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 Remembrance Day Service & Parade 

 Sunday 12th November 2017, Service to commence at 10:45 at the Horndean War Memorial  

Christmas Carol Service 

Tuesday 12th December 2017 (time to be confirmed) at Horndean War Memorial  


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Get ready for a summer of fun with RAPP and Get Activ8d!

RAPP parachute fun

Parents and grandparents can fill kids’ days with fun during the summer holidays by bringing them to the Rural Areas Play Project (RAPP) or Get Activ8d play schemes which run from 31 August to 25 July.

The RAPP scheme includes arts, crafts and other fun activities for four to 11 year olds. Under fours can also attend most sessions for free and use the play equipment on offer.

This summer, the RAPP vans will be visiting towns and villages all over East Hampshire, including: Lindford, Petersfield, Whitehill & Bordon, Medstead, Froyle and East Meon.

RAPP activities will include magic shows, circus workshops, a play in a day, meeting mini-beasts, making jewellery and spending a day in the past at Butser Ancient Farm.

With Get Activ8d, seven to 14 year olds will be able to take part in sports activities in Alton, Petersfield, Blackmoor and Whitehill & Bordon.

A new introduction for this year is Foot Golf at Petersfield Golf Club, which is like golf but using football skills to get the ball into the hole.

Online bookings will go live at 10am on Monday 17 July through My East Hampshire District Council accounts. New customers may want to set up an account in advance as there is often a rush for places when the summer programme goes live.

Councillor Julie Butler, portfolio holder for customer services said: “Families living in rural areas can be quite isolated and struggle for things to take part in locally, that’s why the RAPP programme takes the fun out to them.

“With new activities and locations all over the district, there’s something for everyone from RAPP and Get Activ8d this summer.”

To find out more about the RAPP and Get Activ8d programmes go to: or find the programmes on Facebook and Twitter.




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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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Have your say on waste

East Hampshire residents are being encouraged to have their say on how waste and recycling, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and public toilets should be managed by contributing to a consultation that will run until Friday 14 July.

The current Joint Environmental Service Contract, provided by Biffa and Idverde on behalf of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) and Winchester City Council (WCC), will expire in October 2019 and the councils are keen to hear residents’ views on the different options.

The two councils are committed to working together on any future contract and can choose to deliver the services in a variety of ways, each of which have their own opportunities and challenges.

There is a document setting out the strengths and potential weaknesses of the four options available. Once residents have considered the options, a response can be completed online.

Paper copies of the consultation document are available from the EHDC and WCC offices.

Public responses will be taken into account before a final decision is made.

Councillor Richard Millard, Leader of EHDC, said: “Our waste contract is one of the most important contracts that the council has. By working with WCC, we have secured significant savings for both councils from the existing contract and aim to supply the best possible value for money and excellent service for our taxpayers.”

To find out more about the consultation go to







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Victorious flyer

Butserfest is Victorious!

Following its 10th anniversary, Butserfest is moving onto bigger, better things.

East Hampshire District Council is delighted to announce that after 10 very successful years, Butserfest will now feature at Victorious Festival 2017 in Portsmouth that takes place on the August bank holiday weekend (25, 26 and 27 August).

Butserfest is a music festival for young people and has been held at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, for the last 10 years.

The alcohol and drug free event was initially introduced to give local bands the opportunity to play alongside nationally known ones.

The inspiration behind the event was to give young children something to do in the area during the summer.

Headliners over the last 10 years have included Elliot Minor, You Me At Six, The Blackout, The King Blues, Funeral For A Friend, Kids in Glass Houses, We Are The Ocean, Don Broco and most recently Mallory Knox.

The move to Victorious Festival will allow local East Hampshire bands to perform on the same bill as some of the world’s biggest stars including Stereophonics, Madness, Jake Bugg, Franz Ferdinand, Rita Ora, Band of Skulls and Olly Murs.

Victorious Festival has gone from strength to strength over the last five years since it was founded in 2012. The first festival had an attendance of approximately 35,000. In 2016 the attendance had grown by more than three times to approximately 120,000.

In 2017, Victorious has expanded its capacity to 200,000, which means huge exposure for the bands performing on the Butserfest stage.

Portsmouth City Council has confirmed its support to Victorious by agreeing to allow the festival to run until 2027.  

The Butserfest stage will have its own site within the Victorious Festival on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August from 10:30am to 10:30pm each day and will have an audience capacity of approximately 3,000.

Butserfest will be included when you purchase a ticket to Victorious which are currently on sale for £37 for an adult per day, £8 for children aged five to 15 years old, and £1 for children under five. Anyone aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18.

To play on the Busterfest stage at Victorious, East Hampshire District Council will run competitions across the district and the winners of these competitions will be offered a slot on the stage.

EHDC will be working very closely with schools, colleges and local community groups to reach as many local bands as possible, taking Butserfest back to its roots by giving local musical talent an opportunity to perform in front of a large audience.

In the evening, national headliners will play on the stage. Victorious has managed to secure Deaf Havana, Pulled Apart By Horses, Dinosaur Pile Up and Shvpes for Saturday night. Sunday night will see Sikth, Young Guns, Hacktivist and Fort Hope perform on the Butserfest stage.

The Butserfest stage at Victorious will retain the core values of Butserfest, particularly promoting the alcohol and drug free message at the stage site which has set Butserfest apart from other music festivals over the last 10 years.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Founder of Butserfest and Deputy Leader of EHDC, said: “Since Butserfest was founded 10 years ago it has grown into something we could never have imagined, so big it has now outgrown its current format.

“From a small local festival, to a unique, nationally known music event. It is extremely exciting that Butserfest is now moving onto its next step.

“Victorious is a huge event, competing with some of the UK’s biggest music festivals such as Isle of Wight, V Fest, Wireless, Bestival and many more, we are delighted that Butserfest is now being associated with such names.

“This is all down to EHDC officers’ hard work and dedication to make the festival become what it now is. And of course our loyal following of attendees who come back to Butserfest year after year. We can’t wait to share this next step of the journey with you all.

“I look forward to seeing you all at the Butserfest stage at Victorious!”

Keep an eye out on the Butserfest social media sites for announcements on who else will be playing and stage times.



A photo from Butserfest 2016 can be found on our Flickr page:



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3 parishesFamily fun at the Three Parishes Summer Fayre

The families of Horndean, Clanfield and Rowlands Castle will be coming together to enjoy a great day of summer fun next month.

The Three Parishes Summer Fayre, held on Saturday 24 June, is a traditional country festival packed with activities, displays, food, drink and family-fun.

The Summer Fayre will be held at Hazleton Farm, near Horndean, from 11am until 5pm, and will culminate in a raucous barn dance in the evening complete with a live band and caller.

Cllr Sara Schillemore, councillor for Horndean, said: “The Three Parishes Summer Fayre is a new event aimed at celebrating and promoting the communities of Horndean, Rowlands Castle and Clanfield.

“This is a great place to live and we feel it deserves its own event that showcases what the area has to offer and gives local families a chance to come together and have some fun.

“The fayre is free and will be great family fun while tickets are already on sale for the Barn Dance, which should be a real party.”

Among the entertainments on offer will be a packed programme of traditional arena events, including donkey rides, ferret racing, tug-of-war, bouncy castles and more.

There will be plenty of stalls to browse, food to try and music, dance and local beers to lift your spirit.

And you can get involved by entering one of a number of competitions including a pet dog contest, a flower and vegetable show, a cake competition or a photographic challenge.

The day will be capped off in fine style by the Barn Dance, from 7.30pm until 11pm with music from the popular live band Squinty McGinty.

For information on the day, how to enter competitions or buy Barn Dance tickets go to EHDC’s Facebook page

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

Download hi-res photos of some of the entertainments due to attend