This week’s community news from around Basingstoke

Every week and in every edition of the Gazettewe include community news from all over Basingstoke and the surrounding districts.


This Sunday, November 27, the Millennium Village Hall will host a Christmas Fayre, to raise funds for both the hall and Lordsfield Swimming Club. The fair runs from 11am to 2:30pm, with many stalls including tea, coffee and cakes, and a huge raffle. Please come and support this event. If you are interested in reserving a position, please contact Alison Hood on 07919 418551.

Things have gotten pretty busy here in Cliddesden and I’ve had to shuffle my ads at times to make sure everything is covered. So, forgive me for going back to the end of last month, but I want to include a bit about Halloween, where about 30 kids enjoyed a trick-or-treating event on Farleigh Road/Southlea. They wowed everyone with their costumes and, I’m sure, thoroughly enjoyed the hour they spent calling the houses of the villagers who had agreed beforehand to participate. You’ll know from my weekly ramblings that Cliddesden prides itself on being a town that caters for the needs and interests of all ages and thanks are due to both the organizers and owners who made this event possible.

helen walker


A resident has now come forward to fill one of three vacancies on Chineham Parish Council. Jonnie Jenkin volunteered and was duly co-opted at the November vestry council meeting.

Helen Veldhuis works at Four Lanes Infant School and this year is coordinator of green schools. The school has signed up to become a terracycling recycling point. This means that they can recycle some specific items that cannot go in the regular recycling bin, such as dishwasher tablet bottles, baby wipe packets, toothbrushes, and other items. However, the school must provide its own collection containers. Helen requests that anyone who has a container with spare wheels or a black container in good condition should inform the team. The school can be contacted on 01256 324256 or via [email protected]

Chineham Library is launching a limited edition free tote bag. It is said to be perfect for bringing home library books.

To claim your free tote bag, sign up for their newsletter using the link below and you’ll receive a code. Take this code to the library reception to pick up your bag. There are limited numbers, so availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Go to this link for more information:

Fiona Bierman

Hatch Warren and Begarwood

Holiday activities start to get plentiful and fast this time of year. Here are two:

Basingstoke Community Market is holding its first Christmas market tonight (24th November) at the Portsmouth Arms. They have lined up a wide variety of stalls, including a mulled wine tent.

Hatch Warren Christmas Market: One of the biggest Christmas highlights in this area is the Community Association Christmas Market, which takes place this Sunday (November 27) from 12 noon to 4pm . A wide variety of local merchants will attend, and there will be a food court offering delicious treats and hot drinks. For children there is the opportunity to meet Santa Claus, as long as the older ones book in advance.

Unearthed Pavers: One of the irritations at Beggarwood right now is the time that pavers are being dug up for what appears to be the laying of water pipes. Please use caution around the Beggarwood Community Center. The Community Association reported that the entrance to their parking lot had been blocked, but it appears that issue is now resolved. However, the long road at the southern end of the field is closed and there is a deep ditch running the length of it.

Anaerobic Digester: Biogen has reported that work on the Digester has taken longer to complete than expected, so it is not yet possible to assess whether the situation regarding odor leakage has improved.

Golf Course New Homes: It does not seem possible, but the first new homes on the Golf Course are already being put up for sale. Details are on the Bloor Homes website.

Stephen Reid


The Kempshott WI meeting on Monday in the Village Hall at 2:30 pm will dispel the notion of Jam and Jerusalem! The theme of the gathering is Bollywood dancing, so bring your floating scarves. Ladies are welcome to visit.

This month is also when contributions are made to the operation of the Inspero food bank, small toys are also welcome. This means that the usual festive celebration in December will be somewhat subdued.

Don’t forget the Christmas Craft Fair on the 27th in the hall, which will bring you inspired Christmas gifts.

Diana Manville


TOPS (The Oakley Pantomime Society) presents Once upon a Panto on Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 10 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at Andover Road Village Hall.

(Evening only – bring your own drinks).

For £7 tickets (16 and under £5) please call Murray Simmons on 01256 782916 or email [email protected]

This Friday is the Oakley Infant School Christmas Fair/Market – everyone is welcome! November 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Infant School.

St Leonard’s Pre-School, Oakley – We are seeking an enthusiastic and caring preschool professional with a Level 3 Early Years qualification to join our friendly team of staff. We provide a stimulating, well-appointed environment and engaging outdoor space for children ages 2-5. This popular preschool is a non-profit environment with a strong Christian spirit.

Hours – Flexible. Initially 5 hours per week Thursday 9.00-12.00 and Friday 1.00-3.00. Only the school period.

Informal inquiries and requests to: [email protected]

CAS Oakley with Sochi – St Leonard’s Church Youth Worker: If you are between the ages of 18-30 and interested in making new friends, exchanging ideas, participating in social outings and hangouts, dining with people your own age, communicating , and developing, have you been trying to find a way to meet other young adults in Oakley?

The launch of a young adult group at Oakley is something we are incredibly excited to announce.

CAS YA aims to unite and foster community and relationships among young adults in Oakley.

Visit to sign up for the YA group.

Our first meeting will be December 18, 2022 at 7pm in Oakley.

tiffany knew

Old Base and Lychpit

The next opening of the Contributions Store (OBAGS) will be on Sunday, December 5. Meanwhile, the OBAGS AGM will be held on Sunday, November 27 in the Pavilion Tearooms from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Light refreshments will be available at the end of the meeting.

It starts to look a lot like Christmas with all sorts of festive events to take note of.

The first event is a Christmas Party at the Royal British Legion on Saturday 26 November from 2pm. There will be snacks, lots of goodies to buy, and a chance for the kids to meet Santa Claus at 2:30 p.m.

Planning for the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Church on December 9-11 is well underway and tickets for the Christmas Singalong on Friday the 9th are now available. If you have a favorite Christmas song that you would like to be included in the sing-along, please submit your request by November 25th.

The theme of this year’s festival is the Twelve Days of Christmas and what they mean to you. It costs a minimum of £7.50 to enter a tree and entry forms are available at the email addresses below.

In the meantime, donations are invited for the tombola bottle and seasonal candy stand and volunteers to help with the stands etc. would also be welcome. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for song requests, entry forms, recipe sheets, posters etc.

Later in December, on Friday the 30th, the Big Turkey Lunch will be back at Old Basing Village Hall. The complimentary holiday meal is for the people of Old Basing and Lychpit and this year it will be a Big Turkey Pie. Doors open at noon with drinks followed by lunch at 1:00 p.m.

Call Rosey on 07544 998292 to book a place; transportation is available if needed.

Volunteers of the day or the night before are very welcome, if you have some time.

There will also be a New Year’s Eve disco at Old Basing Village Hall; more details closer.

Elspeth Lee

Sherfield in London

NWR (National Women’s Register): The November meeting was a theatrical reading. Says Gill: “In keeping with our theme this year for American, ‘London Suite’ by American playwright Neil Simon was chosen. It was a fun and thought-provoking skit, involving 12 of the members. The work consisted of four short stories starring different occupants of a suite in a London hotel. Our next gathering is our Christmas social.”

Repair Café visits the room this weekend, Saturday 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Repair, Reuse and Relove is their motto. We live in a throwaway society, and we throw away a lot of things that sometimes have a problem that can be easily repaired. If you have something that can be fixed, it can help reduce the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products, and this reduces emissions: fewer new products made equals less CO2 emissions. The repair cafe can search for computers, small electrical items, clothing, garden tools, toys, and bicycles. Go to the room or for more information check out their website

Chris Horton

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