The countryside champions

Walks and Talks Programme

During the last few years we have had a 'Walks and Talks' programme. This provides a mixture of social events, indoor meetings and visits to places of interest. Details of our 2014 'Walks and Talks' programme have recently been released. An overview will be found in the calendar below.

The Country Land and Business Association run a countrywide annual programme of events and talks, which are related to rural business and the countryside. CPRE members are very welcome to join activities - see the CLA events list (external link).

Our Next Event

Our next event is the AGM at Itchen Abbas Village Hall on Friday 16th May, followed by a talk and ploughman's lunch.

  • The AGM takes place from 11am - 12.30pm
  • The talk is from 12.30pm - 1.30pm. It is 'Planning our special places forever, for everyone' by Karin Taylor, Head of Land Use and Planning at the National Trust. Karin is a geographer, town planner and landscape manager and leads a team of planning advisers based in the English regions, Wales and Northern Ireland. She has been working for the National Trust for five years, following 26 years in local government in Hampshire and Wiltshire
  • The ploughman's lunch follows at 1.30pm. It costs £8 per person and includes a drink.

Other 2014 Events

events detAils and booking form

Full details of the events listed below will found on the events pages (PDF) of our Spring/Summer newsletter (click on image at right). To make a booking for one of these events, then please print out and complete the booking form on the first page and send it with your cheque to our county office. You can also contact Janet Dornan on 01962 841897 to clarify details or to book.

  • Tue 20th May - Coach trip to the Petworth Estate (National Trust). Picks up from Andover 8.30am, Romsey 9.30am.
  • Wed 21st May - Visit to Upham Brewery, winner of a 2013 Countryside Award. 10.30-12.
  • Fri 6th June - Itchen Abbas Village Hall: 'East of Eden', lecture by Dominic Cole, Chairman of the Garden History Society.
  • Wed 11th June - Visit to Greywell Hill (CPRE members only). Organised by North East Hampshire Group. From 10.30am, followed by lunch.
  • Wed 25th June - Visit to Butterfly Conservation Site at Magdalen Hill Down, near Winchester. 10.30am. Bring a picnic.
  • Thurs 11th July - Private tour of the local wildlife Trust restoration project at Abbotts Barton streams. 10am.
  • Fri 25th July - Private tour and visit to Bramshill House and walled garden. 6.30pm.
  • Wed 3rd Sept - Visit to Oaks Havant crematorium to see ancient woodland and rare heathland species. 10.30am.
  • Fri 17th Oct - Quiz Night, Littleton Village Hall.
  • Fri 7th Nov - Quiz Night, East Meon Village Hall.

Events Help

get involved

We are looking for some help with our events. We usually hold two large events a year and there are a number of smaller district events you could get involved in. Activities could include, help setting up the event, advertising, logistics on the evening such as setting up, serving drinks or selling raffle tickets. It doesn’t matter how much time you have to offer, we’d love to hear from you. We will very much work around you and any reasonable expenses can be claimed back.

To find out more or to offer help, please telephone Janet Dornan on 01962 841897 or email

Caroline Dibden

Recent Events (2014)

Tues 10th Apr: CPRE expert Caroline Dibden talked on Fracking in Hampshire at Elizabeth Hall, Hook. She went through the geology, exploration and extraction and described the implications for environment, water supplies, infrastructure etc. More later...

Thurs 27th Feb: Sir Andrew Motion visited CPRE Hampshire. As well as an evening lecture he also met local schoolchildren and launched a poetry competition.

Sir Andrew Motion

Press releases about this event - Post-event and competition launch :: Reminder :: initial announcement.

Poetry competition details and entry form.

2013 Events

  • Fri 11th Oct: The Amazon - An Environmental Crisis for us all; lecture by Professor Sir Ghillean Prance. Read press release and flyer
  • Sun 22nd Sep: 'All Aboard' - a musical afternoon of sea-faring tradition. Read press release and poster (PDF)
  • Thurs 4th July 2pm: A visit to Avington Park, including a barrel organ recital - read visit report.
  • Wed 26th June 2pm: Sustainable farming for wildlife - Trinley Farm Estate Visit, near Smannell just outside Andover -read visit report.
  • Tues 11th June: A look at a rural business - visit to a wildflower farm near Basingstoke.
  • Tues 28th May: Annual General Meeting, Holiday Inn Winchester. A new president, awards and an interesting talk - read press release (3 June) - also annual review 2012-13.
  • Tues 21st May: Avebury Manor. Coach trip leaving Andover at 8.30am.
  • Thur 9th May: An exclusive visit to Rotherfield Park, Gardens, reception (sponsored by Alastair Nugent Vintner) and a talk: 'Churchill's sculptor' by Lady Aurelia Young - read report and post-visit press release.
  • Thur 9th May: The Future of Water Resources in Hampshire. A visit to Testwood Lakes - read visit report.
  • Thurs 11th Apr 1pm: Trip to Minley Manor (near Yately) - flyer (PDF) and press release
  • Wed 27th Mar: Bombay Sapphire - at Laverstoke Mill. A visit to the new Bombay Gin UK operations headquarters.

Earlier Events

Our events archive gives you a good flavour of events of the last few years, including reports of some of the visits.

This page last updated 16th April 2014.