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Bishop’s Waltham Rail Trail
For many years there has been a project to open up a bridleway from Bishop’s Waltham to Botley using the trackway of the old railway as far as possible. It is now feasible to plan in detail the 2km as far as the Parish Boundary with Curdridge at Park Lug.
A volunteer is required to join a working group on this section with the prospect of taking on the project management reporting to the Parish Council. The main tasks for the working group are concluding negotiations with landowners, securing the dedication agreements, obtaining cost estimates, and preparing invitations to tender. Other volunteers with relevant knowledge and expertise in the project will support the working group and all legal and financial issues will be covered by the Parish Council or other local authorities.
Please contact the Parish Council Executive Officer, Lindsay Edge (892323) if you are interested in joining this project so that further information can be given.
Solar Together Hampshire
Solar Together Hampshire is a new scheme offering high-quality solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage. The scheme brings Hampshire homeowner, and small-to-medium sized enterprises, together to get solar panels at a competitive price. Hampshire County Council is working with independent and trusted experts, iChoosr, to help make the switch to clean energy as cost effective and easy as possible, helping you through the process and keeping you informed at every stage.
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WHAT NEXT FOR THE MEON VALLEY FOOD BANK?
Granted charitable status but now in need of a new home
When the Meon Valley Food Bank was first set up in early 2015 no one could have foreseen the growth in demand for the service provided by food banks. Certainly, the arrival of coronavirus was not in anyone’s mind.
Over the years we have continued to operate to the highest professional standards but have felt for some time that it would be reassuring to all our referral agencies and donors if we could formalise our position by obtaining charitable status. We are delighted that on the 15th July the Charity Commission granted this.
We are in a strong position to continue to support individuals and families in need. Throughout these unprecedented times our local communities have provided us with donations of food and gifts of money that have more than kept pace with the significant increase in demand for our service.
We have come a long way since 2015 and have been fortunate to have the support of Bishops Waltham Youth Club whose premises we use. But we are now faced with the biggest challenge yet. The Youth Hall along with the adjacent buildings are to be redeveloped once planning consent has been granted and we will urgently need a new home.
A stand-alone property in Bishops Waltham seems unlikely but maybe there is a business who would consider subletting part of their building to us? Please contact us through our website or by using this email address: email@example.com
For some the idea of a food bank in the Meon Valley just doesn’t seem right but as a measure of the reality of food poverty in our area, in June and July we provided food to 79 families and individuals. So long as the need is there, we will continue to offer this much needed support.
Registered Charity in England and Wales 1190417