Registered Charity No 1000447
News March 2012
On 8 December Mark Jones, Editor of the Basingstoke Gazette, unveiled a plaque in Church Street. Mark spoke of Arthur’s work and his love of Basingstoke. We were also pleased that BBC South Today covered the unveiling on South Today the same evening. Our thanks to the Mayor, Cllr David Leeks, who attended and to Mark Jones for his interest and support.
Bob Applin’s talk will follow a brief AGM. The meeting will be in the Conference
Room, which is to the rear of Café QM off the main car park – easy access. If you
go to the main reception you will be directed. Refreshments. Do bring a friend. Free
for members, non-
AGENDA FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the AGM held on 13 April 2011
4. Matters arising
5. Secretary’s Report on the year’s activities
6. Treasurer’s Report and statement of account for the year ended 31/12/11
7. Election of Officers and Committee
8.4 Hon Secretary
8.5 Membership Secretary
8.6 Committee members
Refreshments followed by talk by Bob Applin
Officers and Committee members
Colin Williams has decided to stand down as Vice-
The Constitution of the society requires the committee to ask for nominations in
writing for the officers of the society. Currently the officers are: Chairman; Ian
A member noticed these 2 properties in the Fairfields area which have been in non-
In the last newsletter we mentioned that a great-
Maryfield Convent today
Eastrop House carriage house and stables – we objected to an application to demolish the stables in the grounds of Eastrop House and the council have refused consent.
Bronze Age Burial Mounds – we finally got this sign up with the help of the council and the county archaeologist and the BAHS. Truly a joint effort and thanks to local resident, Bill Jeram, who fought long and hard for this sign. Do go and look at it on the corner of Brackley Way and Pitman Close.
Historic plaques in the DC – the panels from the exhibition in the Willis last April have a permanent home in the Discovery Centre near the local history section. They look good there!
Canal Heritage footpath and other matters – the society has always taken an interest in the Last Five Miles Project – the canal route from Greywell to Basingstoke. There are issues about the Canal Heritage path – litter, damaged and sprayed waymarkers etc which we have taken up with the council. We will also write to the landowner about the recent dumping of builders’ rubbish on the canal bank in Cavalier Road.
John James and Major R John Howard – two very different subjects for our next blue
plaques. John James (1672-
12 Cross Street and 3 New Street – dilapidated buildings. We have raised concerns
with the council about the state of these buildings -
Football club move – we noted the publicity around this with dismay. The loss of so much open space in the Old Common is regrettable, and we note that the capacity of the new stand will be 5000, with parking for just 250 cars. The old Camrose site will be marketed for a retail park (as this will bring in the most money, which the club will need to build their new stand). We are not opposed to the Football Club seeking better premises, but surely not here.
Core strategy – this is the beginning of the LDF or Local Development Framework,
which will become the council’s plan until 2025. It includes providing 594 new homes
each year up to 2027 on sites which have been selected. Our concern is that unless
sufficient sites are earmarked outside the central town, then the town will become
even fuller of high-
Talk – the talk by Alan Turton on 29 November ‘The Civil War in Hampshire’ was well attended and very interesting
Talk at Milestones Saturday 10th March -