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aroundYateley #5

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EuroYateley, you In orOut?




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Yateley TEAM

cover photo: tree creeper photographed by Simon Bool inside cover photo: The Parade in Reading Road by Tony Spencer 2 around Yateley May 2016

Simon Bool, photography Jane Biscombe, correspondent Iain Bloor, programming, web & twitter Jenny Cole, writer, reporter Graham Cockarill, writer Alan Cooper, fishing correspondent Penny Hopkins, proofreading Paul Simpson, writer Tony Spencer, writer, editor, photography Rob Tillier, motoring correspondent Harvey Young, photography

Contents 4

are you in or out of Europe?


dementia week in Hart


Rainbows Frogmore/Darby Gn


The Yateley Society


Stagecoach bus dialogue


Ace 4 Kebabs win award


May Fayre


what’s on features


what’s on in May & June


safe driving


access is an issue


Darby Green & Frogmore Hall


Scott Rooney fun day


make May purple


Ouida Grant retires from CAB


police new chief constable


Gig on the Green added line up


Yateley Lifesaving Club


wild Yateley


clerk wise


Heathlands grow your own


walk Reading Road part 2


Yateley United FC


essential contacts


groups in Yateley


Yateley War Memorial part 5




Yateley Volunteers areessential

Without volunteers the quality of life in our local community would be so much the poorer. Even this monthly magazine wouldn’t exist without its volunteer writers, researchers, newshounds, photographers and backroom staff, their contributions all freely given. On May Day we have the annual spring gathering of many voluntary activities and organisations in one spot: The May Fayre on Yateley Green. So, come fair weather or foul, please go along and support the Yateley Lions who volunteer to put on the show every year, raising funds for charities in our community. As well as the headline acts in the Arena, and the early 8am Car Boot Sale, do visit over 100 stalls, where local organisations like the Happy Hedgehog Rescue, Yateley Camera Club, Yateley & District Gardening Society, The Yateley Society, etc, show you what they do. And don’t forget the Charity Prize Draw, with prizes donated by local businesses. around Yateley 2016 May 3



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John Petley, Kate Parminter, David Simpson (sitting), Town Mayor Gerry Crisp, Chris Wood and Keith Taylor

The European Movement organised a Referendum Question Time in Yateley on Saturday 16 April, attended by over 70 people, to hear the arguments from both sides of the Euro divide. There were two speakers for and two speakers against the referendum on leaving the European Union. Those for staying in were Kate Parminter (Baroness Parminter) and Green MEP Keith Taylor. Those for leaving the EU were John Petley, businessman and author of book “Top 10 Reasons to leave the EU� and Chris Wood, Fareham Borough councillor and Leader of UKIP on Hampshire County Council. Chairing the meeting was David Simpson, Hampshire County Councillor for Hartley Wintney, Eversley and Yateley West. Each speaker was given up to 10 minutes to put their case, the order determined alphabetically; then a short break, followed by written questions from the audience. Kate Parminter spoke first, supporting staying in. Britain can only thrive in the 4 around Yateley May 2016

European Union, she said. It is the largest free trade area in the world, and 45% of UK trade and 4 million jobs depend on our continued membership. Peace was another advantage, with the EU being the bricks in the mortar of NATO. We need to remain in Europe for our present and future generations. We benefit from improved animal welfare values, climate change, with 40% carbon reduction already agreed, and then use the strength of the EU to press China and USA to clean up their acts. UK beaches are cleaner because of the EU, air quality better too. Within the EU we are part of a stronger framework in the world. Being out would knock the country backwards, and we want it to go forward. John Petley, who once stood for UKIP in a general election and is also an evangelical preacher, took the opposite stance. Speaking about leaving the EU, he used two leaflets to illustrate his point. We have all heard of the local Watercress Line. Well, what we may not all know is that the steam-enthusiast members are using the old railway works at Eastleigh to rebuild and restore an old engine, actually even taking on an apprentice to learn the old skills of building steam railway engines. This is a fantastic achievement in itself and is the true Project at the heart of Watercress, which is restoring and running the railway. But the company leaflets that are aimed at the general public use a photo of an old steam train, with no mention of apprenticeships or the engineering revival, it is the image of the old train steaming through the countryside on a day trip out that is the Watercress Line’s Selling Point, . So what is European Union? It is the steaming full ahead to a Federal Superstate.

Kate Parminter

John Petley

Keith Taylor

Chris Wood

Kate, Baroness Parminter, is Deputy Leader of Lib Dems in the House of Lords. She is an advisor to “Every Child a Reader”, trustee of IPPR. Kate was a district councillor in Horsham, Head of Public Affairs for RSPCA. Kate lives in Godalming with husband & 2 children.

John Petley is the author of “Top Ten Reasons to Leave the EU”, & “On The Wrong Track”, a member of the Campaign for an Independent Britain, & editor of “Freedom Today” a quarterly. An Evangelical Christian, he stood for UKIP in Lewes in 2005, married to Katherine, keeps guinea pigs in Gloucestershire.

Keith Taylor is an MEP for the Green Party, where he is their Animals spokesperson (winning the MEP for Animals Award), member of the Palestine delegation, works on LGBTI rights and Alzheimer’s. Keith was a businessman and district councillor for Brighton & Hove.

Chris Wood, 26, is Leader of UKIP on Hampshire County Council and a member of Fareham District Council. Chris is deputy on 3 of the 8 committees he serves on. He is Young Independence National Coordinator (UKIP’s youth wing). Chris lives with his parents in Stubbington, Fareham.

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The panel left to right: Kate Parminter (House of Lords), John Petley (author), David Simpson (HCC Councillor), Keith Taylor (Green MEP), Chris Wood (HCC Councillor)

“The Project” is what the rest of Europe believe the EU is all about. The UK thinks differently, we are in it for ourselves, to trade, so it is only the trade part that is sold to us. The rest of Europe want federalism. But EU leaflets have no mention of any Superstate. UK people that say they are keen to stay in, but when asked about a European Superstate, they give very little actual support for it. Peter Thorneycroft warned as long ago as 1947 of the European Project. John Petley sees withdrawal as a boost to British democracy, pointing out Switzerland, who regularly have European referendums that have consistently kept them out of membership of the EU. Keith Taylor, MEP, animal spokeman for the Green Party, spoke up in favour of staying in the EU, pointing out brochures outside on the table setting out the Greens’ view. Looking at the polls, he said, they are coming out a third each “for”, “against” and “don’t know”, so we need to inform that undecided third of the benefits of staying in. Hope and not misinformation is what we need to answer people’s concerns. They need informants able to deliver the facts with honesty and truth. We do have crossborder problems but we also have solutions for those, particularly as we are not part of Schengen. On the environment, being in the EU has positive benefits: nature sites were being lost at 15% per year, now down to 1% and the EU is actively working on reducing this even further. Other benefits we take for granted, like workers’ rights, and economic funding to support local jobs. The EU parliament is admitedly a democratic compromise, but then so are the elections for the UK government. To steer the EU in the way you want, you have to be part of it, and the UK has 10% of the voting rights, so we can have a powerful say in the EU. Outside in the world, the advocates of leaving are kidding you if you think we can get fair deals on our own. Have hope and believe in the EU. This vote to stay in is vital. It is a pity that the young aren’t more involved in this decision, as they are most concerned with the EU. The mobility of students within Europe is an important right. Chris Wood, HCC councillor UKIP, was the last to speak, against staying in. He asserted that we cannot vote out appointed EU leaders. Between 15-50% of UK law is from the EU, but the rules are too vague for even the lawyers to tell us exactly how 6 around Yateley May 2016

much. The UK have tried 72 times to apply blocks on EU law and all have lost. Even if we leave the EU, some companies will have to comply with EU legislation, but those companies that do not deal with Europe will not need to comply. There will still be mobility of students under the Erasmus Student Network, which means they can go anywhere to study. Free of the EU, we can manage very well on our own, he said. After a comfort break, the questions from the audience were read out by David Simpson and directed to the panel. The first question asked about the deadline for postal voting in the referendum. The answer was to call Hart District Council. [There is still plenty of time, you need to register to vote by 7 June and complete the postal vote application by 8 June.] A questioner wanted clarification of the UK’s 10% vote in the EU parliament, as there are 28 member states. Voting rights are determined by member states’ population. There are three ways of getting policy changed, Keith Taylor said, through MEPs, the Commission and the Council of Ministers. How am I getting more sovereignty out of the EU when a minority of voters elect the UK government? European Parliament is more democratic because its members are made up according to proportional representation. Answer, we need to hold our parliament to account like the Swiss do, through regular referendums. Sovereignty will not change without proportional representation in this country. How can UK vote out a Commissioner? Answer, by Keith Taylor, Commissioners are appointed by member states, but there is an element of democrary. EU is not short of flaws in its constitution, but once in 1999 there was a successful campaign by MEPs to remove a Commissioner. Each state appoints a Commissioner. The Greens want the right to put scrutiny back in democratic control. UKIP answer was: vote in June to evict them all! Kate Parminter said that all the Commission proposals are subject to passing by the EU parliament. The Yellow Card on the table can be used by a number of countries working together, like the recent ruling on food waste, for example. How is a debate started, by MEPs or Commission? Commissioners develop a policy, MEPs’ committees debate and negotiate towards legislation. What are the reasons for voting either way? Jobs: a future growth for farming where 78% of UK farming output is exported to Europe. We are stronger in. John Petley said that out means being out of the “Federal Project”, and that we can go out through the seamless exit route. Keith Taylor said he didn’t buy federalism, and associate membership cost to Norway was 107 euros a year per person, with no say in Europe, while UK cost is 139 euros, with 10% of the voting clout. Chris of UKIP said we should be trading more with the entire world, like the Commonwealth who are a third of the world and need passports to come here. He would rather have Doctors from India than labourers from Eastern Europe. around Yateley 2016 May 7

Would we experience revenge from Europe for the temerity of having a referendum? Keith said no, most Europeans consider it our right to decide, besides they want us in; as for the Commonwealth, it is a fantasy as there is no market there for us. John Petley said that the mechanism was in place to leave amicably, over a two year period. Although not full members, Norway do have a say where it counts in EU committees even if not actually in. Why is animal neglect and cruelty in Europe still allowed at 20th century standards? Through the UK’s influence, while we have forced up standards, we still have the sovereignty to determine our own laws to a higher standard than the rest of Europe. Would SSSI protection, SPAs etc, be lost out of EU? Chris Wood of UKIP said UK should be imposing these protection areas for ourselves. Kate Parminter said we agreed SSSIs with other EU ministers, they were not imposed on us, and an Energy Bill going though the UK parliament is actually going to be allowing fracking in SSSIs! Two years of negotiation to exit, said John, so these laws will stay on the books for a few years. Greens say the UK government are trashing our environment. What about our security? The EU was formed to halt wars in Europe, “safety without borders”. We control our borders, and economic migrants are shown to pay their way. We would still cooperate with Europe, the Outs said, and we would not leave NATO, that would be in no-one’s interest. Look at the pressure on the countryside if we took in such numbers as Germany proposes. Under Human Rights, we should do the same. Angela Merkel caused the panic at the borders by taking 800,000 refugees. Do not need Europe for security. Nuclear deterrent is essential, UKIP say. After three years in Europe, all these refugees get a passport and can and will come here. After about 80 minutes of questions, David Simpson asked the panel to each sum up their case in two minutes. Chris Wood said that once we are outside the EU, we can pick and choose our own laws and negotiate our own trade agreements. Keith Taylor said we need hope and to be better informed. He asked, what has the EU ever done for us? Answer: cleaner air, gender equality, green conservation, jobs, and an endless list of things. John Petley said that being in the EU was like being in a loveless marriage. On our own we have a bright future with the best of both worlds, especially if we take the Norway option. Better for the rest of Europe and us if we are out. Kate Parminter said that to make decisions about whether or not to stay in, we need answers. It is mostly biased information that is coming through so it is great hearing both sides, as we have tonight. Even the EU Space Programme is bigger than the US. So let’s stick with what we know. If we pull out of CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) what about farmers and jobs? Being in is outward looking. 8 around Yateley May 2016

Dementia information drop-in day Thursday 19 May 2016

Hart Shopping Centre Thursday 19 May Pop along to the Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet any time between 10am and 4pm

The event is open to anyone including those directly affected by dementia. Many of the information stalls will be of relevance to older people, carers and others interested in discovering local services. Liz Glenn, Health and Wellbeing Policy officer at Hart District Council said: “1 in 14 people over the age of 65 have dementia but it can also affect younger people. With a helping hand, people living with dementia can still enjoy their hobbies, have good relationships with partners and friends, and live independently for longer. “Everyone can make a difference to those affected by the condition by learning a little more about what it’s like to live with dementia. People will be able to visit the event at any time between 10am and 4pm to speak to local groups and organisations that can offer information and support.” In 2013, Fleet became Hampshire’s first Dementia Friendly High Street when local businesses and other organisations committed to making Fleet a community which is understanding and inclusive of people affected by dementia. Since then, other communities within the District have followed their lead by signing up to the Hampshire Dementia Action Alliance. For more information please contact Liz Glenn at Hart District Council by email liz. or phone 01252 774228.

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Rainbows are the youngest section of GirlGuiding, aged between 5-7. We have two units in Frogmore and Darby Green, visit register_your_interest.aspx to register your interest and find out what unit your daughter could join. Check out a sample of all the exciting things Rainbows have been getting up to over the past few years and visit the website to join us if you like what you see!

Princess sleepover

1st and 2nd F&DG Rainbows had an exciting weekend back in October, when they spent a night at Old Basing Village Hall for a princessthemed sleepover weekend! It was a weekend full of tiara and wand making and a grand dinner on Saturday night, complete with ball gowns, cocktails and crowns. There was even a double birthday celebration! The girls all left with their own jam-packed goody bag with all the exciting things they’d made. There wasn’t a huge amount of sleep had by anyone … but a huge amount of fun!

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Rainbow Christmas sleepover

Both Rainbow units had a sleepover at Old Basing just before Christmas. They had a Christmas theme and the girls made puppets, decopatched a glass dish and other Christmas crafts.  They had a Christmas dinner and the girls made their

own pudding to eat, which you can see in the picture of delicious-looking reindeer biscuits on the right. Everyone had lots of fun and it put everyone in the Christmas mood!

Festival sleepover

This time the sleepover theme was “festival” and the girls made musical instruments and decorated a t-shirt with a rangoli pattern. This is a type of folk art from India, which is a decorative design made in living rooms and on courtyard floors during Hindu festivals and consists of bright colours. These patterns are meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities. The girls had a fun carnival tea and made their own “sundae” pudding with ice-cream and fruit and lots of decorations!  They also celebrated a leader’s birthday, while they were away, with a special cake. All the girls learned a lot about a different culture and had fun at the same time! around Yateley 2016 May 11

Birthday sleepover

Rainbows decided to celebrate their 25th Birthday with another exciting sleepover, using the 25th Birthday Challenge resources. The girls took part in “big” art using paint and golf balls, sewed their own keepsake teddy bears and played hook a duck. Everyone sang Happy Birthday to Rainbows and even had special cakes to celebrate. The following day everyone had a play on the field (despite the chilly weather!), and made edible jewellery. Before they went home they were all given a special sleepover badge to sew on their blankets. The girls had a fantastic weekend, it’s just a shame that 25th birthdays only happen once every 25 years!

Joint events Summer sports evening Rainbows also take part in lots of joint events with Brownies and Guides. Every summer for the last few years we have ended the year with a joint sports evening. From running to hula hooping, to obstacle racing and giant monster feet, we do everything! We create mixed teams so the girls get an opportunity to work with girls from other sections and help each other out. Luckily we’re mostly blessed with fine weather and there are points and prizes for the winners! 12 around Yateley May 2016

Thinking Day

Each year on 22 February we celebrate World Thinking Day. The date was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Robert Baden-Powell and of Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide. Each year there is a theme and we do activities to celebrate the theme, while thinking of other Girl Guides all over the world. Below you can see some pictures from various different Thinking Day events, from lighting the candles to celebrating the commonwealth and colouring in the Rainbow uniform from New Zealand!

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The Yateley Society May Fayre 2016 We are running a photography competition this year, at our stall at the May Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May, to find some good photographs of Yateley, taken by Yateley residents. They can be historical areas, well-known buildings or even of the lakes, greens or common. To take part, simply bring a print out or photo of your best pictures of Yateley to the stall before noon. The general public will then vote on the images during the afternoon. The winner will be announced and included in our subsequent Newsletter. It’s free to enter. If there are any images good enough, we may ask to use them to make postcards and, if we’re lucky enough to get a good selection, we may seek to produce a 2017 calendar! So, please get out into the spring sunshine and take some photos! Please come and visit our stall. We will have information on display to read as well as publications to buy and a chance to chat to some of the committee and other members. To keep them occupied, while you look at the displays, there will also be pencils and crayons on hand for free colouring for little children (although there is no upper age limit!)

Local History Week 11-18 May 2016 We are not actively taking part in this annual event, as the WWI research for the Pen & Sword book project is taking up all the time of our local history people. We will be displaying information about the current project at the Society’s stall.

Planned events Abby Roper is organising a display on the theme of “Yateley in 1926” for the Society’s 26 May meeting. Abby will also put this display on at The Tythings for the VE Day Picnic on Sunday 12 June, which is also a celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday. At our 22 June meeting, we will be organising a walking tour of the Church End area of Yateley, inspired by Valerie Kerslake’s book “Today and Yesterday”. 14 around Yateley May 2016

Meeting with Stagecoach


A transport consultation by Surrey County Council, reported in the March issue, proposed a change to the No 3 bus, changing buses at Camberley. Many Yateley bus users take the bus to Frimley Hospital, and many missed the 14 March deadline. Yateley Town Council contacted Stagecoach to discuss the service, and they agreed to meet on 6 April at the Council Offices. Ann Kern and The Tythings Coffee Club announced that the service would be unchanged, days before the meeting. Richard Tyldsley, area operations manager, met with councillors, including Town Mayor Gerry Crisp, Graham Cockarill, Adrian Collett and Tony Spencer, and confirmed that the proposal had been under consideration to improve the timekeeping along the route from Aldershot to Yateley. Now they were negotiating a changeover at Frimley Hospital. Far from reducing the service they were looking to increase it, considering increasing the regularity to every 10 minutes, and extending into the evening. The Council informed them of the potential Yateley bus market and lack of services to parts of Frogmore and Tudor Drive, and Mr Tyldsley would investigate our ideas and report back. More information can be found on and

Usborne are a publisher of children’s books for babies and children of all ages. Titles are often nominated for awards and include the “Thats not my...” baby book range. They are available to buy through a local independent agent for free local delivery – catalogues are available upon request and advice can be given if you are searching for the perfect present. Get free and discounted books for your family! Why not invite your friends around for an evening and host an Usborne party? – free of charge! Browse through example books and place an order to obtain a free gift of your choice and further discounts on books. For more information contact Abby Roper, your local Usborne Agent covering Yateley and the surrounding areas. 07790 810085

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4 win national award ACE


Local company Ace 4 Kebabs won a national award, the “Outstanding Contribution to the Kebab Industry” category, in the 4th Annual British Kebab & Retail Awards 2016, presented at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on 23 March. It was announced on 7 April in and featured on the BBC One Show on 24 March The company were founded in Bagshot 19 years ago but are now based in their 3000m2 purpose-built state-of-the-art factory, with a 600 pallet cold store, 4 Tuscany Way, Blackbushe Business Park, which reflects a £4m investment. A family-run business

above: the Yateley factory left: Andy Woods and the trophy right: representatives of Ace 4 Kebabs at the ceremony

for three generations, they import halal lamb, chicken and beef and supply machinemade and hand-stacked kebabs to takeaways all over the UK and Europe. General manager Andy Woods said the award was “great news for the local community”. In the Fleet & Yateley Mail on 2 March, when the company were shortlisted, he said “With over 50 years’ experience in the meat industry, we have spent the last 19 developing what we believe to be the UK’s best kebabs. Our products are of the highest quality and this is supported by our extensive customer base from all over the UK and Europe.” 16 around Yateley May 2016

May Fayre

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Show stoppers!

May Bank Holiday on Yateley Green

Arena Programme 10.30 10.45 11.30 11.50 12.00 12.15 12.45 13.10 13.25 13.35 13.50 14.35 14.50 15.05 15.45 16.00

Opening ceremony The Stannage International Stunt Team The Ridgeside Falconry Show Redz Performing Academy Display Team The Ridgeside Ferret Racing Sandhurst & District Corps of Drums The Ridgeside Gundog Show The Ridgeside Ferret Racing Frogmore Dance School The Ridgeside Ferret Racing The Stannage International Stunt Team The Ridgeside Ferret Racing Phoenix Dance Crew The Ridgeside Falconry and Gundog Show May Fayre Charity Prize Draw Open Fun Dog Show

Enter your 4-legged friend in Yateley’s own annual fun show, free to all.

Near The Tythings


Arena events finish

13.50/15.00 The Bagshot Concert Band


s l l a t s 0 Over 10

will entertain you in two performances

Charity Prize Draw –Over 30 prizes

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What’s On Features May Fayre

We will be going around the May Fayre, taking photos of the stalls and stands, of people enjoying themselves. If you have any photos to share with us, please send them to Around Yateley magazine on twitter @AroundY551 or email aroundyateley@, and we will put them in our retrospective article of the event in the June issue.

World Asthma Day Tuesday 3 May

All over the country kids are getting involved in Asthma UK’s Big Sing Song. The idea is to hold an event and showcase your talents as a wannabe Spice Girl or the next Adele – belt out a tune, get sponsored and get all your friends and family involved! If you don’t have time to organise an event, you can always enter Asthma UK’s online competition by uploading a video of yourself singing to the website. http://ginasthma. org/ All the money raised will go towards improving asthma awareness around the UK and teaching people what to do in the event of an asthma attack. We cannot find anything happening locally for this event, but if anyone knows of anything, please let us know on twitter @AroundY551 or email aroundyateley@, and we will spread the word, and cover the event for the June issue.

ME Awareness Week 11-18 May

We cannot find anything happening locally for this event, but if anyone knows of anything, please let us know on twitter @AroundY551 or email aroundyateley@gmail. com, and we will spread the word, and cover the event for the June issue.

Walk to School Week 16-20 May

All the local schools should be joining in all week for this event, which should see long files of children making their way to school. Please let us know whether you noticed the roads being quieter during the week, or whether small or large numbers of parents ignored the Walk to School Week on twitter @AroundY551 or email, and we will spread the word, and put an article covering the event in the June issue. 18 around Yateley May 2016

What’s On in May

Monday 2 May May Fayre 10.00-17.00 Yateley Green the main event of the year for the community of Yateley, with the vast majority of the stalls set up by the various volunteer and special interest groups in the town. There are refreshments and plenty of things to keep the children amused. Monday 2 May Y&D Gardening Society 10.00-17.00 Yateley Green Annual May Fayre, meet members, buy home grown plants, vegetables, chat to members and get the answers to your questions. There will be honey for sale Tuesday 3 May Dog Activity Class 18.30-21.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog activity classes (every Tuesday) Wednesday 4 May PIYO 09.00-10.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Wednesday) Wednesday 4 May INSANITY 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Wednesday) Wednesday 4 May K9 Planet 18.30-19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Wednesday)) Wednesday 4 May Darby Green Youth Club 19.00-21.00 The Darby Green Centre GU17 0DT for ages 11-18 with sports, activities, information and advice, plus tuck shop and free tea and toast! Run by Vision4Youth (every Wednesday) Thursday 5 May Tai Chi Class 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG tai chi class (every Thursday) Thursday 5 May Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL playing Scrabble, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Thursday 5 May Yateley Lifesaving Club 19.30-21.45 Yateley School Pool, School Lane GU46 6NL learn lifesaving, from age of 9 upwards (every Thursday) Thursday 5 May Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (every Thursday) Thursday 5 May Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Friday 6 May Senior Citizens’ Keep Fit Classes 09.30-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Friday) Friday 6 May K9 Services 12.00-15.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Friday) Friday 6 May Blackwater Friday Club 13.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring & buy, tea & biscuits (every Friday) around Yateley 2016 May 19

Friday 6 May Yateley Youth Suite Club 19.00-21.00 Youth Suite, Yateley Green GU46 7PR for ages 11-18 with sports, activities, information and advice. Run by Vision4Youth (every Friday) Friday 6 May Gary Roman as Elvis 21.00-11.30 The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA rock & roll solo artist Sunday 8 May Scott Rooney Charity Fun Day 12.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ football matches, bouncy castle, face painting, whack a rat, sweets and cakes, and lots more. All money raised going to The Great Western Air Ambulance Monday 9 May Be Safe Online 10.00-12 noon Citizens Advice Bureau GU46 7UD Be Safe Online, a FREE 2-week course to ensure your computer is secure, plus hints and tips to ensure your own safety while browsing and using internet and email Monday 9 May Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW Plant Heritage, Sarah Quarterman, the National Plant Collections, UK cultivated plant conservation charity. Non-members welcome £2 Tuesday 10 May Yateley Bowling Club 18.00 Farnborough A side away at Farnborough A Thursday 12 May Yateley & District U3A 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ From Opera to the Musicals, talk by Simon Gilbert Saturday 14 May Tetnus Jab 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR covers band playing an eclectic mix of various styles Tuesday 17 May Endeavour Reading Group TBA Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL daytime reading group. Ask staff for details. To book a place call 01252 875728 3rd Tuesday of each month Tuesday 17 May Yateley Bowling Club 18.00 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR A side home against Fleet United A Thursday 19 May Dementia Information Drop-in Day 10.00-16.00 Hart Shopping Centre GU51 3LA organised by Hart DC, with stalls from local organisations offering support & advice Friday 20 May Reg Meuross 19.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG singer-songwriter, will be playing the 10 songs from his latest album “December”, plus songs from his previous 10 albums. Tickets £10 + £1 fee Saturday 21 May Who Let The Dads Out? 09.00-11.30 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR for granddads, dads, male carers and kids up to 7, babies welcome, bouncy castle, train & car sets, bacon rolls, kids’ food. Give Mum a lie-in and have fun with the kids! Tuesday 24 May Yateley Bowling Club 18.30 Windlesham A side away at Windlesham Tuesday 31 May Yateley Bowling Club 18.30 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR A side home against Odiham 20 around Yateley May 2016

What’s On in June Wednesday 1 June PIYO 09.00-10.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Wednesday) Wednesday 1 June INSANITY 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Wednesday) Wednesday 1 June K9 Planet 18.30-19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Wednesday) Thursday 2 June Yateley & District U3A 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Community Hall GU47 9BJ Portsmouth and Southampton — Maritime Contrast, talk by Graham Horn Thursday 2 June Tai Chi Class 10.00-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG tai chi class (every Thursday) Thursday 2 June Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL Scrabble Club, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Thursday 2 June Tythings Coffee Club 10.15-12.30 The Tythings, Reading Road GU46 7RP Coffee morning (every Thursday) Thursday 2 June Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Thursday 2 June Yateley Lifesaving Club 19.30-21.45 Yateley School Pool, School Lane GU46 6NL learn lifesaving, from age of 9 upwards (every Thursday) Friday 3 June Senior Citizens’ Keep Fit Classes 09.30-11.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class (every Friday) Friday 3 June K9 Services 12.00-15.00 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog training classes (every Friday) Friday 3 June Blackwater Friday Club 13.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring & buy, tea & biscuits (every Friday) Saturday 4 June Mini Strikers 10.15-11.15 Frogmore Junior School GU17 0NY football training classes for Years R & 1 (every Saturday), all players must wear shin pads and bring a drink. Call Steve on 07786543957 for more info Saturday 4 June Steve Brookes 21.00 Dog & Partridge, Reading Road GU46 7LR rhythm and blues Monday 6 June Line Dancing Classes 10.00-12.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG advanced and beginners classes (every Monday) around Yateley 2016 May 21

Monday 6 June Little Miracles 13.15-14.45 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR a new group for mums or dads and their babies (every Monday) Monday 6 June Children’s Dance Class 18.15-19.15 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG children’s classes (every Monday) Monday 6 June INSANITY 19.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG fitness class, PIYO is a mixture of yoga and pilates (every Monday) Monday 6 June Air Training Corps 19.30 Air Training Group building GU46 6NG teenage activities (every Monday and Thursday) Tuesday 7 June Cooking Skills Class for Men Over 55 18.15-20.15 Yateley School GU46 6NL free basic cooking classes, including food hygiene, storage, shopping, and healthy eating. Participants will need only to bring ingredients (every Tuesday for 5 weeks) Tuesday 7 June Dog Activity Class 18.30-21.30 Yateley Village Hall GU46 6NG dog activity classes (every Tuesday) Tuesday 7 June Yateley Bowling Club 18.30 Camberley A side away at Camberley B Thursday 9 June Scrabble Club 10.00-12.00 Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL Scrabble Club, only one board, so bring one along if you can (every Thursday) Thursday 9 June Yateley Lifesaving Club 19.30-21.45 Yateley School Pool, School Lane GU46 6NL lifesaving trials for new members. Learn lifesaving, from age of 9 upwards (every Thursday) *** SEE SPECIAL FEATURE PAGE 42 *** Sunday 12 June VE Day 70th Anniversary & the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations Yateley Green GU46 7PR Sunday 26 June Pre-school Summer Fete 11.00-14.00 Cranford Park Primary School, Cranford Park Road GU46 7PR Monday 13 June Y&D Gardening Society 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW Roses of Mottisfont Abbey, Thomas Stone, will introduce you to stunning roses from the National Collection of Roses. Non-members welcome £2 Tuesday 14 June Yateley Bowling Club 18.30 Cove A side away at Cove B Wednesday 15 June Yateley & District U3A 15.00 to 17.30 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday, we are having a Party in the Park with a live Traditional Jazz Band, behind The Tythings. Bring your own food, drink and garden chair. Friday 17 June Uptown Traffic 21.00-midnight The Cricketers, Cricket Hill GU46 6BA seven-piece band, playing 60s/70s rock and soul covers 22 around Yateley May 2016

Saturday 18 June Who Let The Dads Out? 09.00-11.30 St Peter’s Church GU46 7LR for granddads, dads, male carers and kids up to 7, babies welcome, bouncy castle, train & car sets, bacon rolls, kids’ food. Give Mum a lie-in and have fun with the kids! Tuesday 21 June Endeavour Reading Group TBA Yateley Library, School Lane GU46 6NL daytime reading group. Ask staff for details. To book a place call 01252 875728 3rd Tuesday of each month Tuesday 21 June Yateley & District U3A Ballroom Dancing Group 14.00-16.00 Eversley Village Hall RG27 0LX friendly and fun afternoon for £5 a head including refreshments, contact Carmen Gadd 01344 776505 or Tuesday 21 June Yateley Bowling Club 18.30 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR A side home against Farnham A Saturday 25 June Gig on the Green, The Gig 12.00-23.00 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR music all day, bring a picnic, or plenty of food stalls. No alcohol after 8pm Sunday 26 June Gig on the Green, Unwind 13.00-19.30 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR unwind music to relax and enjoy Sunday 26 June Walk For Sean 2016 10.00-14.00 Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ run or walk, to raise money for the Sean Devereux Children’s Fund, costs £10 or £15 for families, register on and then add sponsors Tuesday 28 June Yateley Bowling Club 18.30 Yateley Green, Reading Road GU46 7PR A side home against Farnborogh A


The Blackwater Friday Club meets at the Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall every Friday from 1.30 to 3.30pm. They are a small but active club that play cards, bingo and games such as curling and cross toss a ring. They have a quiz and Bring & Buy Sales from time to time and, of course, there’s always tea and biscuits. They go out as a group occasionally for meals, for example they visited Olivers Fish & Chip Restaurant at Old Basing and enjoyed another outing at a garden centre. They also hold a Christmas Party. The Yelabus is used to pick members up. If you are interested in finding out more or want to join the Blackwater Friday Club, call Gillian Foster 01276 34100 or Jean Armstrong 01252 860584. around Yateley 2016 May 23

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Driving with Rob Tillier

Mad Mums ... Are you a Mad Mum? School Lane is a nightmare. School start and end times are notorious for the poor driving performance of parents taking their kids to school. I tell my 17–19-year-old learner drivers that these are the times of day when you are going to encounter “Mad Mums”. Whilst most drivers are careful and respectful, there are still many who jeopardise the safety of themselves, their kids, other kids and other drivers by virtue of their inconsiderate and darn right dangerous driving and parking strategies. Of course, the whole situation becomes even more dangerous because of the large numbers of pedestrians in the vicinity of the schools at these times. So, I thought I would take a few moments this month to educate. 1. Kids start learning to drive when they are about 3 years old. They watch their parents drive and are trained to understand that excessive speed, disregard for other road users, and parking anywhere (as examples) are acceptable driving behaviours – is it any wonder that many new young drivers mimic those behaviours and put themselves at incredible risk? 2. NO WAITING… These zig zag yellow lines mean that it is prohibited to stop in the area covered by the lines.

3. MORE ON NO WAITING… These double yellow lines mean that you are not allowed to wait on the area where these exist. 24 around Yateley May 2016

4. SPEED  At 20mph there is negligible risk of a pedestrian getting killed if they are hit.

 At 30 mph there is a 20% chance that a pedestrian will get killed if they are hit. Hit by a car at 30 mph, two out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.

 At 35 mph there is a 50% chance that a pedestrian will get killed if they are hit. Hit by a car at 35 mph, five out of 10 pedestrians will be killed.

 At 40 mph there is a 90% chance that a pedestrian will get killed if they are hit. Hit by a car at 40 mph, nine out of 10 pedestrians will be killed. Chilling thoughts!! If you are a “Mad Mum” (or Dad) perhaps think about these facts and consider changing your driving style over the coming days/weeks. Until next time ... take care out there. Rob Tillier Rob Tillier has been a Yateley resident for 35 years and is the founder and owner of Accelerate Driver Training which specialises in teaching safe driving to 17–20 year olds. He is a qualified driving instructor and holds the RoSPA Gold Advanced Driving Award recognising driving at the highest standard achievable as a UK civilian. His main purpose in running Accelerate Driver Training is to prevent talented youngsters getting killed or seriously injured in a RTC (Road Traffic Collision). around Yateley 2016 May 25



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Access is an issue by Paul Simpson

Parked cars can completely block access to the bench in front of the church

Jennifer Cole’s feature on ‘Disabled Access Around Yateley’ was well timed (Around Yateley, April 2016 issue). I moved back ‘home’ to Yateley after just over 27 years away, first at university in Sussex, and then for the majority of that time working in London. One of the first things I noticed on my return was that although the Church End Green area of the village has maintained its charm, it is indeed home to many hazards for the elderly and disabled. As well as the pot-holes on the Reading Road crossing, there is a real problem with the design of the area in front of the church. While it is quite clearly a pavement (and there is a ‘No Parking’ sign on the fence), the incorporation of a ‘dropped-kerb’ into the design has meant that around six cars permanently use it as a parking-bay, blocking access to the lych gate church entrance, the path up to the housing behind the church, and the bench.  It is a particular problem for the disabled, elderly, and those with children in buggies or prams, who are forced out into the road (which is also obscured by parked cars), especially when they are going up to the health centre on Oaklands. More recently, while Discoveries has been having building work done, trades vans have completely blocked off the pavement, despite there being plenty of space for them at the rear of the property. In between the chemist and the bus stop, a dropped-kerb also means that I regularly see cars (usually 4x4s or ‘people carriers’) drive up on the pavement to park in front of the motor spares shop.  It is more dangerous here, as they are parked on around Yateley 2016 May 27

The lych gate to the church is regularly blocked by parked cars, in this case, trades vans working at Discoveries

top of a tactile paving slab, meaning that a blind person can get the false sense of security that it is safe to proceed, and walk straight into the vehicle.  If you were to park like this in any other town in the area, you would be ticketed for parking illegally within minutes.   It’s symptomatic of a wider problem with pavement parking throughout the village. I have no problem with it per se, but it is the wilful disregard for the elderly, disabled and young parents with which it is done. I live near Cranford Park Primary School and, despite the fact that there is a parking area behind Winton Crescent for parents which regularly has empty bays at opening and home-time, parents instead park up on the entire pavement, blocking house gates, and on the corner of the street, forcing residents in wheelchairs off the pavement and into oncoming traffic. I regularly see elderly neighbours in their 90s forced into the road, which has

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A delivery van completely blocks the path outside the Dog & Partridge when it is unnecessary to do so

been blocked by cars which are pavement parking on both sides of the street. But what is worse is the attitude of the drivers (or should I say parents) in front of their children. It is not unknown for some of them, when it is pointed out to them politely the implications of their parking, to enter into a torrent of abuse, much of it of the ‘four letter’ variety. It is not often I pine for my old life in London, but on attitudes to pedestrians, they have got it right. Pavement parking is illegal, and has been since 1974 – you just don’t

Blocked pedestrian access to front gates near Cranford Park Primary, despite parking being provided around Yateley 2016 May 29

A typical scene at ‘school-time’ on the pavements near Cranford Park Primary.

see it. And pedestrians and cyclists are given much more priority in the design of open spaces. This week came the announcement that the Government’s Department of

A delivery van for One Stop parks in the bus stop, despite the fact there is a delivery bay within One Stop’s car park. This happens every day 30 around Yateley May 2016

The confusing patchwork of surfaces in the Church End Green area of the village – where does road, side road, parking bay, and pavement begin and end?

Transport is considering extending the ban on pavement parking in London to the rest of the UK. Currently, motorists can be fined £70 for flouting the law. Councils outside the capital can only apply for the provision at the moment – but rarely do. Now it could become mandatory. My only concern is whether councils or the police have the capacity to enforce such a ban, and ticket any offenders. The reason this has become such an important issue to me personally is because I suffer from a neurological condition called ‘Arnold Chiari’, which means I have a problem with my balance, and sometimes have to use a stick. The condition only really began to make itself felt in my twenties. It also means I now have double vision, so can no longer drive, and was forced to retire early because of its effects. While the Church End Green area of the village looks wonderful, the planning of it does seem to leave a lot to be desired. With my condition, I rely on our steadily dwindling bus service, and find that it too is regularly affected, with the bus stop regularly blocked by parked cars (and delivery lorries, dropping off supplies to ‘One Stop’, despite having a delivery bay in the car park). There also appears to be a degree of confusion with the lack of differentiation of surfaces (for example in colour of tarmac, or with line-marking) between the parking bays, pavements, side roads and the main road itself in the village. It’s quite a patchwork!  It all serves to make me a little nervous when walking in the village area, so I dread to think how more vulnerable people feel. I have fallen over twice in the last fortnight more generally, and I consider myself relatively sturdy. I’m really glad Jennifer Cole raised this issue, and hope we can all reflect about access in all its forms, and that our elected representatives – whether local or national around Yateley 2016 May 31

– can strive to do something about it. We must never ‘park’ access as an issue – one day, it could be any of us! Editor’s Note: Although parking on pavements in the provinces was decriminalised in the 90s, it is still an offence to obstruct pedestrian ways. Call 101 with the details on each occasion and the police will follow up if a pattern of inconvenience is forming.


The tactile surface often obscured by a parked car

Busy Lizzies

For all your floristry needs, gifts & cards. Beautiful bouquets & arrangements, funerals, weddings, proms, special occasions & more.

Your local florist in Yateley since 1990.

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DarbyGreen & Frogmore Social Hall

The Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall, located in Frogmore Road, is a community hall funded by the Millenium Project and the National Lottery. The new hall replaced an old wooden hut that served the surrounding villages for over 60 years. A group of volunteers and trustees help run and maintain the activities and services offered at the hall. They are a registered charity (No. 301799) and proud to be self-supporting, are not run by Hart or Yateley councils, and they want to remain that way. They are always looking for new members to join their committee. Meetings are held bi-monthly. If you are interested in being a member and helping to run and maintain the hall for future generations, don’t hesitate to contact them through their wesite They have a wide range of activities booked in. On Mondays they have Revival Keep Fit, Art Club, Line Dancing, Brownies and Rainbows. On Tuesdays there is Slimming World, Over 60 Club, Line Dancing, and Frogmore School of Dance (Tuesdays through to Saturdays). Wednesday there is Zumba Gold, Line Dancing, and Frogmore School of Dance. Thursday there is Dog Club and Frogmore School of Dance. Friday has Little Kickers, Blackwater Friday Club, Line Dancing, and Frogmore School of Dance. Saturday morning Frogmore School of Dance, Saturday afternoon and evening, plus Sunday until 6pm are free for Private Parties. For bookings call Booking Officers Sheila and Mick Stewart on 01276 502261. Their address is The Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall, Frogmore Road, Camberley GU17 0NP. around Yateley 2016 May 33

Scott Rooney Charity Fun Day on Sunday 8 May at Sean Devereux Park Great Western

Air Ambulance Charity

The event is a celebration of the life of Scott Rooney, 22, who was drowned in tragic circumstances in the centre of Bristol. Yateley born and bred, Scott spent his first 20 years in his home town, attending Yateley School and playing football with Yateley Pumas, a team coached by his father Steve Rooney. Many of Scott’s friends live in the area. It all kicks off at Noon at Sean Devereux Park GU46 7SZ

4 football matches 4 bouncy castle 4 face painting 4 whack a rat 4 sweets and cakes 4 and lots more All money raised is going to The Great Western Air Ambulance

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May is Stroke Awareness Month and is designed to make people aware of the signs of stroke and that strokes can affect you at any age, from young to old. Did you know that 1 in 4 of strokes are fatal within 12 months; that stroke strikes every 3.5 minutes in the UK; that stroke is the largest cause of complex disability; that half of all stroke survivors are left with a disability? How can we make more people aware of stroke? Wear purple, bake purple and plant purple. Men, get a purple tie or tee shirt, sow pansies and purple petunias; Ladies, accessorize, knit purple bobble hats for your men, put purple icing on those fairy cakes; Kids, get Dad to blow up purple balloons, and Mum to get you purple clothes. Then take photos and send them in to us so we can put them in the next issue! What are the Signs of Stroke? FAST: Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech problems, Time to call 999. See blog: as stroke affects any age.

Did you know that Avon is much more than just make up these days? Skincare, men’s products, perfumes, children’s toiletries are all available, as well as hair products, bags, clothing, shoes, toys, jewellery, giftware, gym essentials and even kitchen equipment! Take a look at my website for details of current offers and promotions (I will deliver for free) or contact me for an Avon book. 07790 810085


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Ouida Grant retires from Citizens Advice

A High Tea was held in the Gallery at The Tythings, in honour of Ouida Grant, retiring as CEO at Yateley Citizens Advice, where she had spent the last ten years. The tea, sandwiches and cakes were served on fine bone china, the room decorated in bunting. Ouida posed with her present and past chairmen of the CAB.

A high tea served on fine bone china for 60 guests

Ouida poses with the chairmen she has served with at Citizens Advice

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On 4 April, the newly-appointed Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary, Olivia Pinkney, issued an open letter: I have always believed effective policing is at the heart of healthy society. That is why Hampshire Constabulary can’t afford to just maintain its position as a good police force. It must become a standard bearer for protecting the most vulnerable and reducing offending. And, as your new Chief Constable, I am excited about taking on this challenge. A key part of success will remain catching those who prey on the vulnerable, but we can’t just respond to victims when they have suffered. We need to be better at preventing offending in the first place. This includes safeguarding the vulnerable, not least those at risk of child sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. None of this can be done by the police acting alone. The cases we deal with can be complex and the unfortunate truths are that we tend to deal with people on their most difficult days, and much of the sophisticated work that goes on behind the scenes to stop people becoming victims cannot be widely publicised. This means that what my officers, staff and those who volunteer their help do every day is important, but so is why and how. If the police are seen to act arrogantly or as if they have a right to do as they wish, public confidence becomes damaged and victims are not put first. To be an effective police officer, let alone chief constable, you need to earn the trust and respect of all communities. That is what decades of British policing has been built upon. So everything we do must be rooted in the highest standards of integrity and transparency. You deserve nothing less from us. Our communities are wonderfully rich, diverse and deserving of brilliant policing. I want ideas, voices, perspectives and experience beyond the traditional spheres. I woud like to use this opportunity on day one in my new role to invite all of you to join me, to work with me and to support my staff and officers. In return we will become even better at protecting you and safeguarding the most vulnerable in society. And, as your Chief Constable, I will work tirelessly to make sure that what we do is as transparent as possible and to explain the difficult decisions when we have to make them. Together we can help keep this one of the safest places to live in the country and stop those who make people’s lives a misery. Olivia Pinkney Chief Constable Hampshire Constabulary April 2016


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Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June 2016


Latest bands added to the GOTG line up:. SOUR KIX

The band is made up of Amelie on vocals (10), Ollie on drums (13), Louis on guitar (15) and Ed on bass (15). The boys met through classes at ACM Junior in 2011, and Amelie is Louis and Ollie’s younger sister. TAKE 4

Back by popular demand, the boys, experienced West End performers all, were the headline act on Sunday last year and will be singing show numbers in tight four-part harmonies with slick choreography. Definitely not one to miss! Early Bird tickets are on sale now: Adults (18 and over) Children (8 to 17) Infants (0-7) Gazebo pitch (limited number)

Weekend pass £22 £15 Free £60

Saturday only £15 £10 Free £35

Sunday only £10 £6 Free £35

Standard tickets 3 May- 24 June: Adults (18 and over) Children (8 to 17) Infants (0-7) Gazebo pitch (limited number)

Weekend pass £29 £18 Free £60

Saturday only £20 £12 Free £35

Sunday only £12 £8 Free £35

Saturday only £25 £15 Free

Sunday only £15 £10 Free

On the gate tickets 25-26 June: Adults (18 and over) Children (8 to 17) Infants (0-7)

Sponsors for this year’s Gig on the Green include Romans estate agents, who have been a constant throughout the GOTG’s six years’ existence. KFC Yateley are on board for the second year and are joined by first-timers: Everyone Active (Frogmore Leisure Centre), The Casa Hotel and Michael Usher Mortgage Services. 38 around Yateley May 2016


This is free internet support for the over 61s which will help you to make the most of the internet, whilst staying safe. Silver Surfers will help you to safely search the internet for everything you may need: food shopping, coach timetables, booking holidays

Friday 17 June 2016 10am – 12 noon Held at Citizens Advice Bureau, Yateley FREE to attend, please call to book a place:

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Yateley Village Hall is available to hire for all occasions:

Christenings, Weddings, Evening Parties and Children’s Parties

Kitchen for your use and a fenced off garden so safe for children Plenty of room for a bouncy castle Telephone to view the facilities and for further information 01252 870707 or email on 40 around Yateley May 2016





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Girlguiding Blackwater Division put on their Hotchpotch 2016 show at the Princes Hall Theatre, Aldershot on Saturday 23 April, with a packed hall of 300 parents and grandparents eager to see the acts their children had spent weeks on perfecting. As well as developing the girls’ skills, the show was aimed at raising money for The Yelabus Association, CSSEF (Chloe’s and Sophie’s Special Ears Fund, aimed at raising awareness for the deaf ), and Hart and Rushmoor Young Carers (support for children between 8 and 18 who care for a disabled relative, under Hart Voluntary Action). The show ran for about two hours, with a short intermission, and I recognised some of the routines they were practising when I attended rehearsals for an earlier edition. There were dances and singing and a couple of sketches, lots of effort put into costumes, props, scenery and lights. The girls expended a lot of energy and clearly had a lot of fun, with the audience well entertained, clapping and joining in. Commissioners Penny Funnell, in charge of the Blackwater Valley Division, and Angela Hammond, who oversees the nine divisions within County Hampshire North, drew the raffle, and led the salute of the artistes and show directors Louisa Chicken and Melody Spooner.

What shall I cook tonight?

Cooking skills classes for men over 55

Are you a man over 55 years of age living in Hart? Do you have to do most of the cooking in your household? Yateley School Adult & Community Learning, in partnership with Hart District Council are offering a FREE 5 week cooking skills course. Classes will take place every Tuesday from 7 June to 5 July, 6.15pm – 8.15pm at Yateley School. Through this hands-on course we aim to teach people: How to cook a range of simple meals from start to finish, including soup, cottage pie, fruit crumble and much more Food shopping ideas Food hygiene and storage Importance of healthy eating to your health and wellbeing The course is free but participants will need to bring some ingredients each week. For more information please contact Liz Glenn on 01252 774228 or email around Yateley 2016 May 41

Yateley Life Saving Club The Yateley Life Saving Club are a voluntarily run club that is affiliated to the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) and a member of RLSS Surrey Branch. They are based at the swimming pool at Yateleys Health & Fitness Suite, School Lane, Yateley and offer training for the RLSS Rookie Lifeguard Programme and the RLSS Survive & Save Programme. The club meets during term time on a Thursday evening between 7.30 and 9.45pm. They have members of all ages from 9 upwards. All of their voluntary instructors are qualified with RLSS Instructors awards and have gained many of the awards they teach. They have an Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) through the RLSS. I met up with Pat Brewer, class coordinator and welfare officer, at one of their Thursday evenings, and she told me about the seven classes they run from Rookie up to Bronze, before going on to RLSS Survive and Save Gold medallion. They have 60 members taking Rookie Lifesaver courses up to Duke of Edinburgh Awards. They will be holding a Trials Evening, for new members age 9 and above to learn life saving, on Thursday 9 June at Yateley Pool. The trial session and three subsequent drop-in sessions are free. Trialists will be tested to swim 100 metres (5 lengths) front crawl; 60 metres (3 lengths) lifesaving backstroke; 40 metres (2 lengths) side stroke; 60 metres (3 lengths) breast stroke; tread water for one minute. Then Surface dives: feet first touching the bottom with hand, head first picking up brick from the bottom (depth approx. 1.8 metres in pool); and deep water entry (compact jump or straddle jump). The Club accepts that not everyone can do either lifesaving backstroke or sidestroke, which are not normal swimming lesson strokes, so these strokes are taught during the lifesaving lessons. It all sounds like a tough learning curve, but looking over the parapet at Yateley Pool while talking to Pat, the children participating were splashing about and enjoying themselves in the water all the while they were learning the ropes of life saving. If you have suitable swimming ability, the club will offer a place in the most suitable class according to age, ability and availability, which may mean splitting up friends who join together, at least until they have equalised their abilities. There is a continual progress of learning, with some of the older members working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. During their training they learn rope throwing and towing, reach and rescue, and self-rescue. 42 around Yateley May 2016

They also learn life support resuscitation, CPR, covering choking and drowning. The Hants Community Fund supplies the club with 12 “Resusc Annies”, for practising CPR on. Courses are run to learn how to save a child’s and an adult’s life and babies’ lives too. They take part in life saving sports, too, there are even international competitions picking up mannikins underwater, taking them to the surface and towing to the side. Pat recommended I look them up on YouTube. There are lots of videos, one of which was full of judge’s comments. In summer the club members attend open water and beach sessions to win further awards. The Yateley Life Saving Club makes their annual awards in September. The history of the club is a long one, founded in 1972 by David and Cherie Cheetham, who moved to Yateley in 1968, but regularly travelled back to Hounslow to teach life saving. Once water space in the Yateley School Pool became available, the Cheethams took it on. What they could do with are more older instructors. Most of the instructors are quite young. They would also like a defibrillator trainer to demonstrate and teach to the classes, and looking are for funding to get one. 2016 actually marks the 125th Anniversay of the Royal Life Saving Society, founded in 1891 by William Henry, with a number of events going on during the year.


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Horseshoe Lake in late afternoon

These pictures of wildlife in Yateley have been taken by Simon Bool. The photo in the top left hand corner is an immature Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo who are a brownish colour. As they mature the plumage on the back darkens and their cheeks turn white to distinguish them from shags. Cormorants are members of the pelican family and excellent swimmers and fishermen, this one photographed at Swan Lakes. On the left is the majestic form of the Red Kite Milvus milvus, a scavenging bird of prey, that almost died out in England over a hundred years ago, and were restricted to Wales. Between 1968-72 they were reintroduced in various places in England and have now grown to about 1800 breeding pairs. They are quite sedentary birds, sticking to a territory, but adolescent birds will wander as far away as Portugal and Spain in winter before returning to where they fledged in the spring. around Yateley 2016 May 45

The Lapwing Vanellus vanellus belongs to the plover family of waders and can be found all over Britain. They have declined by 50% in the last decade to about 100,000 breeding pairs. In harsh winters they may migrate to southwest England, Ireland or southern Europe. The Anglo-Saxons called their courtship flight of rising on rapid wingbeats then falling as twisting rolling dive as hleapewince, literally “run” and “wink”, leading to their common name today. Also photographed at the Moor Lakes nature reserve is the Snipe Gallinago gallinago, which lives over most of the UK all year round. They nest on the ground and use their long beaks, almost a quarter of their length, to probe for worms in the mud close to the edge of pools or ditches. They have been in decline over the past 25

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years, due to the decline in lowland wet grassland, to about 80,000 breeding pairs, although the population rises to 1.1m during winter migration from Northern Europe. Robin Erithacus rubcula photographed at Moor Green Lakes. One of the nation’s favourite residents, the robin is a plump little bird with a bright orange-red breast, throat and face, white belly and greybrown back. There are said to be over 4 million breeding pairs in the UK. The back of a Treecreeper Certhia familiaris is excellent camouflage against the bark, where they search for insects, although in winter they also feed on pine and spruce seeds. There are 200,000 breeding pairs in UK. Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis photographed at Moor Green Lakes. The Eastern Grey Squirrel is a native of around Yateley 2016 May 47

eastern North America. In the UK they are an invasive species and have almost replaced the native red squirrel S. vulgaris. As well as nuts, they eat bark and the soft cambial tissue underneath, causing most damage to beech and sycamore trees. There are 2.5m greys and only 160,000 red squirrels. Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, if a grey squirrel is trapped, it is illegal to release it, and it must be humanely destroyed. Native Americans used to hunt and eat squirrels. Alternatively, the introduction of pine martens might help keep them in check. The first pine marten seen in England for over 100 years was reported in Shropshire in 2015, photographed 30 miles from a Welsh road kill in 2012. The Little Egret 48 around Yateley May 2016

Egretta garzetta is a small white heron, which is a recent colonist, appearing in significant numbers in 1989, and began breeding in Dorset in 1996. There are now 660-740 pairs, with about 4500 birds during the winter. Roe Deer Capreolus capreolus seen at Moor Green Lakes. Native to UK, they have been in these islands since before the Mesolithic period (6000-10,000 years ago) but were hunted to extinction by 1800. Reintroduced by the Victorians at Thetford Chase in 1884, they are now widespread once more. The Wren Troglodytes troglodytes is a stocky, restless bird, easily recognised by its short cocked tail. Present all over the British Isles, numbering up to 7m breeding pairs. They feed on insects and spiders, venturing into crevices after their prey, hence their scientific name, meaning “cave dwellerâ€?. Although the wren is small, weighing the same as a ÂŁ1 coin, the goldcrest and long-tailed tit are smaller, weighing the same as a 20p and 50p respectively. Grey Heron Ardea cinerea in midflight, shot at Swan Lakes. A native, who sometimes migrate to near continent or Ireland, supplemented by winter arrivals from Northern Europe. Once declining, they are slowly increasing, at 13,000 breeding pairs. around Yateley 2016 May 49

Clerk Wise Are you aware of STRESS? Yateley Town Clerk Jane Biscombe clerking about

Did you know it’s Stress Awareness Month? No, me neither, maybe it’s because I’m too stressed to notice. It seems strange that we need a whole month to become aware of our stress when stress is such a big part of all our lives. Maybe that’s the point, maybe we’re all so used to stress we stop noticing it, like you stop noticing that little squeak the car makes after a while, or the way you blank out rock music from the upstairs bedroom when you’re trying to do Sudoku. “Stress” has come across my radar several times recently. There’s been a big survey of Parish and Town Clerks that found that 37% of clerks find the demands of the job hard to deal with, 9% are subject to harassment, 16% have unachievable deadlines and 22% are pressured into working long hours. That all came as a bit of a shock to me as, although the role of Yateley Town Clerk is incredibly busy and hectic, it doesn’t impact negatively on my life. If anything it’s just the opposite. With two teenage daughters, four cats and a better half who restores air-raid sirens and vintage fire bells in his spare time, it’s nice to come to work for a bit of a break some days. I am very well supported by excellent Councillors and a wonderful staff team, not to mention all of you who contact me to talk about local issues – so thank you to you all for not stressing me out (too much). Maybe the point of Stress Awareness Month is to examine the obvious. We all have stress in our lives but maybe we shouldn’t accept that as “just the way it is”, maybe we need to stop, take a deep breath and see if there is anything we can do. Here’s some tips I found: 50 around Yateley May 2016

Foods – When we’re stressed, we reach for sugar, caffeine, or our guilty pleasure. But these can decrease our ability to combat stress. Leafy greens, avocados and blueberries can stabilise our blood sugar and help us relax. Take a Break – When we are stressed, it is hard for us to slow down. Relaxation helps relieve stress. Declutter – A mess distracts us and keeps us from being able to focus. Manage Work – We spend a majority of our day at work. The tension of deadlines, communication conflicts, and our desire to succeed can all increase stress. Search google for advice on this. No mention of Snickers bars or a good old grown-up temper tantrum, I think they’ve missed a trick there, and no amount of avocados will help when the cat’s thrown up on the sofa. But maybe there’s something in the advice so I’m off to book a pilates course in the hope that if it doesn’t de-stress me at least I’ll be out of the house one night a week and away from the new fire bell that’s being re-painted in the kitchen. See you all in May, Jane

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Lionel Browne Vice-Chair, Heathlands Grow Your Own Ltd Growing your own fruit and vegetables is still a popular form of enjoyment and exercise. If you’ve only got a small garden, then the answer is often to rent an allotment plot. But council allotment plots are often hard to obtain, there’s usually a long waiting list for a piece of ground that may lack even basic amenities, and often have restrictions on how you use your plots. How can you beat the allotment waiting lists? It’s simple. Grow your own plots are available now at the Wyevale garden centre in Heathlands Road, Wokingham, off Nine Mile Ride (RG40 3AS). There are over 100 plots, each roughly 100m2 in size, and about a third of these are still vacant. A plot costs £12.50 a month, which is less than £3 a week.

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There’s plenty of water on site, and structures such as sheds, greenhouses and fruit cages are all allowed. Plotholders can use all the garden centre facilities, including toilets and an excellent café, along with a convenient supply of seeds, compost, plants, tools, and everything else you could possibly need for your plot. A combination lock on the entrance means that you can always access the site, even when the centre is closed. Help and advice are always available from our friendly, helpful plotholders. Management of the site has now been taken over from the Wyevale Group by Heathlands Grow Your Own Ltd, a non-profit company formed by the plotholders, and there are exciting times ahead for this new, community-based venture. We’ve already got plotholders from Yateley, and we’d love to welcome more. For more information, please email our Membership Secretary, Howard de Silva, at, or phone him on 07813 542756. He’ll be delighted to welcome you and show you round the site. around Yateley 2016 May 53

Walks around


The Original Reading Road

Part 2: Cricket Hill Lane to Plough Road


The Royal Oak

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Yateley Lodge

Corner Cottage

The previous walk turned round at the foot of Potley Hill Road, opposite Yateley Lodge, So this was where I wanted to resume the walk. However, the nearest places to park are on the Reading Road opposite Pond Croft, or behind the Royal Oak, which is where I parked. From

Royal Oak Valley footpath

Royal Oak Close I turned right into the Reading Road and walked East towards Cricket Hill Lane roundabout. Yateley Lodge is a Grade II listed Building, believed to originate from the 1650s, when it was a single room cottage owned by the Wisdom family, who later enlarged it. Samuel Boucher, a wealthy East India merchant, acquired it in 1688 and extended it further. around Yateley 2016 May 55

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Lodge Motors

Corner Cottage on the corner of Reading Road and Sandhurst Road is another Grade II listed house. It is opposite Lodge Motors. The Royal Oak was first licensed as a beerhouse between 1830 and 1834, the owner having bought the property in 1820. The public house didn’t actually

Reading Road The WI Hall

The Parade Reading Road

become fully licensed, to sell spirits and wine, until 1957. The Parade of local shops dates from the early 1960s, consisting of three shops in the Reading Road and 16 in the parade. Down the lane between The Parade and the Esso garage is the Yateley Women’s Institute. The WI were founded in 1918 and from the 1930s had a

The Parade

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Where Plough Road (right) splits from the Reading Road

Fry’s Lane

hut, later replaced by an Army hut, where The Parade is now. The present WI Hall was built in 1963 and was recently refurbished. More shops along the Reading Road past the Esso garage, including Rosebank Parade. The Plough was a beerhouse that existed from before 1864 but lost its licence in the 1920s and reverted back to a private house. Not sure where the building was in Plough Road, probably where the Co-op is now. Once the Reading Road meandered through the village, Bungalow in Plough Road

the modern road is now much straighter, you can see where the old road ran along the line of the shops on the north side of the road. Once the fields of the Manor were on the left of the

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Kneller’s Cottage

road, where Yateley FC once played, now covered by the Manor Park estate. At the end of Plough Road there is the MOT centre garage with a bungalow next door. There is a nice house on the right hand side of the garage, in Fry’s Lane.. The most important building in Plough Road is Kneller’s Cottage, said to be the third oldest house in Yateley, dating back to the 17C, but incorporating continual

Kneller’s Cottage looking north

remodelling ever since. Originally it was a single house, it is now split into five dwellings. At the end of Plough Road, we rejoin the Reading Road at a junction. At this point I crossed the road to the south side of the Reading Road and headed back East towards where I parked the car. around Yateley 2016 May 59

Yateley United Old Boys reach Charity Cup Final In brilliant spring sunshine the Yateley United Old Boys took on Mytchett Athletic Old Boys in the Farnham Sunday Veterans Charity Cup Semi-Final at Sean Devereux Park on 3 April. Yateley were well on top from the outset, getting an early goal to stamp their authority on the game, soon followed by a second. To be fair both sides were playing some neat football in an open game, often with time on the ball to seek out the decent pass. More goals followed, the visitors bewildered by the Greens’ passing play, the half finishing 6-0 to the home side. At this level, the players ranging in age from 37 to 52, they have rolling substitutes, to keep the game going and enable players to have a breather before going on again. It is a great way of ensuring everyone gets a game. Mytchett came back strongly at the start of the second half and pinned the home side back in their own half. In the last minutes of the match the hosts started to get back on top as the visitors tired. Close to the end Yateley scored their seventh, keeping a clean sheet. On the way to the final Yateley United have disposed of Hindhead Veterans 4-2 at 60 around Yateley May 2016

home, Royal Oak (Hollywater) Veterans 4-1 away, having received a bye in the first round. In the Cup Final they will encounter the Badshot Lea Vets, probably at Hartley Wintney FC, date to be determined. Badshot Lea Vets also had a bye in the first round, they beat Ockham Vets 6-1 away, then Chobham Burymead at home 4-2 and Cove Manor 7-1 in the Semi-Final. Badshot Lea are 11 points clear in Division 3 and only Cove Manor can catch them. Yateley United Old Boys are going well in the league too, in Division 4, with a 100% record but only half the full set of fixtures played. The leaders Ropley have played two more matches and haven’t dropped a point, either. The two teams still need to meet each other at both grounds, so that is when something will have to give. Yateley’s home games are around Yateley 2016 May 61


on 1 May against Ropley, 8 May entertaining Prince of Wales Reserves and 22 May when the visitors will be Alton.

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Essential Contacts GOVERNANCE Member of Parliament, North East Hampshire (Yateley) Ranil Jayawardena MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 3000 Member of Parliament, Aldershot (Frogmore & Darby Green) Sir Gerald Howarth MP House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. 020 7219 5650 Hampshire County Council The Castle, Winchester SO23 8UJ. 0300 555 1375 Hart District Council Civic Offices, Harlington Way, Fleet GU51 4AE. 01252 622122 Yateley Town Council Council Offices, Reading Road, Yateley Green GU46 7RP. 01252 872198 EMERGENCIES Fire, Police and Ambulance 999 Childline 0800 1111 Silverline (helpline for older people) 0800 4 70 80 90 Samaritans 116123 UTILITIES Southern Electric (SSE) 0800 783 8866 Gas 0800 111 999 South East Water 0333 000 0365 Southern Water 0330 303 0277 or 0800 0270800 Thames Water (sewerage) 0800 3169800 Floodline 0345 988 1188 TRANSPORT Hart Shopper (book 1 to 6 days ahead, cost £5 or £2.50 concessionary) 07719799263 Sainsbury’s Watchmoor Park (Thursdays only, pick up Vigo Lane 09.47, Monteagle Lane 09.48, St Swithun’s 09.55, Manor Park 09.59) YELAbus Tracey 0771 9799263 Yateley Neighbourcare 03000 05 05 05 around Yateley 2016 May 63

Activities & Societies Blackwater Friday Club Meet every Friday 12.30-15.30 Darby Green & Frogmore Social Hall GU17 0NP for playing cards, bingo, curling, cross toss a ring, quiz, bring and buy, tea and biscuits. Contact Gillian Foster 01276 34100 or Jean Armstrong 01252 860584 Camberley & Yateley Friendship Centre for over 50s Meet third Thursday each month 14.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW and first Thursday for pub lunches at 12 noon. Contact Barbara Brown 01252 876615 Guiding Blackwater Valley (Yateley, Hawley, Frogmore and Darby Green) There is Guiding happening every night in the Blackwater Valley for Rainbows (6-7), Brownies (7-10), Guides (10-14) and Rangers (14 and up). Find the unit that suits you best through Always looking for volunteers, they don’t have to be every week. If you would like to join or talk about volunteering, try Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Organise monthly walks during the summer. Contact Lyn Deavin 01252 879255 K9 Planet dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Wednesday 18.30-19.30. Contact K9 Services dog training Dog training at Yateley Village Hall, every Friday noon-15.00. Contact Primrose Club For senior citizens, meet WI Hall, Reading Road GU46 7UH Contact Ann de Courcy on 07913 633790 or 01252 501182 Ramblers Association (NE Hants) Rotary Club of Hart Meet Thursdays 19.30 for 20.00 North Hants Golf Club, Fleet GU51 1RF Sandhurst Shooters Netball Club They run 2 sessions a week, Tuesday 19.30-20.30 & Thursday 19.30-21.00 Sandhurst Sports Centre, Owlsmoor Road GU47 0SD Sandhurst Shooters Facebook group Theatre 64 Theatre drama group, meet Monday & Friday evenings Frogmore Junior School 64 around Yateley May 2016

Vision4Youth Meet weekly19.00-21.00 on Wednesday Darby Green Centre and on Friday at Yateley Green, for ages 11-18, providing activities, sports, information and advice. The Yateley Society Meet monthly except January 19.30 for 20.00 Red Cross Centre, Monteagle Lane GU46 6LU and at Yateley Green for May Fayre. Tythings Coffee Club Meet every Thursday morning for a gentle chat, quizzes and raffles, and regular outings 10.45-12.45 The Tythings GU46 7RP Contact Ann Kern on 01252 872975 or email: Yateley & Crowthorne Big Band Society Meet monthly second Tuesday 19.45-22.30 The Tythings GU46 7RP 01252 661037 Kay Sealey or Yateley & District Gardening Society Meet monthly 2nd Monday except January 19.30 for 20.00 Hedgecroft, Bracken Lane GU46 6JW and at Yateley Green for May Fayre. Non-members welcome ÂŁ2 Yateley & District University of the Third Age (U3A) Meet first Thursday each month 10.00 for 10.30 Sandhurst Memorial Hall GU47 9BJ Yateley & Hawley Bridge Club Meet Wednesdays and Fridays 19.20 Memorial Hall, Fernhill Road, Hawley GU17 9BW or contact Alan Brown 01276 27354 or Judy Douch 01483 475133 Yateley Bowling Club 6-rink green and clubhouse The Bowling Green, Reading Road GU46 7RP Yateley Choral Society Rehearse monthly Mondays 19.45-21.45 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ email: Yateley Lifesaving Club Meet every Thursday TBA Yateley School pool, School Lane GU46 6NL Contact Pat Brewer on Yateley Morris Men Meet Tuesdays (October-April) 20.00 Drama Hall, Yateley Manor School GU46 7UQ email: Yateley Neighbourhood Watch Assists residents in reducing the opportunities for crime and passing info to police. around Yateley 2016 May 65

Yateley War Memorial

George Harris Private George Harris, No 31590, Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment 6th Bn. He died on 23 March 1918, age 30, in the Arras sector in France. George took part in the stalemate of trench warfare and continual heavy bombardment that lasted after the Battle of Arras in April/May 1917 until 7 August 1918, the start of a Hundred Days Offensive that led to a decisive victory on 11 November. He was the son of William Harris (1855-??) & Elizabeth Grainger (baptised 26 November 1854-??) of Yateley Common, Mount Eagle, Yateley, Hants; living with his grandfather, gardener James Grainger (1827-1900), in 1891. George was born in Yateley in 1888. He was the husband of Mary Vickery (born 2 July 1888, and baptised 9 September 1888, daughter of Joseph William Vickery and Sarah Ann, of Castle Bottom, Eversley, Basingstoke). They were married on 24 December 1910 at Christ Church, Crookham, Hampshire, Willam was a garden labourer in 1911, living at Mount Eagle Cottage, Yateley. Mary Harris (1888-1947) remarried on 14 April 1923 at Crookham Village, to Arthur Cottrell. They had one child, Charlie Cottrell in 1930 He is listed on Arras Memorial part X, in Faubourg d’Amiens. This memorial contains the names of 35,942 officers and men of the British Empire who fell during the Battle of Arras and have no known grave. Henry Harris Private Henry Harris 25432, 1st Bn Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment died 24 March 1918, age 26, the day after his cousin George. He was formerly of the Somerset Light Infantry No 22893. Born 1892 in Yateley, son of Samuel Harris (1857-1929) and Dianah [Diana] Grainger (baptised 17 May 1857-1946) of Heatherside View, Vigo Lane, Yateley. Henry was 8 in 1901, living in Vigo Lane next to the Anchor Inn beerhouse. By 1911 Henry was a farm labourer, age 18, still living with his parents, five sisters and five brothers at Vigo Lane, Yateley. 66 around Yateley May 2016

He is listed on Arras Memorial part X, in Faubourg d’Amiens. This memorial contains the names of 35,942 officers and men of the British Empire who fell during the Battle of Arras and have no known grave. YATELEY FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS Whilst covering the Harris family, it is worth considering that in a village of just 1879 people, it was inevitable that there would be lots of close family relationships. George and Henry Harris were not only related by being paternal first cousins, sons of two brothers, William and Samuel Harris, they were also closely related on their mothers’ side as the two brothers were married to sisters Elizabeth and Diana Grainger respectively. Another Grainger sister, Mercy Grainger (1846-??) was married to George Wheeler (1841-??), the brother of Owen Wheeler (1845-1907), who was father of young Lloyd Wheeler (1882-1914), who went down with HMS Good Hope in 1914. William Grainger (1851-1928), was brother to the three Grainger sisters, all children of James Grainger (1826-??) and Sophia Gregory (1821-??). William married Ann Catharick (1852-??) and it was their child Fred Grainger (1895-1916), who was killed on the Somme. Another Yateley family connection among the fallen, Cecil Howard Ker, was married to Dorothy Hill Climo, the sister of Vershoyle Hill Climo. Clarence and Reginald Legg were brothers who died during the Great War. George Cowie, who died in 1917, yet is not on the Yateley War Memorial, was married to Edith May Bunch, whose grandfather was William Bunch (1806-1885). Another casualty of 1917 was Bertie Bunch. His grandfather was Thomas Bunch (18131890). William and Thomas were brothers. Thomas Walter Hicks and Reginald Francis Hicks were brothers, who were killed within four weeks of each other. Arthur Harrison Arthur Harrison was Private 23384 in the 2nd Bn Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire) Regiment, who died on 2 October 1917 age 25. He was the son of William Harrison (1866-??), a domestic gardener of Normanby by Spital, Lincolnshire, and Kate Williamson/Ferguson (24 February 1867-15 May 1938) (of Hornsea, Yorks). They were living in Holly Hill Cottage, Yateley at the time of Arthur’s death. His parents married in Stockport in 1891 (March Quarter ref 8a 133). Arthur Harrison was born 1894 in Droylsden, Lancs, He lived in Poynton, near Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1901, aged 8 years old. I couldn’t find his whereabouts in the 1911 census, by which time his family are living in Yateley. He would have 18 and presumably working away from home. around Yateley 2016 May 67

His effects were forwarded onto his next of kin, father William on 25 February 1918 of £3-8-9d and £7-10-0 war gratuity on 12 December 1919. Cemetery: Derry House Cemetery No 2, grave ref II.L1.6. Heuvelland, Arrondissement leper, West Flanders (West Vlaanderen), Belgium. William [George] Hearmon William George Hearmon, Private (Service No SE/12912), Royal Army Veterinary Corps. He died 12 February 1919, in the Military Hospital at Devonport, age 41 [actually aged about 43]. We do not know if he was involved in any campaigns or if he died of natural causes. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He was the son of James Hearmon (1833-1909) and Margaret Weller (1845-1935) of Blackwater Road, Yateley. He was born in 1876 in Caversham, Oxon (June Quarter Henley, ref 3a 626). He was living at The Swan at Whistley Green, Hurst, Berks in 1881, age 5 with his parents. Ten years later he was living in Eversley as a boarder with the family of Thomas Young, a carrier, and worked for Young as an assistant carrier, age 14. In 1901 he had become a domestic groom age 24, living in the grooms’ quarters, along with six other grooms, of Elvetham Hall, Elvetham. By 1911 he was 34, single, still a domestic groom, but living with his licensed victualler mother and two brothers at The Plough, Yateley, prior to that his late father was publican at The Lamb, by Eversley Cricket Green from 1882 and before that The Swan at Whistley Green, Hurst, Berkshire. The inscription on William’s memorial in St Peter’s: “William George Hearmon, son of Margaret and The Late James Hearmon who departed this life Feb 12th 1919 in his 42nd year. ‘God We[?] Love’. In loving memory of my dear sister Rose Anna Morris who passed away December 26th 1939 aged 61 years. ‘Rest in Peace’. His effects included £19 war gratuity, and the total sum of £43-12-5d was paid to his mother Margaret on 26 June 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. Cemetery Yateley St Peter’s, grave ref 2. 68 around Yateley May 2016

John Hicks John Hicks, Private, 28651 Somerset Light Infantry Regiment, 6th Bn (formerly 34190 Wiltshire Regiment, enlisted at Hartley Wintney). He died 11 February 1918 at the Somme, France, age 29. He was born in Baughurst, Tadley in 1889, and baptised at Bentley on 8 September 1889, son of Henry and Christabel Hicks. He was the eldest son of Henry Hicks (1863-22 March 1929) and Christobella Mary James (1870-30 July 1933) who married at Eversley on 1 January 1889 (ref vol 2c page 215). In 1901 the census states that his birth was in Yateley, like all his siblings. He was 12. His parents were hawkers of baskets, living on Yateley Common, next to the James’ family, near Dungells Farm and the Anchor Inn in Vigo Lane. In 1911 he was an agricultural farm labourer, noting that he was born in Tadley, still living with his parents and six siblings on Yateley Common, his father working as a greengrocer on his own account. His father Henry was sent John’s effects on 7 June 1918 of £7-15s, with £3 war gratuity sent the following 22 November 1919, to ‘Small Hopes’, Yateley Common. Cemetery: Grand-Serucourt, ref V.G6 Thomas W[alter] Hicks Thomas Walter Hicks was Private 129260 of the 72nd Bn, Canadian Expeditionary Force, killed in action 9 April 1917 in Vimy, age about 44. He was the son of John Hicks and Julia Anne Hicks, born in Abingdon District, Berkshire (ref December Quarter 2c 300) and was baptised on 3 November 1872 at North Hinksey, Berkshire. In the 1881 census Thomas W was living at Hill End Cottages, Cumnor, with his farmer parents John and Julia A Hicks, with William J 10, George S 6, Emma E 4 and Reginald F 3. His parents John Hicks and Julia Anne Smith were married in Headington, Oxfordshire, in the June Quarter 1870 (ref 3a 825). In the 1891 census, Thomas Hicks was living with mother Julia Anne Hicks, widow, farmer, in Cumnor , now at Hill End Farm, with brother William Joseph (1871-1909) 20, farmer’s son; himself 18, farmer’s son born in Botley Meadow, Oxon; Emma Eliza (1877-1954) 14, scholar; Reginald Francis (1878-1917) 13, scholar; and John (1882-??) 9, scholar. His brother George Sidney (1875-5 April 1965) was working as an assistant baker with his aunt Elizabeth Hedges in Ensham, Eynsham, Oxon. The 1901 census shows him as farmer Thomas W Hicks 28, Head of household, Hill End Farm in Cumnor, Berkshire, as the eldest of four brothers and one sister; George S around Yateley 2016 May 69

26, farmer’s son; Emma E 24, housekeeper domestic; Reginald F 23, butcher; and John 19 farmer’s son. His residence was Clarks Farm, Farley Hill, Swallowfield, Berks in 1911, again in the occupation of farmer, still head of household, with brothers Reginald and John, also farmers. Possibly he was the Thomas Hicks age 38, farm labourer, who emigrated to Canada 26 May 1912 on vessel “Canada” from Liverpool to Quebec, although odd that he didn’t put down that he was a farmer. Perhaps by then the brothers had lost the farm, and was the reason why he was emigrating for a new life. On Vimy Memorial Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Reginald F[rancis] Hicks Reginald Francis Hicks, Private G/52506, Royal Fusiliers, 4th Bn London Regt, formerly F/3400 Middlesex Regt. Died 3 May 1917 age 40. He was born in Cumnor, Berks 1878 (ref June Quarter Abingdon 2c 287). He was living with his parents at Hill End Cottages, Cumnor in the 1881 census, age 3. By 1891 his father had died, with his mother carrying on the business of farmer at Hill End Farm, Cumnor He was a butcher in Cumnor in 1901. His residence was Clarks Farm, Farley Hill, Swallowfield, Berks in 1911, which he shared with his brothers, all working as farmers. His brother Thomas Walter Hicks was killled in action in April 1917, with the 72nd Bn of the Canadian Army. His residence on his attestation papers was Stanlake in Oxon, his next of kin was his brother George Sidney Hicks of Church Farm, Eversley, Hampshire. He is listed on the Arras Memorial, at Faubourg-D’Amiens Cemetery, Arras. Cemetery: Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, grave ref Bay 3.

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May 2016  

Biggest issue to date, 72pp full of what is happening in and around Yateley. Main article: European Union, are you In or Out?

May 2016  

Biggest issue to date, 72pp full of what is happening in and around Yateley. Main article: European Union, are you In or Out?