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Bridge Installed

After many months in the planning, we are happy to announce that the replacement bridge over the stream on the recreational ground has now been fitted and the ground works completed, bar a little grass seed.

The Parish Council started this project back in spring 2013 when the previous sleeper based bridge broke away and floated off - thus preventing access to the Cricketers, walkers and school children who all regularly use the access.

We've had to overcome many hurdles, such as tree stumps in the line of the path; queries over potential impacts on flooding; obtaining approval from the Environment Agency to replace the bridge; locating a suitable bridge supplier and the flood waters which came up in the winter of 2013 and only subsided in June 2014, thereby preventing the preparatory ground works.

We are therefore happy to reinstate the previous access. The new bridge includes some enhancements such as providing disabled and pushchair access to the pavilion, its got sides and handrails to improve safety when people cross and its fixed down to some large concrete bases to prevent it moving in any future winter weather.

We would like to thanks the following companies for their help in the completion of this project

We hope you like the end result and would like to hear your feedback.


Village Development Consultation

We have received the following press release from EHDC and we urge you to go along to this event.


Last development consultation takes in seven villages

Residents of seven East Hampshire villages will have the chance to say where they think new homes should be built in the last of a series of consultation events run by East Hampshire District Council.

The exhibition is being held for residents of Headley, Grayshott, Lindford, Kingsley, Binsted, Chawton and Shalden.

It will take place at Headley Village Hall, on 5 August, from 3.30-7pm. Residents will be able to see the location of sites that may come forward for future development in their villages and have their say on where the new houses should go and what community facilities might be needed.

Planners will be on hand to take comments and guide residents through the process. The council’s updated Joint Core Strategy, drawn up in partnership with the South Downs National Park, proposes a target of 10,060 new homes across East Hampshire by 2028.

Cllr Angela Glass, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “It is our aim to get the right homes in the right places and to do that we need to know about local needs and concerns. We hope local people will also come out in force to share their views.

“The council must identify enough sites to meet the demand for new homes. Most of these homes will be for people already living and working in the community. Therefore, it is vital we use events such as these to put together a housing plan for the future. “I’m sure the people of these villages are keen to see the plans for their areas and to have their say. Community input is invaluable to help shape future development.”

For more information about the East Hampshire Joint Core Strategy (JCS) visit:

For more information on the event go to:

CONTACT: Will Parsons, EHDC Communications Officer, 01730 234030 Facebook Twitter: @EastHantsDC

The plan being referenced is called the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). The map for the Chawton / Alton area can be found here and the Four Marks/ Chawton End map can be found here

There is talk that one outcome from this may result in a hotel within the Chawton area.


Chawton Cricket Club - Players Wanted

If you are interested in joining a friendly local cricket club with a long history or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the clubs secretary or visit our website

Chawton Cricket Club plays a variety of competitive and friendly matches including 20/20s on their picturesque ground in the heart of the village.

Chawton Cricket Club is looking for players of all ages and abilities to join their friendly family orientated cricket club.


South Alton Planning Application

The large planning application for South Alton is now in consultation with East Hampshire District Council, this application will cause significant development of around 600 houses around South Alton.

The reference number is 30021/056 and can be commented on at EHDC's site with this link up to and including the 12th of June.

There are significant highways and access changes in addition to the housing. Please take a look and comment on this application.

The application states :

30021/056 | HYBRID APPLICATION: Development, following demolition of existing buildings to include:



AGM Meeting

The Chawton Parish AGM will be held in the Jane Austen Learning Centre at the back of the house on May 7th at 7:30pm.

Come along and have your say on the Parish Plan - which is available here

Please note that the date published in the village magazine is incorrect.



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  • Estate Rambles - Chawton House Library
    May 07, 2017 (08:30 - 10:00)

    Explore the Chawton House Library estate in the company of our Garden Manager, Andrew Bentley. Find out more about the fascinating history of the grounds, including the ‘wilderness’, the ‘ha-ha’ and the additions made by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward...

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    Chawton WI's AGM and social evening is being held at Chawton Village Hall.

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    May 18, 2017 (18:30 - 20:30)

    Join us at Chawton House Library for an evening talk by Professor Betty Schallenberg.

    It has often been assumed that manuscript-circulating coterie groups disappeared under the tidal wave of print materials that flooded eighteenth-century Britain. In...

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    May 21, 2017 (14:00 - 15:00)

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