Best of bloominâ€™ British! PLUS
Flying the flag in fabulous floral fiesta Looking for work?
Wild about Wiggo?
Apprenticeships could be just the leg-up the job ladder you need
King of Pop moonwalks into town this autumn
Time to get on your bike after epic summer of cycling
Autumn’s in the air By Cllr Peter Moyle, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council
elcome to the September edition of Arena magazine. This summer was certainly busy, with local events, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the fantastic Olympic Games. The success of Team GB was truly inspiring, and I’m sure it will excite and encourage a new generation of athletes in the borough. I hope you managed to enjoy the festivities, and spend some quality time with your family. As always, I was impressed with the high number of entries in our annual Rushmoor in Bloom competition. It was wonderful to see so many colourful floral displays and gardens across our two towns, and I’d like to thank personally everyone who took part. You’ll have seen some of the beautiful entries on the cover. As we move into autumn, there’s lots to look forward to in the borough. We’re now only weeks away from the grand opening of Westgate, Aldershot’s new leisure complex, that will include a Cineworld cinema, family restaurants, a new Morrisons food store and Travelodge hotel. At a time when many regeneration schemes have been put on hold, Westgate is seen as a huge vote of confidence in Aldershot’s future prosperity, and I’m delighted that it will soon be open for everyone to enjoy. For more details, see page 7. To find out about other events, classes and activities taking place over the next few months, see What’s On on pages 12 and 13. For more, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/events This issue brings good news about young apprentices in the borough. Our Apprenticeship Challenge, which encouraged local businesses to take on a young apprentice, was a big success and more than 120 new opportunities have already been created this year. For more information, see page 5. There’s also details about what the council has achieved over the past year and how your money was spent – see pages 8 and 9. With the leaves starting to turn, autumn is a wonderful time to explore our parks and nature reserves. To find your nearest, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/parks. If you’re interested in cycling, turn to page 11 for details of a new family cycling club starting in Farnborough. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Arena. Look out for the next one in November. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @RushmoorCouncil Make us your favourite on your browser or phone… Cover: Some of the beautiful sights which greeted Rushmoor in Bloom judges this summer
Inside Foodbank lifeline for residents waiting for benefits or struggling mums 4 You’re hired! Future looks bright for apprentices 5 We’ve got the power to deal with those dead batteries you couldn’t dispose of 6
The year in figures: how we spent your money 8,9 All the news that’s “fit” to print: Residents rushing to exercise more. Could it be the Olympics effect? See you in Rio! 10 What’s on in Rushmoor – the King of Pop, an orchestra of ukelele players, and a beautiful ballet: you can find all your local events listings on the packed pages of our entertainment guide 12,13
It would take more than a hosepipe ban and a sodden summer to defeat green-fingered gardeners across the borough. Read about Rushmoor in Bloom competition 14
Issue 83 Autumn 2012
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4 News Keep your home cosy this winter Get free advice to help you keep your home warm and reduce your heating bills this winter. Hitting the Cold Spots is a government-funded scheme offering tips and support to help you make your property snug. Advisors are on hand to give advice on topics such as loft insulation and boiler servicing, and to help you find fair and honest contractors for the larger jobs. For more details contact 0800 804 8601 or email staywarm@ environmentcentre.com l You can also turn to Rushmoor Healthy Living (RHL) for help. RHL offers a free service supporting people with energy bill problems, with energy advice sessions held at venues in Aldershot and Farnborough. For more details visit www.rhl.org.uk l Trading Standards is holding an electric blanket safety check day at Rushmoor Fire Station in Farnborough on October 12. Call 01962 833 358 to book your free session.
Mortgage help options for you Are you having trouble paying your mortgage? Our Housing Options team can offer you advice on a range of options including mortgage rescue schemes. We also have funds to help with small mortgage arrears. For help and advice, call 01252 398399, email housingoptions@ rushmoor.gov.uk or visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk
Foodbank is a lifeline People who have been made redundant and are waiting for benefits and mothers unable to feed their children during the holidays are examples of just some of the people thrown a lifeline by the Farnborough Foodbank in recent months. Last year the charity provided some 10,000 meals to needy local people, but this figure is expected to be much higher for 2012. The 25 Foodbank volunteers, based at St Christopher’s Church in Cove, make sure anyone who needs their help receives enough food to make emergency meals for three days – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Care professionals, such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB, schools and police identify people in crisis and issue them with a Foodbank voucher. Clients then take their voucher to
Susan and Mike Shea at the Foodbank the church where it is redeemed for the food they need. Volunteers can also point people to those agencies able to solve their longer-term problem. The Foodbank was set up in 2003 by Farnborough couple Mike and Susan Shea. Earlier this year Mike and Susan were awarded the Rushmoor Community Award 2012 to recognise
their dedication to volunteering in the borough. “We’re grateful for the community support we’ve received,” said Susan. “There are lots of people in need, so if anyone knows of a friend, family or neighbour desperate for food, we urge them to contact Foodbank and find out how to be referred.” Donations of food are needed throughout the year. They can be in-date nonperishable food items, or people can donate money.
Contact us If you can help call 07954 105279, email farn.foodbk@ hotmail.com or visit www.farnborough. foodbank.org.uk Farnborough Foodbank is also on Facebook.
There are also other food larders in Rushmoor: l The Church of the Good Shepherd, Farnborough www.goodshepherdchurch.org.uk/community firstname.lastname@example.org l The Hope Centre, Aldershot www.hopeheretohelp.co.uk – click on ‘store house’ l The Holy Trinity Church, Aldershot www.htca.org.uk/rrt.htm
In over your head to loan sharks? Don’t get bitten by a loan shark. These money lenders are unlicensed, which means they operate outside the law. If you borrow from them you could: l get a loan on very bad terms l pay extortionate interest (rates as high as 131,000 per cent APR have been recorded) l be harassed if you fall behind on repayments l be pressured into borrowing more to repay one debt with another If you have borrowed from an illegal money lender, you haven’t committed a crime – they have, and they could receive a prison sentence. It’s also important to consider the
consequences of borrowing from legitimate logbook or payday loan companies, which charge high interest rates. Borrowing £200 for one month at 786% APR attracts a repayment of £331. At an APR of 1420%, the repayment rises to £436.66. If you are being chased by a loan shark, or if you’ve taken out a loan you are struggling to repay, there are organisations that can help. If part of your loan is to an energy supplier, visit www.rushmoorhealthyliving.org For general advice contact Rushmoor Citizens Advice Bureau – which has branches in Aldershot and Farnborough – on 08444 111 304 or Christians Against Poverty (CAP) at 33 High Street in Aldershot, 01252 319789.
We’ve got learning in libraries covered Whatever your age and your interests, Aldershot and Farnborough libraries will have an activity right up your street this autumn. A wide range of family and adult Learning in Libraries courses are again being offered, thanks to the successful Lottery-funded LEAD project. There are arts, crafts, yoga, zumba, computing for
beginners and improvers, family history – to name a few. The under-fives and their parents and carers can enjoy mini movers and movement with mummy. Concessions are available on most of the adult courses if you are over 60 or get certain benefits (you will need to provide proof). Employability courses are
free if you are looking for work. Booking is essential on all the courses because places are limited.
Contact us For more details, visit www.hants.gov.uk/ learning-in-libraries or contact the libraries direct on 0845 6035631.
Apprentice scheme success It’s been a great year for young apprentices in the borough – and their future looks even brighter. So far, the council’s Apprenticeship Challenge, which encouraged local businesses to help find 100 apprentices in 100 days, has seen 120 young people – aged 16 to 24 - start apprenticeship schemes in Aldershot and Farnborough, and the number is continuing to rise. These new opportunities provide on-the-job training, as well as a nationally recognised qualification and often qualify for government grants to support training and wages. The public and voluntary sector is also playing its part, with the council, local schools, sports providers and the Citizens Advice Bureau among the organisations now working with the National Apprenticeship Service to offer young people a foot onto the job ladder. Callum Willis, 17, is an apprentice for Rushmoor Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Alex Hughes, Chief Officer at Rushmoor Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “Having an apprentice in the team has brought a whole new
Age no barrier to learning More than 1,000 people already enjoy the many activities and courses organised by the Farnborough U3A, but new members are always welcome. The U3A (University of the Third Age) is a national learning cooperative of people no longer in full time employment that enables its members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities. The Farnborough branch of the U3A has more than 100 interest groups. Membership costs just £25 a year and then most groups are free. For more details call Joan Manley on 01252 322707 or visit www.u3afarnborough .org.uk
Keen to learn: Callum Willis at Rushmoor CAB perspective to how we work. Callum has proved willing and enthusiastic from the start, and is keen to learn and prove his value to the organisation.” The council is working with local housing associations and Job Centre Plus on other schemes that help residents improve their employment potential. ‘Skilled Up’ involves residents working alongside skilled tradesman to learn new skills and improve the local area, and Rushmoor Skills and Employment Zone offers tailored training courses to
help people apply successfully for local jobs.
Contact us For information and advice on apprenticeships, call 0800 015 0600 or visit www.apprenticeships. org.uk. For information on other skills and employment projects contact Debbie Whitcombe, the council’s neighbourhood development officer, on 01252 398793.
Are you looking for a way to make a difference to the lives of young people? The Rushmoor Youth Forum provides a platform for young people and those who work with them, to share their views with local decision makers. The forum is looking for more young people to join, to give them a voice on the issues that affect them. The next meeting will be held at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough, on Tuesday 18th September at 6.30pm. For more information, please contact Linda Philippson at email@example.com
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Council tax support scheme on the way Expansion bid From next April, the government is replacing council tax benefit with a scheme called council tax support. The new scheme is being introduced as part of the government’s deficit reduction programme and will see the money it provides for council tax benefit cut by ten per cent. This will reduce the amount of money we have to provide this benefit in Rushmoor by around half a million pounds a year. As part of the change,
councils like Rushmoor are being given the freedom to design their own council tax support schemes so they best meet the needs of their residents. We need to make sure we can still support the most vulnerable members of the community, such as pensioners and those with disabilities. We are also committed to making sure people are better off working than not, so it is important that our new scheme also helps people who are receiving low pay,
or are returning to employment. At the moment, we are drawing up a range of options and proposals for our new scheme and will be asking for your views shortly.
Contact us For more information about the proposed changes, and how they may affect you, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk, call 01252 398914 or email benefits@ rushmoor.gov.uk
Battery bonanza If you’ve got the energy, we’ve got the power to deal with those old batteries More than a tonne of batteries were collected in the first two weeks of our new recycling scheme. We started collecting old and unwanted batteries on the same day as residents’ recycling in July. All portable household batteries can be recycled in the scheme, including rechargeable and nonrechargeable batteries, AA, AAA, C and D size, button cells and any
laptop and mobile phone batteries. To recycle yours, simply place the batteries in the special recycling bags sent out during early summer. When one bag is full, seal it and put it on the lid of your blue recycling bin on collection day. Once you have used the battery recycling bags delivered to your home you can use any clear bag, such as a food bag for your batteries. "Chemicals in batteries are extremely damaging to the environment, so it's important to reduce the number of batteries that are
incinerated or sent to landfill,” said James Duggin, contracts manager for Rushmoor Borough Council. "Once we collect the batteries, they are sorted and broken down into their component parts which can then be re-used and recycled." For more details call 01252 398399, email customerservices@ rushmoor.gov.uk or visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ batteryrecycling
for first time in a century The Aldershot Urban Extension (AUE) will allow the town to expand for the first time in nearly a century and is one of the largest brownfield regeneration sites in the south east of England. The AUE will provide around 4,000 new homes, two new primary schools, a local centre, community facilities, household waste recycling centre and recreational space, on military land to the north of Aldershot town centre. Grainger, the developer, is expected to submit a planning application for the site, known as Wellesley Aldershot, this autumn.
Contact us For more details visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/aue or www.wellesley aldershot.co.uk
Develop skills to find work Do you know a 16 to 25-year old who is unemployed and needs help finding a job? The Prince’s Trust is running a free 12-week course at Rushmoor Fire Station in Farnborough to help young people develop their skills and confidence in finding work. Those taking part will be involved in team-building activities, a residential visit, a community project and two weeks of work experience. They also receive advice on how to write a CV and get nationally recognised qualifications.The course starts on 24 September. If you know someone who could benefit, contact 023 8062 6706, text TEAM to 07918 887865 or email princes-trust@ hantsfire.gov.uk
Committee timetable SEPTEMBER 20 Licensing SubCommittee (Alcohol and Entertainments) 24 Licensing and General Purposes Committee 25 Cabinet 4.30pm OCTOBER 2 Licensing SubCommittee 4 Council 8 Standards and Audit Committee 10 Development Control Committee 16 Cabinet 4.30pm 18 Licensing SubCommittee (Alcohol and Entertainments) 30 Licensing SubCommittee NOVEMBER 5 Leisure and Youth Policy and Review Panel 6 Cabinet 4.30pm 7 Development Control Committee 8 Corporate Services Policy and Review Panel 12 Licensing and General Purposes Committee 19 Borough Services Policy and Review Panel 20 Environment Policy and Review Panel 22 Licensing SubCommittee (Alcohol and Entertainments) Community Policy and Review Panel 27 Licensing SubCommittee Cabinet 4.30pm DECEMBER 5 Development Control Committee 6 Council 10 Standards and Audit Committee 13 Licensing SubCommittee (Alcohol and Entertainments) 18 Cabinet 4.30pm The public is welcome to attend all these meetings. Most start at 7pm and take place at the council offices in Farnborough Road. For more information call Kathy Flatt on 01252 398829.
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Westgate set for October opening
Aldershot’s new leisure complex includes a Cineworld cinema (top, right), restaurants, Morrisons food store and Travelodge hotel (right)
There’s not long to wait now until the Westgate development in Aldershot opens for business. The developers are busy putting the final touches to the leisure scheme, which is on target for completion next month. As Arena went to press, the cinema operator, Cineworld, was completing the fit-out of the inside of the seven-screen cinema in preparation for opening its doors to customers during
October. Morrisons was also completing the fit-out of the food store for an October opening. Travelodge and the new 500-space car park will also open in October, with the eight family restaurants – Frankie and Benny’s, Pizza Express, Prezzo, Harvester, Subway, Toby Carvery, Nando’s and The Real China – opening soon after. The multi-million pound development is providing around 450 permanent new jobs for the area and
will help boost the town centre by bringing more people into Aldershot. To support this, we are also working to make sure there are strong natural links between Westgate and the rest of the town centre.
Contact us For the latest on Westgate, visit www.rushmoor.gov. uk/westgate or www.citygrove westgate.com
Benefits team hopes for awards The housing benefits team at the council is in the running for two prestigious national awards. The team recently reviewed the way they work and now, despite an increased workload, they process more than 50 per
cent of benefits claims on the day they are received. The team will find out if they’ve won the Benefits Team of the Year and Excellence in Anti-Fraud awards from the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation, in October.
A year in figures – how Every year Rushmoor Borough Council has to produce a Statement of Accounts, which sets out its financial activities for the year and its overall financial position. This summary is intended to give you a taste of these accounts and to show you how we spent your money during 2011/12. The summary is a result of consultation with residents who wanted to see this information in Arena. The audited Statement of Accounts is due to be published by the end of September and will be available to download free from our website, www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ statementofaccounts or you can get a printed copy at the council offices.
The services we provide include street sweeping, collecting recycling and providing and maintaining parks and play ar
What does the council spend on running its services? We provide more than 100 local services, including household rubbish and recycling collections, street cleaning, parks and leisure facilities, CCTV and community safety, housing and council tax benefit payments, planning and development control,
housing services and environmental health. These services are paid for from public money, which comes to us in the form of government grants, business rates, council tax – and also through income we earn from interest
on our investments, plus fees and charges for some of the services we provide. In 2011/12, we budgeted to spend around £65.9 million on providing services, but spent slightly less at around £64.5 million.
Where did your money go in 2011/12 (Revenue spending)? Adult social care (meals on wheels) £0.1m Corporate & democratic core £1.5m Trading undertakings £0.5m
Central services to the public (including council tax collection, elections, grants and emergency planning) £7.6m Cultural & related services £5.4m Environmental and regulatory services £7.6m
Housing services (including housing benefits) £35.9m
Planning services £2.6m Highways & transport services £3.3m
Total spending was £64.5m
your money was spent Among the things we did last year were:
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l Launched our new website, www.rushmoor.gov.uk making it easier for customers to find information and use online services. One of the key new features is the ‘In My Area’ section which helps you find information tailor-made to your home by simply putting in your postcode. l Worked with our development partners to create Westgate, a multi-million pound leisure and retail scheme in Aldershot town centre. The development includes a new cinema, hotel, restaurants
and a food store and is due to open this autumn. For more information, see page 7. l Worked with key local partners and property owners to improve our town centres and attract shoppers and business by holding more events, such as Aldershot Live Music Day and Italian food markets in Farnborough. l Opened Runways End activity centre in Aldershot. The new centre was financed jointly by ourselves and the county council and offers a wide range of
Where does the money come from? Use of balances and reserves 0.8%
Fees and charges 15.9%
Other grants and contributions 2.1%
Other spending Capital spending We also spend money on buying, improving and repairing property and other assets:
Revenue (%) Interest received 1.3%
activities, from abseiling and canoeing to caving and archery. l Introduced a new food hygiene rating scheme in partnership with the Food Standards Agency. Its aim is to provide customers with at-aglance information, so they can make informed choices about where to buy and eat food. l Started our new battery recycling service. We now collect batteries from homes across the borough, on the same day as recycling.
Housing schemes £1.3m
Council tax payers 9.2%
Government grants and business rates 70.7%
Vehicles, plant & equipment £0.2m Land and buildings £2.7m
This was paid for in the following ways: After accounting adjustments, the council’s reduction in net spending was £170,000. This was mainly due to increased income from services, including bereavement services, rental income and events at Princes Hall, together with a reduction in expenditure in some areas, including staffing costs. At the end of the year, the council’s revenue balances were £1.586 million. This is just above the mid-point of the target range of reserves of £1 million to £2 million agreed by councillors.
2011/12 £million Capital receipts (sale of assets)
Other grants and contributions
Your vote will count at inaugural police poll Electors across Rushmoor will go to the polls on November 15 to vote for the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The job of the PCC is to make sure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible. They will be tasked with cutting crime
and delivering an effective and efficient police service. The PCC will oversee policing in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and will replace the Hampshire Police Authority. PCCs will make and influence key decisions on how communities look and feel – from CCTV, street lighting and graffiti to tackling gangs and drug
dealing. You can vote at your usual polling station and postal voting facilities will also be available.
Contact us For more details visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ elections, call 01252 398826/8 or email elections@rushmoor. gov.uk
More taking up exercise We’re a healthy bunch in Rushmoor. In the latest Active People Survey – the largest study to date of sport and active recreation across Europe – Rushmoor is in the top five nationally for the increase in the number of residents who exercise. The survey, by Sport England, measures the percentage of adults who take part in sport or other active recreation for at least 30 minutes, three times a week. This figure has increased six per cent over the past six years. “It is great that more people in the borough are getting active,“ said Martin Sterio, the council’s health and physical activity officer. This has been achieved thanks to our healthy relationships with local clubs, excellent sporting facilities, our playgrounds and cycle routes and our rich natural environment which encourages people outdoors. There are lots of new facilities available, such as the new Cove Brook cycle route, Aldershot Park pavilion and Runways End Outdoor Activity Centre. Improvements in the pipeline include extensions to Farnborough Gate Bowls Club, synthetic pitches at the Samuel Cody and
Electoral roll registration reminder Have you registered for the new electoral roll yet? We delivered voter registration forms across the borough during July. If you are already on the roll and the information on the form is correct, you can confirm your details online, call the Freephone number on the form, or return it to us by post. Even if you don’t want to vote, you must register by October 15. If you don’t register each year you may have trouble getting credit. The new 2013 electoral roll is published on October 16, in time for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November (see story, above, left). For more details call 01252 398826/28, email elections@ rushmoor.gov.uk or visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ elections
Fancy a date?
Keep on running: You’re on the right track Connaught Schools and the 3G pitch in Cove. “We’ve also recently received funding from Sport England to replace the Manor Park skate park, and to refurbish the muga (multi-use games area) at Municipal Gardens in Aldershot,“ added Martin.
Contact us To find out more about the leisure facilities available in Aldershot and Farnborough visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ leisurefacilities
Pick up the perfect birthday gift with the 2013 Aldershot Calendar. Filled with eye-catching photographs taken by Aldershot and Farnborough residents, the calendars will go on sale in November. All money raised will be donated to charity – this year, Aldershot organisation Parkside, which helps local people with learning difficulties. Last year’s calendar raised more than £900 for the Source Café, which supports young people in Aldershot. The calendars are £5 and will be on sale in outlets including Princes Hall in Aldershot. For information, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ calendarcompetition
Wiggo wannabes, on your bike! Jump in the saddle and join a new cycling club getting into gear in Rushmoor this autumn. The weekly cycling club will be based at Farnborough football stadium and offer cycling skills, instructor-led rides, as well as mountain biking, cycle maintenance and group riding skills courses. The club is aimed at juniors and families, but close links with local cycling clubs will provide opportunities for those who’d like to go a bit further with cycling as a sport. “But the main aim is to give people the confidence and skills to get out on their bikes – for pleasure, for commuting, to get to school, or just to get to the shops without using a car,” said Martin Sterio, Rushmoor Borough Council’s health and physical activity officer. “This is how world champion cyclist Mark Cavendish started. His mum
Feel the ‘burns’: If Bradley Wiggins’ summer cycling victories have inspired you as much as our Bike It officer Ben Knowles, above, there’s a new cycling club in the borough. Tour de Rushmoor anyone? started a cycling club on the Isle of Man which he joined. That club now has more than 400 members and look at what he went on to do.” The new local club is being set up following the recruitment of an externallyfunded specialist Sustrans Bike It officer for Rushmoor,
who is working closely with the council, local primary schools and on community cycling projects. There is also a Rushmoor Cycle Forum. Membership is free and is open to anyone with an interest in promoting all forms of cycling in the borough.
Olympic fever inspires the borough Hundreds of local school children had the chance to see the Olympic flame, as part of Rushmoor’s Olympic celebrations. The event was organised under strict conditions set out by Olympic bosses, who insisted the celebration must be a small, invitation-only event for school children. Schools that were involved in the borough’s Personal Best Olympic challenge were invited to perform their end-of-year finale at the celebration. Children from Aldershot dance and gymnastics clubs also took part. As well as the flame event, the borough celebrated London 2012 with bunting and artwork in Aldershot and Farnborough town centres. Schools took part in national sports and poetry programmes and a full programme of Olympic-inspired activities, including family, sport and cultural events, took place in the borough. Residents also cheered on local athletes competing in the Games, including five Got a light? Olympian Mark Richardson swimmers from the Rushmoor carries the flame in a lantern Synchronised Swimming Club.
Contact us For more details about the new club call Ben on 07824 812219, email ben.knowles@sustrans. org.uk or visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ cycling
On your watch There are more than 350 Neighbourhood Watch schemes across Rushmoor – is there one on your street? Neighbourhood Watch schemes see residents, police and other agencies working together to reduce crime – and the fear of it – in their community. There are many benefits of joining a scheme – members tend to have more secure homes and belongings, and often qualify for cheaper home insurance. Criminals find it harder to commit crime in areas with schemes, and working together with friends and neighbours boosts community spirit, too. To find out more visit www.rnwa.org.uk
12 What’s on The listings Wednesday September 19 An evening of clairvoyance. Princes Hall. 7.45pm. £15 Sunday September 23 New junior badminton club launch Connaught Leisure Centre 1.30pm to 2.30pm junior school pupils, 2.30pm to 4pm secondary school pupils; First session free, then £3. 07745 098239 Monday September 24 Movement with mummy Farnborough Library and Learning Centre 10.45am to 11.30am. £20 Monday September 24 One day art workshop. Aldershot Library and Learning Centre. 10am to 2.30pm £16 (concessions available) Monday September 24 to Saturday 29 Behind the Bike Sheds. Princes Hall 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm. £15 Tuesday September 25 Movement with mummy Aldershot, Library and Learning Centre. 1.45pm to 2.30pm. £16 Wednesday September 26 Mini movers. Aldershot Library and Learning Centre. 9.45am to 10.30am. £20. Wednesday September 26 Writing for wellness. Aldershot Library and Learning Centre. 2pm. Free (must book) Thursday September 27 (starts) Zumba. Aldershot Library and Learning Centre. 7.30pm to 8.30pm £40 (concessions available). Thursday September 27 (starts) Getting started with IT. Aldershot Library and Learning Centre. 10am to midday £40 (concessions available) Sunday September 30 Hospice to hospice bike ride Christopher’s Children’s Hospice, Guildford. 9.15am to 4pm £7.50 children, £12 adult (early bird fee) Contact 01932 823137 or firstname.lastname@example.org Monday October 1 (starts) Fact or fiction: starting your family history Farnborough Library and Learning Centre 2pm to 4pm. £32 Tuesday October 2 (starts) Back to work: create a CV Aldershot Library and Learning Centre 10am to 2.30pm. Free BOX OFFICE & BOOKING: Farnborough Library – 01252 516458 Lynda.Baines@hants.gov.uk Aldershot Library & Learning Centre – 01252 322560. Alison.Friend@hants.gov.uk Princes Hall – 01252 329155 www.princeshall.com West End Centre – 01252 330040 www.westendcentre.co.uk
Jacko is back and the Roll up, roll up and get your tickets for the Princes Hall this autumn. There’s comedy, family shows, music and entertainment galore for the children. Comedy lovers can enjoy a return visit from Lee Nelson, star of BBC Three’s hit show Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show. Well-known medium Colin Fry returns after two previous sell-out shows. There’s also another chance to have a funpacked evening with The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. The Moscow Ballet is back to perform the perfect Christmas treat, The Nutcracker. The hit-packed show, That’ll Be the Day, with music from the 50s, 60s and the 70s is a must, along with one of the best tributes to the king of pop, Jackson Live. If you fancy having some foot-tapping, sing-a-long fun, come and join TV legend Duggie Chapman in The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety. For the whole family, there’s a first-time visit from characters from Channel 5’s Milkshake! Live in their brand new show. The year is then finished off with the action packed and magical pantomime – this year it’s the story of Beauty and the Beast. Tickets are available at www.princeshall.com or the Box Office on 01252 329155.
Jackson: Princes Hall, Oct 26 a
Half-term playscheme A wide range of activities will keep the kids busy at October half term at the Wavell Cody community playscheme in Farnborough.
Running from October 29 to November 2, it costs £16 a day (8.30am to 5.30pm), or £15 (until 4.30pm). The playscheme is open to four to 11-
year-olds and is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. For more information or to book a space for your child, call 01252 317603.
Autumn fayre goodies Make Christmas brighter for some of Farnborough’s older residents by enjoying homemade cake and some festive shopping. All proceeds from the annual Autumn
Fayre at Devereux House, in Albert Road, will be used to buy seasonal treats and entertainment for the home’s residents and for day care members. Jewellery, books and
toys are just some of the goodies on sale. The fayre takes place from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday October 28. The entry fee is £1 and includes refreshments.
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Nutcracker’s sweet! CBBC’s Katy Ashworth
nd Nutcracker: Princes Hall, Oct 28
Come to Aldershot and get into the festive spirit this November by cheering on the Christmas lights. The annual lights switch-on in the town centre starts at 2.30pm on November 17, with an afternoon full of family fun including Father Christmas on his sleigh and CBBC favourite Katy Ashworth. The lights themselves will be turned on at 4.45pm. For more information visit www.rushmoor. gov.uk/christmas
Double helping of dazzling displays Don’t miss the Aldershot sky erupting in colour and sound at the annual Rushmoor Fireworks Spectacular, on November 3. Held at Manor Park, audiences can again look forward to two dazzling displays. A special, quieter, display set to children’s TV themes and designed for under-fives is at 6.45pm. The main display is a 20-minute spectacular starting at 8pm. For more details, including ticket prices, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ fireworks
The listings Saturday October 6 Willow-working workshop Aldershot Library and Learning Centre, 10am to2.30pm. £16 Monday October 8 The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Princes Hall. 7.45pm. £17 to £19 Tuesday October 9 (starts) Creative writing. Farnborough Library and Learning Centre. 10am to midday. £48 Wednesday October 24 Charlie Landsborough. Princes Hall 7.45pm. £16.50 to £17.50. Wednesday October 24 Arty flowers – one day art workshop Farnborough Library and Learning Centre 10am to 2.30pm. £16 Friday October 26 Jackson Live in concert. Princes Hall 7.45pm. £16 - £18 Sunday October 28 Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker. Princes Hall 3pm. £20 to £22 Monday November 5 (starts) Back to work: computing, internet and email. Farnborough Library and Learning Centre. 10am to 2.30pm. Free. Monday November 5 (starts) Fact or fiction: finding your family history Aldershot Library and Learning Centre 2pm to 4pm. £32 Saturday November 10 Christmas card labels. Aldershot Library and Learning Centre. 10am to midday. £8 Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 November Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. Princes Hall 10am, 1pm and 4pm. £10.50 and £14.50 Wednesday November 14 Get ready for Christmas: cards, bags and tags. Farnborough Library and Learning Centre. 10am to 2.30pm. £16 Tuesday November 20 (starts) Back to work: create a CV Aldershot Library and Learning Centre 10am to 2.30pm. Free Saturday December 1 Watercolour painting workshop Aldershot Library and Learning Centre 10am to 2.30pm. £16 Fri December 7 to Sun December 30 Beauty and the Beast. Princes Hall £14 and £16.50 BOX OFFICE & BOOKING: Farnborough Library – 01252 516458 Lynda.Baines@hants.gov.uk Aldershot Library & Learning Centre – 01252 322560. Alison.Friend@hants.gov.uk Princes Hall – 01252 329155 www.princeshall.com West End Centre – 01252 330040 www.westendcentre.co.uk
Pest control help
Wet, wet, wet: Hospipe bans and torrential rain challenged gardeners
Best of British! Foliage in fine floral form for Rushmoor in Bloom Despite challenging weather and the hosepipe ban, gardens in Aldershot and Farnborough were in fine floral form for the annual Rushmoor in Bloom competition. This year, residents, schools, community groups and local businesses from across the borough took part. Judges visited individual garden entries during July and toured Aldershot and Farnborough to view the larger community entries in an open top bus, sponsored by Veolia. All allotments in the borough were automatically entered into the allotment competition, which was judged in June and September. “It was a very tough year for all our gardeners, as they had to cope with very dry and then exceptionally cold and wet weather,” said Councillor Frank Rust, Chairman of the
Every year, we receive calls from residents asking for help and advice on foxes and pigeons. Pigeon numbers are increasing in Farnborough and Aldershot town centres. Their droppings are unsightly and damage buildings and pavements. We’re working to improve this situation and you can help by not feeding them. Sightings of foxes are also increasing. They are attracted to gardens with access to food and shelter. Keep them out by: l Putting rubbish in closed bins, not plastic bags l Sealing fox hiding holes (first making sure there are no foxes in the holes) and cutting down overgrown vegetation l Putting bird food in feeders and not leaving food out for other animals For help and advice. visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk or contact our environmental health team on 01252 398399 or email pollutionteam@ rushmoor.gov.uk. We can also help deal with infestations of mice and rats. Treatment is free. Contact customer services on 01252 398399 or email customerservices@ rushmoor.gov.uk
Gimme a break Rushmoor in Bloom Forum. “However this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of those who supported the competition and entered their gardens and pots. It’s great to see residents and volunteers working together to take part. I know the judges were impressed with the entries, which showed the results of lots of hard work.” The borough also submitted eight community entries in the regional South & South East in Bloom competition.
The results for both competitions are due to be announced in September, with the winners of gold, silver gilt, silver and bronze awards in the Rushmoor in Bloom competition revealed at a presentation evening at the Princes Hall on September 17.
Contact us For more information, visit www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ rushmoorinbloom
Are you a carer who deserves a break? If so, apply for a grant from a carers’ fund managed by Rushmoor Voluntary Services (RVS). Grants are small – usually no more than £100 – and can finance treats such as days out, a pamper session or a meal at a restaurant. To apply, simply tell RVS how you would spend the money, what benefits it would make to your life, and if you can arrange suitable cover for the person you care for. You can also nominate a carer. For more details about the grant call Greg Alexander on 01252 540 162 or email@example.com