grateful for all the hard work and dedication my colleagues have shown to enable us to do this.

“I can’t wait to find more innovative ways to ensure that we can achieve financial independence from central government and I hope that councils across the country follow our lead.”





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East Hampshire’s sporting stars shine at Old Thorns 

More than 300 East Hampshire sports stars, and the people who support them, gathered to celebrate the East Hampshire Sports Awards.

The awards, organised by East Hampshire District Council, recognised sporting achievements and the commitment of coaches and officials who make success possible.

Guest speaker Alex Danson MBE talked about her stellar hockey career which began at Alton Hockey Club and has continued all the way to an Olympic Bronze Medal at London 2012 and an Olympic Gold at Rio 2016.

Her inspirational speech had a particular focus on the people in the room being the next generation of sporting success in Great Britain. Alex said: “I started in the same seat you are in, I dreamt of playing Hockey for my country and I did everything that I could to make that dream become a reality. 

“I urge you all to do the same, you will get knock downs and times where you feel like you aren’t going to succeed, but getting through these moments are the best parts of your career and lead to amazing things.”

The evening, held at the Old Thorns Manor Hotel, in Liphook, on 16 February, was hosted by Meridian Tonight presenter Fred Dinenage, a long-time supporter of the event.

Alton Sports, located in Four Marks, supported the event. It provided goody bags to each nominee to go with their certificate and trophy for the winners.

Winners included two athletes that competed at the Rio Paralympics 2016. Abbie Hunnisett who came fourth in the distance club throw event and double gold medallist, Georgina Hermitage MBE in the T37 sprint events.

The awards this year were incredibly diverse and included winners from a wide variety of sports such as football, cricket, hockey, athletics, trampolining, volleyball, shooting, rugby and martial arts.

Councillor Julie Butler, Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said: “The talent recognised last night was the best we have ever had at the awards, every year the talent gets stronger and the judging gets harder.

“I feel very lucky to be a part of such a fantastic event that each year gives the recognition and reward that the people who dedicate the majority of their life to sport deserve. 

“Here at East Hampshire District Council we are fully committed to sport of every level and standard and want to promote healthy and active lifestyles in any way that we can.”

The East Hampshire Sports Awards Ceremony is an annual event, look out for information regarding nominating 2017 sporting success later in the year. 

Full list of winners can be found on our website:

Photos from the event are available on our Flickr Page: