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RAPP group shotPopular play project returns for some half-term fun!

Parents and grandparents of children from across East Hampshire have their February half-term plans sorted as a popular play project returns for a week of fun.

The half-term week, which runs between Monday 18 February and Friday 22 February, will see the return of a range of exciting activities to many towns and villages across East Hampshire - including Ropley, Rowlands Castle, Selborne, Headley Down and Whitehill & Bordon.

The fun-filled week of activities start in Ropley for a candle making session where the kids will get the chance to make their own candles and lanterns for them to go in. There will also be an opportunity to make something for someone special in the afternoon when a Valentine’s arts and crafts session comes to the village hall.

Local children’s entertainer and RAPP favourite, Mr Giant, returns on the Tuesday morning for a circus skills and balloon modelling show and then the kids will be able to make penguins out of recycled plastic bottles in the afternoon.

Wednesday will see local activity and games club, Redwood Active, teach some archery and fencing in the morning and help build some bushcraft and catapults in the afternoon.

Youngsters will be able to build the Antarctic out of Lego on the Thursday while learning about the animals and creatures that lived their both past and present - including dinosaurs!

The week will wind down at Woodlands Hall, in Headley Down, on the Friday with a chance to create a story out of stones and create some art out of recycled bottles - which could include making fish, rockets, bird feeders, turtles and much more!

RAPP was set up 13 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.

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

Get Activ8d, which provides sporting activities for children aged seven to 14, is also back for February half-term in Petersfield, Kingsley and Alton.

The Get Activ8d programme includes indoor fencing, archery and lightsabers with Redwood Active, as well as tennis, basketball, cheerleading and tennis.

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

The new online booking system is currently under construction and isn’t ready yet. To book onto the February half-term activities, please call 01730 234295 after bookings open on Tuesday 5 February at 10am.


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Council Tax frozen as £1.5m is committed to community welfare

East Hampshire District Council's share of Council Tax has been frozen and £1.5 million has been put aside to help the community.

The Council Tax freeze proposed in East Hampshire District Council’s budget will be welcome news to residents and is the sixth consecutive year that EHDC’s share of tax has been either held or cut.

As well as the tax freeze the council also plans to use savings on expenditure and money drawn from reserves to set up a £1 million fund for community grants and a £500,000 fund for welfare projects.

The budget was discussed by EHDC’s Cabinet on Thursday and will be considered by EHDC’s Full Council at its next meeting on Thursday 21 February.

EHDC Leader, Cllr Richard Millard, said: “Welfare remains one of this council’s highest priorities and in this budget we have put our money where our mouth is.

“East Hampshire is an affluent and attractive area to live but not everyone in the district lives so comfortably and many people need our support.

“With this budget we have given every East Hampshire resident a financial boost by once again freezing our share of Council Tax.

“On top of that we have dedicated a further £1.5 million to be spent on community projects and welfare causes. This is money that will go to helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society and I am proud to put this budget to the council.”

The freeze on Council Tax will mean each Band D property pays £131.11 for the services it receives from East Hampshire District Council. This is a lower amount than residents paid in 2010 and reflects the council’s ongoing ambition to not rely on government grants and annual increases in Council Tax.

EHDC has only increased its share of Council Tax three times since 2007 and has the best record on keeping Council Tax low in the UK over the last 20 years.

Each council service was challenged to identify savings of ten per cent, freeing more than £350,000.

This money has been put towards launching the £1m Community Grant Fund and the £500,000 Welfare Fund. The remainder was drawn from reserves.

The Community Grant Fund will help local groups pay for ongoing costs and will help fund one-off projects.

The Welfare Fund will go towards events and projects that will help East Hampshire maintain vibrant, caring and healthy communities in which the most vulnerable can reach their full potential.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC Portfolio Holder for Community and Welfare, said: “This budget is a fantastic achievement and I am delighted that we are able to bring real benefits to the people who need it most.

“We are spending money where other councils are cutting back – on community and on welfare - and we are doing this in the face of difficult government cuts.

“This is a significant sum to dedicate to good causes and will help the most vulnerable people in our area.”

A total of £29,000 has also been put aside to provide Council Tax support for care leavers, young people who have grown up in the care system and may need help to live independently.

Alongside these savings the council will continue to deliver high quality public services which are shaped to meet the needs of customers. A Digital Strategy and a Customer Access Strategy will make it easier for our customers to access our services.

The council is also committed to generating income through its Pricing Strategy and further investment in its commercial property portfolio. The council is building a portfolio of £200 million using the Public Works Loan Board, which allows councils to borrow at preferential rates of interest.


Media Contact: EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 234030



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2019 Charity Walk for Peace launched

Charities can find out how to benefit from a fund-raising event to be held in Petersfield at an event this month.

The Charity Walk for Peace will be launched on Monday 28 January, giving local good causes a chance to get on board.

Organised by East Hampshire District Council and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association, the walk is planned to raise money for charity and promote community spirit in the district.

The walk is set to be held on 4 May 2019 and will take hundreds of walkers through Petersfield.

Last year’s event raised more than £10,600 and organisers are hoping to top that total this year.

The launch event will be held in EHDC’s council chamber, between 3.30pm and 7pm. Eligible community groups can come along at any time to talk to organisers, find out more about the event and apply to be a beneficiary.

Cllr Julie Butler, Deputy Leader at East Hampshire District Council, said: “The walk is a fantastic event which has got bigger and better every year. We are hoping that more walkers than ever before come along to take part this time and that we raise even more money for local charities.

Rizwan Khan, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association, said: “We were looking forward to meeting lots of charities during the launch day and encouraging more interest in the event.

“There are so many organisations doing so much good work in East Hampshire and it is our privilege to be able to arrange a fund-raising walk to support them.”

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

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The districts Playing Pitch Strategy and Sports Facility Strategy 2018 - 2028 has now been published and can now be found on our website by following the below link.

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East Hampshire District Council has a long tradition of supporting the provision and development of open spaces, as well as sport and physical activity facilities for residents and visitors.


Nominations are now open for the East Hampshire Sports Awards 2019, which recognise sports people at every level and the coaches and volunteers who work behind the scenes to help athletes and clubs succeed. 

The deadline for nominations is Friday 31st January 2019 and elected finalists will be invited to an awards evening on Thursday 14 March 2019 at Old Thorns Hotel in Liphook.

These annual prestigious awards are co-ordinated by East Hampshire District Council to publicly recognise sporting achievement in the following categories:


 Junior Categories:

Disability Sportsperson
Team of the Year
School Team of the Year

Senior Categories: 

Disability Sportsperson
Coach of the Year
Team of the Year
Service to Sport
Club of the Year

Joint Categories:

Volunteer of the Year

Outstanding Personal Achievement

 To download the guidance and nomination forms visit or click on the picture below.



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