Village News & Events:
Our Spring newsletter has been distributed this week. Do let us know if you have not received a copy.
OPC has taken on board previous comments from residents and this edition has been distributed in biodegradable packaging which we hope you will see as a step forward.
OPC has received confirmation from HCC that they have received the application to modify the definitive map and have been allocated a claim reference – 1249 Odiham.
The application has been added to the register and waiting list of a very large number of applications awaiting investigation and it may take some time before the application is investigated by a case officer.
Please be advised that this evening’s Annual Meeting of the Full Council will now be held in All Saint’s Church.
Cardiac Arrest : What to do next
Basic Resuscitation training to be held on Tuesday 18th June at Mayhill Junior School , The Bury, Odiham ; doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
It is everyone’s worst nightmare when someone collapses in front of you and it appears they have stopped breathing. However, what you do in the next few minutes might save a life.
Resuscitation (CPR) and using a defibrillator sounds very difficult and technical but this is not the case, everyone can do it.
Odiham Consolidated Charities has funded a defibrillator which will be sited close to the entrance to Odiham Cottage Hospital and it is hoped that this training evening will give you the confidence to take the necessary steps which might make all the difference to someone in difficulty.
The training will be led by Iain Tunstell who is a South Central Ambulance First responder, based in Odiham.
Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.
If you would like to attend the course, please call Bridget Munns on 01420 590660 or email her at email@example.com .
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.