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Overton Handbook

The first edition was produced by the Overton Society in 1981 and updated editions by the Parish Council in 1985, 1994, 1996 and 1998.  Community groups, clubs and societies have provided the information within this edition but details are constantly changing so, henceforth, a more frequent updating is being sought.

 

The Overton Business Association in conjunction with Overton Parish Council has developed a new Overton website which is available at www.overtonvillage.com.   The information from this handbook will appear on this site, which means that information can be updated on a regular basis.  The website can also provide links to the clubs' own websites or provide a web page.

 

If any changes occur to the information in the handbook - please notify the parish Clerk, Laura Harley on 01962 774186 - this will make the task of producing the next handbook much easier.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Unless stated, all telephone numbers are local, using the 01256 code.

 

 

 

INDEX

 

Pages                Content

1                      Overton Handbook - History

2 - 3                 Overton - An Introduction to the Village

3                      Overton Parish Council

4 - 16               Services to the Community

17 - 20             Sport and Recreation

21 - 24             Clubs and Societies

25 - 26             Youth

Appendices            Overton Street Map

                        Overton Footpath Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overton - an Introduction to this village

Overton, with a population in 2001 of 3800, is a large village situated in the upper Test valley with its built up area straddling the river and climbing up the valley slopes.  It lies within the boundaries of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and within the geographical and administrative county of Hampshire.  The village itself lies in the centre of the civil parish with the hamlets of Ashe, itself a separate ecclesiastical parish, Ashe Warren, South Litchfield, Coxford Down, Polhampton, Southington, Quidhampton and Northington spread amongst the rural hinterland.

 

Historically, Overton was first mentioned in 909 AD when King Edward the Elder granted the estate of 'Uferanton' to the then bishop of Winchester.  The village at that time was thought to have been located north of the river but, in the 13th century, the bishop founded a new town to the south of the river with the grid iron street pattern that can still be seen in the centre of the village today.  The village's fortunes waxed and waned through the centuries with a Sheep Fair given a charter in 1246 and which continued well into the 20th century.  It was resurrected in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium.  The village developed several hostelries on the stagecoach route from London to Exeter and in 1854 the railway opened between Basingstoke and Andover, providing a direct link to the capital.  Present day transport links remain good with a frequency of bus and rail services that many larger places do not enjoy.  Roads, not least the B3400 through the village, become ever busier with the growth of car ownership but the village is less than ten minutes drive from both the A303 (via the C29 county distributor road), leading to the M3 motorway, and the A34 with its dual carriageway link to the M4, the M40 and the Midlands.

 

The civil parish of Overton covers 3471 hectares, an area approximately six miles north (half way to Kingsclere) to south (adjacent to A303) and two and a half miles east (Ashe Park Lodge) to west (Laverstoke Park's Southington Lodge), most of which is entirely rural in character and with the northern section included in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  The river Test, during normal rainfall conditions, rises a mile or so east of Overton, at Ashe, and is a chalk stream world renowned for its trout fishing and reaching the sea at Southampton.  The underlying geology, primarily of chalk with alluvial deposits adjacent to the river, gives rise to typical chalk rolling countryside with many hectares given over to arable crops although livestock rearing has increased in the recent past. The lowest parts of the village are at an elevation of c250 feet above sea level but the northern and southern extremities of the parish rise to between 500 and 600 feet asl with extensive views.

 

Overton is unusual in southern England in that it is an industrial village with Portal's large paper mill, now owned by De La Rue, situated close to the railway station and famous for printing currency paper and for incorporating the watermark.  For many decades this mill employed a large proportion of the local population and has resulted in many families living locally for generations.  Employment opportunities for local residents diversified in the 1960s and '70s with the rapid expansion of nearby towns but it is still the case that a considerable number of people who live elsewhere, come to Overton to work.

 

Overton is fortunate that it has retained many types of shops and facilities that other communities have lost.  This has led to pressure to develop land for housing at a pace which many residents are concerned about, fearing infrastructure problems and a threat to the strong community spirit for which the village has been renowned in this part of Hampshire.  At the time this document went to press (autumn 2003) planning applications are being considered for additional 135 or 176 houses, depending on the outcome of the applications.  Although some of these properties may be taken up by local residents many are likely to go to those currently living away but it is hoped that all will quickly succumb to the allure of the village and support its economic, social, sporting and cultural heritage, services and facilities so that the community can continue to thrive.

 

Overton Parish Council

Overton has twelve parish councillors, who were elected in May 2003.  Parish council meetings are currently held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7.00 pm in the Community Centre with Public Time running for half an hour from 7.30 pm.  Committee meetings are held on fourth Tuesday in the month except December. If these regular dates alter, parishioners will be notified through News and Views, the monthly newsletter produced by the parish council (see item under Newspapers and Magazines).

 

Contact with the parish council should be made through the Clerk, Laura Harley, Oak Tree Lodge, Roundwood, Micheldever, Winchester, SO21 3BA; email ; telephone 01962 774186.  Messages can also be left on the parish office answerphone 771919.

 

The term of this parish council will run until May 2007, when elections will be held.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Services to the Community

 

ACTION (not to be confused with Overton Action Group)

Community volunteers to transport village residents to hospital appointments etc.

Contact Betty Mackrill - 770798 or Phyl Watling - 771382

 

ALLOTMENTS

Overton Parish Council has allotments at Woodlands, which are let to people living locally - charge currently £4.00/allotment/year - first year free.

Contact Parish Clerk - 01962 774186

 

BANK

HSBC Bank plc, 10 Winchester Street - 770470

Open Monday, Thursday and Friday - 9.30am - 3.30pm

Cashpoint facility available out of banking hours.

 

BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE BOROUGH COUNCIL

Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AH - main switchboard - 844844

Contact centre for abandoned vehicles, dog warden, food hygiene, noise complaints, pest control, planning applications, refuse collection, street cleansing etc - 845474

Housing and Council Tax Benefits - 810680

            Council Tax - 358555

            Electoral Registration - 845264

Website - www.basingstoke.gov.uk; email info@basingstoke.gov.uk

 

BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

Paula Baker (Liberal Democrat) - 59 Winchester Street, Overton - 771219 - cllr.paula.baker@basingstoke.gov.uk

Ian Tilbury (Independent) - 4 Lion Close, Overton - 771429 - cllr.i.tilbury@basingtoke.gov.uk

 

BLOOD DONATION

This takes place three times per year in the Community Centre (situated on the junction of Winchester Street and High Street).  2006 dates are: Friday 17th February, Monday 31 July and Friday 27 October 1.30pm - 3.25pm and 4.30pm - 6.45pm.  Future dates and other blood donation information can be ascertained by ringing 0845 7711711.

 

BURIALS/CEMETERY/CREMOTORIUM

Basingstoke Crematorium, North Waltham - Manor Farm, Stockbridge Road - 398783

Cemetery burials - contact Canon Nigel Cumming - 770207

 

 

 

 

BUS SERVICES

Overton is on the route (service 76/86 operated by Stagecoach), which runs between Winchester, Andover and Basingstoke. 

Contact - Stagecoach - 0845 1210180; website www.stagecoachbus.com

 

Countywide Travel operates a bus (service 310) on Tuesday from North Waltham via Steventon to Overton which returns to Basingstoke bus station via Steventon, North Waltham and Sainsbury, Hatch Warren.

Countywide also runs a bus (service 11) from Overton to Peter Symonds College and Westgate School in Winchester during term time.

Contact - Countywide Travel - 780079

                     

Hampshire County Council subsidises the local Shuttle Bus (service 74), which runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings in a figure of eight route around Overton which takes in Pond Close and the station.

Contact - Burghfield Mini Coaches - 0118 9590719

 

In summer there are regular coach excursions, which pass through the village.  Bus stops are located in the centre of the village in the High Street to the west of the traffic lights, Harvey's Field, Southington, Berrydown crossroads and Ashe crossroads.

Details of services are regularly updated in News and Views and are displayed on the Transport notice board on the wall of the Overton Fireplace shop in Kingsclere Road.

For further details contact Brian Langer, Passenger Transport Representative on 770848.

 

CAR PARKING

There is off-street public parking owned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council at London Road, on-street public parking in Winchester Street, and limited time parking in the High Street. A new 40 space car park is to be built on Overton Hill and should be complete by the end of March '06.  The car parks at the Community Centre and St Luke's Hall are for the users of these premises only.

 

CHEMIST/PHARMACY

Overton Pharmacy, Steve Budden, 4 Winchester Street - phone 770201

Open - Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 6.00 pm;

Saturday - 9.00am - 1.00pm.

 

CHURCHES

CHURCH OF ENGLAND

St Mary's Church, Overton

Rector - Rev Ian Smale, 54 Lordsfield Gardens - 770207

Administrator - Ruth Williams - 770717 - Ruth.Williams@tinyworld.co.uk

Verger - Cynthia Kemp - 770534

Church Room bookings - Christine Fields - 771675

Editor, The Test Magazine - Anne Holt - 770394 - anne@anneholt.plus.com

(Deadline for articles - second Friday in the month).

Services - 8.00 am - 3rd Sunday in the month Holy Communion;

11.00 am - 1st and 3rd Sundays - Parish Praise;

11.00 am - 2nd and 4th Sundays Parish Communion

6.30 pm - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays - Evensong;

6.30 pm - 1st Sunday - Holy Communion with prayer for the healing.

For information about midweek activities including Alpha courses, Cell Groups, Workbox and prayer meetings please contact Ruth Williams.

For children and young people, please see under Youth Activities.

 

St Mary the Virgin, Laverstoke

Rector - Canon Nigel Cumming - 770207

Church Warden - A Austen - 770330

 

METHODIST CHURCH

Situated on the west side of Winchester Street adjacent to the Redfort Indian Restaurant

Ministers - Rev David Hall, 23 Bradwell Close, Charlton, Andover - 01264 352544 - davidhall@zoom.co.uk or Deacon Shirley MacKintosh, 14 Kingsley Park, Whitchurch - 892202 - shirley@mackintosh50.freeserve.co.uk

Stewards - David Burton - 770164; Matthew Rowell - 770135

Services - 10.30 am - Sunday - Morning worship (occasional evening services will be advertised on the notice board).

Other activities - Tea and Tots - Monday 1.15 - 2.45 pm - Betty Mackrill - 770798

Ladies Fellowship - alternate Wednesdays 3.00 - 4.00 pm - Betty Whorton - 770404

Coffee Morning - Thursday - 10.00 am - 12.00 noon - Betty Mackrill - 770798 or Mary Burton - 770164

Traidcraft Sale - 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9.30am - 12.00 noon - Jane MacKenzie - 771121

Bible Study, Meditation and Prayer Groups - Rev Jenny Ellis - 892895

Music Group - Matthew Rowell - 770135

 

ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

St Mary's Church, Overton - Holy Mass is celebrated at 9.30 am each Sunday.

Contact - Father John Cooke, St Joseph's Presbytery, St Michael's Road, Basingstoke - 323595.

Catholic Church of St John Fisher, Whitchurch - Holy Mass is celebrated at 9.30 each Sunday.

Contact - Parish Priest, St John the Baptist, Andover - 01264 352829.

 

BASINGSTOKE COMMUNITY CHURCH

Pastor/leader - David Downer - 782726

West Church, a part of Basingstoke Community Church, meets at St Mary's Hall, High Street on most Sunday mornings at 10.30am, with an open form of worship and regular

biblical teaching, focused on the family. Regular youth work and events, like 'Firehouse' - an evening of live music held once a month in the village, are led by Darren & Liz Higgs - 783461.  Everyone is welcome - please call for more information.

 

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU

Provides independent, impartial and confidential advice on a wide range of subjects.

Open - Monday, Tuesday, Friday - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm; Wednesday - 10.00 am - 6.30 pm; Thursday - 9.30 am - 11.30 am; Saturday - 10.00 am - 12.00 noon.

The Library, 19 - 20 Westminster House, Potters Walk, Basingstoke - 322814.

 

CONSERVATION AREA

Much of the centre of the village is within a Conservation Area, details of which are available from the Planning, Transport and the Environment department at the borough council - 845474.  If you property is within the Conservation Area, special planning regulations may apply including work to trees.

 

CONSERVATION GROUPS

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust - Woodside House, Woodside Avenue, Eastleigh - 02380 613636

English Nature - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Team - 1 Southampton Road, Lyndhurst - 02380 283944.

 

DIAL A RIDE

For those who have restricted mobility or are disabled.  If you have a problem accessing public transport residents of Overton, Ashe, Deane, Oakley and East Oakley can use the Test Valley Shoppa which runs to Sainsbury Hatch Warren and Asda, Brighton Hill.

Contact - 462101 - Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 12.00 noon and 2.00 pm - 4.15 pm.

 

DOCTORS

The Surgery, Station Road, Overton, RG25 3DZ - 770212.

GPs - Dr Lorge, Dr Coppin, Dr Lindsay, Dr Hickson and Dr Decker.

Open weekdays from 8.00 am - 6.30 pm (telephones operate between 8.15 am and 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm and 6.30 pm).  Saturday - emergencies only - alternating weekly with Oakley Surgery.  Out of hours service - Hantsdoc - 0118 9365592.

 

EDUCATION

PRE-SCHOOL (2 - 4 years)

Overton Playgroup - the main facility is located in the Community Centre, Winchester Street, Overton with a second facility located within Overton Primary School.

Playgroup children can attend weekday sessions in the Playroom at the Community Centre from 9.00 am - 11.30 am.

Preschool children can attend weekday sessions either at the Playroom within the

Community Centre from 12.30 pm - 3.00 pm (with a lunch club from 12.00 noon - 12.30 pm) or at Overton Primary School's Playroom from 8.45 am - 11.15 am (with a lunch club from 11.15 am - 11.45 am). Register early as demand for places is high.

Playgroup Leader - 770370.

 

PRIMARY (4 - 11 years)

Overton Primary School, Court Drove, Overton, RG25 3ES.

Headteacher - Mrs F Wyeth - 770249

 

SECONDARY (11 - 16 years)

Testbourne Community School, Micheldever Road, Whitchurch, RG28 7JF.

Headteacher - Miss H Jackson - 892061

 

TERTIARY (POST 16) PROVISION

Basingstoke College of Technology, Basingstoke - 254141

Cricklade College, Andover - 01264 363311

Peter Symonds College, Winchester - 01962 852764

Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke - 417500

 

DAY/EVENING CLASSES

Provided by Testbourne Centre (part of Testbourne Community School) - 892261

and the Tertiary Colleges listed above.  Some day courses are available at the Overton Community Centre - contact Aldworth Science College - 473698.

 

ESTATE AGENT

Parnell, Jordy and Harvey, 5 Winchester Street - 770836

Opening times - Monday - Friday - 9.00 am - 6.00 pm; Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm; Sunday 11.00am - 2.00 pm.

 

FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

There is a fire station in Overton, situated in Station Road, but it is not permanently manned.  Contact the emergency services on 999 in the first instance.

 

GRIT BINS

There are a number of grit bins situated around the village, and these should be refilled in the autumn.  Please contact Hampshire County Council on 764444, if a bin needs to be filled.  Please contact the Clerk on 01962 774296 for any other problems.

 

HALLS

OVERTON COMMUNITY CENTRE

Situated at the junction of Winchester Street and High Street in the centre of the village and run by the Overton Community Association and houses the playgroup (pages 7/8), Library (page 11) and parish office as well as being the meeting place for a number of clubs and societies.

Bookings - Brenda Shelbourn - 770061

ST LUKE'S HALL

Situated on the east side of Winchester Street adjacent to number 47 and used for a number of activities such as Taekwondo (page 20), keep-fit (page 18)), dancing (page 25), youth group (page 26) and short mat bowls (page 17).  St Luke's is used as the polling station for election purposes.

Bookings - Peter Baker - 770007.

 

ST MARY'S HALL

Situated on the north side of High Street, St Mary's Hall is owned by the parish council and run by the St Mary's Hall Management Sub-Committee.  The Choral Society (page 24), Badminton Clubs (pages 17/25) and Basingstoke Community Church (pages 6/7) use the hall.  The Overton Dramatic Society (page 22) put on productions twice a year.

Bookings - Laura Harley - 01962 774186.

 

BRIDGE STREET PAVILION

Situated at the north end of Bridge Street (access via Church Road) and run by the Overton Recreation Centre (page 12) this is home to the Overton United Sport and Social Club; the pavilion also provides a meeting room for an exercise class (page 18), Pilates (page 18), art (page 21), drama (page 22) and a photographic club (page 24).

General Manager - Colin Parker - 771038

Bookings - Melanie Wincott - 772956 -

 

FREEFOLK AND LAVERSTOKE VILLAGE HALL

The hall (located next door to the row of thatched cottages on the B3400 in Freefolk) is available for private hire.  It is a great location for children's parties (Tiddler's parent and toddler group toys are available by separate agreement) or for regular clubs or classes to meet such as aerobics, dance classes etc. 

To book the village hall or for further information please contact Noelle Moysi on 895760 or e-mail noelle@moysi.freeserve.co.uk

 

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire - 01962 841841.

For queries about highway matters - contact the Chief Engineer's Office - 764444

 

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLOR

Anna McNair Scott, Huish House, Huish Lane, Old Basing, Basingstoke RG24 7AA

Telephone: 01256 476422 -

 

HART

HART Wildlife Rescue, 16 Dellands, Overton, RG25 3LB - 770438
HART cares for sick, injured and abandoned wildlife of all shapes and sizes. Its objective is to release the creatures back to the wild as soon as they are fit and strong enough to fend for themselves. Most of the patients are brought to HART by caring members of the public but the centre also collects from local vets and takes admissions from other animal rescue organisations like the RSPCA.
Formed in 1996 by June and Bob Gibbs, it is the only centre for wildlife in the whole of Hampshire and resources are frequently over-stretched. Planning approval has been granted for a new purpose-built hospital (in Kingsclere Road) but this will demand a huge and concentrated fundraising effort.  Funding comes entirely from HART's own fundraising activities and generous donations from the public and organisations in the area.
If you would like further information about HART, can help with fundraising, or would like to join the band of volunteers who help with cleaning and feeding the patients, please call Jackie Grey (01264) 356253. Speakers are available for talks to local groups.

 

HOSPITALS/HOSPICES

Hampshire Clinic -  Basingstoke - 357111

North Hampshire Hospitals - Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke - 473202

Royal Hampshire Hospital - Winchester - 01962 863535

St Michael's Hospice - Basil Deferranti House, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke - 844744

NHS Direct - 24 hour health and information service - 08 45 46 47 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

 

HOUSING

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council run the housing waiting list - call 845393.

The two housing associations that serve Overton are -

Kingfisher Housing Association, Chailey Court, Winchester Road, Basingstoke - 302302

New Downland Housing Association, 1 Chequers Road, Basingstoke - 840415.

 

KINGFISHER TRUST

The Kingfisher Trust is a local, independent, registered charity set up in 1984 to promote the welfare of the elderly who are resident in the Overton, Oakley, St Mary Bourne and Whitchurch areas of Hampshire.  The Trust's main responsibility is the running of the Kingfisher Day Centre which operates from Micheldever Road, Whitchurch (adjacent to Testbourne School) and provides a day care centre for frail, elderly people to enhance the quality of their lives, to enable them to continue living independently and to give respite to carers.  The day-to-day running of the centre is the responsibility of a paid manager, assisted by voluntary helpers.  The Day Centre works closely with local voluntary organisations and professional health workers. It is always looking for additional helpers.

The Trust consists of representatives of local charities, who elect an Executive committee, which implements the policy of the Trust.

Contact - Julia Cobb - 893333

 

LAND REGISTRY

Nearest office - Weymouth District Land Registry, Melcombe Court, 1 Cumberland Drive, Weymouth, DT4 9TT; telephone -  01305 363636 or www.landreg.gov.uk.

 

LAVERSTOKE AND FREEFOLK MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST

The Trust was set up to manage an area of land in Laverstoke as a village green.

Chairman - Phil Nicklin - 892698

 

LIBRARY

Overton Branch Library

Situated in the Community Centre in the centre of the village - 770903.

Open 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday and 9.30 am - 1.00 pm on Saturdays. A computer is available for use by members of the public.

Basingstoke Central Library

19/20 Westminster House, Potters Walk, Basingstoke - 473901.

 

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT

Sir George Young (Conservative), represents the constituency of North West Hampshire - 2 Church Close, Andover, SP10 1DP - 01264 401401; email sirgeorge@sirgeorgeyoung.org.uk or House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

 

MEPs

Overton is within the south east region of England and represented by 10 MEPs - D Hannon, J Elles, N Deva, R Ashworth (Conservative); P Skinner (Labour); Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, C Huhne (Liberal Democrat); Dr C Lucus (Green); N Farage, A Mote (UK Independent).

 

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION

Upper Whitehill Farm, Overton - 771717

 

NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

News and Views - parish council newsletter distributed monthly by volunteers to every house in Overton - Editor - Teresa Reynolds - 770248; email NewsandViewsRG25@aol.com - articles to the Editor by 16th of each month.

The Test - church magazine for Overton, Laverstoke and Freefolk available by subscription - Editor - Anne Holt - 770394 - anneholt3@aol.com articles to the Editor by second Friday in the month.

Andover Advertiser - 10 High Street, Andover - 01264 323326

Basingstoke Gazette - Pelton Road, Basingstoke - 461131

Basingstoke Observer - Paddington House, The Walks, Basingstoke - 694120

 

NOTICE BOARDS

The main events notice board is found on the side of the public toilet in Winchester Street, and is for local information only (all other notices will be removed).  There are also notice boards in the Co-op and the Community Centre and outside the school.  The parish council is hoping to situate two further notice boards at the surgery and opposite the Spar Shop in Sapley Lane.

 

 

NURSING AND RESIDENTIAL HOME

Arkle Lodge, Sprent's Lane - 771353

 

OVERTON COMBINED CHARITIES

This charity is local to Overton and Laverstoke and can offer help to individuals, families and organisations in cases of specific need.

Contact Val Bodle - 771636, Colin Inman - 770481, Maurice Perrin - 892170 or Pamela Myers - 770212 in confidence.

 

OVERTON MEMORIAL INSTITUTE (THE 'STUTE)

Local social club situated at the corner of Station Road and London Road.  Overton residents who wish to use the club need to be members (very reasonable fees).  The club has a full entertainments programme, which includes bingo sessions on Tuesday afternoons between 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm and Thursday and Sunday evenings from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm.  The club is open Monday - Saturday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm and 7.00 - 11.00 pm and Sunday 12.00 noon to 11.00 pm.  There is wheelchair access into the building.  No dogs allowed except for guide dogs.

For further information contact - 770265.

 

OVERTONPICTURES.COM

In April 2007 Overtonpictures.com was launched with 1,000 pictures of Overton from the late the 1800s through to the present day. They show the development of the village, the lives of the people, industry, sports, schools, natural history, carnivals, sheep fairs and much more. Together they show what a special place Overton is : a thriving community set in beautiful countryside. Overtonpictures.com is a charity and is part of the ORC. You can view the pictures, download them for non-business use free of charge and print them if you wish. But remember, we need your photos to give as complete a picture as possible of village life through the ages, up to the present day and on into the future. We can copy from negatives, slides and photographs. Old, torn and stained photos can often be repaired digitally. We can also download from digital cameras, CDs, and e-mails. All photos, negatives etc are returned after copying. If you haven't seen us yet log on to www.overtonpictures.com and be amazed. For further information contact Tony Morris on 01256 770779 or .

 

OVERTON RECREATION CENTRE

Membership of the ORC is open to everyone in Overton whether he or she is a sports player or not. It was established in 1966 to meet the sport and recreation needs of the village and is run by its Trustees and a voluntary management committee. There is a pavilion, tennis courts and playing field in Bridge Street with facilities for the tennis club, Harriers, football & cricket clubs. The pavilion is home to an exercise class, Pilates, drama, Tae kwon do, art and photographic clubs and a social club. The scouts and guides meet at Town Meadow, also home to a 9-hole golf course. Additional tennis courts with floodlights, a bowling club and a further playing field are available at Laverstoke. Football is also played at Berrydown (the original home of Overton United), which is being developed further to allow the return of rugby to the village. Most of the clubs have their own descriptions elsewhere in the handbook.

As well as helping to preserve the open spaces of Overton, membership entitles you to automatic entry in to our prize draw with over £1500 cash to be won each month. It is well worth a newcomer to the village joining.

General Manager - Colin Parker - 771038 - admin@overtonrc.org.uk

Website: www.overtonrc.org.uk

 

PHOTOCOPYING

Photocopying services are available at Crucible Ltd, High Street; Parnell Jordy and Harvey, Winchester Street; One Stop, High Street; The Library, Community Centre; The Spar, Sapley Lane.

 

PLANNING

Overton Parish Council holds copies of all plans within the parish of Overton.  If you wish to see a specific plan contact the Clerk on 01962 774186.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is the local planning authority.  For advice on planning matters contact - 845474; website www.basingstoke.gov.uk.  For Planning Enforcement contact - 845211

 

PLAY AREAS

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council manage play areas at Oak Tree Park (between Kerchers Field and Harveys Field), Two Gate Meadow, Poultons Close and Foxdown - contact - 845474.

Overton Parish Council is responsible for the play equipment in Edward Kersley Playing Field (adjacent to Red Lion Lane) and the skateboard park at Sapley Lane Playing Field - contact the Clerk - 01962 774296.

 

POLICE

The Overton village policeman  is PC Rich Baldwin who is based at Whitchurch Police Station, Dance's Lane, Whitchurch - open every day from 9.00 am - 10.00 am and 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm - 405314.

Basingstoke Police Station - 473111

Control Room - 0845 045 45 45.

In an emergency call 999.

 

PORTALS SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB

Run by a charity and situated in Laverstoke Lane, Laverstoke.  Bar, pool tables and skittle alley.  Use of club on payment of a small membership fee.  Club available for hire - 892316.

 

POST OFFICE LTD

Situated in the Co-op, Winchester Street, Overton - 770218

Open - Monday - Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm; Saturday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm.

Road fund licences are now available from Overton Post Office.

The last post collection from the post box in the centre of the village is at 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, 12.000 noon on Saturday and 11.00 am on Sundays and bank holidays.  Other post boxes are situated at Southington, Court Drove, the station, Sapley Lane/Greyhound Lane corner, Ashe, by the Mill in Laverstoke and Florence Portal Close, Laverstoke.

 

REGISTER OF BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES

The Goldings, London Road, Basingstoke - 322188.

 

RELATE MARRIAGE GUIDANCE

Chute House, Church Street, Basingstoke - 324364

 

 

RIGHTS OF WAY

Rights of way are the responsibility of Hampshire County Council - 846045.

Overton Parish Council has produced a Footpath Booklet, which is available from the Overton Fireplace shop in the High Street for £1.50.

 

RIVER TEST

The River Test is one of the foremost trout chalk streams in England. No public fishing is allowed.  Public access to the river is restricted to the bridges at Southington Lane, Bridge Street, Kingsclere Road, Station Road and Straight Lane, along footpath 5 between Station Road and Kingsclere Road and at The Lynch. 

Contact - Environment Agency - general enquiry line - 0845 933 311 or emergency hotline - 0800 80 70 60.

FLOODING - for 24 hour flood warnings, free flooding information and advice call the Environment Agency - 0845 988 1188

SSSI - the River Test and its banks are part of the River Test Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). To see a map, contact the Clerk on 01962 774296.

DUCKS­ - please do not encourage ducks onto the road by feeding them on the pavement.

 

SAMARITANS

Local branch - 5 Essex Road, Basingstoke - 462333; national number - 0845 7909090

 

SOLICITORS

Barker, Son and Isherwood, 25 High Street, Overton - 770211.

Open Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00pm - 4.15 pm.

Website - www.bsandi.co.uk.

 

STREET LIGHTING

If you notice a faulty street light ring freephone 0800 506060 stating that the lamp is in Overton with the street name and lamp number.

 

TELEPHONE BOXES

Public telephone boxes can be found in the centre of the village by the Community Centre.  There are also telephone boxes at Ashe crossroads, the station, Hill Meadow, Charledown Road and Southington.

 

TODDLER GROUPS

Tiddlers Parent and Toddler Group - for babies and pre-school children.  Meets every Wednesday morning (including during the school holidays) from 9.30 am - 11.30 am in Freefolk and Laverstoke Village Hall (situated in Church Lane, Freefolk).  Each session costs 80p for the parent and first child and 20p for each subsequent child.

Contact - Noelle Moysi - 895760.

 

For other Toddler Groups - please see under Mothers' Union (page 22), Methodist Church (page 6), Seekers (page 25) and NCT (page 22).

 

TOILETS

Public toilets can be found in the Community Centre forecourt in Winchester Street.  They are open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm when they are automatically locked.  Disabled people can access them at any time using a RADAR key.

 

TOURIST INFORMATION

The Basingstoke Tourist Information has an office within the Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke - 817618.

 

TRAINS

(Southwest Trains/Network Rail)

Overton Station is on the Waterloo to Salisbury and Exeter route and is manned between 5.50 am and 10.15 am on weekdays.  There are regular services, and timetables are updated in News and Views.  Parking at the station is limited with even the overflow car park oversubscribed on weekdays.  Trains on the Southampton - Basingstoke line from Micheldever Station, 4 miles south of Overton via C29.

Full details of local services are displayed in the Public Transport notice board on the Kingsclere Road wall of the Overton Fireplace shop.  For further information, call - 08457 48 49 50 or contact Brian Langer, Passenger Transport Representative - 770848.

 

VALUATION OFFICE

Loddon House, Basing View - Basingstoke - 726100

 

VET

Mildmay Veterinary Centre, 13 Winchester Street, Overton - 771998.

Open - Monday to Friday - 9.00 am - 1.00 pm and 2.00pm - 5.00 pm; Saturday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Emergencies - 01962 854088.

 

VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT

Overton was the first village in the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council area to have a Village Design Statement and have it accepted as Supplementary Planning Guidance. Please contact the Clerk on 01962 774296 for a copy.

 

VILLAGE MAP

The Village Map has recently been updated and can be found in the back of this book.  Larger copies are available from the Overton Fireplace shop.

 

VILLAGE DIARY

A diary of all events within the village is kept at Overton Library.  Please remember to notify the library of your event to keep everybody informed and avoid clashes.

Contact - 770903.

 

WASTE DISPOSAL

For abandoned vehicles, refuse collection and dumping of rubbish, please contact Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council - 845474.

Bulky items will be collected for a fee of £10 (payable by debit or credit card) by the borough council - 845474.

Bottle banks are only available at the Memorial Institute in London Road, where parking can be difficult. Bottle banks can also be found at Laverstoke by the Portals Sports and Social Club and in the car park by the Silk Mill in Whitchurch. Bottle Banks will be sited at the new car park on Overton Hill.

Textile, shoe, can, book and aluminium banks can be found in the St Luke's Hall car park in Winchester Street.

Household and garden rubbish can be taken to the Household Recycling Centre at Wade Road, Basingstoke - open 7 days per week except 24 and 25 December and 1 January each year. Opening times from 1 April - 30 September - 8.00 am - 7.00 pm; from 1 October to 31 March - 8.00 am - 4.30 pm.

Contact - 461750.

 

WATER/SEWERAGE

Overton is in the Southern Water region - account enquiries - 0845 272 0845; technical enquiries and 24 hour emergency service - 0845 278 0845; to report a mains leak - 0800 820 999.

 

Sport and Recreation

Many of the clubs are affiliated to the Overton Recreation Centre (see page 12)

 

ARCHERY

Overton Black Arrows meet on Wednesday evenings at Testbourne Community School.  During the winter months practice is inside from 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm; in the summer the archery takes place in the school grounds between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm.

Contact - Peter Turner - 893638.

 

BADMINTON

St Mary's Hall Badminton - meets every Thursday in St Mary's Hall from 8.00 pm.

Contact - Teresa Reynolds - 770248.

 

BINGO

Club 2000 - Basingstoke Leisure Park - 479200

 

Memorial Institute - see entry on page 12

 

BOWLING

OVERTON SHORT MAT BOWLS

Overton Short Mat Bowls welcomes new members and a qualified coach is available to teach newcomers. Club evenings are held in St Luke's Hall on Mondays and Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm and a club afternoon is held on Wednesday from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.  The club is a member of the Basingstoke League and matches are played on Fridays.  Friendly matches with other local clubs are arranged at weekends throughout the season.

Contact - Neil Thomas - 770490.

 

LAVERSTOKE BOWLING CLUB

A friendly club that operates all year round. Play is outside every day from April to September and inside for the remainder of the year on Monday nights. There are league matches during spring and summer with friendlies at weekends. We have our own social club on the premises. We are keen to attract new members and beginners welcome. We have registered trainers who will train for free. Membership £30 first year, thereafter £40. Minimum age 12 years.

Contact - Eddie Robinson - 770638

 

BOWLPLEX - 10 PIN BOWLING

West Ham Leisure Park, Basingstoke - 811405

 

CINEMA

Vue, Festival Place, Basingstoke - 0870 2408984 - www.vue.com

Vue, Leisure Park, Basingstoke - 818787 - www.vue.com

The Screen at Winchester, Southgate Street, Winchester - 01962 877007

 

CRICKET

Competitive and friendly club that enjoys the excellent facilities of the Bridge Street Ground.  League cricket is played on Saturdays and Wednesdays and friendlies on Sunday. The club also has a good social scene.  There is an annual membership of £35 per season and a weekly subscription of £4.

Contact Andy Wake - 771042 - wakeywake@yahoo.co.uk or Nick Parnell Smith - 773167 - oldgreyt@hotmail.com

 

DANCE

Fiesta Dance School offers classes in Latin American (including Salsa, Merengue and Mambo), Jive, Tango, Modern Freestyle/Disco, Street and Jazz for all ages and abilities.  Children and adult classes and private lessons are held in Basingstoke, Overton, Whitchurch, Longparish, Burgh Clere, Petersfield and Alton.  For more information please call Peni on 01256-896833.

EXERCISE

PILATES

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  Good for back problems, sports injuries, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, women's health problems, RIS and ME.  New Church Rooms - Monday and Thursday at 9.15 am and 10.30 am.  Freefolk Village Hall - Wednesday at 7.30 pm.

Contact Sarah Karsten (physiotherapist) - 895242.

 

PILATES

Run by a qualified physiotherapist & Pilates instructor. Core stability exercises to improve posture, strength & muscle control. Wed 1.30 - 2.30 pm, 6 - 7 pm or 7 - 8 pm at Bridge Street Pavilion. 6 weeks of classes: £30.

Contact - Cath Wheeler - 770726

 

EXERCISE TO MUSIC

Exercise to music - held on Friday between 9.15 and 10.15 in St Mary's Hall and on Mondays from 7.30 - 8.30 in the New Church Rooms.

Contact Jill Hills 476444

 

EXERCISE TO MUSIC

Body Conditioning classes are held between 9.15 am - 10.15 am on Wednesday mornings and Hi/Lo Aerobics and Toning classes at 9.15 am - 10.15 am on Friday mornings - both in St Luke's Hall.  An aerobics and circuits class is also run in the New Church Rooms on Monday evenings and St Luke's Hall on Wednesday evenings (both from 7.30 pm - 8.30pm).  A crèche is available on Fridays only, but space is limited, please contact Noelle Moysi on 895760 for availability before attending the class.  ALL LEVELS WELCOME.  £4.00 per session or £38.00 for 10 weeks.

Contact Caroline Mills - 397742.

 

OVERTON EXERCISE CLUB

A friendly group that meets weekly all year round doing a mixture of yoga and stretching exercises aimed at the mature woman.  The club is held on Thursday evenings at the Bridge Street Pavilion from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm and routines vary week to week.  Pay as you go - £3.00 per session.

Contact - Jean Scrivener - 770896

 

FOOTBALL

Overton United Football Club

A progressive club for players of all abilities from age 16+. There are three teams, Hampshire Division 1, Combination Division 2 and Saturday Division 2. Training is held between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at either Batts Meadow in Laverstoke or Berrydown pitches in Overton and matches are on Saturdays. There is no annual fee, but a weekly match fee is payable.

Contact - Anita Wheeler - 771241.

 

Old Brewery Football Club

A Sunday club that plays at Berrydown and adjourns to the Old House at Home pub. As part of the Basingstoke Sunday Football League the team is competitive but takes its relaxation seriously. All welcome (over 16 years), no training. £15 annual subsciption plus £4 a match.

Dave Pyle - 0783 3122000

 

GOLF

OVERTON GOLF CLUB

Overton Golf Club, a section of the Overton Recreation Centre, is located at Town Meadow where a nine - hole course is available.  Play commences each day from 7.00 am and must be completed by 6.00pm from Monday to Thursday.  Both social and competitive golf is played with monthly medals being run throughout the year and friendly matches organised with other clubs.  Men, Ladies, Seniors and Juniors are all welcome with priority for new members being given to Overton residents.

Membership Secretary - Gordon Prankett - 770673.

 

TEST VALLEY GOLF CLUB

18 hole golf course situated on the C29 towards the A303, three miles south of Overton.

Office and reception - 771737.

 

HARRIERS

Having developed from its traditional Harrier roots this club now caters for runners of all standards. A well-structured programme of training & competition, dedicated to helping members improve fitness. The club has many social activities, from simple after training suppers to well organised overseas visits.

Geoff Cloke  - 892281 - geoff@staddles.fsnet.co.uk

Website: www.overton-harriers.freeserve.co.uk

 

ICE RINK

Planet Ice - Leisure Park, Basingstoke - 355266

 

PRIVATE HEALTH CLUBS

Aspects of Fitness -  Scrapps Hill Farm, Worting Road, Basingstoke - 336677

Beechdown -  Winchester Road, Basingstoke - 362222

 

RAMBLERS

For guided walks around the village contact - John Smith - 770301.

 

RUGBY

With the aim of promoting the game of rugby to all ages and abilities this is a family club. Training takes place at 7.00 pm on Tuesday evenings at Laverstoke Park with matches on Saturdays. The club currently has two adult sides together with a veterans' team of over 35s playing monthly. No experience is necessary as the club can teach people to play. Membership varies with type. Two weeks free training to try the sport out!

Mini's (5 years +) train at 10.00 am on Sundays mornings at Laverstoke Park.

Paul Cavanagh - 350657 - p.cavanagh@mma-insurance.com

Website: www.overtonrugbyclub.com

 

SWIMMING POOLS/LEISURE CENTRES

Lordsfield Swimming Club - Overton - contact Charlie Thorn - 770760

Basingstoke Aquadrome - Leisure Park, Basingstoke - 472343

Basingstoke Sports Centre - Festival Place, Basingstoke - 326331

Andover Sports Centre - 01264 324144

River Park Sports Centre - Winchester - 01962 848700

 

TAEKWONDO

Overton and Basingstoke Tae Kwon Do Club was founded in 1997.  From very modest beginnings we have grown to over 100 students of varying ages and grades.  Tae Kwon Do is a Korean Martial Art best known for its fast flowing kicking.  It is suitable for all ages and will improve fitness, flexibility and self-confidence.  It is also an excellent form of self defence.  For those who are interested in competition, Tae Kwon Do provides many opportunities and the club has successful competitors from local level to national class.  Our classes cater for both children and adults.  The club has a friendly atmosphere and beginners are always welcome.   The club trains in Overton on Tuesdays and Sundays.  For more details on training times please contact the club instructor, Gerry Reilly, on 895701 or via email on gerry@obtkd.org.uk or visit our website www.obtkd.org.uk.

 

TENNIS

OVERTON TENNIS CLUB

A friendly club that welcomes all prospective members. We play on two courts at Bridge Street and a further two floodlit courts at Laverstoke. Annual membership is £35, and there are special rates for juniors and families. There are regular club nights on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The club is particularly keen to recruit new female members.

Contact - Joy MacGregor - 770391 or Bob Pallister - 770643

Tennis coach - Simon Grassi available for lessons - 463673

 

Totally Tennis - The Pavilion, War Memorial Park, Basingstoke - 358816

Manydown Tennis Centre - Upper Farm, Wootton St Lawrence - 780212

Clubs and Societies

 

ART

This is an opportunity for a group of painters to get together every Tuesday from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm at the Bridge Street Pavilion to paint together and share ideas. Models and demonstrations are included in the £25 annual fee. Outings and a weekend abroad are extra. An annual exhibition of work is held over the August bank holiday weekend. The group is limited to 50 people and there is currently a small waiting list.

 

ART CLASS

With Stuart Campbell-Smith at Overton Recreation Centre, Bridge Street Pavillion. Ten week courses running parallel with school terms and held on Thursdays between 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm. Cost £45 (£38 for over 60s). Everyone welcome from total beginners to accomplished Picassos.

Contact Stuart on 01256 322200, email stucampbell-smith@lineone.net for enquiries.

 

BRIDGE

Come and play bridge at 7.00 pm on Monday evenings at Testbourne Community School in Whitchurch.

Contact - Pam Taylor - 770049

 

CAMPANOLOGY

St Mary's, Overton, Bellringers

The bellringers ring for service at the parish church every Sunday and practice every Friday from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. This is tower bell rather than tune ringing on handbells. Ringing is for people of all ages from about 11 years to about 90, does not involve very much physical strength and most people master the basic skills in about six weeks, although you can go on learning for the rest of your life after that! New members are always welcome, as is anyone who wants to see what is involved without any further obligation. Either come up into the tower any Friday evening (the door is at the back of the church next to the way through to the New Church Rooms), or contact Adrian Lewis on 770980.

 

DARBY AND JOAN

For anyone over 60, this is the opportunity to enjoy a companionable game of cards, try your luck at bingo, or just enjoy a good old chat.  There is always a raffle or a bring and buy and a delicious tea.  The club meets at the Community Centre on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm.

Chairman (and contact) Mrs Jackie Crosbie, Northington Farm, Overton Tel: 01256 770258.

Vice-Chairman Mrs Inge Hunter, Dellands House,Dellands Lane, Overton, Tel: 01256 770078.

 

DRAMA

The Overton Dramatic Society has in excess of 70 members and produces two shows each year in the spring and winter.  These include pantomime, plays and musicals with all aspects of the productions being carried out by the society members.  Rehearsals take place at the ORC on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with performances in St Mary's Hall. 

If you are interested in drama, music, the technical / artistic elements of stage craft or just want to joint a vibrant social group view our web site www.ods-online.co.uk.

Chairman - Jim Wheatley - 771073, Vice chairman - Freda Robinson - 770004 or Secretary - Maggs Steward - 771457. To hire costumes or lighting equipment - contact Jim Wheatley (Chairman) 771073.

 

GARDENING

The Overton Gardening Society meets in the Community Centre on the second Thursday of every month except January.  The programme of events is varied and has, in the past includes outings to Gardeners' World, Birmingham, Losely Garden Fair and the national collection of Pentestemon.  You will be made very welcome, so please come and join us.

For more information contact - Greta Dixon (chaiman) - 771033 or Marion Lambert (secretary) - 771866.

 

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND

Contact Christine Lynn - 893072.

 

HISTORY

The Overton History Society meets at 8.00 pm in the Community Centre on the first Thursday of the month, (most months of the year) when a speaker will give a presentation on a topic with a historical leaning, with local interest if possible.  Each June there is a mystery coach outing prior to the summer break.  New members are always welcome.

For more information contact - Tom Cook - 771419.

 

MOTHERS' UNION

The Mothers' Union runs Friday Friends for mothers and toddlers on Friday mornings in the New Church Rooms between 10.00 and 11.30 am.

Contact - Pauline Wooster (secretary) - 772083.

The Mothers' Union also runs parenting classes - please contact Ruth Williams on 770717 for further details.

 

NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST

The National Childbirth Trust wants all parents to have an experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood that enriches their lives and gives them confidence in being a parent. One way of achieving this is by talking to others in the same situation. So... 'Bumps and Babes' are welcome at open house coffee mornings held fortnightly within the village on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.00.

Contact - Annette Butler - 773350.

 

OVERTON ACTION GROUP (not to be confused with ACTION)

Peter Baker - 770007

 

OVERTON BEER FESTIVAL

The Overton Beer Festival is held in St Luke's Hall on the last weekend of October.

 

OVERTON BIODIVERSITY GROUP

We are a friendly and enthusiastic group of local people, of all ages, who are interested in learning about the plants and animals around the village.  We are trying to raise awareness of local wildlife and to suggest ways in which it can be protected.  Hampshire Wildlife Trust, Basingstoke and Deane Borough council and Overton Parish council are all supporting our plan to produce a 'Biodiversity Action Plan' for the parish.   Various wildlife events such as hedgerow surveys, guided farm walks, moth trapping evenings, old fashioned nature walks for families and visits to local wildlife reserves are planned or underway.  We aim to have fun and learn from each other and outside experts.  No previous experience is required or expected.  If you care about the environment, but struggle to identify a robin, you'll fit in equally as well as the seasoned twitchers!  If you would like to know more, please come along to out regular evening meetings.  Everyone is welcome!

For further details please contact Ken MacKenzie 771121 (Chair).

 

OVERTON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

A group for all businesses in Overton.

David Thomas - 770397.

 

OVERTON SOCIETY

The Overton Society holds open meetings several times a year on subjects of local interest. The Annual General Meeting is held on the last Wednesday in November.

Its aims are - to foster an awareness of Overton heritage - built, natural & cultural; to promote the village as a community; to consider the impact of developments and change and to provide a focus to celebrate the things we value in Overton

Chairman - Adrian Lewis - 01256 770980 or Secretary - Sue Carter - 01256 770681

 

OVERTON UNITED FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS CLUB

Independent social club with strong links to OUFC but used by other clubs too. Good value bar prices. Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings during football season, Thursday and Friday evenings at other times. Other ORC clubs are encouraged to use the facilities at other times by arrangement. Due to licensing laws, all users need to be members of the Social Club. Venue: upstairs at the Bridge Street Pavilion.

Phil Wheeler - 771241

 

OVERTON WINE CLUB

Overton Wine Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month (except August & December) at 8pm in the Bush Room at the Overton Memorial Institute.  Members have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of wines from all over the world.

For more details contact club secretary Tony Morris on 01256 770779.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Overton Photographic Society

A keen group interested in developing photographic ideas. Interested beginners welcome. The club has visiting speakers and competitions between members & with other local clubs. Not limited to conventional photography; digital photographers welcome. Friday 7.45 - 9.45 mid September to end May. Annual subscription: £33 plus 50 pence per meeting. Held at Bridge Street Pavilion. Contact - Sue Teagle - 770198

 

SHEEP FAIR

The next Overton Sheepfair will be held in 2008.

 

SINGING

OVERTON CHORAL SOCIETY

This year's programme includes concerts in Overton at Christmas and early spring, and a concert in Winchester Cathedral in May 2004 when we will be singing Rossini's Stabat Mater and Haydn's Nelson Mass. We also hope to be taking part in the Overton Sheep Fair in 2004 when our German twin choir from Euskirchen have been invited to join us.

New singers are always very welcome.  We are a small, friendly choir numbering 30 - 40 regular members, so if you would like join us, come along to any of our rehearsals in St Mary's Hall in Overton (in the main High Street by the bus stops) every Monday evening at 7:45pm.

Contact - Secretary - Diana Churchill - 896671 or Publicity - Gill Corbett  - 770384

 

TOWN TWINNING

The Testbourne Twinning Association is made up of all the villages within the Testbourne Community School catchment area and is twinned with Neuvic-Sur-L'Isle in the Dordogne in France.  There is a full social programme throughout the year, with either a visit to France or a visit from the French every year.  At Easter 2004, people from Neuvic will be visiting the area.

Contact - Peggy Carter - 760590 or Maggie Atkins - 770369.

 

U3A

Full meetings of the Overton & District U3A meet at 10:00am on the 3rd Wednesday of the month (unless otherwise announced well in advance) at St Mary's Hall, High Street, Overton

Contact - Diana Goodwin - 771855.

 

WOMEN'S INSTITUTE

Overton WI meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre.  Visitors and new members are welcome at any meeting except the 'members only' December meeting when we have our Christmas party.  Our aim is friendship with fun with an educational touch provided by speakers on a wide variety of subjects.

Contact - President - Mrs Pat Hutchings - 770402.

 

Youth

 

CHURCH YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Run by St Mary's Church, Overton

Creche - during 11.00am Sunday services for children up to 3½ years

Seekers - meets on Tuesday at 2.15 pm in the church followed by refreshments and play in the Church Rooms until 3.15 pm

Friday Friends - from 10.00 am to 11.30 am in the Church Rooms, term time only

Scramblers, Climbers and Explorers - Sunday mornings from 11.00 am for children aged from 31/2 to 11 years

The Club - Fridays from 7.00 pm to 8.45 pm.  Social activities with a Christian message, for children 7 to 11 years.

SMART - Sunday evenings from 7.15 pm to 9.00 pm.  Social activities in the Church Rooms for 11 to 15 year olds.

 

CRICKET

Sessions held throughout the year at the Bridge Street Ground, Testbourne School and Dummer Cricket Centre

Contact Pete Tomlin - 01256 770154.

 

DANCING

Dance lessons for children are held in St Luke's Hall, Winchester Street from 4.00 pm on Fridays.  Contact - Debbie Palmer, Lynden School of Dancing - 01635 297537.

 

FOOTBALL

Overton Boys Football Club

A standard charter club with trained coaches, welcomes boys and girls from 6 to 17 years. The season runs from August to April, 4 to 6 teams depending on numbers. Annual membership of £8 plus fee of £1.50 per game for under 10s and £2.00 for over 10s.

Karen Watts - 771360

 

GUIDES BROWNIES AND RAINBOWS

Rainbows - meet at Town Meadow on Thursday from 4.45 to 5.45 pm.

Contact Heather Paice - 770828.

Brownies

1st Overton meet at Town Meadow on Thursday from 6.00 - 7.30 pm.

Contact - June Davis - 771139.

2nd Overton meet at Town Meadow on Tuesday from 5.30 - 7.00pm.

Contact - Michelle Le'Warne - 770454.

Guides - 1st Overton meet at Town Meadow on Tuesday from 7.15 - 8.45pm.

Contact - Karen Elliott - 771116; District Guider - Marion Watson - 770518.

OVERTON YOUTH (WITH LAVERSTOKE AND FREEFOLK)

Overton Youth club, for 11 to 17 year olds, boys and girls. Run by 2 paid staff, who are trained and partly qualified youth workers. Held at St Luke's Hall on Tuesdays between 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm during term time. Small entry fee.

Contact - Lucy Sloane Williams (chair) - 770607.

 

SCOUTS, CUBS AND BEAVERS

Scouts - meet at Town Meadow on Wednesday from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm.

Contact - Stuart Williams - 770717

Cubs - meet at Town Meadow on Monday from 6.30 pm - 8.00 pm.

Contact - Mandy Attwell - 770472.

Beavers - meet at Town Meadow on Wednesday from 5.45 pm - 6.45 pm.

Contact Carole Woodcock - 770434.

Group Scout Leader - Carole Woodcock - 770434.

 

SKATEBOARDING

A skateboard park is now available at Sapley Lane Playing Field for the use of skateboards, bikes and skates.

 

For Golf, Harriers, Rugby and Swimming see under Sports and Leisure,