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2010 Walks and Talks
Our 2010 Walks and Talks programme is now underway. For details, go to the Events page.
New Address and Telephone Number
As of 12th January, we have moved our office from Beaconsfield House to:
Death of John Venning
It is with great sadness that we write to tell you of the death of John Venning, chairman of the Campaign to Protect Rural England in Hampshire.
John passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, 21st October during a holiday with his wife, Sybil, whilst on a coastal walk in Cornwall.
He lived in Steep.
AGM Highlights (May 2009)
The 2009 AGM was held at Shawford Village Hall on 20th May. Chairman John Venning reviewed the year's successes and outstanding issues. He highlighted a new approach to volunteering - campaigning à la carte.
Ed Dawson, CPRE South East regional Director, described the outcome of the South East Plan and outlined the new structures now that the South East Regional Assembly has been abolished. His bottom line: the issues remain, whatever the structures.
Shaun Spiers, CPRE Chief Executive, outlined how the new 2026 vision and how it was developed.
Hampshire Views - Issue 1 (Spring/Summer 2009)
Our new annual printed newsletter has been sent out to members. Packed full of information on our campaigns, updates from the district groups, plans for the future, and above all, how we are restructuring our volunteering so that poeple can volunteer à la carte specifically on campaigns that they are passionate about.
The individual articles will be put into the relevant sections of this website later, but you can download and read the entire 16-page, professionally produced glossy magazine here:
CPRE's Christmas card - we need your help! (March 2009)
Following the great success of last year's Christmas card, we are now searching for photos for 2009.
Do you have any photos of a snowy village scene, any winter shots of landscape, famous landmarks, or Christmassy scenes?
If so, we'd love to see them!
If anyone has any photos that they think may be interesting for our 2009 Christmas card, then please send them to: email@example.com. We would very much appreciate your help. If your photograph is selected you will have the satisfaction of having your own Christmas card produced…. and you will also be helping to support the work of CPRE Hampshire.
Do You Have Unwanted Items?
CPRE Mid-Hampshire is taking part in two events. They will have a sale table at the Mayor's table-top sale on 29th March and they are running the Winchester car boot sale in Worthy Lane car park on Sunday 24th May. As well as providing stewards for the event, CPRE will also be running a table.
If you have any unwanted items, plants, toys, books etc. that you would be kind enough to donate; we would be very pleased to arrange collection.
Please contact Chris Slattery in Winchester on 01962 865088 or John Budden in the Denmead/ Bishops Waltham area on 02392 343731. Alternatively, you can contact branch office and we will try to arrange collection for other areas.
Thank you for your support!
CPRE Responds to New Forest National Park Draft Management Plan (November 2008)
Bordon/Whitehill Eco-town (November 2008)
An Eco-town at Bordon/Whitehill has today taken a step forward on the path to becoming a reality. CPRE is monitoring the situation and wants to ensure that any development is designed and planned within a strict environmental framework in keeping with the needs of residents of Bordon/Whitehill and villages in the surrounding countryside. See press release.
CPRE Responds to South East Plan Changes (October 2008)
CPRE South East has sent a full response on the latest proposed changes to the South East Draft Plan. It objects strongly to proposed changes in process, housing, lack of sustainability sub regional designation. See press release, Overview of response (PDF) or Full response (PDF - 86 pages).
New Christmas Card for 2008 Now on Sale
Our new Christmas card shows a seasonal image of St Nicholas Church Steventon taken by a CPRE member. Cards cost £4 for a pack of 10. See details.
Press Release on 2009 Awards Scheme
Although nominations for CPRE Hampshire's 2009 Awards Scheme have been open for acceptance since announcement of the 2008 Award Winners, a press release has gone out to increase awareness and to encourage eligble schemes to enter. The awards recognise and reward people/organisations who are working to enhance Hampshire's environment and to highlight the importance of good environmental practice. See the press release
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?
This is the title of a new book from CPRE supporter Charles Flower. Charles is one of the country's top authorities on wild flowers and has both talked at CPRE meetings and hosted visits to his own wild flower farm, Carver's Hill Farm (see the press release about our 2007 visit). The book is described as "a beautiful but practical guide to bringing our gardens and the countryside back to life by re-introducing the wild flowers that used to provide food for birds, butterflies and other insects and were a constant delight to the human eye". See flier (PDF opens in new window) for details.
Bill Bryson's Notes on A Dirty Island
CPRE President Bill Bryson reported for BBC's Panorama on 11th August. He highlighted the blight of litter and flytipping that is despoiling our countryside. Support CPRE's Stop The Drop campaign. See Litter Campaign
CPRE celebrates a significant victory in the campaign against BOATS.
Following an Appeal Court ruling, eighteen of the claims for new BOATs (Byways Open to All Traffic) in Hampshire which were previously exempt from the NERC Act legislation have now been rejected as invalid. Rosemary Horsey takes reader through the tortuous byways of this legislation (Aug 2008). Read full article.
Eco-Towns: Not So Eco
The Government plans a number of eco-towns, including a 5,500 home development at Bordon-Whitehill. CPRE fully supports the Government's aspirations for achieving the highest standards in terms of sustainability and affordability. However, far from being eco, many of the schemes are in remote or otherwise unsustainable locations. CPRE is assessing the various schemes to see how they match up to CPRE's ten tests for sustainability.
One Last Push for the South Downs Petition
John Venning of CPRE Hampshire is urging as many people as possible to sign the petition to include the Western Weald in the South Downs National Park. The target is 5,000 signature by 9th July.
Read the press release
CPRE Hampshire Announces Award Winners
CPRE Hampshire is proud to announce the first four winners of its Countryside and Design award, launched this year. They are:
Stop the Drop Anti-litter campaign launched 16th April
CPRE's President, Bill Bryson, launched this, CPRE's biggest 2008 campaign saying "Litter is becoming the default condition of the countryside. It is time that we – all of us – did something about this. The landscape is too lovely to trash."
CPRE Hampshire has been addressing the problems with fly-tipping since 2006, and is now fully behind the national campaign with local initiatives.
Members will now have received their 24-page newsletter. You can download a PDF version here (opens in new window). Individual articles are also put into the relevant sections of this website. See for example the 2007-8 District Group Reports.
Walks and Talks Programme 2008
CPRE Hampshire's walks and talks programme is now underway. There are springtime guided walks in Old Portsmouth, Ampsfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There are farm visits in June and July to two farms on the Wintershill estate and Lyburn Farm.
Later visits include Silchester, Twyford waterworks, Fleet Pond Nature Reserve and Alton's Material Recovery Facility.
The latest South East Plan report is recommending housing allocations for Hampshire that exceed 128,000 over the next 18 years. These numbers are 5 per cent higher than targets that were recommended in the EiP (Examination in Public) report, and could be raised even further by central government in future.
In response to this, two CPRE members have set up a website called www.savethesouth.org.uk, and they are asking for all those concerned with this issue to sign their Downing Street petition. Well over 1000 signatures are needed for this petition to make an impact, and to generate a response from the Prime Minister, so your contribution would be very much appreciated.
You will find the petition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/savethesouth/.
New Awards Scheme Launched
As part of CPRE Hampshire's aim to involve more people within the community in its activities, we have launched a new environmental awards. The 'CPRE Hampshire Countryside and Design Award' and will run annually and cover three categories:
Nominations for the first awards must be received by 21st March 2008.
This has recently been sent out to members who have registered their email address. The contents include:
You can download the bulletin here (PDF).
New Report on Water Resources
The South East could face a shortfall of one billion litres a day in drinkable water if we do not do more to conserve and recycle supplies. The Government and the water companies have not woken up to the new realities of water supply. These are the conclusions of a CPRE South East report written by hydrologist Graham Warren. Read the press release or the full 65-page report (PDF: 2.85Mb).
Bill Bryson visits areas to be excluded from the South Downs National Park
Bill Bryson, CPRE's president, on 11th September visited areas in the Western Weald which were recently recommended by the government's planning inspector to be excluded from the proposed national park.
South Downs Campaign Hots Up
Recently over 100 campaigners walked Harting Down to support the campaign to achieve the best possible South Downs National Park. Walkers included Brian Blessed, the actor and outgoing President of the Council for National Parks. Read about it and see the pictures. There is currently a further round of consultation (closes 13th August) on issues such as its boundaries.
Act Now To Protect The Future of The Countryside
Following publication of the Commission for Rural Communities State of the Countryside report 2007 CPRE national office has issued a press release welcoming "much good news in this report", but expressing concerns about "some urgent issues" including affordable housing and damaging infrastructure projects.
Reports from CPRE Hampshire's AGM - 19th May
This was held at Sparsholt College, near Winchester. Read about:
Spring/Summer 2007 Newsletter
The latest newsletter was recently sent to members. Contents include:
plus all the usual features such as district group reports and details of events. Articles are placed in the relevant sections of this website. Alternatively you can read the whole newsletter (PDF format - 691Kb).
Other County office news
South East Region News
The CPRE South East Regional Director, Edward Dawson, is very active in representing CPRE at the Examination-in-Public of the South East Plan. Read our South East Plan campaigns pages for latest updates. He also works closely with partners to influence SEERA (the South East England Regional Assembly) and also has good links with SEEDA (the South East England Development Agency) and GOSE (the Government Office for the South East) in order to campaign for CPRE objectives.
Go to the Regional News page for up to date regional information.
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