01256 702716 clerk@odiham.org.uk

Village News & Events:

Upcoming works at Odiham Common

The Hart  DC Ranger has informed us that the National Grid will be undergoing repair works on the Pylons at the Wayleave over the next few months.
Part of these works will include scrub/vegetation clearance under the pylons. They will be using a flail to cut back and mulch the area, we have given them permission for this as has Natural England.
This work will be beneficially overall as it will allow us to upkeep and manage the area in the future. The wayleave itself has sections of Acid Grassland which is a rare and important habitat, by managing this area with regular mowing with our in-house team we hope to enhance this habitat.
Machinery will be on site over the next few months. The current ground conditions are not great, but they will be using ground plates to prevent the common being churned up.
Odiham Parish Council part-funds the Ranger’s time through the precept to work at Odiham Common and Broad Oak.

Groundworks in the High Street Parking Bays

Work has started today to install permanent gazebo fixings in the parking bays where the Friday market is held.  The work includes installing 16 permanent shackle style fixings in the Tarmac which will lie flat when not in use and the work should take no longer than 2 days.
The fixings will allow the market to continue trading during high winds and supports the organisers  inOdiham when setting up the markets early on Friday mornings.
Odiham Parish Council agreed to fund this work last year to help protect the market which has proved to be a valued provision during Covid.
The fixings can suitable for motorcycles and electric bikes.

VACANCY for a DEPUTY PARISH CLERK

Odiham Parish Council is looking to fill a new part-time, Deputy Parish Clerk’s position starting on 1st April to work closely with a Parish Clerk and Admin Officer.
Based at the Parish Office in the beautiful, historic village of Odiham, this 25 hours per week post can be worked Monday to Friday, subject to agreement. There will be an expectation for the post holder to attend evening meetings which are generally held on a Tuesday evening and there may be occasional weekend work eg supporting community events.
Odiham Parish Council is a forward thinking Council which proactively works for the community it serves and not afraid to explore new opportunities and tackle challenges arising locally and nationally including changes in the sector. Strong administrative skills and a knowledge of local government are key to this role but the successful applicant will need to demonstrate many more professional and personal skills to support the Council in further developing and delivering its Strategic Plan.
This position offers a starting salary equivalent to NJC SCP 19 (pro-rata) and benefits from the Local Government Pension scheme. This contract will not be linked to the NJC terms and conditions moving forward.
To apply for this vacancy please send your CV and a covering email/letter setting out why you have applied for this position and demonstrating why you feel you meet the Person Specification. Please contact Andrea Mann, Parish Clerk at clerk@odiham.org.uk for further advice.
The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 19th February and interviews (currently planned to take place via Zoom) will be held on Thursday 25th or Friday 26th February.
Full details are available at http://www.odiham.org.uk/your-council/vacancies/

COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION

The NHS are on track to administer a first vaccination to all of our over 80 year olds by the end of January. If you know of any of our residents over the age of 80 who have not heard from our service by the end of January please could you let them know that this is when we would really like them to contact their GP’s surgery.
The County Council’s new vaccination webpage has gone live. It contains important information for residents on the vaccination programme in Hampshire including signposting to local resources and national guidance on the vaccination programme. It also promotes useful reminders to residents including registering with a GP to be invited for a vaccine, waiting to be contacted by the NHS and continuing to follow ‘hands, face, space’ guidance following vaccination to avoid putting others at risk.
We are delighted to hear that a new vaccination centre is opening in Fleet in February but we are unable to confirm which centre residents will be invited to.
Odiham & North Warnborough is covered by the North Hampshire Clinical Commissioning group which publishes regular updates:

Thank You on behalf of the Odiham and NW Poppy Appeal!

Cheering news in these challenging times! The Poppy Appeal 2020 in Odiham and North Warnborough raised nearly £3,700. This does not include an amazing contribution from RAF Odiham, some of whom ran a marathon, while stationed in Mali, on Remembrance Day in aid of the British Legion.

On behalf of the Poppy Appeal I would like to say a huge “Thank You” for the contributions from private individuals, and collections from the Post Office, Kings Street Dentists, the Cricket Club, all the shops, pubs and garages, and in particular, our three local schools who were continuing to operate at a very testing time.

Monica Good    Poppy Appeal Organiser

Residents’ survey to shape Hart’s electric vehicle strategy

Top 20 electric vehicle charging station companies

Hart District Council is carrying out a very short survey, 5 minutes, to assess the demand for charging points for electric vehicles over the coming 5 years. OPC is supportive of sustainable transport and already supporting this through its Strategic Plan.  The survey responses will build a picture of electric car use in Hart and identify prime locations to install chargepoints within the district.

Government plans to phase out diesel and petrol cars. If you would like to see charging points in Odiham and North Warnborough please complete the survey at this link

Covid Lockdown

As we approach the start of the second Covid lockdown, we would like to let you know the actions Odiham Parish Council has taken in line with Government guidance:

Facilities
  • Playgrounds will remain open and will continue to be inspected weekly.
  • The Recreation Ground multi-use-games-area will close for the duration of the lockdown.
  • Allotments will remain open.
  • King St toilets will remain open and be cleaned by a contractor Mondays to Fridays.
  • The Cemetery will remain open.
Events & Meetings
  • Sadly the Odiham Remembrance wreath laying ceremony is cancelled. Residents are encouraged to follow the Royal British Legion’s “Doorstep Remembrance” or follow a live streamed event such as:
  • The Cenotaph: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000pb0n or
  • Hart District Council:
    https://www.facebook.com/HDCLiveStreaming
  • The following scheduled meetings will go ahead via Zoom:
o Full Council – 17th November, 7.30pm
o Planning & Development – 18th November, 7.30pm
o Finance Committee EGM – 1st December, 7.30pm
Parish Office
  • All staff will continue to work throughout the lockdown and can be contacted by email: clerk@odiham.org.uk, deputyclerk@odiham.org.uk or admin.officer@odiham.org.uk.
  • The Parish Office can be contacted on 01256 702716 with at least one member of staff available Mondays to Fridays.
  • Alternatively you can contact your ward Councillor directly by email. Individual Councillor addresses can be found at http://www.odiham.org.uk/your-council/councillors/
During the first lockdown, Councillors ran a prescription and hearing aid delivery service. Councillors are monitoring demand and are equipped to re-start this service if necessary.
If you need support, please contact Hampshire County Council in the first instance on 0333 370400. Further details are available at https://www.hants.gov.uk/…/coronavirus/volunteer-welfare
We would like to wish all our residents well during this difficult time and look forward to better times when we can meet you all in the community!