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The next chapter

For the last 10 years the Village Magazine has paid for the Chawton.Info Village web-site which has been managed and run for the benefit of the Village.

The magazine contributes to good causes in both Chawton and Farringdon, including paying in full for the local web-sites, and tries to be even-handed. However the contribution to Chawton.Info is by far the largest annual grant; this can be justified on the grounds that advertisers get a benefit from appearing on the site and it provides value to the local community.

The aim of has always been to provide a free to use central information resource for the Village for residents and visitors alike by providing both present day and historical information. Only commercial entities pay via their advertising to the magazine.

The software behind the web site is now no longer maintained, therefore it needs upgrading to improve functionality and security; however the Magazine cannot afford to increase its contribution, although it is happy to continue the funding at the current level.

The new Chawton Parish Council (CPC) expressed a desire to develop their own site exclusively for CPC activities which will incur start up and on-going costs, and which the magazine could not support financially as advertisements would not be allowed.


1932 Video Clip

An old Austin Motor Co. promotional video that features a drive through Chawton Village has come to light on YouTube. To see the whole video, Click Here. Alternately, skip to 7:41 through to 8:09 where the view switches to the rear view mirror, this shows Chawton on the main Winchester road from Alton towards the Museum. This was taken before the A31 was built and the road priority was changed to Wolfe's Lane.

You can see the old post office, Alphonsus House (3 storey house) on the right, Denmead (thatched cottage), the Village Hall, the pub.

Thanks to Graham Rankin for finding this one.


Bonfire and Fireworks Evening 2016

There will be NO BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS evening this year as the team are taking a well earned break.

It is hoped that the BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS will resume next year.

We thank you for all your support over the past years.


What a difference a year makes

Following the recent Parish Council meetings and the vote of no confidence against the entire council, cclr McLaren would like to remind the community of what he's achieved in just 12 months with the Parish Council

  1. Established and developed contact with Alton Ramblers to seek ways for the Association to fund improving the footpaths within the Chawton Parish.
    Result: Alton Ramblers cleared footpath on right side of Ferney Close and now maintain it free of charge. "Betty" elderly resident living alongside said footpath no longer has to pay for its up keep.
    Alton Ramblers repair and replace damaged footpath signs following reports generated by myself.

  2. Established and developed contact with Countryside Rangers of the Hampshire County Council to repair and replace the stiles on footpath left side of Ferney Close. A kissing gate requested. Also to repair and replace a substandard stile from farmland onto the Selbourne Road.
    Result: HCC unable to assist because of their criteria at Ferney Close. Landowner replaced two stiles at his own cost which were far more user friendly to the footpath users.
    HCC replaced dangerous stile and made the new one dog friendly.

Have your say on Hampshire Library Services

The library service is consulting for views on their proposals for a new library service, their press release is as follows:

The Library Service are offering you the opportunity to comment on the new draft strategy to 2020.  The consultation period is running until the 16th January 2016.  Please distribute this to your networks.

Have your say on the Draft Strategy for the future of Hampshire Library Service

This week, Hampshire County Council has published a Draft Strategy for the Library Service to 2020 which reflects the changing needs of the community.  Many people access library services very differently now compared with how they used them years ago and the County Council is seeking a clear focus for the future of the Service.  The County Council also expects that it will need to save money in the future but that is not the only reason for change.

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