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District group contacts

We have six voluntary district groups in Hampshire who do brilliant work to enhance and protect the countryside in their local area. These groups monitor and influence planning decisions that affect the countryside, campaign on issues that affect their communities, take practical action to improve their local environment and run events to increase local support for the countryside.

New Forest

Russell Webb, Coordinator – photo to follow –

Russell coordinates our activities within New Forest District and the National Park.

Educated at a minor public school on the outskirts of London, I diverged slightly from my father’s profession by enrolling at Lloyd’s of London insurance companies, ending my working life by specialising in farms and estates. Retired by moving to the New Forest (where I had spent holidays with dogs) in 2004 and committed myself to CPRE Hampshire in 2015 when I offered to fill the vacant role of ‘secretary’ (= co-ordinator) for the district group. I also participate in local charities and the arts (by supporting Salisbury Theatre and directing a play reading group) and I’m addicted to classical music and the history of modern Europe and the literature and culture of Central and South-East Asia.

North Hampshire

The group covers the expanding town of Basingstoke and all the villages within the Borough of Basingstoke and Deane.

Peter Prag, Chair and CPRE Hampshire Trustee –

Peter Prag’s bio.

Update from Peter Prag – Tribute to Peter Bedford.

We’re currently looking for new volunteers to join our North Hampshire District Group – find out more.

North East Hampshire

The group covers the Borough of Rushmoor and the District of Hart.

Alastair Clark, Chair and Trustee – bio to follow –

South Downs and Central

The group covers the areas of East Hampshire District and Winchester District, including the Hampshire part of the South Downs National Park.

Christopher Napier OBE, Chair and CPRE Hampshire Vice President –

I joined CPRE as long ago as the 1970s when I realised how beautiful our countryside is, but also how vulnerable. This was my motive for becoming actively involved with CPRE Hampshire when I retired from my legal career in the City in 1999, little realising that this would lead to two stints as Chairman of the Branch, chairmanship of our Planning and Policy Group for many years, leader of South Downs and Central Group, and 20 years as President of the Petersfield Society.

Also, to nine years on the Board of national CPRE, latterly as Vice Chairman. But campaigning to protect the countryside has complimented well my love of walking in the countryside and attempts at success on the golf course, and it has made me many friends. A successful campaign, such as achieved designation of the South Downs National Park, makes all the hard work worthwhile.

South Hampshire

The group covers planning in the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as the urban authorities of Havant, Fareham, Gosport and Eastleigh. It also takes a strategic watch over the activities of PfSH (the Partnership for South Hampshire) and the Solent LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership).

Caroline Dibden, Chair and CPRE Hampshire Vice President – photo and bio to follow –

Twitter @carolinedibden

Test Valley

Moya Grove, Secretary – photo to follow –

Born in London I grew up in the Hertfordshire countryside and have since lived in Devon and Cornwall and for nearly 50 years in Hampshire. I am a geographer and amateur botanist with always more to learn!

I studied Geography and British Archaeology at Exeter and loved my work as a teacher in Sixth Form Colleges. Landscape and everything that goes to make it is my abiding interest. I had long experience as a parish councillor and work as conservationist on the Open Spaces Committee for Chilbolton.

I joined CPRE because the charity represented what I believed in for the countryside.

Test Valley

John Moon, Acting Chair

I have now been on our local committee for over 25 years and my involvement has been driven by a conviction that planning is too important just to be left to the planners. I also feel totally in accord with the priorities and policies put forward by the very competent team at CPRE national office.

I am a retired consultant mathematician and I have always been interested in issues involving demographics and housing numbers. I am also actively involved in a number of wildlife organisations and am a keen cyclist; both activities give me plenty of opportunity to appreciate our Hampshire countryside.