Newnham Civil Parish is in the Basing Ward of Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council in Hampshire and comprises the villages of Newnham and Nately Scures plus the tithing of Water End in Nately Scures, with about 440 registered electors. The parish extends westwards from the A30/A287 junction to the Lyde river in the west and northwards from the M3 to the boundary with Rotherwick - to the south of the grounds of Tylney Hall Hotel.
BBC 4 'Bob & Roberta' Protest programme screened 17th November
On 6 Sep 2016, at 15:58, Harry Hayden wrote:
Kilimanjaro Climb - The Outcome!
Well we all made the summit and down safely again - but it was one hell of a gruelling endurance test for one and all (both young and old) with much very steep trekking (both on ascent and descent) - a daily average of 7 hours for eight days in a row.
On the 6th night we finally left for the summit at midnight (using head torches) - a very steep 6 hour trek in the dark over solidified lava rock flow and stony paths to Uhuru summit and then, after 15 minutes of joyful tears and photographs, another 7 hours of rapid descent to get us quickly away from the extreme altitude.
Speaking for myself, I was suffering from extreme exhaustion (and still am) and I would not have made it but for the wonderful patience and support of Albert, the Tanzanian expedition leader for our group of 12. But we all made it and the sense of achievement is more powerful than the pain - Never again, but we’re all so very glad that we did it!
I have to say that all 36 of the Tanzanian porters, guides, cooks, etc. for our group were absolutely fantastic - they had one and only one mission and that was to get us safely to the summit and back down again. They live for the mountain that provides the living for them and their families and are extremely warm, caring and friendly to us tourists.
On our return to the UK the donations to Cancer Research UK stood at a record £2,725.25 (putting us in the top 3% of Just Giving fundraisers for August!). So thank you very much to those that donated and if anyone else would like to contribute, the link again is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Emma-Hayden6
Now for some rest, good food and general pampering .. ..
Harry Hayden, Kingsbridge Copse
BBC Saturday 6th August
12 noon on Newnham Green - Event for Old House at Home
If you have any spare time Saturday lunchtime, please come down to the Green..
An event on the Newnham Green this Saturday at midday. Details as emails below...
It's in support of reopening the Old House at Home, the BBC are coming to film and there'll be free beer and wine...
Hope you can make it and please let friends and neighbours know.
4 August 2016 Dear All,
I have been talking to the BBC and all is confirmed that their event will commence at 12 noon on Saturday. They will start to prepare from @ 10 am.
They hope to have a carnival style atmosphere with lots of support, they have a few things up their sleeves with their musicians and artist.
Andwells have kindly offered to donate some beer and we will set up a bar and some tables and chairs.
We've invited the Basingstoke Gazette and are hoping to get as much publicity as possible about the plight of The Old House.
Please do come along, it should be fun for the whole family. Ask friends and neighbours, the more the merrier.
Please tho, can you do me a favour and reply to this email, if you haven't already said you are coming, then I can make sure we have refreshments for everyone.
Many thanks, look forward to seeing you there!
29th July 2016 Dear everyone
Please turn out on Saturday 6th if you possibly can...
The BBC have confirmed they are coming back on Saturday 6th August to stage and film a 'Village Green Event' in support of the Old House.
The conceit is that, as the Village doesn't have a pub, we are forced to set up stall on the Village Green.
We will set up tables as a bar offering beer and wine and soft drinks and the BBC, so it's understand, will provide a banner and music and film the event.
So this time we are really looking for strength in numbers, please support if you can with family and friends.
And a big thank you to everyone who managed to come down to the pub on Friday afternoon (22nd July) to speak to the BBC, and apologies to those who couldn't make it due to timing...
It was a bit sad waiting outside the closed pub but as they're coming back to film again... was well worth it
PHOTO: Charlie Maxlow-Tomlinson
Queen’s 90th “Street Party” on the Green Sunday 12th June
'On Behalf of the trustees of the Friends of St Nicholas', and the VCC, I would like to thank all who helped to make the day a success by helping in the mowing of the Green, setting up and running of the event and also those who attended and were very generous with their spending.
'Special mention must be made of Jackie O’Regan and Carolyn Peck who put so much effort into the organisation of the BBQ and bar, Jane Little for her Tombola and Virginia Shuttleworth who donated the statue that was auctioned.
'Proceeds are towards the St Nicholas’ tower window repair. The net figures are:
' Food and bar £ 904.10
Stalls x 5 £ 318.52
Auction of statue £ 110.00
PC Subvention £ 200.00
Total raised £1532.62 '
Vote of thanks also to Jeff as Treasurer who steered the various floats and counted and banked the takings.
The Queen’s birthday card was posted by Nigel Bell, with thanks to Nigel and Joanna for organising, and to Charlie Maxlow-Tomlinson, brilliant as always in his photograher role.
'Well done to all, was wet, sunny and good fun, all in one day.' (Robin and Linda Dixon)
16/01315/FUL Change of Use A4 Public House to C3 Residential Dwellinghouse. The final response tally is 82 public objections submitted to the Planning Officer.
Dale Ingram from Planning for Pubs Ltd is acting for the Parish Council and has submitted a formal objection on our behalf. The documents include a planning response document constructed by Dale with a variety of case references and appendices, a viability study produced by Anthony Miller (advisor to Pub is the Hub), a concept business plan outlining an alternative future for the Old House as a Community Pub, and a summary document of the petition support and comments.
All these documents are available on the BDBC wesbsite
The viability assessment of the pub by Anthony Miller was commissioned by the Parish Council (former Chairman Clive Pinder) to counter the 'non-viability' argument put forward by Fleurets on behalf of Red Oak Taverns. Not to be outdone, the planning officer has commissioned its own viability report. Raising concerns that the planning officer may be inclined to base his opinion largely on this 'in-house' report, Dale has requested we have a week from publication of this document to review and challenge its findings. The 'statutory expiry date' of 21st of June for decision-time on the application has been updated on the website to an 'agreed expiry date' of Friday 12th August.
Klimanjaro for cancer research
Due to a late mid-life crisis I will be joining my son Andy and daughter Emma in an attempt to climb Kilimanjaro (Africa's highest mountain at 5,895 metres) on August 26th.
The good news is that my son is a strapping lad and he can always carry me (although he insists he would rather eat his own arm and will simply abandon me - but then he would have to answer to his mum) and my daughter works in mental health, so she should be able to help lift my spirits and egg me on through counselling (although she does appear to believe that I am beyond any sort of earthly help at this stage - so my luck might be out there as well .. ..).
We are doing this in aid of Cancer Research and if anyone would like to make a donation, Emma has set up this page on Just Giving.
All the best
Harry Hayden, Kingsbridge Copse, Newnham
Old House at Home – Save our Newnham Pub
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who who signed the petition and who responded to the planning consultation – the website indicates 75 public objections to change of use from pub to dwelling house.
The Petition is ongoing with 1,209 signatures at time of writing and this is part of the evidence presented to the Planning Officer.
BDBC Planning Policy CN7 ‘Essential Facilities and Services’ requires that:
‘The views of the local community on any loss must be sought as part of the assessment potential to retain the essential service in question.’ Hopefully the onslaught of views will be suffient to persuade the planning officer of the validity of the case for retaining the Old House. Evidence presented to the planning officer will also include letters of support from other local pubs and local suppliers.
However a meeting with the case officer made it clear that strong evidence had to be supplied to refute every aspect of Red Oak Tavern’s argument for change of use and build evidence in our favour. The case to retain the pub, and for it not to be a house, has to be watertight to avoid Red Oak finding any aspect to challenge at appeal. To that end the Parish Council has engaged specialist consultants for which grant funding is available.
Massive thanks are due to the residents involved in the ‘Pub community steering group’ whose efforts lie behind much of what has been accomplished so far.
Once we know the outcome of the planning applicaton – likely not until June – residents meetings will be held to discuss the possilbe futures of the pub, hoping these are still open to us.
The standard consultation deadline has been extended to Monday 13th June
You can still submit your comments and objections to
Please sign our petition
Red Oak Taverns have applied to Basingstoke & Deane for 'change of use' to turn the Old House at Home into housing.
To have a chance of taking over the Old House and revitalising it as a going concern we have to counter this change of use application.
Please give your support by signing the petition....
We have our electronic petition live and ready to sign. Please take the time to sign and leave your comments. Then pass on to friends, relatives and anyone else you may know. Target 1,000 signatures, but the more the better.
Re 'West of Hook' - the 'Strategic Urban Extension' shortlisted for inclusion in Hart's Local Plan, and comprising
SHL173 - 730 houses, SHL 130- 44 house and SHL 9 - 43 houses
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