Vintage tea at Blenheim Court raised money for Liss Triangle

Blenheim Court Care Home welcomed visitors on Friday, March 9, when it hosted an afternoon vintage high tea. Money raised from the event has been donated to the Triangle Community Centre in Liss.

The staff team delighted in welcoming the guests, who were treated to delicious homemade pastries, cakes and refreshments in the sun filled bistro and bar, freshly made by the home’s head chef.

Guests attending the event had the opportunity to tour the home including the cinema, music room and beauty salon as well as individual rooms and facilities.

General Manager Lee Houston said: It’s wonderful to be able to host these events and give something back to the Triangle Centre, particularly as they have been so supportive to us throughout the last year.”

For more information about Blenheim Court Care Home and the upcoming events please contact Lee Houston General Manager on 01730 606530 or email

Book now for Easter holiday fun from the RAPP van

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, April 2 to Friday, April 13, and the RAPP vans will be visiting towns and villages across East Hampshire, including Froyle, Whitehill and 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, March 20 through the My East Hampshire District Council portal:

Thanks from local blogger for donations to refuge

Thanks from local blogger for donations to refuge

Blogger Jenny Bennett who writes for the online blog says she has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity in response to a toy donation she posted on her Facebook page.

Jenny said: “I’d been wanting to do something special for Christmas this year, so I posted the appeal on my page asking people to buy an extra gift for the mums and children who would be spending Christmas in one of the refuges provided by the Southern Domestic Abuse Service. Some of these women have to leave life-threatening situations with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. We wanted them to know how brave we all think they are, and take the worry of presents for the children off their shoulders.”

Jenny with some of the gifts donated

She posted the appeal on Facebook and word quickly spread. Then the donations started to flood in. “I have to give a massive thank you to Sew Creative in Petersfield and the staff of Haslemere Town Council at the Town Hall who offered to be drop off points for the gifts. This wouldn’t have been possible without them,” said Jenny.

A friend’s garage was filled with treats and toys for the mums and children at the refuge and anything left over this year will be used as birthday presents for the families in 2018.

If you’d like to find out more about the appeal you can visit for information.



Liphook Golf Club elects first female Club Captain

On Sunday, November 5, Liphook Golf Club held its traditional ‘drive in’ by the new Ladies’ Captain and the new Club Captain, whereby they hit a ball off the first tee to mark the start of their year of office.  This year, however, it was a ‘drive in’ with a difference.

Kathryn Todd, this year’s Ladies’ Captain, drove off first, followed by the Club Captain, Jillian Howarth, the first female to be elected to the role in the club’s 95-year history. Both drives went straight down the middle which augurs well for their year in office. The Drive-In raised over £1,000 for the joint captains’ charity for 2018 – The Rosemary Foundation.

Jillian Howarth – new Liphook Golf Club Captain 2018

It’s worth noting that the Club Captain’s role at Liphook is not just a ceremonial one. During her year of office, Jillian, as Club Captain, will head up the General Committee which runs the club. She is, in effect, the Club ‘CEO’ for the year.

Jillian is Dublin born and bred. She spent over 15 years working for Aer Lingus before moving to Liphook 20 years ago with her husband Graham. Graham became a member of Liphook Golf Club in 2000 and Jillian finally decided to try her hand at golf and joined Liphook in 2003, becoming Ladies Captain in 2011. After a year off she joined the General Committee for three very successful years as Chair of Membership before being invited to become Club Vice Captain in November, 2016.

Jillian’s golf handicap has been as low as 14 but in the last few years this has been creeping up. She is hoping that a busy year of golf will help to lower it again.

After a total of five years on the General Committee, Jillian is well versed in the ways of the club and is looking forward to her Captaincy.

Historically, Liphook Golf Club had a reputation for being a bit ‘old fashioned’. Today, however, while it is proud of its traditions and values, it is a forward thinking, and a friendly, welcoming club. Jillian is the ideal Captain to continue the club’s progress as it approaches its Centenary, members agree.

Free entry for Surrey residents to Watts Gallery this Sunday

This Sunday, November 5, in partnership with Surrey County Council, Surrey residents can visit Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village for free.

The Surrey Open Day has been organised to enable residents of Surrey to discover the extraordinary Artists’ Village founded in Compton in 1890 by the great Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904) and his wife, the designer Mary Watts (1849 – 1938), to provide Art for All.

On Sunday, visitors can experience Watts Gallery – currently showing an unparalleled exhibition of masterpieces by G F Watts brought together to celebrate the bicentenary of the artist’s birth; Watts Studios – in which G F Watts created many of his most important works and in which Mary Watts held terracotta modelling classes for the local community; Watts Chapel – the culmination of a visionary community art project, led by Mary Watts; Watts Contemporary – a gallery space selling affordable contemporary art with proceeds supporting Watts Gallery Trust’s Art for All learning programme; plus arts and crafts activities (also free for Surrey residents on Sunday, November 5) and refreshments and gifts on sale in the tea shop and shop.

Also this Sunday, visitors to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village will be able to find out more about the Trust’s Physical Energy public sculpture project.  As a lasting legacy of Watts200 – a year-long programme of special exhibitions and events to mark the bicentenary of the birth of G F Watts – Watts Gallery Trust has authorised a new bronze cast of Watts’s great equestrian sculpture, Physical Energy, to stand in the public realm as a beacon of creativity in the region.   Visitors will see the original plaster model from which the new cast has been made – the model is on permanent display at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village – and will have an opportunity to hear the Trust’s plans for the project.

To enjoy free access to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village this Sunday, Surrey residents must present a 2017 utility bill, library card or driving licence at the Visitor Centre.

Further information about the Physical Energy project can also be found by visiting Watts Gallery Trust’s website:


Vote for East Hampshire’s finest sportspeople

Nominations are now open for the East Hampshire District Sports Awards 2018.

The awards recognise sportsmen and women at every level, as well as the coaches, officials and volunteers who help them succeed.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 5, 2018 with finalists invited to an awards evening, hosted by ITV’s Fred Dinenage, on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Old Thorns Manor Hotel in Liphook.

The winners of the district awards will be put forward to compete for the 2018 Energise Me Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards.

Nominees are assessed by a judging panel and winners are required to meet criteria specific for each category.

Cllr Julie Butler, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Service, said:  “If you know of anyone from East Hampshire that has excelled in their sporting environment over the last year then it is important to nominate them for an East Hampshire Sports Award.

“This is a fantastic evening of celebration that I look forward to every year.  It gives us the opportunity to give these athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials the recognition they deserve.

“We are lucky to have a vast array of talent across a variety of sports in East Hampshire and we look forward to rewarding those who give hours of dedication to be successful or support others to be successful.”

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

• Junior Sportsman & Junior Sportswoman
• Senior Sportsman & Senior Sportswoman
• Masters Sportsman & Sportswoman
• Junior Disability Sportsman & Sportswoman
• Senior Disability Sportsman & Sportswoman
• Coach of the Year (Male or Female)
• Volunteer of the Year (Junior & Senior)
• School Team of the Year
• Team of the Year (Junior & Senior)
• Service to Sport (Male or Female)
• Club of the Year
• Outstanding Personal Achievement

To download the guidance and nomination forms visit

Find friendship in Farnham with the Oddfellows society

The importance of friendship in helping us lead happier and healthier lives was celebrated at an event organised in Farnham by members of the Oddfellows Friendly Society, as part of the organisation’s nationwide Friendship Month.

People attending the event, which was held at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel, enjoyed a selection of finger sandwiches with a variety of teas, as well as a raffle which raised money for the Arthritis Matters and Fibromyalgia Support Group charities.

“It was a great success; our members were able to catch up over tea and cakes and we were joined by a couple of people who hadn’t been to one of our events before, so everyone made them very welcome,” said Jane Nicole, Branch Secretary of the local Concord Branch of the Oddfellows, which organised the event.

“We had a fantastic spread of ages, from nine months to 92 years old, and it was great to see people of all ages enjoying themselves together.”

The event, on September 24, was held as part of the Oddfellows’ Friendship Month campaign, which ran nationally throughout September as a way of bringing communities closer together by hosting a variety of fun events all over the UK.

More than nine million people of all ages in the UK say they are lonely either often or always, according to research by The Co-Op and the Red Cross. The Oddfellows believe that friendship is the answer, helping people lead happier and healthier lives with the support of friends around them.

Research published by Michigan State University in June found cultivating good-quality friendships is beneficial in raising self-esteem and buffering against stress. The study found that people with supportive friends reported lower rates of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Joining the Oddfellows is a great way to make new friends. The Concord branch holds an informal ‘Together for Tea’ event in the café at High Cross Church, Camberley, between 2-4pm on the fourth Friday of each month. The branch is also interested in organising regular meetings in the Farnham area, if you would be interested please contact either Branch Secretary Jane Nicole on 01276 66868 or Branch Development & Events Organiser, Kristen Reid at

The branch will also be holding a pub quiz at the Ely Hotel in London Road, Blackwater, Camberley, at 7pm on Wednesday, November 1. Anyone interested in attending should contact Kristen Reid using the email address above.


Members of the Oddfellows Friendly Society celebrate friendship at an afternoon tea event at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel

Remember, remember hedgehogs in November

With fireworks night on the horizon, Surrey Wildlife Trust is appealing to all bonfire builders to think about hibernating hedgehogs when constructing and lighting their wood piles. Unfortunately bonfire night coincides with the season when small mammals are looking for cosy places to hide, which can be disastrous.

Picture by Jon Hawkins

“A stack of dry wood and leaves piled up for a bonfire might look to a hedgehog like the perfect place to overwinter and sadly we fear many animals do perish in fires every year,” said Dawn Fielding, the Trust’s Wildlife Gardening Officer.

“Gardeners love these adorable prickly creatures, as they eat bugs and slugs and are great for natural pest control. But hedgehogs are undergoing an unprecedented decline, with some experts recently warning of possible extinction within ten years! So it’s vitally important we all do what we can to protect them.”

The Trust wants bonfire night to be a safe night for all concerned – but especially hedgehogs. So it’s put together these top tips to help protect these prickly visitors:

  • Consider piling material near the site of your fire and building your bonfire just before lighting. This will give small creatures less chance to move in.
  • Check your bonfire carefully before setting it on fire and remove any small inhabitants – rehome in a safe area away from dogs or cats, such as under a hedge or large bush and well away from your bonfire.
  • If you do have to build your bonfire beforehand, consider constructing a fence around it made of chicken wire, to help deter any mammals looking for a cosy home.

Hedgehogs were voted as the UK’s national species in 2013 but since the 1950s their numbers have seen a startling 95% decline. They’re disappearing from our landscape as fast as tigers are worldwide and there are thought to be fewer than a million left in the UK.

The declining quality of hedgerows, over-management of parks and the loss of gardens to paving and decking have been partly to blame for the hedgehog’s decline. The increased use of chemicals in gardening and farming means there are fewer insects, slugs and snails for hedgehogs to eat.

Surrey Wildlife Trust is working to improve habitats for hedgehogs and trying to raise awareness of their plight. It’s launched a new ‘Adopt A Hedgehog’ pack to help support conservation work, which includes an adorable cuddly toy hedgehog, official adoption certificate and a fact sheet for £25.

The Trust has also set up a Hedgehog Hotspots campaign to survey numbers of hedgehogs in the county. Animal lovers are asked to keep an eye out for the prickly mammals and report their findings on the Trust’s website, which is hosting a map of recent sightings.

Adult hedgehogs travel up to two kilometres a night hunting for food and they need to be able to move between gardens and green spaces.  You can help them by cutting a hedgehog-sized hole in your garden fence.  Or why not build your own hedgehog house out of a wooden box or pile of logs or sticks with some warm dry straw or leaves inside?

Please don’t put bread and milk out for hedgehogs; you can make them very sick this way as they cannot digest lactose. Cat food is ideal if you want to treat them, and help little ones put on weight ready for hibernation.

The Trust is also working to conserve and create habitat for hedgehogs with its new ‘Hedgerow Heroes’ citizen science project. Volunteers are needed to help survey, monitor and conserve hedgerows and plant new ones. Why not help hedgehogs where you live by signing up as a volunteer?

For more information about all the Trust’s work to help hedgehogs, including Hedgehog AdoptionsHedgerow Heroes and Hedgehog Hotspots, visit

Music Matters – Way Out, Petersfield

Way Out is a young up-and-coming four-piece from The Petersfield School; Callum on vocals, Jack on bass, Harry on drums and Zach on electric guitar. The band have all just finished their GCSEs and are off to college. Henry Wood visited them to find out a little bit more about their music.

Way Out, from Petersfield

When did you start playing as a band? 

Harry: “Me, Jack and Zach started playing music together around the end of Year 7 and we had a singer at the time who wasn’t really right for the band, and didn’t want to play the sort of music that the rest of us wanted to. So at the end of Year 9 we messaged Callum who we knew was interested in playing music, and he joined the band. So for the three of us it’s been around four years and two years for Callum.”

What are the key musical influences for each of you?
Callum: “My singing influence is definitely Matt Bellamy from Muse as I like how experimental he is with his singing and uses a really wide vocal range.”
Jack: “I know it’s a bit boring but Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers because he is such an amazing bass player and a real inspiration.”

Harry: “I’m a big fan of John Theodore who is now drumming in Queens of the Stone Age but previously played in Mars Volta because of the amount of power he plays with whilst always keeping in time. It’s pretty amazing.”

Zach: “Mine is actually strange but I have a really close friend who also plays guitar and he is extremely devoted to it and is very experimental with it which really inspires me.”

What’s the writing process like within the band ?

Harry: “Well we don’t actually play any originals yet but it is something which we are going to start working on very soon. At the moment we play covers of bands like Royal Blood, Arctic Monkeys and a bit of Muse which is good because it’s quite a mix of genres.”

What are some goals that you have for the following year as a band 

Harry: “Our main priority is definitely to write some originals which we can perform and play a few gigs. We have done a handful of gigs but it would be good for people to hear some music that we have written.”

Where can people find your music? 

Callum: “I have a youtube channel which has some of my acoustic stuff with Harry and there are a couple of band songs on there. The channel is called Callum Hornby music. Also I’m quite active on Facebook and I put quite a lot on there so you can look on my Facebook page.”

Have you got any forthcoming gigs? 

Harry: “Callum’s parents run the Good Intent in Petersfield which is a good little venue and we have played a couple of gigs there. But it’s definitely somewhere that we will be playing again in the future.”


We want to hear your stories. Do you live in Petersfield, Haslemere of Farnham and are in a band? Are you a young local singer songwriter waiting for that big break? Do you take part in local open mic events? Email and tell us more!

Butser Ancient Farm near Petersfield is proud to reopen the Roman villa after a major restoration project over the summer. It’s 14 years since the villa was completed for the TV documentary Rebuilding the Past in 2003. Since then it’s been seen by around half a million people when they visit Butser Ancient Farm.

The renovated Roman villa at Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton


The newly whitewashed interiors have made the rooms brighter and the floors have been re-laid with opus signinum (Roman concrete) inlaid, in the Roman tradition, with broken pottery. These are real fragments of Romano-British pottery, giving a fantastic new touchstone to the past for Roman-themed visits.

The building is based on original excavations of a Roman villa at Sparsholt, near Winchester, and more than 30,000 school children and 7,000 members of the public come to visit every year.

Over this weekend, visitors will have the chance to join a short guided tour of the villa and discover how people lived in Britain 1600 years ago.

Maureen Page, one of the Directors at Butser Ancient Farm, is delighted with the results, “This has given the villa a new lease of life. It is now accessible to disabled visitors and it means that we can prepare for next year when we are planning to paint frescos on the villa walls and lay mosaics on the floors.”

Butser Ancient Farm  02392 598838