Village News & Events:
The celebrations for AFD on 29 June will commence with the parade at 10am, followed by the box-cart race at 10.30am. Bands in The Bury will commence at 12 noon until 8pm.
We are looking for this year’s nominations. The aim of the community award is to establish a programme to cultivate a sense of gratitude, encouragement, inspiration, social cohesion and partnership across the parish. The intention is that nominations for awards will be taken from all corners of our local community.
If you would like to nominate an individual resident for this year’s award, please email email@example.com by the end of May 2019 with a maximum 500 word citation/summary for the panel to consider.
OPC has been asked what we can do to keep McColls on our High Street.
Members of the OPC team have expressed how sad we are about this news. The Council have for some time raised concern with regards the health of our High Street, in terms of the loss of our banks, Little Play Town and shrinking retail offering. We still have several great businesses and we have worked to support our shops as we have written about in our newsletters.
We would encourage all of our residents to support our local businesses and OPC has actively promoted Odiham and our shops with visitor leaflets, maps and events. We have worked with the District Council to revise the parking restrictions. We fought against the closure of our banks and are investing to ensure that amenities such as our High Street Toilets remain and are enhanced. However there is little we can do in the case of a particular retailer who has sadly chosen to close a branch.
Key is footfall. Our Neighbourhood Plan identifies the need for a mix of shops to provide an attractive retail mix, but it can’t force shops to remain or indeed start up new ventures. Sadly OPC has no control over rates or rent and as we have seen, shops like the old Co-op have remained empty for some time (although we have tried to make the building more attractive thought the use of their windows).
The Council has however explored ways we can attract footfall. The visitor information, and event support has been covered above. Many Cllrs supported the opportunity to bring a managed Deer Park to Odiham because of the attractive Amenity it would create, which that they believed would encourage visitors and make Odiham more of a destination. As well the additional parking it would provide. Something that retailers themselves told us was critical.
The Neighbourhood Plan Monitoring report recently published outlines this challenge and how a focus on the High Street should be a priority for the next Council. It outlines some suggestions, which we hope will be considered.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has a vacancy for an outdoor learning tutor in North Hampshire. The post is home based with regular travel to sites in North Hampshire. The closing date for applications is 7 May 2019.
Hampshire County Council will be holding a Falls Friends Champion training course on Tuesday 14th May, 12.30pm-4.30pm, at Aldershot Enterprise Centre, Gallwey Road, Aldershot GU11 2DD.
Falls Friends Champions are volunteers or professionals who are interested in helping to increase awareness about preventing falls amongst their communities by delivering Falls Friends talks.
Falls Friends Champions training covers: the causes of fall, how to minimise the risk of falling and how to deliver a Falls Friends talk.
To book, please email your name and contact telephone number to FallsPrevention@hants.gov.uk or call Nicola Kelly (Falls Prevention Physical Activity Coordinator) on 01962 846605.
The Parish Council is aware that a headstone has been installed on plot L186 without permission. This is in contravention of the Cemetery Rules and may be a health and safety risk.
The grass cutting season is about the begin, so please keep grave plots clear so that maintenance can be carried out without obstruction. Thank you for your assistance.
The Carers Hub will be holding Easter craft activities on various dates in April.
RAF Odiham will hold its annual Families Day on Thursday 25 July 2019. This day is an opportunity for the Station to thank those who stand so steadfastly behind the Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen and Airwomen from RAF Odiham when their loved ones are deployed on combat operations overseas. On this day, the local community will notice a significant increase in aircraft activity, with Chinook helicopters flying wide circuits from the airfield all morning and aircraft performing displays in the afternoon; I would particularly ask those with horses and livestock to note that this will include fast jet activity.