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Latest News from CPRE Hampshire

This page gives general items of news as well as highlights from our monthly eNewsletters. To receive the eNewsletter by email, open the latest eNewsletter and click on the 'Subscribe' tab at the top. For shorter more frequent updates check our Twitter feed and our Facebook page.

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eNewsletter (April 2015)

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  • 'Our field is singing' - Wicor Primary School's protest song about plans to put 135 houses on this field at Portchester.
  • Manifesto update - CPRE has written to prospective MPs asking them to support our Countryside Manifesto. This follows on from our Jan 2015 briefing to current MPs on Our Dysfunctional Planning System.
  • Award Winner Update - since winning one of our 2013 Countryside Awards Andover Trees "have been inspired to keep pushing forward" with tree planting and engaign the wider community".
  • Garden visits - it's that time of year; the newsletter list forcoming visits - see events page for more details.
  • Art Exhibition - we are planning one for November and artists are invited to submit their work; contact the office for details.

AGM Information (April 2015)

The AGM will be held at 11am Itchin Abbas & Avington Village Hall (CPRE Hampshire) on Friday 24th April. It will be followed by a talk by Su Sayer CBE, CPRE Chair on ‘CPRE’s successes and why protecting the countryside is important’. See the AGM Agenda (PDF). For approval is a revised constitution (PDF) as CPRE Hampshire seeks to convert to a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation). See also the minutes of the 2014 AGM (PDF) and press release on the AGM and talk by Su Sayer, Chair of CPRE.

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eNewsletter (March 2015)

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  • Countryside Awards - the launch event for the 2015 awards was held on 25th March. See press release and Awards page for details on how to enter.
  • 'The Close Shaves and the High Heels' - an opportunity to see two harmony groups perform (Sat 16th May) - download flyer (PDF).
  • Development at Yateley - A proposal to build 150 homes on a greenfield site has been refused – read article.
  • Cotswold Outdoor Discount - CPRE has negotiated a 10% discount on retail prices for our members. More details will be sent directly to members.

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eNewsletter (Febuary 2015)

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  • Test Valley group AGM - from 6.30pm at Stockbridge Town Hall, followed by a talk at 7.45pm by Douglas Paterson on ‘Farming and the Hampshire Countryside’. See press release and Test Valley group page for more information.
  • Neighbourhood Planning in North East Hampshire - an update on what is happening around the district, including Hartley WEitney and Winchfield, by Janet Martin - read article ::neighbourhood planning page.
  • Talk on Fracking - CPRE expert Caroline Dibden is giving a talk ‘Energy and the Countryside – should we be worried about fracking?’, Caroline Dibden. to The Dever Society on Tuesday 31st March. 8pm Northbrook Hall, Micheldever. CPRE members welcome.
  • NFU Mutual Survey - Thanks to those members who completed NFU Mutual's online survey last year. The winner of the M&S gift card was Jan Drewett from New Milton. NFU Mutual is one of our many partners who support our work.

There are also short items about other events and news from several districts. Also winners of our 500 Club draw.


eNewsletter (January 2015)

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eNewsletter (December 2014)

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  • Please send us your countryside pictures! Already we are planning our 2015 bespoke Christmas card, so get out your camera and take a seasonal photo - see details.
  • Thanks to all (over 100) who completed our survey on Hampshire Views
  • The Planning and Policy Group (PPG) held its final meeting of the year on 1st December at Easton Village Hall. It rel-elected Christopher Napier chairman and discussed strategy for 2015 - see press release.
  • Don't forget that the winning poems in our inaugural Countryside Poetry Competition for children can be read on our Winning Poets and Poems page.

eNewsletter (November 2014)

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eNewsletter (October 2014)

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  • We want your views on our newsletter Hampshire Views. Participants will be entered into a prize draw - click here to access online survey.
  • The 'Waste of Space' campaign is gathering momentum in Hampshire. We have written to all Councillors asking them to identify brownfield sites in their wards.
  • Please check out this year's selection of Christmas cards which are available to view on this website - go to our shopping page.
  • Our annual appeal has raised more than £10,500 which will help us protect Hampshire's countryside.
  • CPRE North East Hampshire have responded with a detailed submission on Hart District Council's housing plan - more (inlcuding the full submission) on the NEH group page.
  • Winchester District Local Plan Part 2 consultation runs until 5th December - go to South Downs & Central group page for details.

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eNewsletter (September 2014)

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  • Announcement of winners of CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards - see awards page and press release for details of winners.
  • Also announced are the winners of the Children's Countryside Poetry Competition - further details (and poems) will be posted on this website shortly.
  • CPRE National Office has published 'CPRE: Stand up for the countryside - a manifesto for the 2015 General Election' - download it from the CPRE National website (PDF: 100Kb).
  • Last call for tickets for Dominic Cole's talk East of Eden - details on our events page.

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eNewsletter (August 2014)

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  • Launch of Waste of Space campaign - why build houses on greenfields when there are plenty of brownfield sites? Help us spot the wasted space where you live and take action. See also planning page.
  • Dominic Cole talk 'East of Eden' on Wednesday 8th October - see events page.
  • Visit to The Oaks Havant Crematorium on Wednesday 3rd October - see events page.
  • Survey by one of our sponsors NFU Mutual

April 2014

Launch of 2014 awards

Countryside Awards Scheme 2014

Started in 2007 this scheme goes from strength to strength. The 2014 scheme was launched at The Round About Café, a not-for-profit community cafe near Southampton. This year sees the addition of a new category - 'Green Buildings' - with a new sponsor, Radian. Another new sponsor Gregg Dutton Solicitors sponsors the Rural Enterprise category. The Southern Cooperative continues to sponsor the Voluntary / Community category while Steve's Leaves remains the overall sponsor.

You can find full details of how to enter on our Countryside Awards page.

Further to the item below, CPRE President, Sir Andrew Motion, launched a children's countryside poetry competition when he visited CPRE Hampshire in February. Details of the competition are on the Poetry Competition page.

December 2013

Andrew motion talk

Former Poet Laureate to visit Hampshire

The first of our 'Walks & Talks' events for 2014 has been announced. This is a talk by former poet laureate and current CPRE President, Sir Andrew Motion. His talk, At the Holiday Inn, Winchester on 27th February, will be ‘Childhood, poetry and caring for the countryside’. Tickets cost £20 per person, including a glass of wine and snacks.

Click image above to enlarge or read details in our press release (9 Dec).

October 2013

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Hampshire Views - Issue 7
(Autumn/Winter 2013)

Our latest newsletter says that the current planning system is failing to protect our valuable countryside. The main centre page spread gives an overview of CPRE's Transport Toolkit. This is to encourage you to "Be Inspired - improve travel choices where you are". The newsletter also outlines our recently launched water policy, while there are other features on puppies and wildlife, and on hedgerows. Also on changes at the office. Go to the newsletter page for details and links to individual articles or...

Download the full newsletter: Hampshire Views No. 7 (Autumn/Winter 2013) - PDF (16 pages; 28.6Mb)

September 2013

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Awards Go from Strength to Strength

CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards for 2013 were presented at a ceremony on Friday 27th September. The awards recognise significant achievements across the county which support our goal of "standing up for the countryside". The main award winners were Andover Trees United (Youth category), Jodrell Close Wildlife Garden, Horndean (Voluntary and Community category) and Upham Brewery Expansion Project, near Winchester (Rural Enterprise category). There was also a surprise special award for the creation of the Gypsy’s Wildlife Pond, at the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

See press release - awards page

May 2013

Anthony McEwen Countryside Award

CPRE Hampshire AGM

Anthony McEwen receives a Countryside Medal from Christopher Napier at the 2013 AGM. In his annual report Christopher repotred on changes in the planning system and the potential impact on Hampshire's countryside. He updated the meeting on office changes and new partnerships
Read the 2012-13 annual report

April 2013

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Hampshire Views - Issue 6
(Spring/Summer 2013)

Recently published is our twice yearly newsletter, which is posted to our members. It contains messages from our new leaders and a farewell message from our retiring director Anthony McEwen. There is the usual coverage of local groups and many feature articles. Go to the newsletter page for details or...

Download the full newsletter: Hampshire Views No. 6 (Spring/Summer 2013) - PDF (16 pages; 18.9Mb)

March 2013

New Leadership, CPRE Hampshire

Michael Rescorle

Following the retirement of Anthony McEwen, CPRE Hampshire is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Rescorle as CPRE Hampshire Director. On his appoinment he said:

"As a son of a Cornish farmer and an enthusiastic user of our countryside for walking, cycling, fishing and general sightseeing, I fully support everything CPRE has done and is doing to ensure our beautiful countryside is preserved and enhanced. The countryside is invaluable."

See press release (28 Mar).

Walks and Talks 2013

The full Walks and Talks programme for 2013 has been announced. It includes several outdoor visits covering both wonderful estates and also rural businesses. For further information...
Go to the events page or download the 2-page flyer (PDF).

February 2013

Nominations for 2013 Awards Now Open

The 2013 CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards sponsored by Steve's Leaves has just been launched. As usual there are three categories: Youth, Rurual Enterprise and Community / Voluntary. This year we are pleased to have The Southern Co-operative (TSC) sponsoring the 'Community and Voluntary category' for the first time in 2013 whilst SmithsGore, land agents and rural surveyors, is continuing its sponsorship of the Rural Enterprise category.

For full details go to the Awards page

November 2012

Vacancy: Director, CPRE Hampshire

Our current Director, Anthony McEwen wishes to be relieved of his part-time (3 days per week), Winchester based role, during the early part of 2013. Applications for this post have now closed, but you can see details of the role in our office news.

October 2012

Autumn Newsletter

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Just published is our Autumn Newsletter. It includes the latest on planning, and various feature articles. Download it here Hampshire Views No. 5 - PDF (12 pages; 2.8Mb)

Countryside Awards

The annual CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award winners have been announced:

  • Rural Enterprise Category: Wildflower Turf Ltd.
  • Voluntary and Community Category: Buriton Chalk Pit
  • Young People's Category: 'Field to Fork' by Hampshire Country Learning
  • Special Award: Andover Trees United

Details can be found on the awards page and the press release.

May 2012

Annual Reviews ... And More

Our AGM was held on 17th May. Now available on this website are:

Hampshire Views No 4 included the following updates from county office:

In addition there were articles on our various activities. You can download the whole magazine (3.5Mb PDF) or view individual articles.

New Partners

During the last couple of months we have been pleased to announce partnerships with several organisations. These include:

  • Smiths Gore - sponsors of our Rural Enterprise Award
  • Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection
  • Chawton House Library - sharing events
  • Vitacress Conservation Trust - a study into tracking phosphorous pollution

Check the recent press releases and Our Partners page for further details.

April 2012

Launch of Electric Bike Scheme

The South East's first Electric Bicycle Network launched in the South Downs on Tuesday 3 April, giving visitors the opportunity to hire and ride ebikes around the rural lanes and trails of England's newest national park.
Press release :: E-bike Trial Report

March 2012

Details of 2012 Awards Scheme

CPRE Hampshire has announced details of its 2012 Countryside Awards Scheme, sponsored by Steve's Leaves. There are three entry categories including an expanded youth category.
Press release :: Awards scheme details

Launch of 'Eyes and Ears' Scheme

CPRE Hampshire have joined forces with The Hampshire Gardens Trust (HGT) and the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust (HBPT) in a new initiative to protect the historic environment of Hampshire. The scheme allows members of the public make the charities aware of potential developments that might threaten the countryside, historic parks, gardens, community green spaces and significant buildings.
Press release :: Eyes and Ears submission form

February 2012

Response to Test Valley Draft Core Strategy

CPRE's Test Valley Group has recently responded to the Borough Council's Core Strategy Consultation. Particular concerns include the mix of housing types, the vitality of town centres, the viability of rural services and the critical state of water supply and discharge. See covering letter and detailed response (9 pages) (both PDF).

CPRE Campaigns for Balanced NPPF

CPRE continues to press MPs to ensure the final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) provides better protection for the countryside. CPRE Hampshire has written to all local Hampshire MPs urging them to lobby for greater protection of the countryside within the redrafting on the NPPF. Read our letter to Hampshire MPs. Please write to your own MP.

Rural Broadband Event

Hampshire County Council is to host a Rural Community Broadband Fund Information Event in Ashburton Hall, at its main offices in Winchester on the afternoon of Friday 17 February from 2.00pm - 4.30pm. Representatives from DEFRA and BDUK (Broadband UK) will answer questions about eligibility to access this £20 million fund. CPRE Hampshire welcome this initiative which stands to enhance the quality of life in rural communities and enhance the competitiveness of local businesses.

To register, please go to (external link).

November 2011

Transport Toolkit Update

CPRE Hampshire has been busy piloting aspects of the evolving Transport Toolkit. A three month trial of electric bikes was carried out during the summer in Medstead and Four Marks, some of the highest settlements in Hampshire. The aim was to see if ebikes could be used as an alternative method of transport in rural communities, and if so, how. A report of the findings of the trial has been produced.

2-page summary :: More details at Toolkit pages and Bike Trial

October 2011

Silence of the Plans

New research published on 1st October by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) suggests that several districts in Hampshire do not yet have in place approved core strategies. They will therefore be vulnerable to a planning free-for-all under the new national planning regime the government intends to introduce in April 2012. The following press releases outline the threats in specific districts:

See Havant :: Test Valley :: Winchester

September 2011

Countryside award winners announced

The winners of this year's CPRE Hampshire Countryside Awards were announced at a ceremony on Friday 30th September. Sponsored by Steve's Leaves, the awards recognise significant achievements across the county which support its goal of "a beautiful, diverse and living countryside that everyone can value and enjoy." Three schools, a conservation charity, and a cheese-making company were the winners.

See Press release :: Awards page

August 2011

Countryside faces biggest threat in 60 years

The Campaign to Protect Rural Englands Hampshire chairman has reacted with despair yet determination this week following the Government's publication on 25th July of a draft National Planning Policy Framework that would throw out sixty years of environmental protection. The consultation is open until October 17th and the charity is asking people to write to MPs and sign an online petition to persuade the Government of the folly of the proposed changes.

See Press release :: Planning pages

June 2011

Still time to nominate for awards

There have been some innovative entries for this year's Countryside Awards scheme, sponsored by Steve's Leaves. One is Bicycle Recycling from Winchester who repair and restore old bicycles for others to use. However, we would like to see more entries in the School's category. The awards are in three categories: rural enterprise, voluntary / community, schools. Nominations are open until 15th July 2011.

Go to the awards page for further details

April 2011

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Our Spring/Summer newsletter has recently been posted to members. Featured articles include a report from the Director, the launch of a sustainable transport toolkit, how CPRE is working with parishes on 'localism' and Hampshire's waste. Several articles talk about threats to the countryside and how you can participate in helping us protect it. There are also updates on the activities of our local and county-wide groups.

Download Hampshire Views No. 3 (Spring/Summer 2011) - PDF (2.4Mb)

February 2011

Speaker service

We are expanding our speaker service to community groups and local organisations. Some of our many subjects include: Our 2026 vision - the future of the countryside, the South Downs National Park, the work of CPRE. We can also tailor our talks to fit with the local area and our work relevant to this.

We would be happy to talk to any local group depending on volunteer availability. A contribution towards our travelling costs would be appreciated. If you belong to a group who would like CPRE to visit, please do get in touch with Becky French at branch office.

February 2011

Steve's Leave's Sponsors 2011 Countryside Awards

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Launched in 2007, the CPRE Hampshire Countryside Award is one of the best established Awards schemes in the county and over 20 projects have been recognised by an award to date. For 2011 CPRE Hampshire is proud to have the Awards sponsored by Steve's Leaves, pioneering farmers who grow tasty, nutritious baby leaves with nature friendly farming, building special habitats to encourage wildlife. The programme is being run in conjunction with Hampshire Fare & Hampshire Ambassadors.

Go to the awards page for full details and how to submit a scheme for one of this year's awards.

January 2011

"Stop Fareham New Town"

This is the 2011 name of the campaign to stop the development of North Fareham Strategic Development Area. CPRE Hampshire issued a press release in late December, saying how it was shocked by the decision of Fareham council to withdraw the online consultation and disregard comments received to date. A new consultation has been launched on 4th January.

See Press Release    ::    North Fareham SDA page

For earlier news please go to our news archive.

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