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Whitehill and Bordon 80th D Day Commemorations

The commemoration of the 80th anniversary of D Day took place in Whitehill and Bordon.

The commemorations commenced on Tuesday 4 June at the Phoenix Theatre with a display of memorabilia and visitors being able to listen via headphones to D Day stories told by veterans.

On Thursday 6th June the 80th anniversary of D Day commenced with the reading of the D Day proclamation in the events square at the Forest Community Centre. The D Day proclamation was read by the Town Crier followed by the raising of the Union Flag, the Royal British Legion(RBL), Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers Association(REME) and Bordon District Air Cadets standards with Whitehill Town Council Mayor Cllr James Fryer in attendance.

On the evening of 6th June 2024 there was a D Day beacon lighting ceremony at Whitehill Village Hall. This was a well-attended event with D Day memorabilia on display courtesy of the Woolmer Forest Heritage Society and refreshments laid on by the Bordon Woman’s Institute.

The D Day beacon was lit at 9:15pm alongside hundreds of other beacons across the United Kingdom followed by the reading of the International Tribute by the Town Crier and a speech by the Town Mayor.

On Saturday 8th June a D Day themed event was held at the Town park at the Shed. Organised by Whitehill Town Council the event brought together many Whitehill and Bordon community organisations to include: The Whitehill and Bordon Town Partnership, Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Group, RBL, Whitehill Village Hall and the Phoenix Theatre.

Opened by the Town Mayor at 2:00pm the event consisted of various stallholders displaying arts and crafts, a marble counting competition from the RBL and the Phoenix Theatre putting on an immersive D Day experience using silent disco technology. Entertainment was provided from local singer, Jack Trinder, performances by the Forest Players, Liss Brass Band and the last performance was from Stephanie Bell singing 1940’s themed songs to close the event.

The event was sponsored by Taylor Wimpey who kindly provided funds to support Whitehill Town Council’s D Days events.

All funds raised over the week will be donated to the chosen charity which is Scotty’s Little Soldiers. Further information on Scotty’s Little Soldiers can be found on their website:

https://www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/

Whitehill Town Council has been honoured to bring some of the Whitehill and Bordon Community organisations together to put these events on for residents to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D Day and remember all those who fought and died in the battle to free Europe.

 

New Playpark for Mill Chase Recreation Ground!

The new Playpark at Mill Chase Recreation Ground was officially opened on 24 May by former Paralympian and local Whitehill & Bordon resident, Rob Allen.   The event was also attended by Town Mayor Cllr James Fryer, and Chairman of East Hampshire District Council Cllr Catherine Clark.

We hope to see lots of children and residents enjoying the new equipment and green open space area!

 

 

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Town in Bloom

TOWN IN BLOOM 2024

Whitehill & Bordon in Bloom 2024

It’s that time of year again!

Time for you to get creative in your gardens, allotments and community areas!

The categories for entries are:

  • Allotment plot
  • Bug hotel
  • Community garden
  • D-Day 80 creation/display
  • Hanging basket, container & window box
  • Best scarecrow
  • Small or large floral garden display
  • Unusual planter creation
  • Wildlife garden

Once your entry is picture ready enter online below.

Paper entry forms are available from the Council Offices at the Forest Community Centre.

The competition is open to all residents, businesses, and schools within Whitehill & Bordon.

The closing date 23 July 2024, terms & conditions apply: Town in Bloom terms and conditions 2024

🌟✨ Celebrating Community Excellence – Community Awards 2024✨🌟

🌟✨ Celebrating Community Excellence – Community Awards 2024✨🌟

 

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of the Town’s Community Awards 2024! 🏆

Presented by our Town Mayor, Cllr Leeroy Scott, these remarkable individuals, and groups have left an indelible mark on our town, embodying the spirit of kindness, generosity, and dedication. Join us in honouring their outstanding contributions: 👏

 

👥 **Group Organisation Award**: Woolmer Forest Timebank

“They have profoundly impacted the lives of numerous individuals within our community, and I wholeheartedly credit them with rescuing me from a challenging period in my life.”

 

🌟 **Outstanding Adult Award**: Chime Carlin

Chime started the Karma Cafe (Thursdays) and Quiet Cafe (Fridays) to encourage members of the community that maybe struggling out into the community. She’ll see individuals on a one-to-one basis but also enables them to meet other people in the community, gets them out of the house and encourages new friendships. Everyone who comes to these cafe’s has nothing but praise for Chime and for some, this simple thing has been life changing.

🎶 **Outstanding Young Person (School Years 7-13)**: Will Sharps

Will Sharps is a talented musician and composer. He attends the Hampshire Youth County Orchestra and is an award holder for the Martin Read Foundation and is composing a piece for solo percussion, which will be premiered at a Royal College of Music concert. Most recently Will was elected to the UK Youth Parliament with his manifesto of commitments to working to improve the environment and the welfare of young people.

🌟 **Outstanding Young Person (School Years 1-6)**: Verity Seignot-Griffiths

Verity is 6 years old and raised over £8,000 for various charities from riding 5km on her Shetland pony for the riding for disabled days after her 1st birthday, to walking 7k steps a day for a month to raise funds for chestnut tree children’s hospice. She has completed sponsored challenges over the last 5 years and always done them with a smile, and with coverage to our Facebook page @theponypalsfamily, spreading joy around the world!

 

 

Congratulations to all our winners! 🎉 Your selflessness and commitment to our community make us proud. Let’s continue to uplift and support each other as we continue to make our town great🏅

 

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Public Notice for Proposed Parallel Crossing on Budds Lane

PAR001 – Budds Lane nr Havanah Way, Bordon – Public Notice – 2024.02.19

Council surgery poster for March 12th

Council Surgeries

Want to know what’s happening in your community & meet a Councillor?

Surgeries provide an opportunity for any ward resident to go and talk to their councillor face to face and these will take place once per month.  You will have the opportunity to a raise a concern, ask a question and make suggestions on matters regarding your town &/or District/County

In attendance in March will be Councillors:

  • Cllr Adeel Shah – Councillor at Whitehill Town Council & Portfolio Holder, Community Development and Engagement Councillor at EHDC
  • Cllr Andy Tree Leader of Whitehill Town Council, Deputy Leader of EHDC & Portfolio Holder of Whitehill & Bordon & County Councillor of Whitehill, Bordon & Lindford.

You don’t need to make an appointment just come along

  • On: Tuesday 12th March
  • At:  17:30 to 19:30
  • In: Council Chamber, Forest Community Centre, Pinehill Road, Bordon,  GU35 OBS

Depending on how many constituents attend, will depend on how long each session will last per person.

 

Hampshire County Council says it needs to make £132MILLION of savings (AKA cuts) by 2025 to balance the books and avoid ‘bankruptcy!’

Hampshire County Council says it needs to make £132MILLION of savings (AKA cuts) by 2025 to balance the books and avoid ‘bankruptcy!’
❗Please do this survey and share with as many local people as possible: ❗ https://hampshirecc.welcomesyourfeedback.net/s/FSC❗
The vast majority of our council tax goes to Hampshire County Council as the upper tier authority responsible for roads, Children’s Services, Health & Adult Social Care and other important services (think of Bordon Library and Bordon Waste & Recycling Centre, if you respond to consultation!) I have no control over this Conservative-controlled council.
Despite continued increases in council tax, the cuts proposed are staggering and I worry a lot about how Hampshire residents and in particular Whitehill, Bordon and Lindford residents will be adversely affected. Frankly, the system is broken when a council providing vital services has to make £132m of cuts to balance its budget, even if also increasing council tax! The government need to step in as there is a real risk of councils round the country going ‘bust’, regardless of which political party is in control of them! I can only assure you that as one lone Whitehill & Bordon Community Party voice at Hampshire County Council, I will do my best to represent us.
Please please ensure as many local residents as possible complete the survey, so nobody can say we didn’t care! This does not affect the services provided by East Hampshire District Council or Town/Parish Councils.
For anyone who wants to more fully understand what Hampshire County Council spends its money on, please take a look at this link:
For the avoidance of doubt, I do not want to see Bordon Household Waste & Recycling Centre or Bordon Library closed.
Andy
Cllr Andy Tree
County Councillor for Whitehill, Bordon and Lindford

Leader’s New Year message!

I thank all town councillors who have served in 2023 and all our council employees, who implement the policies of the council on a day-to-day basis.

In October, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), who is responsible for the land owned by the MOD in Whitehill & Bordon confirmed their commitment to delivering a supermarket. I remain cautiously optimistic about the new town centre development but we still await adequate Health Facility proposals to come forward.

I was proud when we hosted The Armistice Day service as usual, where this year it included two hundred soldiers from REME marching through our town. It’s so vitally important to remember the sacrifices made and the reading of the roll of honour is always a poignant and reflective moment.

In May, the Whitehill & Bordon Community Party held all fifteen seats on the Town Council and we strive to continue what we started in being the grassroots voice for residents, delivering what we can and holding those in power above us to account. Crucially, we also won six seats (out of 43) on EHDC, allowing us to influence decisions such how to fix bin collection issues and start working on local projects to benefit our residents, of which there will be more news to come! I got stuck in straight away and have been able to approve many grants, including to Project 94 (youth club) and Hollybrook Playpark. We are a small group punching above our weight!

I am pleased to say that we have frozen the town council share of council tax per household for the third year running 2024-25, whilst making grants to Phoenix Theatre, Citizens Advice and Forest Community Centre. We continue to protect the Greenspaces we control including Bordon Inclosure and Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve, where the service contract awarded to Deadwater Valley Trust to manage them has continued positively. We paid for roof repairs to Whitehill Village Hall as it’s vital to be supporting community assets across our town area.

I remain committed to representing our community, trying to work with third party decision-makers to achieve results but never shying away from robustly standing up for you when required!

Best wishes for 2024!

Cllr Andy Tree

Leader of the Council

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Town Mayor Christmas Message 2023

It has again been a great honour to serve you as Town Mayor and see our community flourish in a year which has still presented many challenges. We should celebrate this by looking at the highlights of 2023 and looking forward to 2024.

I was privileged to attend the unveiling of the King Charles III Coronation Sculpture in July. The sculpture was created by local artists in conjunction with REME. We also planted our Covid memorial tree at St Lucia Lodge in memory of those who lost their lives in the pandemic.

Whitehill and Bordon has special ties with REME and this was demonstrated at our Remembrance event on 11 November 2023.   This was particularly poignant, with 200 soldiers from the 4th Battalion REME from Tidworth marching through our town.   We should note that in 2024, Whitehill and Bordon will be marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Your generosity was demonstrated at my Valentine’s Gala in February, which raised nearly £2,500 in aid of Bordon Food Bank and Chloe’s & Sophie’s Special Ears Fund.  I would like to offer huge thanks to all of the businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes.   Next year, my charities will be Dementia Friendly Whitehill and Bordon and I’m All Ears.   I look forward to inviting you to next year’s Charity event on 26 April 2024.  It promises to be another good evening, so watch this space!

Christmas is always a special time in our community, and this year we have added additional Christmas lights up Chalet Hill and around to the Old Dairy.   I am also really excited, to be judging the “Best Dressed House at Christmas” competition which after seeing everyone’s displays around the town, I think its going to be hard to choose a winner.

Your Councillors and Town Council staff work hard in providing a first class service to the residents making a positive impact where they can.  I would like to say a big thank you to them, and welcome the new councillors who joined us in January and May 2023.  I would also like to thank my cadet, Caitlin Sobey, who has been an amazing helper by my side, assisting me at several events.

But most importantly, I would like to thank the residents of Whitehill and Bordon, I am proud to represent you and I look forward to working on your behalf next year.  Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Cllr Leeroy Scott – Town Mayor

*** Whitehill Town Council (covering Whitehill & Bordon) has FROZEN its share of Council Tax per household, for the THIRD year running ***

*** Whitehill Town Council (covering Whitehill & Bordon) has FROZEN its share of Council Tax per household, for the THIRD year running ***
Times are tough. Costs have risen for families across Whitehill & Bordon.  We are fortunate that the additional houses added for paying council tax in previous years and the responsible decision we made to balance the books by increasing our share of council tax after coming to power in 2019 means we already have a very robust and financially secure council.  As a result, we can continue to freeze the share of council tax per household.  This is despite the fact the number of council tax payers has actually reduced slightly and so our overall council tax share request from EHDC is smaller (515,455 in 2023-24 and now 511,589 for 2024-25). This demonstrates our strong financial position.
This gives the same cost per household as last year: a band D of figure of £98.42 per annum, which is generally used as the official figure reported. However, most dwellings in Whitehill & Bordon are bands A, B and C, meaning most households will be paying the Band C figure or less, which is £87.48 per annum and thus a more accurate figure to use as the example.
We appreciate that the larger councils – Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council – are highly likely to raise their share of council tax, hence feeling we must do our bit to support locally.
We continue to honour the pledge in our Strategic Plan adopted in 2020 to keep the grant aid fund at same level £54,000 (which includes major grant aid, minor grant aid and direct community fund).  This means we can continue to support important local organisations who provide for our residents, including paying Deadwater Valley Trust to manage Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve.
Details of recent grants awarded can be viewed here:
The town council long-term leases Bordon Inclosure (BI) and owns most of Deadwater Valley Local Nature Reserve (DVLNR).  Deadwater Valley Trust is paid by Town Council to manage them.  Our share of council tax is used for DVLNR and we have a long-term investment plan for BI, using developer contributions (S106 monies.)  A full list of what the town council does and is responsible for can be found here:
I am very proud that the Whitehill & Bordon Community Party has a proven track of financial astuteness and managing money in a way that effectively serves our residents and provides good value for money in the areas we control (i.e. in links above.)
The above decision on budget and precept (council tax) was made at the Whitehill Town Council meeting held on 14 Dec 2023.
Our Executive Committee (pictured here in Jan) initially reviewed and recommended the budget and precept request to Full Council on 7 Dec.